Week 6, Term 3 2018




The debate about the validity of this year’s NAPLAN results continues! A study commissioned by the Teachers’ Federation and conducted by two assessment experts in the USA concludes that the results from the online testing cannot be compared with those from the paper-based testing. The experts say this year’s results should be scrapped. But the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA) argues that the results are comparable. ACARA says it is planning to release the results this month, as usual. The main difference between the online test and the paper test is that, in the online test, if a student answers a question correctly, the next question is harder. The testing software adapts the questions during the test according to the student’s answers. This can’t happen in the paper test. Next year Lakes will sit a trial online test and move to all students doing it online in 2020, which is when all NSW students will do the tests online.

HICES debating

Congratulations to our Open Team who debated Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School last week in the Quarter finals and won. This was extra-special for the team because we flew them to the Gold Coast airport as the school is near Coolangatta. We debated The Innaburra School in the Sutherland Shire this Tuesday in the Finals. Unfortunately, we lost the debate by a narrow margin and Aidan was declared best debater. Our team is to be congratulated on reaching the penultimate level in the competition. The team members are: Elyse Hayhurst, Jordan Stevens, Oliver Shedden (all Year 11) and Aidan Munford (Year 12). Mrs Stibbard is their coach/mentor.


Congratulations to Lexi Russell of Year 2 who last weekend competed in the NSW Snowsports Championships. Lexi was very successful, finishing 4th in Boarder Cross and 5th in Giant Slalom. These results qualify Lexi for the Australian Championships to be held at Perisher from the 5-9 September. 

Max Potential

Several of our Year 11 students completed the Max Potential program this week. Max Potential is a leadership development program that connects emerging young leaders (aged 16 – 23 years old) with local community and business leaders, who receive professional coach training. The program runs over five months with one-on-one coaching, experiential workshops and a focus on delivering innovative community service projects to make a difference locally. Congratulations to Gemma Jordan, Kaitlyn DeShannon, Elyse Hayhurst, Oliver Shedden and Jordan Stevens whose projects I was able to see at the final presentation showcase on Monday.

Mr Michael Hannah




P&F Trivia Night

Saturday, 8 September

From 7:00pm in the School Hall

Tickets $100 for table of 10 or $12 per individual ticket. On sale now via flexischools.

Babysitting available on the night for $5 per child so come and enjoy a great social night.

Night at the Museum

Thursday, 13 September

6.00pm – 7.30pm

Senior School Library

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Fair Open Day 

Saturday, 27 October

10:00 - 2:30pm

This is the largest event on our school calendar and the biggest fundraiser for the P&F. More details will follow soon but in the meantime we are still looking for businesses to sponsor our $150 Monster Cash Raffle. This pre-event fundraiser with a massive prize pool of $3,000 cash is only available with the help of sponsors so if you have or know a business that could support us click here to download the registration form. We would like to thank Budding Scientists, Rockpool Painting, Affordable Regrouting, SS Conveyancing, Coastal Premier Accountancy, Taxation & Bookkeeping, Kars Complete Business Services, ANZ Mobile Lending - Central Coast North and Paw Prints Vet Clinic Gwandalan for their generous contribution.



Matt’s Mutterings

In our staff devotions each morning this term we have been reading our way through the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament.  It is a narrative that is from a vastly different time, cultural setting and understanding of life.  Some of it is quite gruesome, a bit Conan the Barbarian and other times the story catches us by surprise in a far more gentle way.  It has been really interesting to explore with the staff some of the cultural settings that help understand why the story plays out in certain ways and how this part of the Bible fits in to God’s plan for salvation.  Something else that is unexpected has come out of this for me personally as well.

Let me explain.  Every Tuesday two of my girls attend drama classes one after the other and I get to hang out with each of them individually.  My youngest and I have created a bit of a ritual of heading to the shopping centre to wander, get a few supplies, grab a snack and try not to get locked in David Jones again.  As the time approaches to pick up daughter number two we head to a pizza place known for cheap Tuesday deals and order a couple of pizzas for dinner.  When you order a pizza they ask you to give a name and so we started with our own names but quickly became bored with this.  We had a Roman Emperor one week but have now settled on Biblical names.  This Tuesday we went with “Eglon” who makes an appearance in 1 Samuel.  Poor pizza guy called out Elgon so can’t wait to hit them with Nebuchadnezzar.

Now this is just a bit of fun for us, but my hope is that it will make for a good conversation starter at some point as we go to the same pizza place every Tuesday at basically the same time.  With names like Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah we might not raise any eyebrows but surely Agag, Malchi-shua and Ishvi will get the conversation going.  The author Bob Goff talks about this idea in his book “Everybody always” with the concept of 3 minutes at a time.  He talks about a friend of his who he met at San Diego airport and only spoke to for 3 minutes at a time.  Because of his regular connection with this guy they became friends for life, just 3 minutes at a time.  I wonder who there might be in your life who you could become friends with by being intentional regularly just 3 minutes at a time.  Take up the challenge and see what God might be able to do through you.

(This is Gordon who I stayed with in Edinburgh last year.  He is what I would describe as a 3 minutes at a time friend.  He is a friend’s dad who only visits Australia once every year or so and who has taken a decade to form a friendship with.  What a blessing to be able to share time with him and his lovely wife Gail after years of getting to know them.  Some gifts just take time and intention.  The meal was at a gorgeous little pub on the harbour in a Scottish village called Pittenweem.)

ps.. Just a reminder International Buy Your Priest a Beer Day is on Sunday, 9 September

Bless ya,





Korean Visit
It has been a pleasure to welcome students from Pyung Hwa U-Hak Plaza School in South Korea who have joined us in classes across Years 5 – 9 over the past fortnight. It is incredibly valuable for our students to build up a greater intercultural understanding with Asian nations, as many of our local neighbours will increasingly become our trading partners in the years to come and our students will graduate into an increasingly globalised workforce where these skills of intercultural understanding and language skills will be of great value. Our thanks go to the many school families who have generously been able to host the Korean students for a homestay over the past two weeks and we look forward to being able to celebrate the visit with a farewell assembly this coming Monday.

Book Fair and K – 2 Book Week Show
Thank you to many school families who have been a wonderful support of our annual Book Fair last week. It is a great privilege to be able to share and develop the love of reading with students and to provide them with good quality literature to enjoy and grow their reading. Our K - 2 students also enjoyed the Book Week Treasure Hunt Show that we held on Wednesday this week. Thanks to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant who have been able to arrange this opportunity again this year.


Fathers’ Day Breakfast

It was truly a pleasure to celebrate Fathers’ Day once again at Lakes Grammar and a joy to meet so many fathers at the Fathers’ Day Breakfast today. We had a wonderful time together and breakfast was enjoyed by all. It was enjoyable to watch a number of Junior School students enjoying breakfast with their fathers on the morning and to see the excellent performances given by our music students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our school families for their support and patronage of the Fathers’ Day Stall this year and to the P & F for their organisation and running of the stall and the breakfast. You did a wonderful job and the work you do so tirelessly for the children is greatly appreciated by all.

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 ‘Capitalise (make good use of all resources for learning)’ in Week 7 and ‘Self-discipline’ in Week 8.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Reasoning Well in Week 5:

Max G, Brianna R, Dafne S, Cohen B, Clair W, Valentina W, Hamilton D, Stephanie A, Brendan P, Scarlett K, James C, Douglas R.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of acting well when I feel sad or angry in Week 6:

Jye O, Mason V, Jack W, Jayda K, Tahlia A, Joel S, Oliver B, Cody B, Siobhan M, Angus D, Jack T, Mitchell C.


Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge Update

We currently have 98 students who have completed the challenge. Well done to all! A reminder that the PRC 2018 finishes on Friday, 31 August. However, we have a window of one extra week so please return completed logs by Friday, 7 September.

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

and the JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information on what is happening!

CBCA 2018 Winners announced

Please go to to find out which books have won in each category. We have been looking at these quality books this term in Library lessons.

Perform Education Book Week Show

Our K-2 classes were treated to a wonderful show by Perform Education on Wednesday. They sang, danced and demonstrated how much enjoyment students can get from reading books. Students had a wonderful time!

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all our wonderful parents, students and staff who supported our annual book fair again this year.

All in all, our library received $1500 in books from the fair (over 100 titles) and $1900 in Scholastic Reward points which will be used to purchase even more resources to our library.


Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


The Year 5-6 Choir hit the stage at the 2018 IPSHA Performing Arts Festival held in the Sydney Town Hall with dazzling performances of ‘This is me’ from the Greatest Showman, and ‘A Child of Song’ featuring Year 5 drummer Stephanie Anderson.

Independent schools, including students from Abbotsleigh, Santa Sabina, St Luke’s Grammar School, Coogee Boy’s Prep, Barker College, and Amity College produced an outstanding evening of Taiko drumming, dance, percussion, choir, and….flossing!

We rehearsed throughout the day preparing for our school, Massed choir and Combined Concert Band items before an exhilarating visit to the Madame Taussaud’s Wax Museum where life size wax figures await around every corner. The seagulls at maccas were up to their old tricks stealing french fries and burgers from unsuspecting students, but so worth it.

Lakes Grammar made a debut with representatives in the Combined Concert Band this year from Kathryn Cook, Anugraha Babu and Elodie Jewell  - a brilliant spectacle with an all-girl band this year.

We are aiming to have more representatives next year! Ashton Croft, Ravi and Levi Francke sang brilliant solos in the choir item and Stephanie accompanied the choir alternating between 5/4 and 3 /4 time signatures.

A special mention to Mischa Lancett for opening the Festival with the acknowledgement of Country, Mrs Whitwell for her amazing accompanying, Mrs Livette helping with choir and Mrs Nugent for an inspiring day.

Mr Nathan Fepuleai

Music Teacher


On Sunday, 26 August our Lakes Grammar Tournament of Minds teams competed in the NSW Regional Final at Newcastle Grammar School. Each team had five weeks to prepare an answer to a long-term challenge according to their discipline that they presented on competition day. They also undertook a spontaneous challenge on the day that they had never seen before, requiring quick thinking and excellent team-work skills. Our teams displayed innovation and creativity in their approach to each challenge.

They are to be congratulated on their positive attitude, discipline and commitment. Well done, Tournament of Minds teams for 2018!

STEM Team A: Jaydee, Abigail, Noah, Finlay, Hamilton, Zeb, Zak

STEM Team B: Diluk, Rohith, Yalkin, Thomas, Josef, Corey, Cohen

The Arts Team: Tahlia, Briella, Hannah, Giselle, Donald, Dafne, Sienna

Miss April Bryson and Mr Brenton Herbert


On Wednesday, 26 September Year 6 will be holding a BBQ to assist with raising money for their end of year Social.

Please keep a look out for the note that will be sent home to Junior School families in the coming weeks.

Year 6 thank you in advance for your support


Thirteen Lakes Grammar Primary students competed at the Robocup Junior NSW Championships at the UNSW on Monday, 20 August and Tuesday, 21 August. It was a great event with over 200 schools from around the state attending.

The Lakes Grammar Team Trollz, Makayla B, Evie C, Valentina W and Giselle S competed in the Novice On Stage Competition on day one of the NSW Robocup Junior Championships. The girls worked very hard between regionals and state and the improvement was obvious on the day. The girls added another robot to their routine and improved their scores in both their performance and interview, by placing 8th on the day.

The boys Lakes Grammar On stage team are Diluk A, Rohith S, Finlay P and Nathan W. After a tricky first performance the boys rallied and gave a much improved performance in Round 2. The boys are to be commended for not giving up.

The Lakes Grammar Rescue teams showed great improvement from Regionals as well. Noah S and Yalkin S completed a full course even nudging the rescue victim away from danger. Jerome D, Tyson M and Gianni W showed great perseverance while their robot tried to navigate some of the more difficult courses that included ramps, speed bumps and tricky lighting calibrations.

The students are to be commended for their hard work and perseverance, it was obvious to see the amount of teamwork each team showed.

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher





This week we had the semi-final for HICES Debating - this was after being successful in the Preliminary Final and the Quarter Final in the lead up (teams get to finals due to the points accumulated in the initial rounds).

We unfortunately had a loss to Inaburra, however, the students, Elyse Hayhurst (1st speaker), Jordan Stevens (2nd speaker), Aidan Munford (3rd speaker) and Oliver Shedden (team adviser) were absolutely incredible and it was a really close debate. To provide some context, they are given the topic one hour before the debate and each speaker has to prepare an 8 minute speech (as well as rebut the other team’s case on the spot) – often on very difficult topics. The topic was “that the government should mandate tax rebates in exchange for an attained level of fitness” and we were affirmative (fairly difficult!). The way in which the team confidently get up and speak for 8 minutes, logically sequencing and structuring effective rebuttal and arguments on the spot is very admirable!

As a nice finish, Aidan Munford received Best Speaker of the debate and Elyse Hayhurst third.

Congratulations to Aidan, Elyse, Jordan and Oliver – a fantastic effort which placed them in the top four teams in the state!

Mrs Phoebe Stibbard

Debating Teacher


Well we are nearly at the end of the Year 11 courses and we have had a busy time particularly this term! Here are a couple of highlights and items of news.

Max Potential

Five of our amazing Year 11 students have been spending some of their past 5 months in this program, culminating in a Showcase on Monday afternoon. Max Potential is a program aimed at students who demonstrate some leadership qualities and a heart for the community. Students are nominated by their school to participate in a 5 month program. The students are each partnered with a community coach who are trained to take them through the program, ask questions of them to help lead them towards setting and realising their goals and keep them honest with deadlines! The first part of the program has them looking at setting goals for their own personal growth. The second part sees the students finding a need in the community and developing a project to fill that need. If they are able to devise a project which can then become a lasting legacy then that is even better. As you can imagine, this is a valuable but time-consuming program in which to participate and so it has taken quite a bit of commitment from these five students. See some photos of their Showcase displays below.


Year 11 students have been encouraged to participate in our Senior Mentor Program which sees students work with a teacher, nominated by them, to check-in with, assist with organisational skills, study skills and goal setting. For some students, it is someone they can meet up with to just talk or help plan out their time. I would encourage all our students to participate in this valuable opportunity.


Application forms have been given to students who wish to nominate themselves for a School Captain or Prefect role. I encourage any student who feels they have some interest in serving the school as a leader to apply for these positions. I feel it will be very competitive this year, but well worth the effort to apply.


We have 20 students heading off to Vietnam along with Mrs Pallot and Mr Hampson at the start of the school holidays. We pray for safe travels and lots of adventure and learning for each of you. You will love it!! We look forward to sharing photos of your trip when you return!

Yearly Examinations

Wishing everyone well during your upcoming examinations which see the end of your Year 11 courses. These will be held starting Friday, 14 September.


Alison MacLarty

Year 11 Adviser and Co-ordinator of Student Well-being



HRIS Athletics

A great day was had at the Division 1 HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale on Friday, 17 August. Our students competed with pride and great sportsmanship. Overall, we came 5th place which was a wonderful achievement! Special mention goes to Zac B who was 9 years boy Age Champion and the 8yrs Boys Pennant Champion.

Congratulations to the following students who will represent HRIS at the upcoming CIS Athletics Carnival at Homebush on Thursday, 13 September: Josef A, Zac B, Ava B, Brendan C, Hannah R and Amy W.

T20 Blast Cricket (year 3/4)

Congratulations to the T20 Blast Cricket team which played last Wednesday. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.

HRIS Football Gala Day

Congratulations to all our Senior and Junior Football teams that played on Tuesday, 21 August. They played very well on the day and with great competitiveness and sportsmanship.

The Senior ‘A’ team enjoyed a great day of competition and fun at the gala day. They finished 8th overall with some close fought matches. Lachlan J finished top goal scorer. The Senior ‘B’ team achieved a great result in progressing all the way to the final. They played well and unfortunately lost on penalty shoot-outs. A special mention to Darcy L, James P and Charlie H for stepping up to take a penalty kick in the final. Well done to everyone involved.  

Thank you Mr Herbert and Mr Lawson for coaching the teams.

On Tuesday, 21 August the soccer team attended the HRIS Gala day at National Park, Newcastle. We were drawn in a competitive group and started the day off with 2 narrow 1-0 losses. We created many goal scoring opportunities throughout the day but were unlucky not to convert more regularly. We then recorded 2, 1-0 wins against St Phillips CC Port Stephens and Newcastle Grammar respectively which meant we finished 3rd in our group. This resulted in a play-off for 7th, 8th and 9th. We lost the first play-off game to a very good side and finished the day with a comfortable 2-0 win which meant we finished 8th out of 15 teams.  The most pleasing aspect of the day was the sportsmanship and determination each student showed in some very challenging conditions. All the boys should be proud of the way they represented our great school. Many thanks to the very supportive parents who attended.  

Thank you Mr Asquith and Mr Cantor for coaching the team.

HRIS Netball Gala Day

On Tuesday, 21 August our Senior B netball team finished 7th place at the HRIS gala day. The girls played well and improved their skills throughout the day. They were willing to try playing new positions and were a great support to each other. Their final game for the day went into overtime due to a draw and the team persevered and secured an exciting win. Well done girls! The senior teams finished in the top 10 in their divisions.

In an outstanding effort, the junior team won their pool entering the semi-finals undefeated. The girls conceded a hard fought semi-final to the eventual HRIS Champions, finishing the tournament in third place overall.

Congratulations to all teams on their conduct and sportsmanship.

Senior Teams:

Maddison H, Carly C, Ava B, Jorja M, Anara H, Ellena M Isabelle M,  Alyce H,   Amelia C  (coach Jah)

Ella W, Jocelyn M,  Milla F,  Siobhan M, Chanté S, Mackenzie H, Katie C, Elodie J


Junior Team: 

Kenzie M, Hannah R, Jordan R, Clair W, Clare G, Elizaveta M, Adison K, Emma L, Gemma R, Emerson F.

Thank you to Mrs LeRay, Miss Lutze and Mrs Cliff for coaching.

Lexi Russell - Snowboarding

A big congratulations to Lexi Russell who had a very successful State Interschools Snowboarding Championships. Lexi was very successful finishing 4th in Boarder Cross and 5th in Giant Slalom.

These results qualify her for the Australian Championships to be held at Perisher from the 5th – 9th September.

The school is very proud of Lexi’s efforts.


Term 3 Tuesday Sport 3-6

Sport choices for Term 3 are now up and running. If there are any questions, please see 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 over the year. 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


AICES Secondary Athletics

Will be held on Friday, 14 September at Sydney Olympic Park. We wish all of our athletes best of luck.



  1. Bignall, Nicholas
  2. Coombe, Ella
  3. Coyte, Dylan
  4. Evans, Blair
  5. Martin, Claudia
  6. McKechnie, Anna
  7. McKechnie, Benjamin
  8. Navusolo, Jezebel
  9. Pernecker, Ashley
  10. Rooke, Connor
  11. Rudder, Ellie
  12. Tarleton, Charlotte
  13. Weber, Eric

NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s Gala Day

Our school teams experienced great success in the NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s Championships held in Penrith last week. Our teams all played well during the day and showed outstanding sportsmanship in each of their games. The 16 boys and Open Boys finished Runners Up and the 13 boys and Open Girls were crowned champions!

Upcoming Events

Term 3

Friday, 14 September – AICES Secondary Athletics

Monday, 17 September – 15’s HRIS Basketball Trials (please see Mr Beecroft for more information)

Tuesday, 25 September – CIS Secondary Athletics Championships

Term 4

Tuesday, 16 October – 15’s HRIS Tennis Gala Day

Thursday, 18 October – HRIS Secondary Softball Gala Day and Trials

Friday, 19 October – HRIS Secondary Golf

Monday, 29 October – HRIS Secondary Touch Football Gala Day

Upcoming School Team Trials

Touch Football

Girls Softball

15’s Tennis

Lakes Grammar Netball Club

The 2018 netball season is nearly over and the Lakes Grammar Netball club had an awesome 10th  season playing in the Wyong District Netball Association competition at Baker Park, Wyong on Saturdays.

All of our 14 teams and our club umpires have made our club and school proud throughout the season.

Last Saturday, 25 August was Semi Finals and we had 5 teams playing they are 10B Diamonds, Junior 4 Opals, Junior 4 Emeralds, Cadet 1 Jades and Division 3 Onyx.

Our Junior 4 Emeralds have had the most amazing season but unfortunately lost their Semi Finals game.  

This Saturday, 1 September are our finals and our remaining 4 teams are all playing for a place in the Grand Final on Saturday, 8 September.



Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



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