School Fete

The school fete will be held on Saturday March 21 and our class are supporting the plant stall. If you wish to donate plants or pot up some seedlings, let Mr McGaw know asap and we will help raise funds for our school by selling some shrubs, flowers and trees to our community.


Homework went home last week and will continue to go home weekly to support our classroom learning and the homework policy of Tenambit Public School. You each have a special folder to collect from Mr McGaw as of Week 5 to keep your homework safe and organised throughout the year.


Today we finished viewing Episode 1 of ‘The First Australians’ titled; ‘They Came to Stay’.

This introduction to our History unit places us in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s where our journey begins. To view the episode again, click the video image above and take a journey back to 1788.


5M are currently learning a new dance in preparation for the school fete on March 21st. The Brisbane based Indie rockband Sheppard were formed in 2009 and released their first album; ‘Bombs Away’ in July, 2014. Now 5M are starting to learn the lyrics and some cool moves. Check the video out here and enjoy this uplifting song by Sheppard.

Visit the official website for more music at


TPS logoHere are some important routines to keep in mind during Term 1.

Monday – Assembly at 12:45pm in the school hall

Tuesday – Personal Development, Health and Physical Education with Mr Manning

Wednesday – Bushdancing & Bushrangers with Mrs O’Shea

Thursday – Library 10.10-11.10am with Mrs Riding

Friday – Primary Sport and Friday Incentive Time (FIT)

The newsletter goes home with homework each Monday and we have already started home reading.

Welcome to 5M

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Welcome to the new school year at Tenambit Public School. My name is David McGaw and I am new to the teaching staff at Tenambit. I am looking forward to a great year teaching Year 5 and performing the role of Assistant Principal for the primary classes Year 3-6 at Tenambit Public School. My interests in education are numerous with Aboriginal Education, History, English, Mathematics and Community/School partnerships my specialities. I am a qualified Greenkeeper, Horticulturist, TAFE Teacher since 1998 and more recently in 2008 and 2014 respectively, gained undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Primary Education from the University of Newcastle. I am a published historian of our national football team, the Socceroos, and have completed numerous long distance running events including multiple marathons. I live in Newcastle with my family and believe my career in teaching is an absolute privilege.

From this point onwards, this blog will be dedicated to the ‘Fantastic 5’s who make up Year 5 at Tenambit Public School in 2015. There are 30 wonderful students starting their journey in Stage 3 this year. We are located in Room 10 near the Library. Please come back regularly and check out what our class is learning throughout the year.