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NEGS News - Term 4 Week 4

NEGS News - Term 4 Week 4

45 students in Years 7-11 attended the Stand Tall ‘Dream Again’ event in Tamworth on Thursday 28 October.  This first-of-a-kind event for the New England region was attended by 4,000 students.

The guest speakers and musicians presented a common and inspiring message:  

  • Dare to dream
  • Have a vision
  • Discover your gift
  • Embrace your passion
  • Be kind
  • Be grateful
  • Do not be limited by what you have seen or what you think is possible
  • Know that adversity does not define who we are

These affirmations, which are consistently incorporated into the day-to-day school life at NEGS, provide an excellent recipe for enhancing school culture.

This week, our Year 5 and 6 students are in Canberra. Thank you to Mrs Heidi Dent, Mrs Liane Nixon and Mr Jamie Moore for accompanying our students. We look forward to hearing about your adventures.

This weekend, our Year 11 students will be at Coffs Coast Adventure Centre – time will be spent refining leadership roles and responsibilities for all senior students.

It gives me great pleasure to announce additional leadership positions for 2023.

House Captains:

Dumulo: Lucinda Saunders, Bianca Turner

Green: Eden Lochhead, Prudence Tumeth

Murray: Ashley Knight, Megan Gerigk

Lyon: Lucy O’Brien, Abbey Tierney


Equestrian Centre Captain for 2023 - Megan Gerigk

The leaders for each discipline are: 

Dressage - Bianca Turner

Show Jumping - Ruby Agnew

Eventing - Jessica Beirne

Polocrosse - Emily Wamsley

Campdraft - Prudence Tumeth 

Show Riding - Eden Lochhead


Boarding Captain to be announced soon!


Please join us for a celebration assembly on Monday 21 November at 1.50pm in the Assembly Hall, followed by light refreshments in the WH LEE room.

Liz van Genderen



Canberra Trip

With Stage Three heading off on their excursion, it has been a wonderful opportunity to spend time off campus in our Nation’s Capital. Our students were both amazed and amazing, as we participated in a number of activities across a vast array of attractions. This included opportunities to explore the many wonders of Canberra, with students participating in a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, visits to the  National Museum of Australia and Art Gallery, along with Parliament House and Questacon, just to mention a few.

Students also participated in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $45.00 per student, under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. With the rebate paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. 




Remembrance Day 

To allow for our Principal, Ms van Genderen, and Student Leadership Team to attend the Remembrance Day and HMAS Armidale Commemoration Service, NEGS will hold a whole school Remembrance Service on Monday 7th November at 1.50pm. There will be no Junior School Assembly on the morning of Monday 7th. 

The Pirates of the Curry Bean

With preparation well underway, excitement is building amongst the student body. Our musical performance will take place in Week Nine with a matinee on Monday 5th December, followed by a night performance on Tuesday 6th December. All students from Pre-K to Year Six are involved in the production. Ticketing details will be received in Week Five.

Heidi Dent

Junior School Coordinator

The start of term went off with a bang for NEGS, with 28 riders competing at the Tamworth  Interschools Horse Extravaganza over the first week back. This was a huge event running over 5 days with many disciplines competing together. Our team had a great week with almost every NEGS student competing coming home with at least one ribbon, many with an armful. It was great to see all the girls supporting each other and cheering on their fellow competitors and team mates. A big Thank you to all the parents who came along and helped out. It was a pleasure to spend a few days catching up and/or getting to know you all a bit more. There is something really lovely about afternoons relaxing with cheese, biscuits and great company.  Please see below a list of the many achievements from our girls over ISHE. 


Vanessa Baker 4th 95cm

Holly Jacobson 2nd 80 A

Liv King 5th 80 A

Bianca Turner 6th 80 A


Bianca Turner 1st 80 B

Ruby Agnew 5th 80 B

Jess Beirne 12th 80 B

Darcie Loosemore 15th 80 B

Emily O’Rourke 16th 80 B


Katie Moffitt 10th 65


Combined Training

Eden Lochhead 4th CT 45

Abbie Kelly 4th CT 45

Millie Packham 18th CT 60

Sienna Robinson 5th CT 60 B



Allie Palmer 12th Elementary 3B

Allie Palmer 10th Elementary 3C


Alex Machlin 5th Novice 2B

Sienna Robinson 7th Novice 2B

Holly Jacobson 9th Novice 2B

Jessica Taylor 16th Novice 2B

Saskia Jeffery-Billich 27th Novice 2B


Vanessa Baker 4th Open Novice 2C
Holly Jacobson 7th Open Novice 2C

Jessica Taylor 12th Open Novice 2C

Sienna Robinson 12th Open Novice 2C


Sienna Robinson 6th Senior 1B Div A

Eden Lochhead 1st Senior 1B Div B

Eden Lochhead 3rd Senior 1C Div B

Holly Jacobson 4th Senior 1B Div B

Holly Jacobson 5th Senior 1C Div B

Ruby Agnew 5th Senior 1B Div B

Ruby Agnew 11th Senior 1C Div B

Bianca Turner 6th Senior 1B Div B

Bianca Turner 2nd Senior 1C Div B

Jessica Beirne 16th Senior 1B Div B


Beatrix Morton 8th Intermediate 1B Div A

Beatrix Morton 14th Intermediate 1C Div A


Millie Packham 15th Intermediate 1B Div B

Millie Packham 9th Intermediate 1B Div B


Shyla Clarke 2nd Intermediate 1B Div C

Shyla Clarke 3rd Intermediate 1C Div C


Abbie Kelly 4th Primary 1B Div B

Abbie Kelly 3rd Primary 1C Div B

Show Jumping

Alex Machlin - 3rd Senior 110cm Accumulator

Alex Machlin - 5th Senior 110cm AM7

Ruby Holgate - 7th Senior 110cm Accumulator


Vanessa Baker - Reserve 100cm Senior Champion

Vanessa Baker - 3rd Senior 100cm Accumulator

Vanessa Baker - 3rd Senior 100cm AM7


Georgina Pillar - 2nd Primary 90cm Am7

Georgina Pillar - 1st Primary 90cm Accumulator

Olivia King - 6th Senior 90cm Accumulator


Katie Moffitt - 6th Intermediate 80cm AM7 

Katie Moffitt - 3rd Intermediate 80cm Accumulator

Bianca Turner - 3rd Senior 80cm Am7

Biance Turner - 6th Senior 80cm Accumulator

Onalee Thew - 8th Intermediate 80cm Accumulator

Finny O’Hare - 5th Senior 80cm Accumulator


Sienna Robinson - 2nd Senior 70cm AM7

Millie Packham - 8th Intermediate 70cm Accumulator

Working Horse

Caitlin Emerton - 5th 10-12 yrs

Millie Packham - 38th 13-15 yrs

Jessica Taylor - 27th 16+ yrs

Prudence Tumeth - 29th 16+ yrs


Caitlin Emerton - 2nd Overall 11 yrs

Millie Packham - 4th Overall 14yrs 

Prudence Tumeth - 8th Overall 16+ yrs


Caitlin Emerton - 1st 11 & under 13yrs

Show Riding

Allie Palmer

Alex Machlin

Sienna Robinson

Eden Lochhead





Annyka Overton

Equestrian Centre Coordinator


Apple Gidley Returns

Apple Gidley makes her return!

We are excited to welcome the NEGS community to join us on Tuesday, 8 November, for afternoon tea with the acclaimed author and NEGS Old Girl, Apple Gidley.

Apple has lived her life travelling the world, publishing five novels are she did so. Apple will speak on her latest novel, 'Have you Eaten Rice Today?' and her nomadic lifestyle.



Junior School Step-Up Day

The Junior School Step Up Day is an opportunity for Junior School students to experience their 2023 class and teacher for a day. 

Junior School 'Pirates of the Curry Bean' Musical

NEGS The Junior School is excited to present their 2022 musical, 'Pirates of the Curry Bean'. 

