Hair-losing fundraising assists children with cancer

Posted 16th February 2018

When young children lose have their hair as part of cancer treatment, they have no choice. For the prefects at The Armidale School, voluntarily sacrificing their own locks to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Support, was the least they felt they could do. “It’s a charity that’s close to home particularly for one little girl at our school and it’s a good way of bringing the school community together in support,” said Senior Prefect Bonnie Bremner. For more than a decade the school’s prefects have shaved their heads for a good cause. Traditionally starting their campaign on War Cries Night, the first session of the school’s swimming championships – which this year on 15 February, in a stunning coincidence, just... View Article

Students inspired at summer science camps

Posted 2nd February 2018

MEETING Nobel Prize winner Dr Brian Schmidt, dissecting a human eye, building a robot that responds to human movement – just part of the holiday mix for six Year 12 students from The Armidale School. Attending separate Rotary National Youth Science Forums in Canberra and Brisbane, Nicholas Bohlsen, Ashini Ekanayake, Sambavan Jeyakumar and Nicholas Jackson said it was more like a conference that opened up opportunities, than a summer science school for nerds. Both choosing the Medicine stream at the forum, Ashini and Sambavan had scalpels in hand in an anatomy workshop, visited a pathology museum and visited the new John Curtin School of Medical Research where they learnt about medical imaging. “It was really hands on and designed to... View Article

Boarding house heralds the future of residential life

Posted 1st February 2018

Delivered on time and under budget, a dynamic new boarding house at The Armidale School has welcomed its first residents. The first new student residence constructed at an Armidale school since the late 1980s, the three-storey development will cater for 64 boarders and three residential staff and is Stage One of a facility that will ultimately accommodate 130 female students. Just 13 months after the first trenches were dug, the construction team from Rice Constructions, TAS maintenance staff, Business Manager Pat Bradley and Project Manager Stewart McRae worked right up until the day before term started to complete landscaping work in time to welcome boarders. Girls’ boarding captain Ellen Coote from Moree said the new house was “just fantastic”. “More... View Article

Festival success for TAS cricketers

Posted 24th January 2018

CENTURIES for the team captain and vice captain and three wins from five were among the highlights for The Armidale School’s First XI at the annual Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival last week (15-19 January), this year held at Downlands College, Toowoomba. The round robin competition brought together fine young cricketers from TAS, Downlands, Sydney schools Shore and St Ignatius College Riverview; Ambrose Treacy College from Brisbane and Rockhampton Grammar School. On day one, TAS skipper Nicholas Farrar scored an outstanding 161 not out against Shore in a thrilling encounter. TAS notched up a credible 286 off 50 overs against Shore’s 347, with Cotter Litchfield (4/38 off 10) the pick of the bowlers for TAS. There was more team success the... View Article

Medal success for rowers at Taree regatta

Posted 22nd January 2018

ROWERS from The Armidale School have returned from the Taree Summer Regatta with great success, bringing home medals in several events. The 25 rowers competed in both sweep (one oar per rower) and scull (two oars) events over different distances at the three day regatta on 12-14 January, following a four day camp at nearby Oxley Island. The school’s girls’ crew were the first to compete, coming third in the Women’s C Grade quad scull over 1000m on the first day of competition. Other top three finishes included a second placing in the D Grade quad scull over 1000m, third in the Women’s U23 quad scull and thirdin the B Grade quad scull (both over 2000m). The TAS First IV... View Article

ATAR of 99.45 for Dux in best TAS HSC results in a decade

Posted 14th December 2017

Two students on the All Round Achievers List, an ATAR of 99.45 for Dux Flynn Ihle, 13 students achieving Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings above 90 and 18 students achieving 47 Band 6 results in a record 22 subjects are among the highlights for this year’s HSC results at The Armidale School. Flynn, a boarder from Tenterfield was yesterday named on the All Rounder Achievers List with Band 6 in Ancient History (97), Economics, English Advanced, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Band 6 equivalents in English Extension 1 and History Extension. He says he is confident he will be accepted into his course of choice at the University of Queensland. “Getting over 99 means I’ll probably get into Medicine providing I pass... View Article

Riding the bumps earns the ‘air’, says BMX champion

Posted 6th December 2017

When Cam White built dirt jumps on his parent’s farm near Wamboin NSW as a youngster, he dreamed as big as the crowds he has performed in front of, around the world. However there needs to be an understanding of what it takes to fulfill those dreams, if you really want to make it happen, the champion rider said. “It’s a privilege to be able to live my dream – I’m 33 years old, ride a kids bike, and get to travel the world,” he told The Armidale School students at a demonstration prior to his appearance as guest speaker at Junior School Speech Day this evening. “There are the exciting peaks, but there are also plenty of troughs. Such... View Article

Students stretched during Activities Week

Posted 6th December 2017

Leaping into water-filled canyons, tekking to the top of mountains, spraying fire retardant and reading a coastline for rips – students from The Armidale School strapped on a growth mindset and overcame challenges during the school’s annual Activities Week from 25 November – 1 December. As part of a mandatory component of the TAS outdoor education program, Year 6 developed teamwork and skills at Camp Cooby near Toowoomba while Year 7 kayaked and camped out with Frontier Adventures at Buccarumbi. The bulk of the school’s cadet unit were based at Nymboida, where abseiling, canyoning and overnight treks were part of the routine. Year 10 cadets in the unit’s A Company rotated in a three-leg challenge in the Clarence Valley, canoeing... View Article

Bike Day focus on safety and fun

Posted 27th November 2017

From trainer wheels to triathletes, the focus was on bicycle fun and safety at The Armidale School’s Junior School Bike Day on Friday (25 November). The boys and girls from Transition to Year 5 brought their bikes, helmets and enthusiasm and gained practical skills, assisted by staff and triathletes from Senior School. Safe braking, bridge crossings, jumps, obstacles, road rules and emergency stopping were popular activities, before students took on a buddy spinning the pedals in a side-by-side cycle challenge called Race your Mate, run by Armidale Bicycle Centre. After lunch, all students took part in a triathlon, either in teams (from Kindergarten) or individually (from Year 2). Distances ranged from 25m swim, 200m ride and 200m run for the... View Article

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