Secondary School at TAS provides a nurturing setting to equip students with the skills, knowledge, friendships and independence that will follow them through life. It is a time of transition where students move from the dependency and consistency of single-teacher classrooms to more independent schooling.
Throughout their six-year journey in Secondary School, students will experience study and leadership opportunities that will help them learn, grow and develop strength of character and ultimately provided with the guidance they need to reach the graduate pathway of their choice.
The fourth industrial revolution is well underway – and it’s paving the way for radical disruption in almost every industry. The workplace as we know it is changing and becoming more dynamic, and there is a greater emphasis placed on technology and automation.
At TAS, students develop the capacity to adapt and thrive in any future environment. This is achieved through classroom and co-curricular activities that promote confidence, problem-solving skills and perseverance. This approach to secondary schooling fosters an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial capacity that prepares students for the workplace and beyond.
- Respect your teachers and follow instructions or directions from all TAS staff members.
- Respect your peers, their opinions and their right to learn.
- Understand the TAS courtesy policy by using good manners and appropriate language.
- Care for school property by keeping a litter-free environment, behaving in a safe manner and leaving dangerous items at home.
- Take responsibility for your actions and learning outcomes by displaying commitment.
- Be punctual and prepared for your lessons.
TAS provides extensive opportunities for secondary students to engage with their peers, broaden their perspectives and contribute to a vibrant community through co-curricular and enrichment activities. Students in Years 7 to 12 can choose from an extensive list of options:
- ACADEMIC EXTENSION
- CHESS COACHING AND INTERSCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENTS
- CODING, WEB DESIGN, ROBOTICS AND DRONES
- CRAFT AND ARTS
- WELLBEING AND HEALTH
- AQUATICS CENTRE
- TAS SWIMMING CLUB
- TAS SPORT CLUBS
- SERVICE PROGRAMS
- MUSIC LESSONS
- WRITERS’ WORKSHOPS
- ARTS ENRICHMENTS
- and so much more!
These extension and co-curricular programs allow students to develop essential skills and explore their curiosity across many learning environments.
- Award-winning STEM Program – A focus on the core areas of Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics, reinforced through support and extension programs.
- Global Citizens – Cultural education through English, Languages and Humanities, reinforced through extension programs and opportunities for global experiences through membership of the Round Square.
- Creativity and Arts – Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Music Programs.
EXTENSION & ENRICHMENT SUPPORT
Underpinning our academic pillars are foundational education programs providing the groundwork for all teaching and learning at TAS. These include:
- Tutoring and Assistance Program (TAP) – A tutoring service provided by teaching staff and student leaders available for all students across all learning areas.
- Write That Essay – A whole-school focus on developing literacy capability in students across all subject areas.
Support for students and teachers is available in many forms, including:
- Careers & Pathway Program – Students have the opportunity to explore career options and pathways through university partnerships, Work Experience Programs and support of the school careers team.
- Pastoral Care Program – At the core of our school is the well being and health of students. This is prioritised through our Pastoral Care Program.
- Teachers as Learning Leaders (TALL) – Our culture of learning doesn’t stop with the students. Our teachers participate in a research-based approach to professional development through our TALL Program.
Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning provides an overarching focus, ensuring that students can make the connections across curriculum areas and thrive in a rich learning environment.
Students are regularly given the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to solving real-world problems.
- Progressive Assessment – Ongoing feedback is provided to parents and students regarding both formative and summative assessment using the research of Professor John Hattie as the guiding principle.
- PAT (Progressive Achievement Tests) – A series of diagnostics, held twice a year, that provide teachers with objective, norm-referenced information about their students’ skills in and understanding of Mathematics, Science and English.