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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


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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date: February 1, 2019    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good.

I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for a six month usage by daughter #1 who was returning from Europe for a brief stay before returning to Europe to take up her Masters. As I travelled up the Bruce Highway, I realized that I was well and truly in rural Queensland due to the frequency of Pauline and Clive billboards along the road, rather than those of the major parties. Whilst some in the cities may look down on rural and regional Australians as less sophisticated or global thinking than those in the population centres, this small interlude reminded me of what I love about country Australia.

I had stopped for bottle of water (okay, okay, Coca Cola) and a stretch at a roadhouse somewhere between Gladstone and Rockhampton at around 5:30pm. It had a caravan and camping ground situated behind. There was an eclectic bunch in the roadhouse – many truck drivers, a few tradies, some fellow travelers. A Japanese couple pulled up and came in, driving a Britz van. Their English was very poor, and they proceeded to try and get directions to a nearby landmark from the gum-chewing 17 year old behind the counter. The young lady was lovely with the Japanese tourists – patient and warm. But effective communication was not occurring. Two truck drivers came up and tried to help explain it in a different way, then a young disreputable-looking fellow joined in. I was watching these four Australians all doing their best to assist these Japanese tourists, and doing it for all the right reasons. After lots of smiles, laughter and “thank you’s”, the travelling couple were on their way.

When you watch the news, they seem to take delight in focusing on the negatives, the divisions, the crises. From marches in the cities against this or that, or statements from prominent people saying something against this or that, to journalists pouring over past social media posts for a “gotcha” moment. Yet, in (not just) roadhouses across Australia, I’m sure the same thing is playing out where humans help other humans because it is the human thing to do.

Studies are showing as we progress with technology and acquire more and more “stuff”, as a society we are actually becoming more miserable. Sometimes we need a reminder that most people from across the world are inherently good. For a few hours after watching the interaction at the roadhouse, I found myself feeling a great sense of happiness.

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