eNews 11th November 2021

Issue 18


Principal's Report

Latest news from Mr Whitworth.... We have been very grateful for the deep collaboration with a few families to date who have had a COVID positive member of the family. Because of this extensive collaboration, we have not needed to close the school or isolate any year levels. Like you, we hope that all of our extensive procedures and great working relationships with families avoid any potential closures. To this end, we seek the support of all families to vigilantly monitor children for symptoms and if in doubt to get tested immediately. If you have any queries in regards to the school’s current procedures, please feel welcome to contact the school’s main office on 5985 2864.

Planning for 2022

In support of our planning processes for next year, we continue to liaise closely with families in regards to all confirmed enrolments for 2022 as well as those families who may be leaving the school. At present, we are planning for approximately 180 students next year being potentially housed across 7 classes.

We hope to provide a full break down of the final class structure and all class sizes by the end of November for publication in the newsletter. As mentioned in the last newsletter, students will be selecting their learning buddies this week so that teachers can begin working on the composition of the new grades for 2022. If you believe that there are extenuating circumstances and /or important considerations in regards to your child’s placement next year, please email this information to myself (wayne.whitworth@education.vic.gov.au) by Friday 26th November so that this information can be duly considered by the school’s leadership team.

Wayne Whitworth


The Week in Photos

Goings on at school during the last week.... We had some visitors of the insect kind next to the playground. A swarm of bees decided the bench seat was a good place to stop. Fortunately a local beekeeper was available to rescue them and find them a new home. 



Students in 1/2B were practising 'oo' words using Cheerios to represent the 'oo's :)


Mackenzie proudly shows the work she has completed on 'oo' words.

Great job Ben!!!

Jimmy showing how he is going with his 'oo' words.

Hmmm, looks like someone wants to eat some Cheerios :) nice work Sophie and Asha!!!

Students in Foundation made playdough this week.

Kobe, River and Adaline measure the ingredients.

Your playdough looks great Chloe!!!

Albert and Sebastian carefully measure the flour.

Kobe showing his playdough.

Please click on the link below for more photos:

More photos

Playdough recipe

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook stirring over medium heat until it comes together. Once cool enough to handle knead until smooth.

Thank you to Sonia and Anglicare for providing staff with a free coffee and muffin on Friday.

Family Wellbeing with Sonia

Grade 6 Families
Community Breakfast at Jimmy's
Christmas Support 2021
Pit Stop Parenting Tune -Up
Assisting children with trauma workshop
The Role of the Dad workshop....

Sonia Sutcliffe
Family Wellbeing worker

Tootgarook Primary School, Monday – Friday
p: (03) 5985 2684  m: 0499 078 770 w: anglicarevic.org.au

Hi all,

Grade 6 Families:

Year 7 can be costly. If you find you need support, St Vinnies are there to help with these transitions.

Please contact me by email at sonia.sutcliffe@anglicare.vic.org,au on my work phone or through the school.

Community Breakfast

Jimmy’s are offering their Community Breakfast every Friday morning from 9.30 am starting this week.

Please see the flyer attached for further details.

Christmas Support 2021

This year, I need to put in an order/request for families who may need additional support for Christmas 2021.  If you feel your family needs help with some Christmas gifts and a Hamper, please let me know by Friday the 19th of November.

After this date, it will be a challenge to access gifts and or hampers due to the strict ordering process. 

Please contact Sonia via contact information above or let the office know.

Pit Stop Parenting Tune -Up

Please see the flyer for a four-week workshop for Dad’s, stepdads and carers.


“Pit stop” is a program specifically designed for dads. It is a great 4-week course that has had great feedback from fathers who completed it.

Please see flyers for up and coming online workshops.


Assisting children with trauma workshop

The Role of the Dad workshop

What's Happening


School Wide Positive Behaviour Support.....

Our Behaviour Matrix is a document that outlines our school expectations, routines and behaviours in line with our four school values. It was created with input from staff and students. Matrices are displayed in all classroom and non-classroom settings within our school – the yard, hallways, exit doors, toilets and learning environments. Staff use this as a tool for prompting and redirecting student behaviour and acknowledging specific behaviours. If you have any questions or feedback in relation to the Behaviour Matrix, please contact Mrs Read.

Please click on the link below to view the SWPBS Matrix:

TPS Matrix

Breakfast Club

This week at Breakfast Club...

Breakfast club is back for term 4…Tuesday & Wednesday & Thursday’s 8.15am- 8.45am it’s been great to see so many Tootgarook Primary and Tootgarook Preschool students filling their tummies!

On Tuesday & Thursday’s we have spaghetti or baked beans and toast. 

We also have fresh fruit, milk, selection of cereals, fruit cups and messy monkeys or mini meals to grab for recess or lunchtime.

On Wednesday’s we rotate our yummy housemade specials, which could be pancakes, ham & cheese english muffins, cheese toasties or our berry yoghurt granola cups.

Come to school a bit earlier and enjoy breakfast club with your friends 

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Information Regarding Covid

Information as set out by the Department of Education Operations Manual.....

Free rapid antigen tests

Free rapid antigen tests will be sent home on a fortnighlty basis with your children, it is strongly recommended for both students and staff that you test twice weekly. If you return a positive test please notify the school.


The department will supply the tests to our school – you do not need to buy your own.

Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to: * the school by phone as well as registering and completing an online form at Parent covid portal;(please click on the link for access) and record that they will be absent while in 7-day isolation.The school will let the rest of the  community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms *  the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398. 


Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online. 
Video link

Vaccination requirements

Parents and carers must have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception (with limited exceptions) to enter school buildings.

All staff working in schools need to be fully vaccinated or have a verified medical exception. 

COVID-19 vaccinations for students are not required for them to attend school but vaccination for students is highly encouraged. For more information on how to book a vaccination, including important information about vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit Vaccination information for children and teenagers. 


We will also make sure that classrooms are well ventilated by opening windows and doors, to minimise the risk of infection. Air purifiers have been installed across the school, these are turned on every morning and continue to run through out the day, these will be used around the school as an added safety measure.

Vital COVIDSafe steps

Hand hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing will continue wherever possible in Term 1. 

Staffing our school

I know many of you will have questions about what happens if your child’s teacher gets COVID-19. We will be able to bring in extra teachers and other staff if we need them, and we will be doing everything that we can to make sure our school stays safe and open.

Thank you
Wayne Whitworth