Number 4: 20 March 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

In January I was fortunate to participate in the Positive Educator Certificate (PEC) Program, a five-day intensive course offered in Tasmania by the Flourishing Centre (New York) for K -12 educators and leaders and other leaders within the Department of Education. 

This course, based within a foundation of positive psychology science, deepened my understanding of specific skills required to strengthen relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The course also developed my capacity to apply this new knowledge in the school setting, building upon work we have already started at Taroona with students and staff, including:

  • The Zones of Regulation
  • Growth Mindset
  • Learner Assets and Character Strengths, and
  • Mindfulness

As mentioned in previous newsletters, one of our school improvement priorities this year is to increase student well being and engagement through focusing on Inquiry Based Learning. This involves explicitly teaching students how to make connections between their learning and their well being.

In order to support students with this new learning, staff have participated in a number of ‘PEC Snapshot Sessions’ over these first 6 weeks of term, focusing on:

  • understanding the role of positive and negative emotions in achieving well being (decreasing the negative and increasing the positive);
  • understanding the role of relationships and belonging in mental and physical well being (people nourish other people); and 
  • exploring why practising gratitude has a transformative effect on our social and emotional well-being (gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life and involves others).

As the term continues and teachers further explore these concepts with students, I am hoping that children will talk with you at home about some of the strategies they are using to enhance their own and others’ well being.

Growing Up Program

This K- Year 6 program, funded by the TPSA, starts next week with educators Caro McKenzie and Shannon Rose.  A parent/carer session is scheduled for Monday 25 March at 8:40am in the Maker Space Room (near the front office) for all parents/carers who are interested in finding out more about the topics and content to be covered across the year levels. 

Harmony Day – 21 March 2019

A reminder that tomorrow is Harmony Day. Students are invited to wear orange clothing to school and bring along a piece of fruit, preferably pre-cut, to share with their buddy class. Students will meet with their buddy class during the morning as a way of valuing diversity, harmony and cultural heritage. 

Stride & Ride Day 22 March

I am looking forward to riding to school on Friday as part of National Ride to School Day 2019 and Stride and Ride Day @ TPS. I hope that your children are able to join in the fun. Please ask your child to register how they travelled to school at the netball court on their way to classrooms on Friday morning. Following registration, all students will be able to eat a piece of fruit kindly donated by John and the team at Lipscombe Larder

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

GIFTED EDUCATION @ TAROONA PRIMARY

Belonging.

When it comes to gifted education, what does belonging mean? Does it refer to a sense of connectivity with ones’ tribe? Does it call into question how and where gifted education fits into our education system?

“A sense of belonging provides young people with purpose, meaning, self-worth and social control, all of which are contributors to positive mental health. Students with a sense of belonging are more motivated to participate actively in the life of the classroom than those students who do not have this kind of experience. Conversely, the feeling of not belonging or social isolation can lead to a range of negative — and under some circumstances, long term — consequences, both physical and psychological.”  Mind Matters

Taroona Primary School is committed to creating inquiry based learning environments that fosters engagement for all students at a point that brings both challenge and success.  This year, 5 teachers have attended the Gifted Insight professional learning offered by the Department of Education, and are working in small teams to refine their planning to be responsive to the unique needs of students requiring extension.

Teachers across the school are provided with dedicated time to plan for differentiation to meet the needs of all students in their class. This may be through targeted support to meet additional learning needs, or opportunities to extend the level of student challenge and thinking.  Our strong team of Teacher Assistants – Shira Radhakrishnan, Roxanne Holliday, Damien Cameron, Pam Christie and Alice Moore – work closely with teachers to bring these plans to life and support students to engage in their learning.

In 2019 we continue to offer a wide range of extension and enrichment opportunities – in languages, STEM, music, critical and creative thinking, science, writing, maths, coding, creative arts, computational thinking, self-expression –   creating communities for students to build a sense of connection and belonging with different tribes.

The Gifted Awareness Week website has many interesting links. You are always welcome to contact your child’s class teacher or me if you would like further information.

Hilary Purdie

AST Support and Extension

TAROONA AWARDS

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

Creativity – Isaac F, Tassar C.A, Ruby A & Ruby M

Respect – Scarlett W, Monte G, Thomas W, Cameron U & Miles O

Resilience – Lotus F & Emily D

Excellence – Luka H, Allie S, Laura P, Evan H, Michael E, Sam W & Annie H

Collaboration – Florence P, Isla B, Clem G.C, William T & Julian B.S

All 5 Values – Beatrix V.G, Henry N, Iola F, Harry D, Iris D, Nicholas M, Lucas P & Emily T

NAPLAN

Dear Parent/Guardian

NAPLAN is moving completely online in 2019. This means moving NAPLAN from paper-based assessments to online-based assessments.  NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment and more precise results. The assessments feature a tailored test design where the questions a student receives will depend on their answers to previous questions.

Tasmanian schools will participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019.

NAPLAN Online testing will be held from the 14 to 24 May 2019.

NAPLAN Online 2019 will include four components, Writing, Numeracy, Conventions of Language and Reading. For 2019 Year Three students will be completing a paper based Writing Test. Online Testing will be available for each of the NAPLAN year levels (3, 5, 7 and 9)

Schools will receive results and reports for participants following the completion of NAPLAN Online 2019. Individual Student Reports will have the same format as the results from the paper based testing. The same report format is used for every student in Australia.

Individual student performance in NAPLAN is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.

Security and privacy are key requirements for the delivery of national testing. The online assessment platform has been designed to comply with relevant national data security policies and guidelines as well as data encryption standards. It meets the requirements of the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework and Information Security Manual to protect privacy of data, including any personal student data, required to be used.

Please see the Department of Education’s NAPLAN Online Privacy Notice (https://documentcentre.education.tas.gov.au/Documents/NAPLAN-online-privacy-notice.pdf) for more information.

Thank you, in anticipation, for you and your child’s participation in this important national initiative.

If you have further questions, please contact the school.

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDER PREP

Kinder-Prep have been engaging in a wide range of amazing learning opportunities that have brought the class together. Please click on the image below for more information.

5-6 GREGSON

5-6 Gregson have been learning about the term adaptation. Please click on the image below for more information.

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Monday 8 April 2019

Last week your child received a prepaid personalized photo envelope, with a unique ordering code. If the envelope is lost the opportunity to order online will be lost. They will need to collect a spare envelope and hand this in on photo day.

NO CHANGE will be given on the day, therefore it is vital parents hand in envelopes that have the correct money enclosed. Each child needs his/her own envelope if ordering. Credit card orders are now strictly online.

Family photo envelopes are available from the office.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 1 calendar: see below for full details.

SOCCER 2019

Soccer Registration is open for 2019. Please go to https://www.playfootball.com.au/register for Taroona Primary School (CR). We will also run some registration days in the lead up to the season and will post those dates in the newsletter and on Facebook.

New Committee Members

The TPSA Soccer Committee has started planning for the 2019 soccer season and are keen to get some new members to join us, particularly if you are interested in any of the below areas:

  • Parent Liaison – if you are Facebook savvy and don’t mind a chat, we would love to have you join us and improve out Facebook literacy.
  • Assistant Groundskeeper – if you can walk a pram or golf trolley in a reasonably straight line, then we would love to hear from you.

If you think you fit the profile or would like to help out, please email taroonaprimarysoccer@gmail.com.

Paul, Esther and Barry

TPSA Soccer Committee

 TPSA NEWS

Annual General Meeting: Committee Update

Please click on the above link for information from the TPSA who would like to introduce new committee members for 2019 and thank ongoing members.

Friday Canteen Reminder

Could all families please double check the date they are selecting for sushi and Banjos delivery.  Ordering the week leading up to the Friday e.g. the Tuesday of the same week, does not mean that the delivery date defaults to the same week for delivery.  You must still select your delivery date if you are ordering weekly. Please be careful about this, particularly for February and March that align with dates on a Friday.  Your child may be without their lunch if the correct date is not entered and then the food will be delivered on whatever date you did select.  You can view the receipt at the end of your order that shows the delivery date by clicking on “view receipt” to see the full version of the receipt. 

TPSA February Meeting minutes click here

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Soccer boots

THE SECOND HAND SOCCER BOOT SWAP / SALE IS BACK! Bring in your too-small pair of soccer boots and swap for a bigger size! If you don’t have a pair to swap, make a $5 donation to the TPSA and get yourself a pair. Please note that dirty or worn out boots will not be considered a fair swap.

Plastic bags

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

Second hand Uniform

We welcome the donation of good quality and clean second-hand items.

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

Taroona Primary School Uniform Shop – Photos and Prices 2019 v1.0 for the range of uniform items.

Taroona Primary Uniform orders 2019 v2.0 for a price list. Please note that we prefer orders to be via Qkr.

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.

Opening hours

Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15, underneath the staff room. Or simply use Qkr and collect your order from the office at a time that suits you.

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking is on Thursday each week. We are still requiring a helper to assist Agnes Marshall each Thursday morning from 9.15am-10am. Please contact the office if you can assist.

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

Please click on the image below for information about the Cool Kids Anxiety Program, held at UTAS from April – July, 2019.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm 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.

School levies

Thank you to the families who have already paid their 2019 levies. Please contact the office if you did not receive an invoice in the mail from the Department of Education. If you are experiencing difficulties with payment please contact Bianca Long, School Business Manager.

Payment methods are:

  • Bpay (school invoice)
  • Service Tasmania Shops (school invoice)
  • Eftpos or cash at the school office
  • Credit card (over the phone 6227 8325)
  • Cheque payable to Taroona Primary School.

Student Validation Form, Special Data Collection Form, Aquatic Consent, Computer use Agreement

Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms. All validation forms must be signed and returned to school even if there are no changes to be made.

