Newsletter 3 Term 1 February - Mount Tarcoola Primary School


Newsletter 3 Term 1 February - Mount Tarcoola Primary School
School Motto
Term 1 Week 6 2015
Mark Whisson
Deputy Principals:
Shane Rutter
Marlene Bevan
08 9921 4066
08 9921 4310
08 9964 3162
08 9921
[email protected]
Website: http:/
Tuesday 10th March
Parent Newsletter
Wednesday 11th March
Harmony Day
Young Writers Workshop—Yr 6
Monday 23rd March
P&C AGM 7:00pm
Tuesday 24th March
Parent Newsletter
Friday 27th March
Parent Assembly Rooms 14 & 17
Year 6 Cake Stall
Thursday 2nd April
Last day of Term 1
Tuesday 21st April
Students commence Term 2
Thursday 23rd April
ANZAC Day Assembly
Monday 27th April
ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Our school is being subjected to
increasing vandalism after school and on
weekends. Please report any after hours
visitors to the police on 9923 4555 or
School Watch on 131 444.
Please keep children out of the school
grounds after hours.
The School Council met last night with the main item of business being the
examination and ratification of the school’s 2015 one line budget. The budget was
ratified after a comprehensive explanation by Karen Batty who is the School Council
Chairperson. We have a very active School Council where P&C, parent and community
representatives are in the majority as should be the case. However, we would
welcome new parent representatives so if you are interested, please contact Karen
Batty at school.
Our school hosted a meeting of the Aussi group last week. This group has
representatives from primary and secondary schools in our region and is concerned
with sustainability. The guest speaker was Angela Rossen. Angela is an artist with
over thirty years professional practice painting and exhibiting in Australia and
overseas. Her main theme is the beauty and fragility of the Ocean which she
communicates through her works in a range of media. She also presents workshops in
schools for students, creating biodiversity paintings as a way of involving children
with the environment and conservation issues in a fun and educational way.
These Environmental Science Art workshops take students out into nature to
observe and record the living things in the environment. During the week long
workshops students make a biodiversity survey based on their field observations and
research which they express as a major artwork (information taken from Angela’s
website which is
The workshop would cost the school $4000 and we hope to receive support from a
number of groups in the City of Greater Geraldton to fund this project.
Progress is being made in regards to the creation of our own ―Sustainability Hub‖.
Unfortunately the pre-apprenticeship students from Durack Tafe are unable to
assist due to a cutback in the hours they can assign to projects of this type.
However, Geraldton Men’s Shed will have a look at our project this week and if
everything works out, they may be able to assist in the construction of our secure
Mr. Harwood and Mr. Normington, our Physical Education teachers, have agreed to
participate in the Jump Rope For Heart program. This is based on skipping and
students learn to skip (with ropes) and also learn skipping tricks which they can put
together for a performance. Students will be seeking sponsorship with the money
raised going to the Heart Foundation. The Jump Rope For Heart organisation will
support our school through the provision of skipping ropes and conducting workshops
at school for teachers and students.
Finally, I bring to your attention that we will be re-starting our parent
representatives in classrooms program for 2015 and our teachers will be seeking
representatives in the near future.
to the following students who were awarded
Certificates of Merit at the Parent Assembly on
Friday 27th February 2015.
Room 1
Toby McMile, Natasha Archer, Samaia Friesen
Room 2
Sienna Barton, Kai Furukawa, Aminah Azman
Room 3
Alexa Winfrey, Ben McGowan, Sienna Norman
Room 4
Kohatu Nuku, Timothy McCarthy, Annalise Reilly
Room 5
Sienna Milward, Tyreece Mogridge, Cruz James
Room 7
Chanelle Reilly, Vinod Premaratne, Jett Butson
Room 8
Mason Haynes, Casey Bremner, Bella Robinson
Room 9
Shadri Rosman
Room 10
Zoe Tomuri, Keynan Mac Donald, Miela Friesen
Room 11
Ashley Bond, Bailee Emery, Kristen Harries
Room 12
Mikayla Pearse, Marli Lewis, Kye Pethick
Room 13
Lani Bennett, Zayne Gray
Room 14
Erin Harries, Jed Hagan, Charlotte McAuliffe
Room 15
Isaiah Evans, Toby Gallop, Emily Gronow
Room 16
Liam Meharry, Mica Hallgarth, Sinea Fourie
Room 17
Patrick Bawden, Ava MacPherson, Harmony
Molloy, Isaac Benson
Aussie of the Month
Junior Student
Anaya Stone-Upton
Anaya is a kind and caring student
who always considers the needs of
others and is a great peer tutor.
