Learning. Believing. Achieving – Week 9, Term 2.
Date: June 18, 2018 Posted by: Alana Ripepi
Swimming Legends at TAS
Vince Raleigh’s swim team recently held a training camp at the TAS Aquatic Centre. Vince is one of Australia’s most decorated and successful international coaches. His swimmers currently include Jack McLoughlin (Commonwealth Games Gold medallist) Jessica Ashwood (Commonwealth Games Silver medallist), Liam Hunter and Zack Stubbelty-Cook (both upcoming swimmers for Australia). It was so good for our own TAS superstars to train alongside national-standard swimmers.
PNG, Trinity Day and Townsville
Last week I ventured to PNG with the “Australia Future Unlimited Education Roadshow PNG 2018” hosted by Mr David Knapton, Senior Trade Commissioner with Austrade. It was my first visit to Port Moresby and it is a fascinating place. After a function at David’s gated residence, with the Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon. Mark Coulton MP, and Caitlin Wilson, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to PNG in Port Moresby (there to participate in an APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting), the delegation set up in the Holiday Inn function room for two days. As you know, I love talking about TAS and it was fun to meet with visitors to the event and talk about Trinity Anglican School. Student age levels tend to be quite flexible in PNG but it was enjoyable to spend time with visitors to our display and talk about their educational goals. We then travelled north to Madang and set up our stall at the main undercover area at Divine Word University. Madang is a beautiful place with incredibly friendly people.
Madang airport was different. No security scanners, the plane parked out on the tarmac by itself, and a “Paradise Lounge” a little different to the Quantas or Virgin lounges Australian’s are used to and that I’m not sure has been used for a long time. It reminded me to be grateful for all the wonderful opportunities we and our children have in Australia, as well as to celebrate the welcoming, friendly community of Madang.
On my return to TAS for a day, we enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration on Trinity Day. I thank our community for the warm, generous way we were able to celebrate our Bishop, Bill Ray, who retires later this year. Bishop Bill has been a wonderful supporter of TAS over the years and feels a great affinity for our community. Katie’s “thank you” speech to Bishop was outstanding!
The following day I travelled down to Townsville to combine a meeting of AHISA principals (Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia) and Synod, a meeting of the North Queensland Anglican community. Synod was hosted at The Cathedral and St Anne’s School, and it was lovely to catch up with Ian Gammack (Principal at The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James, Townsville) and Ms Maria McIvor (Principal at Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay) where we could exchange ideas and strategies. I really enjoy the close relationship between the three North Queensland Anglican Schools and the benefits all three of us gain from it. Synod saw Bishop lay down his staff (retire), which means Father Chris Wright (a member of our own TAS Board) is now running the North Queensland Anglican Diocese until the next Bishop is announced (probably sometime in November).
It was great to be back this week and spend time with our community.
Colorado Springs Youth Symphony
It was really enjoyable to spend time with the staff and students of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. On Wednesday we had a terrific social function at the TAS Aquatic Centre and an amazing BBQ, put together by the wonderful members of Friends of TAS Music. Those of you who were able to attend the CSYS performance on Friday evening at our Bishop Centre will understand when I say “wow!” My thanks to Ms Sue Stitt for putting together a truly memorable visit and to the TAS musicians and families who helped host our guests.
Parent Community Group
What a great morning with members from both Parent Community Groups, meeting at KBJ campus on Friday morning. Thanks to all those who baked!
What a great afternoon at Mt Sheridan Shopping Centre on Saturday where our mighty spelling team went against the best in Cairns with a keen and committed cheer squad in attendance! After working their way through the elimination rounds and the semi-finals with some “champagne” spelling, it came down to 2 teams battling it out. After the main Grand Final round, both teams were tied (with perfect scores). In the tie-breaker, the team from Trinity Bay High School were able to pip our team What a wonderful effort gaining the silver medal. Well done lads!