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Things to remember and helpful hints
The school newsletter Torrens Times is available online every Thursday afternoon during term time. It will always list important dates and events and when various excursion notes and payments are due. For example, the Sports Awards assembly is on Friday, 4 August (Week 3) at 12.15pm.
If you have missed a note, you can always find a copy under the Recent School Notes link on the right hand side of this homepage.
Most excursions will require a completed Excursion Medical Consent form. You can download this from the Medical Information and Forms link on the right of this homepage. Save it to your hard drive to fill, print and reuse for all excursions.
You can pay for most excursions and the like by accessing the Payment link at the top of this homepage.
If you need any help at all, call the Front Office on 6205 7411. We are only too happy to assist!
posted on 28 Jul 2017
Message from the Principal
I am writing to inform you that I will be taking long service leave at the end of this term before retiring in November. I have been very privileged to have been able to have a career doing something that I love and have had a fabulous time working (and playing) at Torrens Primary School. I wish all staff, students and their families all the best for the future. But it is now time for me to pursue other interests which I am very much looking forward too.
In my absence Rachel Matthews will be assuming the Principal’s role before it is advertised for permanent filling. Louise Zietlhofer will take up the Deputy Principal’s position and Kelly Knox will be our new Executive Teacher.
posted on 22 Jun 2017
June 2017 - Notes and Dates
- K-2 Gymnastics program starts on Thurday 8 June. Please return permission note and medical to the front office by Tuesday 6 June.
- Google Docs on the Chrome Books for Parents presentation is on in the library Tuesday 6 June from 6.30pm - 8pm.
- iBean Café is on again! Friday 9 June from 2pm-3pm, in the new hall.
- Walkathon Sponsorship is due to the front office by Monday 26 June for the raffle at assembly on Friday 30 June.
posted on 01 Jun 2017
Torrens Disco - Friday 19th May
The Torrens Disco is on tonight in the Old Hall! Entry via Batchelor St only.
- Junior: 6.30-7.30pm
- Senior: 7.45-9.00pm
Cost $5, includes entry, drink and BBQ. Don't forget your signed permission note and all children must be collected from the hall - no exceptions!
posted on 19 May 2017
Important dates and notices for Term 2 2017
- Week 1 of Term 2 starts on Wednesday 26 April.
- Online enrolments for Preschool and Year 7 2018 open on Wednesday 26 April and remain open until 9am on Monday 29 May.
- Learning Journeys for all classes are on Friday 28 April in the classrooms. You are welcome to visit your child's classroom between 9.15am and 11.00am on that day.
- Our special ANZAC Day assembly is on Friday 28 April at 2pm in the old hall. You are warmly invited to attend.
posted on 06 Apr 2017
Swimming lessons for K-4 begin next week
Classes begin next Monday, 27 March (week9) and continue every school day until the last day of term. ALL children swimming need to bring the following to school everyday:
- Swimmers, worn under school uniform
- Thongs or other suitable wet area footwear
- Underwear to change into after lesson
- Plastic bag for wet items
Lesson times for each class are as follows:
|2D & 2K
posted on 23 Mar 2017
Harmony Day Tuesday 21 March
Don't forget that next Tuesday is our Harmony Day celebration at school.
- Wear national dress or something orange to school
- Our special assembly will be in the old hall at 11.40am
- Our multicultural lunch will be at 12.30pm
- Our parent community is warmly invited to celebrate this day with us
posted on 16 Mar 2017
Yr 5 Cooba Camp ETA 3PM today
We are now expecting our Year 5's back slightly earlier at 3pm today.
posted on 03 Mar 2017
Upcoming events and notices
- Year 5's are currently enjoying themselves at camp and all is well!
- Send kids to school tomorrow with gloves and/or tongs for Clean Up School Day
- There is a change to school bus service 663 from Monday 6 March
- The TPS swimming carnival is on next Tuesday, 7 March at Lakeside Leisure Centre, Tuggeranong from 9.30am
- The Wellbeing Courtyard Opening happens next Thursday, 9 March at 11am
- Note information in this week's newsletter about registration, payment and permission notes for Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive (Yrs K, 1, 3 & 4) and Aqua Safe (Yr 2) programs
posted on 02 Mar 2017
Online lunch order service available
This service is available to order lunch on Thursdays and Fridays during term time.
To set up an account go to www.flexischools.com.au and click on the 'Register' link.
posted on 08 Feb 2017
Nominations for School Board Parent Vacancies Open
The Torrens Primary School Board has three parent vacancies for 2017. These vacancies are for two years. Nominations are now open and close 11am on Monday 13 February 2017.
Nomination forms are available from the Front Office.
Completed nomination forms may be lodged by hand to the Front Office, or by email to email@example.com , or by post to Christine Hynes Assistant Returning Officer C/- Torrens Primary School, Ritchie Street TORRENS ACT 2607.
posted on 01 Feb 2017
School Resumes in 2017
Monday, 30 January - Preschool and Kindergarten
Tuesday, 31 January - All year levels
posted on 16 Dec 2016
Year 6 Graduation Assembly on Friday is at 2pm in the Old Hall
posted on 13 Dec 2016
Awards Assembly in the old hall tomorrow at 12pm
posted on 08 Dec 2016
The Junior Concert is scheduled to start at 6.00pm tonight, Tuesday, 6 December in the Wellbeing courtyard. Children should be at school no later than 5.45pm and go to their classrooms for final preparations. If the concert location needs to be changed due to inclement weather, then you will be advised at the concert.
posted on 06 Dec 2016
Senior Concert 6pm
The Senior Concert is scheduled to start at 6pm tomorrow night, Tuesday 29 November in the Wellbeing courtyard. Children should be at school no later than 5.45pm and go to their classrooms for final preparations.
Year 3 and 4 children will perform 'Polar Express' from 6pm
After a short interval, Year 5 and 6 children will perform 'Grease'.
posted on 28 Nov 2016
2017 Stationery items can be ordered online now
2017 Stationery lists and online ordering instructions have been sent home with children this week. If you did not receive a hard copy, you can download the list for your child's 2017 school year from the Recent School Notes link under 'Useful Links' (on the right of this homepage).
posted on 17 Nov 2016
Kindy 2017 transition visits
We look forward to welcoming next year's Kindergarten students at Torrens Primary School next week.
Monday 14 November, 9.30am-11.30am - Group 1 (2016 Chifley and Stripes pre schoolers)
Thursday 17 November, 9.30am-11.30am - Group 2 (2016 Pearce and Spots pre schoolers)
posted on 11 Nov 2016
Courtyard Working Bee No. 3
There is one more working bee planned for the Courtyard this Sunday, 6 November from 9.00am.
Are you able to help? We need approximately 12 people to complete painting the planter boxes. All food and drinks will be provided on the day.
If you can assist, please let the front office know on 6205 7411 or complete the pink slip which comes home in your child's bag today.
posted on 31 Oct 2016
Courtyard Working Bee - We need your assistance again please
We will hold another Working Bee this Sunday, 30 October, starting from 9.00am. We need approx. 12-15 people to complete painting planter boxes, mulching garden beds, moving soil, sand, gravel and pavers. Access will be through the front gate and doors of the school.
Are you able to help? All food and drinks will be provided on the day.
Please let the Front Office know on 62057411 if you can help by Friday, 28 October.
posted on 24 Oct 2016
Courtyard Working Bee
A working bee is planned for this Sunday, 16 October from 8am to lay the lawn and do some planting in the new Courtyard at school. Are you able to help? All food and drinks will be provided.
Please let the Front Office know your contact details by this Friday, 14 October.
posted on 11 Oct 2016
Last Day of Term - Wear Something Odd Day
Friday 23 September is the last day of Term 3.
Don't forget to wear something ODD to school, such as odd socks, half coloured hair etc. If you dress up bring a gold coin donation in support of South Africans in need of water.
