2023 Term 4 Week 8   |   29.11.2023

TAS Talks Term 4 Week 8

01. From the Principal


While Junior School students are engaged in final rehearsals for Finding Nemo Jr, all TAS students from Years 6 to 11 are currently out for Activities Week, one of the highlights of the TAS calendar. While some students look forward to it wholeheartedly, it is fair to say that many of the students presently involved with cadets in particular, approach the week with some level of nervousness. I write this after having returned from two days with some of these students around Nymboida, and again, I have been impressed with the ‘have a go attitude’ that was on display. Even those students whose comfort zone is outside of the classroom find challenges somewhere in the week, be it through a specific activity or in leading and supporting others. It is wonderful to see this in action and a real joy to see students who might be apprehensive about the canyon ropes activities, or the mountain bike perhaps, expanding their personal boundaries and being rewarded with progress.

I am sure we will all be regaled with stories of the week when the students return from Rangers, Cadets, Surf Life Saving, Rural Fire Service or Community Service at the end of the week. All of these are designed to push our students’ personal limits in some way, and most involve Type 2 fun at some stage, the type that is, indeed, fun in the retelling, not necessarily in the doing!


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


Please see below the key events occurring during the school day next week along with uniform requirements for students. 

Monday 4/12

  • Middle/Senior School – Year Level Meetings Period 1
  • Junior School – Carols Service 11.30am-12.15pm (Hoskins)
  • UniformAll – Summer Uniform

Tuesday 5/12

  • Final Combined MS/SS Assembly in Gymnasium (Period 1)
  • UniformMiddle and Senior School Students in Summer Uniform with Blazer
  • Junior School in Summer Uniform

Wednesday 6/12

  • Middle/Senior School – Cash Cup inter-house competition (8.40am – 3.30pm).
  • Junior School – Pool Party Monckton Aquatic (9.00am – 11.00am)
  • UniformMiddle and Senior School Students in House Sports Uniform 
  • Junior School in Sports Uniform 

Thursday 7/12

  • Junior School Speech Day (9.00am-11.00am)
  • Middle School – Parent Lunch and Final Assembly (12.45pm-3.30pm)
  • Senior School – Normal School Day (Period 7 Final Clean-up)
  • UniformJunior and Middle School in Formal Uniform
  • Junior School Students to change into Sports Uniform if staying after Speech Day 
  • Senior School – Summer Uniform

Friday 8/12

  • Senior/Middle School Speech Day – 9.30am – 11.30am
  • UniformMiddle and Senior School in Formal Uniform

I look forward to connecting with many of our families during the events planned for the final week of the academic year.


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Monday 27 NovemberActivities Week
Wednesday 29 NovemberP&F Meeting
Thursday 30 NovemberFinding Nemo JrHoskins (1.30 pm)
Friday 1 DecemberFinding Nemo JrHoskins (1.30 pm)

Hoskins (6.00 pm)

Saturday 2 DecemberFinding Nemo JrHoskins (5.00 pm)
Monday 4 DecemberJunior School Carol ServiceGymnasium (11.30am)
Thursday 7 DecemberJunior School Speech DayGymnasium (9.00 am)
Middle School Final Assembly2.00 pm
Friday 8 DecemberSpeech DayGymnasium (9.30 am)
Term Break


04. From the P&F


P&F Meeting & Social

The P&F will meet on Wednesday 29 November at 7.00 pm. As this will be the last meeting for 2024, we will be face-to-face at the Railway Hotel.
No Zoom session will run. Please join us for a social gathering.


Christmas Puddings – Order & Collect Now

The famous TAS P&F Christmas Puddings can be ordered online here Order Puddings Now.

Puddings can be collected from the school’s Reception during office hours. If you would like to pre-arrange with reception, please email or call.


