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Honours shared in da Vinci Decathlon academic challenge

Posted 31st August 2018

“What technology can you make to create a lucid dream, and what happens if you keep dreaming it?” Such was one of the scenarios posed to Year 5 and 6 students who were among 620 bright young boys and girls from Years 5-10 attending the sixth Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon at The Armidale School this week. At the three day event – the largest Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon yet – teams of eight students tackled challenges across 10 disciplines: Mathematics; English; Science; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Ideation; Creative Producers; Art and Poetry; Cartography; General Knowledge. The overarching theme ‘Memories’ formed a core of several of the challenges. Schools from Wee Waa, Armidale, Inverell, Tamworth, Scone, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour,... View Article

STEM Academy launch gives a glimpse into the future

Posted 29th August 2018

If you’ve never eaten liquid nitrogen ice cream, had a peek of Virtual Reality or printed something in 3D, this Saturday (1 September) might just be your day. Dozens of fun activities will be on offer when The Armidale School launches the TAS STEM Academy, an initiative to bring together learning connected to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, across subject areas. The public open day, like the STEM Academy itself, is particularly focused on boys and girls aged 4-14 and aligns with TAS Junior and Middle Schools, which offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years programmes. Things kick off at 12.30pm when students will be issued with a free STEM passport which will gain entry to more than... View Article

da Vinci offers northern students unique academic challenge

Posted 28th August 2018

More than 600 bright young minds from across the state will be gathering in Armidale later this week to compete at one of the largest and most prestigious academic inter-school gala days in regional NSW. The sixth Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon, to be hosted by The Armidale School, will bring together more gifted and talented students from state and independent schools than ever before, and challenge them in a range of stimulating and engaging activities. Developed by Knox Grammar School and now held in regional venues across Australia, students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics; English; Science; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Ideation; Creative Producer; Art and Poetry; Cartography; General Knowledge. The overarching theme this year is... View Article

Top results for TAS in City to Surf

Posted 13th August 2018

A top ten result for the first girl home and a new record for the fastest TAS student were highlights of the City to Surf fun run in Sydney on 12 August for the 272 strong team from The Armidale School. The largest school team in the world’s largest fun run by a country mile, the northern students certainly made their presence felt along the 14km route. First home for TAS was Samuel Jones of Gunnedah in 56:12, knocking more than 30 seconds off the previous record for a TAS runner and improving his time of last year by more than four minutes. Maintaining an average pace of four minutes for each of the 14km and finishing in the top... View Article

Mountain Bikers attain gold at Schools Championships

Posted 8th August 2018

A gold medal performance from the senior boys relay team was the highlight of results for 10 TAS riders who competed in Mountain Bike Australia’s Schools’ Championships at the Gold Coast on 3-5 August. Duncan Chalmers, Hamish Chalmers, Archie Chick and Marcus Worth (Great Lakes College but riding for TAS) completed 11 laps of the Year 11/12 boys XC Enduro course (6km) in a time of 4:21:55, and were the first full school team to complete the challenging event. In the Year 9/10 division, Archi Lawrence, Jack Sewell and Josh Armstrong’s team placed 14th while Jack Armstrong, Riley Simmons, Toby McMaster and Angus Goudge’s team placed 20th. “Part of the track was used for the national titles last year which... View Article

TAS tourists return with Kiwi wins under their belts

Posted 11th July 2018

A win against the school that has produced the second highest number of All Blacks was among the highlights for dozens of rugby players from The Armidale School that returned home on Monday (9 July) from a cross-Tasman development tour. The 46-man squad of under16s and Year 11 Opens players gained insight from their action on the field and in specialised training sessions with elite level coaches during the 11-day visit. Having kicked off the tour with training sessions at the Queenstown Event Centre at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range, the first fixtures were held at Cromwell, north of Queenstown on 1 July, with the TAS 16’s defeating Cromwell College 38-19 and West Otago U18s taking the honours... View Article

Criminal minds brought to heel at holiday science camp

Posted 10th July 2018

Murder, blackmail and car theft will be on the agenda for dozens of students in Armidale this week – not as offenders but as crime solvers at the longest-running forensic science camp for secondary students in the country. Starting today (10 July) and running until Saturday 14 July, The Armidale School Forensic Science Camp has this year attracted 89 boys and girls from 28 schools in NSW, Qld, the ACT and for the first time, the Northern Territory. Reaching adulthood – this is the 21st year – the camp has enduring appeal, according to this year’s camp director, TAS Year 10 student Lucy Ball. “The fact that it is student led is a very engaging and important part of the... View Article

TAS squad crosses the ditch for trans-Tasman clashes

Posted 29th June 2018

Just hours after arriving in the Land of the Long White Cloud this morning (Friday 29 June), rugby players from The Armidale School were on the paddock training for an 11-day tour where they will be face some of the best young rugby players in New Zealand. The 46-man squad of under16s and Opens players, accompanied by five staff, will face Cromwell College, West Otago under 18s, Christchurch Boys’ High School and Shirley Boys High School in games that will test their mettle and skills. They will also experience training sessions with elite level Canterbury and Crusaders coaches, have breakfast with All Blacks Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor and Jack Goodhue and attend a Super Rugby fixture between Crusaders and Highlanders.... View Article

TAS duo selected for GPS honours

Posted 26th June 2018

Two students from The Armidale School will be mixing it with the best from schoolboy rugby this week, having been selected for GPS duties. Ben Hamparsum of Currabubula will start as loose head prop and Nicholas Makeham from Walcha is expected to get a run from the bench in the centres, when the duo take to the field for GPS White against GPS Blue at St Joseph’s College this morning. Team lists were announced on Saturday night for the combined GPS 1, GPS 2 and GPS White and Blue teams, which comprise the best players from the nine schools in the GPS rugby competition. Following today’s match, GPS White will then play NSW Under 18s 2 (selected through NSWJRU clubs),... View Article

Sydney Boys’ visits for annual sporting pilgrimage

Posted 19th June 2018

It will be city versus country in rugby, football, basketball and tennis matches when around 150 students from Sydney Boys’ High make their annual pilgrimage for sporting fixtures against The Armidale School this weekend (22-23 June). Teams from both schools will be looking for wins to claim the Hannon & Harris Cup named for long-time staff members at each school and currently held by TAS. The visitors will arrive on Friday afternoon, with tennis being played by a Junior IV (Years 7-10) and a Senior IV (Years 11-12) on TAS courts at 6.15pm and then basketball games between a Year 9-10 team (6.30pm) and the schools’ Firsts teams at 7.30pm. Seven rugby games from the 13As upwards will be played... View Article