Newington College

Summary

Newington College is a multi-campus independent Uniting Church single-sex and co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school for boys, located in Stanmore, an inner-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1863 at Newington House, Silverwater, the college celebrated its sesquicentenary in 2013. The college is open to boys of all faiths and denominations. Newington has been governed by an Act of Parliament since 1922.[7]

Newington College
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Location

Australia
Coordinates33°53′55″S 151°09′44″E / 33.898632°S 151.162139°E / -33.898632; 151.162139Coordinates: 33°53′55″S 151°09′44″E / 33.898632°S 151.162139°E / -33.898632; 151.162139
Information
TypeIndependent single-sex early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding
MottoLatin: In Fide Scientiam
(To Faith Add Knowledge)
DenominationUniting Church[1]
Established1863; 159 years ago (1863)[2]
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
ChairmanTony McDonald[3]
HeadmasterMichael Parker[4]
Staff~146[5]
YearsK–12
Gender
Enrolmentc. 2,030[6] (2017)
Campuses
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Black and white   
SloganDiscover what's possible
AthleticsAthletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales
PublicationThe Newingtonian
Affiliations
AlumniOld Newingtonians
Websitewww.newington.nsw.edu.au

Newington has two preparatory schools, Wyvern House in Cambridge Street, Stanmore, and a school at Lindfield on Sydney's Upper North Shore.[8] Newington currently caters for approximately 2,000 students from Year K to Year 12.[6] Edmund Webb House, a boarding facility, is in Cambridge Street, Stanmore.[8] The Robert Glasson Memorial Boat Shed is on the Parramatta River at Abbotsford and contains a boarding facility for thirty boys.[9]

As of 2021, Newington has 16 houses, expanded from eight houses. The college is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[10] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[11] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association,[8] and is a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).[12]

The college prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the NSW Higher School Certificate.

HistoryEdit

 
Newington House, Silverwater
 
Founders Wing, incomplete in the 1890s
 
Sir George Wigram Allan
 
The Le Couteur Wing, built as Wyvern House in the 1930s
 
The College Chapel was built in the 1980s
 
The Taylor Sports Centre and
Rae Centre

Early historyEdit

The Reverend John Manton proposed that a collegiate institute, 'decidedly Wesleyan in character', be founded in Sydney and that the school 'be open to the sons of parents of all religious denominations'. On 16 July 1863, the Wesleyan Collegiate Institute opened with 16 boys and a small number of theological students. As no suitable buildings were available in Sydney at the time, Newington House, the centrepiece of John Blaxland's 1,200-acre (490 ha) estate at Silverwater, was leased.

Newington College, as the school soon became known, prospered during its time on the Parramatta River and in 1869 was the first Australian school to play rugby football (against the University of Sydney),[13] and soon after was the first school in Australia to hold an athletics carnival. In 1869, the Newington College Cadet Corps was formally incorporated by the Governor of New South Wales, Somerset Lowry-Corry, 4th Earl Belmore.[14] It is the oldest continuous corps in the Australian Army Cadets.

Expanding student numbers meant that more extensive premises closer to the city were required. A bequest by John Jones of land at Stanmore saw the College move to the newly fashionable inner-city suburbs. A grand stone edifice was designed by Thomas Rowe and was described by Morton Herman, an architectural historian, as 'an almost perfect example of scholastic Gothic Revival architecture'.[15] The Thomas Rowe-designed Founder's Building, including its interior and surrounding grounds, are listed on the heritage register of the former Marrickville Council.[16] Thomas Wran completed substantial architectural sculpture commissions on the capitals of the stone colonnade of the building.[17] Earth-moving work began on the site in 1876 and by May 1878 the building had reached first floor height. A public ceremony was held and six commemorative stones were laid. Amongst the six given the honour of laying the stones were Sir George Wigram Allen KCMG,[18] the philanthropist who was Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He had lent 12,000 for the new buildings at Stanmore and later endowed the Wigram Allen Scholarship for boys proceeding to matriculation. The formal opening of the new school building was by Sir George on 18 January 1881. By resolution of the College Council, the name Newington College was perpetuated on the new site. Seventy school and theological students migrated from Silverwater to Stanmore.[19]

Other local government heritage listings across the Newington campuses include the former Stanmore Methodist Church, also designed by Rowe in 1874 and now part of the Duckmanton Drama Centre[20] and the Victorian Italianate-style parsonage that is now the Deputy Headmaster’s residence;[21] and at Abbotsford, the late 20th Century Robert Glasson Boatshed that replaced the 1920s original.[22] A gymnasium was built in 1890, and a swimming pool was opened in 1894 however both have been replaced by a multi-court gymnasium and indoor swimming pool.

20th centuryEdit

Newington ceased its connection to theological training in 1914, when the Wesleyan Theological Institution moved to the newly founded Leigh College at Strathfield South.[23] In 1921, a stone war memorial, designed by Old Newingtonian William Hardy Wilson, was opened in memory of those old boys who had paid the supreme sacrifice in World War I.[24] A separate preparatory school was opened in 1921, after a bequest by Sir Samuel McCaughey. It became known as Wyvern House in 1938, when a new building was opened by Old Newingtonian Sir Percival Halse Rogers.[25]

In 1925, a rowing facility was built at Abbotsford,[26] and in 1957 another preparatory school was founded on the North Shore – first at Killara, and subsequently relocated to Lindfield. Since the World War II, the College buildings and facilities expanded significantly under the ONU Honorary Architects Panel and the convenorship of Hedley Norman Carr.

During the Headmastership of Tony Rae, the Senior Block (1972) and Resources Centre Library (1975) and Chapel were opened. A new Physical Education Centre was opened by Old Newingtonian Nick Farr-Jones AM, and a new boatshed at Abbotsford were two of the most important property additions. In 1998, while Michael Smee was Headmaster, Wyvern House moved to a separate campus in Cambridge Street, Stanmore. The former Wyvern House building was then renovated and renamed the Le Couteur Wing in memory of former Headmaster Philip Le Couteur.[27] In 2007 Newington acquired the Concordia Club (the former German cultural club) on Stanmore Road for A$3.51 million.[28] As of 2014, Le Couteur was re-renovated and visual arts classes began to occupy the first floor with languages and learning enhancement classes held on level two.[29]

21st centuryEdit

During 2006, the press reported on an industrial relations dispute at Newington in which then Headmaster David Scott planned to force staff to re-apply for their jobs in a restructure that would also reduce their holidays. Scott said that 'The action was taken after a comprehensive review of the school and had nothing to do with the federal government's Work Choices reforms'[30] The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Scott believed that the Independent Education Union was being mischievous 'at best', or using an 'outright and deliberate lie' in suggesting the restructure was linked to workplace legislation.[31] Following a meeting between the Union and Newington College, Scott agreed to not declare senior staff positions vacant and the school continued to negotiate collective arrangements covering salary and working conditions for staff.[32]

David Mulford was appointed Headmaster in 2009 and served in that role until retiring in 2018. In 2012, the Nesbit Wing named in honour of Robert H. Nesbitt, was built prior to the College centenary in 1963 and was refurbished and extended to encompass the Technology Centre.[33] Between 2009 and 2012 Newington spent A$78 million on capital works; in 2012 A$33.7 million was outlaid on infrastructure alone.[34] In 2013 the College celebrated its sesquicentenary[35] with the opening of two new buildings honouring two former Headmasters – The Lawrence Pyke Science Centre and The Tony Rae Resources Centre Library. This development was awarded the Master Builders Association of New South Wales's Excellence in Construction Award and was funded by donations and parent fees.[36] The facilities at the Stanmore campus cover over 1,200 square metres (13,000 sq ft) and contain a library, a 250-seat lecture theatre, the new boarders' dining room, a cafeteria, and science labs.[37] In November 2013, the PE Centre was renamed the Taylor Sports Centre in honour of Old Newingtonian cricket and rugby union international Johnny Taylor. The naming was performed by Old Newingtonian Olympic rower and coach Michael Morgan OAM.[38]

On 18 July 2016, in commemoration of the sesquicentenary of Newington College's brother school Tupou College, the reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Tonga King Tupou VI and his wife Queen Consort Nanasipau'u visited the College to open the Tupou College Centre. The centre houses specialist teaching spaces and a health centre.[39]

The Duckmanton Drama Centre was named in honour of Sir Talbot Duckmanton CBE and opened on 31 July 2017. Sir Talbot served on the Newington College Council from 1964 until 1978 and was Chairman of the Council Executive Committee for five years.[40]

College CouncilEdit

The Newington College Council Act allows for the appointment of up to 24 members of the council: nine clerical appointments; nine lay appointments; and six members nominated by the Old Newingtonians Union (ONU).

Chairman of the Council Executive CommitteeEdit

Chairman Term begin Term end Education Other positions held
Robert Nesbitt 1951 1964 Sydney Boys High School Australian Trade Commissioner to New Zealand
Rev. Cecil Gribble OBE 1964 1965 Queen's College, Melbourne President General
Methodist Church of Australasia
Doug Stewart 1965 1967 Newington College 1910–19
Sit Talbot Duckmanton OBE 1968 1973 Newington College 1934–38 General Manager
Australian Broadcasting Commission
Austin Donlan 1973 1994
Donald Dwyer 1994 2000 Newington College 1939–49 Engineer
GHD Group
Richard Hansford 2000 2002 North Sydney Boys High School
Sydney Law School
Lawyer
McCoy, Grove & Atkinson
Peter Meares 2002 2007 Newington College 1949–59
BA LLB
University of Sydney
Stockbroker
BZW Meares[41]
Hon. Angus Talbot 2007 2013 Newington College 1949–53
Sydney Law School
Judge Land and Environment Court of New South Wales[42]
Tony McDonald 2014 Current Newington College 1971–76
BComm LLB University of New South Wales
Professional non-executive company director, previously a lawyer and founder of a listed financial services company[43]

College staffEdit

Presidents and headmastersEdit

From its founding in 1863 until 1900, Newington had a system of dual control with a President (who was an ordained minister) and a Headmaster. As an ordained minister, Charles Prescott assumed both roles on his appointment in 1900 and, on his retirement in 1931, the role of President was abolished.

PresidentsEdit

President Term begin Term end Education Other positions held Notes
Rev. John Manton 1863 1864 Founding Principal, Horton College, Tasmania
Rev. Joseph Horner Fletcher   1865 1887 Kingswood School Founding Principal, Wesley College, Auckland
Rev. Dr William Kelynack   1887 1891 Penzance President, Australasian Wesleyan Methodist Church
Rev. James Egan Moulton   1891 1900 Kingswood School Founding Headmaster, Tupou College, Tonga [a]
Rev. Dr Charles John Prescott 1900 1931 Kingswood School
Worcester College, Oxford
Founding Headmaster, Wesleyan Ladies' College, Sydney [b]
  1. ^ Moulton served separate terms both as Headmaster (1863) and as President (1891–1900).
  2. ^ Prescott concurrently served as both President and Headmaster (1900–1931).

HeadmastersEdit

Headmaster Term begin Term end Education Other positions held
Rev. James Egan Moulton   1863 1864 Kingswood School Founding Headmaster
Tupou College
Thomas Johnston 1864 1866
George Metcalfe 1867 1869
Michael Howe 1869 1877
Joseph Coates 1877 1883 Huddersfield College Founding Headmaster
Sydney Boys' High School
William Williams 1884 1892
Professor of Classics & English Literature
University of Tasmania
Arthur Lucas 1893 1898
Edward William Cornwall   1899 1900 Keble College, Oxford
Rev. Dr.Charles Prescott 1900 1931 Founding Headmaster
MLC School Sydney
Philip Le Couteur 1931 1948
Mervyn Austin AM 1950 1951 Professor of Classics
University of Western Australia
Lawrence Pyke 1952 1960 Dean of Graduate Studies
University of Melbourne
Ernest Duncan 1962 1963 Professor of Mathematics
Rutgers University
Rev. Douglas Trathen 1963 1970
Headmaster
Wolaroi College, Orange
Tony Rae AM 1972 1993
Headmaster
Albury Grammar School
Michael Smee OAM 1993 2003
Headmaster
Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide
David Scott 2003 2009
David Mulford 2009 2018
Michael Parker 2019 incumbent Headmaster
Oxley College, Bowral
Deputy Headmaster
Cranbrook School, Sydney

Notable mastersEdit

The long service of masters at Newington College is recognised in a number of ways. In 1955 a marble commemorative plaque was set in the north-western wall of the Prescott Hall to commemorate the work of three very long serving staff members and their Head, with the inscription:

THIS STONE WAS SET IN PLACE IN RECOGNITION OF DEVOTED SERVICE
TO NEWINGTON COLLEGE BY A HEADMASTER AND HIS THREE SENIOR MASTERS

THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE BOYS IN THEIR CARE WAS A CHALLENGE AND AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG LIVES


REV. DR. C.J.PRESCOTT M.A. (OXON.) D.D.
HEADMASTER OF THE COLLEGE
1900–1931


ERECTED BY OLD BOYS IN THE DIAMOND JUBILEE YEAR OF
THE OLD NEWINGTONIANS' UNION IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION OF ENDURING BENEFITS
17TH SEPTEMBER 1955
 
Newington College's longest serving master, Harry Cortis Jones, and the 1936 Senior Athletics Team

These masters are further recognised by the naming of the Buchanan Oval, Ben Jarvie Staff Common Room and Cortis Jones Lecture Theatre. Another long-serving master of the first half of the 20th century was Colonel Albert Douglas Arthur (1889–1949). In 1951 the college library was housed in a new room and renamed the A.D. Arthur Memorial Library in his honour. The library moved into the Nesbitt Wing upon its completion and when it moved again into Prescott Hall an adjoining study room was named the A.D. Arthur Annex. Arthur's name has not been connected with the college library since the 1970s but his portrait in oils still hangs in the Ben Jarvie Common Room. In 2014, past masters Phil Davis OAM and Robert Buntine were honoured with rooms in the AJ Rae Resource and Library Centre being named after them. Davis is the college's third-longest serving master (1951–2000), after Cortis Jones and Jarvie, and Buntine was the Deputy Headmaster during the headship of Tony Rae.[44]

Staff members notable in the wider community include the following:

Staff member Employed Position held Notability
Richard Thomas Baker 1880–1887 Science and art master Curator of the Sydney Technological Museum, botanist and Clarke Medallist
Herb Barker 1966–1994 Physical education teacher Wallaby, Empire Games track and field athlete, and played basketball for New South Wales
Sir Thomas Bavin KCMG 1891–1892 Student teacher Premier of New South Wales, New South Wales Supreme Court Judge
Paul Delprat 1967–1970 Art master Artist and Principal of The Julian Ashton Art School
Judge David Edwards 1895–1897 Student master Judge, NSW Electoral Commissioner and Royal Commissioner
Joseph James Fletcher 1882–1885 Science teacher Biologist, Clarke Medallist and director and librarian of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
Harry Cortis Jones MBE 1897–1956 Senior master Longest serving master; appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service to education
Gary Knoke 1974–1980 Physical education teacher Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games track athlete
Antonio Dattilo Rubbo 1898-c1930 Art teacher Artist and art educator
Sir Thomas Griffith Taylor 1904–1906 Science teacher Geographer, anthropologist and world explorer
John Waterhouse 1874–1883 Student teacher
Assistant master
Headmaster Sydney Boys' High School and Maitland High School
Frank S. Williamson 1894–1901 English teacher Poet and wrote the words for Dear Newingtonia


StudentsEdit

LeadersEdit

Since 1898, the Senior Prefect has been the captain of the school. The first student to hold that position was Sandy Phillips. In 2012, the Senior Prefect was Michael Cameron,[45] whose father, Bruce Cameron, was Senior Prefect in 1974 and grandfather, Doug Cameron, was Senior Prefect in 1946. Since 1961 there has been a Deputy Senior Prefect and from 1991 it has been the custom to appoint two Deputies. A Senior Boarder Prefect has been appointed since 1932 when Philip Le Couteur, as Headmaster, instituted a House System. The Houses, eight in total,[46] are led by a House Captain and a House Vice-Captain, or two. Until 1988, a select number of students were appointed as Prefect. Since that time, it has been the practice in Term 4 to offer all Year 11 boys the position of House Prefect and at the end of Year 12 to confirm as School Prefect all those judged to have discharged their duties in an exemplary manner. In 1950 and 1951, under the Headship of Mervyn Austin, Probationer Prefects were appointed and from 1953 until 1967 they were known as Sub-Prefects. That title was again used from 1983 until the current system of leaders was started in 1988. In one year only, 1971 during the Acting Headship of Owen Dudley, Monitors were appointed.[47]

DuxEdit

The title of Dux of the college is awarded to the best academic student each year in the senior form. Since 1865 that has been the Upper Sixth, Sixth Form and now Year 12. The first Dux announced was Andrew Houison[48] during the early years at Newington House. From 1881, the Dux received the Schofield Scholarship (after Schofield's donation of £1,000 to the College[49]) and since 1924 the Halse Rogers Prize (which was endowed by William and Elizabeth Halse Rogers[50]). In more recent years these have been awarded jointly as the Schofield and Halse Rogers Prizes. Winners names were from 1881 inscribed on boards in the Prescott Hall but since 1976 the board has been in the Centenary Hall. Duces of Newington have included: Cecil Purser shared with James Ramsay (1881); George Abbott (1882); Harry Wolstenholme (1885); Herbert Curlewis (1886); William Parker (1887); Frederick Pratt (1888); John Halliday (1889), when he was known as Charles Halliday; David Edwards (1890); Edwin Hall (1891); Ernest Warren (1892); Harold Curlewis (1893); Walter Woolnough (1894); George Harker (1895); Leslie Allen (1899); Percival Halse Rogers (1900); Lindsay Dey (1904); Carleton Allen shared with Rupert Hollaway (1905); Ronald Aston shared with Henry Darke (1916); William Morrow (1921); Walter Bryan Ward shared with Philip Harrison (1924); Keith Jones (1927); Talbot Duckmanton (1937); John Veevers (1947); John Turtle (1953); Bob Baxt (1955); John Pyke (1957); Warwick Cathro (1964); and Patrick Cook shared with David Emery and Philip Neal (1967). David Murray (1909) and Roxy Muir (1913) died during World War I. Harold Hunt was Dux in 1884 and his son, Harold Hunt, was Dux in 1920. The Thomas family have three generations of Duces of Newington: Noel Thomas (1930);[51] Rod Thomas (1960); and Peter Thomas (1988).

Old Boys' PrizeEdit

The Old Boys' Prize is the most senior of the citizenship prizes awarded at Newington and is presented for scholarship, sportsmanship and moral qualities. Loyalty and leadership are equally weighed in this award.[47] It was first awarded in 1904 and shared by Thomas Gale and Oliver Woodward. It has been awarded annually since then and recipients have included: Carleton Allen (1905); Bryan Ward (1924) shared with Jonathon Joyce; John Lawes (1925) shared with Richard Hay; Denis Cowper (1926) shared with Den Joyce; Bym Porter (1927) shared with Arthur Parton; George Wright (1935); Marshall Hatch (1950); Graham Colditz (1972); and Stephen Rae (1979). For four years in a row the prize was awarded to students who were to serve and die in World War I: David Murray (1910);[52] Morven Nolan (1911);[53] Clifford Holliday (1912);[54] and Roxy Muir (1913).[55] The Old Boys Prize was not awarded the following year (1914).

CampusesEdit

Newington College is situated over three suburban campuses, located in Stanmore and Lindfield:[1]

Secondary schoolEdit

The secondary campus is located in Stanmore, in Sydney's inner-west. The student body consists of approximately 50 boarders and 1,700-day students from Years 7 to 12. Newington boarders come from country and city, interstate and overseas. Day students are drawn from all over the Sydney greater metropolitan area.

Wyvern House preparatory schoolEdit

Newington has educated primary school (Kindergarten to Year 6) aged boys since 1863. In 1938 Wyvern House opened in a separate school building on the Stanmore campus and accepted its first students in 1939. Wyvern moved to new premises in Cambridge Street, Stanmore, a few minutes' walk from the secondary school, in 1998. It has approximately 480 students – all day students. There are two classes in each of Years K to 2, three classes in Years 3 to 4 and four classes in Years 5 to 6. The Head of Wyvern House is Ian Holden.[56]

Lindfield preparatory schoolEdit

The Newington College Preparatory School was established initially at Killara (1957) and later at Lindfield (1967), in response to requests from Old Newingtonians that a preparatory school be established on the North Shore of Sydney. The Head of Newington College, Lindfield, is Ben Barrington-Higgs.[57] It is a single-stream school, with approximately 160 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and is set in a bushland location where the Students are constantly in touch with nature. The school features a basketball/tennis court, climbing gym areas, swimming pool and connects to the bush trails of Swain Gardens. Each classroom includes effective information communication technology tools. Classrooms have dedicated computer and wet areas, and bag storage areas. There are special facilities for music, art and French. A tuckshop operates three days a week. The campus has just undergone a major redevelopment of classrooms and the addition of a new hall, library and visual arts room.[58] Students in Years 3–6 compete in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Competition held on Saturday mornings. Every student competes in a summer (basketball or cricket) or winter sport (rugby or soccer). Newington's preparatory schools combine for annual carnivals in swimming, athletics and cross country.[59]

HousesEdit

The house system at Newington was founded in the 1930s and in 2021 eight new houses were added. Originally houses were named after Presidents and Headmasters but the names now honour Old Newingtonians and important women in the history of the school.

House name Named in honour of Link with the College Notes
Manton Rev. John Manton Founded Newington College at Newington House, Silverwater, in 1863, and served as its first Principal or President until his death in September the following year [60]
Fletcher Rev. Joseph Horner Fletcher Served as Newington’s President from 1865 to 1887. He led the planning, fundraising and building of the new College at Stanmore and the move there in 1880 [61]
Kelynack Rev. Dr. William Kelynack One of the leading Methodist churchmen of his era and served as Newington’s President from 1887 until his death in 1891 [62]
Moulton Rev. Dr. James Egan Moulton Helped found Newington College, acting as its initial Head Master in 1863. During his long service in Tonga, he founded Tupou College. He served as Newington’s President from 1893 to 1900 [63]
Prescott Rev. Dr. Charles John Prescott Newington’s first modern Headmaster, combining the previous roles of President and Head Master. Serving from 1900 to 1931, he led the College through the trauma of the First World War [64]
Johnstone Thomas Johnston
(now considered the correct spelling)
Appointed as Newington’s first Head Master and arrived from England in November 1863. A fine classical scholar, he served until the end of 1866
Metcalfe George Metcalfe Newington’s Head Master from 1867 to 1869. The first university graduate to teach at the College, he also introduced an early form of Australian Rules Football: he had been Vice-President of the Geelong Football Club in 1861, which had been founded two years earlier. After leaving Newington he founded a college in Goulburn and married Annie Gilligan, after whom one of Newington’s newer houses is named
Le Couteur Philip Le Couteur Newington’s Headmaster from 1931 to 1848. He led the College through the challenges of the Depression, established Wyvern House and oversaw remarkable growth in student numbers [65]
Gilligan Annie Gilligan Newington’s first female member of staff, appointed on its foundation in 1863. In the role of Housekeeper during the Newington’s crucial first six years at Newington House she had charge of accommodation and catering and of the domestic staff, all-important functions in an all-boarding school. She was described as ‘a great favourite with the boys, having an estimable blend of firmness and kindness’, while an obituary noted that, ‘Of commanding appearance and manner, she exerted a great influence over collegians.’
Whitaker Edith Whitaker Newington’s first female subject head, and reportedly the first in the GPS. She was the earliest identified female teacher. An experienced teacher and former principal in Perth and Sydney, she was appointed as Head of English at Newington in 1942, as part of an effort to replace male teachers who had enlisted. Quickly proving that she herself a strong disciplinarian, she won the esteem and respect of the senior boys — ‘who naturally received the coming of a lady teacher with askance’, as the College Council put it. She achieved very fine exam results, as well as influencing the boys’ character, good speech, courtesy and general bearing. When she retired from Newington in 1949, the Council passed a special resolution in recognition of her service and achievements, eighty of her current and former students joined the Council for her farewell dinner, and the Old Boys presented her with a silver tea pot and tray.
Cooper Sister Margaret Cooper Served as the Wyvern House matron from 1958 and assumed the same role for the senior school as well when the school sick bay moved to Wyvern House (now the Le Couteur centre), remaining in this role until her death in 1981. She implemented modern health care standards in the Sick Bay and collaborated with Dr Roger Davidson OAM (ON 1940) over many years in the Saturday Sports Clinic. Well-liked and highly regarded for ‘her long years of skilled, cheerful and reliable service’, as the Headmaster Tony Rae put it, she was also recognised for providing much-valued pastoral and emotional support to students before there were strong school programs for this purpose.
Morrison Jan Morrison
 
