Make Languages Matter, NAIDOC Assembly told

Posted 2nd September 2017

If an Aboriginal language was taught in every Australian classroom, not only would the languages survive, but break down barriers between cultures, generations and communities, students at The Armidale School were told. At the school’s annual NAIDOC assembly on Thursday morning (31 August), Anaiwan man Brad Widders said language was more than just a verbal form of communication. “Language and dialects describe country, custom and family relationships, it is how they maintain connection with their ancestors, land and the law. If every young person had to learn their local Aboriginal language, so many barriers would break down,” he said. With NAIDOC Week falling during school holidays, the assembly focused on this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’ and was an... View Article

Sculpture may ‘trump’ art prize

Posted 26th August 2017

The night Donald Trump was elected US President, Michael Harrell’s thoughts turned to clay. What resulted is a sculpture that is one of only 46 finalists from 675 international entries in a Sydney competition feted by Australian and international artists. The 15 year old student at The Armidale School said he was “surprised and delighted” to learn last week that his sculpture of the President will be exhibited alongside those of professional artists in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, and is up for a share of $24,000 in prizemoney. “I was doing pottery on the night he was elected and my teacher Rick Hatch suggested he could be my next project. So I gave it some thought, and it went from... View Article

Global peace pursuits engage students

Posted 20th August 2017

What does peace look like, and how do you measure it? Not with rulers or scales, but a combination of facts and figures, Year 7 students at The Armidale School were told. As part of a week-long study of internationalism – the ‘I’ in the acronym IDEALS of the global school organisation Round Square – boys and girls were told that overall there are some surprising positive trends amidst an increasingly complex world. Jose Luengo-Cabrera, a research fellow at the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), gave a presentation on the results and methodology of the institute’s flagship product: the Global Peace Index (GPI). He explained how IEP compiles different quantitative and qualitative indicators to generate the GPI, which scores... View Article

da Vinci offers northern students unique academic challenge

Posted 18th August 2017

‘IMAGINATION’ will be both the theme and the tool of trade for hundreds of bright young minds when they attend a prestigious academic inter-school competition at The Armidale School next week. More than 550 gifted and talented students from state and independent schools will be challenged by a suite of activities at the Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon, to be hosted by TAS for the fifth year. The Decathlon was developed by Knox Grammar School and is now held in regional venues across Australia, with students competing in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics and Chess; English; Science; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Philosophy; Creative Producer; Art and Poetry; Cartography; General Knowledge. Year 7 and 8 teams will take part... View Article

Team TAS set the pace at City to Surf

Posted 16th August 2017

The largest TAS team to ever compete in the iconic City to Surf footrace descended on Sydney for Sunday’s (16 August) 14km event, with runners stepping out in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. Comprising 135 students and around a dozen staff and parents, the TAS team took to the pavement for the Stand Tall for a Cure foundation has been established by TAS Old Boy Drew Schofield from Nundle who was diagnosed with the condition when he was 12 years old. In ideal conditions, The first TAS runner to cross the line was Sam Jones in 60 minutes and 30 seconds, closely followed by Emerson Browning (1:01:59), Nicholas Barnier (1:05:23) and Nicholas Farrar (1:05:53). “There was more of a build up... View Article

Win caps off TAS’ GPS rugby campaign

Posted 15th August 2017

The Armidale School’s First XV has finished in second place on the AAGPS Third Grade competition, following a close 11-10 win over The King’s School on Saturday (12 August). Coach Alan Jones said the team showed enormous character in their final outing of the GPS season and was a deserved win to the defending premiers which suffered just one defeat, to St Joseph’s College 24-12 the week before. “Just as the score of the Joeys game belies how close that match really was, the TAS boys were significantly stronger on Saturday than the King’s points would attest. We couldn’t finish off certain phases of play and there were some uncharacteristic lapses in ball handling, but that can also be put down... View Article

Students’ smart solutions are in the air

Posted 28th July 2017

Forget hours of driving around on a quad bike with a spray pack and hoe looking for weeds; the smart farm of the future will use drones to seek and destroy them, according to The Armidale School’s Owen Chandler. Owen and classmate Julian Vogt imagined the future of agriculture at UNE’s 2017 Agmentation on 23 July, where students worked with farmers and Cisco engineers to come up with solutions to manage agricultural challenges. Working with Kentucky farmer Anita Taylor, Owen’s group looked at ways of identifying, mapping and controlling weeds in to save time and production costs, while Julian’s group assisted Bill Perrottet from Guyra in solving how producers can optimise profitability and productivity through the enterprise mix. Owen’s group... View Article

GPS selection for top TAS shooter

Posted 21st July 2017

The Armidale School’s Tom Southwell has been selected into the Combined AAGPS shooting team, following a consistent performance at the Great Public Schools championships at Hornsby Rifle Range in Sydney on 18-19 July. It will be a memorable 18th birthday for Tom, from ‘Valley Heights’ Bingara, who will come of age on Sunday with rifle in hand as the rep team lines up against various district rifle association teams for the Josephson Shield. “I was hopeful, but didn’t expect to make the team. It’s as good a place as any to spend the birthday, the celebrations will just have to wait until after,” said the TAS shooting captain, who ranked fifth of the 73 shooters from the seven GPS schools... View Article

Students vote for UN action on Russian aggression

Posted 20th July 2017

Should the Russian annexation of the Crimea be tolerated, and how much say does the United States really have in world affairs? Armidale secondary school students got a taste for diplomatic life on the world stage when members from UN Youth Australia conducted two regional competitions at The Armidale School on Wednesday. In Evatt, students from TAS and Armidale High took on the role of United Nations Security Council members debated, amended and voted on resolutions involving the 2014 Russian annexation of the Crimea, the question of electoral interference, and the right of governments to censor media. from the perspective of their assigned nations. “In being a delegate for ‘the United States’, I learnt that building relations with other countries... View Article

Shooters aim for success at GPS titles

Posted 14th July 2017

With a steady hand and a sharp eye, rifle shooters from The Armidale School are focussing on success at inter-school championships over the coming week where they will compete in a range of full bore disciplines. For three days this week, a squad of 16 shooters have been at a training camp at Spring Ridge Rife Range under the eye of coaches Mark Morton and Queensland representative Rob Bondfield. “The conditions were perfect for shooting, and every day the shooters fired at three hundred, five hundred and six hundred metre ranges as well as gaining some ‘snap’ practice. The camp went well, thanks to the generosity and support of Spring Ridge Rifle Club and Spring Ridge Country Club,” TAS Shooting MIC... View Article