MR MURRAY GUEST
In our assembly this week our new student leaders across a wide range of co-curricular activities were introduced and formally inducted and they now take up their new roles. Unlike the roles of prefect and house leader, co-curricular captains are called to lead in specialist roles that they are particularly passionate about. In every case they will be prominent players or participants in their area, but the role of leader goes beyond recognition of performance and calls on those taking it up to serve their co-curricular area through good example, encouragement of the other students engaged in it and promotion of all that is good about that area of school life. We are very fortunate to have such a talented and committed group taking up these new responsibilities and I wish them well for the season and year ahead.
|Vice-Captains||James O’Brien & Remy Taylor|
|Vice-Captain||Andrew Kirk & Toby Smith|
|Hockey||Captains||Samuel Behrend & Lily Neilson|
|Mountain Biking||Captain||Riley Simmons|
|Music||Captains||Alistair Le Surf & Jenna MacLeod|
|Vice-Captains||Samantha Crossle & Clancy Roberts|
|Rowing||Captains||Bronte Garcia & Henry Pitman|
|Speakers||Captains||Lucinda Ball & Lachlan Reiss-Wears|
|Swimming||Captains||Lucinda Ball & James O’Brien|
|Tennis||Captains||Dylan Morris & Chloe Vanderwolf|
|Theatre||Captains||Rick Nutt & Reiley Oates|
|Triathlon||Captains||Katie Allen & Clancy Roberts|
The student leaders for the Winter sports of Football, Netball, Shooting and Rugby will be announced as those sports get underway next year.
On Saturday afternoon the final official leg of the Triple Crown gets underway at Windsor as the TAS team joins the flotilla of kayaks, canoes, surf skis and paddle boards heading 111kms down the Hawkesbury River to Brooklyn. This great adventure is arguably the most physically and mentally demanding of the Triple Crown events and I know that is its appeal for many of those who have signed up for it this year. While the first few hours heading down the river in daylight will almost certainly make for a pleasant start, the night is long and every paddler will face their own personal mountain at some stage of the night. Volunteering to tackle big challenges such as the Hawkesbury is something deeply embedded in our school culture and it is hugely encouraging to see TAS again featuring prominently in this great event and contributing to the important fundraising for the Arrow Foundation’s fight against cancer.
In other Triple Crown news, it has been decided that ‘Trek 125’ to be held from 10 to 12 November that many students are now registering for will be a qualifying event for the Triple Crown award this year. I hope that this is further encouragement to join this special anniversary event.
|Saturday 26 October||Hawkesbury Canoe Classic|
|Sunday 27 October||Hawkesbury Canoe Classic|
|Monday 28 October||Year 6-8 Exams|
|Wednesday 30 October||Year 9-10 Exams|
|Thursday 31 October||OAU Meeting (6pm)|
|Thursday 7 November||Bivouac|
|Friday 8 November||Bivouac|
MRS RACHAEL NICOLL
Our famous P&F Christmas Puddings are now available for sale. Puddings are $25 each and can be paid for by using the link below.TAS Puds
Puddings can be collected from TAS Main Reception once they have been ordered or can be bought at our 125th birthday celebration TAS Fest. But get in quick – at this stage it is highly unlikely we will have any available for sale at Speech Day.
TAS is turning 125 this year and School, supported by the P&F, are looking at celebrating this with ‘TAS Fest’ – Celebrating TAS’ 125th Anniversary with an evening of music, food, short films and fireworks.
The night will be a celebration rather than a fundraiser and will be open to all the TAS Community – past parents, students, Old Armidalians, current parents and staff – also anyone else with an attachment to TAS (past, present or future) will be welcome too.
The night will run from about 5 to 10pm on Adamsfield. We will have:
The aim is for people to have a lovely evening sitting on Adamsfield listening to music, watching short films, having dinner, eating popcorn and slurping on an ice cream whilst catching up with friends. We will then finish the night with a fireworks display to ‘light the candles’ for the birthday celebration.
More details of the film entry requirements are available from Mr O’Connell. But hurry up as they need to be entered by the end of Friday 1 November 2019
In order to have our film screening on Adamsfield we have organised a giant blow up movie screen. This needs to be picked up from Arncliffe, Sydney on Wednesday 13 or Thursday 14 November and returned on Monday 18 November. We are seeking anyone that has a SUV and might be able to help with either pick up or delivery. If you can help please contact me on 0418 980 662 or email [email protected] .
To help make the night great we will be seeking helpers, including people who hold their RSA to serve drinks – if you’d like to help for even an hour or two please click on the links attached or email [email protected]
As usual we’re using SignUp.com to organise the night. It’s Easy – you will not need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Simply click the link, review the options and times listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Also please be aware SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me on [email protected] and we can sign you up manually.
We will be having a PRODUCE STALL… in line with the 125 theme we are thinking a little bit old school retro, items in jars or bottles would be great… so if you have time over the next few weeks and would like to donate items could you please:
PLEASE ALSO START MAKING TOMBOLA JARS – this is always popular and we can never have enough full jars of goodies. Anything from marbles, lollies, colouring pencils, hairclips, soaps and shampoos packaged into a jar would be wonderful.
Please leave all jars at Main School Reception.
We have the first P&F meeting of Term 4 tonight Wednesday 23 October at 7pm in the Lower Maxwell Room in the main building. Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there. The meeting will cover our ordinary P&F business then move onto further planning of TAS Fest.
Mrs Rachael Nicoll
MRS SEONIA WARK
Tutoring will operate for the first 6 weeks of this term in the Library.
The long hours of practice paid off for our National Titration Team. Lucinda Ball, Bronte Garcia and Alistair Le Surf spent many Monday and Wednesday evenings performing titration practice from 4.00pm until 7.30pm carefully mixing, titrating and analysing their chemical samples.
For those of you who still don’t know what a titration is – it is a chemical analysis using traditional glassware techniques whose purpose is to find the unknown concentration of an acid.
From the total of 1100 teams who took part in the 2019 RACI Titration Competition state competition, 171 were selected for the National Competition and our team placed 14th in Australia. I offer my hearty congratulations to these students.
A big thank you to our team manager Jai Farrell whose assistance feeding the team during the late evening training sessions was invaluable.
Mr Alasdair Hey
MR WILL CALDWELL
Yesterday, in assembly, Co-curricular Captains and Vice Captains for 2019/2020, were presented with their badges of office. It was an opportunity for all students to recognise those who will serve, support, guide and encourage them in their activity.
Younger students, in particular, rely on the modelling provided by senior students. It is the leadership shown by captains that has the greatest impact on the culture within each activity. Students do not follow a badge (in fact, many students will lead without a badge). Students follow those who they trust and respect. Leaders will have their own personal goals, however, the measure of their leadership will be the accomplishments of those around them. A leader will inspire and enable those they lead,
I congratulate all our new leaders and I look forward to working with them.
The motivation will vary for each of the TAS paddlers embarking on the 111km paddle this Saturday. For all of them, their resilience will be tested. The fact that they are willing to attempt this epic challenge is a reflection of their character. I wish all involved a memorable and rewarding experience.
Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
MRS GILL DOWNES
The Middle School had a great start to term with some timetable changes, summer sport kicking off, and our place in the audience as the new Senior Prefects received their badges for the year ahead. The staff were very proud of the manner in which Middle School students conducted themselves in this special assembly last week. They watched on as the incoming Year 12 Prefects were inducted; some wonderful role models here for our aspiring leaders.
Week 1 saw Mrs Murray’s Year 8 Homeroom receive the Enviro Cup for their work in keeping their learning space beautiful – well done!
Additionally, many Middle School students auditioned for roles in the upcoming production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’; we wish them all the best.
One of the things that I feel very strongly about is students being on time to class and as such, being ready to learn. It is so vital that we teach and model the importance of punctuality as it is a sign of respect to teachers and fellow students, and is a clear sign that students are switched on to get the most out of their lessons here at TAS. I have clearly outlined my expectation to Middle School students that they are to move as soon as the bell rings and be lined up outside their classroom within 1-2 minutes of the bell ringing. Can I ask that you reiterate this with your child and have a conversation with them about your expectations as well? I have asked a small number of students who are frequently late to their classes to make a concerted effort this week to improve; I hope to see this happen.
Lastly, a reminder that chewing gum is not permitted at TAS. If you have a child who loves gum; please reinforce that they are not to bring it to school – the Day School or into the Boarding Houses. We clean it off desks, peel it off carpets, and hopelessly aim to remove it from our shoes. Please do not allow your child to bring it to school – it is unnecessary.
I spoke to our Year 6, 7 and 8 students this week about gaining perspective and achieving balance in relation to the upcoming exams. We want our students to prepare well and apply themselves. However, the central purpose of exams in these early years is to give the Middle School students practice in sitting these types of assessments. Examinations do not define us; they are one tool among many, that we as educators use to track how students are learning and growing. Approach these upcoming exams with effort and enthusiasm but offset it with some good sleep, time with friends and family, and some reflection on how far you have already come in 2019.
Have a great rest of the week.
If you have any concerns, please be sure to contact me through Mrs Robyn Frost on 6776 5819 or via email at [email protected].
Mrs Gill Downes
Acting Head of Middle School
Our Middle School students have settled back in nicely over the past week, and most have been utilising their time wisely and have been putting their ATL skills to good practice.
