MR ALAN JONES
The much-anticipated production and performances of ‘Revolting Rhymes’ took place last week in the Hoskins Centre and entertained with great energy and a lot of fun. With a good number of Middle School students on stage or in support and technical crews, it was a big production and one that excited our Middle School as a whole. Producing a high quality show through hard work and commitment over a solid rehearsal schedule, a willingness to release the creative flair within and the confidence to perform with real energy in front of big audiences is an education in itself and this explains why so much is put into it by our creative arts staff and many others in support at TAS. Putting a school show on stage to give students the experience of performing is a good thing, but really committing to a program that makes sure it is a professional level performance is a character-shaping experience that alters expectations and the understanding of what can be achieved if a team really works together. I believe that was what was on show last week and I commend and congratulate Andrew Wheatley, Michael Cornford and all of the students involved in a most enjoyable production.
The P & F Funding meeting is looming, and this is the meeting that is set aside for making decisions on how P & F funds will be allocated to school projects that will directly enhance the experience of our students. Applications for funds have come in and there has been a preliminary meeting to discuss each of these proposals and I encourage all parents that can make it to the meeting to come and be a part of the decision-making process.
Last night was Band Night at the Eisteddfod and it was so pleasing to see many of our students not only engaged in Ensembles representing TAS but also offering willing support to get on stage to play with students from other schools. It is a huge credit to our Music Department that TAS was represented in nine out of the 21 performances and also a credit to our students and Tom Collett in particular, that there was joy and happiness in all that they were doing.
This week we have been very fortunate to have Kirra Pendergast, the CEO of Safe on Social, speaking to our school community. Kirra has over 30 years of experience in Cyber Security and IT Business Consulting. Over the past two days, she has spent time with our staff, parents and all students from Years 7-12. These sessions have explored online safety and social media awareness, respectful online relationships and what the laws say in this space. These sessions have been very informative for all who have taken part and we look forward to welcoming Kirra back to the school at a later date to continue this work.
These timely presentations to staff parents and our students should act as a reminder that this long weekend would be a good time for parents and their children to engage in conversation, to endeavour to spend time together, enjoy being outside and perhaps put technology aside and focus on each other’s good company. Any conversations can simply be initiated with three simple sentences like ‘Are you ok?’, ‘How was school this week?’, How are things going?
I certainly hope the opportunity arises for some of these conversations to take place because, in all that we do, it is our positive relationships that underpin our wellbeing.
Mr Alan Jones
Head of School
|Wednesday 9 June||‘Safe on Social’ Presentation (Students)|
|Thursday 10 June||Farrer MAHS visit – POSTPONED|
|Boarders depart for long weekend|
|Friday 11 June – Monday 14 June||Long Weekend – no classes|
|Monday 4 June||Boarders return|
|Tuesday 15 June||Classes resume
Regional Visit – Afternoon Tea and Function in Scone
|Wednesday 16 June||P&F Meeting (7pm)|
|Thursday 17 June||Regional Visit – Afternoon Tea & Function in Inverell|
|Friday 18 June||TAS Firsts Basketball vs SBHS|
|Saturday 19 June||TAS vs SBHS (at TAS)
TAS Foundation AGM ( Upper Maxwell Room)
Farewell Dinner for Head of School, Alan Jones
MR PAUL GADDES
Our next general meeting is just around the corner. All are welcome and it would be great to see you there. Meetings are open to all parents.
Drinks and nibbles are provided for those attending in person, with Zoom operating for those who wish to join remotely (TAS P&F Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 215 517 2798; Password: 160621)
Within next week’s P&F meeting we will discuss and decide funding request allocations. This is an important annual event as we look to allocate past money raised towards projects which benefits student life.
The Sydney Boys’ High School visit is in less than two weeks.
The P&F will operate a BBQ and Canteen on Saturday 19 June to feed the players, coaches and onlookers. Bacon and egg rolls will be available to start the day, followed by hamburgers & steak sandwiches around lunchtime. The coffee van and canteen will operate all day for drinks and nibbles.
For those who have already registered to volunteer – thank you. For those seeing their calendar with a chunk of free time, please email us at [email protected] and let us know your availability and preferences.
We are excited to announce the two upcoming events – save the date now to participate as they promise to both be highlights of your social calendar.
TAS Golf Day: Friday 27 August 2021 (also the first day of Reunion Weekend)
TAS Family Day: Saturday 20 November 2021
As we continue planning for each of these events, we welcome input and involvement to make them a great success. Stay tuned for more detail over the coming weeks and months.
