26 Mar 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day

At an all boys school, Newington students seldom hear what girls themselves have to say about what International Women’s Day means to them. In the week of International Women’s Day, Newington boys from Years 10-12 joined senior girls from MLC and PLC Sydney in a forum that looked to raise awareness and celebrate women in society. The open forum was therefore a great opportunity for us boys to listen to the experiences and perspectives of girls our own age. Throughout, we were given the chance to celebrate the achievements of three distinguished women, namely Ms Sarah McCarthy (diversity and inclusion leadership consultant), Ms Rebecca Rippon (former water polo Olympian), and a female member of the Australian Defence Force who unfortunately we cannot name. These speakers each gave a 10 minute presentation, sharing their insights of their experiences in their respective careers. This was then followed by mixed-table discussions and then a whole group discussion, in which we were able to discuss important issues that we don’t often address enough in a social context. As a whole, the forum was a great opportunity for both boys and girls of similar age to hear each other’s views and have meaningful conversations. Many thanks to the 70 boys and girls who attended the forum and we hope that as a community, we can drive for positive change in the future.

Ben Leung (12/KL) and Jack Walker (12/KL)

Reflections on the Speakers:

Ms Sarah Mccarthy

Written by Rosie McCulloch, a Year 12 Student from PLC

Sarah began by sharing a series of tweets from girls who joined the #metoo movement. They were confronting yet familiar, as I have heard many similar stories on social media and from people I know. Sarah explained how currently social media is an easy way for subtle sexism to be spread and to reach people at younger and younger ages. She encouraged us to to use it to fight sexism, or for boys to get involved in movements such as #metoo, and be an open ally for women.

Ms Rebecca Rippon

Written by Ben Leung and Jack Walker

Ms Rippon shared with us her experiences in her water polo career and the positive and supportive impact of male role models. Her story highlighted the importance of men and women working together to empower both genders in sport. She shared her many experiences out in the pool, most significantly her bronze medal achievement in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Rebecca was kind enough to bring in her medal to show the boys and girls who were interested. Throughout Rebecca’s presentation, it was evident that significant advancements had been made in the sporting industry, although there is still room for improvement. Overall, it was great to hear from someone who experienced a successful career in Water Polo.

A Female Member of the ADF

Written by Crystal Warner, a Year 12 Student from MLC

MLC was privileged to attend Newington’s International Women’s Day forum. One of the speakers was a female member of the ADF. She spoke about her experiences in both the British and Australian armed forces. It was interesting to see her perspective on the current world situation and hear her personal journey in both positions. She shared her positive experience and enlightened many of us who thought it would be negative. Personally, I previously viewed the female position in the army as a hard and negative experience in regards to male roles. However, she proved otherwise. She shared her many achievements, which were all inspiring and tackled the negative experiences of being a female militant – being rewarded with the highest possible rank. All of the speakers we heard were strong and shared their stories from their differing perspectives. Overall Newington’s event was a great experience to discuss the important issues we as women face in the world today. This event showed a common passion from PLC, MLC and Newington College, therefore highlighting a common goal amongst us, the importance of standing up and speaking out to create a balanced society.

A ‘golden ticket’

At a recent Assembly, Jack Rudd (8/ME) was the lucky recipient of a ‘golden ticket’. This ticket, given at random, meant Headmaster Mr Michael Parker attended each of Jack’s classes, did all his school work and completed all assigned homework as well. Jack shares his perspective on the exciting day below.

How did it feel winning the Golden Ticket at Assembly?

I felt extremely lucky, especially seeing that I sat on one chair out of around 1500 that had the envelope on it. When I first sat down, I tried to give it away to anyone sitting around me because I thought I would have to go up on the stage. But my mentor Mrs Lak told me to hold on to it!

 What did you expect going into the day?

I thought I would be really nervous sitting with Mr Parker all day. But he was super friendly and asked me a lot of questions about myself which made me feel more at ease. I’m pretty sure all my classmates enjoyed having him in the class, but I’m not sure my teachers were as relaxed as I was!

How was the day different to what you expected?

I thought that the Headmaster would do less of my work, but he even did my practice maths test for me. I wish we could have found out the mark he achieved. It was great for him to see a day in the life of a student, but I also saw how he experienced each day – I must have heard ‘good morning sir’ a hundred times as we walked between lessons.

What was your favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day by far was when we had practical PDHPE and we got to throw dodgeballs at the Headmaster. This is not something you get to do every day and I’m sure other people in my class really enjoyed this as well, except for the time someone nearly hit him in the head!

Did the Headmaster do all your assignments?

Yes, although he didn’t have any homework to do, which was bad luck for me. Also in English we had to write analytical paragraphs which I was happy that I didn’t have to do because it was the last lesson of the day and they can be hard work!

Head of the River 2019

The 122nd AAGPS Head of the River took place on Saturday 23 March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre with Newington fielding seven crews across the day.

The two Year 10 VIII crews both finished 4th, with both crews rowing a season personal best, a credit to all boys and coaches involved.

The 3rd and 2nd IVs both finished mid-table, with the 1st IV rowing an outstanding last 250m to finish 3rd.

In the 2nd VIII race, Newington rowed a fantastic last 500m to steam home and place 3rd behind Kings and Shore.

The 1st VIII race was going to be tight across the top six crews with Newington leading at the first 500m and second at the 1000m mark, unfortunately the boys were unable to bring it home and finished in 6th position with Shore victorious.

Newington would like to acknowledge our Year 8 and Year 9 rowers who finished second in the Junior Points score behind Shore. Well done to all boys and coaches involved.

The rowing community would like to thank all Newington students and supporters for their attendance on Saturday.

Full results can be found here: AAGPS-Head-of-the-River-2019.

Mark Dickens
Head of Sport

AAGPS Swimming Championships

The AAGPS Swimming Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park this Friday 29 March. This is the final meet of the season with all Newington teams well placed in their respective divisions.

Director of Aquatics Ryan Moar and Head Swimming Coach Jared Goldthorpe are confident of a successful evening after a solid block of training over the last two weeks.

Current standings can be found here AAGPS Swimming.

Mark Dickens
Head of Sport

The essence of Easter

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

With the Easter celebration fast approaching, the chapel message has turned to the essence of what Easter is all about; namely the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Death is a difficult thing to talk about, especially when we have lost loved ones. It also touches a raw nerve when we consider the recent headline in Christchurch where many lives were lost through the senseless act of one man. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be directed to the families who have lost loved ones through this massacre and to the Christchurch community who continue to mourn for their families, their neighbours and for their peaceful community.

In complete contrast to this, the Easter message heralds one man giving his life as a ransom for many. The choice Jesus made was designed to save lives and has embedded into humanity the empowering directive to love others as we would love ourselves.

To help make better sense of Jesus death, the renowned 20th Century British author, C.S. Lewis, created the literary masterpiece The Chronicles of Narnia. The central character, ‘Aslan’, the lion who laid down his life as a ransom for one of the humans, provides an allegorical insight into the nature of why Jesus chose to lay down his life.

C.S. Lewis scripted Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with the goal to highlight the immense impact that comes from an ‘all-powerful being’ choosing to give up its life to free the world of Narnia from the grip of evil. Although the death of Aslan initially seems to make no sense, the values of courage, selflessness and love herald the turning point in the Narnia chronicles on many fronts; lives were saved, justice prevailed and the grip of evil was dissolved.

As we draw the parallel between Aslan and Jesus, the world of Narnia and our own worlds’, the essence of the Easter message hopefully serves to shine light into all of our lives in a way that brings the freedom and empowerment that it was designed for. I hope we all enjoy a safe, exciting and fulfilling Easter holiday in the next few weeks.

Rev Geordie Barham
College Chaplain

From the Nurse

NSW Health has issued two important health alerts recently.

Measles Alert

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness, which is easily spread through the air when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or breathes. The measles virus can remain in the air for short periods, so simply being in the same room as a person with measles can result in infection if you are not immune.

Symptoms include:


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore eyes

After a few days:

  • Red, spotty, non-itchy rash (starting on the face and spreading to the body and limbs)

Up to one third of measles cases can suffer from diarrhoea, middle ear infections and pneumonia. There are rarer complications such as measles encephalitis (1/1,000), which is swelling of the brain or sub-acute sclerosing pan encephalitis (1/100,000), a fatal neurological disorder, which can present years after a measles infection.

Although these cases are uncommon, I sadly remember nursing an 11-year-old boy with sub-acute sclerosing pan encephalitis around 1981 in The Children’s Hospital in Dublin. The measles vaccine was introduced in Ireland in 1985. I also remember having measles myself around age six. I was miserable with sore eyes and horrible rash but thankfully, I did not get any complications.

Recent Measles Cases in Australia

There have been two recent measles cases in Sydney in March – one case involves a man in his twenties staying in a backpackers hostel in Central Sydney and the second was a primary-school-aged, unvaccinated child in Bonnyrigg.

These instances follow another two recent unrelated cases, but interestingly both had returned from holidays in South East Asia.

Who is at Risk?

People born before 1966 are assumed immune to measles.

People are at risk of measles if they have been exposed to an infectious case having

  • never had measles
  • not received two doses of measles containing vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella MMR vaccine)
  • a weakened immune system are also at risk even if they have been fully immunised

NSW Health encourages all people 12 months of age or older, and born during or after 1966 to make sure they have received two doses of measles vaccine. For people who are unsure of whether they have previously received two doses, it is safe to receive more than two.

Travellers are encouraged to discuss their travel plans with their GP to ensure that they are vaccinated against preventable diseases such as measles prior to travel.

Around the world, measles cases increased by 48% between 2017 and 2018 – from World Health Organization data. 10 countries, including Brazil, the Philippines and France, accounted for nearly three-quarters of the total increase in measles cases in 2018.

Here are some other key facts about measles with a photo of the rash: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx

It is possible that some people are still concerned about a supposed link with the MMR vaccine and autism following a report by Wakefield et al in 1998 in the UK. This was later refuted and the authors were found guilty of fraud and of falsifying facts. Wakefield himself was later banned from practising medicine in Britain. A recent study just published on 5 March in Denmark involving 650,000 children finds No evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of autism. This follows numerous other studies, which have found no link, so this myth is emphatically busted.

Salmonella Alert

NSW Health continues to investigate an outbreak of salmonella linked to contaminated eggs.

Salmonella infection is a type of gastroenteritis caused by the salmonella bacteria. Symptoms of infection include fever, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. Most symptoms last four to seven days but dehydration and more rarely a blood infection can occur.

Salmonella is mainly spread to humans when they eat under-cooked food made from infected animals (that is, meat, poultry, eggs, and their by-products). Salmonella can spread from person-to-person from the hands of an infected person. It can also spread from animals to humans.

A total of 139 people in NSW have become unwell with this particular outbreak strain since this was first reported last year.

People are advised to check their kitchens for any of the impacted brands. The eggs should be either disposed of in the garbage or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. A receipt of purchase is not required.

  • Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g barcode 9300633636982*
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g*
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g*
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g*
  • Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g* (This product in VIC and SA only)

*With best before dates:  20 MAR 19, 23 MAR 19, 27 MAR 19, 30 MAR 19, 3 APR 19, 6 APR 19, 10 APR 19, 14 APR 19, 17 APR 19, 20 APR 19, 24 APR 19, 27 APR 19, 29 APR 19.

Click here for a fact sheet on salmonella.

Click here for a link to practical advice when using and storing eggs.

Sister Margaret Bates 
School Nurse

Nic Newling visits with Year 12

Year 12 students recently had the opportunity to hear from mental health advocate Nic Newling. Below, two students share their thoughts on Nic’s presentation.

On Thursday 7 March, Newington was lucky to have Nic Newling visit the school to give a talk on mental health as well as to share about his experiences surrounding the subject. He spoke of his challenges with the diagnosis of his bipolar disorder, and the traumatic suicide of his brother and used these as a springboard to help us to understand this challenging time in our lives and to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Through Nic’s conversational storytelling style, the talk made for a very captivating explanation of the twists and turns of mental health as well as the steps to take should we be faced with similar challenges and the importance of reaching out.

