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.