Co-Curricular Program

Physical Education


NEGS Junior School encourages all students to participate in active fitness and sports. The School’s program aims to encourage every student to participate in physical activity for fun and enjoyment at any level of which they are capable. Our program comprises of four elements:

  1. Daily Fitness (including Fundamental Movement Skills)
  2. Physical Education
  3. Sport (including school and co-curricular)
  4. Wellbeing (health, bike track and wellbeing program)

Our programs aim to:

  • Promote good sportsmanship, school spirit and respect
  • Encourage fun, excitement and development of skills
  • Promote fitness and wellbeing for all students
  • Encourage commitment to each sport and cooperation with team-mates, coaches and other teams.
  • Encourage students to enjoy healthy competition and support students to develop their skills to their full potential.

Sport

We aim for all students to develop their skills and enjoyment in their chosen areas of co-curricular sport at NEGS Junior School. The chance to be part of a team and to understand friendly competition is an important aspect of social development. Our students are provided with opportunities to develop individual and team skills in a variety of sports including netball, hockey, basketball, swimming and equestrian. Under specialist supervision students are taught general grooming, horse care and riding skills at the state-of-the-art NEGS Equestrian Centre.

 

Sport Age/Year Group When Training Game Uniform
Touch Football Years 2-6 Term 1 & 4 Wednesday
3:30-4:30pm
Thursday
Rologas Fields
PE Uniform
Basketball Years 3-6 Term 1 & 4 Wednesday
3:30-4:30pm
Monday
“The Den” Armidale High School
School shorts and basketball singlet
Netball Years 3-6 Term 2 & 3 Wednesday
3:30-4:30pm
Saturday
Armidale Netball Courts
PE shirt and St John’s skirt
Hockey Years 2-6 Term 2 & 3 TBA Saturday
UNE Hockey Fields
PE Shirt, St John’s skirt and hockey socks. Shin guards, mouth guard, and hockey stick
Soccer Kindergarten and Year 1 Term 2 & 3 Wednesday
3:30-4:30pm
Saturday
Rologas Fields
PE shirt and shorts, socks, soccer boots, mouth guard and shin guards
Swimming Transition Specialised swimming lessons weekly for learn to swim
Swimming K-2 K-2 Learn to Swim lessons will take place in Term 1 and Term 4
Swimming Years 3-6 Swim and Survive will take place during Term 4 for Sport
Gymnastics T-6 Gymnastics program takes place during Term 3 for Sport
Equestrian K – 6 Private, group and sport activities will be offered throughout the year

 

Sport code of conduct

Players’ code of conduct

  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents’ code of conduct

  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  • Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Spectators’ code of conduct

  • Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their results.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same.
  • Never ridicule or scold a young player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Music


NEGS Junior School offers a varied high-quality extra-curricular program. Choral and instrumental ensembles cater for all ability levels. Extra-curricular programs are run by highly qualified music staff with the support of specialist visiting teachers.

Most students choose to specialise on an instrument or voice, undertaking private lessons, group classes or sectional tutorials. Lessons are available in:

  • Piano
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Violin
  • Organ
  • Viola
  • Musicianship
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Cello
  • Theory
  • Bassoon
  • Drum Kit
  • Saxophone
  • Electric Bass
  • Percussion
  • Recorder
  • Singing
  • Guitar

Students perform regularly in assemblies, Showcase Concerts, and Twilight Concerts as well as yearly events such as Celebration of Learning, Carol Service and musical productions. Performance opportunities and making music for others are treated as integral aspects of student development and individual students are catered for at a level that is appropriate to their abilities and experience.

Our Junior School Music program has very strong links with the wider musical community, including New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) and regularly participates in large scale, high profile performance projects such as New England Sings!

Music scholarships are offered each year to students who demonstrate high achievement and commitment to individual lessons and ensemble work. Enquiries regarding scholarships can be made with the Music Department.

Pottery Club


Mud Club is held every Monday between 3.30 and 4.30 in the NEGS Art room. Mud Club provides the students with a fun, supportive and creative outlet. The children are provided with a short demonstration and can choose to follow the set plan or can simply create their own design. Clay offers our budding potters a lovely sensory experience, fine motor strength and a joyful opportunity to create.

STEM Club


Beginning in Term 2 this year, NEGS Junior School has been offering an exciting new STEM co-curricular program. This after school activity embraces an interdisciplinary approach by combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through a range of hands-on activities designed to allow to students to learn through construction and exploration.

What separates STEM from traditional Science and Math education is the blended learning environment and the capacity to show students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.

STEM Club is an exciting opportunity to pique students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in preparation for future endeavours.

Language Program


NEGS Junior School students have the opportunity to learn French from Kindergarten to Year 6 and reap the many benefits of language learning.

Our specialist program is based on the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM), which uses stories, songs, crafts and games to rapidly develop students’ fluency. The AIM gestural approach, where each word is paired with a specific action, supports all students in their learning. Click here to learn more about the AIM.

Why study a language?

Primary School is the ideal time to learn a new language as young students do not have the inhibitions older students may have when it comes to mimicking foreign sounds. Students gain a great sense of accomplishment when speaking in French – it is like learning to crack a code! Role-play activities performed in front of an audience also develop self-confidence and strong interpersonal skills.

Not only does learning a foreign language improve children’s understanding of English, it also increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of mind in young children. Today’s children have to find their footing in our global society. Learning about different traditions and customs helps students appreciate other cultures and broadens their horizon.

Language Learning facilities

Students have access to our newly fitted French classroom – a vibrant space entirely dedicated to language learning with:

  • an interactive whiteboard
  • a green screen studio to create role-play and cultural films
  • 4 work stations focused on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • whiteboard tables to facilitate group work
  • a large game space
  • a library room with authentic books, magazines, films and board games
  • integration of Google Education tools

Christian values in a family orientated school community


At NEGS Junior School, students are encouraged to grow emotionally, academically and spiritually. The Christian Studies program aims to grow students in all of these areas as the biblical text is studied and students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of life, God and themselves.

Each week the bible stories are brought to life in a fun, engaging and interactive chapel service. The biblical text is presented in a wide variety of approaches aimed to engage all individual styles of student learning. Music plays an integral part in our chapel services with stories and teachings being brought to life in song.

Students also attend a weekly Christian Studies lesson of 45 minutes duration. As well as informing students of the historicity of the bible, lessons aim to encourage students to value the teachings of Jesus in loving each other and looking to Christ as a role model of Godly living.