In 2005 Indigenous leader Waverley Stanley approached TAS Headmaster Murray Guest and invited TAS to join his Yalari Foundation as a partnership school. In 2007 TAS enrolled its first Yalari student and since then the school has enrolled a further 10 students through the support of Yalari.
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Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
In 2010, TAS was contacted by Australian Indigenous Education Foundation CEO Andrew Penfold seeking a similar partnership with AIEF. In 2011 TAS enrolled its first three AIEF indigenous students and has since enrolled a number of others with the assistance of AIEF.
To visit the AIEF website, click here.
Indigenous Student Scholarships are for boarding students only. For more information on Indigenous Scholarships at TAS, click here
Minimbah Aboriginal School
Once a week, senior school students from TAS give up their Tuesday lunchtimes for something greater than themselves, reading, playing and building friendships with the young boys and girls at the neighbouring Minimbah Aboriginal Primary School.
Over the past decade, the grass-roots program has grown into something of greater significance than a weekly hour of community service.
In recent years TAS Junior School has hosted Minimbah for their athletics carnival, leading to TAS sponsoring Minimbah to become a member of the North Coast Independent Schools Association, giving their athletes representative pathways previously not available. During Terms 1 and 4 Minimbah students have learn to swim lessons in the TAS pool.
Three former Minimbah boys have received their secondary education at TAS, funded, as most of our indigenous students are, by scholarships through our partnerships with both the Yalari Foundation and Australian Indigenous Education Fund.
The schools have also come together for special commemorations such as the TAS NAIDOC Assembly and National Sorry Day.
Together, these initiatives are promoting a very real sense of greater understanding and friendship between the two schools, and from a TAS perspective, has been a culturally transformative experience.