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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


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


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


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


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

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for


TAS News

Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 5, Term 3.

Date: August 30, 2018    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Bookweek is a terrific week in the life of the school. I want to thank our wonderful Library staff (Kerrie, Clare, Karla and Kimberly) on both campuses for nourishing our students’ love of reading, our parents for their costume-making skills, and our teaching staff for entering into the spirit of the week. We had a wonderful parade at KBJ on Wednesday morning and again at WRJ on Friday morning, with lots of parents present cheering the students on. Many people are aware of my view, backed by research, of the critical importance of reading as one of the single-most important factors in learning and developing thinking skills and I’m really pleased that TAS continues to strongly nurture a culture of reading in a society where social media sources are competing with written text for attention in both the younger and older generations.

Week 6 is also when Year 8 travel up to Camp Paterson, near Mareeba. I managed to visit for an afternoon and had a wonderful time with the staff and students. The camp site is a wonderful facility and the surrounding terrain provides opportunities for many different challenges. Mr Osmond and Ms Beveridge do such a wonderful job with our award-winning Outdoor Education program, and you can see the teamwork, resilience and skills growing amongst the students. I was lucky enough to be put with a very decent group for the night-time orienteering challenge, so thanks to Charlie, Phoebe and Grace for winning the challenge and patiently explaining to me the tactics. I also want to thank our wonderful teaching staff for their commitment to camp – their wholehearted support of our outdoor education program helps make it so successful, whilst many other schools struggle to get staff to go away on camp. It also helps explain why the TAS student’s camp attendance rate is very high – everyone buys in!

Whilst camp was muddy in parts, nothing could match the messiness of the WRJ Obstathon on Friday afternoon. My thanks to the wonderful parents who drive this event, arrange the equipment, man the canteen with home-baked goodies, and encourage the kids. It really is a wonderfully enjoyable event, although many of the students seem to suddenly want to give the Principal a hug after they have been through the mud pit…

After watching an Opti-MINDS dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon at KBJ assembly, teams from both campuses attended JCU last Sunday and performed really well, visibly entertaining the usually emotionless judges! Interestingly, on Sunday it was also Open Day at JCU, as well as the opening of the Integrate18 Art Show at the Lux Gallery at JCU, which had many TAS student works on display. The growth and energy of performing and visual arts at TAS is exciting to watch – Gala Night last Friday evening was a showcase of so many terrific student performances, some of which you can forget the performers are still students, whilst numerous recent Art shows give an insight into the high standard and quality of our student art. You could be mistaken for thinking we are a School of Excellence in the Arts!

Finally, CHESS was enormous last week. The Inter-school competition was held at TAS where Cairns has the strongest participation rates of any region in Queensland. In addition, the participation rates of girls in Chess at TAS is very high. Thanks to Mr Long for his great leadership of Chess, supported by Mr Lade (KBJ) and also our secondary coach, Mr Patrick Williams (WRS). Results for TAS Chess are available at http://tas.qld.edu.au/fnq-interschool-chess-championships-report-finals-2018/ .  The weekend saw the Cairns Open Chess Championship, also held in the Bishop Centre, where school parent Mr David Spuler won the overall tournament and two TAS students shared the Primary student age-title (Angela Xiang and James Nguyen). Thanks to Andrew Fitzpatrick from Queensland Chess who continues to work with and support TAS to build the profile of Chess in schools in Cairns.

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