2022 Term 2 Week 6   |   01.06.2022

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 6

01. From the Principal


At any time, there are multiple capital works projects ongoing at TAS to ensure that facilities are kept up to date and new facilities are built as and when required to support our students. After two slower years due to the pandemic there is currently plenty going on. As you will know we are currently renovating our Science Building and its associated access to Fisher. We are also due to start work on a new Middle School play equipment area, a classroom for the Agriculture plot and an expansion of our Medical Centre this year, while we are concurrently finalising plans for some significant developments in boarding.

Many buildings at TAS have been and continue to be made possible with help from the TAS Foundation. If you are not familiar with the purpose and work of the Foundation, which also includes supporting a number of our students through scholarships, I would encourage you to read the information sent to all families with the Annual Giving Appeal. For those families who do find themselves in a position to give this year, any donation to the projects outlined there, small or large, will be incredibly gratefully received.

In TAS staffing news, Miss Hannah Lo has resigned from her position as HSIE teacher. Miss Lo will be moving to be closer to her family at the end of this term. Mrs Jacki Fletcher who ably manages the TAS Medical Centre and has cared for so many students over the years, will also be leaving at the end of this term, although she plans to return on a casual basis at a later date. Both staff members will be greatly missed and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


It has been a busy few weeks for many of our students who have been working hard outside the classroom to challenge themselves and have achieved outstanding results along the way. It was a privilege to watch our choirs perform last week and to be part of the many TAS successes at this year’s Eisteddfod as a member of the School community. Solo and ensemble performances have seen TAS set the bar high for all-round performances in the region, and our students have relished the opportunity to perform once again in front of an audience. 

In addition, we have seen students perform exceptionally well in Mountain Biking, representative Hockey and Cross-Country, along with our da Vinci Decathlon teams who recently took part in the state finals.

This weekend we have a strong team of students representing at the North West Equestrian events in Coonabarabran while our next round of AAGPS rugby fixtures sees four teams travel to Sydney to compete against The Kings School. Congratulations to all students who are pursuing their passions. Regardless of the result, the School is very proud of the diversity of talents and interests of our student body. 

As we approach the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, I remind families that Friday 10 June will be a student-free day to enable a 4-day break from school for all our students. To ensure our academic program is not disrupted and the majority of our students are not disadvantaged,  I request that wherever possible leave is not taken outside of the four days.

Mr Ray Pearson

Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events


Week 6
Wednesday 1 JuneYear 9 & 10 Exams
Thursday 2 JuneSydney Careers Expo (Year 12)
Friday 3 JuneNSW Shakespeare Carnival – Sydney

Sydney Careers Expo (Year 12)

Coonabarabran Equestrian Expo

Saturday 4 JuneRugby – TAS v The King’s School ( Away)
Sunday 5 JuneTAS Triple Crown – 6 Hour Bike Challenge
Monday 6 JuneYear 11/12 Titration Competition at UNE
Coonabarabran Equestrian Expo
Wednesday 8 JuneCIS Cross Country

Round Square Virtual Conference
P&F Meeting (7pm)

Friday 11 JuneQueen’s Birthday Weekend – School closed
Monday 13 JuneQueen’s Birthday Weekend – School closed

Boarders return

Tuesday 14 JuneSchool resumes
National Blood Donors Week



04. From the P&F


P&F Meeting

The P&F will meet next week on Wednesday 8 June at 7.00pm. We will be face to face in Upper Maxwell as well as have a Zoom session running for those wishing to attend remotely. Zoom details are below. All are welcome with the added bonus of snacks and drinks for those able to attend in person.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 215 517 2798
Password: parents


Contact the P&F Executive

If you have anything you would like to raise with the P&F Executive, please send us an email at pandf@as.edu.au


Mr Paul Gaddes
P&F President

05. From the Director of Studies


By the time you read this, Year 9 and 10 exams will be nearly finished for the semester. Many students and parents are concerned about how much work their child may have missed due to illness this semester. Please stress to your child that these exams show the teachers what you do know – and they know when they were away. Reports reflect achievement over a semester and not just on the exam. We take into account what we have seen in class, as well as formal assessments when grading students. These exams are designed for students to learn how to study and how to work in exam situations – they are not high stakes.

