Week 6, Term 1 2017



A Child Safe School
The horror of child abuse has been in the headlines for several years now. It is important that you are aware that Lakes Grammar is a child safe school. We inculcate a culture of safety for children in a number of ways:

  • All new staff must obtain a Working With Children Check before they can be employed, as is required by law. We do referee checks to confirm an applicant’s suitability for our school and that they are safe to work with children.
  • All longer-term staff have a phase-in period to obtain their WWCC during this year and early next year.
  • We require all volunteers to obtain a volunteer WWCC.
  • We have a Staff Code of Conduct that has specific rules for staff interactions and relationships with students. Each year staff have to sign that they have re-read this Code.
  • We have a Child Protection Handbook that explains the legislation relating to child safety, teachers’ responsibilities and mandatory reporting requirements, and descriptions of the typical signs that a child may be at risk of serious harm. Each year staff have to sign that they have re-read this Code.
  • At the beginning of this year we had a professional learning session with a child protection consultant from the Association of Independent Schools: “Creating Safer Independent Schools”. This raised awareness for our staff of the many ways in which we can continue to maintain and grow a culture of child safety at our school.
  • We followed this up with another whole staff meeting in which we examined a wide range of scenarios of staff interactions with students and their families.

Mandatory reporting of children considered to be “at risk of serious harm”.

All teachers are “Mandatory reporters”. We are required by law to be aware of the signs that a child may be at risk of serious harm and to report such concerns to the Child Protection Helpline. Teachers are required to report any concerns to the Principal. Together with one of our counsellors we complete the Mandatory Reporters Guide which will give a direction, either to make an immediate report to the Helpline or to “Document and continue relationship”. Depending on the situation we may contact a parent so we can work together to help the student. 

All of these strategies combine to make Lakes Grammar as safe for your children as it can possibly be.

Parents and Friends Association

The AGM will be held next Tuesday, 14 March at 6.30pm in the Junior School library. This will be followed by our regular meeting. At the AGM a new P&F Executive is elected. Nominations for the positions are:

President                                              Tracy Stevens

Treasurer                                              Mel Jones

Vice President                                      Adele Flower

Deputy Vice-president                          Linda Beasley and Sonia Cody

Secretary                                              Lana Brown


Principal’s Leave

I will be on a combination of study leave and long service leave from next Thursday 16th March until the end of this term. Our Deputy, Mr Ian Samways, will be Acting Principal. Mrs Michelle Smith will be Acting Head of the Senior School while Mr Samways undertakes my role.

Kindergarten and Year 7 2018

Interviews are now taking place for Kindergarten and Year 7 2018. If you have a sibling for either of these years groups please contact our Registar, Mrs Racquel Jolly on 43934111.

Congratulations to…

Jack Riches of Year 10 who participated in the Rugby League 16’s championships at Coffs Harbour recently.

Lachlan (Year 12) and Malachi (Year 8) Green who are again competing in the State Spearfishing Championships on the South Coast

Michael Hannah




Years K to 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews are via Parent Lounge. An email has been sent to parents. Please take the time to read the information in that email.

Parents & Friends Association 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

6.30pm - AGM

7:00pm - Meeting

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

9-10am – Morning meeting at Warnies

Spring Fair

Saturday, 21 October 2017

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.



Matt’s Mutterings
As I type this I am really struggling to function with anything more than a grunt.  It is the day after Year 12 Retreat and as a group it turns out they like to stay up late.  What a wonderful three days it was away with them at Riverwood Downs on the upper reaches of the Karuah River.  It is a time where the frantic nature of Year 12 can be suspended and the students are invited to slow down, pause and enjoy each other’s company.  As a cohort of students they were an absolutely brilliant group to take away.  They all pitched in to get tasks done and complaints were minimal.  Such positive attitudes made for a very relaxed time of bonding and relationship strengthening.

