Shooters on target at Spring Ridge

Posted 22nd March 2017

Shooters from The Armidale School focused on success at the New England District Rifle Association open prize meeting at Spring Ridge on 19 March, coming away with solid placings in the C Grade division. The 10 students and one staff member comprised the largest team on the day, and shot three matches, the first over 500m then two at 600m. In the first, Jack Waters achieved a solid score of 50.3 to take out top place, with teammates Sam Marshall (48.3) and Tom Deshon (48.2) placed second and third. Waters’ aim set the tone for the reminder of the day, eventually taking top aggregate score in C Grade across the fixture. In the second match TAS Shooting Captain Tom Southwell was... View Article

Rowers peak with a podium finish at AAGPS Head of the River

Posted 20th March 2017

The Armidale School’s three rowing crews powered their way to their best times of the season at the 120th Athletic Association of Great Public Schools (AAGPS) Head of the River regatta yesterday morning (18 March). Rainy conditions at the Sydney International Regatta Centre did not dampen the performance of the crews who were highly competitive against their fellow GPS schools in three Fours events, over 2000m. The Third IV crossed the line in sixth place in 7:32:41, the Seconds finished fifth in 7:09.78, whilst the First IV made the podium, coming third, in 6:55.72. “The results were beyond our expectations. Across the crews we knew we were fit and in a good place, but we were all just so happy with... View Article

Footballers selected for CIS competition at NCIS championships

Posted 15th March 2017

The Armidale School’s Jim Orr and Lachlan Knowles have been selected for the North Coast Independent Schools’ representative football team following the NCIS titles hosted by TAS yesterday (15 March). While wet weather earlier in the week forcing the closure of two fields and the cancellation of the junior girls’ division, more than 200 primary boys and secondary boys and girls from eight schools took part in the championships. With two wins, a draw and a loss, the TAS First XI were runners up in the senior boys behind Bishop Druitt College of Coffs Harbour, who made a clean sweep of all three divisions. The championship was also the first game for the inaugural TAS girls’ secondary football team, which lost... View Article

Students bolled over by cotton success

Posted 7th March 2017

Daniel Kahl’s Nuffield Scholarship will investigate ways to attract the next generation of leaders into farming – and just days before he departed for Europe, North America and New Zealand he shared the dynamics of the cotton industry with students from his old school. The 28 year old business manager of Merced Farming, ‘Glencoe’ Wee Waa and his younger brother Sam, farm operations manager, gave their insights into world’s best-practice cotton production with Year 12 Geography students from The Armidale School last week. In 1961 their grandfather Paul Kahl and his neighbour Frank Hadley emigrated from the US and purchased ‘Glencoe’, helping kickstart the Australian cotton industry based on their experience in California. However rather than looking back on history, Daniel... View Article

Big hope, big help as students re-build Nepalese school

Posted 3rd March 2017

While other school students were at the beach during the first two weeks of their summer holidays, two young men from The Armidale School instead chose to dig trenches, lay bricks and make friends from across the world as they worked together rebuilding a school destroyed by earthquake in Nepal two years ago. Sam Ruba, from the Kempsey region, and Yannick Tursan D’Espaignet, from France, were among more than 40 students from 26 schools in 10 countries that raised from the earth a new school near the village of Thamel, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The ‘Big Build’ was an initiative of Round Square, a global association of more than 160 schools that share a commitment to learning involving internationalism, democracy,... View Article

Composer to capture spirit of TAS service

Posted 24th February 2017

For composer Paul Jarman, the essence of the service to their country by former TAS students is not just the long list of names that have served in every battle from the Boer War to Afghanistan, but the mateship and bonds between them. The internationally renowned musician spent a week this term at the school giving workshops with Music students whilst gleaning inspiration for a specially commissioned piece that commemorates the spirit of TAS. An artist widely acclaimed for celebrating a deeper understanding of Australian culture and history, Mr Jarman is best known for his choral music and original lyrics commissioned by ensembles and community groups across Australia and overseas. These commissions are as diverse as orchestral pieces for the opening... View Article

High-hitting Henry scores century in two games

Posted 17th February 2017

Henry Smith will not easily forget the day he scored his first century; it was also the day he hit his second. His double feat in two different matches in the Armidale District Cricket Association competition on Saturday was separated only by 40 minutes and 400 metres, making 107 not out for The Armidale School’s 16s White team at Newling Oval in the morning, then knocked 110 not out for the TAS First XI on the school’s war memorial cricket oval only a block away, in the afternoon. In his first outing, against TAS 16s Blue who had made 4/140 in their 25 overs, the 16 year old right hander from Duri opened the batting for TAS 16s White and carried... View Article

Hayley pipes for ‘The Voice’

Posted 7th February 2017

It’s one of the best known bagpipe solos in modern Australian music – and The Armidale School Year 8 student Hayley Whitehall was all confidence and composure as she played alongside legendary singer John Farnham at a concert Port Macquarie on 5 February. Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ was one of the highest charting songs of the 1980s and Hayley said performing to an audience of thousands as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour was incredible. “It was the best experience of my life – I didn’t expect the crowd to cheer so loudly when we started playing,”’ she said. “John Farnham was really nice and had a good chat with me about how happy he was that I could... View Article

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 1

Posted 1st February 2017

Record enrolment start at TAS

Posted 31st January 2017

From as far as Hong Kong, the Northern Territory, Sydney and Brisbane, almost 140 boys and girls started at The Armidale School this year as part of the largest intake since its founding in 1894. “We have welcomed 137 students across all year groups to their new school this week, the largest number of new students to arrive together in the history of TAS,” Headmaster Murray Guest said. It was even more students than in the very unusual year of 1942 when wartime threats to Sydney Harbour posed by Japanese submarines caused a huge influx of 120 students from Sydney that almost doubled the school population. “Close to one third of those new to TAS this year are girls and... View Article