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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 3 Week 3

Date: July 28, 2017    Posted by: Alana Ripepi

Dear TAS Community,

As you know, our Head of Junior School – White Rock, Barb La Coste, retired at the end of Term Two. Whilst she has been able to meet and say goodbye to some of our community, Barb wanted to write to those she hasn’t had a chance to catch-up with. Although we didn’t get the opportunity as a whole TAS community to be together to say thank you to Barb, Barb has been a significant part of TAS for 14 years and will be missed.



“When I arrived at TAS fourteen years ago I didn’t realise how connected I would become to such a warm school community. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of so many young lives and watch them grow into fine young men and women.

 Over the years I have had the privilege of working with outstanding staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who reflect the high standards TAS is known for. Fun was in the mix as well as I liaised with Mrs. Craig to establish the Early Learning Centre, with Ms Ashburton to bring about Inspire – a Celebration of Art, with Mr Grace to develop the Rockband Program, with Ms Greaves to develop the Young Round Square Program and with the WRJ Parent Community Group to bring about events such as the Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations and the Obstathon, to name a few.

 Although I am sad to be leaving I look forward to spending time with family in the Nelson Bay area. I have been touched by all the well wishes I have received over the past few weeks and hope to be feeling better soon.

Please accept sincere thanks for your support over the years and I wish you a fond farewell.

Barbara La Coste”

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