Our visit by the Korean students is almost at an end and has been enjoyed by all. Thank you very much to the families who are hosting the students; without your generosity we would not be able to have these valuable inter-cultural experiences. Will hold a farewell assembly on Monday, 26 February at 2.15pm in the hall.
It was a pleasure to visit the both of our swimming carnivals over the last couple of weeks. There was a wonderful College spirit evident in the College areas and lots of support given to their team-mates. I congratulate all students who entered events, no matter their placing. Just participating is valuable as an experience and for contributing to College points.
We had a launch assembly for this initiative on Thursday with a representative outlining to students what it’s all about. Children’s University is an Australia-wide program that encourages students to see that learning can happen anywhere, not just in schools. We are launching it for Years 7 and 8 this year and will probably expand the program next year. We’re very excited about this new opportunity for our students. Please see further information from Mrs Smith in this newsletter.
Both Junior and Senior Schools have had an emergency evacuation drill over the last two weeks. We have these drills each term as well as lockdown drills. For the first drill students and staff were given notice and staff explained to students the procedures. Later in the year we will have unannounced drills. This is one element of our safe school policy and procedures.
Parents and Friends Association
The next meeting of the P&F will be held on Tuesday, 13 March in the Junior School library. The Annual General Meeting will be held at 6.30pm followed by the regular monthly meeting. At the AGM all executive positions are declared vacant and elections held. Nominations for an executive position need to be emailed to me via firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “P&F nomination”. The next meeting of the P&F will be held on Tuesday, 13 March in the Junior School library. The
Please see the email I sent home this week for more information about the executive positions.
If you have a child who is due to commence Kindergarten or Year 7 next year and you have not yet submitted an application, please do so now. Siblings receive priority but we need to know how many places to keep available for them. I thank you for your prompt attention to this.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
Kindergarten 2019 Parent Information Night
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Junior School Library
If you have a child ready to start school in 2019, we would like to invite you to our 2019 Kindergarten Information Night. This session will outline the enrolment process at Lakes Grammar and provide an opportunity to tour the Kindergarten classrooms and Junior School campus.
Welcome parents and new students and a welcome back to all of our amazing tutors and students in the Music tuition program here at Lakes Grammar! We have an exciting year ahead with many wonderful performance opportunities on offer for all levels of playing experience. Some ensembles which you may not be aware of are:
Secondary Vocal Ensemble is meeting on a Monday lunchtime and is open to all students Year 7 – 12 who love to sing! No audition or experience necessary.
Percussion Ensemble is a new ensemble for 2018, meeting on a Tuesday lunchtime, open to 12 students Years 7-10. No prior experience necessary.
Jazz Ensembles meet on a Thursday lunchtime and entry is by audition and subject to instrument availability. Positions are currently open for Wind and Brass players of a Grade 3 standard and above.
Senior Contemporary Ensemble is held on a Friday lunchtime and entry is by audition and subject to instrument availability.
String Ensemble will rehearse on a Friday morning and is currently open to enrolments by students 7-10 with some prior string experience, and who have access to an instrument. Please contact me if you would like your child to be involved.
Guitar Ensemble will also commence this year for students 7 – 12 who have 2 years prior playing experience. Day and time to be announced shortly. Please contact me if you would like your child to be involved.
A quick reminder that all students (including continuing students from last year) who wish to receive individual tuition on an instrument or voice must fill out an enrolment form. The form is available via the Parent lounge - Instrumental program
For more information on any of our musical ensembles or for the list of instrument tuition on offer, please contact me at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for our notices of upcoming performances!
Mr Luke Gallen
Senior School Music Teacher
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
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 beginning of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 5: Collaborate (Learn with and from others)
Week 6: Being an Upstander
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of being prepared and organised for learning:
Hayden Elliott, Jorja Beasley, Jack Kehoe, Ella Turner, Mia Collins, Georgie Fallon, Judy Lin, Madison Koen, Mia Santwyk, Selena Sherd, Isla Yager, Marianne Dagang, Clair White, Makayla Beasley, Nicola Ryan, Sienna Lyle, Savannah Santwyk, Ava Burgess, Zoe Cranston, Anu Babu, Douglas Ruzicka.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit of Commitment:
Evie Pilgrim, Richmond Thun, Ty Traynor, Harrison Mullins, Riley Astbury, Cooper O’Leary, Andrew Matri, Sara Olivieri, Ben Ruzicka, Lachlan McDougall, Chris Webb, Carter Davidson, Kai Berton, Rhys Fogarty, Madison Kustreba, Tahlia Shorten, Stephanie Anderson, Blake Smith, Zach Charlesworth, James Cook, Ella Williams .
Year 6 Student Representative Council Members
It has been a pleasure to see the Student Representative Council for 2018 taking shape under Miss Ashley Bennet’s dynamic leadership. We have and enthusiastic and keen group of SRC Class Representatives from Year 6 in 2018 and look forward to them officially taking office after being presented with their badges by The Hon. Emma McBride MP at a special K - 6 Assembly on Tuesday 6 March.
Our 2018 Year 6 Student Representative Councillors 6 are:
Suzannah Brydon, Kathryn Cook, Thomas Ellen, Rihana Gosselin, Liam Hogue, Rohith Srinivas, Charlotte Toohey and Jack Tough.
Junior School Leadership Day
The Junior School Leadership Day at Treetops on Wednesday 21 February was a wonderful success with the Year 6 School Leaders working through the activities on the day in a mature, intelligent and reflective manner. We are blessed to have such a talented and capable team of student leaders to commence 2018 with the brainstorming of a number of initiatives for the School community. Thanks also go to our Chaplain, Peter and Mr Johns, whose organisation of the Leadership Day and ongoing work with the School Leaders contribute immensely to the development of such a successful team each year.
The day presented a good opportunity to work with our Chaplain, Peter, to reflect on Biblical perspectives of leadership, develop our communication skills, challenge ourselves to think and communicate under pressure, try new things and to work as a team on the high ropes course as well as developing some plans for the Junior School as a leadership group in 2018. We enjoyed the opportunity to grow together as leaders and to plan for a range of initiatives whereby the students are able to carry out their roles within the school this year.
A huge thank you to the leadership group for the example they are setting to others in the classroom, the playground and in a range of co-curricular activities.
Teacher Profile – Mrs Anne Livette
A bit about yourself – and when and why did you come to Lakes Grammar?
I am married with three gorgeous girls (17, 15 and 13 years old). I lived in many different countries growing up, which has given me a great appreciation for other cultures and a love of languages. I have always loved music and enjoy being part of the music team at church. I adore teaching, love trying out new ways to use technology in the classroom and enjoy the journey of continually learning and improving. After 10 rewarding years at Green Point Christian College, I was inspired by the exciting things I heard were happening at Lakes Grammar, and knew that this would be the perfect place for me to continue my own journey.
What are you most looking forward to in your time here?
In my short time here, I have noticed a beautiful generosity of spirit and a great sense of teamwork amongst the Lakes Grammar staff, which sets a wonderful tone for our school. I have been so inspired by this, and I look forward to being part of this team; building great relationships with my beautiful students, excellent partnerships with parents and learning from talented colleagues.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
My favourite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. This is a constant reminder that I’m not in control … but God is, and I can trust Him absolutely in all things. When I put God in His rightful place, as Lord of my life, He organises things to work out in just the right way. What a great God we have!
What is something you'd like to achieve in the future?
I’d love to learn to play guitar, travel around France and learn another language. I’d love to help students feel excited about learning, seeing mistakes as an important part of their learning journey … and I’d love to live the sort of life that points people to see how awesome our God is.
Uniform Summer uniform is worn in Term 1. Students MUST wear a hat at all times when outdoors. I would encourage all parents to ensure that their child’s hat is clearly labelled with their name and to have a spare hat in their child’s school bag in case one goes missing. We do not encourage children to share their hats with others for creepy crawly reasons!
School Arrival Time and Before School Care
As you would be aware, the School opens at 8.00am and teachers are on duty to receive children in the Main Courtyard underneath the COLA from this time. While many teachers are on the premises before 8.15am, they need to use this time to prepare for the day ahead and to meet with colleagues or parents.
Please ensure that your child is not dropped off at school before 8.00am unless they are booked into Sunbeams for Before School Care. There is no supervision available before 8.00am.
New Play Equipment
A reminder that the new play equipment area is not open for use by children until 8.22am each morning. This is to ensure that we minimise the likelihood of accidents occurring during the morning period. I have also reminded the students that the use of the equipment before this time is not acceptable. I would ask that you assist us by ensuring that younger siblings refrain from climbing on equipment in this space while waiting to drop off K – 2 students.
A reminder that we also have a “no dog” policy on the School grounds.
Traffic and Parking
My sincerest thanks for your patience this year with the traffic and parking congestion around the school. The first weeks are always busy with children needing assistance with bags and the like and families enjoying a catch up in the grounds. To ensure that drop off and pick up times remain as streamlined as possible, I would ask for your assistance with the following.
Please ensure that when using Kiss and Go that children get out of your vehicle on the kerb side only, with their bags. Getting out of your car to assist with bags from the boot and hugging your child goodbye can hold up the queue considerably during busy periods. It is dangerous for any child to get out of their car on the road side of ‘Kiss and Go’ as they are close to the through traffic.
Please use only the marked pedestrian crossing directly in front of the school to come and go from the carpark. A lot of families are using the speed humps in the carpark as pedestrian crossings… but these are not pedestrian crossings and it is dangerous to cross the road through the Kiss and Go queue.
Kindergarten students and their siblings attending Parent Park can be collected from the new deck at the end of the verandah, past the Junior School Library and near the OC class. Students in Years 1 – 6 will continue to be collected from the verandah area at the front of the Junior School Library. This will help the Kindergarten students to be able to meet up with their parents as smoothly as possible.
I would also like to request that parents refrain from standing directly in front of the metal gate at the front of the school when using Parent Park as this obstructs the ‘Kiss and Go’ and Bus groups from exiting the school in the afternoon.
Please wait until children are seated before collecting them from Parent Park as this helps our teachers to ensure that all students meet their parents safely. Parents are also asked to walk up to Parent Park to collect your child or children.
I hope that the start of the year has been a smooth one for your family and I look forward to a busy and engaging year with your children.
Head of Junior School
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Once again, students are invited to participate in the PRC 2018. We currently have 76 students registered…a massive effort!
Information and reading logs have now 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.
Students who complete the 2018 PRC in Semester One will also receive an Early Finisher’s Certificate and name tag.
On Tuesday, 13 February the Junior School commemorated the 10th Anniversary of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples.
Age appropriate activities were completed in classrooms throughout the day. The teachers reported that thoughtful and caring discussions were had by their students during these lessons and that a general awareness of what the day was all about was apparent.
6B watched snippets of Mr Rudd’s speech on BTN where the significance of the day was explained.
“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.”
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, 13 February 2008
Mrs Andrea Harries
Coordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Students of Lakes Grammar in Year 7 and 8 are invited to join children across Newcastle, the Lower Hunter; the Upper Hunter; the Central and Mid North Coast, to be a part of this exciting new education program.
The concept of Children’s University (CU) is to recognise kids that find new areas of learning through discovering what educational events they can go to in their local area. Different levels of awards are given to students for learning time that occurs out of classroom hours: before school, during lunch, after school and at events in the school holidays. Children log this learning in a passport. At the end of the year if students have accumulated 30 hours of learning they attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Newcastle.
Children’s University will be linking families to all educational opportunities in your local and regional communities, strengthening our school clubs and linking community organisations to Lakes to allow opportunities for children to access exciting new learning events throughout the year.
This year, I will continue to work as a mentor to Gifted and High Achiever students. In addition to this, Years 7 – 10 students will be working on an enrichment program, which consists of developing and pursuing a personal interest project. Please contact Mrs Stibbard via phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to discuss your already identified gifted child or would like to discuss your child who has demonstrated these traits and is unidentified.
Senior School Teacher
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Welcome back to 2018. I am looking forward to planning two exciting three day expeditions.
The first expedition is planned for Tuesday 3 April – Thursday 5 April. It’s an exciting journey from Watagans to the Coast. The second expedition is late Term 4.
Students need to ensure they attend the lunch meeting so that they get all the required paperwork.
A reminder that all existing participants wishing to enrol in either silver or gold, please do so before mid-term 1 and see Mrs King for a paper participant award plan and new assessor commencement forms.
**This setting requires the registering participant to pay online only (there is no other method available)
Step 1. Select “My Organisation” from the menu on the left-hand side
Step 2: Select the “Payment” tab
Step 3: Global payment method:
a) Online mastercard payment option for award. Customisation for sub/operating authority/NAO = (True)
b) Pay Online through PayPal etc. (Customisation for sub/operating authority/NAO) = (False)
c) Direct payment option for award. Customisation for sub/operating authority/NAO. = (False)
d) Exempt payment option for award. Customisation for sub/operating authority/NAO = (False)
The new DOE award costings for 2018:
Bronze Participant $130
Silver Participant $135
Gold Participant $160
Change of level $35
Hopefully current duke of Edinburgh students have been continuing to log their dukes activities over the Christmas break. Updating logs online at least once a term is definitely the key to success in fulfilling award requirements.
