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2019 Gala Concert | Friday 30 August

Date:August 5, 2019

No entry fee – all welcome.    


Junior School Variety Night 2019

Date:July 25, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tickets now available for “Harry Potter & The Wizard of Oz” – 2019 Junior School Variety Night.


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships – Round 2 2019

Date:May 31, 2019

TAS Teams enjoyed excellent success in Round 2 of the FNQ Interschool Championships held on 28 May due to their


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2019

Date:March 12, 2019

It was great to see 294 students competing in Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships last


Remembering Kara

Date:February 25, 2019

Today, we celebrated the life of much-loved teacher Miss Kara Pylypiuk.    The TAS Community is in mourning at the


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


Learning, Believing, Achieving – The School’s Role in Developing Social and Resilient People

Date:June 24, 2019

I was fortunate enough to listen to a podcast recently of Bernard Salt who presented to the Independent Schools State


Principal’s Message – Trinity Day 2019

Date:June 17, 2019

For those who missed the Trinity Day message from Principal Paul Sjogren about the importance of the three pillars of


Principal’s Blog – Student Gain Analysis | NAPLAN

Date:June 5, 2019

NAPLAN Student Gain Analysis 2016 – 2018 data One way of measuring the quality of teaching and learning at a


TAS – Top 3% of Secondary Schools

Date:March 7, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on


Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes


Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post


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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date: February 1, 2019    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good.

I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for a six month usage by daughter #1 who was returning from Europe for a brief stay before returning to Europe to take up her Masters. As I travelled up the Bruce Highway, I realized that I was well and truly in rural Queensland due to the frequency of Pauline and Clive billboards along the road, rather than those of the major parties. Whilst some in the cities may look down on rural and regional Australians as less sophisticated or global thinking than those in the population centres, this small interlude reminded me of what I love about country Australia.

I had stopped for bottle of water (okay, okay, Coca Cola) and a stretch at a roadhouse somewhere between Gladstone and Rockhampton at around 5:30pm. It had a caravan and camping ground situated behind. There was an eclectic bunch in the roadhouse – many truck drivers, a few tradies, some fellow travelers. A Japanese couple pulled up and came in, driving a Britz van. Their English was very poor, and they proceeded to try and get directions to a nearby landmark from the gum-chewing 17 year old behind the counter. The young lady was lovely with the Japanese tourists – patient and warm. But effective communication was not occurring. Two truck drivers came up and tried to help explain it in a different way, then a young disreputable-looking fellow joined in. I was watching these four Australians all doing their best to assist these Japanese tourists, and doing it for all the right reasons. After lots of smiles, laughter and “thank you’s”, the travelling couple were on their way.

When you watch the news, they seem to take delight in focusing on the negatives, the divisions, the crises. From marches in the cities against this or that, or statements from prominent people saying something against this or that, to journalists pouring over past social media posts for a “gotcha” moment. Yet, in (not just) roadhouses across Australia, I’m sure the same thing is playing out where humans help other humans because it is the human thing to do.

Studies are showing as we progress with technology and acquire more and more “stuff”, as a society we are actually becoming more miserable. Sometimes we need a reminder that most people from across the world are inherently good. For a few hours after watching the interaction at the roadhouse, I found myself feeling a great sense of happiness.

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