2019 Term 1 Week 7   |   13.03.2019

TAS Talks Term 1 Week 7

01. From the Headmaster

Douglas Shield Cricket

As the Armidale cricket season begins to wind up with finals in the coming weeks, our First XI have continued their Douglas Shield campaign, finished with a valiant loss to Kinross Walaroi in the grand final recently. Placing as ‘runner up’ in this knock-out competition gives the TAS team the right to play Kings as part of the NSW Independent Schools Co-ed Cricket program. Reaching this level of the competition is a fine achievement in itself and I wish our players well for their upcoming game in Sydney and, as competition leaders in Armidale, the finals back here at home.

Perhaps as entertaining as the cricket itself is the story linked below from the Central Western Daily newspaper on the feats of our regular scorer and mother of our cricket captain, Helen Dennis. Any ageing off-spinners amongst our readers may find some of the commentary challenging.




Send off to TAS Rowers

The rowing season is rising to its crescendo too and, like our cricketers who have been playing in Orange and will play soon in Sydney, our rowers will compete in the highlights of their season well away from the support of the School. With that in mind, Middle and Senior School came together in the Quadrangle this morning to send our crews off in style and to make sure they know the School is behind them in their efforts. Rowing is, of course, a physically and mentally demanding sport and I know that the commitment through training and regattas of all our crews deserves this support. I am sure that parents too will join me in wishing our girls well as they compete in their Head of the River events this weekend as well as our boys who will compete in the GPS Head of the River the following week.


Headmaster’s Country Tour

Beginning on Wednesday next week, Enrolments Registrar Jo Neilson, Director of Boarding David Drain and Director of Development Cressida Mort and I will head out on the first leg of the Headmaster’s Country Tour. This trip around the home country of many of our boarding families is the opportunity to meet with parents and students considering TAS for 2020 and sometimes beyond and to meet socially with our school community in their backyards. This year the tour will take in Inverell, Glen Innes, Scone, Tamworth, Moree, Narrabri and Gunnedah, with both enrolment interviews and evening social functions in each of those towns and I hope to see as many of our current families and former students there as can possibly make it. This is also our chance to bring our celebrations of our 125th anniversary to our community and it is sure to be fun.


Murray Guest





02. Notice Board

Uniform and Clothing Shop

The TAS Winter Uniform is available from Wednesday 27 March.

The Uniform Shop will be open from 9am to 12.30pm Saturday 30 March.

No appointments necessary.

Mrs Vivienne Tearle

Student Services

Free rail and charter coach bookings for eligible boarders - see details below:
End of Term 1 and start of Term 2
Students depart – Friday 12 April 2019
Students return – Monday 29 April 2019
Submit bookings to travel@as.edu.au by – Friday 15 March

*Routes serviced by NSWTrainlink on the above dates

Sydney via Upper and Lower Hunter, Tamworth - Coach or Rail
Tenterfield via Glen Innes - Coach
Bourke via Walgett, Narrabri and Gunnedah - Coach
Lightning Ridge via Moree and Inverell - Coach
Dubbo (change for Nyngan/Baradine) via Coonabarabran and Mullaley - Coach
Port Macquarie via Coffs Harbour - Mini Coach and trailer

Please direct all enquiries regarding these services to Mrs Meg Sadler at travel@as.edu.au

*Reminder: School Drive Subsidy applications should be submitted now if not already. Eligibility criteria and application portal...



Daily Absence
If your child is to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please advise the appropriate Administration Assistant (see below), explaining the reason for absence by phone, email, or written note before 10.00am that day. In addition a written note confirming the circumstances of the absence is required within seven (7) days. Sickness in excess of four school days requires a doctor's certificate detailing the nature of sickness and duration of sickness.
Junior School: Phone 6776 5817 or email junior@as.edu.au
Middle School: Phone 6776 5819 or email middle@as.edu.au
Senior School: Phone 6776 5800 or email absentees@as.edu.au
More information about absentees and extended leave can be found using the link provided.

Changes to transfer points for Day Students' Buses

Delays in bus schedules have been experienced due to increased traffic at Armidale Secondary College (the former Duval High School) and PLC. This has caused all buses that have been transferring at Martins Gully to run over 10 minutes late daily. This involves Arding, Invergowrie, Kellys Plains and Marble Hill.

Mrs Meg Sadler

Foundation Raffle

Tickets are available from Reception
$2 each or 3 for $5
All proceeds go towards the Drought Relief Bursary.

Find out more...

Thailand Service Trip

29 September - 8 October
During the past nine years, the Thailand service trip has offered help and hope to those less fortunate, and a sense of purpose and meaning to those who have found it a privilege to attend.

Our students often find the trip a transformative experience that energises them with a new sense of compassion, gratitude and perspective.

