Parents and Friends

The Newington College Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is an active and significant part of our College community.

Community in Partnership

Great schools, and their communities, try to connect with families as a way of really knowing their students. It is a part of providing what is best for each individual learner as well as for building the community as a whole.

It is hard to imagine an excellent school that does not engage families. At the heart of every boy at Newington is a family, and this gives him his identity and shapes his 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 the boys 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 teenage boys 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, parenting forums 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.

For more information contact:
p&f@newington.nsw.edu.au

 

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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.

Our Volunteers

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.

Our Vision 

  • A stronger community through a connected community

Our Mission

  • Providing opportunities for parent/carers to connect with each other and the school

Our Objectives

  • Bring parents/carers together
  • Improve facilities and resources for the boys
  • Provide a parent perspective on school life to the school executive

Our Key Drivers

  • Connection
  • Communication
  • Community

Parent Forums

"As a leader of a not-for-profit organisation, Sam Webb brought the perfect balance of an energising performance blended with real-world experience and credibility. He not only inspired, but offered practical and effective approaches to living a positive life."

Alleviating a lack of understanding around an expectation the College has of your son, or becoming more aware of typical peer and social dynamics for his age, can go a long way to improving conversations at home around a young boy’s worries or concerns. Forums held by the P&F on parenting issues clarify that there is real partnership between all parents in navigating the challenges of adolescence.

A Well-Being Series of Lectures, “Difficult Conversations” is held annually to make easier some of the difficult but necessary conversations we have with teenagers. The guest speakers are experts in their field and they focus on boys and the role of a parent when discussing these sensitive topics.

This series is the initiative of the Deputy Head of Stanmore Campus (Students), Mr Bob Meakin in partnership with Newington College P&F.

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Associations and Groups

Sports Association Support Groups

  • Cricket Association
  • Fencing Support Group
  • Football Association
  • Rowing Association
  • Rugby Association
  • Tennis Support Group
  • Water Polo Support Group
  • Creative Arts Association
  • NEW Women
  • Cross Country Association
  • Basketball Association
  • AFL Support Group

Join a Support Group

We have a number of Parent Support Groups for the diverse range of activities available to our boys. These support groups are formed by parents who are keen to promote and support each sport, with the aim of allowing all boys to get the most out of their sporting experience at the College.

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NEW Women

As a subgroup of the P&F, NEW Women welcomes mothers across all year groups, guardians, grandmothers, teachers and friends connected to Newington College. NEW Women annual functions include the Year 7 Mother & Son Dinner, coordinating the Black & White Café and Marketplace at Back to Newington Day and a NEW Women Social Evening.

NEW Women also proudly sponsor the artist-in-residence program.

newwomen@newington.nsw.edu.au

Creative Arts Association

The Creative Arts Association supports all students in Drama, Music and the Visual Arts. The group provides an opportunity to meet and socialise with other parents who share an appreciation of the creative arts.

Mark Bland Newington Citation

P&F Awards

Newington Citation

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. The 2016 Newington Medal was awarded to Newington Old Boy Mark Bland (ON 1983).

Recent Recipients

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

If you would like further information in relation to the Newington Citation, please contact the Community and Development Office here:
Community@newington.nsw.edu.au

 (02) 9568 9374

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