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

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 22: 8 November, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –   6GM, 3FB & 3H, KO & KG, 1N, 1W & 1/2G, 2P

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News ** This Saturday 11 November 11am – 4pm**  Please click on the link for last minute Seaside Festival News updates.

*PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR WATER BOTTLES TO THE SEASIDE FESTIVAL as we are going as Green as possible.  No plastic cups will be available with the Tas Water Trailer.  Please bring your water bottle to fill up.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Excitement is high as our community completes final preparations for the 2017 Seaside Festival.  Thank you to Martine Siltman (TPSA Chair) and our hard working SSF committee for the many hours they have invested into ensuring this year’s event will be an outstanding success.  A huge thank you also to our teachers and students, for their efforts in preparing stall items and activities for this major fundraiser.  I know that there are still some classes requiring parent volunteers. Please check in with your child’s teacher to see if you can help out!

2018 Class Structures

Over the past few weeks, teachers and the School Leadership Team have been discussing class structures for 2018, taking into consideration the number of students within each year level, the educational and social and emotional needs of students across each year level and the balance between boys and girls across the school.

Our 2018 class structures have now been decided. In addition to our two Kindergarten and two Prep classes, we will have the following composite classes in 2018:

  • 4 x Grade 1-2
  • 4 x Grade 3-4, and
  • 4 x Grade 5-6

The location of Kindergarten and Prep classes remains unchanged for 2018. The remaining classes will be located as follows:

  • 2 x 1-2 classes in ECE block (current Y1)
  • 2 x 1-2 classes in Middle block (current Y3)
  • 3 x 3-4 classes in the rooms on the quadrangle side of top block (current 2P, 4-5PD & 4C)
  • 1 x 3-4 on walkway near the GP/Music Room (current 1-2G)
  • 2 x 5-6 in Middle Block (current Y6)
  • 2 x 5-6 classes in Top Block (current 4-5Mc & 4-5GS)

The teachers assigned to the grade groupings will be announced later in the term, when staffing and class placements are finalised. As per usual processes, children will meet their “new teacher” and spend time in their “new classroom” during the last week of Term 4. Please note that all class placement requests (see last week’s newsletter for full details) are due by Friday 10 November.

Staffing News

I am very pleased to announce that Mrs Alanna Carne will be transferring to TPS from the start of 2018.  Alannah is coming to us from Lansdowne Crescent Primary where she has been teaching for the past 11 years. We look forward to welcoming Alanna to our 2018 teaching team.

Taroona Awards

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

  • Respect – Luka H, Darcy B, George C
  • Excellence – Romy C, Thomas W, Hamish M, Izak S, Anthea F, Huon C, Liam C, Spencer M, Joel T, Troy B
  • Collaboration – Enya W, Andy M
  • Creativity – Chelsea M, Emma S
  • Resilience – Kari I
  • Excellence & Resilience – Emaan R
  • Excellence & Creativity – Charlie G
  • Collaboration & Respect – Jacob M
  • Collaboration & Excellence – Ben H
  • Resilience & Respect – Maggie A, Caspian S
  • All 5 Values – Evan H

Division A Interschool Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all students who participated in this carnival on Monday 30 October. Taroona came a credible 6th, up against some tough competition.  Thank you to all parents who came along to support our students on the day and to Mrs Broadbent and Miss Hyland for coordinating the team.  Students who received a ribbon at the carnival are listed here.

See you at the Seaside Festival on Saturday!  Please come and say hello at the Salmon Stall, or try your luck at Beating the Goalie – I’m the target from 1.30pm!

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION

Before School Care

Before School Care is up and running. If you need care for your child at school before 8.30am, please contact Lady Gowrie: 6230 6864 / oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au. The cost of Before School Care is $14 full fee for the session however, most families are eligible for Child Care Benefit which would reduce the cost of this program.  Depending on family income the cost of care would range from $3.00-$14.00 per session (1 Hour 7.30am- 8.30am). Please note that early arrivals are being monitored and families will be contacted where necessary, to discuss before school care arrangements for children who continue to arrive before supervision begins at 8.30am.

NDIS Information Session

Our school is proud to join with the National Disability Insurance Australia in raising awareness about the NDIS and helping our students, and people with disability, their families and carers, and our school community get ready to join the Scheme when it comes into our area.

An information session will be held on Wednesday 15th November at 3.10pm at our school for all interested parents / carers.  Please RSVP by Friday 10th November to taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or 62278325.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Congratulations to Laura. S (Y6) on her selection in the Under 12 State Cricket Team to play in the School Sports Cricket Championships between 5-12 January 2018 in Barooga, NSW.

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

This week’s fact sheet focuses on Mental Health and Protective Factors.

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

CLASS NEWS

3H

So much has been happening in middle block. 3H has certainly been enjoying a diverse range of learning opportunities and experiences. The ‘Museum of Everything Hobart’ exhibition was created, and displayed across the Team Three classrooms and visited by our buddy classes.

We went on excursions to be audiences for musical productions of the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’ and ‘Hopsalot’ which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were complimented on our excellent audience behaviour and etiquette.

A visit by The Shell Questacon Science Circus was a terrific opportunity for us to experience science using everyday objects. For Science in our classroom, we conducted an experiment growing mould on bread and recording and investigating fascinating results.

The Australian War Memorial Teaching Box visited our classroom and we donned white gloves to handle items from World War 1.

In Literacy we have been writing Spooky Cinquains and writing letters introducing ourselves to our new penpals in picturesque Trento, Italy. We are looking forward to receiving our replies!

Please enjoy our photos on the links below:

https://padlet.com/linda_zywko_hicks/5wfr84wsxirg

https://padlet.com/linda_zywko_hicks/q43xuz5qdd4z

https://padlet.com/linda_zywko_hicks/mq0ftexqc91s

 4-5McB

 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: 13 November & 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.

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.

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 program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

Banking is on Thursdays and bank books are returned to students on Friday (along with Sushi orders).

 

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.

Sushi

Click here for the sushi menu

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

Sushi News!

Term 4 has seen the introduction of Sushi Wednesdays for our Kinder classes, it has been great to introduce the students to the Sushi fundraising program and they have embraced the opportunity to have a healthy and different option for lunch. Well done to both classes and their teachers!

I have been so impressed with the number of families that have prepaid for the term and the students who are trying a variety of Sushi fillings. The surprise favourite at the moment is the humble Inari, a delicious pillow of rice with sesame seeds stuffed into a tasty tofu pocket!

If you have any questions or queries about Sushi please email me (Ally) at allycgunton@gmail.com or Text 0400607004. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Seaside Festival, come and say Hi at our Sushi stall!!

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 21: 25 October, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  4/5 GS, 6PT & 6G,

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News **2.5 Weeks to go – please see update

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We have started the new term with focused children and settled classrooms.  It’s been wonderful to see our students so happy to be back and engaged in their learning.

