2020 Term 1 Week 6   |   04.03.2020

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 6

01. From the Head of School


TAS Regional Tour

The TAS Regional Tour continues this week as the team head to Inverell today for our annual visit to centres around the NSW North West to meet with prospective students for 2021 and to meet socially with our current families and former students. This chance to meet away from the School and school events is special.


Douglas Shield

As the cricket season begins to wind up, our First XI continue their Douglas Shield campaign. They will play the semi-final game against St Philip’s Christian College in Cessnock on Friday. Reaching this level of the competition is a fine achievement and I wish our players well for their upcoming game.

Middle School Boarders Leave Weekend

As Mark Harrison writes in his Middle School report, with such a long term of 11 weeks, our Middle School boarders will have the opportunity to join their parents for a few days for a closed leave weekend, which includes Friday and Monday. While this initiative is new to TAS this year it is quite commonplace in other boarding schools and gives our youngest boarders the chance to have some time re-connecting with their families halfway through our longest term. I encourage our Middle School boarders and their parents to make the most of their time together and reflect on the term so far. For our day students there will be a modified classroom program and the expectations of normal attendance at school and at co-curricular commitments.

Year 7 Lunches

The first of our Year 7 lunches with the Head of School and Mrs Jones took place yesterday. I was greatly heartened by the willingness of these young people to speak openly with maturity and a real joy about their life at TAS. I was able to ascertain what has surprised them most about life at TAS, what some of their hopes for the future are and their ability to consume a large amount of food in a short period of time was very impressive. If yesterday’s lunch was an indication of what is in store when I meet with the rest of year 7 it is looking like an enormously rewarding time for both myself and Mrs Jones.

These interactions with students are the heart and soul of what TAS represents and we are in a very good place indeed.


Alan Jones


Notice Board

End of term travel

The end of term travel (Thursday 9 April) and the start of term travel (Monday 27 April) booking form was emailed out last week. The chartered coach services are provided free to students travelling between their home and school – not interstate home destinations. Booking is essential and it would be greatly appreciated if bookings could be made by the due date (Friday 6 March) and on the forms provided via email. Cancellations can be made up to three(3) days prior to travel. Students should be mindful that there is a two suitcase (25kg each) limit. Arrangements can be made through a carrier for extra luggage.

Senior Concession ID cards are also available from Reception for students that are over 16 years of age. This ID card entitles students to travel at child’s fare.

A reminder that weekend travel bookings must be made before the Thursday prior to the weekend. All travel arrangements (except air travel) should be made the Reception. If you have any queries regarding travel, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Veronica Lucas - reception@as.edu.au.

Mrs Veronica Lucas
Travel Services

Medical Centre

Please return Year 7 Vaccination consent forms as soon as possible. A catch-up day will be held for students who are away or whose forms don’t arrive in time.

Sr Jenny Murray

Uniform and Book Shop Hours

Monday 12noon - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 2pm
Wednesday 12noon - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 2pm
Friday 12noon - 4pm

Please be aware of changes to the opening hours on the following two days

Friday 13 March 12noon - 2pm

Motor Vehicle Regulations

Students and parents are reminded that no L or P plater drivers (whether they be students at TAS or another school) are permitted to drive a vehicle into the school grounds at any time, including the beginning and end of term when boarders are departing/arriving at school. This is part of our duty of care to our students and outlined in the School Rules and Regulations that can be found on the website, in both the Parents and Students Portals.

Other driving regulations are outlined below. Thank you for your support.

A day student may drive to school provided he/she and their parents have provided the ‘Permission to Drive to School’ form in duplicate, available from Reception or the school website. Students are to park in Douglas St or Mann St only. The vehicle is not to be used between the commencement of the school day and 3.30 pm (unless permission has been sought for Late Arrival/Early Leave in the case of Year 12 students). The vehicle is not to be brought on to school property.

Students are forbidden to drive other students in their cars without the written permission of parents of the passenger, which should then be submitted to the Deputy Head of School.

