Newsletter 11 February 2019

From The Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of TCC

We have enjoyed an amazingly positive and peaceful start to the new year!  

What a blessing!    

By all accounts, our new students have settled in well, and our existing students have been most supportive in adjusting to their new classes, subjects and teachers.  Thanks so much, Students!

One area that is worthy of mention as we begin the new year is the importance of safety in our car parks so, below please find a reminder of our expectations for all users of our car parks :




The safety of our students – your children – is our priority!


  • To be used by Parents of Primary School Children and Parents with Children in both the Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • When dropping your children off, please only use the Drop-Off Zone if you can complete the process in less than one minute.
  • When picking up your children in the afternoon, please only use the Drop-Off Zone if you can see your children waiting and you can complete the pick-up in less than one minute.  Otherwise, please use a parking bay.
  • Always move as far forward as you can – drop-off space is limited.  Whenever possible, avoid dropping your children off alongside the island in the main entryway.
  • Keep moving forward as other parents complete their pick-ups/drop-offs.
  • No vehicle may be parked or left unattended in the drop-off zone.
  • Please obey the directional signs at all times.
  • Always use the designated crossings to walk from the carpark to the campus.
  • If a staff member asks you to move, please do not take this as a personal affront – we are merely trying to keep the traffic moving smoothly and maintain car park safety.


  • Please use the parking bays in all situations other than those mentioned above.
  • Please treat the vehicles adjacent to yours with the same respect as you would expect for your own vehicle. (scratches & dents can be avoided…)


BUS ZONE (Outside the College on Furley Road near the bus stop.)

  • This is NOT a public car park.  It is reserved for buses only.


Morning: 8:00am – 9:30am

Afternoon: 3:00 pm – 4:00pm


  • Parents whose children are all in the Secondary School are required to use the Secondary Drop off area near the Lakey Street Oval. (This helps to relieve congestion in the Main Car Park.)
  • NEVER drop your children off on the Lakey Street Oval side of the road near the Canteen.
  • Proceed around the roundabout at the end of the road and drop your children off on the side nearest the College campus.
  • NEVER cross the median line before the roundabout in your vehicle as this may endanger other road users.
  • When dropping your children off, please only use the Drop-Off Zone if you can complete the process in less than one minute.
  • When picking up your children in the afternoon please only use the Drop-Off Zone if you can see your children waiting and you can complete the pick-up in less than one minute.  Otherwise, please park on the gravel carpark adjacent to the Lakey Street Oval to wait for your children.
  • Always use the designated crossings to walk from the carpark to the campus.


Thank you for helping us to make TCC a safe environment for all.

Bill Innes


General News


Biodegradable & Compostable

The Canteen is now using Biodegradable and Compostable cutlery, containers and straws for all our lunches.

I Owe You

We are implementing a new procedure for IOY’s this year.
We will not be sending notes out as a reminder for parents to pay the lunch that students received from the Canteen due to lunch bags or money left at home.  Parents will still receive a call from Student Services informing them about the situation and then be transferred to the Canteen for immediate payment with our EFTPOS facility.

Canteen Menu

The Canteen Menu for Term One is now available on SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn under Important Links.

Elizabeth Nel
Canteen Manager

Uniform Shop

Here is a link to the latest price list.

Uniform Pricelist

Primary News

Dear Parents,

It has been a great start to the term. The students have settled into their new class really well. Things have gone smoothly, and it has been so good seeing all the students return and the new families who have joined the college.

Here are some important reminders regarding the Primary School:

State Swim Swimming Forms

In Term 1, the students will be having Swimming Lessons with State Swim. We need to have the following forms filled out and returned to the classroom teacher so that they can be put into their current group. These forms are due by:


General Swimming Lesson Information

  • Year 3 to Year 6 to be held in Week 3/4 – Mon. 18th February to Fri. 1st March 2019
  • Year 1 & Year 2 to be held in Week 5/6 – Tues. 5th March to Fri. 15th March 2019


Primary House Swimming Trails

This year, in preparation for the Primary House Swimming Carnival that will be held on Friday 8th March at Cockburn ARC, we will be conducting trials to place students into divisions. We will be holding these trials in the sports lessons next week on Tuesday, 12th February 2019 (Year 4 & 6) and Wednesday, 13th February (Year 5). The trails will be held at the Cockburn Arc 25m pool. We will be taking students by bus to the venue where they will be time-trialled for freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Students will be placed in divisions based on these trials with the first two students per faction in division A, the next two in division B and the next two in division C.

Students need:

  • School bathers
  • Sport shirt, school shorts, school hat and footwear (sandals or thongs).
  • Own packed lunches for Year 5 & 6 only, because they are out during lunch
  • Sunscreen.
  • Please label ALL your child’s belongings.


Primary Parent Information Night – Tuesday 12th February 2019

I would like to remind you about the Primary School Parent Information Night next Tuesday 12th February. We will commence the evening with a whole Primary School Meeting in the Multi-purpose Hall at 6 pm followed by Class Information Sessions in the various classrooms between 6.40pm & 7.10pm, and 7.15pm & 7.45pm respectively. (The teachers will repeat their session to accommodate those families with more than one child in the Primary School.)

The purpose of this evening is to gather together as a Parent Body, inform you of a number of new things that are happening and to give you an opportunity to meet with the staff. I encourage you to come along and hear about the exciting things that are happening this year, and to join us as we move forward together in 2019!


Enjoy the rest of the week, and I look forward to seeing you next week at the Parent Information Night.


Kind regards,


Neville Stanway

Head of Primary

Secondary News

With the first term now underway it is encouraging to see the majority of students in the Secondary School settling into a routine of learning, and made all the more comfortable by the fact that all of our teaching areas have air conditioning, allowing students and staff to concentrate, and maintain energy even on those extremely hot days which we seem to have been experiencing since the commencement of the school year.

Year Seven have had a great start to the year.

A Welcome to Year 7

The Year 7’s have had an active start to 2019. By all accounts, they seem to be finding things enjoyable, different and full of new challenges. The first day was an enjoyable one as the students participated in a variety of activities, in amongst spending time with their Form classes learning new skills and organisational strategies designed to set them up for the year.

All of them have had their first lesson in the Interest Subjects.  They will be exposed to six Interest Subjects throughout the year which include, Art, Drama, Dance, Design Technology, Home Economics/, Hospitality. Each providing them with a variety of skills to utilise now and in the future.

The Inaugural Year 7 Camphighlight of the week

Fifty-five students arrived at School on Thursday morning with a few essentials in a backpack, sleeping bag and pillow ready to experience a couple of days together in the bush at the Manjedal Activity Centre in Karrakup. The aim of the camp was for each of them to get to know one another better and bond together as the Year 7 Class of 2019 in preparation for this to continue throughout their years at the College. Students were involved in activities to provide them with the opportunity to get-to-know other students in their year group and work together to develop a range of skills through the variety of activities that had been organised throughout the two days. Skills including Communication, Problem Solving, Self Management, Planning and Organising, Collaborative learning, Resilience, were all enhanced. They were provided with the opportunity to face challenges inclusive of a range of difficulties, outside of their normal comfort zone and how to overcome fears coupled with trust. It was amazing to see so many of them wanting to accept and attempt these challenges. The activities included Frisbee Golf, Lazer Tag, the Tunnels, the Confidence course, the Flying Fox and the most challenging the High Ropes.

Although the weather was hot we were blessed with a nice breeze throughout the day. After a very enjoyable evening meal, prepared and cooked for by Mrs Stryder, all with their head torches participated in a Night Trail and a Scavenger Hunt. In groups, they had to collect specific items from the bush as they moved along the trail. The group that collected the most items was declared the winner. Another challenge presented to them at the camp was the Eggcellent and Eggciting Egg challenge. Members of each Form group were responsible to look after over their time at the camp, four new members to their Form, four eggs. They had to be named and had to go everywhere with their Form and at the end of the camp the Form with the most eggs without a crack or damage were declared the winners and this happened to be Mr Holloways Form. The camp was certainly very successful and will no doubt become an annual event. The students were a pleasure to spend time with and special thanks to the staff involved in looking after the students and the precise planning prior, making it a memorable time for all, Mrs Lynam, Mrs Arcila, Mr Holloway, Mr Eicker, Mr Southwood, Mr Innes and Mrs Balding.

The following are a few photos from the camp but in the next newsletter, we will have reports from the Form Classes and the students with a few more photos. The photos will also be on the Year 7 Home Page on SEQTA Learn for them to view.

Year 10 and 11 Parent Information and Meet the Teacher evenings


A reminder that our Parent Information Evenings and Meet the Teacher are happening shortly and a letter has been emailed to all parents in year groups 10 and 11, providing you with an idea of what is going to be discussed. Staff look forward to meeting with you on the following evening.   Year 10  – Tuesday, February 19 at 5.00 pm in the MPH and then an opportunity to meet with staff and the Year 11’s on the same evening at 5.15 pm to meet with the staff in the Staff room and then a meeting in the MPH.  

Middle School Eat   Meet and Greet Evening

All parents of the Middle School students are invited to our special get together on Tuesday evening February  26 giving you an opportunity of meeting new parents and chatting to previous acquaintances. The Form teachers and all staff teaching students in the Middle School are certainly looking forward to meeting you.  You will all be sent your special initiation via an email. The evening commences at 5.00 pm with some refreshments. If for some reason you do not receive your invitation, please phone the College and speak to Mrs Bonnington.

Election of House and Vice House Captains

All Secondary students and staff will meet in their House groups this week to elect their House and Vice House Captains for 2019. The elected students will be announced at a combined assembly of the Middle and Senior students on Thursday, February 21 where they will be presented with their badges. It was always encouraging to see the increased number of our Senior students nominating for these positions and willing to take on the added responsibilities as leaders of their House. We encourage all students in Year 11 and 12 who believe that they have the necessary qualities to take on this role in Leadership to complete the nomination form.                


All students in the Secondary School are attending Swimming as their “sport” for Phys Ed and Sport and Recreation.  This is to give them five weeks of practice in preparation for the Inter-House Carnival on March 8 at Beatty Park.  At the carnival, every student is to compete in at least one event for their House be it a race or a novelty event. We are asking parents to support the programme by making sure that your child comes prepared each week to swim.  Parents are very welcome to join the students of the Secondary School at the carnival.

College Senior Ball

Invitations to all Year 11 & 12 students inviting them to the College Senior Ball will be given out in a couple of weeks. Parents of the Year 12’s will also be invited to share in this memorable evening.

Letters explaining the various expectations with regard to the Ball will be posted home to parents. Each student is permitted to invite a friend. If the friend is not a student at the College, it will be necessary for them to complete a Partner Application Form.  The Ball will be held in the second week of the holidays on Friday, April 26 at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Helen Balding

Head of Secondary

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