2019 Term 3 Week 8   |   11.09.2019

TAS Talks Term 3 Week 8

01. From the Headmaster


Finals Fever and Sporting Dinners

This week sees the conclusion of the 2019 Winter sporting season as players and parents from netball, rugby, hockey, football and shooting gather to celebrate their seasons and honour the achievements of players. There has been plenty to celebrate this year and the events already held and those planned are highlighting that. I offer congratulations to all those who have contributed so well, including coaches, managers and parents, as well as players, and hope that the dinners are enjoyed by all.

The rugby season finished the weekend before last with the fixtures at Downlands College inToowoomba, and Netball for our girls concluded on Saturday as our Firsts team went down in a closely fought semi-final 25-26. Grand finals will be contested by seven TAS teams in Football and Hockey on Saturday with our Girls First XI Hockey team playing in the Second Division Women’s game against Guyra at 12:00pm and our First XI Football team playing Inverell at Armidale Sports Ground at 5:30pm and I know that they will appreciate as much support as we can offer. The TAS Mums/Ladies netball team is through to the grand final too and I wish them every success as well.


Inter-house Public Speaking

Our senior assembly this week was given over to the annual public competition as the champions for each of the six houses presented speeches of 5 to 6 minutes on their choice of one of the three topics; ‘Eureka’, ‘By Hook or by Crook’ and ‘Oh brave new world with such people in it’. Each of the speakers was thoroughly prepared and the audience was entertained by some clever, witty and deep argument. As I commented in the adjudication, public speaking is treated with great trepidation by the wider Australian public and that reflects its importance in personal development. It was an impressive show with very close scores across the speakers and I offer special congratulations to Year 11 student Lachlan Reiss-Wears who won the day for Croft House. I also offer thanks to our coordinator of debating and public speaking Tim Hughes who again brought the competition together for his leadership and inspiration.



It seems that word of what a good event the 2018 STEM Academy Open Day was must have spread through the community as our second STEM Day last Saturday attracted more than 300 students from Armidale and across the region, a dramatic increase from 2018 and far more than expected. The simple fact that an afternoon of academic activities can draw so many children away from their Saturday routine is inspiration enough for any teacher, but the spectacle of their engagement and the fun being had was even greater encouragement. The purpose of the day is to create a ‘sense of wonder’ in the workings of the world and the activities on the day, whether it be F1 in Schools, playing with non-Neutonian fluid, coding drones, making slime, building forensic science skills, 3D printing or any of the range of others, achieved that goal in fine fashion. Creating that sort of inspiration can impact futures and there was a real sense that that may have been happening on Saturday.
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our staff who planned, prepared and delivered the day with such energy and enthusiasm. Their academic passions and interests shone through in their delivery and I know that everyone who experienced the day will join in offering our thanks and congratulations to all.

Year 5 IB PYP Exhibition

Yesterday evening our Year 5 class presented the fruits of their work this term on their transdisciplinary theme ‘where we are in place and time’, with the focus on various explorations of migration. This group work project saw teams of three or four students working with mentors from across the School that took them into sophisticated global themes in their inquiry. I am sure that all who saw the exhibition will have been impressed by the depth and breadth of research from these young enquiring minds and I congratulate all the students involved and their teacher Luke Polson on presenting such fine work.

Passing Out Parade

This Friday at 2:00pm the TAS Cadet Unit will ceremonially farewell its Year 12 leaders at the 2019 Passing Out Parade. This is an important occasion that honours those senior students who have served in the Unit for years, often in senior positions with considerable responsibility. These days our cadet unit spends very little time on parade and this is our only formal drill for the year. Its significance to our senior cadets is the same though and I know that those who will be passing out have been looking forward to this day, with all the formality and tradition that signifies the Unit’s standing as the third oldest school unit in the country. A number of the passing out group that I have spoken with at lunch over recent weeks have commented that their experience in cadets stands out in their memory of TAS life as formative and important for them personally and concluding that in style is only appropriate.
This year our special guest who will review the Unit will be Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and we are looking forward to welcoming her. The Minister’s presence is recognition of the significance of the day and she will also join us at the Cadet Dining In Night on Friday to present awards and address our cadet leaders.

