2024 Term 1 Week 4   |   21.02.2024

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 4

01. From the Principal

DR RACHEL HORTON

My congratulations to all those students who took part in the swimming carnivals last week. The competition across the two days was fierce, races were exciting, and records were broken, but most importantly the level of support for all swimmers, fast or slow, was incredibly high. It was also fantastic to see so many parents, grandparents and other family members taking time to join us over the two days and the evening of War Cries.

The carnival represented the first occasion for the newly appointed Junior School leaders to lead their houses in a closely contested competition with Broughton House winning by a single point. War Cries were a close-run affair with Tyrrell House victorious in the end, Middle and Senior School results will be announced next week in Assembly.

My congratulations this week also to Year 12 TAS students Olive Lockett, Abigail Thompson and Lilla Menzies who were each awarded Marian Barford awards at NECOM last Sunday. These are awarded in recognition of their musical talents with the purpose of supporting their studies and development.

At the start of this term, we changed our School Management System from Edumate to Sentral. This has very little impact for parents, but it does mean that some of our emails are now sent through this system. Please do not be alarmed by the non-TAS email address, emails coming from bounce@messaging.sentral.com.au are indeed legitimate emails from the School.

Can I remind parents that vehicle access to the TAS campus through Gate 2, next to the Medical Centre is not permitted during the school day other than for the Uniform Shop. The Hoskins loop is also not a morning student drop-off point and its use by parents presents a safety risk for our students with the increased traffic on campus. Please drop your children just outside TAS on the road or use the Junior School turning circle.

 

Dr Rachel Horton
Principal

02. From the Deputy Principal

MR RAY PEARSON

Stewardship

Stewardship embodies a delicate balance between responsibility and opportunity. As stewards, we are entrusted with a profound duty—to nurture, safeguard, and enhance the legacy of our School, while upholding the cherished traditions that have shaped our reputation and defined our identity. Yet, comprehending the full scope of this ‘opportunity’ and grasping the enduring benefits of stewardship can prove challenging.

With a rich history spanning 130 years, The Armidale School stands as a testament to the enduring impact of stewardship. Whether as students, faculty, alumni, or parents, each of us plays a pivotal role in preserving and advancing our School. It is a role that warrants reflection and appreciation.

One aspect of TAS that I deeply value is the self-assurance our students exhibit and the respect they extend to our staff. When students voice concerns regarding school policies, they demonstrate a commendable willingness to engage constructively, whether directly with me or through student representative bodies like the SRC or Prefect groups. Recently, I had a student ask why we at TAS have a detailed hair policy. A  good question that provides a timely reminder for us all on what it means to be part of the TAS community. At TAS, we uphold uncompromising standards and actively foster diverse expressions of identity through our varied programs. While individuality may manifest in diverse ways, it is our collective commitment to community and shared values that yield the greatest rewards.

A compelling testament to the impact of stewardship lies in the achievements of our past stewards, which continue to benefit present and future generations of TAS students. When TAS alumni list our School on their resumes or engage in business dealings, they convey to prospective employers and partners the hallmark of a TAS education—high expectations, unwavering integrity, and a standard of excellence that sets them apart. This is not bought, and it cannot be taken for granted. To be a graduate of The Armidale School has significant meaning that extends well beyond the 2350 postcode, and this has been earned through 130 years of stewardship. For our current stewards, this explains the reasons why we have such high expectations on presentation. It is the one way we can collectively be identified; it allows us to demonstrate ‘respect’ for those who have come before us in a visible way.

While we may only be stewards for a short time in the long and distinguished history of TAS, we must all aspire to contribute to the strong culture of excellence, compassion, kindness, and respect to ensure that it is just as prevalent 130 years into the future.


Mr Ray Pearson

Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Thursday 22 FebruaryNCIS SwimmingAlstonville
Saturday 24 FebruaryNSW Schoolboy Head of the River
Monday 26 February – Friday 1 MarchJS to Lake Keepit
Wednesday 28 FebruaryFederation Cup DebatingTamworth
Thursday 29 FebruaryOAU Committee Meeting
Friday 1 MarchArmidale ShowCattle Show
Saturday 2 MarchNSW Schoolgirl Head of the River
Sunday 3 MarchClean Up Australia Day

 

NOTICEBOARD

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

04. From the P&F

MR PAUL GADDES

New P&F Storage

The P&F have moved into a new storage location behind the new P&F Uniform Shop.