Boarders are not to have the use of a motor vehicle in Armidale unless parents have presented a case for good cause and the Head of House has approved. A separate Boarders Drivers form is available from Reception and the website.

Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim

The Coffs Ocean Swim (2km) is the second leg of the Triple Crown, to be held on Sunday 5 April.
An open water swim, protected in the harbour of the Coffs Jetty, with over 400 competitors. From two students and one staff member in 2002, this event has now grown to over 100 students, 12 parents and six staff participating last year. Why not step up in 2020 and give it a go?

For those of you already signed up for the Tour de Rocks, you will finish at South West Rocks on Saturday 4 April and we will then bus to Coffs Harbour for the night, before meeting up with the rest of team TAS at the Coffs Harbour Jetty on Sunday morning.

Students and parents departing TAS will do so on Sunday morning at 5:30am arriving at the Jetty by 8am. The approximate cost is $95.

Mr Jim Pennington

Please follow the link below to register your interest in participating in the Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim.

02. Calendar of Events

Week 6
Thursday 5 MarchNCIS Swimming
TAS Regional Tour (Inverell)
Friday 6 MarchMS Boarders Leave Weekend

TAS Regional Tour ( Glen Innes)

Kings/PLC Regatta ( Departs 3.30pm)

Saturday 7 MarchMS Boarders Leave Weekend

Kings/PLC Regatta

Sunday 8 MarchMS Boarders Leave Weekend
Monday 9 MarchMS Boarders Leave Weekend
Week 7
Thursday 12 MarchBivouac
Friday 13 MarchBivouac
Week 8
Wednesday 18 MarchP&F Meeting (7pm)
Thursday 19 MarchYear 6&7 Parent/Teacher Interviews (Hoskins Foyer)
Friday 20 MarchWizard of Oz (7pm) Hoskins Centre

AAGPS Head of the River

Year 6&7 Parent/Teacher Interviews (Hoskins Foyer)

Saturday 21 MarchWizard of Oz (7pm) Hoskins Centre
Sunday 22 MarchWizard of Oz (1.30pm Matinee) Hoskins Centre

AAGPS Head of the River



03. From the P&F


TAS Rugby Carnival - We need your help!

The TAS Rugby Carnival is coming up in the middle of the April holidays on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 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!!!

If you can help or bake or both for this event it would be much appreciated. The Rugby Carnival is in the middle of the holidays so if you are going to be round we would love if you can help.

Helpers and Community Service volunteers can sign up using the following link https://signup.com/go/MhpvKJc

More information will be sent out through TAS Talks, emails and Facebook in the next few weeks.

There is no planning meeting tonight.

Our next planning meeting for the Rugby Carnival will be on next Wednesday 11 March at 5.30pm (please note the time change) in the Archdall Room.  If you think you can manage BBQs, help organise food and drink or generally would like to be involved in organising this event please come along or send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au



  • Wednesday 25 March – Junior School Athletics Carnival – P&F Cake Stall
  • Friday 27 March – Middle & Senior School Athletics Carnival – P&F Cake Stall
  • Saturday 20 November – TAS@Dusk
  • Friday 19 – Sunday 21 November – Art Show (TBC)

Other events will be advertised throughout the year via email, TAS Talks and on Facebook.


P&F Meetings

We have two main meetings a term – usually these are held in the Lower Maxwell Room at 7pm on a Wednesday night.  These meetings are open to all and we would love to see you there.

  • Term 1 – 18 March
  • Term 2 – 6 May (AGM) and 17 June (Funding meeting)
  • Term 3 – 29 July and 9 September
  • Term 4 – 21 October and 18 November



Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President

04. From the Director of Studies


Year 6 and 7 Parent Teacher Interviews

Years 6 and 7 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday 19 March (3.30pm – 6pm) and Friday 20 March (2pm – 5.30pm).  Interviews with teachers will be held in Memorial Hall. Parents will receive an email in by the end of the week containing a personal code and information on how to book times with your child’s teachers. If you do not receive the email please check your second email if you have one – otherwise contact Mrs Vickey O’Brien – vobrien@as.edu.au or phone 6776 5800.


