18 September, 2020


Wearing sports uniform

Sports uniform may only be worn to school on days when there is a special program or in some instances, on an excursion.  In this instance, parents are notified as part of the communication.  Other times may include SATIS/NSATIS rostered sports days when teams leave for Burnie or Devonport before lunchtime or when a student has an injury and can’t wear their school uniform comfortably.  Parental communication to the Head of House is required for the latter.  Students are reminded regularly about this and should not wear sports uniform to school as a default option.  We would really appreciate parental support on this matter.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Community Collaboration with St Mary’s District High School

This week 17 TCE students excelled themselves at the Valley Campus where they hosted an adventure day for 50 Year 3 and 4 students and their teachers from St Mary’s District School and Fingal Primary schools. The TCE Outdoor Leadership class organised the rotation of activities as part of the requirement for their course. Students who were due to be Round Square Baraza leaders at our Round Square International Conference (that would have started in Launceston today!) were also involved.

The Outdoor Leadership students who led the activities were Theo Ives, Roo Colley, Harrison Lewis, Caleb Thompson, Catherine Bean, Emma Hardwicke, Caitlin Silberberg, Angus Youl and the Round Square Baraza leaders who mentored and guided the Year 3/4 students throughout the day were Alex Phillips, Josie Penn, Hashi Ponnusamy, Giarna Selby, Tahni Dawe-Wright, Tom McShane, Jack Oates-Pryor, Carl Els and Connor O’Sign.

On arrival, students were involved in icebreaker sessions and were all presented with a personalised bandanna that represented their group. Groups were named after a Tasmanian animal, using the aboriginal Palawa names – tara, roonah, tremana, rakana and taraba. Following these introductions, students rotated through five activities including a low ropes course, tree planting, a scavenger hunt, fire lighting and damper-making and a bug hunt.

All leaders demonstrated excellent collaboration skills in organising this event together and the relationship between the schools involved will lead to a solid partnership in the future.

Here are some reflections from two of the Baraza leaders:

Giarna Selby commented: “I would encourage anyone who is given the opportunity to partake in this experience to do so, as it was a wonderful way to connect with younger students from remote areas of Tasmania and to develop my own leadership skills that I can use in the future.”

 Alex Phillips commented: “It is often easy to get caught up in the international side of Round Square with the thrill of exchanges and conferences, and whilst this is undoubtedly a crucial aspect, some of the most impactful activities are those servicing the local community. Of all the events in recent years, I found the day at Fingal to be one of the most rewarding, not just for me personally, but for Round Square’s integration into the school and wider community.”

Community is one of the four key strands of the College’s Vision 2035, and this event provided a great example of community collaboration in action. We look forward to many more partnerships of this nature.

Stuart Walls
College Round Square Representative


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