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From the Principal
STEP OUT… INTO A NEW YEARWelcome 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!
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 email@example.com.
System usernames and passwords
If you are experiencing difficulty access the TVCS App, Parent Lounge or the Canvas Student App, please contact the Front Office.
- Phone: 8126 2200
- 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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