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As part of the Premier's Debating Challenge, the Armidale High School Year 9 and Year 10 debating teams participated in a Round 1 debate last Monday in the school library. In a close debate, both teams debated well the proposition that NAPLAN testing should be banned. However, the winning team from Year 10 presented a very compelling Negative case that NAPLAN should not be banned. Both teams will next debate Farrer Memorial High School from Tamworth and will have one more opportunity to debate each other in this round of the competition.... Read more

Appointment of School Principal

Our school community has been advised that Ms Carolyn Lasker has been appointed as the new school Principal for Armidale High School. We congratulate Ms Lasker on her new appointment and also express deep thanks for the time, and for her extensive efforts, since she has been in the Acting Principal role at the school. Please refer to the attached letter from Ms Sue Brown, Director Public School NSW, Northern Tablelands advising of the appointment. As a school, we are pleased to continue to work with Ms Lasker, who brings a particular expertise... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

Survive & Thrive

Survive & Thrive Program for Senior Students

Survive and Thrive in Year 11 & 12 Stage 6, or Year 11 and 12, is a very different learning experience for students and for their families.In order to support families in working together to achieve their student's goals in Year 11 and 12, Armidale High School will be running the SURVIVE AND THRIVE PROGRAM. This program involves each student and their selected support person, a parent; a sister; a brother; an aunt or uncle; a friend or a special teacher or any other special person working together to understand and organise themselves... Read more


Armidale Youth Futures

In 2017, Armidale Youth Futures, which consists of representatives from local Christian denominations, will be delivering Special Religious Education (SRE) classes each fortnight to students in Years 7 & 8, and seminars to students in Years 9 & 10 at Armidale High School. For more info, or if you do not wish your child to participate in SRE, please refer to information letter attached. Armidale Youth Futures (pdf 50 KB) Thank you... Read more


Welcome BBQ for Year 7 Students and Parents

Year 7 students and their parents/carers are invited to a BBQ and info session on the 21st February at 5pm. This is an opportunity to officially welcome your families to the Armidale community and for the parents and carers of the Year 7 students to meet the teaching staff who are working directly with the students. Please refer to the invitation from Ms Carolyn Lasker below including further information relating to the year group.... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more



Term 1 2017 will see the introduction of a philosophy course at Armidale High School. This is a pilot syllabus devised by BOSTES that a limited number of schools across New South Wales are trialling with Year 11 students. At Armidale High, Philosophy will be delivered by the English/Drama faculty; the course of study covering values, aesthetics and ethics; as well as logic and epistemology. In semester One, students will discuss philosophical perspectives on the themes of Beauty, Truth, Justice, God. They will become acquainted with the ideas... Read more

2016 HSC Results Are In

Armidale High HSC Class of 2016 have displayed excellent results with 50% of the students achieving in Band 5 and Band 6. In total, there are 20 Band 6s and 88 Band 5s! Fantastic and well done! We are proud of your success and your hard work in achieving those results! Congratulations especially to the students listed below who are listed as the Top and Distinguished Achievers in the region. Exceptional accomplishment by Torsten Strokirch who has placed 1st in the New England North West region for English Extension 2 and Claudia Teece obtained... Read more


BYOD Information

BYOD Relaunch for years 9, 10 and 11 in 2017 Parents and students of current Year 8, 9 and 10 students who attended our BYOD Information night on Monday - Thank You! We were glad you could hear our plans for more innovation, collaboration and exciting learning in 2017! At AHS we are asking parents to provide their child with a device to use at school next year and hope that we can help you make informed decisions about purchases. Please read the information below for more information and also look at the PDF of the BYOD presentation that was... Read more

Relay for life 2016

AHS Joins Relay for Life

18 Armidale High students and 4 staff members signed up this year for to 'Relay for Life' making the AHS team the largest team at the Armidale event. The students were successful in their goal to raise $2,000 in support of the Cancer Council to raise awareness Our students participated in Relay for Life for various individual reasons: in memory of a loved one, support someone living with cancer, celebrate those who have beaten cancer, to raise awareness and also raise funds for the Cancer Council's vital research, prevention and support... Read more

Engineering challenge

Hands-on Engineering

AHS students learn practical engineering and renewable energy skills and test them out on a track. A team of motivated and enthusiastic students from UNSW are travelling around NSW with a solar powered car and bringing engineering and renewable lessons to life. The Sunswift team consists of a variety students from various backgrounds and degrees such as: Mechanical, Electrical, Renewable Energy, Photovoltaics, Computer Science, Commerce, Arts and Industrial Design. Find out more at Today they gave an overview of... Read more

Year 10 students take the challenge

Engineers without Borders

Engineers without Borders is a not-for-profit, member-driven organisation with 10 years of experience in creating systematic change through humanitarian engineering. Students from UNSW brought modules developed to connect to the NSW curriculum to Armidale High School; challenging students in Years 9 and 10 to create floating houses such as those in the Tonle Sap region of Cambodia and wind turbines to generate electricity. The workshops were part of the UNSW's Regioneering program, designed to inspire and motivate students to explore issues... Read more

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Presentation Evening

On Tuesday, 22 November, the end of year Presentation Evening will be held in the school auditorium at 7pm. Parents and guardians will be notified by text message if their children will be receiving an award and are invited to come and support the achievements of the students. RSVP to the front office 6776 7466.... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more


English Studies Excursion

As part of their first HSC module study called Local Heroes: English and the Community, the Year 12 English Studies class spent an afternoon contemplating the military and civilian heroes commemorated in Armidale's Central Park. Students listened to talks about these Armidale heroes and recorded inscriptional information for later use in the classroom. A number of students in the group were able to connect personally with the names of soldiers inscribed on the fountain memorial and shared their connection with the class. Although rain cut... Read more

Caitlin Schuman

YMCA NSW Junior Parliament Rep

Caitlin Schuman was one of 95 student in years 7-9 from across NSW in Parliament this week debating Bills and discussing issues of importance to young people. Local Member, Mr Adam Marshall says: "I was thrilled to be involved in this successful program again this year, chairing debate in the House on an Education Bill about school counsellors. Caitlin and Gemma (student from UCS) spoke with passion and maturity in the debate and have done themselves and our region proud!" News source: Armidale Express, Friday 30/09/16 ... Read more

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State Finals for ToM Team

Armidale High School has again performed outstandingly at Tournament of the Minds to win the Regional Finals in Tamworth which means that they will be competing at State Finals at UNSW, Sydney on 11th September. Tournament of the Minds (ToM) is a problem solving program for teams of students and aims to enhance the potential of youth. The student teams develop and incorporate diverse skills, enterprise, time management and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment. ( Armidale High School won all... Read more


CHOOSEMATHS Award to Yr 8 Team

Three of our Year 8 students, Juliet Knuckey, Rachael Calliess, and Steph Hancock have won an award in the "Choose Maths" awards. This is a national competition for high school maths students where they are asked to create a video about Maths in everyday life. Our students have won a prize and have been invited to the awards ceremony in Melbourne on the 26th August where they will find out if they they have placed first or highly commended in their category. You tube video: Below is the... Read more



We welcome 16 students and 5 supervisors from Japan to our school. Included in our visiting group is Mr NOKA, who is the head of Nanto City Junior High School International Homestay Association. The 9th of August, a special welcome assembly was held for our Japanese visitors followed by a jam-packed week of cross-cultural interactions and activities. Later in September, we have 25 students travelling to Japan. 6 Nights homestay and the rest travelling around famous sights of Japan. Mrs Moore and Mr Bugden are accompanying the group. To view... Read more

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