2024 Term 2 Week 7   |   12.06.2024

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 7

01. From the Principal


I hope everyone was able to take some time to relax over the long weekend and that students have returned to school refreshed and ready for the last three weeks of term. While assessments continue for Stage 6 students, Year 9 and 10 students will be awaiting the results from their recent exam block. There is no doubt that some will feel pleased with their efforts and outcomes while others will be disappointed. It is worth remembering that these assessments represent a single moment in time and provide an opportunity for reflection and teacher feedback; an important part of the process to improve students’ performance and achievements.

This week I also write to let you know that Mr Clarrie Moran, First Nations Support Officer, has resigned from his role and will be leaving the School this term. Clarrie has been at TAS for over six years; an incredible advocate and support for our Indigenous students and their families. He has also had a range of involvements in the life of the School beyond his role in the co-curricular sphere as a rugby coach. Clarrie will be greatly missed by students and their families with whom he has built a particularly strong relationship. We wish him all the very best in his new endeavours.

Finally, thank you to those who already have tickets to support the Foundation by attending the Solstice Dinner this Friday. A huge number of tickets have been sold to this event, so if you have yet to purchase yours, please use this link to get one of the final remaining: Book your ticket here.


Dr Rachel Horton


02. From the Deputy Principal


I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend and found some time to meaningfully engage with friends and family. Having some time away and being with people I love provided me with great fulfilment. Not having any mobile reception was a wonderful reminder of how important face-to-face engagement is. This experience has prompted me to reflect on the impact we, as a society, face with the lack of meaningful connection through our modern modes of communication. Of course, I do mean social media but also email, text, and other technological forms of communication that have increased transactional relationships over those based on positive connections.

As Simon Sinek stated, “Social media and cell phones have done something really good – they’ve enabled us to stay in touch with people over long distances… But we cannot forget that nothing replaces face-to-face.”

Communicating with others via new means is very convenient but does not build relationships or provide an opportunity to display empathy in our dealings with each other. I certainly consider myself fortunate that my schooling years did not involve the complexities of social media. In fact, I still remember my first teaching role where I was advised to check my pigeonhole (found in the staff common room) twice a day but my email only once. This, of course, prompted more face-to-face conversations and had a different form of efficiency that back-and-forth emails do not provide. Speaking with someone about a challenge and being able to see their body language and hear their tone gave great insight into the level of importance the matter had for them. This, in turn, would generate a more human response in identifying a solution or compromise.

For the remaining three weeks of term, I am going to challenge myself and the students to increase our face-to-face conversations and relish the benefits of these. I hope we all find that these interactions foster empathy, trust, deeper understanding, and connection. As Brené Brown said, “Connection is why we’re here; it gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Wednesday 12 JuneP&F Meeting7pm
Friday 14 JuneJunior School Open Morning9.45 – 11.45 am
TAS Foundation ‘Solstice Dinner’6pm
Saturday 15 JuneRugbyTAS v King’s (10:00am at TAS)
Monday 17 JunePre-K Interviews for 2025
Wednesday 19 JuneActivities Day
Friday 21 June-Saturday 22 JuneSporting FixturesSydney Boys’ High – Hannon & Harris Cup
Sunday 23 JuneNZ Hockey & Netball Pre Tour BBQ



04. From the P&F


Wow, Parents and Friends: This. Week. Is. Huge.  There are three big things happening this week which means three great ways to get involved!

Firstly, the School needs our help.  On 21 June (only 10 days from now) TAS will welcome over 200 guests from Sydney Boys’ High School for the annual SBHS weekend of friendly competitive sport.  The school has asked the P&F to help host this event by taking care of the kiosk and BBQ so that our guests, as well as our own students, teachers, and families, can have lunch this action-packed weekend!  If you have any free time, you could support our school next weekend. There is a volunteer sign-up link where you’ll find lots of different ways to get involved and help.  Thank you all in advance! Here is the link: https://signup.com/go/wWzyqmb

Secondly, our final Term 2 P&F meeting is happening tonight!  This is a great opportunity for our P&F community to come together, share a glass and some nibbles and get to know each other better.  The invitation is open to all of us to come along, get chatting and deepen our involvement with our children’s school lives.  The P&F has such an important role in our School community so come along to the meeting either in person or online to share your thoughts, your expertise, your support and your ideas.

You have a place here and you’re always welcome. If you’re unable to join us in person for our P&F meeting tonight at 7pm, here is the Zoom link:

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

Last but certainly not least – let’s have dinner!  The Solstice Dinner hosted by the TAS Foundation promises to be the event of the year!  It has everything – beautiful food prepared by our very own Nisala and his excellent team, a stunning venue unlike any other in New England, the fabulous company of like-minded TAS families – what more could we want?  Did I mention the prizes and silent auction of wonderful local produce, services, and creations?!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets – now is the time – let’s make some memories people! Need the link to purchase tickets?  CLICK HERE
Ms Sene Hicks
P&F President

05. From the Acting Director of Teaching and Learning


Staff Day – Friday 7 June
Last Friday, all of the Heads of Department and myself worked with Lisa Newland, Managing Director of the Edge Institute to contribute to the School’s strategic academic vision and philosophy for teaching and learning. This was an excellent opportunity for collaboration and professional development and I thank the Heads of Department team for their contributions to this important work.


Year 12 Study Camp
My thanks to those families who have emailed to express interest in the Year 12 Study Camp during the Winter Holidays. We are now in a position to publish the schedule. Our staff are finalising the specific details of each workshop, however; the schedule gives you an overview of what is on offer over the 2.5 days. We envisage the cost of the camp to be approximately $250. The camp will not be residential so boarding families will need to arrange for their child to stay with a local family. To formally register for the camp, please complete the consent form using the link below.


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please do not hesitate to contact me.

ICAS Competitions Year 2 – Year 11

TAS will be participating in the ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS 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. 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

06. Leadership, Service and Adventure


The TAS Cadet Unit will be conducting an Activities Day on Wednesday, June 19 (Week 8). The morning parade will occur at 0840 on Adamsfield. Please be mindful that activities run all day, and Cadets will not be dismissed until 1700 from Adamsfield that afternoon.

The program for the day is as follows:

  • 1 & 3 PLT (A Coy) – Location: Newholme Station (UNE Smart Farms) – Activity: Orienteering
  • 2 & 4 PLT (A Coy) – Location: Property Black Rock – Activities: Abseil & Fieldcraft
  • 5 & 6 PLT (B Coy) – Location: Property Loch Abba – Activities: Shoot, RATEL & Navigation
  • 7 & 8 PLT (B Coy) – Location: Bluehole Rec Area – Activities: Abseil & Fieldcraft
  • 9, 10, 11 & 12 PLT (C Coy) – Location: TAS – Activities: Navigation, Kit Lesson, Fieldcraft lessons & River Crossing in Pool.

Briefings will be conducted Wednesday 12 June, Period 7. Cadets are to bring a pencil and paper to these briefings to take notes. Information regarding what gear to bring, specific timing of activities and transport will be given to each Platoon at this time. At a minimum, all cadets will be wearing full DPCU uniform, including a hat, for Activities Day. Lunch will be provided.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

CAPT (AAC) Woodbridge
Officer Commanding TASACU


07. From the Director of Development

Mrs Emily McOrist

TAS Foundation - Solstice Dinner

Last chance to join the fun on Friday | Solstice Dinner

Today is the last chance to buy your ticket(s) for the Solstice Dinner, we are close to sell-out, so buy now to avoid disappointment. Dress code is coat and tie and a bit of sparkle.

This is the pinnacle event for our parents and community alike to come together and cement friendships and make new ones at the TAS Foundation Annual Fundraiser.

There is lots of excitement, and for good reason – we have Ziggy Harris performing; Jack’s Creek Scotch Fillet and a beautiful menu to complement plus over 50 prizes available on the night, either through our auction or balloon raffle to be won.

Don’t miss out, buy today.



