Student wellbeing is of the highest priority at Newcastle Grammar School.
The goals of the Student Wellbeing programme mirror the School’s mission statement and acknowledge that student wellbeing is an intrinsic element in the ethos of the School.
The essential purpose of the School is to develop the potential of our
Students so that they can lead a satisfying life and make a positive contribution to society.
Spiritual – to promote an understanding of the Christian Faith in the Anglican tradition and a tolerance and respect of other beliefs, thus assisting Students to develop a well-rounded and balanced approach to life.
Academic - to encourage Students to develop a capacity for independent thought and judgement, to foster in each Student a love of learning and to promote individual and group achievement.
Pastoral - to build Student’s self esteem and confidence, to enable Students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline and to re-enforce the values, attitudes and ideals of the School.
Social - to foster respect a concern for all others in the world in which we live so that Students show consideration for those around them, and become respected members of the community.
Cultural / Physical - to develop an appreciation of, and an interest in,
pursuing cultural and physical activities.
The House System
Students are placed into one of the four School Houses; Hunter, Macquarie, Shortland and Tyrrell.
On the Hill Campus, each House is divided into two sections – Years 5 to 8 and Years 9 to 12 – with each section being comprised of small, vertically streamed, single sex Mentor Groups. The Mentor, supported by the House Coordinator, monitors students’ overall progress and wellbeing and establishes a long term, caring relationship with them. Mentor groups meet twice each week and also sit together during Chapel and Head of School’s Assemblies.
At Park Campus (Pre-School to Year 4), the roles of the House Coordinator and Mentor are undertaken by the Class Teacher and the Assistant Head of Park Campus.