Seven times the subject offering at TAS

Posted 17th July 2015

From Astrophysics and Projectile Motion to Philosophy and the Films of Tim Burton; making computer games to elite sports coaching; the difference between economics and commerce – and why invest in the stockmarket anyway?

A unique approach to finding the best outcome for students will effectively increase by more than sevenfold the subject choices for students in Years 9 and 10 at The Armidale School from next year. To explain the initiative, TAS will hold two public information sessions open to current parents and the wider community on Thursday 23 July at 6.30pm in the TAS Memorial Hall and a repeat session on Friday at 11.30am in the TAS Hoskins Centre.

Ms Seonia Wark, the school’s Director of Studies, has devised a plan whereby students will be able to select 12 semester courses from 80 different options (offered a total of 96 times) – up from the current arrangement of selecting three electives over four semesters.

“The idea is to create opportunities for students to pursue passions they already have, explore new things before they are locked into their HSC courses, and allows them to make better choices for their final two years,” she said.

As an example, choices in the History offering will include The history and geography of conflict in the Middle East, Into Africa and Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, while those interested in economics and business streams can select from Running a Business and Marketing, Personal Finance and Investing, The Law and the Consumer, Introduction to the Economy, and Accounting.

“There is a also strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) to help address shortages in university graduates in these areas,” Mrs Wark said.
The unique pathway has already been well received by students at TAS, which next year becomes fully co-educational across all years, for boarders and day students.
The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information call TAS on 6776 5800.