Week 6, Term 4 2019


Bus incident

Yesterday a bus transporting Kindergarten children to swimming had to brake suddenly to avoid a car that did a U-turn in front of it. As a result many children were thrown forward and were hurt, as was one of the staff on board. The bus returned to school and the children were looked after by teaching and admin staff until paramedics arrived. The paramedics, about five in number, assessed all the children who had been hurt and thankfully no-one had any serious injuries. Parents of some of the children were called so they could take them home after assessment by paramedics. One student was taken to hospital for more thorough assessment and was sent home with nothing serious uncovered. The bus was in a 60 zone but was travelling at a much lower speed. As a result of this incident we cancelled swimming for Kindergarten today. It will resume on Monday and Coastal Liner are aiming to provide a bus with seatbelts. The children involved may well experience feelings that result from trauma so we sent to parents two pamphlets outlining signs to be alert for and how to help. Paramedics and police complimented our staff on their handling of the situation, saying we managed it very well.

Year 7 Orientation

Today all our 2020 Year 7 students spent a day in the Senior School. They played some peer support games and experienced four sample lessons. This was a great day to meet the almost 30 new students who will join us from many different primary schools.

Equestrian event

Mrs Jobe-Parker ran a very successful event last Friday at Morisset Showground. Around 100 riders from many schools, both government and non-government, even as far away as Port Macquarie, participated. Mrs Jobe-Parker’s husband Sandy and daughter Ashley were a great help as were Mr Cantor, Mr Lawson, Mr Beecroft and Vince Ballam. A number of Senior School students in our Physical Activity and Sports Studies class also helped out. This is only its third year and is already becoming an important event on schools’ equestrian calendars.

Nearly there

Can you believe this is the second last newsletter for the year? In two weeks we have our Carols night and the following week we have our Speech Days. Remember that we have moved the 3-6 Speech Day to the Wednesday following the K-2 event. The Senior School Speech Day is Thursday 12 December. See the start times elsewhere in the newsletter.

Morning Tea for Volunteers

I wish to extend an invitation to our volunteers to join me for morning tea as a token of thanks and appreciation for your time and commitment in assisting in the various roles and activities at our school over this past year.

Please RSVP to your availability to attend the morning tea on Tuesday, 10 December at 9.00am. The venue will be confirmed closer to the date.

Mr Michael Hannah



Speech Day 2019

K - 2: Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:00 - 10:30am

Years 3 - 6: Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:30 - 1:00pm 

Years 7 - 12: Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:00 - 11:30am

School Hall

Carols by Candlelight 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, 6 December. Details to be sent home next week.



For many parts of our state and south east Queensland the fires of the past few weeks have wreaked destruction on a scale that is being described as unprecedented.  Our fire chiefs are telling us that the fire season is longer than ever and there is more loss of property than we have seen before too. As of Tuesday, 19 November more than 1.6 million hectares had been burnt which is more than all of the 1993-94 fire season.  Everyone is talking about this, but not all in the conversations are helpful.

This week I had a conversation with a Secondary School student who was disturbed by the comments of a former footballer that the fires are God’s wrath for certain sexuality decisions that have been made in recent history.  Before I comment on this let me preface by saying that I have both a Bachelor of Theology (the Bible and God study education) as well as a Bachelor of Conservation Technology (the environmental stuff).  My answer to the student was an unequivocal “NO” and that the factors involved in the fires are both complex and comments like the one I mentioned are incredibly insensitive and not based on good theology.

The science says that the earth is warming up, fire seasons are longer, the polar ice caps are melting at unprecedented rates, deforestation continues unabated, fossil fuel use is at an all-time high and droughts are as bad as ever recorded.  We are in a period of history where future generations will ask “Why didn’t you act more quickly to try to stop the environment from collapsing in on itself.”  Our actions, our choices, both as individuals and corporately have logical consequences.  Unless we take responsibility for our resource usage then we will see more and more of the same devastating environmental outcomes.  And I haven’t even gone into the evil that is arson!

If you read this and are still interested then here is the theoIogy part, the God stuff.  I reckon for my two cents worth that Jesus would be sitting in the ash with the broken hearted.  He wouldn’t be making harsh judgement statements, he’d be embracing the one in tears who has lost everything but the clothes on their back.  He’d be at the Samaritans emergency centre serving soup or dare I say it fighting the fires with the RFS and Firies.  I pray that if you or the ones you love have been affected by the devastation of the fires recently that you may all sense God’s very real and tangible peace in the person of Jesus Christ.  May he hold you, comfort you and give you hope beyond the ashes.  It is something that he knows a bit about, rising again, that is.  If you want to talk to me about anything I have shared then please contact me via the school’s reception.

Bless ya,





Uniform Shop January Opening Hours

Last shop day for 2019 is Wednesday, 11 December 8:00am to 10:00am

January Hours

Thursday, 16 January          9:00am to 1:00pm

Wednesday, 22 January      9:00am to 1:00pm

Friday, 24 January               9:00am to 1:00pm

Back to normal hours from Wednesday, 29 January 8:00am to 10:00am

Second hand Uniform Shop January Opening Hours

Monday, 20 January            9:00am to 12:00pm (operating from Junior School Library)

Tuesday, 21 January           9:00am to 12:00pm (operating from Junior School Library)

Tuesday, 28 January           9:00am to 11:00am (operating from breezeway as per usual)

Normal fortnightly hours will then resume from 11 February.


  • The Main Office at the Junior School will be closed Friday, 13 December.

  • Monday, 16 December to Thursday, 19 December the office will be open 9am to 12pm only.

  • Thursday, 19 December the office will be closed from 12pm until it reopens on Monday, 20 January at 9am. 

  • Monday, 20 January until Friday, 24 January the office will be open 9am to 12pm.

  • The office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday, 27 January.

  • Tuesday, 28 January the office will resume normal hours from 8am to 4pm.


I would like to write a letter of thanks and congratulations to all students who attended the recent Children’s University graduation ceremonies. This year we welcomed onto campus 1500 graduating students and over 4,000 families across the six evenings.

The CU team would like to congratulate all students for their behaviour and enthusiasm shown throughout the evening. We planned for these evenings to be a celebration and recognition of the effort and time you have placed into all the learning opportunities throughout the year. 

Thank you to all families that attended. We appreciate your presence on the evening, hope you enjoyed the celebration, and look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

Children’s University continues to encourage children and their families to keep learning in their communities during the Christmas holiday period. All learning experiences that occur between now and Term 1 next year are added into the hours for 2020 Graduation. Please place a line in your passports to indicate that 2019 hours are finalised.

Our FACEBOOK page lists events over school holidays. Children’s University Australasia (Newcastle)

Your passport hours continue across into next year. To be eligible for graduation in 2020 you need to have moved up into the next award category. For example, if you got 30 hours this year you would have to make it to 65 hours to get the Silver Award. 

This program is an annual commitment. Children have the capacity to opt into the program each year. If you would like to be involved next year, please indicate this to your teacher in charge of the program. 

Once again thank you, children for your enthusiasm for learning and parents for your support. If you or your family has any questions about the program, please contact us. If you would like to make suggestions for improvements or place a comment regarding the evening please do so at or call 49218739. Hope to see you all in 2020.

 Children’s University Newcastle Team



During Week 5 some of our students attended a Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Camp at Stanwell Tops. It was a unique opportunity for students from both the Junior and Senior School to meet with other indigenous students from the region. Each student was engaged in a range of amazing workshops and science activities. Students enjoyed throwing boomerangs, were involved in a forensic investigation and worked in teams to take on an engineering challenge. Special thanks to Ms April Bryson who attended the camp and to Mr Daniel Summers who assisted in transporting students on the day.

Here are the experiences of a couple of students from the camp….

The engineering activity of making a little solar powered car was cool. We learnt how batteries are used and the electric pulse of the electrons. The art was interesting as we sat on a cliff and drew some artworks. Everyone then connected their art together to form one giant piece of art. It was great getting to know more about the Aboriginal culture and meeting people from other schools.

Isaac and Tyson 5A

I loved getting to know my culture a little bit more. I found the group task of making a boat that would float challenging. It had to be made from plastic, cardboard, aluminium foil and sticky tape. It needed to be strong enough to hold marbles. My group came 3rd in the task. I would love to do it again next year!

 Isabella 5C

Ngara Message Stick

This is the inaugural year of the Ngara Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) Message Stick. A message stick is a form of communication traditionally used by indigenous Australians. Traditionally, message sticks were passed on to share information and transmit messages. The message stick will travel to all of the schools in the Ngara AECG, eventually making its way to Wyong High School and the Ngara Assembly of Excellence.

Earlier this term student representatives from the indigenous community of MacKillop Catholic College came to our school to present us with the Ngara Message Stick. Tjanarra Ah-See and Jett Hunter were pleased to receive the message stick from our visitors and present it to our wider school community in our weekly assemblies.

The message stick is inscribed with symbols to represent a message of celebration, and of always moving forward and working together. Two animals on the front, the kangaroo and emu are representative of Australia and both animals never back down and always move forward. Dance icons and musical notes on the message stick represent celebration, and concentric circles represent coming together and working as one.

