Our 2019 school year is in full flight now. Our Kindergarten students, all 75 of them, began their full days on Monday after their Best Start assessments last week. We have an enrolment of 911 at present, 475 in the Junior School and 436 in the Senior School.
Our new Senior School F Block is on track to be open for classes next Monday the 11th. The new Drama studio is already in use. Our Drama teacher, Miss Newton, is very excited to have this excellent new teaching space. We introduced Drama as an elective into Year 9 this year, after its successful introduction to Year 11 and 12 a couple of years ago, so the timing is perfect.
Repairs to the Library and offices in the Junior School are well under way. Painting has been completed and carpet was laid this week. We plan to move all the shelving and most of the furniture in next week. We hope the library will be back in action sometime in the week of 18 February or the following week at the latest. When the library is back in use we can start using the Music room and new STEM Centre.
The renovated Junior School toilets are back in use. The coloured partitions we ordered are not ready so temporary white ones are there at present.
I’m pleased to report that our 2018 School Captain, Savannah Jolly, attained the highest ATAR of the year group, making her the 2018 Dux of Lakes Grammar. Savannah’s ATAR was in the 90’s, as were the ATARs of some other students. Savannah will begin her studies to become a HSIE teacher later this month at Newcastle University. Our students received a wide range of course offers from several universities – Newcastle, University of New England, Macquarie, University of Canberra, UNSW, Southern Cross University and Australian Catholic University. Courses include: Primary teaching, Nursing, Economics, Law, Psychology, Medical Radiation Science, Design (Architecture), Business/Commerce, Music, Biomedical Science, IT. We congratulate our 2018 graduates and wish them the best in their studies or work.
Teens and their phones
This can be a battlefield for parents (and teachers)! Phones, tablets or laptops in bedrooms at night can be a big cause of lost sleep for teenagers, who really need lots of sleep in order to function well at school. The trials and tribulations of social media that often occur late at night or even past midnight can be a real source of stress. That’s why I recommend to parents that they remove technology from a teen’s bedroom when it’s bedtime. I have a friend who travels Australia presenting to schools and parents for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. She shared a link to an article in which a parent tells the story of her experience with her daughter’s phone use. I think it is well worth reading at the following link (there are actually many helpful posts for parents on this blog, although it is an American blog): https://www.westartnow.org/blog/2019/1/13/we-put-her-phone-to-bed-and-were-shocked-by-what-she-said
There are many resources to help parents in managing the technology aspect of their children’s lives on www.esafety.gov.au , particularly in the Parent section under Education. If you need help regarding cyber bullying, this site has some suggestions. Cyber bullying usually happens outside of school but we take it seriously and will deal with it because it always affects students at school as well. If your child does receive harassing, threatening, vilifying or other unwanted messages by any means, get them to save it by screenshot or by not deleting it, and have them bring it to Mr Johns in the Junior School or Mrs MacLarty in the Senior School.
I wish you and your children a wonderful year of learning and personal growth in 2019.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F WELCOME DISCO
THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY SCHOOL HALL
KINDY TO YEAR 2
5:00 - 6:00PM
YEARS 3 - 6
6:15 - 7:30PM
COST: Combo meal deal/disco $10 Disco only $5
ENTERTAINMENT BY LIL’RAVERS
There have been a few times in my life now where God’s good creation has blown me away. I have had the privilege of seeing some of Australia’s most remarkable landscapes and creatures up close and am in awe of where we live. During the holidays we as a family spent time in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and it is like God was just showing off. The water is so clear, the mountains so dramatic and every corner brings a new “Wow!!!!” moment. It was like we kept getting caught off guard by the sheer beauty of where we were. Here’s just one example.
On one of the days we went on an island tour and at about 8:30am we were at Hanauma Bay where we were taking pictures from the lookout of this perfect wine glass bay. People were already playing on the beach way below us and as we stood there looking out at this magnificent vista 2 humpback whales started playing at the ocean’s entrance to the bay. And they kept playing, breaching, tail slapping and shooting their spray into the air. Our guide said to us that this was a really rare sight here. We had to pick our jaws up off the ground…and that was just one of the spectacles of nature we saw that day.
For me, as a Christian, our time in Hawaii reminded me that God’s creation is good and that we as humans have the task of caring for it. For example, we were privileged enough to swim with turtles on a couple of occasions and yet there is a possibility that in as little as 40 years there may be no more sea turtles because of plastic garbage in our oceans. My prayer for us this year at Lakes is that we will have eyes to see the beauty of the creation in which we live and that we might make conscious steps to live with gratitude. I believe that if we are thankful then we are going to take better care of our environment and have more joy filled moments of awe and wonder. 2019 is going to be a great year together…welcome back!
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND WORDS
Journey of a Thousand Words is a charity that recognised the importance of reading and writing in young lives. We understand that education is a key aspect in the lives of young adults and children and is essential for everyday life.
We strongly believe that books give hope to young minds and allow them to experience positivity when such a thing may seem hard to find. For this reason, Journey of a Thousand Words is dedicated to providing books to young people living in orphanages and shelters around the world.
If you have pre-loved books that you would like to donate, please drop them into the Senior School or Junior School office for collection. Another way to get involved is to donate funds to cover the costs associated with sending the books overseas. This can be done at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/journey-of-thousand-words.
We appreciate any donations you may be able to make!
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Graduated Student of Lakes Grammar
ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHER
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Welcome to the 2019 school year in the Junior School. I do hope that all families enjoyed a relaxing Christmas and New Year holiday period together, celebrating the birth of Christ, enjoying family time, and that everyone is refreshed and ready for all that 2019 has in store! It was such a pleasure last week to welcome the smiling faces that make our school such a happy place to come each day. It is a new and exciting year as the Junior School continues to strive to achieve excellence in education, care and friendship.
We have a number of new families, including all of our new Kindergarten students, joining the Lakes Grammar Family and a very warm welcome is extended to each. Our school is such a wonderful place with which to be associated and I am certain that you have already been made to feel very welcome.
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 1: Review/introduce Habits and key expectations
Week 2: Respect fellow learners and teachers
Week 3: Prepared and organised for learning
Week 4: Commitment
Stars of the Week
Showing familiarity with our ‘Lakes Grammar Habits’
Tess M, Grace R, Grayson K, Cooper N, Flynn C, Cooper O, Ava D, April M, Lauren P, Hannah P, Cohen B, Emma L, Keira R, Isabella M, Payton F, Carly C, Chase B, Sage K.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit of Respect:
Summer N, Hugh P, Chloe L, Ethan D, Bodhi E, Hadley B, Maggie Y, Hannah P, Bentley F, Tanner H, Ryder O, Jett W, Emma B, Abigail W, Kaidyn H, Grace C, Indianna L, Zeb C, Zack B, Lawson L, Joseph A.
Junior School Leaders 2019
It has been a pleasure to have begun working with an enthusiastic and keen group of Junior School Leaders in 2019 and for them to officially take office following our Induction Assembly and Chapel on Thursday. We are looking forward to attending a Student Leadership Day later in the month to continue 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. Their involvement at the Junior School Swimming Carnival and around the school has been very much appreciated already!
Our 2019 Junior School Leaders are:
Junior School Leaders: Ella Burgess and Vaughn Peachey
Junior School Deputy Leaders: Isabelle McClelland and Levi Francke
Cranmer College: Stephanie Anderson and Hunter Lindley
Lightfoot College: Sophie Langford and Jake Freeman
Ridley College: Jessica Olivieri and Thomas Lamphee
Tyrrell College: Tahlia Shorten and Daniel Foreman
Christian Ministry: Savannah Santwyk and Vaughn Peachey
Welcome BBQ and Meet the Teacher Evening
Our school families are warmly invited to the Welcome BBQ and Meet the Teacher Evening for Years 1- 6 on Monday, 11 February. We are thankful to the P & F for their efforts in holding this wonderful evening for us.
Kindergarten and Year 6 Buddies
A warm welcome to all of our new Kindergarten students and their families. It has been great to see the top job that Year 6 have been doing with their Kindergarten buddies to help them to settle in to Lakes Grammar. Thanks to Year 6, Mr Johns, our Kindergarten teachers, our Teacher’s Aide Tracey and our counsellor Stacey for all of the work that they have done to help the students settle in.
New Staff Profile : Julie Stowe - Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning K-6
A bit about yourself – and when and why did you come to Lakes Grammar?
I’ve been a wife and teacher for 30 years, a mother for 23 years and a granny for 1 year. However, this doesn’t sum up who I am. I am first and foremost a Christian, a follower of Jesus and I’ve known Him as saviour for 37 years. I grew up predominantly on the Central Coast and taught at Green Point Christian College for just over 25 years. I have a passion for teaching that has seen me as a classroom teacher of all grades from Kindergarten to Year 6. I have held a number of leadership roles including Sport Coordinator, Infants Coordinator, Support Coordinator and most recently Assistant Head of Junior school. 2019 is proving to be an exciting year of change for me as I am quickly becoming part of the Lakes Grammar community and I couldn’t be happier. The positive reputation of Lakes Grammar definitely initially drew me to the school, however working amongst such a high calibre staff team has now proven to be my delight. It’s an absolute joy to work here!