Extended Day Program – The Hub

The School’s Extended Day Program continues to operate in The Hub (Library)  for those students who wish to use The Hub at the start and/or end of the school day to complete homework, assessments or extra study and revision. The Hub is supervised at all times during the extended opening hours.


 Year groupsDAYSTIME
Early Morning Program

No specific academic program / quiet safe space

Years 6 – 12Monday – Friday7.30am – 8.45am
Afternoon Program

Assistance with organisation and completing homework / no specific academic program

Years 6 – 8Monday – Thursday3.30pm  – 6pm
Afternoon Program

General guidance / no subject specific academic program

Years 9 – 12Monday – Thursday3.30pm – 7pm
Evening Program

General guidance / assist with referencing & research / no specific academic program

Years 9 – 12Monday – Thursday7pm – 9pm

*No cost to students.


Specific Tutoring



Maths (all levels 9-12)Wednesday / Thursday7pm – 9pm
BiologyTuesday7pm – 9pm
ChemistryTuesday7pm – 9pm
9/10 ScienceTuesday7pm – 9pm


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 2020.


Mr Luke Polson
Director of Studies

05. Leadership, Service and Adventure


The Armidale School Cadets: Bivouac 1 (12-13 March)

Bivouac 1 conducted by The Armidale School will be held on 12-13 March, Thursday-Friday of Week 7.
Cadets have received a full briefing on their activities and required equipment on Tuesday 3 March.

All cadets will camp overnight on the night of Thursday 12 Match in the vicinity of Mt Duval (B & C Company) or Copmanhurst (A Company).
A Company are required to assemble at TAS at 7.30am on 12 March for parade prior to departure.

All other cadets will assemble at TAS Adamsfield for parade on Thursday 12 March at 8.40am.

Activities will cease and cadets released on completion of the parade at 5.00pm on Friday 13 March.

The activities will be conducted as follows:

A Company

Kayak touring, mountain biking and trekking near Copmanhurst and on the Grafton River.

B Company

Night Harbour, fieldcraft, trekking, navigation and kayaking near Mt Duval and surrounding properties.

C Company

Night Harbour, fieldcraft, trekking, navigation and canoeing near Mt Duval and surrounding properties.

Cadets should note the below packing list as a minimum for overnight bivouac. There may be additional equipment required by platoon leaders for cadets. These will have been discussed at activities briefing held on Tuesday 3 March.

  • Back Pack & Webbing(issued)
  • Compass*
  • Hootchie (issued)
  • Spray jacket* / raincoat*
  • 5m hutchie cord/rope*
  • Kidney Cup* (issued)
  • Pegs x 4* (issued)
  • Ground sheet (issued)
  • KFS set*
  • Water bottles x 2 (issued)
  • Sleeping bag & mat*
  • Towel (small)
  • Olive Green thermal or cotton undershirt*
  • Jumper (issued)
  • Notepad (in plastic bag)*
  • Torch + spare batteries*
  • Water gear (swimmers, shirt, shorts & shoes)
  • 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 participating students will be issued with all required equipment by the TAS Q-Store. 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 TAS Activities use and reasonable cost. Clothing that has been outgrown can be replaced at no charge at Q-Store by arrangement with the School 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


06. From the Director of Co-curricular



On 18-19 April (middle weekend of school holidays), 52 visiting primary rugby teams will descend on TAS for the annual TAS Rugby Carnival. All members of the TAS community are encouraged to get involved in what is an amazing team effort. I guarantee that you will walk away feeling uplifted. If you are willing and able to help could you please sign up using the following link:



MS/SS Athletics Championships 2020

The Athletics Championships is a mass participation event and all students are expected to attend. Preliminary Events will be held in PE classes in Weeks 7 – 9 for Years 6-10 then after school and lunch times during Weeks 8 and 9 for all ages. The Main Event will be on Friday 27 March, commencing at 8:45am on Wakefield. A full program of events will be published next week.


Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular



NSW All Schools Triathlon

A dynamic squad of 10 Triathletes took on the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on Wednesday 26 February. This event is a selection trial for Nationals later in March.

The Seniors are always off first, covering a distance of 750m swim/20km ride/5km run. Clancy Roberts (Captain of Triathlon) and Sam Jones were in the main pack out of the water, with Toby Hall not too far behind, all desperately trying to chase down the leaders. They held solid throughout the ride, with Clancy taking a few scalps before commencing the 5km run leg.  This is where Sam and Toby showed their real talents, slicing through the field, moving up the leader board. For Clancy, it’s where his training paid off, maintaining  a steady pace on the run to achieve his best ever finish at All Schools. It was also wonderful to see Sam finish, and in doing so, becoming the first TAS Triathlete to compete at NSW All Schools for six consecutive years.

In the Intermediate division, athletes traversed a course of 500m swim/15km ride/4km run. In the males Oliver Griffiths, off the back of a terrific swimming carnival, hammered the swim leg and then charged out onto the bike. Even though his age group is amongst the most competitive, Oliver drove hard all the way, capping off his race with an impressive run. For Issy Gooch, the swim resembled a boxing ring, as she was pummelled throughout. Once onto the bike (and a flash one at that!), Issy started to find her groove, moving through the field and displaying the confidence that only comes from numerous long rides over the Christmas break. The run was an adventure, with Issy keeping her composure and pace together to record a solid finish.

The Juniors contest a 400m swim/10km ride/3km run Sprint Event, and a sprint it is! Harry Pennington exited the water with a pleasing swim and quickly mounted his bike. A good ride saw him off the bike with the main group and he then held his own during the run leg. Eryn Benham, Charlotte Tydd and Isabella Crawford were the’Terrific Trio’ of Junior Ladies. All within a couple of minutes of each other out of the water, once onto the bike, it was on! The girls were with the main group during the two-2 lap ride and then showed their true determination with all three blazing the run.

A massive thanks to Ms Gail Rogers, Mr Jeremy Jones, Mrs Renaye and Mr Andrew Benham for their help and support.


Mr James Pennington



As the cricket season is nearing an end, it is important to note that our First XI players are through to the Douglas Shield semi-finals. This game is being played on Friday 6 March, against St Philip’s Christian College, Cessnock. The game will be live-streamed, and a link will be available via the TAS Facebook page for those who may be interested.

Our Second XI finished as Minor Premiers in the 3rd Grade competition, and our First XI finished second in the 2nd Grade competition. Both these teams will enter the semi-finals this weekend, so we wish them luck.
The juniors still have a few weeks to go before their finals take place. However, for those interested ADCA Rep trials are happening this Wednesday 4 March (5pm – 6pm)and Sunday 8 March (9.30am – 11.30am). The trials are at the following venues:
  • U17 – UNE
  • U15 – TAS
  • U13 – Newling
  • U11 – Sports Ground

Mrs Rachel Piddington


On Monday night at Kayaking we had a guest coach come and join us in the pool. Andre Hemmerle has a long career in kayaking and was kind enough to come and coach our kayakers!

Andre started Kayaking at 8 years old on the Barrington River where he competed at All Schools Championships, National Championships and went on to represent Australia in Slalom kayaking in the junior division. From here he competed in the Austral Asian Cup at the age of 15. Andre has kayaked Kaituna Falls, and finally got into freestyle kayaking where he competed in Spain in the World Freestyle Championships. Andre has represented Australia in Sydney for World Championships where he placed 7th in his senior division.  Andre now travels the world coaching white water rafting in Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Chillie, Ecuador, Columbia, Norway and Nepal.

Andre was working in Armidale this week and decided to come and see how the TAS group are progressing with their kayaking skills. He ran a session that consisted of polo ball drills, paddling techniques and rolling practice with our students, sharing his years of experience and knowledge.

The session ended with a friendly game of canoe polo, which our students thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you Andre for taking the time to come and coach our students!


