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Welcome to Tallygarunga, an original roleplay set in the Harry Potter universe. Set in present-day Australia, tensions are high between the Ministry of Magic and the only Ministry-run wizarding school in the country. Become like the other snooty private schools? Not a chance.

Originally established in August 2006, Tallygarunga prides itself on an inclusive and active community. Once part of the Tally family, always part of the Tally family. Whether you're here for the first time, the thousandth time, or returning after a long time---welcome home.
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
December, 2019 :: Summer

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  1. Recommended How Classes Are Played

    How Classes Are Played One of the most fun parts of being on a wizarding school roleplay is the classes! Tallygarunga includes not only the standard Potterverse classes that you'd expect to find at Hogwarts, but also a few variations added by members over the years. Here's how we play out our classes. Class schedule Teaching staff are expected to conduct at least one class per term. This amounts to four class threads over a year, and they may choose to do more. The current term is listed in the header, and dates for all terms for the school year can be found in the Studying at Tallygarunga topic. Classes and year levels Unless there is sufficient demand for a class, classes may be considered "mixed-year". This means that all students enrolled in that class can participate in the one class thread. Teaching staff that are willing to run more than a single thread per term may divide their class load any way they like. Enrollments Enrollments take place in the Gawler Foyer, and are submitted using the Class Enrollment Form. Enrollments must be submitted before taking part in a class thread. Non-played classes Classes that do not have a character assigned to teach the class are considered "non-played classes". Students can still enroll in these classes, and it is assumed that these classes still take place---but are not explicitly roleplayed in the same manner as played classes are. Homework & house points Classes are a key source of house points. Teaching staff may choose to allocate homework (usually a short response to a question submitted through the class thread), and to award or revoke house points throughout the progress of the class thread. Some common house point transactions: Homework submitted: +10 Homework not submitted: -10 Outstanding homework: +20 Answered a question: +5 Classroom misbehaviour: -5 Attended class: +15 Did not attend class: -15 Points per class thread will be tallied up at the end of term (all class threads must be completed and homework submitted by the end of term date) and added to the totals. Note: A player that has an active absence cannot be penalised for their character not attending class, or not submitting homework.
  2. Houses of Tallygarunga

    Tally Houses The four houses of Tallygarunga were created to group together students that shared similar traits. It was believed that this system would lead to greater harmony in the halls and promote a healthy sense of competition between the groups. Below is a general guide to the traits of each house. However, students are far more complex than any four categories will allow, and there are exceptions to every rule. Spencer House colour: Green, gold Mascot: Kingfisher (bird), Banksia House Building: Eureka Underground Hallway Strengths:Quick-thinkers, bold, social Weaknesses: Petty, impulsive, struggle to sit still The most distinguishable of all the houses at Tallygarunga, these students are also the loudest. They have a pure love for life and all it brings, but also have a notorious reputation for being pranksters and class clowns. Most will have a sharp wit, sarcastic tongue, and talk back to student and professor alike. Danger is not known to the Spencer student, who will attempt almost anything in the name of fun or dare, and at times consideration for others is dropped in the search of a good time. The Spencer student is often called upon where comedic relief is needed, and tend to be the life of the party. A good friend to those who are within their circle, the Spencer student is not someone to turn your back on - for fear of being charmed to fall in love with a chair or cursed to have your clothes constantly untie themselves and fall away in public. Flinders House colour: Yellow, white gold Mascot: Possum, Acacia (flower) House Building: Kookynie Halls Strengths: Caring, relaxed, expressive Weaknesses: Shy, overthinkers, idealistic The most easy-going students of Tallygarunga, these range from the quiet academics, to the not so brave scholars. They are largely students with a good school record, they rarely get into trouble. They are good friends to those they have, and aren't always quite what they seem. The Flinders student is particularly caring and considerate, they go to great lengths to ensure that those around them are happy. It takes a lot to rouse the temper of the Flinders student. They like to see the best in people, and even where there is no good to be found - will strive to find some sort of upside. The Flinders student is very expressive, and like to share how they feel with the world around them, from joy to sadness, anger to excitement. Sturt House colour: Blue, copper Mascot: Platypus, Boronia (flower) House Building: Tarnagulla Centre Strengths: Determined, scholarly, logical Weaknesses: Closed-off, morbid, lack humour A generally quiet group, Sturt students are more absorbed in their thoughts than other students at Tallygarunga. They are skilled at scheming and have a more methodical and logical approach to things. Whilst they are not known for their pranks and can be a morbid lot, it is not unknown for the odd Sturtian to break the shell, and lighten up a little. Sturt students are determined, and stand up for what they believe in. Whilst their sense of justice may be skewed, the Sturt student acts upon what they believe is the best course of action and will do anything to see it through. The thoughts and opinions of others do not typically matter to the Sturt student, so long as the appropriate outcome is achieved. Bourke House colour: Red, silver Mascot: Kangaroo, Warratah (flower) House Building: Southern Cross Tower Strengths: Loyal, hard-working, sporty Weaknesses: Trusting, quick tempered The Bourke student is resilient and loyal. They will stick beside their friends to the point of death. They are trusting, and can often be betrayed by those they love most. More sporty than the rest of the houses, the Bourke student enjoys the outdoors and the thrill of physical activity. Being cooped up indoors is not something the Bourke student typically enjoys, although many are good scholars. The Bourke student prefers practical work over theory, and doesn't mind getting dirty in the pursuit of new knowledge. When threatened, the Bourke student is easily angered, particularly where friends or family are involved. The Bourke student is typically overprotective of those closest to them, making them a good friend - and a fearsome enemy.
  3. Recommended Layout of Tallygarunga

    Layout of Tallygarunga Unlike a lot of magical schools in Europe, the buildings of Tallygarunga are not housed within the ancient walls of a castle. This is largely due to the fact that it is located in Australia, a country that lacks the amount of history necessary for castles to be present. Below is a brief description of each major building within the school, approximate locations and other useful facts. Interactive Map Gawler BuildingSouthern Cross TowerTarnagulla BuildingKookynie HallsEureka Underground HallwayWhitlam Bilby WingThe OvalBilby Oval & PlaygroundWest Wall & F3Kennels & Aviary Gawler Building Southern Cross Tower Tarnagulla Building Kookynie Halls Eureka Underground Hallway Whitlam Bilby Wing The Oval Bilby Oval & Playground West Wall & F3 Kennels & Aviary The Gawler Building The first building of Tallygarunga, it is the first impression of the school that students get on their way down the long dirt road leading to the school. The building is now much newer looking, after several renovations... but it remains the second-oldest standing building on the grounds. It is clear that the first floor was built first, and is weatherboard with a coating of light brown paint. Wide windows face the road, and only a pair of wooden double doors marks the humble entrance to the school. A tin verandah juts out over the decking, sometimes used as a stage for large outdoor assemblies. Gumtrees stand around the building, offering shade to the dry grounds about it. Small gardens with hardy, drought-resistant plants dot the front gardens. From the second story up, the Gawler building is much more modern. To the extreme right-hand side, the Great Hall is one of the most impressive extensions, boasting a proper theatre and tiered seating for student performances and indoor assemblies. The staffroom is located on the second floor, above the administration area, and offers an excellent view of the surrounding bush, and Korrowi creek out the side windows. The Headmaster's office can be found on the first floor, beside the main entrance. Inside the first floor of the Gawler building, it is ofted dimly lit. The floor is covered in dark wine-red carpet, and the ceiling is incredibly low. There is a strong timber theme, giving the feel of an old style farm house more than a school, and it is very likely that this is what the building was first intended to be. School awards line the main foyer, and down the corridors. Shields honouring ex- and current students are out on display, along with staff group photos for the past twenty-eight years, graduating lists... the first floor is a shrine to Tallygarunga's history. The second floor is quite different. The walls are light grey, and covered in plaster... the carpet in these sections is dark blue, and the many windows give it an airy sort of feel. Kookynie Halls The only building to have not been recently renovated, Kookynie Halls is a three-story weatherboard building, in much the same style as the first floor of the Gawler building. It runs in a narrow line down the western side of the school, and houses the Flinders students. A large foyer in the centre, and old faded signs indicate that it was once used to house the entire school. The old library from the original Tallygarunga layout has been kept, though several ex-classrooms have been knocked in to make space for the on going collection of magical texts. Like the first floor of the Gawler building, the cielings are disturbingly low, and the carpet ranges from dark red, to dark green shades with curtains and decor in similar rich colours. There's a dark, sort of cosy feel to the building, portraits of Australia's famous men and women line the walls, and the floor is slightly uneven and incredibly creaky. Despite it's run-down looking condition, the halls are quite safe.. the occasional rotted step is always quickly mended... and planks of mdf alongside the rich stained wooden stairs are a tribute to the hard-working caretakers who ensure the safety of all students and staff. Classrooms in Kookynie are largely held on the first floor, with Flinders students living on the second and third floors out of the way of other students making their way to class. The library takes up one half of the bottom floor, and thus Transfiguration is the only class to be held on the second floor of Kookynie. Tarnagulla Centre The newest building on campus, the Tarnagulla Centre is made entirely of brick, and resembles a small hospital. It lies to the northern end of the school, joining with the end of Kookynie Halls to make a right angle. The Centre also rises three stories above ground, with the Sturt students residing in most of the upper two floors. For practical purposes, the hospital section of the building is located in the bottom floor, with emergency beds located on the second beside the classrooms. The bottom floor of the Tarnagulla Centre has linoleum flooring, in a light teal colour, and similar coloured curtains. The walls are a sterile white, and painted with pastel images of gum leaves and branches to add interest. The hospital wing is open plan, with all beds within clear reach of the medical staff... but can be closed off for privacy by the light red curtains that can be drawn about each individual patient. The staff station is located by the door, in plain view of each and every bed. For health and safety reasons, it is kept as modern as possible, with bright lighting and windows to allow sunlight and natural heat into the wing. A similar sterile theme runs through the upper stories, though the rooms above the hospital wing are carpeted in a similar pale green to the linoleum below. The rooms are spacious, with plastered walls and big windows. Southern Cross Tower The tower is a seperate entity on it's own, and is only accessible through a door at ground level. It is a square brick tower, built for the purpose of Astronomy... a rectangular extension houses the games room, and the dorms of the Bourke students. The only classroom inside the actual tower, is the Astronomy class, though History of Magic and Divination are both held within it's base. The spiral staircase is the only access point to the Astronomy classroom, and is made of reclaimed timber. The tower is thin, and rises three stories above the other buildings, giving it an overall height of six stories, and is the north-eastern most point of the school. Beyond the tower is a small garden, and beyond that is out of bounds for all students. The land there belongs to Bill Mackey, a long-time enemy of Tallygarunga staff and students alike. The extension is a rather comfortable building, light and airy like the majority of the more modern buildings. Not in quite as good repair as the Tarnagulla Centre, faded red wallpaper is peeling in some places of the building, and pulled off by students in others. The carpet here is dark green, the walls are a soft tan colour. Eureka Underground Hallway It is the Eureka Underground Hallway which links the main centres of the school together. Reaching underground from the administration areas of the Gawler building, it runs along the length of the school right to the Tarnagulla Centre, branching out to link up to Kookynie Halls and the dorm section of the Southern Cross Tower. The Deputy Headmistress's office is located towards the Administration section, to be conveniently close to Headmaster Burdett's own office, and Spencer students call this strange, converted mine shaft home. It is usually somewhat damp in the Underground Hallyway, the ceiling is low, and the lighting is terrible. Dark brown carpet covers the length of the hallway, and the walls are timber. The original timber supports from the mineshaft have been kept, to give the hallway it's strange (and sometimes creepy) feel. Classrooms within the hallway are kept towards the administration section... the students of Spencer are housed between the link to Kookynie and the Southern Cross Tower extension, and the eventual opening into the basement of the Tarnagulla Centre. Staff Dorms: For reasons of practicality, staff will be given a bedroom close to their specialty subject. Each staffmember will be allocated a house depending on their place of residence. For instance, a member residing in Kookynie Halls would be considered a Flinders staffmember. The exception to this rule, is the Heads of House, who will be given a bedroom adjacent to their house dorms, and the Headmaster, administrative staff and the caretaker who reside in the Gawler building, and are considered to be without house. The librarian is considered to be of Flinders, the medical staff are considered to be of Sturt. It is the responsibility of staff members regardless of status to assist in policing student dorms in the building they are housed in.
  4. School Rules

    Tallygarunga school rules Like schools in the real world, students at Tallygarunga are expected to conduct themselves in a particular way. These are IC rules for all students, and may come with IC consequences if breached. Respect and community All students are expected to treat staff, each other, and themselves with respect. Behaviour of a bullying nature is not be tolerated, nor is causing harm to any other person/s in the Tallygarunga community. Tallygarunga is a school that is accessible to all. Discrimination based upon race, species, year level, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic is not tolerated. All persons at Tallygarunga are asked to respect the learning environment. This means allowing all others the peace and freedom to study without disruption. Classroom behaviour Students are expected to turn up to class on time. Students are expected to be neatly and appropriately dressed in correct uniform for the class they are undertaking, and have all relevant equipment. Students should contribute to classroom discussions in a meaningful way, that enriches the learning environment for all. Behaviour that deliberately disrupts the classroom is not appropriate. Students are expected to try their best in all academic endeavours. Students are expected to comply with the directives as given by the professor. Any concerns regarding a professor should be brought to the headmaster. Magic use Magic use is permitted on school grounds between 8am and 10pm, as a means of practicing and consolidating skills. Magic should never be used to harm, frighten, or humiliate another. Students should be aware that our diverse community includes those to whom certain abilities and magics are not commonplace, and conduct themselves with consideration. Magic practiced outside of allowable hours (8am-10pm) without staff supervision may incur penalties. Curfews and town visits All boarding students must be on school grounds and in their house areas by 8pm. Common areas close and students must be in their rooms with lights off at 10pm. Students of fifth year and above may visit Narragyambie at their leisure, providing they are not scheduled for a class, and return to school by 8pm. Students of fourth year or below may leave school grounds only with an authorised companion of fifth year or above. Companions may be authorised by the student's guardian. On Friday and Saturday nights, curfew is extended to 10pm for all students. Infractions and house points When a student is found in breach of any of these rules, it will be graded on a scale of 1-5, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. If the student has a history of breaching the same rule, the infraction level may be increased even if the breach is not more severe. House points are deducted for each infraction, according to their level. A level 1 infraction incurs a deduction of 10 house points, level 2 deducts 20, level 3 deducts 30, level 4 deducts 40, and level 5 deducts 50 points. Any infraction may be subject to additional punishment (detentions, extra homework, loss of privileges, up to and including expulsion) if the severity of the infraction requires it. Further disciplinary action is determined by the headmaster and heads of house.
