TC 2018-2021 Vision: To co-create high quality learning experiences within an inclusive and supportive community

To the TC Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to very briefly welcome everyone to 2019. It has been a pleasure to welcome everyone to the new year and I have enjoyed seeing the way in which everyone has returned to approach TC 2019. This is a short welcome from me as there is a large amount of information for you on this page. Some of this may not be relevant to you particularly, but the weekly announcement is a vital way for you to receive information on upcoming events at TC.

I will however say a small amount about one of the conversations held with staff on our return to school earlier this week. It was identified that as a school we had many successes over 2018 on which to build. Our Scored VCE students achieved the highest VCE scores seen by the school for many years increasing further above the state average, our VCE Dux achieved the highest ATAR achieved by a student of TC for at least 9 years. As a school it is important to note that we have always said that we are not just an ATAR machine. For many of our current students this is their aim and we will continue to support this. We do however, have an incredibly strong focus on all students achieving their pathway that is relevant to them. As an example, we saw an unprecedented level of success for those students achieving a place in Tertiary education, and a huge amount of students entering trainee-ships and apprenticeships.

We know that we, as every school does, have areas to make improvements in, and as a school we will continue to strive to work towards meeting our vision in 2019 working with the whole community on this journey.

Items in this announcement:

  • New staff to TC

  • School Calendar for Term 1

  • Term Dates for the Year

  • Items Left in Lockers from 2018

  • VCE Catch-Up Sessions

  • Panorama Bus Departure Times

  • Compass Log In

  • Compass Help

  • Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

  • TC Resource List for 2019

  • Times of the Day 2019

  • Do not miss this parents! Parents Talk from the Resilience Project

  • Community Meetings Next Week

  • Immunisations

  • Grad Meeting Next Week

  • Traffic Flow at Peak Times

  • Use of Disabled Parking Spaces

  • Sports Update

New staff to TC

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome some new staff to the school. We spent many months and hours undertaking the recruitment process and are really pleased to be able to introduce the following new members of our community:

Term Dates for the Year

Please see the table below for some of the key term dates for 2019:

Items Left in Lockers from 2018

Material left in lockers 2018: this is currently being stored in S wing. Please ensure any items are collected before Feb 9th. To do so see someone in S wing at Recess or Lunch.

 VCE Catch-Up Sessions

 VCE Attendance Catch-up Sessions begin in the S Wing as of next week. Catch-up Sessions will run weekly through the year at the following times:

Monday: 3.30pm to 4.40pm

Tuesday: 3.30pm to 4.40pm

Thursday: 3.30pm to 4.40pm

Please be aware that ALL VCE students are required to meet the minimum VCE attendance requirements in 2019; this is currently set at 90%. Please see the attachment ‘Brief for VCE Attendance’ for further clarity on meeting the VCE attendance mark. This document was produced for 2018 to offer clarification.

Panorama Bus Departure Times

A reminder that all the Panorama Bus leave at 3:37 every day of the week. Wednesday and Friday afternoons offer the opportunity for students to take part, and run clubs here @ TC or take part in the tutoring available. Please see the item in this item named “Wednesday and Friday Clubs” to see what is available for students to sign up to.

Compass Log In

Please follow the link below to find information to help you with logging onto Compass for the first time as a parent or if you have lost your username or password. Parents, please note that you need to use the email address/mobile that was provided on your enrolment form for password recovery to work. If you have not logged into Compass yet, you should use this link to find help on obtaining your username and password:

Compass Help

If you are looking for support with Compass, there are various information sheets available. Click on the button below to be able to find these. These include such topics as: Compass Parents Guide, navigating the parent portal, providing consent for excursions, approving an absence, making contact with TC staff through Compass.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

If you hold a valid Concession Card/Health Care Card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.  The allowance is paid to TC to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per students is $225.00.  Please find attached the CSEF Application form.  Please complete and return to the General Office with a copy of the relevant Concession Card. More information can be found on the Department website by following this link: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/csef.aspx

TC Resource List for 2019

The TC 2019 Resource List can be found at http://www.northoftheyarra.com.au/templestowe.html .

Times of the Day 2019

Following on from student feedback received throughout term 4, there has been a minor change to the times of the day for 2019. The times for the day can be seen below

Do Not Miss This Parents! Parent Talk - Resilience Project

The Resilience Project @ TC 2019

 The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. Through presentations, school curriculum, teacher diaries and our app, we seek to help all Australians become mentally healthy.

They have delivered programs to over 650 government, independent and private schools nationally and are regarded as one of the most engaging positive mental health programs in the country.

Our approach is to work with the whole school community including teachers, students and parents helping them understand the importance of practicing and implementing key strategies to build resilience and drive sustainable change.

During 2019, TC will inspire students, empower teachers and engage our community.

Come along to our parent information night to learn more about methods to support mental health and wellbeing.

 Monday 4 March 2019

 7.00PM Start

Community Meetings Next Week

There will be Community Meetings for Students held during SSDP for the following communities:

Monday: Gold Community

Wednesday: Blue Community

Friday: Green Community

Immunisations

Please find below a newsletter relating to immunisations

2019 GRAD MEETING ON TUESDAY

There will be a Grad meeting held during SSDP on Tuesday. Topics covered include 2019 Grad Camp as well as Grad Jumpers/Hoodies being handed out. This will be held in the PAC.

Traffic Flow through the school at Peak times

A reminder that we have a one way system in place during peak pick up and drop off times. All pick ups and drop offs should take place at the space by the Astroturf and Sports Centre. The space along the front of the school is NOT the space to pick up and drop off as this causes traffic delays on Cypress Avenue and Lynwood Parade.

USE OF DISABLED PARKING SPACES

Please note we have several students who require use of the Disabled Parking Spaces. Please do not park in these unless it is your right to do so.

Sports Update

 Term 1 presents many opportunities for TC students to be involved in sport.  We have baseball, cricket, softball, tennis and volleyball as sports students can participate in for interschool sport.  Sign up for this is available on compass or the link has been emailed to all students.  Training for interschool sport will occur on Thursdays during SSDP and will appear on students compass schedule providing they have signed up.  This will commence in week 3 for senior and intermediate students and week 6 for Entry and U14 students.  There is also our Community Swimming Carnival which is happening on Feb 26th at Aquarena.  If you have any questions about the sporting program ask one of the PE staff or one of our Sports Leadership student team.

Have a good weekend,

Peter Ellis

Principal

Templestowe College