Number 19: 18 December 2019

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

With the end of the school year upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing Taroona team for their positive and enthusiastic contributions to the education of our learners, each and every day. 2019 has been another fantastic year, and I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together, as partners in learning.    

Our final celebration assembly last Wednesday was a wonderful event, that showcased the colour and energy of our school community.  I thoroughly enjoyed preparing and presenting the Principal’s Address, reflecting on our achievements across the year and celebrating the success and contributions of all involved with our school during 2019. I have attached a copy of the TPS Principal address  11 December 2019 for those who are interested.

Planning for 2020

On Monday morning, all students, Kindergarten – Year 5, met with their new class group for 2020, in their 2020 classroom.  The majority of students across the school met with their 2020 teacher, with one class still awaiting confirmation.  At this stage, staffing for 2020 is as follows:

  • Kindergarten / LiL – Sarah Wilson
  • Prep – Jocelyn Pullen
  • Prep-1 – Em Dorney (Mon-Tuesday) / Mel Vincent (Wed – Friday)
  • 1-2 – Angela Oldfield / Kylie Broadbent (Friday)
  • 1-2 – Tania Glover
  •  Year 2 – Frances Thorp / Em Dorney (Wednesday)
  •  3-4 – Jane Graham-Smith
  •  3-4 – Alanna Carne
  •  3-4 – Liz Parry
  •  3-4 – TBC
  •  5-6 – Debbie Clark / TBC 0.2FTE (Friday)
  •  5-6 – Philly Hughes
  •  5-6 – Karen Gregson
  •  5-6  – Megan Tubb / Emma Nuttall (Wednesday & Thursday)
  •  LOTE – Anita Wood (0.5FTE)
  •  PE – Kylie Broadbent (0.5FTE)
  •  Music – Janelle Stowe (0.5FTE)
  •  Support Teacher – Hilary Purdie (0.4FTE)

Congratulations to Mrs Hilary Purdie who has been appointed as A/Assistant Principal from the start of the new school year, and to Emma Nuttall, who was recently appointed as A/Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) in 2020, in addition to her Literacy Coach role. 

TPS Parent Handbook 2020

A copy of the 2020 Parent Handbook can be downloaded from Parent Handbook Page of the TPS Website .  Please note that there has been an update to the Prep-6 Reporting Schedule in line with changes to recent DoE guidelines, where parents will receive personal communications from each class teacher in relation to how their child has settled into Term 1.  Another change includes parents taking responsibility for supplying a set of personal headphones for their child to use on school devices.  Please take some time to read through the updated handbook and feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

Leavers 2019

Tomorrow at our final assembly for 2019, we will say goodbye to a number students, including, of course, our Year 6 leaders who have been an incredible group! Thank you to their families, some who have been with us for significant periods of time and have supported the school in so many and varied ways. For those families who will say goodbye for the last time tomorrow, thank your and farewell from us all!

During the official proceedings tomorrow afternoon, we will take some time to acknowledge and thank staff members who are leaving at the end of the term: Tony Poynter, Alex McNamara, Jo Williams, Eleni Dokos,  Damien Cameron and Roxanne Holliday.  Their significant contributions to our school are highly valued.  We wish our leaving staff all the very best into 2020 and beyond.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone in our school community a safe, happy and relaxing break.  I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday, 5 February, ready for another fabulous year of learning here at Taroona.  

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1 Wednesday 5 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2 Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3 Tuesday 21 July to Friday 25 September

Term 4 Monday 12 October to Thursday 17 December

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

Please click here for information about student bus travel and if your child is eligible to travel free of charge.

TPSA NEWS

2019 Taroona Seaside Festival

On Saturday 30 November a crowd of 3000 people came together to enjoy the 7th biennial Taroona Seaside Festival. The Festival is our School’s biggest fundraising initiative and this year was a resounding success. Almost $29,000 was raised this year which will go directly toward educational resources, equipment and infrastructure that will benefit Taroona Primary School students.

The Seaside Festival is an opportunity for the Taroona community to celebrate the vibrant, caring and creative community we live in. Its’ success was thanks to amazing dedication and hard work of over 200 volunteers who gave their time to bring the Festival to life. The event held over 60 stalls offering food and drinks, homemade crafts and gifts, toys and treasure, books, plants/flowers, clothing and major raffles.

Musical performances, games and activities, raffles and lucky dips offered plenty of entertainment for all throughout the day. Local organisations also attended offering information and education about wildlife and habitat in the Kingborough region while Taroona’s large scientific community inspired a Marine Expo attended by IMAS and the EPA amongst others.

Sustainability Goals Achieved!

This year the Festival worked hard to deliver a truly sustainable event. The Green Team was formed by a group of 20 students, parents and teachers who volunteered their time to sort and sustainably dispose of the Festival’s waste through composting, recycling and soft plastic recycling (RedCycling). The Green Team alongside the Year 5/6 Nuttall-Tubb class undertook hours of research and planning, setting a goal and devising a plan to minimise the Festival’s landfill waste. Great effort was taken to achieve this which included working with the Festival Committee to encourage people to bring their own or hire food and drink containers and stallholders packed items for sale in reusable or compostable packaging. All rubbish was collected and sorted at the Green Team waste station. This year only two 80-litre bags of rubbish was sent to landfill, an 87% reduction on the 2017 Festival (where 15 bags of landfill was collected). An amazing achievement and something to be incredibly proud of. Unable to rest on their laurels, the Green Team continue their efforts to reduce the Festival’s carbon footprint by planting one tree for every $1000 raised. As a result, 29 trees or shrubs will be planted at the School next year.

A Very Big Thank You

Over 110 local businesses supported the Taroona Seaside Festival offering generous donations and in-kind support in excess of $20,000. Many of the donations formed the major raffle prizes and the bumper adult lucky dip stall. Other donations included sausages and salmon for the BBQs, supermarket gift vouchers, marquees and trestle tables, graphic design and printing services and much more. The success of the Festival would not have been possible without this amazing support from our very generous community. Please take the time to see our list of sponsors (below) and we hope you may return their support as you shop or search for services throughout next year.

A very big thank you again to all the people who volunteered leading up to, during and after the event for your time and effort. And thanks to all those who came and enjoyed the day! Finally, thanks to the sunshine for staying out long enough for everyone to enjoy some dry weather and warmth.

Photos

Check out the Festival’s Facebook page for photos taken on the day! https://www.facebook.com/TaroonaSeasideFestival2019/ 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm
 
Call for Volunteers – Back-To-School Sales Days
The Uniform Shop needs some volunteer helpers for the Back-To-School sales days on Wednesday 29th January, Thursday 30th January and Tuesday 4th January (rostered between 9am and 12 Noon). If you have three hours available on one or more of those days that you can assist, please get in touch with Uniform Shop Coordinator, Katie Ferguson, on 0407 000 785 or email katieferguson@netspace.net.au.
 
2020 Uniform Shop Sales

Day

Date (2020)

Shop Hours

Location

Wednesday

29th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room

Thursday

30th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room

Tuesday

4th February

9:30am – 11:30am

Uniform Shop

Wednesday

5th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop (First Day of School)

Thursday

6th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop

NEW ITEMS IN STOCK – VESTS, LEGGINGS AND TRACKPANTS WITH REINFORCED KNEES.

After consultation and feedback from the Taroona Primary community, we’ve introduced 3 new uniform items as a trial. These items will become permanent if sales trial is positive.

  • Polar Fleece Vests (Sizes 4 – 14) $40
  • Track pants with Reinforced Knees (Sizes 4, 6, 8 only) $47
  • Leggings (Girls Size 4 – 14) $35

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to join our sushi packing roster on Friday morning’s in 2020 commencing in Term 1. This is a fun and easy task requiring around 1 hour from 9-10 am. Volunteers are rostered subject to their specified availability e.g. once a fortnight or once every 4-6 weeks, whatever suits you! You work in pairs with another volunteer in the school staff room. A Working with Vulnerable People Check is essential. If you could do a buddy shift before the end of the year, that would be great also but if you cannot, we are happy to train you up at the start of Term 1.

If you are interested, please contact Tracey Turner on 0439 618 520 or yecartt@hotmail.com.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 18: 4 December 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

How fabulous was the Seaside Festival last weekend?!  What a wonderful day of activities, entertainment and ‘fun-raising’! I would like to sincerely thank the 2019 Seaside Festival Subcommittee, volunteers, family members and TPS staff and students, for their incredible energy, passion and commitment to planning and delivering an event to remember!  I am incredibly proud of the sustainability focus of this year’s festival, with the amazing achievement of the TPS Green Team to reduce our environmental footprint to just 2 bags of landfill, down from 15 bags in 2017 – that’s incredible! 

A huge thank you must also be extended to the many sponsors, whose contributions this year ensured our fundraising efforts were well supported. I can’t wait to hear from TPSA Treasurer Mike Davis and SSF Budget Manager, Kate Wells, and find out the amount our school community raised from the event.  We will certainly publish the grand total as soon as we can!  

