2024 Term 2 Week 1   |   01.05.2024

TAS Talks Term 2 Week 1

01. From the Principal


This term started as usual with the TAS Anzac Day Ceremony, with the School, visitors and guests taking time to remember those who have given their lives in conflict for our freedom, to recognise the service of veterans and acknowledge all who currently serve in the Armed Forces. Guest of honour for the ceremony was WO2 Aaron Barnes who is currently the Training Sergeant Major for A Squadron 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers. WO2 Barnes spoke about veterans and the changing age demographic of veterans; men and women who have all answered the call to leave their families and comforts of home, to serve their country and experience the horrors of conflict. In my experience, while veterans have often done extraordinary things, they are ordinary women and men who have felt and followed the call of duty. This is perhaps borne out by the number of them in Australia today with nearly 600,000 veterans, 2.8 percent of the population, reported in the last census. So on Anzac Day and every day, we remember those who have fallen and are grateful to those who have served and currently serve our country.


Dr Rachel Horton

02. From the Deputy Principal


I hope all families had an enjoyable break.

Commencing Term 2 with the School Anzac Day service made the return to School extra special. The students will attest that I often refer to the concept of ‘Time and Place’ and the importance of getting this right. Yesterday morning’s service was a wonderful example of how all our students in attendance understand the poignancy and weight of remembering the service of those on behalf of a grateful nation and indeed school. I would also like to thank and acknowledge our Prefects who assisted in placing the 103 crosses on Adamsfield to pay tribute to the students and staff of The Armidale School who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

To the students returning and to those commencing their journey at TAS this term, we appreciate the time and effort you have invested in countless hours of preparation. 

From the TAS Rugby Carnival to Tour de Rocks to the School Production of Chicago and to Ted Chick who is running from Sydney to Armidale for his Miles 4 Mac fundraiser. Thank you to all who have contributed. TAS is a place where you can be extended and realise your potential. Continue to find ways to challenge yourselves, show gratitude, be kind and make the most of the many opportunities available to you at TAS.

I wish all students the very best for the term ahead.


Mr Ray Pearson
Deputy Principal

03. Calendar of Events

Thursday 2 MayOAU Meeting5.30pm
Friday 3 MayChicago Opening NightHoskins Centre 7pm
UNE Open DayYear 11
Saturday 4 MayRugbyTAS vs Kinross Wolaroi School (Coonabarabran)
ChicagoHoskins Centre 7pm
Monday 6 MayTAS Regional TourCoffs Harbour
Canberra ExcursionYear 6
CIS Secondary Swimming Championships
Tuesday 7 MayNCIS Cross CountryTerranora (Lindasfarne Anglican Grammar School)
Friday 10 MayChicagoHoskins Centre 7pm
UNE Open Day
Saturday 11 MayChicago Closing NightHoskins Centre 7pm




Year 7 Immunisation Clinic

The TAS Medical Centre will be holding a Year 7 Immunisation Clinic on Thursday 23 May. Please completed the online permission form if you would like your child to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Centre on medicalc@as.edu.au. For additional information please use the link provided below.


04. From the Chaplain

Welcome to Term 2 from the Chaplaincy Team! I hope you had a great break. This term is gearing-up to be another full and fruitful one in the Chaplaincy/Christian Development. Mr Ben Cook will continue leading Boarders’ Chapel, going through the New Testament book of Acts after a series on the Gospel of Mark last term. In year level Chapels, students will be learning with me about what it means to ‘Abide in Christ’ after a series on the wisdom of Ecclesiastes last term. Our recess/lunchtime student groups will kick-off this week, and all students from the following years are welcome to join us at these times:

Junior School GAS (God and Stuff): Recess Tuesdays in the Christian Development (CD) classroom

Middle School GAS: Beginning of lunch Mondays in the CD Classroom

Senior School SALT: Beginning of lunch Thursdays in the CD Classroom (lunch provided)

If you would like anymore information about these groups, please contact Mr Ben Cook bcook@as.edu.au or myself jbenham@as.edu.au

Local youth groups will start-up again this week, fliers to BLAST (St Peter’s Cathedral) and SMYG (St Mark’s UNEchurch) can be found below.

Lastly, St Mark’s UNEchurch are hosting Marshall Ballantine-Jones on Saturday 11 May who will run a seminar for parents on “8 things every parent should know about porn and social media”. Marshall is an ordained Anglican minister who has conducted PhD research at the University of Sydney’s Medical School on the use and effects of pornography. ALL are welcome, the seminar is not specifically and exclusively targeted at Christians, it’s designed to provide information in a helpful and loving way for anyone interested, and would be especially helpful for parents of high schoolers. I heard Marshall speak at a conference on these topics last term and it was incredibly helpful. The seminar is completely free, but bookings are ESSENTIAL to gauge numbers and capacity. Bookings can be made via this link https://www.trybooking.com/CQXXD


Rev Joanne Benham

05. From the P&F


TASRC – Thank You

What another amazing TAS Rugby Carnival this year.

Thank you to the parents and members of the TAS community who helped with setup, barbecues, kiosks, and clean up. Also, to those who provided home baked goods. Without this help from volunteers each year the carnival would not run smoothly and be such a continued showcase for TAS.

Thank you also to the P&F Exec, the TASRC Committee and TAS staff who worked with the P&F so that we had all the facilities and equipment on hand.

Next Meeting – P&F AGM

Wednesday 15 May 2024 (Term 2 Week 3) is the P&F AGM. The current P&F Executive team will stand down from their roles leaving openings for new faces to take the organisation forward. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the school community in either of the President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer roles.

If you would like to get more involved with the P&F and become a voting member, please find the P&F Membership Application Form on the Parent Portal. If you would like to become a member of the P&F Executive team, then please complete the P&F AGM Executive Nomination Form also. Both of these can be emailed to the P&F Exec team at the address below or completed at the AGM.

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

06. From the Acting Director of Teaching and Learning


Welcome back to Term 2.

As we commence Term 2, I encourage everyone to begin with their best foot forward and consider some tried and tested habits and practices to set yourself up for academic success. I encourage everyone, particularly our senior students, to:

  • Set some goals for the week, month, or term ahead
  • Organise notes and classwork to ensure that these are up to date
  • Revisit modules or units which have passed but will be assessed and examined in the coming weeks and months
  • Write practice responses in preparation for the ‘main event’ – whatever that may be for different students
  • Make appointments with teachers to go through texts, work samples, practice responses or papers. Ask questions – don’t be afraid to do this!
  • Spend time on their calendar – you need to plan your study, leisure, exercise and sleep. Knowing what is ahead of you by looking at the assessment and school calendars and speaking to family about events that are coming up will help you be more organised and feel more prepared.

Now is the time for Year 12 students to express their interest in the Winter Break Study Camp which will be running in the final week of the Term 2 break (17-19 July). Please register your interest by email to dotl@as.edu.au The camp will not be residential so boarding families will need to arrange for their child to stay with a local family. Details on cost will be available soon but it will be reasonable and will cover the cost of all sessions, lunches and resources. The staff working at the camp will include TAS staff and external presenters to facilitate and workshop study skills for our students.

I wish you all well for the term ahead.


Mr Luke Polson
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

07. Co-curricular

Winter sports commence this week, with training beginning and games for some activities starting this weekend.

Please ensure that all students have the correct uniform for both travel and fixtures for all sports- all must be TAS crested and are available from our P&F Uniform Shop. In the event that a student is not able to participate in a training session or game, it is their responsibility to explain their intended absence with their coach, well in advance of the session or game. Failure to attend with prior discussion may result in disciplinary action.

If you have not heard already, please check with the MIC of your child’s sport in regard to expectations, the registration process and team draws. The MIC is your first contact

Click here for the Term 2 Training Schedule

Click Here for the Term 2 staffing Information


Mrs Rachael Edmonds
Co-curricular  Assistant

Music Matters


The TAS Term 2 Twilight Concert will be held on Monday 13 May at 5:45pm in the Hoskins Centre Theatre.

This Twilight Concert will provide the perfect opportunity for students to perform one of their pieces (per instrument) that they have prepared for the Armidale Eisteddfod. Students wishing to perform in the Twilight Concert can enter their details on the attached form:


The Armidale Eisteddfod commences in Week 3 this term. The program has been released and can be accessed through the following link:  https://armidale-eisteddfod.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-program-V9-Final.pdf
Armidale Eisteddfod committee provides this overview of the Eisteddfod:
“Armidale’s Eisteddfod is an important cultural event in the New England calendar that continues a wonderful cultural tradition established in Wales over 900 years ago. Welsh Eisteddfods were festivals celebrating the performance of literature and music, and this concept holds true to this day. Down the centuries, Eisteddfods have evolved to reflect changing societies but they remain an enduring part of Australia’s cultural heritage as important training grounds for emerging entertainers – our musicians, dancers and actors.The Armidale community is preparing for the next Eisteddfod which starts on Wednesday May 15 and ends with a Gala Concert on Sunday June 16.  Competition finishes on Wednesday June 5.  We invite all to review the many performance opportunities available and share your time and talents.”


Save the date! On Thursday, 9 May at 7pm, get ready to be captivated as the Australian Guitar Quartet perform at the Armidale Town Hall.

From Bach to Bossa and Beyond, prepare for a mesmerising journey through centuries of stunning guitar music. Delve into a diverse repertoire guided by four of Australia’s top guitarists, in a performance not to be missed!

Featuring the incomparable talents of Vladimir Gorbach, Leonard Grigoryan, Slava Grigoryan, and Andrew Blanch, this quartet guarantees an unforgettable performance. With half of the ensemble comprised of the esteemed Grigoryan brothers, you know that these musicians will not disappoint.

Whether you’re a classical aficionado or a lover of contemporary music, this concert offers something for everyone.

Vladimir Gorbach Guitar
Leonard Grigoryan Guitar
Slava Grigoryan Guitar
Andrew Blanch Guitar

Book your tickets now to see the Australian Guitar Quartet live in Armidale, and prepare for an evening of musical excellence:  https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1155172?

Come and join the TAS Community Choir! We are inviting students, parents, staff and friends to join us in singing a fabulous gospel setting of “This Little Light of Mine”. We will be singing at the Armidale Eisteddfod Choir Night on Wednesday, 22 May (non-competitive event) after 6:00pm.

Please email Leanne Roobol lroobol@as.edu.au if you are interested in being part of this choir. I will then send out a copy of the music and a recording of each part to allow you to rehearse at home. Please let me know your preferred time to rehearse at TAS and I will organise rehearsals based on the availability of interested singers. We look forward to singing with you!

Ms Leanne Roobol
Director of Music

08. From the Head of Creative Arts

Ms Clare O'Sullivan

Chicago Teen

The cast, crew and production team had a wonderfully productive Production Camp over the last four days of the holiday break. We look forward to a wildly successful opening night this Friday 3 May. Please take a moment to book a ticket and in doing so, you will be supporting the work of many, many Creative Arts students. Tickets can be purchased at the door in the Hoskins Centre if there are seats available, or book online at events.humanitix.com/cte24 to ensure you get a seat!

7.00pm Friday 3 May
7.00pm Saturday 4 May
7.00pm Friday 10 May
7.00pm Saturday 11 May


Ms Clare O’Sullivan
Head of Creative Arts


09. From the Head of Junior School



It has been wonderful to welcome back the most important members of our school community, the children over the last two days. Many were comfortable regaling their peers and teachers with anecdotes from their recent holidays and it certainly appears that all made the most of the opportunity to invest time and energy into their own individual passions.

We do hope that our younger members of the community exemplified the BAG acronym throughout the holidays as asked – that they were (Be) kind to their families and those with whom they came into contact with, that they Always tried their best in whatever it was they invested time and energy in, and that they Got involved in new and exciting opportunities when they were presented. This term will once again provide many opportunities to do just this, whether this is in the classroom or outside of it.

Entries for the House Anzac Biscuit competition are welcomed this Friday, together with the completed entry form that clearly states both the name and age group of the baker as well as the category (either crunchy or chewy) the biscuits are entered into. Should your child(ren) wish to enter, please drop off both the form and a disposable plate or named container that contains five Anzac biscuits to Mrs Lasker upon arrival at school this Friday, 3 May.

Next Friday, 10 May, has two notable community events for members of the Junior School community. We invite and encourage all students “walk safely to school” on this day. Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. Although walking all the way to school is not realistic for many of us, it is possible to build a walk into your family’s daily routine. Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes, it also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.

In the leadup to Mother’s Day, we are also once again delighted to host all family members at a special ‘Celebrating Families’ event on Friday 10 May between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Each class group has identified a unique way to pamper one or more of the adults in their lives, and we cannot wait to share this with you. As this event is entirely student-led, please note that there will likely be hairstyling, make-up, massage and jewellery creation on the cards, among many other exciting activities. We are very aware that not all children will have an adult in attendance. Please complete this online form to let us know if you are able to attend. This will allow us to both ensure sufficient resources are available and ensure those whose family are unable to attend are still integrally involved.

We are excited to share that significant progress has been made in our efforts to run a comprehensive Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program under Australian Children’s Quality Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) regulations. While we have not yet obtained the requisite ‘service approval’, our application has progressed and is currently under assessment. Moving to this regulatory framework will allow us to run a more extensive OSHC program while also allowing our families to claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to offset the cost of care. There are notable regulatory and compliance requirements associated with this change, some of these relate to the maximum number of children that can be accommodated in care at any one time, from both an infrastructural and staffing perspective. As such we ask that all bookings for OSHC be made at least one day in advance through the Xplor app/website, and note that we may be unable to cater for late bookings. Further details will be provided to our families directly in the coming weeks.

One of the many benefits of attending school at TAS is the easy access to swimming lessons after school. The safety and welfare of children at our school is our fundamental concern. As such, and due to the unique risk posed with unsupervised play in the water, we are unable to have students move into the pool area without their parent/guardian being present. Students can be supervised at the turning circle until 3.45pm but will be unable to enter the pool unsupervised, even if their swimming lesson commences within this time. Similarly, we are unable to entrust the care of your child(ren) to another parent without your express written consent (please provide this through your child’s class teacher, and note that verification will be sought). We are, however, able to adequately supervise students in our OSHC program before and after their swimming lesson. Please contact oshc@as.edu.au if you wish to learn more about this.

Happy Birthday

To start Term 2 we wish Alanoud Alrdadi, Audrey Lado, Skye Knox, Maeve Percy and Rocco Shaw a very happy birthday.


Mr Scott Chittenden

Head of Junior School


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 1 MayCBCA Illustrator Cheryl Orsini Visit
Friday 3  MayYear 3H AssemblyHoskins Centre (2.45 pm)
Wednesday 8 MayNCIS Cross Country
Thursday 9 MayLife Education Van
Friday 10 MayLife Education Van
Walk Safely to School Day
Celebrating FamiliesMother’s Day Event
Monday 13 MayGrip Leadership Course
Thursday 16 MayJunior School Athletics Carnival
Friday 17 MayYear 5C AssemblyHoskins Centre (2.45 pm)

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