Number 15: 23 October 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

Term 4 is one of anticipation, participation, celebration and reflection as staff and students launch into their final 10 weeks of the school year.  It is wonderful to be back at school after my unexpected leave at the end of last term.  Thank you again to Tony, Hilary, Bianca, Alex, Frances, Emma and the TPS Team for keeping the school running so smoothly in my absence.

Student-focused Inquiry & Student-led Solutions

A number of our Year 5-6 students have been considering ways to ensure that all students are positively engaged in our playground. After analysing and reflecting on recent playground behaviour data, the students thought carefully about the processes required to respond to this area of inquiry and identified specific questions that they thought were important:

  • What do students want in our playground?
  • How can we fund potential playground solutions?
  • How do we know who is happy in the playground?
  • Does the playground space impact on children’s behaviour in the playground?

They were also very keen to understand why different areas of the playground were for different year groups. They asked: Why can’t everyone just go everywhere? (Julian, Yr 6). The children then discussed why this might be so, and the impact a change to this ruling might have.

This inquiry has now spread out to all classes, with students and staff discussing the idea of opening up our playgrounds to all, and considering the safety aspects and supports to be taken into account to ensure this is a positive experience.  Our student leaders have demonstrated a mature and thoughtful approach throughout this inquiry, and are very keen to continue their learning in this area. We look forward to trialling some of their playground solutions in the near future!

TOM International Finals

On Monday, it was exciting to see the TPS Language Literature TOM (Tournament of Minds) team deliver a creative and engaging performance in preparation for the upcoming international finals.  I would like to congratulate the students on their achievements this year and wish them all the very best throughout the 3 days of finals which begin this Friday.  I would also like to thank our parents, staff and community members for their generous support of the Team’s fundraising efforts and again recognise Debbie Clark, Emma Nuttall, Natasha Rowell and Helen Roberts-Ludlow for their unwavering commitment to our TOM students in their creative endeavours over these past 10 weeks. 

2020 Planning

This term teachers begin to form up our 2020 classes. With lower numbers enrolled in Kindergarten over the past 2 years, and with continued lower Kindergarten numbers projected into the new year, there will be 14 classes in 2020 to cater for approximately 350 students ( 6 x Early Childhood classes and 8 x Primary).  As per the previous two years and directed by Learning Services, no out of area enrolments are being accepted for Prep to Year 6 due to capacity issues at THS. We ask parents who are making other choices for their child’s education in 2020 to please let us know as soon as possible so we can make adjustments to class numbers.

2020 Class Placements

Teachers work together each year to develop optimal learning structures, taking into consideration students learning skills, work skills and social skills. Decisions regarding class placement for the new school year are made using the following process:

  1. Teaching staff will place students in a class group taking into consideration the educational needs of the child, the social & emotional needs of the child, the balance of student abilities within the class group and the balance between boys and girls in each class group.
  2. In the first two weeks of November of each school year, parents will be given the opportunity to make a class placement request for their child for the following year. This should be communicated to the Principal either by letter, email or a formal meeting. A class placement request will only be considered on educational grounds, not individual class teacher preferences.
  3. After teachers have initially placed students in a class group for the following year, the Principal will review class placements in light of any specific parental requests. Not all class placement requests can be met and ultimately the final decision rests with the Principal.
  4. Final class placements are announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Term 4 Pre-Kindergarten & Super-LiL Sessions

Pre-Kinder Sessions start in the Kinder Room from Week 3 on Thursday mornings, 9:15 – 10:15.  From Week 5- Week 9, parents of pre-kinder students will meet with Danielle & other members of the school community for information sessions and networking in the GP Room, allowing the children to form closer bonds with the Kinder teaching team and peers in preparation for starting school in February 2020.

The school has committed to funding three Super-LiL Sessions this term to keep our birth to 3 year old children and families connected to school.  These sessions will run on three selected Thursdays from 12-1:30pm in the Kinder room with Sarah Wilson and Alice Moore. Please see below for further information.

TPS Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all students in Years 3-6 who participated in the TPS Swimming Carnival last week.  The event was a huge success with maximum participation throughout the day.  Thank you to our TPS staff and parent helpers who worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure the running, timing and recording of the races went to plan, and the students well supported and engaged at all times.  Feedback to Mrs Kylie Broadbent has been overwhelmingly positive, summed up by one of the lifeguards at the centre who stated that the carnival was “one of the most organised he had seen! A brilliant day!”  Thank you Kylie, on behalf of students, families and staff, for delivering another tremendous event for our school.

STEM Next – Today @ THS

This afternoon from 4 – 7:30pm, selected students from our 1-2 and 3-6 classes will be showcasing their achievements in Science and Technology at the STEM Next Expo at Taroona High School.  I do hope you are able to find an hour or two today to come along and celebrate with our students and staff and other local schools and community groups.

Student Free Day

A reminder that this Friday 25 October is a student free day with staff onsite for professional learning.  Care is available onsite with Lady Gowrie for those families who require this service.  Please contact Lady Gowrie directly to book your child in for part or all of the day.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



All TPS Policies, developed under the 2016 Education Action and in consultation with the TPSA can be accessed via the Parent Handbook section of the TPS School Website.

This week I would like to highlight the TPS Respectful School Volunteer and Visitor Behaviour Policy which was endorsed by the TPSA in October 2018.  Our friendly office staff ensure all volunteers and visitors to TPS are made aware of this policy and understand their rights and responsibilities when participating in school activities and/or events. The policy also outlines the processes to be followed in the event of unacceptable behaviour. For full information, please click on the link above or call in at the office for a hard copy of the policy.


The Kingborough Council has recently formed the Kingborough Community Safety Committee (KCSC) and has asked for input from the TPSA and school students. 

Parents, staff and school community members are invited to contact Damien Cameron, TPSA committee member, with any comments or concerns regarding student safety when travelling the streets to and from Taroona Primary School. 

Damien will provide feedback and information regarding these matters to the KCSC and will be in liaison with Cr. Jo Westwood, Deputy Mayor of the Kingborough Council.  Damien will also attend scheduled meetings of the KCSC in the Council Chambers as our TPSA representative.

Tony Poynter will coordinate student responses to this matter as well as student parliamentarian representation at the upcoming KCSC meeting in November.

The TPSA and the Committee strongly believes that the insights of Taroona residents, and in particular its youth, will be invaluable.  Feel free to contact Damien by email


The Taroona Seaside Festival is only 5 weeks away! We are calling out to our Taroona families to get involved – FAST!

The event is the School’s biggest fundraiser, drawing crowds of several thousand who are there to enjoy the Festival atmosphere – and helping raise money for our School. 

Please read the important information attached which has all the IMPORTANT details for the Festival and how you can help!

All enquiries about the Festival can be emailed to:



Last week a page of 1-2 Vincent-Purdie’s newsletter entry was missed. Please see the images below for more information.


1-2 Oldfield-Broadbent have been making connections with their local environment. Please see the images below for more information.


Congratulation’s to Quincy and Xavier who won the 2019 Under 12’s Salvaged Art Competition run by the Kingborough Community Hub.

Here is their Artist statement which they wrote explaining their model.

“The father penguin was out swimming when a nail hit him and he died. A scientist was studying the ice and he stepped on an egg. We made this to show human impact and the living penguin represents the declining number of penguins in Antarctica.”


A FUNtabulous and action packed day was had by all Year 3-6 on Thursday 17th October.

Thank you all the students who showed amazing resilience to push themselves to great success at the carnival.

Thank you all the parents who came along to help the carnival run so smoothly and support the students.

Thank you to the Clarence Aquatic centre for providing and awesome venue for our students.

Thank you all the TPS staff for all your hard work in running the carnival.

The final points for the day were.

1st           Acacia                   807

2nd          Waratah               766

3rd           Melaleuca           689

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Taroona Primary School at the Division A Interschool Swimming Carnival to be held at the Hobart Aquatic Centre on Monday 4 November.

Please click here to view a list of selected students.




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



It has been said Rome wasn’t built in a day. And so it is with many other aspects of our life. The TPSA Committee has been looking holistically at its role: how do we work together, where could we improve, and how can we best support students and teachers of this wonderful School? Below is the start of our ‘thinking’ process, which we will continue over our regular monthly meetings.

To best achieve our aims, we need you! Do you have any burning suggestions on how to raise money? Would you like to see a two-year budget for the TPSA fundraising efforts and expenditure? What areas of our children’s development would you like to see enhanced by contributions from the TPSA?

We would love to see you at our next meeting, 5 November at the School.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at

Simona Timmins

Chair, TPSA


Scholastic book club orders for Issue 7 are due by Friday 1st November.

Best Wishes

Jennifer Hemer


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.