2021 Term 1 Week 10   |   31.03.2021

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 10

01. From the Head of School


Sweeney Todd

An exhausted, elated and emotional cast and crew of Sweeney Todd finished a season that can only be described as most impressive. I am far from alone in claiming this. From the amazing talent on stage to the professional standard of the set, slick stage changes, high tech sound and lighting and amazing costumes, it was a triumph for all involved. The experience of really committing and pulling out all the stops to present the very best show possible is quite different to the philosophy of simply putting students on show for the fun of that experience and that can be seen in the actors and crew who are reflecting on their achievement this week. I offer congratulations to all who were involved in this incredible show and especially to its producer and director Andrew O’Connell whose passion has inspired all around him.


First XI Cricket

The conclusion to the season for our First XI cricketers did not follow the script that we were hoping for. The grand final was shifted from Saturday to Sunday after the recent deluge and was played in very good conditions for cricket. The game was poised in the balance until an unforeseen batting collapse determined the result, nonetheless in what has been a rain disrupted season our boys can be very proud of their efforts in making it to the grand final. I offer players and coaches alike congratulations and hope they enjoy the well-deserved celebrations at their end of season dinner.


Triple Crown begins

Last weekend on a brisk Sunday morning to be precise, the Triple Crown events for 2021 began and it seems that the interest in this diverse collection of physical and mental challenges is continuing to grow. Recent conditions on the coast resulted in the decision not to send a team to the Coffs Ocean Swim and instead of just saying we won’t go so nothing will happen, Jim Pennington galvanised staff, students and parents into committing to a 1km swim in the tropically warm waters of Dumaresq Dam. This was an amazing effort, and the reward was a fantastic TAS community event. 127 students swam on the day alongside parents and TAS staff. Volunteers manned the barbecues, sat in canoes and kayaks on the water and acted as security during the swim itself. The disappointment to not being able to head down the coast was more than outweighed by the spirit of participation and enjoyment that took place during this event. I can only thank Jim Pennington for the inspiration he brings to this area of school life.


TAS Rugby Carnival

Preparations are in their final stages as we look forward to the 16th TAS Rugby Carnival. Decisions had to be made about the size if the carnival we were going to host while certain COVID restrictions were in place. This year it will be a scaled down version where we will be hosting 200 aspiring players in the 12 years age group and now at least they will be able to be accompanied by parents, friends and coaches. The TAS Rugby Carnival carries a wonderful reputation for its positive sporting spirit and outstanding organisation and I offer considerable thanks from the school to the big team that is driving it again this year.


Easter Holidays

I wish all families well for the Easter weekend and I hope that the bright promise that the Easter message brings of sacrifice and resurrection will be remembered and reflected on.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Alan Jones
Head of School

02. Calendar of Events


Week 10
Wednesday 31 MarchClasses Conclude
Thursday 1 AprilStaff Day
Term 2 – Week 1
Monday 19 AprilStaff Day

Boarders Return

Tuesday 20 AprilClasses resume
Wednesday 21 AprilNCIS Football ( TAS)
Thursday 22 AprilBivouac
Friday 23 AprilBivouac


Winter Uniforms

As we approach the end of Term 1 we would like to remind all parents about purchasing Winter Uniform for Term 2.

The Uniform Shop is open during term at the following hours and is located in the cream weatherboard building behind The Hub (library):

Monday 12.00 – 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday 12.00 – 4.00pm
Thursday 8.00am – 2.00pm
Friday 12.00 – 4.00pm

03. From the P&F


Enjoy the Holidays

I can’t believe that Term 1 is over already… when you are as busy, as we all seem to be, time goes very fast. Covid and the weather played their parts in restricting parents at some TAS events but we seem to be heading towards ‘normal’ and I hope to see more parents and families around school again in Term 2. The P&F is also aiming to organise a few more get together now that there are less restrictions in place so watch this space and Facebook as we go into Term 2. So until we meet again next term, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter and a safe, enjoyable and relaxing holiday break.


