2020 Term 4 Week 3   |   28.10.2020

TAS Talks Term 4 Week 3

01. From the Head of School


Co-curricular Captains

In our assembly this week our new student leaders across a wide range of co-curricular activities were introduced and formally inducted and they now take up their new roles. Unlike the roles of prefect and house leaders, co-curricular captains are called on to lead in specialist roles that they are particularly passionate about. In every case, they will be prominent players or participants in their area, but the role of leader goes beyond recognition of performance and calls on those taking it up to serve their co-curricular area through a good example, encouragement of the other students engaged in it and promotion of all that is good about that area of school life.


ATHLETICSCaptainsPiyumi Ekanayake & Joe Kermode
Vice-CaptainsLouis Cannington & Eliza Ward
BASKETBALLCaptainNick O’Neil
Vice-CaptainJosiah Alcorn
CRICKETCaptainSam Skipper
Vice-CaptainsZachary Clarke & Harry Litchfield
EQUESTRIANCaptainBronte Dagg
FUTSALCaptainDelta Hawkins Richardson
KAYAKINGCaptainCassidy Williams
MOUNTAIN BIKINGCaptainArchi Lawrence
Vice-CaptainsJack Armstrong & Archie Chick
MUSICCaptainAlexander Gibson & Hannah Neilson
Vice-CaptainsLouis Cannington & Nichola Clarkson
ROWINGCaptainsNick O’Neil & April Draney
SPEAKERSCaptainsHudson McAllister & Georgia Donoghue
SHOOTINGCaptainGeorgia Donoghue
Vice-CaptainsAlexander Hall & Lachlan Hey
SWIMMINGCaptainJohn McGregor-Thew & Eliza Ward
Vice-CaptainLouis Cannington
TENNISCaptainLara Benham & Kade Stanley
Vice-CaptainsTodd McDouall
THEATRECaptainsNichola Clarkson & Timothy Lindeman
TRIATHLONCaptainsIsabella Gooch & Toby Hall
VOLLEYBALLCaptainTimothy Lindeman


Last Friday night 86 TAS students decided to sleep ‘rough’ to highlight the plight of the homeless and to raise funds for specified charities. I applaud the initiative of Jim Pennington once again, not only galvanising the students to participate in a worthy cause but also in being able to incorporate this activity into the Triple Crown requirements as the usual events that contribute to the Triple Crown have been cancelled this year because of COVID. The students slept on bits of cardboard in sleeping bags and were moved a number of times throughout the night with their final move being to the gymnasium because of the rain in the wee hours of Saturday morning. I would like to thank all of the staff who volunteered to supervise throughout the entire night and who cooked breakfast for the students early on Saturday morning.

Our rowers, being typical TAS students, not only slept on bits of cardboard but they were on a bus at 6.30 in the morning to head out to Malpas Dam and train in the inclement weather.



Alan Jones
Head of School

02. Calendar of Events

Week 3
HSC Exams  ( 20/10 – 11/11/20)


Wednesday 28 OctoberNCIS Volleyball Gala Day
Week 4
Thursday 5 NovemberYears 6-8 Exams
Friday 6 NovemberYears 6-8 Exams
Week 5
Monday 9 NovemberYear 9 & 10 Exams
Thursday 12 NovemberBivouac
Friday 13 NovemberBivouac
Week 7
Monday 23 NovemberActivities Week


03. From the Chaplain


1 Corinthians 13/1 John 4:7-10 'Love is the Greatest'

Muhammad Ali said: “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was…. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round… I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

I’ve wrestled with alligators,
I’ve tussled with a whale.
I done handcuffed lightning
And throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
just last week, I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone, Hospitalised a brick.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”

He was pretty good!

There is another who claims to be the greatest…

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

This is the conclusion of our school lesson, the special part of the Bible that our founding fathers decided on as the cornerstone in the building of the TAS student. It speaks of gifts that each of us may possess, specifically and amongst others – faith, hope and love. Where the greatest is love? What a mushy bunch they must have been. Why were they so into love? Were they the sort of guys who would get together to watch Love Actually, eat ice cream as they lounged around in the jimmy jams.



