Tathra PS Newsletter Term 1 week 5

Whooping Cough case

The Public Health Unit has been notified of a confirmed case of whooping cough in a student that attends Tathra Public School. I ask you to watch out for the symptoms of whooping cough in your child. You may not have suspected that an illness in a person with a mild cough, who appears otherwise fit and well, could in fact have whooping cough and spread the infection to other people for up to 3 weeks, which is the time an untreated person remains infectious.

A letter from NSW Government Health and detailed factsheet will be sent home with students today. Symptoms to watch out for are:

  • cold like symptoms - blocked or runny nose, tiredness, mild fever and cough.
  • the cough gets worse and severe bouts of uncontrollable coughing can develop. Coughing bouts can be followed by vomiting, choking or taking a big gasping breath which causes a “whooping” sound. The cough an last for many weeks and can be worse at night.
  • older children and adults may just have a cough that lasts for many weeks. They may not have the Whoop.
  • some newborns may not cough at all but they can stop breathing and turn blue. Some babies have difficulties feeding and can choke or gag.

Imminent closure of Before & After School facility at Tathra PS!

Helping Hands Network, our Before and After School and Vacation Care service, has reviewed their service at Tathra Public School. At present there are not enough families accessing the service for it to remain viable. I have been informed that the service will close at the end of this term. This is very unfortunate and will affect several families who rely on the service. Unless Helping Hands have an increase in enrolments they just cannot financially continue to operate. Unfortunately despite families indicating that they would use the service in surveys prior to the school applying for it, this has not occurred.

Helping Hands have given me a week to inform families in case there are families who intend to start to use the facilities in the very near future.

I have included some information below concerning a proposed change to our bell times to accommodate a second bus run proposed by Sapphire Coast Buses if approved by Transport NSW. Sapphire Coast Buslines are in discussions with Transport NSW for the acquisition of a second bus run to TPS which, if it were approved, would mean that students living in Kalaru would be home by 3:15pm rather than 3:50 – 4pm as they are now (please see more info below).

A second bus run would mean our students would not have to wait around to get home and therefore would be at home a lot earlier. This is a bonus but it also could cause issues if the later arrival home actually suited working parents. Ultimately the aim is to alleviate numbers on the often over crowded Kalaru bus and get children home quickly and safely. We understand it will not suit everyone’s circumstances but our priority is for the wellbeing of the students travelling on the bus.

If these changes or other circumstances you know of mean that you would need to access before and or after school hours care, you should to contact Helping Hands as soon as possible to indicate your intention by phoning 0439 834 878 or Central Office 1300 612 462 no later than Friday 3 March when the final decision will be made.

We will be sorry to lose this high quality and valuable resource but understand they cannot run a business that is losing money. Personally my concern is for families who also cannot access Family Day Care. We will be back to square 1 unfortunately, with limited options for before and after school care.

Bus proposal

Last year we raised our concerns with Transport NSW about the often overcrowded bus run to Thompsons and Kalaru. The majority of our families live in these areas. Transport NSW audited our buses. Some days we had 50 children on the bus, others 75. With growing numbers of students catching the bus from these areas, our concern is that while it is legislated that primary-aged students can sit three to a seat + stand, this is certainly not ideal. Currently we have one bus that firstly drops all the children to town then returns to school to pick up the majority of students who then go to Thompsons, Kalaru, change bus for Bega or wait for High School students and then go along Sapphire Coast Drive. It is a crowded, long journey. Sapphire Coast Buslines have been very helpful and have come up with an alternative which would alleviate numbers and also allow most students to arrive home earlier.

If Transport NSW approves this arrangement we would need to alter our school bell times. We would begin school at 9am and finish at 3pm (like many other local schools in the area). This means the school day would start 15 mins earlier. Students could arrive at school from 8:30am as our staff would commence supervision at that time. The day would end at 3pm so all students would need to have left the school grounds by 3:30pm.

Below is an outline of the proposal presented by Paul Judd from SC buslines to those who attended the P&C meeting last week. Please note that it is only a proposal and is subject to approval from Transport NSW. No decisions have been made yet. A link to a survey about how you feel about these proposed changes will be forwarded to you shortly. We’d like some feedback about how you feel about this proposal.

BUS Summary Morning

  • Students living in Tathra (except Thompsons) catch Bus 53 – pick up and drop off as normal.
  • Students in Thompsons would catch bus 57.
  • Students Living in Kalaru (except Strathmore Cres) catch bus 53 as normal.
  • Those living in Strathmore Cres will catch bus 57.
  • Students living beyond Kalaru along Tathra Road/ Bega will benefit from a loop service with more pick up and drop off points than currently offered. There will be NO TRANSFER in Kalaru. Bus will travel down Kerrisons Lane rather than just straight down Tathra Rd to pick up students living around these areas
  • Both buses expected to be delivering students at 8:50am to school.

BUS Summary Afternoon

Kalaru to Bega - No transfer - Bus 57 . This bus will depart first and drop off all students living in Kalaru, Jellat Jellat and then head down Kerrisons Lane to collect SCAC students. From here students will be dropped off in Bega around a loop service. All students should be home at least 30 mins earlier with NO TRANSFER.

Tathra town, Thompsons Dr and south of Tathra Rd along Sapphire Coast Drive - Bus 53 – students should be home 30 mins earlier if in Thompsons. The bus will stop at Kalaru to meet the high school buses and then carry on south. Students on this leg will be on the bus for about the same amount of time as currently are but home time will be earlier.

Please consider these options and reply to our survey noting this is a proposal only and there has been no decision made that it will in fact be approved.

PSSA Zone Swimming stars

Congratulations to our Tathra PS swimming team who swam their hearts out at the PSSA Zone Carnival on Wednesday. Mrs Hoare was very proud of every one of the competitors. Overall Tathra came 2nd on the points score. Chelsea Hoare took out Senior Girl Champion.

Senior Girl PSSA Swimming Champion, Chelsea Hoare

Other place getters in the championship points were:

Lochie Ellard 2nd Junior Boy

Molly Greenwood 3rd Junior Girl

Maya-Rae Navarrete 3rd 11 yr Girl

Qualifying for the Regional Carnival at Dapto on 8 March are Lochie; Chelsea; Maya-Rae, Molly and Heidi (for their individual events). We are still waiting on results for Medley Events.

Our Junior Boy relay came 1st and our Junior Girl and Senior Girl relay teams came 2nd so they qualified for Dapto also.

Congratulations to all our students who competed. I hear the team spirit was high and our students modelled our school values of respect, responsibility and kindness. Thank you to all the parents who transported children and who helped on the day! The TPS community make a great team.

Maya-Rae Navarrete, Freya Hannah, Isha Constable, Taia Creary, Shea Kelly, Evie Blankenstein, Isobel Vaughan, Livia Todd, Molly Greenwood, Amelia Hodges, Heidi van Bracht, Maddison Nascimento, Breanna Dixon, Carly van Bracht, Jardy Palmer, Lochie Ellard, Haidyn Meredith, Sunny Leung, Tyler Ellard, Dom Chandler, Noah Little, Luka Morgan, Tom Clark, Kai Morgan, Owen White, Liam Chandler, Jake Kontro

Love Our Lakes

Last year students across the school entered the Love Our Lakes Calendar art competition. Tathra students submitted wonderful artwork. Two students, Ava Leafe and Ashton Cozens have had their works selected for publication. The students won prizes for their work. A copy of the calendar is up in our foyer! Well done, Ashton (under October) and Ava (under December) and thank you to all students who submitted beautiful work.

Canteen news!

Gluten Free Options available at Canteen – sushi rolls, GF bread and wraps!

Wharf to Waves update and thank you

The weekend was a huge success. Check out the Wharf to Waves Facebook to view the short film using impressive aerial footage.

This year there were a record number of around 130 volunteers who contributed their time over the 2 days many of whom were TPS parents. The Wharf to Waves Committee would like to send out special and heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who come from all over the Bega Valley to make this event possible. The level of community spirit which surrounds this event is impressive.

The committee are currently looking for 2 new committee members: Volunteer Coordinator and a Sponsorship Coordinator

The committee actively need to recruit for these positions to ensure the event can go ahead in 2018. Please see Jane at the preschool if you are interested or would like more information (6494 1847). You may know someone with skills and or time who would be perfect for either of these roles so help us proactively recruit for these positions.

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. Come and play at a family friendly and fun club. All levels of ability catered for. Registered and pay online at the link below.

For more information contact Chris Fantham at tathraunitedfootballclub@gmail.com or 6494 1097 (ah).


Still got energy after school? Keen to get moving and some have fun? Term 1 @ fLiNG Has Begun and it is NOT TOO LATE to enroll! For ages 3 and Up we offer classes in Gymnastics, Contemporary, Ballet and Performance

In Tathra, Bega and Merimbula Visit the website for a timetable or email admin@flingphysicaltheatre.com.au and ask what class suits you.

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