Number 17: 7 November, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS 1-2P,1-2G,1-2W,1-2N & 5-6H,5-6C & 5-6PT, 5-6GM

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys,1 house key, 1 watch – please contact the office if you think they might be yours.


Dear Families,

2019 Planning & Class Placement Process

Our enrolment projection for next year has been changing on a daily basis and is currently sitting at 362 students. We are now planning for 15 classes and have started the class placement process for the following groups:

  • 1 x Kinder (21)
  • 1 x Kinder-Prep (8 Kinders / 14 Preps)
  • 1 x Prep (23)
  • 4 x 1-2 (22 or 23 students per class)
  • 4 x 3-4 (25 students per class)
  • 4 x 5-6 (26 or 27 students per class)

Forming classes is both an exciting and challenging time for staff, as we carefully consider the educational and social & emotional needs of each child, the balance of student abilities and the balance between boys and girls in each class group.  Thank you to those parents who have contacted me directly to gain further understanding about the class structures for 2019 and talk through individual circumstances.

There is still time for parents to participate in this process, and I am especially keen to talk to any 2018 Kindergarten parents who have questions regarding the delivery of learning programs for students placed in the composite Kinder-Prep Class in 2019.

Please note that from 2018, class placements will be announced in the last week of Term 4, and not included in student End of Year reporting information.

End of Year Reporting 2018

The Australian Education Union has directed its members not to include comments on Term 4 student reports.  Parents and Carers are advised that this may result in inconsistency in the way in which Taroona Primary School end of year reports are provided, given that some staff are not involved in union activities.


Each year our Department recognises students who have performed significantly well in literacy and numeracy in NAPLAN. This year Henry Nuttall will be recognised for achieving in the top 1% on the assessments. Henry and his family will attend a special ceremony next week to celebrate his achievement.  Well done Henry!

Outdoor Classroom Day & Nature Play 2019

Last Wednesday’s activities were a huge success and I would like to sincerely thank Emma Nuttall and Kara Spence for coordinating the programme and thank the TPSA for providing the financial support for us to employ Kara to work alongside the team to plan and deliver an amazing learning experience for our children.

Taroona Primary School staff recognise that children derive tremendous benefit from taking part in regular nature play and learning outside.  Research tells us that quality nature play adds value to classroom learning as well as childhood development. Nature play and outdoor learning provides provocations to deepen self-directed learning through play; allows children to respond positively to challenges, manage risk, cope with change and build resilience; supports skills of inquiry and experimentation, communication, reflection, problem-solving and co-operation; and enables teachers to learn to listen, observe and reflect on individual student needs in ways a classroom setting cannot.

TPS staff are looking forward to partnering with Kara Spence (Nature Be In It) and Jenny Dudgeon / Sharyn Brett (Sustainability Learning Centre / Aboriginal Education Services)  in 2019 to establish a high quality nature play program at TPS that will deliver the highest outcomes for students whilst meeting assessment and reporting requirements.  At last night’s meeting, the TPSA committed a total of $10,000 to this program, which will enable us to build staff capacity throughout 2019 and embed a nature play  program that is student centred and future focused.  Thank you TPSA!

Play West Cultural Garden beds

A huge thank you to Emma Abbott, Megan Tubb and Mel Vincent from the grounds committee, and all of the parent helpers and kids who came in last Sunday morning to complete the planting of the garden beds in Play West.  These native and indigenous plants were purchased through a grant provided by Aboriginal Education Services (which we have kept since 2016 for this purpose).  The final part of the grant will be used to engage Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge to come and work with our students and teach them about the plants, specifically their traditional and ongoing uses.

Division A Inter school Swimming Carnival and Champions Carnival

Congratulations to all of our Year 3-6 students who participated in Monday’s carnival at the Aquatic Centre and demonstrated our school values throughout the event.  Thank you to Mrs Broadbent for coordinating the team and Mr Poynter for assisting with supervision on the day.  Also a huge thank you to Martine Siltman who was our TPS parent volunteer and assisted with the running of the carnival.  See below for a full report from Kylie and all the best to those students who have been selected to participate in the upcoming champions carnival!


Schools’ Waste Forum

On Tuesday 6th November, representatives from school communities in greater Hobart met at the Hobart Town Hall to share stories and resources about tackling waste at schools. We were delighted to be invited to present and share the great actions students have been taking at TPS. Congratulations to the Adelaide, D’Arcy, Edie, Hayden, Indigo and Kes for so competently preparing and presenting Taroona Primary’s experience at this event.

Remembrance Day 2018

On Sunday, Taroona Primary School will be laying wreaths at both the Taroona and Kingborough Remembrance Day services.  Thank you to Mrs McNamara for coordinating our student representatives to attend the services on behalf of the school.  Mrs McNamara and D’Arcy Clifton will be attending the service at Kingborough Beach and I will attend the Taroona service with Ruby Jacobson & Esther Graham-Smith.

Next Tuesday, 13 November at 2pm, we will be holding a special assembly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice. A guest speaker from Kingston RSL will make a short presentation and all classes will make a contribution to the assembly. I do hope you can join us.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan



  • Excellence – Toby B, Siobhan T, Benjamin H, Georgie P, Lucy T.R, Madeleine W, Gus F, Jye D, Lilli H.T, Charlie J, Evan H, Arran R, Ariette B.B, Elaine J 
  • Resilience – Eden T, Tamsyn W, Oliver B, Jeri B, Joseph C, Lotus F, Luka D, Lucas E, Michael E
  • Creativity – Serena Z, Coco W, Gemma D, Finley M
  • Respect – Charlotte T.T, Solomon V.G
  • Collaboration – Natania J, Oscar P.R
  •  All 5 Values – Annabella C, Leo P, Alexander K


Invoices are being sent out for the Grade 6 Leavers’ Cruise.

Payment can be made by Cash, Eftpos or Bpay.

Thank you.

Bianca Long

School Business Manager


Congratulations to all students who represented TPS so confidently on Monday the 5th of November. Taroona came a credible 7th. Thank you to Martine Siltman for being our parent official on the day.

Students who placed in the top 4 positions:

  • Bella. P – 1st 25m Freestyle, 4th 25m Breaststroke
  • Amelie. E – 1st 25m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Giselle. M – 1st 25m Freestyle, 3rd 25m Backstroke
  • Kaiki. M – 2nd 25m Freestyle
  • Thomas. H – 4th25m Freestyle
  • Evan. H – 2nd 25m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Daniel. M – 1st 25m Freestyle
  • Archie. V – 3rd 25m Freestyle, 2nd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Chloe. T – 4th 25m Freestyle
  • Addison. B – 3rd 25m Freestyle, 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Scarlett. G – 4th 25m Freestyle, 2nd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Luca. G – 4th 25m Breaststroke
  • Louis. N – 3rd 25m Breaststroke
  • Tom. H  – 3rd 25m Aquatic Underarm
  • Hugo. W – 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Stella. T – 4th 25m Backstroke
  • Charlie. G – 1st 25m Backstroke
  • Peri. B – 3rd 25m Backstroke
  • Ben. B – 3rd 50m Freestyle
  • Georgie. P – 4th 50m Freestyle

Year 6 Girls Medley Relay             2nd          Giselle, Adelaide, Bella and Amelie

Year 6 Girls Freestyle Relay          1st           D’Arcy, Giselle, Amelie and Bella

Year 5 Boys Medley Relay             4th           Hugo, Phillip, Kaiki and Ben

Year 5 Boys Freestyle Relay         3rd           Thomas, Hugo, Kaiki and Ben

Year 5 Girls Freestyle Relay          3rd           Stella, Madeleine, Jemma and Georgie

Year 4 Boys Medley Relay             3rd           Evan, Archie, Louis and Charlie

Year 4 Boys Freestyle Relay         3rd           Archie, Daniel, Evan and Charlie

Based on placings, some TPS students will be selected for the Champions Carnival, which is on Tuesday 27th of November. Information for this event will be forwarded to families of selected students next week.

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher


On Thursday 1st November the Grade 2 Choir and Grade 3-6 Choir attended the Music Count Us In event at the Bellerive Boardwalk. Students presented a combined piece for the ‘Schools Music Showcase’ and then combined with other schools for the nationwide event singing ‘One Song’.


On October 31 we participated in the International Outdoor Classroom Day. Classes used the outdoors in their learning – across all areas of the curriculum.  The TPSA kindly funded Kara Spence, a local Nature Play Educator, to spend the day working with children in the reserve adjacent to our grounds. Classes also utilised our school grounds for various learning activities.

It was a fun and exciting day for all involved.  Please feel free to come and look at our display and photo gallery in the foyer.

Emma Nuttall



5-6 H

Digital Technologies focus

1- 2 N

Outdoor Classroom Day

We went out the door,

And sat on the Earth’s grassy floor.

The blazing sun was shining bright,

And everyone was more than alright!

We played lots of fun games,

Some of them had no names.

We ran to the enchanted place,

And we made tee-pees in this wild space.

We played amongst the tall trees,

And no one spotted any bees.

We were given a quest,

To find the woven treasure chest!

Jack jumpers surrounded us,

And everyone made a HUGE fuss!

To mark we were there,

We left our footprints somewhere.

We loved outdoor classroom day,

Hip-hip hooray!

By 1/2N


October minutes click here

Loads happening with your TPSA

We have had a really busy start to Term 4 and I don’t anticipate that this feeling will end any time soon!

2019 classes

Principal, Danielle Bresnehan, has announced the class structure for 2019. She discussed this with the Association at our meeting last night. In response to diminished enrolments, particularly in Kindergarten, Danielle and her staff have considered different options and weighed up student needs. If you have feedback about 2019 classes, I encourage you to contact Danielle directly to discuss.

TPSA financial support

Given our fundraising so far this year, the Association has recently been able to support the purchase of additional learning resources across the School including an ICT storage and charging trolley, additional LegoTM and flexi stools for Early Childhood, a large trolley to transport objects used for outdoor play learning and on Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018, a whole day of learning for students and teachers in our School grounds.

Additionally we funded Anthony Wise from Plastic Pollution Solutions to meet all the students and a good number of parents, at our evening session on Thursday, 18 Oct 2018. Our thanks to teacher, Hilary Purdie, for her practical support implementing the classroom sessions and Committee members for setting and packing up after the event on that wild weather night!


Many thanks to parents, Emma Abbott and Nicky Adams, and teacher, Megan Tubb, for arranging another gardening bee in our new Play West on Sunday, 4 November 2018. The garden continues to thrive thanks to this care and attention. You might be interested to know that the new plants in Play West are native and have traditional and ongoing uses according to the traditional owners.

Friday Canteen: Banjo’s trial

In Term 4 we are running a trial, offering 3 bakery items from Banjo’s Sandy Bay, in an expanded Friday Canteen menu. If your children are not crazy about sushi, order a Banjo’s item instead and given yourself a break from lunch box duties. So far the cheese and vegemite scrolls is the popular pick. The items will only be offer in 2019 if well supported! Our thanks to Tracey Turner (Darcy and Lucas Eastall’s mum) who is our new(ish) Friday Canteen Coordinator!


We continue to embed Qkr, our online ordering, payment and financial reporting software. Qkr supports the work of our volunteers as they run our Friday Canteen and Uniform Shop programs and provide oversight of Association fundraising activities and finances. Watch out for the Uniform Shop online and ready for your next order (EFTPOS and cash still available)!

Industrial action by teachers

The Association recently received formal thanks from the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Jeremy Rockcliff MP, regarding our school community’s support of arrangements made to cover teachers who participated in recent industrial action. We are appreciative of Danielle and her whole staff who ensured that children were safe and engaged until bell time! Industrial action is likely to continue. The Association respect the rights of staff to exercise choice regarding industrial action however are here to represent parent concerns if they arise.

Volunteer afternoon tea

Save the date: if you volunteer in the School in any capacity, look forward to an invitation to the School’s Thank You Afternoon Tea, Monday 10 December 2018.

Leah Magliano our Chair (current taking a well-earned holiday), and I look forward to seeing you at an end of year event soon!

Alex Terhell
Acting Chair, TPSA





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

Vaccination Program

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), 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.



Now offering Banjos Sandwiches & Scrolls (Term 4 Trial)

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

Uniform Shop News

The uniform shop is in need of plastic bags. If you have any you are able to donate, please drop them into the office, or at the shop on Tuesdays. The reusable supermarket type are ideal, but they must be clean please.