2019 Term 4 Week 1   |   16.10.2019

TAS Talks Term 4 Week 1

01. From the Headmaster


Welcome back to all students and families after what I hope has been a refreshing and enjoyable break. As is usually the case, this school holiday was a busy one for many of our students with representative sport for a number and four school trips running simultaneously. At yesterday’s Middle and Senior School assembly we were presented with visual reports from the Fiji and Thailand Christian service trips, the great challenge of the Kokoda Track and the Round Square International Conference in India. What was clear from those presentations was that each one of these very different adventures had a profound impact on those fortunate enough to join them. Whether the appeal was in the satisfaction of making a difference by serving others, testing physical and mental limits or opening the mind by mixing with diverse people from all around the world, it is clear that these experiences made what I confident will be a lasting difference for all those who were involved.

Back at home the summer sporting season began for some and I offer congratulations to those selected in representative cricket teams over the holiday break, including outgoing Senior Prefect Dahlia Glennie who was chosen as captain of her Central North team, and I wish all well for both the TAS and representative seasons ahead.


2019 Higher School Certificate

For Year 12 the break was less adventurous and hopefully less restful. I have been hearing good reports of some diligent work happening and that is pleasing. Their HSC exams begin tomorrow with the first of the English papers and I am sure all will join me in wishing every one of our students well as they attempt to make the most of their study efforts.


Looking Ahead

This final term for the year is our shortest, but there will be a good deal packed into it as Year 11 begin their HSC year, Years 6 to 10 sit end of year exams, the Activities Program winds up with Bivouac and Activities Week and all take up their Summer sports. At our opening assembly I encouraged students to be active in their planning and goal setting for this short and busy term and I hope that parents will help by reinforcing the importance of that.

Murray Guest


02. Calendar of Events

Week 1
Thursday 17 OctoberHSC Commences

Prefects’ Induction – Gymnasium

Week 2
Tuesday 22 OctoberNCIS Tennis
Saturday 26 OctoberHawkesbury Canoe Classic
Sunday 27 OctoberHawkesbury Canoe Classic

03. From the P&F


Christmas pudding bake this weekend

The famous TAS P&F Christmas Pudding bake is coming up this weekend on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October. It’s a fun morning each day.  If you would like to help please contact our Pudding Co-ordinator Heather Williams on hwilliams@tmsmp.com.au or rock up to the TAS kitchens after 8am on Saturday (via the back doors).

If you would like to help please bring an apron, wear covered shoes and have your hair tied back.





TAS is turning 125 this year and School, supported by the P&F, are looking at celebrating this with ‘TAS Fest’ – Celebrating TAS’ 125th Anniversary with an evening of music, food, short films and fireworks.

The night will be a celebration rather than a fundraiser and 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.

The night will run from about 5 to 10pm on Adamsfield.  We will have:

  • Casual music performances by TAS students
  • A Junior School Disco in Memorial Hall
  • Yummy Food and drinks stalls
  • ‘TAS Fest’ films screening on a giant screen – large cash prizes for the best films
  • Produce Stall (including Christmas puddings, peonies and some plants – weather dependent), Tombola, professional Face Painter, Zorb Balls and Bouncy Castle
  • Fabulous fireworks

The aim is for people to have a lovely evening sitting on Adamsfield listening to music, watching short films, having dinner, eating popcorn and slurping on an ice cream whilst catching up with friends. We will then finish the night with a fireworks display to ‘light the candles’ for the birthday celebration.

More details of the film entry requirements are available from Mr O’Connell.

To help make the night great we will be seeking helpers, including people who hold their RSA to serve drinks – if you’d like to help for even an hour or two please click on the links attached or email pandf@as.edu.au

As usual we’re using SignUp.com to organise the night. It’s Easy – you will not need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Simply click the link, review the options and times listed and choose the spot(s) you like.  Also please be aware SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me on pandf@as.edu.au and we can sign you up manually.

