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

Activities Week pushes the boundaries

Posted 6th December 2016

DAYS spent learning how to roll firehoses, start pumps and back burn came to fruition last week when 26 trainee rural fire fighters from The Armidale School’s were called out to assist brigades with blazes across the north. Following up on training days throughout the year as par tof the school’s Activities program, the students were called away from mock scenarios at the Armidale RFS Control Centre during Activities Week, to assist Dumaresq and Diggings Rural Fire Service brigades with blazes at Hillgrove and Nowendoc. “We all ended up going in different directions and came back together at night with all sorts of stories. At Nowendoc we fought fires for the first day and put it out and then spent... View Article

Gift of teaching immortalised in bronze

Posted 28th November 2016

The power of a teacher to ignite a spark in a student was celebrated in transience on the stage and in perpetuity in bronze at a special event that brought hundreds of former students and friends from as far as the United States back to The Armidale School on Saturday (26 November). Mike Hoskins, who made possible the school’s creative arts centre that bears his name, travelled with his family from Texas to unveil a sculpture he commissioned to celebrate the spirit of learning. Called The Spark and sculpted by Tanya Bartlett of Gunnedah the work depicts the ‘light bulb’ moment a teacher engages a student in a significantly meaningful way, and was inspired by his own time at TAS. “We... View Article

Expanded season for TAS rowers

Posted 14th November 2016

The Armidale School’s rowing season was officially launched at Malpas Dam on Friday 11 November, with two additional boats and an all-girls crew boosting the sport at the school. The sport was reintroduced at TAS in 2011 with just one crew, after a hiatus of 11 years. Since then it has grown in popularity, with the school fielding three schoolboy ‘fours’ at the AAGPS Head of the River in the past three years. With the introduction of co-education at TAS this year, the sport has also been introduced to girls, as well as the fleet of boats being expanded with the acquisition of a quadruple scull (four rowers each with two oars sculling) and a ‘four’ (four rowers each with... View Article

Students pause to remember

Posted 11th November 2016

THE sacrifice of those who gave their lives in war was commemorated by students and staff at a special Remembrance Day service at The Armidale School (TAS) today. An international observation commemorating the sacrifice of all who have died in wars, Remembrance Day at TAS particularly paid tribute to the 103 Old Boys and staff who have given their lives in various conflicts, from 1901 in the Boer War to Afghanistan in 2008. Commemorations commenced in the War Memorial Assembly Hall with a presentation about the Western Front by senior students who toured there last month prior to attending an international Round Square conference in Switzerland. Students then moved outside to the school’s flagpoles for the official ceremony, which was... View Article

Artist nominated for HSC Showcase

Posted 10th November 2016

A POWERFUL set of drawings by The Armidale School’s Jack Tizzard of young children dressed in historical militaristic costumes has been nominated for inclusion in ARTEXPRESS, the statewide showcase of HSC Visual Arts. Jack’s haunting works, called The Precipice were inspired by a Facebook video of a young boy dazed in the back of an ambulance bleeding from a cut after an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. “It made me stop – what is this kid’s life going to be like? Will it be drenched in the blood of conflict, or eclipsed by amazing moments of peace and understanding? Standing on the edge of a precipice… my purpose is to simply capture them before they fall.” His teacher Ian McPherson said... View Article

Digital entrepreneur inspires Valedicts

Posted 29th September 2016

“Just starting anything is by far the most important step. The rest of the stuff you can work out after.” Such was the message TAS Old Boy and co-founder of online retailers the Iconic and Bailey Nelson Nick Perry, gave to departing Year 12 students on Valedictory Day, at the end of Term 3. Nick shared his fascinating journey from TAS which he attended from 1996-2001, degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Sydney and a stint in management consulting and investment banking, to a new direction as an online entrepreneur. After co-founding internet fashion retailer The Iconic, he then went on to establish optometry retailer Bailey Nelson which has grown from an online business to having... View Article

Strong grand finals presence for TAS Footballers

Posted 14th September 2016

One of the best seasons for football at The Armidale School comes to a head this Saturday (17 September), with TAS teams appearing in most of the local competition grand finals. If the weather holds off, the school’s blue and white strip will make an appearance in seven of the 11 Armidale District Football Association premiership deciders, all to be held at Doody Park in East Armidale. The campaign kicks off at 8am when the TAS 16As meet Easts in what is expected to be a tough encounter. Thereafter, the TAS 14As play City Westside TAS 12 White plays Demon Knights, TAS 12 Blue kick out against Guyra, The TAS Thirds and Seconds will both take to the field against Norths,... View Article