Families keen to learn all about The Armidale School’s co-educational future are being encouraged to attend a special expo at the school on 13 August.
Earlier this year it was announced that the school would open its enrolments to secondary girl students, after 123 years. At next week’s expo, prospective and current parents and their children can learn more about new boarding arrangements, pastoral care and wellbeing initiatives, how girls will be incorporated into academic, co-curricular and leadership service and adventure programs, and see the new girls’ uniform.
The school is busy with planning and implementing the changes, and already, building work is underway to extend one Middle School boys boarding house to enable another to be vacated and refurbished for girl boarders.
“Clearly opening the gates to the other half of the population will bring the benefits of growth. These include greater teacher specialisation, wider subject choice, a broader and deeper co-curricular program, new facilities and new support structures for both students and staff,” Headmaster Murray Guest believes.
“Beyond that, our co-curricular program, from drama, debating and music to sports, service, leadership and the outdoors, will naturally benefit from co-education. For our families – particularly our boarding families who may live a long way from Armidale – the decision to go co-ed makes TAS a single family destination for brothers and sisters.”
The Co-ed Expo runs from 3.30pm – 6pm in the Hoskins Centre at TAS. After presentations from the Headmaster and Registrar Pip Warrick, visitors will be able to speak one-to-one with senior staff about specific issues, including academics, boarding, pastoral care and co-curricular life, in a relaxed and informal setting. The new girls’ uniform will also be on display.
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided for primary children; free entry. For more details call 6776 5800.