Teaching and Learning Programs in the Tara Senior School are designed to draw upon ‘best practice’ modern constructivist theory, providing innovative learning experiences which, through thoughtful differentiation, cater for all student needs in an inclusive a caring learning environment.
Teaching and Learning at Tara is a holistic experience where students are mentored towards becoming lifelong learners who value both formal education and personal growth through a wide range of experiences and sources of knowledge. Tara classrooms are technology rich one-to-one laptop environments, ensuring opportunities for learning are limitless.
Tara students are well prepared to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the rigours of external examinations, such as the HSC and NAPLAN, regularly performing at the highest levels of achievement. Tara girls also leave Tara with transferable skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values, which contribute to their future success in all endeavours and the betterment of society for all.
Tara Senior School is an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to deliver the Middle Years Programme (PDF 687.7KB). International Baccalaureate schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Tara Anglican School for Girls believes is important for our students. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit the website.
Tara teachers are leaders of learning and experts in their fields who actively participate in ongoing professional development to ensure their students benefit from the latest research and pedagogical practice. They are a dynamic and collaborative team who work cooperatively within and across faculties, and regularly contribute their skills and knowledge to their professional associations and the broader education community.
The structure of the curriculum in Tara Senior School follows that mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as outlined below. Additionally, in 2018 Tara will continue implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Years 7, 8 and 9. In 2019 the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme will extend to Year 10.
Tara also provides opportunities for students to study courses externally according to specific areas of interest or need. Additionally students also attend classes in Christian Studies, have opportunities in Years 9, 10, and 12 for Careers Education including a Work Experience Program in Year 10, and Financial Literacy classes in Year 10.
Students with special needs are catered for through Tara’s Learning Support and EAL/D Support staff, as are Gifted and Talented students through a wide range of internal and external programs, experiences, and opportunities.