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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


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


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


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


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


Learning. Believing. Achieving – A message from Paul

Date:December 12, 2018

I write to you regarding recent stories in the media surrounding legislation concerning religious beliefs within faith-based schools. The Anglican


Learning, Believing, Achieving – Farewell Class of 2018

Date:November 19, 2018

What a wonderful morning on Friday celebrating our Year 12 students finishing their secondary schooling. The Year 12 students themselves


Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 4

Date:October 30, 2018

Social Media and the Birth of Orthorexia I have recently been reading about eating disorders, social media and mental health


Learning, Believing, Achieving – RSIC Conference

Date:October 5, 2018

Round Square International Conference, Ontario, Canada. 2018 Sunday afternoon 30/9 What an amazing event the Round Square International Conference has


TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 2 Term 1

Date: February 9, 2018    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Smart Phones

I was interested to read the discussion recently in the media regarding smart phones in the classrooms of Australian schools. Schools vary greatly in how they administer the presence and use of phones – we have all visited schools where many students are on their devices during break times. This takes away from the development of the more traditional social skills such as conversation, interaction, and relationship- building. Of course, it also means that kids aren’t exercising as much.

However, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has recently called for smartphones to be banned in classrooms. This was in response to a report in the Senate that showed complaints about cyberbullying to the e-Safety Commissioner had increased by 63% in the 12 months between 2015/16 and 2016/17. Experts have also suggested that schools risked being sued by parents of cyberbullying victims over messages sent during school hours.

It remains to be seen what the government decides to do. At TAS we do not allow mobile phones to be used at school during school hours, unless (i) permission is given by a teacher for a specific educational purpose, or (ii) under supervision after a student request to use their phone. Students caught with their phone turned on during school hours have their phones confiscated. Whilst sometimes the students can grumble about this, we feel that there should be some spaces where students are free of the grip of social media.


I have really enjoyed watching the induction of our young school leaders from KBJ, WRJ and WRS. On Friday 9th we welcomed Bishop Bill Ray and Mr Curtis Pitt, MP for Mulgrave, to our senior leadership induction service. As usual, our Bishop expressed his fondness for TAS and gave a sermon of great energy and engagement.

I focussed my address to our student body on gratitude – something that can occasionally be overlooked in this modern world of instant gratification and egocentric behaviour. All of us, but our TAS students in particular, benefit from reflecting on

  • How lucky we are to members of the TAS community
  • How lucky we are to have the support and love of parents, carers and families
  • How lucky we are to have to abilities and opportunities to help others and make a positive difference in someone else’s life
  • How lucky we are to be in a school community where the staff work hard to ensure students have the best possible foundation for the future
  • How lucky we are to be able to launch into each stage of our lives with confidence and positivity

Both myself and the Bishop reminded our student leaders and captains that servant leadership, as modelled by Jesus, is the most powerful way to lead. Helping those around you to do better, selflessness, compassion and generosity of spirit makes the whole group thrive.

We wish all students well on their 2018 journey.

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