We will be having a PRODUCE STALL… in line with the 125 theme we are thinking a little bit old school retro, items in jars or bottles would be great… so if you have time over the next few weeks and would like to donate items could you please:

  • Make jams, sauces or chutney (please include ingredient labels)
  • Perhaps make a baking mix in a jar – cake, biscuits or brownie dry ingredients work well (don’t forget the instructions!)

PLEASE ALSO START MAKING TOMBOLA JARS – this is always popular and we can never have enough full jars of goodies. Anything from marbles, lollies, colouring pencils, hairclips, soaps and shampoos packaged into a jar would be wonderful.

Please leave all jars at Main School Reception.


‘TAS FEST’ Planning Meeting tonight

Our next planning meeting is on tonight Wednesday 16 October at 7pm in the Archdall Room in the main school building.   Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there.


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President


04. From the Chaplain


1 Corinthians 13

When I started high school we were all given a blue conduct card. This card was to be carried everywhere with us. The card was signed if you did something that perhaps contravened school rules. Then at the end of two weeks the card would be handed in and you would receive a fresh one. It seemed like a good system, by the end of the first week I was on track to meet my quota and I had filled the first side. I thought, “this is fine, I have a whole new side to get through the second week…” little did I know that three signatures on the card equated to an afternoon detention, that two afternoon detentions would result in a Saturday appointment, etc, etc.

After the first fortnight I almost got the hang of it. It would have been great to know how the system worked, it would have been far better to have been informed before things had unravelled.

We have systems in place here at TAS to look after our community, but the best thing is the advice we receive from the School Lesson, 1 Corinthians 13. If you’re new to the school or if you just haven’t noticed, we read this lesson at least twice a term.

This reading is all about love; the sort of love that places other’s ahead of ourselves, sacrificial love that doesn’t count the cost. It’s love in action. In the context of the passage it’s the sort of love that is needed to conform people who are perhaps different in nearly every conceivable way to become God’s united church family, a principle that most certainly applies to our school situation. God doesn’t expect us to do something that he hasn’t done first. This type of love has been perfectly demonstrated to us when God wanted to unite us with himself, even though we are so vastly different to God. He sent His Son to die on our behalf even though we had our backs turned to Him, ignoring Him, even despising Him, he acted in love.

As a school community we need this sort of sacrificial, putting the interests of others ahead of ourselves type of love, because, in case you haven’t noticed, we are not all the same. We have different interests, gifts, abilities and different agendas, but we all function as a whole. We need to think of each other first if we are to build one another up.

We are human, we do not do this well, and we need this reminder regularly, to imitate Christ and His love for us.


Mr Richard Newton

05. From the Director of Studies


Extended Day Program

A reminder of TAS’ Extended Academic Day Program and the opening hours of the Library.
The library is supervised at all times.  Supervisors are available to give general guidance but not specific tutoring in areas of concern.
Day students are able to access the Dining Hall at breakfast or dinner by swiping their Student Card at the door. Costs associated with meals will be added to their TAS account.

Early Morning Program (7:30am – 8:45am Monday to Friday for Years 6 to 12)
The Library will open from 7.30am for students who are at school for early commitments or just want to work quietly or read before the school day starts.

Afternoon Program (3:30pm – 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays for Years 6 to 8)
Literacy and Numeracy sessions are available. Charges apply for Day students at $15 per afternoon.
Please contact Vickey O’Brien vobrien@as.edu.au if you wish to book your child in for one of these sessions.
Day students must be collected by 6pm.

Evening Program (6:30pm – 9pm Mondays to Thursdays for Years 9 to 12)
The library is also open for all students in Years 9 to 12 to work quietly. Specific tutoring is available in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Science.

Friday Afternoon Program (3:30pm – 5.30pm for Years 6 to 12) 
The library will be open for all students in Years 6 to 12 to work quietly until 5.30pm. There is no specific academic support available during this time.


Tutoring will operate for the first six weeks of this term in the Library.
The schedule for the next two weeks is below.

