Year 9 and 10 students also study three electives over the two years. A subject information session is held in Year 8, Term 3. Students complete a subject survey form for the school to determine the demand and interest for classes the following year. These are then grouped into different ‘lines’ within which students finalise their elective choices for Year 9.
Out of the classroom, Year 9 students continue in Cadets, and in addition, extra opportunities. Why not begin one’s campaign for the Triple Crown, an award for those who complete the 2km Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim, the 14km City to Surf run and the overnight 111km Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, during their time at TAS.
Year 9 is a great opportunity to experience the thrill of being on stage in the school musical, or as part of an inter-house team in drama or debating. A good time, too, to engage in one of the many service programs on offer, such as weekly visits to Minimbah School, or to SISER/KYCK in Sydney.
From a pastoral care perspective, Year 9 is also when students move out of home room Advisors into smaller, year-specific Advisor groups based on their sporting house. Boarders move into one of the three senior boarding houses (Years 9 to 12), where they enjoy a greater level of responsibility in recognition of their growing independence. Year 9 truly is the beginning of a new journey at TAS.
The purpose of the week is to bring the Round Square IDEALS to life through a range of real and genuine experiences that are not encountered through the regular curricular and co-curricular programs.