Shrek and friends swamp the TAS stage

Posted 19th June 2018

One of the most famous love stories of the millennium about a peace-loving ogre who just wants to get his swamp back, surges to the stage of the TAS Hoskins Centre this week when Middle School students bring to life the magic that is Shrek The Musical Jr. Directed by Mrs Leasa Cleaver and involving 40 students from Years 6-8, the production is filled with colourful costumes and scenery that recall the box-office breaking Dreamworks animation movie of 2001 and the book by William Steig. Mrs Cleaver said the enthusiastic cast have been rehearsing since April and having grown up with the movie, have taken to their roles as ogres, knights and a plethora of fairytale characters with gusto. “It’s... View Article

Fellowship is proof that Alasdair has the right chemistry

Posted 4th June 2018

Any good teacher has chemistry with their students – so it’s perhaps no surprise that Alasdair Hey’s passion for science has been recognised with a Fellowship from a leading scientific organisation. Mr Hey, a teacher of Science and Aviation Studies at The Armidale School, has been made a Fellow of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, acknowledging nearly three decades in education as a teacher, author, HSC marker and exam writer and mentor. Since 2000 he had been the state coordinator of the RACI NSW Schools Titration Competition which each year now involves more than 1300 senior chemistry students from more than 100 schools, at 20 university and school campuses across the state. He wrote and is now teaching an electives... View Article

Lawrence Campbell Competition takes oratory to a whole new level

Posted 15th May 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one of the biggest fears people hold is having to speaking in public. Even if they are reading from a well-prepared speech that has been rehearsed a number of times. So imagine having only 15 minutes to come up with an eight-minute speech to be delivered to an auditorium full of people you don’t know. Such was the situation for Owen Chandler who represented TAS magnificently on 11 May at the GPS/CAS Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition, this year hosted by Trinity Grammar School. For almost 70 years the best speakers from GPS and CAS schools have taken part in this prestigious competition, whose past winners include Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, television personalities Adam... View Article

TAS chalks up win in first home game of the season

Posted 15th May 2018

The Armidale School’s First XV thrilled a home ground crowd on Saturday, booking a 24-6 win over Sydney Grammar’s Firsts in a tight encounter. In just their second game together the TAS team put on a polished display of well-tuned rugby to reverse the fortunes of a loss the previous weekend at Coonabarabran against Orange’s Kinross Wolaroi School, who were playing their fourth match of the year. Cold winds made for bracing conditions, but there was plenty of warmth in the sheds and on the sidelines for the blue and white boys who had been presented with their jerseys by two Old Boy Australian rugby representatives at the official season launch the evening before. Former Queensland Red and Wallaby tourist... View Article

School’s rugby notables return for season launch

Posted 9th May 2018

One was known as Moose, the other, as Mouse – and together two former rugby players from The Armidale School who wore the green and gold for their country will officially kick off the TAS rugby season this Friday night. Adrian ‘Moose’ Skeggs –nicknamed for his massive frame when he arrived at TAS from Lord Howe Island aged 14 – played professionally for NSW, the Qld Reds and donned the green and gold for Australia as a Wallaby tourist against Canada in 1993, and is the only rugby player from Lord Howe Island to represent Australia in the sport. The former tighthead prop is currently the Australian Convenor of the Rugby Business Network which brings together senior business people with... View Article

Goals achieved on footballers’ Victorian tour

Posted 7th May 2018

Training sessions with Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC and games against Cranbrook, Geelong Grammar and Melbourne Grammar schools were amongst the highlights of a football development tour to Sydney and Victoria during the holidays for 30 junior boys and senior boys and girls. Kicking off in Sydney, the tour commenced with the First XI being defeated by Inaburra School, Bangor, in a CIS knockout match. A training session with Sydney FC followed, before a friendly First XI match against a stronger Cranbrook outfit. The development squad, made up of players from Years 6-9, had more success against St Paul’s Grammar School, winning 2-1. That evening the TAS students formed the guard of honour at the A-League match between Sydney... View Article

Top 10 finish for first TAS student home in Coffs ocean swim

Posted 9th April 2018

It may have been his first open water swim, but The Armidale School’s Jesse Streeting rose to the challenge to come sixth overall from more than 300 finishers in the 2km Coffs Ocean Swim yesterday (8 April). Crossing the line in a time of 37:02, Jesse lead the pack for The Armidale School, which with 81 students and eight staff, made up more than a quarter of all entries in the open water classic. “It’s a lot harder than pool swimming, you can’t see where you are going, you don’t get the turns or the wall to push off every twenty five or fifty metres and the buoyancy in the water is so much different. I was a bit daunted... View Article

Cheika set to inspire future generations at TAS Rugby Carnival

Posted 4th April 2018

The biggest name in Australian rugby is set to inspire a thousand of the sport’s youngest enthusiasts when he makes a special guest appearance at the 14th TAS Rugby Carnival, to be held at The Armidale School on 14-15 April. Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika will be the special guest at the official presentation on Sunday 15 April at 12noon, following the finals that morning. Cheika will celebrate grassroots rugby with players, coaches and supporters attending the carnival – the largest rugby carnival for under 12s in Australia, which this year has attracted44 teams from 21 schools and 16 clubs from across three states. Cheika won’t be the only one making a debut appearance at the carnival; crossing the continent... View Article

Detective shares insights into pitfalls of the internet

Posted 26th March 2018

Accessing the internet can be as easy as the click of a button or the swipe of a screen – but it’s much more difficult to navigate the potential pitfalls that can often lead to tragic circumstances. Tomorrow (Tuesday 27 March) at The Armidale School, former Queensland police detective Brett Lee will highlight the unhealthier side of the world wide web to students, staff and parents. Director of Pastoral Care Mr Barney Buntine said the talk will complement much that is happening at TAS in the space of technology and adolescence, including a five-week Digital Detox Program in the Middle and Senior School. “There is increasing evidence to suggest in adolescents, but adults also, screen time and social media use... View Article

Footballers selected for CIS competition at NCIS championships

Posted 14th March 2018

From never playing together as a team, to having half its players selected for representative honours – such was the journey of The Armidale School’s open girls’ football team who at yesterday’s North Coast Independent Schools’ championships went from an outfit which had never played together to winning four of their six games and having six members being selected for representative honours. They were amongst a dozen TAS students who will play for the NCIS representative teams following the NCIS titles hosted by TAS yesterday (13 March). The championships attracted almost 500 junior footballers from 32 teams representing nine schools across three age groups. It was a significant achievement for the TAS open girls in particular, going from losing all... View Article