Congratulations are again due to Will Forsyth on success in the prestigious Lions’ Youth of the Year competition. After winning the Armidale round of the competition, Will went on to represent the Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club at the regional competition. Five winners of local club competitions from Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes competed for the regional title last weekend and Will was named as the winner of both the public speaking and the overall competition. Whilst the focus of the evening event is public speaking, the competition recognises the Lions’ values of purposeful and ethical involvement in community and it is very encouraging that Will’s strong contributions to his community have been recognised beyond the School. Tim Hughes has reported further on the competition, including Will’s public speaking, in this edition of TAS Talks and I recommend that to you.
Following the efforts at our own swimming carnivals, the best of our swimmers have been representing the School at higher levels and details of those efforts are reported in TAS Talks this week. These include the primary and secondary team performances at the North Coast Sports Association (NCIS) championships in Ballina last week and, at the next level, the NSW Country Swimming Championships at the Olympic venue in Sydney where four TAS swimmers competed. Amongst a raft of fine performances, Jesse Streeting’s efforts in setting four new NCIS open records and obtaining two National qualifying times at the Country Championships deserve special congratulations.
Whilst the TAS swimming carnivals feature and value mass participation, swimming at representative level is reserved for those who really commit to the sport and the dedication shown by our best swimmers is impressive. Though their recent efforts have been away from the eye of the School, they are to be admired and I offer our collective congratulations to each of our swimmers.
As I write our Junior School students from Year 2 to Year 5 are at Lake Keepit for their annual excursion and camp. The purpose of this trip, above the excitement and fun of being away from home with friends, is much like that of our outdoor education program for Middle and Senior School students. Presenting challenge in the outdoors has long been a central pillar of the TAS experience and it is key to our aspirations for character development and this experience for our youngest students is the beginning of that. The activities through the camp, which varies in length depending on age, range from initiative and team building exercises to problem solving and adventure activities, with the emphasis being on presenting the new and unfamiliar to contend with.
Just as the challenges progress from year to year for our Junior School students as they grow, so too do the challenges for our cadets and especially those who aspire to and take on leadership positions. Over the past two weekends more then 50 students have been immersed in leadership training that has deliberately tested them physically and mentally in ways that will prepare them to take on responsibility for others in the field. All the reports I have heard from both parts of the course have been very encouraging and I congratulate all who have been willing to step forward and show their courage and confidence in their own abilities.
|Wednesday 6 March||Year 10 Music Workshop (NECOM)|
|Thursday 7 March||HSC Music Workshop|
|Year 7 Vaccinations|
|Friday 8 March||Activities Day 2|
|Wednesday 13 March||NCIS Primary Football|
|P&F Meeting (7pm)|
|Thursday 14 March||Year 6/7 Parent Teacher Interviews (2pm)|
|Friday 15 March||Schoolgirl Head of the River|
|Year 6/7 Parent Interviews (2pm)|
|Saturday 16 March||Toughen Up Challenge (Inverell)|
|New England Festival|
|Tuesday 19 March||NCIS Basketball (Coffs Harbour)|
|Wednesday 20 March||Headmaster’s Country Tour (HMCT) – Inverell Function. Find out more...|
|Thursday 21 March||Headmaster’s Country Tour (HMCT) – Glen Innes Function. Find out more...|
|Friday 22 March||Headmaster’s Country Tour|
|Rowers depart for GPS Head of the River|
|Saturday 23 March||Oliver! Matinee (1pm) Evening Performance (7pm)|
MRS RACHAEL NICOLL
You may have been contacted by your Year Group Liaison Parents to let you know about our Facebook pages… Each year has a Closed Facebook Group for parents and carers (no students please). If you haven’t been contacted please still join up…
The Facebook groups have been named according to the year that the group will be in Year 12. ie. TAS Year 12 2019, is the current Year 12, right down to TAS Year 12 2032, which is the current Transition class. So search for these in Facebook and join the fun!!
These are a way of building community within a cohort and an easy way for LPs and parents to communicate with each other about school and group activities. These pages can also be used for information sharing, such as reminders about whether formal uniform is required the next day, uniform or sporting gear trading, supporting families experiencing ill health or crisis, or as a way to meet new people.
Key information from the P&F will still be sent via Liaison Parents through email as well but we encourage all parents and carers to use your Year Group Facebook Pages as a friendly way to quickly keep in touch.
