Week 6, Term 3 2019


Korean students

We have our Korean students continuing their visit this week. Thank you so much to the families who are hosting the students. I am hearing that the students are very happy here and are really enjoying the experience. Important cultural exchanges like this would not be possible without the generosity of our families. Our visitors leave us on Monday afternoon and we will hold a short farewell assembly and our host families are welcome to attend this.

Happy Fathers' Day

Our P&F Fathers’ Day stall was held yesterday and today, and Fathers’ Day breakfast this morning. Once again we had a very good level of attendance. Thank you to all the dads who came and to all those who served breakfast. Wishing all our dads a happy Fathers’ Day on Sunday.


Our Junior School Showcase is coming the week after next. This is always great fun. Every student is involved and the teachers do a lot of work with their students to prepare. I hope you will be able to come along.


After our first student China trip in April, I was invited to return to Xi-an to present professional learning to Principals from across the city. I leave on 12 September for China and will be visiting Seoul as well. I return to school on 23 September. Mr Ian Samways will again be Acting Principal and Mr Will Wallace Acting Deputy Principal in my absence.

Max Potential

For the past 5 months, two of our Year 11 students have been busy working on the Max Potential program. This is an innovative development program which connects high school students with local community and business leaders who are trained as coaches. Aimee Butcher and Brooke Scott have been engaging in one-on-one coaching, experiential workshops and delivering a community service project to make a tangible difference. Aimee has developed the Female Body Love Facebook page which aims to give women a chance to share their stories and be supportive of one another. This is an ongoing project and one that has had much positive support. Brooke has developed an environmental awareness campaign called Blue World. Her project saw her enlist the help of a variety of people to assist with donating pre-loved fabric and making shopping bags. The shopping bags were then given away to people at the Wyong Farmer’s Markets to develop an environmental awareness and stimulate conversation around what individuals can do to make a difference.

The program culminated in a showcase of their work this week. Our students set up a display and spoke with many people from our local community about their project. These two young women were engaging and spoke passionately about what they have developed. Both Aimee and Brooke have remarked what an amazing opportunity Max Potential has been for them. They have gained skills in organisation, project management, interpersonal communication skills and much more. They have also completed their Certificate 1 in Volunteering. Congratulations Aimee and Brooke, we can’t wait to see where your future will take you!

Mr Michael Hannah



Night at the Museum

Thursday, 5 September 2019

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Senior School Library

Years 7 - 10 History students proudly present “Night at the Museum”. Fabulous student works on display with project focus areas including Ancient Greece, Shogunate Japan, WW1 and Aboriginal Rights and Freedoms.

We invite the whole school community to come along and enjoy seeing the talented works on display.

Junior School Showcase 'The Greatest Show'

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Matinee 12:00pm

Evening performance 6:30pm

Friday, 13 September 2019

Evening performance 6:30pm

TICKETS ON SALE now via school website or click here

Spring Fair Open Day

Saturday, 26 October 2019

10.00am - 2.30pm

Planning is definitely in full swing. Please see the first edition of the Spring Fair newsletter coming home today with some preliminary information particularly regarding the new Treasure Trove stall (bric-a-brac).

For a full description of donation items being accepted and the drop-off location click here. Our first collection days are next Tuesday and Friday 8:00 - 9:00am & 2:00 - 3:00pm. 



Last newsletter, I wrote about one of the keynote speakers at the ASA conference in Hobart and hopefully the information about Gen Z was helpful. One of the other standout speakers was Duncan Armstrong who is a brilliant storyteller. He spoke about enthusiasm, about choosing quality mentors, about learning from other elite people who inspire you and about understanding purpose. The story he told that stood out to me was about a Tanzanian marathon runner named John Akhwari.

In 1968 John was representing his country at the Mexico Olympics in the Marathon. There were 75 runners in the race and John’s preparation had been less than ideal. Early into the race he had begun to suffer severe leg cramps most likely due to his inability to train at altitude. At the 19 kilometre mark he was involved in a collision with some other runners and fell heavily to the ground. He dislocated his knee in the process, received a nasty gash and smashed his shoulder. Expectation was that he would retire from the race and receive treatment in hospital. He did not. John got to his feet after having his knee strapped and continued on. Check out the Youtube clip to see what it was like.

A little over an hour after the winner crossed the line, John entered the stadium to the few thousand who had remained to see this last runner arrive. Some 3 hours and 25 minutes after starting, he finally crossed the line to cheers. When asked by the media why he did not pull out of the race his reply has echoed across the years to speak into the lives of so many. John said, “My country did not send me 5000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5000 miles to finish the race.”  What a powerful statement to all of us who find ourselves struggling in a “race” in life. What words of courage to remind us to not give up when we get knocked down and to remember the purpose of our calling in life. I pray that John’s words may encourage you today. They echo the words in the letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 12 which remind us to run the “spiritual race” set before us with our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith.

