Holiday Blog | December 2017
Date: December 11, 2017 Posted by: Sue Wicks
TAS World Challenge Nepal 2017
It has been incredible to watch the work that our students and staff are achieving in Nepal during World Challenge 2017. We know they are having a fantastic time, and we wish them a safe trip home later this week. If you want to catch up on their activities and photos – visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TAS.world.challenge.nepal/
Graduate signs letter of intent for USA University
Great to see 2017 graduate Ronan Weber signing to attend Marian University in Indianapolis, USA. The story is at http://www.muknights.com/article/5768.php
Thanks to all for your participation at a memorable Speech Night. It was very enjoyable to have the Y5-12 school community spend time together in a formal setting to celebrate the achievements of our students. Our 2017 Speech Night video can be viewed and shared using the link: http://tas.qld.edu.au/speech-night-2017/
If you haven’t already done so, the latest issue of the Anglican Schools Commission cyber safety magazine is available on our website under Cyber Safety Newsletters. Keep up to date with keeping our students safe in the modern digital world.
Farewell to Ms Imelda Spence and welcome to our new Head of Junior School – Mr Peter Gazzola
We farewelled Ms Spence at an assembly and a recent staff function, offering our thanks for her leadership of White Rock Junior School in the second half of Semester 2. We will miss you, Ms Spence.
We welcome Mr Peter Gazzola to the role of Head of Junior School, White Rock for 2018.
I have taught previously with Peter, and thus have direct knowledge of his outstanding approach towards innovation and curriculum. Peter is highly regarded in the educational community and a driving force for understanding and developing strategies for improving student learning and engagement in the 21st Century. He has presented at conferences such as at the 3rd NZ IWBNet Conference, Auckland on flipped learning, the Computelec Conference in Lorne, Victoria on approaches to online and blended learning, and at John Paul College, Brisbane on multimedia as the prism of engagement for Middle Year’s students. He has a Masters in Education and is currently in a leadership role in the Anglican Schools Innovations Network. Most significantly, as Director of Innovation, Peter has created and driven the Year 9 “Connections” program at St Andrew’s Anglican College, a successful and highly emulated program where Year 9 students learn in a variety of different environments in Brisbane, Melbourne and Stradbroke Island – read more here. Peter has previously been a successful Deputy Principal and an acting Principal in Primary schools in Victoria before moving north. We are very excited to have an educational leader of his calibre leading our White Rock Junior School in 2018.
Key Dates Term 1 2018
Monday 22 January:
- All Year 7 students attend for Orientation PLUS
- All new TAS students across all campuses attend for Orientation
Tuesday 23 January:
- First day Term 1
Thursday 25 January
- House Day for White Rock Senior
Friday 26 January
- Australia Day Public Holiday
Friday 2 February
- TAS Community Welcome event
- Intake 1 (Blue group) 22 Jan
- Intake 2 (Red group) 24 Jan
- Early Learning 8 Jan
- Kindergarten program 22 Jan