Next Week @ TC Announcements
To the TC Community,
Firstly I would like to congratulate our Swimming team who have returned victorious from the divisional swimming. Well done to all involved.
Last night (8th March 2018), we had a minor incident at our Entry Camp in Anglesea. All Entry Parents have been informed about this but I thought I would share some details with you as we are receiving a few phone calls at our General Office from other members of the community.
At 9pm last night a group of our Entry students were camping at the Anglesea Family Caravan Park. A student reported that they had seen a stranger in the night and felt threatened by what he had perceived to have seen. We then enacted our Emergency Lockdown Procedure that we have in place for at this Campsite. This was a procedure to ensure that our students safety was maintained.
Following on from consultation with the Local Police and then a staff inspection we deemed the space to be safe. Some students chose to return to the Caravan Camp Site, others elected to spend the night back at the base camp of the YMCA Campsite.
I am pleased to say that all students are physically safe and are currently on the bus on the way home having completed their morning activities today. We have our counselling services available to those students who feel that they may require it.
We always place our communities safety as the primary concern here at TC, and any threat to any member of our community will be dealt with the upmost importance. Our staff and students acted in an exemplary manner in what was a naturally anxious process. I would like to thank our Entry parents for their support and calmness through this incident.
I want to wish everyone a restful long weekend. I have asked our staff to endeavour to have an email free weekend so that we can take the opportunity to attempt to have times to mentally recharge ahead of the final weeks of term, and I would encourage our students to do so as much as possible.
In this weeks announcements:
- New Panorama Bus Morning Pick Up Time
- Term Dates for the Year
- Student Parent Staff Interviews FAQs
- Parents Association Victoria Information Session 22nd March
- End of Term Arrangements
- Updated TC Dress Code 2018
- Photo Day 2018
- College Council Voting - no longer needed
Last Weeks Announcements:
- The WASHI Explained
- Getting to know TC Document
- Lost Property
- Labelling of Clothes
- After School Tutoring
- Entry Camp Leaves on Monday
Previous Relevant Announcements
- TC Cafe Menu - New
- VCE Attendance
- VCE Information Evening Presentation
- Scarlett Fever
- New House Colours and Themes
- Coles Sports for Schools Vouchers
- Graduate students new opportunity to order hoodies
- Upcoming Events
- Attendance @ TC
- VCAA Special Exam Considerations Information (for VCE Students)
- Performing Arts: Stage Dive Every Week
- School Calendar for Term 1
- Term Dates for the Year
- VCE Catch Up Sessions
- Panorama Bus Departure Times
- Compass Log in
- Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
- Times of the Day 2018
This Weeks Announcements
New Panorama Bus Morning Pick Up Times
Following on from requests from Students and Parents there are new Panorama Bus Pick Up times in operation from the 19th March. These have been changed to allow for a combination of reasons, such as the earlier start time and the road works at Eltham causing more traffic on the route. The new bus timetable can be found below:
Term Dates for 2018
Please find below the term dates for the rest of the year
Student Parent Teacher Interviews FAQs
We have our Student Parent Staff Interviews taking place over the next few weeks. These have been available to book on Compass. As for some these will be your first ones here @ TC, below are some FAQs.
Parents Association Victoria Information session
We are fortunate enough to have an information session on Thursday 22nd March at 5:30pm from Parents Association Victoria. They are talking to us about what a Parents Association/club can look like so that we can gain feedback on whether we think this would be useful to have one in running a TC way. Any parents that are interested in this initiative are very welcome to attend.
End of Arrangements
Please note that at the end of the term classes will run up until 3:30pm on Thursday 29th March.
Updated TC Dress Code
Please find below an updated TC dress code following on from consultation with students, staff and parents.
TC Photo Day - Tuesday 13th March
Please find below two files on our upcoming TC Photo Day. One is a page explaining the day, the other is a flyer for the packs that you can order. Please note that students do not need to wear school uniform for this day.
College Council Elections - Voting No Longer Needed
Due to the withdrawal of a candidate voting is no longer needed in the College Council Elections. Please dispose of your forms.
Last Weeks Announcements
THE WASHI EXPLained
The first WASHI (Work and Study Habits Index) was released last week. This can be found on Compass. It is in a different format from last year as we made modifications based around feedback from students, staff and parents. Please find below a document detailing the criteria for the WASHI.
Getting to Know TC Document
Please find below a document detailing all the staff at TC, with their names, faces and contact details. This is a really useful document if you are looking for who does what at the school, or if you are looking for the right person to make contact with. Please be aware that it is a big file though.
We have a huge amount of lost property that can be collected from the Resource Centre.
Labelling of Clothes
As we have moved to be an optional uniform school it is still imperative to label students clothes. The lost property is located in the RC and we try to return clothes that are labelled. If clothes are not labelled they will remain in the RC for a week after which clothes will be donated to charity.
After School Tutoring
Please find below an updated roster for after school tutoring. This is available to all students and takes place in the Resource Centre.
Entry Camp Leaves on Monday
The majority of our Entry Students will be taking part in their Entry Camp at Anglesea next week. The buses will collect students from the Sports Centre on Monday morning and return to the same space at the end of the day on Friday. Parking is fairly limited at the school, although there is some parking behind the sports centre and we will have parking available on the Oval for those who want to park and get their child to the Sports Centre.
Please be aware that this does cause some disruption to the classes running at TC as all of the Heads of House may be out at times during the week. We are looking to cover as many of the classes as is possible but unfortunately this is not completely possible.
Last Weeks Announcements
TC Cafe Menu
Please find below our new menu for the TC Cafe.
Some families may have received notifications about VCE Attendance and it being below 90%. Please be aware that the attendance figures that are used for VCE attendance are taken at the end of each week through a report that is produced at 1.30pm each Friday afternoon. These figures are used to identify any student that is below the minimum 90% requirement. Once identified, each student for each VCE subject they are below 90% receive a Compass notification via a Compass Chronicle. The Compass Chronicle is created by the school’s Attendance Officer and the communication from Compass at that point is automated. The communication is intended to make each student and family aware so that it can be acted upon and help to avoid any future issues with successfully achieving an ‘S’ outcome.
If you believe that this is received in error, please access Compass and look into your (child’s) attendance, ensuring that the dates used are from the 1 Feb 2018 to the most recent Friday. For example: if a notification is received next week then access Compass and use the dates 1 Feb 2018 to 23 Feb 2018 to filter the information. If you still believe this to be an error please email the school’s Attendance Officer, Sjin Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VCE Information Session for Parents
The powerpoint that was used for the VCE Information Session for Parents is attached.
One specific question raised related to the duration of time that can be taken to complete VCE. VCAA have clarified this morning that there is no limit to the validity of VCE units of study, essentially meaning that the VCE can be done over a period longer than three years, which is often the default duration for most schools. Whilst this offers great flexibility for students that need this time, it may not be the best way to maximise achievement.
For parents of students undertaking VCE study please take the time to view it and feel free to contact Matthew Daly (email@example.com) if you have any questions or require clarification on any VCE-related matters.
A student at TC has been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever. Scarlet Fever is a contagious bacterial throat infection that also features a red ('scarlet') rash. It is spread through coughing/sneezing, contact with contaminated surface and making physical contact with the infected person.
Symptoms of scarlet fever usually appear between one and three days after infection and include a very red sore throat and a red rash.
Red blotches are the first sign of the rash, which then changes to look like sunburn and feel like sandpaper. The rash will probably appear about two days after the child starts feeling ill, but can appear before they feel sick or up to a week later.
They may also have:
- a whitish coating on their tongue or throat
- red bumps on their tongue – it looks like a strawberry
- abdominal pain, nausea & vomiting
- very sore throat and tonsils – swallowing is difficult
- swollen glands
- aches all over their body
Treatment is normally a course of antibiotics from your doctor. If your child appears to be unwell with any of the above symptoms, please see your GP.
From our student community leaders - new house names and themes
As students and staff are aware, over the past two weeks community leaders have been gaining student feedback on community colours and themes. Today the final decisions were processed based on feedback and surveys conducted over the last few days.
Have a think about how you could incorporate your community colours into your awesome costumes for the upcoming community swimming carnival on the 1st of March!
Please see below for the final results:
Community Name- Blue Community.
Community Leaders- Jas Sekhon, Alice Lambert, John Sanderson.
Heads of House- Wes Pfitzner, Katrina Glass/Tony Costanzo, Katie Conlon, Chloe Hancock.
Theme- Greek gods/goddesses.
Community Name- Athena Community.
Community Leaders- Jack Sadler, Charlotte Sikkes, Michael Mance.
Heads of House- Aaron Floyed, Jessie Ravenscroft, Sophie Parthenides, Mia Cooper.
Theme- Egyptian gods/goddesses.
Community Name- Gold Community.
Community Leaders- Liv Rimmington, Maya Pradhan, Ceri Davies, Veronica Pender.
Heads of House- Anthony Owen, Beth Wigg, Cassidy Trousdale, Tony diFalco.
TC Community Leaders.
Coles sports for schools Vouchers
TC is collecting the Coles Sports for School vouchers to get some great sport equipment. Any time you visit Coles please collect the Sports for Schools vouchers and return to the general office or the resource centre! Happy shopping
There will shortly be a letter available concerning the NAPLAN tests taking place at the beginning of May. From my experience there is a wide range of emotions felt by students towards these tests, from excitement through to anxiety. As we are a Department of Education school, all students in Entry and those who sat the NAPLAN tests 2 years ago as Entry Students are required to sit the tests. For a student to withdraw from the tests they can only do so by parents request. The website for NAPLAN (https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/school-support/student-participation) states: “however students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer if there are religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing”. For this to happen you will need to contact the school to obtain a withdrawal form before the tests are sat. Please see the letter when it is available for more information.
Music @ TC news
Please find below news from our Music and Performance department, including some contact details for our music staff.
STUDENT ENROLMENT INFORMATION
Next week Entry students will bring home a hard copy of their Student Enrolment Information, while all other families will receive a soft copy 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, 26 February 2018. Please note, that families with two households will receive only 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.
Please click below for a table of some of the upcoming events @ TC
On these days, no classes will run. There will be further details to follow on booking these appointments.
Attendance @ TC Guidelines
Please see below a document outlining attendance requirements @ TC.
TC Café News
Healthy food for healthy minds. Our aim is to create wholesome, fresh great tasting food options daily.
Welcome to TC Café, firstly we would like to congratulate Joy on becoming a grandmother again to twins and wish her all the best for her on her long service leave. She will be dearly missed.
It has been a great start to the year with so many friendly faces popping into the café to say hello. As you may have noticed we have made a few changes inside and outside the café with the addition of more tables and some beautiful plants.
We have been trialling a few menu options and have found the homemade granola cups, yoghurt fruit cups, fruit salad cups, Parma melts and pasta are extremely popular.
We are open in the morning from 8.00am for breakfast.
The new menu should be finalised next week, thank you for your patience. And on behalf of all of us here have a fantastic weekend.
Jo, Shelley and Marj
VCAA Special Exam Considerations Information (for VCE Students)
“We would just like to remind everyone that the closing date for the submission of 2018 Special Examination Arrangements applications for long-term or chronic conditions is Friday, March 2nd. We are therefore requesting that parents of any students, or students themselves, who believe that they meet the criteria for special consideration for exams inform Matt Harris or Sally Holloway via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . We ask that this be done by Wednesday, February 21st, due to the requirements that are often required in order to complete these applications. Special provision may be provided in the form of a scribe, additional time, or use of a computer. If you would like any further information relating to the VCAA Special Provision Policy, you can use the following link: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/specialprovision/specialprovision.aspx.
Performing Arts: Stage Dive Every Week
The performing arts program will be kicking off its new weekly performance program, The Stage Dive Sessions, on Monday at lunchtime. These will be occurring every Monday lunchtime, starting at 1:40, and will be filled with student pieces from across dance, music, drama and media.
School Calendar for Term 1
Please find attached our planner for term 1. This document in its current state has some events that aren’t confirmed, these are the ones in red writing. The Planner at TC is a dynamically moving document. This is the version as it is today. The weekly announcements and Compass are probably the most up to date ways of seeing the upcoming events.
VCE Catch Up Sessions
VCE Attendance Catch-up Sessions begin in the Silent Room on Monday 5 February. 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
Wednesday 1.30pm to 2.40pm
Thursday: 3.30pm to 4.40pm
Please be aware that ALL VCE students are required to meet the minimum VCE attendance requirements in 2018; this is currently set at 90%. Please see the attachment ‘Brief for VCE Attendance’ for further clarity on meeting the VCE attendance mark.
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 Login for Parents
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:
Camps, Sports and 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.
Remember, you can always contact us to offer feedback on firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good weekend,