Tara Anglican School for Girls is an inspirational learning environment for Early Learning Centre to Year 12 girls. Established in 1897, Tara has a rich tradition of more than 119 years’ experience in education in the Parramatta and Hills region of Sydney. High academic results are being attained and a wide variety of opportunities are offered for girls to develop holistically within a strong Christian framework. Tara has a strong and proud tradition as an Anglican, non-selective school for girls which nurtures its students academically and spiritually and provides great opportunities in the co-curricular arenas of the arts, sports and the service of others. Tara is a school filled with energy and vitality and the students enjoy impressive facilities and excellent teaching by passionate and dedicated staff.
Our purpose is to be a Christian learning community, characterised by excellence, which encourages and empowers girls to achieve and serve in a dynamic world. Tara girls are enveloped in the school’s culture of affirmation, service to others, opportunity and integrity. Excellence will continue to be a hallmark of Tara. Underpinning Tara are strong commitments to:
• an authentic Christian faith which values individuals and recognises their uniqueness; and
• an outstanding educational offering for girls.
Tara is committed to offering girls an outstanding education, based on best practice and designed to enable students to achieve academic performance which ranks at the highest levels for Junior and Senior Schools. Tara’s excellent educational offering will continue to be seen not only in the academic arena but also in the cocurricular. Tara will continue to offer cultural and sporting activities as well as community service programs which can be life changing. Tara’s depth and breadth of educational opportunities will continue to promote the attainment of each girl’s potential, specified outcomes and the development of girls’ characters and leadership potential.
Our teaching practices are informed by research in best practice teaching and learning for girls from the early years of school through to our graduating Year 12 students.
In the Junior School the learning is organised using the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme framework. Within this organisational structure, are embedded in the key subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, PDHPE and Creative Arts. In addition to this, Tara girls also learn an additional language from the age of 7.
Tara is a ‘Candidate School’ for the IB in Senior School. The Middle Years Programme will be implemented in 2016 through to Year 10 by 2019. We believe that the IB MYP provides a framework to guide, and embed all that is ‘best’ about modern constructivist teaching and learning in a systematic and holistic manner. Such a framework will provide consistent learning experiences for all students across the whole of Senior School.
Tara is located on 12 hectares of beautiful grounds and gardens backing onto parkland. We are five mins from the vibrant central business district of Parramatta, second largest CBD in New South Wales. Our Junior School, Senior School and Eggleton House (Boarding) facilities are on the one campus, encouraging interaction across the school. Tara has state of the art facilities, committed resources and excellent academic programs tailored to the individual and how girls learn best. About 40 per cent of our grounds are dedicated to recreational and sporting use. We have:
• Observatory telescope
• A swimming pool
• A gymnasium
• A health and fitness centre
• Six tennis and netball courts
• Two sports ovals
• Two playgrounds
• Rowing sheds (offsite)
• 2 School halls
• 2 purpose built libraries
• Science & Technology Centre
• Canteen & Cafeteria
• Before & After School & Vacation Care Centre
The Tara Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 establishes a framework to further build our great school. By the end of 2020, Tara will be a leader in girls’ Christian education: research-informed teaching and learning with an emphasis on the holistic development of each student, and where every student is cared for, challenged and equipped to live out the distinctive values of the school.
The development of our girls' interests and talents is a major focus of the extensive Co Curricular program. Participation, commitment and achievement in co and extra curricular areas are recognised in the School's honour awards.