Why were they so into this reading? Why is love so great? Why is love considered to be the greatest?

  1. Love will not stop at the grave, God’s love for us will go on into eternity. There will come a time when hope ceases as it is realised, likewise, at that point faith will be confirmed, while love will continue. Faith and hope are for now and now only, but love will go on.
  2. The second reason is that love is the only one of these characteristics that God Himself demonstrates. He offers us hope, we have faith in God’s promises, but God does love. Without this love we have no basis for our faith or our hope.  When God demonstrated His love, he sent Jesus to die for us. Through this act of sacrifice, sin and death are defeated, it is in this that we put our faith; it is this that gives us hope of eternal life. This is not a soft, romantic view of love, but a gutsy, bloody, costly love for the unlovely, this is why love is the greatest.

Thank God that we have a regular reminder of God’s love for us in our school lesson.


Mr Richard Newton

04. From the P&F


Christmas Puddings - Get in Quick!

We’ve already sold half our fabulous Christmas Puddings so if you wish to get one please get in quick!! They are selling really fast….

The puddings are only being sold online this year. They are still $25 each and can only be ordered and paid for on TryBooking https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=655022&.

They will also only be available for collection (after ordering) from Reception between Thursday 26 November and Thursday 3 December.  Any puddings ordered but not collected or not sold by end of day on Thursday 3 December will be donated.

If for some reason you are unable to collect your pudding during the dates given above (especially parents of Year 12 students) please contact the P&F and I’m sure we can sort out a way to get your pudding to you so that you can enjoy it during the Christmas season.

Dried Fruit Available

We have a couple of kilos of dried fruit left over from the pudding bake.  We are selling this at cut price – cheaper than you can get in the shops.  Sourced by Monk’s in Armidale it’s beautiful for your Christmas baking so if you would like any please contact the P&F at pandf@as.edu.au

Next P&F Meeting – Wednesday 18 November 7pm

We will be having our final P&F meeting for the year and Christmas farewell’s on Wednesday 18 November and would love for you to come. Hopefully, this meeting will be held in person but watch this space for confirmation over the next few weeks.


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President


05. From the Director of Studies


HSC Exams 

HSC Exams continue for our Year 12 students until Wednesday 11 November. Teachers are available to assist Year 12 students with those last-minute tips and clarification over the next few weeks. Students should email teachers to arrange a suitable time. We wish all Year 12 students well in their exams.

Year 6-10 Exams

Exams for Years 6-10 are approaching. Students in Years 6, 7 and 8 and will be completing their exams on 5 and 6 November. Years 9 and 10 students will be completing their exams Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 November. Students have been emailed a copy of the timetable. Please ensure you have read this timetable. Students should be referring to the exam notification to guide their study and revision. Please direct any questions regarding the upcoming exams to your child’s class teacher or advisor. We wish all students well for both the exams and their individual preparation for these.


Mr Luke Polson
Director of Studies


TAS wins the LLS Property Planning Competition

A team of tomorrow’s innovative land managers from TAS has taken out the prestigious Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition for their work analysing the real-life challenges faced by a Guyra farming family.

TAS was awarded the Leanne Savage Perpetual Shield for the highest performing school in the annual competition, which recognises students for their understanding of core issues like sustainable agricultural production, biosecurity and natural resource management. TAS students won the majority of the awards, with Tom Scifleet and Hamish Pearce being named champions; Jack Armstrong was one of two Highly Commended entries, whilst Bronte Dagg and Samuel Coombes achieved an Encouragement Award.

The focus of this year’s competition was the Guyra property ‘Brookfield’ owned by Darryl and Leanne Savage, who lent their support for students to develop management plans to improve the farm’s economic and environmental sustainability. Because the owners don’t live on the property the students utilised a range of technology to assist with management remotely, such as monitoring tanks and troughs with a mobile phone app, and an in-paddock automatic livestock weighing system. The use of drones and on-farm energy generation systems such as wind turbines also featured in the students’ entries.

COVID-19 restrictions meant students had to rely on maps, photos and written resources for their plans, with an on-farm field day not possible.

One of the judges commented that the entries were the best she had seen in six years as a judge of the competition.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall MP presented the awards to students at TAS on Monday.

