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Midterm Insider

17 May 2024

Welcome, Parents and Families! 

We're thrilled to present the second online Insider for Year 5, packed with exciting updates and events to keep you in the loop about what's happening at our school. As we dive into this edition, we'll introduce you to our new teacher, Ben, explore the exhilarating era of the Gold Rush, share details about our upcoming cultural dress-up day, discuss uniform matters, and much more!

Get ready to embark on a journey through the enriching experiences and educational adventures that await our students this term. Whether it's embracing history, celebrating diversity, or simply staying informed, this Insider is your window into the vibrant world of our school community.

So sit back, relax, and let's delve into all the highlights of this edition together!

Introducing.... Ben Forbes

Good afternoon, Year 5 parents,

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Ben Forbes, and I'm thrilled to be stepping into the role of 5 Val teacher here at Tamborine Mountain College, filling in for Mrs. Newman during her maternity leave. It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know the incredible students in 5 Val, and I'm eagerly looking forward to our journey together throughout the remainder of 2024.

On a personal note, this marks my first venture into teaching at Tamborine Mountain College, and I couldn't be more honored to have the opportunity to work with your children, guiding them to expand their knowledge and skills while fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment. My commitment is to stand by each student, tailoring my support to their individual needs, and sharing in the joys of laughter, learning, and growth along the way.

Beyond the classroom, I find solace in the great outdoors, whether it's embarking on a nature walk or soaking up the sun at the beach. Musical theatre holds a special place in my heart, particularly Disney productions, so you can imagine my excitement for our upcoming rendition of The Lion King Musical at TMC this year—I can't wait to contribute to its success. At home, I'm kept company by my three beloved dogs: Arslan, Millie, and Charlie. In my spare moments, you'll likely find me being happily towed along by them on our walks.

Please know that my door is always open to you. Come and find me for a chat or reach out via email at I'm here and ready to collaborate for the betterment of your child's education and overall experience at TMC.

Warm regards,
Ben Forbes

Open day

Experience the beauty of TMC's wholesome community at our Open Day on Saturday, May 18th, from 10am - 2pm. Our students will guide you on a tour of our stunning campus where you can meet our dedicated staff teachers. Join us for a delightful picnic lunch on the lawn from our food trucks, while your children enjoy free activities such as pony rides, petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, and an inflatable obstacle course. We can't wait to welcome you to the top of our mountain here at TMC!

Free Dress day

Next Tuesday (May 21st) is Cultural Diversity Day where we will celebrate all cultures at TMC. The students are welcome to dress up in the colours of their flag, cultural outfits or national sports’ teams. Please note that the students’ outfits are to be appropriate (no short shorts/exposed shoulders, exposed stomachs etc) and must wear enclosed shoes. 

Athletics Carnival

The Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival will take place at Jimboomba again this year! On Friday May 31st we will all make our way down the mountain in the school bus to showcase our excellent long jump,  discus, shot put and track running skills! Mr. Bourke will send out more information closer to the date! Please also keep an eye out for your child’s invitation in Parent Lounge.

Midterm, where are we at?

English - We have been working on writing persuasive texts this term. We will soon start writing a persuasive text, and practicing our presentations.

Maths - We are fully embracing fractions and will be moving into decimals and percentages soon.

Science - We are continuingly amazed how wonderful matter is and seeing first hand how gases take up space and how we can scientifically determine which three characteristics we observe to determine what state matter is in. We are now looking at transitions between states and learning how to write a scientific experiment.

HASS - HASS is of course very excititing at the moment (see seperate heading for more information)

Health - We are looking at health. We looked at the six pilars or 'ant legs' of health, what it takes to build healthy habits, how do we prevent losing our health, and where can we turn to to look after our health.

Art- we are continuing to investigate what the foundations are of art. We are looking at lines, shapes, form and texture.

As always, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in your child's education. We are both incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful children and families.

Warm regards,

Ben Forbes & Robert Schönherr