2023 Term 2 Week 4   |   17.05.2023

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 4

01. From the Principal


As I write this, I have just come from speaking to and congratulating our incredibly excited Year 5 da Vinci Decathlon team. They came away with a win, competing against other schools from Armidale and North-West New South Wales. The students were challenged as a team in 10 rounds of academic competition; Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and Legacy. The Year 6 team also had a great day with a first place in Science while Monday’s Year 7 team achieved third overall with the Year 8s also snagging overall victory. Congratulations to all those students who participated and good luck to the Year 9 and 10 teams participating in the final round today.

There are a range of extra-curricular academic challenges like the da Vinci Decathlon available for students at TAS, including the Ethics Olympiad, the Australian Maths Challenge, the National Debating Competition and the newly formed Brainiacs, and after school enrichment program for invited Year 3, 4 and 5 students in the Junior School. Our upcoming Forensic Science Camp in the mid-year holidays also represents a great opportunity for Year 8 students from across several states to build their skills and interest in a fun and challenging scientific scenario-based camp. It will be the culmination for TAS Year 9 and 10 forensic science elective students who will manage the residential camp under the supervision of our staff. For final
planning purposes numbers need to be finalised shortly, so I would encourage all TAS students who would like to attend to register soon. Any queries that may be present can be addressed to Ms Alice Hudson (ahudson@as.edu.au).


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


Next Saturday marks the start of National Reconciliation Week which has the theme ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ in 2023. Reconciliation Week commences on 27 May each year to commemorate the 1967 referendum which saw more than 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census. The week concludes on 3 June which commemorates the Australian High Court delivering the Mabo decision which led to legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Land.

As a School, we will be recognising Reconciliation Week through our sporting fixtures with Sydney Boys’ High School this weekend. Our First Netball, Football and Rugby teams will wear our Indigenous strip. We will also have a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country performed before our First XV rugby fixture at 3.10pm Saturday on Backfield. 

All students are encouraged to be in attendance where possible to support the TAS teams competing Friday night and on Saturday. Students are to be in their Formal Uniform as spectators which will require them to get changed after their fixtures. The schedule of events can be found in the Co-curricular section of  TAS Talks. 

Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal


03. Calendar of Events


Term 2
Wednesday 17 Mayda Vinci Decathlon (Years 9&10)
Thursday 18 MayCIS Hockey (U16 & Opens)
NSW All Schools Mountain Bike Championships
Friday 19 MaySydney Boys’ High Fixtures
Saturday 20 MayRugby Season Launch ( Hoskins Centre- 5pm)
Wednesday 24 MayEisteddfod Choir Night (6pm)
Thursday 25 MayCloisters Run
Friday 26 MayMS/SS Athletics Carnival

TAS Foundation AGM

Saturday 27 MayGPS Rugby (TAS vs Riverview (Home)
Sunday 28 MayCIS Football ( Open Boys & Girls U16)


Our new TAS website!

TAS is launching a brand new website on Monday 5 June

We will be flicking the switch on to a new website that has been designed to be easier to view and easier to navigate. The site will go live on Monday 5 June and will largely be a site for prospective families looking at TAS as the education destination for their children. Expect large, beautiful images and flowing content to match.

Along with the new public site, we are also launching a new user-friendly parent portal. Access to the parent portal will be from the main page of the new site and will involve parents all having to log in to access all the important information they need from academic information and co- curricular activities, to sport notices, student travel, school policies and
much more.

The school has worked alongside Melbourne-based advertising and design agency Grant Day James to design and build the site. We will be very excited to hear what you think after we launch on Monday 5 June.

Cressida Mort
Director of Development


If your child is travelling home for the June Long Weekend, please fill out the Booking form below prior to Thursday 11 May. These chartered coach services are provided free to students travelling between their home and school – not interstate home destinations. Booking is essential.

Amanda Johnson is completing her Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University, and her dissertation is in relation to overcoming barriers and motivating farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture. Amanda is a past PLC student (1998) and her brother Trent attended TAS (2000).

