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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


Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity


Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most


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


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

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for


TAS News

Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 3, Term 3.

Date: August 17, 2018    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Another terrific week at TAS. Our students, parents and staff are certainly very active and involved!

KBJ night walk

What an amazing evening last Friday night at Kewarra Beach. After a sausage in bread to fortify the explorers, Paul McLellan led a group of intrepid parents and students on a torch-lit walk through the beautiful campus bushland with many things to see! Then onto the oval to look at the night sky and learn a bit about the stars using Skyguide or Skyview and other suitable apps.

TAS Jazz

Wow. So great to listen to our excellent TAS Jazz ensemble, playing at the American Car Club gathering last Sunday morning at the Cairns Showgrounds. As usual, our thanks to Sue Stitt and John Grace for being there and supporting TAS Music and Ms Leesa Cooke for her guidance and leadership of TAS Jazz.

Japanese lunch

They certainly sold out very quickly! Thanks to students and staff for putting on some yummy Japanese food last Thursday as part of our Japan Week. And raise some valuable funds for the Prince Alexander fund, part of the Round Square service program.

ISQ visit

It was great to host a visit from the Independent Schools Queensland CEO, Mr David Robertson and Director of Education Services, Mr Mark Newnham. They were at TAS to give independent school leaders from our region a strategic update on current government directions in education policy. Mr Robertson regularly meets with the Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham and was able to give us some indication of current government initiatives.

Jump Rope for Heart

Ms. Alicia Barry from Jump Rope for Hart visited WRJ assembly last Friday. Ms Thomas, Mr Long and Mr Sage were able to demonstrate to WRJ students how (not) to skip as they get ready for the upcoming Jump Rope for Heart program. Thanks to our wonderful staff who are so willing to get in and have a go!

Principal’s Forum

Thanks to all parents who attended last week’s Principal’s Forums at both campuses. Thank you also to Board member Mr Greg Gilboy who attended both sessions and was able to answer questions regarding the Board from interested parents. It is wonderful to be able to have these gatherings where parents are able to ask and discuss issues about the school and education in general.

ACE Noreen Wilcox Awards

It was wonderful to hear that three TAS staff were nominated for the Australian College of Educators Noreen Wilcox Awards. There are three categories and a TAS staff member was nominated in each:

  • Classroom Based – Beginning (one to five years’ teaching experience) Ms Shannon Saunders
  • Classroom Based – Accomplished (more than five years’ teaching experience) Ms Sarah Coleman
  • Non-Classroom Based (Educators whose work is mainly leading, administrative or consultative) Mr Darren Osmond

Congratulations to Ms Saunders who was awarded the Noreen Wilcox Award for her category.



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