Our five-yearly inspection by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) was finalised yesterday. A NESA inspector had already viewed a number of our documents. On Thursday he visited the school for a couple of hours to view some other curriculum documents and to examine how we implement such aspects as child protection and teacher accreditation. I am pleased to report that Lakes Grammar is compliant in all areas. The inspector was impressed with what we have achieved.
This is a very significant matter for independent schools. Registration allows a school to operate; Accreditation allows a school to offer the Record of School Achievement and the HSC. I thank all our teaching staff for their fine work in ensuring that we meet the requirements of NESA by preparing excellent teaching programs and other aspects of curriculum and teaching.
Big events coming up
We are always busy and there are many school activities coming up in the near future. Here are just a few to be aware of. Details will be in the Newsletter and/or emailed home.
School photo dayis 31 May.
Our P&F Association does amazing work on behalf of the school community. On 1 June our annual Trivia Night will be held. Support your P&F by coming to this fun-filled night. Tickets can be purchased online now through flexischools.
Our annual Visions Art Exhibition has its opening night at The Art House in Wyong on 5 June.
Our Senior School musical, The Addams Family, will be performed on 20-21 June in the school hall.
Congratulations and best wishes to:
Connor Rooke of Year 8, who will be part of an Australian team competing in two athletics meets, including the British Columbia Provincial Championships in Canada in June/July.
Jezebel Navusolo of Year 11, who has been selected to represent Australia in the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville at the end of June. Jezebel will compete in the 200m sprint. In April, Jezebel was invited to join the Athletics NSW Target Talent Program to train in a high performance squad.
Ashley Pernecker of Year 9, whose fantastic performances in athletics over the 2018/19 season have also earned her a place in the Athletics NSW Target Talent Program.
Malachi Green of Year 10, who in June will defend his title of NSW Junior Spearfishing Champion. Malachi has also received a Local Sporting Champion grant from his local member, Pat Conroy.
Edan Shorten of Year 10, who is the NSW Level 10 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics champion. She is competing in Nationals this week for the fifth consecutive year as a member of the NSW team. Last night she came 7th in her age division and was the top scoring girl for NSW in all age divisions.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F Trivia Night
Saturday, 1 June, 7pm, School Hall
Tickets $12 each or table of 10 for $100
GET YOUR GEEK ON! All proceeds from the night go to the P&F.
Our P&F Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, 1 June at 7pm in the School Hall. This is always a great social occasion and lots of fun. We have organised a professional Trivia Host with lots of prizes on offer including 'wine cellar raffle', 'best dressed table' and lucky door prizes. Each table is asked to donate 2 bottles of wine to the prize pool for the 'wine cellar raffle' and these can be any type/value.
BYO nibbles and drinks (alcohol permitted). Children are also welcome to come and activities will be organised for them in B-Block for $5 per child. Please firstname.lastname@example.org you wish to have children attend. Activities will include Kids Disney Picture Bingo and Kids Disney Multi-Choice Trivia.
The P&F are seeking sponsorship for this event so if you have a business and can offer support please email email@example.com.
P&F Lamington Drive
The P&F are pleased to again be running the very popular Lamington Drive. Details will be sent home next week with an order form and price list. Orders can also be placed online via flexischools and which is now live.
Orders closeFriday, 7 Juneand goodies will be available for collection onWednesday, 19 June.
We have a new member of our family whose name is “Archie”. He is 6 months old now and has brought a lot of joy to us. Like most young ones he wees where he is not meant to, drops bombs in locations where you least expect, chews everything in sight and has from time-to-time an aroma that brings tears to the eyes. He loves walks along the lake and quality meat products in a can. He goes from zero to 100MPH in seconds and then back again. Fortunately he sleeps all night long, but when awake he requires a lot of attention. He is pretty cool for a puppy!
This week Archie and I were at the Junior School Athletics Carnival as spectators. It was really lovely how so many students, parents, grandparents and staff would come up to Archie for a chat. He has a wonderful nature with humans and loves a good belly rub. He was like a magnet that brought joy. It struck me as I was sitting with him that he modelled exactly how to respond to people. Archie offered welcome and grace. Yes, occasionally he might bark a warning, but the majority of his actions were affirming and uplifting. And, what a conversation starter. I heard so many stories about other people’s pets…it was brilliant.
May I encourage you as you go about your day to day interactions to be like Archie. Offer friendship, warmth, welcome, grace and joy. It’s how Jesus operated too. Just so you know, Archie, like Jesus, also likes to sit around a good campfire and chew the fat. Evidence supplied in the photo.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - SCHOOL MUSICAL
'VISIONS' - ART EXHIBITION
OPAL CARD INFORMATION
SCHOOL PHOTO INFORMATION
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Star 104.5 Big Dreams Competition
Congratulations to Paige Lindley who won the Star 104.5 Big Dreams competition stating that her dream was to represent Lakes Grammar and her pony club at state level in equestrian. She has won a Bendigo Bank account with $1,000 towards making her big dream come true. Paige will spend it on equestrian tuition, entry fees and a Lakes equestrian uniform and a rug in Lakes colours for her pony for the Interschool competitions.
