Torrens Valley Christian School eNewsletter

Term 2 Week 2


Discipling Young People for Christ - The Bali Mission Trip

From 8-19th April, a group of 13 Year 10, 11 and 12 students and four staff participated in a mission trip to Bali.

The purpose of this cross-cultural experience was to provide our senior students with the opportunity to grow in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, serving others and being discipled in their walk with Christ.

During their ten-day stay in Bali, the team assisted a local foundation in Ungasan and Denpasar Bali called Bali Life. They served in construction and maintenance projects, teaching in the orphanage, helping at the street kids centre, and leading activities with the kids at the Rubbish Dump School. They also visited Compassion to meet one of the many students sponsored by TVCS.

But this was no ordinary trip!

The Bali Trip plays a pivotal role in the school’s discipleship program, cultivating the development of Christ-like character and equipping students to be culture shapers in our global community.

While the Bali Team were helping to make a difference in our world, God was shaping and moulding them, making a profound difference in their heart!

Here are few of the student’s reflections about their time away….

 “I went to the Bali Life Children’s Home. Each time I went I was welcomed with open arms. The people were great. I even had the chance to go to the Street Kids party- so much talent! I got to join in, and I had a great time.”  - Ben

“We had the chance to go to the school in the Dump. We had the privilege to teach in the school for two days and to paint a classroom. We learnt that how little you have, you can always be happy.”  - Maddy

“We had the opportunity to visit the Street Kids Centre and Kids Workshop. We taught the children some lessons and watched the women making things to sell so they could support their family. We learnt that in order to change a family, you have to help the women.”  - Prisca

“I went to the Coota Street unit. We gave the kids food and played with them. It was lots of fun- a really good time!”  - Josh

“We had a great time on this trip!”  - Erin

This trip is transformational and is run annually as part of the school’s commitment to discipleship.

Julie Prattis

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

Our school is again taking part in a national project about students with disability and/or learning needs. We have been asked to provide data about the number and learning needs of students in our school. The name of the school and the name of the students will not be reported. Information about the different types of needs and adjustments used to support students with additional educational needs will be collected.

We believe it is important to contribute to this as it will enable all Australian governments to better target support and resources to benefit students with disability.

At the start of Term 2, a letter will be sent to all parents and carers of students who we believe may fit one or more of the broad categories of disability (cognitive, physical, sensory and social/emotional) and currently have adjustments provided for them at school. Please note that this can include students with learning difficulties in basic literacy and numeracy.

Involvement in the Project is optional. If you do not want our school to provide data about your child to the Australian Government Department of Education, you can ‘opt-out’ by completing and returning the opt-out form that will accompany the letter to the school or contacting the school on the number below.

If you have any questions about the 2018 data collection please contact Sandra Tielen-Fry/Geri Austring (R-12) on 8265 2077.  Further information about the project can be found at

Parent letter re not wanting your child's information included in the National Data Collection


Parenting Courses

Please see attached flyers for the below courses:

  • Centacare Post-Separation Parenting Course
  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen
  • Developing Resilience

Please feel free to forward this email and it’s attachments on to anyone you believe may be interested.

To book into any of Centacare’s parenting courses we ask that you fill in the attached registration form and email it back to

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email or call Centacare on 8215 6700. 

Developing Resilience


How to talk so kids will listen


Notice to Clients


Parenting Registration Form


Post Separation Parenting Course Flyer


Friday Hot Lunch Program!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to announce a new hot lunch program will commence this Friday, 10 May.  Please find the menu attached below.

To order your child’s lunch, please complete a lunch order brown bag – child’s name, class or care group, food order and amount of cash enclosed.  Then pop the payment inside, fold the top and your child can bring it to school on Thursday morning and place it in the classroom order bag.  Orders are due in at 9.30am every Thursday morning.  Please do not staple or use sticky tape on the bag.

This week Primary and Middle students will receive a printed menu and some brown lunch bags.  Extra lunch bags will be available at the front office or you may like to purchase your own at the supermarket.  Senior students may collect their brown bags from their care group.

Please note this is a trial for Term Two.

Thank you!

TVCS Lunch Menu


Health Hustle

Years 3-6 had their first Health Hustle yesterday in the gym. It was a great time of fun, fitness and bringing together of the Years 3-6 classes. Special thanks to Mrs Chantel Lloyd for leading the aerobics!

Megan Thorpe, Year 6 Teacher

Woolworths Earn & Learn

We’re excited to say that Woolworths Earn & Learn launched last week!

Between 1 May and 25 June 2019 when you shop at Woolworths you will receive one sticker for every $10 you spend. Once you have collected your stickers, you can stick them on the sticker sheets which can be collected at the Front Office or your local Woolworths store.

Nut Free School

There have been a couple of empty wrappers found around the School of late which have had products in them which have contained nuts or traces of nuts.

A reminder to all Parents and Guardians to please make sure your child/ren are not bringing any foods to school which may contain nuts or traces of nuts, as the safety of our students is our first priority.

Some examples of foods to check are:

- Baked goods
- Chocolate and other sweets
- Cereals and granola
- Breads
- Energy bars
- International foods
- Sauces
...just to name a few.

Thank you in advance!

Reception Reading Workshop

Last Friday, 12 keen Reception parents joined me for a reading workshop. We covered a variety of topics including the reading process, what makes a proficient reader, the school reading program, Benchmark testing, levelled readers and running a successful home reading program. It was a valuable and successful morning for all and I would like to thank those who could attend for their enthusiasm and participation.

Lara Aldridge, Junior Primary Coordinator

Gold Rush Day

At the end of last term the Year 6T class and the Year 5W class held a Gold Rush Day!

During the day, our activities included:

Gold panning, Obtaining a Gold licence, Declaring our Gold at the Assay Store, being robbed by a Bushranger, making scones and damper, eating kangaroo stew and some Bush Tucker foods including Lily Pilli Jam. We learnt about Indigenous Bush Medicines and how the Immigrants Influenced the Gold Fields. It was a great day!

Megan Thorpe, Year 6 Teacher

Bridge Builders

Last week we were very fortunate to have Jocelyne Chirnside, the  author of the Bridge Builders® Program, come to school to run some Peer Mediator training sessions with our Year 5 and 6 students. The children were very excited to learn how they can help younger children with conflicts they may be having with their friends. Conflicts are a very normal and expected part our lives and it is an important skill to learn how to manage conflict a positive and helpful way. Jesus calls us to love one another and to forgive as he forgave.

Jocelyne also ran a workshop for parents. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend. We hope you found it really valuable.

Primary parents and children have all been given access to the Bridge Builders® material online. This helps parents to learn what the children have been learning at school and gives children the opportunity to share their learning with parents. If you need more information about this, please contact your teacher or Mrs Duell. 

Help Needed!

This year’s Secondary Musical, ‘Annie’ is in need of some items to use as props. If you can possibly help by loaning us a ANY of the following items, we would be very grateful:

Pillow (with white pillow case) x 3

Bed Sheets, Plain White (any size) x 10

Large metal antique-style ‘stewpot’ x 1

Plain metal ladle x 1

Large circular grill plate (like Webber) x 1

Large Tin Camping Mugs x 6-8

Wooden Crates/boxes (vintage) x 3

Feather dusters (wood/feathers, no plastic) x 5

Wooden/worn mop (no plastic) x 5

Wooden Broom (no plastic) x 5

Old fashioned briefcase x 1

Old Suitcases (board/leather, pre 1950s) x 4

Brandy glasses (small) x 4

Blanket – old, crocheted style x 1

Christmas Wreath x 1

These items can be delivered to the front office, together with name and contact details for arranging their return. Please specify if you do not wish the item to be returned! We genuinely appreciate your help in helping us stage this year’s Secondary Musical!

Matthew Tucker, Backstage/Props Coordinator

Uniform for Sale

Primary Track Top Jumper - Size 14 - $30.00 (worn twice - near new) for sale.

Please contact Loren on 0405 099 120

Sports News

State Athletics Individual Championships

Daniel competed in the State Athletics Individual Championships in late March, running personal bests in both the Under 9 400m (1.11.69) and 800m (2.45.00) and just missing out on the gold medal in both. He’s now training for the Cross Country season.

TVCS Basketball

The TVCS Titans played their Grand Final in the last week of last term, running out 41-19 winners! This was an exceptional achievement, considering 5 of the 8 players were new to the game at the start of the season. Special thanks to Mr Trevor Horskins for coaching the team.

Congratulations Noel!

Congratulations to Noel, who travelled to Abu Dhabi in April to represent the Gillespie Academy, competing in the Under 15s Arch Cup (Cricket). Noel is an opening batsman for Prospect, who trains up to 4 times a week in the summer. Highlights of the trip included learning about the professionalism required to play top-level cricket (such as preparing to play in temperatures up to 46 degrees and ice-bath recovery sessions), playing at an international cricket ground and winning the grand final against Zayad Cricket Academy.

