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Good afternoon and welcome to the ‘new look’ Primary News!  In the interests of moving with the times, I have decided to join Mrs Melbourne with online newsletters, rather than the PDF newsletters I have previously created.  Primary News will focus on whole Primary campus information in each edition.  Class specific news will follow in separate posts under their own headings.

My newsletter from the end of last term was not published due to the College’s early closure at the end of Term 1.  Here are the most important messages from the last ‘TMC Times’, as well as new notices from this week:


Mr Benjamin Hyde – Year 5 Val

Mr Hyde started working with his new class, Year 5 Val, in the last couple of weeks of Term 1, and he has thoroughly enjoyed his time here so far.  Mr Hyde is an extremely confident, professional and approachable teacher.  He has ‘hit the ground running’ with Year 5 Val and the students from his class are enjoying his teaching style.  Mr Hyde also happens to be an elite athlete – he has qualified for the world triathlon titles being held in America later this year!  Everyone at TMC welcomes Mr Hyde to our little slice of heaven, and we look forward to cheering him on (from afar!) to do his personal best at the championships!


Year 6 Sydney and Canberra Trip

Year 6 Students at Bondi Beach

The Sydney Opera House Steps

Icons of Australia (and the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge)

On March 13 – 17, our wonderful Year 6 students ventured on a fabulous excursion of discovery to our nation’s capital and Australia’s largest city. This predominantly educational tour, focused on our Year 6 unit, ‘Becoming a Nation’, and enabled the students to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s cultural, history and democracy.

The students’ exceptional behaviour should be noted. Along with this, each of them experienced outstanding personal growth and achieved their goals that were identified before the tour.  What wonderful ambassadors they were for our college.

A special mention must also go tour wonderful staff members: Ms Jodi Byron and Mrs Schonfisch, for their outstanding support, and to Mr Stevens for organising the tour.

Mr Matthew Noel – Year 6 Teacher


Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)

Students from Year 6 have recently undertaken an educational tour of the national capital.  Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education.  To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing the funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.  The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and the accounts of Year 6 parents will be credited.


2017 TMC Open Day

Our annual Open Day is on Saturday, 6 May.  The Open Day is a chance for our College community, and the community at large, to visit the College to find out the great things that happen here.  Please come along and visit the classrooms that will be open for all.  If you have friends or family who have never been to TMC, please bring them along as our guests for the morning.

Our wonderful P & F will be running a complimentary tea and coffee stall on the Open Day.  Tim Guymer (President) and Shannon Jamieson (Vice-President) would love to hear from any parents who are able to contribute some baked goodies for the stall.  Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.  Please email [email protected] to register your interest in helping out.


Lunch Clubs for Term 2

Monday – Computer Club with Mrs Noel

Tuesday – Primary Choir (Year 1 – Year 6) with Mrs Addison

Wednesday – Colouring Club with Miss Hattenfels

Wednesday – Scarecrow Building Club with Miss Criss

Friday – Running Club with Mr Hyde

“TMC Primary’s Got Talent” – auditions start Week 3.  Finals held in Week 10.


ICAS tests are a national, standardised group of tests devised by the University of New South Wales.  These tests are voluntary – each test requires a minimum number of entries from the student-body to make it viable to run.  All children who complete the ICAS tests are issued with a certificate after the test papers have been assessed.

I would like to hear from parents (Years 3-6) who are interested in having their child/ren sit the following tests (after each subject is the closing date for entries in brackets, followed by the sitting date, and the associated cost of the test):

  • Science (2 May) – 30 May $9.90 (if min. numbers are met)
  • Writing (15 May) – 12 June $19.80 (if min. numbers are met)
  • English (23 June) – 1 August $9.90 (if min. numbers are met)
  • Mathematics (23 June) – 15 August $9.90 (if min. numbers are met)

** Please email me on [email protected] if you are interested in having your child/ren sit the test/s.  Let me know your child’s name, their year level and which test/s they will be sitting. **


Important Dates (changes and additions are written in blue)

  • April 24, Monday 10:45 am – ANZAC Day College Parade at TMC
  • April 24, Monday 2:00 pm – Primary College Captains ANZAC Day visit to Rosslyn Lodge
  • April 25, Tuesday – ANZAC Day March (Primary College and House Captains, and ALL SRC members only)
  • April 26, Wednesday – P & F Meeting @ Uniform Shop 2:00pm – 2:50pm.  All welcome.
  • April 28, Friday – Year 6 excursion to Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens
  • May 1, Monday – Labour Day holiday
  • May 6, Saturday – TMC Open Day 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • May 9, 10, 11 – NAPLAN Testing – Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
  • May 12, Friday – Mother’s Day Stall
  • June 12, Monday – Borobi (GC Commonwealth Games mascot) visit to Primary assembly
  • June 15, Thursday – Year 3 excursion to 4Real Dairy Farm
  • June 16, Friday – Under 8’s Day
  • June 20, Tuesday – Primary Athletics Carnival, Jimboomba Little Athletics Centre
  • June 21, Wednesday – Last Day of Term 2 for students
  • June 22 & 23 – Student Free days
  • July 17, July – First day Term 3, 2017


Primary Awards – Music Practice Awards

‘Green Certificate’ for 10 hours of instrumental music practice – Mia Bradley, Lucas Hills, Levi Smithers, and Sebastian Noel. ‘Blue Certificate’ for 20 hours of instrumental music practice – Maddison Walshe.


Handwriting Prize Winners from the Tamborine Mountain Show


Art Competition Winners from the Tamborine Mountain Show