Thank you Afternoon Tea for School Volunteers and Helpers – Friday 6 December, 2:15pm

This Friday afternoon, we will be hosting a special afternoon tea to thank our wonderful volunteers and helpers and hope that everyone who has made a contribution to our school this year is able to attend. Taroona receives amazing support from our families, extended families and our community, and we can only offer the rich range of opportunities that we do because of this help and support. Please RSVP to the office to let us know if you are coming along ph: 6227 8325 / email: taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au 

End of Year Celebration and Leaver Assemblies

Please make sure that you save the date for the following special events:

  • Final Celebration Assembly: Wednesday 11 December, 12:30 – 1:30pm, THS Gym
  • Leaver’s Assembly: Thursday 19 December, 1:30pm, TPS GP Room 

End of Year Staffing Update

At the end of each year, we take the time to appreciate and thank our fixed-term contract staff for their contributions to our school and to student learning programs.  Throughout 2019 we had a number of staff join our team in a fixed-term capacity, and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the following team members for their work at TPS: Ms Eleni Dokos (ECE Learning Support and Prep Teacher), Ms Jo Williams (Teacher,1-2GW & 1-2TS), Mr Damien Cameron (Teacher Assistant), Mrs Roxanne Holiday (Teacher Assistant), Ms Alice Moore (Teacher Assistant) and Mr Nick Gill (Education Facility Attendant). 

At this time of the year, we are finalising permanent teaching staff arrangements for the new school year. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, Mrs Alex McNamara will be leaving our team at the end of 2019 to relocate with her family to Western Australia. At the upcoming Leaver’s Assembly on 19 December, we will be thanking Alex for her amazing contributions to our school and community over the past 10 years and wishing her and her family a safe and successful move interstate.

Late last week, I was advised that Mr Tony Poynter, is the successful nominee (subject to usual review processes) for the permanent Assistant Principal position at Princes Street Primary School, beginning in February 2020. I would like to congratulate Tony on his new appointment and sincerely thank him for his significant contributions to Taroona over these past 7 years; teaching across the year levels and establishing a range of new programs and initiatives at our school, including our TPS Student Parliament.  On behalf of the school community, I would like to extend our very best wishes to Tony in his transition to his new school in 2020 and look forward to formally celebrating Tony’s time here at TPS at the upcoming Leaver’s Assembly.  

Schools Triathlon: Friday 6 December

Good luck to all of our Schools Triathlon competitors. Approximately 80 students from Years 3-6 will be competing this Friday at Bellerive Beach. Thank you in advance to Kylie Broadbent, Liz Parry and Karen Gregson for their support for the team on the day.

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT achievements

Aspiration, Growth and Achievement Awards 2019

This year the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Jeremy Rockliff, presented three students from Taroona with awards that recognised their achievement in Literacy and Numeracy and the Department’s values of aspiration and growth.

  • Aspiration and Achievement – a culture of high expectations and high achievement
  • Growth – improving by always learning and finding better ways to do things

Congratulations Annie, Leo and Quinn.

staff achievements

Congratulations to Jane Graham-Smith, Alex McNamara and Danielle Bresnehan who were recognised at a special function, held on Monday 2 December, for employees who have contributed 25 years (or more) of service to the Department of Education.

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDER PREP

Please see the images below for more information.

WRITERS CORNER

 

e-smart update

Heading into Christmas, parents may be thinking about a technology oriented toy as a gift. This article from the eSafety Commissioner provides some excellent suggestions around what to look for to ensure gifts are age appropriate, best options and any pitfalls to avoid. From an educational perspective, a key question to ask is this, ’will this toy/device/technology encourage my child be a consumer or a creator?’ Technology that encourages our children to create, rather than just consume is often just as entertaining but with far more educational benefits.  

An important issue around technology use is around the appropriate amount of screen time for children. This can be particularly pertinent around holiday time when children may have new toys/devices/technology that they are excited about and keen to play with. It can be helpful to set boundaries and expectations at the start of the holiday period so all family members have a clear understanding of what is appropriate. Our school guidelines may be helpful in giving you an idea of what is suitable for various age groups, in terms of screen time.

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

Please see the image below for information in regards to the Taroona High School Orientation Day.

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

Please click here for information about student bus travel and if your child is eligible to travel free of charge.

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the October TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the September TPSA minutes.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

NEW ITEMS IN STOCK – VESTS, LEGGINGS AND TRACKPANTS WITH REINFORCED KNEES.

After consultation and feedback from the Taroona Primary community, we’ve introduced 3 new uniform items as a trial. These items will become permanent if sales trial is positive.

  • Polar Fleece Vests (Sizes 4 – 14) $40
  • Track pants with Reinforced Knees (Sizes 4, 6, 8 only) $47
  • Leggings (Girls Size 4 – 14) $35

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to join our sushi packing roster on Friday morning’s in 2020 commencing in Term 1. This is a fun and easy task requiring around 1 hour from 9-10 am. Volunteers are rostered subject to their specified availability e.g. once a fortnight or once every 4-6 weeks, whatever suits you! You work in pairs with another volunteer in the school staff room. A Working with Vulnerable People Check is essential. If you could do a buddy shift before the end of the year, that would be great also but if you cannot, we are happy to train you up at the start of Term 1.

If you are interested, please contact Tracey Turner on 0439 618 520 or yecartt@hotmail.com.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 17: 20 November 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

The count down is on until the 2019 Seaside Festival which starts at 11:00am on Saturday November 30.  The excitement and sense of anticipation is certainly growing across our community. Thank you to all the many family and community members who have been helping out with the extensive preparations for this much-loved event. See below for all of the ways that you can still assist the subcommittee to deliver a fantastic festival for everyone!  

Kids4Kids Conference

As an innovative, future focused school, guided by our vision Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners, Inspired Leaders, Taroona Primary students and staff were excited to be invited to participate in the 2019 Kids4Kids There’s no Planet B! Conference, held yesterday at the University of Tasmania. 

Our Year 2 students were invited to share their inquiries on swift parrots and sustainability and Year 5-6 students their inquiry into reducing school energy use. Our students delivered a total of four workshops for other schools as well as engaged with standout environmental educators and participated in a range of learning sessions and activities.

Our thanks are extended to Tasmania’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), who supported our school to participate  by paying the bus expenses to and from the conference.  Congratulations to all students and staff involved.

Student Voice at Taroona Primary

It has been exciting to see so many student-led projects and initiatives taking shape across the school this term.  Here are a couple of examples that have come directly from the students to me in the last week.

Madeline (1-2TW) wrote to me about the amount of litter her class had collected in a 10-minute search of our playground last week and suggested a clean up day to address the problem.  I agreed that litter continues to be a problem that we needed to address and asked Madeline to speak to the whole school about it on Monday morning at assembly.  Madeline confidently stood up on the steps, shared the data that the class had collated and requested that the students support a clean up later in the day. Her enthusiasm for protecting our sea life and other animals from the impacts of litter was well-received by the other students and it is likely the student parliament will spend time early in the new school year talking about other measures we can put in place as a school to reduce the amount of litter ending up in our playground and waterways. Thank you 1-2TW and Madeline!

5-6 Gregson have also contacted me about a different concern they have become aware of, following their viewing of a ‘Behind the News’ story which outlined the impact of fires in New South Wales and Queensland on wildlife, especially Koalas.  Sophia and Gemma put together a flier and sought out support from our local business, The Picnic Basket on Friday afternoon. With support from the owners, Sophia and Gemma placed a donation box in the window, stating that all proceeds raised will be donated to Koalas in Care Inc.  In just 2 days approximately $40 was raised and the class is now thinking about other ways they can get the message out to the community to assist with this cause. Please see the community news section for more information from Sophia and Gemma and other students from 5-6G about their efforts. 

2020 Class Structures 

Teachers are now in the final stages of completing class placements. Thank you to all parents / carers who have contributed to this process.  We will have 14 classes in 2020. Class structures are listed below.

  • Kindergarten
  • Prep
  • Prep-1
  • 2 x Year 1-2 
  • Year 2
  • 4 x Year 3-4 
  • 4 x Year 5-6

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:

  • Creativity – Finn S, Augustus B.B, Hamish O, Finn C, Raewyn W, Miles B & Billy N
  • Respect – Oliver P, Olivia F & Lucas W
  • Resilience – Chloe N, Luka D, Noah J, Esther M, Ariette B.B, Alexandra W & Archie V
  • Excellence – Leila E, Adriana V.M, Ruben C, Shiloh D, Oliver F, Sabrina J, Nelanika J, Douglas H, Ruben D, Gus F, Alice R, Aldo G & Ewan S
  • Collaboration – Silas G.K & Otis L
  • All 5 Values – Edie N, June B & Jonte M

SEASIDE FESTIVAL – 10 DAYS TO GO!

Now only 10 days away, the Taroona Seaside Festival will be on Saturday 30 November from 11am – 3pm. The final countdown is on after many months of planning and preparation. 

We hope you can come along and enjoy the many activities, games, food and entertainment that’s on offer. Not to mention the incredible line up of stalls selling all sorts of fantastic items. Come and celebrate the day with your family and friends. The Seaside Festival is our School’s biggest fundraiser, drawing in crowds of people to enjoy the Festival atmosphere while helping raise much needed money for our School.

CAN YOU HELP? YES PLEASE!

LIKE  the Taroona Seaside Festival Facebook Page and invite your friends to as well. Be in the running to win a FREE DIP in our Adult Lucky Dip stall where you can win prizes valued up to $200! All you need to do is like and share the Festival’s page and you’re in the draw. 

SELL more Raffle Tickets! This year’s Raffle Prizes value have topped a massive $4250. There are loads of prizes and plenty of chances to win. Tickets are $2.50 each and more books available to sell at the School Office. There’s also a book-sellers prize for the person that sells the greatest number of tickets. 

DONATE items you have around the house. Our stallholders are still calling out for donations of gift items, toys and puzzles, plants, cotton fabric, produce and preserves and women and children’s good quality clothing, knitting/sewing items, plates, mugs and cutlery. A list of the DROP OFF points for the next week are on the flyer attached here and there will be a DROP ZONE for all final stall donations to be made at the GP Room on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 9am – 11am and 3pm to 5pm (only).

BAKE a sweet item for the ever-popular cake stall. Cake deliveries are Friday 29 November. click here to see the attached flyer with information about labelling ingredients. All CAKE STALL enquiries to Penny Yarrow on 0425 326 578.

READ the information here about the important work our GREEN TEAM are doing leading up to and during the Seaside Festival. Their contribution instrumental in reducing waste and landfill produced by the Festival.

GIVE HALF AN HOUR of your time. There’s plenty to do and our stallholders (your class parents) NEED a hand. Please get in touch with your class representative and offer half an hour or an hour of your time. If you don’t know who they are, please email us at the address below.

GET IN TOUCH – email  taroonaseasidefestival@gmail.com

COME ALONG. Lock the date in your diary – Saturday 30 November 11am – 3pm. See you there!

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 PARRY

Grade 3-4 Parry have been doing a Mathematics inquiry into bottle flipping. This has been a highly popular activity, with many experts in the class. Our inquiry question was, “What fraction of a bottle needs to be filled with water to be the best for bottle flipping?”

Firstly, we had to identify which mathematics we would need to use in order to answer the inquiry question. We decided we would need to know about volume, fractions, data, graphs and division. We then had to decide how we would do a fair test.

The students worked collaboratively with their partners and we managed to have a lot of fun (whilst also doing some great maths).

Please see the images below for more information.

PREP DORNEY-DOKOS

Prep Dorney-Dokos have created a classroom shop. Please see the images below for more information.

NATURE PLAY

Nature Play is about connection. Connection to ourselves, each other and planet. Spending time outside is great for us, it calms the frontal cortex, increases focus and creativity. Being outside makes us feel good, as bush walkers have always known. We can return to our lives and classrooms refreshed and more able to focus on work. These benefits are enhanced when we can slow down and take the time to tune in using our senses, this allows us to become more mindful.

Recently our Year 5-6 students used a simple black frame as photographers, artists and creative thinkers do, to tune in their eyes to see more, that’s how the frame works. It blocks out some areas and brings other detail into greater focus.

Some students made pictures within the frame and some simply noticed what they hadn’t before. “The ripples on the ocean from the wind.”

“That really colourful part of the rock.”

Simply put by one, “It makes it more beautiful here.”

This focused activity lead to creative thinking and design, using sand on the topic of sustainability. To fix the complex problems facing our environment today we need complex and creative solutions. We need to think differently then we ever have before. In Nature Play we tackle complex topics in a relaxed environment and, at times, students don’t even realise that is what they are doing.

Kara Spence

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

Student Parliamentarians, Charlotte V and Jonte M meet with Nigel Richardson from TEN (Taroona Environment Network). The students ran a ‘Dress in Green’ day at Taroona Primary School and raised in excess of $300 to support TEN’s local revegetation work along the Taroona foreshore. Nigel came to a school assembly and spoke to all students about the work of the volunteer group, TEN.

WRITERS CORNER

 

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

Please see the image below for information in regards to the Taroona High School Orientation Day.

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Please see below a calendar for the Term 4 Super LiL Sessions.

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

Please click here for information about student bus travel and if your child is eligible to travel free of charge.

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the October TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the September TPSA minutes.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

NEW ITEMS IN STOCK – VESTS, LEGGINGS AND TRACKPANTS WITH REINFORCED KNEES.

After consultation and feedback from the Taroona Primary community, we’ve introduced 3 new uniform items as a trial. These items will become permanent if sales trial is positive.

  • Polar Fleece Vests (Sizes 4 – 14) $40
  • Track pants with Reinforced Knees (Sizes 4, 6, 8 only) $47
  • Leggings (Girls Size 4 – 14) $35

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 16: 6 November 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Genius Hour Inquiries

Last Thursday our school community was treated to an outstanding showcase of the Genius Hour inquiries from our 3-4 learners. For the past 10 weeks, every student in Years 3 and 4 has been researching a question   based on their personal interests and passions.  Posed as inquiry problems, such as “Can I make a game that  ……?  Can I ….?”, Genius Hour has been invaluable in developing key learnings in the Personal and Social and Critical and Creative Thinking capabilities in the Australian curriculum, such as self-awareness of strengths and interests, generating ideas and actions, and reflecting on thinking and processes.  The buzz in the school as students and families visited was palpable. Learners proudly shared not only their projects, but also their insights into unexpected challenges and how they overcame them.  Our school community is very proud of the inspiring leadership on display from the 3/4 classes, with all students showing their skills in 21st Century capabilities of communication, collaboration, creative problem solving and critical thinking. A huge thank you and congratulations to all the learners and teachers involved in TPS 2019 Genius Hour.  I’m already looking forward to next year!

Wellbeing at Taroona Primary School

Recently our teaching team worked together to review our school improvement priority which focuses on student wellbeing and engagement.  We analysed data from the Rumbles Quest assessment (Y1-3) and the 2019 Student Wellbeing (Y4-6) and PIVOT (Y 3-6) surveys and summarised the key themes as per below: 

  • TPS Wellbeing target is on track, as a school we are tracking highly against state and as a school we have increased all target areas as identified from the 2018 Student Wellbeing survey.
  • Overall, students feel engaged, safe and valued
  • Students feel that they have a good connection with teachers
  • Students have a good connection to their learning
  • The age appropriate amount of sleep fared lower for students at TPS

Over the next few weeks we will look more deeply at the data and plan our strategic actions for 2020.  On Thursday a film crew will be coming to TPS to interview Danielle and some students about the 2019 Student Wellbeing Survey as part of a short video to share across the DoE and the wider community. We look forward to sharing more information about wellbeing at Taroona in our upcoming newsletters.

Hardie Fellowship Recipients: Danielle Bresnehan & Hilary Purdie

On Monday evening, The Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Jeremy Rockliff, awarded Hilary Purdie and myself a Hardie Fellowship to travel to, and study at, Harvard University next July for three weeks. Four groups (8 teachers in total) have been awarded this prestigious opportunity in 2020.

Our research is focused on developing expertise in the pedagogies and assessment tools required for wide-scaled deeper learning in the 21st century.   There are two aspects that we will study, building on our current work at TPS in inquiry and student-led learning:

  1. enabling structures and practices that successfully cultivate scaled adoption of C21st pedagogies in schools, networks and systems
  2. assessment tools and frameworks that inform teaching, and measure student improvement in creativity, curiosity, problem solving, innovation; the soft skills researchers have shown to be central to our local and global vision and futures

Hilary and I are very excited and honoured to be awarded the fellowship and look forward to sharing more about our research in the coming months.  For more information about Professor Charles Dunn Hardie and the Fellowships visit:

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/hardie_fellowship_recipients_announced4

Class Placements 2020

Teachers work together each year to develop optimal learning structures, taking into consideration students learning skills, work skills and social skills. Decisions regarding class placement for the new school year are made using the following process:

  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. Final class placements are announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:

  • Creativity – Tommy E, Ada S, Bren R, Rhys L, Max C, Aren R & Samuel S
  • Respect – Jacey G & Ben P
  • Resilience – Hamish C, Lily H.R, An T, Coco R, Saskia C & Maja N
  • Excellence – Jacob M, Alex A, Luke M, Marley F, Ruben D, Amie M, Piper P, Oscar P.R, Oliver S, Quincy C.G & Finley M
  • Collaboration – Cecilia Z
  • All 5 Values – Isaac R, June A, Tabitha R & Sienna F

TPSA ENDORSED SCHOOL POLICIES

All TPS Policies, developed under the 2016 Education Action and in consultation with the TPSA can be accessed via the Parent Handbook section of the TPS School Website.

