Number 8: 12 June 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

There is so much energy and excitement about the school at the moment with exciting learning activities happening across all grades!

The Year 3-5 Swimming and Water Safety Program concluded last Friday with all students making significant gains over the 10-days. I was extremely proud to hear that all students approached these lessons with positivity and were excellent ambassadors for our school whilst offsite. Thank you once again to the TPSA for financially supporting this program in 2019.

All 5-6 classes and 3-4McW & 34C spent a learning session outside today with our Nature Play expert Kara Spence. This term the 5-6 students are engaging in nature play using the lens of Exploration: what it means to explore, how people explore, what they find, what they do with what they find and the ethics of exploring. The 3-4 Classes are focusing on What makes Australia special? And exploring how these ideas and concepts can be applied to nature; caring for ourselves, each other and the planet/nature. I’m certain the classes are going to thoroughly enjoy their inquiry in the outdoors this term.

Speaking of excitement, our Year 1-2 students have been eagerly anticipating two upcoming learning opportunities, ‘Night School’ and ‘Dawn School’, being offered to students to support their inquiry into ‘Light and Sound’. Tonight at 5.30pm the 1-2 students and their parents/carers, will make observations of the night sky, listen to a ‘night time’ story, make a hot chocolate and join a night time walk to the Reserve to gaze at the stars, spot nocturnal animals and build friendships with each other. Next Thursday at 7.15am the children will be given the opportunity to observe the changes in the morning sky and watch the sun rise at the Mount Nelson Signal Station! What fabulous learning for our young scientists!

Congratulations to all students who represented our school at the Interschool cross-country carnival yesterday at Geilston Bay. This year our Year 3 boys Cross Country Team came fourth in their event which was a wonderful achievement. Thank you again to Kylie Broadbent for coordinating the team and to parent helpers Meg Groves and Imogen Pearce who assisted with before school training for the team.

A couple of safety reminders for the car park and surrounding areas:

  • Please use the pedestrian crossing and not the channel highway junction during peak times, i.e. before and after school.
  • Please park your car and do not use the pick up / drop off zone if your child needs assistance e.g. help to get into the booster seat.
  • Please do not park and wait for children in the drop off and pick up zone in the car park.

Thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of our children and families around the school.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan




1-2OB have been investigating sources of light. Please click on the image below for more information.


Grade 1-2TS have been inquiring in to the properties and potentials of light and sound. Please click on the image below for more information. 



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.



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.


The University Psychology Clinic will be running the Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids® anxiety management group programs commencing September 2019.

Cool Kids® is a 10 week program for parents and children aged 8-12 years. Two group programs will commence on Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September from 3:30-5pm, with a break for school holidays from 30 September-11 October. Cost: $35 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 12 July 2019.

Cool Little Kids® is a 6 week program for parents only, of children aged 3-6 years showing early signs of anxiety. Two groups will commence on Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October from 10am-12pm. Cost: $25 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 19th July 2019.

For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 62262805 or visit our website at


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).


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) 8.30am 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.

Lady Gowrie Vacation Care Program Term 2 holidays click here.

To ensure the safety of our school property, please ring Crime Stoppers if you see anyone acting suspiciously in our school grounds.