Term 3 2017 in Review



Term 3 has been another term filled with wonderful opportunities for many students and great successes by many. Some examples are: High School Musical, Showcase, the Junior School Debating Team reaching the Grand Final of the HICES Debating competition, all the Cognito offerings in the Senior School, our visit by students from China, the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, our first Lakes Grammar Equestrian Day, Fathers’ Day stall and breakfast (thank you P&F!), the book fair, Andrew Daddo’s visit, camp for Years 3 and 5, NAPLAN, the Science and Engineering Challenge in the Senior School, Tournament of Minds, Robocup, NAIDOC Week activities, RUOK Day……and many others. Up next is the Year 11 trip to Vietnam in the holidays.


The Year 12 Graduation and Formal were held on the last day of Term. The Graduation is a highlight of our school year as we farewell and honour our Year 12 students. This year 61 students graduated, 18 of whom started at Lakes in Kindergarten in 2005. The majority joined us in Year 7 and many came in at various year levels over the last 13 years. I congratulate all our Year 12 students and thank our outgoing Captains, Maddison Brinkman and Oliver Dark, and Vice Captains, Hannah Roth and Mitchell Livingstone. Our Year 12 students next face the HSC exams beginning in October and we pray that each one achieves his or her goals.


Some staff movements

Mr Greg Sewell has been appointed Co-ordinator of Technological and Applied Studies in the Senior School. Mr Stuart Campbell has been appointed Careers Adviser. Mr Jeremy Horrocks will be on Long Service Leave in Term 4, He will be replaced by Mr Bob Price. Next Year Mr Horrocks will return to the Mathematics Faculty in the Senior School. We welcome Mrs Jo Abrams to teach 4S and we pray God’s blessing on Mrs Sharpe as she gives birth in a few weeks. Ms Caitlin French has been appointed Senior School counsellor until the end of Term 3 2018 during Amanda Wishart’s leave. Ms French is a qualified psychologist with experience in a range of counselling settings.


Mrs Michelle Smith has been filling in for our Deputy Principal, Mr Ian Samways, while he has been on Long Service Leave and returning in the second week in Term 4. I would like to thank Mrs Smith for the excellent work she has done during this past two weeks.



I am happy to announce the newly appointed Prefects, Vice Captains and School Captains. There will be an induction ceremony held for them early in Term 4.


Mr Samways, myself and our outgoing School Captains, Madison Brinkman and Oliver Dark, enjoyed interviewing the 19 applicants for these roles. It is fascinating to learn more about what our students do outside of school. The field of candidates was of very high quality and it was extremely difficult to select the 14 to be appointed. Applicants write an application and attend an interview, then we survey students and staff to gather their views on the candidates. After this we consider all the information and Mr Samways, the Year Adviser, our Senior School Co-ordinator of Wellbeing and I make our selections. I am very pleased to announce the following students as our new student leaders:

School Captains: Savannah Jolly and Cooper Hills

Vice-Captains: Camryn Kendall and Mitchell Flintham

Prefects: Whitney Akhurst, Claire Cantwell-Lewin, Jacinta Clark, Georgia Crook, Chloe Heuchan, Cherri Ingle, Aidan Munford, Alexa Talbot, Taylah Theakstone, Eric Weber


During the holidays we will install the big fans in the hall so we can be cooled in summer. We are very grateful to the P&F who have paid for these fans. We will also start work on a new covered seating area adjacent to the hall.



I pray that all our students and their families will stay safe during the holidays, especially any who are travelling overseas.




Michael Hannah









What an amazing third term of the year it has been in the Junior School. The term commenced with our teaching staff undertaking professional development in English as we continue to refine the manner in which we are delivering the new curriculum and the literacy practices which underpin it.

Year 3 enjoyed an amazing camp in Sydney, visiting significant Aboriginal sites, Cockatoo Island, The Rocks and enjoying an overnight stay at Sydney Olympic Park Lodge.

Our focus on STEM in education continued with Game Training workshops commencing before school and our Robocup teams comprised of Kathryn Cook, Alexandra MacKenzie, Noah Simon, Cameron Taragel, Christopher Eadie, Kani Lukuta, Nathan Wilson, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage and Noah Flower competing in the State Championships at the University of New South Wales.


