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Tara Anglican School for Girls

2018 Senior School Information Handbook

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CONTENTS General Information ........................................................................................................................................ 4 Executive Team .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Anticipated Term Dates 2018...................................................................................................................... 4 Contacting the School ................................................................................................................................. 5 Key Information............................................................................................................................................... 7 Absences .................................................................................................................................................... 7 Boarding House Dinner ............................................................................................................................... 7 Buildings and Classrooms........................................................................................................................... 7 Cafeteria (The Bowern Room) .................................................................................................................... 7 Camps ........................................................................................................................................................ 8 Code of Behaviour ...................................................................................................................................... 8 Daily Routine .............................................................................................................................................. 9 Extended Day Student Program ................................................................................................................. 9 Guardianship - Temporary .......................................................................................................................... 9 Illness ....................................................................................................................................................... 10 Leave Requests ........................................................................................................................................ 10 Lockers ..................................................................................................................................................... 10 Personal Property ..................................................................................................................................... 11 Scholarships ............................................................................................................................................. 11 School Fees .............................................................................................................................................. 12 School Grounds ........................................................................................................................................ 13 Student Leadership Team 2017-18 ........................................................................................................... 15 Student Well Being ................................................................................................................................... 15 Transport – Travel to Tara ........................................................................................................................ 17 Uniform ..................................................................................................................................................... 18 Wet Weather ............................................................................................................................................. 23 Learning, Activities, Awards .......................................................................................................................... 24 Academic Learning ................................................................................................................................... 24 Assessment and Reporting ....................................................................................................................... 25 Awards ...................................................................................................................................................... 26 Awards - Senior School Sport ................................................................................................................... 29 Claridge Learning Resource Centre (Senior School Library) .................................................................... 32 Duke of Edinburgh .................................................................................................................................... 33 Exchange and International Opportunities ................................................................................................ 33 PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) ............................................................ 34 Tara Enrichment Centre ............................................................................................................................ 34 Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Textbooks ..................................................................................................................................................... 36 Sport ............................................................................................................................................................. 36 Community ................................................................................................................................................... 43 Identity, Core Purpose and Envisioned Future .............................................................................................. 44 History of Tara .............................................................................................................................................. 46 The House System ....................................................................................................................................... 47 Privacy Policy ............................................................................................................................................... 47

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General Information Address Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Edumate Senior School Junior School Before and After School Care Eggleton House (Boarding House)

Masons Drive, North Parramatta NSW 2151 tara.nsw.edu.au @Tara_School Tara Anglican School for Girls Tara Anglican School for Girls https://edumate.tara.nsw.edu.au/tara/web/app.php/login/ Phone 02 9630 6655 Phone 02 8838 2677 (7:00am - 8:15am and 3:00pm - 6:30pm) Phone 02 8838 2650 Mobile 0411 649 183 Phone 02 8838 2629 Mobile 0422 570 777

Fax 02 9683 6297 Fax 02 8838 2691 Fax 02 9630 8126

Fax 02 8838 2693

Executive Team Principal Chief Financial Officer Director of Operations Deputy Principal Head of Junior School Head of Senior School Chaplain/Director of Christian Faith & Values Deputy Head of Junior School Director of Boarding Director of Enrolments & Communications Director of Student Engagement & Development Dean of Learning ELC -Year 6 (PYP) Dean of Learning Years 7-10 (MYP) Dean of Learning Years 11-12 (HSC)

Mrs Susan Middlebrook Mr Paul Ryan

principal@tara.nsw.edu.au schoolfees@tara.nsw.edu.au

Ms Ruth Adams Mr Scott Baker Mrs Michelle Kay Browning

deputyprincipal@tara.nsw.edu.au juniorschool@tara.nsw.edu.au teachingss@tara.nsw.edu.au chaplain@tara.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Denise Hayward Mrs Samantha Cocks Ms Nikki Williams

dhayward@tara.nsw.edu.au boarding@tara.nsw.edu.au enrol@tara.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Stephanie Griffiths

studentengagement@tara.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Wendy Abernethy

wabernethy@tara.nsw.edu.au

Mr Daryl Hinton

dhinton@tara.nsw.edu.au

Mr Matthew Bonson

mbonson@tara.nsw.edu.au

Anticipated Term Dates 2018 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Tuesday 30 January (Years 7 and 12) Wednesday 31 January (all Senior School and Years 1-6) Tuesday 1 May Monday 23 July Tuesday 6 October

Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

Thursday 12 April Wednesday 27 June Thursday 27 September Wednesday 5 December

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Contacting the School A-Z Absence and Notification of Illness

Absence for medical appointments

Absence / Requests for leave for trips

Academic Programs / Information Academic Contacts

Accounts and Financial Matters Appointment with the Principal Appointment with the Deputy Principal – Head of Junior School or Head of Senior School Appointment with the Dean of Learning 7-10 or Dean of Learning 11-12 Boarding House

Procedure (if applicable) Email studentreception@tara.nsw.edu.au or alternatively, phone the School between 8:00am and 9:00am. If an assessment is missed, a Doctor’s Certificate is required. Parents to give notice in writing two days in advance to Student Reception. Students will be given a note confirming notification and must sign out at Student Reception before leaving the School Grounds. While preferable to limit these to School Vacations, if necessary, applications in writing well in advance, to the Head of Senior School. Years 7 – 10 Years 11 and 12 Director of Sport Head of Christian Studies / Assistant Chaplain Head of Design & Technology and Computing Head of English Head of History Head of Languages Head of Learning Resources (ELC - 12 Libraries) Head of Mathematics Head of PDHPE Head of Science Head of Social Science Head of Visual Arts Careers Debating and Public Speaking ICT Integration EAL/D Learning Support Student Leadership

Applications from girls Years 5-12 for short and long stay boarding

Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

Contact Name Mrs Meredith Peterson

Phone 02 8838 2652

Mrs Meredith Peterson

02 8838 2652

Mr Scott Baker

02 8838 2648

Mr Daryl Hinton Mr Matthew Bonson Ms Ngaire Musto Mr David Janzen

02 8838 2601 02 8838 2671 02 8838 2679 02 8838 2665

Mr Warwick Shepherd

02 8838 2670

Ms Melinda Kearns Mrs Lauren Morgan Dr Morna King Mrs Christine Sinden Mrs Desley Williams Mrs Tracey Heaton Mr Bruce Comerford Mrs Elizabeth George Mrs Lynne Ambler Mrs Michelle Williams Ms Catherine Divitale Mrs Kate Miller Miss Bridget Ngui Mrs Christine Goddard Mrs Sue van Zuylen Mr Paul Ryan

02 8838 2669 02 8838 2664 02 8838 2661 02 8838 2641 02 8838 2634 02 8838 2667 02 8838 2637 02 8838 2665 02 8838 2663 02 8838 2662 02 8838 2633 02 8838 2669 02 8838 2637 02 8838 2669 02 8838 2607 02 8838 2143 02 8838 2625

Mrs Susan Wickenden

02 8838 2622

Ms Laura Oakman

02 8838 2648

Mrs Lyn Muir

02 8838 2616

Ms Nikki Williams

02 8838 2655

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Cafeteria Careers Advice Change of Address Change of subject / subject choice Enquiries re: Pre K – Year 12 School Routine, Organisation Enrichment Centre Enrolments Gifts to the School / Tara Foundation Illness while at School Lost Property Music Performances and Productions Publications / items for Tara News School website Sport Subject Enquiries Edumate Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Crested Items Uniform Shop Second Hand Clothing Year Coordinators

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Student Opal Cards can be ordered online at transportnsw.info/school-students The Opal Card will be posted to the home address once processed.

Mrs Meredith Peterson

02 8838 2135

Mr Tony Griffiths Mrs Michelle Williams Ms Ruth Adams Mr Daryl Hinton Mr Matthew Bonson Ms Ruth Adams

02 8838 2626 02 8838 2633

Mrs Michelle Oakley Ms Nikki Williams

02 8838 2619 02 8838 2655 02 9630 6655

Students report to Student Reception then to the Health Centre Report to Student Reception

Sr Sue Peterie

02 8838 2653

Mrs Meredith Peterson Mr Iain Hoy Ms Belinda Wright

02 8838 2652 02 8838 2638 02 8838 2638

Tara News - the School’s fortnightly newsletter www.tara.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Angela Doubleday

02 8838 2656

Ms Nikki Williams Mrs Angela Doubleday Ms Ngaire Musto

02 8838 2655 02 8838 2656 02 8838 2679

Mr Daryl Hinton Mr Matthew Bonson Mr Matthew Marcellino

02 8838 2601 02 8838 2671 02 8838 2682

Mrs Barbara Kirkby Mrs Hana Blogg

02 8838 2646

In writing to the Deputy Principal Years 7 – 10 Years 11 and 12

Pre K – Year 12 enquiries to the Director of Sport Years 7 – 10 Years 11 and 12 https://edumate.tara.nsw.edu.au Tara’s Parent Portal The Uniform Shop is located in the Senior School and is open during term time on: Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 4pm Thursday 12noon – 6pm Friday 12noon – 4pm All cheques made payable to TARA CLOTHING SHOP See in store for information

02 8838 2646

Open during term time every Tuesday 12noon – 3pm Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12

Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

02 8838 2601 02 8838 2671 02 8838 2644

02 8838 2646

Mrs Mariam Awadalla Mrs Carolyn Madigan Mrs Kate Miller Mrs Heather Liney Mrs Kathleen Crawford Mrs Robyn Thurston

02 8838 2611 02 8838 2631 02 8838 2612 02 8838 2663 02 8838 2605 02 8838 2618

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Key Information Absences The Board of Studies requires that the School has a written explanation for all absences. Our pastoral care of students is very important to us and it is vital that the procedures indicated are followed. If a student is unable to attend School for part, or all of one day, the following procedures apply: • Contact Student Reception by email studentreception@tara.nsw.edu.au, phone 02 8838 2652 or fax 02 9683 6297, giving the student’s name and her reason for absence. If you know your daughter will not be coming in for a few days, please let us know. • A note of explanation should be written, signed and dated by a parent or guardian and handed in at Student Reception on the student’s first day back at School. Notes should be addressed to Mr Scott Baker, and should clearly include name of student, Mentor Group, date of and reason for absence.

Prolonged Absences If a student’s absence due to illness is likely to extend over a number of days, the School should be informed by contacting Student Reception on 02 8838 2652. The appropriate Year Coordinator will make arrangements for work to be supplied or for special assistance to be provided when the student returns to School. Requests for extended leave for family trips or other reasons should be made in writing to the Head of Senior School well in advance.

Leave Requests Appointments should be made out of School hours if at all possible. In the event that an appointment can only be gained during School hours, it is expected that the student will return to School afterwards. In the event of a planned absence, for example a medical appointment, permission should be sought in writing at least 48 hours prior to the planned absence. Requests for leave should be addressed to Student Reception and should be written, signed and dated by parent or guardian, and include the reason for the absence. Please write the student’s name and Mentor Group clearly at the top of the note.

Boarding House Dinner Day girls wishing to have a boarding house dinner are welcome to make bookings, at least two days in advance at Student Reception. A dining room voucher will be issued. The cost is approximately $8.50 per dinner. On occasion, a staff member may organise other meals in the boarding house for a class or group.

Buildings and Classrooms Classroom furniture has been arranged in accordance with the educational needs of the teacher and subject. Areas near classrooms are to be kept clean and tidy. No food or drink is to be taken into or consumed in classrooms except for rooms designated for wet weather use at recess or lunch.

Cafeteria (The Bowern Room) Enquiries regarding the Cafeteria may be directed to Mr Tony Griffiths, Chef, on 02 8838 2626 or via email tgriffiths@tara.nsw.edu.au The Cafeteria is normally open every School day from 7:00am - 4:30pm. A sample menu includes: Breakfast 7:00am – 8:30am A selection of cereals and toasted sandwiches, fruit bread and Hot and cold drinks fresh fruit Morning Tea 10:16am – 10:36am A selection of hot snacks, cheese toasties, Red Rock and Smiths Hot and cold drinks varieties, assorted chocolates, homemade brownies Lunch 12:52pm – 1:34pm Homemade hot dishes change on a daily basis, a selection of Hot and cold drinks sandwiches and salads, sushi, fresh fruit salad and whole fruit Selection of ice cream varieties After School 3:20pm – 4:30pm Toasted sandwiches, chocolate, fresh fruit Hot and cold drinks Selection of ice cream varieties

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Seating is provided in the Cafeteria. Students should ensure that all rubbish is placed in the bins provided and tables should be cleared of food or packaging when leaving. Chairs should be neatly placed under the tables. The Senior School Cafeteria does not accept cash as payment from students. Students who wish to use the Cafeteria must put funds on their student ID cards using the “my student account option”. For more information, please contact Mr John Ingegneri, Finance and Operations Manager, via email jingegneri@tara.nsw.edu.au or visit tara.nsw.edu.au and click on the link labelled ‘My Student Account’.

