Number 10: 4 July, 2018

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2018click to open the Calendar of events

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

Kinder G

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.

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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

 

Number 4: 28 March, 2018

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Taroona Vacation Program APRIL 2018

KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

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

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

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

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

Staff Farewells

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra 2018 Program

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

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

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

There are four zones of regulation:

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

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

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

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

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

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

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY REPORT FROM 5-6PT

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

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

Don’t Let Plastic Take Over!

Madeleine Wapstra and Edie Newstead

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPORTS CARNIVAL

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

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS RESULTS

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

CHAMPIONS CARNIVAL

Champions Athletics Carnival 2018:

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

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

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

Students were selected on the following criteria:

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

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

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

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 1-2 GREGSON

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 10 April, 2018 at 7pm. If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email 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 WELCOME TAROONA FAMILIES TO SUSHI FRIDAYS FOR 2018! When placing an order please write name, class and teacher clearly on an envelope and secure payment within and drop into your class drawer at the office by Tuesday afternoon. Also please don’t use foreign coins for payment as they cannot be banked. We prefer not to take cheques and we ask that coins not be taped together. We are currently seeking some new volunteers to help with sushi on a Friday.  If you could volunteer an hour of your time on a Friday morning to help pack the orders that would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Alex Terhell or the office. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact Alex at alex.terhell@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

Number 3: 14 March, 2018

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Taroona Vacation Program APRIL 2018

KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

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

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

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

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

 Harmony Day at TPS

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

TPSA Annual General Meeting

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

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

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

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

Student Representative Council Executive

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

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

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

National Ride to School Day, March 23rd 2018

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

Play West Completion

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

BEESWAX WRAP MAKING SESSION: MONDAY 26TH MARCH 3:15 -4:45pm

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

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

Please RSVP by Monday 19th March to: megan.tubb@education.tas.gov.au

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPORTS CARNIVAL

When: Wednesday 28th March

Time: 1.00 – 2.30pm

Where: Oval

Who: All Preps, Year 1 and Year 2 students

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

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

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

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

We look forward to a fun afternoon.

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4  CARNE – Term 1

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

·         Story Writing and Sharing

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

·         Using the  SeeSaw App

·         Being creative in Art

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

 

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

1-2 NUTTALL/GROS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 

 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 6 March, 2018 at 7pm.

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

Please email 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.

 click on this image for more information.

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

SUSHI

WELCOME TAROONA FAMILIES TO SUSHI FRIDAYS FOR 2018!

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

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

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact Alex at alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

Alex Terhell

Sushi Coordinator

School Banking

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

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

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

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

Scholastic Book Club

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

Jennifer Hemer

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

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

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

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

Duty of Care

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL


Number 2: 28 February, 2018

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KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  5-6PT, 5-6GM, 5-6C, 5-6H

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

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Meet the Teacher & Welcome Back BBQ last Friday.  Despite the weather, it was a very successful event with many families enjoying the opportunity to visit classrooms and informally chat with teachers. Thank you to our tireless TPSA executive and parent volunteers who helped with all aspects of the afternoon / evening.

Student Representative Council

The Taroona Primary School Student Representative Council (SRC) provides a voice for all students as well as leadership opportunities for elected Year 3-6 students. The SRC provides:

  • a student perspective in school decision-making, e.g. input into playground decisions and upgrades, suggestions for student activities
  • assistance in building a respectful and supportive school through student-led awareness-raising activities; and
  • a voice for students in school fundraising:
    • to support a charity with a focus on people or the environment
    • to support donations to disasters or emergencies

The SRC run or support student-led fundraisers each term and then give money to the charities chosen for the year by students.

The expectations, roles and responsibilities of SRC Members (and their deputy) are as follows:

  1. Attend scheduled lunchtime meetings all year
  2. Think of ideas for the school
  3. Discuss class ideas at meetings
  4. Report back to the class following each meeting
  5. Be on time for meetings
  6. Take notes during the meeting
  7. Take SRC folder to the meeting
  8. Model the school values at all times

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected to be class representatives for 2018 (names in brackets are students voted as deputy).

