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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below, some frequently asked questions to assist our parents and carers, as well as prospective families. 

You can also see more about what we offer students and families at St Thomas More.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office

Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our enrolment package here. Alternatively, enrolment packages are available by contacting the school officeOnce you have completed this form, you can post it or deliver it to the school office between the hours of 8am and 3pm.

Enrolments are accepted all year round, but the best time to enrol your child is at the beginning of the year – the year before your child is due to commence school.

For more information on the enrolment process at St Thomas More, visit our Enrolment Information page

Enrolment interviews are usually held in May. You will receive communication during April informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow in July.

For more information on the enrolment process at St Thomas More, visit our Enrolment Information page

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School is a vibrant and welcoming school community who provides opportunity for all students to develop academically, spiritually and socially in a safe and supportive environment.

We serve the Ruse and Campbelltown community in providing a quality, nurturing Catholic school for your children to thrive in their learning and grow in faith.

At St Thomas More, you and your child can expect:

  • Growing and Learning in a Catholic Community
  • Quality Learning and Teaching
  • A Safe, Caring and Supportive Environment
  • Fantastic Facilities For Students To Play and Learn
  • A Great Range of Co-Curricular Opportunities
  • Outside of School Hours (OOSH) Care Available
  • An Affordable Quality Education

Please see our What We Offer page or Contact Ufor more information. 

You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour the school grounds and facilities.

In the meantime, take a virtual tour of St Thomas More!

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:00am and 3:30pm.
 

Our school bell times are as follows:

Morning Bell

8:30am

Lunch 1

10:35am – 11:05am

Lunch 2

1:05pm – 1:45pm

Dismissal

2:40pm


Morning
Supervision begins at 8:00am each morning.

Afternoon: 
The school day concludes at 2:40pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time. Car line pick up finishes at 3:10pm and any students not collected are taken to the office to await collection.
 

Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.

There are many co-curricular activities on offer at St Thomas More!

The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.

St Thomas More also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including: Wakakirri, choir, public speaking, chess, art competitions, and gardening and environmental activities.

Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.

The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.

At St Thomas More, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people. 

Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy here.

You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.

Students are able to catch one of the Busabout school services operating in the Ruse, Campbelltown, Leumeah, Rosemeadow, Airds area. See our school bus routes and timetables here.

An additional school service is offered by Picton Buslines – view the St Thomas More bus routes and timetable here.

Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.

Yes, Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care is available for the students of St Thomas More via local family-run service provider, Little Green Frogs.

After School Care occurs on-site at St Thomas More each school day from 2:40pm – 6:00pm.

Before School Care occurs at the Little Green Frogs Centre located in Leumeah. Children are bused to school.

Holiday Vacation Care is also available on-site at St Thomas More School.

Find out more information about our Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care services.

The school uniform can be purchased at Lowes in Macarthur Square. Our uniforms can also be ordered online from Lowes.

Our school second-hand uniform pool is also open at various times throughout the year.

For more information on the St Thomas More school uniform, visit our Uniform page.

Please see our Fees Information page for more information.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you. No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

We'd love to have you! St Thomas More strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.

This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.

If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities. Parents (and grandparents!) can participate and contribute by:

  • Volunteering for the canteen roster
  • Assisting in the classroom with reading or mathematics groups
  • Volunteering at school working bees or maintenance
  • Assistance at sport carnivals and gala days

Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website

All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.

For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.

If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.

We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return your call; or
  • contacting the teacher via direct email or via info@stmdow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk.

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4625 6561.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible. 

If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return your call; or
  • contacting the teacher via direct email or via info@stmdow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk.

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4625 6561.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible.

The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as St Thomas More. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the 2020 school year.

Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework

Parents and carers can access the St Thomas More Compass Parent Portal here and log in using their login details.

For more information on using Compass, see the Compass Guide for Parents.

For further information or enquiries, please contact the school office.

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