If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email at [email protected]
Mr Paul Gaddes
MR LUKE POLSON
TAS will be participating in the ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Science, Mathematics and Spelling. This year, parents will need to register and pay directly with ICAS if they wish for their child to take part in any/all of these assessments. TAS will then facilitate the sitting of these papers in late August, during the scheduled sitting windows. The schedule for these competitions can be found below. These assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the challenge of competing in an international assessment.
|ICAS Assessment||Sitting Window|
|Writing||Monday 9 August 2021 to
Friday 13 August 2021
|Digital Technologies||Monday 9 August 2021 to
Friday 13 August 2021
|English||Monday 16 August 2021 to
Friday 20 August 2021
|Science||Monday 23 August 2021 to
Friday 27 August 2021
|Spelling Bee||Monday 23 August 2021 to
Friday 27 August 2021
|Mathematics||Monday 30 August 2021 to
Friday 3 September 2021
Please refer to the letter sent to all families today regarding ICAS for further details on how to complete these registrations. Please send an email to [email protected] if you require any assistance with these.
The process for Year 10 students to choose their subjects for Years 11 and 12 will begin later this term. Prior to the holidays, students will receive a subject handbook and will be asked to make the initial preferences for subjects over the winter break.
To assist with this process, there will be several Information Sessions held.
The dates for these sessions are:
Mr Luke Polson
Director of Studies
MR ADAM ( WHALLEY
This week TAS engaged the services of Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social to upskill staff, students and parents on the ever-changing world of social media. The sessions were very well received and there have been plenty of further discussions around this space. We were able to record Kirra’s parent session which can be accessed via the Parent Portal by the end of this week.
Kirra has also kindly provided a number of ‘cheat sheets’ for parents to help navigate a range of topical cyber issues, which are available on the Parent Portal.
This Friday, there is a suicide prevention workshop in Uralla hosted by Roses in the Ocean, in conjunction with Healthwise. The flyer is attached to this newsletter. This may help parents generate a deeper understanding of the complexities of suicide, and give parents confidence in recognising and supporting individuals at risk. We are also working with an external organisation to facilitate a parent workshop on campus, to address the above topics and upskill parents. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but we are hopeful this important event will be before the end of term and if possible, recorded and sent to parents who are unable to attend in person.
Mr Adam Whalley
Director of Pastoral Care
MR HUON BARRETT
The Eisteddfod continues this week, it was an absolute pleasure to attend the Band Night at NECOM on Tuesday evening. An entertaining night that showcased nine TAS Ensembles across the evening. A clear reminder of how talented our students and staff are at TAS. A special thank you to Ms Leanne Roobol and Mr Tom Collett and Miss Charlotte Low.
Continuing on the theme of creative arts I commend our students and Mr O’Connell for their outstanding results in the NSW Shakespeare Carnival last week. The Ensemble Scene group featuring Felicity Barton (10), Pierre Morcellet (10), Oliver Morse (10), William Nash (10) and Jasper O’Neil (10) came third in their section with a piece from Macbeth and the Music group of Emily Buntine (10), Jasper O’Neil (10) and Grace Thompson (10) performed their original composition inspired by Romeo and Juliet came first. In addition, the Middle School Production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes last week was thoroughly entertaining and I applaud Mr Wheatley and his cast and crew for their performances last week.
The depth and breadth of sport at TAS was evident last weekend at the NSW U15 Boys Hockey Championships. TAS Hockey was well represented in the NSW U15 boys hockey championships on 29-30 May, with seven of our boys in the Hunter New England team that notched up four wins, a draw and two losses to eventually take the Division 2 silver medal. The TAS Hockey Club is the largest club in Hockey New England which hosted the event that brought around 450 players and parents to Armidale from across the state. Well done to the boys on their efforts and also to the parents who are such a backbone of the TAS Hockey program.
Due to the forecast weather for Wednesday and Thursday and current weather warnings, the Farrer fixtures for The Dick Hodgson Shield will be POSTPONED until next term. We look forward to hosting Farrer next term.
Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular
MR ANDREW O'CONNELL
The Eisteddfod continues to highlight the incredible talent and love of performance here at TAS, with excellent participation and results in both the Strings and Bands categories in the last week. Last night showcased how our school ensembles are going from strength to strength, and I was particularly blown away by the size of the TAS Orchestra and the fun being had by all on stage in a lovely rendition of Pharell Williams’ ‘Happy’. My congratulations to Mr Collett, Miss Low, Ms Roobol and all the fantastic peripatetic tutors supporting our students behind the scenes or sharing the stage with them.
