2018 – click to open the Calendar of events
EXCURSIONS – Year 4’s & Year 5-6 Inter-School Winter Sports (selected students)
COMMUNITY NEWS – click to open Community News
There is a definite buzz in the air with Term 3 learning programs well underway. Year 3-6 Arts Rotations started last Friday with students participating in a range of exciting experiences from The Arts including Drama, photography and pop art, and creative activities including making foil sculptures, spider webs, sun catchers and cross stitching. The Early Years Arts Rotations are due to start next week – more information from The Arts Team is included below. Inter-school Football and Netball games for Year 5-6 students started in Week 2 with wonderful sportsmanship being displayed against Blackman’s Bay and Illawarra Primary Schools in the first two rounds of the 6-week program. Tournament of Minds is also underway this term, with four student groups working hard with Mrs Purdie, Mrs Clark, Helen Ludlow and Natasha Rowell to prepare for the state final on Saturday 8th September.
At last week’s assembly, Mr Poynter and I had the pleasure of presenting certificates to the first group of Year 5-6 students who recently gained eSmart Digital Licences as part of our e-Smart School program. The eSmart Digital License is one of the most comprehensive online cyber safety resources available. It teaches school-aged children critical digital skills and promotes discussion about online safety between young people and their parents, carers and teachers. Our school is working hard to achieve accreditation as an e-Smart school and, as part of that work, we are supporting our senior students to complete their digital licenses before National eSmart Week (2-8 September 2018). For more information about eSmart please visit https://www.esmart.org.au/.
This week is National Support Staff Week, where we take the opportunity to recognise our Teacher Assistants, Office Administration, Education Facility Attendants and our Library Technicians. A huge thank you to Pam, Alice, Shira, Sheri, Roxanne, Jo, Bianca, Erin, Bob, Matthew, Kristina and Ruth. The work that you all do for our students, teachers and school community is highly valued and appreciated!
Today, Mrs Purdie and I travel to the Sunshine Coast to attend a 3-day Leading a Digital School Conference, where we will present two workshop sessions focusing on Taroona Primary School’s implementation of Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Two short videos have been produced to showcase the exciting and innovative work of our teachers and students in this area, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with conference delegates as well as learning from other leaders in the field. The videos will be released to our community following our return from the conference. Tony Poynter will be Acting Principal in my absence.
Hope to see you at Tuesday’s assembly!
School Surveys 2018
This week the annual School Satisfaction Survey will be sent home with one child from each family. This annual survey gives families the chance to provide feedback as to how the school is progressing and supporting learners.
It is an online survey and the letter outlines the web address as well as giving you a unique code to input. The survey should only take one to two minutes to complete
If you would like to complete a survey but do not have web access please contact the school office and we will organise a paper based version. If you lose your survey but would still like to complete, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a new letter.
The survey closes at the end of next week and results will be returned to school early Term 4.
Staff and Student Illness
We are in the midst of the winter cold and flu season and currently have a number of staff who are away for extended periods due to illness. It has been noticed by teachers and other staff members that some children are returning back to school still not completely recovered from their coughs, colds or viruses. Whilst we love having all children here everyday for learning, we do not want sick children coming to school. Please keep students at home if they are not well and advise the office on 6227 8325 / email email@example.com before 9.30am.
Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) Close Date
Please be aware that financial support for the payment of school levies is available to families via the Department of Education Student Assistance Scheme (STAS). STAS 2018 closes to new applications on 6 September 2018. Once approved for STAS families need not re-apply for the following year. The Department of Education contacts approved families by letter each year.
If you feel you could be eligible for STAS please collect an application form from the office. For further enquiries in regards to STAS please phone 1800 827 055 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Business Manager
Congratulations to the following students who received awards at last week’s assembly:
CREATIVITY – Anja M, Henry C, Tom T, Jorja N
RESPECT – Maja N, Theo W, Silas R, Luis A
RESILIENCE – Eliza M, Lily H-R, Matai O
EXCELLENCE – Isaac N, Bren R, Billy N, Scarlett W, Peri B, Crystal P, Shem H, Moreton F, Arlo M, Lotus F, Adelaide S
COLLABORATION – Claudia T
ALL 5 VALUES – Amie M, Leo J, Luka H, Emilia W, Poppy W, Angus M, Louis N, Tom H
SPPSA Winter Sports Carnivals
Over the past 2 weeks students from Taroona Primary have been trialling for selection in the SPPSA Winter Sports Carnival which is to take place on Tuesday 21st August.
Sports included in this carnival include Soccer, Netball, Football and Hockey.
Congratulations and good luck to those students who have been selected to participate in the following sports:
- Football: Jude B, Pat H, Lucas E, Bailey M
- Soccer: Esther GS, Ruby J, Isabella P, Emraan C, Moreton F, Kes B
Come and see the 16 finalists artwork displayed in the Office or view online via the following link: https://padlet.com/jo_moore1/u4e79389gfho
All Students in Kinder to Year 6 are involved in a variety of Art activities to give them the opportunity to try new experiences. Early Childhood students start on Tuesday, August 28th at 12pm for four weeks and the Primary students started last week on Friday and will continue on this day at 12:15pm for another five weeks. Children will have the opportunity to work with students from different classes through a form of art. These could include performance, collage, painting, cross stitch, photography, and craft based tasks.
If you can spare some time, please discuss this with your child’s classroom teacher. We are very happy to have assistance for the duration of our program, or for a particular week, and all helpers will require a current Working with Vulnerable People Card.
All Year 3/4 classes visited I.M.A.S. and thoroughly enjoyed the interactive activities that were on offer. We would like to thank Dr Quinn for inviting us and all the I.M.A.S. staff.
Science Week Fun!
As part of Science week, all classes will be working with their buddy class to investigate and experiment with bubbles. Those classes who have already participated, have had such fun exploring all the activities on offer.
Last week our class visited Princes Wharf to look at the CSIRO marine vessel, The RM Investigator as part of science week. We were met by our tour guide and taken on the ship for an extensive tour. We saw where the scientists worked, slept and relaxed. We went up onto the bridge after climbing many stairs and met the men who steer the ship. After leaving the ship, we walked around the area looking at the work done by the many CSIRO scientists before going to Princes Park for lunch. We had a great day!
BOOK WEEK- (next week 20 – 24 August)
BOOK PARADE: Wednesday 22 August, 9am school quadrangle
This year our school we will be celebrating “Book Week” from Monday 20 to Friday 24th of August.
Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and it is a great opportunity to celebrate Australian authors and illustrators. The Children’s Book Council has announced the shortlist titles for 2018. We now have these titles in our library and teachers will be reading them to students in the lead up to the announcement of the winners.
The highlight of book week is the BOOK CHARACTER PARADE. This year our parade will be held on Wednesday 22nd August at around 9 am in the quadrangle. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character. If you need any help with ideas for dress ups, there are books on costumes in the library and there are plenty of great ideas on the internet. So have fun!
BOOK DONATIONS WANTED
Book donations wanted for Paediatrics unit at the RHH
The Paediatric Outpatient Clinic and other areas for children at the Royal Hobart Hospital is in desperate need for some more children’s books. The books must be able to be wiped – so hardback or glossy pages only please!
Donations are being collected at the school office. Please give generously!
Please contact Kate Allingham 0448 877 056 if you have any queries.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here
Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc. in Hobart and Surrounds.
**SAVE THE DATE: TPSA QUIZ NIGHT – SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, featuring Owen Tubb as Quiz Master
Come dressed as a Hero or come as you are
Gather your friends, for tables of 10 (max)
Donations for prizes and silent auction are very welcome!
For more information please contact Martine Siltman
Email: email@example.com or Mobile: 0423 974 551
More information coming soon……
NATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF WEEK
Dear Parents and Students,
I just wanted to add a brief note of thanks this week to all our Taroona Primary Support staff. These are our non-teaching staff who make a valuable contribution to the learning of our students in ways other than teaching. We couldn’t do what we do without them and they are often the quiet achievers that go unnoticed. This week, and not before time, we would like to raise your profile and appreciate your ongoing commitment.
Thank you for the work you do.
Leah and the TPSA
TASSO Conference 2018:
The TPSA and Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations Inc. (TASSO) offers one parent a free ticket to attend the TASSO Conference 2018: Engaging the Three C’s – Community, Caring and Communication on Saturday, 25 August 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The TPSA sees great value in attending the 1-day event to learn about improving our approach to parent engagement and supporting TASSO as the peak body representing parents, students and school committees in Tasmanian Government Schools and Colleges.
Contact Alex Terhell, Deputy Chair, if you would like to come along: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here for the latest minutes of the TPSA Committee Meeting (3rd July 2018)
Short movie clip (password if required: qkr)
The TPSA meet once a month at 7pm in the Staffroom at the School to discuss everything from school staffing, updates on grounds, fundraising and ideas or issues brought to our attention by parents and staff. 2018: Next Meeting to be held on Tuesday 4th September, 2018 at 7pm. If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email email@example.com requesting to join the list.
Duty of Care
Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:
- Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
- Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm
Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care
For Vacation Program – please click here.
Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play. We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day. Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr
Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or email@example.com with any questions.
Bank Books will be collected on Thursdays each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.
For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.
Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii
This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:
- Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
- 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
- AU$2,000 spending money.
How to enter
Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.
For more information please contact Alison Phillips – firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop News – Click here for amended 2018 information and Price list
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