Number 14: 25 September 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

It has been a busy end to term with many of our students demonstrating themselves to be ‘Creative Thinkers, Connected Learners and Inspired Leaders’.

Maths Relay Results

Four teams represented the school in the annual Maths Relay competition at Rosny College on Sunday 15. Congratulations to 3-4 team A: Joe C, Addison B, Liam D and Jeri B who scored 100 points and 3-4 Team 2: Margot M, Matai O, Henry N and Darcy B who scored 65 points, Year 5 team: Evan H, Quincy G, Annie H and Felicity Y who scored 120 points and the Year 6 team: Iola F, Madeleine W, Edie N and Stella T. who scored 180 points. The Year 6 team came 3rd in their heat and placed 7th overall in Tasmania. Congratulations to all the teams who took part and a special thank you to parents Christophe Marcant, Matt Crawford, Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra and Donna Brown who acted as markers on the day. A big thank you also to Ms Carne who trained and supported the 3-4 teams.

Jump Rope for Heart

The annual Jump Rope for Heart, jump off was held last Tuesday. It was wonderful to see our students dressed in red enthusiastically demonstrating their skills and fitness. A big thank you to everyone who made a donation online to the National Heart Foundation. We have raised $1973.80 – an amazing effort! A big thank you also to Mrs Broadbent for organising the event.

STEM in Assembly

At the start of last week’s assembly we were treated to a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) presentation from Dharma and Mackenna, two former Taroona Primary students now at Taroona High. They showed as an amazing ‘machine’ which makes smoke rings much to the delight of the audience! Well done Dharma and Mackenna. Taroona High will be hosting a special showcase stem-next on October 23 from 4:00-7:30pm. Taroona Primary has been invited to share some of our STEM work at this event too. A flyer to promote the event went home with all students last week.

CCYP Ambassador Program

Through our Daily Fitness program and the Student Parliament we aim to give our students leadership opportunities and experiences. Earlier this year, our Prime Minster, Dylan and Leader of the Opposition, Kaiki were accepted into the CCYP (Commissioner for Children and Young People) Ambassador Program – an exciting state-wide leadership initiative for our young people. Kaiki has written a piece below about his involvement in the program. For more information please visit:

My first meeting was really interesting and something I didn’t expect at first because I’ve never done anything like this before. Over 100 people came to the meeting and because the group was so massive, we had to be put into groups. In our groups, we went to different stations where they talked about different problems. One was about Climate Change and another was about education funds. Basically, everyone got a say about these problems and we did things to prevent these problems from getting bigger. After the meeting, we all got given a project to do before our second meeting. The question was which problem do you think that needs most help in the community and why?

My second meeting was a little bit similar except. We had to design a building that would help the environment and let kids have a say. We did all sorts of designs and we ended up with drawings that filled up a big sheet of paper. Then we talked about our responses about Project 1 and after we shared our responses, they put it on social media for the whole world to look at and that was pretty exciting! After the CCYP meeting, we got Project 2 and the question was why do you think children’s rights are important? The next CCYP meeting will be a state-wide one, with all the ambassadors from around Tasmania. The exciting thing is, I will get to meet the Greens Leader, the Labor Leader and the Liberal Leader and tell them about what problems there are!

Kaiki M, Year 6

Planning for 2020

We are beginning the process of planning our classes for 2020. If you are intending to leave Taroona Primary in 2020 could you please let the office know.

Taroona High Bus Zone

A reminder to parents to please not park in the Taroona High bus zones before 2:55pm, as this disrupts the departure of high school students. 

Swimming Carnival

A reminder that our school swimming carnival will be held in the first week back on Thursday October 17.

Have a restful and relaxing holiday.

Best wishes

Tony Poynter

Acting Principal


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

  • Creativity – Callum J, Bonnie H, Isla T & Neve H
  • Respect –  Ethan B, Stella R, Lachlan B & Dylan K
  • Resilience – Flynn M, Alec S, Cully C & Dominic S
  • Excellence – Nicholas B, Elaine J, Luise W, Tilo B, Madeline H, Henry J, Sadie F, Roland H, Alex W, Sophia W & Samuel S
  • Collaboration – Akira H, Charlie J & Brody D
  • All 5 – Tess B, Scarlett G, Khadijah N, Millie B & Liam L



Please see the image below for more information.



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

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 – CALLING ALL BUSKERS!

Would you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, recite poetry, tell jokes or do magic tricks for a very friendly crowd?

Then come and busk at the Seaside Festival!

Performers from all year groups are welcome. You can either perform solo, or with a few friends. We get lots of buskers registering, so please limit to 2 pieces or around 5 minutes.

Be ready to register early in term 4. Forms will be in the first newsletter of the term, and you’ll also be able to get one from your teacher or Ms Stowe in the music room.

You can start practising in the holidays – we’re looking forward to some fabulous entertainment!

Anna Lyth and Maggie Sakko

SSF busking coordinators

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

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


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.