While involvement in Outdoor Education activities is still compulsory in Year 11, the choice broadens allowing students agency in the contribution they make to serve their communities. A TAS education is centred on the belief that the development of character outside the classroom runs in parallel with academic success and gives every one of our students a better start to adult life, and the outdoor activities they choose is an important component.
Cadets in Year 11 - Officers and Leaders
The history of the TAS Cadet Unit may date back to 1897, but the value of quality leadership training and youth development through the cadet program continues to make it relevant in an ever-changing world. The core values of leadership, initiative, teamwork and bravery are life skills that cultivate character and the Cadets program builds on this through the leadership courses offered annually from Years 9 to 11.
Students who continue with Cadets into Year 11 have usually completed this leadership training which is an optional component of the Cadet program. These students are then posted to leadership appointments at Section, Platoon and Company level.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Program
Rural Fire Service is a popular component of the TAS Outdoor Education offering. The program aims to ensure all student participants pass the entry-level RFS qualification of Bush Firefighter (BF) which allows them to participate in local hazard reductions and exercises as probationary brigade members – and hopefully, later, as full members. Qualified instructors and assessors provide training in the use of equipment such as portable extinguishers, pumps, hoses and nozzles, effective hazard reduction and risk minimisation.
The TAS RFS program would not be possible without the active support and guidance of staff of the NSW Rural Fire Service New England Zone, and also the time, expertise and patience of the members of the Dumaresq RFS brigade.
Surf Life Saving
TAS may be 200km inland, but for generations the school has given Year 11 students the opportunity to attain their Surf Bronze Medallion. Not only does this entail gaining an understanding of the ocean, but also to learn new skills and appreciate and develop a sense of service. The school has a very close relationship with Sawtell SLSC, where students spend several days during the year and then an intensive week of training and assessment during Activities Week in November.
Year 11 Community Service
There are many students who would prefer to contribute their time to active community service in and around Armidale. During the school’s calendared Activities Days, they work in a rostered schedule on environment programs, in retirement villages, helping in Junior School or where it is most needed at the time. Their help and service is commended by all.