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

To the TC Community,

A very brief message from me this week as there is a large amount of information to read below. This week @ TC has been extremely busy with lots going on. There have been some great student led projects taking place, such as Robotics team carrying out fundraising towards their trip to the World Championships later this year through to the projects taking place in every class for every student. This week we also held the first of our TC Consultancy days where other schools visit TC to look at the way that our school is. We had 25 educators from all over Australia visit for the morning. The biggest feedback that we hear is around how engaged all students appear in classes. Walking through the school, there is a really productive feel to TC which I explain is highly influenced by the choice that our students have around their learning and the authenticity of their learning. I am really looking forward to seeing more and more students start to produce real authentic learning projects in the subjects that they have chosen over the rest of this term.

I would like to remind everyone that we have our Resilience Project parent talk taking place on Monday 4th March. This is an event not to be missed. Please use the link in the message below to book your place as this will help us to plan for a venue big enough to meet the demand.

Announcements for Next Week

  • 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

Last Weeks Announcements

  • Link to book for the Resilience Project Parent Talk

  • Peer Support Update for Entry Students

  • Eco Cafe menu for term 1

  • Sports Update

  • Entry Camp Next Week

Previous Weeks Announcements:

  • 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

Announcements for Next Week

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.

Announcements for This Week

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

PEER SUPPORT REPORT FOR ENTRY STUDENTS

 Week 1

 This week TC launched the Peer Support Program for 2019. Throughout this Term Entry students will meet in small groups of 8-10 with 2-3 trained Peer Support Leaders once a week during Thursday’s SSDP time.  They will together work through a range of activities that focus on resilience.  Meeting in these small groups allows meaningful connections to form, assisting students with a smoother transition into the TC Community.  Over a period of eight weeks students will acknowledge their strengths and achievements, identify people who support them and learn how to view challenges as opportunity for growth.  The first session was very successful, and it was great to see so many connections already forming within the groups.  Stay tuned for weekly updates that will provide information on each session’s focus and progress.

For additional reading and resources to support your child please visit the parent tab on the Peer Support

Australia Website. www.peersupport.edu.au

Eco Cafe Menu for Term 1

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

Sports Update

Today is the last opportunity for students to sign up for term 1 sport (baseball, cricket, softball, tennis, volleyball)  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. 

 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 and grass games for students and staff to enjoy.  If you have any questions about the sporting program ask one of the PE staff or one of our student Sports Leadership team.

Entry Camp Next Week

Two of our Communities (Gold and Blue) are leaving for Entry Camp next week. Students have been given information, but should meet by the Sports Centre. We will have additional parking available on the Oval for those parents wishing to help their child get to the Sports Centre. Space is very limited whilst we are aiming to ensure Student Safety so we really encourage you to park on the Oval.

Entry Students not attending the camp should still attend school as there will be classes running.

Last Weeks Announcements

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