TPS Swimming Carnival & Interschool team

Term 4 is always an action-packed term, and the swimming carnival last Thursday was an excellent way to kick-start events for our year 3-6 students.  Congratulations to all who participated in the carnival and a huge thank you to Mrs Kylie Broadbent, class teachers and parent volunteers who ensured the carnival was another outstanding success. Best of luck to the following students who have been selected to participate in the Division A Interschool carnival on Monday, 30 October:

  • Year 3 Girls – June B, Chloe T, Meg S, Jonte M & Hannah S (R)
  • Year 3 Boys – Charlie G, Archie V, Evan H, Daniel McK & Louis N (R)
  • Year 4 Girls – Jemma V, Georgie P, Jasmine H, Stella T, Neve H, Piper P(R)
  • Year 4 Boys – Ben B, Hugo W, Kaiki M, Leuca T, Phillip C, Joshua D (R)
  • Year 5 Girls – Bella P, D’Arcy C, Amelie E, Keira M, Adelaide S, Giselle M
  • Year 5 Boys – Luca G, Nathan W, Arlo M, Charlie B, Tom H, Max R (R)
  • Year 6 Girls -Laura S, Jessica H, Cate W, Alanah BS, Ruby B, Kelsie W, Kate M (R)
  • Year 6 Boys -Jake V, Floyd T, Joel T, Max J, Nick H, Ned J

Before School Care

Before School Care with Robin and the Lady Gowrie Team is up and running and a small number of families are already accessing this service. However, with the number of students arriving early and well before supervision / duty of care at school begins, I am expecting that BSC enrolments will increase as the term gets going and families become aware of the program.   If you need care for your child at school before 8.30am, please contact Lady Gowrie: 6230 6864 / oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au. The cost of Before School Care is $14 full fee for the session however, most families are eligible for Child Care Benefit which would reduce the cost of this program.  Depending on family income the cost of care would range from $3.00-$14.00 per session (1 Hour 7.30am- 8.30am). Please note that early arrivals are being monitored and families will be contacted where necessary, to discuss before school care arrangements for children who continue to arrive before supervision begins at 8.30am.

NDIS Information Session

Our school is proud to join with the National Disability Insurance Australia in raising awareness about the NDIS and helping our students, and people with disability, their families and carers, and our school community get ready to join the Scheme when it comes into our area.

An information session will be held on Wednesday 15th November at 3.10pm at our school for all interested parents / carers.  Please RSVP by Friday 10th November to Taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or 62278325.

2018 Class Placements

Teachers have started the process of considering class structures and placements for 2018. Our Class Placement Policy is as follows:

  1. Teaching staff will place students in a class group taking into consideration the educational needs of the child, the social & emotional needs of the child, the balance of student abilities within the class group and the balance between boys and girls in each class group.
  2. In the first two weeks of November of each school year, parents will be given the opportunity to make a class placement request for their child for the following year. This should be communicated to the Principal either by letter, email or a formal meeting. A class placement request will only be considered on educational grounds, not individual class teacher preferences.
  3. After teachers have initially placed students in a class group for the following year, the Principal will review class placements in light of any specific parental requests. Not all class placement requests can be met and ultimately the final decision rests with the Principal.
  4. Class placements are announced on the Friday of the second last week of Term 4 and no further changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Staffing News

This term we welcome Miss Kate Boatwright and Cathy Fountain as our 3P teaching team for the remainder of the year. Miss Boatwright is here on Monday and Tuesdays and Mrs Fountain, Wednesday to Friday.

Ms Nina Penfold very recently announced that she will be formally retiring from her Advanced Skills Teacher position and permanent work with the Department of Education at the end of 2017.  We look forward to celebrating Nina’s many years of service at Taroona, and within the DoE, later in the term.

In addition, Ms Susan Young will transfer to South Hobart Primary School at the start of 2018, after 19 years of dedicated service to the students and families of Taroona.  With Mr Grinham last term announcing his retirement from teaching at the end of 2017, the End of Year Leavers Assembly (Thursday 21 December at 1.30pm) is one not to be missed!

In addition, I am very pleased to announce that Miss Lisa Ker will be transferring to TPS from the start of 2018 as Music Teacher (0.6FTE) and Mrs Kylie Frost will permanently transfer into Taroona as class teacher (0.6FTE) . Many families know Kylie in her role of lead teacher in Taroona’s Launching into Learning Program (Little Wrens) during the past three years. We look forward to welcoming both Lisa and Kylie to our 2018 teaching team.

Staff Professional Learning

This week, Mrs Hilary Purdie launched our Digital Technologies in Schools Grant program with staff involved in an exciting after school session on Tuesday exploring the new curriculum and using digital tools including Little Bits, Bee Bots, Mindstorm Lego and Makey-Makeys to solve real-life problems.

This Friday, all teaching staff will be involved in further professional learning, focusing on Positive Education, Student and Staff Wellbeing as well as Planning for 2018.  Please note that Friday is a student free day and care will be available in the GP Room with Lady Gowrie for those families requiring this service.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Congratulations to Kelsie and Caitlyn at the 50th National Irish Dancing Championships in Adelaide.

They’ve both danced the best they’ve ever danced, with Kelsie’s 4-hand team collecting a medal for 20th in Australia, and both of them getting medals for 6th in the Intermediate Figure Dance (a large-team dance).

 

 STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Mrs Kylie Broadbent wins gold in the 800!

Wonderful news just in from the NW Coast. Kylie won Gold in the 800m Over 40yrs at the Australian Masters Competition currently being held in NW Tasmania.

Congratulations Kylie. We are very proud of your efforts.

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

This week’s fact sheet focuses on families working together.

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

CLASS NEWS

1-2G

Grade 1-2 Gregson have had an extremely rewarding Term 3. The highlight was our trip to the TMAG where we showed many people how our Rube Goldberg machine worked. We were even on Southern Cross news! We certainly demonstrated the TPS values.

 

4-5PD

In Term 3, we have been doing abstract art with George’s Mum, Kate McCarthy. Kate McCarthy is an abstract artist, and sells abstract art. If you don’t know what abstract art is, it’s art with a special meaning to you, and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else, just something that’s important to you. We had lots of fun working on it, and we produced some amazing pieces of artwork. You can say she puts the ‘art’ in ‘McARThy’. Here are some of the artworks we have made.

By Nathan, George, Lucas and Dylan

 

 

 

4/5 Clark

Grade 4/5 Clark are managing the wonderful ART and CRAFT stall at the Seaside Festival. We have some beautiful handmade crafts already brought in. HOWEVER…. if you are especially crafty or know someone who is, we’d love to have the items you have made.

You are welcome to drop them into school to Mrs Clark, to Marlene Silton or Michelle Catherall, who are collecting the items.

If parents from our class are able to help on the stall, we’d love to hear from you as we still need parents. Please contact Rachelle Douglas (davechelle@bigpond.com) with regards to this.

Thank you from 4/5 Clark

 

 

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: 13 November & 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.

Please see Seaside Festival News at the top of this page for the latest Seaside Festival News

 

SCHOOL 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 program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

Banking is on Thursdays and bank books are returned to students on Friday (along with Sushi orders).

 

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.

Sushi

Click here for the sushi menu

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

For any queries during Term 4, please email Alex Terhell at:  alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

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 20: 27 September, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News **update available

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

I would like to end the term by acknowledging the amazing work of our team here at Taroona.  Their commitment to your children and their educational outcomes, including social and emotional support, is nothing short of outstanding. This term has been testament to their willingness to go above and beyond, including time spent outside of school hours providing opportunities for your children to shine.

The whole of school Arts Rotation Program was an outstanding success – the Arts Showcase on Tuesday was an excellent event to capture this learning.  Thank you to Sarah Wilson, Linda Hicks, Bobby Pedersen and Debbie Clark (TPS Arts Team) for inspiring us with this project during Term 3.  Our appreciation is also extended to all the parent helpers, community volunteers and THS students whose support during the Arts sessions was invaluable!

I would also like to acknowledge the work of Andrea Smith, Parent Volunteer for the Senior Choir this year.  Yesterday’s performance at the Arts Celebration showed how skilled the students have become under Andrea’s expert tuition.  Andrea will not be available to continue her work in Term 4 and I would like to express our sincerest thanks to Andrea on behalf of the students and staff for her efforts this year.

Introducing TPS Story Dogs

We are very excited to introduce Kathryn and Maisie and welcome them to the Taroona Primary School community. They are our Story Dog Team, and will be working with children in 1-2 Gregson and 2 Penfold on Tuesday afternoons, starting in Term 4. Story Dogs is a reading support program where selected children read to an accredited dog (Maisie) and its handler (Kathryn).  Please click on the brochure below to read all about this exciting program, made possible through generous financial support provided to Story Dogs Tasmania by the Kingborough Lions Club.

  

Staffing Update 3P

Mrs Bobby Pedersen has very recently been appointed to a new role as Project Officer – Blended Learning within Curriculum Services. This fixed-term position is scheduled to start on October 16th 2017 for a 12 month period. Bobby’s last day at Taroona for 2017 will therefore be Friday 29th September. Given the extremely short timeframe, the resulting vacancy is yet to be filled. I will communicate to all 3P families as soon as I have more information regarding the teacher for 3P in Term 4.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend our very best wishes to Bobby on this exciting promotion, and look forward to the continued support Bobby will provide for TPS staff in her new role within the Department.

Retirement News

At last week’s assembly, staff, students and the TPSA celebrated Mrs Heather Fallon’s 42-year teaching career and her significant contribution to our TPS community over the past 11 years! Thank you to Shelagh Curtain who made a presentation to Heather on behalf of the TPSA. It has been wonderful having Heather return to work with us this term whilst Jane Graham-Smith has been on LSL. I would like to sincerely thank her for her efforts and energies with 4-5GS over the past 10 weeks and extend our very best wishes to Heather for this next exciting phase.

Families may also have heard that Mr Phil Grinham will be retiring at the end of 2017.  Phil recently announced his decision and will be finishing 6 years with us at the end of Term 4.

Pre-Kinder Program Commences Thursday 19th October, 9.15am Kindergarten Block

Information will be mailed out this week to all families with children who have been allocated places in Kindergarten at TPS in 2018. Session information and dates are included in this pack. Please contact the office at the start of Term 4 if you require further information.

Please note that Tony Poynter will be Acting Principal for the reminder of this week (Wednesday to Friday) whilst I travel to Newcastle and participate in the 10-day Australian Women Masters Hockey Tournament.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday break.

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received Taroona Awards at last week’s assembly. A copy of the certificates are on the wall in the foyer at the office if you would like come in to have a look and read.

  • Respect –Lilli HT
  • Creativity – Tabitha R, Sean L
  • Excellence – Jimmy T, Lara S, Jemma V, Charlie W, Flynn Mc, Addison B, Max HT, Thomas S, Charlie B, Natanyia J, Jack LP, Hal D
  • Resilience – Oliver W, Livanshi S, Henry S, Toby B
  • Resilience & Excellence – Angus A
  • Excellence, Creativity and Resilience – Eve C
  • Creativity & Collaboration – Ruby J
  • Creativity & Excellence – Soraya N
  • Resilience & Respect – Cameron H
  • All five values – Kes B, David H

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

The Pop Scare Machine Presentation – TMAG 26th September 2017

A group of students from 1-2 G presented their Rube Goldberg machine at the My Education technology challenge with Mrs Gregson this morning at TMAG. Their presentation included photos & video of the learning journey and the terrific machines that the class invented.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Art Competition 2016

Recently, the school was advised that our 2016 prep Sattler Class won the Special Creativity Prize – Class Category for the series artwork Weather in our World in the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Art Competition 2016!  This Australia-wide art competition is open to any student / class in Australia who are in pre-school to year 10. The school has received $200 to go towards purchasing meteorological and/or oceanographic theme books / science kits / resources.

Please click on the link  to see the Prep 2016 Prize Winning Artwork.

ARTS CELEBRATION


If you missed out on the fabulous Arts Celebration Assembly on Tuesday, please call past the office and view the slideshow on the office monitor!

Put a lid on Climate Change

Students in Year 1 at Taroona Primary School focused on Weather this term and the progression to Climate Change became a natural one.

After speaking to various Scientists who are experts in their field, the students brainstormed words that reflected their understandings. One student then summarised Climate Change as ‘Weather changing our future.’

There is an understanding that we need to rethink some of our actions and consider the environment in our everyday living. Thus ‘Put a lid on Climate Change.’ Students have used old lids from jars and containers to frame their individual art work.

The artwork represents The Sun heating up The Earth with the chain showing the strong link between the two elements.

 

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

 

This week’s fact sheet focuses on children and grief.

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

CLASS NEWS

3P

This term our context for learning in 3P has been Hobart – Past, Present and Future. We have been comparing how Hobart looked and functioned long ago and finding the similarities and differences. We embarked on a mystery tour of Hobart which highlighted a number of these. This helped us to appreciate the rich history that surrounds us.

Check out the padlet link below which highlights a few of our learning experiences from the term.

https://padlet.com/bobby_pedersen/gcbqn5m3n98d

Or keep up with our learning via Fronter – our online classroom.

https://casas.tas.edu.au/vle/

Guest login: tps

Guest password: tps

1N

 

 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: 16 October, 13 November & 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.

Please see Seaside Festival News at the top of this page for the latest Seaside Festival News

Woolworths Earn & Learn:

Thank you for all those families that supported the Woolworths Earn & Learn program this year.

SCHOOL 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 program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

Banking is on Thursdays and bank books are returned to students on Friday (along with Sushi orders).

 

 

Uniform Shop News

Term 4 is around the corner, 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.

Sushi

Click here for the sushi menu

Kinder Sushi News: In Term 4 – please see click here for details.

