Week 4, Term 3 2017


Monday, 7 August was a historic day for Lakes Grammar. We ran our first Equestrian Carnival, organised by Mrs Jobe-Parker and we hosted our first visit by students and teachers from Hangzhou, China. The Equestrian Carnival had almost 100 participants from a wide range of independent, Catholic and Government schools from as far away as Taree and Kempsey. The event was run very successfully at Morisset Showground, although the strong winds added some difficulties to the day. I was very pleased to be able to present the award for champion Junior Team to our Lakes Grammar team. I would like to thank Mrs Jobe-Parker for the huge amount of work she did to organise this event. There were many compliments given by parents of riders from the various schools. My thanks also to Mr Sandy Parker for his work on the day and to Mrs Jobe-Parker’s daughters, Ashley and Daisy for their help during the event. Our Year 10 PASS class also assisted during the event and Di Hattam ran the canteen. See Mrs Jobe-Parker’s more detailed report in this newsletter which includes the achievements of individual Lakes Grammar students.


Chinese visitors
Twenty-four students and six teachers from Daguan Middle School in Hangzhou spent two days at Lakes Grammar and three nights with host families from our school. On Monday we had a welcome assembly at which Deanna Barnes of Year 10 welcomed our visitors, speaking in Chinese and translating for our students. The Chinese students then entertained us with a traditional Chinese song. Our visitors joined in with classes on the two days, for example, making cup cakes with Year 9 Food Technology, English and Chinese conversation with Year 8 and Year 10 Chinese classes, Art, PE and integration with several other classes. On Wednesday morning we held a farewell assembly before our visitors departed to spend a few days in Sydney. We were treated to another Chinese song and a preview of a song from our upcoming musical, High School Musical. I am very grateful to our families who hosted the Chinese students. Without your generosity we could not have such valuable experiences. I would also like to thank Cate and Chris (owners of the Paddle Shack at Canton Beach) for opening up their business and offering our host families and their Chinese guests, free of charge, an afternoon of kayaking and paddle boarding on Tuesday afternoon – which was very well received by all. The big smiles on the Chinese students’ faces was a telltale sign that they were having fun.

We have been invited to take students to their school in Hangzhou, so stay tuned for a possible trip next year.

High School Musical

Our performances are fast approaching – 24 and 25 August. Although this musical is being staged by our Senior School, I hope many families from across the school will come and support it. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their talents and perform in public and it is also inspirational for younger students to see what could lie ahead for them in Senior School.

Trial HSC

Our Year 12 students are sitting their Trial HSC exams this week and next. The climax of their 13 years of schooling, the HSC exams, is closing in on them. The Trials are the major practice test, from which we hope our students will learn more about how to prepare for and approach the HSC exams early next term.

Mr Michael Hannah




SHOWCASE 2017 'ONAIR 225.9FM Lakes Radio'

Wednesday, 6 September

11:00am matinee and 6:30pm evening performance

Friday, 8 September

6:30pm evening performance

Ticket prices are as follows:

Family: $35 (2 adults/2 students)
Adults: $12
Student/concession: $10

We are excited to announce this year we have moved to online ticketing for this event with RESERVED SEATING. Tickets will go on sale at 9am Monday, 14 August. Tickets can be purchased either via the school website home page event button or click here


Our always popular Fathers' Day stall will be running on Monday, 28 August. Orders can be placed online via All gifts are $5.00 and gifts can be purchased with cash on the day. Online orders via flexischools close at 5pm on Saturday, 26 August.

Our yummy Fathers' Day Breakfast will be held on Friday, 1 September. Orders can be placed online via Online orders via flexischools close at 5pm  on Tuesday, 29 August.


Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

More details and information to follow soon but if you know a local business who would be interested in sponsoring this great community event, please contact Beverley Seers, Marketing & Community Relations on 4393 4110. Our Event Sponsorship packages are $500 and you get to sponsor a section of the fair plus get lots of exposure leading up to the day. All support is very much welcome and appreciated.

VW Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Central Coast Volkswagen will be a Platinum Sponsor of our Spring Fair this year. Central Coast Volkswagen will also sponsor a number of our student activities throughout the year and we are very grateful for their support.

Central Coast Volkswagen, call 4320 0944.

We wish to thank and acknowledge our wonderful school community sponsor



On Sunday, 6 August I was asked to preach at both services at Lakes Anglican Church in Kanwal.  It’s been a while since I have done this and it was a really good experience to work through a Bible passage with the two congregations. In sharing with them some of my stories from the UK, I had a number of people afterwards come up to me and share their experiences. Old memories of pubs where the community gathered in support of one another through the good and the bad mingled with stories of contemplating life besides a loch or two. Each of these people, as they shared a memory, could make a connection in their own lives to the Bible story we had been thinking about.

For me as a person who believes that Jesus is who he says he is, I am greatly encouraged by others sharing their own faith stories with me.  It’s amazing too, if you have your ears and eyes open how you can experience God’s spirit speaking to you through people’s stories.  When we listen well, without pre-judging the person, we hear so much more.  When we listen carefully, we can grow in our own lives and honour the other person at the same time.  Everyone gains something through effective listening.

Speaking of stories (as I do a lot), it was a story from Primary School in the early 80s that had me first falling in love with Ireland. I read the Narnia series in Year 5 and C.S. Lewis, the author, is from Belfast in Northern Ireland.  Whilst I was in Belfast, I was able to see his home “Little Lea” where he grew up and his school, Campbell College which has a very Hogwarts feel to it.  For me, living out this childhood dream to be in Ireland took me right back to the first time I read his books.  You couldn’t get the smile off my face for weeks.  May you too be told stories that help you sense God’s presence in your life….and may you share your stories to encourage others too.  Who knows what God might say next?

Bless ya!





This is the time of year that is very busy for our Senior Students with Year 11 completing their last few assessments for their Preliminary courses and Year 12 sitting their Trial HSC examinations. This is a time which can be stressful and, at times, feel overwhelming. There are lots of ways to effectively cope with this period of stress. Here are some useful links to help both our students and parents:

There have been a lot of people with coughs and colds, so I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe designed to pack lots of nutrients into you. Chicken lentil soup. This is a delicious meal for those cold evenings and great to help build immunity and fight off those nasties floating around. A strong immune system is also a must for dealing with stressors in your life – so eat well and live well!

Find the recipe here.

I have attached some pictures from the Beanies for Brain Cancer session run by our school prefects I wrote about in our last issue. Our students were challenged with the information provided and there were a few competitive streaks becoming apparent in the race to build an effective domino fall!  

Mrs Alison Maclarty

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing (7-12)




Andrew Daddo Visit
Junior School students were privileged to have the acclaimed author Andrew Daddo visit last Thursday, 3 August. The children were entertained with recounts from Andrew’s life that informed the many books that he has written as well as intrigued by his ‘unpacking’ of the writing process and the publication of a book. Our thanks go to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for their organisation of this event as it was very entertaining and well enjoyed by all!

Lakes Grammar Equestrian
Lakes Grammar hosted its first ever Equestrian Day on Monday, 7 August at Morisset Showground. With over 100 competitors attending, our Junior School students did particularly well to win the Champion Junior School Team trophy on the day. It was enjoyable being out in the sunshine and seeing Alyvia, Paige, Zoe, Mia and Ella competing on their horses and enjoying the experience. Our gratitude goes to Cynthia Jobe-Parker and Sandy Parker and their girls for their organisation of the day and to Mr Cantor, Mr Beecroft, Mrs Shepherd and our Senior School PASS students for their support of the day.

Peer Support
We commenced our Peer Support lessons this week under Ms LeRay’s valuable leadership! The entire Junior School participates in Peer Support for 30 minutes each week this term. Two Peer Leaders from Year 6 facilitate a group of about 10 younger students from across Kindergarten to Year 5, who work together through a number of structured activities. Each teacher will supervise two groups in their classroom. We are working on a module called ‘Moving Forward’ which is based on the evidence that resilience can be developed within students by recognizing and using proactive factors and employing a range of strategies in challenging situations The Moving Forward module particularly focuses on developing planning, resilience, coping and communication skills.  Our thanks to Ms LeRay for her leadership of this valuable program!

IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 4 – 6 Choir sounds amazing and enjoyed their rehearsal at Pymble Ladies’ College last Wednesday, 2 August in preparation for the upcoming IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 23 August. The students are singing two Coldplay pieces in a medley and sound amazing – they have also been practicing a number of combined choir pieces that they will sing along with the other schools present on the evening. It promises to be a magical occasion again this year! Tickets for the evening are still available through Mr Feps, our JS Music Teacher. 

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:

Coming up we are looking at ‘Reason well – think rigorously and methodically’ in Week 5 and ‘What to do if I feel sad or angry’ in Week 6.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Imagine and explore possibilities in Week 3:

Riley A, Marcus W, Lila F, Felicity G, Nicholas B, Jake L, Milla H, Addison K, Thomas P, Max A, Tahlia A, Jasmine H, Ailey V, Cooper H, Taj B, Anu B, Rihana G, Chris E, Hannah R, Diluk A.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Tolerance in Week 4:

Ashley W, Isabella T, Nate W, Alex H, Alexander H, Alex H, Tobias T, Mason V, Olyver H, Claire H, Jordan R, Hamilton D, Ava M, Stephanie A, Hunter L, Thomas H, Brendan C, Thomas E, Will B, Finlay S, Kani L.

Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School



Premier Reading Challenge
Registration for the 2017 is now closed and we currently have around 90 students who have completed the challenge so far. Keep them coming in!  All completed PRC lists must be handed in by 25 August.
We hope to receive the actual certificates by the end of the year from the NSW Premier’s Office.

Students who complete the PRC in Term 3 will also receive a photo for our JS Library Achievement wall.

Andrew Daddo Author
Andrew Daddo visited our K-6 classes last Thursday. His talks were inspirational, entertaining and funny. Andrew spoke of his childhood and the fact that reading and writing played such an important role in growing up. He dazzled us with ideas to get started with writing. Students were well behaved and we thank Andrew for his wonderful time shared with our school community.


Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be happening again soon.

Please note: Scholastic provide a wonderful online payment service to help you purchase your children’s book fair items (

If paying for your items online, your child needs to bring us their wish list of items being purchased with your 8-digit payment receipt number BEFORE 2PM THURSDAY 24 AUGUST.

After this time we will be unable to process your child’s order, and you will have to contact Scholastic directly.

See advertisement at the end of this newsletter for further details. Posters will also be going up around the school shortly with more details.

Please note, there will be NO BOOK PARADE due to Showcase this year (every 2nd year only) 


Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Congratulations to our HICES Debate team who won their preliminary final yesterday down at Hills Adventist College. They had their first debate where they had been given a theme (Digital Technologies) to research then given the motion on the day, then one hour to prepare a debate. The topic was ‘that the government should provide a wireless network to everyone’ and they were negative (a hard side to debate from). They came up with some amazing arguments in such a short period of time.

If you see them please congratulate them. We are into the Quarter Finals with the theme ‘home owners’ rights and responsibilities’ where we are up against Mr Wallace's old school Macarthur! Well done to all involved.


Mrs Amanda Holland




Next Monday, 14 August NAPLAN results will be made available to schools online. We expect to receive students’ NAPLAN paper reports on Tuesday, 15 August, which will then be mailed out to parents. Once you receive your child’s NAPLAN results and if you have any questions about their Year 7 or 9 results please feel free to contact me.

Students have made their final subject selections and this process will be finalised in this week.


The following information has been distributed to students this week:

  • Year 9 Subject Choice Booklet 2018
  • NESA NEW HSC Minimum Standard Fact Sheet

Please discuss these Elective Choices with your child, helping them to make choices that is in keeping with their interests, abilities and goals. Students need to choose ONE elective from Line 1 and ONE elective from Line 2, which is outlined in the booklet distributed. The following subjects are compulsory:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography

If you have any questions about the new minimum standard and/or new HSC requirements or subject choices please feel free to contact myself or Mr Ian Samways. The information booklet and fact sheet about the new HSC minimum standard has also been emailed home.


Year 11 Exams are in due to commence on Friday, 9 September and conclude on Tuesday, 20 September. Timetables will be distributed in the coming week. Please encourage your child to start planning for these exams now.


During Week 9 Year 7 and 9 will be completing a NAPLAN Online Readiness Test. Students will complete two tests, a writing and a combined reading/maths examination, both 40 minutes in duration. Students do not receive any results for the exam and it does not have any impact on future NAPLAN results or the new minimum standard requirements. Year 9 will complete the tests on Monday 11 September, Year 7 on Tuesday 12 September. Any questions about this please feel free to contact me.


We are pleased to be able to offer more support for our students in Numeracy and Reading Comprehension for the rest of the year. The school has employed Mr Sam Wilmott until the end of the year, as part of our Learning Support Team. Sam will work with identified students on an intensive Numeracy Intervention Program and with students needing additional in class support across a variety of subjects.

Our long-standing Teachers’ Aide, Mrs Karyn Thomson and Learning Support Teacher, Mrs Stacey Hughes will continue with our reading MacqLit program. Mrs Thomson will now be working with small groups of students on a SRA Reading Comprehension Program as well. The intensive reading program of Macqlit has really had an enormous impact on improving students ‘reading capabilities. We are excited to be able to offer an intervention program in Mathematics in Year 7 and 8 and in Comprehension. If you have questions about this, please feel free to contact me. If your child has been identified as needing the support, you will be contacted via a letter from the Learning Support Team.

High Achievers Group Mentor Sessions

Over the past weeks, Mrs Phoebe Stibbard has been working with our identified Gifted Students and High Achievers, and has added group-mentoring sessions to our program. She has commenced the program by asking the students to fill in a survey about themselves and their goals and motivations. This is such a wonderful thing to be able to offer our students and feedback from the students tells me they love it! A big thank you to Mrs Stibbard who is working hard to support these students and act as their mentor!


Semester 2 Cognito Program is up and running. Please encourage your children to again get involved! There is lots of offer to ‘sink their teeth’ into and to grow their brains with!

Word Mania

Year 7 and 8 students are all currently involved in the great online Word Building Competition. This week Year 8 students have come 2nd overall in the Hunter Region! I encourage you to get your child onto their iPad and start building words! Congratulations to all the Year 8 students who have been working hard to achieve this result thus far. The competition runs for 4 weeks, so keep on word building!


Mrs Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning



Rehearsals are well and truly in full swing now for High School Musical on Thursday, 24 and Friday, 25 August at 7pm. Students are dancing and singing their way toward the big opening night with a good deal of commitment and enthusiasm.

There are only two weeks before the cast steps on stage and presents a show full of fun and excitement.

Tickets are available - Adults $12, Students $10, Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children $35. This will be a wonderful night out for the whole family to enjoy.

Book now to secure your reserved seats by visiting

Tickets will not be sold at the door.  This show promises to be truly entertaining and Lakes Grammar Creative and Performing Arts Faculty looks forward to sharing it with you.

Mrs Hobden

CAPA Co-ordinator



HRIS Athletics Carnival Friday, 11 August.
Our school athletics team will be competing in Division 1 this Friday. We have a large team this year and wish all our competitors the best of luck. We are sure they will do well and represent the school with pride and honour. A detailed article with some photos and results will be included in the next fortnightly newsletter.

Oz Tag Gala Days
Teams have now been selected for the upcoming 3 / 4 and 5 / 6 Gala Days. We wish all competitors well. Notes have now been distributed. Please see Mr Cantor or Mr Lawson if you have any questions.

HRIS Football / Netball Gala Day Tuesday, 29 August.
Notes for this annual event have gone out to all those students in the respective teams. Please return them by the due date for organisational purposes.

PSSA Touch Football – Zac Gillett (Wagga Wagga)

Congratulations to Zac Gillett of Year 6 who competed at the PSSA Touch Football Championships in Wagga Wagga recently. Zac had a great tournament and had lots of fun, learnt skills along the way and made some lifelong friends.

The team was very competitive and won one game, drew 5 and lost 6. CIS came 10th overall ( two places better than last year) A fantastic result!


Bishop Tyrell Invitational Day

An event has been organised for Years 3 / 4 and Years 5 / 6 by Bishop Tyrell Anglican College to commemorate the opening of their new fields. Sports include Netball, Football and Touch 7s. Notes will go home shortly with more details.


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 joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well. 

HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)

Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 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 can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.

If your child is nominated or successful in representing HRIS at a CIS event, then a $23.36 nomination fee will be applied to your account in due course.



Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


AICES Athletics Carnival

The following students have been selected in the HRIS athletics team to compete in the AICES Athletics championships on Wednesday,30 August in the following events after outstanding results from the HRIS Athletics Championships.

