Number 4: 28 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

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER Registration information  – please click on the links in the document


Dear Families,

We had a wonderful day on Tuesday 20th March with our special Harmony Day assembly run by our school leaders, Sebastian and Ruby. It was lovely to see Toby from 1-2P lead the welcome song and Sebastian and Ruby talk to the school about the theme ‘Everyone Belongs’ and what this looks like at TPS.  Congratulations to the following students who received a Harmony Day Taroona Award, for consistently demonstrating our school values of Respect and Collaboration: Kaiki M, James N, Nicholas M, Poppy W, Ella C, Clem GC, Roo H, Millie U, Margot H, Liam L, Lena B, Emraan C, June B, Max G, Angus A, Henry N, Lucy J, Xavier C, Anabelle A, Miles O, Esther M, Zac E, Romy GW, June A, Monte G, Augustus BB, Ethan B, Bella I, Marc E, Edie N, Charlie G and Stella T.

Staff Farewells

Yesterday ‘s assembly was the last one for both Ms Nina Penfold and Mrs Kim Jackson in their current roles here at Taroona. Mrs Jackson surprised us a few weeks ago by announcing her retirement from the Department – effective today! Mrs Jackson has spent over 10 years at Taroona Primary School, the last 6 years working in the Kindergarten team. In fact, Kim has been involved in the education of most of the students here at the school. Kim plans to spend her retirement travelling, pottering in her garden and spending more time with her grandchildren. On behalf o f the school community I would again like to thank Kim, for the effort, energy and support she has given our students, their families and the Taroona teaching staff during her time working here with us.

As most of you are aware, Ms Penfold officially retired from the Department of Education at the end of last year after 39 years of service but came back this term to teach 1-2W whilst Mrs Wilson was on LSL. Nina has worked in many schools across Tasmania, holding a variety of roles including class teacher, senior teacher and principal after starting her studentship in 1977.

Nina started her teaching career at Mole Creek Primary, then worked at Campbell Town District HS, Sorrell District, Goulburn Street, Taroona Primary for a year in 1995, then back to Goulburn Street before taking on the principalship at Bruny District School from 1999 – 2001. After teaching overseas from 2002 – 2005, Nina permanently transferred to Taroona Primary as AST in 2006. Nina has made a huge impact on an enormous amount of students and families, as well as on TPS staff who have all benefitted from her extensive knowledge, expertise and support.

I would like to again congratulate Nina on her many years of service to the Department and to our school. We will miss her many talents and skills (including her ability to sing random announcements over the PA system) and we hope that Nina will return to do some relief-teaching for us later in the year!

Today the Taroona Primary School Association presented Kim and Nina with a beautiful plant and card each to thank them on behalf of the school community.


Tasmanian Youth Orchestra 2018 Program

What a lovely letter I received from Michelle Forbes, General Manager of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, sharing the most wonderful news that three students from our school have been successful in securing a position in the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra’s 2018 program. Congratulations Evan, Giselle and Sebastian on this amazing achievement. Michelle’s letter is included in the Student Achievements section below.

Zones of Regulation Self–regulation is the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses, and to think before you react. In school, children need to be able to self-regulate to help them be ready to learn. Children whose states of arousal are too high or too low will struggle to focus on the learning task at hand. At Taroona we use The Zones of Regulation framework to teach children to:

  • identify their feelings and levels of alertness
  • develop effective regulation tools
  • learn when and how to use the tools
  • problem solve positive solutions
  • understand how their behaviours influence thoughts and feelings, and
  • ultimately develop independent regulation

There are four zones of regulation:

  • Blue Zone: low level of arousal; not ready to learn; feels sad, sick, tired, bored, moving slowly
  • Green Zone: calm state of alertness; optimal level to learn; feels happy, calm, feeling okay, focused
  • Yellow Zone: heightened state of alertness; elevated emotions; has some control; feels frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited, loss of some control
  • Red Zone: heightened state of alertness and intense emotions; not an optimal level for learning; out of control; feels mad/angry, terrified, yelling/hitting, elated, out of control.

All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them.  For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, students are often experiencing a heightened internal state such as silliness or excitement and are in the Yellow Zone, but it may not need to be managed.  However, if the environment is changed to the library where there are different expectations than the playground, students may still be in the Yellow Zone but have to manage it differently so their behaviour meets the expectations of the library setting. For more information about the zones go to: or talk to your child’s teacher about the tools and strategies being taught at school so that you can continue this important learning at home.

Play West Completion Date Wednesday 4th April is the date for sign off by key stakeholders and Mr Poynter believes he should be the first person to use the zip line once the fences are removed…. what do you think?? Please send any ideas / suggestions for how we should run the grand opening of our new play space to:

