WELCOME BACK – A warm welcome back to school to all TVPS families! It promises to be a busy Term 3 with Level 3 Camp to Phillip Island, Mrs Wishy-Washy Day, Foundation Excursion to Chesterfield Farm, Level 4 Camp to Warburton East, Numeracy and Literacy Week, Parents Trivia Night, District Athletics and Swimming. A number of fortunate students took to the slopes for snowboarding & tobogganing adventures on the holidays whilst others ventured to the warmer climate in Queensland or overseas. Miss McPherson enjoyed a wonderful three weeks LSL in the USA where she caught up with the Vlahopoulos family. I wish everyone a successful and enjoyable Term 3!
STATE CROSS COUNTRY
We congratulate Rachel W [4L] and Livinia A [5B] on their outstanding performances at the State Cross Country Final, held at Bundoora Park last Thursday. Rachel and Livinia finished in 3rd and 9th places respectively. Rachel will now represent Victoria at the National Cross Country Championships, to be held on the Gold Coast this Term.
STUDENT OPINION SURVEY
The Student Attitudes to School Survey, Years 4-6, was completed in June. The results have been forwarded to school and will be discussed with students this Term. A general overview of key findings will be published in the Principal’s column in due course. We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction. The school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve the student’s schooling experience.
There have been many articles in the daily newspapers recently talking about inactivity levels in school students. We are proud of the approach that many TVPS families adopt in getting their children involved in weekend sporting programs. The variety of sporting involvement is endless with cricket, softball, hockey, soccer, basketball, martial arts, horse-riding, netball, competitive swimming and AFL football to name but a few. We hope that the trend continues for the children’s sake.
The After School Care children and their coordinators, Wendy Lincoln and Andrea Duske celebrated NAIDOC WEEK in Term 3 by making Aboriginal damper.
MRS M’s AWARD
Mrs Matrakis celebrated 40 years of teaching last weekend at the Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria. Mrs M was invited, along with 350 other guests, to attend a presentation ceremony to receive a certificate of recognition from the State Minister of Education, the Hon James Merlino MP. It is a wonderful achievement and one that demonstrates Mrs M’s dedication, resilience and passion for her chosen profession. Well done Mrs M!!
ICAS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Congratulations are extended to the following students for their excellent results in the ICAS Digital Technology Competition. We especially congratulate Lucy C [3M] for her High Distinction.:
Year 3: Merit: Thomas H, Credit: Kian A; Thomas W, Distinction: Zara C; Bastien F
High Distinction: Lucy C
Year 4: Merit: Mavis Mc; Pradyun S; James S
Credit: Vania B; Jude C; Milena K; Nicholas R; Caitlin T; Ben T; Kai U; Kevin Z
Distinction: Zara C; Bastien F
Year 5: Merit: Brodie N; Credit: Xavier F; Holly M; Evan S; Archie T
Distinction: Ryan C; Ruby T
Year 6: Credit: Steve A; Hamish C; Tilly H
PARENT OPINION SURVEY
The Parent Opinion Survey will be emailed [through Compass] to the randomly selected families at the end of this week. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 26thAugust.
The message from DET states:
“The annual Parent Opinion survey is mandatory for schools to participate in; it is an important part of parent engagement and assists with future planning and improvement. The survey is confidential and designed to protect the identity of individual respondents”.
We appreciate the time and effort that families contribute to providing feedback to the teaching staff, School Council and other parents. Thanking you in anticipation!
ENROLMENTS FOR 2019
The number enrolments for Foundation 2019 at TVPS is steadily increasing. If there are any TVPS families who are yet to enrol their child for Foundation, could they please do as soon as possible? The planning process for next year – the staffing for Foundation and the number of grades – can more easily be worked out – thank-you.
Bye for now!
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ZONE CROSS COUNTRY – We congratulate the following TVPS cross country runners and their coach, Mr Eagleton, for representing the Manningham Schools Division at the North East Zone Cross Country Championship, held at Yarra Glen Racecourse last Tuesday. The following are the results that the students achieved;
Rachel W (5B) – 1st in 11 Years Girls
Mikael E-A (5S) – 25th in 11 Years Boys
Caitlin T (4C) – 43rd in 9/10 Years Girls
Evan S (5S) – 41st in 11 Years Boys
Livinia A (6B) – Automatic progression to State Final in 12/13 Years Girls
TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC
The Big Friends, Little Friends took part in the annual Teddy Bears Picnic last week. There was a wonderful array of bears on show! There was Mamma and Pappa Bear and the cubs – all shapes, sizes and colours! There were a number of competitions, such as the biggest, smallest, softest and most colourful teddy bear, which all added to the excitement of the day! Congratulations to the Foundation and Grade 6 students for bringing their bears along to school and for taking part in the parade. Special thanks to the teaching staff, in particular Miss Boal & Miss Bombardiere’, for organizing such an enjoyable occasion that was complete with decorated, teddy bear biscuits as a luncheon treat!
HOUSE ATHLETICS SPORTS
The students in Grades 3-6 took part in their Annual House Athletics Sports at Riescheck’s Reserve, Doncaster on Tuesday. Blessed with fine and sunny weather conditions, the sports were an outstanding success! The students completed  track and field events during the program and had their times and distances recorded. The results will be analysed this week and the best competitors will represent TVPS at the DDSSA Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to all the students who competed on the day and special thanks to the parent helpers, staff members and to Mr Eagleton, in particular, for his superb organization of the event!
ALIKI SIGNS HER MURAL
We are very proud and appreciative of the wonderful abstract mural adorning the wall at the Level 2 designated eating area [DEA]. We asked Mrs Aliki Kapoor, our resident artist, if she would sign her magnificent piece of work this week [pictured below].
3-WAY CONFERENCE INTERVIEWS
Thank-you to all the parents who attended the 3-way conference interviews this week. The interviews provided a wonderful conduit of information between home and school! In their 3-way conference model, the students outlined to their parents and classroom teacher – what they liked at school & in their classroom, who their friends are and their achievements in reading, writing and maths. As well, they commented on what they wished to improve on [Three Stars and a Wish]. Congratulations to all students in F-6 for their preparation in delivering their 3-way conferences!
At the 6 o’clock break between the 3-way conferences staff members were treated to a candlelight dinner on Tuesday, complete with soft music and a fireside glow image on laptop. Not only that but also homemade lemon slices and rumballs. Thank-you for the kind thought Miss McCormack and Mr Eagleton!
The Flying Start program for Foundation 2019 students concluded last Wednesday. The third and final session for the students consisted of Art [Mrs St Clair] and PMP [Mr Eagleton]. During the student’s work time, the parents had a cuppa while chatting with the Assistant Principal, Mrs Ellenby [student welfare] and the Principal [the importance of enjoyment and success at school]. Special thanks to all the teachers who taught the pre-schoolers and especially to Miss Bombardiere’ and Miss Boal for their superb organization of Flying Start.
WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENTS
It has been a delight to welcome former students Marissa K, Ashleigh M and Amber M, Class of 2014, back to their former school this week. The students, all in Year 10 at Doncaster SC, have been doing Work Experience. They have been busy working in classrooms as well as helping with the House Athletics Sports.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2019
The number enrolments for Foundation 2019 at TVPS is steadily increasing. If there are any TVPS families who are yet to enrol their child for Foundation, could they please do so this week? The planning process for next year – the staffing for Foundation and the number of grades – can more easily be worked out – thank-you.
On behalf of the teaching staff, I wish all students and their families a very happy semester break. I hope that the holidays will be a time of refreshment, whether it is visiting friends, frolicking in the snow or basking in a warmer climate! A reminder that school finishes at 2:30pm on Friday. We look forward to seeing the students when they return on Monday July 16th, 2018.
Bye for now!
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