Senior Prefect Greg Haddrick and Jan Morrison in 1978
Appointed to head the Library and Resources Centre in 1978 from Fisher Library at the University of Sydney, Morrison recruited a department of professional staff and transformed the library and its services, including introducing computer cataloguing, building up audio-visual resources and services, and overseeing the library’s refurbishment and extension, among a range of innovations. She also played a major role in performing arts, including as stage manager for numerous productions. Known as ‘Conan the Librarian’ to many of the students, she was a popular and respected professional and department head. She was forced to retire mid-career due to ill-health in 1996. The present headmaster [2022] is her son-in-law. [66]
Tupou Tupou College
 
King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV as a student at Newington College
The name Tupou recognises Newington’s deep connections with Tupou College in Tonga, which extend back to the latter’s foundation in 1866 by Rev. James Egan Moult on (one of Newington’s founders) under the patronage of King George Tupou I. The name also recognises the Newington’s only Old Boy head of state, the late King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV. The then Prince attended Newington in the 1930s and was known as George Taufa’ or Taufa’ahau. He was a fine student, The Newingtonian noting his ‘quiet and studious nature’ and ‘his extraordinary powers of concentration [that] helped him to succeed in every sphere of the scholastic side of his School life.’ He was also a keen and accomplished sportsman, notably in athletics. After university studies in Sydney, the Prince embarked on his life of public service in Tonga, serving from 1943 as a minister in the Tongan Government and, from 1949, as Prime Minister of Tonga. He ascended the throne at the end of 1965, following the death of Queen Salote Tupou III, and reigned until his death in 2006.
Bavin Sir Thomas Bavin
 
Sir Thomas Bavin
An Old Newingtonian, Bavin held the highest political office of any Old Newingtonian serving as Premier of New South Wales from 1927 to 1930. He introduced a progressive tax system as part of a parliamentary career from 1917 to 1935. Also a successful barrister, he subsequently served as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Born in New Zealand, Bavin came to Newington as a student in 1889 aged 15. [67]
Mackay Sir Iven Mackay
 
Sir Iven Mackay
An Old Newingtonian, Mackay held the highest armed services rank of any Old Newingtonian and is regarded as Newington’s greatest soldier. He gave distinguished service in the First World War, including acts of incredible personal bravery in the trench fighting at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, and learning the general’s craft on the Western Front. A school teacher and university lecturer by profession, he served as Headmaster of Cranbrook School in the 1930s. In the Second World War, he commanded the 6th Australian Division in the Middle East, masterminding the textbook capture of Bardia, along with 40,000 prisoners, resulting in a huge boost to Allied morale worldwide. He subsequently commanded Australia’s Home Forces, then New Guinea Force, and, after the war, served as Australia’s first High Commissioner to India. Mackay attended Newington from 1897 to early 1901. ‘Distinguished from the first for his hard and solid work, both in school and out’, as The Newingtonian reported, he passed the Senior Examination ‘very creditably’, served as a Prefect and as a Sergeant in the Cadets and was a prominent debater. He was a member of each of the three senior sporting teams — cricket, rugby and rifle shooting — for three years, winning Triple Colours and two rugby honour caps. [68]
Clunies Ross Sir Ian Clunies Ross
 
Sir Ian Clunies Ross
An Old Newingtonian, Ross is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Australian science and has been described as the architect of its post-war boom through his chairmanship of the CSIRO. While a good, though not great, research scientist in his chosen field of veterinary science, he was a superlative administrator and communicator. His leadership was visionary and strategic, directed to the practical application of science to achieve benefits in agriculture and industry. A prominent public figure, he was relentless in his promotion of scientific research. For more than two decades, his face graced the first version of the $50 note. Clunies Ross attended Newington from 1912 to 1916. A fine scholar, he achieved a University Exhibition in Agricultural Science along with his Leaving Certificate. In sport he captained the 3rd XI and played in the 2nd XV. He played the part of Mr Box in the Newington Dramatic Society’s 1916 production of ‘Cox and Box’. [69]

The house system at Wyvern House was founded in 1938 and honours early Headmasters:

Coates

Joseph Coates was one of Newington’s first teachers and served as Head Master from 1877 to 1883. He founded the Cadets Corps and the sports of rugby and shooting at the school. In 1883 he was appointed as the first headmaster of Sydney Boys High School.[70]

Williams

William Henry Williams was Newington’s Head Master from 1884 to 1892. The most academically accomplished Head at that time, he broadened the curriculum in the humanities and sciences and introduced a stream of ‘modern’ subjects.[71]

Lucas

Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas was Newington’s Head Master from 1893 to 1898. A noted biologist and gifted teacher and administrator, he further improved the school’s academic reputation. He subsequently taught and served as Headmaster at Sydney Grammar School.[72]

Howe

Dr Michael C Howe was Newington’s Head Master from 1869 to 1877. A distinguished classics scholar and popular teacher, he promoted academic rigour and oversaw Newington’s remarkable early successes in the public examinations and university admissions.

When Newington founded a Prep School at Killara two houses were established and those continue today at the Prep School at Lindfield. They were named in honour of English schools with a Weslyan tradition:

Kingswood

The Kingswood School was founded in Bath, England, in 1748 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and is the oldest Methodist school in the world. Besides it being a great Methodist educational institution, and an inspiration for Newington’s founders, four of the significant figures in Newington’s history — Moulton, Fletcher, Lucas and Prescott were educated at Kingswoo School.

Rydal

Rydal Mount later Rydal School and now Rydal Penrhos was founded at Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in 1885, and is the only Methodist school in Wales. Founded as a boys’ boarding school, it started admitting girls in the 1960s and merged with a girls’ school, Penrhos College, in 1999.[73]

War memorialsEdit

The grounds and buildings of Newington College contain numerous war memorials:

Classrooms and science buildingEdit

Work began in October 1952 on the War Memorial Classroom Block and the Old Boy benefactor W. R. Glasson unveiled the foundation stone.[74] In June 1953 the building was opened by Colonel Thomas Millner MC, VD. The War Memorial Science Building was opened in July 1955 by Sir Iven Mackay KBE, CMG, DSO, VD when he unveiled a stone memorial wall with the following inscription:[75]

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

THE WAR MEMORIAL CLASSROOMS AND SCIENCE BUILDING WERE ERECTED
SO THAT NEWINGTONIANS THROUGH THE YEARS MIGHT CONTINUALLY
HONOUR THE SERVICE SACRIFICE AND DEATH OF OLD NEWINGTONIANS
IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945


LET THE FINE MEMORIES
THY SOUL WITH LIMPID MIRRORING REPEAT


THIS SCIENCE BUILDING WAS OPENED 30TH JULY 1955
BY LT.-GEN. SIR IVEN MACKAY, K.B.E., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.,
AN OLD NEWINGTONIAN

Johnson OvalEdit

Gunner Jack Johnson, an Old Newingtonian, died of wounds on a Belgian battlefield in 1917[76] and in his memory, his parents, Frank and Sarah Johnson, provided £1,100 for the college to level part of the existing playing fields. This provided a rugby union ground of full size, and was named the Johnson Oval. At the corners brick retaining walls, to a design by Arthur Anderson, protected the steep banks.[77]

Eight other memorials at Newington are recorded on the New South Wales Government's Register of War Memorials in New South Wales.[78]

Memorial to the Dead 1914–1918Edit

 
Memorial to the Dead
1914–1918
designed by William Hardy Wilson

The sandstone Memorial to the Dead was designed by the Old Newingtonian architect William Hardy Wilson and is now sited between the Centenary Hall and the chapel. It was originally placed in a grove of trees to the north of the Founders Wing but was moved to its present location in the early 1960s to make way for the construction of the Centenary Hall which was opened in 1963. The memorial comprises a semi-circular wall and seat, with pillars surmounted by white stone urns at either end and a column with a sundial stands at the centre. The inscription on the wall reads:

1914 – To Our Beloved Dead – 1918

and the inscription on the sundial reads:

Time dims not their sacrifice.

The memorial was dedicated on 11 May 1922 by the Governor General of Australia and the Old Newingtonian poet Leslie Holdsworth Allen wrote a poem, To our beloved dead, in memory of the occasion.[79]

Gallipoli Lone Pine MemorialEdit

Commemorating Prisoners of War during World War I, this tree comes from a seedling propagated from a pine cone brought home from Gallipoli by an Australian soldier. The tree stands in a triangular area of grass formed by the merging of the Cowlishaw Drive and the War Memorial Drive. A bronze commemorative plaque on a stone plinth has the following inscription:[80]

The Gallipoli Lone Pine – During the 1914–1918 Great War, Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 to attack Turkish forces. Eight months later they withdrew. One significant battle occurred on the ridge where a lone pine stood. ANZAC forces finally occupied the Turkish position, but with the tragic loss of 2,227 men. Turkish losses were around 5,000. During the withdrawal from ANZAC Cove, an Australian soldier picked up a pine cone and brought it home, where the seeds were propagated. Since 1933, when the pines became of good size and yielded more seedlings, Legacy arranged for pine trees to be distributed to schools and interested groups to help keep the memory of the Gallipoli Lone Pine alive.

Chapel Memorial TabletsEdit

 
William Tasker's memorial plaque

Twenty four brass plaques were hung in Prescott Hall as memorials to individual Old Newingtonians who died during World War I. Further plaques were added after World War II but they were all removed when the hall was renovated in 1979. They were then placed on the first floor balcony of the War Memorial Classroom Block. They were later placed in the archives collection. In 1995 they were restored and repositioned in the chapel's glass ambulatory overlooking the 1914–1918 Memorial to the Dead.[81] Included amongst these plaques is one in memory of William Tasker (15 October 1891 – 9 August 1918) who was a World War I soldier who had been a national representative rugby union player making six Test appearances for the Wallabies.[82]

War Memorial DrivewayEdit

In 1936 the War Memorial Drive was planted with 75 poplars, each with a cross at the foot and a plaque honouring individual Old Newingtonians who died during World War II. The trees were replaced by a new avenue of trees in 1966 and the plaques were replaced by a tablet on a plinth with the inscription:

Lest We Forget – This plaque was dedicated on 24 September 1966, to mark the planting of trees alongside the War Memorial Drive by the Old Newingtonians' Union to restore those originally planted by the Union on 29 February 1936. By this act Old Newingtonians remember those Old Boys who gave their lives in the service of God, King and Country, and whose names are recorded on the War Memorial of the School.

Fifty of the original plaques remain in the archives collection. In 1979 the War Memorial Drive was realigned and replanted and the 1966 plinth was moved to the Millner Gates end of the drive.[83]

Boer War Honour RollEdit

A bronze tablet recording the names of 44 Old Newingtonians who served in the Boer War hangs in Prescott Hall in the Founders Wing. It is set in a Gothic frame of columns with a plinth and cornice. The inscription reads:

Floreat Newingtonia – Erected by Old Boys of Newington College in honour of Newingtonians who fought for the Empire in South Africa 1899–1902.

The Memorial was designed by Old Newingtonian architects Henry Budden and William Hardy Wilson and was dedicated on 15 December 1903.[84]

World War I Honour RollEdit

 
World War I Honour Roll in the foyer of Founders Wing

Over six hundred Old Newingtonians enlisted during World War I and the loss of life was appalling. By war's end, 109 Old Boys had died for God, King and Country. Prior to 1920 the walls of the vestibule at the entrance to the Founders Wing had been hung with sporting teams photographs. In 1921 this space was transformed by the installation of white marble tablets, encased in Queensland maple, upon which were inscribed the names of Old Boys who had served. Those who had made the supreme sacrifice are listed on the central panels below the words:

These Nobly Strining, Nobly Fell.

With a black and white marble floor and stained glass door panels this space takes on the feel of a small chapel.[85]

World War II Honour RollEdit

 
World War II Honour Roll in the foyer of Centenary Hall

A wall of brass and enamel panels in the Centenary Hall foyer records the names of the 814 Old Newingtonians who served in Australia's armed forces in World War II. The inscription reads:

Honour Roll of Old Newingtonians World War II 1939–1945.

This honour roll was dedicated on Anzac Day 2009 by Old Newingtonian Major General Sandy Pearson AO, DSO, OBE, MC and replaces a roll in the same position that was unveiled by Sir William Morrow DSO, ED in 1966.[86]

Post-World War II Honour RollEdit

This wooden honour board records the names of 45 Old Newingtonians who served in Australia's armed forces in conflicts post-World War II and is on the southern wall of the Centenary Hall foyer. It is inscribed:

In every generation good men must defend what they believe to be right and Newington remembers with pride her sons who served their sovereign and country in the cause of liberty in international conflicts from 1948 to 1973.

It commemorates service in the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Malaysian-Indonesian Confrontation and Vietnam War.[87]

War memorial prizesEdit

The following are presented in honour of Old Newingtoninans who made the supreme sacrifice:[88]

  • Dunster Allen Trophy – awarded for Open Rifle Shooting. Donated by his family in memory of Geoffrey Dunster Allen who died in 1918 when his Sopwith Camel crashed near Minchinhampton whilst on training duties during World War I.[89] Allen was at Newington 1911–1914.[90]
  • Holliday Scholarship – awarded to the Dux of Year Nine. Donated by his parents in memory of Clifford Dawson "Bob" Holliday who was killed in action in France in 1916 during World War I.[91] This prize was originally awarded for scriptural knowledge in the Sixth Form.[77] Holiday was at Newington 1905–1914.[92]
  • David Jacobs Trophy – awarded to the most successful non-competition Rugby Union team above the Under 13s. Donated by his brothers in memory of David Jacobs who was killed during a flying battle over the Timor Sea in 1942 during World War II.[93] Jacobs was at Newington 1933–1935.[94]
  • Harry Kershaw Prize – awarded to the Best All-Round Sportsman. Donated by his parents in memory of Henry "Harry" Burton Kershaw who was killed during a flying battle over New Guinea in 1943 during World War II.[95] Kershaw was at Newington 1922–1930.[96]
  • Jack Thorncraft Trophy – awarded for Loyalty and Service to the college. Donated by M A Dawes in memory of Jack William Herbert Thorncraft who died in 1942 during World War II.[97] Thorncraft was at Newington 1935–1937.[98]
  • Warry Cup – awarded to the Senior Athletics Champion. Donated by his parents in memory of Victor Thomas Symes Warry who was killed in action in France in 1915 during World War II.[99] Warry was at Newington 1912–1914.[100]
  • Stretton Waterhouse Memorial Prize – awarded to the Dux of Year Ten. Donated by Gustavus Athol Waterhouse in memory of her son, Stretton Gustavus John Waterhouse who was killed in action in New Guinea in 1943 during WW II.[101] Waterhouse was at Newington 1929–1931.[100]

CurriculumEdit

The school teaches the core curriculum outlined by the NSW Board of Studies[needs update] (BOS) between Kindergarten and Year 8. In addition to this curriculum, the students study one major language other than English. From Years 9 to 12, students adhere to the Board of Studies curriculum standards that all NSW schools follow.

Newington became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in May 2007,[102] and from 2008 has offered the IB Diploma to Year 11 students,[2] as an alternative to the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Co-curriculumEdit

 
The Johnny Taylor Physical Education Centre at Stanmore
 
The Robert Glasson Memorial Boatshed at Abbotsford
 
Newington's eight-oar crew in 1932

Newington students may participate in the following co-curricular activities:[103]

RowingEdit

Newington has a history of producing rowers, coxswains, and coaches who have gone on to represent NSW and Australia in rowing. The rowing program has produced many Olympic and World Championships rowers including: James Chapman (1992–1997), 2012 Summer Olympics rowing silver medalist;[106] Tom Chessell, 1952 Summer Olympics rowing Bronze Medallist;[107] Sam Hardy 2019 World Rowing Championships Bronze medalist;[108] Rob Jahrling 2000 Summer Olympics rowing Silver Medallist;[109] Fred Kirkham 1956 Summer Olympics rowing Bronze Medallist;[110] Matthew Long 2000 Summer Olympics rowing Bronze Medallist;[111] Michael Morgan 1968 Summer Olympics rowing Silver Medallist;[112] Geoff Stewart 2000 & 2004 Summer Olympics dual rowing Bronze Medallist;[113] James Stewart 2000 & 2004 Summer Olympics dual rowing Bronze Medallist;[114] Stephen Stewart 2004 Summer Olympics rowing Bronze Medallist[115] and Richard Wearne World Rowing Championships Silver & Bronze Medallist.[116] Newington has produced several Australian representatives at senior, Under 23 and Junior levels. At 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, there were four old boys in each of those Olympic Rowing teams.

The NewingtonianEdit

The school annual of Newington College is called The Newingtonian[117] and dates to the early 1880s. Three hand-written news sheets with the title The Newingtonian we're circulated in 1883 but the first printed issue of the magazine was published in June 1884.[118] The aim of its founding editors was ‘...to place on record the simple annals of boyhood'. A quotation from the Latin poet Horace — Memor Puertiæ, translated as 'remembering boyhood' — served as The Newingtonian's motto until 1951. This briefly reappeared on the 1971 issues. The magazine was initially published as a quarterly, with an index for every twelve issues. From 1919 until 1940 The Newingtonian appeared three times a year and then was published twice a year until 1972 when it first appeared as an annual. The size changed to its present format in 1971. From its early days the magazine was setting the agenda for change in the college and upon the arrival of James Egan Moulton as president an 1894 issue called for a school song.[119] The first photograph appeared in 1896 of the Rugby Union1st XV and the magazine has been in full colour since the 1980s. As with other traditional school magazines, The Newingtonian has carried reports of major events, of academic and sporting achievement, of co-curricular activities and of many other aspects of the school's day-to-day life. Even before the founding of the Old Newingtonians' Union in 1895, the magazine has profiled the achievements of alumni. During the South African and World Wars records of Old Newingtonians armed service were published. Between 1995 and 2000 a separate publication of the same format known as The Old Newingtonian was published by the college.[120]

School songEdit

Dear Newingtonia

See there on the hill-top dear Newington stands
And looks to the sea o’er low-lying lands,
While her fame has gone forth to this continent’s bound,
And none fairer than she in this wide earth is found.
Dear Newingtonia! Dear Newingtonia!
My love for thee shall never, never die.
Dear Newingtonia! Dear Newingtonia!
My love for thee shall never, never die.
Names? Yes, there are many deep carved on her walls
Of those who have triumphed in 'Varsity halls;
And athletes who’ve toiled through a score of hard frays,
Swell loudly this chorus we sing in her praise.
Chorus
The years may go by and we youngsters get old,
Yet ne’er will the love for our College grow cold.
Nay, rather as onward towards life’s end we go,
This home of our boyhood yet dearer shall grow.

GalleryEdit

Glasson Pavilion and Old Chapel Drama Centre

Dixon Gates, Stanmore Road fence, Sevington tennis courts and Deputy Headmaster's residence.

Founders, the tower and Prescott Hall

AlumniEdit

 
Old Newingtonians Union Logo

Alumni of Newington College are known as Old Newingtonians[121] and may elect to join the college's alumni association, the Old Newingtonians' Union.[122] The Union was founded in 1895, with James Egan Moulton, the Newington College President, as its inaugural President and Sir Thomas Bavin as secretary.[123] As stated in its constitution, the aims of the ONU are to:[124]

"... strengthen the bonds between Old Newingtonians and between Old Newingtonians and the College; foster and develop active participation in, and support of, the affairs of the College and of the Union; support and promote the Newington Foundation and the Old Newingtonians' Union Centennial Trust; organise and carry out social functions in pursuance of the objects of the Union; promote the interests and welfare of the College in all its aspects; commemorate those Old Newingtonians who have given their lives in the service of their country; and provide club facilities for members of the Union either solely or in conjunction with other clubs, unions or associations of ex-students of other schools".

The school's bi-annual publication Newington News is sent to all old boys whose current addresses are known to the Union. The Union previously published directories of Old Newingtonians at five yearly intervals[125] however that publication has been superseded by an on-line directory.

Affiliated organisations of the Union are: Wyvern Cricket Club, playing in the Sydney Suburban Competition; Lodge Wyvern, a Masonic Lodge; and The 70 Club, a luncheon club for senior Old boys. The Old Newingtonians' Union is a member of the GPS Old Boys Unions' Council.

Presidents of the Union are now normally elected for three one-year terms and are supported by a council. The immediate past president is Alex Baykitch AM (Class of 1982).[126][127] The council comprises a treasurer, a secretary and his assistant, councillors, metropolitan vice-presidents, regional vice-presidents, and past presidents. Council member must be old boys of the college. During the college's centenary Sir Keith Jones was president of the Union (1963 & 1964) and in the centenary year of the Union His Honour Judge Fred Kirkham was president (1995 & 1996). The immediate past Chairman of Newington College Council, The Hon. Justice Angus Talbot, has also served as president (1997 & 1998). Other notable presidents of the Union include The Hon. Samuel Moore MLA (1896, 1898, 1904 & 1916), Arthur Lucas (1897); Cecil Purser (1899); George Abbott (1901); The Hon. William Robson MLC (1902 & 1905); William Horner Fletcher (1903), Percy Colquhoun MLA (1918 & 1919), Henry Budden CBE (1920), Lt Col Alfred Warden VD (1923 & 1924); Carl Glasgow MLA (1929 & 1930); Col Tom Millner MC, VD (1937, 1938, 1945 & 1946); Garth Barraclough OBE (1948 & 1949), The Hon. Richard Thompson MLC (1952 & 1954), Alex Rigby AM, ED (1959 & 1960), and Roger Davidson OAM (1972 & 1973).

Notable Old NewingtoniansEdit

For notable Old Newingtonians see:

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