2021 Term 1 Week 6   |   03.03.2021

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 6

01. From the Head of School


Middle School Leave Weekend

With Term 1 being such a long term, our Middle School students will have the opportunity to join their parents for a few days for a closed leave weekend, at the end of this week, which includes Friday and Monday. This is the second year of this initiative and it gives our youngest boarders and day students in Years 6, 7 and 8 the chance to have some time reconnecting with their families just over half way through the term. I encourage all of our Middle School students and their parents to make the most of their time together and reflect on the term so far. For the students who are unable to take up this opportunity there will be a modified classroom program and of course supervision in the boarding house.


Media issues

As you would be well aware there have been a number of articles and negative news reports in recent days with regards to consent and sexual assault amongst young people, issues that are of grave concern to us all. The world of adolescence is a complex and complicated one and there are many influences on their lives beyond schools and family which need to be considered. Any discussion of these matters needs to adopt a wholistic approach and that is our focus at TAS. Brent Sanders who was mentioned in a number of  these articles has been addressing our senior students for a good number of years now on this exact question, we have contacts within the local police force who are willing to come to the school to talk to our students, the relationships that develop within our Advisor Groups also mean that these difficult conversations can be had in an informal setting.

Our Student Wellbeing team meets each week to discuss strategies for students who fall under their umbrella. There are a number of webinars now being organised by the AIS for Heads of independent schools on the very issues of consent, sexual assault and current drug use in schools and I am registered to attend. Even before these issues were highlighted in the media the School Executive was looking at developing more programs, layering what we already do, on the impact of social media, consent and sexual assault and mental health issues into the TAS curriculum. I firmly believe that a community response is required here and now so that our young people are able to make informed decisions and to know that  we regard their safety as paramount. To that end it is anticipated we will be hosting a number parent forums in the coming terms.


Mr Alan Jones
Head of School



02. Calendar of Events


Week 6
Wednesday 3 MarchScience and Engineering Challenge

Year 9 Music Workshop (NECOM)

Thursday 4 MarchCIS Football Knockout (Port Macquarie)
Friday 5 MarchMiddle School Long Weekend
Week 7
Monday 8 MarchMiddle School Long Weekend
Wednesday 10 MarchTAS Regional Tour (Port Macquarie/Coffs Harbour)
Thursday 11 MarchFederation Cup Debating (Tamworth)

NCIS Swimming (Alstonville)

Music 1 Performance Workshop (NECOM)

Friday 12 MarchGPS Head of the River (Boys)
Saturday 13 MarchNSW Rowing Head of the River (Girls)


TAS Rugby Carnival - 17 - 18 April

The Armidale School Rugby Carnival is the largest Under 12s rugby carnival held in Australia. Each year this event attracts over 1000 young rugby enthusiasts and their coaches, along with committed families and supporters, who make the journey to Armidale.

In 2021 the TASRC will be held over the weekend of 17 and 18 April. However this year due to COVID restrictions, to ensure the safety of our community it will be a NSW regional event only – no interstate or metropolitan teams.


TAS Regional Tour

Discover what makes TAS the one for all when we come to your town.

If you would like to schedule some time when we visit your region, please contact our Enrolments Registrar, Mrs Jo Neilson on 0425 222 317.

  • Coffs Harbour – Wednesday 10 March

  • Port Macquarie – Thursday 11 March

  • Moree – Tuesday 16 March

  • Narrabri – Wednesday 17 March

  • Gunnedah – Thursday 18 March

  • Glen Innes – Monday 22 March


Boarders Travel

Please follow the link below to the online booking form for end of term travel (Thursday 1 April) and start of term travel (Monday 19 April):

These 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 5 March and on the form provided.

Cancellations can be made up to three (3) days prior to travel. Students should be mindful of the 2 suitcases (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.

If you have any queries regarding travel, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Lucas in TAS Reception.

03. From the Chaplain


Absque Deo Nihil #2 - Psalm 139:13-16

The uninitiated spread it with reckless abandon  – and then gasp with horror, but to those who have grown up with it, Vegemite on toast tastes like home.

A summer staple that cuts across race, religion, sex, style and social status, the almighty thong or as some say flip flops are one of the world’s great levellers.

