Induction of Prefects 2014-15

Posted 20th October 2014

When prefects were first appointed at The Armidale School 120 years ago, few boys were keen to take up the office believing that elevating some students over others ran against the egalitarian ideals of Australian society. But far from conflicting with these ideals, the system recognises that there is a role for senior in setting standards and examples for others, and particularly juniors, to follow, Headmaster Murray Guest told students and parents at an induction ceremony on Friday (17 October) for the incoming TAS prefects. “Prefectship is not a prize for what a boy has done already, nor is it an attempt to offer a good experience to a student who might be in need of that. Rather, it is... View Article

TAS Talks – Term 4, Week 2

Posted 15th October 2014

Students benefit from Asian study tour

Posted 15th October 2014

The Great Wall of China and the plumes of ash from Mt Sakurajima in Japan were among the memorable highlights of an Asian study tour undertaken by 14 Japanese language and HSIE students and two staff from The Armidale School during the spring holidays, but so too was a greater undertstanding of our place in the world. The tour aimed to improve the language  skills of students whilst exposing them to historical sites and immersing themselves in the culture of two important Asian countries. First stop was Beijing, taking in Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and the Olympic Games site amongst others. The second leg of the trip was to Tokyo, where the students stayed in a traditional... View Article

School steeplechase success for Joshua

Posted 14th October 2014

Powerful long distance runner Joshua Stevenson put in impressive performances in two steeplechase events at the NSW All Schools Athletics championships on 9-11 October. In the Opens 2000m on 9 October, Joshua, a Year 11 student at The Armidale School, came fifth in a time of 6.54. The steeplechase event requires athletes to complete three hurdles and a water jump every lap of a 400m track. “I’d had a couple of practices for the 2000m with hurdles, but had never done a water jump before. I came into the first jump about five metres ahead of the next competitor, who came out of it five metres in front of me,” he said. Despite the inexperience in the event, he backed... View Article

Overseas service trips open eyes of hearts of TAS boys

Posted 14th October 2014

While most school students spent their holidays relaxing, 21 boys from the Armidale School put their hand up to work with orphans, HIV sufferers and leprosy sufferers overseas. Twelve boys and a similar number from New England Girls’ School and PLC Armidale re-tiled dormitories, repaired pushbikes and entertain children at St Christopher’s Orphanage in Fiji, whilst a group from the three schools including nine TAS boys volunteered at the Agape AIDS Orphanage and the McKean Rehabilitation Centre for Leprosy sufferers, both near Chiang Mai in Thailand. “This work was important for the Sisters as we were completing jobs they simply didn’t have the time or money to complete. As for the children, we were repairing their major facilities, as well... View Article

TAS wins Cadet Tri-Service Shield

Posted 14th October 2014

They may be relative land-lubbers, but cadets from The Armidale School more than held their own to take out the annual Tri-Service Shield competition between Army and Navy cadet units from across northern NSW in Armidale on 10-12 October. Held at the Armidale Navy Cadet training unit’s headquarters TS Armidale, and in the field and on the water at Dumaresq Dam, the competition involved 111 cadets from Army units from Glen Innes and Tamworth, and Navy units TS Armidale, TS Culgoa (South West Rocks), TS Rushcutter (Port Macquarie), TS Vendetta (Coffs Harbour), TS Shropshire (Coffs Harbour) and TS Lismore. Competing in a range of events from canoeing, running, drill, swimming, general knowledge, tug of war, first aid, low ropes and... View Article

TAS Talks – Term 4, Week 1

Posted 8th October 2014

Year 12 farewelled at Valedictory events

Posted 23rd September 2014

It was both a time for solemnity and celebration, as the HSC class of 2014 were officially farewelled from TAS at several events in Valedictory Week. As has been the tradition for the past few years, after the conclusion of formal classes on Wednesday morning, all boys and key staff travelled to the coast for 24 hours to spend their final time together in House groups. On their return on Thursday, parents joined their sons for a light lunch on the Chapel Lawn, before the Valedicts processed through a guard of honour made up of the entire school from Transition to Year 11 and their parents lining the drive from the Chapel to the Memorial Assembly Hall.  At the end... View Article

Paddlers battle tides at Myall Classic

Posted 18th September 2014

The tides were tough, but Armidale kayakers put in outstanding efforts at the annual Myall Classic near Tea Gardens on Saturday 13 September. The Myall Classic is one of the ‘Big Three’ flatwater marathon races in Australia along with the Hawkesbury Classic and the Murray Marathon. Three paddlers from The Armidale School kayaking club came first in their divisions. In their second year competing in the 47 km event, Harry Wright and David Williams took out the junior men’s double in a time of 5 hours 10 minutes, while Jack Bishop was the fastest single in the 27km event, crossing the line in 3 hours 40 minutes. Difficult tides meant a number of boats were turned around at the half... View Article

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 10

Posted 17th September 2014