  • 3-4 A Beatrix V-G (Evie B) & Scarlett G (Tommy E)
  • 3-4 B Hamish C (June B) & Anna F (Scarlett W)
  • 3-4 C Charlie G (Roy C) & Jonte M (Tess L-P)
  • 3-4 D Crystal P (Lucy J) & Ted H (Addison B)
  • 5-6 A  5 – Edie N (Simon M), 6 – D’Arcy C (Bella P) & Sebastian S (Tom H & Kes B)
  • 5-6 B 5 – Georgie P (Liam L), 6 – Max H-T (Ollie W) &  Hannah G (Bailey M)
  • 5-6 C  5 – Neve H (Dylan K), 6 – Lucas E & Max R
  • 5-6 D 5 – Marley F (Kaiki M), 6 – Ruby J & Otto N

House Captains / Vice-Captains

Taroona Primary School has three sports houses: Acacia (Yellow), Melaleuca (Blue) and Waratah (Red). There are two Year 6 House Captains and two Year 6 House Vice Captains elected each year by students in Years 3-6.

The expectations, roles and responsibilities of Sports House Captains are as follows:

  • To be a positive role model.
  • To exhibit outstanding behaviour and work ethic across all areas of school.
  • To be an active participant at all sporting events.
  • Encourage team mates positively.
  • Assist staff with organisation at all events.
  • Promote team spirit and demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as House Captains and House Vice-Captains for 2018.

    • Acacia: Captains – Esther G-S & Kes B / Vice-Captains – Ellen H & Jordon D
    • Melaleuca: Captains – Hannah G & Liam C / Vice-Captains – Ruby J & Max R
    • Waratah: Captains – Bella P & Arlo M / Vice-Captains – D’Arcy C & Emraan C

Y3-6 Athletics Carnival

What a wonderful day we had yesterday for our annual Y3-6 Athletics Carnival.  The high level of participation from all students was once again a memorable part of the day.  Thank you to Mrs Kylie Broadbent for her outstanding organisation, to Elizabeth College students for so capably assisting with the running of field and novelty events, to the parent volunteers who performed many and varied roles throughout the day and a huge thank you to the Kingborough Little Athletics Centre for their support once again. Please see below for more information from Kylie.  House points were announced this morning after daily fitness: Waratah 383, Acacia 399 & Melaleuca 471.

Play West Upgrade Update

It has been very exciting to see the Play West Playground take shape over these first few weeks of term.  I am aware that this journey began almost 2 years ago when the Kingborough Council upgraded their stormwater infrastructure in that part of the school, and, as a result, created the opportunity for the school to pursue development of this area as per the Grounds Master Plan (2015).  There have been many hurdles and costs for the school along the way, such as failing underground infrastructure / drainage issues, complications with site levels and, most recently, the discovery of an undocumented underground decommissioned asbestos pipe which had to be removed!

The school and the TPSA have made a huge investment in this complex and expensive project over the past 2 years.  Families may recall that late in 2016, the TPSA provided $28,207 funding for the Kompan Climbing Net, which is now being installed alongside the Zip Line / Flying Fox purchased by the school. In 2017, the TPSA donated $10, 978 to cover the cost of the construction drawings / project management by Urban Initiatives, and at the first TPSA meeting in 2018, $50,000 was donated to assist with the cost of the major works now being completed (estimated at approximately $160,000). We are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the new playground and are hoping the works will be completed by Friday 16th March.

 

Student Absences

Please ensure the office is contacted if your child will not be at school.  All absences will be followed up to ensure correct attendance data is recorded as per the 2016 Education Act.  Email Taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or Ph 62278325 before 9.30am.

Before School Care

A reminder that children should not to be in the school grounds unsupervised prior to 8.30am. Lady Gowrie run our Before School Care program from 7.30am each school day and we encourage all parents who need to drop children off early to utilise this service. Please contact the Lady Gowrie team to make a booking: Ph 62306864 or email oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au.

I’m looking forward to the Taroona Primary School Association Annual General Meeting next Tuesday.  The meeting will start at 7pm in the staffroom and everyone is welcome.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

LEVIES AND STUDENT ASSISTANCE

School levies and charges are determined in consultation with the Taroona Primary School Association. The levy for 2018 is inclusive rate of $325 per student Kindergarten-Grade 6. The levy includes all activities, materials, excursions, swimming, Growing Up Program, a personal student device and Online Programs.

The levy also covers the cost of stationery, textbooks, materials, special learning aids, library expenditure, additional classroom supplies and classroom support, ICT programs and individualized learning programs.

Levy payments  can be made by cash, cheque, eftpos, BPay, Bpoint and Service Tas.

It would be appreciated if payment in full could be made within the first four weeks of Term 1.