Miss Emma Channon

07. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


Creative Arts

There are just two weeks and two days until our opening night for The Wizard of Oz on Friday 20 March and boy are we working hard. This is our most intense week of rehearsals with the band also getting together to cover the songs and work alongside the cast. The set has truly sprung up out of the ground and this weekend most of the remaining costume pieces shall arrive as well. But to ensure we get there we have scheduled one more Working Bee for Saturday 10am – 2pm. As the cast are probably going to get a bit weary it would be great to have as many friends of the production pop along to help us and so if you could don some working clothes and be at Hoskins on the weekend it would be greatly appreciated. And of course, don’t miss out on your tickets to the show: https://www.trybooking.com/BIBTW

We’ve auditioned for Middles School’s play, James/Jane and the Giant Peach, and the cast announcement planned for this Friday. Once more the audition team was blown away by the enthusiasm and talent on show from our TAS actors and Mr Wheatley and I have had the truly wonderful (and challenging) job of choosing the cast. We’ll start the rehearsals gradually as many actors are still involved with The Wizard of Oz and once that production winds to an end we’ll jump on this one full-steam.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

08. From the Head of Middle School


Activities and Boarders’ Leave Weekend

Now we’ve officially reached the mid-way point of the term, the school’s Activities Program has officially begun: this week’s Activities Meeting occurred during the normal assembly period. While the weather remains warm, students, generally, will be ‘out and about’ at the end of Week 7 and I’m looking forward to being with them for at least some of their activities. But, before this time, our boarders will have opportunity to be with their families during for their ‘home weekend’, being Friday to Monday inclusive. For many this will be the first opportunity to have a slightly extended visit with families and I hope all people will benefit from the experience. Because they are with you pretty much all of the time, day students will be at school during this time. Of course, this time can be fully utilized by their having opportunity to revise and reinforce work studied to date. This concept of a Boarders’ Leave Weekend is new to TAS, perhaps, but it is not new to schools. It is very important that boarders have time with families to discuss their experiences over their first six weeks of school. So, ask them the questions that day parents have probably already asked about: what’s new; what’s enjoyable and what’s challenging? Because so many are new to the boarding experience, they may require you to contact us about concerns, in particular. Sometimes these people, because of their new twenty-four environment, can be hesitant to ask questions, voice concerns – so we ask that you make use of this opportunity to be their advocates – so contact us with any concerns and we’ll do our best to address them. Everyone, regardless of day or boarding status, has the right to be ‘heard’ at school of course, but boarder parents also need proof that their children, after six weeks, are okay.


Middle School Leaders

As indicated at the end of Week 3, our new student leaders are engaging well with their peers and this week we have another student-written section, this time on last Friday’s musical experience in Memorial Hall for all Middle School students. Of course, there remains the ongoing and cumulative tasks of guiding others, seeking advice from them and representing them and their various interests.  Only last week the Year 12 prefects approached us with a view to inviting our leaders to one of their meetings in Lower Maxwell.  It’s encouraging to note that, thus far, the Middle School leaders have proven their worth as leaders by asking for advice and assistance in various matters: this augurs well for everyone as these young people want to ‘get things right’ and they aren’t afraid to ask for clarification and guidance. For example, only last week several approached me to offer assistance in the dining hall at lunch time.

The dining hall staff have commented on the tidiness of their area, too. I know it’s ‘early days’ but am hopeful simply because their efforts to help have been noticed by others. I applaud their initiative to want to assist their peers, as well.  It’s clear that their 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.  As such, they will be having meetings on a regular basis. Young people can notice things that we, for whatever reason, do not see.


NECOM trio

On 1 March, Year 6, 7 and 8 were lucky enough to listen to a piano trio that played for us in the Memorial Hall. In an effort to cater to everyone’s tastes they performed a range of favourite classics from different times, and these helped us to understand and enjoy the different types of music that have been popular over the ages. Throughout these two 45 minute sessions, we were asked a range of questions to do with the previous pieces and we tried our best to provide informed answers. We were also joined by the Years 11 and 12 Music 1 and 2, and at the end we were confident enough to sing a song that was taught to us earlier in the lesson. Thank you Mrs Deidre Rickards and the trio for organising this event for Middle School students.


