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From the Principal
STEP OUT… INTO A NEW YEAR
Welcome to the new school year!
I trust you and your family have had a restful break. The staff and I are eagerly looking forward to seeing you and hearing all your news!
A very special welcome to new families! It is lovely to welcome you to Torrens Valley Christian School and we trust you will soon feel at home in our community. I can’t wait to see you face-to-face!Read more..
As we move into 2021, it is my prayer that we will experience God’s hand of blessing on our school community as we develop young people to believe, belong and become all that God created them to be.
SACE RESULTS: Congratulations to our 2020 Year 12 cohort! Results were exceptional! The high standard of academic achievement obtained last year was a credit to the students and staff, with our students performing well above the best state averages. 100% students completed their SACE. The top ATAR was 99.75 and 16% of our students attained an ATAR above 90. Students at TVCS attained a total of nineteen A+ grades, seven with Merit. 35% of all results were A grades and 82% of all results were B’s or higher. 16% of ATAR’s were over 90, with 40% of ATAR’s over 80.
Special congratulations to Blake (Merits for Chemistry and Physics), Joelle (Merit for General Mathematics and Material Solutions), Joson (Merit for Maths Methods and Biology) and Michael (Merit for Digital Communication Solutions). I congratulate students, staff and parents for these outstanding results.
NEW STAFF! As a new year begins, I would like to especially welcome new staff members, Mr Frasier de Kok, who will be joining our team in the Primary School, Mrs Anthea Pietsch in Education Support and Mrs Angela Sabljak who will be working as Sports Coach and Administrator. A special welcome back to Mr Mark Pompeuse who is returning from leave to work in Secondary School.
Under the capable leadership of Wellbeing Team Leader, Margaret Garland, our Wellbeing Team will expand to include Mr David Chikwuba and Mrs Julia Visszmeg in their role as School Counsellors, along with Margaret Garland and Matt Parker as Chaplains.
It is lovely to be able to welcome these new staff members and we pray God’s blessing on them as they serve Him at TVCS!
FACILITIES! Our facilities are looking their very best for the start of the new school year! There have been numerous modifications to facilities, IT developments and up-grades, enhancing IT support for staff and students. Major work has been undertaken in the classrooms, with some areas being re- painted and carpeted. The whole school is looking lovely!
OPENING SERVICE! It is my pleasure to personally welcome you and your family to attend our 2021 Opening Service which will be held at 7.00pm on Monday, 15 February at Hope Valley Church. This is a time where we will pray for Torrens Valley Christian School and give thanks to God for His faithfulness to our school community. An invitation will be sent to you in the near future.
SPIRITUAL FOCUS! Based on Matthew 14: 22-36 and Ephesians 3: 14-22, this year’s theme will challenge us personally to Step Out: to take a step of faith, move out of our comfort zone, to trust God for the impossible, to submit in faith…and experience the radical blessings of God.
2021 promises to be an exciting year and I look forward to seeing you in the new term!
Yours in Christ’s service, Julie Prattis. Principal.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR…
2021 has already posed many joys and challenges…. with the prospect of more to come! Perhaps you are asking, ‘What will 2021 hold?’
Many families have had the chance to see family for the first time all year, with the joy of sharing hugs of delight and the tears of reunion. For others, you were able to visit treasured locations that are precious to you and your family, personally. For others, it has been an eventful start to the year, as your plans changed, holidays were cancelled, or you were required to self-isolate.
2021 has already challenged us to take a step of faith, move out of our comfort zone, to trust God for the impossible, to submit in faith…and experience the radical blessings of God.
As COVID continues to ravage our world, we see families separated from loved ones, borders closed, plans changed and life uncertain. We see bravery personified through the work of our medical personnel, volunteers and support organisations. And we are heartbroken for those people and nations who continue to experience heartache created by the virus.
As Christians, we are reminded of the supremacy of our God over all things. God is our refuge, our hope, our anchor and our loving Father. And it is in these times, we draw close to Him, trusting the One who is victorious over all.
As we Step Out in faith, God’s Word reminds us that He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”, to His glory…” Ephesians 3:20-21
I would like to take the opportunity to commit this year to God:
Our Heavenly Father, creator of all things, we commit the year ahead to you.
May all that happens in our school community bring honour and glory to you.
Please care for our families, protect and guard our community and grow our faith as we walk with you.
Help our children to settle into their classes, make friends quickly and thrive in their learning. May they come to know and love you more deeply this year.
Father we pray, in your mercy, restrain the spread of the pandemic and prevent it from creating catastrophic damage; in your mercy, protect human life. Bring comfort and healing to all who have suffered loss.
Guard those who selflessly step into the breach to provide medical care.
Guide government, police and authorities who make decisions for our nation and give them wisdom.
We pray that, in your miraculous power you would bring an end to the pandemic.
We thank you, Lord, for you are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.
We bring these requests before your throne, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
See you next Thursday!
We are so excited to welcome you to school for 2021. Our first day of school is Thursday, 28 January.
Parents are able to come into the school grounds to drop off your child off but you will need to say your goodbyes at the classroom door. There will be staff at the gates to welcome you and show you to the classrooms if need be. Read more to learn about start times.
First day start times
- Primary Classes: 8.45am go to your classroom
- Middle School Students: 8.40am meet in the Hall
- Year 10 students: 8.40am go to rooms 29 and 30
- Year 11 students: 8.40am go to rooms 26 and 28
- Year 12 students: 8.40am go to rooms 8 and 6 (Secondary students may check CANVAS on the morning of their first day for their care group)
COVID-19 Reminders for 2021
COVID-19 TERM 1 UPDATE 1
As we continue to work in line with current Government and health guidelines, this update provides you with all the important guidelines we observe here at TVCS to keep you and your family safe.
Enjoy a coffee on us!
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY, 8:45AM
To celebrate our first day back at school we would like to invite you to stay and enjoy a barista coffee.
Join us at 8:45am outside in the courtyard area.
We can’t wait to see you on Thursday!
Primary ‘Meet the Teacher’ Evening
MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY, 6:30PM
Primary School parents are invited to join us at our Primary ‘Meet the Teacher’ Evening.
The evening will be a great opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers and hear about their plans for 2021.
Middle School Community BBQ
TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY, 5:30PM
Middle School parents are invited to join us next week at our annual Middle School Community BBQ.
The evening will be a great opportunity to connect with Middle School parents and teachers.
Information for starting school
There are so many things to tick off your list in preparation for the school year.
This section aims to equip you with some helpful information.
Photo on first day for new students
Please be aware that we will take a photograph of new students on their first day of school to use in our school
This will help the staff to easily identify your child.
Professional school photographs will be taken on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February.
Start and finish times
Primary students commence at 8.45am each day and secondary students commence at 8.40am.
Finish times are staggered across the school.
- Rec – Year 2 finish at 3.05pm
- Years 3 – 6 finish at 3.15pm
- Years 7 to 12 finish at 3.20pm.
The Primary students are all brought to the front car park by their class teacher for you to collect. If they have older siblings, they can wait with their teacher until their brother or sister finishes and comes over to meet them.
We ask that your children arrive no earlier than 8.15am and are collected no later than 3.45pm.
Download the TVCS App
We are pleased to introduce our TVCS App which may be downloaded from the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android). It is a dashboard for your mobile phone that connects to all our systems.
It is password protected to maintain your privacy and provides quick access to information about your child’s schooling. You can access our Parent Lounge, Calendar, Newsletters, Absentees and School Shop (Qkr) as well as other useful links. A one-stop solution for all your communication needs.
New families will receive a separate email and text informing you how to access and use the app.
If you notice anything not working with the App, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to access the School Card discount for 2021
The School Card discount is NOT automatic.
At the beginning of each year you must apply to the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and receive official notification that you are eligible before the School can make concessions. School Card applications are now made online here.
Once you have lodged your application, please send a copy of the confirmation of lodgment (screenshot or email) to email@example.com.
If you require any assistance with this process, please contact the School and ask for assistance from the Office Staff. Tuition fees will be invoiced at the full rate until such time as official notification of eligibility has been received by the school. Please pay the school card rate by the due date if you are applying for School Card.
2021 School Fees
All families are required to pay their school fees via our FACTS Management Australia online self-service portal via an automatic payment schedule from your bank account or credit card. Invoices for tuition fees are invoiced annually in late January.
Our Finance Officer, Mrs Belinda Hamber-Vanderpeer is available to meet with you and answer any questions regarding your tuition fees, entry deposit or school card. Please don’t hesitate to contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Text books, stationery and laptops
All text books and stationery are provided by the school and the cost has already been included in your tuition fees. Stationery will be distributed on the first day of school and text books are allocated through the Resource Centre.
