The end of a year usually brings some staff movements. This year we say farewell to the following staff:
Congratulations to Rachel Collins, who has gained the position of Mathematics Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton. Mrs Collins has been at Lakes since 2006 and for the last two years has also done a great job as the Senior School Co-ordinator of Daily Organisation.
We say farewell also to Daniel Lane, who joined our Science Faculty this year. Due to his family circumstances and distance, Mr Lane has accepted a position at Mt Kuring-gai High School.
Jason Benn is moving to a Mathematics teaching position at Wyong Christian School. Mr Benn has taught at Lakes for seven years and I thank him for all he has done, and in particular, for his role as Year Adviser of this year’s Year 12 since they were in Year 9.
Our Head of Counselling, Hayley Adcock, is taking up a part-time role with St Philip’s DALE Schools and is also opening a private practice. Hayley was our first school counsellor and built up our counselling services from scratch. I am very grateful for the work Hayley has done, along with our other counsellors, in providing such an important service for our school. Hayley has been with Lakes since October 2011. Her new role at DALE is in staff education about wellbeing across their three campuses.
Samantha Hancock (Kindergarten teacher) will move with her family to Brisbane to be closer to the rest of their family. Mrs Hancock has secured a position at “Churchie” (Anglican Church Grammar School).
Nick Dunstan (Year 6) will move to Central Coast Adventist School. Both Mr and Mrs Dunstan have secured positions there so the whole family will move together.
Salina Mayall will move to St Philip’s DALE School, Gosford. Salina has a Masters in Special Education and a passion for working with students who find school difficult, so she has taken up this opportunity to exercise her passion.
Michael Allan-Ross (OC part-time) has declined my offer to continue on the OC three days per week. He will continue to do casual teaching but he is re-assessing where God is leading him in his career.
Mr Jeremy Horrocks is moving from Junior School Maths Support back to teaching Mathematics in the Senior School. Mr Bob Price will continue in the role of Junior School Maths support teacher for Terms 1-3, then Mrs Jodie Sharpe will return from Maternity Leave and take up that position in Term 4.
We have been interviewing candidates for these positions and expect to make appointments by the end of term or shortly after.
Thank you to our Parents and Friends Association
As you know, our P&F is a fantastic support organisation for our school. The P&F raises a large sum of money each year through its operation of the Canteens, the Spring Fair and several other fundraising activities. I have Previously written of the P&F’s donation of well over $60,000 this year alone to several school projects. These projects are helping us to improve the facilities for our students in both the Junior and Senior Schools. Here is a reminder of the donations this year:
Close 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 painted chess board for use in the JS playground
$4650 for seating under the new covered area at the Senior School Kiss and Go zone.
$1349 for a portable PA system for the Junior School
$3199 for Maker’s Empire software and a 3D printer for the Junior School.
The P&F also works to build-up the links within the school community – Trivia Night and the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day breakfasts are examples of those activities, as is the Spring Fair. So, I wish to thank all members of the P&F for their faithfulness in attending meetings, in planning and in serving the school community. Special thanks to the P&F Executive of:
Tracy Stevens President
Adele Flower Vice President
Linda Beasley Deputy Vice President
Lana Brown Secretary
Mel Jones Treasurer
Thank you also to the many parents, carers and grandparents who volunteer in many ways around the school, from reading groups to canteens. Your service is greatly appreciated and highly valued.
New Bishop of Newcastle
Last Saturday the Synod of the Anglican Church in Newcastle elected Bishop Peter Stuart to be the 14th Bishop of Newcastle. Bishop Peter has been our Assistant Bishop for nine years. He will now be the Diocesan Bishop. He has had a close relationship with Lakes Grammar due to his being Chair of the School Board for several years.
Our church is now in the season of Advent, a period that encourages us to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God as we approach Christmas. Self-reflection is a good skill to cultivate - to take stock and to look ahead with a view to personal growth. Christmas is a good time to reflect on what God has done for us, by coming into our world as one of us in Jesus, sharing our lives and restoring relationships with God by his death and resurrection. I pray all of our families will have a joyful Christmas and a safe holiday period.
I hope to see you Friday night at our School Carols night and then at our final celebrations for the year next Wednesday for K-2 Speech Day and Thursday for Years 3-6 followed by 7-12 Speech Day.
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
On Wednesday, 22 November we had an “Expecting Teenagers” seminar in our school hall. About 40 parents were in attendance to engage with Mr Chris Hudson from Understanding Teenagers and reflect deeply on what it means to parent a teenager. Chris’s expertise was quickly evident and he kept all of us present with his sharp wit, profound insights and hot tips for successful parenting. Some of the key phrases were “Be their coach”, “suck it up” and “resistance is futile”. The overwhelming response by those present was that we walked away challenged, encouraged and wanting more. Quite a few people signed up to a free 4 week online course offered by Understanding Teenagers and in light of the feedback we will be running another seminar next year. Our belief is that your parenting makes a huge difference to our classrooms and indeed our community as a whole. Thanks to all those that could make it and for your excellent feedback.
This past week has also been a huge week for our Year 6 cohort. They are coming to the end of their primary years and are marking this with a series of events. On Tuesday they were honoured at a Valedictory Chapel in front of their peers and families with each student receiving a Bible to take with them. On Tuesday night all the Year 6ers gathered to kick up their heels at their Western themed school social. For us as staff we could look back at how far they have already come as young people in our community and encourage them to even more amazing feats in their senior school years and beyond. It is in these moments of significance that memories are made that shape us. For me as a parent it will mean only one child left in primary school….both sadness and joy will be present.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
School office hours for holidays
Friday, 8 December - school closed.
Monday, 11 December to Friday, 15 December - office hours 9am to 12pm
Monday, 18 December to Friday, 12 January - school closed .
Monday, 15 January to Monday, 22 January - School office re-opens from 9am to 12pm.
Tuesday, 23 January - normal office hours resume 8am to 4pm.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
The Spelling Bee last Thursday evening was a great success. It was immensely enjoyable to see such a wide range of students from Years 3 – 6 participating in this event on our calendar. The standard of spelling was excellent on the part of all participants. It was a particular pleasure to see our warm school community coming together in generous support of the Compassion charity.
Congratulations to our winners on the evening – Arini Yellamaraju (Year 3), Douglas Ruzicka (Year 4), Boyd Rumbel (Year 5) and Brooke Shorten (Year 6). Our thanks also go to Mrs Holland for her organisation of the event.
Year 6 students enjoyed their Valedictory Chapel and Social on Tuesday. The students have set a positive example for the Junior School, applying themselves to their learning effectively. Mr Samways (Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal) , Mrs MacLarty (Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing) and Mrs Briggs (Year 7 Adviser) were able to welcome the students into the Senior School for 2018. It was a pleasure to present the students with their certificates and to pray for them as the Junior School joined together in worship and to wish Year 6 the best for their secondary education, as well as celebrating the successes that they have enjoyed during their Junior School years.
The Social was a wonderful occasion with students being able to share reflections on their time in the Junior School and to receive their graduation certificates from our 2011 Kindergarten teachers – Mrs Smith, Ms Jobe-Parker and Ms LeRay.
Well done to the boys and girls who were able to attend the Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns, Pete and myself on Monday. It is great to recognize the achievement and involvement of these students in all areas of our school life. I commend them for the high standard that they have achieved and for ‘having a go’ at the different opportunities on offer in our Junior School. Our thanks go to Central Coast Volkswagen and David Lyle for facilitating the sponsorship of this event.
Joshua K, Logan H, Sophia L, Mitchell H, Xavier B, Lachlan L, Mcrae P, Jada W, Jack W, April M, Cooper H, Josie W, Harrison W, Hiya B, Noah B, Isla Y, Jack W, Josie B, Kai E, Jordan R, Zeb C, Grace O, Eli H, Zoe G, Jett R, Ailey V, Charlie H, Bridget H, Jake F, Ella W, Liam M, Kathryn C, Angus D, Rylee B, Jame P, Isabelle C, James S, Caitlin M, Lia D, Abbi D, Zoe S, Holly L.
Rotary Leadership Dinner
Congratulations to our two Junior School Leaders, Charlotte Dobson and Liam Lightfoot, on receiving Rotary Leadership Awards from the Rotary Club of Northlakes-Toukley on Wednesday evening. It was a pleasure to be able to attend this event with Mrs Harries and Mrs Holland to congratulate Charlotte and Liam on the wonderful way that they have led the student body in 2017 and to celebrate their successes.
My thanks also go to Rhianna Fitzmaurice and Sam Cook who have done an amazing job as Deputy School Leaders this year and to our College Leaders who have done wonderful work – Abbi Davies, Raphael Dunn, Jemma Young, Noah Flower, Tia Palu, Dylan Coyte, Brooke Shorten and Evren Kulak.
University of New South Wales/ICAS Medal – Corey Englebrecht
Congratulations to Corey Englebrecht of Year 2 who has been awarded the ICAS Medal as a student with the top score in the Year 2 ICAS Spelling Competition. Corey received his medal and certificate at a special ceremony at the University of New South Wales last Thursday. Mrs Mayall, Corey’s teacher this year, was also able to attend to share this special moment with Corey.
To give you an idea of the significance of Corey’s achievement, in 2016 over 980,000 entries were received but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations to Corey!
Mr Will Wallace
Head of Junior School
Aussie Home Loans – Toukley Colouring Competition
Congratulations again to Holly Longlands and Emily Thomas, who each received a prize for the colouring competition. Well done!
End of Borrowing / Overdues
Borrowing for the year is now finished. Please ensure all outstanding books borrowed are now returned to the JS Library for end of year stocktake purposes. A last round of overdue notices will be sent home soon.
Thank you to all parents, students and staff for your support in the JS Library in 2017. It has been a very productive, busy and exciting year with many activities taking place over the time.
We wish and pray for you a joyful, safe and holy Christmas break and look forward to serving you and your children again in 2018!
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
We would like to celebrate the success of Kathryn and Sam Cook for achieving a Distinction Grade for their recent Trinity Guildhall Drama examinations. The dynamic duo took their Grade 3 in Acting in November this year and were awarded the highest award!
To gain this grade, the pair prepared and performed a lively scripted scene which had wonderful moments of comedy within it and created a unique piece of drama based on the events of the Titanic ship that sank in the early hours of April 15th, 1912. They then had a brief conversation with the examiner on the meaning and mood of the pieces they created.
Our young Sparks group are performing ‘The Jingle Jangle Jungle’ and our Stars are performing ‘The Wizard of Oz.’
Our Trinity groups will also be performing their scripted pieces that they have been working hard on all year.
If you are interested in taking part in the Trinity Guildhall Acting course, please contact Libby Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org to save your space for next year.
Trinity awards are recognised in over 60 countries worldwide and can be taken up to grade 8, Advanced Level.
School Program Co-ordinator
JUNIOR SPORTS NEWS
Term 4 Swim Programs
Term 4 swim programs conclude today. Thank you for your support during this important, life skills program. The students had a wonderful time and all lessons ran very smoothly.
We have re-booked YMCA Tuggerah again in Term 4 2018.
Certificates of completion will be handed out once received from YMCA Tuggerah.
Mr Danny Summers K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
SENIOR SPORTS NEWS
This term stared off quickly in sport. We had a Junior boys tennis team compete at the HRIS Championships at Broadmeadow. The team consisted of Lachlan Murray, Joshua Hattam, Zac Clifford and Liam Riley Griffiths. The boys played well coming up against some tough opposition and eventually finishing 12th overall.
Bishop Tyrrell Gala Day
We competed against Bishop Tyrrell in friendly games of Netball, Football and Rugby, to celebrate the opening of their new playing field. This was a fun and successful experience for both schools. All of our students played well and our school teams both had wins and losses during the day. All games were played in a good spirit.
Bailey Allen and Even Bush competed in the HRIS golf Championships at Charlestown golf course and both boys put in solid performances finishing middle of the field.
Our cricket team was ready and eager to play in the Douglas shield, however, due to poor weather on two occasions the match had to be abandoned.
For the first time we had a girls softball team compete in the HRIS Championships. For most of the girls this was their first time playing softball competitively and they got better and better as the competition went on. The team lead by a strong pitching performance by Keely Bogle went on to finish equal first. Well done girls a great result.
Keely Bogle was selected in both the HRIS and the AICES Softball teams and is earmarked as a player to watch in the future.
We had Junior and Senior teams compete in the HRIS touch football Gala Day’s. Our Junior boys team finished 8th, Senior girls finished 4th and Senior boys team finished 5th. These were good results for all of our teams. Thank you to Jack Riches who helped coach and referee on the Junior Gala Day.
It has been another great year in athletics. Coming off strong performances in the NSW CIS Championships many of our athletes went on to compete in the NSW Allschools championships and put in very strong performances. Three of our students medaled at these Championships:
Bethany Kranendonk in Year 12 finished 2nd in Long Jump
Nicholas Bignall in Year 9 finished 3rd in Discus
And Jezebel Navusolo finished 2nd in Triple Jump
Other students who competed in this top level competition and put in good performances in their chosen events included:
Lastly thank you to all of the students who have represented our school through out the year, helped coach teams, refereed or umpired and also the teachers who have helped manage our school teams, we have had much success in a broad range of sports. Sport is a very fun and rewarding opportunity which helps build many skills for life and I encourage all students to get involved. I am proud of our efforts and hope that we can work even harder next year to build our school pride and success.
Mr Darren Beecroft
Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator
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