Grand new organ is a gift to Armidale

Posted 10th November 2014

Music is a life-long gift – and it is one that a Hunter Valley man has more than repaid to his old school, with the donation of a grand new concert organ that is also a magnificent addition to the cultural life of Armidale. Responding to an appeal for funds to repair the existing organ in The Armidale School’s Memorial Hall, the donor and his wife – who both wish to remain anonymous – felt they could raise the bar. The result is a $100,000 custom-made organ from the Allen Organ Company of Pennsylvania, US, which is the largest concert instrument in Armidale and the only one of its kind in Australia. “Music, in all its forms and compositions can... View Article

Rowing season launched with an addition to fleet

Posted 10th November 2014

The Armidale School will be competing in next year’s GPS Head of the River in all its own boats for the first time, thanks to the generous donation of a supportive Old Boy. At the launch of the 2014-15 season at Malpas Dam on 7 November, the latest addition to the fleet hit the water, bringing the TAS rowing fleet’s tally to three ‘fours’ and a training ‘eight’. The donation made possible the purchase from St Ignatius College Riverview of a Sykes bow-coxed four, which has been fully refurbished for competition. Rowing was re-introduced at TAS in 2011 and the school fielded one team at the GPS Head of the River in 2012, expanding to three ‘fours’ in 2014 and... View Article

TAS Talks Term 4, Week5

Posted 5th November 2014

TAS Talks Term 4, Week 5

Posted 5th November 2014

TAS to stage world amateur premier of Treasure Island: The Musical

Posted 4th November 2014

The Armidale School will next year stage the world amateur premier of a new musical Treasure Island, utilising a new video production studio to enable the cast and crew to collaborate with the three American-based creators. The announcement has the ringing endorsement of a fourth American – TAS Old Boy and philanthropist Mike Hoskins, who gifted to the school the theatre where the exciting new production will be performed, and the studio that will help make it happen. The show, a modern interpretation of the adventure story about a boy having to make choices whilst influenced by powerful adult males, was conceived in 2006 and has only been produced once before, by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre Company. Believing its “darker,... View Article

TAS Talks, Term 4, Week 4

Posted 29th October 2014

Paddlers break record in gruelling111km canoe classic

Posted 28th October 2014

Paddlers from The Armidale School twice broke a long standing record in the gruelling 111km overnight Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held on October 25-26. Paddling in an Elliott Vulcan kayak in the Junior Long Rec division, Year 11 boys David Williams and Harry Wright completed the race in 11 hours 13 minutes – knocking more than two and a half hours off the previous record of 13:53:24 set in 2005 (by TAS boys Simon Pain and Lachlan Shaw). “It was still a little slower than we had hoped but we were happy we had a good race,” said David, who said completing three Myall Classic events was good preparation for the Hawkesbury. “It was a bit tough after Wisemans Ferry when... View Article

Science students receive accolades

Posted 24th October 2014

A shot at representing his country at an international Physics forum is among the honours achieved by Year 11 Science students at The Armidale School in recent weeks. Ali Ahsan is one of only 25 students nationally to be invited to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School in Physics at Monash University, having earned a Gold Medal in this year’s Australian Science Olympiad examinations. Ali also earned a Gold Medal in Chemistry, while classmates Tom Mailler gained a Distinction in Chemistry and Felix Giford, a Credit in Physics. The trio attempted either or both Physics and Chemistry papers that contained university-level questions that would challenge most undergraduates. The results put Ali in the top half of one per cent... View Article

TAS Talks – Term 4, Week 3

Posted 22nd October 2014

Organ Gala Launch

Posted 20th October 2014