2021 Term 2 Week 3   |   05.05.2021

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 3

01. From the Head of School


Last Wednesday evening our P&F held their Annual General Meeting and I am pleased to report that through a combination of good planning and generosity of spirit all positions on the Executive were happily filled with a new regime now in place. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Rachael Nicoll, David Lawson, Sophie Wright and Fiona Nash for all their work and tireless efforts over the last few years. They have been a bastion of support and dedication during the time of their incumbency and all of us at the school has benefitted from their commitment. I welcome the new Executive of President Paul Gaddes, Vice-President Craig Pevitt, Secretary Melanie Fillios and Treasurers, Pip Benham and Sam Coupland to their new roles and I am sure they will pick up the baton and it will be another successful year for our P&F.

Last Sunday was the inaugural TAS 100 ride with 176 riders taking part in this event. This is a very impressive number of participants and again it was another very successful alternative to the cancelled Tour de Rocks for our students to gain their Triple Crown award. There were also a good number of staff and parents involved and it is this level of participation from all concerned that affirms our belief in the strength of relationships within our community and the importance of providing opportunities outside the classroom for our students. I would like to thank, once again Jim Pennington for simply making this happen and for all of his organisation and preparation.

It was delightful yesterday to have Dr Rachel Horton and her husband Curtis Coulson join us for an informal morning tea with our teaching and administration staff and also our housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff. Dr Horton is in the process of moving into the Lodge and will be joining the Executive team for the annual Executive Strategic Planning
Weekend here in Armidale.

Next week all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests over three  days. These tests have returned after their cancellation last year because of COVID restrictions and as well have returned to their original function of providing diagnostic information of literacy and numeracy that is nationally benchmarked.


Mr Alan Jones
Head of School


School Attendance

Absence or late arrival
Attendance is recorded each period of every school day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sport and activities days unless your child:

  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)

  • is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)

  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

Daily Absence
If your child is to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please advise the appropriate Administration Assistant (see below), explaining the reason for absence by phone, email, or written note before 10.00 am that day. In addition a written note confirming the circumstances of the absence is required within seven days.

Sickness in excess of four school days requires a doctor’s certificate detailing the nature of sickness and duration of sickness.

Junior School: Phone 6776 5817 or by email

Middle School: Phone 6776 5819 or by email

Senior School: Phone 6776 5800 or by email

Students arriving late to Junior School must be accompanied by parents and report to Junior School administration.

Students arriving late to Middle School must sign in or out in the book located in the Middle School staff room. Middle School students needing to leave the school grounds for medical or other appointments during the normal school day (8.30am-3.30pm) must sign out accordingly.

Students arriving late to Senior School must sign in or out at Reception and collect a ‘Late Slip’ to give to their teacher. Senior School students needing to leave the school grounds for medical or other appointments during the normal school day (8.30am-3.30pm) MUST sign out accordingly.

Exemption from Attendance
A reminder that a parent or guardian must apply for an exemption from school attendance if they wish to take their child out of school temporarily by completing an Application for Exemption from Attendance form (see link below).

Students must attend school regularly until an exemption has been approved.

Exemption from attendance at school is often sought because of:

  • Elite Arts or Elite Sporting Events (CIS, NCIS etc.)

  • Family travel or holidays

  • Medical or health appointments

  • Employment

  • Disability or behaviour problems requiring part time exemption from school

  • Other circumstances that warrant an exemption eg. Work Experience, Political Rally, etc

Mrs Veronica Lucas
Reception Manager

June Long Weekend charter coach bookings

The deadline is imminent for coach bookings for the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

The school is closed during this break so if you wish to take advantage of the free charter coaches provided by the Student Transport Scheme please complete the booking form using the link below by Friday 7 May to indicate your particular requirements.

Travel dates are: Friday 11 June and Monday 14 June.

This time continues to be the busy period for the TrainLink staff responsible for arranging holiday charters for all boarding schools in NSW, therefore please be patient.
Reminder that School Student Concession Cards are available for students aged 16 years and over If intending to travel on public transport in future from the Main Reception.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Veronica Lucas on vlucas@as.edu.au

02. Calendar of Events


Week 3
Wednesday 5 MayCanberra Excursion (Year 6)
Yr 9/10 State Da Vinci Decathlon (online)
Thursday 6 MayCanberra Excursion (Year 6)

Yr 5/6 State Da Vinci Decathlon (online)

Friday 7 MayCanberra Excursion (Year 6)
Week 4
Tuesday 11 MayTwilight Concert ( 5.30pm – 7.30pm) in Hoskins Centre
Friday 14 MayDubbo Boarding Schools Expo
Saturday 15 MayDubbo Boarding Schools Expo

03. From the P&F


New Executive for 2021/22

Our AGM was held last Wednesday night. All positions were declared open and a new Executive and Committee were voted in.

We say goodbye to four P&F Executives. Many of you know Rachael Nicoll (President), David Lawson (Vice President), Sophie Wright (Secretary) and Fiona Nash (Treasurer). You will know them as P&F Executive members who have contributed so much over the past years. Whether it be driving the catering activity at TASRC, home games, or various internal school events, giving focus to the funding requests that benefit our children, or strengthening the P&F operational framework, we thank these individuals for representing our parent community and wish them well.

The new Executive for 2021/22 are:

  • President – Paul Gaddes
  • Vice President – Craig Pevitt
  • Secretary – Melanie Fillios
  • Treasurer – Pip Benham
  • Vice Treasurer – Sam Coupland 

Senior School Athletics Carnival

The Middle and Senior School Athletics carnival was a great event to participate in. With the sun-soaked day, it was much preferred to the rain-soaked Rugby Carnival!

The P&F canteen providing a needed performance-enhancing boost for many athletes via the usual drinks and goodies. A huge thanks to the parents who supported the canteen as front-line staff.


Next P&F Meeting Wednesday 16 JUNE – Annual Funding Meeting

Please join us to determine where the money we have raised in the past year should be allocated within the school for the benefit of the student life. Meetings are open to all parents.

Alternatively, if you wish to put forward a proposal for the use of funds please send these to Mr Jones as soon as possible so all proposals can be evaluated prior to the meeting.

Funding proposals should be costed, justified and seek to help a significant proportion of school. Any proposal should also be for things that are tangible, something that school wouldn’t normally pay for and on the ‘really nice to have’ list.  If you have any queries about the funding process please contact me at pandf@as.edu.au


Contact the P&F

If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F please either contact your Year Group Liaison Person or any member of the Executive. Alternatively, send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au


Mr Paul Gaddes
P&F President


04. Academic


The Year 11 Geography students travelled to the Cascade Environmental Education Centre, just outside Dorrigo, last Thursday to examine how the hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere interact within the native rainforest. It also provided a good opportunity for the students to develop their data collection and inquiry skills before embarking upon the imminent completion of their Senior Geography Project.

A beautiful autumnal day provided the backdrop to a very successful expedition in the field. The students were shown a variety of methods to collect data about water purity from rivers and open water, they refined their field sketching techniques and were introduced to ornithology. However, the highlight for all was the examination of adaptation in native reptiles and the obligatory handling and feeding of the lizards and snakes.
Thank you, to John McQueen and his team at the Cascade Environmental Education Centre for a unique and inspiring day, as well as Gail Rogers for expertly ferrying us to and from Dorrigo.
Mr Doug Fawcett
Year 11 Geography Teacher

05. From the Director of Co-curricular


With Winter Sport well underway it was pleasing to see so many teams involved in local competitions over the weekend. I was fortunate to travel to Inverell on Friday night to witness our rugby players compete against Moree and Inverell Rugby Clubs. On Saturday I saw our under 12 and 14 Football teams play on Adamsfield and I look forward to seeing our Netballers and Hockey players in the coming weeks.


MS/SS Athletics Championships

The MS/SS Athletics Championships were held in superb conditions and we saw excellent participation from our students. During the day a number of records fell which confirmed a high standard. With a number of events already completed prior to the day students made the most of their opportunities as they competed against their peers on the track and in the field. It was tremendous to have parents and friends back on site attending the event and a heartfelt thank you to the grounds team, housekeeping, kitchen staff, P&F and teaching staff whose contribution helped to ensure another successful Athletics Championships. The Age Champions and Champion House will be awarded in next week’s assembly.



On Sunday, under the meticulous organisation Jim Pennington, over 170 riders took part in the TAS 100km bike ride raising money for the palliative care unit at Armidale Hospital. Again, I am struck by the amazing community we live in. Riders of all ages and ability were challenged by the ride and to see students, staff, parents, former parents, Old Armidalians and the extended Armidale community members involved (riding and/or supporting) in the event, speaks volumes for all involved. The opportunity to challenge ourselves and contribute towards a cause beyond ourselves is ever-present at TAS. Thank you to all who have made this event possible and we look forward to the next challenge/opportunity.


Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular


Speakers make their point

The need for society to rediscover and enact on the spirit of idealism was the subject of Hudson McAllister’s speech on Friday night at the Lawrence Campbell GPS/CAS Oratory Competition, this year held at Waverley College. The competition – past winners include Malcolm Turnbull, former NSW Premier Nick Greiner and ‘Chaser’ comedian Charles Firth – is a challenging one, with speakers selecting one of three topics then having just 15 minutes to prepare an impromptu eight minute speech. Choosing ‘My voice is in my sword’, Hudson drew on the inspiration offered by the Kennedy Camelot years, Chifley’s ‘the Light on the Hill’ speech and in an animated and passionate delivery, urged us all to not succumb to complacency and pragmatism. Hudson was a great ambassador for TAS and relished the experience. For those who would like to watch the competition, go to https://tinyurl.com/29w7w3zn and use the password LCO 21. Hudson’s speech starts at 1:20:47. The competition was won by St Joseph’s College student Bernard Lund, at 1:40:04.

The night before, Hudson, Georgia Donoghue and Henry Moore were one of two teams that won their debates in the final round of the Federation Cup in Tamworth. It was however somewhat of a hollow victory for the Year 12 trio, with their opposition Calrossy team only being put together at the last minute due to Calrossy mis-reading the draw. Congratulations are also due to Stage 4 TAS White (Daniel Emmery, Robin Henry, Samuel Krishnan, Jeanie Inglis) who soundly won their fixture, affirming ‘That single sex schools should be banned.’ Whilst our Stage 5 White team (Bella Fernance, Jasper O’Neil, Sofia Paris, Tom Tizzard) were defeated, they, and the other five TAS teams in the competition will all compete in the finals at Calrossy in Week 4. Best wishes to them all.

It’s shaping up to be a big term with this year’s National Virtual Debating Competition to commence shortly and round 1 of this year’s Middle School Tri Schools Shield just around the corner.


Mr Tim Hughes
MIC Debating & Public Speaking





NSW CIS Swimming Championships

A talented and enthusiastic group of 16 swimmers raced over two days last week, chasing their goal of competing with the best swimmers in NSW. TAS Swimming Captain John McGregor-Thew lead the charge, contesting the 4x50m Freestyle Relay and the challenging 200 Freestyle. Oliver Griffiths contested six events, with his 100m Backstroke being the highlight of a packed program. Holly Dauparas was in just for the 50m Butterfly and with the encouragement of her grandparents, swam with aplomb. Ruby Straker enjoyed a non-stop two days of swimming, with a very solid 100m Butterfly. Both Karen and Iles Baker raced in seven events, with the longer distances being their fortes, 200m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke respectively. Abbott White was strong as always, with the 50m and 100m Breaststrokes standing out. James Collum, more known as a Freestyle sprinter, stepped it up, hammering out a wonderful 200m Freestyle. Toby Michel-Smith was as solid as ever, taking on five events and swimming a wonderful relay leg. Miller Harwood managed to snaffle a PB in the 50m Freestyle amongst his five events. Prudence Black had a very busy 24 hours, chasing five swims, with her 50m Breaststroke being a legendary race. Isabella Banister managed to find some “quiet time” and powered through in both her relay and Backstroke. Matilda Cullen, “the special one” was quite simply majestic, zipping through six swims with a continuous smile and a determined effort. The younger one, Jordie Cullen in her first CIS Championship, barely had time to rest, such was her full program, with a brilliant 100m Freestyle. Isabella Henderson, the fastest TAS female (and only in Year 7!) displayed what a genuine talent she is, with a plethora of sensational races. My thanks go to Mr Lachlan Cullen for his assistance and to Mrs Gail Rogers for driving the bus, especially as we didn’t return home till 1am Wednesday morning.


Mr Jim Pennington



NCIS Cross Country

Despite it being less than 24 hours since the bulk of the squad finished the TAS 100, 42 young, fit and enthusiastic athletes headed to Lennox Head for the NCIS Cross Country. A brilliant course, within 100m of the beach greeted each runner early Tuesday morning. After the obligatory walk of the course, it was the Seniors who went off first. Toby Hall blitzed the 6km course, crossing the line 1st with Louis Cannington placing 3rd, what a sensational start to the day! Mac Orr followed suit in the 17 yrs, another 1st place with Hudson Eichorn in a very solid 5th. The flow continued into the 16yrs, this time it was Charles Hunter 1st, with Max Guppy 3rd, Will Nash 4th and Louis Ross in 6th position. In the 17yrs girls, Karen Baker figured “why not” and took another 1st place. Olivia Cannington (2nd), Lauren Earle (3rd) and Sofia Paris (4th) were enormous in the 16 years. The 15 years saw Isabella Crawford cross the line 4th, Matilda Cullen 8th, Eryn Benham 10th, Alice Bourne 14th and Nina Taylor in 18th, just fantastic! The 15 years boys went just as hard, with Toby Inglis in 4th, James White 7th, Andrew Brennan 8th, Sam Hynes 9th and Ned Farrell 15th.

The 14 years ladies saw Mia Croker with a very strong 3rd placing, Harriet Crawford in 7th, Tempe Macarthur-Onslow 9th, Annabelle Pennington 13th and Emma Henry 15th. For the gents, it was Charlie Ross 4th, Joshua Casey 7th and Oscar Donoghue 8th. The run of the day most certainly belonged to Emily Ussher in the 13yrs, winning by an enormous margin, with Sophie Timbs hanging tough for 11th and Trudy Johnstone in a solid 15th. Leonardo Wright blazed the final 200m to take 9th, Baxter Williams was 11th, Charlie Crawford 13th, Luke Schmude 15th and Miller Harwood 29th in a very deep field of 13 years boys. Ashlee Morgan was magnificent in the 12 years, taking out a grand 3rd place.

The 11yrs boys had Kevin Tighe with a very robust 12th and Archie Tonkin running extremely well until asthma slowed him up. Zana Ross come from the clouds in the final 500m to win the 11 years girls, a remarkable run.

With the Top Ten in each age group heading onto Sydney to contest the NSW CIS Cross Country Championships, there will be 29 TAS runners heading down the highway next month. Easily the best result for TAS and huge congratulations to all the runners. Their incredible efforts resulted in TAS winning the Secondary Trophy for the first time – just sensational! My thanks please to Mrs Lou Barrett and gappies Amelia and Joe for their expertise, time and effort over the two days.

Mr Jim Pennington


Cycling wasn’t just limited to Armidale last weekend, with Toby Inglis travelling to Goulburn to contest a two Day, four Stage Tour. This event is part of the selection process for the NSW Junior Road Team. Toby’s performance was outstanding, placing 8th in the Prologue 5.5km Time Trial, 9th in the 67km Road Race (Day 1), 9th in the 13.8km Time Trial and 11th in a 45km Road Race (Day 2). These results saw Toby place (General Classification) 8th overall and 3rd in NSW and for age (as a first year u17), 2nd overall. With the NSW State team to be named shortly, Toby has positioned himself very nicely for further honours.


Mr Jim Pennington


TAS 100 - a new cycle classic

There doesn’t appear to be anything which can stop the Triple Crown and the TAS Community. Drought, bushfire, floods and COVID are continually brushed aside by students, parents and staff alike. With the cancellation of the Tour de Rocks for 2021, the TAS 100 arose! The interest was enormous and the challenge of 100km, happily addressed by all. A course which harnessed the beauty of the New England with Gostwyck Chapel as the centrepiece, was devised. Three stops to replenish and to have an “emotional” moment were created, giving riders time to chat and compare experiences. 104 students (with Hamish Pengilley in Year 6 being the youngest), joined in with 21 parents, 10 staff and 43 members of the TAS/TdR Community for the 100km journey. The addition of a Junior School section (from Gostwyck Chapel to Uralla) was warmly received, with 15 students, Mums and Dads enjoying the 14km stretch, accompanied by Mr Lloyd. This was not just about the Triple Crown, for the central goal was to raise funds to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator for the Palliative Care Wing of the Armidale Hospital. I cannot thank everyone enough for their amazing support – the students, staff, parents, former students, TDR family and the Armidale community who came together, raising enough money for the purchase of two Oxygen Concentrators. This is a truly wonderful result and highlights the beautiful community in which we live.


Mr Jim Pennington
Coordinator Challenge & Service


06. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


As we enter the winter months the Creative Arts avoids hibernation, with plenty of academic and co-currciular activities to keep busy. After completing an HSC Drama incursion in Week 1, last night a group of students from 9 – 12 watched the digital showcase of OnSTAGE – it was inspirational with some exceptional IPs and GPs on display. Earlier this term the HSC Visual Arts students attended a workshop at NERAM on their Bodies of Work – reports on the behaviour and engagement of the TAS students was excellent, and I acknowledge those students and their teacher, Ms Fiona Xeros. The term will also feature more activities in Music, so please look to the Music Matters section for some updates on our Music program from Ms Roobol.
Co-curricular ensembles and bands are up and running. As too are rehearsals for Middle School’s play Revolting Rhymes, preparations for the NSW Shakespeare Carnival, and meetings of the Technical Production Team. Today the Middle School TheatreSports team will start meeting again Wednesday afternoon, though we realise some students may need to prioritise their Revolting Rhymes rehearsals first and we’ll welcome them back when the show run is complete.
We’ll be seeing many exciting creative opportunities coming out of our co-curricular program, as well as external events happening in the Hoskins Centre, so keep your eyes on this space!


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

From the DIrector of Music

Twilight Concerts at 5:30pm and at 6:30pm on Tuesday 11 May in Hoskins Centre Theatre

TAS will be hosting two Twilight Concerts next Tuesday 11 May in Hoskins Centre Theatre at 5.30pm, followed by the second concert at 6.30pm. These Twilight Concerts will provide the perfect opportunity for students to perform for an audience before the Armidale Eisteddfod commences later this month.
Students, if you would like to participate in the Twilight concert, please speak with your instrumental or vocal teacher and they will register you to perform. Likewise, parents can let Mrs Rachael Edmonds on music@as.edu.au know if your son or daughter would like to register to perform and we will add them to the program. 
Please indicate if you need an accompanist, as Mr Warwick Dunham will be available for both concerts.

TAS Community Choir

Come and join the TAS Community Choir!
We have commenced rehearsals for the TAS Community Choir. We  are inviting students, parents, staff and friends to join us in singing ‘The Sound of Our Home’ at the Armidale Eisteddfod at 6pm on Tuesday 25 May (non-competitive event). This fabulous piece by Paul Jarman & Bonnie Nilsson “is about home – the home that music provides not only us, but our students, our children, our community and our world”. 
Please email Ms Leanne Roobol on lroobol@as.edu.au if you are interested. Rehearsals will be held on Monday 6:00pm – 6:45pm in the TAS Music Centre Basement. If you are unable to attend rehearsals, we will send out a copy of the music and a recording to allow you to rehearse at home.
We look forward to singing with you!

Opera Australia in Concert 

New England Conservatorium of Music are hosting Opera Australia at the Armidale Teachers’ College on Thursday, 20 May. Experience some of the most famous arias of all times performed by Opera Australia’s brightest young stars accompanied by a 10 piece chamber orchestra, in a performance described as ‘opera without the boring bits’. 
Due to popular demand, NECOM are offering a 5:30pm concert, with a repeat performance at 7:30pm. Pre- and post-show, guests will be able to experience the pop-up Opera Bar located on the balcony of the Armidale Teachers’ College.
The full program, details and tickets can be found on the NECOM website:  https://necom.org.au/opera-australia-in-concert/


Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music


07. From the Head of Middle School


The business of gainful employment characterised by enjoyment and (almost) invariably complemented by willing engagement: regularly this seems to be ‘what we’re about’. There’s a deal on offer here, isn’t there. Already over the last academic cycle, we’ve managed to fit in an excellent ANZAC Day commemorative ceremony that, for the first time in a long time, was appreciated by Old Armidalians, former staff members, student representatives from other Armidale schools, not to mention our current families, students and staff. We’ve also boasted a finely crafted Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival. In addition, staff conducted successful Year 8 Parent interview sessions after school on Thursday and Friday in Memorial Hall. Friday afternoon also witnessed another exodus of students who travelled to sporting venues in Inverell and Tamworth respectively, and this was keenly followed by the 100-kilometre ride over the weekend (you’ll see herein the large number of Middle School students who participated and benefited from Mr Pennington and Mrs Benham’s sage advice). Further, we farewelled our Year 6 cohort that, I’m reliably informed, toured Canberra’s Telstra Tower on Monday evening. These young people are fortunate to be able to travel again so freely.

We’ve also had another Middle School Town Meeting which featured the usual student-driven activity, formal MYP presentations and individual reports. Specifically, you’ll recall, I know, the Cancer Research fundraising initiative of Year 7 student, Robin Henry. In addition to speaking about it in last week’s Town Meeting, Robin published her TAS Talks article in Week 2. Speaking at this Tuesday’s meeting, Robin has informed her peers that the funds have, in just one week, already reached $2,500. Even though her cake and biscuit stall isn’t scheduled till Week 4, she’d hoped to reach $3,000 by Week 7. I know that you’ve ‘had a hand in this’, so thank you – very much. We suggested to Robin that she should continue the fundraising ‘drive’ till the end of term to see how far she is able to go. Great things are done when men (sic) and mountains meet (William Blake): She’s not very big, this student, but her determination makes her a dynamo.

Mrs Benham has a slightly altered Middle School pastoral loading this semester, part of which involves a welcome initiative, being the intention to provide Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon boarding activities for students. Among other things, there’s an offer to conduct activities including painting, baking, (elementary) pottery, craft and board games. I hope this initiative gains traction because it will complement our other student activities like Choirs, Theatre Sports, Middle School Productions, debating and public speaking. I’ve been thinking, especially lately, of the breadth of activity TAS offers to students and believe that the fees you pay certainly give you value for money. I’ve said, in response to questions generally concerning “Why TAS?”, words to the effect of those that follow: This is a place where the person, a ‘concept’ if you must that includes the pupil, is given ample opportunity to develop as an individual. It is only through willing involvement in a range of activities that students can find a comfortable ‘place’ in relation to others and the wider school. Of course, there will be times when they are challenged. But such personal challenge is necessary to the development of resilience, confidence and ease of interaction. Accordingly, the primary focus in the development of ‘self’ has to be on the willing nature of involvement alluded to above.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

There are lots of exciting things happening around Middle School at the moment. The opportunities available to our students are endless, and I encourage you to support their participation in all that is on offer, in order to develop a well-rounded, resilient student. 

Year 6 are away in Canberra this week, to support their understanding of their unit they inquired into last term in Individuals and Societies: People, through governance, were significant in the democratic changes that Australia made to become a nation.

In STEM, Year 7 are currently looking at how ‘Our innovations can change for a sustainable future’, by exploring the UN Goals for Sustainability. They have specifically looked into the following goals: climate action, responsible consumption and production, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, affordable and clean energy. Later this term, students will create a presentation on one of those goals, and plan an innovation that will help Australia meet that goal. 


Year 8 are well underway in the planning of their Community Projects, and this term should see them starting to take action on them. They vary from recycling better projects, building a relationship with the aged care community, fundraising for cancer, online coaching tutorials, creating a game to build understanding around natural disasters, to cookbooks in other languages, plus many more. I am excited to see the end results of these projects in Semester 2. 


Learner Profile Award Winners – Week 1 and 2

Angus Benham – Principled award

Thomas Crowley – Caring award

Angus Fletcher – Communicator award

Poppy Hall – Thinker award

Will Hall – Open-Minded award

Emma Henry – Knowledgeable award

Izabella Michell – Caring award

Maddie Simmons – Open-Minded award



Mrs Rachel Piddington
MYP Coordinator

08. From the Head of Junior School


Arrivals and Departures

Again, I write about the importance of understanding and adhering to the system for arrivals and departures from the Chapel St Turning Circle. Please note the following:

Arrivals:  Teacher supervision is provided to assist families from 8.15 am – 8.30 am. Outside these times, please use the car park and walk your child to the Junior School playground at the Sports Centre gates where more assistance is available. Please do not park or leave your car in the vicinity of the turning circle.

