Number 3: 11 March 2020

Key Dates 2020 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

At the TPSA General Meeting last night, all outgoing officeholders, committee members, staff, community and parent volunteers were thanked for their efforts and commitment to school association activities throughout 2019.  We took the opportunity to celebrate many of the achievements of the TPSA over the past year, including:

  • financial support for K-6 learning programs: Nature Play, Swimming and Water Safety and the Growing Up Program.
  • successful fundraising activities: Welcome Back BBQ, Sushi Fridays, Uniform Shop Sales, the Seaside Festival; and 
  • addition of new uniform shop items in response to parent requests.

A new (and very small) TPSA committee for 2020 was elected at the meeting last night.

I would like to thank Simona Timmins (Chair), Melissa Lees (Treasurer), Dominique Bowen-Butchart, Ang Oldfield (Staff member) and Hilary Purdie (Staff) who have committed to working together, with myself, to support the school and our learners through 2020.  

We are still actively seeking other members to join the TPSA – 5 vacancies remain!

I urge all parents to consider being part of our School Association and become more engaged and involved in activities that ultimately benefit all children. Without further membership, it is highly unlikely the TPSA will be able to deliver the range of fundraising activities or achieve the level of success seen in previous years.

Please contact Simona Timmins (TPSA Chair, centre in photo above) email to find out more – and please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 7th April in the staffroom to join this fun and energetic group.

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly.

  • Lachlan for his effort and passion during the Athletics Carnival.
  • Lucy for her amazing commitment to keeping her school and community free of rubbish.
  • Ezra for being such a kind, thoughtful and passionate learner.
  • Margot for always striving to achieve at your personal best and being a passionate learner.
  • Miles for his dedication to excellence in all areas of schooling.
  • David for settling in to grade 2 at T.P.S in a respectful and excellent manner.
  • Ben for your consistent effort and respectful attitude. Keep up the great work!
  • Tania for settling into a new school and always displaying our school values, you should be very proud!
  • Maliyah for always working hard and asking when you are unsure, well done!
  • Hudson for working well with others and always listening to their ideas, well done!
  • Risang for making us smile everyday with your sense of fun and happy nature. Welcome to Australia Risang!
  • Leo for your calm, caring and creative approach to all that you do. It is an inspiration to us all.
  • Quincy for a superb start to the year. You are working hard, are respectful to everyone and writing beautifully.
  • Poppy for an excellent start to the year. You’re a focused member of our class and unafraid to work hard.
  • Qun Lin for always being a helpful, smiling, positive class member and having a go at all tasks.
  • Rose for always displaying all 5 values!
  • Allie for your creativity and excellence. We always enjoy hearing your thoughts and seeing you always try your best!
  • Leah for striving for excellence in everything that you do in the classroom.
  • Pierre for displaying excellence in all of his work in every curriculum area.
  • Huon for displaying collaboration with all the members of ‘Team 3-4H’
  • Ryder for working creatively, displaying excellence and collaborative approaches to learning.
  • Erin for demonstrating the values of excellence and respect everyday and across all areas.
  • Jacob for being an encouraging role model in the playground.
  • Quinn for showing excellence, resilience and personal courage at Molesworth.
  • Claire for excellence, resilience and showing courage whilst at Molesworth.
  • Lila for the respect that she shows for the classroom and the way that she goes above and beyond when packing up.
  • Alfie for his happy, positive and settled beginning to his Prep year.


Prep-1 Vincent/Dorney

Prep-1 Vincent/Dorney have been discussing ways that we can reduce the amount of rubbish at our school. Please click on the image below for more details.


5-6 Clark/Gray

All Year 5-6 classes went to Molesworth for an excursion last week. Here is some information and photos from 5-6 Clark/Gray. Please click on the image below for more details

ATHLETICS carnival

Taroona Primary School Athletics Carnival Results:

Waratah – 721 Red

Acacia – 606 Yellow

Melaleuca – 550 Blue

Congratulations to Waratah!

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Interschool Athletics Carnival to compete at the Domain on Monday 16th March. The team will be led by our Captains Felicity and Evan, and Vice Captains Hannah and Louis.

Please click here for a list of selected students.

Good luck to all students for Monday.


Attention: Parents and Carers of students in years 4-6

The wellbeing of our students is important to us.

To get an understanding of how students across Tasmania feel about their own wellbeing, students in Years 4-6 at Taroona Primary will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.

The Student Wellbeing Survey is part of the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.

The details for the survey are:

When:                                          13th March

Who:                                            years 4-6

What do I need to do:             You and your child don’t need to do anything. The survey will be done in class time and will not require your child to prepare in any way.

A letter with more information was sent home with all Year 4-6 students, including Frequently Asked Questions and a form to sign and return to the school if you do not want your child to participate in the survey.   

If you would like further information, please contact Hilary Purdie

Thank you for supporting us to ensure that all our learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.


National Ride 2 School Day will be held this Friday, March 13. Please see the poster below for more details.


Please see below our Term 1 calendar for Launching into Learning.


Please see the poster below for more information about the Cool Kids Anxiety Program for children aged 3 to 12 years.


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


Please click here for the TPSA minutes.

Please click here for the 2019 Annual Review for Taroona Primary School.

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Email: TPSA 


New 2020 Uniform Shop Hours – Thursdays – 2.45pm – 3.15pm


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 mornings 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.