Co-Curricular

Boys can choose any combination of any co-curricular opportunities on offer, and in whatever depth they want to do it in. Difference is promoted. Being yourself at your best is our guiding principle.

The analytical, sequential, scientific and left-sided brain world is encouraged as much as the non-linear, holistic, intuitive and creative right-sided brain world is nurtured.

Our extensive Co-curricular program gives boys many opportunities to excel beyond the classroom. Under the same Learning and Teaching framework as our Academic program, students are encouraged to be self-directed, inquisitive and reflective learners both in the rehearsal room and on the playing field.

Sport and Music feature prominently in the co-curricular activities available at Newington, however the list of options and combinations for the boys to choose from grows each year based on demand and the evolving interests of our boys. We are excited to present the boys with a multitude of opportunities beyond the classroom to discover what’s possible.

Sport at Newington

Sport enables lasting friendships, an appetite for being physically and mentally healthy, and reinforces some of the important lessons about teamwork, responsibility, character and collegiality.

The philosophy of Sport at Newington is to build a culture of ‘Being your best’ and doing it with humility, respect and enthusiasm.

Sport is an important part of the development and well-being of adolescent boys and is a compulsory activity for all students at Newington College. We offer a wide range of competition and non-competition sports at various levels.

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Summer Sports

Summer Sport at Newington runs throughout Terms 1, 2 and 4. Summer Sports include: Basketball, Cricket, NewFit , Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Water Polo.

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Winter Sports

Winter Sport runs throughout Terms 2 and 3. Sports include: Athletics, Badminton, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, New Fit , Rifle Shooting, Rugby, Snowsports, Tennis – Winter and Volleyball.

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Talented Athletes Support Program

This program operates to assist students who are on a pathway to becoming professional, Olympic or student athletes at international universities and colleges.

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Training

The majority of boys will train two afternoons per week from 3:30 PM – 5:15 PM and compete in organised fixtures on a Saturday.

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Sport Fixtures

The rounds of games in the AAGPS are set for the calendar year in each code for 1sts and 2nds teams’ matches. The remaining games are organised on a term basis and then a weekly basis dependent upon the numbers of teams and fields available at each participating school.

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Unwritten Lessons in Co-curricular

The Co-curricular program at Newington provides enormous scope and opportunity for our young men to develop passions and skills beyond the classroom.

Co-curricular also provides boys with an opportunity to learn how to cope with adversity. These are opportunities – with the support of their Mentors – for students to develop personal and interpersonal skills.

Equally, when things go well in sport or through Service learning activities, students have the opportunity to demonstrate a generosity of spirit and care for others. This is reinforced in our Character Value approach to sport which focuses on the development of the following key attributes: Enjoyment, Growth, Hard work, Resilience, Respect and Unity.

Creative Arts

Visual Arts enthusiasts can join art club on school afternoons and hone their skills across various mediums and mixed media.

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Creative Arts

The CineArts co-curricular combines a love of film with exploring the theory behind filmmaking and scene construction. Each year, the CineArts program culminates in the Newington College Film Festival.

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Creative Arts

Whether you're after individual music tuition or wanting to join an ensemble, this is the place to be if you love music.

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Creative Arts

Co-curricular Drama provides a stage for all boys to discover the power of performance and rhetoric.

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Creative Arts

Each year, the New Enigma Publication showcases the best in creative writing, poetry and visual arts from our Senior boys.

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Recognising Achievement

The Co-Curricular achievements of our boys are recognised through awarding Colours and captaincy to senior boys. These acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of each boy as well his contribution to that particular Co-curricular area.

Outdoor Education

Newington Challenge is an outdoor education program for Year 9 and 10 boys.

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Outdoor Education

Duke of Edinburgh is an internationally-recognised program with three levels of achievement aimed at developing survival skills, teamwork and building self esteem.

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Outdoor Education

Newington proudly hosts Australia's longest running Cadet unit. The Cadet program is an opportunity for boys to develop endurance, physical fitness and mental strength and character.

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Minimum Requirements

To help ensure that our boys get the most out of their time here at the College, there are mandatory minimum co-curricular expectations. In special circumstances an exemption can be granted from an activity by the Head of Co-Curricular.

Year 7 to 8

Applies from Term 1 in Year 7 to the end of Term 4 in Year 8

  • Minimum Expectation: equivalent to two full co-curricular commitments—at least two to be sport, per year
  • No Outdoor Education requirement

Year 9 to 10

Applies from the start of Term 1 in Year 9 to the end of Term 4 in Year 10

  • Minimum Expectation: equivalent to two full co-curricular commitments—at least one to be a sport, per year
  • Outdoor Education mandatory

Year 11

Applies from the start of Term 1 in Year 11 to the end of Term 3 in Year 11

  • Minimum Expectation: equivalent to two full co-curricular commitments—at least one to be a sport, per year
  • Outdoor Education voluntary after Year 10

Year 11 to 12

Applies from the start of Term 4 in Year 11 to the end of Term 3 in Year 12

  • Minimum Expectation of one full co-curricular commitment, except if a boy has aspirations for Full College Prefecture
  • Outdoor Education voluntary

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Important Contacts

Head of Co-curricular – Mr Peter Wilkins


Head of Sport – Mr James Godfrey
Head of Music – Mr Mark Scott
Head of Drama – Ms Tamara Smith
Head of Cadets – Mr Rod Wood
Head of Newington Challenge – Mr Matt Holdgate
Head of Service Learning – Mr Mick Madden