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White Rock Junior Chess Championships 2020

Date:August 21, 2020

On Thursday 20 August, a record 112 WRJ students from Year 2-6 participated in the WRJ Chess Championship 2020. All


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 2 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Round 2 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on the 12th of June. The wizardry of


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2020

Date:March 5, 2020

Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships was held on 3 March. The Bishop Centre was bursting


Principal’s Welcome Event- 2020

Date:January 6, 2020

Principal Paul Sjogren and the TAS teaching community would like to welcome all TAS parents, new and existing, to join


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Finals 2019

Date:August 26, 2019

The Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Finals were held in the Bishop Centre 22 August. Dedication, preparation and good sportsmanship


2019 Gala Concert | Friday 30 August

Date:August 5, 2019

No entry fee – all welcome.    


Parents and Staff – Rethinking TikTok

Date:August 18, 2020

Your privacy matters Currently, there are multiple conversations being held around the world as to the safety, security, privacy, addiction


Leo Lin (Year 12) reflects on his recent QUT STEM Internship

Date:July 23, 2020

Recently Grace Belson & Leo Lin (Year 12), were awarded a place in the QUT STEM Research Internship program. 2020.


Principals Blog: Edition 3, 2020

Date:June 15, 2020

Dear TAS community,  Every now and then I receive an email that I feel the need to share, because it


Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) stance on Year 11 & 12 return to school

Date:April 27, 2020

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) have called on the Queensland Government to allow all Year 11 and 12 students to return


Principals Blog: A deeper look at the data – the story of a regional standout

Date:February 17, 2020

We were delighted to see the TAS class of ’19, the last group to ever receive an OP, placed #24


Principals Blog: Edition 1, 2020

Date:February 4, 2020

Dear TAS community, As a Principal, receiving communications such as the one I recently received is one of the role’s


Junior School

In the Junior School, we see the building of strong relationships as vital. The relationships between students, staff, parents and the community are all highly valued. Through these strong relationships and with effective communication we get to know and understand your child. In this way we are able to cater for the individual needs of each child. We focus on each individual, with our goal being the development of the whole child.

The Junior School offers pastoral care, exceptional teachers, engagement with our community, co-curricular activities and a disciplined, nurturing learning environment. In every aspect, we strive to develop in each student the pursuit of academic excellence, self-confidence, community service and leadership.

Our Junior School is dedicated to providing a rigorous learning environment founded on global research that engages all learners. We continue to seek out innovative ways to further support the thinking skills, creativity and digital literacy of our students and staff. We provide them with the means and motivation to excel, to be adaptable and to develop problem solving skills.

Learning is personalized and class sizes are smaller than average. Teachers use various forms of assessment to build each student’s learning profile and determine what is needed to move their learning forward. Opportunities for extension and support are provided.

Specialist teachers work with students in the areas of Music, Art, Physical Education, Languages and Swimming.

Academic Curriculum

We strive towards equipping students for the future

Our world is constantly changing. We realize that the essential skills to effectively research information, think critically and apply higher order thinking skills must be developed throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to form values, ideas and opinions. With an emphasis on creativity, resourcefulness and independent learning we help students strive to reach their full potential.

Learning Areas

The subject areas offered within our Junior School academic program are:

  • English – Language, Literacy, Literature and Communication.
  • Mathematics – Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability and Problem Solving
  • Humanities – History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business Achievement
  • Science
  • Christian and Values Education
  • The Arts – Music and Visual Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages – Japanese
  • Digital Technologies – Design and Technologies
The First Year of School

TAS Preparatory Program offers:

  • Cutting-edge teaching and learning technology supports your child’s learning success. This includes the Perceptual Motor Skills Training Program to link body and mind together for better learning; coding and robotics using devices such as Cubettos, Bee Bots and iPads. Students access to online learning programs such as Reading Eggs and a computer lab with Adobe and Microsoft products.
  • A focus on Inquiry Learning provides students with opportunities for input into the layout of their learning space and activities.
  • Specialist Music, Japanese, Art, Swimming and Physical Education programs.
  • Genuine open door policy and parent engagement.
  • Opportunities for parents to be involved in the school through the Parents and Friends Committee, Parent Community groups and parent run activity groups for students.
  • Specialist Early Years curriculum development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • A focus on sustainability, the environment and life-cycles with students having opportunities to grow herbs and vegetables in the Prep garden, look after wildlife, hatch and care for chicks.

While the Australian Curriculum provides a framework for the TAS Preparatory Program our teachers move beyond this to provide our students with a unique and rich educational program. Throughout the year the students are carefully monitored with differentiated programs to ensure the transition to Year 1 is successful.


Meeting the Needs of Our Early Adolescents

Transition activities play an important role in preparing our Year 5 and Year 6 students for their Senior School years. Some of the activities that have been arranged to support this transition include:

  • TAS Taster: Students experience a ‘taste’ of Senior School for a day. Year 5 and 6 students are divided into groups, led by senior students, where they ask questions about Senior School. Afterwards, they rotate through different subject areas and create an artefact as a souvenir of the day. Students are provided an opportunity to share lunch with the Principal and other school leaders.
  • The Year 7 Familiarization Day takes place in Term 4, at which time students are welcomed by an honour guard of senior students.
  • During ‘Science Week’ teachers from the Secondary school run exciting activities for the Primary students. The students also access the Secondary School science labs under the guidance of the teachers.
Middle Years Activities

In addition to the co-curricular program, students in Year 5 and 6 are involved in an activities afternoon once as week that moves beyond the normal curriculum and provides opportunities to learn new skills or give service to the community. The Middle Years Activities program is structured within the Round Square framework and students are able to choose one of the elective on offer.

Round Square

All Year 5 and Year 6 students are issued with a Round Square Passport where completed activities that meet the criteria for each of the Round Square ideals are recorded. Each year students can apply to attend the Junior Round Square Conference. participate in service projects or be part of a Round Square Exchange to Radford College in Canberra.

Extension and Enrichment

TAS offers all students in Prep to Year 6 opportunities to be involved in extension and/or enrichment activities. These activities take place in break times, before school, after school or during the holidays. Please contact the Heads of Junior School for further information.

Aquatic Program

At TAS we place special emphasis on the importance of mixing Physical Education training with education, to achieve success at all levels. The TAS Aquatic Program is a compulsory part of the Junior School curriculum. All Junior School students participate in swimming lessons and water based activities during the school year, and develop their swimming skills through an intensive, well-structured program.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education at TAS is seen as an essential part of each child’s development. The outdoor environment provides added stimulus and confidence which contribute to the personal development of each student.

Through Outdoor Education experiences we aim to develop in each child

  • A deeper self-knowledge and greater sense of self-worth
  • A clearer understanding of one’s place in the community
  • A strong bond with the natural environment
Learning Support

Learning Support provides assistance for students who have special needs or specific learning difficulties. For those children experiencing difficulties, areas of concern are identified and the Learning Support Teacher works with parents and the class teacher to develop an appropriate Individual Learning Program to address areas of need. Under the direction of the classroom teacher, teacher aides work in classrooms to support students.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Each year two Year 6 students will be appointed to each of the following positions – School Captain, Arts Captain, Junior Round Square Captain and Sports Captain.  These students lead school assemblies and represent the school at appropriate functions. In addition to the above student leadership positions, two Year 6 students are also elected to the positions of Junior School House Leaders by their peers. House Leaders lead their house during sporting carnivals and events, organise house meetings and assist TAS staff in setting up carnivals and events. 

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