The Armidale School Council
The Armidale School (TAS) is an independent, Anglican day and boarding school for boys and girls located in Armidale on the New England tablelands of northern New South Wales, Australia. It is one of only three schools in New South Wales to be a member of Round Square, an organisation of around 90 schools globally that share a commitment to education through leadership, service and adventure. Other affiliations include the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), and the Australian Boarding School’s Association. At the core of the TAS vision is the firm belief that education is about the holistic development of character and willingness to engage in life, running parallel and not separate to, the pursuit of academic achievement and effort.
The Armidale School welcomes international students to share in our academic, cultural and sporting programs. At TAS everyone has the opportunity to explore, experience, and excel. The Armidale School opened its doors to the first students in February 1894, having been established by private investors who were keen for northern NSW to have its own English-style public school. Originally known as the New England Proprietary School, its name was changed to The Armidale School in 1896.As a Round Square school, TAS is committed to the ideals of education through adventure, leadership and service, values that reflect an historical connection to the surrounding gorge country and national parks where much of the school’s outdoor program has taken place.
At TAS, education is seen as more than the pursuit of academic achievement alone, it is about the training and skill development needed for life. TAS unashamedly believes that a quality co-curricular program is central to the development of every student. Whether it be music, drama, sport, service or adventure activities, it is the business of the school to help boys and girls explore and experience worthwhile and engaging opportunities, and support them to excel in whatever they choose to do. The co-curricular offering is broad and engaging, with all students required to participate in opportunities offered in sport, drama and creative arts, public speaking and debating, and a range of student clubs such as chess, photography, film making, and electronics. This active participation challenges their boys and girls to be creative and expressive, to build resilience, courage and organisation and leadership skills.
TAS is one of the oldest boarding schools in the state, and residential life is at the heart of the school. Set on a spacious 25 hectare campus, the school features a mix of historic and modern buildings, all of which reflect elements of the outstanding original building designed by noted architect Sir John Sulman in 1892. The extensive facilities of the school include a creative arts precinct, the heart of which is the Hoskins Centre. This facility incorporates a 240-seat performance theatre, specialist art and drama rooms and fully equipped sound and lighting desk. The adjacent Music Centre includes an audio recording studio and facilities for group and individual tuition
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