Camps In 2018 the Senior School camps will be held in Week 5 of Term 1 28 February-2 March (Year 9 commencing on 27 February). It is mandatory that all students attend camps as these have been designed to meet outcomes that will enhance personal growth and holistic development. Camps also aim to provide positive and challenging experiences which orientate and unite the cohort for the year ahead. Each camp has a different focus where students are given the opportunity to engage with new experiences, exercise leadership, develop resilience, consider needs of others, and strengthen their friendships with one another. Enquiries regarding Senior School camps should be directed to the relevant Year Coordinator as follows: Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12

Mrs Mariam Awadalla Mrs Carolyn Madigan Mrs Kate Miller Mrs Heather Liney Mrs Kathleen Crawford Mrs Robyn Thurston

mawadalla@tara.nsw.edu.au cmadigan@tara.nsw.edu.au kmiller@tara.nsw.edu.au hliney@tara.nsw.edu.au kcrawford@tara.nsw.edu.au rthurston@tara.nsw.edu.au

Code of Behaviour All students are expected to show courtesy, respect, kindness, consideration and good manners towards others and to behave responsibly in regard to the safety and property of others and themselves. Within the classroom: • It is the right of the teacher to be able to teach • It is the right of the student to be able to learn • No student has the right to behave in any way which may inhibit others from learning • Students should keep themselves and others safe • Students are not to leave the School grounds or go into “out-of-bounds” areas without permission. They must be in the “right place at the right time” and be where a teacher can see them or has given them permission to be • Students should be aware they are representing the School and their behaviour, conduct and uniform should always be impeccable Detention: • Lunchtime detentions may be issued for unacceptable behaviour • In Senior School detentions may occur after School or in holidays • Students who have been issued with a lunchtime detention must report to the Head of Senior School’s office promptly at 1.00pm on Wednesday • After School detentions are held on Tuesday at 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Students who have been issued with an after School detention should report to Student Reception at 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon • Serious breaches of the Code of Behaviour may result in suspension or expulsion • Tara expressly prohibits corporal punishment and actively discourages others from using it. Tara does not sanction the administering of corporal punishment by non-School persons, including parents, to enforce discipline at School

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Daily Routine • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

On arrival at School students should place bags and other belongings in their lockers and organise materials for each session of lessons During roll-call at beginning of Period 1, students must remain silent as attendance is checked. Absence notes and notes requesting leave should be handed in at Student Reception Students who have an Extra Subject Lesson in Roll-call / Period 1 are to go to Student Reception to sign in, get their Planner stamped and go to class At Recess and Lunch students must remain within supervised playground areas, unless involved in activities like sport or music under the supervision of teachers Materials and books should be collected: for Periods 1 and 2, before School, for Periods 3 and 4 at the end of recess, and for Periods 5 and 6 at the end of lunch. Girls are not permitted to go to their lockers between lessons Students must move promptly to all lessons and go straight to Assembly, Chapel, House Meetings etc, taking books etc. with them The cleanliness of all classrooms is the responsibility of all students Classrooms are locked and students must wait outside the classroom until ushered in by the teacher Students are expected to show courtesy to staff members and visitors at all times. This includes standing when an adult enters the classroom Students wishing to see a teacher should only come to Student Reception in the second half of lunch, unless the teacher has arranged a different time If a staff member is absent and a class is supervised, students must work quietly unless permission to speak has been granted by the supervising teacher. Students may come to Student Reception before School, at Recess or at Lunchtime Students who need to come to Student Reception during a lesson or between lessons need a permission slip from their teacher and should bring their Planner with them Students wishing to go to the Health Centre must first report to Student Reception to have their name entered in the Health Centre book and have the details recorded in their Planners

Extended Day Student Program A new program is being offered through the Boarding House for Senior School students in Years 7-12. The program is tailored for day students who require supervised study, allowing them access to Tara’s facilities after hours while being supervised by the boarding house staff. Day students can stay at school and do extra-curricular activities, then join the boarders for dinner, before going to the library for supervised homework time. This program is designed to assist busy working families.

From 3.30pm to 5.30pm: Day girls have the opportunity to attend their regular after school sports training or co-curricular class, study in the library or relax in the boarders’ dining room. They will then join the Tara boarders at Eggleton house to get ready for dinner.

From 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Day girls are invited to experience a touch of boarding life, attending the boarder’s dining room for a buffet dinner with their friends.

From 6:30pm - 8:30pm: Under the guidance of Director of Boarding, Mrs Samantha Cocks, and her staff, the girls’ homework and study will be assisted by qualified teachers and tutors in the subject areas of Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Languages, Science and Visual Arts. They are able to ask questions and seek advice when needed. At the end of this structured homework time, also known as prep to the boarders, the girls can then plan for the next day. After homework is completed the girls will be ready to be picked up at 8:30pm from Eggleton House. Please contact the Director of Boarding, Mrs Samantha Cocks, via email scocks@tara.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Guardianship - Temporary If a student is temporarily in the care of someone other than parents or a permanent guardian, the School should be informed in writing or by phone. It is most important that the School be notified of emergency phone numbers to be used in such cases. Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Illness Student illness and absence from class must be reported to Student Reception. Students who are ill should report to Student Reception (with a friend, if necessary). Teachers will issue permission notes for this during lesson time. Student Reception will give appropriate assistance, send the student to the School Nurse in the Health Centre in Eggleton House and parents may be contacted to arrange for the student to go home. A student or class member should report illness outside the classroom so that suitable assistance can be given. Under NO circumstances should your daughter contact you on her mobile phone to make her own arrangements.

Laptops All students will be issued with laptops. All the conditions of the use and care of these laptops are contained in separate documents.

Leave Requests Appointments should be made out of School hours if at all possible. In the event that an appointment can only be gained during School hours, it is expected that the student will return to School afterwards. In the event of a planned absence, for example a medical appointment, permission should be sought in writing at least 48 hours prior to the planned absence. Requests for leave should be addressed to Student Reception and should be written, signed and dated by parent or guardian, and include the reason for the absence. Please write the student’s name and Mentor Group clearly at the top of the note.

Lockers Lockers, locks and Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) are allocated by Year Coordinators. Each student must memorise her PIN and should not reveal it to another student. If a student forgets her PIN she should seek assistance from her Year Coordinator. Locks must not be left undone except when the owner is at her locker. Students, including boarders, should go to lockers at the beginning of each lesson block only (before School, at the end of Recess and at the end of Lunch). Belongings left outside lockers may be confiscated. All students must take responsibility for the cleanliness of the locker areas.

Mobile Phones Tara Senior School Mobile Phone Policy Intent • • •

To encourage positive relationships and communication between Tara students, and removing the distraction and impact of instant and continual access to social media and digital communication. To ensure that whilst at Tara, student use of technology is safe and appropriately managed. To support students in accessing recommended and targeted educational technology which aligns with and enriches the education programs of Tara.

Rules 1. Mobile phones, ‘smart watches’, and other like devices should not be brought to school at all or otherwise kept in secured student lockers. If a locker cannot be secured for some reason the phone or device should be left with Student Reception for safe keeping until the end of the school day. Tara accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen mobile phones, ‘smart’ watches or other like devices. 2. Mobile phones, ‘smart watches’, and other like devices are not to be used, visible, or on the person of students during the School day between the hours of 8.00am and 3.30pm. 3. If attending classes or other Tara activities, such as music, sport, debating, or supervision in Tara venues and/or grounds after 3.30pm, students may keep their phone in their bag nearby. 4. Students found to not comply with point 2 or 3 will have their phone or device immediately confiscated and held securely until the following day by Student Reception, to be collected by students between 8.00am and 8.30am only. Weekends count as one day. Students found to break this rule a second time will have their phone or device confiscated for 2 full days, secured and collected back from Head of Senior School between 8.00am and 8.30am only. Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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A third and consequent offences will require a parent/guardian to collect the phone or device from the Head of Senior School at their convenience after 3 full days. Ongoing issues in this regard may also result in After School Detentions. Parents/Guardians will be notified whenever a device has been confiscated. 5. The above rules apply for off-site Tara events, such as carnivals, camps, and excursions unless otherwise indicated on permission notes for these events.

Points to Note • • • •

During the school day students needing to contact Parents, Guardians, or others, can do so through Student Reception during scheduled breaks. Likewise, Parents or Guardians may contact students through Student Reception (8838 2652). For Boarders, usual Boarding House rules apply until leaving and returning to the Boarding house each day. If the use of mobile phones or other devices is required for educational reasons during an excursion or other event this will be indicated on the permission note and closely supervised by teachers. If the use of mobile phones or other devices is required for educational reasons in a particular lesson students will be given notice of this in advance, with devices returned to lockers or Student Reception immediately after that lesson.

Personal Property It is expected that students will take responsibility for their property or values. Large sums of money should be left at Student Reception for safe keeping. It is imperative that all items of personal property are clearly marked with the student’s name. In this way, any misplaced items can be quickly and easily returned. Items to be named include: School bag (a tag should be attached to the outside of bag, showing student’s name, School and School phone number); all items of uniform, including shoes and joggers; all PE equipment such as tennis racquet and cover, hockey stick, swimming cap, towel; all text books, exercise books and folders, calculators and watches.

Scholarships Tara Anglican School for Girls offers a number of scholarships to students who can demonstrate cocurricular achievements and strong academic performance. For the music scholarship, the student must excel in music performance. Scholarships are also offered to assist families with limited financial resources. In keeping with Tara’s tradition of inclusion and recognition of outstanding individuals, we are proud to offer a number of scholarships to cover part or full tuition to girls in both our Junior and Senior Schools. For all scholarship enquiries, visit tara.nsw.edu.au/enrolment/scholarships or contact Ms Nikki Williams, Director of Enrolments & Communications, via email scholarship@tara.nsw.edu.au. We invite applications from girls for the 2018 school year for the following scholarships and bursaries:

Academic Scholarship for girls entering Years 5, 7 and 9 The Academic Scholarship is open to both current students and external applicants. Candidates are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio, outlining their achievements and involvement in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. These details will be considered in conjunction with the results of the Edutest academic testing.

All-Rounder Scholarship for girls entering Years 5, 7 and 9 The All-Rounder Scholarship is open to both current students and external applicants. Candidates are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio, outlining their achievements and involvement in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. These details will be considered in conjunction with the results of the Edutest academic testing.

Music Scholarship for girls entering Year 7 The Music Scholarship is open to both current students and external applicants. Candidates must demonstrate an advanced level of instrumental or vocal proficiency. Candidates are asked to apply with a

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scholarship portfolio and sit the Edutest academic testing and an audition to be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

Tara Foundation (means-tested) scholarships for girls entering Year 7 The Tara Foundation (means-tested) Scholarship is open to both current students and external applicants. This scholarship is for candidates not otherwise able to attend Tara for financial reasons as it is means tested. Students are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio and sit the Edutest academic testing.

Boarding for girls entering Year 7 The Tara Boarding (means-tested) Scholarship is open to external boarding applicants from a regional area outside of Sydney (not necessarily NSW). Candidates are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio, outlining their achievements and involvement in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. These details will be considered in conjunction with the results of the Edutest academic testing. All scholarships require girls to sit the Edutest scholarship test which will be held at Tara Anglican School for Girls on Saturday 10 March 2018 from 11:30am and finishing at 2:30pm. Scholarship academic testing is conducted by the Melbourne-based Edutest organisation and practice tests are available on the Edutest site. Each candidate applying for a scholarship for Years 5, 7 or 9 will be asked to provide a portfolio which in general terms, will highlight their academic and co-curricular achievements. The student must demonstrate enthusiasm for leadership opportunities, community involvement and/or academic, sporting or cultural pursuits as part of this portfolio. Portfolio submissions are due in hardcopy to Tara Anglican School for Girls by Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 4:00pm. Portfolios cannot be accepted on the Scholarship Testing Day. Please note: for some scholarships, you will be asked to provide additional and specific evidence of achievements or supporting documentation. Scholarships are offered based on merit and may be granted at the Principal’s discretion. Students can only receive and hold one scholarship/bursary only for the duration of their study at Tara. The scholarships cover partial or full remission of tuition fees or boarding fees (excluding extras). All other expenses are to be met at the full rate by the family. Online applications for 2020 scholarship entry will open in November 2018.

School Fees The Council reviews fees in November for the following School year. Note: families should anticipate a modest fee increase by the School Council. For all financial and accounting matters, contact Tara’s Chief Financial Officer – Director of Operations, Mr Paul Ryan on 02 8838 2625.

Application Fee $220 per application (includes GST)

All prices as at October 2017

Enrolment Fees Kindergarten – Year 10 (non-refundable) $1,500 Sisters (non-refundable) $250

Kindergarten – Year 10 (non-refundable) $1,500 Overseas students $2,000

Tuition Fees Tuition and Boarding fees accounts are charged over the four Terms. Fees are payable by direct debit from nominated bank account or credit card by 10 instalments commencing 15 February to 15 November inclusive. Conditions and notes are shown below. Pre Kindergarten (ELC) $15,504 Years 1 - 2 $17,023 Years 5 - 6 $19,802 Years 9 - 10 $24,821

Kindergarten $17,023 Years 3 - 4 $19,232 Years 7 - 8 $24,380 Years 11 - 12 $26,382

Boarding Fees (in addition to tuition fees) $23,546 annually (includes Government required GST on food). Also payable by direct debit.

Sibling Discounts A sibling discount of 10% applies when 2 or more children from one household are students at the School. This will apply to the youngest sibling. A 20% discount applies to the tuition fees payable for the youngest Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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sibling and a 10% discount applies to the tuition fees payable for the middle sibling when 3 children from the same household are students at the School simultaneously. When 4 or more children from the same household are students at the School simultaneously, a 20% discount applies to the tuition fees payable for the youngest siblings and a discount of 10% applies to the tuition fees payable for the second oldest sibling.

Overseas students Years 7 - 8 Years 9 - 10 Years 10 - 11

$31,000 $33,500 $37,000

Boarding $23,546 annually (includes GST $450)

Condition and Notes 1. Fee accounts are rendered on four occasions each year corresponding to the four (4) terms EXCEPT for Year 12 which are billed for the full year over three (3) Terms 2. School Fees are to be paid by Direct Debit over 10 instalments commencing 15 February each year from a nominated Bank Account or Credit Card 3. Receipts will only be issued if requested 4. All changes of name, address, and telephone number should be notified in writing to the Business Manager At least one full School Term’s notice of intended withdrawal of a student must be given in writing to the Principal. In the event that such notice is not given, a full term’s fees in lieu of inadequate notice will be payable. The same length of notice must be given if a student wishes to change from boarding to day status only 5. Donations to the Building Fund are deductible for Income tax purposes. A receipt will be issued for all donations made to the Tara School Building Fund 6. The School pays an accident insurance policy for the coverage of all students for non-medicare related expenditure. Tara Council funds a Death and Disablement Fund, the purpose of which is to provide assistance where the person maintaining a student at the school dies or suffers total permanent disablement. (Conditions apply)

Building Fund It is hoped that all families will contribute to the Building Fund each direct debit payment instalment. The cost of education at Tara is provided by school fees paid by families, assisted by Commonwealth and State Government per capita grants. Money for capital works and for the excellent facilities that Tara enjoys has come largely from the extra financial contributions of parents.

Additional charges In addition to School fees, certain subjects attract a small extra levy and extra costs are itemised on School accounts: • • • • • • •

Technology Levy Food Technology, Design and Technology and Art have specific costings for the purchase of goods and equipment Excursions are costed on the specific event Years 11 and 12 special sport/recreation charges School planner, portfolio, lock, card-charged photocopying in library Extra subjects Participation in IGSSA sporting teams

School Grounds Our School is situated on a spacious, attractive site and all students are responsible for seeing that the total School environment is kept clean and tidy. Rubbish should be placed in the bins provided and students must be prepared to clean up any area even if they are not responsible for the rubbish. In the interests of safety, students should keep to the paths when arriving at or leaving School, crossing the roadway when necessary only at marked crossings. This is of particular importance when students are moving through the carpark. Areas which are “out of sight” of teachers on duty are “out of bounds”. No student is to go to the carpark or leave the School grounds during the School day without permission from Student Reception. At Recess and Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Lunchtime students must remain within the supervised playground areas unless they are required in other parts of the School for activities supervised by teachers. The supervised areas include the main quadrangle lawn and The Bowern Room. No food or drink is to be taken to any building or outdoor area below the ramp near the D&T area, unless permission has been given to a group supervised by a teacher for a specific activity. If students sit on paths, staircases and balconies they should leave room for people to pass. No towels or other articles may be hung out of windows or over railings or balconies. The following substances are not to be brought to School because they are potentially damaging to health, clothing or property: • • •

aerosol containers (particularly deodorants), chewing gum liquid paper

Possession of any of these may result in a detention. Students should not bring electrical or battery operated appliances to School (e.g. iPods, MP3 players, radios, computer games, electric jugs, sandwich makers). Unless permission has been granted, these items may be confiscated.

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Student Leadership Team 2017-18 Head Girl Deputy Head Girl Head Boarder Prefects Art Debating Drama Music Sport Academic Christian Faith Liaison Social Justice House Prefects Crawford Hake Walker Waugh

Zoe Shim Grace Wong Zoe Cross

Leona Zhang Isabel Song Caitlin Miller Petrina Lam Jacqueline Burnand Kate Rangan Prashana Coomarasamy Aiman Ijaz Sarah Goddard

Yufei (Phoebe) Zuo Carissa Percival Stephanie Peacock Jishita Sathyanarayanan

Carla-Ann Capolupo Rukshali Baddevithana Mercedes Crouch Gakenia Mwaniki

Vasudha Soni Phoebe Zeng Annabelle Denton Kiara Wijesinghe

Student Well Being The Tara well being program focuses on the holistic care and development of all members of the community and is embedded across all aspects of school life. A strong spiritual foundation, based on the Christian faith and values, underpins all aspects of the program. Key elements of the Tara Well Being Program involve strengthening physical and mental health, as well as the development of skills used to promote lifelong personal growth, and are summarised in the following visual. A pastoral care program has been established by the Year Coordinators, Counsellors and Director of Student Engagement & Development to ensure that students are supported in their spiritual, academic, physical, social and emotional well-being. A wide range of age appropriate activities are offered as part of the Pastoral Care Programs delivered by staff and specialist speakers. Each student is placed in a Mentor Group, which is linked to their House. This group remains together from Years 7-12 and is led by the Mentor, who is a member of the academic staff. Mentors are responsible for the holistic development of girls in their groups and regularly meet with students to monitor their progress. They also review academic and other reports on student progress and facilitate aspects of the pastoral care program Tara’s Director of Christian Faith & Values and Chaplain, leads the weekly Chapel services that along with Christian Studies seek to enhance the holistic development of students and support their well being. The Director Christian Faith & Values is always available for the students and their families. Mrs Diana Chen and Miss Alicia Merlino are employed as School Counsellors to offer professional advice and to help students, parents and staff. Students may consult these staff at their own request and parents should make contact to discuss matters concerning their daughters. All matters are treated with absolute confidentiality. Sister Sue Peterie, a Registered Nurse, liaises closely with teachers and Pre K - Y12 students. Her office is located in the Health Centre, Eggleton House. The purpose of the Health Centre is to provide a professional health service to the School community with the aim of minimising health related obstacles that can impede learning and personal well-being. The School Nurse maintains confidential health documentation and actively promotes health education within the School as part of the pastoral care program for girls. Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Enquiries regarding the well being of your daughter should be directed to her Mentor or Year Coordinator. General enquiries regarding Pastoral Care may be directed to Mrs Stephanie Griffiths, Director of Student Engagement & Development.

Promoting Positive Peer Relations Members of the Tara community have the right to a safe and caring environment which promotes learning, personal growth in faith, acceptance of others and positive self-esteem. The School staff is committed to providing this and each student has the responsibility to ensure that it occurs. The Tara School community does not tolerate bullying or harassment. Bullying is: “Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.” “Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.” Bullying can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including that based on sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved including bystanders. It is intentional and causes distress, hurt or undue pressure. http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/bullying/definition/index.php Bullying and Harassment can happen in different ways: • verbal – spoken or written e.g. name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threats of unfair criticism, suggestive comments, rumour spreading • physical e.g. hitting, rubbing, grabbing, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping, spitting, taking/damaging property, using a weapon • social e.g. ignoring, excluding, ostracising, alienating including forming groups to leave out, ignoring and disrespect, making inappropriate gestures, looks, stares, facial expressions • sexual e.g. any unwelcome written, verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature • psychological e.g. spreading rumours, dirty looks, hiding or damaging possessions, malicious SMS and email messages, voice and text messages, inappropriate use of camera phones, photographic and video images, inappropriate use of social media • influencing or organising someone else to bully or harass Behaviours that are NOT defined as bullying include: • Single incidents and events • Disagreements between equals, situations of mutual conflict or children not getting along well • Not liking a person or a one- off act of social rejection, meanness or spite • Isolated episodes of nastiness, random acts of aggression, intimidation or violence http://bullyingnoway.gov.au/teachers/facts/definition.html If you believe you are the victim of bullying there are some things you can do to help: • talk to your parents and • inform your Mentor, Year Coordinator, Counsellor, Chaplain or Class Teacher In addition, you may choose to: • be assertive and explain to the bully how you feel - ask them to stop • ask your friends to support you • avoid situations that lead to bullying • don’t let the bully know that you are upset: ignore her • see the School Counsellor If you see a person being bullied it is your responsibility to help. You can do the following: • report the matter to an adult • assist the victim Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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support the victim with kind and friendly, reassuring comments

The School will not tolerate any action that undermines a person’s right to feel safe and it will take whatever steps are necessary to stop such behaviour. Any incidents of bullying should be reported by students and will be dealt with seriously with the well-being of all students involved being of paramount importance throughout the process. There are School Liaison Officers at Castle Hill Police Station that work with Tara. The School Liaison Officers are particularly helpful in terms of giving advice to parents and girls when they are unsure as to how to proceed. The names of these officers change depending on who is on duty. Castle Hill Police Station Cnr Castle & Pennant Streets CASTLE HILL 2154 Phone: 02 9680 5399 Fax: 02 9680 5303 Open 24 hours

Discipline in the Senior School The Tara values of integrity, affirmation, opportunity and service to others underpin all discipline procedures. The overall tone of the school is influenced by the behaviour and actions of all staff and a consistent, positive and rational approach to discipline is essential. At Tara discipline involves both instruction and training towards acceptable conduct. Boundaries and reasonable consequences are in place if standards are not met. Where it is necessary for discipline to take the form of correction, it is approached as a context for learning rather than as an essentially punitive experience. Consequences that relate to misdemeanours and strategies enabling students to reflect on strategies to avoid repeating poor behaviours are implemented. Personal restoration, reconciliation and a sense of moving forward from misdemeanours are the overriding goals when discipline measures are required. Tara has a tiered policy of sanctions and consequences for students who do not follow School behavioural standards and further detail of this can be found in the School Planner that is distributed at the commencement of the school year.

Regarding Substance Abuse Tara upholds the legislation relating to the trafficking, possession and use of drugs. The School educates its students about drug-related issues and appropriate behaviours. Tara is a Christian community and whilst it is incumbent upon us to model forgiveness and grace we must ensure that the world of the School itself and all School activities are safely drug-free. Matters related to drugs are dealt with at the Principal’s discretion and may include counselling, suspension or expulsion. Parent involvement will always be a key factor. School procedures are available within the Tara Planner distributed to all students at the beginning of the year.

Transport – Travel to Tara Public transport enquiries may be directed to the Tara Student Transport Coordinator, Mrs Meredith Peterson on 02 8838 2652. Tara is well serviced by buses to the local suburbs and to the Hills regions. Our school buses service the following areas: Annangrove, Baulkham Hills, Bella Vista, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Drummoyne, Dural, Eastwood, Epping, Galston, Greystanes, Hunters Hill, Kellyville, Kenthurst, Lane Cove, North Rocks, Northmead, Pemulwuy, Pendle Hill, Pennant Hills, Putney, Rouse Hill, Stanhope Gardens, Schofields, Wetherill Park, Windsor and Winston Hills. Buses connect with the train lines at Pennant Hills, Epping and Parramatta. Hills Bus and Sydney Bus operate private bus services to and from the school, sometimes in conjunction with The King’s School. Tara runs special services to the riverside suburbs of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Putney and Drummoyne; north west to Stanhope Gardens, Kellyville and Bella Vista; inner west to Strathfield; and another service south to Greystanes and Pemulwuy.

Guide for parents for pick ups at the bus stops: •

Students must be recognisable/identifiable as a Tara student i.e. in a Tara uniform however mufti will be accepted,

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Students must be outside of the family car prior to bus arriving at a stop, so that the student is able to signal the driver, Students must be waiting at a pre-determined suitable pickup point i.e. government bus stop or location stated on timetable above as a pick up point (ad hock locations are not accepted), Parents to arrange travel with the school prior to commencing travel on the bus. Remain seated in the bus seat and buckle up seat belt (if fitted), No eating or drinking on bus (water excepted), and Maintain good behaviour while on the bus.

For details regarding Opal Bus Passes, bus timetables and Tara Private Bus authorisation forms please go to the Tara website.

Uniform Senior School Uniform enquiries may be directed to Mr Scott Baker, Head of Senior School, on 02 8838 2648 or via email sbaker@tara.nsw.edu.au. The Tara uniform has been designed so that, when worn correctly, it is comfortable, flattering and smart. There is no doubt that a uniform worn properly reflects very positively on the individual student and on Tara. Students should be aware that they are representing the School in public places and that the highest expectations of personal presentation apply. Regular uniform checks are held to ensure that students are correctly dressed at all times. The Tara Uniform Shop is located in the Senior School, on the lower level of Tara’s Boarding House. It is operated by the Tara Foundation and is the only supplier of Tara uniforms. Uniform Shop staff are happy to provide advice and to outfit all students. The Winter Uniform is available before the end of Term 1 and there are special opening days to help with these purchases. Enquiries may be directed to uniform shop staff, Mrs Barbara Kirkby or Mrs Hana Blogg, on 02 8838 2646. Alternatively, please visit the following page: https://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/The-School/uniform-shop The Uniform Shop is open during Term time on: • • •

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm; Thursday 12:00noon - 6:00pm; Friday 12:00noon - 4:00pm

The Uniform Shop will be open at the beginning of each Term from 10:00am - 4:00pm on: • • • •

Monday 29 January Monday 30 April Monday 23 July Monday 15 October

The Uniform Shop will be open on the following days in January 2018 from 10:00am - 4:00pm: • • • • • •

Wednesday 17 January Thursday 18 January Friday 19 January Tuesday 23 January Wednesday 24 January Thursday 25 January

The Uniform Shop will also be open on the following Saturdays in 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00noon: • • • • • • •

Saturday 3 February Saturday 3 March Saturday 7 April Saturday 5 May Saturday 2 June Saturday 4 August Saturday 1 September

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Saturday 3 November Saturday 1 December

The Uniform Shop accepts cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa and cheques payable to ‘Tara Clothing Shop’. Note: payments made by credit card will incur a 1% surcharge. Students not accompanied by a parent, but with an authorised order form, may purchase items on credit card accounts. Uniform Shop purchases will not be added to the tuition accounts.

Second Hand Uniform Shop Good quality second hand garments are also sold. The Second Hand Uniform Shop is run by the Parents and Friends Association and is open every Tuesday from 12 noon – 3pm. All Year Round Uniform Checklist • Hat • Blazer (Y7 - Y9 and Y10 - Y12) • Hair Accessories • School Carry Bag • Excursion / Sports Bag • Tara Brooch - optional • House Badge - optional • D & T Apron and Headband • Food Technology Apron and Headband • Navy Umbrella • Backpack • Navy Raincoat (not available through Uniform Shop) • Representative Sports Uniform as required Summer (Terms 1 and 4) Uniform Checklist • Summer Uniform Dress (Y7 - Y9) • Senior Summer Dress (Y10 - Y12) • White Ankle Socks • Sport Shirt • Sport Shorts • House T-shirt • Tara Cap • Swimming Costume • Swim Cap (House Colours) • Optional items: Board Shorts, Goggles Winter (Terms 2 and 3) Uniform Checklist • Tara Plaid Pinafore (Y7 - Y9) • Tara Blouse (Y7 - Y9) • Black Stockings (Y7 - Y9) • Tara Plaid Pleated Skirt (Y10 - Y12) • Black Stockings (Y10 - Y12) • Tara Senior Blouse (Y10 - Y12) • Jumper (Saxe Blue Y7 - Y9) • Navy Cardigan (Y10 - Y12) • House T-shirt • Rugby Jersey • Track Pants • Optional items: Tara tracksuit, navy overcoat, Tara scarf or plain navy scarf, cotton jumper (upon medical request) Shoe Requirements • School shoes: Black lace up - plain, no raised soles or coloured stitching • Sports shoes: Appropriate, good quality sport shoes with a good sole grip

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Uniform Regulations K - Y12 • The hat must be worn with School uniform (summer and winter). This is a regulation recommended by the Cancer Council • School shoes must be plain black lace-up styles - unadorned and with a low heel • Outside the School grounds jumpers or cardigans are not acceptable as outer garments. Blazers should be worn. In Terms 2 and 3 the blazer must be worn as the outer garment to and from School • Skirt and dress length is below the knee • Only regulation stockings, hair ribbons, clips and scarves are to be worn. All these items are available at the Tara Uniform Shop • Hair should be neat and tidy, and not of an artificial colour or style, which attracts undue attention. Hair should be off the collar and tied well back from the face • Jewellery is not permitted except for plain watches and a single silver or gold stud in each ear lobe and no makeup or nail polish is to be worn • Specialist clothing items apply to certain subject areas and Year groups such as Food Technology, Design and Technology and Hospitality. Correct uniforms must be worn for PE and for the range of Inter School sporting activities • Regulation Tara backpacks available from the Uniform Shop are recommended together with Tara sports bags for PE clothes • School brooches and house badges (Y3 - Y12 only) can be worn. Sport Captains may only wear badges for the year they serve as Captain

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Uniform Pricelist

WINTER UNIFORM

SUMMER UNIFORM Sizes Summer Dress Years ELC - K – 6

Summer Dress Years 7 - 9 (Years 5 & 6 Optional)

Summer Dress Years 10 – 12

Blazer (Navy) Years 10 - 12

$

3–8 10 – 16

98.00 100.00

6–8 10 – 16 18 – 20

112.00 114.00 118.00

6 – 14 16 – 22

124.00 127.00

8 – 16 18 – 24

199.00 205.00

5 – 16 18 – 24

194.00 197.00

All sizes

98.00

Sizes Winter Pinafore Years K – 9

Senior Winter Skirt Years 10 – 12

Winter Blouse K – 9 Years K – 9

School Panama Hat Rain Hat Cover Socks White cotton (Red Robin)

15.00

Winter Socks K - 6 Charcoal Grey Knee Hi

8.00

Garters

7.00

Pantyhose Years 3 – 12 All Black

Jumper (Saxe Blue) Years K – 9

5.50

Pack of 3

All sizes

7.00

3–8 10 – 16 18 – 28

137.00 144.00 151 00

6 – 14 16 – 26

134.00 137.00

3–8 10 – 24

60.00 63-00

Senior Winter Blouse Years 10 – 12 Long Sleeved 6 – 16 18 – 20 Short Sleeved

Blazer Years K – 9

Navy Cardigan Years 10 – 12

$

65.00 68.00

6 – 16 18 – 20

63.00 67.00

4–8 10 – 18 20 – 22

80.00 87.00 95.00

6 – 16 18 – 22

95.00 104.00

Scarf

40.00

Gloves (girls/ladies)

5.00

Honour Pockets

9.00

Overcoats Orders taken 1st Term only - price available

Limited stock held - available in shops

EARLY LEARNING

Navy Shorts House Polo All sizes

EARLY LEARNING 40.00 36.00

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Polar Fleece Top Track Pants White Skivvy – not available purchase from Big W

66.00 50.00

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SPORTS UNIFORM Sizes PE Lessons Years 3-6 Navy shorts House coloured Polos

40.00 53.00

9.00 Girls Ladies All sizes

Sports Early Learning – Year 2 Navy Shorts House Polo Polar Fleece Tops Track Pants Senior School Sports Sports Shorts White Polo House Polos

156.00 166.00 66.00

40.00 36.00 66.00 50.00

40.00 53.00 36.00

Saturday Sports Socks Long Hockey/Soccer White Sport Socks Swimming Costumes Yrs 3 - 12 Girls Ladies Board Shorts Years 7 - 12 Rash Vest

Sizes

$

Rowing Years 7 – 12 Zooties to be ordered Water Polo 7 – 12 Suits to be ordered

Sports Socks Short white

Polar Fleece Years 3 -6

$ 40.00 36.00

Saturday Sport Years 3 - 6 Navy Shorts White Polo

Tracksuits Years 3 - 6

SPORTS UNIFORM

9.00 9.00

Tennis & Netball Years 7 – 12 Skirt - Navy 6 - 10 12 - 14 16 - 18 20 - 22 White Polo

40.00 42.00 43.50 45.00 53.00

Softball Years 7 – 12 Softball Pants White Polo

65.00 53.00

Basketball Years 7 – 12 Sport Shorts Tops supplied by PE Dept Cricket Years 7 – 12 Sport Shorts White Polo Athletics Leggings ¾ Compression Pants Shorts Singlet Top Hoodies Yr 7 – 12 Trackpants Yr 7 – 12

6 - 14 10 - 18 XXS XL G10 L16

8 - 20

40.00

8 - 14 8 - 18

40.00 53.00

75.00 50.00 40.00 90.50 75.50

65.50 70.50 38.00 50.00

Swimming Cap Rep Cap

10.00 10.00

Sun Visor Drama Shirts House Cap Sports Cap

6.00 36.00 14.00 14.00

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ANCILLARY ITEMS Sizes School Bags Years ELC – K – 2 Backpack Yrs 3 – 6 Backpack Yrs 7 – 12 Backpack Yrs 7 – 12 Carry Bag Yrs 3 – 12 Large Sportsbag Yrs 3 – 12 Excursion/Sports Bag Yrs ELC – K – 2 Excursion Bag Yrs ELC - Yr 2 Music/Library/Sport

$ 62.00 80.00 85.00 65.00 52.00 18.00 10.00 9.00

Accessories Hair Accessories – see in shop for details Embroidery Various – see in shop for details Badges School House

18.00 6.00

Design & Technology Apron Head Band

10.00 5.00

JUNIOR SCHOOL ONLY Sizes Art Smocks Bucket Hat (EL – 6) Garters Bags Library, Music, Sport

$ 20.00 18.00 7.00 9.00

Wet Weather The teacher on playground duty will decide whether designated classrooms are to be opened. These areas are to be left in spotless condition at the end of lunch.

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Learning, Activities, Awards Academic Learning Academic enquiries relating to Years 7 to 10 may be directed to Mr Daryl Hinton, Dean of Learning Years 7-10 on 02 8838 2601 or via email dhinton@tara.nsw.edu.au. Academic enquiries relating to Years 11 and 12 may be directed to Mr Matthew Bonson, Dean of Learning Year 11 and 12 on 02 8838 2671 or via email mbonson@tara.nsw.edu.au. Tara provides high quality teaching and learning experiences for its students and is an authorised IB World School delivering the Middle Years Programme in Years 7-9. Parents, staff and students all want the learning environment in the School to enhance the opportunities for students to learn well. Students need to be actively focused on task in class and complete all set homework, learning tasks or research promptly. Extensions will generally not be granted, but in circumstances of illness or misadventure, an application for consideration may be made using the appropriate form. More details are available in Tara’s Assessment Procedures and Guidelines Booklet.

Academic Award System An award system has been designed to encourage and reward students setting appropriate educational goals and working steadily to achieve them. • Subject Award: given by class teacher in a subject, e.g. for excellent achievement in across-the-board • tasks, consistent achievement, outstanding effort • Faculty Award: given by Head of Department for three Subject Awards • Certificate of Achievement: given for three Faculty Awards • Certificate of Distinction: given at Assembly, for three Certificates of Achievement • Pursuit of Excellence Award: presented at Final Assembly to recognise the Award of three Certificates • of Distinction

Subjects for 2018 NB. Christian Studies is a compulsory subject from ELC - Y12. Year 7 All students study the same subjects: English Mathematics Design History Music PDHPE

Science Geography Visual Arts

Christian Studies Languages

Year 8 Students choose a language: French or Japanese. In addition to continuing with the range of subjects studied in Year 7, students will complete two Interdisciplinary Units combining Technology/PDHPE and Drama/History. Students who are identified as needing assistance with English will be invited by the Dean of Learning Years 7 to 10, to undertake a Literacy Intensive Program in place of the Interdisciplinary Units. Year 9 Mandatory Subjects English Mathematics Science Australian History Australian Geography PDHPE Language (French or Japanese) Christian Studies

2 additional subjects to be chosen from Commerce Information Software and Technologies Food Technology Design and Technology Drama French (additional) Elective Geography Elective History Japanese (additional) Music Visual Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Physical Activity and Sports Studies Students in Year 9 who are identified as needing assistance with English, will be invited by the Dean of Learning Years 7-10 to undertake an intensive program in place of an Elective. Year 10 Mandatory Subjects

3 additional subjects continued from Year 9

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Commerce Information Software and Technologies Food Technology Design and Technology Drama French Elective Geography Elective History Japanese Music Visual Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Physical Activity and Sports Studies Financial Independence

Students in Year 10 who are identified as needing assistance with English, Literacy and/or Numeracy will be invited by the Dean of Learning Years 7-10 to undertake an intensive program in place of an Elective and/or Financial Independence. Year 11 and Year 12 In 2018 Tara will offer the following courses at Preliminary and HSC level. Please note that each student must study a minimum of 2 Units of English. NESA indicates that some subjects cannot be studied together. The list represents the full range of courses on offer but classes in each course will only operate if there are sufficient students to make a viable class. English Standard English Advanced Extension 1 Extension 2 (Year 12 only) English as a Second Language Mathematics General 2 Mathematics Mathematics Extension 1 Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only) Biology Chemistry Physics Senior Science (Year 12 only)

Ancient History Modern History History Extension (Year 12 only) Studies of Religion 1 unit Geography Business Studies Economics Legal Studies Drama Music 1 Music 2 Music Extension (Year 12 only)

Food Technology

Design and Technology

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Hospitality

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

French Continuers Japanese Continuers Languages Extension (Year 12 only)

Industrial Technology – Multimedia Software Design and Development (SDD)

Visual Arts 2 unit Visual Design 1 unit (Year 11 only)

Assessment and Reporting The Deans of Learning oversee assessment and reporting. We give our students a progressive introduction to examinations so that they can develop revision and examination skills that will help them to face the challenges of external assessments such as: NAPLAN, National and International Tests and the Higher School Certificate Examinations with confidence. All incoming Year 7 students are assessed using comprehensive standardised tests. Information from these tests is provided to relevant teaching staff. This is to enable staff members to identify more rapidly the girls who may require extra assistance, as well as those who will require extension and enrichment activities. Additional standardised testing Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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in Years 8 and 10, together with NAPLAN and internal assessment, ensures student progress is closely monitored and appropriately supported. Years 7 to 10 do not sit formal half-yearly examinations or yearly examinations, however, they engage in ongoing assessment tasks in class throughout the year. Year 11 students have assessment tasks throughout the year, including major tests, assignments, projects and essays. There is an examination in each subject at the end of Term 3. Higher School Certificate work starts in early Term 4 of Year 11. Assessment tasks that are used to calculate each student’s assessment mark provided to the Board of Studies for the HSC are set from Term 4 in Year 11 through to Term 3 in Year 12. Year 12 students sit their half yearly examinations during the last two weeks of Term 1, and the Trial HSC Examinations mid-Term 3. Results from both these examinations are usually included in the assessment mark that is submitted to the Board of Studies. Tara issues academic reports Termly for each student and provides formal opportunities for parents to speak with teachers about their daughter’s progress. Additionally, we encourage parents to email the Head of Academic Administration or the relevant Year Coordinator if they have any concerns or require further information.

Awards Enquiries regarding Tara Awards may be directed to Mrs Michelle Oakley, Awards Coordinator, on 02 8838 2619 or via email moakley@tara.nsw.edu.au The main aim of the Tara awards is to recognise both excellence in the academic curriculum and expertise, commitment and involvement in cocurricular activities. Tara encourages and values participation in many areas of School life. Awards are made in the following areas: • • • • •

Academic: Achievement and Honest Endeavour Debating and Public Speaking, Mock Trial and Mooting Performing Arts – Drama and Music Service - Boarding, Crusaders, Duke of Edinburgh and Space Observatory Team Sport

Awards are made at four levels: MERIT POCKET BLUE TARA HONOUR BROOCH

Certificate Embroidered Lettering Blue with Coloured Stripe and Embroidered Lettering Badge and Embroidered Lettering

Notes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

From time to time, other School activities may be added to this specific list, due to their growth and development within the School Activities not listed can be considered under the broad category of “Service” Instructions for the attachment of colours and pockets will be given with the award Attendance in an activity will be credited only when absence is due to a Tara event (camp or excursion) or scheduled classes 6. Evaluation in an activity is based on effort, ability and attitude as determined and reported by the activity teacher, coach or conductor 7. Participation in all activities is recorded in the cocurricular section of reports which are generally issued termly

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Academic Honour Badge Trophy awarded to the Dux of Tara Blue (white stripe) • Awarded to a student who receives Academic Proficiency for three years and more • Awarded to a student who receives a Certificate of Excellence • Awarded to a student who achieves a competition win in a National or State elite academic competition • Awarded for: National or International representation in an academic field Pocket • Awarded to a student who receives Academic Proficiency for two years. Academic Proficiency is awarded to a student who achieves the top 10 position of a year group. Course marks (all across the board tasks and examinations) are standardised for each course and then moderated according to candidature performance across all courses. The top 10 positions are determined by the aggregate of these marks. Awarded to a student who achieves a competition place in a National or State elite academic competition. Certificate of Excellence • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Certificates of Distinction Certificate of Distinction • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Certificates of Achievement Certificate of Achievement • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Faculty Awards • Faculty Awards are presented after the accumulation of 3 Subjects Awards (Blue Cards) in the one subject Subject Awards May be presented by the Class Teacher to students who: • achieves first or second place in an Across-the-board Task or Assessment Task • displays consistent application over a sustained period of time • produces an outstanding piece of work • displays a substantial improvement throughout the semester Honest Endeavour in Academic Curriculum Blue (white stripe) • Awarded to a student who achieves Honest Endeavour for three years and more. Pocket: • Awarded to a student who achieves Honest Endeavour for two years. • Honest Endeavour is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding work ethic throughout the year.

