Senior School

Why TIGS Senior School

Results

Results

Students at TIGS excel across a range of disciplines including their core academic subjects, as leaders and through sport and the arts. Each student is supported to achieve their personal best in a culture of high effort and achievement. TIGS students regularly feature in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Merit Lists which recognise the top Year 12 achievers in NSW. Approximately 90% to 95% of our Year 12 students are typically accepted into university. Band 6 results, indicating the highest level of performance, were achieved across 24 different subjects in 2018. This demonstrates the exceptional depth of teaching and support that equips students to excel across many disciplines at TIGS.

Exceptional Teaching

Exceptional Teaching

Teacher quality has a profound impact on learning. Our staff are of the highest calibre, handpicked for their extensive level of expertise and dedication, providing your child with the ideal environment to achieve their best. 95% of families at TIGS rank the quality of teaching as the main reason they chose to send their children to our school.

International Standard Curriculum

International Standard Curriculum

TIGS provides a stimulating and challenging learning environment with an international approach that sets us apart. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the world’s leading academic programme and is used as the framework for teaching and learning at TIGS. Students undertake deeper learning, become more culturally aware, learn to think independently and apply their learning to local and global issues.

Caring and Inclusive Environment

Caring and Inclusive Environment

TIGS provides an environment where wellbeing is paramount, and students can achieve their best, knowing they are safe and supported. We expect high standards of personal presentation and behaviour and provide guidance through Mentor programmes and the Chaplaincy team. Our House system brings strong camaraderie to life, across every cohort, where the effort of every student is encouraged and celebrated. This strong sense of connectedness is vital to each students’ positive outcomes both personally and academically.

Extensive co-curricular programme

Extensive co-curricular programme

Universities and future employers are increasingly seeking well-rounded students with a range of skills and experiences. The extensive co-curricular programme provides students with the opportunity to tailor their learning and pursue their unique talents and interests on the local, national and international stage. TIGS has the Illawarra’s most extensive co-curricular programme encompassing academic, art, sport, Christian service, outdoor education and cultural experiences.

Facilities and Resources

Facilities and Resources

With an awe-inspiring view of the Illawarra escarpment, the School is in a beautiful natural setting providing our students with a strong connection to nature and the outdoors. Jacaranda trees provide shade for the students at lunch and play, and our exceptional facilities, gym and sporting grounds support students through learning and co-curricular activities. Our private bus fleet transports students to and from school, and students can study and develop a passion for literacy and autonomous, self-directed learning in our Library, the Goodhew Research Centre.

Head of Senior School’s Welcome

As an educator, it is a privilege to share in the journey of so many young people who are setting their sights on achieving great things. At TIGS, we work hard to inspire and stimulate students so that they develop an innate curiosity about the world in which they live. Each day presents opportunities for students to participate, to lead, to create and to contribute, as their curiosity is nurtured and skills are honed. The focus on individual student’s passions and interests, and the way our co-curricular and sports programmes enhance the academic programme are significant parts of what makes the learning experience at TIGS so special. But it is our commitment to outstanding academic provision within a culture of personalised care and Christian values that defines life at TIGS for our teachers and students alike.

ABOUT MR HACKETT

2019 Achievements

  • 98.55 Top ATAR
  • 15% of HSC students achieved at ATAR of 85 or above
  • 43% of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students achieved an ATAR of 85 or above
  • 86% of applicants gained Early Admission into the University of Wollongong
  • 2 exemplary art nominations: 1x Encore (Music), 1 x OnStage (Drama)
  • 2 students offered places at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Academic Programmes

Representative Sport

TIGS students have the opportunity to follow a representative sporting pathway from local all the way through to national and international championships. We support all of our students in achieving their goals and have expert coaches we provide at the school and can offer flexible learning arrangements for students who travel for their sport so they can uphold their academic commitments as well.

We have supported students at state and national levels in swimming, athletics, cross country, football, hockey, rugby league, skiing and mountain biking.
Students have the opportunity to play representative sports in:

  • AFL
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Futsal
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Mountain Bike Riding
  • Oztag
  • Rugby Union
  • Rugby League
  • Snowsports
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon

 

Elite Sports Programme

In Senior School, students may be nominated for our Talented Athletes Programme which is designed to propel TIGS students towards their dreams. In this programme we identify students with sports potential and nurture them as they grow into elite athletes. The sessions are run twice a week and focus on strength, mobility and conditioning. Students can develop holistic fitness for their chosen sport. For warmer months, there is swimming and aquathon training and cooler months are more focused on cross country and athletics training. Students who are invited to participate in the programme will develop an athletes all-round fitness by drawing upon a variety of disciplines, work out strategies, and training intensities.

Co-Curricular Sport

From tennis to rugby and futsal, to surfing, stand up paddle boarding and snow sports our sporting opportunities are as diverse as the students we teach. We want all students to enjoy participating in a variety of sports, and believe sport is vital to a holistic education, providing a range of benefits including fitness, friendships and personal development. For more information about the programmes offered, request a Co-Curricular book below. Our programme includes:

  • Talented Athletes Programme
  • Talented Football Programme
  • Tennis
  • Rugby Union
  • Futsal and Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Netball
  • Standup Paddle Boarding
  • Athletics
  • Carnival Training
  • Cross Country
  • Basketball
  • Snowsports
  • Taekidokai Martial Arts

REQUEST A CO-CURRICULAR BOOK

Co-Curricular Arts

Each year, our programmes become more diverse, as our students are provided with a variety of learning experiences ranging from Drama and Dance to Orchestra and Capture Team. The benefits of learning an instrument, performing in front of an audience and making artworks are well documented and include opportunities to build self-confidence, to refine music performance and artistic skills and to develop collaboration, goal setting and time management skills. Our Co-Curricular Arts Programmes include:

  • Orchestras
  • String Ensembles
  • Senior School Productions
  • Concert Bands
  • Contemporary Music Ensembles
  • Senior Choir
  • Choral8
  • HICES Music Festival
  • TIGS Tech
  • Capture Team
  • Theatre X
  • Dance Ensembles
  • Private Music Tutor Programme
  • Art After Hours

REQUEST A CO-CURRICULAR BOOK

School Productions

The School Production is the highlight of our Arts calendar and brings together the entire community at TIGS. The School community contributes their unique talents as cast members, stage crew, orchestra, technical team, set designers, makeup, wardrobe and front of house managers to create a refined and entertaining show. Our productions are recognised externally for their high level of professionalism, winning industry awards such as ‘Best School Production’, ‘Best Leading Actress’ and ‘Best Orchestra’. This annual event is a great chance for your child to engage in a fun but demanding performance that builds camaraderie, creativity, teamwork, and self-esteem.

School Productions

2019 High School Musical
2018 The Addams Family
2017 Mary Poppins
2016 The Wizard of Oz
2015 Beauty and the Beast
2014 The Secret Garden
2013 Cats

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education Programme provides the context for valuable teamwork, communication and leadership skills to develop and flourish. Our programmes are designed to extend students beyond their comfort zone in a controlled and supportive environment, tailored to best suit their ability and confidence. Outdoor Education adds a valuable dimension to every student’s educational experience. Some things are best taught outside of the classroom, and with a comprehensive range of activities and opportunities, each child is able to build their resilience, grow in confidence, and expand their understanding of what’s possible.

Camps

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp

The Year 7 Camp focuses on building positive relationships. Through team building, trust and awareness activities such as abseiling, ropes courses, navigation, giant swings and orienteering, we encourage teamwork, collaboration and leadership. Students also build friendships and strive beyond their perceived limits on a two-day adventurous hike.

Year 8 Camp

Year 8 Camp

Our Year 8 camp takes place in the bush and develops the essential skills of outdoor education like selecting a campsite, pitching a tent, cooking on stoves and equipment maintenance. By stepping out of their personal comfort zones in an adventurous outdoor journey, your child will learn what it means to become more accepting of themselves and others.

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 Camp

This five-day journey is physically and mentally challenging. It involves substantial travel and hiking and mountain biking on steep terrain in cold temperatures. By participating in challenging activities, students will build upon skills developed in previous camps and develop their understanding of character strengths, leadership, teamwork and resilience.

Year 9 Leadership Camp

Year 9 Leadership Camp

A range of activities focused on organisation, confidence and collaboration bring out the leader in every participant and acts as preparation for leadership opportunities in senior years. This camp is a valuable tool for recognising leadership potential and making positive steps towards becoming a valuable leader in our school community.

Year 10 Camp

Year 10 Camp

Year 10 students have a choice of three programmes. At Winter Camp, skills like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and building snow shelters are developed alongside vital survival skills during four nights in the snow. Summer Camp Option 1 is a six-day journey-based programme taking place in the Kosciusko National Park. Students hike through NSW high country, learning life skills that they can apply well beyond school. Summer Camp Option 2 is a six-day white water programme based in Victoria. Your child will paddle the Snowy River, heading towards the Victorian coast and mastering fast-moving water. They will develop leadership and teamwork skills as they work together to survive remotely with little outside support.

Year 11 Camp

Year 11 Camp

This three-day camp at the Shoalhaven River encourages creative exploration through a range of activities including artmaking, filmmaking, creative writing, play building, dance, storytelling, technical production and music. Students gain inspiration for future school assessments including exhibitions and performances.

Year 12 Camp

Year 12 Camp

Students on this camp refine their own skills to produce crafted, imaginative, persuasive and informative text. They participate in sessions with accomplished writers in order to learn transferable skills that are applicable to a classroom and exam room environment.

Students that attend this camp develop skills to further prepare them for their Year 12 exams.

Snow Trip

Snow Trip

The Snow Trip is an annual weekend of skiing and snowboarding in the Australian Snowy Mountains open to Year 7 to Year 12 students. Lessons cater to beginners through to those looking to refine their technique in a non-competitive setting.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading youth development programme that empowers an exploration of your child’s full potential. The programme is voluntary, flexible, interesting and fun. Programmes are individually tailored to incorporate four key areas: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service and Adventurous Journey.

Each year, a large number of students will achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards with the support of a network of supervisors, mentors, teachers and our Outdoor Education Coordinator.

If your child chooses to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, they will have the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to fulfil the Award’s expedition requirements.

Cultural Learning

Outside School Hours Activities

The school day doesn’t start and end with the school bell. We have a variety of opportunities for students to make the most of the programmes and resources available at TIGS. Students can receive additional tuition at our daily Homework Hub, practice study papers or train and compete in our academic, sports and arts co-curricular programmes.

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