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TAS celebrates 40 years

TRINITY Anglican School (TAS) is calling alumni students, staff, parents, and the wider community to celebrate four decades of educational excellence at a ceremony from 4 pm to 5.30 pm at the White Rock campus on Friday, 10 November 2023.

When TAS opened in January 1983, welcoming 125 foundation students in Years 7, 8 and 9, it realised the vision of a local Cairns couple, Ben and Naomi Wilson and years of research and consultation with a group of parents.

The turning point for establishing TAS came when Mrs Wilson approached Bishop John Lewis with a proposal to open an Anglican high school in Cairns. 

Her proposal was warmly received, and the rest is history.

Bishop John Lewis and TAS architects in 1982

While the school has many activities planned to mark the 40-year milestone, there is an open invitation to everyone who has worked, attended, or been involved in the TAS community to Friday’s special event.

TAS Principal Paul Sjogren said 40 years is an incredible milestone, and it is essential to look back at how far the school has come, a centre for academic, sporting, arts and cultural excellence and a place that prepares well-rounded individuals for the adult world.

This anniversary is a remarkable achievement and an opportunity for those, like me, involved in the school today to recognise those we can thank for what we have today

TAS Principal Paul Sjogren

“TAS is a school with a tremendous spirit, and while we give this special occasion the honour it deserves, we look to a very bright future and continuing the legacy founded in 1983.”

Friday’s public gathering includes an informal welcome by TAS co-founder Naomi Wilson, a speech by Principal Paul Sjogren and Chairman of the TAS Board, historical displays, the opening of the school’s 2003 time capsule, entertainment, canapés, beverages and more.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Art exhibition to strengthen students’ identity and Remembrance Day poppy installation.

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