DR RACHEL HORTON
Students and staff have hit the ground running this week for the second half of the school year. Term 3 offers students an opportunity to build on the successes of Semester 1. For many students it also represents a critical time academically, either through trial exams as the end of their time at TAS nears, or through subject choices as they move into their senior years at TAS.
Indeed, over the break many of our Year 12 students took part in a very well-received Study Camp at school, engaging in group study, learning HSC strategies and planning their time and study techniques. Year 10 students and their families also attended a subject selection evening on Monday as they start the process of deciding on their Stage 6 pattern of study at TAS.
The Forensic Science Camp at TAS also took place over the break with a large number of young people from across the country attending the residential camp, making friends and developing their scientific skills as they solved a forensic mystery. It is particularly impressive that while the camp was overseen by TAS staff, the preparation and day-to-day management was by Year 9 and 10 students, representing the culmination of their forensic science elective in Semester 1. Congratulations to all those students involved.
I do hope all our new students and families have a wonderful start as they join us as members of the TAS community and I wish everyone a healthy and successful Term 3.
Dr Rachel Horton
MR RAY PEARSON
We are certainly into the business end of the 2023 academic year and I would like to emphasise the opportunity and significance that Term 3 presents to our students. All have the ability to build on the hard work invested in Semester 1, take on feedback from their reports and reassess goals set at the beginning of the year.
A significant emphasis has been placed on the importance of class time and maintaining positive routines. I would like to specifically highlight just how valuable it is for our students to be in their classroom and learning with their teacher wherever possible.
Respectfully, we request that parents avoid student absence during term time where possible and if unavoidable, apply for any known absence as far in advance as possible. For our boarding parents, there is a need to gain approval through the School prior to putting in a Reach leave request for any leave involving the school day. The process for this can be found below.
Attendance During the School Day
Unapproved absence from school activities (truancy) compromises the School’s ability to provide its duty of care to students and will be considered a serious breach of School rules resulting in an escalated response such as afternoon detention, suspension or expulsion if repeated.
As per our rules and regulations document, the support of parents and students following the leave guidelines wherever possible is appreciated. As always, if unexpected leave does arise, please get in contact so that we can assist in ensuring your child is supported academically and pastorally wherever possible.
Mr Ray Pearson
|Thursday 20 July||CIS Netball|
|Friday 21 July||Narrabri Boarding Schools Expo|
|Saturday 22 July||Narrabri Boarding Schools Expo|
|GPS Rugby TAS vs King’s (Away)|
|Monday 24 July||da Vinci Decathlon Competition ( Knox Grammar)|
|Wednesday 26 July||da Vinci Decathlon State Finals (Sydney)|
|Thursday 27 July||NCIS Netball (Tweed Heads)|
|Friday 28 July||Junior School Assembly ( Year 2)|
|Saturday 29 July||GPS Rugby TAS vs St Joseph’s College (Away)|
MR PAUL GADDES
Thank you to all who attended the P&F drinks to start the term. A very warm welcome to the new parents who came along.
Wednesday 2 August is the next meeting of the P&F.
The P&F will meet on Wednesday 2 August at 7.00 pm. We will be face-to-face in Upper Maxwell and have a Zoom session running for those wishing to attend remotely. Hope to see you there.
A significant focus of Term 3 is to decide Funding Request allocations to projects which give back to the school community – hope you can be a part of the discussion.
If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Paul Gaddes
MRS JO BENHAM
It has been a few years since a Confirmation Service has been held at TAS, most likely due to covid impacting our normal routine. I have been talking with our Bishop, Rod Chiswell, and he is very happy to lead a Confirmation Service at TAS this year. A Confirmation Service is an opportunity for those baptised as infants to confirm their Christian faith as young adults, and to both encourage and be encouraged by their family and fellow followers of Christ in our School Community. Leading up to the service, regular meetings will be held at lunchtimes by the Chaplaincy team to help students prepare for their confirmation. If any families would like to know more or have teenagers who are interested in being confirmed, please let me know at email@example.com If we have enough interest from families, the Confirmation Service will likely be held on Friday 8 September at 9 am. This is the morning of Passing out Parade, which will allow boarding families to attend both events in one day while allowing plenty of time for students to prepare for POP after the Confirmation Service.