What are you most looking forward to in your time here?
Although I have not long been a part of this community, I am looking forward to becoming fully entrenched as part of the school community. Getting to know the students is my priority and forming genuine professional relationships with families, staff and students is my goal. While I certainly feel most welcomed by all it has truly been wonderful to look in on what has been achieved at Lakes Grammar already and recognise the commitment and collegiality of a quality staff team, gorgeous students and a supportive parent body. In a world that promotes self and individual achievement foremost, I love that Lakes Grammar is truly a dynamic community.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. After being reminded in the preceding verses from Philippians to rejoice in the Lord, I value this verse as practical guidance directing my mind to dwell in Christ avoiding the distraction of trivial things.
What is something you'd like to achieve in the future?
I’d like to live in a way that speaks volumes about our great God in a respectful, honouring and glorifying way. I’d also like to encourage students and staff to confidently continue their learning journeys by inspiring the pursuit of growth. Learning new skills is important to me and if I can combine that with some travel, I’ll be blessed.
Head of Junior School
JUNIOR SCHOOL LIBRARY
As you would be aware, the Junior School Library is currently closed for repairs due to flooding from a burst water pipe. Repairs have been running relatively smoothly, and we hope to be up and running by mid-term (if not before).
We have many exciting things and activities in the JS Library already scheduled for the year including Book Fair, author visits and Book Parade – stay tuned for more information.
Some students still have outstanding loans from the end of last year. Please check and make sure you have looked for them. Overdue books can be left with the front office until the Library is back open.
Once again, students will be invited to participate in the PRC 2019. Information and reading logs will go home in the next few weeks. Any reading that your child has done since September 1st 2018 can count towards the challenge, as long as they fit the PRC reading criteria.
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
ABSENTEEISM - EVERY LEARNER - EVERY DAY
Did you know that 2 days a month away from school = 4 weeks a year? If the pattern continues across 12 years of schooling that is more than 1 entire year of learning lost to being absent.
Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school each day.
Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities. When students are not at school, are late to school or leave school early, they are missing out on school that can impact on their future learning.
Over the year we will be regularly giving you information on how our school is tacking towards our target of having students attend school for over 90% of the year.
What Parents Can Do.
Be firm. Send your child to school every day unless they are sick.
Develop good sleep and morning routines.
Schedule appointments after school.
Avoid taking holidays during term time.
Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing (K-6)
AFTERNOON MESSAGES are given to students immediately after lunch. Please be aware that the school reception area is a very busy time at the end of school and it is unreasonable to expect that a message can be taken out to students who have already departed their classrooms for the day to stand in bus lines or parent pickup. If you need to get a messageto your child regarding alternative travel arrangements, please contact the school reception prior to 1.30pm.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a restful break and is looking forward to the school year. I would particularly like to welcome new students and their families, I hope that your child has been able to find new friends and are settling in to our school.
Year 10 Information Night
On Monday 18 February we will be holding an information evening for Year 10 parents and students. The aim of the evening is to:
highlight different requirements for students as they progress through their senior years from Year 10 to Year 12;
explain assessment procedures including how to deal with illness or misadventure;
outline the subject selection process into Year 11 and 12.
outline other events such as work experience, careers week, school camp and our interest week.
The evening start at 6pm and will run for approximately one hour.
All students in the Senior School have now received their assessment books which outline the timing and types of task that they will be doing throughout the year. Copies of these booklets were also emailed to parents. Please contact the office if you have not received your copy and we will email one out to you.
Parent Teacher interviews - Year 7-12
Our first Parent Teacher interviews for the year are scheduled for Tuesday, 19 March and Monday, 25 March, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Bookings for interviews will be made as usual through Parent Lounge, and parents will be emailed instructions in early March, nearer to the time when the booking system becomes activated.
Parent Teacher interviews - Year 12
Our Year 12 Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, 5 March from 3:30pm to 7pm. Bookings for interviews will be made through Parent Lounge, and parents will be emailed instructions when the booking system will become activated.
Year 11 Change of Subjects
Any change of subjects for Year 11 students need to be finalised by the end of February. Students will not be able to make changes after this date.
Mr Ian Samways
Head of Senior School
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Welcome to a new year of learning at Lakes Grammar. Lessons have commenced with a positive enthusiasm. Classrooms are abuzz with activity, students can be seen experimenting, testing, exploring and creating.
