Senior School News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Deputy Principal | Head of Junior School
Junior School News
An important annual occasion was held in the Tara Chapel on February 11. On this morning, in a joyful and thoughtful event, Year 6 were commissioned into their roles as Junior School leaders. Led by our Chair of Council Ms Gilbert, the congregation prayed for Year 6. We were addressed by our Chaplain, Mrs Kay-Browning, drawing on Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
Mrs Kay-Browning proposed an Essential Agreement (a format for creating classroom culture with which the girls are very familiar) with a special focus on leading well:
- Agree with each other and show your love for each other (Philippians 2:2)
- Be united in your goals and in the way you think (Philippians 2:2)
- In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride by your guide. Be humble, and honour others more than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
- Rather than being interested only in your own life, care about the lives of others too (Philippians 2:4)
- In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought (Philippians 2:5)
Certainly I can see this Essential Agreement being lived out already.
Crawford’s special responsibility this term is leading Assembly, Service Learning and the special morning teas for new girls and Silver Award recipients.
Walker House’s special responsibility is a leadership project the girls designed in 2021 at their leadership training day: Walker’s Waste-Free Wednesday (WWW).
These leadership projects are just one example of ‘student voice’: an approach that respects the views, hopes and ideas which young children bring to their education.
The girls trialled WWW in the first week with just Years 3-6, giving out many special ‘green’ commendation stickers to girls demonstrating sustainable actions. Last week the initiative rolled out to K-6 and I encourage all families to support Walker House’s efforts to protect the beautiful environment around our School and Lake Parramatta.
Leadership is not an easy road. There are hurdles and pitfalls. Our Year 6 leaders will not always make choices to be proud of, but an important part of the leadership journey is learning – learning how to be selfless and principled, even under pressure.
I have always loved the Commissioning Service, but this year’s was even more special. It was one of the few times in the last two years where we have been able to welcome families onsite for a School event. Everyone in attendance seemed struck and delighted by the novelty of actually being here, in real life!
Similarly, it has been lovely to welcome back our old parent volunteers, and I am delighted by the new families to Tara who have put up their hands to be involved in our afternoon program helping girls work through their Wonder Words and Number Smash.
Seeing mums and dads onsite is certainly renewing my appreciation for all that families bring to the culture of Tara by their enthusiastic participation in the life of the School.
May 2022 bring many more such events!
From the Head of Learning Resources
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2022
The Premier’s Reading Challenge is now open for entries. Any parent who wishes to supervise their daughter’s reading for this challenge please email to request a username and password.
Mrs Svetlana Paul in Junior School
Mrs Megan Wade-Ferrell in Senior School
Usernames and passwords remain unchanged from previous years. If students are participating with an existing username and password then please let us know by email so that we can send a reminder to conclude on time if needed.
If your daughter participated at a different school please email so that the school details can be changed on the PRC site.
All online reading records must be completed well before the website closing date of 19 August 2022.
For comprehensive information, rules and booklists visit the PRC website: https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
Tell a Friend
Tara will be exhibiting at the Hills Schools Expo, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April 2022, 10am to 4pm both days at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground.
The expo is free to attend and there is also free parking available.
Prospective parents and students, don’t miss this opportunity to come along and see what Tara has to offer and to discuss your child’s educational needs.
Staff members will be on hand to answer your questions and would love to share with you our School and all we can offer.
Current and past families are also very welcome to visit and say hello!
Tara is participating in several School Expos this year and we invite you to connect face to face with the Tara community.
To view our upcoming Expos schedule click here.
Find out why your daughter belongs at Tara - We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tara Community News
Make an Impact - Tara Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct - Tiles
Year 7 Parent Welcome Evening - NEW DATE
Tara Colour Run Festival
Proudly organised by the Tara Dads Club
2 April, 2022
Tara Anglican School for Girls (Mouleric Oval)
2pm until 5pm
Come and enjoy a walk or run with your friends and family for a fun filled day of colour where you will be sprayed with non toxic coloured powder at selected colour stations.
Included in the cost is the colour , BBQ lunch, fairy floss, popcorn and ice cream.
Adults 18+ $25 pp
Child 3-15 years $20 pp
Infant 0-2 years FREE
Don't forget to wear your white T Shirt.
To book go click here www.tara.nsw.edu.au
25 March, 2022
Junior School News
Before and After School Care News
We have had a very busy and wet start to Term 1. Due to the rain, the children have been loving craft activities ranging from origami, keyring making, sand art, painting and more. These activities are all programmed based off the interests and recommendations of the children and are beneficial to their learning and skill development.
Our ELC’s have been settling in well and are gaining confidence in their skills to serve themselves afternoon tea with tongs which improves their small hand muscle development and fine motor skills. They have been forming strong relationships with each other as well as with the older girls and Educators and improving their skills with cutting and writing through free craft and programmed activities.
Last Friday (March 4) was School Clean-up Day. At before And After School Care the girls participated in ‘pick up 3 for the sea’ where they each picked up three pieces of rubbish as well as having a recycled craft competition to repurpose recycled materials we have at the Centre.
Our Educational Leader Miss Kuldeep has given birth to a beautiful baby boy! We are all extremely excited for her and the children have loved seeing a photo of her new son. Congratulations Miss Kuldeep!
Senior School News
Year 11 Study Skills Session
Recently Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services (www.enhanced-learning.net) ran a study skills session with Year 11.
The session focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results in their final years of school.
The main areas covered with Year 11 were working effectively in the evenings and dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently, planning for assessments, making brain-friendly study notes on a regular basis and using a wide variety of active study techniques to suit individual learning preferences. Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website: http://studyskillstoptipsparents.com/.
Nara B - Academic Prefect
ICAS Assessments are an internationally recognised annual competition, where students are asked to demonstrate higher order thinking and problem solving skills across one of six subject areas - English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling, Writing and Digital Technologies.
Students who attain the top score in a subject for their respective year level, are awarded an ICAS medal and a medal winner’s certificate. This year, 169 students in New South Wales were awarded this prestigious award – and one of our very own Tara girls was among them!
Congratulations to Elisha K (Year 9) who received a medal for attaining the top score in English for 2021!
ICAS Science Competition 2021
Mrs Stephanie Sinclair - Assistant Head of Science
Upon return to face-to-face learning at the end of 2021, many students across Years 7 to 11 participated in the ICAS Science Competition. This is a world-renowned international competition which is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in Science.
Of the 53 students who participated, six achieved a Merit, eleven achieved a Credit and thirteen achieved a Distinction.
The following girls achieved a Distinction, which places them in the top 10% of all competition participants of their age group:
- Carmen G (Year 11)
- Keisha L (Year 11)
- Brianna L (Year 11)
- Hannah W (Year 11)
- Nina X (Year 11)
- Sharon D (Year 10)
- Grace M (Year 10)
- Jemma S (Year 10)
- Shirley C (Year 9)
- Elisha K (Year 9)
- Alison S (Year 9)
- Lara W (Year 8)
- Vicky Y (Year 8)
Congratulations to the girls who accomplished these wonderful results.
Visual Arts News
Two of our Year 12 Students Elaine C and Annie X, have entered the Young Archie competition run by the Art Gallery of NSW.
We wish them lots of luck as they have worked hard on their masterpieces. See their amazing pieces below.
Year 12 Camp
The weather didn’t stop Year 12 from enjoying their last School camp!!!
Last week, Year 12 completed a three-day day camp filled with much creativity, learning and preparation for the big year ahead.
We started the camp off with a grade breakfast (a personal highlight) and then embarked on a creative writing journey with the owner of The Children’s Book Shop Paul MacDonald. From multiperspectivity to anachrony narratives, this workshop allowed us to refine our creative writing skills necessary for the year ahead as well as appreciate the creative writing process.
Whilst the rain prevented us from our outdoor physical challenge, Day 2 started with many smiles and excellent dance moves as the whole grade participated in Just Dance. Following this, we discussed stress management, an important skill to master in the upcoming year. In between study sessions, we were lucky enough to be visited by various universities and learn more about early entry and the variety of courses that await us post School.
On Day 3, we put our brains to the test with brain connections whilst also learning about neuroplasticity and setting positive habits. After a productive study session, we enjoyed pizza for lunch and finished off the camp with painting and some top-secret 1-12 Dinner planning.
Overall, whilst it’s crazy to think this was our last School camp, it was a great time spent together as we get closer and closer to the end of our schooling days.
Years 9 and 10 Music Concert
Role of the SRC
Natasha G - Walker Prefect
Tara’s SRC is a core aspect of the School community as it provides girls in all year groups a student voice. Each mentor group has a representative, so with the eight SRC representatives from each year and two girls from the Leadership Team; they form to make a team that meet once every week. In this time, each year group takes the initiative to plan and carry out an exciting event that will involve all of Tara’s Senior School.
We have already had numerous enjoyable events this year including Together Thursday run by Year 10, where girls enjoyed a Zooper Dooper and sang along to music in the quad. In Week 5, the SRC held another two events; on Wednesday we celebrated Kindness Day, organised by Year 11, and on Thursday we had another enjoyable lunchtime session of Together Thursday where all grades competed against each other to play a competitive, yet amusing game of handball, run by Year 9.
We can’t wait to see what else Tara’s SRC has in store for us!
Brianna L - Year 12
On 23 February, the Year 11 SRCs ran Kindness Day.
Girls in Years 7-12 could write on a ribbon ‘One Kind Word’ and then gift that ribbon to a friend as an act of kindness.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed it with many having multiple ribbons in their hair. It was lovely to hear all the positive affirmations shared and to see how the event brought everyone together. It was a very fun day for everyone!
Remember if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your:
- School counsellors
- Year Coordinator
We are all here to help each other out!
Emily D - Liaison Prefect
The Leadership Team is proud to introduce our new Tara Tiger team!
The team is all about supporting and cheering on others! The formation of a team designed to uphold the Tara and Christian values and further reinforce the Leadership Teams goals for School Spirit.
We’ve made this team to encourage a sense of unity and School spirit. As a team we will attend a range of School events like singing and music performances, sport games, debating rounds, theatre sports games and more! It’s a great way to display servant leadership. The team is only open to girls in Years 10-12 and those who sign up should be enthusiastic, hardworking and confident. This team is extremely essential as many events have little to no supporters leaving girls disheartened. If we can get girls cheering on others, we encourage them to strive to achieve. Additionally, after COVID-19 there is a feeling of disconnection. This team will bind the School together as we all support one another.
Jess S - Debating Prefect
Recently, the Year 12 Leadership Team launched a new initiative – TaraTube!
TaraTube involves a 3-4-minute-long vlog-style clip being played in assemblies once a fortnight that capture a snapshot of what life at Tara is like. This initiative aims to foster a larger sense of community within the students, as well as create a stronger connection between the Leadership Team and the students.
In our first video, TaraTube revealed a montage of the 2022 Swimming Carnival – clips filmed by the Year 12s that capture the fun and competitive atmosphere of the event. The video contained the synchronised swimming routines of every house, as well as some of the House cheers, and general antics of the Year 12s last ever swimming carnival. Following this, a Vogue-style interview was filmed with our new chef, Albert! Asking him questions like “What’s your favourite kitchen utensil?” (spatula), and “What’s your favourite muffin flavour?” (white chocolate and matcha). The interview aimed to introduce Albert to students and show just how kind (and funny) he is, and most importantly, his skills as a chef. He showed us a sneak peek of the Boarders' Valentine's Day dessert, consisting of chocolate covered strawberries and pink heart cupcakes.
Finally, TaraTube closed with a montage of the students and teachers telling us what they love about Tara, their friends, and themselves, in honour of Valentines Day. We saw the care students have for each other and the love they have for their school.
Overall, TaraTube has been a success so far, and anticipation for the next video is high!
Swimming Carnival Results
On Monday, 7 February, Tara Senior School held its annual Swimming Carnival at Auburn Aquatic Centre. Despite the dreary, unpleasant, and rainy weather that day, the girls demonstrated great resilience by participating in either the competitive or splash and dash events. It was an adrenaline-running and memorable day with loud cheering, fierce competition, and the grandstand painted with colours of green, purple, red, and yellow.
Once again, this year’s swimming carnival displayed many impressive individual and team performances, great levels of participation, and encouragement from fellow peers. Moreover, there was also great community spirit and friendly competition amongst the houses. The Year 12 house synchro swimming competition was a great way to end the carnival on a high, attracting the attention of everyone in the grandstand with lots of cheering and clapping for their houses.
Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the carnival and to our champions:
Junior Swimming Champion
Champion: Emy L
Runner Up: Verity A
Intermediate Swimming Champion
Champion: Skye A
Runner Up: An An Feng
Senior Swimming Champion
Champion: Sarah K
Runner Up: Suzie K
Boarders vs. Daygirls Relay Trophy
Interform Relay Trophy
Year Participation Trophy
1st - Year 12
2nd - Year 11
3rd - Year 8
4th - Year 7
5th - Year 9
6th - Year 10
1st - Hake
2nd - Waugh & Crawford
4th - Walker
Overall Interhouse Swimming Trophy
1st - Waugh (1638 points)
2nd - Crawford (1536 points)
3rd - Hake (1123 points)
4th - Walker (907 points)
Interhouse Form Relay (6x50m); Waugh – 3:23.24
A big congratulations to the Waugh house who took out the 2022 House Swimming Champions with a total of 1638 points and for setting a new Interhouse Form Relay record! Well done.
Also a special congratulations to Year 12 for winning Year Participation for the first time!
Finally, a massive thank you to the Sports Department and the teaching staff for organising and ensuring this amazing day ran smoothly!
Sarah K - Swimming Captain
This past weekend, the Tara rowers competed in the PLC/King's regatta. The whole squad battled and rowed through the rain and cold, and some fantastic results were produced.
The Year 8 Double of Hanna and Gemma placed third, as did both the Doubles of Caitlin and Charlotte, and Jemma and Mackenzie when they rowed in their Schoolgirl Double race.
The Year 8 Quad of Olivia, Mareya, Malaika, Amy, and their cox, Amelia, also placed third. Finishing off the regatta, the Year 10 four of Charlotte, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Jemma and their cox Amelia placed a very impressive third!
Congratulations to all who raced and managed to get out and have a go, despite the rain.
As the first major regatta for the whole squad, the rowers came away with 3 medals!
Starting off the day, the Year 10 four with Charlotte, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Jemma and their cox Amelia won their race by 20 seconds! Hannah and Gemma from Year 8 had an amazing race and placed third, also coming away with a medal. The Year 10 Quad with Natalie, Krishnaa, Eliza, Suhanya and their cox Holly had a tough race and placed fourth, as did Selina in Year 9 in her Single. To finish off the day, Emma placed third in the Schoolgirl single.
I am so proud of everyone who raced! This was a tough weekend, but we came away with some amazing results!
Emma M - Rowing Captain
- S03 Tara 1 vs MLC 1, Win, 6.5-1.5
- S09 Tara 2 vs BYE
- S15 Tara 3 vs SCEGGS 4, Games win, 4-4
- S18 Tara 4 vs BYE
- S20 Tara 5 vs Meriden 10,
- S22 Tara 6 vs Brigidine 4, Win, 6-2
- S24 Tara 7 vs Abbotsleigh 15, Loss, 0.5-1.5
- J07 Tara 8 vs Loreto Normanhurst 20, Win, 4.5-3.5
- J10 Tara 9 vs Santa Sabina 8, Wet
- J11 Tara 10 vs Pymble 17, Loss, 1-7
- J12 Tara 11 vs Roseville 18, Loss, 1-7
- J13 Tara 12 vs Danebank 6, Loss, 1-7
- J17 Tara 13 vs Brigidine 10, Loss, 0-8
- Y704 Tara 14 vs Meriden 25, Loss, 3-5
- Y708 Tara 15 vs Monte 17, Win, 5.5-2.5
- Y709 Tara 16 vs Abbotsleigh 29, Wet
- Y710 Tara 17 vs Meriden 32, Win, 4.5-3.5
- Y710 Tara 18 vs Meriden 31, Loss, 2.5-5.5
- Y711 Tara 19 vs Loreto Normanhurst 32, Wet
Tennis at Tara has had a great start to the season, with the girls returning to School and getting back into early morning and afternoon training and Saturday matches. Despite the weather, a lot of our teams have been able to get on the court and play their best in the first two rounds!
Tildesley Shield is also coming up on 12-13 March, with our singles and doubles entries working hard in preparation for this. Congratulations to the girls selected for this team - Bhavya B, Yashika K, Zoe G, Stephanie H, Diya H, Georgia M, Jessica S, Selina F, Lucia Z, Zayla T, and Chloe C.
Tara 1 played well on the weekend, coming away with a win against MLC. Bhavya B and Yashika K played well and won both of their doubles matches, with many amazing rallies and strong shots. Stephanie H and Georgia M also won both of their doubles matches, playing some thrilling points with some strategic volleys!
Tara 8 had a close match with Loreto Normanhurst. Melanie W had some great rallies. Jessica K and Bernice T worked well as a pair, with excellent rallies. Kaylee Y hit some strong volleys, and Navika G served excellently. They overall came away with a win!
Tara 14 played a difficult match against Meriden on the weekend. Claire M and Nicole J played well as a doubles pair, working together to play some great points. Sophia T hit some great shots, challenging her opponent. A big thank you to Helena Z who stepped in as a reserve, with some strong and effective serves.
Georgia M - Tennis Captain
- S03 Tara 1 vs Roseville 2, Wet
- S09 Tara 2 vs Danebank 1, Wet
- S15 Tara 3 vs PLC Sydney 7, Wet
- S18 Tara 4 vs Meriden 9, Wet
- S20 Tara 5 vs PLC Sydney 9, Wet
- S22 Tara 6 vs Roseville 10, Wet
- S24 Tara 7 vs Wenona 9, Wet
- J07 Tara 8 vs PLC Sydney 13, Wet
- J10 Tara 9 vs Meriden 16, Wet
- J11 Tara 10 vs Wenona 14, Wet
- J12 Tara 11 vs Loreto Normanhurst 25, Wet
- J13 Tara 12 vs Meriden 19, Wet
- J17 Tara 13 vs BYE
- Y704 Tara 14 vs Loreto Kirribilli 20, Wet
- Y708 Tara 15 vs Loreto Kirribilli 21, Wet
- Y709 Tara 16 vs Ravenswood 20, Wet
- Y710 Tara 17 vs Danebank 9, Wet
- Y710 Tara 18 vs Frensham 22, Wet
- Y711 Tara 19 vs Pymble 27, Wet
- S01 Tara 1 vs MLC 1, Loss, 4-11
- S03 Tara 2 vs Danebank 2, Loss, 3-17
- S04 Tara 3 vs PLC Sydney 2, Forfeit
- J01 Tara 4 vs PLC Sydney 4, Loss, 3-4
- Y701 Tara 5 vs Roseville 4, Loss, 5-7
The Tara softball teams faced some tough competition and tougher weather over the weekend as each team played their first game of the season.
Playing in the top division, our senior firsts had close game losing the game to an unfortunate double play in the last few minutes. However, MLC and the weather didn't stop some incredible catches and plays from our Tara girls.
Our Senior 2nds played a tough game against Danebank. Despite being challenging, Kaitlyn from Year 10 describes the competition as a team who “Played very well and did some incredible hits into the carpark. It was a challenging game but we worked together to back each other up in order to get some players out.”
Whilst being short on the field, the Senior 3rds played a light-hearted game, working on developing stronger softball skills in batting and fielding.
Our Junior firsts played a close game, unfortunately losing 5-7. Anika from Year 9 says the highlight of the game was "definitely how we were able to play through the conditions of the game, even though it was muddy and slippery. Batting in the first innings was so fun as we were able to steal bases and the team spirit was definitely there!”
We are super proud of our Year 7s who played their very first game of softball. Naomi says, “I am proud of myself and my team and with a little more training we will be unstoppable. I can’t wait for our future games to come.”
Kate H - Softball Captain
- S01 Tara 1 vs Brigidine 1, Wet
- S03 Tara 2 vs Roseville 2, Wet
- S04 Tara 3 vs Ravenswood 2, Wet
- J01 Tara 4 vs Ravenswood 4, Wet
- Y701 Tara 5 vs Loreto Normanhurst 6, Wet
Table Tennis Success!
Ally Z (Year 9) continues her high performance success in the Junior Table Tennis competition, held at Sydney Olympic Park over the past few weeks.
Ally was Runner-Up in the 2022 NSW Junior Division Closed Championships_Division 2 and Runner-Up in the 2022 NSW Junior Closed Championships_U17 Girl's Singles.
Ally was successful in placing in the NSW A Team and has qualified for 2022 Nationals to be held in Queensland in July. A fantastic achievement - congratulations Ally!
Careers News - Study Work Grow
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