Today we consume almost 23 million jars of Vegemite a year and the dark spread is found in one out of every three sandwiches eaten. And thongs are found not just on the beach to save us from scorched soles, but in Olympic games opening ceremonies, on the feet of brides, on cat walks, and nestled below the hemline of TAS tracksuits everywhere.

These are our Australian icons – Vegemite, thongs, Holdens? and meat pies. We don’t like it when people attempt to claim what is ours, such as the ridiculous suggestion that the Kiwis invented the thong – outrageous. Or when multinationals buy the brand of our most beloved national symbols. It’s just not right, it upsets us, we made them, designed them, maybe pinched them, or plagiarised them – but they are our plagiarisms – not theirs. We become jealous of them, and rightly so.

As we consider our school motto, “without God nothing”, we must consider how God views this. He designed us, made us, invested in us – in creation and in salvation. As His creation he is devoted to us, He is jealous for us, for without Him we would not have existed. He does not like it when we sell our belonging elsewhere when we tie our allegiance to another.

He wants us to join with the Psalmist in praise of Him who made us, not to worship that which He has made or give credit elsewhere.


Mr Richard Newton

04. From the P&F


TAS Rugby Carnival

The TAS Rugby Carnival is coming up at the end of the April holidays on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April. Although we’re not quite sure how this is going to look given COVID this is still a big event for TAS and the P&F and we will be seeking volunteer helpers closer to the date.  Alternatively, if you would like to help organise it please send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au

More information will be sent out through TAS Talks, emails and Facebook in the next few weeks as it comes to hand.


P&F Meetings

Our next meeting is Wednesday 17 March in the Lower Maxwell Room at 7pm – we will also be Zooming this meeting.  Meetings are open to all and we would love to see you.  To help you get in the mood, drinks and nibbles are provided for those that attend the meeting in person… if you’re on Zoom then it’s BYO…

If you would like to know more about joining the P&F Committee or Executive (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary) please send us an email pandf@as.edu.au or give me a call on 0418 980 662 prior to our AGM on 28 April.

Also, if you have any good ideas for spending some of our hard-earned funds before our funding meeting on 16 June please contact us.  We’d love to hear from you. Last year we funded new basketball backboards and a scoreboard for the gym and a new microwave for White House.  Due to Covid and a lack of fundraising events, we won’t have as much money available this year but if you have any good ideas please let us know.


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President


05. Round Square


While COVID-19 continues to disrupt many of the key activities one normally associates with Round Square at TAS, there are many new exciting digital opportunities presenting themselves. One of the most popular are the Round Square Postcards, which involve students hosting a Zoom conference on a topic of their choosing. It is an opportunity for students to discuss important issues with their peers around the world and have proved to be immensely successful in providing student-led experiences directly connected to the IDEALS.

This Thursday we have a delegation of students aged 13 – 15 taking part in a RS Postcard hosted by the Colegio Gran Bretaña in Colombia. The topic is ‘Adventures at Home’ and will bring together more than 90 participants from 15 schools in the USA, Colombia, Canada, India, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and Armenia.
Next week a delegation will participate in a RS Postcard hosted by MLC on the topic ‘Women of the World – Where do we stand?’ It is part of International Women’s Day Celebrations and is open to students aged 16 – 18 years old. Ms Robins is the staff member in charge of this one so please be in touch with her before Friday to register your interest.
Alongside these digital opportunities there are other experiences planned for later in the year, so keep your eyes on TAS Talks for more Round Square updates.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Round Square Coordinator

06. From the Director of Studies


I hope that all students and families have settled in well to the routine of school and it is hard to believe that we have already crossed the halfway mark of the term. 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. For those Middle School boarders heading home this weekend, now is a good opportunity to discuss with your family what you have been exploring at school when your assessment tasks are and consider setting some goals for the remainder of the year.

To set yourself up well for the year, you should be asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the assessment grid for each of my subjects? Am I aware of when assessment tasks will fall due?
  • If I am in Year 11 and 12, have I read the Stage 6 Assessment Policy and am I aware of the School’s policy and procedures for appeals?
  • If I am in Year 10, am I aware of what my responsibilities are if I cannot attend a scheduled assessment task?
  • Am I remembering (and using) my diary each day?
  • Do I have all the resources I need for each subject (textbooks, stationery)?
  • Do I know where to go to seek advice and support if I get stuck?

