Congratulations to Mrs Cathy James on organising another very successful Careers Day for Years 10-12 last Tuesday. Students in Year 10 had the experience of mock job interviews with members of the Probus Club and all students in Years 10-12 spent time in the Expo in the Hall. The exhibitors have commented on how well-behaved and polite our students are and how so many asked really good questions. They’ve said our students are lucky to get such quality time to ask questions compared with the large regional careers expos. Next up for Year 10 is Work Experience at the end of this term.
Years 1-2 Family Service at Lakes Anglican Church
Thank you to the families who attended this service. It was lovely to see our students and their families joining with the congregation to celebrate our Christian foundations. The children enjoyed a terrific puppet show by Annette Shorten and our Chaplain, Peter Oates. The choir sang beautifully and looked fantastic in their uniforms. The people at the church love having our families join them so feel free to go along any Sunday at 9.30am. Thanks to Reverend Tim for always making us feel welcome at the church.
Half Yearly Reports
We are currently in the process of teachers submitting their reports followed by proof-reading by Mr Wallace, Mr Samways and me. It is a long process as we want to ensure the reports are of high quality and accurate. We anticipate that reports will be ready by the end of this term.
Quality Teaching and Learning
I have been observing a number of lessons across the Junior and Senior School this year and have been very impressed with the interesting lessons teachers have been giving. Students have been engaging well with the lesson content and it is obvious that they have been learning well. I have heard students expressing quality thinking in class discussions. Relationships between teachers and students have been warm and respectful. It has been good for me to see the ways in which teachers are implementing strategies they have learned about in our professional learning sessions. Our teachers are dedicated to improving the learning of our students by continuing to learn as teachers.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F Trivia Night
Saturday, 17 June @ 7pm
Tickets are $10 each or a table of 10 for $100. All proceeds from the night go to the P&F.
BYO nibbles/drinks (alcohol permitted). Babysitting available for $5 per child with a movie and games running in B Block. Heaps of fun activities planned including XXXX Beer Cap Round, Buy An Answer for $5 and lots of games for those who aren't great at trivia.
P&F Junior School Disco - Thursday, 22 June. More details to follow soon.
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
MESSAGE FROM MATT
As you read this I will be well and truly on my way overseas for Long Service Leave (LSL). It is hard to believe that I have been at Lakes Grammar long enough to receive LSL, but I have been a part of the furniture since the beginning of 2006. I am now doing weddings of former students which is such a blessing and in fact have three couples this year to help get hitched. It is such a joy to walk alongside our young people as they grow up, mature and break free into the world to make their mark. It is a huge privilege to share with them in their faith journeys of which no two people share the same story. I pray that whilst I am away that our students in Senior School will continue to explore their faith lives more deeply as has been our theme in Term 2 chapels.
One of the aspects of school life I have enjoyed particularly this year is managing the Under 15’s Boys Football Team for the Bill Turner Cup. It has been our school’s best season yet and beyond the good results, I have been blown away by how the boys have played with fairness, determination and teamwork. These boys are spread across Years 7 to 10 and encourage one another to play well. Even when things aren’t going to plan they keep picking each other up and show great sportsmanship to their opposition. I pray that this great spirit will continue as they play their next match and hopefully other matches. All the best lads…you have made me very proud.
So as this term comes to an end may you all be blessed with some rest and may your children’s reports put a smile on your face. We are almost half way to Christmas and 2017 is proving to be an amazing year. God is in action all over Lakes Grammar. If you don’t believe me check out the prayers that are happening in Junior School on a Monday morning. Our Junior School leaders are part of what’s happening…are you?
Ideal for students in Years 10, 11 or 12, this 2 hour workshop will provide the tools for students to:
Change the way they view school and exam stress
Tips to deal with work avoidance and unrealistic expectations
Tips for tackling exam anxiety
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
American Exchange Visitor
We are pleased to welcome Miss Amy Kuller who will be joining us for a student teacher exchange between June and September this year. Amy comes to us from the University of Minnesota and will be working with Mr Lawson in 4A to complete the final practical placement for her degree, commencing next week. The process to be selected for this program in the US was highly competitive so we are confident that we will find Amy to be an excellent teacher.
Amy writes: I love being around children. They make me happy and I love to watch their growth and learning as it is happening. I know that I have the capability to make a difference in a child’s life and learning in a positive manner. I want to be able to create those fond memories and experiences for the students that I teach.
Amy’s particular interests are music, art and Science and she also brings with her experience working with children in outdoor education settings. Please make Amy feel welcome as you see her around the school.
HRIS English Grade Day
Lakes Grammar had the privilege of hosting a Professional Development Day for over 40 Primary School teachers from across the Hunter Region focusing on the new English syllabus. Many of our hard working Junior School teachers also attended this day to reflect on the philosophy of the syllabus and to share practical ideas, resources and strategies for implementing the new syllabus effectively into our classrooms.
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 next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 7: Identify the essentials and build on these (distil)
Week 8: Understanding
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of planning our learning and improvement:
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of showing excellent manners.
Alicia Lees, Georgie Fallon, Piper Davidson, Charles Alcock, Ethan Curry, Ethan Baxendale, Mason Van Tilborg, Kane McLeod, Oscar Stewart, Rhys Fogarty, Dallas Bel-Castro, Ella Lear, Ava-Marie Carlson, Hayden Mitchell, Jake Freeman, Jamie Seol, Mischa Lancett, Achelia Shevket, Abbi Davies, Finlay Pigot-Irving.
Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School
CODING AND ROBOTICS
This term we have had plenty of Junior School students learning how to code and program robots in our Coding and Robotics Clubs.
Each Monday at lunch, a keen group of K-2 students have been experimenting with Scratch Jr. with great success. This follows on after our Term 1 K-2 coding students were almost experts on the software, coding many interesting and entertaining Scratch Jr. projects.
The Tuesday after school club is the time the Years 3-6 students have been building their coding skills on Scratch. In both Term 1 and Term 2 this session has been packed full of enthusiastic coders.
Last term a group of Year 5 and 6 students began to work with the Lego EV3 Mindstorm Robots, building and coding. In Term 2 we had our tryouts for the Robocup Junior Competition and two teams were chosen. It was very hard for Mr Lawson, Miss Lutze and myself to choose only 8 students to compete.
Our two teams for Robocup are Team 1- Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Kathryn Cook, Alexandra MacKenzie and Noah Simon, Team 2 – Cameron Taragel, Christopher Eadie, Kani Lukuta and Nathan Wilson. These two teams will be competing at the Robocup Junior Regionals and State Championships in May and August. We wish them all the best.
Junior School Coding Club will continue in Term 3, with students on the waiting list given first priority. In Term 4 we hope to have time for students in Years 4-6 to have the opportunity to work with the Lego EV3 Robots.
Ms Cynthia Jobe-Parker
Junior School Coding and Robotics Coordinator
National Simultaneous Storytime
What a wonderful time at this years NSS event. About 45 students across K-4 classes attended and were mesmerised by the reading from Mrs Nicholls, our Senior School Teacher Librarian. Activities included puppet making, a digital reading of “THE COW TRIPPED OVER THE MOON”, craft, colouring and a competition to encourage writing your own riddle. Congratulations to Abigail Brown and Jayda Kemm who were winners of the competitions. We look forward to participating in next years NSS.
Registration for the 2017 PRC is now closed and we currently have 40 students who have completed the challenge so far. Keep them coming in.
Students who do complete the 2017 PRC early (in Terms 1 and 2), will each receive a certificate and photo for our JS Library Achievement wall.
We have a few students who have already completed the challenge. Congratulations! We hope to receive the actual certificates by the end of the year from the NSW Premier’s Office.
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION RECOGNITION
Olivia Clarkson has won first prize in the youth division for a photography competition being run by the 'Community Environment Network' and supported by the Central Coast Council. The competition showcases the natural environment of the Central Coast.
Libby Mitchell and Indianna Auddino have both received highly commended certificates of recognition for their entries. The other students who have work displayed at the exhibition are Harry Hislop-Jennings, Emma Gardem, Cate Lovegrove, Nick Randell, Jacinda Brown and Caitlin Hak. There will also be a people’s choice award.
Mrs Sally Baker
Visual Arts Teacher
HRIS Cross Country Carnival Team
Congratulations to the following students who will be representing HRIS at the upcoming CIS Cross Country Carnival on Thursday, 15 May at Eastern Creek: Ava Burgess, Ava Marie Carlson, Kathryn Cook, Caleb Dunstan and Daniel Foreman.
Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival
How blessed we were to have a perfect day for our annual Athletics Carnival. The carnival was held in great spirit and competition. A big thank you to the staff, students and parent helpers on the day. A special thank you to Mr Cantor, Mr Beecroft, Mr Crumbley and Mrs Shepherd who helped with the organisation and running of the day.
Congratulations to all Age Champions and Lightfoot, who won the overall point score on the day.
The Lakes Grammar team representing the school at the upcoming HRIS Athletics at Glendale on Friday, 11 August is now up on the Junior School Sports Noticeboard. Congratulations to all those who made it.
HRIS Basketball Gala Day
A number of Year 3/4 and 5/6 students (those students not in Canberra) will be competing in the HRIS Basketball Gala Day in Newcastle next week. This is the first time we have entered this gala day so we wish all our competitors the best of luck. A detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.
3-6 Tuesday Sport
Tuesday sport for Years 3-6 has been running well. A variety of different sports have been introduced this term. Please see Mr Cantor if you have any questions.
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 coloured 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 Junior School 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 Cross 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
Rugby League 7’s
Twenty-two students attended Morrie Breen Oval in Kanwal on Wednesday, 17 May to play in the Roosters 7’s Rugby League Competition.
This was a first for many of the players who are not used to the rough and tumble of ‘tackle footy’
The girls, in particular, were a little nervous and anticipation was high when they saw the size of the opposition. One girl commented that during the first game all she wanted to do was make sure she didn’t have to tackle anyone or be tackled. Mr Dunstan used his persuasive powers and the girls put their newly acquired skills into practice and they finished the day with a noteworthy record of 2 wins, 1 draw and a loss. Thanks must go to the Year 6 Boys, Hayden Brander, Zac Gillett, Dylan Coyte and Jett Hunter, who put them through lunchtime ‘tackle bag’ and passing drills in preparation.
The boys team performed admirably, making the semi-finals as they were ably led by ‘bulldozer’ Noah Hucker and ‘try hungry’ Rafael Dunn. The team were eager to get into the action and it was difficult for them to maintain their defensive and attacking lines, such was their desire to compete.
Both teams acquitted themselves well, not only playing hard but with sportsmanship. Highlight of the day was Rafael’s rather outlandish ‘swan dive’ as he scored yet another try, knocking the wind out of himself in the process, and the look on Georgia’s face when she realized she was heading home with all body parts intact.
Mr Andew Lawson
SENIOR SPORTS NEWS
AICES Cross Country Team
The above students will compete at the AICES Championships to be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre next Tuesday. Good Luck.
School Athletics Carnival
Was held in beautiful weather on Wednesday, 17 May and all students who attended had a great day. Many records were broken and there were some very competitive races and events throughout the day across all age groups.
12-year-old girls – Tegan Lynch
12-year-old boys – Oliver Fallon
13-year-old girls – Ashley Pernecker
13-year-old boys – Jackson Barnes
14-year old girls – Tiah Vale
14-year old boys – Jeremy Beale
15-year old girls – Jezebel Navusolo
15-year old boys- Ben Duncan
16-year old girls – Elizabeth Dark
16-year old boys- Ben McKechnie
17-year old girls – Bethany Kranendonk
17-year old boys- Oscar Trenear
18-year old girls – Hannah Roth
18-year old boys – Mitchell Livingstone
College Champions were Cranmer!
Bill Turner Cup
Our boys won their Round 2 match against Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College at Tumbi Umbi Campus in extra time 2-1. They now play Gosford High School next Tuesday, 6 June.
Teams competed in the Central Coast Schools Netball Cup held yesterday (1 June) at Gosford. The HRIS Netball Gala Day will be held on Thursday, 8 June at Newcastle and AICES Netball Cup held on Thursday, 22 June in Sydney.
AICES Rugby Union Selections
Sam Kentwell, Chase Yeadon, Nicholas Bignall, Brad Robinson and Ayden Clark competed for HRIS in the AICES Rugby Championships on Wednesday, 24 May. All boys put on a strong performance and Sam, Chase and Nicholas were all selected in the AICES Rugby team to compete at the NSW CIS Championships and Brad Robinson was selected as a shadow player.
Central Coast & HRIS Rugby 7’s
We had U16’s and Open teams competing in the Central Coast Rugby 7’s Championships on Thursday, 25 May. The 16’s team finished 5th overall and the Opens team finished 4th overall. All the boys played well throughout the day and represented the school with pride and passion. These teams along with a U14’s team will compete at the HRIS Rugby 7’s Gala Day on Friday, 9 June.
Olivia Glanville and Jacinta Clark competed for HRIS in the AICES Netball trials. Both girls put in strong performances, however, were unlucky not to be selected in the AICES team.
NSW CIS Touch Football Trials
Jack Riches and Olivia Glanville both put in impressive performances at these trials, but missed selection. They have been identified for future years.
Upcoming School Team Trials this term
Rugby League and Basketball
Up Coming HRIS Team Trials
15’s Football (soccer) – please see Mr Beecroft
Mr Darren Beecroft
Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator
WHOLE SCHOOL SPORT
Equestrian Team News
Well done to the students who have been representing Lakes at Equestrian Interschool events this term. Jasmine Haydon was 11 years girl Runner-up Champion at Aberdeen Horse Sports and Alyvia Slade was Reserve Champion Junior Rider at Scone Horse Sports. Jasmine Minness was 14 years girl Age Champion at Singleton Horse Sports and Oliver Bartley received a 1st, 2nd, and two 3rds and two 4ths in the 9 Years boy classes at Singleton Horse Sports. Well done to all our riders.
On Monday, 7 August Lakes Grammar will be hosting our Inaugural Interschool Equestrian Event. We welcome any help or assistance families can give towards the running and organisation of this event. The event will be held at Morisset Showground and are hoping to attract 200 competitors from around NSW. The program and flyer will be out shortly and advertisement will be on our School Facebook page and School Website. Please contact Ms Jobe-Parker if you would like more information or feel you could help contribute in some way to Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Equestrian Events:
3-4 June 2017; North-West Equestrian Expo; Coonabarabran NSW
14-18 June 2017; EA NSW State Interschool Championships
4 November, Camden Equestrian Carnival, Bi-Centenial Park Camden
Ms Cynthia Jobe-Parker
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