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Two TAS All Rounders rank above 99

Posted 18th December 2015

“RELIEF, satisfaction, excitement”: words used by The Armidale School students Ali Ahsan and Joshua Stevenson to describe how felt when they learnt they had both received Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings (ATARs) of above 99 in this year’s HSC. Ali said his 99.75 was “a slither above what I had hoped for”, while Joshua, while Joshua, who after being surprised by his results released on Wednesday, thought he might make 98-99 – “so to get 99.2 was more than expected, I’m just over the moon.” The two boys were also the only students from the New England North West region named on the All Rounders List in this year’s NSW HSC, for this with a score of more than 90 (or... View Article


Adventure and challenge for Activities Week

Posted 8th December 2015

Abseiling into a water-filled canyon, navigating through World Heritage rainforest, becoming an accredited volunteer rural fire fighter and achieving surf life saving credentials – students at The Armidale School spent an adventurous Activities Week stepping out of their comfort zones and learning more about themselves. Cadets trekked, canoed and canyoned at Nymboida Canoe Centre near Grafton, while in Year 11, boys in the Rural Fire Service program gained their bushfire credentials with the Dumaresq Brigade or achieved their Surf bronze medallions, as part of a program with Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club. Year 10 and 11 students in the Pioneers program trekked, fished and swam in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Meanwhile at school, Year 6 hosted the annual... View Article


Passions produce performance

Posted 8th December 2015

PAUL Jarman has composed music for events and choirs across the world, but he said it is the enthusiasm of young children that continues to inspire him. Speaking at the Armidale School’s Junior School Speech Day, he told students, teachers and parents that the key to success was to keep doing what they enjoy doing. “What would you like to be when you grow up? I hope it is happy. If you do what you love in life, you’ll find happiness and meaning. Do what you love, and you’ll find love, give love and be loved,” he said. He also told parents that if they look at the child within themselves, they will usually find happiness and joy which can... View Article


Grafton regatta put crews on the water

Posted 8th December 2015

THE New England high country was represented at the Grafton Rowing Club’s annual regatta on 5-6 December, with crews from The Armidale School and Armidale Rowing Club taking to the water of the mighty Clarence River. For the TAS crews, events in both Saturday’s inter-schools’ Head of the Clarence Regatta and Sunday’s Grafton Rowing Club Regatta were used to trial rowers as combinations of both ‘pairs’ and ‘fours’, as well as giving those who are new to the sport their first experience in a race format. “For our crews, it was the perfect opportunity for the boys to develop teamwork, technique and tenacity, in their first outing of the season,” Master in Charge Rowing Will Caldwell said. “Most of the... View Article


TAS Talks Term 4 Week 9

Posted 2nd December 2015


TAS Talks Term 4 Week 8

Posted 25th November 2015


Mountain bikers lap success at All Schools

Posted 23rd November 2015

It has only been a school sport for 12 months, but mountain bike riders from The Armidale School had great success at the NSW All Schools cross country championships in Sydney on 21-22 November, pedaling TAS to second place overall. Four TAS teams were among 200 riders competing in the championships, held at Yellowmundee Regional Park between Richmond and Springwood, with riders aiming to complete the highest number of laps of a designated course, in a four-hour period. The junior TAS team of Tom Cannington, Alex Kirk and Duncan Chalmers placed first in the junior boys, with Nicholas Kirk completing the fastest lap in a time of 15:10. Meanwhile the team of Michael Harris, Lewis Taylor (both TAS) and Jack... View Article


Students fly away with Peter Pan

Posted 23rd November 2015

THE fairies have brushed their wings, the pirates’ have worn in their patches, and there is one large crocodile who can’t seem to get rid of an aching tummy that goes tick tock, tick tock. The Armidale School’s Hoskins Centre will be transformed into Never Land next week when all Junior School students take to the stage for Disney’s Peter Pan JR, a truncated version of JM Barrie’s classic tale and the Disney film about a boy who wouldn’t grow up and a girl who has to. After finding his shadow in the Darling family nursery, Peter teaches Wendy, Michael and John how to fly and sweeps them off to Never Land, where they meet Lost Boys, mermaids, indians and,... View Article


Footballers honoured at sports awards

Posted 20th November 2015

THE Armidale School’s First XI took out the the trophy for the Local Junior Team of the Year at Armidale Sports Council’s annual Armidale Sports Awards on 19 November, a reflection not just of team success but of the growth in popularity of the sport at the school. The team was recognised for its terrific season, backing up its first ever Armidale District Football Association first grade premiership in 2015, with a 3-0 victory in the grand final this year. The award topped off a great season for football at TAS, with three of four opens teams making the semi finals two of which scored grand final berths (the TAS Dads going down 3-1 to Guyra in the Fourth grade... View Article


TAS Talks Term 4 Week 7

Posted 18th November 2015