In class this week, I have been talking to students about how they approach their learning. This is something that is relevant to all of us. How a student approaches his or her learning really has a significant impact on their education. We have discussed self-management skills; such as being organised and reflective. Students should be continually asking themselves reflective questions before their exams. Here are some examples:
Another skill that students need to be using is their critical thinking. Do they know what is being asked of them in exam questions? Normally, a question will ask three things: The type of thinking you have to use, the task you have to do, and what you need to produce. Here is a tip / technique to use in order to break down a question:
|1. Type of thinking||2. What do you have to do?||3. What is the product?|
|Look at the command term which is often in bold print and underline it||Identify what do I have to do?||What does the teacher want me to make? Is it to write an essay, create a poster, draw a diagram, compose an oral presentation?|
|The command term is usually at the start of a question||Circle all the things you have to think about within the task||Put a box around the thing you have to make to remind you of the product|
|Use the MYP command terms to help you||Example: Discuss three changes in technology that have had a major impact on schools in the last 50 years.||Discuss three changes in technology that have had a major impact on schools in the last 50 years. Use a podcast to show your learning.|
|Examples: Respond, discuss, outline, describe, apply, evaluate, analyse, create, produce, recall.|
For each question you read, it is a good idea to underline the type of thinking, circle the important words and highlight the product. This will help students to identify exactly what is being asked of them.
May I take this opportunity also to remind students and parents that Middle School tutoring is available in the library on Monday and Wednesdays 4 -5pm.
Mrs Rachel Piddington
MR LUKE POLSON
Hearty congratulations to Charlie Ward who competed at the Liverpool Plains Equestrian Interschools event last weekend. Charlie competed with three horses over multiple events and was fortunate to come home with: Primary Champion- 1 day event, Dressage, Show Jumping and Reverse Champion Hack; 3rd in ASH Dressage; 2nd in Primary Working Horse; 1st in Fastest Time Trial and multiple places over sporting. This success resulted in Charlie achieving Primary Most Successful School for TAS on her tghree horses combined. Congratulations, Charlie – lots of hard work well rewarded.
Last Thursday and Friday Year 5 had the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Frog Dreaming activities held at Newholme Station, at the bottom of Mount Duval. Despite the very windy conditions and total fire bans, most activities were still able to go ahead and the students gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from the activities they undertook. Throughout their two days, Year 5 worked in totem groups and experienced a Smoking Ceremony and traditional Welcome to Country, totem storytelling with Elders and mentors and a bush film night. In addition to this, the class participated in Landcare workshops including information about the Koala project, wildlife talks, frogs and seed ball revegetation. My sincere thanks go to Mrs Gaye Piper and Mrs Tania Hardin for staying overnight with the students and to our GAP students, Ed and Oliver for their assistance during the days.
Over the next two weeks, Junior School students will be involved in two events. These events are detailed further in the JS Sport Report and I encourage you to read through these arrangements. This Friday, Years 3-5 will participate in the PSSA Orienteering held at Thalgarrah and next Thursday, JS hosts the annual Bike Safety Day and Triathlon. I thank Mrs Christine Wright for the coordination of these two exciting events for us.
A reminder that supervision does not commence in the Junior School until 8:15am and students are not be at school prior to this unless they are participating in a morning club. Additionally, please ensure that collection arrangements are known by the school. Students are not to be left unsupervised after school as our playground is not supervised at this time.
Our first of two Working Bees for Madagascar Jr is this coming Sunday, 27 October. Please advise the School if you are able to attend and assist by emailing [email protected]
The second Working Bee will be held on 10 November. Again, this year, we will provide a BBQ for those that can attend from 12.00pm and conclude at 2.00pm. Please put these dates in your diaries and assist if you can.
Please make a note of the new time for our Junior School Speech Day next term. Last term Mr Lloyd introduced our Guest Speaker and presenter Tanya Ha, an award-winning environmental campaigner, television presenter, author, science journalist, speaker and sustainable living advocate. There is plenty more information at <https://tanyaha.com/home/about/> and I am sure the occasion will be enjoyable for all. Please look out for a separate invitation to this event in the coming weeks.
Best wishes to Chloe Chen, Hunter Crane, George Drain, Hussain Majrashi and Rupert Newton for your special days this week.
Mr Luke Polson
Acting Head of Middle School
|Wednesday 23 October
|Year 2 & Kindy Assembly – Hoskins Centre – 2.45
Transition Excursion to Thalgarrah
|Friday 25 October
|Armidale Outdoors Schools Orienteering Carnival – Thalgarrah|
|Sunday 27 October
|Madagascar Working Bee 12.00 – 2.00|
|Wednesday 30 October
|Year 3 & Transition Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)
|Thursday 31 October||Bike Safety Day and Triathlon|
|Wednesday 6 November||Year 1 & 2 Assembly – Hoskins Centre (2.45pm)|
|Friday 8 November||Activities Day|
|Sunday 10 November||Madagascar Working Bee (12-2pm)|
|Wednesday 13 November||No Assembly|
|Wednesday 20 November||Final Assembly – Details to be advised|
|Friday 22 November||Year 5 Dinner|
As all Junior School classes approach the final unit for the year it is timely for students to be given time to reflect upon the role played by action and to take meaningful action as a result of their learning. Through students taking individual and collective action, they come to understand their responsibilities with being internationally minded and that they can make a difference.
In this final unit, teachers aim to provide students with opportunities so that students can appreciate the benefits of working individually and collaboratively for a common purpose.
Students are taught that action needs to be authentic, meaningful and can be responsive. Action could be as simple as:
Throughout the year students are encouraged to make responsible choices for their actions and to increase their focus away from themselves to the needs of others. For our younger years action can stem from learning about their responsibility with their relationships with peers and the wider school community.
When taking action, students are given opportunities to make connections to new knowledge that they have acquired and apply their skills to everyday life. We aim for our students to develop deep and lasting understandings, which can also be linked to existing knowledge. We hope that students learn that inquiry can lead to action and that even the smallest act can make a difference.
Mrs Veronica Waters
What a great way to start the summer season. Most children are now organised into their sporting group and started training this week. Please remember to let your coach or Mrs Wright know if you are unable to attend either trainings or games. We also have some great senior school children helping out teams as a part of their Service Program this term.
We welcomed the Northern NSW Cricket Participation Officer, Mr Nathan Pinnington, to TAS on Monday afternoon as he set up drills and games for our cricketers.
Our Years 3, 4 and 5 children will participate in the annual Orienteering event at Thalgarrah this year. Children have nominated their teams and will need to wear TAS sports uniform on Friday. Our event starts at 9:30am so we will leave TAS at 9am returning by 12noon. Please ensure your child has their TAS ‘Chappell’ hat, a water bottle and morning tea for this event. It is recommended that at least one child per team is wearing a watch.
Our annual Junior School Bike Day and Triathlon will be held in our beautiful grounds on Thursday, 31 October. Bike Day will commence at 9am with activities involving obstacle courses, long distance rides and bike safety sessions.
Our Triathlon will commence at 2pm after walking the course at 1:30. Lunch will be as normal on the day.
Kindergarten and Year 1 children will all be involved in a team event, whilst students in Years 2 and above will have a choice of either entering as an individual or as part of a team.
Following are the distances each year group will have to complete as part of the Triathlon.
|Kindergarten||1 lap||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 1||1 lap||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 2||2 laps||½ lap||½ lap|
|Year 3||2 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
|Year 4||3 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
|Year 5||3 laps||1 lap||1 lap|
Please ensure your child has their bike in good working order ready for the day, along with their bike helmet, drink bottle and hat. Children will wear sports uniform for the day. Please drop bikes off in the Junior School Playground.
Presentations will be held from 3pm on Wakefield Oval.
Looking forward to a great day of events.
Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator
Twelve keen basketball players from Years 3 and 4 began their season with some amazing success. Training commenced last Wednesday with a few basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. As there are a few students who had not played before it was really pleasing to see the players from last season step up and encourage the new ones with their skills.
The first game was on Monday and our 12 players joined with players from town schools which enabled there to be four teams, which was exciting for the players. First, they did some drills on passing and defending and then the games began. It was terrific to see the skills from the players in the last season continue into this new season and several of the new players showed some terrific skills, with shooting baskets and passing and running up the court. There was wonderful sportsmanship to be seen amongst all the players and it promises to be a wonderful season. A special mention to Andrew A who only did Term 4 last year but has come back full of enthusiasm and some wonderful skills and attitude.
Thank you to all the players who turned up with the correct attire for both training and games. Please remember to bring a water bottle to games and to register for basketball as per the email sent out.
Mrs Brunsdon and Miss Woodhill
Gymnastics had a wonderful training session on Monday based on movement patterns-statics, spring and land and locomotion. The session commenced with a warm up game – ‘over here, over there’ followed by stretches.
The students then rotated through four activities:
Activity 1- Statics – back and front support balances.
Activity 2- Spring and land – forward and back landings and spring board work.
Activity 3: – Rotations – side rolls.
Activity 4: Locomotion – locomotion on beam.
All students were fully engaged and enjoyed all the activities they participated in.
Please remember you can pick up form the gymnastics centre at 4.40pm or alternatively from TAS at 4.50 from either under the Junior School shelter or the turning circle.
Mrs Waters and Mme Perrin