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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


TAS News

Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date: March 4, 2019    Posted by: Sue Wicks

Dear TAS parent/carer,

Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes for Cairns schools. It was terrific to see Cairns schools do well and is a reflection on the emergence of Cairns as a leading centre of regional education in Queensland.

However, the “league tables” as produced by commercial websites and published by the media don’t tell us the full story. Under the current system, if close to the full Year 12 cohort aren’t sitting for their OP, then comparing percentages of OP bands is neither accurate nor fair.

As a school that believes in preparing students for a tertiary pathway (even if graduates decide not to follow that path after finishing school), each year more than 95% of our Year 12 students obtain an OP. Consider the following example: if 10 students out of 50 receive an OP1-5 in a particular school, the league tables display this as  20% OP1-5. If 10 of the lower achieving Year 12 students decide not to receive an OP, then the league table would show 25% OP1-5, without any change in results or QCS performance.

Therefore, we use a more accurate measure which takes into account the fact that many other schools have a lower percentage of students obtaining an OP, with those choosing not to obtain an OP most likely not academically in the OP1-5 range. That’s the way it should be, where young people have an opportunity to work towards the pathway after secondary that best suits their strengths and interests, but it means that academically apples aren’t being compared with apples in these published media tables.

Our internal measurements apply Year 12 results as a percentage of all Year 12 students, which makes it a fairer comparison of school academic achievements. Note that overseas visa student results are not included in QCAA summary statistics.

We are very proud of our Year 12 graduates and the results they worked hard to achieve. To achieve 30% OP1-5 with a cohort at 97% OP-eligibility is an outstanding outcome for our students. We look forward to hearing further news on the courses they have been accepted into as they take the next step.

Warm regards


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