For any queries during Term 4, please email Alex Terhell at:  alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

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 19: 13 September, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS – 3H & 4/5 PD 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News **update available

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Another fortnight has raced by with many exciting events engaging our community.  Our Year 6 Maths Relay team were “crowned” state champions, two of our Tournament of the Minds Teams received honours medals and the Minister of Education and Training visited our school! Last Friday’s assembly was especially memorable (I haven’t laughed so hard for a very long time) and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks with Jump Rope for Heart on Tuesday 19th (P-6) & Wednesday 20th (Kinder), Stride & Ride to School Day on Tuesday 26th and our K-6 Art Attack celebration afternoon also on Tuesday 26th September.  See below for more information.

Korean Teacher Visit

As mentioned in our last newsletter, Taroona Primary was asked by Government Education and Training International (GETI) to host a brief visit for two Korean teachers last week.  Michelle and Ken spent their time with us discussing school policies, curriculum delivery and assessment practices; meeting with the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliffe MP; touring the school with our SRC President Ruby and Vice-president Charlie; and viewing the Terrapin Puppet Theatre performance, Washpool Gully.  They also observed K-2 and 3-6 Arts Rotations, the K-6 Daily Fitness Program and Literacy and Numeracy lessons in both ECE and Primary classrooms.

Ken: The staff were very welcoming and professional. I was very impressed by activities such as Daily Fitness and Art Rotation.

Michelle : The lessons were well planned and the students seemed very engaged and active.

It was wonderful to see our community engaging so readily with our visitors. I would especially like to thank Prep parent, Joe Jung, who volunteered his time on Friday morning, providing Korean language support to answer questions Ken and Michelle had in relation to their visit to Taroona Primary.

Year 6 Peer Leader Program

Last Friday, a Peer Leader training session was held for all Year 6 students in preparation for them to work alongside our younger students in the ECE playground from next Monday 18th September. The Year 6 students learnt about what it will mean to be a peer leader, the needs and interests of 5-8 year olds and the basic principles of effective conflict resolution. Ms Gilmour, Mr Poynter and I are excited that more than 90% of our year 6s have volunteered to give up their play time to mentor our younger students.

School Satisfaction Surveys

This year, School Satisfaction Surveys for students, parents and staff will be conducted during September. This survey provides an opportunity for students, parents and staff to provide important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions will cover a range of topics about our school. Your responses will be secure and anonymous.

Students (from Year 5 and above), parents and staff will be invited to participate. Participating students will be able to complete the survey during school time.

Parents selected to participate in the parent survey will receive a letter in coming days. We encourage you to participate and complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for planning for future programs and services for students.

Please contact the office if you wish to use a school computer to complete the survey.

2018 Classes & Pre-Kinder Program Term 4

Thank you to those parents who have already contacted the office regarding changes to schooling arrangements for their family in 2018.  This greatly assists us with our planning for 2018 class structures.

Kindergarten 2018 enrolment forms need to be completed ASAP please. Pre-Kinder sessions start Week 1, Term 4 and we need to ensure we have all home area families enrolled so that information about this program can be sent out before the end of term.

Car Park Safety

The TPSA recently posted the following to their Facebook Page:

  • The Drop off/Pick up Zone: Make it brief. Drop off/pick up and go. If the child needs assistance or you need to get stuff out of/put stuff into the boot – find a car parking spot.
  • Do NOT wait for your child to come out of school whilst in the drop off/pick up zone. If your child isn’t out yet, drive around and come back.
  • Give buses priority into and out of the school.
  • When parking your car – make sure you have parked in an allocated spot. Do NOT make your own car park.
  • Don’t park awkwardly. Ensure cars and buses CAN get past without difficulty.
  • Do NOT park over a pedestrian crossing.
  • Consider walking to school with your child/ren if you live locally (or even if you don’t).
  • If you can’t get into the drop off/pick up area, don’t hold up traffic. Do a lap of the car park or even a quick drive out of the school and come back.
  • Consider parking in a nearby street and walk to the school, if you’re able.

Please help us to create better traffic flow!

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received Taroona Awards at last week’s assembly. A copy of the certificates are on the wall in the foyer at the office if you would like come in to have a look and read.

  • Excellence – Ezra H, Sadie F, Simon M, Arlo M, Rhys L, Sharni F, Callisto P
  • Collaboration – Elsa G, Beatrix VG, Bella P
  • Resilience – Marc E, Molly R
  • Creativity – Marisol N, Eva R, Yu C, Angus F
  • Respect & Collaboration – Tommy E, Sophie E, Thomas H, Alanah BS
  • Creativity & Excellence – Huon F, Lily BD
  • Collaboration & Respect – Nyesa H
  • Resilience & Creativity – Lachlan S
  • Excellence, Creativity & Collaboration – Katie C
  • All Five Values – Dali B, Stella T

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Congratulations to Laura S. who has been selected in Cricket Tasmania’s Southern Storm Under 13 State Championship Squad. The carnival will be held in Hobart during the Term 3 holidays.

Congratulations to everyone from Taroona Primary who participated in the Les Elliot Karate and Kobodo Academy Club Competition (Spencer & Charlie M absent)

TPS STUDENTS SELECTED IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORT TASMANIAN ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 2017

Please click here for a report from Kylie Broadbent

TOURNAMENT OF MINDS (TOM)

Please click here for a detailed report from Debbie Clark and Hilary Purdie.

 

 

ARTS CELEBRATION

KIDSMATTER PRIMARY

This week’s fact sheet focusing on helping children to manage feelings with useful ideas for parents and carers.

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

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART AT TPS – 19 & 20th September

Students can raise funds online. Visit: www.jumprope.org.au  go to the Kids tab and click on REGISTER. Money can also be deposited into the donations box at the school office from now until Tuesday 19th September.  Skipping ropes are available to purchase at the school office for $6.00 each.  Please wear a splash of red. Parents are welcome to come along to watch and participate with students.  We would particularly love parents of Early Childhood students to help turn long ropes during skipping rotations.

Jump Off Afternoon (P-6): Tuesday 19th September

Year 3 -6 students start at 1.10pm

Prep – Year 2 start 1.30pm

Quadrangle, Netball & Tennis Courts

Jump Off for Kindergarten: Wednesday 20th September

Kinder O students start at 12pm

Kinder G students start at 12.40pm

Netball Courts

SCHOOLS TRIATHALON CHALLENGE 2017

  • When: Friday 8th December
  • Where: Bellerive Beach
  • Who: Year 3 – 6 Students
  • What: Swim, Bike, Run – Teams or Individual competitors welcome
  • Cost: $20.00

Entry form and information is available at the school office or from Mrs Broadbent. Click HERE to print off Entry Form & Information. Forms along with money are due in to the office by Friday 22nd September (next week).

CLASS NEWS

KO & KG – Kinder news

It’s been a very busy few weeks in kinder with so many new and wonderful experiences! On August 30th, we were lucky to have Jess from Kingston Bunnings come to our classes and help us make tool boxes for our Dads for Father’s Day. Thank you to Bunnings for your donation of the boxes and to the many mums and dads who helped us build and paint them.