A number of our senior staff met with Dr Horton this week to look at the support on offer for our Year 12 students as they head into their last term of schooling. We are keen to also hear student voices on what support they would like and I will be speaking with them each week from now until the end of their time at TAS keeping them updated on what they need to do next and what they should be doing regarding studying for their Trial HSC in Term 3 and their HSC in Term 4. It is not too late to make a significant difference, but may well be by the time we return next term. Discussions will also include what work they should be aiming to do during the upcoming term break – it is not a time to put the books aside – balance is key and there will be plenty of time for a significant break once the HSC is done. It is also important for them to realise the importance of diet, exercise and sleep and how to ensure the right balance of social vs work. Please reach out to your child’s advisor if you are concerned in any way regarding these matters and to get advice particular to your child.

In the coming week, Year 9 and 10 students will be selecting their final electives for the year. Due to staffing matters, some variations to the published elective lines from the end of 2021 will be made. Swapping electives from one course to another will not be occurring this semester, so considering their choices carefully in each line will be important – as they can’t always get their first choice.

Mrs Seonia Wark
Director of Studies

06. From the Director of Boarding


A big thanks to the Heads of House and Senior House Leaders who initiated and coordinated an enjoyable inter-house Capture the Flag contest, played throughout the Senior and Junior School precincts last Friday afternoon. All boarders involved enjoyed the inter-house contest, won by Tyrrell House, and are keen to continue with such activities moving forward. The Girls’ Boarding House and Dangar House boarders enjoyed a Mexican Theme night on Saturday night which highlighted the strong bonds between our Senior and Middle School girl boarders. Plus all White House boarders have enjoyed Sunday BBQ breakfasts at their senior houses this term. These dinners and breakfasts have given the Middle School boarders the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their senior house surroundings and get to know senior boarders and staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of the Year 12 boarders driving permissions being accurate. Heads of House are experiencing more frequent late requests regarding the transportation of boarders. The driving permission forms can be downloaded from the school website. Approval for boarders to travel with other boarders or hosts are to be recorded on this original form or communicated in writing to Heads of House well in advance.

Thanks for your ongoing support by ensuring weekend leave requests are submitted by Thursday, giving Heads of House sufficient time to approve or clarify any queries with the boarder/s, hosts and parents involved in the leave process. With two upcoming Sydney rugby fixtures this term, can I ask that any leave requests for after rugby on these weekends be submitted well in advance.

A reminder that during the next week’s June long weekend, all boarding houses will be closed from 10.00am Friday 10 June through to 1.30pm Monday 13 June. Classes will conclude at 3.30pm Thursday 9 June and re-commence at 8.40am Tuesday 14 June. Exemption from School Forms will need to be submitted in advance to the Deputy Principal, Mr Ray Pearson, for boarders missing any classes during this time.


Mr David Drain
Director of Boarding

Mexican Night

TAS girls had a Mexican themed night in the boarding house with music, dancing and a feast of nachos, tacos, fajitas and churros along with a mocktail station over the weekend. Great fun was had by all.

07. From the Director of Pastoral Care


Social Media

Please follow the link below to an interesting article on the Safe on Social website. It talks about the distractions of social media from a student’s perspective.



Mr Adam (AJ) Whalley
Director of Pastoral Care

08. From the Director of Co-curricular


This week in Assembly we recognised student achievement in the Summer Sports Program. A select group of students in Years 11 and 12 were awarded Colours and in Years 6-10 Medallions were awarded to those students who excelled in their chosen sport. These awards recognise the achievement of TAS students in the co-curricular domain of the School. In order to receive a medallion or colour, students are assessed on the following criteria: attitude, attendance, ability, achievement, sportsmanship and be involved in a recognised school sport – a sport that TAS plays in competition either at a school level or a local competition.

The following link identifies the students receiving a medallion or colour – CLICK HERE

The Athletics Age Champions and Runners-up have also presented their awards this week in Assembly. In addition to these awards, there were a number of special awards and Abbott House was named as both the Overall House Champions and Aggregate ‘Points Per House Member’ Champions.


12 years & under Runner UpMinnie ChickCody Wellings
12 years & under ChampionZana RossArchie Tonkin

(Braund Cup)

13 Years Runner UpSasha Macarthur OnslowSamuel Ford
13 Years ChampionHalina SaundersJoe Fenwicke

(A.C. Hall Cup)

14 Years Runner UpEmily UssherThomas Rowe
14 years ChampionIsabella HendersonEdmund Chick

(J.B Sandilands Cup)

15 Years Runner upCamilla CouplandJoshua Casey
15 years ChampionMia CrokerLang Toakley

(U15s Champion Cup)

16 years Runner upIsabella CrawfordSamuel Hynes
16 Years ChampionEryn BenhamRowan Sullivan

(Belfield Cup)

17 Years Runner UpFelicity BartonCallan Lawrence

(105 countback 2nd place)

17 Years ChampionOlivia CanningtonClaude Toakley

(R.J Magoffin Cup)

18 Years & Over Runner UpCharlotte BrunyeeOliver Ledingham
18 Years & Over ChampionKaren BakerLiam Hunt (120)

(Robert Horner Fletcher Cup)


Open 100m Champion

(Warren Pengilley Cup)

Rowan Sullivan
Open 1500m Champion

(Swinton Cup)

Samuel Hynes
Open Boys 3000m Champion

(J.C Bucknell Trophy)

Andrew Brennan
Open Girls 3000m Champion

(J Pennington Trophy)

Emily Ussher


House Trophy for “Points Per House Member”




House Championship Trophy: “Archdall Cup for House Athletics”




Below you will find a link to the records broken during the Athletics Championships.

Girls Records 2022


Congratulations to the TAS Mountain Biking Team who took out the champion school at the Tamworth All-School MBT event in front of Calrossy (2nd) and Farrer (3rd). A special thank you to Mrs Benham and her team for their continued support and guidance of the MBT program.


Sports Uniform

I commend students on their improved appearance last weekend at sport. I had the opportunity on the weekend to watch rugby and both the boys’ and girls’ hockey. I was impressed by the level of sportsmanship, positive attitude, and overall appearance of the TAS teams. I continue to remind students of the same message All students MUST wear TAS Sports Uniform TO, DURING and FROM all TAS Sporting matches/games”.

Thank you for your support.


Mr Huon Barrett
Director of Co-curricular

09. From the Head of Creative Arts


Over the weekend the HSC Visual Arts students headed out to Kwaimbal National Park for an incredible artists retreat. Across two days they worked intensively on their artistic practice, with workshops on drawing, watercolours, oil pastels, photography, sculpture, and wearable art. Ms Fiona Xeros is an exceptional artist and teacher and this opportunity was one-of-a-kind, giving them the time and space to work on their artmaking skills and art theory in the stunning natural environment.

Under the careful eye of Mr Wheatley and his student assistant directors Claude, Meave and Millie, the cast has been selected for Middle School’s History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them. Based on the comedic book by Stephen Weir, it promises to be a fun journey through some calamitous choices told by an energetic theatrical ensemble. I congratulate all the students who auditioned and have the privilege of announcing the cast: Pahanma Perera, Oliver Goudge, Mac Bradford, Jack Lucas, Hamish Pengilley, Cormac Downes, Robin Henry, Katie Hynes, Olive McKay, Angus Fletcher, Jack Rogers, Jack Wood, Tom Chappell, Steven Hopwood, Peter Thompson, Zana Ross, Harriet Coupland, Mila Wright, Clare McDouall, Ruby Menkens, Minnie Chick, Belle Bradford, Maddie Buntine, Tessa Jackson and Emily Croker.

This Saturday 4 June we have 100 Years of the History of Dance as Told By One Man in 60 Minutes with an Energetic Group Finale – part dance, part theatre, it should be a brilliant night of entertainment in the Hoskins Centre and I encourage you to grab a ticket to this rare treat: https://www.trybooking.com/BZEIS.

Next Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June UNE Theatre and Performance is staging a theatrical work Fools for Love at the Armidale Playhouse. It is a darkly comic anthology of contemporary scenes, developed from the work of UNE’s Acting unit. Following the Saturday matinee will be a Q&A session with the director and cast as a bonus experience for performers. Please note the production contains adult themes and content (some low-level violence, strong language and physical intimacy) and is recommended for Adults and students 15+. Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fools-for-love-tickets-346412277447


Mr Andrew O’Connell
Head of Creative Arts

From the Director of Music

Armidale Eisteddfod Continues!

The Armidale Eisteddfod has kept our musicians busy with TAS students, Staff, Choirs and Chamber Ensembles performing in the Piano, Choral, Vocal and String events so far, with the String events still in progress.

Thank you to the families, friends and staff who came to NEGS Multipurpose Centre (MPC) last week for the Primary and Secondary Choral events and to the Armidale Teachers’ College for the vocal and instrumental events. We appreciate the wonderful support our students receive at the Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod Choral events were held last Wednesday, beginning with our Junior School Choirs. K-2 Choir entertained the audience with their fabulous performances, including the delightful song ”Three Fat Chooks”, conducted by the talented Miss Charlotte Low. Congratulations to the TAS Year 3-5 Choir who achieved 1st place in their Unison K-6 section Division, receiving many positive comments from the adjudicator Katie Rutledge. Well done to the TAS Trebles, who performed their two pieces with great energy and earned 3rd place.

The Choral Night was another wonderful evening of music with six TAS Choirs performing in the Choral sections. It was exciting to present our new ensemble – TAS Middle School Vocal Ensemble, who came first in the Year 10 and under Choral event. Our Choirs were outstanding and highly entertaining, including the TAS Community Choir which sang the beautiful “Soldier On”, skilfully conducted by Miss Charlotte Low, and the outstanding performance of “With a little Help from my Friends” with soloist extraordinaire Mr Tom Collett (which brought the house down). Congratulations to all our choristers.

This week is Eisteddfod Strings week with many of our talented string soloists performing as well as our Ensembles, including our talented Junior School String Ensembles that were showcased on Tuesday. We will let you know about our TAS ensemble achievements once the Eisteddfod concludes.

Armidale Eisteddfod Band Events

We are looking forward to the Armidale Eisteddfod Band Section which commences next week.

Order of Bands/Ensembles – 9:00am, Tuesday 7 June (Armidale Teachers’ College)

EN05 – Music Groups – Class Ensemble Years 7-8

1 PLC Year 7 Instrumental  2 Banksia

EN06 – Music Groups – Class Ensemble Years 9-10

1 Absoflutely PLC  2 TAS Year 9/10 Elective Music

EN07 – Music Groups – Class Ensemble Years 11-12

  1. 1  OCC Year 11 Music             3 TAS Year 11 Music
  2. 2  PLC Music 2

EN14 – Music Groups – Percussion Ensemble Years 7-12

1 PLC Bucket Corps  2 TAS Drumline



Order of Bands/Ensembles – 12:30pm, Tuesday 7 June (Armidale Teachers’ College)

EN21 – Music Groups – Folk or Popular Ensemble Open

  1. 1  OCC Year 9A
  2. 2  OCC Year 9C
  3. 3  TAS Zaiden Kennedy Band4 OCC Year 10 Band5 OCC Year 9B6 PLC Collective

EN20 – Music Groups – Folk or Popular Ensemble Years 8 & Under

1 TAS Middle School Combo

2 OCC Year 8 Band

Bands Night – 6:00pm, Tuesday 7 June (Armidale Teachers’ College)

EN16 – Music Groups – Any Instrumental Group, Non-Competitive Open

1 AYPE  3 Saxophobia
2 Tilbusters  4 Armidale Youth Wind Ensemble (AYWE)

EN22 – Music Groups – Jazz Ensemble Open

  1. 1  TAS Jayden Credazzi Quartet 3 TAS Senior Jazz Combo
  2. 2  OCC Jazz Ensemble

EN19 – Music Groups – Band – Concert, Stage or Brass Open

  1. 1  Armidale Youth Wind Ensemble (AYWE)             3 PLC Jazzercise
  2. 2  TAS Big Band

EN17 – Music Groups – Any Instrumental Group Open

  1. 1  TAS Big Band                       3 Armidale Youth Orchestra (AYO)
  2. 2  TAS Senior Jazz Combo

EN18 – Music Groups – Large Instrumental Group with Contrasting Instrumental Families Open

1 Armidale Youth Orchestra (AYO)  2 New England Winds Ensemble


Audience Entry Fees are:

Adults $5.00/session

Concession $2.00/session

*Performers are not required to pay an entry fee.

Click HERE to download a copy of the program for these events.

Eisteddfod Performance Results

Over the coming weeks many TAS students will compete in individual sections of the Eisteddfod. We would be delighted to hear of their achievements. If you would like your child’s success to be put in the TAS Talks newsletter, please send an email to Mrs Rachael Edmonds – music@as.edu.au
A reminder to also please let classroom teachers and Year Advisors know when your child will be performing at the Eisteddfod.


Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music

10. From the Head of Middle School


There is much happening in the lives of Middle School students at The Armidale School, highlighted across the sheer breadth of activities and range of age groups throughout the past week. The Eisteddfod continues in full swing and is a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform. Our students have been on show both in large groups, smaller ensembles and in individual items. I commend everyone who has been involved in this process and continue to wish all of those who are performing the very best and hopefully some reward for their very hard work. A full list of achievements will be available in TAS Talks soon.

Rehearsals are underway for the 2022 Middle School play and I look forward to seeing this come to life over the weeks and months ahead. I thank in advance, Mr Andrew Wheatley, for his time and leadership of this important aspect of the Middle School calendar. The show will certainly not be one to miss and further information on performances and dates will be shared in due course. There are opportunities for students to help out in other elements of production, including the technical elements, and I encourage students who are interested to speak to Mr Wheatley as it is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in.

Sport continues to be a big part of Middle School life and last weekend was certainly no exception. On top of regular sporting commitments, TAS was well represented at the Tamworth All Schools Mountain Biking Championships and a large contingent of Middle School girls played in the U15s State Girls Hockey Championships in Parkes. This weekend sees a number of students travel to the Coonabarabran Horse Expo to compete and we wish these students all the very best. Many students and staff will also be participating in the TAS 6 Hour Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday and we wish them well.

Our students are at that point of the term (and year!) where assessments and class tasks are well underway – and of course these are important because they help us assess the extent of meaningful engagement in academic activity. If your children have some difficulty completing tasks in the allotted time for prep sessions and assessment periods, part of our role in assisting people at this age is to equip them with the necessary skills and strategies to succeed in this area. What they need to do is let their Homeroom Advisor know and we’ll do our best to employ the strategies necessary to assist with their easier management of this. It’s important that we are aware of the fact that students are actually doing their prep over a number of nights, rather than at the ‘last minute’. We’re much better at dealing with issues before they progress to the ‘problem’ stage. As teachers and parents our job is to encourage, assist where appropriate and monitor progress carefully so that all students can gain greatest benefit from utilising time available to them.

Mr Luke Polson
Head of Middle School

11. From the Head of Junior School


Chapel St Turning Circle - We are reviewing it…and we need you help please?!

As the weather becomes more exciting, please ensure that we work together to keep the system at our Turning Circle operating smoothly. We must see your name tags on your passenger visor from a distance to enable us to have your children ready and waiting. Without this, we know the system fails and we all feel the pain. Having said that, I remind everyone that Yr K-2 (and their older siblings) are collected from 3.20 pm. Yr 3-5 will not be ready to be collected until after 3.30 pm; please do not join the line before then as it allows us to get the younger students away first. Your cooperation is appreciated and you feedback is always welcome.



I have heard some fantastic stories about the way our families are approaching their commitment to sport. I have said it many times, it is a very important part of your child’s holistic education and there are so many benefits to be had. However, I am also aware that because of the cold weather, illness and simply that life just gets a little complicated at times, some of our teams have been left short, sometimes well short of players. Absence with notification is unfair on everyone and I will be chasing up absenteeism where required. Please inform your coach in the event that your child cannot attend. We all have a responsibility to our kids to ensure that our own organisation does not let them down and that means arriving on time, being well prepared and wanting to have fun. And that is what it’s all about.


The TAS 6 Hour

Mr Jim Pennington has been in touch recently to invite you all to be a part of the TAS 6 Hour this Sunday, a glorious crisscrossing of the Eastern edge of the Armidale Pine Forest, cycling serenely upon your mountain bike. Please join us lapping the 6.7km course either solo or in teams of 2. There will be a huge contingent of the TAS community there on the day and it will be a day to remember. Please see the following link: https://publications.as.edu.au/whats-on-2/triple-crown-the-6-hour/and/or contact the school for more information.


Round Square

Congratulations are in order for Arabella Hodges, Cecelia Price, Edward Gillman, George Drain and William Cooper-Fillios for being selected to represent the school as delegates for the Virtual Round Square Conference on June 8. Their pre conference task is to discuss and have a perspective on environmental initiatives local to us, as well as issues that have a connection to global challenges and then create a collage of images that represent their collective thoughts!? Quite a challenge and we with them well.


National Simultaneous Storytime

We were very privileged to have Dr Horton read to K-2 for this event last week and our students thought it was a fantastic way to finish the day. Our classes had been well-prepared by both their classroom teachers and Mr Arndt and they were able to gain a great deal from the experience.

I am including some student writing that has come from Year 2 as a result of being asked to write about “A Tree’s Perspective…what can you  see, hear, touch, taste,
smell and feel?”  Well done to everyone involved and thanks again to those who organised this year’s NSS. We think we might do it this way again next year?!

“Branching Out!”

I am a tree. I can see the blue sky. I can hear the air carrying the baby bluebirds’ afternoon song. I can taste the fresh spring water that the kind children give us every day. I can feel the miner birds’ claws clutching on to me. I can smell the smell of the orangutans swinging on the vines.

Over on the hills I stand, waiting for some caring human to water me. It has been three months since I was last watered by the children across the road. Soon I will fall down and be sold! The winds are wild, winter is here! The next day my branches may fall off, and the dog that came yesterday will steal the lot!

By Evelyn McDonald

“Branching Out!”

I’m a tree. I can feel the wind blowing on my leaves, soft and hard. I feel children sitting on my roots, coming and going. I hear the school bell ringing loudly as the sun goes down and the cars driving around while the birds sing. I see people in their fancy costumes and children in their classrooms working hard through the windows.

I can touch the ground. I can touch the side of the buildings. I can taste the sweet taste of soil around me that the gardeners take care of three times a day. I can taste the clean spring water that the kind children give me. I can smell sweet cherries that grow in the garden and the amazing flowers. All around me, I see happiness and beauty and that makes me happy.

By Carla Price


School Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the following students that received School Spirit Awards last week:

Byron Ahern, Odin Lee-Winsor, Elara Polson, Fatimah Alkadi, Rayyan Shahid, Ivy Rice, Artie Rylands, Hasadi Wicks, Darcy Jackson, Emi Fawcett, William Minter, Lara Thavapalasundaram, Georgia Flynn, Lachie Wood, Matilda Polson, Nancy Ma, Jacqui DuBois, Arabella Hodges, Kaitlyn Baker and Hamish Molina.


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Ari Ah-See, Daniel Bayne, Alex Feng and Mason Grace-Booth this week.


Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of Junior School

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 1 JuneYear 5 Assembly – TAS Hoskins Centre 2.45 pm
Wednesday 8 JuneYear 4 Assembly – TAS Hoskins Centre 2.45 pm
Year 3 Excursion to Kindly Animal Sanctuary
Thursday 9 JuneClasses conclude for Queen’s Birthday Weekend
Friday 10 JuneStaff Day
Wednesday 15 JuneYear 1 Assembly – TAS Hoskins Centre 2.45 pm
Wednesday 22 JuneYear 2 Assembly – TAS Hoskins Centre 2.45 pm
Thursday 23 JuneEnd of Term – Classes Conclude
Friday 24 JuneStaff Day – Student Free Day

Junior School Sport



After a confidence building win last weekend and a tactical change at this week’s training where Mrs Wright held the whistle and took the Terriers through their paces, the Terriers squad arrived at the cauldron-like surrounds of Harris Park 4 with a spring in their step eager to build on the momentum gained from last Weekend’s clinical display. Another extended warm up was needed on the unfamiliar surrounds with the leadership team, of all 8 players, expressing the basics of “shooting for goal”, “staying on their feet” and “having fun” in the pre-game huddle. Having a larger squad enabled two teams to rotate simultaneously throughout the match giving all players time to re-hydrate and observe the oppositions tactics from the sideline.

The game stated at a quicker pace than the Terriers expected with Armidale City Westside FC in the mood to play a long game with astute passing between their players culminating in long range shots at goal at any opportunity. Westside were well supported by their vocal fans which added to an atmosphere of a hostile away game for the Terriers. In true Terriers style, they absorbed the early onslaught of two early goals and found their rhythm. All players were prepared to play tight when needed to secure the ball and were to be commended on holding their nerve to go into the break only 2 – 0 down.

Halftime was a chance to discuss slight changes to the game plan and rotate the squads to start the second half with the element of surprise. Credit to the second half starting four of Rory, Wilbur, Harvey and Lachie who immediately capitalised on some disjointed defence to level the scores at 2 – 2 after 5 minutes. Daisy, Ari, James, and Spencer who needs to be commended for a strong game on debut for the Terriers, defended gallantly and kept the pressure on the Westsides tiring attackers. While the result didn’t go our way with Westside scoring two quick goals at the death, all players deserve special mention for their enthusiasm and gamesmanship throughout. Lachie was ever present on ball and enjoyed the tight contests; Harvey’s positioning was astute and his ability to clear the ball enabled strong counter attacks; Wilbur’s shots at goal, from long-range, kept the Terriers in the contest; Rory’s dribbling skills and field positioning on the edges allowed the Terriers to play with the desired width; Daisy’s tenacious play in tight and effort on effort plays allowed strong field position; Spencer’s growing confidence and deft passing allowed him to become a strong linkman; Ari’s running game and defence in our quarter extinguished many of the Westside counter attacks; and James’ long kicks from re-starts, accurate passing from the back and tireless work in defence kept the opposition guessing.

We are all looking forward to another tough assignment against the North Red Avengers at the more familiar surrounds of Rologas 5 at 9am Saturday.


Mr David Drain



On a beautiful and sunny morning in Armidale the undefeated Triceratops played a great game of soccer. There were many goals scored by the Triceratops and Alex gave us his own version of Maradonna’s “Hand of God” to score a hand goal.

As always, the team played well and worked together to play some really entertaining soccer. Thank you to Anna Trevaskis for running for me this weekend and expertly coaching the boys in which way we were scoring and who was kicking in this time. Thank you to all parents and players for another lovely morning – I am looking forward to another great game on Saturday.


Mrs Lorna Ahern




The Tornadoes were super lucky to be able to play under near-perfect Autumn conditions last Saturday. The team impressed with their ever-growing skills, and I was so proud to see them applying what we had discussed and practised at training into their game. Bridei took the position of goalie for the first half and his skill and bravery shone through. He saved too many to count and was a good sport when the opponents’ kicks were just too good. Alexa backed up for the second half and those purple boots continued to amaze and deter even the toughest opponents. The team played as a team, kept control of the ball, stayed in their positions, and defended well. A special thank you to Tobias Holland who didn’t hesitate to bolster our numbers and to Mr Trevaskis for his excellent umpiring and support. It was a great game all round!!


Mrs Tania Hardin





Set Team

It was a pleasant Saturday morning for our Netball girls who dug deep when they were left short of a few players on the weekend. Through determination and some wonderful volunteers from the opposing team, the game was played in great spirits. Thank you to Mrs Secker who stepped up to run with the girls and directed them around the court. A great 4 all result was achieved. Congratulations to Heidi, Ruby, Sabine and Scarlett who all played extremely well this weekend.

Mrs Christine Wright

Community Notices