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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Regional Australia Education - TAS and the Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Photo: Sunshine Coast Grammar School Under 12s in action, TAS (The Armidale School) National Primary Rugby Carnival, April 2007

In an earlier post I commented on the strong performance of the University of the Sunshine Coast in the student satisfaction measurements.

Browsing around, I came across another story that pleased me because it linked some of the things I write about on this blog, the richness and diversity of life in Regional Australia.

Last September I wrote of the remarkable history of the Winifred West Schools. TAS (The Armidale School) is another such story.

Founded in 1894 to meet the needs of the children of New England landowners, TAS has evolved into one of Australia's premier boarding and day schools for boys. The school now has superb facilities and a rich campus life.

In April, the Sunshine Coast Grammar School's Under 12s (22 boys and 35 parents and supporters) travelled by bus to Armidale, having been invited to compete in the annual TAS National Primary Rugby Carnival on the weekend of the 20th April.

The School reports:

"Our boys joined such illustrious Rugby Nurseries as The Kings School, Riverview, Knox Grammar, and Tudor House from Sydney; Brisbane Grammar, The Southport School and Toowoomba Prep from QLD, and regional powerhouses Kinross-Wollaroi from Orange, Dubbo Roos, Tamworth Juniors, and Moree Juniors...25 in all."

The Sunshine Coast boys played well on this initial outing, finishing their Pool games with wins over Tudor House and St Patricks College (Sydney), narrow losses to Tamworth Juniors and Kings School and a draw with eventual winners highly fancied Brisbane Grammar. They then played a heart-stopping 1 point win over previous conquerors Kings School in the playoffs to finish third.

The School report concludes:

"The boys had a wonderful chance to experience life at one of Australia's premier Boarding Schools, boarding in Croft House and eating with the other players in the magnificent TAS dining hall."

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