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

To the TC Community,

Each week I say that it was a big week here @ TC, and I have to admit that I’m going to do the same this week with good reason. There were a few major events taking place of interest.

One of which was the Swimming Carnival. This was not a swimming competition. This was an event that brought a community together. There was so much going on at the event that it is difficult to describe. The thing that stood out for me was the amount of students leading the activities taking place, demonstrating real leadership, not just wearing a badge. Our Student Leaders led with a high level of professionalism whilst being support by our staff, which led to a very successful day. There were a lot of smiles as all people who attended could find something to participate in.

Another major milestone for TC this week was the delivery of RC2.0. This building was delivered and installed in two days, with anticipated handover in about 4-5 weeks. Having walked around the new building, this will definitely not be like RC1.0. This new innovative space will have a new function which we look to share with you as this develops further over the next few weeks.

The third event this week was the Resilience Project talks. Students and staff have participated in the talks from Martin Heppell based around how to build Resilience in young people. Students will now follow up on these talks by working with their journals every day to build and develop skills that will in turn help to build their resilience. We have our parent information talk taking place on Monday. We have had to move this talk into a new venue, with it now taking place in our Sports Centre due to the demand. We have around 600 parents booked in, with space for upto 1000. Please book in so we can ensure that we put a seat in place through the link of https://www.trybooking.com/BATIB . We have opened up the talk to parents of Templestowe Heights Primary School as we feel that it is important that all parents hear this talk. It is definitely one that you don’t want to miss.

This Weeks Announcements

  • Sport Update

  • WASHI Released

  • Student Climate Strike

  • Student Parent Teacher Interviews - Save the Date

Last Weeks Announcements

  • RC2.0 Being Delivered Next Week - Change to Traffic through TC

  • Sports Update

  • Peer Support Update - Week 3

  • Link to Book for the Resilience Project Parent Talk

Previous Weeks Announcements

  • Link to book for the Resilience Project Parent Talk

  • Donations of Rice and Pasta for the Fairshare Kitchen

  • Vaccinations Information

  • Student Enrolment Information

  • Sports Update

  • Locker Contents from 2018

  • Work and Study Habits Index (WASHI) Explained

  • Link to book for the Resilience Project Parent Talk

  • Eco Cafe menu for term 1

  • New staff to TC

  • School Calendar for Term 1

  • Term Dates for the Year

  • 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

  • Immunisations

  • Traffic Flow at Peak Times

  • Use of Disabled Parking Spaces

Announcements for Next Week

Sports Update

This week saw our Swimming Carnival take place which was a fantastic day.  Gold Community took out the Community Cup followed by Blue and then Green Community.  We also had the following students win age champion for their respective age groups Caleb Bloomer, Anna French, heath Eyles, Maddi Rhys- Jones, Gus Foletta, Alisha Licorni, Kadyn Trayford, Yanina Dehearne, Thomas Elms, Tahlia Sadler, Jaiaan Fontyne.  We also had senior sport where TC took the title for boys and girls tennis.  Next week in sport we have the following occurring:

 MON: Intermediate cricket, tennis, volleyball competition

           Lunchtime volleyball training

TUES: Lunchtime cricket training

THURS: Lunchtime volleyball training

FRI: Mullum Division Swimming Competition

       Entry/ U14 SSDP Sports Training

WASHI Released

The first WASHI for the year has been released. This can be found by going to compass, and then going to the reports tab for your child. The progress report module is further down the page. An explanation of the WASHI can be found in last weeks announcements below. If you have any questions around your childs WASHI score, please direct this to the class Teacher directly.

From our Environmental Action Group - Student Climate Strike

Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis. Prolonged drought cripples farming communities. Flash flooding is creating chaos in cities. Catastrophic bush fires and severe cyclones threaten people’s homes. Heatwaves are sweeping the nation. Half the Great Barrier Reef is dead. And yet our politicians refuse to stop massive new fossil fuel projects like Adani’s coal mine.

On March 15, school students are walking out of school to tell our politicians to take all of us seriously and start treating climate change for what it is: a crisis and the biggest threat to our generation and generations to come.

EVERYONE IS INVITED. Tens of thousands of students across Australia and around the world will join us. If you’re an adult, take the day off and join us in solidarity.

SEE YOU AT: 12 PM Treasury Gardens on MARCH 15, 2019 

 Useful links:  

Event information:

http://www.facebook.com/strikeclimate/

Reasons to go:

https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/blog/10-reasons-to-strike-on-march-15


Student Parent Teacher Interviews - Save the Date

We have two options for our Student Parent Teacher Interviews. We have these two dates due to the demand on our staff. Please save the following dates: Friday 15th March 9am - 3:30pm and Wednesday 27th March 12pm - 7pm.

For those who have not attended one of these @ TC before, parents will be able to book in for a 7 minute interview with each member of staff. This booking will be carried out through Compass. The bookings will open at some point early next week.

Last Weeks Announcements

RC 2.0 Being Delivered Next Week - Disruptions to Traffic Next Week

The RC 2.0 will be delivered next week. When it is installed the building will be worked on for another 4-5 weeks to finish it off ready for handover.

There will be disruptions to traffic through the school on Monday and Tuesday. The school will operate a one way system all day for these two days. If you are driving through school we recommend giving an extra 10-15 minutes to do so during peak time. We also recommend that you consider dropping off your child in Lynwood Parade on Monday and Tuesday to help with the congestion through the school.

Sport Update

Next week is a big week in sport with the Community Swimming Carnival on Tuesday and Senior Interschool sport on Thursday.  Students need to meet in their communities at normal school time (8.45am) on the morning of the swimming.  Blue Community will meet in the Sports Centre, Gold Community in S Wing and Green Community in PAC.  Students can sign up to events prior to the carnival via a link which has been emailed to them or on the day.  There are plenty of events for students to be involved in so even if you are not a swimmer, there will be something for you to enjoy.  Some of these activities can be seen in this video produced by our Sports Leaders:

 

PEER SUPPORT REPORT- Week 3

The relationships forming in the Peer Support program were evident yesterday by the energetic buzz in the whole of S-Wing coupled with lots of loud laughter and positive conversations.

This week Gold and Blue Community Entry students (now returned from a fantastic week of camp), explored the idea that how they view themselves and their challenges, can affect the outcomes of difficult situations. In their groups the Peer Leaders and Entries discussed helpful ways of viewing these challenges.  They explored keeping things in perspective, separating emotions and ascertaining facts to accurately identify and work through problems that they face.  

From a parent’s point of view, a small tip to help your child with a smoother transition into Secondary School could be to encourage them to make a list or write a plan to help identify smaller tasks to make a large load more manageable.  It is important they feel supported while being encouraged to independently prioritise their responsibilities.

Green Community Entry students this week learnt about how influential our thoughts can be in responding to challenges.  In their Peer groups they discussed how a difficult or new situation may require hard work, perseverance, courage or support from others.  Aligned with this were the discussions around the idea that open thoughts allow us to make the most of any situation and feel optimistic about the possible outcomes.

 Visit www.mindsetonline.com for examples of statements that will help encourage your child to adopt open thoughts in all areas of their life.

Link to Book for the Parents Session of the Resilience Project - SPACES ARE FILLING UP

The Resilience Project Parent talk has almost filled the PAC. We are looking to move the talk to another bigger venue @ TC, but need to know how many people will be attending. If you are planning on attending the talk on Monday 4th March, please sign up using the link below. This is a parent talk that you do not want to miss.

https://www.trybooking.com/BATIB

Previous Weeks Announcements:

DO NOT MISS! Link to Book for the Parents Session of the Resilience Project

Please find below the Trybooking link for The Resilience Project @TC Parent talk

 https://www.trybooking.com/BATIB

Please book your space early as we are preparing for this talk to need to be held in our Sports Centre due to the potential demand.

For your info:  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 practising and implementing key strategies to build resilience and drive sustainable change.

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

 Monday 4 March 2019

Donations of rice and pasta wanted for the Fareshare Community Kitchen

A group of students are going to the Fareshare Kitchen on Friday 1 March to help convert rescued food into nutritious meals for those who need a feed in Victoria. Fareshare rely on donations and we are collecting rice and pasta to take with us. Please bring donations to the SWing before Friday.

 If you missed out on Fareshare this time, there will be an opportunity later in the year to take another group. Keep an eye on emails and Compass so you don’t miss out.

 Thanks,

Meg

Vaccinations Information

Please find below information on the upcoming vaccinations @ TC

STUDENT ENROLMENT INFORMATION

Next week all families will receive a copy of the Student Enrolment Information for their student/s via email.

 It is important that our records are accurate and up-to-date; therefore, we ask that you follow the instructions provided on the Student Enrolment Information Form and return the completed form to the General Office by Monday 25 February 2018.  Please note, that families with two households (ie separated families) will only receive the information relevant to their household.

 Please click on the link below for our Privacy Notice, which explains why we collect certain information, how to update your records should your information change, and access to those records.

 We thank you for your assistance, and should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the General Office on (03) 9850 6333.

SPORTS UPDATE

This week senior and intermediate students commenced interschool sports training during SSDP.  This appears on students compass providing they have signed up.  The senior competition is Feb 28th and intermediate comp March 4th.  A reminder that consent/ payment is required 5 days prior to the event to participate on these days.  Entry and U14 students will commence their training in week 6.

 The Community Swimming Carnival is also coming up on Feb 26th at Aquarena.  Students will have an opportunity to sign up for swimming events next week including dolphin races, diving competition, inflatable castle dash, and your traditional swimming races.  There will also be TC Market, sausage sizzle, TC music, drones, TC media, dungeon and dragons and grass games for students and staff to enjoy.  We also encourage students to get dressed up in their community colours (blue, gold, green) If you have any questions about the sporting program ask one of the PE staff or one of our student Sports Leadership team.

Locker Contents from 2018

Please note that we still have a large amount of locker contents from 2018. If you would like this back, please go to S Wing at recess or lunchtime.

Work and Study Habits Index (WASHI) Explained

Staff will be giving feedback to students on their work and study habits shortly. This will be released through Compass. The WASHI gives a student immediate feedback on their work habits within each classroom. For an explanation of the WASHI, please click on the link below.

DO NOT MISS! Link to Book for the Parents Session of the Resilience Project

Please find below the Trybooking link for The Resilience Project @TC Parent talk

 https://www.trybooking.com/BATIB

Please book your space early as we are preparing for this talk to need to be held in our Sports Centre due to the potential demand.

For your info:  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.

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

Eco Cafe Menu for Term 1

Please find below the menu for the Eco Cafe for term 1

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:

 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 3:40 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

Immunisations

Please find below a newsletter relating to immunisations

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.

Have a good weekend,

Peter Ellis

Principal

Templestowe College