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NEGS News Term 3, Week 10

22 Sep 2023
Written by Tianna Kelly
General News

The celebration of the 50 Year anniversary of the Equestrian Centre was a great success and drew a good attendance of staff and students who were part of the early days. A highlight was the chance to welcome back and share the experiences of Zita Denholm, who was instrumental in establishing the riding school. The weekend included a NEGS Old Girls’ long lunch and a chapel service attended by old girls and current students. 

This week has indeed been special as we have celebrated the academic achievements of our Year 12 cohort and shared as a community their Valedictory.

These events contribute to the culture and traditions of NEGS.

It’s time for rest and I wish you all a happy holiday.

Ms Liz van Genderen


This week’s newsletter begins with a quote from one of my favourite authors, none other than Dr Seuss. Although there are still exams to navigate, not a more profound piece of advice could be given to our graduating class of 2023. The best is ahead of you and what you leave behind will remain close to your heart but drive you to achieve even greater things. It is time to open your eyes and look outward as the gates that once kept you in have now been swung wide.


As the rest of the school prepare to farewell our year 12’s and get ready for the break, can I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all. It has been a fast paced and involved term with Sporting Competitions, IGSA trips, Equestrian events, Debates, Public Speaking, Exchange students (St Catherine’s), Exams, Assessments and Celebrations. I am sure that there are more, but you can see that there has been plenty going on. Can I also take this opportunity to thank our staff that organise, supervise, and support our students and the parents that allow them the opportunity to be here at NEGS.

Some “please remembers” for Term 4:

  • Term 4 is relatively short with lots going on, it is important to understand, from the very outset, that EVERY STUDENT is expected to be at Speech Day on Wednesday, 6th of December. No early leave will be approved unless for extenuating circumstances.     

  • We come back into summer uniform from Day 1, please ensure you have sourced everything you need to comply with the NEGS Uniform Policy. Also, this term had a lot of students returning on a Monday in the wrong uniform with the excuse “I arrived after the boarding house was closed”. This is not a valid excuse, and the expectation is that you plan to arrive in your correct uniform, so take it home with you. With the weather looking to be very harsh this summer, the school will be very strict on the wearing of the school hat. Be sure to have it with you and on your head whenever in the sun and staff will be issuing slips from day 1.
  • Term 4 will see a phasing out of students having phones on campus during the school day. The timeline for this will be determined by the arrival of our Phone Pouches that will be used by day students. Until such time, students will still be required to hand phones in at the start of each lesson and have them turned off throughout the school day.

Enjoy the break.

Mr Jamie Moore

Deputy Principal

Dear Parents/guardians,

As we approach the Higher School Certificate examinations early next term, it is timely to offer guidance on how you can best support your daughter in achieving academic success, while ensuring her overall wellbeing. Whilst this advice is relevant for Year 12s, it is equally relevant for all students.

First and foremost, maintain open and honest communication with your daughter. Encourage her to express her thoughts, concerns, and aspirations. Listen actively and empathetically, offering guidance and reassurance. By fostering a nurturing and understanding environment at home, you create a safe space for her to flourish academically and emotionally.

It's natural to want the best for your child, but it is equally important to set realistic expectations. Discuss her academic goals together, taking into account her strengths and interests. Emphasise that her worth is not solely determined by her HSC results and that her health and happiness are of utmost importance.

Create a conducive environment for studying. Ensure that there's a quiet, well-lit space where she can concentrate. Encourage regular breaks and nutritious meals to fuel her mind and body during study sessions.

Help your daughter strike a balance between her academic commitments and self-care. Encourage her to engage in physical activities, practice mindfulness, and maintain a healthy diet. Adequate sleep is crucial for memory retention and cognitive function, so ensure she gets enough rest.

Your support extends to helping with organisation and time management. Guide her in creating a study schedule that covers all subjects while allowing for downtime. Offer assistance in finding helpful study resources and encouraging a disciplined approach to her work.

