Week 4, Term 1 2017



2016 Lakes Graduates
We’ve been receiving from our 2016 graduates some of their ATARs and university or job offers. There is a fascinating range, including:

Bachelor of International Relations and Law at ANU

Bachelor of PR in Media and Advertising at UNSW

Bachelor of Actuarial Science/B Sci (Mathematics)

Bachelor of Business at Newcastle

Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie

Bachelor of Teaching (English and Drama) at Notre Dame

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at Newcastle

Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Newcastle

Bachelor of Medical Science at Newcastle

Bachelor of Laws at Newcastle

Bachelor of Nursing at Newcastle

Bachelor of Information Technology at Newcastle

Bachelor of Criminal Justice at Charles Sturt

Jetstar Flight attendant – a dream fulfilled for Courtney Jeffery!

Telstra Traineeship

This is just a random sample - there are many other success stories from our 2016 Year 12.

Parking outside the Junior School

Council rangers and police have been at school enforcing the road rules over the last couple of weeks. In our last newsletter I reminded you about the rules relating to parking outside the fence. Please refer to that for full details but in summary – it is illegal to park anywhere on the grass outside the Junior School. If you are parking in the small road off our driveway, you must parallel park facing the direction of travel, ie on the left, whichever way you are facing. It is also illegal to enter the Junior School from external roads between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. You must enter at the Senior School and drive down our internal road. The school has nothing to do with the policing of these rules but I have tried to warn you that you could be fined if you disregard the rules.

Cyber safety

On Thursday our Year 7 students had a presentation on Cyber Safety from our Police Schools Liaison Officer. Our kids are usually well ahead of parents in the digital world and it is difficult for parents to keep up. We aim to help our students know how to protect themselves and be good digital citizens. Parents can find out what they can do through the government website This website has a large amount of information for parents and young people. The section especially for parents is I recommend that you take some time to read through this information as it will give you some ideas about what to ask your children about their use of the internet, phones, etc.

I was reminded of the need for cyber safety education by a primary parent who was horrified to read this article:

When the parent spoke with her son about this game, because he has it on his iPad, he replied, “Mum, I know all this – it’s called cyber safety – that’s why I turn the chat room off on my game so no one can speak to me”. He had learned about this at school.

Michael Hannah



Year 10 Parent Information Night

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 6:30 – 7:30pm – School Hall

Some topics we will be covering include;

  • Assessments
  • Work Experience
  • Morrisby Testing
  • Year 11 subject selection process

School Tours

Junior School - Monday, 27 February 2017, 9:30 – 10:30am

Senior School - Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 9:30 – 10:30am.

Year 5 and 6 families are encouraged to attend a Senior School tour as part of our Transitioning to High School program.

Years K to 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews are via Parent Lounge. Further information will be provided in due course regarding when online bookings will be available.



Matt’s Mutterings
This weekend marks for us as a family the anniversary of our arrival on the Central Coast.  A couple of weeks ago a lady from our church gave my wife a card that she had found at home that had our family photo on it and a prayer for us before we arrived.  My youngest daughter when she saw the photo asked, “Where am I?” and was quickly informed that she wasn’t born yet!  Eleven years ago we arrived from Perth with an almost 3 year old and a 6 month old baby.  In the beginning I worked 3 days a week for Lakes Anglican church and 3 days a week for our school. 

As I reflect on our time here on the Central Coast it is apparent that with time, effort and consistency relationships are built.  Some friendships were formed back in the early years through work, church, mums groups and sport and some are more recent.  I see this in my children’s lives as well and as I listen to our students, staff and families it is a familiar story for most people.  As we clock up the hours and spend quality time with people, we grow to know and love them. We create together memories that shape our future, our worldviews and how we choose to engage with people.

A long time ago, a wiser person than me said, “Matt, relationships are like a bank that we invest in.  The more you consistently invest into them, the greater the return you’ll get on your investment.”  And I believe they are right.  My prayer for us all is that we will be wise investors in our relationships so that we can reap the rewards of years of friendship.  May we all reflect on those relationships that might need a top up and have the courage to make decisions that will see a high return for those involved.  Thank you too, for the hand of friendship that you have offered myself and my family.  We are truly blessed to live in this part of the world.

