+61 7 5545 3644 | 80 Beacon Road, Tamborine Mountain 4272 QLD [email protected]

Good afternoon parents and guardians,

Term 3 has gotten off to a fantastic start with success in the debating arena and on the snow fields of NSW! Please read the news articles below – we could not be prouder!

Our new administration building is nearing completion with approximately one month left in the hands of Midson Construction. The plan is to hold our official opening on the afternoon of Friday, September 7, followed by a Spring Carnival.

The new admin building will be fully operational in Term 4.

Please do not hesitate to call or drop by if you would like a chat.

Kind regards,

Mark Stevens

Head of Primary

Debating Success!

Mr Noel proudly stands with our debating team: (back row) Ruby Jones, Lily Parker, Amy Williams, Oliver Patten, (front row) Hannah Clements, Finley Greig-Byrne, Nicholas Brennan and Summer Rogers.

Our Primary debating team has WON the Gold Coast Primary Debating Competition in their first year!! The competition, which was held over four evenings at Coomera Anglican College, began on March 7 and concluded with the final round on Wednesday, July 18. It is a remarkable achievement for our students, especially considering it was their first try at debating and they came up against larger Gold Coast colleges with years’ of experience. Thank you to the eight students involved, as well Mr Noel, Miss Byron and Miss Hiron for their support and guidance.

Fynn Lesslie – Year 3

On Tuesday, July 10, Tamborine Mountain College Year 3 student, Fynn Lesslie, competed in the Northern NSW and Queensland Interschool Snow Sports Competition. The event was held at Thredbo and the number of competitors was incredible.

Fynn raced in Division 5 in the snowboard giant slalom race. Division 5 is made up of students from year levels up to Year 4. The competition was fierce this year, with the number of Queensland entrants almost tripling from 2017. For the second year in a row, Fynn placed first in the race and also achieved a personal best.

We are all very proud of Fynn and the hard work he has put in to reach this incredible achievement. Fynn will be competing in the National Championships in September at Perisher and we wish him the best of luck.

Mr Khan Holm (Year 4 Val)

Mr Khan Holm started on Monday as the new teacher in Year 4 Val. He comes to us with many years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Primary schools. Please welcome him to TMC when you see Mr Holm on campus.

New Flags for the Primary

Our Primary school now proudly flies three flags every day: the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. Thank you to our flag supervisors from Year 4!

Dorian Raillard and George Noel had the honour of raising the flags this week.

Tutorials and Lunch Clubs

Tutorials and lunch clubs start next week. Tutorials are offered to students identified by teachers of needing extra assistance. Sometimes teachers can take on requests from parents, but please understand that we do try to keep numbers lower to focus on small groups. Please see your teacher for more information if needed.

Primary Athletics Day

Our Primary Athletics Day has been moved to next Friday, July 27. Please refer to my previous email or see your child’s teacher.

‘Counsellor’s Corner’ with Louise Peacock

From time-to-time, Louise has offered to write a segment on student wellbeing.

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
  • 14-17 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 (i.e. 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.

Work backwards from rising (getting up) time. Keep the routine set, weekends should rarely be an exception. If you are having difficulties resetting your child’s sleep routine, speak with your doctor about the short-term use of melatonin (a naturally derived prescription only medication akin to the sleep hormone the body makes). When the household is well rested, well hydrated and well fed, everyone feels better and coping with life’s difficulties is much easier.

TMC Early Learning Centre – Expressions of Interest for Pre-Prep

Fulton Trotter Architects’ concept image – front of the ELC

We are now accepting Expressions of Interest for 2019 Pre-Prep enrollments. Classes will be made up of children turning four by June 30 in the nominated year of enrollment.  Please email Vanessa Simpson at [email protected] if you would like your child added to the list.  We currently have growing lists for 2019, 2020 and 2021, so please let us know if you are interested in one of these years, or beyond! Include your child’s name and date of birth, with a subject heading – Expressions of Interest for Pre-Prep.

The ELC will have two main rooms, an office, restrooms, laundry facilities, storage rooms and kitchen spaces. The rear of the building will have two areas – with an equipped playground on one side (not represented in this image) and a large open space on the other.


P&F Meetings – Change of Day

From Semester 2 we will hold our P&F meetings on Monday mornings in the stage area, straight after the conclusion of the Primary assembly. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, July 23 at 9.45am. I hope to see you there.


Important Dates (changes and additions are written in bold):

23 July, Monday – P & F Meeting @ 9.45 am

27 July, Friday – Primary Athletics Day

3 August, Friday – Year 4 Indigenous AFL

6 & 7 August, Monday & Tuesday – District Athletics (10 -19 years old)

8 August, Wednesday – Primary Choir competition

13 August, Monday – SRRC Show Holiday

15 August, Wednesday – Grandparents & special friends day

17 August, Friday – Year 1 Currumbin excursion

17 August, Friday – Prep Open Morning (9.30 am – 11 am)

20 – 24 August, Monday to Friday – Book Week:

  • Book fair all week
  • Dress up day on Tuesday – favourite book character

20 August, Monday – Junior band eisteddfod

22 – 24 August, Wednesday to Friday – Year 5 Camp

30 August, Thursday – College photo day

31 August, Friday – Gold Coast Show Holiday


Values Lessons in 2018

The value for next week is ‘Courage’. The value is discussed on assembly every Monday morning and students participate in a values lesson immediately after the assembly is finished.


TMC Learning Club @ the Hub (next to the basketball court)

The TMC Learning Club provides a safe and supportive out-of-school learning environment where Primary students can participate in activities that develop their social and academic skills. Through regular attendance at our Learning Club, students will be able to enhance their learning and development skills. Students’ involvement with the Learning Club, enables them to access our Teacher Aides who have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support Club activities.
TMC Learning Club opens on the first day of  Term 1, 2018 – Monday, January 22.
Club Opening Hours:
  • School Days – Morning 6.30 am to 8.40 am; Afternoon 2.50 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Student Free Days – 6.30 am to 6.00 pm

Club Prices

  • Morning $7.00 per session
  • Afternoon $9.00 per session
  • Student Free (whole day) $27.00 per day

** Child Care Benefits and/or Child Care Rebates are NOT available, but our rates have been priced at a low amount **

Registration forms and Booking forms are available on the TMC website.
Tim & Karen Guymer are the Club supervisors.