Junior School News
Term 1, Week 9, 2020
From the Dean of Learning Years 7-10
2021 MYP Personal Project
Since September 2020, students in Year 10 have spent a minimum of 25 hours engaged in the pursuit of their Personal Project goals. The Project incorporates both the creation of a product and the achievement of a learning intention that is explored in a final written report.
The process involves students planning, researching, and actioning their learning. While all girls are supported along the way, the Personal Project is student directed and focuses on the interests and passions of each individual. The personal nature of the Project is important, with students deciding what they will learn and how they will learn it, what success will look like, and how they will express their new skills and knowledge to the world. The development of new knowledge occurs within a context that is of significance to the student, allowing them to follow their curiosity and creativity.
In 2021, the Personal Project topics chosen have once again spanned the six Global Contexts, Fairness and Development, Identities and Relationships, Orientation in Space and Time, Personal and Cultural Expression, Scientific and Technical Innovation, and Globalisation and Sustainability, demonstrating the wide range of interests of the students. The girls have created products such as picture books, websites, videos, digital designs, essays, artworks, and music compositions, all while expanding their researching, communicating, reflecting, and thinking skills.
One highlight of the 2021 Personal Project is the sustainable fashion business created by Isabella K who now designs, manufactures, and sells clothing made from upcycled and recycled materials. Isabella combined her interest in e-commerce, her passion for fashion, and the Globalisation and Sustainability Global Context to learn about starting a small business with a big ethical message.
Writing a 3500 word report offers the girls an opportunity to reflect on the process. Their highlights, challenges, growths, and developments are critically analysed and their products evaluated. The report asks girls to consider how they have grown as IB Learners, with emphasis placed on their Approach to Learning Skills and the Learner Profile Attributes. Year 10 have expressed how they have improved their project management and research skills while also overcoming hurdles like procrastination and indecision. It has been fantastic to see the girls thinking about thinking, talking about communication and planning how they will plan throughout this process.
A task of this kind does not happen without the help of many people. Year 10 would like to thank Mrs Sinden, Mrs Wade-Ferrell, and the Library Team for their organisation, mentoring, and feedback; the IT Staff for their advice and assistance; their families for guidance and support; Mrs Calleya-Jones for her care and enthusiasm; and their Teacher Supervisors for wise counsel and encouragement.
While current restrictions have caused us to change our original plans for celebrating the girls’ work in person, we will soon be able to enjoy watching their highlight videos on Canvas. Well done Year 10, you can be very proud of your application and the results of your efforts.
Tara Community News
Tara Old Girls' Association - Joan Waugh Scholarship
Joan Waugh Scholarship applications are now open!
Miss Mary Elizabeth (Joan) Waugh was the headmistress of Tara Anglican School for Girls from 1887 to 1845.
In recognition of her long career which spanned two centuries, Miss Waugh received strong appreciative respect amongst her peers and students. The Tara Old Girls' Association decided to honour her work and memory through the naming of the first Old Girls' Scholarship to the value of $5,000.
The Joan Waugh Scholarship is reserved for the candidates who demonstrate excellent endeavours in different aspects of community life and a potential for leadership in addition to their academic abilities. The Award aims to assist the former student in the undertaking of further studies, research or development in a particular field of interest, skill or expertise, either in Australia or overseas.
Applications close 30 September, 2021. To apply please download the application form from the Tara Anglican School website at https://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/community/.
Tara Old Girls' Association - Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting
11 August, 2021 online via TEAMS at 7:00pm
If you are an Old Girl and would like to attend the online meeting, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A link for TEAMS to join the online meeting will be sent to you via email.
Junior School News
100 Days of Kindergarten!
On Monday 2 August, our amazingly talented girls celebrated 100 Days of Kindergarten!
Despite not being able to gather in ‘real life’, we joined together online for a day filled with fun and activities all focused around the number 100!
Miss Bowden and Mrs Schultz are so incredibly proud of our courageous, caring, clever and resilient Kindergarten girls and all they have achieved so far this year!
We look forward to watching them continue to bloom and thrive as the year continues.
Before and After School Care News
What a busy week we had!
The Children enjoyed a range of activities from craft to cooking. It is wonderful to see the children so dedicated to activities and contributing to their interests.
Recently our ELC’s have shown an increasing interest in reusing envelopes. We decided to make our own pets from these envelopes. Cooking is a popular activity with older girls, and we now have a new oven to enjoy. The children look for recipes and are very excited to taste the finished product and share them with their parents when they are going home.