Debating, Public Speaking, Mooting, Mock Trial Honour Badge: • Winner State Mock Trial • Selection for State Debating Team or State Mooting Team • Three times win Archdale Debating Competition Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement in a number of areas within this domain. Blue (burgundy stripe): • Awarded for outstanding achievement: Archdale, IGSSA, Commonwealth Bank Cup, (SMH, Lions / Rotary etc) Competition win, or four years as part of competition team or four years as a School representative. Area to be specified. Awarded for continued outstanding individual achievement in public speaking or a win or a place in larger competitions (SMH, Rotary, Rostrum, Ozspeak). Awarded for four years as a School representative in public speaking.

Pocket: • Awarded for quality team contribution: Archdale, IGSSA, Commonwealth Bank Cup, (SMH, Lions / Rotary etc) Competition place, or three years as part of competition team or three years as a School representative. Area to be specified. Awarded for continued excellent individual achievement in public speaking or a win or a place Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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in smaller competitions (Clift, Betty Pincott). Awarded for three years as a School representative in public speaking. Certificate of Merit: • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership, ability, attendance and attitude. Area to be specified. Usually for 2 years or more. Awarded for two years or more a School representative in debating or public speaking.

Performing Arts: Drama and Music Awards may be given in the following specified areas: concert band, stage band, School choir, woodwind ensemble, drama troupe, handbells, musical and other productions, chamber orchestra, Shakespeare Festival, string quartet, Tara Singers, individual external performance examinations. Honour Badge - Music • Awarded for A.Mus.A or equivalent and service to music • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement in a number of areas within this domain. Usually would hold a Music Captain role Blue - Music (mustard stripe) • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement, usually for four years or more • Awarded for Grade 7 (or more) instrument or equivalent and service to music • Meeting attendance and evaluation requirements Pocket - Music • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership • Awarded for Grade 5 instrument, AMEB or equivalent and service to music • Awarded to the annual Sheen Prize Performer of the Year recipient Certificate of Merit - Music: • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership, ability, attendance and attitude. Area to be specified. Usually for 2 years or more. Honour Badge - Drama • Awarded for National Shakespeare Festival participant and service to drama • Awarded for three principal roles in Tara productions and service to drama • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement in a number of areas within this domain Blue - Drama (mustard stripe) • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement, usually for four years or more • Usually would hold a Drama Captain role • Awarded for two principal roles in Tara productions or twice awarded a place in the Shakespeare Festival and service to drama • Meeting attendance and evaluation requirements Pocket - Drama • Meeting attendance and evaluation requirements • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership • Awarded for a place in the Shakespeare Festival, a major principal role or a major production role in Tara productions • Awarded for outstanding participation in Tara drama productions usually two years or more

Certificate of Merit - Drama • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership, ability, attendance and attitude • Area to be specified. Usually for 2 years or more.

Christian and Community Service Awards may be given in the following areas: CRU Leaders, Chapel Leaders, Charities, Sound and Lighting, Amnesty, Waterwatch, Newspaper, Life Saving, Space Observatory Team and other clubs and activities, Duke of Edinburgh, Tara Boarding House, Service. Honour Badge Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement in a number of areas within this domain Awarded for initiative and all round active commitment to key aspects of being a boarder and benefiting and contributing to the life of the community

Blue (pink stripe) • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement, usually for four years or more • Awarded to a student who receives a Gold Certificate of Service • Awarded to a student who receives a Gold Tara Pride Certificate • Awarded for Gold Duke of Edinburgh achievement • Awarded for initiative and outstanding commitment to key aspects of being a boarder Pocket • • • • •

Awarded for quality contribution and leadership. Area to be specified. Usually three years or more Awarded to a student who receives a Silver Certificate of Service Awarded to a student who receives a Silver Tara Pride Certificate Awarded for Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievement Awarded for quality commitment to key aspects of being a boarder

Certificate of Merit - Area to be specified • Awarded for quality contribution and leadership and attitude. Usually for 2 years or more Honour Badge - Astronomy • Awarded for outstanding application, leadership, commitment and involvement in a number of areas within this domain. Usually would hold an Astronomy Captain role and level 3 certificate of accreditation. Would also have been involved in the Global Jet Watch program. Blue - Astronomy • Three years involvement in the Space Odyssey Team plus a level 2 certificate of accreditation Pocket - Astronomy • Two years involvement in the Space Odyssey Team plus a level 1 certificate of accreditation Certificate of Merit - Astronomy • One year involvement in the Space Odyssey Team plus a level 1 certificate of accreditation Notes: Gold Certificate of Service - Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Silver Certificates of Service Silver Certificate of Service - Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Bronze Certificates of Service Bronze Certificate of Service - Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Service Awards. Service Awards are presented after the accumulation of 3 Gold cards Gold cards may be presented by Tara staff to students who provide: • acts of service to the Tara community • outstanding participation in School activities • acts of good deeds and citizenship • an ambassadorial role in the promotion of Tara to the wider community

Gold Tara Pride • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Silver Tara Pride Certificates. Silver Tara Pride • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Bronze Tara Pride Certificates. Bronze Certificate of Service • Awarded to a student who accumulates 3 Tara Pride Awards. • Tara Pride Awards are presented after the accumulation of 3 white cards. • White cards may be presented by Tara Staff to students who consistently wear correct uniform with pride.

Awards - Senior School Sport Awards may be given in the following areas: Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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• Saturday (IGSSA*) sports: softball, tennis, basketball, football, hockey, netball, touch football, water polo and for the purpose of school awards, rowing and dance (Tara Sport dance team not performing arts dance). Tildesley tennis is considered under the criteria of tennis for school based awards. • Tara teams competing at IGSSA carnivals: swimming, diving, cross country, athletics, artistic gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics. • Others: triathlon, golf, equestrian, and snowsports. This list is not exclusive and sports can be added and deleted as and when is necessary at the discretion of the sports department and Tara Anglican School for Girls. *IGSSA stands for Independent Girls Schools Sports Association All awards are subject to the criteria below, and where possible, are presented in the term following that sport. Any query regarding an award needs to be in writing to the sports department no later than the end of that term.

School based service awards (for service to that sport) For all School based service awards the following criteria applies: • Service is measured through participation in the sport at Tara Anglican School for Girls and meeting attendance criteria*. 2nd and 3rd year of service and meeting attendance requirements* for that year

Merit certificate

4th, 5th & 6th year of service and meeting attendance requirements* for that year

Pocket (white stitching eg. Softball 2017 OR Service to Term 1 Sport 2017 if student has swapped Term sports throughout their years at Tara)

5th year of service, meeting attendance requirements* for that year, AND meeting awards criteria for 3 of the preceding years (can include Year 7) 6th year of service, meeting attendance requirements* for that year, AND meeting awards criteria for 4 of the preceding years (can include Year 7)

Blue (navy stripe with equivalent blazer embroidery in white stitching eg. Softball Blue 2017 OR Service to Term 1 Sport 2017 if student has swapped Term sports throughout their years at Tara) Note: Year 12 are able to participate in Water Polo and Touch Football in Term 4 of their HSC year

Minimum requirements: • 6th year of service, meeting attendance requirements* for that year, AND meeting awards criteria for each of the preceding years • Captain of the relevant sport at some stage during the 6 years • Fulfilling the role as Captain as per Captain of Sport job description (i.e. Meeting report and other deadlines, photos etc.)

Honour Badge

**Students whose enrolment at Tara Anglican School for Girls commences after Year 7 will be assessed on a case by case basis** • •

Satisfactory attendance* is measured at 85% for trainings and 100% for Saturday/Sunday based competitions, and also, dance and rowing. Late arrival at training or games is also considered when calculating awards. A minimum of 3 late arrivals in total (training and games) will be accepted unless pre-arranged and approved. For Tara teams competing at a relevant IGSSA carnival and triathlon, satisfactory attendance* is measured through a minimum 6 trainings, making the school team for that sport (eg. athletics), and also attending and competing for Tara at the relevant IGSSA carnival (eg. IGSSA athletics carnival held at SOPAC); or in the case of triathlon, the All Schools carnival. For Tara snowsports and equestrian teams, satisfactory attendance* is measured by attendance at the relevant carnival as a part of the Tara team.

*Please refer to the flyer ‘Tara Sports Awards made easy’ for more information on meeting attendance criteria Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Senior School Sport Awards – Representative Levels or equivalent At certain times we have outstanding sportswomen at Tara who go further than their school based team and represent at a higher level. These students can be presented with further awards as a part of those levels. If a pathway is not existent for that sport then the equivalent award will be presented. For example: • • •

Artistic gymnastics no longer has a pathway through school beyond IGSSA. Should a student place in the top 4 on an apparatus, previously they would have been selected in the IGSSA team for the CIS (Combined Independent Schools) carnival. As there is no longer a CIS carnival, an IGSSA pocket for artistic gymnastics would be awarded.

The awards are as follows: Pocket (blazer embroidery) • Being selected as part of the IGSSA team in your respective sport and attending and competing at the CIS carnival as part of that team (embroidery for blazer in pink stitching – eg. IGSSA Athletics 2017) Blue (navy stripe with equivalent blazer embroidery) • Being selected as part of a CIS team in your respective sport and attending and competing at All Schools / State as a member of that team (corresponding embroidery for blazer in red stitching – eg. CIS Athletics Blue 2017) • Being selected as part of a State team in your respective sport and attending and competing at Nationals as a member of that team (corresponding embroidery for blazer in light blue stitching – eg. All Schools Athletics Blue 2017) Honour Badge Awarded for competing at Nationals as part of the State team or equivalent and placing in the top 4 for that event (awarded an Honour Badge and corresponding embroidery for blazer in yellow stitching – eg. Athletics Honour Badge 2017). For all other non-progressive sports eg. golf, triathlon, rowing (excluding winter rowing), athletics (at times), snowsports, and equestrian, equivalent awards will be presented for a top 4 result. If you are competing in any other sport where a school pathway does not exist (eg taekwondo, karate etc.) at an equivalent level, if you compete with Tara as part of your enrolment information (eg. Hills District Taekwondo/Tara Anglican School for Girls) and provide documentary evidence of the entry, levels awards will apply).

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Progression to further representation explained: Tara team at IGSSA carnival

Selected as part of the IGSSA team to compete at CIS (Combined Independent Schools) carnival

IGSSA team at CIS carnival

Selected as part of the CIS team to compete at All Schools / State or equivalent carnival

CIS team at All Schools / State or equivalent carnival

Selected as part of the State team or equivalent to compete at Nationals

State team or equivalent at Nationals

Selected as part of the National team in that sport

Awards Embroidery Lettering and Blues on Blazers The Uniform Shop can process awards lettering and stitching of blues. Charges apply: • Blazer Yrs 7 – 9 Pocket: $6.60, stitching: $6.50 per line • Blazer Yrs 10 – 12 Stitching: $24 for first line and $6.50 each additional line • Blue Ribbons: $11 per blue for stitching (or sew on yourself)

Claridge Learning Resource Centre (Senior School Library) Enquiries regarding the Claridge Learning Resource Centre may be directed to Mrs Christine Sinden, Head of Learning Resources ELC – Year 12, on 8838 2634 or via email csinden@tara.nsw.edu.au The Claridge Learning Resource Centre is named after Miss Helen Claridge who was the 5th Principal of Tara from 1959 to 1971.

Curated Learning Resource Claridge LRC aims to provide students with the best possible resources for their learning, individual interests and reading for pleasure. Students are encouraged to ask the teacher librarians for guidance with research as well as talk to us about the books they would like to see populating our fiction shelves. Claridge staff are happy to help and respond to any resourcing needs. Students have access to a large collection of print and online resources. 8000+ non fiction books, 4000+ fiction books and an impressive array of print magazines, journals and newspapers. The fiction collection is organised into the following genres: Speculative Fiction Historical Fiction Short Stories Classics New Adult Fiction – Parental permission required for Years 7 and 8

CIA Fiction – Crime Intrigue Action Contemporary Fiction Fast Reads Global Languages Collection Senior Fiction - Parental permission required for Years 7, 8 and 9

Our Oliver Library portal provides students with school and home online access to: • Over 30,000+ eBooks and audiobooks - Wheelers ePlatform, World Book and Bolinda Audio (new for 2018) • Encyclopaedias - World Book and Britannica • Scholarly Database - JStor and Project Muse • Subject Specific Resources – Digital Theatre Plus, AustLit, Busidate, Ecodate, Geodate, Leagaldate, Issues in Society, Make Magazine, Nutridate, Sydney Studies in English, Meanjin, The Conversation, LinksPlus, ReadPlus • Online media delivery system - Clickview • Official Tara referencing generator - CiteMaker Students have access to printing facilities. For ease of borrowing, printing or copying material, students are advised to carry their Tara ID card with them at all times.

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Our learning spaces are equipped with a variety of technology to support different learning styles and needs. These include zones for quiet reading, private study, small group work, greenscreen video recording and whole class teaching – something for everyone! Claridge is a place for fun and creativity as well as for study and inquiry. Many teachers bring their classes to Claridge to research, inquire or collaborate on topics. All 7-10 English classes participate in the Reading Enrichment Program.

Supported Independent Learning Claridge is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm providing ample opportunity to access the print resources. Students are welcome to visit before school; at recess (except Mondays); at lunchtime and after school every day. The following activities are available for Senior School students in Claridge: • Book Club for avid readers. • Displays of the latest and greatest reading. • Greenscreen Video Production Club (new in 2018). • Creator Space for those who enjoy a variety of creative and technological challenges. • Fun lunchtime activities– watch out for guest speakers, Spoken Word Open Mic, competitions, puzzles and games.

Supervised After School Care Claridge provides an excellent venue for students to study, read, complete homework, work on assessment tasks or collaborate on group projects. Students are allowed to eat “Library friendly” food while working in Claridge. Whilst students are free to relax if needed, parents are encouraged to discuss with their daughters, their expectations about the best use of this time, whether it is completing homework, reading or leisure. Claridge is the home of after school homework help. Teachers from the English and Mathematics faculties provide weekly tutoring in their subject areas, assessments, NAPLAN and EALD support. The School requires that formal records be kept of all students using the Library after school. Students must sign in on arrival and sign out when departing. The Library closes at 6.00pm. After 5.00pm, parents are advised to collect their daughter directly from the library for safety reasons. After 6pm, any remaining students will relocate to the Boarding House foyer where they will wait until parents arrive. Claridge staff look forward to accompanying new students on their learning journey at Tara.

Duke of Edinburgh Enquiries regarding the Duke of Edinburgh program may be directed to Mrs Karina Richter, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, on 02 8838 2637 or via email krichter@tara.nsw.edu.au The Duke of Edinburgh introduced this award scheme to encourage and stimulate the enthusiasm and energies of young people by presenting a challenging program of activities for people aged 14 - 25. This award scheme is a program of cultural, practical and adventurous activities embracing the four sections of Volunteering, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. Tara participates in a highly structured Duke of Edinburgh training scheme run by the Tara staff and Southbound Adventures. They can commence Bronze Award in Year 9 going on to Silver and Gold as they progress. At Tara Year 8 students are able to complete the Tara Outlook Award which is an introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Exchange and International Opportunities Enquiries regarding Exchange and International Opportunities may be directed to Mrs Karina Richter, Exchange Coordinator, on 02 8838 2637 or via email krichter@tara.nsw.edu.au Tara has well established links with exchange schools in Canada, UK, Japan, France and South Africa that offer opportunities for Tara girls to travel the world and spend time studying, improving languages, playing sport, enjoying activities and making friends in schools across the globe. Exchanges are mainly offered to girls who are completing their final term of Year 10 studies, taking a term in Canada, Japan, France, England or South Africa. Family hosting opportunities are also available. Tara students also have the opportunity to undertake short term group international study tours. Previous tours have included Netball tournament tour to Hawaii, Performing Arts and History tours to Europe as well as a service learning program to Bali. These opportunities are offered to students from Year 7. Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) Enquiries regarding PDHPE may be directed to Mrs Tracey Heaton, Head of PDHPE, on 02 8838 2637 or via email theaton@staff.tara.nsw.edu.au This subject is structured as two practical lessons and two theory lessons every 2 week cycle. Students are required to wear their PE uniforms for each practical lesson. They must wear the appropriate PE uniform and have the equipment as specified by the PDHPE staff. The PE change rooms are to be used when changing back into School uniform.

If a PDHPE lesson is held in periods 1, 3 or 5, students should change into PE uniform before School, or recess / lunch immediately before the lesson. Students should change back into School uniform at the end of the lesson. If a PDHPE lesson is held in periods 2, 4 or 6, students should change into PE uniform at the start of the PE lesson and back into School uniform immediately after the lesson in recess / lunch or after School. The PE uniform (or any part of it) must not be worn in classroom lessons without permission. If students come by car for early practices or go home by car after late practices (finishing at 5:00pm) they may travel in their sports uniform provided that they have come directly to, or from School. School uniform must be brought to wear to lessons during the day. Those students staying after School for sports practices are not to leave the School grounds between the end of lessons and the beginning of sports practice. Girls waiting to be collected by car at the end of sports practice should ensure that they are neatly dressed in acceptable PE uniform, including joggers.

Tara Enrichment Centre Application and Information 2018 Applications to enrol in Enrichment courses are to be submitted to Mrs Michelle Oakley via tec@tara.nsw.edu.au. All bookings must be done online by 19 January 2018. Visit https://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/the-tara-girl/tec to book. Enrolments in TEC courses are to be done via the website link above. Enrolments should be completed prior to the commencement of each semester. Once girls are enrolled in a course, it is assumed that they will continue for 15 lessons per semester. A semester is usually 20 weeks – you are not charged for 20 weeks but for 15 weeks only per semester. So some weeks there may be NO LESSONS. Note: Some weeks there will be no lesson due to camp, excursions etc.

Enrolment Semester 1 (Term 1 and 2) enrolment must be finalised by 19 January 2018. Semester 2 (Term 3 and 4) enrolment must be finalised by 6 July 2017. Please note that enrolment is not continuous from semester to semester. A new enrolment is necessary at the start of each semester.

Policy If pupils miss lessons, or withdraw during a semester, NO REFUNDS will be given. Enrichment lessons will not usually be held during examinations. Enrichment lessons take precedence over every other activity, including sport. It is not the School’s responsibility to ensure your daughter’s attendance at lessons both within and outside of School hours. Music, Speech and Tennis lessons for girls in Years K - 10 will generally be held during School lesson time. There is a ceiling of two subjects within school time. Lessons for girls in Years 11 - 12 are usually scheduled outside normal lesson times. Girls will not be permitted to commence Enrichment Courses without being booked through Trybooking. Students who attend Music and Speech should bring their planner to the lesson so that the course teacher can sign off the lesson attendance.

Contact Concerns about structure and content of lessons should be directed to the course teacher. General enquiries, correspondence and concerns may be directed to Mrs Michelle Oakley.

Tara Enrichment Centre Courses The following courses are offered by the Tara Enrichment Centre. Please contact the Coordinator for further information tec@tara.nsw.edu.au. All bookings must be done online: https://www.tara.nsw.edu.au/the-tara-girl/tec Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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TARA ENRICHMENT CENTRE COURSES

YEAR GROUP

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ART ACTIVITIES

Years 3-8

Tues

3:30-4:45pm

COST per semester (15 lessons) $300

BASKETBALL SKILLS

Years 6-12

Wed

5-6pm

$270

CERAMICS

Years 3-12

Wed

3:30-5pm

$410

CHESS

Years K-6

Tues

3:15-4:15pm

$180

CHINESE (MANDARIN)

K-Year 6

Tues

DANCE

ELC - Year 12

Various

3:15-4:15pm After school or before school

GYMNASTICS ARTISTIC

All years

Various

After school

GYMNASTICS RHYTHMIC

All years

Mon/Thurs

After school

KOREAN INSTRUMENT PRIVATE TUITION piano, flute, violin, cello, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, trombone, sax, drum, tuba

Years K-12

Various

Lunch/afterschool

$450 $270-340 plus GST $320-400 $320-390 plus GST $450 $585 for 30mins $877 for 45mins $1170 for 60min

SING, ACT, MOVE

Years 4-12 Years K-3 Years 4-6

Various Group/ Private Mon Wed

During school hours on a rotational timetable During school hours and before & after school During school hours 3:15-4:15pm 3:30-4:30pm

MUSICAL THEATRE

Years 6-11

Wed

3:30-4:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY

Years 7-12

Tues

3:30-5pm

$270 min 8 students $270 min 8 students $400

SPEECH COMMUNICATION

Years 1-12

Lunch/after school

$455 plus GST

TENNIS

Years K-12

Group Group/ Private

Years 3-12

SINGING

Years 1-12

MUSICIANSHIP

TAEKWONDO

Years 1-12

Various

Fri

AM and lunch

3:30-5pm

$585 for 30mins $877 for 45mins $1170 for 60min $330-$585

$135-525 $300 plus uniform & membership

Please note that bookings should be done prior to each semester on Trybooking. Enrolment is not continuous and bookings must be done prior to each semester. Please email Mrs Michelle Oakley or see the Tara Website for further information for the Tara Enrichment Centre under the heading, ‘Opportunities’.

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Textbooks Enquiries regarding Senior School textbooks may be directed to the relevant Dean of Learning, Mr Daryl Hinton for Years 7 to 10 on dhinton@tara.nsw.edu.au or Mr Matthew Bonson for Years 11 and 12 on mbonson@tara.nsw.edu.au Enquiries concerning the supply of textbooks should be directed to the School’s official textbook supplier, Five Senses Education: Shop 26, Westfield North Rocks, 328 - 336 North Rocks Road, North Rocks NSW 2151 Phone: 02 9872 2063 Fax: 02 9871 3321 Email: northrocks@fivesenseseducation.com.au Your support in purchasing textbooks from the official supplier results is a direct saving to you and as added advantage to the School. Tara students will receive a 10% discount off the recommended retail prices purchased at Five Senses. To order textbooks the completed list should be presented together with full payment or a $50 deposit to Five Senses at the above address. Orders by fax or email can only be accepted if credit card details are provided for full payment or the $50 deposit. Placing orders promptly is vital as some books are supplied from interstate and overseas. In the event that some books are in short supply, orders placed first will be supplied first. Books will be available for collection from Five Senses, North Rocks which is open 7 days per week. Five Senses operates shops at other locations but the shop at North Rocks will supply all orders to Tara students. Most textbooks are also available in soft copy to download with a fee.

Sport Enquiries regarding Sport may be directed to Ms Ngaire Musto, Director of Sport, on 02 8838 2679 or via email nmusto@tara.nsw.edu.au Tara is a member of the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) and competes in Saturday morning competition, some Friday night competition such as Athletics and annual championships held during the week (swimming and diving, cross country, athletics, Tildesley Shield tennis, gymnastics). Tara encourages all students to undertake some form of IGSSA competition. This helps students to develop values, attitudes and skills aimed at promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle and encouraging equity for women in sport. There is a small registration charged for participation in the different sports each Term.

IGSSA Calendar Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

• Swimming • Diving • Softball • Tildesley Shield Tennis • Rowing • Tennis • Cross Country • Basketball • Football • Netball • Hockey • Athletics • Water Polo • Artistic Gymnastics • Rhythmic Gymnastics • Touch Football

Other competitions in which Tara students may participate include: Golf, Triathlon, Equestrian, Sailing, Dance and Snowsports.

Sports Calendar The calendar shown below indicates Tara Interhouse carnivals, IGSSA Interschool championships and IGSSA Saturday sport. Other Interhouse sporting events and boarders vs daygirls events are held throughout the year. Term 1 • • • •

Interhouse swimming and diving carnival; IGSSA swimming and diving championship IGSSA softball competition; IGSSA tennis competition Tildesley Shield tennis; IGSSA rowing & other Regattas Tara Team selections for basketball, football & IGSSA cross country

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Interhouse cross country carnival & sport afternoon; Interhouse athletics carnival IGSSA basketball competition; IGSSA football competition IGSSA cross country championships Tara Team selections for netball & hockey

Term 2

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Interhouse gymnastics carnival IGSSA netball competition; IGSSA hockey competition IGSSA athletics carnival Tara Team selections for touch football & water polo

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IGSSA water polo competition; IGSSA touch football competition IGSSA gymnastics championship Tara Team selections for softball and tennis (for term 1 the following year)

Term 4

Representative Sports Uniforms You are required to play in the Tara sports uniform as listed here for your chosen sport. Items are available from the Uniform shop, which is open during Term time. A Tara tracksuit or hoodie is available and recommended to all students who participate in Tara sport. The 1sts in most sports will be required to purchase a personalised special Honour Uniform. Term 1 Softball Tara softball pants White polo shirt Tara 1sts shirt (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara long sports socks Tara white sports cap Softball glove/mitt (not available from Uniform Shop) Shin pads (not available at Uniform Shop) Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) compulsory Tennis Tara skirt White polo shirt Tara 1sts dress (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara white sports socks Tara white sports cap Tennis racket (not available from Uniform Shop) Term 2 Football Tara sports shorts White polo shirt Tara 1sts shirt (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara long sports socks Shin pads (not available from Uniform Shop) Football boots (not available from Uniform Shop) Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) optional Basketball Tara sports shorts Tara singlets supplied by Sport Department Tara 1sts singlet (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara white sports socks Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) optional

Term 3 Netball Tara skirt White polo shirt Tara 1sts dress (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara white sports socks Hockey Tara skirt White polo shirt Tara 1sts shirt (if applicable) - ordered through the Sport Department Tara long sports socks Hockey stick (not available from Uniform Shop) Shin pads (not available from Uniform Shop) compulsory Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) compulsory Term 4 Water Polo Tara water polo swimming costume (order from Uniform Shop) Tara swimming cap Tara sports shorts White polo shirt Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) optional Touch Football Tara sports shorts or navy leggings (long or short) Tara singlets supplied by Sport Department Tara white sport socks Tara 1sts singlets (if applicable) – ordered through the Sport Department Mouthguard (not available from Uniform Shop) optional

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Other Sport Uniforms Swimming Tara swimming costume Swimming cap – house colour Representative swim cap (blue – only needed if selected in Tara swim team) Tara sports shorts White polo shirt Tara white sports socks Diving Tara swimming costume Tara sports shorts White polo shirt Tara white sports socks

Gymnastics Tara sports shorts White polo shirt Leotard hired from Sport Department Rowing Tara zootie Tara training zootie Tara rowing socks Tara rowing cap Tara long sleeved rowing top All year Tara tracksuit pants Tara hoodie

Cross Country / Athletics Tara sports shorts or Tara leggings (long or short) White polo shirt Tara athletics singlet Tara white sports socks Athletics running spikes (not available from Uniform Shop) Snowsports Tara snow jacket (purchase from Uniform Shop) Tara race suit (supplied by Sport Department) Equipment eg. Skis; boards; helmets (not available from Uniform Shop)

Commitment to Sport For all IGSSA Saturday sports, students and parents will be required to complete an online registration form before the commencement of competition. Students should consider their choice of sports carefully. Team numbers are based on the registrations received. Team numbers and grading are due in to the IGSSA office the term before the competition commences, so it is unwise and inconsiderate to begin trialling for a sport and then withdraw. All trials are compulsory. A player must inform the Director of Sport, Ms Ngaire Musto, prior to the trial time if they are unable to participate. This is to be done by completing an ‘Absence from Sport’ form available from the Tara Portal. This may affect team selection. Teams are affected if students commit to a sport and then withdraw either before the season commences, or during the season. The sport selection policy is available from the Tara Portal. The Director of Sport can be contacted on the phone number 02 8838 2679 to discuss any issues. The School treats commitment as a very serious issue. Being selected for a team means committing to attend all training sessions, and positively participating in all team activities, including duties assigned on competition days. Coaches, umpires, fellow team members and the opposition are to be respected at all times. Training session attendance is important. It is necessary to prepare for competition and it contributes to Awards. Training sessions are held twice a week, usually from 6:45am - 8:10am or 3:30pm - 5:00pm on week days, at a mutually agreeable time with fellow team members and the coach. Training schedules are updated regularly and are available on the Tara Portal and on both sports boards.

Players Code of Conduct It is hoped that all students will conduct themselves in an exemplary fashion and participate in the best sporting spirit. The following are guidelines that are provided to you when either participating in or watching Interschool sport.

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Play a sport because you enjoy it, not because somebody wants you to play it. Try to enjoy your sport Once you commit yourself to a sport for a season, honour that commitment wholeheartedly Take pride in your sport and in your participation Respect the coach and members of your team and treat them courteously Respect your opponents and treat them courteously Try to get to know girls from other Schools Arrive in good time for sporting events Be ready to begin your game or event at the scheduled time Always be dressed in the correct School attire When captains meet before a game to toss, wish the opposing captain a good game The home team should welcome the visiting team courteously and in a sporting manner Never discourage any player, whether from an opposing team or from your own team Never argue with an umpire, judge, timekeeper or other official. Your captain may politely ask an official to explain a ruling or action. Alternatively, you may speak to your coach or other person responsible for your team, who may approach the official at an appropriate break during or after the game Be prepared to applaud good play, whether by your School’s team or by your opponents Never cheer or clap an opponent’s poor play At sporting events between several Schools, applaud all place getters. Do not cheer or clap losers except in the case of a courageous performance or outstanding improvement Control your temper and never abuse anyone Never abuse equipment Never deliberately foul or provoke an opponent Never use offensive language At the end of a game or race, give three cheers or congratulate your opponents After a game, thank the umpire or referee. You should also try to thank judges and other officials Be gracious at all times, whether you have won or lost. Be modest in success and, if you have been defeated, acknowledge your opponents’ performance.

Treat everybody the way that you would like to be treated. The IGSSA manual on conduct of Interschool sport (for unacceptable behaviour) is available from the Director of Sport. Alternatively, this may be viewed on the IGSSA website; a link to which is available on the sport section of the Tara Portal.

Parents and Sport IGSSA has provided guidelines for parents to help foster support and encouragement of all students. School sport should be seen in a proper perspective and girls should be allowed to enjoy their sport, make their mistakes and learn from them. This is especially true of girls in their first season in a sport. Sport is well worth playing at any ability level in any grade and the benefits of playing sport are available to girls whether they win or lose. IGSSA sees participation as the main focus of achievement and winning games, events, meetings and competitions as less important. At times there are teams that will have boarders selected in them. It is appreciated if parents of day girls can assist with the transport of boarders to away games. It is a big commitment for parents to have girls involved in sport and a Saturday Sport parent survival pack is available on the Secondary Sport section of the Tara Portal to assist you.

Saturday BBQ Tara runs a very successful BBQ each Saturday. This is organised by the P&F Association with helpers rostered on from teams playing at Tara each Saturday. Ongoing support with this venture is required by parents and is a condition of commitment. It raises funds for sport at Tara, supports Tara as a desired venue for IGSSA Saturday sport and it is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet other parents and welcome visitors from other Schools.

Safety IGSSA guidelines are available for individual sports. These can be found in the IGSSA manual, on the IGSSA website and are also available from the Director of Sport. Protective equipment is a significant countermeasure used to prevent and control injury. You must at all times wear the appropriate protective equipment at games and at training. In many sports, it is part of the culture and well accepted. In others, it is Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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up to the individual to be aware of the potential risks and benefits of protective equipment. Students should only participate in sporting activities if medically fit. Students must not be allowed to play or continue to play if they are injured. If a coach or staff member has reason to believe that a student is injured, the student must be removed from the sporting activity. Teachers and coaches are to encourage students not to return to playing after injury, until it is clear that the injury has healed. If there is any doubt, the student is not to play until medically cleared. With the increased popularity of contact sports and encouragement to participate at an early age, the role of mouth guards, in relation to prevention of sporting injuries to dental and other oral tissues, has become more important. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury sustained during participation in contact sports. The majority are preventable if a professionally fitted mouth guard is worn. Dental injuries often cause considerable pain and distress and frequently present a difficult and costly treatment program. All equipment that is used should be suited to the size and ability of the student and regularly checked for safety.

General Playing Information Commitment Players are expected to attend all training sessions and games. All players must inform their coach and the Director of Sport, in advance and in writing using an ‘Absence from Sport’ form, of any dates that they are unable to attend training or games. Those unexpectedly not able to attend, should phone the Director of Sport on 0409 227 990 or email n.musto@staff.tara.nsw.edu.au . An ‘Absence from Sport’ form should follow as soon as possible in this instance. These can be found on the Tara Portal. Games IGSSA Saturday morning games are usually held between 8:00am-12:00noon and may be held at different venues around the Sydney metropolitan area, perhaps even extending to Mittagong once during the season. Students should be at the venue no later than 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the game for signing on and warming up. This applies to Boarders and Daygirls. Semi-finals and Finals Semis: 1 versus 4 and 2 versus 3. No player may play in a semi-final or final without having been registered for three competition matches in that sport (byes and wet weather/extreme heat cancellations count as games played). Uniform All students participating must wear the correct sports uniform as specified for that particular sport, or they will not be permitted to take part in that game. If the weather is cooler students should wear the Tara track suit or hoodie to all sporting venues. Casual attire is not permitted. Equipment Equipment varies for each sport. Players will be required to have their own equipment, e.g. hockey sticks, protective clothing, tennis racquet, softball glove. Each player should carry personal sunscreen, hat and water bottle. Coaches Coaches are to be respected at all times. They are employees of Tara and have appropriate knowledge and expertise in their chosen field. Wet Weather / Extreme Heat All players should go to their venue where a decision will be made concerning play for each time slot. Players must sign the sign-on sheet and wait for the Convenor of the venue to make the decision whether to play or cancel. If play at any venue is cancelled, the IGSSA wet weather app will be updated. IGSSA will also list events closed on their website. The link is on the Sport Section of the Tara Portal. Players should go to the venue if they are unsure, to avoid the Tara team having to forfeit. Team Selection Selections for team sports are held twice in the Term prior to the commencement of that sport (with the exception of water polo). These are compulsory and failure to attend these without consultation can result in failure to be placed in a team. If you will be absent for a trial, please send an ‘Absence from Sport’ form to the Director of Sport prior to these selections. Selection dates for all sports are listed in the Student Planner. These are emailed to the girls and are listed on the training schedule for the relevant week.

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At the selection trials students are required to: • have already registered online • bring suitable Tara uniform • bring a water bottle Girls who are unhappy with their selection need to consult the Director of Sport. Selectors are not biased and will grade you with regard to your ability and attitude on that day/s. You should not ask to be in a team with friends as this is not a criteria on which selection is based. The IGSSA competition is a graded competition. The sport selection policy is available on the Tara Portal. Training Training is compulsory and students are excused only with an ‘Absence from Sport’ form handed into the Director of Sport, prior to the training session. Normally there are two training sessions per week for team sports. Girls who are training with an outside coach may be able to negotiate a revised training program, with the Director of Sport. Training is important. It encourages development of skills, helps with team play and contributes to Awards at the end of the season.

Playing Procedures Team Captain Each team and coach will vote for their own captain. This person is responsible for: • Informing the Director of Sport of the weekend’s results on Monday morning, by 8:30am. It is vital that this is done so scores can be checked with the IGSSA office, announcements can be made at assembly and the results can go in Tara News • Helping the coach organise players to do the duties for the team (if applicable) • Ensuring all players have signed the sign-on sheet before the game is played • Signing and checking the score sheet, as captain, as soon as the game is finished • Ensuring all members of the team are in correct uniform • Informing the coach / Director of Sport of any problems at games or within the team Sign-on Sheets All players must sign the sign-on sheet individually before the game. Unsigned sheets can be considered a forfeit. Players must never sign for another player. All signatures are checked by the IGSSA office. Players must never play for another team unless approved by a Sports staff member. IGSSA has strict registration rules which limit how many players can play up in another grade, which grade they can play in and how many times they can do this. Umpiring and/or Scoring Duties Each team can be given duties for a parent to score. Where umpires are not available at a venue, the coach of each team must share the umpiring duties. Players are reminded that the umpire is in full control of the game at all times. Girls must respect this and NEVER argue with the umpire. If a query is to be made, this must be done by the captain in an appropriate and polite manner. Sports Venue List An updated venue list for each sport will be placed on the Tara Portal at the beginning of competition along with a draw. This is also available on the IGSSA website and IGSSA app that can be loaded on a smartphone. Changes can be made throughout the competition relating to the draw and girls must attend all meetings when called upon via an email from Sport staff. Representative Structure In IGSSA competition, students are given the opportunity to achieve a higher standard through selection in IGSSA teams, NSW CIS (Combined Independent Schools) teams and further NSW teams through to Australian School representation level. IGSSA limits the number of students who can attend IGSSA trials in team sports. Students are nominated by the Sports department for IGSSA team trials. You will be notified if you are required to attend. If you are chosen in an IGSSA team, there is then the opportunity to be selected in further NSW CIS representative teams. These teams are prestigious and you are awarded in various ways. The CIS Awards night is one such celebration, honouring those who have achieved elite status. All students are encouraged to further their sporting endeavours and will be given assistance by the Director of Sport and the Sports Department. The usual representative structure is as follows:

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IGSSA rep team NSW CIS team  NSW All Schools team  Australian School girls team

Sports Acknowledgements Another way we celebrate the achievements of Tara girls is through our awards system. The ‘Sports Awards Made Easy’ flyer and ‘Sports Awards Criteria’ document (found on the Tara Portal) provides information on Merit awards, Pockets, Blues and Honour Badges and how to receive them. Our Annual Sportwomen’s Awards Evening, run by our Sports Prefect, also provides an opportunity to celebrate the year that was sport at Tara. During this evening Tara presents our most prestigious awards celebrating commitment to sport from Year 7-12. The criteria for these awards can also be found on Edumate. This special evening is held at the end of Term 3.

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Community Publications and website All publication stories and website enquiries may be directed to Ms Nikki Williams via publications@tara.nsw.edu.au. Visit Tara Publications online here. • Tara News is the School’s major information source, published fortnightly, on a Monday, during Term. Families may view the document and archives online: tara.nsw.edu.au/news/publications Parents and guardians on the School’s database are emailed when the next edition is available to read online. To register your email on the mailing list, contact Ms Ruth Adams via deputyprincipal@tara.nsw.edu.au. • Tara Circle is a colour magazine which regularly highlights activities within the Tara Community. Two issues are published each year and posted to families. Stories of interest may be submitted to Ms Nikki Williams via the email address above • The Tara Circle Yearbook provides an excellent annual record of each year’s activities. This is collated around the end of each school year and distributed at the beginning of Term 1 the following year • The Annual Report is published each year and is also available on Tara’s website. • Tara’s website and social media channels is managed by Ms Nikki Williams. All feedback may be directed via the publications email above

Tara Foundation All Foundation enquiries may be directed to the Foundation Office on 02 9630 6655 or via email foundation@tara.nsw.edu.au. Visit Tara Foundation online. The Tara Anglican School for Girls Foundation Limited (Tara Foundation) is a company established separate from the School, to act as trustee. Its purpose is to provide expert guidance and support to Tara’s fundraising initiatives. The Foundation’s objective is to sustain our School’s capacity to provide a first class learning environment, for our girls and for future generations of families seeking quality and excellence in their daughter’s education. Tara Foundation maintains a number of funds for the different contributions made towards the development of the School. The security and management of funds is vested in the Board of Trustees, while decisions on how contributions are spent are made by the School Council.

Community Relations Parents and carers who wish to be involved should contact Mrs Wendy McDermott on 02 8838 2680 or via email community@tara.nsw.edu.au. Visit Tara Community Relations online The Tara community enjoys a number of groups and sub committees who work to support the School and its endeavours. Their involvement in school life provides many opportunities for our Tara students. Everyone is invited to become involved and are most welcome to attend the numerous community events and activities throughout the year. Foundational Commitments - Excellence will continue to be a hallmark of Tara. Underpinning Tara are strong commitments to an outstanding educational offering for girls and authentic Christian faith which values individuals.

