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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The

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Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity

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Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most

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Online Safety and Cyberbullying | 11 June @ 6pm

Date:June 6, 2018

As parents, carers and educators, we are all very aware of internet safety.   On Monday 11 June, TAS is

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Rock Under the Stars 2018

Date:June 6, 2018

It was a great night’s entertainment from TAS students at the annual Rock Under the Stars concert held on 1

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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 2 2018

Date:June 5, 2018

More than 330 students competed in the second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships on the 31

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Learning. Believing. Achieving – A message from Paul

Date:December 12, 2018

I write to you regarding recent stories in the media surrounding legislation concerning religious beliefs within faith-based schools. The Anglican

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Farewell Class of 2018

Date:November 19, 2018

What a wonderful morning on Friday celebrating our Year 12 students finishing their secondary schooling. The Year 12 students themselves

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 4

Date:October 30, 2018

Social Media and the Birth of Orthorexia I have recently been reading about eating disorders, social media and mental health

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – RSIC Conference

Date:October 5, 2018

Round Square International Conference, Ontario, Canada. 2018 Sunday afternoon 30/9 What an amazing event the Round Square International Conference has

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 7, Term 3.

Date:September 21, 2018

As Term 3 comes to an end, so do many of the sport seasons. I was lucky enough to be

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 6, Term 3.

Date:September 7, 2018

It was great to spend some time with Senior School staff on Monday afternoon as we discussed the TAS TALL

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Outdoor Education

TAS Outdoor Education Handbook for Students and Parents

At TAS, students can develop the essential life skills of resilience, leadership, teamwork and self-responsibility in the safe, yet challenging, learning environment of the inspiring sequential outdoor education program. The program provides students with strategies to develop honesty, empathy and self-reflection, while living healthy and sustainable lives. These attributes are highly valued by employers, tertiary institutions and all sectors of society.

The setting for the program is the diverse yet beautiful natural environment of far North Queensland.  This spectacular backdrop provides all participants with a direct relationship with the natural world, fostering a depth of understanding that is critical to making educated and informed decisions about the future of the planet. With youth obesity, mental illness and screen time on the rise, the outdoor education program provides a viable and healthy experience for TAS students. The program provides personal challenges, encourages participation, fosters leadership skills and develops traits of community responsibility, cooperation, resourcefulness, resilience and communication. Quite simply – it is so much more than a CAMP.

The TAS Outdoor Education Program is recognised as one of the best of its kind in Australia and is unique in its scope and duration as students from Year 2 to Year 12 participate in a range of new and exciting educational experiences. These experiences range from a ‘first time away from home’ experience in Year 2 to the flagship program, ‘the Year 9 Journey’, of 18 days duration.

A select group of Year 10 students at TAS can further develop their interest in outdoor education by enrolling in the Outdoor Recreation Program, an in-depth course where students focus on a range of outdoor pursuits to develop their personal, outdoor and leadership skills.

Let Year 12 student Sophie Kalkowski-Pope show your her Outdoor Education Journey

 

Outdoor Education Handbook for Students and Parents
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The Value of Outdoor Education

In today’s modern world where there seems to be an increase in:

  • urban compaction and close living.
  • academic focus and social busyness.
  • sedentary life styles.
  • pace of change and technological advancement.

In the same world we face a decrease in:

  • extended recreation time.
  • reflective time and time out.
  • connection to our natural environment.
  • community interaction in our local area.

Kurt Hahn (the founder of Outward Bound) quotes ‘We must not dis-able our children by making their lives easy’.

The TAS Outdoor Education Program seeks to actively address some of the above concerns from Year 2 to Year 12 via a range of sequential experiences throughout a student’s life at TAS.

National and International research tells us that lasting change to core behaviours in students occurs more deeply, and is longer lasting with programs of five to seven days in length. This lends weight to the inclusion of the School’s flagship program, the Year 9 Journey, over eighteen days.

Core tools and experiences of the Year 9 Journey:

  • remote camping and hiking expeditions.
  • canoeing and canoeing expeditions.
  • community service environmental work and social connection.
  • communal living with real consequences.
  • structured, supportive and safe challenges.
  • high and low challenge ropes courses.
  • abseiling.
  • initiatives and team challenges.
  • rock climbing.

These tools and experiences endeavour to develop in students:

  • a strong positive social identity.
  • true self confidence.
  • independence followed by social and community interdependence.
  • awareness of  the benefit of challenges.
  • self reliance.
  • personal growth.
  • insight.
  • teamwork.
  • environmental appreciation.

These lofty goals are achieved by:

  • utilising the natural locations around North Queensland.
  • having professional outdoor education staff who ensure high standards, safety and outcomes for students and parents.
  • utilising local professional outdoor education contractors to add value to programs.
  • a constant commitment from the school to promote and value these outcomes.
Curriculum - Years 2 to 6

Curriculum - Years 7 to 12

Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program

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