The Beacon 

28 February 2020
Issue One
Principal Message
College Administration  
Around the College
Digital Technology
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 Team

Dear Parents and Carers, 


We have had a wonderful start to the 2020 school year and hope you have also.


To start off the year, we would like to introduce our 2020 school captains, Nelly, Joanna, Kevin and Jasmine.  At the end of last year, they introduced themselves at our assemblies 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 their ideas for continuing to make our school a wonderful place. We were all incredibly proud of them and we are looking forward to working with them throughout the year.


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 activities. Our free sausage sizzle was extremely popular with over 1500 sausages cooked and enjoyed by all. Once again, 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.


At Tarneit P-9 College, we value and understand the importance of communication with our community. While we are always available if you have any questions or unsure of information, we also have a range of other communication structures that we encourage our community to access, including:

  • the Compass Parent Portal which is accessible via an app or web browser, provides families with information relating to key events, notes/newsletters, attendance information and options for parent payments and consent. Please note Compass is our main source of communication and we no longer send home paper documents. If you have not signed up for Compass, please contact our Administration office on 03 9749 0506 and we will assist you to do so.
  • our College Facebook page celebrating the exciting events and learning that occurs at our school. We hope you are following our Facebook page
  • the Tarneit P9 College website that contains our policies and key information about our school .
  • our College newsletter, which is a fantastic visual celebration of the activities and events throughout the term and provides important updates for families.  This year our newsletter will be sent out twice per term, aligned with our school assemblies. In between these dates, we will be sending out rolling communication via the Compass Parent Portal. This will include short articles about key school events, messages from the Principal Team and reminders for our community.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Kind Regards,


TP9C Principal Team



College Administration  

Term 1 2020 Sun Smart

Tarneit P-9 College is a Sun Smart school.  We aim to educate our community on the importance of being protected from the sun. This means wearing sunscreen and a broad brimmed hat.

All students in Year 6 to Year 9 are expected to wear a hat during recess, lunchtime and any outdoor activities. If they do not have a hat, they will not be able to participate.

Make sure your child brings your hat every day. And remember to write their name on it, so it can be returned to you if it gets lost.

College Fees

College Council has approved the school’s Parent Payment charges for the 2020 school year. 2020 College Fees can be paid HERE through the Compass Parent Portal. There are 2 options available via Compass: pay in full, or by payment plan with 8 monthly payments.
Any questions regarding 2020 College Fees should be directed to College Administration on 9749 0506.

We would like to thank our families in advance for payment of the 2020 College Fees, as these contributions make a significant impact on student learning throughout the school year.


Please note that we are now accepting payments and permission through Compass which can be accessed from both the web browser and phone app.

Uniform Price List


2020 Canteen Menu





Schools' Privacy Policy

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law. This will explain to students and parents how their personal information is handled in the school environment. For more information about privacy, see:

 Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents.

This information also available in nine community languages.


A reminder that when your child/children are going to be absent, you can log this onto Compass and recording the absence.  Alternatively, if you are calling or emailing, can you please provide your child/children’s first name, surname, grade, teacher, reason for absence, parent/carer name and contact number.

Picking Up Your Child


Around the College

Easter Raffle


Reading - Sunshine Online

Your child will bring a book which they can read 'independently', it might look like the book is too easy but the teacher has carefully chosen it so your child can read it and feel successful.

There are 2 parts to being able to read successfully. Both of these need to be practiced together:

- Can your child read the words on the page and read them smoothly?

- Does your child understand what they are reading? Can they talk about it with you?

Online book activities:

Username: tarneitp9

Password: tarneitp9


Teddy Bear Day



In week 5 we had our first SRC meeting led by the Year 9 College Captains for Years 2-8. We played a 'get to know you' game so we could get to know other SRC students from different year levels. In our groups we talked about how we can be good SRCs. Some examples are being a good leader in your class, being responsible, loving learning, being inclusive and showing pride. We also spoke about how it is important to be kind and be good role models in our school community. We are excited to be leaders and to make our school a better place.


Written by Rhyea, SRC leader 3LI


Lunch Boxes


Digital Technology

YouTube for Kids App – Protect what your Children are viewing!

YouTube Kids is a kid version of YouTube that features TV shows, music, educational videos, and user-created content appropriate for their age. It uses an algorithm to filter out the grown-up stuff and funnel the kid content to the app.

To limit what your kids can view, you can use the parental controls to allow only verified content or videos from a kid-friendly content partner. Otherwise, the app aims to show "younger" or "older" videos based on the user's age, what you've watched, and terms you've searched for. For maximum control, parents can customise exactly what videos their children see by creating an account with the  "Approved Content Only" setting, where parents can select specifically what channels and videos their child/ren can view. 


How do you set up profiles in YouTube Kids?
YouTube Kids lets you create up to 8 kid profiles that you can personalise for each user. Once you download the app, you log in with your Google account and set up profile/s for your child/ren in the settings menu. Kids will like the ability to select their avatar and their own passcode (which parents can override) to prevent snooping siblings from sneaking into their profile. Parents can also choose content levels depending on the age of their kids. The app defaults to "Younger," the full restricted version of the app. But parents can also select "Older," to give teens a less restricted, but still protected, version of the app.

How do I set parental controls on YouTube Kids?

The main parental control setting is the ability to allow your kid to search for videos in the app or not. Disabling search limits videos to only the ones that have been verified as age-appropriate by people on the YouTube Kids team. You can select "trusted channels" and topics in the Collections section, as well as restrict the "recommended" channels to only ones that have been viewed and OK'ed by a guardian.

To access these settings, you unlock the "grown-ups only" section by using either a random passcode or a custom passcode you create. Then you log into your Google account and select the user whose profile you want to add controls to. 


One of the best features of YouTube Kids is the timer, which lets you set a limit (up to an hour) for your kids to play on the app.

Student Wellbeing 

Gateways Support services


Sporting News 



Fun Run

Thursday 19 March 2020.





Library News 



First Aid

Important Information from Sickbay 

Borrowed clothing Items

If your child has borrowed any clothing from sick bay, please ensure they are cleaned and returned to the College Administration Office as soon as possible.

Medical Conditions

Does your child have Asthma, Anaphylaxis or any other medical conditions requiring a plan? Please contact to advise. It is Departmental policy that any student with a medical condition such as Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes and Epilepsy must have a plan submitted to the College, along with any required medication.

Lost Property

Lost property is cleaned out on a weekly basis and any labelled item is returned to the student via the Classroom teacher.  Any items NOT labelled are washed and used as spare clothes.  Please ensure you LABEL your child’s clothes.

Non-Uniform Items

Are placed in a white bin near Sickbay 1 in Building A – this is collected on a fortnightly basis and given to a charity.


If you have any Questions contact the College Administration on 9749-0506.

Community Connections

Starting Prep


Starting Secondary


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