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.

  1. Getting organised.

All Students should use their School Diary to note when assessments and homework is due and to prioritise and organise their time wisely. Please encourage your child to make full use of the diary. As students move into their senior school years it is important they start early in their preparation, organisation and focus and establish these routines.

  1. Stop multitasking… studies have shown that multitasking is somewhat, impossible.
  2. Divide the workload up – find the manageable chunks that work with you and your schedule.
  3. Sleep – never underestimate the importance of good rest
  4. Schedule your time and make it work for you. Do you work better in the morning or the afternoon?
  5. Take notes
  6. Study – review your material
  7. Manage your study space (or establish a study space). Find a place that will ‘maximise your productivity’
  8. Find a study group- working with a group of students who are learning the same thing can be very beneficial.
  9. Ask questions. Remember, you are in school to learn.

The full text of the article, ’10 Habits of Successful Students’, can be found at:




Over the first few weeks of term, all students from Junior School through to Year 10 have completed 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 the data we receive from these assessments is important as we track your child’s progress through their schooling.

A reminder that the Extended Day program operates out of the Learning Hub during the school week. The Learning Hub is supervised by a member of staff through to 9pm, Monday- Thursday. Subject specific tutors are available in the Hub from 7-9pm and a full schedule of what subjects and their timings can be accessed at the Hub. Students are encouraged to make use of this service, regardless of their academic ability.

Next week begins a series of opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress through parent-teacher interviews. Whilst we continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic, pleasingly we are able to host these first rounds of interviews on campus for you to meet with your child’s teachers. The locations of these interviews will be advised to parents. Parents will receive an email in the week prior to the interviews 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 5806.

This term, we will host the following year groups for interviews:

  • Junior School (16 and 17 March)
  • Years 6 and 7 (24 & 25 March)
  • Year 12 (29 March – 31 March)


Mr Luke Polson
Director of Studies


International Maths Day

On Monday 15 March TAS will be celebrating International Maths Day. In 2021 the theme is Mathematics for a Better World.

We will be running a number of different activities in Maths classes that day.

We are also running a poster competition, where students can create a poster (A3 or A4) that shows one way to make the world a little bit better using mathematics.

Instead of words, students should use pictures, combined with numbers, formulas, geometric shapes, and other mathematical elements to express their idea. Their poster should use mathematics so people worldwide can understand it, even if they don’t speak your language.

There will be prizes for the best posters in Junior School, Middle School and Senior School.

The posters are due on Friday 12 March and we will announce winners on the 15th March.

Posters should be submitted to Mrs Lucas (Year 9-12), Mrs Frost (Year 6 – 8) or Mrs Lasker (Year K-5).

Ms Amanda Robbins
Head of Mathematics

Introduction to the Law

In our elective course – Introduction to the Law students in Years 9 and 10 have begun their TAS Mock Trial competition.

What is a Mock Trial?

A mock trial is a simulated court case in which teams contest a fictitious legal matter presented in the ‘NSW local court system’. Our Mock Trial Competition involves 4 teams of six Introduction to the Law students playing the roles of barristers, lawyers and witnesses in a mock courtroom trial.

It is run in school but with the hope that we may be able to enter the Law Society of NSW Competition in the future.

This activity is a practical means of introducing students to the law and to increase their understanding of the basis of our judicial system. A team may act as either the defence or prosecution during a trial, with each team member taking on the role of a barrister, solicitor, court officer or witness, pitting their skills against the opposing side. Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate and we have been very fortunate to secure Mr Sebastian Hempel as our Magistrate making the experience even more enjoyable for our students. The Magistrate awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as opening addresses, closing submissions and cross examinations. The team with the highest mark wins the trial.

The TAS Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and in the development and presentation of a persuasive argument. I am very much looking forward to seeing the progression of our students over the coming months and I am very proud of them for taking on this opportunity with humour and determination.

