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Thornbury Primary School Newsletter
23rd March 2017 | Issue 4
A Creative and Diverse Community Growing Together
School Tours
I am very encouraged with the amount of families touring our school over the last few weeks.                     I have calculated nearly 50 adults have been on tours so far this year.  If you know anyone who is interested in seeing the school or meeting the new Principal, please encourage them to make a time via the office staff.

School Council
The first School Council will be held on Monday March 27th in the staffroom at 6:30.  At this meeting we hope to elect the executive and leadership for 2017.  I will announce the successful people shortly.

Changes for Term 2
We are in the final stages of employing new staff, packing boxes and sorting student lists for the new P/1 grade. In case you have not heard a number of changes will occur at the start of Term 2:
3/ 4S will move to Room 18 in the Babajen
1/ 2E will move from the Babajen to their original room upstairs in the main building
1/ 2 A will be relocated upstairs next to 1/ 2E
A new staff member will be employed to create a new P/1 classroom
The new P/1 classroom will move into 1/2A’s room
A new staff member will be employed to work with Cecilia in 3/ 4 CB
A new staff member will be employed as the Business Manager
If you have a child affected by these changes, you should be notified shortly what is happening (where appropriate).
Hopefully things will be more settled in Term 2!

Don’t forget that Term 1 ends at 2:30pm on Friday March 31st.  Term 2 commences on Tuesday April 18th (Monday is a Public Holiday). Don’t forget ANZAC Day is on Tuesday April 25th
It’s been quite a busy term but a positive start to the school year.  I look back over the term and have already seen some success in our school.  I have enjoyed my first term as the Substantive Principal.  Thank you for all your encouragement and support throughout this term.
Easter is a special time for me.  I know it is the same for many of you.  I hope that you can take some time to reflect this Easter—no matter your beliefs.  I hope that these holidays are a time where you can relax and enjoy your families.
See you next term.
Leon Bell

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean that I’m lost.”- Anon
Sport News
A group of 5/6 children went bowling at Thornbury Bowls club in a tournament against Northcote Primary School. Thornbury won and that team will now go on to the State Final at Darebin Bowls Club. Congratulations to the whole team and Stephanie, their coach!
P.E. Coordinator 
Fitzroy Stars Paul Stewart and Northcote Cougars Steve Harford, ran workshops on Monday looking to recruit players for their junior teams. It was a fantastic day.
Anyone interested can contact both clubs with flyers available in the school foyer. Or if anyone is interested in continuing coaching at the school please contact Leigh Collins via email:
Building Communities Together!
This term the 3/4 Mainstream classes have been investigating what makes a great community. As a part of our learning we have worked together to design and build our ideal communities. We invite our friends and family to visit our classrooms  to view our fantastic projects.
Date: Wednesday 29th March
Time: 2:30pm 3/4C and 3/4T
          3:00pm 3/4J

Music News

TIME Senior Ensembles Evening - Save the Date!
Orchestras, Wind Band, Spicy Semitones, Senior Brass, Uke and Drumming Groups
Northcote High School evening of THURSDAY MAY 25th 


T.I.M.E. Drum Set Teacher Releases Brand New CD (EP)
On Saturday March the 25th John Milton, Thornbury’s drum set teacher, will be celebrating the release of his brand new EP with a live performance at The Fitzroy Pinnacle (251 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North). The EP, titled “Part 2” has four original songs written and recorded at the same time as his debut EP “Part 1” (2015), and as a companion piece, shares themes such as love, loss, and a little bit of crazy. The EP is already released digitally and can be listened to at or by searching for “jp part 2” on Spotify.
At the live launch on March the 25th John, under his stage name “jp”, will be singing and playing percussion at the front of his worldly, funky all-star band. Support is provided by jazz guitarist / songwriter Bec Goring and kicks off at 4:00pm. Entry is FREE.
BIG Thank You!  To those who helped at our Welcome BBQ. A total of $483 was collected from the food consumed.

If you are interested in joining the TPS Social Committee, please come along to our second meeting for 2017 at Joanie Baretto on High St at 7:30pm on Thursday 30th March 

If you are unable to attend but would love to be involved however big or small, please make contact via


Small guitar labelled 'Willee' went missing Tuesday afternoon from the 3/4 upstairs corridor.
If found please return to Leo Willee (3/4C)

The 2017 Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open!
All T.P.S. students are encouraged to participate in the Challenge, inspiring them to read more widely, more often and to develop a love of reading!

What is the Premiers’ Reading Challenge?
For students from Foundation to Year 2 the challenge is to read or experience 30 books (including 20 books from the PRC book list) and for students in Years 3 to 6 the challenge is to read 15 books (including 10 books from the PRC book list). Visit:
The Challenge finishes on 6 September so there is plenty of time to enjoy reading!
How do we get started?
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll.
Please sign and return the form below to receive your PRC username and password so you can enter books online.
I would like my child to participate in the 2017 Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
⃝ I consent to my child’s name appearing on the online Honour roll
⃝ I do not consent to my child’s name appearing on the online Honour roll
Name of child…………………………………………………………………………………..
Child’s Class …………………………………………………………………………………..
Parent/Carer signature………………………………………………………………………………
Definitions: Department refers to the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Person refers to the child/adult listed below in the consent declaration.
  1. Privacy Protection
The Department takes its privacy obligations seriously and any personal information collected or used by the Department will be handled in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). This law sets out what we must do when the Department collects, uses, handles and destroys personal information.  Personal information includes personal details such as an individual’s name and school that could be used to identify an individual.
  1. Collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information
If you provide your consent your school will collect and disclose your child’s first and last name, and the name of the school to the Department. The Department will then:
  • Publish your child’s name on its online Honour Roll located at: at the completion of the Challenge with no other identifying factors such as early childhood setting name.
  1. Accuracy, access to information and withdrawal of consent
The Department will endeavour to ensure that any personal information held about your child is up to date and accurate. You can access, correct and withdraw personal information held by the Department by written request in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy located at:
Consent may be withdrawn at any time by writing to the Department’s Privacy Unit on: .
If you have any questions about this form, or if you need more information, please contact the PRC Challenge Coordinator at the Department or (03) 9637 3624.
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.

New families to our school are asked to speak to the office staff about completing a form. 
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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