Week 2, Term 4 2019


Spring Fair/Open Day

Tomorrow is the big day! This is a highlight of our school year. The forecast is for very pleasant weather so come on down to the school for a fun day out. Many thanks to our sponsors, to the P&F organising committee and to staff for all the work that has gone into preparing for the day.

Year 12 gift to the school

At the Year 12 Graduation last term our School Captains presented the school with (a photo of) a tree which is Year 12’s gift to the school. The tree is a Chinese Pistachio, which is a deciduous tree. Our outgoing Captains, Elyse Hayhurst and Jordan Stevens planted the tree after their English exam on Friday. The tree will eventually give shade in summer and let the sunshine through in winter. We thank Year 12 for their thoughtful gift.

Year 12 Cathedral visit

The new Year 12 students from all four schools in the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation joined together at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday for a blessing brought by Bishop Peter. Students who started with us in Year 7 attended a service at the Cathedral and now, at the beginning of their final year of schooling, they join together again. Part of the concluding prayer has these words:

You call us, Lord,

to leave familiar things and to leave our “comfort zone”.

May we open our eyes to new experiences,

may we open our ears to hear you speaking to us

and may we open our hearts to your love.

Grant that this time

may help us to see ourselves as we really are

and may we strive to become the people you would have us be. Amen.

Term's notice of withdrawal

If you know your child/ren will not be continuing at Lakes next year, please remember that our Conditions of Enrolment require one term’s notice. In lieu of notice we could charge the term’s fee. If your family is in this position, please contact our Registrar, Racquel Jolly, now on Thank you.

Congratulations to:

Ella Williams of Year 6/OC who is the silver medallist in the HRIS Primary Tennis Championships!

Mr Michael Hannah



Spring Fair Open Day

Saturday, 26 October 2019

10.00am - 2.30pm

Planning is definitely in full swing. We will be sending home a newsletter next week which has each year group allocated to an area of the fair to volunteer in one hour blocks on the day. Signing up to volunteer is easy with an online sign-up page so keep an eye out for this next week. Unlimited ride passes are also now and on sale and the rides line-up is unprecedented this year, so the $25 unlimited ride pass is definitely the best value for money.

Due to the overwhelming response to the first collection days for the Treasure Trove stall (bric-a-brac) we have decided to have a collection in Week 9 as well as Week 10. Next week on Tuesday & Friday we will be collecting from 8:00 - 9:00am & 2:00 - 3:00pm at the storage container at the Senior School. Click here for a map of the location of the storage container.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the valuable support of our sponsors which make this event possible.



This term has seen the transitioning out of our Year 12s from the previous three terms as students to being HSC examinees as well as the transitioning in of our new Year 12 cohort.  This is an odd time of year where we have no Year 11s and we mark their transition to leadership in a couple of ways.  The first, and most obvious, is the special student leadership assembly where family members come to watch and cheer on our new Year 12 cohort.  Prefects are announced as well as the Vice-Captains and Captains. Every student receives a Year 12 badge and the student leaders all have to say a pledge.  Our hope is that each of the students will have a sense of significance that this last year of school has arrived. Of course the yummy morning tea helps too!

The other way that we have marked this new role for our most Senior year group is by taking them to Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle for a special service of blessing with the three other NASC schools.  During the service the three bishops of the Diocese sign a sign of the cross in what is called chrism oil on our foreheads and pray a short prayer of blessing over the students and staff.  The students have an opportunity also to hear some motivational talks and can have a look around the Cathedral.  Again food is involved and the lunch was spectacular.

Both the leadership assembly and the blessing of Year 12 students by our bishops communicate to our students that they belong. They are a part of an extended family that is both here on the coast and up the Hunter Valley and across to the Manning. It is in knowing that we belong and connected to others that we can discover who our best selves are. Jesus modelled this perfectly by gathering all sorts of people around him and marking those learning moments with stories and symbols. For our 2020 Year 12s we pray that they will have a clear vision (pun intended) for their future and know that they are cared for deeply by our community here at school and by the wider church. It will be great to take that next step in the journey with them early next year as we go on retreat together and reflect on who we are called to be. May each of our new seniors be great role models for our younger students and supportive of one another in this their final year.  

Bless ya,





Uniform Shop January Opening Hours

Last shop day for 2019 is Wednesday, 11 December 8 am to 10 am.

January Hours

Thursday, 16 January          9 am to 1 pm

Wednesday, 22 January      9 am to 1 pm

Friday, 24 January               9 am to 1 pm

Back to normal hours from Wednesday, 29 January 8 am to 10 am


To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.

Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

·         are continuing at the same school

·         are residing at the same address

·         have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators pay special attention to the information supplied by applicants which come through in the school portal. If the information supplied does not match your records or the student is not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be referred back to the applicant to correct and resubmit.

In the event that school administrators endorse in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.





Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable holiday time together. A warm welcome to Miss Kyle who will teach 2L for the first four weeks of term whilst Miss Lutze is on long service leave. We also look forward to welcoming our new Kindergarten children for 2020 to their Orientation Days this week and next.

Year 3 Camp

Year 3 are looking forward to their upcoming camp at Lake Macquarie on 28 and 29 November – a great program has been arranged for the students with a range of fun activities on offer.

Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition

Lakes Grammar recently had a number of students participate in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition, achieving outstanding results. A particular congratulations to the students below who achieved High Distinction and Distinction certificates:

High Distinction: Sophie Langford, Douglas Ruzicka.

Distinction: Ella Beasley, Ella Burgess, Mitchell Curry, Jerome Dagang, Ravi Francke, Owen Gudaitis, Ashley Inwood, Lawson Lao, Josselyn McGarry, Josef Aad, Max Adams, Abigail Brown, Payton Forrest, Briella Moore, Hannah Ruzicka.


Royal Australian Chemical Institute - NSW Crystal Growing Competition

Congratulations to a number of students in Year 6 who participated in this competition as part of Science Week this year, partnering with Mrs Charker, our Senior School Science Co-ordinator for the project. Tatiana Prica-Chamberlain was placed third overall in this state-wide competition, whilst Ben O’Brien received a highly commended award.

Student Achievements

Congratulations to the students who represented Lakes Grammar at HRIS Tennis last Friday. Ella Williams won her consolation round to play in the quarter finals progressing through to the semi-final and the final. In an incredibly close match, Ella was placed as the runner up HRIS Tennis Champion, receiving a silver medal. Well done Ella! 

Our Year 5 and 6 debaters attended the IPSHA Gala Debating Day held at Barker College last Friday, with each of the teams winning one of their debates. The students had a wonderful time, improving their debating skills and being wonderful representatives for Lakes!

Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behaviour 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:

Coming up we are looking at ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3 and ‘joining a game or a group’ in Week 4.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Persevering when learning gets hard in Week 1:

Grace S, Ronan J, Asher M, Aaliyah C, Issabella T, Hannah P, Talia J, Josie B, Mark B, Cleo M, Lexi M.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Empathy’ in Week 2:


Nate B, Mackenzie M, Hannah L, Aiden B, Kennedie G, Jayda K, Stone P, Oscar S, Luke B, Ben S, Sage K.


Ulimiliko Awards

Completed Ulimiliko cards from Year 5 and 6 students should be handed in to Mr Wallace by Friday 1 November (Friday Term 4, Week 3) in order for these to be processed in time for Speech Day.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Thank you P&F – World Book Encyclopedias

Thank you to the P&F who have funded a new set of WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIAS for the Junior School Library. Our current ones are the 2005 edition so we are very grateful to be getting the 2020 edition next year. Along with our digital version of WORLD BOOK, these resources play an important role when used for research purposes. Thank you P & F!

Library Lessons – Term 4

Welcome back to Term 4 2019 in the JS Library

This term, during Library lessons, we will focus on the following:

K-Classes Literature/Christmas Literature

Y1/Y2 – Cybersafety – Hector’s World

Y3/Y4 – Cybersafety – Digital Passport

Y5/Y6 – Cybersafety – Game On

Y3 Information Skills – Animal Kingdom (Science)

Please note: the last day for borrowing is end of Week 5 (15/11). The last day of library lessons is the end of Week 7 (29/11). The JS Library will be closed for annual stocktake in Week 8.

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 Week 1 in the Junior School. 

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.

Instagram Parent Guide

Instagram and Headspace have created a partnership to produce a useful parent guide for Instagram. This guide aims to promote parent understanding and conversations with young people over the age of 13.

ReachOut Parents

ReachOut Parents has been developed to support the parents and carers of the young people in schools. This resource is designed to support the work schools undertake in relation to student wellbeing and mental health education.


Sleep is central to children’s development and wellbeing. This article from Early Childhood Australia discusses considerations for students aged six and under.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


During the holidays Daniel Palibino and Jerome Dagang competed at the Australian Open National Robocup Rescue Competition in Melbourne.

Both boys were excellent representatives of Lakes Grammar. There were 39 competitors in the Primary Rescue division from around Australia.

Daniel finished the competition with a score of 1146, ranked 17th and Jerome finished with a total score of 943, ranked 28th.

Well done to both boys who have worked very hard all year to achieve these excellent results.

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher



Our Year 5 and 6 IPSHA debating teams had a great time on Friday, 21 October at the IPSHA Debating Gala Day, with each team winning one of their debates!

They had a lot of fun competing with 11 other IPSHA schools, learnt a great deal and received many positive compliments on both their debating skills and behaviour.

The first topic “That students should write reports on their teachers” resulted in two very close debates for our teams. Armed with this experience, our debating teams then went on to win their debates on the topic “That school sports should be optional” with one team affirmative and the other negative.

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 debaters; Sage Kenny, Amelia Collins, Quinn Flower, Tahlia Allen, Emily Drohan, Giselle Simon, Briella Moore, Cohan Voisey, Josef Aad and Makayla Beasley!

Anne Livette-Vial

Junior School Teacher



Fourth term is exciting for Dukes participants as they have the opportunity to complete their award and to be presented with a certificate and badges at Speech Day. This requires having log books up-to-date prior to attending the final expedition. The final expedition is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 November.

Year 8 students can consider if they wish to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The award has a range of requirements in skills, physical activities, expeditions and community service. It is a fun and achievable challenge for any student no matter of their interests or commitment level. I will be sending home information packages and holding a parent/student information evening on Thursday, 14 November from 5.00-6.00pm. Students and parents should log onto and find out more information regarding this award.

Some great news is that we have received some government funding to boost the program in our school to ensure equitable access for all students. The Government funds up to 600 young Australians annually to partake in this highly valued program, yet there are over 40,000 young Australians currently registered. As a licenced provider the school is very grateful that we were selected for this financial assistance. All students who register for this program in 2020 will benefit through either subsidised registration fees and/or expedition expenses. Sadly, this year we only had seven enrolments so I am hoping with the funding we can raise registrations and interest at least back to fifteen students like we have had in years gone by. Currently our program can support up to twenty-five students in 2020.

I am also planning on running Outdoor Education as a sport for the Dukes students in Term 1 2020. This will give students the time they need to master the online record book, log activities and have fun doing a range of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, water activities and hiking. This sport is available for up to 27 Year 9/10 students.

I am looking forward to supporting students finishing or beginning their awards during Term 4.

Megan King

Dukes Co-ordinator




T4 Swim Program – YMCA Tuggerah

The Years 3-6 swimming program is now up and running each Friday for Year 3-6 students. Please ensure all items (towels, goggles, etc.) are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Students have been assessed and placed into groups accordingly. On completion, students will each receive a certificate from YMCA Tuggerah.

The K-2 Intensive program will commence in Weeks 6 and 7 (18/11 – 29/11/19 inclusive). More information will follow shortly. 

HRIS Tennis

Congratulations to Ella Williams who recently came Runner-up in the Year 6 Girls HRIS Tennis Day in Newcastle. Ella made a huge improvement on last year’s result. A fantastic result!

CIS Athletics

Congratulations to Zac Barton who recently made the CIS Athletics Team. A fantastic effort! Zac will now compete at the PSSA Athletics Carnival on Wednesday, 6 November and Thursday, 7 November at Homebush. We wish him well.

HRIS 5/6 Touch Football

A reminder that training for the upcoming HRIS 5/6 Touch Football Gala Day on Wednesday, 6 November takes place on Tuesdays at lunch and Wednesdays at recess.


HRIS 5/6 Basketball

We wish the HRIS 5/6 Basketball team well as they competed at the annual Gala Day on Thursday this week. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


5/6 Girls Soccer

A reminder that training for the upcoming soccer friendly against Avondale on Wednesday, 20 November is on Tuesdays at recess. Thank you Mrs Jobe-Parker for coaching the team.

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 Cross 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.



A number of girls competed in the HRIS Tennis Championships recently. Our Lakes Grammar team consisted of four players. Jessica Hoysted, Ava Burgess, Ellena McGarry and Tayla Sewell. The girls played very well all day playing many matches in the heat. They came up against St Columba Anglican School in the final, narrowly losing and eventually finishing 2nd overall. Well done team!

HRIS Golf Championships


Ben Thompson, Liam Wallace, Kennan Wallace and Blair Evans all competed in this tournament. All boys are developing their golfing skills well and played some good golf shots during their round. An enjoyable day was had by the team and competitive scores were made by all boys.

HRIS Touch Football Gala Day


Good Luck to our U15’s School Touch teams who are competing on Monday, 28 October at Wallsend Touch Fields.


Term 4 Sports events


Thursday, 24 October – HRIS Softball Gala Day

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

Thursday, 6 November – Central Coast Mariners 7-a-side Football Gala Day

Friday, 8 November - Opens HRIS Touch Football Gala Day

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator


Well done to Zoe Vanderblom and Paige Lindley for their attendance at the Southern Highlands

Giselle Lindley reports: “The girls did Lakes proud yesterday at the Southern Highlands Christian College Interschool”. In the Dressage Zoe came 2nd in the prep A and 3rd in the 1B. Paige was 5th in 1B and 2nd in 1C. In Showjumping, Zoe was second in 25cm. Both girls gave the 45cm a good go but did not make the jump off. Paige went on to be 2nd in the 60cm.

Lots of fun competing in the show rider, sporting and versatility course. All up this was a very well run and friendly event in beautiful (but windy) Bowral. Well worth considering for next year’s calendar!”

Lakes Grammar Interschool Equestrian Event

Our event has been rescheduled to Friday, 15 November. Many thanks to everyone who has been helping to make this happen. We are looking forward to another great competition. If there are any businesses or individuals who would be interested in sponsoring or helping on the day, please let us know.



Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher