We’re at the end of Week 2 but welcome back. I was on study leave and long service leave for the last three weeks of Term 1. I attended the annual conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Anaheim, California. The convention centre was next door to Disneyland! The conference ran for five days and I attended some excellent sessions on building teachers’ capacity to be great teachers, leadership, writing, cognitive strategies for learning and others. Some of what I learned there will complement the great strides we are making already in our school.
Thank you to the many parents who took their children to the ANZAC Day march at Doyalson. There were around 143 students representing our school in uniform and we were very proud of every one of them. Years 4-12 also took part in the school’s own ANZAC commemoration last Friday. We were honoured by the attendance of the President of the Toukley RSL Sub-Branch and six other members. Mr Bob Wilson, the President gave a short address and presented the school with a set of two beautiful ANZAC medallions, one of which contains sand from Gallipoli. Year 12 student Oscar Trenear gave a captivating speech on how much more he appreciates the significance of ANZAC Day after doing a History research project in Year 9 on two of his relatives who had served in WWII.
The Sydney Morning Herald published an article on Monday by Steve Biddulph, the well-known author of several books on raising boys and girls. The article, “The treacherous journey of friendship for girls” can be read in the Wellbeing section of our newsletter and I recommend it to parents of girls. In fact, the advice he gives about teenagers’ use of technology is good advice for parents of both boys and girls.
The Mothers’ Day breakfast will be held next Friday, 12 May and the gift stall was selling goods today Friday, 5 May (any left over items can be purchased at the Mothers’ Day breakfast). More information about this can be found in this newsletter and I hope to see many of our mums enjoying breakfast together on the morning of the 12th.
Grandparents’ Day and Easter services
Although I wasn’t here on the last day of term I have heard that this day was another great success. Thank you to the many grandparents and special friends who attended and gained some insight into your grandchildren’s school life.
Claudia Martin of Year 9 who has been selected in Team Lake Macquarie at the 2017 International Children’s Games in Lithuania in July. Claudia is competing in Athletics. Congratulations Claudia on a wonderful achievement.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
Mothers’ Day Breakfast
Friday, 12 May from 7:30am
Junior School COLA
Orders close 9am on Wednesday, 10 May. Visit www.flexischools.com.au to place orders or they can be placed directly at the Junior School Canteen. A rose for mum with every pre-ordered breakfast.
We are pleased to announce that Central Coast Volkswagen will be a Platinum Sponsor of our Spring Fair this year. Central Coast Volkswagen will also sponsor a number of our student activities throughout the year and we are very grateful for their support.
Central Coast Volkswagen, call 4320 0944.
We wish to thank and acknowledge our wonderful school community sponsor
MESSAGE FROM MATT
The last week of last term was the beginning of what would prove to be a month which shall go down in history as “Nightmare Month.” You see, it all began with a scratchy throat, then my voice deepened before finally there was green gooey stuff emanating from deep within my lungs and a lethargy that made a 3 toed sloth look like a racehorse in comparison. Yep, you guessed it…I had that awful contagion known as “Man Flu.” Now being a man I was probably a little slow in making my way to the doctors but I did get there and she agreed that I had Man Flu. A double dose of antibiotics was prescribed and I dutifully took them along with a whole host of multivitamin wonders that give you that glow in the dark urine effect.
Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t like being sick and it does not bring out the best side of my character. Apart from having a short temper I felt like I was losing my mind. My memory was like Dory’s and I’d tell the same story multiple times and forget where I left things. My poor girls must have thought that I was going mad. And the worst of it was that come first week back at school I was still sick so I went back to the doctors. This next doc was hard core and brought out the big guns of the pharmaceutical industry. We’re talking double dose pills, prednisone and an inhaler that sounds like a turbo on a duff-duff car. And wouldn’t you know it the Man Flu this week has been defeated and I am almost back to feeling like myself. My children no longer have to suffer through the same story 15 times and my colleagues at school can see that I am actually thinking straight once more.
Now I know that this is a bit of a long-winded story this fortnight (blame it on the chemicals in my bloodstream) but my recent Man Flu episode sat me on my backside. I was reminded in the last month that life is precious and so are the people that God gifts to us. We don’t as people always seem to show them the appreciation or attention that is a true reflection of how deeply we love them. It’s that tyranny of the busy and the immediate that gets in the way. When I read the stories about Jesus I keep seeing how he slows things down for people so that they can engage with him. May I encourage you (and me) to have a read of the Gospel stories (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the book names in the Bible) and see how Jesus gives time and attention to people. It really changes their lives and can change ours too. And may we also give just a little bit more time and attention to those who are most precious to us.
STRESS AND SLEEP IN ADOLESCENTS
At Macquarie University, we are currently investigating the link between stress and sleep problems in adolescents, and we are asking for your help! We are looking for a sample from a broad high school community aged 13-18 years to get a sense of the influencers on sleep and stress in adolescents in general.
Your participation would involve completing an online collection of questionnaires, and would be a very important and useful aspect of our research. To thank you for your time, participants who complete the survey will go into a draw to win one of two $50 gift vouchers.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the chief investigator, Dr Carolyn Schniering (ph: (02) 9850 6741; email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or honours student Chloe Devine (ph: 0400 469 066; email@example.com).
In any list of things that make childhood great, friends has to be right up there. For girls especially, the network of friendships they navigate is crucial to their wellbeing. Yet in recent years, it often become a toxic mix of as much hurt as help. If you sometimes despair at your daughter’s friendship pain, then you are not alone. Friendship for girls has changed. On talkback radio a few weeks ago, a caller gave this perspective. Her daughters ranged in age from 11 to 19. But her youngest’s experience was immeasurably nastier and more destructive. Put-downs, exclusion and bullying in person and online were rampant.
In that one decade, she had seen girlhood change. This isn’t just a fluke:these are the exact years we have seen girls’ mental health decline across the Western world.
We believe there are two causes for this. The first is the one everyone focuses on: the rise of social media. It allows communication from a distance, so that nastiness can arise without seeing the harm it does. We don’t see the sorrow and tears our words create. The ‘‘ always on’ ’ nature means there is no respite, and anxious checking of mobiles goes on into the early hours. It’s affecting the sleep of millions of girls.
The second cause, though, is deeper. It’s the disappearance of adults – especially older women – from the lives of girls. Mum, aunts, mum’s friends, grandmothers used to feature daily in girls’ lives. Now we are just too busy. So the peer group has taken over that need for affirmation and wisdom, and they just can’t fill that gap. We’ve abandoned our girls (yes, dads, too) and they have made the peer group more important than it should be.
The first step is to limit online/ social media time. In Primary school, it really has no place at all. For many families, putting all phones on chargers, in the kitchen, at 7pm, has become the choice.
Helping girls to navigate friendship is also important. In Primary school, she will come home hundreds of times with friendship angst. She will want to talk. It will just be a matter of hearing her out, and staying calm and patient.
There are some lessons every child must learn, such as it’s OK to not always go along with friends; that compromise is important, but never compromise yourself. They need to understand you can’t trust some people and we all make mistakes.
Girls with inner strength who know they are loved will still experience pain while learning about friendship. But they will fall back to knowing they are worthwhile, and not depend on the fickleness of their peer group or, worse, the approval of boys.
Being a good human always wins through in the end.
Steve Biddulph is a psychologist and author of Ten Things Girls Need Most.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
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.
The annual ANZAC Day march on Tuesday, 25 April was conducted by Doyalson-Wyee RSL and Lakes Grammar was very well represented as a number of Junior and Senior School students and their families supported the service men and women and their families at the ANZAC Day Service in the RSL, to commemorate the service of so many Australians. I commend all of the students involved for their commitment to this very important occasion.
On Friday, 28 April students in Years 4 to 6, along with our Senior School students commemorated ANZAC Day through a reflective service of worship, in which the ANZAC spirit formed the focus of the morning. We were thrilled that some members of Toukley RSL were able to join us for this special service.
I thank the students who played important roles during the service and the many students, parents and staff, who gave of their time on ANZAC Day to assist in the events of the day.
Congratulations to all of the Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the DaVinci decathlon at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. More detailed information about this event appears further in this newsletter.
As all students are wearing Winter Uniform at the beginning of next week (Week 3), please be aware that students in the Junior School are required to wear the following:
Blazer, trousers, boys’ short sleeve shirt, school tie, boys’ socks and hat.
Blazer, winter tunic, girls’ long sleeve shirt, school tie, ink navy tights, 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.
NAPLAN – Years 3 and 5
Students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May, with the opportunity for students to make up tests that they may have missed on these days through illness and the like on Friday, 12 May. Whilst it is difficult for this form of testing, which takes place on a national basis, to delineate the entirety of the depth and richness of a student’s learning or the contribution that the School makes to the overall experience of its students, NAPLAN provides us with important and useful information to inform our planning for students and our approaches to teaching and learning. The tests offer an excellent opportunity for students to rehearse their revision skills generally and examination skills, positive thinking and perseverance in the context of a timed assessment setting.
Building Learning Power
We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of our ‘Building Learning Power’ program (Reach Out, Look Within, Think Clearly and Believe in Ourselves) which link in with our school motto ‘With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength’.
A number of learning actions which are associated with each area are listed around the outside of the circle.
Lakes Grammar Habits
The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior for Learning and Virtues programs.
Building Learning Power develops the capacity of students for learning, their curiosity, craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration.
The Virtues program develops children’s Christian values, moral harmony and moral integrity, including kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, service, empathy and moral courage.
Positive Behaviour for Learning develops our student self-regulation and self-awareness to demonstrate respect, responsibility and care for themselves and others.
The Junior School collectively focuses on a Habit each week drawn from one of the three programs whilst concurrently working with students to develop a range of habits and capacities in the day-to-day life of the school.
Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 3: Think about my learning (meta-learning).
Week 4: Honesty.
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of setting learning goals and evaluate my progress.
Ashley Webb, Declan Jones, Brianna Maidens, Andrew Matri, Isabelle Garner, Milla Harding, Saanika Purohit, Claire Hennessy, Willow Edwards, Keira Carlson, Josef Aad, Josselyn McGarry, Sage Kenny, Christopher Eadie, Jemma Young, Luke Ostergaard.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of wearing neat and correct uniform.
Oliver Peters, Emily Thomas, Flynn Cliff, Jack Wieland, Cooper Hutter, Miranda Feller, Gemma Rooke, Paige Lindley, Evie Challinor-Renfrey, Lincoln Riley, Cleo McNeill, Isabelle McClelland, Daniel Palibino, Achelia Shevket, Hannah Harris, Boyd Rumbel.
Mr William Wallace
Head of Junior School
da Vinci Decathlon
On Monday, 1 May a Year 5 team and Year 6 team participated in the first Hunter Regional Da Vinci Decathlon. The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge.
Both teams had a very successful day with Year 5 winning English, Ideation, Code Breaking and General Knowledge and came Second overall in the year 5 Competition. Our Year 6 team won Code Breaking and came 4th overall in the Year 6 Competition.
Our teams not only went well academically, but also won the famous canoe race, where teams had to work together to shuffle along the floor holding each other’s feet. The race was light entertainment for all the students who had worked very hard all day. They received a highly coveted chocolate award for their efforts.
Please congratulate our teams for 2017 on their fantastic results!
Year 5 won English
Year 5 won General Knowledge
Year 5 won Ideation
Year 5 won Code Breaking
Year 6 won Code Breaking
Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6
WW1 - In Living History
Students in Years 5 and 6 received a visit from Shane Blackman this week in the Junior School Library. Shane spoke to the students about Australian conflicts in general and he has a great interactive and informative display for students to participate in. Photos and article will be available in the next newsletter.
Registration for the 2017 PRC is now open and we currently have 182 registered so far. Registration will close Monday, 29th of May if your child wishes to participate.
Students who do complete the 2017 PRC early (we have 3 so far), will each receive a certificate and photo for our JS Library Achievement wall.
We have a handful of students already completed. Congratulations!
We hope to receive the actual certificates by the end of the year from the NSW Premier’s Office.
Coming up in Term 2:
Wednesday, 24 May – National Simultaneous Storytime – Junior School Library
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
Garden Club took place Thursday, 6 April. We planted many winter vegetable seedlings including carrots, cabbage, beetroot and cauliflower. Eight students from Years 2-6 volunteered to help plant them before the holidays. Learning and fun was had by all.
Mr Danny Summers
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Congratulations to Jack Riches who has received an invitation to participate in the Sydney University Science Discovery Program for this year. A number of students from Years 8 and 9 sat a qualifying examination back in Term 4 last year and Jack’s result resulted in an invitation. This program is in high demand across the state so well done Jack in gaining entry.
Next Wednesday we are looking forward to seeing Year 6 students come up to the laboratories and experience Secondary Science for the first time. They will be performing a first-hand investigation into crystal growth. This will involve the manipulation of scientific equipment they have not used before such as the Bunsen burner. The students will then be invited up throughout Term 2 to monitor the growth of their crystals as they continue their investigation. Hopefully some students will grow crystals worthy of entry into the RACI Crystal Growing competition at the end of term.
A reminder if there are any students from Years 8 – 12 who wish to take part in this year’s crystal growing competition then please come along to A3 on Thursdays at lunchtime from next week.
Good luck to students in both Year 11 and Year 10 for your upcoming examinations. All have been given study guides to help them prepare and know that their teachers are more than happy to assist them in their examination preparations.
“We’re all in this together”, as we “bop our way to the top”! It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce the Lakes Grammar School Production for 2017 will be High School Musical.
We have a cast of over 40 students across grades 7-11 who specialise in Dance, Drama & Music.
The production will be a showcase of the immense talent we have here at Lakes Grammar.
The two performances will take place on the evenings of Thursday, 24 August and Friday, 25 August at the Senior School hall. Further information on the performance dates will be released in the coming weeks.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the beginning of Term 3, so save the date!
This is a big term for Year 10. Students have their Career’s Day on Tuesday, 23 May. All Year 10 students will be given an individual timetable for the day. In the morning, Year 10 students will take part in group Interviews and a resume building session. Between 11am and 12.30 pm there will be an “Expo” in the hall. We have University of Newcastle and Macquarie University, Gap Year interests, Police, Australian Defence Forces, TAFE, Central Coast Group Training and more.
Interview times and where students need to be are already up on the Year 10 noticeboard next to the Library. Students are allowed to wear full school uniform or appropriate interview attire. In the afternoon, the students will have a motivational speaker, Mr Paul Wade, an ex-Socceroo with quite a story to tell. It should be a very rewarding day.
Mrs Cathy James
Monday, 6 March Year 12 embarked on their final camp for the school. They were taken on a 2 1/2 hour journey to the beautiful outback of Riverwood Downs. Some students loved being away from the interruptions of life while others did complain about having no phone service. We all had a relaxing holiday which included floating down the river on inflatable donuts and watermelons. The first night we had a masquerade ball and the hall was decorated with balloons and streamers, the girls put on their formal dresses and the boys their special occasion shirt and board shorts. Everyone looked very nice in their remarkable masks. A special happy birthday was sung to the now 18 year old Maisie as the long awaited dessert had appeared thanks to Mrs MacLarty and everyone who helped out in the kitchen.
The second night the students were encouraged to participate in a “Lakes Grammar’s Got Talent,” some very exiting routines were performed, from musical pieces, dances and even a re-enactment of the famous WWE wrestling – it was very entertaining to say the least. Mr Benn even gave a very eye opening performance.
Thanks to Matt Year 12 had an awesome time!
Remember to send in your stories to Maisie, Cydney and Ben!
Our Cross Country team competed in the HRIS Cross Country at Avondale on Thursday. A detailed article and photos will be available in the next newsletter.
Tuesday Sport for 3-6 Years
Tuesday sport for 3-6 is now up and running. A variety of different sports have been introduced this term. Please see Mr Cantor if you have any questions.
Central Coast Mariners Programs
The Central Coast Mariners currently have a number of football programs running at our school.
