MR ALAN JONES
The Swimming Championships, with all its trappings, is always a milestone in the TAS calendar. The timing of the Middle and Senior School championships is seen by many as an ideal opportunity for boarders to have time with family after the first three weeks of the new school year and it aligns with our Middle School class information sessions, so a good crowd will be guaranteed. Whilst our focus really should be on the athletes in the pool, the warcries competition on Thursday evening is a unique and special spectacle and the bonding in houses created through the experience makes it more than simple entertainment. Like the carnival itself, it is a mass participation event and I know that it is being looked forward to as a feature night of the year.
For those who have not seen warcries night or our swimming carnival before, I thoroughly recommend doing all you can to join us. It is sure to be memorable. Junior School will take to the pool this week too, on Thursday, and I wish all our swimmers, from Transition up, well for their races.
Whilst many of our boarders are taking the time to relax with family through the coming weekend, our rowers will heading to Malpas Dam in preparation for their first regatta of the season to be held in Sydney at the International Regatta Centre over the weekend of 22-23 February.
This weekend 40 aspiring cadet leaders will tackle the first leg of their Leaders courses at corporal, sergeant and CUO level. This is intense and keenly targeted leadership training that is designed to prepare cadets for real responsibility in our unit. They will be tested throughout the course and their willingness to take on this challenge rather than relax at home over the weekend is an admirable reflection of their aspirations for leadership and I commend all of them for it.
|Wednesday 12 February||Drama Excursion – Return to Armidale|
|Thursday 13 February||Junior School Swimming Carnival|
Middle School Information Evening
|Warcries and 200m Freestyle events|
|Friday 14 February||MS/SS Swimming Championships|
|Sunday 16 February||Cadet Leaders Course – Theory|
|Monday 17 February||Scholarship and Open Day|
|Tuesday 18 February||NCIS Hockey (Murwillumbah)|
|Wednesday 19 February||Douglas Shield Cricket (TAS Cricket Oval)|
|Thursday 20 February||NECOM Composition Workshop (Year11/12)|
|Friday 21 February||Sydney Rowing Club Regatta|
|Saturday 22 February||Cadet Leaders Course (Practical)|
|Sunday 23 February||Sydney Rowing Club Regatta|
|Cadet Leaders Course|
|Monday 24 February||Cadet Leaders Course|
|Thursday 27 February||TAS Regional Tour – Scone|
|Friday 28 February||TAS Regional Tour – Tamworth|
MRS RACHAEL NICOLL
During the Swimming Carnivals this week (Junior – Thursday 13 and Senior Friday 14) the P&F operates a cake stall. Our sports carnival cake stalls raise a significant amount of money for the P&F and this money is used to make TAS better for our children so if you could support this worthy cause by baking or buying some yummy food and helping on the stall it would be appreciated. Anything will be gratefully received and can be dropped off to the P&F stall near the swimming pool prior to the start of your swimming carnival. Remember this cake stall is mainly for the kids to buy things to munch on (so don’t forget some pocket money) and a little bit for the adults.
Suggested baked/food items include cupcakes, biscuits, cake and slices (cut into single-serve portions), jelly cups, watermelon if it’s hot, savoury goodies, gluten-free and dairy-free items (with labelling and a list of ingredients). However, please remember all items should be nut-free. If you bring in a container that you would like returned, please clearly mark it with your name and collect it after the carnival.
Stall times are:
|JUNIOR SCHOOL (Thursday 13)|
|8am – 9am Set up||Anyone who wishes to help|
|9am – 10am||Year 1|
|10am – 11am||Kindergarten|
|Morning Tea 10.45 – 11.15am approx|
|11am – 12pm||Year 4|
|12pm – 1pm||Year 3|
|Lunch 12.15 – 1.45 approx|
|1pm – 2pm||Year 5|
|2pm onwards and pack up||Year 2|
|MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL (Friday 14)|
|8.30– 9.30am Set up||Year 10|
|9.30 – 10.30am||Year 7|
|10.30 – 11.30am||Year 9|
|11.30am – 12.30pm||Year 8|
|12.30 – 1.30pm||Year 12|
|1.30 – 2.30pm||Year 11|
|2.30 onwards and pack up||Year 6|
On the night of the Middle/Senior School Warcries the P&F will be hosting a BBQ under the Junior School Covered Area from 5-7pm for anyone that is hungry. Please note that Middle School Introductory Evening is on in Memorial Hall but if you would like a munch afterwards feel free to come on down.
