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Thornbury Primary School Newsletter
23rd February 2017 | Issue 2
A Creative and Diverse Community Growing Together

Preps do not attend school on Wednesday 1st March.
School Council
Our last School Council meeting for the 2016 Council was held on Feb 13th.  It was great to wrap up the 2016 Council and thank them for all their work.  I would like to acknowledge the following members who are retiring from School Council and thank them for all their support and work:
Mr. Tim Bennett  (School Council President)
Ms. Alex Stol
Ms. Alicia Flynn
Ms. Kate O’Halloran
Nominations for both parent and staff representatives are now open and close at 4pm on Thursday March 2nd.  Nominations forms are available from the office.  There are 3 vacancies for parents and 1 for staff.  If the nominates exceed the number of vacancies then an election will be called.
If you have any questions about School Council, please feel free to speak to me.

Acting Assistant Principal
Debbie Showers (Assistant Principal) is completing a Principalship course which will require her to work with another Principal for specific periods of time during Term 1.  Debbie will be away from Thornbury until March 3rd and again from March 20th to March 31st.   Kate Cooney will be Acting Assistant Principal during these times.

Welcome Picnic/BBQ
Thursday March 9th will be our welcome picnic where families can socialise with each other and with staff in a relaxed atmosphere.  Feel free to bring food and something to sit on.  A BBQ will also be available if you would like to purchase items.  We would love to hear from any parents who could spare an hour to help with the BBQ or sell drinks.  Please let your child’s teacher or class carer know if you can assist.

School Photos
Don’t forget that School Photos are on Thursday March 2nd.  Envelopes were handed out to families.  If you did not receive one, please ask at the office.  You can order photos after March 2nd, but you will have to deal directly with the company.

Sporting Programs
There are a number of sporting programs that have commenced for various year levels.  These include:
Interschool Sport (Yrs 5/6) starts Friday Feb 24th
Koorie Circus  (Yrs 5/ 6) continues
District Swimming (Yrs 3-6 selected students) Feb 28th
AFL player(s) to visit/Footy Clinic  (Feb 28th)
While it is not for all students yet, it is encouraging to see opportunities for many of our students to try new things that they may excel at.  This is part of pathways to success which I shared as part of my vision for the school.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Leon Bell
"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try."
- Jack Canfield  American Author and Speaker
Sport News:
Players from the Carlton Football Club will be visiting Thornbury Primary School for a short clinic on Tuesday 28th February.
The session will be during James’ 5/6 P.E session, but will also be offered to children who barrack for Carlton. The session will run from 11.45am to 1.00pm. 
Music News
Sailing the Sounds of South America
Musica Viva are visiting TPS on the 27th March to perform the music of South America.  
A notice has gone home to all students.  Please return $7.90 and the signed form by March 10th.  
Please see Emma in Music if you have any difficulties or questions.
Thank you
Visiting School Nursing Program 2017
Forms will be coming home soon!

* Free hearing and vision screening for Prep  children
* Great for new families
* Amazing service
* Referrals available for Grade 1-6
For more information please see Kate Cooney.
Where is Debbie?
In case you were wondering, I thought I’d explain what’s going on.  In term 4 I began a course at Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership that continues through until the end of term 2.  It is called Unlocking Potential and is a principal preparation program that the department would like all aspirant principals to participate in.  As part of the program, which is quite intensive, I do a 20 day principal internship, shadowing and working on a project with a mentor principal at another school.  I am working with Clare Read from Lalor North PS.  On Monday, I began the first of two ten day blocks at Lalor North.  So, week 4 and 5 I will be there, weeks 6 and 7 TPS and weeks 8 and 9 there.  Kate Cooney is working in my role during this time.  We are in daily in contact.  See you week 6.

Young Doctors is a health leadership program which trains Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people to be health ambassadors in their communities. It is designed and run by local elders, respected community members and supported by health workers in each location. The program teaches leadership, hygiene, health literacy, nutrition and environmental health. This year about 400 Young Doctors will be trained in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. The project is entirely funded by generous private foundations, corporations and individuals.
We are just about underway with our MALPA Bubup Doctors at Thornbury PS. The sessions are being held each Friday in the Indigenous Studies room - with a group of grade 3/4 students. Shara Graham (a parent at Thornbury PS) is the manager of the project and Melanie Harrison (Aboriginal teacher) is the leader. Together we will deliver the Bubup Young Doctors sessions.
This semester the students we are working with are both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. We are hopeful to continue the MALPA Bubup Doctors at Thornbury PS in semester 2, 2017 but also potentially at another local, surrounding school.
We also have our mini graduation and graduation coming up. We will keep you informed of those important dates. The students will send out individual invitations to their friends/families and we hope that many of you can come along!
Lucky last, we are keen to involve as many health workers/community members as possible throughout the program but more importantly elders. If you are, or know of anyone who may be interested, please contact Melanie and/or Shara as we’d love you to come along and join the fun!
Contact: Thornbury PS on: 9484 3254




Wominjeka TPS!

Our little project is well underway, the children have created their line drawings and we are beginning the process of image composition.

A brief recap of the project’s aim:

We want to create a permanent visual and sound installation on the side wall of the Indigenous room within the theme of Wurundjeri 8 Seasons. Classes were each given 1 of the 13 luna cycles and asked to create line drawings of events that take place at TPS and in nature. We also discussed what was undertaken by the Wurundjeri people during this cycle. These images will be intertwined horizontally to show the flow of our calendar year.  Sound components will be added for aural representation of events happening amongst nature within these cycles.

Such a project requires many hands, ideas and skills so we are looking for helpers to join our small team so that we can begin production in term 2.

We need help with:  

  • Digitally combining the scanned images

  • Transferring of images on cement sheets

  • Working with students to assist with the painting of the images on the wall.

  • Building of sound components

If you would like to be involved, please make contact via


Hello from the OSHC room,

This week the educators at OSHC have been getting re-educated in their First-Aid training, management of Asthma and Anaphylaxis. By next week all our regular staff will hold current First-Aid certificates.
We have recently purchased a new storage tub that will permanently stay outside to allow for easier access and more selection of sporting activities and equipment. The storage container was put together by myself with the help of a few of our older students.
We are pleased to see our attendance numbers still continuing to grow as new enrolment forms and bookings are coming in regularly.
Next week we will begin activities to decorate and add to the creative aesthetics of our room. This will include making string spheres, dream catchers and perhaps bringing some greenery into the room.
Please remember to notify us of any alteration to you booking as soon as possible. Last minute changes make it difficult to ensure that our programs run at the high level we aspire to.
Thank you,
Andi and the OSHC team.
Working With Children Check
Just a reminder that anyone who is helping out needs a current Working With Children Check. Just go to
You will need to bring your card to the office as we need to keep a copy on file.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.

Families holding a current Health Care Card are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students.

If you did not apply in 2015, parents or legal guardians are required to submit a CSEF application form.

New families to our school are asked to speak to the office staff about completing a form.  Once registered your application remains live so long as your card is valid.

CSEF application forms are now available at the office, please make your application as soon as possible for processing

M40 Renewal Water Main Project

Please see to get the most up to date information regarding the M40 Renewal Water Main Project affecting Hutton St.
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