Finn Tentij (12/LE)

Nic Newling’s experiences with bipolar and the tragic suicide of his brother were very educational and impactful. Mr Newling provided us with insights most people our age would not have any experience with themselves. Although mental health issues are becoming increasingly more prevalent in our world, it often goes unnoticed, hence why we were heard this talk in the first place. His story provided us with information on how we can help understand those affected by mental illness and how we can help them. The use of his story allowed us to understand this practically and thus was far more impactful.

Christian Kadi (12/LE)

Water Polo 2018/2019 season review

The Newington Firsts Water Polo team have completed an outright, undefeated Premiership double in the 2018/19 season for the first time since 2015. In what has become an increasingly competitive combined schools tournament our College’s best water polo players stood up to plenty of challenges and were unbeaten after eight gruelling rounds played across Term 4 and Term 1.

In Term 4, 2018, matches against St Aloysius College, St Joseph’s College and St Ignatius’ College provided heart-stopping and nail-biting moments for players, parents and coaches as the team won by the smallest of margins with minimal time remaining in each encounter. A goal in the dying seconds of the match against Joeys by the rangy number 4, Toby Goldschmidt was a highlight that stands out from the first half of the season.

Fast forward to 2019 and the team continued on their winning ways. However, an unconvincing win against Barker in Week 3 may have put some doubt in the supporter’s minds. The most telling match of the season was the hyped fixture between Newington and Scots College at Newington Pool on Saturday 23 February. The game resulted in a 10-4 boilover as the boys in black and white steamrolled their opposition in front of a big crowd. On the day, all members of the team played fantastic water polo. Year 10 star Andrej Grgurevic (10/FL) seemingly ‘had the ball on a string’ while our very own representative goalkeeper, Thomas Harris (12/MO) was unbeatable in the cage.

Ryan Moar
Director of Aquatics

How does gaming affect students?

The article below, written by HSC English student Sam Martin (11/MA), explores the topic of gaming and the impact it may have on students. Students in the course are required to submit their select works for publication.

Video games have become a topic of highly controversial debate within the recent decades due to their rising presence in homes, and because one of their most common audiences are teenage students. This has led to a fierce debate on the question: How do these video games really affect the behaviours of our teenage population?

Video games have become a worldwide phenomenon, with an Australian study by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA 2016) stating in a study conducted in 2016 that 98% of all Australian households with children under 18 had a device for playing video games. The same study also found the average total play time was 88 minutes daily. However other studies such as that by Holt and Kleiber (2009) have suggested some teenagers and young men play more than 30 hours per week. According to user experience/user interaction designer Genevieve Martin, games are designed to keep you playing. This is called “the flow of the game” and by increasing the level of challenge with increasing skill levels it makes you want to play the game more. Holt & Kleiber (2009) have likened a good game to a “siren’s song” suggesting that it can be difficult to stop playing. To me, this is highly disturbing, as 98% of Australian households are vulnerable to these potentially addictive and harmful applications.

One of the most popular genres of video games are Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), which are capable of having thousands of simultaneous players interacting with each other in an environment that constantly changes – like the real world. These games often set goals for players, and are constantly developing and improving to keep them playing. These virtual environments also serve as a ground for social interactions between players, allowing the creation of virtual friendships and social lives. Many of these MMOGs are role-playing games, designed for the player to immerse themselves in the personality of their character. World of Warcraft is an example. It is alarming that these digital worlds are designed to imitate the real world in an attempt to draw the player into them. If the player does not have the self-control and experience with games to separate these two worlds, it can lead to failure in the real world as they begin to shift their focus from reality to an artificial world and “virtual” relationships.  For example, a study by Sioni, Burleson and Bekerian (2017) found that gamers with social phobias preferred online social interaction rather than physical interaction and were more likely to be addicted to video games.

How do we define a gamer? It is commonly accepted that the majority of gamers are young men. However there is often a divide within the gaming community between people who are casual gamers and those who are more serious gamers. Serious gamers are often separated by a series of differential characteristics, such as the tendency to put much more effort into the game, and often identify strongly with other players, often sharing a “unique ethos” with each other. It is intriguing that the gaming community would automatically divide into these two groups and these people would have a natural affinity with each other. I believe this can represent the behaviours of the two types of people that often play video games.

