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Stage 3 students explore the new garden

GARDEN AREA NEARING COMPLETION

We are getting excited as our new garden and outdoor learning area nears completion. The area called Ngara Bar Ayi, meaning "listen to earth" includes our new flagpole, a yarning circle and many smaller garden areas. The area will be used as a learning area in lessons and will incorporate a cultural connection. On our first day back after the holidays some Stage 3 students had a great time inspecting the garden and exploring all the smaller gardens within it. We are looking forward to the completed project and being able to make good... Read more

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Waagir are all ready for a busy term

READY FOR A BUSY TERM

Students and staff come back to school on Monday 9 October all ready for a busy term. There is no School Development Day in Term 4 therefore we all return together. As usual Term 4 is a very busy one and our school will be a hive of activity. On Thursday 12 October we will be welcoming our new 2018 Kindergarten students and their families with our wonderful Happy Spirits Kindergarten Orientation program. This program will run for 4 weeks to familiarise these children with our school routines and surroundings. During Term 4 we have excursions,... Read more

Questacon was a highlight for the children

STAGE 3 VISIT CANBERRA

Students from Years 5 and 6 recently visited the national capital to extend the learning on Australian Democracy they are being taught in the classroom. During their 3 day visit they visited all the landmarks including Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, Telstra Tower, and the National Museum. A wreath was laid at the Australian War Memorial where our students were fantastic and gave the Last Post ceremony the respect it deserved. The children enjoyed the hands on experiences at Questacon and at the Australian Institute of Sport. They... Read more

Our busy green team planting summer vegetables

SPRING IS SPRUNG AT TACOMA

Spring has certainly sprung at Tacoma over September. Our Green Team have been very busy during this month working in our gardens. The gardens are looking fantastic with a new covering of leaf mulch. The vegetable gardens have been replanted ready for a summer stock of carrots, beetroots and lettuce. Lettuce and a variety of herbs have been harvested and available for purchase on Fridays at the school assembly. The students also celebrated National Tree Planting Day earlier in the term. Our gardens are a credit to our hardworking Green Team.... Read more

Fathers enjoyed the bbq breakfast

CELEBRATING FATHERS DAY

Once again our school celebrated Father's Day with our students. Our hardworking P&C prepared a special bbq breakfast for our students to share with their fathers and male role models. It was wonderful to see such a good role up to enjoy their special breakfast.... Read more

2017 PARENT SURVEY

To enable us to plan for the best learning outcomes for our children for the next three years, we would appreciate your co-operation in completing the attached survey. Just click on the survey monkey link below to commence the survey. Thank you in anticipation of your support. Suirvey Monkey... Read more

Gundang enjoy their lesson in the van

HEALTHY HAROLD VISITS TACOMA

Recently Tacoma Public School had visit from Healthy Harold and the Life Education van. Students from all classes visited the van and participated in age appropriate lessons which compliment the PDHPE lessons taught in the classroom. The modules include the environment, health, nutrition, safety, feelings and emotions and coping strategies. The children had fun in their lessons and were very well behaved whilst they were in the van. We look forward to having Harold visit us again next year.... Read more

Some members of the Green team

OUR HARDWORKING GREEN TEAM

Tacoma Public School has a hardworking Green Team where students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 have the opportunity to get involved. Sessions are held on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at lunchtime where students learn valuable life skills through hands on experiences. The children learn about the life cycle of plants and participate actively in planting, watering and harvesting fresh produce. The produce is then used in the school canteen and is available for purchase on Friday afternoons. The Green Team activities teach the students... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

Emma McBride presented Maddi with our prize

HIGHLY COMMENDED EFFORT

Tacoma Public School received a highly commended in the Kitchen Garden Classroom competition. The competition was launched by Member for Dobell Ms Emma McBride to promote kitchen gardens as an educational tool and to learn the importance of fresh and healthy food. Ms McBride recently attended our morning assembly to present our prize. Madelyn from Murgu accepted the prize and certificate on behalf of our school. She then took Ms McBride on a tour of our gardens. It was wonderful to see the hard work of our Green Team recognised by our local MP.... Read more

Our staff enjoyed the parade

ESCAPE TO EVERYWHERE

"Escape to Everywhere" was the theme for the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia book week. This theme was certainly evident in our book parade on Friday 25 August. We had all sorts of characters from all sorts of places including Harry Potter from Hogwarts, The Mad Hatter from Wonderland, Superman from the planet of Krypton, just to name a few. The creativity of our parents and students certainly shone in the costumes on our parade. The music for the parade also incorporated the Escape to Everywhere theme using themes from... Read more

Central Coast Public Education Awards

PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARDS

Our school recently had the pleasure of recognising the invaluable work done for our school by two of our school community members through Central Coast Public Education Awards. The awards were presented at Chittaway Bay Public School in front of an audience consisting of members of the Central Coast schools community, family and friends., Mrs Sue Crittenden, a long term staff member was recognised for her years of dedication to the education of our students and the support she has given the community. Mr John Baxter is a parent volunteer who... Read more

Younger children enjoy Tacoma Connect

TACOMA CONNECT

Tacoma Connect is a fantastic initiative where parents are welcome to come along and join others to enjoy a cuppa and chat. It is a wonderful opportunity for our parents to meet in an informal environment. These morning teas are held fortnightly in the school hall and all parents are invited to join us. Younger children also come along and establish new friendships.... Read more

Competitors competed with enthusiasm

39 ATHLETES GO TO NEXT LEVEL

Thirty nine of our students qualified at our annual athletics carnival to participate at the Wallarah Zone PSSA Athletics Carnival Thursday 24 August at Mingara Athletics Centre. Tacoma Public School carnival was held in bright sunshine on a beautiful winter day on Tuesday 8 August. There were plenty of happy smiling faces in a sea of colour as our students participated in their house colours with enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. While the older students competed in the traditional events such as running races, high jump etc, our infants... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Students enjoying the new furniture in our library

OUR FANTASTIC LIBRARY

Our school library has been a work in progress for the first half of this year. The library is finally looking just how Mrs Shaw would like it to look. During this year the school has purchased new shelving, new furniture and seating, not to mention the fantastic new books we have on our shelves. The students are all enjoying the improvements during their weekly visits with Mrs Shaw.... Read more

Rainbows created in the water

RAINBOWS IN WAAGIR

The students in Waagir recently created rainbows in their classroom. The rainbows were created in a science experiment as part of their unit of learning "Changes in Materials". The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate how materials can change in different circumstances and these changes can't be reversed.. Skittles were placed in a bowl and Mr Farquhar poured hot water over them. The children watched as the colours dissolved and created a colourful rainbow in the water. The students enjoyed this experiment and were... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Year 3 and 4 netball team

NETBALL NEWS

Our netball teams have had a busy time lately. Our Year 3 and 4 netball team competed in a gala day which was all about participation, enjoying sport and encouraging girls to play netball. Ours girls participated in a very sportsmanlike manner. The PSSA Netball team competed in the 2017 PSSA Netball Knockout competition. The team had wins against Wadalba and Gorokan before losing to Erina Heights. Tacoma girls just love their netball and this showed at both events as our teams played with enthusiasm, pride and great sportsmanship. Our... Read more

Tacoma Public Chess team

CHESS COMPETITION

Tacoma's commitment to the interschool competition is almost complete. Our A team still has one game to play against the benchmark team of Wyong Public during Week 1 of Term 3. All students who have represented our school in Chess have participated with enthusiasm and we congratulate them on their fantastic efforts. Tacoma Public School would like to thank all the parents who have given up their time to transport players to various venues to compete. The success of our teams not only belongs to the players but to their Chess coach Gary Losh... Read more

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