Number 14: 12 September, 2018

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2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS   Kinder O & G, Prep FD & Prep VG, 1-2G, 1-2N, 1-2W, 1-2P

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Another wonderful fortnight of learning has passed. I do hope you have been checking our Facebook page for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/TaroonaPS.

Tournament of Minds

Congratulations to the four Taroona PS Tournament of Minds (TOM) teams competing at the State Finals on Saturday, impressing judges and entertaining audiences. Each team had been working on a long-term challenge for six weeks; meeting at lunchtimes, after school and on weekends to research their topic, discuss possible solutions, prepare scripts and create props for the presentation. The finals also included a spontaneous (unsighted) challenge, with a particular emphasis on the teamwork processes to develop solutions under pressure.

The culminating performances were an outstanding example of our TPS Values: collaboration, creativity, excellence, respect and resilience. All four teams received positive feedback from the judges; with teamwork, attention to detail, stage presence and humour being acknowledged. The Social Science team and The Arts team received an Honours award in their category!

This year the Taroona PS teams have been supported by teachers Debbie Clark and Hilary Purdie, and parent volunteers Natasha Rowell and Helen Ludlow. A big thank you to the facilitators for your extra time and encouragement, and all TOM families for your support leading up to and on Saturday.

    • STEM Team – Claire, Charlie B, Bella, Ellen, Iola, Lena, Kaiki
    • Language & Literature Team – Silas, Charlie G, Ruby, Otto, Lucy, Siobhan, Bonnie
    • Social Sciences – D’Arcy, Scarlett, Tom H, Sebastian S, Stella T, Edie, Neve
    • The Arts – Sebie P, George, Liam C, Hannah, Liam L, Jasmine, Jacey

Blue

I would also like to acknowledge the work of a passionate group of Year 5-6 students from 5-6PT who put together a well-run event last Friday night to raise community awareness of industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution of our oceans. Adelaide, Edie, Esther and D’Arcy presented the documentary BLUE, which provided an intense and provocative journey into the ocean realm. Throughout the evening, I learnt that half of all marine life has been lost over the past 40 years, there is a huge garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is twice the size of Texas, plastic has entered our food chain as a result of micro plastics being ingested by sea-animals, and, if we don’t make immediate, significant and sustained changes to reduce plastic use, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

I was incredibly impressed with the way the group went about preparing for this event; presenting their initial ideas to me for approval, planning all logistics including inviting guest speakers for a Q&A and developing a risk-management plan to ensure the night ran smoothly. The students also put together an online survey that was completed at the end of the night, collecting data about future actions for reducing plastic usage. The results in the graph show that the event made a significant impact on the 32 families who attended.

I look forward to learning more about the actions we can take in addressing this global issue with the upcoming TPSA Plastic Pollution Solutions Information sessions to be run in Week 1, Term 4 with both students at in-school workshops and a Parent Evening on Thursday 18th October from 7-9pm. Please see below for more information from the TPSA who are sponsoring this event in partnership with Plastic Wise Taroona.

Hope to see you all dressed up at the TPSA Quiz Night this Saturday!

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

 TPSA Quiz night – Saturday 15 October (this Saturday)

It’s nearly too late……only a couple of tables left

Our major TPS fundraising event for 2018!

Organise your team (up to 10 people)

Purchase your tickets via Qkr app

Or

Contact Alana Fitzgibbon

Alana.fitzgibbon@ths.tas.gov.au

Please see further down the newsletter for more information and a list of our generous sponsors.

TAROONA AWARDS

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

  • CREATIVITY – Ruben D, Marley F, Charlotte T, Riley S, Charlie M, Sadie F
  • RESPECT – Hamish C, Allie S, Matthew C, Nelanika J, Aren R
  • RESILIENCE – Raewyn W, Romy C, Isla C, Daniel K
  • EXCELLENCE – Ewan W, Sam W, Kai S, Spencer M, Ruby J, Sabrina J, Maille S, Danika W
  • COLLABORATION – Louis C, Lena B, Jasmine H, Ted J, Millie B
  • ALL 5 VALUES – Elliott P, Frankie S, Una O, Georgina P

WORKING WITH VULNERABLE PEOPLE

As per the New Education Act – We now require to sight and check, with the Department of Justice, ALL WWVP cards at the office every time you sign in and are onsite at Taroona Primary School.

Please carry your WWVP card with you when you come to Taroona Primary. Once a check has been confirmed we will provide you with a Visitor Lanyard or Visitor sticker at the office.

In July 2014 the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013 commenced in Tasmania.

This registration aims to help keep vulnerable people safe. Under the new legislation all volunteers and people who work with students (this includes teachers, school staff and parents and carers, school contractors) must apply for their own Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) once every three years.

As the application can take up to 6 weeks to process, it is imperative that volunteers complete their application as soon as possible. The online form can be accessed at: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children/application

The above link will direct you through the process.

  • Complete the online application form –
    • if you get paid for your role, select Employment/Volunteer
    • if you are a volunteer and do not get paid, receive material benefit or reward, select Volunteer
  • Print the application receipt or write down your reference number
  • Pay the application fee (online by credit card or at Service Tasmania)
  • Visit Service Tasmania (external link) to:
    • provide proof of identity
    • have your photo taken
    • pay the application fee if you haven’t already paid online
    • accept the Terms and Conditions if someone filled out the form on your behalf

Please attach yourself to Taroona Primary School.  If you already have a WWVP card, but have not attached yourself don’t worry.  This can be easily done by going into the Department of Justice Website and updating your details by following the steps below:

Steps:

  1. Click on link – https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/licensing-and-registration/registrations/work-with-vulnerable-people
  2. Click on “Check the status of an application or registration”
  3. Click “Check an application/registration
  4. Apply your Card number & Last name.  You will also need to click on “I am not a Robot” and look for items. This is a security measure.
  5. Under Existing Employment and Volunteering Details, please click on Add Employer
  6. In the Organisation Name: please select “Department of Education (includes LINC’s, Child and Family Centres, Trade Centres)
  7. In the Location: Please select Taroona Primary School (you will need to scroll down for this)
  8. Please complete the rest and then press Submit.
  9. You should receive an email stating that it has been updated.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE EVENT – Kingston Sports Centre, Kinder – Grade 2 classes – Wednesday 19 September – see Excursion tab for more information.

SCHOOLS TRIATHLON CHALLENGE – Grades 3 – 6 – Friday 23 November

Gather your team or enter as an individual or both! Hurry – Forms due back next week (no later than next Friday 21 September).  Please refer to email sent last week or click here for Parent letter and Entry Form.

ARTS ROTATIONS – Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE)

Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated for the Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE) Arts Rotations:

  • cardboard rolls that may be in the recycling – paper towel rolls etc. (no toilet rolls please)
  • small offcuts of wood
  • plastic lids from bottles

Please drop off to either Emma Nuttall or Sarah Wilson’s classroom.

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 C

Rhyming Couplets in 3/4 Carne

Students have been reading, examining, enjoying and creating various forms of writing throughout the year. Currently we are focusing on poetry and rhyme. Here are some of our poems featuring rhyming couplets.

“I’m gonna play soccer

So I opened up my locker

But look what I found

It didn’t make a sound!

It was a quiet little mouse

I wish it had a house.”       Chloe T

 

“Once there was a crown

That was brown

The kingdom thought it was green

But they really haven’t seen.”           Angus M

 

“Once there was a jolly farmer

Who looked after a marvellous llama

The llama was so dazzling white

It gave the jolly farmer a fright.

Everyday he combed him

From his head down to his last limb.

The llama was so cheeky

He made the tap quite leaky!”           Jonte M

Students showing their poetry writing.

 

SRC

THANK YOU – We raised $530.20 for the Farmers

The money has gone towards the “buy a bale” program.

The SRC held a farm theme dress up day on Tuesday, 4th September to raise money for farmers in drought stricken areas.  Thank you to everyone who dressed up – you all looked fantastic.

 

 TPSA NEWS

The TPSA 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 16 October 2018 at 7pm. If you want to keep in touch with what is going on but are unable to attend meetings you can find all minutes here.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL – TOMORROW NIGHTThursday 13 September, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi & Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

 

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

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

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

Number 13: 29 August, 2018

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2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS   5-6GM, 5-6PT, 3-4GS, 3-4P, Kinder O & G, Prep FD & Prep VG, 1-2G, 1-2N, 1-2W, 1-2P

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

FOUND: a pair of glasses have been handed into the office

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

School Intake Area Review

The Department of Education (DoE) is seeking your views as part of a review of government school intake areas, as required under the Education Act 2016.

During the initial stage of this community consultation process DoE has developed suggested intake areas for each government primary school.  Feedback on these maps is sought from student families and the community.

Please click on the link below for a letter containing further information.

School Intake Area Review Letter

The area intake maps are available to view via the link in the ‘Where to find information’ section of the letter. There is also a link in the letter to share your views using Survey Monkey.

TPS Sun Smart Policy 2018

Following a recent review of the TPS Sun Smart Policy in consultation with Cancer Council Tasmania, school staff and the TPSA Executive endorsed the updated TPS Sun Smart Policy 2018. Please click on the link below for a copy of the full policy.

TPS Sun Smart Policy 2018

The key change for all parents to note is that TPS needs to implement sun protection measures from the beginning of September until the end of the school year. Please dig out your child’s school hat and ensure they are worn from Monday 3rd September. As per the policy, all children without hats will be required to play in shaded areas during lunch and recess breaks.

Before and After School Playground Supervision

Parents are reminded that students are not to arrive unsupervised at school before 8.30am or play unsupervised after school finishes at 2.55pm.

Please note that parents are responsible if their children use the school grounds after school. Recently there have been reports of children climbing on the rocks and kicking balls in Play West, sliding down eroded banks near the silver slide and pulling out stakes and seedlings that were planted at our recent working bee. Parents are requested to work with staff in encouraging respect for the school property and the environment outside of school hours.

Before school supervision begins at 8.30am in the quadrangle / ECE playground and after school supervision is provided in the carpark and bus areas from 2.50pm to 3.05pm.

ECE Arts Rotations

Kinder to Year 2 Arts Rotations started this week and were, by all accounts, a wonderful learning experience. It was lovely to receive a copy of an email sent from a parent which captured beautifully the intention of the Arts Rotation experience for all students, Kindergarten to Year 6.

I just wanted to share with you what I observed this afternoon following Arts Rotations. As I strolled down the boardwalk there was an exceptionally heightened sense of excitement and joy exuding from the children as they ecstatically showed, and talked about their beautiful creations and experiences from this afternoons activities. Everywhere I looked, parents and children hovered over little items lovingly cradled by their creators as they showed them off with pure pride. Well done, and thank you for being an integral part in this enriching and delightful experience for our little ones.

I know the Year 3-6 students are enjoying their Arts Rotation programme as much as the younger students. Thank you to all our teachers, teacher assistants, parents and THS student helpers involved in delivering such engaging opportunities for our children and a huge thank you to The Arts Team (Sarah Wilson, Debbie Clark, Alannah Carne, Em Dorney) for planning and coordinating the delivery of this wonderful program.

National eSmart Week & eSafety Resources for Parents / Carers

National eSmart Week (2-8 September) is an initiative developed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in partnership with the Telstra Foundation. Held to coincide with National Child Protection Week, National eSmart Week creates awareness, solutions and ideas and encourages the whole community to be smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology.

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner ( https://www.esafety.gov.au/iparent ) provides useful information for parents/carers about the digital environment and advice about how to help children have safe and enjoyable online experiences. Resources include a 10-minute interactive tour for parents/carers of pre-teens and young teens (10 to 14 years), which has plenty of tips and practical steps to help children explore safely and manage online issues should they arise.

Comprehensive resources for parents and educators are available at https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/resource-centre

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

 

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) Close Date

Please be aware that financial support for the payment of school levies is available to families via the Department of Education Student Assistance Scheme (STAS).  STAS 2018 closes to new applications on 6 September 2018. Once approved for STAS families need not re-apply for the following year. The Department of Education contacts approved families by letter each year.

If you feel you could be eligible for STAS please collect an application form from the office. For further enquiries in regards to STAS please phone 1800 827 055 or via email to stas@education.tas.gov.au

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

TAROONA AWARDS

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

CREATIVITY – Izac P, Cully C, Beatrice B, Henry J

RESPECT – Emaan R, Max C, Emilia M, Alex W

RESILIENCE – Claire B, Livanshi S, Anna B, Maliyah C, Lauren R, Clara F, Jye R

EXCELLENCE – Piper P, Zac K, Kaiki M, Isla B, Will T, Elsa C, Harrison E, Oliver P

COLLABORATION – Indigo S, Zayn N, Bruni L, Ruby M

ALL 5 VALUES – Stella R

SCHOOLS TRIATHLON CHALLENGE – Grades 3 – 6 – Friday 23 November

Gather your team or enter as an individual or both! Forms will be going home next week.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN ONLINE – TRIAL OF THE NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENT PLATFORM (Year 2, 4 and 6)

You may have heard that NAPLAN Online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2018. Tasmanian schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019.

NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.

Our school will trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019. This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT).

The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment.

Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing. During the trial, our school will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.

Feedback from schools participating in the trial will inform transition to the online assessment as well as provide valuable feedback to shape the final development of the NAPLAN Online platform.

The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.

During September 2018, students in Years 2, 4 and 6 will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking one online test (Year 2) or two online tests (Years 4 and 6) that include examples of the new NAPLAN Online questions. Each test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN Online experience.

If you have any further questions, please contact me.

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal

TOURNAMENT OF MINDS (ToM)

Creative thinkers, Connected learners and Inspired leaders

Tournament of Mind (ToM) is an international program designed to give students the opportunity to participate in creative activities involving stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimentation and reward divergent thinking. The program aligns perfectly with the Australian Curriculum.

An enthusiastic group of students in Years 5 & 6 have been meeting each week to work on their six week long term challenge and to prepare for their spontaneous challenge. Students are demonstrating our school values of Creativity, Collaboration, Excellence, Respect and Resilience as they work together to develop a solution to a complex problem. Our student teams are:

Language Literature:     Ruby, Otto, Charlie G, Silas, Bonnie, Lucy, Siobhan

Social Science:                 Sebastian, Tom H, D’Arcy, Scarlett, Stella, Edie, Neve

STEM:                               Ellen, Charlie B, Bella, Claire, Iola, Lena, Kaiki

Arts:                                   Sebie, George, Hannah, Liam C, Jacey, Liam L, Jasmine C

 

A big thank you to our parent facilitators, Natasha Rowell and Helen Ludlow, who are helping support the teams until the state final on 8th September, at Ogilvie High School. We wish all our teams well!

Debbie Clark & Hilary Purdie

ARTS ROTATIONS – Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE)

Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated for the Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE) Arts Rotations:

  • cardboard rolls that may be in the recycling – paper towel rolls etc. (no toilet rolls please)
  • small offcuts of wood
  • plastic lids from bottles

Please drop off to either Emma Nuttall or Sarah Wilson’s classroom.

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep FD

 

 

SRC

Support our Farmers! The SRC will be holding a farm theme dress up day next Tuesday, 4th September to raise money for farmers in drought stricken areas. Get out your cowboy hats & flannelette shirts or dress up as a farm animal! Don’t forget your gold coin donation.

BLUE FILM NIGHT

SOCCER – End of season BBQ & Trophy Presentation

The annual end of year BBQ and trophy presentations will be held straight after the last round of soccer on Saturday 8 September commencing at 2pm and finishing up around 4pm. The BBQ will be held in the quadrangle. There will be plenty of food for all the family. The BBQ is free as costs are covered by your soccer registrations.

The TPSA will also be there selling cakes and other goodies raising funds for the school.

Hope you can make it.

Taroona Primary School Soccer Committee.

Cakes/Slices/Muffins

The TPSA  will be holding a FUNDRAISING cake stall at the Soccer BBQ 2-4pm on the 8th September.

We really need your baking skills. Anything that takes your fancy.

Please bring your delicious baked goodies on the day (I will be there by 1pm) or you can drop off at my house the night before (34 Flinders Esplanade) or drop off at the school on Friday afternoon to Alex Terhell.

Don’t forget to label your containers and list the ingredients on the cake.

Many thanks for your help and look forward to seeing you there.

Leah (TPSA)

BOOK DONATIONS WANTED

Book donations wanted for Paediatrics unit at the RHH

The Paediatric Outpatient Clinic and other areas for children at the Royal Hobart Hospital is in desperate need for some more children’s books. The books must be able to be wiped – so hardback or glossy pages only please!

Donations are being collected at the school office. Please give generously!

Please contact Kate Allingham  0448 877 056 if you have any queries.

 

TPSA NEWS

 

Short movie clip (password if required: qkr)

Brochure for parents

The TPSA 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 4th September, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

Number 12: 15 August, 2018

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EXCURSIONS   Year 4’s & Year 5-6 Inter-School Winter Sports (selected students)

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

There is a definite buzz in the air with Term 3 learning programs well underway.  Year 3-6 Arts Rotations started last Friday with students participating in a range of exciting experiences from The Arts including Drama, photography and pop art, and creative activities including making foil sculptures, spider webs, sun catchers and cross stitching. The Early Years Arts Rotations are due to start next week – more information from The Arts Team is included below. Inter-school Football and Netball games for Year 5-6 students started in Week 2 with wonderful sportsmanship being displayed against Blackman’s Bay and Illawarra Primary Schools in the first two rounds of the 6-week program.  Tournament of Minds is also underway this term, with four student groups working hard with Mrs Purdie, Mrs Clark, Helen Ludlow and Natasha Rowell to prepare for the state final on Saturday 8th September.

At last week’s assembly, Mr Poynter and I had the pleasure of presenting certificates to the first group of Year 5-6 students who recently gained eSmart Digital Licences as part of our e-Smart School program. The eSmart Digital License is one of the most comprehensive online cyber safety resources available. It teaches school-aged children critical digital skills and promotes discussion about online safety between young people and their parents, carers and teachers. Our school is working hard to achieve accreditation as an e-Smart school and, as part of that work, we are supporting our senior students to complete their digital licenses before National eSmart Week (2-8 September 2018).  For more information about eSmart please visit https://www.esmart.org.au/.

This week is National Support Staff Week, where we take the opportunity to recognise our Teacher Assistants, Office Administration, Education Facility Attendants and our Library Technicians. A huge thank you to Pam, Alice, Shira, Sheri, Roxanne, Jo, Bianca, Erin, Bob, Matthew, Kristina and Ruth. The work that you all do for our students, teachers and school community is highly valued and appreciated!

Today, Mrs Purdie and I travel to the Sunshine Coast to attend a 3-day Leading a Digital School Conference, where we will present two workshop sessions focusing on Taroona Primary School’s implementation of Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Two short videos have been produced to showcase the exciting and innovative work of our teachers and students in this area, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with conference delegates as well as learning from other leaders in the field.  The videos will be released to our community following our return from the conference.  Tony Poynter will be Acting Principal in my absence.

Hope to see you at Tuesday’s assembly!

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

School Surveys 2018

This week the annual School Satisfaction Survey will be sent home with one child from each family. This annual survey gives families the chance to provide feedback as to how the school is progressing and supporting learners.

It is an online survey and the letter outlines the web address as well as giving you a unique code to input. The survey should only take one to two minutes to complete

If you would like to complete a survey but do not have web access please contact the school office and we will organise a paper based version. If you lose your survey but would still like to complete, please send an email to taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au and we will arrange a new letter.

The survey closes at the end of next week and results will be returned to school early Term 4.

Staff and Student Illness

We are in the midst of the winter cold and flu season and currently have a number of staff who are away for extended periods due to illness.  It has been noticed by teachers and other staff members that some children are returning back to school still not completely recovered from their coughs, colds or viruses. Whilst we love having all children here everyday for learning, we do not want sick children coming to school. Please keep students at home if they are not well and advise the office on 6227 8325 / email taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au before 9.30am.

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) Close Date

Please be aware that financial support for the payment of school levies is available to families via the Department of Education Student Assistance Scheme (STAS).  STAS 2018 closes to new applications on 6 September 2018. Once approved for STAS families need not re-apply for the following year. The Department of Education contacts approved families by letter each year.

If you feel you could be eligible for STAS please collect an application form from the office. For further enquiries in regards to STAS please phone 1800 827 055 or via email to stas@education.tas.gov.au

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

TAROONA AWARDS

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

CREATIVITY – Anja M, Henry C, Tom T, Jorja N

RESPECT – Maja N, Theo W, Silas R, Luis A

RESILIENCE – Eliza M, Lily H-R, Matai O

EXCELLENCE – Isaac N, Bren R, Billy N, Scarlett W, Peri B, Crystal P, Shem H, Moreton F, Arlo M, Lotus F, Adelaide S

COLLABORATION – Claudia T

ALL 5 VALUES – Amie M, Leo J, Luka H, Emilia W, Poppy W, Angus M, Louis N, Tom H

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

SPPSA Winter Sports Carnivals

Over the past 2 weeks students from Taroona Primary have been trialling for selection in the SPPSA Winter Sports Carnival which is to take place on Tuesday 21st August.

Sports included in this carnival include Soccer, Netball, Football and Hockey.

Congratulations and good luck to those students who have been selected to participate in the following sports:

  • Football: Jude B, Pat H, Lucas E, Bailey M
  • Soccer: Esther GS, Ruby J, Isabella P, Emraan C, Moreton F, Kes B

Young Archies

Come and see the 16 finalists artwork displayed in the Office or view online via the following link: https://padlet.com/jo_moore1/u4e79389gfho

ARTS ROTATIONS

All Students in Kinder to Year 6 are involved in a variety of Art activities to give them the opportunity to try new experiences. Early Childhood students start on Tuesday, August 28th at 12pm for four weeks and the Primary students started last week on Friday and will continue on this day at 12:15pm for another five weeks. Children will have the opportunity to work with students from different classes through a form of art. These could include performance, collage, painting, cross stitch, photography, and craft based tasks.

If you can spare some time, please discuss this with your child’s classroom teacher. We are very happy to have assistance for the duration of our program, or for a particular week, and all helpers will require a current Working with Vulnerable People Card.

SCIENCE WEEK

All Year 3/4 classes visited I.M.A.S. and thoroughly enjoyed the interactive activities that were on offer. We would like to thank Dr Quinn for inviting us and all the I.M.A.S. staff.

 

Science Week Fun!

As part of Science week, all classes will be working with their buddy class to investigate and experiment with bubbles. Those classes who have already participated, have had such fun exploring all the activities on offer.

 

 

  

 

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 Gilmour/Murray

Last week our class visited Princes Wharf to look at the CSIRO marine vessel, The RM Investigator as part of science week. We were met by our tour guide and taken on the ship for an extensive tour. We saw where the scientists worked, slept and relaxed. We went up onto the bridge after climbing many stairs and met the men who steer the ship. After leaving the ship, we walked around the area looking at the work done by the many CSIRO scientists before going to Princes Park for lunch. We had a great day!

 

 

BOOK WEEK- (next week 20 – 24 August)

BOOK PARADE: Wednesday 22 August, 9am school quadrangle

 

 

This year our school we will be celebrating “Book Week” from Monday 20 to Friday 24th of August.

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and it is a great opportunity to celebrate Australian authors and illustrators. The Children’s Book Council has announced the shortlist titles for 2018. We now have these titles in our library and teachers will be reading them to students in the lead up to the announcement of the winners.

The highlight of book week is the  BOOK CHARACTER PARADE. This year our parade will be held on Wednesday 22nd August at around 9 am in the quadrangle. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character. If you need any help with ideas for dress ups, there are books on costumes in the library and there are plenty of great ideas on the internet. So have fun!

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal

BOOK DONATIONS WANTED

Book donations wanted for Paediatrics unit at the RHH

The Paediatric Outpatient Clinic and other areas for children at the Royal Hobart Hospital is in desperate need for some more children’s books. The books must be able to be wiped – so hardback or glossy pages only please!

Donations are being collected at the school office. Please give generously!

Please contact Kate Allingham  0448 877 056 if you have any queries.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

TPSA NEWS

**SAVE THE DATE: TPSA QUIZ NIGHT – SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER,  featuring Owen Tubb as Quiz Master

Come dressed as a Hero or come as you are

Gather your friends, for tables of 10 (max)

Donations for prizes and silent auction are very welcome!

For more information please contact Martine Siltman 

Email: martine.siltman@gmail.com or Mobile: 0423 974 551

More information coming soon……

NATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF WEEK

Dear Parents and Students,

I just wanted to add a brief note of thanks this week to all our Taroona Primary Support staff. These are our non-teaching staff who make a valuable contribution to the learning of our students in ways other than teaching. We couldn’t do what we do without them and they are often the quiet achievers that go unnoticed. This week, and not before time, we would like to raise your profile and appreciate your ongoing commitment.

Thank you for the work you do.

Warm regards

Leah and the TPSA

 

TASSO Conference 2018:

The TPSA and Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations Inc. (TASSO) offers one parent a free ticket to attend the TASSO Conference 2018: Engaging the Three C’s – Community, Caring and Communication on Saturday, 25 August 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  The TPSA sees great value in attending the 1-day event to learn about improving our approach to parent engagement and supporting TASSO as the peak body representing parents, students and school committees in Tasmanian Government Schools and Colleges.

Contact Alex Terhell, Deputy Chair, if you would like to come along: alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

Please click here for the latest minutes of the TPSA Committee Meeting (3rd July 2018)

Short movie clip (password if required: qkr)

Brochure for parents

The TPSA 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 4th September, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care    

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking

Bank Books will be collected on Thursdays each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 11: 1 August, 2018

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2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS   3-4GS, 3-4McN, 3-4C & 3-4P; 5-6GM & 5-6PT

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It is wonderful to be back at Taroona Primary School for another exciting term of learning!

Thank you to the many wonderful parents, children and community volunteers who came along on Saturday morning to assist Emma Abbott, Nicky Adams, Megan Tubb and Mel Vincent from the TPS Grounds Committee with the Play West working bee. There was a wonderful atmosphere amongst the group as we all worked hard to plant trees, shrubs and ground covers and clear debris from the area.  The children were extraordinary in their work ethic and thoroughly enjoyed digging holes, planting out the seedlings that were generously donated to the school by Forestry Tasmania, and of course watering the area at the end of the morning.

We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the Taroona Environment Network (TEN) group and thank them for providing tools and manpower to make the morning a success, as well as generously removing the green waste from the site at the end of the event.

I am now looking forward to meeting with project officers from the Department of Education’s Sustainability Centre to discuss ideas and begin planning for the next phase which is the planting of indigenous species in the garden beds located between the big slide and the 5-6 classrooms.

Loose Parts Play

Our Prep to Year 2 students have been extremely creative and highly engaged in the new play opportunities available to them with loose parts play during our lunch and recess breaks. We have particularly enjoyed watching the children construct beautiful builds in the tepee; they are quite elaborate and take some time to dismantle at the of the day! The collaboration, problem solving and of course the imaginative play has been wonderful to see and we look further to new and exciting loose parts being added to the collection.

Please contact Emma Nuttall (emma.nuttall@education.tas.gov.au) if you have items to donate.

Education Act 2016 & TPS Policy Updates

A number of school based policies are currently being developed for consultation and endorsement by the TPS School Community before the end of 2018, including:

  • TPS School Student Dress Code and Uniform Policy
  • TPS Respectful Student Behaviour Policy and Process
  • TPS Respectful School Volunteers and Visitors Behaviour Policy and Process

Fact Sheets are available for each of these areas.  Please click on the images below to access.

More information will be distributed to the school community once TPS policy development for each area reaches the consultation stage.

I do hope to see you at our next Celebration of Learning Assembly on Tuesday at 2pm where we will have a special song and late celebration for NAIDOC week (8-15 July).

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Jude B. (5-6GM) has been selected to Co-Captain the Under 12’s State Football Team from 12-18 August in Canberra.  Jude is extremely excited and looking forward to this opportunity.  Congratulations Jude.

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

Students from a number of government and non-government schools participated in the Alliance Francaise poster competition on the 29 June. We have a number of students to congratulate for their efforts.

This year we have two students who have won prizes. They are:

  • Lily B. 1st Place in the Grade 1/2 category
  • Hannah G-S. 3-4P – 1st Place in the Grade 3/4 category

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUNG ARCHIES

Last Friday, Art teachers from the High School came to judge the Young Archies Portraits.

Congratulations to the following students whose art work has been chosen to be entered into the Young Archies finals:

Leo P, Saskia C, Romy G-W, Isaac N, Ari B-B, Roland H, Leo J. Maielle S, Lilith F, Ted H, Daniel McK, Gus F, George C, Anja N, Jasmine C, & Bonnie H.

The Young Archies Awards are modelled on the famous Archibald Prize. The awards are presented in year categories, for the best portrait of a man, woman or child, created by a student in a Tasmanian Government school or college, during the 12 months preceding the closing date of Wednesday 15 August 2018.

The 2018 Young Archies finalist artworks can be viewed at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street Hobart. Dates and times to be advised when we have the information.

Please view our Taroona Primary School Young Archies Finalists for 2018 via the following link:

https://padlet.com/jo_moore1/u4e79389gfho

 

DONATIONS – Wool needed please for 3-4 GS

Mrs Graham-Smith (3-4GS) is in need of wool for her Arts Rotation Project.  If you are able to help, please drop off your yarn to the office in the box provided.

**We are still in need of wool/yarn if you have any to donate please.

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 Clark – https://padlet.com/debbie_clark1/Newsletter

Science – Red Cabbage Experiment

Our focus in Science last term was colour. We tested a number of different solutions to see their PH level. By adding our indicator (red cabbage liquid) we could see if a solution was acidic or alkaline (basic). We really enjoyed this experiment.

Rainbow colours

Our other Science experiment was seeing what would happen if we spun the 7 colours of the rainbow. Once we discovered they (mostly) blended into white, we did a second experiment to improve our designs. Some spinners were square!

First Aid

During Term 3 we have begun learning basic first aid. Our first lesson this term has been learning how to put an unconscious person into the recovery position.

Digital Literacy

As part of our Digital Literacy work, children learnt about pixilation and pixels by reproducing an image of the Eiffel Tower. Each student was given a piece of paper to coincide with a part of the picture, reproducing it only in dots. An interesting effect! We also learnt about Binary Numbers. By using the Binary system we made our names using paper for 1 and 0 for zero.

Young Archies Portraits

We have a wonderfully wide selection of artwork, from an ultrasound portrait, to friends, family, aunts, and self portraits. Congratulations to Anja and Jasmine for having your portraits selected for the finals.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

BOOK CLUB – Orders due by Monday 13 August

Catalogues for Issue 5 of Scholastic Book Club have been sent home.  Please return your orders no later than Monday 13th August.  You can order online using LOOP or return the order form along with cash/cheque to the office.  Please be sure to include a name, class and correct money with the order.

Thank you, Jennifer Hemer

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the latest minutes of the TPSA Committee Meeting (3rd July 2018)

Short movie clip (password if required: qkr)

Brochure for parents

The School Association will use a phased approach for the implementation of Qkr starting with our Sushi Friday program. If you have questions, Alex Terhell, Deputy Chair, can be contacted at alex.terhell@outlook.com.au.

The TPSA 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 7th August, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care    

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking

Bank Books will be collected on Thursdays each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 10: 4 July, 2018

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EXCURSIONS   

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News  – lots of new holiday ideas and programs

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the academic year already!  Term 2 has certainly been action-packed and it has been wonderful to see the focus on student learning maintained right throughout the ten weeks, regardless of changes to normal routines.  Thank you for supporting your children to arrive on time each day, ready for new challenges and eager to share their thinking and discoveries with us.  The end of term is sure to finish with great excitement as the SRC are holding a PJ-Onesie Day this Friday to raise money for outdoor beanbags. I do hope everyone will join in the fun!

Self Regulation and KidsMatter

At this time of year, when children are tired, the winter cold has set in and/or sickness is upon us, it often hard to manage our feelings and emotions and keep everything balanced.  This short article from KidsMatter, an Australian mental health and well-being initiative, provides some suggestions that can be useful, when helping children maintain balance, as well as background information about why self-regulation is important for mental health.  The article also is a good reminder for all of us that parents, carers and staff play an important role in helping children learn to self-regulate their feelings and behaviour and that there are many opportunities for this learning in our normal routine of day-to-day life.

Professional Learning Day  23 July – Student Free Day

On Monday 23 July, all teachers will be involved in professional learning sessions focusing on our whole of school priorities: Writing and Digital Technologies. Staff will also participate in a Skype session with Microsoft trainer Troy Waller, to learn about Office 365 and how to use this technology effectively to improve instruction and meet the learning needs of students. Care will be provided onsite, as usual, by Lady Gowrie for those families who require this service.  Term 3 resumes for students on Tuesday 24 July.

Best wishes for an enjoyable break with family and friends.

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Sailing Success

Luca G has been selected to compete in the Australian World International Cadet Sailing Championships, held in Borgstedt, Germany in August. Luca competed in the Australian Championships in late 2017 and early 2018 in Victoria.  Luca and his sailing partner competed in 12 races and were selected by the number of points they achieved over the 12 races. They will be doing the same in Germany where they will race against sailors from many different countries. On behalf of the Taroona Primary School community, we would like to once again congratulate Luca on his achievements, and wish him all the very best for the upcoming championships.

Choose Maths Student Awards

The CHOOSEMATHS Student Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools. The awards encourage students to get creative as they step beyond the classroom to bring their understanding of mathematics to life on film.

Congratulations to Liam, Sebastian and Cameron, and Louis, Lena, Max and Lorenzo, for using their imagination and creativity to produce and submit two short videos based on the theme, OUR WORLD NEEDS MATHS.

In teams, the students produced The Math Out: Why the world needs Maths and The Maths Show. To view the videos, go to the Choose Maths Student Video Portal http://choosemathsawards.org.au/student-video-portal/ and search for the videos by title.

Alliance Francaise News:

Students from a number of government and non-government schools participated in the Alliance Francaise poster competition on the 29th of June. We have a number of students to congratulate for their efforts.

Well done to the following students who have had work selected to participate.

Students receiving participation certificates are:

Emilia S. 1-2NG, Raewyn W. 1-2P, Khadijah N. 1-2W, Evie B. 3-4GS, Katie C. 3-4C , Sophia W. 3-4GS, Daniel M. 3-4P, Marley F. 5-6GM, Adelaide S. 5-6PT and Oliver M. 5-6GM

Students receiving certificates of Honourable Mentions are:

Maielle S. 1-2G, Molly O. 1-2G, Anabelle A. 3-4C, Amelie E. 5-6H, Bonnie H. 5-6 GM and Esther G. 5-6PT

This year we have two students who have won prizes. They are:

Lily B. 1-2NG – 1st Place in the Grade 1/2 category

Hannah G. 3-4P – 1st Place in the grade 3/4 category

Well done to the following Grade 6 students who have participated in the Poetry Competition.

Students receiving participation certificates are:

Max H. 5-6H, Emraan C. 5-6C, Scarlett J. 5-6GM and George W. 5-6 GM

Students receiving certificates of Honourable Mentions are:

Lorenzo F. 5-6H and Sebastian S. 5-6PT

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received Taroona Awards at last week’s assembly:

  • Creativity – Poppy W, Adriana V, Thomas W, Charlotte M, Dan W,
  • Excellence – Shiloh D, Toby G, Phoebe W, Ewan S, Max F, Lachlan S, Katie C, Xavier M, Pat H, Ollie W, Amilie E, Darcy C, Ellen H, Darcy E, Sienna F
  • Respect – Oliver F, Evie M
  • Resilience – Darcy B, Freya M, Archie V, Mia P
  • Collaboration – Jacey G
  • All 5 Values – Ella C, Quinn H, Olivia M

STORY DOG

Thank you to Kathryn from the Story Dog Program for the generous donation of the couch and cover.  Our students look forward to reading with Kathryn and Maisie each week.

LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Thanks to some very kind donations of pipes, tubes, kitchenware, fabric, buckets etc our loose parts play for the Prep-2 children is now up and running. A huge thank you also to the Kingborough Lions Club for their generous donations in 2017 and again in 2018 to support our work in this playground. We will continue to accept donations in Term 3 and would particularly appreciate large cardboard boxes and tubes or PVC tubes.

We have had circus tents, waterfalls, picnics and campsites (just to mention a few!) popping up all over the playground. It has been so lovely to see the creativity and collaboration displayed by the children.

Many thanks, Emma Nuttall

DONATIONS – Wool needed please for 3-4 GS

Mrs Graham-Smith (3-4GS) is in need of wool for her Arts Rotation Project.  If you are able to help, please drop off your yarn to the office in the box provided.

**We are still in need of wool/yarn if you have any to donate please.

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep SGV

3-4 GS

Our Excursion to the Cascade Female Factory

We had a wonderful excursion to the Cascade Female Factory and the Hobart Rivulet on Wednesday, 13th June! We were led around the factory by Flo, where we had to make predictions about what life was like in the 1800s. We made great discoveries! This experience brought our inquiry unit alive. We certainly got a true understanding of what the female convicts must have endured on a cool Winter’s day! The highlights of the trip were:

‘The most common name was Mary but the most oddest name was Nappy Ribbon. I am so happy that it is not my name! I had fun when we went for a play near the rivulet. That’s why I love the Female Factory and the Hobart Rivulet.’ Eve

‘I like the Female Factory because I learnt about the punishment cells. The weirdest part was that a goose kept coming up to me at the pond.’ Ewan

‘I was very interested in the nursery. I was also amazed at the key and latch.’ Lachlan

‘I liked the wall that described features of the women such as a flat head, viscious and wild.’ Tommy

‘I really enjoyed sketching the rivulet and I was interested about the name wall.’ Claudia

‘I enjoyed learning some of the names of the convicts.’ Bella

‘I really liked it when Flo said we were doing a quiz in a group.’ Eden

‘I thought that it would be very cold at the Female Factory and I learnt that the most common name was Mary and the toilet was a box!’ Sabrina

‘I wonder how many women were at the Female Factory?’ Brody

‘I enjoyed going to different yards to answer questions on the booklet.’ Marc

‘I wonder how the Female factory was built?’ Stella

‘I was really interested about all the different crimes the females did! I really enjoyed doing the worksheet and getting the stamp.’ Peri

‘I liked learning about all the crime classes! I liked the wall that had all the names on it.’ Sophia

‘What I found interesting was that Mary Wilkes tried to escape by dressing up as a man.’ Scarlett

‘I liked how they put a wall of names of all the female convicts who worked at the Female Factory. They had names like Nappy, Eliza and Mary.’ Evie

‘My favourite part was working together to find answers to the questions. The Female Factory was very interesting. I think you should go and explore the past!’ Bea

‘I loved joining Flo on the tour. It was enjoyable. I believe the weirdest name was Nappy, yes, somebody was called Nappy. Also when we went to the rivulet it was nice being able to sketch in my favourite place, nature!’ Quinn

‘I loved sketching the Hobart Rivulet and the surrounding area. I wonder how long it would have taken to build the factory, take down the walls inside and then make it into a history site for people to walk around and have a look at?’ Angus

‘My favourite thing to do at the Female Factory was the activity where we had to find out what happened. The funniest thing was that a female convict was named Nappy!’ Isaiah

‘I loved doing the question booklet. My favourite person from all the convicts was Mary Wilkes because she escaped into the bush by looking like a man.’ Ruby

Thank you to our parent helpers Michelle, Sarah and Bec!

The 3/4 GS Team!

PERFORMANCE  K-2

Little Red Robyn Hood, 25 June 2018

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

SRC – NEXT SRC FUNDRAISING EVENT – PJ & Onesie Day – Friday 6 July (last day of Term 2)

 

Come dressed in your Pyjamas or Onesie and bring a gold coin donation. Money raised will be going towards outdoor beanbags for use at lunchtime.

TPSA NEWS – Click here for the latest TPSA Minutes

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dear Parents and Staff

Last night the Taroona Primary School Parent Association met and voted their support for the phased introduction of an online payment system, Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’).

The Association believes that Qkr will provide a number of significant benefits to parents and staff, specifically:

  1. Reduce manual workload for TPSA fundraising program volunteers (particularly the elimination of the need for counting of cash and manual reconciliation of food orders or event tickets);
  2. Increase accuracy, transparency and timely receipt and reporting of all Association monies for the Treasurer; and
  3. Increase convenience for parents and staff via online payments.Qkr is the only system currently endorsed by the Department of Education. Qkr could be expanded in the future, to include payments associated with business of the Taroona Primary School. The Association considered this two matters in their system assessment.
  4. For more general information about Qkr, try the following links:
  5. The Association favoured Qkr over other electronic payment systems, because parents and staff are not charged transaction fees. The Association will initially absorb the costs associated with Qkr’s introduction.
  1. Short movie clip (password if required: qkr); or
  2. Brochure for parents

The Association will use a phased approach for the implementation of Qkr starting with our Sushi Friday program. Please see our email: TPSA important changes to Sushi Friday, sent this week to all TPS parents and staff, for more information. If you have questions in the meantime, Alex Terhell, Deputy Chair, can be contacted at alex.terhell@outlook.com.au.

I hope you are as excited as I am about this change and I look forward to your support in Term 3. I am also available to you at Leah.Magliano@calvarycare.org.au.

I wish you and your families a restful term break.

Yours sincerely

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

The TPSA 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 7th August, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah and the TPSA Committee

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care    

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi

Please see information above in the TPSA news.

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking is back!

Bank Books will be collected on Thursdays each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 9: 20 June, 2018

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2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS   Prep FD & Prep SGV

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

I wonder if you found time to visit the Zero Waste Festival at Taroona High School last Wednesday? Mrs Purdie, Mrs Tubb and Ms Pullen coordinated an amazing team of students and a diverse array of resources and materials for a TPS display at the festival.  The students and teachers did an outstanding job, at very short notice, to make our “litter problem” visible to the school and wider community.  Other stall holders at the event provided information and ideas to assist our community to become part of the solution to this global problem.

Already this week, I have received many emails from students in Years 5 and 6 asking for my feedback on their suggestions to help reduce the amount of plastic and litter in our school, including:

  • Facebook posts, with confronting images and key messages explaining the impact of plastic on native animals and sea birds
  • the screening of a documentary to educate the community at a fun, after-hours event
  • a proposal to “suspend any student found littering (or with convicting evidence of doing so) from their grade/age respective playground for a designated amount of time”, and
  • a persuasive letter seeking my support to make the school wrapper free altogether (no wrappers or plastic in lunch boxes at all just beeswax wraps, reusable containers etc.)

The message from our students is very clear. They want the adults, educators and leaders in our local school and community to work with them and become more aware of the need to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle plastic and other waste products wherever possible, and assist them in finding sustainable solutions to this local (and global) issue. I look forward to seeing our community’s response over the coming months as we begin to discuss and implement our student’s ideas and plans for action.

Mid-Year Reports

This Friday, all Mid-Year reports for students in Prep to Year 6, will be sent home, either in your child’s school bag or via the post.  Our teachers work extremely hard to ensure each student report captures important and relevant information about your child’s progress as well as areas for future development over the next two terms.  Many hours of writing, editing and publishing are involved. The reports truly are a celebration of learning! I thank all of our staff for their commitment to ensuring this important aspect of our work is completed to the highest level.

Parent/Carer – Teacher Meetings

Kindergarten Parent/Carer-Teacher Meetings began this week, with the majority of families taking up this important opportunity to meet and discuss their child’s progress. Next week, meetings will be held for parents/carers of students in Prep to Year 6. Please see below for on-line booking details.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

PARENT/ CARER – TEACHER MEETINGS – BOOK HERE

Bookings for parent teacher are now open.