Matilda Cullen
Cultural and Creative Arts Leader



Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Exciting things in the classroom

Students inquire into many things across the different subjects that they do. Here is a brief overview of their inquiries that students are doing this term:

Year 6

Design: STEMWaste from one product can be used a raw material for another, which results in developing a neutral process.
FrenchPatterns of language are used when communicating about oneself
Individuals and SocietiesPeople, through governance, were significant in the democratic changes that Australia made to become a nation
JapaneseUnderstanding a culture creates context and meaning
Language and LiteratureCreative composition is always shaped by a composer’s context
MathematicsFollowing systems, methods and processes helps us to understand relationships in equivalence and simplification
MusicTechnical innovation and progress leads to adaptation
PDHPEChange is necessary for our development
ScienceIn the laboratory we explore the consequences of energy changes and create models
Visual ArtsPlaying with aesthetics creates expressions of personal and cultural importance

Year 7

DesignProducts of technical form, need to be evaluated against markets and trends
FrenchMessages are used in various forms when communicating with others
Individuals and SocietiesLegacies and ways of life have changed how we live today
JapaneseConventions and meaning create connections within languages and encourages cultural exploration
Language and LiteratureCreativity and technological innovations can change our understanding of the world over time
MathematicsMathematical processes and principles can be followed to find relationships in number
MusicComposition identifies change in space and time
PDHPEUnderstanding human interaction and change allows us to adapt accordingly to life’s challenges
ScienceWe explore the consequences of energy changes and create models
STEMExploring transformations to create responsible and innovative consumers and producer
Visual ArtsThe creation of images and objects is for communicating information that can be interpreted by an audience

Year 8

DesignSustainable systems that consider demography and resources can positively impact communities
FrenchConnections are made to create meaning in various forms
Individuals and SocietiesCultural practices change over time and influence legacies
JapaneseExploring cultural similarities and differences allows us to be global citizens
Language and LiteratureIntertextuality enables the merging of contexts
MathematicsExploring patterns of behaviour allows us to make generalisations about our world
MusicPeople express their identify through composition
PDHPEHealthy lifestyles and influenced by our choices
ScienceWe rely on energy to change the world
STEMInvestigating and inventing ideas for change within the community, we can reduce negative human impact on the environment
Visual ArtsSystems of representation change the structure and products we see: The Art Solar System


Mrs Rachel Piddington
MYP Coordinator

09. From the Head of Junior School


Lake Keepit and Excursions in Armidale

It is very pleasing to be able to report back after last week’s plethora of excursion both in Armidale and at Lake Keepit.

Our younger students were challenged and entertained at School, the town pool and at UNE undertaking a good range of physical activities that required an adventurous and often collaborative attitude. I know they loved the activities and it is clear that they had a great time. I thank all the staff for their time and organisation ensuring that it was a success for all.

For those who managed so well last week at Lake Keepit, I congratulate you. It is not easy to negotiate the many challenges there. For those of us who have experienced its complexities before, it was impressive to see the development of most students and it is a credit to them. Even the smallest hurdle can become a huge obstacle when in an unfamiliar setting; the food, the sleeping in dorms, relating to other adults, overcoming physical (and social) demands…. all of this creates a whirlwind of opportunity for learning. I am sure you have heard many stories and, on the whole they will have provided a rich tapestry of opportunity for learning. I look forward to talking to you all about your child’s time during the week and we will be posting photos on the School website in the next few days.



Congratulations to our Swimmers

I have always admired the strength of character displayed by swimmers. Swimming is one of those sports that requires a good deal of inner motivation and determination and I am really pleased to read that our swimmers are doing so well. We all wish them well as they continue to represent TAS laster this week at NCIS at Alstonville and beyond.


Parent/Teacher Interviews –Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 March

The Junior School Parent Teacher interviews for Kindergarten to Year 5 are now locked in and booking out fast. The information required for booking your interviews has been emailed to all K-5 families, so please follow the instructions to make your booking/s as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties, please contact either your classroom teacher or JS Reception.


