Mr Renshaw’s Blog

A warm welcome back to school for a very busy Term 2 at TVPS! I hope that all families have had a happy Easter and enjoyable holiday break – the weather in Melbourne was outstanding for outdoor pursuits! The calendar for this Term includes the following events – Anzac Day Service [Wednesday], P&F Mothers’ Day Stall, Education Week – Open Day & Night on May 23rd, NAPLAN testing, District Cross Country, Flying Start program for the 2019 Foundation students and Gymnastics. That means plenty of enjoyable hard work, fun & variety at TVPS!


The Space Adventure Night at TVPS, prior to the Easter vacation, was a unique experience for the school community. The opportunity for the students to speak to astronaut Scott Tingle, from his International Space Station orbiting earth, is something that we will never forget.

A number of email tributes have been received at school, from invited special guests and parents, including

I was delighted to be invited to attend such an amazing event where students were able to speak to the astronaut Scott Tingle, via ARISS (Amateur Radio on International Space Station). The students’ curiosity around space life and scientific research were boundless – this was a once in a lifetime opportunity! – Eva McMaster, Principal Doncaster SC

Congratulations on an absolutely brilliant event – I loved every moment of this extraordinary night! The students, staff and community came together in such a way that created some very special and ground-breaking memories for all. Well done to Archie T and the brilliant work from Jane McPherson – what a talented lady she is! Certainly a highlight of my teaching career. An honour to have shared it with you and your team –Lena Clark, Principal Donvale PS

Matthew always comes along to the things he wants to do.  He had a fantastic time.

I hope I can get him along to your next special event.

My best, Deborah Atkins, PA to Matthew Guy

Congratulations again on a successful, memorable night! Thank you for your great support in extending Archie’s passion in Amateur Radio and realise his dream to share this with the TVPS community. The wonderful feedback keeps flowing in and I have been told there are already a few students who are inspired to become astronauts! Many parents have gone home to download apps and to find out more about ISS and Scott Tingle. It is so good to have an event that everyone could relate to and enjoy at the same time. Thank you very much. I am still buzzing from it!! – Faith Toy

The success of the event speaks powerfully for itself through the great reaction of all involved, particularly the students! With bright students and a very highly supportive and collaborative school and staff, plus parents and volunteers who enjoy helping, make such a worthwhile adventure happen and succeed. The real measure of success will be its impact on students directly or indirectly, now and into the future, and in that regard the indications so far are good.

John Costa, Former School Council President

Well it is all over, what an excellent linkup, you should all be very proud of the way the students asked their questions and all the questions were answered by astronaut, Scott Tingle.

Tony Hutchinson, ARISS South Australia


The traditional Easter Bonnet Parade took place at TVPS on the final Friday of Term One. There was an enormous array of designs, shapes, colours and adornments [chickens, bunnies and eggs large & small] that were featured on bonnets! A special thank-you is extended to Mrs Fowler, Mrs Broome and the House Captains [announcers – Hayley C & Will R] for making the Easter Bonnet Parade so successful. Congratulations and thank-you to the students, parents and teachers for their creativity and participation in the special event. Photo………………….


Parents at TVPS are invited to join the various Sub-committees of School Council including Parents & Friends, Education, Buildings & Grounds, Canteen and Uniform Shop. The Parents & Friends meet to plan activities such as Mothers’ & Fathers’ Day stalls, fundraising and family barbecues. The Uniform shop is open on Mondays during after assembly whilst the Canteen is open every day and is always seeking assistance. If parents are considering joining a School Council Sub-committee, they may phone the General Office on 8850-5777 and they will be contacted by the convenor.


The Grade 6 students and their teachers are attending the Anzac Day ceremony, for Manningham Network schools, at the Templestowe Memorial Park, Corner High and Foote Streets, Templestowe on Thursday. It is being organized by the Templestowe RSL and Rotary Clubs. During the service School Captains, Amelie H and James W, will place a wreath on the catafalque on behalf of the school…………….symbol


A reminder to all TVPS families that Wednesday April 25th is the Anzac Day holiday and as such the students will not be attending school on that day.


Bye for now!


Graeme Renshaw