Week 6, Term 2 2018



Bishop Peter’s visit   

Last Thursday Bishop Peter Stuart spent the day at Lakes. He visited some classrooms in both the Junior and Senior Schools. Bishop Peter particularly enjoyed sitting on the floor with the children in one of the Kindergarten classes while they heard a story. He attended the two Senior School Chapels and the Years 3-6 Chapel. He was interviewed by students in each of the chapel services. When asked in the 10-12 service what words he would like to leave with the students, Bishop Peter said, “Be kind”. That pretty much sums up many of the virtues we try to cultivate in our students. Imagine what a world it would be if people simply were kind to one another.

Athletics Carnivals    

It was good to see the College spirit evident in the carnivals last week. As well, the students were co-operative and supportive of their fellow students and competitors. Congratulations to Lightfoot who won the Junior School Athletics Carnival for the 5th year in a row and to Ridley who won the Senior Carnival for the first time in 10 years. Remember that the College Cup, which is awarded at Speech Day, does not depend only on carnival points. Students who receive merit cards and log them in the Awards Program, contribute points to the College Cup too.

Year 7 visit to the Cathedral  

Next Wednesday our Year 7 students will join with those from the other three Anglican Schools in the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation, at Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle. This is a day on which, annually, we celebrate our identity as Anglican schools and our corporate identity as a group of Anglican schools. This is an important day and I expect all Year 7 students to attend.

Discipline and student outcomes

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald last week reported on the findings of an international study that related student learning outcomes and school discipline. Unsurprisingly, the research found a correlation between good discipline in classrooms and better outcomes. In the newest study, "School discipline, school uniforms and academic performance", published in the International Journal of Educational Management, the researchers crunched OECD data on classroom discipline, finding that strict, high-discipline countries were the highest performing countries academically. They also found uniforms correlate with better discipline in the classroom….. "The argument does not mean that we have to be super strict, of course we have to care for our students and have a loving approach," said professor Baumann, "but it does seem that discipline has been overlooked a bit." At Lakes Grammar we aim for that balance between good discipline and loving, caring relationships between teachers and students. Notice also that school uniforms correlated with better discipline in classrooms. A well-disciplined, orderly school environment and a firm uniform policy are two of the things that attract parents to Lakes Grammar. We thank parents for their support of these policies with their children at home, for the good of the whole school.

Mr Michael Hannah




P&F Lamington Drive

The P&F are holding a Lamington Drive Fundraiser in Term 2, through Thompson’s Pies.

On offer are Cream Lamingtons and Plain Lamingtons in both 6 and 12 packs, Brownie Slice, Apple Pie and Caramel Tart 6 packs.

Orders can be made online via Flexischools OR by completing and returning the order form attached, with exact payment to either the Senior or Junior School canteens by Friday, 15 June.

Goodies will be freshly made and ready for collection on Tuesday, 26 June. Junior order collection from the Junior School breezeway and Senior orders from the Senior School canteen.

Year 10/12 Careers Day

Friday, 22 June - School Hall

21 external exhibitors attending plus group interview sessions, resumé writing sessions and My Career Match sessions.

Subject Selection Night – Yr 10 into 11

On Monday, 18 June at 7pm, we will be holding an information evening for all Year 10 parents and students to provide information about the HSC and subject selection for Year 11 and 12. At the evening we will go through HSC requirements, and the subject selection process that starts at the end of this term. Mr Campbell will also give some information regarding careers and Mrs MacLarty will be there to assist with other study options in Year 11, such as the Trade Training Consortium and Tafe delivered courses. Please mark this important date for your diaries.

Subject Selection – Yr 8 into 9

Subject selection for Yr 8 will be handed out in booklet form during the middle of next term.

Procrastination Study – 16 to 18 year olds

Does your child simply get on with their work, or do they procrastinate? One of our school counsellors, Mrs Amanda Wishart is currently writing a thesis through Macquarie University on this fascinating topic and would like your child’s help! To assist, if your child is between 16 and 18, they can simply enter the link on the attached information sheet and take the 15 minute  survey. 

If you are interested in participating you can access the study by clicking here or you can copy and paste the following link into your web browser;



Matt’s Mutterings

This time last year I was in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Ironically on arrival the temperature was cooler than our temperatures here this week.  Summer there was a day of 11 degrees maximum.  My emotions this week have been heightened as I reflect on what was an extraordinary few weeks in my life.  Going to places where heroes of the Christian faith have walked and lived has affected me beyond what I ever imagined.  Places like St Andrew’s Cathedral ruins that look across the wild North Sea or the Rosslyn Chapel made famous by the Da Vinci Code get under your skin as though the buildings are alive themselves.  I even had the joy of discovering that the Rosslyn Chapel is also known as St. Matthews!

As I have looked back at the photos from my trip away I have recalled some of the people I met and the stories of others from times past who shaped their lives in much simpler ways.  Maybe your life is like mine and overstuffed with busyness that can erode away simplicity and replace it with the tyranny of the immediate.  The Scotland photos have reminded me this week to savour those precious moments with family, with friends and with those whom God brings into our lives ever so briefly to offer us the gift of themselves.  A year has passed and it seems like yesterday…what water has gone under the bridge of life unnoticed?  Where have I not been fully present as someone shares with me their story?  Big questions this week!

For each of us we will have different memory making experiences that shape who we are.  It is as our stories collide with each other that we can be deeply enriched.  We can’t remain on the mountaintop of that experience as much as we might want to but in sharing together we create a rich tapestry of support and nurture.  Our collective stories shape our community and when we allow God’s story to collide with ours we are changed forever.  My prayer for you is that you may see where your story and God’s are already intertwined in this fabric we call life. 

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(Standing outside the Larachmhor Tavern in a little harbour-side village called Pittenweem in Scotland.  St. Andrews is just up the road a bit.  The seafood platter for two was amazing)

Bless ya!



Junior School admin office will be open 9am to 12pm the first week and closed the second & third week. 


A recent P&F meeting highlighted an issue with the parent park traffic flow to the Junior School in the afternoons, where a small number of parents are starting to park outside the hall in the afternoon. We have looked at this and can see that does indeed cause problems, sometimes causing the JS line to extend past that gate. To assist, we have ordered “No Standing” signs, preventing parking from 2:30 to 3:30pm. In the meantime, we would ask that you do not park in this location, and use the designated pickup area.



Junior School Athletics Carnival

Well done to all of the boys and girls from Years 2 – 6 who competed with such a spirit of enjoyment and enthusiasm at the Junior School Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, 29 May. It was so lovely to be a part of all of the different events and to see the smiles on all of the children’s faces and to hear their happy remarks! Congratulations also to students who have been selected to represent Lakes Grammar at the HRIS Athletics Carnival.

The carnival had a wonderful atmosphere and it was pleasing to see students, staff members and parents all working together to ensure that the day was a success. The K -1 mini-Carnival held in the afternoon at school was also a wonderful occasion and we are very thankful for the large number of parents and families who came to support and encourage our younger students. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the efforts and thank Mr Cantor who organised the carnival and worked tirelessly to ensure its success, along with Mrs Shepherd, Mr Beecroft and Mr Summers. Well done Mr Cantor!

da Vinci Decathlon

Congratulations to our team of Year 6 students who participated in the State da Vinci Decathlon championships at Knox Grammar on Thursday, 24 May. The da Vinci Decathlon is a series of challenges in which teams of eight from a range of schools compete in English, Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge and Logical Thinking for gifted and talented students. Our Year 6 team progressed through to the state championships at Knox Grammar following their win at the regional championships at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College in Term 1. A huge well done to our boys and girls who attended and gave a great effort on the day and were wonderful representatives of our school – Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Jaydee Lourens, Tahlia Moore, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Boyd Rumbel, Noah Simon, Rohith Srinivas, Nathan Wilson.

Trinity College Examinations

Congratulations to our students who recently sat their Trinity College of London Drama Examinations - Noah and Giselle Simon received 87% and Tahlia and Briella Moore received a huge 94%! They also scored full marks on one of their pieces.

Church Service

On Sunday, June 17, all students in Years 3 - 6 will join together for an exciting Family Chapel Service at Lakes Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, Kanwal, commencing at 9.30am. Please arrive to be seated by 9.15am. I do look forward to seeing you all there for this enjoyable occasion.

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 7: Distilling our learning – identifying the essentials and building on these.

Week 8: Understanding.

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of planning my learning and improvement:

Daniel F, Marcus C, Grayson K, Sophia L, Declan J, Oliver P, Clover H, Ethan C, Chloe M, Thomas S, Isla Y, Kaidyn H, Tahlia A, Josef A, Isabella K, Tess M, Isaac D, Tahlia M.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of using manners:

Jessica O, Charlotte W, Ivy H, Tom M, Riley A, Bentley F, Jett W, Lexi R, Ryder O, Mason V, William T, Abigail W, Milla H, Luke B, Ben S, Diesel V, Jett R, Alyssa D. 

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge

We now have over 130 students registered for the PRC 2018…a massive effort so far.

