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At Tara we believe in a balanced educational learning experience. The Tara Enrichment Centre (TEC) has many choices that offer exciting opportunities to expand learning horizons and enrichment opportunity across the whole learning spectrum. Our activities are directed towards character development and unique learning opportunities to develop lifelong skills. Private and group tuition lessons in music, dance, speech, ceramics, gymnastics, photography, basketball skills, cheerleading and tennis are available. TEC lessons are conducted by qualified and professional teachers as well as coaches in over 20 subject areas.

Please view the links below for TEC Registrations (Tara Students) and Events:

Performing and Creative Arts

Participation in the Performing Arts or Public Speaking activities provides a rich environment for creativity, confidence, develop understanding of the world around you, courage to work towards goals and developing friendships.

There are two pathway programs at Tara, including the TEC for private tuition as well as the enrichment co-curricular offering at the school. There is performing arts for everyone at Tara.

Please view below for more details. 

Pathway One: Private TEC Programs

Students across Junior and Senior Schools can learn and enrich their knowledge in the areas of:

Speech and Communication

Speech tuition can help improve verbal and non-verbal communication, self-expression, public speaking, voice control and self-confidence. Tara offers group speech as well as private and semi-private lessons for Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students from all years are able to access quality tuition by highly qualified professional tutors. All staff are leading performing arts practitioners and highly trained specialists. Lessons may take place on a rotational timetable during school hours with limited lessons before and after school.

To commence individual tuition, please complete the TEC enrolment form and return to the TEC. Parents will then be contacted by the co-ordinator to discuss lesson times, teachers and appropriate equipment.

Public examinations (e.g. AMEB) are held at the school regularly in music, speech and drama.

Instrumental Lessons

The following instruments are offered through the Centre:

Violin Flute Clarinet  Guitar and Bass Guitar 
Trombone Saxophone Drumkit  Ukulele
Cello Percussion Trumpet Piano

Singing and MusicianshipTara Enrichment Centre Music

Tara offers individual and group singing lessons for Years 2 to 12.

Sing Act Move

This program is for Junior School students in Years 1 to 6 in class groups in the Junior School.  

Art Activities

This program is for Junior School students in Years 3 to 6.  

Ceramics

This program includes Junior School students from Year 3 through to Year 12 Senior School students.

Photography

This program includes digital and or wet photography from Years 7 to 12.

For more information about academic creative arts programs in Junior School and Senior School visit these pages.

Pathway Two: Opportunities and Co-curricular Activities

Musicianship

Tara girls have an enthusiasm for Performing Arts and Music that almost knows no bounds. Every year the calendar is dotted with performance events that are exceptional in their quality whether it be a music ensemble performance such as Senior Choir, Concert Band, Handbells and String Orchestra or a full scale drama production such as a stage play or musical theatre extravaganza. Fabulous shows with spectacular chorus numbers, beautiful singing from the principal actors and incredibly energetic dancing throughout, supported by amazing lighting and costumes, give each Tara girl many opportunities to develop her creative talents.

All students at Tara are offered the chance to experience the extraordinary opportunities and possibilities of drama, dance and music performance in a range of academic, co and extracurricular performance contexts.

A range of musical ensembles are offered to Tara girls including:

Musical Groups  
Chamber Orchestra Concert Band Stage Band
Senior Choir Tara Singers Vocal Ensemble
Axis Wind Ensemble Flautatious Saxology
String Orchestra Senior String Quartet Junior String Quartet
Handbells Interhouse Choirs Chapel Band
Ukulele Group Interhouse Instrumental Groups  

 

Drama Groups
Junior Drama Ensemble Senior School Play
Junior Theatresports Intermediate Theatresports
Senior Theatresports


Perform in a Musical or Drama Production

At Tara, we place great importance on participating in the Performing Arts and Drama, giving girls the chance to discover the joys of music, song and dance, enjoy the unique camaraderie of a cast or ensemble and gain confidence by performing in front of an audience. Musicals and dramatic productions are available for both the Junior and Senior School students on a rotating basis.

