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Parent Handbook

A day at TSPS

Supervision starts at 8:45am

8:50am - Classrooms open

9:00am - Lessons begin

10:00am - Fruit snack in class

11:00am-11:30am - Recess

1:30pm-1:45pm - Lunch eating outside

1:45pm-2:15pm - Lunch

3:15pm - School finishes

Supervision finishes at 3:30pm

Assemblies are held at 2:45pm in the stadium on alternate Fridays. 

Term Dates 2024

Term 1 - 30 Jan to 28 Mar

Term 2 - 15 Apr to 28 Jun

Term 3 - 15 Jul to 20 Sep

Term 4 - 7 Oct to 20 Dec

 

Public Holidays and Curriculum Days

11 Mar - Labour Day

29 Mar - Good Friday

25 Apr - ANZAC Day

10 Jun - King's Birthday

23 Oct - Geelong Cup Day

Key contacts

Office (Jane or Bron): 5221 2780

Office email: tate.street.ps.geelong@education.vic.gov.au

Principal email (Tony): tony.mirabella@education.vic.gov.au

Assistant Principal email (Luc): luc.mckay@education.vic.gov.au

If your child is absent, please submit an absence note directly through Compass

Term Dates 2025

Term 1 - 29 Jan to 4 Apr

Term 2 - 22 Apr to 4 Jul

Term 3 - 21 Jul to 19 Sep

Term 4 - 6 Oct to 19 Dec

Public Holidays and Curriculum Days

10 Mar - Labour Day

25 Apr - ANZAC Day

9 Jun - King's Birthday

22 Oct - Geelong Cup Day

Parent Communication

There are lots of ways to keep in touch at Tate Street Primary School

  • Talk to your child’s classroom teacher, or make an appointment to see Tony Mirabella (Principal) or Luc McKay (Assistant Principal) – or find us in the yard before or after school!

  • If you have a finance matter call in and see our Business Manager, Jane Dabrowski

  • If you would like to buy some uniforms or ask a general question call in and see Jane or Bron at the office

  • Subscribe to any of the options below to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at Tate Street Primary School

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Compass Parent Portal

The Compass Parent Portal is a critical tool for communication between parents and the school.

After you have received your unique login details you will be able to access your Parent Page to:

-Report absences

-Find information about payments

-Learn about upcoming and key events

-Receive information about permission forms

-Follow the school newsfeed which gives information about everything that is happening at the school, including receiving the fortnightly TSPS Update

-Book appointment times for Parent Teacher Interviews

Compass >

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Seesaw

See your child’s classroom teacher for a QR code so that you can access your child’s digital portfolio and catch a glimpse of your child’s learning journey at TSPS.

Seesaw >

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Instagram & Facebook

Follow our school’s Instagram and Facebook pages to view highlights, achievements and whole school celebrations. 

Instagram >

Facebook > 

Uniform

At Tate Street our students wear their uniform with pride.  Our jumpers are available from the administration office and the rest of our uniform is online at Eduthreads.  Bottle green generic uniform is also available at Target and other department stores.  Hats are worn outside in accordance with the SunSmart policy

In Grade 6, students wear a personalized rugby jumper for their final year with us. 

We supply school sports and athletics tops that students wear on sports days when they are out representing our school.

You can view our uniform policy here.

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Out of School Hours Care

TheirCare is the school’s Before and After School Care provider. If you’d like your child to access Before or After School Care please register with the provider directly via their website (http://theircare.com.au/) or by phone on 1300 072 410.

We have a great Coordinator and a fabulous team who will be more than happy to engage with you and answer any questions you may have.

Supervised care is available from 7am in the morning and until 6pm in the evening.

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Community Engagement

School Council

The Tate St PS School Council meets twice per term on the school grounds. We currently have 8 parent category members, 4 department category members and 1 co-opted community member. Our school council president is Carly Jehu.

Nominations for school council occur at the beginning of each year. Please contact Tony if you are interested in volunteering.

Parents & Friends

The Parents & Friends Committee meet several times per term and plan/facilitate multiple fantastic events throughout the school year.

 

These include Fathers, Mothers and Special Person’s Day stalls, Special Lunch Days, The Colour Explosion Run event, cake stall, Bunnings BBQ’s, and the annual Trivia Night. 

If you are interested in finding out more, contact: natasha_longo@@hotmail.com

Chook Roster

We have five chooks that need care on weekends and holidays. This involves letting them out of their secure enclosure, topping up their water and food, and collecting their eggs.

More details can be found here.

Volunteering

There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer to help the school community. These include through working bees, event days and excursions. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Tony or your child's classroom teacher.

Extracurricular Activities

MarimbaTaters

The MarimbaTaters, a marimba performance group of students in grade 4 to 6, is the culmination of a sequential program of learning which students can begin in grade 2 with the Training Taters group. The MarimbaTaters perform at music festivals, corporate events and school events. The band is available for workshops and performances.

Afterschool Basketball

We are lucky enough to have two school basketball teams compete in afterschool competition on a Thursday. Both teams, one who compete in 3/4 and the other in 5/6, train on the quad after school on Wednesday and are supported by parent volunteer coaches. 

School Clubs

A number of school clubs are offered throughout the year to students at Tate Street Primary School. These include Chess Club, Girls Glub, Student Voice & Agency, and Calm Club every recess. 

Clubs available each week are shared on the noticeboard in the quad.

Just Brass

Tate Street Primary School is a participant in the Just Brass program which enables students to access an instrument and lessons on brass instruments.

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