Week 4, Term 2 2017



New school branding

If you have driven into the Junior or Senior Schools lately you will have noticed new Lakes Grammar signs. When we built the new cover over the Kiss and Go zone in the Senior School we saw the need to replace the signage that was on the block wall. We decided to modernise the font and were so pleased with it that we replaced the signage in the Junior School also.

New Commonwealth schools funding model
If you’re wondering how Lakes Grammar will fare under the Federal Government’s recently announced schools funding model (what they’re calling “Gonski 2.0”), I am pleased to report that we will benefit.  The per student funding we receive from the Federal Government will increase each year over the 10 years of the plan. Of course, the Senate has to pass the legislation before we can count on the extra money. It is important to realise that when the Labor Party says the Coalition is cutting $22 billion from the education budget, they are referring to the original Labor Gonski funding model that the Coalition has abandoned. Most of the extra money was going to come into the system towards the end of the 10 years under that model. So the Coalition Government is not cutting funding as that money was never there anyway. For a long time independent schools have had uncertainty about funding from year to year and funding of schools has been a political football. This new model will bring certainty and greater fairness across all education sectors, so I hope the Opposition and cross-bench Senators can be persuaded that it is the best we’re going to get for the time being. The legislation was passed by the Lower House and is now with a Senate Committee.

NAPLAN testing went smoothly last week. For those in Year 9 it is important to remember that if you don’t reach Band 8 in Literacy and Numeracy you have multiple opportunities to sit online literacy and numeracy tests both before and after the HSC exams. For all students, your NAPLAN results do not define who you are. They are a snapshot of your performance on one test on one day for each domain. They are designed so that teachers gain more information about the learning in our school and can take action to work on specific areas where necessary. The NSW Department of Education provides schools with very powerful analysis software. We use this to carefully analyse our students’ results and target the areas that are revealed as needing more explicit teaching.

Years 1-2 Family service at Lakes Anglican Church
Students in Years 1 and 2 will have received an invitation to this service which is on this Sunday. This is a great opportunity to join with our local Anglican Church in celebrating our Christian identity. I hope many of you will be able to attend with your children.

Bishop Greg Thompson’s retirement
You may have read that Bishop Greg has announced his retirement. There is a special service of thanksgiving for Bishop Greg’s ministry at 6pm this Sunday at the Cathedral. Bishop Greg’s time as Bishop of Newcastle has been marked by his strong stand against child abuse in the church and supporting the work of the Royal Commission. All this took a toll on the Bishop, to the extent that he has decided to retire earlier than he would have otherwise. His ministry will leave a lasting positive legacy in our church in the Newcastle Diocese.

Christ Church Cathedral’s 200th Anniversary
On the weekend of 27-28 May the Cathedral celebrates the 200th anniversary of an Anglican church on that site. The Cathedral tower has been renovated and will be open for tours. I’ve been to the top and the views across Newcastle and to the north are fantastic. If you’re interested see the details on

Mr Michael Hannah




P&F Trivia Night

Saturday, 17 June @ 7pm 

Tickets are $10 each or a table of 10 for $100. All proceeds from the night go to the P&F. 

BYO nibbles/drinks (alcohol permitted). Babysitting available for $5 per child with a movie and games running in B Block. Heaps of fun activities planned including XXXX Beer Cap Round, Buy An Answer for $5 and lots of games for those who aren't great at trivia. 

To book your ticket visit 

VW Sponsor

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



Matt’s Mutterings

This week has been Food Allergy Awareness Week.  All members of our household have painted one fingernail a bright colour as a way of acknowledging the impact that food allergies have on not just our own family but 1 in 10 children in Australia.  The fingernail painting is about raising awareness and starting conversations about safe practices.  It is a particular Australian initiative born out of our country having the highest rates of food allergies.  In the U.S. the lead organisation on food allergies is called Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and their catchcry is “React with Respect.”  Ultimately, the intention is for all kids to feel safe and respected wherever they might be and it is our job as parents, educators and school communities to work hard at providing safe environments for all of our young people.  For more information on food allergies checkout the website

On Wednesday I witnessed respect personified among our Senior School students, which was also evident in the Year 12’s running the canteen.  The cheers of those watching races for all competitors whether they were first, last or somewhere in between was beautiful to watch as students gathered around injured or hurt friends to bring comfort and support.  It was appreciated by the staff to have parent helpers go above and beyond.  Having been here a while now our school community has a growing culture of respect.  It comes through in so many ways and I would like to share with you a snippet of my usual Wednesday.

I also have the privilege with another staff member of taking about 60 students to Indoor Soccer and Futsal for sport every Wednesday and have noticed over the last 12 to 18 months there is a wonderful habit that more than 90% of students have when getting off the bus.  It is a small gesture, but nearly every student thanks the bus driver and myself.  It is this attitude of gratitude that shows respect in the little things.  So thank you for your part in making our school one that shines that divine quality…respect.

Bless ya!







Mothers’ Day Stall and Breakfast
It was wonderful to see so many mothers at the school last Friday taking part in our annual Mothers’ Day Breakfast with their children. This event is one of the highlights on our calendar and it is great to celebrate the special nature of motherhood in such a spirit. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the Parents’ and Friends Association for the great work that they do for Lakes Grammar and for the sterling job that they did organising and conducting such a successful Mothers’ Day Stall once again this year.

Junior School Athletics Carnival

Well done to all of the boys and girls from Years K – 6 who competed with such a spirit of enjoyment and enthusiasm at the Junior School Athletics Carnival on Thursday, 18 May.  Sports in Schools were able to run some excellent events and activities for Kindergarten and Year 1 on the Junior School Oval in the morning, whilst Years 2-6 enjoyed travelling to Warnervale Athletics Field for their carnival. It was so lovely to be a part of all of the different events, 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 Carnivals 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. 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. Well done Mr Cantor!



The NAPLAN (National Testing) program ran smoothly for students in Years 3 and 5 who were well prepared as a result of the thorough planning and preparation by staff and through the students’ own dedication and efforts. I would particularly like to thank our Years 3 and 5 teachers, learning support team, Mrs Colthorpe, Mrs Harries and Mrs Jolly who conducted a significant amount of professional development for staff and organisation for the testing program. This ensured that the Junior School was as well prepared for NAPLAN as possible.

Late Arrivals

With the onset of winter and shorter, darker days, a number of students have begun arriving to school late and have given the reason that they ‘slept in’. While the temptation to stay in a warm bed for a little longer is understandable, particularly on cold, rainy mornings, it would be appreciated if the students could be encouraged to stick to a punctual morning routine to maximize their learning (and that of the other children in their class) by arriving to school on time.


School Photos and Uniform Matters

Thank you to all of our families for the efforts that are going into students wearing the correct uniform in the lead up to School Photo Day on Friday, 2 June.

A reminder that students in the Junior School are required to wear the following – and a special reminder about blazers and hats please:


  • Blazer, trousers, boys’ short sleeve shirt, school tie, boys’ socks and hat.


  • Blazer, winter tunic, girls’ long sleeve shirt, school tie, ink navy tights (stockings are also an option for girls in Years 3 – 6), 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.

Church Service

On Sunday, 21 May all students in Years 1 and 2 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.

Pride in Excellence Morning Tea

Well done to the boys and girls who were able to attend the Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah and Mr Johns towards the end of last term. It is great to recognize the achievement and involvement of these students in all areas of our school life. I commend them for the high standard that they have achieved and for ‘having a go’ at the different opportunities on offer in our Junior School. Our thanks go to Central Coast Volkswagen and David Lyle for facilitating the sponsorship of this event.

Riley Astbury, Thomas McKenzie, Khloe Johnston, Jarvis O’Neill, Kobi Keys, Ayanna Tapera, Tanner Hawkins, Ivy Lewis, Ashlyn Hanson, Benjamin Ruzicka, Claudia Alcock, Hunter Thomas, Emerson Smith, Nate Weary, Milla Harding, Kaidyn Hutton, Emerson Flower, Simon Connor, Liam McDonald, Keira Rodrick, Grace Lanzini, Luke Burton, Dallas Bel-Castro, Porschia Hopman, Sage Kenny, Lawson Lao, Alyce Hokin, Cooper Herlings, Ella Beasley, Vaughn Peachey, Elodie Jewell, Jack Tough, Jorja Marino, Matthew Corcoran, Liam Wallace, Mackensie Roffey, Jett Hunter, Isabella Kulak, Molly Blackshaw, Jack Reilly, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Tahlia Moore.


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 5: Plan my learning and improvement 

Week 6: Manners: how to say thank you, sorry, and ask for help.


Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of thinking about our learning (meta learning)

Eden Clarke, Jarvis O’Neil, Chloe Drady, Joseph Talbut, Judy Lin, Sritha Yellamaraju, Cassidy Garvey, Jack Feeney, Christopher Webb, Milla Heuchan, Mekenzie Jones, Grace Ostergaard, Lawson Lao, Caleb Dunstan, Taj Buckland, Lara Grellman, Gianni Williams, Jessie Leon, Christopher Eadie, Lachlan Baxendale.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of honesty

Thomas McKenzie, Georgie Fallon, Brianna Maidens, Lauren Peachey, Jack Asquith, Maddison Koen, Noah Bain, Gemma Rooke, Emma Barrie, Ethan Arneil, Evie Challinor-Renfrey, Joshua Barrie, Morgan Jones, Douglas Matri, Ella Beasley, Obi Adams, Ava Burgess, James Pullen, Will Burton, Finlay Stewart.

Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


WW1 – In Living History 
Shane Blackman from WW1 - In Living History recently gave a very informative talk to our Year 5 and 6 students. His talk this year was ‘Women’s role in the wars’. Students got to dress up and view original war equipment. Students were excellently behaved and very inquisitive, asking many questions. We look forward to Shane ‘s presentation again next year.

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National Simultaneous Storytime 
Once again we will be hosting the National Simultaneous Storytime in our Junior School Library. This year the book is “The Cow Tripped Over the Moon” by Tony Wilson. This is great book which is a send up of a famous Nursery Rhyme. NSS is where all schools and public libraries in Australia read the same book simultaneously. There will be fun activities, competitions and prizes. The fun starts at 11am (recess) for three lucky V.I.P students chosen from each K-4 class. Photos to come next fortnightly newsletter.

Andrew Daddo is our Author Visitor in Term 3
We have been fortunate enough to have the presence of popular author, TV presenter and celebrity  visit our school for a K-6 Author talk in early August. This is an exciting opportunity to have such a big name at our school. We look forward to his visit in Term 3 and I will be showcasing some of his books.

Premier’s Reading Challenge - 2017
Registration for the 2017 PRC is now open and we currently have 182 registered. Registration will close Monday, 29 May if your child wishes to participate.

Students who do complete the 2017 PRC early (we have three so far), will each receive a certificate and photo for our JS Library Achievement Wall.
We have a few students who have already completed the PRC. Congratulations! We hope to receive the actual certificates by the end of the year from the NSW Premier’s Office.

Library Helpers
Congratulations to the following Year 5 students who are our Library Helpers this term:

Rihana Gosselin and Rylee Baxter (Mondays), Katie Cook and Anu Babu (Tuesdays), Harrison Cross and Alyvia Slade (Wednesdays). Reserves are Suzannah Brydon and Keenan Wallace.

I am sure they will do an excellent job!

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Mathematics Extension Groups and Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Mathematics Extension groups for Years 1-6 commenced in the Junior School this week.The students all loved being stimulated and challenged in Mathematics. They completed a variety of problem-solving questions to apply their mathematical skills.

The students in Years 3 to 6 are also participating in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. The challenge is completed over a three week period and is aimed at extending the students in their understanding of mathematical concepts, application of the concepts to real life situations and developing their problem solving skills.

Have a go at some of the questions from past papers that the students are completing. They are very challenging.


Year 3/4 Mathematics Challenge 2014

Year 5/6 Mathematics Challenge 2016

Students hard at work:

I look forward to seeing further growth in our students at Lakes Grammar.

Mrs Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6



This Tuesday, 23 May is our Year 10 Careers Day. Year 10 students will not have normal classes on this day. The day starts at 8.45am sharp.

10G will begin their day in Music Room 1, 10L in Music Room 2 and 10S will be in the Laptop room in the Library.  The students will go through two group interviews and a resume building session, also throughout the day each student will have a personal interview which will be conducted by retired professionals from a local Probus branch.

The Expo will be opened by Mr Hannah at 11am. Year 10 and Senior Students will have from 11am to 12.30  to attend the Expo and talk to Universities, Armed Forces, Gap Year interests and many more. During the Expo students will be given a “passport” to get stamped by the exhibitors they talk to. The stamped passports will go into a prize draw that afternoon.

Then after lunch at 1.30pm Paul Wade, an ex-Socceroo, will be talking to them about Employability Skills.

The day is a worthwhile experience for the students.  Students are to wear full school uniform or appropriate interview attire. 

Mrs Cathy James

Careers Adviser


Exams are over and so it’s back to normal – well almost!

Year 6 have been coming up to the Senior Labs to work on their first hand investigation into Crystal growing and the enthusiasm has been wonderful to see. Each Thursday all Year 6 students will now be monitoring the progress of their crystals in the lab and adding photos to their digital results table as they collect information and observe how the crystals grow.

Year 7 are also undertaking a first-hand investigation into crystal growth, however, they are working collaboratively and on a deeper level to actually try and determine the specific conditions that affect crystal growth.

Year 10 are commencing their new module of work, Moving About In Space, which is Physics based looking at motion both here on Earth and out in Space. There are a number of students who displayed particular interest or ability for the chemistry based module, and have now been given a booklet with additional work to complete at their own pace. They need to submit that when completed.

Some Year 8 students have been working on a STEM module of work in Mathematics classes in line with their current Science module Dig It Up! .The positive manner with which the students have engaged in this work has been wonderful to see. There are a number of other STEM opportunities currently being organised and students who are interested in the study of Science, Maths and Engineering need to keep their ears open. One such upcoming opportunity is ‘ The Conocophillips Science Experience’. This is an externally run 3 – 4 day program with no selection process and is open to all students currently in Years 9 and 10 across Australia. It is a hands-on program and is run at a number of Universities at various times. The cost is minimal at $150 for 3 days and $200 for 4 days. If anyone is interested please email me at or go directly to the website for the program at

Mrs Jenny Charker

Science Co-ordinator


Are you looking for a challenge or seeking adventure?

Then maybe you should consider completing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Vacancies still exist for Year 9 to enrol in the 2017-18 program. Interested students can find out more and register at  Year 9 2017 registrations close Wednesday, 31 May.

Please see Mrs King (Dukes co-ordinator) for further information on how Dukes operates at Lakes Grammar.

Interested students should talk to our Year 10 and Year 11 participants about their Dukes experiences. They have just returned from some amazing journeys in our own backyard, on Lake Macquarie and the Hawkesbury River

Have you always wanted to go kayaking?

Are you the outdoors type and do you need something to take you out of your comfort zone?

Dukes will take you and give you the skills to enjoy kayaking for life, it’s lots of fun for everyone!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is recognised worldwide.

Mrs Megan King

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Co-ordinator


Anzac Day
On Tuesday, 25 April, we recognise the greatest Australian and New Zealand historical event, during this day we commemorate all who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in the contribution and suffering of all those who served.

As part of Lakes Grammar’s school service  Kindergarten to year 12 participated in the Annual Dawn Service at Doyalson RSL. The spirit of the ANZAC’s demonstrates the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, while continuing to have meaning and relevance in national and self-identity. While at the dawn service, our school represented the pride that we as a community shared in those who fought for our freedom, by laying wreaths and through our traditional Anzac service at school. We will remember them.




HRIS Cross Country Carnival Thursday, 4 May
We recently came 12th out of 15 schools at the HRIS Cross Country Carnival held at Avondale. Students were very well behaved and showed great competitiveness and sportsmanship on the day. A special mention to the 9 year girls who were Age Champions and Caleb Dunstan who came third in 9 year Boys. Congratulations !

Students who will represent HRIS at CIS Carnival at Eastern Creek on Monday, 15 June will be announced shortly.

Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival Thursday, 18 May

Our Annual Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival was held this week. K-1 had their event on the JS Oval between 9am and 11am. Years 2-6 were held at the Warnervale Oval. A more detailed article with photos will be available in the next fortnightly newsletter.

3-6 Tuesday Sport

Tuesday sport for Years 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.

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. 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 and 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.


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator



HRIS Cross Country

Our School Cross Country team competed in the HRIS Cross Country Championships on Thursday, 4 May. Our School team finished 8th overall and our 18 year old boys team were crowned winners in their division. Notable performance came from Ashley Pernecker and Charlotte Akhurst who finished 2nd, Ozzie Adams who finished 3rd, Jeremy Beale who finished 4th and Lachlan Green who finished 5th. We have had several students selected to go on to compete in the AICES Championships later this term. They include:

  1. Adams, Ozzie
  2. Akhurst, Charlotte
  3. Allen, Bailey
  4. Beale, Jeremy
  5. Clark, Jacinta
  6. Duncan, Liam
  7. Green, Lachlan
  8. Livingstone, Mitchell
  9. Pernecker, Ashley
  10. Sheddon, Oliver

These students will compete at the AICES Championships held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

School Athletics Carnival

Was held in beautiful weather on Wednesday, 17 May and results will be published in the next newsletter.

Bill Turner Trophy/Cup

Our girls team played and lost in round 2 of this competition. Going down to St Joseph’s Catholic College in extra time.

Our boys will play at Wadalba on Tuesday, 23 May.

School Netball

Teams have been selected and will compete this term in the Hunter School Netball Cup held on the Thursday, 1 June at Gosford, HRIS Netball Gala Day to be held on Thursday, 8 June at Newcastle and the AICES Netball Cup to be held on Thursday, 22 June at Sydney.

HRIS Open Netball Team Selection

Jacinta Clark and Olivia Glanville have both been selected in this team which will compete in the AICES Championships on Thursday, 25 May. These championships are a selection trial for the AICES Open Netball Team. We wish these girls the best of luck.

HRIS Rugby Union Selections

Oliver Dark, Sam Kentwell, Chase Yeadon were selected in the HRIS OPEN Boys Rugby Union Team. Brad Robinson and Ayden Clark were selected in the HRIS under 16’s Rugby Union Team. These students will compete in the AICES Championships on Wednesday, 24 May.

Central Coast Rugby 7’s

We have under 16’s and Open teams competing in the Central Coast Rugby 7’s Championships on Thursday, 25 May.

Central Coast Schools Futsal Championships


We had both girls and boys teams compete in the championships last week at Niagara Park Youth Center. All teams were extremely competitive and showed great skills and teamwork throughout the day.

Upcoming School Team Trials this term

Rugby League and Basketball

Up Coming HRIS Team Trials

15’s Football (soccer)


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



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