The Tara Tiger Award was introduced in 2016 as part of an initiative led by Peer Support Leaders. The name refers to the Tara Tiger which appears as a mascot at both School and InterSchool Events embodying the Tara Spirit and pride.
The award is student nominated and is one of the only awards given at Tara representing the voice of students.
Girls in Years 8 and 9 are invited to nominate peers who have shown practical application of the Tara Values of Affirmation, Service for Others, Opportunity and Integrity.
As part of the nomination process, girls are required to provide a citation stating why they are have elected to nominate a particular student.
So far in the history of Tara, 27 of these awards have been given.
At the Awards Assembly held this week four more students were added to this list.
As part of the presentation process, the recipients are asked to sign a copy of their citation which will remain part of the history of Tara for future generations of Tara students to read.
Award Recipients - In the words of their peers
Year 8 - Sophia
"Sophia is a caring and loving friend and does the right thing whenever she can. She helps everyone out even if she is not particularly close to them. As a friend, she is always there when I need her. Sophia always encourages people to do their best and knows how to have a good laugh. She takes advantage of opportunities including Chamber Orchestra and Environmental Committee, both of which she participates in with pride and enthusiasm. Sophia always knows how to make people smile and thinks of others before herself."
Year 8 - Elizabeth
"Liz is extremely kind to all and constantly checks up on people ensuring they are ok. She is understanding and she is always there with a happy smile to make everyone feel better. Liz is always there to give good advice and listen. She is supportive of other people and encourages them to do better. Liz takes advantage of many opportunities at Tara by participating in activities. She does Theatre Sports, Saturday Sports, plays many instruments and does singing. Liz has been a very good friend towards many girls in the grade, she is a peacemaker, and she is always willing and striving for the best."
Year 9 - Nikhita
"Nikhita takes advantages of many opportunities at Tara whether in the classroom or cocurricular activities. She is an incredibly sweet and helpful girl who supports and encourages her friends and other classmates at all times. Furthermore, Nikhita always helps others even when not asked and has a lot of integrity. She goes above and beyond Tara Values both during and outside of school and deserves this award."
Year 9 - Jovana
"Jovana deserves this award for many reasons. She consistently helps her peers and is always ready to lend a hand to support others. Jovana participates in sport and takes advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. She puts her best foot forward and tries her absolute best at everything she does. Jovana is encouraging of her peers at all times and is always there to support her friends. Some of her friends enjoy going to School just to talk to her! Jovana has a strong sense of integrity and constantly upholds all School rules."