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


Number 25: 20 December, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

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

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

Staff Farewells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Staffing

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

2018 Staff Professional Learning and School Priorities

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

Playground Redevelopment

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

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

Taroona Primary School Parent Handbook 2018

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

Hard copies are available at the office on request.

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

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT ACHIEVMENTS

Maths Challenge for Young Australians – Enrichment Stage

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

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

Hilary Purdie

CLASS NEWS

6GM Happenings

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

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

 

1W

PAST STUDENT CELEBRATION

 

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

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

 

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

If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care – Taking 2018 Enrolments NOW.                        

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care) where we cater for children aged 4-12 year olds. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

Summer Vacation Care

Please click here for a Summer Program.

 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.

 School Banking:

 

 

 

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

The back to school sales dates are:

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

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

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

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

 

Duty of Care

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL


Number 24: 6 December, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  2P, 6G & 6PT

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We are at a most exciting part of the term, where teachers are preparing reports, students are planning for end of term celebrations and events, and teaching teams are finalising 2018 class placements.  End of year reports and information about your child’s 2018 class placement will be sent home next Friday, 15th December.

Don’t forget our K-5 End of Year Assembly is to be held at THS Gym next Wednesday, 13th December at 12.30pm.  The event will start with our junior and senior bands, followed by combined class items. Parents, Carers and other family members attending are asked to be seated by 12.20pm so that we can make a prompt start.

Beach Day 2017

On Thursday 14th December, weather permitting, all children will be participating in our annual, whole-of-school end-of-year beach day at Taroona Beach.  Individual class arrangements for departure and return to school will be communicated to parents in the coming days.

Please note that Prep to Year 2 students will be able to paddle and collect water in small buckets. They are not allowed to swim. There will be a designated area at the beach for the ECE classes at the Shot Tower end.

Year 3-6 children will be allowed to swim in small groups under the supervision of a Bronze Medallion supervisor, hired by the school for this event. Students will only be able to paddle and swim waist deep.

All children will be invited to participate in other beach activities, such as creating sand sculptures and beach games.

Children need to bring lunch, plenty to drink, sensible footwear for walking to the beach, bathers, towel, hat and sun cream (to be applied regularly). Children should also have a t-shirt or rash vest to prevent sunburn. Free dress can be worn and parents are welcome to attend.

Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

TPS Volunteers Afternoon Tea – Monday 18th December 2.15pm in the staffroom.

Invitations are in the process of being given to all of our parent / carer and community helpers, inviting them to come along to an afternoon tea as a thank you for their assistance throughout the year. If you have helped out in any way this year we want to recognise and thank you for your efforts.  Please put the date and time in your diary and RSVP to the school office to let us know you’re coming!

Policy Updates and the New Education Act

The TPSA have recently endorsed a number of school policies and documents, updated under the new Education Act which began on July 10, 2017.  Please email the office if you would like a copy of any of the following documents:

  • Attendance Policy and Process
  • School Levies and Charges Policy
  • Model out of Area Procedure

Information about the new Education Act is available from the Department of Education at the following link: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/legislation/education-act/

Taroona Awards

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

  • Respect – Daniel McK
  • Excellence – Matthew C, Charlie G, Florence P, Jordy S, Billy N, Kai S, Adam B, Henry N, Micah C, Ewan W
  • Creativity – Sam G, Oscar R, Ella C, Lena B, Aldo G
  • Resilience – Claudia T
  • Collaboration – Ruby A
  • Respect & Collaboration – Hugo W, Ned J
  • Excellence & Creativity – Ella H, 2P
  • Collaboration & Excellence – Nathan W
  • All 5 Values – Meg S, Yashmina M, Nicholas M, Sebastian S

A reminder to all students and families that as a MWEW school, sweet treats e.g. candy canes / lolly pops should not be brought to school or included in Christmas cards. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Please note that our last newsletter of the year will be published on Wednesday 20th December.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Congratulations to Mrs Bianca Long, Mr Tony Poynter and Ms Danielle Bresnehan who have recently been acknowledged for their 25 years of service with the Education Department.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Champions Swim Carnival Results 2017

Congratulations to all students who competed in the recent carnival. Outstanding final results below.