Our previous location in the McConville basement, affectionately known as the Dungeon, has served us well as a shared space for storage and several creatures. The new storage provides a much larger space, has easier access from two sides and directly onto Backfield, and allows P&F more efficiencies in years to come.

A huge thank you to all involved from TAS Management, Housekeeping, and Works teams who planned and built the facility. We will call it the Bunker!

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. From the Counsellor

MS REBECCA ABBOTT

My name is Bec Abbott, I am the new school Counsellor here at TAS. I am a registered psychologist and conferred my Master of Psychology (Clinical) in 2023. I am passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people which drew me to the role here.

I enjoy bringing humour into my interactions which I find helps to bring a connection with young people.  Already I’ve enjoyed lots of interactions with students (including the ones who interviewed me!) at Coast Weekend, War Cries, the Swimming Carnival and around the School campus. The TAS community has been welcoming and I look forward to working in such a warm and inclusive community.

My passion is working with students (and parents) to help them navigate difficult times, help them see their strengths, allow them to be vulnerable in a trusting environment and encourage them to build positive relationships with themselves and others.

Students can self-refer by emailing counsellor@as.edu.au, pop into my office in Student Services (downstairs Fisher Wing), by contacting a trusted staff member or through their parents. Students over the age of 14 can provide their own consent to access the School Counsellor, whereas those under the age of 14 will require parental consent. Parents are also welcome to contact me via email and we can set up an appropriate time to have a conversation about your child/ren. I offer appointments during school hours according to the periods of the routine.

Email: counsellor@as.edu.au

Phone: 0494 020 776

 

Ms Rebecca Abbott
School Counsellor

06. From the Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

MR LUKE POLSON

Year 11 and Year 12 Assessment Schedules

Please note that Year 11 and Year 12 Assessment Schedules for 2024 are available on both the Student and Parent Portals. These important documents contain all relevant information regarding assessments, including the nature of the task and when a task is specifically occurring. All students must be looking through these and plan their time accordingly to ensure that work is submitted when it is due.
Meeting with Year 12 Students
Whilst tomorrow morning (Thursday) is typically a late start due to Staff Professional Development, I would like to meet with all Year 12 students at 8:40 am in the Year 12 Study Centre to complete some HSC formalities including checking their Confirmations of Entry and ensuring that students are across their responsibilities in this important year. Part of this will be to ensure that students have access to the 2024 Rules and Procedures Document that is published by NESA. A copy for your reference can also be found online: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/7f63462b-d33f-4c63-9e1e-c971fab0d36b/2024-rules-and-procedures-guide.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=
Careers Update
This week, our Careers Advisor, Ms Emily Dobson, sent out important information to all Year 12 students and their families concerning some upcoming university opportunities and information about applications. I draw your attention to it below and encourage students to have early conversations with Ms Dobson about their thoughts and future goals post-school.

Over the last 12 months there have been some changes in the early entry space*. After speaking to a few universities this week it seems that some are holding off releasing information regarding their early entry programs. There are also a small number of universities that are reviewing entry programs and may not be offering early entry in 2024 or 2025. Do not fear as even if this does happen for the university that you are most interested in, your approach to the year should not change as early entry offers are always conditional.

So what should you do now? Firstly continue to put in your best effort! Secondly, take a look at the list below and consider whether or not you would like to apply for early entry to these universities. These few have updated their information and will be opening their earlier admissions process soon. Many have the opportunity to register for interest now so please do this to ensure you are informed as soon as entries open. I personally think everyone should put their ‘hat in the ring’ at UNE even if you are yet to consider university as an option for you. A lot can change between now and early 2025 and investing in yourself through education will always be rewarding and nothing bad will happen if you choose not to accept an offer. Also don’t forget that guaranteed entry offers are available for many universities whereby if you meet the ATAR threshold you are guaranteed a place upon application. For more information visit individual university websites or come and see me.

If you are in the information-gathering stage, the opportunities below may be of interest to you.

Health Careers Forum – 12 March 

The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) annual Health Careers Forum (HCF) for North West New England Secondary schools. This event is for those who have a clear interest in a career as a health professional. This forum is primarily for Years 10 and 11 but if you are now considering a career in health you should come along and learn more about the opportunities available for you (see the attached flyer). If you are interested please let me know ASAP as I need to submit registrations for sessions by Tuesday, 5 March.

King’s College (University of Queensland) Information Session – 11 March 

The CEO of King’s College will be visiting TAS to speak to year 11 and 12 students who are interested in attending University of Queensland (UQ), residential colleges and King’s College in particular. This session will be held in Upper Maxwell on 11 March during the second half of lunch (from 1.30pm). Come along and find out why a number of TAS alumni have chosen King’s College to support them during their studies at the University of Queensland. Please let me know if you are interested in attending so I can pass on numbers for the purposes of ensuring there are enough information packs for everyone.

Australian National University Open Day – 16 March 

The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra is partnering with RESN to support rural and regional students who are interested in attending their Open Day on Saturday 16 March. The university will be covering costs for successful applicants to help them experience university life and learn more about the study options available. This includes interstate travel and one-night accommodation if required. For more information visit https://openday.anu.edu.au/#:~:text=Saturday%2C

Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour – 22 March 

If you are considering degrees (and other qualifications) offered by Southern Cross University they are offering a Coffs Harbour Discovery Day on Friday 22 March. There is a wide range of sessions being run which may be of interest to you. For the full program please head to www.scu.edu.au/experience/come-visit/discovery-day-coffs-harbour/ This event will not be a school-arranged excursion but students wishing to attend will have leave supported.

Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie – 26 March 

Charles Sturt University is offering a Port Macquarie Explore Day on Tuesday 26 March. As with the Southern Cross University event, if you are interested in attending you will be supported to do so but will need to make your own way to and from the event. Information for this event can be found at https://study.csu.edu.au/why-charles-sturt/events/explore-day

HSC and Careers Expo – 30 May  – 1 June

As in previous years, Year 12 students will be given the opportunity to attend this HSC and Careers Expo in Sydney. This is an overnight excursion that includes a visit to the expo and a number of residential colleges in Sydney. More information about this fabulous event can be found at www.hscandcareers.com.au/

*https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2023/01/11/nsw-and-act-universities-take-sector-leading-steps-to-strengthen.html

Mr Luke Polson
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

07. From the Head of Creative Arts

MRS CLARE O'SULLIVAN

Sydney Drama Trip

Last week the Year 11 and 12 Drama students travelled to Sydney to immerse themselves in a world of theatre. We were very fortunate to attend the Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli to view the John Breen play, Alone it Stands. This inspiring performance was ensemble in nature, utilising six actors to play a variety of character parts, set in a diverse range of locations, thereby demonstrating many of the skills that our students will be required to demonstrate in their own Group Performance later in the year.

Students also viewed two OnSTAGE concerts at the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, which showcased high-scoring performances, film, scriptwriting and design work from students from schools across NSW – including Will Nash, who graduated from TAS last year. These concerts provided valuable insight for our students into both the Individual Project and Group Performance tasks that they will undertake later in the academic year.

On our final night in Sydney, we were privileged to view RBG: Of Many, One performed by Heather Mitchell at the Opera House. The Drama students learnt more about commitment, resilience and what is possible in a performance context from viewing this outstanding production than they ever could have in a classroom.

The Year 11 and 12 Drama students are to be congratulated for their positive energy, their willingness to be flexible when circumstances require a change in the itinerary, and their excellent manners at all times throughout the trip. An enormous thank you to Ms Cleaver for the untold hours that she spent booking the tickets and accommodation for this educational adventure for our two classes.

Working Bee for SS Production

A massive thank you to all of the parents and students who attended the working bee for the SS production of Chicago Teen. An impressive number of parents volunteered to bump in the set into Hoskins Theatre, whilst others assisted in sourcing costumes from the Costume Room and others again painted set pieces. Sincere thanks go to Ms Amy Showell and Mr Pat Bradley who planned and strategized the bump in, ensuring that the day was a success.

 

Ms Clare O’Sullivan
Head of Creative Arts

Music Matters

Rising Stars Concert – Marion Barbord Award Recipients 

Congratulations to our Year 12 Music students, Olive Lockett (Double Bass and Bass Guitar), Lilla Menzies (Voice) and Abigail Thompson (Cello) who were awarded Marion Barford Awards at the Rising Stars Concert at the New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) on Sunday afternoon. All three students performed at the Rising Stars Concert and were each given high praise for their performances and their achievements.

Olive Lockett performed Another Star by Stevie Wonder on bass guitar, accompanied by Mr Warwick Dunham (piano), Mr Malcolm Liddell (trumpet), Mr Paul Marshall (saxophone) and Mr Harry Turnbull (drum-kit). Lilla Menzies (voice) sang Sweet Child o’ Mine by  Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, accompanied by Mr Warwick Dunham (piano), Mr Denis Dos Santos Arakaki (guitar), Olive Lockett (bass guitar) and Mr Malcolm Liddell (drum-kit). Abigail Thompson (cello) performed Movement I: Allegro (excerpt) by Antonín Dvořák from “Concerto for Violoncello in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191”, accompanied by Dr Robert Manley (piano).

The Marian Barford Award honours the Conservatorium’s first string teacher, the late Marian Barford, who sadly passed away in 2015 after ten years at NECOM. The Award honours Marian’s exceptional work and dedication to NECOM’s string program, the AYO orchestras, the Armidale Symphony Orchestra, our local schools, and the wider community organisations to whom Marian generously gave her time.

Initial funds for the award were generated by the New England Conservatorium’s ‘cello teacher Robert Jackson and local paediatrician/pianist Keith Power. Together, they donated the proceeds of their Beethoven concert series in 2021. Robert and Keith also cycled to Orange in October 2022 and performed the concert series again to raise further funds, ensuring it became an annual award. Proceeds from the Rising Stars Concert went towards the fund. The Award is made to advanced performance students in Year 11 or 12 to support their participation in musical activities that develop their musical potential.

Boarders’ Practice 

By completing regular practice you are more likely to realise your musical potential and improve the performance outcomes on your instrument. The Music Department is committed to supporting students through this process by providing supervised practice times in the Music Centre at TAS.

It is recommended that you will organise at least three 30-minute sessions across the week.  During your practice sessions you will need to work on achieving the practice objectives set by your instrumental tutor as a priority. It is a good idea that you bring your practice book with you so the Boarders’ Practice Supervisor can assist you.

For your convenience, the Music Centre will be open at the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

During these times a Boarders’ Practice Supervisor will be in attendance in the Music Centre to assist students and oversee sessions. To keep track of student attendance you will be required to see the Supervisor to sign in and sign out of each session.

The Music Centre is also open each weekday morning by 7:45 am.

It is expected that you will always treat the TAS Music Centre facilities with care.

We hope you view your time in the Music Centre positively and enjoy your musical experiences at TAS.

 

Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music

08. From the Acting Head of Middle School

MR JAMIE BRAUER

Starting Middle School at TAS can be challenging and exciting. For our students, the past three weeks have been very busy. Many of them are living away from home for the first time, being a part of a new school community, managing new routines and structures and starting to build positive relationships with fellow students and staff. From my perspective, the transition from our enthusiastic learners into Middle School and TAS has been sound. There has been evidence of young boys and girls embracing what TAS has to offer. Last Thursday and Friday was a great example of solidarity and finding a sense of belonging. All the students participated wholeheartedly in War Cries night and the swimming carnival. With such a positive start, I’m confident that our students will enjoy their journey before moving into Senior School.

Fundraiser For Cormac Downes – Initiated by Leo Thavapalasundaram and William Cooper-Fillios

There will be a bake sale to raise money for the Downes family in support of their son, Cormac (Year 9). This fundraiser will take place on Thursday 22 February (tomorrow) and Friday 23 February outside the Fisher Wing. Homemade food donations are encouraged. Please bring any baked goods to Mrs Frost’s office in Middle School on the mornings of the sale.

School Sores

Please be aware that a case of ‘school sores’ has been identified within the Middle School community. This case was in attendance during the swimming carnival last Friday. If your child shows any signs of any red itchy sores can you please seek medical assistance and notify Middle School reception, middle@as.edu.au.

Mr Jamie Brauer
Acting Head of Middle School

09. From the Head of Junior School

MR SCOTT CHITTENDEN

Mr-Scott-Chittenden

The 2024 House program started wonderfully well last week, with students working in their House groups to practise their War Cries, under the guidance and support of our three House captains and those in Year 5, before the first big sports carnival of the year. While House sporting carnivals have traditionally been very close affairs, the 2024 House Swimming Carnival was especially close throughout much of the proceedings. Congratulations to all who participated, to those who supported their mates so well regardless of their House affiliation, the various age and division winners mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter and those who have been selected in the TAS swim team at the NCIS swimming carnival that takes place tomorrow. Our thanks especially to Mrs Wright for her outstanding coordination of the carnival, all staff and volunteers who supported in a range of roles throughout the day and the wonderful parents who donned their swimmers in the ever-popular Year 5 vs Parents event after the carnival. What a wonderful community event to start the year with!

Students on Friday learned which class group would buddy up with theirs throughout this year in another cross-age program that runs in the Junior School at TAS – the ever-popular ‘Buddies’. Moving through the school on Friday afternoon it was already evident just how much value the students place in spending quality time with other students from within the Junior School, with whom they might otherwise not spend a great deal of time. The Buddies program, as with the House program, is intended to develop stronger connections within the school, breaking down age barriers and enhancing all students’ sense of belonging to the school. There is a significant amount of research that indicates this increased sense of belonging typically results in a range of improved outcomes for students, both socially/emotionally and academically.

With the next House carnival (Cross Country) already scheduled towards the end of this term we look forward to sharing details of the enhanced House program, and the opportunities afforded to our students through this, in the coming weeks.

Thank you for embracing the School’s Homework program which commenced in the Junior School last week. There have been a number of changes made, some of which are perhaps more noticeable than others, in order to better support both the purpose of the program as a whole (to reinforce and consolidate content already explicitly taught in class, to provide an opportunity for families to engage in their child’s learning and progress and to support the development of time management and study skills that will be required in later years) and to avoid placing unnecessary stress on our families.

All students across the Junior School will be provided their weekly homework each Monday, with completed work required to be returned to School on Friday of the same week. All are expected to complete regular reading with an adult in addition to an increasing amount of additional work required of students as they progress through the year levels. Kindergarten students, for instance, are asked to complete an average of 10 minutes of work over and above their reading each “school night” while Year 5 students will complete an average of 30 minutes per day, over and above their regular reading, over the same period.

Importantly, we are mindful that sometimes families may simply have an incredibly busy week and that this may the completion of set homework in any given week simply too difficult. In this instance, we encourage families to contact their child’s teacher to use their child’s Homework Pass (a maximum of one pass can be used in any term), in which case the student will not be required to join the Homework Club during lunch on Fridays (for those in Years 3-5) where they will otherwise be supported in the completion of their set homework. Furthermore, those who work more slowly through set work are not expected to complete more hours of study outside of regular school house than their peers. Please contact your child’s teacher should you have any concerns with the length of time it is taking your child to complete the set work.

The safety and wellbeing of all students is our fundamental concern. As such, we thank those families who have kept their children from school in recent weeks when they have been unwell. While we understand the difficulty in managing conflicting work and personal lives, we do greatly appreciate the efforts of most within our community to reduce the likelihood of contagious illnesses spreading. Please note we will contact you and ask that your child be collected from school if it is considered in their best interests that they spend some time away from school for any reason. Please do let your child’s teacher and the Junior School Receptionist know as soon as possible if your child will not be attending school due to illness.

Also in relation to student safety, please be aware that students are unable to access the swimming pool at any time without an adult present to supervise them. Students who attend swimming lessons after school, for instance, cannot enter the pool space to participate in their lesson without an adult being present to ensure they are appropriately supervised before, during and after their lesson. Should you have difficulties arranging appropriate supervision we would be pleased to support you through the Out of School Hours Care program. Please contact oshc@as.edu.au should you wish to learn more about how we can ensure the safety of your child(ren) both before and after their swimming lesson.


Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to Raymond Wang who is the only student having a birthday this week.

 

Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School

 

Junior School Music

Choirs Available to Junior School Students

The New England Conservatorium has two wonderful choirs available to our Junior School students. These are a wonderful opportunity to extend the singing and choral skills of our students and allow them to build connections with like minded students from schools across Armidale and surrounding areas.

New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) Choirs – Minisingers

MINISINGERS is the perfect introduction to music, singing and performance for children in Years K – 2 and is ideal for young children wishing to learn an instrument in the future. Singing in a fun and friendly environment with others helps every young person develop their confidence, self-esteem, communication and social skills. There are lots of fun action songs and musical games which develop skills in pitch and rhythm, concentration, co-ordination and memory. 

Rehearsals take place at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Wednesday of the school term from 4:00 – 4:45pm.  Fees per term are $62.00.

Choral program members join for a whole year of activity including 9 weekly rehearsals during school terms, are guided by specialist music educators, and present concerts throughout the year.  Active and Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.  To enrol, New Student – New England Conservatorium of Music (necom.org.au)

New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) Choirs – Cantilena

CANTILENA is a choir for students in Years 3 – 6, performing more complex unison melodies, 2 and 3-part songs and providing additional performance opportunities as the choristers gain in confidence.  Cantilena rehearsals take place at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Wednesday of the school term, from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.  Fees per term are $83.00.

Choral program members join for a whole year of activity including nine weekly rehearsals during school terms, are guided by specialist music educators, and present concerts throughout the year.  Active and Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.  To enrol, New Student – New England Conservatorium of Music (necom.org.au)

 

Yours in Music
Ms Jessica Miller

Upcoming Events

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

All classes have embraced their new units of inquiry with eagerness. Throughout a unit of inquiry, students are guided through an inquiry cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table below shows the transdisciplinary themes and central ideas for each year group. A unit of inquiry generally has a duration of 7 weeks.

 

YearTransdisciplinary ThemeCentral Idea
Pre-KWho we areRelationships with those around us help shape us as people
KindergartenWho we areMy connections help make me who I am
Year 1How the world worksMaterials have a range of properties

that determine their use

Year 2How the world worksChanges In the Sky and Land may impact our environment
Year 3Where we are in place and timeMany people have contributed to a community and have influenced how the community has developed
Year 4Where we are in place and timeExploration may lead to discovery and develop new understandings
Year 5Where we are in place and timeMigration may be a response to challenges, risk and opportunities

 

Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator

JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Swimming Carnival

Thank you to all the children who participated so eagerly in our annual Junior School Swimming Carnival last Thursday. A busy and exciting day was had by many with great sportsmanship and House spirit displayed during the day.

Results of our Carnival:

Age Champions

  • 6 year boy Champion            Hudson Archer
  • 6 year boy Runner Up            Max Ducat
  • 6 year girl Champion             Florence Reynell
  • 6 year girl Runner Up             Eddie Mitchell
  • 7 year boy Champion            Hunter Grace-Booth
  • 7 year boy Runner Up            Rafi Kiehne
  • 7 year girl Champion             Elizabeth Collins
  • 7 year girl Runner Up             Macie Pearson
  • 8 year boy Champion            Felix Boyce and Wilbur Drain
  • 8 year boy Runner Up            Max Dennison
  • 8 year girl Champion             Maggie Wood
  • 8 year girl Runner Up             Elara Polson
  • 9 year boy Champion            Albie Brauer
  • 9 year boy Runner Up            Lachie McDowell
  • 9 year girl Champion             Skye Knox
  • 9 year girl Runner Up             Anna Trevaskis

 

  • 10 year boy Champion          Mason Grace-Booth
  • 10 year boy Runner Up          Finley Boyce
  • 10 year girl Champion                       Maddie Pearson
  • 10 year girl Runner Up           Sienna Nelson-Straub

 

  • 11 year boy Champion          Casey Tighe
  • 11 year boy Runner Up          Jack Cadzow
  • 11 year girl Champion           Lexie Kay
  • 11 year girl Runner Up           Josie Buntine

 

Division Champions

  • Sub Junior Boy                       Hunter Grace-Booth
  • Sub Junior Girl                        Florence Reynell
  • Junior Boy                               Mason Grace-Booth
  • Junior Girl                               Skye Knox
  • Senior Boy                              Casey Tighe
  • Senior Girl                               Lexie Kay

 

Highest Point Score

  • Boy                                          Mason Grace-Booth and Casey Tighe (62)
  • Girl                                          Lexie Kay (64)

 

Winning House                      Broughton

 

NCIS Carnival in Alstonville – Thursday 22 February

Congratulations to the following children who will participate in the NCIS Swimming Carnival on Thursday. Thanks to Mr Scott Chittenden and Ms Lauren Jeffrey for travelling to Alstonville to assist in the carnival.

We wish all swimmers the best of luck for their events on Thursday and look forward to hearing all about the day.

  • Lachie Chiu
  • Lachie McDowell
  • Mason Grace-Booth
  • Finley Boyce
  • Maggie Wood
  • Anna Trevaskis
  • Lexi Kay
  • Jack Cadzow
  • Duncan Klabe
  • Lara Thavapalasundaram

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