Paige enjoyed meeting the radio hosts Rabbit and Julie Goodwin and did us all proud during her interview.
Rotary Pride in Workmanship Awards
Congratulations to Tracey House, one of our talented School Learning Support Officers who works as our Teacher’s Aide across Kindergarten. Tracey was recently recognized by the Northlakes-Toukley Rotary club with a Pride in Workmanship Vocational Excellence Award for the way in which she goes above and beyond in her role. We really appreciate Tracey’s dedication to her role, the hard work that she does to consistently support our students and staff, and the way that she inspires us all through her actions. It is a privilege to have Tracey as part of our team at Lakes and a delight to see her receiving this prestigious award.
National Volunteer Week
This week is National Volunteer Week - the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. The theme this year is "making a world of difference." On behalf of the students and staff of Lakes Grammar, I would like to thank our parents and carers for volunteering so generously, as well as our P&F Association for all that you contribute to our wonderful school.
We appreciate that the time of all of our school families is really valuable and we are deeply thankful for your willingness to contribute to the positive school experience enjoyed by both your child or children and all of our students. Your ongoing efforts are a vital part of our school community - thank you! You really do make a world of difference!
The NAPLAN program ran smoothly for students in Year 3 and 5, who were well prepared as a result of the thorough planning and preparation by staff and through the students’ own dedication and efforts. I would particularly like to thank our Year 3 and 5 teachers, our learning support team, MrsColthorpe, Mrs Stowe and Mrs Jolly, who conducted a significant amount of organisation for the testing program, in ensuring that the Junior School was as well prepared for NAPLAN as possible.
Whilst we completed the testing using pencil and paper this year, from 2020 all schools across Australia will be required to complete the assessments online.
It is also important to remember that each child is special and unique and whilst NAPLAN will provide some feedback on their academic progress, it is one snapshot in time that is best considered in conjunction with a range of assessment information and work samples. However, there is no way to test all of the wonderful things that make you, you!
With the onset of winter and shorter, darker days, a number of students have begun arriving to school late and have given the reason that they ‘slept in’. While the temptation to stay in a warm bed for a little longer is understandable, particularly on cold, rainy mornings, it would be appreciated if the students could be encouraged to stick to a punctual morning routine to maximize their learning (and that of the other children in their class) by arriving to school on time. Junior School starts at 8.45am.
School Photos and Uniform Matters
Thank you to all of our families for the efforts that are going into students wearing the correct uniform in the lead up to School Photo Day on Friday, 31 May.
A reminder that students in the Junior School are required to wear the following – and a special reminder about blazers and hats please:
Boys: Blazer, trousers, boys’ short sleeve shirt, school tie, boys’ socks and hat.
Girls: Blazer, winter tunic, girls’ long sleeve shirt, school tie, ink navy tights (stockings are also an option for girls in Years 3 – 6), school scrunchie and hat.
May I draw your attention to the uniform requirements relating to jumpers and blazers for all students, particularly as the cooler weather approaches. Students must wear a blazer and jumper, or blazer only, in public. This includes arrival and departure times. Jumpers only are not permitted. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Building Learning Power
We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of this 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 3: Uniform
Week 4: Think about my learning (meta-learning).
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of wearing the correct uniform.
Samantha B; Matthew K; Madisyn M; Tess M; Jacob G; Elliot H; Abigail S; Mitchell H; Isabella F; Lexi R; Tamika A; Lauren P; Isabella M; Tyler M; Mason V; Ayan S; Nicola R; Zeb C; Taj B; Hayley O; Sophie L.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of thinking about my learning (meta-learning).
Scarlett A; Amarlie M; Lotus V; Ivy H; Hannah L; Ryan M; Maggie Y; Samantha M; Lucas B; Taivas H; Jack A; Keshav P; Kourtney G; Isla Y; Christopher W; Valentina W; Jordan R; Ella L; Jake F; Levi F; Ella B.
Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School
Premier’s Reading Challenge
It is not too late to register for this year’s challenge. Registrations close at the end of this month. Please return the registration form to the Junior School Library to get started. We currently have 31 students who have completed it so far. A fantastic effort!
National Simultaneous Storytime
A great morning was held for 30 lucky K-1 students on Wednesday, 22 May. Students were totally engaged and had lots of fun with this year’s book ‘Alpacas with Maracas’. Check out some of the photos of the day…
Garden Club went very well last Tuesday. A group of 8 very eager Year 2-6 students helped plant our winter garden including: peas, lettuce, leeks and cabbage. We hope these grow well and can be harvested soon. Great fun was had by all!
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
Attendance – Every Learner – Every Day (Junior 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%.
Congratulations, we made our target!
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;
Phone the school and select option 1 to report an absence.
A printed or handwritten note sent to school via mail or with your child.
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.
Parent Resources for Difficult Times
Emerging Minds has provided a range of resources to share with parents and carers when supporting children and young people through adversity.
Last Monday, 19 Year 8 students travelled up to Newcastle University to compete in the Build ME A Future Challenge. This event required them to apply the STEM skills they were developing during Term 1 to solve a series of practical problems. There were 8 schools competing on the day and Lakes students were commended both by the organisers and staff from other schools, for their diligent and enthusiastic approach. All students are to be commended for the resilience they displayed as they collaboratively applied their critical thinking skills to create some amazing engineering masterpieces. Several of the teams managed to achieve perfect scores for their challenge and this placed the School in front for most of the day. Unfortunately, at the very end we were pipped at the post, finishing second.
Mr Zenteno and I were lucky to have been able to work with these students and were extremely proud of each and every student for the manner in which they represented themselves and Lakes Grammar. Well done to all!
Looking forward to the next challenge.
Ms Jenny Charker
YEAR 8 CAMP
Last Week Year 8 travelled a short distance to the beautiful Lake Macquarie Recreation Camp.
The students enjoyed three days of glorious weather, and participated in fun activities with friends all while learning more about what it means to be Christian.
Students enjoyed day activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, archery, fishing, laser tag and mission impossible. During the evenings our students participated in a range of activities that involved lots of loud chanting, singing and dancing.
The students experienced a night of bivouac and for many this was the first time they had ever spent camping. It was great to see how well our students worked with each other to solve challenges, as well as openly and respectfully talk about their beliefs.
We returned to school on Friday very tired and looking forward to Year 9 Camp.
Mr Greg Sewell
Year 8 Advisor
On Monday, Lakes Grammar again hosted a Robo-Cup workshop. This is the second year that Lakes Grammar has hosted this event which invites surrounding schools to come and work with two Robo-Cup experts - Dr Aaron Wong who is the Technical Director of Robo-Cup Hunter division and is a past International Robo-Cup university Champion, and Mr Jason Flood the Chair of Robo-Cup Junior Hunter Division.
We had representatives from Lakes Grammar Junior School and Senior School as well as visitors from Wyong Christian Community School, Niagara Park Public School and Avoca Beach Public School. In total more than 50 students used our new STEM space to learn hints and tips on how to approach Robo-Cup competitions which include Stage Performance, Robo-Rescue and Line Following.
Over the following weeks our Year 7-9 Robo-Cup teams will continue to develop their code and prepare their robots for Robo-Cup, and compete at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday, 7 August.
Mr Greg Sewell
Co-ordinator of TAS
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Lakes Grammar Primary Athletics Carnival
A detailed report with photos will be available in the next newsletter.
CIS Cross Country
Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen to represent HRIS at the upcoming CIS Cross Country Carnival at Eastern Creek on Thursday, 13 June.
Mia Kehoe, Ella Burgess, Giselle Simon, Hannah Ruzicka, Jada Whitmore and Harrison Williams.
We wish them well.
Tuesday Sport 3-6
Years 3-6 School sport has now commenced and most students have been allocated a sport. There were a number of sports to choose from both paid and free. 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, white / coloured joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well in the hot weather.
HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)
Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5 and 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. It is recommended that you check the following websites on a regular basis for further information:
Cross country training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there. Meet at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets and training will be adapted to suit middle distance runners leading up to our school athletics carnival and HRIS Athletics Carnival.
Boys’ basketball training is on during Thursday lunch times at the Senior School basketball courts. Open boys’ basketball trials will be held in week 6.
Our open boys and girls football teams competed in the HRIS Gala Day and all students involved played extremely well throughout the day. Both teams finished 4th overall.
Results from the Central Coast Futsal gala day:
Boys – 14s finished 6th, 16s finished 2nd and 19s finished 5th.
Our 14s, 16s and open teams all competed in the HRIS Netball Gala day this week. Our 14s team finished 4th, 16s 8th and opens 12th. Well done to these teams.
Secondary Athletics Carnival
The Secondary Athletics Carnival is being held at Warnervale Oval on Tuesday, 28 May. If students are wishing to compete in the Javelin, 1500m run or the Triple Jump, these events will commence early. Javelin at 7:45am, Triple jump and 1500m run at 8am.
Term 2 Sports Events
Wednesday, 29 May – AICES Netball Gala Day
Tuesday, 4 June – AICES Cross Country Championships
Thursday, 13 June – NSWCIS Cross Country Championships
Tuesday, 18 June – HRIS 15’s Football Gala Day
Tuesday, 18 June – NSWCIS Touch Football Championships
Wednesday, 19 June – Central Coast OzTag Gala day
Tuesday, 25 June – HRIS Opens Basketball Gala Day
Thursday, 27 June – Central Coast OzTag Gala Day
Mr Darren Beecroft
Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator
WHOLE SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
UNIFORM for HRIS events
If your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they must purchase a HRIS polo shirt. 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 and 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 and 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 finalised, the items will be sent directly to you within a few days. Purchases can be made via the following link: