Newington College Founders Building Clocktower

Newington College Sydney

Newington College Sydney is an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for boys, located in Stanmore, an inner-western suburb of Sydney, Australia. Established in 1863 at Newington House, Silverwater, it celebrated its Sesquicentenary in 2013. The college is open to boys of all faiths and denominations. Since 1922, Newington has been governed by an Act of Parliament.

Newington has two preparatory schools, Wyvern House, in Cambridge Street, Stanmore, and a school at Lindfield, on Sydney’s Upper North Shore.Newington currently caters for approximately 1,800 students fromKindergarten to Year 12. Edmund Webb House, the school’s Year 7 to 12 boarding facility is in Cambridge Street, Stanmore.The Robert Glasson Memorial Boat Shed is on the Parramatta River at Abbbotsford and contains a boarding facility for twenty boys.The school is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association,and a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).

The college prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme and the Higher School Certificate.At the Methodist Conference of 1862, the Rev John Manton proposed that a collegiate institute, ‘decidedly Wesleyan in character’, be founded in Sydney. It was expected that the school would ‘be open to the sons of parents of all religious denominations’, and on Thursday, 16 July 1863, the Wesleyan Collegiate Institute opened with 16 boys and a small number of theological students. As no suitable buildings were available in Sydney at the time,Newington House, the centrepiece of the 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) John Blaxland’s estate at Silverwater, was leased.Newington College, as the school soon became known, prospered during its time on the Parramatta River and in 1869 was the first Australian school to play rugby football (against the University of Sydney), and soon after was the first school in Australia to hold an athletics carnival. In 1869, the Newington College Cadet Corps was formally incorporated by the Governor of New South Wales, Somerset Lowry-Corry, 4th Earl Belmore.It is the second oldest corps in the Australian Army Cadets.