Mr Renshaw’s Blog

Mr Renshaw’s Blog

OPEN SATURDAY MORNING – Last Saturday TVPS had an Open Morning, with School Tours for prospective students and their parents. The weather was fine and warm and the school looked a picture – colourful displays and beautiful gardens to admire! A large number of staff members, school councillors & student leaders attended to guide tours – Mrs Ellenby, Miss Rossi, Mrs Matrakis, Mrs Coulson, Mrs Broome, Christine Gourmanis, David Tahau, Eva Wong, Tanya Herman and Ross Peters. Of particular interest on the tours were many exhibits including;

  • *Foundation Classroom – literacy & numeracy activities [Miss Boal & Miss Bombardiere’]
  • *Science exhibitions – Robotics [Mr Cretney], Coding [Miss McPherson], Maker Space [Mrs Vasiliadis], Chemical Science [Mrs Bevacqua], Environmental Sustainability Garden [Miss Georgakopoulos]
  • *Grade 5&6 Classroom Displays – CAFÉ’ Reading [Mrs Fowler]
  • *Performing Arts displays – costumes and acting performances [Miss McCormack]
  • *Art Room activities – printing [Mrs St Clair]
  • *Face Painting – [Miss Pettolino & Mrs Gough]
  • *Coffee & Cake Shop– Adele Gribben [cake donated by Jenny Giannakopoulos]
  • *Jumping Castle & PMP – student activities [Mr Eagleton]
  • *Asian Garden – in Level 4 area [Mr Lewis]


There were large numbers of visitors, who were very impressed by everything that they saw and sampled. We are hopeful for many future enrolments as a result!

Congratulations and thank-you to all the teachers, students, parents and School Councillors who attended and made it such a special morning for TVPS.


We congratulate Caitlin T [4C] who represented TVPS and the Division in Girls 9/10years backstroke at the North East Region Swimming Championships held at Aquanation, Ringwood last Friday. Caitlin won her heat easily in a personal best time. Unfortunately, she was only 5th fastest out of a very strong field of [16] competitors when the other heat concluded. Nevertheless it was an outstanding effort from a swimmer who only trains once a week and focuses on basketball!


On the Curriculum Day [Friday March 9th] the teachers undertook professional development focussing on literacy – Readers’ Workshop [CAFÉ’ Reading] and student welfare – “You Can Do It” & the Resilience Project. It was a highly productive day and we thank presenters Diane Wilkinson [Literacy] and Mrs Ellenby [Student Welfare] for presenting. We hope that all families enjoyed the 4-day weekend [including Labour Day holiday].


The House Cross Country for Grades 3-6 took place at Finns Reserve last Tuesday morning. The weather was cool with misty rain, somewhat unusual compared to the blistering heat and dusty conditions over the past few years. We congratulate the students for participating and for their impressive performances! The following students are the winners of their respective age groups;

9/10 Year Old Girls

Caitlin T                       

9/10 Year Old Boys
Jake B


11 Year Old Girls

Rachel W

11 Year Old Boys
Evan S
12/13 Year Old Girls
Livinia A

12/13 Year Old Boys
William R


Special thanks to Mr Eagleton, assisted by Miss McPherson & Mr Cretney, for arranging such a successful House Cross Country. Well done to the teachers and the many parents who officiated making it such a positive experience for the students.


There was much expectation and excitement from families attending the Space Adventure  Night at TVPS on Monday. We were grouped [450 people] in the Multi-purpose Hall and outside under the basketball canopy eagerly awaiting astronaut Scott Tingle to speak to our students from his International Space Station orbiting earth. A group of [10] students from Grades 1-6 had been chosen prior to ask Scott Tingle questions, as he passed over Australia during the radio link-up. A number of invited guests attended the Night including Mr Matthew Guy MP, Member for Bulleen, Mrs Eva McMaster, Principal of Doncaster SC, Mrs Lena Clark, Principal of Donvale PS, Patrons of the School – Mrs Trish Renfree, Mrs Sherie Matrakis and representatives from ARISS – John Costa [former School Council President], Robert Broomhead and our own Archie T [5S], one of the youngest amateur radio operators in Australia [article on p. 7 of the Manningham Leader newspaper featuring Archie T and Level 3 Coordinator, Miss McPherson]. The Principal welcomed the attendees and then handed over to Mrs Faith Toy, who explained what was to occur when the radio link took effect. The excitement reached fever pitch when we finally heard Scott Tingle’s voice, as he answered the student’s questions. The students were presented with certificates from ARISS, at the conclusion to the Night, for their contribution to the important event.

It was an incredible experience for all those who attended and one that will be etched in our memories forever. Special thanks to John Costa, Archie T [5S], Robert Broomhead, Tony Hutchinson [ARISS link in South Australia], Faith Toy, Miss Jane McPherson [ably supported by Mr Cretney and Miss Rossi] and the students who posed the questions to Scott Tingle.



The Junior School Councillors, [15] selected from Foundation to Grade 6, were presented with their badges from the Principal and Assistant Principal at the assembly on Monday morning. The students will be an advisory body to the School’s Leadership on matters pertaining to student welfare, buildings & grounds and fundraising. Special thanks to Mrs Bertelli and Mrs McLean for overseeing the Junior School Council program.


A reminder that school finishes at 2:30pm next Thursday March 29th, the day before Good Friday. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the TVPS families a very safe and happy Easter holiday break. I look forward to the students returning at 9am on Monday April 16th to commence Term 2, 2018!

Bye for now!  

Graeme Renshaw