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NEGS News, Term 3 Week 4

11 Aug 2023
Written by Tianna Kelly
General News


At our recent senior assembly, I asked the students to reflect on why they chose NEGS.

Each student in the senior school and their parent/guardian participated in an enrolment interview exploring if NEGS was the right school to choose.

Did you choose NEGS because of the school’s reputation, the Equestrian Centre, hockey or academic opportunities? Are you following in the footsteps of family members who were NEGS girls?  Although the answers vary, one resounding thing is that you chose to be a NEGS student.

In the enrolment interviews, I outline the qualities that makes a successful NEGS student. They are someone who:

  • always tries their best
  • conducts themselves in an appropriate manner
  • is respectful of themselves and others
  • participates in at least one co-curricular activity per year
  • proudly represents the school when asked
  • gives back to the community
  • attends school camps
  • models the school’s values of Integrity, Excellence, Responsibility and Teamwork.

Ms Liz van Generen


Girls Can Too!

Partnered by Armidale TAFE, NEGS Girls were given the opportunity to participate in trying a trade - Girls Can Too!.

Armidale Tafe provided an opportunity for female students to gain exposure to different trade sectors and consider possible career opportunities in non-traditional fields. The program includes four days of exposing students to a different trade area each day. An industry experienced trainer from each trade sector will engage students with hands-on activities.

Students will have commenced opportunities to interact with a broad range of trades - carpentry & joinery, cabinet making, engineering, and small engines. The students will have the opportunity to work with commercial machinery and can experience the TAFE NSW Armidale campus and facilities.

On 28 July, girls completed a tour of Armidale TAFE, learning about safety and WHS compliance. Finally, the best part of the day was carpentry and workshop familiarisation. NEGS girls learnt marking out, measuring, cutting, sanding and assembly skills. It was the first time some girls had been exposed to speciality machines.

The following week girls participated in Industry tours around Armidale including ABS Building Supplies, Sunwest Construction and Nick Backburn Electrical. Students were able to ask questions of the professionals and learn first hand what an experience as a Tradie would entail. The program runs every Friday into Term 4. 

Mrs Julie Hodges

HoD CAPAD and Year 11 Advisor

Next week will see our school join together to focus on an important event that aligns with our NEGS ethos: the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This annual event, observed on August 18th, provides us with an opportunity to come together, raise awareness, and take a stand against bullying and violence.

Understanding the National Day of Action

This day is a nationwide initiative aimed at uniting schools, students, parents, and communities in a collective effort to address and prevent bullying. It serves as a powerful reminder that we all play a role in creating a positive and inclusive culture where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued.

Why the National Day of Action Matters

Bullying and violence have lasting effects on individuals' wellbeing and overall development. By participating in the National Day of Action, we reinforce our commitment to nurturing empathy, compassion, and understanding within our school community. This day serves as a call to action, inspiring us to work together.

Empowering Students

Our focus is on empowering our students to become active agents of change. Through engaging activities, we equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to interact respectfully within a team. We encourage students to be upstanders; promoting kindness, empathy, and respect among their peers.

Continuing the Conversation 

We encourage ongoing conversations about overall wellbeing and the importance of respectful relationships. Engage in these discussions with your children, reinforcing the values of empathy, tolerance, and acceptance.

As we come together to create a school environment where our values are lived, we are shaping a future in which every individual thrives and reaches their full potential.

Upcoming Parent-Teacher Interviews: Building Strong Partnerships for Student Success

Parent-Teacher Interviews for our Junior School parents are scheduled to take place during Week Five. These interviews provide a valuable opportunity for parents, guardians, and teachers to come together and discuss their child's progress, achievements, and areas for growth. We believe that a strong partnership between educators and families is integral to the success of our students, and these interviews offer a platform for open communication, collaboration, and mutual understanding.

During the Parent-Teacher Interviews, you will have the chance to meet with your child's teachers to gain insights into their academic performance, classroom behaviour, and overall progress.

I encourage all parents and guardians to actively participate in these interviews and take advantage of this valuable opportunity to engage with your child’s classroom teacher. To schedule your interviews, please use the online booking system available through Engage. 

With many events coming up this term be sure to stay up to date with school communications. We have a number of exciting community events on the horizon such as our Book Week celebration, Fathers Day breakfast and Grandparents Day.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.


Mrs Heidi Dent

Junior School Co-Ordinator

Dear Boarding House Families,

As the first week of the HSC trials comes to a close, we want to extend our warmest wishes and encouragement to our Year 12 students. This marks the beginning of a crucial period in their academic journey, and we are confident that their hard work and dedication will yield remarkable results.

Boarding life has truly taken on a new dimension for our Year 12 students. The shift to the HSC trial period has allowed them to leverage their daily routines and preparation time to delve even deeper into their studies, honing their skills and embracing the opportunities for growth that lie ahead.

Speaking of growth, our boarders have been staying busy with a wide range of commitments during the weekends. One delightful highlight has been the culinary adventures of Sara and Amelia, who have been treating the boarders to delectable dishes from Ecuador and Colombia. They've been sharing their favorites, with last week's cinnamon scrolls being a particularly sweet hit!

In the spirit of camaraderie and bonding, Kirkwood's new fire pit has quickly become a cherished gathering spot. Afternoons see the girls coming together, toasting marshmallows, sharing stories, and enjoying each other's company before and after dinner. It's heartening to witness the sense of community and friendship that these moments foster.

A special mention goes out to Ms Sallie Leaney, who has made valuable contributions during her time at White House. We extend our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to her as she embarks on new endeavors. Welcoming Mrs Jenny Murphy to White House is an exciting transition, and we look forward to her continued support and leadership. She will also be overseeing Saumarez House, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience for our boarders.

We are thrilled to introduce our new additions to the boarding house staff: Ella Elks, Sigourney Berkey, Jessica McGrath, and Annie. Their presence will undoubtedly enhance the vibrant atmosphere of our community.

Looking ahead, an exciting weekend awaits our boarders with skating and bowling in Armidale this Saturday and Yoga on Sunday. We encourage all boarders to participate, as these outings provide a wonderful opportunity for recreation and connection.

Our weekly tradition of Tuesday night games in the dining hall continues to be a highlight. Year 12 and 11 students have taken the lead in organizing these engaging activities. Bananagram, UNO, and spoons have brought laughter and friendly competition, creating cherished memories for all involved.

As the term progresses into its fourth week, we kindly request that all families submit their SSTS Travel requests via email. This ensures a smooth and efficient process for coordinating travel arrangements.

Lastly, we urge families to engage in conversations with their daughters about the responsible use of technology and social media. Open dialogue on this topic promotes healthy habits and fosters a safe online environment.

We are immensely proud of our Boarding community and the growth we continue to witness in each and every student. Here's to a successful week ahead and a continued spirit of camaraderie and achievement.


Mrs Meagan Laverty

Head of Boarding

Round 1 of IGSA Hockey and Netball games commenced at the end of Week 2, 27-29 July. The girls were amazing to take away and played their very best at all times. They demonstrated true resilience when it became challenging and are a real credit to our school. Thank you to Greg Doolan for coaching both of our hockey teams and Kristin Willis and Bella Oates for coaching our netball girls. Another thank you to the parents who attended or cheered the girls on roadside as we passed by, it was lovely for our girls to see how much they are supported. At this stage, both hockey teams are sitting 4th on the ladder and both netball teams are running 8th. The results from their games were:

Junior Hockey

Game 1: 0-1 loss against Ascham

Game 2: 1-1 draw against PLC Sydney

Game 3: 2-1 win against Frensham

Senior Hockey

Game 1: 4-4 draw against Abbotsleigh

Game 2: 2-3 loss against St Catherine's

Game 3: 2-1 win against Ravenswood

Game 4: 4-3 win against SCEGGS

Junior Hockey

Game 1: 8-28 loss against Wenona

Game 2: 13-26 loss against Meridan

Game 3: 14-32 loss against St Vincents

Senior Hockey

Game 1: 11-31 loss against Abbotsleigh

Game 2: 5-25 loss against Brigidine

Game 3: 22-27 loss against St Vincents

Game 4: 23-31 loss against SCEGGS

Round 2 is in Week 7, 31 August - 2 September, where the Junior teams will play 4 games and Seniors will play 3.

Finals are planned for 15/16 September should we be successful (end of Week 9).

NEGS will be participating in a netball gala day to be held next week on 16 August for students in Years 7-10. The girls will play against other schools from the local area. This gala day is a great chance for students with lots of netball experience, as well as those with limited experience who want to give it a go.  We wish them all the best in their games.

Junior School students and students from Years 9 and 10 have been enjoying their gymnastics sessions each week, building on their skills. Years 9 and 10 are working towards creating routines and we look forward to seeing their performances.

On Wednesday 9 August, Regan Simpson and Lily Kennelly tried out for the U16 CIS Rugby League Team. Congratulations to both girls on their efforts on the day and to Regan for her successful selection into this team. She will now compete on 22-29 September in the All Schools Competition.

As we draw closer to the end of the winter sporting season, I encourage all students to maintain their level of commitment to their team by ensuring they are at their training sessions and games. We have been playing short or forfeiting games due to many students being away, impacting on our results in the competition and potential finals listings. This also becomes disheartening to those students who consistently turn up each week. Please seek the required approval via Mrs Nixon should you not be able to play your weekend games and we ask that leave to visit home please be held off until the final round of games are played.

Dear NEGS Community,

It’s time for NEGS to participate in a full Community Event. On Sunday 15 October (Week 1 Term 4), is the 19 for 19 Challenge ( This is an adventure for Anya’s Wish in support of the Children’s Cancer Institute. 

Taking in part of the idyllic Gara Gorge, this is a special event. Chase the goal of completing the course by yourself, or pair up with a friend, Mum or Dad, the choice is yours. 

We are pleased to be able to offer this experience to all NEGS students, staff and parents and encourage you all to join us. Transport will be organised to depart NEGS (a small fee may apply). Junior School participants will require an adult to attend with them. 

The school will only be participating in the 5km course and will be organising transport and supervision for this distance only. If you wish to do the 19km, you will need to register for this externally to the school and organise leave (boarders) and transport (information for this distance can be found on their website).

Should you wish to avail yourself of this epic opportunity, please register your Expression of Interest via the link by Friday 1 September. A list of FAQ’s is attached below.

19 for 19 Expression of Interest

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

FAQ 19 for 19 

When? Sunday 15 October 6-11am

Where? “Kenwood Park” Armidale. Buses will depart from NEGS (small fee may apply)

What is it? A 5km walk (or run) taking in some of the amazing New England.

What support is available? There will be medical staff at the event, with aid stations throughout and water and food tents set-up at Race HQ.

What is the cost? Registration includes event t-shirt, food and a donation to the Children’s Cancer Institute. 


5 km Walk (Short Course)

Adults ( 18+ ) - $67.50

Children ( under 12 ) - $50.00

Family ( 2 Adults + 2 Children ) - $230.00

Students - $60.00

*  Entry Fees include t-shirt and snacks for the day.


There will be 8 portable toilets set-up at Race HQ and toilets at each aid station.

What’s the course?

Mrs Liane Nixon

Sport and Activities Coordinator

Please access this weeks' Careers Newsletter here.

I think one of the great things about being a musician, is that you never stop learning." ~ Yo-Yo Ma

This week I have been thinking a lot about the goal of perfection, and how that relates to our experience of music. We are so often trying to 'get it right' because once we do, we feel like we have succeeded and accomplished something. However, I frequently see music students across all learning levels become frustrated and disappointed when they make a mistake, even if it's only one wrong note on a whole page of notes! So often this focus on 'perfect' takes away the fun and the joy that draws us to want to make music in the first place. It's good to strive for perfection in our musical practise and performance, but better than playing something perfectly is playing something meaningful. Music is something to feel, experience and to share. We never 'finish' learning a song; instead, we always have something new to learn, feel or share from it. All our musical notes sound beautiful - even the wrong ones - when we are sharing something that has meaning. Music is for sharing, and it doesn't have to be perfect to be shared.

There have been a number of students in both junior and senior school asking about private music lessons recently, which is absolutely fantastic. If your child has expressed interest and you would like to enquire into lessons for them, please get in touch with the school. There are a wide variety of teachers and instruments available both off and on campus to suit the interests of your child.

Happy music making.

Mrs Sarah Sadgrove

Music Teacher

New Parent Portal

We're delighted to share with you our new parent portal where you will be able to quickly access information in one place.

  • Connect to our portals including: Engage, orah and our social media pages to stay up to date on what's happening;
  • Upcoming Events: A quick link to events at NEGS;
  • Co-Curricular: Find helpful information and links for Sport, Equestrian and Music;
  • News: Read our news articles;
  • Parent and Friends Association: How to get in touch and attend a meeting;
  • School Term Dates;
  • School Handbooks;
  • Publications; and 
  • General Documents.

Go to the Parents Portal

Florence Green All Rounder Scholorships - Year 5 - Year 11

Applications are now open for day student scholarships at NEGS, in honour of the school’s founder, Miss Florence Green.

The scholarships are open to new students currently in Years 5 to 11, and will be awarded based on:

  • Strong academic merit. Students will have strong school reports and a demonstrated record of sound academic progress, effort and achievement.
  • Demonstrated ability in areas of service, sport, leadership and other co-curricular activities.

If you know a family that may benefit from a scholorship please advise them to get in touch with 

New look 2024 student diaries

The team have been consulting with the Student Represenative Council on next year's diary.  The diary is undergoing a makeover with the student guiding the layout and the design.  We thank the students for their input and look forward to the finished product being enjoyed by all.

Events and more Events

There are lots of events coming up for all to enjoy - have you booked your ticket for:

  1. Father's Day Breakfast
  2. Grandparents Day
  3. Valedictory
  4. "The Main Event' - Celebrating 50 years of the Equestrian Centre
  5. Early Years Explorer Days
  6. Brooke and Adam Concert
  7. Equestrian Centre:
    1. Matt Ryan Eventing Clinic
    2. Natasha Gunston Eventing Physiologist
    3. Martin Gostelow Showjumping Clinic

All tickets and bookings can be made through our event page here.

Mrs Lyn O'Neill

Director of Marketing and Enrolments


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