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

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