Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

Professor John Buchanan speaking

Report shows pathways to success in brave new world

Schools will need to open their doors to stronger relationships with employers and workplaces if students are to thrive in a future world rich with artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies. The finding is contained in a report, 'Preparing for the best and worst of times', commissioned by the NSW Department of Education to examine the skills Australia's children will need as AI and other technologies "transform Australia's economy, the workplace and the community". "This report reflects the NSW Department of Education's commitment... Read more

The successful team of students

Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

Parent/Student Information Evening

and School Tour for Year 6 Students At Duval High School campus Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 5.30 for 6.00pm Learn the latest news about Armidale Secondary College, the new school and meet our staff, tour our facilities, learn about our broad curriculum. Light supper provided. For more information please contact: Kris Croft (Project Liaison Officer), ph 6776 7466 or Sandra Cotton ph 6772 1266... Read more

ASC Principal

Appointment of the Armidale Secondary College Principal

As a result of a NSW Department of Education merit selection process, Carolyn Lasker has been selected as the Principal of Armidale Secondary College. Carolyn and Stafford Cameron will continue to work collaboratively in the new school and will share the role of Principal in 2019 and 2020.... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

Vote on the new school's core expectations

How would YOU like to see members of the new Future Armidale School behave and learn? All parents, students and wider community are being given the UNIQUE and EXCITING opportunity to vote on the Core Expectations for the new school. These will be taught to students and implemented from the beginning of 2019 when the two schools combine into one. The new school is committted to being a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school, and these chosen Core Expectations will be the positive behaviours which all school members will be expected to... Read more

Stage 1 underway!

You may have noticed that construction of the safety fences for the installation of Stage 1 demountables and modular buildings at Duval High School commenced on Thursday. This is a very exciting time, as this signals the eagerly-awaited start to installing the temporary buildings we will be using as a combined school in 2019 and 2020! Stage 1 includes the removal of our existing Art demountable to the edge of the front oval near the Industrial Technology building, and the installation of modular and demountable buildings for the new support... Read more

Parenting at the speed of light #1 - Verification

Across the country, children are using social media younger and younger. Safe on Social Media uses the term "Parenting at the speed of light". We speak to parents and carers most nights of the week and have found that they are struggling to keep up with what children are using to communicate with their friends online. We will be emailing out practical tips for parents and carers each week. This way we can help you to help keep kids in your care stay safe on social media without having to be an expert on every single app they are using. Our... Read more

The coming together of two great schools

The Coming Together of 2 Great Schools FILMMAKER Susan Walker Respecting the past, embrace the future. The students voice, courtesy of Armidale and Duval HS SRC.... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: Read more

Armidale Community Invited to Drop-in Sessions to Provide Input on the new Armidale Future School

The Armidale community is invited to attend drop-in sessions in February at Duval High School and Armidale High School, to view concept designs of Armidale's new secondary school, talk to members of the planning team, ask questions and provide feedback. Armidale Future School (AFS) Project Liaison Officer Kris Croft invites parents and interested community members to attend the drop-in sessions which will be held on the 6th February at Armidale High and 7th February at Duval High. "The drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity for the... Read more

Your invitation to transition events

Getting to know your surroundings and feeling comfortable in them is important for everyone. It's particularly important for our students so they can concentrate on learning – without worrying about how to get to their next classroom or who the teacher is. To help students from Armidale High School feel at ease in their new surroundings while at the Duval High School campus, we're hosting a series of transition events. One is for you and your children, held in the evening; while the other is just for students, run during school hours. Please... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

Have your say on the name of Armidale's new future school

We encourage you to vote now on the name of Armidale's new Future School. The Project Reference Group, who is planning the new school, is encouraging as many people as possible from the community to have their say to ensure a wide variety of opinion is heard. Voting is easy. Clicking on this link will take you to the survey form where you can provide your input. There is a list of school names in development, so you can vote on your favourites, provide feedback on them, and make additional suggestions. The voting mechanism is via Bang the... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

2017 Higher School Certificate Examinations venue

Dear Parents and Carers 2017 Higher School Certificate Examination Venue I am please to inform you of the arrangements that Duval High School has been able to put into place to ensure that your children have the best environment for completing their HSC examinations. In partnership with the University of New England, Duval High School students will have access to the Wright Centre for the majority of their 2017 Examinations. From Monday 16 October 2017 (HSC Day 1) to Friday 3 November 2017 (HSC Day 15) inclusive, students will sit their HSC... Read more

Dear past students

Reimagining Armidale's Secondary Schooling | Respectfully, Inclusively, Creatively | #armidalefutureschool You probably heard the announcement late last term about the consolidation of Duval High School and Armidale High School into a single new school, which will begin operating in 2020/21. Both schools are excited about creating a secondary school that will be unlike any other in NSW. Our planning will be based on 21st century teaching practices, with teaching and learning as the drivers for all decision-making. It has been heartening to see... Read more

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