Schools chalk up success in enrolments and scholarships

SEATS OF LEARNING: Farrer is the sole government provider of boys' education in a regional setting, and the only boys' agricultural school in Australia.
SEATS OF LEARNING: Farrer is the sole government provider of boys' education in a regional setting, and the only boys' agricultural school in Australia.

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FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School has established an enviable reputation as a centre of excellence in academics, agriculture, welfare, sports and academic programs.

Catering to the education of both day and boarding students, Farrer is the sole government provider of boys' education in a regional setting, and the only boys' agricultural school in Australia.

The school is set on 191 hectares of prime agricultural land, 10 kilometres from Tamworth and has 600 students enrolled; 350 boarders and 250 day boys.

Agriculture is a central focus, providing opportunities for problem solving and practical education that flow on to all aspects of the school.

Farrer have developed an atmosphere of harmonious cooperation that is the best environment for student productivity and progress.

This allows students to achieve their educational objectives while forming lasting relationships and memories.

Farrer's aim of "producing thinking, well education, skilled, flexible and caring young men" depends upon the continued support and communication between all members of our community - students, staff, parents and caregivers. Enrolling at Farrer provides an outstanding education, memorable experiences and mateship that lasts a lifetime.


PLC Armidale has a long and distinguished tradition for providing a high quality, all-girls’, all-round education.

In her address to the current and new girls of the college at last week’s welcome assembly, Principal Nicola Taylor drew on comparisons of when the college first opened 130 years ago.

“Unlike the recent heat, the weather when the college was opened in January 1887 was very wet, with eight students at the start of the week and 20 some 10 days later, (four of them boarders). Members of the governing body at the time were supportive of an education for girls far more wide reaching in scope and depth than what was traditionally on offer. The founding principal, Miss Higgs believed “knowledge is power” with a curriculum diversified to suit the needs and interests of the individual student.

“Throughout … the history of the college … things of importance remain: a commitment to academic rigour and endeavour, the empowering of girls to be strong-minded and independent, excellence in musical endeavour, active participation in sport and keen contributors to their community.”

PLC Armidale has commenced its milestone year with an incredible increase in its enrolments. The leading school for girls in northern NSW has also commenced its new PLC Pathways (ELICOS) program.

PLC Armidale will be hosting its annual scholarship and open day on February 27. For more information phone Sally McCook on 6770 1727.


Calrossy Anglican School believes success is far more than just a destination, it is experiences.  

A rewarding education for your child is delivered through a myriad of experiences. It is happiness, a smile, a fear conquered, a friendship formed, a new skill, curiosity peaked, knowledge discovered, a faith found, self-confidence realised, a talent nurtured and an end result. 

Calrossy Anglican School understands that you want that journey to be a satisfying, fruitful and illuminating experience for your child.

The school strives to provide each of its students with an education that is a successful journey of mind, heart and soul.

Calrossy Anglican School, based in Tamworth, is one school, two campuses and four learning environments. It is a “diamond school”, meaning boys and girls are taught together until year 6, separately from year 7 to 10, before combining for senior classes. 

This “diamond” model allows us to tailor teaching and pastoral care to meet the gender-specific needs of our pupils. 

Once again in 2016 Calrossy was the top performing school in the New England and the North West, the only school in the region to make the prestigious top 150 schools list.

Calrossy had 26 students named as distinguished achievers across both the secondary boys and girls.  Further, the school achieved 54 “top band” results making its success rate more than three times that of other regional state and independent schools. 

Calrossy’s new principal, David Smith, has hit the ground running on the back of the great results.

“The 2016 HSC results are truly outstanding, placing Calrossy at the top across the region,” Mr Smith said.

“But what is even more pleasing is that our achievements in the middle range were just as stunning.”

Other highlights for Calrossy include a second place in the State in Music 1, following first in 2015 and a student in the All Round Achievers Honour Role for Band 6 results in all 10 units.  

Calrossy will throw open its doors on the Brisbane Street and the William Cowper campus on February 24 but inquiries are welcome anytime on 5776 5100. 


FROM as far as Hong Kong, the Northern Territory, Sydney and Brisbane, 137 boys and girls started at The Armidale School this year as part of the largest intake since its founding in 1894.

It was even more students than in the very unusual year of 1942, when wartime threats to Sydney Harbour posed by Japanese submarines caused a huge influx of 120 students from Sydney that almost doubled the school population.

“Close to one third of those new to TAS this year are girls and half of all new enrolments are boarders,”  Headmaster Murray Guest said.

“We now have 223 students living on campus, the highest number of boarders at TAS in more than 20 years and significantly, more new boys started this year than in eight out of the past 10 years.

“Our movement along the path of significant but steady growth has well and truly begun.”

TAS has a non-selective enrolment policy and offers a diverse curriculum with a focus on academic achievement.


SCHOLARSHIPS are now open for application at The Glennie School in Toowoomba, providing part remission for tuition fees making a Glennie education accessible to help as many girls as possible to be “All she can be”.

The Glennie School is a private Anglican school for girls, providing the best education for prep, primary and secondary students.

A range of scholarships are available to girls entering Years 7 and 10 and reflect the supportive and inclusive approach the Glennie School has to education.

Applications for the 2018 school year can now be made via The Glennie School website. Scholarship tests will be held at The Glennie School on March 4 and supervised by Glennie teachers.

Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Head of School, are offered for three or four years and, following a successful progress review, are continued until the end of Year 12.

Scholarships categories include academic, boarding, general ability, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, Glennie Old Girls’ Association, performing arts (Helen Orton scholarship), financial need.

Academic scholarships are awarded based on academic reports, while general ability scholarships are based on a combination of academic, sporting and cultural talents.