Sausage sandwiches will be $2 and soft drinks and water will be available so that you don’t starve during Warcries… Come and join us, meet some new people and prepare yourselves for the competition that is TAS Warcries…
TAS will be hosting our annual under 12s rugby carnival during the middle weekend of the school holidays (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April). The P&F is in charge of lunches for the 1000 plus players and coaches and providing a canteen for all the supporters. It’s a mammoth job but heaps of fun and is a chance to showcase TAS and Armidale to people from all around Australia. If you would like to help us organise this awesome event please let us know.
Mrs Rachael Nicoll
MR RICHARD NEWTON
Last week I mentioned we would be discussing the idea that Christ’s death is more about saving us for something than from something.
Over the holidays we were in a surf shop and I noticed a series of surfboards called ‘Deadly Sins’ – like anger, sloth, gluttony, envy, pride, wrath and lust. They were using this idea as a marketing tool; they were selling these ideas as something we would want. But as I said last week if we are Christians or if we claim to be a Christian school then it is notions such as these that we must seek to cut out of our lives and culture.
Let’s have a think about this one by one, as we travel through this term.
So, it’s Tuesday morning, school, you’re looking down the barrel of a day of work, then on the radio comes Jack Johnson singing “maybe we can sleep in, make banana pancakes, pretend it’s the weekend.” It’s such an attractive, almost winsome tune, it’s very easy to get swept along with the relaxed melody, non-confrontational content and the smell of those pancakes – I’m there every time I hear the song. Mind you I think he flogged the idea from TV’s Play School. There’s a little song they do: “It’s nice to get up in the morning, it’s nice to get up in the morning, it’s nice to get up in the morning, but it’s nicer to stay in bed”.
Both Jack and Play School know how to tap into what is a temptation for us all – we love to relax; we love a lazy day.
When they did a survey in the UK, why the Australian drama ‘Home and Away’ was so popular, it wasn’t because of the acting or the plot (surprise, surprise). Rather, because the sun’s always shining, the beach is always inviting, and no one ever seems to be working. It’s like visiting PE.
But why would laziness be on a list of sins?
If gluttony is chasing all the wrong things in life, laziness is about failing to chase the right things.
The sluggard (the lazy) is advised to consider the ways of the ant – this hard-working little beast. The question is asked of the sluggard ‘when will you get up?’ In contrast to the evil temptress Play School who only wants to encourage sleeping in and banana pancakes.
For the lazy, the future is bleak, it’s one of poverty and scarcity. But still, why is this a sin?
It’s so easy to neglect the important things even when they are immediately obvious to us, like the preparation for exams, the nurture of a friendship or dental hygiene. It’s even easier for us to neglect or be complacent or even lazy in our relationship with Jesus. We find ways to disregard him, we find ‘more’ important things to fill our time and minds with. Let’s not be complacent or lazy about the one who gave his life for our sake.
Mr Richard Newton
MR LUKE POLSON
I hope that all students have settled in well to the routine of school. The subject changes have slowed down and students are focusing on the content of their classes. It would be timely to stop and reflect on the information you have received over the past few weeks. To set yourself up well for the year, you should be asking yourself the following questions:
Now is the time, particularly for our senior students, to be establishing good habits of study and revision. Study skills are learning strategies that help students organise, process and use information effectively. The below tips come from the article, ’10 Habits of Successful Learners’ and are a good starting point for those looking to establish a manageable study routine.
