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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

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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

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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The

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Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity

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Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most

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Online Safety and Cyberbullying | 11 June @ 6pm

Date:June 6, 2018

As parents, carers and educators, we are all very aware of internet safety.   On Monday 11 June, TAS is

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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

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Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes

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Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for

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Learning. Believing. Achieving – A message from Paul

Date:December 12, 2018

I write to you regarding recent stories in the media surrounding legislation concerning religious beliefs within faith-based schools. The Anglican

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Farewell Class of 2018

Date:November 19, 2018

What a wonderful morning on Friday celebrating our Year 12 students finishing their secondary schooling. The Year 12 students themselves

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Senior School

The TAS Academic Program addresses the needs of students who will continue to live their lives in the 21st Century. The interconnectedness of the global networks require a special skillset.

TAS nurtures and grows the capabilities that students need to give them an edge in what will be a dynamic and challenging future environment. This approach fosters an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial capacity which prepares students for the future world and employment landscape.

Passionate, committed and caring teachers create paths for students as global citizens in the future. Such paths are not found, they are made.

The Academic Program emphasises the capabilities for global citizens:

  • Ways of Thinking– critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, curiosity, imagination, how to learn
  • Ways of Working– communication and collaboration, adaptability, leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship
  • Tools for Working– analysing information, digital literacies, programs and coding
  • Living in the World– personal well-being and social capability, intercultural and ethical understanding

Of these, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication are particularly acknowledged.

The flexibility and innovation of the curriculum enables these capabilities to be the focus of the TAS Academic Program against the framework of subject disciplines. This presents a most exciting opportunity for students at TAS.

The information below is a summary of the more significant areas of the TAS Academic Program. If you would like to obtain more detail regarding the subjects offered, please contact the school and we would be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss your questions with you.

Academic Results

 

 

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#students

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OP-elig

#OP1

%
OP1-3

%
OP1-5

%
OP1-7

%
OP1-10

%
OP1-15

 

State average

 

 

 

 

11.6

21.8

33.8

54

82.7

 

TAS 2016

63

64

98.4%

1

15.9

27

36.5

57

92

 

TAS 2017

63

65

97%

6

22.2

33.3

47.6

54

81

 

TAS 2018

63

65

97%

5

22.2

28.6

49.2

61.9

85.7

 
                     
Academic Program - Year 7 and Year 8

Students enter an exhilarating new phase of their learning journey which is a two-year study pathway during Year 7 and Year 8. This program offers a vigorous and engaging course of study in core areas combined with diverse complementary courses to refine students’ interests and talents.

These areas include:

  • A full year of study in the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (including History and Geography, Business and Civics & Citizenship) and Health & Physical Education
  • A change in complementary subjects at the end of the first semester which facilitates the process of experiencing a new course of study within the school year. Complementary subjects include:
    • The Arts – Music, Drama, Visual Art
    • Technologies – Design Technology, Food Technology, Digital Technology
    • Languages – French and Japanese – a semester of study for each language in Years 7 & Year 8.
  • A Pastoral Care course that supports the transition phase for Year 7 and 8 students, addresses student well-being, social capability, Christian and spiritual development and values.
Academic Program – Year 9

The Curriculum offered in Year 9 provides a strong foundation to enable students to explore their interests as they participate in the decision-making process concerning their selection of four elective subjects.

This consists of two major components:

Core Curriculum

  • A full year of study in the core course: English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Pastoral Care
  • Semester study of core Humanities: History and Geography, which incorporates Civics and Citizenship
  • The Pastoral Care course: Supports students and addresses student well-being, social capability, Christian and spiritual development and values

Elective Curriculum

  • Students make a selection of four elective subjects, each for a semester of study, from a range of subjects drawn from the Arts, Languages, Technologies and Business
  • Extension opportunities in Literature and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Academic Program – Year 10

Recognising the needs of young adults, this vital educational year is designated as Senior Preparation when Year 10 students will commence planning their intended senior phase of learning and/or training options.

Students are asked to make important decisions about study for Year 11 and Year 12, achieving a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), aiming for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate, seeking employment, or pursuing further education by gaining tertiary entrance.

This consists of two major components:

Core Curriculum

  • A full year of study: English, Senior Mathematics Preparation, Senior Science Preparation, Health and Physical Education, Pathways Education.
  • Semester study of core Humanities: History and Geography, which incorporates Civics and Citizenship
  • Pathways Education Course: Supports students as they consider their future aspirations and career path. Work experience is an integral part of this course.

Elective Curriculum

  • Students make a selection of four elective subjects, each for a semester of study, from a range of subjects drawn from the Arts, Languages, Technologies and Business.
  • Extension opportunities are offered in Literature and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • The curriculum for these electives are structured to prepare students for possible entry into related subjects in the Senior Phase of Learning.
Academic Program – Year 11 and Year 12

The Senior Phase of Learning prepares students for accreditation and subsequent career pathways – students will receive a Senior Statement and may qualify for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and the Student Education Profile.

Year 11 and Year 12 are very important years, as the achievements of these two years contribute a great deal to the range of choices available to students at the completion of Year 12. The course chosen should prepare students to achieve their personal best results post-graduation. During the Senior Phase of Learning, students are well supported as they journey to become the outstanding graduates which characterise TAS.

In Year 11, the program consists of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) subjects which prepare students for tertiary entry. There are also opportunities for students to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET), school based traineeships and external studies in subjects not offered at TAS. Where possible, programs are structured to facilitate the particular needs of each student.

The Year 11 and Year 12 Program

Each student selects a course for the two years of senior study. All subjects offered are defined by the requisite QCAA Syllabi.

  • All students study an English course (in Year 11 this may be English, English as an Additional Language and/or Literature)
  • All students study either Mathematical Methods or General Mathematics in Year 11 or Mathematics B or Mathematics A in Year 12
  • All students select four elective subjects, chosen from the disciplines of: Humanities, Business, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Technologies/Practical Arts and Languages
  • All students participate in Christian and Values Education, QCS Training (Year 12 only) and senior study lessons

Senior Phase of Learning – Elective Subjects

Year 11

Year 12

Business
Business
Legal Studies

Humanities
Geography
Modern History
Ancient History
Philosophy and Reason

Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Marine Science

Technologies
Physical Education
Engineering
Design
Food and Nutrition
Digital Solutions

Mathematics
Specialist Mathematics

The Arts
Visual Art
Music
Music Extension
Drama

Languages
Japanese
French

English
English and Literature Extension

Business
Accounting
Business Management
Legal Studies

Humanities
Geography
Modern History
Ancient History

Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

Practical Arts
Physical Education
Technology Studies
Graphics
Hospitality

Mathematics
Mathematics C

The Arts
Visual Art
Music
Music Extension
Drama

Languages
Japanese
French

English
English Extension

 

 

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