The Turragraph Newsletter Term 2 Week 3

Feathers and Friends

Kindergarten went on their first big excursion for 2017 last Wednesday. It appears from the photos they had a wonderful time at Featherdale Wildlife Park where the students and teachers spent time with a range of animals. Kindergarten were identifying and discussing animal homes as they explored.


This week all students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There are two assessments scheduled for Tuesday: Language Conventions and Writing. Wednesday students will complete Reading and on Thursday the scheduled assessment is Numeracy. These assessments offer another snapshot into student learning and are linked to the Australian Curriculum. If your child is participating in these assessments this week, please ensure they are organised and have the right equipment. Further information can be located on the ACARA Website.

P & C Trivia Night

Last Saturday night the P & C held the Turramurra North Trivia night with approximately 100 members of the TNPS Community in attendance at the Turramurra Bowling Club. With three trivia games and bonus rounds, all participants were kept on their toes. Between rounds extra funds were raised by the P & C through gold coin tossing, which was enthusiastically embraced by the community. There was a very competitive atmosphere amongst those gathered and in 2017 the teachers were able to improve on their previous results.

Thank you to Mr Darren Murphy, P&C President, for being an entertaining MC for the evening, which ran so smoothly. Thanks also go to Mrs Suzanne Murphy for her range of questions to keep the community on their toes! There are always many members of the P&C who are working behind the scenes to organise these wonderful events and without whom the evening would not run as smoothly.

Caroline English, Acting Principal


Thankyou to all families who have returned their Semester One payments. A reminder that the second instalment is now due. It would be greatly appreciated if payments could be made on or before the due date.


We always seem to have a large amount of unnamed items filling up our lost property box. Please remember to label all your child's items clearly. Any unnamed lunch boxes & drink bottles will be disposed of and clothing will be given to the school uniform shop.



Over the next three week’s students will be learning about the YCDI key “Persistence.” Persistence teaches students about 'Hard Yakka' and working tough. Students learn that even when situations and work can be hard, they need to keep trying and continue to give one hundred percent. Persistence is shown when students try hard when doing school work they find frustrating and challenging; however, they continue until they have finished.

Persistence is an essential life-long skill for students to learn and develop as they move through life. Over the next three weeks talk about persistence with your children. Have conversation about what it means to be persistence and describe examples of persistence behaviour that you have experienced.

When discussing with your child their approach to a subject they find difficult and boring, say “You know, it’s easy to think that things you do at school should always be fun and exciting and when they are not you shouldn’t have to do them. At times when you have frustrating or challenging work to do, rather than thinking “I can’t be bothered,” a more helpful way of thinking that helps you get through the work quickly and get it over is “To be successful, I sometimes have to do things I don’t feel like doing. No gain to pain” (Working Tough Thinking)

It is also important to praise your child when you see them persisting at a task. When you catch your child being persistent, say “You didn’t give up!” “You kept trying, great effort.” Teachers will be giving out lots of DidIts for persistence over the next three weeks and praising student for being persistent in all aspects of the school.

Year 3 FEAST begins this week. Please remind your child of their day.

If your child would like to attend the Operation Art workshops in September, please open this link, scroll down to The Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and click on the link. Operation Art workshops are open to all interested students from Year 1 – 6 at TNPS.

The Young Archie competition is now open for entries. This is a portraiture prize for school aged children coinciding with The Archibald Prize. If your child would like to enter, they need to bring in a photograph of the person they would like to paint/draw. Stobo Studio will be open at lunchtime on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for students to work on their portraits. Entries close early June. There are prizes to be won, but more importantly the winners are hung at the Art Gallery of NSW. For more details see:

The NSW and ACT Threatened Species Art Competition invites students to submit an artwork and write a short statement about their threatened species. Students may come to Stobo Studio at lunchtimes to work on these works of art as well. For more details click:

TNPS art blog site:

Thank you, Lee-Anne Plasto


The Primary Schools Chess Teams Competition for 2017 kicked off on Friday 5th May. TNPS competes in the Upper North Shore Zone. For round 1, the TNPS Team A held the home game against the Knox Grammar Preparatory School Team A.

With an outstanding effort and extreme persistence, our team represented by Soham C, Louis T, Ralph T and Luke T won 3 games out of 4! Most of the games were played for nearly 50 minutes and it was truly nail biting. Congratulations to Team A and all the very best in the future rounds. It's going to be tough but keep checkmating and winning!

Special thanks to Shelley (Luke T's mum) who provided lovely fruits and amazing cupcakes. Surely this has set the bar high for home game refreshments. Also, a big thank you to Miss Fagan and Mrs Burnes. Only with your input and support, this was made possible.




We have 16 canteen days left this term and only 4 of those days have a volunteer. The canteen cannot continue to operate at current prices without volunteers.

Please, please if you can spare some time, even just a couple of hours, on a Wednesday or Friday please sign up at


Mother's Day Stall is this Friday 12th May from 9.00am during class time. Gifts will range from $2 - $6. Please remember to send some money with your child, also a plastic bag to take their purchase home in.


The TNPS parent prayer group invite you to join us in prayer for the school on the 4th Thursday of the month in the NTOOSH building at 9am. Everyone is welcome to come. Prayer requests, which remain confidential, can be left in the Prayer Requests box in the office, or email or phone Anitra Lipscomb - Mob 0450 965 247.
CHESS @ LUNCHTIME The Sydney Academy of Chess run chess classes on Thursday from 1:00pm to 1:45pm. If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from the school office, or email for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.



Created with images by Au Kirk - "Chess Set" • blickpixel - "gifts packages made" • *ErinBrierley* - "Prayers"

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