The Beacon 

08 March 2019
Edition 2
Principal Message
College Administration  
Around the College
Student Wellbeing 
Digital Technology
Sporting News 
Library News 
First Aid
Community Connections
Tarneit P-9 College
(03) 9749 0506
21-23 Brinbrook Street
Tarneit, Victoria, 3029

Principal Message

Message from the College Acting Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,


First of all we would like to say a very big thank you to all the members of our community who attended our Family Fun Night last week. We had an amazing turn out and it was wonderful to see so many of our students, parents and staff participating in the round robin games. Our free sausage sizzle was extremely popular with over 2000 sausages cooked and enjoyed by all. The North Melbourne Football club supported the event, offering fun activities for our community to enjoy and Big Childcare entertained and engaged everyone with some fantastic games! We would like to sincerely thank Big Childcare for their ongoing support of this event, which also included donating the sausages for our sausage sizzle.


Earlier this term we held our School Council nominations. I would like to extend our congratulations to Anne-Marie Parkinson, Kristy Mathieson and Robert Wall on their successful reappointment to our College School Council. I would also like to welcome Kate Lachmund who will be joining our School Council as a staff representative. On behalf of our College community, I would like to thank Chris Daxecker who has been a valued part of our School Council for the past two years. We look forward to meeting with our 2019 School Council at our Annual General Meeting in a few weeks.


Throughout the year, the College conducts emergency evacuation drills to ensure that in event of an emergency, students and staff understand and implement the agreed processes to ensure everyone’s safety. Last week we practiced a whole school evacuation to the oval located near Tarneit Central Kindergarten. We were very impressed with the maturity and cooperation students demonstrated during this practice drill. Our next emergency drill will practice all Prep – Year 6 students evacuating to the Gym and all Year 7 – 9 students to Building C.


On Tuesday 21 March our College will be celebrating Harmony Day, recognising the valuable contributions of our multicultural community. We will be celebrating this event by wearing a touch of orange and investigating what it means to be inclusive. Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and it is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the celebration of Harmony Day, and 21 March is also the United Nations International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination. More information will be sent home next week.


Last week we introduced our College Student Captains to our community. Simran Bhutter, Deniz Oztan, Bikram Saini and Joy Patel introduced themselves at our Year 5 – 9 Assembly and shared what they like about our College. It was wonderful to hear each student comment on the relationships they have built at Tarneit P-9 College and a number of them referenced the diversity and multicultural representation at our College. We were all incredibly proud of them and are looking forward to working with them throughout the year.



Kind Regards


Paris Spencer

Acting College Principal



Messages from Assistant Principals


A Few Words from Our College Captains


College Administration  

School Crossings


Drivers have a responsibility to take extra care at these locations. Children's crossings have been designed for the protection of school children and adults, and operate (i.e. the flags are displayed or the lights are flashing) usually during the times that children are expected to cross the road.

When approaching a pedestrian or children's crossing, you must drive at a speed that allows you to stop your vehicle safely before the crossing.

If a school crossing monitor displays a STOP sign, you must stop your vehicle at the stop line. You may proceed only when the sign is no longer displayed towards you



No School - 11 March 2019


Camps and Swimming

Some families may have children attending various camps (Years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8) and swimming (Years 2 & 8) events throughout the year.

If you wish to set up a payment plan to make regular payments for these activities, please contact our Accounts Department - 9749-0506.

MSP Photos

School photos were taken on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March. There will a catch up day for any absent students on Wednesday 13 March. This day will also be for family/sibling photos.

If you would like a family/sibling photo, please collect an envelope from the College Administration Office.

College Community Calendar


Extra Curricular Activities



Families that hold a current and valid Health Care Card are eligible to apply for CSEF (Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund)


Students in Prep – 6 are eligible for $125.00

Students in Years 7-12 are eligible for $225.00


This money is paid to the school directly for you to use towards your child’s camps, sports and excursions.

If you hold a valid (current) concession card, and have already been approved for CSEF previously, we are able to roll over your application for the following year.


If you have not applied for CSEF in the past but have a valid concession card, please complete a CSEF application form from the office.


Applications must be submitted no later than 14 June 2019.


If you are unsure if your application will be rolled over, please contact College Administration for more information.

We would like to advise all families applying for CSEF next year to please include a copy of your health care card when submitting your application form.


Unfortunately we cannot process any applications without this information.



Around the College


The Year 3 students will soon be learning to talk and write in French about their hobbies.  We hope they will be able to share a published piece of French writing with their classmates and it would be fantastic if they could illustrate this with a photo of them doing a favourite hobby.  We will be talking together in French class about this possibility, but in the meantime, Year 3 parents, please see if you can find or take a suitable picture of your child busy at their hobby!  Please print it and have your child write their name and class on the back and bring it in to French class as soon as possible!  We look forward to sharing some excellent French writing with you soon 


Congratulations Neema 9C


Family Fun Night

A very big thank you to everyone who helped organise and supported our ‘Family Fun Night’ last week. It was awesome to see so many members of our community attend, enjoying their free sausage sizzle and participating in the many games and activities. Our Family Fun Night is a fantastic opportunity to develop positive home school relationships at the beginning of the school year and it was wonderful to see our staff, students and parents all having a great time.


Please click below to see highlights from the evening.


Year 8 Art


Clean Up Australia Day

Well done to everyone who participated in Clean Up Australia Day! The school grounds looked amazing on Friday afternoon!

Congratulations to Morris who scored 225 points for their house for the day!


Student Wellbeing 

Breakfast Club


Build friendships with good conversation

The best way to build friendships with other people is through conversation. A conversation can help you get to know somebody and it is an opportunity for you share information about yourself with somebody else.

Try having a SMART conversation and  remember to:

Smile: a smile can communicate many things e.g. you are approachable, you agree with a person, you are interested in the conversation.

Maintain eye-contact: looking at someone can show them that you’re listening.

Ask questions: when you ask a question, you are showing that you are interested in knowing more about what the person is saying.

Respond to cues from your conversation partner e.g. their facial expression might tell you they want to move onto a different topic.

Take-turns: each person in the conversation should have equal opportunities to speak.

My Time


My Time is a peer support group for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical conditions. It’s a place for parents and carers to unwind and talk about their experiences. A play helper is also present to provide activities for children attending so members can spend time catching up with each other.


Healthy Vision Improves Learning

Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 children have an undetected vision issue or requires ongoing assessment?


Healthy vision improves learning and is important for physical and social development.


Optometry Australia recommends that all children have their vision checked by an Optometrist before starting school and then regular visits throughout the school years. These checks are usually covered by Medicare so please ask when booking your appointment.


A list of optometrists, including those that speak other languages can be found on


So why not make an appointment today?


The Brave Program


Digital Technology

Prep - Year 2 Keeping your child safe 


Year 3-6 Using the Internet Safely


Year 7-9 10 Ways to Use the Internet Safely


Internet Safety for Parents and Children


Sporting News 

CUA School Fun Run


The CUA School Fun-Run promotes healthy and active lifestyles while helping raise funds! It’s all about participation, with students treated to a great day as a reward for their fundraising efforts.

Family support is the key to our fundraising success and we encourage everyone to get involved.

Please visit and create a student profile page. Once you have completed this, read through your Sponsorship Form, which has instructions on how to raise money and order your prizes.

Where:                           The track is going to be around the back of the College this year and around

                                           the football ovals.
 Running Distance:  Two kilometres.

 When:                            14 March 2019


Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Wuggles and Ellie 

Thank you so much to Deb – Charlotte and Madeleine Porter’s grandmother for our donation of “Wuggles” the bear. Wuggles has found a lovely spot with Ellie, the elephant, in the junior library to watch over the students reading in their library sessions, browse through some books, and have a nap if needed. Wuggles and Ellie may drop a line of recommendation next issue once they’ve found their favourite books.


And thank you to the Morgan family for their generous donation of lovely books for our students to read and enjoy for years to come.


Library Information


First Aid

Important Information from Sickbay 

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition requiring a plan such as Asthma/Anaphylaxis etc.

Please ensure that the school has a current plan and medication if required.

Please click below:

Borrowed Uniforms

Please note any clothing borrowed via the sickbay needs to be washed and returned as soon as possible, the return of these items would be greatly appreciated.

Community Connections

Manor Lakes Wyndham Rotary Fun Run


Tarneit Football Club


Big Childcare School Holiday Program


Parliament of Victoria


The Beacon 
Junior Years.pdf
Middle Years.pdf
Senior Years.pdf
Junior Years.pdf
Middle Years.pdf
Senior Years.pdf
Big Childcare School Holiday Program.pdf
Parents Brochure - library.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.docx
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
Library Information.pdf
FLY MyTime Manor Lakes term 1.pdf
TERM 1 Community Calendar 2019.docx.pdf
Prep - Year 2 Extra Curricular 2019.pdf
Years 3 -4 Extra Curricular 2019.pdf
Years 5 - 6 Extra Curricular 2019.pdf
Years 7-9 Extra Curricular 2019.pdf
Family Fun Evening 2019.pdf
Family Fun Night Photos.pdf
Medical Conditions Alert 2019.pdf
Prep - Year2 Internet Safety.pdf
Years 7 - 9 How to Use the Internet Safely.pdf
Years 3-6 Using the Internet Safely.pdf
Years 3-6 Using the Internet Safely.pdf
10 Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety tips for Parents K Morris.pdf
10 Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety tips for students.pdf