DR RACHEL HORTON
What a wonderful way to end our summer sports season it was, watching some of our young men and women rowing in the postponed NSW Schoolboys and girls regatta in Sydney last Saturday. In addition to the incredible skill development these students have undergone over the season, they have all experienced incredible personal growth through their co-curricular involvement. This is a great example of why the School has such a broad co-curricular program as an integral part of a TAS education, rather than an extra-curricular program that sits as an optional extra. Congratulations to all our students for finishing their summer sports seasons strongly.
In the academic arena, this week TAS has welcomed teams from across the region to compete in the 2022 da Vinci Decathlon. The competition tests students as they compete in small teams across a range of different areas including science, code-breaking, poetry and ideation. With some last-minute changes, the TAS teams started strongly with a win on Day 1 from our Year 7 team. Tuesday saw our Year 5 and 6 teams compete with heart over the course of a fun-filled day. Good luck to the Year 9 and 10 teams who are competing today.
In staffing news, after an extensive search that attracted many excellent applicants, I am delighted to announce that Mr Tim Williams will join TAS as Head of Tyrrell House from Term 4. Mr Williams is currently Acting Head of History at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill. A short biography of Mr Williams can be found in the boarding section of TAS talks this week. In the interim, I am also very pleased to announce that Mr Johnathon Woodbridge will take up the role of Acting Head of Tyrrell House for Terms 2 and 3.
The upcoming Easter break represents a good opportunity for younger students who have only received their first COVID-19 vaccine to get their second, or indeed for students who have yet to be vaccinated to start that process. While we are beginning to live alongside COVID-19 and the majority of those in our community who test positive have only mild disease, this has certainly not been the case for everyone. Ongoing infections also continue to cause disruption to school for our students. Vaccination is a very effective way to minimise these risks. If you would like advice on how to speak to your child about vaccination, it can be found here.
Dr Rachel Horton
MR RAY PEARSON
Last Tuesday at Assembly, the next student-led service initiative at TAS was announced. The Prefects will be officially launching the ‘TAS Greatest Shave’ next week by selling raffle tickets to go into the draw to win the honour of giving Prefect Gus White a (much needed) haircut in Week 10. This will be a small taste of what is to come in Term 2. Between now and 9 May (Senior/Middle School Athletics Carnival), Students will be able to purchase raffle tickets to shave or cut the hair of our Prefects and some brave staff. While all in good fun, the focus to raise much-needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia is a worthwhile cause and I commend our student leaders on driving this.
I would also like to congratulate all students for their passionate involvement in their respective summer sports this term. There were many outstanding teams and individual performances culminating with the amazing resilience and perseverance of our rowers who recently competed with success at their Head of the River events. There is growing excitement for the start of the Winter sports season with some trial matches beginning to take place this week and of course our TAS Rugby Carnival to finish the term. In addition to all the co-curricular activities taking place in the various sporting arenas, our co-curricular arts program continues to go from strength to strength. This Thursday we have our Twilight Concert and the much anticipated ‘Rhinoceros’ play is generating a buzz as we approach the official opening on 5 May. Obviously, none of these co-curricular activities could occur without our dedicated staff. I know the students appreciate the extra applause and encouragement from the sidelines, the hours of set design and rehearsals along with the relationships formed in standing side-by-side with our staff as they are able to extend themselves outside the classroom.
Mr Ray Pearson
On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 March, Year 12 Geography and Year 12 and 11 Textiles students participated in an excursion to Narrabri and Wee Waa to visit the Cotton Seed Distributors, a cotton farm, ginning facility, and cotton research centre.
Students were conducting fieldwork that was aimed at providing them with a holistic understanding of the journey cottonseed takes to becoming a shirt on the rack in a clothes shop to support their HSC studies. Students gained insight into how cotton seeds are genetically modified to protect them from crop failure and pests at the Cotton Seed Distributors, how modern cotton farming techniques reduce the impact of cotton farming on the environment at Merced Farms, how the Auscott cotton gin operates, as well as the role of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation in supporting better environmental and humanitarian practices across the globe.