It was fantastic to see students who don’t normally hang out together work side by side on the BBQ’s or at the sink in the kitchen.  Without giving too much away, one group of Year 12s put on a show whose elaborate nature and precision execution left us in fits of laughter for hours.  For me as chaplain, I felt extremely privileged to get to know so many of the students at a deeper level too.  I am indebted to all the staff who are on the Retreat team and for those in the background making it happen.  What an honour to work with such dedicated people.

So the question remains, was Retreat successful?  The early signs look good.  Student friendship groups have had their boundaries crossed and new friendships established.  Year 12 as a cohort looks more like a group of people who are “All in this together!”  We as a school will continue to help them build this collegiality so that they can support one another through the HSC and be an example to the younger year groups.  Congratulations Year 12…you are off to a flying start.  I am so blessed to be your chaplain.  Thank you!

Bless ya!






‘Cognito’ 2017 Program Is Here!
This week the Cognito Program for students in Years 7-12 will be finalised and emailed out to students. Please take time to read through this with your child. There are many many things on offer, which all students can get involved in. Many universities are now looking at what students do at school as well as their academic results when considering if a student can access a course, so I encourage all students to find something which interests them and have a go! Each activity offered has a teacher in charge; please contact that teacher for further information or myself at


Metacognition and The Power of ‘Yet’

Last week I spoke to the Year 7-9 students on assembly about them focusing on their ‘Metacognition’ – thinking about their thinking. Recently the 'NSW Department of Education has teamed with a new not-for-profit education group, Evidence for Learning, to pull together more than 10,000 pieces of research from around the world to show teachers what works – and what doesn't – in the classroom. This report, The Teaching and Learning Toolkit reported that students thinking about their thinking and focusing on what works and doesn’t work for them in their learning process can add 8+ months to their academic growth.  I encourage you to discuss with your child the following questions when you are helping them at home with a task

I also discussed with the students the Power of ‘Yet’. It is important that students have a positive and growth mindset when they approach their studies. Although when completing a task they may think it is too hard or they cannot do it, we encourage our students to think about the word ‘yet’! They may not be able to do something, yet! We encourage our students to ask questions, ask for help, research and collaborate with others until they can complete a task and in turn build their learning power.


Half-Yearly Exams

Half-Yearly Exams are fast approaching; students are encouraged to start preparing for these exams well in advance.

Year 12: Wednesday, 29 March until Friday, 7 April

Year 7-9: Monday, 3 April until Wednesday, 5 April

Study guides for subjects to be examined will be issued in the coming week. I encourage parents/guardians to talk through these study guides with their children and help them plan a study timetable.

K-11 Parent Teacher Interviews

K-11 Parent Teacher interviews will be held on Monday, 20 March and Tuesday, 28 March. 

Interviews are booked through Parent Lounge on a first come basis. Bookings are now open and close at 6.00 pm 17 March. Interviews are 10 minutes long in the Senior School.


Literacy Planet

All students in Year 7 and 8 have now been provided with their online Literacy Planet login. The English Department has spent many hours in training and we are very pleased to be able to offer this to our Stage 4 students. Please encourage your child to login at home and complete the tasks that have been set for their own individual needs. This is a wonderful program that will help prepare our students for the demands of the future.

GATS – Gifted and Talented Opportunities

There are many opportunities for our GATS students outside the classroom in our Cognito program. It is so pleasing to see that there are so many ways that GATS students here at Lakes can get involved and demonstrate their talents. This year we have also launched the mentoring program for our GATS students, which is proving to be a great success among these students.


Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning




Student Representative Council
It has been a pleasure to see the Student Representative Council for the Junior School continue to take shape under Mrs Jodie Sharpe’s dynamic leadership. We have an enthusiastic and keen group of SRC Class Representatives from Years 1 - 6 in 2017. Our Year 3 – 6 students were presented with their badges at assembly on Thursday by our Federal member for Dobell, Emma McBride, and our Year 1 and 2 students received their badges at K - 2 Assembly on Monday. Well done to all of the students who have been elected as representatives this year and we look forward to the contribution that you will make to the school.

