Number 10: 31 July 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community 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 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




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



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


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


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!


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.

Alex McNamara

Advanced Skills Teacher


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.


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


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

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.


 Seaside Festival

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


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.


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 if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.


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



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


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 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 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.