What’s On

Every year Thomas Chirnside
Primary School has a range of
events and activities for students
and our school community. Read
about some of the key events below.

Annual Learning Expo

We warmly invite our community to take part in the Annual TCPS Learning Expo.

We open our learning spaces so that students have an opportunity to share their individual learning achievements as well as the learning goals they are working towards. This is a family event and teachers are available in classrooms for an informal discussion about individual student progress.

The Learning Expo is held in Term 1 and further details are available through the newsletter.





Thomas Chirnside Primary School holds annual Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Veterans from conflicts both past and present join the school community for these special occasions. The Lone Pine Memorial was built by veterans and is a reminder of the strong community partnerships supporting our students learning.

2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the Remembrance Day commemorative service at the school. We are very proud of the strong connections we have with veterans in our community.

TCPS has been honoured to receive recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the 2017 State Winner of the ANZAC Day Schools’ Awards Primary Section.

TCPS recently developed a Peace Garden at the front entrance of the school.





The more we read the more we learn. All student’s benefit from daily reading at home.

Reading ability has a direct impact on success in future schooling. Reading helps us to learn new vocabulary and increases our world knowledge. Readers acquire new information and perspective every time they pick up a book. Reading helps us to appreciate the world around us.

Reading at home can include both fiction and non-fiction texts. It is good to help children problem solve to read the text. It is also important to focus on comprehension of the text. That is, not just reading the words but understanding the meaning, and using this to extend their knowledge.

Ask children to make predictions about what the book might be about. Then check the prediction as they read. This is a good strategy for learning to understand a text.

Use more probing questions with older readers such as:

  • Make a predication about …
  • What does the writer say that makes you think that?