Family and friends came together on Friday 23rd November to celebrate the most anticipated event of the Infants calendar year: the Tangara-Redfield Infants Christmas Concert. After months of hard work and preparation, the performances of the children were just spectacular!

A huge thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped prepare the children for the concert. What a wonderful evening!


On Monday 19th November, all of Year 10 and the Extension English Year 12 students, climbed aboard a bus to go into the State Library of NSW. Year 10 were there to experience the Seeking Shakespeare program and also to collect their State Library of NSW cards, which will enable them to access more academic databases as they continue with their HSC studies. The Year 12 students attended a session which was led by an experienced Teacher Librarian, on how better to research their current HSC projects.

The Year 10 students visited the Shakespeare Room which was built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his death and to view rare objects and works from the Shakespeare collection. The students were then involved in a drama workshop based on his play As You Like It. Following this, the students were privy to a brief outline of Shakespeare’s life and were drawn into a dramatisation of his life. What a memorable excursion!

The Chapel is the heart of our school and on Friday, 5 Navy were lucky enough to be given a tour by Fr Felix.

Fr Felix spoke about The Mass, explaining that when the priest steps up to the altar at Mass, it is like Jesus climbing Calvary. He also showed the girls the Sacristy, talked about the different coloured vestments and their meaning, and answered the girls’ many questions.

5 Navy thoroughly enjoyed their tour and look forward to Part 2 next year. Thank you Fr Felix!


Friday, 23rd November was White Ribbon Day, part of a global movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women. While men are also affected by domestic violence, the victims are overwhelmingly women and their children. One in 5 Australian women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. Intimate partner violence is a leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women aged 18 to 44. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.

On Tuesday, students in Years 10 and 11 participated in The White Ribbon Program which raises raise awareness and understanding on domestic violence. The students learnt about the escalating stages of behaviour that can constitute violence, particularly domestic violence and the role of the police. The program broke down the barriers around Domestic Violence and provided extensive information for the students.

Thank you to our School Liaison Police Officer Lynda Hart, Burwood Local Court Registrar Brenda Ibbotson and all the officers from Ryde Police Area Command for speaking to the girls about this important topic.




To support parents in their important role as the primary educators of their children, Tangara provides parents with a variety of opportunities throughout the year to help them become better educators. Last week, Tangara's Preschool Storytime and Motto Café concluded for the year. Each month, while the preschool children enjoyed a story and singing with Mrs Broadsmith, Tangara mothers and friends got together over tea and coffee to discuss a topic related to parenting or virtues and trade ideas.

This morning we looked at the approach of New Zealand's resident "Super Granny," author and parenting expert, Diane Levy. After watching the video and discussing her methods, it was agreed that patience and persistence are key when it comes to parenting. Hopefully we will be able to keep these points in mind during the upcoming Summer holiday!


This year marks the Centenary of the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). It was formed from similar State groups in 1918. To mark this historic occasion a morning tea was held on Friday 2nd November at Chatswood Concourse. The Board invited a selection of music teachers, examiners and supporters from across New South Wales to say thank you for their commitment to the AMEB.

Our very own piano teacher Mary Kirkwood was invited to attend and was recognised for entering almost 600 students for exams at the AMEB over the past thirty years! Most of these students have been from Tangara. Mary was also responsible for establishing Tangara as an Examination Venue for AMEB Examinations, thus facilitating the attendance of students for these important milestones in their education.

A very big thank you to Mary for her ongoing dedication at Tangara. Not only has she been a wonderful piano tutor to many students over the years, but she has also been a wise mentor, instilling a love of music and beauty in all who have passed through her studio.


On the 14th November, Fr John came to bless our new Nativity scene in the Primary Building in preparation for Christmas. Fr John reminded us that whenever we pass the beautiful scene we can say a prayer and thank Jesus for coming to us as a baby. We are so lucky to have such a peaceful scene in the middle of such a busy building!



The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development. To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment.

On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of November, 11 girls from year 9, accompanied by Mrs Uphill and Evie - an instructor from the Collaroy Centre, participated in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh hike from Berowra station to Cowan station. The hike consisted of 8km on the first day and 5.5km on the second. We faced many trials and tribulations, testing our teamwork and endurance. 

The first day was especially difficult as one of the girls fell ill and had to be picked up and taken home. We finally reached camp that evening, two hours later than we had planned. Despite it not being as appealing as we expected, we still made use of what we had. There were no sanitary facilities or places to fill up water so we had to save and salvage from what he had earlier on in the day. After being tangled in strings and pegs, we finally managed to set up our tents. At this point, we were all exhausted from a long day in the scorching heat, but later discovered a small dirt track leading off the main site to a cliff face. There we got to experience a magnificent sunset. Before we knew it, we had our 2-minute noodles and instant miso soups cooking on the trangias. We finished off that night discussing what we had planned for the next day.

The following morning, we were woken up to the sound of cackling kookaburras. We enjoyed an early breakfast and set off to start the second day of hiking. This part of the hike was predominantly downhill and was not as difficult as the previous day. In spite of sore legs, mosquito bites and heavy backpacks, we surged on. We had found a spot towards the end of the journey where we stopped for a break. Here we were tested on our navigation skills while enjoying a beautiful, elevated view. To our surprise, we all managed to successfully pass the examination. From here, we weren’t far from finishing, and knowing this, we pushed ourselves as hard as we could to power on through the last leg of the hike. We finally arrived at Cowan station and were greeted with the smiling faces of our parents. We were tired, sticky and sweaty, but the experience was well worth it!

By Bridget, Genevieve and Lucy

A few weeks ago, the Year 9 and 10 Latin classes went on an excursion into the city to visit the Nicholson Museum and Medusa Restaurant.

The girls began with a guided tour of the museum where they viewed the many artefacts, statues, Ancient Roman tablets, and a huge LEGO display of the centre of Pompeii. They then had the opportunity to hold, sketch and learn about different ancient artefacts such as oil lamps, small burial urns, ancient swords and were even able to see an ancient Egyptian coffin!

At the completion of the tour, the group made their way to the Hyde Park where they learned about the ancient mythology that inspired artist, François-Léon Sicard's Archibald Fountain.

Finally, to wrap up the day, they ended with a delicious Greek Banquet at the Medusa restaurant. Thank you to Mrs Uphill for organising such an enjoyable day.

What a wonderful time we enjoyed on Sunday at the Twilight Markets! The sun was shining and Tangara came alive with music, dancing, fabulous international food, rides, and Christmas gifts. Among the thousands of people, it was great to see many Old Girls and grandparents. The success of the day really showcased the family spirit and teamwork that makes Tangara such a special place.

A very big THANK YOU to all the mums, dads, grandparents, students, Old Girls, and staff who worked on the various stalls, the entertainment, set up and clean up. Special thanks to Deb Wiggins. She worked so hard over 12 months to coordinate preparations. We live and work in a very busy world, so the precious time of our volunteers is very much appreciated. The generosity that founded Tangara lives on, and ensures that our School continues to flourish.