MR ALAN JONES
Tomorrow the first riders in the TAS Equestrian Team will head to Coonabarabran for the annual North West Equestrian Expo, whilst others will travel from Sydney after rugby (against Shore) on Saturday. This huge schools event will again attract up to 600 riders this year and the opportunity to be a part of it is the highlight of the year for many horse sports students. This year TAS will have a team of very competitive riders competing, and this is very encouraging to see. They will compete in a huge range of events, from show jumping and dressage to the stockman’s challenge, polocrosse, one-day eventing, the working horse challenge, equestrian pentathlon which was added last year and others. I wish all our riders the very best of luck for their events.
Last week our MIC Hockey Mike Ball coached the combined NCIS Boys Open team at the Combined Independent Schools U16 and Opens trials in Moorebank, Sydney. The NCIS team included a large TAS contingent and placed very well in the overall standings. Rohan Lawrence was named in both the CIS U16 squad and the CIS Opens team. Sam Behrend was selected as shadow reserve for the CIS Open team. The announcement follows news that Year 6 student Miller Harwood made the CIS Primary hockey team and is believed to be the first TAS student to have done so. We are fortunate to have coaching of the standard that Mike is able to provide at TAS and it is no surprise that hockey is thriving and growing rapidly here.
Yesterday in our assembly we were treated to performances from the TAS Big Band and Senior Jazz Ensemble as part of their preparations for Band Night at the Eisteddfod next Tuesday. I can only once again commend the students and Music staff for all their hard work and for the quality of performance of the tunes they presented. If it is possible for any members of the TAS community to be part of the audience next week I can highly recommend making the effort. I also wish all of the junior bands and ensembles who will be performing on the day as well, all the very best and hopefully some reward for their very hard work.
|Wednesday 29 May||Year 5/6 da Vinci Decathlon (Knox Grammar)|
|Thursday 30 May||Eisteddfod
Years 6-10 Exams
da Vinci Decathlon
HSC Careers Expo (Sydney)
|Friday 31 May||Eisteddfod
Years 6-10 Exams
HSC Careers Expo (Sydney)
|Saturday 1 June||TAS Rugby vs SHORE (Sydney)
Coonabarabran Horse Expo
|Monday 3 June||Years 6-10 Exams
|Tuesday 4 June||Years 6-10 Exams
Coonabarabran Horse Expo
Eisteddfod Band Night (NECOM Auditorium)
|Wednesday 5 June||Eisteddfod
Years 6-10 Exams
|Thursday 6 June||Eisteddfod
Years 6-10 Exams
Sports Fixtures vs Farrer (Tamworth)
|Friday 7 June||Eisteddfod|
MRS RACHAEL NICOLL
If you want to know what’s going on in the P&F join us on Facebook! We regularly post updates on what we are doing, what events are coming up and any other useful information that comes to mind.
We have our own Facebook page – use the keywords TAS Parents and Friends and then ‘like’ us.
Don’t forget each year also has their own Year Group Facebook Page… These are closed groups for parents to catch up on what’s happening… Please search for TAS Year 12 and then the year your class will graduate from Year 12. For example, this year’s Year 12 Facebook page is TAS Year 12 2019.
Finally, if you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F please either contact your Year Group Liaison Person or any member of the Executive or send us an email on [email protected]
In line with our Constitution if you wish to vote at our meetings (including the funding meeting) you must be a Voting Member. To be a Voting Member you just need to fill in a form and send it to our email [email protected] or bring it to a meeting. Forms can be filled in at any time, including if you pop into a meeting.
If you are thinking of holding a BBQ or canteen for any TAS sporting group, event or co-curricular activity the P&F may be able to help with organising this.
Come and help us spend the money you’ve helped us raise at the Funding Meeting on Wednesday 12 June at 7 pm in the Maxwell Meeting Room.
If you would like to come along and help us determine where the money we have raised in the past year should be allocated we’d love to see you there. Meetings are open to all parents… but to vote you need to be a Voting Member – just fill in that form!
Alternatively, if you wish to put forward a proposal for the use of funds please send these to Mr Jones as soon as possible (and by no later than Wednesday 5 June) so all proposals can be evaluated prior to the meeting.