Past Tara productions performed at The Riverside Theatre have included: The Pajama Game, Me and My Girl, Beauty and the Beast, Godspell, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music. Dramatic productions have included Our Town and Year 7 and 8 Performance Cup. Year 11 girls are also offered the opportunity to perform in co productions with The King's School. Past co productions include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, Oliver, Grease, The Mikado, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof. Junior School productions include Annie, Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes, Alice in Wonderland and many more.

In 2015 Junior School will be performing Wind in the Willows and Senior School will be participating in WOT Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar with The King’s School and more.

Tara's teachers are there to recognise, nurture, assess and ultimately inspire each student to give to an audience, an effective and rewarding performance work.

For more information about academic performing arts programs in Junior School and Senior School visit these pages.

Public Speaking and Debating

Tara has a strong tradition of Debating and Public Speaking. The girls develop their persuasive, research and team work skills in order to enhance their confidence and knowledge of current affairs. These skills are valuable not only in various competitions, but for all subjects and life beyond school. Debating and public speaking workshops are also run throughout the year.

There are many opportunities for Public Speaking and Debating with a strong calendar of events and competitions each term:

Archdale (main competition) Festival of Speech Inter House Debating History Debating
Macquarie School's Cup Talkfest Rotary Youth Speaker Sydney Morning Herald Youth Speaker of the Year
OZ Speak MUNA (Model United Nations)    

For more information about debating and public speaking programs in Senior and Junior Schools.

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Advancement of Sport and Outdoor Education

Pathway One: Private TEC Programs

Participation in specialised sporting activities gives students the opportunity to develop new skills or focus on high level skills. These opportunities are available to all students from beginner to elite in all age groups. Specialist tutors are available in the following areas:

GymnasticsTara Enrichment Centre Gymnastics

Gymnastics - Artistic

Programs are available throughout the week after school and Saturdays for all age groups from beginner to elite levels.

Gymnastics - Rhythmic

Programs are available Monday and Thursday after school for all age groups from beginner to elite levels.

Dance

Programs and groups are available for ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary for all year groups after school.

Taekwondo

This program is available all year groups after school on Friday. 

Basketball

Basketball skills is available for Year 6 to 12 students in the Senior School Gym on Wednesday afternoons.

Tennis

Tennis coaching is available in the following formats:

  • Class group (Kindergarten, Years 1-6)
  • Group of 4 (Years 5-12)
  • Private (Years 7-12)
  • Group of 2 (Year 7-12)

Pathway Two: Opportunities and Co-curricular Activities

Tara Enrichment Centre Duke of EdinburghOutdoor activities give students to develop friendships, experience outdoor activities and persist in the achievement of goals.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available for students from Year 9-12. We encourage our students to be part of this fantastic program that gives a structure for young Australians aged 14 – 25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world. Students will see them move beyond their comfort zones and gain a sense of real achievement and self-confidence. We also hope it changes your world – you will be amazed at how great our young people can be and The Duke of Ed is a perfect tool to connect with them.

In addition, Tara has formulated a special award for students in Year 8 the Tara Outlook Award. The Outlook Award has been developed for Tara students to challenge themselves to achieve personal goals to improve confidence and self-esteem. Students must demonstrate initiative, serve others and enjoy the outdoors. There are 4 sections that must be completed:

  • Community Service
  • Outdoor Experience - either a camp or 2 bushwalks
  • Skill
  • Physical Recreation
Find our more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award on the official website. More information is available on Tara sport programs here.

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International Studies

Pathway One: Private TEC Programs

Tara offers students the opportunity to develop language and cultural skills. Students of all age groups are able to participate in after school lessons in the following languages:

Chinese (Mandarin)

This is a kindergarten to Year 6 program on Tuesday afternoon in the Junior School. Courses are available at a beginner and intermediate level.

Korean

This is a beginner program for Year 7-12. This is available for students on Tuesday at lunch time.

Pathway Two: Opportunities and Co-curricular Activities

Senior students also have the opportunity to participate in exchange and study tour programs. Tara has developed links with schools in many countries such as: The United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Japan and France.

For more information about academic language programs in Junior School and Senior School visit these pages.

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TEC Fees

For further information about TEC fees please view the TEC Course Details 2017 Document (PDF 160KB). Please contact TEC via email for more information. 

Saxophone Drumkit  Ukulele

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