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Our school uniform shop will be open on Monday 29 January from 10am until 12 noon for anybody who has just realised that their school uniforms are not ready for the new school year. It will also be opened each morning in the first week of school from 8.30 until 9.30am.... Read more

2018 School Captains


At our Annual Presentation Day on 4 December the students who are to lead our school throughout 2018 were announced to some very anxious students and parents. The leaders for 2018 will be: SCHOOL CAPTAINS: Dylan and Simran SPORT CAPTAINS: Pelicans: John and Summer Plovers: Linley and Charli Seagulls: James and Lucy Congratulations to our new leaders and we wish you a successful year in your important roles.... Read more

Outgoing captains host the ceremony


On Monday 4 December we came together as a school community and celebrated the achievements of each and every one of our students. Five students from each class were rewarded with certificates for their outstanding achievements in various learning areas throughout the 2017 school year. Special awards such as Sportsmanship Awards, Premiers Spelling Bee, Public Speaking, University NSW Awards, Dux, Citizenship were also presented. School Captains and House Captains for the 2018 school year were named. It was wonderful to see our parents, family,... Read more

Yarning circle


Our Ngara Barayi (Listen to Earth) garden is a unique outdoor learning area filled with wonderful features. It is a colourful area with lots of sections including the learning, yarning circle, the rainbow walk which is also a sensory path, the rainforest, the desert succulents, the beach and the bush tucker. The garden holds a very special place, with a glittery purple seat, to sit and remember Sana, with frangipanis and lots of love. When you walk by there, quietly stop and spend some time thinking of her and remembering her wadhayi badhang... Read more

June received her award


Mrs Dillon and Mrs Stuckey recently had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley annual awards dinner. During the course of the evening two of our students were recognised. June and Amy, our school captains were presented with a certificate and medal for their outstanding citizenship skills at Tacoma Public School. These girls are great ambassadors for our school.... Read more

Ngara Assembly of Excellence


Four of our students were recognised at the Ngara Assembly of Excellence held today at Wyong High School. This assembly is held annually by the local AECG to showcase indigenous students who excel in different areas. Tacoma students recognised were: Kymberly for Leadership Tamsyn for Academic Excellence Kiana for Cultural Excellence Jay for Sporting Excellence Hannah for Improved Application to Learning... Read more

Gavi Duncan and the smoking ceremony


The sun shone brightly for the opening of Ngara Barayi (Listen to Earth) on Friday 24th November. It was wonderful to see so many community members and special guests wandering through this wonderful garden. The day began with an assembly in the hall followed by an Aboriginal smoking ceremony accompanied by didgeridoo by Gavi Duncan. The Foini and Roy families provided the school community with morning tea and the canteen treated us all with a taste of traditional Samoan food. Ms Emma McBride visited during the day and was amazed by our... Read more

The children enjoyed getting up close to animals


Students in Kindergarten to Year 2 recently visited the farm at Wyong High School and had fun participating in various farm and cultural activities. During the course of the day they witnessed the shearing of an Alpaca, got to hold a baby chicken and visited the cows. They also had the opportunity to take part in aboriginal dance and painting. The children displayed outstanding behaviour and were great ambassadors to our school. This is a greart day to look forward to each year.... Read more

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Climbing fun


On Monday 30 October stage 2 students set off to the Great Aussie Bush Camp at Karuah where they had a jam packed few days. The children were challenged to try new activities and to work together as a team to problem solve. The instructors, Nathan and Jay demonstrated the activities and taught the children the importance of stepping out of their "comfort zones". Some of the activities we participated in included high ropes obstacle course, staple climb, canoeing and the giant swing. Evenings were filled with fun where some stories... Read more

Murgu doing writing assessment


Murgu have been very busy improving their writing skills with the writing program "7 Steps Writing". This program is being used right across the school to develop writing skills and to make written text more interesting and exciting. Mrs Mercieca has had her students doing writing assessments during this week to determine the level of improvement in the writing of students in Murgu.... Read more

Mrs Kable with her class


Our congratulations go to Mrs Kable who was nominated by our teaching staff for this year's World Teachers' Day award. Mrs Kable is an amazing teacher who shares her vast knowledge and experience with all staff. Her love of her job as a teacher is quite evident in any visit to her classroom where she engages each and every student in her delivery of lessons. Mrs Kable was presented with her award at a Central Coast Public Education presentation held at Mingara Recreation Club on Monday 30 October. World Teachers' Day was Friday 27 October.... Read more

Stage 3 students explore the new garden


We are getting excited as our new garden and outdoor learning area nears completion. The area called Ngara Barayi, 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

Volunteers needed


Tacoma Public School Canteen is a P&C run canteen and relies on Volunteers to provide nutritious lunches and snacks for our students. All profits from the Canteen go to the P&C which inevitably purchases valuable resources for our school. Helping in the canteen gives volunteers the opportunity to meet new people and get to know your children's peers. It can be lots of fun and very rewarding so if you can help out call in to the canteen and complete a volunteer information form.... Read more

Fun night at McDonalds Wadalba


What a fun night we had at Wadalba McDonalds for our Year 6 fun raising. The night was well supported and we raised in excess of $300. These funds will go toward the Year 6 Farewell and the Yeaqr 6 gift to the school. Some of our students enjoyed dressing up as various McDonalds products including French Fries. A big thank you to all who supported this event.... Read more

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2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

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Waagir are all 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


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 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


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


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


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


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

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Emma McBride presented Maddi with our prize


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" 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


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 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


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 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


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

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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


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

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Tacoma Public Chess team


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

Murgu enjoy science experiments

Meet our Talented Murgu

Murgu is a bright and bubbly stage 2 class who is taught by the talented Mrs Mercieca. The class consists of 14 year 3 students and 16 year 4 students. During this term Murgu have been studying solids, liquids and gases as part of their Science lessons. They are enjoyed doing experiments to enhance the learning in science.... Read more

A $500 cheque was presented to our school

Tacoma meet the Radio Stars

When Sarah and Paddy, the breakfast team from 2GO, visited Tacoma on 30 May the children were very excited to have them broadcast from our school. It was a very cold morning but that didn't deter many children from getting up early to come to school and join the fun. Fletcher Pilon, winner of 2016 Australia's Got Talent provided some entertainment during the morning. Sarah and Paddy interviewed Mrs Dillon and our school captains and presented them with a $500 cheque from Brian Hilton during the broadcast. This cheque will go toward valuable... Read more

Students enjoyed meeting Clifford at the Book Fair

Clifford Visits Tacoma

Clifford, the big red dog from Scholastic visited Tacoma last Friday 9 June to assist us with our Book Fair. The students and staff enjoyed meeting Clifford and had lots of fun with him. The Book Fair was well supported by students, staff and the school community. In excess of $2900 worth of goods were purchased which entitles our school to receive over $800 of books to enhance our library.... Read more

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Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more