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Teesdale Primary School

Thank You And Farewell:
From Helen Weston – Acting Principal

I wanted to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to the Teesdale Primary School community for the welcome l received when l first arrived here and the continued support l have experienced over the last six weeks. 

My time here has been incredibly rewarding and one that l am very happy to have shared with the students, staff and parents. 

I have had the privilege of working with a wonderful staff who keep our students in their hearts and minds at all times. We have engaged in some exciting work together and l wish them all the best as they continue their learning in these areas. 

The students have been an absolute joy, demonstrating qualities that align to the school values. Each time l entered a learning space l was welcomed with happy faces and joyful greetings. I encourage all students to keep working hard at being the best they can be at all times. 

I have encouraged partnerships with Bellaire Primary School and know that to further develop the teaching and learning programs of Teesdale Primary School there are staff here that will communicate and work together with staff at Bellaire. 

I am heading back to Bellaire Primary School where I am the Assistant Principal, a role that l love and am very passionate about. It is very important to me that the community know that l did not apply for the Principal position and understand that l did not for personal reasons that are in no way related to the school and its community. 

I wish all members of this lively community the best and look forward to continuing partnerships that have been built. Thank you again Teesdale Primary School for the privilege of being a part of this community. 

It is my pleasure to announce and welcome Mr Grant Rau as the newly appointed Principal of Teesdale Primary School. Grant attended our school assembly on Thursday afternoon to meet the staff and students. I wish Grant all the best and know that he will enjoy working with the students, staff and parents of this school.

Teaching And Learning News:
On Wednesday 9th September we were very fortunate to have Literacy Consultant Julie Bennett here for the day, working with teachers on developing a whole school literacy plan and introducing Writers Notebook. 

Julie began the day by visiting classrooms and experiencing Writing and how teachers and students engage with and through writing. She then worked with staff on creating a whole school plan for literacy which will help focus the work over the next few years, finishing the day with the whole staff, work shopping with them the Writers Notebook Strategy that all staff are going to engage their students with. 

Cybersafety At Teesdale PS:
On Monday this week we were very lucky to have had Greg Gebhart (Senior Education Trainer from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner) come to Teesdale and deliver important information to our students, teachers and parents.

Each session was extremely informative and left us all thinking about our own online behaviour and certainly what we need to do in order to keep our children safe.

We had an amazing turn out of parents which was wonderful to see. During this presentation we were given the website address of eSafety which l encourage all parents to visit and familiarise themselves with. It is full of information in the form of short videos and fact sheets. Please go to

Teesdale PS Is A Sunsmart School:
It’s the start of spring and the start of September, so it’s time for five SunSmart things to remember:

1. Slip on sun protective clothing
2. Slop on DPD 30 or higher sunscreen
3. Slap on a wide brimmed hat
4. Seek shade
5. Slide on some wrap-around sunglasses

For more information visit: 

During the last two weeks of the term, students participated in an intense swimming program at the Geelong Aquatic Centre.  It was amazing to see how well the children’s water skills improved over the program.  A special thank you to our parent helpers who assisted at the pool and to Miss Lowe for co-ordinating the program so it ran very smoothly.

Thank you also to our parents for organising Savoury Pancake Lunch Day and the Father’s Day Stall.   We look forward to the Walkathon around Teesdale Township on Friday 23rd October.  Children have all received their forms to ask friends and family for sponsorship over the school holidays.

To celebrate the end of the term Teesdale registered for FOOTY COLOURS DAY.  It was a very colourful day with students and staff wearing their favourite sports tops, scarves, caps and beanies.  A total of $186.00 was raised to donate to the Fight Cancer Foundation.  Well done everyone and thank you Miss Andrews for organised the day!

Have You Enrolled Your Child For 2016?
We would welcome completed enrolment forms returned as soon as possible as it helps us to predict 2016 enrolments more accurately. If you know of any prospective parents who have not accessed this information, please direct them to the school. For more information or to collect an Enrolment Pack, contact the school on 5281 5218 or head to our website:

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