This year’s competition was jointly funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, University of New England, Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland, and Meat & Livestock Australia.

06. Leadership, Service and Adventure

It was wonderful to induct the new members of the SRC at Tuesday’s assembly. This group have been elected by their peers to represent them and to implement change at the school. For the first time students were asked to nominate to be elected to these positions and I congratulate all those who nominated as they demonstrated courage and a willingness to serve their peers.

Mrs Seonia Wark
Deputy Head of School

Keeley O’Connor, Zac Clarke, Oscar Ryan-Naylor, Ben Rowe, Fred Kearney, Emily Buntine, Emily Palfreyman, Bella Fernance and Lachlan Anderson have been elected onto the SRC for the next 12 months

07. From the Director of Co-curricular



Yesterday in assembly Co-Curricular Captains and Vice Captains for 2020 were presented with their badges of office. It was an opportunity for all students to recognise those who will serve, support, guide and encourage them in their activity.

Students do not follow a badge, they follow those who they trust and respect. Leaders will have their own personal goals, however, the measure of their leadership will be the accomplishments of those around them. A leader will encourage, inspire and enable those they lead.

I congratulate all our new leaders and I have every confidence that they will lead with integrity and humility.

Co-curricular Captains


Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular

Co-curricular Captains and Vice Captains for 2021: Timothy Lindeman, Eliza Ward, Alex Hall, Alexander Gibson, Nick O’Neil, Josiah Alcorn, Louis Cannington, Lachlan Hey, Archi Lawrence, Tobias Hall, Cassidy Williams, (middle row) Hudson McAllister, Todd McDouall, April Draney, Sam Skipper, Hannah Neilson, Georgia O’Donoghue, John McGregor-Thew, Joe Kermode, Archie Chick, Jack Armstrong, Harry Litchfield, (front) Piyumi Ekanayake, Nichola Clarkson, Kade Stanley, Bronte Dagg, Isabella Gooch, Lara Benham, Zac Clarke

08. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


This afternoon the TAS Middle School Theatresports team debuts on the digital stage as they compete in the first round of the Theatresports Schools Challenge. It is so exciting to have this new opportunity in the Creative Arts and we wish those students and coach Mr Wheatley the very best.

It has been so wonderful having music performances return to our assemblies. And with the separation of Middle School and Senior School assemblies our budding musicians have twice the opportunities to share their talent and hard work. My congratulations this week to Lilla Menzies and Claire Wilkinson from Middle School and Emma Benham and Henry Moore in the Senior School. If you would like to perform at assembly make sure you’re letting the Music staff know.

Yesterday the Year 11 (into 12) Visual Arts class took a trip out to the Walcha studio of internationally-acclaimed Australian artist Angus Nivison. It is wonderful that those students have finally had the opportunity to go on an excursion and to see a working artist’s space is incredible, particularly as they look to commence the HSC and their Bodies of Work.

The HSC written examinations for both Music and Visual Arts have wrapped, formally bringing the end to those courses. I hope they have been able to breathe a sigh of relief and can look forward with confidence to December when the results are released. As for our Drama students, I am SURE they will be getting into their study and revision for what is the very last exam of the entire HSC for all students!


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator


Year 11 Visual Arts Big Day Out

For starters it’s not a whole day, just a half-day, but we call it that because it sounds good. The Big Day is big in a metaphorical sense, big information, big excitement and big-name artist.

Year 11 Visual Arts 2020 visited Angus Nivison in his studio at his property near Walcha. Angus and Caroline are true advocates of education and both have and continue to contribute to the academic and creative life of our Visual Arts students here at TAS.

Angus is refreshingly candid in sharing the machinations of being an artist. He talked us through a typical day (surprisingly 9 to 5) how to get started, what to do when you stop, how to not let stuff get you down and the secret to a good artwork!!

His studio is deliciously untidy, with layers of paint, brushes, pencils, tubes, blocks, buckets, charcoal sticks; a history of his work over the years. In the midst of this is an old cane chair and on the chair is Wag, the Jack Russell, Angus’s constant companion and delightful distraction.

