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

Wannabe Wallabies dream big at TAS

Posted 7th July 2017

Australia’s national rugby side may be having some challenges on the field, but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of 80 youngsters who will spend next week living and breathing the sport at a three day camp at The Armidale School. Camp Wallaby, a grassroots development arm of Australian Rugby, is giving a swagger of 5-14 year olds with a passion for the game the opportunity to ‘train like a Wallaby with a Wallaby’. From 10-12 July the boys and girls will develop rugby skills and drills with ARU-accredited coaches, culminating in a training and friendship session with Wallabies Will Skleton and Paddy Ryan who will be attending on the final day. A beginners program will develop basic skills for the... View Article

Bright minds engage in holiday criminal activity

Posted 4th July 2017

Murder, mystery and mayhem will be put under the microscope by almost 100 students from across eastern Australia at a unique immersive science camp this week in Armidale. Starting today (4 July) and running until Saturday 8 July, The Armidale School Forensic Science Camp has this year attracted 96 boys and girls from 29 schools in NSW, Qld and the ACT. Now in its 20th year – running longer than TV shows CSI, Law & Order and Bones – the camp has enduring appeal, according to this year’s camp director TAS Year 10 student Henry O’Neil. “The camp is different to anything else anywhere, and continues to attract students with an inquiring mind who are interested in a challenge. They learn all... View Article

Budding agent recognised at state awards

Posted 1st July 2017

The 4am starts have sometimes been a challenge, but a passion for the livestock industry and the people who work in it have rewarded The Armidale School’s Wally Davidson who on Friday night (23 June) was named runner up School Based Apprentice/Trainee at the New England region NSW Training Awards. Since starting a school-based traineeship with Davidson Cameron agency (no relation) in Tamworth two years ago when he was in Year 10, Wally has often worked on Sunday nights before starting again at 4am to prepare stock for sale at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange, assisting with clearing sales and online auctions, then driving himself back up the hill to boarding school in Armidale on Monday evenings. “On Wednesdays I remained at... View Article

TAS students take honours at Shakespeare celebration

Posted 20th June 2017

All the world’s a stage – and at the NSW Shakespeare Carnival a group of players from The Armidale School students so impressed judges with their parts, the troupe has returned home from Sydney as victorious as Henry V at Agincourt. Held at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale on 18 June and hosted by the Sport for Jove Theatre Company, the carnival brings together Drama students tasked with tapping into the spirit of ‘The Bard’ in fresh and innovative ways. Thomas Bailey (Armidale), Ellen Coote (Moree), William Almond (Yamba), George Lane (Inverell) and Kira Dooner (Armidale) took out the group mash-up section against dozens of other schools with an ensemble piece that creatively co-opted some of Shakespeare’s tragic figures in... View Article

Hosts play to potential in third round win

Posted 18th June 2017

A solid 38-7 win over Sydney Grammar School’s First XV on Saturday 17 June has consolidated The Armidale School at equal top of the AAGPS Third Grade competition. Playing their last competition home game of the season in front of a large crowd including Old Boy and former Wallaby James Holbeck, the TAS outfit maintained a tight focus, making few errors and maximising opportunities. The first points were on the board 15 minutes in with outside centre Nicholas Makeham crossing in the left hand corner, followed ten minutes later by hooker Oscar Alcorn just to the right of the posts, both tries being converted for extra points by Harry Pollard, taking TAS into the break with a 14-0 lead. Re-energised, TAS returned... View Article

Teams pull up their socks for mental health

Posted 14th June 2017

When The Armidale School and Sydney Grammar First XVs meet in the first round of the AAGPS Third Grade rugby competition this Saturday (17 June), each will be playing for victory – but both will also kicking goals for mental health. The two schools share an association with batyr, an organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health – and as part of batyr’s One Sock One Goal campaign players on both teams will wear a polka-dot sock to express that it’s OK to talk about the tough issues. While the special socks might be most visible on the rugby fields at TAS, they will also be worn by students playing netball, hockey and football around town. As part of ‘the Batyr... View Article

TAS gains a win in first round of GPS rugby competition

Posted 1st June 2017

The Armidale School’s First XV have had a successful start to their GPS Third Grade defence, defeating St Ignatius College, Riverview 15-10 in Sydney on Saturday. With two weeks break from their last match against Sydney Boys’ High and travel to Sydney, the team were pleased with “a pretty important first win,” coach Alan Jones said. “The boy splayed reasonably well in the first half but take a while to get their eyes into the game. Tries came from winning phases, not from the mistakes of the opposition which helped the boys maintain their composure on the field,” he said. With unconverted tries to Wally Davidson and Oscar Alcorn, the score was 10-3 at half time. “Riverview scored an opportunistic... View Article