Mark Flynn – Acting Principal
As part of the dynamic leadership team, Mark has been a well-respected teacher at NEGS since 2016 and with 33 years of teaching experience, he has embraced his new role as Acting Principal with gusto and is very excited about the future of the School. Mark has a real passion for teaching and feels that it is a vocation, not a job.
Growing up in the beautiful Lismore/Ballina coastal area, Mark and his wife Teoni, also a school teacher, studied at the University of New England. After many fond years of being in the area, they decided on a tree change and made Armidale their home.
After an extensive career teaching in the public education system for 28 years, he never imagined that he would teach at an “all-girls” school. “I love the culture of NEGS. I find girls can be easier to teach and learn better in this environment,” said Mark.
In all-girls schools, girls feel empowered, build confidence and are able to take risks as they hold every leadership position in the classroom, the sporting field or on stage; They achieve greater academic success by bucking the trend in science, technology, engineering, and maths.
“At NEGS, the students are respectful, enthusiastic, down to earth and supportive of each other. The teachers are very professional and it is wonderful to be teaching again with Mr. Tony Jones and Mrs. Wendy Morey who I had the pleasure of working with at a previous school,” said Mark.
His love of travel has seen Mark visit some incredible countries over the years. In 2018 he accompanied Year 8 NEGS service students to Cambodia in the lead up to the Round Square conference in China and feels that it was an eye-opening experience to see how people in a third world country live.
A keen sportsman, Mark has been a passionate coach in both Rugby Union and Rugby League for over 30 years. In 2018, Mark initiated the Women’s 7’s Rugby at NEGS giving girls the opportunity to be part of the rugby program in a school environment. Mark is one of the coaches and with assistance from sports teacher and Strength and Conditioning coach, Mr. Fraser Ashman, the girls can participate in quality, specialised training, and weekly strength and conditioning sessions. The NEGS Under 17s rugby team proved that they were a force to be reckoned with at the New England finals winning the grand final against some very tough competition. He believes that the character building that takes place in sport can help you deal with life’s many challenges, teaching you perseverance. Mark is also a black belt in karate and has represented Queensland at the Australian championships.
We look forward to working with Mark in his new position.