Contact 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 Co-curricular


Mountain Biking
The Mountain Biking Season for 2023/24 has enjoyed a full and successful start to the season. Under the leadership of our committed new captains Oscar MacFarlane and Emily Benham, and Vice Captains Bethan Palfreyman and Abbott White, the team has enjoyed a range of activities and initiatives so far this term. With 57 students in the MTB team, our Monday and Wednesday trainings are always busy and diverse. This season students have enjoyed participating in the Monday evening ‘Dirt Crits’ hosted by NEMTB and we have even snuck in some ‘Funduro’ events for the seniors before these races. A highlight so far this term was a large group of students and staff from the TAS MTB Team volunteering as marshalls for the whole weekend of the World 24 Hour Solo MTB Championships. And from all accounts our students’ support of the riders was a highlight for the competitors! Our students were incredibly generous and enthusiastic in their support of all riders, and the riders, their support crew and the event organisers were very appreciative of our students support. Special mention must go to the senior girls and boys who marshalled the two checkpoints from 8pm – 8am without a break, and thanks must go to Co-MIC of MTB Mr Curtis Coulson for organising our marshalls and helping out so much at this event.

Without many weekend races this term, our students have been given the opportunity to attend a couple of weekend recreational rides with their coaches. A group of Middle School students enjoyed a midterm Saturday morning ride to SportUNE with Mr Polson, Mr Coulson and Mr Palfretman. While last weekend a group of our senior riders, joined by Dr Horton, appreciated a Saturday afternoon of riding the trails near Black Mountain. They made the most of shuttles of Robbers Run, with an afternoon tea break at the RoadHouse (Rosie’s chicken did not disappoint) before we rolled down to Fat Tyre Farm for an ‘expression session’ on the jumps and berms. We look forward to our last Monday Dirt Crit in Week 9 to close out the term.

Mrs Jo Benham
Co-MIC Mountain Biking


06. From the Head of Junior School



Yesterday saw two end-of-year assemblies take place in the Hoskins Centre, in which we celebrated the outstanding year that each of our students has had in 2024. One of the highlights of these assemblies was the presentation of the Tri-Stars Awards, a central part of the Challenge Program at TAS. Students who were presented with this prestigious award completed three unique challenges over the course of the year – the TAS Swim, 19 for 19 bush walk as part of Anya’s Wish and the 2-hour wheelchair event as we Walk(ed) a Mile in Another Man’s Wheels. Congratulations to all recipients – we are immensely proud of your dedication and perseverance.

KindergartenYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
Sophia NexoFelix Boyce

Bradley Byrnes

Hunter Grace-Booth

Darby Klabe

Henry Post

Sienna Rice

Riley Sykes

Sam Trevaskis

George Quast


Finley Boyce

Mason Grace-Booth

Elsie Nexo

Maddie Pearson

Anna Trevaskis

Alexa Wood

Patrick Bourke

Emillia Fawcett

Duncan Klabe

Frederick Post

Lara Thavapalasundaram


Evelyn Brownlie

Baxter Carruthers

Ethan Downes

Edward Pengilley


The last week has seen the Junior School swept away in Finding Nemo Jr. excitement, with last-minute tweaks and final rehearsals in full swing. It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm and creativity pouring into this unforgettable production. If you have not yet booked your tickets for what promises to be a fabulous affair, please visit https://events.humanitix.com/tjsfnj – it is sure to be fin-tastic!

Two notable events are scheduled for Junior School students in the final week of term 4 – the Pool Party and Speech Day. All Junior School students are to come to school in their sports uniform on Wednesday 6 December, wearing their swimming costume underneath and bringing appropriate underwear in a separate bag. Students will travel to and from Monkton Aquatic Centre by bus, departing at 8.45 am and returning shortly after 11.00 am. Please ensure that online consent has been provided for your child(ren) at https://forms.gle/xgBcX5ddaLR6E91YA by 2.00 pm on Tuesday 5 December.

Our annual Speech Day takes place on Thursday 7 December from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. Formal uniform is required for this event. We hope you can join us to acknowledge and celebrate the various academic achievements, commendable efforts, and overall growth of our students. An informal morning tea will be provided for all adult attendees after Speech Day.  This year, we are fortunate to have Old Armidallian Stuart Watts (OA ’97) attending as our guest speaker and assisting with the presentation of prizes. Please notify your child(ren)’s class teacher and Mrs Lasker if you plan to leave school with your child after Speech Day.

Those Junior School students who remain at school after Speech Day will participate in a range of different sports arranged and officiated by our Middle and Senior School students. Students will have the opportunity to change into either their Sports or House uniform before the commencement of this program at approximately 11.30 am.

As we navigate these final exciting events together, we are reminded of the incredible community spirit that makes The Armidale School a truly special place. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to creating more wonderful memories with our students and families.


Happy Birthday

Many happy returns to Harvey O’Brien, Artie Rylands and Myles Wright, who all have birthdays this week.


Mr Scott Chittenden
Head of Junior School

Upcoming Events

Thursday 30 NovemberFinding Nemo Matinee1.30 – 3.00 pm
Friday 1 DecemberFinding Nemo Matinee1.30 – 3.00 pm
Finding Nemo6.00 – 7.00 pm
Saturday 2 DecemberFinding Nemo5.00 – 6.30 pm
Sunday 3 DecemberFinding Nemo Bump Out Working Bee1.00 – 4.00 pm
Monday 4 DecemberJunior School Carols and Chapel Service
Wednesday 6 DecemberPool PartyMonckton Aquatic Centre (9-4 pm)
Thursday 7 DecemberJunior School Speech DayGymnasium ( 9am)
School concludes


Junior School Sport

Triathlon – Friday, 17 November

Kindergarten Teams

  • 1st Vivi Shortt, Dino Rajendra, Joseph Drain
  • 2nd William Gregory, Buster Bush, Amirrah Marasinghe Arachchillage
  • 3rd Patrick Rogers, Lucas Chapman, Will Jiang

Year 1 Teams

  • 1st Sam Trevaskis and Felix Boyce
  • 2nd Darby Klabe and Clayton Ritchie
  • 3rd Morrie Rylands, Alister Glover, Ayaan Bin Mahidi

Year 2 Teams

  • 1st Albie Brauer and Brianna Kordyban
  • 2nd Ruby Archer, Elara Polson, Scarlett Shortt
  • 3rd Grace Grogan, Ed Benham, Harvey O’Brien

Year 2 Individuals


  • 1st Wilbur Drain
  • 2nd George Quast
  • 3rd Lachlan McDowell


  • 1st Maggie Wood
  • 2nd Sabine Kiehne

Year 3 Teams

  • 1st Georgie Reynell, Grace Dunn, Ivy Rice
  • 2nd Bridei Stewart, Artie Rylands, Bill Mayne
  • 3rd Sansa Ranawake, Evie McDonald, Jessica Gill

Year 3 Individuals


  • 1st Mason Grace-Booth
  • 2nd Finley Boyce
  • 3rd Hassan Almokhtar


  • 1st Maddie Pearson
  • 2nd Bronte Polson
  • 3rd Anna Trevaskis

Year 4 Teams

  • 1st Casey Tighe, Liam Hoad, Toby Whysall
  • 2nd Josie Buntine, Sienna Nelson-Straub, Lexie Kay
  • 3rd Jack Cadzow, Elliott Schaeffer, Hunter Crane

Year 4 Individuals


  • 1st Duncan Klabe
  • 2nd Daniel Mo
  • 3rd Hugh Blackwell


  • 1st Lara Thavapalasudaram
  • 2nd Georgia Flynn
  • 3rd Emi Fawcett

Year 5 Teams

  • 1st Noah McGinness, Daniel Bayne, Luke Varvari
  • 2nd Immy Waters and Ellen Adams
  • 3rd Maya Slade, Cam Rodgers, Darya Samadi

Year 5 Individuals


  • 1st Baxter Carruthers
  • 2nd Will Dennison
  • 3rd Lachie Wood


  • 1st Claire Reynell
  • 2nd Evelyn Brownlie

Sarah Heagney Memorial Trophy (Fastest Year 5 Girl/Boy)

  • Baxter Carruthers and Claire Reynell

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