The Beacon 

20 December 2019
Edition 11
Principal Message
College Administration  
Around the College
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, 


On behalf of the Tarneit P9 College staff, I would like to extend a very warm thank you for all your support throughout 2019. We are very fortunate to work with such a beautiful community, dedicated to supporting our amazing students. 

A few other special mentions to end our year:

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge Miss Paris Spencer, Mr Mark Zahra and Mr Matt Naudi who did a fantastic job in leading our College while I was away. On behalf of our whole College – thank you! We appreciated all your hard work and on a personal note, it meant a lot to me knowing Tarneit P9 College was in such good hands.  
  • A very big thank you to our School Council President Robert Wall and school council members Jennifer Treloar, Rawia Arakji, Kristy Mathieson, Anne Marie Parkinson and Emma Gilman for their dedication and support of our College Council.
  • We would also like to express our gratitude to Alicia Wright for all her hard work leading the Parent Association this year. Alicia has been amazing in this role for a number of years now, giving up so much of her time to organise key events at our school. Thank you Alicia – we appreciate everything you have done for Tarneit P9 College.
  • To our many volunteers who have assisted in the library, in our classrooms, with fundraisers, our swimming program and excursions – thank you very much. We have appreciated your support and enjoyed having you at our school.
  • Congratulations to Alphoncine  Jule  who last week was awarded our School Council Young Leader for 2019, for making significant contributions to Tarneit P9 College . Alphoncine is a SLEEPY mentor, an active member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and who takes on informal and formal leadership within the school and in the wider Tarneit Community. She voluntarily assisted with the homeless drive and consistently demonstrates the school values, taking part in leading community events at our school. Congratulations Alphoncine!
  • We would also like to acknowledge Manvir Kaur Anand and Jye Johnson who were awarded the Young Leaders encouragement award. This special School Council award recognises the leadership attributes of our students across the College.
  • Yesterday we were very fortunate to have Ted; the owner of Big Child Care attend our assembly and present our School Captains with a giant cheque for $10 000 dollars to put towards an initiative of our choice. Our community was overwhelmed by the generosity of this gift, and we are looking forward to working with our student representatives to come up with a plan to use this money to further improve our school.
  • Finally, I would like to extend a very big thank you to our very talented students and fantastic staff – you make our school a wonderful place to come every day!

Have a wonderful holiday everyone and we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2020.


Kind Regards

Rynn Anderson

College Principal

Messages from Assistant Principals

Dear Parents and Carers,


What a big end to the year it has been for our Prep – Year 2 students! It’s been fantastic to see all of our students engaged in their learning right throughout this busy time.

Special mention must go to our Prep students who celebrated the end of their first year of schooling with a special celebration in the gym. It was great to see all the parents in attendance and the song performed by our students was an absolute hit! Congratulations to all of our prep students and teachers,  you have worked very hard this year and it is very rewarding to see all the growth our students have shown.

A recent highlight for our Year 1 students was the ‘Dash into Robotics’ incursion. Coordinated by Earth Ed, our students experienced a fun-filled hands on introduction to working with robots. Our students used iPads to make simple commands and complete challenges using the robots.


Our Year 2 students have been busy writing fractured fairy tales and having fun creating alternate endings to traditional fairy tales. Our students have been highly engaged in this writing process and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their work with their peers.


Kind Regards

Brett Sinnett

Acting Assistant Principal P-2


Dear Parents / Carers,


Can you believe we are at the end of another school year? We have made so many cherished memories over 2019 and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our family and friends for your ongoing support over the year.


This Term the Year 3 and 4 teachers recognised the children in their classes who consistently demonstrate our school values Learning, Inclusive, Responsible and Pride ever day over the whole year. One child from each class was nominated and we celebrated with them during a special lunch time picnic.

Our Year 3 children had a special visit from Tarneit North Kinder, the Kinder kids came into our classrooms to get an insight of what school is really like. Our children shared some of their work they are proud of and showed them around their classroom whilst joining together for morning tea. Our children were friendly and supportive whilst helping the Kinder kids prepare for transition to Primary School next year.


We would like to wish all of our school community a safe and joyful holiday break.

I encourage all of our children to spend time outside being active over the summer break, ask a trusted adult to go for a bike ride with you, walk the dog, or head to the local beach for a swim. With the weather warming up be sure to drink lots of water and play safely!


Kind Regards 

Rily Dorgan

Acting Assistant Principal Year 2-3



Dear Parents and Carers,


Can you believe we are almost at the end of another school year? Where does the time go!? This week we saw our Year 6 students reach a milestone in their schooling, as they completed their primary schooling. I would like to congratulate all of these students for a fantastic year and thank all the Year 6 teachers for all of their hard work this year. For those students that will be moving on to different schools next year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck and thank you for all of your contributions to our college during your time here. For all of our Year 6 students, please enjoy a well-deserved break as recharge your batteries and you prepare to embark on next stage of your school journey.

I was very proud to attend the Year 5 Assembly this week to celebrate the learning growth off all students inside and outside of the classroom. It was fantastic to see lots of students achieve excellence on the learning ladder, receive recognition for their high attendance, as well as the substantial growth in their reading levels. A special mention must go to both Chris Yan and Sosakmak Mom who scored in the top 1% in Australia in the ICAS Maths and Science competitions.



Our Year 6 boys went out to Galvin Park earlier in the term to compete in our region’s division finals, after winning the school round of the boy’s cricket. They took on schools from all around the Wyndham area, going undefeated throughout the tournament. A great effort from the Year 6 boys cricket team.


To all our families, have a great break over the summer holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!


Kind Regards,

Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 6-7


Dear Parents and Carers,


What an exciting end to the year we’ve had! I’m sure you would agree that our recent Health Night and Spring Showcase were a wonderful experience for all of our students, teachers and parents, and a chance to celebrate the fantastic work that happens in these curriculum areas. Thank you to all who attended!

This week you received your child’s completed Learning Portfolio for the year. We hope you had chance to sit down and celebrate all of their achievements and efforts and admire their work samples. On Wednesday we also held our annual ‘Step Up Morning’ where all students spent time with their new teachers and classmates – there was lots of excitement and our new classes all worked beautifully together!

The school year may be almost over but there are many opportunities for learning to continue during the holidays. You could spend time at the library, or check out the local community events.  Activities such as writing a postcard or keeping a holiday journal, starting a reading competition with friends, cooking and crafting together, signing up to a sports team, and many more, all help to continue your child’s learning across the curriculum.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!


Kind regards,

Claire Tierney

Acting Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Pedagogy

College Administration  

Term 1 2020

will commence on: Wednesday 29 January - Year 1 - 9
Monday 3 February - Preps

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


Around the College

Year 5/6 R.E.A.L Robotics

Congratulations to this year’s team who competed in the First Lego League’s R.E.A.L Robotics competition. The Tarneit Robo Titan’s won the best presentation award! Go TRT!


What I learnt: Solutions aren’t always simple or intermediate - they can be advanced and require teamwork to brainstorm a solution feasible.
The best part of this year’s Robotics is teamwork and having humour in our script (IMO).
Best club ever!
Sosakmak 5RM


The R.E.A.L Robotics club was one of the best opportunities of my life, putting it straight.
But it is so much more than that! There were many times where I felt incredible with achievement and other when I felt that I was letting the team down. I felt connected to this program and all that was in it. From building the first robot to our eventual competition stride it was an incredible experience. I don’t know anything else that could replace it. It was incredibly helpful to build not only mine but others teamwork skills. That was definitely one of the main focuses on this program. And if you look at it just by its name it looks like you’re doing one thing, robotics, but it’s so much more than that. There are 4 main areas, core values which is teamwork. Presentation, which is when you have to make a unique and inspiring presentation and solution to a problem in the world. Robot design, which is how you make your robot and how efficient it is. And finally the robot game. In this you have to program your robot, using blocks to complete certain missions and challenges in return for points. There is lots of hard work put into all these areas. A thing that would make the programming part better is, having more coding opportunities. What I mean by this is being able to have more blocks, or even code in JavaScript. I know this is out of Miss Rados' and Miss Dellios' control, it would make programming a lot better.
I like having lots of sessions, almost 1 each day. It helped keep me on track and my mind always thinking of ways to solve our problems.
That brings me on to my last part. Challenges and problems.
This is the main part of the program. Our goal was to always solve our problems, using teamwork skills, or anything else we could do. It was incredible to get the sign of relief after spending hours on something and to know all your work finally paid off. It was incredible to know your team had your back and it was incredible to meet all these amazing people.



Year 2 Sleep Over

Hello everyone… well today I am going to introduce myself. My name is Vihaan and I am from Mr Page’s class (2CP). I am going to talk about the Year 2 sleepover.

Firstly, we started with some little activities, they were football, relays, soccer, basketball and playing on the playgrounds too. After that, we gathered together for a mini assembly. We talked about the expectations and what we were going to do. Then we did more little activities.

Secondly, we all came together again and we all ate pizza. We had veg and cheese pizza. It was delicious and tasty. After we ate, we waited for 45 minutes and then we had ICYPOLES! It was freezing and my tongue was burning. Then we brushed our teeth and changed our clothes and got ready for the amazing time of all… the movies! The movies were Ice Age, Shrek, Toy Story 3 and Minions. I chose Minions and it was sooo funny.


When we all got tired and when the movies finished we all slept. Some people were snoring but it was quiet. We had lots of food for breakfast. Everything was yummy and mouth-watering. I hope you enjoyed this recount!

Year 2 Sleepover by Vihaan 2CP


On the 25 October we had the most thrilling night.  Do you know what we did? Well, we had the Year 2 Sleepover in Building A which helped us to get ready for camp next year. There were so many fun activities, even an adventurous obstacle course and a brilliant daylight disco too! We were so lucky we couldn’t believe it! We also had a lot of fun movies that we got to watch at night in our pyjamas.


The boys slept in one room and the girls slept on the other side …. . we felt very brave because we had lots of friends around to help and encourage us pack and organise our bags. It was so easy to go to sleep listening to the teacher read a soothing story over the speaker.

Our dinner was scrumptious and delicious full of pizza, juice boxes and icy poles. Our breakfast was crunchy apples, soft croissants, fresh muffins, cheesy bread and strawberry and chocolate milk. We felt so full of luxury, food and happiness, we wanted to POP!. We wish we could do it AGAIN!!!!


The best part of all was when we got prizes. It was  such a surprise that  we were not expecting at all. We loved receiving the amazing slinkies we got to keep as a memento from the night.  . All through the night we had chances to win even more prizes, s for charades, our behaviour and for packing up and looking after our school. Early in the morning, we woke up, brushed our teeth, washed our faces, packed up our belongings and got ready to see our families.

Sleepover Summary by Mahir , Kwaish and Aaron 2TS.


To get ready for our wonderful night of sleeping over at school we had to  practice making up our sleeping bags and packing it back up again. It was also important to build our confidence up before the sleep over by practicing how to be independent. Overall, we believe all the Year 2 students had the best time of the year  celebrating our friendships, showing our values of learning, being responsible, treating others with inclusivity and showing pride. It was a night we won’t forget, many  heart-warming memories were made and we will cherish them forever.


Student Leadership Update

This term our SRCs have been busy organising and running fundraisers. Our P-4 students have participated in Jump Rope for Heart. It was great to see so many teachers and students outside skipping and staying active. Our students have raised over $3000 for the Heart Foundation. Our 5/6 students joined in Relay for Life to raise awareness around cancer. Our 7-9 students helped our Year 9s who attended the Alpine School for Student Leadership organise and a run a BBQ which raised over $500.00 to assist families in need via our State Schools Relief Fund.

Recently our SRCs met to gather feedback from their classes about what students have loved about being at Tarneit College this year. It was great to see our students have enjoyed so many things about school this year including camps, clubs, incursions and excursions, a range of subjects and our community events.

A big thank you to our College Captains and House Captains who assisted during the Year 2 stay late this term. These students were fantastic role models during the event and our junior students loved having them there

Winners - Art Sculpture

Seven Year 8 students and one Year 9 student volunteered to be a part of the Wyndham City council National Recycling Week Sculpture competition. The idea was to promote recycling in a creative way through a collaborative art project. On Thursday 14 November all students attended a ceremony acknowledging all the work presented and National recycling week. We were awarded first prize for our use of recycling materials to create our sculpture. All students put in a lot of time and effort and the result looked fantastic. Well done to all!

Snags For State Schools

On Friday the 15 November our Year 9 Alpine student leaders ran a successful fundraiser to support State Schools’ Relief. State Schools’ Relief support families by helping supply new school uniforms, shoes and other essential items.

Our student leaders did a wonderful job in reaching out to local businesses to support the fundraiser. A big thank you to Woolworths Tarneit Gardens, Hotel 520 and The Butcher Club Tarneit Central for supporting and donating towards our fundraiser.

The day was very successful with our College raising a total of $562.95 which will be used to help support families.


Well done to Tarah, Majok, Malachi, Jyssie and Amarti for continuing your project by helping others!


Congratulations to Simran 9C and Yesha 9D for being selected into the Curious Minds Program for 2019-2020. The program is a collaboration of the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations. Each year the AMT selects 66 high achieving female students in years 9 & 10 from across Australia and works intensively with them for 6 months. This includes 2 residential camps at Australian National University in Canberra and 6 months of one-on-one mentoring with female professionals within STEM related industries. We look forward to hearing about the first camp when the girls return.

Digital Technology

Sporting News 

Health Night

On the 28 November we held Health Night to promote healthy lifestyles in our school and wider community. We had a great turn out to the night with many families walking around the stalls and many students participating in the different clinics and activities. A big thank you to all sporting organisations and clubs that participated in the night


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 4pm for borrowing, returning, quiet reading and studying  
  • The Junior and Senior Libraries are NOT OPEN at Lunchtime



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.

NON uniform items are held for 2 weeks and then collected by charity groups.

Medication Policy

Tarneit P-9 College will not:

  • in accordance with the Department of Education and Training policy, store or administer analgesics such as a standard first aid strategy as they can mask signs and symptoms of serious illness or injury

Spare Uniform Donations

Gently used uniforms are required for sickbay. If you have any unwanted uniforms and wish to donate to the College can you please drop them off at the College Administration Office.

Community Connections

Kelly Sports


Starting Prep


Starting Secondary


Text on the Beach


Text on the Beach Entry Form


The Huddle Holiday Program


The Beacon 
Early Years Program at Wyndham City Libraries.pdf
Term 4 2019 - Kids Youth Timetable FINAL.pdf
Youth - Teen Summer Read 2019-20 - Text on the Beach - Poster.pdf
Youth - Teen Summer Read 2019-20 - Text on the Beach - Borrow and Win Entry Form.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
college menu students 2020.docx.pdf
Medication Policy.pdf