The Newington College Council is dedicated to ensuring diversity of religion, ethnicity, capability and socio economic means within our community. The College governance is independent of but works in affiliation with the Uniting Church in Australia.
Aims and Responsibilities
The College, in its current form, was created by an Act of the NSW Parliament in , which gave rise to a stand-alone, incorporated school, while also enshrining the unique traditions of the partnerships that drive the modern Newington College today. The Council includes in its responsibilities the need to:
- Work with the Headmaster and his team
- Preserve our traditions and unique culture
- Shape the strategic direction of the College, in the context of an ever-changing environment
- Manage the risks associated with any school
- Maintain a watching brief over the delivery of the chosen strategy.
The Council are drawn from a wide cross-section of our community. They are the trustees of our school and are here to assist the Headmaster and staff. The Newington College Council supports the Headmaster in executing the College’s vision, mission and values.
The Council are made up of various members of our College community.
- Old Boys
- Members of the Uniting Church
- Past and current parents
- As well as, people with no prior, direct connection to the College
The Annual Report
Each year the Headmaster’s Annual Report is prepared to acknowledge the people and events that have contributed to the historic records and fabric of Newington College.
Newington College maintains the relevant data and complies with reporting requirements of the NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This data is published in an Annual Report and includes public disclosure of the educational and financial performance measures and policies of the school as required.
A United School
Living with Christian values is fundamental to the way in which we build our community and provide education to students. We are a Uniting Church school and welcome students and families of all religious denominations and cultural backgrounds. Newington College embraces each individual's unique intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs. Students are encouraged to know themselves and to discover their place in God’s world.
Part of the GPS
Newington is a member school of the Great Public Schools (GPS), an association of boys’ schools in New South Wales that share common interests, ethics, educational philosophy and compete against each other in sporting events
The GPS was formed on 30 March 1892, and today has nine members – eight Sydney schools and The Armidale School, a country boarding school.
On the Rise
Dr David Mulford, our Headmaster arrived in 2009 and has brought stability and unity to the College with his grounded and approachable attitude. Dr Mulford’s warmth and enthusiasm for “the boy” is infectious and permeates throughout the College. It's evident in the way we encourage our teachers, to the way they teach the boys. The three Heads of Campus, Mr David Roberts (Head of Stanmore 7- 12), Mr Ben Barrington-Higgs (Head of Lindfield Preparatory) and Mr Ian Holden (Head of Stanmore K -6) support the Headmaster. Together they form a dynamic leadership team.
The boys feel a strong affinity with being part of a student body that seeks to challenge. A series of wins in Sport over consecutive seasons in the last five years has had a unifying effect, but not only this, accolades in co-curricular activities such as Debating, F1 in Schools and Fencing has been embraced by the school community and encouraged the boys’ to explore further and discover more.
Newington boys are encouraged to try everything – take risks, be creative, and to fill their timetable with commitments and activities offered by the College. Involvement is celebrated; doing more, not less, is the norm and we urge all boys to be supportive of each other when doing this. Signing up for ‘philosophy and rugby’, ‘theatresports and rowing’, ‘choir and woodwork’ has challenged the stereotypes of what it means to be either academically astute or athletically gifted or culturally engaged. Newington loves all permutations of interests and passions.