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
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!
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
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.
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
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).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Click here for the sushi menu
For any queries during Term 3, please email Alex Terhell at: email@example.com
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