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Parent Teacher Interviews can now be booked online

Semester 1 reports will be emailed to families on Thursday 23 June (Week 9). Parent Teacher interviews are available in Week 10. These will take place in the classroom in Week 10. 

To book an interview online using the Session Keeper portal simply follow this link or type the link into your browser and follow the prompts to create or reset a password for your booking session:

https://torrensps.schoolzineplus.com/view-session/13

Please also ensure you scroll down to the bottom of each screen and select NEXT to progress through the booking. Under NOTES, please type in your child’s name and the name/s of those who will be attending the interview.

The link below provides a helpful video and guide on how to make a booking:

https://torrensps.schoolzineplus.com/sk-booking-guide

If you are unable to access the online booking function, or require a password reset to use it, please call the Front Office on 6142 0777 for assistance.


posted on 16 Jun 2022


Information regarding Household Contacts

If your child is a household contact, your child can learn from home. If this is your preferred option please contact the school on 61420777 or admin@torrensps.act.edu.au .

However, if that's not possible, they can attend school but need to follow the risk mitigation requirements for household contacts that are outlined on the ACT COVID-19 website. A household contact must comply with these risk mitigation requirements for a period of 7 days from the last time someone in the household tested positive for COVID-19 (the date of the collection of the test is regarded as day 0).

In order to attend school as a household contact, your child must:


Please note, if a household contact has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and received clearance from the self-isolation period in the last 12 weeks, they do not have to comply with these risk mitigation requirements if they subsequently become a household contact.

If you have any further questions about what to do if you are a household contact, please refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au. More information on risk mitigation requirements for household contacts is also available online.


posted on 27 May 2022


Changes to COVID restrictions in ACT public schools

From Monday 9 May 2022, ACT public schools further relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. All public schools have adopted recent changes to ACT public health directions and follow a COVID-19 Management Plan, based on Australian Health Protection Principal Committee principles.

A summary of changes follows:

School activities

Families allowed back on campus to participate in a greater range of activities, including after-hours performances, fund raisers and events. You can also come onto school grounds for drop-offs and pick up. Checking-in with the Check In CBR app is no longer required.

Strict student cohorting is no longer required, however we will continue to manage school activities in COVID Smart ways.

Masks

Secondary students are no longer required to wear a face mask at school but can continue to do so if they choose to. School staff and teachers will continue to wear masks when moving around indoors on school sites, and when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. Masks can be removed when teaching, when physical distancing can be maintained, when outdoors, or when eating and drinking.

Household contacts

People who live with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 can attend school for work or study, if they have met ACT Health’s risk mitigation requirements for household contacts. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms must not come to school.

COVID-19 vaccination

With high vaccination rates across the Canberra community, COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be mandated for any staff working in ACT public schools, after 13 May 2022. Vaccination against COVID-19 and the seasonal flu is strongly encouraged for all staff and eligible students.

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) will continue to be available at our school and will be provided to staff and students on an as-needed basis, or in response to increased cases reported to a school.

Air quality and ventilation

Good ventilation will continue to be one part of our suite of measures to minimise COVID-19 transmission in schools. Our indoor air quality plan is being reviewed and we will balance thermal comfort and ventilation during the colder months. Outdoor learning and natural ventilation will be used where appropriate depending on weather.

Staying COVID Smart

While these changes will bring back many of the school activities that students and families love, this does not mean the pandemic is over. Our school will continue with COVID Smart measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission onsite, including good hygiene practise, cleaning and staying home when unwell.

Some restrictions may be reintroduced in the winter months if there is a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the Canberra community.

We expect COVID-19 will also continue to impact our school staff and limit the availability of teachers at times. Where appropriate, our school may use temporary remote learning periods as a way to manage a local staff shortage.

More information about how COVID-19 is being managed in ACT public schools can be found on the ACT Education website. 