Bless ya,







IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 4, 5 and 6 Choir students entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival on Thursday, 22 August. The boys and girls sang some wonderful pieces – ‘The Clearing’, ‘It’s Bonfire Season’ and Sesere Eeye’

A number of our students also joined the Combined Schools Concert Band on the evening, performing ‘There will come soft rains’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ whilst all of the boys and girls concluded the night through participating in a combined choir of over 400 students with the other eight schools participating on the evening, singing the pieces ‘Like an Eagle’, ‘We Will’, and ‘Touch The Sky’.   

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents and grandparents for your support of the evening and to Mr Feps, Mrs Sharpe, Mrs Livette and Mrs Stowe for your thorough preparation of the items. Well done to the boys and girls involved and thank you for representing our school with pride. You should be proud of your accomplishments and the dedication of time and effort you spent rehearsing in the lead up to this event.

Korean Visit

It has been a pleasure to welcome students from South Korea who have joined us in classes across Years 5 – 9 over the past fortnight. It is incredibly valuable for our students to build up a greater intercultural understanding with Asian nations, as many of our local neighbours will increasingly become our trading partners in the years to come and our students will graduate into an increasingly globalised workforce where these skills of intercultural understanding and language skills will be of great value. Our thanks go to the many school families who have generously been able to host the Korean students for a homestay over the past two weeks and we look forward to being able to celebrate the visit with a farewell assembly this coming Monday.

Book Fair

Thank you to the many school families who have been a wonderful support of our annual Book Fair last week. It is a great privilege to be able to share and develop the love of reading with students and to provide them with good quality literature to enjoy and grow their reading.


Virtual Debate

Yesterday’s debate was Virtual Debate Team 1 and they debated in the Affirmative for the topic ‘ That children under 18 years old should not be allowed mobile games’. They competed against Pittwater House School.

  1. Max Adams
  2. Clair White (second)
  3. Livija Ward
  4. Keira Rodrick
  5. Emily Drohan (third)
  6. Tahlia Allen (First)
  7. Valentia Williams (Team adviser)

Fathers' Day Breakfast

It was truly a pleasure to celebrate Fathers’ Day once again at Lakes Grammar and a joy to meet so many fathers at the Fathers’ Day Breakfast today. We had a wonderful time together and breakfast was enjoyed by all. It was enjoyable to watch a number of Junior School students enjoying breakfast with their fathers on the morning and to see the excellent performances given by our music students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our school families for their support and patronage of the Fathers’ Day Stall this year and to the P&F for their organisation and running of the stall and the breakfast. You did a wonderful job and the work you do so tirelessly for the children is greatly appreciated by all.

Building Learning Power

We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of our ‘Building Learning Power’ program (Reach Out, Look Within, Think Clearly and Believe in Ourselves) which link in with our school motto ‘With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength’.

A number of learning actions which are associated with each area are listed around the outside of the circle.

Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior for Learning and Virtues programs.

  • Building Learning Power develops the capacity of students for learning, their curiosity, craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration.
  • The Virtues program develops children’s Christian values, moral harmony and moral integrity, including kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, service, empathy and moral courage.
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning develops our student self-regulation and self-awareness to demonstrate respect, responsibility and care for themselves and others.

The Junior School collectively focuses on a Habit each week drawn from one of the three programs whilst concurrently working with students to develop a range of habits and capacities in the day to day life of the school.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

Week 7: Capitalising and making good use of all resources for learning 

Week 8: Self-discipline 

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of reasoning well and thinking rigorously and methodically.

Finn M, Wiremu G, Isabelle M, Arj P, Hannah L, Charles H, Maggie Y, Mitchell H, Elyse C, Amy W, Sara O, Josie W, Corey E, Cohen B, Juna S, Valentina W, Addison M, Leah W, Jake R, Ganesh S.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of managing emotions effectively.

Archie W, Rhys A, Landan S, Tess M, Ryan C, Skylar B, Oliver A, Isabella T, Nate W, Malakai C, Mikaela L, Clover H, Thomas P, Carter D, Riley A, Keira R, Nicola R, Brody L, Mitchell P, Josef A.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Premier’s Reading Challenge


The PRC for 2019 closes today. However, we will still accept completed logs until Tuesday, 3 September.

Thank you to all the wonderful and enthusiastic students who took part in the challenge this year. Mrs Tennant is finalising reading logs and students should receive their certificates from the Premier at the end of the year.

Scholastic Book Fair 2019

Once again, our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! We had a huge day on the last day of the fair with many books / items purchased. Thank you to all school parents / students and teachers for helping to celebrate Book Week and being part of the Book Fair. In all, we sold $11,105.60 worth of products. As a result of this we received books to the value of $1,648.00 for the Library and $1,919.00 worth of Scholastic reward dollars to be used on other teaching resources.

We look forward to hosting this wonderful fundraising event next year along with the bi-annual Book Parade.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Attendance – Every Learner – Every Day (Whole School)

At Lakes Grammar we value regular school attendance. Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school on time each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities.

At Lakes we aim to have our school attendance rate at above 90%.

We did reach target for both Week 4 and Week 5. 

Congratulations to students in the Junior School with the whole school over 90%.


Absence Explanation Note: If your child is away from school, a note explaining their absence is required within 7 days of returning to school. If a note is not received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained.’

Parents can use one of a variety of ways to notify the school of an absence;

  1. Phone the school and select option 1 to report an absence.
  2. The Skoolbag app to email an absence note.
  3. An email to
  4. A printed or handwritten note sent to school via mail or with your child.
  5. Fill in a slip at the front office.

Partial Absences are recorded for each child every time they are late to school or leave early from school. Partial Absences are recorded and they are logged when a child is signed in or out at the office. Partial Absence from school does add up to time away from learning, settling into routines of the day or saying goodbye at the end of the day.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


The Years 5-6 Choir and Concert Band presented a powerful and moving performance at the prestigious IPSHA Performing Arts Festival last Thursday. Based on the theme, ‘This is Australia’, our choir stomped, clapped, sang and shouted the roof down at the Sydney Town Hall with a memorable performance.

Our school was fortunate to have had the Dhinewan Mentoring Program running workshops for our students where we studied indigenous history, art, dance and language related to the surrounding land where our school is situated. The first item that the choir stomped, ‘The Clearing’, is a contemporary dance based on Aboriginal movements that were taught during the workshops. The music is a fusion of contemporary dance melodies, earthy polyrhythms, mixed meters (just to keep the audience on their toes) and indigenous dance moves.

The choir sang an energised version of local composer, Alice Chance’s ‘It’s Bonfire Season’ before concluding with the joyful Torres Strait Island song, ‘Sesere Eeye’.

As President of IPSHA, Mr Wallace opened the ceremony along with Riharna Foreman presenting the Acknowledgment of Country on behalf of the festival.

Lakes Grammar represented a quarter of the Combined Concert Band and performed a brilliant version of Ghostbusters and free-flowing lyrical phrases from There Will Come Rain Softly.

The excursion to Sydney did not go down without a hitch though – somewhere between the Sydney Aquarium and McDonald’s, a crazed seagull escaped with a hamburger larger than it’s own body and a bucket of hot chips! Seagulls 2 – Choir 0…can’t wait till next year!

Nathan Fepuleai

Junior School Teacher




Our annual Night at the Museum will be held on Thursday, 5 September in the Senior School Library from 6.00pm to 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity to see some of the fantastic work from our students, and I would encourage all families to drop in for an amazing museum experience.


Last Wednesday we held an Information Night for Year 8 students regarding their elective subjects for 2020. Selections close on Monday, 16 September, and extra Information Night booklets are available from the Senior School office if you require one.


Subject choices for Year 11 2020 should now be completed. We are currently checking entries and have started to give out applications where children have chosen external courses.  Please note the following:

  • TAFE entries close next week on Friday, 6 September. Please contact the Senior School office if you require an application form.
  • Trade Training entries close at the end of term. Mrs MacLarty will be contacting students regarding these entries, and finalising the process during Term 4.
  • Distance Education entries are currently being processed, but all applications need to be received by the end of term. Please contact Mrs Nicholls if you require an application.




Ian Samways

Head of Senior School




HRIS Primary Athletics

Congratulations to students who competed at the HRIS Primary Athletics Carnival on Friday, 16 August. We are extremely proud of each individual effort made in very warm conditions. A special mention and congratulations to Zac Barton and Mia Kehoe who won Age Champion medals.

Thank you to the staff who attended the carnival, Miss Bennet, Mr Crumbley, Mr Price and Mrs Shepherd who were an exceptional support to our students. Also, thanks to the parents who cheered our school on throughout the day.

Congratulations to the following students who have now been selected into the HRIS Athletics team to compete at CIS Athletics at Homebush on Thursday, 12 September: Josef Aad, Zac Barton, Addison Kowaliw, Jessica Olivieri, Gemma Rooke and Jada Whitmore.

HRIS Netball/Soccer Gala Day

On Tuesday, 20 August we sent 3 Netball Teams and 3 Soccer Teams to compete in the Annual HRIS Netball/Soccer Gala Day. We were blessed with fine, brisk weather throughout the day, matched by very skilful and competitive play in all games. Another exciting aspect of the day was that for the first time in Lakes Grammar history, our soccer players had official Lakes Grammar socks and shorts to complement their shirts making them look quite professional. Each and every student played in an outstanding manner, resulting in some very rewarding places on the ladder.

Netball Results

Congratulations to the Junior Girls (Coached by Ms LeRay) who won a nail biting Grand Final to clinch the trophy!

Our Senior Girls A side (Coached by Allira Smith-Connor) - 12th place

Our Senior Girls B Side (Coached by Miss Butcher) - 4th place

Soccer Results

Congratulations to the Junior Boys (Coached by Mr Asquith and Mr Cantor) who won all their games in the pool rounds to make the finals and came 4th

Senior A side (Coached by Mr Herbert) – 6th

Senior B side (Coached by Mr Lawson) – 9th

I would like to thank all the coaches who gave their time to prepare our teams for competition and did an outstanding job of supporting their teams. I would also like to thank and acknowledge Scott McClelland who kindly transported and set up the Lakes gazebos so our students could enjoy some shelter throughout the day. Also, a big thank you to parents who attended and encouraged our students. We have a fantastic school community and this was yet another expression of how much we can achieve when we work together in order to give our students wonderful sporting experiences, filled with happy memories.

T20 Blast Cricket

This event has now been postponed to possibly Friday, 13 September. A definitive date will be available soon.

Josie Bogle

Congratulations to Josie Bogle who was recently selected in the Primary Girls CIS Softball team. We wish Josie all the best!

Lexi Russell

We wish Lexi Russell all the best as she competes at the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships later in the week at Mt. Buller, VIC.

Trials for upcoming Term 4 sport events:

  • 3 September: Tuesday Lunchtime – Girls 5/6 Soccer Trials (in preparation for the Avondale Friendly- 20 November)
  • 4 September: Wednesday Recess – Girls 5/6 Touch Football Trials (in preparation for HRIS Gala Day- 6 November)
  • 4 September: Wednesday Lunchtime – Boys 5/6 Touch Football Trials (in preparation for HRIS Gala Day on 6 November)

Tuesday Sport 3-6 – Term 3

Years 3 – 6 School sport choices are running well this term. Any questions, please see Mr Cantor.

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, joggers (no fluro or solid colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well. 

HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)

Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 boys and girls to represent HRIS or CIS. Students who already compete at a representative level are encouraged to trial for that particular sport. A term timetable is placed in the JS Sports noticeboard with upcoming events and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:

Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.

Please note: new procedures when purchasing HRIS Merchandise:


Competitors must arrive at the venue wearing either a HRIS polo shirt OR long sleeve tee, along with school sport shorts/tracksuit. ALL HRIS representatives are to present to the relevant HRIS Manager in one of these items. HRIS Polo shirts & long sleeve tee, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store. HRIS is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Classic Sportswear are now offering a growing range of merchandise that only HRIS sport representatives can access. Optional items include a HRIS Hoodie and cap. The cap is the only cap that can be worn whilst representing HRIS in sports such as Softball and Touch Football, but can also be purchased by representatives in other HRIS sports. Once your order has been finalized, the items will be sent directly to you within a few days. Purchases can be made via the following link:


NB – some Schools may still have stock of the HRIS student Polo. Please check with your School prior to ordering the Polo online as you might get it cheaper from your School.

Competitors will be issued with a running singlet on the day that will attract a hire fee. (This will be billed to your school following the event).



Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group


Running training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there.

Meet Mr Berry at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets and training is suited for middle-long distance runners.

NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s Championships


Our Under 15s boys competed in this event recently. Most of our team played up one age division but we still came away runners-up. This is a fantastic achievement for our team and they should be very proud of their achievement.

The team won all games on the day apart from the Grand Final. The boys showed great sportsmanship and spirit throughout the day and can hold their heads up high.

AICES Athletics Championships

Good Luck to all of our students competing in the AICES Athletics Championships. Relay team Training will be held on Wednesday, 4 September.

Coming up in Term 3:


Monday, 9 September – AICES Athletics

Tuesday, 24 September – NSWCIS Athletics

Coming up in Term 4:


Tuesday, 15 October – HRIS Tennis Gala Day

Friday, 18 October – HRIS Golf Championships

Thursday, 24 October – HRIS Softball Gala Day

Monday, 28 October - 15’s HRIS Touch Gala Day

Friday, 8 November - Opens HRIS Touch Football Gala Day

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator