The Beacon 

24 June 2019
Edition 6
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, 


We have had a very busy Term 2, but it has been wonderful and so many exciting things have happened. We have had camps, athletics days, rep breakfast, swimming programs, excursions, incursions, book fair and much more. All of these things have been exciting and the students have thoroughly enjoyed participating in them. We are always incredibly proud of how our students represent our College at events, both here at school and within the community.  I would like to extend a very big thank you to our wonderful staff who have given up their time to organise and support these events.


This week our Reporting Portfolios will be sent home. These Portfolios are a celebration of your child’s learning, through authentic samples of student work. Our reporting portfolios are intended to provide both parents and students with additional information regarding student progress, including areas for continued improvement and a progressive record of student achievement. We hope you enjoy sharing and celebrating your child’s Semester 1 achievements. If you have any questions regarding the Reporting Portfolios, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a member of the College Leadership Team.


Over the past two weeks we have been fortunate to have Semper Dental visiting our school. They have been teaching students about the importance of a healthy diet and how to brush and look after their teeth. A large number of our students have also visited the dentists for a comprehensive oral examination and treatment. Parents of students who have seen the dentists will receive a written copy of their child’s treatment plan. 


This week we received the long awaited results from the Berthe Mouchette French Recital competition, which is organised by the Alliance Francaise of Melbourne. This year we had 22 students from Year 4 – 8 who achieved a perfect score of 20 out of 20. This is an outstanding achievement for these students and we are extremely proud of all students who participated in the competition. The 22 finalists will be competing against finalists from other school in August and we look forward to sharing their results with our community next term.


A reminder that next term we will be releasing the Compass Pay module which enables parents to make payments and give permission for camps, excursions and incursions through the parent portal. We believe this will support our parents by streamlining the administration process. More information will be sent home this week for parents with instructions on how to provide permission and pay for events. We will also be hosting parent workshops on how to use compass next term. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our College Administration on 9749 0506.


Once again I would like to thank our students and families for a wonderful Term 2. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 15 July ready to commence a great Term 3.


Kind Regards

Paris Spencer

Acting College Principal



Messages from Assistant Principals


Dear Parents and Carers,


Year 2 Swimming

Recently, our last group of Year 2 students participated in our swimming program at Aquapulse. It is an exciting and very important time for each student, as increasing swimming skills - regardless of different swimming levels, is very important - as being safe around water is a priority.

I would like to thank our parent/carer community for our high participation rates and for continuing to support and value our swimming program. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Adam Yates, our PE PLT leader, for organising and ensuring the smooth running of the program, as well as our Year 2 teachers for making it a positive experience for your children.


Book Fair

Thank you to all our families who supported our Book Clubs and Fair recently. We hope you are enjoying your purchase and are continuing to read/read with your children, developing the love of reading. With your support, The Lamont Book Fair raised over $2700 worth of books for our libraries, which provides a greater selection for your children. A special thank you to all the parents/carers who volunteered their time and assisted us with the fair again this year. Much appreciated.


Semper Dental

Over the last two-weeks of Term 2, we have had Semper Dental at our school, supporting our students and families around dental hygiene and issues.  Dental problems, such as dental decay and cavities are largely preventable. However, many young children suffer pain from and complications associated with dental decay.

Healthy Primary or baby teeth are important as they:

  • Are part of a child’s general health and wellbeing?
  • Assist in the development of a child’s eating ability and speech patterns
  • Are a guide to positioning of permanent teeth
  • Impact on a child’s physical appearance and self-esteem.

Dental Health Services Victoria advises that dental checks start with toddlers and then dental reviews should be on a regular basis as advised by the dental professional. If there is a problem, there should be no delay in seeking treatment to prevent the onset of pain and complications.

Dental professionals are either private dentists or dental therapists at the Community Dental Service.

The location of the Community Dental Service in our area is:

IPC Health

117/129 Warringa Crescent

Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029

Ph. 8743 1400


Kind Regards

Matthew Naudi

Assistant Principal Prep - Year 2



Dear Parents and Carers,


Although we had some ordinary weather we were lucky enough to have a break in the weather to have two great experiences for our Year 3/4 cohorts. The Year 4's spent 2 days at Lady Northcote camp just outside of Bacchus Marsh, with the highlights being; jumping off the giant swing and eating freshly made damper on a camp fire. Our Year 3's will be going on camp in week 1 of Term 3 to Creswick and the staff are looking forward to it. After having to reschedule the athletics carnival the weather was kind and there are some fantastic action shots below. I hope all students have a safe and relaxing holiday and come back refreshed and ready to learn in Term 3.

Kind Regards

Mark Zahra

Assistant Principal Years 3-4


Dear Parents and Carers,


We have had an extremely busy few weeks in the Middle Years. Our Year 5 students attended Alexandra Adventure Resort last week. Camp provided the perfect opportunity for students to realise their potential, build confidence and experience success as part of a team by taking part in a variety of adventure-based activities in the great outdoors. They braved the cold conditions to complete a variety of fun activities including the Giant Swing, Leap of Faith and Raft Building. Students had a fantastic time and it was great to see so many of them achieve success outside of the classroom.

Our Year 6 students competed in the Winter Sports Gala. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet other students from around the area and test their skills in their respective sports. Our girl’s netball and both the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams both won their respective competitions and will progress to the next stage of the competition. Well done to all students that took part, they all represented our college with pride.


I hope everyone has a fantastic break and look forward to seeing all of our students return well rested and refreshed for a big Term 3.


Kind Regards,

Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 5-6


Dear Parents and Carers,


Our Year 7-9 students have had an eventful and busy conclusion to Term 2. Our Year 7 students experienced English and Mathematics exams and were successful in their completion. All students gave their exams 100% effort and will be provided with feedback over the next week. This feedback will be looked at later next semester when they experience these exams for the second time.

Year 7 students had also taken part in the Digital Technology excursion Exploring 3D Worlds and Game Development at the Wyndham Tech School. Students were given the opportunity to experience

9D – Virtual Reality in the pods pictured below; as well as developing their own computer games.

Our Year 8 students have also taken part in exams and experienced a science and humanities exam for the first time. Our Year 9 students had the experience of sitting 5 exams in total with the addition of a P.E exam. All students learnt new revision strategies to assist them in achieving maximum marks and help them recall content that they learnt earlier in the school year.

Year 7-9 students took part in the rescheduled Athletics Carnival on the Wednesday 19 June. The day was a massive success. Students and teachers took part in a range of events and represented their College houses with pride. Cowie House was the lucky winner on the day with a total of 530 points.

All our Secondary students have had a great term that has had a range of different learning activities both inside and outside the classroom. I would like to wish everyone a fun and restful break and I look forward to seeing everyone in Term 3.


Kind Regards,

John Eskander

Assistant Principal Years 7-9

College Administration  

Tarneit P-9 Communication


Last Day of Term 2



Some families may have children attending various camps (Years 6, 7, & 8) and 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 on 03 9749 0506.

Please note that from Term 3 we will be accepting payments and permission through Compass.

Further information will be sent home to families.

Around the College

'Go Pink' Star Weekly Article 


"Pupils at Tarneit P-9 College were tickled pink with last Friday’s fundraising efforts for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The school’s Go Pink fundraising day raised more than $1000 for the charity.

Students wore a splash of pink as part of the national Go Pink campaign, in the first week of June, which supports thousands of women and their loved ones affected by breast cancer.

Co-ordinating teacher Chris Page said the fundraiser was an opportunity for the youngsters to put their leadership skills into practice.

“As part of this fundraiser, our Student Leadership representatives from years two to eight collaborated to research about National Breast Cancer Foundation and the idea of “Go Pink” to create a presentation in which they presented to their class to engage their peers in the charity,” Mr Page said.

“Students also spent time creating posters to display around the school to promote the day.”

Students sold wristbands and ribbons on the day."



House Colours Day


Royal Melbourne Show Competition

The Royal Melbourne Show competition is back again this year and the art room in building C (C15) is now open for students working on their RMS submissions.

Please collect a note from Building C office and have it signed as permission to submit an artwork. Students can submit more than 1 for each category.

Artwork will be due on Monday 29 July to C15. Artwork must have your name, homeroom and what you are entering. If you have a permission form, please attach it to your work.

Work will be judged and students will know if there work will be submitted early August.

Artworks can be done at home or during lunchtime art clubs

  • Year 5-6: Tuesday - Lunchtime
  • Year 7-9: Wednesday Lunchtime
  • (P-4 will be held in term 3 due to timetable)


Berthe Mouchette

Bonjour tout le monde,

We have received the long awaited results of the Berthe Mouchette French Recital Competition, organised by the Alliance Française of Melbourne.

22 of our students have attained a perfect score of 2o / 2o and  have successfully made  it to the finals.

The finals will be held at Alliance Française in St Kilda , where our students will be competing against other finalists from other schools across Victoria.

The finals will be held on the following dates:

  • Years 7 - 8          Sunday 4 August          9am to 5pm
  • Years 3 - 6          Sunday 18 August        9am to 5pm

Congratulations to all students for their  outstanding achievement and we wish them all the best (Bonne Chance) for the Final!


Student Wellbeing 

Anglicare Victoria

Anglicare Victoria, supported by the Harold Mitchell Foundation would like to introduce our new youth suicide prevention project, The Clique.


The Clique project aims to engage with young people between the ages of 12-25 living within the Wyndham area who have recently attempted to end their life. We also give practical advice & assistance to parents and carers on how to support their young person.


Clique is hoping to deter young people from another attempt by establishing links to their local community, connecting them with organisations that can help them understand their mental health, meet their social and emotional needs, and through practical support of our youth workers support those young people to attend their initial clinical appointments.

At Anglicare Victoria we realise the importance of being connected to community, having a strong sense of self, and feeling a sense of purpose. With this in mind we aim to empower our vulnerable young people by

connecting them to things like sport, education, employment, training, mental health, youth supports etc.

Please see below referral form.


Digital Technology

Parents Guide to Compass


Cisco's Digital Network

We are so excited to announce that Tarneit P-9 College is an official Cisco’s Digital Network School.

Cisco was seeking 15 schools across Australia to form part of its Digital Schools Network, to join their international group of schools in India, Singapore and Japan, just to name a few, and we were lucky enough to be selected as a Leading Digital School! This is a fantastic network with a vision for ALL students to be able to ‘Learn without Limits’.  


The Digital Schools Network has been designed for schools looking to innovate and transform teaching and learning within their classrooms. The guiding principles of the program are to create better teacher, student, parent and community experiences through the use of innovative solutions. Students are no longer confined to traditional learning environments – they’re learning anywhere, with any tool, in ways that reimagine what’s possible. We are excited to be a part of this incredible approach and network, drawing on technologies that support collaboration and project-based learning.


If you would like to know more about Cisco’s Digital Schools Network – please go to:

Sporting News 

Saddle Up School Holiday Program Winter Series


Student Leader Board


Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Library News


  • Junior and Senior Libraries will be open Monday to Friday before school from 8.30am to 8.50am
  • Junior and Senior Libraries will be open at recess for borrowing, returning, quiet reading and studying  
  • Senior Library ONLY will be open after school from 3.15 to 4.00pm for borrowing, returning, quiet reading and studying  
  • The Junior and Senior Libraries are NOT OPEN at Lunchtime

Grant from Truganina Progress Association

We have been lucky to receive a grant of $300 for Book of the Year in Schools Project 2019-2021.This 3 year grant will help assist Tarneit P-9 College, enabling us to purchase quality Australian literature to share with our students and whilst reading these books, students can also learn something of the history and values of Truganina Pioneer Heritage.

A total of 24 labels, each label is located inside the front cover of the donated books and highlights a snippet about Truganina. 

These books are available in the Junior Library for students to borrow.

Ellie and Wuggles and new friends

Peter Rabbit

Thank you so much to Deb – Charlotte and Madeleine Porter’s grandmother for our donation of Peter Rabbit. Peter is settling in well to library life as he is surrounded by familiar friends from the Beatrix Potter Series, like Jemima Puddleduck, Benjamin Bunny, and Tom Kitten. Peter has also had fun scaring some of our staff into thinking there’s a person standing in the library after everyone has gone home – he’s cheeky!

Wuggles and Ellie


Wuggles and Ellie have been reading our new “Trek Learns About” Super Reads books with all different topics like time, shapes, texture, numbers etc.

They’ve gained a lot of knowledge and passed their information on to Peter Rabbit who came from the same home as Wuggles! Wuggles was excited to be reunited with Peter Rabbit and to introduce him (who really needs no introduction) to Ellie.


First Aid

Important Information from Sickbay 


We fully understand the frustration and cost of your child losing items of school clothing and therefore request that you clearly label your child’s clothing with both their first and last name so it can be returned to their classroom should it be placed in lost property.  Please note - we endeavour to do this on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, with the large number of items not labelled we are not able to leave them in lost property for any length of time.  These items are then washed and placed with our spare clothing.   Also hard items such as lunch boxes, drink bottles etc are thrown away every two weeks due to hygiene reasons.  Please ensure that these are also clearly labelled for return.

Borrowed Uniforms from Sickbay

Students who have borrowed uniform items from sickbay – can you please have items cleaned and returned before the end of  Term 2

Medical Plans/Medication

Parents/Carers who have received a letter of request for any medical plans and/or medication in relation to their child’s medical condition - please send to the College Administration Office as soon as possible.  If a student no longer has a medical condition – can you please  provide this information to College in writing to allow us to update or alter your child/s records.

How to stay healthy over the school holidays

Eating well...

It’s important to have a good balanced diet with less of the bad things (like junk food and lots of sugar) and more of the good things (such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and water). This can help with sleep, energy levels and general health and wellbeing.

Sleep well...

Getting a good night’s sleep helps you feel energised, focused and motivated. Developing a sleeping routine can help you sleep much better. To do this, try to wake up around the same time each day, get out of bed when you wake up and go to bed around the same time each night.

Be socially active and get involved...

Social relationships are really important to your general wellbeing. Spending time with friends is also really important for keeping and building on existing friendships. Getting involved with volunteer work, hobbies, clubs or committees, or sports can help you feel connected to your wider community while also meeting new people.


Play is important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalise your social networks and reduce stress and anxiety.

Community Connections

Young Scientist



The Beacon 
Big Childcare Holiday Program.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
Clique Referal Form.pdf
Prep information night.pdf
Year 7 Information.pdf
Memories .pdf
Guide to Compass.pdf