Retiring cadets honoured at Passing Out Parade

Posted 17th September 2014

Leadership and service was recognised with precision and ceremony at The Armidale School Cadet Unit’s annual passing out parade, held at the school on Sunday morning (14 September). Accompanied by the cadet band, the 200 members of the second oldest schoolboy cadet unit in Australia were inspected by reviewing officer Brigadier Bernadette Boss on parade and during a march past on the school’s Adamsfield in front of the historic Sulman building. Amongst those officially ‘passing out’ were 16 senior cadets in Year 12, who were acknowledged for their service to the unit, departing the parade ground in a ‘slow march’ as cadets stood to attention and the band played ‘Auld Lang Syne’. The Sword of Honour for the unit’s senior... View Article

Undefeated TAS XI wins first ever ADFA premiership

Posted 17th September 2014

Tight possession and calculated play delivered The Armidale School’s First XI its first ever Armidale District Football Association first grade premiership, after a 4-3 victory over Uralla on Saturday 14 September. While winning their past 17 games meant the school team went into the grand final as favourites, history was not on their side, it being nine years since the school was last a grand  finalist and never, the minor or major premiers. It was the fourth time this season the two teams had met, and Uralla’s determination was reflected in scoring more goals against TAS than the schoolboys had conceded in any game this season. A disallowed goal was followed by the first point on the board when Ben... View Article

Fantastic Mr Fox comes out of his lair

Posted 15th September 2014

A child’s classic about a family of foxes and their cunning plan to outwit three greedy farmers emerged from the underground to be staged at The Amidale School during the second last week of term. Fantastic Mr Fox, a play based on Roald Dahl’s novella, was performed by TAS Middle School students who have been rehearsing their roles as personified underground creatures and cranky landowners since last term. Each day, Mr Fox risks his life making nightly visits to three farms, in order to snatch livestock to feed his wife and four little cubs. A battle of wits ensues – and then Mr Fox devises a truly cunning plan to ensure he never has to take such risks again. “It’s... View Article

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 9

Posted 10th September 2014

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 8

Posted 3rd September 2014

TAS retains premiership after Riverview win

Posted 1st September 2014

The Armidale School’s First XV has retained the GPS Third Grade rugby premiership title after a sound victory over St Ignatius College, Riverview in Sydney on Saturday 30 August. Playing in sloppy conditions after drenching rain, the country lads defeated their hosts 47-0 in a game full of enthusiasm and control. Coach Jamie Moore said the emphatic win was a reflection of the season for the boys, who only lost their first match, to Sydney Grammar School. “The result came from clinical execution and a confidence in each other’s ability,” he said. “The TAS defence was uncompromising, at times driving Riverview back metres. In trying conditions and on a very heavy field they were still able to throw the ball,... View Article

Students showcase creative talents

Posted 31st August 2014

The Armidale School’s Hoskins Centre was filled to capacity on 27 August as HSC Art and Music students shared their major works with schoolmates, parents and friends. On display as part of Masterstroke were paintings, drawings, sculpture and an animated film, created by the boys and girls who study HSC art at TAS. Using mediums including ink, beeswax, cement, watercolour and acrylics, the artists explored a diverse range of subjects in a variety of artistic styles. Afterwards at the concert Final Note, the Music students then gave their performances, in voice, percussion, piano, French Horn, trumpet and clarinet. The evening followed Curtain Up a fortnight previously, at which HSC Drama students took to the stage their group and individual performances,... View Article

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 7

Posted 27th August 2014

Broad range of competitions for Sydney High visit

Posted 21st August 2014

From debating to target rifle shooting, and in four other sports, students from city and country will compete in a range of disciplines when The Armidale School hosts its annual visit from Sydney Boys’ High School this weekend (22-24 August). On Friday evening, junior and senior tennis matches will be held on school courts, before the action moves to the TAS gym where a Year 9-10 basketball clash will be the curtain raiser for a rousing game between the TAS First VIII and the Sydney High First VIII. On Saturday morning shooters from the two schools will take part in the annual Tank Shell Match, a competition comprising two different disciplines to be held at the school’s smallbore range in... View Article

Thousands return for Old Boys Weekend

Posted 21st August 2014

Welcome rain didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 1000 Old Boys and their partners who returned to Armidale for various activities from Friday to Sunday for Old Boys Weekend. Festivities started with the annual Old Boys Golf Day, before the focus then moved to the Hoskins Centre for the second Old Boys v School debate, where three 20 Year leavers narrowly defeated the TAS Firsts team, arguing the topic that TAS Boys Aren’t What They Used to Be. Around 80 people then gathered for the Jock Perkins Memorial Art Show, jointly hosted by the 5 Year leavers and the Perkins family, in memory of their classmate who died last year from cancer. Sporting competitions began early on Saturday, with... View Article