the schoolyard twilight market & movie night!

Twilight Market 2017

Hey folks! Our Schoolyard Twilight Market & Movie Night is fast approaching with only three sleeps to go until the big event!

Our Schoolyard Twilight Market is promising to be a really fun, family night out with an eclectic mix of stalls, artisan produce and delicious food cooked by our highly regarded Tong masters! A massive night for all. Read on to discover what’s on at the Market!

You’ve seen our Facebook posts and posters, now all you have to do and is come along and join us at our Schoolyard Twilight Market & Movie Night.


Saturday 11 November 2017 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Gates open 5:30 pm!

TPPS Bangalay Drive Port Macquarie

 The Schoolgrounds Café & BBQ

While at the market, your taste buds are certainly going to be tantalized and satisfied!

Our wonderful “Tongmasters Extraordinaire” will be BBQíng up a storm of sausage sandwiches, steak sandwiches and chicken skewers! Its Saturday! Don’t cook … have the night off and come down to our BBQ!

You can’t have a Movie Night without Popcorn so drop into the Popcorn Stand near the Canteen for freshly popped popcorn! There will also be a snow-cone van located in the KidZone (between the Kindy Classrooms) as well as ice-cream from the people from Dippin’ Dots Ice-cream!

We are taking orders for some delectable Cheese Boxes that we have put together. Perfect with a coffee! So, don’t forget to order yours via the Ticket Order Form before Friday 10th! We would hate for you to miss out!


(A small number of Cheese Boxes may be available from the Canteen on the night).

Oh, and one last thing! Our Schoolground Café (aka the Canteen) will be offering Holy Goat Coffee not to mention an array of drinks (including Slushies’) and snacks.

Our Stallholders!

We have an eclectic mix of stalls (30 to be exact) including home wares, jewellery, beauty products, candles, cards, art, plants, hand-made items and gourmet food – a little something for everyone…

We will also have some very special stalls ….

  • Year 6 will be selling Aerial Aliens (aka helicopters) to help them fundraise,
  • We have Sewn by Monique who will be selling her hand-made crafts – a very talented Year 6 student, and
  • Kicking Goals for 2018 will be there fundraising to send 4 very sporty Futsal players to the US.

What would a twilight market be without some wonderful Glow in the Dark items? The P & C’s Glowstick Stall have some very brilliant thunder foam sticks, glow sticks, necklaces etc., to sell not forgetting the all-time favourite – Lucky Dips as well!

Coastal Track & Trail Runners
Amber Drop Honey
Sewn by Monique
Bird & Earth
Bottled Earth
Dippin Dots
Captured by Teena

Moodee & Sass
Gourmet Taste Sensations
Amakai Cards
Sleepy Willow Gifts
Anjelli Soaps
Lovely Day Cakes
Lakeside Woods Nursery
Precision Electrical
Pretty & Pampered
Eureka Explorers
Hot ‘N’ Tasty 4 U
Kicking Goals for 2018
Amandas Bead Craft
Aerial Aliens
Scentsational Life
Off the Rayles
Phoenix Trading
Class 3/4N
The Free Lane

Raffle Fun!

Your P and C will be giving away loads of prizes at the Raffle Table! This is your chance to win a great variety of prizes donated by our stallholders just to add to all the fun. Oh, and don’t forget to buy a ticket in our Cash for Christmas Guessing Competition.

Kids (…and adults) Activities!

We said there was something for everyone at our Schoolyard Twilight Market & Movie Night and there is!

Drop by the “World’s Longest Colouring-In” table for all the little (and the not so little) Picasso’s.

You can even have your face-painted by the staff from the wonderful  Scaramouche!


Everyone these days loves a selfie so why not drop into our Photo Booth supplied by “In the Booth” Port Macquarie and pull some happy, funny faces! For just $3 you will receive a strip of 3 photos. You can even purchase more photo’s after the event as we will be

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selling copies of all photos taken. Family nights are memory-making nights.

The brilliantly clever Eureka Explorers will also be at the market showing off some amazing STEM exhibits so don’t miss out their stall (and maybe, book the kids in for their Summer Vacation Program!).


And for those who like to hit the waves, come along and join Huddo from Port Macquarie Surf School and do some tarp surfing! Cool!

It’s the Guessing Competition of all Guessing Competitions … how many balloons can fit in the car? Hmmm… the fun is in the guessing and thanks to the wonderful folk at Harvey Norman Student Services the person who guesses the correct number of balloons (or has the closest guess) wins a Lenovo Laptop! Wow!

…And finally, there is the one and only special screening of “Boss Baby”!

We will be screening “Boss Baby” under the stars! Grab a blanket, a cushion or a low chair and join us. Prior to the screening of Boss Baby there will be a special 30-minute session of Just Dance where you can have a bop!

Tickets to the screening must be pre-purchased and are available online at Flexischools or by returning the Ticket Order Form (sent home last week) to the collection area in Year 6 Seating Area or the Canteen no later than Friday 10th November. Flexischools will remain open until 9:00 pm on Friday.

So, with all these activities, we are sure you will be entertained!

… only @ the schoolyard twilight market & movie night!



Working behind the scenes to bring you this event has been a very small group of sub-committee members who have convinced (well, maybe bribed) their partners to help.

To ensure the safety and success of this event we do require a little bit of volunteer help. We need at least four – five volunteers to help us out on the night.

We need volunteers to assist in the Canteen or on the BBQ. So, if you are free and don’t mind lending a hand, please let us know!


Looking for more information or simply want to lend a hand? Contact us!

2017 Schoolyard Twilight Market

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BOSS BABY is coming…soon!

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We invite you to meet a very unusual, suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby who is the one and only BOSS BABY!

As part of our Schoolyard Twilight Market we are screening BOSS BABY in the school grounds so bring a blanket, family and friends, grab some dinner from the market and head on down to the “bowl” to watch this great family friendly movie!

BOSS BABY will screen at 7:30 pm (depending upon the sun) on Saturday,11 November!

Entry is by ticket only, so you must pre-purchase your tickets! These are available:

Ticket Prices:

Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)    $25.00 ea

Adult                                                               $10.00 ea

Child                                                               $5.00 ea

We are also selling some wonderful home-made Cheese Boxes for you to sup on at the showing. These are only available by pre-order on the Ticket Order Form so don’t forget to order yours! The boxes include a selection of cheeses (brie & cheddar), crackers, hommus, olives and seasonal fruits and are reasonably priced at $15 ea. What more could you want!

We want everyone to enjoy the Movie and the Markets so on the reverse of the Ticket Order Form there is some important information for you! Please take the time to read it!

We hope you join us for a truly wonderful evening only @ The Schoolyard Twilight Market and Movie Night!


Canteen Summer Menu 2017/2018

Blue Grid Monthly Meal Menu


Our new Canteen Summer Menu for 2017/2018 has finally arrived! Our lovely Canteen Managers, Leanne & Sandy have done a great job in creating a new menu for Summer that is appealing to all while striving to meet the requirements of the new Canteen Strategy 2017 requirements.

The new Menu will commence on Monday 16 October 2017. We ask that you do NOT order from any other menu from this date and discard any previous menus that you may have!

A copy of the menu is available under Canteen  

There are some great new options on the menu that are fresh, tasty and healthy!


A Childish Plot!

Work in Progress

“Where children can delight in nature and discover a passion for plants…”


We have all heard about our plans for a Sensory Garden and asked what happened to our pavers! Well it’s been a long journey but our Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom is well under construction!

During the school holidays, works commenced on our visionary Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom. This is our enduring gift for our school from a school community who values our children’s learning experiences both within and outside the classroom.

The Garden came as a result of the School requesting the P & C for their support to celebrate the School’s 20th Anniversary in February 2016. The P & C recommended a Paver Fundraiser to sell pavers to the families of the School both past and present to be included in a Sensory Garden as a living gift to all students past, present and future.

With thanks to our school families and local businesses who have supported our many fundraising efforts, we have been able to provide further financial assistance to enable the hardscaping of the Garden to be undertaken. We are ever grateful to BNJ Landscaping who successfully tendered for the project and is currently undertaking hardscaping works.

So what is a Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom?

A Sensory Garden seeks to enliven sensory nerves through specific selection and careful arrangement of various garden elements. Sensory perceptions that range from sight and hearing, smell and touch, to even taste can be evoked by a sensory garden. A sensory garden can serve therapeutic and educational purposes for children.

The common focus of all sensory gardens is the creation of an immersive experience that appeals to one or more of the five senses that is beyond the scope and design of an average garden. To some degree, the experience for observers and participants is often described to be invigorating, relaxing and stimulating.

A sensory garden is a way of communicating with nature and stimulates children to the value of their five senses.

What the garden is not, is a playground! This is a “learnscape” – where children are taken outdoors to experience and learn in a natural environment. There is no playground equipment – only learning equipment that supports a child.


The TPPS Sensory Garden and Outdoor Classroom Project aims to meet the needs of our school for 21st Century Learning, to be a sustainable resource and to use the physical site and available resources to their fullest. It aims to offer a place that enriches the teaching efforts of our dedicated teachers with powerful hands-on experiences that make learning come alive – connecting students to nature, life-long skills, achievement and behaviours.


It is hoped that our garden will benefit our children in various ways including but not limited to:

  1. Positive impact on student achievement and behavior
  2. Improvement in the knowledge of science
  3. Improvement in social skills and behaviours
  4. Improvement in environmental attitudes and the instillation of respect for nature
  5. Improvement in attitudes towards and the consumption of fruits and vegetables

The Sensory garden is not just a place for plant science and ecology; they are also places for art, music, math, creative writing, sharing and teamwork within the interconnected web of life.

What will it look like?

Our photos show the basics of the design – the garden will include:

  • A sensory trail constructed from various materials such as stones, grass and wood that provide sensory experiences. The trail is part of the larger pathway system with no dead ends and wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access so that the garden is all inclusive. 
  • Two seating areas:-
    • Outdoor seating and 20th Anniversary Paved area for our Outdoor Classroom showcasing the pavers from the fundraiser. The area does not include tables as this would inhibit the creativity and flow of the garden. The seating is circular rather than set in traditional classroom type arrangements.
    • A “sit and think” seat placed around an existing tree – a place to reflect and share ideas. Again circular in shape. We have deliberately avoided harsh angles and square shapes to ensure the designs flows.
  • Outdoor musical instruments
  • Plants and elements that reflect, excite and develop the five senses – a row of fruit trees, hedging to lure the child to the garden and experience what is beyond, herbs and grasses. All of the chosen plantings have been selected in accordance with DOE guidelines and we have considered possible allergies etc.
  • Artwork and sculpture
  • Spiral raised garden beds so that children can experience plantings at varying heights.
  • A dry creek bed using natural drainage on-site.
  • Weather stations and magnifying elements to see micro environments not to mention a windsock, sundial, peepholes and insect hotels!

The garden encompasses the whole area between the Vegie patch and Kinder classrooms extending to the new COLA an area of approximately 200 m2!

The project is a tangible project that we can shape over time – we look forward to achieving our vision and the result will be a garden and learning resource that keeps giving over time.

The Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom Project has generated great support from local businesses recognising the value for outdoor learning opportunities. We greatly appreciate the support of Fast Plast Building Supplies and Tradelink Port Macquarie.


NB: Some of the photos in this article are examples only. The end result may look different.