Leadership, Service and Adventure

TAS believes that developing the heart and mind together contributes to self-confidence and resilience, promoting academic achievement and character development.

In our Leadership, Service and Adventure programs, students are challenged to extend themselves and their expectations of what they can achieve. The diversity of the programs encourages students to draw out their natural curiosity, creativity, tenacity and compassion.

This reflects the philosophy of Round Square, an organisation of schools from around the world that share a philosophy of personal growth through international understanding, student involvement in decision making, stewardship of the environment, adventure, leadership and service to others.

TAS makes no apology for ensuring that all students, from Junior School onwards, engage in programs that will engage and inspire them to go beyond their expectations. In Year 6, Bush Skills offers a hands-on introduction to the great outdoors. All students in Year 7 take part in Rangers, a program that will introduce them to Cadets (Years 8-10).

Year 11 students may elect to continue in Cadets in senior leadership roles, or choose either Surf Lifesaving, in which they achieve their Surf Bronze Medallion, or gain fire fighting skills and accreditation through the TAS Rural Fire Service program. TAS is renown for our adventure and expedition opportunities, including 36 years as part of the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (a 111km overnight paddle from Windsor to Brooklyn Bridge), biennial treks along the Kokoda Track, and the Myall Lakes Paddle,  the Tour de Rocks, Walcha Mountain Bike Challenge as well as the TAS Triple Crown (an award for students who complete the 2km Coffs Ocean Swim, the 14km City to Surf and the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic during their time at TAS).

All of these also have a service component, engaging students with those less fortunate than themselves. Other service programs include a partnership with the neighbouring Minimbah Aboriginal Primary School based around weekly visits to read and play with students; the annual Service in Sydney/Katoomba Youth Christian Convention during which students help the Exodus Foundation feed the homeless, and pilgrimages to St Christopher’s Orphanage in Fiji (Year 8 students), and the McKean Rehabilitation Institute for leprosy sufferers and Agape HIV Orphanage both in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

For more information on specific leadership, service and adventure programs at TAS, please click on the menu at left.