Number 14: 12 September, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS  5-6PT, 5-6GM, 5-6C, 5-6H, Kinder O & Kinder G

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

Another wonderful fortnight of learning has passed. I do hope you have been checking our Facebook page for regular updates:

Tournament of Minds

Congratulations to the four Taroona PS Tournament of Minds (TOM) teams competing at the State Finals on Saturday, impressing judges and entertaining audiences. Each team had been working on a long-term challenge for six weeks; meeting at lunchtimes, after school and on weekends to research their topic, discuss possible solutions, prepare scripts and create props for the presentation. The finals also included a spontaneous (unsighted) challenge, with a particular emphasis on the teamwork processes to develop solutions under pressure.

The culminating performances were an outstanding example of our TPS Values: collaboration, creativity, excellence, respect and resilience. All four teams received positive feedback from the judges; with teamwork, attention to detail, stage presence and humour being acknowledged. The Social Science team and The Arts team received an Honours award in their category!

This year the Taroona PS teams have been supported by teachers Debbie Clark and Hilary Purdie, and parent volunteers Natasha Rowell and Helen Ludlow. A big thank you to the facilitators for your extra time and encouragement, and all TOM families for your support leading up to and on Saturday.

    • STEM Team – Claire, Charlie B, Bella, Ellen, Iola, Lena, Kaiki
    • Language & Literature Team – Silas, Charlie G, Ruby, Otto, Lucy, Siobhan, Bonnie
    • Social Sciences – D’Arcy, Scarlett, Tom H, Sebastian S, Stella T, Edie, Neve
    • The Arts – Sebie P, George, Liam C, Hannah, Liam L, Jasmine, Jacey


I would also like to acknowledge the work of a passionate group of Year 5-6 students from 5-6PT who put together a well-run event last Friday night to raise community awareness of industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution of our oceans. Adelaide, Edie, Esther and D’Arcy presented the documentary BLUE, which provided an intense and provocative journey into the ocean realm. Throughout the evening, I learnt that half of all marine life has been lost over the past 40 years, there is a huge garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is twice the size of Texas, plastic has entered our food chain as a result of micro plastics being ingested by sea-animals, and, if we don’t make immediate, significant and sustained changes to reduce plastic use, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

I was incredibly impressed with the way the group went about preparing for this event; presenting their initial ideas to me for approval, planning all logistics including inviting guest speakers for a Q&A and developing a risk-management plan to ensure the night ran smoothly. The students also put together an online survey that was completed at the end of the night, collecting data about future actions for reducing plastic usage. The results in the graph show that the event made a significant impact on the 32 families who attended.

I look forward to learning more about the actions we can take in addressing this global issue with the upcoming TPSA Plastic Pollution Solutions Information sessions to be run in Week 1, Term 4 with both students at in-school workshops and a Parent Evening on Thursday 18th October from 7-9pm. Please see below for more information from the TPSA who are sponsoring this event in partnership with Plastic Wise Taroona.

Hope to see you all dressed up at the TPSA Quiz Night this Saturday!

Danielle Bresnehan


 TPSA Quiz night – Saturday 15 October (this Saturday)

It’s nearly too late……only a couple of tables left

Our major TPS fundraising event for 2018!

Organise your team (up to 10 people)

Purchase your tickets via Qkr app


Contact Alana Fitzgibbon

Please see further down the newsletter for more information and a list of our generous sponsors.



Congratulations to the following students who received awards at last week’s assembly:

  • CREATIVITY – Ruben D, Marley F, Charlotte T, Riley S, Charlie M, Sadie F
  • RESPECT – Hamish C, Allie S, Matthew C, Nelanika J, Aren R
  • RESILIENCE – Raewyn W, Romy C, Isla C, Daniel K
  • EXCELLENCE – Ewan W, Sam W, Kai S, Spencer M, Ruby J, Sabrina J, Maille S, Danika W
  • COLLABORATION – Louis C, Lena B, Jasmine H, Ted J, Millie B
  • ALL 5 VALUES – Elliott P, Frankie S, Una O, Georgina P


As per the New Education Act – We now require to sight and check, with the Department of Justice, ALL WWVP cards at the office every time you sign in and are onsite at Taroona Primary School.

Please carry your WWVP card with you when you come to Taroona Primary. Once a check has been confirmed we will provide you with a Visitor Lanyard or Visitor sticker at the office.

In July 2014 the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013 commenced in Tasmania.

This registration aims to help keep vulnerable people safe. Under the new legislation all volunteers and people who work with students (this includes teachers, school staff and parents and carers, school contractors) must apply for their own Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) once every three years.

As the application can take up to 6 weeks to process, it is imperative that volunteers complete their application as soon as possible. The online form can be accessed at:

The above link will direct you through the process.

  • Complete the online application form –
    • if you get paid for your role, select Employment/Volunteer
    • if you are a volunteer and do not get paid, receive material benefit or reward, select Volunteer
  • Print the application receipt or write down your reference number
  • Pay the application fee (online by credit card or at Service Tasmania)
  • Visit Service Tasmania (external link) to:
    • provide proof of identity
    • have your photo taken
    • pay the application fee if you haven’t already paid online
    • accept the Terms and Conditions if someone filled out the form on your behalf

Please attach yourself to Taroona Primary School.  If you already have a WWVP card, but have not attached yourself don’t worry.  This can be easily done by going into the Department of Justice Website and updating your details by following the steps below:


  1. Click on link –
  2. Click on “Check the status of an application or registration”
  3. Click “Check an application/registration
  4. Apply your Card number & Last name.  You will also need to click on “I am not a Robot” and look for items. This is a security measure.
  5. Under Existing Employment and Volunteering Details, please click on Add Employer
  6. In the Organisation Name: please select “Department of Education (includes LINC’s, Child and Family Centres, Trade Centres)
  7. In the Location: Please select Taroona Primary School (you will need to scroll down for this)
  8. Please complete the rest and then press Submit.
  9. You should receive an email stating that it has been updated.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE EVENT – Kingston Sports Centre, Kinder – Grade 2 classes – Wednesday 19 September – see Excursion tab for more information.

SCHOOLS TRIATHLON CHALLENGE – Grades 3 – 6 – Friday 23 November

Gather your team or enter as an individual or both! Hurry – Forms due back next week (no later than next Friday 21 September).  Please refer to email sent last week or click here for Parent Letter and Entry Form.


ARTS ROTATIONS – Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE)

Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated for the Kinder – Grade 2 (ECE) Arts Rotations:

  • cardboard rolls that may be in the recycling – paper towel rolls etc. (no toilet rolls please)
  • small offcuts of wood
  • plastic lids from bottles

Please drop off to either Emma Nuttall or Sarah Wilson’s classroom.


3-4 C

Rhyming Couplets in 3/4 Carne

Students have been reading, examining, enjoying and creating various forms of writing throughout the year. Currently we are focusing on poetry and rhyme. Here are some of our poems featuring rhyming couplets.

“I’m gonna play soccer

So I opened up my locker

But look what I found

It didn’t make a sound!

It was a quiet little mouse

I wish it had a house.”       Chloe T


“Once there was a crown

That was brown

The kingdom thought it was green

But they really haven’t seen.”           Angus M


“Once there was a jolly farmer

Who looked after a marvellous llama

The llama was so dazzling white

It gave the jolly farmer a fright.

Everyday he combed him

From his head down to his last limb.

The llama was so cheeky

He made the tap quite leaky!”           Jonte M

Students showing their poetry writing.




THANK YOU – We raised $530.20 for the Farmers

The money has gone towards the “buy a bale” program.

The SRC held a farm theme dress up day on Tuesday, 4th September to raise money for farmers in drought stricken areas.  Thank you to everyone who dressed up – you all looked fantastic.




The TPSA meet once a month at 7pm in the Staffroom at the School to discuss everything from school staffing, updates on grounds, fundraising and ideas or issues brought to our attention by parents and staff. 2018: Next Meeting to be held on, Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 7pm. If you want to keep in touch with what is going on but are unable to attend meetings you can find all minutes here.

Leah Magliano
Chair, TPSA


TAROONA HIGH SCHOOL – TOMORROW NIGHT – Thursday 13 September, 2018



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

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care

Lady Gowrie Vaccination Program Info

Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Hours Care 

Lady Gowrie Taroona 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) where we cater for children aged 4-12 year olds. 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 enrol we require families to complete a 2018 enrolment form prior to care commencing.  Child Care Benefit is available to eligible families and all families meeting a work/study requirement are entitled to 50% off all on costs. For more information about what your family is entitled to please contact the Department of Human Services on 136 150.


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


Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

Please see information above in the TPSA news regarding our new Sushi booking system Qkr

Please contact Alex on 0407 330 552 or with any questions.


School Banking:

Urgent, Urgent, Urgent!!!       Helpers needed for banking to continue this year.

Banking has always been supported by volunteer parents in the past.  At the end of the year we lost some of our volunteers as their children moved to High School.

What’s involved: Come onsite to Taroona Primary School to sort and process the bank books and enter data. At the most this will take 1 hour a week of your time.

For more information please contact Alison Phillips –

Scholastic Book Club

Thanks to all the families who ordered books from Scholastic Book Club Issue 1.  Orders have now closed and we raised more than $400 for the library.  If you missed out on Issue 1, you can now order via LOOP online (only) from Issue 2 until 28th March Schools – Bookclub – Catalogue – Scholastic Australia

Jennifer Hemer


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