DR RACHEL HORTON
For centuries, many of the great thinkers have told us that happiness is truly found in helping others. At TAS we encourage all of our students to engage in meaningful community service from cooking for the homeless of Armidale to helping at Mininbah Primary School. This service also extends to raising money and awareness for a range of causes, often close to the heart of our school community.
Over the next 10 days a number of TAS students, led by the Prefects will be selling poppies in the lead up to Remembrance Day. All funds raised will go to Soldier On, an organisation established by a TAS Old Boy, John Bale, with two others, in memory of their friend, TAS Old Boy Michael Fussell who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. This not-for-profit supports Defence personnel who have been physically or psychologically injured in the line of duty. Their mission is to deliver evidence-based programs and services to ensure Australia’s Defence families enjoy happy, healthy, meaningful lives – during and after military service.
Those who have served in the Defence Force have made a huge sacrifice for their community and country and contributing a small amount to Soldier On can help to support them in living a meaningful civilian life. We will also take time to remember those who do not have that opportunity, who made the ultimate sacrifice, as we do in every assembly, on 11 November. Lest we forget.
Dr Rachel Horton
MR RAY PEARSON
The resilience of many in our community was tested and developed last week while on Bivouac. Thursday’s unexpected weather event challenged all those out on the program, staff and students alike. I congratulate our staff on making the correct decisions to ensure the safety of our students, our parents for their flexibility to change and support us and most significantly, our students for their resilience.
TAS is not normal. From the amazing grounds and facilities to the dedicated staff and strong sense of community, there is plenty that sets us apart. The key difference for me, though, is how we embrace challenges and provide an outdoor education program that teaches our students the depth of their capacity in a safe and supportive environment. The shared experience of our Activities Program is core to a TAS education and why we as a School are passionate for all students and families to embrace the unique opportunity provided.
In Week 8 (26 November – 1 December), Students in Middle and Senior Schools will have their final Activities Days for 2023. Information on Activities Week has been communicated to students and can be found in TAS Talks. Our final compulsory events for 2023 are our Speech Day ceremonies in Week 9 (Junior School – 7 December/Middle and Senior School – 8 December). As both are compulsory events, student attendance is expected and leave will not be approved from School during these periods. I thank our parents for their support in ensuring all students participate in the Annual Camp and have the opportunity to congratulate and be congratulated by their peers.
Mr Ray Pearson
|Wednesday 1 November||P&F Meeting|
|Friday 3 November||Northern NSW Clay Target Carnival|
|Ethics Olympiad Competition (Year 9)|
|Tuesday 7 November||Student Leaders Induction Ceremony|
|Thursday 9 November||Year 9 & 10 Exams|
|Year 7 Vaccinations|
|Friday 10 November||Remembrance Day Ceremony|
|Saturday 11 November||2023/24 Rowing Season Launch||Malpas Dam|
MR PAUL GADDES
P&F Meeting will be held in the Upper Maxwell Room this evening in addition to a Zoom session for those wishing to attend remotely.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 215 517 2798
Dial in phone number: +61 2 8015 6011
Christmas Puddings – Volunteers Wanted
We still need volunteers to produce the TAS P&F Christmas Pudding this weekend.
Please get in touch with the P&F Exec if you are able to volunteer on either of these days.
Christmas Puddings – Order Now
The famous TAS P&F Christmas Puddings can be ordered online here Order Puddings Now
We will communicate the process for collecting puddings over the coming weeks.
Contact P&F Executive
If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email at email@example.com
Mr Paul Gaddes
MRS GILL DOWNES
Year 9 and 10 End of Course Examinations
Next week marks the beginning of our Year 9 and 10 End of Course Examinations with English and HSIE examinations running on Thursday and Friday. Monday and Tuesday (of Week 6) will see both years completing their Science and Maths exams. All examinations will take place in the PE classrooms; please find the timetable attached HERE.
This examination period will allow students to demonstrate their learning across all four core subjects and students are encouraged to ensure they factor in plenty of revision and practice time over the next week.
Now is the time to be working through a three-phased approach to examination revision:
Year 10 will be provided with a clear plastic sleeve on the first day of their exams (in which to put their pens and other items) and their NESA student numbers to use in place of their name or date of birth; this is to familiarise them with exam procedures for Year 11 and 12 in line with HSC Examination practice.
Today marks the second last day for TAS students sitting their HSC Examinations with Geography and Design and Technology today. Tomorrow is the final day with our Physics, Textiles and Design students bringing up the rear of this monumental period of assessment. Congratulations to all our Year 12s from the Class of 2023. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you in my role as Director of Teaching and Learning; I know I speak for all in the TAS community and I wish you the very best for your plans ahead.
Our current Year 8 and 9 students are now invited to begin their selections for the 2024 Elective Program. Please find the Stage 5 Academic Handbook – students need to select their top 12 students so we can refine this to a short list of offerings. Once the lines have been completed, the students can then choose their 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences. The timeline for this is as follows:
Wishing you a productive week ahead.
Mrs Gill Downes
Director of Teaching and Learning
MR HUON BARRETT
Last week our Year 6 to 11 students embarked on what will be remembered as a challenging Bivouac. I applaud our students for their resilience and flexibility in what could only be described as testing conditions. I commend our amazing TAS staff who acted decisively and calmly to ensure student safety and I have no doubt that students will recall these stories in the years to come.
There is much to look forward to in the weeks ahead, summer co-curricular activities continue and on Friday 10 November students can engage in the final Triple Crown event “Walk a Mile in Another Man’s Wheels”. In addition, our music students will be showcasing their talent in the Twilight Concert, to be held on Thursday 9 November in Memorial Hall.
Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) Success – Report by Abigail Thompson
During the first week of holidays, I went to an orchestral music camp in Brisbane called the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP). It was a 4-day camp held at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, for secondary students who were selected from video auditions earlier this year. We had intensive rehearsals with up to 7 hours a day of playing. I was in the full Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabian Russell, and was the leader of the cello section playing the Enigma Variations by Elgar. I was selected to perform a number of solos throughout. The experience was super inspiring, and I met so many amazing and talented young musicians from all around Australia. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity and the chance to play such beautiful repertoire with a huge orchestra! I would like to thank my Cello teacher, Mr Robert Jackson, for nominating me to audition.
TAS Twilight Concerts Term 4 – 5:30pm and 6:30pm, Thursday 9 November (Memorial Hall)
TAS will be hosting two Twilight Concerts next week on Thursday 9 November. The concerts will be held in TAS Memorial Hall with 2 sessions, which have been scheduled at 5:30pm and 6:30pm. These Twilight Concerts will provide the perfect opportunity for students to perform for an appreciative audience. A list of students performing in the Twilight Concert will be in next week’s TAS Talks.
New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) Bursary Applications
Applications for New England Conservatorium of Music’s next round of bursary funding are now open for all NECOM students. Bursaries are available to assist students who might not be able to continue their music studies due to financial hardship. Each successful bursary will provide up to a possible 50% of tuition fees or program fees and are valid for the 2024 calendar year.
To apply for a bursary, families must complete the attached application form, and lodge it to the NECOM office before closing date of 4pm Friday 3 November, 2023 along with the required supporting documents of proof of income. Forms can also be found at: https://necom.org.au/department-of-education-bursary/
Singers Combo Workshop – NECOM
Renowned singer and band leader Sharny Russell is running a Singers Combo workshop on 8 November and 15 November (inclusive). There is one spot left for this fantastic workshop which will provide students (16 years and above) with the opportunity to sing alongside a professional jazz/pop/rnb group featuring piano, bass, guitar, and drums. To register for this opportunity go to www.trybooking.com/cmjww
Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music
MR LUKE POLSON
No doubt there have been some stories to tell from the recent Bivouac. Although Bivouac was cut short, it has been a great lesson in resilience for our students. Despite the unexpected turn of events, the students showcased wonderful cooperation and positivity. While returning home earlier than planned might have been disappointing, we now look ahead at the remaining activities for 2023. Again, I would like to thank all of our staff for the commitment to the safety and welfare of our students in trying circumstances and thank our parents for your continued support.
Activities Week – Week 8, Term 4
With the conclusion of Bivouac, we now turn our planning to the organisation of Activities Week, held in Week 8 of this term. Details will be sent to families in due course.
Stand Tall Event – Tamworth – Friday 17 November
Years 7 and 8 have been invited to take part in this year’s Stand Tall Event, held in Tamworth on Friday, 17 November. This event provides our students with the opportunity to be alongside some 4,000 secondary students from across our region to hear from a range of keynote speakers. This inspirational event aims to equip students with the skills of resilience, the strength to stand up to bullying, the keys to motivation, the power of perspective and the benefits of making good and wise decisions. These skills come together to build hope for the future in teenagers, a vital component of their mental wellbeing. More information can be found on the Stand Tall Website:https://www.
Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School
MR SCOTT CHITTENDEN
Thank you to the many community members who were able to assist in the penultimate working bee for the Junior School production of Finding Nemo. The stage and costumes look fabulous, and our intrepid performers have already spent significant amounts of time rehearsing with both. Both casts ran through the production from start to finish for the first time last week and, while there are still a few tweaks to make, we are confident that the shows will be something very special indeed. Please book your tickets at https://events.humanitix.com/tjsfnj if you have not yet done so as there are not many left.
Unfortunately our Year 2 excursion to Thalgarragh Environmental Education Centre last Friday was unable to proceed as planned due to the inclement weather. Students in Year 5, however, spent the day at UNE on Monday participating in Far Out Science a day filled with hands-on scientific experiences. Each of the schools who attended participated in different activities. Our students first learned about programming, logic and binary code in the computer science department before spending time with the Zoology department using telemetry and triangulation to track turtles, albeit rather slow ones! After a quick lunch we joined students from other schools to “blow and burn things up” with some UNE chemists chemistry, an absolute highlight for students and staff alike, before joining environmental scientists to purify contaminated water. It was certainly a busy and exciting day, with many already looking forward to attending again in Year 6.
Year 5 students have also commenced their transition program to Middle School in earnest, spending time in the Year 6 classrooms last week before yesterday joining with a Year 6 buddy to learn a little more about what Middle School is all about. With several more activities planned over the coming weeks we are confident that our Year 5 students will be very comfortable in both their new environs and programs at the commencement of 2024. We look forward to welcoming our 2024 Kindergarten students to school next Monday for the first of two Kindy orientation sessions before all students, including those joining us for the first time in 2024, move up a year level on Step-up day on Monday 20 November. All parents and carers, both current and future, are warmly invited to enjoy morning tea together in the Hoskins Centre shortly after 9.00am.
One of the many highlights of the Junior School calendar is Bike Day, a day where all Junior School students are invited to bring their bike or scooter to school as they learn how to use this mode of transportation safely before participating in a triathlon. Bike Day will this year take place on Friday 17 November. Please find further information on this exciting event in this edition of TAS Talks.
Many happy returns to Alister Glover who is the only Junior School student celebrating a birthday this week.
Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School
|Friday 3 November||Year 5 Assembly||Hoskins Centre (2.45 pm)|
|Monday 6 November||Kindergarten 2024 Orientation Morning||9-10 am|
|Friday 10 November||Year 3 Assembly||Hoskins Centre (2.45 pm)|
|Monday 13 November||Kindergarten 2024 Orientation Morning||9-10 am|
|Friday 17 November||Junior School Bike Day and Triathlon|
|Monday 20 November||Step Up Day|
|Friday 24 November||Year 5 Dinner||Hoskins Centre|
All classes from Years 1 to 5 have commenced their final units of inquiry for the year.
The table below outlines the transdisciplinary themes, central ideas and lines of inquiry for each year group.
|Year||Transdisciplinary Theme||Central Idea||Lines of Inquiry|
An inquiry into
|Year 1||Where we are in place and time||Knowledge of history and culture influences our appreciation of family||Families over time |
Cultural influences on families
The sequence of time
|Year 2||Sharing the planet||Earth’s resources need to be sustained and may be used to satisfy our needs.||Plants and animals used for food and fibre|
Features of places
|Year 3||Where we are in place and time||Many people have contributed to a community and have influenced how the community has developed.||Opportunities created through people exploring our local area|
Areas of the community have changed over time and some have remained the same
We live in a multicultural community and many people contribute to our society
|Year 4||Where we are in place and time||Peace and conflict may impact people in different ways||Peace and conflict affects all people |
There are many different causes of conflict
Conflict can be managed in different ways
|Year 5||Who we are||A diverse and connected world||Perceptions of places|
Diversity across Asia
The World’s Cultural Diversity
A major component of the Primary Years Programme is that it is Transdisciplinary in nature. In summary, this offers students a broad, balanced, conceptual and connected learning experience. Students are provided with a balance of subject-specific knowledge, conceptual understandings and skills, alongside opportunities to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile and to take action. (IBW Learning and teaching 2023)
Mrs Veronica Waters
TAS Junior School Triathlon – Friday 17 November
Our annual Junior School Bike Day and Triathlon will be held in our beautiful grounds on Friday, 17 November. Bike Day will commence at 9 am with activities involving obstacle courses, long-distance rides and bike safety sessions.
Following are the distances each year group will have to complete as part of the Triathlon.
|Kindergarten||1 lap||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 1||1 lap||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 2||1 lap||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 3||2 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
|Year 4||3 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
|Year 5||3 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
Please ensure your child has their bike in good working order, ready for the day, along with their bike helmet, drink bottle and hat. Children will wear their sports uniforms for the day.
Presentations will be held from 3 pm on Wakefield Oval.
If you would like to assist with the Triathlon and are available to help direct competitors, please contact Mrs Christine Wright firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Sandra Lasker in reception.
Our eager tennis players enjoyed their third training session on Monday afternoon. Ms Xeros and Ms Mabuwa were very impressed with the racket and ball control of K-2, as well as some powerful shots from 3-5. Students are becoming more confident with their racket grip, and a few players debuted their new rackets, which we hope inspires their tennis journey! All in all, it was a great afternoon on the courts!
Miss Lara Nicholls
It was another nail-biting and skill-building night at the Den for the Junior School Basketball players. The Year 3 and 4 teams played each other in an exciting game that saw the Whites pipped at the post by the Blues. It was so good to see the children putting some of the skills we had focussed on in training into action. The 5/6 team’s game was a slightly different matter. They were faced with some pretty impressive opponents from the town team. Despite a loss, the team did not miss a beat in supporting each other and keeping their wits about them. Special mention must go to Claire Reynell, who did manage to get us on the scoreboard with two impressive goals.
Mrs Tania Hardin