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TAS Speech Night 2017

Date:December 4, 2017

If you missed Speech Night, or want to relive those special moments, the video production of the event is now Read more...

TAS Time Tunnel farewells graduating cohort

Date:November 17, 2017

The whole school turned out in excitement to farewell our graduating Year 12's in the TAS traditional time tunnel. There Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017

Date:November 10, 2017

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017 The third round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were Read more...

From Cairns to Hollywood – TAS Student Kane O’Rielley heads to LA

Date:October 23, 2017

THANK YOU TO THE CAIRNS POST FOR THIS STORY - 21 OCTOBER 2017   KANE O’Rielley will have something in Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017

Date:August 20, 2017

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017 The third round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 2 2017

Date:May 26, 2017

The second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 18 May.  Over 300 students Read more...

Holiday Blog | December 2017

Date:December 11, 2017

TAS World Challenge Nepal 2017 It has been incredible to watch the work that our students and staff are achieving Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – End of Term 4

Date:November 24, 2017

Tree Planting Thanks to our wonderful Year 4 students and Mrs Sloan for planting heaps of trees around the bottom Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 7

Date:November 20, 2017

Year 12 farewell We farewelled out wonderful Year 12s with the traditional Year 12 breakfast and the walk through the Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 6

Date:November 10, 2017

China I have just returned from a study tour of China with Mr Saunders (English Teacher) as we explore expanding Read more...

Outstanding Opportunities | Astounding Achievements # 2

Date:November 1, 2017

Year 7/8 QAMT Maths Team outstanding at the State finals. Our Year 7/8 QAMT Maths Quiz team were outstanding at Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 4

Date:October 27, 2017

SHOUT-OUTS RAFFLE for the Coconut Carnival: A call out to all in the TAS community to sell your tickets. All Read more...
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Round Square

TAS is a member of Round Square which is a worldwide organisation of more than one hundred schools who share a commitment beyond academic excellence.

Personal development and responsibility through service, challenge, adventure and international understanding – these are the mainstays of the philosophy of Round Square.

Within our school, students are encouraged to make the most of the Round Square events that become available to them. These activities are a perfect example of how a TAS student can enhance their education.

Round Square provides students with various opportunities to travel both nationally and internationally and also provides a platform for students to be involved in service and leadership, enabling them to contribute their skills to society and wider communities. TAS and its students have been enriched by participating in these programs.

Round Square was founded by Kurt Hahn, a remarkable educator, who also founded the Salem School in Germany, Gordonstoun School in Scotland, Outward Bound, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and United World Colleges. His aim was to develop young people whose convictions would be rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice.

The central goal of Hahn's philosophy was that schools should not simply "prepare" students for tertiary study or work but should also prepare them for life directly, in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.

Round Square is based upon the IDEALS philosophy:

  • Internationalism
  • Democracy
  • Environmentalism
  • Adventure
  • Leadership
  • Service

Membership of Round Square provides opportunities for TAS students to:

  • travel as exchange students to other schools in Australia and overseas
  • participate in international service projects
  • attend annual Australian Young Junior and Senior Conferences as well as the Senior International Conference

TAS joined Round Square as an associate member in the year 2000, and became a full member in 2004. During that time, we have had many student exchanges from schools in England, Canada, Germany, USA, Singapore, China, Peru, France, South Africa, Switzerland and Scotland. Students may choose to exchange with any school from the member schools listed on the Round Square website.

TAS is fortunate to be a member of Round Square, and we continually encourage our students to take part in the multitude of opportunities that this organisation affords us. We encourage students in Year 7 to Year 9 to exchange within the Australiasian region.

The three main Round Square activities that TAS students attend are:

  • Round Square Exchanges
  • Round Square Conferences
  • Round Square Service Projects

Round Square Exchanges are an exchange between one TAS student with another student at another Round Square school, either within Australia or internationally. Each student is able to choose the school that they would like to attend, the length of the exchange, and the time frame for the exchange to take place.

Students can experience education at other highly prestigious schools throughout the world at the same cost that it is to study at TAS. The only additional fees which the parents would incur are the flight costs to and from the host family or school, and any extra pocket money that their child may need. Students who participate in Round Square Exchanges receive a top class education, build lasting relationships with students and teachers, grow in confidence, and have many unique and memorable experiences.

Round Square Conferences are held each academic year and include a Young Conference, a Junior Conference, a Senior Conference, and a Senior International Conference. Both the Junior and Senior Conferences are located at schools within Australia or the Australasian region, and the Senior International Conference is hosted by various Round Square schools throughout the world.

These conferences allow students to travel and experience other schools, listen to keynote speakers, participate in peer discussions, experience new adventures, and engage in community work. Round Square Conferences are fantastic short term experiences for TAS students to learn and implement the Round Square values of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service, all while creating life-long friends.

Round Square Service Projects are located both in Australia and internationally, and are aimed at assisting less fortunate communities. Students who attend Service Projects accomplish activities such as; raising a new school building, constructing water tanks, or developing sustainable recycling programs. Service Projects run over school breaks and student delegates from all over the world congregate to better the lives of the people who live in those poorer communities.

TAS students have undertaken Service Projects in India, Cambodia and Peru.

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