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Schools Spectacular

Stephen O'Hern to play at Schools Spectacular. Performances at the Schools Spectacular will be the culmination of a busy term for Stephen O'Hern, a Year 11 student at Armidale High School. Stephen will join 300 of the State's most accomplished singers, dancers and musicians in the Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November. Stephen‘s virtuosic guitar performances have won him a solo performance. He will play ‘Roundabout' by an Irish guitarist, Eric Roche; the piece with which he auditioned in... Read more

Selective Class Information

Selective class information for parents of students in Year 5: Macbeth's witches dare you to join us! Parents of students in Year 5 are invited to consider AHS selective class 2012 Applications close 19th November or 22nd November if applying on line. Application forms are available from Government schools, the Department of Education, Rusden Street, Arnmidale or Read more

TOAD Cricket Cup

Year 9 AHS cricketers, Matt Swain, Scott Brennan and Harrison Dickson discuss tactics for the next round of the TOAD cup. The team will meet the defending champions, Duval, at Moran Oval on Monday 22nd. Spectators are welcome; the game starts at 4 p.m. For an account of the winning game against Uralla see oak leaf out later this week.... Read more

Going places

Christmas in Germany! Four students are off to Germany on Friday 26th November for 10 weeks as part of our long-running exchange program. Josh, Stephen, Rachel and Liam will be spending a white Christmas in Göppingen with their exchange families. The German students attended Armidale High from June to August this year and thoroughly enjoyed their Aussie adventure. Our students will attend the Hohenstaufen Gymnasium (a selective high school), have the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding, see different parts of Germany (and maybe a bit of... Read more

Solar Success

Armidale High school teachers and members of the Armidale Climate Change Learning Committee are celebrating the award of $46,600 to Armidale High School from the Australian Government's National Solar Schools Program. ‘The Award is the result of a two year collaborative program involving Armidale High, Martins Gully, Newling , Drummond, the Armidale Dumareq Council and the University of New England, ‘ Mr Dooley, a spokesman for AHS, said. ‘Over the two years Year 7 students have been trained to carry out energy audits and have been... Read more

Celebrating Student Successes

Abigail Shepherd who was awarded the Delmar Parker Award for Dux, the Thorne Award for Literacy and the McCue award for HSC Drama at the Year 12 Valedictory assembly, gained a Band 6 for Drama and Band 6 for Visual Arts in the HSC. Armidale High Principal, Anne Matley, congratulated Year 12, 2010 on building on the tradition of Higher School Certificate successes. 'Students in Music, Textiles and Design, Primary Industry Extension , Drama and English Extension achieved results significantly above the State average and 13 Band 6 results across... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

News story

"THE FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIANS", a documentary made by Nicki Woolmington, appears on SBS Tuesday 8.30. The documentary deals with Australian orphanages and the personal and political journey to have their story recognised. Made by ex-Armidale High student, Nicola Woolmington, it deals with experiences of those who spent time in the orphanage including T racy Hasselman who has a long and valued connection with the school and who has bravely put her natural desire for privacy aside to speak about her experiences in the orphanage.... Read more

Cybersafety resource

Brush up on the latest information about cyberbullying, sexting and rules for internet privacy with Cybersmart's new, interactive cybersafety guide. The guide has been created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and uses videos to provide a snapshot of common scenarios, with practical tips that parents can use with their children and teenagers. These can be viewed on screen or downloaded for later use. The Cybersmart website also has six downloadable brochures for parents, covering: cyberbullying sexting socialising on the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more


Exceptional performances for the HSC were rewarded with selection for On-Stage for Anna McRae whose brilliant individual performance as the not-so-sure Bride Theresa McTierney has caught audience attention at a number of performances. Jarryd Jenkins, Supakarn Nakvisut and Rosie Waugh were selected for their group devised project called ‘Trifecta'.... Read more

Excursion to Japan

Japanese adventure. For an excited group of students 22nd September will see the start of their 17 day adventure to Japan. Highlights of the trip are expected to be Hiroshima's Peace Park and visits to our sister school in Inami and to a Ninja House near Kanazawa. Students have been busy folding 1000 cranes to place at the peace park which symbolises our hopes for world peace.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

Outstanding Scientific Success

The ability to scrutinise ethical considerations and an exhaustive knowledge of the world of science have stood Mikayla Glover in good stead and earned her a trip to Perth during the coming Christmas holidays. The Armidale Rotary Club sponsored Mikayla who was selected to compete at Walcha on the basis of a submitted resume and recommendations from Mr Laffan and Mr Hemmings. In Walcha she took part in a series of interviews which covered a diverse range of topics from her school and extra-curricular activities; her general knowledge of... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more