Musica Viva Concert – Water Water Everywhere
Miss Bec - Junior School Music Teacher
On Thursday 29 July, our youngest girls had the pleasure of participating in the Musica Viva In Schools show ‘Water Water Everywhere' featuring The Water Concerto by Tan Dun. The excerpts for the concert were arranged by Thea Rossen and Leigh Harrold.
The Water Concerto uses a unique combination of well known instruments such as the piano and clarinet, as well as unconventional instruments including water percussion, a prepared vibraphone and a waterphone. Our girls had the opportunity to discover these instruments and their particular sounds and playing techniques.
Tan Dun is a contemporary Chinese composer, born and raised in a rural village in Changsha in Hunan province, and now living in New York. Each movement of The Water Concerto reflects different parts of his life and our girls were able to imagine the tranquillity of rural China compared with the hustle and bustle of the city of New York.
The musicians interacted with our girls through creating body percussion patterns, discovering high and low sounds, and explaining how pitch can change when instruments enter the water. We enjoyed listening and reflecting during the online performance. Our girls have deepened their understanding about the role of a performer and an audience. It was exciting to hear responses from our youngest girls, who were raising animated hands, typing in the Q and A column, and unmuting themselves to interact with our musicians.
We are now communicating with Musica Viva about how their concerts can be enhanced even further within this online platform. We would definitely welcome another musical group to Tara in the future!
We concluded last term full of energy by taking part in our Athletics Carnivals. Due to the construction taking place around the School, this year the Year 3 to 6 carnival was held offsite at Barton Park in North Parramatta. With it being in such proximity to School, it enabled us to run almost an identical program to what we would have planned if we were on site at School.
The girls rotated around the different running, throwing, and jumping events in their age groups. They participated in sprints, discus and shot put, long jump and high jump. The size of the park allowed us to operate the different events at the same time. Being able to watch our fellow house mates and spectate the other events taking place around us added a real sense of togetherness and created a wonderful atmosphere throughout the day.
Towards the end of the program, students who qualified in their heats earlier on in the day competed in the 100m and 200m finals. They proved to be very exciting to watch with the smallest of margins separating placings in most races. Girls were committed and caring athletes throughout the day and demonstrated thoughtful acts of sportsmanship. We were able to acknowledge and celebrate our champions and runners up in our final awards assembly last term. Congratulations and thank you to all girls who participated for contributing to a wonderful carnival.
Junior Champion: Eden W
Junior Runner Up: Ruby O
Sub Junior Champion: Ashleigh F
Sub Junior Runner Up: Cleo F
House Champion: Crawford
The ELC to 2 Carnival was held on Mouleric Oval on the last day of Term 2. This carnival always draws a big crowd, and this year was no different! Our fabulous cheer squads made up of mums and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends were not short on house-coloured streamers and banners and they waved them proudly as the girls sprinted past them in their races. Girls rotated around a jumping obstacle, relay races, a space rocket throwing challenge and games and activities using a parachute with the help of their teachers and our diligent Year 6 leaders. It was very rewarding to see the girls proudly perform the skills they had been learning in their PE lessons to overcome the movement challenges at each station on the day. Congratulations to all girls who took part for being balanced risk-takers!
Senior School News
Evatt Debating Competition - Semi Final
Charlotte S - 2020/2021 Debating Prefect
Congratulations to Alisha G and Alisha V in Year 10 who participated in the online Evatt Semi - Final on Thursday August 5. They represented Norway and were selected out of 280 teams from their heat to compete in the Semi Final.
Evatt is a Model United Nations competition where students represent a country in pairs and debate various resolutions on behalf of their allocated countries. The competition is named after Dr Evatt, a former President of the United Nations General Assembly.
We look forward to hearing the final results.
Open Days and Early Entry
All girls in Years 10, 11 & 12 are encouraged to attend many Open Days, participate in virtual tours of campuses and ask questions, as this will help them find and compare courses. See the Summary for Open Days and Tours link and Careers Newsletters here.
Congratulations to the Year 12’s who have received early offers from universities already!
All Year 12’s are encouraged to apply for many Early Entry programs, submit their preferences to UAC and complete their SRS application now. See the list of some Early Entry Programs and deadlines in August or September.
Further information and links to Careers Newsletters, Open Days, Early Entry Programs and much more, are available on the Careers Canvas page.
2021 University Open Days and Tours Updates
Mrs Michelle Williams - Careers Coordinator
Careers Newsletter - 31 July 2021
Careers Newsletter - 5 August 2021
For more information please contact Mrs Michelle Williams via email.