ATAR of 99.45 for Dux in best TAS HSC results in a decade

Posted 14th December 2017

Two students on the All Round Achievers List, an ATAR of 99.45 for Dux Flynn Ihle, 13 students achieving Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings above 90 and 18 students achieving 47 Band 6 results in a record 22 subjects are among the highlights for this year’s HSC results at The Armidale School. Flynn, a boarder from Tenterfield was yesterday named on the All Rounder Achievers List with Band 6 in Ancient History (97), Economics, English Advanced, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Band 6 equivalents in English Extension 1 and History Extension. He says he is confident he will be accepted into his course of choice at the University of Queensland. “Getting over 99 means I’ll probably get into Medicine providing I pass... View Article

Riding the bumps earns the ‘air’, says BMX champion

Posted 6th December 2017

When Cam White built dirt jumps on his parent’s farm near Wamboin NSW as a youngster, he dreamed as big as the crowds he has performed in front of, around the world. However there needs to be an understanding of what it takes to fulfill those dreams, if you really want to make it happen, the champion rider said. “It’s a privilege to be able to live my dream – I’m 33 years old, ride a kids bike, and get to travel the world,” he told The Armidale School students at a demonstration prior to his appearance as guest speaker at Junior School Speech Day this evening. “There are the exciting peaks, but there are also plenty of troughs. Such... View Article

Students stretched during Activities Week

Posted 6th December 2017

Leaping into water-filled canyons, tekking to the top of mountains, spraying fire retardant and reading a coastline for rips – students from The Armidale School strapped on a growth mindset and overcame challenges during the school’s annual Activities Week from 25 November – 1 December. As part of a mandatory component of the TAS outdoor education program, Year 6 developed teamwork and skills at Camp Cooby near Toowoomba while Year 7 kayaked and camped out with Frontier Adventures at Buccarumbi. The bulk of the school’s cadet unit were based at Nymboida, where abseiling, canyoning and overnight treks were part of the routine. Year 10 cadets in the unit’s A Company rotated in a three-leg challenge in the Clarence Valley, canoeing... View Article

Bike Day focus on safety and fun

Posted 27th November 2017

From trainer wheels to triathletes, the focus was on bicycle fun and safety at The Armidale School’s Junior School Bike Day on Friday (25 November). The boys and girls from Transition to Year 5 brought their bikes, helmets and enthusiasm and gained practical skills, assisted by staff and triathletes from Senior School. Safe braking, bridge crossings, jumps, obstacles, road rules and emergency stopping were popular activities, before students took on a buddy spinning the pedals in a side-by-side cycle challenge called Race your Mate, run by Armidale Bicycle Centre. After lunch, all students took part in a triathlon, either in teams (from Kindergarten) or individually (from Year 2). Distances ranged from 25m swim, 200m ride and 200m run for the... View Article

Student organist nominated for Opera House performance

Posted 13th November 2017

He only started playing the organ three ago, but the talents of Samuel Thatcher so impressed Higher School Certificate markers that he has been nominated to perform at the HSC Music showcase Encore at Sydney Opera House next February. Sam, who has just finished his final exams at TAS, said he was delighted to receive the news of his nomination. “I’ll probably find out next month if I’ve made the final selection – and that’s when I’ll start getting really nervous,” Sam said. “It’s fantastic to have been nominated, but to play a full pipe organ in such an incredible performance space will be something else again.” When a TAS Old Boy and his wife made a gift to the... View Article

Sacrifice remembered at Remembrance Day at TAS

Posted 10th November 2017

The sacrifice of those who gave their lives in war was commemorated by students and staff at a special Remembrance Day service at The Armidale School (TAS) today. An international observation commemorating the sacrifice of all who have died in wars, Remembrance Day at TAS particularly paid tribute to the 103 Old Boys and staff who have given their lives in various conflicts, from 1901 in the Boer War to Afghanistan in 2008. Junior School student Kieran Sutton read the Ode of Remembrance, Reveille was played by Sam Wright of Year 12, and Deputy Senior Prefect Georgiana O’Brien laid a wreath at the World War One Honour Board in the main foyer at TAS. “We remember all of them, and... View Article

Rugby 7s team return with trophy

Posted 1st November 2017

Outsized but not outplayed, a 16s team from The Armidale School took out the title at the Scots PGC Rugby 7s carnival in Warwick on Saturday, just 18 months after being introduced to the sport. Thirty one TAS players made the trip over the border for the carnival and while excited to again test themselves against Scots PGC and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School (TACAPS), were not sure how they would fare against some unfamiliar schools from western and south-east Queensland. The under 14 boys were brave but ultimately outgunned in their matches, playing generally against teams with more size and experience. After finishing runners up in last year’s competition, the 16s players were keen to go one better,... View Article

Kayakers prepared for gruelling 111km canoe classic

Posted 1st November 2017

The blisters and muscle fatigue may last a few days, but for 55 paddlers who made up The Armidale School’s team, there will be memories to last a lifetime from this year’s Hawkesbury Canoe Classic on 28-29 October. As always, the grueling 111km overnight event, from Windsor to Brooklyn Bridge has its challenges, this year paddlers battling a strong incoming tide during the ‘graveyard’ shift in the early hours before dawn. However the warm and windless evening provided for excellent conditions overall, with faster times generally recorded. First home for TAS was current parent and Old Boy Duncan McDonald who powered a single kayak with determination, in a time of 11 hours, 11 minutes and 45 seconds. Just over two... View Article

Podium finishes for TAS athletes at NSW All Schools

Posted 16th October 2017

Months of training paid off for two young athletes from The Armidale School, who have qualified for the national titles having had podium finishes in events at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships in Sydney. Eliza Ward won a silver medal in the 14 year girls high jump final on 13 October, leaping 1.60 metres, smashing a TAS (girls) record in the process. Unfortunately the timing of the event precluded her from competing in the final of the 14 year’s 800m for which she was the fourth fastest qualifier, having crossed the line in a national qualifying time of 2:21 in the heats the day before. Meanwhile Samuel Jones, 15, came third in the 15 years 2000m steeplechase final on... View Article

Anthem of honour to be launched at concert

Posted 5th October 2017

An anthem composed by one of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians that salutes the values of the past but speaks to the future, will have its international premiere at two concerts in Armidale on  13 and 14 October. Paul Jarman’s piece ‘Soldier On’ was commissioned to capture the essence of the spirit The Armidale School, which he said is embodied in the themes of service, friendship, compassion and unity. The work has been created over the past several months, following a week-long residency at the school February. From the first Old Boy to die in the Boer War to the last in Afghanistan, Mr Jarman said he was “overwhelmed” by the number of names on the school’s honour boards, the stories behind... View Article