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2019 Gala Concert | Friday 30 August

Date:August 5, 2019

No entry fee – all welcome.    


Junior School Variety Night 2019

Date:July 25, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tickets now available for “Harry Potter & The Wizard of Oz” – 2019 Junior School Variety Night.


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships – Round 2 2019

Date:May 31, 2019

TAS Teams enjoyed excellent success in Round 2 of the FNQ Interschool Championships held on 28 May due to their


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2019

Date:March 12, 2019

It was great to see 294 students competing in Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships last


Remembering Kara

Date:February 25, 2019

Today, we celebrated the life of much-loved teacher Miss Kara Pylypiuk.    The TAS Community is in mourning at the


FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The


Learning, Believing, Achieving – The School’s Role in Developing Social and Resilient People

Date:June 24, 2019

I was fortunate enough to listen to a podcast recently of Bernard Salt who presented to the Independent Schools State


Principal’s Message – Trinity Day 2019

Date:June 17, 2019

For those who missed the Trinity Day message from Principal Paul Sjogren about the importance of the three pillars of


Principal’s Blog – Student Gain Analysis | NAPLAN

Date:June 5, 2019

NAPLAN Student Gain Analysis 2016 – 2018 data One way of measuring the quality of teaching and learning at a


TAS – Top 3% of Secondary Schools

Date:March 7, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on


Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes


Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post


TAS News

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Edition 1, Term 3

Date: July 30, 2018    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Secondary Chess is Back!

It is excellent to see the Secondary Chess Club up and running again at White Rock. We have expert coach Mr Patrick Williams working with our students every Thursday during Break 1, providing strategies and little Chess problem-solving activities. This leads on well from the Junior School Chess program that incorporates virtual training sessions with coaches and experts from other parts of Australia. The standard of Chess being displayed at TAS is really impressive.

Bunnings Fund Raising BBQ for Round Square projects.

Thanks to the staff and students who spent time on Saturday manning the Bunnings BBQ to raise funds for our local branch of the organisation Rosies – Friends on the Street here in Cairns. This is one of our Round Square service projects, which vary between local, national and overseas programs. In particular, our thanks to the indefatigable Ms Moyer who was there all day and organized the rosters, food and basically everything else!


I attended the Sunday Service at St Francis (our TAS WR Chapel) this past weekend. Thanks to Mr Patrick Williams for running the service. Patrick is a lay member of the Gordonvale Parish and leads the service each Sunday.  Our Chapel of St Francis lies within the Parish of Gordonvale, under the leadership of Rev Ian Lindsay at All Saints Anglican Church, Gordonvale. It is held every Sunday at 7:00am in the school Chapel and we’d love to see you there.


It was great to recently visit the WRJ classrooms, in particular Year 1, and see the wonderful towns the students had designed and built. They then programmed their BeeBots to navigate the streets they had created, turning corners, programming distances, etc. Too much fun!

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