Bless ya,





NAPLAN Testing for 2017 will take place from 9 to 11 May. Attached is a Letter to Parents from the NSW Education Standards Authority regarding NAPLAN Testing and we encourage all parents with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 to take a moment to read the information provided. %20parents.pdf



The University of Newcastle Podiatry Clinic at Wyong hospital is offering children age 0-17 free lower limb assessments. Children will be assessed by final year students, supervised by a podiatrist. Children and their families can receive advice on footwear, flat feet, and normal development, and receive treatment of foot warts, foot and leg pain, walking problems, and night-time ‘growing pains’.

When: Mondays from 2.45 to 4.30pm from Monday, 6 March to Monday, 29 May 2017

To make a booking, or for more information, call 4394 7280.



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 beginning of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

Week 5: Collaborate (Learn with and from others) 

Week 6: Being an upstander 

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of being prepared and organised for learning: 

Cooper Nicholls, Spencer Ainsworth, Eden Clarke, Callum Lightfoot, Tristan Holland, Georgina Sleeman, Corey Englebrecht, Kane McLeod, Ally Richardson, Kenzie Millsteed, Isabella Koen, Grace Ostergaard, Sage Kenny, Mackenzie Harmer, Daniel Foreman, Ashley Gee, Suzannah Ashby, Austin Murray, Ella Palmer, Jessica Hoysted, Tahlia Moore.

Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of Commitment: 

Lila Fox, Lucas Butcher, Kai Frapell, Alana Beggs, Andrew Matri, Mala Patil, Kaidyn Hutton, Matilda Fallon, William Tsoa-Lee, Zander Graham, Evie Challinor-Renfrey, Grace Lanzini, Maleah Elliott, Amelia Collins, Isaac Hobbs, Kennan Wallace, Jorja Marino, Isabelle Christoffersen, Noah Hucker, Lachlan Baxendale, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage.

Year 6 Student Representative Council Members

It has been a pleasure to see the Student Representative Council for 2017 taking shape under Mrs Jodie Sharpe’s dynamic leadership. We have an enthusiastic and keen group of SRC Class Representatives from Year 6 in 2017 and look forward to them officially taking office after being presented with their badges by The Hon. Emma McBride MP at our Year 3 -6 Assembly and Chapel on Thursday 9 March.

Our 2017 Year 6 Student Representative Council representatives from Year 6 are:

Hayden Brander, Cameron Taragel, Madison Sammons, Hannah Robson, Finlay Stewart, Toby Jackson, Corey Meyers, Kani Lukuta and Anabella Amorin.

Junior School Leadership Day

The Junior School Leadership Day at Treetops on Wednesday, 22 February was a wonderful success with the Year 6 School Leaders working through the activities on the day in a mature, intelligent and reflective manner. We are blessed to have such a talented and capable team of student leaders to commence 2017 with the brainstorming of a number of initiatives for the School community. Thanks also go to our Chaplain, Peter and Mr Johns, whose organisation of the Leadership Day and ongoing work with the School Leaders contribute immensely to the development of such a successful team each year.

The day presented a good opportunity to work with our Chaplain, Peter, to reflect on Biblical perspectives of leadership, develop our communication skills, challenge ourselves to think and communicate under pressure, try new things and to work as a team on the high ropes course as well as developing some plans for the Junior School as a leadership group in 2017. We enjoyed the opportunity to grow together as leaders and to plan for a range of initiatives whereby the students are able to carry out their roles within the school this year.

A huge thank you to the leadership group for the example they are setting to others in the classroom, the playground and in a range of co-curricular activities.



Summer uniform is worn in Term 1. Students MUST wear a hat at all times when outdoors. I would encourage all parents to ensure that their child’s hat is clearly labelled with their name and to have a spare hat in their child’s school bag in case one goes missing. We do not encourage children to share their hats with others for creepy crawly reasons!

School Arrival Time and Before School Care

As you would be aware, the School opens at 8.00am and teachers are on duty to receive children in the Main Courtyard underneath the COLA from this time. While many teachers are on the premises before 8.15am, they need to use this time to prepare for the day ahead and to meet with colleagues or parents.

Please ensure that your child is not dropped off at school before 8.00am unless they are booked into Sunbeams for Before School Care. There is no supervision available before 8.00am.

New Play Equipment 

A reminder that the new play equipment area is not open for use by children until 8.22am each morning. This is to ensure that we minimise the likelihood of accidents occurring during the morning period. I have also reminded the students that the use of the equipment before this time is not acceptable. I would ask that you assist us by ensuring that younger siblings refrain from climbing on equipment in this space while waiting to drop off K – 2 students.


A reminder that we also have a “no dog” policy on the School grounds.

Traffic and Parking

My sincerest thanks for your patience this year with the traffic and parking congestion around the school. The first weeks are always busy with children needing assistance with bags and the like and families enjoying a catch up in the grounds. To ensure that drop off and pick up times remain as streamlined as possible, I would ask for your assistance with the following.

  • Please ensure that when using Kiss and Go that children get out of your vehicle on the kerb side only, with their bags. Getting out of your car to assist with bags from the boot and hugging your child goodbye can hold up the queue considerably during busy periods. It is dangerous for any child to get out of their car on the road side of ‘Kiss and Go’ as they are close to the through traffic.

  • Please use only the marked pedestrian crossing directly in front of the school to come and go from the carpark. Many families are using the speed humps in the carpark as pedestrian crossings… but these are not pedestrian crossings and it is dangerous to cross the road through the Kiss and Go queue.
  • Kindergarten students and their siblings attending Parent Park can be collected from the new deck at the end of the verandah, past the Junior School Library and near the OC class. Students in Years 1 – 6 will continue to be collected from the verandah area at the front of the Junior School Library. This will help the Kindergarten students to be able to meet up with their parents as smoothly as possible. 

  • I would also like to request that parents refrain from standing directly in front of the metal gate at the front of the school when using Parent Park as this obstructs the ‘Kiss and Go’ and Bus groups from exiting the school in the afternoon.

  • Please wait until children are seated before collecting them from Parent Park as this helps our teachers to ensure that all students meet their parents safely. Parents are also asked to walk up to Parent Park to collect your child or children. 

I hope that the start of the year has been a smooth one for your family and I look forward to a busy and engaging year with your children.

Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School


Library Helpers
We welcome the following Year 4 Library Helpers this term:  Amelia Collins, Isabelle McClelland, Mackenzie Harmer, Sophie Langford, Quinn Flower, Maleah Elliott, Sienna Lyle and Phoebe Talbot. I am sure they will have fun and do wonderful service for the Junior School Library!

New Library System

From March, our two libraries (JS and SS) will be implementing a new version of our Library system ‘Oliver’. It is a wonderful, more modern version and we look forward to learning its many capabilities. Borrowing will be impacted a little during the changeover.

PRC 2017

Registration for the 2017 PRC will be open early March and PRC notes will be handed out during library lessons within the next 2 weeks. If your child wishes to participate in this year’s challenge, you will need to sign the registration form and return it to the Junior School Library for our input.  You will also need to complete the Reading Log form (at home) attached to the registration to record the PRC books being read. Please ask us if you have any questions. Last year, there were 133 completed PRC’s and we hope to beat that this year!


Just a reminder that the school has approximately 350 overdues carried from last year. Please ensure all books are returned on time to avoid a notice at the end of term. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

Library Lessons

Library lessons this term are running smoothly and include the basic library skills of learning about fiction, non-fiction and reference books for most grades.

Coming Up in Term 1:

Wednesday, 1 March – Oliver Version 5 Introduced

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Year 10
This term I will be speaking at the Year 10 Information Night on Tuesday, 28 February about Work Experience.  This will include information for the students on what they are expected to do, dates, insurance needed and other important information. I will also talk about the Morrisby Testing and Year 10 interviews, which will also begin this term.

Year 11

Year 11 will have an information session in regards to the different entry schemes for Universities so they know the requirements and what expectations are required.

Please remember we have the careers website:

There is useful information on this website. This includes help to write a resume, a calendar, work experience documents, job vacancies, a student area, parent information etc. We currently have 4-5 apprenticeships listed. It’s not always possible to access by mobile phone and a larger device is recommended to see everything. There is also the Lakes Grammar Careers Facebook page, which contains useful information and messages.

Mrs Cathy James

Careers Adviser


Year 10

Year 10 students who completed their Bronze Dukes award last year have received an information package to enrol in the Silver Program. If your child would like to enrol in the Silver Program please ensure they have enrolled online and brought back their permission notes by this Friday. If we don’t have enrolment numbers by Friday, unfortunately, the Term 1 expedition will have to be cancelled.

All Dukes registration payments will be online. Parents have three days to pay online once I accept your child’s online request to enrol. I will accept online requests this weekend if we get five or more enrolments . Payments will no longer be accepted by the school for Dukes Registrations. Please refer to the Dukes website and the school permission notes for assistance with enrolment.

Year 9

Year 9 students will be given information packs on the Duke of Edinburgh information evening on Thursday, 23 February. Students wishing to enrol need to hand in their permission notes by Friday, 24 February. Students can enrol online into the silver program once they are 14 years and 6 months.

Mrs Megan King

Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator


Maths tutoring is on again this year in C4 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8.00 to 8.30. All students are welcome to attend.  They need to bring their work book and text book and a smile.

Some students come with particular questions that have caused them a problem while others use it as a time to complete some extra work or study. There are students who attend every week and there are others who might just come every now and then.

We are looking forward to seeing our regulars and some new faces.

Ms Julie Pallot

Maths Co-ordinator


What a great start we have had to the year in Science. All classes are now well into and working hard on their Term 1 modules of work. Each year it is always wonderful to see the high level of interest and enthusiasm some students display in the workings of the world around them and this year has been no different with a number of students asking about ‘extra’ science activities that might be happening outside the classroom. From next week we will be running our STEM activities on Tuesdays at lunchtime in A2 .This is open to all students from Years 7 – 10 who have a particular interest in practical problem solving. If you wish to become involved in this activity, come and see me at the D Block Staffroom or just turn up to A2 on Tuesday at lunch.

Next week will also see the commencement of our Horticultural group. This is also a lunchtime activity designed for those who love plants, particularly the cultivation of crops. Interested students need to speak to Ms McKeown who can also be found in the D Block staffroom.

Science workbooks are currently being collected so we can see how well students are working in class in Science. I have been extremely pleased to see most students are working well, attempting all set work and maintaining a high level of achievement. There were a few, however, who have not yet covered their workbooks or had expectation sheets glued in and signed. I will be checking with these students on Monday and if they still do not have a cover on their books will be inviting them to join me at lunchtime so they can cover their book in plastic. If the expectation sheets are still not signed then an email will be sent home as a reminder this task needs to be completed. Both of these tasks are designed to help promote respect and care for their work and equipment in our students.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress in Science please contact their class teacher or if unavailable then myself. Email is usually the most effective method for this and my email address is

Looking forward to another amazing year in science.

Mrs Jenny Charker

Science Coordinator



Years 2-6 Swimming Carnival

Our annual 2-6 school swimming carnival held at Mingara Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 8 February   was another great success. Everyone had fun and competition was fierce. Congratulations to the following JS Age Champions for the day:

Open Champions: Elodie Jewell / Dylan Coyte

7 years: Kourtney Gardner / Marlon Buckland

8 years: Miranda Feller / Joel Seol

9 years: Hannah Ruzicka / Caleb Dunstan

10 years: Elodie Jewell / Douglas Ruzicka

11 years: Rihana Gosselin / Jamie Seol

12 years: Charlotte Dobson / Sam Cook

College winners: Lightfoot

NEWS FLASH! Our HRIS Lakes Grammar team won the HRIS Division 1 regional swimming carnival on Thursday. Congratulations to all on the team. More details in the next newsletter.


Regional Athletics

Congratulations to Dylan Coyte, Ava-Marie and Keira Carlson who recently competed at the Regional Athletics competition in Glendale on the weekend. Dylan received a Silver in 100m and 200m and Long Jump. Ava-Marie received Gold in 100m, 200m and Discus. Silver in Shot Put. Keira received Silver in Discus and Shot Put. Well done to all these athletes as Dylan and Ava-Marie are now off to State.


Austin Murray

Congratulations to Austin Murray who recently has made the Hunter Academy of Sport Tennis Talent Development Squad for 2017. A great achievement!

Liam Lightfoot

Congratulations to Liam Lightfoot who was offered an opportunity to tour England with his rep side Macquarie in the Sep/Oct school holidays. Liam will be coached at Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United Football clubs. What a wonderful experience Liam! 

Mackenzie Roffey

Central Coast did extremely well at the OZTAG NSW State Championships held in Coffs Harbour recently. Mackenzie Roffey was part of this historic team, who reached the Semi Finals. Well done Mackenzie and the team on a great effort! 

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 flouro or solid colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well, especially on hot days, which we have experienced lately.


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. 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 are required to purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details regarding any HRIS / CIS requirements.