Prep – Grade 6 classes – Monday 25-Friday 29 June

To book visit: www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the event code au358 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS (KINDER – GRADE 2)

On Wednesday the 27th of June the children will be attending the Bravehearts Personal Safety Education Program “The Ditto Show” at school.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show has been designed with the aim of empowering children. The show is not sex education. The main aim is to enhance children’s emotional literacy. By teaching children the principles of personal safety they are gaining the knowledge they need to stay safe and know what to do if anything does happen. Topics covered throughout the show consist of “Yes” and “No” Feelings, The Body’s Warning Signs, Private Parts, Secrets and what to do if you feel unsafe or unsure.

For more information visit www.bravehearts.org.au. Please see Emma Nuttall (emma.nuttall@education.tas.gov.au) if you have any queries.

DONATIONS – Wool needed please for 3-4 GS

Mrs Graham-Smith (3-4GS) is in need of wool for her Arts Rotation Project.  If you are able to help, please drop of your yarn to the office in the box provided.

TPS INTER-SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS 2018

Congratulations to all students who represented TPS at the Interschool Carnival on Tuesday 12th June. Nineteen schools were represented at the Division A carnival with approximately 114 students in each race.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 50.

Katie C 13th                        Tessa  L-P 2nd                      Addison B 20th                 Sabrina  J 30th

Henry N 31st                      Lewis. B 33rd                       Hannah G-S 14th              Claudia  T 22nd

Hannah  S 36th                   Stella  T 31st                        Hugo W 11th                      Joshua  D 38th

Dylan  K 42nd                     Esther G-S 11th                   Xavier M 19th                    Luca G 8th

Arlo  M 37th                        Max  D-B 40th

Kylie Broadbent

CLASSROOM NEWS

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ZERO WASTE – Last week we had the opportunity to participate in the Zero Waste Festival hosted by Taroona High School.

Congratulations to our Green Team who proudly represented TPS @ the THS Zero Waste Event last Wednesday afternoon. The display was a huge success with ‘confronting’ primary school litter data clearly presented alongside student generated solutions to address our litter problem. The level of student engagement with visitors to the stand was outstanding as questions were answered confidently by the team. A huge thank you to Archie, Lachlan, Nicholas, Eva, Leo, Kaiki, Silas, D’Arcy, Edie, Stella, Adelaide, Esther, Otto, Madeline & Nathan who attended the event and to Mrs Tubb, Huon C, Mrs Purdie & Ms Pullen who worked with the team to pull it all together!

Congratulations also to the Zero Waste Team @ THS – the event was a fantastic showcase of what is possible when student leaders are given opportunities to explore local solutions to global problems.

Please feel free to come and have a look at our displays in the foyer at the office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE CONCOURS

We have already started preparing our posters and the Grade 6 students have been learning their poem for the Alliance Française Competition that will be held on the 29 June at Hobart College.

Merci à tous mes élèves for your dedication and great effort.

French at home

Would you like to practise French at home? A few websites to follow up French learning at home are:

Languages Online Victoria: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/

BBC UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/

Merci!

Vanessa Barretto

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

SRC

SRC FUNDRAISER – “Blast from the Past” Dress Up Day raised a total of $314.85.  Thank you to everyone who dressed up and donated.  All proceeds to Brightside Farm Animal Sanctuary.

NEXT SRC FUNDRAISING EVENT – PJ & Onesie Day – Friday 6 July (last day of Term 2)

 

Come dressed in your Pyjamas or Onesie and bring a gold coin donation. Money raised will be going towards outdoor beanbags for use at lunchtime.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

 

Today the staff at Taroona Primary School held a “Biggest Morning Tea” tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council. We have a donation box at the front office for the rest of the week, if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause.

 

TPSA NEWS – Click here for the latest TPSA Minutes

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 3 July, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah and the TPSA Committee

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care    

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

Sushi

When placing an order:

  1. write student name, class and order clearly on an envelope;
  2. secure payment within (please don’t go bananas with sticky tape or staples); and
  3. drop into your class drawer at the School Office by Tuesday afternoon.

Please provide the correct money as change is not given and please do not use foreign coins.

Sushi Friday raised over $6,000 for the TPSA and our students in 2017. Every order counts!

The TPSA is currently a investigating a small number of electronic payment systems to allow families to place orders online. I will keep you posted on our findings.

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking is back!

Bank Books will be collected on Thursday’s each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

**PLEASE NOTE: Tomorrow’s LiL Program at the Taroona Dog Clinic is now meeting at 9.30am NOT 10am.

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 8: 6 June, 2018

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EXCURSIONS   3-4GS, 3-4McB, 3-4C, 3-4P & Selected Yrs 3-6 Inter School Cross Country students

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

 PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It has been hard to keep up with all the activities that have been happening in and around the school these past few weeks!  Following the success of our Year 1, 2 & 6 programme earlier in the term, our Year 3, 4 and 5 students have been very busy attending their daily Swimming and Water Safety lessons at Collegiate Pool.  I’d like to thank Mrs Broadbent for coordinating the 10-day programme and also acknowledge the wonderful contribution of those parents who came along to assist with supervision and logistics, particularly for the younger grades!

Our Year 3-6 Interschool Cross Country team has been training hard in preparation for their upcoming carnival at Lindisfarne North Primary School next Tuesday 12 June.  I know that our school values of resilience, respect and collaboration will certainly be on display throughout the event and I wish all our representatives all the very best.

In classrooms, our whole of school focus on writing is making a significant positive impact on student learning, with teachers implementing new strategies to support and encourage our learners to write for real audiences and purposes. It was lovely to hear that Kaiki and Silas recently received an email from the Behind the News team thanking them for a thoughtful letter and well-written proposal for BTN to consider reporting on the issue of Plastic Pollution. Also, Bonnie & Stella T were recently awarded Thinker of the Week when they successfully combined characters from two different books into a book review for their online extension English course Ad Astra Senior (who wouldn’t want to read about Trunchbull from Matilda meeting Hermione and friends from Harry Potter!)  I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing 1-2 Pullen’s thinking following their excursion to the Theatre Royal to see George’s Marvellous Medicine, and I have been amazed by our Kindergarten students who have been busy making ‘readers’ to share and enjoy with their classmates.  There are so many excellent examples of student writing up on display in classrooms as well as online via individual class SeeSaw pages. I do hope you can find time to view some of the published and draft pieces that have been cleverly developed with and by our learners.

 

Music Staffing Update

Thank you to Miss Alisha Watkins who has stepped in to deliver Music for Lisa Ker on Tuesdays and Thursdays during these first 6 weeks of Term 2. Lisa’s leave continues until the end of term and Mrs Janelle Stowe will join the team on Tuesdays and Thursdays from next week.  Janelle is currently working at Clarence and Ogilvie High Schools and comes to us with extensive experience in Primary and Secondary Music Programs in the non-government sector. Mr Tony Hasty will continue to work with the choir and 1-2P & 1-2G on Mondays until the end of term.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received Taroona awards at our recent assemblies:

21 May 2018

  • Creativity – Neve H, Max DiB, Daniel Mc
  • Excellence – Emma S, Evie B, Charlie G, Alexander V, Annabella C, Elsa B, Jasper R, Iola F, Miles B, Brody D, Isaac R, Hannah G, Addison B, Thomas H, Philip C
  • Respect – Lily B, Lucas P, Tessa LP, Niamh C
  • Resilience – Sean L, Violet F, Esther M, Elsa G, Lachlan B, Florence P, Bailey M
  • Collaboration – Oscar BD
  • All 5 Values – Lilith F, Esther GS

4 June 2018

  • Creativity – Lucette C, Hamish O,  Cameron C, Cameron H,  Cameron U, Isla Cameron
  • Excellence – Alec S, Hannah GS, Otis L, Lucas E, Aldo G, Ishaq A, Isaac F, David H, Jemma V, Chloe T
  • Respect – Ezra H, Flynn S
  • Resilience – Alec S, Silas G, Alex A, Emily D, Norah N, Oliver M
  • Collaboration – Estella R, Roland H, Olivia H, Jude B, Esther M
  • All 5 Values- Sophia W, Quincy G, Beatrix V, Eva T, Kes B

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS – BOOK HERE

Bookings for parent teacher are now open.

Kindergarten parent teacher is June 18-20.

All other classes are June 25-29.

To book visit: www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the event code au358 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS (KINDER – GRADE 2)

On Wednesday the 27th of June the children will be attending the Bravehearts Personal Safety Education Program “The Ditto Show” at school.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show has been designed with the aim of empowering children. The show is not sex education. The main aim is to enhance children’s emotional literacy. By teaching children the principles of personal safety they are gaining the knowledge they need to stay safe and know what to do if anything does happen. Topics covered throughout the show consist of “Yes” and “No” Feelings, The Body’s Warning Signs, Private Parts, Secrets and what to do if you feel unsafe or unsure.

For more information visit www.bravehearts.org.au. Please see Emma Nuttall (emma.nuttall@education.tas.gov.au) if you have any queries.

INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY – Tuesday 12 June (after this long weekend) – selected Year 3- 6 students

CLASSROOM NEWS

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5-6H

We have been exploring what life was like for the ANZAC soldiers who volunteered for the Gallipoli Campaign.

On the 25th of April, 1915, the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli and starter their long and treacherous journey.

They never came close to achieving their goals and had to endure heat, flies, dreadful food, dirty water and disease.

I was extremely impressed with the level of thought and effort that went into each student’s letter from Gallipoli. Each student now has an awareness of the incredible sacrifice made by the ANZACs and how The Gallipoli Campaign was a defining moment in Australian history.

Link to Padlet: https://padlet.com/philly_hughes/Gallipoli

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE CONCOURS

We have already started preparing our posters and the Grade 6 students have been learning their poem for the Alliance Française Competition that will be held on the 29th of June at Hobart College.

Merci à tous mes élèves for your dedication and great effort.

French at home

Would you like to practise French at home? A few websites to follow up French learning at home are:

Languages Online Victoria: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/

BBC UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/

Merci!

Vanessa Barretto

SRC

SRC FUNDRAISER – MOVE WELL EAT WELL – RAFFLE TICKET WINNERS – drawn Monday 4 June 2018 at Assembly

Congratulations to the following Raffle winners who have each won 2 tickets to the Hawks VS Gold Coast Suns match in Launceston on Sunday 24 June.

  • Jorja N
  • Max R
  • Addison B

NEXT SRC FUNDRAISING EVENT

Date Change for Blast from the Past Dress Up Day – NOW FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2018

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Later this month the staff at Taroona Primary School have organised a staff morning tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council. We will have donation boxes at the front office if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause.

Tassie Mums – Coats for kids drive (birth – 12 years) 

Thank you to all who donated warm winter clothing for babies and children in need. Taroona Primary School families have been very generous and it is greatly appreciated.