Years 6, 7 & 8 – 4pm – 5pm
Mondays – English, Maths, Science
Wednesdays – English, Maths, Science

Week 1 – Years 9 – 12 – 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday – English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Science
Wednesday – Maths
Thursdays – English, Maths

Week 2 – Years 9 – 12 – 7pm – 9pm
Monday – Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Science
Tuesday – Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Science
Wednesday- English Maths, English
Thursday – English, Maths


HSC Exams

HSC Exams begin for Year 12 students tomorrow (17 October).
Students should make sure they have read and understood the 2019 Higher School Certificate Rules and Procedures guide.
If a student becomes ill or suffers an accident that affects their exam performance, they should submit an illness/misadventure application form (available from Mrs O’Brien)  and notify the school and the Presiding Officer as soon as possible. It is important that a student attends the exam where possible even if they believe their performance in the exam will be affected. If they cannot attend an exam because of illness or misadventure, notify the school immediately. If a student does not sit the exam evidence must indicate why they were unable to attend.
Students must continue to follow the day-to-day rules of the school.

We wish all year 12 students every success as they sit their exams.

Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies

06. From the Director of Co-curricular



Unconditional Love, serving others, a verse on the Kokoda Track, personal growth, the sacrifice of a mate and the rhapsodic themes of the third movement from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano – ‘Allegro Con Fuoco’ by Poulenc, resonated throughout the assembly hall yesterday as students shared their experiences from Thailand and Fiji service trips, Kokoda Trail, the Round Square Conference in India and amazing musical talent. It was one of those assemblies that inspires us to do more; to be more.

There are many amazing opportunities this term – it is a matter of putting yourself out there and being willing to have a go. Registrations are still being accepted for the 125km TAS Trek 125 whilst many are gearing up for the 111km Hawkesbury Canoe Classic.

It is not too late to Audition for the 2020 production of The Wizard of Oz. Every year the production uncovers hidden talent; individuals that were brave enough to try. If you are even thinking about it, go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bbOUrUZqAOMZUmPXupjh6Vw4vTlJKdKu1rtK-8qssBs/edit?usp=sharing to schedule an audition.

Whilst adding a new challenge to your already busy life may seem like madness, it will often provide a stronger sense of purpose that flows into all other parts of life. As always, staff are here to support and encourage you on your journey. It is more likely in life, that you will regret what you didn’t do than what you did.


Sports Training Schedule and Coach Allocation 

The Term 4 Training Schedule and Coach Allocation is attached. Please try to avoid clashes with other commitments, however, where this is unavoidable, please discuss a solution with your coach / MIC.


Staff Allocation Term 4 2019 Summer Training Schedule T4 2019

Staff Allocation Term 4 2019

07. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


Term 4 may be the shortest of all terms but that doesn’t mean we in the Creative Arts can’t fill it with a lot busyness and events!
By the time you read this we’ll have already had our first afternoon of The Wizard of Oz auditions, our Senior School musical for 2020. It’s not too late for students in Middle and Senior Schools to sign up because as always we want a nice big bright cast of enthusiastic people keen to have fun and put on a great show. The audition materials have already gone out but if you need an extra set please email me (aoconnel@as.edu.au) and the audition booking link is in that pack.
The Junior School is about to go into overdrive with Madagascar the Musical Jr, with Mrs Cleaver and her dedicated team stepping up the rehearsals and show preparation. There will be the first of several Working Bees next Sunday 27 October from 12pm – 2pm. We’ll be working on both Costumes and Set, so bring along a sewing machine (if you have the skills to use one) or two hands ready for painting and simple carpentry.


Students have less than three weeks to be working on their short films for TAS Fest, the final 125 celebration coming up later in the term. Students in Junior School, Middle School and Senior School have the chance to win serious $$$’s so make sure you get them in by Friday 1 November (Week 3). And remember, myself and Ms Brus are here to give you any advice and assistance so make sure you get to us before the deadline!
And a special shout goes out to our HSC Music students who are sitting their written exams this week, best of luck!


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

08. From the Acting Head of Middle School


Welcome to Term 4

Welcome back to TAS for the final term of 2019. I am so pleased to be Acting Head of Middle School for Term 4 while Mr Mark Harrison is on well-deserved Long Service Leave. I hope your family enjoyed the break from school and you were able to spend some quality time together.

As we have returned to warm weather it is lovely to see the students looking smart in their summer uniforms. Can you please encourage your child to be wearing a hat each day? Our staff here in Middle School continually encourage and remind the students to protect their skin from the harshness of the Armidale sun; we appreciate your support on this important matter.

Holiday Service Trip to Fiji

Yesterday in Assembly we enjoyed hearing a report from Toby Inglis on behalf of the Middle School students who travelled to Fiji for their Service Trip to St Christopher’s Home for Children. It sounds as if it was a deeply moving experience for all involved. Thank you to the students and staff who took part in the planning and the actual trip itself; I am so happy to hear it was so beneficial and successful.

Preparation for Examinations

Year 6, 7 and 8 students will be sitting End of Course Examinations in Week 3 and in preparation for this, Revision Booklets and Exam Notifications have begun to be issued and will be electronically stored on each classes’ CANVAS page. Students need to have these resources with them each lesson so they can be actively engaging with the revision process.

If you have any concerns, please be sure to contact me through Mrs Robyn Frost on 6776 5819 or via email at middle@as.edu.au.


Mrs Gill Downes
Acting Head of Middle School

09. From the Acting Head of Junior School


Welcome Back

I would like to welcome all of our families back to TAS for the busy and exciting Term 4. I encourage everyone to read TAS Talks each week and contact the School with any questions that may arise. Major events to look out for this term include: Year 5 Frog Dreaming Excursion, JS Bike Safety and Triathlon Day, the JS Musical Madagascar Jr (and associated working bees), TAS 125 Celebrations, Year 5 Dinner, JS Final Assembly, JS Christmas Service and our end of year Junior School Speech Day with Special Guest Tanya Ha. I trust everyone is looking forward to a busy, but exciting term.



Whilst no stranger to TAS or the Junior School, we welcome Mrs Gaye Piper back to the Junior School teaching team. For the duration of Term 4, Mrs Piper will be teaching in the Junior School covering some of the Year 5 teaching load and support periods in a variety of classes.


The Fathering Project

TAS Junior School is in the early stages of developing a relationship with the Fathering Project. The Fathering Project is a research/evidence based, not-for-profit organisation, which simply wants to help dads and father-figures spend some quality time together with their children.

As fathers and father-figures, it’s easy to get lost in our other roles and forget what our first job is. Yet, it’s the most important job we’ll ever have, because what we do, or don’t do as dads, has an enormous impact on the happiness and health of the kids we love.

Together, we can help build resilience, self-respect and emotional intelligence in our kids. In addition, we can give our kids a great deal of self-worth, just by showing up and being there.

The Fathering Project aims to positively promote the important role of fathers and father-figures, through a handful of small events normally within the school – two of those being simple ‘Dad and Kids’ events like Paper Planes and Pizza nights, and two being ‘Dads Only’ nights. The Dads Only nights are also designed to be fun, informal but informative. We simply talk about what fathering is about and encourage each other along the way. What we will use is information which has come from reputable research, to help guide us in our journey as an effective Father or Father figure.

Everyone benefits when there is an engaged and effective father or father-figure in a child’s life. We know that an effective father or father-figure has an enormous impact on the happiness and health of the kids they love.

TAS is pleased to be hosting a Pizza and Paper planes evening on Thursday 24 October. Please RSVP to: junior@as.edu.au

Further details on the work of the Fathering Project, see thefatheringproject.org


Working Bees - Madagascar

Again, I would like to draw your attention to the two working bees that we will be holding in Term 4 to prepare for our musical production, Madagascar Jr. Mrs Leasa Cleaver and her production team has organised 27 October and 10 November 10 to complete the costumes and props required for our performances. Again this year, we will provide a BBQ for those that can attend from 12.00pm and conclude at 2.00pm. Please put these dates in your diaries and keep your eye out for a separate note regarding these activities.


Uniform and Hair

School uniform is flexible for the first two weeks of Term 4 in Junior School as the weather can be so variable. Families can choose whether their child comes to School in either their Winter or Summer uniform depending on the weather. From Week 3 though, all children are expected to wear Summer uniform. Additionally, sports uniform is only to be worn on the days students have a TAS sport (not those days when they have PE or Martial Arts). Travel to and from School in PE gear is also not permissible. Please ensure all students wear the correct uniform, in a tidy and presentable manner. All hair should be tidy and well kept, not cut to make a statement or become extravagant. For boys, it should be off the collar and ears and for girls, if longer than shoulder length, tied with blue ribbon.  Hair should always be of natural colour. Earrings should only be a small plain stud or sleeper. Please support the School if your child has been asked to tidy up their hair and contact me should this become a problem.


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

Please make a note of the new time for our Junior School Speech Day next term. Last term Mr Lloyd introduced our Guest Speaker and presenter Tanya Ha, an award-winning environmental campaigner, television presenter, author, science journalist, speaker and sustainable living advocate.  There is plenty more information at <https://tanyaha.com/home/about/> and I am sure the occasion will be enjoyable for all. Please look out for a separate invitation to this event in the coming weeks.


Assemblies this Term

This term will see a slightly different format for assemblies, due to the smaller number of weeks that we have available for assemblies. Year 5 students will ‘host’ the assemblies and each class from T-4 will take it in turns to present an item. Please see below the schedule for which classes will be presenting an item. All assemblies are held in the Hoskins Centre from 2:45 and all are welcome.

  • Week 1: No assembly
  • Week 2: Year 4 & Kindergarten
  • Week 3: Year 3 & Transition
  • Week 4: Year 1 & Year 2
  • Week 5: No assembly
  • Week 6: Junior School Final Assembly


Mr Luke Polson
Acting Head of Middle School

Junior School Upcoming Events

Week 1
Thursday 17 OctoberYear 5 Frog Dreaming Excursion (Return Friday)

Year 1 & 2 Saumarez Homestead Excursion

Week 2
Wednesday 23 October


Year 2 & Kindy Assembly – Hoskins Centre – 2.45
Transition Excursion to Thalgarrah
Friday 25 October



Armidale Outdoors Schools Orienteering Carnival – Thalgarrah
Sunday 27 October


Madagascar Working Bee 12.00 – 2.00
Week 3
Wednesday 30 October


Year 3 & Transition Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)


Thursday 31 OctoberBike Safety Day and Triathlon
Week 4
Wednesday 6 NovemberYear 1 & 2 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)
Friday 8 NovemberActivities Day
Sunday 10 NovemberMadagascar Working Bee (12-2pm)

Junior School Sports

Summer sports commences this week.

Welcome to Term 4 and our summer sports program. Our training and games for some teams commence this week. Please see the training days, coaches and contact details below for easy reference. I have also included lists of teams for your referral. Please email me if your child is not on the list or there is an error.

Information about the commencement of games will come via your child’s coach.

Summer Sports



MondaysBall SkillsAnna O’Connoraoconnor@as.edu.au
Cricket trainingLiam Smith and NSW Cricket coachescwright@as.edu.au
TennisLana Hawksfordlhawksfo@as.edu.au
GymnasticsVeronica Watersvwaters@as.edu.au
Indoor HockeyTania Hardinthardin@as.edu.au
WednesdaysBasketballKirsty Brunsdonkbrunsdo@as.edu.au
ThursdaysSwimmingJaimie Shortt/James Harwoodcwright@as.edu.au


Please email your child’s coach in the first instance if your child is unable to attend either training sessions or games. For any other sports issues or concerns please contact Mrs Christine Wright cwright@as.edu.au


Orienteering – Friday, 25 October

Children will be entering the Score Course this year and will be required to wear their sports uniform for this event. A hat, sunscreen and a water bottle are essential for this event. We are still awaiting our starting time; however, we have requested a morning session for this event. More information will be in TAS talks next week.


Bike Day/Triathlon

All children will be participating in this fabulous day on Thursday 31 October in the TAS grounds. Children will require a bike for the day so please put this one in your diary, so bikes are prepared and ready in time.

Community Notices