Last week we joined the rest of the school for Daily Fitness, led by our very talented Grade 4/5s, and we have ventured out into the ECE playground! We also had our first Cross Country and it was wonderful to see everyone compete and finish the course.

Well done to our amazing kinder group for adjusting so well to our morning routine changes and for continuing to be the happy little people we love to see in our school.

Tania Glover and Ang Oldfield

 

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER – END OF SEASON BBQ – 16th September (this Saturday).

  • Event: End of Season BBQ and Presentations
  • Date: Saturday 16 September 2017 at 12pm.
  • Where: TPS Quadrangle

BUS CHANGES – effective immediately

Route 260 will have a minor change to finish at West Hobart Terminus, Mellifont St #20 In (instead of Mellifont St #20 Out).

… Lansdowne Cr >Hill St >Hamilton St >Lochner St >Newdegate St > Mellifont St (finish at West Hobart terminus).

Hill St Stop #18 Out will no longer be serviced, However, there are set-down stops in Hamilton, Lochner and Newdegate Streets that will now be included.

Route Map – click here

Route Directions – click here

 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: 16 October, 13 November & 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.

Please see Seaside Festival News at the top of this page for the latest Seaside Festival News

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Click here for Term 3 Calendar

 Woolworths Earn & Learn: – it’s on again.

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program is on again!  It gives primary and secondary schools, and Early Learning Centres around Australia the chance to earn amazing school resources. Earn one Woolworths Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths.  Stick the Stickers on a Sticker Sheet. Drop the Sticker Sheet into a Collection Box at the School Office or at Woolworths in Sandy Bay. We have Sticker Sheets at the office.

Click here for Sticker Sheets, more information, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions – then stick together with your local community.

SCHOOL 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: Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to assist running the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Program this year with a view to replacing the current Grade 5/6 Parents for 2018. This only takes about an hour of your time one day a week (currently Thursday morning).  The program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:  Leanne Barnbaum at barnbaum@bigpond.com or Alison Phillips at mailto:aphillip5@yahoo.com.au.

Uniform Shop News

We are open on 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

 

For any queries during Term 3, please email Alex Terhell at:  alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

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 – Stride & Ride Day 26th September 2017


Number 18: 30 August, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  6PT & 6GM

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Another wonderful fortnight of learning has raced by, with photos from our Book Week Activities and Arts Rotations recently posted to the Taroona Primary School Facebook page.  There were many colourful, creative and joyful moments experienced during these events, which energised all of us during this recent patch of cold weather!

Minister of Education and Training & Korean Teacher Visit

Two teachers from Jeju Island, Korea, will be visiting Taroona PS on Monday 4th September and Friday 8th September as part of a longer visit to Tasmania hosted by Government Education and Training International (GETI). The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, will also visit TPS on Monday 4th September to officially meet the guests and tour our school.

Jeju and Tasmania have a longstanding sister state relationship, and earlier this year an MOU between the Tasmanian Department of Education and the Jeju Department of Education was signed by the two Education Ministers. The Jeju DoE are looking to Tasmanian DoE for learning in curriculum development and implementation, assessment methodology, innovation and inclusiveness. We look forward to showcasing the creative, dynamic and innovative teaching and learning programs we have here at TPS during their visit.

Class Structures and Enrolments 2018

We are now starting to plan for 2018 and ask all current Kindergarten to Year 5 families whose schooling arrangements will change in 2018, to let us know as soon as possible.  This will greatly assist with 2018 class structure and staffing decisions, which need to be made in the very near future.  A reminder to families with young children who are eligible for Kindergarten in 2018 to please contact the office as soon as possible, arrange a time to tour the school and complete enrolment forms. All enquiries Phone 6227 8325 or email: Taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au

Working With Vulnerable People Cards

A reminder that parents coming into the school to assist with classroom programs, including excursions, need to hold a current WWVP card.  Please contact the school office for more information.

Kids Matter Primary Resources

Information about family relationships, the second brochure in our series from KidsMatter Primary, is included in this week’s newsletter. KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. Please click on the image or link to obtain full access to this week’s brochure: About Family Relationships.

Don’t forget the TPSA meeting on Monday 4th September from 7pm in the staffroom! I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TPS VALUES AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who were acknowledged with Taroona Awards at recent assemblies.

4 August

  • Excellence – Azaan R, Alexander M, Jeri B, Otto N, Floyd T, Ellen H, Gael F
  • Creativity – Milo R, Amie M, Riley S, Patrick B, Memphis C
  • Resilience – Marisol N, Anabelle A, Ruby B, Chloe T
  • Collaboration – Sabrina J, Lui A, Isaiah C
  • Excellence & Respect – Isabel W
  • Respect & Collaboration – Jorja N, Madeleine W
  • All Values – Silas G, Eden S, Georgina P, Olivia H, Roy C

25 August

  • Respect – Ari B-B, Otis L, Lorenzo F
  • Excellence – Henry C, Khadijah N, Zac K, Oliver M, Adelaide S, Isla C
  • Creativity – Ben P, Tom T, Gus F, Leo J
  • Collaboration – Maggie A, Lani J, Scarlett H, James H
  • Collaboration & Resilience – Kai S
  • Excellence & Respect – Hugo D, Shem H, Max D
  • Respect & Collaboration – Henry N, Sam W, Charlie W, Sienna F
  • Resilience & Respect – Louis N
  • All Values – Elsa B, Meg

CELEBRATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to our Year 6 Maths Relay Team, recently crowned Tasmanian Maths Relay Champions for 2017!  Thanks again to Peta Gilmour and Tony Poynter for coordinating and supporting both TPS teams at the competition.

Congratulations to Max J, Year 6, recently selected in the Under 12 Tasmanian Hockey Team to compete at the Pacific School Games to be held in Adelaide in December.

Finally, congratulations are also extended to Kelsie W and Caitlyn W, Year 6, who participated in the Victorian Irish Dancing Championships last weekend in Melbourne.

SCHOOLS TRIATHALON CHALLENGE 2017

  • When: Friday 8th December
  • Where: Bellerive Beach
  • Who: Year 3 – 6 Students
  • What: Swim, Bike, Run – Teams or Individual competitors welcome
  • Cost: $20.00

Entry form and information is attached to this newsletter, available at the school office or from Mrs Broadbent. Click HERE to print off Entry Form & Information.

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART AT TPS

  • When: PE lessons and Daily Fitness in the next 4 weeks
  • Who: Whole School
  • Where: Around the school grounds on hard surfaces
  • What: To raise money for the Heart Foundation

Money donations can be dropped off to the office and popped in the JRFH box. Skipping ropes are available to purchase at the school office for $6.00 each

Jump Off Afternoon: Tuesday 19th September

Kylie Broadbent

CLASS NEWS

1 WILSON

 

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER – END OF SEASON BBQ

Event: Taroona Primary School Soccer End of Season BBQ and Presentations

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017 at 2pm – 4pm (This is also the date of last round of soccer)

Where: TPS Quadrangle

 SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Thank you to everybody who ordered from Book Club Issue 5.  All orders have now been sent home and $368 was raised for the School.  If you missed ordering from Issue 5 you can order online (only) from Issue 6 using LOOP.  The catalogue is here: http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/assets/pdfs/bc617.pdf  Orders need to be submitted by September 14.  This is a great way to order gifts and 20% of your order earns rewards for the School.

Regards Jennifer Hemer

THANK YOU

Many thanks to the TPSA for providing funds for us to buy a very handy portable sound system. This will be used for a variety of events and make life that much easier for our learning community.

The Taroona Tech Team, led by Ollie W, will be co-ordinating the use of the device for school use. The team is Ollie W, Jordon D, and Hugo W. They are there to help you with any questions or assistance you may require. Thanks Team!

TPSA NEWS

Please see Seaside Festival News  at the top of this page for the latest Seaside Festival News

 

 

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL – Wednesday 13 September

PRE-TEEN & TEEN ONLINE PARENTING PROGRAM

Researchers at The University of Queensland are offering Australian parents of pre-teens and teens (aged 10-16 years) the opportunity to try a brand new online parenting program for free as part of a research trial. The program is based on the successful Triple P: Positive Parenting Program.
To find out more or register for the study, visit: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentingteens/project/online

 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 September, 16 October, 13 November & 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 – save the date – Saturday 11 November 2017, 11am – 3pm.

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See below for the latest information.  (All other information is available via this link)

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Click here for Term 3 Calendar

 Woolworths Earn & Learn: – it’s on again.

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program is on again!  It gives primary and secondary schools, and Early Learning Centres around Australia the chance to earn amazing school resources. Earn one Woolworths Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths.  Stick the Stickers on a Sticker Sheet. Drop the Sticker Sheet into a Collection Box at the School Office or at Woolworths in Sandy Bay. We have Sticker Sheets at the office.

Click here for Sticker Sheets, more information, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions – then stick together with your local community.

SCHOOL 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: Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to assist running the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Program this year with a view to replacing the current Grade 5/6 Parents for 2018. This only takes about an hour of your time one day a week (currently Thursday morning).  The program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:  Leanne Barnbaum at barnbaum@bigpond.com or Alison Phillips at mailto:aphillip5@yahoo.com.au.

Uniform Shop News

We are open on 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

 

For any queries during Term 3, please email Alex Terhell at:  alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

 

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 17: 16 August, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS –  4-5C & 4-5PD, 6 PT, Prep PY & Prep SG, 1N & 1W, 3P & 3H

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News

 

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

National Science Week is upon us with classes engaging in hands-on science activities, workshops, experiments, conversations and more! Last Friday, a number of classes participated in the amazing Festival of Bright Ideas at Princes Wharf and this week, many primary classes will be given the opportunity to engage in Taroona High School’s Science Fair.  Next week we will be celebrating Children’s Book Week with a range of activities including our annual Book Week Parade.  This is always a colourful event, with parents and carers invited to come along on Wednesday and enjoy the festivities from 9am in the quadrangle. A reminder that the Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes this Friday, 18th August and all children are encouraged to return their logs on or before the date.

Year 6 Peer Leader Program

An additional leadership opportunity is currently being developed for our Year 6 students.  The Peer Leader Program (opt-in for interested students) will provide training to enable leaders to support and mentor our youngest students in the ECE playground. Peer leaders will be given a red hat so that they are easily identified. Mr Poynter is coordinating this program and has reported a very high interest, with over 35 Year 6 students willing to give 20 minutes of their break time each week to this program.  More information will be provided as the program commences over the next few weeks.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2018

Families within the Taroona home area with young children who are eligible for Kindergarten in 2018 are urged to contact the office as soon as possible and arrange a time to tour the school and complete enrolment forms. All enquiries Phone 6227 8325 or email: Taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au

Kids Matter Primary Resources

Over the coming weeks, our newsletter will include information for families from KidsMatter Primary. KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter Primary provides methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. Please click on the image or link to obtain full access to this week’s brochure on Effective Family Communication.

Tasmania’s Education Act

This week you may have seen or heard Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff in the media, explaining his decision not to lower the school starting age for Tasmanian school children. The proposal to lower the voluntary starting age for Kinder from four years to three and a half was part of reforms made to Tasmania’s Education Act, and would have come into effect in 2020.

After receiving a report on the likely economic and social impacts of such changes on the state’s early childhood education and care sector, the Minister accepted the report’s advice not to proceed with the lower starting age. However, in recognition that access to high-quality early learning sooner is best for all Tasmanian children, the Working Together for 3 Year Olds – targeted pre-school initiative will be implemented. To find out more about this initiative visit the Department website.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE – HOME FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM

A firefighter from the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is visiting our school this week to present a Home Fire Safety Program to our Prep to Grade 6 students.

The age appropriate program is designed to raise fire awareness in children and includes fun in class activities, videos, activity books, website www.tfseducation.com.au and giveaways.

Parents and other family members are also encouraged to participate by reading the information and assisting your child with the after school activities.

The TFS aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania and is part of the TFS’s ongoing commitment to create a fire safe Tasmania.

Key Fire Safety Messages include,

Wake up – Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom

Plan and practice a home fire escape plan with the whole family

In a fire crawl low and go, go, go to the nearest exit

In an emergency call triple zero

Keep flammable material at least two metres from the heater

If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, rock and roll

Keep matches and lighters away from children

Cooking – Turn it off before you turn away

Cool a burn under cold water for at least 20 minutes

Most house fires can be avoided. Make your home fire safe

More information www.tfseducation.com.au

EARLY CHILDHOOD

TFS receives regular requests from kindergartens, preschools and child care centres asking for firefighters to visit and teach children about home fire safety.

TFS does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children below primary school age. This decision was made based on research carried out by the Mental Health Services of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne. This research indicated that:

  • Children under the age of five had low retention of the information they had learned; and
  • In some children, the information had actually stimulated their curiosity about fire and they had begun to play with fire.TFS has also developed resources for young children that introduce them to the friendly firefighter characters that they will meet when they receive the School Fire Education Program including a colouring book, a money box shaped like a fire truck, and stickers with home fire safety messages for the whole family.

TFS believes that parents and caregivers are the best people to make sure that very young children are safe from fire. To help with this, TFS has a fire safety website for parents, carers, teachers and students.

TFS has also developed resources for young children that introduce them to the friendly firefighter characters that they will meet when they receive the School Fire Education Program including a colouring book, a money box shaped like a fire truck, and stickers with home fire safety messages for the whole family.

NAPLAN ONLINE – TRIAL OF THE NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENT PLATFORM

You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2017. Tasmanian Government schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019. NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
Our school has opted to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019. This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT).  The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment.

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

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

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

During September 2017, selected students in Years 4, 5 and 6 will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking one online test that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience.

If you have further questions, please contact Tony Poynter at the school.

 

WINTER CARNIVALS – YEAR 5/6 STUDENTS

Congratulations to all students who were selected to participate in the Winter carnivals in their respective sports.