Funding proposals should be costed, justified and seek to help a significant proportion of school. Any proposal should also be for things that are tangible, something that school wouldn’t normally pay for and on the ‘really nice to have’ list. If you have any queries about the funding process please contact
Mrs Rachael Nicoll
MR RICHARD NEWTON
Driving to and from town each day it’s impossible to miss how dire the landscape is looking at the moment. Whatever grass there is left is completely brown and dry. The land is so dry in our region even some of the gumtrees are dying.
In contrast, you only need to drive a couple of hours down the hill, towards the coast to see a landscape that paints a much different picture: long, green, lush pasture; healthy trees, all of nature thriving.
So why the difference? What’s the determining factor? Well, of course, it’s water! Life is not sustainable without water.
Jesus knew this. He knew exactly what he was talking about when he offered the woman at the well his water. But he wasn’t offering her literal water, she didn’t need that. She, like us, needed something more satisfying. Jesus was using water as a metaphor to show us how vital being in relationship with him is for life. The water Jesus offers is the gift of God, it’s life-giving, it’s completely satisfying and this water becomes a spring, welling up to eternal life.
As hard as it is to look at and think about the condition of our region at the moment, perhaps it can remind us that the condition of our hearts doesn’t have to be the same. And as we pray for, and wait for the rain, we can pray for understanding and acceptance of Jesus’s offer, which is available to everyone today.
Mrs Jo Benham
MRS SEONIA WARK
Year 9 and 10 students have been sent their code to login and select elective choices for Semester 2.
Please ask your child about these and discuss their choices with them. The deadline for the completion of electives is 11 June.
Exams for students in Years 6 – 10 continue this week and next week (27 May – 6 June). On exam day:
The Library continues to be open before and after school for students in Years 6 – 12 who want a safe and quiet space to complete homework and revise their days classes. The Library is supervised and the staff on duty are available for general guidance with homework and assessments.
Specialist tutoring is also available in the evenings from Monday – Thursday from 7pm – 9pm – see table below.
Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies
|4pm – 5pm
Maths (All levels)
Maths (All levels)
English (All levels)
The annual HSC and Careers Expo have rolled around again with this year’s group departing at 1.30 Thursday the 30 May with an anticipated return at 10.00pm on the 31 May.
As per previous years the itinerary involves tours of University of Sydney Campus as well as tours of St Andrew’s, St Paul’s and Women’s colleges on Friday morning followed by two hours at the HSC & Career Expo where there will be numerous exhibitors including providers of HSC resources, universities, TAFE and training colleges PLUS seminars on HSC subjects, tertiary courses, career, gap year and study advice.
Past students have found the trip to have had a positive motivating effect on their studies and attitude to life beyond HSC.
The students playing rugby in Sydney against Shore, that weekend will stay in Sydney under the supervision of Ms Symons and join the rugby team at SHBS where we will have stayed the night before.
I am hearing a lot of discussions about UAC and Early entry applications. The message I have given to the year 12 cohort is that it is too early to be making the applications. Most of the Universities are concentrating on their 2019 winter intake and are not offering advice nor positions for the 2020 Autumn intake.
I have sent the year 12’s a document listing the various early entry websites and more importantly their closing dates. This is an important date. Not when they open but when they close.
I will run a seminar with the year 12 group about UAC and Early entry applications later this term. Relax.
I have had several meetings with year 12 students to check their progress after the Mid-Year reports were published. I would encourage the students to arrange a meeting if they have any concerns about future directions. I will be interviewing most students on the HSC & Careers Expo bus as we have 15 hours to kill so when I have got a captive audience, might as well use it productively.
The Costa Tomatoes New England Tertiary Scholarship is intended to encourage and support talented and passionate local students to pursue a university education and career in Horticulture or Agriculture.
The Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and will be paid in instalments following the successful completion of each semester. Funds may be used for any educational and living expenses.
To help put academic theory into practice, the Scholarship also includes the opportunity for paid casual employment during the year and/or academic holiday periods. This hands-on experience also enables the students to see firsthand the variety of career opportunities and pathways that exist within Costa.
Please apply via our Careers Portal https://costagroup.currentjobs.co Applications close on Wednesday 1 January 2020.
