Onto the stage, Into the Woods Jr

Posted 31st May 2017

A fantasy story that brings together four famous fairy tales in a tale of adventure and mystery will come to life in the first-ever musical to be staged by TAS Middle School on 1-3 June. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ works ‘Cinderella’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Rapunzel’, Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods Jr is the journey of a baker and his wife who must collect magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a witch’s curse which has prevented them from having children – a journey that sees them changed forever. With terrific music, fantastic costumes and enthusiastic acting, the truncated adaptation of this highly-acclaimed production is sure to delight and entertain audiences from Kindergarten-age... View Article

Students roll up sleeves for a blood-y good cause

Posted 25th May 2017

One in three Australians will need a blood transfusion, and students at The Armidale School are rolling up their sleeves for the cause. Twenty three students from years 10-12 have signed up to become regular donors for Team TAS and they hope to inspire others by mooting the Vampire Cup, a challenge between the schools of Armidale for which donates the most blood. “We’ve all realised it’s not that bad, the pin-prick at the start is about the worst of it and when it’s all over you get a milkshake and a biscuit, which is always a bit of a driver for teenagers,” said Year 12 student Saxon Hughes, who decided to rally his peers after hearing the call for more... View Article

Foundations for the future rising out of the ground

Posted 22nd May 2017

The support pillars are rising from the foundations and building is well underway on a new boarding house at The Armidale School, where a surge in enrolments has meant the development needs to be completed a year earlier than first planned. Believed to be the first new student residence constructed at an Armidale school since the late 1980s, the multi-million dollar, three-storey development, to cater for 64 boarders, is Stage One of a facility that will ultimately accommodate 130 female students. When TAS commenced full co-education in 2016, it was envisaged that it would be a few years before a new boarding house was required. However with the current girls’ boarding house Dangar Moyes almost at its 47 bed capacity,... View Article

Records fall at Athletics championships

Posted 17th May 2017

This year’s athletics championships at The Armidale School, held on 13 May having been postponed from Term 1, was both a nod to the past and the future. A significantly greater number of girls in the school than in 2016 resulted in 16 girls either setting new, or breaking existing, 35 records in various girls events from 12-18 years. One boys’ record was also broken, with Nicholas Ward’s throw of 44.99m in the 16 years boys discus bettering the previous record 44.27 achieved by Brent McKenzie in 2010. From the new competition for ‘best mascot’ (spoils shared by Tyrrell’s cowboy and dairy cows and Croft’s Chinese dragon) to the huge participation levels from athletes and strugglers alike, it was a... View Article

Maths skill adds up to competition success for TAS team

Posted 15th May 2017

Overcoming four sets of challenges added up to success for four mathematicians from The Armidale School, who took out the University of New England’s Year 8 Maths competition on Friday. The foursome were one of two TAS teams which competed alongside 58 others, made up of 200 students from 40 secondary schools from Armidale, Tamworth, Inverell, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Throughout the day students completed various tasks and challenges, the first consisting of difficult maths equations they competed as a team and the second, a ‘head to head’ challenge. “Each team went up against others and competed to figure out rules and ‘patterns of conversion’ before the others. This was an individual challenge for everyone involved as no one could communicate the... View Article

Spoils shared across fixtures in annual Farrer v TAS derby

Posted 13th May 2017

The Armidale School won the trophies but the spoils were shared across the fixtures when Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School hosted the tablelands visitors for competition in seven sports for the Dick Hodgson Shield yesterday (Friday 12 May). With the absence of several players on rep rugby league duties, a depleted Farrer First XV went down to TAS 64-0, the visitors retaining the First XV Challenge Shield. TAS also won the 2nd XV 21-10 and the 15As, 14As and 13s, with Farrer getting up in the 16As, 16Bs and 15Bs. In the football, the TAS First XI scored four goals to two; the 16s won 3-0 while Farrer was victorious in the 13s. Farrer dominated the tennis winning eight matches to... View Article

SBHS visit 2017

Posted 8th May 2017

TAS wins trophy for competitions v Sydney High

Posted 8th May 2017

The Armidale School has retained the Hannon & Harris Cup against Sydney Boys’ High School after winning the majority of sporting competitions at the weekend (5-6 May). Around 200 students from High visited TAS as part of the fixture which is a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools. The festival started on Friday night with junior and senior basketball, both games going convincingly to High. It was much closer in tennis, played by a Junior IV (Years 7-9) and a Senior IV (10-12). The result was five sets all, with TAS winning on a countback, 45 games to 44. The next morning at the school’s small bore rifle range, TAS, High and NEGS contested the Tank Shell Trophy. Competitors... View Article

Mateship on the battlefields an enduring legacy of ANZAC

Posted 28th April 2017

The technology of warfare has changed greatly over the past century, but the importance of mateship is a lasting legacy of ANZAC spirit, believes CPL Robert Prowse. Speaking at The Armidale School’s Anzac Service this morning, CPL Prowse quoted the way World War One soldier Archie Barwick laughed and joked with his mates as he made his ways to the shore of Gallipoli, then “only when we realised that bullets hurt, did we knew what fear was”. Fast forward to 2010 in Afghanistan’s Miraband Valley and the fine dust is everywhere. “You’re out on patrol and a water pump backfires, or so you think. You joke with your mates about the noise until suddenly you realise it wasn’t the pump at... View Article

Thousands raised for Leukaemia research

Posted 28th April 2017

When seven year old Lucy Holland accompanied her father rugby coach father Michael and his under 16s team on a tour to New Zealand last year, the players enjoyed her sense of fun. Now as she undergoes treatment for leukaemia in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, it has been her sense of courage that inspired several of them to shave their heads and in the process raise more than $6,000 for charity. “My brother and I went to see Lucy in hospital in Brisbane during the summer holidays after she had just had a few hard days of treatment and despite being pretty run down, she seemed really happy to see us, like the trooper she is,” said Tim... View Article