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

TAS wins trophy for competitions v Sydney High

Posted 8th May 2017

The Armidale School has retained the Hannon & Harris Cup against Sydney Boys’ High School after winning the majority of sporting competitions at the weekend (5-6 May). Around 200 students from High visited TAS as part of the fixture which is a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools. The festival started on Friday night with junior and senior basketball, both games going convincingly to High. It was much closer in tennis, played by a Junior IV (Years 7-9) and a Senior IV (10-12). The result was five sets all, with TAS winning on a countback, 45 games to 44. The next morning at the school’s small bore rifle range, TAS, High and NEGS contested the Tank Shell Trophy. Competitors... View Article

Mateship on the battlefields an enduring legacy of ANZAC

Posted 28th April 2017

The technology of warfare has changed greatly over the past century, but the importance of mateship is a lasting legacy of ANZAC spirit, believes CPL Robert Prowse. Speaking at The Armidale School’s Anzac Service this morning, CPL Prowse quoted the way World War One soldier Archie Barwick laughed and joked with his mates as he made his ways to the shore of Gallipoli, then “only when we realised that bullets hurt, did we knew what fear was”. Fast forward to 2010 in Afghanistan’s Miraband Valley and the fine dust is everywhere. “You’re out on patrol and a water pump backfires, or so you think. You joke with your mates about the noise until suddenly you realise it wasn’t the pump at... View Article

Thousands raised for Leukaemia research

Posted 28th April 2017

When seven year old Lucy Holland accompanied her father rugby coach father Michael and his under 16s team on a tour to New Zealand last year, the players enjoyed her sense of fun. Now as she undergoes treatment for leukaemia in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, it has been her sense of courage that inspired several of them to shave their heads and in the process raise more than $6,000 for charity. “My brother and I went to see Lucy in hospital in Brisbane during the summer holidays after she had just had a few hard days of treatment and despite being pretty run down, she seemed really happy to see us, like the trooper she is,” said Tim... View Article

Clubs, schools share honours at 13th TAS Rugby Carnival

Posted 10th April 2017

The first division grand final between two Sydney club teams was a reprise of last year, but it was the Moree Junior Bulls who took out the most prestigious award at the largest under 12s rugby carnival in Australia this weekend (8-9 April). The Junior Bulls won the ZOO Team of the TAS Rugby Carnival Award for sportsmanship on and off the field as voted upon by all teams – an award they received at the very first carnival in 2005. The two day carnival, which attracted 45 teams from as far as Dalby and the Sunshine Coast to the NSW Southern Highlands who played 114 games of rugby over the weekend, wrapped up with the spoils shared between club and... View Article

Students excel in web design competition

Posted 4th April 2017

Technology students at The Armidale School have excelled in an international website coding and design competition, placing them in the top 10 percent of students from more than 3000 around the world who participated. Run by international teaching resource Grok Learning, the competition called Web.Comp 2017 engaged students over much of this term in both theory and practical applications. For the first four weeks, students learnt web development and design skills and completed increasingly complex challenges. Seven Year 11 Software Design & Development students achieved perfect scores in the challenges, with George Lane in the beginners stream and Owen Chandler, Angus Cornall, Ryan Mitchell, Nicholas Moar, Hannah Van Roy and Julian Vogt in the intermediate stream. In the fifth week of... View Article

TAS swimmers swell numbers in Coffs ocean swim

Posted 2nd April 2017

Swimmers from The Armidale School made up more than a quarter of all entries in the Beachside Radiology 2km Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim this morning (Sunday 2 April), with a podium finish for student Lucy Fenwicke who was the third female overall. Competing in her third Coffs swim, Lucy crossed the finish line in 34 minutes 10 seconds and was 12th swimmer out of the water. With the event in doubt until Saturday morning due to swells caused by Cyclone Debbie, the conditions were always going to be more challenging for competitors than in previous years. “It was definitely more difficult than the previous two years because it was rough and choppy and the waves were much bigger making it more... View Article

200 players to TAS for Sydney Academy of Chess tournament

Posted 27th March 2017

The pace was frenetic as 200 students from 17 regional schools used strategy and quick thinking to complete more than 350 games of chess at one of the largest regional tournaments in the State at The Armidale School this afternoon (27 March). Run by the Sydney Academy of Chess and hosted by TAS for the first time, the day brought together enthusiasts aged 10-18 for seven rounds of matches, played individual ‘Swiss-style’ with clocks counting down every second of each 15 minute game. Each week the Sydney Academy of Chess coaches thousands of school children across Sydney and organiser Rick Kuning said he was impressed with the day. “This was the largest tournament we have ever hosted outside Sydney. The... View Article