  5. Studying at Tallygarunga

    Studying at Tallygarunga Tallygarunga Academy of Magic is the only public wizarding school in Australia. It is managed by the Victorian Ministry of Magic's Wizarding Education department. Students who are not homeschooled or cannot afford the tuition fees of the more prestigious private establishments are sent to Tallygarunga at age 11. Tallygarunga also offers a junior school program in the Whitlam Bilby wing. This caters for children aged 5 to 10. Children in the Bilby program are taught a general understanding of basic magic and life skills in one classroom, under the one classroom teacher. School terms & holidays Tallygarunga follows the Australian muggle school calendar. School begins in late January and winds up in mid-December for the summer holidays. Dates for the 2019 school year are: Term One: January 29 - April 5 (followed by Easter holidays) Term Two: April 23 - June 28 Term Three: July 15 - September 20 Term Four*: October 7 - December 20 * Sixth and seventh years finish earlier in the year. This is to allow students ample time to study for their end-of-year exams. Starting at Tallygarunga Unlike Hogwarts, students at Tallygarunga may be accepted before their eleventh birthday. However, the school will not take a child less than ten years of age into First Year. To be enrolled into First Year, the child must already be eleven or older, or be turning eleven before June 30th of that school year. For example: A child that turned eleven in August of 2017 would start First Year in January 2018. A child that is ten at the start of the school year, but turns eleven in March would be eligible to commence first year. A student that is ten at the start of the school year, but does not turn eleven until August would not be eligible to commence First Year until the next school year. Senior years Students in sixth and seventh years sit exams in the middle and end of the year. Mid-year exams are usually lighter, while end of year exams help to determine what opportunities the student will have for further study. Sixth years will sit their Standardised Procedure In Determining Education Retention (SPIDER); seventh years will sit their Systematic Tertiary Investigation Numerically Gauging Retentiveness Across Year (STINGRAY). After seventh years graduate in October and enter their study period, teachers will begin to prepare sixth years for their seventh year content. Key dates for sixth and seventh years: Mid-year exams: June 10-29 Seventh year classes finish: October 24 Seventh year graduation: October 26 End of year exams: November 11-23 Seventh year preparation: November 25 - December 7 Class loads Students at Tallygarunga are encouraged to involve themselves in all areas of study. All students, including first years, have the option of selecting electives to complement their core classes. Most students will take on a study load of nine total classes, however those who are more enthusiastic may apply for flexible timetabling allowing them to enroll in up to twelve. Core/Elective structure by year: First Year: Minimum 7 core classes, 2 electives Second Year: Minimum 5 core classes, 4 electives Third Year: Minimum 5 core classes, 4 electives Fourth Year: Minimum 3 core classes, 6 electives Fifth Year: Minimum 3 core classes, 6 electives Sixth Year: Up to 12 classes of student's choice Seventh Year: Up to 12 classes of student's choice All core subjects are only compulsory for First Year. Beyond that, the student may choose which subjects suit them best, so long as the minimum requirement of classes from the core listing is met. A core class may be taken in an elective slot if the student wishes to study more than the minimum number of core classes. Available classes Tallygarunga offers a wide range of classes in the form of both core and electives. Currently, the following classes are available for study: Class name Type Available from Astronomy Core First Year Charms Core First Year Defence Against the Dark Arts Core First Year Herbology Core First Year History of Magic Core First Year Potions Core First Year Transfiguration Core First Year Flying Elective First Year Muggle Studies Elective First Year Ancient Runes Elective First Year Divination Elective First Year Cruel & Unusual Geography Elective Second Year Elemental Magic Elective Second Year Musiciary Elective Second Year Care of Magical Creatures Elective Second Year Arithmancy Elective Third Year Dead & Magical Languages Elective Third Year Health & Healing Elective Third Year Magical Law & Government Elective Third Year Magical Theory Elective Third Year Wandless Magic Elective Fifth Year Apparition Elective Sixth Year Alchemy Elective Sixth Year Leadership & clubs In addition to regular classes, Tallygarunga offers students the chance to develop their interests and skills via clubs and leadership opportunities. All clubs will have a teacher assigned to supervise, and student leaders will have additional responsibilities in the school. Program Description Open to School Captains Also known as Head Boy/Head Girl, these students are ambassadors in and out of the school. They are highly responsible and trusted by the staff. Seventh Years House Captains Two leading students from each house are appointed to look after, encourage, and support their fellow students within the house system. Sixth Year + Quidditch Team Students interested in playing Quidditch can sign up to their house team. Top players from all teams will form the school team at inter-school competitions. Second Year + The Wobbly Biro Tallygarunga's student-run publication, distributed at the Tuckshop. First Year + Duelling Club A highly-supervised club teaching defensive magic in a practical environment. Fifth Year +
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