Last Thursday Lakes Junior School indigenous community representatives, Max Spiteri and Payton Forrest, took the message stick to Woongarrah Public School. After they were greeted by a group of students performing the ‘Darkinjung Welcome Dance’, Max and Payton addressed the students and presented the message stick to the school.

Rebecca Wallace

Junior School Teacher


The senior School Library is getting a revamp during the Christmas break and all the existing fabric chairs are being replaced.

If there is anything that you would like, and you can pick it up between end of day 5 December and 12 December,

please contact Mrs Anne-Marie Nicholls:



AECG Steam Camp

The recent STEAM Camp for our indigenous students in both Junior and Senior School conducted by the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group at Stanwell Tops near Wollongong was an absolute blast and enjoyed by all attending students! It was a unique opportunity to take away students, and to meet with other Indigenous students from across the region. Our students were indeed very blessed to have this opportunity to attend.

Each student was engaged in the amazing workshops and Science activities. As a part of the camp, the excursion to the Science Space in Wollongong was a big hit! Students enjoyed throwing boomerangs, completing a Forensic Investigation, and an engineering challenge. Our thanks go to Mrs Wallace and Miss Bryson for their organisation and involvement in the camp.

IPSHA Speakers' Challenge

Well done to Hannah Ruzicka and Adelia Goddard who participated in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at Barker. All of the students spoke well on the day and were fantastic representatives of our school. Well done on a great effort!

Rotary Leadership Dinner

Congratulations to our two Junior School Leaders, Ella Burgess and Vaughn Peachey, on receiving Rotary Leadership Awards from the Rotary Club of Northlakes-Toukley on Wednesday evening. It was a pleasure to be able to attend this event to congratulate Ella and Vaughn on the wonderful way that they have led the student body in 2018 and to celebrate their successes.

My thanks also go to Isabelle McClelland and Levi Francke who have done an amazing job as Deputy School Leaders this year and to our College Leaders who have also done wonderful work along with our Christian Ministry Leaders.

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 ‘managing a change in routine’ in Week 7 and ‘noticing details and looking for patterns’ in Week 8.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘reliability’ in Week 5:

Alira W, Nathan J, Evie P, Ava B, Hadley B, Addyson H, Samantha B, Adrian A, Noah T, Chloe M, Hannah P, Abigail W, Jack W, Valentina W, Indianna L, Dana G, Savannah S.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘resisting distractions’ in Week 6:


Alaric V, Alexis V, Diesel V, Cameron S, Tully J, Karina J, Lachlan C, Cooper O, Angelina A, Gabby C, Emma B, Phineas M, Brianna R, Liam M, Isabella M, Brody L, Cooper H.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School




Borrowing has now finished for the year. Overdues will be sent out today. Please ensure all books are returned over the next week in time for Stocktake. Thank you for your support.

New World Book Encyclopedias.

Our new World Book Encyclopedias have arrived! A very big thankyou to the P&F for supporting this resource. I am sure they will be utilised in library lessons and with 3-6 students over the next few years!

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 not reach target for the senior school in Week 4 and 5. We did reach target for the junior school in Week 5.

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 K-6


IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge was held at Abbotsleigh Junior School on Thursday, 14 November.

Our speakers, Adelia Goddard and Hannah Ruzicka demonstrated a confidence in their speaking rounds. Their topic was ‘reimagine’. The girls gained a wonderful experience with resourceful feedback and are looking forward to more speaking challenges and encouraging others.


This year students in K-6 participated in the Illuminate Program, an individual interest project, where students developed a research question that they wanted to answer. The students came up with some amazing topics and presented their findings in creative and imaginative ways.




Lotus Vurgrinec

Why do sweet foods taste so good?

Madisyn Marks

Why are bees so important?

Isabelle Mott

What colours are dinosaurs?

Kobey Jones

Why does the sun shine in the morning and the moon at night?

Archie Watt

What different types of sharks are there?

Patrick Cooper

Why do bats fly at night?

Maddison Raeside

How does Thunder and Lightning work?

Mikayla Branch

Why does a snake shed its skin?

Year 1

Jorja Beasley

How many breeds of dogs are there?

Ryan Mulholland

What happened to the Titanic?

Ethan Dickinson

How do optical Illusions work?

Eve Hennessy

What is a Boa Constrictor?

Tess Miller

How are we going to prevent the extinction of Tasmanian Devils?

Ava Brien

How can we eliminate plastics from our ocean?

Evie Pilgrim

What colours do animals see?

Year 2

Declan Jones

What is a Black hole and how is it created?

Tahlia Wenger

What are the harmful ingredients in cosmetics and how can they be changed?

Alice Stat

Sloths - How are they so good at swimming?

Samantha Marshall

How do volcanoes erupt?

Ashley Webb

Katherine (Goble) Johnson - How did she get so passionate about Maths?

Lila Fox

How can we prevent koalas from becoming extinct?

Lachlan Lear

Can you make a car track using magnets?

Year 3

Max Gibson

How do magnets connect or repel each other?

Callum Lightfoot

If I build a beehive hotel from recycled materials, will bees live in it?

Jack Asquith

How is Buddhism different to Christianity?

Ava Dickinson

What do we know about rainbows?

Aiden Steer

What do we know about galaxies?

April Murphy

Why do leaves change colour and fall?

Ethan Curry

How are opals formed?

Noah Taylor

How is a star born and what is its life cycle?

Keshav Panicker

What is the Space Time Continuum?

Year 4

Carter Thomas

Greek Mythology - Who is the most powerful Greek god?

Corey Englebrecht

Renewable Energy

Christopher Webb

The Apollo 11 Story

Abigail Whelan

Can spy stunts in movies really work?

Cohen Baldwin

The significance of Apollo 11

Zak Prica-Chamberlain

Solar System

Kane McLeod

What are Neutron Stars

Emma Barrie

Forensic Science and Anthropology

Braydon Croucher

How have dinosaurs become extinct?

Donald May

How did Rome become such a dominating empire?

Charlie Cook

What is the safest way to produce power?

Year 5

Ava McCleod

How do endangered animals become endangered?

Lexi Mulholland

How do we make decisions?

Ella Lear

How can we prevent water pollution?

Clair White

How does human behaviour effect animal behaviour?

Payton Forrest

How does a Cruise Ship get water and electricity?

Mekenzie Jones

How was gymnastics created and who was the first gymnast to compete in the Olympics?

Adelia Goddard

Why did they change money from pounds and shillings to dollars and cents?

Alyse Quealey

How can you classify something as a solar system?

Joshua Barrie

Can you successfully breed a hybrid orchid?

Dana Ricardo

What nutritional diet does a professional athlete need and why?

Year 6

Jerome Dagang

Does the mass of a Blackhole effect its life?

Daniel Palibino

What happened in World War 2?



HRIS 5/6 Touch Football

Touch football is a very popular sport at Lakes and congratulations to the Years 5 and 6 students who were selected to play in the representative teams this year. This year the HRIS Competition was full of talent and good sportsmanship and it was great to see so many smiles throughout the day. Congratulations to the girls team who came 4th on the day!

A special thanks to Mr. Lawson for coaching the boys team and driving the bus and to Mr. Herbert for coaching the girls team.

5/6 Girls Soccer

Our Year 5/6 Girls soccer team took on Avondale School this week. A more detailed article will be available in the next Newsletter.

Zac Barton

A big congratulations to Zac Barton in Year 5 who recently competed in Athletics at PSSA (State level) in Homebush. Zac finished: 25th in 200m, 18th in discus, 7th in high jump. A wonderful effort and he looks forward to trying to make the CIS team again next year.

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


HRIS Touch Football Gala Day


Our school Open boys and Girls touch football teams competed in the HRIS championships. Both teams played well throughout the day having wins and losses. The girls finished 7th overall and the boys 8th overall.

HRIS Softball Champions


After a successful team outing at the HRIS Softball championships. Keely Bogle, Mackenzie Astorga and Ashley Pernecker all represented HRIS at the AICES Softball Championships. All girls played well on the day and Keely Bogle was once again selected in the AICES Open Girls Softball team. Congratulations girls.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator


Arndell Equestrian

Ellie Rudder competed at Sydney Arndell Interschools Championships with great success. Her Galloway, Bellevale Hollywood Boulevard, was Champion Open Senior School Show Hunter.

Well done to Ellie who was an excellent ambassador for Lakes at this event.

Lakes Grammar Equestrian Event

On Friday, 15 November Lakes Grammar held its annual Lakes Grammar Equestrian Event.

It was a wonderful day with 38 schools competing from all over NSW. Our sponsors were very generous again this year and the winners received fantastic prizes. Central Coast Grammar was the overall Senior School Champion and Lakes Grammar was the overall Junior School Champion.

Our Lakes Grammar Team this year consisted of Paige Lindley, Zoe Vanderblom, Isabelle MacDonald and Jasmine Haydon. Paige and Zoe were Reserve Age Champion in their age groups.

We congratulate the girls on their excellent results.

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Co-ordinator