We left reluctantly. Tomorrow Year 11 will back in our artroom adding to their ArtSound contributions while mulling over the things Angus and Caroline shared with us, and probably wishing that Wag was in our studio!

Ms Fiona Xeros
Senior Art Teacher

09. From the Head of Middle School


Not surprisingly, the term is busy for everyone as it includes the formal examination period, inexorably rolling towards us in about two weeks, so forewarned is forearmed. As indicated in TAS Talks in Week 1, the term also features a bivouac and Annual Camp for Year 6, 7 and 8 people. By the time the bivouac is completed, our people will be ready for Annual Camp and the activities in which they will be involved, because of bivouac preparation, will be more enjoyable for them. So, please tell them that you’ve read this and that ‘all will be well’.

As indicated, students have received and have begun working on information about their exams and I urge you to become as fully involved as you are able to be in the preparation process. From their experience of the mid-year assessments the Middle School students will be more aware of expectations and, I’m hoping, better able to manage their time leading up to our designated Examination Days. I’ve begun speaking to our Year 8 cohort about expectations, as well. I know that assistance is provided for Literacy and Numeracy in boarding and I’m confident that now you are aware that similar support can be available, as supplied through our Hub. I was at boarding prep tonight and there were staff members in every room and students were busy working on study schedules. I’ll be speaking to staff about the lead-up process this week in my meetings with them and will provide you more information over the next several weeks.

Today has been hugely busy for us in another way. We had in a ‘bumper crop’ of new/prospective students – in all Year levels. Our students, being your children, ‘performed their magic’ again – seriously, the wonderful work of Enrolments notwithstanding, we largely enrol students in this school because of our current cohort. They were marvellous ‘buddies’ in class, on the grounds, in the Dining Hall – everywhere. They just do things without fuss and complication – and the new people seemed very relaxed because of this easy inclusion of them.

I mentioned the following in my last TAS Talks inclusion, but its importance is such that it warrants further mention here. I also hasten to add that I recall mentioning some of the positive observations attaching to the issue of uniforms. It’s good that jumpers and general winter gear are gone, and very good that khakis are back for the boys. Still, all summer uniforms can look smarter too when boys wear garters and girls have their jewellery and hair ‘right’. Honestly, if they’re to be worn at all it’s really important that uniforms are worn properly. Over the next week the staff will be checking on issues and if boys need garters, arrangements can be made through Mrs Frost’s office for their purchase. Girls of course will be made aware of the jewellery and hair issues – as in fact, all students were made aware in Homeroom lessons and Assemblies over the past two weeks.



Further, the School blazer is still part of the summer uniform. Students know, as a fact, that blazers are to be worn at Assemblies every Tuesday, and at some other times too. If ever there are exceptions to this rule, all people will be informed. In terms of correct uniform last Tuesday, for some Middle School students at the assembly, it was poor. I’m ‘speaking’ to you after (almost) three terms this year and I’m actively seeking your support. Please ensure that your child’s name appears on blazers in a number of places. If a blazer ‘disappears’ from a room, especially on Assembly day, this disappearance is to be reported to Mrs Frost and the relevant Homeroom teacher immediately. Students will be advised (yes, in a sense, a euphemism for ‘warned’) of consequences attaching to any ‘unreasonable’ explanations for parts of uniform missing or not worn correctly. Everybody knows what is appropriate at this stage. Your assistance to us and your sons and daughters regarding this matter is also appreciated.

For those of you whose children don’t chew gum, stop reading now. Look, gum chewing is ‘not on’ – that has been mentioned each week this term, as well. I’m the ‘bunny’ who, for whatever reason, tends to step on it when it’s carelessly thrown away and I hate doing this.

We need to finish on positives, don’t we? Well, today was a positive one: you’ll see here, I hope, images of the recipients of various awards – and I was very happy to acknowledge these people in Hoskins this morning. Again, many thanks to Mr Jamie Brauer and Mrs Robyn Frost for organizing these awards for today’s presentation.

We’ve had rain: we need more here on the Tablelands; it will come. I think we’ve all had it. But I know people are gearing up for harvest – first one in too many years, actually. If your family is one that’s preparing for it, I hope the weather doesn’t spoil things – you do not deserve this.