TAS Rugby Carnival

The TAS Rugby Carnival is coming up at the end of the April holidays on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April. This is going ahead but on a smaller scale – but we still need helpers so if you would like to volunteer for either Friday 16 from 3-6pm, Saturday 17 anytime or for part of the morning on Sunday 18 please send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au


AGM Meeting – 28 April (7pm)

We are having our Annual General Meeting at the start of Term 2 on Wednesday 28 April at 7pm. This meeting will be in Upper Maxwell Meeting Room – and on Zoom. At this meeting, all positions on the general Committee and The Executive (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) will be declared ‘open’ and we will vote on the new 2021/22 positions.

If you are interested in being involved a nomination form can be collected from Reception or downloaded from the P&F webpage. Please note that you do need to be a ‘voting’ member of the P&F to vote and/or stand for a position but forms will be available at the meeting or on our website so don’t let that stop you.

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.

After the AGM we will hold a normal meeting. Meetings, including the AGM, 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…


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President


04. Academic


Creative Writing

Term 1 has seen our Year 11 English students experimenting with different styles of writing as part of the Common Module: Reading to Write. The three main styles we work with are imaginative, persuasive and discursive writing.
The unit has seen a wonderful diversity of short texts being produced and a really rich demonstration of writing talent. I hope you enjoy some of these as much as we have in the English Department this term.


Mrs Gill Downes

Note on the text:

Hugo’s piece, ‘Soil’ draws upon the conceptual notions of oppression and inequality and uses the stylistic tool of ‘stream of consciousness’ borrowed from Margaret Atwood’s piece, ‘Bread’.


Dark, black soil. Darker than the hearts of those who led us to this godforsaken land. Darker than the skin of those who toiled under the sun before us. Darker than the hole where they kept her, locked up, afraid and frightened. Locked up without food or water. Locked up without warmth or company. Locked up without hope. Locked up with death itself. In the presence of the monsters that man created.

I sit alone   I sit missing   I sit empty    I care not   I care only to join   the pit of despair    the end   a place to be   she is where I am not   I sit where she is not    she was where I am and only where I was meant to be     the sun grips me     the son touches her     the crown prosecutes me      the crown accepts her     red is not the colour of royals, yet red is what they are built upon   my red     her red     her red lips    white smile     green eyes     watching     they care not to watch         once black always black    black stains never removed black the burden created      the burden she removed        the burden now returned

The sound of the crack wakes me. And so, we shall return. Black of skin and hair, red of blood and heart. Better off than to be red of skin and hair and black of blood and heart, as per the mongrel looming over me. They have created themselves to be messianic, above all else, better than all else. To fight for freedoms in the early years and then return that favour to others, the favour of oppression, control and hurt under the whip. It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword and that is true, but they regret to inform that the whip is even mightier. It brings hurt and pain, It brings back the bad memories, It takes you to the edge of death and back again, It reopens the hurt he once created. It rubs the salt in the wound before gouging out your eyes. The hurt never leaves, only those you hold dear will ever leave.

My dearest     out of reach     of her       of him      she was in reach of him     he knew  she knew     he took all she had left      left for me      left without         him left satisfied   me left in the soil    her under the soil     her covered in her soil    red soil      dark soil   soil fought and died over      soil has the power to grow and take life    it chose to take from those with nothing    give to those with everything

Those who I toil for in this soil, this foreign soil in this godforsaken land, the land flowing with milk and honey in now flowing with blood and bones, seeping into the dark black soil.


Hugo Catterall (Year 11)

Note on the text:

The short narrative below also uses Margaret Atwood’s ‘Bread’ as a stimulus for ideas. The student composition ‘Nothing’, addresses inherent injustices in our society surrounding bullying and the bystander culture which condones this. Vital to Atwood’s text is her assertion that ‘You don’t want to know’; the student who wrote this piece has used this notion as a central tenet for their composition. ‘Nothing’ also experiments with second person voice, an unusual but highly effective approach also used by Atwood in ‘Bread’ to implicate the reader in the story’s problematic behaviour.  


To his peers, he is a target, a strange human. Who deserves to be treated the way he is. Truth be told, by social norms he is strange. He is different. He isn’t attractive in respect to most of the popular children, the athletic children. He lacks confidence, he lacks a backbone.

The children around him aren’t bad children. They’re just children. They lack understanding and want to feel in control.

The boy tries to hide his demons. He chooses to hide them from his mother and father. Wouldn’t you do the same? Who wants to admit to their parents that they’ve become a reject?

His peers tell themselves it’s banter, they say it’s just a joke. They never had any intention of hurting him. They lie to themselves, and the longer it goes on the further they extend their cruelty to him. The sniggers and humiliation turn to physical abuse and aggression.

But it’s alright. They never intended to hurt him.

Those who stand by, watch as this boy is abused every day, they watch as he becomes more and more withdrawn, but they never took part in it.

So, it’s alright. Isn’t it?

His mother loves him, he helps her do the chores. He speaks to her when she feels upset, or she’s had a strenuous day at work. She loves him dearly. Recently she’s noticed a change in her son. His smile has now long vanished. He isolates himself within his room. He never offers to walk the dog anymore; he never asks his mum how her day was. Her son is changing, she doesn’t understand if this is a normal stage of ‘growing up’.

Maybe some girl has broken his heart?

She asks him one day what’s wrong.

“Nothing, mum”.

She knows something is wrong. As time goes on his personality completely withers. She calls the school out of desperation. They say they’ll keep an eye on him and make sure everything is fine at school.

The teachers ask him what’s wrong, ‘Nothing, Miss’. The teachers don’t look any further into it.

Inside he cries for help, yet the teachers remain ambivalent towards his struggle. He becomes alienated. He asks himself: Maybe I’m not worth helping, maybe I’m just not meant to exist.

And now he’s gone, they didn’t see it coming, yet they knew the reason. Everyone mourns, he is finally noticed. His mother mourns. She blames herself. Those who caused it pretend to mourn and pretend to blame everybody else. Deep within, they all blame themselves, but they can’t face this fact. They choose to remain ignorant.

You see it seems cliche, but you never really care about something till you realise it’s never coming back.

You never really think about your actions till you realise it’s too late.

Anonymous (Year 11)



Note on the text:

In 1586 a man named Chidiock Tichborne conspired to kill Elizabeth I in order to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. He was caught along with several other men, each of whom were publicly executed for treason; the plot also ensnared Mary Queen of Scots who was executed the following year for the same crime.

On the eve of his execution, Tichborne wrote a poem, ‘Elegy’, to convey the futility of life and the despair he felt at failing in his mission. Ruby’s composition, ‘A Dead Man is a Free Man’ plays with the ideas from ‘Elegy’ such as the psychological impact of imprisonment and torture; the fear of death; and the paradoxical nature of death as freedom.

A Dead Man is a Free Man

Peace, a notion I have not felt a single ounce of for what seems to be an eternity. Every day as I sit, cross-legged against these bitter, inhospitable stone walls, they seem to draw in closer, imprisoning me in not only this cell but the jail that is my mind. The relentless mental turmoil I face is far worse than the trial my body will endure in the days to come.

The torture and malnutrition only lead me to own a weak mind, subject to the influence of madness. To forget how the sun’s rays feel on your face, or the sweet, soft smell of blooming orchids in the spring air is damaging. But to know that one will never appreciate these again, the desire for time to run backwards to appreciate them once more and knowing you cannot do anything in your power to do so, drives one mad. Instead, the stench of dead men lives within these walls, whilst the sense of a mad man finds his home in my head. I fear I am going mad, a state I cannot afford.