The hospitality shown by our hosts was incredible and gap year positions for next year were offered. Australian Cotton is the best in the world, as proven by its market value and demand, due to the investment in state of the art technology and progressive thinking and corporate collaboration. Thank you to our hosts including former TAS students the Kahl family of Merced Farms and current parent Dr Ian Taylor from the CRDC, for their generosity and ongoing support of this field trip and Ms Ingrid Steddy for being our chief navigator!
Mr Doug Fawcett
Over the past month, we have been meeting families across regional NSW to discuss a TAS education for their children during the TAS Regional Tour attended by Dr Horton and senior staff.
During these visits, we have enjoyed hosting drinks for current and past parents and alumni in their home region.
Thank you to our Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Scone communities who have joined us to date. The next drinks event is in Inverell tonight, Wednesday 30 March, and we look forward to welcoming our TAS Inverell community.
Next week the tour continues, meeting prospective families in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Mrs Jo Neilson
|Wednesday 30 March||da Vinci Decathlon
TAS Regional Tour ( Inverell & Glen Innes)
|Thursday 31 March||Twilight Concert ( 6pm)|
|Sunday 3 April||Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim|
|Monday 4 April||TAS Regional Tour – Coffs Harbour|
|Tuesday 5 April||TAS Regional Tour – Port Macquarie|
|Thursday 7 April||TAS Cross Country
Year 6,8,10 and 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews
|Friday 8 April||Year 6,8,10 and 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews
|Saturday 9 April||TAS Rugby Carnival|
|Sunday 10 April||TAS Rugby Carnival|
|Tuesday 26 April||Year 7,9 and 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews
|Wednesday 27 April||Classes Resume|
MR PAUL GADDES
With less than two weeks to go, let’s make this issue all about the TAS Rugby Carnival.
Thank you to all who have already volunteered to help the P&F at TASRC. We still need about 30 helpers on Saturday and 40 helpers on Sunday to assist with Canteens & BBQ’s.
Please visit the link to confirm your support TASRC Volunteer SignUp
Much of the financial success of the TAS Rugby Carnival can be attributed to the TAS baking community. So once again, we are calling on your donations.
Baked items need to be:
Sign up for baking: This year, we are asking donors to click on this link to nominate your baking commitment
Recipes are available at this link: TASRC Baking Recipes
Drop off baking: TAS Junior School Homework Centre (opposite the pool) on Thursday afternoon, Friday or Saturday morning. Or leave with Reception.
Queries: Caroline Coupland 0417 52 44 92 or [email protected]
The Emporium returns to the TASRC in the Hoskins Centre Foyer!
There will be over 13 stallholders; with items ranging from beautiful jewellery, scented candles, clothing and locally produced homewares and food items. Come along to browse & purchase. It’s sure to be worthwhile, pick up something for yourself or a gift, remembering that Mother’s Day is only just around the corner!
If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email on [email protected]
Mr Paul Gaddes
MR DAVID DRAIN
I am pleased to announce, after an extensive recruitment process over the course of Term 1, that a decision has been made on the new leadership of Tyrrell House to replace Mr Chris Cook from the commencement of Term 2.
Firstly, I can’t thank Mr Cook enough for his unwavering support and efforts in Tyrrell House since he commenced as the Head of House in January 2019. Mr Cook’s strong work ethic and genuine passion for all things Tyrrell will be hard to replace and I wish him and his family well on this next exciting chapter of their lives. It is a compliment to TAS and the boarding program we have in place that sees Mr Cook move into a senior leadership boarding role at Ballarat Grammar from Term 2.
As announced to the boys of Tyrrell House on Tuesday evening 22 March, Mr Johnathon Woodbridge will move into the Acting Head of Tyrrell House role for Terms 2 and 3 2022. Mr Woodbridge is familiar with the Tyrrell House boys, girls, and families as the Deputy Head of Tyrrell House since January 2021. Having Mr Woodbridge in this acting role ensures a smooth handover from Mr Cook and minimises disruption during what has already been a period of unprecedented change.
I am pleased to announce that Mr Tim Williams (Old Armidalian 2008) has been appointed the Head of Tyrrell House from the commencement of Term 4 2022. Mr Williams brings a wealth of experience to this role from his time working in boarding across Years 9 – 12 at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill and in a senior boys boarding house at Dauntsey’s School in the United Kingdom. Mr Williams is also well-credentialed in the classroom teaching Senior Modern and Ancient History for nine years, holding a Masters in Ancient History from Macquarie University and the Acting Head of History at St Joseph’s College since the commencement of 2022. Mr Williams has also contributed greatly to the co-curricular program at St Joseph’s College having coached the 14As rugby team, the Second XI Cricket team, and athletics. Mr Williams’ interests outside of school include travelling, camping, history, and rugby having played over 200 games for the Eastwood Rugby Club.
The TAS Boarding community are looking forward to welcoming Mr Tim Williams and his wife Anneliese to TAS later this year.
MR HUON BARRETT
After months of training, our senior rowers were finally able to compete in the NSW Head of the River at Iron Cove. On an unfamiliar course and competing for the first time this season, all 24 competitors performed admirably. At the end of the regatta, TAS finished with three bronze medals. Congratulations to the Girls First Quad (S. Paris, A. Byrne, J. Thibault, Z. Sherwood, c: E. Benham), Girls Year 10 Double Skull (I. Crawford, M. Cullen) and the Boys First IV (L. Ross, F. Kearney, S. Munsie, A. Zuber, c: E. Crawford). The ongoing discipline and determination were finally rewarded, well done!
For the past two weeks, I have watched the Boys First Hockey team play at UNE. A narrow loss in round one against the competition reining premiers was a sign of the potential of this young team. Last weekend the Firsts team recorded their first win of the season (6-4) against a fired-up United team. A great start to the season and I look forward to watching the girls play in the coming weeks.
As we move into the winter season, I remind all students that they must wear TAS sports uniform to and from their respective sporting venues. All students should have TAS tracksuit pants and a TAS jacket. Students who do not have the required uniform will be directed to the Uniform Shop.
Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular
MR LUKE POLSON
This week TAS has hosted the Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon. With top three placings in eight of the 10 challenges, the TAS team was the overall Year 7 winner of Monday’s Decathlon. Well done to Richard, Peter, Sam, Nicholas, Jess, Sabrina, Izzy and Ned.
All of our students enjoyed a successful first Bivouac of the year. Whilst the weather wasn’t in our favour, all the activities proceeded as planned. I offer my thanks to all the staff who coordinated and ran the activities commend all of our students for their resilience and mature approach to the whole experience. We look forward to the next Activities Day to be held in Term 2.
At this stage, the Year 7 Camp to Coffs Harbour is going ahead. Any change to the arrangements will be communicated directly with Year 7 families. We have been in contact with the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre today and all is in place for our arrival on Friday.
What to bring
Do not bring
Please remember that staff and students cannot attend school if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. These include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/ taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, extreme tiredness, unexplained chest pain or conjunctivitis (eye infection).
If symptoms occur at any time, your child should not attend school and should undertake a rapid antigen test. If a rapid antigen test is positive your child should isolate as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you cannot access a rapid antigen test, you can attend a PCR (nose and throat swab) testing clinic. Even if your child tests negative they must not attend school while displaying any symptoms. A reminder please that if your child returns a positive test result, or is currently isolated due to a household contact testing positive, please ensure you email me directly – [email protected]
If you have a need for any additional RAHTs for your child, please let us know at school.
Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School
MR IAN LLOYD
I was very happy to be involved in the Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon competition yesterday and to see the teams from around our region competing against each other in such a collegial and constructive manner. What a great way to come together and have fun while challenging yourself in the 10 disciplines…
Our Year 5 team shone, gaining places in the following sections – English (3rd), Science (2nd) Maths (3rd), Code Breaking (3rd) and Cartography (1st). The team was:
William Cooper-Fillios, Layla Abu-Assab, Jacqui DuBois, Tom Loxley, Kaitlyn Baker, Cecilia Price, Arabella Hodges and Sophie Banister and we congratulate them all.
The Year 4 assembly has been postponed for various reasons; primarily, because of the da Vinci Decathlon, there was no venue that could safely host it. So, it has been transferred to next week which allows them to have a venue that allows the opportunity for them to provide some exciting items. In its place today, be on the lookout for TAS Bear on video, as he joins me in handing out some really well-deserved School Spirit Awards instead. A link will be emailed to you.
As you all know and understand, children arriving and departing creates a huge responsibility for us all. It is vital that we all do not take this lightly as any accident could have absolutely tragic consequences. Please understand that the Turning Circle requires patience and awareness; please do not allow yourself to be distracted. The attending teachers are doing a fantastic job (in all manner of weather) to provide this service and your cooperation and support is always appreciated. The Brown St entrance (Gate 2) and main driveway (Gate 1) is not to be used at any time and if your child is using another location, this must be discussed with us beforehand so that we have knowledge of their whereabouts at all times. Thank you for your ongoing support.
I am happy to announce that the Dining Hall will again be available to students in Years 3, 4 and 5 in Term 2 and beyond. This offers a great alternative for our students at both recess and lunch at the cost of $6.30 per student.
With the accreditation process continuing, the Vacation Care service will unfortunately not be operating these holidays. We apologise for this and hope that by the end of Term 2 it will resume with the great program as before
Please note that the school uniform is flexible for the first two weeks of Term 2 in Junior School. Families can choose whether their child comes to school in either their winter or summer uniform depending on the weather. From Week 3 however, all children are expected to wear winter uniforms.
Again, this term, we are ensuring that all students wear the correct uniform, in a tidy and presentable manner. All hair should be tidy, well-kept and cut in a conservative manner. For girls, if the hair is longer than shoulder length, it should be tied with navy blue ribbon available at the TAS Clothing Shop. If you have any questions about the uniform, please have a look at the website and/or contact me at school.
As we approach the end of Term 1 we would like to remind all parents about purchasing Winter Uniform for Term 2.
The Uniform Shop is open during the term with no appointments necessary. The shop is located through Gate 2 – in the cream weatherboard building behind The Hub (Library).
Additional opening days for Term 2 uniform: Wednesday 6 April and Friday 8 April.
Monday 10.00 – 4.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday 10.00 – 4.00pm
Congratulations to the following students that received School Spirit Awards last week:
Elijah Ng, Aarik Chakraborty, Macie Pearson, Theo Lees, Hassan Almokhtar, Bridei Stewart, Bronte Polson, Paddy Bourke, Toby Whysall, James Taylor, Will Dennison, Xander Dell, Kaitlyn Baker, Joshua Bourke, Nate Blair-Pevitt and Edward Gillman.
Wishing Umraj Nirmaan, Jose Ugwumba, Joshua Bourke and Emi Fawcett a very happy birthday this week.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School
|Sunday 3 April||Junior School Coffs Ocean Swim|
|Wednesday 6 April||Year 4 Assembly (No parents – Live Streamed)|
|Thursday 7 April||Classes Conclude|
|Friday 8 April||Junior School Parent Teacher interviews (Additional if required)|
|Tuesday 26 April||Staff Day|
|Wednesday 27 April||Classes Commence|
The 2021/22 Basketball season wraps up this week – and what an awesome season we had. The 2021 season started with only 8 registered TAS players and finished with 29.
Due to COVID restrictions, the season didn’t really get started until the pre-Christmas basketball camp. From that moment, there was no limit for the TAS Juniors. Everyone trained hard, played fair, and really enjoyed themselves.
The season concluded with a party and inter-house games on Saturday. A great turnout with 30+ basketballers and their siblings, and parents.
Thank you to all the basketballers and their families for an excellent season.
See you next year.