Please use these groups wisely, they are not for promoting products or events that are not relevant to the TAS School Community. Comments should be polite, inclusive and relevant, or they may be deleted.
Also, don’t forget that the P&F have our primary Facebook Page as well (search TAS Parents & Friends).
The P&F now have an email address – if you would like to contact us please use firstname.lastname@example.org – this will also be the main address we will send emails from in future.
The TAS Rugby Carnival is coming up at the start of the April holidays on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of April. This is the biggest event of the year for TAS and the P&F and showcases TAS far and wide – we have well over 1000 kids, coaches and managers to feed each day – plus their families … phew!!!
We need your help to make the weekend fabulous… you don’t have to have a child playing or be interested in rugby… but if we could have a few hours of your time it would be wonderful… If you can help or bake or both for this event it would be much appreciated. The Rugby Carnival does clash with Tour de Rocks this year so we would love if you can help. Helpers and Community Service volunteers can sign up using the following link http://signup.com/go/UosTCih
More information will be sent out through TAS Talks, emails and Facebook in the next few weeks. We will also be having planning meetings so if you would like to be a part of the core team please give me a call on 0418 980 662 or email email@example.com or come to our P&F meeting next week.
We have our second meeting of the year next week. All are welcome. This meeting will be primarily planning for the Rugby Carnival but other matters will be discussed as well. The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the Lower Maxwell Meeting Room (turn left at the foyer of the main school building and follow the noise). Nibbles and drinks are provided.
Alternatively if you’d like to receive a copy of the minutes please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Rachael Nicoll
MRS SEONIA WARK
Your child’s Advisor is responsible for their welfare, wellbeing and academic progress, primarily during the academic day. It is the aim of the Advisor to provide support and encouragement, perhaps sometimes correction, but to always be a mentor and an adult within the school on whom your child can depend to listen, advise, encourage and help.
Students meet with Advisors four times each week for 20 minutes – ‘Advisor period’. Your child’s Advisor is the first point of contact for any issues of concern that you may have. If the need arises, they will refer these matters to the appropriate staff member.
Email is often the best way to communicate, however if you wish to speak to your child’s Advisor please contact Reception (6776 5800) and they will pass on a message to your child’s Advisor.
Year 6 and 7 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 14 March (3.30pm – 6pm) and Friday 15 March (2.30pm – 5.30pm).
An email has been sent to parents with the link and password to book interviews with your child’s teacher. If you have not received this please contact Mrs Vickey O’Brien – email@example.com or phone 6776 5806.
TAS continues to offer academic for students in Years 6 – 12 through the Extended Day Program.
Students are able to access the Library from 7.30am. There is no specific academic support available to students at this time of the day. This new offering is to give students a safe and quiet place to work on their own.
After school (3.30pm) the Library is also open for students wishing to work quietly on their homework or receive some general guidance with their homework and assessments.
Specialist tutoring is also available in the evenings from Monday – Thursday – see table below. Day students accessing specific tutoring sessions will be charged $15 per afternoon. Tutors will keep rolls and the charges associated with these sessions will be added to TAS accounts each month. It is best, though not compulsory, for us to know if you want your child booked into these tutoring sessions. Families can do this by contacting Mrs Vickey O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org or 6776 5806) for more details. Boarders attending these sessions must sign out of the house in the normal manner and return by the required time. There is no additional cost for boarders as out of hours’ support is already part of the Schedule of Fees for 2019.
Day students are able to access dinner in the Dining Hall from 5:30pm and will do so by swiping their Student Card at the door. The cost associated with dinner (approx. $6 per meal) will be added to their TAS account.
Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies
|4pm – 5pm|
Maths (All levels)
Maths (All levels)
Broad participation across school life, active involvement with the Rural Fire Service and a speech about the importance of community and connection contributed to Year 12 student Will Forsyth being named the Lions Youth of the Year Quest Region 4 winner at the regional titles hosted by Guyra Lions Club on Saturday night. Representing Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club, Will was one of five finalists from Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes who had each won at club level last year.
On Saturday afternoon contestants were interviewed by judges including Armidale Regional mayor Simon Murray on their academic, leadership, co-curricular and community service achievements and asked a range of questions on social and community issues. That night at Guyra Sports Club they delivered two impromptu speeches (‘Everyone should be a volunteer’ and ‘Music is good for the soul’) and a five minute prepared speech, Will’s being titled ‘No man is an island’ which focussed on the importance of connection and community.
Ultimately Will was announced as winner of both the public speaking and overall competitions and praised by the judges for his achievements and involvement – including in activities such as the TAS musical ‘Oliver’ which, ironically, means he is unable to take up the opportunity to be part of the zone judging at Port Macquarie on 30 March. The quest continues to provide an opportunity for young Australians to develop leadership and communication skills that can set them apart for life. Congratulations to Will for making it to zone level and thanks to the Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club for supporting Will along the way.
Mr Tim Hughes
Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator
Depart Friday 8 March 2019
Mr J Pennington (0419 250 984), Mr M Ball, Mrs G Chick
Arrive Sawtell approximately 9:00am
Swimmers, goggles. Pens, Manual and Workbook. Casual clothes including covered shoes.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries.
To travel – School sports uniform – Full school tracksuit if necessary, white shirt, blue shorts, white socks, sports shoes, hat, water bottle (to be carried onto beach), swimmers (board shorts are not allowed for lifesaving activities; rashies and caps provided), towel.
Breakfast: Cereal/toast and spreads at TAS
Lunches: Rolls, salad filling, sliced meat, fruit
Activities Day 2 will be held on 8 March, Friday of Week 6. Cadets were briefed on their activities and required equipment on Tuesday 5 March.
Cadets conducting overnight bivouac (5, 9 & 11 Platoons) are required to meet at TAS Adamsfield for parade on Thursday 7 March at 3.45pm.
All other cadets will assemble at TAS Adamsfield for parade on Friday 8 March at 8.40am.
Activities will cease and cadets released on completion of parade at 3.30pm Friday 8 March.
The activities will be conducted as follows:
1 Platoon: Abseiling in vicinity of Gara Gorge.
2 Platoon: Mountain Biking, Black Mountain to Armidale via Puddledock.
3 Platoon: Kayak touring at Malpas Dam.
4 Platoon: Abseiling in vicinity of Gara Gorge.
5 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mount Duval. Trek to Dumaresq Dam.
6 Platoon: Kayaking & water activities at Dumaresq Dam.
7 Platoon: Kayaking & water activities at Dumaresq Dam.
8 Platoon: Canoeing activities at Dumaresq Dam.
9 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mt Duval. Trek to Dumaresq Dam.
10 Platoon: Navigation & fieldcraft training at Kirby Station (UNE)
11 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mt Duval. Trek to Dumaresq Dam.
Cadets conducting an overnight bivouac (5, 9 & 11 Platoons) should note the below packing list as a minimum. There may be additional equipment required by platoon leaders for cadets. These will have been discussed at activities briefing.
Back Pack (issued)
Compass* Hootchie (issued)
Spray jacket* / raincoat* 5m hutchie cord/rope*
Kidney Cup* (issued) Pegs x 4* (issued)
KFS set* Ground sheet (issued)
Water bottles x 2 (issued) Sleeping bag* & mat*
Towel (small) Olive Green thermal or cotton undershirt*
Notepad (in plastic bag)* Jumper (issued)
Torch + spare batteries* Wet gear (swimmers, shirt & shorts)
Plastic bag for wet gear Bush Hat* (issued)
Sun screen & insect repellent (tube or roll-on only)
Change of underwear & socks*
Toilet bag (toothbrush + paste, baby powder)
*Available for purchase from TAS Clothing Shop
All members of The Armidale School Cadet Unit (TASCU) will be issued with required equipment by the TAS Q-Store on joining the unit. If this equipment is lost or damaged, it must be replaced at students’ own cost. Many items in the list above can be purchased from the TAS Clothing Shop and have been selected specifically for their suitability for TASCU use and reasonable cost. Clothing that has been outgrown can be replaced at no charge at Q-Store by arrangement with the Quartermaster.
If cadets have questions about their activities, they should in the first instance approach their platoon leader for more information.
MAJ (AAC) Angus Murray
Commanding Officer Cadets
MR WILL CALDWELL
Whilst many runners, throwers and jumpers will be setting their sights on representative honours well beyond the school carnival, for most it is a short but intense season. Just as it was for swimming, the main focus is participation and representing your House. Below is a Schedule of Events.
Over the past week TAS students have represented proudly at the NCIS Swimming Championships in Alstonville, the NSW All Schools Triathlon in Penrith and the grand final of the Douglas Shield Cricket Competition in Orange. These are valuable opportunities for our students and I congratulate all on their determination and success. My thanks also go to the many staff and parents for their tireless support of these teams.
Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular
Douglas Shield cricket is an NSW-wide cricket competition for independent schools that are not in a regular inter-school competition. In the 2018/19 season it involved 23 schools from all across the state; including Nowra, Wagga, Sydney, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth and of course Armidale, play up to fiverounds of cricket. TAS last won the Shield in 2002.
Team players this season included Year 12 students Lucas Atkin, Wally Bremner, Hamish Cannington, Nick Corderoy, Kieran Dennis, Ben Friend, Dahlia Glennie and Liam Smith. Supporting them were Andrew Kirk, Cotter Litchfield and Toby Smith in Year 11, and Sam Skipper from Year 10.
The TAS First XI won against Carinya Christian School (Tamworth), St Paul’s Grammar (Cranebrook) and St Phillip’s Christian College (Cessnock) last term, to place them in the Semi Final against Riverina Anglican College (Wagga Wagga) on Monday.
Hamish Cannington stepped out of the team due to injury, which saw young Harry Litchfield join the team for the finals. Teams met in Orange to play, with RAC making 10/203 in the first innings off 47 overs. Cotter Litchfield bowled 10 overs with 3/37, Andrew Kirk 1/38 from 10 overs, Kieran Dennis 2/29 from his 10 overs.
TAS then batted in the heat of the afternoon, with Wally Bremner making 68 runs whilst supporting seven team mates on the pitch.
At 48 overs TAS required 14 runs from 12 balls. It came down to the last ball – something which seems to be common with our First XI players. Nick Corderoy and Dahlia were batting; TAS were 8/190. On the last ball TAS needed two runs. Nick hits a good ball, looking for two runs, when Dahlia was run out. TAS were 9/203. With runs even, the rule book was brought out – TAS won on least amount of wickets. This was a wonderful result for TAS, but a humbling experience for our players with the RAC team walking away defeated.
Winning the semi final took TAS in the grand final against a very strong Kinross Wolaroi School team. Kinross won the toss to bat first. Kinross had good solid batsmen, who knew exactly how to play on their home field. Kinross played all 50 overs with 8/ 241 in the end. TAS bowling was strong from Andrew Kirk – 3/40 from 10 overs, Cotter Litchfield 2/26 from 10 overs and Nick Corderoy 2/42 from 7 overs.
After lunch Toby Smith and Wally Bremner opened the batting. It was not a good start for our batsmen with our opening four batters making a total of seven runs! In the 13th over TAS was 4/20. It was settling in to be a tough day.
Then Sam Skipper came to the pitch. Sam played it cool for some time, then started making some great decisions with the bat. Sam hit four lovely 6s towards the end of this time batting with his total coming 78 runs. TAS was looking much more content.
TAS played all 50 overs, with the final outcome of 9/191, with Andrew Kirk adding another 33 runs to the total. It was an amazing effort of team spirit and determination. All players listened to the de-brief from coaches and Captain Kieran Dennis before the game, and took on board the advice given. It was a great game to watch, and not once did any TAS player give up against a strong Kinross team.
It is said many times about TAS students, but I commend our team again on wonderful sportsmanship, humbleness in win or loss, and amazing support towards team members. It is such a wonderful time to see older students support younger players during these games, and the camaraderie is second to none.
A big thanks to Mr Mark Taylor and Mr Will Waterson for coaching the team – your words of wisdom and experience on this trip were wonderful.
Good luck to the First XI who now play three more games in the local competition before finals.
Mrs Rachael Edmonds
Perfect conditions greeted the 11 TAS Triathletes who took on the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships. First into the water were the Senior Boys, comprising Sam Jones, Clancy Roberts and James O’Brien for the 750m swim. James blasted out of the swim in the top 30 with Clancy less than 30s behind. Sam was only a couple of minutes off the pace and eager to attack the bike course. The 20km ride comprised four loops, allowing competitors to accurately control their pace. The three TAS boys closed in on one another and kept their average speed to well over 30km/hr. Once onto the run, Sam really started to motor, racing through the 5km in 17:23 for an wonderful 22nd place. James continued his fine form to cross the line in 29th (his best place ever at State), whist Clancy again smashed his PB to finish 36th.
The Intermediate race was next up (600/15/4) with Oliver Griffiths and Albertus Hattingh first into the water. Oliver smashed the 600m, exiting in 34th place, less than 90s behind the leader. Albertus was solid in water, knowing that his race really begins on land! Once into the bike leg, Oliver held strong, riding confidently amongst 120 other competitors as Albertus began to claw his way forward. Into the run leg Oliver showed his class, moving into and holding on for a terrific 32nd place. Albertus was not daunted by the challenge of the run and finished in a pleasing 85th spot. The ladies faced exactly the same course and it was Karen Baker out amongst the leaders in what was obviously her strongest leg. She was followed by Isabella Gooch, Emily Palfreyman and Alexandra Reed onto dry land. Alexandra was solid throughout the bike leg, moving through the field, relishing the benefits of her increased bike training. Isabella too started her climb as Karen concentrated on her technique whilst she raced her longest distance yet. The run saw Isabella continue her improvement as she finished 50th, with Karen floating across the concrete to a 82nd place and Alexandra holding firm to 91st.
The Juniors, while competing at the shortest distance (400/10/3) had to contend with the heat of the day. Harry Pennington exited the swim in the top 100 and sprinted for his bike, riding the two laps at a healthy pace. The run was clearly his happy place as Harry charged along the water’s edge to record a solid 113th position. Eryn Benham, in what also her first State Championships and her longest event to date, worked hard in the swim to start the bike in a great position. She rode very well in a heavily stacked field and once it was time to swap bikes shoes for runners, Eryn was in her element. She was majestic throughout the run, charging through the field to finish in 99th place.
Mr Jim Pennington
We are fast approaching the start of the netball season 2019 and registrations are now open. Our registrations must be finalised by the end of March so I encourage you to complete the registration process as soon as possible. There is the option to use your Active Kids voucher when you register so please ensure that parents have logged onto their account at service.nsw.gov.au to retrieve your voucher before registering. Please use the following link to register CLICK HERE
If you played last year for TAS or another school and have MyNetball login details you will need to use these, if you have forgotten your details you can use the ‘Forgotten login details?’ link. It is very important that you do not create a new account if you have forgotten your details, email me and I can help you retrieve them.
If you have not played before you will need to set up your account, if you click on the link above there is a section called ‘Don’t have a Login ID?’ so just follow the prompts to set this up.
The registration process is relatively easy, however, if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. Please note, you do not have to enter payment details as the fee will be charged to your TAS account.
Please ask if you have questions on this!
We are also looking for any TAS community members (female and finished school) who would like play in a TAS mums/friends team this year, please email email@example.com if you are interested before 18 March so we can finalise a team or teams.We will be holding trials in week 10 for our TAS 1 (Years 10 – 12) and TAS 2 (Years 6 – 9), more details will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries on this at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Alice Hudson
Four TAS athletes recently competed at the NSW Country Swimming Championships, held at Sydney Olympic Park. Jesse Streeting (TAS Swimming Captain) was the standout performer, obtaining two National Qualifying times in the 50m (24:94) and 100m Freestyle (53:64); was less than 0.8seconds outside of three more qualifying times and finished in the top three in all events bar breaststroke. This was a sensational performance, but not one that would surprise all who have seen Jesse swim, for his speed/style and power in the water is something to marvel!
Toby Michell-Smith relished the chance to unleash his breaststroke, swimming a 1:25:26 for the 100m to finish 14th. He was also 16th in the 100m freestyle. Charlie Bailey contested both the 50m and 100m freestyle, finishing 49th and 22nd respectively. Iles Baker kept the breaststroke theme rolling along, competing in the 50m/100m and 200m events, with a best placing of fifth in the 100m. These young men are to be congratulated on their fine performances, for the large majority of their training is undertaken whilst the rest of us sleep.
Last Thursday the annual NCIS Swimming Championships was held at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre. A strong team of 39 TAS swimmers contested these championships with some outstanding results. Miller Harwood (11 years), Iles Baker (12 years) and Jesse Streeting (18 years) all won their age groups, whilst Hugo Broun (10 years), Charlie Bailey (13 years) and Fergus Menzies (15 years) were runners-up with Rosa Coady (15 years) and Eliza Ward (16 years) placing third overall. TAS won the Primary Shield (based on student numbers) for the first time. Miller Harwood set two new records in the 11 years, one for the 50m breaststroke (43:72) and another in the 50m butterfly (37:42). Jesse Streeting hammered out 4 new Opens records, the 50m freestyle (24:72), 50m backstroke (29:21), 50m butterfly (26:53) and 100m freestyle (54:71). Thanks to Mrs Wright, Mr Currell and Mr Harwood for their support on the day.
