Number 11: 14 August 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community 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



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



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.


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



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.


“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 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.



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.