Our Duty Staff assists in all aspects of boarding through the week and on weekends. You will find them assisting the weekday House Mothers, supervising Prep, assisting the Weekend Boarding Co-ordinators with house mother duties on weekends, attending excursions, covering shift breaks on weekends and helping with anything our boarders need.
MISS FRAME (ELLIE)
My name is Ellie and I have worked at NEGS for almost 4 years. I am originally from Tamworth but moved to Armidale to study at UNE. I studied a Bachelor of Primary Education and currently teach in Tamworth. I also have a twin sister that works at NEGS. We love confusing the girls.
MRS O’HARA (SONIA)
I’ve been a NEGS employee since 2016. I have worked in various roles in Local Government, in private enterprise, at the University of New England and with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Now semi-retired, I enjoy the casual House Mother role and work in all three boarding houses. Interacting with and caring for the girls in boarding gives me my “girl fix”, as my own two daughters left home to pursue University degrees and now live and work too far away for regular catchups!
I like to think the girls keep me young at heart – they certainly challenge my appreciation of music with some of their ‘shower tunes’. I love to travel and have been lucky to explore many parts of the world, with many more on the agenda…one day!
MISS HASSALL (SARAH)
My name is Sarah and I am from Sydney. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Agriculture at UNE here in Armidale. I am very passionate about sports and being active, subsequently I am currently a part of a hockey and netball team in the New England region.
My past background has been in hospitality, which I enjoyed as I had the privilege of interacting with so many different people on a daily basis. I also spent a lot of my time volunteering for the Red Shield Appeal in Sydney. I was a boarder at Pymble Ladies’ College and remember my boarding days as being some of my fondest memories. I am very glad to be part of the NEGS boarding community and I look forward to supporting your girls through their time as boarders, ensuring they are comfortable at their home away from home.
MISS BEVAN (HEIDI)
My name is Heidi and I am currently a 3rd Year Medical Student at UNE. I am originally from England, but moved to Bowral, NSW at a young age.
I love anything outdoors, and therefore am an avid hiker and runner. I adore travelling and hope to be able to explore many places in the years to come! Working at NEGS for the past two years has been such a wonderful experience, and the boarding houses have definitely become a home away from home.
MISS PACKER (NICOLE)
While I hail from sunny Brisbane, I moved to Armidale for studies at the beginning of 2017 and I’ve been working weekends in Kirkwood boarding for over two years now. I enjoy getting to know the girls in a more relaxed setting than the busyness of the week and I try to make their weekends in Kirkwood as enjoyable as possible.
Outside of boarding, I’m currently completing the fourth year of my five year medical degree, so being a full-time doctor is just around the corner! When I’m not studying or working, I love exploring the surrounds of Armidale, practising modern jive (a style of partnered dancing I’ve recently become addicted to) cuddling my pet parrot, collecting succulents and experimenting with new baking recipes.
MISS FINCH (SALLY)
Hello, my name is Sally and I am currently in my second year of study at UNE, completing a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics. I am originally from Brisbane in QLD, but currently reside at one of the colleges on the university campus. I am the eldest of three children, with my sister being in year 12 this year and my brother in year 9. Not being long out of school myself, and having attended an all girls school since year 6, I feel that I can offer compassionate, empathetic and genuine care for your daughters whilst in boarding at NEGS.
I love everything outdoors and am an avid sports fan – currently playing in both netball and rugby 7s competitions in the New England region. I take great interest in engaging with the girls and learning of their own recent activities whilst they are in the House and I am on shift. I am very excited to be a part of the NEGS Boarding team.
MISS TURNER (GEORGIA)
My name is Georgia. I am currently a first year student at St Alberts College, studying a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Agriculture. I am from Gol Gol NSW, which is on the border of Victoria and attended boarding school in Adelaide, at Immanuel College.
This is my third year out of school, I spent my two gap years north of Cloncurry, QLD working on a cattle station as a jillaroo and in my second year also took on the role of admin officer for two days a week. I love being back in the boarding environment as boarding for me was a highlight of my high school education and I hope to help the girls feel the same way.
MISS MCCAHILL (ELYSE)
I’m Elyse McCahill, I’m originally from sunny Mackay, Queensland and am currently in Armidale studying Medicine at UNE. I’m a big nerd, and love playing team video games and board games with my friends. Growing up with horses I also love chatting to the girls about all their equestrian activities.
I love working at NEGS because I enjoy hearing about the girls’ lives and giving them guidance and a sense of ‘home away from home’ when they need it. Also because they keep me very updated on pop culture.
MRS SLOMAN (PENNI)
My Name is Penni, I live in the Glen Innes area with my husband Michael and two boys Corey and Joel. We have a sheep and beef property on the north side of Glen Innes. My previous experience with boarding before starting at NEGS is as a boarder parent. My two boys attend Farrer Agricultural High School and are in years 10 and 8. My hobbies are cooking (I love to cook treats for the girls on weekends), show cattle and gardening. I also enjoy being involved in our local community.
Our three House Mothers are our leaders in our houses and manage their houses holistically with the support of the Head of Boarding. The House Mothers are your daughter’s ‘Mums’ whilst at school, there is nothing they will not try and do to ensure your daughter is safe, happy and well cared for.
MRS GARRAD (DONNA)
SAUMAREZ HOUSE – SENIORS
Hi my name is Donna, I joined the NEGS Boarding staff in January 2015 as White House
House Mother and currently Saumarez House Mother. I live in Walcha and have previously worked in Local Government as Library and Youth Services Manager for 17 years and prior to this, I have a background in Finance.
I am married with 2 children, my son was a boarder at school and my daughter a day student. Both of my adult children now also work in education.
I have Tertiary qualifications in Library and Information Services, and I am currently studying towards Bachelor of Education studies (non-teaching). My hobbies are spending time with my family, dining out with friends, holidays to the coast and reading. I also love the occasional binge-watch of a good TV series.
MRS BRUCE (SARAH)
WHITE HOUSE JUNIORS
• Cares for the boarders in her care fiercely. A real mother hen.
• LOVES a good challenge, great at behaviour management.
• Runs the boarding house on 3 principles: 1. Fun 2. Rules and 3. FEAR!
• Married with 2 children and prize child ‘Cleo’ – Mini dachshund dog.
• Lives on a large property in Walcha
• Family orientated and longs for spending time at the coast
I have a Bachelor in Education (Early Childhood). Previous positions of employment include Preschool Director and Early Childhood Teacher.
MS NAYLOR TAGGART (TAYLOR)
Grew up in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Attended and finished school at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Town Hall, Sydney. Returned to St Andrew’s the year after I finished school (2016) to work as an Aboriginal Education Assistant for a year.
• During school I had worked at the Sydney Opera House as a ticketing assistant trainee
• Played Hockey and was involved in Athletics for 6 years
• Won a premiership in 2018 playing for Uralla Tigers – Women’s League Tag
• Currently studying Bachelor of Primary Education through UNE
• Current jobs: Indigenous Education Assistant and Kirkwood House Mother at NEGS. Have been working at NEGS for 3 years now
• Blended family – one of 9 (third eldest)
• Enjoy the beach, camping and eating
Our WBC are responsible for all three houses over the weekends, with the support of the Head of Boarding. They are ably assisted by duty staff in all houses. Our WBC both travel long distances to work at NEGS which is a testament to their commitment to and enjoyment in caring for your daughters.
MRS MIDDLETON (KERRY)
My name is Kerry. I was born in Dubbo, NSW and have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children.
I was previously employed by the NSW Police Force as a non-sworn employee and worked in many areas for the NSW Police including communications, data collection, court process, which involved the compilation of Police Briefs of Evidence and Criminal Records.
I was with the NSW Police Force for 18 years with the last 5 being in the role of Personal Assistant to the Senior Police Prosecutor for the Orana Police District.
My husband and I moved from Dubbo, NSW to Dorrigo, NSW. Dorrigo is a small country village and I worked many varied casual jobs before joining NEGS in May 2012 as a member of the boarding staff. Initially I was a full time house mother until late 2016. I have since relocated from Dorrigo, NSW to Pottsville, NSW and have continued my employment with NEGS on a part time basis in the role of Weekend Boarding Coordinator.
I also work at St Hilda’s at Southport as a Boarding Supervisor.
MS HUNT (ASHLEIGH)
My name is Ashleigh I have extensive experience working with children and families in the fields of mental health and education. I have a Bachelor of Psychology degree and have worked in a variety of positions within private practice and community sectors, including program facilitation, case management and administrative roles. I am currently a Master of Teaching student specialising in counselling in educational contexts.
I am passionate about supporting children and young people to be their best and I’m thus dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of the girls at NEGS. I believe that providing a high-level of pastoral care is essential for school achievement and I am committed to creating a boarding environment where everything runs smoothly for staff and boarders alike. I draw on my experience working with girls at St Hilda’s School to help boarders and families feel well looked after. I love art and reading and enjoy hanging out with my family.
SR KENNEDY (KATE)
Being a mother of 2 boys, I love working at NEGS and being surrounded by all these lovely girls! While I do not have the experience of being the mother of a daughter, I do have first-hand experiences of the challenges, benefits and rewards of Boarding School Life for both parents and students.
I am passionate about the promotion of (positive) mental health for young people and firmly believe that the school years are an opportune time to develop life long skills to support a positive mental health trajectory. I love working as part of the dynamic NEGS boarding team! Outside of school I volunteer as part of the Animal Welfare League Armidale Branch, I enjoy reading, walking and eating delicious meals that my husband cooks for me.
MRS JACKSON (JODIE)
A long history of working in health and raising two children of my own, both now young adults, has provided me with insight into the ever growing importance of getting the balance right when supporting our youth. I believe being your true self and role modeling this for our students is incredibly important. We all learn from our mistakes and our wins and we can learn from each other no matter our age.
I have a long connection with NEGS, my daughter Abbey attended NEGS as a day girl for 15 years (with small periods of boarding) from the age of 3, graduating in 2017. My son Nick went to boarding school in Sydney, graduating last year. Both of my children now reside in Sydney.
Apart from being a parent at NEGS for 15 years I have worked as the School RN since 2012. The transition into boarding feels very natural to me as I see this role as very similar to my role in the Health Centre. My primary focus remains the students and their safety and welfare are my number one concern.
My favourite part of working at NEGS is interacting with the students, they are fantastic company and a joy to be around. Although things are not always smooth sailing, it is in these situations I find my work the most rewarding.
I have a Bachelor of Nursing and prior to NEGS have worked in various roles in the health sector. Occasionally you can catch me working in our local business with my husband.