We have so many things to be thankful for – the students who have paved the way, the staff that care for the girls and the community that enriches all our lives. We have the great blessing of magnificent grounds, not many schools have what we have. Tara is a school, grounded in Christian faith which underpins everything we do, especially the values of affirmation, service to others, opportunity and integrity. Tara is a school that has a mission as a Christian school to empower young women to grow and thrive so that they may serve our local, national and global communities. And so many have gone on to do just that!
In 2017 Tara celebrated 120 years of excellence in education. On this special milestone is a reason to celebrate and reflect on many years of unforgettable moments.
We now invite you to watch ‘Tara Celebrating 120 Years: Remembering Our Past’:
We turn our attention to the future with our next presentation. Tara is now preparing the next generation of girls who will reap the benefits of an education at this fine school. Tara is a strong community and together we make Tara. It is our students, teachers, staff, Old Girls, past and present parents, Council, and partnerships that give this School its life, its purpose and its joy. This year is no exception in Tara’s journey with many birthday celebrations and events ensuring Tara really is a place of great happiness and fabulous learning. There is such a bright future ahead and we want to share a small piece of this with you now.
In 2017 for our 120th celebration we asked students, staff and parents – past, present and future – what Tara means to them and what we found was awe-inspiring in the video ‘Tara Celebrating 120 Years: Looking Towards Our Future’:
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After graduating from Tara, Jenny Morawska studied sciences and has led some of the biggest organisations in Australia. Chief Executive Officer, Research Infrastructure Support Services Limited; Non Executive Director National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Foundation; General Manager, People and Performance, Westpac Banking Corporation, Australasia; Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Industry, Science and Resources; Director, Ernst and Young; Executive Director, Price Waterhouse. She is currently the owner of The Morawska Group, advisor to the Swedish Foreign Ministry and advisor to the United Nations General Assembly regarding establishment of dialogues for peace.
Rebel was Deputy Head Girl in her final year and went on to University to study a Bachelor of Law and Arts (Theatre and Performance Studies). A few years later Rebel went on to study at the Australian Theatre for Young People and became known for creating and starring in her own comedy theatre productions. Rebel has appeared in comedy productions in Australia and major movies in the USA – such as 2011 blockbusters, Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. In 2013 she hosted the MTV Music Awards and starred in the TV series Super Fun Night which she also wrote.
She began her diving career as the Tara Sports Captain in 1996 and went on to win bronze at the 2000 Olympics. “I have my school Tara to thank for introducing me to the sport of diving. I commenced diving in Year 7 and I never turned back.” Rebecca Gilmore Manuel
After leaving Tara in 2011, Simone Kennedy competed at the Paralympics in London, where she took out the silver medal in cycling representing Australia. Simone made the Australian Cycling Team and competed in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.