Grade 000 - Grade 12
St Thomas Aquinas School is an independent school of excellence in Witbank for nearly 90 years. Established in 1924 by the Dominican Sisters of King Williams Town, St Thomas Aquinas has grown from humble beginnings to the school that it is today.
Address: 48 Allenby Street, Witbank, 1035, Mpumalanga
Tel: +27 (0)13 656 3410
St Thomas Aquinas is a Catholic school that fosters Christian formation of young people through the teaching and living of Gospel values in our school community. Although open to children of all religions, it is a condition of acceptance into St Thomas that students participate in religious activities. Students are also encouraged to live out these values by contributing to the well-being of those less fortunate than themselves.
We strive for academic excellence and have achieved outstanding matric results for many years. St Thomas Aquinas writes the IEB examinations in grade 9 and matric with notable success. We recognize that each child is a unique individual, and we aim to develop our students to be the best that they can be. St Thomas is committed to offering the highest standards of quality teaching and learning. We aim to stretch our learners to acquire the skills of teamwork, independent research, self knowledge, and critical thinking.
Foundation Phase (Gr 1 - 3)
In this phase the essential skills of reading, writing and expressing oneself in English are taught. Daily reading and writing activities are designed to develop all learners and help them master these skills, as the THRASS method is used to teach learning. In numeracy, the Singapore Maths curriculum, with its strong emphasis on problem solving, is implemented. Weekly lessons in computers, music and rhythm, chess, swimming and physical education, art, life skills and Bible ensure the holistic development of the child. All children are taught the basic skills of team sports (netball, soccer, cricket and hockey) during the school day. Three assessment reports per year and parent afternoons ensure that parents are kept informed of their child's progress. Parents are most welcome to meet with their child's teacher if and when the need arises.
Intermediate Phase (Gr 4 - 7)
Continuous assessment takes place in all grades and examinations are introduced in Grade 4 for the first time. Our core-curriculum covers English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Natural Science, Technology, Economic Management Science, Music, and Arts and Culture, Human and Social Sciences, Religious Education and Life Orientation. Computers and Physical Education are a component of Life Orientation. Also, we have grade camps once a year; as well as study skills workshops for Grade 4s.
Grade 12 learners unite the Independent Examination Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate. Teaching and assessment is informed by and complies with IEB requirements.
Subject choice and career guidance
Subject choice testing is carried out by qualified psychologists and psychometrists to assist learners to make subject choices. Detailed feedback from the testing procedure is provided and the cost of testing is included in the levy. Every opportunity is taken to expose learners to career guidance seminars and displays. Personal guidance is given to learners both individually and in groups.
Cultural activities at St Thomas include the following:
Drama productions are a successful part of the St Thomas cultural program. In 2010, three of our Gr 9s wrote and produced a successful production which they will be presenting at The Grahamstown Festival of the Arts in June 2011.
We have a choirs for our pre-school as well as the junior and senior primary phases. They have a wide repertoire and take place in a Variety of Choir festivals in Witbank. At St Thomas Aquinas School, we have 2 choirs - Junior Primary (Gr 1 - 3) and Senior Primary (Gr 4 - 7). They participate in various choir evenings hosted by schools in Witbank and perform at special functions.
We have junior and senior marimba teams at St Thomas, both of which have done well at marimba competitions. Our senior team participated in a National competition held in Boksburg in 2016.They are also popular performers at a variety of functions in and around Witbank. We have 3 marimba groups - Gr 6 & 7; Junior High School & Senior High School.
Although we have had debating teams compete against schools in Witbank that have done well, 2010 was the first year that we competed in the Un debate competition sponsored by Education Africa. Our debaters teamed up with a lesser advantaged school outside Witbank for the provincial competition in Nelspruit - which they won.
Music is a part of the academic day for the pupils until Gr 7. They learn recorder, marimba and general music. In the afternoons extra lessons take place with one of our highly qualified teachers.
Sport at St Thomas Aquinas includes the following:
An integrated sports day
Grades 1 to 7 take part in sport during the academic day. All grades in the two phases take part twice a week, when they are taught general sport skills, and skills specific to a variety of team sports that are offered by St Thomas.
Athletics takes place in the first term. There area a variety of disciplines such as high jump, sprints and endurance training. A variety of juniors and seniors participated in the regional competitions.
Soccer is played in the second term. The sport is played by the primary school through to the High school .
Like soccer, netball is played in the second term and is played by the primary and high school. Within the sport we play surrounding schools and participate in many regional and local competitions.
Tennis is a popular game as many of our children play the game .Tennis has, for many years, been an integral part of the sport at St Thomas.
Mini-cricket, senior primary cricket as well as high school cricket are played in the third term at St Thomas.
Hockey is very big at St Thomas. We have teams in all age groups, both for boys hockey and girls hockey. We have a number of excellent and experienced coaches.
Golf is new to St Thomas, but the golfers have already done well! We have some talented boys, and are growing our talented female golfers up from junior school.
St Thomas is one of only two schools in Witbank with a school pool (the only high school), and can proudly claim that the vast majority of learners are above average for their age groups in their confidence in the water. Swimming lessons are given in the first and fourth term to all of the Gr 1 - 7 during their PT time, and the afternoon team swimmers range from Gr 1 to Gr 12. This year we tour through KZN with the swimmers competing in galas in Newcastle and Durban before all completing the Midmar Mile.
The school currently offers the following sport options:
Term 1 & 4
Term 2 & 3
All year round
Provincial representation in 2016
Hockey (jr. & sr.)
Netball (jr. & sr.)
Cricket (jr. & sr.)