Newington College

Vision, Strategy and Governance

Our vision is to empower our students to develop great hearts, inspired minds and strong wings, ready to make a positive contribution to society and the future.

Strategic Plan 2020-2024

Newington College is in a great place today. We are fortunate to have excellent staff, a strong community and rigorous academic, pastoral and co-curricular programs.

The future is an exciting, challenging place. The future of work, the future of truth, the future of the planet, the future of our humanity and more requires us to think again about practices and approaches that best fit our students for the future. To promote this, we will reaffirm a culture that is vibrant, caring and courageous.

Great Hearts, Inspired Minds, Strong Wings, Firm Foundations
What do students need to navigate the future and be the best versions of themselves? With ‘Great Hearts, Inspired Minds and Strong Wings’, they will flourish. ‘Firm Foundations’ will ensure our College remains efficient, sustainable and robust.

The Strategic Plan for 2020-2024 builds upon the beliefs developed by the pioneers of the College. It takes stock of what we do for our students, identifies what we really want for (and from) each of them, and offers plans to make it happen. It also reflects on the vital role of staff. We hope this combination will make our students fit for the future that will define their adult lives.

Great Hearts

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Kindness

Inspired Minds

  • Curious
  • Open-minded
  • Rigorous

Strong Wings

  • Independence and teamwork
  • Critical and ethical thinking
  • Physical and artistic expression
  • Communication
  • Creativity and agility
  • Faith and meaning

Firm Foundations

  • Diverse
  • Robust
  • Vibrant
  • People-focused

Our Aims and Values

• Embracing our diversity • Learning with rigour • Exploring our creativity • Leading through serving • Building our character • Nurturing the spiritual • Caring for others • Imagining a better future


The College, in its current form, was created by an Act of the NSW Parliament in 1922, 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 their 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.

Ours is a “skills-based” Council. We determine what skills we need to remain restless and to act on that restlessness, working our partnerships to identify and attract people with particular skills from all required areas, including those with a “fresh eyes” approach.

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.

They are:

  • Old Newingtonians
  • Members of the Uniting Church
  • Past and current parents
  • As well as, people with no prior, direct connection to the College

The Annual Report

Newington College maintains the relevant data and complies with reporting requirements of the NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning 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.

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.

The National Redress Scheme

Newington College is part of the National Redress Scheme, which helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse access counselling and psychological services, a direct personal response from the institution and a monetary payment.

Report a Concern

The safety and wellbeing of our students is Newington College’s paramount and most fundamental concern.

It is important that we know about any behaviour that students, Old Newingtonians, or employees feel is wrong or inappropriate. We use Whispli to help our students and employees submit information anonymously about instances involving inappropriate, unprofessional, or criminal behaviour.