Mrs Smith, Director of Teaching and Learning is on Long Service Leave during Term 1. Please direct classroom concerns to myself or Faculty Co-ordinators who are responsible for specific courses. The teaching staff are working diligently to provide students with engaging courses that are best suited to individual needs. Please refer to your child’s Assessment Policy that has been emailed to all families. These documents outline the rules for assessments, extensions and chart the specific weeks when assessment tasks will take place. The back page of each policy features an overview of all assessments and exam weeks are charted for the year. It is a great resource to refer to when planning in general.
The Drama Department has experienced a particularly exciting start to the year with the completion of the impressive Drama room in A Block. Miss Newton has set up a truly professional acting studio that features a splendid performance area with floor to ceiling mirrors, double stage curtains and plenty of space for exuberant performances. It has been very satisfying to see students move into this wonderful new learning environment. The Year 9 Drama course commences here at Lakes Grammar for the first time in 2019, students are very fortunate to start their course in this brand-new facility. Rehearsals for the Senior Musical Production have been conducted in the new Drama room and the studio has been well used in just a few days, proving to be a great asset to our school.
Learning for the future will commence in a few weeks when F Block is opened. STEM programs will be catered for in this technologically rich space that aims to encourage creative thinking and ingenuity of design. Our students will benefit from these new learning spaces that really change the way students and teachers interact. Concepts connected to problem solving, collaborative learning and shared projects will be developed and encouraged in these new learning spaces.
I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and successful year ahead. Please feel welcome to contact me at email@example.com for questions and support regarding Year 7-12 courses.
Creative and Performing Arts Co-ordinator
MATHS HELP AT THE SENIOR SCHOOL
We are pleased to be able to offer Mathematics help in the mornings this term.
If your child has any Mathematics questions or is having difficulty in a particular area, please suggest they come along for some assistance.
When: Wednesday , Where : C7 Time : 8am to 8.30am .
SENIOR SPORTS NEWS
I wish to extend a welcome to all new students and their families to Lakes Grammar. I also welcome back all continuing students and their families to another busy year of sport.
The following dates have been determined for Lakes Grammar major sporting events for 2019.
Secondary Swimming Friday, 15 February at Wyong Pool.
Cross Country (K-12) Friday, 22 March at school.
Secondary Athletics Friday, 24 May at Warnervale Oval.
It was great to see such a smooth and enthusiastic start to the year with weekly sport. I remind all students that you must have the correct equipment to participate in your sport each week. I would like to remind parents and students that the correct uniform is to be worn each sport day. The correct uniform is the school sport shirt, school sport shorts, white school socks and joggers (preferably white). Street shoes or slip on shoes are not appropriate for sporting activities as they do not do up tightly enough to support the ankle and foot and do not support the heel. If your child is having issues with uniform please contact the school.
Year 7 are undertaking a compulsory aquatics program run by qualified swimming instructors at YMCA Tuggerah in sport time during weeks 2-6 this term. Please ensure your child is packing the right equipment for the program including: swimmers, goggles and towel.
The following policy again applies to sport choices in 2019: If school fees are in arrears for your child/children, they must choose a free sport that is offered at school, unless you have an agreed payment arrangement with the school. Paid sports will not be visible to students who are in this situation on the night of online sport selections. Please speak to your child about this to avoid any disappointment.
The following HRIS Trials are coming up.
8 February – Open boys AICES Tennis Trials
19 February – Open HRIS Tennis Gala Day
28 February & 1 March AllSchools Triathlon
6 March – Open HRIS Hockey Trials & Gala Day
12 March – Open & 15yrs HRIS Netball Trials
13 March – HRIS Div 2 Secondary Swimming Championships
18 March – Open & 16yrs HRIS Football (soccer) Trials
19 March – Open & 15’s HRIS Touch Football Trials
29 March – Central Coast Rugby League 9’s Gala day
30 April – HRIS Rugby Union Trials
3 May – HRIS Cross Country
If you would like to attend any of these sporting events please see Mr Beecroft for the nomination details well before trial date as nominations close at least 1 week before competition or trial.
Please note, students wishing to trial for HRIS Representative teams should be playing at a representative level outside of school. This is the performance standard of other trialling athletes from other HRIS schools
Cross Country Running Training
Starting week 3 Mr Charles Berry (teacher) will be offering students a chance to train for the upcoming Cross Country season on Thursday afternoons.
The training session is open to students in years 7-12 who can run at least 3km without stopping.
Training will take place on Warnies Track, Warnervale. Meet at Warnervale Cricket nets at 3:55pm. Training will go for about 1 hour. Parents are welcome to join in or have a coffee at Warnies Café while they wait.