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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

School Spectacular performers

Spectacular School

Armidale High School's Principal, Anne Matley, will join the audience at the Schools Spectacular this weekend. The theme for this year, Our Time, certainly resonates with Ms Matley at the end of a year in which the departing HSC students presented the school with a clock engraved ‘Thank you for the Time of Our Lives'. ‘It is such a pleasure to celebrate the commitment and skills of such a diverse range of performers. Six students from Armidale High, Phillip Quinlan, Tyran Blair, Sharnae Widders-Smith, Elijah Tighe, Johno Brown and Wade Graham... Read more

U15s basketball


Congratulations to our champions: 4th in the State! The best AHS result in basketball, ever! See a full report in the oak leaf for Term 4, Week 8. The team at training on Friday with coach Steve Bartolo. .... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Junior Art Music EDrama

Junior Art Music EDrama Soiree

Junior Art Music EDrama AHS Auditorium 6 pm - 8 pm Wednesday, 21st November, 2012... Read more

How to plan a safe party

Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party here are some tips to help to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Last year's very enjoyable night at the races

A Night at the Races

A Night at the Races at the Armidale Bowling Club Friday November 2nd 2012 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per head. Tables of 8 to 10 people (adults only). A light supper will be provided. Tickets are available from AHS Office, Harvey World Travel and the Armidale Bowling Club. Further information or phone bookings please contact Sue Fisher 0448567594.... Read more

OnStage nominations for Lachlan Harper and Jack Grigg

OnStage with an Encore!

The talents of the Class of 2012 have already won acknowledgement with nominations for OnStage and Encore, performances of outstanding HSC works from across the state in Drama and Music. Nominated for OnStage were (pictured) Lachlan Harper, for Waiting, and Jack Grigg for Disappointing Hell. Nominated for both an Individual Project and Group Performance were Toby Hemmings (Assassin, Updated), Thomas Moffitt (The Loved One, Updated). D'Arcy Newberry-Dupe and Manon Drielsma were also nominated for Updated. Having just performed a stunning... Read more

Worldskills medalist, Lucie Yeoman

Lucie's Winning Way

Armidale High School's Vice-Captain Lucie Yeomans has returned from the National Worldskills Championships with a Bronze medal in the Primary Industry sector and the knowledge that her strong result contributed to New South Wales team's Shield-winning performance as the Best Performed State. The Vocational Education Training in Schools competition was held at Sydney's Olympic Park. The competitors were called upon to demonstrate their skills in tractor work, stock work, fences, weather fore-casting, chemicals and first aid and chemical spills... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Mad 2012

Music, Art and Drama (MADNESS)

Exceptional performances from this year's HSC Creative Arts students. Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2012. 6 pm to 8 pm Admission $5 with all proceeds going to the Creative and Performing Arts at Armidale High... Read more

Students learning to care for our land and planning frog dreaming

Celebrating Landcare Week

Celebrating our care of Armidale High School's environment in Landcare week. The Armidale High School community has invested a great deal of energy in caring for the catchment areas which are part of the school during 2012. Agriculture students joined with other interested staff and students from Years 7 to 12 to learn about catchment issues including land degradation, loss of biodiversity, water quality, pollution and regeneration. For some the challenge has been coming to understand that ‘Nature is a little messy' and to appreciate that... Read more

Preparing for JAPAN 2012

2/9/2012 Today Students, teachers and Ms Matley gathered together to prepare for their trip to Japan. 12 Students from Armidale High School and 8 students from TAS will be travelling with their Japanese teachers to Japan on September 19th for 17days. The students will be firstly visiting schools in Nanto City and having homestays with the families and students who visited us in Armidale 2 weeks ago. After the homestay experience we will be traveling over Japan seeing many famous and beautiful places. Today we had lots of fun learning Japanese... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Cyberbullying prevention tips

While the statistics around cyberbullying are sketchy, we do know that the likelihood of children being bullied online or over the phone increases as they get older and use technology more frequently. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has created tips for parents to help keep their kids safe online and to give some direction for those who think their child may already be experiencing online bullying. They include: Talk to your child about cyberbullying before it happens. Work out strategies to address cyberbullying that both... Read more