She consistently displays all the
BE’s–reliable, polite, co-operative
and respectful.
Senior Student
Jasmin Carcuevas
For taking special care of a Year 1
buddy during computer lessons
and in the playground.
Principal’s Reliability Award
Junior Student
Jenna Butson
Jenna always does her best and
never gives up. She is a great role
model in the classroom and is
reliable, polite, co-operative and
respectful. A wonderful student.
Senior Student
Ben May
Ben is an excellent citizen within
and outside of the classroom. He
is always polite, organised and
perseveres with all tasks.
The P&C AGM will be held in week 8, Monday 23rd March at 7.00pm in the Staffroom. New members are
welcome. Bring along $1.00 to vote. Come along and help our school. Hope to see you all there.
Open every MONDAY 8.30am - 9.00am in Room 20 (Artroom) or by appointment with Jodie at the Canteen.
All new uniforms will be by Pre-order with a limited supply available at the uniform shop. Our next Pre-order will
occur during 2nd Term.
Second hand uniforms are available from the uniform shop and are acceptable as we phase in the new uniform.
There are a number of brand new uniforms (old style) available at the uniform shop. Prices range from $3.00 to
$5.00 a piece.
Second hand pencils, textas, rulers, gluesticks, crayons, satchels and folders are available at the uniform shop
and canteen.
1st Term Menu remains the same as for Term 4, 2014.
NEW Satchels, Pencil cases and hats are available from the canteen
Satchels - $9.00
Pencils cases - $7.00
Hats - (new and old type) - $12.00
Nominations are open for the School Council. The Council meets 1 to 2 times a term. We meet in the staffroom
on Monday nights from 6.30pm to 7.30pm approximately.
If you would like to nominate for a position on the council, please contact Mr Mark Whisson (Principal) or Mrs
Karen Batty (School Chairperson) on 9921 4066.
Thank you to families who have paid their 2015 Voluntary Contributions and P&C for students. Statements were
sent home via students in Week 2 of Term.
Contributions and P&C are voluntary and are used by the school to provide materials, services and facilities for
the educational program of students. If you are unable to pay the full amount, part payment is always welcome.
Payment of Contributions is accepted at the school office (cash, cheque or credit card only).
Date: Saturday, 28th March 2015
Time: 9:30am—2:00pm
Venue: Rovers Clubrooms, Alexander Park (Alexander Street, Utakarra)
Any enquiries regarding Junior Soccer can be directed to Jackie Scott on 0429 177 111 or email:
[email protected].
For Senior enquiries phone Pino Faugno on 0419 951 243.
Telephone : 9956 2185
Let’s play HOCKEY!
2015 Sub-Junior Hockey Season
Nominations are required from students in Years 2—6 who wish to PLAY HOCKEY this season. To assist in the
organisation of teams, could parents wishing their child to participate, please complete a registration form
(available from the school office) and return it to the GHA Clubrooms on Wednesday 25 th March from 3.00
to 4.00pm OR the school office by no later than Tuesday 17th March, 2015.
Children can be involved at various levels, according to their age, skill levels and experience. The season will
commence in Term 2 and Fees will be payable by Saturday 9th May (do not pay fees with the registration
form). The hockey grounds are situated at the east end of Eighth Street, Wonthella.
GHA Office – Level 1, 268 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton.
Telephone: 9956 2185.
Email: [email protected]
Hook in2 Hockey teaches children the introductory skills of the game of hockey, while encouragement and
teamwork enhances personal development. H in2 H is suitable for girls and boys aged 4 to 7 years. Two
sessions will be held during Term 2……..please select either TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY. Enrolment Forms
available from the school office.
& PAYMENT: at Geraldton Hockey Association Clubrooms, Eighth Street [east end], Wonthella OR at the
G.H.A. Office until FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 2015.
Hockeystick & ball, stick bag, shin guards, mouth guard, singlet + Team Shirt. $55.00 [all gear
should be available at the first session in May]
EQUIPMENT: Wear sports clothes / shoes. Mouth guard and shin guards always recommended.
ENQUIRIES: Brent Allen - Hook in2 Hockey Co-ordinator - 0418 643 844 or the GHA Office 9956 2185.
The 8 week Hook in2 Hockey program will commence on Tuesday 12 th May / Wednesday 13th May and finish the
last week of Term 2. Hin2H will be held from 4.00pm to 4.45pm at the Wonthella Grass Hockey Fields, Eighth
St [east end], Wonthella
Challenging the World
Tournament of Minds, the highly successful Australian creative
problem-solving program, is presenting a series of four Professional
Learning Opportunities:
What is TOM? An introduction to TOM for facilitators who
are new to the program
Simply Spontaneous – developing creative and divergent thinking skills
3) Dramatically Different – choosing and using presentation and drama skills to enhance team performance
4) Decoding the Challenge – to assist teams to read through the challenges, critically evaluate their own skills
and those required to solve the Challenge and select effective Presentation Skills.
Further information including dates, costs and locations is available on the TOM
Topics covered include:
 promoting team building & co-operation choosing effective cross-aged, co-operative teams
 Ÿcatering to the needs of gifted and talented students
 Ÿdeveloping creative, critical and caring thinking
tackling the Long Term and Spontaneous Challenges
 Ÿtime management
 Ÿdeveloping problem solving techniques
 Ÿintegrating the benefits of TOM into a total school plan
$60 - 4:30-6pm Wed 25th Feb or Wed 11th March or Wed 25th March all at CEO Leederville. BOOKINGS
If you are interested in participating in this session, please visit and
follow the links to Western Australia.
Once there, register for the Tournament of Minds Workshop/s of your choice. An invoice will automatically be
sent to you via email. Any enquires on the Workshops should be directed to Di Rundus via
[email protected]
If your 6 – 8 year old children are struggling with Parental Separation and/or death in the family, they are
invited to join this 4 week workshop.
Monday March 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th 2015
3.45 – 4.45 pm
Cost $5
Centacare Family Services
3 Maitland Street, Geraldton
This session on grief and loss can help children manage and understand the effects of significant change in their
lives. It provides a safe and creative way to explore feelings and memories. Call Centacare on 9921 1433 to
register your interest.
For the last 9 years a programme has been in place offering the opportunity to young French students aged
16-17 years to discover Australia and its education system. The student will attend a High School.
The purpose of the programme is for the French student to experience living with an Australian family, to see
how an Australian school operates, to improve their English language skills through this full immersion and to
create a strong friendship with their Anglophone peers. The programme is highly successful and both Australians
and French students greatly enjoy the exchange. Many families still keep in touch with each other.
He/ she will be fully covered by appropriate insurance. Please
[email protected], mob : 0403 019 609 if you are interested in hosting.
TransED Term 1 2015
Welcome back for the latest edition of TransED for 2015. With a whopping 50,000 primary and secondary
students catching public transport every single weekday it may cross your mind to begin to teach them the basics
of public transport usage to ensure that they are safe and sound when out and about.
To assist with this, Transperth Education is proud to announce the arrival of Get On Board - a website created
specifically with teachers, students and parents in mind. With a host of lessons all with Australian Curriculum
links, it has never been easier to access a host of resources specifically created to educate your students/child
about safe travel on the Transperth network. Visit to find out more.
Student SmartRiders
As it is the start of the year, why not remind students/children that the Student Smartrider is the ONLY form
of ID that Transperth accepts and the only way in which to access our student only 60cent fare. If you are
interested in getting your child on board why not assist them by applying for their Student SmartRider cards.
The process is quick and easy and best of all FREE for all Primary School Students. Access the Student
SmartRider application form here.
Get to Grips with Public Transport
Transperth can’t help parents to get them out of bed, or get them to pay attention to their teachers in class, but
we can make it easier to plan their trip to and from school thanks to the new Get on Board website.
Click HERE to read more about our fantastic new website specifically designed for teachers, students and
Contact Details
For more information, contact Transperth's Community Education Team Ph: 9326 3970
E: [email protected]