Mrs Laura Ahern

07. From the Director of Co-curricular


Summer Sport

The MS/SS Athletics Championship is fast approaching, Friday 26 March. Some events will be held outside the Friday timetabled events. If you choose to compete in these events you will be exempt from sport on those afternoons.
Tuesday 16 March – Open 3000m event for Boys and Girls & Triple Jump Boys and Girls Thursday 18th March – 1500m for Boys and Girls & Javelin for 17 & 18 Boys and Girls Only.

In addition to these days Javelin for Age Groups 12-16 & Discus for Age Groups 12-14 will be run during PE classes in the weeks prior to the Championship. Only Year 12 parents are invited to attend the MS/SS Athletics Championship.

Winter Sport

Winter Sport selections will be taking place this week. During Advisor students will have the opportunity to register for their Winter Sport.

GIRLS: Hockey, Netball, Rugby (Years 7-12), Squash (Years 9-12), Volleyball (Years 9-12), Shooting (Invitation only)
Sports include:

BOYS: Football, Hockey, Rugby (Years 7-12), Squash (Years 9-12), Volleyball (Years 9-12), Shooting (Invitation only)

Winter Sports Information

Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular

08. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


Sweeney Todd rehearsals continue to step up their intensity, with performances but a few weeks away. Tickets will be on sale by the end of the week so be on the lookout for an email with the link. Thanks to some awesome parents the set is very close to complete and will definitely send chills up the most hardened spines. But we may still require one more afternoon working bee to complete some important props (all those pies) and would love some extra helpers, so check TAS Talks next week for more information.

We have some important things in the works for sharing of key parts of TAS life, including a resumption of the streaming of the Junior School assemblies. We’re also looking at not only livestreaming the fortnightly Middle School assemblies, but upskilling students to be part of a Stream Team that makes it happen. So if you’re in Middle School and keen to be involved behind the camera, at a video desk, or setting up the software please let me know.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

09. From the Head of Middle School


As you are aware our Middle School students 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. For families of day students, it is very important that you let Mrs Frost know about absences during these days. Attendance records are legal documents, and we need to have them accurate at all times. Day families who do not intend to be sending their day students to TAS are to email middle@as.edu.au about absences regarding these these days. Boarders, as per usual, will be managed through their respective houses, by REACH, roll calls and so on.

This concept of a Leave Weekend is new to TAS, perhaps, but it is not new to schools. It is very important that students have time with families to discuss their experiences over their first six weeks of school. The leave provision is a generous one in that it’s two days. We may not be able to do the two days both sides of the weekend in the future because, even at this level, academic programs and progress are important. However, you’ve not, whether a day or a boarding family, been able to be in situ, so to speak. Apart from our Middle School welcome to new families at the beginning of Term 1, we’ve not had the usual Family Barbecue or Swimming Carnival opportunities to welcome you to the school. So, again ask them the questions that we regularly need to be answered: what’s new; what’s enjoyable and what’s challenging? Because so many are new to the TAS experience, they may require you to contact us about concerns, in particular. Sometimes these people, because of their new 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.





Middle School Leaders

Our new student leaders are engaging well with their peers and this week we have another student-driven assembly in the Hoskins Centre, this time complete with musical and dramatic items. Of course, there remains the ongoing and cumulative tasks of guiding others, seeking advice from them and representing them and their various interests. 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 grounds at lunch time. Their presence in the Dining Hall has been noticed, too –  in fact, 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 continue having meetings on a regular basis. Young people can notice things that we, for whatever reason, do not see. They’re astute and they take their responsibilities seriously.


Middle School Assembly

As noted earlier, our fortnightly Middle School assemblies are led by our Student Leaders who organise a wonderful showcase of student achievement. Just this week, for instance, we were treated to a performance by Samuel Guppy playing the violin; Isaac Curtis delivered a monologue from Orwell’s Animal Farm in a most engaging fashion; Mrs Piddington presented the MYP awards and Year 12 student Nichola Clarkson gave us an insight into the upcoming Sweeney Todd, singing a song from the upcoming school musical. All of these items were introduced by our own students. Such is the standard of our assemblies that we are looking to share those with you by livestream; indeed, even that, being done by our own students. More on that to come – but we are confident it will be happening very soon.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School

IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

As many of you will be aware, in Year 8 our students get to participate in the MYP Community Project. For those students who came though TAS Junior School, this is the Middle School version of the PYP exhibition! The idea of the Community Project is that students will complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time and will present their work in late Term 3 to the wider school community.

