NEW GARDEN REFLECTS ON THE PAST, LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
The 125th anniversary of the School in 2019 not only provided an opportunity to celebrate all the good that has been achieved since the New England Proprietary School opened its doors in 1894, but also openly acknowledge that not all in our history is proud.
Construction of the ‘Reflection Space’ developed out of concepts proposed by a number of Old Armidalians and designed by landscape architect Julie McRae, the garden, located between the Croft Dam and the DG Park Tennis Courts, is inspired by the natural bushland of the region which has historically provided adventure, solace, and release for TAS students.
It is hoped that Old Armidalians will feel welcome in this space for years to come and benefit from the message it brings. Related to this physical statement of apology, in 2019 the School Board committed to TAS joining the National Redress Scheme which provides acknowledgement, support and an avenue for redress to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Once the process of joining the Scheme was completed, redress through this means is open to our community.
National Redress Scheme
The Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia. The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:
• access to counselling;
• a redress payment; and
• a direct personal response from the institution, such as an apology, for people who want it.
The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. TAS officially joined the NRS in 2019. For more information visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.