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

In the Booth Company Logo (1)

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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Health Star Ratings & Portion Control


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As you know we have been busy providing our school community with the many facets of the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy. Working with our Canteen Supervisors, Leanne and Sandy, we are trying to make our Canteen totally compliant with the new guidelines. In our final instalment, we look at the second and third elements of the new Strategy…

The Health Star Rating (HSR)

An integral part of the Strategy is the introduction of the HSR system that was introduced by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups. The HSR was introduced on a voluntary basis in June 2014.

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is a quick and easy way to compare the nutrient content of packaged foods. It scores the overall nutritional content of packaged foods and rates them from ½ a star to 5 stars. The more stars, the healthier the choice.

If the canteen decides to use pre-packaged foods (and this can only apply to Occasional food and drinks representing 25% of the menu) than that food must have a HSR of 3.5 stars or more to be sold in school canteens in addition to Everyday food.


So until we can source meat pies, sausage rolls etc., these staples of the School Canteen lunch order will be removed (:() .

One problem that is facing all School Canteens is that the food industry itself is lagging behind in ensuring that manufacturers of prepackaged foods etc., are labelling their products with the HSR. This is a problem that is further compounded by the regional locality of schools.

To understand more about the HSR  visit



Portion Control

So not only does our School Canteen Menu need to have items categorised as Everyday and/or Occasional Foods and have all occasional foods rated with a HSR above 3.5 stars, it must also be portion controlled!

Anyone who has had to adhere to a diet will know and understand the importance of portion control for weight loss and so it applies here. Care needs to be taken to avoid serving large portions of all OCCASIONAL foods and some EVERYDAY foods (flavoured milk, juices and hot meals). All School Canteens have access to a Menu Ready Reckoner to check the maximum portion size limits for menu items and ingredients.

If we feel that a small serving wouldn’t satisfy the hunger of a student, then the foods should be combined with a salad, bread roll, fruit or milk. For example, if we were to serve a frittata which has a maximum portion size of 250 grams, we would also serve it with a salad to provide a balanced meal.


Our new Terms 2 & 3 Winter Meal will be released on 31 March 2017 and will commence from Term 2. There are some major changes to the menu and there has been some concessions but you will see a vastly different menu. The menu may change as we strive to meet the new requirements as we move towards being compliant with the Strategy.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on the new Menu and we hope you now have an understanding of the why and wherefores of the changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us to give feedback – complimentary or otherwise. We really only want the best for a healthy school community and we believe our Canteen can provide this to you.

Contact the P &C, our Canteen Supervisors or the School if you require any further clarification. Here’s to our Healthy School!





Everyday foods vs. Occasional foods …

Continuing on with our series on the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy, we thought it prudent to provide information on what sorts of foods are classified as “Everyday” and those that are “Occasional” foods.

The Strategy consists of four main elements:

  1. Everyday vs. Occasional Foods
  2. Health Star Rating
  3. Portion size limits – there are portion limits for just a few categories of EVERYDAY food and drinks and ALL OCCASIONAL food and drinks.
  4. Market and promote healthier choices – the goal is to make healthier EVERYDAY food and drinks stand out and sell well.

These two categories are the main elements of the Strategy and are our starting point for items to be included on our menu or for sale over-the-counter at the Canteen.

The following information has been extracted from the website of the Healthy Kids Association of which your P & C is a member. For further information, please go to

EVERYDAY from Flickr via Wylio© 2013 Dana, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio

EVERYDAY foods are the foods on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They include foods from the five food groups including vegetables, fruit, dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, bread, rice, pasta, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and legumes. These foods form the basis of a healthy diet and should be eaten every day.

What are EVERYDAY food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches and toasties with EVERYDAY fillings like cheese, tuna, lean chicken, lean meat, egg and salad.
  • Sushi with EVERYDAY fillings like tuna, salmon, avocado and other vegetables.
  • Salads.
  • Hot foods made from EVERYDAY ingredients such as lasagne, pasta bolognaise, rice and noodle dishes and burgers.
  • Fruit, yoghurts and custard, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, plain popcorn.
  • Plain and flavoured milk, smoothies, 99% fruit and vegetable juice.


OCCASIONAL foods and drinks will be selected carefully as they are mostly high in saturated fat, sugars and/or salt and often with little nutritional value. These foods aren’t on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They should be eaten only sometimes and in small amounts.

Egg and Bacon Pie and Chips - Cloud 9, Falls Creek from Flickr via Wylio© 2007 Alpha, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

What are OCCASIONAL food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches, wraps, toasties and sushi with OCCASIONAL fillings, such as OCCASIONAL meats: crumbed chicken schnitzel, salami, devon, chicken roll and sausages.
  • Hot foods such as crumbed or coated chicken, hot potato chips, hashbrowns, pies and sausage rolls, instant flavoured noodles.
  • Chips, pretzels, cakes, biscuits and desserts.
  • Smoothies made with ice cream/gelato/sorbet and all diet drinks such as diet soft drinks, diet iced tea and diet flavoured waters, etc.
  • Ice creams and frozen yoghurt.