MYP projects encourage students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work – key skills that prepare them for success in further study, the workplace and the community. MYP projects are student-centred and age-appropriate, and they enable students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.

The community project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project may be completed individually or by groups of a maximum of three students. The community project provides an important opportunity for students to collaborate and pursue service learning. Some of the ideas that our students have already are:

● Raising awareness of mental health

● ‘Cans’ for cancer

● Pen pals to local aged care residents

● Producing video games for younger students to raise awareness of disasters such as bushfires and the drought

● Writing a book in both Arabic and English to promote language learning for some of our overseas junior school students


Learner Profile Award Winners – Week 4 and 5

It was my pleasure to present the following awards in Middle School assembly this week

: ● Salam Alkhathami – Caring award

● Harriet Crawford – Communicator

● Thomas Crowley – Principled award

● Joe Fenwicke – Open-minded award

● Lily Grieve – Communicator award

● Trudy Johnstone – Reflective award

● Hussain Majrashi – Caring award

● Hunter Moorcroft – Reflective award

● Marcus Robb – Thinker award

● Peyton Slade – Principled award

● Siri Sparkes – Reflective award

● Emily Ussher – Principled award


Mrs Rachel Piddington
MYP Coordinator

10. From the Head of Junior School


Excursion Week and Lake Keepit

And what a week it was! You will see form the many photos and reports in this edition of TAS Talks, that last week in Junior School was simply epic. In reading the reports from the teachers and students, it is evident that there is so much to be gained from providing such varied experiences to and adventures for all our children. While Years 5 to 2 progressively went off to Lake Keepit, other classes were participating in all manner of activities throughout the week, all designed to address aspects of our curriculum with the purpose of extending and enriching our students. I have included a photo of Year 5 students whose exercise was to make cartoon posters of an activity at Keepit – they include sunning themselves on the SUP, the food, and the famous “Keepit Commando”…you be the judge?!

It goes without saying that the teachers’ input into the week in its entirety was outstanding and we thank them all for their time (and endless patience and care) during the week. I know that our students had a wonderful time and will be able to look back on their achievements and memories for some time to come.

I know they had an awesome time and I look forward to hearing more of their stories and reliving the week through the photos. Please read the reports below and take the time to have a look at the album if you have not already done so, using the following link. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ibTq5u1rf7pLkLp37


Parent/Teacher Interviews – NEW TIME of Tuesday & Wednesday – 16 & 17 March

With time away for Excursion Week and to make the most of our classroom teaching opportunities and prepare for these valuable meetings, the decision has been made to put back the Parent/Teacher Interviews by one week to the date above. This will allow greater lead in time and more opportunity for meaningful and constructive dialogue between teachers and parents in Week 8. You will have received a letter by now, with an individual webcode to register and book your interview time. Please do not hesitate to contact us should there be the need.


Year 3 Strings Program

It is so good to see the progress our Year 3 students are making with their Strings Program and I know the Music Department is so impressed, they are now making plans to reform some of our Junior School ensembles. We fully support our co-curricular programs in Junior School and Music is particularly important to us and has become very popular. I look forward to watching (and hearing) their progress.


Drama Club – Tuesday & Thursday afternoons from 3.45 pm

I congratulate all our students who are participating so enthusiastically in our Drama Club; it has become very popular and Ms Judy McBain is very impressed with both the ability of some of the regulars and the commitment they are showing to improving their skills. With Eisteddfod looming next term, I look forward do watching on to see their achievements and the progress made.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Izzie Glover, Scarlett Shortt and Casey Tighe this week.

Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School

Week 6
Wednesday 3 MarchYear 3 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre 2.45pm
Week 7
Tuesday 9 MarchDrama Club – Kindy – Year 2 (Hoskins Drama classroom)
Wednesday 10 MarchYear 2 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre 2.45pm
Thursday 11 MarchDrama Club – Years 3-5 (Hoskins Drama classroom)
Week 8
Tuesday 16 MarchParent/ Teacher Interviews ( Memorial Hall)
Wednesday 17 MarchParent/ Teacher Interviews ( Memorial Hall)

Year 1 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre 2.45pm

Week 9
Wednesday 24 MarchKindergarten Assembly –  Hoskins Theatre 2.45pm
Thursday 25 MarchJunior School Athletics Carnival
Week 10
Wednesday 31 MarchClasses Conclude

PSSA Cross Country

Excursion Week Reports

Kindergarten and Year 1

The school seemed very quiet while the older years were off at Lake Keepit, but we couldn’t let them have all the fun! On Wednesday Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 took part in some activities to try out some of the fun things that are on offer at TAS Junior School. We broke into our House groups mixed with friends in different classes to our own. One activity was Drama Club. Ms McBain had some games for us to play and a drama activity to show us what junior Drama Club on Tuesday afternoons is all about. Miss Collette taught us some groovy moves and had us dancing up a storm, just like she does each Wednesday lunch with Dance Club. Lastly, we did some netball drills with Mrs Brown and Mrs O’Connor. We learnt chest and shoulder passes and practised jumping to catch the ball and pivoting. On Friday, Kindergarten and Year 1 spent the morning kicking soccer balls and wielding hockey sticks. Now that we have tried all three winter sports, we can start choosing which one we are most interested in for the winter sports offered in Terms 2 and 3.

Mrs Anna O’Connor & Mrs Christine Wright




Year 2 Year 2 – Activities Week

Year 2 had a fabulous time last week during activities week. Every child displayed many attributes of the learner profile as they tackled new environments and challenges head-on and with huge smiles on their faces. Our activities kicked off with a wonderful excursion to NERAM with Madame Perrin-Baker. Here we explored the art gallery and learnt the skill of printmaking. K-2 activity rotations followed where we rotated through netball, drama and dance activities. It was great fun!

Perhaps the real excitement began on Thursday morning when we met at the flagpoles to head off on our adventure! The much-anticipated overnight stay at Lake Keepit. We arrived, were told where our cabins were, sorted out our gear and then headed to the pool for water activities and games. Although it was a little chilly we all had a great time.  We then headed off to the giant slide! Unfortunately, due to some stubborn lightning, we had to postpone this event until Friday. So, it was back to base for some team building games and dinner followed by more activities with all of Years 2-5 together. Getting to sleep was pretty easy for most, staying asleep a little more challenging for some! (Sorry Mr Lloyd, but we were super excited about our Friday activities.)

On Friday, we were up nice and early and got ready for the morning’s activities. We began with the low ropes course which was a lot more difficult than it looked. We really had to support each other to ensure we all do it around the course safely. Finally, we got to that Giant Slide. IT WAS EPIC!!! All in all, Year 2 had a fabulous time away and learnt so many new skills, including how to take care of each other and our belongings. We would like to thank all of the staff from TAS and Lake Keepit who helped to make it such a great week. We can’t wait till next year.

Mrs Tania Hardin


Year 3 – Lake Keepit

Seventeen excited little people, bursting with energy arrived at Lake Keepit on Wednesday. Although drizzling we started with the double canoes and then set up for the evening activities. On Thursday the children went down the slip and slide in the rain, completed rogaining and archery. Our final day saw the children making damper and taking on the challenge of teamwork with the low ropes activity.  It was wonderful to witness the excitement build  on camp as new classes joined the existing classes throughout this excursion. This was particularly evident in our evening combined activities.

Over the duration of the camp, you could see the children grow in independence, confidence and organisation skills.  Most importantly you saw the children build deeper connections with each other through decision making, leadership skills and developing social skills.

A wonderful excursion that allows the teachers to spend quality time with their class.

Mrs Lana Hawksford



Year 4

Year 4 departed TAS on a foggy Tuesday morning ready for 4 days of adventure, fun and challenges at Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre. We were engaged in many activities which tested our endurance and risk taking abilities. For many the thought of sharing a cabin with 10 others was a challenge whilst for others it was the thought of being covered in mud from head to toe that proved to be challenging.

As a class we decided we would run a ‘tidy cabins’ and ‘first asleep’ competition, this certainly worked a treat with cabin organisation and tiredness was not really an issue, which certainly made for four very pleasant days.

