OPEN DAY Wednesday 25 May 10am to 12.30pm 11.00am Principal’s talk

News and Events

  • You are invited to join us for Open Day on 25th May 2016

    There is an Open Day at all campuses once a term. Guided tours are conducted at the Cherrybrook campus by students throughout the day, commencing at 10.00am. The Principal gives a presentation about Personalised Education at 11.00am. You can see demonstrations of our literacy programme at the Infants School, as well as a Visible Thinking demonstration in the Primary School. There are also tours of Retaval Belfield Infants and Retaval Wahroonga Infants.  

    Please join us for our next Open Day on Wednesday 25 May 2016:

    Tangara School for Girls | 10.00am to 12.30pm 

    Principal’s Presentation | 11.00am  

    Retaval Wahroonga & Retaval Belfield | 9.30am to 12.30pm  

    Redfield College | 12.00pm to 2:30pm 

    Headmaster’s Presentation | 1.00pm  

    Montgrove College | 10.00am to 12:30pm 

    Principal’s Presentation | 10:45am  

    Wollemi College | 12.00pm to 2.30pm 

    Headmaster’s Presentation | 1.00pm

    Click here for all Open Day dates for 2016.  

  • International Guest Speaker Inspires Students to Seek Authentic Love

    On Tuesday 17 May,l students from years 7-12 at Tangara were treated to an inspiring and entertaining address by American educator and chastity speaker Jason Evert.

    In his address, Jason Evert encouraged students to strive for a true love that goes beyond the superficial dating game that is presented to teenagers by popular culture. Jason inspired the students with his testimony, and explained that no one has the right to shame or judge others. We all have been given the opportunity to seek beautiful, authentic relations, he continued, and aided by prayer and the Sacraments, each one of us can live a life of virtue and sexual integrity.

    ‘Chastity trains us to love because we’re doing what is best for the other person, not merely what feels good in the moment,’ he explained. 

    The staff and students at Tangara would like to thank Jason for taking the time to spread this very positive message of authentic love and human dignity. 

  • Welcome to Parramatta’s New Bishop

    Last week, Pope Francis appointed Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD as the fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
    Bishop Vincent was born in 1961 in Gia-Kiem, Vietnam. He and his family came to Australia as refugees in 1980. He was ordained to the Priesthood on 30 December 1989 and was elected superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005. He has been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011.

    The Installation Mass for Bishop Vincent will take place on Thursday 16 June 2016 at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta. 

    The staff and students at Tangara would like to welcome Bishop Vincent to the Parramatta diocese. Let us keep him very much in our prayers.
  • Making Thinking Visible: Tangara Teachers Complete Harvard Course

    Congratulations to Tangara teachers Myriam Dixon, Alison Patino, Natalie Pilgrim, Cecilia Herrera, Piaf Kroeger and Rachel Lole for completing the demanding 12 week Harvard University Visible Thinking course.

    Since 2012  teachers across all grades at Tangara have been taking part in the online course ‘Making Thinking Visible: Building Understanding Through Critical and Creative Thinking’ via Harvard University. The course equips teachers with a set of routines and a few simple questions  to develop students’ thinking abilities, allowing them to deepen and demonstrate their understanding in all subject areas. Recording the thinking process as it happens makes thinking visible for everyone: students learn from each other and it allows teachers to unveil misconceptions and adapt their teaching to the students’ needs.

    By making the implicit explicit,  by fully engaging the students, learning becomes more powerful. Thinking  is at the core of deep understanding and allows students to become more independent learners.

    Annabel Gassmann, Head of Languages and Visible Thinking Coordinator, says the course has impacted the learning environment at Tangara in a positive way. ‘By next year, Tangara will have all our teachers trained in Visible Thinking across the whole School. We are continuing to embed it throughout the School in order to better prepare our students to be independent learners, today and into the future.’ The most recent participants in the course have been working tirelessly and collaboratively since the beginning of the year in order to incorporate these specific skills in the classroom. We congratulate them on their efforts.

    Visit this article for more information on the application of visible thinking in the classroom.

  • Where are they now? Tangara Old Girl Daphne Paris (nee. Cassar)

    'Where are they now' is a new weekly column featuring a Tangara Old Girl. This week we spoke to Daphne Paris (nee. Cassar), Class of 2002.

    What have you been doing since school? 
    I studied a Bachelor of Biological Science majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Western Sydney. I took a one year break of my degree to go to World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005 and then took a professional internship shortly after I'd returned, before graduating in 2007. Just before graduating I went on a service project to the Philippines, it was amazing! After graduating I was granted a scholarship to study a Masters of Science in Europe across four universities under the Erasmus Mundus Program.

    What are you currently doing today? 
    I'm currently on maternity leave from my job as a Spatial Scientist at Water NSW and loving being a full time stay at home mum with my crazy little kids.

    What is one of the most exciting things you have done since graduating from school?
    Definitely studying and travelling abroad for two years was a highlight, but World Youth Day and the Philippines Service Project were equally as exciting and meaningful to me.

    What was one of your best memories from school? 
    Many :) story time at the library with Mrs Peckham in primary school and digging up little holes in the playground pretending to be archaeologists :) listening to the stories our teachers told us (non-curriculum!) especially those of Mrs Gunning, Mrs Isles, Mrs Almeida and Mrs Dabrowski. I'm sure I remember more of those than actual lessons... least favourite: cross country!

    What is one of the most valuable things you learnt at Tangara? 
    Resilience. Not being particularly clever, popular, pretty, sporty or witty meant I had to learn to work to earn respect and that set me up for life out of school. Also, my teachers were very encouraging, and at the same time realistic about what subjects they thought I could do. I try to emulate that same attitude with my kids today. I think generally the example of our teachers was my most important lesson.

    What advice would you give a current Tangara girl?
    So many things I would say to my high school self! Don't be a fake because people will treat you like one and you'll have little self-respect. Be sincere and be a good friend. Stay informed on the most important issues of the day no matter if you're a full time mum, work in retail, or work in the corporate world. At best you'll be able to make a more positive contribution to society by forming a thoughtful opinion on important matters – and at the very least you'll be able to hold an intelligent conversation.

    Daphne is married to Andrew and they have three young children: Evie 4, Xavier 2 and Sofia 9 months.  Daphne says – “this is the most exciting achievement in my life so far – they keep me running around all day but are so much fun. Every day they do little things that make me proud to be their mum.”

  • Tangara Old Girl interviews IMF Head on Women in the Workforce

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde shared her thoughts and experiences on what it means to be a woman in the work force in our modern era in a recent interview with internationally acclaimed journalist and Tangara Old Girl, Emma-Kate Symons. 

    Emma-Kate Symons is a Washington DC-based journalist and communications professional with more than fifteen years of international experience. Since graduating from Tangara School for Girls in 1989, the first graduating class in Tangara's history, Emma-Kate has worked as a journalist in Sydney, Canberra, Paris, Bangkok, Manila, New York City, and Washington DC. 

    In her exclusive interview with Christine Lagarde, Emma-Kate unpacked some of the difficulties, as well as triumphs, that women experience in the corporate world. When pressed what women should do when they find it difficult to break into the corporate world, Lagarde encouraged women to seek out, team up and support one another, “because I don’t think changes can be achieved on the stand-alone basis by one’s self only.”

    Congratulations to Emma-Kate Symons for an excellent interview, for her great contribution to supporting women worldwide.

  • School Term Begins with Moving ANZAC Ceremony at Tangara

    Staff and students from Kindergarten to Year 12 started the new school term at Tangara with a moving ANZAC ceremony, where they paid tribute to the women and men who have given their lives for our country in times of war, and for all those who have served and currently serve in the military.

    The guest speaker for this year’s commemoration ceremony was Mrs Miechele Williams, mother of Tangara student Abigail Williams in year 3, a former medic who served in the Royal Australian Navy for 11 years. 

    Mrs Williams delivered a moving address to the staff and students, challenging them to imagine what it would have been like for the young men sent to the front line at Gallipoli, facing almost certain death or injury. Mrs Williams reflected on what it would have been like for those left at home to hear of the deaths of their loved ones at war. ANZAC Day, she explained, is not about glorifying war, but rather about remembering and acknowledging the suffering that generations of Australians have experienced in the line of duty. This commemoration, she continued, is not reserved for those who fought in World War I or even World War II, but also those who fought in the countless other conflicts in which Australia has be involved over the years, including Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and more. 

    Tangara students were left moved by Mrs Williams’ address, with many of them reflecting after the ceremony that it was inspiring to see that a woman who has served in the military so recently can still be in such awe of what the ANZACs have done for our country.

    The ceremony concluded with the playing of the Last Post, followed by a moment’s silence and finally the singing of the Australian National Anthem. 

    Thank you to all the staff and students for their involvement in this year’s ANZAC commemorations, and a special thank you to Mrs Miechele Williams for an inspiring address. 

  • Make a Difference Day

    On Monday the 4th of April we were delighted to have the opportunity to visit Parliament House in New South Wales to attend the ‘Make a Difference Day’ event. Our day began huddled under one umbrella in the treacherous rain waiting for an old squeaky bus to pick us up and just got even better when Clara’s hat got stuck in the security checkpoint! At Parliament house we were taken to a theatre room where we received an audience from a panel of Members of the Parliament: David Shoebridge, Matt Kean and Linda Burney. After their very engaging discussion we were allowed to ask them questions and after that we were split up into groups with students from other schools. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and meet new people.

    We were allocated into the silver group along with students from Pennant Hills High, Burwood and a few others. Firstly, we had to discuss what we thought democracy was, then we were asked to put forward some issues that we were passionate about and ways that we as individuals can influence society in a positive way. For this particular question, we found we were slightly outnumbered in our views and were intimidated at first. However we managed to overcome that and speak our minds and, much to our surprise, we had a good response. Some issues discussed included: domestic violence, abortion, global warming, mental health and youth suicide. It was very interesting to hear everyone’s views and to have a discussion with them. The last question they asked was ‘Whether or not the voting age should be taken down to 16.’ A few people in particular were very passionate about this.

    At the end of the program we met in the Parliamentary Green Room and each group went up and presented their final resolutions and responses. It came to the conclusion that out of the 6 groups, 4 of them believed that voting should be optional for ages 16-18, one group believed that it should be compulsory for ages 16-18 whilst there was one group that said they should keep it as it is.

    Overall it was an amazing experience and we enjoyed it very much. We would like to give a massive thanks to Dr. Carvalho for taking us on this amazing trip.

    Clara Choi and Emma Elias
    Year 10
  • Tangara Teachers Honoured for Their Service

    On the last day of Term 1 we honoured some of Tangara's long serving staff at a special School Assembly. The list of teachers honoured include:

    Monique Davis - 30 years service

    Mary Kirkwood - 25 years service

    Judy Shackle - 20 years service

    Mary McFarlane - 20 years service

    Margaret Williams - 20 years service

    Mia Dineen - 10 years service

    Bronwyn Sammut - 10 years service

    Jane El-Rahi - 10 years service

    Tricia Eckersley - 10 years service

    Marianne Oakley - 10 years service

    Cathie Campbell - 10 years service

    Alison Patino - 10 years service

    Maryanne Bourke - 10 years service

    Lisa Rossi - 10 years service

    Sue Yeo - 10 years service

    Sue Calabrese - 10 years service

    Mariki van Rhijn - 10 years service

    Jenny Troup - 10 years service

    We thank each and every one of you for your years of service and the irreplaceable contribution you have made to our School. Congratulations!

  • Where are they now? Tangara Old Girl Catherine Quinn


    Where are they now?' is a weekly column featuring a Tangara Old Girl. This week we spoke to Catherine Quinn, Class of 2003.

    What did you do after you finished school?
    I started studying Psychology and Law at Macquarie University and then decided to focus on Psychology. I also joined the Army Reserves as a part-time job through University.  I graduated with a PHD and Clinical Masters in Psychology. … And in the Army?  I graduated as an officer from the Royal Military College and joined the Combat Engineers which is part of the Royal Australian Engineer Corp.  

    What are you currently doing?
    I am working at Queensland University of Technology as a Research Fellow focusing on interventions and research into youth substance abuse. I am also currently completing my Clinical Registrar Program as a psychologist, working part-time with children and adolescents.

    What is one of the most exciting things you have done since graduating from school?
    Going slay-riding with huskies in Canada 3 years ago - and traveling to Thailand with Macquarie Uni in 2005 to help with the Tsunami relief.

    What are some of your best memories from school?
    I loved going on school camps and having the opportunity to get to know people outside my friendship group.  I also loved Year 12 – it sounds nerdy, but it was great to be able to pick the subjects I liked the most and study them in depth.

    What is one of the most valuable things you learnt at Tangara? 
    Getting a second chance. I was pretty naughty in the early years of high school and I was lucky enough to be given a second chance to take responsibility for my actions and consider where I was going with my future. This taught me that in life you have to make the most of the opportunities in front of you - and what you do or don’t achieve is something only you can be responsible for.

    What advice would you give a current Tangara girl?
    Broaden your areas of expertise – don’t just focus on one area whether it be school or sport or community work. Try to make yourself as all-rounded as you possible. This won’t only make you more grounded as a person but it will make you more employable in the future. 

    When graduating from the Royal Military College, Catherine won the Duntroon Sword of Honour - the highest honour for a graduating officer. She was the second woman in the history of the Australian Army to do so.








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