Number 23: 22 November, 2017

KEY DATES 2017 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –   3FB & 3H, KO & KG, 1N, 1W & 1/2G, 2P, Prep PY & Prep SG, Year 4

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

We are over half way through Term 4 and what an exciting term it has been thus far! Yesterday’s discos generated much excitement across the school and today’s Year 6 versus Staff netball match was lots of fun for all involved!  Yesterday’s Kinder Athletics Carnival was also an action-packed event and I would like to thank Mrs Kylie Broadbent and her wonderful team of Year 6 leaders who set up and ran the event. Thank you also to Bob Griffiths, who quickly set up marquees so that children, parents and staff were able to access shade during the extremely hot conditions.

Last week Mrs Hicks, Mrs Purdie and myself had the pleasure of attending the NAPLAN Literacy & Numeracy Presentations at Rose Bay High School and seeing our high achieving students receive certificates from the Minister for Education, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff.  Congratulations again to Nathan and Anna – we are very proud of you.

I am also very proud of our Taroona Primary School Senior Band which performed with the Taroona High School Year 7 Extension Band at last Thursday’s THS Music Showcase concert.  Our Year 5-6 band program provides an important partnership between senior and primary students and it is wonderful to see our primary students sharing their developing skills and expertise with the larger Taroona community. I’m very much looking forward to the final celebration assembly for K-5 classes, to be held on Wednesday 13th December at the THS gym, where we will hear more from the senior band under the musical direction of Ms Amy Willing.

Taroona Awards

Congratulations to those students who received awards at last week’s assembly:

  • Respect – Hamish C
  • Excellence – Will T, Brody D, Jessica H, Zayn N, Ashlin H, Milo R, Neve J, Malachai C, Bonnie H, Kaiki M, Noah S
  • Collaboration – James R, Sarah J, Eloise K
  • Creativity – Jasmine H, Duncan H
  • Resilience – Elsie O, Henry S, Xavier M
  • Resilience & Collaboration – Konan M
  • Excellence & Resilience – Azaan R
  • Collaboration & Excellence – Darcy E
  • Resilience & Respect – Lewis B, Max G, Taylah M
  • All 5 Values – Crystal P, Mia M

School Information Fact Sheets

Following the release of the new Education Act, the Department of Education has updated their suite of fact sheets for parents.  Please visit  to access the latest information.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan




Last year we identified a number of ways for our school to provide a wider variety of extension and enrichment opportunities for students. Part of this process was gathering information about students’ interests, and looking for ways to support them. 2017 saw the continuation of many successful programs, as well as trialling a number of new opportunities. Some of the enrichment opportunities our students were engaged with included:

Debating, Tournament of Minds, Maths Olympiad, Maths Relay, Alliance Francaise, Young Archies, Australian Mathematics Competition, Arts Rotations, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA – 3 week challenge), MCYA Enrichment stage (10 week challenge), Chess club, TPS Writers’ group (online), Gifted Online programs – Ad Astra Junior, Ad Astra Senior, Python Coding, Hypatia’s House, Infinity Squared.

We have also been connecting with other organisations and primary schools in the Taroona Coalition, as well as with Taroona High School (THS). Some of our students have participated in the Taroona Coalition Coding Club, National Computer Science Challenge (through THS), UTAS Maths Extension Course, Lego Robotics (Tasmanian Association for the Gifted), and grade 5/6 band at THS.

Throughout the year teachers have been learning about how to improve the ways we provide extension opportunities within the classroom. This has included supporting students to be more in control of decision making about their own learning, connecting with experts and resources in areas of interest, and developing opportunities for cooperative learning with like students.

We are very excited by the developments we have made in this area, and the feedback from students, teachers and families has been very positive. We are committed to continuing to improve in our enrichment and extension, and in 2018 we will be exploring the many great opportunities that digital technologies and STEM provides for all students in the school.

Hilary Purdie


Channel Highway – Bonnet Hill Safety Improvements – Start of Works Notification

The Department of State Growth will soon recommence shoulder sealing works on the Channel Highway at Bonnet Hill. These widened and sealed shoulders will provide a safer shared environment for all road users.

Works will start on Monday, 27 November 2017 and will continue until June 2018. Lane closures will be in place between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Speed restrictions and changed traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period to ensure a safe work place for construction staff. Road users should expect some delays. Please obey all signs and allow sufficient time for travelling through the work area.

These works will be undertaken by Tasmanian contactor Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd.

For more information about this project, please visit


Congratulations to the 5-6 boys cricket team who have won their way through to the state final of the T20 Blast Cup to be held at Blundstone arena on Friday December 1.  The boys will be competing against Lauderdale Primary School, Howrah Primary School, St Johns Primary School and two teams from the North and two from the North West.

Nick H – Captain
Ned J – Vice Captain
Max J
Troy B
Joel T
Cooper B
Charlie W
Jordan S
Reserves: Pat H and Moreton F

Champions Carnival 2017 – Tuesday 28th November

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Taroona Primary school at the up and coming Champions Swim Carnival at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Students have been selected because they received a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Div A – D and 1st in Div E-H in individual Division 1 events; and all 1st placed relays.

