About Education in
From some perspectives Armidale has the best access
to education anywhere in Australia. This
includes not only the schools, TAFE and University
but access to such things as music, drama, martial
arts and a wide range of sports is within a few
minutes drive. So you have the opportunity to
participate in numerous activities in the one day.
University of New England
The University of New England
at Armidale provides the total tertiary education
package. UNE is composed of 10 Schools: School of Arts,
Schoolf o Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences,
School of Education, School of Environmnental and Rural
Science, School of Health, School of Humanities, School
of Law, School of Rural Medicine, School fo Science and
Technology and the UNE Business School. The UNE Business
School also includes the Graduate School of Businbess. Students can specialise in
numerous fields including accounting, business, law, languages, music, Asian
studies, agriculture, resource economics and information
Being the oldest regional
university in Australia, UNE has a tradition of
excellence and fully residential colleges provide a life
style conducive both to academic and social success.
UNE Colleges provide rich opportunities for leadership
and the development of community contribution. The
Earle Page College
Coast Run is just example of this.
Accommodation can also be found in the University flats
and in rented premises in town.
There are also significant opportunities to develop
skills outside the academic area. In 2013 the UNE
Enactus team represented Australia at the world
championships in Mexico. UNE's own radio station
(TUNEFM 106.9) is one of Australia's longest running FM
offers a wide variety of services including the Union
and the Sport UNE, libraries, student careers advisory
services, part time employment for students, a students
financial assistance scheme, academic skills centre,
counselling services, student access and equity unit,
medical services, computing facilities, the Oorala
Aboriginal centre, the services of a chaplain and an
international office. UNE caters for internal, external
and mature age admissions and offers a large number of
post graduate scholarships and degrees.
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Armidale has two
comprehensive high schools,
Duval Highs ,
O'Connor Catholic High
and three independent fee-paying boarding schools. Each
of these six schools has particular areas of excellence.
The academic staff at all are of the highest calibre.
The three independent
schools in Armidale, each over 100 years old, cater for
students from Kindergarten to Year 12. New England
Girl's School (NEGS), the largest girls' boarding
school in the southern hemisphere, is renown for its
riding school. Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC)
Armidale has linked with PLC Croydon in Sydney to offer
more to their students and The Armidale School (TAS)
offers magnificent buildings and sporting facilities in
addition to academic excellence. Each of these schools
occupies spacious grounds close to the city centre and
is exceptionally well equipped for extra-curricular
Besides the three independent schools, there are numerous state schools
providing education from Kindergarten to Year 6, a
Catholic Primary school and a Steiner school. All main
stream primary schools follow the same basic curriculum
set by the NSW Board of Studies although private schools
place a greater emphasis on the observance of religion.
education for children aged 3 to 5 is offered by not for
profit community based organisations to provide early
Activities for the Young
Besides the vast range of
extra-curricular activities provided by all the schools,
Armidale boasts a host of activities for tots to teenagers.
There is the Police and Community Youth Club, the YMCA, Scouts
and Girl Guides, as well as church youth groups. There are
numerous schools of ballet, drama, speech, aerobics, gymnastics
and sporting clubs. Armidale also boasts the Armidale Youth
Orchestra, the Armidale City Band and smaller ensembles in which
budding musicians are encouraged to perform. The New
England Conservatorium of Music offers exciting opportunities
for high level skill development.
During vacations the National
Parks & Wildlife Service arranges holiday programmes.
Residential sporting camps hosted by the university provide
professional coaching for promising sportsmen and women and for
those interested in riding the Armidale Horse and Pony Club
stages both an annual camp and regular events throughout the
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of other things available.