Our day activities included kayaking, canoeing, slip and slide, Keepit Commando, archery, raft building and rogaining. All of the activities engaged in relied upon the students using their communication, self-management and social skills along with building resilience and tolerance. With the overarching  essential teamwork skills, being pivotal in all activities. Night Show activities provided a wonderful opportunity to bond with fellow classmates as students participated in both a Trivia Night and Games Night where teamwork was essential to be successful.

Year 4 was very thankful to our group leader Heath who had endless patience, explained all activities thoroughly and encouraged students to give all activities a go, even if some were well out of their comfort zone. We were also thankful to Mr Pennington and Mr Polson who joined us and participated in activities as well.

As the Year 4 teacher I was immensely proud of all students who participated with an enthusiastic attitude in the heat and at other times in the rain. They were attentive, keen to participate and inclusive of each other. Upon returning back to TAS each student reflected upon their personal high, low and learn from camp, which was a rewarding and worthwhile exercise.


Mrs Veronica Waters




The highlight of Term 1 is always Lake Keepit and this year proved no different. It is so wonderful to see the students in a different environment, being risk takers, principled and good communicators.  The students participated in stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, bush archery, initiatives (problem solving), setting up tents/camping, baking damper, slip ‘n’ slide, mud run and evening activities. You can imagine that they were exhausted after being away for a week and returning home with stacks of dirty laundry.

On Monday the students were still talking about stand-up paddle boarding and the mud run. Both activities provided barrels of laughter, as well as focussing on working collaboratively as a team.

It was a pleasure taking this cohort away for the week.  They have an amazing zest for life and take every challenge as an opportunity to try something new or to enhance their skills.  Thank you Year 5 for a memorable week.


Mrs G Fawcett


IB Primary Years Programme

PYP Concepts and Conceptual Understandings

By means of introduction to the Primary Years Programme and what inquiry learning looks like in a Junior School classroom I thought it important to explain how concept-based inquiry can act as a powerful vehicle that aims to promote meaning and understanding, and challenges students to engage deeply with significant ideas.

The PYP has identified seven key concepts that helps to drive inquiry.
Concepts help to:
• Explore a subject
• Add coherence to the curriculum
• Add depth to understanding
• Engage students with complex ideas
• Build understanding between subjects

Key concepts drive learning experiences and assist in framing a unit of inquiry.

Key conceptsKey questionsStudents will develop the understanding that:
FormWhat is it like?everything has a form with recognisable features that can be observed, identified, described and categorised.
FunctionHow does it work?everything has a purpose, a role or a way of behaving that can be investigated.
CausationWhy is it like it is?things do not just happen; there are causal relationships at work, and that actions have consequences.
ChangeHow is it transforming?change is the process of movement from one state to another.
ConnectionHow is it linked to other things?we live in a world of interacting systems in which the actions of any individual element affects others.
PerspectiveWhat are the points of view?knowledge is moderated by different viewpoints leading to different interpretations, understandings and findings; perspective may be individual, group, culture or subject specific.
ResponsibilityWhat are our obligations?people make choices based on their understandings, beliefs and values, and the actions they take as a result make a difference.


Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator

Junior School Sport


It is always a pleasure taking this group of gymnasts to their lesson. They display beautiful manners to the bus drivers and their instructors.

This week we rotated through four activities.

  • Activity 1 – Glide on bars
  • Activity 2 – Forward rolls – focussing on the tuck
  • Activity 3 – Handstands and balances
  • Activity 4 – Animal walks – used to help strengthen the children’s sense of balance and develop body awareness

Mrs Grania Fawcett and Mrs Veronica Waters



Ball Skills

It has been an absolute pleasure to watch the skill development of the Ball Skills group over the last term and a half. I remember our first lesson well! We were lucky to line up in a straight line let alone add some balls into the mix. Now, I find myself feeling such excitement as I watch the children actively engage in relay type games, catch and throw the ball to each other and perhaps most importantly listen carefully to instructions and feedback on how to improve their skills. This week’s focus was on football. The children learned some basics of the game and associated skills. Perhaps we will have some budding young Socceroos venturing out on Saturday mornings this year.

Mrs Tania Hardin


Community Notices