Tathra Public School Newsletter Term 1 week 8

Parliament Ministers 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Parliament Ministers elected by students in Years 2 to 6 and staff.

Speaker– Samantha Meaker

Technology – Sunny Leung and Dom Chandler

Fundraising – Taia Creary and Samantha Meaker

Environment - Ruby O’Leary

Creative and Performing Arts – Daytona Porter and Jasmine Hibbert

Communication – Candy Barnett and Samantha Meaker

Junior School – Sienna Buckley

Senior School – Carly Van Bracht

Community – Mia Waugh and Liv Todd

Sport – Jardy Palmer and Chelsea Hoare

absent: Ruby O'Leary

Staff training

Many of our teaching and administration staff have been involved in Professional Development this term.

Our School Administration Staff (SASS) and I are currently training in a completely new Learning and Management Business system being implemented across all the schools on the Far South Coast this year.

The systems we are using today are outdated, and don't support our current or future needs. The Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) program will address these needs with new, integrated systems that will support the vital work of staff at schools across NSW.

The LMBR program delivers modern finance, student management and student wellbeing systems. We will let you know how this system will affect parents down the track. For a bit of an overview please see the link below.

Other training currently occurring for staff includes:

Ms Natalie McKay, Mrs Kellie Umback continue their Learning Language Literacy (L3) Stage 1 (yrs 1 and 2) training this year. Kellie is also supporting Stage 2 (yrs 3-4) teachers Mrs Rebecca Bond, Miss Tracey Fisher and Mrs Robyn Hoare to implement a similar model. There is also some ongoing support for Mrs Angela Mundy who is already trained in L3 Kinder.

Mrs Sally Beard, Mrs Megan Bobbin and I will be travelling to Melbourne next week to attend the Future Learning Expo and attend master classes in Robotics, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Innovative Learning Environments. Due to this there will be no newsletter next week.

Ms Meg Derwent will be travelling to Sydney later in the term with other Stage 3 teachers in the Bega Community of Schools to complete phase 1 of an English project that supports the development of a unit of work that will transition stage 3 students (yrs 5 and 6) to stage 4 (yrs 7 and 8) in English based on the NSW syllabus for Stage 3 and 4. Our community of schools applied for a state Government grant to do this and were successful.

Boys Softball

On Tuesday 11 boys represented our school in round 1 of the PSSA Boys Softball knockout. While they were defeated on the day, the boys played very well with the team spirit and display of positive values we encourage at Tathra Public School. Thank you to Mrs Robyn Hoare and Mrs Deb Barker for training the boys and transporting them to the ground in Pambula. Thanks also to Chris Hogno who helped warm the team up!

The team consisted of Jardy Palmer, Jayden Slipper, Mitchell Toomey, Lucas Horsfall, Banjo Ford, Hayden Hogno, Sunny Leung, Ryder Walsh, Liam and Dom Chandler and Owen White. Good on you boys!

Don't forget to support the Stage 3 Easter Raffle

P&C News – Term 1 2017

Welcome back to all families 2017 – even though most of this term has flown by already! The Tathra Public School P&C supports the students and many activities undertaken by the School. The P&C co-ordinates the canteen, uniforms and conducts various fundraising activities throughout the year. The money raised from these activities is directly used to support your children - the students of TPS. These funds help finance improvements to our school, reduce transport costs and provide additional resources. This is why we need your help to make these events a success! Get grandparents, aunties, uncles friends and community involved.

Meetings are held the 3rd Monday evening of the month. Our next meeting is being held Monday 20th March 6pm in the staff room, all welcome!

Our AGM was held 13.2.2017. The office bearers for 2017 are:

President: Vacant

Vice President: Kelly Murray

Secretary: Sarah Little

Treasurer: Maia Neenan

Fundraising Co-ordinator: Deb Barker

Canteen Co-ordinator: Catherine Mortimer

We welcome all of our general members for 2017 as well. You may join as a general member at any time or come along to a meeting if you can! We will be voting in our president for 2017 at the March meeting if anyone is interested in nominating?

Fundraising: Welcome to the 2017 year of fundraising! Although we are in the early stages of planning our events for the year, we have a few dates locked in and lots of ideas to consolidate. To date our confirmed events are the return of the Mother & Fathers Day stalls, and a movie night at the Picture Show Man Cinema Merimbula. Our other major events this year will be Christmas Carols and Fete to be held early December.

I encourage new families to get involved, volunteering is a great way to meet people. We are grateful for any assistance from families. We look forward to a successful year of fundraising. Deb Barker

A big thank you to all the families that volunteered to help for the W2W event for 2017. It was a great day and we will receive our donation from W2W committee soon, which is a great start to our fundraising year.

After a great concert evening last year and wonderful donations from CEFE and funds from our participation in the MTB enduro, our Solar Panels are well on the to coming to TPS... not to mention a lot of effort and hard work from Mrs Freedman!

We are currently reviewing the winter uniform for TPS (winter trousers and jumpers) and would love your feedback. We will be sending a survey home very soon.

Also a reminder when ordering online – PLEASE PAY TO P&C BANK ACCOUNT. We will no longer be able to retrieve the funds from the school account once the change over occurs to their system.

Sarah Little, Secretary

Bega Lab

The Bega Lab is a technology club which allows young people to explore their own interests, supported and guided by mentors with experience in various technologies and online media.

The club format suits children who need help socialising but membership is open to any interested child or teen who would like to take their technology skills to a new level or who would just like to share their interests. These may include gaming (e.g. Minecraft), coding & game development, digital design, online media, cartooning, 2D or 3D animation…

Mentors with experience in various technologies and online media will be available to provide individual guidance and collaborate with young people as they work on a technology project.

The Bega Lab is guided by a national not-for-profit company, The Lab Network and promotes the values of individuality, equity and social inclusion.

For more information please contact Monika Ryan on 0404 798 368 or bega@thelab.org.au

Tathra United Football Club

Sunday Soccer Registrations are now open for 2017! The Tathra United Football Club is now accepting registrations from all juniors (over 7 years old) to play soccer this year on Sunday morning over winter.

If your child is looking for challenging football, this is a great chance to improve their fitness, develop their football skills, and play in a team with friends in a safe, family friendly environment. The Club is committed to providing a positive development experience for all players, regardless of ability.

For primary school children there are two age grades. Under 10s (8-10) - children are coached in the basics of football and teamwork and get to play against other clubs in a non competitive match setting on a smaller sized field at Tathra and at venues. Cost is $75.

Under 12s (11-12) - children play on a full sized pitch in competitive match conditions with an accredited referee. Cost is $105. If the team is successful they get to participate in finals and ultimately win the Grand Final in their age group.

If your child is interested and is brand new to Sunday Soccer, please contact our Registrar, Chris Fantham, on 64941097 or email tathraunitedfootballclub@gmail.com who will give you all the information you need to register.

If your child has played Sunday soccer for TUFC and wants to play again this year, go to the myfootballclub.com.au website and register as you have done in the past with your FFA number. Go the Sea Eagles in 2017!

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