Students who complete the 2018 PRC in Semester One will also receive an Early Finisher’s Certificate and name tag. We already have 36 students who have completed it to date.

Also, don’t forget to refer to our home page:

and JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information!

IPSHA Travelling Art Show

IPSHA Travelling Art Show is once again up in the Junior School Library. These are excellent artworks from all over the Sydney Independent School region. Come and have a look during Junior School Library opening hours! 

Coming Up In Term 3:

Friday, 3 August – K-6 Book Parade (please note in your diaries…notes to go home shortly)

Friday, 10 August – Years 3-6 Author Visit (Deb Abela)

Friday, 17 August – Thursday, 23 August – Book Week / Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, 29 August –  K-2 Perform Education Production (2018 Treasure Hunt)

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



1st Place School Interschool Chess Challenge- Primary Division

 What an exciting day! Lakes Grammar Junior Chess players were named 1st Place School at the qualifying heats for the Interschool Chess Challenge. The students were playing at St Edward’s College at East Gosford on Tuesday, 5 June.

There was fierce competition between both schools and players. The highlight of the day was 6 year old Marcus Wells from 1R who placed first overall in the competition. Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage from 6OC was placed second overall.

Congratulations to all our competitors for being so enthusiastic and such good sports on the day. Thank you to all the parents who attended and supported our students.

Mrs Louise Rush

Primary Chess Coordinator



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Athletics Carnival

A wonderful day was had by all at our annual Athletics Carnival at Warnervale oval last Tuesday. God provided us with a glorious day and students were outstanding in their behaviour and sportsmanship. A big thank you to Mr Cantor, Mrs Shepherd and Mr Beecroft who helped with the organisation and running of the carnival.

Those students who have made the Lakes Grammar team to compete at the HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale next term will be announced shortly.  

Age Champions / Winners on the day were:

7 Years Girls    Marley Hall

7 Years Boys    Keshav Panicker

8 Years Girls    Ashlyn Hanson

8 Years Boys    Marlon Buckland

9 Years Girls    Addison Kowaliw

9 Years Boys    Zac Barton

10 Years Girls  Hannah Ruzicka

10 Years Boys  Josef Aad

11 Years Girls  Carly Chapman

11 Years Boys  Quinn Flower

12-13 Years Girls   Ashley Gee

12-13 Years Boys   Brendan Couzens

Open Girls Champion   Carly Chapman

Open Boys Champion   Lachlan Jeffery

Winning College was Lightfoot

HRIS Basketball Gala Day

On Tuesday, our Year 5/6 Boys basketball team travelled to Newcastle to compete in the HRIS Basketball Gala Day. The team consisted of: Nathan Wilson, Yalkin Shevket, Jake Freeman, Cooper Fugle, Wil Klein-Schiphorst, Tom Lamphee, Lawson Lao, Owen Guidaitis and Quinn Flower.

Thank you Mr Lawson for coaching the boys. We wish them well.

AFL – Paul Kelly Cup

Year 5/6 boys have been training hard for the AFL Paul Kelly Cup early next term. The team consists of: Nathan Wilson, Yalkin Shevket, Ryan Wenger, Tom Lamphee, Harrison Cross, Mitchell Pernecker, Jake Freeman, James Pullin and Tyler Hawkins. The team really needs 2 more Year 5/6 players.

If you are interested, please see Mr Lawson.

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, lace-up joggers (that support the ankles). Joggers of a solid colour other than white, canvas shoes, skate shoes and bright fluro (other than a small amount of striping) are not permitted. 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 and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:

Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.

Coming Up in Term 2 2018:

  • CIS Cross Country – Thursday, 14 June

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


School Athletics Carnival

The Senior School Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday, 30 May at Warnervale Oval. A great day was had by all. Results have been posted on the school sports notice board.

Age champions:

12 years – Jasmine Haydon and Raphael Dunn

13 years – Finlay Stewart and Connor Rooke

14 years – Ashley Pernecker and Ryan Bentley

15 years – Tiah Vale and Jeremy Beale

16 years – Jezebel Navusolo and Hayden Cody

17 years – Ebony Bright and Benjamin McKechnie

18 years – Camryn Kendall and Eric Webber

Open 100m Sprint winners – Jezebel Navusolo and Han Cox

Individual Records:

Jeremy Beale Boys 15 800 Meter Run (2:24.34)

Elizabeth Dark Girls 17 High Jump (1.41m)

Ashley Pernecker Girls 14 800 Meter Run (2:35.52)

Charlotte Akhurst Girls 16 800 Meter Run (3:02.06)

Connor Rooke Boys 13 Shot Put (11.37m)

Izaac Hucker Boys 16 High Jump (1.64m)

Benjamin McKechnie Boys 17 High Jump (1.64m)

Anna McKechnie Girls 14 Long Jump (4.96m)

Jezebel Navusolo Girls 16 Shot Put (8.47m)

Elizabeth Dark Girls 17 Shot Put (8.86m)

Jezebel Navusolo Girls 16 100 Meter Run (12.78)

Connor Rooke Boys 13 Discus Throw (27.37m)

Liam Hambrook Boys 14 Long Jump (4.86m)

Jeremy BealeBoys 15 High Jump (1.55m)

Nicholas Bignall, Boys 16 Shot Put (13.29m)

Anna McKechnie Girls 14 High Jump (1.45m)

Ashley Pernecker, Girls 14 400 Meter Run (1:06)

Nicholas Bignall, Boys 16 Discus Throw (38.41m)

Brock Turnbull, Boys 15 200 Meter Run (25.93)

Jezebel Navusolo, Girls 16 Long Jump (5.13m)

Jezebel Navusolo, Girls 16 200 Meter Run (27.62)

Bailey Allen, Boys 17 Javelin Throw (28.73m)

Camryn Kendall, Girls 18+ Javelin Throw (21.68m)

Ashley Pernecker, Girls 12-14 1500 Meter Run (5:13.26)

Jezebel Navusolo, Girls 15-16 Triple Jump (10.94m)

Relay Records:

Lightfoot - 'A' Boys 16+ 4x100 Meter Relay (51.52)

Tyrrell - 'A' Boys 16+ 4x100 Meter Relay (51.80)

Cranmer - 'A' Girls 16+ 4x100 Meter Relay (58.74)

College Champion:

1st Ridley – 2710 points

2nd Cranmer – 2662 points

3rd Lightfoot – 2510 points

4th Tyrrell – 2319 points

Bill Turner Cup and Trophy

Our boys team plays St Edwards Catholic College in Round 3 of this competition on Friday, 8 June at Hamlyn Terrace Oval.

Schools Netball Cup

Our girls 14’s and 16’s netball teams played in the Central Coast Schools Netball Cup on Friday, 1 June.  A good day was had by all and both our teams were competitive against some tough opposition.

School Sporting Teams

  • Boys basketball training has commenced with 15’s training happening on Monday lunch times and Opens training on Thursday lunch times. Open Boys team will play in the HRIS Secondary Basketball Gala Day on Tuesday, 26 June and 15’s will play on Wednesday, 15 August.
  • Girls Basketball Training will commence shortly, and any interested girls should go and talk with Ms Newton.
  • Junior Boys and Girls Football teams will compete in the HRIS Gala Day on Tuesday, 19 June.

School Team Trials:

Oz tag and Rugby League Trials will be held soon.

Student achievements

  • Four of our students competed in the AICES Cross Country Championships on Tuesday, 5 May. All ran very well. Olivia Glanville finished 32nd in the 17 girls, Raphael Dunn finished 21st in the 12 year old boys, Ashley Pernecker finished 4th in the 14 year old girls, and Charlotte Akhurst finished 4th in the 16 year old girls. Both Ashley and Charlotte will now go onto compete in the NSW CIS Championships on Thursday, 14 June. We wish them the best of luck.
  • Three of our gymnasts Edan Shorten, Claudia Martin and Abbie Davies are competing in the NSW Combined Christian Schools Championships on Thursday, 7 June. We wish them the best of luck.
  • Jack Riches and Olivia Glanville have both been selected in AICES Touch Football teams which will compete in the NSW CIS Touch Football Gala Day on Tuesday, 12 June. Best wishes to Jack and Olivia.

Other Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, 12 June NSWCIS Touch Football
  • Thursday, 14 June – CIS Cross Country
  • Tuesday, 19 June – HRIS 15’s Football Gala Day
  • Tuesday, 26 June – HRIS Open Basketball Gala Day

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)

Edan Shorten recently competed at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne at Hisense Arena.  On the first day of competition Edan was a member of the NSW team who placed fourth behind very strong Queensland and Victorian teams and a resurgent Western Australian team.  Edan’s scores qualified her for the individual competition a few days later.  In the 16 and under age group in level 10 Edan achieved a 5th on bars and 10th on beam to have her place 10th overall.  Congratulations Edan on your super effort.

Ellie Rudder competed in the Northern NSW Hack Championships and won the Championship. Also last weekend Ellie competed at the Sydney International Cup Shooting Championships where she was Junior Pistol Champion, we wish her luck next week again for the National Pistol Championships.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator


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