Tangara has been named national champions in the Australia-wide Maths Ninja Challenge, which took place online from 6-17 March 2017.

Run by Manga High, the goal of the Maths Ninja Challenge is to earn as many points as possible over the 12 days of the competition. Students who achieved 100-149 points will receive a bronze medal, those with 150-199 points will receive a silver medal, and those who earned 200+ points a gold medal. The school with the greatest number of points are declared national champions.

Tangara placed first out of 232 Primary and Secondary schools nation-wide, most of whom have a much larger student population than Tangara.

Tangara’s Grace Zeng (Year 4) received the most points out of all 10,994 students who took part in the challenge across Australia, and Joann Min (also Year 4) was second place in the country. Both students answered over 6,000 Maths questions each during the 12-day challenge.

A representative from the Maths Ninja Challenge attended the Primary School Assembly on Friday 31 March to award 25 Gold Medal, 4 Silver Medals and 15 Bronze Medals to the high achieving Tangara students, as well as to declare Tangara the national champions.

What a wonderful privilege for Tangara. Well done to all those who participated!

This week, "Young Engineers" have been running workshops at Tangara for students in Years 2 -10, as well as for the Year 11 Physics class. Young Engineers have been providing students with an opportunity to practically apply what they have learned in Science, Technology and Mathematics through the use of motorised LEGO models.

Tangara’s Primary and High School students have been building models from the Young Engineers ‘Lego Challenge’ (Years 2-6) and the GaliLego (7-11) programs, in which students apply advanced principles of mathematics, science and engineering to solve problems.

After seeing the enthusiasm of our students, we think we may have some future engineers at Tangara! Thank you to all involved in putting together this fantastic program for our students.

By Lucy Chee, Year 12.

As part off our Year 12 Religion lessons, public speaker Sam Clear was invited to Tangara in Week 7 to talk about his amazing journey on foot throughout the globe. Sam's walk, called 'thewalk4one', was a daring endeavour undertaken to pray for unity among Christian churches throughout the world, and foster a spirit of ecumenism.

Setting out in December 2006, Sam was to travel 15 600 km on foot, over a period of 568 days from Brazil, through South, Central and North America, across Siberia (on the trans-Siberian railway) and on foot again from Moscow to the western most point of Spain. With his support crew based in Australia, Sam faced the daily challenge of finding food and water to sustain himself, walking between 35-50km each day to reach the next town in order to restock his supplies. However this was the least of Sam's worries as he was threatened at gun point three times, robbed at knife point, beaten up by strangers, and was hospitalised many times throughout his trip. In spite of all this, Sam spoke of God's love which he relied upon as his source of strength and hope.

Meeting many strangers along the way, Sam was profoundly touched by their stories, giving him new insights into humanity, which redefined the cause of his trip in praying for unity among the Christian Churches. As Sam learnt through his conversations with various people, unity is not merely tolerance and a decision to agree on surface issues, but rather a commitment to love those around us and cultivate a real community.

Our class thoroughly enjoyed hearing Sam's talk, which was presented in a deeply engaging, genuine way. This unforgettable journey of love, faith and courage demonstrates the influence of a single person in paving the way for Christian unity, a powerful reminder for all of us to pray for the needs of the Church and consider our own role within the community.

Grace Faehrmann (Year 12) tries on Sam’s walking gear for –40 celsius temperatures.


With the release of the 2016 NAPLAN results last week, there were a number of media reports about the ‘big improvers’ - schools whose students showed the greatest growth in literacy and numeracy. Tangara was listed as one of these schools! The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) did an analysis of the more than 10,000 schools across the country, identifying Tangara as one of 400 with ‘substantially above average gain', compared with other schools.

In his letter the ACARA CEO said that "I would like to extend my congratulations to you and your school community on this achievement. Gains of this magnitude are significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledgement."
This is the second year in a row that Tangara has received this honour: the 2015 results also demonstrated substantially above average gain. Congratulations to all the girls and their teachers who strive to continually improve.


An interview with Sarah Raad (nee Touma), Tangara Class of 2000

What did you do after you finished school?

I received an academic scholarship to study for a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. I went on to complete an Honours Degree in Taxation Law and worked for the University of Sydney teaching Taxation Law.

When I was completing my postgraduate studies in Taxation Law, I worked for Deloitte as a Tax Analyst. I worked for some other multinationals, including Coca Cola Amatil and Cadbury Schweppes in finance and management roles.

What are you currently doing?

I started a Coaching School, Hills Coaching College, when I left school and have enjoyed the work so much that 17 years on we are still going strong! So now the team and I teach and mentor both school and university students with the intention of supporting them to achieve their full potential.

What is one of the most exciting things you have done since graduating from school?

Obviously, there are the exciting clichés of travel, marriage and motherhood, since graduating from school. But I really do believe that the most surprisingly exciting thing I have done since leaving school is to grow into my own strength. I look back now and feel that I can really appreciate the education that I have been fortunate enough to receive, which has enabled me to be liberated and have choices in life.

What are some of your best memories from school?

My best memories from school are of studying with my friends (several of whom I still keep in very regular contact with). I remember with great fondness the early morning study sessions where the girls would say, “The exam is in an hour, tell me everything you know about …”.

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

I learned the value of a good education and the importance of making informed choices. The ethics and philosophy that we studied at school has had a very significant impact on the ways that I have approached some of the very difficult challenges that life has thrown at me.

What advice would you give to a current Tangara girl?

Enjoy life and take the time to stop and smell the roses. School is a very lovely nurturing time of your life. Never again will you have so many people devoted to your care and development, once you get through school, you really have to take it on your own to a great extent! So, take the time to enjoy the annoying little niggles that come with school. They are what makes it so special!



Last week Kindergarten Navy went on an adventure with their teacher, Mrs Sharon McAuliffe, throughout the Tangara Infants playground. They followed directions from their maps to discover hidden treasure. During every stage of this activity, students were learning constantly about direction (such as ‘left’ and ‘right’), space, and the skill of following instructions. It was a great reminder of how learning can be so much fun.

Well done to our team of treasure hunters!

From Wednesday 15 March to Friday 17 March 2017, Tangara School Captain Taris Watson will be among 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia attending the 22nd National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), being held at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. All Australian education ministers support the NSCC with most states and territories funding feeder conventions and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funding the NSCC.

The National Schools Constitutional Convention programme provides senior students with an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia's Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government. The topic of the 2017 Convention is ‘Indigenous Australians and the Constitution’.

Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO will facilitate the 2017 Convention where Taris along with other delegates, will spend two days exploring this year’s topic. This will include input from a panel of experts, group discussions on the issues and the opportunity to persuade other delegates of particular approaches. Students will participate in a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations. The programme includes a visit to Government House as well as a dinner at the High Court of Australia.

Decisions made at the Convention will be incorporated into a communiqué that will be presented to the President of the Senate. The Communiqué will then be tabled in Parliament. We will email you a copy of the Communiqué at the completion of the Convention.

In becoming a national delegate Taris, was selected from around 4,000 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory. Congratulations Taris!

Earlier this term, Tangara Infants was treated to a visit by the Healthy Harold team, who explained the different food groups to our students and reminded them about the importance of healthy eating. There were huge smiles throughout the Infants school after each session. It is wonderful to see that so many students have taken this message on board. Thank you to all our parents and families for supporting this message from home and for continuing to send your children to school with healthy lunches.

If you would like to follow up our Healthy Harold session from home, please visit www.lifeeducation.org.au and search for the following topics for your child's grade:

  • Kindergarten - My Body Matters
  • Year 1 - Ready, Steady, Go
  • Year 2 - Growing Good Friends