Term 1 Week 5

TMC Family Picnic  – what a great turn-out to this very important Opening of our new Primary Buildings. I believe everyone was impressed with them and the day was extremely enjoyable. Our Masterplan is available for viewing on the website at College / Campusso please have a look at what is planned!

 Andrew Laming –  Member for Bowman Chair Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training,        We received the following congratulatory email on our 2016 Yr 12 success from Andrew Laming. I actually spoke with the Minister yesterday who rang me personally to congratulate us. He applauded us for our dedication and professionalism with our students:                                                                                                                                                                        Your 2016 seniors achieved some of the most outstanding three year gains statewide.I wanted to alert you to this analysis before it is made public this weekend. My office will have called you in the last 24 hours.                                             Analysis from 2013 naplan and OP bands last year, show your 2016 senior teaching staff converted more students from bands 8-10 naplan into high OPs than nine out of ten schools; state or independent.                                                     Naplan results for numeracy and reading were equally weighted and adjusted for attendance and used as baseline.       The OP bands three years later were ICSEA-adjusted to account for varying OP ratios which distort band percentages.   The  impact of scholarship students was assessed and caveats placed based on school size or low naplan start points.   The  results of top performing schools like yours have been provided to the Sunday Mail for this weekend and again to the Director-General of Queensland Education.”

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.

A big week ahead:

  • Saturday – Debating Summer School
  • Sunday – Kokoda Test Training
  • Monday – Regional Swimming Competition
  • Wed – Friday – Yr 7 & 11 Camp at Sunshine Coast Recreational Centre

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

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.

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.

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. e.g. [email protected] step-by-step guide of how to access the DRC is here, including Apple & Android apps: http://www.tmc.qld.edu.au/blog/new-digital-resource-library/

Campus 2017: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.

Don’t forget to check our community bulletins here.

Kind regards

June Melbourne

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