The full text of the article, ’10 Habits of Successful Students’, can be found at: https://opportunity.org/learn/lists/10-habits-of-successful-students?gclid=CJXgjvGm_9ECFdgjvQodkZcGwg?gclid=CJXgjvGm_9ECFdgjvQodkZcGwg#.XkJ4NTEzY2x
Over the first few weeks of term, all students from Junior School through to Year 10 will be completing a series of PAT (Progressive Achievement Tests) online. These assessments are designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research and are used in many schools around Australia and globally. The purpose of these tests is for teachers to assess and monitor student growth over time and provides information to teachers about a student’s skills and understanding in a range of key areas. TAS has completed these for a number of years now and there is no preparation students need to do for these.
This Thursday (13 February), I encourage parents of Middle School students to attend the Middle School Information Evening to hear about the structure of Middle School and the academic program that it offers, particularly the IB Middle Years Program. Following this, in a few weeks time, we will be holding Parent Teacher Interviews for students in Years 6 and 7. These interviews will be held on Thursday and Friday 19 and 20 March and an email will follow in the next fortnight about how to book times for these interviews.
Mr Luke Polson
Director of Studies
MR WILL CALDWELL
Making choices; prioritising. It is a part of life. Even if we could schedule the many activities at TAS so they did not collide, we would be doing students a disservice if we did so. Instead, we help them manage these clashes. There are a few basic guidelines which will help parents support their children through this exercise:
Students should notify their coach if they are to be absent due to any school-based activities.
Ultimately, we are looking for the best outcomes for every student; balancing loyalty and commitment with a breadth of opportunities and growth. If you are ever unsure, please email the co-curricular office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Middle/Senior School Swimming Championships – Important Information
Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
There’s plenty of news from The Wizard of Oz this week. Firstly, tickets are now on sale! There are six public performances this year over two weeks – considering we sold out Oliver! over eight shows last year this means you want to get in quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be found through the following link (https://www.trybooking.com/BIBTW) or on the Hoskins Centre website. This Saturday 10am – 2pm we have the first of our Working Bees for the show. We’ll be trying to get a number of set and prop items made and so we’d love to have as many parents and friends of the show there to help, particularly if you can wield power tools with some degree of confidence. And a reminder for cast to be regularly checking the rehearsal schedule to ensure they’re not missing any session – we’ve one full month before we take the stage in front of an audience, so we need to make sure we make the most of our remaining time.
Last week the Hoskins Centre organised and played host to the Arts in Armidale Launch for 2020. This saw community groups, venues and local artists coming together to network and share their calendar of events for the year. It was exciting to see how vibrant the local Arts scene is, and we look forward to the Hoskins Centre continuing to play an active role in supporting our community and allowing students to access a broad range of experiences.
The TAS Technical Production team is meeting lunch times Thursday and Friday afternoons to learn all about theatrical design and operation from Mr Michael Cornford, the Hoskins Centre Operation Manager. Any students in Middle School and Senior School are invited to come along and share in his years of training and experience. The TAS Technical Production Team will be designing and operating The Wizard of Oz so if that takes your interest pop on down to the Hoskins office for more information.
Junior School Drama Club kicks off next week in Hoskins on a Tuesday afternoon, so make sure you’ve spoken to Mrs Lasker in the Junior School Reception to sign up to be part of that group.
Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator
MR MARK HARRISON
Thursday 13 February Parent Information session in Memorial Hall prior to the Swimming Carnival
You’ll have received earlier this week an invitation to join Middle School staff and students for our annual parent information session and it’s important that we begin at 5:00pm sharp in Memorial Hall as we’ve a window of opportunity that will extend to half an hour only before we can have something to eat and drink prior to the House Warcries, marking the official opening of the 2020 Middle and Senior School swimming carnival. It would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible as often this is the first time so many boarders will have seen their families this term – and the occasion is one where all these young people, regardless of day or boarding status, can ‘treat’ you to something special. For those of you who are new to TAS, the carnival is one of our calendar highlights and we’d appreciate the effort you make to be with us. The Memorial Hall meeting will give you opportunity to put faces to names of all staff who manage the needs and interests of Middle School students, including our 2020 student leaders. Of course, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new families and ‘old’ friends prior to attending Warcries. Refreshments will be served by staff and members of our student leadership group in the Big School area so that you have a good chance to meet other members of the wider TAS community, as well.
