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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.    


Junior School Variety Night 2019

Date:July 25, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tickets now available for “Harry Potter & The Wizard of Oz” – 2019 Junior School Variety Night.


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


Principal’s Blog – “Sausage Factory” Schooling Model

Date:September 16, 2019

I recently had a terrific conversation with a university academic about the schooling model in Australia. Her view was very


Principal’s Blog – Quality Educators

Date:August 29, 2019

As educators, we are continually looking at ways of improving the learning outcomes of the students in our schools. At


Learning, Believing, Achieving – The School’s Role in Developing Social and Resilient People

Date:June 24, 2019

I was fortunate enough to listen to a podcast recently of Bernard Salt who presented to the Independent Schools State


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


House System

Team Spirit and a Sense of Belonging

TAS provides a caring environment in which individuals feel accepted. TAS also engenders a strong sense of belonging through the vertically structured house system. As a member of one of the four houses, students develop team spirit and interact with a cross section of other students in academic, sporting and cultural events.

In the Senior School, tutor groups are established within each house to ensure the academic and pastoral well being of each student.

All students are allocated to a house, and members of the one family are usually placed in the same house. Each house is named after a prominent North Queensland explorer or pioneer.

A number of activities at TAS are based on house membership. Nearly all sporting activities within the school including swimming, cross-country, athletics and triathlon, earn points for the houses. Competition in cultural areas such as debating and public speaking will also be based on houses. Students are encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as possible to help earn points for their house. At the end of the year the House Cup is awarded to the house that has gained the most points during the year.

Throughout the year, each House fundraises for charity as chosen by the Head of House and House Captains.

From their very first year in Preparatory, through to Year 12, a student’s house becomes an integral part of their life at TAS!

In the Senior School, the Dragonheart Trophy, is awarded to the house with the highest participation rate across major interhouse competitions in swimming, cross-country, triathlon and athletics. The Academic Cup is presented to the house with the best score in national academic competitions.

Once each semester, students meet together as a house for a Chapel service, held in the Anglican tradition. These services are usually led by the Chaplain and include student involvement in a variety of ways..

The four School houses are:

Colour: Royal Blue
Symbol: Dolphin

George Augustus Elphinstone Dalrymple (1826-1876) is known as the “Father of North Queensland”. Born in Berwick, Scotland, he migrated to NSW in the early 1840s and became a partner in a cattle squatting venture with his brother Ernest. He became closely identified with public service and exploration. In 1864, he sailed north from Bowen to Rockingham Bar in search of a further northern point and established Cardwell, later exploring and establishing a landing at Cleveland Bay, Townsville. Dalrymple named Trinity Harbour “as a harbour of refuge in heavy northerly and easterly gales. Trinity Harbour, if properly surveyed, and the entrance buoyed and beaconed, will prove valuable to the rapidly increasing coastal shipping.

Colour: Green
Symbol: Crocodile

Edmund Kennedy (1818-1848) was one of Australia’s many great explorers. His expeditions during the mid 1800s, discovering many untouched areas of Queensland, brought him much fame. The story of his ill-fated journey in 1848 throughout local geographical regions ranks along with such tales as the Burke and Wills saga, as one of many well known in Australian exploration. With people’s minds set upon the discovery of an overland route to India, Kennedy led a party of twelve men to thoroughly explore the York Peninsula. Their aim was on one hand to find a more favourable route than the one Leichhardt had searched for three years previously, yet on the other they hoped to open fertile farming lands by staying near the eastern seaboard. Kennedy displayed great determination and courage in exploring our area. The fighting spirit will live on – the spirit of Kennedy.

Colour: Gold
Symbol: Lion

This house was named after Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-1848) who is known for his exploration of some of the major areas of North Queensland. Leichhardt, interested in natural history and exploration, arrived in Australia from Germany in 1842. After organising private funds to sponsor their trek, Leichhardt and his team set off on an overland expedition from Brisbane to Port Essington (Darwin), leaving Sydney on 13 August 1844. Their great trek, lasting fourteen months and seventeen days, was a striking physical achievement and of major importance to Australia. It resulted in the discovery of many important streams and large areas suitable for settlement. The Leichhardt River is named after the explorer who also provided the inspiration for the character Voss in the novel of the same name by Patrick White.

Colour: Red
Symbol: Mustang

James Venture Mulligan was perhaps Queensland’s greatest explorer and prospector, the man who did more than anyone else to open up the vast mineral areas of Cape York Peninsula and the hinterland of Cairns. Mulligan undertook six expeditions between 1873 and 1876 in the Far North. All but one were made at his own expense and fuelled by his burning desire to discover something of value to the community and open the Northern frontier. Mulligan discovered the Hodgkinson River (named after W. O. Hodgkinson) and Mount Mulligan (named for his companions). On later expeditions, Mulligan discovered gold on the Little Palmer and South Palmer Rivers. In October 1875, he discovered gold deposits on the Hodgkinson River. In 1880, he made the first discovery of silver in Queensland.

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