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— TC2018-2021: Our Vision

Next Week @ TC 11/5/2018

To the TC Community,

This week we shared the exciting news involving the project now known as "Resource Centre 2.0". This highly unexpected announcement, that has been detailed a bit more below, will offer us the opportunity to update our facilities further with minimal disruption to the running of the school. There will be more information on this as soon as we know more.

Also this week we held the annual NAPLAN tests. Whilst not all students took part in these as some parents withdrew them due to philosophical reasons, this did give those who did participate an opportunity to gain a bit more experience under exam conditions. A big thank you to all who helped in the organisation of the event. It is a huge operation with so many students @ TC, and I would like to thank all involved with making it run so smoothly.

This Weeks Announcements:

  • Opportunity to Attend a Talk on Sharks
  • Emergency Lockdown Practice on Tuesday
  • Unexpected Exciting Announcement - Resource centre 2.0
  • LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD WITH  MICROSOFT LEARNING TOOLS – A workshop for TC students, parents and staff.
  • ICAS Assessment
  • Sports Update
  • Ration Challenge @ TC

Last weeks Announcements:

  • Changed traffic conditions during the day
  • Information on Respectful Relationships Program running @ TC
  • VCE Attendance 2018 for Unit 1 and 3
  • Sports Update
  • NAPLAN - Taking place next week

Previous weeks relevant announcements

  • Attendance
  • Chicken Pox
  • College Council 2018
  • Collection of Student Mobile Numbers
  • TC Facebook
  • Students on College Council - A reminder
  • New Head of House Announcement
  • Updated Getting to know TC Document
  • Student Positions on College Council

Opportunity to Attend a Talk on Sharks

Hello TC,

On Tuesday (22nd) next week there will be a presentation given by Kristy Lee Hillas about the importance of sharks in our oceans, and what we can do to help them. She is a marine biologist who has been studying and rescuing sharks for years, and has come to share her stories and knowledge.
This amazing talk will take place in B5 at lunchtime on the 22nd of May. Be sure to be there.

Jack Sadler.


As you may have noticed, the 2018 Work and Study Habits Index (WASHI) has been revised to include new criteria, increasing from four categories to eight.

The purpose of the WASHI is to provide a snapshot of attendance, punctuality, preparedness, engagement and participation, collaboration, independence and academic progress. This is achieved through a scaling system of Never, Rarely, Occasionally, Frequently and Always which equates to a score between 0 and 4.

In previous years, ESDP students have had to maintain a WASHI level greater than 2.5 to remain in the program against a whole school average of 2.3. This has now been revised to a new target of 3.0, reflecting the updated criteria and scoring. This target level has been derived by Community Leaders and Heads of House after consultation with Ian Stacker (ESDP Basketball) and John Strateas (ESDP Futsal).

It is important to note that after two cycles of the 2018 WASHI, the average student score across TC is 3.1.  As a member of ESDP, it is important that each student aspires to work above this average point.

Should you have any feedback please feel free to contact your students Head of House or Community Leader.

Emergency Lockdown Practice Next Week

Please be aware that we will be running a practice of our emergency lockdown procedure next week on Tuesday. All students were briefed about the process in assemblies during week 1. Parents may receive an SMS as part of this practice as we test all of our procedures.

Unexpected Exciting Announcement - Resource centre 2.0

Last Friday we received highly unexpected news that as a school we had received $3.25 million as part of a government scheme based around Asbestos Removal in Schools. This funding has been allocated to knock down and then rebuild the Resource Centre. The Resource Centre is one of the oldest buildings in the school as it was the old Municipal Library.

The replacement building will be a permanent modular building. These permanent modular buildings are used as there will be minimal disruption to the running of the school as the buildings are created off site and then transported to their new location. Initial timelines indicate that we will be without a Resource Centre for about 5 months at the beginning of 2019.

There is a department website for this project, along with the 20 other schools that have received this funding. The website can be found by clicking below. There will be more updates when we know more.

LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD WITH  MICROSOFT LEARNING TOOLS – A workshop for TC students, parents and staff.

 Tuesday 29th May – 4pm in the Resource Centre

Microsoft Learning Tools are a set of free tools that are now a part of OneNote, Word, Outlook, OfficeLens, Edge, and beyond. They implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people of all abilities. The Immersive Reader tool reduces visual clutter and highlights individual words to help readers, especially those with dyslexia, focus on content instead of constantly decoding. Perhaps best of all, it works across devices and platforms so that it’s accessible to virtually anyone.

This is a major breakthrough in the classroom. To find out more about this free assistive technology you are invited to attend an afternoon workshop on Tuesday 29th May in the Resource Centre. Starting from 4pm, Brian Daniells (TC staff member) and Georgia Argyrew (TC student) will demonstrate these tools, focusing on how they can help improve reading comprehension and build student confidence and independence.

If you would like to attend this workshop but cannot attend at the scheduled time please email

ICAS Assessment

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students. If students would like to sit one of these assessments for Maths, English, Writing or Spelling, they need to email by Tuesday May 22. The cost to sit the assessment is $9.90 per test undertaken.

Sports Update:

MON- Colour Run during SSDP.  Meet on oval.  Wear white. Pay $1 for coloured powder.  11.40-  Senior race, 11.45- Inter race, 11.50- Junior race, 11.55- Walking.   

            First 10 for each race qualify for division.  Money raised goes to winning communities charity.

             Lunchtime AFL training (oval), Table tennis training (S- wing), Badminton training (Sports Centre)

TUES-  Lunchtime Soccer training (Sports Centre)

THURS: Senior netball and badminton interschool sport competition.

               Lunchtime Inter Girls Netball training (Sports Centre)

Ration Challenge @ TC

The Ration Challenge is about telling refugees we are with them, not against them. During refugee week, June 17th-23th, some TC students and staff are challenging themselves to eat the same rations as a refugee and get sponsored to do it. If you would like to sponsor them, please use the link:

Last weeks Announcements

Changed Traffic Conditions on School Grounds During the Day

Due to the amount of traffic moving through the school during the day we are changing the traffic conditions after the peak times for drop off and pick up.

Cars will not be able to exit through the back gate onto Ridgeway Street and Dellfield Drive between the times of 9:00am and 3:00pm. All cars will be required to exit at these times by the Front Entrance at Cypress Avenue. We will still operate our one way system at peak times for drop off and pick up.

This change has been made in order to enhance the safety of students when moving around the College. We would also like to remind all members of the community that we have a 10km/h speed limit on our grounds.

Student Survey for Respectful Relationships Evaluation

All TC students have been invited to take part in a survey as part of the state-wide evaluation of Respectful Relationships. This is because Templestowe College is participating in the Respectful Relationships initiative. 

Victoria’s Respectful Relationships initiative supports school leaders, teachers and our school communities to promote and model respect and gender equality – and to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, and develop resilience and confidence. As part of the Respectful Relationships initiative schools are supported to take a whole school approach to embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire school community. 

As part of an evaluation of the program, students are invited to complete a short survey in class. The purpose of the survey is to test the impact of Respectful Relationships and allow students to provide feedback on the program. 

I have attached further information on the survey, and an opt-out consent form. If you would not like your child to participate in the survey, please complete and return the opt-out consent form to the General Office. Regardless of whether you return the form, your child will be able to choose to not participate in the survey, and can choose to stop participating in the survey at any time. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Wes Pfitzner or Chloe Hancock via email. or

Please ensure that the opt out form is returned to the General office by Thursday the 17th May, students will complete the 20 minute survey during SSDP on Friday 18th May.

If you would like to know more about the program, please read the information sheet which provides details about the survey and the Respectful Relationship Initiative.


Wes Pfitzner

Head of House

Visual Arts Team Member & Respectful Relationships Leader


VCE Attendance 2018 for Unit 1 & 3

 Please note that the deadline for meeting the 90% attendance requirements in VCE are different for Unit 1 and Unit 3:

  • Students in a Unit 3 subject are required to meet the 90% attendance level by the end of 1 June 2018
  • Students in a Unit 1 subject are required to meet the 90% attendance level by the end of 15 June 2018

All ‘S’ outcomes at VCE are subject to meeting the 90% attendance requirement.

Matthew Daly

Assistant Principal

Sports Update

 MON- Lunchtime AFL training (oval), Table tennis training (S- wing), Badminton training (Sports Centre)

TUES-  Lunchtime Soccer training (Sports Centre)

THURS: Lunchtime Netball training (Sports Centre)

21st May- Community Colour Run (details on compass)


Please note that NAPLAN takes place next week. There has been information sent to all parents through Compass and through these weekly announcements about the withdrawal process for those taking it. For those taking the tests we encourage you to try your best in these tests to make the most of the time that you spending on them. Remember one of our unwritten ground rules about how we do things, in that if we are doing things, we always try to do them to the best of our ability.

Previous Weeks Relevant Announcements



Notification from the DET re; Unexplained Absences from School

All government schools must contact parents/carers on the same day of an unexplained student absence

From the end of Term 2, all Victorian government schools must contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence.

This requirement supports student safety and wellbeing. Schools need to know when and why a child is absent, and parents/carers need to know if their child is not at school. Prompt communication also promotes daily school attendance.

Parents and carers must notify the school of their child’s absence as soon as possible on the day of absence using the school’s preferred method, including online, by telephone or by email.

 Schools and parents working together

Building positive and collaborative relationships through clear communications with parents/carers is critical to the successful implementation of the same-day notification requirement. 

The responsibility needs to be underpinned by a shared understanding and expectations about the procedures for monitoring, recording and follow-up of student attendance as outlined in the school’s attendance policy. Anybody wishing to know more can contact Matthew Daly by email (

Working in partnership, below sets out the responsibilities of TC and families in helping to co-manage individual student attendance.

The school’s responsibilities:

  • Notify parents/carers

The school must notify parents and carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained absence. This should occur in the morning to allow time for the parent or carer to respond.

Schools can choose how they advise parents and carers based on their local context – for example by email, push notification via downloaded app, SMS or phone call.

  • Follow-up where required

At times the parent or carer may not be able to be reached because the school does not have their correct contact details. In this instance, the school should attempt to make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on the child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

  • Record student absences data

Schools are required to record or transpose absence data in CASES21, eCASES or a third-party software that is compatible with CASES21. Schools using third-party software are required to import attendance data into CASES21 each month.

The parent/carer’s responsibilities:

  • Inform the school of the reason for all absences

Reasons for absences can be provided by logging into Compass, calling the school reception (9850-6333) or by emailing the School Attendance Officer, Sjin Kim (

Chicken pox

Please see below information on a confirmed case of Chicken Pox @ TC.


Please find below information on our 2018 College Council

Collection of Student Mobile Numbers

As part of SSDP today we collected all student mobile phone numbers. This is a process that we carry out every year to ensure that we have up to date records. This process is carried out not only for student safety, but mainly so that we are able to communicate with students through SMS should we need to. There is a more in depth explanation contained within the email sent to students, including what we do with the numbers collected and who has access to them. I would like to emphasise that these phone numbers are only accessible by members of staff @ TC, all of whom have signed our Child Safe Code of Conduct. Please encourage your students to complete this online form so that we can continue to collect all students phone numbers.

TC Facebook

A reminder that we have a very active Facebook page. This is one of the best methods for being able to see some of the great things that are happening here @ TC. 

Student Positions of College Council

A reminder that we have two positions for students on College Council. Information on this is below in last weeks messages.

New Head of House to Replace Beth Wigg

It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce that the new Head of House, replacing Beth Wigg, is Stevenson Knight. Stevenson is currently working with Veronica Pender and Ceri Davies to take part in a handover of the role to ensure a smooth transition. Stevensons details can be found in the "Getting to Know TC Document".

Getting to Know TC Document

Please find below an updated version of the getting to know TC document. This has been updated with new staff to the school for term 2 as well. Please be aware that this is a big file when you download it.



From 2018 all Victorian government secondary school councils must conduct their Student member school council election process. There are two positions available. The attached documents provide information on the roles and responsibilities of this new category.

Student members of school council will have the same role and responsibilities as other council members, including full voting rights.

Student members will be expected to prepare for and attend all council meetings, in line with the requirements for school councillors.

If you want to nominate yourself or another student for one of the two student positions please see Peter Ellis.

Have a good weekend,


Peter Ellis


Templestowe College