Laura 25m Freestyle

D’Arcy 25m Aquatic Under arm

Ben 25m Freestyle and 25m Backstroke

Floyd 25m Breaststroke

Luca 25m Breaststroke

Bella 25m Breaststroke

Stella 25m Breaststroke

Charlie 25m Backstroke

Giselle 25m Backstroke

Meg 25m Backstroke

Year 5 Girls Medley Relay – Giselle, Amelie, Bella, D’Arcy

Good luck

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher


This week’s fact sheet follows on from last fortnight’s newsletter, focusing on Building Protective Factors – Suggestions for Families.

Please click on the image to access the 2-page article.


Prep S

Prep SG enjoyed doing ‘Jump rope for Heart’ week so we learnt The Skipping Song and sang it in assembly.  Scan the QR code to hear us sing it.


 4-5 GS

Year 4-5GS have had a very busy start to the term. In English, we began writing ‘6 Word Stories’ inspired by Ernest Hemingway, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. Please come into our classroom as they are currently on display.

We then moved on to writing rhyming couplets. We used our ‘Spinning in Space’ Unit as inspiration. Please click on the padlet below to view our poetry. You would have to agree that we have poets in the making! Students displayed both enthusiasm and collaboration when writing these poems!

4-5GS were lucky enough to attend the BioBlitz excursion. Students participated in hands on activities such as naming and finding living things and learning about how they fit into the landscape; gaining an appreciation of the natural world. We all had a wonderful time. The padlet contains photos from the day.

Jane Graham-Smith



We meet once a month at 7pm in the Staffroom at the School to discuss everything from school staffing, updates on grounds, fundraising and ideas or issues brought to our attention by parents and staff.

2017 Dates: 4 December

If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email requesting to join the list.


Please click here for Seaside Festival Stall totals.


Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets in our raffle. Congratulations to the winners:

1st          1354      Kantar family

2nd        1952      Sakko family

3rd         1943      E. Rizwan

4th         0708     M. Crawford

5th         0283      A. Kaimatsoglu

6th         0131      D. Chapman

7th         1055      A. Webb

8th         2492     K. Green

9th         1183       L. Brightman

10th       0382      C & D Balfour

11th       2586       L. Angus

12th       1888      K. Neumeyer

13th       0690      S. Bell

14th       3160       P. Tucker

15th       0522      A. Miles

Booksellers         Voss family

The sum raised was $4,992.10


Knitting sale.

Items leftover from Seaside Festival for sale at reduced prices – please click on the here for information



Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care – Taking 2018 Enrolments NOW.                        

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care) where we cater for children aged 4-12 year olds. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at for more information. To enrol we require families to complete a 2018 enrolment form prior to care commencing.  Child Care Benefit is available to eligible families and all families meeting a work/study requirement are entitled to 50% off all on costs. For more information about what your family is entitled to please contact the Department of Human Services on 136 150.

Summer Vacation Care

We will also be taking bookings shortly for the up and coming school holidays. If you would like to see a copy of the Vacation care program please send an email to the above email address.

 click on this image for more information.


Due to the overwhelming response to the ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ workshop, we are pleased to announce an additional workshop will be held in Hobart on Monday, 4th December, 2017.

This 6 hour workshop, presented by the SASS training department,  will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to recognise and respond to Problem Sexualised Behaviours (PSB) and Sexually Abusive Behaviours (SAB).     Delivery is underpinned with psychoeducation in best-practice trauma informed principles, whilst the passion for social and cultural change regarding the complex issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexuality and consent shines through in this educational workshop.

If you are an adult, caregiver and/or parent currently engaged in assisting young people, then this workshop is not to be missed.    Please complete the attached booking form and return to to secure your ticket.

For further details on training please refer to our website

The SASS Training Department

Sexual Assault Support Service (Inc.)



To ensure the safety of our school property, please ring Crime Stoppers if you see anyone acting suspiciously in our school grounds.


School Banking:


We are considering whether to discontinue School Banking with the Commonwealth Bank as no new volunteers have come forward to run the program in 2018 and the number of bankers has dwindled.

If anyone is keen to continue the School Banking Program in 2018 please contact Leanne Barnbaum (Grade 6 parent) OR 0407 825626 or Alison Phillips at ASAP. It takes about an hour of your time each week.

Otherwise the last day for School Banking will be the 14th of December.   Anyone wishing to use their Dollarmites Tokens for Reward Items will need to redeem them prior to the cut-off date of 7 December.


Uniform Shop News

Term 4 is here, and that means hats are compulsory! Come and get yours from the Uniform Shop.

We are open Tuesdays 2:45 – 3:15 under the staffroom. If you can’t make this time, place an order at the office for collection the following Wednesday morning.

Scholastic Book Club news:

Book Club Update

Thank you to everyone who ordered books from Issue 7 of the Scholastic Book Club.  We raised $555 for the school library, and so far this year have raised a total of $2010.  Books have now been sent home, however, there are a number of books still to be delivered on back order.  Hopefully these will arrive and be distributed very soon.

Issue 8 is now open for online orders only.  The catalogue is available to look at here: and orders can be placed through LOOP:

This is a great way buy books for Christmas and if you select ‘gift’ from the order page your books can be collected from the office instead of going home with your child.  Please order by 5/12.

Thank you,



Click here for the sushi menu

Kinder Sushi Term 4 News: Please see click here for details.


If you have any questions or queries about Sushi please email Ally at or Text 0400607004.

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING CREEK PLAYGROUND & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm