From the Director of Student Wellbeing
Tara Community News
Junior School News
Senior School News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Director of Student Wellbeing
Years 8 and 9 Performing Arts Project - Communication, Collaboration, Courage.
In Week 7 of Term 2 we welcomed the return of the Tara Years 8 and 9 Performing Arts Project. Established over 10 years ago this event has become a key part of the Pastoral Care Program offering the opportunity for students to develop and transfer skills being promoted in the Middle Years Programme learner framework.
The 2021 project offered students the challenge of preparing a short performance in their House Groups based on the theme of ‘Movies That Have Moved Us’.
Students from Year 9 created a 5-7 minute dramatic piece involving movement, tableaux work, dialogue and live music designed to entertain, engage and inform the audience about pivotal movies that have stood the test of time. Importantly all performances were scripted, choreographed and directed by the students using minimal costumes and props. The authentic involvement of all students throughout the rehearsal process and final performance was a key component of this experience.
Students in House Groups from Year 8 choreographed dance pieces to a one minute piece of music featured in a movie. These pieces took the form of a medley concluding with the whole cohort performing together. Obvious links to aspects of the Middle Years Programme Learner Framework were readily apparent with the Year 8 Performing Arts Project providing an opportunity for the application of Approaches to Learning (ATL) and the Learner Profile beyond the classroom.
Throughout the project girls were required to work collaboratively which included managing any conflict that may understandably emerge as part of this process. “Working effectively with others” and “exchanging thoughts, messages and information effectively throughout interaction” are key ATLs in the Middle Years Program and the development of these skills is an important experience.
Throughout the rehearsal process critical thinking was required of girls as they developed and refined their performances aimed at the “generation of new ideas and considering new perspectives” and “analysing and evaluating issues and ideas”. In addition helpful feedback, provided by Year 8-9 Mentors and Year Coordinators (Mrs Maryanne Chaiban, Mrs Anika Donato) and Ms Katrina Mann (Coordinator of Performance) as well as supervising staff, promoted the development of “reflective skills and using feedback for learning”.
Finally, as all preparation took place solely throughout Activities Times and in an extremely busy Term 2, “managing time effectively” was vital and for many House groups there was much to be gained in this area!
For many students this was the first time they had been involved in an activity of this nature. For some students new strengths and skills were observed in other students as well as in themselves. For others, developing skills in leadership and managing a variety of personalities became a key outcome of this experience.
In summary, for all students participation in the Years 8-9 Performing Arts Project promoted an awareness of the values of communication, collaboration and courage and all are to be commended for their involvement and commitment in this process.
Tara Community News
Reconnect and Rebuild
The Tara Dads Club needs you!
Come and join our fun, proactive and friendly team!
We are all Tara Dads trying to enhance our daughters Tara experience, by nurturing the Dad and Daughter relationship, creating opportunities for Dads to contribute to the Tara values and fostering a spirit of Community.
Membership is free! To join go to www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events/
Tara Dads Merchandise
Tara Dads Club have some new merchandise!
Tara Dads Polo Shirts available in all sizes and costs $50.00
Tara Dads Jackets available in all sizes and costs $100.00
To purchase your polo and jacket please go to www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events/
Tara Dads Club - State of Origin Game Night
The Tara Dads Club had a fabulous night at the General Bourke Hotel, Parramatta on 9 June watching the State of Origin!
The Dads showcased their new polos and jackets with pride and enjoyed each others company and fellowship. The night finished on a high with the NSW Blues thrashing the Queenslanders!
Stay tuned for the next Tara Dads event which will be the Dads and Daughter movie night for Junior School. A Save The Date will be sent out shortly!
From the Uniform Shop
Tara Coats Now Available
Tara coats are now available from the Uniform Shop. Come in and see us to try one on for the best sizing.
The Uniform Shop is open during Term time:
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
Additional services are available on the following dates:
8 and 9 July - 10am-4pm
30 September and 1 October - 10am-4pm
For more information please call 02 8838 2646.
Junior School Parent Dinner
Tickets are selling fast!
28 August, 2021
The Novotel Parramatta
Cost: $150 pp which includes sparkling wine on arrival with canapes, three course dinner with drinks, photo booth and entertainment.
RSVP: 20 August, 2021
Bookings at www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events
P&F 80's Trivia Night
Come along and enjoy a night of fun and laughs!
Saturday 17 July
7pm until 10pm
BYO Alcohol and soft drinks
Senior School Hall
$30 per person which includes grazing board
Dress up in your favourite 80's gear. Prizes for the best dressed table and person.
Click here to book www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events
Numbers are strictly limited!
Junior School News
Junior School Performer of the Year 2021
Miss Anjulie Bec - JS Music Teacher
On Monday 31 May, the Junior School hosted the Performer of the Year event and girls in Years 3 – 6 had the pleasure of hearing a variety of performances from eleven talented girls. These students auditioned in the lunchtime recital series and were selected to take part in the finalists’ concert by our panel of judges; Mrs Abernethy, Mr Baker, Ms Mann, Mrs Carr, Mrs Norman and Ms Bec.
The concert was adjudicated by Mr Iain Hoy and Ms Katrina Mann and they were impressed by the entertaining performances prepared by our dancers, singers, instrumentalists and pianists. The audience were delighted to hear insights and advice from a selection of our finalists while they waited in anticipation for the results of the competition.
The Performer of the Year for 2021 was awarded to Eden W who played Sonata in F Major by Franz Joseph Hayden on the piano and a highly commended was presented to Charlotte M who performed the First Movement of Sonata No. 12 in F by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for their ongoing support and for kindly sponsoring the prizes for our concert. It was a wonderfully entertaining afternoon of Junior School music making.
Year 3 Incursion
As part of their current Unit of Inquiry into 'Cultures, beliefs and values are expressed in many ways', Year 3 had a visit from Erin Wilkins, a Darug woman and an Aboriginal Cultural Educator.
Below are some reflections from Year 3 about what they learnt:
"We learnt that Aboriginal Australians have totems, which are special to them and they don't eat them" - Tina
"There are many tribes around Australia and they have their own languages" - Cynthia
"They use possum skin and fur for warmth and for babies to sleep in" - Shilan
"In a Darug Dreamtime story, the crow used to be colourful but flew too close to the sun, so it turned black" - Veda
"We saw lots of traditional tools that they would make out of things in the bush" - Yashika
Year 2 Warragamba Dam Visit
On Wednesday 2 June, Year 2 braved the cold and headed to Warragamba Dam to continue to inquire into the Central Idea ‘There is not equal access to the world’s resources’. The girls learned so much about how the water supply gets to our taps. They learned how to protect our water ways to minimise contaminates getting into the water. The girls had the opportunity to examine insects that live in Lake Burragorang and why they are needed in the water. In groups students designed a landscape to show their knowledge of how to protect waterways and how water accumulates. We bundled back on the bus and drove down a steep hill to look at the other side of the dam. Rusty, the guide, showed the girls how high the water reached in the recent storms and even some of the damage caused by so much water in the river. The girls were amazed at the size of the pipes used for the water to travel from the dam to our taps. A highlight of the day was learning that the dam is currently 97% full. The girls represented Tara Anglican School very well and asked many questions, showing their curiosity and knowledge.
Here are some highlights of the day:
"I liked standing at the top of the dam and looking at how much water there is in the dam."
"The best part of my day was building a landscape to try to protect the waterways."
"My favourite part was looking at the water trickling through the gates on the other side. This was important so the animals in the river survive."
"I liked the activity where we learned about creatures living in the water and why they are needed."
Senior School News
Years 11 and 12 Music Concert
Iain Hoy - Head of Performing Arts
It has been a very busy term for the Music Department with many performances already having taken place in 2021. Recently some of our most talented musicians in Years 11 and 12 performed for the Tara Community in our Years 11 and 12 Music Concert. I would like to congratulate Kate H, Jean H, Natasha A, Alexandra L, Sarina W, Isabelle B, Phoebe M, Sophia K, Amanda T, Siena L, Tanisha K and Roi Z for their fantastic performances, along with the fabulous performances from the Stage Band, Chamber Orchestra, Tara Singers and Senior School Choir. The girls presented a diverse program ranging from show tunes to romantic piano works, with many of these students also working on their HSC programs. The standard of music on the evening was excellent and the enjoyment students have experienced because of their involvement in the Music program was evident. Thank you to all of our performers for being part of such a wonderful evening of music.
SRC - Biggest Morning Tea
Sophia K - Deputy Head Girl
It is always exciting taking part in different student run events at Tara. SRC have been diligent workers organising and preparing numerous events for Term 3. Recently, Tara’s Biggest Morning Tea (Week 7) run by the Year 8 SRC was a massive success, with much of the School community participating in fundraising for such a fantastic cause. Next term is a busy one, with an event each week run by the different grades in SRC. We look forward to participating in things like Jersey Day, NAIDOC week and Environmental awareness day.
Step up to STEM
Tara Year 9 students were given a valuable opportunity to immerse themselves in all things STEM for a day, taking on challenges designed to develop a range of useful science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills for the future.
Tara strives to create a school culture where STEM is recognised and valued, our STEM day was organised by Tara Maths, Science, and IT Departments.
Activities focused on the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for a variety of situations.
As part of the day, former Tara Student Class of 2011, Doctor Madeleine Fitzpatrick, B. Sc, MBBS (U.M., Hons I), shared her STEM career and professional journey with current students. Her passion for science and medicine inspired all in the audience.
"Throughout the Year 9 STEM Day, we all participated in a different series of activities associated with STEM. My group enjoyed a mixed reality session, mixing technology with reality, a Planetarium session where we had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of space, and an engineering session where in pairs we created a mechanical claw from Lego, control switch and code.
My favourite session was the engineering session, because we had the opportunity to interact hands on, and the leaders giving the seminar were nice people. I learnt that there are many branches of STEM and that you do not necessarily have to be good at maths or science to enjoy and excel in STEM. I feel the STEM Day was very useful, I was able to experience different ways of learning and discovering which I would not have been able to do otherwise. I would consider a STEM career, I think that being a doctor is something I may think about, I enjoy helping people and science is one of my favourite subjects in school. I think STEM Day was a good occasion to discover things that you may potentially be interested in and I am excited for next years, Year 9 girls to experience it!" - Tess M
"During the day we also got a talk from one of Tara’s Graduating Students, Dr Madeleine Fitzpatrick, who told us about how she is doing now in STEM. Since we are getting closer to deciding what subjects we want to do in our Senior years, this was a very helpful resource for all of us. Personally, I want to get into the Medical Field and study related to that, so this was very beneficial for me. I learnt not only from the guest speaker that you have to be interested in Science and Maths now, but your interest can come gradually to those particular subjects. She told us how in school she was mostly interested in literature but when she sat her last exam for Biology, she discovered an interest in Science.
Personally, for me Planetarium was my favourite activity because I am part of the Astronomy Club here at School, so it helped me excel on some of the knowledge I already have.
This was such an enjoyable and personal experience for me because my dream job is to be an Anaesthesiologist." - Jaskirit K
Year 10 Personal Project Exhibition
NSW Titration Competition
On Saturday June 12, whilst most Tara students were enjoying their mid-term break, six dedicated Chemistry students represented Tara in the NSW Titration Competition at Macquarie University. The aim of the competition is to determine the concentration of a solution of acetic acid as accurately as possible. Students worked in teams of three, where each team member is provided with a different solution to analyse, having 90 minutes to carry out the titration.
Both teams successfully carried out the procedure and kept their cool under pressure, and the team comprising of Caitlin W, Davinna S and Manasa S earned a Certificate of Excellence for their accuracy.
Whilst waiting for the results to be announced students had the opportunity to hear from Macquarie University students, including Tara Alumni Nina Kettle, now in her third year of a Bachelor of Medical Science. The university students shared some of their insights about tertiary study.
At the end of the morning students walked away having learned that chemical analysis can be a lot of fun when it’s a competition.
Year 12 Graduation Ring
In past year's Tara Anglican School has created a Year 12 Graduation ring as a special memento!
The silver ring is engraved with "Tara 2021" and costs $40.00.
Payment must be made before your ring is ordered.
Last orders will be taken on 13 August, 2021.
The 2021 Graduation ring is optional. To order please go to the events booking page here www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events
2021 Sheen Family Prize - Performer of the Year
To book for this free event please click here www.tara.nsw.edu.au/book-events/
S02 Tara 1 vs Queenwood 1, Win, 48-45
S11 Tara 2 vs SCEGGS 4, Win, 28-6
S16 Tara 3 vs Ascham 5, Win, 28-14
S17 Tara 4 vs Queenwood 8, Loss, 8-18
J03 Tara 5 vs Abbotsleigh 15, Loss, 9-45
J06 Tara 6 vs Kincoppal Rose Bay 10, Win, 32-23
J08 Tara 7 vs Meriden 8, Loss, 16-24
J10 Tara 8 vs Meriden 10, Loss, 7-28
J11 Tara 9 vs Abbotsleigh 23, Win, 26-20
Y702 Tara 10 vs Queenwood 15, Loss, 14-40
Y705 Tara 11 vs Danebank 9, Win, 37-6
Y709 Tara 12 vs Wenona 13, Loss, 14-37
The Senior 1sts came away with a well-deserved win in Round 6. Displaying improved defensive skills, the girls played a tough and competitive game against Queenwood. Abbey V playing an impressive game again this week, along with Keisha L who sunk some great shots from the 3 point line. The Senior 2nds also won on Saturday against SCEGGS, Rhema C was this week’s star player as she got lots of rebounds. The girls performed some great intercepts which provided lots of opportunities for Tara to shoot and get ahead of their competition. Although not coming away with a win, the Junior 4ths are a very resilient and cohesive team. All girls are trying their absolute hardest every game, especially Jasmine X whose hard work does not go unnoticed! The Junior 5ths came away with a convincing win against Abbotsleigh, Nara S and Ella W helping the team with their speedy offense and all girls displaying improved dribbling and shooting skills. An exciting round 6 with many Tara wins, we hope to continue the hard work for next week’s last game of the season
S02 Tara 1 vs Monte 2, Win, 46-28
S11 Tara 2 vs St Stanislaus 1, Win, 37-26
S16 Tara 3 vs Danebank 3, Win, 27-6
S17 Tara 4 vs Abbostleigh 13, Win, 17-11
J03 Tara 5 vs Queenwood 10, Loss, 22-34
J06 Tara 6 vs Meriden 7, Loss, 20-50
J08 Tara 7 vs Danebank 5, Win, 36-7
J10 Tara 8 vs Danebank 6, Draw, 9-9
J11 Tara 9 vs Abbotsleigh 23, Win, 28-10
Y702 Tara 10 vs Pymble 17, Loss, 13-16
Y705 Tara 11 vs Meriden 14, Loss, 20-28
Y709 Tara 12 vs Roseville 21, Win, 30-13
There was lots of enthusiasm from every Tara girl in the final round going into the last game of the Basketball season for 2021. Many Tara teams finished with outstanding results reflecting the hard work, passion and constantly improving skills. The senior firsts finished their season with a convincing win against Monte to finish fourth overall in SO2, a great achievement for a high division. The Senior 2nds finished very impressively coming first overall in their division, congratulations to these girls for a great win. Rhema C and Ali M displayed many great defense skills on the weekend fighting for the ball multiple times. The Senior 3rds finished their season coming second! There were many impressive offense skills shown by Nikki Z during the whole game, and Bel F and Natasha R for aggression in the key. Thank you to the year 12’s for playing during this busy year and for ticking the last basketball game of your list of lasts! The Junior 1sts equaled first overall!! Elizabeth G and Holly M played an outstanding last game on Saturday, sinking some impressive shots and holding up a tight defense. Our Year 7 girls enjoyed their first season of basketball, which for many was the first time ever playing the game, your teamwork and hard work did not go unnoticed. Congratulations to all Tara girls for an exciting season, you should all be very proud of the way you have represented Tara.
Jaz H - Basketball Captain
S03 Tara 1 vs Pymble 2, Loss, 0-4
S10 SEMI FINAL Tara 2 vs Loreto Normanhurst 5, Win, 3-0
J08 Tara 3 vs Brigidine 6, Win, 3-1
On Saturday, Tara 3 played an incredible game against Brigidine College and won 3 – 1! The whole team tried very hard and communicated excellently to support each other.
The 2nds played another home game on the weekend playing a semi-final and came back with a win! It was an intense game and the whole team played amazing and had some incredible plays and were able to beat Abbotsleigh and make it to the finals!
The Senior 1sts unfortunately lost to Pymble 0-4, the top team of the table. However, there was some great clearances from Charis Z as well as some impressive saves from Siena L.
S03 Tara 1 vs Kambala 1, Loss, 2-4
S10 FINAL Tara 2 vs Abbotsleigh 7, Loss, 0-2
J08 Tara 3 vs St Vincent’s 4, Loss, 2-4
For the last Round, Tara 3 played their final game of the season. Unfortunately they lost 2-4 against St Vincent’s College. The game was played at Moore Park with an amazing view of Sydney city as the backdrop. The whole team tried their very best and were very enthusiastic throughout the game. It has been an awesome season, well done!
Tara 2 had their final this weekend. It was a very intense game against Abbotsleigh and both teams played their hardest. The whole team played so well but unfortunately lost.
The Senior 1sts also played in Moore Park, and despite losing 2-4, the girls’ morale was high and they had a great time with some great clearances from Sarah F and goals from Bianca M.
Sienna E - Football Captain
All Schools Diving
Congratulations to Year 8 student Ruby D who won both the 12-14 Years Girls Platform and 13 Years Girls Springboard events at the recently held NSW All Schools Diving at SOPAC Homebush.
See Ruby dive in her events here.
Congratulations, Ruby, yet another extraordinary effort!
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
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.
The information contained in the newsletter link below is intended as a guide only. Please confirm all details on relevant websites. Information provided by JobJump Pty Ltd which takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.
Careers Newsletter - 3 June 2021
Careers Newsletter - 10 June 2021
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.