Tara Parents and Friends Association (P&F) The P&F President may be contacted via parentsandfriends@tara.nsw.edu.au. Visit Tara Parents and Friends online The P&F aims to provide practical and financial resources to support the School through fundraising and social events. All parents of students are members and are invited to become active members of the P&F. There are a variety of social activities and events to suit everyone’s timeframe. Becoming involved at the

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School creates strong friendships between parents and enhances your daughter’s life at Tara. Events and social activities are held throughout the year. The Parents Network organise social events and share community activity information with parents. Contact Mrs Wendy McDermott via community@tara.nsw.edu.au if you would like to join this vibrant parent group. The P&F coordinates parent volunteers for the Tara Chapel Café. It is a very popular meeting place for early morning coffee and barbecue food. Contact Mrs Wendy McDermott via community@tara.nsw.edu.au if you would like to become involved. The Second Hand Uniform Shop and Crested Items is managed by the P&F. This service is located in Tara’s Uniform Shop with volunteers selling and accepting items each Tuesday from 12:00noon - 3:00pm, during term time. The complete catalogue of Crested Items is also available from Tara’s Uniform Shop. Second Hand Uniform Shop and Crested Items is also managed by the P&F. Enquiries may be directed to 02 8838 2646 during term time only.

Tara Old Girls’ Association The current President is Mrs Barbara (Lee) Edge who may be contacted via taraoldgirls@tara.nsw.edu.au. Alternatively, families may visit online here. The Old Girls’ Association welcomes all former students of Tara to its ranks. Membership of the association keeps former students in regular contact with the School and with girls from their year groups, giving past students the opportunity not only to enjoy each other’s company, but also to serve the School.

Identity, Core Purpose and Envisioned Future Identity Foundational Commitments - Excellence will continue to be a hallmark of Tara. Underpinning Tara are strong commitments to an outstanding educational offering for girls and authentic Christian faith which values individuals and recognises their uniqueness: •

Exceptional Educational Offering - Tara is committed to offering girls an outstanding education, based on best practice and designed to enable students to achieve academic performance which ranks at the highest levels for Junior and Senior Schools. There is a commitment to the expectation that each girl will thrive and strive within a supportive learning culture. Tara’s excellent educational offering will continue to be seen not only in the academic arena but also in the cocurricular. Tara will continue to offer cultural and sporting activities as well as community service programs which can be life changing. Excellence in teaching and learning will be recognised and expected. Tara’s depth and breadth of educational opportunities will continue to promote the attainment of each girl’s potential, specified outcomes and the development of girls’ characters and leadership potential. A Focus on Christian Faith - The School is committed to encouraging all students to embrace an authentic Christian life. The source of our beliefs and values is the Bible and the teaching and example of Jesus Christ. Our Christian faith underpins the School’s educational philosophy and programs and Tara seeks to promote, through education, the message of Christ. As a Christian School, Tara welcomes students and families from many backgrounds and faiths into our School community.

Core Purpose Tara’s Core Purpose, following from the School’s Foundational Commitments, defines what Tara aims to be. Our purpose is to be a Christian learning community, characterised by excellence, which encourages and empowers girls to achieve and serve in a dynamic world.

Distinctive Values The third component within the Identity section is Distinctive Values. Christian values stand at the heart of Tara. There are also certain values and characteristics which help define Tara’s culture: 1. Affirmation - Tara accepts, nurtures and respects every individual. Girls experience safety and encouragement, allowing them to thrive. The community seeks to model affirming behaviour for all

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girls to follow. Eph 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 2. Service to others - Tara encourages service to others. Girls appreciate that they live in a diverse world with many challenges. Tara girls understand the privileges they have and their responsibility to serve others, both within the Tara community and in the wider world. Matt 20:26-28: Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. 3. Opportunity - Tara encourages girls to embrace life’s opportunities at school and in the wider world. Extraordinary opportunities are provided for girls to explore their passions and develop expertise in their chosen fields. John 10:10: … I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 4. Integrity - Tara expects integrity. Girls at Tara accept moral and ethical principles developed from an understanding of God’s word. All in the Tara community are expected to act with honesty and consistency. Micah 6:8: And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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History of Tara Tara has over 120 years’ experience in educating young people in the Parramatta and Hills region of Sydney. The name, Tara, recalls the Hill of Tara, in Ireland. Miss Joan Waugh who founded the school in 1897 was of Irish background and her family home, where Miss Waugh conducted her school, was called Tara. Miss Waugh had conducted classes in Roseneath Cottage Parramatta, at The Cedars and at St John’s Hall Parramatta before moving the school to her home, Tara, in George Street. When Miss Waugh died in 1946, the school moved for a time to All Saints’ Church Hall in Parramatta and the school came under the guidance of the Church of England Synod. The school grew rapidly and in 1952 a new home was found at Ellangowan for the 142 Junior School boys and girls. In 1953 the school commenced classes for Senior School students and Junior School pupils at Ellangowan and the school continued to prosper. The school grew very rapidly at Ellangowan and it was time again to find new and larger premises. The Smith Family Hospital for Children with Rheumatic Fever, at Masons Drive North Parrammatta was for sale and negotiations with the Smith Family Board were successful and Tara had a new home. In Term 3, 1958, 103 Senior School girls commenced at the Masons Drive site with a new Principal, Miss Helen Claridge. The girls from Tara Junior School moved to the Masons Drive buildings late in 1970 and Tara has continued to develop and expand on this spacious site. Our vibrant history continues today with recent additional construction and buildings including The Science and Technology Building in Senior School, The Bowern Room which caters for outside school hour functions, Mouleric Field with special turf for hockey and football use and the Tara Astronomy Telescope, which was officially launched in March 2010. In the latter part of 2009, the Senior Learning Centre was built in the Senior School. This facility gives Years 11 and 12 girls the opportunity for independent learning with specialist break out rooms and closer access to teaching staff. In 2010, Tara started a Pre-Kindergarten class, ELC, Tara's Early Learning Centre is a specialised program for 4 to 5 year old girls in preparation for Kindergarten and features individualised child centred programs with structured learning activities. In 2011, our beautiful new Junior School Library and Technology Centre, built as part of the Building Education Revolution project, was opened. In 2014 Tara launched new Senior School facilities and classrooms. The new colonnade and classrooms provides flexible learning spaces for our young digital citizens who require modern spaces in which to learn. Boarding at Tara is a living and learning environment like no other that provides girls with the opportunity to develop essential life skills, selfawareness and empathy for others. The redesign of Eggleton House in 2014, with a new entrance and foyer, has provided a more secure and stimulating environment for all boarders as well as the supportive and caring staff. In 2015-2016 the Cottage Garden was established to recognise our proud history of the building site originally known as the Matron's Cottage. The Cottage was also home to several of Tara's past Headmistresses. In 2016 we finished building the Tara Chapel which will underpin the teaching, learning, development and celebration of Christian faith, wellbeing and personal development of our students, staff and community. In 2017 Tara celebrated its 120th birthday. The School has never been just a place of buildings primarily but the constant thread through our 120 years and beyond has been a sense of caring and the feeling of being a "home" for the students entrusted to the school's care.

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The House System Each girl, from Pre Kindergarten to Year 12, belongs to one of four Houses. The Houses form the basis for many competitive and fun activities throughout the School and are the units for pastoral care groups and administration in the Senior School. The four Houses are Waugh, Walker, Hake and Crawford. • • • •

Waugh (Red): This is the original House. Miss Mary Elizabeth (Joan) Waugh was the founder of the school. Walker (Green): This House was formed in 1955. Rev Edward (Paddy) Walker was the Rector of All Saints North Parramatta. He contributed very significantly to the school. Hake (Yellow): This house was formed in 1955 and named to honour Mrs Elizabeth Hake. Her tireless efforts for the school were instrumental in ensuring the continuing life and growth of Tara. Crawford (Purple): Crawford was added to the other three houses in 1981 and was named after Rev E D O Crawford, then Rector of All Saints North Parramatta, Chaplain of the school and foundation Council member.

Privacy Policy Enquiries regarding the School’s Privacy Policy and how the School manages personal information, may be directed to Ms Sue Hammond, Director of Policy, Compliance and HR, via email shammond@tara.nsw.edu.au This Privacy Policy sets out how the School manages personal information provided to or collected by it. The School is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act. In relation to health records, the School is also bound by the New South Wales Health Privacy Principles which are contained in the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (Health Records Act). The School may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology, changes to the School’s operations and practices and to make sure it remains appropriate to the changing school environment.

Tara Anglican School for Girls Policies What kind of personal information does the School collect and how does the School collect it? The type of information the School collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including health and other sensitive information, about: • students and parents and/or guardians (‘Parents’) before, during and after the course of a student’s enrolment at the School; • job applicants, staff members, volunteers and contractors; and • other people who come into contact with the School. Personal Information you provide: The School will generally collect personal information held about an individual by way of forms filled out by Parents or students, face-to-face meetings and interviews, emails and telephone calls. On occasions people other than Parents and students provide personal information. Personal Information provided by other people: In some circumstances the School may be provided with personal information about an individual from a third party, for example a report provided by a medical professional or a reference from another school. Exception in relation to employee records: Under the Privacy Act and Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW), the Australian Privacy Principles and Health Privacy Principles do not apply to an employee record. As a result, this Privacy Policy does not apply to the School’s treatment of an employee record, where the treatment is directly related to a current or former employment relationship between the School and employee. How will the School use the personal information you provide? The School will use personal information it collects from you for the primary purpose of collection, and for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose of collection and reasonably expected by you, or to which you have consented.

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Students and Parents: In relation to personal information of students and Parents, the School’s primary purpose of collection is to enable the School to provide schooling for the student. This includes satisfying the needs of Parents, the needs of the student and the needs of the School throughout the whole period the student is enrolled at the School. The purposes for which the School uses personal information of student and Parents include: • to keep Parents informed about matters related to their daughter’s schooling, through correspondence, newsletters and magazines; • day-to-day administration of the School; • looking after student’s educational, social and medical wellbeing; • seeking donations and marketing for the School; and • to satisfy the School’s legal obligations and allow the School to discharge its duty of care. In some cases, where the School requests personal information about a student or Parent, if the information requested is not provided, the School may not be able to enrol or continue the enrolment of the student or permit the student to take part in a particular activity. Job applicants, staff members and contractors: In relation to personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors, the School’s primary purpose of collection is to assess and (if successful) to engage the applicant, staff member or contractor, as the case may be. The purposes for which the School uses personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors include: • in administering the individual’s employment or contract, as the case may be; • for insurance purposes; • seeking donations and marketing for the School; and • to satisfy the School’s legal obligations, for example, in relation to child protection legislation. Volunteers: The School also obtains personal information about volunteers who assist the School in its functions or conduct associated activities, such as The Parents’ and Friends’ Association, Old Girls’ Association etc to enable the School and the volunteers to work together. Marketing and fundraising: The School treats marketing and seeking donations for the future growth and development of the School as an important part of ensuring that the School continues to provide a quality learning environment in which both students and staff thrive. Personal information held by the School may be disclosed to organisations that assist in the School’s fundraising, for example, the School’s Foundation, Old Girl’s Association etc. Parents, staff, contractors and other members of the wider School community may from time to time receive fundraising information. School publications, like newsletters and magazines, which include personal information, may be used for marketing purposes. Who might the School disclose personal information to and store your information with? The School may disclose personal information, including sensitive information, held about an individual to: • another school; • government departments; • medical practitioners; • people providing services to the School, including specialist visiting teachers, counsellors and sports coaches; recipients of School publications, such as newsletters and magazines; • Parents; • anyone you authorise the School to disclose information to; and • anyone to whom we are required to disclose the information to by law. Sending and storing information overseas: The School may disclose personal information about an individual to overseas recipients, for instance, to facilitate a school exchange. However, the School will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia without: • obtaining the consent of the individual (in some cases this consent will be implied); or • otherwise complying with the Australian Privacy Principles or other applicable privacy legislation. The School may also store personal information in the ‘cloud’ which may mean that it resides on servers which are situated outside Australia. How does the School treat sensitive information? In referring to ‘sensitive information’, the School means: information relating to a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation or practices or criminal record, that is also personal information; Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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health information and biometric information about an individual. Sensitive information will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by law. Management and security of personal information The School’s staff are required to respect the confidentiality of students’ and Parents’ personal information and the privacy of individuals. The School has in place steps to protect the personal information the School holds from misuse, interference and loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure by use of various methods including locked storage of paper records and password access rights to computerised records. Access and correction of personal information Under the Commonwealth Privacy Act and the Health Records Act, an individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information which the School holds about them and to advise the School of any perceived inaccuracy. Students will generally be able to access and update their personal information through their Parents, but older students may seek access and correction themselves. There are some exceptions to these rights set out in the applicable legislation. To make a request to access or update any personal information the School holds about you or your daughter, please contact the Deputy Principal in writing. The School may require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require. The School may charge a fee to cover the cost of verifying your application and locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material requested. If the information sought is extensive, the School will advise the likely cost in advance. If we cannot provide you with access to that information, we will provide you with written notice explaining the reasons for refusal.

Consent and rights of access to the personal information of pupils The School respects every Parent’s right to make decisions concerning their daughter’s education. Generally, the School will refer any requests for consent and notices in relation to the personal information of a student to the student’s Parents. The School will treat consent given by Parents as consent given on behalf of the student, and notice to Parents will act as notice given to the student. As mentioned above, parents may seek access to personal information held by the School about them or their daughter by contacting the Deputy Principal. However, there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of the School’s duty of care to the student. The School may, at its discretion, on the request of a student grant that student access to information held by the School about them, or allow a student to give or withhold consent to the use of their personal information, independently of their Parents. This would normally be done only when the maturity of the student and/or the student’s personal circumstances so warranted.

Information is correct at time of print and subject to change (July 2018)

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Tara Anglican School for Girls Senior School Handbook 2018  

Senior School Handbook 2018

Tara Anglican School for Girls Senior School Handbook 2018  

Senior School Handbook 2018