Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back to Term 3.

We have a wonderful beginning with our Primary Debating Team winning the competition on Wednesday night – congratulations!

We have introduced a roll system for bus travelers –  a special chip card (currently being developed) will make the process quick and efficient soon. This innovation is necessary from a safety perspective so that we know who is on each bus of an afternoon – it is so important to be aware of students leaving the College, just as it is on campus. I must congratulate the students for being so co-operative and polite during the process – always a pleasure to work directly with them.

Week 2 events:

  • Monday – P&F 9.45am – 10.45am
  • Wednesday – Senior Debating (after school)
  • Thursday – Yr 10 SRC Youth Leadership Day
  • Friday – Primary Athletics Carnival

TASS Parent Lounge will be released this term. Usernames and passwords will be issued in due course.

TASS Parent Lounge will allow parents to sign in online to:

view and update their child’s details
view the School Calendar
obtain their child’s Academic Reports (term 2 reports available online from Monday 25th June)
upcoming features will include online payments, booking and paying for excursions, and viewing Student eDiaries (from 2019)

We are currently enrolling for 2019 so if you have children you wish to join the College please let us know asap because places are filling fast. We can only support our families with guaranteed placements if we are informed soon.

We are very pleased with the introduction of our Counselling service – some interesting reading for the family:

Counsellor’s Corner with Louise Peacock
One of the most confused areas of parenting over this past decade, is that of sleep. It is a big misconception that children and teenagers require roughly the same amount of sleep as an adult. In counselling terms, an adult is someone aged 26 and older, for this is when the brain is fully wired. So here are the guidelines:

0-3 months 14-17 hours
4-11 months 12-15 hours
1-2 years 12-14 hours
3-5 years 10-14 hours
6-13 years 10-12 hours
14-7 years 9-10 hours
18-25 years 9 hours
Adult 7-9 hours
65+ 7-8 hours

There is absolutely no way to compensate for lost sleep. Sleep deprivation causes significant health issues. Just imagine what it may be like for a child who is losing an hour of sleep every night IE 7 hrs weekly and 364 hours lost annually.

Sleep loss has several impacts:

1) Impacts negatively on the central nervous system – it effects one’s mood (sleep deprivation by itself, with no other factor involved, causes clinical depression); behaviour becomes more impulsive and emotions skyrocket; accidents and clumsiness increase; anxiety heightens; and you literally cannot learn new things.

2) Negatively impacts the immune system – the immune system needs sleep, deep restorative sleep. Without age appropriate sleep, the body very quickly becomes more susceptible to illness including diseases.

3) Along the same lines the respiratory system requires sleep to work efficiently. Without the required sleep people get more colds, flus and other viruses.

4) The digestive system – this is where most of our immune system and serotonin producer resides. Insufficient sleep leads to increased levels of insulin and weight gain.

5) The cardiovascular system – this results in higher blood pressure and blood sugar, over time may well lead to inflammation and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

6) The endocrine system – this is where growth hormones are generated. Sleep is vital when children are growing, so they reach their full height potential.

Leaders for 2018:

Secondary:
• Captains: Kayli Sas & Wade De Bruyn
• Prefects: Jaime Henderson, Gillian Clarke, Taisha Fabre
• House Captains: Tyler Byrns (Kyle), Caleb Pokai (Nicholls), Jackson Davis (Walton)

Primary:
• Captains: Lily Parker & Julian Nicol
• House Captains: Joel Freiberg (Kyle), Amy Williams (Walton), Charlie Miller (Nicholls)

Congratulations to Yr 12 2017 on wonderful results! We had 3 x OP2 students and 20% achieving OP5 or better and 76% achieving OP15 or better. Yr 12 Graduate and College Captain Kyle Walatara was awarded the Bond University Excellence Scholarship for 2018 and Stuart Farmer (Dux) was awarded the Griffith University Scholarship.

Student Representative Council (SRC) members:

Yr 3 – Maison Cavallo

Yr 4 – Harmony Corden, Harry Noel

Yr 5 – Nicholas Brennan, Summer Rogers

Yr 6 –  Taleyah McRae-Jones, Charles Greig-Byrne

Year 7 – Brody Smith, Kaitlyn Rogers

Year 8 – Hunter Poturaj, Ashlee Redmond

Year 9 – Cooper Miller, Isabel Dunbar

Year 10 – Sam Fossey, Chelsea Walatara

Year 11 – Cody Wilson, Katie Hancock

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION – awarded to TMC Chairman Mr Michael Kyle  – Congratulations Mr Kyle.

Bus Students must show Bus Pass to Driver EVERY time.

Snack-shop We are pleased to announce new menu available through Flexischools. Please be aware that any order must be received by 7am online flexischools.com.au (register first to order). 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.

New Building Project 
The new Administration building will commence 2018 for completion at the end of this year. There will be construction works that affect entry to the College and we apologise for this inconvenience. The end result will be worth the pain!
Digital Library

Tamborine Mountain College is excited to announce we have extended our collection of library books to include audiobooks. Audiobooks are a convenient way to engage with stories. They can be listened to in the car, at the gym, at home or even on holiday.

You can access the library collection at any time, day or night, from a computer, smartphone or tablet. All you need is the web address or the free ePlatform App, and your College email address and login.

Uniforms and Stationery Packs – now available at  School Locker –  online www.theschoollocker.com.au  that will take all your orders and deliver, as well as providing a service for you to go to their shop 7 days a week – 3892 Pacific Highway Loganholme ph 3440 9701.

The Commonwealth Games Passport is available from Reception for $5 and gives great discounts at local businesses – please support this worthy incentive by the Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs Fiona Stevens, Head of Secondary is on campus Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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 [email protected] 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!

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

Yr 4 Music Program – Tamborine Mountain College is pleased to announce the Year 4 Curricular Band Program. 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

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

TMC Values is our 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  – Secondary 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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