Luca G. Year 5, 2nd breaststroke

Bella P. Year 5, 4th breaststroke

Giselle M. Year 5, 1st backstroke

D’Arcy C. Year 5, 2nd aquatic underarm

Ben B. Year 4, 3rd freestyle

Charlie G. Year 3, 1st backstroke

Year 5 girls 1st in the Medley Relay – Giselle, Amelie, Bella and D’Arcy.

 

Congratulations to one of our students (name not published as photo is attached as per Education Department Guidelines), who is representing Tasmania in the Under 12 boys hockey team at the Pacific School games currently being held in Adelaide.

Tasmania has played really well in its first two games against Queensland and Victoria and unlucky to lose 1-0 and 2-0. He has played strongly in both games – His dad says he played so hard that he is now so tired he hardly has any energy to chatter- something his dad says he hasn’t seen before!

Today is a rest day  and Tomorrow the tassie team plays 2 games in one day against NSW and then against WA

It is a great adventure for him and his coach has played over 100 games for Australia, so there is lots to learn. He is enjoying the carnival and he says he is so looking forward to getting back to school to catch up on his schoolwork next week.

 

ICECREAM DAY – has been amended this week to Friday 8 December, as many of our classes will be attending a performance on Thursday.

 

Grade 6 – Reminder for Orientation Day – Monday 11 December  9.30am-12.30pm.  Meet in front of the Taroona High School Gym. Please click here for more information.

CLASS NEWS

4/5 Clark

As the year is coming to an end, we look back over some of the work we have done in recent weeks.

Environmental Playground

Students pretended they were the Environmental Architects of a 100m x 70 m piece of land. Their job was to use a supply list of materials to design, calculate and present an Environmental Park to cater for a community. They had to consider what children, families and older people would want.

They were given a budget of $5000.00. Students needed to use money, calculators, estimate, draw to scale, multiply, use cubic measurements and lastly think about the project!

Here are some of our designs. – Please click on each heading to view photos

2 Dimensional Art

In preparation for learning to paint a landscape painting, we used coloured paper to understand about colour, temperature and perspective. We were thrilled with our artwork.

Mancala Tournament

During Terms 3 and 4 we learnt the ancient game of Mancala. We then operated a class tournament through a round robin where we had 3 teams, Lemon, Lime and Carrot (nothing to do with Mancala!) The winners of those teams were Luca G, Enya W and Julian B. After playing against each other, Enya became our Mancala Champion!

Historical Puppets

A large part of our History focus has been Explorers of Australia. In small groups of 2 or 3 we have independently researched, discussed and written scripts for a 2 to 3 minute puppet show incorporating as much knowledge as possible. We have made a large class map, designed individual maps, made a puppet theatre and, lastly made wonderful puppets of our explorers. We shared them in Assembly and will be putting on our EXPLORER PUPPET SHOW for our parents and carers tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2.00pm. We have learnt such a lot and enjoyed the whole process.

To view the Explorer Puppet Show – click here.

Printing for the Fair

Our class had the wonderful opportunity to print cards with Natasha (Iola’s Mum) We drew designs then scratched them into old CDs. After putting ink on the CD, and scraped off, they were put through the printing press onto beautiful paper. Here are some of our designs.

2P

Grade 2P has been busy completing a number of learning experiences. We have been writing persuasive texts and have proven why pigeons should be able to drive buses!

Storybird is a new app we have been using to be inspired by artists all around the world to write our own books. It’s great fun! Imogen, Katie’s mother visited to share her work about Antarcticia. Thank you to the other parents who shared their career narratives.

The ‘Elf on shelf’ has arrived and has been up to some tricks each day! Our elf is called Ben and he kidnapped Holly from Grade 1/2 G yesterday !

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

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

 

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

If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email tpsaenquiry@gmail.com requesting to join the list.

Knitting sale.

Items leftover from Seaside Festival for sale at reduced prices – please click on the here for information

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care – Taking 2018 Enrolments NOW.                        

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care) where we cater for children aged 4-12 year olds. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

Summer Vacation Care

Please click here for a Summer Program.

 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.

 School Banking:

 

The last day for School Banking will be the 14th of December.   Anyone wishing to use their Dollarmites Tokens for Reward Items will need to redeem them prior to the cut-off date of 7 December.

 

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

Tuesday 12th December will be our last open for the year, as we need to do our stocktaking in the last week of school.

School bags, library bags & long sleeved polo tops will all be going up in price next year, so feel free to come in and get at 2017 prices.

The back to school sales dates are:

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

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

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

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

Sushi

Click here for the sushi menu

Kinder Sushi Term 4 News: Please see click here for details.

 

If you have any questions or queries about Sushi please email Ally at allycgunton@gmail.com or Text 0400607004.

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


Number 23: 22 November, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –   3FB & 3H, KO & KG, 1N, 1W & 1/2G, 2P, Prep PY & Prep SG, Year 4

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We are over half way through Term 4 and what an exciting term it has been thus far! Yesterday’s discos generated much excitement across the school and today’s Year 6 versus Staff netball match was lots of fun for all involved!  Yesterday’s Kinder Athletics Carnival was also an action-packed event and I would like to thank Mrs Kylie Broadbent and her wonderful team of Year 6 leaders who set up and ran the event. Thank you also to Bob Griffiths, who quickly set up marquees so that children, parents and staff were able to access shade during the extremely hot conditions.

Last week Mrs Hicks, Mrs Purdie and myself had the pleasure of attending the NAPLAN Literacy & Numeracy Presentations at Rose Bay High School and seeing our high achieving students receive certificates from the Minister for Education, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff.  Congratulations again to Nathan and Anna – we are very proud of you.

I am also very proud of our Taroona Primary School Senior Band which performed with the Taroona High School Year 7 Extension Band at last Thursday’s THS Music Showcase concert.  Our Year 5-6 band program provides an important partnership between senior and primary students and it is wonderful to see our primary students sharing their developing skills and expertise with the larger Taroona community. I’m very much looking forward to the final celebration assembly for K-5 classes, to be held on Wednesday 13th December at the THS gym, where we will hear more from the senior band under the musical direction of Ms Amy Willing.

Taroona Awards

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

  • Respect – Hamish C
  • Excellence – Will T, Brody D, Jessica H, Zayn N, Ashlin H, Milo R, Neve J, Malachai C, Bonnie H, Kaiki M, Noah S
  • Collaboration – James R, Sarah J, Eloise K
  • Creativity – Jasmine H, Duncan H
  • Resilience – Elsie O, Henry S, Xavier M
  • Resilience & Collaboration – Konan M
  • Excellence & Resilience – Azaan R
  • Collaboration & Excellence – Darcy E
  • Resilience & Respect – Lewis B, Max G, Taylah M
  • All 5 Values – Crystal P, Mia M

School Information Fact Sheets

Following the release of the new Education Act, the Department of Education has updated their suite of fact sheets for parents.  Please visit https://www.education.tas.gov.au/parents-carers/parent-fact-sheets/  to access the latest information.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION

EXTENSION and ENRICHMENT 2017

Last year we identified a number of ways for our school to provide a wider variety of extension and enrichment opportunities for students. Part of this process was gathering information about students’ interests, and looking for ways to support them. 2017 saw the continuation of many successful programs, as well as trialling a number of new opportunities. Some of the enrichment opportunities our students were engaged with included:

Debating, Tournament of Minds, Maths Olympiad, Maths Relay, Alliance Francaise, Young Archies, Australian Mathematics Competition, Arts Rotations, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA – 3 week challenge), MCYA Enrichment stage (10 week challenge), Chess club, TPS Writers’ group (online), Gifted Online programs – Ad Astra Junior, Ad Astra Senior, Python Coding, Hypatia’s House, Infinity Squared.

We have also been connecting with other organisations and primary schools in the Taroona Coalition, as well as with Taroona High School (THS). Some of our students have participated in the Taroona Coalition Coding Club, National Computer Science Challenge (through THS), UTAS Maths Extension Course, Lego Robotics (Tasmanian Association for the Gifted), and grade 5/6 band at THS.

Throughout the year teachers have been learning about how to improve the ways we provide extension opportunities within the classroom. This has included supporting students to be more in control of decision making about their own learning, connecting with experts and resources in areas of interest, and developing opportunities for cooperative learning with like students.

We are very excited by the developments we have made in this area, and the feedback from students, teachers and families has been very positive. We are committed to continuing to improve in our enrichment and extension, and in 2018 we will be exploring the many great opportunities that digital technologies and STEM provides for all students in the school.

Hilary Purdie

AST

Channel Highway – Bonnet Hill Safety Improvements – Start of Works Notification

The Department of State Growth will soon recommence shoulder sealing works on the Channel Highway at Bonnet Hill. These widened and sealed shoulders will provide a safer shared environment for all road users.

Works will start on Monday, 27 November 2017 and will continue until June 2018. Lane closures will be in place between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Speed restrictions and changed traffic conditions will be in place throughout the construction period to ensure a safe work place for construction staff. Road users should expect some delays. Please obey all signs and allow sufficient time for travelling through the work area.

These works will be undertaken by Tasmanian contactor Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd.

For more information about this project, please visit http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/channel_highway_-_bonnet_hill_safety_improvements.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Congratulations to the 5-6 boys cricket team who have won their way through to the state final of the T20 Blast Cup to be held at Blundstone arena on Friday December 1.  The boys will be competing against Lauderdale Primary School, Howrah Primary School, St Johns Primary School and two teams from the North and two from the North West.

Nick H – Captain
Ned J – Vice Captain
Max J
Troy B
Joel T
Cooper B
Charlie W
Jordan S
Reserves: Pat H and Moreton F

Champions Carnival 2017 – Tuesday 28th November

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Taroona Primary school at the up and coming Champions Swim Carnival at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Students have been selected because they received a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Div A – D and 1st in Div E-H in individual Division 1 events; and all 1st placed relays.

Laura 25m Freestyle

D’Arcy 25m Aquatic Under arm

Ben 25m Freestyle and 25m Backstroke

Floyd 25m Breaststroke

Luca 25m Breaststroke

Bella 25m Breaststroke

Stella 25m Breaststroke

Charlie 25m Backstroke

Giselle 25m Backstroke

Meg 25m Backstroke

Year 5 Girls Medley Relay – Giselle, Amelie, Bella, D’Arcy

Good luck

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

This week’s fact sheet follows on from last fortnight’s newsletter, focusing on Building Protective Factors – Suggestions for Families.

Please click on the image to access the 2-page article.

CLASS NEWS

Prep S

Prep SG enjoyed doing ‘Jump rope for Heart’ week so we learnt The Skipping Song and sang it in assembly.  Scan the QR code to hear us sing it.

  

 4-5 GS

Year 4-5GS have had a very busy start to the term. In English, we began writing ‘6 Word Stories’ inspired by Ernest Hemingway, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. Please come into our classroom as they are currently on display.

We then moved on to writing rhyming couplets. We used our ‘Spinning in Space’ Unit as inspiration. Please click on the padlet below to view our poetry. You would have to agree that we have poets in the making! Students displayed both enthusiasm and collaboration when writing these poems!

https://padlet.com/jane_graham_smi/ucd1x98j9r0v

4-5GS were lucky enough to attend the BioBlitz excursion. Students participated in hands on activities such as naming and finding living things and learning about how they fit into the landscape; gaining an appreciation of the natural world. We all had a wonderful time. The padlet contains photos from the day.

https://padlet.com/jane_graham_smi/4sykzmraxy0b

Jane Graham-Smith

 

 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.

2017 Dates: 4 December

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.

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS

Please click here for Seaside Festival Stall totals.

SEASIDE FESTIVAL RAFFLE RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets in our raffle. Congratulations to the winners:

1st          1354      Kantar family

2nd        1952      Sakko family

3rd         1943      E. Rizwan

4th         0708     M. Crawford

5th         0283      A. Kaimatsoglu

6th         0131      D. Chapman

7th         1055      A. Webb

8th         2492     K. Green

9th         1183       L. Brightman

10th       0382      C & D Balfour

11th       2586       L. Angus

12th       1888      K. Neumeyer

13th       0690      S. Bell

14th       3160       P. Tucker

15th       0522      A. Miles

Booksellers         Voss family

The sum raised was $4,992.10

 

Knitting sale.

Items leftover from Seaside Festival for sale at reduced prices – please click on the here for information

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care – Taking 2018 Enrolments NOW.                        

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care) where we cater for children aged 4-12 year olds. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

Summer Vacation Care

We will also be taking bookings shortly for the up and coming school holidays. If you would like to see a copy of the Vacation care program please send an email to the above email address.

 click on this image for more information.

 

Due to the overwhelming response to the ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ workshop, we are pleased to announce an additional workshop will be held in Hobart on Monday, 4th December, 2017.

This 6 hour workshop, presented by the SASS training department,  will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to recognise and respond to Problem Sexualised Behaviours (PSB) and Sexually Abusive Behaviours (SAB).     Delivery is underpinned with psychoeducation in best-practice trauma informed principles, whilst the passion for social and cultural change regarding the complex issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexuality and consent shines through in this educational workshop.

If you are an adult, caregiver and/or parent currently engaged in assisting young people, then this workshop is not to be missed.    Please complete the attached booking form and return to training@sass.org.au to secure your ticket.

For further details on training please refer to our website https://www.sass.org.au/training

The SASS Training Department

Sexual Assault Support Service (Inc.)

 

 

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

 

School Banking:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for SCHOOL BANKING to continue in 2018

We are considering whether to discontinue School Banking with the Commonwealth Bank as no new volunteers have come forward to run the program in 2018 and the number of bankers has dwindled.

If anyone is keen to continue the School Banking Program in 2018 please contact Leanne Barnbaum (Grade 6 parent) barnbaum@bigpond.com OR 0407 825626 or Alison Phillips at aphillip5@yahoo.com.au ASAP. It takes about an hour of your time each week.

Otherwise the last day for School Banking will be the 14th of December.   Anyone wishing to use their Dollarmites Tokens for Reward Items will need to redeem them prior to the cut-off date of 7 December.

 

Uniform Shop News

Term 4 is here, and that means hats are compulsory! Come and get yours from the Uniform Shop.

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

Scholastic Book Club news:

Book Club Update

Thank you to everyone who ordered books from Issue 7 of the Scholastic Book Club.  We raised $555 for the school library, and so far this year have raised a total of $2010.  Books have now been sent home, however, there are a number of books still to be delivered on back order.  Hopefully these will arrive and be distributed very soon.

Issue 8 is now open for online orders only.  The catalogue is available to look at here: http://scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/assets/pdfs/bc817.pdf and orders can be placed through LOOP:  https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx

This is a great way buy books for Christmas and if you select ‘gift’ from the order page your books can be collected from the office instead of going home with your child.  Please order by 5/12.

Thank you,

Jen.

Sushi

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Kinder Sushi Term 4 News: Please see click here for details.

 

If you have any questions or queries about Sushi please email Ally at allycgunton@gmail.com or Text 0400607004.

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