We had a successful Orientation for our incoming Year 7 last Friday. We had around 85 students, including 24 from a wide range of other schools. The students had some peer support games with their Year 10 Peer Support leaders and had a taste of high school lessons throughout the day. When I spoke with several students at lunchtime they were enjoying the day.
The exams are now over and our graduates await their results on 14 December. We had some good news this week with two more of our students being offered entry to university courses before the results are out.
Year 10 had a fun day last week when they worked in groups to create short Claymation film clips. I’ve watched a number of these clips and found them to be inventive and amusing. Students learn many skills through such an engaging activity.
The Synod of the Newcastle Anglican Church will meet on 25 November to elect a new Bishop. This is an important meeting as the choice of Bishop is critical for the future direction of the Church. We pray that God’s choice will become evident to all Synod members during the day.
Our annual Carols night is coming up on 1 December. I hope you have it in your diary. More details to come. The items from the children are always very entertaining and often, perhaps unintentionally, funny.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
K – 2 Speech Day (last day for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2)
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
9:00 – 10:30am
Kindergarten Graduation is incorporated into this presentation.
Years 3 – 6 Speech Day
Thursday, 7 December 2017
9:00 – 10:45am
Years 7 – 12 Speech Day
Thursday, 7 December 2017
11:15 – 12:45pm
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Friday 1 December, 6:00pm (concert starts at 7:00pm).
Performances by Junior and Senior students.
Year 12 hosting a fundraiser BBQ. P&F selling drinks, snacks and glow sticks.
This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate this special time of year as a school community.
MESSAGE FROM MATT
Last week in the Senior School we had our 2018 Year 7 orientation day where our Year 6 come up for the day and our incoming Year 7 from other schools join together in a taster day. They experience some subjects like Food Tech, Woodwork, Geography, Art and a Peer Support session with our Year 10 student volunteers. My role on the day is to spend 5 minutes explaining what I do as Chaplain of the Senior School during all the speeches at the start of the day. This is no simple exercise, but is quite a lot of fun to try.
The other thing I get to do is wander around to the different classes and say hi to our current students as well as meet those who will be joining us in 2018. It can be especially daunting for our incoming students but I was genuinely impressed to see so many Lakes Grammar students engaging with those who will soon be Lakes Grammar students. My hope is that every new student felt welcomed and cared for and is looking forward to 2018.
I know I go on about the concept of “welcome” a fair bit but it truly is something that we need to consistently practice in order to make people feel that they belong. The art of hospitality can be the difference between someone having a good day and someone having an absolute shocker. For me, how Jesus went about treating the underdogs of society in ways that made them feel welcome, is inspiration enough to treat all people with that same dignity. I know if I was starting out at Lakes Grammar as a Year 7 kid I would want people to talk to me, sit with me and ask me to play handball. It really is that simple to be welcoming…we just have to keep living it. May you too be challenged to throw out the welcome mat in your lives (pun intended).
Technology is now all-pervasive and can have great value in education. At Lakes Grammar we ask parents of students in the Senior School to provide a mobile device for their child to bring to school. This could be any one of: iPad, Microsoft Surface, MacBook or another type of laptop (although we prefer not an Android device or Chromebook). Most textbooks are available as eBooks, which lightens the load in backpacks. Teachers will have students using their devices for a range of activities or may choose not to use them at all at times.
Parents will be able to purchase a device at a reduced price through any of the following, but we advise you to compare prices:
You are of course under no obligation to purchase from these providers and you may find better pricing shopping around.
If you have any problems or questions about this feel free to contact the school and you will be directed to the relevant staff member.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
World Teachers’ Day Awards
On Monday November 6th, The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales held its 2017 World Teachers Celebration at the beautiful venue of the Pennant Hills Golf Club
The World Teachers Day is an opportunity to publically acknowledge the work of all teachers. These Awards recognise the outstanding professional contribution to education made by teachers. On this important occasion we celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society and were able to particularly recognize Mrs Harries, Ms LeRay, Mrs Smith and Mr Asquith.
The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales greatly admire the commitment of teachers in enhancing their professional knowledge, improving teaching practice, in engaging with their students, and in their ongoing relationships with the wider community.
Peripatetic Music Concert
A huge thank you to Mr Feps and Mrs Whitwell for their efforts in arranging the Peripatetic Music Tuition Concert last Thursday evening. It was a fantastic showcase of music right across the school from Years 1 – 12 with some excellent talent on the stage – a very enjoyable evening indeed.
Thanks as well to our range of peri music tutors for all of the work they do with the students throughout the year, and to the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music for their support of our school band.
IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge
Well done to Boyd Rumbel, Kani Lukuta and Tia Palu who participated in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at St. Andrews’ Cathedral School. All of the students spoke well on the day and were fantastic representatives of our school. Well done on a great effort!
Our Kindy Crew for 2017 had their second visit to the school, enjoying a half day for Orientation last week. They enjoyed reading stories, making crowns for craft, trying out the play equipment in the Kindy Courtyard and testing out the iPads! We look forward to welcoming them and their families back for the commencement of Kindergarten next year.
Congratulations to a number of students who recently participated in the Central Coast Junior Chess Competition. We entered two teams who were tied at 16 apiece at the end of the competition. We then had a play off for first and second.
Well done to the students who competed on the day - Kai G, Noah F, Liam L, Diluk A, Marcus W and Noah S.
Lakes Grammar Habits
The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior 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 ‘managing a change in routine’ in Week 7 and ‘noticing details and looking for patterns’ in Week 8.
Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:
The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘reliability’ in Week 5:
Felicity G, Jack A, Ryder O, Mason V, Ava B, Lachlan M, Isabella M, Mekenzie J, Elizaveta M, Jenel S, Ella W, Savannah S, Achelia S, Ella C.
The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘resisting distractions’ in Week 6:
Levi D, Montana M, Georgina S, Ryan J, Brayden C, Emma B, Jack H, Willow E, Briella M, Daniel P, Mackenzie H, Baden W, Jasmine H.
Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School
Aussie Home Loans – Toukley Colouring Competition
A reminder that the colouring competition is currently being run by Aussie Home Loans Toukley. Terms and Conditions, Entry Forms and Prize details can be obtained from the Junior School Library. All entries need to be handed to the Junior School Library by Monday, 20 November.
Bookclub catalogues for Term 4 have now been sent home. There are new changes to the way items are ordered and paid for online. Please see information attached to the catalogue.
2017 completed PRC certificates have been handed out to students during library lessons. For those Years 3-6 students awaiting a Gold or Platinum award these will be presented at the next assembly.
Congratulations again to all those that completed the challenge and we look forward to running it again in 2018.
End of Borrowing / Overdues
Borrowing for the year is now finished. Please ensure all outstanding books borrowed are returned to the Junior School Library for end of year stocktake purposes. Overdue notices will be sent home soon.
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
SYDNEY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INCURSION
The excitement in Week 4 was ecstatic as two buses loaded with flutes, clarinets, strings, percussion and keyboards arrived in the Junior School. With more than 80 students from Sydney Girls High School, the air was buzzing as each ensemble performed a repertoire that echoed the haunting harmonies of Pirates of the Caribbean, the soothing melodies from Tchaikovsky and the funky rhythms of Cuban Salsa – Hola!
Amongst the movin’ and groovin’, some of our students were selected to try their hand at conducting the Symphonic Woodwind Orchestra, playing keyboard in the band, or shaking percussion with the Stage Band.
The performance concluded with K-6 singing ‘Shine Together’ as part of the Music Australia: Count Us In program where schools across the country sing the same song at precisely the same time, on the same day. Our school sang, played boomwackers and strummed their guitars to celebrate music in education. An inspiring day was enjoyed by students from both schools. Our Concert band, Choir and String ensemble look forward to performing with Sydney Girls High School in 2018.
Mr Nathan Fepuleai
Junior School Music Teacher
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
We have just completed a series of transition days for our incoming Year 7 students. This has involved our Junior School students spending a day in the Senior School attending some learning sessions in their existing school classes. This was followed by Orientation Day last Friday where they were joined by students coming from other schools. On this day they enjoyed a range of activities and a BBQ where they were able to get to know some of our teachers and other students. They were also able to meet their Peer Support leaders. These days are important parts of our transition to the High School program.
In an article I read recently I found the following:
While for many students the transition into Secondary School is a positive experience, approximately 30 per cent have difficulty adjusting (Waters, Lester, & Cross, 2014). The change in school context can create concern and negative outcomes for some adolescents, impacting on their overall wellbeing. Ensuring a smooth transition is paramount as the age of onset for mental health problems relates to pubertal development, coinciding for many students with the transition from primary to secondary school (Hankin & Abramson, 2001): half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14 (Kessler, Chiu, Demler & Walters, 2005).
Our transition process is an important part of helping to make our students feel connected to their new surroundings. This process continues in the new school year as they move into their new environment and become more independent both socially and academically. Peer Support sessions, Year 7 camp and a range of other activities designed to help develop resilience and connectedness are important parts of our Term 1 program for Year 7 next year.
Here are some photos from Orientation day:
Our MHAP Team are busy organising activities to recognise White Ribbon Day and our Prefects are getting stuck into their new roles with some fun activities to end the year. Stay tuned for some pictures!
Mrs Alison Maclarty
Senior School Co-ordinator of student Wellbeing
JUNIOR SPORTS NEWS
Term 4 Swim Programs
A reminder that 3-6 swimming does not run in Weeks 6 and 7 to accommodate the K-2 intensive swim program. Years 3-6 will finish their program on Friday, 1 December.
The K-2 intensive swim program has now started and students are enjoying their lessons. A reminder to please clearly label your child’s name on all swimming items.
A reminder also that if the permission note has not been returned, the student cannot enter the water until it is received by the school.
The Girls and Boys Touch teams participated in the HRIS Gala Day on Wednesday, 8 November at Salamander Bay.
From all accounts, students behaved well and gave their all to be part of the experience.
A big thank you to Mr Lawson, Mrs Mayall and Mrs Leslie who coached the teams. We look forward to competing in this event again next year.
Years 5/6 Girls’ Soccer Friendly v Avondale College
The annual soccer friendly between Avondale School and Lakes took place on Tuesday, 14 November on the Junior School Oval. What a great game! All students gave their all and it was a wonderful, entertaining experience, demonstrating great sportsmanship and competitiveness.
For the first time our Lakes Grammar girls defeated Avondale 4-2 in extra time. A fabulous effort and we thank Mrs Jobe-Parker for training the girls and Mr Cantor for providing the opportunity.
Mr Danny Summers
K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
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