This week I would like to highlight the TPS Respectful School Volunteer and Visitor Behaviour Policy which was endorsed by the TPSA in October 2018.  Our friendly office staff ensure all volunteers and visitors to TPS are made aware of this policy and understand their rights and responsibilities when participating in school activities and/or events. The policy also outlines the processes to be followed in the event of unacceptable behaviour. For full information, please click on the link above or call in at the office for a hard copy of the policy.

ESMART PRESENTATION

Kicking eSmart Goals!

Over the past 18 months, Taroona Primary has been working towards achieving eSmart status. This has involved many initiatives, including auditing our current practice, ensuring supporting structures are in place and providing explicit teaching in the area of eSafety. Our accreditation as an eSmart school in July was a wonderful achievement and reflected the commitment of students, staff, parents & community members.

In recognition of our exemplary practice, were invited to a recent professional learning opportunity ‘eSmart and your School Community’. Alex McNamara was asked to speak about Taroona Primary School’s eSmart journey and provide support to other schools currently undergoing the process.

In addition to achieving eSmart status, Taroona Primary School is the first school in Tasmania to achieve eSmart Membership status. This is ongoing journey for our school and our Membership status will assist in supporting us to ensure our students are provided with the best possible learning experiences in this area.

Alex McNamara

AST

SEASIDE FESTIVAL – ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!

The final stage of preparation is underway for the 2019 Taroona Seaside Festival. The event is on Saturday 30 November from 11am to 3pm at Taroona Primary School. There are loads of activities happening – games and attractions, stalls selling a range of items, community organisations, food, drinks and entertainment. There’s something to suit everyone from the very young to the not so young!

Come and celebrate the day with your family and friends. The Seaside Festival is our School’s biggest fundraiser, drawing in crowds of people to enjoy the Festival atmosphere while helping raise much needed money for our School. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

LIKE  the Taroona Seaside Festival Facebook Page and share the page and information on it with your friends. Information about what’s on will be posted daily.

BUY your Raffle Tickets here. And SELL them to your friends. This year’s Raffle Prizes value have topped a massive $4250. There are loads of prizes and plenty of chances to win. Tickets are $2.50 each and more books available to sell at the School Office. There’s also a book-sellers prize for the person that sells the greatest number of tickets.

DONATE items you have around the house. Books, gift items, toys and puzzles, plants, produce and preserves, women and children’s good quality clothing, knitting/sewing items, plates, mugs, cutlery. Email us on how and where you can donate items.

BAKE a cake for the ever-popular cake stall. Cake deliveries are Friday 29 November – find all the information here.

HELP! There’s plenty to do and we NEED some volunteers to help us out with setting up and manning stalls. All you need is a RWVP card. Please email us – any contribution no matter how long or short is very much needed and appreciated.

EAT! Last Chance to Buy Your Box of Krispy Kremes!

This is the last week you have to purchase your box of delicious Krispy Kremes. Each dozen is $25 and all profits made go to the Taroona Seaside Festival. Orders of Original Glazed and Assorted Dozen can be easily made on QKR! or place your order by phone or email through Amy Webb – 0478 228 835. ORDERS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER.

READ this flyer which details all the IMPORTANT information about the Festival and how you can help!

GET IN TOUCH – email taroonaseasidefestival@gmail.com

COME ALONG. Lock the date in your diary – Saturday 30 November 11am – 3pm. See you there!

Attention Buskers!

A reminder that registrations for busking at the Seaside Festival are about to close! Get a form from your teacher or just email me (maggiesakko@gmail.com) and I’ll send you one. You can sing, dance, do magic, recite poetry, or play an instrument. Perform solo, or with a friend or two. Forms must be returned to your teacher by this Friday 8 November. Get involved – it’s going to be fun!

Maggie Sakko and Anna Lyth – Busking Coordinators

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 THORP-WILLIAMS

This term Gr 1- 2 TW is making an inquiry into materials and how they may be changed. We took large paper bags home to fill with various household materials.

It was very exciting when we sorted out all the items. Mrs Thorp and Miss Oddie didn’t tell us how to sort the materials, there were not any clues at all and we had to work as a whole class. Some of us liked sharing our ideas and some of us needed more encouragement to do this.

After some time, we all decided we would sort by ‘what the materials were made from’. We made a group of wooden objects, plastic items, cardboard items, rubber, glass and fabric!

Please see the images below for more information

1-2 GLOVER-WILLIAMS

Elsa, Clara. Florence and Freya from 1-2 GW are very proud to share their very first “Happy News” Channel broadcast!

One morning as she was driving to school, Elsa expressed to her dad that she thought that there was too much bad news on TV. She thought that more good news should be shared. But how could a grade two student help balance this, even if only at a local level? After much brainstorming with the class, a “Happy News” channel was born! This is the very first attempt at making Elsa’s vision come to life. We owe Elsa’s dad, Oliver Grant, and Stuart Thorn from the Peter Underwood Centre, a huge thank you in making this possible. They gave up hours of their time and expertise to help create what you are about to see. We also owe a special thank you to Rebecca Hewett (parent and weekend ABC news presenter) for coming in to talk to us about life on a news set and for giving us many helpful tips and advice. There is room for improvement and I am sure we will perfect it as our vision is to make this a regular broadcast of happy news shared by Taroona Primary students and our community!

We have since had our dress up day to raise money for endangered animals.

To watch, scan the qr code or click on the link below.

INTERSCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Congratulations to our TPS team for creditable effort at the Division A swimming carnival on Monday 4 November.

Thank you to our parents for coming along to support our students on the day.

The following students received a ribbon at the carnival:

Daniel McK                         4th                           25m Freestyle

Darcy E                                 2nd                          25m Freestyle

                                                4th                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Addison B                            2nd                          25m Freestyle

                                                2nd                          25m Backstroke

Hugo L                                  1st                           25m Freestyle

                                                2nd                          25m Backstroke

Duncan H                             4th                           25m Freestyle

Maielle S                              3rd                           25m Freestyle

Melody Z                             3rd                           25m Freestyle

June B                                   2nd                          25m Aquatic Underarm

Scarlett G                            1st                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Millie U                                4th                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Ben B                                     1st                           25m Backstroke

                                                3rd                           50m Freestyle

Stella T                                  4th                           25m Backstroke

Charlie G                              3rd                           25m Backstroke

Ted H                                    3rd                           25m Backstroke

 

Year 6 Boys Medley Relay 3rd Kaiki, Thomas, Hugo and Ben

Year 6 Boys Freestyle Relay Kaiki, Thomas, Hugo and Ben

Year 6 Girls Medley Relay 4th Stella, Neve, Madeleine and Georgie

Year 5 Boys Medley Relay 3rd Charlie, Darcy, Louis and Daniel

Year 5 Boys Freestyle Relay 3rd Evan, Louis, Archie and Daniel

Year 3 Girls Freestyle Relay 4th Melody, Beth, Maielle and Poppy

Kylie Broadbent

WRITERS CORNER

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

Please see the image below for information in regards to the Taroona High School Orientation Day.

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Please see below a calendar for the Term 4 Super LiL Sessions.

TPSA NEWS

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

NEW ITEMS IN STOCK – VESTS, LEGGINGS AND TRACKPANTS WITH REINFORCED KNEES.

After consultation and feedback from the Taroona Primary community, we’ve introduced 3 new uniform items as a trial. These items will become permanent if sales trial is positive.

  • Polar Fleece Vests (Sizes 4 – 14) $40
  • Track pants with Reinforced Knees (Sizes 4, 6, 8 only) $47
  • Leggings (Girls Size 4 – 14) $35

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   

 




Number 15: 23 October 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Term 4 is one of anticipation, participation, celebration and reflection as staff and students launch into their final 10 weeks of the school year.  It is wonderful to be back at school after my unexpected leave at the end of last term.  Thank you again to Tony, Hilary, Bianca, Alex, Frances, Emma and the TPS Team for keeping the school running so smoothly in my absence.

Student-focused Inquiry & Student-led Solutions

A number of our Year 5-6 students have been considering ways to ensure that all students are positively engaged in our playground. After analysing and reflecting on recent playground behaviour data, the students thought carefully about the processes required to respond to this area of inquiry and identified specific questions that they thought were important:

  • What do students want in our playground?
  • How can we fund potential playground solutions?
  • How do we know who is happy in the playground?
  • Does the playground space impact on children’s behaviour in the playground?

They were also very keen to understand why different areas of the playground were for different year groups. They asked: Why can’t everyone just go everywhere? (Julian, Yr 6). The children then discussed why this might be so, and the impact a change to this ruling might have.

This inquiry has now spread out to all classes, with students and staff discussing the idea of opening up our playgrounds to all, and considering the safety aspects and supports to be taken into account to ensure this is a positive experience.  Our student leaders have demonstrated a mature and thoughtful approach throughout this inquiry, and are very keen to continue their learning in this area. We look forward to trialling some of their playground solutions in the near future!

TOM International Finals

On Monday, it was exciting to see the TPS Language Literature TOM (Tournament of Minds) team deliver a creative and engaging performance in preparation for the upcoming international finals.  I would like to congratulate the students on their achievements this year and wish them all the very best throughout the 3 days of finals which begin this Friday.  I would also like to thank our parents, staff and community members for their generous support of the Team’s fundraising efforts and again recognise Debbie Clark, Emma Nuttall, Natasha Rowell and Helen Roberts-Ludlow for their unwavering commitment to our TOM students in their creative endeavours over these past 10 weeks. 

2020 Planning

This term teachers begin to form up our 2020 classes. With lower numbers enrolled in Kindergarten over the past 2 years, and with continued lower Kindergarten numbers projected into the new year, there will be 14 classes in 2020 to cater for approximately 350 students ( 6 x Early Childhood classes and 8 x Primary).  As per the previous two years and directed by Learning Services, no out of area enrolments are being accepted for Prep to Year 6 due to capacity issues at THS. We ask parents who are making other choices for their child’s education in 2020 to please let us know as soon as possible so we can make adjustments to class numbers.

2020 Class Placements

Teachers work together each year to develop optimal learning structures, taking into consideration students learning skills, work skills and social skills. Decisions regarding class placement for the new school year are made using the following process:

  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. Final class placements are announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Term 4 Pre-Kindergarten & Super-LiL Sessions

Pre-Kinder Sessions start in the Kinder Room from Week 3 on Thursday mornings, 9:15 – 10:15.  From Week 5- Week 9, parents of pre-kinder students will meet with Danielle & other members of the school community for information sessions and networking in the GP Room, allowing the children to form closer bonds with the Kinder teaching team and peers in preparation for starting school in February 2020.

The school has committed to funding three Super-LiL Sessions this term to keep our birth to 3 year old children and families connected to school.  These sessions will run on three selected Thursdays from 12-1:30pm in the Kinder room with Sarah Wilson and Alice Moore. Please see below for further information.

TPS Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all students in Years 3-6 who participated in the TPS Swimming Carnival last week.  The event was a huge success with maximum participation throughout the day.  Thank you to our TPS staff and parent helpers who worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure the running, timing and recording of the races went to plan, and the students well supported and engaged at all times.  Feedback to Mrs Kylie Broadbent has been overwhelmingly positive, summed up by one of the lifeguards at the centre who stated that the carnival was “one of the most organised he had seen! A brilliant day!”  Thank you Kylie, on behalf of students, families and staff, for delivering another tremendous event for our school.

STEM Next – Today @ THS

This afternoon from 4 – 7:30pm, selected students from our 1-2 and 3-6 classes will be showcasing their achievements in Science and Technology at the STEM Next Expo at Taroona High School.  I do hope you are able to find an hour or two today to come along and celebrate with our students and staff and other local schools and community groups.

Student Free Day

A reminder that this Friday 25 October is a student free day with staff onsite for professional learning.  Care is available onsite with Lady Gowrie for those families who require this service.  Please contact Lady Gowrie directly to book your child in for part or all of the day.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TPSA ENDORSED SCHOOL POLICIES

All TPS Policies, developed under the 2016 Education Action and in consultation with the TPSA can be accessed via the Parent Handbook section of the TPS School Website.

This week I would like to highlight the TPS Respectful School Volunteer and Visitor Behaviour Policy which was endorsed by the TPSA in October 2018.  Our friendly office staff ensure all volunteers and visitors to TPS are made aware of this policy and understand their rights and responsibilities when participating in school activities and/or events. The policy also outlines the processes to be followed in the event of unacceptable behaviour. For full information, please click on the link above or call in at the office for a hard copy of the policy.

ROAD SAFETY IN TAROONA

The Kingborough Council has recently formed the Kingborough Community Safety Committee (KCSC) and has asked for input from the TPSA and school students. 

Parents, staff and school community members are invited to contact Damien Cameron, TPSA committee member, with any comments or concerns regarding student safety when travelling the streets to and from Taroona Primary School. 

Damien will provide feedback and information regarding these matters to the KCSC and will be in liaison with Cr. Jo Westwood, Deputy Mayor of the Kingborough Council.  Damien will also attend scheduled meetings of the KCSC in the Council Chambers as our TPSA representative.

Tony Poynter will coordinate student responses to this matter as well as student parliamentarian representation at the upcoming KCSC meeting in November.

The TPSA and the Committee strongly believes that the insights of Taroona residents, and in particular its youth, will be invaluable.  Feel free to contact Damien by email damien.cameron@education.tas.gov.au

SEASIDE FESTIVAL – ONLY 5 WEEKS AWAY!

The Taroona Seaside Festival is only 5 weeks away! We are calling out to our Taroona families to get involved – FAST!

The event is the School’s biggest fundraiser, drawing crowds of several thousand who are there to enjoy the Festival atmosphere – and helping raise money for our School. 

Please read the important information attached which has all the IMPORTANT details for the Festival and how you can help!

All enquiries about the Festival can be emailed to: taroonaseasidefestival@gmail.com

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 VINCENT-PURDIE

Last week a page of 1-2 Vincent-Purdie’s newsletter entry was missed. Please see the images below for more information.

1-2 OLDFIELD-BROADBENT

1-2 Oldfield-Broadbent have been making connections with their local environment. Please see the images below for more information.

SALVAGED ART COMPETITION

Congratulation’s to Quincy and Xavier who won the 2019 Under 12’s Salvaged Art Competition run by the Kingborough Community Hub.

Here is their Artist statement which they wrote explaining their model.

“The father penguin was out swimming when a nail hit him and he died. A scientist was studying the ice and he stepped on an egg. We made this to show human impact and the living penguin represents the declining number of penguins in Antarctica.”

SWIMMING CARNIVAL

A FUNtabulous and action packed day was had by all Year 3-6 on Thursday 17th October.

Thank you all the students who showed amazing resilience to push themselves to great success at the carnival.

Thank you all the parents who came along to help the carnival run so smoothly and support the students.

Thank you to the Clarence Aquatic centre for providing and awesome venue for our students.

Thank you all the TPS staff for all your hard work in running the carnival.

The final points for the day were.

1st           Acacia                   807

2nd          Waratah               766

3rd           Melaleuca           689

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Taroona Primary School at the Division A Interschool Swimming Carnival to be held at the Hobart Aquatic Centre on Monday 4 November.

Please click here to view a list of selected students.

WRITERS CORNER

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Please see below a calendar for the Term 4 Super LiL Sessions.

TPSA NEWS

Hello!

It has been said Rome wasn’t built in a day. And so it is with many other aspects of our life. The TPSA Committee has been looking holistically at its role: how do we work together, where could we improve, and how can we best support students and teachers of this wonderful School? Below is the start of our ‘thinking’ process, which we will continue over our regular monthly meetings.

To best achieve our aims, we need you! Do you have any burning suggestions on how to raise money? Would you like to see a two-year budget for the TPSA fundraising efforts and expenditure? What areas of our children’s development would you like to see enhanced by contributions from the TPSA?

We would love to see you at our next meeting, 5 November at the School.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at tpsaenquiry@gmail.com.

Simona Timmins

Chair, TPSA

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Scholastic book club orders for Issue 7 are due by Friday 1st November.

Best Wishes

Jennifer Hemer

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 14: 25 September 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It has been a busy end to term with many of our students demonstrating themselves to be ‘Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners and Inspired Leaders’.

Maths Relay Results

Four teams represented the school in the annual Maths Relay competition at Rosny College on Sunday 15. Congratulations to 3-4 team A: Joe C, Addison B, Liam D and Jeri B who scored 100 points and 3-4 Team 2: Margot M, Matai O, Henry N and Darcy B who scored 65 points, Year 5 team: Evan H, Quincy G, Annie H and Felicity Y who scored 120 points and the Year 6 team: Iola F, Madeleine W, Edie N and Stella T. who scored 180 points. The Year 6 team came 3rd in their heat and placed 7th overall in Tasmania. Congratulations to all the teams who took part and a special thank you to parents Christophe Marcant, Matt Crawford, Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra and Donna Brown who acted as markers on the day. A big thank you also to Ms Carne who trained and supported the 3-4 teams.

Jump Rope for Heart

The annual Jump Rope for Heart, jump off was held last Tuesday. It was wonderful to see our students dressed in red enthusiastically demonstrating their skills and fitness. A big thank you to everyone who made a donation online to the National Heart Foundation. We have raised $1973.80 – an amazing effort! A big thank you also to Mrs Broadbent for organising the event.

STEM in Assembly

At the start of last week’s assembly we were treated to a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) presentation from Dharma and Mackenna, two former Taroona Primary students now at Taroona High. They showed as an amazing ‘machine’ which makes smoke rings much to the delight of the audience! Well done Dharma and Mackenna. Taroona High will be hosting a special showcase stem-next on October 23 from 4:00-7:30pm. Taroona Primary has been invited to share some of our STEM work at this event too. A flyer to promote the event went home with all students last week.

