Our School - Parent Involvement

Parents are most welcome and encouraged to assist in classroom activities wherever possible. Many of our programs (e.g. reading, writing, ICT and excursions) are enhanced with the assistance of parents. If you are able to assist in any way, please contact your child’s teacher.
All parents who work as volunteers at the school must have a Working with Children Police Check. Forms can be completed at www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. 
Interim School Advisory Board 
St Thomas the Apostle Primary School’s Interim Advisory Board consists of the Parish Priest, Principal and representatives from the staff and parents. 

The Board’s main function is to discuss and discern the ongoing development and future needs of the school community. The Board operates in an advisory capacity to the Parish Priest and/or the Principal. 

St Thomas’ staff are always the first point of contact if you wish to raise a matter regarding the school’s operations, but if you would like to make contact with the Board, then feel welcome to approach the Parent Representatives and/or write a letter to the Principal requesting the matter to be placed on the Board’s agenda. 

The Board usually meets twice a term and the Annual General Meeting is usually held in August. All parents and carers of current students are welcome to nominate for a position on the Board. Correspondence can be addressed to “The St Thomas Primary School Advisory Board” and handed into the office. 

The current Chair of the Board is Mr. Vivian Crasto. 
Friends of St Thomas (FOST) 
The Friends of St Thomas or FOST as it is usually referred to, organises fund raising and social events throughout the year. The school is deliberately focusing on developing Family Partnerships focused on the children’s learning and wellbeing. 

Fundraising activities are kept to a minimum as a way of supporting families and to allow students and staff to focus on the school’s educational programs. FOST meetings and requests for parent/carer volunteers are advertised in “The Spear”.