Number 7: 29 May 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

It is wonderful to be home and back at Taroona after my overseas holiday, although the weather this week is very different to the long, warm days we experienced in France and Italy! A huge thank you to our TPS Leadership team: Tony, Hilary, Alex, Frances, Emma and Bianca, who took on additional duties whilst I was away. I must also thank Debbie Clark, Anita Wood, Kylie Frost and Lynne Sattler who took on additional hours in classrooms during this time. What a fabulous team we have!

This week and next, our Year 3, 4 and 5 students travel to Collegiate Pool for their Swimming and Water Safety Program. From all accounts, the students are highly engaged and are already showing evidence of improvement as a result of these lessons. Thank you to our parents / carers for ensuring children have a dry towel and bathers every day (tricky with the cold & rain) and of course a huge thank you to Kylie Broadbent and the swimming teaching team for their delivery of this excellent program.

Tonight, we have The Australian Federal Police delivering our TPSA sponsored Think U Know Cybersafety Parent Session from 7pm in the GP Room. I do hope many parents take up this opportunity to hear from the experts about what’s happening on-line for our young people and what we, as parents / carers, can do to keep our children safe whilst connected!

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



As you know, your child participated in NAPLAN Online last week. You may also be aware a number of students nationally experienced connectivity issues whilst sitting these tests on Tuesday 14 May.

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) who manage the NAPLAN nationally, has indicated that affected students have an option to resit the tests later in May.

In response, the Hon Jeremy Rockcliff, the Tasmanian Minister for Education, advised that he is strongly of the view that the benefits of resitting the tests are outweighed by the potentially negative impact on our learners and teachers.

As a result Tasmanian government school students will not be asked to re-sit NAPLAN.

This decision was made in consultation with key Tasmanian stakeholders and will allow our school to move past NAPLAN testing and to continue with the 2019 school year.

Nationally, consideration will be given to NAPLAN 2019 reporting at student, school and state level to ensure any students whose tests were disrupted are not disadvantaged.

Please contact us should you have any questions.


Tony Poynter

Assistant Principal


Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at todays assembly:

Creativity – Eliza M, Iris D.L.M, Lily B & Otis B

Respect – Marc E, Alexander K & Ava C

Resilience – Alfie W, Alex M & Beth H

Excellence – Hannah G-S, Stella B, Jake D, Isla C, Molly O, Tamsyn W, Xander B, Zayn N, Cecilia C, Charlie G & Chloe M

Collaboration – Niamh C

All 5 Values – Thomas H, Woolf W, Ryder H, Mia C, Erin E, Alexander V, Charlie A, Yashmina M & Lachlan M



3-4 P have been enjoying writing narrative and persuasive texts. Please click on the image below for more information.


1-2 VP have been investigating sound technologies. Please click on the image below for more information.



Parents and families are invited to attend a forum to provide information about and discuss Educational Adjustments.

From 2020, there will be a new approach in Department of Education schools to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs. 

Forums are scheduled for Term 2. Light refreshments will be provided.

See details of locations and timing and how to register at: REGISTER HERE


The Grade 4-6 Choir have been busy getting ready for the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices. The performance date for the event is 2 July for a 7pm start at the City Hall. 

A link for purchasing tickets is attached for parents. Parents are encouraged to get in soon before tickets sell out.

More information will be coming out soon with regards to the event but parents and students please note that there will be two rehearsals including Monday 1 July at C3, Anglesea St and Tuesday 2 July at the City Hall from 10-2pm on both days.

Please click on the link below to purchase tickets.

Janelle Stowe


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

Term 2 calendar: see below for full details.


TPSA May Meeting minutes click here

Election BBQ’s: Sat 4 and Sat 18 May 2019

Thank you to those parents who worked on or bought from, our Election ‘democracy’ BBQ on Sat, 4 May 2019.  We raised a fantastic $500 for the School!

Think U Know – Wed 29 May 2019, 7pm

In cooperation with the School, the Association is supporting this parent information session by the Australian Federal Police regarding safe internet and social media use.  This session start at 7.00pm tonight in the TPS GP Hall.  Please come along to support this initiative and learn how to better care for your children in the online environment! Please note this is a free event.

Seaside Festival

Yes it is happening!!!

Given your generous responses to our call for volunteers for the Festival, the Association has agreed to go ahead and hold a Festival this year! Save the date: Sat 30 Nov 2019, 11am-3pm.

The Festival Coordinator is Association member, Susan de Paoli, and the first meeting of the organising sub-committee was held on the weekend.  If you missed our earlier call out for help, please contact Susan ( on to add your name to a role or nominate to help on the day!

Thank you again to all those parents and community members who have given us their support!  We will be in touch and promise that you will have lots of fun and an amazing sense of achievement as we bring our community together for this great event!

See you or talk to you at one of these events

Leah and the Association


Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.


We have now introduced online shopping via Qkr! Please click “here” for instructions on how to do this. Qkr is our preferred payment method. You can even use it in store!

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:

Tuesdays between 2:45 and 3:15, underneath the staff room. Or simply use Qkr and collect your order from the office at a time that suits you.

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Carolyn on if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.


Please click on the image below for information about the Cool Kids Anxiety Program, held at UTAS from April – July, 2019.


One of our students has lost a very special bag of toys.

The bag was last seen in the GP hall and the family would be very grateful if this could be returned as there is sentimental value attached.

If anyone sees the bag which is very similar to the one pictured below could they please bring it to the front office to be returned to the family.


Please click on the images below for more information on Coder College courses for Term 2.



If you shop at Woolworths, please collect these stickers and drop them into our collection box, which is located in the school office and at Sandy Bay Woolworths.

Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet (extras sheets are available at the school office).

So far we have collected 7380 stickers!


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) 8.30am to 8.55am
  • Car park & bus area 2.50pm 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 7.00-8.30am (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.