New Staff At the beginning of this term we welcome two new teachers to our school. Mrs Samantha Hancock joins us from MLC School in Burwood and will be teaching Kindergarten (KD), while Mrs Jodie Sharpe is joining us from Loquat Valley Anglican Preparatory School and will teach 4S. Both teachers have needed to give notice in their current schools, and will join us shortly in their new positions. Please make them feel welcome as you see them around our campus and as they settle in to our school.
Our School Captains, Montana Rumore (Yr 12) and Fletcher Cunningham (Yr 12) who have both received early entry offers at Macquarie University though the University’s Global Leadership Program. Each of these students have gained offers in courses in which they intend to study next year, and these offers reflect the commitment they have shown in their studies as well as in other areas such as sport, the Duke of Edinburgh and charity work.
Maisie Young (Yr 11) and Ashleigh Fitzmaurice (Yr 11) who have both received excellent results (Ashleigh a Distinction) in “Critical Thinking”, part of Macquarie University’s Gifted and Talented Program. This course counts toward their HSC as well as giving Credit toward a future degree at Macquarie. These courses are also particularly attractive as students can also gain early entry to a number of degrees after completing Year 12 if they maintain an average of Distinction or above.
Parent Teacher Night
Don’t forget that Parent/Teacher Nights are being held next Monday, 1 August (K-12) and Monday, 8 August (K-6). These evenings can be a valuable time to discuss your child’s progress and I encourage you to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.
Congratulations also to our Cognito students (pictured below) for their fine achievements over last term. Our students participated in a wide range of activities including Write a Book in a Day, Dorothea Mackellar Poetry competition, debating and da Vinci Decathlon.
We were thrilled also to learn that our school’s bus shelter entry through the University of Technology and Penrith Council which won the People’s Choice award. The shelter was designed by Julia Araneta, Anna Voigt, Shivesh Paramunsee, Jack Riches, Hayleigh Peachey, Claudia Fuerschke, Alexa Talbot, Chloe Heuchan, Austin Kozak, Ashleigh Fitzmaurice and Caitlin Page under the guidance of Mr Rick Hampson and they progressed to the top 5, which is an exceptional achievement.
The Express Advocate has also run a very positive article about their work on Wednesday. To read the article click here .
We will be hosting a group of 25 Korean students from 28 August to the 10 September (2 school weeks) and we are still seeking a few more families to offer assistance with the home stay. The students range from Year 5 to Year 8 in age. Local governments in South Korea sponsor the visit and hosts receive $200 per student per week, however, their government requires that each host family takes TWO students.
This is an excellent opportunity to broaden our understanding of people from a very different culture and for them to improve their English and learn about Australia. If you are interested, please contact David Joo on 0406 870 353.
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
‘VISIONS’ Art Exhibition
Friday, 19 August 2016, 6:30pm – Official Opening
Saturday, 20 August to Tuesday, 23 August, 10:00am - 4:00pm – Exhibition
Students in Years 7 and 8 are making words and loving it!
Get your children to login and practise at home.
Competition starts Monday, 1 August 2016.
MESSAGE FROM MATT
Matt’s Mutterings Term 3 in any school is a special term for staff and students but especially for our Year 12s. We all have half a year done and dusted, but our Year 12s will shortly sit their trial HSC and at the very end of term they will graduate. This whole term is culminating in that last Friday where we gather together as a school community and celebrate 13 years of formal education and pray God’s blessings over our graduating students. Term 3 is also an emotional rollercoaster for many of our Year 11s as they put themselves forward for leadership positions and prepare themselves to be the next graduating cohort.
For me as the Senior School Chaplain it is becoming increasingly emotional. I will have known some of our students in Year 12 since they were in Year 2 and most for the past 6 years. Part of my joy is watching them grow from being so wide-eyed and relatively innocent into mature, engaging and responsible young adults who view the world as a place of opportunity. It is a privilege to be able to share some of life’s highs, lows and in-betweens with our students and to have those conversations about faith, love and purpose. It’s about those connections, those relationship moments that our students share with us that pulls at our hearts this term.
So as we launch into Term 3 may you cherish those moments you have with your children. They may be in Kindy this year, but, all too quickly you will have your tissue to your eye as your baby graduates. I pray that we will all choose wisely to make the most of every day we have and that we might see God’s handiwork in our everyday lives. I know that I see him in action in our children’s lives and count myself blessed to witness this. Thank you for the parenting you are engaged in, may your lives be richer for it.
