Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 7, Term 2.
Date: June 1, 2018 Posted by: Sue Wicks
What a terrific service last Thursday. Year 6 students Matthew Darlow-Elliot and Caitlin Allen were confirmed into the Anglican faith at the Chapel of St Peters on the grounds at our Kewarra Beach campus. It was wonderful to have Deacon Neville, Reverend Elizabeth and our Bishop, Bill Ray, lead the service and to see members of the St Peters congregation attend.
At Baptism, certain promises are made on your behalf by parents and/or godparents (as you were most likely a baby at the time). At Confirmation, these promises are affirmed and commitments made to the Anglican Church by those being confirmed. Matthew and Caitlin affirmed these promises in a lovely service in front of a full house. It was wonderful to have our Bishop in attendance – for those of you unaware, our Bishop retires later this year and so we are grateful for every opportunity we get to see him at TAS. I was thrilled to see two fine young TAS students undertake this ceremony and my congratulations to them and their families.
WRJ Music concert
What an enjoyable concert last week after school at White Rock Junior. It was great to see so many students involved and playing so beautifully. There were some outstanding performances from our highly accomplished musicians, but it was equally gratifying to see so many students who are just at the start of their musical journey.
Our latest analysis shows 79% of WRJ students are involved in extra-curricular music, either in instrumental lessons, sing in a choir, play in a rock band or ensemble. This is a remarkable proportion of students and truly makes TAS a music-rich environment. My thanks to the work of Ms Sue Stitt, Ms Anna Long and all the instrumental teachers who work with our young people.
Wow – great news from our Head Coach of TAS Swimming, Mr Duncan Todd. Recently Swimming Queensland has released the lists of those young swimmers indentified for development squads:
- Ella Goddard is the only swimmer in our region to qualify for the Flippers Squad.
- Harriet Grant and Jacinta Kome have been selected onto the Bronze Development Squad.
- Flynn Martin has been selected onto the Junior Development Squad.
Congratulations to these outstanding young athletes.
Mr. Manea and I attended the recent QCAA seminar last week on the new senior phase QCE starting for Year 11 2019. The OP system will be stopped, and students graduating 2020 will receive an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). This will bring Queensland in-line with other states and territories in Australia. The new system eliminates some of the problems with the current system and looks as though it is more specific re subject delineation between those who are keen to move into tertiary and those taking a different pathway. This seminar was followed the next evening with a Year 10 parent/student information session in The Bishop Centre to provide further details for families undertaking the new system.
Our teaching staff have been working hard to create new course documentation in-line with the new syllabuses and introducing elements of the new internal assessment approaches (such as ISMGs – instrument specific marking guides). We are pleased with the progress made and feel on-track for the new system starting in 2019.
Of interest on the QCAA day was the CEO, Mr Chris Rider, referencing the Cairns region for its outstanding results – in particular the number of Cairns schools who have had exemplary work selected for official publication in the “QCAA Assessment Highlights”. In 2016 Cairns had 2 representatives out of 10, whilst in 2017 Cairns had 3 representatives out of 15. This makes Cairns one of the top regions for outstanding work samples. We are obviously very pleased that TAS has had student work selected and published in both years.
Star Gazing world record attempt
On Wednesday night last week we had approximately 350 people across both TAS campuses brought together to be part of a large, Australia-wide world record attempt coordinated by the ABC and ANU. Around 150 at each campus were actual star gazers, whilst the others were parents, friends, volunteers and support staff. In the lead up, we enjoyed the school band playing at White Rock campus and Dr David Nicholls at Kewarra Beach campus talking about his work as an astrophysicist at Mt Strommel outside Canberra.
It was a very successful event. We were able to follow the coordinated attempt through big screens set up on the ovals playing the ABC broadcast. It was successful not just because the world record was actually broken, but because we could come together as a community, both TAS people and members of the local community, and enjoy some real-life science and being part of something bigger than just local. Watching the wonderment of the kids as they saw the night sky through a telescope was really enjoyable, as was the interaction and contribution of parents to their kids learning. Thanks to everyone for being involved in this great event.