2024 Term 1 Week 9   |   27.03.2024

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 9

01. From the Principal


Congratulations to all our TAS students as they finish their summer sport seasons. There have been many highs and lows for all, no doubt, as there always is with competition or performance of any kind. Our students have held themselves incredibly well as strong competitors, generous opposition and encouraging teammates, always incorporating a strong component of fun. With some wonderful individual and team results, I will mention just one as the First XI Cricket team won their grand final last Saturday in dramatic style after a slow start. This was a bittersweet moment for their passionate coach Mr Harry Dobson as it marked the end of his last season with the team. Mr Dobson will have been at TAS for just over two years as an HSIE teacher, and he has certainly made his mark. He will move to Melbourne at the end of Term 3 and we wish him all the very best for that move when the time comes.

I would like to wish all of our families a peaceful and reflective Easter weekend. I look forward to seeing the students return after their much-deserved break next week for the final two weeks of Term 1.


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


Excitingly, we are only two weeks away from the end of Term 1. School will conclude on Thursday 11 April at 3:30 pm, followed by our first round of Parent-Teacher Interviews for the Middle and Senior School.

It’s astonishing to think about all that is still ahead in the remaining days of Term 1. Today, our Middle and Senior School students are completing the first Bivouac of 2024, and they will enjoy an extended weekend for Easter. Next Thursday (4/4), a significant number of our Junior School students (along with their parents) will face the challenge of the first Tri-Star event in the TAS Pool. Additionally, next week the entire school will participate in our annual ‘Blue Week’ focus, culminating in a ‘wear it blue’ mufti day on Friday (5/4) and the first Triple Crown challenge of the Coffs Ocean Swim on Sunday (7/4).

We will wrap up the term with our annual House Cross Country Championships for the entire school on Thursday 11 April. This event is compulsory for all students, as we aim to build on the positive House Spirit generated from the Swimming Carnival earlier in the term.

I extend my best wishes to all families for a happy Easter and eagerly anticipate enjoying the many activities with our students in the final two weeks of Term 1.


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. From the Chaplain

Rev Joanne Benham

I am currently writing this brief report during a brief break whilst on Bivouac. It has so far been a great Biv, not only is it enjoyable to be out in our beautiful natural surroundings, riding with the A-Coy (Year 10) cadets is always fun, and it is wonderful to work alongside the students in a different setting.

It has been a very full, but rewarding term so far in the Chaplaincy department. Last week we held our Year 6 – 12 Easter Service, at which the Chapel Choir sang beautifully, and the Junior School Easter service took place on Monday. Both occasions provided the opportunity for us to come together, hear God’s word and reflect on the true meaning of Easter – the hope of eternal life through Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. For anyone wishing to attend Easter services in the Armidale district, the service times to the local Anglican Churches can be found here: https://www.unechurch.org.au/ https://www.stpetersarmidale.org.au/

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter.

Rev Joanne Benham

04. Calendar of Events

Wednesday 27 MarchBivouac
TAS Regional TourGunnedah & Tamworth
Classes Conclude
Thursday 28 MarchStaff Day
Monday 1 AprilBoarders Return
Tuesday 2 AprilClasses Resume
Wednesday 3 Aprilda Vinci DecathlonYear 7 & 8
Boarders Formal Dinner
Thursday 4 Aprilda Vinci DecathlonYear 5 & 6
TAS Regional TourScone
Friday 5 Aprilda Vinci DecathlonYear 9 & 10
Tri Schools DebatingYears 6, 7, 8



05. From the P&F


TASRC – Volunteers

TAS Rugby Carnival is the first weekend of the upcoming term break. The P&F will operate venues for barbecues and kiosks, as well as pack player lunches and sell donated home baked goods. We are calling for volunteers to help on Friday 12 April with set up, as well as Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 at the Carnival.

Thank you to the 75 helpers who have already signed up. We need over 170 helpers across the weekend!

Please visit the link to confirm your support for the days/times you are available TASRC Volunteer Sign Up


TASRC – Baking

The TAS baking community is largely responsible for the financial success of the TAS Rugby Carnival for the P&F. So, once again, we are calling on your donations.

Baked items need to be:

  • Nut free
  • Well-formed (such as slice) to keep shape when served or moved into individual bags
  • Fresh for consumption until the Sunday (14 April) of the carnival
  • Accompanied by a list of ingredients (people buying often ask – we’re requesting that bakers use our standard recipes, so we have ready-made labels)
  • Of a serving size suitable for a $3-$5 price point.

With all these requirements and with our knowledge of sales at past carnivals, we’ve created a list of preferred baked items and their recipes available at: TASRC Recipes

If you can bake for TASRC please review further information & signup at:

TASRC Baking Sign Up

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

06. From the Director of Boarding


With the upcoming Years 6 – 12 Parent Teacher interviews to be held across the following days and times:

  • 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm Thursday 11 April
  • 9.00am – 1.00pm Friday 12 April
  • 9.00am – 1.00 pm Monday 29 April

Can you start conversations with your child/children and their Head/s of House on their departure times and transport arrangements at the conclusion of Term 1? Boarding houses will be closed from 10.00 am Friday, 12 April, with all boarders allowed to stay overnight on Thursday evening, 11 April. Boarding houses will reopen for Term 2 from 1.30 pm Monday 29 April.

As communicated previously, boarding houses will re-open for boarders returning from the Easter break at 1.30pm Monday 1 April.

I appreciate your support of the weekly Wednesday evening ‘Unplugged Night’ which will continue in Term 2. The feedback from many boarders has been overwhelmingly positive and I was warmed by the feedback received from several families on my recent visit to Moree and Narrabri on the TAS Regional Tour. Please continue to have conversations with your child/children about the appropriate use of technology and the importance of putting appropriate technological boundaries in place.

All boarding houses will accommodate rugby players attending the TAS Rugby Carnival during the upcoming school holidays. Subsequently, boarders will need to liaise with their Heads of House regarding what can and can’t be left in their respective rooms/dorms during that time. All boarders must be aware that anything left in boarding houses must be adequately secured.


Mr David Drain
Director of Boarding



07. From the Head of Creative Arts

Ms Clare O'Sullivan

08. From the Head of Junior School



As we approach the comparatively short Easter holiday break it is fair to suggest all are excited by the prospect of a few days of rest and relaxation. Events over the past week have certainly contributed to the need for a quiet few days!

Easter has been the focus of several events in the Junior School this week. On Monday all students in K-5 participated in the Junior School Easter Service run by Rev Benham, Mr Cook and Mr Newman. The Easter Hat Parade also returned to TAS this year, with class groups strutting their stuff on the catwalk in Hoskins to showcase both their fabulous headwear and modelling prowess. Our thanks to our community for supporting this event, both in the preparation of the millinery masterpieces on display and through their attendance.

Yesterday students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 learned about the Zones of Regulation as part of our social and emotional learning program. This program proactively supports children to recognise when they become a little less regulated and equips them with a range of tools’ to use to manage their feelings constructively and return to a more “healthy” emotional space.  Further information on the program can be found at https://zonesofregulation.com/how-it-works/. Specific details, together with a variety of strategies already introduced in classes, will be communicated with parents and carers of those children who have already begun learning about this program.

Auditions for the inaugural Inter-house TAS Talent Show have taken place throughout this week and we cannot wait for the finals scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday. Congratulations to all who participated, and best of luck to those who have progressed to the next stage of competition.


Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School


Junior School Music

Year 5 Band Program

Year 5 are all learning brass and woodwind instruments this semester. Musicians Mr Paul Marshall, Mr James McKay, Mr Dave Brown, Mr Malcolm Liddell and Ms Li Ling Chen have been tutoring students each Monday. They are currently teaching students flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and French horn. Students have been learning their individual parts in small groups with their tutors, and last Monday, students played together for the first time as an ensemble.

Miss Jessica Miller
Junior School Music Teacher

Upcoming Events

Thursday 28 MarchStaff Day
Friday 29 MarchGood FridaySchool closed
Monday 1 AprilEaster MondaySchool closed
Tuesday 2 AprilClasses resume
Thursday 4 Aprilda Vinci Decathlon
Tri-Star Swim
Friday 5 AprilNewling Primary School Slime Fest
Saturday 6 AprilCampus to City Canter
Autumn Festival
Thursday 11 AprilJunior School Cross Country
School Concludes
Friday 12 AprilStaff Day

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

As the term comes to an end, our classes are all still very much full of engaged learners with many wonderings and questions to ponder. Most of our classes have completed their first Unit of Inquiry and commenced their second unit for the year. (Aside from Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten who only do four units per year.)

The table below outlines the Transdisciplinary Themes and Central Ideas that the classes are exploring.


Class GroupTransdisciplinary ThemeCentral Idea

What is the big idea we will be exploring?

Year 1How we express ourselvesStories are vessels for timeless cultural and personal expression
Year 2How we express ourselvesPeople express themselves and entertain through performance
Year 3Sharing the planetFeatures and characteristics of living and non-living things and how the may be interdependent on the environment
Year 4How we organise ourselvesInvestigation into energy forms that enable us to discover ours and others environmental footprints.
Year 5Sharing the planetManagement of the environment to produce food, fibre and services


When commencing a new unit of inquiry students working theories, experiences and ways of thinking are explored. It is through this observation process that teachers are able to ‘tune in’ to the student’s prior knowledge ensuring a strong launch into a new unit. As units unfold there is time, place and opportunity for the unit to be both emergent and responsive to the students’ interest and needs and to what is happening in the world around us.

If you have any expertise in any of the areas above please let us know as we welcome guest speakers into our classes to grow and extend student knowledge.


Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator


Junior School Sport

On a glorious Autumn afternoon, the last training session was extremely satisfying! The best thing about daylight saving are sensational shadows created on the courts by the children going through their drills and games. We have observed real progress this term.

Mrs Veronica Waters and Ms Fiona Xeros

Indoor Hockey

We are thrilled to share some exciting news from our Junior School sports arena! On Friday afternoon, our three indoor hockey teams wrapped up their season with a flourish, showcasing their skills and sportsmanship on the field. It was indeed a moment of pride for our school community.

A special congratulations is in order for TAS White, who emerged victorious in Division 2, securing the gold medal with a convincing win, we couldn’t be prouder of their achievement. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Duncan, whose invaluable contribution on the field helped bolster the team’s performance. All teams and
students have shown improvement and applied skills learned during training sessions in every game played.

We extend our gratitude to our dedicated coaches, Ms Skye Waugh, Miss Josie Waters, and Mrs Harwood. As we conclude this season, let’s celebrate not just the victories on the scoreboard, but also the friendships and the growth achieved both individually and as teams.

Thank you once again to everyone involved in making this season a memorable one.

Miss Josie Waters


Winter Sports

This week saw the conclusion of our summer sports program. It was wonderful to see children enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors this week and enjoying their final sessions.

Winter sports will commence next term after the April holidays.


Cross Country – Thursday, 11 April

Don’t forget our annual Cross Country event will take place on Thursday, 11 April (Final week of term). We have been encouraging the children to do a little running before the event. Approximate distances for each group will be:

  • Kindergarten:  400m
  • Year 1 and 2: 800m
  • Years 3 and 4: 2km
  • Year 5: 3km


Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator

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