Welcome to St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Welcome to St Thomas of Canterbury School. We would like to wish you a very warm welcome to our exciting web site, where you will find a lot of information about our school. We hope you find it interesting as well as entertaining.
Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us.
PACE - Parent Meeting
A meeting was held in the school hall for parents/carers to find out how to keep children in Walsall safe from sexual exploitation. A representative from the Local Authority gave a very informative presentation and advised parents on how to protect their children both online and offline.
The Passion in Church
The Passion took place in church on Monday 26th March. It was a very moving service ready for Holy Week. Reception to Year 6 children were involved.
Reception class waved palms to welcome Jesus, Year 1 and 2 sang beautifully, Year 3 led us through the events of the Last Supper, we witnessed the first celebration of the Eucharist with the breaking of bread.
Year 4 supported Jesus showing us how the disciples performed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Year 5 acted out the unjust trial and Year 6 concluded our journey as the unthinkable happened and Jesus was put to death.
Safer Internet Day Competition 2018
We had some wonderful entries from children in this year's Safer Internet Day Competition. Well done everyone. It was a difficult decision to make, but congratulations and prizes go to the following winners:
1st - Aleksandra O Y6 & Victoria N Y6
2nd - Ofe I - Y2
3rd - Gabija R - Y4
Holocaust Memorial Day
5 children from Year 6 represented the school at the Walsall Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 24th January 2018.
They listened to speeches given by various speakers including Mindu Hornick, the last Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz. She delivered a keynote speech and was then joined by the Lord Mayor, faith, civic and community leaders. Afterwards, the children were able to meet and speak with Mindu and the Lord Mayor.
The Reception and Nursery children wowed the audience with their 'Christmas Nativity' in the School Hall.
Years 1 & 2 Nativity
The children in Years 1 and 2 treated parents/carers, family members and friends to a wonderful Nativity in Church. The children were impressive acting their parts and sang beautifully.
On Monday 27th November 2017 we were very fortunate to have the Olympic Gymnast Kristian Thomas in school.
All the children took part in the ‘Sports for Schools’ fun fitness circuit in the hall. Kristian showed the children what to do and then also completed the circuit with them. Everyone had a great time doing this, including the staff.
Afterwards, Kristian spoke to the children about his life, experiences and how he worked to succeed in his chosen sport. He followed this by showing the children some of his impressive gymnastic skills. This was a fantastic demonstration which the children were all in awe of, being able to sit and watch so close.
Thank you to all the children’s sponsors for this event. The school has raised much needed money for new sports equipment for the children to use in school. It is very much appreciated.
YEARS 3 & 4 (16.11.17)
The children in Years 3 and 4 took part in an Anglo-Saxon Day. They came to school dressed in Anglo-Saxon costumes and carried out various activities throughout the day.
They learnt about their living conditions, cooking and the food they ate along with the types of games they played with.
All the children thoroughly enjoyed the day. The highlight was taking part in a re-enactment of a battle with the Vikings on the school playground.
A big thank you goes out to all the parents for the brilliant costumes/outfits the children were wearing.
All the staff and children gathered today for our special Remembrance Service. The service began by Year 6 children reminding us:
- Why were we all there?
- Why do we have poppies? and
- Why do we have services at this particular day and time?
We then had a two minute silence. As the silence ended, Mrs Ware played the violin while a representative from the ‘Faith Council’ (one per class) laid their beautifully made poppies and poppy wreaths on the prayer table.
The service ended with prayers read by the children and the whole school sang The National Anthem.
The children behaved beautifully throughout the service and were very respectful of why we were there.
The Key Stage 2 Golden Stamp Prize Winners Trip
The children had a great time at Air Space. They were a credit to the school. There are too many photos to show here however, a few are provided. Well done to everyone!
Year 6 Children at Whitemoor Lakes Residential 5th-7th July 2017
Leadership and Management - Outstanding
"The Senior Leadership Team and all staff, has created an ambitious culture with high aspirations of staff and pupils."
Personal Development, behaviour and welfare - Outstanding
"The children are considerate, kind and polite and behave extremely well both inside and outside of the classroom."
"Pupils are proud of their school and take responsibilities they are given seriously. They are well prepared for secondary and life in modern Britain."
"There is a great deal of high-quality teaching in the school and this has led to outstanding outcomes for a number of pupils."
Inspection - Section 48
We are an Outstanding Catholic Primary School in Section 48 RE Inspection December 2016.
"The dignity of each child is the priority of the school; as a result the school provides excellent opportunities to learn, develop, grow and achieve."
LOCAL MP VISITS
On Friday 31st March 2017 the children and staff at St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School were honoured to welcome Mr David Winnick, the Labour MP who currently represents the Walsall North constituency of their school.
During his visit, Mr Winnick MP went into every class in the school. He was keen to spend time speaking to the children about his role as an MP for their local constituency, the issue of democracy and aspects of democratic life.
The children were all very interested to learn about his role and the influence which parliamentary decisions can have upon the local community. This visit enabled them to become more aware of the links which exist between their own community and the Parliament of Westminster in London.
Reading for pleasure continues to be something which we regard with extreme importance for all of our children as it is such an invaluable life skill.
On Thursday 23rd March 2017, we were very lucky to welcome the children’s author Eamonn Reilly to our school.
Mr Reilly led an enjoyable assembly for all of our children which we hope will give them increased inspiration to develop their own reading and writing skills.
St Thomas of Canterbury assigned the new Year 6 Leadership roles and we have a message from the 2014/15 Head Boy and Head Girl who came in to visit and wanted to pass a message on to their successors:
"Being Head Boy and Head Girl has influenced our lives forever. The privileges that have come with these roles have made us realise that we only have to be ourselves to succeed.
The glistening of the badges we wear help us to understand what we represent in our Catholic community, they fill our hearts with a sense of never-ending pride that we reflect on each day of our lives.
In order to achieve such great roles in Saint Thomas of Canterbury, high expectations are required such as: a sense of responsibility, an academic brain but most of all – pride."
With love, Head Girl and Head Boy 2015 – Aleksandra and Jesse.
Notices & Reminders
STARS OF THE WEEK
Week ending 18th January certificates will be presented to children on Monday 21st January - parents welcome.
- Reception - Kieran S
- Year 1X - Ester P
- Year 1Z - Hanna S
- Year 2X - Izzie-Belle P
- Year 2Z - Phoebe T
- Year 3X - Anabel B
- Year 3Z - Neve H
- Year 4 - Blanka D
- Year 5X - Nathaniel C
- Year 5Z - Darren E
- Year 6X - Harry G
- Year 6Z - Joshua B