You can contact St Thomas Aquinas weekdays by phone on (02) 4723 3800 or by sending an email using the form below.
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How are Catholic schools different?
Catholic schools are extremely popular. In fact, they enrol about 20 per cent of Australian school students.
Many parents say they have made their educational choice for reasons such as:
- Catholic schools are faith-based places that are grounded in Christian values
The Catholic faith is not just taught in Religious Education classes but is experienced within the total culture of the school. Christian values are up front and explicit. Catholic schools are intrinsically connected to the parish in which they reside and are an integral part of the mission and life of the Church.
- Catholic schools strive to achieve very high standards of education
Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. While there is a focus on the individual child, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.
- They are safe yet challenging places
Relationships are warm and friendly. Parents, students, teachers and pastors see themselves as working in partnership. The children belong to a community that really cares about each one of them.
What are the school fees?
There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:
- Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
- Diocesan Building Levy set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
- School-based fees.
Annual tuition fees in Catholic systemic schools vary from Kindergarten to Year 12 but there are very significant discounts for your second and third child. In fact, there are no fees for your fourth and subsequent children.
In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Diocesan School Building Levy which is charged per family per year. There are also school-based fees which are set by each school.
Do Catholic schools enrol children with additional needs?
Catholic schools welcome students with diverse needs and aim to provide appropriate educational opportunities and support for students with additional needs.
At St Thomas Aquinas we host an Autism satellite class for students K-6.
Additional needs are varied and sometimes complex to identify and evaluate. Close partnership with parents is important to support the prospective student in finding what may be their best interests. In some instances a school placement may not be available at the desired school or be in the best interests of the student.
The Principal and Catholic Education's Director System Performance may seek a way forward by working with you, if the family would like assistance.
Parents of children with additional needs are advised to approach the desired school more than a year in advance.
Contact us today to discuss the needs of your child.
Do you offer out of hours care?
Yes we do.
Ambrose Early Years Learning and School Aged Care operates an out of hours care centre for students in Years K-6 is a large, well resourced space located on the school grounds. Specialist staff take great care of the students in a safe and secure environment that encourages positive social interaction.
We encourage all families to enrol your children into our Ambrose Out of Hours Care centre in case of an unplanned need. Should a place be available we will then be able to readily accept your child.
The first step is to complete a short online form to join our waitlist.
How do I become a parent volunteer?
Parents are key to the life of our school. We welcome parent and carer involvement and invite parents and carers to contribute towards building community by contributing to the life of the school community.
Demonstrate to your children that volunteering is a good thing. Contact the school today using the 'I'd like to be a parent volunteer' enquiry type on our contact form or call us on (02) 4723 3800.
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We’re one of the largest employers in Western Sydney and Blue Mountains and we’re looking for passionate people who can respond to the challenges and opportunities of schooling in today’s world. Join us and make a difference in the lives of Catholic students across Western Sydney.
All contractor and volunteers in schools are required to complete the building child safe communities undertaking form and child protection training module before volunteering. These checks reduce potential risk and forms part of our strategy to build child safe communities.