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

To the TC Community,

Another reminder that on Friday the 29th March we are holding a silent auction and Trivia night as a fundraiser being organised by our Robotics team who have qualifed for the VEX Robotics World Championships being held in America. We would love to see as many people as possible there. Please see the advert below. We look forward to seeing you there!


Next Weeks Announcements

  • Student Parent Teacher Interviews Next Wednesday

  • Update to the beginning of term 2 arrangements

  • Unscored VCE 2019

  • Sports Update

  • Peer Support Program Update - Week 8

  • Student Employability Skills Program

Last Weeks Announcements

  • Items left in lockers from 2018

  • Student Parent Teacher Interviews Taking Place on Wednesday 27th March

  • VEX Robotics Fundriaser Taking Place Soon

  • End of Term 1/Beginning of Term 2 Arrangements

  • Clubs 2019 Update

Previous Weeks Announcements

  • Attendance @ TC

  • Sport Update

  • Photo day this Tuesday

  • Student Parent Teacher Interviews are next Friday. Please book now.

  • VEX Robotics Fundraiser event information

  • Peer Support Program Week 6 Update

  • Work and Study Habits Index (WASHI) Explained

  • 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

  • Traffic Flow at Peak Times

  • Use of Disabled Parking Spaces

Announcements for Next Week

Photo Mop Up Day this Monday

If students missed their photos, they should go to the Sports Centre at 9am. Staff should go before school to have their photo taken if they missed this.

Student Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday - 12-7pm

We have the next Student Parent Teacher Interview session taking place on Wednesday. Please book your appointments through Compass before we close them on Tuesday evening. The interviews will take place in A Wing and B Wing. Students have been emailed a map of which staff will be in which room.

update to the beginning of term 2 arrangements

Please note that the Athletics carnival, originally planned for the first day of Term 2 has been postponed. This means that classes will resume as normal on the first day of term, Tuesday 23rd April.

Unscored VCE 2019

Please see attached information about choosing an unscored VCE pathway in 2019.

This is very much an individual decision made in consultation with parents and the school in the context of a thorough understanding of the implications for career/course options.

Students selecting this option must submit the signed forms by the end of Term 1.

Please contact  Jenny Herbst if you have any questions.   

Sport Update

Week 8 saw our U14 and entry students competing in inter- school sport. We have had more teams out representing TC in term 1 sport than any other year. We would like this trend to continue in term 2.  In order for this to happen students were emailed a sport survey which gives students an opportunity to participate in AFL, badminton, netball and soccer. This is imperative for students to do otherwise they will not be able to compete. Finally, the Community Athletics date has been changed from April 23rd to September 2nd.  This will give staff and students an opportunity to properly prepare as the original date was the first day back of term 2. Next week in sport, the following are happening:
MON: AFLW meeting during recess
TUES: EMR swimming competition
THURS: EMR intermediate volleyball competition


This week marked another successful week for the Peer Support program for Entry students. The groups focused on the importance of reflection in the face of setbacks and engaged in a range of discussions around practising perseverance. Some of the key activities in this session required hands on teamwork through problem solving scenarios and puzzles. This week, many of the Leaders trialed combining their small group with another to promote the formation of a wider range of relationships among the Entries and Leaders. With only two more sessions to go, the Leaders have been taking the quality of the program to another level, aiming to grow in their leadership capacity as well as leave a lasting impact in the Entry students.


 Are you looking to extend your employability in the outside world? Do you want experience in different workplaces? Are you keen for PAID work at school? Then the employability skills program is for you! Please see attached positions now available and application process.

Last Weeks Announcements

Items Left in Lockers FROM 2018

The photo below is of all of the lost property that was left in lockers at the end of 2018. You have until the end of next week (Friday 22nd) to collect this from S Wing. After this date, all items will be donated to charity.


Student Parent Teacher Interviews - Option 2 taking place on Wednesday 27th March

Thank you all for your attendance at the first option for Student Parent Teacher interviews today. There was a statewide issue with Compass which made the beginning of the day difficult, and we appreciate your patience through this time.

There is still the second option taking place from 12-7pm on Wednesday 27th March. Please make your bookings through Compass (

VEX Robotics World Championship Fundraiser

Please find attached below a poster for an upcoming fundraiser event @ TC. Please come along to help to support our Robotics team who are fundraising in order to be able to travel to Amercia to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships.

End of Term 1/Beginning of Term 2 Arrangements

Please note the following arrangements for the end of Term 1 and the beginning of term 2:

  • Friday 5th April - Classes finish at the normal time

  • Tuesday 23rd April - Term 2 begins

  • Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Clubs Update

Please find below the latest information on Clubs running @ TC

Previous Weeks Announcements

Attendance @ TC - Recording Absences on Compass

Please find below a document around the importance of attendance @ TC and for recording absences on Compass.

Sport Update

This week we had the Intermediates go out for interschool sport which produced some positive results.  The boys and girls volleyball teams both won the competition along with the boys cricket.  We also had strong results in tennis with both our boys and girls teams missing out in the final.  Week 7 sees the following occurring in sport:

 TUES- Junior Community Volleyball Comp

WED- SSDP entry/ U14 training

THURS- Intermediate Community Volleyball Comp

Photo Day on Tuesday

Please note that Photo Day is on Tuesday of next week. Students do not have to be in uniform for this but ESDP Basketball students need to bring theirs with them.

Student Parent Teacher Interviews are now Open

Log into Compass to book Student Parent Teacher Interviews. Please note that there will not be any classes running on Friday due to these sessions. For more information, click here.

VEX Robotics World Championships Team Fundraiser

What is it: Templestowe College trivia and silent auction night

When is it: Friday 29th March

What time: Doors open 7pm for a 7.15pm start

Where: At TC in S-wing

BYO food and drinks

Teams of 7-8

$15 per person – make a booking at

Prizes awarded for best dressed and themed table

Music, knowledge, random facts and good times provided

Why: Funds raised will support the VEX Robotics Team to compete in the World Championships in the US in April 2019. 

Peer Support Week 6 Update

While Green Community Entry Students were away on camp this week the Gold and Blue Community Entry students during Peer Support 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. Many of the Peer leaders during this week’s session experimented with a range of other team building activities such as Basketball, Octopus and general getting to know you games.

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

Case of Head Lice at the School

Dear Parents/Guardians

 It has come to my attention that some students in the school may have head lice and I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair this week .Head lice do not transmit infectious diseases – they are transmitted by having head to head contact with someone who has head lice. You may be reassured to know that head lice are commonly found in places other than at TC. Head lice are common in school-aged children and are the most adaptable of creatures. They have survived living solely on humans for 10,000 years!!!!

 What can you do?

I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair and in those instances where head lice or eggs are found, treating your child’s hair.

 Please see the attached pamphlet Treating and Controlling Head Lice, from the Department of Human Services. This pamphlet has informative guidelines regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs.

 When can my child return to school?

Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs.

 TC is aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality.

Previous Weeks Announcements

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.

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.

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:

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


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.


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


Templestowe College