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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 – Term 2 Week 5

Date: May 21, 2017    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

The TAS Aquatic Centre hosts SLSC royalty!

It was great to see the North Queensland Branch of Surf Life Saving Queensland at the TAS Aquatic Centre last weekend holding a clinic for members of the 5 local clubs. TAS students Harriet Grant, Hayden Telford, Ella Goddard, Lila Horobin, Kiana Turnbull and Max Telford were willing participants.

We greatly value our close association with NQB SLSQ. It was great to have such high profile athletes and coaches come up from down south to coach local lifesavers. Toby Wilson is a member of the QLD Cyclones Team and is the current National Open Male 2K Swim Champion and the World Open Male 200m Obstacle Champion. Brielle Wilson is a member of the QLD Cyclones Team and was the second youngest (at 18yo) to be a finalist at this season’s Nutri-grain Ironwoman Series and Emma Jackson, who is also a member of the QLD Cyclones,  has previously won gold at Nationals and is a current record hold at the National Pool Rescue Championships. Finally Melinda Jackson who is Head Pool Rescue Coach at Northcliffe SLSC and is a coach on the QLD Cyclones Team, as well as coaching at the World Youth Championships.

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It was a beautiful morning at St Margaret’s, West Cairns on Sunday with the baptism of 3 youngsters. Rev’d Ford led the service for a large, enthusiastic congregation.


It is great to see the Anglican Church presence and activity in the Cairns region. Families who would like to attend Anglican worship on Sunday have a number of options:

  • TAS WR (St Francis’) – 7:00am each Sunday
  • TAS KB (St Peter’s) – 8:30am each Sunday
  • Gordonvale (All Saints) – 9:00am each Sunday
  • West Cairns (St Margaret’s) – 7:00am and 9:00am each Sunday
  • Cairns – (St John’s) – 7:00am and 9:00am each Sunday
  • Edge Hill – (The Good Shepherd) – 7:00am, 9:30am and 5:00pm each Sunday
  • Kuranda – (St Saviour’s ) 8:00am, 9:30am and 5:00pm each Sunday

If you are interested in Baptism or Confirmation programs, please let me know and we can investigate possible options with our local churches.

FNQ Chess Championships

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The second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held the Bishop Centre at TAS White Rock on the 18 May.  Over 300 students from the Cairns region competed (which was a new record for this competition). TAS Chess players achieved outstanding results and displayed the positive behaviours and attitudes that our school is renowned for.

My thanks to Mr David Long for his passion and vision growing Chess at TAS. The participation rates of Chess at TAS in the Junior School are extraordinary (as many would know, there is a significant amount of research that shows the link between playing Chess and improvements in IQ, mathematics grades, problem-solving ability, and concentration skills). In addition, thanks to Mr Robert Lade for his leadership of the Kewarra Beach Chess program.

Primary Premier Grade (Top 8 teams with 32 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Bosel: Jackson Bosel, Angela Xiang, Marcus Carruthers and Andrew Robertson
Individual Results: 1st Place Jackson Bosel WRJ, 3rd Place Brandon Spuler KBJ

Primary A Grade (10 teams with 40 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Lewis: Ryan Goodfellow, Jack O’Neil, Tyson Lewis, Liam O’Shea, 2nd TAS WRJ Gale: James Nguyen, Joanna Chen, Frances Gale and Isaac Carruthers, 3rd TAS WRJ Drinnan: Daniel Statton, Damien McLaren, Travis Drinnan and Jaimie Steigmeier
Individual Results: 3rd Place Ryan Goodfellow WRJ

Primary B Grade (16 teams with 64 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Stone: Ryan Mann, Emily Stone, Archie Reid and Georgia Clague, 2nd TAS KBJ Sciacca: Liam Sciacca, Kaleb Howard, Georgia Grail and Nic Berther
Individual Results: 2nd Place Melody Grace WRJ, 3rd Place Ryan Mann WRJ

Primary C Grade (22 Teams with 88 players)
Team Results: 1st TAS WRJ Morgan: Thomas Hayward, Olivia Firth, Hadden Morgan and Rauri Swanston, 3rd TAS WRJ Griffith: Hayden Coombes, Matilda Hancock, Tamara Griffith and Abbey Lane
Individual Results: 1st Place Hayden Coombes


Secondary Premier (Top 8 teams with 32 players)
Individual Results: 3rd Place Lam Nguyen


Senior Dinner

What a terrific evening last Tuesday. Our Year 12s spent an evening socialising and dancing in the Bishop Centre. My thanks to Mrs Kennedy for organising this event.


Student congratulations – Sophie Kalkowski-Pope

On Tuesday the 16nd of May Sophie Kalkowski-Pope shared her presentation on coral bleaching to the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee. This video and speech had previously been presented to senior students at TAS school assembly. It is a very well-constructed and presented piece. You can view the video at https://vimeo.com/escapee/coralbleaching

Sophie writes: “Attending the meeting allowed me to share my personal observations and prompt constructive discussion with like-minded people in the marine community. Interaction with these innovative minds along with the formation of industry connections was a highlight of being invited to speak on this topical environmental issue. There is now potential for this video to be shared to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority marine advisory groups throughout Queensland.

I am very grateful to have had the chance to spread awareness of the stresses on our reef and discuss this issue with community leaders in Cairns. As such, I and would like to extend a note of appreciation to Darren Osmond and Tim Trehearn for supporting and facilitating the presentation of the video to a wider audience.”

Congratulations Sophie.

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