Community in Partnership
It is hard to imagine an excellent school that does not engage families. At the heart of every student at Newington is a family, and this gives them their identity and shapes their values.
The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) at Newington has spent time defining its mission for engagement. The P&F members acknowledge it is important that students do not move between disconnected worlds – the world of home and the world of school – and yet as parents it can sometimes feel that this is the reality. When teenagers become less communicative about what happens at school day-to-day, rightly as a claim for greater independence, parents can be forgiven for thinking that they will only hear about school when there is something wrong.
By consciously working to develop stronger connections and communication with families, whether that is through co-curricular support groups or social events, the P&F is providing opportunities for parents to be included in a positive and beneficial network of school parent ‘experts’. These groups, their meetings and their events are the ‘how’ of successful family and community involvement.
- A stronger community through a connected community
- Providing opportunities for parent/carers to connect with each other and the school
- Bring parents/carers together
- Improve facilities and resources for students
- Provide a parent perspective on school life to the school executive
Our Key Drivers
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A Diverse Community
Our Parents and Friends Association is a diverse group of committed individuals with many talents. We are constantly looking for new members and welcome all to join the Association.
Sporting and cultural support groups play a big part of keeping our P&F Association diverse and accessible to all. Our Supporters’ Groups play a pivotal role in the operation and success of our various co-curricular choices.
Associations and Groups
Time spent at the Saturday sport barbecue, whether you are cooking the sausages or feeding hungry footballers, is also a time to share positive stories, hear that others are sharing the same journey, or maybe clarify how a system works at the College, or who coordinates an event.
We have a number of Parent Support Groups for the diverse range of activities available to our students. These support groups are formed by parents who are keen to promote and support each sport, with the aim of allowing all students to get the most out of their sporting experience at the College.
- AFL Support Group
- Basketball Association
- Creative Arts Association
- Cricket Association
- Cross Country Association
- Fencing Support Group
- Football Association
- NEW Social
- Rowing Association
- Rugby Association
- Tennis Support Group
- Volleyball Support Group
- Water Polo Support Group
The Black & White Store
The Black & White Store offers a collection of quality merchandise suitable for a number of occasions. Identify yourself on the side of a field to other Newington parents with a hat or scarf. Items from the Black & White store make excellent gifts for Old Newingtonians and new students coming into the school.
All items are available for sale at the Newington Uniform Shop in Concordia.
Many individuals and families have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and future of the College through their voluntary support and participation in College life during and often beyond their son’s schooling.
The award of the Newington Citation recognises individuals or families who have made very positive contributions to Newington’s values, thereby maintaining the quality of education and community support as well as enriching the College’s long cultural history.