Number 11: 14 August 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

Designing digital solutions to authentic problems – Student Driven Learning

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

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

Over the edge…transforming teachers with mind-body PL

TPS – Student Driven Learning – Litter Project 2019

Principal Preparation Program

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

Wellbeing Surveys

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

School Satisfaction Surveys

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

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

All responses are secure and anonymous.

Parents and staff are invited to participate.

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

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

Please contact the office for more information. 

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

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

Resilience – Elsa C, Mia P and Patrick B

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

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

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 CARNE

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

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

5-6 HUGHES

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

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

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

Please click on here to read more!

Philly Hughes

WRITERS CORNER

BOOK WEEK

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

STORY DOGS FUNDRAISER

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

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

A big woof from Maisie!

Kathryn Ottaway

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

 Seaside Festival

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

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

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

Red polo shirts

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

Sale items

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

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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

CODER COLLEGE

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   

 




Number 10: 31 July 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

Creative Thinkers

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

Connected Learners

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

Inspired Leaders

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

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

TPSA Committee Vacancy & General Meeting

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

  • Committee Member 
  • Chairperson
  • Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 GLOVER-WILLIAMS

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

WRITERS CORNER 

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

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

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

Janelle Stowe

Music Teacher

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

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

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

Grades 1 – 2

1st place: Raewyn W                                                 

3rd place: Maxim O                                            

GRADES 3 – 4

2nd place: Elsa C                                                          

3rd place: Margot M                                                              

GRADES  5 – 6

1st  place: Bonnie H                                                      

2nd place: June B  

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

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

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

Anita Wood

French Teacher

E-SMART SCHOOL

We are now an accredited eSmart School!

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

‘Think U Know’ Cyber Safety Sessions

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

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

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

Roblox

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

Please see the links below for more information.

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

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

Alex McNamara

Advanced Skills Teacher

STORY DOGS FUNDRAISER

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

BOOK WEEK

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

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

 Seaside Festival

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

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

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

Red polo shirts

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

Sale items

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

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

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

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

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

Thank you

Jennifer Hemer

CODER COLLEGE

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL   




Number 9: 26 June 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Our term is finishing off with a huge focus on The Arts! Many classes are busy preparing entries for the Young Archies Awards 2019, and Year 5-6 students interested in Tournament of the Minds have started meeting and  preparing for their Term 3 competition. Next Tuesday, the Year 4-6 choir participate in the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices, which I know will be a very special event!  

Today’s Music Showcase was another fantastic opportunity for us to enjoy the creativity of our students and to celebrate their learning in this important specialist area. I thoroughly enjoyed every item; each was unique, engaging and wonderfully entertaining!  I am very much looking forward to seeing the Year 1-2 combined performance of Lanterns, now scheduled for the first assembly in Term 3 due to us running out of time today.  

The Arts Committee and teaching staff have also been busy preparing for our Arts Rotations Programs, which begin early next term. The aim of these programs is to expose our students to a wide variety of art experiences. Over the past two years these have been hugely successful, incorporating members of our wider community, including high school students and parents, working alongside TPS staff and students. Exciting learning opportunities will be provided in Music, Photography, Visual Arts, Digital Technology, Drama and Dance.  If you are interested in helping out, please ask your child’s teacher for more information. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thank you to our amazing teaching team for their efforts and energy in producing such comprehensive reports for our Prep to Year 6 students.  This week, families have the opportunity to meet with teachers and discuss their child’s progress as well as gain a deeper understanding of future focus areas for the remainder of 2019. Please contact individual teachers if you require any further information about this process.

Staffing Updates

Today’s assembly was the last for Mrs Sattler who, at the end of Term, will take Long Service Leave then officially retire from the Department of Education after 42 years of service. 

Lynne has worked in many schools after starting her studentship in 1977 and beginning her teaching career at Glen Dhu Infant School. Lynne worked at East Ravenswood, Brighton, Lenah Valley, New Town and Waimea Heights Primary Schools before permanently transferring to Taroona at the start of 2012.

It was a privilege today to stand with Alex Terhall (Deputy Chair TPSA) and congratulate Lynne for her outstanding contributions to the Department and to our school, and to wish her all the very best for her career beyond teaching!

At the end of next week, Kylie Frost will take Maternity leave for the remainder of 2019. We look forward to meeting baby number 3 in Term 3, and wish Kylie, Cameron, Oliver and Ben all the very best over the coming weeks and months!  

Selection processes for the vacant positions are still underway and families will be notified regarding replacement staff as soon as possible and practical. 

New Bike Racks

Following extensive consultation late in 2018, the TPSA has purchased and installed additional bike racks in the staff car park above Play West.  These racks have been strategically located to ensure ease of access for Year 3-6 students, as well as staff, who regularly ride to school. Thank you to Penny Brodribb for her coordination of this project and to Penny Brodribb, Petr Otahal, Mike Davis and Cian Carey for installing the racks. We hope to see many more students using pedal power to arrive safely each day!

Thank you

On behalf of the school community, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Leah Magliano, outgoing TPSA Chair, for her involvement in, and commitment to, our School Association over many years. I would especially like to acknowledge Leah’s ongoing support for myself and the school leadership team during her role as Chair during the past 2 1/2 years.  I know past and current committee members have highly valued Leah’s input, leadership and friendship and the school has benefited enormously from her input. 

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDER WILSON AND LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING

Please click on the images below for more information about Kinder Wilson’s excursion to the TSO and Launching into Learning.

5-6 CLARK-POYNTER

We enjoyed a “Young Archie Art Day” on Monday. We experimented with different materials and techniques. Not all entries are completed but here is a snapshot of the early finishers.

CROSS COUNTRY

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Division A cross country on Tuesday 11 June.

Taroona Primary finished a credible 9th out of 19 schools.

Thank you to Meg Groves and Imojen Pearce for assisting in training our students for this event.

Congratulations to our Year 3 boys team who received a 4th team ribbon at the Interschool – Tom T, Tom L, Ted, Darcy, Aldo and Duncan a, great job boys.

Congratulation also to those students who were invited and went on to participate in the Tasmanian All Schools Cross Country Championships at Symons Plains on Tuesday 25 June.

Molly, Elsie, Erin, Darcy, Ted, Duncan, Henry, Addison, Charlie, Marley and Archie. These students competed with between 150-200 students in their age grouping. A fabulous effort.

Kylie Broadbent

WRITERS CORNER 

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

The Grade 4-6 Choir have been busy getting ready for the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices. The performance date for the event is 2 July for a 7pm start at the City Hall. 

Two rehearsals are to be held next week, Monday 1 July at C3, Anglesea St and Tuesday 2 July at the City Hall from 10-2pm on both days.

Please click on the link below to purchase tickets.

https://festivalofvoices.com/tasmania-sings-2/

Janelle Stowe

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

TPSA NEWS

TPSA – May minutes click here

It is with great regret that we announce that our Chair, Leah Magliano, has resigned this week from her role on the Association. Leah has been a key part of the Association for over 5 years contributing as a member and for the past 2.5 years as the Chair.  Leah’s 3 children have been / are all students at Taroona Primary School so Leah has been able to contribute lots of experience as a parent who has experienced all grades, a change in Principal and at least 2 (if not 3) very successful Seaside Festivals.  Leah’s natural compassion for others has helped draw people to the work of the Association and has provide those involved in running the School great support.  The Association is very grateful for her contribution and wish her and her family all the best.

Alex Terhell

Deputy Chair

Think U Know – Wed 29 May 2019

On one of those wild weather nights, Wed 29 May 2019, we hosted the Australian Federal Police Think U Know Cyber Safety Session for parents.  We had a small turn out but some really rich discussion with the experts and ourselves as parents about the challenges and some of the moments that have created great learnings for us and our children. 

This session was sponsored by your TPSA and was supported on the night by teacher, Hilary Purdie, and we thank her for her attendance and support.

Federal election BBQ – Sat 16 May 2019

Thank you to those parents who worked on or bought from, our Election ‘democracy’ BBQ on Sat, 16 May 2019.  We raised a fantastic $700 for the School!

Money raised at these events will be allocated to increase the funds that we make available for TPS teacher requests!          

Pick Up and Drop Off Zone

The TPSA reminds all parents that the pick-up and drop-off zone in the main car park is for just that: quick pick-ups and the dropping off of children.  Generally this will mean that you as the driver will not need to leave your driver seat or as a passenger not have to leave the vehicle.  If you need to assist a child in any way, please consider parking your car.

Taroona Roads and Safety

We have been contacted by a couple of parents who have asked the TPSA for support as they have reached out to local and State government organisations to address road and footpath safety concerns.

Taroona is a challenging physical environment for our kids and parents coming and going to school with windy roads, corners with limited lines of site, shade and plenty of vegetation! 

The TPSA encourage everyone to take extreme care on our roads and, as parents ourselves, understand your concerns.  We welcome all parents to our regular meetings to discuss matters of concern to them and will help when we can practically do so.

Taroona Seaside Festival (SSF): Save the Date 30 Nov 2019

Thank you to all those parents and members of our community who have enthusiastically put up their hands to volunteer to help with a stall or coordinate a range of activities (student buskers, the Green Team etc). We really appreciate you stepping up and helping out.

We still have a few roles to fill (see our current vacancies) and would love to hear from you if you can help out or if you have any other ideas for this years’ big day! Please click here for a list of current vacancies.

Susan Depaoli is our Festival Coordinator and can be contacted on susandepaoli77@gmail.com.

Stay warm and safe and have a lovely Term 2 holiday break.

Leah Magliano
Chair

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

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

Red polo shirts

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

Sale items

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

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:

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

Help needed

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

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

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

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

For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 62262805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

CODING TERM 2

Please click on the images below for more information on Coder College courses for Term 2.

 

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect these stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in the school office and at Sandy Bay Woolworths.

Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet (extras sheets are available at the school office).

So far we have collected 19,980 stickers!

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.00-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Lady Gowrie Vacation Care Program Term 2 holidays click here.

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 8: 12 June 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

There is so much energy and excitement about the school at the moment with exciting learning activities happening across all grades!

The Year 3-5 Swimming and Water Safety Program concluded last Friday with all students making significant gains over the 10-days. I was extremely proud to hear that all students approached these lessons with positivity and were excellent ambassadors for our school whilst offsite. Thank you once again to the TPSA for financially supporting this program in 2019.

All 5-6 classes and 3-4McW & 34C spent a learning session outside today with our Nature Play expert Kara Spence. This term the 5-6 students are engaging in nature play using the lens of Exploration: what it means to explore, how people explore, what they find, what they do with what they find and the ethics of exploring. The 3-4 Classes are focusing on What makes Australia special? And exploring how these ideas and concepts can be applied to nature; caring for ourselves, each other and the planet/nature. I’m certain the classes are going to thoroughly enjoy their inquiry in the outdoors this term.

Speaking of excitement, our Year 1-2 students have been eagerly anticipating two upcoming learning opportunities, ‘Night School’ and ‘Dawn School’, being offered to students to support their inquiry into ‘Light and Sound’. Tonight at 5.30pm the 1-2 students and their parents/carers, will make observations of the night sky, listen to a ‘night time’ story, make a hot chocolate and join a night time walk to the Reserve to gaze at the stars, spot nocturnal animals and build friendships with each other. Next Thursday at 7.15am the children will be given the opportunity to observe the changes in the morning sky and watch the sun rise at the Mount Nelson Signal Station! What fabulous learning for our young scientists!

Congratulations to all students who represented our school at the Interschool cross-country carnival yesterday at Geilston Bay. This year our Year 3 boys Cross Country Team came fourth in their event which was a wonderful achievement. Thank you again to Kylie Broadbent for coordinating the team and to parent helpers Meg Groves and Imogen Pearce who assisted with before school training for the team.

A couple of safety reminders for the car park and surrounding areas:

  • Please use the pedestrian crossing and not the channel highway junction during peak times, i.e. before and after school.
  • Please park your car and do not use the pick up / drop off zone if your child needs assistance e.g. help to get into the booster seat.
  • Please do not park and wait for children in the drop off and pick up zone in the car park.

Thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of our children and families around the school.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

1-2 OLDFIELD-BROADBENT

1-2OB have been investigating sources of light. Please click on the image below for more information.

1-2 THORP-SATTLER

Grade 1-2TS have been inquiring in to the properties and potentials of light and sound. Please click on the image below for more information. 

WRITERS CORNER

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

The Grade 4-6 Choir have been busy getting ready for the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices. The performance date for the event is 2 July for a 7pm start at the City Hall. 

A link for purchasing tickets is attached for parents. Parents are encouraged to get in soon before tickets sell out.

More information will be coming out soon with regards to the event but parents and students please note that there will be two rehearsals including Monday 1 July at C3, Anglesea St and Tuesday 2 July at the City Hall from 10-2pm on both days.

Please click on the link below to purchase tickets.

https://festivalofvoices.com/tasmania-sings-2/

Janelle Stowe

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.

TPSA NEWS

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

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

Red polo shirts

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

Sale items

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

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:

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

Help needed

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

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

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

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

For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 62262805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

CODING TERM 2

Please click on the images below for more information on Coder College courses for Term 2.

 

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect these stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in the school office and at Sandy Bay Woolworths.

Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet (extras sheets are available at the school office).

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.00-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

Lady Gowrie Vacation Care Program Term 2 holidays click here.

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 7: 29 May 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It is wonderful to be home and back at Taroona after my overseas holiday, although the weather this week is very different to the long, warm days we experienced in France and Italy! A huge thank you to our TPS Leadership team: Tony, Hilary, Alex, Frances, Emma and Bianca, who took on additional duties whilst I was away. I must also thank Debbie Clark, Anita Wood, Kylie Frost and Lynne Sattler who took on additional hours in classrooms during this time. What a fabulous team we have!

This week and next, our Year 3, 4 and 5 students travel to Collegiate Pool for their Swimming and Water Safety Program. From all accounts, the students are highly engaged and are already showing evidence of improvement as a result of these lessons. Thank you to our parents / carers for ensuring children have a dry towel and bathers every day (tricky with the cold & rain) and of course a huge thank you to Kylie Broadbent and the swimming teaching team for their delivery of this excellent program.

Tonight, we have The Australian Federal Police delivering our TPSA sponsored Think U Know Cybersafety Parent Session from 7pm in the GP Room. I do hope many parents take up this opportunity to hear from the experts about what’s happening on-line for our young people and what we, as parents / carers, can do to keep our children safe whilst connected!

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

NAPLAN UPDATE

As you know, your child participated in NAPLAN Online last week. You may also be aware a number of students nationally experienced connectivity issues whilst sitting these tests on Tuesday 14 May.

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) who manage the NAPLAN nationally, has indicated that affected students have an option to resit the tests later in May.

In response, the Hon Jeremy Rockcliff, the Tasmanian Minister for Education, advised that he is strongly of the view that the benefits of resitting the tests are outweighed by the potentially negative impact on our learners and teachers.

As a result Tasmanian government school students will not be asked to re-sit NAPLAN.

This decision was made in consultation with key Tasmanian stakeholders and will allow our school to move past NAPLAN testing and to continue with the 2019 school year.

Nationally, consideration will be given to NAPLAN 2019 reporting at student, school and state level to ensure any students whose tests were disrupted are not disadvantaged.

Please contact us should you have any questions.

Regards

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at todays assembly:

Creativity – Eliza M, Iris D.L.M, Lily B & Otis B

Respect – Marc E, Alexander K & Ava C

Resilience – Alfie W, Alex M & Beth H

Excellence – Hannah G-S, Stella B, Jake D, Isla C, Molly O, Tamsyn W, Xander B, Zayn N, Cecilia C, Charlie G & Chloe M

Collaboration – Niamh C

All 5 Values – Thomas H, Woolf W, Ryder H, Mia C, Erin E, Alexander V, Charlie A, Yashmina M & Lachlan M

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 PARRY

3-4 P have been enjoying writing narrative and persuasive texts. Please click on the image below for more information.

1-2 VINCENT-PURDIE

1-2 VP have been investigating sound technologies. Please click on the image below for more information.

 

WRITERS CORNER

Parents and families are invited to attend a forum to provide information about and discuss Educational Adjustments.

From 2020, there will be a new approach in Department of Education schools to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs. 

Forums are scheduled for Term 2. Light refreshments will be provided.

See details of locations and timing and how to register at: REGISTER HERE

https://edu.formstack.com/forms/parent_forums

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

The Grade 4-6 Choir have been busy getting ready for the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices. The performance date for the event is 2 July for a 7pm start at the City Hall. 

A link for purchasing tickets is attached for parents. Parents are encouraged to get in soon before tickets sell out.

More information will be coming out soon with regards to the event but parents and students please note that there will be two rehearsals including Monday 1 July at C3, Anglesea St and Tuesday 2 July at the City Hall from 10-2pm on both days.

Please click on the link below to purchase tickets.

https://festivalofvoices.com/tasmania-sings-2/

Janelle Stowe

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.

TPSA NEWS

TPSA May Meeting minutes click here

Election BBQ’s: Sat 4 and Sat 18 May 2019

Thank you to those parents who worked on or bought from, our Election ‘democracy’ BBQ on Sat, 4 May 2019.  We raised a fantastic $500 for the School!

Think U Know – Wed 29 May 2019, 7pm

In cooperation with the School, the Association is supporting this parent information session by the Australian Federal Police regarding safe internet and social media use.  This session start at 7.00pm tonight in the TPS GP Hall.  Please come along to support this initiative and learn how to better care for your children in the online environment! Please note this is a free event.

Seaside Festival

Yes it is happening!!!

Given your generous responses to our call for volunteers for the Festival, the Association has agreed to go ahead and hold a Festival this year! Save the date: Sat 30 Nov 2019, 11am-3pm.

The Festival Coordinator is Association member, Susan de Paoli, and the first meeting of the organising sub-committee was held on the weekend.  If you missed our earlier call out for help, please contact Susan (depaoliemail@yahoo.com.au) on to add your name to a role or nominate to help on the day!

Thank you again to all those parents and community members who have given us their support!  We will be in touch and promise that you will have lots of fun and an amazing sense of achievement as we bring our community together for this great event!

See you or talk to you at one of these events

Leah and the Association

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Keep Cups

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

Red polo shirts

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

Sale items

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

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:

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

Help needed

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

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

LOST PROPERTY

One of our students has lost a very special bag of toys.

The bag was last seen in the GP hall and the family would be very grateful if this could be returned as there is sentimental value attached.

If anyone sees the bag which is very similar to the one pictured below could they please bring it to the front office to be returned to the family.

CODING TERM 2

Please click on the images below for more information on Coder College courses for Term 2.

 

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect these stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in the school office and at Sandy Bay Woolworths.

Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet (extras sheets are available at the school office).

So far we have collected 7380 stickers!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.00-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL




Number 6: 15 May 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

Term 2 has got off to a good start with a number of new students joining us. Welcome to these new families. I hope your time at Taroona is a positive and productive one. Re-joining us for the first few weeks of term is Mrs Green, teaching Year 1-2 whilst Mrs Oldfield is on leave. Whilst Ms Bresnehan is on leave, a number of part time staff have increased their hours. We appreciate their flexibility, enabling us to maintain continuity in our teaching and learning programs.

The Cross Country carnival ran very smoothly last week. A special thanks to Mrs Broadbent for all of her organisation and to the larger than expected numbers of parents who attended to cheer along the competitors. A special thank you as well to the parents who volunteered their time to assist with the running of the carnival. A highlight for me was the older buddy students who ran with the Kindergarten and Prep students – a wonderful example of our school value of  ‘collaboration’. The final house points were: Melaleuca (466), Waratah (420) and Acacia (390)

Yesterday was the start of NAPLAN testing for our students in Year 3 and 5. This year NAPLAN will be moving online, (except for the Year 3 writing test). Students will sit four tests: Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. Catch up sessions will be run for students who are away on the day of testing. For further information about NAPLAN testing please visit: https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support or talk to your child’s teacher. NAPLAN will conclude by Friday 24 May.

During 2018 the TPSA (Taroona Primary School Association) passed a number of policies developed in consultation with students, staff and families in response to the new Education Act. Last week class teachers began the process of educating the school community about these policies by sharing with students the key points of The Dress Code and Uniform Policy. In the policy students are required to wear:

  • School top with TPS logo: short sleeve or long sleeve polo shirt (light blue in colour),
  • School top with TPS logo: windcheater (new or old logo), polar fleece or rugby top or Year 6 hoody
  • Navy shorts, skorts or pants: track pants, microfibre track pants or rugby knit shorts,
  • The Sport Uniform MUST only be worn on days when Physical Education occurs, or when a student is participating in a school sports activity. (Applies to students in Prep to Year 6 only).
  • TPS school dress (optional): summer dress or winter skirt with short or long sleeve polo and navy stockings or leggings,
  • Shoes: preferably black runners or black leather shoes, fully enclosed,
  • Socks: plain black or plain navy.

More uniform items can be purchased from the TPSA run uniform shop which is open on Tuesdays from 2:45 and via their QKR app. A few second hand items may also be available (donations always welcome).

Occasionally there are problems and full uniform cannot be worn to school for a short period of time. This is ok as long as parents contact their child’s teacher (email or note) and ask for a short exemption from wearing the uniform. Please note, all students are required to wear a top with the school logo by the start of 2020 school year.

Recently a student was injured by a vehicle whilst riding to school near Flinders Esplanade. Thankfully the child’s injuries were not serious. Please take extra care when walking or riding through Taroona as the Channel Highway is a busy road with lots of vehicles looking to enter from side roads. If your child walks or rides to or from school, please could you talk to them about the importance of road safety.

A reminder to parents and carers that supervision of students starts from 8:30am every school day.  Children should not be at school before this. Please note, Lady Gowrie offers before school care from 7:00am in our school GP room and can be contacted on 62 306864 or via email on clustermanagers@gowrie-tas.com.au

Best wishes

Tony Poynter

Acting Principal

STATE ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Congratulations to Neve & Kaiki, who participated in the SPSSA Track & Field Championships today, representing the south. Despite rather chilly conditions, they performed brilliantly with Kaiki coming 3rd and Neve 4th in the Long Jump!

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last weeks assembly:

Creativity – Bolu F & Tess L-P

Respect – Oskar B-D, Gemma D, Will F, Otis L, Lara S, Huon F, Poppy W, Tom M & Charlotte T-T

Resilience – Eve C, Isla C, Harrison E, Kai S, Oliver B, Matai O & Billy N

Excellence – Bruni L, Asher C, Lucette C, Lauren R, Xavier S, Jasper M, Georgie P, Lachlan S, Norah N & Sam W

Collaboration – Aldo G & Moi C

All 5 Values – Luna M, Ted H, Rose E & Jonte M

CLASSROOM NEWS

3-4 GRAHAM-SMITH

Please click on the image below to see more about 3-4 Graham-Smiths highlights form Term 1.

3-4 MCNAMARA-WOOD

3-4 McNamara/Wood have been building dioramas, please click on the image below for more information.

NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Taroona Primary is participating in the National Walk Safely to School Day this Friday 17 May.

When you arrive at school on Friday please let your class teacher know how you travelled to school.

We look forward to seeing lots of students walking safely to school on Friday.

CITY TO CASINO

City to casino is on this Sunday 19 May. Taroona Primary School has entered a team. This is fabulous training for the up and coming Interschool Cross Country. Mrs Broadbent might see you there.

FRENCH

French Update

Prep: Permission slips for the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program were handed out in the last week of term 1 and first week of term 2. Prep families please return your permission slip with your preference as soon as possible. Spares will be available at the office if you need a new one. The ELLA program is a great opportunity to support languages throughout the week, outside of our 40-minute specialist French lessons.

Songs and Stories:

Our current songs are about greetings, numbers and parts of the body.

We have also started to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in French classes. You can read along at home with the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpHkMgWld8

The annual competition run by the Alliance Française de Hobart will be held in late June. Students from Year 1 – 6 will be beginning to create posters and recite poems very soon.

Anita Wood

French Teacher

TEACHER ASSISTANT INTERVIEWS

Students in year 5-6 had the chance to interview some of our support staff at Taroona Primary School.

Please click on the images below of our Teacher Assistants, Shira and Roxanne for more information.

CROSS COUNTRY

Congratulations to all students that participated in last week’s school cross country, we had beautiful weather for the event. I was extremely proud of how hard all of our students pushed themselves showing amazing resilience and fantastic excellence across our school.

Thank you to Oriana Scott from THS who provided us with seven students helpers that acted as Marshall’s around the course.

Attached here is a list of our top seven place getters.

Our Interschool team is now training hard for our carnival on Tuesday 12 June.

Kylie Broadbent

WRITER’S CORNER

Parents and families are invited to attend a forum to provide information about and discuss Educational Adjustments.

From 2020, there will be a new approach in Department of Education schools to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs. 

Forums are scheduled for Term 2. Light refreshments will be provided.

See details of locations and timing and how to register at: REGISTER HERE

https://edu.formstack.com/forms/parent_forums

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.

TMAG CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL SCHOOL BANNER

A group of Year 3-4 students from across the four classes have been involved in the planning, design & execution of painting a large (1m x 3.3m) banner for the upcoming Children’s Festival at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Earthtime’. The students created a piece demonstrating the changes in animals and our natural landscape over time, both in the sky, on the earth and below ground. The end product was a true reflection of our school values; respect, resilience, excellence, collaboration and creativity.

Photo:

Woolf, Luka, Katie, Harry, Melody, Erin, Mia, Scarlett & Ted

Absent from photo; Anabelle & Alex

 

Alex McNamara

AMAZING ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS 

Last term in 5-6 Hughes we were completely consumed by the amazing adaptations of animals and plants and how these adaptations help them to survive in their environment.

We worked in teams and independently to explore a variety of adaptions, environments and animals; from polar bears to Mediterranean octopi!

We finished the term with an independent inquiry on an ‘Amazing Animal Adaptation’ and presented our findings to the class.

We hope you enjoy reading about some incredible animals and their awesome survival instincts.

Click here to view our Padlet Amazing Animal Adaptations.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Scholastic Book Club Issue 3 has now been sent home with students.  Orders are due by Monday 20 May.  Orders can be made online and paid by credit card, or completed in the catalogue and returned to the office with cash or cheque.  20% of purchases are donated to School.  Last term we raised $418 for the Library.

Many thanks,

Jen

 TPSA NEWS

Election BBQ’s: Sat 4 and Sat 18 May 2019

Thank you to those parents who worked on or bought from, our Election ‘democracy’ BBQ on Sat, 4 May 2019.  We raised a fantastic $500 for the School!

We are planning another ‘democracy’ BBQ at the School on Sat 18 May 2019, 10.00am – 2.00pm, so please let us know if you can help or just come along and buy something to support your School. 

Money raised at these events will be allocated to increase the funds that we make available for TPS teacher requests!

TPS Cross Country

We all hope your children had lots of fun at the cross country carnival last Tuesday.  Our hard working Committee members were there, along with lots of other parents, handing out refreshing icy poles as a treat for all our athletes.  Many thanks to Mrs Kylie Broadbent for this event!

Think U Know – Wed 29 May 2019, 7pm

In cooperation with the School, the Association is supporting this parent information session by the Australian Federal Police regarding safe internet and social media use.  This session start at 7.00pm in the TPS GP Hall on Wed, 29 May 2019.  Please come along to support this initiative and learn how to better care for your children in the online environment! Please note this is a free event

Seaside Festival

Yes it is happening!!!

Given your generous responses to our call for volunteers for the Festival, the Association has agreed to go ahead and hold a Festival this year! Save the date: Sat 30 Nov 2019! 11-1500 hours

The Festival Coordinator is Association member, Susan de Paoli, and the first meeting of the organising sub-committee was held on the weekend.  If you missed our earlier call out for help, please contact Susan (depaoliemail@yahoo.com.au) on to add your name to a role or nominate to help on the day!

Thank you again to all those parents and community members who have given us their support!  We will be in touch and promise that you will have lots of fun and an amazing sense of achievement as we bring our community together for this great event!

See you or talk to you at one of these events

Leah and the Association

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Soccer boots

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

Long sleeved polo tops

Long sleeved polo tops are back in stock. If yours were on backorder they can be collected at the office. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Plastic bags

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

Second hand Uniform

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

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

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

Help needed

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

Opening hours

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

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

LOST PROPERTY

We have lots of drink bottles and lunch boxes in our lost and found bin!

If you own any of the items in the photos below or know who does, please come and collect them from the front office.

CODING TERM 2

Please click on the images below for more information on Coder College courses for Term 2.

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN

Woolworths has just launched Earn & Learn for 2019 and we are joining in!

For those who aren’t aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between now and 25 June, you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers which we will be able to swap for new school equipment.

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect these stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in the school office and at Sandy Bay Woolworths.

Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet (extras sheets are available at the school office).

SCHOOL INFORMATION

School Fencing Club

2018 saw enthusiastic students learning the skills of Olympic fencing for several terms.

It was hoped that the club would be an ongoing option for students but due to circumstances out of our control, the schools will no longer be offering an after-school fencing club.

Coach Avery has organised a branch of the Van Diemen Fencing Club at Blackmans Bay and he hopes that some of the students he had such a wonderful time coaching in 2018 will be able to come along and continue developing their skills.

The club will run on Saturdays at the Blackmans Bay Primary School gym. Ages twelve and under will fence from 10am until 11am, and teens and adults will fence from 11am until 1pm.

The club will hold a come and try session for the community at the above times on Saturday 11 May. Following the break on 18 May for the Federal election, the club will resume on Saturday 25 May.

The club will run training sessions, workshops and tournaments, and interested fencers can attend socially, or pursue the sport competitively; representing the club, Tasmania and Australia.

For full details, please contact Coach Avery via email at: van.diemen.fencing.club@gmail.com

Coach Avery would like to say a huge thank you to all of the lovely students who fenced in the schools’ club and who made the weekly sessions an absolute joy to coach. The student fencers represented Taroona Primary and Taroona High exceedingly well and can all be very proud of their efforts.

Avery Holderness-Roddam
Van Diemen Fencing Club

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

School levies

Levies are now overdue. If you are experiencing difficulties with payment please contact Bianca Long, School Business Manager.

Payment methods are:

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

LADY GOWRIE

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7.00-8.30am (Before School Care) and 3.00-6.00pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at oshc@gowrie-tas.com.au for more information.

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 




Number 5: 3 April 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

It is wonderful to have such an active School Association Committee who meet regularly to discuss new opportunities for supporting our school to deliver engaging and diverse programs.  This term, the TPSA has financially supported the school to deliver Nature Play sessions with Kara Spence (selected classes Years 1-4), the Growing Up Program with Family Planning Tasmania educators (K-6) and Swimming Lessons at the Collegiate Pool for Year 1, 2 & 6 students. Parents have also had the opportunity to attend a TPSA sponsored information evening focusing on Risky Play, Nature’s Way with Lisa Ford and Kara Spence.

At last night’s meeting I thanked the committee for their ongoing support of our learning programs and was excited to hear new ideas being discussed to support students and staff in our focus school improvement priority areas.

Taroona Primary School Senior Band

With extensive input from Taroona High School, including staffing and the allocation of additional instruments for new band students in 2019, I am delighted to advise that all interested Year 5-6 students have now been allocated a place in the 5-6 Band in 2019.  With over 50 students  accessing this program, our primary students have a clear pathway to extension band opportunities when transitioning to Taroona High School in Year 7.  My sincere thanks and gratitude is once again extended to Amy Willing and Glenn Schultz (Music Department) and Matt Bennell (Principal) for their efforts in ensuring  this highly valued partnership program continues across our campuses.

Staffing Updates

  • Jo Moore will continue in her School Administration role at Taroona High School during Term 2.
  •  I will be taking long service leave for the first four weeks of Term 2, travelling overseas for an extended family holiday. Tony Poynter will be A/Principal in my absence from 29 April – 24 May.   
  • Hilary Purdie is currently A/ Assistant Principal whilst Tony Poynter is on long service leave and will continue in this role until I return on 27 May.

Champions Carnival

Congratulations to Rhys (Vortex), Neve (3rd in Long Jump) and Kaiki (1st in Long Jump) for their efforts at yesterday’s carnival!

As this will be the last newsletter before the  break, I would like to wish all families a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

STUDENT INQUIRY LEADER REPORT

Hi, we’re the TPS SILS – student inquiry leaders. We have been chosen from the 5-6 classes to help with researching the improvement of student’s working and learning skills.

On Friday the 8th of March we went to Lansdowne Crescent Primary and worked alongside eight other schools from around Hobart. We also worked with Kath Murdoch (the teachers’ SUPERHERO) and we worked on the question “What are the most effective teaching practices that enable learners to achieve at their best?” We worked on different activities with Kath Murdoch, the other students and also the educators from each of the schools throughout the day, and we always demonstrated all of the school values. P.S they gave us DELICIOUS wraps for lunch!

The next step for us is to share the work we did with Kath Murdoch with our classes. We have planned a lesson to deliver to each 5-6 class – with a bit of help from our teachers! We are going to get the students to think about research and their learning assets. Watch this space and look out for us!

Noah, George, Annie, Sophia, Georgie, Quinn, Charlie and Isla!

TPS Student Inquiry Leaders

CLASSROOM NEWS

PREP FROST-DORNEY

Prep Frost-Dorney have been building and testing handmade boats during their Nature Play sessions, please click on the image below to see more.

1-2 GLOVER-DORNEY

1-2 Glover-Dorney have been using Google Earth to learn about landscapes. Please click on the image below for more information.

WRITER’S CORNER

Welcome to Writer’s Corner!

Here at TPS, we view each child as a writer and work to foster that self-belief in each and every one of them. We provide many, and varied, opportunities for students to write, across curriculum areas and in response to their interests and observations. Children engage in explicit learning of writing techniques and structures, as well as independent writing opportunities.

Each newsletter we will include a piece of writing, or an excerpt of a piece of writing, from around the school, to celebrate and share some of the writing that is being produced. The progression of writing from the very beginning of the learning journey – oral language, right through to our accomplished writers, who are experimenting with techniques that Roald Dahl himself utilised, is one that we value and respect!

We hope you enjoy the writing and we look forward to sharing with you throughout the year.

Many thanks,

Emma Nuttall

Literacy Coach

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Monday 8 April 2019

All online ordering needs to be completed by Sunday 7 April. Please return envelopes to the office. 

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

Spare individual photo envelopes and family photo envelopes are available from the office.

Parents and families are invited to attend a forum to provide information about and discuss Educational Adjustments.

From 2020, there will be a new approach in Department of Education schools to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs. 

Forums are scheduled for Term 2. Light refreshments will be provided.

See details of locations and timing and how to register at: REGISTER HERE

https://edu.formstack.com/forms/parent_forums

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 1 calendar: see below for full details.

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.

SOCCER 2019

ONE MONTH TO GO before you will be enjoying your Saturday morning coffee whilst standing on the edge of a soccer field cheering your favourite TPS Soccer Team!

Soccer Registrations are still open for 2019, go to https://www.playfootball.com.au/register for Taroona Primary School (CR). Please note we will need to submit teams by 6th April, so please register ASAP to assist us in getting our teams and coaches ready.

If you need any assistance, please email us on taroonaprimarysoccer@gmail.com and we can provide some instruction around the new system.

New Committee Members

Thank you to all the volunteers who put up their hand to help out, we have quite a team ready to make this TPS Soccer season a good one. We are still after a couple of coaches (at least one per age group) and managers for teams. 

Paul, Esther and Barry

TPSA Soccer Committee

 TPSA NEWS

2019 Planning Survey results

Thank you to the 70 parents who completed our planning survey available at our Welcome Back BBQ on Fri 22 February and then via electronic link until 13 March 2019. 

We feel that this has given our Association a good feel for how you want us to be in contact with you and where you want us to focus our efforts this year.

Results indicate that most of you have heard of us and what we do for you and your children. We consider this an important start! The majority of you prefer to hear about our activities via the TPS newsletter. Almost all of you agreed that the Association should hold a Seaside Festival in 2019 however only half of you were willing to nominate as a volunteer.  Areas where you believe the TPSA can help you and your children the most in 2019 include:

  1. Raise money for additional learning resources and programs
  2. Organise events and activities that build community
  3. Provide services such as Uniform Shop and Friday Canteen

Some of you also told us that you would like school policy to be developed with more consultation and that a (Grade 6) school camp would be valued, as would the re-introduction of a musical and/or play.

We do sincerely thank those parents who did nominate via the survey to volunteer with us this year! 

Please stay tuned for a further update regarding Association’s final decision regarding a 2019 Seaside Festival and/or other activities in response to your feedback.

Thanks everyone

Alex

Please Save The Date

May 29

TPSA brings to you

Think you know

A presentation to the parents on the dangers and solutions regarding cyber safety

DO we know what our young people do on line?

This will be a free Adult only event from 7-9pm

Please keep this important date free

 

Annual General Meeting: Committee Update

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

Sushi Price Increase and Banjo’s Update

Dear Families

Please note as from the beginning of Term 2, there will be a small price increase for sushi orders. The new price will be $3.60 per roll and $2.60 per Inari. This is the first price increase in a number of years and does not reflect the full price increase from the supplier. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. QKR will be updated to reflect the new pricing as from Term 2.

Please note that the sushi team have made the decision to not continue with Banjo’s orders from Term 2. For various reasons, continuing with this canteen option is not viable. We are currently exploring other options, however if any families have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to let us know on the email address below.

Kind Regards,

Tracey Turner (yecartt@hotmail.com)

TPSA March Meeting minutes click here

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Soccer boots

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

Long sleeved polo tops

Long sleeved polo tops are back in stock. If yours were on backorder they can be collected at the office. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Plastic bags

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

Second hand Uniform

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

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

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

Help needed

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

Opening hours

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

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking is on Thursday each week. We are still requiring a helper to assist Agnes Marshall each Thursday morning from 9.15am-10am. 

For more information about School banking, please click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

School levies

Levies are now overdue. If you are experiencing difficulties with payment please contact Bianca Long, School Business Manager.

Payment methods are:

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

Please click here for the April 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: 20 March 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growing Up Program

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

Harmony Day – 21 March 2019

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

Stride & Ride Day 22 March

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

GIFTED EDUCATION @ TAROONA PRIMARY

Belonging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hilary Purdie

AST Support and Extension

TAROONA AWARDS

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

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

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

Resilience – Lotus F & Emily D

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

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

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

NAPLAN

Dear Parent/Guardian

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

Tasmanian schools will participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have further questions, please contact the school.

CLASSROOM NEWS

KINDER PREP

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

5-6 GREGSON

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

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Monday 8 April 2019

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

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

Family photo envelopes are available from the office.

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 1 calendar: see below for full details.

SOCCER 2019

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

New Committee Members

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

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

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

Paul, Esther and Barry

TPSA Soccer Committee

 TPSA NEWS

Annual General Meeting: Committee Update

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

Friday Canteen Reminder

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

TPSA February Meeting minutes click here

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Soccer boots

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

Plastic bags

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

Second hand Uniform

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

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

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

Help needed

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

Opening hours

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

SCHOOL BANKING

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

COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM

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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

School levies

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

Payment methods are:

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 




Number 3: 6 March 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

The Power of Inquiry

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

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

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

Middle Years Literacy Project (Writing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sale of used iPads

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

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

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

Primary Progress Reports

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

TAROONA PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDS

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

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

Respect – Lewis B, Simon M and Banjo C

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

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

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

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

PARENT INFORMATION EVENING @ TPS

TPSA Sponsored Event

Risky Play Nature’s Way

Wednesday 13 March, 7pm in the GP Room

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

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 POYNTER-CLARK

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

Here are some of our designs.

Kinder Wilson

Please click on the image below for more information.

SCHOOL PARLIAMENT

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

Our Successful Year 5 and 6 Parliamentarians:

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

2019 HOUSE CAPTAINS

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

Melaleuca House

Captains: Josh D and Neve H

Vice: Simon M and Jemma V

Acacia House

Captains: Madeleine W and Kaiki M

Vice: Bonnie H and Cameron H

Waratah House

Captains: Marley F and Stella T

Vice: Bruni L and Edie N

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

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

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

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

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

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

Final points for the day:

Acacia

669

Melaleuca

613

Waratah

583

Kylie Broadbent

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE

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

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

https://bullyingnoway.gov.au

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

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

Alex McNamara

AST

SCHOOL CHOIR 2019

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

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

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

HARMONY DAY

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

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

Term 1 calendar: see below for full details.

SOCCER 2019

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

New Committee Members

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

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

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

Paul, Esther and Barry

TPSA Soccer Committee

 TPSA NEWS

Welcome Back BBQ

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

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

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

Parent Survey

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

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

The survey will be open until Wednesday March 13.

Please click here to access the survey.

Support for Grieving Families

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

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

Friday Canteen Reminder

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

TPSA December Meeting minutes click here

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

Short sleeved polo tops

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

Slouch hats

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

Hats are mandatory until April.

Plastic Bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

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

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

Second hand Uniform

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

Help needed

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

Opening hours:

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

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking has commenced.

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

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

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

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

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

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

Happy reading!

Jennifer Hemer

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

School levies

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

Payment methods are:

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL

 




Number 2: 20 February 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

PRINCIPAL NEWS

Dear Families,

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

Nature Play @ TPS

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

  

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

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

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

Student Leadership @ TPS 2019

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

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

TPSA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 5th March

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

Notice for AGM 2019

Open Classrooms & Welcome BBQ

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

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan

Principal

CLASSROOM NEWS

5-6 Tubb-Nuttall

please click on the image below for more information.

SCHOOL PARLIAMENT

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

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

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

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

Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Who: All Year 3 – 6 students

When: Thursday 28th February

Where: School oval

Time: 9.15 – 2.55pm

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

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

LAUNCHING INTO LEARNING (LiL)

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

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

 TPSA NEWS

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

See you on the 5th March

Regards

The TPSA Committee

Notice for AGM 2019

December minutes click here

 Uniform Shop News

Short sleeved polo tops

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

Slouch hats

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

Plastic Bags

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

QKR!

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

Price lists and order form

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

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

Second hand Uniform

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

Help needed

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

Opening hours:

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

 

SCHOOL BANKING

School banking will commence Thursday the 14th of February.

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

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

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

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

Books orders are distributed approximately 4 weeks after ordering.

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

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

Happy reading!

Jennifer Hemer

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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

School levies

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

Payment methods are:

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

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

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

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

LADY GOWRIE

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

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

MOVE WELL EAT WELL