Last week the curtain fell on Middle School’s Revolting Rhymes and I congratulate the cast, crew and production team on a delightful and dynamic show. The students performed with such confidence, the tech crew were engaged in every second of the performance, and I echo Mr Jones’ sentiments about the sharp comic timing on display. I want to recognise the efforts of Director Mr Wheatley and his two Assistant Directors Bridget Burnett and Felix Hruby, without whom the show would not have been possible.
Over the weekend seven students headed off to Sydney for the finals of the NSW & ACT Shakespeare Carnival to compete in the Music and Ensemble categories. It was a brilliant weekend of theatre, with the group going to both Belvoir’s vibrant interpretation of the classic play The Cherry Orchard and the powerful, moving Indigenous play The 7 Stages of Grieving by Sydney Theatre Company. They had workshops on Saturday to hone their craft with industry professionals and then performed on Sunday on the Seymour Centre’s York stage. The Ensemble group (Felicity Barton, Pierre Morcellet, Oliver Morse, Will Nash, Jasper O’Neil) gave a confident performance and came third and the Music group’s song ‘Oh Romeo’ (Emily Buntine, Jasper O’Neil, Grace Thompson) won their category. Thanks to Ms Cressida Mort and Mrs Jacqui Buntine for accompanying and assisting and for all Creative Arts students out there I know every person who attended would strongly encourage you to get involved next year as it was a ton of fun.
MR MARK HARRISON
Probably one of the most versatile, universally appealing writers of the twentieth century: Roald Dahl’s capacity to engage people of all ages is something I admire. His Revolting Rhymes collection was centre stage (literally) last week as our students performed them as part of the Middle School production. Mr Wheatley’s directorial debut at TAS needs recognition: it’s clear that the many hours of rehearsal time, so that all actors were on cue, were demanding, but his usual bonhomie and talent were not compromised at all – neither was the evident stage ease of our Creative Arts Leader, Samuel Krishnan. Together these two people need to be publicly acknowledged because the performance evenings last Thursday and Friday were as enjoyable as they were accomplished. The best part of the evening? It was the obvious enjoyment of all the performers, including the expert technical management of our exclusively Middle School lighting, props and audio support crews – under the watchful eye of Mr Michael Cornford, of course. On behalf of all members of the audiences, I thank everyone who helped to make the Middle School production so enjoyable.
Since ours is a one-to-one laptop school, it’s our duty to advise and assist all students with their responsible use: these ‘devices’ are gifts to education and simultaneously they can be its impediments. Because of the unusual and fractured attendance nature of 2020, it’s been a few years now since we’ve had the New England Schools’ Youth Liaison Officer speak to Middle School students about what constitutes responsible use and best practice. In dereference to the sensitivities of this young age group, we are negotiating various year group meetings with Senior Constable Jaime Porter – hopefully beginning during the last week of this long term.
There’s ‘something out there that’s watching over us’ – this next, longer weekend couldn’t be better placed this term. Take your children, feed them well, allow them to rest and then send them back for the final weeks of this otherwise very long term. Most of their time here is very busy (it needs to be) and more often than not they’re happy enough to do what they’re supposed to be doing; but they’re young and they need a break. We need this break, too. As Mr Jones’s most recent letter to families confirms, this last week has been a sad one for everyone at TAS. Our thoughts and prayers are with the wider Munsie and Bookallil families over the coming weeks. Our young people need to be with their families. When I spoke to the various year groups on Monday, the respectful, sensitive responses of our staff and your children reinforced the strength and calibre of all those people that we deal with in this school.
Until next week, then
Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School
Last week Year 6 had the pleasure of a Zoom meeting with Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist and cosmologist from Canberra. This tied in with their English unit, Exploration, which has seen them exploring aspects of space. They are also studying newspaper writing so have been looking at articles on space.com and they used the information in the articles to write their own newspaper articles. They were fascinated by the articles on the recent lunar eclipse so the zoom meeting was organised with Mr Tucker to learn more about space.
Year 6 Meet Brad Tucker
By Halina Sauders
Brad Tucker, an amazing astrophysicist and cosmologist, met with Year 6 students from The Armidale School. They zoomed him on the 3rd of May 2021, in the Year 6 classroom at TAS. They called him because they have been learning about space in English classes, also they were seeking more information about the recent ‘Blood Moon Eclipse.’