Acknowledge the presence of stress during this period. Be attuned to any signs of anxiety and reassure your daughter that it's okay to seek help when needed. 

Above all, instil a sense of self-belief in your daughter. Remind her of her capabilities and the progress she has made throughout her academic journey. Emphasise that you have faith in her ability to succeed, not just academically but in all aspects of life.

The Year 12 journey is a pivotal period in your daughter's life, filled with academic challenges and personal growth. Your unwavering support and guidance will play a significant role in her success and wellbeing. Together, we can help her achieve her academic goals while nurturing her overall health and happiness.

As a parent, you are a vital part of the support network that surrounds your daughter, and your love and encouragement will provide her with the strength to thrive.

Kind regards,

Mr Ryan Caldwell

Director of Teaching and Learning

As we approach the end of another term, I would like to start by congratulating everyone on the remarkable achievements and progress we've witnessed. As we often reflect on the many things we accomplished, it also provides us with an ideal opportunity to think about what lies ahead and how we can prepare ourselves.

Setting Your Child Up for a Positive and Successful Term Four

As our school year  unfolds, it's not uncommon to encounter various challenges that gradually make their way into our daily routine. These hurdles often coincide with fatigue and a hint of reluctance from our young ones, culminating in what can be described as the ‘perfect storm’. A number of experts in the field have written about the benefits of routine, so I thought I would share some with you this week with a forward facing view to Term Four.

Setting your child up for a positive and successful school day begins long before the morning bell rings. It is a thoughtful and proactive approach to creating an environment that fosters learning, growth, and wellbeing. From establishing morning routines to nurturing a supportive atmosphere at home, the foundation for a productive school day is built on the collective efforts of parents, guardians, and caregivers. This  groundwork not only ensures that your child is academically prepared but also emotionally equipped to face the challenges and opportunities that each school day brings. 

One of the fundamental aspects of setting the stage for  success is creating a consistent morning routine. A structured approach helps your child start the day with a sense of purpose. This might include tasks like waking up at a reasonable and consistent  time, having a nutritious breakfast, and organising their school materials. By instilling these habits early on, you empower your child to take responsibility for their daily preparations, promoting a sense of independence and self-reliance. Additionally, a calm and stress-free morning routine sets a positive tone for the day ahead, reducing the likelihood of morning rush and tension, which can impact your child's overall readiness to learn.

Encouraging  your child to present themselves correctly in their  uniform is a simple yet powerful way to instil valuable life skills and promote a positive school experience. By ensuring your child adheres to the school's uniform requirements, you not only demonstrate respect for the school, but also help your child understand the importance of  responsibility and accountability. Consistently wearing their uniform correctly allows teachers and students to focus on the educational environment. In turn, reducing conflict point, fostering an atmosphere where your child can thrive. Your support in this matter plays a crucial role in setting the tone for a successful and enjoyable day.

Embracing positivity within your school based conversations is another essential element of setting your child up for success. A positive focus at home can significantly influence your child's mindset and emotional wellbeing. Encouraging open communication, active listening, and the expression of feelings allows your child to feel heard and supported, which in turn, boosts their self-confidence. Additionally, by modelling a positive attitude and resilience in the face of challenges, you can teach your child valuable life skills. Emphasising the importance of a growth mindset, where setbacks are viewed as opportunities for growth, can help your child approach school with enthusiasm and optimism. 

Celebrating your child's achievements is another key component. Recognising their efforts, whether big or small, can have an impact on their drive and self-belief, whilst encouraging them to continue striving for excellence. Celebrations need not be extravagant; simple gestures like a heartfelt conversation can go a long way in building their self-confidence. By acknowledging their successes, you not only create an environment where your child feels valued, but you also teach them the importance of recognising and appreciating their own hard work, developing intrinsic motivation.