CCYP Ambassador Program

Through our Daily Fitness program and the Student Parliament we aim to give our students leadership opportunities and experiences. Earlier this year, our Prime Minster, Dylan and Leader of the Opposition, Kaiki were accepted into the CCYP (Commissioner for Children and Young People) Ambassador Program – an exciting state-wide leadership initiative for our young people. Kaiki has written a piece below about his involvement in the program. For more information please visit: https://www.childcomm.tas.gov.au/

My first meeting was really interesting and something I didn’t expect at first because I’ve never done anything like this before. Over 100 people came to the meeting and because the group was so massive, we had to be put into groups. In our groups, we went to different stations where they talked about different problems. One was about Climate Change and another was about education funds. Basically, everyone got a say about these problems and we did things to prevent these problems from getting bigger. After the meeting, we all got given a project to do before our second meeting. The question was which problem do you think that needs most help in the community and why?

My second meeting was a little bit similar except. We had to design a building that would help the environment and let kids have a say. We did all sorts of designs and we ended up with drawings that filled up a big sheet of paper. Then we talked about our responses about Project 1 and after we shared our responses, they put it on social media for the whole world to look at and that was pretty exciting! After the CCYP meeting, we got Project 2 and the question was why do you think children’s rights are important? The next CCYP meeting will be a state-wide one, with all the ambassadors from around Tasmania. The exciting thing is, I will get to meet the Greens Leader, the Labor Leader and the Liberal Leader and tell them about what problems there are!

Kaiki M, Year 6

Planning for 2020

We are beginning the process of planning our classes for 2020. If you are intending to leave Taroona Primary in 2020 could you please let the office know.

Taroona High Bus Zone

A reminder to parents to please not park in the Taroona High bus zones before 2:55pm, as this disrupts the departure of high school students. 

Swimming Carnival

A reminder that our school swimming carnival will be held in the first week back on Thursday October 17.

Have a restful and relaxing holiday.

Best wishes

Tony Poynter

Acting Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:

  • Creativity – Callum J, Bonnie H, Isla T & Neve H
  • Respect –  Ethan B, Stella R, Lachlan B & Dylan K
  • Resilience – Flynn M, Alec S, Cully C & Dominic S
  • Excellence – Nicholas B, Elaine J, Luise W, Tilo B, Madeline H, Henry J, Sadie F, Roland H, Alex W, Sophia W & Samuel S
  • Collaboration – Akira H, Charlie J & Brody D
  • All 5 – Tess B, Scarlett G, Khadijah N, Millie B & Liam L

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 VINCENT PURDIE

Please see the image below for more information.

WRITERS CORNER

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below a calendar for the Term 4 Super LiL Sessions.

TPSA NEWS

TPSA Minutes Meeting 11th June 2019 Final

TPSA Minutes 2nd July 2019 Final

Seaside Festival – CALLING ALL BUSKERS!

Would you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, recite poetry, tell jokes or do magic tricks for a very friendly crowd?

Then come and busk at the Seaside Festival!

Performers from all year groups are welcome. You can either perform solo, or with a few friends. We get lots of buskers registering, so please limit to 2 pieces or around 5 minutes.

Be ready to register early in term 4. Forms will be in the first newsletter of the term, and you’ll also be able to get one from your teacher or Ms Stowe in the music room.

You can start practising in the holidays – we’re looking forward to some fabulous entertainment!

Anna Lyth and Maggie Sakko

SSF busking coordinators

Please click on the images below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

Please click on the image below for more detailed information about the Seaside Festival.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 13: 11 September 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It has been a very exciting week at Taroona. The school values of collaboration , excellence and creativity have been in evidence as students have run for a seat on the school parliament, participated in Tournament of Minds and prepared for the upcoming Maths Relay.

Tournament of Minds

A big congratulations to the three Tournament of Minds teams who competed at Ogilvie High School on Saturday 7th in the state final. The The Arts team and the Social Science teams both were awarded Honours. The Arts team also were awarded the spirit of TOM award for dealing beautifully with their backdrop which broke just before their presentation. The Language Literature team were successful in winning their competition. Their trophy is proudly on display in our front foyer. They will be representing Tasmania in the International competition, held in Hobart this year on the Hobart Show weekend. All team members of the three teams were a credit to our school and we congratulate them on their successes. The students involved were: Language Literature: Iola F, Edie N, Liam L, Jonte M, Felicity Y, Indigo S, Sophia W. The Arts: Marley F, Neve H, Annie H, Hannah G-S, June B, Maddie W, Thomas H. and  Social Science Isla C, Simon M, Jacey G, Charlotte V, Isla T, Charlie C, Daniel K. A special thanks also to teachers Debbie Clark, Emma Nuttall and parents Natasha Rowell and Helen Roberts-Ludlow who worked as facilitators for each of the teams.

Maths Relay Teams

After an exhaustive selection process it is my pleasure to announce the four teams which will be representing the school in the annual Maths Relay competition to be held at Rosny College on Sunday. 3-4 team 1: Joe C, Addison B,  Liam D and Jeri B and 3-4 Team 2: Margot M, Matai O, Henry N and Darcy B., Year 5 team: Evan H, Quincy G, Annie H and Felicity Y and Year 6 team: Iola F, Madeleine W, Edie N and Stella T.  Congratulations to these students on their selection and best of luck for Sunday!

Student Parliament

Recently all the 3-4 classes ran a selection process to choose parliamentarians to represent their class. The selection process involved student presenting a short speech to their class to explain their ideas for making Taroona Primary a better place in the one or more of the portfolio areas: Environment, Health, Sport and the Arts, Events and Finance and Facilities. Student interest was high, with one class having more than two thirds of students choosing to stand for parliament! After preferential voting the following students are to be congratulated on their election to our student parliament. Parliament Badges were presented to them at the assembly last week:  3-4P: Addison B and Tess L-P, 3-4GS: Luna M, Angus M, 3-4C: Alexander K, Millie U and Scarlett W and 3-4McW: Henry N and Mia C.

Intake Areas Review

The Department of Education is currently reviewing the intake areas of schools. During the first consultation round we provided feedback, which has been included in the most recent map. Public feedback about the intake areas may be provided by completing the short survey by Friday, 27 September 2019. To review the updated map and to complete the survey please follow the link below:

https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/school-directory/school-intake-area-maps/

Ms Bresnehan’s sick leave for the remainder of the term has necessitated some small staffing changes. We have been fortunate that these changes have meant minimal disruption to classes. We wish Ms Bresnehan a speedy recovery and look forward to her return in term 4. 

Best wishes

Tony Poynter

Acting Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:

  • Creativity – Lila B, Olivia M, Henry J, Duncan H, Romy C, Leo J & Jacey G
  • Respect – Leah H & Lilli H.T
  • Resilience – Lachlan F
  • Excellence – Flynn S, Elliot K, Ezra H, Pierre M, Max F, Livanshi S, Riley S, Isaiah C, Cameron H, Gemma D & Danika W
  • Collaboration – Solomon V.G, Romy G.W, Maxim O & Daniel K
  • All 5 Values – Emma S, Charlotte M, Sean L, Evie M, Elsie O & Felicity Y

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 GRAHAM-SMITH

3-4 Graham-Smith have been completing field observations of certain flora and fauna around our school. Please see the image below for more information.

3-4 MCNAMARA/WOOD

3-4 McNamara-Wood have recently been to I.M.A.S. Please see the image below for more information.

NATIONAL HEALTH AND PE DAY

Tomorrow, September 12 is National Health and PE Day.

Students are encouraged to Stride, Ride, Scoot or Walk to school as part of our Move Well Eat Well policy.

WRITERS CORNER

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

Please see below a calendar for the Term 4 Super LiL Sessions.

TPSA NEWS

TPSA Minutes Meeting 11th June 2019 Final

TPSA Minutes 2nd July 2019 Final

Seaside Festival

Please click on the image below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

 

Please click on the image below for more detailed information about the Seaside Festival and the Pre-Loved Clothing Stall!

 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   

 




Number 12: 28 August 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful time last week celebrating Book Week with a range of activities, including teachers reading the Children’s Book Council of Australia short listed books to different classes each morning and during lunchtimes in the library, and student book recommendations on display through out the school.

Last Friday, Year 3, 4 and 5 students were extremely fortunate to have Graeme Miles, TPS parent and published poet, share a selection of his own poems alongside those from some of his favourite poets. Additionally, Year 5 students had the opportunity to share their own poetry with Graeme and hear his feedback firsthand- what a thrill!

Not even the gloomy weather could dampen the highlight that was the annual Book Week Parade, superbly hosted once again by Mrs McNamara!  Thank you to all staff who supported the children to engage with this year’s book week theme – Reading is my Super Power.

