Top results for TAS in City to Surf

Posted 13th August 2018

A top ten result for the first girl home and a new record for the fastest TAS student were highlights of the City to Surf fun run in Sydney on 12 August for the 272 strong team from The Armidale School. The largest school team in the world’s largest fun run by a country mile, the northern students certainly made their presence felt along the 14km route. First home for TAS was Samuel Jones of Gunnedah in 56:12, knocking more than 30 seconds off the previous record for a TAS runner and improving his time of last year by more than four minutes. Maintaining an average pace of four minutes for each of the 14km and finishing in the top... View Article

Mountain Bikers attain gold at Schools Championships

Posted 8th August 2018

A gold medal performance from the senior boys relay team was the highlight of results for 10 TAS riders who competed in Mountain Bike Australia’s Schools’ Championships at the Gold Coast on 3-5 August. Duncan Chalmers, Hamish Chalmers, Archie Chick and Marcus Worth (Great Lakes College but riding for TAS) completed 11 laps of the Year 11/12 boys XC Enduro course (6km) in a time of 4:21:55, and were the first full school team to complete the challenging event. In the Year 9/10 division, Archi Lawrence, Jack Sewell and Josh Armstrong’s team placed 14th while Jack Armstrong, Riley Simmons, Toby McMaster and Angus Goudge’s team placed 20th. “Part of the track was used for the national titles last year which... View Article

TAS tourists return with Kiwi wins under their belts

Posted 11th July 2018

A win against the school that has produced the second highest number of All Blacks was among the highlights for dozens of rugby players from The Armidale School that returned home on Monday (9 July) from a cross-Tasman development tour. The 46-man squad of under16s and Year 11 Opens players gained insight from their action on the field and in specialised training sessions with elite level coaches during the 11-day visit. Having kicked off the tour with training sessions at the Queenstown Event Centre at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range, the first fixtures were held at Cromwell, north of Queenstown on 1 July, with the TAS 16’s defeating Cromwell College 38-19 and West Otago U18s taking the honours... View Article

Criminal minds brought to heel at holiday science camp

Posted 10th July 2018

Murder, blackmail and car theft will be on the agenda for dozens of students in Armidale this week – not as offenders but as crime solvers at the longest-running forensic science camp for secondary students in the country. Starting today (10 July) and running until Saturday 14 July, The Armidale School Forensic Science Camp has this year attracted 89 boys and girls from 28 schools in NSW, Qld, the ACT and for the first time, the Northern Territory. Reaching adulthood – this is the 21st year – the camp has enduring appeal, according to this year’s camp director, TAS Year 10 student Lucy Ball. “The fact that it is student led is a very engaging and important part of the... View Article

TAS squad crosses the ditch for trans-Tasman clashes

Posted 29th June 2018

Just hours after arriving in the Land of the Long White Cloud this morning (Friday 29 June), rugby players from The Armidale School were on the paddock training for an 11-day tour where they will be face some of the best young rugby players in New Zealand. The 46-man squad of under16s and Opens players, accompanied by five staff, will face Cromwell College, West Otago under 18s, Christchurch Boys’ High School and Shirley Boys High School in games that will test their mettle and skills. They will also experience training sessions with elite level Canterbury and Crusaders coaches, have breakfast with All Blacks Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor and Jack Goodhue and attend a Super Rugby fixture between Crusaders and Highlanders.... View Article

TAS duo selected for GPS honours

Posted 26th June 2018

Two students from The Armidale School will be mixing it with the best from schoolboy rugby this week, having been selected for GPS duties. Ben Hamparsum of Currabubula will start as loose head prop and Nicholas Makeham from Walcha is expected to get a run from the bench in the centres, when the duo take to the field for GPS White against GPS Blue at St Joseph’s College this morning. Team lists were announced on Saturday night for the combined GPS 1, GPS 2 and GPS White and Blue teams, which comprise the best players from the nine schools in the GPS rugby competition. Following today’s match, GPS White will then play NSW Under 18s 2 (selected through NSWJRU clubs),... View Article

Sydney Boys’ visits for annual sporting pilgrimage

Posted 19th June 2018

It will be city versus country in rugby, football, basketball and tennis matches when around 150 students from Sydney Boys’ High make their annual pilgrimage for sporting fixtures against The Armidale School this weekend (22-23 June). Teams from both schools will be looking for wins to claim the Hannon & Harris Cup named for long-time staff members at each school and currently held by TAS. The visitors will arrive on Friday afternoon, with tennis being played by a Junior IV (Years 7-10) and a Senior IV (Years 11-12) on TAS courts at 6.15pm and then basketball games between a Year 9-10 team (6.30pm) and the schools’ Firsts teams at 7.30pm. Seven rugby games from the 13As upwards will be played... View Article

Shrek and friends swamp the TAS stage

Posted 19th June 2018

One of the most famous love stories of the millennium about a peace-loving ogre who just wants to get his swamp back, surges to the stage of the TAS Hoskins Centre this week when Middle School students bring to life the magic that is Shrek The Musical Jr. Directed by Mrs Leasa Cleaver and involving 40 students from Years 6-8, the production is filled with colourful costumes and scenery that recall the box-office breaking Dreamworks animation movie of 2001 and the book by William Steig. Mrs Cleaver said the enthusiastic cast have been rehearsing since April and having grown up with the movie, have taken to their roles as ogres, knights and a plethora of fairytale characters with gusto. “It’s... View Article

Fellowship is proof that Alasdair has the right chemistry

Posted 4th June 2018

Any good teacher has chemistry with their students – so it’s perhaps no surprise that Alasdair Hey’s passion for science has been recognised with a Fellowship from a leading scientific organisation. Mr Hey, a teacher of Science and Aviation Studies at The Armidale School, has been made a Fellow of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, acknowledging nearly three decades in education as a teacher, author, HSC marker and exam writer and mentor. Since 2000 he had been the state coordinator of the RACI NSW Schools Titration Competition which each year now involves more than 1300 senior chemistry students from more than 100 schools, at 20 university and school campuses across the state. He wrote and is now teaching an electives... View Article

Lawrence Campbell Competition takes oratory to a whole new level

Posted 15th May 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one of the biggest fears people hold is having to speaking in public. Even if they are reading from a well-prepared speech that has been rehearsed a number of times. So imagine having only 15 minutes to come up with an eight-minute speech to be delivered to an auditorium full of people you don’t know. Such was the situation for Owen Chandler who represented TAS magnificently on 11 May at the GPS/CAS Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition, this year hosted by Trinity Grammar School. For almost 70 years the best speakers from GPS and CAS schools have taken part in this prestigious competition, whose past winners include Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, television personalities Adam... View Article