Planning and organising together as a family. This allows you to stay actively involved, providing the necessary support when needed. Working together, you can create a structured routine that balances academic responsibilities with relaxation and family time, reducing stress and creating a sense of balance. Whether it's setting schedules, creating to-do lists, or planning extracurricular activities, the process helps develop the tools they need to navigate their school day effectively.

Practising kindness and empathy within the family dynamic is the cornerstone. Encouraging your child to demonstrate kindness and empathy towards their peers, teachers, and themselves, cultivates strong interpersonal skills that are essential for a harmonious school environment. When children learn to understand and share the feelings of others, they are better equipped to navigate social situations and build positive relationships with their classmates. 

Remember that each school day is an opportunity for growth and discovery. By infusing positivity and enthusiasm into your child's routine, you'll help them approach their day with a joyful outlook, setting them on the path to success and happiness.

As we approach a new term and look to move into our summer uniform, now is the ideal time to do a stocktake of your child’s uniform and check that their name is clearly legible. Please ensure your child returns any uniform they may have accidentally mistaken for their own. 

Mrs Heidi Dent

Junior School Coordinator/Year 6 Teacher

The NEGS Rifle Club has witnessed remarkable progress among its female members this term, as they have diligently honed their marksmanship skills, resulting in significantly improved accuracy. Notably, the girls have advanced to the point where they are all confidently shooting off slings, a challenging technique that requires precise control and focus. The commitment and dedication of these young markswomen is evident in their skill development. 

Recently, the club had the privilege of welcoming back some of its former members, who took part in a friendly shooting session. The current rifle club members were left awestruck, particularly by one old girl who achieved a perfect 100 score, exemplifying the high standard of marksmanship the club aims to instill. With the ongoing training regimen, the girls are now eagerly anticipating their first competition scheduled for next year in Sydney. Their dedication and progress augur well for the future of the NEGS Rifle Club as they continue to uphold their tradition of excellence in shooting sports.

Miss Jessica Walker

That is a wrap on the winter sports season. We couldn’t be prouder of our sporting students on always displaying and striving for excellence across many sporting disciplines. Congratulations to the U15 Hockey team on their Grand Final win!

All summer sporting options are now finalised and registration details, should there be any, will be emailed to students to have this completed by the commencement of Term 4.

Term 4 Events

Sunday 15 October - 19 for 19 Challenge

Wednesday 1 November - NEGS Sports Dinner

Thursday 2 November - IPSHA Gymnastics

U15 Report

From humble beginnings to Grand Finals victory, the Under 15s NEGS hockey team showcased exceptional teamwork, dedication and an inspiring love for the sport. Through their commitment to training, early mornings and some late nights, this team practiced, encouraged each other and each developed teamwork skills that ultimately lead them to the Gold Medal.

I am so proud of their efforts and attitude, both on and off the field, encompassing all elements of great hockey. This team's journey and growth is definitely one students, families and our school is very proud of. 


Lauren Czinner - Coach

Division 1 Hockey Team Report

Our hockey season was filled with great games, which were thoroughly enjoyed along the way with lots of laughing. Over the season, our development as a team was certainly noticeable. Unfortunately, we were not successful and lost during extra time to a golden goal in the major semi final. Thank you to all the teachers and members of the NEGS community who came and supported us, even in the freezing cold. We also want to make a special shoutout to our coach, Greg ‘Doolo’ Doolan, we could not have done this without you! We know that the Year 12 girls are going to miss having you as a coach and have appreciated all of the skill and development you have encouraged throughout the years of having you as our coach. We understand that the expectations and many discussions during a game come from a place of support and belief in our ability and skills as individuals and as a team. The Div 1 hockey side has achieved so much as a team making it into the major semis, as we were 2nd on the ladder. Despite our 9 draws, the girls have had an exceptional season. We can’t wait to see how they do in the future. 

Danika Watson and Lucinda Saunders - Coaches

U7 Soccer Report

At the start of the 2023 Soccer Season, students from Kindergarten to Year 2 commenced on their soccer journey, most of which had never played before. We started the season on a bit of a low while the boys were still learning simple soccer skills, and how to work effectively as a team. As the weeks have gone on, the boys have gotten further training sessions and they have really come together and shown what a NEGS team can truly achieve. After scoring our first goal at the back end of the season, the team have jumped ahead in leaps and bounds. Every single player has either scored their own goal, have come awfully close to scoring, or assisted the team in getting the ball in the net! 

The sportsmanship from each player of the team is to be commended. We have been honourable in defeat, and not boasted our wins! We have at times lended our players to the opposing teams, James in particular, would almost always take the opportunity to play against NEGS and would show his spark and flair when playing against his own team! 

Not focussing on the wins, but our game on 9 September was a cracker!! The team gave it their all, and came out with an impressive 6-2 win against Armidale City Westside. 3 goals scored by Charlie, 2 from the boot of Hendrix and a screamer of a goal that went through the defence scored by Gilbert. We had a lot more very close attempts on target and assists were provided by Austin, Alexander, James and Ryan throughout. Such a massive effort was put in by all the players, it was great to see all their effort coming to fruition! 

We have reiterated week after week that "Practice Makes Perfect". The team has evidenced that fact. We have watched their confidence and ability grow, and some of the players have started observing and being able to read the game play. As the coach of the team, I couldn't be prouder of each and everyone of the players for the team! Alexander Hassett, Hendrix Dent, Austin Packer, Charlie Christian, Gilbert Adeney, James Hassett and Ryan Wang should all be commended on their continual efforts and determination to improve and get better each week, to implement their new skills, and simply have fun with their friends out on the field. To be able to coach and lead the team this season has been such an honour.


David Hassett - Coach

Mrs Liane Nixon

Sport Coordinator

Dear Boarding Families,

Weeks 9 and 10 have been a whirlwind of excitement and accomplishment. From celebrating birthdays to basking in beautiful weather and embarking on a Tamworth Shopping Trip. 

We've watched your daughters grow and flourish, and it's been an absolute pleasure to witness their personal and collective growth.

A special acknowledgement is due to our dedicated boarding staff, who play a pivotal role in supporting your daughters in their daily lives within the boarding environment.

Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we're deeply grateful for your commitment and care.

In the last couple of weeks, Year 11 students have successfully completed their exams, showcasing their hard work and determination. The Rifle Club has been actively striving to improve their skills, EC events have brought out the best in our girls, and our Old Girls' reunion and sports games were an opportunity to connect.

Throughout it all, your daughters have participated with respect and integrity, embodying the values of NEGS.

As we approach the holiday season, we would like to wish every boarding family a  safe and joyous break. May this time be filled with relaxation, rejuvenation, and quality moments spent with family.

Looking ahead, Term 4 will commence with our boarding houses opening their doors at 3pm on October 9th.

Thank you once again for your continuous support, and we look forward to seeing you all when you return.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday.

Warm regards, The Boarding Staff


WOW, what a night Celebrating 50 years of our NEGS Equestrian Centre - The NEGS Main Event.

We had the founder of the Riding School, Zita Denholm (now 90), instrumental staff from the years including Robyn Cameron, the first Riding School students, as well as many that have since followed in their footsteps, come together to celebrate an incredible milestone.

The night started with a trip down memory lane with all memorabilia on display for memories to be re-lived. Our current students participated in a musical ride that amazed us all. We heard from Zita, a video message from Dr Jan Milburn and our new Chairman, Peter Moffitt. The night was wrapped up with an awesome set from Terra Firma with plenty of sand kicked up in the arena.

A great night was had by all. Thank you to those who made the effort to travel, gather their friends, and support the school in celebrating this occasion, it was fantastic to see everyone!




Mrs Annyka Overton

Equestrian Centre Coordinator

Please see this week's Careers Newsletter here.

Ms Jessica Walker

Careers Advisor


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