There will be two showings; Monday, 5 December matinee 11.30 am, and Tuesday, 6 December evening 6pm. 

Tickets are $15 each, and for the next 2 weeks (until Week 7), there will be a ticket limit of 2 per family so that all families have the opportunity to attend. After Week 7, the limit will be removed. 




NEGS Festival of Carols

To celebrate the end of Term 4 and the Christmas holiday, we will be holding our Festival of Carols for all families PreK to Year 11 on Thursday, 8 December, at 5pm in the school Chapel.

Following the Chapel Service, there will be a BBQ and all families are warmly invited to attend.

Please RSVP for catering purposes. 


We look forward to catching up with many families at our Carol Service and BBQ; it will be a lovely way for us as a school community to finish the year. It has been a great year. Thank you to all the parents who have helped with P and F events and ensured the success of all our events.

As a P and F, we are already looking towards 2023 and the ways in which we can foremost support our children, families and our school. We aim to build our special NEGS community and look forward to your engagement in doing this. We invite all parents to consider how you might be able to get involved. 

In Term One, our focus will be the Autumn Fair. Last year this was a very special day for our community. We are calling on our families to get involved. Save the date, 1 April 2023!

Can you help?

  • Do you have a business, or are you happy to approach a business to consider being a NEGS Fair Sponsor? We are looking to have 10 businesses come on board. Last year we were grateful for the support of New England Toyota, Edward Coaches, UNE Life, APJ Law, Piddingtons, Edstart and Taleb Australia. Interested in discussing this, please contact Tricia at
  • Would your business or would you approach a business to ask for a raffle price?
    • Accommodation
    • Jewellery
    • Gift Vouchers
    • Electronics
    • Homewares
    • Fashion/cosmetics
    • Wine/restaurant vouchers
    • Gourmet hampers
    • Open to all your suggestions and donations

A very big thank you to the parents who have taken on the roles of Liaison Parents; these are key volunteer roles and will help connect the families within each year group.

The 2023 Parents and Friends Committee: 

President - Fiona Macarthur

Vice President - Rasha Shammas

Treasurer - Belinda Keogh

Secretary - Jo Watson

Other Committee Members

Junior School Coordinator - Jo Watson / Jessica Riemsdijk    

Boarding School Coordinator - Jane Tumeth

Senior School Coordinator - Peter Moffit

There are still opportunities to get involved; please email to find out more.





Koala Colouring and Poster Competition

Armidale is an area of regional koala significance however, local and nationwide populations are declining. On the 11th of February 2022, koalas were listed as an endangered species. Once a thriving 3-4 million community, koala numbers are less than 200,000. Saving our koala population is vital to the species’ survival, and you and your students can help. 

The Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project (NTKPP) is hosted by Southern New England Landcare Ltd (Southern New England Landcare), partnering with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The project supports the NSW Government’s aspirational goal to: “Double the koala population in NSW by 2050”. The Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership – a project hosted by the local Landcare network here in Armidale, has established strong connections with the local community to develop key actions for koala conservation, focussing on: 

  • Koala habitat conservation 
  • Conservation through community action 
  • Safety And health of Koalas 
  • Building our knowledge. 


Southern New England Landcare are also running a colouring and poster competition. The colouring in pages are below, however, the competition to design an A3 sized poster (either individual students or class) for the following topics:

Kindergarten – a general poster about koala facts aimed to increase general knowledge about koalas.

Years 1-2 - a general poster about koala facts aimed to increase general knowledge about koalas.

For Years 3-4 - a poster about the threats koalas are facing. It could focus on one threat or include all threats to koalas in our community.

For Years 5-6 – a poster about how students and the community can help save our local koala population.

To submit entries, please either drop them off to the Southern New England Landcare office in Hannahs Arcade or post them to PO Box 85, Armidale 2350 by the 28th of October.

The finalists will be displayed at the Black Gully Music Festival on the 12th of November.

The Black Gully Music Festival is located behind NERAM and starts at around 10am. It is a celebration of community, live local music and biodiversity.

Southern New England Landcare will have a stall with information and interactive displays.





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