The Beacon 

10 May 2019
Edition 4
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, 


I hope you had a lovely holiday break and enjoyed some time with your families.

Next week our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will undertake the NAPLAN Assessments. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this is just one assessment at a point in time. While this assessment provides some interesting information regarding learning, at Tarneit P9 College we use a range of formative tools to measure student understanding and determine their next level of learning.  Good luck to all of the students involved and remember it is just about trying your best.  


Below is the timetable for the NAPLAN Assessments.


NAPLAN Assessment

Tuesday 14 May

Language Conventions and Writing

Wednesday 15 May


Thursday 16 May



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.

If you have any questions on how to access the Compass parent portal or require any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the college. 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.

As you are all aware, over the last three weeks we visited our Sister School College Sainte Marie in France. This was the first time our College has travelled to France and it was an incredible success. We had 12 students and 4 staff members who spent two weeks exploring Rouen and Paris, learning about their education system and engaging in the French culture and language. The buzz and excitement amongst our students upon their return was not only wonderful to observe but contagious! Once again I would like to thank all the staff and students involved in making this visit a success. We now look forward to planning their return visit in 2020.

 Next week we will be recognising and acknowledging the very important contributions made by Education Support (ES) staff in our College. Education Support staff have many roles and responsibilities in our College, including:

  • Our classroom based staff who provide support for students with needs. Working under the direction of the class teacher they support individuals as well as small groups of children.
  • Our Administration Team who undertake a myriad of daily administrative tasks that keeps our College functioning smoothly.
  • Our Welfare and Learning team who provide additional support for students and families, ensuring their learning and wellbeing needs are catered for.
  • Our Grounds and Facilities team who do an amazing job developing our grounds and ensuring they are maintained and safe for everyone.    
  • Our Science, Digital Technology, Food Technology, Library and Hands on Learning Technicians who are incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful to everyone who needs their assistance.

This group of staff members make a huge contribution to the wellbeing and effective running of our College. On behalf of the College community, I would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to them.


Kind Regards

Paris Spencer

Acting College Principal



Messages from Assistant Principals

Dear Parents and Carers,


P- 2 House Comp

Over the first 3 weeks of term, our Prep – 2 students have been competing in activities to earn points for their College Houses. These games were designed by our College House Captains for our students and were created to promote student collaboration as well as develop students’ resilience and inclusiveness. Our Prep-2 students have enjoyed participating in these activities with their class and look forward to the results being announced at our next P-4 assembly. A big Well done to all our P-2 students and teachers for a successful P-2 Games.

Werribee Mansion

In week 5, our Year 1 students will attend the Werribee Mansion as part of our Investigations unit: Past and Present Family Life. All students have been exploring their own families’ personal history in class, including past and present toys, houses and life. At the Mansion, they will investigate how people lived in the past including how transport and homes have changed over time. A highlight of the excursion is the visit to the toy room where students can play and interact with toys from the past. All permission notes are due back in Week 4. This is a great experience and thank you to our Year 1 teachers for organising and providing this opportunity to our students.

Prep Breakfast

On Thursday 23 May, our Prep Students are invited to have breakfast together with their classroom teachers and students, before School. This experience is designed to build independence and inclusiveness. This is a wonderful experience for our Prep students and all money and notes are to be returned by Thursday 16 May. This day would not be possible without the effort and support from our Prep teachers, making breakfast for our 200 Prep students!

2020 Prep Transition

As you may be aware, on Tuesday 14 May, the College is holding our 2020 Prep Information Night. This night is for all 2020 Prep parents to attend and receive information about their child’s potential enrolment. All parents will receive an information pack and have the opportunity to ask questions. We welcome all current and new families to attend. If you know any new family that wish to enrol their Prep child at our College, please encourage them to attend.


Matthew Naudi 

Assistant Principal Prep - Year 2


Dear Parents and Carers,


Next week the Year 3 students will sit the NAPLAN tests for the first time in their schooling. This can sometimes lead to anxiety in students, however as a parent you can support your child by reassuring them that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and by reminding them on the day to simply try their best. Our teachers will ensure students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance, we do not recommend excessive preparation for NAPLAN.

School camps are very unique and special experiences. They support students in the development of independence and self-regulation, as well as provide students with educational experiences outside the normal boundaries of the school grounds. Our Year 4 team have done a tremendous job in organising camp for the 30 and 31 May and are looking forward to sharing the camp experience with your students. Our prime objective is not only to support the education, social and emotional development of our students, but to also return them both safely and full of positive experiences and personal growth.


Mark Zahra

Assistant Principal Years 3-4


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to Term 2. We have a very busy few weeks upcoming in Year 5 and 6. Next week, our Year 5 students will start tom complete NAPLAN assessments. A reminder to parents to encourage students to try their best and discuss with them about their feelings and concerns. Let your child know that feeling anxious about a test is normal and reassure them that this is just one form of assessment and that success is not just determined by one piece of assessment. 

Our expression of interest for Year 5 camp is now closed and parents will receive some notes about camp in the coming weeks. Please ensure you sign these forms and return them to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Our students and teachers are very excited to attend Alexandra Adventure Resort in Week 9 of this term.

Parents of students in Year 6 should receive expression of interest notes for Year 6 camp in the coming weeks for Term 3. We encourage all students to attend this camp and remind parents that if that have a valid health care card, they can utilise the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund to help with some financial support. If you haven’t already, please come see one of our administration team at the front office to complete a form.

A reminder to parents in Year 6 to return Year 7 preference forms to classroom teachers by no later than Friday 17 May.

Best of luck to all students sitting NAPLAN next week! If you would like to discuss any concerns or require some information, please come and see me anytime.


Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 5-6


Dear Parents and Carers,


In the senior years of the school, our Year 7, 8 and 9 students have been hard at work with a focus on assessments and exams at the end of the term.

Our Year 7 students are now in to their second term of secondary school and will be taking part in a range of incursions in the coming weeks including a Headspace Workshop in week 5, focusing on remaining safe while interacting online. They are also taking the time to prepare adequately for NAPLAN in week 4.

The Year 8 students have also taken part in a Headspace Workshop focusing on the importance of maintaining positive relationships on social media and maintaining personal safety when interacting with others online. A large number of our Year 8 students are looking forward to taking part in the interschool soccer competition later this term, which we anticipate will be a successful sporting event for both the girls and boys.

Our Year 9 students have been extremely busy so far this term. They have taken part in an online future careers quiz, that provides students and parents with insight in to some possible future careers. The results and reports are individualised and will be followed up with 1 on 1 careers counselling next term. They have also been preparing for the upcoming NAPLAN tests and have taken part in excursions as part of their Year 9 elective subjects.

Some reminders regarding some important dates:

Our 2020 Year 7 Information Night will be held on Tuesday 14 May in the College Theatre, as well as Year 7 and Year 10 Transition forms due back at school on Friday 17 May.


John Eskander

Assistant Principal Year 7-9


Dear Parents and Carers,


Term 2 is always a very busy Term. And this year is no exception. We have a number of students participating in the Victorian State School Spectacular this year with a number of different roles across the production. This year we are fortunate to not only have students in the mass choir and dance production as well as supporting backstage but Neema in Year 9 will be representing the College as principal vocalist. The production will take place in September and is also a televised event. It is a great state-wide production with multiple shows held at Rod Laver Arena. For more information on the spectacular, please see this below websites:

Special Thanks to The Performing Arts team for making this happen!


We also have the Year 2 swimming program beginning this Term. The swimming program is held at Aqua Pulse and the children love it! It teaches water familiarity and with short sharp lessons held daily it builds students water skills very quickly through the regular practice. Please speak your child’s classroom teacher for more information.


We have a number of workshops held this term they are:

  • Classroom helper’s workshop- specific training and support for parents and carers who would like to volunteer in the classroom. To take place on 20 May 2019
  • Math workshops to be held on 22 May 2019
  • English workshops to be held on 19 June 2019

More information on each specific workshop will be made available via the compass news bulletin.

Lastly, we are fortunate that our Year 9 girls involved in STEM had the opportunity to attend the 2-day STEM careers excursion where they were able to hear the experiences of various women in STEM such as scientists based in Antarctica, NASA workers and engineers. Students were also able to tour STEM facilities at both Eco link and Toyota Centre as well as undertake some STEM based practical workshops such as DNA profiling and animal encounters. What an amazing experience for our Year 9 girls, we hope this inspires them to further seek out learning and career pathways in STEM.


Snezana Steyn







College Administration  

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.

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.

Prep Information Night


Year 7 Information Night


Tarneit P-9 Communication


Mathematics Workshops

Our Term 2 mathematics workshop will be held on Wednesday 22 May.

We will be running 2 workshops around the ‘big ideas’ in number. The ‘big ideas’ have been identified through research as mathematical skills that are key to learning and understanding mathematics. Each ‘big idea’ is linked to a specific area of development.

Session 1 PD Center 9:00am:  Prep – Year 2, Trusting the Count.

Session 2 PD Center 2:30pm: Year 3 - Year 6, Multiplicative Thinking.

The sessions will run for approximately 45 minutes. Every workshop is different. This is a great opportunity to find out what your child is learning and how you can support their learning at home.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parent Workshops

Wednesday 22 May - Math Workshop

Wednesday 19 June - Decoding and Comprehension Prep-Yr 6 Parent Reading Workshop

Community Calendar


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

My School Values

Written by Vritika (Grade 1)


At Tarneit P-9 College we value learning. We are responsible and we take pride in our work.
We are an inclusive member and we promise to care for people with different colour skin and the same coloured skin.
We respect our elders. We don’t hurt the plants and we care for the world and respect our things.

We help the school!




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 

Harmony Day

On Thursday 21 March, Tarneit P-9 College celebrated Harmony Day. It is about community participation, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and belonging. On this day, we asked students to wear a touch of orange to show their acceptance towards one another. Throughout the week, students completed curriculum based activities in the classroom and on the main day students took part in performances such as singing and dancing. Headspace also assisted with helping our students create a mural that symbolizes all of our school values: Pride, Learning, Inclusive and Responsible.


Alana Gentile

Student Wellbeing Team Leader    


Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a day when ‘everybody belongs’. It is when we share our traditions. It is when we bring peace to land. This day we share gratefulness of our cultural diversity. We share our religions and learn about them. This day, our eyes open up and we can see the similarities and differences of other people. We are all unique. To show all these things, we may make handprints and stick them all together. We too can create a poster and stick them around the town. Plus, we can be kind to other people. Harmony Day is an important day. It is when the whole world comes together.

By Soha 4MP


Harmony Day

Harmony day is a day where everyone puts their differences and accepts everyone for who they are. I mean, Harmony Day itself means, when you live in peace and without conflict. Even in school’s students are learning about harmony. In class we did an assignment on how harmony influences and effects our life. Harmony plays an important role in life, no one wants to fight like in world war one and two instead harmony should have taken place. In class we made hands and we wrote the celebrations, foods, sports clothing and landmarks of our family’s culture on a cut out of our own hands. This was a great activity because we got to learn about each other’s countries and backgrounds. That is why harmony day is so important.

By Zainab 5JH


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



Sporting News 

AFL Victoria

In PE this term, the Prep - Year 2 Students have participating in the AFL school program. The program has been run by AFL Victoria with an external football coach. Students have been learning the fundamental skills involved in Australian Rules football. Students have enjoyed these session immensely.

In Years 3 - 6, students have been preparing for the Athletics Carnival which will be held later in the term. They have been learning the techniques involved in the track and field events such as Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump.


Upcoming events                                                                                                             

Tuesday 4 June- Grade 3/4 Athletics Carnival @ Victoria University Werribee Campus

Wednesday 12 June- Grade 5/6 Athletics Carnival @ Victoria University Werribee Campus


Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Wuggles and Ellie 

The nights are getting cooler and longer for Wuggles and Ellie, that just means more reading!!!

They’ve also told me they can’t wait for National Simultaneous Storytime and our Book Fair this month. They love seeing children get excited about reading! Here’s what they told me they loved reading over the last few weeks:


National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday 22 May is National Simultaneous Storytime! Tarneit P-9 College will be participating in this event with an aim of getting over 1 million kids reading. This year the focus will be on Alpaccas with Maracas. We are very excited and looking forward to our reading time.


Get out your paper and pen and start writing!


Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair is coming up later this month!

Get ready for some serious reading!


Wish List Week: Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May

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


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 during school term.

Jobs will include:

  • Stamping and folding brochures
  • Labelling, stamping and security tagging books
  • Shelving books and tidying library shelves
  • Book Covering - Training will be provide

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.

Community Connections

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back!

Start collecting your stickers fron 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.


Youth Services Winter Ball & W Factor


The Beacon 
Big Childcare Holiday Program Brochure.pdf
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Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
Library Information.pdf
Clique Referal Form.pdf
TERM 2 Community Calendar 2019.pdf
Prep information night.pdf
Year 7 Information.pdf
ipad Contract.pdf
iPad House Rules.pdf
Guide to Compass.pdf