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Extension and Enrichment Opportunities
The Extended Program at TAS includes a broad range of exciting and challenging opportunities for students.
The Year 9 and 10 Literature Elective focuses on the study of literary and film texts, developing students as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the aesthetic use of language, analyse perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and interpretations through the analysis and creation of varied texts.
Studying Literature enhances a student’s ability to use language skilfully as they read, talk and write about the ways that good writers use language effectively and, in so doing, their own capacity to use language improves. As students develop a better vocabulary, their understanding of the flexibility of English sentences is enhanced, they read and reflect upon examples of clever, engaging and powerful writing and they are encouraged and supported as they work towards producing such writing themselves.
Pastoral Care – Vertical House System
TAS provides a caring environment in which individuals can feel accepted. TAS also engenders a strong sense of belonging through the vertically structured school house system. Read more…
BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards
TAS has consistently achieved to a very high standard in the prestigious BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.
The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. They recognise young people who have undertaken practical research projects, which demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures.
The awards have been sponsored by BHP Billiton since 1981 and are managed by CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and are also supported by the Intel Corporation.
Students in Year 12 complete an extended experimental investigation and the best of these projects are entered into the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.
TAS has been involved in these Awards since 2007 and has had numerous semi-finalists and finalists each year. In fact, across all nominations, 10% of semi-finalists and finalists have been TAS students.
TAS has nominated Year 12 students’ projects in the Awards and since 2007, with these outstanding results being achieved:
- TAS Semi Finalists 77 (589 National Semi Finalists)
- TAS Finalists 18 (155 National Finalists)
Of the 18 TAS finalists, there have been two National winners and three Third Place winners.
Rosie Watters was the 2009* BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Winner and in 2011*, Alix Pichon took the Award honours. Alix was also the first student since the Awards commenced, to have two projects – Biology and Chemistry – in the finals.
Our Third Place winners were Giselle Bell (in 2010*), Ben Coxon (in 2014*) and Ben Grace (in 2015*).
All of these winners were invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the USA.
Hayden Goodwin and Dulanja Adikari’s were finalists in the 2016* Awards. Hayden’s project was given special mention and he has been invited to attend the ISEF in the USA.
* The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Ceremony is held in Melbourne in the February following the Year 12 graduation year.
Watch the TAS 2016 BHP Billiton Finalists video.
CSIRO CREST Awards (Creativity in Science & Technology)
Year 12 Science students complete an Extended Experimental Investigation (EEI) which is submitted to the CSIRO CREST Awards scheme.
Since 2007, TAS students have been successful in receiving 3 Gold Awards, 425 Silver Awards and 121 Bronze Awards.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Extension Studies
The STEM Extension Studies course is cross-curricular in nature and presents Year 9 and Year 10 students with the opportunity to collaborate to solve real world problems and in doing so, challenge their creative and critical thinking.
All senior Science students participate in the CSIRO CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards at the Silver or Gold level. This is an entry point for students to be selected as a semi-finalist or finalist in the prestigious National BPH Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.
Technology and Robotics
This is one of the many areas Project Based Learning is integrated with STEM studies. The TAS Maker Space environment provides students with opportunities to display creativity and ingenuity, with a particular focus upon Technology and Robotics, offering students the framework to experience and develop new skills, such as:
- focussing on computational problem solving skills;
- preparing for the rapid and ever changing world of technology by providing access to new digital technologies to help strengthen students’ capability in a digital world we do not yet know exists!
- learning resilience and strengthening students’ own logic and problem solving skills;
- learning to work collaboratively and within a team.
Tutoring and Assistance Program
All students are encouraged and supported to achieve their academic personal best at Trinity Anglican School. Tutoring and Homework Assistance are provided free of charge as per the schedule available here. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions when they need extra assistance with concepts and tasks in Mathematics, Science and English. Support and assistance in other subject area support is available through organising individual or small group sessions with the relevant teacher.
University Scholarships for Outstanding Graduates
TAS graduates have consistently received first round entry offers for their nominated university courses. The outstanding achievements of TAS graduates are reflected in the extent of scholarship offers received by graduating students. An example of scholarship offers includes a Bond University Scholarship, UQ Chancellor Scholarship, QUT Vice-Chancellor Scholarship, Bachelor of Philosophy at ANU, UQ extension excellence in science programs.