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I recommend you watch a series ‘Revolution School’ on ABC TV, Tuesdays 8:30pm, about a high school in Melbourne and its path to improvement. It might give you a new appreciation of teachers when you see the range of things we have to deal with in schools. The school is using Professor John Hattie as a consultant in its goal of lifting academic achievement and improving school culture. Professor Hattie is a world-renowned expert in the approaches that make the biggest impacts on learning. At Lakes Grammar we are using a number of the approaches recommended by Professor Hattie. One example is the use of “learning intentions” and “success criteria”. Students need to know not just what they are doing in a lesson (eg answer questions on p120) but what they are learning by doing those exercises. Students also need to know what successful learning looks like. If they are expected to know how to write an explanation for some historical event, for example, they need to see examples of a good explanation so they know what its features are and therefore what to aim for in their own writing. We are working on this particularly in the Senior School at present.
Thank you to the parents who brought their Year 1-2 children to the church service recently. It was terrific to see the children there and taking part in the service. There was a lovely community feel to the morning. The next family service at Lakes Anglican is for Years 7-9 on 19 June at 9.30am. I hope to see many of you there.
My congratulations go to the following students...
Edan Shorten of Year 7 who last week competed in the National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. Edan was thrilled to be a member of the silver medal winning team in her level of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Ellie Rudder of Year 6 who competed at the Northern NSW Hack Championships in Lismore recently and won. Ellie will also be competing at the NSW Equestrian Federation Championships later this month. We wish Ellie the best of luck.
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F Trivia Night
Saturday, 18 June – 7:00pm, School Hall
Tickets are $10 each or a table of 10 for $100. BYO food and drinks plus babysitting available on the night for $5 per child.
Recently my wife and I were in Melbourne to watch our daughter Edan compete at the National Gymnastics Championships. Edan went to camp with her NSW team and we were suddenly on our own without any kids at all. The other two were back home being looked after by my amazing In-laws and this was the first time we had been on our own away from the kids for a long time. Pause.… breathe…. Pause. It was almost surreal walking around with no children, waking with no children and not having conversations interrupted frequently. Our everyday family stuff was on hold and space was there for us to reconnect even amongst the busy-ness of watching a lot of gymnastics.
With both of us working full time loads and chasing kids around for their afternoon activities these pauses to reconnect are vital in keeping our relationship alive and well. On a daily basis we get up before the kids and share a coffee, chat and pray to start our day. Without this regular commitment we would unravel and miscommunication would become too easy to snowball
out of control. It is true of our relationship with God as well. If we don’t spend regular time reading the Bible, being quiet and prayerful then our relationship with him will suffer.
So my encouragement to you (and me) is to make regular time for your loved ones and for God. It may not be first thing in the morning, but it needs to happen. Give yourself a decent chunk of time and watch as your relationships continue to grow. May we all make time for the special people in our lives and especially for the one who created us, our Father in heaven. I’d love to hear how you spend regular time with your precious people as I am still learning how to do this well.
And don’t forget about 628 Crew - designed for kids in Years 6 - 8, offering a fun time to build friendships with each other and God.
Sunday, 5 June - 5:00 -7:00pm, Lakes Anglican Church, Kanwal
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
Entertainment Books have now been distributed to Junior School students. These books were on loan for one week for you to review the offers, and were due back at school by 2 June. If you are not purchasing the book, can you please ensure you return your copy to the Junior School reception immediately. If you wish to keep the book you can either return the envelope with your payment included or visit our online payment page https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/3t4105. Families from both Junior and Senior School are welcome to purchase the book either as a digital or hard copy.
Tickets start at $11 for children and $13 for adults and can be purchased at either Junior or Senior reception or from the Lakes Grammar netball tent at Baker Park on Saturdays from 9:00am – 11:00am. For full details click here.
KOREAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
We will be hosting a group of 25 Korean students from 28 August to 10 September (2 school weeks). The students range from Year 5 to Year 8 in age. The local government in the area of South Korea from which these students come sponsors the visit. That government requires that each host family takes TWO students. Hosts receive $200 per student per week. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact David Joo on 0406 870 353 or email David at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an excellent opportunity to broaden our understanding of people from a very different culture and for them to improve their English and learn about Australia. I hope that a number of our families will be able to host these young people.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Congratulations to all of the Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the DaVinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar. This is the third year that students in the Junior School have participated in this prestigious event. The DaVinci Decathlon is a series of challenges where teams of eight from several schools compete in a range of disciplines inspired by Leonardo DaVinci that connected to the concept of exploration. The tasks that students undertook included English, Mathematics and Chess, Science, Engineering, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Cartography, General Knowledge and Code Breaking tasks for gifted and talented students. It was a wonderful day with students being challenged in many areas of their learning, as well as working together as a team to achieve a common goal. A huge well done to our boys and girls who attended and gave a great effort on the day and were wonderful representatives of our school.
Over 900 students in Year 5 and 6 participated in the Event. Congratulations to the following students:
Year 5 Team
Year 6 Team
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
Year 11 subject choices 2017 Don’t forget! An Information Night for Year 10 going to Year 11 will be held next Tuesday, 7 June at 7pm. At the meeting, information will be presented on subject choices for Year 11, 2017 as well as Vocational Education options, requirements for the Higher School Certificate and other aspects of senior studies. We hope you can join us.
Family Church Service Years 7-9 On Sunday, 19 June we will have a service for families of students in Years 7 to 9 at the Lakes Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit in Kanwal, beginning at 9.30am.
We consider it to be one of the responsibilities of enrolment at our school that students will attend this service unless it is impossible to do so. We only ask students to attend one such service each year. A note has been sent home with an acknowledgement slip. We look forward to seeing many families there on the day.
Cognito Bus Shelter I would like to wish Mr Hampson and his Cognito team the best as they finalise their bus shelter entry “Trans-porto”. Their final design and model is being sent to the University of Technology, Sydney tomorrow and hopefully, from there will be sent to Penrith Council for further evaluation. Our students have done a fabulous job and are a credit to our school.
Mr Ian Samways
CAREERS, WORK EXPERIENCE & UAC APPLICATIONS
Year 10 had a fabulous Careers day and now look forward to their work experience week. Please ensure all paperwork for work experience is submitted to Mrs James as soon as possible. If you need spare copies an emailed copy was sent to all Year 10 students in Term 1 and the paperwork can also be found at lakesgrammarcareers.com.au under the work placement tab.
Year 12 in Term 3 will begin their UAC application process once the UAC guides for this year have been distributed and applications have offficially opened. However, as part of this process please look at the University information below which can also be found at lakesgrammarcareers.com.au under the calendar tab. It is a great way for parents and students to see what the universities are offering.
Avondale College will host a Careers Expo which all Lakes Grammar students can attend on Tuesday, 28 June. There will be many exhibitors together with the Skillsone showcase run by Skillsone TV.
University Open Days are a fantastic way to have a look around the campus, speak to lecturers and students and collect current information on courses, scholarship and accommodation options. Some dates for your diary:
I am praying that it really starts to snow soon so that we can have an awesome season!
Equestrian Last week Ellie Rudder represented Lakes at Singleton Horse Sports. Ellie rode very well, placing third in her rider class. She also competed in the afternoon sporting events and had a great time. There were over 250 entries at this well run event despite the chilly weather.
Good luck to the students competing at the upcoming Coonabarabran Horse Expo as well as Cessnock and Scone Horse sports.
Congratulations Edan and Holli Edan Shorten recently represented NSW at the Australian Gymnastics Championships held at Hisense Arena in Melbourne. The Level 8 NDP WAG team she belonged to ended their competition with a silver medal, being pipped by Queensland by only 0.2 points. On day 2 of competing, Edan fell on Beam and immediately lost too many points to medal. She bounced back with good scores on floor, vault and bars showing her resilient character. It was also a thrill to watch the Rio hopefuls in action.
Holli Phillips at the time of writing is competing at the same National Championships, but in the high flying sport of Trampolining. We look forward to hearing all about Holli’s experiences and celebrate with both girls on making it to this elite competition. Congratulations to two wonderful representatives of Lakes Grammar.
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORT
HRIS Cross Country We wish to acknowledge the wonderful achievements of our Junior School students who attended the HRIS Cross Country in early May, as this was not included in the last edition of our newsletter. Overall, Lakes Grammar placed 8th out of 16 schools. Congratulations:
1st – Ashley Pernecker (12/13yrs girls)
2nd – Ozzie Adams (11yrs boys)
The 7-8yrs girls were also Age Champions consisting of: Hannah Ruzicka, Grace Crumbley, Giselle Simon, Ava Carlson and Stephanie Anderson (Year 2). Awesome job!
Special mention also goes to Ava Marie-Carlson, Macy Willis, Olly Appo, Kathryn Cook and Ava Burgess who will join Ashley and Ozzie at CIS Cross Country at Eastern Creek on 16 June.
On a glorious Autumn day, Lakes Grammar held the Annual Athletics Carnival at Warnervale Athletics oval. A great day was had by all and there were many positive comments throughout the day. A special thanks to Mr Cantor and Mrs Shepherd for all their organisation in making the day a big success!
Congratulations to Lightfoot who were crowned college champions on the day. Our Age Champions are:
Keira Carlson & Zac Barton (7yrs),
Ava-Marie Carlson & Liam MacDonald (8yrs),
Ella Williams & Jake Freeman (9yrs),
Jasmine Haydon & Raphael Dunn (10yrs),
Finlay Stewart & Dylan Coyte (11yrs),
Ashley Pernecker & Oliver Appo (12yrs).
Those students who will represent Lakes Grammar at the upcoming HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale on the 11 August will be announced in due course.
Congratulations to all students who had a go on the day and to all staff and parents who helped and supported on the day.
Mr D. Summers (K-6 Primary Assistant Sports Co-ordinator)
Our Secondary athletics carnival was held in marvellous weather on Wednesday, 25 May. All students who attended competed extremely well and supported their colleges with pride. Many records were broken on the day and a lot of fun had. A big thank you goes to Mrs Worrad and Year 12 who ran a wonderful canteen on the day, which kept all the students’ hungry mouths fed.
Thank you also to all staff and parents who helped make the day a success. Special thanks to Michael Kranendonk who again gave up his time to help set up and run the triple and long jump events on the day.
I request any interested parents who might be able to spare a day next year to help run different events to contact me.
Congratulations to Cranmer who were crowned college champions on the day. Our Age Champions are:
Anna McKechnie & Jackson Barnes (12yrs),
Maddison Harlow & Jeremy Beale (13yrs),
Jezebel Navusolo & Nicholas Bignall (14yrs),
Olivia Glanville & Benjamin McKechnie (15yrs),
Bethany Kranendonk & Bryce Glanville (16yrs),
Hannah Roth & Mitchell Livingstone (17yrs),
Courtney Jeffery & Patrick Darbin (18-19yrs).
A school team will be selected to represent us at the HRIS Division 1 Athletics Carnival to be held at Glendale Athletics centre on Tuesday, 26 July and will be announced in due course.
School teams have been selected to compete at the AICES Cup on Wednesday, 8 June and the HRIS Gala day on Thursday, 9 June. We wish these teams best of luck.
15 and under football teams have training on Wednesday lunch times and will compete in the HRIS Gala Day early next term.
School basketball teams have begun training for the upcoming HRIS Basketball Tournament to be held on Tuesday, 22 June. Girls are training on Wednesday lunch time and Boys are training on Friday lunch time.
AICES Cross Country
Good luck to all students competing in AICES Cross Country Championships on Thursday, 2 June.
Jezebel Navusolo and Jack Riches played in the AICES touch football teams that competed at the CIS Championships on Tuesday, 31 May.
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