It may be about two rival teenage gangs, but students from four Armidale schools have spent months working together to bring to the stage this week the famous musical West Side Story. Since auditions in September, around 100 boys and girls from The Armidale School, PLC Armidale, New England Girls’ School and O’Connor Catholic College have been rehearsing for a sell-out season which opens at the TAS Hoskins Centre on 26 March. In addition to the student cast and crew is an orchestra of 19 musicians, including many well known in the New England region. Here’s the article that appeared in the Northern Daily Leader, 26 March.
A War Memorial window by one of the nation’s best stained-glass artists has been described as a ”hidden treasure” by a Melbourne expert researching stained glass memorials that commemorate Australian war service. Dr Bronwyn Hughes, who is working on a book entitled Light Everlasting: ANZAC Memorials on stained glass, said the three windows designed by M Napier Waller in The Armidale School’s War Memorial Assembly Hall were “very important” in understanding his work. Napier Waller designed many war memorial windows, but is perhaps best known for the stained glass and mosaic designs in the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Dr Hughes spent a few hours at TAS on 18 March, photographing the Waller windows but also war... View Article
Sportsmanship at its best was on display when The Armidale School held its own at the 117th Athletic Association of Great Public Schools of NSW (AAGPS) rowing regatta in Sydney on Saturday 15 March. From a single coxed ‘four’ three years ago, TAS raced in three events over 2000m, at what is many regarded as a pinnacle of schoolboy rowing. The Third and First IV crews each surged their way across the line ahead of two Sydney crews. Tragedy struck the Second IV when a rigging bolt sheared early in the race, but their courageous row up the course, to acclamation of other schools, was an inspiration to all there on the day. Here’s a press release of the event HoR post
Girls and boys from TAS Junior School were immersed into the world of fable and fiction when they hosted a visit from prolific author Sophie Masson and illustrator David Allan this morning. The pair, who are both New England residents, spoke about their respective crafts and the story behind their first collaboration, Two Trickster Tales from Russia, the retelling of two Russian folktales – Mash and the Bear and The Rooster with the Golden Crest. Here’s a copy of the press release about the Masson Allan visit
Seven boys from The Armidale School’s First XI will go on to play for the North Coast Independent Schools squad after an undefeated performance at the NCIS championships played in Armidale on 12 March. Almost 200 primary and secondary boys and girls from schools from the Tweed to Kempsey competed in the tournament, hosted by TAS for the second consecutive year. Here’s the story from Armidale Express. NCIS Football
Every year Founders Day commemorates the history and spirit of TAS. It is surely unusual that, in our 120th year, the current student crop includes descendants of the very first Headmaster, Rev William Fisher, and the first boy enrolled – Herbert Mackenzie. These boys and others with family ties to the students of 1894 shared their ancestors reflections on the school and talked about a famous student food petition of November 1894! Here’s a slideshow of photos from the early days, concluding with the signatories of the 1894 food petition.
Our rowers were given a rousing rendition of ‘To The Old Boys’ at a special assembly on 12 March, ahead of the GPS Head of the River on 15 March. Post by TAS The Armidale School (official).