Dear NEGS’ Community,
Welcome to another engaging term, and a particularly warm welcome to our new students, families and staff. I trust that the time spent with your children during the holidays was restorative, as we all embark upon another busy term.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Tony Jones as our new Director of Teaching & Learning, commencing Monday, 8th May, 2017. Tony is an established and accomplished teacher of all levels of Mathematics, particularly Extension 2. His results speak for themselves, regularly topping the region in Mathematics. Tony’s substantive position is as Head Teacher – Mathematics, Duval High School, whereupon to where he has also been relieving Deputy Principal and Principal.
Not only is Tony a well-credentialed teacher, he has coached and managed open girls’ soccer teams to 5 consecutive Combined High Schools’ semi-finals culminating in a Comprehensive High School State Championship. Tony has also coached boys’ cricket, coming third in the Davidson Shield. Finally, he plays the trumpet with the Armidale orchestra.
Tony is renowned for his academic rigour and his role will further enhance the present academic delivery at NEGS, whilst ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of all teaching pedagogies.
NEGS would also like to thank Kristen Cohen for her work last term in teaching Mathematics. Kristen has accepted a lecturing position at the University of New England in Sports Science. Kristen has been an outstanding professional and we wish her well in her career. Kristen will still be coaching our IGSSA netball teams.
Kristen will be ably replaced by Mrs Julie Faulkner. Julie, an experienced Mathematics teacher of twelve years, comes to us from Canberra Girls’ Grammar School. She has been a Lead Teacher in Mathematics, Numeracy and the Interactive Whiteboard. Julie has also presented her research and findings at the annual Interactive Whiteboard Conference. Julie has a strength in devising, writing and producing new teaching materials, resources, templates, assessments and IWB presentations. She has also held numerous welfare roles throughout her teaching career. Julie is highly recommended and has moved to Armidale with her husband. Julie is a strong proponent of an “all-girls’-education”.
NEGS is very fortunate to have the expertise of Tony and Julie joining our staff and we warmly welcome them and their families to the NEGS Community.
In looking ahead to Term 2, there is much to anticipate across the many dimensions of NEGS life. These first few weeks of Term 2 involve some significant School events such as our Anzac Day Assembly, our Year 9 Survival Camp, Coonabarabran Horse Expo, the School K-12 Athletics Carnival, NAPLAN testing, musical recitals, winter sports, IGSSA Netball and Hockey, the City-to-Surf fun run, and a myriad of other activities and occasions. In terms of the future of NEGS, the NEGS’ Taster Day on Friday 12th May, is particularly important, as are the impending Boarding Expos. Sustained enrolment growth is a strategic focus for the School and such days are an important means of implementing this strategy.
In considering these many events, there is always the need to remind ourselves, and the students, that at the core of all of this activity must be productive, engaging learning and teaching. This is the daily work for a good school. Our students are expected to learn, with guidance from parents and teachers, how to manage the demands of their school work, as well as their participation in a rich co-curricular program.
Overwhelmingly the 2017 school year has started very well. Along with the students, we need to build upon this strong foundation and seek further enhancement, in small ways as well as large, in all that we do.
I wish everyone well for the next eight weeks.