We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone in our community. Our Executive team are monitoring government and Health Department announcements as well as Department of Education decisions. The situation is changing daily and information is being updated frequently. Many events and activities are already cancelled or postponed and the potential for a full closure of the School is possible.
Any updates issued by the School will be posted here to act as a central hub for information. Parents and guardians will also receive notifications via the mobile app as this is the quickest form of school communication, particularly if the updates are being sent remotely. If parents do not have the mobile app we would strongly suggest you now have this installed on your phone using the instructions below.
The Lakes Grammar mobile app is available for both Apple and Android devices. The App is free and simple to install. The mobile app is custom designed and feeds directly into Parent Lounge so this allows you to do absentees, check the school calendar and very soon we will be switching to paperless permission notes for excursions and events. The mobile app is also a very quick and easy way for us to send notifications home. Often these are also sent via email but at times the mobile app may be the only communication method we use to communicate to parents particularly during an emergency.
To download the mobile app you will simply need to search Lakes Grammar in either the App Store or Google Play Store.
You will need to reset your Parent Lounge password using the link below. It will simply ask for the surname of your account and an email address that is recorded on your account. A verification code will then be emailed. Once you have entered this code into reset password page it will allow you to choose a new password. Once you are logged in to the mobile app you will remain logged in.
If your account is set-up as split family, you will need to email email@example.com as we will need to send you separate instructions. Your Parent Code has also changed slightly with this new system.
Once you have the App installed you can click on the cog icon in the bottom right and choose 'subscriptions' to add/remove the year groups that you wish to receive notifications for.
Dear parents and guardians,
Thank you all for your support during this lockdown period. We do continue to ask (as per NSW Health protocols) that the only students at school are those of essential workers who are unable to have their children learn from home. As you would be aware, most of our staff are also working from home to support our students. Any students who are unwell at all must not attend school and be tested if they have even mild COVID symptoms. You will need to supply a negative test before your child returns to school. Students in Years 7-12 must wear masks while at school (as do staff).
As you may have seen over the weekend, there continues to be significant concern from NSW Health regarding the high rates of transmission of the delta strain of the COVID virus. There have been a number of areas that are relatively close to the school highlighted as venues of concern. These include (but are not limited to) Northlakes shopping centre, Coles San Remo, Westfield Tuggerah, Lake Haven shopping centre and Bunnings Charmhaven (at a variety of times and dates). The most up-to-date information can be found via Central Coast Health Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) - NSW Health , in particular their Facebook posts. Advice can also be found via NSW Health Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW - COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Can I please urge all families to ensure that you are regularly checking these alerts and let the school know if you or your child is identified as a close contact. Please email COVIDstudents@lakes.nsw.edu.au with this information as soon as you are made aware.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
While we have prayed for continuing relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions as we headed into the end of term break, this has clearly not been the case. While we are yet to receive guidance from the NSW Health Department relating to what Term 3 will look like, we do anticipate some clearer details late next week.
However, as we do move to the last week of the holiday break, please be aware of the following:
If we move to online learning from Tuesday 13 July, we will use the same procedures as used in 2020. That is, Teams in the Senior school and Zoom and seesaw in the Junior school. Mrs Smith and Mr Wearne will send details to you all shortly. We are aware that new students may not be familiar with these programs and will send details to you.
If we do return to face-to face teaching, there may well be increased restrictions due to the higher transmissibility of the Delta COVID strain. These may include:
Masks indoors and on transport (including school buses)
No visitors on site
Increased cleaning and hygiene measures
No assemblies, chapels or cross year group activities (such as after school clubs)
Mandated use of QR codes for all adults
No students who have COVID symptoms will be able to attend (or remain) at school. They will need to send a negative COVID test result to the school before returning.
Some upcoming events have been or may be cancelled. The Year 4 and 5 camps have been cancelled. The State of Origin event has been cancelled.
If required, Kiss and Go in the Junior school will be reinstated to manage the increase in traffic.
I will be back in contact as soon as we have further clarity but this may not be until late next week.
Correspondence from the HOSS re: Term 3 for 7-12 students
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,
Firstly, I hope you have had some relaxation time and are coping ok with the current lockdown on the Central Coast.
I am just emailing to let you know what the beginning of Term 3 might look like. At this stage we are unsure but there is the possibility that the beginning of Term 3 will be online. If the decision is made by the NSW Government to have schooling online, we will provide all the support needed to help students get online with their learning, so please do not worry! If this is to be the case, we will again use Teams in the Senior School as our online learning platform.
If students feel like online learning is going to be an issue because they don’t:
know how to use TEAMS
have access to a device
have access to the internet
can you please send an email which outlines any issues you feel you may have.
Acting Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School
Years 7 - 10 Assessment Tasks
All formal assessment tasks for Years 7 - 10 set for the remainder of this term have been postponed to Term 2. We are still working on the most suitable way to conduct these assessments in an online environment.
Uniform arrangements for Friday
Due to the cancellation of Cross Country, students are to wear normal school uniform on Friday, 20 March.
• Parent-Teacher interviews – please email your child’s teachers if you would like an update on their progress
• Assemblies and Chapel services, including Term Awards Assemblies and SRC badge presentation with David Harris
• Grandparents’ Day and Easter Chapel services
• All excursions – except Year 3 Porter’s Creek Wetland - as that is on the property next to the school
• Year 7 swimming program
• Athletics Carnivals
• PlayCrew (our playgroup that operates in the hall on Tuesday mornings)
• ANZAC Day assembly in Week 1 next term
• ANZAC Day march and service – the RSL has cancelled these
• HRIS, AICES and CIS carnivals this term have been cancelled by those organisations
• Year 7 Camp and potentially camps scheduled for next term
• Junior School banking
• All choirs and bands including Year 1, Year 2, 3-4 and 5-6 choir, as well as the Training and Concert Band
• Peripatetic music tuition at school, however, many tutors are arranging an alternative online until they can resume face-to-face tutoring. Please direct an queries to Nathan Feps (Junior School) or Sylvia Gallen (Senior School)
• Netball club training
• Second Hand Uniform Shop - closed until further notice
• NAPLAN 2020 - Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
• Drama Club
• Uniform Shop - online only from Friday 27 March until further notice
• School photos