The Beacon 

29 March 2019
Edition 3
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,

On Wednesday 27 March, we held our Annual General Meeting where our School Councillors were welcomed and nominated for office bearer positions.  I would like to congratulate Robert Wall on his appointment to School Council President, Anne Marie Parkinson to Vice President and Emma Gillman to Treasurer. We also presented our 2018 Annual Report to School Council. This report shares 2018 College achievements and provides information on how our improvement efforts have impacted student outcomes. During Term 2, our Annual Report will be shared with our school community through our College website.

 I would like to thank Matt Naudi and our French team for all of their preparation and hard work in organising our Sister School Visit.  Matt Naudi, Roshini Muslayah, Olivia Migani and Lucy Knowles will be accompanying 12 students to visit College Sainte Marie from 16 April – 2 May.  Our sister school visit provides an opportunity for the students involved to increase their cultural awareness and respect for each other’s culture, strengthens our teaching and learning of the French language and builds a wider international perspective for our College. The students will also enjoy the opportunity to learn about French history and tour some of the famous sights of Paris and Rouen. We hope everyone involved has a fantastic time and we look forward to sharing their journey with our community, when they return next term.

This year we have also introduced College house captains in Year 4 (Junior Deputy House Captains), Year 6 (Deputy House Captains) and Year 9 (House Captains).






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I would to acknowledge the work of John Eskander, Bonne Keating, Chris Page and Jessica Harris who have done an amazing job over the past 8 weeks in selecting all of our student leaders and working with all our leaders to develop roles and responsibilities.

A reminder that next week, we have our Semester 1 Parent Teacher interviews. PTIs are an opportunity for our parents, students and teachers to reflect on the progress reported in the Term 1 Reporting Portfolios. We view Parent Teacher Interviews as a valuable component of our home school partnership and encourage all parents to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher. Year 7-9 students will have an early dismissal of 12:30pm on Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3 April, as their Parent Teacher Interviews commence at 1pm on both days.

We would like to thank our students and families for a wonderful Term 1.

Stay safe and enjoy the holidays. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 23 April ready to commence a great Term 2.


Kind Regards

Paris Spencer

Acting College Principal



Messages from Assistant Principals

Junior Years

On behalf of all the Prep – Year 2 staff at Tarneit P-9 College, we would like to thank all our parent and student community for the wonderful start to Term 1 2019.

It has been an exciting term, with many opportunities presented to our students. Just to name a few, we have had our:

  • Prep students start and become familiar with our school and learning
  • Open Morning
  • A variety of Classroom and Parent Helper Information Workshops
  • Year 1 Community Walk
  • Family Fun Night
  • Harmony Day
  • Year 2 Ecolinc Excursion

In Term 2, we already have some amazing opportunities planned for our students, such as our:

  • Prep – Year 2 House Competition
  • Year 2 Swimming
  • Year 1 Werribee Mansion Excursion
  • Classroom and Parent Helper Information Workshops
  • Prep Breakfast Incursion
  • Book Fair Incursion
  • Semper Dental

A huge ongoing thank you, to all our parents and relatives who attend our Year Level and Prep – Year 4 Assemblies, throughout the year. Our children love seeing you there, especially when they receive an award relating to our school values of Learning, Responsible, Inclusiveness and Pride.

Please have a safe and relaxing break with your families and we look forward to your return to Term 2 on Tuesday 23 April.

Matthew Naudi

Assistant Principal Prep - Year 2


Middle Years

I can’t believe we are approaching the end of Term 1 already. We have had a number of significant events in the Middle Years in the past few weeks.

First of all, I would like to congratulate students and staff for making Harmony Day at our College a big success for 2019. Students participated in various classroom activities throughout the day and they were treated to some very special musical productions to celebrate the many diverse cultures we have at our College. We are very lucky to have so many talented young people and the students and staff really enjoyed the performances.

This week we had our Year 6 Summer Sports Gala. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet other students from around the area and test their skills in their respective sports. 

A reminder to students to continue their learning at home over the holidays. In particular our Year 5 students with NAPLAN next term. Enjoy your break and we look forward to welcoming you all back in Term 2.
Barry Devlin

Assistant Principal Years 5-6


Senior Years

Our Year 7-9 students have had a great second half of Term 1. Students have been engaged in a wide range of learning activities both in the classroom and outside. Our Year 8 students have attended the Earth Education Program in Ballarat, where they engaged in some hands-on scientific activities that extended their scientific knowledge. Our Year 7 students have successfully continued their integration in to secondary school by participating in more inter-school sporting competitions and embedding everyday routines of a secondary school student. Our Year 9 students are beginning to look at Career Pathways and will be sitting an assessment in the next week to provide students and families with suggestions and an appropriate career pathway.

We look forward to a busy Term 2 with a range of learning opportunities for all our year 7-9 students.

John Eskander
Assistant Principal Years 7-9



As quickly as the term started, it is now coming to an end.  It has been such a great term watching our students learn and grow. Parents please do not forget that portfolios are due home this week - this is a great opportunity to sit down with your child and have a look at some samples of work and talk about the learning occurring at school.  

Next week we have Parent Teacher Interviews. Parent Teacher Interviews is the perfect time to talk about your child’s progress and clarify any questions you may have. You may even want to chat with your child’s teacher about how you can support your child with their learning at home. Please keep an eye out for the booking note sent home about how to book in a time slot with your child’s teacher - try and book as early as possible to avoid missing out on your preferred time slot.

Please stay safe over the holiday period and enjoy the much deserved break. If you struggle with ways to entertain your child over the holidays, please remember that there are always lots of great places you can visit that will help stimulate a love of learning. They make great family day outs - Melbourne Museum, ACMI, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol (for the older students) are great places within the city that you can visit. They are both educational and provide great holiday activities.

Closer to home there is Scienceworks and Werribee Zoo which are both fun days out. Don’t forget that you do not have to the break the budget to keep your child’s mind and body active over the holidays. You may want go to the library to borrow some books that they can read over the holidays or attend Aquapulse for a fun day of swimming. These are all very affordable activities that is great for them too.

Snezana Steyn

Assistant Principal Curriculum/Pedagogy

College Administration  

School Crossings

Drivers have a responsibility to take extra care at these locations. Children's crossings have been designed for the protection of school children and adults, and operate (i.e. the flags are displayed or the lights are flashing) usually during the times that children are expected to cross the road.

When approaching a pedestrian or children's crossing, you must drive at a speed that allows you to stop your vehicle safely before the crossing.

If a school crossing monitor displays a STOP sign, you must stop your vehicle at the stop line. You may proceed only when the sign is no longer displayed towards you



Parent Teacher Interviews

Please click on the below and follow the directions to book your Parent Teacher Interviews online.


Last Day of School


Important Reminders

Term 3 will commence on: Tuesday 23 April 2019

Anzac Day Public Holiday: Thursday 25 April 2019

Food Tech payments of $50.00 for Year 7 and Year 9 students are overduePlease make your payment at the College Administration Office or your Homeroom Teacher.


Year 7-9 students will have an early dismissal on Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3  April. Year 7-9 students will finish at 12.30pm as their Parent Teacher Interviews commence at 1.00pm on both days. 

Years 7 - 9 Students

The College recommends students from Years 7 - 9 buy a set of headphones. This will aid in the classroom for independent learning whilst using applications that require sound. Headphones can be purchased from any electronic retailer such as JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks etc. A limited number of headphones are available for purchase from the College Administration Office.

We will have “Laser In-Ear Earphones” available for $5. These are compatible with all iPads.

College Tours

Prep School Tours will commence from Tuesday 19 March 2019 up until 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 School Tours will commence from Wednesday 20 March 2019 up until Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Year 7 School Tours are scheduled for Wednesday’s 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.

Easter Raffle


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

GRIP Leadership Conference

Written by Teia, Year 6 Cowie Crocodiles House Captain:

The Year 4 and 6 House Captains went to Melbourne Convention Centre on Wednesday 13 March. Approximately 126 other schools went as well as around 2500 students. We had the chance to talk to other leaders from other schools.

All the students at the Melbourne Convention Centre were given a conference booklet that we had to use to take notes. There were four subheadings in the booklet, the first one was “Developing my own character”. The second one was “Making a contribution with my team”. The third one was “Teams influencing the cultures at our school”. The fourth one was “Our school can make a difference to a cause in society”.

We learnt what you have to do to be a good leader and ideas to be a good leader. There was something called C.O.R.E which stands for Confidence with humility, others focused, reliability and empathy.



Written by Joy, College Captain:
On Tuesday 12 March, the College Captains and House Captains attended a Leadership Conference. This conference was for student leaders from hundreds of schools around Victoria. During the course of the day, the student leaders learnt ways of being better leaders and attended several workshops on how to develop their leadership skills.  The workshops that we participated in were: Top tips for House Captains, how to involve more people in School events, how to maximise my contribution to my team, how to create an amazing school culture, and how to choose and advance a cause. We also interacted with leaders from other schools, shared ideas and also obtained new ideas. This was a fantastic opportunity for the leaders of Tarneit P-9 College to gain more knowledge and skills to become the best leaders we can inside and outside of school.


Student Wellbeing 

Breakfast Club


My Time

My Time is a peer support group for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical conditions. It’s a place for parents and carers to unwind and talk about their experiences. A play helper is also present to provide activities for children attending so members can spend time catching up with each other.


Digital Technology

House Rules

Parents and Carers can use these contracts to set house rules for using iPads at home and to ensure the safe use of technology in the home.

Please click on the link below to find view contracts.



SAMR Ladder - Questions and Transitions


Sporting News 

Kelly Sports Wyndham Autumn Holiday Program

From 8 Apr 2019 to 18 Apr 2019

Autumn Holiday Fun for ages 4-12 years.
• Enjoy daily schedule of modified games to keep your kids entertained. Programs are designed to help kids develop basic skills such as kicking, throwing, and catching as well as having fun.
• Sports include Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, AFL, Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Rugby, Tennis, Netball, Dancing, Gymnastics, Athletics, Golf, Badminton and creative craft activities.
• Friendly and experienced coaches that enjoy teaching and delivering fun activities and developing kids skills.
Children to bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks to be enjoyed during breaks in between sessions. Children should also bring a hat and sunscreen for outdoor play.
Please note: late pick up after 5:30pm will incur an extra $5 fee every 5 minutes after 5:30pm.

Available Sessions:

HP - Full Day (8:00am to 5:30pm)

Please contact Tim Cleveland to make a booking.

Phone: 0417 500 870


Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School

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Library News 

Parents Library Brochure


Wuggles and Ellie 

Wuggles and Ellie have been reading so many books while tucked up at bedtime and laughed and laughed. I heard them myself! They told me their favourites were:


Library Information


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

Big Childcare School Holiday Program


Tarneit Community Free Family Event


Indoor Food Fiesta


Way Out West Youth Photography Competition

Ages 12- 25

The Way Out West Photography competition opens 18 March till 17 May 2019.

Enter online ( for your chance to win up to $500 in prizes.

Categories include Grand Prize, Best Use of Colour, Best Black and White image, Best Landscape, Funniest Image and the Way Out West prize.

The winners will be announced on 20 June 2019 at the Point Cook Library and the Way Out West exhibition will travel around Wyndham until December 2019


Way Out West Youth Photography Workshops


The Beacon 
Junior Years.pdf
Middle Years.pdf
Senior Years.pdf
Big Childcare School Holiday Program.pdf
Big Childcare School Holiday Program.pdf
Big Childcare Holiday Program Brochure.pdf
Library Information Brochure 2019.pdf
Library Information.pdf
Library Information.pdf
Library Information.pdf
Library Information.pdf
FLY MyTime Manor Lakes term 1.pdf
Parent Teacher Interviews 2019.pdf
Medical Conditions Alert 2019.pdf
Years 7 - 9 How to Use the Internet Safely.pdf
ipad Contract.pdf
iPad House Rules.pdf
SAMR Ladder.pdf