If your child is in Year 7 or above, they will receive their laptop during the first week of school.
Our School Banking program is a fun way for your child to develop the knowledge and confidence to handle their money, combining a savings and a Rewards Program with great activities throughout the year.
If you would like your child to participate in our School Banking program please register your interest at Commbank.
Emergency and Medical Information
Update your contact information
Up-to-date family information is required in emergency situations when your child is ill or injured and it is vital that your contact details are kept up-to-date.
It is very important that the Front Office is advised of any changes of home address, home, work and other contact phone numbers.
First Aid and Action Plans
If your child keeps an Epi pen and/or other medication at school, please bring this into the Front Office on the first day of school. Please check all expiry dates on the epi pens and medication. If your child has an Action Plan, and you have not already given it to the Front Office, please also bring this to the Front Office on the first day of term.
For any First Aid queries, please contact the Front Office.
Parents of Primary School Children. To find out more about our program, view fees and to register at Camp Australia.
The service provided includes both before and after school care. At Camp Australia’s web home page enter our school, Torrens Valley Christian School, and the website takes you to a location specifically linked to OSHC at our school. More information is given as you register your name.
OSHC meets in Room 24.
Instrumental tuition for students
The Music Department offers private tuition on the instruments listed below.
Individual instrumental weekly lessons are ½ hour in length and cost $29. Some instrumental teachers are willing to teach groups of up to 3 students at a time and the cost of a group lesson is $16.00 per student.
Lessons run on a rotational basis during the school day to ensure that students do not miss out on the same lesson each week. Senior students are often able to book a fixed time with their instrumental teacher during a study period, lunch, recess, or before or after school.
If you would like more information on the Instrumental Programme here, please see the Front Office staff.
What instruments can my child learn?Read more..
- Acoustic Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Drum Kit
- Electric Bass
- Voice – Jazz
Student ID Cards (Year 7 to Year 12)
A student ID card is required for concession rates using public transport, attending sporting venues, movie theatres, concerts etc. The school offers this as a service to school-aged students at no extra cost.
Students will receive their ID card within the first week of school.
Replacement cards will be at a cost of $10.00.
Uniform Shop hours
The Uniform Shop hours to assist you with all your back to school requirements are:
BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS
– Thursday 21 January – 10:00am – 3:30pm
– Friday 22 January – 10:00am – 3:30pm
WEEK 1 AND WEEK 2
- Thursday 28 January – 8:15am – 4:30pm
- Monday 1 February – 8:30am – 11:15am
- Thursday 4 February – 8:30am – 11:15am and 3:00pm – 4:15pm
QKR! APP UNIFORM ORDERS
Uniform orders can be made at any time over the school holidays via the Qkr! App.
Qkr! orders received during the holiday period will be filled during the Uniform Shop opening hours and you will be emailed when your order is ready to pick up from the Front Office.
School uniform general appearance
Girls dress and skirt hemlines are to be a minimum of floor length when kneeling.
Primary: No make-up or nail polish is permitted
Middle and Senior: Undetectable, thin layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer. Mascara – clear/natural lash colour, applied thinly. Clear lip gloss. Clear nail polish or French manicures permitted.Read more..
Girls: The only jewellery permissible is 1 pair of plain gold or silver, spherical studs or sleepers – (one in each ear lobe.) 1 fine chain bracelet, 1 fine gold/silver ring, 1 watch, 1 small single cross on a fine chain around the neck.
Boys: The only jewellery permissible is 1 watch, and 1 small single cross on a fine chain around the neck. No earrings or any other piercings are permitted.
Hair is to be kept clean and tidy. Hair accessories (clips, headbands, hair ties and scrunchies) should be either navy, red or white, but not all colours together. Plain styles with no large trimming or decorations.
Natural hair colour is encouraged. Extremes of hairstyle and colour are not permitted.
No colour treatments are permitted in primary school (R-6). All hair to be kept back off the eyes, shoulder length or longer hair is to be tied back at all times.
Hair shaved less than No. 3 is not permitted.
Compulsory for Reception to Year 12 from February to April, and September to December, inclusive and strongly recommended in other months.
Lace-up black school shoes with low heel and sneakers (predominantly white or black). No casual sneakers, skate or court shoes, slip-on or fashion shoes.
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