Families were keen to learn all about The Armidale School’s co-educational future at the Co-ed Expo held at the Hoskins Centre on 13 August.
Around 250 people attended, including prospective girl and boy students and their families keen to find out more about boarding arrangements, pastoral care and wellbeing initiatives, academic, co-curricular and leadership service and adventure programs, and to see the unveiling of 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 told the gathering.
Visitors were 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. School tours were given, and the event was deemed to be a great success.