Number 25: 20 December, 2017

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Dear Families,

Our final newsletter of the year is here and what a fortnight we have had!

The End of Year K-5 Celebration assembly at Taroona High School Gym last Wednesday was an amazing event, with all  students demonstrating our school values to the highest level.  It was wonderful to see the variety of items and the creativity of our students across all grades.  Thank you to Glenn Schultz, Amy Willing and Susan Flinn from THS and Tony Poynter for their behind the scenes work to ensure the assembly was an outstanding success.

Yesterday all students, Kindergarten to Year 5, met their new teacher in their 2018 classroom.  It was terrific to see the students connecting with their new group and, from the excitement following, it is clear that 2018 is certainly going to be another tremendous one for our learners!

Staff Farewells

This Thursday we will be farewelling not only our leaving Year 6 students, but also a number of staff members, both permanent and contract employees.

Mr Phil Grinham will be retiring at the end of the year.  Throughout his many years with the Department of Education, Phil has inspired hundreds of students to engage in the musical performance process; to learn how to play an instrument, compose performance pieces and share their musical arrangements with real audiences.  Phil’s contribution to the school has extended beyond classroom lessons. His willingness to share his technical knowledge of sound and lighting has provided many students the opportunity to learn how to operate equipment such as mixers and lighting boards, during our numerous school musicals. Phil has also generously donated his time coordinating the musical items for many Seaside Festivals, as well as organising for his band to play at each festival free of charge.  On Thursday we will thank Phil for his significant contribution to our students and their families and extend our warmest wishes to him for the future.

Ms Nina Penfold is also permanently retiring from the Department at the end of the year, however has accepted a contract to return for Term 1, whilst Sarah Wilson is on Long Service Leave.  We have decided therefore that it would be best to celebrate Nina’s contribution to the school and Department at a future assembly near the end of Term 1.

Thursday afternoon will be Ms Sue Young’s last day with us as she prepares for her transition to South Hobart Primary School in the new school year.  Sue has been part of the ‘Taroona Family’ for 19 years! She has taught across all grades and, in recent years, taken on the demanding and highly specialised Support Teacher role.  Sue is an exemplary practitioner, a highly professional and collegial staff member and a supportive and trusted mentor. Our students, staff and school community have benefitted enormously from Sue’s tireless efforts to ensure equity and inclusivity are central in all school decision making. Thankyou Sue for everything that you have contributed and we send our very best wishes to you for your new school and class.

Ms Stratia Anagnostis will also be leaving us, transferring her permanent hours from Taroona, to Early Childhood Intervention Services where she currently works 3 days per week. Stratia has been a valuable member of our teacher assistant team here at Taroona for the past 8 years and has made a significant impact in the support provisions for individual students for whom additional support has been required. Stratia’s dedication to the students, staff and her own professional growth has been outstanding and we wish her all the very best for 2018 and beyond.

As also mentioned in previous newsletters, a number of contract staff will be finishing their time with us this week.  Mrs Cathy Fountain and Miss Kate Boatwright have seamlessly joined our team, finishing off the year for our wonderful 3P students in Mrs Pedersen’s absence.  Both Kate and Cathy are regular relief teachers to our school and I am sure we will continue to access their support and expertise into 2018 and beyond.

Finally, Mrs Linda Zywko-Hicks will be thanked this week.  Linda has been teaching 3H throughout 2017, filling the vacant position left after Mrs Fallon retired.  Linda has capably taken on many contract and relief teaching roles for us over the last few years at Taroona and I would like to thank her for her effort, energy and commitment to our students and their families again this year.  From the positive messages I have received from parents of 3H students, it is clear that Linda’s input has made a significant difference to the lives of all students in her care this year.  Again, I know that Linda will be back in 2018, providing regular relief for our teaching team.

2018 Staffing

This week is one in which we reflect on the year that was; the many successes and achievements made across our school community.  It is also one in where we look to the future and prepare for new opportunities in 2018.  In 2018 we welcome a number of new staff members.  Miss Philly Illingworth (soon to be Mrs Philly Hughes) will join the 5-6 Teaching team, coming to us from 2 years on a Grade 5-6 at Glenorchy Primary School. Mrs Alanna Carne will join the 3-4 Teaching team, transferring from Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, and Mrs Kylie Frost will join Mrs Em Dorney in Prep, transferring to us from Cygnet Primary School.  Miss Lisa Ker is our new Music Teacher, transferring from Moonah Primary School, and in the office, we are fortunate to gain additional funding from the Department to employ Ms Erin Richardson part-time in the role of Clerk.

2018 Staff Professional Learning and School Priorities

On 1 February, twenty of our teachers, including all new teaching staff, will be participating in a full day workshop with Kath Murdoch (teacher, author, university lecturer and international education consultant), focusing on “Using Inquiry to Support Literacy Learning”. This professional development day will be an engaging and stimulating way for us to begin our new focus in the 2018 priority areas of Literacy-Writing and Play-based Learning & Inquiry. I look forward to sharing our work in these new areas as the new school year begins.

Playground Redevelopment

I am pleased to announce that over the summer break we will finally start the Play West Playground Development – installing drainage, pathways, terraces and fencing.  The children will farewell the wooden tower and accompanying wooden play equipment to make way for a 19 metre Zip Line and a Cork Screw Twister Net. This project has been made possible through the partnership that we have with you, our community, via TPSA fundraising activities. The TPSA has already provided funding for the Twister Net and its installation, and will commit additional funds to assist with the significant project costs.

It is expected that contractors will arrive on site early in January with a completion date set for Mid-February.  Families accessing the school grounds over the break are asked to avoid this area of the school and comply with all fencing and signage in relation to the works.  Information regarding pedestrian access to this section of the playground for the start of 2018 will be communicated to all families prior to the start of Term 1.

Taroona Primary School Parent Handbook 2018

Our Parent Handbook 2018 has recently been finalised.  Please click on the image to download a copy for your information and reference.

Hard copies are available at the office on request.

I would like to finish by thanking all of our students, staff and families for making Taroona Primary such a wonderful and vibrant place for learning.  It is a privilege to be your Principal and to have your support in expanding the learning opportunities available to our children.

I look forward to our assembly tomorrow afternoon where we will celebrate the achievements of our 2017 Year 6 students as well as farewell our leavers (staff and students) as they begin new chapters in their lives. All families and invited guests are asked to be seated by 1.20pm ready for a prompt 1.30pm start.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



Maths Challenge for Young Australians – Enrichment Stage

In term 2, 28 students from grade 3 to 6 participated in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians, run by the Mathematics Trust of Australia. They had 3 weeks to answer as many difficult mathematics challenges as possible.  Six of our students did exceptionally well in this challenge, and were invited to participate in the next level of the challenge.  Teams from across Australia and South East Asia had 12 weeks to complete as many next level challenges as they could, but due to our holidays the students from TPS only had 10 weeks. 531 students took part in the grade 6 competition – congratulations to Nicholas H and Nick H for their participation.

206 students competed in the grade 4/5 division. In all of Australia and South East Asia, only 40 students received a Distinction or a High Distinction.  Four of these students were from TPS!  These students spent many of their lunchtimes and recesses during term 3 collaborating to nut out ways to solve these problems, and they also put in hours of work at home.  All of the school values were required to achieve such great results.  Congratulations to Xavier M, Otto N, Stella T and Edie N for their outstanding effort.

Hilary Purdie


6GM Happenings

Term 4 has been incredibly busy in Grade 6 GM. We have recently completed a unit of work about our incredible Earth and the students are currently presenting their work to the rest of the class. Models have been constructed, pamphlets made, PowerPoint presentations and ‘News’ videos have been done. In English we have been doing work on personification, culminating in cubes and poems illustrating it. Students have also written their own report comment. Students have done some lovely art work titled “Looking Through the Window”

We hope you enjoy our pic collages showing just some of our work this term.






The University Psychology Clinic at the University of Tasmania regularly run group programs to assist children and their parents better manage their child’s anxiety. New courses are set to run in 2018 for 3-6 year olds as well as 8-12year olds. Cool Kids ® details, information sheets, flyers and registration are available via the Groups tab on the UPC Website at:



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.

2018: First Meeting to be held on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

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.


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

Please click here for a Summer Program.

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

 School Banking:




Uniform Shop News – Click here for 2018 information and Price list

The back to school sales dates are:

Thursday 1st Feb 9:30am – 11:30am Music room
Thursday 1st Feb 4:30pm – 6pm Music room
Friday 2nd Feb 9am – 11am Music room
Tuesday 6th Feb 1pm – 3:30pm Uniform shop

Come along on these dates and get set for the year.

If anyone would like to help at these sales, please contact Carolyn on We need help for set up on Wednesday 31st Jan as well. (Please note, you will need a Working With Vulnerable People card).

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


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