Week 4, Term 2 2018



Bishop Peter’s visit

Next Thursday, 31 May, the Bishop of Newcastle, Dr Peter Stuart, will spend the day at Lakes. Bishop Peter was Chair of the Lakes Grammar board for a number of years and he has a close interest in our four Anglican schools. Bishop Peter will attend chapel services and visit classrooms. It will be a pleasure to reacquaint the Bishop with some of the great things we are doing at Lakes.

School Captains visit NSW Parliament House

Every year the Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris, invites our school leaders and me to visit him at Parliament House in Macquarie Street. Our school captains Savannah Jolly and Cooper Hills accompanied me to Parliament House on Wednesday. We had a chat in his office and talked about his portfolio and some of the current issues being debated in NSW Parliament. David then took us on a tour of Parliament House. We had lunch in what they call “The Strangers’ Restaurant” and then we went to the public gallery and watched the “theatre” of Question Time. Savannah and Cooper learned a lot and had their eyes opened to the workings of our State Parliament.


NAPLAN testing was conducted last week and you probably have seen a lot of comment about the value of NAPLAN lately. After the Gosnki 2.0 report, even the NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, called for NAPLAN to be scrapped. As it is, a condition of Federal funding of education across the country is that all States and Territories undertake NAPLAN. The Federal Minister of Education says it’s here to stay. If NAPLAN wasn’t used to rank schools (which can be done by pulling data from MySchool) but was, as originally intended, simply a diagnostic tool for schools, it would be less controversial. There is great concern about “teaching to the test” and thus narrowing student learning to what will be tested in NAPLAN. At Lakes Grammar we don’t teach to the test. We analyse our students’ NAPLAN data to help us identify strengths and weaknesses so we can target areas for improvement. We also give students some NAPLAN practice tests so they know the kinds of questions they’ll have and how to approach the different kinds of questions. There is great concern expressed about Australia sliding down the rankings in the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment in Maths, Science and Reading) tests. I wonder if the focus on NAPLAN as a kind of “basic skills” test, reduces the scope for teachers to work with their students to develop the higher order thinking skills that are tested in PISA? Education in NSW looks set for a significant shake-up over the next few years, if the Gonski recommendations are implemented and the NSW review of curriculum turns out to be a major one.

AIS Conference and Educational Leadership article

The Association of Independent Schools has recognised the great strides we have made in school improvement during the Schools Leading Learning process over the last two years and continue to make. Consequently, they have invited Michelle Smith (Director of Teaching and Learning, SS) and Andrea Harries (Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning, JS) to present at their annual conference in Sydney on 14-15 June.

One of the AIS consultants who has worked with us throughout our school improvement journey has written an article with Mr Wallace and Mrs Harries for publication in the journal Educational Leadership.

These honours reflect the enormous amount of work our teachers have done as we have focused more and more on evidence-based teaching practices, analysis of student data and collaborative professional learning.

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).

Order envelopes are to be returned on photo day if you are not ordering online – please do not return envelopes to the school before this date as we will not accept envelopes prior to the day.

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.

Sibling Photos (must be pre-ordered) WILL ONLY be taken if you have prepaid online.

See code below in Whole School section for online ordering.



Matt’s Mutterings

A part of chaplaincy that you as a member of our community may not see firsthand is where we connect with other chaplains and the wider Anglican Church. This has played a big part of my last few weeks. A couple of weeks ago Pete and I met with the other Chaplains from the other Anglican schools in our Diocese. We shared a meal together and spoke of what was going on in our schools, offered support and encouragement as well as planning the Year 7 celebration day at the Cathedral in Newcastle. It was a meeting where we all left knowing that we can call on each other if we need advice, a sounding board or just a good old venting session.

Last week I was in Melbourne for a series of meetings and a forum. I am one of two Chaplains on the Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) Management Committee which meets four times a year and last Wednesday we met and discussed a very full agenda. The committee exists to provide a way of drawing the diverse Anglican schools from across Australia together. It does this through the annual conference, research projects, resource sharing, recruitment and some collective liaison work with the Federal Government. We at Lakes Grammar belong to the wider ASA family of schools which numbers about 160 with approximately 150,000 students.

The ASA Management Committee also hosted across two days in Melbourne a forum exploring what it means to be an Anglican school. Archbishops, bishops, principals, school council chairs and chaplains gathered from all the states to think through what being an Anglican school might look like.  What is it that we share in common apart from just the label “Anglican” and what might this mean for us as a part of the ASA?  In the middle of this forum I also chaired the ASA Chaplain’s Consultative Committee where we look at how we can best network and serve Anglican School chaplains across Australia.  Each state was represented by a Chaplain and what we discussed and brain-stormed will now be filtered out into each state through our Chaplain’s network.

I wanted to share this with you all so that you might know that our school belongs to this amazing, richly diverse and widespread family of schools. We are linked by bonds of friendship and mutual concerns. At the heart of all the meetings and forum that I was at was this person we call Jesus. He is the reason that everyone had in common. And that is good news.






HICES Debating
Congratulations to our HICES Debating students as they have enjoyed great success in the HICES Competition again this year. We have completed the preliminary rounds for the Hunter Region and we have a Junior (Years 5/6) team progressing through to the Finals rounds to compete against other regions in NSW. Our Middle (Years 7-8) and Open (Years 10-12) teams have also progressed through from the preliminary rounds this year which is a wonderful overall achievement for the school.

Junior School Athletics Carnival

We are very much looking forward to our upcoming Junior School Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, 29 May. Sports in Schools will able to run some enjoyable events and activities for Kindergarten and Year 1 on the Junior School Oval in the afternoon, whilst Years 2-  6 will travel to Warnervale Athletics Field for their carnival.


The NAPLAN program ran smoothly for students in Year 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 Year 3 and 5 teachers, learning support team and Mrs Colthorpe, Mrs Harries and Mrs Jolly in this regard who conducted a significant amount of professional development for staff and organisation for the testing program in ensuring 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, 1 June.

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

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

Girls:   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.

Ashley Webb – Congratulations

Congratulations to Ashley Webb of Year 1 who recently performed at the awards showcase for the annual Gosford City Performing Arts Challenge.  Ashley received a perpetual trophy - "Adjudicators Award for a Junior" at the tender age of 6 years as the junior category is usually awarded for dancers aged between 8 - 14 Years. Congratulations Ashley, we are proud of your efforts.

Church Service

On Sunday, 17 June, all students in Years 3 - 6 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.

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 to ask for help.


Stars of the Week

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

Issabella T, Tyler M, April M, Arini Y, Hannah R, Ravi F, Tatiana P, Tyler H, Rohith S.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of honesty.

Mackenzie A, Vaishnavi S, Felicity G, Casper H, Kenzie M, Tahlia S, Savannah S, Liam W, Diluk A.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


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 30 students complete it.

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

JS Library BLOG:

National Simultaneous Storytime 

Once again we hosted NSS 2018! This is always a wonderful day for the students selected to attend and we enjoy being a part of this national initiative.

Coming Up In Term 2:

  • IPSHA Art on the Move – Monday, 4 June

Garden Club 

Eight students from Years 2-6 volunteered their time to harvest some vegetables from our vegetable garden. Lettuce leaves were picked and donated to the school canteen for lunches. Thank you for all those that volunteered their time. We hope our tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots will be ready for harvesting soon.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


On Wednesday, 9 May the Junior School debating teams had a very successful day with both Lakes A and Lakes B winning their debates. The topic was, ‘Should we teach coding and not creative writing’. Lakes A argued in the affirmative and Lakes B in the negative. It was great to see that the students were able to argue both sides of the debate successfully.

At the end of these preliminary rounds Lakes A are undefeated. Well done to both teams.

Debate teams Lakes A and Lakes B and their cheer squad.

Lakes A: Noah Simon, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Tahlia Moore and Yalkin Shevket.

Lakes B: Jaydee Lourens, Nathan Wilson, Rohith Srinivas and Finlay Pigot-Irving

Chairperson: Sivani Yellamaraju

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6






CIS Cross Country 
A big congratulations to: Mia Kehoe, Addison Kowaliw, Giselle Simon, Grace Crumbley, Ella Burgess, Kathryn Cook, Ava Burgess, Harrison Williams - for making the HRIS team competing at Eastern Creek on Thursday, 14 June. We wish them well!

Athletics Carnival 

We pray for glorious weather next Tuesday when we hold our annual Athletics Carnival at Warnervale Athletics Field. Please ensure that you have returned your note to the school. K-1 students will again be competing in athletic activities with our Sports In Schools Program instructors. All photos and results will be available in the next fortnightly newsletter.

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.


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator



School Athletics Carnival

The Senior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 30 May at Warnervale Oval. Parents are encouraged to come along and watch their children compete.


Bill Turner Cup & Trophy

Our boys team is awaiting the winner of the St Edwards and Kincumber game to play the next round of the Bill Turner Cup. On Monday, 21 May the under 15 girls Bill Turner Trophy team played against Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College at Hamlyn Terrace Oval.  Our team played together really well and showed a huge improvement from our last game.  They are beginning to work together as a team creating great passes and many goal scoring opportunities, however, we were not able to put a ball in the back of the net.  We ended up losing the game 5-0.  Despite being down 3-0 at half time the girls continued to try their best and encourage each other.  Whilst all of the girls played extremely well, there were a few girls who stood out as really giving their all:  Han Green for her ball skills and goal keeping, Finlay Stewart for her goal keeping and continuous runs down the sideline, Charlotte Tarleton and Abby Hobbs for their fearless tackles and never give up attitude, Nyah Small for her great crosses and tireless effort, Shannon Liddle for her huge throw-ins and organisational skills in the back line and Kasey Young for her ability to clear any ball as our fearless sweeper. 

HRIS Netball Gala Day

Our girl’s netball teams played in the HRIS Netball Gala Day on Tuesday, 22 May. A great day was had by our students with our teams finishing 8th in the 14’s, 6th in the 16’s and 3rd in the Opens divisions. Well done girls. Our 14’s and 16’s teams will now compete in the NSW Schools Cup competition on Friday, 1 June.

School Sporting Teams

  • 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.
  • Girls Basketball Training will commence shortly, and any interested girls should go and talk with Ms Newton.
  • Junior Boys and Girls Football teams will compete in the HRIS Gala Day on Tuesday, 19 June.
  • Our Open boys Rugby 7’s team will compete in the Central Coast Rugby 7’s gala day on Thursday, 14 June at Narara Valley.


School Team Trials:

Oz tag and Rugby League Trials will be held soon.

Student achievements

  • Han Green represented HRIS in the AICES Football Championships on Wednesday, 9 May. Han played extremely well and HRIS finished 3rd on the day.

  • Nick Bignall Captained the HRIS 16’s Rugby Union team which competed in the AICES Rugby Championships on Thursday, 10 May. Nick has been in great form and has been selected in an array of representative teams. He will now go on to compete for selection in the NSW CIS team.

  • Aimee Butcher represented HRIS in the AICES Open Girls Football Championships on Thursday, 17 May. Aimee played well against some very talented competition.

  • Corey Sanday trialled for the Open Boys NSWCIS Rugby League team, gaining a lot of experience from the trials.

Other Upcoming Dates


  • 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 15s Football Gala Day
  • Tuesday, 26 June – HRIS Open Basketball Gala Day



Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator




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