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White Rock Junior Chess Championships 2020

Date:August 21, 2020

On Thursday 20 August, a record 112 WRJ students from Year 2-6 participated in the WRJ Chess Championship 2020. All


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 2 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Round 2 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on the 12th of June. The wizardry of


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2020

Date:March 5, 2020

Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on 3 March. The Bishop Centre was bursting


Principal’s Welcome Event- 2020

Date:January 6, 2020

Principal Paul Sjogren and the TAS teaching community would like to welcome all TAS parents, new and existing, to join


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Finals 2019

Date:August 26, 2019

The Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Finals were held in the Bishop Centre 22 August. Dedication, preparation and good sportsmanship


2019 Gala Concert | Friday 30 August

Date:August 5, 2019

No entry fee – all welcome.    


Principal’s Blog: Results and analysis Year 12 2020

Date:May 4, 2021

I was fascinated to read that the State ALP government has decided not to release the annual report detailing the


Parents and Staff – Rethinking TikTok

Date:August 18, 2020

Your privacy matters Currently, there are multiple conversations being held around the world as to the safety, security, privacy, addiction


Leo Lin (Year 12) reflects on his recent QUT STEM Internship

Date:July 23, 2020

Recently Grace Belson & Leo Lin (Year 12), were awarded a place in the QUT STEM Research Internship program. 2020.


Principals Blog: Edition 3, 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Dear TAS community,  Every now and then I receive an email that I feel the need to share, because it


Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) stance on Year 11 & 12 return to school

Date:April 27, 2020

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) have called on the Queensland Government to allow all Year 11 and 12 students to return


Principals Blog: A deeper look at the data – the story of a regional standout

Date:February 17, 2020

We were delighted to see the TAS class of ’19, the last group to ever receive an OP, placed #24


TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Edition 1, Term 3

Date: July 30, 2018    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

Secondary Chess is Back!

It is excellent to see the Secondary Chess Club up and running again at White Rock. We have expert coach Mr Patrick Williams working with our students every Thursday during Break 1, providing strategies and little Chess problem-solving activities. This leads on well from the Junior School Chess program that incorporates virtual training sessions with coaches and experts from other parts of Australia. The standard of Chess being displayed at TAS is really impressive.

Bunnings Fund Raising BBQ for Round Square projects.

Thanks to the staff and students who spent time on Saturday manning the Bunnings BBQ to raise funds for our local branch of the organisation Rosies – Friends on the Street here in Cairns. This is one of our Round Square service projects, which vary between local, national and overseas programs. In particular, our thanks to the indefatigable Ms Moyer who was there all day and organized the rosters, food and basically everything else!


I attended the Sunday Service at St Francis (our TAS WR Chapel) this past weekend. Thanks to Mr Patrick Williams for running the service. Patrick is a lay member of the Gordonvale Parish and leads the service each Sunday.  Our Chapel of St Francis lies within the Parish of Gordonvale, under the leadership of Rev Ian Lindsay at All Saints Anglican Church, Gordonvale. It is held every Sunday at 7:00am in the school Chapel and we’d love to see you there.


It was great to recently visit the WRJ classrooms, in particular Year 1, and see the wonderful towns the students had designed and built. They then programmed their BeeBots to navigate the streets they had created, turning corners, programming distances, etc. Too much fun!

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