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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 4 Week 6

Date: November 10, 2017    Posted by: Alana Ripepi


I have just returned from a study tour of China with Mr Saunders (English Teacher) as we explore expanding education markets. Mr Saunders has taught the Australian curriculum in China in a previous role and his experience and advice was invaluable.

The reason for the trip was twofold – to encourage TAS as a viable option for Chinese students to complete their secondary studies and to explore how TAS can physically move into the education space in China. As many of you are aware, I have set a benchmark of 7.5% of international students for TAS in order to support our global outlook and provide our domestic students with exposure to Chinese culture as China emerges as the most important market in our region this century.

We spent time at five schools in Shanghai and one school in Yichang – a city centre with 10 million Chinese living in the province. I look forward to hosting a number of these schools on study tours next year and hopefully some of our students having the opportunity to undertake a study tour of China in the future.

Farewell to Bruce and Heather Milne

The Friends of TAS Music (FOTM) held a Farewell function recently to thank Bruce and Heather Milne for their years of work supporting Music at TAS. Gordon, their third son to graduate from TAS, finishes this year, as does the formal connection with Bruce and Heather. They have been stalwarts of FOTM over the years, contributing countless hours, time and energy. My heartfelt thanks and good wishes to them on their future adventures, although I hope we still see them at TAS Music functions. Also, my thanks to Eloise Barker-Rè for organising the function and for taking over the reigns of this terrific group of parents, as well as the members of FOTM for their continuing hard work building music at TAS.

Great news for our Swimming Program

Congratulations to the TAS Swimming Club! We have received notification from the Australian Swim Coaches Association that TAS Swimming will be awarded the Far North Queensland JX Club of the Year Award for the 2016/17 season. The JX awards recognise coaches and programmes that are the best at developing new and emerging swimming talent in age group swimming. The winning club is the team that achieves the highest number of swimmers in the Australian Excellence Programme.

Well done to our Head Coach, Mr Duncan Todd , the committee and all our swimming families.



Cairns Business Liaison Association Competition

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved recent success in their Business studies: 

Legal Studies Essay Competition:

Ellie Macoll – Winner of the Year 11 section ($200); 

Nic Meier – second place in the Year 12 section ($150)

AIOP Award

Kate Liang – winner of an Encouragement Award ($300)

Keith Goodwin Scholarship

Emma Anderson – Encouragement Award ($500) sponsored by Crowe Horwath;  Josh Fowler – Encouragement Award ($400) sponsored by CPA Australia

TBS Feasibility Study Competition

Four students have been named as finalists – Nic Meier, Dylan Siegmann, Erin Leishman and Lucy Long.  Congratulations to Nic who received first prize and Dylan who was named runner-up.



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