Senior School News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Chaplain
Mrs Michelle Kay-Browning - Chaplain/Director of Christian Faith and Values
This term in Chapel, our theme has been “The Be- attitudes”, attitudes that we ‘be’, based upon the teachings of Jesus, from the famous Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
With the combination of tremendous societal upheaval, various challenges we have all faced over the last few years, as well as traumatic events on a global scale, these kingdom attitudes have been just so relevant, appropriate, and, I believe, as challenging as ever. Seemingly opposites, the ‘blessed are’ responses can confront our worldly perspective and privilege. Where #blessed is often described as health, wealth, security, etc, the 8 blessings of Matthew 5 don’t look anything like that description at all.
Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn…
And the final Beatitude this week leads us thematically, right to the very heart of Easter.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I have been reflecting greatly about persecution in recent days and weeks. Not simply because of the chronological order of the Matthew 5 verses, but within the context of world events. I’ve been contemplating injustice, truth, evil and the triumph of good, presently, and historically. I often find myself ruminating, empathising, and praying for the poor, innocent people caught up in trauma and evil of power and war.
I wonder what I would do in their place.
In my historical considerations of persecution, one of the people to come to mind has been Dietrich Bonhoeffer. German theologian, Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident from the early 1900’s, Bonhoeffer was a key founding member of the Confessing Church. He is also known for his influential writings, and staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship and Hitler's horrific genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo, imprisoned, and transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp. Accused of being associated with a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Bonhoeffer was quickly tried along with other accused plotters, and hanged on 9 April 1945 just as the Nazi regime was collapsing.
Consider with me, his final words.
As he left his prison room on the way to the gallows in 1945, he stated,
“This is the end — for me the beginning of life”
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography, 830).
Pause. Read those words again.
This man was persecuted to the point of death, for standing up against evil, and on the way to that very death, made a bold declaration about life!
Ten years later, the camp doctor wrote,
At the place of execution, he said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 830)
Imagine being that Doctor. Imagine watching someone die, being impacted not so much by the death itself, (though obviously traumatic and deeply disturbing), but by the hope its testimony carried. Someone standing firm, resolute, living out kingdom life and values to the very end, completely owning and believing Jesus to be who he says he is.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Bonhoeffer knew where he was going.
You would only choose persecution if you were absolutely convinced in the belief you held.
You would only choose persecution if you knew there was something greater, better, beyond this current life and circumstance.
You would only choose persecution If you knew this was not the end.
Bonhoeffer knew. He was resolute. We are just passing through. This is not the end.
And therein, friends, lies the message, the hope, the way, the reason for Easter.
Jesus, Son of God, Saviour, and King, hope of the world,
was persecuted, (subject to hostility and ill-treatment)
for righteousness (right-standing, justice, free from guilt or sin).
He died, and overcoming death once and for all, rose again, so that we might live and inherit eternal life, the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:1 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 15: 55- 57
And the classic, the essence, the reason, and our hope:
Our God ‘so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’ - John 3: 16-17
Jesus has overcome! This is not the end. It might feel like a large ‘Good Friday’ sometimes, where evil seems to win, where trouble and hardship, challenge, and persecution reign, where we might question the ‘good’ in life and circumstance. But this is not the end.
Easter Sunday is coming.
We have a wonderful Saviour.
Happy Easter Tara
1-12 Night 2022 – Bookings Now Open!
We are very excited to announce that Tara’s annual 1-12 Night will be taking place on Friday 29 April! As of last week, the theme for 2022 has been officially revealed.
The 2022 theme is… ‘Time Warp’ (decades)!
We would like to formally invite all students to attend this student event, as this night of music, games, food, performances, and much more is not to be missed.
Bookings have opened and can be made through the following link:
Please be advised that bookings are essential for students attending and will not be accepted after the 22 April.
We thank you in advance for your support of this event - Year 12 2022
Tara Community News
Tara Dad's Club Executive Committee 2022-2023
The Tara Dad's Club had their AGM on 31 March and a new Executive Committee was elected.
The new Executive Committee consists of Pascal Mouawad as President, Vik Garg as the Vice President, Adam Canceri as Secretary and Chris Hui, Joe Sassine, James Raad, Kassam Hussein, Sanjit Roy, Mohamad Dib, Rob Fallins and John Capolupo as Committee Members. Congratulations to the new office bearers!
On behalf of the Community Relations Manager I want to thank the outgoing committee for your help and support in what has been a difficult and somewhat frustrating two years! I would like to thank John Capolupo as he has been a wonderful and enthusiastic President, who is extremely passionate about Tara and connecting the Tara dads with their daughters.
The first event planned for the new committee will be the Tara Dad's Colour Run Festival which is being held 21 May, 2022 on the Mouleric Oval.
Tickets are still available via the Tara website.
Click here to book www.tara.nsw.edu.au
From the Uniform Shop
Reminder: Purchase Winter Uniforms
A reminder for all girls and parents to purchase winter uniforms, if needed, prior to the end of term.
Mother Daughter High Tea - 2022
To book your tickets please click here
Tara Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct Tiles
To book your name or art tile please click here - orders closing soon!
Junior School News
Before and After School Care News
Sink or Float? Our clever girls have been investigating whether items sink or float in water. This week the children had a range of materials that they were able to choose from to create their own boats. The aim was to design a boat that could float when placed in water. We used bottle caps, recycled boxes and containers, paddle pop sticks, paper, and many other materials in the project design. The children enjoyed trialing their boats in a tub of water and adjusting them if needed.
We are looking forward to our upcoming April Vacation care activities and incursions.
On behalf of the Before and After School Care Team we hope that everybody has a wonderful Easter and safe holiday! We look forward to seeing you in Term 2.
Senior School News
Blueprint Prize Winners
Tara Commerce Students came First and Second in the Western Sydney Blueprint Competition. Dr Micheal Lwin came to assembly to present the school with $5000 which will be spent on picnic chairs and tables.
The team that came second named SafeSuit, had a plan for a safe swimming suit that could monitor heartbeats. The team consisted of Brianna, Mylan and Hannah. They won $2000 in gift vouchers.
The team that came first in the competition, Hear4U won $3000 . This team consisted of Suzie, Sienna, Sophia, Mandy and Wendy. They planned a hearing app that could be used with deaf people.
Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip to Tamburlaine Winery - Hunter Valley
Jessica S - Year 12
On Wednesday 16 March, the Year 12 HSC Geography class had the amazing opportunity to attend an excursion to NSW’s largest wine region, the Hunter Valley. This term in Geography we have been studying ‘People and Economic Activity’ with a focus on the Global Viticulture Industry, as well as Tamburlaine Organic Wines as an economic enterprise, which we had the chance to visit on our excursion. We began our excursion by eating a beautiful morning tea prepared by Mrs Chaiban herself. We all got to stretch our legs from the two and a half hour drive up to the Hunter Valley, and enjoy cheese and crackers, grapes, and alcohol-free wine!
After we had the chance to fill ourselves up, we made our way to Tamburlaine. Tamburlaine is the largest organic wine producer in Australia and the southern hemisphere with two vineyards and cellar doors in Orange and the Hunter Valley, where we got to visit. We were met by our tour guides Georgia and Adrian who showed us around all the different facilities on site. Our first stop was “Phoebe’s Block”; a section of Tamburlaine’s vineyard where we learnt about organic winemaking and the steps they take to combat the hot and dry climate of Pokolbin. We visited one of their four dams where we talked about biodiversity and the functions Tamburlaine holds, such as weddings in their ‘Lodge’ over the dam. Our next stop was their winery where we learnt about some of Tamburlaine’s external linkages such as where they source their barrels, which we found out was in France, as well as the general process for how their wines are made and some of the technology used like their unique balloon press that crushes the grapes without bursting the seeds. Next to the winery was Tamburlaine’s 8 tonne Vertical Composting Unit, where all of their green waste is recycled and used as fertiliser. Our tour finished up by visiting Tamburlaine’s aeration dam, where all their greywater is treated before its release in the natural water system, followed by a visit to one of their warehouses where we learnt about how they have dealt with the past two years of bushfires, COVID, and now flooding. This was when we learnt that Tamburlaine thrived during lock down with online sales growing seven-fold due to everyone unable to buy wine direct from their cellar door. Overall, our tour was exceptional and filled all the gaps in our knowledge for this unit of study.
We finished up our excursion by visiting ‘Harrigans’ for lunch where we ordered pizzas, salads, and other meals before our long trip back home. We are so lucky that Mrs Chaiban put together this amazing excursion for us, and all the extra fun treats she added in for us, as well as Mrs Losco for joining us on the excursion.
Visual Arts Term 1
Visual Arts at Tara Anglican School for Girls encourages students to develop ideas and skills that reflect their experiences of the world. Students explore the creative possibilities of different forms of art and materials. They progressively increase their understanding of visual language, and how signs and symbols create meaning. Students investigate how context changes the audience appreciation of an artwork, and how values and beliefs may be fluid.
Click here to view our video on what has been happening in Visual Art for Term 1.
In Term One, Year 7 Visual Arts students have taken a personal approach to their artmaking and art writing. They have explored how identity can be constructed by examining the work of Australian First Nations artist, Gordon Bennett. Students have explored their own identity by drawing self-portraits in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. These portraits will become part of larger work they create using drawing, painting and digital technology in the style of Australian artist Brett Whiteley and his artwork ‘Self Portrait in the Studio’ from 1976. The final work will further augment their understanding of self and their ability to visually illustrate these ideas.
In Term One, Year 8 Visual Arts students became aware of how an artist’s culture may inform their artmaking, and how artist’s such as Pablo Picasso use signs and symbols to apprise the audience of their ideas.
In Term One, Year 9 Visual Arts students explored the natural world with particular reference to the Scottish contemporary artist Andy Goldsworthy. In art writing, students examined the intersection of the natural world and the human condition, both being interdependent and temporal. Their artworks explored ideas of the traces left behind by all living things. Students worked in printmaking, drawing, painting, embossing and ceramics to develop ways of making marks and imprints.
In Term One, Year 10 Visual Arts students queried the portrayal of the female figure through art history. They observed how the visual representation of women informed the roles they played within various periods of society. Students recognised how the visual and conceptual are intertwined. Reasoning that our visual presentation leads to judgements and shapes attitudes within society. In artmaking, they explored the various impacts these judgements have on ones’ personal experience of the world.
In Term One, Year 11 Visual Arts students researched postmodernity, and the concept that all understandings are constructed by our experience of the world and our cultural background. Therefore, values and beliefs within society are in a constant state of flux. Students perceived artworks will be understood differently and our dependent on the society and period in which they are viewed. In artmaking, students used non-art materials and repurposed these to create temporal works that explored an issue pertinent to the students’ experience of their world.
In Term One, Year 12 Visual Arts students continued their progress of their HSC bodies of work. In art writing, they explored the depiction of the reclining female nude in art history.
Arnvi M and Imogen B - Year 11 Peer Support Leaders
Throughout this term, Years 7 and 8 have participated in the Peer Support Program run by the Year 10 and 11 Peer Support Leaders.
The Peer Support Program encourages peer connections throughout the School as well as assists the younger students in developing practical skills to enhance social and emotional well-being. This term, girls in Year 8 actively participated in three engaging sessions focusing on the skills of inclusivity, teamwork, and social media safety, displayed through various activities such as two truths and a lie and team Pictionary that reinforced the focus on inclusivity and everyone having an important role in the mentor group. As part of the last session of this term, Year 11 Peer Support Leaders ran an Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate Easter and the achievements of the Year 8 girls! We hope the Year 8 girls enjoyed the activities run this term and the Year 11 Peer Support Leaders look forward to running more in the future!
Personal Reading Journey 2022
Senior School Library Team
[Reading] is something you build up from twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks and you … get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. - Neil Gaiman
Welcome to your Personal Reading Journey for 2022!
Whether you are already a regular reader – or are just getting into books – start collecting your Book Tags now.
The routine is the same as last year.
• Submit the titles and images of books you have read this year to the link below.
• Choose a colour coding system that suits you (Yellow for Thrillers? Blue for your favourite author?)
• We will provide you with a keyring and your book titles on mini tags (as per the image)
Add to your collection through the year! Each time you finish a book, send a request for the next mini book tag to add to your key ring. Audio and online books are included too.
So, get reading and start collecting!
Submit your cover images and colour choices here: https://forms.office.com/r/8NA1sQAHn9
This form is also on the front page of Oliver.
Last Year’s Winners!
Students who had the most Personal Reading Journey submissions in their year group in 2021 were:
Deborah S, Veronica B, Sophia R, Hannah W and Alison M.
Congratulations girls! A small gift awaits you in the library … please come and collect!
Congratulations also to Mrs Wade-Ferrell who was the staff member with the most submissions.
Looking forward to receiving your submissions.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
The annual and longest Australian Poetry writing competition for students is now open for 2022 entries.
2022 OPTIONAL THEME: “IN MY OPINION”
“Our poets are encouraged to take inspiration from wherever they may find it, however if they are looking for some direction, competition participants are invited to use this year’s optional theme to inspire their entries.”
In 2022, the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society has chosen the theme “In My Opinion.”
As always, it is an optional theme. The Society encourages students to write about topics and experiences that spark their poetic genius (in whatever form they choose.)
Information on how to enter is available from the following website:
The sections include:
Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10-12)
The competition closes on 30 June, 2022.
Year 11 Play – Debra Oswald’s ‘Stories in the Dark’
Arnvi - Year 11 Drama Student
A terrified 12-year-old boy finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war torn city. He takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.
Into his life steps Anna – older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.
Stories in the Dark explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive.
Year 11 Drama students have been busy producing and rehearsing Debra Oswald’s ‘Stories In The Dark’ to make it performance ready in Week 2 of Term 2. As part of our Elements of Production in Performance unit, we have been learning about the elements of production and how they are used to communicate scripted drama to an audience. As a class, we’ve been able to plan bright and fun costumes, colourful lighting and entertaining sound effects to bring these stories to life in our Tara Theatre.
Year 11 Drama hopes to see you on Wednesday 4 May or Friday 6 May to join us in the dark but whimsical world of ‘Stories In the Dark’.
To book please click on the link below
Year 7 Science Water Filters
Jasmine I - Year 7
During Year 7 Science, we have been exploring water and learning about the accessibility we have to clean water sources. We have found a deeper understanding on the issues of clean water and the impact that unhealthy water has on many populations.
In doing so, we started to investigate ways to create a clean source of water by making filters and collecting dirty water to test them out. We researched how to make a water filter and the materials needed, then we ordered the materials and when they arrived we began our work. Some groups ordered some interesting items, like plant leaves, fabric, charcoal, and popcorn kernels. All of the filters used plastic bottles and later we drew a flowchart to show how to make the filters. The filters varied, but none-the-less, each filter was unique and worked well. We produced clear and cleaner water from a bucket of water containing dirt, leaves, and gumnuts.
IGSA Swimming and Diving Carnival
Charlotte M - Sport Prefect
On Friday, 25 March, a group of some of Tara’s best swimmers and divers headed to the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre to compete in the 2022 IGSA Swimming and Diving Carnival.
IGSA carnivals are a chance for Tara girls who excel in their sports to compete against other girls from other schools, to progress to high levels of competition. Tara competed in several races, including but not limited to the medley and freestyle relays, individual 100m and 200m medleys, and individual races for breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle.
Ruby in Year 9 represented Tara in diving, competing in the 14 years springboard and open platform divisions. It was an exciting day for both Ruby and Tara, with Ruby placing 1st in her events. Congratulations Ruby!
Overall all the girls had a great day, cheering each other on from the stands and achieving personal bests!
Jessica S - Year 11
On Monday 21 March, Tara provided both myself and Agatha (Year 7) the opportunity to participate in the CIS Secondary Golf Championship at Macquarie Links Golf Course.
It was a nice early morning and by 8:00am we were warming up and hitting golf balls on the golf range. At 9:00am, Agatha hit a strong drive off the 10th tee and I followed her in the group behind. We both played some great shots and also made some good recoveries.
Overall, it was a great and challenging course to play at and we both had an excellent time.
Careers Newsletters - JobJump
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
Parents are encouraged read the Careers Newsletters and information on careers and courses on Canvas Careers page.
Congratulations to all Year 10’s for a very successful Work Experience!! We are very proud of you.
Careers Newsletter - 28 April 2022
Careers Newsletter - 5 May 2022
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.