New England Girls' School

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New England Girls' School crest. Source: (NEGS website)
Coordinates30°31′9″S 151°38′24″E / 30.51917°S 151.64000°E / -30.51917; 151.64000Coordinates: 30°31′9″S 151°38′24″E / 30.51917°S 151.64000°E / -30.51917; 151.64000
TypeIndependent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding
MottoLatin: Quodcumque Facitis Ex Animo Operamini
(Whatsoever you do, do it heartily)
ChairmanJohn Cassidy
PrincipalMary-Anne Evans
Key peopleFlorence Emily Green (Founder)
Enrolment310 (P–12)[1]
Colour(s)Navy Blue, Scarlett and Sky Blue

'NEGS is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Armidale, a rural city in northern New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1895 by Florence Emily Green, NEGS is a non-selective school, and currently caters for approximately 310 students from Pre-Preparatory (4 years old) to Year 12 (18 years old),[1] including 140 boarders from Years 5 to 12.[2] NEGS is affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AIS NSW),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[2] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[5] and is an affiliate member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[6] NEGS Limited in its capacity as Trustee administers the school on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale.[7]


NEGS was founded in 1895, by Florence Emily Green,[8] a deeply religious educator from Oamaru, New Zealand.[9] The aim of the school was to provide an all-round education for girls, with a strong emphasis on Christian values, in order to prepare students for the challenges of the new century. The school's first building was named 'Akaroa', and contained a large classroom, an office and boarding facilities. Today the building is the school’s administration centre, with the original classroom now used for meetings and functions, and named the 'W.H Lee Room' after the school’s architect.[8]

Under Miss Green's guidance NEGS became one of the largest girls' boarding schools in Australia.[9] In 1907, NEGS was purchased by the Anglican diocese and a school Council was appointed.[8] Miss Green subsequently moved to Victoria in 1908 to act as caretaker headmistress to Firbank Church of England Girls' Grammar School, in Brighton.[9]

NEGS' first brick building, later known as "Northern and Southern", was opened in 1911. This building contained an assembly hall, gymnasium and boarding facilities.[8]

During the principalship of Anna Abbott from 1990 to 2000, the International Baccalaureate was introduced, the Music program was expanded, and an ordained woman appointed to be the school's chaplain.


Period Details[6]
1895 – 1907 Miss Florence Green, Founder
1907 Miss May Bird
1907 – 1913 Miss Margaret Murray
1913 – 1917 Miss Clarinda Murray
1918 – 1925 Miss Juliet Lyon
1925 – 1939 Miss Nona Dumolo
1939 – 1959 Miss Ethel Colebrook
1959 – 1969 Miss Loyalty Howard
1969 – 1972 Miss Yvonne Grubb
1973 – 1989 Dr Jan Milburn
1990 – 2000 Mrs Anna Abbott
2000 – 2004 Mrs Helen Trebilcock
2004 – Mrs Denise Thomas, Interim Head
2004 – 2006 Dr Rebecca Ling
2007 – 2009 Mr Mark Harrison
2009 – 2011 Mr Ian Downs
2012 Mr Peter Hodge
2013 – 2016 Mr Clive Logan
2016 – Mrs Mary-Anne Evans


The New England Girls' School is situated on over 50 hectares (124 acres) of landscaped gardens and parkland, in a rural environment. The school is located in the city of Armidale, situated midway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Tablelands of New South Wales.[10]

Some notable current facilities of the school include:

  • The NEGS Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) with gymnasium facilities
  • The Aytoun Young Resource Centre
  • Arts and Crafts complex
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • All-weather tennis courts
  • Several sports ovals
  • Indoor and outdoor netball and basketball courts
  • Hockey field
  • Indoor and outdoor Equestrian arenas
  • Equestrian cross-country course
  • Polocrosse field
  • Computer laboratory
  • Library
  • Four Boarding Houses
  • Health Centre
  • Chapel of St Michael and All Angels


The New England Girls' School badge was designed shortly after the opening of the school, and is highly symbolic. The badge colours of scarlet and sky were chosen by Miss Green to be the official school colours. The shield of the badge is surmounted by the Bishop's mitre symbolising the power of the Holy Spirit, and the authority of the Church. On the shield itself, three figures are depicted:

All three together are drawn from the final verse of the school Bible reading:

So faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

— 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Beneath the shield is the school motto, Quodcumque facitis ex animo operamini, based on Colossians 3:23, which may be translated as "Whatsoever you do, do it heartily".[11]


All pupils at NEGS follow the NSW academic curriculum, completing numeracy and literacy tests in junior school, and the NSW Higher School Certificate in year twelve. Senior school students are also tested in all of their subjects at the middle and end of each academic year, allowing classes in English and Mathematics to be streamed according to ability.

In the coeducational junior school, students study English, Mathematics, HSIE, PDHPE and technology with their classroom teachers. They also learn languages (German, French or Latin), Music, Drama and Art from specialist teachers in the senior school.

Girls in the senior school have the opportunity to develop their interests through taking additional study units and their class choices. Girls select a language to learn in year eight, two elective subjects in year nine (choosing from Art, Music, Drama, French, Japanese or Design and Technology) and may change one of these subjects at the beginning of year ten. In years eleven and twelve classes are also offered at Vocational Education Training (VET), the Armidale Combined Schools Program and the Open High School in order to allow girls to further pursue their interests and prepare for tertiary education and their chosen careers.


NEGS has four boarding houses - Kirkwood, Dickens, White and Saumarez - to accommodate its many boarders. Boarders from years five to ten share a room with girls from their own year group, and all girls in years eleven and twelve have their own private room. In year twelve, girls move into Saumarez House. The senior boarding house allows girls to concentrate on their studies without the distraction of younger years and gives the girls more freedom with later bedtimes and more opportunities to visit town. Throughout their time at NEGS most girls will experience boarding in some way, either as a full boarder, part-time boarder or a casual stay. Boarding enhances the community feeling of the school and is a fun and friendly experience.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of NEGS are known as Old Girls and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the NEGS Old Girls' Union (NEGSOGU).[12] Some notable NEGS Old Girls include:

Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2006 Annual Report" (PDF). Publications. New England Girls' School. 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  2. ^ a b "New England Girls' School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  3. ^ "North West". NSW Independent Schools by Region. The Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  4. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  5. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". AHIGS. The Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools. 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Diocesan Schools". Diocesan Profile. Diocese of Armidale. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d "History". About NEGS. New England Girls' School. Retrieved 8 July 2007.
  9. ^ a b c Robin, Kelvin Grose (1983). "Green, Florence Emily (1862 - 1926)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 90–91. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  10. ^ "Campus". Our Campus. New England Girls' School. Retrieved 23 July 2007.
  11. ^ "The Badge". About NEGS. New England Girls' School. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  12. ^ "NEGS OGU". Wider Community. New England Girls' School. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  13. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "OGILVIE Bridget Margaret, Dame". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  14. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "RALSTON Deborah Eileen". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  15. ^ Connors, Jane (2002). "Vernon, Barbara Mary (1916 - 1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 16 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 448–449. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  16. ^ "Who's who in Big Brother 2012". NewsComAu. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  17. ^ O'Gorman Perusco, Anne (2000). "McConnel, Ursula Hope (1888 - 1957)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 15 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 178–179. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  18. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "KENNEDY Edwina Jane". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.

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