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Dear Danielle, Please allow me to introduce myself as Michelle Forbes, General Manager at Tasmanian Youth Orchestra. You’re no doubt already aware of much of the great talent in your school but I’m writing to let you know about a few students in particular. These musicians have been successful in securing a position in Tasmanian Youth Orchestra’s 2018 program: Evan H, Giselle M and Sebastian S. TYO is committed to promoting excellence at all levels and the process to participate in our ensembles is a selective one, including an audition of set requirements. All positions are considered carefully and it is testament to the dedication and love of music that these students have demonstrated that will see them achieve now and into the future. Please feel free to share this accolade with your community and celebrate your students’ talent! I offer you my congratulations on the standards you are setting and to your music and instrumental teachers for their efforts in nurturing our next generation of critical thinkers. I look forward to supporting the development of those students to further enhance musical, and personal, aptitude, and reinforcing the quality teachings of your team. If you would like to hear more about TYO, our exciting plans for the future, or bursaries and opportunities for your students, I welcome the chance to speak with you – please don’t hesitate to be in touch! All very best wishes, Michelle Forbes General Manager, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Festival of Smiles Community Art Project Tascare collaborated with students from Taroona Primary school late last year to run a Festival of Smiles Community Art Project with Art Educator Rosie McKeand. Students participated in the project and had their art work exhibited at the Rosny Barn in December 2017. This project was part of a collaboration for International Day of People with a Disability and Clarence City Council have selected four pieces of art from the project to form permanent installations on the side gates at the Bellerive Beach Park and All Abilities Playground. Ruby (5-6GM) is one of the artists to have her art work chosen. Ruby’s art work will be installed on Digi glass with her name and story on the panelling and we will share a photo of the finished installation once it is completed. Congratulations Ruby!

Harmony Day Poster Competition Congratulations Elsie (1-2 P) who won the Year 2 section of the Hobart City Council Harmony Week Poster competition.  Elsie’s poster will be made into a postcard along with the other winners, to be published and distributed in the near future.  All entries will be displayed in the Hobart Town Hall over the next four weeks. Congratulations Elsie.


Congratulations to the following students who were presented with Taroona Awards on 27th March 2018:

  • RESPECT – Molly O, Archie R, Duncan H, Leo P, Cosmo C, Hazel O, Ethan B, Lorenzo F
  • RESILIENCE – Stella B, Xavier S, Sam J, Otto N
  • EXCELLENCE – Henry C, Elsa G, Lily B, Charlie A, Siobhan T, Ella H, Nyesa H, Jasmine C, Lewis B, Izak S, Felicity Y
  • COLLABORATION – Ashlin H, Sophia K, Claire A, Georgie P
  • CREATIVITY – Sebastian S
  • RESPECT & EXCELLENCE – Khadijah N, Eliza Mc, Miles O


On the 5th of March our school did clean up Australia day. We collected a whopping 1568 pieces of rubbish about to be blown into our precious river. This variety of waste included cling wrap, plastic bags, food wrappers (muesli bar, chips, etc) hard plastics, aluminium cans, glass and lots of random stuff. We hope that this outrageous number of waste motivates you to have nude food and a plastic free lunch. Here are some easy ideas for change in your lunchbox.

  • Cling wrap – Beeswax wrap
  • Single use zip lock bags – Multiple use containers
  • Or get a lunchbox with compartments

Don’t Let Plastic Take Over!

Madeleine Wapstra and Edie Newstead


The rain held off and the sun even came out for our fantastic Early Childhood Sports Day Carnival. A huge thank you to all the families who turned up to watch and support. Thank you also to the Year six leaders who rose to the occasion.  Our Taroona Primary School Values were showcased by all. Finally, a special thank you to Mrs Kylie Broadbent for her continued hard work and dedication in running another successful carnival.


Congratulations to all students who were awesome representatives of Taroona Primary at the Division B Interschool Athletics Carnival. Our team placed 5th overall. Thank you to Erik, Meg, Amy and Yuko who were our parent officials throughout the day at the carnival. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came along to support our students in having a successful day. Click here for individual and team results.


Champions Athletics Carnival 2018:

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Taroona Primary school at the Champions Athletics carnival on Thursday 5th April. Good luck next week.

Xavier. M, Kaiki. M, Emilia. M, Neve. H, Jude. B, Evan. H, Esther. G-S, Hannah G-S

Year 4 girls shuttle relay team – Bella, Claudia, Felicity, Hannah, Jane and Nelanika.

Students were selected on the following criteria:

Competitors are selected according to the following results from your divisional carnivals

  • field events – Div A,B,C,D – 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Div E,F,G – 1st
  • 1500m finals – Div A – 1st, 2nd, 3rd , Div B-G – 1st, 2nd. The qualifying time is; 6.30 boys and 7.00 for girls.
  • 100m, 200m (heats) – Div A, B – 1st, 2nd, 3rd in a Division 1 event. Div C,D,E,F,G- 1st, 2nd in a Division 1 event.
  • 400m final – Div A,B,C,D -1st, 2nd and run in a Div A-D final(no heats) Div E,F, – 1st,2nd, 3rd Div G – 1st, 2nd and run in a Div E-G final(no heats)
  • 800m final – Div A-G – 1st, 2nd (no heats)
  • Grade 5 or Grade 6 circular relay team –Div A 1st ,2nd (unless a tie in a Div carnival), B-G -1st
  • Grade 3 or Grade 4 shuttle relay – Div A-G -1st,


3-4  GS What a great start Year 3/4GS have had! We began the year with a lovely ‘Getting to Know You’ activity. We have published our Bio Poems, descriptive writing and a narrative in our Writer’s Gift and played many Maths games. We have conducted Science experiments, participated in Clean Up Australia, met our Kinder buddies and enthusiastically participated in National Day of Action Against Bullying. We have enjoyed meeting Bella’s Hermit Crabs, Stella’s rabbits, Sophia’s cat and Claudia’s dogs. Click on the padlet below to view us in action. If you cannot open the padlet, we recommend that you copy the link and open it in one of the following browsers listed below.







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 10 April, 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.

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

SUSHI WELCOME TAROONA FAMILIES TO SUSHI FRIDAYS FOR 2018! 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  Update: At this stage we expect School Banking to resume in Term 2, watch this space!   For more information please contact Alison Phillips –



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