All students in the Junior School relished the visit by acclaimed children’s author, Andrew Daddo, who shared with us many facts about the art and process of writing - and lots of humour too!


This term also saw Lakes Grammar hold its first ever Interschools Equestrian event at Morisset Showground under Mrs Jobe-Parker’s excellent leadership. A number of our students took advantage of the opportunity to represent our school proudly at this event.


Many of our students from the Year 4 - 6 Choir and String Ensemble entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival. The boys and girls sang some wonderful pieces for our school item and concluded the evening by participating in a combined choir of over 300 students with the other seven schools present on the evening.


Our HICES Debating team of Chloe Collins, Liam Lightfoot, Zoila Owais, Kani Lukuta and Noah Simon advanced through the Preliminary Finals, Semi Finals and all the way to the Grand Final of the statewide Chapman Cup competition for Years 5 and 6. They represented our school with pride in becoming eventual runners up in the competition, creating a significant slice of school history in the process!


It was quite the term on the sporting field with students representing the school with distinction in hockey, oztag, soccer, netball and Rugby as well as at the HRIS Athletics Carnival with many students progressing through to CIS level and beyond.


Kindergarten enjoyed a big day out on their first excursion, visiting Oakdale Farm at Port Stephens to learn more about farm life and the animals there to complement their learning in the classroom.


Our annual Fathers’ Day Stall and Breakfast were again a great success and were strongly attended. These are always wonderful occasions to chat with our school families and the wonderful performance of the String Ensemble at the breakfast certainly added to the atmosphere. Our thanks again go to the P & F for all of their efforts with these two events.


A number of students attended the HICES Gifted and Talented Camp for a week at Elanora Heights Conference Centre to study a range of different topics and to enjoy being extended in their learning. Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage and Liam Lightfoot travelled back from camp early to claim victory in the Final of 101.3SeaFM's Battle of the Schools and won $10,000 for Lakes Grammar.


A number of students enjoyed participating in Tournament of Minds with two teams being entered this year, both achieving wonderful results.


Year 5 students enjoyed their camp at Bathurst where they had an enjoyable time of learning through exploring the goldfields and historic mining town at Hill End. Highlights of the trip included venturing on the Skyrail at Katoomba and gold panning in at Hill End. They certainly came back with a great wealth of knowledge about the discovery of gold in Australia from all that they had been able to see and do.


Showcase was once again a simply magnificent event with the theme ‘On Air!” – Lakes FM 225.9! All of the classes were simply amazing as they presented a range of delightful songs from across many golden eras of music. Our leads did a wonderful job and our thanks go again to all of our parents and school community for your support of the event in so many ways and to Miss Lutze and the Showcase Committee for all of the work that was put into the event. 


Our PlayCrew (playgroup) program has continued to expand – I really must recommend this program which takes place every Monday morning at the school. It is a great opportunity for your little one (younger than school age) to enjoy some great activities and for you to be able to form friendships with other parents at the same time.


We had a wonderful time celebrating R U OK? Day to promote positive mental health and collegiality for both students and staff. A number of Senior School students set a wonderful example in visiting the Junior School and facilitating activities so effectively. Concluding the day with an impromptu dance and bubble blowing session under the COLA finished things on a real high!


We farewelled Miss Kuller who visited us on exchange from the University of Minnesota in the US and taught 4A with Mr Lawson from May until September and we wish her the best in her future teaching career.

We wish Mrs Jodie Sharpe the very best as she commences her maternity leave and we are sure she will enjoy this next chapter in her life of being a mum! Mrs Sharpe has done a wonderful job both in the classroom and with our choirs and she will be very much missed!

Speaking of farewells, our prayers are with our Year 12 students as they graduate and continue to prepare for their HSC examinations. We appreciate their contribution to Lakes Grammar over the years and wish them the very best for all that lies ahead!



Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School






Premier’s Reading Challenge

Thank you for all students and parents who helped complete the PRC for this year.

In total, we had 117 students complete the challenge, which is very encouraging. Students can expect to get their PRC certificates at the end of the year or early next year at assembly, depending on when we get them from NSW Government.

We will be offering the PRC 2018 again early next year, however, you can start reading and logging your books from September 2017.  





The Lakes Grammar Senior and Junior School Libraries  will be holding their 2nd hand book sale at the School’s Spring Fair next term. We will be selling both children’s and adult books.


As always we would be thankful for any donations of second hand books that we could sell at our sale (or add to our Library collection). If you are cleaning out your bookshelves, please think of us! Any donations can be dropped into the Junior or Senior School Libraries. 


And as always, THANK YOU to parents who have already donated books to us throughout the year.  Our Library collection would not be as strong as it is without your ongoing support!


We hope you can drop in for a bargain at our sale on fair day. All proceeds go straight to the JS and SS Libraries.



Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian






In Term 3 we gave students the opportunity to learn how to programme 3D games with the organisation Game Training Pty Ltd.


This company are professionals in the industry and work with many schools across NSW, providing students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become a 3D game creator.


In Term 3, we ran these sessions before school on Thursday for interested Coding Club Students. In Term 4, we are opening up this opportunity for any students in 3-6 that may be interested. The program runs for 5 weeks and the cost is $30 per session. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting program you can visit Game Training Pty Ltd’s website (, or contact Ms Jobe-Parker. 



Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher



We have had another great term with our Coding Clubs in the Junior School.


Our K-2 group has had a few less students due the warmer weather, but all those who participated have had a great time coding with Scratch Jr.


Our 3-6 Coders have been using a mix of Scratch and Unity during their coding time with some exciting skills learnt. 



Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher



What’s been happening in Gifted and Talented?

HICES Gifted and Talented Camp

A group of eight Year 6 students attended a camp for Gifted and Talented students with 150 students from Independent Schools from across NSW.

The students chose a Core subject to study for the week. Core topics included: Flight, STEM, Robotics, Sport Science, Visual Arts, Writing, Crime Scene Investigation, Da Vinci. They had lessons on these subjects for four hours a day and in the afternoon were able to choose ‘Wild’ topics including: The Amazing Race, Theatre Sports, Chess and Magnaformers.




Breakfast at Elanora Heights Conference Centre: (Left to right) Brooke Shorten, Charlotte Dobson, Tia Palu, Noah Flower, Kani Lukuta, Chloe Collins


Chloe, Zoe, Charlotte, Tia and Brooke arrive at camp.


The students chose the following subjects:


Zoe Sawers: Visual Arts


‘GAT Camp was awesome! In visual arts we did Abstract art, Self-portraits and statues…The theme was Greek Mythology, so we painted ourselves white and made a centaur fighting a warrior. It was so much fun even though it took ages to get the paint out of my hair.’

Human Sculptures: ‘Fighting the Centaur’ and ‘Zoe Portrait’ by Zoe Sawers


Noah Flower: Robotics


I did robotics for the week. This is a photo of a tug-of-war battle between two robots that we made.

Robotics Tug-of-war!


Kani Lukuta and Liam Lightfoot: Flight

Liam: ‘Flight was an amazing topic. At first I thought that we were just going to throw paper planes, but then we focused on the physics, engineering and aerodynamics behind it. We did lots of experiments and even had a paper plane competition. I loved it!’

Kani: ‘In flight, we learnt how planes fly and how to make rockets and the four forces of flight. We learnt that the smallest rocket is about 2.5 cm long and works the best. We also made parachutes and paper planes.’


Brooke Shorten: Writing

‘Writing was lots of fun. We used picture books to help us find ideas, write from perspective and practise descriptive writing. We shared our stories and others gave us feedback. My teacher, Mrs Bradley, taught us the Compliment Sandwich, where you say a compliment, give a criticism then say another compliment. Writing was so much fun. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to go.’


Tia Palu: Sport Science

‘Gifted and Talented Camp was an amazing experience, it was a great way to push your intelligence. I studied Sport Science and learnt about the Human body and how it reacts after intense fitness. We did the beep test, squat challenge, the Harvard Step and a push up competition. We made our own e-book on our favourite sport showing a Training and Diet plan.’


Chloe Collins and Charlotte Dobson: Crime Scene Investigation

‘Throughout the week we were working on the topic of Crime Scene Investigation. The interactivity and involvement Mrs Holland brought to it made sure that we did hands-on activities including fingerprinting (I went around the cabins and dusted fingerprints), DNA sampling, powder analysis, blood splatters, dirt analysis, handwriting forgery, footwear/shoeprint evidence and hair analysis. A final challenge was solving a real crime using our knowledge of CSI.’

Charlotte making a plaster of paris footprint of a suspect at the crime scene.


Mathematics Extension Groups

Year 1 and 2 have continued to have their Mathematics Extension groups this term working on Problem-solving skills and how to apply their understanding of Mathematical concepts to real life situations.

Years 3 to 6 competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition, and Year 5 and 6 in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition.



Awards for Australian Mathematics Competition:

Proficiency: Gabriel Dunn, Tahlia Allen, Ganesh Seekuri, Dexter Rodak, Hannah Ruzicka, Ella Lear, Makayla Beasley (Year 3), Zaina Wadud, Ella Williams, Cooper Herlings, Vaughn Peachey, Jake Richards, Carly Chapman, Thomas Holland, Douglas Matri, Ryan Wenger, Alyce Hokin, Lawson Lao, Ashley Inwood, Ella Burgess, Amelia Collins, Jake Freeman (Year 4), Sivani Yellamaraju, Alexandra MacKenzie, Alyvia Slade, Tahlia Moore (Year 5), Charlotte Dobson, Rhianna Fitzmaurice, Chloe Collins, Jack Gray, Anabella Amorin, Oliver Sleeman, Isabelle Adams, Raphael Dunn, Zoe Sawers, Sharwil Purohit (Year 6).



Credit: Giselle Simon, Max Adams, Laiba Malik, Grace Ostergaard, Ava McCleod, Lexi Mulholland, Arini Yellamaraju, Grace Crumbly (Year 3), Thomas Anderson, Ailey Van Meeteren, Sage Kenny, Sophie Langford, Quinn Flower, Douglas Ruzicka, Caleb Dunstan, Mackenzie Harmer, Mitchell Curry (Year 4), Nathan Wilson, Holly Longland, Alyssa Durham, Rohith Srinivas, Charlotte Toohey, Jaydee Lourens, Luke Ostergaard (Year 5), Baden Walmsley, Liam Lightfoot, Noah Flower, Tia Palu, Brooke Shorten (Year 6)


Distinction: Abigail Brown, Joseph Aad, Hamilton Dobson (Year 3), Boyd Rumbel, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Noah Simon, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Harrison Cross, Yalkin Shevket (Year 5), Kani Lukuta, Zoila Owais (Year 6).




Students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 are participating in ‘Illuminate’, an individual interest project that will be presented at the Spring Fair on Saturday, 22 October . The students have all come up with a topic and research question that they will become an expert in. There are a range of topics from Germs to Coeliac Disease, and research questions like, ‘Why do I get zapped on the Trampoline? (Static Electricity) and ‘What was Shakespeare’s motivation for writing the famous play - Macbeth?’. I hope that you will all be able to come and see the amazing projects and presentations that the students have produced.



University of NSW ICAS Competitions 2017

The students of Lakes Grammar have had a successful year with our results in the University of NSW ICAS Competitions. We have had a large number of Merits, Credits, Distinctions and High Distinctions, including a University Medal for Corey Englebrecht of Year 2 for Spelling.


ICAS Digital Technologies:

Merit: Tahlia Allen (Year 3), Ella Beasley (Year 4), Harrison Cross, Jaydee Lourens (Year 5).

Credit: Laiba Malik, Cleo McNeill (Year 3), Sophie Langford (Year 4), Sivani Yellamaraju, Yalkin Shevket, Rohith Srinivas, Nathan Wilson (Year 5), Chloe Collins, Liam Lightfoot, Cameron Taragel (Year 6).

Distinction: Abigail Brown, Lexi Mulholland (Year 3), Jake Richards, Ella Williams (Year 4), Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Noah Simon (Year 5).

