In June 2017 the NSW Treasurer announced in the budget that a brand new, purpose-built high school with capacity for 1500 students will be constructed on the Armidale High School site by 2020 and 2021, at a cost of $65 million.
The new school will bring together Armidale High School and Duval High School into a combined institution, with facilities to rival any school in NSW and possibly Australia. These will include state-of-the-art flexible learning spaces, specialist subject facilities for science and technology, recording and performance facilities, and sporting facilities.
The transition period – particularly the years 2019-2021 – will be carefully managed, with a smooth transition for existing students being our highest priority. Work has already started to help students prepare for the change through each school's Positive Behaviour for Learning program.
A school is much more than just its facilities. This new school will be based on best practices in teaching and learning, including integrated learning methods, personalised learning, support for gifted and talented students, real-world teaching and learning, and student ownership of learning pathways.
The design of the school and its mix of facilities are being planned by us – the students, parents, staff and the broader community.
Reminder - how to stay informed
We know life is incredibly busy but we do encourage you to try to stay informed about developments happening with the school. The best way to do this is by:
- Read this newsletter which will continue to be issued monthly next year. Encourage your friends to register via the website, www.armidalefutureschool.com.au
- If you're a parent or student, read your school newsletter (AHS or DHS) for updates;
- Check the website www.armidalefutureschool.com.au for information updates and event notices;
- "Like" our Armidale Future School Facebook Page.