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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 Read more...

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 Read more...

Online Safety and Cyberbullying | 11 June @ 6pm

Date:June 6, 2018

As parents, carers and educators, we are all very aware of internet safety.   On Monday 11 June, TAS is Read more...

Rock Under the Stars 2018

Date:June 6, 2018

It was a great night's entertainment from TAS students at the annual Rock Under the Stars concert held on 1 Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 2 2018

Date:June 5, 2018

More than 330 students competed in the second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships on the 31 Read more...

ASA News feature TAS World Challenge Nepal trip

Date:April 27, 2018

It is great to see our TAS students featured on the front page of the ASA News (Anglican Schools Australia). Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 9, Term 2.

Date:June 18, 2018

Swimming Legends at TAS Vince Raleigh's swim team recently held a training camp at the TAS Aquatic Centre. Vince is Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 7, Term 2.

Date:June 1, 2018

Confirmation Service What a terrific service last Thursday. Year 6 students Matthew Darlow-Elliot and Caitlin Allen were confirmed into the Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 6. Term 2

Date:May 25, 2018

Mothers Day at WRJ What a terrific morning to celebrate Mothers Day at White Rock. A beautiful breakfast followed by Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving. Week 5, Term 2

Date:May 18, 2018

Year 6 Outdoor Education at Chillagoe My thanks to the Year 6 staff, Outdoor Education staff and the outdoor education Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving. Week 3, Term 2

Date:May 2, 2018

Friday late afternoon Hockey followed by Saturday morning Football. So great to see our students proudly wearing their TAS uniforms Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 2 Term 2

Date:April 27, 2018

What a terrific ANZAC Service at WRS on Monday 23rd. Thank you to all staff and students for being part Read more...

TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 2 Week 5

Date: May 21, 2017    Posted by: Sue Wicks

The TAS Aquatic Centre hosts SLSC royalty!

It was great to see the North Queensland Branch of Surf Life Saving Queensland at the TAS Aquatic Centre last weekend holding a clinic for members of the 5 local clubs. TAS students Harriet Grant, Hayden Telford, Ella Goddard, Lila Horobin, Kiana Turnbull and Max Telford were willing participants.

We greatly value our close association with NQB SLSQ. It was great to have such high profile athletes and coaches come up from down south to coach local lifesavers. Toby Wilson is a member of the QLD Cyclones Team and is the current National Open Male 2K Swim Champion and the World Open Male 200m Obstacle Champion. Brielle Wilson is a member of the QLD Cyclones Team and was the second youngest (at 18yo) to be a finalist at this season’s Nutri-grain Ironwoman Series and Emma Jackson, who is also a member of the QLD Cyclones,  has previously won gold at Nationals and is a current record hold at the National Pool Rescue Championships. Finally Melinda Jackson who is Head Pool Rescue Coach at Northcliffe SLSC and is a coach on the QLD Cyclones Team, as well as coaching at the World Youth Championships.

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It was a beautiful morning at St Margaret’s, West Cairns on Sunday with the baptism of 3 youngsters. Rev’d Ford led the service for a large, enthusiastic congregation.


It is great to see the Anglican Church presence and activity in the Cairns region. Families who would like to attend Anglican worship on Sunday have a number of options:

  • TAS WR (St Francis’) – 7:00am each Sunday
  • TAS KB (St Peter’s) – 8:30am each Sunday
  • Gordonvale (All Saints) – 9:00am each Sunday
  • West Cairns (St Margaret’s) - 7:00am and 9:00am each Sunday
  • Cairns – (St John’s) - 7:00am and 9:00am each Sunday
  • Edge Hill – (The Good Shepherd) - 7:00am, 9:30am and 5:00pm each Sunday
  • Kuranda – (St Saviour's ) 8:00am, 9:30am and 5:00pm each Sunday

If you are interested in Baptism or Confirmation programs, please let me know and we can investigate possible options with our local churches.

FNQ Chess Championships

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The second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held the Bishop Centre at TAS White Rock on the 18 May.  Over 300 students from the Cairns region competed (which was a new record for this competition). TAS Chess players achieved outstanding results and displayed the positive behaviours and attitudes that our school is renowned for.

My thanks to Mr David Long for his passion and vision growing Chess at TAS. The participation rates of Chess at TAS in the Junior School are extraordinary (as many would know, there is a significant amount of research that shows the link between playing Chess and improvements in IQ, mathematics grades, problem-solving ability, and concentration skills). In addition, thanks to Mr Robert Lade for his leadership of the Kewarra Beach Chess program.

Primary Premier Grade (Top 8 teams with 32 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Bosel: Jackson Bosel, Angela Xiang, Marcus Carruthers and Andrew Robertson
Individual Results: 1st Place Jackson Bosel WRJ, 3rd Place Brandon Spuler KBJ

Primary A Grade (10 teams with 40 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Lewis: Ryan Goodfellow, Jack O’Neil, Tyson Lewis, Liam O’Shea, 2nd TAS WRJ Gale: James Nguyen, Joanna Chen, Frances Gale and Isaac Carruthers, 3rd TAS WRJ Drinnan: Daniel Statton, Damien McLaren, Travis Drinnan and Jaimie Steigmeier
Individual Results: 3rd Place Ryan Goodfellow WRJ

Primary B Grade (16 teams with 64 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Stone: Ryan Mann, Emily Stone, Archie Reid and Georgia Clague, 2nd TAS KBJ Sciacca: Liam Sciacca, Kaleb Howard, Georgia Grail and Nic Berther
Individual Results: 2nd Place Melody Grace WRJ, 3rd Place Ryan Mann WRJ

Primary C Grade (22 Teams with 88 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Morgan: Thomas Hayward, Olivia Firth, Hadden Morgan and Rauri Swanston, 3rd TAS WRJ Griffith: Hayden Coombes, Matilda Hancock, Tamara Griffith and Abbey Lane
Individual Results: 1st Place Hayden Coombes


Secondary Premier (Top 8 teams with 32 players)
Individual Results: 3rd Place Lam Nguyen


Senior Dinner

What a terrific evening last Tuesday. Our Year 12s spent an evening socialising and dancing in the Bishop Centre. My thanks to Mrs Kennedy for organising this event.


Student congratulations - Sophie Kalkowski-Pope

On Tuesday the 16nd of May Sophie Kalkowski-Pope shared her presentation on coral bleaching to the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee. This video and speech had previously been presented to senior students at TAS school assembly. It is a very well-constructed and presented piece. You can view the video at https://vimeo.com/escapee/coralbleaching

Sophie writes: “Attending the meeting allowed me to share my personal observations and prompt constructive discussion with like-minded people in the marine community. Interaction with these innovative minds along with the formation of industry connections was a highlight of being invited to speak on this topical environmental issue. There is now potential for this video to be shared to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority marine advisory groups throughout Queensland.

I am very grateful to have had the chance to spread awareness of the stresses on our reef and discuss this issue with community leaders in Cairns. As such, I and would like to extend a note of appreciation to Darren Osmond and Tim Trehearn for supporting and facilitating the presentation of the video to a wider audience.”

Congratulations Sophie.

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