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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.    


Principal’s Blog: Results and analysis Year 12 2020

Date:May 4, 2021

I was fascinated to read that the State ALP government has decided not to release the annual report detailing the


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


TAS News

Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date: March 4, 2019    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

Dear TAS parent/carer,

Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes for Cairns schools. It was terrific to see Cairns schools do well and is a reflection on the emergence of Cairns as a leading centre of regional education in Queensland.

However, the “league tables” as produced by commercial websites and published by the media don’t tell us the full story. Under the current system, if close to the full Year 12 cohort aren’t sitting for their OP, then comparing percentages of OP bands is neither accurate nor fair.

As a school that believes in preparing students for a tertiary pathway (even if graduates decide not to follow that path after finishing school), each year more than 95% of our Year 12 students obtain an OP. Consider the following example: if 10 students out of 50 receive an OP1-5 in a particular school, the league tables display this as  20% OP1-5. If 10 of the lower achieving Year 12 students decide not to receive an OP, then the league table would show 25% OP1-5, without any change in results or QCS performance.

Therefore, we use a more accurate measure which takes into account the fact that many other schools have a lower percentage of students obtaining an OP, with those choosing not to obtain an OP most likely not academically in the OP1-5 range. That’s the way it should be, where young people have an opportunity to work towards the pathway after secondary that best suits their strengths and interests, but it means that academically apples aren’t being compared with apples in these published media tables.

Our internal measurements apply Year 12 results as a percentage of all Year 12 students, which makes it a fairer comparison of school academic achievements. Note that overseas visa student results are not included in QCAA summary statistics.

We are very proud of our Year 12 graduates and the results they worked hard to achieve. To achieve 30% OP1-5 with a cohort at 97% OP-eligibility is an outstanding outcome for our students. We look forward to hearing further news on the courses they have been accepted into as they take the next step.

Warm regards


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