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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.    


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


Principals Blog: Edition 1, 2020

Date:February 4, 2020

Dear TAS community, As a Principal, receiving communications such as the one I recently received is one of the role’s


TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 2 Week 1

Date: April 21, 2017    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope everyone was able to spend some quality time with friends and family.

School Video

The new “Why TAS” video has been launched and is available on our TAS homepage or at  http://tas.qld.edu.au/beyond-the-classroom/why-tas/ It is well worth a look.

Thanks to the following students who created this video over Term 1 under the guidance of media guru Daniel Pycroft: Alex Barker, Joel Dana, Thomas Dunlop, Callum Fyfe, Jesse Jorgensen, Charlie Kaldenbach, Ryan Phipps, Matthew Robertson, and Finn Russell.

Communications Protocol

If you need to contact someone at the school, sometimes it is difficult to know who can best help. Please find below a set of guidelines that you can refer to when deciding whom to contact. This is also available on the website under the policy tab.

Comms Protocol


You will also see a new addition to the website – stories of student life at TAS told by our students called iAchieve. It a great showcase of the range of achievements of so many TAS students. The link is here: http://tas.qld.edu.au/iachieve/. Late news: One of the students featured, Stephanie Schmidt, has just been awarded a T J Ryan Merit Certificate by the Queensland government for students who “show outstanding leadership in their school and community, and achieve academic excellence in Year 12”.

Web Translator

As education becomes more global, our website is now translatable into a variety of languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Punjabi and Hindi. You will see the translation menu at the top right of the home page. This flows on from our presence at the ANZA conference held in Cairns over the holidays which hosted a wide range of education agents from around the world. Agents took tours around the TAS White Rock campus as part of the international conference (TAS was the school selected to hold tours).


Over the school holidays a number of TAS students were involved in the Queensland State Basketball Championships. The Cairns Marlins won the Gold medal in U12 featuring Sean O’Reilly (Y5) Daniel Statton (Y5) and Travis Drinnan (Y6). The tournament was held during the first week of school holidays on the Gold Coast at the new Commonwealth Games Facility. Year 11 student Brandon O’Reilly was appointed as a referee for the tournament.

The under 14 State Championships were hosted by the Cairns Basketball Association during the second week of school holidays The Division 2 girls made it to the semi finals featuring team Vice Captain Chantelle O’Reilly (Y7), whilst the Division 1 girls came second with Amy Statton (Y7) a member of this silver medal team. Those girls fought hard and went down in a tough grand final against the Gold Coast.

It’s terrific to see our TAS basketballer involved at such a high level.

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There was too much fun at soccer on the Saturday at the end of Term 1! My thanks to the parents and coaches who help make Saturday morning so great for our terrific young soccer players.

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