As indicated, this is a very important event on our school calendar. We want to see you and your children, so many of whom are new to school, probably need to see you. They’ve achieved much that is good over the past three weeks and, I suspect, want to tell you this is person. If your respective schedules can manage it, boarders could then spend the weekend with you and wider families – as indicated, if you can, then please do it as they’re bound to want to talk to you.
Swimming Carnival – Friday 14 February. The carnival will ‘run’ for the school day.
Town and staff meeting(s): Topics discussed
We’re looking forward to seeing you this week.
Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is continuing to be implemented at TAS and over the past two years, the whole community has gradually been immersing in all aspects of the programme. 2020 is the first year, where all of our Year 6 – Year 8 students are engaged with the MYP.
Over the past two years, new Year 6, 7 and 8 teaching programs have been written, and implementation of the Year 8 2020 Community Project has begun for our current Year 8 cohort. All of our teaching programs are designed to stimulate critical and creative thinking, inspiring students to ask questions that are relevant to the world we live in.
The students study each subject topic through the lens of one of the six Global Contexts (Identities and Relationships, Globalisation and Sustainability, Personal and Cultural Expression, Fairness and Development, Orientation in Space and Time, Scientific and Technical Innovation). These frame the learning within a meaningful context, encourage a deeper reason for learning, extend students beyond the curriculum content and help them to recognise our common humanity.
At the core of the Middle Years Programme is the learner themselves. The MYP aims to develop the following Attributes in Learners:
The ATL framework is a set of skills that support students teaching and learning. A concept-driven curriculum that uses ATL skills enables students to become stronger, more independent and self-regulated learners.
ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practise and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on and articulate on, the process of learning.
There are five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters, which are shown below:
|ATL skill categories||MYP ATL skill clusters|
|Research||VI. Information literacy|
|VII. Media literacy|
|Thinking||VIII. Critical thinking|
|IX. Creative thinking|
I know that a lot of our students and families are aware of this language, however, to support our students along their learning journey, we encourage you to use this language with them at home.
Mrs Rachel Piddington
MR IAN LLOYD
Each year, Junior School promotes leadership and service as part of our commitment to our students’ development and our association to both the Round Square and International Baccalaureate organisations. Our approach to leadership is broad, encouraging all children to become involved in the SRC as well as bringing ideas to others where appropriate. I congratulate the following students who have gained selection as House Leaders in 2020. As before, we plan to extend this group in semester 2. This semester our leaders are Broughton House: Chloe Dennison and Harry Brownlie, Green House: Cormac Downes and Sam Ford and Ross House: Hugo Broun and Arabella Blanchard.
Over recent years, TAS and the staff at Lake Keepit have worked to create a program that is unique to our school. Each year, students from Years 2 to 5 are introduced to an appropriate but increasingly challenging series of activities that both stimulate and motivate students, while complementing the curriculum. The Centre’s ROAR program encourages everyone to take part in fun individual and group challenges and activities that promote broad learning. A letter informing you of the details has been emailed to you, including the information required for your consent and the provision of information to the NSW Dept of Sport and Rec. Please let me know if you have any questions about the excursions.
Our children have ben enjoying the newly created format, in what used to be referred to as the Library. ‘The Hub’ is now a place for children to visit to participate in a number of activities which are growing by the day. The Hub coordinator, Mr Gordon Arndt, has been tasked with creating a space that invigorates the development of the whole child, assisting in classroom lessons and supporting teachers to provide resources all literacies including digital. He has broad experience and expertise and I know many of our classes have already benefitted from his input, our teachers from his collaboration and our students from the new lunchtime activities including Jnr Librarian and chess. This is a very exciting development for us and Junior School looks forward using the facility increasingly into the future.