Bush Dance 1/09/12 
Armidale High Auditorium
Waldorf Salad Bush Band
Tickets- $10 single , $5 student, $25 family
 Meals- Adults $10, Kids $5, Sausages $2
600 pm – 1000 pm 
Guests encouraged to bring super plate Tea and coffee provided No Alcohol


1/09/12 Armidale High Auditorium Waldorf Salad Bush Band Tickets- $10 single , $5 student, $25 family Meals- Adults $10, Kids $5, Sausages $2 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Guests encouraged to bring super plate. Tea and coffee provided. No Alcohol.... Read more

Callan Macgregor, Level 5 Gold Medallist at State Championships

Congratulations to our Champions

Callan Macgregor, Level 5 Gold medallist and Champion at the State Gymnastics at Newcastle over the weekend. He won Gold Medals, pictured, on the Floor, Vault, Pommel Horse, High-Bar (his favourite), Rings and Parallel Bars. Callan, who has competed in Athletics since he was 5, trains four days a week at the Armidale City Gymnastics Centre. Callan thanks his coaches Rebecca and Walter O'Hara, Luke Spooner and Phil Donnan. His goal is to make the National Team (Level 7) in the next few years and revels in the sense of achievement gained from... Read more

Class of 1982's 30 Year Reunion

30 Year Reunion Saturday 29th September, 2012 and Sunday, 30th September 'Main Event' is dinner at Powerhouse Restaurant, 29th September, 2012 Sunday tour of school (details to be decided) BBQ/ morning tea (to be decided) at Arboretum Contact is Rita Brissett (Avenhuis) Members of the cohort who left school before 1982 and teachers who remember the year are, of course, very welcome. Cost of dinner is $60 per person please let Rita know if you have any dietary requirements. Please deposit your payment into the New England... Read more

Sharnae Widders-Smith

Conquering Canada

Sharnae Widders-Smith recently returned from a very successful trip to Canada as part of the Australian Sports Team, 2012 displays the medals she won to Principal, Anne Matley. At Kelowra Sharnae won a gold medal for High Jump and achieved first place not only in in her age group (15 years) but also in the 16s and 17s. The second week was spent in Vancouver and, in heat wave conditions, Sharnae participated in the Trevor Craven Memorial Track and Field Meet. In many of her events, she competed in older age divisions. Her results included 5th... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

The period leading up to the HSC can be a difficult time for parents as they try to help their teen manage the study load and stress. The parent website School A to Z has spoken to teachers about the challenges parents and students face. Here are some of the key points: You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. Make sure your teen is getting enough sleep. Good nutrition is vital. They can reduce stress by balancing study with physical activity, social life and other interests. Part-time work shouldn't be... Read more

Boccia Regional Champions

Boccia State Finalists!

Once again Armidale High's Boccia team has made it to the State Finals, which will be held in Sydney on 23rd October 2012. On a chilly Armidale morning, the team set off to play in the Regional Finals, which were held at Peel Technology High School on Monday 18thJune. The team consisted of seven players: Zac Ahoy (Team Captain), Andrea Powell, Kaitlyn Bell, Owen Wright, Matthew O'Brien, Michelle Barnes and Derrick Powell . They were accompanied by Dave Laws (Coach), Christine Kelly, Fiona Graham and Bruce Dennison who got us safely there and... Read more

JulyReturn to top
Chris Cox and Tyron Campbell with the Prime Minister

Meeting the PM

Chris Cox and Tyron Campbell were among the Armidale HIgh School students who travelled to Canberra recently with 'Paws Up' to demonstrate the prowess of their dogs to a distinguished group of politicians which included the Prime Minister, Julie Guillard. The Prime Minister and other Members of Parliament had the opportunity to see first hand what the Backtrack program is achieving following a recent announcement of Federal Government Assistancce which will help expand the program. Deputy Principal, Carolyn Lupton, who liaises with Backtrack... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

JuneReturn to top
A Midsummer Night's Dream

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Style'

Last chance to see this great production which is wowing audiences in Armidale.... Read more

Year 10 subject selection tips

Should Year 10 subject selections be an opportunity for your child to get a head start on their career, or to simply to choose the electives they most enjoy? This month, School A to Z features two articles with expert advice on how to help your child choose subjects that will give them the most options later on, regardless of whether they want to go to university, or they see themselves pursuing a trade or apprenticeship . Year 10 subject selection looks at what subjects your child is most likely to succeed in, and how to help them choose the... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students will undertake their annual work experience week in Week 7, Term 2 (4th-8th June). The students have been working in class to identify career fields that interest them. Child care and teaching have proven to be the most popular selections but the students have selected a diverse range of occupations ranging from Zoology, Event Management through to the more traditional trade areas. The week is an excellent opportunity for the students to gain exposure to these occupations prior to subject selections for Senior studies and... Read more

State Finalists

Regional Champions all

Armidale High are regional winners in Girls' Volleyball, Boys Basketball and Lawn Bowls. We congratulate the teams : Fiona Thomson, Lucinda Yeomans, Eliza Drozdowski, Britt Parker, Olivia Grzazek, Jaime Randell, Katie Kelly, Julia Waters and Birra Cutmore (Volleyball); Dok Mamer, Koni Chinmoth, Nic Degotardi, Taylor Albertson, Tim Curtis, Seamus Druitt, Makuach Maluach, Mika Rasiga and Mark Jefferson (Basketball); Brodie Dexter, Hugh Reeves and Jack Whitton (Lawn Bowls). and wish them all the best of luck in the Round of 16 matches! Six of... Read more

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

NEMA winners

Sharing a Mathematical Moment

Sharing a Mathematical Moment. Armidale High School Principal, Anne Matley, enjoyed hearing an account of the prize-winning experiences of students who competed in the Annual Year 8 Mathematical Association's competition at the University of New England recently. Pictured with Ms Matley are Ben Saunders, Nicole Watson, Jackson Doak, Yunze Cho, Edan Landow, teacher Lyn Cameron, Kyle Donohue, Reece Burton and Izaac Cornish Lyn Cameron, the teacher who accompanied the group explained that the two teams from Armidale High joined over 60 teams from... Read more

Helping kids cope with Shakespeare

Shakespeare's reputation and language can seem daunting. So how do you make his work accessible? How do you open up his extraordinary world to your teen? Here are some tips from Bell Shakespeare's artistic director John Bell. Watch a good live Shakespeare production or DVD to get a feel for the language. Read a text that comes with a translation in modern language; it can help kids understand the language better. Suggest to your teen to imagine they are a detective who has to do some sleuth work to really understand the play. Discuss what... Read more

STOP PRESS : Basketballers Regional Finalists

Armidale High's Basketballers have progressed to the State finals after a 61-35 victory against Oxley High recently. Their next game is against Tenterfield High school where a victory would result in a home game in the Finals.... Read more

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Backtrack graduates from Tocal Ag College

Nanga Mai Award

Armidale High School is celebrating winning a Nanga Mai Award. The Awards are for Aboriginal achievement and the school's Backtrack Youth Works partnership won the School/Community partnership award. Our partnership has grown from strength to strength since it was first established in 2006. The programs include Iron Man Welders, Ag Lads, Paws Up and Imagine This, an innovative program for girls. Last year a partnership with the Rural Fire Service and other local industry added to our community involvement. Recent Backtrack graduates from Tocal... Read more

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more


Last chance

This is your last chance to join the subscribers for this P. and C. fundraising activity and to make your mark on the Outdoor Learning Area. Join Emeritus Professor Laurie Short (AHS Captain 1937) and his wife Elvie Short, nee Jackson. Professor Short wrote "we met at Armidale High in 1938, and married in Sydney in 1944. In the meantime, Elvie had trained at Armidale Teachers College and commenced teaching at Warners Bay while I graduated in Science and Dip Ed at Sydney. I commenced teaching at North Newtown. In December and January,... Read more

Swimming Champions

Top Sports

Swimmers Jasmine Caldwell, Matthew Turner and Madison Russell are all set for CHS representation. Netballers Eliza Drozdowski, Lucie Yeomans and Fiona Thomson are competing in the CHS Championships. Softballer, Jess Prince, has just returned from competing at CHS championships. Basketballers, Dok Mamer, Maluach Makuach and Konybai Chinmoth have made it into the NorthWest team. Photo shows Age Swimming Champions(clockwise from centre) Kevin Rothschild, Madison Russell, Eleanor Parker, Madeline Dyall, Kyle O'Hara, Clancy Lawler, Blake Struck,... Read more

Members of the class of 1952/1953 in the Library

Reunion of the Class of 1952, 1953

1952 and 1953: Continuing a tradition of reunions The Leavers of 1952 and 1953 have always seen themselves as one unit; a number of '53 students repeated and strong bonds were formed between students who lived in the hostels which housed Armidale High students. The group's first reunion, held in Sydney at the Rex Hotel in Kings Cross, happened in '54-55 since their 25th 2002 they have gathered every 5 years. This reunion began with a gathering at the Ex-Services on Friday Night. There followed an informal lunch at the Wicklow before 69... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Teens, homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, ear buds in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" Somewhere along the line we seemed to have absorbed the idea that teenagers can multi-task perfectly because they're digital natives. Perhaps we read it... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
Helen Brennan, the fair organiser, at the Opening on Friday night

The Fair : a Great Success

Armidale High's major fund raiser offered a great opportunity to purchase a piece of history and enjoy morning or afternoon tea in our beautiful Town Hall. Saturday 25th February, 10 am- 8.00 pm Sunday 26th February, 10.00 am - 4 pm. Admission: Adults $6 Children free if accompanied by an adult Special offer one adult ($6) + one adult free after 1 pm on Sunday after 1pm on presentation of a coupon from the back of this week's oak leaf or distributed in the Mall on Sunday morning. Photo; Fair Organiser, Helen Brennan, at the opening on Friday... Read more

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

Antique and Collectable Fair

Antiques and Collectables Fair

February 24th to 26th - a weekend long fair; opening Friday night; raffles and prizes; tea and coffee in convivial surroundings; antiques from all over Australia; an opportunity to have your treasures valued; wonderful collectables - many bargains! All profits to Armidale HIgh School.... Read more

Join the P & C in their fundraiser and have your connection with Armidale High School set in stone

Pavers with Appeal

Join the P & C in their fundraiser and have your connection with Armidale High School set in stone. Find an order form on the back page of the most recent oak leaf or click Pavers (pdf, 316 KB).... Read more

Sorcha and Armidale High drama teacher, Penny McCue

Sorcha Harrop's Shakespearean Experience

Sorcha Harrop has had an amazingly dramatic year; nominated for OnStage for her HSC Individual Project and now the recipient of one of three scholarships offered nationwide to the famous Bell Shakespeare Company in Sydney. Finding herself on a shortlist of only 12 students following face-to-face auditions with representatives from the Company, Sorcha chose to present a monologue as Phoebe from Shakespeare's As You Like It in a filmed presentation which also required her to explain the artistic decisions she had made to construct the character.... Read more

Tousif Islam Region's top Chemistry result

New England Firsts

Tousif Islam who achieved New England Region's top Chemistry result. HSC Celebrations continue at Armidale High School where students achieved New England's top results in 12 subjects: Codey Burton : equal first in Biology Emma Channon: first in Textiles and Design Joshua Dobos: first in German Beginners Isabelle Hunt: first in Hospitality Examination Sean Ihde: first in General Maths Tousif Islam; first in Chemistry Ishita Lath: first French Beginners first in Senior Science Emily O'Connor: first in Drama Samuel Prosser: first in Music 2... Read more

Aquatic Centre

Swimming Carnival 2012

SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL 2012 Date: Wednesday 8th February 2012 Time: 9-00am to 3-30pm (Students may enter the pool from 8-15am. Roll call at 9-00am) Students will not be allowed to leave the pool at any stage throughout the day. Buses: Town buses will not drop or pick students up from the pool. Bus students will be dropped at AHS where students must make their own way to the pool. **** PLEASE NOTE Students who catch out of town buses must make arrangements with their bus driver as to drop off and pick up points ****** ... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more