Nature Play Update

Term 3 has welcomed the 3-4 classes, Prep and Kinder-Prep classes back to the bush. This is the first time Prep and Kinder-Prep classes have met with Kara Spence, of Nature. Be in it. outside and she asked them what made this place special and how does it compare to the school grounds? The answers truly summed up why we are taking the time to learn and play in this way.

“You can do many different things here!”

“On the play equipment you can only do the same thing over and over, but you can build your own thing here, so it is more special.”

“If you forget the Aboriginal people, you can come to the bush to remember them.”

Play based learning outside strengthens our creativity and focus, allowing students to focus better back in the classroom. Students personalise their learning environment, make their own choices on what to do and how they will do it. Outside opens endless opportunities for learning and growth. The Teachers and Kara work together to plan purposeful play-based learning which links into their current inquiries which are; Why places are special and How we communicate. We can’t wait to see where their learning leads.

Middle Years Literacy Project

On Monday our Student Inquiry Leaders from Year 5 and 6 once again joined with their peers from 8 other Middle Years Project Schools to continue their research into the “effective teaching practices that enable every student to achieve their best at writing”.  The students delved deeply into the collective data and collaborated with students from other schools to engage in this exciting research project.  Well done Sophia, Annie, Georgina, Isla, Quinn, Charlie, Noah and George on your courageous participation throughout the day.

Taroona Primary School Association

Please see below for all the latest updates from the TPSA, including Seaside Festival information.  I am looking forward to working with our new School Association Chair, Simona Timmins, Secretary Kate Brown and our newly elected Committee Member Raymond Bannister.  The next TPSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 September at 7pm in the TPS Staff room. I hope to see some new faces at the meeting!

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

  • Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:
  • Creativity – Remy C, Lily B.D, Ben F & Ruben S
  • Respect – Lori C, Zac E, Nicholas M & Clara F
  • Resilience – Frankie S, Ina B, Maggie A, Jimmy T.T, Sam S, Lilith F, Anabelle A & George D.LM
  • Excellence – Serena Z, Emilia W, Eva R, Una O, Alexander K, Madeleine W, Dali B, Olivia H, Charlie C & 5-6TN
  • Collaboration – Jackson L, Jemma V & Louis N
  • All 5 Values – Chloe C, Coco W, Leo P, Margot M & Hamish C

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 GREGSON

5-6 Gregson have been studying various forms of poetry. Please see the image below for more information.

WRITERS CORNER

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Scholastic Book club Issue 5 orders have now closed and are on their way!  

Issue 6 is available for online orders only.  You can view the catalogue here and order via LOOP.  Please order by 13 September.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

Hello! I am Simona Timmins, the new Chair of the Taroona Primary School Association Committee. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with parents, teachers, the Principal and broader community to support measures that enrich our children’s education and experiences. The School Association is a fantastic forum to share views, and I encourage parents to come to any or all of our meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Happily, we have filled a number of positions on the Committee. Raymond Bannister is our new Committee Member and Kate Brown has taken on the role of Secretary. Welcome Raymond, and thank you Kate – your previous experience as Secretary will be invaluable.

Sadly, Alex Terhell has recently stepped-down as Deputy Chair. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Alex for her invaluable work. Alex was a passionate Committee member who was extremely generous with her time and efforts in initiating and implementing measures to support the school and its students. She continues to offer much appreciated support for Sushi Fridays and the Seaside Festival’s Green Team. The Deputy Chair role is now vacant, and we welcome interest in this role.

Many members of the Committee are beavering away behind the scenes to plan for the much-anticipated 2019 Taroona Seaside Festival. Thanks to the huge level of support from parents and the community, we now have many exciting class and community stalls and activities planned for this wonderful event. Please put in your diary 30 November. Leading up, there will be a flurry of activity and calls-out for assistance. Today’s call-out is for second-hand items – please see attached flyer below.

Please do reach out to us at  TPSAenquiry@gmail.com … or you can catch me on my scooter as I take my son to school; I am always happy to chat!

Thanks

Simona

TPSA Chair

TPSA Minutes Meeting 11th June 2019 Final

TPSA Minutes 2nd July 2019 Final

Seaside Festival

Please click on the image below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

TPS Soccer – 2019 End of Season BBQ

The TPSA are holding an end of season BBQ which will be held Saturday, 7 September from 11-3.00pm in the Quadrangle.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on katieferguson@netspace.net.au if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

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, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   

 




Number 11: 14 August 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Science week is upon us with a number of classes enjoying excursions to the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies in Taroona and the Festival of Bright Ideas at Princes Wharf.  Students and teachers engaged in hands on activities to extend their knowledge and understanding in the areas of Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technologies. I heard that Mrs Parry had the extra special opportunity to hold a ferocious Tasmanian Rock Lobster! How fortunate we are to have IMAS on our “doorstep” and local scientists willing to lead learning in these important areas.  

Designing digital solutions to authentic problems – Student Driven Learning

Last week, Mrs Tubb and Mrs Purdie delivered two engaging and stimulating sessions at the IWB Net: Leading a Digital School conference in Melbourne.  Megan and Hilary wrote two Blog Posts prior to the conference, providing an overview of the work we have been doing at Taroona Primary School over the past 18 months.  They also launched a new TPS video focusing on our use of digital technologies to generate potential solutions to authentic problems. In the film, the Year 5 and 6 students speak so articulately about their learning and the impact this project had on their personal, social and academic development.  I do hope you take some time to enjoy the blog posts and film via the links below:

Can I hack it? A reflection on designing digital solutions to authentic problems

Over the edge…transforming teachers with mind-body PL

TPS – Student Driven Learning – Litter Project 2019

Principal Preparation Program

You may have heard that there’s been a visitor to our school this week, working alongside Ms Bresnehan.  On Monday, we welcomed Mr James Milne, Assistant Principal at Springfield Gardens Primary School, to Taroona for three days, Monday to Wednesday, with a further two days later in the term.  James is shadowing me to gain a broader on the ground understanding of the principal role, as part of a program for aspiring principals called Principal Preparation. It has certainly been an extremely busy few days for James, who has thoroughly enjoyed meeting staff and students and seeing how we work together to deliver our school vision of developing creative thinkers, connected learners and inspired leaders!

Wellbeing Surveys

Next week our Year 1-3 students will undertake an online survey called Rumbles Quest that asks questions based around student wellbeing. Next week our Grade 4,5 and 6’s will take part in their own wellbeing survey. Wellbeing is one of four goals of the Department of Education and one of only two School Improvement Priority areas for TPS. The Education Department commits to developing valid and reliable wellbeing measures in the voice of the learner to support future effort and planning. Please have a look at the link above for further information.

School Satisfaction Surveys

Annual School Satisfaction Surveys for parents and staff are being conducted during August 2019 across Tasmanian government schools.

The surveys provide an opportunity for parents and staff to give important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions cover a range of topics about our school.

All responses are secure and anonymous.

Parents and staff are invited to participate.

Parents selected to participate in the parent survey will receive a letter in coming days.

We encourage you to complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for future programs and services for students.

Please contact the office for more information. 

Looking forward to Book Week next week – the annual parade is on at 9am in the Quadrangle – please see below for more details.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:

Creativity – Anja M, Samuel M, Ashlin H, Margot H, Jacey G, Elsa G, Claire B and Zayn N

Respect – Sophia P, Stella B, Angus M and Lucy T.R

Resilience – Elsa C, Mia P and Patrick B

Excellence – Anna B, Sophia K, Cameron H, Caspian S, Addison B, Maxine T, Joseph C, Melody Z, Evie B, Vincent V.G, Siobhan T and Lucy J

Collaboration – Olive C, Gael F, Liam D and Ruby M

All 5 Values – Hazel O, Theo W, Matthew C and Will T

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 CARNE

Year 3-4 Carne have had a very busy couple of weeks to begin our Term 3. On Friday the 9th of August, all year 4 students enjoyed an excursion to the Festival of Bright Ideas, a science based expo at Princes Wharf. The attached photo shows the students exploring ‘Forest in a Box’, a wonderful resource which Taroona will be using in the future to consolidate our Nature Play learning across all grades. This Thursday, all 3-4 Carne are walking to IMAS to observe the facility and consider sustainability in our oceans.

Our Inquiry unit is based around Australian Geography – ‘What makes Australia Special?’. In this photo, Beth and Una share their collaborative posters on natural features of Australia.

5-6 HUGHES

This term in 5-6 Hughes we have been focusing on Micro-organisms!

Over the last two weeks we have been running an experiment, observing two meals of burgers and chips. Students have made predictions, generated hypothesise and engaged in collaborative and independent research about the ‘wonderful world of micro-organisms’. I have been extremely impressed with students’ inquiries and investigation techniques, exploring all areas of this multifaceted topic. Please click here to view our Term 1 Padlet.

I hope you enjoy reading through the amazing and creative presentations, I’m sure your children have some interesting ideas to share with you!

Please click on here to read more!

Philly Hughes

WRITERS CORNER

BOOK WEEK

A reminder that next Tuesday, 20 August at 9.00am in the Quadrangle is the annual TPS Book Week Parade. Please see image below for more information.

