2024 Term 2 Week 2   |   08.05.2024

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 2

01. From the Principal


What a fabulous production of Chicago: Teen Edition we were treated to on opening night last week. It was an upbeat and suitably dazzling performance showcasing so many of our students on stage, in the band and behind the scenes. Congratulations to all students and staff involved and “break a leg” on closing weekend!

This week has also seen the penultimate leg of the TAS Regional Tour in Coffs Harbour. Thank you to all those parents and alumni who have attended functions throughout. A strong relationship between the School and parents contributes significantly to the success of students and it is wonderful to connect and share stories in families home towns. David Drain, Jo Neilson and I are very much looking forward to the final stop this year in Inverell next week.

Huge congratulations also to Ted Chick as he has now completed a significant portion of his Miles4Mac fundraiser, running from Sydney back to Armidale. Running 530km is an incredible commitment and we hope to welcome Ted back as a school early next week.


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


It has been very pleasing to receive so many positive reports from the community on how our students conduct themselves when representing the School. We unashamedly have high expectations for all of our students and this is shared by the broader community. When our students do the ‘things that do not require talent’ well it is noticed. Wearing the uniform with pride, using manners, taking the initiative to help people in need with small acts of kindness all contribute positively to what we are trying to achieve as a community. Thank you to the vast majority of our students that consistently do this, it is noticed and appreciated. 

Our Prefects are continuing the tradition of the TAS Greatest Shave this year. Raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities NNSW, specifically the tutoring program the charity provides for children receiving treatment and their siblings. The fundraiser is open to all our Year 12s who have committed to raising at least $250 each to take part in the shave (or shoulder length cut) next Friday at the Senior and Middle School Athletics Carnival. To read about their motivation and to donate to the TAS Year 12 team please go to the following link. It is wonderful to see that they have already raised over $4000 for this worthy cause. 


With another busy week ahead, I am very excited to see the Dazzle cast perform Chicago this weekend. The Razzle performances last weekend were outstanding and I encourage all who can to come along and see this amazing production.


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Thursday 9 MayLife Ed Visit
Foundation Board Meeting
Friday 10 MayChicagoHoskins Centre 7 pm
UNE Open Day
Saturday 11 MayChicago Closing NightHoskins Centre 7 pm
Monday 13 MayTwilight ConcertMemorial Hall ( 5.45 pm)
Tuesday 14 Mayda Vinci State Finals
Flu VaccinationsMedical Centre (7.30 am)
Wednesday 15 MayArmidale Eisteddfod
P&F Meeting7 pm
Thursday 16 MayJunior School Athletics
Cloisters Run
Friday 17 MayMiddle/Senior School Athletics




Year 7 Immunisation Clinic

The TAS Medical Centre will be holding a Year 7 Immunisation Clinic on Thursday 23 May. Please completed the online permission form if you would like your child to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Centre on medicalc@as.edu.au. For additional information please use the link provided below.


04. From the Chaplain

This week Mr Cook and I have had the privilege of attending some local professional development, hosted by the Diocese, on preaching and teaching the Bible. At this conference we sat under the solid teaching of Simon Manchester, David Cook, Janet Riley, David Burge and Jim Mobbs as they took us through the book of Acts and taught us how we can stay faithful and sharp in our own teaching. We also spent time critiquing Bible talks of others as well as being critiqued ourselves! This was an incredibly valuable experience and an important reminder that our job is to let God’s Word speak, not our own!

Continuing on from last week’s report, here are some current and upcoming activities for anyone interested:

  • Junior School (Years 3 – 5) GAS (God and Stuff): Recess Tuesdays in the Christian Development (CD) classroom
  • Middle School GAS: Beginning of lunch Mondays in the CD Classroom (finishing in time for MS lunch in the Dining Hall)
  • Senior School SALT: Beginning of lunch Thursdays in the CD Classroom (lunch provided)

If you would like anymore information about these groups, please contact Mr Ben Cook bcook@as.edu.au or myself jbenham@as.edu.au

Local youth groups have started up for the term, fliers to BLAST (St Peter’s Cathedral) and SMYG (St Mark’s unechurch) can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Lastly, St Mark’s unechurch is hosting Marshall Ballantine-Jones on Saturday 11 May who will run a seminar for parents on “8 things every parent should know about porn & social media”. Marshall is an ordained Anglican minister who has conducted PhD research at the University of Sydney’s Medical School on the use and effects of pornography. ALL are welcome, the seminar is not specifically & exclusively targeted at Christians, it’s designed to provide information in a helpful & loving way for anyone interested, and would be especially helpful for parents of high schoolers. I heard Marshall speak at a conference on these topics last term and it was incredibly helpful. The seminar is completely free, but bookings are ESSENTIAL to gauge numbers and capacity. Bookings can be made via this link https://www.trybooking.com/CQXXD

Rev Joanne Benham

05. From the P&F


Next Meeting – P&F AGM

Wednesday 15 May 2024 (Term 2 Week 3) is the P&F AGM. The current P&F Executive team will stand down from their roles leaving openings for new faces to take the organisation forward. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the school community in either of the President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer roles.

