Starting in Junior School where key concepts are introduced, Debating is a mainstay of the co-curricular offering at TAS. In both Middle and Senior Schools Debating opportunities are varied: against other Armidale schools as part of the Tri-Schools Debating competition (for Middle School students); other schools from across Australia as part of the National Virtual Debating Competition organised by the NSW Association of Independent Schools and an inter-house competition (at both Middle and Senior School level) which accrues points for the Clemson Cup for Public Speaking and Debating. In recent years there have also been Students v Staff debates and School v Old Armidalians’ debates. Students will be notified about Debating meetings in the early weeks of Term 1 of each year.
In both Middle and Senior School, students take part in the public speaking section of the inter-house competition for the Clemson Cup. Conducted in Term 3, the Middle School competition is held in the Hoskins Centre, whilst the Senior School competition is held during a special whole-of-school Assembly Held in the Hoskins Centre in front of a capacity audience, an always-entertaining showcase of skilful oratory, youthful confidence and wit. Other opportunities include the Speaking for the Planet (Year 10) and Rotary (Year 11) public speaking competitions; TAS has also fielded competitors in the Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition for GPS/CAS Schools.
For further information contact the Public Speaking co-ordinator Mr Tim Hughes at [email protected]
At the heart of the philanthropic centre of the School, since it was established in 1983, is the TAS Foundation. Its purpose is to generate funds to enable the School to give financial assistance and to continually develop the campus through new and improved facilities.
This year the projects we are looking for financial assistance are: