OBU GPS Port Macquarie Lunch

The President of the Great Public Schools Old Boys’ Unions’ Council cordially invites you & your wife/partner to

Our First Port Macquarie Lunch
Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Venue: Rydges Hotel
1 Hay Street Port Macquarie


Time: 11:45 am for 12 noon


Dress: Smart Casual and Old Boys Tie

This luncheon will give you the opportunity to catch up with friends within the GPS community.

Cost: $75.00 per person

(Includes lunch & beverages

Click here to find out more and RSVP

First Port Macquarie Lunch OBU Lunch 25 February 2017

Letter from the OBU President re TAS co-education plan

The TAS Board has announced, on 23 January, a two month consultation period ahead of a decision on opening up TAS to full co-education from Term 1, 2016. If it goes ahead, girls from Year 6 upwards would be able to enrol at TAS as day students or boarders, across all year groups from next year.

As part of this process, 20 consultation meetings will be held with Old Boys, current, past and prospective parents, and friends of the school, in Armidale, in various centres in regional NSW, in Sydney and in Brisbane.

The OBU Executive has been briefed on the proposal and is urging all Old Boys to attend one of these meetings to learn more about the proposal so they can make an informed decision and provide their feedback about it.

A special section on the TAS website, ‘Co-education Consultation Process’, has been created with a letter from the Headmaster, further background information about the proposal, a ‘Q&A’ document, and the dates and venues for the consultation meetings. The link to these web pages is below. This will be added to the OBU website in the next few days.

Feedback can be made by email to the link at the bottom of this letter, or by writing to Co-education Consultation, The Armidale School, Locked Bag 3003, Armidale 2350. Calls can be made to a special hotline number, 0487 549 477. A survey will also be available at a later date.

The school has stated that all feedback will be collated and analysed by the Board to assist it with making a decision about co-education on 31 March.

I encourage you to learn more about the proposal and then have your say on the future of TAS.

Mark Berry,

TASOBU President

Please click here to go to the Co-education Consultation pages on the TAS website.

Feedback on the proposal can be submitted by email.






If TAS was a person, “he’d be a really great bloke”: Peter Fitzsimons

Columnist Peter Fitzsimon wrote this hilarious account of the participation of TAS Old Boys in the 2014 GPS Gold Challenge in the SMH, 10 October 2014

Devil of a time for TAS

Last Saturday at Riverview, 700 old bastards with an average age of 50 gathered to compete in the GPS Gold Challenge – essentially GPS old boys competing as in days of yore, and gore, in everything from rugby to rowing, indoor cricket, basketball, footy, athletics, tennis, and much more. Six ambulances and the Zambucks were kept busy till well after sundown, and they ran out of ice – not for keeping the drinks cold, but for ice packs on the hundreds of tender hamstrings. Big winners on the day were the old boys of The Armidale School who won – wait for it – The Rugby Trophy! It was an extremely popular win. In the words of one participant, “TAS is like your country cousin that most of the family has long forgotten. Then you catch up for a few beers in the corner at your sister’s wedding and you realise he is a really great bloke.” At the dinner, the win for TAS was greeted with a partial standing ovation, by as many participants who could still stand, In response the TAS captain gloried most particularly in their win over the Old Boys of one school in particular. “Like most of you we were always smashed by Joeys and felt they were at least five years older than us. Today we slaughtered Joeys and realised we were right. They ARE at least five years older!”

(The TAS captain was David ‘DJ’ Thompson, ’76-’81) 

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TAS success at GPS Gold Challenge

There were plenty of tall stories of past sporting glories, friendly rivalry with old foes, and fortunately no torn hamstrings, when dozens of members of the TAS community put their bodies on the line for the GPS Gold Challenge on 3-4 October.First staged in 1999 and now held every two years as a major fundraiser for the Red Kite Foundation, the event brings together almost 700 GPS Old Boys who have turned, or are about to turn, 50, for competition in a range of sporting disciplines.
This year’s TAS connection included 34 Old Boys from the 1981 and 1982 cohorts (some of whom are current TAS dads), as well as several other current and past TAS fathers who attended other GPS schools.At the shooting held at King’s on Friday, the 19-strong TAS ’81 narrowly came second, and the TAS ’82 team of 15, came third. Several also took part in golf, held at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club.Then on the Saturday morning at St Ignatius College Riverview, many took to the tennis courts for an exhausting hit-out, before it was all legs on deck for touch football and athletics. (There was also basketball, indoor cricket and rowing competitions, in which TAS didn’t compete). TAS loaned shooters to Scots and swimmers to King’s, all in the spirit of the event. However the highlight was undoubtedly that evening at the dinner for more than 650, when the TAS ’81 team were presented with the David Hutchison Trophy for winning the touch rugby! The (old) TAS warcry sang (!) out proudly from Riverview’s Ramsay Hall. TAS also came second in the debating – more like a public speaking competition, in which one representative from each school had to speak to the topic ‘That GPS Schools should be Coeducational’ (High, Kings, Shore, Scots and TAS were all tasked with putting the case for the Affirmative).
It was the largest yet representation from TAS, which had a higher participation rate proportionate to the cohort, than any other school. It was also the best yet result for TAS at the competition. The event was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with schoolmates and peers from other schools, as well as flying the school flag in the GPS arena.

Congratulations and many thanks to Old Boys Nick Tuit and David Thompson who rallied the 1981 leavers, and Duncan McDonald (also a current parent) for herding up the ‘82s. With any luck, the ’83 and ’84 Old Boys will be wanting to make it an even better year for TAS, at the GPS Gold Challenge in 2016!

To learn more about the GPS Gold Challenge, click here

To view photos from the event, click on the image below.

GPS GC trophy

Click on the image above to view photos from the 2014 GPS Gold Challenge

GPS Gold Challenge

GPS Gold Challenge

Planning is well underway for this year’s GPS Gold Challenge on 3-4 October (over the long weekend). Held every two years for Old Boys aged around 50, all nine GPS schools are represented making the GPS Gold Challenge the largest Old Boys’ event in Australia.

This year’s event, now in its sixteenth year, is for the GPS Old Boys who finished Year 12 in 1981 and 1982. Teams representing each school compete in 10 disciplines – golf, shooting, rowing, tennis, cricket, basketball, touch rugby, athletics, swimming and debating. The Challenge culminates with a dinner and debate. Over the weekend, funds are raised for Red Kite, which assists children and young people suffering from cancer.

Keen to be involved? 1981 leavers should contact Nick Tuit (78-81) nick@cq.kwikcopy.com.au or David (DJ) Thompson (76-81) david@holla.com.au, and those from 1982, Duncan McDonald (77-81) at texan678@gmail.com or Tim Hughes (78-82) at thughes@as.edu.au


Annual GPS Golf Day

“Calling all TAS old boy Golfers to note GPS Old Boys Golf will be held at Manly Golf Course on Thursday 21 August 2014. If you are interested to play then email to John Steuart onjohnsteu@bigpond.net.au “
In addition could this notice be added to the TAS website in the Old Boys or Coming events section.