If you would like to get more involved with the P&F and become a voting member, please find the P&F Membership Application Form on the Parent Portal. If you would like to become a member of the P&F Executive team, then please complete the P&F AGM Executive Nomination Form also. Both of these can be emailed to the P&F Exec team at the address below or completed at the AGM.

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 Acting Director of Teaching and Learning


TAS will be participating in the ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney with over 35 years of experience in educational assessments.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Science, Mathematics and Spelling. This year, parents will need to register and pay directly with ICAS if they wish for their child to take part in any/all of these assessments. TAS will then facilitate the sitting of these papers throughout August, during the scheduled sitting windows. The schedule for these competitions can be found on the next page. These assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the challenge of competing in an international assessment. They are not general school-related assessments and are not designed as such.

In 2023, students can participate in English, Maths, Science- Grades 2-11, Digital Technology and Spelling Bee – Grades 2-7 & Writing- Grades 3- 11. The cost of each assessment is $19.95 including GST, except for Writing which costs $23.95 (including GST).

If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, you will need to visit the online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. Please visit: https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps and enter the code: OPJ197

Important: Please enter your child’s name accurately into the system, as it will appear on their ICAS certificate. Students must sit assessments designed for their year level and registrations must be completed by Monday 29 July 2024. Please contact us as school for further information.

Please see below a copy of the sitting window for when the tests will occur:

SubjectSitting WindowsPrice (GST inc.)
Digital Technologies Year 2-75 Aug – 9 Aug 2024$19.95
Writing Year 3-115 Aug – 9 Aug 2024$23.95
English Year 2-1112 Aug – 16 Aug 2024$19.95
Science Year 2-1119 Aug – 23 Aug 2024$19.95
Spelling Bee Year 2-719 Aug – 23 Aug 2024$19.95
Mathematics Year 2-1126 Aug – 30 Aug 2024$19.95

Mr Luke Polson
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

07. From the Director of Development

Mrs Emily McOrist

Foundation Solstice Dinner

Come together and celebrate everything that is great about the school, whether you are a parent, staff, alumni, donor or supporter, this is an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company over a beautiful dinner made by our very own catering team. It will be a special occasion to be sat in our famous Dining Hall that could have easily been set in Hogwarts.

The dinner will be the school’s main fundraiser for the School’s Foundation, which exists to raise money to support the School’s objectives – namely through supporting Scholarships or the Building Fund.

Our main goal for this fundraiser is to see parents/carers from each year group of the school to come together, alumni, donors and staff from across the years.

Tickets are limited, so please book early for yourself and a few friends to come and enjoy an evening of good food and drinks. You can book a table of eight when you buy your tickets.

Please buy your tickets below:

Mrs Emily McOrist
Director of Development

08. Co-curricular

The TAS Athletics Championships for Middle and Senior school students will take place on Friday 17 May 2024. In the lead up to the main day of events, the following events will take place:

  • Monday 13 May: 3000m (4.00pm Wakefield)
  • Wednesday 15 May: 1500m (4.00pm Wakefield)
  • Thursday 16 May: Cloisters Run (1.10pm Lawrance Quad)

Students are to wear their House sports shirt with TAS crested shorts if entering these events.

Post championships, the following events will be run for students wishing to be considered for NCIS Athletics selection only (No House or age points for these events):

  • Monday 20 May: Javelin (4.00pm Wakefield)
  • Tuesday 21 May: Triple Jump (4.00pm Wakefield)

On Friday 17 May roll call will take place for all students at 8.30am, with events starting at 8.40am. Students and parents are reminded that this event is a compulsory school day for all Middle and Senior school students.  

Students are reminded that full school uniform is required for the day – House shirt, TAS crested shorts, TAS crested tracksuit pants, TAS hoody/jacket and TAS cap/hat. This is also a phone and technology free event. 

Please note that our Athletics Championships are a compulsory school activity and it is expected that all students will be present. 

Parents and supporters are most welcome to attend the events on Friday, and there will be a barbecue lunch provided for all MS/SS students (day and boarding) and parents.

Age and House Champions will be announced in assembly in Week 6.

Please see the Athletics Championship program HERE


Mrs Rachael Edmonds
Co-curricular  Assistant

09. From the Head of Creative Arts

Ms Clare O'Sullivan

10. From the Head of Junior School



Term 2 has certainly started off with the proverbial bang! Last week, Junior School students from Years 1 – 5 were fortunate to listen to and learn from renowned illustrator Cheryl Orsini. Ms Orsini shared some of her wonderful illustrations and personal stories about how and where she finds her inspiration, providing practical tips on how to improve one’s illustrations. Perhaps the day’s highlight was seeing Mr Norrie dressed as Dorothy, a character from one of Ms Orsini’s books.

Our thanks to all who entered and judged this year’s Junior School House Anzac Biscuit competition. Our student leaders had the enviable responsibility of tasting all entries and shortlisting those they believed had the greatest chance of success in the finals. Dr Horton, Mrs Lasker and Mrs Hardin then scored all finalists in the chewy and crunchy categories, respectively, with the results shared at the conclusion of last week’s assembly hosted by 3H. Congratulations to all who participated and especially the following who placed in the top three overall:


  • PK-2: Abigail Chiu
  • 3-5 and best overall: Lexie Kay


  • PK-2: Buster Bush
  • 3-5 and best overall: Alexa Wood

House results:

  • 1st – Ross
  • 2nd – Green
  • 3rd – Broughton

All Junior School students will be fortunate to learn from an educator in Life Education in the coming days. Life Education aims to empower children to make safer, healthier choices through the delivery of lessons that align with the curriculum being delivered within each school. We encourage all parents and carers to review the excellent resources available at https://lifeed.org.au/families/resources-for-parents-carers/. Further details on each lesson being conducted, as outlined below, are available at https://lifeed.org.au/teachers-and-schools/the-life-ed-program/primary-program/. You are most welcome to review the content that will be delivered to your child(ren) in the coming days and continue these important discussions at home.

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Harold’s Big Feelings
  • Kindergarten – My Body Matters
  • Year 1 – Ready Steady Go
  • Year 2 – Safety Rules
  • Year 3 – Friends and Feelings
  • Year 4 – bCyberwise
  • Year 5 – Relate Respect Connect

As outlined last week, all members of the Junior School are encouraged to Walk Safely to School.  On this day we are all asked to consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. Although walking all the way to school is not realistic for many of us, it is possible to build a walk into your family’s daily routine. Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes, it also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.

Friday will also see all in the Junior School assembling in our ‘Celebrating Families’ event on Friday 10 May between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. This event, which will take place near the flagpoles, will see each class hosting a unique opportunity for adults and children to engage actively with one another. Please note that the students themselves have determined how best to spend meaningful time with their adults, so participants may find themselves a little outside their comfort zone! We are very aware that not all children will have an adult in attendance. Please complete this online form to let us know if you are able to attend. This will allow us to both ensure sufficient resources are available and ensure those whose family are unable to attend are still integrally involved.


Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to Arden Johnstone-Burt and Aedan McDonald for their birthdays this week.


Mr Scott Chittenden

Head of Junior School


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 8 MayNCIS Cross Country
Thursday 9 MayLife Education Van
Friday 10 MayLife Education Van
Walk Safely to School Day
Celebrating FamiliesMother’s Day Event
Monday 13 MayGrip Leadership Course
Thursday 16 MayJunior School Athletics Carnival
Friday 17 MayYear 5C AssemblyHoskins Centre (2.45 pm)

Junior School Sport

NCIS Cross Country – Wednesday, 8 May

A team of very keen athletes travelled to compete in the NCIS Cross Country Championships in Terranora. We wish them well and look forward to hearing the news of how they competed today. Hopefully the weather will have been kind to them.

NCIS team

  • Darby Klabe
  • Duncan Klabe
  • Lara Thavapalasundaram
  • Felix Boyce
  • Finley Boyce
  • Elara Polson
  • Georgia Flynn
  • Arthur Rylands
  • Scout Bush
  • Grace Grogan
  • Raymond Wang
  • Patrick Bourke
  • Hunter Crane

Winter sports – Term 2

Our Winter sports program has commenced with all children displaying an eager commitment to their chosen sport. You will hear from your coach this week, if you haven’t already. Hockey and Netball games have commenced with Football games starting this Saturday. Please ensure you let your child’s coach know if your child is ill and unable to train or play.

Any concerns regarding sport please email Mrs Christine Wright at cwright@as.edu.au

Junior School Athletics Carnival – Thursday, 16 May

Our Junior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Wakefield on Thursday, 16 May.

Children are required to wear their House coloured shirts, hats and bring or wear tracksuits.

We anticipate cooler weather and need children to be prepared. Please also ensure your child has plenty of water and healthy snacks for the day. A barbecue lunch will be provided on the day for parents and children. No boarders lunch or lunch orders are available on this day.

As the day is a very busy one, some events will be completed in PE lessons. These events will be recorded and added to the overall points for the day for both individuals and house groups.

A program of events will be available in next week’s TAS talks. The day will commence at 9am and conclude by 3:30pm. All parents/grandparents are welcome to attend. We look forward to a great day of Athletics.


Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator

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