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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 2 2017

Date:May 26, 2017

The second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 18 May.  Over 300 students


TAS in Action – Senior School Open Day

Date:April 28, 2017

Come and see the TAS Difference for yourself. Thursday 4 May from 2.30pm to 5.00pm with school tours leaving every


Opening of Time Capsule – Class of 1998

Date:March 26, 2017

As declared on the plaque, the Time Capsule buried by the Class of 1998 was opened on Monday 20 March


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 1, 2017.

Date:March 7, 2017

Over 270 students competed in the first round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships on the 2 March. 


Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships Round 3

Date:August 23, 2016

Chess continues to grow in popularity, both within the FNQ region and at TAS.  304 students, including 120 TAS students, descended on



Date:August 17, 2016

Students who attended our Year 11 Information Evening on Tuesday 16 August, declared the event a great success.  They were able


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 6

Date:August 21, 2017

GALA NIGHT – 25 AUGUST Keep the evening free and come along to see our wonderful performing arts students in


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 5

Date:August 15, 2017

ExACT – Extension Activities and Groups at TAS We were very excited to recently launch our ExACT program at Trinity


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 4

Date:August 4, 2017

Please note: We have just released our P-10 digital technology overview for Semester 2 2017. This document allows teachers, students


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 3

Date:July 28, 2017

Dear TAS Community, As you know, our Head of Junior School – White Rock, Barb La Coste, retired at the


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 2

Date:July 22, 2017

Cairns Show I I hope everyone who attended the Cairns Show came to visit the TAS stall and say hello. It


Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 3 Week 1

Date:July 14, 2017

Welcome back to the second half of the year. I hope all families are feeling rested and refreshed and ready


TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 2 Week 4

Date: May 12, 2017    Posted by: Sue Wicks

NAPLAN is finished for another year.

Well done to our Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students as they joined students from around Australia in sitting 3 days of NAPLAN testing this week. NAPLAN causes much debate in both education and wider circles. Our approach to NAPLAN (which is compulsory for all Australian schools receiving government funding) is as follows:

  • NAPLAN is a standardised, government-administered test that all Australian Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students undertake
  • NAPLAN provides a benchmark that all students can be measured against for achievement in Literacy and Numeracy
  • NAPLAN provides valuable data that can be used to identify and assist individual students with their learning as well as feedback into the effectiveness of school teaching programs and pedagogy
  • NAPLAN is a point-in-time test and therefore is most useful when considered as part of a more wide-ranging assessment and feedback program
  • TAS does not train students for NAPLAN, but acknowledges that students need to be familiar with the test in order for it to accurately measure what it is intended to measure
  • TAS believes that focussing on student progress over time is more useful than concentrating on absolute scores.
  • TAS believes that every student should be assisted to take the NAPLAN tests where possible.


 2016 Year 12 Outcomes

I thought our community may be interested in the Year 12 outcomes for our 64 2016 graduates. It is wonderful to see all our young TAS graduates successfully moving into the next chapter of their lives:

University of Queensland: 9

Queensland University of Technology: 7

James Cook University: 25

Griffith University: 6

Central Queensland University: 1

Australian Catholic University: 1

Australian Defence Force Academy: 3

University of Technology Sydney (NSW): 1

University of Canberra (ACT): 1

Australian National University (ACT): 1

Monash University (VIC): 1

LaTrobe University (VIC): 2

University (name unavailable) (UK): 1

University of Mississippi (USA): 1

NMIT (NZ): 1

Apprenticeship: 2

GAP Year: 1


TAS @ The Gallery – the Brett Whiteley exhibition

My thanks to the TAS community for embracing the opportunity to attend the Cairns Regional Gallery last Friday evening to view the Brett Whiteley exhibition. What a wonderful evening. The art was magnificent and the company outstanding. Thanks to Marian Wolfs from the Cairns Regional Gallery and Ms Leanne Shead (acting Head of Arts) for organising this terrific event. Thanks also to our wonderful students who served canapes.

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Some great recent results from our terrific triathletes.

Emma Simpson placed 6th at the School Sport Australia National Triathlon Championships in Sydney. The following day, as part of a Queensland State relay team, she placed 2nd to earn a Nationals silver medal. Two days later at the Yungaburra triathlon, Emma was the 1st placed overall female and Cody Haseldine was the 3rd placed overall male in in the sprint distance event.

Remarkably, the TAS program is the only FNQ triathlon program to qualify triathletes for school Nationals, qualifying four in the past two years. Emma’s silver medal makes a total of three medals (gold, silver & bronze) in two years at National level for our program.

Outstanding! Our thanks to Mr Haseldine and his staff for their tireless commitment to our triathletes

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Year 6 Camp

Our second week of Year 6 camps is now complete. The program has been a great success from all accounts, where students are challenged to develop their resilience outside their usual comfort zone and to overcome hurdles. My thanks to Mr Osmond, Ms Beveridge and the camp staff.

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