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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


TAS News

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

Date: August 17, 2018    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

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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