Athletics Championships – Wednesday 25 March

I hope you have seen the date for our Athletics Carnival from various sources, including the request from the P & F for support for the canteen. We will run some of the field events on Thursday 12 March but the majority of events will take place on Wednesday 25 March. This is one of the big days in our calendar and it is great to have as many parents there as possible, especially those who know the right end of a stopwatch!  We hope to see you there.


Supervision in Junior School

A quick reminder please, that the daily supervision in Junior School begins at 8.15 am. If children are arriving earlier for clubs or other teacher-supervised activities, they must remain there with the teacher at all times. The school buildings are out of bounds while supervision is not provided and, once at school, we ask all students to move to the supervised playground areas (when weather permits) from 8.15 am onwards.

And after school, we have had a growing number of unsupervised students as well. It is important that this does not happen while they wait for other activities (sport, late collection etc.) and we will request that the After School Care service is used to minimise the risks. There have been occasions when unsupervised children at school have found themselves in difficulties and we do what we can to minimise these risks. You will have noticed increased fencing in Junior School as we continue to work to improve this area for all our students while they are in our care. Please let us know if this causes any difficulties and we will work together to promote the safety of all our children.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School

Junior School Upcoming Events

Week 6
Wednesday 4 MarchYear 2 Assembly – Hoskins (2.45pm)
Thursday 5 MarchNCIS Swimming (Alstonville)
Week 7
Tuesday 10 MarchParent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 11 MarchParent Teacher Interviews
No Assembly
Thursday 12 MarchField Events (Pre Athletics Carnival)
Week 8
Wednesday 18 MarchYear 2 Assembly – Hoskins (2.45pm)
Week 9JS Athletics Carnival
No Assembly

IB Primary Years Programme

Year 2

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are

Central idea: Connections people have with places

Year 2 have inquired into their personal connection to places and Indigenous Australian connections to places. They have used their research skills to map family connections to places in Australia and certain tribes in Australia. They are currently exploring the First Fleet and linking that to the geography topic of continents and Australia. They have focussed on mapping skills and location of places.


Throughout the tuning in phase of the unit many ‘Wonder Questions’ have been asked, which Mr Scott has been addressing. Questions have included: How was Uluru formed? How did the Indigenous Australians first get to Australia? Why was Australia called New Holland?  Why did the first explorers not find anything in Western Australia?  Why are only certain animals found in Australia and not in other countries?

Throughout the inquiry, the class has been using their research skills to find out information on each state and territory. This has included flags, capital city, natural landmarks, man-made landmarks, animals, population etc. As part of homework, the children needed to research a man-made and natural landmark and explain connections that people may have to these places.

The class have explored a variety of Indigenous Dreamtime stories. The children have particularly enjoyed the author Greg Driesse.  From this they have created a dot painting of lizards/ goannas using colours of the land for the paint.


Mrs Veronica Waters
IB PYP Coordinator / 

Mrs Grania Fawcett
Year 2 Teacher

Junior School Sport

PSSA Swimming Carnival Results

Thursday 20 February

We had a very successful day at the Monckton Aquatic Centre last Thursday, at the annual PSSA Swimming Carnival. All children competed well, displaying great sportsmanship and enjoying the day.

Results: Some commendable results were achieved on the day.

Joe Fenwicke –
1st 11 yrs 50m Freestyle
1st 11yrs 50m Backstroke

Hugo Broun –
1st 11yrs 50m Butterfly
2nd 11 yrs 50m Breaststroke
3rd 11 yrs 50m Freestyle

Sophie Banister –
1st 9 yrs 50m Freestyle
2nd Junior 8-10 yrs 200IM

Mitchell Evans –
2nd 12yrs 50m Breaststroke

Arthur White –

2nd Junior Backstroke

Sam Ford –

2nd 11 yrs 50m Backstroke

Ted Chick –
3rd Open 100m Freestyle
3rd 12 yrs 50m Freestyle

Cecilia Price –
3rd 8 yrs 50m Freestyle

Baxter Carruthers –
3rd 8 yrs 50m Freestyle

Senior Boys Relay – 1st


Hook in 2 Hockey

Our children were fortunate enough to get a little taste of this Hook in 2 Hockey Program last week. Some children displayed a great interest for hockey which is one of our Winter sports choices again this year. If your child would like to brush up on their skills or become more familiar with hockey before the season commences please consider this wonderful opportunity.