Jackson Barnes  Year: 8              

#36 Boys 13 200 Meter Run



#56 Boys 13 High Jump


#96 Boys 13 100 Meter Run



Blair Evans Year: 7

#15 Boys 13 Discus Throw



Anna McKechnie Year: 8



#127 Girls 13 High Jump


#133 Girls 12-14 Triple Jump


#154 Girls 13 Long Jump


Ashley Pernecker Year: 7


#2 Girls 12-14 3000 Meter Run


#26 Girls 13 200 Meter Run


#49 Girls 13 800 Meter Run


#110 Girls 13 1500 Meter Run


#127 Girls 13 High Jump


#135 Girls 13 400 Meter Run


Ellie Rudder Year: 7


#17 Girls 13 Discus Throw


#44 Girls 13 Shot Put


#78 Girls 13 Javelin Throw



Elizabeth Thomas Year: 8

#26 Girls 13 200 Meter Run



Jeremy Beale Year: 8


#64 Boys 14 8—Meter Run


#149 Boys 14 400 Meter Run


Madeline James Year: 8 


#18 Girls 14 Discus Throw


Nicholas Bignall Year: 9


#58 Boys 15 Javelin Throw


#83 Boys 15 Shot Put


#116 Boys 15 Discus Throw

Record 49.64m


Ben Duncan Year: 9


#150 Boys 15 400 Meter Run


Jezebel Navusolo Year: 9


#28 Girls 15 200 Meter Run


#72 Girls 15 Long Jump


#90 Girls 15 100 Meter Run


#103 Girls 15-16 Triple Jump


Olivia Glanville Year: 10


#52 Girls 16 800 Meter Run


#138 Girls 16 400 Meter Run


Eric Weber Year: 11


#10 Boys 17 Shot Put


#84 Boys 17 Javelin Throw


We wish all of the above athletes the best of luck in the AICES Championships.

NSW CIS Rugby League 7’s

We had an under 14 and 16 team compete at the NSW CIS Rugby League Championships on Monday, 7 August. These teams played against Independent Schools from across NSW and came up against some very strong competition. The 14’s side was competitive throughout the day and gained a lot from the experience. The 16’s team were defending champions from 2016 and went into the competition with high expectations. The team was a class above the field winning all of their games convincingly and once again being crowned Champions in 2017.

An Open Boys team will compete in the NSW CIS 9’s Tournament hosted by the NRL on Wednesday, 30 August.

HRIS Football Gala Day

The HRIS under 15s Gala Day was a day of highs and lows for Lakes Grammar. The day started with a solid 1-0 victory against Heritage College with Josh Fordham claiming that he had scored directly from a corner although the opposition keeper may have given him some help. The second game of the day pitted us against SPCC Newcastle, a team who had been unbeaten for the last three years. After an impressive defensive display, we were able to counter with a Liam Hambrook goal to win 1-0. Unfortunately, we could not keep up the momentum due to an hour break between the two games. Our last game of the pool was against HVGS with a draw needed to ensure passage into the quarter finals and a slow start let us slip to 1-0 behind, however a superb solo goal by Ben Duncan brought us back to 1-1 with a few minutes to play. Unfortunately, with the last kick of the game Hunter Valley scored and we ended up third in the pool and into the bottom eight. A quick defeat to Bishop Tyrell meant that we slipped further down the rankings and with a victory over Scone our team ended up in 13th position.

Written by Mr Willmott

The girls first game was against Avondale which we won 5 – 0. The goals were started with a hat trick from Han Green in only 12 minutes! Our second game was against St Philips Newcastle, where Charlotte Akhust scored two goals in the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, these goals were equalized in the second half resulting in a 2-2 draw. We were back to a win in our third game against Scone Grammar 4-0. Our fourth game was a 5-2 victory against Central Coast Adventist School. Against St Columba Anglican School it was a close first half, however, the girls were able to string together some great passing to end the game with a 4-0 win. At this point, we were in first place. Our last two games were against very tough sides. In game 6 we played St Philips Gosford, taking up a 2-0 lead early in the game. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to keep this lead, losing 3-2 at the end to some amazing strikes from the opposition. Our final game was against Macquarie College. Macquarie College scored early, taking up a 1-0 lead.  We were able to prevent them from scoring any more goals, however, we were not able to get on the score board for this game.The girls placed 3rd overall on the day. The entire team put in a fantastic effort and showed great sportsmanship. A special mention to Han Green who scored 17 goals on the day as well as Aimee Butcher who scored 3 goals and Charlotte Akhurst who scored 2 goals. Congratulations girls on a fantastic effort in a difficult competition!

Written by Mrs Briggs

Upcoming sporting competitions include:

  • Wednesday, 16 August – 15s boys/girls HRIS Basketball Gala Day
  • Tuesday, 22 August – HRIS Rugby 7’s Gala Day
  • Friday, 25 August – Bishop Tyrell Anglican College Sports Day Invitational
  • Monday, 28 August – Central Coast Schools OzTag Gala Day, years 9,10,11 &12.
  • Wednesday, 30 August – NSW CIS Rugby League 9’s Championships
  • Wednesday, 30 August – AICES Athletics Championships
  • Monday, 11 September – HRIS 15’s Basketball Trials
  • Wednesday, 20 September – CIS Athletics Championships

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



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