The time until my public and premature death draws closer, but with each minute that draws me towards my fate I grow a minute more accepting. Knowing the mutating madness that identifies its home within my mind will be so swiftly relieved in a matter of weeks pacifies my qualms with death and fills me with hope that I may feel peace. But I cannot allow myself to grow mad to the extent where I am not myself, I cannot let myself suffer. For I peer into the murky puddle a few metres from my toes and see a pale, weak-minded boy looking back at me.

What is mistaken for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses. For the man’s heartbeat I could hear through stone; his thoughts blatantly penetrating my skull, telling me I was mad. His pungent stench of authority ever-present in the air even when he was 10 metres from the cell door. The terror excites me, creating an uncontrollable itch to be rid of him, to scratch the nonsense he thought from his head. With this itch also comes a low, deep buzz, specific only to my ears. I laugh. Hysterical for a matter of minutes.

‘Quiet down!’ barks the guard. I obey.

I do not remember the days gone, nor do I remember what I think or dream about, for the only memory I now possess is the phrase:

In Death there will be Peace.

In Death there will be Peace.

In Death there will be Peace.

I sit. Knees to my chest. Rocking slowly, pulling and twirling at a strand of my brittle hair.

I hear the guards; I hear their thoughts. They think I am falling into madness. I know I am not mad; I am superior. Madmen know nothing. I have heard many things from hell. I know what my fate is to be. This peace I hear of will be granted to me. I am not to be punished for my crime, for Lucifer speaks to me in ways of endearment, like a proud father to his son. My fate is freedom from this world that holds those they believe to be mad captive in their jails.

As I sit, knees to my chest, swaying rhythmically, I once again peer into the same puddle, humming a tune to block out the invading buzz. The boy that was scared of losing everything is still there in the reflection. I am sane. He should not feel fear, for the world only led him to believe that being superior was equivalent to being mad. I am not insane, but on this day, as I am led to the yards, I twitch and smile and thank the Lord, for I know that my imprisonment is finally coming to an inevitable end.

And as I stand before the mass of onlookers, the buzzing in my head grows in intensity. Joy sculpts my face and I think of only one thing. In Death there will be Peace.


Ruby Straker (Year 11)



05. Leadership, Service and Adventure


The Armidale School Cadets: Bivouac 1 (22-23 April)

Bivouac 1 conducted by The Armidale School will be held on 22-23 April, Thu-Fri of Week 1, Term 2. Cadets will received a full briefing on their activities and required equipment on Tuesday 30 March.

All cadets will camp overnight on the night of Thursday 22 April in the vicinity of Mt Duval (B & C Company) or Malpas Dam (A Company). Of particular importance is the necessity for cadets to be prepared for the possibility of cold weather, and students’ own non-cadet issue cold weather jackets may be worn in the evening in the event of cold weather.

Cadets will assemble at TAS Adamsfield for parade on Thursday 22 April at 8.40am.

Activities will cease and cadets released on completion of parade at 3.30pm Friday 23 April.

The activities will be conducted as follows:


A Company

Kayak touring, mountain biking and trekking.

B Company

Night Harbour, fieldcraft, trekking, navigation and kayaking.

C Company

Night Harbour, fieldcraft, trekking, navigation and canoeing.

Cadets should note the below packing list as a minimum for overnight bivouac. There may be additional equipment required by platoon leaders for cadets. These will have been discussed at activities briefing held on Tuesday 30 March.

Back Pack & Webbing (issued)

Compass*                                                   Hootchie (issued)

Spray jacket* / raincoat*                   5m hutchie cord/rope*

Kidney Cup* (issued)                           Pegs x 4* (issued)

KFS set*                                                      Ground sheet (issued)

Water bottles x 2 (issued)                 Sleeping bag & mat*

Towel (small)                                           Olive Green thermal or cotton undershirt*

Notepad (in plastic bag)*                   Jumper (issued) and/or other cold weather jacket

Torch + spare batteries*                    Water gear (swimmers, shirt, shorts & shoes)

Plastic bag for wet gear                      Bush Hat* (issued)

Sun screen & insect repellent (tube or roll-on only)

Change of underwear & socks

Toilet bag  (toothbrush + paste etc)


*Available for purchase from TAS Clothing Shop

In particular, all students should ensure they have adequate warm clothing, including a jumper, warm clothing and a thermal undershirt. Sleeping bags should be appropriate for the New England autumn climate.

All participating students will be issued with all required equipment by the TAS Q-Store. If this equipment is lost or damaged, it must be replaced at students’ own cost. Many items in the list above can be purchased from the TAS Clothing Shop and have been selected specifically for their suitability for TAS Activities use and reasonable cost. Clothing that has been outgrown can be replaced at no charge at Q-Store by arrangement with the School Quartermaster.

If cadets have questions about their activities, they should in the first instance approach their platoon leader for more information.


MAJ (AAC) Angus Murray


06. From the Director of Co-curricular


A week of non-stop activity. It has been an absolute pleasure to see our students engaged and active over the last week.

The Football Dinner with Socceroo legend Craig Foster delivered a powerful message on Friday night about the importance of helping others. He then put our Open Boys and Girls through their paces on Saturday morning with a field session.

The Musical ‘Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ was ‘bloody’ brilliant! A big thank you to Mr Andrew O’Connell and all the staff, cast and crew for their outstanding commitment and performance. We certainly have some talented students involved in the Creative Arts.

The TAS 1000, saw 127 students and over 20 parents swim at Dumaresq Dam. Participants braved the far from tropic conditions and then enjoyed the warmth of a bacon and egg roll and hot chocolate. A big thank you to Mr Jim Pennington and all the staff, parents and students who helped make this TAS community event possible.

Congratulations to our First XI who played in the Grand Final on Sunday. Hillgrove proved to be too strong but it was a mighty effort from the TAS students.

Following a highly successful Mountain Biking Presentation Dinner last Thursday the MTB Team had their final competition at UNE on Monday, a great finish to a busy season.

Congratulations to our Winter Sports Captains who were announced and presented their badges in Assembly last week.


FootballCaptainIsaiah Ruming
HockeyCaptainsLily Etheridge & Lochlan Nicoll
NetballCaptainMacey Michell
Vice-CaptainHarriet Oates
RugbyCaptainThomas Forsyth
Vice-CaptainSam Skipper


The Cross-Country Championships will go ahead on Wednesday 31 March starting at lunchtime.


The MS/SS Athletics Championship will take place on Wednesday 28 April,


Term 2, Week 2

The Cloisters Inter-House Event for Years 7-12 will take place on Friday 30 April at lunchtime


Over the holiday period a First XV squad will be attending a Rugby Camp in Orange. Shore, Canberra Grammar School and Kinross Wolaroi School will also be attending the camp with games being played on Friday 9 April.

I wish you all an enjoyable break and when we return to school we will commence our Winter Sport Program.

Winter Training Schedule Term 2 2021

Sport and exercise are a huge part of the TAS experience. Even though our students train and prepare well for their individual sports, they will inevitably suffer some form of injury, especially due to the accelerated stage of growth and development they are experiencing. Experienced Sports Physiotherapist Maartje Tory is conveniently located in the TAS Sports Centre, where she provides a range of services that include injury prevention, strength and conditioning and joint strapping, as well as injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and referral.
Commencing in Term 2, Maartje will host an Injury Clinic for TAS students every Monday morning between 8.30-10.30. Students who sustained a weekend knock or injury will be able to book a free consultation, where they will receive an appropriate injury assessment and referral if necessary, as well as an estimated timeframe and pathway for recovery. Follow up consultations for further treatment can be arranged at this time. To book in for any of the above, please contact via email or phone:
inmotionphysiosports@gmail.com or call Maartje on 0424 095 070

Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular

TAS 1000m Dumaresq Dam Dip

The Coffs Ocean Swim was a no-go in 2021, so the TAS 1000m Dumaresq Dam Dip arrived. The weather Gods smiled on us, the water Gods, well, maybe, not so much! With the water temperature hovering below 18 degrees, the challenge was pretty clear, the distance (1km) is fine, staying warm was the key.

127 swimmers (with over 100 students and then staff and parents), entered the water just after 8:30am, in waves of 10-12 accompanied by a kayak as a guide. With Woobegongs staffed by Year 12 Surf Bronze Lifesavers acting as turning buoys, the course was pretty straightforward with only four turns. Professional lifeguards were also in boats and on the land, keeping an eye on everyone in the water. Whilst this was not a ‘race’ as such, it is important to note our top ten out of the water: Karen Baker, Oliver Griffiths, Iles Bakes, Isabella Henderson, Prue Black, Miller Harwood, Isabella Banister, James Collum, Ruby Straker and Holly Duparas. I am also very proud of the fact that we have students from Year 4 in the 400m swim and for the 1km event, students from Year 6 to Year 12 swam.

This event could not have occurred without the incredible assistance of 18 staff and 28 parents who either swam with the students, paddled alongside them, guided them out of the water, provided warm blankets and even warmer hugs, staffed the medical tent, cooked the barbecue, provided a fire drum to keep the swimmers warm and helped with both setting and packing up. To see the TAS Community back in action, rallying around, enjoying each other’s company, but always with the focus on providing an experience for their children. As we gradually move to a post COVID world, we look forward to greater opportunities for the Community to engage.


Mr Jim Pennington


Swimming Update

Whilst the summer sports now draw to a close, some of our TAS Swimmers have been competing in Sydney, chasing their dreams. Karen Baker (Year 11) recently swam at the NSW State Open Championships. Chasing that elusive National Qualifying time in the 100m Breaststroke, Karen was incredibly close, hitting the wall in 1:22:28 for a huge PB. Jordie Cullen (Year 7) spent last weekend in Sydney, this time for the NSW Junior Championships. Jordie swam in the 4x50m Freestyle and Medley Relays, setting PBs in both Freestyle and Backstroke. For both of these young ladies, their next opportunity to swim at SOPAC will be at the end of April, when they (along with 13 other TAS students) compete at the NSW CIS Swimming Championships.


Mr Jim Pennington


07. From the Creative Arts Coordinator


To rapturous applause the TAS production Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street closed on Saturday night. The calibre of that performance was exceptional and one of the tightest performances seen in Hoskins in recent years. But almost more exciting was getting to watch the camaraderie, celebration and joy in the foyer afterwards as the cast, crew and band bonded over a job so very well done. I cannot thank the Production Team enough for their efforts – to Ms Leanne Roobol, Mr Warwick Dunham, Mr Michael Cornford, Ms Alex Cook, Mrs Leasa Cleaver and Hugo Catterall, your work was amazing and your contributions so above and beyond what we could ever possibly hope for. Again to the cast, crew and band, I congratulate you on a wonderful job done in the face of unbelievably steep odds. May you rest and relax after the term but keep nurturing that flame of joy that comes from the Arts and performance.

On Monday the Middle School Production has its first script read of Mr Wheatley’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. It promises to be a very fun and wacky theatrical adaptation of those poems and I can’t wait to see the show next term. Best wishes to the cast and production team as they commence that journey.
I’ve been tapping a few students on the shoulder about the NSW Shakespeare Carnival and I’d love a few more signing up so TAS can enter every category and have the best crack at representing the New England in Sydney at the state finals. Please touch base if this is something you like the sound of – the prizes are awesome and the trip down there so much fun!
Finally, a huge congratulations to our amazing Stream Team for their work on both the Junior School and Middle School assemblies this term. Mr Ken Secker and Mr Michael Cornford are doing awesome work on that front and it is great to see a keen group of Middle School students stepping up to the task as well. Look for the links next term as that continues, we love having our community connected with events happening at the school and sharing the brilliant work and leadership of our students.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

08. From the Head of Middle School


We’re only days away now…

These young people love fun (even, and especially actually, when they’re tired); they’re still terrible at holding grudges (a wonderfully refreshing characteristic of very young adolescence) and they are what I call ‘real people’. Well, everyone is tired now and strange as it may seem, when we are so we can often expect, then tell these young people to ‘grow up’, to act more responsibly than their years would normally allow. We need to allow, to encourage and to help them to grow up at a sensible, realistic pace.

On the proviso that we don’t reward it when it is little more than the expectation, we should acknowledge good – always. We need to celebrate excellence, as well. The da Vinci wins, the really engaging student-driven Middle School Assemblies that featured this term, the ‘getting back to normal’ sports schedules and games, the recent Years 6 and 7 Parent interviews in the Middle School itself and, this week, the Easter Service and cross-country events – yes, all things have been good.

As I’ve previously indicated, the term has been long, busy and very different from ‘past practice’ for so many of our people. It’s high time for a break, definitely within in sight now, from what has finally become normal school routine. There’s plenty of opportunity for students to be at home, to relax, to reflect and to recharge (and some further opportunity for anaphora and alliteration too, possibly). Please, if in general conversation they mention things that concern them, things we need to know about, encourage them to speak to us, or simply tell us yourselves. Communication channels aren’t actually channels, especially if we don’t communicate effectively. For a fortnight they’ll be all yours again at the end of this week.

There’s a difference between debating meetings now and those from years gone by: essentially, opportunities are such that there’s greater facility and incentive for more students to become involved. This year we have so many Middle School students interested in this pursuit. The Federation Cup initiative, involving McCarthy Catholic College, Calrossy Anglican School and TAS has seen some of our young people step up to the plate and achieve so well in activities that some have not pursued before.

Athletics, the school-based form of it, at least, is the first major event for the next term and we are looking forward to a clear, uncomplicated scenario where we can again welcome you to the school. I hope we have opportunity to talk to as many of you as in past years. So, with luck and hope we can speak, and you can enjoy, first-hand, the efforts of young people who will welcome you to ‘their domain’.

On behalf of everyone in the Middle School, I wish you all a safe and happy term break.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School

09. From the Head of Junior School


Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all of our eager participants who so enjoyed yesterday’s Junior School Athletics Carnival. Without the amazing support of our teachers, especially Mrs Wright as Sports Coordinator, events such as these would not be possible. With four records on the day, it was very successful with the number of entries almost the largest on record. It was unfortunate not to have a suite of relays at the end of the day and we will look for another opportunity to make up these events next term. Having said that, the outline of the results in the Sports Section speak volumes about the scale and the enjoyment that so many had on the day.




I would like to thank all our families for the strong support of the fundraiser held throughout the school late last week. Our Junior School students raised $262.60, and for those of you who have had the time to see their website, you will know that this money goes to a very good cause.


Term 2 – Arrival and Departure at TAS. Changes for Junior School

A letter will be mailed out today advising of changes to our system for arrivals and departures for Junior School students. With the relaxing of COVID restrictions, the safety of all students, especially the boarders on campus is paramount and the system has been reviewed to take this into account.

All arrivals and departures will now be in the Chapel St carpark. It is a busy place,  so some alterations to the physical structures will be in place to improve traffic flow. Additional supervision in the mornings and afternoons will also keep the cars moving and I ask all Junior School parents to display their name on the front passenger sun visor.  This greatly assists the collection of students and will be a major element of the system next term. If you need a replacement, please let us know. While the new system is implemented, it will be important that you let us know what issues arise and that everyone remains patient while the teething problems are addressed. Please contact us if the information you receive raises any questions or concerns.


Long Service Leave – Mrs Veronica Waters

Mrs Veronica Waters will be taking Long Service Leave for the duration of Term 2.

Veronica’s long service leave has been delayed for some time as she attended to school business, including our International Baccalaureate evaluation in 2020 and our NESA registration this year. Her work for the school has always been greatly appreciated and while she will be missed, she has certainly earned this time away and we wish her well for her plans during this time. Mrs Gaye Piper, well known to Junior School and Year 4,  will be replacing Veronica for all her classroom commitments.


Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to the following Junior school students that celebrate their special days between now and next term: Umraj Nirmaan, Elsie Teng, Rory Secker, Emi Fawcett, Jose Ugwumba, George Quast, Bridei Stewart, Carla Price, Joshua Bourke, Angus Hodges, Huxley Holland-McKenzie and Harry Fawcett.


Have a fantastic Easter….

Finally, as we seem to say regularly, we have had another very busy and successful term. I wish you and all your families a very restful and refreshing break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School

Week 10
Wednesday 31 MarchClasses Conclude


Thursday 1 AprilStaff Day
Term 2 – Week 1
Monday 19 AprilStaff Day
Tuesday 20 AprilClasses commence

Junior School Sport

Athletics Carnival Results

A huge thank you to all our wonderful students who participated so enthusiastically throughout the day. It was evident on your faces that you enjoyed participating with your friends and enjoying the supportive atmosphere that was present on the day. The teachers were very proud of your efforts!

Individual Results:

Age Champions:

4 year old Boy Champion: Byron Ahern
Runner Up:  Azooz Abdulaziz

4 year old Girl Champion: Elena Chiu
Runner Up: –

5 year old Boy Champion: Wilbur Drain
Runner Up: Max Dennison

5 year old Girl Champion: Elara Polson
Runner Up: Maggie Wood

6 year old Boy Champion: Daniel Ivannikov
Runner Up: Lachlan McDowell

6 year old Girl Champion: Alexa Wood
Runner Up: Anna Trevaskis

7 year old Boy Champion: Kieran Ahern
Runner Up: Hassan Almokhtar and Daniel Mo

7 year old Girl Champion: Carla Price and Emi Fawcett
Runner Up: –

8 year old Boy Champion: Jose Ugwumba
Runner Up: Rory Secker

8 year old Girl Champion: Lara Thavapalasu
Runner Up: Eva Cook

9 year old Boy Champion: Baxter Carruthers
Runner Up: Tom Loxley

9 year old Girl Champion: Arabella Hodges
Runner Up: Evelyn Brownlie

10 year old Boy Champion: Joshua Bourke
Runner Up: Casper Cook

10 year old Girl Champion: Mila Nexo
Runner Up: Mila Wright

11 year old Boy Champion: Archie Tonkin

Runner Up:  Cameron Carruthers

11 year old Girl Champion: Zana Ross

Runner Up: Edwina Newton


Division Winners:

Sub Junior Boy: Wilbur Drain
Runner Up: Daniel Ivannikov

Sub Junior Girl: Elara Polson
Runner Up: Alexa Wood

Junior Boy: Jose Ugwumba
Runner Up: Kieran Ahern

Junior Girl: Lara Thavapalasu
Runner Up: Carla Price and Emi Fawcett

Intermediate Boy: Joshua Bourke
Runner Up: Baxter Carruthers

Intermediate Girl: Mila Nexo
Runner Up: Mila Wright

Senior Boy: Archie Tonkin
Runner Up: Cameron Carruthers

Senior Girl: Zana Ross
Runner Up: Edwina Newton

Highest Point Score

Boy: Joshua Bourke and Archie Tonkin (74)
Girl: Zana Ross (102)

Winning House:

Broughton 1479
Green 1220
Ross 1146




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