Music and Drama

It is excellent to see our Music programs continuing to grow with our Junior School Concert Band and String Ensemble working beautifully together. A number of students have also joined our Training Band, which we are delighted to offer this year, and are progressing wonderfully. It is not too late to join peripatetic music lessons, one of our ensembles or our drama club! Please contact the Junior School Office for further details if you are interested in one or more of these opportunities for your child. Information has also been emailed home to families earlier this year about these activities.


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 Behaviour 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 course of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

Week 7: Compassion 

Week 8: Listening respectfully and with empathy: 


Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of collaboration (learn with and from others: 

Jensen Baldwin, Tahlia Wenger, Ella Turner, Jack Meyers, Ayva Belgre, Donald May, Abigail Brown, Clair White, Nicholas Squires, Sienna Lyle, Brendan Park, Siobhan MacLarty, Anara Henson, Cate Williamson, Finlay Stewart, Alyssa Durham.

Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of being an upstander: 

Max Spiteri, Maggie Yager, Alexander Branch, Carter Thomas, Nate Weary, Lachlan McDougall, Liam Schwebel, Jed Marchant, Wil Klein-Schiphorst, Illyssa Roper, Madison Hutton, Kayla Wade, Darcy Loxton, Georgia Macdonald, Abbi Davies, Kani Lukuta.



When collecting your child from Parent Park or Kiss and Go in the afternoon, please endeavour to make a rule in your family that every child passenger must be securely buckled into a seat belt or child restraint before you start your car or pull away from the kerb. The same applies when arriving in the morning – all children should be securely fastened until you park your car or come to a complete stop in Kiss and Go. 


Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School


Kids Lit Quiz Friday, 3 March
Last Friday, Kasey Young and Jackson Blackshaw (Year 7) and Zoila Owais and Liam Lightfoot (OC), competed for Lakes Grammar at Macquarie College in the Kids’ Lit Quiz challenge. The challenge consisted of 10 questions from 10 categories based on books and children’s literature. We came 3rd overall out of 12 teams in the Hunter and Central Coast.

 Well done. A fantastic effort!

(photos to add)

Oliver V5 - New Library System

Our new library system ORBIT is now up and running. Check out the link below. I will be showing students from Years 2-6 how to Search during library lessons.

Also, check out the JS Library BLOG:


PRC 2017

Registration for the 2017 PRC is now open and we currently have 140 registered so far. Registration will close Monday, 1 May if your child wishes to participate.

Mr Danny Summers

Green Team & JS Teacher Librarian


Congratulations to the Primary SRC Representatives and Councillors for 2017

1A: Sara Olivieri and Callum Lightfoot, 1B: Grace McLeod and Ben Ruzicka, 1R: Georgina Sleeman and Ethan Baxendale, 2N: Ayva Belgre and Marlon Buckland, 2S: Emma Lamphee and Oscar Stewart, 2M: Zara Jones and Corey Englebrecht, 3H: Evie Challinor-Renfrey and Gabriel Dunn, 3B: Milla Heuchan and Max Adams, 3J: Ella Lear and Joshua Barrie, 4S: Isabelle McClelland and Daniel Foreman, 4A: Ellie Brander and Wil Klein-Schiphorst, 4L: Ashley Inwood and Cody Bowmaker, 5D: Kathryn Cook and Brendan Couzens, 5L: Scarlett Kurki and Austin Murray, 5J: Ava Burgess and Kai Garvey and OC: Alyssa Durham and Finlay Pigot-Irving.

Ms Jodie Sharpe

Junior School Teacher


On Tuesday, 28 February the Junior school debating team had a very close debate against Central Coast Grammar School in the HICES Debating Competition. The topic was‘That we should be able to keep native animals as pets’. Lakes was the affirmative and debated very well, but unfortunately did not take out a win in this debate. I would like to congratulate Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Noah Simon, Chloe Collins and Charlotte Dobson for their amazing dedication and commitment to this debate. Thank you also to our wonderful parents who came along to support these students.

