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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


School Board

Chairman – Mr Jason Fowler

BBus (Accounting / Banking / Finance) Certified Financial Planner

Mr Fowler is a Director of the specialist financial planning firm, Fowler’s Group.

Apart from a high level of business acumen, Jason is a strong communicator with an extensive commercial network throughout Australia. He is a big believer in ongoing education, professional skill development and personal growth and development.

Mr Fowler has a very long association with TAS, having completed his secondary years there as a student. Today, his third child is completing the final year of education at TAS, his other two children are also past students.

Jason has been an active Board Member of TAS since 1995. He brings a strong knowledge of the Cairns community and the business community to the Board, along with a passion to continually build the reputation of TAS as one of the leading schools in Australia.

Deputy Chairman/Treasurer/Company Secretary – Mr David N Goodman

JP(Qual), BBus – Accountancy, FCA, CTA, DipFP, DipMB, AFP, LGMA

Mr Goodman is the Proprietor of Goodman Chartered Accountants (established in 1988), specialising in servicing small business across a range of industries and professions. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and serves on the Board of a number of community organisations. He has also served on the Boards of his Professional Associations.

Mr Goodman grew up in Cairns attending local schools and Churchie in Brisbane before university at QUT. He has continued to undertake various post graduate studies including qualifying as a Local Government Auditor, Local Government Clerk, Financial Planner and Mortgage Broker.

David has children who attended TAS from 1993 to 2008.

Ms Zoe Cottew

BA, MAComms, GradDipA(CommRadio), DipLang(Ind)

Ms Zoe Cottew has more than 11 years of experience across international development, corporate and public affairs and communications for global organisations including Shell, Rio Tinto, the United Nations and the East Timorese Government. She has worked in France, East Timor, Jordan, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Australia and has travelled extensively.

She most recently worked for a brief time as the Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, a $5bn lending facility for the development of Northern Australia.

Zoe settled in Cairns six years ago when her husband took a position at Cairns Hospital. Their three children are currently enjoying the benefits of a TAS education and all that the TAS school community has to offer. Zoe enjoys being a full participant in school life.

Ms Sue Crocker

RN, BHSc, MHSc(ed), GradCert Research and CH&F Health

Ms Sue Crocker has extensive experience and qualifications in health, policy development, leadership, management, governance and adult education.

In her current role as Director of Education in a not for profit registered training organisation, Sue provides support and education to health professionals working in remote and isolated parts of Australia as well as leading the education arm of the business which involves managing a multidisciplinary team geographically dispersed across Australia.

Sue and her husband are owners of a local business and live and breathe the challenges currently faced by most businesses. They have a daughter at TAS and have been a part of the TAS community for 9 years. Sue is committed to working collaboratively with all members of the TAS Board and School Management to ensure TAS continues to be a school of excellence.

Mr Greg Gilboy

Mr Gilboy is a Director of Gilboy Hydraulic Solutions (established in 2003), a local award winning business which designs and documents plumbing systems for the building and construction industry. He works closely with various levels of government authorities, as well as design architects, engineers and individual clients. In 2012, Mr Gilboy was nominated by his peers and was a Finalist in the Australian Institute of Management’s Manager of the Year Awards for his contribution to management and internal management systems.

Previously, Greg was a partner in a building development company which built and sold speculation homes into the Cairns property market during the GFC. As a result of the economic challenges of this period, he gained excellent practical experience in cost management strategies which he is now able to bring to the School Board.

Over the past 10 years, Greg has contributed significantly to the Cairns Hockey Association (CHA). He has been a Board Director on the CHA Board; was involved in the Association’s Vision 5000 Masterplan which was successful in delivering the second artificial turf playing field; he is a member of the CHA Facilities Committee and he was actively involved with the Australian Hockey Masters Committee in charge of Facilities for the 2016 Australian Masters Championship held in Cairns.

Greg has also been involved with various unit complex and commercial property body corporates since 1995 and he is currently Chairman of two local commercial property body corporates.

Mr Gilboy’s daughter is a current student at TAS and she has attended the school since Kindergarten.

Mrs Juanita Maiden

BComm, LLB

Juanita is a Senior Associate at Murdoch Lawyers. Juanita’s experience includes succession and estate planning, trusts and asset protection, complex estate administrations and contentious estate litigation matters such as family provision applications and applications for removal of executors.

Juanita was recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2018 and 2019 Doyle’s Guide Listing of Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Lawyers – Queensland.

She is a committee member of STEP Qld (Society of Trusts and Estates) and as a co-author has had her work published in the STEP Australia Newsletter. She also enjoys and has experience in sports law, currently serving as Chairperson of the AFL Qld Tribunal and a Board Member of Queensland Cricket.

Education & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland
  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course (GAICD)
Mr Trent Twomey


Secretary,  World Pharmacy Council and National President, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Trent and his wife are both pharmacists and own the Alive Pharmacy Warehouse group of Pharmacies.  Trent has been involved with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for over ten years and was part of the negotiating team for the Sixth and Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreements. 

Trent is the immediate Past Chairman and is a current Director of Advance Cairns, the peak economic development and advocacy organisation for Tropical North Queensland, he is also an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Trent is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Pharmacy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.


The Venerable Christopher Wright

Archdeacon Christopher is the Anglican Parish Priest St Saviour’s, Kuranda, with responsibility for St Peter’s Kewarra Beach, St George’s Mareeba, Christ Church Cooktown, Dimbulah and Chillagoe. Christopher is the Archdeacon of Anglican Diocese of North Queensland and is the Bishop’s Commissary. The Archdeacon is a Member of the Australasian Committee of St George’s College Jerusalem.


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