Mrs Emily McOrist
Director of Development

08. Co-curricular


The TAS Equestrian team comprising George Allingham, Axel Baker, Isabelle Coddington, Zac Finlayson, Trudy Johnstone, Lucy Kelly, Elsie Kearney, Sophia Moore, James Pearce, Tilly Rogers, Lucy Sedon, Georgie White and Ethan Wooldridge attended the North West Equestrian Expo from Friday 31 May to Tuesday 4 June at Coonabarabran.

The team, supported by their parents, competed in a variety of Equestrian events and camped at the Coonabarabran showground, enjoying the team atmosphere. Special mention should be made of Liz Rogers who was the Camp Mum, organising catering and liaising with the School. I particularly would like to thank Liz for all her assistance given this was my first time at the event. The five days were jam packed with events and duties with team members and parents beginning their days often earlier than 6:30am and not finishing until late into the evening.

This year’s team was led by Georgia White and Zac Finlayson, who guided the younger members of the team. Both Year 12 students and their parents have had a long affiliation with the TAS Equestrian Team and so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their efforts. It was also excellent to see younger members of the team such as Axel Baker and Lucy Kelly competing for TAS for the first time.

Please see below for specific results:

Sporting Time Trial: 2nd Tilly Rogers, 4th James Pearce

Warrumbungle Way: 4th James Pearce

Showjumping A2: 2nd Tilly Rogers (80cm), 3rd Georgia White (80cm)

Showjumping Super 2 Phase: 1st Tilly Rogers (80cm), 1st Lucy Kelly (80cm)

A Grade Polocrosse: 4th James Pearce and Zach Finlayson

Pentathlon: 4th Tilly Rogers, 7th Lucy Kelly (Best Bike ride leg)

Working Horse Final: 2nd Tilly Rogers

Combined training: 2nd Tilly Rogers, 2nd Izzy Coddington, 4th Lucy Kelly, 6th Lucy Sedon

Hacking Heavy Weight Galloway: 2nd Lucy Kelly, Lucy Kelly Reserve Champion Galloway

Gymkhana Pairs: 2nd Izzy Coddington and Tilly Rogers

Gymkhana Team of Fours: 2nd Lucy Kelly, Tilly Rogers, George Allingham and Axel Baker

Dressage: 4th Izzy Coddington (preliminary), 4th Lucy Sedon (preliminary)

Eventing: 5th Elsie Kerney (ODE 65)

Combined Training: 6th Ethan Wooldridge (65cm), 6th Lucy Sedon (45cm), 2nd Tilly Rogers (80cm), 4th Lucy Kelly (80cm), 2nd Issy Coddington (45cm), 6th Sophia Moore (60cm), 2nd George Allingham (60cm), 7th Trudy Johnstone (45cm)

Tilly Rogers was also named as the 80cm Showjumping Champion and the Overall Reserve Champion for 14 girls.

Thank you again to all members of the team and their parents for all of their support, these events could not exist without parental support. Our next event is ISHE at the beginning of Term 4, which is open to both Primary and Secondary School students. We hope to see some of you there.


Mrs Alex Murray
MIC Equestrian


09. From the Head of Creative Arts


It has been an enormous month for the Music staff here at TAS with the Armidale Eisteddfod in full swing. Enormous thanks goes to both Ms Leanne Roobol and Mr Tom Collett and all of the Music staff, for the time, effort and considerable skill that they bring each and every year to the Eisteddfod program. The work of these staff empowered TAS Music students to shine, and it was a pleasure to view their performance work throughout the many and varied programs on offer.

If you have passed by the Hoskins Centre in recent weeks, you will have noticed the restoration and reinvigoration of the builders’ shipping container located at the rear of the Hoskins Centre. Congratulations to Ms Fiona Xeros for her inspired leadership of students Stella Mourolis, Sophia Lawrence and Lily Grieve who designed and painted the glorious mural that now appears upon the external wall of the once-bland shipping container. Enormous thanks to these students for their continued work on this project.


Rehearsals for the MS Production of Robin Hood and the Unnecessary Rescue are well underway. Congratulations to the cast and crew, who have demonstrated their talents in bringing this not-so-classic tale to the stage. We look forward to making more announcements about the opening of the box office for this event, later in Term 3.

Planning for the JS Production of My Son Pinnochio Jnr is well underway. Ms Leasa Cleaver and Mrs Jess Miller are working their magic to bring the script to life with a very large cast! JS students in Pre-K to Year 5 have the opportunity to participate in what will surely be a very special project. Any questions regarding the JS Production should be directed to Ms Cleaver lcleaver@as.edu.au

Despite the cold, Hoskins will be warming up this weekend to host former TAS student and opera singer Ziggy Harris. Ziggy will be performing in Hoskins Foyer at 4.30 pm on Saturday 15 June, accompanied by Dr Robert Manley. This Recital will be a wonderful opportunity for Ziggy to share his skill and love of music with the TAS and Armidale community. We look forward to a gorgeous evening of song. Tickets are available at www.ziggyharris.com


Ms Clare O’Sullivan
Head of Creative Arts

10. From the Director of Music


Armidale Eisteddfod 2024
The Armidale Eisteddfod concludes on Sunday, 16 June, at 2:00 pm in the Armidale Teachers College Auditorium. Congratulations to Holly Dauparas (Year 12), Sam Guppy (Year 11), Henry Larsen (Year 7) and Raymond Wang (Year 4) who have been selected to perform at the Armidale Eisteddfod Gala Concert. Congratulations also to the TAS Senior Choir, which was selected by the Choral adjudicator, Ian Jefferson, to perform at this event. TAS Senior Choir will be performing ‘Mercy’, which was arranged by Deke Sharon. A number of TAS students will also be performing in the Armidale Youth Sinfonia at the Armidale Eisteddfod Gala Concert.

GALA CONCERT TICKETS – Ticket prices for the Gala Concert are as follows:

  • Child/Concession  – $5
  • Adult – $10

Visit this site https://www.trybooking.com/CRZIP in order to book tickets to the Gala Concert being held at the Old Teachers College Auditorium on Sunday 16 June from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Thank you to the families, friends and staff who supported our ensembles at the Armidale Eisteddfod. We appreciate the wonderful support our students have received at this years Eisteddfod. A full report of the Armidale Eisteddfod will be in next week’s TAS Talks.

Solo Performers at the Eisteddfod
Thank you again to the families that have sent through photos and information on the achievements of their child at the Armidale Eisteddfod this year. We will showcase these in next weeks TAS Talks, after the Gala Concert. If you would like to share your child’s Eisteddfod achievements, please send an email to Mrs Veronica Lucas – music@as.edu.au so we can share this in TAS Talks next week.

Recital: Ziggy Harris (Old Armidalian) – Saturday 15 June @ 4:30pm in TAS Hoskins Centre Foyer

After a year abroad in Germany and Canada, Armidale native baritone, Ziggy Harris, has returned to town for a short time, and will be conducting a recital of operatic arias and German lieder.

This recital is to showcase his work and development thus far to the wonderful community that raised, taught and inspired him.

Retaking the concert stage with Ziggy is the orchestrally-minded, magnificent pianist Dr Robert Manley.  This recital will be comprised of music by Mozart, Bizet, Mahler, Britten and Gounod. With this recital, Ziggy wishes to demonstrate that the support he has received from the abundant musical and theatrical community of Armidale has driven him to pursue a professional performing career.

Currently based in Montréal, Canada, Ziggy has completed the first of his two years undertaking a Masters Of Music (Opera & Voice) at the Schulich School Of Music within McGill University, with scholarships, and under the tutelage of baritone, Brett Polegato, and coach, Louise Pelletier.  So far within the program, he has performed as a variety of roles such as Cadmus in Handel’s Semele, The Master Of Ceremonies in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He has performed recitals of song cycles by Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, and performed the world premiere of a song cycle by contemporary Canadian composer, Sylvia Rickard.  This coming August, Ziggy will return to Thüringia, Germany, as he has been invited to rejoin the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar to play Il Conte in Mozart’s iconic opera Le nozze di Figaro. Ziggy performed with the studio in 2022 as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and in 2023 as the notorious title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Ziggy will be departing Australia a few days after this recital.

Deepest thanks to Clare O’Sullivan and The Armidale School for allowing this recital to happen within the Hoskins Centre, which was Ziggy’s home away from home during his formative years.

For bookings please go to:  https://events.humanitix.com/2024-recital-ziggy-harris-baritone


Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music

11. From the Head of Junior School



Experiential learning is “learning by doing”, connecting theories and knowledge to real-world situations through hands-on experiences and reflection. Our teachers go to great lengths to provide authentic opportunities for TAS students to do exactly this, and today our Year 2 staff and students journey to the Wing Hing Long Museum in Tingha in their inquiry of technology and how this has changed over time.

The Junior School Open Morning takes place in two days time, on Friday 14 June between 9.30 and 11.30am. Thank you to those who have registered their intention to attend, and also to those already in our community who have encouraged families not yet at TAS to consider joining us for a few hours to learn about our school and what we offer. We are sure the morning will be both informative and enjoyable as we tour the school showcasing some of the typical opportunities and curriculum afforded to TAS students in the younger years. For further information and to register your attendance for catering purposes please visit https://as.edu.au/junior-school-open-morning/.

All members of the Junior School community will have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our wonderful, diverse cultural backgrounds next Wednesday, 19 June, at our JS Community Cultural Carnival. Thank you to those parents and carers who have already volunteered to share some of their own background with our students – we cannot wait to learn from you! Although preparations for the day are nearing finalisation we do have capacity to include a few more presentations if you have the time and inclination. Further information about what this may look like are outlined in TAS Talks from Week 3 of this term, available at https://publications.as.edu.au/tas-talks/year-2024/tas-talks-2024-t2-w3/. Please let Mrs Lasker in Junior School reception know if you are able to assist on the day.

Students and adults alike are encouraged to dress in a manner that helps to celebrate their own cultural heritage. For students, it is important that clothing is appropriate for our context and that appropriate footwear and headwear is worn during periods of outdoor play. Shoulders, likewise, should be covered during recess and lunch times to ensure their protection from the sun. Fair warning for those adults who embrace the opportunity – you will almost certainly be bombarded with countless questions from the inquisitive young minds at TAS when you are on campus!

Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to Henry Post, Josie Buntine, and Hudson Archer for their birthdays this week.

Mr Scott Chittenden

Head of Junior School


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 12 JuneYear 2 Excursion to Wing, Hing Long Museum, Tinga
Thursday 13 JuneJunior School Ethics Olympiad
Friday 14 JuneJunior School Open Morning9.30 – 11.30 am
Kindergarten AssemblyHoskins – 2.45
Wednesday 19 JuneActivities Day
Thursday 27 JuneClasses Conclude

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The ‘PYP’ Learner

What does the mission statement inform us about the type of learner we aspire for our Junior School students to develop into?

Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. 

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (IBO 2017)

The Learner

Our understanding of the learner provides us with the foundation of how we approach teaching and learning. Learners will naturally inquire, question, wonder and make connections about themselves and others in the world around them. Throughout the PYP programme a student is introduced to the concept of agency, where they are encouraged to and have an opportunity to have voice, choice and ownership for their own learning. Having agency helps to promote our learners to have greater self-belief and self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy refers to an individual’s beleif in their ‘capabiloities to organise and execute the course of action required to produce given attainments” (Bandura 1997). 

Students are engaged in their learning process when they can:

ActionExamples from the classroom setting
Influence and Direct LearningPresentation of knowledge:

  • Show and Tell
  • Oral presentation
  • IT presentation
Make Choices
  • Selection of case study plant, animal or country
  • Action taken
Voice OpinionsDiscussions:

  • Whole class
  • Small grouped
  • Paired


Ask questions and Express Wonderings‘Wonder Wall’ in classrooms where questions are posted and valued
Communicate UnderstandingsAmple opportunities for learners to share what they understand
Construct new meaningI used to think =Now I think
Participate in and contribute to local learning community
  • Buddy learning with another class
  • Fundraiser
  • Sharing of learning at Assembly


When learners have agency, the relationship between a student and teacher develops into a partnership.



Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator


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