The Beacon 

24 October 2019
Edition 10
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, 


Welcome back to Term 4! It has been great seeing our students settle back into school routines, learning and enjoying their school experiences.


From Monday next week, we welcome back our Principal Ms Rynn Anderson. Ms Anderson has been away this year to date supporting other schools in our area. We look forward to her return.


Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 5 November

We remind our families that although there is no school on the public holiday, Tuesday 5 November, classes remain as normal on Monday 4 November. Please make sure that your child attends school on this day to continue with their learning.


2020 – 2023 Strategic Plan

As a College, we have completed our examination into our work from the past four years and are nearly at the stage where we begin to develop our next 4 year Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan will become the focus for school improvement until 2023. Further information to come.


Undercover Area and Outdoor Gym

You may have noticed some construction work taking place at our College.

Over the past few weeks our new undercover area (roof), next to Tarneit Kindergarten and the back of D Block, was raised. This space will be our new synthetic turf area, where it will be used for student play, classroom learning, as well as other multipurpose games and activities.

We have also had our outdoor gym start construction recently. This space is located near our cricket nets and soccer pitch at the back of the school. Students will be able to use this facility during break times. The outdoor gym is a place where students are can use their body weight as resistance, to help them exercise and have fun while doing it.

Term 4 – SunSmart

Just reminding our community that our College is a Sun Smart school. We aim to educate our community on the importance of being protected from the sun. This means wearing sun screen and a broad brimmed hat. All students in Prep 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. Please make sure your child brings their hat every day and please remember to write their name on it, so it can be returned to them if it gets lost.


Year 12 Exams

We would like to extend our best wishes to all Tarneit Senior College and all previous Tarneit P-9 College students, with finishing their formal schooling this week. With Year 12 exams beginning next week, we know that our previous students will be prepared and do their best. Good Luck!


Kind Regards

Matthew Naudi

Acting College Principal


Messages from Assistant Principals

Dear Parents and Carers, 


Recently our Prep students had the opportunity to take part in the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Program. The RPO Program educates children on living safely with dogs and responsible pet ownership. The RPO Programs Pet Educators and their suitability tested dogs promote vital safety messages through animated presentations, song and role play. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the incursion and we thank our Prep teachers for organising and giving our student the opportunity.


Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Gala

This week our 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.

Overall, staff 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 or Learning, Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Pride. 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 and Mr Yates for all his organisation.


Year 2 Sleepover

We remind Year 2 Parents/Carers that the Year 2 Sleepover is taking place this Friday 25 October. The Sleepover is part of our whole school camps program and is a great experience and opportunity for children to build their independence and experience with being away from parents/carers and the comforts of home. I know that the students are excited and that the teachers have organised a great night.


Kind Regards

Matthew Naudi

Assistant Principal Year Prep - Year 2



Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to Term 4, our final school term for the year and our students have hit the ground running. Our classes are settled and the children are Ready to Learn.


We are very much looking forward to this Term with lots of upcoming events, such as our Spring Show Case and Health Night.


Life Education Van 

Harold is half way through his visit at our College. He is a lovable giraffe, and passionate advocate for the health and safety of our children. Our children have loved engaging with Harold during his visit so far this Term.


Parent Helpers 

As a College, we welcome our parent/community involvement to help further the learning of our students in the classroom. Our Prep - Year 6 parents/community had the opportunity to attend a Classroom Helpers Professional Learning. The topics covered were English, Maths, independent learning and small group learning from Prep - Year 6. We look forward to continuing to build upon these relationships with our parent/community.


Kind Regards 

Rily Dorgan

Assistant Principal Year 3-4



Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Term 4. We hope that everyone had a safe and happy break. We have had a very settled start back to the term. Students have been busy with their learning and are very excited to be back at school.

Our Year 5/6 students have been taking part in the Huddle in Schools Program. This is a joint initiative with the North Melbourne Football Club and the Werribee Football Club. The program gives football experience to our students and the training exercises and group activities are run by players and members of the NMFC and Werribee FC, as well as SEDA.





Well done to our Year 6 boys and girls who competed in the divisional volleyball competition at the end of Week 1. Our Year 6 girls were crowned champions and will move onto the regional state of the competition.





A reminder to parents that every day your child is away from school their learning is impacted. Cumulative absence has a negative impact on student learning, and we must work together to have children arrive to school on time, every day. Every learning minute counts, and we want children to be at school every day so they can be the best they can be.


Kind Regards,

Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 5-6



Dear Parents and Carers,


Students across Years 7-9 have started Term 4 with a number of learning opportunities ahead. Students in Year 7 returned from a three day camp at Lake Dewar Lodge – where they took part in a range of adventure activities that challenged the students both intellectually and physically. Students developed their leadership skills and their ability to work in teams. They also developed a sense of responsibility and independence in their short stay. Students had a fantastic time and they all cherished their time together.


Students in Year 8 have had multiple opportunities over the first few weeks to demonstrate their learning in and out of the classroom. Selected students have taken part in a leadership conference at the Wyndham Tech School, other students have taken part in the ‘In League in Harmony’ program, which is an NRL lead program that focuses on respect, responsibility and inclusiveness through the skills of Rugby League.


Our Year 9 students are preparing for their last few weeks as students at our College. They are taking part in a range of elective excursions including hiking in Outdoor Ed and Psychology students will be visiting the psychology exhibition at the Melbourne Museum later in the term.


We look forward to a busy Term 4 with a range of inter school sports finals as well as the conclusion of the year academically with final assessments and exams at the back end of Term 4.


Kind Regards,

John Eskander

Assistant Principal Years 7-9



Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to Term 4! It’s hard to believe the end of another school year is already approaching - that said, there is plenty of learning to still take place and many exciting opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom. Please make sure you keep a close eye on Compass and the Community Calendar to stay up-to-date with these.

Coming up this term, we have our bi-annual Spring Showcase (Thursday 14 November) and our annual Health Night (Thursday 28 November). The team organising the Spring Showcase are calling for submissions of artwork for the ‘Community Art Display’. The artwork could be completed individually, or with friends and family as a group piece, and can be on any topic - you could gain inspiration from cultural paintings, cartoons, crafts, floral arrangements, woodwork, etc. Entries mustn’t be too large or heavy (able to be carried by one person) and need to be dropped off to the Primary Art Room by Thursday 31 October. We hope to see as many of you there on the evening as possible - there will be displays of student artwork, arts performances, dance battles, chalk drawing, face paint, photo booths and much, much more!

Remember that our teachers are always available if you need information about your child’s progress or would like some support with guiding their learning at home. You will also be receiving your child’s final learning portfolio for the year at the end of this Term, which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their achievements with them.


Kind regards,

Claire Tierney

Acting Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Pedagogy

College Administration  

Term 4 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.

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 November - Students will not be required at school.


Year 7 Immunisation

Tuesday 29 October - Year 7 students will be having their immunisations.

Maths Workshop 

Tuesday 12 November - All parents and carers welcome.

Late Pick Up

We understand there are unplanned circumstances that can hinder timely pick-up; however, please make every effort to arrive on time.
If you know you will be running late, please notify the College Administration Office (9749 0506) or alternately please arrange for your child to attend Big Childcare. (9862 9400)


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


Around the College

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, buy it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work. It’s important your register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Students in Prep – Year 4 will have various opportunities to participate in various skipping activities throughout the investigation unit in the weeks to come.

Music Count Us In

Tarneit P-9 will be taking part in the celebration of Music Count Us In day this term. Music Count Us In is a special day where schools all over Australia stop to sing the same song and spread the love of music bringing us all together. On Thursday 7 November our College will be celebrating with special lunchtime performances. Our school choirs, Musical Munchkins and Tarneit Melodies, have been working on the fantastic song "We Are" since Term 3 and cannot wait to perform it for you. If parents and family wish to see the performance they can at the Prep - Year 4 Assembly, Thursday 11 December at 9.00am in the Gym or catch another fabulous performance on Thursday 19 December.


You can listen to the song by clicking on the link below:

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 students attended Lake Dewar Camp during Week 2. The three-day camp allowed students to develop independence, reasonability and team work skills. Students were given the opportunity to experience new activities such as hiking, paddle boarding, geo-catching and raft building. It was an amazing adventure, that has created memories to last a lifetime. The Year 7 team would like to thank parents for supporting this important developmental step in your child’s education.


“My favourite activity at camp was the stand-up paddle boarding. I’d never done it before and I didn’t like the idea of going in the lake where there are fish. I don’t regret participating it was great.”

Vincenza 7E

“What I liked about camp was how we got to mingle with other students and make new friends. I also liked the activities and how we got to try new things. I really wished we stayed longer”

Janicah 7G

“During camp I loved paddle boarding!! It was good to try something new. It was the best on the water and being able to swim around after falling in. It was fun making people fall into the lake. Overall the camp experience was fun, I think it should go longer”.


Year 9 Kinder Visit

On Wednesday 18 September the Year 9 Fashion elective class visited the 2 local Kindergartens to donate some created soft toys. The Year 9’s have learnt how to use a blanket stitch and using fleece material and embellishments such as buttons were able to create some interesting characters.

We firstly went to Tarneit Central Kindergarten where we played outside with students. The Year 9’s were encouraged to ask question such as ‘Can you show me something soft?’ and ‘What is this colour?’ Quote – ‘the bears are being used by the children in play as we have added them to teddy bears picnic area’. Then we walked over to Tarneit North Kindergarten where we sat down with 2 groups and presented our soft toys. We also went outside and interacted with the kinder kids.


Student Wellbeing 


R U OK day is a day to ask people with depression if they are okay. This day was

founded by a man called Gavin Larkin when his father took his own life in 1996. Gavin

was concerned about his mental health after that and he completed a course at

Landmark Worldwide. From this course, he chose to complete a project about suicide

prevention to honour his father, to create a national day about contacting people who

might be having a difficult time. This resulted in the eventual co-creation with Janina

Nearn of R U Ok? in 2009.

On R U OK day in Tarneit P-9 College, we learn about mental health and do lots of

mental health related activities. We also focus on emotional and social health when we

learn about R U OK Day. Our teachers explain to us about why this day is so important

and we watch a video made by the R U OK Foundation. Other schools may have

different ways to learn about R U OK Day. Also, unlike other days, R U OK Day is not a

day to celebrate. It is more to ask and make time to know about other people’s mental

or social health.

By Daksh 5H


On Tuesday 10 September our College celebrated R U OK? Day. There were many fun activities to do around the College at recess and lunch time. 

One of the actives at lunchtime was making fun glitter shakers. It was held outside on the platforms and we got mini jars to make it in. There were many different colours of glitter and a lot of people participated. If you didn’t get the chance to make one you would get a stress ball!

There was also a basketball game held at lunch. Students got to play a basketball game against some teachers. It was held in the basketball courts behind the C building. The students were too good for the teachers on the day.

In 6BS we got to go make promise posters about R U OK? Day. We wrote promises for our friends and for ourselves like: I promise to never leave my friends back. We also got to go over to our buddies from 3CH and we drew out hands and wrote people we trust on the fingers!

By Sayeh and Andrew 6G

Digital Technology


At Tarneit P-9 College, we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.
You, as parents of our community, are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens as stopping bullying involves everyone.

Parents know their children best and know the best way to tailor communication to their needs.  You can adapt these great tips to what works for you and your child.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

  1. Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation.  After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need: who, what, where, when.  Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
  2. Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school’.
  3. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem.  While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option.  It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
  4. Visit to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.
  5. Contact the College Administration Office, your child’s teacher or relevant Principal. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the Principal. Contact the College immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety. 
  6. Check in regularly with your child.  Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings.  Your ongoing support is important.

If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! Website for parents.  As well, please feel free to contact the College if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying.

Sporting News 

The Huddle



Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Library News

LIBRARY HOURS - Reminder:-

  • 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.

Hay Fever

Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that mainly affects the nose. However, hay fever can also affect your eyes, throat, sinuses and ears.

Seasonal hay fever occurs mainly in spring and summer, and affects people allergic to pollens. Hay fever can also occur all year round – this is called perennial hay fever.

Hay fever is very common, and affects up to 30 per cent of children. Children with hay fever commonly also have other sensitivities, like asthma, eczema or food allergy.

Signs and symptoms of hay fever

If your child has hay fever, they may have:

  • frequent bouts of sneezing
  • a runny nose
  • blocked nose (either one or both nostrils)
  • itchy ears, nose, throat and roof of the mouth
  • red, itchy, swollen and/or watery eyes
  • headaches.

If hay fever is left untreated it can lead to poor quality sleep, tiredness and daytime sleepiness.

In some cases, hay fever can also:

  • make asthma more difficult to control
  • increase the chance of sinus infections
  • affect your child's learning and performance 
  • lead to bad breath, a husky voice and/or a sore throat
  • cause more frequent eye infections because children rub itchy eyes.

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is triggered by what we breathe in. The small hairs and mucus in the nose trap dust, pollens and other tiny particles. Someone with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in their nose.

Triggers include:

  • pollen (from grasses, flowers and trees)
  • dust mites
  • animal fur or hair (dander)
  • mould spores
  • cigarette smoke.

If your child has perennial (all year) hay fever, they will most likely be allergic to dust mites, animal dander and/or mould spores.

Treatment for hay fever

Hay fever cannot be cured, but there are a number of ways you can improve the symptoms and give your child some relief.

The best way to reduce the frequency of your child's hay fever is to identify what causes your child's allergic reaction and then try to avoid contact with it, or at least minimise contact.

Sometimes the cause is obvious, such as a pet. If you are having trouble working out the cause of your child's hay fever, see your GP. The doctor will ask questions and may suggest allergy tests (such as skin prick tests) to identify the cause.

If your child is allergic to pollen, checking the pollen count for your region can help you be aware when your child's hay fever might be worse.

Your doctor may suggest using medication to help relieve your child's symptoms, such as:

  • non-sedating antihistamines
  • low-dose steroid nasal sprays, which may be useful for older children.

Your doctor or pharmacist can give advice on which medication may be best for your child.

Immunotherapy may be a suitable treatment option if your child has severe hay fever. Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that involves exposing your child to small amounts of the allergen (the substance they are allergic to). This allows your child to gradually build up their tolerance to the allergen. Talk to your doctor about immunotherapy if your child has serious allergic reactions.

Key points to remember

  • Hay fever is an allergic reaction that mainly affects the nose.
  • It is most common in spring and summer, but can occur all year round.
  • Avoiding triggers is the best way to reduce the frequency of hay fever symptoms.
  • Medications may help relieve symptoms.

Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers.

Community Connections

Dance Fit


Drawing Competition


Kids & Youth Programs




The Beacon 
2019 Healthy and Active Expo Program.pdf
Book Of Stuff 2018 2019.pdf
Early Years Program at Wyndham City Libraries.pdf
Term 4 2019 - Kids Youth Timetable FINAL.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf