Before deciding on what changes were necessary, the Board of Directors and School Executive examined the various options and reached the following conclusions: boarding is a central feature of the character and purpose of NEGS.
The innovative model introduced in 2014 built upon past successes whilst continuing a vertical distribution of students in Years 7-12. This promotes leadership, cross-age interaction and a strong sense of belonging in a community.
Above all, the focus is upon maintaining the already strong House system and associated virtues of effective pastoral care, cultivating a sense of belonging and of providing a ‘home away from home’ for every girl who boards. Each boarding house consists of about 50-60 students ensuring a good number of boarders of a similar age in each House. They connect and experience boarding together. This builds camaraderie and ownership of their school home.