2018– click to open the Calendar of events
COMMUNITY NEWS – click to open Community News – lots of new holiday ideas and programs
It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the academic year already! Term 2 has certainly been action-packed and it has been wonderful to see the focus on student learning maintained right throughout the ten weeks, regardless of changes to normal routines. Thank you for supporting your children to arrive on time each day, ready for new challenges and eager to share their thinking and discoveries with us. The end of term is sure to finish with great excitement as the SRC are holding a PJ-Onesie Day this Friday to raise money for outdoor beanbags. I do hope everyone will join in the fun!
Self Regulation and KidsMatter
At this time of year, when children are tired, the winter cold has set in and/or sickness is upon us, it often hard to manage our feelings and emotions and keep everything balanced. This short article from KidsMatter, an Australian mental health and well-being initiative, provides some suggestions that can be useful, when helping children maintain balance, as well as background information about why self-regulation is important for mental health. The article also is a good reminder for all of us that parents, carers and staff play an important role in helping children learn to self-regulate their feelings and behaviour and that there are many opportunities for this learning in our normal routine of day-to-day life.
Professional Learning Day 23 July – Student Free Day
On Monday 23 July, all teachers will be involved in professional learning sessions focusing on our whole of school priorities: Writing and Digital Technologies. Staff will also participate in a Skype session with Microsoft trainer Troy Waller, to learn about Office 365 and how to use this technology effectively to improve instruction and meet the learning needs of students. Care will be provided onsite, as usual, by Lady Gowrie for those families who require this service. Term 3 resumes for students on Tuesday 24 July.
Best wishes for an enjoyable break with family and friends.
Luca G has been selected to compete in the Australian World International Cadet Sailing Championships, held in Borgstedt, Germany in August. Luca competed in the Australian Championships in late 2017 and early 2018 in Victoria. Luca and his sailing partner competed in 12 races and were selected by the number of points they achieved over the 12 races. They will be doing the same in Germany where they will race against sailors from many different countries. On behalf of the Taroona Primary School community, we would like to once again congratulate Luca on his achievements, and wish him all the very best for the upcoming championships.
Choose Maths Student Awards
The CHOOSEMATHS Student Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools. The awards encourage students to get creative as they step beyond the classroom to bring their understanding of mathematics to life on film.
Congratulations to Liam, Sebastian and Cameron, and Louis, Lena, Max and Lorenzo, for using their imagination and creativity to produce and submit two short videos based on the theme, OUR WORLD NEEDS MATHS.
In teams, the students produced The Math Out: Why the world needs Maths and The Maths Show. To view the videos, go to the Choose Maths Student Video Portal http://choosemathsawards.org.au/student-video-portal/ and search for the videos by title.
Alliance Francaise News:
Students from a number of government and non-government schools participated in the Alliance Francaise poster competition on the 29th of June. We have a number of students to congratulate for their efforts.
Well done to the following students who have had work selected to participate.
Students receiving participation certificates are:
Emilia S. 1-2NG, Raewyn W. 1-2P, Khadijah N. 1-2W, Evie B. 3-4GS, Katie C. 3-4C , Sophia W. 3-4GS, Daniel M. 3-4P, Marley F. 5-6GM, Adelaide S. 5-6PT and Oliver M. 5-6GM
Students receiving certificates of Honourable Mentions are:
Maielle S. 1-2G, Molly O. 1-2G, Anabelle A. 3-4C, Amelie E. 5-6H, Bonnie H. 5-6 GM and Esther G. 5-6PT
This year we have two students who have won prizes. They are:
Lily B. 1-2NG – 1st Place in the Grade 1/2 category
Hannah G. 3-4P – 1st Place in the grade 3/4 category
Well done to the following Grade 6 students who have participated in the Poetry Competition.
Students receiving participation certificates are:
Max H. 5-6H, Emraan C. 5-6C, Scarlett J. 5-6GM and George W. 5-6 GM
Students receiving certificates of Honourable Mentions are:
Lorenzo F. 5-6H and Sebastian S. 5-6PT
Congratulations to the following students who received Taroona Awards at last week’s assembly:
- Creativity – Poppy W, Adriana V, Thomas W, Charlotte M, Dan W,
- Excellence – Shiloh D, Toby G, Phoebe W, Ewan S, Max F, Lachlan S, Katie C, Xavier M, Pat H, Ollie W, Amilie E, Darcy C, Ellen H, Darcy E, Sienna F
- Respect – Oliver F, Evie M
- Resilience – Darcy B, Freya M, Archie V, Mia P
- Collaboration – Jacey G
- All 5 Values – Ella C, Quinn H, Olivia M
Thank you to Kathryn from the Story Dog Program for the generous donation of the couch and cover. Our students look forward to reading with Kathryn and Maisie each week.
LOOSE PARTS PLAY
Thanks to some very kind donations of pipes, tubes, kitchenware, fabric, buckets etc our loose parts play for the Prep-2 children is now up and running. A huge thank you also to the Kingborough Lions Club for their generous donations in 2017 and again in 2018 to support our work in this playground. We will continue to accept donations in Term 3 and would particularly appreciate large cardboard boxes and tubes or PVC tubes.
We have had circus tents, waterfalls, picnics and campsites (just to mention a few!) popping up all over the playground. It has been so lovely to see the creativity and collaboration displayed by the children.
Many thanks, Emma Nuttall
DONATIONS – Wool needed please for 3-4 GS
Mrs Graham-Smith (3-4GS) is in need of wool for her Arts Rotation Project. If you are able to help, please drop off your yarn to the office in the box provided.
**We are still in need of wool/yarn if you have any to donate please.
Our Excursion to the Cascade Female Factory
We had a wonderful excursion to the Cascade Female Factory and the Hobart Rivulet on Wednesday, 13th June! We were led around the factory by Flo, where we had to make predictions about what life was like in the 1800s. We made great discoveries! This experience brought our inquiry unit alive. We certainly got a true understanding of what the female convicts must have endured on a cool Winter’s day! The highlights of the trip were:
‘The most common name was Mary but the most oddest name was Nappy Ribbon. I am so happy that it is not my name! I had fun when we went for a play near the rivulet. That’s why I love the Female Factory and the Hobart Rivulet.’ Eve
‘I like the Female Factory because I learnt about the punishment cells. The weirdest part was that a goose kept coming up to me at the pond.’ Ewan
‘I was very interested in the nursery. I was also amazed at the key and latch.’ Lachlan
‘I liked the wall that described features of the women such as a flat head, viscious and wild.’ Tommy
‘I really enjoyed sketching the rivulet and I was interested about the name wall.’ Claudia
‘I enjoyed learning some of the names of the convicts.’ Bella
‘I really liked it when Flo said we were doing a quiz in a group.’ Eden
‘I thought that it would be very cold at the Female Factory and I learnt that the most common name was Mary and the toilet was a box!’ Sabrina
‘I wonder how many women were at the Female Factory?’ Brody
‘I enjoyed going to different yards to answer questions on the booklet.’ Marc
‘I wonder how the Female factory was built?’ Stella
‘I was really interested about all the different crimes the females did! I really enjoyed doing the worksheet and getting the stamp.’ Peri
‘I liked learning about all the crime classes! I liked the wall that had all the names on it.’ Sophia
‘What I found interesting was that Mary Wilkes tried to escape by dressing up as a man.’ Scarlett
‘I liked how they put a wall of names of all the female convicts who worked at the Female Factory. They had names like Nappy, Eliza and Mary.’ Evie
‘My favourite part was working together to find answers to the questions. The Female Factory was very interesting. I think you should go and explore the past!’ Bea
‘I loved joining Flo on the tour. It was enjoyable. I believe the weirdest name was Nappy, yes, somebody was called Nappy. Also when we went to the rivulet it was nice being able to sketch in my favourite place, nature!’ Quinn
‘I loved sketching the Hobart Rivulet and the surrounding area. I wonder how long it would have taken to build the factory, take down the walls inside and then make it into a history site for people to walk around and have a look at?’ Angus
‘My favourite thing to do at the Female Factory was the activity where we had to find out what happened. The funniest thing was that a female convict was named Nappy!’ Isaiah
‘I loved doing the question booklet. My favourite person from all the convicts was Mary Wilkes because she escaped into the bush by looking like a man.’ Ruby
Thank you to our parent helpers Michelle, Sarah and Bec!
The 3/4 GS Team!
Little Red Robyn Hood, 25 June 2018
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here
Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc. in Hobart and Surrounds.
SRC – NEXT SRC FUNDRAISING EVENT – PJ & Onesie Day – Friday 6 July (last day of Term 2)
Come dressed in your Pyjamas or Onesie and bring a gold coin donation. Money raised will be going towards outdoor beanbags for use at lunchtime.
TPSA NEWS – Click here for the latest TPSA Minutes
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Dear Parents and Staff
Last night the Taroona Primary School Parent Association met and voted their support for the phased introduction of an online payment system, Qkr (pronounced ‘Quicker’).
The Association believes that Qkr will provide a number of significant benefits to parents and staff, specifically:
- Reduce manual workload for TPSA fundraising program volunteers (particularly the elimination of the need for counting of cash and manual reconciliation of food orders or event tickets);
- Increase accuracy, transparency and timely receipt and reporting of all Association monies for the Treasurer; and
- Increase convenience for parents and staff via online payments.Qkr is the only system currently endorsed by the Department of Education. Qkr could be expanded in the future, to include payments associated with business of the Taroona Primary School. The Association considered this two matters in their system assessment.
- For more general information about Qkr, try the following links:
- The Association favoured Qkr over other electronic payment systems, because parents and staff are not charged transaction fees. The Association will initially absorb the costs associated with Qkr’s introduction.
The Association will use a phased approach for the implementation of Qkr starting with our Sushi Friday program. Please see our email: TPSA important changes to Sushi Friday, sent this week to all TPS parents and staff, for more information. If you have questions in the meantime, Alex Terhell, Deputy Chair, can be contacted at email@example.com.
I hope you are as excited as I am about this change and I look forward to your support in Term 3. I am also available to you at Leah.Magliano@calvarycare.org.au.
I wish you and your families a restful term break.
The TPSA meet once a month at 7pm in the Staffroom at the School to discuss everything from school staffing, updates on grounds, fundraising and ideas or issues brought to our attention by parents and staff. 2018: Next Meeting to be held on Tuesday 7th August, 2018 at 7pm. If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to know what’s going on, you can be added to our email list. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to join the list.
Leah and the TPSA Committee
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 email@example.com for more information.
Please see information above in the TPSA news.
Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
School Banking is back!
Bank Books will be collected on Thursdays each week – straight after daily fitness. Please drop your Bank Books into the class envelopes prior to this.
For those who would like to start banking, please go to your local Commonwealth Bank and open a Youthsaver account for your child. Photo ID is required to do this (there may be an option online too). Once you have the account number the banking volunteers can set up a school banking number.
Keep saving for a chance to win a family trip to Hawaii
This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker and their family of up to two adults and three children to Hawaii. The trip includes:
- Return economy flights to Honolulu, Hawaii plus airport transfers
- 7 nights accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel staying in a Luxury Ocean Room, with beach views and breakfast included
- AU$2,000 spending money.
How to enter
Simply make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition for a chance to win.
For more information please contact Alison Phillips – email@example.com
Uniform Shop News – Click here for amended 2018 information and Price list
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