Departures:  From this afternoon, classes from Year 3 and below will be ready for collection from 3.20 pm, with Years 4 & 5 departing from 3.30 pm. This will apply on sporting afternoons as well with boys and girls in teams with Year 3 students and below will be ready to depart from 4.45 pm and those in Year 4 & 5 ready to depart from 5.00 pm. It is important that we stick to these times as much as possible. Those families with children in both groups should leave their pick-up until the later time to avoid waiting in the pick-up zone.  We aim to keep these two groups separate to diffuse the congestion that has been experienced in recent days.


The TAS 100

Congratulations to Mr Pennington for his organisation and to all the Junior School families who participated in the TAS 100 ride last Sunday.  Joining those that cycled the full 100 kms, our little ones treadled 15 kms (or more) up hill and down dale with smiling faces and great determination. It was excellent to be able to be with them and join the many who made the lunchtime stop at Uralla.

I know there are some great photos on the School website so if you get the time, have a look. Congratulations to the following riders and their very, supportive families: Duncan Klabe, Paddy Bourke, Josh Bourke, Tom Loxley, William Cooper-Fillios, Casper Cook, Josh Bourke, Layla Abu-Assab, Mila Wright, Zana Ross, Lucas van de Werf, Arthur White, Harriet Coupland and Minnie Chick.


A great photo of a keen bunch of cyclists at Gostwyck Chapel on Sunday


Mothers Day Celebration

The children (and it seems their teachers) are all very excited about the activities being organised for the Mothers Day celebrations this Friday. From 12.25 – 1.10 pm in the Hoskins foyer, there will be great excitement when many of the Wonderful Women in our children’s lives are acknowledged and celebrated and it would be great if you join us. Please RSVP by today so that we can adequately cater for everyone attending.


Martial Arts Success

Cecelia Price has recently attained her blue belt in her martial arts last week. She has been working hard and we congratulate her on her dedication and this achievement.


Cecelia Price receives her “Blue Belt” certificate.


Cross Country

Cross Country running is not for everyone. I know. But for some it is and I have always greatly admired their determination and persistence. Many children who have shown such determination in younger years, carry this into later life and it makes sense then, to encourage this whenever possible. You will see the report below, but in acknowledging those that did very well with their race, I congratulate all those who finished the course with a smile on their face! Particular thanks go to Mrs Wright and all the staff who assisted on the day, particularly the “Pied Piper” who ran the course several times trying to get away from all, with mixed success. There will be more photos on the School website soon.



Happy Birthday

Wishing Alanoud Alrdadi, Zana Ross, Mehleen Sandhu and Edward Gillman a very happy birthday this week.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School

Week 3
Wednesday 5 May


Thursday 6 May

Year 5 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm

No Dance Club

State da Vinci Decathlon Years 5 & 6 (online)

Friday 7 MayMother’s Day Lunch – Hoskins Foyer 12.25pm -1.15pm
Week 4
Monday 10 May

Tuesday 11 May

Wednesday 12 May

Thursday 13 May                 

GRIP Leadership Day – Armidale Ex Services Club

Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm


Week 5
Wednesday 19 MayKindergarten Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm
 National Simultaneous Storytime 11.00 am
 No Dance Club
Week 6
Monday 24 May

Tuesday 25 May

Wednesday 26 May


Friday 28 May

Life Education Van

Life Education Van

Life Education Van

Yr 3 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm

Children’s Literature Festival


Junior School Sport

It was great to see the start of many games this weekend for our Junior School children. Please ensure you are aware of where to locate your child’s draw each week.

For our Football players, please ensure you continue to look at the UNE website, alternatively you can download the Team App to receive the draw and any updates that occur.


UNE Football draw

Go to the following link. A map reference can also be clicked on once you locate your game.



Cross Country Results

All 4, 5 and 6 year olds participated in their Cross Country event with great enthusiasm, receiving a participation award.

7 Year Girls

  • 1st Carla Price
  • 2nd Emi Fawcett
  • 3rd Bronte Polson


7 Year Boys

  • 1st Kieran Ahern
  • 2nd Oliver Maxwell
  • 3rd Daniel Mo


8 Year Girls

  • 1st Eva Cook
  • 2nd Lara Thavapalasundaram
  • 3rd Eloise Leary


8 Year Boys

  • 1st Casey Tighe
  • 2nd Rory Secker
  • 3rd James Taylor


9 Year Girls

  • 1st Arabella Hodges
  • 2nd Evelyn Brownlie
  • 3rd Nancy Ma


9 Year Boys

  • 1st Baxter Carruthers
  • 2nd William Dennison
  • 3rd Tom Loxley


10 Year Girls

  • 1st Mila Nexo
  • 2nd Mila Wright
  • 3rd Layla Abu Assab


10 Year Boys

  • 1st Casper Cook
  • 2nd Joshua Bourke
  • 3rd Oliver Robb


11 Year Girls

  • 1st Zana Ross
  • 2nd Edwina Newton
  • 3rd Harriet Coupland


11 Year Boys

  • 1st Archie Tonkin
  • 2nd Kevin Tighe
  • 3rd Arthur White


PSSA Cross Country Results

Hot off the press, the PSSA Cross Country result are also through from Tuesday.

We had a tremendous day yesterday out at Bellevue Oval competing in the local PSSA event. We had some excellent results with Edwina Newton coming 5th in her 11 year age group, Will Dennison placing 8th in the 9 year boys event. Congratulations to all competitors for a very dedicated performance.

Edwina Newton – 5th Place




10-Year-Old Boys team – Joshua Bourke, Casper Cook and Oliver Robb


TAS Triceratops

On a stunning Armidale morning, the playing conditions were superb for the TAS Triceratops first game of the U/6 football season. Both TAS and their opponents, the North Armidale Red Pandas, were keen to get their seasons off to the best possible start and looked sharp and eager in their extended warmups. Once the TAS jackets were removed, the starting four of James Gillman, Lachie McDowell, Elara Polson and Wilbur Drain took to the field focused and ready. The first 10 minutes was played at a frantic pace with several of the TAS players asking for water and a break but courageously playing on. North Armidale scored two quick goals but TAS responded well with a number of goals to hit the halftime break level. The injection of Daisy Hammond during the first half had instant success and allowed some of the starters to rest their tiring legs. After a collegial half time discussion, it was decided that the key for the second half was focusing on the substitutions to ensure TAS finished the game strongly.

Credit to Daisy, James, Lachie, Elara and Wilbur for maintaining the intensity throughout the second half as the fatigue started to take its toll. All players agreed at full-time that the focus at training this week will be on fitness and ensuring all players stay involved while on the field.


Mr David Drain



TAS Tigers

You would’ve heard the cheers from all around town when TAS Tigers scored their first-ever football goal on Saturday morning.

It was their first game for all of the Tigers players and did such a good job of “going for goal” as they learnt in Monday’s training.

The full-time cupcakes, kindly supplied by Mrs Ivannikov, were a great reward for their big efforts.


Mr Ken Secker


TAS Tornadoes

On Saturday morning TAS Tornadoes took to the pitch for their first game of the season against DK Lancers. After a close first half, we went into the orange break 1-0 down, however, the team all played with great energy. We came out in the second half and continued to play well, putting pressure on DK Lancers whenever they had the ball. The pressure eventually told and Casey Tighe scored a fantastic goal. Unfortunately for us, DK managed to come out on top with a late goal to win the game, however, the team should be proud of their efforts in the first game of the season. Well done Tornadoes!


Mr Darren Maxwell and Mrs Tania Hardin





TAS Blue

On May 1st TAS under 11s played against the ACSC Diamonds. I think that we had a great game and had lots of fun. ACSC was a very strong team and because of that won the game. We had really good passing and communication. We should work on not moving with the ball and having quick passes so we can win in the future. Arabella played really well considering it was her first netball game. Rhidima caught some really good balls that some of us couldn’t. Cecilia did really well in defending and catching rebounds from the hoop. Sophie did well by getting into space and passing the ball fast as did Minnie, Mila, Harriet and Izzie. Elsie and Bonnie were good with being open to different positions and played well in them. We are a good team and soon hope to win with lots of hard work. It was a fun game and maybe you can come and support us one day at the netball courts.


By Izzie Glover (Yr 5)




The year 1 and 2 netballers had their first game on the weekend. For most players, it was their first ever game of netball! The ‘Set’ competition is great as it allows players to learn the rules as they play. It can be very tricky to remember all the different positions and where you can and cannot go, but the TAS players were exceptional at this. The game was so much fun and the team can’t wait to do it all again next week!

Mrs Anna O’Connor






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