 


posted on 11 May 2022


TPS Athletics Carnival Postponed

Owing to wet weather the TPS Athletics Carnival has had to be cancelled for today. It has been rescheduled to Thursday 19 May (Week 4). 

posted on 28 Apr 2022


Changes to School based RAT distribution for students from week 9, Term 1

From the commencement of Week 9, 28 March 2022, RATs will be provided on an as needed basis for all staff and students at Torrens Primary School and preschools.

Two RATs will be provided to students/families on request. No evidence is required to authorise provision of RATs. In circumstances when families/students require multiple tests, the school Front Office can provide these. Administrative staff will keep a register of student names and dates when RATs have been collected.

Where a student or their family identifies a need for RATs, but the student is not attending school at that time, or are subject to isolation or quarantine requirements, the student’s family may make alternative arrangements with the school to collect RATs (eg a relative, neighbour or other student collecting RATs for the impacted student). Please contact the Front Office to make these arrangements. 

Front Office hours: 8.30am-3.30pm during term time

Phone: 02 61420777

Email:  admin@torrensps.act.edu.au

 

 


posted on 24 Mar 2022


RATs for Weeks 7 and 8 distributed today

RATs for the next two weeks of term have been placed in your child's bag this afternoon (unless prior arrangements made). For preschools who will next be open on Tuesday 15 March, your child's allocation will be available then.

 


posted on 11 Mar 2022


Distribution of RATs for weeks 5 & 6

As for weeks 3 & 4 distribution, RATs for weeks 5 & 6 will be distributed directly to children at the end of the day tomorrow, Friday 25 February. Please contact the Front Office with any queries.

posted on 24 Feb 2022


TPS will continue to deliver RATs for use by students

A second letter to families was sent today regarding on going delivery of RATs for use by students for the first four weeks of school.

Each student will now receive their RAT supply directly, unless parents advise that they do not want this to occur.

If you do not wish your child to be provided with RATs, or you wish to arrange collection please email the school on admin@torrensps.act.edu.au or call the school on 6142 0777 by 12pm this Wednesday, 9 February.


posted on 07 Feb 2022


School Board Parent Representation 2022

The Education Act 2004 (the Act) requires that each government school is to have a school board as a way of sharing authority and responsibility with the local school community.

School boards are based on two principles:

1. school communities should participate in school decision-making and should be able to determine their own educational policies, and

2. decision-making at the school level should involve school staff and the school community, including parents, carers and students.

The school board is responsible for the school’s strategic direction. Operational matters are the responsibility of the principal.

Functions of the school boards include:

The Torrens Primary School Board has two Parent Representative vacancies for 2022. 

A two week nomination period opens on Monday, 7 February (Week 2) at 11am and closes at 11am on Monday, 21 February (Week 4)You can contact the Front Office for more details about the nomination process and click this link to obtain a copy of the School Board Code of Conduct for your information.


posted on 04 Feb 2022


Distribution of RATs_Week 1

A letter regarding the first distribution of RATs for students was emailed to families yesterday. Read it here to see when your allocated collection time is scheduled and how distribution will occur.

Collection time K-2:  Wednesday 2 February 10am-12pm, from Front of school walk through collection centre

Collection time 3-6: Wednesday  2 February  12.30pm - 2.30pm, from walk through collection centre at front of school

Torrens Preschool Kangaroos and Chifley Preschool Kookaburras: Wednesday 2 February  3pm, from your preschool

Torrens Preschool Koalas and Pearce Preschool  Butterflies: Thursday 3 February  3pm, from the preschool at pick up time


posted on 01 Feb 2022


Returning to school for Term 1 2022

Please note that school starts for the following cohorts next week:

Chifley Preschool Kookaburras and Torrens Preschool Kangaroos -  9am on Monday 31 January. Come to the front gate of your respective preschool sites at this time.

All Kindergarten 2022 students - Monday 31 January. The school day starts at 9.15am. Come to the front gate of the Primary school from 9am on this day.

All returning students and new comers to Torrens Primary School in Years' 1 through 6 - Tuesday 1 February. The school day starts at 9.15am. If you are new to the primary school, please come to the front gate from 9am (no earlier) on this day. If your child is a returning student, please drop them off at the same gate(s) as last year.

Pearce Preschool Butterflies and Torrens Preschool Koalas - 9am on Thursday 3 February. Come to the front gate of your respective preschool sites at this time.

The latest letter to parents regarding the start of school in 2022 was emailed to parents today, Friday 28 January 2022. Information will continue to be updated as it comes to hand. This will be emailed to you on your preferred email address so please keep your email up to date here.


Please note that school starts for the following cohorts next week:

Chifley Preschool Kookaburras and Torrens Preschool Kangaroos -  9am on Monday 31 January. Come to the front gate of your respective preschool sites at this time.

All Kindergarten 2022 students - Monday 31 January. The school day starts at 9.15am. Come to the front gate of the Primary school from 9am on this day.

All returning students and new comers to Torrens Primary School in Years' 1 through 6 - Tuesday 1 February. The school day starts at 9.15am. If you are new to the primary school, please come to the front gate from 9am (no earlier) on this day. If your child is a returning student, please drop them off at the same gate(s) as last year.

Pearce Preschool Butterflies and Torrens Preschool Koalas - 9am on Thursday 3 February. Come to the front gate of your respective preschool sites at this time.

The latest letter to parents regarding the start of school in 2022 was emailed to parents today, Friday 28 January 2022. Information will continue to be updated as it comes to hand. This will be emailed to you on your preferred email address so please keep your email up to date here.

posted on 26 Jan 2022


TPS School Board 2022 Parent Vacancies

The Torrens Primary School Board will have two (2) parent vacancies in 2022. One position will be for a two-year term, the other one is for a 12 month term. A two week call for nominations period will commence in Week 2 of Term 1 2022. 

Under the Education Act (2004), the Board has the following responsibilities: 

More information will be made available on this website and in the school newsletter regarding the nomination process prior to the nomination period opening.

 


posted on 17 Dec 2021


IMPORTANT - Updated Health Guidelines for ACT Schools

The ACT Government has released updated COVID-19 guidelines for ACT schools to bring them into line with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the broader ACT community. These changes will take place in two stages – from 29 October and 29 November.

Importantly these updates will not change the key measures we have introduced for term 4 including drop offs and pick up procedures at the start and end of the day, student cohorting and hygiene, ventilation and cleaning, use of the Check In Canberra app for all adults and mandatory mask wearing for staff.

Our school’s COVID-19 Safety Assurance Plan will remain in place until the end of term 4 and visitors who are in direct contact with students at our school will still need show evidence of their vaccination status when checking in.


Read more about the changes in our newsletter article 

posted on 01 Nov 2021


Important information about return to onsite learning at our school

Today we have provided detailed information about the changes that will be taking place in our school to ensure a COVID-safe return of students to our school campus. Click on the pdf  document 'Return to Onsite Learning' to read more (Under the Covid-19 safety at our school tab at the top of this homepage).

As always, if you have any questions about the operation of our school - including issues like mask wearing, ventilation and cleaning - the Education Directorate also has some very useful Frequently Asked Questions on their website which may answer questions you have.

Indoor air quality plans will be available on this website by 22 October.


posted on 15 Oct 2021


Term 4 2021

Returning to the classroom in Term 4

Refer to the table below for your child's return to onsite learning date:

Year LevelsDate returning to school or preschool site
  • Chifley Preschool Kookaburras
  • Torrens Preschool Kangaroos
  • Monday 25 October
  • Pearce Preschool Butterflies
  • Torrens Preschool Koalas
  • Thursday 28 October
  • Kindy
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 6
  • Monday 25 October
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Monday 1 November

posted on 13 Oct 2021


Term 4 Parent Carer Term 4 Planning Survey

The Education Directorate wants to hear from public school parents, carers and students about how we can make the transition back to onsite learning as positive as possible, how we can support your wellbeing needs, and what you need to feel confident that our school is a safe place to be.

The links below will open separate surveys – one for you, and one for your child or young person. If you have more than one child or young person, they can use the same link as each other. Responses will be recorded separately and are completely anonymous.

The surveys will be open until Friday 24 September and will help inform our planning for the safe return to school in term 4.

We encourage all parents, carers and students to complete the survey if they can. Each survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

Ø  Education Directorate Parents and Carers Survey

 

Ø  Education Directorate Student Survey

For more information you can have a look at the FAQs on the ACT Education Directorate website.


posted on 17 Sep 2021


Term 4 Update

This update was emailed home to families on Tuesday 14 September.

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your support over the past few weeks as we have transitioned to remote learning as part of the ACT’s health response to COVID-19.

Remote learning will continue for all primary school students during the first four weeks of term 4, which begins on Tuesday 5 October.

The ACT Government and Chief Health Officer will be working over the school holidays to develop further plans for a phased return to on campus learning in term 4 when it is safe to do so. Any plans will of course be completely subject to health advice, including in relation to case numbers and vaccination rates and taking into account further consultation with students, families and staff.

While I am sure this news will be disappointing to some, the Chief Health Officer has made this decision based on what we know about the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. The health and safety of students, staff and their families, is our number one priority.

During remote learning, our school will remain open for:

For the safety of our community, students, and staff we ask that all parents who can reasonably keep their children home, continue to do so.

Students on site will be supervised to access the same remote learning program as their classmates and can also continue to access their usual out of school hours care arrangements.

Please remember that the most important thing you can do is support your child’s wellbeing. Keep in mind that children can express their feelings in many ways. I encourage you to speak openly with your children about how they are feeling. We have also compiled a range of useful wellbeing resources for students and families that may help you with these conversations.

If your child requires extra help and assistance, school psychologists are available through telehealth. To access the service, a booking request may be made via an online form or by calling 6205 1559 between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

You can find more information, including frequently asked questions about remote learning, by visiting COVID-19 school arrangements. You can keep up to date with the latest health information and advice on the ACT’s COVID-19 website www.covid19.act.gov.au

Please contact us if you have any feedback about remote learning, or if you have any concerns. Please also let us know if you require a loaned device or internet access.

I hope your family is able to spend some time together and enjoy the upcoming school holidays.

Sincerely,

Mark Nicholson | Principal (a/g) | Torrens Primary School

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posted on 15 Sep 2021


Online Learning to continue to end of Term 3 & your feedback on online learning sought

The Chief Minister has announced that remote learning will continue for the remainder of Term 3, which ends on Friday 17 September.  A decision about learning in Term 4 will be made and communicated to families by the end of Week 1 of the holidays (Friday 24 September).


During this extended period of remote learning, all teaching will be delivered online either through live teaching, and by students accessing set work or resources provided by their teacher. Taking breaks is important and students should be encouraged to go outside if possible and get some physical activity. 

To help us with our continued planning for remote learning, we would appreciate it if you could complete this short survey for each child in your household who attends Torrens Primary School or any of our three preschools -Torrens, Chifley or Pearce.


posted on 01 Sep 2021


Book Week Dress Up Day Postponed

Next week, 23 - 27 August is Book Week. Sadly we will not be able to enjoy our Book Week Assembly and Dress Up parade, but we will at a future date.

We suggest families celebrate Book Week by sharing a favourite book or two, and there will also be some activities posted during remote learning next week centred around the Book Week theme Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds and shortlisted stories.

If there are students who already had costumes ready and are excited to share, they can send a photo to Mrs Byrne via their Seesaw class or to amy.byrne@ed.act.edu.au, but absolutely no pressure (especially if like Mrs Byrne you are keeping it a surprise for now!) and we will celebrate books in style sometime soon!

Amy Byrne - Teacher Librarian 


posted on 20 Aug 2021


Keep up to date with COVID19 restrictions

Follow this link for the most up to date news

posted on 12 Aug 2021


COVID-19 Latest

Thank you for remaining vigilant in applying COVID safe behaviours.

This is incredibly important as the COVID-19 situation across NSW and Victoria continues to rapidly evolve. Across the nation, we are seeing new cases every day and many of the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus.

Although the recent requirement to wear face masks in the ACT has ended, the extension of Check In CBR to retail settings and transport services is now in place. People aged 16 and older must check in immediately, regardless of how long they are in a venue. Please continue to check in using the Check In CBR app when you enter the school (via the Front Office only).

These measures ensure contact tracing teams have access to the best available data to quickly contact any individual who may have been exposed.

Please continue to:

Finally, COVID-19 vaccination registration eligibility in the ACT was extends to people aged 30 to 39 from today.


posted on 21 Jul 2021


Use the CBR app to check in

Using the CBR Check in App is encouraged at our school


posted on 12 Jul 2021


Wear a mask if you wish to

COVID-19 updates for Term 3

Information regarding COVID 19 is constantly evolving and you are advised to stay up to date with the ACT Government's latest advice.

MASKS

No masks required at public schools, but you can wear them if you choose. Same advice for before and after school care. For more details visit: https://bit.ly/3AP9hlg  And remember - if you’ve travelled interstate during the holidays, check the ACT Government’s COVID-19 websiteand follow all health advice and requirements.

 

CHECK IN CBR APP

We ask all adult visitors to our public schools to use the Check In CBR app to ensure quick and efficient tracing in case of an outbreak. This means if you leave your car when dropping off the kids, or you walk them into the playground, please locate a QR code and check in. You can also check in with the app using the unique six-digit code for our school, which is 963135. For more details visit: https://bit.ly/3AP9hlg  And remember - if you’ve travelled interstate during the holidays check the ACT Government’s COVID-19 websiteand follow all health advice and requirements.

 

 


posted on 12 Jul 2021


Torrens Times Newsletter online every Thursday

Every Thursday during term time, you will receive an email with links to the Torrens Times weekly newsletter.

View the latest edition here


posted on 14 May 2021


Harmony Day Celebrations

These are on Monday 22 March (week 8).

Children may wear national costume or something Orange instead of normal school uniform.

If your child can bring in a tasting plate of food from other cultures to share in their Year level feast on Monday, please bring this in to the classroom (labelled with ingredients) before school on Monday.

Children should still bring their usual water bottle, recess and lunch to school on Monday. 

 


posted on 18 Mar 2021


2021 Class Information Sessions Cancelled

Dear Parents and Carers, 


Torrens Primary School apologises for cancelling tonight's Parents Information Sessions as we are unable to meet Covid19 density requirements. 

Instead information will be sent home next week. 

Kind regards,

Rachel Matthews

Principal


Torrens Primary School
Phone: 6142 0777 | Email: admin@torrensps.act.edu.au
Education Directorate | ACT Government

Ritchie Street, Torrens ACT 2607 | www.torrensps.act.edu.au


posted on 17 Feb 2021


Torrens Primary School Class Information Sessions - Wednesday 17 February 2021

All parents and carers are invited to our class information sessions here at the primary school next Wednesday evening.

The table above show the times and locations around the school for each session. Click on a map of the school here to see where classrooms are.

Please note that the information delivered in these sessions will be of a general nature for the class and if your child has specific needs that their teacher may not be aware of, please make an appointment to speak to them at an alternative time.


posted on 12 Feb 2021


Nominations for School Board

The nomination period is now open and will close at 11am on Monday 22 February 2021.

Click to access the nomination form.


The Education Act 2004 (the Act) requires that each government school is to have a school board as a way of sharing authority and responsibility with the local school community.

School boards are based on two principles:

1. school communities should participate in school decision-making and should be able to determine their own educational policies, and

2. decision-making at the school level should involve school staff and the school community, including parents, carers and students.

The school board is responsible for the school’s strategic direction. Operational matters are the responsibility of the principal.

Functions of the school boards include:

The Torrens Primary School Board has two Parent Representative vacancies and one P&C Representative vacancy for 2021. Two of these vacancies are for two-year terms and one is for a 12 month term.

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A two week nomination period opened on Monday, 8 February (Week 2) at 11am.  

If you would like to nominate for one of these vacancies, please see the Front Office for more information and a nomination form.

Nominations close on Monday 22 February (Week 4) at 11am.

posted on 09 Feb 2021