Jack Goldingham Newsom
Born and raised in Lower Hutt, Jack went to high school in Wellington, completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma with his school’s highest ever score of 43/45 points, putting him in the top 2.7% of students worldwide. In addition, throughout his time at school, he was the recipient of multiple awards in the sciences, arts, culture, and service. It was at high school that Jack realised that others found his help and guidance to be incredibly useful, and continuing to help others has been a guiding thread in his approach to life ever since.
Almost immediately after graduating high school, Jack left for Japan to teach English on the Toin Gakuen Honours Scholarship. There, he helped high school students to develop their oral communication skills, creating his own lessons and teaching engaging and informative classes daily to the school’s pupils.
During this time, Jack began his first entrepreneurial endeavour, setting up the business Thynke. Armed with the knowledge and personal experience that schools weren’t doing enough to teach students how to achieve the key skills behind the content they were teaching, he wrote guides on essay writing and studying.
Jack made the final round of interviews for one of New Zealand’s two scholarships to study at Cambridge University in the UK, but was ultimately unsuccessful in achieving this dream. Retaining the desire to go to university in Europe, he opted to move to Belgium and study philosophy at KU Leuven. Through this experience, philosophy became more than just a passion, but a set of tools to approach the world and think critically, and fostered a growing ardour to learn and evolve his perspective on the world. His humility and creativity shines through in his writing, which is regularly praised for its nuance and understanding of himself and others, and our place in the world.
In Leuven, Jack was instrumental in helping to reform the university Faculty and student union’s approach to the integration of international students, and their awareness of the influence studying philosophy has on a student’s mental health. The knowledge and experience he had about inclusive communities from our friendly kiwi culture, coupled with an innovative and creative approach meant he had a lasting impact on the community there. He also worked as a proof-reader for the economics department of his university, as an intern at Pertronic, as a Research Intern at the New Zealand Initiative, and at Young Enterprise Trust as a graphic designer.
With the realisation that continuing to study would not necessarily bring him greater success, and a frustration at the slow pace at which some institutions change, Jack decided to leave the academic world and attempt to go it alone in a fourth country: France. With a desire to learn French and be able to read French philosophy and literature in its original language, as well as wanting to live in a global and diverse city, he moved to Paris after completing his degree.
Now, at age 22, Jack is living in Paris, but has returned to New Zealand for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is working on his first novel, combining a philosophical approach to anxiety with the creative license a novel provides to tell the story of both anxiety itself and a young protagonist navigating his way through the world with the condition. He is also in the process of setting up several social enterprises in Paris; helping refugees and migrants to communicate their knowledge and skills to the local population, and helping volunteer and not-for-profit organisations to solve key problems in their associations through his new business, Objektion. He regularly writes, looking for new and intriguing places to publish his work, and has multiple personal research projects in psychoanalysis, eco-philosophy, and French literature. In his spare time he plays the guitar, cooks and bakes, listens to lo-fi music, and loves to go outside in our incredible natural environment.
Jack Goldingham Newsom
“I have approached Jack in search of assistance with several International Baccalaureate assignments.
Jack has provided me with many services including analysing, critiquing and annotating essays, providing both insightful and knowledgeable feedback which has been stimulating in aiding me to produce new ideas.
Particularly, I have been very pleased with the helpful feedback received on my World Literature Essay, both developing and guiding me to a much stronger grade. I have been nothing but pleased with Jack’s quality, punctuality and precision in his work and would highly recommend his service to any others who seek assistance in their studies.“
Student, Scots College