The Turragraph Week 2, Term 1

Farewell Mr Taylor

It is with sadness that our school community farewelled Mr Paul Taylor, our Principal, on Friday 28th April, 2017. On Wednesday and Thursday the students at Turramurra North worked in secret to create his farewell video and card which were presented at the special assembly held on Friday. The P&C president, Mr Daren Murphy, and members of the school community were present to wish Mr Taylor a fond farewell. Mr Taylor was understandably quite emotional as he departed TNPS.

Mr Taylor has initiated many changes to learning spaces and pedagogy during his three years and a term at TNPS. He has created the combined Years 5 and 6 learning space 'The Hub' and developed collaborative practices to ensure staff work closely together across all grades by opening up classroom learning spaces wherever possible. He has really worked to change the external appearance of the school grounds including completely revitalising the front of the school, top quadrangle and grove playing areas. Our school now has wifi in classrooms and in the top quadrangle, which enables students and staff to use the outdoors as part of their learning space. Students have access to iPads 1:1 in 3-6 and 1:2 K-2 for creative learning opportunities.

Mr Taylor working with Kindergarten students in 2016.
Mr Taylor leaving through the traditional archway

Students through careful development and scaffolding are more active learners, with K-2 students learning how to set goals and critique peers' work and 3-6 students now initiating 'student led conferences' with their parents to explain and discuss their learning intentions and critiquing. In 2016, Mr Taylor and the TNPS staff held the first Exhibition of Learning for students to showcase their authentic learning in history with their peers, school community and a range of invited guests and experts in their field.

Student learning has been enhanced through staff professional learning which has involved many leading international educators working with TNPS staff, including Mr Alan November, Mr Ron Berger, Mr Carl Jarvis and Mr Dean Shareski to name just a few. Many learning opportunities were extended to teachers across N.S.W. through the i On The Future conferences, which TNPS hosted under Mr Taylor's leadership.

Mr Ron Berger working with TNPS staff in 2016.

On behalf of all the members of the school community, we wish Mr Taylor every success as he takes up his new principal's position at Banora Point Public School in the coming weeks.

Exhibition of Learning 2017 - Parent Information Evening 6:30 - 7:00pm

TNPS families are invited to attend an information evening Tuesday 2nd May, 2017, to develop their understanding of the purpose and inquiry based learning behind the Exhibition of Learning. Why are students participating inauthentic tasks to enhance deeper learning? How do teachers support students to present their learning at the exhibition? How can families support their children as they learn?

The TNPS Executive look forward to you joining them on this evening when they will host the information evening to share their understanding of the purpose and processes behind the exhibition for 2017.

Band Camp 2017

Almost 90 students attended the TNPS Band Camp at the Crusaders Camp at Galston last weekend. Students were offered carefully designed small group tuition to enhance their musical development and whole band practice sessions over the weekend. Parents have commented that the concluding concert was again a great success and this is a result of the work of the Band Committee and our Band master Mr Tom Spencer. These events are successful only as a result of the behind the scenes work of many parents and teachers who so thoughtfully give up their time for our TNPS students. A special thank you to Mrs Amy Marsden, Mrs Wendy McKasah and Ms Tomlinson for their hard work behind the scenes to organise this wonderful event for all the boys and girls. An enormous thank you to the teachers who so kindly gave up their own time on their weekend to support students throughout the day and overnight.

Acting Principal

As Mr Taylor advised you last week, I will be in the role of Acting Principal until the permanent principal is appointed. I would like to take this opportunity to share with our community that I feel it is again a great privilege to lead TNPS. I have been invited to undertake a leading role in this and other primary schools on the North Shore in the last 6 years and I am looking forward to collaboratively working with the TNPS staff, students and community as we continue to work towards achieving high levels of student learning and the strategic directions planned for 2017.

In the coming weeks there will be a panel formed consisting of the Director, N.S.W. Public Schools Ms Sharon Ford, a colleague principal, a member of the school community and a member of the TNPS staff. The panel will work together to form the advertisement and undertake the ongoing process to identify the most suitable candidate to lead our school into the future.

Kind regards, Caroline English, Acting Principal.

A Day of Learning for Teachers

Last Monday 24 April, all TNPS teachers came together for a day of learning in a staff development day led by Mrs Turner and Mrs Haleblian. The day focused on a central theme of STEM - Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

The 'Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians' identifies literacy and numeracy as critical knowledge for schooling young Australians but it also recognises that schools should support the development of these skills across disciplines. It identifies critical and creative thinking, problem solving and digital technologies as essential for all future occupations. All governments are investing in improving STEM education and there has been significant activity across the country to lift student engagement in STEM and to support teachers to improve student outcomes.

This year's TNPS K-6 Exhibition of Learning (September 2017) will have a STEM focus. With this in mind, teachers spent the staff development day understanding and learning about the National STEM strategy and how its goals are integrated into learning at TNPS. 'Design Thinking' was explored through some collaborative activities that promoted critical and creative thinking and problem solving.

Teachers had some hands-on experience with Scope IT and coding with Scratch. We worked together to code a short program and collectively identify the relevance and importance of coding in the curriculum and learning.

This was further linked to a session on electronics where teachers created a simple circuit and then coded the board to turn on a light. Stage 3 students will commence electronics this term as they have completed the foundational coding lessons to begin applying their knowledge of coding to real-world situations.

Karin Haleblian

Assistant Principal

Paul Fletcher MP visits Stage 3 Students

Paul Fletcher MP speaking with Stage 3 Students

Last Friday, Paul Fletcher, our local member of parliament, visited the students of Years 5 & 6 to discuss his role as a politician. Mr Fletcher outlined his roles and responsibilities, with a focus on his ministerial portfolio as the Minister for Urban Infrastructure. He discussed the impact of population growth on Sydney and how the government addresses and resolves issues in collaboration with communities and businesses. The students had a myriad of questions about life as a politician which is reflective of their deep thinking. Mr Fletcher was invited to speak to Stage 3 students in order to support their learning in the area of Australian Democracy.

Lilia Singleton-Turner, Assistant Principal

Year 5 FEAST begins this week. Your children should have brought home notes to indicate the day they are attending. If you do not have a note or your child is not included on the list I have sent to their teachers, but you have paid for your child to attend FEAST, please contact me via the school office and I will email you as soon as possible.

A note was sent home last week regarding Operation Art workshops in September for students from Year 1 – 6. The process has been streamlined and parents now apply directly to Operation Art. Please open this link, scroll down to The Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and click, if your child would like to attend.

This term students are researching a wide variety of artists, developing skills and honing techniques in preparation for the Spring Art Exhibition. As well as individual artworks, each year will produce a collaborative piece of art work for the Exhibition.

Lee-Anne Plasto




We urgently need volunteers for week 2 - Wednesday 3 May and Friday 5 May.

Please sign up at

Half shifts are available: 9am - 11:30am & 11:30 - 2pm.

The canteen could not operate without volunteers and we appreciate any time you can offer.


Band Camp 2017


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