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

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