Let your child learn the fun of hockey through a program coming to Armidale.

Location: UNE Hockey Centre

Date and Time: Tuesday afternoons from 5-6pm (3 March – 7 April)

Cost: $95, which includes an equipment pack

Parents are welcome to watch, participate with their children or drop off and collect.




Winter Sports Season

As our summer sports season is nearing completion with only four weeks remaining, it is time to start thinking about Winter!


General Information about Junior School Winter Sports -Terms 2 & 3

Junior School Policy re Participation in Sport

All students in Year 3 and above will participate in sport. 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 must commit to the sport (including training sessions) for the season. During the winter terms, students will have one training per week in each sport. For winter, training will be on Monday afternoons from 3:45 – 5pm for most sports. Students provide their own clothing, footwear, mouth guards and shin pads. Registration and competition fees will apply to all sports and will be debited to parents’ accounts. Your Active Sports vouchers may be used for Winter Sports and need to be emailed to Mrs Sandra Lasker at junior@as.edu.au

Please consider all requirements when choosing a sport for Winter:


Training – Mondays

Games – Saturday mornings

Cost – $100 – $120 approx.

Equipment required – Shin pads, Football shirt from clothing pool.

Where – Armidale (occasional games in Walcha, Uralla and Guyra)

Teams – From U6 – U12

Football follows the small sided rules with younger teams having fewer players and smaller football fields.


Training – Mondays

Games – Saturday mornings

Cost – $110

Equipment required – netball uniform from TAS

Where – Armidale Lynches Road Netball Courts- 11am Saturdays

Teams – Netta (5-7 yrs) Set (8-10 yrs) Go (9-10 yrs with 1 year experience)

Netta – 5-7 year olds –Netta is a skill based session

Set – 8-10 year olds. Emphasis is on participation, trying out learned skills, the learning of new skills and sharing the play with others in the team. The rules are modified.

Go – 9-10 year olds. A further stepping stone to playing unmodified netball, developing skills learned. The rules are still modified to an extent, games are played on hard courts with lowered rings.



Training – Tuesdays at UNE between 4 and 5pm. A TAS minibus will take players to UNE. Parents will need to pick up from UNE after training at 5pm.

Games –
U8 Saturday mornings
U11 Girls – Saturday mornings
U11 Boys/Mixed – Friday afternoons at 4pm

Cost –
U 8 – $45
U 11 – $130 approx.

Equipment required –
Stick, shin pads, mouthguards, TAS Sports uniform and TAS football/hockey socks (available from the uniform shop)

Where – UNE Turf

Teams – U8 and U11

Please contact Mrs Tania Ball for any more information on the Hook in 2Hockey program.


Mrs Christine Wright
JS Sport Coordinator




This week TAS Year 4 basketball had to split up to fill in for the town team. While it’s challenging to play with people you don’t know, Jack took it in his stride and worked well to support his new team. His practice shooting hoops has really paid off. Mila and Izzie worked well together, finding new space and calling for the ball. Chelsea managed to get quite a few intercepts and scored lots of baskets. Ollie had another great game and continued to improve his dribbling skills. At our next training we will focus on running to the ball to avoid the other team getting intercepts.

Miss Alice Woodhill


Year 5 basketball

It was great to see the Year 5 players take to the court after their week off last week due to camping at Lake Keepit. Sam continued his terrific enthusiasm toward both attack and defence and Andi really improved his defending and marking of players in the second half. All players will be working on marking the opposition when required and also making space when they are trying to control the play of the basketball. It was lovely to see the interaction between the players and if someone fell over there was always someone there to pick them and check they were okay. I look forward to seeing the continued improvement that should happen throughout the remainder of this term.

Mrs Kirsty Brunsdon





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