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Maths Competition winners

Mathematics Successes

Some of the Armidale High students who achieved Credits and Distinctions in the 2013 Australian Mathematics Competition: (left-right) Edan Landow (Yr10, D), Ben Saunders (Yr 10, C), Briana Graham (Yr 10, C), Sian McGushin-Deak (Yr 10, C), Torstein Strokirch (Yr 10, C), Vicky Kim (Yr 8, D), Kyle O'Donohue (Yr 10, C), James Hadley (Yr 8, C, James was also the winner of a trophy for the highest results in the school in the Maths Olympiad this year), Ella Thomas (Yr 7, C) Jackson Doak (Yr 10, C), Keira Dickson-Watts (Yr 10, D) Armidale High... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

Nat and Zac

Business Studies Success for Young Entrepreneurs

What do pool supplies and fat lambs have in common? They are both concepts behind winning business plans submitted by entrepreneurial Year 11 students from Armidale High School. Zac Dobos and Natalie Waters have had their fledgling business skills recognised by some of UNE's top academics from the UNE Business School as part of the North West Business Studies Competition which schools from the area were asked to submit entries. The competition challenged school business studies students from around the North West to imagine and write a... Read more

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Alex at work

Alex: Worldskills Gold Medallist

Armidale High School has a fine tradition of medallists in the Worldskills competitions in Agriculture, Metal Engineering and Hospitality. This year Alex McCormack, a Year 11 student has won gold at the Regional level in Metal Engineering after a competition in Armidale during which he competed against contestants from Narrabri and Inverell. Alex was required to build a hobby-vice in 6 hours. The task tested a whole range of skills he explains. ‘First the metal had to be cut to a high degree of accuracy, then welded with a stick welder before... Read more

Side By Side Choir, AHS choir members partnered with students from the Special Education Unit

'Side By Side' Choir

Members of the Armidale High School were partnered with students from the AHS Special Education Unit to create the 'Side By Side Choir'.in a project in conjunction with NECOM. The performances of the 'Side By Side' Choir, both at Armidale High and in a public concert at the Old Teachers' College, have been very well received. They sang a traditional folk song, the round 'Little Jack Horner', the Passenger song 'Let Her Go' and their own composition 'Christmas is the Best'. Back row: Annabell Froome, Kayla Laing, Bridget Pattison, Torsten... Read more

Penny McCue

Awarded for Excellence

Armidale High School's Penny McCue will receive Regional and a Ministerial Awards for Excellence in Teaching this week. AHS students are celebrating twenty-six nominations over 10 years for OnStage which features outstanding HSC drama performances; many of these have gone on to perform in the Seymour Centre in Sydney. This year two Group-Devised Projects and three Individual Projects have been nominated. In Moonshine Clancy, Jaime, Ebony, Miriam and Grace are advertising executives who decide to sell the concept of the moon. But first they... Read more

Under 15 Combined High School Regional Champion Basketball Team 2013

Under 15 State Finalists

Our amazing Under 15 basketballers reached the quarter finals of their State-wide competition. Following their Regional success in Tamworth back in September (when the team defeated Walgett 99-21 and Quirindi in the final 71-43), the team played Kadina High from Lismore then went on to challenge Dubbo South for a place in the State quarter finals. The team's coach, Mr Bartolo, is especially proud of the way the team faced the challenge created by the departure of our NSW representative who took up a scholarship at Newington College. 'The... Read more

Lauren Selby and Zoe Johnson

AHS at Horsesports

AHS was well represented at the Carinya School horse sports day held at Moonbi recently. Katie Williams won 4 ribbons on the day and Lauren Selby and Zoe Johnson were 2nd in the pair of riders. AHS can be proud of these student in the way they represented their school, bringing home a number of ribbons between them whilstcompeting against some of the top riders from the north of the state.... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Guarding the goals in the PE Skills and Games Session

Return PE Skills & Games Session with Armidale City Public School

Armidale City Public School had a return visit with 8CR PDHPE to participate in a variety of PE skills and games. The 8CR students were divided into four groups and each group taught some skills for a certain activity. The sports covered were Cricket, Basketball, Soccer and Netball. The students did a fantastic job and the ACPS students had a great time. Once again I would like to thank Mrs Kelly for her efforts to make this project possible. For more photos please see the PE Skills and Games folder in the photo gallery.... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. 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 there are some simple ways 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 spread the... Read more

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As part of their PBL activity this term , 8Cr PDHPE have been working in class to present a nutrition lesson to Armidale City Public School. The topics were energy intake, variety of food choices, food preparation and storage, nutritional needs across the lifespan, salt/fats/sugar and special dietary needs. With the collaboration of Mrs Kelly, Monday was the day. Great excitement was felt by all and the students did a fantastic job with their presentations. In Term 4, ACPS will be visiting us here where the students will take a more... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Leaving Room 17, 1956


Leaving Certificate Examination, Room 17, 1956 Armidale High wishes all students sitting HSC examinations all the very best over the coming weeks!... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

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Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

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Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Our Inami/Yoshie students

Japanese Students Visit AHS

On Monday 12th August we welcomed 10 Japanese Junior High School Students and their 4 supervisors to our school. They are from Inami and Yoshie Junior High Schools in Nanto city, Toyama, Japan. They visit us every year and we also go to Japan to visit them every 2 years. AHS students are having a great time hosting them and our whole school community welcomed them at today's assembly. We hope they have a great time at our school and Armidale. We look forward to getting to know you more and learn some more Japanese over the next few days. ... Read more


Top of the Region.

Teams from Armidale High School have represented the Region in Girls Soccer, Girls Hockey, Open Boys Basketball, Girls Squash and Boys Volleyball after competing in often tightly-contested rounds across the North-West . Stephen Bartolo, pictured here with the triumphant Boys Basketball team which finished 5th in the State, says the result across so many sports is an outstanding testimony to the commitment of students and of their coaches. ‘Students have also represented the zone in an unprecedented range of sports including swimming, cross... Read more

AHS students at ISCF camp

ISCF Leadership Conference

During the school holidays just past, 5 students from Armidale High School joined with 5 other schools from the Armidale and Tamworth region for the first annual North West ISCF Leadership Conference. ISCF is the Inter School Christian Fellowship run by Scripture Union in hundreds of schools across the state. Generally ISCF groups meet during a lunch break as a support group for Christian students in high school. The students (pictured) who attended were Becca Keogh, Mel Brash, Georgina Sindel, Eleanor Parker and Sarah Bennett. They were... Read more

School Crest

Year 7, 2014

If you were unable to attend the Year 7 Information Night on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 or Year 8 into Year 9 (2014) Information Night on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013 or Year 10 into Year 11 (2014) on 30th July, 2013 and would like more information, contact Kris Croft on 67767466... Read more

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Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Jaime Randell and the Inverell trophy

Celebrating Successes

Armidale High celebrated excellence in cultural, academic and sporting fields during the Formal Assembly to mark the end of Term 2, 2013. Once again the school was represented with distinction in the Armidale Eisteddfod. Invited to perform at the Eisteddfod Gala Concert were Year 12 Class (Winner Folk/Popular Ensemble), Torstein Strokirch (winner Vocal Duet) and Hanna Gallagher (2nd Composition Years 9/10) with Emily Ryan on vocals. Jaime Randell, Sports Captain outlined the exceptional sporting triumph of the School in attaining five Regional... Read more

Shontae Rose holds the picture of the Memorial to JKnott while Allan Hollebrandse explains its significance

ANZAC Commemoration at AHS

Shonae Rose (Year 10) holds the picture of a memorial in Tilbourg, Holland while Allan Hollebrandse, past Head Teacher at AHS and archivist, explains its significance for the school. ‘Jack Nott was a pupil at AHS before leaving school to work with his father in the building trade. He was married and had a young son. He enlisted in WW2 and became a flying officer in missions for the Royal Air Force over Germany.' ‘In 1942 his plane was shot down over Holland. He was reported missing in action but had been able to parachute to safety when he... Read more

Students at work on the h2o site

AHS on the World Stage

Armidale High School is one of only eight Australian schools to be teamed with a school in America in a program sponsored by the Education Minister, Peter Garrett, and his American counterparts. Rebecca Smith, an Agriculture teacher at Armidale High who has long been involved in Regional Land care says that the choice of AHS for the honor owes much to our history of involvement with environmental concerns. ‘The establishment of the Wetlands area by Pam Oxley and her team, and, more recently, the Environment Group with Amanda Garvey stood us in... Read more

Odd socks hockey

Odd Socks Week: Inaugural Hockey Challenge

The teams take the field in the inaugural 'Odd Socks Week' Hockey Competition which was also the first round of the Zone's Combined High Schools' Competition. The Kate Philp Melanoma Research Fund was established three years ago in memory of former Duval High student who died of melanoma at the age of 22. Ms Jo Dolan, Kate's mother and coordinator of ‘donate4kate' explained that, during ‘odd sock week', all sports teams are encouraged to wear odd socks, to be aware of over-exposure to UV and to raise research funds. ‘Most of us take care to... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

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Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Open Boys Zone Basketball Champions

Open Basketballers Zone Champions

Jone Tiko, Matthew Turner, Fuad Hasari, Sam Struck, Koniy Chinmoth, Makuach Maluach, Seamus Druitt, Matur Maluach and Jay Harris make up Armidale High Opens Basketball team; Regional Champions in the Combined High Schools competition for 2013 after an exciting game against Tenterfield High on Thursday. Bill Turner, who coached the team in the absence of coach Steve Bartolo, commented that the team ‘did their school proud. Each boy worked hard for the team against a strong team from Tenterfield which included two North-West players.' This was... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

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Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

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Sound and Fury Drama Workshops

Sound and Fury, from the U.S. to perform at the Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festivals, stopped over at Kentucky for a break from performing. While here, Richard Maritzer, Patrick Hercamp and Ryan Adam Wells provided AHS students with a workshop on improvisational techniques. These workshops have become an annual event over the past five years at Armidale High. Our students felt privileged and were inspired by this talented American theatrical troupe. The photo shows Cameron Willis, Dylan Dell and Jordan O'Donohue making It look easy. However,... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Armidale High's contingent in the Autumn Parade

Autumn Festival Parade

Armidale High School's contingent in the 2013 Autumn Festival certainly added a touch of vibrant color and youthful enthusiasm to the event, which was held on a perfect autumn day. Deputy Principal, Kris Croft, who coordinated the School's participation, was delighted at the response of students in representing the school. 'Our students were also engaged in many of the other groups who took part in the procession,' she said.'The splash of gold and brown from the uniforms worn in the past at Armidale High School certainly fitted the autumnal... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Antique Fair

Celebrating Antique Fair Success

Thank you! The Armidale High School P&C thanks all our sponsors and community supporters, the staff, students, families and friends of our school who made our 2013 Fair such a success. Special thanks to Dumaresq Council, Lorraine Coffey, The Armidale Express, Southern Cross TV, Evelyn Owen Photographs, Peter and Susan Moore from Thunder Ridge Wines and Robert and Michael Neilson. Lucky Door Prize winners were Matt Cooper, Elena Anderson, Anne Matley. Raffle Prize winners were Hardy, Katherine Harris, Pip White and Annette Edmonds. Over $6, 000... Read more

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Distinguished Students

Region's Top HSC Students Return

Armidale High School's Distinguished Students for 2012 topped the Region in five subjects. Back: Khusbu Sharma (Distinguished Student Mathematics), Fiona Thomson (Hospitality), Manon Drielsma (Top in Region for Extension English), Mitchell Knox (2012 Dux and Region's Top in Mathematics and Physics), Nicholas Degotardi (Distinguished Student, Mathematics and Drama), D'Arcy Newberry-Dupe (Distinguished Student, Drama), Front: Lucie Yeomans (Bronze Medalist National Worldskills Competition, Primary Industry), Toby Hemmings (Region's Top HSC... Read more

Edmodo logo

AHS Technology - Edmodo

As technology is being used more and more in educational settings to enhance student outcomes, some teachers at Armidale High School are using Edmodo as an online learning environment for their classes. Here is some information for you to understand more about Edmodo. What is Edmodo? Edmodo is an educational site that takes the ideas of a social network and re¿nes them and to make it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can collaborate and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A teacher can... Read more


This weekend

All the fun of the fair at the 9th Annual Antique and Collectable Fair Armidale Town Hall This Friday 21st February, Saturday 22nd February and Sunday 23rd February. Join us for morning and afternoon tea, browse the collections from dealers from across Australia, find a bargain or two, have your precious objects valued (appointments are necessary, phone Helen Brennan on 6766 3058; 0438663058). email: This is the major fundraiser for Armidale HIgh School for 2013.... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Swimming champions

Swimming Carnival

Our Champions. Although Wednesday, 6th February dawned a little cloudy, enthusiasm ran high at the start of Armidale HIgh's Annual Swimming Carnival as students adorned in house colours arrived to participate in an event-filled day. Congratulations to Maddison Russell who broke the Girls 50m Freestyle record time in 31.66. Old time was 32.00. Age champions Swimming Carnival 2013 12y Boys 1st David Cook 12y Girls 1st Zoe Barker-Smith 2nd Bo Talkes 2nd Jess Bull 2nd Dex Hewitt 3rd... Read more

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Mitchell Knox, AHS 2012 Dux and Distinguished Student in Mathematics and Physics

Celebrating Outstanding 2012 HSC Results

Mitchell Knox, 2012 Dux and Distinguished Student in Mathematics and Physics 'All our HSC students are to be commended on realising their potential and continuing the school's tradition of outstanding HSC results,' said Anne Matley, Principal of Armidale High. 'Twelve students achieved placement on the Distinguished Students List: Mitchell Knox, 2012 Dux, for Mathematics and Physics being joined by Nicholas Degotardi (Mathematics and Drama), Manon Drielsma (Drama and English Extension 2), Ingrid Fittler (Music), Lachlan Harper (Drama), Toby... Read more