At Middle and Senior School assembly this week we paused as a school to recognise and reflect on the unprecedented terrorist attack in Christchurch and to show our solidarity with the people of New Zealand in utterly rejecting this abhorrent act. That reflection including watching an inspiringly defiant condemnation of the attack by the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and joining in two minutes silence in recognition of the victims. For the interest of parents and others who were not with us on Tuesday, what was said is reproduced below.
The tragedy of the terrorist shootings in New Zealand, so close to home and at the hands of a gunman from just down the road in Grafton, deserves our community response. In the words of Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Perhaps we may feel that there is little we can do, but we, men and women, can state our rejection of the extremist position that lies behind such an abhorrent act and I ask that we do this, as a community, today.
Beyond making that statement and stamping our position as a school community, this tragedy also gives cause for us to reflect on what lies behind it and to consider how our beliefs, values and actions fit with that. I hope that you were listening to the reading today – to the message from Jesus to love those who are different to you. It is a message that, if heeded by all of us, would certainly bring peace to the world. It is a message to not just recognise and accept differences between, whether within our school community or country or the world, but to celebrate them and embrace them.
I encourage you, as you leave the assembly today, to consider what part you are playing in creating a world that embraces difference and celebrates it – particularly as you interact with those around you.
The 2019 country tour continues this week as we head south to Scone today to meet a good number of families considering TAS for next year before joining with current parents at the Thoroughbred Hotel this evening. Tomorrow we will be meeting new families in Tamworth and holding our function at the Square Man Inn. I hope that the news of our functions has reached all our families in those regions and all who possibly can will join us.
As the Summer sporting season reaches its end, our students right across the School are immersed in Athletics, with a huge field competing in the 3000m event on Monday afternoon, all gathering to cheer on their houses in another exciting ‘Cloisters Run’ and the main carnivals for Junior School on Friday and for Middle and Senior School today and on Saturday morning. In fine TAS tradition these are mass participation events and I wish all students competing well in their events.
For our First XI cricketers, their already successful season will come to an end on Saturday as they compete in their grand final at Lambert Park and I wish them every success and encourage students and parents alike to get along to support them.
|Wednesday 27 March||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Scone)|
|Headmaster’s Country Tour – Scone Function Find out more...|
|Thursday 28 March||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Tamworth)|
|Headmaster’s Country Tour – Tamworth Function Find out more...|
|Friday 29 March||Oliver! Matinee (1pm) Evening Performance (7pm) BOOK TICKETS HERE|
|Saturday 30 March||Athletics Championships|
|Oliver! Evening Performance Only (7pm) BOOK TICKETS HERE|
|Sunday 31 March||Rowing Dinner ( Year 12 Study Centre) 7pm|
|Monday 1 April||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Moree)|
|Headmaster’s Country Tour – Moree Function Find out more...|
|Life Education Van|
|Tuesday 2 April||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Narrabri)|
|Headmaster’s Country Tour – Narrabri Function Find out more...|
|Wednesday 3 April||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Gunnedah)|
|Headmaster’s Country Tour – Gunnedah Function Find out more...|
|Thursday 4 April||Headmaster’s Country Tour – (Gunnedah)|
|Musica Viva ( Armidale Town Hall)|
|Saturday 5 April||Rugby 7s vs The Scots School (Sydney)|
|Cricket Dinner (Wicklow Hotel) 6.30pm|
|Sunday 7 April||A&EA Round Square Conference (13-15 year olds) – Woodleigh College, Victoria|
|Coffs Ocean Swim|
This year is the School’s 125th Anniversary and our approach to the celebration is less about being ostentatious and more about being understanding of the conditions our families are facing. Throughout the course of the year there are a number of planned events in Armidale that we encourage all our families to attend, to start the celebrations off however, we are heading to the regions and our boarding families there.
We would love to see all our boarding families, alumni and friends of TAS at any of the events listed below that coincide with our annual Headmaster’s Country Tour program. Join us for a celebration drink and catch up.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Director of Development
MRS RACHAEL NICOLL
By the time you read this the Wednesday Middle and Senior School Athletics will be almost over but the P&F will still be hosting the Junior School Cake Stall on Friday 29 March and Middle and Senior School BBQ Breakfast on the morning of Saturday 30 March.
If you have are coming to the Junior School Athletics on Friday and could support the P&F Cake Stall by baking or buying some yummy food and helping on the stall it would be appreciated.
Any baking will be gratefully received and can be dropped off to the P&F tent behind the gym on Wakefield prior to the start of the athletic carnival. Remember this cake stall is mainly for the kids to buy things to munch on (so don’t forget some pocket money) and a little bit for the adults.
Suggested baked/food items include cupcakes, biscuits, cake and slices (cut into single serve portions), jelly cups, savory goodies, gluten-free and dairy-free items (with labelling and a list of ingredients). However, please remember all items should be nut free. If you bring in a container that you would like returned, please clearly mark it with your name and collect it after the carnival. Any left over containers will be sent to Junior School Reception for collection.
|JUNIOR SCHOOL (Friday 29 March)|
|8am – 9am Set up||Anyone who wishes to help|
|9am – 10am||Year 5|
|10am – 11am||Kindergarten|
|11am – 12pm||Year 1|
|12pm – 1pm||Year 2|
|1pm – 2pm||Year 3|
|2pm onwards and pack up||Year 4|
To feed hungry tummies the P&F will be hosting a breakfast Bacon & Egg Roll BBQ on Saturday 30 March (the cake stall will not be operating on Saturday). The BBQ will be behind the gym on Wakefield from 8.30am – 12 noon. B&E rolls will be $5 and soft drinks and water will be available so that you don’t starve during the morning. We will also have a coffee van to make sure you get your morning caffeine fix!
If you’d like to help please contact Rachael Nicoll on [email protected]
MRS SEONIA WARK
Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held at the end of term – Wednesday 10 April (3.30pm – 6pm) and Thursday 11 April (2pm – 5.30pm).
A reminder that 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. Day students accessing specific tutoring sessions will be charged $15 per afternoon. Tutors will keep rolls and the charges associated with these sessions will be added to TAS accounts each month. It is best, though not compulsory, for us to know if you want your child booked into these tutoring sessions. Families can do this by contacting Vickey O’Brien ([email protected] or 6776 5806) for more details. Boarders attending these sessions must sign out of the house in the normal manner and return by the required time. There is no additional cost for boarders as out of hours’ support is already part of the Schedule of Fees for 2019. Day students are able to access dinner in the Dining Hall from 5:30pm and will do so by swiping their Student Card at the door. The cost associated with dinner (approx. $6 per meal) will be added to their TAS account.
Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies
|4pm – 5pm
Maths (All levels)
Maths (All levels)
Unfortunately, Greg will not be able to come to the school this Friday and has asked if he could postpone his visit for another time. Whilst this would have been a great opportunity to hear about the move to co-ed residential life at Kings College, I am sure there will be plenty of information about the change coming our way in the near future.
ANZ have a full time traineeship role available with ANZ Bank – Armidale.
Please note, this is an open role, and not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander specific.
Applications close: Friday, 4 April 2019
Job ad attached, and can be found on our website and seek.
Education USA is holding seminars over the holidays about studying at an American university.
15 April 2:00pm – 4:00pm
U.S. Consulate General Sydney
Booking essential: https://edusaapr15.eventbrite.com.au
17 April 2:00pm – 4:00pm
U.S. Consulate General Sydney
Booking essential: https://edusaapr17.eventbrite.com.au
The sessions are identical so those interested only need to attend one.
For more information, contact:
U.S. Consulate General Sydney
Tel: (61-2) 9373-9229
Email: [email protected]
Further information on studying in the U.S.
Once again the monthly newsletter comes out with lots of relevant information for those students interested in studying at UTS.
UTS students named “most employable”
Co-op scholarships open.
Mr Mark Taylor
The Kokoda Trail or known to the diggers as the Kokoda Track, is more than a just bushwalk, it’s a trekking adventure you’ll never forget! The 96 kilometre (as the crow flies) Kokoda Track still bears its battle scars in the shape of scattered ammunition, guns, helmets and stirring campfire stories. Trekking the original Kokoda War Track is an honour that allows one to not only step well outside of their comfort zone, but to also appreciate the unimaginable extremes in which our soldiers pushed themselves to during World War Two. There are steep rugged mountains, treacherous ridges, jungle terrain, unforgiving rivers and rainforests with giant trees that will tower over you and look down, mocking you, at every opportunity. Walk the Kokoda Track in 2019 on a PNG Adventure that embraces the local culture, and experience nature at it’s wildest!
If you are interested in this unique adventure, please contact Jim Pennington ([email protected]) for more information.
Mr James Pennington
MR WILL CALDWELL
Last Saturday TAS crews competed in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fours at the AAGPS Head of the River. This regatta is arguably the pinnacle of schoolboy rowing in NSW and a wonderful test for our relatively inexperienced crews. Racing on the Olympic course, before a crowd of over ten thousand people, is a special experience. The fact that all nine GPS crews were represented in the Second and Third IVs adds to the competition and the attraction of the event.
Against tough competition our First IV placed seventh and both the Second and Third IVs placed sixth. Each of the crews posted personal best times and achieved the goals that they set themselves early in the season.
Beyond their goals were their dreams. All were determined to be on the podium at the end of the race. The fact that they fell short of their dream can be deflating, however, I was reminded yesterday of the wisdom of Rudyard Kipling:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…
It is noble to aspire to be the best, however, what is more important is to be YOUR best. The placings will be forgotten but the experiences and the lessons learned will live on forever.
Please find below the Program for this Saturday 30 March. All students are expected to attend. All events are held on Wakefield and will culminate in House Relays and the final presentation at 12:30pm.
Events will be rescheduled in the case of continuous rain leading into the carnival or extreme conditions on the day. Students will be emailed by 7:30am Saturday if there are any changes in plan.
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
The 2019 TAS Production Oliver! opened last week and the response from our audience has been incredible. The students burst onto the stage with such energy and passion and those fortunate enough to see the show were left speechless by the charisma of the performers, the quality of their voices, the stunning choreography and the striking design. To the actors, the musicians, the stage crew, the technical operators and the Production Team I give a hearty congratulations – you have all joined together to create something that will be fondly remembered for many, many years.
But after these glowing reviews if you were thinking of coming to see the show you may be too late by the time you read this! We’ve been rapidly selling the few remaining seats as people clamour to get to the show (sometimes for their third, fourth or fifth time!). This is officially the largest production TAS has staged in the Hoskins Centre and I am overwhelmed by the amazing support of the community for this production. And if that wasn’t exciting enough already as we celebrate 10 years of the Hoskins Centre we announced on Monday that Mr Michael Hoskins will be in attendance to watch the show for Saturday’s closing night. We are having complementary canapés and drinks from 5:45pm with some speeches at 6:15pm and all members of the community are invited to come and celebrate this important milestone for our wonderful Performing Arts space with the man who helped make it happen.
After Oliver! takes its final bows the Hoskins Centre will hurriedly be transformed to make space for the Get the Beat Dance Competition next weekend, which is immediately followed by Fiori Musicali’s Messiah on Sunday April 7 at 7pm. For tickets jump on the Fiori Musicali Facebook page or buy your tickets at the door. And on Wednesday in Week 11 there is a touring theatre performance I Am My Own Wife, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tickets are also available online and it promises to be a powerful night of theatre for our Senior students, friends, family and members of the public.
Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator
MR MARK HARRISON
Well, this one’s nearly ‘done’. I’m pleased that the longest term of the year is the first. I think the Christmas break has been long enough to sustain us all. To be honest, students are tired, but they have, as indicated, acquitted themselves well, having achieved much that is good both individually and collectively. If you’ve missed Oliver, then sadly you’ve missed something very special in this, our 125th year of operation. So many boys and so many girls combining talents in such a way that it’s as though we’ve been ‘the one for all’ for one century, plus a quarter of another. The term has been very ‘full’ in almost every way – we are so lucky that we’re unscathed. And, in a sense, it is luck – I recall Jacinda Ardern’s comments on the mosque atrocities. We watched one of her many recent TV appearances in Assembly this week and this was followed by two minutes’ silence. One of the most touching things that has happened over the last week occurred in our last Leaders’ Meeting: the Year 8s are organising, making and disseminating two cards, signed by all Middle School students, and then posting these to the Mosques in New Zealand.
In more ways than one, your children will have the ‘finish line’ in their sights now and I know they’ll be able to muster the energy necessary to cross it and then come home to you. They can always muster this kind of energy. At this week’s Town Meeting, being our Middle School Assembly, I congratulated them for nearly having completed the year’s longest term. As a general rule, its successors will be about a week shorter. Most students have acquitted themselves very well and all have at least tried to do this. Yes, we’ve kept them busy, making sure that they’ve been gainfully employed both inside and out of the classroom, but they’re the ones who’ve made the term ‘work for them’ and I’m pleased about this. You’ve reason to be pleased with them and their efforts and I want you to tell them as much when they are with you for the two week holiday. Or, you can tell them on Wednesday or Saturday, this week. I know I’ve referenced the Annual Athletics Carnival reasonably regularly of late, but I want to give it one more ‘plug’. If you are around or can travel – just arrive and we’ll happily welcome you. Watch your sons and daughters simply enjoying themselves, achieving PBs, encouraging their peers or celebrating the tail end of the term.
On the whole, with only a week and a bit to go, as staff we’ve enjoyed ourselves and, especially, the interactions we’ve had with Middle School students. Yes, there have been the odd challenging moments of course, but this is so normal for the 11 – 14 age group. Sometimes I am a bit disheartened that I have to remind people of this early adolescent fact of life: things will not always ‘go to plan’, so welcome to the world of occasional awkwardness, very regular educational social and co-curricular opportunity and constant activity. These young people are always ‘moving’ and we should be grateful for such movement. So, overall, ‘things’ Middle School–related have been relatively smooth and I’m grateful we’re in this position as it augurs well for the next week and a half and the Second Term. It’ll be different in relation to activity, though no less busy than the last nine weeks.
It can be really cold during the winter terms, so be certain to make sure that everyone returns after the break with clothing necessary to manage the next two terms. When you’re wearing the right gear in this city, the winters are bracing: when you’re wearing what’s ‘wrong’, they’re miserable. Really miserable. I know the Uniform Shop has a list of items, both necessary and recommended, and suggest you look at it carefully.
It’s on the horizon, so check your calendars and be sure your children are ready for it – everything about it needs to be well-presented, including clothes and attitudes.
Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School
MR IAN LLOYD
I hope you have seen the date for our Athletics from various sources, including the request from the P&F for support for the canteen. This is one of the big days in our calendar and it is great to have as many parents there as possible, especially those who know the right end of a stop watch! We hope to see you there. For further program information, please visit the Junior School sport website.
The Junior School Parent Teacher interviews for Kindergarten to Year 5 have a new date, avoiding a clash in the Memorial Hall with other year groups. These interviews are an ideal opportunity for you to speak with your child’s classroom teacher about their progress so far this year and set goals for the future. The information required for booking your interviews has been emailed to all K-5 families, so please follow the instructions to make your booking/s.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving School Spirit Awards at last week’s assembly:
Raseel Alazizi, Simon Hu, Assunta Nedianu, Evelyn Brownlie, Ethan Downes, William Cooper-Fillios, Pippi Goudge, Lucy Taylor, Jack Wood, Andrew Alkhouri, Joe Fenwicke, Archer Starr, Charlie Ward and Sinclair Little.
Best wishes for a happy birthday to William Cooper-Fillios, Arthur White and Peter Thompson.
|Wednesday 27 March||Year 5 Assembly (Memorial Hall)|
|Thursday 28 March||Life Education Van|
|Friday 29 March||Junior School Athletics Championships|
|Monday 1 April||Life Education Van|
|Tuesday 2 April||Life Education Van|
|Wednesday 3 April||Transition Assembly – Memorial Hall|
|Saturday 6 April||Armidale Football Association – Round 1 Competition|
|Monday 8 April||Parent Teacher Interviews (timings tba)|
|Tuesday 9 April||Parent Teacher Interviews (timings tba)|
|Thursday 11 April||Classes Conclude|
|Friday 12 April||Staff Day – Student free day|
|Monday 29 April||Staff Day – Student Free Day|
|Tuesday 30 April||Classes Commence|
Many classes have commenced new units of inquiry, with some engaging provocations being included to ‘tune in’ to new central ideas and lines of inquiry. There is such a wonderful buzz in our corridors and classrooms as new wonderings begin.
|Year Groups||Transdisciplinary Theme||Central Idea||Lines of Inquiry – An inquiry into:|
|Year 1||How the world works||Materials have a range of properties that determine their use||Changes occur when materials are combined
How the properties of materials determine their use
What natural materials used for manufacturing
|Year 2||How the world works||Changes in the sky and land impact our environment||Seasonal changes in our daily lives affect living things
Causes of short-term weather events and long-term seasonal patterns
Observable changes that occur in the sky and on the land
|Year 3||Who we are||Neighbouring countries are similar and different||Natural and built features of our country
Our connection to neighbouring countries
People’s perception of places are the basis for actions to protect places and environments
|Year 4||Where we are in place and time||Exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings||There are many reasons for exploration
Feelings and attitudes associated with exploration
Every exploration has consequences
|Year 5||How we express ourselves||The media influences the way we think and how we view the world||The purpose of media
Different forms of media
How media affects our thinking
*Please note with the changes to the PYP our Early Years classes-Transition and Kindergarten are now only required to complete four Units Of Inquiry per year and these are term long.
Mrs Veronica Waters