The Beacon 

10 December 2018
Edition 18
Principal Message
College Administration  
Around the College
Student Wellbeing 
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 Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Road Safety

We are aware that pick up and drop off times can be extremely hectic and we ask that all members of our community use common courtesy and patience during these periods, and to role model the safe use of school crossings.

Unfortunately, we still have families and students crossing at other points on both Crossway Avenue and Brinbrook Streets. As you can imagine this is a significant safety concern for our community. Our teachers will be discussing the locations with their classes of all crossings on Brinbrook Street and Crossway Avenue and how to safely cross the road using these crossings. To assist with this, we ask that all members of our community model using the crossings and also request that parents discuss road safety and use of crossing with their children. We also have a Yard Duty teacher on Brinbrook Street to assist with supervision of both student crossing.

Hopefully through a combined effort by all members of the College community, we can ensure our students are safe travelling to and from school.

                                                                                            Kind Regards

                                                                                          Rynn Anderson




Messages from Assistant Principals


College Administration  

Student Attendance

Absence Line – 9749 0506

There is no need to wait for school hours – this number operates at any time day or night and weekends so you can leave a message when it is convenient for you.


Notification of Absences

 - Call the absence line by pressing 1, in the morning before 8.50 am

- If you are leaving a message on the absentee line please provide the following details:

  • Students name and year level
  • A reason for the absence and the duration of  the absence if applicable  
  • Your contact details

School Banking

School Banking will finish on Thursday 13 December 2018.


Bikes, Scooters and Walking

A couple of reminders:

•Students are not to exit via the car park gate for any reasons. It has been noted that some students are doing this, it is a safety issue and will be monitored closely going forward.  Make sure you are using the appropriate pathways and community gates.

•Please make sure you wear a helmet if you are riding your bike or scooter and walk (not ride) through the school grounds.


Payment Reminders

Year 9 Celebration Day - payment  $40.00      DUE NOW

2019 College fees can be paid now via BPay

Lost Property

 Please ensure to write your child’s name on their items

Any lost items with a name on it - is bagged, tagged and sent back to the child’s classroom for the teacher to hand out. 

We currently have an overwhelming amount of lost items of clothing with no names. These items are now being washed and given to our wellbeing team.


French Dress-Up Day Fundraiser


Important Information for New Families

Please click below for further details.


Important Dates for 2019

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Community Calendar


Parent Payments

We accept EFTPOS and cash, however BPay is our preferred payment method. BPay details are on your family statement or can be obtained from College Administration.

If you pay by BPay, please write this on the Permission Form. If you wish to pay cash for excursions/camps, this can be sent with your student, via the classroom teacher. If you have CSEF please mark this on your permission slip.

The payment window is open during the following times: 

8.30 am - 10.30 am  and  2.30 pm - 4.00 pm


Late Payments

Please be advised that late payments will no longer be accepted at the office.

It is imperative that all activities are paid in a timely manner. This directly affects the person organising the event as they need to confirm the numbers of students attending with bus companies and venues.

Although we have been lenient with late payments in the past, this option is no longer available. Payment and permission slips must be received by the due date so that your child will be able to attend.


If you are experiencing financial difficulty and need to arrange payments, please contact College Administration for assistance.


Thank you for understanding.


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

Extra Curricular Clubs   

Please click below for a copy of our extracurricular clubs scheduled for Term 4. 



REAL robotics students entered the First Lego League Competition this term.  There were 28 schools from the Western District competing and our students did a fantastic job. 


Team members:  Chris (4JK), Uros (5RC), Tahlia (5CH), Sharzil (5JR), Naman (6NO), Isaac (6SH), Regina (6RP), Ashlee (6DK) & Ahmed (6SU).

Coaches:  Danijela Rados & Nicole Dellios


Team name:  Tarneit College Master Builders (T.C.M.B)

Project information:  Hydroponics can be used in space for an easy and efficient way to grow food for astronauts.

Core Values information:  Our team has shared our ideas and opinions to help each other improve.

Fun facts about our team:  Our motto is “Where does this go?”  Our team name was inspired by the Lego Movie and our school

Robot design information:  Designed like a rocket, has a large claw to complete missions.


Hands on Learning

The Year 9 Hands on Learning Elective students have been working hard this semester on a range of personal projects, as well as projects for the school. They have learnt how to use a variety of tools and built their understanding of the building process.


Year 2 Sleepover

On Friday 26 October, the Year 2 students came back to school to have a SLEEPOVER! They had lots of fun activities to participate in, got to enjoy dinner while the sun was setting, chose from 3 movies to watch before bedtime and had a healthy breakfast in the morning. The students were all working on being independent with their sleeping bags and did an amazing job- they were very tricky to pack! A big thank you to all of the staff who helped out!


How Long Does It Take

Paper waste


Based on volume alone, paper products take up the most space in landfills all over the world. It takes approximately 2 — 6 weeks to decompose, which is considerably faster than other materials. However, because of the large amounts  we send to landfills, if everyone started recycling paper it would save a lot of space.  Additionally, this can reduce energy and consumption of natural resources used when making non-recyclable paper.

Food waste

Based on weight alone, food is the heaviest and largest waste in landfills. The time needed for food to decompose usually depends on the type of food it is. For instance, a lemon peel can take up to 6 months to decompose, whereas a banana peel can take up to 4 weeks. Furthermore, when it comes to recycling food, having the right container is very important as well as knowing how to classify food together according to the time it needs to decompose.

Here are some very common items found in large amounts in landfills along with the amount of time they require to decompose:

  • Tinfoil does NOT biodegrade.
  • Wool — 1-5 years
  • Cigarette butts — 10-12 years
  • Rubber-boot soles — 50-80 years
  • Foamed plastic cups — 50 years
  • Leather shoes — 25-40 years
  • Milk cartons — 5 years
  • Cardboard — 2 months
  • Styrofoam does NOT biodegrade.
  • Tin cans — 50 years
  • Batteries — 100 years
  • Sanitary pads — 500-800 years



Community Survey

Thank you to all the wonderful parents and friends who attended our College Musical ‘The Lion King Jnr’ last term. We would really appreciate your feedback. Please use the link or QR code below to answer 2 questions to give us some feedback.


Year 10 Step Up


Student Wellbeing 

NDIS Pre-Planning for CALD Communities.


Youth Resource Centre


Sporting News 

Prep - Year 2 Sports Gala

In week 6 the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students participated in a Sports Gala on the Community Oval. They competed in a range of activities including, a relay race, tunnel ball, egg and spoon race, frisbee throwing and longest kick. It was a great opportunity to dress up in our house colours and cheer each other on.

Well done to all the College houses, the results were as follows:​ 

These results will go towards our College house competition.

Overall, teachers were very impressed with our students’ behaviour and attitude on the day. We believe they did a wonderful job of demonstrating our four school values. We saw so many examples of students using their growth mindset to help them achieve their personal best. Well done everyone for being such good sports! Thank you to all the families who came to support our students, it was great to see so many of you there.

A big thank you to the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 teachers for running the activities and joining in on the day and to our wonderful PE staff –

Mr Weymouth, Mr Yates and Mr H for organising the gala days for us.


Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you to all of the students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart this term. It was amazing to see so many students outside enjoying the program!!

Tarneit P-9 College raised a total of: $4000 for the Heart Foundation.

Such an amazing effort!! On behalf on the SRC, thank you for all of your hard work!

If you raised money, you can expect your thank you prize in the next few weeks.


Health Night

Thank you to everyone who attended our College Health Night. We were fortunate to get some amazing weather and a great turnout from our community!

We do really appreciate everyone’s willingness to contribute to the night!


Library News 

Opening Hours 

Junior Library 

Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Sarah Huculak


Senior Library 

Monday - Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Susan Grieve 


Both Libraries can be contacted on 9749 0506. 

Summer Reading


What's on in Wyndam City Libraries


Parents Library Brochure


Overdue Books 

If you have overdue books, please see one of the library staff to renew your loan or place the book in the return drop off chute located at the front of each library desk. The return drop off chute can be used at any time. Any book that has been lost or damaged should be reported to the library staff as soon as possible. 

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

Helping Kids Achieve Potential


Werribee City Football Club


Free And Fun Footy Program




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