STORY DOGS FUNDRAISER

“Maisie and I want to let you know the final count for funds raised by Taroona Primary School on Friday 9 August, was $312.05!!!!!!!  Fantastic! We at Story Dogs want to thank everyone for this wonderful fund raising effort. It was wonderful to see many of you wearing orange and supporting the program.  

A big thank you also, to all the Student Parliamentarians, who helped organise the event on behalf of Story Dogs. Thank you so much for your fantastic support. Maisie is well loved at Taroona Primary”  

A big woof from Maisie!

Kathryn Ottaway

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

 Seaside Festival

Please see the image below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.

QKR!

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr! Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this. Qkr is our preferred payment method. You can even use it in store!

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Carolyn on basil_carolyn@bigpond.com if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

CODER COLLEGE

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

The University Psychology Clinic will be running the Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids® anxiety management group programs commencing September 2019.

Cool Kids® is a 10 week program for parents and children aged 8-12 years. Two group programs will commence on Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September from 3:30-5pm, with a break for school holidays from 30 September-11 October. Cost: $35 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 12 July 2019.

Cool Little Kids® is a 6 week program for parents only, of children aged 3-6 years showing early signs of anxiety. Two groups will commence on Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October from 10am-12pm. Cost: $25 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 19th July 2019.

For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 6226 2805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00 am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15 pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8:30 am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8:30 am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55 am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05 pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   

 




Number 10: 31 July 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Taroona Primary School continues to deliver exciting learning opportunities for our students and teachers!

Creative Thinkers

The Year 3-6 Arts Rotation Program started this week, with all primary students fully engaged in activities including drama, origami, scientific drawing, jewellery making, photography, watercolour painting, charcoal drawing and Tournament of the Minds (TOM). It was so wonderful visiting classrooms and seeing the range of creative products developed during the sessions.  Thank you to our TPS Arts Team (Debbie Clark, Sarah Wilson, Alanna Carne, Em Dorney & Anita Wood) for coordinating the planning and delivery of this highly valued program.  

Connected Learners

Today our 5-6 Football and Netball teams started their 5-game Winter Sports Roster, playing against New Town Primary School here at TPS.  It was fabulous to see our school values on display throughout the afternoon, especially respect, resilience and collaboration, as the groups worked together to learn the rules and support each other in newly-formed teams. I would like to thank Karen Gregson (Netball), Philly Hughes (Football) and Tony Poynter (Program Coordinator) for their commitment and efforts to plan for the smooth running of all games and ensuring maximum participation for all interested students. 

Inspired Leaders

Next week Megan Tubb and Hilary Purdie travel to Melbourne to attend the Leading a Digital School Conference and to share our work in implementing the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies (DT). Taroona Primary School is becoming widely recognised for inspiring our students and teachers to use digital technologies in new and authentic ways to support their learning.

At the conference Megan and Hilary will deliver two workshop sessions and launch the latest video in our DT series, Student-driven Learning showcasing our student-led inquiry into litter during 2018.  We will make this new video available to the school community at the end of next week via our TPS Vimeo website. Stay tuned to Facebook for release details. 

TPSA Committee Vacancy & General Meeting

Due to recent changes in the TPSA, the following committee positions have become vacant:

  • Committee Member 
  • Chairperson
  • Secretary

As required by the Constitution, the vacant Chairperson and Secretary positions will be filled by elected committee members through a formal ballot.

The election for the vacant Committee Member position will occur using an expression of interest and voting process. Please note that expressions of interest are to be lodged at the office (email taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or hard copy) by 4pm, Monday 5th August 2019.

Elections for all positions will occur at the next TPSA Meeting on Tuesday 6 August, 7pm in the TPS staffroom.

The work of the TPSA is highly valued by our school staff, families and community members and I encourage all parents to consider this new opportunity to join the committee.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 GLOVER-WILLIAMS

1-2 Glover-Williams have been exploring connections between living things and places. Please click on the images below for more information.

WRITERS CORNER 

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

Congratulations to the 4-6 choir who sang their hearts out, for the Tasmania Sings Schools Concert, on the evening of Tuesday 2 July as part of the Festival of Voices. It was a sell out concert event with over 250 students involved from St Michael’s Collegiate, The Hutchins School, Mount Stuart Primary School, Bellerive Primary School, Crescendo Choir Campbell Street Primary School, South Hobart Primary School, Dominic College and the TYO Youth Chorale and US!

Having the opportunity to work with guest conductor Christie Anderson, the artistic Director of the Young Adelaide voices and the Tasmanian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was a real treat and an invaluable experience. The concert really demonstrated how singing in a group offers a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves. Well done again 4-6 choir!

Janelle Stowe

Music Teacher

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

Last term had students busily learning poems and creating posters for the annual competition run by the Alliance Française.

Félicitations (congratulations) to the following students for their posters:

Grades 1 – 2

1st place: Raewyn W                                                 

3rd place: Maxim O                                            

GRADES 3 – 4

2nd place: Elsa C                                                          

3rd place: Margot M                                                              

GRADES  5 – 6

1st  place: Bonnie H                                                      

2nd place: June B  

Honourable Mentions have been given to Liam L & Hannah GS for their posters, and to Marley F for his poetry. Certificates of participation will also be awarded to Philip C, Iola F, Jacey G, Elliot P, Tess LP, Elsie O, Molly O, Toby B, Pierre M, Saskia C and Cecilia C.

There will be a display of posters in the office and library with some of the artworks.

A big bravo to all students who created a poster or learnt a poem.

Anita Wood

French Teacher

E-SMART SCHOOL

We are now an accredited eSmart School!

The eSmart Schools Framework is designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying through participating in a framework process to review policies & practice in this area. This process has involved all aspects of our school community, including valuable initiatives such as eSmart Week, Digital Licences, information sessions for parents & students and revamped ICT agreements that are age appropriate and align with our school values. We are pleased to announce Taroona Primary School has successfully completed this process and is now an accredited eSmart School!

‘Think U Know’ Cyber Safety Sessions

As part of our ongoing commitment to becoming an eSmart school, Prep – 6 students have recently participated in cyber safety sessions with Constable Simon Jones from Tasmania Police. Important concepts covered included using strong passphrases rather than passwords, ensuring that our setting are private and we take care with our personal information, challenges posed by online gaming, balancing online time with other activities and cyberbullying. Constable Jones suggested three key questions that students should ask themselves before posting anything online:

  • Is it nice?
  • Is it true?
  • Is it necessary?

These are great questions for students to ask themselves, not only online, but in any form of communication!

Roblox

During the Prep – 2 ‘Think u Know’ session, many of our younger students were talking about their experiences of using the app/game ‘Roblox’. Some of the issues discussed by the students were of concern to staff attending the presentation. The links below give a thorough overview on the game, issues surrounding it and important information and tips to assist parents in ensuring their child has the safest online experience possible.

Please see the links below for more information.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/roblox

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-roblox-0

Alex McNamara

Advanced Skills Teacher

STORY DOGS FUNDRAISER

On Friday 9 August, TPS will be raising funds to support Story Dogs and the work that this organisation does in the school community. Story Dogs is a fun and unique reading program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by children reading to a trained companion dog and it’s handler.  Maisie and her handler, Kathryn have been visiting TPS across the last 18 months. We are extremely grateful for Kathryn’s time and support in building confidence in reading for many of our students. On the day, students are invited to wear some orange to school, which may be as simple as a hair ribbon, shoes-laces or t-shirt. Students are asked to bring along a gold coin donation to support this excellent cause.

BOOK WEEK

Please see the image below for more information about The Book Week Parade on Tuesday 20 August.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

 Seaside Festival

Please see the image below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.

QKR!

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr! Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this. Qkr is our preferred payment method. You can even use it in store!

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Carolyn on basil_carolyn@bigpond.com if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Scholastic book club catalogue issue 5 has now been sent home with students. Please return all orders by Monday 12 August. You can order on LOOP or pay by cash or cheque at the office. Our school library receives 20% of all sales toward the purchase of new books.

If your child is submitting their own order, please check they have included the correct amount of money and written their name and class on the order form. 

If you have a book club re-useable bag at home, you can return this to the office for your next order (please make sure it is named if it is a personal bag).

Thank you

Jennifer Hemer

CODER COLLEGE

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

The University Psychology Clinic will be running the Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids® anxiety management group programs commencing September 2019.

Cool Kids® is a 10 week program for parents and children aged 8-12 years. Two group programs will commence on Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September from 3:30-5pm, with a break for school holidays from 30 September-11 October. Cost: $35 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 12 July 2019.

Cool Little Kids® is a 6 week program for parents only, of children aged 3-6 years showing early signs of anxiety. Two groups will commence on Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October from 10am-12pm. Cost: $25 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 19th July 2019.

For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 6226 2805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00 am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15 pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8:30 am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8:30 am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55 am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05 pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (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 oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au 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.

MOVE WELL EAT WELL