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Student organist nominated for Opera House performance

Posted 13th November 2017

He only started playing the organ three ago, but the talents of Samuel Thatcher so impressed Higher School Certificate markers that he has been nominated to perform at the HSC Music showcase Encore at Sydney Opera House next February. Sam, who has just finished his final exams at TAS, said he was delighted to receive the news of his nomination. “I’ll probably find out next month if I’ve made the final selection – and that’s when I’ll start getting really nervous,” Sam said. “It’s fantastic to have been nominated, but to play a full pipe organ in such an incredible performance space will be something else again.” When a TAS Old Boy and his wife made a gift to the... View Article


Sacrifice remembered at Remembrance Day at TAS

Posted 10th November 2017

The sacrifice of those who gave their lives in war was commemorated by students and staff at a special Remembrance Day service at The Armidale School (TAS) today. An international observation commemorating the sacrifice of all who have died in wars, Remembrance Day at TAS particularly paid tribute to the 103 Old Boys and staff who have given their lives in various conflicts, from 1901 in the Boer War to Afghanistan in 2008. Junior School student Kieran Sutton read the Ode of Remembrance, Reveille was played by Sam Wright of Year 12, and Deputy Senior Prefect Georgiana O’Brien laid a wreath at the World War One Honour Board in the main foyer at TAS. “We remember all of them, and... View Article


Rugby 7s team return with trophy

Posted 1st November 2017

Outsized but not outplayed, a 16s team from The Armidale School took out the title at the Scots PGC Rugby 7s carnival in Warwick on Saturday, just 18 months after being introduced to the sport. Thirty one TAS players made the trip over the border for the carnival and while excited to again test themselves against Scots PGC and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School (TACAPS), were not sure how they would fare against some unfamiliar schools from western and south-east Queensland. The under 14 boys were brave but ultimately outgunned in their matches, playing generally against teams with more size and experience. After finishing runners up in last year’s competition, the 16s players were keen to go one better,... View Article


Kayakers prepared for gruelling 111km canoe classic

Posted 1st November 2017

The blisters and muscle fatigue may last a few days, but for 55 paddlers who made up The Armidale School’s team, there will be memories to last a lifetime from this year’s Hawkesbury Canoe Classic on 28-29 October. As always, the grueling 111km overnight event, from Windsor to Brooklyn Bridge has its challenges, this year paddlers battling a strong incoming tide during the ‘graveyard’ shift in the early hours before dawn. However the warm and windless evening provided for excellent conditions overall, with faster times generally recorded. First home for TAS was current parent and Old Boy Duncan McDonald who powered a single kayak with determination, in a time of 11 hours, 11 minutes and 45 seconds. Just over two... View Article


Podium finishes for TAS athletes at NSW All Schools

Posted 16th October 2017

Months of training paid off for two young athletes from The Armidale School, who have qualified for the national titles having had podium finishes in events at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships in Sydney. Eliza Ward won a silver medal in the 14 year girls high jump final on 13 October, leaping 1.60 metres, smashing a TAS (girls) record in the process. Unfortunately the timing of the event precluded her from competing in the final of the 14 year’s 800m for which she was the fourth fastest qualifier, having crossed the line in a national qualifying time of 2:21 in the heats the day before. Meanwhile Samuel Jones, 15, came third in the 15 years 2000m steeplechase final on... View Article


Anthem of honour to be launched at concert

Posted 5th October 2017

An anthem composed by one of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians that salutes the values of the past but speaks to the future, will have its international premiere at two concerts in Armidale on  13 and 14 October. Paul Jarman’s piece ‘Soldier On’ was commissioned to capture the essence of the spirit The Armidale School, which he said is embodied in the themes of service, friendship, compassion and unity. The work has been created over the past several months, following a week-long residency at the school February. From the first Old Boy to die in the Boer War to the last in Afghanistan, Mr Jarman said he was “overwhelmed” by the number of names on the school’s honour boards, the stories behind... View Article


Thomas is State champion in National History Competition

Posted 18th September 2017

He is fascinated by Stalin, doesn’t underestimate the power of the potato famine, and favours evolution over revolution. So strong is Thomas Price’s passion for history, the Year 10 student has just been named the NSW champion in this year’s Australian History Competition. “History intrigues me – the facts, statistics and perspectives; sometimes I can’t believe how different events are influenced by each other,” he said. In the nationwide competition, held by the History Teachers Association of Australia and undertaken by more than 30,000 Year 8 and Year 10 students from more than 400 schools in every state and territory, Thomas achieved 98 per cent and was placed second to the overall winner from across the country. The questions are mainly... View Article


Cadets prepare students for the real world

Posted 15th September 2017

YOUNG people today are better prepared for the world they will enter than thirty years ago despite it’s complexities, the NSW Cross Border Commissioner told cadets at The Armidale School’s annual Passing Out Parade on Friday (8 September). Retired Lieutenant General James McTavish, who was also in Armidale for his 30 year school reunion, reflected on how things had changed since his own passing out parade at TAS. “No doubt there will be discussion from my peers about the good old days and how we were stronger, fitter, tougher and better than the young people of today, but the reality is, that is wrong. “The world is now more complex, connected and difficult; the emerging world order, and the rapid pace... View Article


PYP group research projects on show

Posted 14th September 2017

What do the threat of Varroa mites on bees, the pros and cons of coal energy, and a bowl of rice have in common? For Year 5 students at The Armidale School, they are all avenues of inquiry that help understand what it means to share the planet. Energy, food, water, insects and deforestation were the big ideas that groups of students explored in research projects that made up the school’s inaugural PYP Exhibition, which last week showcased an investigative unit work Year 5 students have undertaken as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Under the overarching theme Sharing the Planet, groups used a transdisciplinary approach to investigate a particular topic, chose a senior staff member to mentor... View Article


Make Languages Matter, NAIDOC Assembly told

Posted 2nd September 2017

If an Aboriginal language was taught in every Australian classroom, not only would the languages survive, but break down barriers between cultures, generations and communities, students at The Armidale School were told. At the school’s annual NAIDOC assembly on Thursday morning (31 August), Anaiwan man Brad Widders said language was more than just a verbal form of communication. “Language and dialects describe country, custom and family relationships, it is how they maintain connection with their ancestors, land and the law. If every young person had to learn their local Aboriginal language, so many barriers would break down,” he said. With NAIDOC Week falling during school holidays, the assembly focused on this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’ and was an... View Article