Farewell to Viv Tearle

Today is the last day in the Clothing Shop for Viv Tearle as she departs Armidale on a sea change to the coast. Viv has been managing our clothing shop, with all the associated support for parents and students and sourcing of supplies that involves, for the past 11 years and I know that she will be missed by all of us. I take this opportunity to wish her every happiness for the years ahead and offer her our heartfelt thanks for all she has done.

Beginning tomorrow the Clothing Shop will be managed by Armidale local and current TAS parent Fiona Van De Poel and I welcome her to the team.


Murray Guest

02. Calendar of Events

Week 8
Wednesday 11 SeptemberCadet Unit Rehearsal for Passing Out Parade

Inter-House Basketball

P&F Meeting (7pm)

Thursday 12 SeptemberCadet Unit Rehearsal for Passing Out Parade

Hockey Dinner

Friday 13 SeptemberTASCU Passing Out Parade

TASCU Dining In Night (Armidale Bowling Club)

Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect) A Cappella Workshop – 8.30am  (Hoskins Centre)


Saturday 14 SeptemberDeke Sharon (Pitch Perfect) A Cappella Workshop – 8.30am  (Hoskins Centre)
Sunday 15 SeptemberDeke Sharon (Pitch Perfect) A Cappella Workshop – 10.00am  (Hoskins Centre)

A Cappella Concert – Hoskins Centre (5pm)


UNE Young Entrepreneur Session

UNE is hosting the following event:
Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 September
Armidale War Library
3.30pm - 5.30pm


03. From the P&F


125th Birthday - Saturday 16 November - SAVE THE DATE

TAS is turning 125 this year and School supported by the P&F are looking at celebrating this with a big event in November.  This event will be open to all the TAS Community – past parents, students, Old Armidalians, current parents and staff – also anyone else with an attachment to TAS (past, present or future) will be welcome too.

At this stage we are thinking of an evening ‘TASFEST’ – students, and anyone else who wants to, can create a short film using the theme of 125 with the chance to win great cash prizes. Then we can all watch these amazing creations on a giant screen sitting on Adamsfield whilst eating yummy food and catching up with friends.

More details of the film entry requirements and the program for the night will be coming out in the next week.  Also we will be seeking helpers over the next while – if you’d like to help for even an hour or two please send an email to pandf@as.edu.au or feel free to come along to our weekly meetings.  These will be held each Wednesday evening during term time at 7pm in the Archdall Room (opposite the Dining Hall entrance) in the main Sulman building.


Brandy wanted for Christmas Puddings

The famous TAS P&F Christmas Pudding bake is coming up and prior to that we need heaps and heaps of brandy to soak the fruit in – this is what gives the puddings that spectacular taste!!  If you can donate a bottle of brandy please either drop it in at Main Reception or contact Pudding Co-ordinator Heather Williams on hwilliams@tmsmp.com.au

Pudding baking will be at the start of Term 4 on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October. It’s a fun morning each day.  If you would like to help please contact Heather – all helpers must we covered in shoes and have their hair tied back.


P&F Meeting Tonight

Our next General Meeting is on tonight Wednesday 11 September at 7pm in the Lower Maxwell Room.  Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there.


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President


04. From the Chaplain


On This Day, Revelation 21:1-4

So it’s Spring. The fruit trees are blossoming, the daffodils are bursting through the brown of winter to provide colour in what has been an extraordinarily barren wasteland for months. The weather was getting warmer; hands will soon reach for shorts rather than long-johns. This is a great time of year, a time of new beginnings and hopefulness.

Yet, the start of Spring has not always been a bright day. In fact, the 1st of September has stained history with one of the darkest days the world has ever known. It was on 1 September 1939 that German forces attacked Poland across all frontiers. It’s planes swooped and bombed Polish cities, including the capital Warsaw. This was the decisive moment that acted as the catalyst for Britain and France to prepare for the declaration of war. WWII was effectively under way.

As we know, as we are reminded every week, when we read from the Book Of Memory in assembly, this war left no community unchanged, lives were lost as the world was left a deep scar.



This day should not be forgotten, and so we declare each week “lest we forget”. What do we say on Remembrance Day and Anzac Day? What do we hope for? On sentence from the prayer on these occasions reads like this:

“Make us a people zealous for peace,

And hasten the day

When nation shall not lift up sword against nation

Neither learn war anymore.”

