Week 2, Term 2 2018



Welcome to Term 2

Welcome back to Lakes Grammar for Term 2. Being the beginning of the winter term, our students should now be in winter uniform. The nights and mornings are distinctly cooler now that autumn has started to take hold, and the days have been pleasant and warm. As always, there are many activities across the school this term, not least of which is NAPLAN next week. Read on in the newsletter to see what else is coming up.


China and South Korea

On my recent trip to these countries I visited a number of schools. The purpose of the trip, which was hosted by the organisation that arranges our visits by Korean students, was to form a sister-school relationship with one or two schools in China. I visited six schools in the city of Xi’an, an ancient capital which is close the site of the Terracotta Warriors. The schools have amazing facilities and 48 children in a primary class! I hope to plan a trip for some Senior School students next year – details on that still to be determined. Eventually we will also host Chinese students at Lakes with homestay.

The Gonski Report on the future of education

You may have read about this report delivered to the Federal government and made public on Monday of last week. One of the main recommendations was that we should focus on individuals’ learning progress via a restructure of the curriculum into “learning progressions”. These are continuums that show a progressive increase in the level of skills required in a subject area. To some extent we do that at Lakes in our Junior School through the use of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Continuums. These allow a teacher, via regular assessment, to place a student at their current level of learning on the continuum, which also shows the next step required to make progress. We regularly collect data on our students and use this, as well as standardised tests like NAPLAN and PAT, to help us identify weaknesses and strengths and plan suitable learning paths for students.

Another recommendation was to “accelerate the development of contemporary pedagogy through the use of collaboration, mentoring, observation and feedback”. Our teachers across the school have been doing this intensively for the last two to three years. As a result, we have seen improvements in student engagement in learning and in their results.

There is much more to the Gonski Report, which, if implemented, would see a major shake-up of school education over the next several years. The biggest hurdle will be for the Federal Government to get agreement from all the States and Territories, which is a notoriously difficult feat!

Mr Michael Hannah




School photos with advancedlife Photography (K-12)

Friday, 01 June 2018. Students are to wear their full school WINTER uniform, including their blazer (please ensure it is clean).

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If enclosing money it must be the correct amount as change will not be available on the day. We do encourage families to use the online payment option.

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Matt’s Mutterings

In our Senior School this week students in Years 7 to 9 have been sitting their half-yearly exams. Next week sees Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sitting NAPLAN and the week after Year 10 have their exams. Stress levels in your household may be a little higher than usual over these 3 weeks and I know that they have been in mine. There has been a lot of information coming through the media about rising anxiety levels amongst our current students and lots of ways of learning how to process those anxieties. You may have heard of mindfulness or you may have even spent time in meditation to bring those stress levels back into check. These are great, but I’d like to share one more.

In the New Testament of the Bible there is this brilliant letter written by a guy called Paul who was an early church leader.  He wrote to encourage some people in a place called Philippi who were having a few issues.  In Chapter 4, Verses 6 and 7 of the book we call Philippians Paul writes, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  The word supplication is the action of asking and it is linked to an attitude of thanksgiving. In other words, if I am feeling anxious then I am encouraged to ask God for peace and he will freely pour out his peace upon us and we should do this with thankful hearts.

Maybe you’ve noticed that people who have an attitude of gratitude seem to be more at peace than those who don’t. I know for me if my brain starts focussing on how blessed I am and I start thanking God then I tend not to worry about the things I don’t have or some of those first world problems that have been bothering me. It’s an ancient practice that goes back beyond even the New Testament and into the Old. In the book of Jeremiah from about 600BC, in Chapter 17 it says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.  They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.  It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jer. 17:7-8)  So let me encourage you to ask God for his perfect peace so that you too can be a tree that bears fruit no matter what is happening in your life.  Send your roots into his life-giving Spirit and experience his peace that surpasses all understanding.


Bless ya!







Mothers’ Day Stall and Breakfast

It was wonderful to see so many mothers at the school this morning 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 in organising and conducting such a successful Mothers’ Day Stall once again this year.

