Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back to Term 2 – another busy one ahead.

A big welcome back to Mrs Fiona Stevens, Assistant Principal, who has been on maternity leave and returns part-time on Wednesdays and Thursday.

We held Cross-Country this week and Kyle was the winning House for the Melbourne Cup.

Teacher / Parent Interviews went well. If you were unable to make it you can always arrange to see a teacher at a mutually convenient time. You can email them directly or contact Reception.

Next Tuesday is ANZAC Day – we have SRC and Yr 12 & Yr 6 Leaders march as representatives of the College. We will also have a service here at the College for the entire campus on Monday 10.45am. Yr 12 & 6 Captains will also attend Roslyn Lodge’s service on Monday afternoon.

Open Day is on Saturday 6th May 10am – 12.30pm. Please come along to see and experience first-hand students’ learning and catch up with teachers. Some students have been selected to assist on the day (required in full College uniform) and they will let you know. There will be a sausage sizzle and tea/coffee/cake too. It promises to be an enjoyable day so hope to see you, family and friends here. Bring someone new with you to introduce them to the College.

Enrolments 2018. We are currently taking enrolments for next year for every year level, particularly Prep and Yr 7. Ensure your child/ren are enrolled if you wish them to start here next year – we are filling fast. May is the month for Scholarship applications for entry into Yr 7 and Yr 11 for 2018. If your child is a current TMC student then it is only necessary to fill in and submit the Scholarship Form on our website and your child’s results will be reviewed and notification made later in the year. “Outside” enrolments require full application as outlined on our website.

P&F meeting – Wednesday 26th April 2pm

NAPLAN is for Yr 3, 5, 7, 9 and information will be sent home soon. P&F always supply muffins and poppers for these students to help settle nerves and give them an energy boost. The testing is held over 3 days in the morning with normal lessons for the other part of the day:

  • Tuesday 9th May – Language Conventions and Writing
  • Wednesday 10th May – Reading
  • Thursday 11th May – Numeracy

New Building Project will commence this term next to the MKLC. The new building is the Maureen Nicholls Learning Centre (MNLC) and will be completed by the end of the year.

Uniform Shop – only open to students before school (no longer open at Morning Tea).

Absences need to be communicated to the office as a priority, to assist parents we have created an Absences notification tool on our website available 24hrs 7 days per week. Please email reception@tmc.qld.edu.au advising of student name, reason, date from – to, or you may use the student absences form here.

TMC Masterplan is available for viewing on the website at College / Campusso please have a look at what is planned!  We are planning another 4 classrooms on the secondary site next to the MKLC for 2017 construction period. This building will be called the Maureen Nicholls Learning Centre (MNLC) and due to open for the start of the school year 2018

OP1 and UQ Excellence Scholarship valued at $24,000 was achieved by our Dux in Yr 12 last year – congratulations to Eden and to all our Yr 12 students who did us proud.

Bus information: Secondary – reminder for the year 7 students residing on the Mountain that utilise TM Coaches. As the Government data shows they have transition to high school a new BTA (Bus Travel Assistance application) needs to be completed and submitted asap. Student data is showing non-eligibility for transport assistance until form is lodged and drivers will need to receive cash payment for travel in the meantime.  Bus Drivers have copies of the BTA forms or they can be downloaded from Qld Transport website. BTA form link

Speech Night and Primary Awards Morning –  New arrangements will be put in place this year. We are palnning a complete campus event (Prep – Yr 12) at the Arts Centre on the Gold Coast. TMC Awards & Graduating Ceremony will be a daytime happening on Monday 23rd October 2017 – times will be confirmed but at this stage we believe it will start at 10am and conclude by 12.30pm. We will organise buses to take our students down and back. If you are attending your child may go with you and leave with you. We hope that by giving this much notice, it will enable you to put this important event into your schedule for next year. A daytime event will be wonderful – similar to graduation events at universities. We hope to see you there in the Arts Theatre, which is a fabulous venue holding 1,200 people

Yr 4 Music Program 2017 – Tamborine Mountain College is pleased to announce the Year 4 Curricular Band Program will begin in 2017. Instead of taking general music classes, all Year 4 students will learn a band instrument. There is no better way to study music than to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble!

Each child will receive free instrument hire and free tuition in small groups. In Term 3 students will begin Year 4 Band, with rehearsals scheduled during class time. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to observe more experienced musicians in concert. The Year 4 Band will perform at the end of year Music Concert at TMC.

Why learn Music?

Learning an instrument helps students to develop perseverance, self-discipline and confidence. Importantly, research shows that learning to play a musical instrument in childhood is associated with a higher IQ and stronger academic performance (Google search: “APA Music Boost IQ and Grades” for one example). It provides a creative outlet for emotional expression, and gives students the opportunity to make friends with students in various year levels. Plus, it’s fun!  See below for a short clip on how learning to play an instrument (as opposed to just listening to music) actually changes your brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng&index=17&list=PLVjY3pBVW3kHDgZFZF5kpdUBjLr6crQWI

Snack-shop Please be aware that any order must be received before 9.30am. Some parents are emailing or phoning orders very late in the morning and we cannot fulfil these requests. If a child is ever without food and an order has not been received or placed, then we always have emergency supplies available at the office.

Census – For your information, in line with State and Federal guidelines, TMC collects data on students to include in census requirements for all schools.

Circle Time is our new pastoral care program for the entire campus. It is an excellent approach to addressing student issues and concerns in a safe and caring environment.

Parent/Guardian help – TMC Policy is for visiting parents that are attending to the school for any other means than collecting their student must sign in at the office and wear a Visitor’s pass. Furthermore, Parents are not to use student toilets – this is mandatory for safety reasons. Parents can use the disabled toilets only. There is signage to that effect.

Forms – On the website there is a Forms link for parents to download forms as required. Also online payments are now available on our website for creditcard payments for tuition/excursions/uniforms.

Late students  – must report to the office to sign-in before proceeding to class. This is extremely important due to the need of accurate attendance records in the advent of an emergency.

Digital Resource Centre (DRC) – Digital Library. Our Digital Resource Centre started operating in Term 4 last year.To access the DRC you will need to use your child’s TMC email address and password. For those unsure of your email address, it should be the initial of your first name, then your last name, with @tmc.qld.edu.au at the end.Please see your child’s teacher if you are unsure about the password.  A step-by-step guide of how to access the DRC is here, including Apple & Android apps.

Don’t forget to check our community bulletins here.

Kind regards

June Melbourne

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