We hope for renewal, we hope for new beginnings, I know it might sound corny, but the arrival of Spring reminds us that new beginnings happen.

Ultimately, God promises that He will make all things new, and he will establish a new era, when pain and suffering, war and tears will not dominate, in fact they will be a thing of the past. God himself will wipe away our tears and bring to reality the hope that stirs in us all – a time without darkness.

Mr Richard Newton

05. Round Square


Round Square International Conference

The Emerald Heights International School, Indore, India – 2019

The Year 11 delegation of Jack Nivison, Sancia Ridgeway, Bronte Garcia, Ramona Nedianu and Riley Simmons will depart Armidale on Tuesday 24 September to embark on the International Round Square pre-conference tour of the northern area of India (including Mussourie, Rishakesh, Delhi and Taj Mahal) and concluding with the RS International Conference being hosted by The Emerald Heights International School, Indore, India from 3-7 October.  The conference theme is ‘Sarvodaya’ – meaning “the world we wish to see”.  Unlike last year, this conference will include all Round Square member schools and will see well over 1500 students and staff at the host school.

Mr O’Connell and Mrs Barnier will be accompanying the delegation and will be joined by Mr Guest for the conference.


Conferences 2020

9-14 March                 CheongShim International Academy, Korea for 14-15 year olds

23-27 April                  Prem Tinsulanonda Int. School, Thailand for 10-12 year olds

13-18 September       RS International Conference (Year 11 students) hosted by one of three        Australian schools (tbc)

Please note that these conferences will be attended where interest is sufficient.



We have had a healthy exchange program running again this year with 10 incoming exchange students and 8 outgoing exchange students from TAS in 2019.  We also have some Year 8 exchanges in the pipeline (usually in pairs for 2-3 weeks) within our Australian and East Asian region.


Outgoing exchange

Earlier this term we farewelled:

  • Sam Skipper to Stanford Lake College, South Africa
  • Archie McDonald to Colombia

And this week farewell:

  • Edward Boydell to Stanstead College in Canada
  • Hannah Neilson to Marvelwood School, USA.
  • Samantha Price (Year 8) to Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Bunbury for two weeks.

Next term Keeley O’Connor will exchange to Colegio Anglo Colombiano, Colombia.


Incoming exchange

We farewell Liam Sampson next week who will return to his school, Woodridge College in South Africa.  Liam is the last of three brothers who have all taken their exchange in Croft House over the years.

Next term we welcome three exchange students:

  • Warrick Melville from Stanford Lake College, South Africa (Abbott House)
  • Ntsako Silinda from Penryn College, South Africa (Croft House)
  • Maria-Teresa Calva-Xolalpa from Stanstead College, Canada (Girls Boarding)

Should you have any interest in exchange and conferences you should direct your enquiry to Mrs Barnier or Mr O’Connell.  More information on exchange schools and Round Square service opportunities can be found at www.rs.org


Mrs Anna Barnier
Round Square Representative

06. From the Director of Studies


Minimum Standards Test

Students need reading, writing and numeracy for everyday life after school. This is why students in NSW are being supported to meet a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy so that they are eligible to receive the HSC from 2020. To show they meet the HSC minimum standard, students need to achieve Level 3 or 4 in short online reading, writing and numeracy tests.
For students in Year 10 and 11 who have not yet reached the required level in the Minimum Standards Test will sit these tests on Tuesday 24 September.
The students involved will be notified by the end of this week and parents informed via email. For all students who have reached the appropriate level, certificates will be emailed to parents during Term 4.
If you have any questions regarding Minimum Standards please contact Ms Catherine Boydell at cboydell@as.edu.au.

Stage 5 Elective Preferences for Year 9 & 10, 2020

Students currently in Year 8 and Year 9 have been send the link and their code to select their preferences for electives in 2020.
Information in regards to subjects that may be offered are outlined in the Stage 5 Handbook – you can access this through the TAS website https://publications.as.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/STAGE-5-HANDBOOK-2020-WEB.pdf

The deadline for these preferences to be returned is Thursday 12 September.
The three elective lines will then be determined and students will then be able to choose their electives for Semester 1 2020 over the upcoming holidays.
If you have any questions in regards to this process please contact Mr Luke Polson – lpolson@as.edu.au or Mrs Vickey O’Brien – vobrien@as.edu.au 
A copy of the Year 8 Parent Presentation will be available on the TAS website.