Now I just need to find where I put my box of tissues…this is going to be a long term.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
STAFF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
It is important to stop and acknowledge staff academic achievements. Congratulations is extended to the following staff:
Ian Samways for his completion of his Masters in Education.
Kristy Gorham for completion of her Masters in Special Education.
Cathy James for receiving a scholarship from NESLI (National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative) to participate in the Advanced Leadership Program for Women in Education at Monash University.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Welcome back to Term 3. The staff and I trust and hope that both you and your children, had an enjoyable winter break together. The term is already looking extremely busy. We have many events and activities planned and only ten weeks to do them in!
Year 5 and OC Camp – Bathurst
Year 5 students returned from their camp at Bathurst last week where they had an enjoyable time of learning through exploring the goldfields and historic mining town at Hill End. Highlights of the trip included venturing on the Skyrail at Katoomba and gold panning in a very full creek at Hill End – with lots of gold to be found! It was a real pleasure to visit the camp and to talk with the children, to hear about how they have stepped outside of their comfort zone on the trip – and learnt lots of new and fascinating things about the discovery of gold in Australia. I extend my thanks to Ms Dow, Mrs Molloy, Mr Creanor, Mr Summers and Mrs Holland for their efforts in making this camp run so smoothly.
Year 3 Camp – Sydney
Year 3 have just returned from their exciting overnight experience in Sydney where they visited Hyde Park Barracks, Cockatoo Island, travelled up the Parramatta River and stayed overnight at Homebush. The students had an engaging time learning about the First Fleet and the early days of the British Settlement in Australia as well as Aboriginal perspectives around colonisation.
I extend my thanks to Mrs Boyd, Mrs Smith, Mr Cantor, Mrs Molloy and Mr Oates for their efforts in making this camp run so smoothly. Well done to all of our Year 3 students who were engaged and active learners throughout the camp experience and magnificent representatives of our school.
Parent – Teacher Interviews
All parents should have received their children’s report prior to the holidays. Whilst reports are an accurate record of performance they are not the most comprehensive way of communicating detailed information to families. It is for this reason that I would encourage every family to attend Parent/Teacher Interviews. Parent/Teacher Interviews are being held on Monday, 1 August and Monday, 8 August.
Interviews for 1B will be held on Monday, 8 August and Tuesday, 9 August along with the OC. We will hold interviews for KD and 4S later in the term once Mrs Hancock and Mrs Sharpe commence.
Please ensure that you have booked appointment times to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher through Parent Lounge as soon as possible. As bookings close for the first round of interviews tonight at 6pm. They will reopen next Tuesday for second round of interviews on 8 August.
Please remember that whilst these formal interviews give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher, you are most welcome, and encouraged, to speak with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.
Congratulations to Ashley Pernecker of Year 5 on her selection to represent the school and NSW CIS at the PSSA Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek last Friday. We are really proud of the conscientious way that Ashley has applied herself to her training and to achieving her goals. She ran an excellent race on the day, finishing 7th and being selected as second reserve for the Nationals - we are extremely proud to have her representing Lakes Grammar at this level.
Lakes Grammar Habits
Well done to the boys and girls for embracing our Lakes Grammar Habits of the Week.
Coming up we are looking at ‘Imagine and explore possibilities’ in Week 3 and ‘Gentleness’ in Week 4.
Week 1 – Lakes Grammar Habit of Asking the Right Questions
Abigail Whelan, Carter Thomas, Tahlia Allen, Joshua Barrie, Malachi Bennett, Finlay Stewart, Lara Kinder, Zain Robards, Jack Brander, Brooke Shorten.
Week 2 – Lakes Grammar Habit of Compassion
Gemma Rooke, Donald May, Grace Crumbley, Keira Rodrick, Aaron Schultz, Molly Blackshaw, Ella Palmer, Abbie Young, Zoe Cranston, Kiarna Elliott.
JUNIOR SCHOOL WELLBEING
Aboriginal Animations KidsMatter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource portal has released a series of animations promoting the social and emotional learning of Aboriginal children. Each animation provides a story that highlights key messages about the day-to-day caring of Aboriginal children’s wellbeing by parents, families and communities.