These forms are now overdue. Please return forms to the school office as soon as possible.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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 3: 6 March 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

The Power of Inquiry

Late last week, students in Ms Pullen’s class noticed that there were many wasps in their playground and together the class started to research information, finding out more about the body parts of the wasp, including the correct terms for these such as antenna, thorax and abdomen. They also came up with a question to type into Google to help them find out what to put in the empty wasp trap hanging in the tree outside and then watched a short video clip to find the right ‘potion’ to use to attract the wasps into the trap. On Monday, the students placed their solution of honey, sugar and warm water into the trap and started collecting data to see if their ‘potion’ worked…

Earlier this week, I received a telephone call from students in Kinder Wilson to report a problem in their classroom.  Mrs Wilson put the phone on ‘speaker’ and I heard many excited voices saying hello and telling me that when they had arrived at school the ‘big screen’ in their room was gone and there were holes in the wall where it used to be.  Mrs Wilson asked the students what they thought had happened and what they could do about it.  One student told me that they thought the fairies had taken it because it was broken.  Another reported that the invisible trolls took it because the class needed a new screen. William suggested that Mrs Wilson make some phone calls to “fix the problem” – so the class decided to ring me!  After some discussion and lots of questions, I was able to tell them that the board had been deliberately taken down and that a new monitor will be installed in a few days. They were so excited that William’s idea about ringing people to find a solution actually worked!

These are just two examples of the student led learning that is happening in our classrooms and beyond, reflecting our school’s focus on cultivating curiosity, perseverance and thoughtfulness through inquiry based learning.  This week it has been exciting for me to see our youngest students engage in authentic learning that has required them to look for connections and analyse data that they have gathered to solve their real-world problems.  All across our school, students are being encouraged to make sense of their world through exploring, testing and evaluating – I encourage you to spend some time talking to your child’s teacher about their critical role in enabling student learning through inquiry.

Middle Years Literacy Project (Writing)

This year our school became a member of The Taroona Middle Years Coalition. This is a group of eight schools, working together as part of the Department of Education funded Middle Years Literacy Project (MYLP) 2019-2020. Project schools are: Albuera Street Primary, Campbell Street Primary, Lansdowne Crescent Primary, Mount Nelson Primary, Mount Stuart Primary, South Hobart Primary, Taroona Primary and Taroona High.

The MYLP involves Year 5-8 students and their teachers, from across the project schools, working collaboratively to research the question:

What are the most effective teaching practices that enable learners to achieve at their best?

Writing will be the specific literacy focus of this research project in line with our school improvement priorities. Over the course of the two years there will be a number of opportunities for teachers and students to participate in a range of learning opportunities.

This Friday our 5-6 teaching team and selected Year 5-6 Student Inquiry Leaders will join together with students and teachers from the project schools for a session led by Kath Murdoch (International Education Consultant) to further develop their skills as inquirers and researchers. 

Congratulations to the following students who were selected by their teachers to participate: Isla C, Charlie C, George D, Quinn H, Annie H, Georgina P, Noah S & Sophia W.

Sale of used iPads

The school is selling 185 out of warranty iPads. Pricing for the devices has been determined in consultation with our IT Consultant (Mark Steczkowicz) as follows:

  • IPad 2 (76) = $120 – with 30-pin cable and charger
  • iPad 4 (9) = $130 – no cable or charger
  • iPad Air (100) = $180 – no cable or charger

Cash or EFT payments only. Please contact the office to record your intention to purchase an iPad.  Devices will be allocated on a first in first served basis.  Ph: 6227 8325 / taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au 

Primary Progress Reports

Teachers are currently finalising reports for each student, Prep to Year 6, which will be sent home next Friday, 15th March. Please keep an eye out for the envelopes in your child’s bag.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

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

Creativity – Indigo S, Jasper R, Katie C, Amelia U, Imogen L and Ella C

Respect – Lewis B, Simon M and Banjo C

Resilience – Esperance R, Alexander M, Luca D, Ivy M, Estella R and Sylvie T

Excellence – Quinn H, Bella I, Charlotte V, Annabella, Bea B and Eliza M

Collaboration – Hayden W, Jye D, Arran R and Arki B.B

All 5 Values – Maielle S, Poppy W, Reuben H, Archie R and Ethan B

PARENT INFORMATION EVENING @ TPS

TPSA Sponsored Event

Risky Play Nature’s Way

Wednesday 13 March, 7pm in the GP Room

Join us for a community conversation on Risky Play Nature Way. Hear from Lisa Ford of The Resilience Co and Kara Spence of Nature. Be in it. about the importance of risky play and the developing brain and how to provide safe risk taking outside. 

  • Understand the importance of risk taking in early childhood development. 
  • Learn how risk taking develops inner strengths and coping skills.
  • Learn how to cater for free play in nature and build nature connection.
  • Learn about safe risks and what to do when to step in and when not to.

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 POYNTER-CLARK

We have been learning about each other through discussions, writing, co-operative activities and art. The first co-operative task was to make a bookmark for someone in the class. We have also all designed a T-shirt which was divided into different areas. For example, our favourite food, TV show, book, animal, sport or subject. We then used symbols, pictures, words and colours to make it unique.

Here are some of our designs.

Kinder Wilson

Please click on the image below for more information.

SCHOOL PARLIAMENT

At Taroona Primary we are committed to our school vision of ‘Creative thinkers, connected learners, inspired leaders’. With this in mind, we have decided to reinvigorate opportunities for student voice through the introduction of a Year 3-6 School Parliament. The parliament will provide a structured and dedicated time for students to meet to raise concerns, persuasively put forward ideas, problem solve and learn about democratic processes.

Our Successful Year 5 and 6 Parliamentarians:

Dylan K, Kaiki M, Stella T, Madeleine W, Marley F, Siobhan T, Liam L, Charlotte V, June B, Jonte M, Ruby M, Hannah G, Stella B, Gemma D, Felicity Y and Daniel K.

2019 HOUSE CAPTAINS

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected by the Year 3-6 students as House Captains and Vice Captains for 2019.

Melaleuca House

Captains: Josh D and Neve H

Vice: Simon M and Jemma V

Acacia House

Captains: Madeleine W and Kaiki M

Vice: Bonnie H and Cameron H

Waratah House

Captains: Marley F and Stella T

Vice: Bruni L and Edie N

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

What a truly fabulous Athletics carnival day. We could not have asked for better weather. Student’s participation was extremely positive, the most exciting and most rewarding moment for myself on Tuesday was to look around to see so many students participating, trying their hardest in each event, supporting each other, smiling and having fun all at once!

Thank you to all parents who volunteered to help out with recording places and marshalling on the day.

Thank you to the 10 Taroona High students who were exceptional at helping to run our field and novelty events on the day. Each activity organised by the high school students ran smoothly and each student was extremely encouraging to all of the TPS students.

Thank you to Kingborough Little Athletics Centre for hiring the timing gates to our school. Many thanks to Laurence and Rod who helped on the day and the lead up to our event, your assistance was invaluable.

Lastly thank you to the teachers who worked tirelessly all day to give students such a wonderful day.

Final points for the day:

Acacia

669

Melaleuca

613

Waratah

583

Kylie Broadbent

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE

On Friday, March 15, our school will take part in the annual National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence. This year’s theme is ‘Bullying. No Way! Take action every day.’ Last year classes discussed and focused on imagining a world free from bullying. This year, classes will participate in activities designed to develop their ideas from last year, into actions to deliver the message that bullying and violence are never ok.

Articles supporting this message, along with suggestions how to talk with your child about bullying will be featured on the school Facebook page over the next fortnight. The following websites make excellent starting points should you be interested in further reading around this topic.

https://bullyingnoway.gov.au

https://respectfulrelationships.education.tas.gov.au/bullyingstopshere/

Our next assembly on Wednesday, March 20, will be one which celebrates our Taroona Primary School Values and our class work around both National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence and Harmony Day.

Alex McNamara

AST

SCHOOL CHOIR 2019

Choir has started for the year with students from Years 4-6 coming along to the music room at Thursday lunch time and Years 2-3 of a Monday. If your child loves to sing, needs a confidence boost or would simply like to be part of a team, we would like to encourage them to come along and join in the fun.

This year the Year 4-6 students have the opportunity to sing as part of the combined schools concert for the Festival of Voices (FOV) which will occur in early July. We will also aim to have both choirs sing for the Music Count Us in event held later in the year and the school fair, assemblies, visits to Mary’s Grange (aged care facility) and special concerts we are currently planning to a given theme/style.

Please contact Janelle Stowe if you would like more information: janelle.stowe@education.tas.gov.au

HARMONY DAY

On Thursday March 21, TPS will be celebrating Harmony Day. Students are invited to wear orange clothing to school and bring along a piece of fruit, preferably pre-cut, to share with their buddy class. If you are able to assist by cutting up fruit, please let your child’s teacher know. Students will meet with their buddy class during the morning as a way of valuing diversity, harmony and cultural heritage. We are looking forward to celebrating this event with your children.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. Please click on the image below to see what’s been happening!

Term 1 calendar: see below for full details.

SOCCER 2019

Soccer Registration is open for 2019. Please go to https://www.playfootball.com.au/register for Taroona Primary School (CR). We will also run some registration days in the lead up to the season and will post those dates in the newsletter and on Facebook.

New Committee Members

The TPSA Soccer Committee has started planning for the 2019 soccer season and are keen to get some new members to join us, particularly if you are interested in any of the below areas:

  • Parent Liaison – if you are Facebook savvy and don’t mind a chat, we would love to have you join us and improve out Facebook literacy.
  • Assistant Groundskeeper – if you can walk a pram or golf trolley in a reasonably straight line, then we would love to hear from you.

If you think you fit the profile or would like to help out, please email taroonaprimarysoccer@gmail.com.

Paul, Esther and Barry

TPSA Soccer Committee

 TPSA NEWS

Welcome Back BBQ

We had a great turn out at the Welcome Back BBQ (22 Feb 2019) which was hosted by the Association.

The BBQ was provided FREE to parents and their children thanks to a grant received last year from the Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations (TASSO) to assist us with parental and community involvement in school governance and decisions at Taroona Primary School.

Thank you to those parents and children who purchased sushi or a drink to go with their free sausage or burger. Your purchases helped us raise approximately $1,000!

Parent Survey

At the BBQ, we invited parents to complete a short survey to assist us with our planning in 2019. We have responses from 56 parents but want to hear from more!

All collated survey responses will be considered at our April meeting as we agree on our focus and activities for 2019 (don’t forget 2019 is usually a Seaside Festival year, please let us know via the survey if you are prepared to help!).

The survey will be open until Wednesday March 13.

Please click here to access the survey.

Support for Grieving Families

At our latest meeting the Committee voted to provide two Taroona Primary School parents with money as a gift to support them and their children, as they recover from the death of their spouse.

The Committee has reached out to these families with our deepest sympathies on behalf of all parents and has invited them to be in contact with the Chair if further support is needed. We recognise and appreciate the support that you, as friends and community members, will also be providing.

Friday Canteen Reminder

Could all families please double check the date they are selecting for sushi and Banjos delivery.  Ordering the week leading up to the Friday e.g. the Tuesday of the same week, does not mean that the delivery date defaults to the same week for delivery.  You must still select your delivery date if you are ordering weekly. Please be careful about this, particularly for February and March that align with dates on a Friday.  Your child may be without their lunch if the correct date is not entered and then the food will be delivered on whatever date you did select.  You can view the receipt at the end of your order that shows the delivery date by clicking on “view receipt” to see the full version of the receipt. 

TPSA December Meeting minutes click here

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Short sleeved polo tops

Unfortunately, our latest shipment of polo tops were missing the buttons. If we happened to sell you one without the buttons at the back to school sales, please return to the office, attention to Carolyn, and the supplier will fix it for you.

Slouch hats

Medium & large slouch hats are now back in stock, but with limited supply. We do have more on order. Everyone who had hats on backorder can now collect their hats from the office.

Hats are mandatory until April.

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! No more having to work your life around coming into the shop at the open time. Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this.

Price lists and order form

Taroona Primary School Uniform Shop – Photos and Prices 2019 v1.0 for the range of uniform items.

Taroona Primary Uniform orders 2019 v2.0 for a price list. Please note that we prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Second hand Uniform

We welcome the donation of good quality and clean second-hand items.

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.

Opening hours:

Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15, underneath the staff room. Please note this is a small space that is likely to be busy in the first few weeks of term. Beat the crowds by ordering online using Qkr!

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking has commenced.

We are still requiring a helper to assist Agnes Marshall each Thursday morning from 9.15am-10am.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Taroona Primary School participates in Scholastic Book Club, which is managed by volunteers and raises approximately $1500 per year for the School library. Each term a catalogue is sent home with students. Book prices begin from $2 with 20% of each purchase going toward the School.

Issue 1 orders will be distributed approximately 4 weeks after ordering (25 February).

Last year some families raised concerns about the amount of plastic in their book club order. My suggestion to reduce plastic is to avoid ordering books with a free gift.

Please remember to return your reusable book club bags to the office.

Happy reading!

Jennifer Hemer

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm 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.

School levies

Thank you to the families who have already paid their 2019 levies. Please contact the office if you did not receive an invoice in the mail from the Department of Education. If you are experiencing difficulties with payment please contact Bianca Long, School Business Manager.

Payment methods are:

  • Bpay (school invoice)
  • Service Tasmania Shops (school invoice)
  • Eftpos or cash at the school office
  • Credit card (over the phone 6227 8325)
  • Cheque payable to Taroona Primary School.

Student Validation Form, Special Data Collection Form, Aquatic Consent, Computer use Agreement

Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms. All validation forms must be signed and returned to school even if there are no changes to be made.

These forms are now overdue. Please return forms to the school office as soon as possible.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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 2: 20 February 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We are well underway with exciting and engaging learning programs in place right across the school during these early days of Term 1.

Nature Play @ TPS

Yesterday our Kindergarten and Prep students ventured outside to explore the Taroona High School Reserve and Beach on the first day of their 4-day On Country Outdoor Classroom Immersion Programme. Jenny, Sharyn & Ruth from The Sustainability Learning Centre and Aboriginal Education Services harnessed our students’ curiosity, creativity & collaboration, and many other skills, as they connected learning in the outdoor classroom to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.

  

Next Wednesday, Kara Spence joins our team to deliver the first of 16 Nature Play days for all classes K-6 scheduled throughout 2019.  Sessions of between 100 – 120 minutes will be facilitated for 3 classes and their teachers each day that Kara is here onsite. Information about the program will be distributed to families prior to classes attending their sessions.

Save the date: Wednesday 13th March, 7pm.

Kara and Lisa Ford (Child Psychologist) will be delivering an information session for parents in the GP Room focusing on Nature Play and Risky Play. More information coming soon.

Student Leadership @ TPS 2019

Today many of our Year 6 students delivered inspiring speeches to their respective Year 3-6 House Teams with the hope to be selected as House Captain or Vice Captain in 2019.  We look forward to announcing our captains early next week and prior to the Athletics Carnival next Thursday.

This Friday, Year 5 & 6  students will be delivering speeches to their peers in the inaugural Taroona Primary School Student Parliament elections.  From 2019, the Student Parliament replaces the previous Student Representative Council. An overview of this exciting program is provided by Tony Poynter below.

TPSA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 5th March

Positions are vacant and the TPSA requires new parents to be involved.  Please read the notice and consider becoming involved. More information is provided by Leah Magliano (TPSA Chair) below in the TPSA section of this newsletter.

Notice for AGM 2019

Open Classrooms & Welcome BBQ

I do hope to see everyone at the Welcome back BBQ this Friday.  Classrooms are open between 5-5:30 pm with teachers and staff joining  families in the quadrangle following.  Please note the BBQ is free to all TPS Community members, courtesy of a community partnerships grant received by the TPSA in 2018 from the Department of Education and TASSO.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 Tubb-Nuttall

please click on the image below for more information.

SCHOOL PARLIAMENT

At Taroona Primary we are committed to our school vision of ‘Creative thinkers, connected learners, inspired leaders’. With this in mind, we have decided to reinvigorate opportunities for student voice through the introduction of a year 3-6 school parliament. The parliament will provide a structured and dedicated time for students to meet to raise concerns, persuasively put forward ideas, problem solve and learn about democratic processes.

Year 5 and 6 student candidates will be making speeches to their peers this Friday. They will be aiming to convince their peers of the strength of their ideas for improving the school in one or more of the following portfolio areas:

  • Minister for Events – to suggest and run events for the whole school
  • Minister for Finance and Facilities – to be responsible for all the parliament’s money. Suggest improvements to the school buildings, playground, digital technologies and other infrastructure
  • Minister for the Environment – suggest improvements and run activities to reduce waste and improve the natural environment
  • Minister for Health, Sport and the Arts – suggest ways and run activities to improve health and wellbeing

The winners of the popular vote will be appointed Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. Other successful candidates will be elected to roles of Ministers, Shadow Minsters or Assistants to the Minister. We look forward to introducing our student parliamentarians to the school at our first assembly on Wednesday March 6th. Year 3 and 4 students will be electing their parliamentarians after this date.

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Who: All Year 3 – 6 students

When: Thursday 28th February

Where: School oval

Time: 9.15 – 2.55pm

Students will be involved in 100m, 200m, 400m, Relays, Vortex throwing, Shot Put, Long Jump and Novelty events.

Parent helpers are required. Please let Mrs Broadbent know if you are available to assist on the day. kylie.broadbent@education.tas.gov.au

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Please click on the Term 1 calendar below for full details.

 TPSA NEWS

Dear Parents

Tuesday 5th March 2019 is the TPSA Annual General Meeting. It is held at 1900 before the normal meeting. There are 3 teachers and 8 parents on the committee, many of us have been on the committee for 3-4 years and our children are moving through as the normal rite of passage and off to high school. It is thus time for many of us to also move on and this is where we invite you to join.

The TPSA is a valuable way to be involved with your children’s education and with the school community. It is an avenue to make change, meet people and have a say in what happens at the school. It is also fun.

You will note in the formal AGM notice that 6 positions will now be vacant and we invite all parents to consider the committee- maybe even the chair as a potential way to be involved with your child’s education.

Please come along to the meeting and consider a committee position or nominate someone you think might be interested and perfect for the role.

Many schools do not have a robust committee, there is no fund raising and no sharing of decision making. Taroona has always had a committed group of parents wanting to have a say and it has achieved so much over many years because of the strength and commitment of the parents involved. Please don’t let this fade away. Get involved and make a difference to your school, your child’s education and your local community.

See you on the 5th March

Regards

The TPSA Committee

Notice for AGM 2019

December minutes click here

 Uniform Shop News

Short sleeved polo tops

Unfortunately, our latest shipment of polo tops were missing the buttons. If we happened to sell you one without the buttons at the back to school sales, please return to the office, attention to Carolyn, and the supplier will fix it for you.

Slouch hats

We have temporarily run out of medium and large slouch hats. Children may wear an alternate hat until these arrive in the next couple of weeks. We do still have a handful of legionnaires hats and second-hand hats too. I will inform everyone via this newsletter once they have arrived. Remember, hats are mandatory until April.

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! No more having to work your life around coming into the shop at the open time. Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this.

Price lists and order form

Taroona Primary School Uniform Shop – Photos and Prices 2019 v1.0 for the range of uniform items.

Taroona Primary Uniform orders 2019 v2.0 for a price list. Please note that we prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Second hand Uniform

We welcome the donation of good quality and clean second-hand items.

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.

Opening hours:

Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15, underneath the staff room. Please note this is a small space that is likely to be busy in the first few weeks of term. Beat the crowds by ordering online using Qkr!

 

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking will commence Thursday the 14th of February.

We are still requiring a helper to assist Agnes Marshall each Thursday morning from 9.15am-10am.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Taroona Primary School participates in Scholastic Book Club, which is managed by volunteers and raises approximately $1500 per year for the School library. Each term a catalogue is sent home with students. Book prices begin from $2 with 20% of each purchase going toward the School.

Issue 1 has now been sent home and orders are due on Monday 25th February. Orders can be returned to the Office and paid in cash or cheque using the paper form in the catalogue.  Online ordering and payment with credit card is available through LOOP.

Books orders are distributed approximately 4 weeks after ordering.

Last year some families raised concerns about the amount of plastic in their book club order. My suggestion to reduce plastic is to avoid ordering books with a free gift.

Please remember to return your reusable book club bags to the office.

Happy reading!

Jennifer Hemer

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm 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.

School levies

Thank you to the families who have already paid their 2019 levies. Please contact the office if you did not receive an invoice in the mail from the Department of Education. If you are experiencing difficulties with payment please contact Bianca Long, School Business Manager.

Payment methods are:

  • Bpay (school invoice)
  • Service Tasmania Shops (school invoice)
  • Eftpos or cash at the school office
  • Credit card (over the phone 6227 8325)
  • Cheque payable to Taroona Primary School.

Student Validation Form, Special Data Collection Form, Aquatic Consent, Computer use Agreement

Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms. All validation forms must be signed and returned to school even if there are no changes to be made.

Please return forms to the school office by no later than 22 February 2019.

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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 1: 6 February 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2019. Yesterday was such a fun day filled with smiling faces, can-do attitudes and engaging learning activities. A warm welcome is extended to all of our new and returning staff and students, and a huge thank you needs to be given to our dedicated team for being so well prepared for the start of another great year at Taroona!

We have many exciting programs and learning opportunities planned for the students, starting with our Outdoor Education / Nature Play programs over the coming weeks.  Kara Spence, Nature Play Educator, will join our school community for 16 days (4 days per term) throughout 2019.  Kara will assist our teachers and Year 1-6 students to explore our local environment and engage in inquiry based learning experiences aligning with our school improvement priorities.  A huge thank you to the Taroona Primary School Association for donating $10,000 to the school to make this program possible.

We are also extremely fortunate to have Jenny Dudgeon and Ruth Whelan from the Sustainability Centre and Sharyn Brett from Aboriginal Education Services working alongside the Kinder-Prep Team for 4 days during Term 1, to connect our youngest students to country and explore the natural environment through play and inquiry experiences within our bush and beach settings.  More information about both programs will be sent out over the coming weeks.

Staffing Update

Welcome to Frances Thorp, Year 1-2 / Advanced Skills Teacher, Damien Cameron, Teacher Assistant, Anthea Large, Office Clerk, and Nick Gill, Education Facility Attendant, who have joined our team in 2019.

Many parents are now aware that Jo Moore, Office Clerk, has taken on a new role at THS during Term 1 this year. Erin Richardson and Anthea Large will be working alongside Bianca Long (School Business Manager) in the front office during Term 1.

Welcome Back BBQ – Friday 22 February 5-7pm (Quadrangle)

Please keep this date free in your diaries for the annual TPSA Welcome Back BBQ.  Classrooms will be open between 5-5:30pm for parents / carers to come and say hello to teachers and look around their child’s new learning spaces.  Teachers will then join the school community at 5:30pm in the quadrangle to chat more with our new and returning families.

TPSA Meeting – Tuesday 12th February 7pm (Staff room)

A reminder that the first School Association Meeting of the year is to be held on Tuesday in the staff room from 7pm.  All parents / carers are automatically members of the TPSA and are welcome to come along to meetings which are held in the staff room on the first Tuesday of every month.

TPS Dress Code & Uniform Policy

A reminder that we have a newly endorsed Taroona Primary School Dress Code & School Uniform Policy developed in 2018 as a requirement of the 2016 Education Act.  All students are required to wear the TPS everyday school uniform, including TPS hats from 1 September – 30 April each year.

Please take some time to read the full policy and familiarise yourself with the new requirements.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Who: All Year 3 – 6 students

When: Thursday 28th February

Where: School oval

Time: 9.15 – 2.55pm

Students will be involved in 100m, 200m, 400m, Relays, Vortex throwing, Shot Put, Long Jump and Novelty events.

Parent helpers are required. Please let Mrs Broadbent know if you are available to assist on the day. kylie.broadbent@education.tas.gov.au

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

Launching into Learning starts next week in the Kinder room, Thursday 14th Feb from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson.

Please click on the Term 1 calendar below for full details.

CODER COLLEGE COURSES @ TPS

Courses are starting soon. Please click on the headings below for full details.

 

 TPSA NEWS

November minutes click here

 Uniform Shop News

Short sleeved polo tops

Unfortunately, our latest shipment of polo tops were missing the buttons. If we happened to sell you one without the buttons at the back to school sales, please return to the office, attention to Carolyn, and the supplier will fix it for you.

Slouch hats

We have temporarily run out of medium and large slouch hats. Children may wear an alternate hat until these arrive in the next couple of weeks. We do still have a handful of legionnaires hats and second-hand hats too. I will inform everyone via this newsletter once they have arrived. Remember, hats are mandatory until April.

QKR!

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr! No more having to work your life around coming into the shop at the open time. Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this.

Price lists and order form

Taroona Primary School Uniform Shop – Photos and Prices 2019 v1.0 for the range of uniform items.

Taroona Primary Uniform orders 2019 v2.0 for a price list. Please note that we prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Second hand Uniform

We welcome the donation of good quality and clean second-hand items.

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.

Opening hours:

Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15, underneath the staff room. Please note this is a small space that is likely to be busy in the first few weeks of term. Beat the crowds by ordering online using Qkr!

 

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking will commence Thursday the 14th of February.

We are still requiring a helper to assist Agnes Marshall each Thursday morning from 9.15am-10am.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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 20: 19 December, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families

Taroona Primary School is committed to supporting every learner, every day. Our teaching and leadership teams work hard to plan and deliver educational opportunities that both challenge and extend our learners. Together we build in our students the skills of being a great learner – such as setting personal goals, striving for excellence, building resilience when things don’t go to plan, working with others and thinking creatively to solve challenges.

Throughout 2018 our school has embraced many exciting learning opportunities for our students and staff, particularly in the area of Inquiry Learning. We have:

  • Embraced our whole of school inquiry into the problem of litter in the playground and provided opportunities for our students to lead this learning and to design solutions to their authentic problem;
  • Documented our school’s journey in the teaching of the new digital technologies curriculum – sharing this work with local, national and international educators at conferences and via our TPS Vimeo Video Channel (https://vimeo.com/taroonaps);
  • Upgraded Play West to support outdoor learning for our Year 3-6 students, including the planting of native / cultural garden beds;
  • Established a K-2 loose parts play space, used by classes during breaks and learning times;
  • Run open afternoons across year groups, for children to share their learning journeys with family and community members; and
  • Engaged in outdoor education day, under the guidance of Nature Play Expert Kara Spence

And there are many more achievements that could be added to this list, which are a testament to the passion, commitment and dedication of our outstanding team here at Taroona Primary. Altogether we have over 40 people in a variety of roles – Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Library Technician, Grounds and Cleaning, Office Administration, IT Support and Professional Staff including our school psychologist, social worker and speech and language pathologist. I would like to thank each and every member of the Taroona Primary Team for the positive and enthusiastic contribution that they make to the education of our children, each and every day.

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank our school leadership team – Tony Poynter, Bianca Long, Hilary Purdie, Alex McNamara and Emma Nuttall – for their support, expertise and dedication to our school and students.

We are extremely fortunate at Taroona to have active and hard-working parents and community volunteers; people who are committed to seeking out the best opportunities for our school and who help out with classroom programs, excursions and other school community events. It was wonderful to recognise their efforts at our recent Thankyou Afternoon Tea, and acknowledge their contributions to our students and their learning.

The Taroona Primary School Association plays a significant role in supporting the school, and in supporting my leadership. I would like to formally thank Leah Magliano (School Association Chair), Alex Terhell (Deputy Chair) and the TPSA Executive for their ongoing commitment, support and energy throughout 2018. The working bees, meetings and events such as the welcome BBQ and the quiz night were all possible thanks to their hard work and dedication.

Lastly, I would like to end this last newsletter for 2018 by acknowledging the outstanding success of our students, who are, after all, the reason why we are here. I thoroughly enjoy watching the progress that every student makes at Taroona and celebrating individual efforts and personal achievements throughout the year.

Taroona Primary School is a centre of educational excellence and, with planning well underway for next year, I know we will continue to deliver outstanding programs that align with our vision of developing creative thinkers, connected learners and inspired leaders in 2019.

I wish everyone within our school community a happy, safe and enjoyable holiday break and look forward to seeing returning and new students back at school, ready for learning, on Wednesday 6th February.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to Sebastian in Year 6 on his selection in the U13 Tasmanian Badminton team.

Sebastian has been training hard 5 days a week in the lead up to his selection, the team will travel to Altona, Victoria in January.

Congratulations to Sebastian on your State selection, we wish you all the best for your competition in January.

Kylie Broadbent

TPSA NEWS –

November minutes click here

Update from the TPSA Chair click here

Dear parents, students and staff,

The TPSA would like to formally Thankyou got all your help this year with fundraising. We can’t do it without your involvement and we look forward to new and exciting projects next year.

Our first meeting back is the 12 Feb and you are all very welcome to come along.

We wish you all a wonderful festive season and some well earned rest over Summer.

Many thanks again

Leah and the TPSA

 Uniform Shop News

2019 Price List with picturesclick here

QKR!

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr!

Please click on the following link for instructions on how to do this. Click here

 Back to school uniform sales

We will be holding our back to school sales on the following dates:

Thursday 31st Jan 9:30am – 11:30am Music room
Friday 1st Feb 9:30am – 11:30am Music room
Tuesday 5th Feb 1pm – 3:30pm Uniform Shop

You will have a better shopping experience if you attend on the Thursday or Friday, as we will be set up in the Music Room on these dates.

If you can’t make these dates, then order your uniform online using Qkr during the school holidays, and we will fill the order during the back to school sales dates. Uniform can then be collected from 31st January onwards.

Help needed

Please contact Carolyn on basil_carolyn@bigpond.com if you would like to assist at one of these sales days and /or volunteer regularly at the Uniform Shop.

SCHOOL BANKING

Any Dollarmites tokens that are not redeemed this year can be used in 2019.

From Alison (retiring!) and Agnes

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

Uniform Shop News

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

 




Number 19: 5 December, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS Both Kinder Classes, Both Prep Classes, All 1-2 Classes, All 3-4 Classes, All 5-6 Classes

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys,1 house key – please contact the office if you think they might be yours.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families

The term is racing away with many exciting events happening right across the school.  This week all Year 1-6 students will have the opportunity to see the Taroona High School Production, My Fair Lady, and this Thursday many Year 3-6 students will be heading to Bellerive Beach for the annual Schools Triathlon Event.

Acknowledgement

Recently I received a lovely email from Donna Taylor (Manager, Environment and Engagement at Hydro Tasmania) acknowledging the contribution of our 2016 Year 3 students and Mrs Purdie in the development of some fabulous student and teacher resources for schools on renewable energy in Tasmania.  In her email, Donna states:

Hilary’s Grade 3 class of 2016 … conducted some research for us and presented some graphs and data on the level of understanding that Tasmanian students have of where their energy comes from and how energy is produced in Tasmania. That data from the students, and students from other schools, was instrumental in us getting executive approval and funding for this program to proceed. It resulted in my team receiving funding to employ a full time education officer and design and deliver this program to Tasmanian schools, so the students should feel really proud of how they have helped to make that happen. I would like to thank them and Hilary for their contribution and enthusiasm – a great example of data leading to decisions and making a difference.

What a wonderful demonstration of our students learning through authentic engagement with the real world!  Please click on the link for more information. https://www.hydro.com.au/education

Volunteer Thank You

Next Monday, 10 December, I look forward to seeing many of our fabulous volunteers at our Volunteer Thank You Afternoon Tea, to be held in the staff room at 2:15pm. These wonderful people make such a difference to our classrooms, students and school as they support student learning in a wide variety of ways such as joining an excursion, assisting at sport carnivals, participating in working bees, listening to students read, helping students run hands-on Science, Art and other activities, talking to students about their work, and more. Everyone who has helped out this year is welcome to join us. Please RSVP to the office by tomorrow (Thursday) and advise of any dietary requirements.

End of Year Reporting, Class Placements & Assemblies

Student reports, K-6, are currently being finalised and will be sent home with students next Friday, 14 December. Please note that due to the recent industrial action, teacher comments will not be included in all reports.

2019 Class Placement information will be sent home with children on Monday 17 November.

Our Final Celebration of Learning Assembly will be held on Wednesday 19th December at Taroona High School, commencing at 12.30pm sharp! An online programme will be made available to the community via Facebook on Monday 17 December.  Please arrive early to ensure a seat is available as the event is always extremely popular!

The Leaver’s Assembly is to be held on Thursday 20 December from 1.30pm in our GP Room.  This formal event is held each year as invited guests and dignitaries celebrate the achievements of our Year 6 students and farewell staff, students and families who are leaving the school at the end of the year.  Priority reserved seating is made available for family members of our leavers, with siblings of Year 6 students and all classes from Years 3-6 also attending.

2019 Staffing and Classes

I would like to take this opportunity to advise the community of staffing and class arrangements for 2019.

We farewell three of our contract teachers at the end of the school year: Vanessa Barretto, John Murray and Ngaire Green, and will be welcoming Frances Thorp (AST Early Years) and welcoming back Anita Wood (French) and Janelle Stowe (Music) in 2019.

Peta Gilmour has decided to take Long Service Leave at the end of the year and will retire during 2019.  Peta’s many years of dedication to the students at Taroona Primary School will not go without an appropriate farewell and I know there will be a few tears at the leavers’ assembly when we thank her for her profound and positive impact on the hundreds of students she has taught whilst here at TPS.

Finally, Sheri Matthews has decided to transfer her permanent hours to the Department of Education’s E-School from 2019, to undertake a different direction in her work into the future.  On behalf of the community I would like to thank Sheri for her commitment to ensuing high quality learning support for the many students with whom she has worked during her eleven years here at the school and to acknowledge her outstanding creative input into TPS, both inside and outside our classrooms.

Please see below for the 2019 Class List:

  • Kindergarten / LiL              Sarah Wilson 0.7
  • Kindergarten-Prep             Jos Pullen
  • Prep                                   Kylie Frost 0.6 / Em Dorney 0.4
  • 1-2                                     Angela Oldfield 0.8 / Kylie Broadbent 0.2
  • 1-2                                     Tania Glover 0.8 / Em Dorney 0.2
  • 1-2                                     Frances Thorp 0.8 / Lynne Sattler 0.2
  • 1-2                                     Mel Vincent 0.6 / Hilary Purdie 0.4
  • 3-4                                     Alex McNamara 0.8 / Anita Wood 0.2
  • 3-4                                     Alanna Carne
  • 3-4                                     Liz Parry
  • 3-4                                     Jane Graham-Smith
  • 5-6                                     Debbie Clark 0.6 / Tony Poynter 0.4
  • 5-6                                     Megan Tubb 0.5 / Emma Nuttall 0.5
  • 5-6                                     Philly Hughes
  • 5-6                                     Karen Gregson

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

GRADE 6 LEAVER’S CRUISE

Payment is due now please – Deadline for payment is Monday 10 December.

Invoices have been sent out for the Grade 6 Leavers’ Cruise.

Payment can be made by Cash, Eftpos or Bpay.

Thank you.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

SOUTHERN CHAMPIONS SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Congratulations to all students who competed at the Champions Swimming Carnival last Tuesday.  Below are photos of some of our top 4 place getters.

     

Thank you to the TPSA!

Flexi Stools

A huge thank you to the TPSA. Their kind donations have allowed us to purchase a cart to transport equipment for our outdoor learning and also a number of flexi stools to be used across the 1/2 team. These stools have been purchased to allow for flexible seating to cater to the differing learning needs and preferences of the students. These stools, and other endorsed classroom equipment, are being rolled out across the year groups. Keep an eye out for these in 2019!

Home Reader Books

A huge thank you to the TPSA for their very kind donation of $550, earlier in the year for home reader books for students. These have been very popular! We are continuing to update our supply to ensure that we have a good range of non-fiction and fiction texts; and also to include decode-able phonics texts also.

All school home reader books are due back to classrooms, by Friday the 14th of December  to audit our collection and reallocate them for 2019 classes. Please have a good look through bookshelves and cupboards!

Thanks for your support.

EXTENDED LEARNING 2018

Taroona Primary School is committed to supporting every learner, every day. Part of teacher planning includes differentiating the learning within each classroom to allow each child to engage at a point that brings both challenge and success. This helps build the skills of being a great learner, such as setting personal goals, striving for excellence, “failing forwards” (building resilience to learn from mistakes), working with others and thinking creatively to solve challenges.

In addition to in-class differentiation, TPS provides a range of extension and enrichment opportunities across the learning areas of the curriculum. These are responsive to student needs and interests, and may change year to year. We continue to look for ways to further connect with community and external organisations to provide opportunities for our students.

2018 participation:

  • Australian Mathematics Competition
  • Bebras Computational Thinking competition
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Asia-Pacific Mathematical Olympiad
  • Australian History Challenge
  • Digital game design with UTAS students
  • Young Archies
  • Chess Club
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Choose Maths video competition
  • Debating
  • Gifted Online programs (Ad Astra, Infinity Squared, CodeXX)
  • Maths Relay
  • Junior and senior choir
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition
  • Online writers group
  • Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (4 week / 10 week)
  • Alliance Francais
  • Grade 5/6 band at Taroona High School

We are grateful for the support of parents and UTAS student teacher volunteers to help make these opportunities a success for our students. It is wonderful that TPS teachers continue to invest their time to learn more about enrichment and extension through face to face and online professional learning throughout the year. We look forward to continuing to develop challenging and engaging learning opportunities for all TPS students in 2019. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have feedback or new ideas in this area. For a snapshot of some of the extension opportunities, please see attached infographic By the Numbers.

AST – Support and Extension

Hilary Purdie

CLASSROOM NEWS

Kinder news

3-4P

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

TPSA NEWS –

October minutes click here

Next meeting – Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7pm Staffroom – All Welcome

Update from the TPSA Chair click here

Uniform Shop News

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

 QKR!

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr!

Please click on the following link for instructions on how to do this. Click here

Sales will still be available from the shop as well.

Closed last week of term

Please note that we will be closed in the last week of term 4, therefore our last open for the year will be Tuesday 11th December.

Back to school uniform sales

We will be holding our back to school sales on the following dates:

Thursday 31st Jan 9:30am – 11:30am Music room
Friday 1st Feb 9:30am – 11:30am Music room
Tuesday 5th Feb 1pm – 3:30pm Uniform Shop

You will have a better shopping experience if you attend on the Thursday or Friday, as we will be set up in the Music Room on these dates.

If you can’t make these dates, then order your uniform online using Qkr before these dates, and we will fill the order during the back to school sales dates. Uniform can then be collected from the sales days or the office.

 Help needed

Please contact Carolyn on basil_carolyn@bigpond.com if you would like to assist at one of these sales days and /or volunteer regularly at the Uniform Shop.

We are open on Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15 under the staffroom. Qkr is provided for you to use if you cannot make these times.

SCHOOL BANKING

If your child has collected 10 Dollarmites tokens and would like to redeem them for a School Banking reward item this term, please fill in your child’s redemption slip and bring it along to school tomorrow 6 December. We will endeavour to get the reward item to you before the school holidays. Any Dollarmites tokens that are not redeemed this year can be used in 2019.

Our final School Banking day for 2018 is Thursday the 13th of December.

From Alison (retiring!) and Agnes

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

SushI

Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please use the Sushi booking system Qkr.

Uniform Shop News

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

 




Number 18: 21 November, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 5-6H, 5-6C, 5-6PT, 5-6GM, 3-4GS, 3-4P, 3-4C, 3-4McNB, Kinder G & Kinder O, Grade 6s 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys,1 house key, 1 watch – please contact the office if you think they might be yours.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Stop Work Action 28 November

Yesterday I sent an email to all families regarding arrangements for 28 November 2018 due to the Public sector union stop work action scheduled. Our school will not open until 10:30am on this day.

This decision has been made in the interests of student safety as we will not be able to provide appropriate supervision for children until 10:30am. The following arrangements have been made for the day:

  • Students can be dropped off to classrooms / school from 10:30am.  Teacher supervision will be provided from 10:30am in the usual areas (classrooms, quadrangle and ECE playground) until classes begin.
  • Lessons will commence at 11:00am, with 2 x 20 minute breaks scheduled at 11:40am and 1:20pm.
  • Metro and Wisby Bus Services will not be in a position to operate additional school bus runs to cater for schools starting later. Services will run at their normal times in the morning and afternoon.  Please check timetables accordingly.
  • Families with existing bookings for before school care on November 28th are asked to contact Lady Gowrie directly to enquire about arrangements on that date.

I sincerely regret the inconvenience to parents and the disruption to the learning program for students; however, student safety is my primary concern. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Leadership Positions 2019

I am excited to announce that Emma Nuttall is the successful applicant for our recently advertised Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) Instructional Coach – Literacy.  This new position, funded by the Government as part of the Department’s Literacy strategy, will commence in February 2019.

I am also extremely pleased to announce that the nominee for the AST Early Years position is Frances Thorp, subject to the DoE appeal process. Frances is currently working at Sandy Bay Infant School, leading their Refocusing Teaching and Learning Project and STEM and Inquiry programs as well as teaching Year 1.  Frances will meet with staff and students before the end of the year and I look forward to welcoming her to the school and Leadership Team in February 2019.

Year 3-4 Genius Hour Presentations

This week students in 3-4 GS, 3-4C & 3-4P scheduled time for families (and other classes) to come and learn about the inquiry based passion-projects the 3-4 students have developed during Genius Hour, an initiative where students have creatively explored an area of interest and made choices about what to learn during a set period of time each week.

Yesterday I had the privilege to hear many students talk at length about their inquiry questions, including the challenges they had confronted and overcome throughout their learning.  I viewed all exhibits, and was thrilled to see student learning captured in so many creative ways including videos, posters, books, displays, models, interactive activities as well as digitally enhanced games.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers on hosting such an inspiring event to showcase learning at Taroona.

5-6PT Waste Audit

I am immensely proud of all TPS students who have worked tirelessly this year to raise our awareness of litter and waste in our local environment.  Our students have used a variety of tools and technologies, as well as design thinking and problem solving, to engage with this problem and develop authentic solutions.

A small group of 5-6PT students (D’Arcy, Esther, Edie and Adelaide) have worked with Mrs Tubb to plan for a waste audit which will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday 22nd November. They have talked to Bob and Matt as well as educators at Lady Gowrie about the audit and have asked them to save all the waste from today so that they can sort this into categories tomorrow to collect data around the waste our school produces. They will post a live stream on our school’s Facebook page, filming everything that is happening from 8:30am until 11:00am.

The students have also invited students from neighbouring schools to watch the live-stream event and comment or ask questions while the stream is taking place – the aim being to start conversations about how to fix the problem. I do hope you have a chance to join the team online and see our school vision of developing Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners and Inspired Leaders in action!

Inquiry learning is one of our 2018 school improvement priority areas and I commend all teachers, K-6 for their ongoing and exemplary work in this area.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

  • Excellence – Tommy E, Maxim O, Saskia C, Huon C, Dan W, Annie H, Alara A, Ada S, Finn C, Khadija N, Chuanyu C, Mia M
  • Resilience – Angus F, Charlotte V, Sam G, Nicholas B, James P
  • Creativity – Annelise H, Jasper M, Alice R, Douglas H, Alfie W, Elliot K
  • Respect – Miles O, Louie C, Clem C.G, Memphis C.O, Millie B, Dylan K, Tess B, Jye R, Liam L, Eva R, Erin E, Rhys L
  • Collaboration – Ina B, Xander B, Patrick B, Alex E
  •  All 5 Values – Oliva F

GRADE 6 LEAVER’S CRUISE

Invoices have been sent out for the Grade 6 Leavers’ Cruise.

Payment can be made by Cash, Eftpos or Bpay.

Thank you.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

STUDENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME – (STAS)

STAS is available to provide assistance to low income families towards the cost of levies for students enrolled from Kindergarten through to Year 12. An income assessment is applied for assistance under the Scheme.

Eligibility details for STAS 2019 are provided on the STAS application form, which can be downloaded below.

Application forms are also available from the school office.

Families who were approved and received STAS in 2018 have been sent correspondence regarding STAS directly from the Department.

https://documentcentre.education.tas.gov.au/Documents/Student-Assistance-Scheme-Application.pdf

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

KINDERGARTEN SPORTS DAY

Wednesday 28 November, 1.45pm onwards on the school oval.  Please ensure students wear suitable shoes and bring a small to medium size soft toy.

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep VG

1-2 W

Year 1/ 2 Wilson have been exploring the great outdoors and undertaking STEM challenges. Students have been getting outside most days to tackle a variety of tasks from spelling, natural mosaics and Science investigations at Molesworth. Our school values of Collaboration and Resilience have been strengthened as we learn to step outside of our comfort zones and work together in teams.

We have also had STEM opportunities involving the organisation Ten Lives (learning about cats) and building LEGO creations with Year 8 students from Taroona High School. We would like to thank the TPSA for their very generous donation. This enabled us to purchase some new LEGO sets which has provided an outlet for problem solving, following instructions and creativity.

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

TPSA NEWS –

October minutes click here

Next meeting – Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7pm Staffroom – All Welcome

Update from the TPSA Chair

Taroona Primary School features!

The TPSA Committee recently saw a copy of a thank you message to all DoE employees by the Secretary, Mr Tim Bullard. We were all thrilled to see how much the students and staff and our grounds featured in the video message. Click here to have a look yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrjpY7Y4–w&feature=youtu.be

150 years of public education in Tasmania

As parents who have select a public education for your child, you might be interested to know that DoE is celebrating 150 years of public education. A number of ambassadors will play a role promoting the milestone and sharing their public education story. Have a closer look here:

https://youtu.be/M0DRRTyqHaQ

Qkr for Uniforms

We continue to embed Qkr and now the Uniform Shop can be found online! Try Qkr for your next order but note that EFTPOS and cash are still available as payment options. Our sincere thanks to Carolyn McKinley, Uniform Shop Coordinator, for her commitment and effort in implementing Qkr as an additional payment method for parents.

Friday Canteen: Banjo’s trial

In Term 4 we are running a trial, offering 3 bakery items from Banjo’s Sandy Bay, in an expanded Friday Canteen menu. Thank you to everyone who has embraced our sandwich and scroll trial so far. If your children are not crazy about sushi, order a Banjo’s item instead and given yourself a break from lunch box duties. So far the cheese and vegemite scrolls is the popular pick. The items will only be offer in 2019 if well supported! Our thanks to Tracey Turner (Darcy and Lucas Eastall’s mum) who is our new(ish) Friday Canteen Coordinator!  If you have any questions about this trial, please feel free to contact me Tracey on yecartt@hotmail.com.

Volunteer afternoon tea

Save the date: if you volunteer in the School in any capacity, look forward to an invitation to the School’s Thank You Afternoon Tea, Mon 10 Dec 2018.

Last meeting

The TPSA Committee will hold its last meeting for the year on Tuesday 11 December 2018. All parents are welcome.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

Uniform Shop News

We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr! See flyer below or click on the following link for instructions on how to do this. Click here.

Sales will still be available from the shop as well, on Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15.

Thank you to those who have dropped off plastic bags for us.

Please note that we will be closed in the last week of term 4, therefore our last open for the year will be Tuesday 11th December.

We are starting to organise our back to school sales for late January. Please contact me if you would like to assist at one of these sales days. Also if you’d like to volunteer regularly at the Uniform Shop!

Please contact Carolyn on basil_carolyn@bigpond.com with any queries.

 

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

SushI

Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr.

Uniform Shop News

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

 




Number 17: 7 November, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 1-2P,1-2G,1-2W,1-2N & 5-6H,5-6C & 5-6PT, 5-6GM

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys,1 house key, 1 watch – please contact the office if you think they might be yours.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

2019 Planning & Class Placement Process

Our enrolment projection for next year has been changing on a daily basis and is currently sitting at 362 students. We are now planning for 15 classes and have started the class placement process for the following groups:

  • 1 x Kinder (21)
  • 1 x Kinder-Prep (8 Kinders / 14 Preps)
  • 1 x Prep (23)
  • 4 x 1-2 (22 or 23 students per class)
  • 4 x 3-4 (25 students per class)
  • 4 x 5-6 (26 or 27 students per class)

Forming classes is both an exciting and challenging time for staff, as we carefully consider the educational and social & emotional needs of each child, the balance of student abilities and the balance between boys and girls in each class group.  Thank you to those parents who have contacted me directly to gain further understanding about the class structures for 2019 and talk through individual circumstances.

There is still time for parents to participate in this process, and I am especially keen to talk to any 2018 Kindergarten parents who have questions regarding the delivery of learning programs for students placed in the composite Kinder-Prep Class in 2019.

Please note that from 2018, class placements will be announced in the last week of Term 4, and not included in student End of Year reporting information.

End of Year Reporting 2018

The Australian Education Union has directed its members not to include comments on Term 4 student reports.  Parents and Carers are advised that this may result in inconsistency in the way in which Taroona Primary School end of year reports are provided, given that some staff are not involved in union activities.

NAPLAN 2018

Each year our Department recognises students who have performed significantly well in literacy and numeracy in NAPLAN. This year Henry Nuttall will be recognised for achieving in the top 1% on the assessments. Henry and his family will attend a special ceremony next week to celebrate his achievement.  Well done Henry!

Outdoor Classroom Day & Nature Play 2019

Last Wednesday’s activities were a huge success and I would like to sincerely thank Emma Nuttall and Kara Spence for coordinating the programme and thank the TPSA for providing the financial support for us to employ Kara to work alongside the team to plan and deliver an amazing learning experience for our children.

Taroona Primary School staff recognise that children derive tremendous benefit from taking part in regular nature play and learning outside.  Research tells us that quality nature play adds value to classroom learning as well as childhood development. Nature play and outdoor learning provides provocations to deepen self-directed learning through play; allows children to respond positively to challenges, manage risk, cope with change and build resilience; supports skills of inquiry and experimentation, communication, reflection, problem-solving and co-operation; and enables teachers to learn to listen, observe and reflect on individual student needs in ways a classroom setting cannot.

TPS staff are looking forward to partnering with Kara Spence (Nature Be In It) and Jenny Dudgeon / Sharyn Brett (Sustainability Learning Centre / Aboriginal Education Services)  in 2019 to establish a high quality nature play program at TPS that will deliver the highest outcomes for students whilst meeting assessment and reporting requirements.  At last night’s meeting, the TPSA committed a total of $10,000 to this program, which will enable us to build staff capacity throughout 2019 and embed a nature play  program that is student centred and future focused.  Thank you TPSA!

Play West Cultural Garden beds

A huge thank you to Emma Abbott, Megan Tubb and Mel Vincent from the grounds committee, and all of the parent helpers and kids who came in last Sunday morning to complete the planting of the garden beds in Play West.  These native and indigenous plants were purchased through a grant provided by Aboriginal Education Services (which we have kept since 2016 for this purpose).  The final part of the grant will be used to engage Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge to come and work with our students and teach them about the plants, specifically their traditional and ongoing uses.

Division A Inter school Swimming Carnival and Champions Carnival

Congratulations to all of our Year 3-6 students who participated in Monday’s carnival at the Aquatic Centre and demonstrated our school values throughout the event.  Thank you to Mrs Broadbent for coordinating the team and Mr Poynter for assisting with supervision on the day.  Also a huge thank you to Martine Siltman who was our TPS parent volunteer and assisted with the running of the carnival.  See below for a full report from Kylie and all the best to those students who have been selected to participate in the upcoming champions carnival!

 

Schools’ Waste Forum

On Tuesday 6th November, representatives from school communities in greater Hobart met at the Hobart Town Hall to share stories and resources about tackling waste at schools. We were delighted to be invited to present and share the great actions students have been taking at TPS. Congratulations to the Adelaide, D’Arcy, Edie, Hayden, Indigo and Kes for so competently preparing and presenting Taroona Primary’s experience at this event.

Remembrance Day 2018

On Sunday, Taroona Primary School will be laying wreaths at both the Taroona and Kingborough Remembrance Day services.  Thank you to Mrs McNamara for coordinating our student representatives to attend the services on behalf of the school.  Mrs McNamara and D’Arcy Clifton will be attending the service at Kingborough Beach and I will attend the Taroona service with Ruby Jacobson & Esther Graham-Smith.

Next Tuesday, 13 November at 2pm, we will be holding a special assembly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice. A guest speaker from Kingston RSL will make a short presentation and all classes will make a contribution to the assembly. I do hope you can join us.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

  • Excellence – Toby B, Siobhan T, Benjamin H, Georgie P, Lucy T.R, Madeleine W, Gus F, Jye D, Lilli H.T, Charlie J, Evan H, Arran R, Ariette B.B, Elaine J 
  • Resilience – Eden T, Tamsyn W, Oliver B, Jeri B, Joseph C, Lotus F, Luka D, Lucas E, Michael E
  • Creativity – Serena Z, Coco W, Gemma D, Finley M
  • Respect – Charlotte T.T, Solomon V.G
  • Collaboration – Natania J, Oscar P.R
  •  All 5 Values – Annabella C, Leo P, Alexander K

GRADE 6 LEAVER’S CRUISE

Invoices are being sent out for the Grade 6 Leavers’ Cruise.

Payment can be made by Cash, Eftpos or Bpay.

Thank you.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager

INTER SCHOOL SWIM CARNIVAL YEAR 3-6 STUDENTS

Congratulations to all students who represented TPS so confidently on Monday the 5th of November. Taroona came a credible 7th. Thank you to Martine Siltman for being our parent official on the day.

Students who placed in the top 4 positions:

  • Bella. P – 1st 25m Freestyle, 4th 25m Breaststroke
  • Amelie. E – 1st 25m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Giselle. M – 1st 25m Freestyle, 3rd 25m Backstroke
  • Kaiki. M – 2nd 25m Freestyle
  • Thomas. H – 4th25m Freestyle
  • Evan. H – 2nd 25m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Daniel. M – 1st 25m Freestyle
  • Archie. V – 3rd 25m Freestyle, 2nd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Chloe. T – 4th 25m Freestyle
  • Addison. B – 3rd 25m Freestyle, 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Scarlett. G – 4th 25m Freestyle, 2nd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Luca. G – 4th 25m Breaststroke
  • Louis. N – 3rd 25m Breaststroke
  • Tom. H  – 3rd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Hugo. W – 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Stella. T – 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Charlie. G – 1st 25m Backstroke
  • Peri. B – 3rd 25m Backstroke
  • Ben. B – 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Georgie. P – 4th 50m Freestyle

Year 6 Girls Medley Relay             2nd          Giselle, Adelaide, Bella and Amelie

Year 6 Girls Freestyle Relay          1st           D’Arcy, Giselle, Amelie and Bella

Year 5 Boys Medley Relay             4th           Hugo, Phillip, Kaiki and Ben

Year 5 Boys Freestyle Relay         3rd           Thomas, Hugo, Kaiki and Ben

Year 5 Girls Freestyle Relay          3rd           Stella, Madeleine, Jemma and Georgie

Year 4 Boys Medley Relay             3rd           Evan, Archie, Louis and Charlie

Year 4 Boys Freestyle Relay         3rd           Archie, Daniel, Evan and Charlie

Based on placings, some TPS students will be selected for the Champions Carnival, which is on Tuesday 27th of November. Information for this event will be forwarded to families of selected students next week.

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher

GRADE 2 & SENIOR CHOIR ( GRADES 3-6)

On Thursday 1st November the Grade 2 Choir and Grade 3-6 Choir attended the Music Count Us In event at the Bellerive Boardwalk. Students presented a combined piece for the ‘Schools Music Showcase’ and then combined with other schools for the nationwide event singing ‘One Song’.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY

On October 31 we participated in the International Outdoor Classroom Day. Classes used the outdoors in their learning – across all areas of the curriculum.  The TPSA kindly funded Kara Spence, a local Nature Play Educator, to spend the day working with children in the reserve adjacent to our grounds. Classes also utilised our school grounds for various learning activities.

It was a fun and exciting day for all involved.  Please feel free to come and look at our display and photo gallery in the foyer.

Emma Nuttall

AST

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 H

Digital Technologies focus

https://padlet.com/philly_hughes/DT

1- 2 N

Outdoor Classroom Day

We went out the door,

And sat on the Earth’s grassy floor.

The blazing sun was shining bright,

And everyone was more than alright!

We played lots of fun games,

Some of them had no names.

We ran to the enchanted place,

And we made tee-pees in this wild space.

We played amongst the tall trees,

And no one spotted any bees.

We were given a quest,

To find the woven treasure chest!

Jack jumpers surrounded us,

And everyone made a HUGE fuss!

To mark we were there,

We left our footprints somewhere.

We loved outdoor classroom day,

Hip-hip hooray!

By 1/2N

TPSA NEWS

October minutes click here

Loads happening with your TPSA

We have had a really busy start to Term 4 and I don’t anticipate that this feeling will end any time soon!

2019 classes

Principal, Danielle Bresnehan, has announced the class structure for 2019. She discussed this with the Association at our meeting last night. In response to diminished enrolments, particularly in Kindergarten, Danielle and her staff have considered different options and weighed up student needs. If you have feedback about 2019 classes, I encourage you to contact Danielle directly to discuss.

TPSA financial support

Given our fundraising so far this year, the Association has recently been able to support the purchase of additional learning resources across the School including an ICT storage and charging trolley, additional LegoTM and flexi stools for Early Childhood, a large trolley to transport objects used for outdoor play learning and on Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018, a whole day of learning for students and teachers in our School grounds.

Additionally we funded Anthony Wise from Plastic Pollution Solutions to meet all the students and a good number of parents, at our evening session on Thursday, 18 Oct 2018. Our thanks to teacher, Hilary Purdie, for her practical support implementing the classroom sessions and Committee members for setting and packing up after the event on that wild weather night!

Grounds

Many thanks to parents, Emma Abbott and Nicky Adams, and teacher, Megan Tubb, for arranging another gardening bee in our new Play West on Sunday, 4 November 2018. The garden continues to thrive thanks to this care and attention. You might be interested to know that the new plants in Play West are native and have traditional and ongoing uses according to the traditional owners.

Friday Canteen: Banjo’s trial

In Term 4 we are running a trial, offering 3 bakery items from Banjo’s Sandy Bay, in an expanded Friday Canteen menu. If your children are not crazy about sushi, order a Banjo’s item instead and given yourself a break from lunch box duties. So far the cheese and vegemite scrolls is the popular pick. The items will only be offer in 2019 if well supported! Our thanks to Tracey Turner (Darcy and Lucas Eastall’s mum) who is our new(ish) Friday Canteen Coordinator!

Qkr

We continue to embed Qkr, our online ordering, payment and financial reporting software. Qkr supports the work of our volunteers as they run our Friday Canteen and Uniform Shop programs and provide oversight of Association fundraising activities and finances. Watch out for the Uniform Shop online and ready for your next order (EFTPOS and cash still available)!

Industrial action by teachers

The Association recently received formal thanks from the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Jeremy Rockcliff MP, regarding our school community’s support of arrangements made to cover teachers who participated in recent industrial action. We are appreciative of Danielle and her whole staff who ensured that children were safe and engaged until bell time! Industrial action is likely to continue. The Association respect the rights of staff to exercise choice regarding industrial action however are here to represent parent concerns if they arise.

Volunteer afternoon tea

Save the date: if you volunteer in the School in any capacity, look forward to an invitation to the School’s Thank You Afternoon Tea, Monday 10 December 2018.

Leah Magliano our Chair (current taking a well-earned holiday), and I look forward to seeing you at an end of year event soon!

Alex Terhell
Acting Chair, TPSA

 

 

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

SushI

Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr.

Uniform Shop News

The uniform shop is in need of plastic bags. If you have any you are able to donate, please drop them into the office, or at the shop on Tuesdays. The reusable supermarket type are ideal, but they must be clean please.

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

 




Number 16: 24 October, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS Yr 2 & Senior (Yr3-6) Choir,1-2P,1-2G,1-2W,1-2N,5-6H,5-6C, YR 3 -6 Interschool Swim Carnival (selected students)

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News – There are lots of new School Holiday Programs and Term 4 information.

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys & 1 house key – please contact the office.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Term 4 has started off with much activity and excitement.  Last week our students were thoroughly engaged in Plastic Pollution Solutions workshops with Anthony Hill, had a wonderful day participating in the Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival (superbly organised once again by Mrs Broadbent), and selected Year 1-2 students enjoyed reconnecting with Maisie and Kathryn our Story Dogs Team.  We also had a number of students who participated in the Taroona Community Waste Expo on Saturday, which provided many people with the opportunity to learn more about the great actions our students are taking to tackle the problem of litter at our school. Thank you to Mrs Purdie for supporting the students at the expo.

The start to Term 4 has also been busy for our hardworking and energetic TPSA Executive who, in addition to running the Parent Evening with Anthony Hill on Thursday, spent two hours last Tuesday evening discussing the school intake area maps for consultation, reviewing and approving teacher submissions for additional school resources, and discussing and endorsing three new policies, developed in response to the new Education Act (2016).  The support of the TPSA is very much appreciated by all TPS staff and I thank Leah, Alex and the committee for engaging in this important work each month on behalf of the school community. All newly endorsed TPS Policies have now been uploaded to the school website in the Parent Handbook section.

Class Placement Process 2018

Over the coming weeks, teachers will be working together to construct class groupings for 2019. Decisions regarding class placement are made using the following process:

  1. Teaching staff 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 are 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 will be announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Please note that 2019 class placement information will be sent home on Monday 17 December after students have met their new teacher and group earlier that day.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the Show Day Public Holiday, and Friday a Professional Learning Day for staff, where the teaching team will review our 2018 School Improvement Priorities and also engage in some hands on learning using new digital technologies.  Care for students on Friday is available onsite by Lady Gowrie (6230 6806 or email  oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au) for those families who require this service.

I do hope to see you at next week’s Celebration of Learning Assembly on Tuesday afternoon where our Kindergarten and 5-6 H students are scheduled to share their learning.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SWIM CARNIVAL YEAR 3-6 STUDENTS

A fabulous fun and action packed day was had by all on Thursday 18th October!

Thank you to all the students who showed amazing resilience to push themselves to great success at the carnival. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who came along to help the carnival run so smoothly and support the students. Finally, thank you to all TPS staff for your hard work in running the carnival.

The final points for the day were.

1st           Waratah               820

2nd          Acacia                   719

3rd           Melaleuca           665

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher

GRADE 2 & SENIOR CHOIR ( GRADES 3-6)

On Thursday 1st November the Grade 2 Choir and Grade 3-6 Choir will be attending and performing for the Music Count Us In event at the Bellerive Boardwalk.

Students in the choir will present a combined piece for the ‘Schools Music Showcase’ commencing at 11am and will then combine with other schools for the nationwide event at 12.30 where they will sing ‘One Song’. This piece was written by students in Australia who received expert guidance and mentorship from award winning producer John Foreman OAM and Australian actress, singer, television host Justine Clarke.

We wish the students well for this event and look forward to hearing about their experience.

Janelle Stowe

Music Teacher

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY

On 31st of Oct we will be participating in the International Outdoor Classroom Day. Classes will be using the outdoors in their learning – across all areas of the curriculum. In addition to lessons planned by our TPS teachers, the TPSA have also kindly funded Kara Spence, a local Nature Play Educator, to spend the day working with children in the reserve adjacent to our grounds. She will be running Nature Play sessions with the Early Childhood classes and some of their buddies. Working with Kara will be a wonderful experience for the staff and children alike – she is a wealth of knowledge in this field and we are all very much looking forward to the day!

Children will need to be suitably attired for bush play, including tree climbing, mud play and hut building. We ask that children bring long trousers (they are welcome to change into these from shorts/skorts if it is a particularly warm day), sturdy footwear (e.g. gumboots) and a raincoat (weather permitting). The day will go ahead in all weather, with the exception of severe weather warnings!

We look forward to sharing our pictures of the day!

Emma Nuttall

AST

Please click on the following link: https://mat.aamt.edu.au/Activities/Student-Activities/Solving-Problems-with-Maths

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 P

 

5-6 PT

Early bird discount of 10% off for any enrolment made before 7 October 2018.

Enrolments are direct with Coder College at cc-taroona-t4.eventbrite.com.au

BOOK CLUB

The final date for Book Club is Thursday 1 November.  Please place your orders by this date to avoid disappointment.

Ways to order:

  • Online via the LOOP
  • place cash and order form in an envelope in the box provided at the Office.

TPSA NEWS

August minutes click here

 

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

SushI

Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr.

Uniform Shop News

The uniform shop is in need of plastic bags. If you have any you are able to donate, please drop them into the office, or at the shop on Tuesdays. The reusable supermarket type are ideal, but they must be clean please.

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 

 

 

 




Number 15: 26 September, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News – There are lots of new School Holiday Programs and Term 4 information.

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

The end of term is fast approaching after another successful ten weeks of learning at TPS. I do hope you have some restful activities planned for the break so that children return energised and ready for another action-packed term when school resumes on Monday 15 October.

The TPS team is certainly looking forward to the in-school student workshops scheduled in the first week of Term 4 and the accompanying TPSA Parent Information Evening on Thursday 18 October, all delivered by Plastic Pollution Solutions in partnership with Plastic Wise Taroona. The Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival is also scheduled for our first week back, and will be held at Clarence Pool on Thursday 18 October using the same full-participation format as per the last two years. Please see the weekly calendar for full details on Term 4 events.

Staffing Updates

Mrs Gilmour is currently on LSL. Mrs Heather Fallon is teaching 5-6GM until the end of the week.

Mrs Clark will be taking four weeks LSL at the start of Term 4. Mr Andrew Watchorn (Monday) and Mr John Murray (Tuesday – Friday) will be responsible for 5-6C during this period.

Mrs Janelle Stowe will continue to deliver our K-6 Music Program until the end of the school year and Mrs Lynne Sattler will continue to teach 1-2N one day per week (changing to a full day on Wednesdays) to enable Mrs Nuttall to complete Advanced Skills Teacher responsibilities.

2019 Classes

Planning is well underway, with fourteen classes expected to the start the new school year. Parents / carers are asked to advise the office ASAP if circumstances have changed and children are not returning to TPS in 2019.

Letters of offer for Kindergarten 2019, with accompanying information regarding our Term 4 Pre-Kinder sessions, are being sent this week to all eligible and/or in-area families. TPS Families who have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten in 2019 and who haven’t received a letter of offer are asked to contact the office ASAP to complete the enrolment process.

Out of Area Applications for 2019 are being considered in accordance with the Secretary’s Instructions No 2 for Enrolment from Outside Intake Area, with a response to be sent to all applicants by the end of Week 2 Term 4.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

 

eSmart

Our journey towards gaining our eSmart School accreditation took a huge step forward last week. We are proud to announce that we have officially achieved planning status! We are now working on the final stage, prior to achieving full accreditation as an eSmart School.

TAROONA AWARDS

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

  • CREATIVITY – Ruben D, Marley F, Charlotte T.T, Riley S, Charlie M, Sadie F
  • RESPECT – Hamish C, Allie S, Matthew C, Nelankia J, Aren R
  • RESILIENCE – Raewyn W, Romy C, Isla C, Daniel K
  • EXCELLENCE – Ewan W, Sam W, Kai S, Spencer M, Ruby J, Sabrina J, Maille S, Danika W
  • COLLABORATION – Louis C, Lena B, Jasmine H, Ted J, Millie B
  • ALL 5 VALUES -Elliott P, Fankie S, Una O, Georgina P

WORKING WITH VULNERABLE PEOPLE

As per the New Education Act – We now require to sight and check, with the Department of Justice, ALL WWVP cards at the office every time you sign in and are onsite at Taroona Primary School. Please carry your WWVP card with you when you come to Taroona Primary. Once a check has been confirmed we will provide you with a Visitor Lanyard or Visitor sticker at the office. Please attach yourself to Taroona Primary School.

(more information in last weeks newsletter)

SWIMMING CARNIVAL GRADE 3-6 STUDENTS

When: Thursday 18 October

Where: Clarence Aquatic Centre

Time: 9.45-1.45

Wanted:

Parent help with timing and recording is essential for the success of this carnival.

If you are free on this day we would love your help to support our year 3-6 on our exciting swim carnival day.

Please let Jo Moore or Kylie Broadbent know if you are free.

Also wanted at TPS: Plastic Bags for the Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is in need of plastic bags. If you have any you are able to donate, please drop them into the office, or at the shop on Tuesdays. The reusable supermarket type are ideal, but they must be clean please.

 

 

 

Early bird discount of 10% off for any enrolment made before 7 October 2018.

Enrolments are direct with Coder College at cc-taroona-t4.eventbrite.com.au

 

PAST STUDENT – Meg Smith

I am now in Grade 5 at Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. My fifth grade class went to a wonderful camp last week. We learnt traditional Indonesian practices like how to plant rice, plough fields with buffalo and weave fabric. But my favourite thing we did was to play soccer with the local kids. I donated a big box of old Taroona Primary School shirts that Mrs Broadbent had given us. Thank you so much, the kids were very happy to receive them!

 

CLASSROOM NEWS

Kinder Glover

 

 

1-2 Gregson

SRC

Footy Colours Day was a great success.  Thank you to those who embraced this fundraising day dressing up in their favourite team colours. We raised $285.40

 

Taster Day

TPSA NEWS

Dear TPS parents and staff

As another busy term comes to an end, I wanted to provide you with a quick update of Association activities from the past few weeks and thank you for your support during Term 3.

Term 3 started with our launch of Qkr, our new electronic ordering and payment system for parents. The move to Qkr improves the transparency and timeliness of all our financial transactions, reduces the manual workload for many of our volunteers and provides convenience for parents.

All our Friday Canteen customers now use Qkr for ordering and payment, and over 60% of our parents used Qkr to buy their Quiz Night tickets! Thanks for your support of this new initiative this term, I hope you have found it convenient! Special thanks to our TPS Office staff who helped answer parent questions and trouble-shoot a small number of issues in the early weeks of implementation.

Qkr has helped our Friday Canteen volunteers so much that they are super keen to offer you and your children more choice with an expanded menu! If sushi has never been popular you might like to try a sandwich or scroll from Banjo’s Sandy Bay. On trial in Term 4, give Qkr and the new menu items a try!

Our ‘Your Hero’ Quiz Night held on Saturday 15 September, was well attended by parents, staff and community and together we raised approx. $4,500! We had two best dressed awards given to ‘Jack Sparrow’ (Chris Lloyd-Parker) and Maleficent (Jo Moore).

In a tight budget year for the School, the Association has agreed to allocate funds raised from the Quiz Night and our sell-out Cake Stall at the Soccer BBQ (raised $450) on the previous weekend, to purchase an information technology storage and charging rack and cover the costs of staff salaries for professional learning about incorporating outdoor nature play in teaching and learning.

As a part of our TASSO grant, the Association is facilitating a series of student workshops and a parent session by Plastic Pollution Solutions (PPS), which supports our School and local community interest in sustainability. We know the children are fighting their ‘war on waste’ in various ways in their classrooms and so we feel this a great way to support further learning for them and us! Come along to see the movie, Bag It, and a discussion with Anthony Hill from PPS, on Thursday 18 Oct 2018, from 6.30pm.

Thanks from me to all our volunteers and TPS staff who have supported us in this particularly busy term!

Have a restful and safe break.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA

Quiz Night photos

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS – available to purchase at the office or order online here

Help to support our school whilst you enjoy discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions etc.  in Hobart and Surrounds.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8.30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8.30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST & OVAL) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm to 3.05pm

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Vaccination Program

Lady Gowrie Taroona After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.30-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at 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.

 

SushI

Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

 

 

Uniform Shop News

The uniform shop is in need of plastic bags. If you have any you are able to donate, please drop them into the office, or at the shop on Tuesdays. The reusable supermarket type are ideal, but they must be clean please.

 

MOVE WELL EAT WELL