Lakes Grammar Swimming Carnival Wednesday, 7 February
A fun day was had by all at the Lakes Grammar Swimming Carnival held at Mingara.
All Year 2-6 students were very well behaved, showed great sportsmanship and gave their all! Specific mention must go to the Age Champions for the day:
7 Girls - Emma Blackshaw
8 Girls - Kourtney Gardner
8 Boys - Ben Ruzicka
9 Girls- Miranda Feller
9 Boys - Joel Seol
10 Girls - Hannah Ruzicka
10 Boys - Hamilton Dobson
11 Girls - Elodie Jewell
11 Boys - Douglas Ruzicka
12-13 Girls - Rihana Gosselin
12-13 Boys - Tie- Ashton Croft and Noah Simon
Open Champions - Jamie Seol / Rihana Gosselin
It is with great pleasure that we announce for the first time in Lakes Grammar history that three siblings have won the title of Age Champion at one carnival. Congratulations to Ben, Hannah and Douglas Ruzicka for their outstanding performance - Well done!
LIGHTFOOT are also to be congratulated as being the winning College for the day.
HRIS Swimming at Maitland Pool on Thursday, 8 March
Congratulations to all those from Lakes who made the school team. Notes have gone home to those students. Please make sure students know their events and return notes by Friday, 23 February. School swimming caps are available from the office for $10 each.
Congratulations to Austin Murray of Year 6 who recently made the HRIS Team. He will be competing in Sydney on Monday, 26 February. We wish him well.
School Sport 3 - 6
3 – 6 School sport has now commenced and all students have now been allocated a sport.
Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…
Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, joggers (no fluro or solid 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 5/6 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.
Coming Up in Term 1 2018:
Cross Country Friday Friday, 9 March
HRIS Football Trials – Monday, 5 March and Monday, 12 March
HRIS Netball Trials – Monday, 12 March
Mr Danny Summers
K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
SENIOR SPORTS NEWS
Secondary Swimming Carnival
Our 7-12 swimming championships were held on Tuesday, 14 February in great conditions. A fun and competitive day was had by all students and the atmosphere of the carnival was fantastic.
Results are as follows:
Tyrrell were College champions putting a halt to Lightfoot’s 8 year domination
Open champions - 50m Freestyle:
Tiah Vale and Benjamin McKechnie
Tiah Vale 15yr girls for 50m Freestyle – 30.49 and 50m Backstroke – 34. 58
Olivia Glanville 17yr girls for 50m freestyle – 31.86
Whitney Akhurst 18 girls for 50m Backstroke - 38.40 and 50m Butterfly – 36.20
Lakes Grammar School Swimming Team
The above students will compete in the HRIS Division 2 Championships on Wednesday, 14 March.
HRIS Tennis Gala Day
A boys team competed in the HRIS Open’s Tennis Gala day in trying conditions. The team consisted of Lachlan McCarron and Corey Holmes, both boys played well in their matches and managed to have a few wins in singles and doubles matches over the course of the day.
HRIS Team Trials: The following HRIS Trials are coming up.
Secondary Touch Football
Secondary Football (soccer)
To trial for these teams it is expected that students are playing in local representative teams or at a very high level. These trials are attended by 16 HRIS schools.
If you would like to attend please see Mr Beecroft for the nomination details.
School team trials:
School Cross Country Carnival
The school Cross Country Carnival will be held on Friday, 9 March on the school and council land behind the Senior School. The Secondary Carnival will commence at 9am on the Senior School Oval.
Other Sport News
Han Green has been selected in the NSW CIS Open Girls Cricket team! Congratulations Han on this wonderful achievement.
Keely Bogle will be competing in the NSWCIS Softball Championships on Monday, 26 February. Keely has performed well all through the qualifying rounds and we wish her best of luck.
Mr Darren Beecroft
Senior School Sports 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 flexischools.com.au.
Alinta Apparel is the supplier of our school uniform shop. Alinta operates directly from our school four days per week. For full details on opening times and prices visit lakes.nsw.edu.au/uniform-shop