From the Headmaster Archive

Messages from Headmaster Michael Parker.

January 2019

A few days ago, as part of giving myself a guided tour of the College, I went to see the uniform shop. There I met several new Year 7s trying on the Newington black and white for the first time. There they were, already wholly formed characters, with their stories of primary school, their unique web of friends and family, as well as their favourite books, their favourite sports and their favourite movie over the holidays (usually Aquaman). At the same time, they were alive with the possibilities for their future as Newingtonians-to-be. Over the next six years, I wondered, were they going to be fencers or cellists, rowers or debaters, mathematicians or artists –  or a wonderful combination of these and more. There was excitement for the journey ahead, as well as some trepidation.  Either way, it is all there in front of them.

As a new starter myself, I sympathised with them. Although I don’t need to buy a new uniform (my suits still fit, even after Christmas), I have a similar sense of the excitement and potential the years ahead could hold. Even though I taught here for five years in the early 2000s, I am looking forward very much to learning and hearing so much in the months to come about the Newington of 2019.

As the previous Head, Dr David Mulford, so often said, Newington is a place where each person can discover what is possible. I think this really encapsulates the school’s vision. These corridors, classrooms, playing fields, chapel and stages act as springboards to discover the very best in each child.

I know already that, at Newington, we want each child to be curious and energised by the rippling wonder of our world and optimistic about their own place within it. We want each child to really stretch themselves by being the very best at something that matters. We want each child to see society as a collective to which they give back, not a resource from which they simply take. We want them all to be generous and open-hearted young men who respect the men and women around them, as well as themselves. We want it for the handful of boys I met at the clothing pool and for the many thousands of others who have and will walk through the gates too.

We are, and have all been, committed to making a College that is a caring community and a vibrant powerhouse at the same time. I hope our website gives you an impression of all that could be possible for your son at Newington.