Information Evening
When: Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm
Where: Rev’s Room - top floor of Fisher Wing, southern end
Contact: Mr Richard Newton (TAS)
Ms Jennifer Leahy (PLC)

03. Calendar of Events

Week 8
Wednesday 13 MarchNCIS Primary Football
P&F Meeting (7pm)
Thursday 14 MarchYear 6/7 Parent Teacher Interviews (2pm)
Friday 15 MarchGirl rowers depart for Schoolgirl Head of the River
Year 6/7 Parent Interviews (2pm)
Saturday 16 MarchToughen Up Challenge (Inverell)
New England Festival
Schoolgirl Head of the River
Week 9
Tuesday 19 MarchNCIS Basketball (Coffs Harbour)
Wednesday 20 MarchHeadmaster’s Country Tour – Inverell Function  Find out more...
Thailand Information Evening (7.30pm)
Thursday 21 MarchHeadmaster’s Country Tour – Glen Innes Function  Find out more...
Oliver! the Musical (7pm) BOOK TICKETS HERE
Friday 22 MarchHeadmaster’s Country Tour – (Glen Innes)
Rowers depart for GPS Head of the River
Oliver! the Musical (7pm)  BOOK TICKETS HERE
Saturday 23 MarchGPS Head of the River
Oliver! Matinee (1pm) Evening Performance (7pm)  BOOK TICKETS HERE

Come and Celebrate at one of our 125th Anniversary Events

This year is the School’s 125th Anniversary and our approach to the celebration is less about being ostentatious and more about being understanding of the conditions our families are facing. Throughout the course of the year there are a number of planned events in Armidale that we encourage all our families to attend, to start the celebrations off however, we are heading to the regions and our boarding families there.

We would love to see all our boarding families, alumni and friends of TAS at any of the events listed below that coincide with our annual Headmaster’s Country Tour program. Join us for a celebration drink and catch up.

Please rsvp HERE or contact Mrs Emily Griffiths on 6776 5823 or egriffit@as.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Cressida Mort
Director of Development


04. From the P&F


Athletics Carnivals are only a couple of weeks away

Our sport carnival cake stalls raise a significant amount of money for the P&F and this money is used to make TAS better for our children so if you could support this worthy cause by baking or buying some yummy food and helping on the stall it would be appreciated.  The dates are:

  • Middle School/Senior School – Cake Stall – Wednesday 27 March
  • Junior School – Cake Stall – Friday 29 March

Anything will be gratefully received and can be dropped off to the P&F tent behind the gym on Wakefield prior to the start of your athletic carnival. Remember this cake stall is mainly for the kids to buy things to munch on (so don’t forget some pocket money) and a little bit for the adults.

Suggested baked/food items include cupcakes, biscuits, cake and slices (cut into single serve portions), jelly cups, savoury goodies, gluten-free and dairy-free items (with labelling and a list of ingredients). However, please remember all items should be nut free.  If you bring in a container that you would like returned, please clearly mark it with your name and collect it after the carnival.

Stall times are:

8.30– 9.30am Set upYear 10
9.30 – 10.30amYear 7
10.30 – 11.30amYear 9
11.30am – 12.30pmYear 8
12.30 – 1.30pmYear 12
1.30 – 2.30pmYear 11
2.30 onwards and pack upYear 6


JUNIOR SCHOOL (Friday 29 March)
8am – 9am Set upAnyone who wishes to help
9am – 10amYear 5
10am – 11amKindergarten
11am – 12pmYear 1
12pm – 1pmYear 2
1pm – 2pmYear 3
2pm onwards and pack upYear 4


Breakfast BBQ Saturday 30 March - Senior Athletics Carnival

For 2019 the Middle/Senior Athletics Carnival will be spread over two days – all day Wednesday 27 March and the morning of  Saturday 30 March.

To feed hungry tummies the P&F will be hosting a breakfast Bacon & Egg Roll BBQ on Saturday 30 March  (the cake stall will not be operating on the Saturday).  The BBQ will be under the P&F tent behind the gym on Wakefield from 8.30am – 12 noon.  B&E rolls will be $5 and soft drinks and water will be available so that you don’t starve during the morning.  We will also have a coffee van to make sure you get your morning caffeine fix!

If you’d like to help please contact Rachael Nicoll on pandf@as.edu.au


P&F Email Address

The P&F now has an email address – if you would like to contact us please use pandf@as.edu.au – this will also be the main address we will send emails from in future.


The TAS Rugby Carnival is coming up at the start of the April holidays on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. This is the biggest event of the year for TAS and the P&F and showcases TAS far and wide – we have well over 1000 kids, coaches and managers to feed each day – plus their families, from as far as Perth, Dalby and Canberra … phew!!!

We need your help to make the weekend fabulous… you don’t have to have a child playing or be interested in rugby… but if we could have a few hours of your time it would be wonderful… If you can help or bake or both for this event it would be much appreciated.  The Rugby Carnival does clash with Tour de Rocks this year so we would love if you can help. Helpers and Community Service volunteers can sign up using the following link http://signup.com/go/UosTCih

More information will be sent out through TAS Talks, emails and Facebook in the next few weeks.  We will also be having planning meetings so if you would like to be a part of the core team please give me a call on 0418 980 662 or email pandf@as.edu.au or come to our P&F meeting next week.


P&F Meeting - 13 March at 7pm

We have our second meeting of the year next week.  All are welcome.  This meeting will be primarily planning for the Rugby Carnival but other matters will be discussed as well.  The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the Lower Maxwell Meeting Room (turn left at the foyer of the main school building and follow the noise).  Nibbles and drinks are provided.

Alternatively if you’d like to receive a copy of the minutes please email us on pandf@as.edu.au.


Mrs Rachael Nicoll
P&F President



05. From the Director of Studies



Expressions of Interest are being called for the position of HSC Presiding Officer.
The Presiding Officer is the person responsible for running the exams at The Armidale School during the HSC written exam period.
This position is required full time during the HSC examinations. The Presiding Officer will need to be available for the whole HSC exam period – 17 October – 12 November and also for TAS’ HSC Trial exams 12 – 19 August.
The position is employed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) but reports to the Principal/Director of Studies. The successful applicant ensures the examinations are conducted efficiently and in keeping with relevant NESA policies and procedures. The position is also responsible for managing and coordinating supervisors for the examinations as well as collecting of examination papers from security centre.

If you, or someone you know, may suit this role please contact Mrs Vickey O’Brien – vobrien@as.edu.au or phone 6776 5806 as soon as possible. Contact Vickey if you require more detailed information relating to the role.
Nominations for the Presiding Officer role are due to NESA by 29 March 2019.

Some key points to remember in regards to the Presiding Officer position…..

Essential requirements

  • have a current Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) clearance
  • use a vehicle with comprehensive motor vehicle insurance policy
  • is available for the ENTIRE examination period
  • have intermediate working knowledge of common computer programs and tasks, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, emails, downloading documents etc.*
  • be well-organised
  • have good attention to detail
  • be able to effectively manage students and a team of supervisors.

A person CANNOT be nominated for the position of presiding officer if:

  • they have a child or near relative (including siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or first cousins) sitting the HSC examinations
  • they are a clerical staff, casual, relief, part-time or permanent teachers employed at your school/college (for reasons of perception of conflicts of interest)
  • they tutor students sitting the HSC examinations.


Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies


ANU Changes to Admissions

A quick reminder that applications for ANU have this year, changed and that all courses are now done through application. There are a number of selection criteria of which students need to be aware. Admissions will not be solely based on ATAR. Applications have opened, so I would encourage students and families to start the process as soon as possible to avoid any confusion or late entries.

Please see the link below for more details.




Each month I get sent numerous newsletters from the various Universities. To stream line the distribution process I have put a copy of them on the school Careers webpage. Below are the latest versions.

University of Newcastle Newsletter



Australian Catholic University Newsletter



HSC  and Careers EXPO –
MOORE PARK – 30 – 31 May & 1 June

We have been attending the HSC & Careers Expo at Moore Park for the past four years and have incorporated a visit to University of Sydney for a campus tour as well as tours of the St Andrews, Women’s and St Paul’s residential colleges. I am yet to speak to the Year 12 group about this but will do so shortly. We will be leaving at 1.45pm on 30 May and returning at approximately 10.00pm of Friday 31 May. We will be staying at Sydney High Boat Shed. The major cost for the day will the hire of the coach but approx. cost will be around $120 – $140.

There is a scheduled game against Shore that weekend in Sydney, so the rugby players will stay in Sydney with Miss Symons and catch up with the rest of the team at the SBHS boat shed.

I have found that this trip has been a very good motivating factor for the students as they get the opportunity to research, discuss and clarify ideas about their future endeavours as well as see what the major universities have to offer.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact at mtaylor@as.edu.au


Med Entry

Med Entry is a Registered Training Organisation that offer services in the field of preparing students for the UCAT exams.

They offer a range of courses for perspective Medical students in differing format.

Below is a link where people can find more details about Med Entry.


UAC Entries

The Universities Admission Centre is the body regulating university entries in NSW. They are also responsible for the determination and allocation of the student’s ATAR scores. They have extended the opening period for UAC applications this year. Below is a list of dates they have set for the Year 12 cohort of 2019.

“MARCH- Year 12 students will be receiving their UAC Guides and UAC pins late March.

APRIL- Applications through UAC will be opening on 3 April, and early bird closing will be 30 September 2019. This opening date is earlier than previous years which means that students can apply earlier, and that your school will have more time to submit SRS ratings for students.”

The important date to remember is not the opening date but the closing date which is 30 September.

I would encourage students not to rush in with making their UAC applications. We will be taking them through the process later in term 2, as well as SRS and Early Entry applications.


UNE Open Day

This year’s Open Day will be held on Friday 10 May. We generally attend with all our Year 11 cohort as part of their first look at University life. As well as a tour of the main campus and the displays from the various Schools and Faculties, students will also get a chance to have look at the residential colleges and talk with university students about campus life.

More details to follow.


A visit from Greg Eddy Head of College and Chief Executive at Kings College,
University of Queensland

Greg Eddy, Head of  King’s College, UQ, will be with us 29 March at Recess, 10.15-10.35am, in the Lower Maxwell Room to speak to any Year 11 or 12 boys who are considering studying and attending a residential college in Queensland. He will be speaking about life at a residential college including King’s (all male) and the associated university.

If you are thinking of further study north of the border in Queensland I would encourage you to come and listen to Greg’s presentation. Please be prompt.


Early Entries

Charles Impey from Carinya Christian School very kindly produces and shares a document each year which details the Early Entry schemes with NSW. It is very detailed and comprehensive, for which I am very thankful and will share with the school body. A copy of the document is posted on the school website (link below) and I will be sending a copy to all the Year 12s as well.

I would encourage all Year 12 parents and students to read the document carefully.



HSC In the Holidays

HSC in the Holidays is a revision program run for year 12 students which offers subject specific tutorials, sample questions and answers and the opportunity to post questions to online tutors as well as holiday study camps.

I have included the link for their website. Past students have used the program and have spoken very highly of the program.



Mr Mark Taylor
Careers Advisor

06. Wellbeing

Armidale Civic Reception

On Wednesday 6 March the Armidale Regional Council organised a Civic Reception for all International students studying in Armidale this year. Ten of our students received an Honorary Citizenship Certificate from the Mayor and they proudly had a photo taken with their Flag. We are very lucky to have students from a variety of countries studying at TAS as they broaden our thinking and we gain an appreciation of other cultures.

Mr Allan Moore
Coordinator of Languages


Malaysian student, Elton Ti Ern Liau

Thai students Switt Tangpoolcharoen, Aeukan Udompitisup and Peeranut Udompitisup

From Hong Kong: Kwok Tung Huen, Lok Kan Lam, Tsz To Ng, Long Hin Tse, Ching Yeung

07. Boarding

White House Community Service

Term 1 has unveiled a fantastic group of service minded young men from White House. Seven boys with myself, joined our very own Sister Murray and the other RSPCA volunteers to look after the litters of puppies and kittens, as well as helping with the set up and pack up during the most recent Adopt a Pet Day at Curtis Park.

They were able to cuddle and entertain the puppies as well as talk to the volunteers to learn about the importance of the RSPCA and the history of many of the puppies and larger animals that are under their care looking for their forever homes.

The boys showed true compassion for many of these animals and while they may not have been in a position to take any of the animals home, they gave many of the dogs a fun day and kept them entertained while others searched for their newest family member.

These seven young men were excited to help and showed a genuine interest in supporting the community, very well displaying The Armidale School’s presence in the community and our students’ willingness to jump in to any situation to help out.

A huge congratulations to these boys who have reminded us that there is always a little time to help the community!

Ms Belinda Macri
Deputy Head of White House

08. Leadership, Service and Adventure


Students involved in the Expeditions program enjoyed a challenging Activities Day 2 last Friday.  The first half of the day was spent in the Trade Training Centre with a bake-off, with three groups baking a cake, cupcakes and brownies.  The brownies were the winner of the competition with an emerald green cake coming in second place. The boys also cooked up a storm for their lunch, creating a spaghetti bolognese from scratch which was delicious.

Our afternoon took us over to the UNE rock climbing wall where forearm strength was truly tested and egos were boosted when the top of the wall was grabbed with relief.  It was fantastic to see the less confident students give it a go and were able to achieve more than they expected, determination and grit was demonstrated on that wall by all and fears were faced. Well done boys!


Ms Alice Hudson


Mr Harrison with some of our Rangers (year 7) on Activities Day 2

Rangers out in the field

Activities Day 3 - Surf Life


Depart Monday 18 March 2019

  • 6:30am Brown Street
  • Boarders early breakfast at 6am


  • Depart Sawtell Beach 1.30 pm
  • Arrive Brown Street at 4.30pm


Mr J Pennington (0419 250 984), Mr M Ball, Mrs G Chick



Arrive Sawtell approximately 9:00am
Unpack bus

  • 9.30am – 10.30am     Beach Session 1
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm    Beach Session 2
  • 12.00pm-1:00pm         Beach Session
  • 1.30pm                          Depart Sawtell
  • 4.30pm                          Arrive Armidale


Swimmers, goggles. Pens, Manual and Workbook. Casual clothes including covered shoes.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries.


To travel – School sports uniform – Full school tracksuit if necessary, white shirt, blue shorts, white socks, sports shoes, hat, water bottle (to be carried onto beach), swimmers (board shorts are not allowed for lifesaving activities; rashies and caps provided), towel.


Breakfast: Cereal/toast and spreads  at TAS

Lunches: Rolls, salad filling, sliced meat, fruit.

Mr Jim Pennington

Activities Day 3 - Cadets

Activities Day 3 conducted by The Armidale School will be held on 18 March, Monday of Week 8. Cadets have received a full briefing on their activities and required equipment on Tuesday 12 March.

Cadets conducting an overnight bivouac (6, 7 & 10 Platoons) will camp overnight on the night of Sunday 17 March in the vicinity of Mt Duval, and are required to assemble at TAS for parade on Sunday afternoon at 3.45pm.

All other cadets will assemble at TAS Adamsfield for parade on Monday 18 March at 8.40am.

Activities will cease and cadets released on completion of parade at 3.30pm Monday 18 March.

The activities will be conducted as follows:

A Company

1 Platoon: Kayak touring at Malpas Dam.

2 Platoon: Advanced abseiling at Gara Gorge.

3 Platoon: Mountain Biking, Black Mountain to Armidale via Puddledock.

B Company

4 Platoon: Kayaking & water activities at Dumaresq Dam.

5 Platoon: Abseiling at Gara Gorge.

6 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mount Duval.  Trek to Dumaresq Dam.

7 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mount Duval.  Trek to Dumaresq Dam.

C Company

8 Platoon:  Navigation & fieldcraft training at Kirby Station (UNE)

9 Platoon: Canoeing activities at Dumaresq Dam.

10 Platoon: Night harbour and routine in vicinity of Mt Duval. Trek to Dumaresq Dam.

11 Platoon: Canoeing activities at Dumaresq Dam.

Equipment Requirements

Cadets conducting an overnight bivouac (6, 7 & 10 Platoons) should note the below packing list as a minimum. There may be additional equipment required by platoon leaders for cadets. These will have been discussed at activities briefing.

Back Pack (issued)

Compass* Hootchie (issued)

Spray jacket* / raincoat* 5m hutchie cord/rope*

Kidney Cup* (issued) Pegs x 4* (issued)

KFS set* Ground sheet (issued)

Water bottles x 2 (issued) Sleeping bag* & mat*

Towel (small) Olive Green thermal or cotton undershirt*

Notepad (in plastic bag)* Jumper (issued)

Torch + spare batteries* Wet gear (swimmers, shirt & shorts)

Plastic bag for wet gear Bush Hat* (issued)

Sun screen & insect repellent (tube or roll-on only)

Change of underwear & socks*

Toilet bag  (toothbrush + paste, baby powder)

*Available for purchase from TAS Clothing Shop

All participating students will be issued with all required equipment by the TAS Q-Store. If this equipment is lost or damaged, it must be replaced at students’ own cost. Many items in the list above can be purchased from the TAS Clothing Shop and have been selected specifically for their suitability for TAS Activities use and reasonable cost. Clothing that has been outgrown can be replaced at no charge at Q-Store by arrangement with the School Quartermaster.

If cadets have questions about their activities, they should in the first instance approach their platoon leader for more information.

MAJ (AAC) Angus Murray
Commanding Officer Cadets

09. From the Director of Co-curricular


The Business end of the Season

This Saturday will decide which of the TAS cricket teams make it through to the finals. Our First XI lead the table and are guaranteed a path through. The team will  also travel to Sydney next Wednesday 20 March to play The King’s School in the finals of the NSW Schools Cricket Championships. The game starts at 10am on JS White Oval and any support would be appreciated.

Our Rowers are also preparing for their final race with the girls travelling to the Sydney International Regatta Centre this weekend for the NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River. The AAGPS regatta will be held on the following Saturday, 23 March, at the same course, with TAS crews competing in the First, Second and Third Fours.

The First VIII Boys Basketball Team will compete at the NCIS Championships in Coffs Harbour next Tuesday 19 March and are sure to relish the competition.

All basketball teams will continue their midweek competition until the end of term, although, training and Saturday games will cease on 23 March. Tennis will conclude at the end of this week with the final games on Saturday 16 March.


TAS Rugby Carnival

On 13-14 April (first weekend of school holidays), 53 visiting primary rugby teams from as far as Perth, Dalby and Canberra will descend on TAS for the annual TAS Rugby Carnival. All members of the TAS community are encouraged to get involved in what is an amazing team effort. I guarantee that you will walk away feeling uplifted. If you are willing and able to help could you please contact Rachael Nicoll at nicollfamily1@gmail.com


MS/SS Athletics Championships 2019

The Athletics Championships pre-events commence during lunch times next week. All students are encouraged to participate.


  • Tuesday 19 – 14, 15 & 16 High Jump qualifying
  • Wednesday 20  – All ages
  • Thursday 21 – 12, 13, 17 & 18 High Jump qualifying


  • Students should wear PE shorts and house polo and must wear joggers or running spikes.


Mr Will Caldwell
Director of Co-curricular

TAS Rugby 2019

TERM 1 2019

6 April             Scots (Sydney) Rugby 7s – Opens only (Away)

TERM 2 2019

27 April           1st XV only v Ambrose Treacy College (Brisbane) (H)

4 May              Trial Game (A): TAS v Kinross (Coonabarabran)

11 May            Trial Game. (H): TAS v St Gregory’s College

Rugby Season Launch- McConville Centre

18 May            Trial Game (A): Cranbrook v TAS

25 May            GPS Fixture (H): TAS v St Joseph’s College

1 June             GPS Fixture (A): Shore v TAS

6 June             Farrar v TAS (A)

8 June             Long Weekend

15 June           GPS Fixture (A): Sydney Grammar v TAS

22 June           GPS Fixture (A): King’s v TAS

TERM 3 2019

27 July             GPS Fixture (H): TAS v Sydney Boys High

3 August         GPS Fixture (H): TAS v Scots (OAU Weekend)

10 August       GPS Fixture (A): Riverview v TAS

31 August       Downlands v TAS (A)

Other fixtures TBC: TACPAS, Scots PGC Warwick


Team Liaison Parents

Team Liaison Parents: Would you like to be a Rugby Liaison Parent in 2019? We are currently seeking parents for the 13s, 14s and 15s teams. The role of liaison parents is not an arduous one, simply helping distribute information and assisting the P&F for each home game. Each age group will be allocated a home game each season once the ‘other fixtures’ are determined.


Away Game Dinners

Once again TAS rugby buses will be stopping for meals in Scone and Singleton for each of the away games. If you are able to assist with meal service in Scone, please let your Rugby Liaison Parent know. With two buses stopping in Scone, meal time turn around will be quick, so assistance from parents is greatly appreciated.


Team App

Team managers will update teams, game fixture information and post live scores via Team App each week. Simply download the Team App from your chosen App store, search for ‘The Armidale School Rugby’ to ask for permission to join your child’s team. Once you have access you will receive information from coaches and managers.

If you have any questions regarding the rugby season please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Caldwell at dcc@as.edu.au


Mrs Rachael Edmonds
Co-curricular Assistant


Douglas Shield Cricket

After the games recently in Orange, with TAS placing as runners up in the Douglas Shield Competition, our First XI Cricketers now move to the next round of AICES Cricket.

TAS will play The King’s School next Wednesday, 20 March, on JS White Oval, TKS. The game starts at 10.00am.

Spectators are most welcome, and our players would appreciate any support at the game.

All the best to the team: Lucas Atkin, Wallace Bremner, Nicholas Corderoy, Kieran Dennis (c), Benjamin Friend, Dahlia Glennie, Andrew Kirk, Cotter Litchfield, Sam Skipper, Liam Smith and Toby Smith.


Mrs Rachael Edmonds


Mountain Biking

On Sunday we had a number of students (and some families) attend the UNE 3 Hour teams challenge. This event was aimed at having fun, with a ‘choose your own adventure’ track, while points were awarded to the best dressed team and the craziest transition ’tag’. The winning team of the day went to Jack McCook and Ted Chick who rode under the team name ’The Cockie Farmers’. Well done Jack and Ted, and thanks must go to New England Mountain Bikers for hosting such an enjoyable event.

In other news, the Summer Series races are still in full swing with Round 5 being held this week. It has been very rewarding to see so many students working hard throughout the term and improving considerably since race one. Special mention should go to Josh Armstrong, Toby McMaster and Duncan Chalmers who fought out their race to finish in first, second and third place respectively (and third, fourth and fifth respectively in the under 19s after the completion of the second race). Also riding impressively and improving over the term has been Archie Chick, Pippa Moss, Joe Kermode, Hamish Pearce, Tom Scifleet, Jack Armstrong, Riley Simmons, Emily Benham, Toby Inglis, Max Rogers, Charles Hunter, Abbott White, Blair Eichorn, Jack Lincoln and Banjo Lawrence. With three races left it won’t be surprising to see further improvements in effort and results from these students and from others.

Mrs Jo Benham
MIC Mountain Biking


Jack McCook and NEMTB Club President Peter Hosking

Rodeo clowns Banjo Lawrence and Max Rogers

Pippa Moss (right) with PLC team mate Lily McCook

10. From the Coordinator of Creative Arts



This is the final week of rehearsals and preparation for Oliver!, which opens next Thursday 21 March and runs for two weeks. After months of planning, auditions, rehearsals, Camp, working bees and many more more rehearsals, there are just four rehearsals left before audiences get to enjoy the hard work, talent and passion of all involved. The musicians joined us in the pit on Friday and they are already sounding amazing – I would also highlight that we have a number of students performing for this show (as well as Dr Brasche), making it even more of a whole-school experience. We’ve also had our Technical Production Team join the show in the last week and they will be an integral part in a performance with many moving pieces. While it is always a rush to the end we’ve had some tremendous support from the school community to help us get there and I thank our many volunteers who have helped with set, costumes, props and managing the troops.

It is definitely not too late to grab a ticket (though Closing Night is all but sold out) so head to trybooking.com/BAMXV to make a booking. Performances are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night 7pm, with the matinee on Saturday of Week 1 and Friday of Week 2 at 1pm.


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Creative Arts Coordinator

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11. From the Head of Middle School


Drawn in different directions

We are well over half way through the first term, summer sports are making way for winter options: athletics events are beginning this week, lunch time cricket and tennis sessions are fewer for some because debating season draws near, we’re finalising the extent of our involvement in the Armidale Festival which this year features fewer schools and a shorter city circuit. And, all the while, boarding house activities continue as do classes and concluding Unit work and associated prep activity. Realistically, assessment task preparation at this pointy part of the term justifies and explains meaningful engagement in academic activity. Oliver rehearsals continue unabated and this is a necessary part of life since actual performances a scheduled for next week. Are your children beginning to fray a little? Starting to question? Becoming testy? If so, welcome to the new normal in such a long and consistently warm term. What do we all do here? We support one another by being consistent, fair, firm and kind. Being an adult isn’t easy is it – but together we’re going to manage well enough, simply per kind favour of working together. I believe it must be difficult to be a child in this age as well: so many commitments, as many corresponding expectations at a time when one adolescent responsibility is jockeying for a position of authority with another. No wonder these young people are weary: they don’t yet have our capacity to pace self; they lack the wisdom to know when to ‘put on the brakes’; they are still at that wonderful age where they still get a buzz out of pleasing people.

Before you look for something to throw at me, I hasten to add that I’m not writing about all children. But, I am referring to the majority of those we look after. Of course, there are others, thankfully fewer in number (otherwise this job would have a definite ‘finish’ date) who ‘drag the chain’, who complain unreasonably about expectations, who make unwise decisions or thoughtless comments that have deserved consequences, the likes of which indicate a more realistic and increasingly adult social and educational existence. These kids – what do we do with them? Well, again, we work together and do our best to help them because they need our help. They’re the same age as the first group, but they don’t cope as well. Do we kick them in the pants? Metaphorically, yes we do because it’s the only way we can let them know we give a damn about them, as well. Again, we need to work together to help one another.


New England Festival

This year a good number of our boarders will represent TAS at the New England Festival (formerly the Armidale Autumn Festival). Students participating in this event will be given community service hours. They will also be fed. Students are asked to wear their sports clothes. However, I don’t just want boarders – day students are required as well. They’ve as much a vested interest in our school as any other person, so I’m asking you, all you day student families, to support your school here as you so ably do on other occasions.

Parent Teacher Interviews – a reminder

How to Make the Most of Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/teacher interviews are an important part of your child’s education. I take this opportunity again to give some tips to make the most of the time you spend at your parent/teacher interview:

  •  Try to be relaxed. Teachers don’t want to put you on the spot or make you feel like you are being judged. They want a useful discussion that will help them teach better and your child learn better.
  • When you and the teacher are united, that’s a powerful message from the most important adult team in your child’s education.
  •  Try to be on time and keep to the allotted time. If you cannot make the appointment, arrange one at a time that suits you and the teacher better.
  • Ask your child if there are any matters that you should raise at the conference.
  • If your child is not making progress, ask teachers for specific suggestions about how you can help your child do better.
  • Stay in regular touch (email is the most efficient means of communication) with the homeroom teacher to discuss the progress your child is making.

Some good questions to ask:

  • Is my child in different groups for different subjects? Why?
  • How well does my child get along with others?
  • What are my child’s best and worst subjects?
  • Is my child working at his / her ability level?
  • Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
  • Has my child missed any classes other than ones I contacted the school about?
  • Have you noticed any sudden changes in the way my child acts?
  • What kinds of assessments are being done? What do the assessments tell about my child’s progress?
  • How does my child handle taking tests?

Most importantly, try asking your most important questions first, just in case time runs out before you and the teacher have a chance to discuss them all.


The Athletics Carnival is fast approaching and, like the Swimming Carnival in Week 3, I encourage you, wherever possible, to travel to Armidale to see your child’s events. The day will be as well attended as the Swimming Carnival day and I know for a fact that the Middle School students love to have their families at such major calendar events. We enjoy having you here as well. I know you’ll enjoy the events of the day: always entertaining; real competition; amazing House spirit and there is always something to do and many people to talk to. I’m looking forward to catching up with you.


Mr Mark Harrison
Head of Middle School





12. From the Head of Junior School


Excursion Week

At our Junior School assembly today (in the Memorial Hall), students will be making the most of an opportunity to reflect on and share their experiences from last week.

In terms of our curriculum, Excursion Week ticks many boxes as outlined previously. For teachers to live this with their students allows an excellent opportunity to observe students outside the classroom, in a secure, safe yet challenging environment. Watching students succeed, whether it be snake handling, wall climbing, giant swinging, canoeing camp cooking or trekking is so gratifying, and I was so pleased with most of the aspects we saw at camp, both at TAS and Lake Keepit. I know that you would join me in thanking our team of teachers for the outstanding job they do while supervising students (some of them 24/7). I thank you for your feedback, and we  certainly appreciate your emails of support and thanks which I have passed on to those involved. We will let you know when the photos are available on our website.


The Armidale Show some outstanding success

We like supporting the Armidale Show. As a community event, it has had its ups and downs but at School, it gives us the chance to structure our first Activities Day to have our children working in House groups across the grades, which has become a hallmark of our collaborative learning. Not only is it a lot of fun, it is wonderful to see students assisting others in such a cooperative and friendly fashion and there have been some excellent results as outlined later in TAS Talks. Special mention should be made of Arabella Hodges (Yr 2) who was Grand Champion in her age group and section.


New England Festival Parade – Saturday 16 March

On Tuesday, all parents should have received an email with advice that this Saturday 16 March, Junior School will join with Middle and Senior School to participate in the parade at the New England Festival.

TAS will supply food and drinks for all students involved and students should wear clean and tidy sport uniform with coloured house shirt and hat.



Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday and Tuesday, 8 & 9 April

Please note the new dates for the Junior School Parent Teacher interviews for Kindergarten to Year 5, avoiding a clash with the Memorial Hall with others. These interviews are an ideal opportunity for you to speak with your child’s classroom teacher about their progress so far this year and goals for the future. All the information for booking your interviews will be emailed to you soon, so please note these dates to avoid disappointment.


Junior School Athletics Carnival

Monday 18 March & Friday 29 March

Our first event in preparation for our Athletic Championships will be held this Monday, during Activities Day No 3. Please ensure all children are wearing their coloured House shirt with their sports uniform. Leading into the carnival in this manner, allows students to begin to focus on Athletics and helps them prepare for what is a full and very enjoyable Athletics Championship Day. Again, parents are very welcome to attend, especially on Friday 29 March, where assistance in timekeeping and officiating with field events is always appreciated.


Arrival and Departure of Students at TAS

We have all heard of terrible situations where accidents have occurred involving young children and cars. This is an issue we take very seriously here at TAS and we ask all drivers to take special care when on campus. The Chapel St Turning Circle system of pick up and drop off is not a complex one but at times of high usage, it requires care and patience. Please follow the instructions on the signs and ask if it is unclear. After school and sport, a teacher is on duty but this is not the case before school. If you have concerns because of any issue that occurs, please contact us immediately with the details and it will be followed up. A reminder, also, that the Chapel St gates are the preferred entrance for drop off and collection of Junior School, and that the Mann St gates to Croft House are not to be used for this purpose.

In addition, it is school policy that students are collected from school by an adult who has the written authority to do so. At times, if this is not to be the case, contact must be made to inform us of changed arrangements. Staff will not proceed with any arrangement if they are not certain that it has been consented to by parents and guardians and sanctioned by the School. Please help us avoid confusion and delay by ensuring the School has your intentions in writing if you are not collecting your child in person.


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Charlie Ward and Mila Downes. We hope you have a great day girls.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Middle School


The Armidale Show - Section 11 – Children’s Work

Class 20 – Pre School Age & under
Bronte Polson1st
Ivy Rice2nd
Class 21 – Pre School Age & under
Edward Murray1st
Chloe Chen2nd
Class 18 – Pre School Age & under
Sansa Ranawake1st
Evan Hunt3rd
Elise McMahonHighly Commended
Tobias HollandHighly Commended
Class 16 – Pre School Age & under
Lachlan Chiu2nd
Lily Hardman3rd
Class 12 – 8 years & under
Evelyn Brownlie1st
Ethan Downes2nd
Matilda PolsonHighly Commended
Class 7,8,9 – 10 years & under
Arabella Hodges1st & Grand Champion
Layla Abu Assab2nd
Andi LiHighly Commended
Class 4 – 12 years & under
Mila Downes3rd
Peyton SladeHighly Commended
Lachie HunterHighly Commended

Junior School Upcoming Events

Week 7
Wednesday 13 MarchLake Keepit Review Assembly – (2.45pm Memorial Hall)
Saturday 16 MarchNew England Festival (Details to come)
Week 8
Monday 18 MarchActivities Day 3
Wednesday 20 MarchKindergarten Assembly (Hoskins Centre)
Week 9
Wednesday 27 MarchYear 5 Assembly (Memorial Hall)
Thursday 28 MarchLife Education Van
Friday 29 MarchJunior School Athletics Championships
Week 10
Monday 1 AprilLife Education Van
Tuesday 2 AprilLife Education Van
Wednesday 3 AprilTransition Assembly – Memorial Hall
Week 11
Monday 8 AprilParent Teacher Interviews (timings tba)
Tuesday 9 AprilParent Teacher Interviews (timings tba)
Thursday 11 AprilClasses Conclude
Friday 12 AprilStaff Day – Student free day

Premier's Reading Challenge

TAS students can participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge again this year.  Even though the Challenge officially runs from 4 March to 30 August, books read from 1 September 2018 can count towards the 2019 Challenge.

If you would like to have a go, please come and see myself or Mrs Allan in the Library so we can give you a form to fill in as permission is required from a parent or guardian.  You will then receive a booklet which outlines some of the important rules of the challenge and is also a place to record your books as you read them.

Please see the table below so you know how many books to read in each Challenge.

2019 ChallengeNumber of books needed to complete the challengeMinimum number of PRC books for your ChallengeMaximum number of personal choice booksPRC booklist selection
K-230255K-2, 3-4, 5-6,
3-4201553-4, 5-6, 7-9
5-6201555-6, 7-9
7-9201555-6, 7-9


The PRC website has all the book lists for you to look up at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html
One very important rule to remember is about the series books: in an approved series, any two books from the series can be read as part of official PRC reading. Up to five other books from the same series can be read as personal choice books.

We have marked all books here in the library on the PRC lists with a PRC sticker : the K-2 stickers are red, the 3-4 stickers are green and the 5-6 stickers are purple and are located on the spine towards the bottom of the book. If you don’t know what to look for just ask Mrs Allan or myself and we will be able to help you. I will be entering the books online for you from your reading log. It would be helpful if you could bring your reading log to the library at regular intervals so I can check on your progress and enter the books you have read. If any parents have any questions, you can email me on nramazan@as.edu.au, phone the Library 6776 5833 or call into the library and see me any week day from 12noon. All the information, rules & book lists can be obtained on the above website.
Happy reading everyone!

Mrs Natalie Ramazani
PRC Coordinator

IB Primary Years Programme(PYP)

PYP Kindergarten

Trandsiciplinary Theme: Who We Are

Central Idea: Everyday we learn more about ourselves and our families

As part of this unit of inquiry, Kindergarten are completing an inquiry into phonetics, which is allowing them to find out more about themselves and what they can learn at school.

Kindergarten commence most mornings with ‘phonetic rotations’.

They are developing some of these conceptual understandings:

  • Spoken words connect us with others. This is achieved as they inquire into their first set of ‘Gold’ sight words. They are learning how to use these words in sentences and are able to identify these in books they read as a whole class.
  • Print conveys meaning. This is achieved through sharing stories together.

Students show an awareness of sound-symbol relationships and begin to write their own name independently


Mrs Veronica Waters
PYP Coordinator

Junior School Sport

Activities Day – Athletics Events – Monday, 18 March

Next Monday our Junior School will be involved in some Athletics events during our Activities Day. Children are to wear their PE gear with their coloured House sports shirt for the day. Please ensure your child also has their hat and a water bottle for our Athletic events.

The morning will involve some events which will count toward the carnival and individual points. The following events will be official events for the carnival.

  • Intermediate – Long Jump
  • Senior – Shotput

All other events for the day will be practise only events.

If you are interested in watching your child in these events, they will commence at 10am on Wakefield oval.


Athletics Carnival – Friday, 29 March

Just a reminder that our Junior School Athletics carnival will be coming up very soon! We will be running a few Monday afternoon Athletics sessions for those teams who have finished their summer sports commitments. Stay tuned for more information from either Mrs Wright or your summer sports coach!


Mrs Christine Wright
Junior School Sports Coordinator



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