Combining Everyday Foods with Occasional Foods

When a menu item includes any OCCASIONAL foods, it makes the menu item OCCASIONAL. However, you can encourage healthier choices by teaming up our OCCASIONAL foods with EVERYDAY foods. For example, team chicken tenders or nuggets with a side salad.


The Strategy isn’t simply about categorising foods as everyday and/or occasional. Once we have identified everyday and occasional items on the menu we must then balance the menu in each category (i.e. drinks, snacks, icy offering, cold lunch, hot lunch etc.,) to 75% Everyday Foods and 25% Occasional Foods.

This is no easy job as you must look at the ingredients of each item and ensuring that it adds up to 75% Everyday and 25% Occasional!

Phew! And this folks is only the first element of the new Strategy! Our next posting will look at the remaining elements of the strategy that is the Health Star Rating (HSR) and portion sizes!

If you would like further clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask our Canteen Supervisors or email us using the comments box below! We would love to hear from you!

Introducing the Healthy School Canteen

Apples from Flickr via Wylio© 2013 Devika, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

We keep hearing about the changes to the way NSW School Canteens provide healthy food for our children but what does it really mean? Here, we will try to provide you with as much information as possible on the new direction our Canteen will be heading in. The information provided below gives an overview of the changes and has been extracted from the NSW Government’s Healthy School Canteen website (Click here for the link to the website).

“The new NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is a joint NSW Health and Education initiative. The aim of the strategy is to establish a healthy food and drink culture in our schools, and will contribute to the NSW Premiers Priority to reduce obesity in NSW kids over the next 10 years.

 The revised strategy has been informed by a comprehensive evidence report and a consultation process that included canteen managers, school leaders, health professionals, the food industry, school students and parents to understand the barriers and enablers for increasing healthy food and drink choices in NSW school canteens. Download the accessible version of the discussion paper (DOCX 111 KB) that was released in July 2016 to inform the public consultation process.

Public schools will transition to the revised strategy over a three year period (2017 – 2019). Catholic and independent schools are also encouraged to participate in the strategy. The transition will be responsive to canteen operating arrangements, product availability, rural and remote locations and community and cultural expectations.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines and the national labelling system that provides Health Star Ratings (HSRs) on the front of packaged food and drinks forms the basis of the minimum food and drink criteria for the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy. The new food and drink criteria replaces the traffic light system under the previous strategy.

Food and drink criteria

Target minimum benchmarks for all school canteens
Everyday food and drinks Occasional food and drinks
At least ¾ of the menu. No more than ¼ of the menu.
No Health Star Rating (HSR) cut-off. Health Star Rating (HSR) of 3.5 stars and above.
Portion limits for flavoured milk, juice and ready-to-eat meals. Portion limits for all Occasional food and drinks.
Display, favourably price, promote and advertise Everyday choices. Occasional food and drinks not promoted at point of sale.

*Sugary drinks are not to be sold in NSW public schools.

Schools will be supported and encouraged to achieve higher benchmarks for healthy food and drink options in their canteens.

What’s changed?

  • Two categories (Everyday and Occasional food and drinks) will replace the three traffic-light categories.
  • There will no longer be two ‘Red’ food days per term. However, at the discretion of the principal a school may choose to invite the canteen to cater for a special event, such as a school fair, or school celebration. On such occasions, menu items can align with the school’s plans enabling the school canteen to be fully integrated as part of the school celebration or special event.


Together with the School, Your P & C run Canteen is committed to the implementation of the new strategy so expect some changes throughout the year to what is available in our canteen. Our menu’s will be changing in line with the change in the policy commencing with the release of our Term 2 & 3 Winter Menu 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy and what it means to our Canteen, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are still getting our heads around it as well!  Our Canteen Managers are able to assist you too, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Spring Fair needs your HELP!


As you know the Spring Fair is the biggest fund-raiser that your P & C undertakes. This year it is extra special as we are celebrating our School’s 20th Anniversary!

We urgently need your help as the Spring Fair cannot go ahead unless we have the support of our school families.

We already have experienced helpers on board to help run some of our stalls and organise the event – we need more! Our Spring Fair requires a large number of people to donate their time to make the event happen. Whether you are a leader, an organiser or an assistant we need your help. You don’t have to give a huge amount of your time, afterall we do want everyone to enjoy the celebration! Even one hour of your time would help us immensely!

If you can help on the day selling, serving, moving goods or helping run our stalls we would like to hear from you. If you want to run a stall or get involved in the running of the Fair, we want to hear from you. If you want to be on the Spring Fair Committee, we want to hear from you!

Just click on the link to see if there is a stall or activity that you would be interested in

Stallholder List

Contact the Spring Fairy and her fairies:

Please contact us if you can help and make the Spring Fair your “Just One Thing” for 2016!

Glenys Rhodes Phone: 0408 619 355

Kaylene Monkton Phone: 0419 408 241

Mary Spackman Phone:0401 151 256

Amanda Horder  Phone: 0412 139 293

Tara Page Phone 0406 752 267

Hannah & Neil Temple Phone 0409 029 782