Amanda would like to interview broad-acre farmers or mixed farmers in relation to her dissertation, primarily those who grow crops for commercial sale. You don't need to know or have anything to do with regenerative agriculture (in fact, it is better if you don't), it will be a 30-45 minute interview in July/August this year by Zoom.

If you are interested in participating and speaking to Amanda please contact her directly on amandaajohnson81@gmail.com

04. From the P&F



Last Wednesday was the P&F AGM – thank you to all who attended in person or via Zoom. At this meeting the P&F Executive for the 2023/24 term were elected:
President: Paul Gaddes
Vice-President: Craig Pevitt
Secretary: Kath Little
Co-Secretary: Jane Dauparas
Treasurer: Liz Rogers
Co-Treasurer: Belinda Banister
Thank you to outgoing team member Emma Freebairn. And to the familiar names above – thank you for all your effort last year and for the year ahead.

Sydney Boys High School

SBHS are visiting TAS this weekend. The P&F will operate a BBQ and Kiosk on Saturday to feed players, coaches and spectators. A Coffee Van will also operate all day.
We need about 20 more volunteers to help on the BBQ, at the Kiosk, with Player Lunches, and with setup/pull down. If you are able to spare some hours on that day, please use this link to let us know your availability and preferences:

Athletics Carnivals

The P&F will operate a Kiosk Stall at the MS/SS and JS Athletics Carnivals. We are calling on families to bring along some Home Baking and also help out on the day (further details on roster times in next week’s TAS Talks). We also need a coordinator for the JS Athletics Carnival. Please contact Liz Rogers on 0427 792 224 or email liz@rogerslivestock.com.au if you are able to help out.

Contact P&F Executive

If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au


Mr Paul Gaddes
P&F President

05. From the Assistant Chaplain


On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Big Chill’ festival in Armidale, to enjoy listening to a band that I really like – The Birds of Tokyo. My family and I love music. There is almost always music, of a range of genres, playing in our home or in the car. And so when there is a music festival in town, we are usually keen to get along and enjoy hearing some quality live tunes! And The Birds of Tokyo did not disappoint (I just wished they played for longer!). There is something unique and wonderful about listening to, and singing and dancing along to good music amongst a crowd of other music lovers. It is a great feeling. I believe music, singing and dancing are good gifts from God that we should receive with thanks and enjoy. Indeed, the Bible talks a lot about music, singing and dancing. It is often in celebration for what God has done for his people (Ex 15:20, 1 Sam 18:6-7) or for his goodness (Jer 31:4-5) or out of praise (Psalm 150).  Ephesians 5: 18 – 19 also tells us to replace filling ourselves with too much wine with being filled with the Spirit and singing hymns to each other and singing and making music from your heart to the Lord!

We have been going through the Psalms in Boarders’ Chapel and lunchtime Bible studies this term. The Psalms are a collection of ancient poems, songs and prayers found in the Old Testament, that were written by a range of authors, including King David. While they are ancient, they are models for all people of all generations in expressing all things that a relationship with God in this fallen world might bring. And Psalm 149: 1-5 tells us to:

1Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. 3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds.

We are to sing, dance and make music to the Lord! King David did exactly this when the ark of God (which represented God’s presence) was brought into David’s city. 2 Samuel 6:14 tells us that: ‘Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.’ Further along in the passage it says David’s wife was horrified by his exuberant dancing, so he really must have been cutting loose! It reminds me a bit of myself (and others!) at The Birds of Tokyo! While it’s great to dance ‘with all our might’ to any music, and while I’m sure it would have been a great feeling for David to be dancing along to the music and as part of the crowd, his joy and celebration comes most from the object of the singing and dancing – God’s presence. David can’t contain his joy about being in God’s presence! We too can experience this joy, through faith in God’s son, who came to bring us into God’s presence.

06. From the Director of Teaching and Learning


Examinations and Assessment

We wish Year 9 and 10 the best as they approach their Mid-Year Examinations next week. It is an interesting phenomenon that many of the most popular revision techniques are actually the most ineffective. Reading over notes, writing out notes, discussing content are all tried and testing strategies which help revise but the real work lies in practising the main event.
If a Year 9 student is required to write short answer responses on WWII, that is what they need to be practising. This means sitting down in a quiet, conducive space, putting a timer on and actually writing responses which answer revisions questions. For Year 10 English, the focus is on answering a 40 minute extended response on a documentary. The best way to prepare for this examination is not to continually read over notes or ask friends to check your memorisation of quotes and film techniques; it is to sit and write 40 minute responses which allow you to actually put the rubber to the road and practise the main event.

Year 12 also have a range of assessments ahead of them and it is heartening to see so many students submitting practice responses and using their study periods well to prepare for these tasks. As the author and change manager, Ken Blanchard, once said, ‘Feedback is the breakfast of champions’; it is this feedback and drafting and polishing that is so beneficial to our students.
I encourage all students, from all years, to be practising the main event, this is where the magic lies and this is where we hone, polish, refine and improve, both in and out of the classroom.

Year 12 – Sunday Study Sessions and the Winter Break Study Camp

Emails will be sent out to students and parents tomorrow to advertise more details about the upcoming events for both this weekend and the Winter Break Study Camp. The program is still being finalised for this weekend but at this point the following sessions are running:

DateTimeSession(s) runningStaffLocation
21 May (end of Week 4)






1. Eng Adv – Mod B: ‘Good Night and Good Luck’

2. Textiles and Design

3. Supervised Study

4. Drama

Mrs Downes

Ms Channon

Mr Arndt

Mr O’Connell

Hub classroom





Year 12 Study Day 24 May

Next Wednesday Year 12 will continue to focus their attention on their academic studies and post-school opportunities. They will receive guided support with their studies and are able to work individually, with their peers and on Major Works.

Each student will have different goals and needs for the day but will have the chance to work solidly on assignments and revision. There are three optional activities that can be attended and Mr Taylor will be available throughout the day to offer post-school advice.

Again each student will need to bring all necessary equipment for the day and sufficient work to do.

Attendance is compulsory and boarders are not permitted to go back to the house during the day. Dress is neat casual and general school rules apply.


8:40 am Roll Call – Year 12 Study Centre

9:00 am Supervised Study Session 1 – Hub or Year 12 Study Centre

10:40 am Recess Break

11:00 am Supervised Study Session 2 – Hub or Year 12 Study Centre

(Optional Workshop: Discursive Writing – 11:00 – 11:45 am)

(Optional Workshop: Exam Tips (Atomi) – 11:45 – 12:30 pm)

(Optional – Representative from New College – 12:30 – 1:00pm)

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Supervised Study Session 3

Hoskins/Music/Textiles open for Major Works

(2:30 – 4pm – Extension 2 Assessment Task)

3:30pm Finish


Mrs Gill Downes
Director of Teaching and Learning

07. From the Director of Co-curricular


This week we welcome Sydney Boys’ High School to TAS for a weekend of sports. The Hannon and Harris Cup started back in 2012 and includes the following sports, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Shooting, Tennis and Rugby. TAS are the current holders of the cup and have been preparing to retain the trophy in 2023. Games will commence on Friday night with Volleyball and Basketball in the Gym, and the Opens Football at Doody Park. PLEASE click on the link to access the game times.


Last week the TAS Cross-Country team competed at Tweed Heads at the NCIS event. There were some outstanding results including a significant number of medallists. Congratulations to all runners that competed, it was a challenging course. TAS won the Secondary Schools average point score, a fantastic achievement and recognition of the overall performance from our students.

12 Girls 3rd Ellie Cullen
15 Girls 2nd Emily Ussher
16 Girls 3rd Harriet Crawford
17 Boys 1st Andrew Brennan, 2nd Lennox Neilson
17 Girls 1st Isabella Crawford
18 Girls 1st Lauren Earl, 2nd Mischa Milostic

Andrew Brennan and Lennox Neilson

Isabella Crawford, Mischa Milostic, Lauren Earle














Next week we look forward to the MS/SS Athletics Championships. On Friday 26 May the Inter- House Athletics Championships will take place. In the lead-up to the carnival there will be several events. On Monday 22 May the 3000m event will take place from 3.45-4.15pm. Students who are competing can attend their regular sport training after the event.
On Thursday 25 May the Cloisters Run will be held at lunchtime (1.30-2.00pm) and the 1500m from 3.45-4.15pm.
Students who are competing can attend their regular training after the event.


Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular


Mountain Bike Success

While Mountain Biking is out of season this term for TAS, 24 of our students worked around their winter sport and attended the Tamworth All-Schools Mountain Bike Team Event on Saturday. This was a three-hour event in which students rode in teams of three, completing as many laps as possible of the technical single track, while trying to finish ahead of their competitors.

All our students rode exceptionally well, rising to the fast race-pace set by some of our own students, as well as by riders from other schools. At the end of the three hours, TAS team of Zac Ridley, Tom Watt and Tom Lorimer had finished strongly in the competitive Year 7-8 boys category, as had Elijah Love and Sam Yu who were a team-mate down and therefore had to complete extra laps in their race in the Year 9 – 10 boys division! Our other flying Year 7-8 boys team of Kody Ford, Sam Wysel and Clem McKemey achieved second place in their division while the super fast teams of James Palfreyman, Angus Benham, Baxter Williams and Andy Hardin, Zac MacFarlane and Sonny Blanch placed first and second respectively in the hotly contested Year 9-10 boys division. In the Year 9-10 mixed category, the speedy team of Albe MacFarlane, Lucy Traill and Lachie Brett worked well as a team to place third.

In the Year 11-12 division, Will Brett, Tom Dundon and Luca Williams dominated their race to place first in the men’s division, while Oscar MacFarlane, Max Rogers and Emily Benham set a flying pace to take out the mixed division. Congratulations to all riders, whose points contributed to TAS winning the overall champion school! A huge thank you must go to the Tamworth Mountain Bike Club and their team of volunteers who made this event possible.

Results and photos can be found on the Tamworth All-Schools MTB Facebook page. The TAS MTB team now set their sights on the Schools State MTB XC Championships at Glenrock this week, before returning in time for their Sydney Boys’ High fixtures over the weekend!

Mrs Jo Benham
MIC Mountain Biking


08. From the Head of Creative Arts


For a great many Music students the next few weeks will be jam-packed with Eisteddfod business. With the Choir and Band nights approaching, many individual competitions, and a number of our classes and ensembles participating, it’s a busy but rewarding time. We wish all the students involved the best and know they will gain so much from this performance experience.

Middle School’s Fight With All Your Might the Zombies of Tonight has kicked off rehearsals, with an enthusiastic bunch meeting twice during the week and every Sunday. With performances in Week 4 next term the time is tight but having seen the energy and enthusiasm of the cast we have no worries about making that deadline. We don’t have a Working Bee on the books just yet but if that changes we’ll make sure to publicise it in TAS Talks. Expect tickets to go on sale just before the school holidays.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Head of Creative Arts


09. Music Matters

ACO Academy 2023 Success – Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson (Year 12) has been successful in her application for ACO Academy on Violin. This is Emily’s fourth consecutive year being selected for the ACO Academy, usually only about 12-16 young violinists around Australia are accepted for this program, so four years in a row is quite an achievement!

ACO Academy is an immersive learning experience, essential for any talented young string player who wants to be challenged and inspired. Led by Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) violinist Aiko Goto, this annual program brings high school string players from across Australia together for an intensive week of orchestral rehearsals, sectionals and chamber music sessions. Throughout the week participants will be coached and mentored by ACO musicians and will build on technical skills, accuracy, ensemble playing, leading and communicating, and performance style.

ACO Academy will be held at the state-of-the-art Australian Chamber Orchestra premises at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay on the beautiful Sydney Harbour from Monday 3 July – Friday 7 July.

Armidale Eisteddfod Composition Event Success

We were delighted to have 11 TAS Music students selected as finalists in the Armidale Eisteddfod Composition Section. The adjudicator was Robert Davidson, who is a prolific composer, bassist, lecturer and founder and artistic director of Topology. Dr Davidson’s compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world, in venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Barbican. All of Australia’s professional orchestras and many leading soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works. With Topology he has released 15 albums, and has directed numerous artistic collaborations with creators of many varied cultural and stylistic backgrounds. He has scored two documentary films: Joyride (Fifty Fifty films 2018), and Strong female lead (Northern Pictures, 2021 (premiering at the Sydney Film Festival on 21 August 2021). Dr Davidson is the head of composition at the University of Queensland and his research is in artificial intelligence and music, music theory, collaboration, music literacy and music education.

Robert Davidson commented on the large number of entries in the Composition section and the high standard of the compositions he selected as finalists. Special congratulations to Henry Kirton (Yr 11) who was the runner-up for the Adjudicator’s Choice Award for best overall composition for his composition Glissade d’été. Robert Davidson commented on Henry’s great understanding of jazzy guitar chord voicing and a melody full of character that is very catchy. He stated that with a professional recording, Henry’s music would have real potential in film music or elsewhere.

Congratulations to the following TAS composers:

MC02 Years 7-8

Kevin Tighe – 1st place

Claudia Sykes, Meg Earle and Narlee Bird (performing with Emily Croker, Chloe Dennison and Clare Wilkinson) – 2nd place

Nash Goodwin – 3rd place


MC04 Year 10

Clare Wilkinson – 2nd place


MC05 Year 11 Music 1

Henry Kirton – 1st place and runner up for best overall composition


MC06 Year 11 Music 2

Sam Guppy – 1st place

Holly Dauparas – 2nd place

Olive Lockett – 3rd place

Abigail Thompson – Highly Commended

TAS Community Choir

TAS Community Choir have begun rehearsing the fabulous A cappella arrangement of  ‘I Sing Because I’m Happy’, which was adapted by Rollo Dilworth from the gospel-style interpretation of the hymn, ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’. Students, parents, staff and friends are still welcome to join the TAS Community Choir. Our next rehearsal is this Thursday, 18 May 6:00pm – 6:45pm in the TAS Music Centre Basement. Our final rehearsal will be held on Tuesday 23 May 6:00pm – 6:45pm in the TAS Music Centre Basement. We will be singing at the Armidale Eisteddfod Choir Night on Wednesday, 24 May (non-competitive event) at 6:00pm. We look forward to singing with you!

Please email Leanne Roobol lroobol@as.edu.au if you are interested in being part of this choir. 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!

The Armidale Eisteddfod program for 2023 is now available online! View the entire program here: https://buff.ly/40Ybc2N

Attached is the overall Eisteddfod schedule:


Solo Performers at the Eisteddfod
Over the coming weeks many TAS students will compete in individual sections of the Eisteddfod. We would be delighted to hear of their achievements. If you would like your child’s success to be put in the TAS Talks newsletter, please send an email to Mrs Veronica Lucas – music@as.edu.au
A reminder to also please let classroom teachers and Year Advisors know when your child will be performing at the Eisteddfod.
Arrangements for Members of TAS Ensembles
Arrangements are made by the Music Staff for members of all TAS Ensembles that are performing in this year’s Eisteddfod. Ensemble members and their families will be sent information regarding the arrangements for their ensemble. Please contact Mrs Veronica Lucas if you have any questions regarding transport to ensemble events – music@as.edu.au
Please note that students are required to wear TAS FORMAL uniform to participate in all events.
Armidale Eisteddfod Choir events
We are looking forward to the Armidale Eisteddfod Choir Section which commences next Wednesday 24 May. Please note that the Choir events on Wednesday, 24 May, are being held this year at Lazenby Hall, UNE and the Choir events on Thursday, 25 May, are being held at the Armidale Teachers’ College Auditorium.
TAS Junior School students will be travel to the Eisteddfod by bus, please see the list of events below.
We ask that students in Years 6-12 performing at the Eisteddfod Choral Night bring their formal uniform to school to change into after activities day next Wednesday. All students in these choirs will have dinner at TAS in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm (Day students’ dinner will be charged to their accounts). The students will depart TAS by bus from the flag poles at the front of the school at 5:30pm.

Day students may be collected after their performance (please see a TAS staff member to sign out your child). We do encourage singers to stay until the completion of the choir night, if possible, to support our choirs. Boarders and any remaining TAS students will then return to TAS (at approximately 8:30pm).

We would like to remind students to wear their formal uniform to the choral events at the Eisteddfod.


Audience Entry Fees are:

Adults $5.00/session

Concession $3.00/session

*Performers are not required to pay an entry fee.

Order of Choirs on Wednesday 24 May at Lazenby Hall


Ziggy Harris Farewell Recital

Ziggy Harris’ Farewell Recital will be held in the Uniting Church on Saturday 10 June at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online:



Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music


10. Leadership, Service & Adventure


The TAS Cadet Unit will conduct an Activities Day next Wednesday 24 May. Cadets will parade at 0840 and be dismissed at 1700 from Adamsfield. Cadets will undertake a range of activities throughout the day that develop skills needed during Annual Camp at the end of the year.

Cadets have been briefed by their leaders and know exactly what to bring. For those cadets that need to replace gear, Q-Store will be open during the second half of lunch on Monday 22 May (1330-1400).

Please be aware that dismissal is at 1700.

Officer Commanding TASACU

11. Head of Middle School


da Vinci Decathlon

This week, TAS has been proud to be hosting the North West round of the da Vinci Decathlon. The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of teams of eight students. This competition requires students to work cooperatively in teams and use their higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creative thinking. On Monday, our Year 7 and 8 team competed in their round of challenges. Very pleasingly, our Year 7 team came away with winning the Creative Producers section of the competition and placing third overall. Our Year 8 team won their division on the day, after winning a number of rounds including Science, Mathematics, Creative Producers and Engineering. Meanwhile the Year 6 team came first in Science. Congratulations to all of our students who competed – we are very proud of you all.


Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School

12. From the Head of Junior School



Thank you to the more than 100 mothers and special friends who were able to attend the Junior School Mother’s Day celebration on Friday last week. Our students certainly enjoyed the opportunity to pamper you just a little more that would otherwise be possible. We hope you have a fabulous time with us, and that you were even more spoilt over the weekend.

We consider all Year 5 students to be leaders within the Junior School, regardless of whether they have a badge on their shirt or not. The Year 5 cohort consequently attended a leadership conference on Monday this week. They joined student leaders from other primary schools throughout the region and learned more about how to be an ‘Others First’ leader. The students have already spent time reflecting on what they learned and how they may implement positive change for the betterment of all in the Junior School community.

Eight of our brightest minds in Year 5 worked together yesterday in the North West NSW regional da Vinci Decathlon competition, an inter-school academic competition that TAS has proudly hosted for many years. The students worked together to solve problems in 10 distinct categories over the course of the day, namely engineering, mathematics, code
breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation (identifying creative ways to solve an issue facing contemporary society), creative producers, cartography and legacy (general knowledge of notable historical people and events). Our Year 5 team performed exceptionally well across all disciplines throughout the day, winning the art and poetry and ideation disciplines and placing either second or third in most others. This strong performance across all subject areas resulted in the Year 5 team placing first overall in their age group in this regional event, qualifying for the NSW state finals in Sydney next term.
Congratulations to all involved and best of luck in the next round of competition.

Monday 29 May will see our students pitting themselves against their peer group in the final large-scale inter-house competition for the year, the House Athletics Carnival. All students are expected to attend and compete for their House across all athletic events over the course of the day. Full House uniform is to be worn on the day. The program of events will be published in the next edition of TAS Talks. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend to support their child(ren), with the distinct possibility of a parents and friends 100m race at the culmination of the event an opportunity to relive past athletic glories!

Happy Birthday
Many happy returns to Max Ducat and Tobias Holland who both have birthdays this week.

Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School


GRIP Leadership Conference

The GRIP leadership conference was held on Monday and was attended by all Year 5 students. The conference gave us the opportunity to talk about leadership and discuss how to be a leader with many students from many different schools in our local area. It was also about showing kindness to your peers and showing them that they matter. 

This report will be telling you about the leadership conference and what happened.

Session One: How to be an ‘Others First’ leader?

How do you be that? 

Well, you can use the “Four H”? 

  • Help
  • Hear
  • Happiness 
  • Humility

How can you help? Well, if someone is in need, help them. It will mean a lot. 

How can you hear? You can listen to others’ opinions and thoughts instead of leaving them out.

How can you show happiness? You can make the best out of the worst things. 

What is humility? It’s when you overestimate what you can do, for example you put up your hand for something but regret it later. 

Session Two How you can impact something that’s going wrong?

For example, you’re in a group but you feel like you’re left out. They won’t hear your ideas. You go to a leader and say the things that were happening. The leader helps and has a talk about it and the problem is solved. See how it uses two of the H? That is what you need to do too. So even if you don’t have a badge on you doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact. Impact can change people a lot and it will help them express their ideas. 

Session Three How to get everybody on board with other people’s ideas?

 You can do that by slowing down your ideas and adding more detail too then they will understand it better and be on the same page as you. But they won’t always agree like if you suggest a whole roller coaster in the school, they will definitely say no, that is the craziest idea it would be cool though. Now if you suggest an idea remember to reflect upon it and make sure they can stay on the same page.

If you ever are a future leader remember this it is good advice.

Aurelio Pallotta
Year 5 student

Upcoming Events

Term 2
Thursday 18 MayEnrichment class (3.30 -5.00 pm)
Wednesday 24 MayK-2 Choir Eisteddfod performance

3-5 Choir Eisteddfod performance
TAS Trebles Eisteddfod performance

Thursday 25 May3-6 Choir Eisteddfod performances
Friday 26 MayK-4 Choral Speaking Eisteddfod performances
Monday 29 May

Wednesday 31 May

Junior School Athletics Carnival

Junior School Dance Eisteddfod House Meetings

Junior School Sport

Mountain Biking

On Saturday Year 2 students Elara Polson and Edward Benham competed in the Tamworth Primary All-Schools Mountain Bike Teams Challenge, representing TAS in the K-2 age group. Students competed in pairs in this relay-style event, with the aim of completing as many laps as possible of the fun single-track course, within the 40 minute time-frame. Elara and Edward rode outstandingly, using their bike handling skills to navigate the more technical sections of trail, and working well together as a team to complete four laps each! Their hard work paid-off, with their team achieving third place in the K-2 age group. Edward and Elara thoroughly enjoyed participating in this race, and it also gave us an insight into the possibility of advertising this event amongst Junior School families in the future. From all indications it will definitely be worth promoting next year! A huge thank you to the Tamworth Mountain Bike Club and their team of volunteers who made this event possible.

Mrs Jo Benham
MIC Mountain Biking



Athletics Carnival – Monday 29 May

Our Junior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Monday 29 May.
Children are to bring morning tea and water; however, a BBQ lunch will be provided.
Children will need to wear their house-coloured t-shirts and sports shorts, and TAS tracksuits if the weather is inclement. The program for the day will be in TAS Talks next week.


TAS Blue vs TAS White
It was a nail-biting game between TAS Blue and TAS white. Despite the rain, both teams were ready for the battle ahead.
Duncan Klabe was a goalie. James Taylor and Tim Blake were excellent strikers. It has been impressive seeing the improved tackling skills by Eli William and Elliot Schaeffer. Daniel Bayne and Xander Dubois were our great defenders. Unfortunately, Daniel Mo from TAS White hit a superb gaol with our final score being one nil. Bravo to both teams. It is exciting watching the way that you are now talking to each other throughout the game and your developing skills.

Mrs Lana Hawksford


TAS Torpedoes v TAS Titans
Great effort was shown again last weekend by all the Torpedoes players (as well as by the TAS Titans).  Early goals from Sam Trevaskis and Felix Boyce put the Torpedoes 2-0 ahead. Throughout the match the entire team never stopped running which was even more impressive given the lack of substitutes on the day. Scout Bush’s positional play at wing was excellent and she
was very brave after being hit by a hard shot. Elena Chiu is never scared to get amongst the opposition players and made some crucial tackles. Alex impressed this week by focusing on ball control and dribbling. Well done Torpedoes, I’m looking forward to our next challenge this Saturday.

Mrs Andrea Boyce



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