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

To the TC Community,

In Community Assemblies this week I gave three very clear messages. It was one of the rare times that I did not need to use all of my 10 minutes! One of the messages given was around the Pivot surveys being completed by students in the past two weeks. This valuable tool has given students the opportunity to give feedback to the teachers in the school around their learning. The survey is completed in every class so that staff @ TC can plan in Term 2 areas around where they can make improvements in the classroom teaching and also build on the strengths in the learning taking place.

Another of the messages was around the responsible use of Technology in class. When visiting classes I see many examples of where technology is being used to enhance the learning in class. There are many tools available that really add to the learning environment. We are going to have a focus in term 2 though around how students manage the distractions that Technology brings. A key message at home that would help us would be for families to be discussing how the social media notifications can wait. To have the discussions, and model as parents, that we can disconnect from our devices would really help to reinforce the message that we are delivering at school.

The latest newsletter has now been released. I would recommend for everyone to read this to see some of the many great things that have taken place this term. I would like to wish everyone a very safe holiday, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to term 2.

Announcements for Next Term

  • An introduction to our wellbeing team

  • Return to term 2 arrangements

  • Peer Support Program Final Week Update

  • Entry Student Excursion to Scienceworks - A reminder

Last Weeks Announcements

  • Sports Update

  • Peer Support Program Update

  • Student Parent Teacher Interviews

  • End of Term Arrangements

  • Camp Lost Property - 1 Week to Collect

Previous 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

  • Items left in lockers from 2018

  • End of Term 1/Beginning of Term 2 Arrangements

  • Clubs 2019 Update

  • Attendance @ TC

  • 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 Term

Introduction to Our Wellbeing Team

From the beginning of this year we have increased the size of our wellbeing team. As a school we feel that we have a really good wellbeing model, but we wanted to expand on this so that there were more people to work with our students. Please find below a document in which the team introduce themselves.

Return to Term 2 Arrangements

Please note the following arrangements for beginning of term 2:

  • Tuesday 23rd April - Term 2 begins. Classes will run as normal.

  • Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Peer Support Program Final Report

Peer Support for the 2019 Entry students wrapped up this week. There was a real buzz during this last session which was demonstrated by the laughter, discussions and optimistic energy throughout S-Wing.  This week, the groups focused on inclusive and active team-building games.

 Building positive relationships with their leaders as well as participating in the outdoor games were highlights expressed by a range of the Entry students. One student said that ‘Being new to Secondary School, I really liked meeting the leaders and knowing that I always have someone to go and speak to’.

 We are currently in the process of collecting feedback on elements of the program from Entry students, Student Leaders and the TC staff involved. This feedback on the 2019 pilot program will influence the planning and development of the next Peer Support Program launching in 2020.

Entry Science Excursion in the First Week of Term - A Reminder

A reminder that consent forms need to be completed for the upcoming Entry Science Excursion. This can be found on Compass.

Last Weeks Announcements

Sports Update

It has been a great week of sport with our EMR swimming team coming 5th out of 40 schools in the state this week.  This is our best result ever at the competition against schools twice our student numbers.  Alex Bloomer, Joel Timlin, Ryan Gan and our U14 relay team consisting of Caleb Bloomer, Charlie Norton, Heath Eyles and Joel Timlin all won gold and will compete at the state championships.  We also won 8 bronze and 4 silver over the day.  A fantastic achievement for those individuals and our swimming team as a whole.

 This completes a successful term where we have seen more teams participating in term 1 sport than any other year.  We have also won more competitions than the previous 2 years which demonstrates the hard work our Sport Leaders have been doing to prepare our teams.  If you would like to sign up for term 2 sport- AFL, badminton, netball, soccer then you need to sign up via the link emailed to students and available on compass prior to the end of the term 1.

Peer Support Program Update

Thursday’s Peer Support session was the second last for this year.  This week students investigated the skills of critical and flexible thinking.  Within this session the students engaged with activities that required them to gather information, brainstorm possibilities and think logically to plan and make decisions.  This knowledge is transferable and applicable to most situations in their lives during their school years and beyond.  The highly effective strategy of taking a break is also discussed this week.  The world around us, even our own lives are moving so quickly.  This constant stimulation can make it difficult for us to think clearly about effective and sensible ways to respond to and manage the challenges we face.  As part of the session this week the Entry students and Leaders discussed activities that could help them take a break, slow down or allow themselves to switch off.  Some of these effective but simple tasks could include walking the dog, drawing, going for a run, reading, playing or listening to music.

Student Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all of those who made appointments for the Student Parent Teacher Interviews. We have just over 80% of our students who had an appointment made which is a really positive number for a school such as ours. Should you have any feedback on the way in which the day/evenings are run, please forward this on by emailing to as we are always looking to improve the way in which these opportunities take place.

End of Term Arrangements

Please note that the classes will run as normal for all of next week. Classes will end as per the normal time on Friday.

Camp Lost Property - 1 Week to Collect

Students have one week to collect any lost property from Camps. After this the lost property will be donated to charity.

Last Weeks Announcements

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.   


 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.

Previous 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

Attendance @ TC - Recording Absences on Compass

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

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. 

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.

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