Number 6: 6 May 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

We are so proud of all of our learners; those at home (children and parents/carers) and those at school (children, teachers and support staff!). The level of student engagement and participation in the learning at home program has been tremendous, and the feedback from parents and carers about the learning materials and the flexible structure of the program has been extremely positive.  

Our key focus for Term 2 is on ensuring well being for everyone – students, families and staff.  We ask that all children log into Seesaw each morning to receive their daily video and other messages from their class teacher and so that attendance can be marked for all students who are learning at home.  Please make learning at home work for you and your children so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. Class teachers will continue to phone families once each week, to talk to your child and answer any questions that you may have. 

The advice for Term 2 regarding schooling remains the same – schools are open for the children of essential workers and for those children whose families cannot support learning at home due to work or other circumstances.  As outlined previously, the school has been reconfigured to enable teachers to support learners coming onsite as well as connect with students and families off site.  Therefore, we require at least 24 hours’ notice in advance if your circumstances change. This will greatly assist us in our daily and weekly planning, to ensure all children and families are well supported, each and every day. 

A reminder that families are asked to drop students off at the school gate or outside the Kinder Block for our younger students. We respectfully ask that parents / carers do not come into the playground or classrooms at this time and do not come onsite before and after school hours.

Thank you once again to all parents / carers for your support during this unusual, challenging and uncertain time.  We know that Learning at home is not the same as learning at school, and we are here to support families.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at any time for assistance. 

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan


Learning at Home Program

Year 5-6 students found many creative and inspirational ways to respond to one of last week’s well-being tasks!  



Story Dogs News

Dear Story Dogs School,

We are very excited to be offering you a way for your staff and students to reconnect with their Story Dog during this time of Stay At Home restrictions. Our dogs and volunteers are keeping safe at home but have been busy reading. Please visit our dedicated YouTube Channel to see our dogs and volunteers in action.

Please feel free to pass this on to your staff and parents.

We look forward to being back in your school helping your students just as soon as the Stay At Home restrictions have lifted and we are invited back into your school.

Kind Regards

Janine Sigley

Managing Director / Cofounder

TPS Virtual Cross Country

Our school cross country will still go ahead this year. We are asking families to run their own course this year and record their time. The distance for each year level is as follows:

  • Kinder/Prep: 500m
  • Year 1/2: 1km
  • Year 3/4: 1.5km
  • Year 5/6: 2km

Students, together with their families, may choose where to run their cross country (i.e backyard, foreshore track, footpath, up and down the street or oval).

Students have a couple of weeks to train for the cross country and when ready, can run their cross country then record in Canvas where they ran, their time and, as an optional extra, a photo. Times are to be entered into Canvas by Friday 22nd May.

Please log into canvas to access all the information and contact Kylie Broadbent ( with any questions you may have.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our TPS community to encourage each other, keep fit and remain connected.

Kylie Broadbent 

PE Teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays  (half day from 12pm)

Launching into Learning

Our Term 2 Launching into Learning (Home Style) program started last week. Log into Seesaw this Thursday (tomorrow) and join Sarah online for some crafty Mothers’ Day activities! To join the LiL group email or call the school on 6227 8325.


It is proposed that the next TPSA Meeting will be held via Zoom. More details will be forwarded to families once dates and times are confirmed.

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

Please click here for the TPSA Principal Report.

Email: TPSA 


Please be aware that the onsite uniform shop is currently closed until further notice. Online orders may be considered.  Please contact Uniform Shop Coordinator, Katie Ferguson for more information. 

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.


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.