Number 9: 26 June 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

Our term is finishing off with a huge focus on The Arts! Many classes are busy preparing entries for the Young Archies Awards 2019, and Year 5-6 students interested in Tournament of the Minds have started meeting and  preparing for their Term 3 competition. Next Tuesday, the Year 4-6 choir participate in the Combined Choirs performance for Tasmania Sings in the Festival of Voices, which I know will be a very special event!  

Today’s Music Showcase was another fantastic opportunity for us to enjoy the creativity of our students and to celebrate their learning in this important specialist area. I thoroughly enjoyed every item; each was unique, engaging and wonderfully entertaining!  I am very much looking forward to seeing the Year 1-2 combined performance of Lanterns, now scheduled for the first assembly in Term 3 due to us running out of time today.  

The Arts Committee and teaching staff have also been busy preparing for our Arts Rotations Programs, which begin early next term. The aim of these programs is to expose our students to a wide variety of art experiences. Over the past two years these have been hugely successful, incorporating members of our wider community, including high school students and parents, working alongside TPS staff and students. Exciting learning opportunities will be provided in Music, Photography, Visual Arts, Digital Technology, Drama and Dance.  If you are interested in helping out, please ask your child’s teacher for more information. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thank you to our amazing teaching team for their efforts and energy in producing such comprehensive reports for our Prep to Year 6 students.  This week, families have the opportunity to meet with teachers and discuss their child’s progress as well as gain a deeper understanding of future focus areas for the remainder of 2019. Please contact individual teachers if you require any further information about this process.

Staffing Updates

Today’s assembly was the last for Mrs Sattler who, at the end of Term, will take Long Service Leave then officially retire from the Department of Education after 42 years of service. 

Lynne has worked in many schools after starting her studentship in 1977 and beginning her teaching career at Glen Dhu Infant School. Lynne worked at East Ravenswood, Brighton, Lenah Valley, New Town and Waimea Heights Primary Schools before permanently transferring to Taroona at the start of 2012.

It was a privilege today to stand with Alex Terhall (Deputy Chair TPSA) and congratulate Lynne for her outstanding contributions to the Department and to our school, and to wish her all the very best for her career beyond teaching!

At the end of next week, Kylie Frost will take Maternity leave for the remainder of 2019. We look forward to meeting baby number 3 in Term 3, and wish Kylie, Cameron, Oliver and Ben all the very best over the coming weeks and months!  

Selection processes for the vacant positions are still underway and families will be notified regarding replacement staff as soon as possible and practical. 

New Bike Racks

Following extensive consultation late in 2018, the TPSA has purchased and installed additional bike racks in the staff car park above Play West.  These racks have been strategically located to ensure ease of access for Year 3-6 students, as well as staff, who regularly ride to school. Thank you to Penny Brodribb for her coordination of this project and to Penny Brodribb, Petr Otahal, Mike Davis and Cian Carey for installing the racks. We hope to see many more students using pedal power to arrive safely each day!

Thank you

On behalf of the school community, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Leah Magliano, outgoing TPSA Chair, for her involvement in, and commitment to, our School Association over many years. I would especially like to acknowledge Leah’s ongoing support for myself and the school leadership team during her role as Chair during the past 2 1/2 years.  I know past and current committee members have highly valued Leah’s input, leadership and friendship and the school has benefited enormously from her input. 

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan




Please click on the images below for more information about Kinder Wilson’s excursion to the TSO and Launching into Learning.


We enjoyed a “Young Archie Art Day” on Monday. We experimented with different materials and techniques. Not all entries are completed but here is a snapshot of the early finishers.


Congratulations to all students who participated in the Division A cross country on Tuesday 11 June.

Taroona Primary finished a credible 9th out of 19 schools.

Thank you to Meg Groves and Imojen Pearce for assisting in training our students for this event.

Congratulations to our Year 3 boys team who received a 4th team ribbon at the Interschool – Tom T, Tom L, Ted, Darcy, Aldo and Duncan a, great job boys.

Congratulation also to those students who were invited and went on to participate in the Tasmanian All Schools Cross Country Championships at Symons Plains on Tuesday 25 June.

Molly, Elsie, Erin, Darcy, Ted, Duncan, Henry, Addison, Charlie, Marley and Archie. These students competed with between 150-200 students in their age grouping. A fabulous effort.

Kylie Broadbent



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. 

Two rehearsals are to be held next week, 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.

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.


TPSA – May minutes click here

It is with great regret that we announce that our Chair, Leah Magliano, has resigned this week from her role on the Association. Leah has been a key part of the Association for over 5 years contributing as a member and for the past 2.5 years as the Chair.  Leah’s 3 children have been / are all students at Taroona Primary School so Leah has been able to contribute lots of experience as a parent who has experienced all grades, a change in Principal and at least 2 (if not 3) very successful Seaside Festivals.  Leah’s natural compassion for others has helped draw people to the work of the Association and has provide those involved in running the School great support.  The Association is very grateful for her contribution and wish her and her family all the best.

Alex Terhell

Deputy Chair

Think U Know – Wed 29 May 2019

On one of those wild weather nights, Wed 29 May 2019, we hosted the Australian Federal Police Think U Know Cyber Safety Session for parents.  We had a small turn out but some really rich discussion with the experts and ourselves as parents about the challenges and some of the moments that have created great learnings for us and our children. 

This session was sponsored by your TPSA and was supported on the night by teacher, Hilary Purdie, and we thank her for her attendance and support.

Federal election BBQ – Sat 16 May 2019

Thank you to those parents who worked on or bought from, our Election ‘democracy’ BBQ on Sat, 16 May 2019.  We raised a fantastic $700 for the School!

Money raised at these events will be allocated to increase the funds that we make available for TPS teacher requests!          

Pick Up and Drop Off Zone

The TPSA reminds all parents that the pick-up and drop-off zone in the main car park is for just that: quick pick-ups and the dropping off of children.  Generally this will mean that you as the driver will not need to leave your driver seat or as a passenger not have to leave the vehicle.  If you need to assist a child in any way, please consider parking your car.

Taroona Roads and Safety

We have been contacted by a couple of parents who have asked the TPSA for support as they have reached out to local and State government organisations to address road and footpath safety concerns.

Taroona is a challenging physical environment for our kids and parents coming and going to school with windy roads, corners with limited lines of site, shade and plenty of vegetation! 

The TPSA encourage everyone to take extreme care on our roads and, as parents ourselves, understand your concerns.  We welcome all parents to our regular meetings to discuss matters of concern to them and will help when we can practically do so.

Taroona Seaside Festival (SSF): Save the Date 30 Nov 2019

Thank you to all those parents and members of our community who have enthusiastically put up their hands to volunteer to help with a stall or coordinate a range of activities (student buskers, the Green Team etc). We really appreciate you stepping up and helping out.

We still have a few roles to fill (see our current vacancies) and would love to hear from you if you can help out or if you have any other ideas for this years’ big day! Please click here for a list of current vacancies.

Susan Depaoli is our Festival Coordinator and can be contacted on

Stay warm and safe and have a lovely Term 2 holiday break.

Leah Magliano


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).

So far we have collected 19,980 stickers!


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.