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6



Year 10 Morrisby Testing permission slips and payments are due this Friday. Once numbers are confirmed dates and place of testing will be advised. The testing will take place this term.

Year 10 students are already on the ball and I have received some work experience placements and paperwork which is great news. There are more still to come and I would encourage students to start organising now to get the valuable placements as last minute organisation results in a less satisfactory week.

Year 11 and 12 if you need to see me please send me an email to request an interview/appointment.

Mrs Cathy James

Careers Adviser



Dear Students, Parents and Teachers,

We are away on camp this week but would like to remind students and parents that if you have any stories or information you would like to tell us please email us at the addresses below. This might be student achievement in sport, academics or social care and welfare. If you think it is a story worth telling please let us know so we can include it under this section of the Newsletter. 

We look forward to hearing the wonderful achievements of our student body.

Media Prefects


Team work and personal challenges was a theme that ran strongly last week as Year 9 students headed off to Crosslands for their camp. They faced a number of challenges over three days, not all of them were planned but it showcased how this year group can come together to support each other and overcome difficulties.

Our adventure started with a train ride to Mount Kuring-Gai and then a 7km hike through some beautiful but technical trails. The recent rain brought out the blood suckers as the local leaches introduced themselves to Year 9 (insert squeals here).

Over the three days the students enjoyed a number of challenges that required the support of their friends and team groups. Their activities involved Kayaking, Canoeing, A-frame walking and Abseiling. The weather on camp was a bit hit and miss with showers on and off during the day and for the most part the students managed to stay dry.   Our first night however saw the heavens open with a heavy downpour that broke the joins in the marquee style tents sending the students scurrying for dry ground. Both the boys and girls did an amazing job of listening to instructions as alternative sleeping arrangements were made.

The highlight of the camp for many students was the night time flying fox where students had to step off a high launch pad and whiz through the darkness at high speed. The flying fox and abseil gave students an opportunity to overcome fears and demonstrated how well they can encourage each other.  Uncertain weather on the last day meant we had to abandon the long uphill hike back to Berowra (insert children’s and Ms Newton’s cheer here) and we enjoyed a luxury coach ride back to school.

We had great food and great conversation over those three days. Friendship bonds were tightened and the staff enjoyed getting to know the students that little bit more.

Year 9 now have the opportunity to experience some further adventure if they choose to undertake the highly acclaimed and world recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. Hopefully the weather will be kinder.

Greg Sewell

Year 9 Co-ordinator



We are very excited as next Tuesday 30 select students from Years 7, 8 and 9 will be participating in the Questacon Smart Skills program. This activity is a part of Questacon’s Outreach Program, which is travelling around the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast this month. The program while promoting positive attitudes towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is designed to build student confidence in an engaging hands-on learning environment while inspiring and cultivating creative thinking. The students involved will be encouraged to take safe ‘risks’ and learn from what ‘goes wrong’ as much as what ‘works well’, develop skills of analysis and creative problem solving via the ‘innovation process’.  Notes have already gone home with those students selected to participate in this event.

At this stage I have looked at the workbooks for most students from Years 7 – 10 and wish to congratulate those who have risen to the challenge of following all of the expectations. Award points have been added to the tally for those students who have earnt them, while others are being encouraged to work on improving the quality of their workbooks.

A reminder to students not to forget the Scientific Cognito experiences on offer – get involved and enjoy exploring the world around us.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress in Science please contact their class teacher or if unavailable then myself. Email is usually the most effective method for this and my email address is

Jenny Charker

Science Coordinator




Lakes Grammar X Country Carnival Friday, 17 March.
Our school X Country will be held at school on Friday, 17 March. Notes have been sent home and should be returned by Thursday, 9 March. Students can start training now if they wish.

Jayden Rooke

Jayden from Year 5, recently competed in the Hunter Futsal Strikers Competition, playing for Coast FC. His team played up a grade and was goalkeeping. They took out the championships with a great win. Well done Jayden!

Liam Lightfoot – HRIS Boys Football Trials

We wish Liam Lightfoot all the best for the HRIS Football Trials currently taking place.

Tia Palu and Jasmine Haydon – HRIS Girls Netball Trials

We wish Tia Palu and Jasmine Hayden all the best as they trial for the HRIS Netball team on Tuesday, 14 March.

Ava-Marie and Keira Carlson

Ava-Marie and Keira recently competed in the NSW State Multi-Athletics Championships, competing in 6 events each. Ava-Marie finished 7th overall and Keira 5th overall, both improving from last year’s positions. Congratulations girls! 

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, especially on hot days, which we have experienced lately.

HRIS / CIS Representation (Year 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. 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 are required to purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details regarding any HRIS / CIS requirements.


Monday, 6 March and Tuesday, 14 March – HRIS Primary Football Trials

Tuesday, 14 March – HRIS Netball Trials

Friday, 17 March – Lakes Grammar X Country

Thursday, 23 March – CIS Swimming

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


HRIS Swimming Championships

These will be held on Wednesday,15 March and we wish our swim team best of luck. Please ensure all notes are returned promptly.

College Soccer Competition

It is great to see students getting out and being physically active playing exciting soccer for their colleges. Games have been close and played in good spirit.

Games are held at lunch times on:

Tuesdays Year 7/8

Thursdays Year 9/10

Fridays Year 11/12

School Cross Country

The Senior School Cross Country will be held during periods 1 & 2 on Friday, 17 March. All students are expected to complete the course.


Upcoming Trials

Open Football – 13 March

15’s Netball – 14 March

Touch Football – 21 March

Upcoming Events

HRIS Swimming – 15 March

AICES Hockey – 16 March

Central Coast Surfing Titles – 24 March

AICES Swimming – 30 March

Bill Turner Cup (boys) Trophy (girls) – date to be confirmed. Sometime in mid-March.



I am seeking interest from suitably qualified and interested people who would like to coach our Senior School sporting teams.

Please email Mr Beecroft –



Ashley Pernecker gained 3 silvers and a bronze at the Central Coast Regional Athletics Titles and has now qualified for State in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m. She has also qualified for the 2017 Australian Junior Athletics Championships next month in the 400m and 800m.

Lachlan Murray has been selected for the Hunter Academy of Sport Tennis Talent Development Squad for 2017. This is a huge achievement as only around 20 of the top juniors (11 to 17yrs) from the entire Hunter Region are selected.

Olivia Glanville has recently just competed at the State OZ TAG and TOUCH FOOTBALL Championships and had a great time! 16 girls Central Coast OZTAG made quarter finals & 16 girls Central Coast TOUCH narrowly missed final series on percentage count.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



We are excited to announce the start of the Snowsports season for this year! The event is a wonderful opportunity for all children regardless of their ability to come and join our Lakes Grammar team and compete at the snow. Students developed great sportsmanship and enhance their techniques on the slopes. Snowsports will run in the July school holidays.

On Tuesday, 14 March we will hold a meeting where everyone is welcome to come and learn a little bit more about what is involved in Snowsports and how it will be run this year. The information afternoon will start at 3:15 pm in the Junior School Library.


Mrs Salina Mayall

Snowsports Co-ordinator

Equestrian Team News

Upcoming event

March 24th 2017, Aberdeen Horse sports; please contact Ms Jobe-Parker if you are interested in competing at this event. Entries need to be in ASAP as entries close next week. Forms can be found at: 

Ms Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Co-ordinator 



Order and pay for a wide range of school activities from home or on your mobile. Online ordering is a convenient way to place orders, providing a 24/7 payment and ordering system that can be accessed from home, work or a mobile device. 

Online ordering is available for a wide range of school activities including canteen, events, fundraisers and more. To register or login to Flexischools visit


Alinta Apparel is the supplier of our school uniform shop. Alinta operates directly from our school four days per week.

New stock has arrived - trolley bags and new tailored blazers for Senior School girls.

For full details on opening times and prices visit


Our P&F Committee operates a second hand uniform shop each fortnight from the Junior School. For dates please visit