Mr Mark Taylor
MR WILL CALDWELL
A warm invitation is extended to all families to come and support students at the Farrer Fixture next Thursday 6 June at Farrer – 585 Calala Lane, Calala. (see schedule attached).
Farrer will provide dinner at 5 pm for all students and buses will transport students to and from the fixture. Please notify your child’s coach/manager if you intend to take them home from Farrer.
Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular
|3.30 1st VIII
3.30 3rd XV
4.30 2nd XV
5.30 1st XV
|3.30 Senior IV
3.30 Junior IV
|3.30 Snr IV
|3.30 Senior IV
3.30 Junior IV
The TAS Hockey Club has had a large presence at recent representative pathways. During the last holidays Lily Neilson represented NSW in Hobart at the National U18 championships, with the team winning a bronze medal. Lily Etheridge represented NCIS U16 girls at the CIS secondary trials.
In early May Lily Neilson, Lily Etheridge and Tarnie Hillard represented Hockey New England (HNE) at the U18 State Championships at Taree, with Lily Neilson being selected for the Hockey NSW Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP) girls squad.
In mid-May Josiah Alcorn, Sam Behrend, Rohan Lawrence, Liam Smith, Toby Smith and Kieran Wicks represented HNE at the U18 State Championships at Lismore. The team finished fifth overall in First Division. Rohan Lawrence selected for the NSW AAP boys squad.
At the recent Combined Independent Schools Primary hockey trials, Miller Harwood became the first TAS player selected to represent CIS primary boys at the upcoming state all schools carnival in June.
On Thursday last week, Mr Mike Ball coached the NCIS boys open team at the CIS U16/Opens trials in Moorebank. The NCIS team included a large TAS contingent of Josiah Alcorn, Sam Behrend, Sebastian Etheridge, Rohan Lawrence, Lochlan Nicoll, Toby Smith and Stewart Williams. The team played very well with no reserves recording two wins, two losses and placing 3rd overall. Rohan Lawrence was named in both the CIS U16 squad & the CIS open team. Sam Behrend was selected as shadow reserve for the CIS open team. Rohan will attend a week-long training camp/ all schools selection trials at Narrabeen later in June and then compete in the opens all schools carnival at the end of the term.
Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mr Dave Lawrence managed the HNE U15 boys at the NSW state championship in Narellan. The team included Sam Ball, Tom Ball, Callan Lawrence, Conal Nicoll and Jock Smith. After placing first in their pool the boys finished third overall in 2nd division. Lochlan Nicoll was also the HNE umpire and was awarded a 3rd division semi-final.
There are also a number of upcoming NSW state carnivals which will include the following TAS players representing HNE-
U15 girls- Emily Buntine, Alex Donoghue
U13 boys- Tom Ball, Thomas Dundon, Miller Harwood, Conal Nicoll, Thomas Tizzard, Ryan Hewitt
U13 girls- Ali Nivison, Isabella Crawford, Mosie Wright
The current strength and future of TAS hockey are looking very bright with our players doing very well locally and at higher representative honours.
Mrs Tania and Mr Mike Ball
Co-MIC TAS Hockey
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
The Armidale Eisteddfod marches on with some tremendous successes across Music, Speech and Drama categories. Students are often performing in front of other entrants without the audience support of friends and family and so please keep them in mind and hopefully, we’ll get to keep enjoying the good work at Junior School and Senior School Assemblies. If you have entered yourself into any of the Eisteddfod categories please let us know how you’re going, we would love to announce your achievements in TAS Talks.
A big shout out to the many parents and student helpers who came in on the weekend to start the cleaning-up of the Hoskins Centre Costume Room. It took a few hours but we managed to sort through a lot of the piles and make the place much cleaner. There is still plenty of cataloguing to be done so keep an eye on TAS Talks for when we schedule the next Working Bee.
Last Friday and Saturday Edge of Sky blew audiences away with an incredible sound, backed by some excellent technical support from Ethan Bellman, Mr Cornford and Hugo Catterall. The show was a tremendous success and highlights the amazing talent of some of the school community’s professional musicians.
