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
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.
A Diverse Community
Our Parents and Friends Associations are 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.
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.
- 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 the boys
- Provide a parent perspective on school life to the school executive
Our Key Drivers
The tree represents a long established, healthy and still growing organisation. The three campuses, individual support groups and their initiatives, are the interconnected leaves—all branching out to create a canopy of protection and support over the boys and their learning.
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.
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
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.
As a sub group 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 Evening.
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.