Maths Tuition

Mrs Elaine McKellar is offering Maths sessions from 8am in Middle School for this week and next up until the exams for any students who would like some extra assistance.  Please contact her on emckella@as.edu.au to arrange a time.

That’s it for the week.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School


Middle School Assembly

10. From the Head of Junior School


Aladdin Jnr

Mr O’Connell is still looking for talented Junior School artists to create backdrops for Aladdin Jr. They will appear throughout the film replacing our green screen, and you can see a great example from the film created by Casper and Eva Cook with help from mum Maartje.

Important points you need to know about your artwork:

  • A4 is fine (but A3 would be better)
    • Make sure they are in full colour
    • They are just backgrounds (so no people or animals please)
    • Do not fold them – please bring them in a cardboard tube or folder, we can’t have any creases
    • You can use any materials – pencils, watercolours, paints, crayons, collage
    • Have a look at the 1992 animated film for ideas, search pictures online, or use your imagination! Locations we need:
    • Streets of Agrabah
    • Agrabah marketplace
    • Aladdin’s home inside
    • The Palace (outside)
    • The Palace (inside)
    • Jasmine’s bedroom
    • Jafar’s secret hideout
    • Desert/sand dunes
    • Inside the Cave of Wonders (treasure room)



School Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the following students for receiving School Spirit Awards last week:

Carla Price, Mishkah Alrdadi, Anna Trevaskis, Raseel Alazizi, Freddie Post, Cooper Lacey, Rudra Tandon, Rupert Newton, Daniel Bayne, William Dennison, Kaitlyn Baker, Toby White, Mohammed Alrdadi, Aamer Alazizi, Arthur White, Minnie Chick, Edwina Newton, Nick Morelli, Andi Li and Hugo Broun.

Week 3
Wednesday 28 OctoberYr 1 & 4 Assembly – Hoskins Centre 2.45 (staff & students only)  Live Streamed
Week 4
Wednesday 4 NovemberYr 5 & K Assembly – Hoskins Centre 2.45 (staff & students only)  Live Streamed
Week 5
Wednesday 11 NovemberMusical Assembly (TBC) – Hoskins Centre 2.45 (staff & students only)
Week 6
Wednesday 18 NovemberDance Assembly (TBC) – Hoskins Centre 2.45 (staff & students only)


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Chloe Chen, Minnie Chick, Rupert Newton, Rayaan Shahid and Bella Widders-Major for your special days this coming week.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School


IB PYP Programme

This week classes from Year 1 to Year 5 have all commenced their new units of inquiry.

Term 4 is an exciting one as the students have become really familiar with the IB PYP essential elements and have many opportunities to complete self-reflections based on the progress they have made throughout the year.


Year GroupTransdisciplinary ThemeCentral Idea
Year 1Sharing the planetTo survive, living things depend on their features and the preservation of their natural environment


Year 2Sharing the planetEarth’s resources can be used to satisfy our needs


Year 3Where we are in place and timeMany people have contributed to a community and have influenced how the community has developed


Year 4Sharing the planetPeople all have the responsibility to help create a more peaceful world


Year 5How we organise ourselvesUse of materials and their impact on the environment



Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator



Junior School Sport


The TAS Gymnastics squad consists of over 20 students from Kindergarten to Year 2. On Monday they rotated through four different activities.

  • Activity 1: Statics- statics on bars with legs moving as though on a pushbike
  • Activity 2: Spring & Land-springboard box work and stick the landings-some of the landings were most impressive with some excellent balance
  • Activity 3: Rotations- forward rolls
  • Activity 4: Locomotion-complex beam locomotion.

The students absolutely loved the activities and some are really beginning to push themselves and extend the tasks involved in the rotations on offer. Many are trying to walk backwards on the beams and try new ways to move from one end of the beam to the other… the height of the beam is certainly no deterrent!

A friendly reminder to ensure if you are collecting your child from the Armidale Gymnastics Centre that you arrive between 4:40pm and 4:45pm as we cannot wait beyond 4.45pm.


Mrs Veronica Waters and Mrs Grania Fawcett



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