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Thornbury Primary School Newsletter
13th October 2016 | Issue 16
A Creative and Diverse Community Growing Together
I would like to thank all the parents, carers, students and staff for the warm welcome I have received in my first few days here.
For those of you who do not know, I have been appointed the new Acting Principal for Term 4 2016.
I am the permanent Principal at Thomastown West Primary School.  I have been Principal there for the last 6 years.
Prior to that I was Assistant Principal at Thomastown West and Thomastown Meadows Primary Schools.
My teaching career has involved teaching in Government and Private schools, teaching Japanese and teaching in Japan.
I am very conscious that I am the 3rd Principal to serve at Thornbury in 2016.   My main focus will be to prepare Thornbury Primary School for the 2017 school year.  I would like to have everything ready for the smooth transition towards the substantive Principal.  The appointment of the Principal will occur during Term 4 2016. 
Last week there was a problem with the swimming program that resulted in the cancellation of two classes.  We apologise for this and we resolved the issue. The classes that missed out will have extra time in their classes to make up for the missed session.

I had the pleasure of visiting students on camp up at Sovereign Hill  this week. While Ballarat put on it’s cold and wet weather, the children were having a great time. I went with children down a mine and we panned for gold as well as played traditional bowling. Some of the children discovered small amounts of gold but probably not enough to pay for your next holiday!
I would like to acknowledge and thank all the teachers and parents who did a great job keeping children safe and making the experience enjoyable. These adults were on duty 24 hours a day to assist children who needed anything. It would be great if you could also thank them this week too.

Have a great weekend everyone,
Mr. Leon Bell
Acting Principal
“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”
A letter from the School Council President:
Wominjeka Thornbury Primary School Community,
I’m writing on behalf of the TPS School Council as we wish to keep you informed about the process of selecting a permanent principal. The Department of Education & Training (DE&T) has been very supportive of the school as we seek a new leader, to help us grow and learn over the next 5 years.
By the end of this month, the principal vacancy will be formally advertised through the DE&T employment website. On top of this, the School Council has also decided to advertise broadly across mainstream media with a view to enhancing the potential pool of candidates.
We strongly encourage you to advertise the principal vacancy in your own circles and networks. We have a tenacious and talented community at TPS, and we are just as likely to find the perfect principal through word of mouth as with formal advertising.
TPS School Council will be represented on the five-person principal selection panel by Alicia Flynn (parent rep), as well as a current TPS teacher (yet to be decided), and me as School Council President. We will assess each candidate on the following criteria:
  • Technical Leadership
  • Human Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Symbolic Leadership
  • Cultural Leadership
  • Community Leadership
If a candidate is able to satisfy all of the criteria, they will be placed on a short-list and subsequently interviewed. When all of the short-listed candidates have been interviewed, the selection panel will present its recommendation to TPS School Council. TPS School Council can then accept or reject the recommendation, or ask the selection panel for further details. All going to plan, the earliest we may learn of the decision regarding the principal decision is at the end of November.
It is possible that no candidates will be selected for an interview, as occurred in the last selection process. We rely upon the wisdom of elders and the advice of the DE&T that it is better to make “no selection” in the interest of long-term wellbeing, rather than the “wrong selection” for short-term expediency.
TPS School Council appreciates the perceived instability that a lack of a substantive principal creates, but we have been fortunate to have outstanding acting principals to guide us over the past year. We wish to thank Shaun McClare, Phillip Banks and Leon Bell, for being the vanguard of our school and championing the diversity we cherish deeply.
Warm regards
Tim Bennett
TPS School Council President
TPS Scarecrows win!
Thornbury Primary School has won the ‘Best group Effort’ award at the fourth annual Thornbury Scarecrow Festival with our ‘Welcome wall of Scarecrows’.
The happy troupe of scarecrows were made one drizzly Tuesday afternoon at the end of term 3, in the garden shed as part of the weekly TPS Garden Party. 
TPS students, parents and carers had fun re-using all sorts of scrap materials in a great display of creativity. They are visible from Hutton Street, at the railway end of the school.
All the scarecrows that were part of the festival will be on display in front yards across Thornbury until at least the end of October. Keep your eye out for them as you walk, cycle, or just generally travel around Thornbury.
Sports News
Divisional Athletics     
Last Wednesday three children from the school competed in the divisional Athletics Carnival at Meadow Glenn. Emma Novella came second in the 12/13 Girls shot putt and now qualifies for the Metropolitan meeting. Mila Lawson also qualified for both the Long Jump and Triple jump. Armand Toll-Tempany competed coming 5th in the Shot Putt and Long Jump. Congratulations on your efforts you should be very proud of your efforts and hard work preparing and training for your respective events.
- Leigh
Craft Group

Come and join in an extra special craft session with fibre artist Nikki Fletcher. Nikki is the artist who guided our children in creating the felt chandelier in the foyer. This is a rare opportunity for parents/carers and one not to be missed. All levels of craft experience are welcome.
Date: Friday 14th October
Time: 9am - 11am
Where: Before and After School Care room
Parents and carers are reminded that all classes will be holding stalls this year that are either food or activity focused.  If you are interested in helping this year please make contact with your class teacher as they will be assisting you with this. I will be coordinating the art and craft activities so if you are able to assist in any way please speak to me or send me an email. We will be setting up the art and craft displays on the Friday before the Festival starting at 3.30pm in the Babajen. I will be at school for 9am on the Friday 11 November getting the displays together so please feel free to pop into the art room any time to offer a hand. Much work needs to be carried over to the Babajen so any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you and we look forward to another wonderful day of celebration together
- Antoinette Vaiano
A donation of carpet and/or plush rug. Both to go in the garden shed to make a learning space.
Roughly 4x3 metres.

Please contact Alicia Flynn:

Hello from the OSHC room,

I’m sure everyone is now settled back in after the holidays and if you have been over to the OSHC room lately you will have noticed there have been a few changes. We have lovely refurbished flooring in our room, Steve and Ivy have grown quite a bit over the break and we have welcomed our new assistant coordinator Brett Lee into the program. In only a few days Brett has already made quite a positive impact on the children and families that he has met so far and I know he will continue to do so as he gets to know everyone.
Just a reminder that it is coming into the sunny season so we need to remember our sun smart hats when we are outside during school time and at aftercare.

Thanks from Andi and the OSHC team

theQUBiTs - TPS S.T.E.M (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)  Lunchtime Club

We’ve had our 2nd group of student take a turn at learning, creating and making contraptions, here's a little video for all to enjoy.

#Scratch- "Scratch"
#Lego Wedo 2.0

Looking forward to the new students starting next week.
Richard and Finley
It’s the end of Term 3 so…
It must be Mango time!

Yes, it’s that time of year to start ordering
fresh, juicy delicious, healthy mangoes.
Trays of mangoes will cost $25 for 10 - 14 mangoes.
Order your mangoes online at
Or you can collect a form from the office or here: Mango Order Form return it to school by Friday 28th October.
Tell your family and friends. It’s a great way to support the school and get mango-ready for Summer. 
Uniform Shop
The last day for 2016 uniform purchases will be:
Wednesday, 14th December with the usual hours of 8:30am—10am.
There will be an additional day open for the opportunity to purchase uniforms prior to the commencement of the 2017 school year on:
Monday 30th January, 2017—8.30am—10am.
The Uniform Shop will open weekly of a Wednesday from:
Wednesday 1st February 2017—8.30am—10am
Pre-order your lunch order here!
Open Wednesday, 8.30am-10.00am
or shop online at
Mindfulness Meditation Saturday's 9.45am-11.15am@ Autumn Retreat, 129 Miller St Thornbury 3071.
For inquiries call Lee Couch 0400 319 202
I would like to take this opportunity to notify you of the upcoming Blue Light Youth Conference at Richmond Football Club on Tuesday October 11. This conference will be of particular interest to those working in the youth space.
Blue Light Victoria is actively working with key partners supporting Victoria Police with addressing the current climate of unprecedented youth offending and recognises the importance in understanding the precursors to youth criminal activity as well as the drivers of crime. This day will assist in exposing attendees to current research and best practice, as well as providing a sound knowledge of the protective factors which can prevent a young person offending.
The various speakers are experts in their fields and will present on a wide range of relevant topics as well as providing practical techniques and information regarding workers own welfare. Further to this it will also allow participants to engage with Victoria Police members who are also working closely with youth offenders and those at risk.
This is a valuable professional development opportunity open to all, cost has been kept to a minimum to encourage participation.

The full day program including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is great value at $110 per person.

Booking can be made via and selecting the Partner Organisations & Public tickets.
If you have any questions please feel free to email our Operations Manager

Taking Bookings for Term 4
Classes are held in a beautiful setting in the artists studio! A Wonderful room full of inspiration! We focus on lots of drawing and painting and include other artforms as well.  
Bec James is a practicing artist who has held kids classes and festival workshops for over a decade. She has facilitated large scale art workhsops at MOOMBA, WOMADelaide and more!

Phone Bec for Bookings/Info: 0419 880 704
Location: Ballantyne St Thornbury. 
BATMAN PARK KINDERGARTEN has limited vacancies for the 3 Year Old Pre - Kindergarten Program in 2017. Batman Park Kindergarten will hold sessional Kindergarten and 3 Year Old Kinder is a great opportunity to see if sessional Kindergarten suits you and your child’s need. 3 Year Old Kinder is 3.5 hours a week.
Please contact Batman Park Kindergarten on 9481 0237 for more information.
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