The NGS Framework encapsulates the philosophy of education that underpins the approach to teaching and learning at Newcastle Grammar School. It makes explicit our values and outlines the attributes we encourage our students to aspire to. It also represents the explicit programmes designed to develop these qualities.
A graduate of NGS is cognisant of a shared humanity through the complementary elements of the heart, the head and the hand.
The graduate has an understanding of self and others. This encompasses the expression of empathy, kindness, forgiveness, positivity, gratitude and resilience.
The graduate operates from a position of integrity, self-efficacy, resilience, respect and compassion in their interactions with others.
The graduate embraces the experience of life-long- learning: enjoying the challenges of problem solving; valuing and demonstrating critical and creative thinking.
The graduate is willing to challenge themselves in their learning, reflect on their thinking, build understanding through collaboration, demonstrate commitment, strive for excellence and take pride in their achievements.
The graduate recognises the needs of the community and the wider world and responds with meaningful service and compassion.
The graduate is committed to ethical humanitarian values, promotes intercultural understandings and respects diversity.
The educational experience at Newcastle Grammar School is underpinned by the core values of:
Respect: we acknowledge that a shared humanity underpins respect for all and believe that our interactions must operate from a basis of mutual respect.
Integrity: We value honesty to ourselves and others, while being guided by our informed moral compass. We will demonstrate trustworthiness and responsibility in our interactions with others.
Service: We are prepared to lead and act to enrich the lives of others and understand that this, in turn, enriches our lives. We recognise that true happiness is dependent on both feeling good about ourselves and doing good for others.
Excellence: We work together collaboratively in an environment where the pursuit of excellence is encouraged, fostered and valued. Every day we strive to bring the best version of ourselves to all that we do. We understand that authentic wellbeing promotes excellence.
We provide a holistic curriculum that is designed to support and empower students in their individual pursuit for excellence.
We strive to provide students with a learning experience and opportunities that will allow them to RISE to the challenges they will face in an increasing complex global world, to develop the knowledge and skills that will allow them to FLOURISH as global citizens who can and will contribute to the development of a better world and to foster a creative spirit and a positive outlook on life.
The programmes at Newcastle Grammar School aim to develop students who are:
- Tolerant and Open-Minded
- Effective Communicators
- Critical Thinkers
Student wellbeing is at the core of academic success and an intrinsic aspect of the School’s ethos. Therefore, underpinning our academic curriculum is a progressive wellbeing programme based on the principles of Positive Psychology that encourages a Growth Mindset and the development of key Habits of Mind.
Teaching and Learning
At the heart of our approach to teaching and learning is the fundamental belief that all students can achieve success at school. We know that the quality of teaching is the most significant school-based factor affecting student outcomes, therefore, our aim is to provide students with a consistently high standard of education based on evidence-based research into effective teaching and current learning theory. The key dimensions of our Teaching and Learning Framework are:
- Learning Environment
- Curriculum Design
- Teaching Practices
- Assessment Strategies
Our staff are supported in their endeavours to enhance the quality of student learning and educational outcomes through high-quality professional development.