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Winner announcement


What an outstanding indication of the support our community gives to Tacoma Public School. Last Thursday we were advised that there were 2 X $500 Gift Cards as prizes in the NSW Healthy Towns Challenge. The two organisations who recorded the most votes would be the winners. Closing was Saturday evening. In just 3 days our dynamic little community got right behind the cause and we were announced as the organisation with the most votes. We so love our support.... Read more


We like to keep things simple however there seems to be some confusion as to which payments can be made where. We hope this will help: School Website: The "Make a Payment" tab on this site is where school based (not P&C) payments are made including excursions, Life Education, book packs, school contributions. My School Connect: is for all P&C based payments including canteen, fundraising and any other P&C activities. The helpful staff in the school office can help you out of you aren't sure.... Read more


The dynamic staff at Tacoma Public School are getting ready for a busy Term 3. For teachers the term will start on Monday 23 July with a Staff Development Day. Staff will be spending this day in various training. This training ensures that our staff have knowledge of the latest procedures. methods of teaching and topics such as Workplace Health and Safety the Department of Education have in place. Students will return to school on Tuesday 24 July.... Read more

Happy Spirits


Tacoma Public School is the home of "Happy Spirits" with small hands who dream big. We would like some more. The school is now distributing information packs for children who are eligible to enrol in Kindergarten at our school in 2019. Any children Kindergarten age who would like to join our "Happy Spirits" next year please have their family contact the school office at their earliest convenience. Information packs will be available and distributed shortly. Further information on enrolment at Tacoma is available in the Our... Read more

Students rewarded for co-operation


Students were recognised for their display of co-operation in the latest Values reward assembly. These students showed that they are able to work together and comply with any requests made of them. Congratulation to the students who were rewarded for their Co-operation.... Read more

Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

The successful team of students

Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

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Students receive Wowsers for responsibility


Values education is taught in all classes. Three values are covered each term in terms 1,2 and 3. Wowser awards for displaying the values taught are presented in at the assembly in Weeks 3, 6 and 9. Award winners for Week 6 of this term were recognised with Wowsers awards for responsibility. The final value for this term is Co-operation which will be presented in Week 9. Values taught in Term 3 will be Care, Fairness and Democracy.... Read more

Friday 18 May harvest


Our Green Team sees the rewards of their hard work each Friday. The team get together at Recess each Friday and harvest any crops which are ready for use. Crops such as lettuce, cucumbers and various herbs are among the regular crops. These fresh and healthy looking goodies are then sold each Friday at the school assembly. Funds raised from the sales goes back into purchase of more seeds and seedlings.... Read more

Cutting the ribbon for the canteen refurbishment


There was a little excitement around our school canteen on Friday 8 June when the canteen refurbishment had it's official reopening. Students witnessed the ribbon being cut by one of our school captains. To add to the festivities the school ukulele group and Kindergarten students provided some wonderful entertainment. A special lunch order day was held in conjunction with the day and was a great test for the new online ordering system.... Read more

Mrs Glachan with her certificate


Our school recently had the pleasure of presenting staff member Mrs Jackie Glachan with a certificate for her 20 years of service to the Department of Education. Mrs Glachan is a School Learning Support Officer where she provides assistance to students with special needs. She is a much loved and valuable member of our school staff.... Read more

Because of Her we can


"BECAUSE OF HER WE CAN" is the theme of this year's Naidoc Week celebrations. This theme celebrates the essential role that women have played as active and significant role models. We are asking all students and staff to bring in a copy of a photo of an important female in their life. It can be a mother, grandmother, aunt, elder, sister, daughter, sport coach, friend or any significant female in their life. The photos must be copies and not the original as they will not be returned. Share the fun in recognising your female role... Read more

MayReturn to top
Students have been rewarded for respect


RESPECT - due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. Students who have shown "respect" to all in our school and have earned the "Wowser" award at the Values assembly. It is wonderful to know that our students know and show the meaning of respect.... Read more

Mr McFarlane showing his skills


Masterchef competitors need to watch their backs as students in Waagir show us their skills in the kitchen. Mr McFarlane and his students utilised the new kitchen to whip up some corn fritters. According to reports the fritters were delicious. Who knows we may see some Tacoma people on Masterchef in the future.... Read more

Netball activities were enjoyed


Friday 18 May saw the entire school student body participating in sport activities all in together. It was such a success that a decision has been made to make this a regular event. Everybody participated in a happy sportsmanlike manner.... Read more

The students are guided by Smartboard program


At least once a day all students in Garawa participate in a mindfulness activity. Mrs Nicholson and the student are assisted in these yoga sessions by programs on the Smartboard such as Smiling Minds or Zen Den. The students are enjoying these sessions.... Read more

Students of our school remembering the fallen


What a wonderful sight to see so many of our students take the time out of the school holidays to remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our students marched in torrential rain with with students from Wyong Public, Tuggerah Public, Jilliby Public, Wyong Creek Public and Wyong HIgh school to show their respect on Anzac Day. It is wonderful that our school has such a caring community.... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

AprilReturn to top
Visitors enjoyed the Ngara Barayi story


On 11 April Tacoma Public School hosted the fifth meeting of the Central Coast Garden Interest Group. We were chosen by Central Coast Area Health to host this day. Around forty staff from Central Coast Schools both public and private toured our school gardens including our special Ngara Barayi garden. Our visitors were very impressed with the quality of our gardens and the enthusiasm for them shown by both our staff and students.... Read more

Ready to go


Friday 6 April was a fantastic day weather wise for our school's annual Cross Country Carnival. A course was set up within our school grounds. All students participated with enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. It was wonderful to see parents encouraging their children all around the course.... Read more

We're closed


Our school canteen is having a makeover and will be closed from Friday 23 March. Due to these renovations there will be no Breakfast Club, Recess, Lunch or Uniform Shop until the beginning of Term 2. We are very excited and can't wait to see our new look canteen.... Read more

Our band of book coverers


Thanks to a wonderful band of helpers our new books are available already for use. At the end of 2017 our school purchased an enormous amount of new books for classroom use and for borrowing in our library. Thanks to our hardworking helpers for covering the new books so that these valuable resources were ready to be used immediately by our students.... Read more

Sixteen Tacoma students attended the STEM day


"Mr Kirk this is the best day I've ever had" was a comment made by Liam after a recent visit to Jilliby Public School. Tacoma Public School students were lucky enough to be invited to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) held at Jilliby. Sixteen of our students were selected by our staff to attend this fantastic day. It was an opportunity for some extensive learning in STEM areas. The activities teams were selected for were: Science in the Kitchen Robotics Mania Mega Structures Maths Olympiad. ... Read more

Ready to show off their hats


What a great morning we had at our school for the annual Easter Hat Parade on Thursday 29 March. Almost 200 parents, grandparents and members of our school community joined us to see a brilliant display of some amazing hats. It was wonderful to see our visitors participating in the dancing along with our students. .... Read more

Tacoma representatives


On 7 March eligible swimmers from our school represented us at the Zone Swimming Carnival. They proved to be great ambassadors for the school displaying outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship. Mrs Kable who accompanied the students was very proud of each and every one of the swimmers.... Read more

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Numeracy groups


TEN (Targeting Early Literacy) is a program in use in our classrooms to assist students understand the basic concept of numeracy. Students are placed in ability based groups where they participate in numeracy activities using a variety of tools including dice cards and dominoes. These photos show students in Garawa using playing cards to work on their subtraction skills. More photos of activities undertaken in Mrs Nicholson's classroom can be viewed in the Gallery.... Read more

Our first WOWsers for 2018


It's not the Grammys or the Oscars or the Golden Globes or the Emmys it's the Tacoma WOWsers. Values are taught in every classroom at Tacoma Public School and we have our WOWsers to recognise and congratulate those students who have WOWed us with their display of relevent values. Our school values include participation, honesty, excellence, respect, responsibility, cooperation, care, fairness and democracy. What we learn becomes a part of who we are. Our first WOWsers were recognised on Friday 16 February for the outstanding display of the... Read more

Gardening girls


Members of our 2018 Green Team have been working very hard since the start of the year. They have been busy planting vegetables and herbs including tomatoes, basil and oregano. The herbs will once again be for sale at the Friday assemblies for $1 a bag. Funds raised from these sales are used for the purchase of seeds and resources for the green team. They have been lucky enough to have some unique Arnotts biscuit tins donated by Mrs Clifford, our music teacher and succulents donated by a Kindergarten parent. The succulents have been planted... Read more

Mrs Dillon with our new kitchen


Toward the end of 2017 our school purchased a portable kitchen. This kitchen is available for use by all classes. During Term 1 Gundang have used the kitchen to prepare Moroccan cous cous and Murgu created a tasty pineapple fried rice during their use of the kitchen. It was wonderful to see that these students didn't mind cleaning up and of course eating their tasty creations. They are all looking forward to their next kitchen lesson.... Read more

Leaders meeting


Our Sport Captains certainly embraced their first job of 2018 They displayed great leadership and pride in their new roles at the recent swimming carnival. They encouraged other students to participate in events to represent their houses. The atmosphere was electric with the loud cheering and encouragement from the stands. The final job for the carnival was to provide a write up for the school newsletter on the event. You can read the excellent article in the Newsletter.... Read more

Our P&C provided a tasty BBQ


Teachers and staff enjoyed meeting parents both old and new on Tuesday 13 February. Parents were invited to attend to meet their child's teacher and enjoy a BBQ supplied and manned by our hard working P&C. A wonderful afternoon of information and interacting was enjoyed by all who attended.... Read more

A written test was undertaken


Staff of the Department of Education are required to undertake CPR and Anaphylaxis training each year to ensure that our students are in the safest hands possible. The Tacoma Public School staff undertook the annual training in these areas on first School Development Day of the year on 29 January 2018. A written test was undertaken together with a practical test on CPR and administering an Epipen to a person experiencing anaphylactic reactions. All staff passed these tests conducted by a trainer from the Surf Lifesaving Association of NSW.... Read more

Kendall presents badges


It was an exciting time for our new school leaders and house captains when they were presented with their leadership badges. It was wonderful to have a previous school leader come to our school to present the badges. Thank you to Kendall for taking the time out to join us at this exciting assembly.... Read more

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Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: Read more


The staff at Tacoma Public School are excited to be starting another school year with another group of dynamic young people. The 2018 school year promises to be a great year for our school community with the implementation of the first year of our 3 year school plan. Staff will be returning on Monday 29 January for a day of Professional Learning and students from Years 1 to 6 will return on Tuesday 30 January 2018. All of Kindergarten will commence school on Monday 5th February.... Read more

Fun in the photo booth


On Tuesday 12 December our Year 6 students celebrated the end of their Primary School years. They met at Wyong Golf Club for a lovely dinner followed by lots of fun and dancing. A photo booth captured the fun atmosphere of the night. These photos can be viewed in the gallery section of this web page if you click here Gallery Photos It was lovely to welcome the parents in for the last half hour to listen to the speeches. The night of celebration was enjoyed by all.... Read more

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Ready for our fabulous helpers


On Friday 8th December we made sure that the helpers of our school realised how fabulous we think they are. The staff hosted our annual Helpers Morning Tea, where they mixed and chatted with all the volunteers, helpers and friends of our terrific school It was wonderful to enjoy a cuppa and a nibble of some delicious food and enjoy each other's company for an hour or so. If the laughter coming from the staff room was any indication is was a most enjoyable time. Tacoma Public School is so lucky to have a school community where the best possible... Read more