SACSA Table Tennis Carnival

Last term, our table tennis teams competed at the SACSA Table Tennis Carnival, held at the Woodville Table Tennis Centre on March 20th. This was an excellent venue for both players and spectators. All teams showed a great combination of determination and good sportsmanship. Well done to all students, especially our Year 6/7 girls’ teams, who played off against each other in the Grand Final, and our Year 4/5 boys, who won gold in their competition. Final results were:

Year 4/5 Girls TVCS 4th

Year 4/5 Boys TVCS Gold 1st; TVCS Silver 4th

Year 6/7 Girls TVCS Gold 1st TVCS Silver 2nd

Year 6/7 Boys TVCS Gold 4th  TVCS Silver 5th

Bryan Franklin

Congratulations Ellie!

Congratulations to Ellie, who continues to achieve exceptional results in her running. In April, Ellie competed in the 200m and 400m at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, making the finals for both. She was not happy with her run in the 200m, finishing 8th, but was very pleased to run a PB in the 400m (55.80s), finishing in 2nd place. She then competed in the Stawell Gift over Easter, going into the semi-finals as the 2nd fastest qualifier in the 120m Open Women’s, but missed the final as she finished second to the eventual winner in her semi. However, Ellie was ecstatic to win the 70m Open Women’s final, which is an amazing achievement for a 15-year-old!

Newton Jaguars Netball Club

Newton Jaguars Netball Club is holding a FREE School Holiday Junior Skills Clinic for players - boys & girls, born between 2009 and 2012 (7 to 10yo).

The Junior Skills Clinic aims to introduce players to club sport environment. With a focus on basic netball skills and gameplay. Registrations are required via the link below. NOTE: places are limited to 16 players.

Newton Jaguars Netball Club thanks The ARC Campbelltown for their continued support of the club and our clinic.

Newton Jaguars Netball Club is proud to hold it's annual 8 week Suncorp Net Set Go program.

Our program is aimed at 5-7yo, who are relatively brand new to netball. The program focuses on basic skill development, gameplay and fun! (NOTE: Places limited to 16 players).

The program will be held at the Neil Dansie Courts, Crowle Rd, Paradise starting Thursday 9 May 2019 - from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

The 8-week program costs $80.00 and registrations can be made via the following link:

For more information about the program - go to

Events and dates to mark in your calendar!

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Secondary Students!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to invite you to our Australia's Biggest Morning Tea event which will be taking place on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

We note from 10.00am - 10.20am the Secondary Assembly will take place which you are welcome to join us in the School Hall and from 10.20am there will be morning tea for parents and family members served in the front courtyard.

We would appreciate donations of: cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, slices (baked, bought, savoury or decorated). We ask students to please bring on Tuesday, 21 May into the School Hall - ALL NUT FREE PLEASE.

Come along, bring a friend and make your cup count in the fight against cancer.


Funds raised will be donated to the Cancer Council.

Other Information

Career Events

Please see below career events coming up!

Girl's Programming Network

Adelaide Workshop - Term 2 is taking place on Sunday, 19 May 2019 from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Once you have signed up online, please contact Fiona Clayton to advise you will be attending -

Please see flyer below for more information.

GPN Adelaide Workshop Flyer


The Least of These - Pre-screening

Good Samaritan Ministry is hosting a special pre-screening of "The Least of These" (PG) . This incredible Christian movie about an Australian family who were missionaries in India through adversary will change your life! This is a great movie for anyone who has a heart for missions or supports missions, or anyone who likes to see lives won for Christ. Good for a home-fellowship outing, small group event or individuals. 

When: Wednesday, 15 May
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $18.00
Where: Greater Union Cinema, Arndale

Money raised will go towards the work Good Samaritan Ministry does in India.

Seats are limited so must book in advance by clicking the button below. 

Good Samaritan Ministry

Good Samaritan Ministry is a not-for profit Christian organisation whose aim is to reach the tribal, remote, poor and outcast people of Eastern India with God's love in a practical way. We are able to do this through generous donations and regular support. The things GSM does includes child sponsorship in family type homes, tuition in villages where there are no teachers, supporting pastors to spread God's word among the tribal and mountain people - mostly unreached people groups, supporting widows, and providing emergency relief such as medical assistance, housing assistance and food assistance. Our aim is to connect people to services which will help them, and in the case that there are none, to provide those services. Our dream is to build a community centre that anyone from any caste or religion can come to and receive support, love, assistance whilst hearing about Jesus. 

Any further information please contact Emily: