2024 Term 1 Week 3   |   14.02.2024

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 3

01. From the Principal


This week we will hold the first of our inter-House events for the year with swimming carnivals for all TAS students across Thursday and Friday. There is no doubt they are a highlight of the year for many; the atmosphere in the pool area is fantastic, spectators are enthusiastic and many of our students love swimming and competing. For others, swimming is not in their comfort zone, the pool is loud and the competition might be a little overwhelming. As someone who always came last in her race during school swimming carnivals, I can relate to those students, but they will participate anyway, they will get involved, achieve points for their Houses and cheer others on.

In his book Strive, Dr Adam Fraser talks about the misconception that to achieve happiness in life, we must remain comfortable, and the tendency to avoid any chance of failure. In reality, satisfaction and a sense of achievement; an intrinsic sense of worth, comes from being courageous, deliberately trying something difficult, and experiencing growth in the process. Indeed purposefully avoiding challenges can create regret.

TAS students are ‘have a go’ students, who strive when faced with challenges and for some, swimming this week will be their first opportunity to step out of their comfort zone this school year. Good luck to all of our competitors!


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


As we approach the end of Week 3 it is timely for all of our students to pause and consider the goals they set for themselves to commence the year. The wonderful thing about schools and working with young people is that each year for every student is an opportunity for them to start fresh and aim high for what they hope to achieve inside and outside the classroom. As life inevitably gets busy and we all get fatigued, it is not uncommon for us to fall back into old habits and lose sight of what we had optimistically set out to achieve. I encourage all of our students to reflect on what they had hoped to accomplish and reignite their optimism about what is possible. Over the holidays I read (of all things) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life where he highlighted the importance of dreaming big, stating “It’s not a fantasy, just a memory that hasn’t happened yet”.

This is an exciting week in the TAS Calendar with the Junior School Swimming Carnival and House War Cries taking place tomorrow followed by the Senior/Middle School Carnival on Friday. It is fantastic that our students will again experience pride and House spirit to commence the year. I look forward to our students performing en masse for the staff and families able to attend this key event on our calendar. Following this our aspiring Cadets will undertake their leadership course this weekend. Dream big for what you can achieve.

I wish all the very best to students showcasing their talents and passions, regardless of what they are.


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Wednesday 14 FebruaryP&F Meeting7 pm
Monday 12-Thursday 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



NSW Transport

NSW Transport chartered coach services are provided free to boarding students travelling between their home and school – not interstate home destinations. Bookings are essential.

If you would like to book your child on one of the chartered coaches, please ensure to complete the booking forms so we can reserve a seat.

The Easter Long Weekend Boarders Travel booking link was sent out to all parents and carers last week: BOOK HERE

The End of Term 1 and Start of Term 2 Boarders travel booking is now open. Please follow this link to the online booking form: BOOK HERE

Please note that if you do not cancel your booking prior to departure, a $40 administration fee will be charged to your account. Cancellations can be made up to three days prior to travel. Students should be mindful of the 2 suitcase (25kg each) limit. Arrangements can be made through a carrier for extra luggage.

If you have any travel queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Veronica Lucas on (02) 6776 5800.

Mrs Veronica Lucas

From the Medical Centre

Have you informed the school that your child has an anaphylactic or respiratory health condition? Have you given the Medical Centre an updated copy of your child's Anaphylaxis Plan or Asthma Plan?

As the new year has started we need Medical Plans updated. Please send your child's plan to the Medical Centre either by email: at medicalc@as.edu.au or by dropping a copy directly. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Medical Centre on 0428 152 291 or Roaming 0493 297 119

04. From the P&F


Swimming Carnivals

The wonderful canteen staff will be provide morning teas and lunch to support the event. Unfortunately the P&F won’t be alongside them providing food and drink stalls for the Junior School and Senior School Swimming Carnivals this week. I hope you all get the opportunity to enjoy the carnivals and the War Cries.

P&F Meeting – This Week

The first P&F meeting of the year is this Wednesday 14 February from 7 pm. 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.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 215 517 2798
Password: parents
Dial in phone number:  +61 2 8015 6011

Connect with P&F

We have several Facebook pages providing useful information about upcoming activities 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 XXXX” on Facebook where XXXX is the graduating year of your child (e.g. “TAS Year 12 2026”). Ask to join.

Contact P&F Executive

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


Mr Paul Gaddes
P&F President

05. Director of Development


Scholarship and Open Day

On Monday 19 February, we will play host to over 100 potential new families who would like to be part of the TAS community. This day provides a great opportunity to understand all that TAS has to offer and it is no surprise that after 2023’s record attendance at our Open Day, led to record enrolments for this year.

Please spread the word to anyone you may know who is interested in a TAS education for their child as the Open Day is the perfect opportunity to see and experience TAS for themselves.

Applications for 2025 and 2026 are coming in thick and fast, so make sure that you have started the enrolment process for any siblings of current students, so you don’t miss out on a place for your child.

We are soon to be opening applications for 2027 enrolments, so watch this space.

Mrs Emily McOrist
Director of Development

06. From the Director of Co-curricular


Week 2 saw several highlights in the sporting arena. The First Cricket team notched up another win in the Armidale District Cricket Association Second XI competition and our rowers made their way to Sydney International Regatta Centre for the NSW Rowing Regatta. Georgia Henderson continues to impress in rowing with a silver medal in the Championship Women’s Under 16 Single Scull. This event saw competitors from NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT, TAS, WA and SA and required Georgia to progress through a Heat, Semi-Final and Final, an outstanding achievement.

This week we look forward to the MS/SS Swimming Championships, one of the many highlights in the Inter-House calendar. The information below provides details of the events and competition rules.

A program can be found by clicking HERE

Middle/Senior School Swimming Championships – Week 3

This week we have our MS/SS Swimming Championships taking place:

  • Thursday 15 February -5.45-8.30 pm – 100m F/S, Open Medley Relay & War Cries
  • Friday 16 February – 8.30 am-3.30 pm – 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 8:40 am. All remaining competitors and House members are to be seated by 8:40 am in the grandstand for a roll call.

Warm-up swimming will take place from 8.15-8.30 am.

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. Note that if you’re catching a bus to School you 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.

Week 4 Events (These events do not contribute towards House points or Age Champion).

Tuesday lunchtime (1.10pm) 20 Feb 200m Individual Medley (Senior/Intermediate/Junior)

Thursday lunchtime (1.10pm) 22 Feb 200m Freestyle (Senior/Intermediate/Junior)

CLICK HERE for the Term 1 2024 Training Schedule

CLICK HERE for the Term 1 2024 Extra Curricular Schedule


Mr Huon Barrett

Director of Co-curricular

07. From the Acting Head of Middle School


During our Middle School and Senior School assembly today, it gave me great pleasure to announce and introduce the TAS Middle School’s leaders for 2024. The following students should be congratulated:

  • Abbott House Leader: Arthur White
  • Broughton House Leader: Lucy Taylor
  • Croft House Leader: Jack Wood
  • Green House Leader: Cameron Carruthers
  • Ross House Leader: Vern Toakley
  • Tyrrell House Leader: Lucy Kelly
  • Dangar House Leaders: Mila Wright and Lucy Kelly
  • White House Leaders: Tyler Cameron and Lachlan Alker
  • Middle School Leaders: Matilda Coddington and Lachlan Alker

I’m confident they will serve with purpose and enthusiasm throughout the school year.


Mr Jamie Brauer
Acting Head of Middle School

08. From the Head of Junior School



Congratulations to all our Year 5 students who embraced the opportunity to be considered for one of the Junior School’s formal leaders, writing letters of application, attending an interview and making a speech to students in Years 3 to 5 about their leadership goals and aspirations. The process was certainly not easy, and all impressed with the courage and fortitude throughout. We look forward to working closely with the Year 5 student body, all leaders in their own right, throughout 2024.

Five Year 5 students were inducted into their formal leadership positions in assembly last week, each of whom has a specific portfolio that they will oversee. Congratulations to:

  • Lily Cook and Patrick Bourke – Junior School Captains
  • Daniel Mo – Broughton House Captain
  • Josie Buntine – Green House Captain
  • Casey Tighe – Ross House Captain


Dr Horton and Mr Chittenden with Junior School Leaders Casey Tighe, Daniel Mo, Patrick Bourke, Lily Cook and Josie Buntine


The Junior School House Swimming Carnival, the first House event for this year, takes place in the TAS pool tomorrow. We warmly invite all in our community to join us at this event and celebrate the efforts and successes of all students. Please note that students should wear their House uniform to this event. Due to the full program of events we request that all students bring packed lunch to school on this day if at all possible.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Sonny Salavador, Grace Crowley and Abby Chiu for their special days this week.


Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School


Upcoming Events

Thursday 15 FebruaryJunior School Swimming Carnival
Friday 23 FebruaryYear 5W AssemblyHoskins Centre (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
Friday 8 MarchYear 2H AssemblyHoskins Centre (2.45)

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Attributes of the Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate learner profile is based on attributes, which connect with intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. The attributes are key in providing a firm foundation for developing international-mindedness amongst all TAS JS students.

The learner profile aims to support students in engaging in action for positive change and is closely aligned with student agency. There are 10 attributes of the learner profile, which the students are exposed to, taught the meaning of and given opportunities to reflect upon on a regular basis. Our Junior School Assembly enables us to celebrate students from each class who have clearly demonstrated one of the learner profile attributes.



Learner Profile AttributeDescriptor
InquirersStudents develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning, and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
KnowledgeableStudents explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
ThinkersStudents exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. 
CommunicatorsStudents understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


PrincipledStudents act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


Open-MindedStudents understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


CaringStudents show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-TakersStudents approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


BalancedStudents understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


ReflectiveStudents give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.





Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator


Ball skills! 

We had a ball! But not before increasing our fitness levels with a sprint around the oval, peppered with 20-star jumps, 20 squats, 20 push-ups and 20 touching of toes! In ball skills, it is not just about being a skilled ball player but a fit one also!

We practised dribbling, learnt how to perform a ‘dummy kick’ to trick those pesky opponents and practised learning how to stop a fast-moving ball with the sole of our foot. We finished with a game of ‘duck duck goose’ to test our listening skills and then cooled down with some well-needed stretches.

Photos will be included next week when teachers have free hands!

Ms Rebecca Mason


It was wonderful to see the students out and about at tennis coaching on Monday. All are continuing to develop their skills through a games-based approach.

Many have already grown in confidence and this was reflected in their participation levels.

Please ensure you collect from the turning circle at 4:45 pm.

Mrs Veronica Waters



Summer Sports

What a great start to our Term 1 Summer sports program. It was wonderful to see many children enjoying their chosen sport on Monday afternoon. Please keep an eye out for emails from your child’s coach about continuing games. Ensure you are ready to pick up at the allocated time for your child’s sport, with your name clearly displayed on the passenger visor. Please email your child’s coach for any concerns or questions.

Junior School Swimming Carnival- Thursday 15 February

Children are to wear their swimmers and sports clothes to school on Thursday, ready for our annual Junior School Swimming Carnival. Our Year 5’s have been busy organising some House spirit activities in preparation for our carnival.

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.

Parents, please be aware that the children will be sitting with their House Groups on the day and parents are asked to sit on the Western side of the pool near the open glass doors. We ask that parents do not stand or walk around the pool area while the events are taking place. There is limited space for children to move from their area to the Marshalling area.

Parent/Year 5 Relay

Recognised as a highlight of our Carnival is the Year 5 verse parents/staff/gappies relay race after the carnival. If you are keen to take part, please bring along your swimmers ready to join in the fun!

NCIS Swimming Carnival – Thursday 22 February

The NCIS Swimming Carnival for those children who qualify will be held on Thursday, 22 February at Alstonville. If your child qualifies for this event you will be notified by Friday afternoon. We have to nominate our children ASAP after our carnival so, please consider this if you know your child may be considered.

Please find a link to the Junior School Swim Program HERE


Mrs Christine Wright
JS Sports Coordinator

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