Year 11 End of Course Exams

  • Year 11 End of Course exams begin on Monday 16 September. A document outlining student expectations during exam week has been emailed to students.
  • Please note…….
  • Full school uniform is to be worn to every exam and whenever you are in non-boarding areas of the school during the school day.
  • Exams may be in various locations at TAS. Refer to the exam timetable for this information.
  • Disability Provisions: Students must arrange this with Ms Boydell well before the examination.
  • Please arrive at the exam venue at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time 
  • Mobile phones and electronic organisers / dictionaries are not allowed in the exam room.
  • Each student must have his/her own equipment.  NO BORROWING from other students will be permitted.  There will be limited spare equipment with supervisors
  • Students are to use their NESA HSC student number and not their names on all papers
  • No student should leave the exam prior to the completion of the exam
  • Students are to notify Reception at their earliest convenience if they are unable to attend an exam. An Appeal Form must be submitted within 48 hours of returning to school
  •  Any absence / appeal must be accompanied by a medical certificate. Refer to the Stage 6 assessment policy and contact Mrs O’Brien if you have any concerns about this
  • Classes will not operate during the exam week. Students are expected to be at home studying, in the library/common room or in the boarding house (with Head of House permission) during school hours. There is supervision in the boarding houses 
  • Normal classes resume on MONDAY of Week 10
  • The normal school rules and expectations of senior students do not change during this exam period. Behaviour that causes disruption to others will not be tolerated.

If day students are planning on being at school before or after the scheduled exam time then they are to sign in/out at Reception. This is for safety purposes.

Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies


TAS STEM Academy

On Saturday TAS held another brilliant STEM Academy Open Day! A big thank you to anyone who came along as well as the Enrolments and Development offices, the maintenance team and student volunteers who put so much effort into making this day a success. A special thank you goes to all the staff who organised and ran the activities on the day.

We had a team from UNE Science and Dr Sonja Dominik from the CSIRO to share their knowledge and expertise with children and parents from the region, as well as Professor Salah Sukkarieh from Agerris to demonstrate the Digital Farmhand robot. My thanks go to them for sharing their time with us.

Highlights of the day include the F1 in Schools, slime making and the ooblek pit to name a few.

Ms Elaine McKellar
STEM leader


07. From the Director of Pastoral Care


As we approach Year 11 exams next week it’s important to support students and encourage healthy study habits. This period can be a stressful time and students need to ensure they are maintaining some balance.


08. Leadership, Service and Adventure

09. From the Director of Co-curricular


Measure of Success

Making a grand-final is a measure of a team’s success. However, it is not the sole measure.

TAS had 16 teams across Football, Hockey and Netball which made it through to the semi-finals last weekend. Of these seven made it through to the grand final this weekend; some scraping through on a penalty shootout, others missing out by one goal.

The nine teams that did not make it through would still say they had a successful season along with countless other teams who didn’t make finals. That is because their measure goes way beyond a scoreline.

They reflect on how their skills have developed, how they have jelled as a team, the resilience and grit cultivated throughout the challenges they have faced and, more than anything, the relationships they have formed that will last a lifetime.

I commend all teams for their commitment throughout the season and take this opportunity to thank all the staff and coaches for their dedication.

The following teams will play in grand finals this weekend:

  • Football:  12A 14A and First XI (5:30pm Saturday, Armidale Sportsground)
  • Hockey: U11 Boys, U 13 Boys, U13 Girls and First XI Girls (12pm Sunday, Sport UNE)

Students are encouraged to come along and support these teams – dressed in Formals. Not only will it be appreciated by the players but it is an opportunity for us to come together as a school and celebrate the season’s successes.



Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular

Winter Photo Schedule


Grand Final Games – Friday 13 September

  • U11- 4pm  TAS vs City (T1.1)

*Bus leaves Junior School at 3.35pm.

  •  U13 – 5pm  TAS vs City (T1)

*Bus leaves Q stores at 4.15pm.

Saturday 14 September- Game

  •  U13 Girls- 11.15am  TAS vs Harlies Blue (T1)

*Bus leaves Q stores at 10.30am

 Sunday 15 September- Game

  •  2nd Div Woman-12pm  TAS vs Guyra (T2)

*Bus leaves Q stores at 11.15am.


Mike Ball
MIC Hockey



Our netball season has come to a close and what a successful season it has been, four out of our five teams made it to the semi-finals that were played last week.

Most notable of these achievements was our TAS 1 team which were playing in the highest division of the Armidale District Netball Association competition for the first time ever. They placed fourth overall in Division 1 and played a hard and extremely close game against VIP Pulse in the semifinals, they fought right up until the last second and ended up only down by one goal.

TAS 2 placed fourth in Division 2 and they also played a very tight game against ACSC Pegasus, but once again, they unfortunately lost by only one goal.  TAS 3 placed sixth in Division 3, TAS 4 placed fourth in Division 4 and went down against ASC Blaze in the semifinal and TAS 5 placed fourth in Division 5 and lost against PLC 6 in their semifinal.

We have been blessed with our group of very positive and enthusiastic girls, led by our amazing captain Kim Bange, who are always looking to improve their netball skills whilst showing great sportsmanship and we are proud of each and every one of them.

As always, the success of this season would not have been possible without the tireless hours of our fantastic coaches, Mr Mark Taylor (TAS 1), Ms Emma Channon (TAS 2), Ms Rachel Piddington and Ms Molly McLachlan (TAS 3), Ms Rachel Holford (TAS 4) and Ms Hannah Lo (TAS 5). Many thanks to all of you and the passion you inject into our sport.

We are also ever appreciative of the parents who brave the weather each weekend on the sidelines to cheer and support  our girls.

Congratulations to our TAS Tabbies, the mum’s and friends team playing in the social ladies competition who placed 4th in their division and won their semifinal to play this Saturday in the preliminary final, good luck ladies!

Well done to everyone and thanks for another great netball season.

Ms Rachel Piddington 
Ms Alice Hudson

10. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


This Friday, Saturday and Sunday TAS will host the most amazing of Music experiences – a three day workshop with internationally-recognised A Capella master, Deke Sharon. He’s the brilliant mind behind the Pitch Perfect series and a masterful vocal teacher. So whether you’re a high-flying singer looking to extend yourself with some expert guidance, or an emerging singer who wants to have a go at something fun and learn some new skills, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Tickets are still available through the TAS website so sign up now!
This week the HSC Music compositions were submitted and next Monday and Wednesday our HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Extension Music students will have their performance examinations. I wish the very best for those students and also acknowledge the tremendous support of the teaching staff, peripatetics, and the great many TAS students who perform alongside or accompany a number of those pieces. I am sure all HSC Creative Arts students will be breathing a well-deserved sigh of relief next week.
A lost Fender guitar has been handed into the Hoskins office and has been there for over a term. Despite frequent emails we still haven’t had anyone come in and claim the instrument. This is a final appeal for the owner of the guitar to come forward and identify it – with the Middle School team headed off to help the St Christopher’s Orphanage in the school holidays I’ll be gifting it to them if it remains unclaimed as I am sure it will be much better used than gathering dust in the office.
With the launch of the TAS Stage 5 2020/21 Electives we in the Creative Arts thought we’d put together a short launch video for our electives. They’re vibrant, fun and funky courses, and so we thought they deserved a vibrant, fun and funky video. Follow the link to find out what is on offer in Stage 5 next year and get in contact with the Visual Arts, Music and Drama teachers to learn more – https://youtu.be/RPUVk2KpJEo

Mr Andrew O’Connell

Creative Arts Coordinator

From the Director of Music

Deke Sharon at TAS

Deke Sharon is an American singer, arranger, composer, director, producer and teacher of a cappella music and is one of the leaders and promoters of the contemporary a cappella community and a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella style. He has been referred to as “the father of contemporary a cappella” by Entertainment Weekly. Deke is visiting Australia and will take time out from his busy schedule to visit Armidale……. don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity for music educators and students to work one on one with this extraordinarily talented musician and teacher.

Deke has his a cappella fingers in many pies, arranging music (Broadway’s In Transit), music directing movies (Pitch Perfect 1, 2 & 3), and producing television’s The Sing Off (US, Holland, China, South Africa), music directing BBC’s Pitch Battle, directing professional groups (Vocalosity), performing (TotalVocal at Carnegie Hall), coaching (Lifetime’s Pitch Slapped) producing albums (Straight No Chaser) and events (Camp A Cappella), publishing arrangements with Hal Leonard, while teaching and promoting a cappella worldwide.

11. From the Head of Middle School


Holidays: they are only a few weeks away

Well, if you’ve been assiduously following the weekly news reports, this term is proving as characteristically ‘full’ as any of its predecessors. And we’re only in the middle of this week, so what the next days have in store is anyone’s guess. I know I’ve said this before but its importance warrants mention again: you do get your money’s worth here. You certainly get your money’s worth from our school environment: the trees everywhere are green-dressed – translating to the fact that spring is uncertainly arriving – the emphasis here being on the fact of the continuous present… And this term’s impending end has been no less full than its beginning – eight long weeks ago. Only this last week, for example, we’ve had sporting finals (girls’ and boys’); an unseasonably cool (at this stage) Passing Out Parade pending; football and hockey Grand Finals, week-merging cadet and sports dinners, and we’re ‘gearing up’ for assembly awards across the curriculum. Yesterday marked the beginning of assembly certificates for the Middle School, so we proceeded to the Hoskins Centre for ease of presentation of said awards.

Now we’re just about to embark on another debating venture. It comes immediately following our Middle School House Public Speaking event which was also held in the Hoskins Centre last week and, in my adjudication, I commented on your children’s behaviour. They can be challenging at times, these young people – especially when their term begins to wind down – but they can easily (did easily and with good grace, actually) put their best foot forward when they need to. The speakers were astute, acute and, without exception, engaging and it’s clear the audience appreciated this fact. Pleasingly, some parents formed part of the audience and I want you to know that you’re welcome to attend some of these events when you are able to do so.


Early Leave Requests

Early leave requests begin to come to us about this time of term. Unless they attach to very unusual conditions, strictly, these are not granted. Activities at school are all inclusive as a general rule. For example, in two weeks all student from Years 4 – 11 will farewell the Year 12 leavers, by lining the School’s main drive. This kind of farewell is a tradition at TAS and it’s important that our Middle School students feel a sense of connection to the wider school. I hasten to add here, contrary to my comments last week, that caps can be worn by our people. All Homeroom staff and I will speak to the students about the significance of such farewells and the necessity that they ‘look their best’. They know the importance of these final farewells to our Year 12 cohort. As such, I believe it is important that our boys and girls are here to participate in such an activity and ask for parent support in regard to the matter of early leave requests.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School



12. From the Head of Junior School


Junior School Speech Day 2019 – Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 9.00 am

This year, the Junior School Speech Day will see a significant change in timing. Please note this for your diaries. Primarily to ensure the end of year finishes productively and with a minimum of disruption for parents, this year’s Speech Day ceremony will be held from 9.00 – 10.15 am in the Memorial Hall, followed by morning tea. This will avoid the half day at school that has complicated the proceedings for many parents and alleviate the difficulties experienced by our younger students who have found the long day beyond them. Next week, I will be announcing our Special Guest who is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and communicator with a wonderful background in environmentalism and sustainable living.


End of Winter Sport 

For most, the winter sports season has finished. And, so from all of our super keen sportspeople here at TAS, we thank our coaches and coordinators for all they do. The time and effort afforded our students is greatly appreciated.

Sport in Junior School plays multiple roles in terms of an individual’s education. There is no doubting the skills and understandings practiced and perfected. But we all know the most important lessons for our budding stars are broader and deeper than first meet the eye. Learning to deal with the complexities of trying your best on the field, sets a great foundation for all that life throws at us. Experiencing the highs and lows of competition, whether against an opposition or not, can be challenging. Helping our students to stay balanced and principled is not easy. So, appreciating the end of another fruitful season is an important part of the process.

We have two teams heading to the finals this weekend in both hockey and football, the details are included later. We wish them well and hope their season too, no matter the outcome from this weekend, ends successfully and happily for all involved.


Winter Photos

Please be aware of the School photos being held on Friday for a small number of our sportspeople. There is a detailed schedule elsewhere in this week’s TAS Talks but I would like to highlight this notice to our TAS Trebles, PSSA & CIS representatives and Athletics Champions to ensure that you are well prepared. All those in photographs should wear their formal uniform on Friday. Please contact the School if you have any questions.


Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the following students for receiving School Spirit Awards at last week’s assembly:

Oliver Maxwell, Paddy Bourke, Maya Slade, Aamer Alazizi, Pippi Goudge, Jack Wood, Izzie Glover, Hugo Broun, Andi Li, Andy Hardin, Peyton Slade and Angus Tydd. Neave Drain, Ruben Higgins and Peter Thompson also received awards for French.


Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to Neave Drain, Elise McMahon and Toby Whysall who all celebrate their birthdays this week


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School 

Premier's Reading Challenge 2019

The PRC for 2019 has now finished.  I would like to congratulate the 16 children who successfully completed the challenge.  It was wonderful to see the wide variety of books which the children read, books that both expand their knowledge and their imaginations.  Those students who completed the challenge were:  Simon Hu, Rory Secker, Daniel Bayne, Evelyn Brownlie, Rudra Tandon, Layla Abu Assab, Kaitlyn Baker, Joshua Bourke, William Cooper-Fillios, Edward Gillman, Oliver Robb, Harry Brownlie, Marcus Robb, Ryne Wilkinson, Peyton Slade and Sophia White.  Certificates from the Premier of NSW will arrive in term 4.  Well done to all those students and their families in encouraging so much reading!

Scholastic Book Club

Thank you to all parents who have been ordering from the Scholastic brochures. The latest brochure from Scholastic (no. 6) is now available and orders should be placed through the Scholastic LOOP order website by Friday 13 September 2019.

Please follow the instructions on the order page inside the brochure, or follow the prompts on the website.  Should you wish to pay by cheque, please place your cheque and order form in an envelope in the red letter box at the Junior School office.  Should you need any assistance, please contact me at nramazan@as.edu.au.

Mrs Natalie Ramazani
Library Assistant  

Junior School Upcoming Events

Week 8
Wednesday 11 SeptemberYear 5 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)
Week 9
Wednesday 18 SeptemberTransition Student Led Reflection
Thursday 19 SeptemberStudent Led Conferences
Week 10
Wednesday 25 SeptemberYear 3 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)
Thursday 26 SeptemberClasses Conclude
Term 4 – Week 1
Monday 14 OctoberStaff Day
Tuesday 15 OctoberClasses Resume

IB Primary Years Programme

PYP Year 2

Year 2 have completed a wonderful unit of inquiry where they have explored the central idea: Opportunity to communicate has evolved over time due to changing needs and technology.

The provocation was great fun and the students could not use verbal communication rather had find other forms of communication to use. This was a wonderful learning experience for many.

Forms of communication were explored, and all students engaged with a new Grok learning programme ‘Monster Making’ for Years 2-4. The tasks involved students communicating with technology to create their own Monsters.

As part of the unit, Mr Scott and practicum teacher Miss Jansons introduced students to ‘Scratch’. This programme was an introduction to a new form of coding and another form of communication. Children thoroughly enjoyed learning about this new form of coding and would love to share their coding work, along with our other investigations with parents in our Student lead reflections next Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator

Junior School Sport

Congratulations to those teams who have made it through to finals this week. We would love as many supporters as possible to cheer on our teams this weekend. Good luck to the following teams:


TAS Blue U12’s who play Armidale City Blue at Rologas 12 at 11:30am

U12TAS Blues through to the Grand final




TAS White U11’s who play at the UNE Hockey turf on Friday at 4pm

Summer sports choices

All children should have now selected their summer sport by returning their sports choice form to their class teacher. If you have not done so could you please email Mrs Christine Wright on cwright@as.edu.au  as a matter of urgency, as teams are being finalised this week.

General Information about Summer Sports for Transition to Year 4 children

(Please note that Year 5 children will be selecting from Middle School choices this year)

Junior School students (T-4) will be choosing their summer sport this week. With this in mind, a description of the various options appears below.

Junior School Policy re Participation in Sport

All students in Year 3 and above will participate in one summer sport in Terms 4 and Term 1, 2020. Students in Year 2 and below do not have to participate but are encouraged to do so. If students in Year 2 or below do participate they will commit to the sport (including training sessions) for the duration of that season. Training times and sessions vary depending on the chosen sport.

Description of Sports available:


To make cricket enjoyable and fun, different age groups play according to different rules. All games are played on Saturday mornings. Registration and insurance fees apply. See separate cricket groups for costings. Active kids vouchers can be used for all cricket registrations, and all registrations are done online in order to allow for Active Kids vouchers to be used. Forward your Active Kids voucher receipt to Mrs Christine Wright.

The different competitions are:

Master Blaster Cricket (Typically Year K-2)

Training: Monday afternoons

Games: Saturday mornings

More information on Saturday morning sessions will be available once the association have finalized this Summer program. Stay tuned!

Cricket U10s (typically Year 3 and Year 4)

Training: Monday afternoons

Games: Saturday mornings

Players must be under 10 on 1 September 2019. This format is designed for those kids who are ready for their first taste of junior club competition. Designed to stimulate action and test game sense and skills whether batting, bowling or fielding. Teams consist of eight players per side. Games start at 9:00am and finish by 11:10am (two hour games). Each team faces 16 overs. The team’s score is determined by dividing the number of runs scored by the number of wickets lost, plus one. The higher average score wins the match. Each player must bowl two overs. Cost will be approx. $100 for the season.


Cricket for U12s (typically Year 5 and Year 6)

Training: Monday and Wednesday afternoons

Games: Saturday mornings

(Players must be under 12 on 1 September 2019) A format that looks to further develop the cricket skills of kids that are playing their 2nd or 3rd year of junior cricket. The emphasis here is on continuous and active participation, where all players get to bat, bowl and field in a 3-hour window. The team consists of nine players. Games start at 9am and finish by 12.10pm. A team’s innings consists of 25 overs per side. A batsman must retire after facing 20 balls, unless already dismissed, and may come back into bat later in the innings. All players will get the opportunity to bowl. Cost will be approx. $100 for the season.

Swimming: This is not for beginners.

In choosing this sport, children should be able to competently swim at least two laps of the TAS pool. Parents wanting ‘Learn to Swim’ lessons for their children are encouraged to contact the TAS Sports Centre on 6776 5866, to arrange lessons. All swimmers will train in the TAS pool on Thursdays from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. The instructor concentrates on stroke correction and improving fitness. Additionally, students are expected to join the TAS based Alligators Swim Club (approx. $75 for the season) which holds Club nights every Wednesday night at the TAS pool from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. These are not only good opportunities to improve fitness and speed but are good social occasions as well. Costs will be $10 per week and the Alligators membership.

Gymnastics: K-2

Held at the Armidale Gymnasium. There will sessions on Mondays from 3:50 – 4:50pm run by qualified Level 1 coaches provided by Armidale Gymnastics Club. The cost is approximately $190 for the season (Term 4 and Term 1, 2020). Children will travel by bus to and from the gym with staff members supervising all sessions and travel.

Tennis:  Years K- 4

Hot Shots Tennis program 

Students will participate in the MLC Tennis Hot Shots, led by Justin Sheriff. There will be 2 levels of the program offered. ‘Hot Shots Red Ball’ will be for beginners and suited to students aged 5-8. (T-Yr 2) This will be held on Monday afternoons from 4pm – 4.45pm. Students in the Red stage play on a smaller court, use a larger ball, which doesn’t bounce as high.

Students in Years 3 and above will participate in ‘3-5 Red and Orange Ball’. Training will also be held on Monday afternoons from 4pm – 4.45pm. The Orange stage of the program is also on a reduced court size and the ball has less compression.

These small group lessons will cost $99 for each summer term (Term 4 and Term 1, 2020)

More information on the MLC Tennis Hot Shots program, is available at: http://hotshots.tennis.com.au/

Ball Skills: Transition – Year 2

This training session is for T-2 only and will be based around the ball skills required for games such as tennis, cricket, basketball and netball. Children will participate in the Monday afternoon training session at TAS. There is no cost for Ball Skills.

BasketballYears 3-4

Games will be held at the Armidale High School Den on Monday afternoons from 4:00pm. Trainings will be on Wednesdays at TAS. Registration fees are approximately $110 per season.

Indoor Hockey: Years 2-4

Indoor Hockey games will occur on Friday afternoons between the hours of 4-7pm in the TAS Gym. Students should have either an Indoor hockey stick or have their stick taped for training and games during the season. Training will occur on Monday afternoons. Costs are $5 per game.


Mrs Christine Wright

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