Thank you, the Year 4 Action Team
posted on 19 Sep 2016
Year 6 Sydney Trip ETA at Torrens Primary SchoolThe Year 6 Sydney Trip is on track to arrive back at Torrens Primary School front gates at 7pm tonight, Thursday 15 September.
posted on 15 Sep 2016
Assembly this Friday is at 11.30am
4P will host Assembly on Friday, 16 September at the earlier time of 11.30am. Assembly will feature presentation of High Achievement awards and Athletics Carnival ribbons.
posted on 12 Sep 2016
What's happening tomorrow? Friday, 2 September
There is a lot happening at school tomorrow:
- Dressup as your favourite book character
- Book Fair selling is happening in the Library from 8.30am
- The Fathers Day stall is on from 9.15 until 11am
- Assembly from 11.30am
- BUT the planned breakfast sausage sizzle has been cancelled
Call the Front Office on 6205 7411 if you need more information.
posted on 01 Sep 2016
2016 School Climate Survey (Year 5 and 6 students only)
posted on 30 Aug 2016
Year 4 Camp Berry Revised ETA
The Year 4 Camp Berry bus has been slightly delayed and is now expected to arrive back at school at 4.30pm.
posted on 26 Aug 2016
Wakakirri Final 2016 TicketsTicket orders and payment for the 2016 Wakakirri Final are due by 3.15pm Monday 29 August. Download the order form from the Recent Notes link (under Useful Links on this page).
posted on 26 Aug 2016
ICAS 2016 Mathematics
Unfortunately there has been an issue with the delivery of the ICAS Maths papers. The problem has now been sorted and the papers are on their way to us. As soon as the papers arrive we will reschedule the test at the soonest convenient time. The ICAS association assures us that the students will not be penalised in any way because of the problem.
posted on 18 Aug 2016
The phone line to the school number 6205.7411 has been repaired. Please call this number if you need to call the school. Thanks for your patience.
posted on 12 Aug 2016
Our school phone 6205.7411 is currently out of order and Telstra are trying to repair the issue. Please call the school on our temporary number 6205.7416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
posted on 11 Aug 2016
Torrens Athletics Carnival - rescheduled to Monday, 8 August 2016
The Torrens Primary School Athletics Carnival and Junior Athletics Day has been rescheduled to Monday 8 August (Week 4) at Woden Athletics Park, Phillip.
A new permission note will be sent home with your child/ren which needs to be returned to the class teacher by Wednesday 3 August. Payment and medical consent forms already provided can be used for this excursion.
If you have not provided payment and medical consent for the athletics carnival, please let the front office ladies know and they can help you.
There will be NO special lunch order provided at the carnival, therefore children need to bring their own snack, lunch and water bottles on the day.
posted on 28 Jul 2016
Athletics Carnival Postponed
The Athletics carnival scheduled for today has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date later this term.
This is due to advice this morning from ACT Government that all ACT Government sportsgrounds are closed today and tomorrow due to wet weather and the forecast for further potential showers.
posted on 26 Jul 2016
Torrens Primary School Special lunch at the Athletics CarnivalThe athletics carnival is on next Tuesday, 26 July at Woden Athletics Park. The special lunch order being provided by the P & C on the day will only be available at the Carnival. Permission and medical notes and payment for the carnival, as well as special lunch order payments are all due by this Friday, 22 July to the Front Office. Call the Front Office on 62057411 if you have any questions.
posted on 20 Jul 2016
Yr 5 Mogo excursion ETA 6pm at School
posted on 24 Jun 2016
Mid-year parent teacher interviews in Week 10If you would like to book a 10 minute interview with your child's class teacher and have not already done so, please call the Front Office on 6205 7411 to schedule a time.
posted on 22 Jun 2016
Band and Captains Photos available for order at Front OfficeBand and Captains photos are currently on display at the school Front Office. Order envelopes and payment details are also available from the Front Office.
posted on 22 Jun 2016
ACT Cross Country Carnival - postponed for a second timeThe ACT Cross Country Carnival has had to be postponed for a second time due to inclement weather. The Carnival is now scheduled to go ahead next Tuesday, 14 June. A note is going home today to all competitors.
posted on 08 Jun 2016
ACT Cross Country Carnival - postponed until Thursday, 9 JuneDue to rainfall expected over the coming weekend, the ACT Cross Country Carnival (due to be run on Monday, 6 June) has been postponed until Thursday, 9 June.
posted on 03 Jun 2016
Walkathon - tomorrow, Wednesday 1 June
Our Walkathon is happening tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 June) approx. 11.30am - 1.00pm.
Students should wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.
We will have a changed recess time to accommodate the Walkathon. Recess will be from 10.50am until 11.20am.
posted on 31 May 2016
Visit by Paralympic Triathletes - Assembly on Friday, 27 May 12.15pmAt Assembly tomorrow we will be visited by Paralympic triathletes, Katie Kelly and Nick Beveridge. They will be receiving a cheque for $1000 raised by the SRC at the recent iBean brekkie and dress up day in support of the Australian Paralympic team. Come along and see them at Assembly - 12.15pm in the old hall.
posted on 26 May 2016
School Photo Day Thursday 5 May
Students should wear full school uniform to school on Thursday for school photos.
Payment envelopes should be returned to the front office before photo day. Please ensure your child's name and class are clearly marked on the front of the envelope.
posted on 02 May 2016
ANZAC AssemblyThe special Torrens Primary School ANZAC Assembly will commence at 11.45am this Friday, April 29. All are welcome to attend.
posted on 27 Apr 2016
Swimming Yrs K-4 timetable
Here are the times for class swimming. Remember it starts this Thursday, 24 March and continues after Easter everyday until Friday, 8 April (Last day of term). Registration and payment to Royal Life Saving closes midnight tonight (Monday, 21 March).
Don't forget to send children to school wearing swimmers under their uniform and with spare underwear, thongs and towel in a plastic bag for changing.
posted on 21 Mar 2016
Royal Life Saving Swimming Lessons (Yrs K-4) - temporary problem with accessing online portalYou may have encountered an error message when trying to access the Royal Life Saving (RLS) website using the unique code provided. Please note that RLS is aware of the problem and it will be fixed very soon. Please retry your code in a short while to proceed with the online registration and payment.
posted on 07 Mar 2016
YR 5 Cooba Camp ETA 3pm at Torrens Primary SchoolThe Yr 5 Cooba Camp bus is due back at Torrens Primary School at approx. 3 pm today.
posted on 04 Mar 2016
Torrens Primary School Canteen
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CANTEEN AT TORRENS PRIMARY SCHOOL IS NO LONGER OPEN AT ALL. An off-site service company based at Melrose High School is currently providing an online lunch order service for Thursdays and Fridays only. Please DO NOT send your child to school with a lunch order or money.
A note has been given to all students about the new online lunch order service available. A copy of this note is on this site under the Recent Notes tab on the right hand side of this page.
Please direct any questions, comments or feedback about the canteen to email@example.com
posted on 29 Feb 2016
You may have heard that Melrose High School received a threatening phone call yesterday.
Students and staff were evacuated as ACT Policing attended the site, investigated the threat and confirmed it was safe for students and staff to return to normal classes.
Staff and students responded exceptionally well and we commend them for their swift action to ensure everyone was safe.
If parents and carers have any concerns or require further information, please contact your school. Counselling support is available for all students and staff.
This follows on from similar incidents in a number of schools locally and interstate around Australia last week.
Follow the Education Directorate on Twitter: @ACTEducation or on Facebook: ACT Public Schools.
Access Canberra Telephone: 13 22 81
posted on 11 Feb 2016
For your information:
As you may have heard a small number of ACT public schools received a threatening phone call yesterday.
Forrest Primary School, Kingsford Smith School, Lanyon High School, Richardson Primary School and Miles Franklin Primary School were evacuated as Police attended all sites, investigated the threats and confirmed it was safe to return to normal classes.
Staff and students responded exceptionally well and should be commended.
If you have any concerns or require further information, please contact your school. Counselling support is available for all students and staff.
Police advised that they are aware of similar incidents in a number of schools in other states around Australia.
Education Directorate ACT Government
posted on 03 Feb 2016
2016 Term 1 - Kindergarten commence Monday, 01 February 2016. Year 1- Year 6 Tuesday, 2 February 2016. Preschools from Monday, 01 February 2016
posted on 13 Jan 2016