While confirmation is a helpful human tradition, it is the prior baptism in water that Jesus prescribes as the important outward sign of the inner faith (Matthew 28:19). And so if you have decided to trust and follow Jesus, but have not yet been baptised, why not talk to your local Pastor, or feel free to get in contact with me. The local clergy in Armidale are very happy to support the TAS Community by conducting baptisms, not just for infants but for teenagers and adults too!
Mrs Jo Benham
MRS GILL DOWNES
In yesterday’s Assembly, I spoke about the new term being a time for consideration and reflection on how each of us use our time. I showed a cartoon that posed the question: We all receive the same 168 hours per week. How do you use yours?
Time is a resource, and we need to be strategic and measured when planning how best to allocate our time. Sleep should be allocated at least 8 hours a night (more if you need it). Additionally, we need to factor in leisure, socialising, and hobbies. However, amidst this, there is still plenty of time available to work on our academic development; we need to build on the work completed between 8.40am and 3.30pm by setting aside blocks of time for study, revision, reading, and writing practice.
Over the mid-year break, 38 of our Year 12 students attended the three-day Winter Study Camp and one of the central frameworks offered to the students was a preparation stage of three weeks in the lead up to examinations:
This approach requires planning of time and the allocation of focused and bite-sized activities to prepare notes; learn them; and then put your knowledge down on paper to demonstrate the learning.
I strongly encourage our students, from Year 8 to Year 12, to adopt this approach in the lead up to their exams and in-class assessments this semester. Obviously, Year 8-11 will not complete past HSC papers but sample questions and formative/practice questions will be provided by teachers.
On Monday afternoon we had a large contingent of our current and future Year 10 families on campus for the 2024 Subject Selection Afternoon to start the conversation about choosing subjects for Stage 6. For those who were not able to attend, a recording of the afternoon will be emailed to all families. I encourage you to download the 2024 Stage 6 Academic Handbook from the School website to start reading over subject descriptions and the key features of the HSC qualification.
It is that time of year again for ICAS: International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. With over 10 million students from 41 countries completing them, ICAS tests are an effective insight into student progress and understanding.
As has been the case for several years now, The Armidale School is offering ICAS as an ‘opt-in’ registration where interested families can register and pay online for these tests. If you are keen to have your child involved, please visit https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps and use the parent code: SMB918.
More information will come out today in a separate email, but the above details will allow you to access the ICAS shop and begin the registration process.
Speaking of a three-week preparation window, it is three weeks until the Trial HSC Examinations begin (Week 4 and 5) making the three-week framework a very effective approach to prepare for the upcoming Year 12 Exams. The timetable was emailed to Year 12 during the winter break. Please find a copy attached HERE
Mrs Gill Downes
Director of Teaching and Learning
MR HUON BARRETT
I have had the pleasure this week of watching our TAS Shooting team at the GPS Shooting Competition. Their discipline, dedication and ability to listen to their coaches has seen them improve as both individuals and as a team. I commend our students for the way they have approached the camp and competition and thank Mr Lawrence and his staff for their guidance, patience and encouragement of our students.
The beginning of a term is a great time to set some goals and plan for a successful second half of the year. There is much to look forward to this term as the co-curricular activities continue; including sport, creative arts, music, public speaking and the Activities program. All co-curricular activities will resume training and games in Week 1, as published in the winter sports training schedule and extra-curricular schedule. I remind students of the importance of wearing their sports uniform well and communicating with their coaches/managers when they are unable to attend a session or game.
