The Beacon 

31 May 2019
Edition 5
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 are half way through Term 2 and there are lots of wonderful things happening in our College.

This term we have launched the ‘Compass’ parent portal. All parents and carers should have received a letter in the mail with their individual log in details. Compass is a web based system that is accessible in any web browser or by using the Compass school manager app on mobile devices. To access our parent portal go to our school website and follow the links or head directly to the portal URL address  


The parent portal allows parents to:

  • monitor their child’s attendance, and enter in explanations for late arrivals or absences.
  • download and view their child’s semester reports.
  • receive news items relating to the school and individual year levels.
  • view their students timetable.

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 throughout this term.


A reminder that our College grounds are supervised by school staff from 8:45am until 3:30pm. Outside of these hours, school staff will not be available to supervise students. We ask all parents and carers to pick up their children by 3:30pm each day, unless they are attending an extra-curricular club or activity. Families are encouraged to contact Big Childcare on 8682 9400 or refer to for more information about the before and after school care facilities available to our school community.


We would like to congratulate all students involved in the Tarneit Robo Titans who attended the R.E.A.L excursion last week. Students in this team were awarded a prize for showing gracious professionalism as a result of their support and encouragement of each other. They also helped students from another school with their project. Well done to everyone involved and a big thank you to Miss Dellios and Miss Rados for organising our students involvement in the wonderful event!


Last week our fantastic Prep students attended school early to share a healthy breakfast with their teachers and peers. Well done to all the students involved, it was lovely to see you using your manners and trying different foods. The Prep breakfast is the first step in our College Camping strategy. Next year in Year 1 the students will stay late, in year 2 they will sleep over at school, all before attending an overnight camp in Year 3.


On Saturday 14 September a number of our students are involved in this year’s Victorian State School Spectacular: Made of Stars. This is a 3 hour live show, involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus acts and is performed at Melbourne Arena. This year Tarneit P-9 College is involved with:

  • Neema (Year 9 student) performing as a principal vocalist
  • 16 students in the Mass Dance
  • 17 students in the Mass Choir
  • 2 students in Year 8 have joined the backstage crew
  • 15 students are performing for Wikitoria

Tickets go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June through ticketek


Kind Regards

Paris Spencer

Acting College Principal



Messages from Assistant Principals


Dear Parents and Carers,



In Reading and Writing, our Prep students are currently exploring where authors might get their ideas from and how to write a story using their own experience. Prep students are also hard at work in Investigations, learning about their past, their present and what their future might hold. They have been learning about what cultural celebrations are and how this links to the past, present and future. Preps have been exploring problem solving strategies to continue building their resilience and solving small problems on their own. Last week, our Prep students came in to school early and had breakfast together. It was a wonderful morning and all our students thoroughly enjoyed getting their own breakfast and spending time together. Our students continue to amaze us with how well they have settled in to their first year of school.


Year 1

In Year 1, students are focusing on non-fiction in reading and writing. They are learning about the features of non-fiction texts and having a go at including them in their animal books. In maths they are learning about time and how to read ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ time on both analogue and digital clocks. Year 1 students are also continuing their work on building their resilience by discussing problem solving skills and coping strategies. All Year 1's had a wonderful time at the Werribee Mansion, as part of the investigations unit on past and present life. In particular, students loved playing with the old fashion toys in the toy room and having a go at doing the washing in the laundry - let’s hope they offer to do the washing at home now! 


Year 2

This Term, Year 2 students have been very busy! Our first group of students have participated in the swimming program at Aqua Pulse and our second group will be attending in Week 9. It is always an exciting and very important time learning at their different swimming levels, as students absolutely love the program. In Mathematics, Year 2’s have been working on their Place Value goals. In Reading and Writing, Year 2’s have explored the features of Non-fiction texts and are publishing our own mini book. We have been learning about what empathy is and how we can show empathy towards others. We have been looking at different spelling patterns and the meaning of words in Word Study, Word Learning and Vocabulary. Finally, in Investigations, Year 2’s have been researching technology in the past and how it has changed overtime. We are looking forward to sharing samples of student learning in our portfolios, which will be sent home at the end of this term.


Matthew Naudi 

Assistant Principal Prep - Year 2


Dear Parents and Carers,


We would like to encourage parents to talk to their students about their learning. We understand that sometimes the question ‘How was your day?’ or 'What did you learn today?' brings about the responses ‘good’ or ‘nothing’. Perhaps you could try asking about specific subjects in the day and to help, I have given you below an understanding of the work that is being completed.


Year 3

English has had a focus on Persuasive texts this term in both reading and writing, where students have been able to identify persuasive devices and express their own opinions. Students have become very successful in sharing these opinions and the reasoning behind this. Maths has had a focus on Addition strategies and problem solving. Students have been able to use a variety of strategies to solve problems and proudly explain their thinking around this. Investigations has focused on Geography, more specifically, Australia and neighbouring countries. Students have been comparing Australia and Africa in aspects such as climate, vegetation and animals. Students have practiced using digital technology to research these aspects and find out information for themselves, while building on their note taking skills.


Year 4

The students have been reading a wide selection of 'just right' texts, poems and persuasive texts as well as creating their own poetry booklets focusing on 3 poetry types (Cinquain, Diamante and free verse). Students have also been creating their own persuasive advertisements with an aim of including persuasive devices such as rhetorical questions, hyperbole and repetition. They are learning about measurement and stats and probability through gathering measurement data then creating graphs to visually display their data. The students explored scenarios that had strong emotional responses and then discussed and applied coping strategies that best suited them. They also learnt about problem solving skills and how this can improve you as a young learner.


Mark Zahra

Assistant Principal Years 3-4


Dear Parents and Carers,


We have had a lot of great learning happening in the Middle Years these past few weeks.

In Maths in Year 5, students have had a chance to build their own business. This included important life skills such creating a financial plan, requesting a loan from their teacher, selling their products and services to other students, creating advertisements for their product and reflecting on their profits and losses at the end of the unit.

Also, as part of English, all students participated in delivering a persuasive speech. Students had to speak in front of the class and convince them to agree with their topic of persuasion. They demonstrated excellent pride in their learning and all students provided great encouragement and feedback to help build confidence in speaking in front of an audience.


In Year 6 as part of the RRRR curriculum, students have been learning about National Sorry Day. They created a class wall of wanderings and questions they had about this day which have created some fantastic discussions in the classroom.


If you would like to find out about all the other learning that is happening in your child’s classroom and how you can support their learning at home, please feel free to call into their classroom before or after school and speak to their teacher.

A reminder for some upcoming events this term:

  • Athletics Carnival is on June 12 for Yeas 5 & 6 cohorts
  • Year 5 camp in Alexandra is in Week 9.

Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 5-6


Dear Parents and Carers,


Our secondary students have had a busy and extremely productive Term 2 so far. As they arrive closer to the end of the semester and therefore closer to exam time, our Year 7 students have been familiarising themselves with exam revision strategies and the most effective ways in recalling information in English and Mathematics.


Our Year 8 students have been completing a range of assessment pieces across all subjects and as they prepare for 4 different exams for the first time, they have also been experimenting with a range of exam revision strategies. Our Year 9 students have also had a range of assessment tasks both in the classroom and for homework completion. They have also completed their online careers assessment as they prepare for Year 10 subject selection at the end of this term.


Outside the classroom, our secondary students took part in the District Cross Country event with 12 of our students making the next stage of competition, which will take place later next term. A small group of our Year 9 students took part in the Wynspeak Public speaking competition with Khushi (9B) finishing first and making the next stage of the competition also.


We look forward to a busy and productive end to the term with more excursions, interschool sport and a range of learning opportunities for all our students.


John Eskander

Assistant Principal Year 7-9


Dear Parents and Carers,


Term 2 important dates to remember:

Queen's Birthday will be on Monday 10 June, this day is a public holiday therefore students are not required at school.

Curriculum Day will be on Friday 14 June students are also not required at school on this day.

Parents are also reminded to download Compass, this is accessible on any web-browser or by using the 'Compass School Manager'. The portal will allow parents to monitor their child/s arrivals and absences, you can also download your child/s semester reports. You will also receive news items relating to the College year levels as Flexibuzz will no longer be used as our communications App, that is why it is paramount that parents download Compass.

Compass is our main communications system when it comes to informing parents and carers of these important dates and notes.


Snezana Steyn




College Administration  

Tarneit P-9 Communication


College Tours

Prep Tours: Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Prep School Tours are scheduled for Tuesdays at 9.15am and will run for half an hour. Please call the College Administration Office on

03 9749 0506 to make a booking for a tour.


Year 7 Tours: Wednesday 20 March 2019 - Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Year 7 School Tours are scheduled for Wednesdays at 12:00pm and will run for half an hour. Please call the College Administration Office on

03 9749 0506 to make a booking for a tour.

Hope Tour


Dates to Remember

Monday 10 June 2019 - Queen's Birthday- Public Holiday - No School for students

Friday 14 June 2019 - Curriculum Day - No school for students


Parent Workshops

Wednesday 19 June - Decoding and Comprehension

                                               Prep-Yr 6 Parent Reading Workshop

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 03 9749 0506.


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


Please click on the PDF below to read the lovey story

written by Sudha 8B



Go Pink Fundraiser


R.E.A.L Robotics

On Thursday 23 May, the Tarneit Robo Titans attended the second R.E.A.L Robotics excursion.  There were a lot of team building activities and the students brainstormed ideas for their project, which looks at a problem that astronauts may come across in space.  They then had the opportunity to build and code their robot; our team was able to successfully code their robot to move through a series of mazes, including the most difficult maze for the day.  At the end of the day there was a prize awarded to the team that showed gracious professionalism and our team won and had some great feedback given to them about their support and encouragement of each other.  Here are some comments from the students and some photos.


This is our team:

Sosakmak  5RM, Sahil 5RM, Zainab 5JH, Chris 5JH, Riley 5AN, Jye 5AN

Ruby 5AN, Tahlia 6RP, Oliver 6RP, Sharzil 6BT


Riley - What I like about the R.E.A.L Robotics club is that you get to prove to everyone your talents and likes around robotics and work with 9 other AMAZING people who have their own other talents and likes. Also if we did not have these wonderful teachers, Miss Dellios and Miss Rados this thing might have not even have started. So tributes to them and to all the other members of TRT ( Tarneit Robo Titans ) for doing your thing and making sure we go all the way. So great  job guys and girls! Finally, I just like to have the chance to represent my school, especially since it’s for a fun reason! So that’s why I enjoy the R.E.A.L Robotics.  GO TRT!

Jye -  The R.E.A.L robotics club is an opportunity for everyone to express their passion through trial and error, teamwork and happiness.

Zainab -  What I like about the R.E.A.L robotics club is that you get to pursue the passion you have for robots and along the way you get to work with amazing people in your team, just like I did and meet other wonderful schools and work with two amazing teachers (Ms. Rados and Ms. Dellios) and represent your school that's why I like and enjoy 2019 R.E.A.L. Robotics.


Year 9 Visual Arts Elective Excursion

On Wednesday 22 May, the Year 9 Visual Arts elective group traveled into the city to explore the Nation Gallery of Victoria.

Students walked quietly and respectfully around many levels of the galleries spaces and spend some time sketch an artwork of particular interest to them.


Prep Breakfast

On Thursday 23 May the Prep students had their breakfast at school. Students chose from a large variety of healthy food. It was fantastic to see all the students starting the day with a healthy meal and enjoying it with their peers. 






What was your favourite thing about the prep breakfast?

"I loved eating the watermelon”. - Shifa

“I liked eating the blueberry muffins”. - Abdimalik

“I liked eating the croissants and toast”. - Vivaan

'I liked the strawberries and eating breakfast with my friends”. - Ayla

“Eating lots of food” – Markel


Year 8 Visual Arts Excursion

On Thursday 23 May four Year 8 classes travelled to the city to explore two galleries. We looked at contemporary art at the Buxton Gallery and took part in a 1 ½-hour workshop at ACCA – Australian Centre for contemporary art.


WynSpeak Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to:

Khushi (9B), Abhishek (9C) and Zade (9E)


Each year, the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing, together with the Hoppers Crossing Apex Club, run the Wyndham Youth Public Speaking Competition. Known as Wynspeak, the competition brings together students from over 30 schools from across the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.


On Tuesday 21 May, three students from Tarneit College took to the stage in the fifth heat of the 2019 WynSpeak Competition. Heat 5 was a special round, featuring only Year 7-9 students from local Prep to 9 Colleges. Year 9 students Khushi, Abhishek  and Zade competed against students from Baden Powell P-9, Featherbrook P-9, Point Cook P-9, Truganina P-9 and Caranballac College.


The WynSpeak competition begins with students delivering a prepared, five-minute speech on a topic of their choice. In this section of the competition, Abhishek chose to speak on the issue of peer pressure, encouraging the audience to always be true to themselves in the face of negative peer pressure. Khushi spoke about the climate crisis, concluding with a strong call to action while Zade took the audience back in time, educating us about the history of music and encouraging us to listen widely. Our three representatives worked extremely hard to prepare their speeches in the lead up to the competition. On the night, the hard work paid off, with all three speakers delivering confident, accomplished performances.


The second part of WynSpeak is the ‘short notice’ speech competition. Delivering a short notice speech is even more challenging than giving a prepared speech. In this event, students are given a random topic and have only four minutes to prepare a two-minute speech! Zade discussed the topic ‘something you shouldn’t do if you want to make a good impression’, Abhishek was given the surprising topic of ‘what I think aliens would look like’ while Khushi spoke on ‘what the world needs most’.

Abhishek, Zade and Khushi all performed well under pressure, delivering coherent and engaging speeches. However, the judges felt that Khushi’s speech was the strongest, awarding her the prize for the best short notice speech. Khushi will now be competing in the WynSpeak final. The final will be held at the Thomas Carr College Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 5 June.

All members of the community are welcome to attend, we’d love to see a big crowd there to support Khushi.

The Victorian State School SPECTACULAR

We are proud and excited to have some of our students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

The Spectacular is a creative vision of industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance).


For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child Under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling

Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

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



How To Set Parental Controls on Netflix


From reboots to originalsNetflix is full of entertainment for kids. Of course, it also has tons of age-inappropriate shows that kids could easily stumble across. Netflix offers a few methods for parents to restrict kids' viewing of mature content (both in the app and on the browser), but you get more options by going through your account on a web browser. Parental controls are just one way to help your kid learn to make appropriate choices and manage screen time independently. They work best with conversation about why you're restricting access. Here's how to set parental controls on Netflix:

  • 1. Log in, click on your profile icon, then click Account.
  • 2. Scroll down to Settings.
  • 3. Click on Parental Controls.
  • 4. Enter your Netflix password.
  • 5. Create a PIN.
  • 6. Scroll to Restrict by Maturity Level and click on the bubble above your kid's age group: Little Kids (6 and Under), Older Kids (12 and Under), Teens (14 and Under), or Adults (15+). These restrictions are set according to the MPAA and TV rating systems (i.e., PG-13 and TV-MA).

# NOTE: You can also restrict all content so nothing will play without you entering a PIN. To do this, click the bubble above Little Kids.

# If you want to restrict specific titles, regardless of their maturity rating, type them into the box under Restrict Specific Titles.

# Important Note: Do not share your Netflix password with your kids! If you do, and they're very determined to watch a show, they can get into the Parental Controls settings by using the Netflix password.

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Sporting News 

Upcoming Events

In Physical Education our junior students have been learning about the soccer kick, while our older students have been busy preparing for the upcoming Athletics Carnivals. Please note the upcoming events below. Parents are more than welcome to attend our Athletics Carnivals and encourage students who have the opportunity to earn point of their houses.


Monday 3 June

7-9 Athletics Carnival @ VU Athletics Track Werribee

Tuesday 4 June

3/4 Athletics Carnival @ VU Athletics Track Werribee

Wednesday 12 June

5/6 Athletics Carnival @ VU Athletics Track Werribee                           

Thursday 13 June

Winter Sports Gala Day for Grade 6’s @ Various Venues


Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Book Fair


Book Buying Week: Monday 3 June – Friday 7 June

8.30am - 9.00am and 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Please note: Tuesday 28 May - open until 5.30pm

Where: Junior Library Tarneit College

We would love some helpers during the book fair to help with wish lists and student’s purchasing. If you have any spare time, please let us know at the junior library opposite reception.


The Junior and Senior library requires volunteers to assist from

9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm - Monday to Friday.

Jobs will include:

Stamping and folding brochures

Labelling, stamping and security tagging books

Shelving books and tidying library shelves

Book Covering - Training will be provided


If you can spare 1 hour or more or would like to assist on a regular basis, please advise, via school email  

or drop by and see our College Librarian Susan Grieve in the Senior Library located on the first floor in Building C or the Library Assistant, Sharee Ainsworth in the Junior Library located near Reception.


New volunteers please note:

  • All volunteers need to provide the school with a valid Working with Children check. Visit for more information or to apply. (We are more than happy to assist you with this process.)
  • Visitor, Parent Helpers & Volunteer Working Handbook must be read and the form signed and returned to the office, this will be given to you at the Library induction.
  • All visitors must sign in and out of the College via the visitors’ book, located at the office.
  • Visitors will be given a lanyard to wear, indicating to staff and students that they are allowed to be in the school and at the Library.
  • Volunteers with younger children are also welcome to help in the library.

Library Hours


Susan Grieve, Senior Library -  8.00am – 4.00pm

Sharee Ainsworth, Junior Library -  8.00am – 3.00pm


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.

Let's STOP Germs


Community Connections

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back!

Start collecting your stickers from now until 25 June 2019.

Tarneit P-9 College can redeem the stickers for educational resources, including science, Sports, Mathematics, English and Arts and Crafts. Collect the stickers, place them on the sticker sheets. Then, return completed sticker sheets to the College and drop them into the collection box located outside the Administration Office or Building C reception.


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
TERM 2 Community Calendar 2019.pdf
Memories .pdf
Memories .pdf
Guide to Compass.pdf