ANZAC Day March

The annual ANZAC Day March on Wednesday, 25 April was conducted by Doyalson-Wyee RSL and Lakes Grammar was very well represented as a number of Junior School students and their families supported the service men and women and their families at the ANZAC Day Service in the RSL, to commemorate the service of so many Australians.

I commend all of the students involved for their commitment to this very important occasion.

On Friday, 4 May students in Years 4 to 6, along with our Senior School students commemorated ANZAC Day through a reflective service of worship, in which the ANZAC spirit formed the focus of the morning. We were thrilled that some members of Toukley RSL were able to join us for this special service.

I thank the students who played important roles during the service and the many students, parents and staff, who gave of their time on ANZAC Day to assist in the events of the day.

Uniform Matters

As all students are wearing Winter Uniform at the beginning of this week (Week 2), please be aware that students in the Junior School are required to wear the following:


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


  • Blazer, winter tunic, girls’ long sleeve shirt, school tie, ink navy tights, 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. When wearing the school uniform to and from school and in public students must wear a blazer and jumper, or blazer only, as part of the uniform. Jumpers only are not permitted.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

NAPLAN – Years 3 and 5

Students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May, with the opportunity for students to do make up tests that they may have missed on these days through illness and the like on Friday, 18 May. Whilst it is difficult for this form of testing, which takes place on a national basis, to delineate the entirety of the depth and richness of a student’s learning or the contribution that the School makes to the overall experience of its students, NAPLAN provides us with important and useful information to inform our planning for students and our approaches to teaching and learning. The tests offer an excellent opportunity for students to rehearse their revision skills generally and examination skills, positive thinking and perseverance in the context of a timed assessment setting.

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 next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

Week 3: Think about my learning (meta-learning).

Week 4: Honesty.


Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of setting learning goals and evaluate my progress.

Arj P, Bronson C, Tahlia W, Grace M, Tanner H, Miranda F, Milla H, Arini Y, Ty D, Liam H, Ellena M, Elodie J, Ella B.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of wearing neat and correct uniform.

Jinuli S, Sofia L, Khloe J, Nicholas G, Keenai M, Jack F, Emma L, Ethan A, Cody B, Jake S, William E, Bethany B, Harrison C.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Year 6 Winners of the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon

On Thursday, 12 May 2018 a Year 5 team and Year 6 team participated in the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge.

Both teams had a very successful day with Year 6 coming 1st overall in the Year 6 Competition and Year 5 coming 4th overall in the Year 5 Competition. Year 5 won Science and Ideation, and came 3rd in English and Engineering. Year 6 team won Cartography, came 2nd  in Science and Mathematics, and 3rd  in English. The Year 6 team will now go to the State da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School on 24 May 2018.

Please congratulate our teams for 2018 on their fantastic results!

Year 5 and 6 da Vinci Teams 2018

Year 5:

  1. Douglas Ruzicka
  2. Mitchell Curry
  3. Quinn Flower
  4. Vaughn Peachey
  5. Ella Burgess
  6. Ella Williams
  7. Ashley Inwood
  8. Sage Kenny

Year 6:

  1. Noah Simon
  2. Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage
  3. Jaydee Lourens
  4. Tahlia Moore
  5. Finlay Pigot-Irving
  6. Nathan Wilson
  7. Boyd Rumbel
  8. Rohith Srinivas

Year 5 1st in Ideation.

Year 5 1st in Science.

Year 5 came 3rd in English.

Year 5 came 3rd in Engineering.

Year 6 came 1st in Cartography.

Year 6 came 2nd in Science.

Year 6 came 2nd in Mathematics.

Year 6 came 3rd in English.

Year 6 came 3rd in Ideation.

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6



Premier’s Reading Challenge

We now have over 130 students registered for the PRC 2018…a massive effort so far! Information and reading logs have all been sent home. If you require another note, they are available on PARENT LOUNGE. Instructions on how to complete the challenge are on the note. Registration 2018 is open until the end of May.

Students who complete the 2018 PRC in Semester 1 will also receive an Early Finisher’s Certificate and name tag. We have already had 21 students complete it.

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

and JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information!

Newcastle Writer’s Festival

Mrs Tennant and I had the privilege of attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival with a group of selected students. It was a wonderful experience, and students were enchanted by children’s author, Leigh Hobbs who demonstrated how to draw some of his characters from his books. Thank you to Mrs Holland who organised the event.

WW1 – In Living History

We were delighted to once again welcome Mr Shane Blackman to the school to share his WW1 In Living History display last week. Shane spoke to Year 5/6/OC students about WW1 and life in the trenches. Students were captivated with what he had to say and show. This is a great pre-requisite for Year 6 going to the War Memorial in Canberra later this term!


  • National Simultaneous Storytime – Wednesday, 23 May (Year K-4)
  • IPSHA Art on the Move – Monday, 4 June

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Last Friday our school commemorated ANZAC Day with a ceremony dedicated to honouring the men and women who served our country in the First World War, and in all other armed conflicts since then.

The service was organised and led by our senior History students under the direction of Mrs Hart.

I would like to congratulate and thank Mrs Hart and all of the students involved, for the mature and respectful way they approached all aspects of organising the service, and for providing our school with such a fitting tribute for this important day in our national history.

Mrs Fiona Crawford
History Co-ordinator



HRIS Cross Country

A glorious sunny day shone upon our school at the HRIS Cross Country carnival at Avondale College last Friday. Students were very excited and showed wonderful sportsmanship and competitiveness in their events. A special mention to Mia Kehoe who came 1st Place in the 7/8 Yrs Girls event.

We finished in 8th place out of 16 HRIS schools, so a wonderful effort all around! Students who have made the HRIS team progress to CIS Cross Country on Thursday, 14 June will be notified shortly.

Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active Program

Once again, the CC Mariners visited our school as part of their Active Schools Program. Their aim is to promote an active lifestyle while having fun through Football. We thank the CC Mariners for their time and gifts that were handed out to students. 

Coles Sports for Schools Promotion 

During last term, our school participated in the Coles Sports for Schools promotion. In total, we collected 75,000 points. These points will be redeemed for a variety of sports equipment for our school. THANK YOU to everyone who supported this promotion.

Liam Wallace – Macarthur Anglican Headmasters Golf Challenge  

During the holidays, Liam Wallace of Year 6 competed in the Golf Challenge. Liam was also the youngest competitor. He attained 1st place, which was a great achievement for the day. Well done Liam!

Term 2 School Sport 3 - 6

Sport notes have been sent home and sports should have been selected. Hockey has now been included for the first time and there will be a return of the Mariners Program. Please remember, this is based on a first come, first served basis and if sport is full, students will be allocated a free sport at school. Any queries, please contact Mr Cantor.

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, lace-up joggers (that support the ankles). Joggers of a solid colour other than white, canvas shoes, skate shoes and bright fluro (other than a small amount of striping) are not permitted. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well. 

HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)

Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 boys and girls to represent HRIS or CIS. Students who already compete at a representative level are encouraged to trial for that particular sport. A term timetable is placed in the JS Sports noticeboard with upcoming events and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:

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

CIS Hockey Trials Monday, 14 May

We wish Kourtney Gardner of Year 3, all the best when she trials for CIS Hockey.

Coming Up in Term 2:

  • Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival – Tuesday, 19 May
  • CIS Cross Country – Thursday, 14 June
  • CIS Primary Hockey – Monday, 14 May


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


HRIS Cross Country


HRIS Cross Country was held at Avondale College on Friday, 4 May. The school team competed well on the day and finished 11th overall. Some individual results included: 12 Boys – Raphael Dunn 3rd, 14 Girls – Ashley Pernecker 3rd,  15 Boys – Jeremy Beale 6th , 16 Girls – Charlotte Akhurst 6th, 17 Girls – Olivia Glanville 10th , 18 Girls – Jacinta Clark 10th . All of these students have been selected to compete in the AICES Cross Country Championships on Monday, 28 May at Sydney Equestrian Centre.

