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

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