I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Christine Wright for her organisation of our swimming carnival tomorrow. It is always an exciting day and I would like to remind all students that any dressing up should remain tasteful and not include writing on bodies in texta or the use of zinc etc which rubs off and damages the pool environment. I warmly invite all our parents and friends along, particularly for lunch where TAS will provide sandwiches and refreshments.
Our continuing commitment to active pursuits continues this year as our sporting program continues to evolve. It is fantastic to see many of our sports are now being offered by accredited providers, including gymnastics using the Armidale Gymnastics Club, tennis with Justin Sherriff, Swimming with James Harwood and cricket with the NSW Cricket coaches, all of these with TAS staff managing and supporting. I look forward to visiting each and every activity through the course of this term.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving School Spirit Awards at last week’s assembly:
Tobias Holland, Bronte Polson, Paddy Bourke, Emi Fawcett, Mehleen Sandhu, Eshaal Fatima, Baxter Carruthers, Jacqui DuBois, Harry Fawcett, Harriet Coupland, Jack Maitz, Joe Fenwicke and Salam Alkathami.
Only one Junior School person is celebrating this week so Happy Birthday to Saxon Muirhead.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School
|Wednesday 12 February||Year 4 Assembly – (Hoskins 2.45pm)|
|Thursday 13 February||Junior School Swimming Carnival|
|Wednesday 19 February||Year 3 Assembly – (Hoskins 2.45pm)|
|Thursday 20 February||PSSA Swimming – Armidale|
|Monday 24 February||Year 5 to Lake Keepit – depart at 8:45am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Tuesday 25 February||Year 4 to Lake Keepit – depart at 8:45am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Wednesday 26 February||Year 3 to Lake Keepit – depart at 8:45am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Thursday 27 February||Year 2 to Lake Keepit – depart at 8:45am from Front of School (Flagpoles)|
|Friday 28 February||All return from Lake Keepit – return at 3.00pm to Front of School|
|Wednesday 4 March||Year 2 Assembly – Hoskins (2.45pm)|
|Thursday 5 March||NCIS Swimming (Alstonville)|
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The co-educational Junior School strives to encourage all students to become responsible global citizens, resilient, independent and life-long learners. Based upon a strong Christian ethos, we aim to inspire all students to succeed by making informed decisions that promote their academic, spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.
‘The PYP is a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centred education with responsible action at its core.’ (IB 2018)
As we commence a new school year I thought it important to revisit the essential elements of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is in a period of transition as an enhanced programme is introduced. The enhanced programme is based on 4 essential elements.
IB Learner Profiles– IB learners strive to be:
‘We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.’(IB 2018)
Knowledge– knowledge is centred around 6 transdisciplinary themes.
(Four for Transition and Kindergarten)
Concepts– the PYP identifies seven key concepts that ensure a conceptual approach.
Approaches to learning-a set of skills which aim to assist students to develop as self-regulated learners.
Most of our Junior School students are familiar with this language and you can support their learning journey by using similar language at home.
Mrs Veronica Waters
Preparations for our annual Swimming Championships are well underway. Your children have been entered into races according to their nominations last week. We are looking forward to a fun filled swimming carnival on Thursday with plenty of great sportsmanship, cheering and enthusiasm.
Children are required to come dressed to school in their house coloured t-shirts for this event. Swimmers may be worn under their sports uniform for ease of changing ready for events. Our day commences promptly at 9:00am with the Open 200IM girls and boys event.
Please see the attached Program of Events for the day. Times for breaks will be as follows, however, these times can alter slightly due to the nature of the day.
Don’t forget our wonderful cake stall. Children will be able to purchase from our cake stall at recess and lunch time breaks. (Not during the races)
Our summer sports program commenced last week. Children are required to wear their sports uniforms to sport and may wear these to school on their particular sports day. Thank you to all children who have displayed such great enthusiasm at the start of our summer sports program. It is so pleasing to see happy, energetic students enjoying their sport.
Mrs Christine Wright
JS Sports Coordinator