Number 3: 14 March, 2018


Taroona Vacation Program APRIL 2018

KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  5-6PT, 5-6GM, 5-6C, 5-6H, Kinder O & Kinder G

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News  ***Lots of new events and sports information added for 2018


Dear Families,

Unbelievably, we are already into Week 6!  With excursions, extension programs and whole of school events underway, we are set for an exciting second half of Term 1.

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Friday, 16th March, is the National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence – Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. The theme for the National Day of action this year is Imagine a World Free from Bullying. This week teachers and students will be discussing bullying and making use of the fabulous resources and lesson plans  available on the official website. Some classes will take part in the ‘My World’ poster competition and SRC students will be running a photo booth on Friday afternoon to record our school community’s thoughts and participation in the event. Go to for more information.

 Harmony Day at TPS

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. We will be holding our TPS Harmony Day whole school event on Tuesday the 20th March. It will be a ‘Wear Orange Day’ and we will have a short, whole of school  assembly at 2pm to celebrate altogether. Special Harmony Day Taroona Awards will be presented to students who have consistently demonstrated the school values of Respect and Collaboration during this first part of Term 1. For more information go to:

TPSA Annual General Meeting

Congratulations to our new Taroona Primary School Association Committee, elected at last Tuesday evening’s Annual General Meeting. I am very much looking forward to working with Chair Leah Magliano, Deputy Chair Alex Terhell, Secretary Penny Brodribb, Treasurer Mike Davis and committee members Kate Brown, Martine Siltman, Nicky Adams and Belinda Leeson. The teacher representatives in 2018 are Debbie Clark and Tony Poynter.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to ‘retiring’ committee members for their efforts and energies over these past years. Your contributions have been varied and significant and I thank each and every one of you for your involvement.

Please click here to access a copy of the TPS Annual_Report_2017 which I presented at the AGM.

Please click here to access a letter from our TPSA Chair, Leah Magliano, expressing thanks to the outgoing Committee and welcoming new members.

Student Representative Council Executive

Congratulations to the following Year 6 students who have been elected to the SRC Executive in 2018:

  • President: Ruby J
  • Vice-President: Sebastian S
  • Secretary: D’Arcy C
  • Treasurer: Max H-T

We look forward to presenting all SRC Members, including the executive, with their badges at our next Celebration of Learning Assembly which will be held on Tuesday 27th March.

National Ride to School Day, March 23rd 2018

Our Term 1 Stride and Ride Day will be held on Friday 23rd March as part of the National Ride to School Day celebrations.  Families are encouraged to Walk, Ride, Scoot or Skate to School on that day, with designated parking allocated on the Netball Courts throughout the day. Please see the MWEW poster at the bottom of the newsletter for full details.

Play West Completion

We are getting very close to the completion of this project and the opening of our new Play West Area.  We would like to mark this special occasion for our community with a “grand opening”.  If you have any ideas / suggestions for how we should run this event, please email:

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



Heard of Beeswax Wraps? Want to learn how to make your own? Or just interested in an alternative to spending money on cling wrap and zip lock bags?

On Monday 26th of March at 3:15pm Taroona Primary School, in partnership with Plasticwise Taroona, will be offering a Beeswax Wrap making session to all interested parents. Beeswax Wraps are a fantastic plastic free alternative to using cling wrap and zip lock bags. They are reusable and are the perfect way to provide healthy wrapper free food for your kids. All materials will be provided on the day. This exciting project is courtesy of volunteers from Plasticwise Taroona, a grant from Huon Aquaculture and the winnings from Grade 6PT’s Art from Trash project in 2017 (students last year voted to spend the money on this project).

Please RSVP by Monday 19th March to:


Congratulations to the following students who were presented with Taroona Awards at our first assembly for 2018:

  • RESPECT – Ruben C, Benjamin F, Bea B, Ted H, Jimmy T
  • RESILIENCE – Azaan R, Samuel W, Jasmine H
  • EXCELLENCE – Tess B, Lachlan M, Ryder H, Beth H, Jonte M, Lillian C, Arlo M, Taylah M, Max H
  • COLLABORATION – George C, Bella P
  • ALL 5 VALUES – Nicholas C, Ruby A, Charlie C, Esperance R


When: Wednesday 28th March

Time: 1.00 – 2.30pm

Where: Oval

Who: All Preps, Year 1 and Year 2 students

Wear: Students can wear their house colour on the day Melaleuca – Blue, Waratah – Red, Acacia – Yellow (not compulsory)

All students are asked to bring a teddy/soft toy for the teddy bear rescue.

Our year 6 house captains and vice captains will run the event on the day with Mrs Broadbent.

Parents and families are most welcome to join us on the day.

We look forward to a fun afternoon.

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher


3-4  CARNE – Term 1

Students in 3-4 Carne have had a wonderful start to the school year. Motivated and creative learners, the students have been particularly intrigued by our Science Investigation into ‘States of Matter’. When interviewed by roving reporter Mrs Carne about what we like so far about Year 3 and 4, responses included

·         Story Writing and Sharing

·         Geography “Because then we can learn about all the places we will visit one day”

·         Using the  SeeSaw App

·         Being creative in Art

Here are some detailed sketches by Silas, Xavier S and Anabelle which show Phytoplankyon under the microscope. We think they are very pretty! We were inspired by Katie’s mum who came to our class to show her Scientific work with us.


These photos show Junior Scientists observing and recording their latest experiment whilst studying ‘Matter’.





2018 COMMITTEE UPDATE FROM AGM: Please click here to find out more.

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: Next Meeting to be held on Tuesday 6 March, 2018 at 7pm.

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     **Click here for Vacation Care Program APRIL 2018                  

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.

 click on this image for more information.

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



When placing an order please write name, class and teacher clearly on an envelope and secure payment within and drop into your class drawer at the office by Tuesday afternoon. Also please don’t use foreign coins for payment as they cannot be banked. We prefer not to take cheques and we ask that coins not be taped together.

We are currently seeking some new volunteers to help with sushi on a Friday.  If you could volunteer an hour of your time on a Friday morning to help pack the orders that would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Alex Terhell or the office.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact Alex at

Alex Terhell

Sushi Coordinator

School Banking

Urgent, Urgent, Urgent!!!  Helpers needed for banking to continue this year.

Banking has always been supported by volunteer parents in the past.  At the end of the year we lost some of our volunteers as their children moved to High School.

What’s involved: Come onsite to Taroona Primary School to sort and process the bank books and enter data. At the most this will take 1 hour a week of your time.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips –

Scholastic Book Club

Thanks to all the families who ordered books from Scholastic Book Club Issue 1.  Orders have now closed and we raised more than $400 for the library.  If you missed out on Issue 1, you can now order via LOOP online (only) from Issue 2 until 28th March Schools – Bookclub – Catalogue – Scholastic Australia

Jennifer Hemer

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

The Uniform Shop sells new uniforms to the school community, and also sells second hand donated items. All proceeds go to the Taroona Primary School Association.

Second hand items are in constant demand. If you have second hand items that you would like to donate they will be gratefully accepted. Please note that it is not possible for us to conduct private sales on behalf of individuals. However, we have recently been made aware of a Facebook page created by a parent called: Taroona Primary School Uniform Buy/Sell & Trade

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 PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm