Number 19: 18 December 2019

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

With the end of the school year upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing Taroona team for their positive and enthusiastic contributions to the education of our learners, each and every day. 2019 has been another fantastic year, and I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together, as partners in learning.    

Our final celebration assembly last Wednesday was a wonderful event, that showcased the colour and energy of our school community.  I thoroughly enjoyed preparing and presenting the Principal’s Address, reflecting on our achievements across the year and celebrating the success and contributions of all involved with our school during 2019. I have attached a copy of the TPS Principal address  11 December 2019 for those who are interested.

Planning for 2020

On Monday morning, all students, Kindergarten – Year 5, met with their new class group for 2020, in their 2020 classroom.  The majority of students across the school met with their 2020 teacher, with one class still awaiting confirmation.  At this stage, staffing for 2020 is as follows:

  • Kindergarten / LiL – Sarah Wilson
  • Prep – Jocelyn Pullen
  • Prep-1 – Em Dorney (Mon-Tuesday) / Mel Vincent (Wed – Friday)
  • 1-2 – Angela Oldfield / Kylie Broadbent (Friday)
  • 1-2 – Tania Glover
  •  Year 2 – Frances Thorp / Em Dorney (Wednesday)
  •  3-4 – Jane Graham-Smith
  •  3-4 – Alanna Carne
  •  3-4 – Liz Parry
  •  3-4 – TBC
  •  5-6 – Debbie Clark / TBC 0.2FTE (Friday)
  •  5-6 – Philly Hughes
  •  5-6 – Karen Gregson
  •  5-6  – Megan Tubb / Emma Nuttall (Wednesday & Thursday)
  •  LOTE – Anita Wood (0.5FTE)
  •  PE – Kylie Broadbent (0.5FTE)
  •  Music – Janelle Stowe (0.5FTE)
  •  Support Teacher – Hilary Purdie (0.4FTE)

Congratulations to Mrs Hilary Purdie who has been appointed as A/Assistant Principal from the start of the new school year, and to Emma Nuttall, who was recently appointed as A/Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) in 2020, in addition to her Literacy Coach role. 

TPS Parent Handbook 2020

A copy of the 2020 Parent Handbook can be downloaded from Parent Handbook Page of the TPS Website .  Please note that there has been an update to the Prep-6 Reporting Schedule in line with changes to recent DoE guidelines, where parents will receive personal communications from each class teacher in relation to how their child has settled into Term 1.  Another change includes parents taking responsibility for supplying a set of personal headphones for their child to use on school devices.  Please take some time to read through the updated handbook and feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

Leavers 2019

Tomorrow at our final assembly for 2019, we will say goodbye to a number students, including, of course, our Year 6 leaders who have been an incredible group! Thank you to their families, some who have been with us for significant periods of time and have supported the school in so many and varied ways. For those families who will say goodbye for the last time tomorrow, thank your and farewell from us all!

During the official proceedings tomorrow afternoon, we will take some time to acknowledge and thank staff members who are leaving at the end of the term: Tony Poynter, Alex McNamara, Jo Williams, Eleni Dokos,  Damien Cameron and Roxanne Holliday.  Their significant contributions to our school are highly valued.  We wish our leaving staff all the very best into 2020 and beyond.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone in our school community a safe, happy and relaxing break.  I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday, 5 February, ready for another fabulous year of learning here at Taroona.  

Danielle Bresnehan


Term Dates for 2020

Term 1 Wednesday 5 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2 Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3 Tuesday 21 July to Friday 25 September

Term 4 Monday 12 October to Thursday 17 December


Please click here for information about student bus travel and if your child is eligible to travel free of charge.


2019 Taroona Seaside Festival

On Saturday 30 November a crowd of 3000 people came together to enjoy the 7th biennial Taroona Seaside Festival. The Festival is our School’s biggest fundraising initiative and this year was a resounding success. Almost $29,000 was raised this year which will go directly toward educational resources, equipment and infrastructure that will benefit Taroona Primary School students.

The Seaside Festival is an opportunity for the Taroona community to celebrate the vibrant, caring and creative community we live in. Its’ success was thanks to amazing dedication and hard work of over 200 volunteers who gave their time to bring the Festival to life. The event held over 60 stalls offering food and drinks, homemade crafts and gifts, toys and treasure, books, plants/flowers, clothing and major raffles.

Musical performances, games and activities, raffles and lucky dips offered plenty of entertainment for all throughout the day. Local organisations also attended offering information and education about wildlife and habitat in the Kingborough region while Taroona’s large scientific community inspired a Marine Expo attended by IMAS and the EPA amongst others.

Sustainability Goals Achieved!

This year the Festival worked hard to deliver a truly sustainable event. The Green Team was formed by a group of 20 students, parents and teachers who volunteered their time to sort and sustainably dispose of the Festival’s waste through composting, recycling and soft plastic recycling (RedCycling). The Green Team alongside the Year 5/6 Nuttall-Tubb class undertook hours of research and planning, setting a goal and devising a plan to minimise the Festival’s landfill waste. Great effort was taken to achieve this which included working with the Festival Committee to encourage people to bring their own or hire food and drink containers and stallholders packed items for sale in reusable or compostable packaging. All rubbish was collected and sorted at the Green Team waste station. This year only two 80-litre bags of rubbish was sent to landfill, an 87% reduction on the 2017 Festival (where 15 bags of landfill was collected). An amazing achievement and something to be incredibly proud of. Unable to rest on their laurels, the Green Team continue their efforts to reduce the Festival’s carbon footprint by planting one tree for every $1000 raised. As a result, 29 trees or shrubs will be planted at the School next year.

A Very Big Thank You

Over 110 local businesses supported the Taroona Seaside Festival offering generous donations and in-kind support in excess of $20,000. Many of the donations formed the major raffle prizes and the bumper adult lucky dip stall. Other donations included sausages and salmon for the BBQs, supermarket gift vouchers, marquees and trestle tables, graphic design and printing services and much more. The success of the Festival would not have been possible without this amazing support from our very generous community. Please take the time to see our list of sponsors (below) and we hope you may return their support as you shop or search for services throughout next year.

A very big thank you again to all the people who volunteered leading up to, during and after the event for your time and effort. And thanks to all those who came and enjoyed the day! Finally, thanks to the sunshine for staying out long enough for everyone to enjoy some dry weather and warmth.


Check out the Festival’s Facebook page for photos taken on the day! 


New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm
Call for Volunteers – Back-To-School Sales Days
The Uniform Shop needs some volunteer helpers for the Back-To-School sales days on Wednesday 29th January, Thursday 30th January and Tuesday 4th January (rostered between 9am and 12 Noon). If you have three hours available on one or more of those days that you can assist, please get in touch with Uniform Shop Coordinator, Katie Ferguson, on 0407 000 785 or email
2020 Uniform Shop Sales


Date (2020)

Shop Hours



29th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room


30th January

9:30am – 11:30am

Sales in music room


4th February

9:30am – 11:30am

Uniform Shop


5th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop (First Day of School)


6th February

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Uniform Shop


After consultation and feedback from the Taroona Primary community, we’ve introduced 3 new uniform items as a trial. These items will become permanent if sales trial is positive.

  • Polar Fleece Vests (Sizes 4 – 14) $40
  • Track pants with Reinforced Knees (Sizes 4, 6, 8 only) $47
  • Leggings (Girls Size 4 – 14) $35

See flyer here for photos.

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:  

Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm


We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to join our sushi packing roster on Friday morning’s in 2020 commencing in Term 1. This is a fun and easy task requiring around 1 hour from 9-10 am. Volunteers are rostered subject to their specified availability e.g. once a fortnight or once every 4-6 weeks, whatever suits you! You work in pairs with another volunteer in the school staff room. A Working with Vulnerable People Check is essential. If you could do a buddy shift before the end of the year, that would be great also but if you cannot, we are happy to train you up at the start of Term 1.

If you are interested, please contact Tracey Turner on 0439 618 520 or


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.