Number 16: 24 October, 2018

Key Dates 2018 click to open the Calendar of events

EXCURSIONS Yr 2 & Senior (Yr3-6) Choir,1-2P,1-2G,1-2W,1-2N,5-6H,5-6C, YR 3 -6 Interschool Swim Carnival (selected students)

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News – There are lots of new School Holiday Programs and Term 4 information.

* FOUND: 1 set of car keys & 1 house key – please contact the office.


Dear Families,

Term 4 has started off with much activity and excitement.  Last week our students were thoroughly engaged in Plastic Pollution Solutions workshops with Anthony Hill, had a wonderful day participating in the Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival (superbly organised once again by Mrs Broadbent), and selected Year 1-2 students enjoyed reconnecting with Maisie and Kathryn our Story Dogs Team.  We also had a number of students who participated in the Taroona Community Waste Expo on Saturday, which provided many people with the opportunity to learn more about the great actions our students are taking to tackle the problem of litter at our school. Thank you to Mrs Purdie for supporting the students at the expo.

The start to Term 4 has also been busy for our hardworking and energetic TPSA Executive who, in addition to running the Parent Evening with Anthony Hill on Thursday, spent two hours last Tuesday evening discussing the school intake area maps for consultation, reviewing and approving teacher submissions for additional school resources, and discussing and endorsing three new policies, developed in response to the new Education Act (2016).  The support of the TPSA is very much appreciated by all TPS staff and I thank Leah, Alex and the committee for engaging in this important work each month on behalf of the school community. All newly endorsed TPS Policies have now been uploaded to the school website in the Parent Handbook section.

Class Placement Process 2018

Over the coming weeks, teachers will be working together to construct class groupings for 2019. Decisions regarding class placement are made using the following process:

  1. Teaching staff 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 are 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 will be announced in the last week of Term 4.  No changes will be made unless an obvious error has occurred.

Please note that 2019 class placement information will be sent home on Monday 17 December after students have met their new teacher and group earlier that day.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the Show Day Public Holiday, and Friday a Professional Learning Day for staff, where the teaching team will review our 2018 School Improvement Priorities and also engage in some hands on learning using new digital technologies.  Care for students on Friday is available onsite by Lady Gowrie (6230 6806 or email for those families who require this service.

I do hope to see you at next week’s Celebration of Learning Assembly on Tuesday afternoon where our Kindergarten and 5-6 H students are scheduled to share their learning.

Best wishes,

Danielle Bresnehan



A fabulous fun and action packed day was had by all on Thursday 18th October!

Thank you to all the students who showed amazing resilience to push themselves to great success at the carnival. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who came along to help the carnival run so smoothly and support the students. Finally, thank you to all TPS staff for your hard work in running the carnival.

The final points for the day were.

1st           Waratah               820

2nd          Acacia                   719

3rd           Melaleuca           665

Kylie Broadbent

PE Teacher


On Thursday 1st November the Grade 2 Choir and Grade 3-6 Choir will be attending and performing for the Music Count Us In event at the Bellerive Boardwalk.

Students in the choir will present a combined piece for the ‘Schools Music Showcase’ commencing at 11am and will then combine with other schools for the nationwide event at 12.30 where they will sing ‘One Song’. This piece was written by students in Australia who received expert guidance and mentorship from award winning producer John Foreman OAM and Australian actress, singer, television host Justine Clarke.

We wish the students well for this event and look forward to hearing about their experience.

Janelle Stowe

Music Teacher


On 31st of Oct we will be participating in the International Outdoor Classroom Day. Classes will be using the outdoors in their learning – across all areas of the curriculum. In addition to lessons planned by our TPS teachers, the TPSA have also kindly funded Kara Spence, a local Nature Play Educator, to spend the day working with children in the reserve adjacent to our grounds. She will be running Nature Play sessions with the Early Childhood classes and some of their buddies. Working with Kara will be a wonderful experience for the staff and children alike – she is a wealth of knowledge in this field and we are all very much looking forward to the day!

Children will need to be suitably attired for bush play, including tree climbing, mud play and hut building. We ask that children bring long trousers (they are welcome to change into these from shorts/skorts if it is a particularly warm day), sturdy footwear (e.g. gumboots) and a raincoat (weather permitting). The day will go ahead in all weather, with the exception of severe weather warnings!

We look forward to sharing our pictures of the day!

Emma Nuttall


Please click on the following link:


1-2 P


5-6 PT

Early bird discount of 10% off for any enrolment made before 7 October 2018.

Enrolments are direct with Coder College at


The final date for Book Club is Thursday 1 November.  Please place your orders by this date to avoid disappointment.

Ways to order:

  • Online via the LOOP
  • place cash and order form in an envelope in the box provided at the Office.


August minutes click here




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.