Week 8, Term 2 2016



This is the final newsletter for Term 2. I hope you have enjoyed the new format – we feel it is a much better look and much easier to navigate and find the information you need.

Year 10 will be on Work Experience next week. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a career interest. After the Careers Day and work experience our students should be much better equipped to make decisions about their future pathways. Many students also completed an online vocational assessment. Mrs Cathy James, our Careers Adviser, is in the process of interviewing those students. Many thanks to Mrs James for her guidance of our students through this important planning for their future.

HSC Study Guide

The 2016 HSC Study Guide will be published in the Sydney Morning Herald and online next week, on Monday 20 June. The guide is a joint project with the Board of Studies (BOSTES) . It is a valuable resource for students, teachers and parents covering a wide range of HSC subjects. It contains:

  • study advice
  • oral, performance and written exam advice
  • tips for finalising submitted works
  • videos

Contributors include BOSTES curriculum inspectors, experienced HSC teachers and markers, past HSC students and parents.

Trivia Night

The annual P&F Trivia Night is this Saturday. There has been a good response so I look forward to a great and competitive night. Funds raised on the night go to the P&F to be allocated to school projects. This year the P&F is donating $60,000 towards a major project in the Senior School to create a half basketball and half netball court on the south side of the hall. This will provide a new play space for students and remove the boggy patch that tends to stay there for a long time after rain.

Study Leave

I will be on leave for the last two weeks of the school holidays and the first 3 weeks of Term 3. I am taking a combination of Study Leave and Long Service Leave. I will be undertaking a Summer School at Harvard University for a week in July. My wife and I will visit New York, Boston/Cambridge where Harvard is located, Chicago and Montreal. Our Deputy Principal, Mr Ian Samways will be Acting Principal for the first three weeks of term.

Congratulations to….

Hayden Montgomery of Year 10, who will compete in the NSW Spearfishing Championships.

Nicholas Bignall of Year 8, who last weekend played in the NSW Under 14 Rugby Union Championships in Orange.

Holli Phillips of Year 10, who recently competed in the National Gymnastics Championships and achieved excellent placings. See the sports news for the details.

Year 6 Canberra excursion

Last week our Year 6 and OC students undertook an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. We would like to thank the Australian Government for their assistance with this program.

Michael Hannah




Sean W. Smith LIVE at Lakes Anglican - Sunday, 3 July
Sean W. Smith will be at Lakes Anglican Church for the 9:30am service. This is a great opportunity to hear this internationally recognised children and families Minister as well as one of the premier Christian songwriters for children on the planet. All are welcome for what promises to be a great morning service.

Lakes Anglican Church -  274 Wallarah Rd, Kanwal.

Junior School – End of Term Awards Assembly

Monday, 20 June - 1.30pm, School Hall  (wet weather under Junior School Cola).

Sunbeams Program for the June/July School Holidays

The Sunbeams Vacation Care Program will be running in the June/July School Holiday Program.

Click here for a full list activities and a registration form. 

Please contact Margaret Ballam on 0408 725439 for further enquiries.



Matt’s Mutterings
Over the last little while our family have managed to sit down together and watch Master Chef.  It’s not every night, but a few times a week.  We watch as people pour their heart and soul into their creations or work under pressure to create a renowned chef’s amazing dish.  The contestants are driven by a desire to learn, grow and one day be like those they cook for.  Each contestant shares what cooking means for them and what it would mean to no longer be a teacher, pharmacy assistant or pilot and to simply be able to create beautiful dishes for others’ gastronomic satisfaction. 

I am reminded as we watch this show together, that when I was about 10 years old, I too wanted to be a chef.  I don’t remember where this came from…perhaps it was from watching those short Peter Russell-Clarke shows on TV as a kid.  Somewhere along the way this dream slipped away to be replaced by other dreams about who I might become.  Now I don’t want to drop everything and become a chef, but watching this show has been a vehicle for us as a family to talk about what life was like when we were kids and what we wanted to do when we grew up.  It has for our kids, it seems, tapped into that existential question that asks, “What is my purpose in this world?”

Jesus often challenged people about their purpose.  For his disciples who were from all walks of life he said, “Follow me!”  And they did, whether they were fishermen, tax collectors or rich widows.  To the Jewish law makers he challenged their integrity and confronted their power mongering.  Jesus caused people to question their purpose in this world and see if it lined up with God’s purpose for them.  It was then up to them as to how they responded.   This is no different today.  How will you respond to God’s purpose on your life?  If you want to talk about life and God’s purposes then please feel free to contact Pete or myself at school…we would love to hear from you and chew the fat.  Also, if you do watch Master Chef, then be warned, it can make you very hungry when watching.

Bless ya





Well done to the boys and girls for embracing our Lakes Grammar Habits of the Week. Coming up we are looking at ‘Monitoring and revising my learning’ in Week 9. Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Planning for my learning and my improvement in Week 5:

Georgina Sleeman, Keshav Panicker, Amy Williamson, Matilda Fallon, Kane McLeod, Nate Weary, Harsameep Kaur, Hamilton Dobson, Abigail Brown, Abbey Yeomans, Cooper Herlings, Jack Tough, Blake Smith, Ethan Eshman, Georgia Wysman, Sebastian Araneta.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Manners in Week 6:

Tyler Moore, Clover Harrison, Ashton Healey, Ryan Jones, Emerson Smith, Arowyn Sauzier, Ava McLeod, Lara Bowly, Isabella Matri, Daniel Palibino, Ellie Brander, Noah Simon, Jaxon Morales-Goncalves, Kiara Clifford, Jack Brander, Alex Voigt.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Distilling in Week 7:

Tyler Moore, Malakai Cribb, Phoebe Lyle, Fletcher Pigot-Irving, Josie Bogle, Claire Hennessy, Dexter Rodak, Mitchell Curry, Ella Beasley, Daniel Foreman, Bethany Berton, Rihana Gosselin, Hayden Brander, Hannah Robson, Charlie Olivieri, Riley Simpson.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Service in Week 8:

Ashlyn Hanson, Madison Koen, Keanu Lourens, Lauryn Hayhurst, Olyver Hokin, Kane McLeod, Hannah Ruzicka, Isaac Hobbs, Yalkin Shevket, Alyce Hokin, Daniel Palibino, Mackensie Roffey, Achelia Shevket, Sam Cook, Abbie Young, Cameron Stanfield.

Congratulations to all of our students who have represented Lakes Grammar proudly at the first HRIS Public Speaking Competition, held at St Phillip’s Christian College Cessnock on Wednesday, 15 June.  The public speaking categories included Bible Reading, Impromptu Reading, Prepared Speech and Poetry.

Well done to all of the students who prepared a speech to be involved in this opportunity as well as to our school representatives:

Bible Reading: Jake Richards, Jaydee Lourens, Cameron Taragel, Ellen Champley.

Impromptu Reading: Ella Williams, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Tia Palu, Wil Anderson (2nd place)

Prepared Speech: Phoebe Talbut, Noah Simon, Liam Lightfoot (1st place), Eden Smith (2nd place)

Poetry: Tatiana Prica-Chamberlain, Boyd Rumbel (Highly Commended), Sam Cook (Highly Commended), Emily Moore.

Trinity College London Speech and Drama

It is exciting that over fifty of our Junior School students have taken up the opportunity to study the Trinity College London Speech and Drama training and qualifications or to participate in Drama Club next term.

The Trinity College program enables students to study drama and speech, narrative, prose and poetry, solo monologues, dialogues, mime and movement, vocal skills, choral speaking, interpreting and performing script, devising and Shakespeare.

Lakes Grammar is the first school on the Central Coast to offer this opportunity which places us alongside a number of leading Independent schools across New South Wales.

Students are able to participate in a range of opportunities on offer for drama and performing arts either through formal study of the Trinity College London syllabus in either individual or through group tuition, similar to private music lessons already on offer at the school or by participating in Drama Club, which will run for an hour after school each week.

You are welcome to be in contact with the School if you would like your child to enrol in one of these programs.



The service is this Sunday starting at 9.30am at the Lakes Anglican Church, Wallarah Rd, Kanwal. We hope to see many of our students and their families there.


Friday, 19 August - 7:00pm Opening Night

Exhibition dates - Saturday 20 August – Tuesday 23 August, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Gosford Regional Art Gallery

Featuring Artworks from Years 7-12 students



What a busy two weeks our Equestrian team has had. Alyvia Slade, Jasmine Haydon and Ellie Rudder competed at Cessnock Horse Sports on 10 June with great success. Alyvia and Ellie both won classes in the morning’s ring events and Alyvia went on to win a placing in each ring event. Jasmine was very successful in the sporting events, winning and placing in each afternoon sporting event. Scone Grammar Horse Sports was held on the 14 June and Alyvia and Jasmine again represented Lakes admirably. Both girls won placings during the day and were a credit to Lakes with their sportsmanship and determination.

Two of our Senior School students competed at the North West Equestrian Expo at Coonabarabran at the beginning of June. It was a cold and rainy event, but Maddy Small and Claudia Fuerschke both rode very well.

In the coming weeks we have students representing Lakes at the EA NSW Championships. We wish them all the best.

To view the full list of 2016 Equestrian events click here.



We wish all our HRIS team members competing in the CIS X Country at Eastern Creek this week the best of luck.

Results for this event will appear in the next fortnightly Newsletter.


Sports for Tuesday sport will go live this week (Thursday). Please see Mr Cantor if you have any questions.


Congratulations to Carter Thompson in 3C who recently competed at the NSW State Championships in Motocross. He came 2nd overall which is a fantastic effort! Well done Carter.


Congratulations to Scarlett Kurki, Ashley Inwood and Abbi Davies who recently competed at the CSSA Gymnastics Competition. A wonderful effort by the girls. Results included:

  • Scarlett – competed at level 3 (1st on bars, 3rd on vault)
  • Ashley – competed at level 4 (1st on beam, 1st on vault, 3rd on floor)

Ashley came 3rd overall while Abbi came 2nd overall. Congratulations to all girls on an outstanding effort!


11/8 – HRIS Athletics Carnival – Glendale

Mr D. Summers

(K-6 Primary Assistant Sports Co-ordinator)



Congratulations to the following girls who represented Lakes Grammar at last week’s AICES and HRIS netball gala day. They were great team players and displayed some fantastic netball skills. Our senior team qualified for the finals at HRIS but were defeated by 2 goals. We would like to congratulate the teams on how hard they tried and how well they played. Great job girls!

Opens team:
Sabrina Cody, Madison Baldwin, Jacinta Clark, Olivia Glanville, Aimee-Jane Strawbridge, Evie Delaney, Alanah Smedley, Aimee Butcher, Samantha Livingstone and Anna Voigt

15's and under team:
Caitlyn De Shannon, Caitlyn Park, Hannah Eadie, Heidi Green, Skye Collier, Charlotte Akhurst, Ellie Dark, Mackenzie Jolly, Emily Riches and Eloise Cliff.

Congratulations also to our Year 7 team who played on the HRIS gala day and displayed great sportsmanship. Well done to: Chloe Theakstone, Keely Bogle, Maddison Harlow, Anna McKechnie, Mackenzie Kyle, Jade Banks, Lorin Jeffrey and Paige Hutcherson.


Students who finished 1st or 2nd in their events at the school athletics carnival have been selected to represent Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School at the HRIS Athletics Championships next term on 26 July. Students have recently been given a permission note which outlines which events they have been selected in. Could I please ask that all permission notes are in as soon as possible? It is a fantastic honour to represent our school and I congratulate all students on their selection in our school team.

Full results are now up on our school sports notice board.


Akhurst, Charlotte

Barnes, Jackson

Bendeich, Oscar

Carruthers, Eliza

Duncan, Liam

Glanville, Olivia

Schultz, Portia

Small, Nyah

Congratulations to the above students who represented our school and HRIS at the AICES Cross Country Championships. They all ran very well on the day against very strong competition. Charlotte Akhurst was successful in gaining selection in the AICES team to compete in the CIS Cross Country championships. We wish her good luck.


Jack Riches and Jezebel Navusolo represented our school and AICES in the recent CIS Touch Football Championships. Jack Riches was selected in the CIS team to compete in the all schools cup and Jezebel Navusolo was selected as a shadow player. Congratulations to both of these students.

Students who would like to be considered for school touch football teams are required to pick touch football as their term 3 sport choice please.


A reminder to our 15’s football teams that training has commenced for the upcoming HRIS Gala day.

Congratulations to Han Green who was selected in the HRIS under 15’s Girls Football Team.


We have 4 teams contesting the HRIS Secondary Basketball Gala Day on Wednesday, 22 June. Junior Boys and Girls and Senior Boys and Girls. Good luck to these teams.


School Rugby League 7’s team trials will be held last week of term.


Notes have been handed out to students about selecting their sport choice for Term 3. There are a wide variety of sports to pick from and students are encouraged to pick a sport they are keen and interested in playing for the term.


In our last newsletter it was reported that Holli Phillips was competing at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.  We are pleased to report that Holli achieved a 2nd place in Trampolining, a 6th in the Double Mini Tramp and a first place result in the synchronised trampolining.  Congratulations Holli on an outstanding effort representing NSW.

Recently Claudia Martin of Year 8 and Edan Shorten of Year 7 competed at the CSSA Gymnastics championships as our senior school representatives.  Claudia placed 3rd on Bars, 5th on Beam and Floor and 6th on Vault giving her a 4th overall placing for the Level 7 girls.  Edan placed 3rd on vault and 1st on Bars, Beam and Floor giving her a 1st place overall for Level 8 girls.  We are very proud of how well the girls represented Lakes Grammar and congratulate them on their efforts.

Darren Beecroft
Senior School Teacher/Senior School Sports Co-ordinator



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