Soccer – Ineeka, Ruby and Moreton

Netball – Laura and Olivia (absent)

Football – Joel, Pat, Nick and Lucas

Hockey – Floyd, Max, Sam, Adam, Anders and Andy Good luck for your all day round robin carnival on Tuesday 22nd August

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher

CLASS NEWS

Prep PY

Prep PY has been looking at Australian Animals through the lens of literature and art. We have created sketches of a possum from the TMAG, painted our visualisations from our class book ‘Bollygum’ by Gary Fleming and written beautiful sentences using positional language and place to orient the audience. We have also been investigating the animals on Australian coins. To complement our work, we will be going to see a performance of ‘Diary of a Wombat’ by Jackie French on Tuesday 22nd August.

 

 

3H

Many and varied learning experiences have been happening in 3H!

We have been problem solving, practicing our gymnastics, writing exciting book reviews, improving our filming techniques with clay characters we created, upgrading our cricket skills, performing at assembly with the 3H band, learning to draw in two point perspective and actively engaging and learning, with our ‘O’clock Buddies’.

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6GM

Grade 6 G/M News

Grade 6 G/M has recently finished the book “Wonder” and has started the novel, “The Cay.” Both novels have many themes running through them, but one of the main themes is ‘how we treat people.’ We have had many discussions about the themes and how we can relate these to our school values. As a result we all wrote our own precepts, and poems showing our feelings about racism. Some examples of both are in the following pic collages. Other pieces of work are on display in our classroom.

BOOK WEEK – Monday 21 August – Friday 25 August.  Book Parade on Wednesday 23 August at 9am.

This year our school we will be celebrating “Book Week” from Monday 21 to Friday 25th of August.

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and it is a great opportunity to celebrate Australian Authors & Illustrators.

The Children’s Book Council has announced the short list titles for 2017. We now have these titles in our library and teachers will be reading them to our students in the lead up to the announcement of the winners. As part of the Book Week celebrations the library will be running a number of activities including:- Daily Story Telling, Story Quiz, Art Activities and the “BOOK CHARACTER PARADE”.

This year our parade will be held on Wednesday 23rd August at around 9 am and everyone is encouraged to come as their favourite Book Character. If you need any help with ideas for dress ups, we have books on costumes in the library & there are plenty of great ideas on the internet. So have fun!

Kind Regards

Kristina  – Library

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS – Crazy Hair Day – We raised….$407.70 for Cystic Fibrosis – Well done, everyone.

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER – END OF SEASON BBQ

Event: Taroona Primary School Soccer End of Season BBQ and Presentations

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017 at 2pm – 4pm (This is also the date of last round of soccer)

Where: TPS Quadrangle

TPSA NEWS

Please see Seaside Festival News  at the top of this page for the latest Seaside Festival News

 

 

 

 

PRE-TEEN & TEEN ONLINE PARENTING PROGRAM

Researchers at The University of Queensland are offering Australian parents of pre-teens and teens (aged 10-16 years) the opportunity to try a brand new online parenting program for free as part of a research trial. The program is based on the successful Triple P: Positive Parenting Program.
To find out more or register for the study, visit: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentingteens/project/online

 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 September, 16 October, 13 November & 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 – save the date – Saturday 11 November 2017, 11am – 3pm.

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See below for the latest information.  (All other information is available via this link)

 

 

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Click here for Term 3 Calendar

 Woolworths Earn & Learn: – it’s on again.

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program is on again!  It gives primary and secondary schools, and Early Learning Centres around Australia the chance to earn amazing school resources. Earn one Woolworths Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths.  Stick the Stickers on a Sticker Sheet. Drop the Sticker Sheet into a Collection Box at the School Office or at Woolworths in Sandy Bay. We have Sticker Sheets at the office.

Click here for Sticker Sheets, more information, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions – then stick together with your local community.

SCHOOL 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: Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to assist running the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Program this year with a view to replacing the current Grade 5/6 Parents for 2018. This only takes about an hour of your time one day a week (currently Thursday morning).  The program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:  Leanne Barnbaum at barnbaum@bigpond.com or Alison Phillips at mailto:aphillip5@yahoo.com.au.

Uniform Shop News

We are open on 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

Hello Parents and Families,

DID YOU KNOW:  You can order a full term of Sushi for your child/children by paying in the first few weeks. There are 10 weeks in term 3 so please multiply your order by 9 if you submit it in the 2nd week of term. For example one sushi roll for term will be $31.50. If your child is absent from school on Friday you have the options of sending their sushi to a sibling within the school, pick it up or donate it to the school. Please let the office know when notifying of student absence.

Thankyou to those adventurous students who have been trying out the new Sushi fillings. Our grade one classes and grade six classes continue to lead the way with Sushi orders.  A big Thankyou to all families for supporting the Sushi program and in term fundraising for your childrens school.

For any queries during Term 3, please email Alex Terhell at:  alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

 

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 16: 2 August, 2017

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KEY DATES 2017– click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS – 1-2G & 2PF, 4-5C & 4-5PD, Prep PY & Prep SG, 3P & 3H

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

SEASIDE FESTIVAL NEWS   click to open Seaside Festival News

ASSEMBLY: This Friday, 4 August, 2pm in GP Hall

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

What a fabulous start to Term 3!  We have welcomed six new students into our school community (Prep S, Prep P, 1N, 3P, 3H & 6PT) and started a wonderful term of learning.

Arts Program

This term all classes (K-6) will be involved in exploring the Australian Curriculum: The Arts and this week, Years 3-6 started a 6-week Arts Program. Classes have been split into mixed groups to experience a range of activities including collage, drama, dance, photography, cross-stitch, models, print making, 3-D drawing, pasta and ink art. Our Tournament of the Minds teams will also meet each week during this time to develop their skills and prepare for this event later in the term. Our Kinder to Year 2 classes will have their own Arts experiences later in the term.  We are certainly grateful to the parent and community volunteers who are assisting teachers with this program over the coming weeks, and supporting our school to develop Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners & Inspired leaders!

Cyber safety

On Monday, all of our Year 3 to 6 students were involved in a cyber safety session with Matt from Tasmania Police. This session followed our very successful parent / staff cyber safety presentation last term with the Australian Federal Police. During the student sessions, we found out that we have a large number of children at our school who regularly access and use social media and programs to communicate with others online. During the session, students learned how to keep themselves and others safe online using secure passwords, adjusting privacy settings within Apps / programs, only being “friends” with people they know in person and not chatting with strangers (especially when gaming). They also learned what to do if something goes wrong.  For more information including fact sheets and videos go to https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal

School Uniform

We have recently noticed an increase in the number of students wearing clothing items that are not approved school uniform. We ask that parents support our staff, and the school association, in their endeavours to encourage the wearing of school uniform. It has a unifying effect, diminishes unproductive competitiveness between students and is cost effective. It also advertises our school in the wider community. The uniform shop is open every Tuesday afternoon from 2.45pm.

