Hosts play to potential in third round win

Posted 18th June 2017

A solid 38-7 win over Sydney Grammar School’s First XV on Saturday 17 June has consolidated The Armidale School at equal top of the AAGPS Third Grade competition. Playing their last competition home game of the season in front of a large crowd including Old Boy and former Wallaby James Holbeck, the TAS outfit maintained a tight focus, making few errors and maximising opportunities. The first points were on the board 15 minutes in with outside centre Nicholas Makeham crossing in the left hand corner, followed ten minutes later by hooker Oscar Alcorn just to the right of the posts, both tries being converted for extra points by Harry Pollard, taking TAS into the break with a 14-0 lead. Re-energised, TAS returned... View Article

Teams pull up their socks for mental health

Posted 14th June 2017

When The Armidale School and Sydney Grammar First XVs meet in the first round of the AAGPS Third Grade rugby competition this Saturday (17 June), each will be playing for victory – but both will also kicking goals for mental health. The two schools share an association with batyr, an organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health – and as part of batyr’s One Sock One Goal campaign players on both teams will wear a polka-dot sock to express that it’s OK to talk about the tough issues. While the special socks might be most visible on the rugby fields at TAS, they will also be worn by students playing netball, hockey and football around town. As part of ‘the Batyr... View Article

TAS gains a win in first round of GPS rugby competition

Posted 1st June 2017

The Armidale School’s First XV have had a successful start to their GPS Third Grade defence, defeating St Ignatius College, Riverview 15-10 in Sydney on Saturday. With two weeks break from their last match against Sydney Boys’ High and travel to Sydney, the team were pleased with “a pretty important first win,” coach Alan Jones said. “The boy splayed reasonably well in the first half but take a while to get their eyes into the game. Tries came from winning phases, not from the mistakes of the opposition which helped the boys maintain their composure on the field,” he said. With unconverted tries to Wally Davidson and Oscar Alcorn, the score was 10-3 at half time. “Riverview scored an opportunistic... View Article

Onto the stage, Into the Woods Jr

Posted 31st May 2017

A fantasy story that brings together four famous fairy tales in a tale of adventure and mystery will come to life in the first-ever musical to be staged by TAS Middle School on 1-3 June. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ works ‘Cinderella’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Rapunzel’, Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods Jr is the journey of a baker and his wife who must collect magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a witch’s curse which has prevented them from having children – a journey that sees them changed forever. With terrific music, fantastic costumes and enthusiastic acting, the truncated adaptation of this highly-acclaimed production is sure to delight and entertain audiences from Kindergarten-age... View Article

Students roll up sleeves for a blood-y good cause

Posted 25th May 2017

One in three Australians will need a blood transfusion, and students at The Armidale School are rolling up their sleeves for the cause. Twenty three students from years 10-12 have signed up to become regular donors for Team TAS and they hope to inspire others by mooting the Vampire Cup, a challenge between the schools of Armidale for which donates the most blood. “We’ve all realised it’s not that bad, the pin-prick at the start is about the worst of it and when it’s all over you get a milkshake and a biscuit, which is always a bit of a driver for teenagers,” said Year 12 student Saxon Hughes, who decided to rally his peers after hearing the call for more... View Article

Foundations for the future rising out of the ground

Posted 22nd May 2017

The support pillars are rising from the foundations and building is well underway on a new boarding house at The Armidale School, where a surge in enrolments has meant the development needs to be completed a year earlier than first planned. Believed to be the first new student residence constructed at an Armidale school since the late 1980s, the multi-million dollar, three-storey development, to cater for 64 boarders, is Stage One of a facility that will ultimately accommodate 130 female students. When TAS commenced full co-education in 2016, it was envisaged that it would be a few years before a new boarding house was required. However with the current girls’ boarding house Dangar Moyes almost at its 47 bed capacity,... View Article

Records fall at Athletics championships

Posted 17th May 2017

This year’s athletics championships at The Armidale School, held on 13 May having been postponed from Term 1, was both a nod to the past and the future. A significantly greater number of girls in the school than in 2016 resulted in 16 girls either setting new, or breaking existing, 35 records in various girls events from 12-18 years. One boys’ record was also broken, with Nicholas Ward’s throw of 44.99m in the 16 years boys discus bettering the previous record 44.27 achieved by Brent McKenzie in 2010. From the new competition for ‘best mascot’ (spoils shared by Tyrrell’s cowboy and dairy cows and Croft’s Chinese dragon) to the huge participation levels from athletes and strugglers alike, it was a... View Article

Maths skill adds up to competition success for TAS team

Posted 15th May 2017

Overcoming four sets of challenges added up to success for four mathematicians from The Armidale School, who took out the University of New England’s Year 8 Maths competition on Friday. The foursome were one of two TAS teams which competed alongside 58 others, made up of 200 students from 40 secondary schools from Armidale, Tamworth, Inverell, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Throughout the day students completed various tasks and challenges, the first consisting of difficult maths equations they competed as a team and the second, a ‘head to head’ challenge. “Each team went up against others and competed to figure out rules and ‘patterns of conversion’ before the others. This was an individual challenge for everyone involved as no one could communicate the... View Article

Spoils shared across fixtures in annual Farrer v TAS derby

Posted 13th May 2017

The Armidale School won the trophies but the spoils were shared across the fixtures when Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School hosted the tablelands visitors for competition in seven sports for the Dick Hodgson Shield yesterday (Friday 12 May). With the absence of several players on rep rugby league duties, a depleted Farrer First XV went down to TAS 64-0, the visitors retaining the First XV Challenge Shield. TAS also won the 2nd XV 21-10 and the 15As, 14As and 13s, with Farrer getting up in the 16As, 16Bs and 15Bs. In the football, the TAS First XI scored four goals to two; the 16s won 3-0 while Farrer was victorious in the 13s. Farrer dominated the tennis winning eight matches to... View Article

SBHS visit 2017

Posted 8th May 2017