Senior School News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Dean of Learning ELC-6
Learner Agency in the Junior School
Wendy Abernethy - Dean of Learning E-6
One of the great joys of working in the Junior School is the day to day authentic and purposeful collaboration between members of staff. Staff are active, involved learners alongside the students. Gone are the days where each classroom is its own island, a place where only those inside know about the workings of the environment, a place where the teacher is isolated from colleagues and separated from the rest of the school, and a place where student experiences are disconnected from their full journey through the school. The intricate interplay of the people, resources and environments within a school directly influence teacher and student agency.
Learner agency is an individual’s ability to show initiative to positively impact their circumstances as they navigate their way through life in a swiftly changing world. Agency ensures that individuals purposefully manage themselves in different situations and are empowered in the face of adversity (Anderson, 2022). Agency is a capability that is built throughout life and can be maximized when there is the environment to act, the will to act and the power to act (Anderson, 2022). Teachers at Tara are learners alongside their students and teacher agency is experienced through many processes that are part of our way of being.
Learner Agency at Tara
An Environment to Act
The Will to Act
The Power to Act
Collaborative staff meetings in a school context provide many opportunities for teachers to learn together, navigate challenges and celebrate examples of best practice. This year, staff have been experiencing teacher agency during our weekly administration meetings in different learning spaces. A whole school focus area for the Junior School is building the IB Approaches to Learning (ATL), which are fundamental skills for learning how to learn. The five integrated skill areas are research skills, thinking skills, self-management skills, social skills and communications skills. These ‘walk throughs’ of learning spaces have enabled staff agency and powerfully revealed the presence of student agency throughout the school.
Each term in 2022, a specific focus for staff sharing and a specific ATL focus for students has been identified.
- Staff were asked to share elements of their practice related to building routines and systems (self-management skills). We learnt how Kindergarten reset themselves for learning, how Year 3 manage their ‘must do’ and ‘catch up’ tasks, how Year 2 are building emotional literacy through the Zones of Regulation, and how students can access prompts on the ‘debugging wall’ to troubleshoot when coding in the STEM Hub. Staff discovered systems used by Year 4 for giving and reflecting on feedback, and the systems Year 5 use to form groups and manage their laptops. We even discovered that our Tara artists know paintbrushes have a home, a bath and a towel. Such active, agentic learners!
- Students developed their own age-appropriate self-management goals.
- This term, staff will be sharing how they are activating student action (voice, choice and ownership) and making space for agency within the class environment. We have heard about the rich, student-initiated discussions in Year 6 which have led the girls to write persuasive letters on personal, national, and global issues they genuinely care about.
- Students will be challenged to select social skills goals, build their skills and reflect on their progress. This process will unveil age-appropriate social skills and introduce language such as empathy, inclusion, group roles, compassion, rights and equity.
As the first and most important teacher of the child, parents form a vital component of the learning community at Tara and are encouraged to build agency too! Embrace the many opportunities available to positively impact your daughter’s learning journey. Consider what you can learn, how you might learn it and how you can model ways that you exercise agency in your own life. What strategies do you draw on when faced with challenges? How do you show initiative or positively impact others around you? How and when do you reflect? What skills are you currently seeking to grow?
We all have the chance to make a difference in the world. Individuals with agency don’t just let the world happen to them, they face change and challenge ready to adapt and grow.
Anderson, J., 2022, Learner Agency accessed at: https://www.jamesanderson.com.au/learneragency
International Baccalaureate Organisation., 2018, From Principles into Practice. International Baccalaureate Organization (UK) Ltd
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This month on SchoolTV - Screen Time
As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines but many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.
Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.
Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.
In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to this month's edition https://tara.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/managing-screen-time
1-12 Night Junior School
Chloe T - Year 6 Student
This Year’s 1-12 Night was an enjoyable and entertaining experience for everybody that went. The evening had many fun options, including dancing, playing games, and taking photos with friends in the photo booth. Walking in and seeing everyone's unique costumes was one of the most exciting moments of the night. The music was great, and everybody danced away wherever they wanted, whether it was on the stage, floor or even in lines. The song selection was a wonderful playlist to dance to and it screamed 'Time Warp'.
Waiting in lines was worth it when you received something as delicious as popcorn, cotton candy or even nachos. It was a great time when the girls sat down chatting about the wonderful times they had together and enjoyed the rest of the food together. When all the students sat down to hear about the most interesting collages and costumes the final results were unpredictable because everyone did such a good job. How could the judges possibly choose?
Congratulations to all our wonderful winners. All the students were in for a big surprise, that the 'Spice Girls' and 'Steps' were there and performed for them. The 'Spice Girls' and 'Steps' had to do a lip-sync challenge but in the end, the truth came out, that they couldn’t be separated and so it had to be a tie. There were quite a few activities to participate in, including things before the night, for example, the collage and costume competition.
Activities during the event included dancing, colouring-in and playing some fun games. The clown machines were a fun activity that even had prizes, colouring in was a very calm and relaxing activity to do by yourself or even while talking to friends and dancing is always fun jamming to the best songs. After all the dancing and having fun, it was sadly time to go. At the exit, you got treated with a lolly bag, what a wonderful surprise for all of us! We show appreciation to the Year 12s who took their time to set this up for everyone. We thank them for setting everything up and packing it up. Getting food for more than 400 people is not an easy job!
We thank everyone who volunteered to do stalls and announcements and the Year 12s for the music, theme choice, food and games. We are very excited to see Year 11 do this next year and work just as hard as Year 12 did this year. We hope to see you too so you can have as much fun as this year, eating some delicious food and playing fun games and bringing your awesome costumes. So get ready for more epic fun next year!
1 - 12 Night Senior School
Brianna L- Year 11 Student
This year’s 1-12 Night was themed Time Warp. It was a fun-filled night full of music and laughter. Entering through the fantastical time machine, we were taken to a land of no time and all time. A delicious popcorn and fairy floss machine awaited us, along with an incredible photo booth that printed out your very own Time Warp photos. Admittedly, I frequented it many times. There were cold drinks and some delicious nachos for dinner. It was great to see not only all the Tara girls in their amazing costumes but also all of our amazing teachers dressed up too.
The teacher grandmas really were ‘Time Warped’. Our night was filled with extraordinary performances by teachers. Junior School teacher group “Steps” and Senior School “Spice Girls” performances were both very creative and entertaining. Prizes were awarded for the winners and runners up for the Decades Collages, in which the girls found photos of their family over the decades. There were also prizes awarded for best dressed in each age group. The incredible DJ played awesome music all night transporting us through all the decades, from the 1960s to the 2020s. On the way back out through the time machine and to the year 2022, girls received a lolly bag to conclude the night. An enormous thankyou to all those involved in organising the event. It truly was a night to remember!
Tara Community News
Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct Tile - Extended
Due to high demand we have extended the closing date for purchasing an Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct tile.
Tiles can now be purchased up until 13 May 2022 with artwork due 16 May 2022.
To order your tile click on the link below.
Order a Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct Tile
125 Celebration Dinner
Tara Dad's Colour Run Festival
Tara Dad's Colour Run Festival
When:21 May, 2022
Where: Tara Anglican School for Girls (Mouleric Oval)
Time: 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 Coloured Powder, BBQ lunch, fairy floss, popcorn and Mr Whippy ice cream
Adults 18+ $25 per person
Child 3 to 15 years $20 per person
Infant 0-2 years FREE
Don't forget to wear your white T Shirt.
To book go into: www.tara.nsw.edu.au
RSVP: 15 May, 2022
Sheen Family Prize - Performer of the Year 2022
IPSHA Cross Country Carnival
Following their strong performances at the school carnival, 18 girls represented our school at the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. Originally postponed at the end of Term 1 due to the significant rainfall we have experienced, conditions were near perfect this time around at The Kings School. The course needed to be altered from previous years and it proved to be a more difficult course than originally planned. The team’s effort is to be commended and they should be proud of their achievements, all having successfully finished the gruelling 2km and 3km courses, and nearly all with a smile on their red face!
The sportsmanship, support and encouragement of one another on display was equally impressive to watch. Congratulations to the Tara Cross Country Team: Yashika, Evelyn, Bella, Linlin, Eloise, Diya, Olivia, Celine, Anneliese, Chelsea, Cleo, Tiasha, Scarlett, Mirna, Leah, Ruby, Charlotte and Amy.
Senior School News
Trigonometry - Year 9
Amélie P, Daria M and Zara S - Year 9
When you hear the term trigonometry, what do you think of? Triangles, or maybe like us when we first heard it, you blanked. When our Year 9 Maths class began a new unit at the end of Term 1, none of us was sure what trigonometry was. Even after a short class discussion and some internet research, we still didn't really know what it was. So, our teachers came up with a practical approach to understand what we were doing. We began measuring right-angled triangles and figuring out the ratios between the sides and angles. After doing this for a while, we began an intriguing and challenging project.
In small groups, we used raw spaghetti, blu-tack, and cardboard to build spaghetti roof trusses measuring the angles, calculating the lengths, and seeing how best to make a stable structure. In doing this, we learnt about the many ways we could build our roof trusses and still allow them to be steady as well as the relationships between the triangles.
We learned more about triangles and angles. Before we started on this project, we drew 6 right-angled with different heights and angles and found out about the ratios between the sides. We had to select one of the triangles that would be effective for our structures. It was important to choose one that would allow our roof trusses to stay in place because if we built our structures with small angles and heights, the small lengths of pasta could easily break, and the structures wouldn’t be stable.
We found diverse ways we could add extra support to all the triangles we made. They could be at different angles and there could be multiple of them to make the trusses stable. Drawing different sized triangles allowed us to learn which ones would work for the making of our structures and creating them allowed us to find out the number of supports we needed and choose the different angles we could put them on.
From this project, we learned trigonometry fundamentals and how the different triangles could be used to create a stable structure.
Year 11 Economics and Women in Economics
On Friday 29 April, Year 11 Economics had the privilege of meeting with two female economists. Dr Sarah Hunter, partner of KPMG, and Shumi Ruan, a recent graduate from the University of Sydney, shared insights on the 2022 Federal Budget as well as their experiences in their careers as economists.
“The webinar provided an engaging and insightful opportunity to learn about this year’s Federal Budget and the role of women in economics. We discussed a wide range of topics such as the impact of the growing debt, whether enough was being done about climate change, the implications of an election-driven budget, as well as their own personal experiences.” (Mylan D)
“We were able to hear directly from women working in the field of economics. We learnt about various topics such as whether the federal budget is favourable for future generations, gender discrimination in economics and potential career paths in economics. It was an insightful experience, as we were able to learn a lot about the role economics plays in the real world.” (Enya R)
“The webinar really opened my eyes to the intersection between economics, world politics, and women – and I think the insights they brought to the table were invaluable in furthering our studies of economics past our regular class lessons. I’m definitely grateful that Dr Sarah Hunter and Shumi Ruan were able lend us their unique insights into such a fascinating subject.” (Nina X)
“It was an insightful experience hearing from Dr. Sarah Hunter and Shumi Ruan whose careers and living was based on Economics! I was really interested on the different perspectives each speaker had about the 2022 Federal Budget and their careers as women. They also made me become open-minded on Economics is implied to everyday life and ways to my future career.” (Mary G)
Year 11 Play – Debra Oswald’s ‘Stories in the Dark’
Anika P (Year 11)
Stories in the Dark combines the reality of life in countries that are living in war, with the hope that people need to be able to live through the day. The story follows 12 year old Thomas and 16 year old Anna, played by Lara E and Evelyn D, as they live together in a war-torn country. To escape from the reality of their lives, Anna begins to tell stories, and so begins their adventure of ogres, princes, and singing bones.
Performing this play we are able to play a multitude of characters which has been very interesting to see how acting can change a character through voice and motion. We were able to find costumes and props for our stories, and develop a role from a written character into a physical person. It has been really cool to see how serious topics can intertwine with more fun and humourous stories. Our opening night was on Wednesday, and it was so exciting to see our play come together with sound, costume, props, and lighting. For some of our classmates it was their first time on stage, so it was quite a nerve-racking experience, but all worth to hear laughs and gasps form the audience.
Jessica S - Debating Prefect
Congratulations to the Tara 7A, 8A, 8B and Senior A teams for reaching the final rounds of the Friday Evening Debating competition. Best of luck to all teams.
The 2022 IGSA Archdale Debating Competition also commences on Tuesday May 17. It has been wonderful to see the return of face to face debates.
Congratulations also to Anika C in Year 7 who entered the Kids Wonder Talk Competition, which is similar to a TED Talk. Anika achieved 3rd place and is a finalist. There were over 120 entries. Her speech is about 'sensicle', a portmanteau word, innovatively formed by using the words 'sensible' and 'vehicle.'
Student Leadership Team for 2022/2023
At the end of Term 2 Senior School will be voting for Tara’s Year 12 Leadership Team for 2022/2023.
Year 11 students have already started the process and will nominate what positions they would like to fill in coming weeks. We conduct the voting in Term 2 so our new student leaders from Year 11 can shadow the existing Leadership Team throughout Term 3. This provides an opportunity for our Year 12 students to guide, teach and help the new team as they set their own vision for their leadership term.
Voting starts in Week 9, Term 2 during Activities.
More details to follow.
Please contact Mrs Losco with any questions.
Share the Dignity
Afraah S - Year 10 SRC
As an all girls school, Tara believes in the importance of girls supporting girls.
The Share the Dignity Easter drive, run by Year 10 SRC is a testament to that fact. This organisation cooperates with schools and over 6000 volunteers to receive menstrual products to distribute to women and girls unable to afford them due to homelessness, domestic violence, and/or financial struggles. Period poverty is a pressing issue in Australia as 1 in 5 women currently cannot access or do not have the funds to purchase these types of products. The students of Tara recognised and empathised with this issue and were able to accumulate 550 products across the Senior School over the course of two weeks. As a team we overcame many conflicts, however prevailed in organising a successful drive, through teamwork and the MYP traits.
These products will be distributed to women facing period poverty around Australia, from Broken Hill to the Northern Territory. This initiative, led by the Year 10 SRC with the assistance of other student representatives and teachers, has created a positive impact in our surrounding community and will benefit the lives of many!
Tara Tigers Update
- Emily DT, Liaison Prefect
The Tara Tiger Team is now in their second term and have attended numerous events, aiming to cheer on and support their peers. As a team we have attended Friday Night Debating, the Year 9-10 Music Concert, and the Year 11 Play. The team is commended on their continued dedication to encouraging girls in all years and have been a positive addition. Our next event is the Colour Run on the 21st of May which is expected to be extremely successful. We are excited for all upcoming events and thank you to all the girls in the team.
Nara B- Academic Prefect
An exciting new initiative that is being introduced at Tara is the Tara Tutors Program. It is a student-led mentoring system where students from Year 11 and 12 volunteer to be tutors for younger grades. There are tutors from a range of subjects, including maths and science, arts and languages and humanities. All students can bring in homework, assessments, or any other questions to discuss with their tutors. It is a great way to help each other and connect with students from other grades!
Tara Tutors will be running from 3:30pm-4:30pm on Thursday Week A and Monday Week B in the Tara Senior School Library (Claridge 8).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Year 11/12 Business Studies UTS Guest Speaker
On Wednesday 4 May, Year 11 and 12 students studying Business Studies had the pleasure of hearing from Emily, a second-year university student currently completing Australia’s most successful co-op course – The University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Accounting.
The UTS Bachelor of Accounting Co-op Scholarship (BAcc) has the aim of producing potential business leaders of the future via an accounting career. The main benefits for students who are selected into the course include a tax-free scholarship valued up to $54,000, a year of full-time work training, and great career prospects with the major employers who support the course. Other key benefits of this program that Emily outlined are that it takes only 3 years to complete the program and that students study, work and play together as a close group of friends throughout that time. We all enjoyed hearing about Emily’s experiences and the opportunities she has been given, including travelling and working overseas.
We are so lucky to have had this wonderful opportunity organised by Mrs Losco, during which we were able to learn about the course, ask questions and receive advice for the selection process from a current student. Emily’s presentation was particularly invaluable for Year 12 students currently applying for this course or similar scholarship courses. We are excited about this opportunity!
Term 1 Tennis Round 8
Georgia M (Tennis Captain)
Due to the rain all season, IGSA organised Round 8 matches so that the girls could play some more matches. Tara teams played excellently, ending the season on a high note! Congratulations and thank you to all the Tara tennis players this year for your efforts and achievements in both trainings and weekend matches. A further congratulations to Year 12 students who played for Tara for the last time - Lucia Z, Cherie G, Michelle W, and Georgia M.
Tara 1 played an amazing season, remaining undefeated and finishing 1st overall in Senior Division 3. The girls had challenging last match against SCEGGs. Stephanie H and Georgia M both played tough singles matches, both ending in tiebreakers! They also worked well together as a doubles pair, with some long rallies and tricky volleying. Bhavya B and Yashika K played well as a doubles pair, with some amazing serves, as well as fantastic wins in their singles matches.
Tara 2 had a fantastic season, finishing 2nd overall in Senior Division 9! The girls played excellently against St Catherine's in their final match. Diya H rallied well in her singles match, and Selina F served strongly in her singles. Zayla T and Diya H also played well in their doubles, with some excellent points! Jess S and Lucia Z made a great doubles pair, challenging their opponents with amazing volleys and great rallies.
Tara 3 played an amazing season, finishing 2nd overall in Senior Division 15!
Tara 4 had an excellent match against Ascham. Wendy W and Suzie K worked well as a pair in their doubles, challenging their opponents. Lena K and Katherine S also made an excellent doubles pair. Mandy S served amazingly in her singles.
Tara 5 played a very close match against Danebank, winning by 4 points! Mena T played a fantastic singles match with some amazing serves and rallies. Tori C and Ashiqca M played a great round of doubles filled with laughs and sportsmanship, getting to know their opponents despite playing against each other. Mena T and Faith W also made an excellent doubles pair, with a high intensity volleying rally at the net. The girls particularly enjoyed their "celebratory maccas run after the game"!
Tara 6 played a great season, finishing 2nd overall in Senior Division 22! The girls played an amazing last match despite the rain, with Caitlyn C playing a fantastic singles match with some great serves. Cherie G and Michelle W played well in their doubles, winning together as a pair almost all season!
Tara 9 also played an amazing season, finishing 3rd overall in Junior Division 10!
Tara 10 played a fantastic season, finishing 4th overall in Junior Division 11. The girls played an excellent match against Loreto Kirribilli. Popi T and Carol S worked well together in their doubles matches. Antonia S did some amazing serves, and Keira C had some long rallies against her opponents.
Tara 11 had a fun final match against Abbotsleigh. Maia did some great shots and Grace did some amazing serves. Deborah challenged her opponent in singles with some great rallies, and Hannah also played excellently throughout her matches with some great serves.
Tara 14 had an amazing season, finishing 2nd overall in Year 7 Division 4! The girls played a great final match against PLC. Claire M had an amazing win in her singles, winning 6-0. Nicole J and Sophia T also had success in their doubles, working well as a pair to win 7-1. Eden W played excellently and won in her singles, with some thrilling rallies.
Tara 15 and Tara 19 both had great seasons, both finishing 3rd overall in Year 7 Division 8 and Year 7 Division 11!
Tara 18 played a challenging match against Meriden. Nikki Y received the balls well, hitting some excellent forehands. Titi T and Cindy C both served excellently, making it difficult for their opponents to return!
Sydney Girls Regatta
Over the weekend, despite the huge amounts of rain, the rowers competed in their last regatta before Head of the River and came out with 1 first, 5 seconds, and 5 third places.
The year 10 four with Jemma, Mackenzie, Caitlin, Charlotte and their cox, Holly competed in two races, coming second in the schoolgirl four race, then later coming first in their year 10 race. The year 8 doubles with Hannah, Gemma, Leila and Mareya both came third in their respective races. Malaika in her single scull came second. Emma placed second in her single and Sally, and Holly came second in their year nine double! Finishing off the day, the year 8 quad with Olivia, Mareya, Leila, Amy and Malaika came second.
Good luck to all the rowers who are competing at the final regatta in this schoolgirl season. We have worked hard to get this far, and I can’t wait to see how you all go!
Congratulations to Ruby D for winning the Open Platform and the age springboard at the IGSA carnival. She will progress to CIS in both these events.
IGSA Representative Teams
IGSA Basketball Team
Congratulations to Abbey V on being selected in the IGSA basketball team
IGSA Touch Team
Congratulations to Cameron K on being selected in the IGSA Touch team
IGSA Swimming Report
On 25th March, Tara’s Swimming Team had the opportunity to represent the school at the annual IGSA Swimming Carnival held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The Tara Swim Team consisted of 23 girls who were participating in both individual and relay races. The IGSA Swimming Carnival is a major event which brings competition among the different member schools with the girls loudly cheering and screaming for their teams. The grandstand was filled with numerous banners, pom poms and bursts of colour as all eyes were focused on which team would touch the wall first. Without a doubt Tara performed outstandingly, with a few girls managing to make it into the finals in individual events.
Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the carnival and a special congratulations to our finalists:
9th place in 12&U 50m Freestyle
4th place in 12&U 50m Backstroke
5th place in 12&U 50m Butterfly
4th place in 13 years 50m Butterfly
7th place in 13 years 50m Breaststroke
Junior Head of River
The final regatta for the junior rowers was held over the weekend. Whilst it was very different to normal, it was still a very successful day. To start off the day, Arushi and Siena in year 9 placed second in their double, getting the first medal of the day!. Olivia, Mareya, Leila, Amy and their cox Amelia placed third in their heat, and managed to place sixth in their final which was full of very strong crews. Hannah and Gemma placed third in their double also getting a medal! To finish off the day, Holly, Sally, Shirley, Orchid and their cox Amelia placed 5th in their heat, but also managed to get a fantastic time.
Congratulations to all the junior girls who have raced this season. It has been tough for everyone, yet very rewarding to see all the achievements that have emerged across the grades. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
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.