Bright minds engage in holiday criminal activity

Posted 4th July 2017

Murder, mystery and mayhem will be put under the microscope by almost 100 students from across eastern Australia at a unique immersive science camp this week in Armidale. Starting today (4 July) and running until Saturday 8 July, The Armidale School Forensic Science Camp has this year attracted 96 boys and girls from 29 schools in NSW, Qld and the ACT. Now in its 20th year – running longer than TV shows CSI, Law & Order and Bones – the camp has enduring appeal, according to this year’s camp director TAS Year 10 student Henry O’Neil. “The camp is different to anything else anywhere, and continues to attract students with an inquiring mind who are interested in a challenge. They learn all... View Article

Budding agent recognised at state awards

Posted 1st July 2017

The 4am starts have sometimes been a challenge, but a passion for the livestock industry and the people who work in it have rewarded The Armidale School’s Wally Davidson who on Friday night (23 June) was named runner up School Based Apprentice/Trainee at the New England region NSW Training Awards. Since starting a school-based traineeship with Davidson Cameron agency (no relation) in Tamworth two years ago when he was in Year 10, Wally has often worked on Sunday nights before starting again at 4am to prepare stock for sale at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange, assisting with clearing sales and online auctions, then driving himself back up the hill to boarding school in Armidale on Monday evenings. “On Wednesdays I remained at... View Article

TAS students take honours at Shakespeare celebration

Posted 20th June 2017

All the world’s a stage – and at the NSW Shakespeare Carnival a group of players from The Armidale School students so impressed judges with their parts, the troupe has returned home from Sydney as victorious as Henry V at Agincourt. Held at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale on 18 June and hosted by the Sport for Jove Theatre Company, the carnival brings together Drama students tasked with tapping into the spirit of ‘The Bard’ in fresh and innovative ways. Thomas Bailey (Armidale), Ellen Coote (Moree), William Almond (Yamba), George Lane (Inverell) and Kira Dooner (Armidale) took out the group mash-up section against dozens of other schools with an ensemble piece that creatively co-opted some of Shakespeare’s tragic figures in... View Article

Hosts play to potential in third round win

Posted 18th June 2017

A solid 38-7 win over Sydney Grammar School’s First XV on Saturday 17 June has consolidated The Armidale School at equal top of the AAGPS Third Grade competition. Playing their last competition home game of the season in front of a large crowd including Old Boy and former Wallaby James Holbeck, the TAS outfit maintained a tight focus, making few errors and maximising opportunities. The first points were on the board 15 minutes in with outside centre Nicholas Makeham crossing in the left hand corner, followed ten minutes later by hooker Oscar Alcorn just to the right of the posts, both tries being converted for extra points by Harry Pollard, taking TAS into the break with a 14-0 lead. Re-energised, TAS returned... View Article

Teams pull up their socks for mental health

Posted 14th June 2017

When The Armidale School and Sydney Grammar First XVs meet in the first round of the AAGPS Third Grade rugby competition this Saturday (17 June), each will be playing for victory – but both will also kicking goals for mental health. The two schools share an association with batyr, an organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health – and as part of batyr’s One Sock One Goal campaign players on both teams will wear a polka-dot sock to express that it’s OK to talk about the tough issues. While the special socks might be most visible on the rugby fields at TAS, they will also be worn by students playing netball, hockey and football around town. As part of ‘the Batyr... View Article

TAS gains a win in first round of GPS rugby competition

Posted 1st June 2017

The Armidale School’s First XV have had a successful start to their GPS Third Grade defence, defeating St Ignatius College, Riverview 15-10 in Sydney on Saturday. With two weeks break from their last match against Sydney Boys’ High and travel to Sydney, the team were pleased with “a pretty important first win,” coach Alan Jones said. “The boy splayed reasonably well in the first half but take a while to get their eyes into the game. Tries came from winning phases, not from the mistakes of the opposition which helped the boys maintain their composure on the field,” he said. With unconverted tries to Wally Davidson and Oscar Alcorn, the score was 10-3 at half time. “Riverview scored an opportunistic... View Article

Onto the stage, Into the Woods Jr

Posted 31st May 2017

A fantasy story that brings together four famous fairy tales in a tale of adventure and mystery will come to life in the first-ever musical to be staged by TAS Middle School on 1-3 June. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ works ‘Cinderella’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Rapunzel’, Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods Jr is the journey of a baker and his wife who must collect magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a witch’s curse which has prevented them from having children – a journey that sees them changed forever. With terrific music, fantastic costumes and enthusiastic acting, the truncated adaptation of this highly-acclaimed production is sure to delight and entertain audiences from Kindergarten-age... View Article

Students roll up sleeves for a blood-y good cause

Posted 25th May 2017

One in three Australians will need a blood transfusion, and students at The Armidale School are rolling up their sleeves for the cause. Twenty three students from years 10-12 have signed up to become regular donors for Team TAS and they hope to inspire others by mooting the Vampire Cup, a challenge between the schools of Armidale for which donates the most blood. “We’ve all realised it’s not that bad, the pin-prick at the start is about the worst of it and when it’s all over you get a milkshake and a biscuit, which is always a bit of a driver for teenagers,” said Year 12 student Saxon Hughes, who decided to rally his peers after hearing the call for more... View Article

Foundations for the future rising out of the ground

Posted 22nd May 2017

The support pillars are rising from the foundations and building is well underway on a new boarding house at The Armidale School, where a surge in enrolments has meant the development needs to be completed a year earlier than first planned. Believed to be the first new student residence constructed at an Armidale school since the late 1980s, the multi-million dollar, three-storey development, to cater for 64 boarders, is Stage One of a facility that will ultimately accommodate 130 female students. When TAS commenced full co-education in 2016, it was envisaged that it would be a few years before a new boarding house was required. However with the current girls’ boarding house Dangar Moyes almost at its 47 bed capacity,... View Article

Records fall at Athletics championships

Posted 17th May 2017

This year’s athletics championships at The Armidale School, held on 13 May having been postponed from Term 1, was both a nod to the past and the future. A significantly greater number of girls in the school than in 2016 resulted in 16 girls either setting new, or breaking existing, 35 records in various girls events from 12-18 years. One boys’ record was also broken, with Nicholas Ward’s throw of 44.99m in the 16 years boys discus bettering the previous record 44.27 achieved by Brent McKenzie in 2010. From the new competition for ‘best mascot’ (spoils shared by Tyrrell’s cowboy and dairy cows and Croft’s Chinese dragon) to the huge participation levels from athletes and strugglers alike, it was a... View Article