Coming Up in Term 1:

HRIS Primary Football Trials – 6 March and 14 March

HRIS Netball Trials – 14 March

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


Senior School Swimming Carnival

Our 7-12 swimming championships were held on Wednesday, 15 February in great conditions. A fun and competitive day was had by all students and the atmosphere of the carnival was fantastic.

Results are as follows:

Lightfoot were College champions again, making it 8 in a row!

Open champions:

Tiah Vale / Benjamin McKechnie

12 years: Tegan Lynch / David Lewis

13 years: Ashley Pernecker / Cameron Stanfield

14 years: Tiah Vale / Bradley Freeman

15 years: Charlotte Akhurst / Jake Benson

16 years: Aimee-Jane Strawbridge / Benjamin McKechnie

17 years: Whitney Akhurst / Bryce Glanville

18 years: Caitlin Hodges / Nelson Strawbridge


Girls 14 - 50 Free - 30.33 - Tiah Vale - Tyrrell

Girls 18-19 - 50 Free - 32.30 - Caitlin Hodges - Lightfoot

Girls 12 - 50 Back - 44.48 - Tegan Lynch - Cranmer

Girls 14 - 50 Back - 36.08 - Tiah Vale - Tyrrell

Girls 17 - 50 Back - 35.85 - Whitney Akhurst - Lightfoot

Girls 12 - 50 Breast - 49.46 Tegan Lynch - Cranmer

Boys 13 - 50 Breast - 39.61 - Daniel Seol - Cranmer

Girls 18-19 - 50 Breast - 44.11 - Caitlin Hodges - Lightfoot

Girls 17 - 50 Fly - 32.18 - Camryn Kendall - Lightfoot

Girls 18-19 - 50 Fly - 37.05 - Caitlin Hodges - Lightfoot

Boys 12-14 - 200 Free Relay - 2:17.32 - Lightfoot

Girls 12-14 - 200 Free Relay - 2:29.63 - Lightfoot

HRIS swimming Championships are held on the Wednesday, 15 March.

Weekly Sport: Is back in action this week. Please remember to ensure you are attending the correct sport and getting your name marked off. Any sport changes need to be approved by Mr. Beecroft and are not guaranteed. Limited places are available in all sports and it is important that students select and attend one sport only.

College Sporting Lunchtime Competition: This term students have the opportunity to represent their college in a lunchtime soccer competition. Draw is on the School Sports notice board.

Teams are mixed and divisions include: 7/8 – 9/10 – 11/12.

Games are held on Tuesdays 7/8, Thursdays 9/10 and Fridays 11/12. Please encourage your child to get involved.

TRIALS: The following HRIS Trials are coming up.


Secondary Netball

Secondary Touch Football

Secondary Football (soccer)

School Football Trials for our 15’s age girls and boys teams are on Wednesday this week.

If you would like to attend please see Mr Beecroft for the nomination details.


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



Welcome to 2017 Equestrian Team News. We have had some new students enrol at Lakes who are keen equestrians and we look forward to their participation on our school team. I have made a list of all the upcoming events I have been able to find so far. Please let me know if you hear of others. 

The other exciting news is that Lakes is considering running our own Interschool Equestrian Competition later this year. If you have any special skills or would just like to help out, please let me know.

I look forward to a great year with Lakes Grammar competing at Interschool Equestrian Events. 

2017 Upcoming Interschool Equestrian events

17 March 2017; Willow Tree Public School annual Horse Sports, Quirindi Showgrounds,

18 March 2017; Arndell College Combined Training Day; Dural Pony Club Grounds, entries via Nominate

3-4 June 2017; North-West Equestrian Expo; Coonabarabran NSW

14-18 June 2017; EA NSW State Interschool Championships - More information to follow

19 August 2017; Arndell College- Dressage and Show Jumping - - Hawkesbury Showgrounds

25 -29 September 2017; 2017 Australian Interschool Championships in Toowoomba Queensland

12-16 October, Tamworth Interschool Extravaganza, Tamworth NSW, AEICE

Ms Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Co-ordinator 



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Online ordering is available for a wide range of school activities including canteen, events, fundraisers and more. To register or login to Flexischools visit


Alinta Apparel is the supplier of our school uniform shop. Alinta operates directly from our school four days per week. For full details on opening times and prices visit


Our P&F Committee operates a second hand uniform shop each fortnight from the Junior School. For dates please visit