Number 13: 11 September 2019

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COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

It has been a very exciting week at Taroona. The school values of collaboration , excellence and creativity have been in evidence as students have run for a seat on the school parliament, participated in Tournament of Minds and prepared for the upcoming Maths Relay.

Tournament of Minds

A big congratulations to the three Tournament of Minds teams who competed at Ogilvie High School on Saturday 7th in the state final. The The Arts team and the Social Science teams both were awarded Honours. The Arts team also were awarded the spirit of TOM award for dealing beautifully with their backdrop which broke just before their presentation. The Language Literature team were successful in winning their competition. Their trophy is proudly on display in our front foyer. They will be representing Tasmania in the International competition, held in Hobart this year on the Hobart Show weekend. All team members of the three teams were a credit to our school and we congratulate them on their successes. The students involved were: Language Literature: Iola F, Edie N, Liam L, Jonte M, Felicity Y, Indigo S, Sophia W. The Arts: Marley F, Neve H, Annie H, Hannah G-S, June B, Maddie W, Thomas H. and  Social Science Isla C, Simon M, Jacey G, Charlotte V, Isla T, Charlie C, Daniel K. A special thanks also to teachers Debbie Clark, Emma Nuttall and parents Natasha Rowell and Helen Roberts-Ludlow who worked as facilitators for each of the teams.

Maths Relay Teams

After an exhaustive selection process it is my pleasure to announce the four teams which will be representing the school in the annual Maths Relay competition to be held at Rosny College on Sunday. 3-4 team 1: Joe C, Addison B,  Liam D and Jeri B and 3-4 Team 2: Margot M, Matai O, Henry N and Darcy B., Year 5 team: Evan H, Quincy G, Annie H and Felicity Y and Year 6 team: Iola F, Madeleine W, Edie N and Stella T.  Congratulations to these students on their selection and best of luck for Sunday!

Student Parliament

Recently all the 3-4 classes ran a selection process to choose parliamentarians to represent their class. The selection process involved student presenting a short speech to their class to explain their ideas for making Taroona Primary a better place in the one or more of the portfolio areas: Environment, Health, Sport and the Arts, Events and Finance and Facilities. Student interest was high, with one class having more than two thirds of students choosing to stand for parliament! After preferential voting the following students are to be congratulated on their election to our student parliament. Parliament Badges were presented to them at the assembly last week:  3-4P: Addison B and Tess L-P, 3-4GS: Luna M, Angus M, 3-4C: Alexander K, Millie U and Scarlett W and 3-4McW: Henry N and Mia C.

Intake Areas Review

The Department of Education is currently reviewing the intake areas of schools. During the first consultation round we provided feedback, which has been included in the most recent map. Public feedback about the intake areas may be provided by completing the short survey by Friday, 27 September 2019. To review the updated map and to complete the survey please follow the link below:

Ms Bresnehan’s sick leave for the remainder of the term has necessitated some small staffing changes. We have been fortunate that these changes have meant minimal disruption to classes. We wish Ms Bresnehan a speedy recovery and look forward to her return in term 4. 

Best wishes

Tony Poynter

Acting Principal


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

  • Creativity – Lila B, Olivia M, Henry J, Duncan H, Romy C, Leo J & Jacey G
  • Respect – Leah H & Lilli H.T
  • Resilience – Lachlan F
  • Excellence – Flynn S, Elliot K, Ezra H, Pierre M, Max F, Livanshi S, Riley S, Isaiah C, Cameron H, Gemma D & Danika W
  • Collaboration – Solomon V.G, Romy G.W, Maxim O & Daniel K
  • All 5 Values – Emma S, Charlotte M, Sean L, Evie M, Elsie O & Felicity Y



3-4 Graham-Smith have been completing field observations of certain flora and fauna around our school. Please see the image below for more information.


3-4 McNamara-Wood have recently been to I.M.A.S. Please see the image below for more information.


Tomorrow, September 12 is National Health and PE Day.

Students are encouraged to Stride, Ride, Scoot or Walk to school as part of our Move Well Eat Well policy.



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

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.

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


TPSA Minutes Meeting 11th June 2019 Final

TPSA Minutes 2nd July 2019 Final

Seaside Festival

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


Please click on the image below for more detailed information about the Seaside Festival and the Pre-Loved Clothing Stall!



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.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

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

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

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


Student Absences

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

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

Signing Students in/out

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

Message to Students

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

Duty of Care

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

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

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

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

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

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

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


Lady Gowrie 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.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

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