Amid the leafy trees of the sprawling 50-hectare campus, there are sounds of constant laughter and the running of feet. Girls burst through the doors of a nearby boarding house, their chatter as animated and effusive as the warbling of nearby magpies. They walk through the gardens in their weekend clothes, the air laden with fragrant early roses. A waiting bus welcomes them aboard, trundling to the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park for a morning hike to the stunning Wollomombi Falls.
Welcome to NEGS Armidale, a lively, diverse and nurturing environment where living at school presents opportunities for our boarders to immerse themselves in on-campus, co & extra- curricular activities. NEGS is proud to offer a dynamic living and learning structure and space where girls learn real-life lessons by sharing experiences every day.
The proven structure with a defined routine encourages and accommodates the individual interests, pursuits and goals of our boarders.
NEGS offers supportive Boarding staff with tertiary qualifications, experience and unique skill sets ensuring a high level of care which supports and assists with the transition into boarding.
All girls attend evening study known as prep for various lengths of time determined by year group. Prep staff have a sound knowledge of the girls’ weekly assignments, term assessment tasks and exam timetables allowing them to assist the girls achieve their academic goals. Senior prep is completed in the student’s own room with prep staff available for assistance.
On campus all students have access to a well-established and resourced Health Centre operated by qualified nursing staff who work closely with the Head of Boarding and House staff.
NEGS uniquely offers well equipped small group rooms, double rooms, and, for all senior boarders, their own individual rooms. For junior boarders room allocations are changed every term giving girls the opportunity to build new social connections, tolerance and resilience skills. Wireless internet is available throughout the campus and is available to all Boarding Houses.
NEGS is part of a thriving regional city renowned for its educational and sporting facilities, with UNE a close neighbour. At NEGS Armidale your daughter will never be short of adventure and the opportunity to be part of a friendly and safe community whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the New England area.
Weekend activity programmes are full and varied which add to the bounty of experiences available at NEGS including a nationally acclaimed Equestrian Centre, hockey field, netball and rugby facilities, and gym available to students.
Girls enjoy visits to local markets and festivals, local agricultural shows, roller skating, laser tag, ten pin bowling, Cinema Under the Stars, in house craft activities and end of year trips to the North Coast of NSW. There is also a myriad of on-campus events and activities coordinated by our senior boarders who also conduct after school activities for our junior boarders as part of our “Big Sister” approach to our youngest girls whilst also promoting leadership skills for our seniors.
All new students are assigned a boarding buddy to help familiarise them with boarding and academic life at NEGS. To be a boarding buddy is a much sort after role with our existing boarders.
House staff personally induct our new students into boarding explaining the more formal procedures, understanding that boarding is a family experience. They are regularly in touch with parents and caregivers in those first few weeks.
NEGS offers fulltime, weekly and casual boarding as well as an ExtendED program which includes afternoon tea, dinner and prep as well as access to on-campus facilities from after school until the conclusion of prep.
NEGS welcomes students from towns and properties right across Australia, with current students coming from as far and wide as NT, WA and QLD. The NEGS boarding community is a supportive, inclusive and comfortable environment where your daughter and your family will be welcomed and valued as lifelong NEGS family members.
It’s not always an easy transition moving away from home, which is why we dedicate ourselves to providing a home built on compassion and connection. NEGS’ rich history as a boarding school provides generation of learning, and we are constantly striving to develop boarding life to be the ultimate joyful experience for your daughter.