Our school budgets for the collection of all levies. Any parent who believes that payment of the levy in one lump sum poses a difficulty is invited to make contact with the Principal or School Business Manager to discuss this matter.

Please note that if you intend seeking assistance for your child/children by way of the Government’s Student Assistance Scheme (STAS), application forms are available at the school office. Forms should be completed and returned as soon as possible. The Student Assistance Scheme now covers ALL student levy costs.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

TPSA WELCOME BACK BBQ

I would like to thank everyone who came to the 2018 Welcome Back BBQ.

Despite the threatening rain, the school community came out and enjoyed a lovely evening with friends, family, Taroona Primary staff and committee members. I’d especially like to thank everyone who helped on the night from the sausage flippers to the cake sellers to the all important clean up crew.

This Saturday is the State Election and the Taroona Primary School GP Hall is a polling place. Some hard core committee members are holding an Election Day sausage sizzle on the basketball court from 8am-3pm. If you have an hour to spare, they could do with a hand. Otherwise just enjoy a sausage in bread while you contemplate Tasmania’s future government.

If you have any questions about the Taroona Primary School Association or the upcoming AGM, please don’t hesitate to email me on martine.siltman@gmail.com or call on 0423974551.

Click here for photo’s of the BBQ.

TPSA AGM

When: Tuesday 6th March 2018

Time: 7pm

Where: Taroona Primary School (Staff Room)

Who: All parents /carers at TPS are welcome and encouraged to attend

Click here for AGM Notice.

Martine Siltman

Chair, TPSA

TPS ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

What a truly fabulous Athletics carnival day. We could not have asked for better weather. Student’s participation was extremely positive, the most exciting and most rewarding moment for myself on Tuesday was to look around to see so many students participating in each event, supporting each other, smiling and having fun all at once!

Thank you to all parents who volunteered to help out with recording, places and marshalling on the day.

Thank you to the 12 Elizabeth College students who were exceptional at helping to run our field and novelty events on the day. Each activity organised by the college students ran smoothly and each student was extremely encouraging to all of the TPS students.

Thank you to Kingborough Little Athletics Centre for hiring the timing gates to our school. Many thanks to Selena, Rod, Michelle and Laurence who helped on the day and the lead up to our event, your assistance was invaluable.

Lastly thank you to the teachers who worked tirelessly all day to give students such a wonderful day.

Kylie Broadbent.

CLASSROOM NEWS : 5-6 Clark

We have had a great start to the year. Our first art activity was a self portrait using a laminating pouch, permanent markers, a black and white photo and a variety of torn paper. The students thought about whether they were going to be realistic or use the paper in an abstract manner. We are very proud of our results.

Can you guess who they are? Unfortunately a couple of portraits are not quite finished in time to share.

Debbie Clark

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 

 TPSA NEWS

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

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

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

Please email tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

 

FOUND – KEYS

Keys were handed into the office on Friday 23 February before the Welcome BBQ approximately 3pm.

If you believe these may be yours.  Please call into the office.

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.

 click on this image for more information.

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

SUSHI

WELCOME TAROONA FAMILIES TO SUSHI FRIDAYS FOR 2018!

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

Due to family and work commitments Ally Gunton will be handing the Sushi arrangements to Alex Terhell. Thank you to Ally for all the hard work over the last 12 months.

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

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

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

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

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

Scholastic Book Club

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

Jennifer Hemer

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

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

Second hand items are in constant demand. If you have second hand items that you would like to donate they will be gratefully accepted. Please note that it is not possible for us to conduct private sales on behalf of individuals.

However, we have recently been made aware of a Facebook page created by a parent called:

Taroona Primary School Uniform Buy/Sell & Trade

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

Duty of Care

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL


Number 1: 14 February, 2018

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KEY DATES 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2018! We have had a wonderful start, and our new and returning staff & students have settled in extremely well.

Professional Learning & School Priorities 2018

Our teachers returned to work on 1st February  to participate in Professional Learning focusing on Inquiry and Literacy, led by Kath Murdoch (Teacher, Author and Educational Consultant). Then, on the 5th February all teachers worked together here at school to finalise our 2017 Annual Report and our 2018 School Priorities and Planning.

This year we are focusing on 3 key areas: English- Writing, Digital Technologies, and Inquiry and Play-based learning. You may have noticed a more visible presence of “wondering” across the school in these first few days as we start our journey towards creating a culture of curiosity and inquiry! Our focus in classrooms throughout each newsletter will show evidence of this learning as the year unfolds.

