News from the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families

Kid I Am

NBL Blitz Tasmania

Go to to game details and tickets.

PCYC holiday program

Just Swim holiday program

Norwood Little Athletics

YMCA – Youth in the Attic

A small group environment to encourage those that find out it difficult to be social.

Ben Lomond Junior races

Photo Competition

Photographers of all abilities are invited to enter the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition, which opened on 19 August.

The competition is run by the Mid North Coast Local Health District, as part of the Your Health Link initiative, a strategy aimed at enhancing community understanding of health and health care information, and how people can apply that information to their lives.

For information go to,


Headspace parent sessions

UTAS Psychology Research

Are you 10 to 17 years old? Would you like to take part in a research study looking at how young people think, problem-solve, and act at home and at school? University of Tasmania Psychology Honours students Katie McBain (’88) and Natalie Ling (supervised by Assoc Prof Nenagh Kemp and Dr Kimberley Norris) are running a study looking at these skills in young people who were born prematurely, as well as those who were born “on time”.

If you want to take part (with your parents’ permission!), you’d come to the UTAS Newnham campus on Friday 30 August or Saturday 31 August for one session of 1- 1.5 hours. You would do some face-to-face tasks with the researchers, as well as you and your parent filling in some questionnaires about how you think and act at home and at school. If you’re interested in learning more, please email us at (or phone 6226 7534) or (or phone 6226 7199). We’d love to hear from you! (UTAS Ethics no. H18018)


Voluneers needed

Open House Launceston is an annual event.   There was a great response to last year’s very first Open House Launceston and this year there will be over 30 buildings for people to explore. A chance to see Launceston from a unique perspective!

Open House Launceston needs volunteers!

Free events like Open House operate on the generosity of those who volunteer their time to ensure this community event runs as smoothly and successfully as possible. Volunteering is fun, rewarding and a great way to meet other locals and stickybeaks!

Aligning perfectly with our Service IDEAL this is a great opportunity to see some unique buildings and give back the community.  Students are encouraged to volunteer their time. Open House Launceston will be on Saturday 7 September and volunteers are rewarded with a delicious volunteers-only breakfast and special after-party at the Brickworks Design Centre.

Email or phone (03) 6214 1500 to register your interest today!

Interested in Touch Football?

Touch football is a field sport based on rugby league, without the need to tackle. It’s easy to learn, needs limited equipment and is generally a limited-contact sport… it’s also heaps of fun!

The Launceston Touch Association’s season runs from October to March every year, with this year’s season quickly approaching. We are hoping in the coming years to field some college teams but in the interim, if anyone was interested in playing there are opportunities to get some exposure to the sport and join a club.

Paul McKendrick, Head of Health and Physical Education and myself, Kate Stokes, Graphic Designer at the College are involved with the sport and can help you to be too.

Feel free to contact us at or if you would like some more information on how to get involved.

Kate Stokes
Graphic Designer

Junior Futsal Prospect

Weathering family separation parent sessions

A Child Focussed Educational Program

A 3-hour session for separated parents on how to support your children following separation and make it “easier and healthier” for them

Venue: CatholicCare Launceston
201 York Street, Launceston

Commencing: Wednesday 14th August 2019
10:00am to 1:00pm

Please contact CatholicCare Launceston
On 6332 0600 for registration


Iceberg Swim

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Uniting Church Launceston South Congregation

The Uniting Church Launceston South Congregation meets on the Penquite Campus in Briggs House Dining Room every Sunday morning at 9.30am.

They welcome everyone to join them and share morning tea after the service.


Youth Speakout

Find out more at

City Mission Bookfest

City Mission is excited to announce that they are holding their annual Bookfest again, 5-6 July at the Launceston Conference Centre (Door of Hope) from 9.00am-4.00pm. On sale will be thousands of pre-loved books, games, puzzles, records, DVD’s, collectables and art supplies. All proceeds from the event will go to helping Emergency Relief this winter.


Rugby Union – community events for boys and girls

Launceston Rugby Club & the Tamar Valley Vixens Rugby Club present the Gold Blooded Tour.

Join us for a night of fun, games, giveaways and a sausage sizzle.  We will be running workshops with the help of a few classic Wallabies, as part of their Gold Blooded Tour.  The tour is being run as part of the lead up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup being hosted by Japan later this year.  This is a free community event for boys and girls of all ages.

June 24th, 4:30pm at Royal Park.

Download a flyer here – Rugby community event – goldbloodedtour

You can register your interest on the LRC or Vixens Facebook pages.

For further information please contact Rhiannon James on 0484 242 434 or Cat Miedecke on 0408 228 315.

PCYC holiday program

Paul Dillon – Alcohol and other Drugs

The following event may be of interest to parents in our community.  Paul Dillon will be running senior student sessions at the College during his visit to Launceston.

Event: Paul Dillon – Alcohol & other drugs: What’s happening & how teachers make a difference

About: A presentation by Paul Dillon of interest to teachers, school nurses and health or AOD organisations that are involved in school health and ATOD education. The focus of Paul Dillon’s presentation is the role teachers, the school and the wider community can realistically play in the prevention of alcohol and other drug use.

Location: Launceston, UTAS Newnham Campus

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Times: 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Cost: $40 pp inc GST

Registration: via Eventbrite.


Butterfly Foundation Prevention Services Parent Reference Group

The Butterfly Foundation Prevention Services Team are looking for Mothers and Fathers right across Australia to be part of Parent Reference Group to help shape the development of a new Whole of Primary School Body Image Program. We welcome expressions of interest from all ethnicities, body sizes, lifestyle choices, faiths, sexual orientation, and gender identity, from right across Australia.

You are being invited to express your interest in serving on the Parent Reference Group for the Whole of Primary School Body Image Project being developed by The Butterfly Foundation.
The Butterfly Foundation is an Australian national advocacy organisation dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image (

The Whole of Primary School Body Image Project is an initiative of the Prevention Services Team and aims to provide Australian primary schools with information, policy input, resources and training to create a healthy environment in respect to body esteem, healthy eating and physical activity patterns, and acceptance of diversity in appearance.

By serving on the Parent Reference Group you will have the opportunity to contribute your knowledge and experience to assist in the development of the parent content of the program and have your say about the body image policies you want to see within Australian primary schools. The Group will be in operation until March 2020, and will be invited to attend three online meetings and provide feedback on parent materials.

Although this is a primary school program, we welcome expressions of interest from parents of an adolescent who may have developed an eating disorder during the primary school years.

For more information on the Project and to apply to be involved in the Parent Reference Group, please visit

Schools Cross Country

Newstead Athletics Inc. has invited students to participate in 2019 Schools Cross Country Program.

Students have the opportunity to participate and represent their school in a fun team based running program. The program lends itself to students improving their physical fitness, socialising with students from other schools, having fun and developing their team skills. Mr Mark Hassell will be at the events as the school’s representative.

Event locations and dates are as follows;

• Round 2 – Saturday 18 May – Hagley Farm Primary School
• Round 3 –Saturday 25 May – Scotch Oakburn Park
• Round 4 – Saturday 1 June – Heritage Forest
• Round 5 – Saturday 15 June – Grindelwald Lake
• Round 6 – Saturday 22 June – Trevallyn Reserve

Event details are as follows;
• Arrival Time – approximately 12.30pm, to register and warm up
• Start Time – 1.00pm
• Uniform – Full Scotch Oakburn Sports Uniform
• Cost – $10 per student

Event details, including directions to the event and maps of the courses, are available on the Newstead Athletics website Reminders and last minute event information will be on the Newstead Athletics Facebook at

To participate, please complete the Individual Entry Form and Competition Waiver on the website.

TIS – Embracing opportunities in the workforce

The Tasmanian Institute of Sport is presenting a free information session for parents and athletes currently attending Years 10-12, at university or on a gap year.

The session will look at:

  • how careers of changed – planning the future through opportunities
  • athlete wellbeing, life balance, generation gaps and development
  • the role as a parent – how you can be involved guiding your athlete when making choices.


Launceston TIS – Silverdome
17 June 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Register at

Download the flyer for more information – TIS – joining the workforce


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Immerse in Cambridge 2019

Academic summer programmes held in Cambridge University colleges

Immerse academic programmes take place at inspiring locations across the UK, including colleges of Cambridge University, and are designed and taught by tutors from world leading universities. Participants attend from around the world, and our carefully designed curricula not only stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity and challenge their expectations in their own ability, but will also motivate and support them as they embark on decisions about their university studies, and future goals. Immerse alumni have proceeded to enrol at world-leading universities, to found innovative organisations, and to become leaders in their respective fields.

Our 16-18 year old programmes are intellectually stimulating and intensive and are designed to provide a unique taster of what it’s like to study a subject at an advanced level, building on the knowledge acquired at secondary school. Our 13-15 year old programmes are designed to ignite students’ interest and help them better understand what subjects they should be pursuing at a higher level. Choose from over thirty subject options, including Computer Science, Economics, Medicine, Law and Engineering.

Immerse is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, and was awarded a Queen’s Award in 2018.

To find out more and to enrol

View a short overview video here
You can access our short-form prospectus by clicking here
Alternatively, you can download a full version of our prospectus by clicking here
Enrolment for Immerse programmes 2019 is now open and students aged 11 and above are welcome to enrol at

Windeward Bound opportunity

The Windeward Bound Trust is offering students aged 14-18 years from Tasmania’s northwest and west coasts the chance to participate in a Three Day Career Exploration Voyage this May and June aboard Tasmania’s largest tall ship – STV Windeward Bound. These voyages will take students out of their comfort zones and will challenge them to attempt (and succeed) at experiences they may never have thought possible – while having a great deal of fun in the process! Students will also learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship.

Spaces are available for voyages 17-19 May and 22-24 May.  Note that the informati0n flyer advises these voyages are for students from the North West coast, however, any student is now able to apply.

An onboard professional career guidance officer will offer students advice on desired career pathways, covering the entire career spectrum. Due to State Government funding, the total voyage cost per student is $315 (incl GST).

Do you know a young person who is up for an adventure?

Contact,  or phone 0498 120 092. Visit for details.

Tennis Holiday Camps

Hockey holiday clinics

Try Rugby

Girl Guides

Primary Science School Holiday Camp

A School Holiday Program for Year 5 & 6 students – Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April.

This four-day residential program is aimed at students who want to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to plan and conduct their own scientific research. Catering for girls and boys in Years 5 and 6 from around Tasmania, the goal is to encourage passion and expertise in science inquiry.

Tasmanian students have a clearly defined pathway to promote scientific inquiry skills. Excellence in science is promoted through participation in the:
• UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards
• Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS) Research Investigations
• BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards

Sadly, not all students have the same opportunity to embark on that pathway and excel in science.
Your child can receive exceptional instruction on the Primary Science Inquiry Camp. Through a variety of hands-on, practical opportunities your child will understand how to produce a high quality science inquiry for the UTAS Science & Engineering Investigation Awards and the Tasmanian Science Talent Search Research Investigations.

Download flyer for more information – Primary Science School Holiday Camp

Venue: Carnacoo Camp
Paper Beach Road
Swan Point

Cost: $500 inclusive of food, accommodation, entry in the Tasmanian Science Talent Search
Limited to 20 students (three supervising teachers)

The Primary Science Inquiry Camp is led by Doug Grubert. Doug is the Director of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS), an initiative of the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania (STAT)