Australian children, parents and guardians have a place to report serious online bullying following the official launch of the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner last year. The office has established a cyberbullying complaints system, backed by legislation, to quickly remove online material that is harmful to children from social media sites.
The Centre for Emotional Health Clinic is a centre of excellence aimed at furthering the understanding of emotional disorders and improving methods of treatment for young people. The centre also provides fact sheets for parents and teachers to access via their website.
Welcome back – Term 3 Term 3 is always a fun and exciting time in the JS Library. This term we celebrate Book Week which highlights quality Australian authors and literature. Students in K-6 Library lessons, will be looking at the 2016 CBCA shortlisted books in detail and conducting discussions and activities based on the books including the creation of book reviews, book trailers and digital stories. The theme this year is: Australia: Story Country.
For your diary, there are many upcoming events this term for your diaries to help celebrate Book week including:
Joel Howlett Magic Show “World of Books” (K-6) – 8 August
Scholastic Book Fair (K-6) – 22-25 August inclusive (Book Week)
Book Parade (K-6) – Friday, 26 August students come dressed as your favourite book character and attend the bi-annual parade at 2pm in the Main Courtyard. More details will be sent home soon.
“Fair Dinkum” CBCA 2016 Musical (K-1 only) – Monday, 29 August in the Main Courtyard
So as you can see, a jam packed month in August!
Premier's Reading Challenge 2016
A reminder that PRC 2016 completed forms need to be sent to Mrs Tennant in the JS Library by 19 August in order to be finalised for the certificates from the Premier at the end of the year.
Please continue to send any overdue books back to the library from notices sent out at the end of last term.
Junior School Teacher Librarian
SCHOOLS PLANT A TREE DAY
Our school will once again be planting a number of native shrubs and plants in our school grounds after lunch on Friday, 29 July. One student from each class will be asked to participate in this important environmental and sustainable project. Don’t forget to get involved in your local community this Sunday, 31 July for National Tree Planting Day as well.
Mr Summers(Green Team)
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
COGNITO DESIGN TEAM WIN THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Thanks to the votes of the Lakes Grammar community, the bus shelter concept designed by the Cognito Design team won the ‘People’s Choice’ award in the CAPS competition ran by University of Sydney and NSW State Government. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank all those who ‘Liked’ or shared the Cognito You Tube video, or shared the voting ink via social media. It was a fitting conclusion to what has been a highly rewarding project for the students. The design team are very appreciative for all the support they have received throughout Semester 1 and are looking to embark on a new challenge, in the near future.
Senior School Teacher
A reminder to students to return books borrowed before the holidays as soon as possible, as these books are now overdue.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
The date for finalising PRC entries in the Senior School is Friday, 12 August, so that students’ Reading Logs can be validated, and certificates awarded. Please see me in the Senior School Library to let me know where you are up to with this.
Senior School Teacher Librarian
Welcome back, I hope everyone found some time to rest and recuperate during the holiday break. It is great to see the renewed enthusiasm that a restful break can bring to our students. This term has started with the excitement of adding another traditional style ‘wet’ science lab as well as a new ‘dry’ lab to our buildings. We now have 3 ‘wet’ labs (A2, A3 and G1) and G2 as a ‘dry’ lab. This has enabled every Science class from Years 7 to 12 to be located in a lab for either every science lesson or all but 1 lesson each cycle. The provision of these quality facilities helps us to continue to provide plenty of experimental instruction and experiences for our students as Science is definitely a subject best understood when approached in a ‘hands on’ manner.
The first event for this term will be the Science and Engineering Challenge and is open to selected students across Stage 5. The date for this challenge is 5 August and those students invited to represent Lakes have already received a letter of invitation. I look forward to another fun day during which our students represent Lakes well, solving their given problem(s) with enthusiasm and skill.
This term we celebrate Science Week from 13 – 21 August with a variety of activities open to students across the school. One of these is the Science and Technology Challenge. This event will take place on Friday, 19 August and is open to all Year 8 students as well as some specially invited students from Years 6 and 7. More information about this challenge will be provided closer to the day.
STEM will continue to run on Tuesdays at lunchtime throughout this term and this term will see students working on bigger projects that will hopefully lead to entries in a National Poster Competition being run by Newcastle University.
Good luck to all our Year 12 Science students as they commence their Trial HSC Examinations next week. I am sure they are all busily studying by attempting past examination papers. Don’t forget to encourage them to show their attempts to their class teacher for feedback and further advice on how to refine their answers.
Finally, I would like to thank all those parents who took the time to come and discuss the progress of your child with our Science teachers at Parent/Teacher interviews this week. We look forward to the next round of Parent/Teacher interviews next week. Don’t forget a quick email at any time throughout the year to your child’s class teacher may help answer any questions you have regarding their progress in Science.
Welcome to Term 3 which will be a busy term for Year 12 students. The University Application Guides have been distributed to all Year 12 students. If you did not receive one please come and see Mrs James.
In Week 6 after examinations, Year 12 will be having an information session on their university applications and how to apply. They will also get information on the various schemes and options available to them.
Year 10 Career interviews will conclude this term. Students will be choosing their subjects for their senior years later this term.
All students in Years 9 to 12 should make sure they are registered on lakesgrammarcareers.com (student area). There is also a Parents area that will give you valuable information. The site contains valuable information from University Open days (which will all be happening over the next few months) to Job vacancies. The site has great career information and is worth exploring.
Mrs James Careers Adviser
WHOLE SCHOOL Equestrian Congratulations to Ellie Rudder for her excellent performance at the EA NSW Interschool Championships last month. Ellie placed 3rd overall in the Primary School Show Hunter Division. Ellie is now being considered as a competitor for the EA National Interschool Championship in September. We wish Ellie all the best. There are several Interschool events coming up the next few months. If you are interested in competing at an Equestrian Interschool event, please contact myself or Ms Mellare in the Senior School.
Claudia Fuerschke also represented Lakes Grammar at State Interschool Championships in Sydney. She competed at Prelim EvA95cm on her horse Kalbradia Park Montego Bay. She had a great dressage test, one rail in Showjumping and went clear in the cross country. She had an amazing result placing Top 10 in the State, placing 8th overall. This was a fantastic result, as there was a very strong field of over 30 riders from all over the state competing. Claudia and her horse Monte, also competed the following day in Combined Training and placed 13th overall EvA 95cm, again in a large field of over 35 riders. A fantastic result for Lakes Grammar.
Thank you for all those who have returned their notes for those representing Lakes at the upcoming HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale. Please return notes ASAP if they are still outstanding.
We wish the team luck in the upcoming competition.
Lachlan and Austin Murray
Once again, congratulations to Lachlan and Austin Murray who recently won the Inter District Tennis competition against The Entrance. Well done boys!
Abbi Davies and Ashley Inwood
Congratulations to Abbi Davies and Ashley Inwood who recently competed at the Tamworth Country Cup Gymnastics over the school holidays. Ashley competed at NDP level 4 and achieved 6th place on bars and 6th place on floor. Their team came 6th overall out of 15 teams.
Coming up in Term 3:
30/8 – HRIS Soccer and Netball Gala Day (notes will go home shortly)
(K-6 Primary Assistant Sports Co-ordinator)
HRIS Secondary Athletics
Our school team competed in the HRIS DIVISION 1 Athletics Championships on Tuesday, 6 July. All students in attendance represented our school with pride and encouraged and supported each other admirably. There were some wonderful individual results on the day which will be published at a later date. Some notable performances were: Bethany Kranendonk, Jackson Barnes, Nicholas Bignall, Hayden Kendall, Jezebel Navusolo, Claudia Martin, Tiah Vale, Jeremy Beale (13 Boys age Champion), Eric Weber, Ben McKechnie, Madeline James and Han Cox to name a few. Sorry if I have forgotten anyone. A big thank you to all competitors for their efforts.
Hunter Schools Netball Cup
Thursday, 28 July our Year 7 and 8 girls competed in the Hunter Schools netball cup. Results will be published soon.
All Schools Touch Football Championships
Jack Riches will compete in the NSW CIS touch football team in the upcoming All Schools championships against the best under 15s touch footballers from around NSW. We wish him best of luck.
HRIS Football Gala Day
Our 15s boys and girls football teams will compete in the HRIS Football Gala Day on Tuesday, 2 August. Both teams have been training hard and we wish them well on the day.
Upcoming School Team Trials
Rugby League 7s
(Senior School Sports Co-ordinator)
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