A development program is conducted at Tuesday sport for Years 3-6 and there is also a program after school this term on Tuesdays (please note these programs are now full). This Thursday and Friday they will be running the Active program for all students K-6 (normal school winter uniform) where students are encouraged to get ‘active’ and have fun through sport and fitness.
We thank Central Coast Mariners for their contribution to our school community.
Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…
Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport for example: 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.
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 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.
Coming Up in Term 2:
Monday, 15 May – CIS Hockey
Wednesday, 17 May – CIS Rugby League
Thursday, 18 May – Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival
Thursday, 15 June – CIS X Country Carnival – Eastern Creek
Mr Danny Summers
K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
HRIS Open Gala Day (Girls) Monday, 1 May
The girls team put in a great effort at the gala day, despite losing 2-0 to Avondale in the first game. Olivia scored in our second game, however, the game resulted in a 2-1 loss against Newcastle Grammar. In our final game in Pool B, we suffered another loss to a much more experienced side.
In a very close game during the playoffs, we lost 1-0 to MAC, and we were kept in the game by some excellent goal keeping from Elise.
Our final game resulted in a 1-1 draw with Avondale thanks to a goal from Hannah. We then won the game 3-1 in a penalty shootout. The girls came 7th overall.
Special thanks to Hannah, Elise, Evie, Caitlin L, Kyah and Alanah who had a go at goal keeping!
HRIS Open Gala Day (Boys) Monday, 1 May
The boys team put in a wonderful team effort throughout the day to remain undefeated in normal time winning games 4-1, 2-0, 3-1 and then drawing 0-0 with were the eventual winners of the day. Jarrod scored a spectacular goal right from kick off! Oliver saved two penalties in a shootout and Connor saved four. A fantastic effort from the boys resulting in 5th place overall.
Girls Bill Turner Trophy game –Tuesday, 2 May
The girls put in a fantastic effort in their Bill Turner Trophy match against Narara Valley High School. With a spectacular six goals to Indiana, three to Han and one to Aimee the girls had a very convincing win! Each and every girl on the team played incredibly well and continue to display a high level of maturity, perseverance and good sportsmanship each time they play. Congratulations girls!
CIS Swimming Championships
Daniel Seol competed in the 50m Breast Stroke at the NSW CIS Swimming Championships on the 2 & 3 of May. Results next newsletter.
HRIS Cross Country
Was held on Thursday, 4 May. We wish our school team the best of luck.
Senior School Athletics Carnival
Will be held during week 4 on Wednesday, 17 May. Any parents who have a background in athletics and would like to help on the day could you please contact me:
Our boys and girls u15’s football teams are competing in the Bill Turner Cup/Trophy and both teams won their first games against Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale. Both teams went on to play Narara Valley High School on Tuesday, 2 May. The girls winning 10-0 and the boys winning 1-0.
Teams have been selected and will compete this term in the Central Coast Schools Netball Cup held on Thursday, 1 June at Gosford. HRIS Netball Gala Day held on Thursday, 8 June at Newcastle and the AICES Netball Cup held on Thursday, 22 June at Sydney.
HRIS Touch Football Team
Jack Riches, Sam Kentwell and Olivia Glanville played in HRIS Touch Football teams which competed at the AICES Championships last week. Jack Riches and Olivia Glanville were successful in gaining selection in the AICES team which will compete at the NSW CIS Championships later this term.
Central Coast Schools Futsal Championships
Our school had both girls and boys teams competing in these championships this week at Niagara Park Youth Center.
Upcoming School Team Trials this term:
Rugby, Rugby League and Basketball
HRIS Team Trials
15’s Football (soccer)
Mr Darren Beecroft
Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator
WHOLE SCHOOL SPORT
We are getting excited as the snow season draws closer for this year. The event is a wonderful opportunity for all children regardless of their ability to come and join our Lakes Grammar team and compete at the snow. Students develop great sportsmanship and enhance their techniques on the slopes. Snowsports will run in the July school holidays.
In the near future an email will be sent with the documentation you will need to compete in Northern NSW Interschool Competition. If you would like to be a part of our Snowsports team or just have a question regarding Snowsports please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Salina Mayall
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