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Information for Beginning of 2024 School Year

By 12th December 2023January 24th, 2024No Comments

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We trust this information will help make the transition into our 2024 academic year easier for you and your son. We particularly welcome our new students for next year and look forward to you joining our St Thomas’ community. Please take a little time to check through the following information so you are ready for the new school year.

Uniform Shop:

The uniform room will be open for exchange of uniform and last minute purchases on:

Thursday 25 January 9.30 am – 11.30 am

Friday 26 January 9.30 am – 11.30 am 

Monday 29 January 9.30 am – 11.30 am, 1 pm – 2.30 pm

Tuesday 30 January 9.30 am – 11.30 am, 1 pm – 2.30 pm 

Usual uniform hours will commence on Wednesday 31 January. These are:
Mondays 8.15 am – 12 pm
Wednesdays 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Term Dates 2024:
Term 1: Wednesday 31 January – Friday 12 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July
Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September
Term 4: Monday 14 October – Wednesday 11 December

School commences 8:30 am
Interval 10:20 am to 10.40 am
Lunch break is from 12.20 pm to 12.50 pm
School finishes each day at 2.30 pm

Important Dates:
Monday 29 January 2024:
New Pasifika families BBQ – Te Hāpua Halswell Pool
Early February 2024: New Māori whānau BBQ – Te Hāpua Halswell Pool

Tuesday, 30 January 2024:
New student orientation (uniform to be worn): 9.30 am – 12 pm – Te Poho (School Hall)
New parent orientation evening: 5 pm – 7 pm – Te Poho (School Hall) 
Course confirmation for seniors: Year 11 & 12: 9 – 11 am, Year 13: 1 – 3 pm

Wednesday, 31 January 2024:
All students attend in full school uniform
8.30 am Students to assemble in the quad. New students to assemble on the grass at front of school so we can welcome you to the school with a mihi whakatau
9.00 am Mihi whakatau (Parents are invited to join us)
2:30 pm School finishes

Thursday, 1 February 2024:
First day of timetabled classes

Friday, 2 February 2024: Normal school day

Monday 5 February 2024: Teacher Only Day

Tuesday, 6 February 2024: Waitangi Day

Stationery lists:

Here is a link to our online stationery packs

MUSAC EDGE School App 

This app (see pic below) is your link to your son’s timetable, attendance, grades & reports, and is an easy way to leave an absence message.
Search MUSAC EDGE on the App or Play Store. Use the email address you have provided us to log on, and create a new password.
For new parents/students, you may only activate this once school begins.

All students are required to attend all scheduled classes and activities. Parents/caregivers, as a condition of enrolment, have agreed to comply with the college’s regulations concerning attendance. If your son is absent, please phone the school office or use the App before school starts and leave message. All students who are late arriving or leave the college early, need to sign in and out at the office.

College Uniform
It is important that all students wear the correct uniform and wear it with pride. We ask for the cooperation of parents and caregivers to ensure that all boys leave home correctly dressed. Please take time to check your son’s uniform before school commences.

Uniform Contact:
Please phone Ngaire Lester if you have any questions regarding the uniform and sports uniform. (03) 348 7010 Ext. 704 or Email:

BYOD (bring your own device)
Please refer to our website here for BYOD information. Scroll down the Enrolment Page and click on “BYOD”. All students are expected to have devices from the beginning of the school year. We are here to support you in this. Contact Tim Muir here at the College if you have any concerns,

The St Thomas of Canterbury College newsletter is published fortnightly. The newsletters are distributed by email and recent publications are also available on the website
If you have not registered your email address at the office, please email

Parents and Friends Association
All parents and friends of the college are encouraged to join and support our PFA. The money raised and work carried out by our PFA is for the benefit of your son at this College. Commitment to the PFA can be as heavy or light as you want it be. We thank our members who have volunteered their time this past year. Please contact Jackie Hancock if you wish to join.

We trust this information sheet will be helpful to you in setting up for our 2024 school year.