Indigenous Education

The Armidale School’s Indigenous Education program is a transformative one, for the students it supports, and the school community at large.

TAS values highly both the privilege and responsibility we have in helping overcome inequality, and is proud to give less advantaged indigenous students opportunities to flourish so they may achieve their ambitions and make a valuable contribution to their chosen fields and to their communities. Through our partnerships with key foundations, our Old Boy and wider TAS family and key members of the Armidale Aboriginal community, we are creating positive relationships to help young people reach their potential.

Indigenous Scholarships

Yalari Foundation
In 2005 Indigenous leader Waverley Stanley approached TAS Headmaster Murray Guest and invited TAS to join his Yalari Foundation as a partnership school. In 2007 TAS enrolled its first Yalari student and since then the school has enrolled a further 10 students through the support of Yalari.

Click to visit the Yalari website.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
In 2010, TAS was contacted by Australian Indigenous Education Foundation CEO Andrew Penfold seeking a similar partnership with AIEF.  In 2011 TAS enrolled its first three AIEF indigenous students and has since enrolled a number of others with the assistance of AIEF.
To visit the AIEF website, click here.

Indigenous Student Scholarships are for boarding students only. For more information on Indigenous Scholarships at TAS, click here

Indigenous Student Support Fund
Set up in 2012 by three of the school’s Old Boys, the Indigenous Student Support Fund helps with the cost of co-curricular activities and excursions not otherwise covered by bursaries. Since its inception the fund has attracted considerable support from former students and parents as part of the TAS Foundation’s Annual Giving appeal. To donate to the ISSF, please click here

Minimbah Aboriginal School

What started as a grass-roots program whereby senior English students from TAS would visit Minimbah to read and play with their boys and girls at Minimbah has grown into something of much greater significance. TAS Junior School and Minimbah now have a combined athletics carnival; during  summer terms Minimbah students have learn to swim lessons in the TAS pool, and combined National Day of Healing and NAIDOC Week activities are also  held.

As a result of this growing relationship, TAS is able to support the students and staff at Minimbah while at the same time deepening the understanding of our own staff and students about the contemporary Aboriginal experience.

Mr Barney Buntine

Aboriginal Students Co-ordinator