Welcome to Term 3. It is the night before I leave to attend the ICPA National Conference in Canberra and I have just returned from the Narrabri Boarding Expo. Meeting prospective families made the two day expo an exciting time and gave me the opportunity to brag about how wonderful NEGS is and all it has to offer.
On that note I would like to welcome the following families to the NEGS boarding community:
The first couple of weeks have already been busy. Year 12s are preparing for their Trial examinations in Week 4, some are also balancing their co-curricular activities such as IGSSA hockey and netball, and equestrian events and competitions. It is timely for us to remind all the girls that Prep time of an evening is the best time for them to consolidate, revise and get ahead in their school work. Especially the students who have commitments in many areas of their lives. The girls are fortunate to have staff to supervise them who are tertiary qualified and therefore have the skills to assist them in their studies. Please encourage your daughters to ask for assistance when needed. The Prep and academic staff communicate regularly in order to support the boarders in their studies.
Weekend activities have started and at the end of the Week 1 girls were keen to get downtown on Sunday to experience the PCYC Markets in the Mall. Our Year 5 & 6s took Zoe the dog for a walk and played some board games in the common room. Although not a weekend activity, Thursday night of Week 1 saw students and staff attend dinner and Prep in their pyjamas to raise awareness and funds for the Asthma Foundation. Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in this activity. It’s always great to see the girls supporting others who might not be as fortunate as themselves.
In preparation for end of term travel the travel dates for end of Term 3 and return for Term 4 are:
TRAVEL DAY for end of Term 3 – Friday 28th September, 2018
TRAVEL DAY for return to Term 4 – Monday 15th October, 2018
Additional information will be emailed at the end of Week 2. Parents are reminded that there is free bus and train travel for boarding students. Booking forms will be available soon.
It has been a goal for the boarding community to bring boarding and day students together as often as we can. Following are opportunities for day students and parents to be included in the boarding community:
Within this edition of the newsletter is a copy of the Term 3 outline for the activities which are planned for the weekend for boarders. Day students are more than welcome to join their friends in boarding at these activities. All day students (and parents if there is a cost) need to email Mrs Thomas by the Wednesday night of that weekend activity to join in.
This program was introduced at NEGS in 2016 which offers parents a practical solution to juggling work and family responsibilities while providing your children with the best “educational” opportunities available. Students participating in the ExtendEd program can remain at school after the bell to do their extra-curricular activities, complete their homework supervised by staff, eat afternoon tea and dinner…before being picked up by their parents at 8pm or later.
While some schools are charging up to $50 a day (on top of regular tuition fees) for this casual service, NEGS is offering these services to students who want to remain behind for the cost of $20 per day (including, GST, to cover costs of meals and supervision). For now, parents are asked to notify me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email if this program would support your daughter in anyway with details such as your daughter’s name, year group, days required, date to start, parent contact details and any dietary and medical information please. ExtendEd is only available to Years 6 – 12.
This service is provided to day families for weekdays or weekends. Another practical solution to juggling work and family responsibilities while providing your children with the best education opportunities. Casual boarding could occur overnight during the week or for a weekend. Parents are asked to notify me (email@example.com) by email if casual boarding is required. The school asks for at least 24 hours notice for your daughter coming into casual boarding to ensure there is availability. Casual Boarding is only available to Years 6 – 12.
Looking forward to seeing day and boarding students developing stronger friendships.
Stephanie Thomas – Director of Boarding