It was a privilege to have students from Woodrose College, our sister school in Manila, join us for our High School Assembly last week. The Woodrose girls put on a wonderful performance which we all enjoyed.

A number of Tangara students will be travelling to the Philippines for two weeks of Community Service later this year, and will reciprocate the visit to Woodrose. Please keep our girls in your prayers as they prepare for this big adventure!

Tangara's Year 12 Biology class, with their teachers Ms Sammut and Dr Mal went to UNSW to visit the Museum of Human Disease and the Children's Cancer Research Institute.

They were able to study displays of the causes various diseases as well as meet some inspiring scientists working to find cures for children's cancers. It was an eye-opening experience! They even met Tangara Old Girl Caitlin Ung, who now works as a research scientist.

In Week 4 of Term 2, Tangara competed in the 2018 Da Vinci Decathlon, sending teams of 8 students in years 5-11. This year there were a record number of students with at least 100 school represented in each year group. For the past 10 weeks, once a week, the girls have been practicing for the competition. Subjects include, Cartography, Mathematics, Ideation, Art & Poetry, Creative Producers (Performimg Arts), Engineering, Code Breaking, English, Science and General Knowledge. As you can see from the results below, Tangara placed in a range of subjects. Well done to all teams.

The Da Vinci Decathlon 2018 was a great experience for everyone. Every challenge and test definitely pushed our minds to their maximum potential, and we put our all into everything. We competed across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge.The theme for this year’s Decathlon was ‘The Unexpected’, and each test and challenge was centered around this theme.

Our Year 10 team consisted of Jasmine Aitken, Larissa Rajakariar, Amy Haryanto, Sarah Woodbury, Amy Weber, Cherry Dang, Tasnim Hassan, and myself. One of the great things about Da Vinci is how it really puts our teamwork and friendship as a group to the test - each of the subjects was challenging in its own way, and we were able to work as a team to complete each task. A special mention goes to Jasmine and Sarah, who won 3rd place in Ideation for our Yr 10 team - we are really proud of them.

Our whole team though put in a lot of effort in designing our tablecloth to match this year’s theme, and it paid off when we were announced as one of the winners for the tablecloth challenge. Overall it was a really fun and exciting day for everyone, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to do it with.

By Faith Touma, Year 10


Tangara's Year 11 students have been enjoying their Leadership Camp at Vision Valley this week. This camp is an opportunity to reflect on the year ahead as they approach the HSC, and consider their important role as student leaders.
They have been privileged to be joined by some outstanding community leaders, including Dame Marie Bashir, former NSW Governor, and Mrs Kathy Kelly, mother of Thomas and Stuart whom she lost in tragic circumstances.
Our girls will hear powerful messages about resilience, forgiveness, healthy well-being, and self-giving.

From Monday 21 May - Thursday 31 May, Tangara's Latin students participated in the 2018 Language Perfect World Championships, competing online with schools from all over the world. In what has been an overwhelming achievement, Tangara not only finished first in NSW and Australia in Latin for schools who have between 100-250 students in languages... but Tangara also finished FIRST in the WORLD!

Well done to all the students who put in extra time and effort to achieve this! Special congratulations to the following girls who received an award for their achievement in Latin:

  • Stephanie Pratikna 
  • Anna Baker 
  • Madisen Azar
  • Jessica Hoogwerf
  • Olivia Bosworth
  • Amy Haryanto
  • Brigid Murphy
  • Lara Tedesco
  • Eliza Daher
  • Simoni Shirwadkar
  • Gabrielle Pillai
  • Carina Santomingo
  • Jemima Hanna

A special thank you goes to a group of Year 7 students who gave up their lunch time to get Tangara over the line on the final day of the competition. Thank you also to the Language teachers Mrs. Benedicte Uphill and Mrs. Annabel Gassmann for their support and guidance. A true team effort!