Number 4: 20 March 2019
Key Dates 2019 – click to open the Calendar of events
COMMUNITY NEWS – click to open Community News
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
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.
GIFTED EDUCATION @ TAROONA PRIMARY
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.
AST Support and Extension
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 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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul, Esther and Barry
TPSA Soccer Committee
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.
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
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.
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.
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.
The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Carolyn on email@example.com if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.
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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.