DR RACHEL HORTON
This week we inducted Summer Co-curricular leaders, House Captains and our new TAS Prefect Group in a ceremony on Tuesday. Leadership takes courage. These new leaders will represent and serve the wider student body with passion, respect and humility, maintaining the School’s standards in all areas, supporting students and inspiring pride in the School through example and initiatives. As I said during the ceremony, working alongside young people of character is one of the great pleasures of being at TAS and I look forward to seeing the fresh leadership that these students will bring to the School over the next year.
With so many of our students moving up year levels, there are also a number of new drivers around the School, making this timely for a reminder that drivers on their L plates are not permitted to drive inside the School gates at any time. This is important for the safety of the many students crossing roads, particularly below Hoskins and the swimming pool. Could I also remind parents and carers to always drive slowly and with care when on site. The safety of our students and the broader community within our grounds is paramount so please observe these important guidelines.
Dr Rachel Horton
MR RAY PEARSON
On Friday, all students and staff will come together on Adamsfield as we observe Remembrance Day which will fall on Saturday this year. 103 TAS students and staff of The Armidale School made the ultimate sacrifice for across all major theatres of war, from the Boer War to Afghanistan. There is no doubt the association TAS has with the armed services is special and this broader connection with service remains strong to this day.
We will pause for a minute’s silence at 11.00am to remember those who have passed and reflect on the freedoms we enjoy as a country. Throughout the year our students are reminded of ‘time and place’ and show an understanding for how to conduct oneself in different contexts. Remembrance Day is one such example where our students are able demonstrate their understanding of this poignant occasion, from my experience the students do this better than any other school I have seen. To support the occasion, all students are required to wear their Formal Uniform this Friday.
Our Student Representative Council and Prefects are continuing to sell red poppies this week for students and staff to wear during the week and for our Remembrance Day Service and to raise funds for SoldierOn.
The below poem was first published in the Armidalian in 1918 and written by ‘R.B.’ an OA of the School.
‘Requiescant Armidaliensis (after R.B. Armidalian Dec 1918)
In far-off France, ‘mid Syrian sands,
In many a nameless grave on Turkih soil,
They rest in peace, who, after months of toil
And perils great, have from the lands
Of freedom scoured those foreign bands
That dared to ravage and to spoil;
Their part it was at length to foil
The accurs’d invader with his grasping hands.
Those men who from this school of ours have gone
Are not they all the very living fount
Where those of us whose lives have just begun
May learn the sacrifice of love? We count
Them sleeping – Nay! Not sleeping e’en,
While memory shows the present what hath been.
Mr Ray Pearson
It was the changing of the guard on Tuesday with the induction of our student leaders for 2023 who pledged an oath of allegiance to their office before being presented with their badges. The eight prefects also signed the Prefects Register, just as their predecessors have done since 1940. Nineteen students were inducted as captains/vice captains of co-curricular activities and the same number will lead our Houses. A selection of photos can be found on the school website gallery (found on the Parent Portal) or HERE.
|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|
|Monday 13 November||Year 9 & 10 Exams|
|Friday 17 November||Stand Tall Event||Tamworth|
|Monday 20 November||New Student Orientation|
|Wednesday 22 November||Foundation Board Meeting|
|Thursday 23 November||Band Night / Battle of the Bands|
|Friday 24 November||Year 5 Valedictory Dinner|
MR PAUL GADDES
Thank you to all the helpers last weekend to make and wrap the TAS P&F Christmas Puddings! Guided by our Pudding Captain, Sene Hicks, the process on both days was quick, painless, and fun.
The famous TAS P&F Christmas Puddings can be ordered online here Order Puddings Now.
We will communicate the process for collecting puddings soon.
Contact P&F Executive
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
MR DAVID DRAIN
As communicated to all TAS staff last week, I am pleased to announce Mr Ben MacDougall as the new Head of Croft House. Mr MacDougall will currently teaches Science across the Senior and Middle Schools, is a well-regarded member of the Abbott House boarding staff and Master In Charge of Rowing. Mr MacDougall will move into the Croft House residence in early 2024 and commence his Head of House duties at the commencement of Term 1. Mr MacDougall will be joined on-site by his wife Claudia and children Hamish and Edward. Since the announcement of Mr Fawcett’s departure to take up the Director of Boarding role at The Pembroke School in Adelaide, an extensive search was conducted for the new Head of Croft House. and I was impressed by the range and quality of the applicants. We wish Mr Fawcett and his family all the best for his new role in and we look forward to the commencement of Mr MacDougall who we know will be welcomed with open arms by the Croft House community.
A wholehearted congratulations to the Senior House Leaders, Prefects, Deputy Senior Prefects and Senior Prefects who were inducted into their roles at the Induction Ceremony on Tuesday 7 November. This Induction Ceremony is a special occasion on the school calendar, and I always enjoy seeing the boarders well represented amongst the school leadership group. The Senior Heads of House and I are looking forward to working with all the boarding leaders for the remainder of Term 4 and throughout 2024.
With all the current Year 12s having completed their HSC Exams the Year 12 privileges will be passed onto the Cass of 2024 from 3.30pm Friday 10 November. These privileges, which come with additional boarding responsibilities as Year 12s, include access to their school laptop and phone overnight, town leave any afternoon during the week, moving into Year 12 rooms (at the discretion of Heads of House) and car access at school. Any car access require approval from Heads of House and me, through the on-line approval form, prior to cars being parked on-site.
Mr David Drain
Director of Boarding
MRS GILL DOWNES
Year 9 and 10 End of Course Examinations
We wish Year 9 and 10 the very best with their End of Course Examinations this week. English and HSIE examinations are running this Thursday and Friday, and Science and Maths will be completed on Monday and Tuesday of next week. All examinations will take place in the PE classrooms; please find the timetable attached HERE.
Year 10 will be provided with a clear plastic sleeve before their exam tomorrow (in which to put their pens and other items), and their NESA student number will be inside this sleeve. Year 10 students will use this number 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.
Year 11 2024
Most Year 10 students will now have received an email with their 2024 subjects listed – there are a few students who still need to determine levels of English/Maths and refine a couple of choices.
Included in this email was a textbook list with the details of books required for each course. Families are invited to order these books as new items, or they can engage with the academic office to purchase second-hand textbooks. I have arranged for the outgoing Year 12s to sell their books and am currently running a second-hand book shop at recess and lunch out of my office. Students who would like to use this service need to arrange a time using the booking sheet emailed to them.
If there are any Year 11 students who would like to sell their texts, please arrange this with me via email or dropping into my office at recess or lunch.
Stage 5 Electives (Year 9 and 10) 2024
Our current Year 8 and 9 students have started the process of making subject selections for the 2024 Elective Program. Please find the Stage 5 Academic Handbook here. Thank you to those students who have already selected their top 12 subjects; this is to be done via Edval. First round selections are due this coming Friday so we can refine this to a short list of offerings.
The finalised subject lines will be published by the end of Week 6. Students can then choose their first, second and third preferences.
Year 9 2024 Information Webinar
As our current Year 8 students prepare to move into Senior School, now is the ideal time for questions to be answered surrounding the academic program, assessment in Year 9, the Advisor system and broader questions around teaching and learning.
A panel of Senior Staff will be running a webinar with all interested Year 8 families next week. The evening is still being determined and an invitation will be sent to all families tomorrow morning with details. I look forward to seeing you during this webinar.
Mrs Gill Downes
Director of Teaching and Learning
The Year 9/10 Japanese class have submitted their entries into the National Video Matsuri competition organised by the Japan Foundation. TAS has been very successful in this competition over the past four years with three of our entries winning the Junior High School competition.
This year’s item was ‘Toothpaste’, and the video must be in Japanese and can only be three minutes in length. Despite these restrictions, the students were able to make a creative and interesting video to submit. Each of the videos has a different storyline and the students enjoyed the filmmaking process and using their language skills in a creative way.
The results of the competition will be announced within the next two weeks.
Mr Allan Moore
The final cadet activity of the year, Annual Camp, will be conducted from 1330 Sunday 26 November to 1530 Friday 1 December, 2023. This is a five day, five night exercise to be conducted in and around the Nymboida Canoe Centre. With the recent rains around Nymboida conditions are excellent and the bushfire reading is low.
Cadets are to assemble on Adamsfield at 1330 26 November under ‘Marching Orders’, that is with their pack, webbing and all their gear ready for a week in the field. Buses will depart at 1400 sharp for Nymboida Canoe Centre. Day students are required to have had lunch prior to arriving at TAS. Students will be dismissed at 1530 from Adamsfield Friday the 1 December.
The unit will operate in Nymboida and the surrounding areas for Annual Camp. HQ will be at the Nymboida Canoe Centre. Rotations for activities are as follows:
Company briefings are to be conducted Thursday and Friday Week 6 (16 and 17 November)
Should any cadet be absent from this briefing they are to contact their SGT, CUO or Company Commander.
Cadets are to bring:
Cadets may bring:
Cadets will be issued at Nymboida Canoe Centre:
Cadets are not to bring:
( * indicates not supplied by TAS)
Q-Store will be open Lunchtime Week 7 Monday to Thursday to swap out any damaged gear. Any gear that is lost will be charged to student accounts. TAS Cadet Gear is loaned to students for their time in cadets. One set of cadet gear costs $2500, and hence should be looked after appropriately.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
CAPT (AAC) J WOODBRIDGE
Officer Commanding, TASACU
MR HUON BARRETT
Making the most of your time at TAS allows you to learn, grow and connect with others. The ability to embrace each of these elements will certainly benefit individuals in the future. The key is to remain open to new experiences, be proactive and have the courage to take calculated risks. In the end, those that actively embrace the opportunities presented to them are more likely to lead a life that is rich, meaningful and free from the weight of regret. So, be open to learning new skills, look for prospects to grow and make every attempt to connect with others.
As we prepare for the Activities Camp in Week 8, I encourage all students to read their information carefully, check their items to avoid a last-minute scramble and ask questions if they have any concerns. The Cadet program will commence on Sunday 26 November, students are to be at school by 1.30pm. All other activities will commence on Monday 27 November.
In Assembly this week Dr Horton presented our co-curricular leaders with their badges. I congratulate each student and look forward to seeing their development through the opportunity to lead their chosen co-curricular activity. A list of leaders can be found below.
Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular
The TAS Rugby Carnival (TASRC) is an annual sporting extravaganza set to take place on April 13-14, 2024 on our beautiful grounds, which promises to be an action-packed weekend for rugby enthusiasts. This event is tailored for Under 12s (15-a-side) and Girls Under 14s & 16s (7-a-side) teams, uniting around 60 teams across these age categories. The TASRC offers a platform for young talents to refine their rugby skills, foster teamwork, and bask in the camaraderie that rugby so uniquely provides.
A highly esteemed accolade, the ‘Team of the Carnival’ award, is presented to the team that epitomises the ‘Spirit of Rugby.’ This team exemplifies values like discipline, respect, integrity, passion, and sportsmanship. The recipient of this distinguished award is determined through votes collected from referees, team personnel, and event staff. In 2023, the TAS Under 16 Girls shared this award with Dalby mighty U12s.
Preparations for the 2024 carnival are in full swing, with accommodation and green space to be filled with participating teams and their dedicated supporters. Registration is at capacity, featuring teams hailing from various regions, including Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Far North Coast, and regional New South Wales.
Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a foodie, or simply a community-minded individual, this is your chance to get involved and contribute to a memorable weekend of rugby and fun.
The TASRC committee and the Parents and Friends (P&F) association will be seeking volunteers (adults and students) to contribute their time and energy during the weekend’s festivities, emphasising the vital role the TAS community plays in making this event a success. Serving as the primary fundraising event for TAS P&F, the Canteen and BBQ will operate throughout the entire weekend, ensuring that teams, staff, and visiting supporters are well-catered for.
The carnival isn’t just for rugby enthusiasts; it’s a family-friendly event with entertainment, food stalls, coffee vans and the Emporium stalls in Hoskins foyer and around the grounds. Bring the whole family and make a day of it! If you are interested in attending as stall holder on Saturday 13 April do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
In addition to hosting the visiting teams, TAS will also field its own teams in each age category. Eligible students will be contacted in the coming weeks to express their interest in participating in this thrilling event. Stay tuned for more details regarding the carnival. It promises to be a weekend filled with rugby excitement, skill development, and the embodiment of the true spirit of the sport and our fabulous TAS Community.
Mrs Rachael Edmonds
TASRC Administrator Manager
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
Last week we had students taking part in workshops and watching a performance by TaikOz, Australia’s incredible drumming group that combines traditional Japanese taiko drumming with contemporary Australian music. It was fun, energetic, and LOUD, and it more than lived up to their tagline of “a feast of visual, aural and physical energy.”
Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music
MR LUKE POLSON
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.
Year 6 will be travelling to Coffs Coast Adventure Centre (Coffs Harbour), departing Monday 27 November and returning Wednesday November 29 with activities at TAS on Thursday and Friday.
Year 7 will be travelling to Camp Laurence on the shores of Lake Moogerah, approximately 50 minutes from Warwick. Year 7 will depart early on Monday November 27 and return on Friday evening December 1.
Year 8 will be travelling to Nymboida as part of the Cadet program. They will depart on Sunday afternoon November 26 and return on Friday December 1.
Stand Tall Event – Tamworth – Friday 17 November 2023
Year 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 4000 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.
Please complete the consent form online: https://forms.gle/
Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School
MR SCOTT CHITTENDEN
We believe that kindness is at the heart of creating a supportive and nurturing environment for our students. This is one of the key areas that students, together with all members of the community, were asked to work hard at earlier this year in the request that we endeavour to Be kind, Always try our best and Get involved. Indeed, the importance of kindness to oneself and one another has been explored in depth in our Bounce Back lessons in Personal Development that have been focussing on the development of a variety of important social values, specifically:
Kindness is contagious, and our school is brimming with it! A short time ago, all members of the Junior School community were asked perform 100 Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) before the end of this term. For some this has involved helping a friend with their schoolwork while the focus for others has been on picking up litter on the playground. We have seen countless small acts of kindness that have truly brightened our days, and we cannot wait to see how our community continues to support one another through this initiative over the remaining time in Term 4. Even the simplest of gestures can make a world of difference.
One of the highlights in the last week within the Junior School has taken place in our very own school fish tank. Late last week some of our more eagle-eyed students noticed many eggs that had been lain and were being tended to by one of the bristle-nosed catfish. Just yesterday these eggs have been hatching, while still being lovingly tended to by one of the adult fish. This amazing opportunity has provided an ideal opportunity for our children to develop a greater understanding of the circle of life, patience, and the importance of taking care of living creatures. As they have observed the tiny fish growing and developing, we have been so impressed with the depth of conversations between students of all ages who are gathered around the fish tank, clearly demonstrating a tremendous sense of responsibility and an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.
The transition program for 2024 Kindergarten students commenced earlier this week while is continues for those students in Year 5, the final year of Junior School. These initiatives are designed to foster a sense of community, support, and continuity within our school while providing practical ideas for our students (and their parents!) of how best to navigate some of the most challenging transitions within a school environment. Our youngest learners from pre-Kindergarten joined some who are beginning their time at TAS this in 2024 were provided with a small taste of the routines and traditions they’ll soon embrace. At the same time, our Year 5 students, who will soon move into the Middle School, had the opportunity to further explore the exciting prospects awaiting them as they transition into their senior years (as pictured below, talking with Year 6 students). These programs aim to ease the students into new phases of their educational journey while building strong connections at TAS – all part of our commitment to ensuring a smooth and inclusive transition experience for every student.
The student-led assembly this week, overseen by Year 3, will undoubtedly be another fabulous celebration of learning and co-curricular opportunities. This assembly will feature the dazzling talents of many of our young dancers! Our Dance Club has been diligently rehearsing for an exciting assembly performance, which promises to be a vibrant showcase of creativity, teamwork, and passion. We invite all members of the community to join us for what promises to be a wonderful event.
Happiest of birthdays to Georgie Reynell and Riley Sykes for their birthdays this week.
Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School
Selected students from Years 3, 4 and 5 are invited to participated in an after school academic enrichment program that this year the students themselves elected to call The Brainiacs. While the purpose has remained the same throughout the year, the group itself has been reasonably fluid. The Brainiacs have been involved in a wide range of academic competitions over the course of the year and this term have been developing their understanding of the Engineering Design Process.
At the start of the term small groups of students worked together to work through the design process in their quest to create paper aeroplanes that would fly as far as possible in a straight line. Their aeronautical design company then participated in a tender process in an effort to sell their aeroplane design to an emerging airline company, advocating the benefits of their design over competitors while downplaying any weaknesses. After much discussion and negotiation two design companies with synergistic aspects decided to merge in order to win the tender.
Following this foray into the world of design and business, The Brainiacs have since identified a problem or issue that exists in their lives outside of school. They have then followed the design process to identify a solution to this issue themselves and are currently working on the 3D design of their solution to be 3D-printed at the Trades Training Centre later this term. One such example is the frustration of one’s toothbrush bristles coming into contact with a bar of soap. The solution? A bespoke 3D printed toothbrush and toothpaste holder!
|Friday 10 November||Year 3 Assembly||Hoskins Centre (2.45 pm)|
|‘Walk a mile in another man’s wheels’||4.00 – 8.00 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|
|Junior School Sports training finishes – games to continue|
|Tuesday 28 November||Final Assembly||Hoskins Centre (2.00 – 3.30 pm)|
|Thursday 30 November||Finding Nemo Matinee||1.30 – 3.00 pm|
|Friday 1 December||Finding Nemo Matinee||1.30 – 3.00 pm|
|Finding Nemo||6.00 – 7.00 pm|
|Saturday 2 December||Finding Nemo||5.00 – 6.30 pm|
|Sunday 3 December||Finding Nemo Bump Out Working Bee||1.00 – 4.00 pm|
Whilst much of the assessment at Junior School level is an ongoing process of gathering, analysing, reflecting and acting on evidence obtained and is of an integrated component of learning and teaching, we believe that there is also a need for standardised assessments. Our Year 1-5 Junior School students will complete standardised assessments next week, which are published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and take the form of a Progressive Achievement Test (PAT). The students will complete online assessments in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Spelling. These assessments were also taken at the commencement of the school year and allow for tracking of individual and cohort growth. They are very useful in the planning of next year’s teaching programmes as well as identifying students who may need additional support or enrichment.
PAT tests essentially allow teachers to collect additional evidence of student learning and monitor growth over time and analyse how much students have improved and what skills, knowledge and abilities they have been able to develop and those which they have not developed as expected.
The PAT Reading and PAT Maths are both adaptive assessments and have been developed to provide richer and more accurate diagnostic information about students’ achievement and needs in these learning areas. The adaptive tests are structured so that individual needs and abilities of students can be assessed. This is achieved as the adaptive assessments can determine, through initial questions, different entry points for individual students and they are therefore differentiated. (ACER Website)
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 9am 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 email@example.com or Mrs Sandra Lasker in reception.
TAS had a strong game last Friday afternoon against the All Stars in the TAS Gym. The game proved to be a fast paced one, in which all TAS team players contributed well to the 6-2 win.
Poppy O’Brien had a great game in goals, ably supported by Casey Tighe in defence. Emi Fawcett proved very strong up front, scoring three goals during the match. She was well supported by Georgie Flynn who worked tirelessly all game, scoring a great goal during an attacking period. Duncan Klabe worked strongly in the midfield, displaying some outstanding skills in both defence and attack.
Mrs Christine Wright