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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


Outdoor Education

The TAS Outdoor Education Program is highly-regarded as one of the leading programs of its type in the country, being unique in its broad and comprehensive scope and sequence.  All students in Years 2-12 engage in the Outdoor Education Program with a view to furthering their relationships with self, others and the natural environment.  The programs are rich in varied learning outcomes all linked with the Australian Curriculum.  Regarded as a forefather of outdoor education and founder of Outward Bound, Kurt Hahn quoted that “there is more in you thank you think, and if only you can be made to see it, for the rest of your life you will be unwilling to settle for anything less.”  TAS Outdoor Education program aims to reveal to students their potential, and moreover nurtures personal growth to encourage students in becoming the best version of themselves.

From Years 2 to 12, the typical TAS student spends 15 days completing junior school outdoor education programs and 38 days on senior school programs. The programs range in duration from an initial overnight experience for 7-year-olds in Year 2, up to the 18-day Year 9 Outdoor Education Program, which is framed as a right of passage at a crucial time in a young person’s development.  Junior school programs are centre-based, sequentially building on a range of personal and outdoor education skills, such as sleeping in tents from Year 5.  Senior school programs are journey or expedition-based in nature, with Year 11 and 12 programs being focused on leadership, teamwork and effective communication, along with other personal development aims.

Several additional and extension opportunities are also available in Outdoor Education, including the bespoke Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program (24 activity days), 28-day World Challenge Expedition to developing countries, and the Duke of Edinburgh (International) Award.

The activities offered within the program are simply a vehicle to achieve learning outcomes.  These including hiking, canoeing, mountain-biking, abseiling, challenge ropes courses, orienteering, caving, sailing.   Selected programs also utilise climbing, sea kayaking and white-water kayaking.  Most programs also feature an environmental community service component and all programs have significant personal reflection time built in. We are not limited to using particular centres or facilities and therefore have significant flexibility in customizing and continually refining our programs to meet the needs of the students and other key stakeholders.  Our scope and sequence framework therefore sets the agenda for our program design and delivery. Our program is further enhanced through incorporating the wonderful tropical north Queensland environment, including the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, and Wet Tropics Rainforests and further afield the dry savannah country.

View the highlights of our Outdoor Education Program

Outdoor Ed Handbook for Students and Parents
The Value of Outdoor Education

Curriculum - Years 2 to 12

Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program


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