2024 Term 1 Week 2   |   07.02.2024

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 2

01. From the Principal


We are incredibly proud of the wonderful staff we have at TAS; their incredible subject knowledge, skill, passion and care for the students and indeed their colleagues. As a School, we also endeavour to support them in their professional growth while they are here. The other side to this is that it can be particularly sad when staff members leave TAS, but new opportunities and challenges arise and circumstances change.

At the end of Term 1 we will farewell Director of Co-curricular Mr Huon Barrett. While Mr Barrett has only been at TAS for a little over three years, he has made a significant impact in the Co-curricular sphere, a critical area for our students and their families. He has also contributed more broadly, with consideration and wisdom as a member of the Executive and will be a much-missed teacher of PDHPE.

Mr Barrett will be relocating to the coast as Director of Sport and Co-curricular at St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie. He will be close to family and the surf, and will no doubt have a positive impact in this newly created role. We are grateful for his contribution to TAS and will farewell him and wish him well after this year’s TAS Rugby Carnival in the term break.

I spoke before term started about engagement on all levels this year, including parents’ engagement with the School. I would like to reiterate that here and encourage parents to contact the School if they have any information to pass on, or any questions to ask. This will allow us to support your children to the best of our abilities and also avoid any instances of misunderstanding that may come from indirect communication.

Finally, we started interviewing for Year 7 2025 last year and will be completing those interviews this term. We have been overwhelmed with interest exceeding our capacity, so I encourage any families looking at Year 7 enrolment for next year to speak to our enrolments team (enrol@as.edu.au) as soon as possible.


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


Yesterday (February 6) was Safer Internet Day with the 2024 theme of Connect, Reflect, Protect. 

Connect safely and with purpose – by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways. 

Reflect before we act – by taking a moment to consider how what we do and say online may affect others. 

Protect ourselves and others by taking action – by telling family, friends or colleagues about eSafety and how we can help.  

For many of us, current trends online (particularly with social media) can be difficult to keep up with. Hearing young people talk about it can often feel like they are speaking another language! However, if children are using apps such as Roblox and SnapChat features such as My Eyes Only; it is important we all know what is involved and be comfortable that what they are doing online reflects the behaviour we expect of our young people in the real world. The ability to communicate online and capture/share media has never been so easy; doing this safely is important. Certainly not easy, but worth the conversation to be able to connect and protect.

As a School, we are increasingly seeing issues related to social media impacting on the wellbeing and relationships of our students. To successfully educate students on the safe use of social media, conversations need to be in partnership with home and school. One of the best safeguards we have is our School network which allows us to restrict social media at times and block inappropriate content at all times. To this end, we encourage parents to minimise the amount of data purchased with student mobile plans as we have almost no control over what people search and access via cellular network.   

The eSafety Commissioner website has some fantastic resources for children and parents. 



Image Based Abuse

Illegal and Restricted Online Content















Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Thursday 8 FebruaryNCIS Tennis – Grafton
Thursday 12-15 FebruaryYear 12 Drama Excursion to Sydney
Sunday 11 FebruaryRowers Return
Thursday 12-15 FebruaryYear 12 Drama Excursion to Sydney
Thursday 15 FebruaryJS Swimming Carnival
War Cries Night (MS/SS)
Friday 16 FebruaryMS SS Swimming Carnival
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 FebruaryCadet Leaders Course #2
Monday 19 FebruaryScholarship & Open Day



Armidale Rowing Club

The Armidale Rowing Club is having a gathering at the Cinema on Saturday 10 February 4.00pm to view the inspirational movie 'The Boys in the Boat' as a fundraiser for the Club.

The cost is $20/ticket of which $11 goes to the cinema. It's a wonderful story covering the quest of an American crew making it to the Berlin Olympics in 1936 just before the Second World War. Tickets are available at the door.

I hope you can join us.

Mr Tim Rogers
Club President



Scholarship & Open Day will be held on Monday 19 February 2024. For more information, including on how to register for the Scholarship exam, please click HERE.

04. From the P&F


Parent Volunteers

We always need parent volunteers to assist at P&F events throughout the year. Hopefully with the onset of the new year and renewed energy levels, we will see many familiar and new faces in the 2024 volunteer crew.

Just around the corner, we will need volunteers for these events:

  • 15 February – Food & Drink Kiosk at the Junior School Swimming Carnival
  • 16 February – Food & Drink Kiosk at the Middle/Senior School Swimming Carnival
  • 13 / 14 April – Catering at the TAS Rugby Carnival

If you can assist, please contact the P&F Exec with your availability.


P&F Meetings

The first P&F meeting of the year is on next Wednesday 14 February from 7pm. We will meet face to face in Upper Maxwell as well as have a Zoom session running for those wishing to attend remotely. For those new to the school, the Maxwell rooms can be found from the main front doors of Big School, inside and to the left.

Future P&F meeting dates for 2024 are:

  • Term 1: 14 February (Week 3) & 13 March (Week 7)
  • Term 2: 15 May (Week 3) & 12 June (Week 7)
  • Term 3: 14 August (Week 4) & 18 September (Week 9)
  • Term 4: 23 October (Week 2) & 20 November (Week 6)

Connect with P&F

We have several Facebook pages providing useful information about upcoming activity as well as a place to stay in touch – we strongly recommend you join the main P&F page as well as your Year Group pages;

  • TAS P&F FB page – Search ‘TAS Parents & Friends’ on Facebook
  • Year Group FB pages – Search ‘TAS Year 12 20XX ‘ on Facebook where 20XX is the graduating year of your child (e.g. ‘TAS Year 12 2026’). Ask to join.

Contact P&F Executive

The current P&F Exec team are the following:
President: Paul Gaddes
Vice President: Craig Pevitt
Secretaries: Kath Little & Jane Dauparas
Treasurers: Liz Rogers & Belinda Banister

We look forward to meeting new families.

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 Acting Director of Teaching and Learning


One of the great strengths of The Armidale School is the people, and it is timely to remind families who to contact if they have questions or concerns about the academic program.

  • In the first instance, the classroom teacher is the best person to contact by email. This person works with your child daily and is the first port of call if you have questions directly linked to schoolwork, prep/homework, or learning in that specific subject.
  • When you feel the concern or question requires more than one person to assist, the Subject Head of Department should also be CC’d into the email. A list of our academic leaders can be found in the publications sent out early in the year to families.
  • If the academic question is a little broader than a single subject, your child’s Advisor is the best person to contact so you can communicate your concern or question and they will then be able to advise you as to who to contact or what the next steps will be. Having said this, including your child’s Advisor in any email is always a good thing to consider as they are the person who sees them in a pastoral capacity. If the question is academic, co-curricular, behavioural or social, it is always good for the Advisor to be CC’d into communication if you feel this information will help your child. Your child’s Year Level Coordinator is also a great support for your family and should be CC’d in when there are broader questions or concerns; while academics is not their core business in their role as YLC, they all teach here at the school and it is good for them to be across broader concerns or issues related to your child.
  • If your question is related to subject selection or broader academic achievement, all of the above people can be contacted, I can also assist at this point. I often field emails though that need to go back to classroom teachers as I may not teach or work with your child, so the classroom teacher is the obvious person to communicate with in the first instance. I am always happy to receive emails but don’t forget that there is a whole raft of wonderful people who work more closely with your child, and who can provide specific details to you about their learning.

Atomi – Years 11 and 12 

Students at The Armidale School have access to Atomi, an innovative platform enhancing learning with engaging content and smart revision for their Stage 6 courses. Atomi enables students to:

  • Understand curriculum content with tailored video, text and interactive lessons
  • Build their skills with interactive quizzes, topic tests and exam practice
  • Track their progress and pinpoint exactly where they can improve
  • Learn key academic and life skills such as note-taking, time management, and wellbeing skills

Your child already has access so encourage them to log on at learn.getatomi.comand if they have any issues with this process, please reach out.

Mr Luke Polson
Acting Director of Teaching & Learning

06. Director of Boarding


Meeting the boarders, returning and new, throughout the afternoon and evening of Monday 29 January, I felt a sense of anticipation and excitement for the year ahead. I appreciate this can be an emotional day for both parents and boarders but am confident that once all the boarders settle into their daily routines, they will embrace the many opportunities available to them here at TAS. I enjoyed talking to several parents throughout the day and immediately felt a sense of collegiality and positivity in the boarding community.

I have spent time in all seven boarding houses over the past week and left each house confident that the house staff will do a tremendous job. We welcome two new Heads of House; Mr Jordan Lane (White) and Mr Ben MacDougall (Croft) into their roles. I am blessed to have such experienced, passionate and energetic staff to be working with this year.

Evening prep has started well with all Years 9 – 12 boarders well into their routines from 6.45 pm – 8.30 pm Monday through to Thursday either in the Learning Hub or their respective houses. The weekday evening prep routine ensures consistency across the four senior boarding houses and allows boarders the opportunity to engage in supervised group work with boarders from other houses. Middle School boarders have settled into their evening prep routine from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Monday to Thursday. All boarders may attend the Learning Hub, for additional academic support, from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Monday to Thursday and the one-hour prep in-house of a Sunday evening remains in place for all boarders.

The annual Coast Weekend was another huge success with all boarders enjoying their time away at either Urunga, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Sapphire Beach, Valla Beach or Emerald Beach. The Coast Weekend is a great opportunity for staff and boarders, particularly those new to houses, to develop stronger relationships in a fun and relaxed setting. Feedback from both the boarders and staff was the weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all. From this weekend, the gym and pool will be available for boarders’ use at set times.

Due to increasing boarding numbers, particularly across girls boarding, there are limited casual boarding places currently available. Please continue to e-mail Mrs Veronica Lucas at vlucas@as.edu.au with casual boarding requests but understand the challenges we currently face accommodating requests. I am confident that most casual boarding requests across boys boarding will be approved.

Please remember that you are most welcome to contact me or your Head of House at any time should there be any aspect of your child’s boarding experience you would like to discuss. We are all looking forward to a fantastic Term 1 and are very keen to assist you in any way we can.


Mr David Drain
Director of Boarding

07. From the Director of Co-curricular


Welcome back to another action-packed year at TAS. Co-curricular activities are back in full flight and this week in Assembly I took the opportunity to remind students of their obligations concerning training, games and uniforms. In addition, if a student is aware that they will be absent from their activity they must communicate this with their coach as soon as possible.

CLICK here for the Term 1 2024 Training Schedule

CLICK here for the Term 1 2024 Extra Curricular Schedule

Congratulations to our Wibird Shield (Under 15) Cricket team who had a convincing win against St Columba Anglican School Port Macquarie on Friday, here at TAS. It was an outstanding day of cricket which saw Will Hall score his maiden century. The team will now progress to round 3 of the competition, playing against Carinya Christian School in the coming weeks.

The TAS Senior School Production ‘CHICAGO Teen Edition’ continues to make sound progress in the lead-up to a series of performances next term. The dual cast, Razzle and Dazzle, Production Crew and staff are all working hard under the Directorship of Mrs O’Sullivan to perform what will be a memorable experience.

NCIS Tennis will take place this week, an opportunity for our top tennis players to play in an open-age competition in Grafton. We wish our tennis players well on Thursday.

Rowing continues this week and I commend our students for their discipline and hard work in preparation for the NSW Rowing Championships on the weekend. Rowers will compete on Saturday and Sunday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. A special mention to our rowing staff and coaches for their expert guidance and unwavering commitment to the TAS Rowing program.


Middle/Senior School Swimming Championships – Week 3

Next week we have our MS/SS Swimming Championships will take place:

  • Thursday 15 February, 5.45-8.30pm – 100m F/S, Open Medley Relay & War Cries
  • Friday 16 February – 8.30am-3.30pm – All remaining events.

Scheduled Co-Curricular activities will still take place on Thursday afternoon.

On Friday 16 February, competitors for the first event of the day (Boys U12 50m freestyle) should report to the marshalling area (southeast corner of the gym) by 8:40am. All remaining competitors and House members are to be seated by 8:40am in the grand stand for a roll call.

  • Warm-up swimming will take place from 8.15-8.30am.
Swimming Event Rules:
  • Starts will be ‘over the top’. i.e. the swimmer in the pool at the end of the previous race remains in the water (and holds onto the lane rope) until the next race has begun whereupon he/she immediately exits.

  • No false starts are allowed. If you ‘false start’ you will still be allowed to swim for a ‘time’ but will not gain any points for your House or age championships in that event.

  • Dress: House polo shirts, blue shorts, gym shoes –  no thongs, slides, Burkes or Crocs. Day students may travel to and from TAS in the above clothing. All students must wear gym shoes.

  • All competitors must swim in TAS Swimmers available from the TAS Clothing Shop or approved race swimmers that should be either Navy Blue or Black.

  • All competitors will wear a House swim cap for each event. These will be given to House Captains to distribute.

  • You will NOT be allowed in the pool if you colour your hair, or write on your body with a texta pen.

  • Except for water, no food or drink may be consumed in the pool area.

  • Students may not leave The Sports Centre area without permission from their respective Head of House.

  • Lunch: a BBQ will be provided for all students.

Swim Schedule

Hockey at NEGS

Hockey clinic this weekend at NEGS for more information click on the link below:
U12 Development Clinic (Primary)9 am – 11 am$55
U17 Development Clinic (Senior)11.30 am – 1.30 pm$55
Specialist/Goal Fishing Clinic2.00 pm – 3.00 pm$80

Mr Huon Barrett

Director of Co-curricular


TASRC 2024 is an annual event hosted by TAS for Under 12s (15 a side) and Girls Under 14s & 16s (7s). In 2024 we will have 65 teams across these age groups meet for a weekend of rugby union, to develop skills, build teamwork and experience the comradery that rugby provides. The dates for 2024 are 13-14 April – the weekend immediately following the end of Term 1 2024.

Players in Under 12s must be turning 11 (born 2013) or 12 (born 2012) in the 2024 calendar year. Girls in the Under 14s must be turning 13 (born 2011) or 14 (born 2010), and Girls in the Under 16s must be turning 15 (born 2009) or 16 (born 2008) in 2024 to be eligible to play in the carnival.

TAS is hoping to enter a team in each age group and is calling for nominations from students who may be interested in playing. If your child falls into the age categories listed above please have a chat with them to see if they would like to be part of the carnival. Previous rugby experience is an advantage, but is not essential, as all teams will be coached in all areas of safety and skills.

To nominate your child, please complete the online form here: https://forms.gle/3BSf2mx8p1r8UMry8

Training will begin in Term 1, with training days and coaches to be confirmed in the new year. Depending on the numbers nominated, there may be trials for team places in the new year. All TAS carnival players will receive a TASRC team playing jersey, TASRC cap, lunch on both days of the carnival and a team photograph. All boarders will need to find their own accommodation as visiting teams are lodged in all the TAS boarding houses.

More information regarding the carnival may be found here: https://as.edu.au/tas-hallmark-events/tas-rugby-carnival/ , including a range of FAQs for your reference.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Director of Rugby, Mr AJ Whalley ( awhalley@as.edu.au ).

Rachael Edmonds
TASRC Administration Manager

08. From the Head of Creative Arts


I am so very pleased to be joining the Creative Arts team here at TAS and working towards the mounting of our Senior School production of Chicago Teen in May. What an exciting opportunity to join a well-established team in providing opportunities for students to participate in a broad range of co-curricular activities in the performing and visual arts, alongside the wide offering of subject choices in these same areas. I have worked in Anglican, Catholic and State schools in Melbourne in the past, and I am very much looking forward to working with the talented Creative Arts staff and students of TAS as the year progresses.

As we make progress on the mounting of the SS production of Chicago Teen, I warmly invite all parents who are willing to help construct set pieces to join us on Saturday 17 February from 9.00am – 3.00pm in the Hoskins Theatre. The first task of the day will primarily involve holding large, pre-constructed set pieces in place, whilst they are secured to the upstage wall of the theatre, or the floor. There will be some painting tasks of smaller set pieces as well on this day. Any parent willing and able to assist with sourcing costumes from the Costume Room underneath Hoskins, and moving these up to the racks side of stage would also be very welcomed on Saturday 17 February. Images of the costumes required will be on hand for easy referencing. Pizzas will be served for lunch on this day.

If you are able to support the Creative Arts department on our Chicago Teen working bee, please RSVP Ms Amy Showell, our Hoskins Centre Technical Supervisor by email:

On behalf of the Creative Arts faculty staff, our cast, and our crew, we look forward to meeting as many parents as possible at the working bee.

Ms Clare O’Sullivan
Head of Creative Arts

09. From the Director of Music


Gondwana National Choirs 2024
Congratulations to Bridie Farrell (Year 10), Chloe Farrell (Year 7) and Kaitlyn Baker (Year 7) who joined young students from across Australia at the Gondwana National Choirs Choral Camp in January. Gondwana National Choirs are the voice of Australia’s youth, bringing together young singers from across the country to form vibrant musical ensembles that undertake a diverse range of choral music. Singers aged 10-25 from all backgrounds and corners of Australia audition for these seasons of rehearsals and performances under Australia’s leading conductors of choirs for young people.

Gondwana National Choir Report – Bridie Farrell (Year 10) 
During the holidays I had the honour to work with the Gondwana National Choir. I went down to Sydney for 10 days and rehearsed with the Gondwana Singers Choir. My mum volunteered to be a supervisor, looking after the 13 years and under during the night and supervising Gondwana Singers during the day. This meant that I had the opportunity to meet my conductors and staff a day early. I was very lucky to work with Paul Holley who had been working with Gondwana for quite some time and a new conductor, Hugh Lydon. As well as a pianist that I had worked with before at Moorambilla choirs, Benjamin Burton.

We stayed at Women’s College, University of Sydney, where we ate, slept, rehearsed and repeated. The next day I met my choir and we started our work. Altogether we learned 16 pieces. We worked all day and then after dinner we got to have some fun with a trivia night before going to sleep. This was a continuous routine. We would work extremely hard until dinner where we would have an activity. These ranged from Zumba, Movie night, and an afternoon at the shops.

On Tuesday afternoon each separate choir had an in-house concert where anyone could showcase their individual skills. I sang and was nominated to sing again the next night for everyone at the combined in-house concert. I sang ‘World Burn’ from Mean Girls’ the Musical, with Ben accompanying me. I was very nervous but I pushed past that and realised everyone there was supporting me, it was exhilarating!

After a bit over a week of working it was time for the first concert. We got into our performance gear and hopped on a bus to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. We had a soundcheck, dinner and then it was time. We waited excitedly for our turn to perform. We took a deep breath and stepped onto the stage. The performance was amazing, the adrenaline and happiness we felt from being able to share these beautiful songs with everyone. All our hard work had led to something beautiful. But we weren’t done yet! The next day it was back to work to perfect our combined choir pieces. The next night we performed some of our separate pieces again and then our combined pieces. It was so beautiful to be able to sing all together and actually brought some of us to tears. This was our last performance and tomorrow we would have to say goodbye. We packed up our dressing rooms and headed back to the Women’s College for the afterparty. There was pizza, soft drinks, karaoke, dancing and tears, as well as a lot of exhausted kids. The next day I think the majority of us slept in until 10am before lots of hugs and goodbyes. Over the time I was there I made lots of memories and amazing friends and I will forever be grateful for the opportunities and experiences I had!

Gondwana National Choir Report –  Kaitlyn Baker (Year 7) 
Stepping into the vibrant world of Gondwana Choirs was like opening the door to a whole new universe of melody and camaraderie. From the get-go, it wasn’t just about hitting the right notes; it was a deep dive into the art of choral singing, where every session was a lesson in refining our vocal skills. But it wasn’t all work and no play. Amidst the rigorous practice sessions, we found moments of pure joy, playing games that not only served as a breather but also knitted us closer, turning fellow singers into lifelong friends. The Life-Sized Hungry Hippos was my personal favourite.

Self-care was another melody we learned to hum along to, if you will. It’s easy to overlook the importance of looking after yourself and others in the pursuit of perfection, but here, among the harmonies, rhythms, and crowds, we discovered that taking care of our voices was like tuning our instruments, ensuring we were always performance-ready. This approach to choir singing, emphasizing well-being alongside skill, was enlightening.

Our repertoire ranged from the unsettling and yet hilarious and beautiful ‘Visions Of The Future’ to the unity anthem ‘Sisi Ni Moja’, each piece more than just a song but a story told harmoniously. ‘Stand Together’, ‘Lost The Plot’, ‘Perfect Storm’, ‘Gloria’ (my favourite piece because WOW it was stunning), and ‘Barrum Barra’ were not just performances; they were experiences, etching memories that would last a lifetime. As the curtains closed on this chapter, it was clear this was not just an addition to my singing journey but a transformational saga that echoed the essence of Gondwana Choirs: growth, unity, and the relentless pursuit of musical excellence.

Instrumental & Vocal Lessons 

Tuition is available at TAS for a wide range of instruments including voice, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, euphonium, piano, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, drum-kit, and recorder. If you would like to try out an instrument (or sing) before you commit to lessons, just contact the Director of Music, Ms Leanne Roobol:  lroobol@as.edu.au

The Music staff are always happy to advise parents/guardians and students on instrumental and vocal tuition.

Boarders’ Practice 
The supervised TAS Boarders’ Practice session times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 3:00pm – 5:00pm. The Music Centre Practice rooms are also available for all students before school from 7:30am, during lunchtime, study periods for senior students and after school during the week.

TAS Ensemble Rehearsals 

We have ensembles for all levels of experience, skill and ages. The Music staff are always happy to advise you about joining a TAS ensemble.  Students – feel free to pop down to the Music Centre and talk to one of the Music Team.

Parents – feel free to email music@as.edu.au to make enquiries.

Ensemble Rehearsal times are listed below.


Ms Leanne Roobol

Director of Music

10. From the Acting Head of Middle School


Coast Weekend

A week certainly flies by when everyone is busy! Many thanks must go to all Middle School staff and students who attended Coast Weekend. The weekend was full of fun and laughter with many boys and girls connecting with new students and staff.

PAT Testing

Please be aware that PAT, AGAT, and eWrite testing will take place over the next two weeks in Middle School, starting today, with Year Year 7 completing their PAT test for Mathematics. All students have been informed that these tests have no weight towards their end-of-semester results, but are used as a tool to gain scope on where each student currently sits in the areas of Mathematics, Science, and English.

Middle School Information Night

A reminder that the Middle School Information night is scheduled for Thursday 15 February, before ‘War Crie’ night. More information to come.


The wearing of hats and bringing water bottles to school has been positive. I’m sure everyone will keep it up. If any students have hats that have seen better days, the best advice is to purchase a new one from the Uniform Shop. The organisation within the school population has been sound; however, students have been reminded many times to start using their lockers and avoid taking their school bags to classes during the school day. Advisors will help their students in this area.


Mr Jamie Brauer
Acting Head of Middle School

11. From the Head of Junior School



The start of the 2024 academic year has been very smooth by all accounts. It has been wonderful to spend time walking between classes and speaking with students during break times, witnessing first-hand the wonderful learning opportunities, both academic and social-emotional, already afforded to our students.

The Junior School parent information evening held last week was well-attended, both in person and through the online avenues advertised. We would be grateful for any feedback on both this evening and the start of year, both positive and constructive. Please send this through to junior@as.edu.au for consideration. Our goal, as outlined in the whole school parent information session, is to work closely and effectively with our parents and carers towards the same common goal – the best outcomes for the children who attend our school. We are still working to find a safe, easily accessibly way to share the information from the  parent information evenings and will provide details on how to access these as soon as practical.

Sport commenced on Monday this week for most of our Junior School students, and what a day for it! Students of all ages were observed contributing positively to their chosen activities and certainly seemed to be enjoying the opportunity to be involved, despite the warm weather. Please note that all students from Year 3 and above are required to participate in an extra-curricular activity. Those in Kindergarten to Year 2 are encouraged to do so. Families are invited to communicate directly with Mrs Wright via cwright@as.edu.au, Junior School Sports Coordinator, should they have any questions, concerns, or wish to either sign their child up for a sport. Please see the Back-to-School information provided earlier this year for further information about sports on offer throughout Term 1.

The first significant House carnival, Junior School House Swimming, takes place on Thursday next week. Please take note of the information provided in this newsletter and complete the nomination process for your child(ren) to participate in appropriate events throughout this carnival. The nomination form should be completed for each Junior School child by the end of the day this Friday, 9 February 2024.

The Junior School Clubs program commences before school tomorrow while the majority of our staff participate in professional development. Junior School students who arrive at school prior to 8.55am, the start time for those in Kindergarten and above, may choose  to participate in a structured activity facilitated by Junior School teachers and led by Year 5 students. These clubs will take place for a three-week block, with three new clubs being offered from Week 5. Clubs running from tomorrow include:

  • Chalk and talk – work with others in small groups to design and create chalk drawings to inspire those who walk past
  • Clean up Australia – working in small groups, participants will identify ways to improve and conserve our environment, eliminate litter and end waste
  • Ten-pin bowling – a physical game that requires students to work effectively with others as they play a human game of ten-pin bowling, with students as the pins

Preparations as well underway for the Junior School overnight Outdoor Education program to Lake Keepit in just a few short weeks. Parents of students from Year 2 to Year 5 are reminded that we require their consent through two separate systems as soon as possible:


Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Ruby Archer, Umaira Tasnim, Evie Barwick, William Gregory and Walter Webb who all celebrated birthdays last week, and to Anna Trevaskis, Sabine Kiehne, Florence Reynell and Pearl Redwood for this week.


Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School


Upcoming Events

Friday 9 FebruaryLeaders Assembly – Hoskins Theatre 2.45
Thursday 15 FebruaryJunior School Swimming Carnival
Friday 23 FebruaryYear 5W Assembly – Hoskins 2.45
Monday 26 FebruaryYear 5 to Lake Keepit
Tuesday 27 FebruaryYear 4 to Lake Keepit
Wednesday 28 FebruaryYear 3 to Lake Keepit
Thursday 29 FebruaryYear 2 to Lake Keepit
Friday 1 MarchAll return from Lake Keepit

Music Lessons

Junior School Instrumental Lessons & Ensembles

TAS Junior School has had a fantastic start to the year in Music. Mrs Jessica Miller is the Junior School Music teacher and Ms Leanne Roobol is the Director of Music at TAS. There are 26 Peripatetic teachers who teach a wide variety of instruments at TAS, including String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, as well as Piano, Organ and Voice.

If any Junior School students would like to register for instrumental or vocal lessons, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/9yNRjjmL8ijoTnvs6

We have a wide variety of Music ensembles that Junior School students can join:

  • TAS Junior String Ensemble 
  • TAS Wind Ensemble
  • TAS Trebles (a vocal ensemble for students in Years 3-5)
  • TAS Junior School Contemporary Bands
  • TAS Chamber Music ensembles
  • TAS K-2 Choir and TAS Yrs 3-5 Choir

Mrs Jessica Miller
Junior School Music Teacher

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

An Introduction to the International Baccalaureate and the Primary Years Programme 


“The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in international education—developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. Our programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast.” (IBO)


IB Mission Statement

“The IB develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through education that builds intercultural understanding and respect.”  (IBO 2018)

TAS Junior School is the only school in northern NSW that offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). There are currently 21 schools in NSW that offer the programme.

The PYP provides our school with a curriculum framework which consists of the following essential elements: knowledge, concepts, approaches to learning and dispositions/attributes of the learner profile. Our teachers work with the four elements to develop a rigorous and challenging  curriculum, which is accessible to all students. The curriculum is in line with NSW syllabus documents.

The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for all learners. It is transdisciplinary in nature and each unit taught covers a range of subject areas. 

The transdisciplinary themes are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time.
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. 

All classes will commence a Unit of Inquiry this term, which is focused around a central idea, which students will inquire into. These Units of Inquiry (UOI) involve students asking questions and delving further into local, national and international issues. 

Read about the PYP curriculum framework. http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/primary-years-programme/curriculum/


Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator


Junior School Swimming Carnival – Thursday, 15 February (Week 3)

Families are asked to complete this nomination Google Form this week by Friday, identifying which events their child(ren) wishes to participate in.  Children may nominate in as many events as they wish to, however, if your child can swim 50m they must enter the 50m event only (not the 25m and the 50 event)

The 25m events are organised for those who cannot swim 50m.

Kindergarten and Year 1 children will attend for only part of the day, allowing them the opportunity to participate in their 25m race if they are able and enjoy some Novelty events. They will then take part in activities within their respective classrooms. Please ensure your child has plenty of snacks for the day, including recess and lunch. A water bottle is essential. Children will wear their swimmers and House Coloured sports uniform for the day.

NCIS Swimming Carnival – Thursday 22 February

The NCIS Swimming Carnival for those children who qualify will be held on Thursday, 22 February at Alstonville. Only children who qualify with competitive results will be invited to attend. This is a big trip for our Primary children leaving on Wednesday lunchtime, with a night’s accommodation involved. Parents will be responsible for transporting and supervising their child if attending. A staff member will attend, however, will be in an organising role on the day.


Junior School Tennis

Tennis coaching commenced with 39 students on a humid Monday afternoon.

Three groups ran simultaneously:

Beginners: who used red balls

  • Learning to control the tennis ball on racquet with passing games and balancing actibities

Intermediate: who used orange balls

  • Hold racquets correctly

  • Swing racquet correctly

‘Experienced’: who used Green balls

  • Running forehands and hitting the ball over the net.

All groups are run by qualified tennis trainers who are all overseen by the senior tennis coach. Please ensure you provide a snack for afternoon tea and a refillable water bottle.

All participants need to be collected at 4:45 pm from the JS turning circle with the family name displayed.


Ms Xeros and Mrs Waters

Community Notices