eNews 13th May 2021

Issue 6


Principal's Report

Latest update from Mr Whitworth.....


As indicated by The Department of Education the restrictions at school level for Tootgarook P.S. can now be reduced in certain areas. In consultation with staff and School Council we are able to move to a start and finish time for all students.
Starting from next Monday 17th May the following school times will be activated to assist with 5 hours of learning and a 'Ready to Learn' component for the first 15 minutes of the school day.
Start time-8.45am
Learning Block-11.30-1.30
Lunch-1.30-.1.40 (Eating Lunch)- Lunch Activities 1.40-2.15
Learning Block-2.15-3-15
End of the School Day-3.15


Staff will commence yard duty in the morning at 8.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Due to Breakfast and Running Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, staff will commence yard duty at 8.15am on these days to accommodate their new start time of 8.15am

Staff will be on yard duty in the afternoon from 3.15-3.45pm


Afterschool care will run as normal with the exception, students who want to participate in Breakfast/Running Club, may leave at 8.15am

We will review the start and finish times at the end of term 2

Students who will be having RICH morning tea with the teachers tomorrow are as follows:

Captains drawing out the winners for this week.

Bailey John
Tamra Jackson
Sienna Kelly Arena
Tiahna Randall
Shaeli Price
River McShane
Kelsie Hills
Sylvia Bayly
Gemma Andrews
Travis Bowden

Mother’s Day Stall Thanks

We hope all mums (as well as some other very special people) had a great day last Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. We can assure you that the gifts purchased at the Mother’s Day stall were very carefully considered and we sincerely hope that these gifts provided a bright moment last Sunday! A very special thank you again to all of the helpers who assisted with the stall and to Julie Woulfe for coordinating this very successful opportunity for our students


School Review

If parents/carers would like the opportunity to provide feedback to the school in support of our current review process, please feel very welcome to send me an email (wayne.whitworth@education.vic.gov.au ) addressing any of the focus questions below.

-Can you please share with the group what you believe are some current strengths of the school.

- In considering the schools current practices, what would you like to see more of / less of?

-What do you believe might be new opportunities that the school could consider for its future development?

 Over the next couple of months, a review panel will distil the feedback from students, staff and parents to help the school to formulate a new Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025. Exciting times ahead!


Wayne Whitworth


Tootgarook Primary School

Captains' News

What's happening, brought to you by our Student Leaders..... Sport Captains Billy, Callum and Will - Interview with Cayden Beacham

Thanks Cayden for being interviewed by us today. Could you start by telling us what sport you recently competed in and how that competition went for you?

It was good, I was racing in Adelaide in the Southern Kart Club race in go-karting. It wasn’t my best race, I came 12th in the final but span out and broke a rim on the go-kart in the third heat. In heat 2 a kid spun out in front of me and broke my side bar.

Where and when was the go-karting event held?

It was in Adelaide, a few weeks ago. My Dad and I few up there together. My go-kart when on a big truck with my team mates go-karts.

How do you feel you performed on the day and what place did you come in this event?

I felt excited and really good because it’s a large event in Australia. On the day, I got what I got, and came 12th overall. I’m proud of that.

How did you feel before and after the race?

It was pretty nerve-racking because it is the biggest go-karting event in Australia and there people from all over Australia there watching. It was also my first inter-state competition.

What kind of skills do you need to be a successful go-karter?

You need lots of skill to be up in the top 5 places. I have won a few races at a local club and it was quite hard. You need lots of skill and talent.

How fast can the go-karts go?

Up to 80 kilometers per hour (very fast!)

If there were any students looking to give go-karting a go, what would your advice be for them and do you recommended it as a sport?

I would say that you should give it a shot and you could have lots of fun. If you wanted to practise, you would have to register online to get a special license and then be able to go from there.

Maths Captains - Evie & Ziah present you with another Maths Challenge:

Student Welfare with Miss Davey And Sonia

Mental Health Workshop for Grade 6 Students and their parents/carers, coming up on May 25th.....

The work shop is for Grade 6 students along with their Parents/carers. With grade 6 students heading off to Secondary school next year.

It is a great opportunity to, along with your child, learn the different aspects in how mental health can effect and impact your children and how to start having those conversations.

Date: Tuesday May 25th

Time: 3.30pm afternoon tea provided, followed by a workshop from 4pm -6pm.

Place – STEM room

All students will need an adult with them to attend.

Further information with details will be sent out later next week.

If you can please RSVP to the office staff, or send an email would be great and appreciated for numbers.

Education Week

Take a look at all the activities planned for Education Week, we'd love to see you there.....

What's Happening...

Friday 14th May - Walk Safely to School Day
Friday 14th May - 21st May - NAPLAN continues
Wednesday 25th May - TPS Bike Skills Day

Walk Safely to School Day - 14th May
This Friday we will be celebrating Walk safely to school day. 

Students and parents are invited to join the teachers on Friday morning at 8:15AM at the Trueman's road playground.

We will walk all together to school on this day and students will be able to get an extra hole punch for their active passports on the day. 

Student's who attend will be given a Walk to School Safely day temporary tattoo for them to put on later if they wish. 

NAPLAN continues: 14th -21st May
Our students in Years 3 and 5 have been very busy week this week as they participate in the 2021 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The students will continue to complete separate assessments over the course of the next week. We hope that all students in Years 3 and 5 will be in full attendance over these  days to ensure their complete participation in this national testing program. If by chance your child is unwell on any of these days, they will have the opportunity to make up any missed assessments on the Friday. If you have any further queries/concerns about your child’s participation in NAPLAN, please don’t hesitate to make contact with your child’s teacher.

TPS Bike Skills Day - 25th May
1:00:pm - 03:30:pm

We are very excited to introduce a new TPS event happening in Week 6 of Term 2. 
The students in years 5 and 6 will participate in an afternoon of fun on bikes completing and scoring points for their teams by completing a range of different challenges. 

The event will begin at 1:15 and conclude at 3:30. 

Students who do not have a bike or helmet can borrow one from the school on the day. We only have a class set of bike available so if your student can bring their own bike this would be preferred.

Community News

What's happening in the community....

Playing our part to build a national picture of child health 

In early 2021, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).  

The AEDC gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families. 

Children don’t miss any class time, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level - it isn’t an assessment of individual children. 

Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs. 

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census. 

To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au


Adele Read


Foundation Year Teacher & Wellbeing Curriculum Coordinator

Tootgarook Primary School

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeking input inot the new Recreational MTB and BMX Facilities Strategy. See attched flyer for more information: