Tara Community News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Chaplain
Remembering Angelina and Sienna
On Wednesday 3 February, a gathering was held to remember Angelina and Sienna Abdallah. Girls and staff joined together in a short Memorial service, where we remembered both the gift and the legacy of these two precious girls.
A beautiful space has been created at the Rose garden, Pergola, near the Music Department, and a plaque laid in remembrance of the sisters.
We were reminded, in considering our friends, and in the words of the Bible, to be peacemakers:
‘banish bitterness, rage and anger…these are poison. Instead, be kind and compassionate.
Graciously forgiving one another as God has forgiven you’
Ephesians 4: 31-32
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God’
Matthew 5: 9
We honour and unite with the Abdallah family in their declaration of hope and faith. May we also extend forgiveness and grace in our lives and live to be a blessing to others.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
From the Principal
Welcome to Tara
Mrs Susan Middlebook
Welcoming the students to the new school year has brought great joy to our School. The year began with Chapel services for both the Junior and Senior Schools and the first week has also meant we have had swimming carnivals and school photos in amongst the girls settling into their new learning programs with staff. Given the ongoing issues with the pandemic, I am very grateful that we have been able to return to School in the “normal” way, unlike students and staff in other countries who are unable to attend school until early March. While there are some restrictions still in place, we are monitoring the advice from NSW Health closely and will make adaptations as required.
February 1 marked the first anniversary of the passing of Angelina and Sienna Abdallah and their brother Antony and cousin, Veronique. The deep sadness continues for many of us and as the anniversary is acknowledged, I have very much admired Danny and Leila Abdallah for their willingness to forgive in the midst of their unimaginable sorrow, with the development of the Government supported #i4Give Day. We will also make this a part of our School life at Tara.
We have created a memorial plaque for the girls and placed it in the garden near the Performing Arts Centre. It is a place that Tara girls and staff can go and just “be”, quietly on their own or in a small group and will forever keep the memory of Angelina and Sienna as Tara girls. We held a short prayer gathering for this event on Wednesday 3 February.
Thank you to everyone in the community for the grace being demonstrated in the new ways of accessing the School as the building of the new Aquatic and Fitness Centre gets underway. I understand there are many families bringing children to School and picking them up again in a short time frame and I am grateful for your patience. The excavation for the new pool is underway which will be a slow process, and could take some weeks. This is a small frustration to ensure the long term safety for students for generations to come.
We ended 2020 with the best HSC results the School has ever achieved. There was much celebration here at the school and it was such a delight to speak with so many very happy students. We are planning an assembly on 16 February to welcome and acknowledge our Distinguished Achievers. In summary, the girls achieved the following:
All this success is the result of hard work by students and teachers and a great deal of love and support from families. We have all worked with great purpose for and with each girl and have been honoured to do so. I pray every Year 12 2020 Tara young woman leaves us feeling equipped, and empowered to achieve, serve and thrive in a dynamic world.
I hope everyone enjoys the term ahead.
Tara Community News
2020 Joan Waugh Scholarship
The 2020 Joan Waugh Scholarship was awarded to Madeleine Fitzpatrick during Celebration 2020. Madeleine will be using the scholarship funds towards further courses while doing her Masters of Clinical Epidemiology (University of Sydney). The following courses will assist her in the transition from Resident Junior Doctor into the role of a Medical Registrar at Westmead Hospital.
- Advanced Life Support course (Australian Resuscitation Council)
- Immunology for Basic Physician Trainees
- Study Course for Basic Physician Trainees
We congratulate Madeleine in her award and her contribution to the world of medicine.
Uniform Shop Opening Hours
The Tara Uniform Shop is open during Term time at the following times.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00noon – 6:00pm
Friday 12:00noon – 4:00pm
First Saturday of each month (Term time only) 9:00am - 12:00noon
For more information or to book an appointment please call 02 8838 2646.
Second Hand Uniforms Required
Secondhand uniforms are in demand, particularly summer uniforms. If you have any good quality second hand uniforms please complete the form located in the Tara Uniform Information Book available on the Tara website here and drop them into the uniform shop.
Parents and Friends Association Meeting
The first Parents and Friends Association meeting for 2021 is on 9 February at 7.30pm in the Bowern Room. This meeting will focus on HSC results for 2020.
Please RSVP your desire to attend to email@example.com
Tara Old Girl's Christmas Party
The Tara Old Girl's Association met for a fun night at Pinot and Picasso, Castle Hill for their annual Christmas Party. The venue was great and all in attendance shared a lot of laughs with their attempts at being an artist for the evening.
Junior School News
Fun and Easy Mandarin Chinese
Are you preparing your child for success in the ‘Asian Century’ by learning Chinese? Facts: Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most spoken language with 1 in every 5 people in the world speaking it, and the second most spoken language in Australia; in NSW primary schools, Chinese is the most popular LOTE program; China is Australia’s largest trading partner; and learning Chinese enhances cognitive capabilities by using both sides of the brain (whilst most other languages only use the left side of the brain)!
ChiFUNese is one of the most innovative and popular Chinese language programs held at 70+ locations around Sydney. Our students feel happy and inspired to learn because it’s fun and easy!
Classes at Tara are held on Tuesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm . To enrol in the existing class or to express interest in a brand new class, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get FREE access to online learning simply by expressing your interest at www.chifunese.com/eoi/
The ChiFUNese difference:
- Fun, multi-sensory learning through games and hands-on activities;
- Clever mnemonics for remembering pronunciation and characters;
- Small classes for maximum engagement and participation;
- Cultural enrichment through Chinese festival celebrations;
- Multimedia online learning for additional practice at home;
- Support and feedback to parents including student reports;
- Team of professional teachers who are experienced and passionate.
email@example.com | www.chifunese.com | www.facebook.com/chifunese
Meet Our Class Characters
Each class in Junior School is named after a book character who displays the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. We hope you enjoy getting to know our Class Characters.
ELC Bluey - Teacher: Mrs Terri Wilson
Bluey is a 6-year-old Blue Heeler pup who loves to play and has lots of ideas. Her parents and teacher give her lots of time to practise, which means she’s become very good at inventing games, deciding on the rules and helping everyone choose their roles. Bluey likes trying new things and is learning to find ways to be brave. Her favourite games are ones that involve lots of other kids and she mainly likes to pretend she’s a grown-up doing grown-up things herself. Bluey loves hanging out with her family, playing games with dad, having hugs with mum and playing with her sister Bingo.
ELC Bingo - Teacher: Mrs Frieda Maguire
Bingo is Bluey’s younger sister. She’s a 4-year-old Red Heeler like her mum and loves having fun with her sister. Bingo loves discovering new things and learning from Bluey. She makes up names for herself and isn’t afraid to ask questions. Although she is the smallest in the family, she is knowledgeable and tries to work things out on her own. Bingo loves to sing, move and dance. When she’s not playing, you can find her in the yard talking to tiny bugs or off lost in her own beautiful world. After all her adventures, Bingo loves to end her day with a goodnight cuddle with her mum and dad.
K Lola - Teacher: Miss Melissa Bowden
Have you ever felt so many creative ideas bubble up you can hardly contain them? Meet Lola Dutch, a young girl bursting with creativity and a wild imagination. Some say she is ‘just a bit too much’ but Lola puts her whole heart into everything she does. She has four best friends, Gator, Crane, Pig and Bear and will do anything to show how much she cares for them…even cooking each of them their own favourite breakfast. Lola is passionate about making new discoveries and exploring the world around her. She's whimsical and wonderful and so utterly herself. The unstoppable Lola Dutch shows us how to make each day grand and full of fun.
K Anna - Teacher: Mrs Jo Schultz
Anna and Otis are the best of friends. They love exploring and having adventures in the garden. When Anna decides that it’s time to explore the town, Otis is a little worried. He knows that some people are afraid of snakes, even harmless ones like him. When at first the townspeople behave meanly and unkindly, Anna determines that together they will be brave and try again. You see, Anna knows that it is brilliant having a snake as a friend, and soon everyone else will too!
1 Billie - Teacher: Mrs Janet Jolly
Billie B Brown is a courageous, creative little girl who is constantly learning as she bounds from one adventure to another. From camping out overnight in the garden to solving mysteries like ‘who ate the strawberries?’ there’s never a dull moment with Billie around! Through her adventures, Billie learns all kinds of things like always telling the truth and the importance of being a caring friend.
1 Ruby - Teacher: Miss Emma Poletto
Ruby adores her red shoes, strawberry jam and living in her colourful caravan with her grandmother. She is kind, gentle and very open-minded. Ruby is a collector of memories which she can treasure in her heart forever. Above all, Ruby is an ‘aware hare’. She is quite adventurous having travelled to London and Paris and now uses those experiences and her imagination in her own little veggie garden. When the world seems worrying and chaotic, being an ‘aware hare’ can teach you how to slow down, find peace within simple moments and learn what makes life that little bit sweeter.
2 Rosie - Teacher: Mrs Melanie Mihno
Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy, creative Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. As an aspiring engineer, she makes hot dog dispensers, helium pants and even python-repelling cheese hats. Rosie’s gizmos would astound anyone... but Rosie chooses to keep them to herself. Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose, who shows Rosie that a failure isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate.
2 Izzy - Teacher: Mrs Parul Roy
Izzy is a creator and inventor who carries her bag of tools everywhere she goes. She loves to invent but her inventions never seem to work the way she hopes. In this story of ingenuity and determination, Izzy uses her mechanical mind and her commitment to friendship to show that girls can achieve anything. Izzy is put to the challenge when she meets a new friend who she is determined to help. She goes back to her trusty tool kit and uses her imagination. The question is: will Izzy’s invention be enough to help her new friend?
January Vacation Care
Before and After School Care and Vacation Care
During our January vacation care we were lucky enough to have Mr Redford come in to run a woodwork activity with the children. The children were taught how to hammer nails safely, join pieces of wood and create a toolbox. We then spent the afternoon painting and decorating the toolboxes so that we could take them home with us.
This activity was great for the children of all ages and even our ELC’s had a go! Using hammers, nails and completing the toolboxes allowed us to develop our gross and fine motor skills. Our hand-eye coordination was improved by focusing on carefully hammering the nails into their correct places and keeping them straight.
We want to say a big thank you to Mr Redford for coming in and showing us these new skills! We love our toolboxes.
Have a great Term 1 everybody!
Senior School News
Enrichment Opportunities in English
Ms Alison Aitken - English Teacher
All Senior School students and staff are invited to join The Classics Club and/or the Tara Writers’ Workshop in 2021.
In anticipation of Dennis Villeneuve’s film adaption starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, we will discuss Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi classic, Dune. Whether you like, love or loathe the original text we want to hear your point of view. Bring your own lunch to the Claridge Learning Resource Centre. No experience necessary. Interested? Speak to Mrs Wade-Ferrell or Ms Aitken. For more information see the Classics Club noticeboard in the library.
If you would like to craft an original piece of writing over the course of 2021, The Tara Writers’ Workshop is for you! All final works deemed by a panel of English Teachers to possess literary merit, be of a publishable standard and have met the audience specifications will be published in The Works, our annual digital anthology. Interested? Please send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also like to read the printed anthologies from previous years available at the library.
Safer Internet Day
Ms Kate Miller - Senior School ICT Integrator & PDHPE Teacher
Tuesday 9 February is International Safer Internet Day and in 2021 the theme of the day is ‘Start the Chat’. Safer Internet Day is a worldwide event that raises awareness about online safety and encourages everyone to help create a better internet.
Information on this vital aspect of laptop use has been discussed during the Tara ICT Orientation program for Year 7. In addition, the girls are working during their orientation to create an awareness campaign reminding young people to take care of their digital footprint (such as engaging in the appropriate use of social media).
Resources and links for both Junior and Senior School parents to access in order to support their children to engage in safe and appropriate internet use are available from the eSafety Commissioner via the link HERE.
This Safer Internet Day 2021, the eSafety Commissioner will also be running free webinars that will look at “how parents and carers can support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships - what to do if things go wrong.
The aim is to cover:
- starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships
- understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use
- where to seek help if your child is involved in a cyberbullying incident.
The webinar will include case studies, research and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.”
Celebrated in 150 countries, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission. In Australia, the eSafety Commissioner is responsible for managing and promoting Safer Internet Day.
We look forward to continuing to support Tara girls in their online journey – as safely as possible!
Sydney Northern Districts Table Tennis Championships 2020 - Team Competition
Congratulations to Ally (Year 8) on her achievement of Runner Up for Division 3 in the Sydney Northern Districts Table Tennis Championships 2020 (SNDTTA) Team Competition, which was held over 10 weeks with different teams/clubs that finished in December 2020. Ally will continue competing throughout 2021 in various Table Tennis tournaments held by NSW and the Australian National competition.
2021 NSW Rowing Championships
Congratulations to our medalists on their outstanding achievements at the NSW Rowing Championships held over the weekend.
Olivia (Year 10) and Emma (Year 11) claimed bronze in the Championship Womens Under 17 Double Scull whilst Sarah (Year 12) came home with the silver in the Championship Schoolgirl Single Scull.
Well done girls!
Girls are to refer to the Careers pages on Canvas for links to current prospectuses from institutions, early entry programs and closing dates, scholarships etc.
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
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Careers Newsletter - 4 February 2021
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.