Team Spirit and a Sense of Belonging
TAS provides a caring environment in which individuals feel accepted. TAS also engenders a strong sense of belonging through the vertically structured school house system. As a member of one of the four houses, students develop team spirit and interact with a cross section of other students in academic, sporting and cultural events.
In the Senior School, tutor groups are established within each house to ensure the academic and pastoral well being of each student.
All students are allocated to a house, and members of the one family are usually placed in the same house. Each house is named after a prominent North Queensland explorer or pioneer.
A number of activities at TAS are based on house membership. Nearly all sporting activities within the school including swimming, cross-country, athletics and triathlon, earn points for the houses. Competition in cultural areas such as debating and public speaking will also be based on houses. Students are encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as possible to help earn points for their house. At the end of the year the House Cup is awarded to the house that has gained the most points during the year.
Throughout the year, each House fundraises for charity as chosen by the Head of House and House Captains, reiterating the School's mission statement, with students becoming 'serving members of the wider community'.
From their very first year in Preparatory, through to Year 12, a student’s house becomes an integral part of their life at TAS!
In the Senior School, the Dragonheart Trophy, is awarded to the house with the highest participation rate across major interhouse competitions in swimming, cross-country, triathlon and athletics. The Academic Cup is presented to the house with the best score in national academic competitions.
Once each semester, students meet together as a house for a Chapel service, held in the Anglican tradition. These services are usually led by the Chaplain and include student involvement in a variety of ways.
The four School houses are:
Colour: Royal Blue
George Augustus Elphinstone Dalrymple (1826-1876) is known as the “Father of North Queensland”. Born in Berwick, Scotland, he migrated to NSW in the early 1840s and became a partner in a cattle squatting venture with his brother Ernest. He became closely identified with public service and exploration. In 1864, he sailed north from Bowen to Rockingham Bar in search of a further northern point and established Cardwell, later exploring and establishing a landing at Cleveland Bay, Townsville. Dalrymple named Trinity Harbour “as a harbour of refuge in heavy northerly and easterly gales. Trinity Harbour, if properly surveyed, and the entrance buoyed and beaconed, will prove valuable to the rapidly increasing coastal shipping.
Edmund Kennedy (1818-1848) was one of Australia’s many great explorers. His expeditions during the mid 1800s, discovering many untouched areas of Queensland, brought him much fame. The story of his ill-fated journey in 1848 throughout local geographical regions ranks along with such tales as the Burke and Wills saga, as one of many well known in Australian exploration. With people’s minds set upon the discovery of an overland route to India, Kennedy led a party of twelve men to thoroughly explore the York Peninsula. Their aim was on one hand to find a more favourable route than the one Leichhardt had searched for three years previously, yet on the other they hoped to open fertile farming lands by staying near the eastern seaboard. Kennedy displayed great determination and courage in exploring our area. The fighting spirit will live on – the spirit of Kennedy.
This house was named after Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-1848) who is known for his exploration of some of the major areas of North Queensland. Leichhardt, interested in natural history and exploration, arrived in Australia from Germany in 1842. After organising private funds to sponsor their trek, Leichhardt and his team set off on an overland expedition from Brisbane to Port Essington (Darwin), leaving Sydney on 13 August 1844. Their great trek, lasting fourteen months and seventeen days, was a striking physical achievement and of major importance to Australia. It resulted in the discovery of many important streams and large areas suitable for settlement. The Leichhardt River is named after the explorer who also provided the inspiration for the character Voss in the novel of the same name by Patrick White.
James Venture Mulligan was perhaps Queensland’s greatest explorer and prospector, the man who did more than anyone else to open up the vast mineral areas of Cape York Peninsula and the hinterland of Cairns. Mulligan undertook six expeditions between 1873 and 1876 in the Far North. All but one were made at his own expense and fuelled by his burning desire to discover something of value to the community and open the Northern frontier. Mulligan discovered the Hodgkinson River (named after W. O. Hodgkinson) and Mount Mulligan (named for his companions). On later expeditions, Mulligan discovered gold on the Little Palmer and South Palmer Rivers. In October 1875, he discovered gold deposits on the Hodgkinson River. In 1880, he made the first discovery of silver in Queensland.