Road Safety Concern

On Tuesday morning, one of our middle primary students was almost hit by a car travelling down the road to the high school.  The driver, a teacher from THS, came into the school office to alert us of the near-miss, stating that the student had ran across the road to school from the area opposite the Early Childhood classrooms.  Visibly shaken, the driver asked us to remind families and students about using the school crossings at all times, particularly during the busy drop off and pick up times.

NCCD: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Taroona Primary School will continue to meet its obligations under the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data. Please refer to the attached information sheet. Any parent with a student with an identified disability who DOES NOT wish their child to be included in this collection of data, is requested to notify the school.

I do hope you are able to join us at our Celebration of Learning Assembly this Friday from 2pm in the GP Room.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

EDUCATION ACT

From July 10, the new education act came into effect. Information about changes to school attendance, enrolment, managing behaviour, school associations and other topics is available via the links below.

New Education Act Commences

Attendance Matters. Changes to Student Absenses

YOUNG ARCHIES

Congratulations to Taroona Primary School Young Archies Finalists! Last term, many students from K-6 entered the Young Archies Portrait Competition. The entries had to be at least A4 in size, any medium and of someone known to the artist.

Our judges, Sheri Matthews and Anita Wood, spent almost 2 hours looking through the amazing unnamed entries to select 4 from years K-2, 4 from years 3-4 and also 4 from years 5-6. Congratulations to all the students on a brilliant display of beautiful artwork and especially to the 12 finalists.

Kinder – Year 2

  • Aime M Prep  “Me”
  • Silas K  2P  “My Mum”
  • Isaac N  Kinder  “Isla”
  • Sadie F 1W  “My Self Portrait”

Years 3-4

  • Marley F 4/5 PD “Excited”
  • Liam L 4/5 Mc/B “Helen”
  • Bonnie H  4/5 Mc/B “Meg Melrose Magnificence”
  • Gael F  4/5 C  “Decade 1”

Years 5-6

  • Ruby B 6 GM  “Ineeka, you must hide”
  • Tom H  4/5 C  “My Granpa”
  • Esther GS   4/5 P “Emotion-Self Portrait”
  • Hannah G 4/5 P “Tired”

The work will be exhibited at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS, Hunter Street in Hobart from Sunday the 6th of August to Sunday the 20th August. It will be an amazing exhibition of K-12 artworks and I recommend you visiting.

Debbie Clark

Young Archies Coordinator

ARTS ROTATIONS

This term all of our students will be involved in several different arts experiences.

The students in grades 3-6 will begin their six week Arts Rotations on Monday of Week Two. Each Monday afternoon will see most of the students experiencing a different form of art including performance and visual arts. During these sessions 21 grade 5-6 students will be working on their TOM (Tournament of Minds) challenge.

The Kinder-Grade 2 students will begin their rotations in Week Six and spend two weeks working on two different art experiences. Their rotation sequence will last for four weeks with two weeks on each activity. Parent help will be greatly appreciated. Please see your child’s teacher if you are able to help.

The Arts Team

CLASS NEWS

Kinder O & Kinder G

 

4/5 Clark 

Endangered Species Afternoon Tea

Last term we worked on studying Endangered Species. There was 3 parts to our work. Firstly we learnt about the Red List of Classifying Animals ranging from ‘No Data Available’ to ‘Extinct’, what factors made animals become vulnerable or endangered, what solutions are in place and about introduced and feral animals. We each student focused on one animal so they became an expert about that endangered animal. The final part of our work is to create a fictitious animal! So many creative creatures, from flying monkeys to balldogs! We then invited parents, friends and relatives to our afternoon tea to look at our work. Almost 40 people came, we were so excited! It was a lot of fun. Please click on the link below for photos.

Endangered Species Afternoon Tea

Buddies Surprise!

4/5 Clark and 1 2 Gregson join up for Buddy activities. On the last day of Term 2 we visited our 1 2 buddies to listen to them read their wonderfully written stories. We then surprised them by returning in the afternoon, armed with newspaper, scissors and tape to dress our buddies in newspaper as a character in their own story! What a wonderful parade of interesting costumes!  Please click on the link below for photos.

Buddies August Newsletter

Aboriginal Land Rights

We have learnt about Aboriginal land rights through the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ by Paul Kelly. We have studied the lyrics and then used the information to write newspaper articles. We will be singing parts of the song,(it is very long!) and playing instruments at the assembly on the 25th of August. Here are a sample of the newspaper articles.

Click on the links below:

Aboriginal Rights 4-5C

Land Goes Back to Original Owners

Vincent Lingiaris Stand

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS – Crazy Hair Day – Friday 4th August – Gold Coin Donation

 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:  7 August, 4 September, 16 October, 13 November & 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 – save the date – Saturday 11 November 2017, 11am – 3pm.

 click on images to enlarge

See below for the latest information.  (All other information is available via this link)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB:

This week your child will receive Issue 5 of Scholastic Bookclub.  Please place your order online using LOOP or return cash/cheque orders to the office by Wed 9th August.  Any donations of sturdy paper bags or cloth bags will your child’s name to send books home will also be gratefully received at the office.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Click here for Term 3 Calendar

 Woolworths Earn & Learn: – it’s on again.

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program is on again!  It gives primary and secondary schools, and Early Learning Centres around Australia the chance to earn amazing school resources. Earn one Woolworths Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths.  Stick the Stickers on a Sticker Sheet. Drop the Sticker Sheet into a Collection Box at the School Office or at Woolworths in Sandy Bay. We have Sticker Sheets at the office.

Click here for Sticker Sheets, more information, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions – then stick together with your local community.

SCHOOL 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: Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to assist running the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Program this year with a view to replacing the current Grade 5/6 Parents for 2018. This only takes about an hour of your time one day a week (currently Thursday morning).  The program is great for students to develop saving skills and is also a great fundraiser for our school.  Please click here for the Commonwealth Bank information and Newsletter.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:  Leanne Barnbaum at barnbaum@bigpond.com or Alison Phillips at mailto:aphillip5@yahoo.com.au.

Uniform Shop News

We are open on 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

Hello Parents and Families,

DID YOU KNOW:  You can order a full term of Sushi for your child/children by paying in the first few weeks. There are 10 weeks in term 3 so please multiply your order by 9 if you submit it in the 2nd week of term. For example one sushi roll for term will be $31.50. If your child is absent from school on Friday you have the options of sending their sushi to a sibling within the school, pick it up or donate it to the school. Please let the office know when notifying of student absence.

Thankyou to those adventurous students who have been trying out the new Sushi fillings. Our grade one classes and grade six classes continue to lead the way with Sushi orders.  A big Thankyou to all families for supporting the Sushi program and in term fundraising for your childrens school

If you have any questions or queries please email us on: Allycgunton@gmail.com or alex.terhell@outlook.com.au

Entertainment Books – ORDER NOW  

Purchase your Entertainment Memberships from Taroona Primary School again to support their fundraising efforts.  Please click here for more information or to purchase.

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