METRO BUS INFORMATION – changes to timetables.  Please click here for information.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 TPSA NEWS – Click here for the latest TPSA Minutes

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 3 July, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Leah and the TPSA Committee

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care    

For Vacation Program – please click here. 

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), catering for children aged 4-12 years. 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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

 

SUSHI

When placing an order:

  1. write student name, class and order clearly on an envelope;
  2. secure payment within (please don’t go bananas with sticky tape or staples); and
  3. drop into your class drawer at the School Office by Tuesday afternoon.

Please provide the correct money as change is not given and please do not use foreign coins.

Sushi Friday raised over $6,000 for the TPSA and our students in 2017. Every order counts!

The TPSA is currently a investigating a small number of electronic payment systems to allow families to place orders online. I will keep you posted on our findings.

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking is back!

Bank Books will be collected on Thursday’s each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this. (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

UNIFORM

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 7: 23 May, 2018

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KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  1-2G, 1-2NG, 1-2W, 1-2P; Kinder O & Kinder G; 3-4GS, 3-4McB, 3-4C, 3-4P

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

 PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It is fantastic to see such a buzz across the school now that students are beginning to learn about their digital world through the Digital Technologies curriculum. What’s exciting about this is that rather than being only end users of technology, students are beginning to ask questions and explore how technologies work.  Teachers across the school are working in coaching partnerships, supporting students to investigate:

  • what a computer actually is (and discovering there are many more computers in their lives apart from mum and dad’s laptop!)
  • what’s inside a computer
  • how data is simply information that can be collected, sorted, processed and used with a purpose
  • how information gets onto the internet (with great surprise that Google doesn’t just put it there!)
  • how the internet transmits data using networks of different scales, and
  • having a go at creating directions (algorithms) – the first step in being able to ‘code’ their ideas into a way that computers will understand.

The development of this deeper understanding and conceptual context of digital technologies, for both teachers and students, will be further supported and informed with the purposeful use of programmable educational robots in Terms 3 & 4. We are very excited to have purchased Beebots, Ozobots, Spheros and Lego Mindstorms for students to continue their learning in this area.

Our investment in digital technologies and the collaborative, co-teaching approach we are using to deliver the curriculum is made possible by an Australian Government’s Digital Literacies in Schools grant, which Taroona Primary received in 2016, as well as the Tasmanian Department of Education’s My Education program.

Taroona Primary’s exploration into this area aligns with our school’s vision of developing creative thinkers, connected learners and inspired leaders, and you will be seeing our Digital Literacies flagship appearing around the school, which guides our planning.

The buzz and high engagement from students in this learning is palpable, and I look forward to sharing more as the year progresses.

To zoom in on image click here.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY THIS FRIDAY 25 MAY (ride/scoot/skate to school) Move Well Eat Well

ASSEMBLY DATE CHANGES FOR TERM 2: – Mondays this term.

Week 6: Monday 4 June, 2pm GP Hall

Week 9: Monday 25 June, 2pm GP Hall

CROSS COUNTRY

Thank you to Mrs Broadbent for another well run event.  Thank you also to the teachers and teacher assistants for your help today. Thank you to the parents, guardians & family members who came to help and watch today.  Thank you to our Grade 6 House Captains for your support with this event.  Thank you to the TPSA who donated icy poles to each student as they finished their race. The participation was great and everyone had a lovely morning.

House Results:

1st:  Waratah: 556

2nd:Melaleuca: 438

3rd: Acacia: 392

Inter-school Cross Country information will be advised soon.

SWIMMING – Grades 3, 4 & 5 – Starts this Monday 28 May – 8 June (daily for 2 weeks)

Pool Timetable: Collegiate Pool

9.30-10.30am 3/4GS and 3/4C **Students will be leaving school promptly at 8.55am daily.

10.30-11.30am 3/4McB and 3/4P

11.30-12.30pm 5C, 5H, 5GM and 5PT

The Swimming and Water Safety Program runs for two weeks for each grade group. This will mean that your son/daughter will need to bring along the following items every day throughout their program.

  •  Swimming gear – including bathers, swimming cap and goggles (optional). Remember your underwear!
  •  Towel and water proof bag to put wet clothes in.
  •  Any medication (e.g. asthma medication) that may be needed at the poolside.

For further information please refer to letter sent to parents here.

For those Grade 5 students who have sushi on Fridays, their sushi will be made available to them before they leave for the pool.

Please remember to check to see if your child has not grown out of their swimmers and also have a cap. Caps available at the office $2.00. 

 TOURNAMENT OF MINDS

Grade 5 and 6 students will soon be invited to try out to be a part of Taroona Primary’s 2018 Tournament of Minds teams.

Tournament of Minds is a 6 week problem solving programme in term 3 for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. The tournament’s aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment. The state competition will be held in Hobart in September.

AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION

 

Students in grades 3-6 will soon be invited to register for The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). The AMC was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has since spread internationally, with students in more than 30 countries attempting the same problems.

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE CONCOURS

We have already started preparing our posters and the Grade 6 students have been learning their poem for the Alliance Française Competition that will be held on the 29th of a June at Hobart College.

Merci à tous mes élèves for your dedication and great effort.

French at home

Would you like to practise French at home? A few websites to follow up French learning at home are:

Languages Online Victoria: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/

BBC UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/

Merci!

Vanessa Barretto

SRC

Tassie Mums – Coats for kids drive (birth – 12 years)  – Finishes 31 May 2018

Do you have any warm winter clothing that your children no longer need?

Tassie Mums need your help to find 250 coats for babies and children in need.  This will help families in need of warmth and support, now the weather has begun to get chilly, there are many families who cannot keep their babies and children warm, or allow them to play outside because they unable to afford warm winter clothes. Tassie Mums accept good quality new and pre-loved baby and children’s clothing from birth to twelve years.

Please donate any old coats, boots, jumpers or beanies to the Taroona Primary School office.

Please ensure that everything is freshly washed with no holes or bad stains. A good guide to think is ‘’would I give this to my friend?’’’ To see a complete list of what can be re-homed and for more information please visit  www.tassiemums.org

Please contact Josephine Westwood if you have any questions. josephine.westwood@gmail.com Ph: 0410 693 823

By Edie N and Darcy C, 5/6 PT

CLASSROOM NEWS

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5-6 PT

As a parent, you may have noticed the significant amount of litter around our TPS grounds. As a school we have recognised this as a real problem and there are currently lots of projects going on around the school to investigate this issue and plan for solutions.

Lots of students recently attended a forum on this issue. One part of the forum that was very motivating was watching a video on the impact of plastics on Albatross:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUM58LIU2Lo

In 5/6 PT we have been working on our environment and the need to protect it. We think that the most important problem is that people don’t realise the amount of litter around our school and the consequences that come with it. We feel the need to reduce rubbish is urgent, and luckily it can be fixed very easily with a little help from you. If you reduce the amount of waste in your child’s lunchbox, it would lead to a cleaner, happier school environment.

We have come up with a few simple ideas for your child’s lunchbox:

  • You could buy a lunchbox with sections, so that you don’t have to use glad wrap or any other types of plastic that you use for wrapping food
  • Normally making your child’s lunchbox healthier helps, (by replacing pre-packaged items of food with fruit or vegetables that are wrapper free for example)
  • You could replace food wrappers with containers, so that your child doesn’t have any little light wrappers that blow into our river and ocean
  • You can wrap your child’s food in beeswax wraps instead of gladwrap, zip-lock bags or foil.

We hope that these ideas help you keep your child’s lunch healthier for them, and better for our environment.

Edie, Adelaide, Esther, D’Arcy, Huon, Nathan and Danika for 5/6PT

 

 

 

 

METRO BUS INFORMATION – changes to timetables.  Please click here for information.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 

 

 TPSA NEWS

Dear School Community,

It has been a busy start to the year so just a quick note to let you know what has been happening in the world of the TPSA.

We have a few fund raisers planned for August and November- details to be provided soon.

As always we are keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Approach one of us, send us an email or better still come to a meeting…

Look forward to the year ahead.

Leah and the TPSA Committee

Coordinator wanted!

Would you like to help coordinate the School’s sushi program: our healthy and very popular mini-canteen program and fund-raiser for our students (over $6,000 raised in 2017).

You would know that our former Sushi Coordinator, Ally Gunton, stepped down last term and as her Deputy, I have stepped up into the role of Sushi Coordinator. With a busy year planned for the Taroona Primary School Association (TPSA), I realise I might have too much on my plate as the new Association’s Deputy Chair.

The main duty I hope someone will help with is the weekly ordering and the reconciliation of payments each Wednesday (approximately 2 hours). Each Friday, I would continue to collect and distribute orders with the help of a new volunteer roster.

A new Sushi Coordinator would also be able to look forward and contribute to, the potential implementation of a new electronic payment system by the TPSA: a service designed to make the lives of all our TPSA volunteers much easier; and help explore the idea of expanding the Sushi Friday menu!

We are exploring some exciting new ways of working and ideas and would welcome another enthusiastic parent volunteer to the Sushi Team!

Please contact me on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au if you are interested in the role or have other ideas or suggestions that you think could help us.

Just like Sushi Friday, the Uniform Shop is an important fund-raiser and a great service for our parents. We are after a volunteer to help Carolyn our current volunteer, as she can’t do this alone. We really need your help.

Please contact Leah Magliano on 0419 314 010 or Carolyn 0419 613 927, basil_carolyn@bigpond.com for a detailed description of what would be involved and/or if you would like to volunteer in the Uniform Shop on a regular basis.

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 5 June, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care     

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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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

SUSHI FRIDAY: ORDERS AND COORDINATOR WANTED

Ordering reminder – LAST WEEK FOR TERM PAYMENTS (X 6 WEEKS)

Don’t forget that payments for sushi can be made in advance for the whole term (Term2, 2018 has 10 weeks) by lump sum cash payment or electronic funds transfer at the School Office.

When placing an order:

  1. write student name, class and order clearly on an envelope;
  2. secure payment within (please don’t go bananas with sticky tape or staples); and
  3. drop into your class drawer at the School Office by Tuesday afternoon.

Please provide the correct money as change is not given and do not use foreign coins.

Sushi Friday raised over $6,000 for the TPSA and our students in 2017. Every order counts!

The TPSA is currently a investigating a small number of electronic payment systems to allow families to place orders online. I will keep you posted on our findings.

Please contact me on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

School Banking is back!

Bank Books will be collected on Thursday’s each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this. (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:

  • Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
  • AU$2,000 spending money.

How to enter

Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

UNIFORM

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

Number 6: 9 May, 2018

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KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  1-2G, 1-2NG, 1-2W, 1-2P

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER Registration information  – please click on the links in the document.  For Soccer Boot swaps and Soccer Tops, please refer to Uniform Shop information further down.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

The new term has started off with much excitement and activity! Play West was opened in true Taroona style on the first day of term, with Stella and Mr Poynter riding the zip line whilst Prep students blowed bubbles to celebrate the event. The area has already delivered hundreds of hours of entertainment for students and their families. The ‘Grand Opening’ is featured on page 5 of the latest edition of the Kingborough Chronicle!

As the colder weather starts to set in it is timely to remind families to ensure children have jumpers and/or jackets with them each day.  Layers are fine e.g. tights underneath dresses, long sleeves under sports tops, so long as school colours are worn.  Please make sure names are clearly visible on all items of clothing and check the lost property basket for anything that has gone missing.

Staffing Update 

In Lisa Ker’s absence due to an ear condition, Music for the first 6 weeks of this term is being covered by Mr Tony Hasty on Mondays and Miss Alisha Watkins on Tuesday and Thursdays. Both Tony and Alisha have Music teaching qualifications and experience, and have made a wonderful start with the classes. More information will be provided as the term continues.

This week we welcome Ms Angela Spooner, Social Worker, to the Taroona PS team.  Ange has been asked to take on the SW role at Taroona due to Omar increasing his hours at Huonville High School.  We are very fortunate to have dedicated SW hours available to the school and I know this service is highly valued by our families.  Please contact the office if you would like to access support from any of our Professional Staff.

Volunteers Required to Support TPSA Activities

The TPSA provides an important service to our school community through fundraising activities including Friday Sushi and the Uniform Shop. Volunteers are desperately required, especially for Sushi Fridays.  If you, or someone you know (e.g. grandparent, aunt, uncle, community member) can regularly give an hour of your time to assist the regular volunteers please contact the TPSA (see below for full details).  Any support would be most appreciated.

Upcoming Events (see below for full information)

  • Year 1, 2 and 6 swimming and water safety program starts next week at Collegiate Pool.  Please talk to your child’s teacher if you are able to assist.
  • NAPLAN is scheduled for all Year 3 & 5 students next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week (15-17 May).
  • Kinder to Year 6 Cross Country Carnival will be held on Wednesday 23rd May, 9.15 – 11am.
  • Term 2 Stride & Ride Day, Friday 25th May.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

ASSEMBLY DATE CHANGES FOR TERM 2: – Mondays this term.

Week 4: Monday 21 May, 2pm GP Hall

Week 6: Monday 4 June, 2pm GP Hall

Week 9: Monday 25 June, 2pm GP Hall

LOOSE PARTS DONATIONS

A huge thank you to those who have already donated items for our Loose Parts Playground Project.

We are still on the hunt for the following:

  • Old household items like pots and pans, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, buckets, clean PVC pipes, cable reels etc.
  • Dressing-up stuff like hats, scarves, dresses (the brighter and more interesting the better)
  • Large wooden or plastic trays; and
  • Sturdy storage containers suitable for children to move independently e.g. milk crates, plastic tubs with lids, wicker baskets

Resources can be delivered to the Loose Parts Storage Shed (below the Prep Deck area) before school on Mon, Tues or Wed, 8.30 – 8.45am, during the first 4 weeks of Term 2.

Please make sure that items are clean and do not have sharp edges. Contact Emma Nuttall for more information: emma.nuttall@education.tas.gov.au  or ph: 6227 8325

For further information click here 

OVERDUE LEVIES

Thank you to the families, who have paid levies, or have made levy paying arrangements.

Levies are now overdue. Please make payment as soon as possible, as our school budgets for the collection of all levies. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and would like to make a levy payment agreement, please contact me via email or telephone to discuss this matter. Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)  forms are available from the office, if your circumstances have changed, and you are eligible to apply.

Bianca Long     

School Business Manager

Ph: 6227 8325

Email: bianca.long@education.tas.gov.au

SWIMMING – Grades 1, 2 & 6 – next week 14-18 May (daily for 1 week)

Year 1, 2 and 6 Swimming and Water Safety Program

All students in Year 1, 2 and 6 will be participating in the Swimming and Water Safety Program for the week, 14-18 May at the Collegiate Pool.

The wearing of swimming caps is a requirement at the Collegiate Pool. Caps are available at the school office for a cost of $2.00.

An email was sent on Tuesday 8 May with more detailed information. A copy of the letter can be seen here

Students in 1-2G will be departing school promptly at 9am.  Students will need to arrive in the classroom by 8.45am.

Times:      

Class/Year  Pool Times
Year 1-2G  9:30 – 10:00
Year 1-2NG 10:00 – 10:30
Year 1-2W 10:30 – 11:00
Year 1-2P 11:00 – 11:30
Year 6s (from 5-6PT and 5-6H) 11:30 – 12:00
Year 6s (from 5-6C and 5-6GM) 12:00 – 12:30

SWIMMING – Grades 3, 4 & 5 – coming soon: 28 May – 8 June (daily for 2 weeks)

Please check to see if your child has not grown out of their swimmers and also have a cap.  A reminder will be sent out closer to the time.

NAPLAN

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2018

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) commenced in Australian schools in 2008.  Each year, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in common national tests which assess:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy.

The scheduled dates for the tests in 2018 are Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May.

The benefits of participating in NAPLAN testing:

  • NAPLAN tests the skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.
  • NAPLAN results provide valuable information on how your child is progressing against national minimum standards of literacy and numeracy skills expected for each year level.
  • The NAPLAN tests provide you as parents with an individual report that shows your child’s results and a comparison of your child’s performance against all other Australian students in their year level.
  • Teachers use the NAPLAN results to determine your child’s areas of strength and where future focus is required and how best to provide support or extension activities.
  • School teachers use the online NAPLAN Toolkit to analyse your child’s results. The Toolkit provides detailed information right down to the individual question with links to teaching strategies.
  • Principals, senior staff and others use NAPLAN results to inform school planning and to allocate resources and support including informing decisions around targeted programs and initiatives for individuals and groups.

The best way you can assist your child is by helping them to feel comfortable about the nature and purpose of the tests, and assure them that the tests will give them an opportunity to show what they have learned in class.

For more information about the national tests, please visit the national NAPLAN website at: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/naplan.html

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal  

CROSS COUNTRY

Taroona Primary School Cross Country Carnival – Wednesday 23 May, 2018 (whole school event)

Location: School Oval

Timetable of events

9.10am                        Kinder

9.20am                          Prep

9.30am                         Year 1

9.45am                         Year 2

10.00am                      Year 3

10.15am                      Year 4

10.30am                      Year 5

10.45am                      Year 6

Parents please be aware that these are approximate times. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier if coming along to watch just in case we start a few minutes earlier. All welcome. Looking forward to seeing you at the school cross country.

Kylie Broadbent

Prep Sattler and Prep Dorney/Frost: Playing our part to build a national picture of child health

This term, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fourth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC measures five key areas of development in children during their first year of full-time school to build a national picture of health and wellbeing. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and target support for children and families.

Teachers are trained to assess each child and answer questions. Children don’t need to be present so no class time is missed, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. Teachers’ individual assessments are then analysed by the AEDC and reported as anonymous groups of children in the final report.

In other communities across the country, census results have helped communities to plan new playgrounds and parental services; schools are seeing improved student performance through new literacy programmes; and governments are using the results as evidence to develop better policies for children.

Teachers have also noticed practical benefits in the classroom. Some said in previous years that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole. Others reported that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and for developing class programs.

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census. To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au.

If you have any questions please contact Tony Poynter (tony.poynter@education.tas.gov.au) or your Prep child’s teacher.

METRO BUS INFORMATION – changes to timetables.  Please click here for information.

PARENT FORUM INVITATION – Students with a Disability – click here for invitation

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Earlier this year current student Luca and former student Archer along with 6 other Tasmanian sailors were selected to represent Australia at the International Cadet World Sailing Championship in Germany.

The youth sailors are currently training hard in preparation and would appreciate your support in their fundraising efforts, to cover some of the costs for coaching, uniforms and boat hire in Germany.

The team are currently selling River Cruise Tickets and Raffle tickets.

 

 

 

 

RIVER CRUISE

19 MAY – Book now!

Join us for a 2-hour fundraising river cruise aboard Mona Roma ferry at 6.15pm on Saturday 19 May.

Tickets are $60 and includes your first drink and nibbles. Go here to book your ticket:‪ https://www.trybooking.com/VBVV.

We hope you can join us for a fun night out! Please contact Meg Groves to purchase raffle tickets 0487 444 180

SRC

Tassie Mums – Coats for kids drive (birth – 12 years) 

Do you have any warm winter clothing that your children no longer need?

Tassie Mums need your help to find 250 coats for babies and children in need.  This will help families in need of warmth and support, now the weather has begun to get chilly, there are many families who cannot keep their babies and children warm, or allow them to play outside because they unable to afford warm winter clothes. Tassie Mums accept good quality new and pre-loved baby and children’s clothing from birth to twelve years.

Please donate any old coats, boots, jumpers or beanies to the Taroona Primary School office. Collection will begin on Thursday 10 May.

Please ensure that everything is freshly washed with no holes or bad stains. A good guide to think is ‘’would I give this to my friend?’’’ To see a complete list of what can be re-homed and for more information please visit  www.tassiemums.org

Please contact Josephine Westwood if you have any questions. josephine.westwood@gmail.com Ph: 0410 693 823

By Edie N and Darcy C, 5/6 PT

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep FD

5-6 GM

Last Term we went to Molesworth Environment Centre to enjoy a day of challenging group activities.  Our pic collage shows our reflections about the day and how we worked together as a team.  We looked at our day at Molesworth through our school values and we all decided that the value we demonstrated the most on the day was Resilience.

 

      

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN DAY – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018

 TPSA NEWS

Dear School Community,

It has been a busy start to the year so just a quick note to let you know what has been happening in the world of the TPSA.

 

  • April 30th saw the opening of the new playground. It was appropriate that the outgoing President Martine assisted with the opening ceremony as she was instrumental in making this happen and we are thrilled that the kids are loving it.
  • We have applied for and gratefully accepted a Grant of $9000 form TASSO and $250 from Aurora to help us in engaging with the school community. We have loads of plans in this space but are kicking it off with some workshops with Plastic wise and a Parent information session in October- so watch that space. These Grants will also purchase 100 Home Readers for P to 2 to the value of $550
  • We have a few fund raisers planned for August and November- details to be provided soon
  • Icy poles will be provided by TPSA to the children on cross country day- a special one off treat.
  • Last night we had fun investing your fund raising money back on our children. We said a resounding yes to all the teachers’ submissions. These included:
Arts Rotation Funding (K-6) $1, 200
Television for the music room (K-6) $3,480
3-6 Guided Reading Sets (8×5 book sets) $600
Kinder- outdoor storage box and 3 outdoor tables $1,200
Total $6, 480

As always we are keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Approach one of us, send us an email or better still come to a meeting…

Look forward to the year ahead

Leah and the TPSA Committee

Coordinator wanted!

Would you like to help coordinate the School’s sushi program: our healthy and very popular mini-canteen program and fund-raiser for our students (over $6,000 raised in 2017).

You would know that our former Sushi Coordinator, Ally Gunton, stepped down last term and as her Deputy, I have stepped up into the role of Sushi Coordinator. With a busy year planned for the Taroona Primary School Association (TPSA), I realise I might have too much on my plate as the new Association’s Deputy Chair.

The main duty I hope someone will help with is the weekly ordering and the reconciliation of payments each Wednesday (approximately 2 hours). Each Friday, I would continue to collect and distribute orders with the help of a new volunteer roster.

A new Sushi Coordinator would also be able to look forward and contribute to, the potential implementation of a new electronic payment system by the TPSA: a service designed to make the lives of all our TPSA volunteers much easier; and help explore the idea of expanding the Sushi Friday menu!

We are exploring some exciting new ways of working and ideas and would welcome another enthusiastic parent volunteer to the Sushi Team!

Please contact me on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au if you are interested in the role or have other ideas or suggestions that you think could help us.

Thank you from the TPSA

The Taroona Primary School Association was sorry to receive the news of Bridget Green’s decision to resign from her role helping to run the School Uniform Shop at the end of Term 1, 2018.

Bridget has been a willing and dedicated volunteer for 2 years and has worked extremely hard to provide an affordable and accessible service to meet the many needs of students and parents.  Just like Sushi Friday, the Shop is an important fund-raiser and a great service for our parents. Sadly however this leaves a gap in our volunteer service and Carolyn, our current volunteer can’t do this alone. We really need your help.

Please contact Leah Magliano on 0419 314 010 or Carolyn 0419 613 927, basil_carolyn@bigpond.com for a detailed description of what would be involved and/or if you would like to volunteer in the Uniform Shop on a regular basis.

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 5 June, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care     

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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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

SUSHI FRIDAY: ORDERS AND COORDINATOR WANTED

Ordering reminder

Don’t forget that payments for sushi can be made in advance for the whole term (Term2, 2018 has 10 weeks) by lump sum cash payment or electronic funds transfer at the School Office.

When placing an order:

  1. write student name, class and order clearly on an envelope;
  2. secure payment within (please don’t go bananas with sticky tape or staples); and
  3. drop into your class drawer at the School Office by Tuesday afternoon.

Please provide the correct money as change is not given and do not use foreign coins.

Sushi Friday raised over $6,000 for the TPSA and our students in 2017. Every order counts!

The TPSA is currently a investigating a small number of electronic payment systems to allow families to place orders online. I will keep you posted on our findings.

Please contact me on 0407 330 552 or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au with any questions.

 

School Banking is back!

Bank Books will be collected on Thursday’s each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.

For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this. (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

BOOK CLUB

Book club issue 3 catalogues have now been sent home and all orders are due by Wednesday May 16. (Drop into box at the front office)

You can order using the form (cash or cheque) or online via LOOP (credit card). Please remember to include your child’s name and class and the correct cash if you use the form.

If you have any book club reusable bags at home please return these to the office ASAP.

Thanks, Jen

UNIFORM

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

Number 5: 11 April, 2018

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Taroona Vacation Program APRIL 2018

KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News 

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER Registration information  – please click on the links in the document.  For Soccer Boot swaps and Soccer Tops, please refer to Uniform Shop information further down.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It is the end of another successful term at Taroona. I do hope you all have time to relax over the holiday break and re-charge the batteries ready for another exciting term of learning, which starts on Monday the 30th April.

Play West Playground to Open Monday 30th April

We are very excited about our new playground and can’t wait for its official opening on Monday 30th April.  We have planned a small event, starting at 10.45am, with all community members welcome to attend.  TPSA Chair, Leah Magliano will join myself and all students and staff to officially open the playground; a project that has been 3 years in the making.  I do hope you can join us.

Staffing Updates

Many parents may not be aware that our music teacher, Miss Lisa Ker, is currently on extended sick leave due to a debilitating ear / hearing condition. Lisa has been advised by specialists to take further leave to try and resolve the condition therefore she will not return until late Term 2 at the earliest. Mrs Linda Zywko-Hicks has been providing the Music program during this last part of Term 1 in Lisa’s absence.  Term 2 Music Program arrangements are still to be finalised.

Deborah Bender recently joined our teaching team 0.4FTE (Thursday and Fridays), working in a Learning Support role until at least the end of Term 2. Deborah is returning to ECE/ Primary teaching after many years in secondary and senior secondary roles, predominantly teaching drama and the performing arts.

Tomorrow we will farewell Mrs Nina Penfold one last time as she heads off to Bali for a well-earned break and then into retirement. We will be welcoming back Mrs Sarah Wilson from LSL at the start of Term 2.

Finally, we are still following HR processes to appoint a Teacher Assistant for Kinder Glover and hope to have more information very soon for our Kindergarten families.

Loose Parts Play 2018

Next term we are introducing Loose Parts Play into the ECE playground. Staff will be encouraging children to use their imagination and play with resources including cardboard boxes, large pieces of material, PVC Pipes, wooden planks, kitchen utensils and plastic spools. These are called ‘loose parts’.

Loose parts play will happen within class time and during play time; it will be a chance for children to:

  • Play freely with friends
  • Investigate
  • Discover
  • Explore
  • Create
  • Use lots of trial and error to learn for themselves
  • Learn to make their own judgments about adventurous play and recognising safe limits.

Do you have resources to donate?

We will need a supply of loose parts to get started. Initially we are looking for:

  • Large pieces of fabric
  • Dressing-up stuff like hats, scarves, dresses (the brighter and more interesting the better)
  • Old household items like pots and pans, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, buckets, clean PVC pipes, cable reels etc.
  • Large wooden or plastic trays; and
  • Sturdy storage containers suitable for children to move independently e.g. milk crates, plastic tubs with lids, wicker baskets

Resources can be delivered to the Loose Parts Storage Shed (below the Prep Deck area) before school on Mon, Tues or Wed, 8.30 – 8.45am, during the first 4 weeks of Term 2.

Please make sure that items are clean and do not donate anything that is likely to cause injury such as items with sharp edges. Contact Emma Nuttall for more information: emma.nuttall@education.tas.gov.au  or ph: 6227 8325

Growing Up Program

The Growing Up Program is being delivered this week for all classes K-6. At the parent session on Monday morning the educator shared the resource Talk soon. Talk often. This book is freely available to help Tasmanian parents talk with their children about growing up.  It contains information appropriate for each developmental stage and was developed by the Government of Western Australia (Department of Health) and adapted for Tasmanian use with permission.

Download a free copy from http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/healthy_communities/talk_soon_talk_often or call (03) 6166 0629 or email talksoontalkoften@dhhs.tas.gov.au to request a hard copy.

Have a terrific holiday!

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

OVERDUE LEVIES

Thank you to the families, who have paid levies, or have made levy paying arrangements.

Levies are now overdue. Please make payment as soon as possible, as our school budgets for the collection of all levies. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and would like to make a levy payment agreement, please contact me via email or telephone to discuss this matter. Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)  forms are available from the office, if your circumstances have changed, and you are eligible to apply.

Bianca Long     

School Business Manager

Ph: 6227 8325

Email: bianca.long@education.tas.gov.au

TPSA THANK YOU

It is with regret that the Taroona Primary School Association received news at the beginning of Term 1, that Ally Gunton would not be able to continue in her role as Sushi Friday Coordinator beyond the end of this term.

We wish to thank her for the time she has given to the role (some 5 hours every week!) this term and in 2017; and thank her for introducing us all to the delicious prawn, Californian and more recently, omelette hand rolls!

We wish Ally and her family, including baby Harvey, all the best and I will be pleased to see her from time to time as she has agreed to provide occasional help sorting sushi each Friday.

If you too would like to help be part of our Sushi Friday, please get in touch with me.

Alex Terhell

Deputy Chair, TPSA and Sushi Coordinator

Alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

EXTENDED LEARNING @ TPS

 

During March, teachers and students from Taroona Primary participated in a number of opportunities offered as part of Gifted Awareness week. Some  teachers attended an after school seminar and planning workshop presented by Dr Manoj Chandra Handa about Fostering Differentiated Learning for the Gifted, and Gifted Insight professional learning offered by the Department of Education.

So far this year TPS students have participated in the School Mathematics competition (Mathematics Association of Tasmania), the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition (Mathematics Trust of Australia), and next week three grade 6 students, Xavier Mulcahy, Oliver Murphy and Otto Newstead will participate in the Asia-Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools. Students have also started in some online programs that run throughout the year. Our keen writers are being supported by parent volunteer Maggie Sakko through an online writers group, with some students submitting their work to the Write for Fun competition. Other students from grades 1 to 6 are participating in the Department of Education’s Gifted Online programs.  These stretch students in areas of STEM, critical and creative thinking, English, maths, coding & philosophy, and students work on these at both school and home. We are lucky to have the wonderful support of UTAS and TAFE student volunteers Helen Dunsby, Georgia Mahy and Wayne Meyers to help students make the most of their online courses.

Other enrichment opportunities throughout 2018 include Debating, Tournament of Minds, the Australian Maths Competition, Young Archies, Alliance Francais, Maths Olympiad, Mathematics Relay, What Matters Writing competition, Bebras Challenge, and the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians.

In addition to these rich external resources, TPS teachers are committed and supported to differentiate the learning within each classroom so that all students engage at a point that brings both challenge and success, and build in our students the school’s values of creativity, excellence, collaboration, resilience and respect.

Hilary Purdie

AST – Support & Extension

CHAMPIONS CARNIVAL 2018

We were very proud of all students who were selected to participate in the Athletics Champions Carnival last Thursday. Following the event, the SPSSA invited Esther and Neve to be members of the SPSSA team which will compete in Launceston on Friday May 11th. Congratulations Ester and Neve.

Final Results:
Xavier M 1500m 6th, Vortex 5th
Kaiki M Long Jump 8th
Neve H 100m 7th, Long Jump 9th
Jude B 100m 5th in the heat
Hannah G-S 800m 6th
Evan H 400m 5th
Esther G-S 800m 2nd
Year 4 girls shuttle relay (Hannah, Claudia, Nelanika, Felicity, June and Bella) 4th

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 P

Who would have thought the Commonwealth games would make it to Taroona?

In Grade 3/4 P, we celebrated the Potato Commonwealth Games. Each student received a ‘potato athlete’ and we had great fun dressing them up and giving them names. The students did a great job researching about their country of origin. We learned about lots of new places in the world.

The potato athletes competed in three events – 1500m, 100m sprint, shot put and diving. The students did lots of measuring (cm, m, secs, mL) to find out our winners. Sadly, many potatoes did not survive the day as they splattered upon landing (shot put) or drowned (diving).

Congratulations to all of the potatoes and your coaches.  You all competed fairly and in the true spirit of the game.  We really loved sharing this day with Grade 3/4 G-S.  A big thank you to Miss M for all your help on the day.

Liz Parry

     

 1-2 P

Our class have been working extremely hard around the TPS value of ‘Creativity’. As you can see from our photos, we have been writing descriptive poetry, making papier mache globes of the world, creating a canvas for the upcoming TMAG Children’s Festival, performing plays and wondering about African artefacts! What a busy few weeks of learning we have had and it all has been amazing fun!

Jos Pullen

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN DAY – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018

 

 TPSA NEWS

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 1 May, 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 tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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

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@outlook.com.au 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 – aphillip5@yahoo.com.au

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL