Number 7: 20 May 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Learning at Home Family Survey

We had a wonderful return rate for our Learning at Home Family Survey, with 69 responses received during the 3-day survey period last week. Thank you to all families who participated. 

Feedback from parents/carers and children provided many highlights of the Learning at Home Program:

Parents

Children

  • Spending time together.
  • Being more involved in the learning.
  • Seeing what my child is learning
  • Finding out insights into my child’s strengths and areas for support in learning
  • More relaxed learning environment  and schedule
  • The stimulating, engaging and easy to follow tasks
  • The home school packs, daily messages and weekly plans are so well organised.
  • High level of teacher support and communication with families.

 

  • Watching the daily videos / using seesaw /  communicating through the blog.
  • Listening to the comments the teacher left on the work.
  • All the activities
  • Listening to the story reading / class novel.
  • Creativity
  • Online programs
  • Talking to the teacher each week
  • Hanging out at home / playing
  • Flexible day / structure
  • Less distractions
  • No uniform
  • No after school care.

 

We also recognise that there were many challenges for our families, and that these varied considerably across the community:

Parents

Children

  • Balancing work and home responsibilities with children’s needs.
  • Keeping children focused / motivated
  • The internet and IT problems
  • Having a younger sibling not school age interrupting learning.
  • Following routine, curriculum and discipline.
  • Maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Number of varied tasks on multiple platforms.
  • Tracking what the kids are doing on online platforms.
  • Feeling pressured to get everything done in the one day which makes you feel a bit rushed.
  • Not seeing friends. Learning all alone is not much fun.
  • Trying to keep emotions in check.
  • Want to talk and communicate with teacher as well as classmates (at school)
  • Not having the teacher to explain tasks or teach me.
  • Remembering to do certain things for certain subjects.
  • I get distracted more easily at home.
  • French and Music because mum couldn’t help very well.
  • Kept forgetting passwords.
  • Staying focused.
  • Sometimes dad didn’t know how to help us and we had to wait for mum.

In the survey, we asked families to identify any aspects of the Learning at Home Program that they would like to see continued, in some form, as we transition to learning at school on 25 May.

Key themes included:

  • Building on what’s been started.
  • Maintaining the connection between home and school, especially for those who work full-time.
  • All the creativity.
  • Hands on learning and wellbeing.
  • Mixture of paper-based and online learning.
  • Continuing to use online platforms Seesaw, Lexia Core5, Canvas, Mathletics.
  • Continuing some level of phone call contact and individual messages from teachers.
  • Longer tasks e.g. research inquiry and more flexibility when subjects are taught 
  • Tasks to work on over the course of a week or selection of tasks to choose from so that children have more control / ownership over their learning.
  • Keep parents / carers involved.

Thank you once again for your input. We have used your feedback and reflections, together with those of TPS staff, to develop an action plan for our transition to learning at school, maintaining our core focus on Wellbeing, Safety and  Connectedness.

Learning at School from 25 May

All children are expected to return to school next Monday, 25 May for learning.  Families are asked to contact the office as soon as possible in the event that different learning arrangements are required for your child due to vulnerability concerns or other reasons.

Planning for learning next week is focused on assisting our children to re-establish social connections and interactions with their peers and teachers and to understand how they are functioning and feeling upon their return to school. Teachers will be providing extended opportunities for outdoor learning, play, student inquiry and reflection within our whole of school focus on Wellbeing, Safety and Connectedness.

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with your child’s teacher if you feel any additional supports are required to ensure a smooth transition for your child back to school.  

Please see below for important information about safety measures to be followed by all families in this transition period.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support. I am really looking forward to seeing all the children next week.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

ONSITE SAFETY REMINDERS

We are implementing the following measures, as requested by Public Health, to support the physical distancing of adults when children return to school: 

Drop off‘ – Stop, Drop and Go’ 

We ask families to drop their children at one of these two locations:

  • Early childhood / Kindergarten gate entrances
  • Drop off / pick up lane in the top visitor carpark

Pick up – ‘Grab and Go’

We ask parents to determine a pick up point for children that will prevent large groups forming.

  • The blue courts provide plenty of space for physical distancing at pick up, and exiting via the THS gates from the blue courts will limit congestion at the Early Childhood gates.
  • Drop off / pick up lane in the top visitor carpark

No Parents and visitors in classrooms and school buildings

  • At this point in time – we cannot have parents in the classrooms at school or walking through the buildings and grounds due to the Public Health measures.

Keeping children home when unwell

  • Families are reminded to keep children at home if they are unwell or displaying any coughs, colds and flu like symptoms.

TPS Virtual Cross Country

This year we have the exciting opportunity to be part of the Great Australian Cross Country Challenge. TPS students can enter for free. This is an Australia wide challenge where you can run your distance where and when you like, then record it and you are able to see how you compare to students your own age across the country.

The distances for our students are:

  • Kinder to Year 1: 1km
  • Year 2-6: 2km

Parents and family members are able to enter too. As we are part of the Southern Primary School Sports Association (SPSSA) our schools entries have been paid for by the association. Click on the link below to see the website and more information.

https://gaccc.com.au/

It is easy to register although a parent will need to supervise this part. I have included 2 pictures from the registration page that might be useful. Taroona Primary school has already been registered. The first picture shows an example of how to select this. The second picture is the example of where the code can be entered for our students. The code is SPSSA.

A reminder that our school houses are:

  • Waratah RED
  • Acacia YELLOW
  • Melaleuca BLUE

You do not necessarily need to enter house colours if you do not want to. This is an exciting opportunity for students who wish to participate. Students have until 30 August to complete this event. If you have any queries please feel free to email kylie.broadbent@education.tas.gov.au

Launching into Learning

Our Term 2 Launching into Learning (Home Style) will be in place for all of Term 2. Log into Seesaw this Thursday (tomorrow) and join Sarah online for some outdoor delights! To join the LiL group email taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or call the school on 6227 8325.

TPSA NEWS

The TPSA meetings for Term 2 are still on hold due to physical distancing restrictions onsite. More details will be forwarded to families once dates and times are confirmed.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Email: TPSA enquiry@gmail.com 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Please be aware that the onsite uniform shop is currently closed until further notice. Online orders are being filled regularly.  Please contact the office for more information. 

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL 




Number 6: 6 May 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

We are so proud of all of our learners; those at home (children and parents/carers) and those at school (children, teachers and support staff!). The level of student engagement and participation in the learning at home program has been tremendous, and the feedback from parents and carers about the learning materials and the flexible structure of the program has been extremely positive.  

Our key focus for Term 2 is on ensuring well being for everyone – students, families and staff.  We ask that all children log into Seesaw each morning to receive their daily video and other messages from their class teacher and so that attendance can be marked for all students who are learning at home.  Please make learning at home work for you and your children so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. Class teachers will continue to phone families once each week, to talk to your child and answer any questions that you may have. 

The advice for Term 2 regarding schooling remains the same – schools are open for the children of essential workers and for those children whose families cannot support learning at home due to work or other circumstances.  As outlined previously, the school has been reconfigured to enable teachers to support learners coming onsite as well as connect with students and families off site.  Therefore, we require at least 24 hours’ notice in advance if your circumstances change. This will greatly assist us in our daily and weekly planning, to ensure all children and families are well supported, each and every day. 

A reminder that families are asked to drop students off at the school gate or outside the Kinder Block for our younger students. We respectfully ask that parents / carers do not come into the playground or classrooms at this time and do not come onsite before and after school hours.

Thank you once again to all parents / carers for your support during this unusual, challenging and uncertain time.  We know that Learning at home is not the same as learning at school, and we are here to support families.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at any time for assistance. 

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

Learning at Home Program

Year 5-6 students found many creative and inspirational ways to respond to one of last week’s well-being tasks!  

 

 

Story Dogs News

Dear Story Dogs School,

We are very excited to be offering you a way for your staff and students to reconnect with their Story Dog during this time of Stay At Home restrictions. Our dogs and volunteers are keeping safe at home but have been busy reading. Please visit our dedicated YouTube Channel to see our dogs and volunteers in action.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLATNabPvPzGYv86kuKPjkoTC75ubxU3XL

Please feel free to pass this on to your staff and parents.

We look forward to being back in your school helping your students just as soon as the Stay At Home restrictions have lifted and we are invited back into your school.

Kind Regards

Janine Sigley

Managing Director / Cofounder

TPS Virtual Cross Country

Our school cross country will still go ahead this year. We are asking families to run their own course this year and record their time. The distance for each year level is as follows:

  • Kinder/Prep: 500m
  • Year 1/2: 1km
  • Year 3/4: 1.5km
  • Year 5/6: 2km

Students, together with their families, may choose where to run their cross country (i.e backyard, foreshore track, footpath, up and down the street or oval).

Students have a couple of weeks to train for the cross country and when ready, can run their cross country then record in Canvas where they ran, their time and, as an optional extra, a photo. Times are to be entered into Canvas by Friday 22nd May.

Please log into canvas to access all the information and contact Kylie Broadbent (kylie.broadbent@education.tas.gov.au) with any questions you may have.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our TPS community to encourage each other, keep fit and remain connected.

Kylie Broadbent 

PE Teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays  (half day from 12pm)

Launching into Learning

Our Term 2 Launching into Learning (Home Style) program started last week. Log into Seesaw this Thursday (tomorrow) and join Sarah online for some crafty Mothers’ Day activities! To join the LiL group email taroona.primary@education.tas.gov.au or call the school on 6227 8325.

TPSA NEWS

It is proposed that the next TPSA Meeting will be held via Zoom. More details will be forwarded to families once dates and times are confirmed.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Email: TPSA enquiry@gmail.com 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Please be aware that the onsite uniform shop is currently closed until further notice. Online orders may be considered.  Please contact Uniform Shop Coordinator, Katie Ferguson for more information. 

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL 




Number 4: 25 March 2020

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

You have already received a number of communications from me this week.  Thank you once again for your support and positive messages as we work tirelessly to support your children in remaining calm, connected and engaged in their learning during this extraordinary time.

Please keep an eye on our school Facebook page for any announcements and our school website , where all correspondence to families will be posted on the home page. 

Our thoughts are with those families in our communities whose work or businesses are affected and impacted by all of the changes this week. We wish you all of our support.

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

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

  • Liam for his excellence in relaxation! for committing to improving and rising to the challenge.
  • Norah for the effort that you have made with your writing and your kind and calm attitude.
  • Henry for your positive attitude towards learning and the kindness you show others.
  • Sam for his positive ‘can-do’ attitude in French class.
  • Eve for the transformation in her growth mindset in all areas of has been fantastic. Well done Eve!
  • Ruby for demonstrating all 5 TPS values consistently, especially during technology lessons.
  • Mia for your energy and passion for learning. It is a credit to you! well done!
  • Nicholas for all 5 values. What a motivated learner you are! You are a pleasure to teach. Well done!
  • Ruben for his outstanding writing this week and his imaginative and excellent use of punctuation.
  • Anna for her creativity and enthusiasm about her learning and her willingness to work with others.
  • Flynn for his determined and motivated approach to learning.
  • Lily for her creativity, excellence and conscientious efforts in her learning.
  • Monte for always being a kind and caring friend and always valuing the ideas of others. Well done!
  • Aila for displaying all 5 values at all times. Your positive attitude is a breath of fresh air. Welcome to TPS, Aila.
  • Theo for showing resilience during his Expert of the Week Talk.
  • Shiloh for demonstrating all 5 values during class time and play time.
  • Phoebe for always having a smile and showing kindness whilst consistently demonstrating all 5 values.
  • Ruben for always being willing to provide thought provoking ideas during our inquiry unit on systems.
  • Adriana for always being up to the challenge for new learning tasks.
  • Ashlin for displaying manners and respect to all of her peers and teachers.
  • Chloe for always demonstrating all 5 values!
  • Emily for being brave and having a go at new learning!
  • Cecilia for her confident start to the new year and her fabulous smile every morning when she walks though the door.
  • Ewan for demonstrating all 5 values every day. You are always polite, helpful, responsible and friendly and a role model for others.
  • Doug for sharing his expertise and passion for digi-tech with other students.
  • Sophia for her bubbly attitude, helpful spirit and passion for giving her best efforts.
  • Billy for demonstrating leadership and kindness, sharing his skills in breathing and zones to help a friend.

SCHOOL BANKING

We would like to thank Agnes Marshall for her contribution to our school banking program. We wish Agnes and her family well with their move back to Queensland.

As we have had no response to our call for a volunteer to take over from Agnes, unfortunately our school banking program has concluded.

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep Pullen

Prep students have been investigating two dimensional shapes. Please click on the image below for more details. 

3-4 Parry

Grade 3/4 Parry have been doing hands-on experiments and building their science inquiry skills. The students have been learning how to use equipment safely, make predictions and observations and write up their results. It’s been a little bit messy at times and lots of fun. Please click on the image below for further information. 

COOL KIDS PROGRAM FOR ANXIETY

Please see the poster below for more information about the Cool Kids Anxiety Program for children aged 3 to 12 years.

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Email: TPSA enquiry@gmail.com 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Please be aware that the uniform shop is currently closed until further notice.

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL  




Number 3: 11 March 2020

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

At the TPSA General Meeting last night, all outgoing officeholders, committee members, staff, community and parent volunteers were thanked for their efforts and commitment to school association activities throughout 2019.  We took the opportunity to celebrate many of the achievements of the TPSA over the past year, including:

  • financial support for K-6 learning programs: Nature Play, Swimming and Water Safety and the Growing Up Program.
  • successful fundraising activities: Welcome Back BBQ, Sushi Fridays, Uniform Shop Sales, the Seaside Festival; and 
  • addition of new uniform shop items in response to parent requests.

A new (and very small) TPSA committee for 2020 was elected at the meeting last night.

I would like to thank Simona Timmins (Chair), Melissa Lees (Treasurer), Dominique Bowen-Butchart, Ang Oldfield (Staff member) and Hilary Purdie (Staff) who have committed to working together, with myself, to support the school and our learners through 2020.  

We are still actively seeking other members to join the TPSA – 5 vacancies remain!

I urge all parents to consider being part of our School Association and become more engaged and involved in activities that ultimately benefit all children. Without further membership, it is highly unlikely the TPSA will be able to deliver the range of fundraising activities or achieve the level of success seen in previous years.

Please contact Simona Timmins (TPSA Chair, centre in photo above) email tpsaenquiry@gmail.com to find out more – and please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 7th April in the staffroom to join this fun and energetic group.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

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

  • Lachlan for his effort and passion during the Athletics Carnival.
  • Lucy for her amazing commitment to keeping her school and community free of rubbish.
  • Ezra for being such a kind, thoughtful and passionate learner.
  • Margot for always striving to achieve at your personal best and being a passionate learner.
  • Miles for his dedication to excellence in all areas of schooling.
  • David for settling in to grade 2 at T.P.S in a respectful and excellent manner.
  • Ben for your consistent effort and respectful attitude. Keep up the great work!
  • Tania for settling into a new school and always displaying our school values, you should be very proud!
  • Maliyah for always working hard and asking when you are unsure, well done!
  • Hudson for working well with others and always listening to their ideas, well done!
  • Risang for making us smile everyday with your sense of fun and happy nature. Welcome to Australia Risang!
  • Leo for your calm, caring and creative approach to all that you do. It is an inspiration to us all.
  • Quincy for a superb start to the year. You are working hard, are respectful to everyone and writing beautifully.
  • Poppy for an excellent start to the year. You’re a focused member of our class and unafraid to work hard.
  • Qun Lin for always being a helpful, smiling, positive class member and having a go at all tasks.
  • Rose for always displaying all 5 values!
  • Allie for your creativity and excellence. We always enjoy hearing your thoughts and seeing you always try your best!
  • Leah for striving for excellence in everything that you do in the classroom.
  • Pierre for displaying excellence in all of his work in every curriculum area.
  • Huon for displaying collaboration with all the members of ‘Team 3-4H’
  • Ryder for working creatively, displaying excellence and collaborative approaches to learning.
  • Erin for demonstrating the values of excellence and respect everyday and across all areas.
  • Jacob for being an encouraging role model in the playground.
  • Quinn for showing excellence, resilience and personal courage at Molesworth.
  • Claire for excellence, resilience and showing courage whilst at Molesworth.
  • Lila for the respect that she shows for the classroom and the way that she goes above and beyond when packing up.
  • Alfie for his happy, positive and settled beginning to his Prep year.

CLASSROOM NEWS

Prep-1 Vincent/Dorney

Prep-1 Vincent/Dorney have been discussing ways that we can reduce the amount of rubbish at our school. Please click on the image below for more details.

 

5-6 Clark/Gray

All Year 5-6 classes went to Molesworth for an excursion last week. Here is some information and photos from 5-6 Clark/Gray. Please click on the image below for more details

ATHLETICS carnival

Taroona Primary School Athletics Carnival Results:

Waratah – 721 Red

Acacia – 606 Yellow

Melaleuca – 550 Blue

Congratulations to Waratah!

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Interschool Athletics Carnival to compete at the Domain on Monday 16th March. The team will be led by our Captains Felicity and Evan, and Vice Captains Hannah and Louis.

Please click here for a list of selected students.

Good luck to all students for Monday.

STUDENT WELLBEING SURVEY

Attention: Parents and Carers of students in years 4-6

The wellbeing of our students is important to us.

To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Years 4-6 at Taroona Primary will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.

The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.

The details for the survey are:

When:                                          13th March

Who:                                            years 4-6

What do I need to do:             You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.

A letter with more information was sent home with all Year 4-6 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.   

If you would like further information, please contact Hilary Purdie hilary.purdie@education.tas.gov.au

Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.

RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY

National Ride 2 School Day will be held this Friday, March 13. Please see the poster below for more details.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Please see below our Term 1 calendar for Launching into Learning.

COOL KIDS PROGRAM FOR ANXIETY

Please see the poster below for more information about the Cool Kids Anxiety Program for children aged 3 to 12 years.

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Email: TPSA enquiry@gmail.com 

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm
 

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL  




Number 2: 26 February 2020

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

How wonderful it was to announce our House Captains and Vice Captains at our Monday morning Daily Fitness assembly.  We look forward to seeing our leaders shine at this week’s Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival, scheduled to start at 9:15am Thursday on the oval. 

  • Acacia: Captains – Hannah G-S & Izak S / Vice Captains – Lucy J & Daniel K
  • Waratah: Captains – Jonte M & Louis N / Vice Captains – June B & Darcy E
  • Melaleuca: Captains – Felicity Y & Archie V / Vice Captains – Essie R & Evan H

Please see below a timetable of events.

Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time last Friday to ensure our Open Classrooms and Welcome Back BBQ were a great success. It was lovely to see so many people visiting classrooms, browsing in the new library space and socialising in the quadrangle.  A special thanks to the Green Team who once again ensured our environmental footprint for this event was significantly reduced from previous years. 

 

TPSA Elections

A reminder that the positions of Taroona Primary School Association Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are up for election at our March 10th Annual General Meeting.  If you are keen to nominate for one of these positions, please complete the nomination form and drop it into the office as soon as possible.  

2020 Assemblies: Change of Day and Time

Please be aware that our Celebration of Learning Assemblies will be held on Friday afternoons this year from 1:50 – 2:30pm. Dates for our Term 1 assemblies are below:

Date

 Classes presenting

Week 5: March 6

1-2A,  2,  5-6C

Week 7: March 20

P-1,  3-4C,  5-6D

Clean Up Australia Day @ TPS 2nd March

On March 2nd our school will be participating in the annual event, Clean Up Australia Day. Classes will spend 10 minutes or so cleaning up their adopt-a-patch area, with all rubbish sorted and recorded. 

Families can assist our school in reducing the waste we produce each day by providing nude food lunchboxes and eliminating plastic and wrappers from our school environment.  This is especially important given how close our school is located to the Derwent river. 

We have collected data for the past 3 years, so it will be interesting to see what this year’s data looks like in comparison to previous years!  

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

Kinder Wilson

Kinder Wilson have ventured to the Taroona High School Reserve. Please click on the image below for more details.

3-4 Graham-Smith

3-4GS have started work on their Science unit titled ‘Fizz, Pop, Bang!’ Please click on the image below for more details.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Please see below our Term 1 calendar for Launching into Learning.

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Please see below Notice of Annual General Meeting, 10 March 7pm in TPS Staff room.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm
 

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 1: 12 February 2020

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2020!  We know this is going to be another wonderful year of working together to develop our learners’ knowledge, skills and capabilities across the curriculum and beyond!  All classes have made a fabulous start with staff working very hard to prepare our school (including setting up the new library space) and plan exciting learning opportunities for the start of the new school year.

A special welcome to our new students and their families who have joined us this year.  Welcome also to our new staff: Kathryn Gray teaching 5-6 B (Clark/Gray) on Fridays, Linda Hicks teaching 3-4D during Term 1, Shay Lobban (TA) Monday and Tuesdays, Josh Roberts (EFA) Fridays and Jeremy Reid (IT Support). We know our students and families will make each of these new staff members feel very welcome.

TPSA Welcome Back BBQ – Friday 21 February 5:30 – 7pm

Please join us for this event.  Classrooms will be open at 5:30pm for parents /carers to make a quick visit to see their child’s learning space for 2020.

A Library Launch will be held at 5:50pm with Kristina Marsh to briefly showcase our new library, located in the “fishbowl”, opposite the ECE playground and staff room. Please join her for a quick tour before the BBQ gets underway!

BBQ meat, sushi and drinks will be available for purchase in the quadrangle from 6pm, when teachers, staff and families join together to celebrate the start of another fantastic year here at TPS.  

Volunteer-help is required to run the event.  Please contact the TPSA if you can assist: tpsaenquiry@gmail.com

School Association AGM 10 March, 7pm

We need to elect a new chair alongside other vacant TPSA positions at our AGM in March. If you are interested in applying to hold one of the vacant positions on the TPSA please complete the form below and forward to Danielle Bresnehan (returning officer) prior to March 9th.

Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program

We are excited to announce that Taroona Primary has been selected as one of 8 schools Australia-wide to join the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program.  Our school will be supported by the AEF to connect our teachers, students and school community with a primary school in French-speaking Vanuatu.  Anita Wood is the program coordinator and will be supported by Hilary Purdie to implement the partnership program, including a Pacific Islander Teacher Visit to our school early in Term 2.

TPS Water Polo Team

Andrew Cawthorn and Garry Carlos are keen to form a TPS water polo team (up to 10 players).  If your child is interested in learning a fun, low-impact sport please call Andrew (Ph: 0419 541 785) or Gary (ph: 0413 213 861). 

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 Tubb/ Nuttall

5/6TN hit the ground running in 2020… We demonstrated our school vision of Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners, Inspired Leaders in order to design, build and evaluate our classroom layout. It was a difficult task that required us to listen to the ideas of others. We demonstrated confidence to share our ideas with people we had not previously worked with. We had to plan out roles – 25 of us moving furniture and following 1 design! We are happy with the result, and as we learn more about our own work habits, we are making little tweaks to make it a great learning space. Watch out for the exciting learning that we do in our creative space!

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Please see below our Term 1 calendar for Launching into Learning.

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Please see below Notice of Annual General Meeting, 10 March 7pm in TPS Staff room.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm
 

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 19: 18 December 2019

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

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

Planning for 2020

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

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

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

TPS Parent Handbook 2020

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

Leavers 2019

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

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

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

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1 Wednesday 5 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2 Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3 Tuesday 21 July to Friday 25 September

Term 4 Monday 12 October to Thursday 17 December

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

2019 Taroona Seaside Festival

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

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

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

Sustainability Goals Achieved!

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

A Very Big Thank You

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

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

Photos

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

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

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

Day

Date (2020)

Shop Hours

Location

Wednesday

29th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room

Thursday

30th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room

Tuesday

4th February

9:30am – 11:30am

Uniform Shop

Wednesday

5th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop (First Day of School)

Thursday

6th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 18: 4 December 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

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

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

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

End of Year Celebration and Leaver Assemblies

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

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

End of Year Staffing Update

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

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

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

Schools Triathlon: Friday 6 December

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

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT achievements

Aspiration, Growth and Achievement Awards 2019

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

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

Congratulations Annie, Leo and Quinn.

staff achievements

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDER PREP

Please see the images below for more information.

WRITERS CORNER

 

e-smart update

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

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

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

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

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the October TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the September TPSA minutes.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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

SUSHI FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2020!

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 17: 20 November 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

Kids4Kids Conference

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

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

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

Student Voice at Taroona Primary

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

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

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

2020 Class Structures 

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

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

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

SEASIDE FESTIVAL – 10 DAYS TO GO!

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

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

CAN YOU HELP? YES PLEASE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

GET IN TOUCH – email  taroonaseasidefestival@gmail.com

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 PARRY

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

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

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

Please see the images below for more information.

PREP DORNEY-DOKOS

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

NATURE PLAY

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

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

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

“That really colourful part of the rock.”

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

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

Kara Spence

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

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

WRITERS CORNER

 

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

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

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

STUDENT BUS TRAVEL

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

TPSA NEWS

Please click here for the October TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the September TPSA minutes.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 16: 6 November 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Genius Hour Inquiries

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

Wellbeing at Taroona Primary School

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

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

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

Hardie Fellowship Recipients: Danielle Bresnehan & Hilary Purdie

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

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

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

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

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

Class Placements 2020

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

  1. Teaching staff will place students in a class group taking into consideration the educational needs of the child, the social & emotional needs of the child, the balance of student abilities within the class group and the balance between boys and girls in each class group.
  2. In the first two weeks of November of each school year, parents will be given the opportunity to make a class placement request for their child for the following year. This should be communicated to the Principal either by letter, email or a formal meeting. A class placement request will only be considered on educational grounds, not individual class teacher preferences.
  3. After teachers have initially placed students in a class group for the following year, the Principal will review class placements in light of any specific parental requests. Not all class placement requests can be met and ultimately the final decision rests with the Principal.
  4. Final class placements are announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Best wishes 

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

TPSA ENDORSED SCHOOL POLICIES

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

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

ESMART PRESENTATION

Kicking eSmart Goals!

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

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

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

Alex McNamara

AST

SEASIDE FESTIVAL – ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!

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

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

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GET IN TOUCH – email taroonaseasidefestival@gmail.com

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

Attention Buskers!

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

Maggie Sakko and Anna Lyth – Busking Coordinators

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 THORP-WILLIAMS

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

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

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

Please see the images below for more information

1-2 GLOVER-WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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

INTERSCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL

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

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

The following students received a ribbon at the carnival:

Daniel McK                         4th                           25m Freestyle

Darcy E                                 2nd                          25m Freestyle

                                                4th                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Addison B                            2nd                          25m Freestyle

                                                2nd                          25m Backstroke

Hugo L                                  1st                           25m Freestyle

                                                2nd                          25m Backstroke

Duncan H                             4th                           25m Freestyle

Maielle S                              3rd                           25m Freestyle

Melody Z                             3rd                           25m Freestyle

June B                                   2nd                          25m Aquatic Underarm

Scarlett G                            1st                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Millie U                                4th                           25m Aquatic Underarm

Ben B                                     1st                           25m Backstroke

                                                3rd                           50m Freestyle

Stella T                                  4th                           25m Backstroke

Charlie G                              3rd                           25m Backstroke

Ted H                                    3rd                           25m Backstroke

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kylie Broadbent

WRITERS CORNER

TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION DAY

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

EDUCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

TPSA NEWS

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

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

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

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

See flyer here for photos.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL