Congratulations to the Class of 2016. They earned 35 listings on the Distinguished Achievers List for achieving a Band 6 or equivalent in their course. With 25.9% of all our results being a Band 6 or equivalent, Tangara is ranked number 45 in NSW. Well done girls!

Our Presentation Night ceremony at The Concourse, Chatswood, recognised the achievements of Tangara girls across all aspects of school life, including academic, sport, culture, leadership and community service. It was also a celebration of the performing arts, with Tangara girls showcasing their talents in music, piano, strings and singing.

Dr Catherine Quinn (Class of 2003) spoke about her career as a psychologist, and experience in the Australian army.

Principal, Dr Katrina George, spoke about the benefits of single-sex education in preparing girls for the modern world, facing challenges such as objectification and gender ideology. Read her address here.

 
By Pascale Elzerman, Year 12
 
Last week the Physics Year 12 class congregated at the looming yet exhilarating entrance of Sydney’s favourite centre for fun and, apparently, physics: Luna Park. Matching in our new Year 12 jerseys, we took some group photos and then proceeded inside among hordes of excited younger students who, to our dismay, were also attending the park for the day. After filling out some worksheets, synthesising and revising our knowledge, we shot off to our first ride: The Tango Train. About 10 minutes later, we stumbled off, slightly dizzy, but pumping with adrenaline.
 
The rest of the day was a blur of rides, The Wild Mouse, The Hair Raiser, The Spider, The Rotor, and The Power Surge, to name a few. We investigated gravitational acceleration with The Hair Raiser, centripetal force with The Rotor and The Tango Train, and centrifugal force with the “spinny thing” you sit on in Coney Island. All in all it was a fantastic day which really allowed us to see the real life application of all the gravitational forces we have been learning about, as well as having a really good time.
 
Thanks SO much to Mrs De Kock for organising everything and sticking it out through the heat sitting with our bags while we went on all the rides.


This week, nine Year 10 students from Tangara are joining another 50 students from around Sydney to take part in the “Logos” Philosophy Programme at the University of Notre Dame. The Logos Programme aims to enrich students' education by introducing them to philosophy, ethics and theology within the Catholic liberal arts tradition.

Accompanied by Dr Rosa Carvalho, Rebecca Lennon, Evelyn Yu, Jayda Watson, Rachelle Kashkourian, Georgia Wolter, Emma Elias, Donna Youssef, Shanice Hajje and Brigitte Nader are being challenged to go deeper in their understandings of the topics covered in Year 10 philosophy throughout the year.  

Well done to each of our students for taking on this challenging course!

 

In the lead up to Christmas the whole school, from Kindergarten to Year 12, donated food items for the 2016 Vinnies Hamper Appeal. Each class was asked to contribute one item to the Hamper, and we asked parents to let the children pay for these items when possible. Through this small act of giving, our students were encouraged to think of those families throughout Sydney who cannot afford even the most basic items during the Christmas season.
 
Last week our incredible Year 12s collated all the items and put together 20 hampers which will be distributed to families living below the poverty line in Western Sydney.
 
What a team effort! Thank you to all who participated in our 2016 Hamper Appeal. 

 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Stephanie Jaucian (nee Pintado), Class of 2001, for all the hard work she has put into leading the Tangara Old Girls Society for the past 6 years. Stephanie revived the previously quiet society into the active group it is today. Below Stephanie shares her experiences as a Tangara student, a teacher, an Old Girl, and now a PARED parent.

 What did you do after you finished school?

 After school I studied Primary Teaching at Macquarie Uni and threw myself into a lot of extra-curricular activities from flamenco and ballroom dancing, to starting a community service society at uni. After graduating, I was offered my first teaching position, Year 3 at Tangara in 2007, where I was privileged to have worked under the guidance of Mrs Trish Pocock and mentored by Mrs Sue Yeo. The following year I moved to Penrith to teach Year 4 at Montgrove, got married to my husband, Albert, and we had our first baby - Nicholas!

What are you currently doing?

 I naively thought life would slow down once I became a Mum but life is now busier than ever! We have 4 children and I am currently working as a private tutor after school. Albert and I are also parents of the PARED Schools and we are currently on the PARED Promotions Committee, working to promote our schools to new families.

One of my major "projects" since 2010 has been re-establishing the Tangara Old Girls Society (TOGS). It has been exciting to see how much TOGS has achieved: bringing Old Girls together through our annual dinners, class reunions, mother's group, netball and basketball teams, and networking nights for professionals, uni and high school students. I am particularly proud of our community service initiatives. TOGS has organised and run 3 overseas service projects to the Philippines and Kenya where Old Girls have made a real and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged people in these countries. Also, TOGS has also awarded $5000 worth of scholarships to Tangara students to put towards their own community service initiatives. Building TOGS from the ground-up has been a fantastic experience, however, after 6 years it's time to hand on the reigns to a new president in 2017!

In 2017, I am excited to be working on a new initiative with my husband Albert and a team of other young couples, running a series of marriage workshops for couples who are engaged or in their first years of marriage.

What are some of your best memories from school?

I have so many! My favourite are probably all the creative things we did in Yr 5 and 6 with Mrs Pocock - especially performing plays every term for the whole of primary. One term we performed our own operetta of Jane Eyre, starring the talented Sara Bissaker (nee Khaiami) who now has her son Oliver in Kindy, Tangara Infants! We were so lucky to have Mrs Pocock for 2 consecutive years. Just after she retired our class invited her to our 10 year reunion and gave her a special "thank you" presentation. It was a very special moment.

What is one of the most valuable things you learnt at Tangara?

The importance of good habits. The habits that you create now are likely the ones that will stick with you for the rest of your life!

What advice would you give a current Tangara girl?

1. Learn to say "yes" to opportunities that come your way and if they don't - chase them!

2. Look at the big picture - don't get caught up in petty issues. Ask yourself will this really matter tomorrow? Next week? Next year?

3. Smile!

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