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Current students whose father, grandfather, uncle or another ancestor attended TAS are eligible to be in a Descendants of Old Armidalians photo. This will be taken next Wednesday 26 July in Memorial Hall as part of the official school photos. Students are to meet Mr Hughes outside the Hall at 9.15 am. The dress is Formals. Parents – please let your child know if this involves them. Any questions, email Mr Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular
With the recent return to overseas school tours, TAS would like to embark on a girls’ Hockey and Netball Tour to the South Island of New Zealand in 2024. TAS has been taking ‘Development Squads’ to New Zealand since 2005. Girls who play Netball or Hockey in Years 10,11 and 12 in 2024 have the opportunity to apply to attend this tour.
The cost for players is approximately $4300-$4600. Most meals, transport to Sydney, return flights, travel insurance, travelling & playing kit, along with all the tour activities are included in this approximate cost. Tour Activities include Jet Boating, Tours & Coaching sessions with Elite NZ Sports coaches & players.
Numbers are limited for this tour and possible team selections are made. Those wishing to apply will need to complete the Expressions of Interest form found HERE by Friday 21 July 2023. Completed forms are to be emailed to email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact Rachael Edmonds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Rachael Edmonds
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
Mr Andrew O’Connell
Head of Creative Arts
Welcome back to Music at TAS for Term 3! We extend our heartiest welcome to Miss Jessica Suann who has joined the TAS teaching staff as the Junior School Music teacher. At the end of last term we farewelled Miss Charlotte Low who is heading to Europe this week for work and travel. We wish Miss Low all the best in her travels.
Welcome to Mr Robert van Gend who will be directing TAS Junior String Ensemble at TAS and joining the Peripatetic staff as a String teacher.
TAS will be hosting two Twilight Concerts this term on Thursday 27 July. The concerts will be held in the Hoskins Centre Theatre with 2 sessions, which have been scheduled at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. There is a maximum of 16 performances in each session. These Twilight Concerts will provide the perfect opportunity for students to perform for an audience before the AMEB exams and for those students wanting to gain performance experience. Please follow the link and complete the Entry Form by Friday 21 July if you would like to perform at either of these concerts: https://forms.gle/y3w7haEygsNU1ase6
Gondwana Choirs is thrilled to announce the launch of their 2024 season, bringing together choristers from across the country to form exceptional ensembles that undertake a diverse range of choral music. Enthusiastic singers aged 10-25 from all backgrounds and corners of Australia are invited to audition for these upcoming seasons of music-making and fun. For further information and to apply to audition please follow the attached link: https://gondwana.org.au/gondwana-national-choirs/
“If singing is your thing, then the Gondwana National Choirs are for you. Gondwana Choirs are known across the world for the great repertoire they perform and the remarkable quality of their performances. To see one of our choirs perform is to share in the joy and excitement of the singers.”
Lyn Williams AM
Music Viva’s upcoming concert with pianist Konstantin Shamray is being held on Thursday 3 August at 7:00 pm in the Armidale Teachers College Auditorium. This will be Konstantin’s third visit to Armidale and with almost 3 weeks to go the New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) has already sold over 100 tickets, so this concert is bound to be SOLD OUT. Konstantin is a pianist of exceptional skill and dynamism and his programmes often feature repertoire other concert pianists are reluctant to tackle. This concert is no exception with La Valse by Ravel and the rarely performed Sonata No. 8 by Prokofiev on the programme.
Mrs Leanne Roobol
Director of Music
MR LUKE POLSON
Welcome back to Term 3. It was great to see all of the students yesterday and it is always wonderful when the campus returns to life with their return. Term 3 is set to be full steam ahead, with a variety of class, co-curricular, challenge and service activities on offer.
I offer my thanks to Mr Andrew O’Connell, Mr Jordan Lane, parents and students for their efforts yesterday afternoon with the first working bee for the upcoming Middle School play. There was a clear buzz of excitement in the theatre as the play comes closer to being ready to perform. Tickets are now on sale for Fight with All Your Might The Zombies of Tonight and I encourage our families to purchase tickets and support this fabulous production. For tickets please go to: https://events.humanitix.com/
TAS will be participating in the ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney with over 35 years of experience in educational assessments. ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Science, Mathematics and Spelling. This year, parents will need to register and pay directly with ICAS if they wish for their child to take part in any/all of these assessments. TAS will then facilitate the sitting of these papers throughout August, during the scheduled sitting windows. The schedule for these competitions can be found on the next page. These assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the challenge of competing in an international assessment. They are not general school-related assessments and are not designed as such.
In 2023, students can participate in ICAS Science, ICAS English, ICAS Mathematics, ICAS Spelling Bee, Writing and ICAS Digital Technologies from Years 2-5. The cost of each assessment is $19.25 including GST, except for Writing which costs $23.65 (including GST). If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, you will need to visit the online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. Please visit: https://shop.icasassessments.
Have a wonderful week.
Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School
MR SCOTT CHITTENDEN
It was wonderful to see the excited, smiling faces of our Junior School students as they made their way back into school yesterday morning. Conversations abounded in all classes about the many and varied adventures and opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends alike. We are so glad to have the children back at school, and delighted to learn that only a small number had less than ideal experiences, such as broken bones or missed flights. An especially warm welcome to our new students (and their families) who join the TAS community this term: Harper (1W), Liliana (2H), Jasper (Year 3), Hunter (4HP) and Noah (Year 5).
At the start of term communication, you may have read that Junior School assemblies will now take place in the last lesson of the day on Friday, commencing as close to 2.45pm as possible. Assemblies will alternate with House or buddy sessions as occurred last term. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend our student-led assemblies, which are a highlight for many. This term we are glad to once again offer stream these online for those unable to attend in person although this streaming will commence in Week 4. The assembly schedule and streaming links are provided below for your reference.
|Friday 21 July||Junior School Leaders||Not streamed|
|Friday 28 July||Year 2||Not streamed|
|Friday 4 August||No assembly – House meeting||Not streamed|
|Friday 11 August||Year 3||https://youtube.com/live/WX1TeepWnlc?feature=share|
|Friday 18 August||Kindergarten||https://youtube.com/live/0LThKg4R1Z4?feature=share|
|Friday 25 August||No assembly – Buddies||Not streamed|
|Friday 1 September||Year 4||https://youtube.com/live/EmIPsZy2Wk4?feature=share|
|Friday 8 September||Year 1||https://youtube.com/live/XVkkhYF6coU?feature=share|
|Friday 15 September||Year 5||https://youtube.com/live/n1oKiE84sVE?feature=share|
A photograph of all Junior School students will be taken on Wednesday 26 July at 8.55am. It is especially important for all students to arrive at school on time to allow students to move to the venue with their class group. Formal uniform should be worn by all students on this day. This is essentially the same as winter uniform but with a white long-sleeved shirt rather than the normal shirt. The School Tie is to be worn by all students in Kindergarten and above. Year 5 students are to wear their blazer with this uniform.
We wish our eight Year 5 students who comprise da Vinci Decathlon team luck as they travel to Sydney next Wednesday for state final of this competition. The trip, which incorporates both the competition on Thursday and a variety of academic enrichment opportunities, is sure to be a wonderful experience. We look forward to sharing more of this in the coming weeks.
The Bounce Back social emotional learning program is being explicitly taught in all Junior School classes from the start of this term. The program consists of ten curriculum units, with two to three units being covered each term in Personal Development classes. All classes are learning about ‘Core Values’ in an age-appropriate manner for the first few weeks of this term. Should you be able to support your child’s learning in this area we would be grateful for any conversations that you are able to have as a family about the key messages of this unit:
This year we will be celebrating books, authors, and illustrators in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Book Week, that officially commences on Saturday 19 August. We will hold a Book Parade in the Junior School on Friday 25 August, and we encourage all students (and parents!) to join us in costume, celebrating their favourite character. Although further details will be provided closer to the time we are confident that many of our students would love the opportunity to begin planning their costume as early as possible.
Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School