Grounds Update

You may have noticed a few changes taking place across the school site. The Play West Playground redevelopment started on January 8th and is quickly taking shape. The children are enjoying seeing changes in the area each day! We are hoping for a mid-March opening and will provide regular updates as the work gets closer to completion.

Painting has also been underway on the exterior of Top and Middle Block classrooms. This work should be completed within the next fortnight (weather dependent!) and will provide much needed restoration to worn and damaged weather boards.

The footpath outside Early Childhood block as well as the THS bus turning circle was upgraded by the Department of Education over the holiday period. Footpaths in the Kindergarten playground have also been fixed by the school and Sheri Matthews will begin restoring the mural along the ECE wall over the coming weeks.

Finally, the storage area under the Prep deck area is getting closer to completion, which means that we will soon be able to seek donations of items for our loose parts play ground. The Kingborough Lions Club has generously donated $1,000 towards the cost of building the storage space as part of our whole of school focus on inquiry and play-based learning.

2018 Welcome Back BBQ – Friday 23 February from 4.30pm

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Welcome Back BBQ. This is an annual event and provides families with the opportunity to informally visit their child’s classrooms and meet the 2018 teachers as well as connect as a school community in the quadrangle for an hour or two. The TPSA is looking for volunteers to assist so please email Martine Siltman (Chair) if you are able to assist with any aspect of the event (Martine.Siltman@gmail.com). Classrooms will be open from 4.30 – 5.30pm with teachers then coming out to the quadrangle to informally catch up with families and students.

Best wishes

Danielle

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

LEVIES

Levies and Student Assistance

School levies and charges are determined in consultation with the Taroona Primary School Association. The levy for 2018 is inclusive rate of $325 per student Kindergarten-Grade 6. The levy includes all activities, materials, excursions, swimming, Growing Up Program, a personal student device and Online Programs.

The levy also covers the cost of stationery, textbooks, materials, special learning aids, library expenditure, additional classroom supplies and classroom support, ICT programs and individualized learning programs.

Levy payments  can be made by cash, cheque, eftpos, BPay, Bpoint and Service Tas.

It would be appreciated if payment in full could be made within the first four weeks of Term 1.

Our school budgets for the collection of all levies. Any parent who believes that payment of the levy in one lump sum poses a difficulty is invited to make contact with the Principal or School Business Manager to discuss this matter.

Please note that if you intend seeking assistance for your child/children by way of the Government’s Student Assistance Scheme (STAS), application forms are available at the school office; this should be completed and returned as soon as possible. The Student Assistance Scheme now covers ALL student levy costs.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

WANTED: PARENT HELPERS: Year 3-6 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

WHEN: Tuesday 27th February

WHAT: 3-6 School Athletics Carnival 9ish – 2.35pm

WHY: Help with timing, recording and placings in our running events AND Long Jump.

WHERE: School Oval

PLEASE NOTE: EXPERIENCE NOT REQUIRED

If you are available to help on this day, please let Kylie Broadbent know, email or leave a message in the office. All help is greatly appreciated!!

Kylie.broadbent@education.tas.gov.au

Please click here for Athletics Carnival timetable.

MUSIC

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

 

 TPSA NEWS

 

TPSA

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

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

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

 click on this image for more information.

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

Sushi

WELCOME TAROONA FAMILIES TO SUSHI FRIDAYS FOR 2018

Alex and I are excited to be once again organising Sushi for student lunches on Fridays, this not only gives parents a break from making lunch but students get to try something new and different. All funds raised from the purchase of Sushi rolls goes directly back into the school and towards purchases to benefit students.

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 a brainstorming a way to provide a facility to allow families to be able to place orders online and will keep you informed as we bring this to fruition.

Students can again this year place full term orders by placing their orders for the term onto an envelope and placing payment for the term within. If you need to change the order selection just send me an email before that week’s order is placed on Wednesday.

Looking forward to another great year of fundraising for Taroona Primary School with you

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to send me a text at 0400607004 or email at allycgunton@gmail.com

Cheers,

Ally. G

School Banking:

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

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

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

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

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 catalogues have now been sent home with students.  Please place your online order via LOOP or return your cash/cheque order to the office by Feb 26.  If making a cash/cheque order please make sure the student name and class is included on the order form and place it in an envelope with the correct amount.

Online orders can be made at https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx

Jennifer Hemer

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

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

Duty of Care

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL