I am very grateful to our Parents and Friends Association which at its meeting on Tuesday agreed to contribute $62,730 towards the following projects:
Up to $35,000 for two large fans for hall – these will bring relief from the heat at Speech Day!
$10,000 towards fitness equipment for the Senior School
$10,000 towards a shade structure to cover a seating area near the Senior School basketball court
$2,530 for a bubbler and bottle refill station in the Junior school close to the tennis courts
$550 for a set of large chess pieces and a chess board mat for use in the JS playground
$4650 for seating under the new covered area at the Senior School Kiss and Go zone.
At its May meeting the P&F agreed to purchase a new portable PA system for the Junior School and a 3D modelling software program (Maker’s Empire) for K-8 and 3D printer for the Junior School. These are now in the school and beginning to be used.
Our P&F is very active both in community-building and fundraising activities. Our recent Mothers’ Day stall and breakfast is a community building exercise (and the stall raised around $1400 as well). Trivia Night is this Saturday. Our canteens are the largest fundraisers, with the Spring Fair the second largest. Many other activities during the year raise smaller but not insignificant sums. As you can see from the list above, the funds raised go to improving facilities for our students.
At the P&F meeting we compiled a list of all the things we could remember that our P&F has bought or contributed to since we began, in addition to those above:
- Junior School classroom readers
- Junior School Clocks
- Painted games in Junior School courtyard
- Senior School bubbler/refill stations
- Senior School half netball/basketball courts next to the hall
- Panaboards in the Junior School
- Chess sets for the Junior School
- iPad trolleys for Junior School
- Trophy cabinets
- Electronic sign at front of the school
- Long jump pit and track
- Coco and Jazz – our PBL mascots
- Senior School covered seating area
- Beautification of Senior School landscaping
- K-2 courtyard playground equipment
- Science kits for the Junior School
- Speech Day awards for service to the school community
- Sports sponsorships for students who have reached elite levels of school representation
- Contribution to the Year 6 end of year social and Year 12 Formal
- Postage for the Christmas gift boxes
As a school we are very grateful for the commitment of our P&F and all parents who have helped at P&F activities. Your efforts on behalf of our school are very much appreciated.
These will be upon us in a week. I hope that all our families will be safe and well, especially those of you who are travelling overseas by air or ship. We have had a very productive Term 2. I trust our students will have a refreshing break and return ready for more learning.
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.
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 PETER
5 Things to know about prayer
There are 650 prayers recorded in the bible.
Each morning the teachers in both the Junior School and the Senior School meet together in their respective campuses to read the bible and pray for the School community.
The Junior School Student Leaders meet every Monday Morning to pray for their families, friends and wider school community.
There are approximately 450 answers to prayer recorded in the bible.
God always answers prayer.
Sometimes God answers our prayers immediately. We pray for a job offer in the morning and get a phone call by dinner. We pray for clarity in a difficult circumstance and find resolution by week’s end. But sometimes he answers prayers more slowly. Sometimes he’s working behind the scenes of our trials, yet we can’t see his handiwork—leading us to feel like our prayer has fallen on deaf ears. When we are in the position of waiting for God to act—to remedy a situation, to heal an illness, to repair a relationship—and we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, it can overwhelm us and cause unbelief to surface. Like most people, many prayers leave me wondering if I’ll ever hear an answer in this life.
We aren’t the first to experience such silence, from Abraham waiting for a child to be born through to Paul waiting to be released from prison.
When God is silent, we’re often tempted to doubt his goodness. We’re tempted to doubt his promises can really be true. We doubt he will answer our prayers.
The reality is there are no unanswered prayers. A “no” now doesn’t mean a “no” forever. As John Piper helpfully reminds us, God is often masterminding a thousand details behind the tapestry of our lives, and we only get to see three of them. Sometimes we see them immediately. Sometimes we don’t for years. Sometimes we don’t see them until we’re with him in eternity. And yet the truth remains: he is still in the business of answering our prayers, so keep on praying as we keep praying too.
Mr Peter Oates
Junior School Chaplain
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
MUSIC TUITION FEES
At Lakes, we endeavour to keep music tuition cost low in order to give as many students as possible the opportunity to access music lessons in a convenient location. To keep our excellent tutors, we need to ensure our rates are in line with other schools on the coast. For some years now, there has been no change to our fees for private music tuition, and we believe a fee increase is both timely and reasonable.
From Term 3 2017, rates for private tuition will increase to:
Individual: $35 per half hour, weekly lesson.
Duet: $17.50 per half hour, weekly lesson (subject to availability)
There will be no change to the band program fees.
Please feel free to contact Lisa Whitwell on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of the Instrumental Tuition Program.
SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP
Thanks to the many parents who have been supporting the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop. There has been a constant cycle of purchases and donations as people assess their uniform needs (it’s amazing how fast our little people grow!), and the winter stock has had a pretty good dent put in it!
We are in need of good quality pre-loved uniform items!
Is your uniform free of holes?
Is your uniform free of obvious stains (including paint, pens and sweat)?
Are all modifications neat and tidy (e.g. hems, waistband adjustments)?
Is your uniform clean?
Has your blazer been dry cleaned?
If your items meet the above criteria, please consider dropping them in to the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, along with a completed form securely attached to your clothing items. The form is available on the Parent Lounge under School Links and a small stack is also kept at the office. Not only will you receive some money back from the uniform sales, you will also be helping out other families.
By supporting the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, you are also setting a good example for your little ones by reducing, reusing, and recycling!
Are you able to assist at the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop – if so please leave your details at the Junior School reception for Mel Jones.
Orlando Durrant in Year 8 plays a part in the chorus in a musical “Camp Rocker”. His character is a boy who goes to camp to learn the drums and they end up in a musical competition with a rival music camp. Please see details below if you would like to get along and support Orlando.
Wyong Musical Theatre Company Inc.
7 - 15 July, 7:30pm
All tickets $20 available online at www.wmtc.com.au or by calling 1300 366 470.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
WorryWoos Mr Johns and Mrs Boyd were able to attend the launch of the WorryWoos program to assist students in K - 2 with strategies to enhance their emotional wellbeing and to develop strategies to manage anxiety at different times. Dr John Irvine has launched the program on the Central Coast in partnership with Mingara and Clubs NSW. Our thanks also go to Sarah Ferman, one of our Year 6 parents, for facilitating this opportunity which has led to each primary school on the Central Coast receiving a free resource kit. The WorryWoos are an award winning series of books written and illustrated by Andi Green. The books are accompanied by a set of plush dolls which enable the emotions discussed in the stories to be turned into lovable quirky characters that embark on journeys of self-awareness. The WorryWoo characters promote emotional wellness through play, reading and discussion. Created to promote healthy emotional wellness, each WorryWoo adventure concludes with an upbeat message of “Hey, it’s OK” and present the perfect opportunity to openly discuss topics that don’t have easy answers. They will prove to be a really helpful resource for our K-2 teachers.
Canberra Excursion Year 6 and the OC class had an excellent time in Canberra last week learning about our history of federation and as a democracy. The students particularly enjoyed visiting the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the Institute of Sport and Questacon. The boys and girls were excellent ambassadors for Lakes Grammar and are to be commended for their enthusiasm for learning and their conduct. Our thanks go to all the teachers who attended and to Mr Dunstan for his organisation of the excursion.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government has subsidised the cost of the camp under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Peer support Year 6 have also enjoyed their peer support training at Camp Toukley this week. Ms LeRay and Mr Johns have led our teachers in facilitating these days of Peer Leaders’ Training with their Peer Leaders at school. Next term, our trained Year 6 Peer Leaders will facilitate sessions with multi-aged groups of about 8-10 students from Kindergarten to Year 5. This year the Year 6 leader training and the modules that will be delivered to the Junior School students will focus on the capacity of resilience.
Resilience is the capacity to adapt in challenging situations utilising a range of protective factors. The peer support sessions will provide students with opportunities to develop and practise strategies to enhance their wellbeing.
Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School
HRIS – Art on the Move Once again, selected artworks from HRIS are currently on display in the JS Library. Feel free to come and visit the artworks, as there are some creative and delightful pieces. They will be on display until the end of Term 2.
Overdue notices will be handed out in the last week of Term 2. Please try to ensure all overdue books are returned by then to avoid receiving a notice.
PRC - 2017
Registration for the 2017 PRC is now closed and we currently have 52 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 already completed. 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
LIBERTY ARTS THEATRE ACADEMY PERFORMANCES
The Liberty Arts Theatre Academy will be presenting two end of term showcases in June.
The Stars Drama Club will perform 'The Story of Mary Poppins' on Monday, 19 June and they will be accompanied by our Trinity Speech and Drama groups performing a new devised piece called 'Magic Words,' our soloist will perform a scene from 'Jayne Eyre' and our duo teams will perform 'Pollyanna' and 'The Final Snore.' This will take place at 3.30pm in the Junior School music room.
On Tuesday, 20 June our Sparks Drama Club will perform, 'King Midas and the Golden Touch.' accompanied by our Tuesday Trinity duo team performing two short duologues, taken from 'Alice in Wonderland,' by Lewis Carroll and 'Best Friends' by Jacqueline Wilson. This will take place at 3.30pm in the Junior School music room.
The following students have represented HRIS at the upcoming CIS X Country Carnival at Eastern Creek this week: Ava Burgess, Ava Marie Carlson, Kathryn Cook, Caleb Dunstan and Daniel Foreman. Thank you for representing our school with pride.
HRIS Basketball Gala Day
Last Tuesday was a momentous occasion as we sent two representative basketball teams from the Junior School to the HRIS Basketball Gala Day for the very first time.
Both teams displayed outstanding skills with the ball whilst facing some fierce competition. All students played as a team and supported each other on and off the court throughout the day. With the majority of Year 6 students unavailable due to being in Canberra, the Year 5 boys stepped up and played against teams who were twice their size. The team ended up coming 11th overall. As coach of this team, I could not be more proud of the way the boys persevered and participated throughout the day.
Mr. Lawson coached the Year 3/4 team and his extensive experience was highly valued as his team came up against some very challenging competition. This resulted in the team coming 4th overall, which was an outstanding result considering many of our players don’t play in a weekly competition.
A big thanks to all the parents who came to support the teams during the day. Thanks also to Mr. Dunstan for selecting and coaching the teams during sport time and to Mr. Lawson for being willing to coach and drive the bus to Broadmeadow.
A big congratulations to Elodie Jewell and Tahlia Shorten from the Junior School who represented Lakes Grammar at the Christian Schools Sports Association Gymnastics Competition held on the 8th June.
Both girls had outstanding results with Elodie coming 3rd on vault, 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor and placing 4th overall. Tahlia also placed extremely well in her events, 1st on beam, 1st on floor, 4th on vault and 4th on bars. Tahlia came first overall in Level 4.
I would like to congratulate both girls on the way they represented both themselves and Lakes Grammar at this event and thank their parents for transporting them to Sydney to compete.
K - 6 Sports Co-ordinator
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 HRIS polo shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.
Mr Danny Summers
K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
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Alinta Apparel is the supplier of our school uniform shop. Alinta operates directly from our school four days per week. For full details on opening times and prices visit lakes.nsw.edu.au/uniform-shop