Year 6 had many interesting questions and he answered all of them. Mr Tucker taught them various facts about space including every year the moon moves 4cm away from the Earth, the sun burps, and in space you could hear the sun. The Year 6’s learnt a lot and they found it very interesting and fascinating.
Mr Tucker taught them that four billion years ago Earth’s days were only nine hours long! He also mentioned that the moon is the size of Australia, which is quite small compared to the other planets, moons and stars. Did you know that we only see one side of the moon;, the side we see was the side that hit the Earth a long time ago. It is said that Earth used to have rings like Jupiter has and that affected how the moon hit the Earth, after the moon hit the Earth, it began orbiting our planet. The planets that are tilted are the planets that have seasons, Earth is tilted so that is why there are so many seasons.
Year 6 had a wonderful time and really enjoyed it. If you ever get a chance to speak to Mr Tucker, you should appreciate it. He is a clever man that has mountains of information.
Year 6 Meets Brad Tucker
By Peter Thompson
On Thursday 3rd June from 11:40 – 12:25pm, renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist Brad Tucker contacted the Year 6 cohort of The Armidale School to inform the eager students of the wonders of the solar system and space. While the year six classroom and Mt Stromlo Observatory were hundreds of kilometers apart, Zoom proved an efficient option.
Year 6 were fascinated to learn about the origins of the Earth; an explosive collision that concluded with Earth’s own natural satellite. This resulted in multiple events – tilting the Earth, which led to the different seasons, hardened lava on the moon, and our tides being affected due to the moon’s gravity.
He also informed the eager students of eclipses, whose minds were still fresh with the recent total lunar eclipse. They learned about the cause of both solar and lunar, and how there are in fact other eclipses! Planets too can pass in front of the Sun, however they are too far away to completely block out the sun. They also learned that the moon bobs up and down, which is why eclipses aren’t common.
Mr Tucker’s enthusiasm led to an enjoyable experience for all of Year six. The cohort would like to thank Mr Tucker for the time and effort he gave to make this experience informative and exciting for everyone present.
Year 6 Meet Space Guru, Brad Tucker
By Hamish Pengilley
On the 3rd of June from 11:40 to 12:30pm, in one of the year six classrooms, Year 6 spoke with Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist and cosmologist from Canberra. The Year 6 unit for English Term two is focused on Exploration and they have been exploring space as part of that idea. They had the meeting via zoom to learn more about space, just one week after the beautiful, very rare blood moon eclipse.
Mr Tucker said some really interesting facts and answered some of their burning questions such as four billion years ago the days were only nine hours long; the moon was once part of Earth’s similarities; the moon once had rings; the Earth is tilted so it has seasons unlike other planets where they aren’t tilted so therefore one side is always cold and dark and the other side is hot and sunny; the moon is about the size of Australia. Other things we learned are that Venus can be seen at night by the naked eye, other planets have eclipses and the moon moves 4cm away from the Earth every year.
This was a thrilling experience and they all hope to meet with Mr Tucker again in the future.
MR IAN LLOYD
I hope you were able to attend the presentation last night hosted by Kirra Pendergast, an expert in IT Security and Online Safety. Like most other staff attending, it was clear to me from the outset that this has become one of the most important and challenging topics for each and every one of us in this ever-changing and complicated digital world. Kirra’s presentation was very informative and quite outstanding. I am writing to you here to ensure that you ask the school for the link if you were unable to attend on the night or view it from accessing our website.
I have been very pleased with the number of entries in this year’s Eisteddfod. I know that there are categories that do not appeal to some, but I am so pleased that so many of our students have taken it upon themselves to have a go. Well done and congratulations to you all. The following results have been reported through so far:
Special congratulations to both William Minter and Daniel Mo (and to William’s mum who accompanied them both) as they performed to a packed Middle and Senior School Assembly yesterday. It was an outstanding performance, from introducing the piece they played together, to the wonderful combination they have become in terms of their musicianship. It was a very, very special moment.
Please note in your diaries that there will be no sports training in the last week of term, giving players and coaches a well-earned rest.
Congratulations to the following students that received School Spirit Awards last week: Lachie McDowell, Umraj Nirmaan, Elara Polson, Hassan Almokhtar, Sansa Ranawake, Hasadi Kodagoda Arachchige, Raymond Wang, Hunter Crane, Neave Drain, Cooper Lacey, Mehleen Sandhu, Matilda Polson, Levi Watts, Rupert Newton, Cecilia Price, Kaitlyn Baker, Mila Nexo, Leo Thavapalasundaram, Izzie Glover and Kevin Tighe.
Happy birthday to Kaitlyn Baker and Eva Cook this week.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School
|Wednesday 9 June||Year 4 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm
Transition 2022 Interviews
|Thursday 10 June||Classes conclude for Long Weekend|
|Friday 11 June||Staff Day – Student Free Day|
|Monday 14 June||Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 15 June||Classes Resume|
|Wednesday 16 June||Year 2 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm
TAS K, 1, 2 & 4 Choral Speaking – Eisteddfod
|Friday 18 June||Activities Day
Yr 5 Thalgarrah Excursion
|Week 10||No Sports Training|
|Wednesday 23 June||Year 2 Assembly – Hoskins Theatre – 2.45 pm
(with Dance & Drama Club)
|Thursday 24 June||Jump Rope for Heart
|Monday 19 July
Tuesday 20 July
Wednesday 21 July
|Staff Day/Boarders Return
Kindergarten Excursion to Thalgarrah
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, get ready for ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. The crowd erupted at Rologas 7 on Saturday morning as the show began.
There were grandparents that travelled from as far as Wollongong, to see the under 6 TAS Tigers take on the Armidale City Westside Football Club Blue, or otherwise known as ACWFCB-U6. The spectators were not disappointed, as it was the week we performed feats of wonder and strength, to transform from felines to fierce sabre-tooth tigers. The Moscow Circus may have left town last month, but it didn’t stop their fellow countryman, Daniel Ivannikov, from continuing the magic. Daniel put on a fantastic show, by scoring 6 goals. He had some great support acts, with every player performing their own piece of magic.
The halftime break was greeted with disappointment, as the Tigers really found their groove, and wanted to keep playing. Not as disappointed as their parents, as the promised Lolly Snakes were handed around – sorry about that Mr Lloyd.
After the break, Heidi followed up with a magical goal of her own – Her farewell gift to Arendelle as she departs for a few weeks to snorkel with Nemo. The team goal celebrations were on par with Sam Kerr’s aerial acrobatics – a fitting way to end an astonishing performance.
Well done TAS Tigers on your first win – you should be very proud of your efforts. See you when we get back.
Mr Ken Secker
On Saturday morning, the TAS Tornadoes ventured out to John Oxley Sportsgrounds in Walcha. The early fog brought about a deep sense of foreboding, but thankfully as kick off drew closer, the fog lifted and the sun shone down on the two teams as they did battle to gain the early ascendency. The Tornadoes have been working hard at training on positional play and working together, which really started to show as the game went on. TAS scored first goal through some fine lead up play, but the advantage was cancelled out at half time as the Wolves drew level. TAS dominated the early stages of the second half and their newfound enthusiasm for paying attention at training started to show as they passed the ball left and right to wide players. Ultimately, the pressure told and TAS scored two more goals in the second half. As the clock wound down the Wolves managed to peg one back but couldn’t deny TAS a very well deserved win. Well done boys and a good team effort!
Mr Darren Maxwell
This week the TAS Torpedoes had a trip to Uralla for another exciting game of football. After a slow start we soon settled into the game and by half time with some excellent work in goals by Edward, some impressive defence, and a fast breaking attack we found ourselves 3 goals ahead. The second half we continued to work well as team and were able to find the back of the net another two times with only one going against us. Goals this week went to Casper, William, Mohammed, and Toby.
Mr Christian Nexo
Last weekend saw our U12s make a lot of progress, with our team for the first time, scoring the first goal. Spirits were high as we went into halftime drawing 1-1. However, the break gave DK a boost as they sorted themselves out and scored another 6 goals against us. Still a way to go yet for this team but they are definitely showing signs of improvement and always enjoying the game.
Mr Andrew Kirk
The Under 8s Hockey team have made tremendous improvements in their game this week. They worked as a team and became more aware of their spacing. All players made a valuable contribution, and I was very impressed with their attacking and defending skills. Let’s keep this up team! Special thanks go to Jeanie Inglis and Jack Wood for their positivity and fantastic coaching skills during training. Jeanie, the children greatly appreciated your coaching on the sidelines during Saturday’s game and your words of encouragement gave them the added drive. Eva, you were superb in goal and have a natural eye for the game; Liam – Wow! Sensational defending and some superpower hits; Maggie – little ball of energy, you were involved in all elements of play and had some great passages of play; Bella – what a natural goalkeeper and your strong passes were noticed; Emi, you showed great attacking skills and got involved; Cooper your defending skills were incredible and finally Scout when you hit the ball you have lots of power and great accuracy.
Mrs Grania Fawcett