News »

DecemberReturn to top
Dom Favotto and his BOSTES award

Dom Tops State in IT

Armidale High School student, Dominic Favotto, gained first in the state for Information Technology in the 2014 HSC. Dom, who studied the Year 12 component of the course through New England TAFE (Tamworth Campus) accepted the BOSTES award from Education Minister Adrian Piccoli in Sydney yesterday. Congratulations Dom!... Read more

Swimming, one of the many activities offered in Activities Week

Activities Week 2014

Activities Week Gallery In a long-standing tradition at Armidale High School, students participated in the widest range of activities during Activities Week (formerly known as Term 5). All day activities included bushwalking along Georges Trail and at Kunderang; surf-culture at Ballina, Art and Music in the Bush at Kwiambai National Park and Horse-riding. Back in Armidale students enthusiastically participated in Spoken Word and Hip Hop Song Writing, Christmas Cooking, Small Motor Maintenance, (White-)Board Games, Orienteering, Lawn Bowls,... Read more

Rosemary for Remembrance, 2014

Remembrance Day Rosemary, 2014

Students at Armidale High School commemmorated Remembrance Day with a minute's silence on November 11th, 2014 Before the silence, Alexander Smith, a Year 9 student, presented a rosemary bush to the school. It was accepted by Matthew O'Brien on behalf of the Special Education unit which will care for it in their garden. Alexander said,'Each year on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, people all around the world stop to commemmorate the sacrifice of all those who fought for their countries and their families in times of... Read more

Principal Anne Matley, Matur Maluach and Vice Captain Melanie Brash

Armidale High receives books from Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees

Principal Anne Matley, Matur Maluach (Year 8 student) and Vice Captain Melanie Brash with the collection of books recently donated to the school by Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees. The Australian titles included in the collection are 'Onion Tears' (Diana Kidd), 'Boy Overboard' and 'Girl Underground' (Morris Gleitzman), 'Home and Away' (John Marsden and Matt Ottley), 'Ziba Came on a Boat' (Liz Lofthouse and Robert Ingpen), 'The Little Refugee' (Anh and Suzanne Do) and 'The Afghanistan Pup' (Mark Wilson). The texts will be used in Human... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Hosting gatecrasher-proof teenage parties

If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand. The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties... Read more

NovemberReturn to top
German students about to take off to Germany

HSC German Students fly out to Göppingen

HS C German Students in the air direction Göppingen! Armidale High School HSC German students have taken off to Germany today, where they will spend approximately 9 weeks with their host brothers and sisters. Whilst in Germany, the students will have the invaluable opportunity to speak German on a daily basis with native speakers and experience the culture of German speaking countries first-hand. We wish them all the best for their time in Germany and are looking forward to hearing their improved German when they return! Viel Glück!... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Follow up to the BYOD Information Technology Update Night

Firstly there were a few links that Deb Moore mentioned whilst doing her presentation. 1.BYOD Sandpit A website run by NSW DEC which concentrates on BYOD implementation in NSW public schools 2. Digital Citizenship A website run by NSW DEC which concentrates on safety and responsibility whilst online 3. Cyber Safety An... Read more

Motivating Lazy Children

Motivating lazy children At a glance All children are born active; some kids just learn ‘lazybone' habits. The younger the better when it comes to encouraging physical activity. Parents and other family members are the best role models. Choosing ‘active' gifts and limiting screen time will help motivate children to exercise. ‘Active' parenting may be needed to help start some children moving. Why do some children lead a lazybones life, while others tear around the sports field? Is it a hereditary trait? And what can parents do to... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
Alex Cormack partipating in the World Skills

World Skills Olympics

AHS Year 12 student, Alex Cormack is currently participating in the World Skills Tournament in Metals and Engineering in Perth. Following his win in the Regional tournament, Alex has been mentored in class and over many weekends by teacher Peter Fisher who is accompanying him to the competition. He will compete against other State winners. The Tournament is fully funded by the Federal Government as part of the VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) program which provides the opportunity for vocationally oriented students to... Read more

Naplan Results

NAPLAN is short for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. (Check this year's exam dates.) Unlike the Higher School Certificate, NAPLAN tests aren't something that kids can truly study for, and there's "nothing riding on" the test for your child. Instead, NAPLAN is simply a snapshot of the skills your child has developed up to this point in their education, which will allow teachers to focus on giving the right support to students as the year continues.... Read more

Managing depression in children

One in four kids over the age of 12 has significant depressive symptoms. For girls, depression generally appears between the ages of 11 through to about 14. For boys, depression generally appears between 12 and 16. Signs your child may be suffering from depression If you see a number of these problems starting to develop, it's time to ask the question, could this be a more significant emotional disturbance than general teenage moodiness or attitude? A persistently bad, often irritable mood withdrawal not experiencing pleasure not reacting to... Read more

AugustReturn to top
Beautiful girls in Yukata

Japanese Student Visit from Nanto City (Inami)

International Communication Last week we were privileged to be visited by our guests from Japan. Every year students from Nanto City visit us for a one week home stay experience and cultural exchange. There were 15 Junior High School students visiting us this year along with their 4 supervisors. They spent the week attending classes, cooking and teaching Japanese Culture to students of AHS studying Japanese, entertaining us with dancing and singing at assembly, going on excursion to Dangars Falls and spending precious time with their host... Read more

Martin's Gully students doing Japanese

Year 6 into 7 Transition Lessons

We Love Armidale High! Over the next few weeks, Armidale High School will be welcoming students from year 6 for transition days and taster lessons. The students really enjoy these opportunities to have a quick look at what high school will be like for them next year. Lessons they partake in include science, sport, history, food technology, agriculture, technology and languages. This week students from Martin's Gully primary school attended a Japanese class with their teacher Ms Devine. They enjoyed Origami and calligraphy with Mrs Moore... Read more

Australian Informatics Competition 2014


Students who participated in the Australian Informatics Competition, 2014 achieved exceptional results with Edan Landow (Year 10) achieving a, rarely-awarded, perfect score. Pictured with competition organiser and mathematics teacher, Lyn Cameron, are Georgie Cooper (Year 9, Credit), Aziz Winrow (Year 9, Credit), Ashini Ekanayake (Year 8, Credit), Jonathan Bruhl (Year 8, Distinction), Edan Landow (Year 10, perfect score), Felix Rose-Hill (Year 7, Credit).... Read more

Armidale High students achieved excellent results at the North West Athletics Carnival in Tamworth  recently
Pictured are Colinya Chatfield (1st in the javelin), Natasha Favotto (1st 800m, 1st 1500m), Melanie Brash (1st 800m, 1st 1500m), Henry Sindel (1st 800m) and Amber Burton (1st 200m) who will compete at the Combined High Schools Carnival in Sydney
Absent for the photo but also off to Sydney are James Briggs(2nd 100m, 1st high jump with a record) and Ryan Shaw (1st discus, 1st shot put


Armidale High students achieved excellent results at the North West Athletics Carnival in Tamworth recently. Pictured are Colinya Chatfield (1st in the javelin), Natasha Favotto (1st 800m, 1st 1500m), Melanie Brash (1st 800m, 1st 1500m), Henry Sindel (1st 800m) and Amber Burton (1st 200m) who will compete at the Combined High Schools Carnival in Sydney. Absent for the photo but also off to Sydney are James Briggs(2nd 100m, 1st high jump with a record) and Ryan Shaw (1st discus, 1st shot put... Read more

Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into manageable chunks... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

JuneReturn to top
Students who achieved 3 or more merit certificates at the Formal assembly celebrate

A Huge Week to end Term 2

A week which included participation in the State Finals of the CHS competition for the Girls' Volleyball team, involvement in the Rural Fire Service, an excurion to UNE Classics Museum, students completing their barrista course, Mock Trial and debating successes and a Formal Assembly which celebrated student achievements across the curricula, ended with Year 12s fund-raising Slave Auction which raised over $1200. Students who received 3 or more merit certificates at the Formal Assembly celebrate their achievements.... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

MayReturn to top
State Drama Camp

State Drama Camp

Four Year 11 Armidale High students have been selected for the prestigious State Drama Camp to be held in Sydney during the last week of term. Matt Nethery, Lachlan Millett, Lucy Cawood, Elsie Lawlor will take part in workshops led by professional instructors covering aspects of theatre including physical theatre, voice, group devised and movement. In the evening they will attend theatre productions at a range of venues.... Read more

Surviving the HSC

If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere. As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family. Year 12 is often the year when students: lose interest in school develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend get their driver's licence experiment with legal or illegal drugs have a part-time job develop an eating disorder suffer from depression. If any of these... Read more

Age Champions, 2014 Athletics Carnival

Athletics Carnival Triumphs

Participants in the 2014 Athletics carnival triumphed over inclement weather conditions. Organisers were very pleased with the rates of participation. Congratulations to all who joined in and especially to the Age Champions and record breakers. The Champion House was Salisbury. Records: Natasha Favotto Girls senior 1500m old record 5.37.13 (2011); new 5.07.91 Girls senior 400m old record 1.05.10 (1984); new 1.04.06 Milton Smith Boys 14y 200m old record 27.40 (1987); new 26.59 Matur Maluach 14y boys Javelin old record 32.50m (1986); new 45.9 ... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

AprilReturn to top

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

MarchReturn to top
Armidale High School students Sam Struck and Matur Maluach (pictured), together with Emmanuel Najak, have been selected in the NW Open Basketball team to play in the State Carnival

Shooting for the Stars

Armidale High School students Sam Struck and Matur Maluach (pictured), together with Emmanuel Najak, have been selected in the NW Open Basketball team to play in the State Carnival against the other 9 State regions. The students were selected in the team of 10 after Armidale High competed in Zone and Regional Trials. Steve Bartolo, Armidale High's basketball coach, said, 'The standard of the competition was very high and the boys responded well to the pressure.' The schools Open Boys team is looking forward to the start of the State Knockout... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Armidale Show Successes

Armidale Show Successes

Congratulations to Chris McIntyre, Alex Cormack and Kirsty Pillar! Armidale High School students continued the tradition of involvement in the Armidale Show with 20 Agriculture students from Years 9-12 participating in the junior judging competitions. Students took part in the stock horse , meat sheep, merino, fleece and cattle judging. This was an excellent opportunity for students to practice their judging skills and to learn some new skills too! Congratulations to our Senior Agriculture and Primary Industries students who had a very... Read more

Principal, Anne Matley, with the unfolding history of the RBWhite Gates

RB White Memorial Gates to be reopened

Armidale High's great sense of tradition is symbolised in the story of the RB White Memorial gates. ‘‘Recently the local media covered the major restoration of the Gates and the memorial sign adjacent to the front oval which was undertaken by 1962-67 ex-students with great support from local community businesses. ‘Officially opened in 1960, the Memorial Gates were presented by 5thYear 1958 following the death of their highly esteemed and respected principal, R.B. White ‘We are pleased that R.B. White's son and the daughter of the original... Read more

Charlotte and Katrina have been selected to play at the highest levels

Sporting Triumphs

Charlotte and Katrina have been selected to play at the highest levels. Charlotte Hunt played with the AHS Opens Girls Volleyball in the knockout competition in Tamworth recently. The team became REGIONAL CHAMPIONS and Charlotte was selected in the North West to play in the State Competition in Minto at the end of March. Katrina Rekunow played hockey for New England in the Armidale rep. team before being selected to play in the State Championships. Here she was chosen for the State U-18 NSW team. Katrina will play in Melbourne in the... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
antique fair, vase, chairs

Antique and Collectables Fair - WINNERS

STOP PRESS - ANNOUNCING the WINNERS from the Antique and Collectables Fair Lucky Door Friday – Mr Berryman Saturday – I. Myhill Sunday – Sophie Cottrell Raffle Winners 1st Prize (Holiday) Erin Albertson 2nd Prize (Porcelain Doll) Susan Cull 3rd Prize (Photograph) Julie Pol THANK YOU to everyone who supported our school over the weekend. It was a wonderful event! We are already looking forward to next year :)... Read more

Open Girl's Voleyball

CONGRATULATIONS to the Open Girl's Volleyball team who are the REGIONAL Champions! Well done to all the team and especially to Charlotte Hunt who was selected in the North-West team.... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Planning for success in 2014

Each year in high school brings new academic and personal challenges for parents and their teens. The School A to Z website has created a year-by-year guideto help you navigate the challenges and decisions your child will face as they commence Years 7,8,9,10,11 and 12. For example, if your child is commencing Year 8 or 10, they'll need to start thinking now about the electives they want to choose later in the year. All students can use a helping hand learning organisational and planning skills, regardless of whether they're settling into Year... Read more

Ms Xeros showing off her new iPad

Welcome Back to Students and Staff in 2014

What a GREAT start to the year we have had! Enthusiastic and motivated staff on Day 1 Learning about excellent Literacy strategies and the power of Google. Day 2 - Bright and Enthusiastic Year 7s, 11s and 12s. Day 3 - the whole school back together making a positive start to learning! It really was fantastic to see such happy smiling faces AND everyone in fresh, clean crisp uniforms. What an amazing school community we have at Armidale High School.... Read more