The Coffs Harbour Enticer Triathlon (300m swim/7km ride/2km run) is a fantastic event held in the sanctuary of the Coffs Jetty, with a closed road cycle course and a double out and back run along the iconic Jetty.
Twenty three TAS Triathletes took part on Saturday, with Alexandra Reed, Emily Palfreyman, Karen Baker, Clancy Roberts, Oliver Griffiths and Harry Pennington all backing up from Thursday’s NSW All Schools Triathlon held at Penrith. Great performances were recorded across the board, with Oliver Griffiths placing second outright, Emerson Browning fourth and Isabella Gooch was third female home. It was wonderful to see Isabella Crawford, Danielle Sunderland, Tempe Macarthur-Onslow, Georgia White and Latifa Nedianu all complete their first open water Triathlon.
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
The countdown for Oliver! is truly on, with just two weeks until opening night. The cast are flat-out with rehearsals and this is going to be an extra-busy week as we prepare for our first dress rehearsal on Sunday. Ticket sales are going well but we’d definitely welcome more people coming to enjoy the enthusiasm and talent of the cast, so head to trybooking.com/BAMXV to secure yours.
Every Monday and Thursday afternoon Visual Arts Club runs in the upstairs art room for any student in Years 6 – 12. This term the focus is on using coloured pencils like a professional, but there are also opportunities to work on your own artmaking or enter competitions. Everyone is invited to share in the knowledge and passion of Ms Xeros.
This week our Music students in Years 9 – 12 will have rich academic opportunities as part of the NECOM workshops. With experts in their field and representatives from the HSC examination team in attendance it will be a rare chance to get a head start on their studies, so I encourage all involved to attentively absorb all this invaluable advice.
Junior School Drama Club continues to meet each Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Cleaver and Ms Brus. The students sound like they’re having a fantastic time developing their performance skills and working as a creative ensemble. There are also ideas for Middle School brewing away in Mrs Cleaver’s creative mind so watch this space for more information.
Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator
MR MARK HARRISON
It’s coming and, like all things in this school of ours it is so at a rate of knots. Internationalism is one of the Round Square pillars (we’ve been a member for twenty or so years) it’s also a cornerstone of our new MYP implementation. It’s also a characteristic of our student intake, consolidating and justifying our International Baccalaureate flavour. In the Middle School we have individuals who are Aboriginal and other Australians from Queensland, NT, West Australia, students who’ve lived and been to school in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Great Britain. Our numbers have also made possible cultural connections that have assisted the promotion of what Mrs Rachel Piddington and IB syllabus documents term ‘global education connections’. Along with the sensible use of technology, our numbers have expanded the idea of ‘community’ in a way that our students’ grandparents, and even their parents as school children, would never have thought possible. It’s time to celebrate a mutually dependent level of diversity that actually advertises our strength as a Middle School. How? I want you to encourage your children to participate in this year’s Festival because they have something called heritage of which they can be proud, and one of my suggestions would be to wear national costumes that distinguish us as individuals and celebrate us as a school community. For others who we want to be involved, I suggest that children wear neat sports uniform. Let’s, as many of us as possible, ‘get behind this one’ this year. I want day students to involve themselves with their boarding counterparts. We’ll feed and water everyone – it’s time to acknowledge and celebrate difference because, without it we’re essentially and predictably flavourless.
Last Friday, sporting its characteristically brilliant early autumnal weather, was a ‘first’ in terms of Activities Days for Middle School staff and students. My only regret was that I could not do more of it, but I spent time in some sessions in the grounds and out at the University with our Year 6 and 7 students and the staff attached to activities. Variously, they were happily employed in ropes exercises, knot tying, rock wall, obstacle course, teamwork games. Having spoken to a good number of them during the lunch break, I know they were having an enjoyable time. I spoke to staff as well and they seemed happy with the day, especially with the interaction between students and staff. While those from Years 6 and 7 were gainfully employed on and off campus, the Year 8 Activities consisted of camping out on bivouac and various exercises on water and land respectively. A number of clear characteristics of our Activities program would be resilience and mutual dependence: underlying all activities was the necessity of communication and cooperation with others outside specific friendship groups and this latter ‘activity’ was so interesting to observe. By design, because it requires reliance on others, the occasion necessitated open communication and, despite initial hesitation in some quarters, all students acquitted themselves admirably. From their laughter I believe they ‘ended up’ enjoying the company of others who aren’t always part of their regular friendship group. It was also encouraging to listen to new staff members who waxed lyrical about the style of activities: the day allowed them to ‘get to know’ the students on a basis that otherwise formal class room interaction doesn’t often allow. As important (sometimes I think it’s more important) the day enabled Middle School students to begin to get to know staff as people. I’m glad the day was a success because the students will now be looking forward to the next Activities Day 2, specifically this Friday, 8 March.
Congratulations to those elected by their peers, they have chosen with great wisdom. Now remains the ongoing and cumulative tasks of guiding others, seeking advice from them and representing them and their various interests. The ability to undertake these responsibilities does not appear miraculously out of the ether: we need meetings, consultations, directions and these must be on a reasonably regular basis.
While some students will be disappointed, the opportunity for new monitors in Semester 2 is an important one. Over the last several years it was very encouraging to see the ‘growth mindset’ of those who missed out. They worked hard upholding the values and standards of the Middle School and were rewarded for their efforts. Further, leadership doesn’t have to be formal to be effective – I want all Year 8 students to feel comfortable enough to talk to staff about issues that concern them and I want you, as families, to give similar advice, too. Young people are developing their capacity for a sensible ‘voice’ and they have, I believe, the right to express themselves. Collectively, our job as adults is to assist them with methods and techniques in order that others will want to listen to them. Who are these others? Peers, staff and parents.
I know that the tyranny of distance can be a daunting issue, but I do think it’s important that you attend if you can. As I’ve indicated to parents at the end of Week 3, you know your children far better than we are able to and as such you can assist us to help them in that you can possibly shed light on situations that teachers, after this time, characterize. In addition to getting to know your children’s teachers better it’s also a really good idea that you have the opportunity to speak about each as an individual. One of the wonderful aspects of Middle School life it’s size and our consequent ability to deal with individual academic difference with reasonable ease.
Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School
MR IAN LLOYD
An important part of our curriculum in semester 1 is our Junior School ExcursionWweek; the opportunity for pursuing challenging and significant educational activities outside the classroom are an important part of what we do throughout a students’ life at TAS. With even our littlest students becoming involved, the activities this week include a visit to UNE for a rock wall & boot camp challenge, to the Armidale Community Gardens and Town pool for a mini carnival, a presentation from Taronga Zoo, and of course the excursion for Years 2 to 5 to Lake Keepit. Each of these activities present significant challenge and excitement in various ways for students and are designed to encourage and enhance many of the Learner Profile attributes. I take this opportunity to thank all those involved, especially our dedicated staff, for giving their time so generously.
….And special thanks to Matt McKenzie and the Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre for assisting us with the organisation for Tuesday’s visit from the Taronga Zoomobile……the kids had a blast as you can see. What a great addition to the Excursion Week Activities.
Our swimmers have again had great success as they competed in the NCIS Carnival last week in Alstonville. From last week’s PSSA carnival, with outstanding results Mitchell Evans, Charlie Ward, Joe Fenwicke, Sam Ford, Hugo Broun Ted Chick and Minnie Chick (and apologies to Oliver Robb for omitting his excellent performance coming 1st in his 50m Freestyle), our swimmers travelled well and represented their school with distinction. For young athletes, leaving the comforts of home and school behind is a significant challenge so I appreciate their efforts. Thanks also go to Christine Wright for so ably looking after them all.
Junior and Middle School will be putting together a contingent for the Grand Parade of the New England Festival (formerly the Armidale Autumn Festival) through the Armidale CBD on Saturday 16 March. While the theme of the parade for TAS is yet to be decided, please plan to be a part of this as it is a lot of fun. As usual, we will supply the required sustenance (pizza and drink) as well as a vehicle for those who find it a little too far to walk without a rest. With the theme this year celebrating ‘ internationalism’, it will be a great opportunity to join together as a multicultural group and fly our flag proudly along with the rest of the community.
We would like to extend an invitation to our Junior School assembly to all our parents. Each week (as advertised in TAS Talks) one class will host the Assembly, showcasing some of their work and/or school projects along with an item or two from the Creative Arts. They are entertaining and create an opportunity for students to use a microphone and experience speaking publicly. With the production ‘Oliver’ entering its final preparations, these assemblies will be held in the Memorial Hall. Please check the Junior School calendar for details each week.
