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

Students boots palliative care facilities

Posted 14th September 2016

Palliative care facilities at the Armidale Regional Hospital have been given a big boost with the donation to the unit of two special beds by students at The Armidale School. The beds, sourced from local business Acacia Medical Supplies, were purchased with around $5000 raised as part of several school initiatives, including a number of plain-clothes days and collecting donations at two of this year’s home rugby fixtures. The school’s 124-strong team in this year’s City to Surf run in Sydney also made the cause its focus, proudly emblazoning it on their running shirts. Students took to the cause, also inspired by the efforts of one of their Year 12 classmates Sam Carmichael, whose father Rhod was having treatment for male... View Article

TAS students selected for National Youth Science Forum

Posted 5th September 2016

A mix of scientific, formal, personal development and social activities with hundreds of other bright young people from across the nation awaits two students from The Armidale School who have been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forums at the Australian National University in January. Tom Wright of Armidale and Hugh Worsley from Inverell are looking forward to the opportunities at the 12-day immersive residential camps, which are an initiative of Rotary and seek to promote study, research and commercial applications in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “I’m really keen to experience the facilities at a major university and particularly the engineering side of things,” said Tom. “It will be great to mix with a lot... View Article

Students channel da Vinci in academic challenge

Posted 28th August 2016

How many uses are there for a fork? What if all the water in the world turned green? Such ponderous questions were among many that were light relief for students in between the academic challenges at the fourth Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon at The Armidale School yesterday. Over three days, the event has brought together more than 520 gifted and talented students from state and independent schools from Moree, Inverell, Tamworth, Scone, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Narrabri, Moree, Dubbo, Glen Innes and Armidale to challenge them in a range of stimulating and engaging activities. Developed by Knox Grammar School and now held in regional venues across Australia, students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics and Chess; English; Science;... View Article

Brainiac Sam places 2nd in State neuro-science competition

Posted 22nd August 2016

He is only in Year 10, but The Armidale School’s Sambavan Jeyakumar has won for himself a $20,000 university scholarship after placing second in a school competition about the brain and its functions. Run by the Faculty of Medicine at Western Sydney University on Monday (22 August), this year’s State final of Australian Brain Bee Challenge involved 100 finalists who took part in three rounds of questions including brain anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, diseases, and technology. The finalists were selected from 2000 participants who took part in an online test earlier in the year. After the first round of 30 questions, Sambavan made it through to the top eight students. He then scored 13 from 15 questions to progress to the... View Article

Massive effort by largest school team in City to Surf

Posted 16th August 2016

A third-time participant in the 14km City to Surf was the first runner home in Sunday’s foot race (14 August) for the 124-strong team from The Armidale School, which fielded what was believed to be the biggest school team in this year’s event. Year 11 student Saxon Hughes put in a superb effort to complete the event in under an hour, crossing the line in 59:37 and was the first runner home for the TAS team. He finished in the top 2 per cent of the almost 68,000 registered runners who completed the race and clocked a time 17 minutes behind race winner Harry Summers. “I was really keen to crack under 60 minutes this year, so tried to get... View Article

Curtain Up on Drama showcase

Posted 10th August 2016

Shakespeare wrote that all the world was a stage – but for 11 students of HSC Drama at The Armidale School, the stage of the TAS Hoskins Centre was their world for the annual Curtain Up showcase of individual and group projects on 2 August. Whilst the three group projects were devised by the three groups of performers, the individual projects were as varied as the students themselves. Jacob Hunt’s video drama Shell Shock explored mental illness; Jock Campbell devised a lighting plan for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while Dennis Pitt satirised his Aboriginal heritage with an excerpt from ABCTV’s Black Comedy called Blackforce: Special Coconut Unit. Freya Bartlett portrayed a war widow farewelling her long-deceased husband... View Article