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.
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.
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!