So how exactly are these games affecting these gamers? There has been a large quantity of research on the effects of these games in recent years. Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield (2014) speculated that there are connections between short attention spans, impulsiveness and even autism. Pontes (2017) has said that excessive use of video games can lead to psychological impairments, behavioural problems, depression, anxiety and stress in some players and particularly young people. Even Donald Trump has weighed into the argument claiming that “the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts” (IFLScience! n.d.)

However, many studies into these games have found a variety of positive effects of gaming on behaviour and emotional states. A study by Bell, Bishop and Przbylski (2015) found that video games can actually improve neuropsychological performance, hand-eye coordination, attention span and ability to visually process information. Another study by Nichols (2017) supports this, and asserts that the parts of the brain associated with attention are more efficient in gamers and require less activation to stay focused, and that gamers have a larger hippocampus. These games have also been found to help people relax, regulate their emotions and challenge themselves (Pontes 2017).

Sydney psychologist Anna Finney warns against accepting relationships between factors as evidence of causation. She says that “there is a strong relationship between heavy internet use and sleep deprivation but this does not mean excessive internet use causes sleep deprivation”. This contrasts with previous studies suggesting that excessive internet use causes sleep deprivation. As Kim et al (2018) says,”All it means is that sleep deprived individuals spend more time on the internet”. It is also worth considering that evidence showing that players of World of Warcraft have improved problem solving capabilities is just reflecting that people with better problem solving abilities are more attracted to the game. However, Finney says that as with most things, it is all about balance. If it becomes an addiction, there is a problem.

The World Health Organisation has recently added “gaming disorder” to its list of mental health conditions. According to the American Psychiatric Association, internet gaming disorder (IGD) is when an individual demonstrates a pattern of persistent and recurrent use of video games leading to some type of impairment or distress over a period of 12 or more months including five or more of the following criteria:

  1. Preoccupation with games;
  2. Withdrawal symptoms if games cannot be accessed;
  3. The need to spend increasing amounts of time playing games;
  4. An inability to control participation in games;
  5. A loss of interest in activities other than games;
  6. Continued excessive use of games despite knowledge of psycho-social problems;
  7. Deceiving family members, therapists or others about the amount of time spent gaming, and 
  8. Jeopardising or losing a significant relationship or educational or career opportunity because of gaming (Pontes 2017).

So, is gaming really a siren’s song? From this variety of opinions and research, I believe that gaming can be potentially beneficial to teenage students. However, if they are sucked into the siren’s song of video games, it can damage their lives, even affecting their friends and family.

Newington’s first cadet

In 1860, in response to the latest Russian invasion scare, the military authorities in New South Wales approved the formation of a regiment of Volunteer Rifles to replace the smaller unit that had hitherto existed. The souvenir menu for an anniversary banquet held in 1910 at the Parramatta Town Hall (as reported in an historical feature in the Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate in 1937) provided a brief history of the regiment’s Parramatta Company.

Among the 72 citizens who enrolled at Parramatta in September 1860 — ‘Desiring to show their loyalty to the Mother Land’ — were the Headmaster of the King’s School, Frederick Armitage, a teacher and eight students.

The students were not officially cadets, but we know that at least one — Andrew Houison — was only eleven years old: calling them cadets, rather than soldiers, seems reasonable. We don’t know how long Andrew served in the Parramatta Rifles, but he moved from King’s to Newington on its foundation in July 1863. Aged thirteen, he appears in tenth place in our original admission register.

The son of a successful builder and architect in Parramatta, Andrew was one of early Newington’s most prominent students. In October 1863, the interim Head Master, James Egan Moulton, took a group of boys for a swim in nearby Haslam’s Creek. When Moulton, a poor swimmer, got into difficulties, it was Andrew Houison and sixteen-year-old Robert McKeown who rescued him. In 1865 Andrew was Dux of the School. His nephew James followed him at Newington in 1882.

Matriculating to the University of Sydney, Andrew became Newington’s first university graduate. He next studied medicine in Edinburgh and worked with Joseph Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Andrew’s medical diploma and a reference letter written by Lister are in the College archives. Declining an opportunity to be Lister’s permanent assistant, Andrew returned to Sydney in 1873 to practise medicine, the first Newingtonian to do so. He was soon appointed Secretary of the NSW Medical Board, in which prestigious position he became well known in medical and official circles.

With a keen interest in history, Andrew was one of the founders of the Royal Australian Historical Society, serving as its first President in 1901. As part of the Society’s program he organised field trips to Parramatta to visit old houses and buildings, including his father’s architecture and the places where he had drilled with the Parramatta Rifles forty years earlier. He died in 1912.

Illustrated are Andrew Houison, Robert McKeown and James Egan Moulton in 1863; a Rifle Volunteer in 1861 (from Monty Wedd, Australian Military Uniforms, 1800–1982, 1982); and Andrew Houison in 1890.

David Roberts
College Archivist

Water Polo end of season dinner

Saturday 16 March was a busy day for Newington College’s Water Polo community. Through the course of the day, the 16As, 2nds and 1sts competed in the Thomas Whalan Cup, racking up points to become joint winners of this GPS competition.

Later that evening, close to 200 Water Polo players and their families gathered in Centenary Hall to celebrate yet another successful season, enjoying the company of good friends, good food and good entertainment. All teams, ranging from U13s through to 1sts, were well represented on the night. Director of Aquatics Mr Ryan Moar, who was also the MC for the night, put together a highlight slideshow that saw cheers emerging from the crowd. An initiative this year was to invite back past captains of Water Polo. Thank you to Jean-Luc Poidevin (ON 2014), Wil Cotterill (ON 2015), Rory Williams (ON 2016), Harry Gilkes (ON 2017) and Aidan Schmitt (ON 2018) for sharing your passion and savage advice about the great water sport.

Magician Jackson Aces weaved his way around the crowd throughout the evening, mesmerizing boys and parents alike with his tricks. President of Water Polo Support Group Mr John Harris was amazed that he was missing his watch when he presented Jackson to the crowd! A photo booth was also on hand to provide souvenir photos from the evening.

The prestigious annual Evan Fraser Award, went to Aidan Principe (10/PR) this season. Aidan broke through into the Newington 1sts in his final term of Year 9. Aidan received the award for his undeniable passion for Newington Water Polo, his focus on individual and team improvement and the energy he brings his training and competition.

Thank you to Mr Ryan Moar and the Water Polo Support Group for organising yet another popular Water Polo End of Season Dinner.

Newington Water Polo Support Group

End of season tennis celebration

Storms threatened on Saturday 16 March but nothing stopped 160 intrepid Newington tennis players, coaches, team mangers and family members from attending the End of Season Tennis Celebration in the Space Frame.

The boys threw themselves into table tennis, hoop shooting, and mini-tennis. Daniel Nailand (12/LE) won 1st prize and Will Stewart (11/ME) 2nd prize in the fastest serve game, blowing the competition away (199km and 158km speeds respectively). Alex Palmer (10/MA) and Wil Linke (8/FL) dominated the mini tennis winning 1st and 2nd prize respectively. Fortunately, there were pizzas (savoury and sweet) to feed the hungry competitors afterwards!  

Daniel Nailand, Captain of Tennis (GPS 1sts) gave a wonderful, heartfelt speech reflecting on his Newington tennis experience. Mr Mark Dickens, Head of Sport, thanked and farewelled the Year 12 tennis boys and awarded the Most Valuable Player awards with Mr Chris Steel, Director of Tennis. Well done to all the boys.

A highlight of the afternoon was watching Head of Stanmore, Mr David Roberts, hit the water in the dunk tank! What a good sport! (Kudos also to Reverend Geordie Barham who volunteered to be dunked, but sadly we ran out of time – lucky break!)

Mr Dickens and Mr Steel acknowledged our fantastic Newington tennis coaches and team managers, for the support and guidance they provide to the boys, and thanked the parent volunteers in the Tennis Support Group, who put on the event, supported by the Department of Community & Development.

On behalf of the Newington Tennis Community, thank you to everyone who attended, generously donated game and raffle prizes or supported the event.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Karen Hailwood 
President – Newington College Tennis Support Group