There are a couple more shows in the Hoskins Centre before the end of the term. We have the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in the theatre on Friday 14 June and from past experience, this promises to be a hilarious night of entertainment. And then at the very end of the term on Friday 28 June we have Melbourne City Ballet performing Alice in Wonderland, so don’t miss that either as I am sure it is the only ballet you will get to enjoy in Armidale this year. Tickets for both shows can be found by jumping onto the Hoskins Centre website.
And last, but certainly not least, I encourage Junior School students and families to be ready for a HUGE Junior School Musical announcement next week…!
Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator
MR MARK HARRISON
Fiji applications have concluded and now begins that tricky time of cross-checking documents and reasons for applications, doing a run tally of community service hours, where applicable, and then consulting with Homeroom Advisors and academic staff. We have about 25 people but the number needs to be smaller and the ultimate, simple (though hardly simplistic) and fair thing we do is pull names from a hat. Welcome to the world of absolute difficulty when all these children have real qualities and whose applications are in earnest: there are times when the paradox (oxymoron) of ‘bitter sweet’ applies to real life situations: I applaud these young people, but the reality is that some will miss out – much as we, adults, do in our working lives from time to time.
Well, we’ve just completed the half way mark for second term and very soon, we’ll have completed the half year. It’s a frightening thought, isn’t it – in no time at all we’ll be thinking about gifts – again. Perhaps you’ll even be wondering about something for me. I’m easily pleased – I love Cadbury’s chocolate and things that are red.
Well, the exam period has begun and, fingers crossed, thus far it has done so without a hitch really. The Green Room is an excellent venue for so many our people – largely because they’ve all completed some form of testing, like NAPLAN papers, there before. The Special Provisions papers have been much easier to manage as well – so, full credit to Ms Catherine Boydell, Mr Luke Polson and Mrs Regina Pollard for their quiet, methodical and competent management of mid-course exams in the Middle School. Next week of course, so many students will come home to you for an extended weekend break. All will be tired; many may be emotional as a result; a few won’t want to return to school. If your child is one such person, be thankful that he / she is constructed in such a way that can be characterised as normal. It’s not so strange to think that day students, especially after an exam period will feel so tired that they would prefer to stay at home, too.
Despite the conventional wisdom associated with keeping all Middle School students gainfully employed it would be supremely naïve to think that none is missing home – regardless of the time of the year. As indicated, sometimes this feeling will come when routines change: the exam period is a break from normal routine as is, in fact, a long weekend after the Farrer fixtures. While their reactions are as various as their individuality, missing home, or simply wanting to stay at home is natural and considering this feeling is an affirmation of ‘things familiar’ and people they know well and trust, it’s actually a very normal reaction and something we should, from time to time, expect. Despite tiredness, in fact because if it, you can be assured that your children are displaying the signs of having completed a very healthy time at TAS as we all approach the half year mark.
Again, it’s Exam week: Good Luck, Do your Level Best and Don’t Panic.
Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School
MR IAN LLOYD
Speaking publicly is daunting at the best of times. We had a number of very successful entrants in the Choral Speaking and Dramatic Extract/Short Play categories at the Eisteddfod recently. Doing so by yourself, and being judged by your peers and adjudicators requires real courage. We will publish a full list of participants in next week’s TAS Talks, but I was very pleased to be able to watch a large contingent of Junior School students step up, take a deep breath and present items in various individual categories. These included Verse Speaking, Prose Recital, Prepared Speech and their performances were fantastic.
Junior School was very well represented and I am pleased that so many courageously took to the stage to challenge themselves. Some experienced the excitement of success; for others, the nerves definitely got the better of them. But for everyone, taking up the challenge and doing their best was a huge step and I admire those that did. Congratulations to everyone that put up their hand.
Junior School was awash with supporters wanting to sample the goodies and donate to the cause last Friday. Our Biggest Morning tea was a huge success, raising just over $450. I would like to thank all our generous parents who provided such a wonderful spread and the students who were so sensible, patient and generous on the day with their support.
Arrangements for the TEZ visit to TAS are coming together nicely but we are still after some more families who can billet students. Thanks to those who have contacted the school so far – we are keen to hear from parents who are able to host a student or two during their staff with us. If you have any questions about billeting, please contact us at School.
Please be advised that there is a good deal of illness around at the moment and that we believe it is always wise to err on the side of caution if you feel your child is not well by keeping them at home. With one Whooping Cough diagnosis to date, please contact the school if you have doubts about your children’s health or if you would like further information about the Junior School protocols for sickness. With the Long Weekend around the corner (with the School closed on Friday 7 and Monday 10 June), we hope that a break will enable many to return to a clean bill of health.
Birthday wishes to Isabelle Law, Assunta Nedianu and Tom Rowe for this week.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School
|Wednesday 29 May||Year 4 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)|
|Wednesday 5 June||Kindergarten Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)
FanTAStics to Eisteddfod
|Thursday 6 June||Classes conclude at 3.30pm|
|Friday 7 June||School closed for Long Weekend – No students|
|Monday 10 June||School closed for Long Weekend – No students|
|Wednesday 12 June||Year 3 Assembly including Dance Club Performance – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)|
|Wednesday 19 June||Transition Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)|
|Wednesday 26 June||Year 5 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)|
|Thursday 27 June||Classes conclude at 3.30pm|
|Friday 28 June||Staff Day – No students|
On Saturday, TAS White played against Easts Green at Doody Park. It was a nice day because it wasn’t too cold, and everyone was there eager to play a great game. The whole team played well, but special mention goes to Austin Pease who played an excellent game. Austin passed the ball really well and stayed wide. In the end, Easts ended up winning the game but Mohammad managed to score a great goal for TAS and was supported by the entire team.
By Blake Whitehill (Year 5)
Last Saturday, TAS Blue versed the Demon Knights Squires at TAS Adamsfield. It was a great game even though TAS was defeated on the day. Everyone in the team played really well and, in my opinion, we played better than we have all season. We are really starting to gain experience as a team. One thing we need to work on is spreading out and staying in our positions.
By Lachie Hunter (Year 5)
Beautiful Saturday morning on Rologas 17. The shining sun helped motivate both kids and parents who came with big smiles.
Compared to their first game on a very cold day, this one was very good, and the kids were very active and energic. Andrian stopped several balls on the way to the goal, moving to let the goalie do his job and defending the line.
We had some fantastic goalkeeping and defending from both teams. Both teams fought hard to protect their goal, with a few committed dives from both teams. Many goals were saved and cleared by our strong defenders against the attackers.
Alongside some amazing defence, we had some marvellous attacking from both teams. The teams worked amazingly together to make some strong attempts at goal, some succeeding, leading to a rather exceptional celebration.
In conclusion, the inevitable TAS Blue vs TAS White game was one to watch and a pleasure to coach. Both teams showed great sportsmanship and enjoyed playing amongst their classmates. All played so well, with some help and support from the sideline. Well done to all.
|TAS T-Rex||Rologas 6||10am|
|TAS Tigers||Rologas 4||11am|
|TAS Triceratops||Harris Park||10am|
|TAS Tornadoes||Rologas 3||10am|
|TAS Blue||Rologas 14||9am|
|TAS White||Walcha 1||11.10am|
A full regiment of United players were eager to play our first game of the season. Unfortunately TAS White had a number of players away due to Eisteddfod performances and illness.
However, this did not dampen the spirit of our wonderful team. The United team had a goalie and subs galore to keep the energy buzzing. We had a small team, but plenty of grit to take them on.
Hugo Broun, Sam Ford, and Harry Brownlie were our forwards, keeping pressure on the team and displaying excellent stick work. Xavier and Ryne were our strong backs who displayed speedy manoeuvring when needed.
Unfortunately on the day we were pipped at the post in the last 10 minutes. A good game was had by all. I was impressed with the tenacity of the team and their love of the game.
Watch this space. I think we have an awesome team!
Mrs Lana Hawksford
The U11 Girls played their second game of the season last Saturday, against PLC. Whilst PLC were the winners on the day, the team worked hard to improve their position, passing and using the full width of the field. Maitha was very capable in defence and held the opposition out of the attacking circle on a number of occasions. This team continues to improve from week to week and we are looking forward to our next game on Saturday.
Mr Luke Polson