Enrolment

St Thomas’ is a Catholic school for boys from Year 7 to Year 13. The main point of entry is at Year 7 and Year 9. However, we may accept enrolments at other levels.

Enrolments for 2022 are now closed.

Future year enrolments are welcome at any stage.

 

Online Enrolment Form
Application for Enrolment

Enrolment Information

Priority

Priority is given to preference students and in accordance with the school’s Enrolment Scheme. Click here for the St Thomas of Canterbury College Enrolment Scheme. Non-preference places can only be offered if places remain after all preference applicants have been enrolled. A “preference” enrolment application is an enrolment form accompanied by a preference certificate obtained from and signed by, a Catholic priest. Supplying a baptism certificate is not sufficient to gain preference status.

Non-preference

As an integrated Catholic boys’ high school, the Ministry allows limited places (5%) for non-Catholic students (non-preference students). Non-preference applicants will only be enrolled if places remain after all preference applicants have been enrolled. Please read the enrolment scheme information and the criteria for ‘Preference’ status (links above).

Step 1
Download application form or complete online application

Step 2
Please ensure you attach a copy of your son’s birth certificate, passport, residency or student visa and, if preference, the Preference Certificate you have obtained from a Catholic priest.

All uniform is purchased through the school. Please contact Ngaire Lester nlester@stc.school.nz with inquiries.

Uniform shop hours:

Mondays                     8.15 am – 12 pm
Wednesdays               1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Order Form >
Y7 – 9 Stationery List

Please refer to our BYOD section regarding devices to make sure you purchase one that is suitable for your child’s learning. What is important is that you do not purchase an iPad/tablet or Chromebook. A Windows 10 operating system is recommended. Office 365 is provided so please don’t buy this. 

With the range of activities and classes, we offer it is advised that you purchase the following for next year. Some classes will have separate needs if your son chooses those as options. 

To support device use 

Earphones (for online reading/math support programmes) 

Mouse 

USB memory stick 

General stationery for Connected classes

Pencil case – Named scissors, glue stick, felt pens, black pen, red pen, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler, protractor, highlighter 

1 x A4 lined refill pad 

3 x 1B5 exercise book (STEM, Kinesiology, Humanities)  

1 x 1E5 (Math/STEM) 

1 x 1B5 Elite Sport 

Attendance Dues

Years 7 – 13 – $839.50 incl Gst per student

Diocesan Catholic Education Contribution

$60 per student

School Resources and Infrastructure Contribution

$750 per student

School Building Contribution (St Thomas of Canterbury College Foundation)

$300 per student

(All Contributions are classed as donations, do not attract GST, and are tax-deductible and can be claimed at the end of the financial year)

Curriculum Fees

Some subjects attract a fee for materials used and retained by the student.

Attendance Dues

Are a legally binding charge on all parents and caregivers who have enrolled their children at a Catholic school. This is payable unless, in special circumstances, the charge has been waived by the Proprietor of the school for issues associated with a family. Attendance Dues are used to provide for capital works and the repayment of loans. Attendance Dues are determined by the Proprietors and approved by the Minister of Education.

The School Resources Contribution

Provides funds for areas such as

  • Support for the development of IT infrastructure, hardware, and software
  • Additional support to the sports and arts coordinator salaries
  • Extracurricular sports, arts and cultural equipment
  • Special character
  • Printing and publications
  • Photocopying additional to the curriculum

Arrangements for payment in installments or by automatic payment may be made.

The account number for payments is 03 0802 0910911 00. Please reference with your son’s name.

For uniform payments please use the following account: 03 0830 0014233 000

Why has St Thomas of Canterbury College introduced BYOD?

Our experience with our current BYOD programmes this year and extensive research shows:

  • That we need to prepare our students for future tertiary study and the work environment.
  • There are increased opportunities for collaborative learning.
  • It increases access to a huge range of electronic resources, which help enhance learning.
  • Engagement and motivation of students are increased.

There are a number of pedagogical benefits: (a) the NZ Curriculum specifically references the value of eLearning and (b) international research shows the benefits of eLearning for students.

To continue to improve teaching and learning at STC.

Students exist in a largely ‘digital world’ outside of school, but school is often a non-digital world. This programme has the potential to increase engagement in learning as they use the tools they are most familiar with to facilitate learning.

What types of computers/devices will be suitable and cost?

The Senior Leadership Team is very aware that devices do cost and some are very expensive and when one starts to investigate buying a device for education there is a mind field of information. The Senior Leadership Team has developed a partnership with Cyclone Computers; this partnership offers assistance with purchasing of devices, insurance, maintenance, troubleshooting, financing options and professional development for staff.

Please visit their website www.cyclone.co.nz

The code/password is: stccbyod

There are two categories of devices

  • Windows Laptops and
  • Microsoft Surfaces Devices

The HP Pavilion and ProBooks are only an option for the senior levels.

Microsoft Surfaces; are wish list devices / Santa Claus gifts

If you wish to purchase a device from Cyclone, just follow the directions. Payment options are on the website but you have to enter the STC section of the Cyclone website. You will be asked to type in your son’s name and student ID is your son’s name. 

Information

If you want any information about the devices please ring 0800 585 040. For information on the schools’ BYOD Policy, cyber safety, etc please ring me or email me. (Tim Muir tmuir@stc.school.nz)

Purchasing from a retailer

There is no compulsion to purchase a device from Cyclone. Please look at the site as it will give you sound information on the device that will be appropriate for use at St Thomas’.

Where parents purchase a device is a choice for parents. Please read the information below, as this will provide you a sound guide as to the minimum specifications and these features needed.

Features:
  • Cloud storage included: Get 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive so you can store all you want for a year.
  • Built for cloud computing on-the-go.
  • Office 365 compatible

Device Specifications
These recommended specifications

  • Windows 10 Operating System
  • Screen size of at least 11 inches
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64GB+ SSD but 128GB is preferred
  • 5GHz Wireless capability. 802.11ac standard and 2×2
  • Battery life 7+ hours
  • Keyboard
  • Light enough to be carried around throughout the day
  • Protective case/bag/cover – or ensure the device is sturdy enough for school use
  • USB port; video output such as HDMI, Mini Display Port or VGA; audio output
  • Camera and sound recording capability
  • Warranty – faults must be fixed quickly, and a temporary replacement service is desirable
  • Insurance (We strongly recommend that you take out specific insurance on the device. Our partner, Cyclone, offers a no excess policy. The school is not responsible for damage or loss of the device.)
Points to keep in mind
eLearning in the classroom

The amount that students will use their devices will differ from class to class and teacher to teacher. Some subjects lend themselves to using a computer more naturally than others.

All teachers will be and have been provided considerable professional development and time to allow them to grow their confidence in teaching a class where students have a computer each. This will continue to develop in 2015 and beyond. Our expectation is that the students will use their computers more often than not.

St Thomas’ has the Office 365 license which enables all of our students to access Student Advantage which is a free Microsoft Office package for students.