School Athletics Carnival


The Senior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 30 May at Warnervale Oval. However, Javelin will be conducted at school on Wednesday lunch times leading up to the carnival. Any students wishing to compete in Javelin will need to come along on Wednesday lunch times to compete.

Bill Turner Knockout Football Competition 

On Wednesday, 2 May our Boys Under 15 football team travelled to Narara Valley High School for their Round 2 clash.  This was a rematch of last years Round 1 engagement where we had come away with a narrow win.  The boys were super keen to make it 2 from 2 and after Jeremy Beale scored in the 39th second with a pacey steal off one of their backs the prospects looked good.  At the 5 minute mark Riley Phillips claimed our 2nd goal and then made it 3 with a quality finish in the 19th minute.  Narara Valley bounced back shortly afterwards with a quality goal that left no chance for Callum Davies in goal.  The second half would prove to be a hard fought tussle with plenty of physicality about the match but no more goals.  Each time the boys were fouled they simply stood back and walked away smiling in the knowledge that they had this.  At the final whistle the boys could walk off the field knowing that they had outplayed their opposition for the 3-1 victory and done so with maturity.  Well done boys.

Rev Matt Shorten


School Sporting Teams


  • Rugby trials and training is being conducted on Tuesday afternoons with qualified coaches from Warnervale Rugby Club from 3:15pm -4:15pm. All students interested in playing rugby for the school should be attending training at this time.

  • Boys basketball training has commenced with 15’s training happening on Monday lunch times and Opens training on Thursday lunch times. Open Boys team will play in the HRIS Secondary Basketball Gala Day on Tuesday, 26 June and 15’s will play on Wednesday, 15 August.

  • Netball trials and training is being conducted on Friday lunch times with Jah Taiapo our school netball club coach conducting these sessions. All girls interested in playing for our school teams should be attending training. Teams will play in the HRIS Secondary Netball gala day on Tuesday, 22 May and Schools Netball Cup on Friday, 1 June.

  • Open Boys Football team will compete in the HRIS Gala Day on the Monday, 14 May.


School Team Trials:


Oz tag and Rugby League Trials will be held soon.

HRIS Team selection


Congratulations to Nick Bignall who has been selected in the HRIS Rugby Team.

Other Upcoming Dates


  • Monday, 14 May – HRIS Open Boys Football Gala Day
  • Wednesday, 16 May – CIS 18boys Rugby League Trials
  • Tuesday, 22 May – HRIS Secondary Netball Gala Day
  • Wednesday, 23 May – CIS Rugby League Trials
  • Wednesday, 24 May – AICES Touch Football Gala day and Trials
  • Wednesday, 30 May – School Secondary Athletics Championships
  • Friday, 1 June – Schools Netball Cup
  • Tuesday, 5 June – AICES Cross Country
  • Thursday, 14 June – CIS Cross Country
  • Tuesday, 19 June – HRIS 15’s Football Gala Day
  • Tuesday, 26 June – HRIS Open Basketball Gala Day

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)

During the middle weekend of the Easter School Holidays some of our Senior School students competed at the NSW Senior Gymnastics Championships.  Abbi Davies, Claudia Martin and Edan Shorten competed in the Levels 7, 8 and 10 respectively of the National Stream.  Abbi Davies was fortunate to make it through to Day 2 of the competition with so many competitors in Level 7 and walk away with a bronze medal on the beam.  Congratulations Abbi.  Claudia had a really tough Day 2 of competition in what is a very difficult Level 8 seeing a lot of the girls wrestling with the new skill requirements.  Congratulations Claudia on your dignity in such a difficult competition.  Edan Shorten had only been off her crutches for about 4 weeks leading into State and was not sure how she would compete.  She rose to the challenge and placed 1st on beam, 2nd on bars, 3rd on floor and 2nd overall for Level 10 Juniors (and 4th overall out of all Level 10 girls).  Her results were good enough to see her selected for the NSW team for the 5th year in a row and she will compete Week 4 of this term at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Hisense Arena, Melbourne.  Congratulations Edan, we wish you all the best at Nationals.

Rev Matt Shorten

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



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