Our Learning Pathways

Newington is a proudly non-selective school. We offer inquiry-based learning pathways across the years from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Our Learning Environments

The boys are given infinite opportunities to try, test out and find a learning style, pathway and suite of subjects that best suit them.

We offer a wide range of learning opportunities across the years at Newington.

From your son’s first day at one of our Prep Schools to his final term in Year 12, he will have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects, witness different teaching styles and engage in learning that is meaningful to him.

Newington offers a range of learning pathways across its campuses:

The options and opportunities are endless as your son discovers what’s possible.

Students have a choice when it comes to designing their project. This allows them to pursue their interests and engage their curiosity.

- Colleen Scalone, Head of Year 7

Why choose a boys' school?

Boys need to learn how to grow into themselves and this is best done in an environment that celebrates boyhood and manhood.

There can be real differences in the way boys learn best compared to girls. For one, boys and girls’ rates of development are different at various times in their lives.

Often, boys are hardwired to learn more easily through action. Boys can be more spatial and visual by nature and are more fully engaged when learning is more hands-on. However we must be on guard against gender stereotyping and our teachers adapt to all learning styles and preferences.

Boys respond well to quality teaching staff who model strong values and are highly relational. Showing young men what it means to be a man of integrity and empathy is central to how we educate boys at Newington.

Central to effective teaching of boys is the willingness and capacity of teachers to adjust their practice to the various ways boys present themselves in their classrooms.

- Reichert M and Hawley R in 'Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys - Strategies that work and why'

HSC or IB?

Schools attain IB authorisation through visits from IB teams, assessment and extensive teacher training.

Giving senior boys choice in what they learn is an important part of helping them achieve their own academic success.

The NSW Higher School Certificate is an internationally respected educational credential, with a broad range of pathways for students to gain entry into universities both in Australia and overseas.  The HSC supports a broad range of learners, from extending students into the highest levels of academic achievement to giving them direct pathways into the workplace.

Newington is also an International Baccalaureate World School. We offer both the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Lindfield Preparatory and the Diploma Programme for students in Years 11 and 12 at the Stanmore 7-12.

Delivered in over 4000 schools globally, the Diploma Programme provides pathways to Australian and overseas universities through encouraging broad study that balances rigorous and critical thinking with active citizenship and civic engagement.

Part of a Global Community

Whether studying the NSW HSC or the IB Diploma, the aim to develop learners with independence, inquiry, and a global approach to learning is key to Newington’s tradition of diversity and student-centred learning. Currently 25 per cent of Newington’s Years 11 and 12 boys have elected to study the IB Diploma Programme as an alternative study pathway in their final years of schooling.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in Kindergarten to Year 6 is taught at Lindfield Preparatory.

Lindfield's journey to becoming an authorised IB World School began in 2011 and they became a fully fledged provider by 2013.

The PYP encourages students to focus on inquiry and action to develop deeper level, self-reflective learning practices.

I did a number of co-curriculars to take the stress out of Year 12 – debating, symphonic winds and I was part of the STEM mentor program. Maintaining that work-life balance is important.

- Richard Ge (ON 2018) IB score 45/45

Vocational Pathways and Recognition

In 2015, 53 students in Years 11 and 12 were involved in VET and TVET courses at Newington.

The Vocational Pathways program at the College allows the boys to explore interests and pursue careers outside the traditional classroom setting.

Vocational Education Training (VET) courses are:

  • Competency-based
  • Count towards the HSC
  • Can lead to a nationally recognised qualification from TAFE NSW or the Board of Studies
  • Courses include: Business Services, Construction, Financial Services and Hospitality
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 also have the option to study selected TAFE vocational (TVET) subjects externally

Construction really appealed to me, as the VET course gave me a valuable insight into and experience in the construction industry. Investigating and learning all aspects of the construction industry whilst studying with my peers was invaluable.

- Jack Cowdroy (ON 2018) completed a Certificate III in Construction at Newington and was offered an apprenticeship with Porsche.