It is good practice to check your child’s hair on a regular basis for evidence of head lice so they can be treated early if detected. We would also appreciate you contacting the Junior School if any are found as this will help us monitor the cases within the School. Information on head lice and their treatment can be found on the following web site: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/headlice/pages/default.aspx
Congratulations to the following students for receiving School Spirit Awards at last week’s assembly:
Boyd Rogers, Ruby Rice, Eloise Leary, Lachie Wood, Rudra Tandon, Aamer Alazizi, Mohammed Alrdadi, Xavier Stephen, Jack Shenko, Ava Watts, Marcus Robb, Tom Rowe, Mila Downes and Braith Westaway.
Blake Whitehill is the only Junior School person celebrating his birthday this week so best wishes for a great day.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Middle School
|Wednesday 6 March||Year 3 to Lake Keepit – depart at 845am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Thursday 7 March||Year 2 to Lake Keepit – depart at 845am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Friday 8 March||All return from Lake Keepit – return at 3.00pm to Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Wednesday 13 March||Lake Keepit Review Assembly – Hoskins Centre|
|Saturday 16 March||New England Festival (Formerly Autumn Festival)|
|Monday 18 March||Activities Day 3|
|Wednesday 20 March||Kindergarten Assembly (Hoskins Centre)|
|Wednesday 27 March||Year 5 Assembly (Memorial Hall)|
|Thursday 28 March||Life Education Van|
|Friday 29 March||Junior School Athletics Championships|
TAS students can participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge again this year. Even though the Challenge officially runs from 4 March to 30 August, books read from 1 September 2018 can count towards the 2019 Challenge.
If you would like to have a go, please come and see myself or Mrs Allan in the Library so we can give you a form to fill in as permission is required from a parent or guardian. You will then receive a booklet which outlines some of the important rules of the challenge and is also a place to record your books as you read them.
Please see the table below so you know how many books to read in each Challenge.
|2019 Challenge||Number of books needed to complete the challenge||Minimum number of PRC books for your Challenge||Maximum number of personal choice books||PRC booklist selection|
|K-2||30||25||5||K-2, 3-4, 5-6,|
|3-4||20||15||5||3-4, 5-6, 7-9|
The PRC website has all the book lists for you to look up at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html
One very important rule to remember is about the series books: in an approved series, any two books from the series can be read as part of official PRC reading. Up to five other books from the same series can be read as personal choice books.
We have marked all books here in the library on the PRC lists with a PRC sticker : the K-2 stickers are red, the 3-4 stickers are green and the 5-6 stickers are purple and are located on the spine towards the bottom of the book. If you don’t know what to look for just ask Mrs Allan or myself and we will be able to help you. I will be entering the books online for you from your reading log. It would be helpful if you could bring your reading log to the library at regular intervals so I can check on your progress and enter the books you have read. If any parents have any questions, you can email me on email@example.com, phone the Library 6776 5833 or call into the library and see me any week day from 12 noon. All the information, rules & book lists can be obtained on the above website.
Happy reading everyone!
Mrs Natalie Ramazani
Our very keen swimmers travelled to Alstonville, near Ballina last Wednesday to compete in the NCIS swimming championships on Thursday. We had pleasant weather to compete in which contributed to the fantastic day we all had. Everyone competed with determination and a terrific attitude. Congratulations must go to our youngest swimmers who not only managed the long trip so well, but also competed enthusiastically. Oliver Robb did exceptionally well, coming 3rd and qualifying for CIS in his 8 years 50m Freestyle. Oliver also won this event at our local PSSA competition two weeks ago.
Hugo Broun received the runners up medallion for Junior Boy Champion on the day. A huge congratulations to Hugo who managed this by competing well across many strokes.
Miller Harwood received the Champion 11 years boys’ medallion after an exceptional day in the pool. Miller also broke two NCIS records, for 11 year boys 50m breaststroke and 11 year boys 50m butterfly. Iles Baker also received the 12/13 years boys Champion medallion for his outstanding results on the day.
Both Miller and Iles, from Year 6, were part of our Primary school team at Alstonville.
Notable achievements from our Primary team on the day:
Junior Boys relay 2nd with an outstanding effort from all boys: Hugo Broun, Joe Fenwicke, Sam Ford and Cameron Carruthers
These outstanding efforts by our Primary School team resulted in us achieving 4th place in the overall points score and 1st place in the Primary Percentage Points trophy. A tremendous effort by a small, enthusiastic team. Well done!
Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator