The Armidale School offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.
2021 has been another strong year of Indigenous education at The Armidale School (TAS), despite a continually shifting landscape. Our Indigenous Support Officer Clarrie Moran, along with the Director of Pastoral Care, worked hard to maintain momentum by ensuring our Aboriginal students are well connected to their peers, the TAS community and their culture whilst learning from home. Students regularly zoomed into their Advisor groups, where familiar faces were a pleasant relief and lockdown stories shared amongst friends. Students also participated in a variety of online clubs that were created to keep students occupied and engaged. These clubs included: Cooking, Camping and Fishing, Virtual Walking, Chocolate Making, Chess, Public Speaking, Earth Art and Gardening.
Clarrie spent many hours traversing country NSW, visiting our AIEF families and strengthening the connection between home and TAS. These trips along with weekly phone calls/Zoom meetings established Clarrie as a key link between our parents, the School’s Wellbeing Team, Heads of Boarding Houses and our Student Advisors. Clarrie, a local Anaiwan man himself, is also well positioned to strengthen the relationship between TAS and our Armidale Aboriginal community, a relationship that is continuing to flourish.
Despite the ups and downs 2021 presented, there were several notable highlights involving AIEF students.
It has been fantastic to see Year 12 student Oliver’s growth. A once shy young man, Oliver really stepped up to the challenge of the Indigenous Student Leader role and paved the way for our younger students. To watch Oliver graduate online was a proud moment, not only for TAS but for Oliver’s extended family.
Oscar was selected by his peers to represent Year 11 on the Student Representative Council and was also very humbled by the opportunity to present the TAS 1st XV with their Indigenous rugby jerseys before a match vs Matthew Flinders Anglican College. The artwork for these jerseys was specially designed for TAS by the father of fellow students, Brayden and Zac (Year 8).
During Terms 1 and 2, Clarrie took all of our AIEF students to the Armidale PCYC for morning Boxing classes twice weekly. These fitness sessions, followed by breakfast and cultural discussions with community members was well received by students, despite the early and at times, very cold mornings.
I am also pleased to announce that work has started on designing an Indigenous Student Honour Board to be hung in our Administration wing, along with additional signage to be erected around the campus that acknowledges the traditional owners of the land that The Armidale School was built. These initiatives will help our students recognise that they are a part of a bigger picture and will serve as a reminder of those who have walked in their shoes before them.
I offer my best wishes to graduating student Oliver and take great confidence in our incoming Year 12 leaders, Oscar and Jordyn. We look forward to welcoming some fantastic young students to the start of their journey at TAS in 2022.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at The Armidale School were spread across Years 8 to 12.
In 2021, the 16 Indigenous students enrolled at The Armidale School were representative of 3.5% of the total population of 456 students.
In 2021, AIEF supported 10 students at The Armidale School.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at The Armidale School was 91%.
Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.