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

OB Peter Cousens makes film directorial debut

Posted 21st August 2014

He is perhaps best known for starring in international productions of Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, but for Peter Cousens, the newest challenge has been directing an Academy Award winning actor in his first feature film. Tamworth born and educated at The Armidale School, Peter Cousens latest venture is the big budget slavery film Freedom, which will have its Australian release on 21 August. “It was really thrilling directing a feature film. Coming from another discipline in the performing arts, primarily from music, acting and producing, I was lucky because I was surrounded by some really wonderful people,” he said. These “wonderful people” included Oscar-nominee cinematographer Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Oscar winner, Cuba... View Article

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 6

Posted 20th August 2014

TAS Talks Term 3, Week 5

Posted 14th August 2014


TAS team of 67 to sets a pace in City to Surf

Posted 6th August 2014

This Sunday’s (10 August) City to Surf fun run in Sydney may be a gruelling 14km, but long distances are clearly no impediment for a team of 67 from The Armidale School who are not just making a 1000km round trip to be part of it, but make up the largest school group entered in the iconic event. More than 85,000 people have entered this year’s race, which goes from Hyde Park to Bondi. TAS students have taken part in the event on several previous occasions, and Athletics MIC Jim Pennington said it is only growing in popularity. “Over the past decade, the City to Surf has evolved beyond a physical challenge for the individual runner.  Our boys will also... View Article

Writer to give the good oil on raising teenage boys

Posted 6th August 2014

A noted social commentator specialising in what makes boys tick will give parents plenty of inspiration to help their sons become good men at a public seminar at The Armidale School next week. After 15 years as New Zealand’s first female prison officer working in a male prison, Celia Lashlie’s experiences were harnessed in the Good Man Project, where she worked with 25 boys schools throughout New Zealand aimed at finding what makes a good man in the 21st century. Her insights into the minds of teenage boys and what they are feeling at this stage of their development became the basis of her best-selling book He’ll be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men. Tackling subjects such as a... View Article