High Distinction: Finlay Pigot-Irving (Year 5).


ICAS Science:

Merit: Carter Thomas, Abigail Whelan (Year 2), Jake Richards (Year 4), Sivani Yellamaraju, Boyd Rumbel, Alyvia Slade (Year 5), Chloe Collins, Zoila Owais (Year 6).

Credit: Abhishek Babu, Christopher Webb (Year 2), Hannah Ruzicka, Arini Yellamaraju (Year 3), Mitchell Curry (Year 4), Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Alyssa Durham, Elodie Jewell, Tahlia Moore, Yalkin Shevket, Nathan Wilson (Year 5), Noah Flower, Kani Lukuta (Year 6).

Distinction: Lexi Mulholland (Year 3), Thomas Anderson, Douglas Ruzicka, Sophie Langford (Year 4), Liam Lightfoot (Year 6).

High Distinction: Corey Englebrecht (Year 2), Abigail Brown (Year 3), Finlay Pigot-Irving, Noah Simon (Year 5).



ICAS English:

Merit: Makayla Beasley (Year 3), Alyce Hokin (Year 4), Holly Longland, Tahlia Moore (Year 5), Anabella Amorin, Chloe Collins, Zoe Sawers, Cameron Taragel (Year 6).

Credit: Abhishek Babu, Brianna Roberts (Year 2), Joseph Aad, Tahlia Allen, Hannah Ruzicka (Year 3), Zaina Wadud (Year 4), Alyssa Durham, Alexandra MacKenzie, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Boyd Rumbel, Alyvia Slade, Charlotte Toohey (Year 5), Charlotte Dobson, Liam Lightfoot (Year 6).

Distinction: Christopher Webb (Year 2), Abigail Brown, Lexi Mulholland, Arini Yellamaraju (Year 3), Mitchell Curry, Sophie Langford, Douglas Ruzicka (Year 4), Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Luke Ostergaard, Mackensie Roffey, Yalkin Shevket, Noah Simon, Rohith Srinivas, Nathan Wilson (Year 5), Kani Lukuta, Brooke Shorten (Year 6).

High Distinction: Corey Englebrecht, Abigail Whelan (Year 2), Sivani Yellamaraju (Year 5).



ICAS Spelling:

Merit: Laiba Malik, Briella Moore (Year 3), Ashley Inwood (Year 4), Alyssa Durham, Holly Longland, Mackensie Roffey, Alyvia Slade (Year 5), Zoe Sawers (Year 6).

Credit: Isabella MacDonald, Brianna Roberts (Year 2), Joseph Aad, Lexi Mulholland, Hannah Ruzicka, Ganesh Seekuri (Year 3), Ella Burgess, Quinn Flower, Douglas Ruzicka, Phoebe Talbut (Year 4), Sivani Yellamaraju, Tahlia Moore, Boyd Rumbel, Charlotte Toohey (Year 5), Anabella Amorin, Kani Lukuta, Brooke Shorten, Baden Walmsley (Year 6).

Distinction: Zak Prica-Chamberlain, Carter Thomas, Christopher Webb, Abigail Whelan (Year 2), Mitchell Curry, Zaina Wadud (Year 4), Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Rohith Srinivas, Nathan Wilson (Year 5), Liam Lightfoot, Zoila Owais (Year 6).

High Distinction: Corey Englebrecht (Year 2 and University Medal), Arini Yellamaraju (Year 3), Finlay Pigot-Irving, Noah Simon (Year 5).



ICAS Writing:

Merit: Briella Moore (Year 3), Amelia Collins (Year 4).

Credit: Tahlia Allen, Joshua Barrie, Makayla Beasley, Lexi Mulholland, Giselle Simon, Arini Yellamaraju (Year 3), Phoebe Talbut, Zaina Wadud (Year 4), Jaydee Lourens, Noah Simon, Alyvia Slade (Year 5), Chloe Collins, Liam Lightfoot, Zoila Owais, Brooke Shorten (Year 6).



ICAS Mathematics:

Merit: Max Adams, Briella Moore, Grace Ostergaard, Hannah Ruzicka (Year 3), Caleb Dunstan (Year 4), Alyssa Durham, Rohith Srinivas (Year 5), Zoe Sawers (Year 6).

Credit: Brianna Roberts, Christopher Webb, Abigail Whelan (Year 2), Tahlia Allen, Indianna Lourens (Year 3), Mitchell Curry, Sophie Langford, Ailey Van Meeteren (Year 4), Harrison Cross, Jaydee Lourens, Finlay Pigot-Irving (Year 5), Kani Lukuta, Zoila Owais (Year 6).

Distinction: Corey Englebrecht, Fletcher Pigot-Irving, Carter Thomas (Year 2), Laiba Malik, Cleo McNeill, Lexi Mulholland (Year 3), Thomas Anderson, Douglas Ruzicka (Year 4), Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Luke Ostergaard, Yalkin Shevket, Boyd Rumbel (Year 5), Liam Lightfoot (Year 6).

High Distinction: Joesph Aad (Year 3), Noah Simon (Year 5).




Battle of the Schools

This term we had Liam Lightfoot and Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage win the Battle of the Schools competition on SEAFM 101.3 and win $10, 000 for the school.

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6


The HICES Debating Team had a very successful year making it all the way through to the Grand Final in Sydney. They were very close runners up and received a trophy for their efforts. They have been part of the Competition since March 2017. There have been 47 schools and over 90 debate teams just in the junior division from all over NSW. The students displayed a high degree of perseverance, strength of mind and maturity to make it to the Grand Final. These Year 5 and 6 students had been given a theme of ‘Cyberbullying’ and an hour before the debate were given the topic ‘That Schools should punish students for Cyberbullying irrespective of where it occurs’. They were the negative which was a challenging side to argue, but they made some amazing points about parental responsibility and the need for schools to educate students about cyberbullying, rather than just punishing, in order to prevent it. For young people to come up with a 5 minute speech in an hour and have strong and clear arguments is truly amazing.


Mr Hannah came to watch the students and had the pleasure of presenting them with their awards. Liam and Chloe both received awards for best debater in the Finals rounds.


The team included: Liam Lightfoot, Kani Lukuta, Chloe Collins, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Noah Simon and Zoila Owais. If you do see these students please congratulate them!


Elyse Hayhurst was also presented with a Best speaker award for the Senior Division and was the Chairperson for the Senior Grand Final. Please congratulate her as well.




Preliminary Final against Hills Adventist College.

Quarter Finals: Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Liam Lightfoot, Chloe Collins, Noah Simon.

Semi Final against Penrith Anglican College

HICES Debating Grand Final – Runners Up.

Mr Hannah presenting the students with their awards.

The students with their Trophy.


Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6 and Debating Coordinator




This term has again been a wonderful term in the Senior School. There have been numerous occasions where our students have had opportunities to display their creativity and individual strengths and passions.

The achievements of Year 12 students have been a particular highlight this term, with students performing in their HSC practical examinations in Music and Drama. The musical items by our Year 12 students were outstanding and a huge congratulations needs to be extended to Mr Luke Gallen and the CAPA Faculty for helping these students achieve at such a wonderful level. For the first time we had a Year 12 class completing HSC Drama. This saw the students present individual and group performances; the students did a great job in their performances! A special thank you to Miss Louisa Newton for getting the students to perform at such a great level and for Mrs Anne Hobden for all her support.

Another highlight for our Year 12 students was the submission of their Major Works in English Extension 2, Design and Technology and Visual Arts. Congratulations to these students for submitting wonderful pieces of creativity. We wish them all the luck with their external marking. Thank you to Mr Sewell, Mr Langejans, Mrs Crawford and Mrs Hart for all their hard work this year with these students.


We wish all of our Year 12 students the best of luck in the upcoming HSC exams. We are sorry to see them go; they have all been wonderful representatives of our school. It is exciting to hear that a number have already received early entry into Macquarie University! We look forward to hearing about their pursuits in later life.


The school musical was a highlight this term for Senior School. Students and staff worked tirelessly to present a polished and professional performance of High School Musical. It is very encouraging to see so many students wanting to be involved, from the cast to the crew. For both nights the hall was full! Congratulations to all the students who participated and to Miss Louisa Newton, Mrs Lisa Whitwell, Mr Luke Gallen, Mrs Emma Briggs, Mrs Alison MacLarty and Mrs Anne Hobden for all their inspiring work on the musical.


On the sporting field there have been superb and awe-inspiring achievements by our Rugby League team which is made up of boys from Years 10 and 12. This term, under the coaching of Mr Benn and Mr Beecroft, our Rugby League boys took out the NSW CIS Rugby League 7s Competition Under 16 and the NRL Tim Manna Shield. A big congratulations to these teams and a huge thank you to Mr Beecroft and Mr Benn for their coaching and co-ordinating of these teams.


A huge highlight this term was the Night At The Museum which highlighted the excellent achievements of our History students from Years 7-10. This is always a spectacular show and one which never fails to impress! It is so exciting every year to see how creative our students can be and how the Year 9 and 10 students particularly, this year, paid honour to our ANZACS and Holocaust Survivors. Congratulations to all the students, their History teachers and particularly the History Co-ordinator Mrs Fiona Crawford for all the hours she committed to it to pull it together.


Another highlight this term was the Science and Technology Day! Students enjoyed a fantabulous day of exploring science and technology concepts. It is so important that we are developing the students’ skills in these areas! Thank you to Mrs Jenny Charker for organising and making the day happen in such a fun way!


On Thursday, 14 September we held our Senior School Awards Ceremony for Term 3. It again was awesome to see so many of our students achieving Tutor and Year Adviser Awards and Cognito Awards. For me, being on stage, I always enjoy seeing the pure joy and happiness of the students as they come up on stage to receive their awards. It is great that our school has such a strong program where all students can get involved in areas that they are passionate about and just have a go!


This term students received Cognito Awards for the following:

  • Science ICAS Awards
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute Crystal Growing Competition
  • National History Challenge
  • Write A Book In A Day
  • HRIS Cultural Festival
  • School Musical
  • IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Special Mention needs to the following students:

  • 3rd Place in the NSW Crystal Growing Competition: Tegan Lynch, Anthony Ping, Aiden Scott, Bianca Jolly, Emma Florimo and Blake Waldon
  • Distinction Awards in ICAS Science Awards: Blair Evans and Jessica Gardiner

Finally a particular congratulations needs to be extended to our chess team who took out the Sydney Academy of Chess Competition – Central Coast Division. A special congratulations to Jaden Garvey who won the 14 Year Olds Division.


Year 7/8 team

Jackson Blackshaw  - Year 7

Ashley Pernecker   - Year 7

Orlando Durrant     - Year 8

Jaden Garvey        - Year 8

Joshua Poole          - Year 8


Year 9/10/11 team

Joshua Locchi        - Year 9

Justin Liang           - Year 10

Dylan Lovell           - Year 10

Robbie MacDonald – Year 10

Brendan Smith      - Year11



Mrs Michelle Smith

Acting Head of Senior School











On Friday, 8 September the Cognito Art Club had the opportunity to attend an all-day incursion to give them the chance to complete their artworks for the upcoming annual art exhibition. For the past few months the students have been tirelessly working on an exciting self-portrait project. The club meets every Friday lunchtime and occasionally Tuesdays but they needed some solid time to finish their paintings.


The students have been using oil paint for the first time. It is a difficult medium to master but their results have been superb. They had a fantastic day with some great achievements. Check out some of the pictures from the day.



Mrs Sally Baker

Senior School Teacher


As Term 3 comes to an end we say farewell and good luck to all our graduating Year 12 Science students. After 13 years immersed in an adventure to try and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them there is only the final challenge to attempt. We wish each one of them the very best in their HSC and look forward to discovering what they have chosen as their next scientific adventure.

During this term there was plenty of scientific celebration with Science Week activities for all to participate in. Congratulations to Blair Evans and Fox Smith (Year 7), their aeronautical skills proved superior as their paper constructions flew further and remained in the air longer than any others. Congratulations also to all those environmentally aware students who correctly identified the sustainability symbols with a special well done to Brad Freeman (Year 8) for producing the first correct entry pulled out of the box.

Science Week at Lakes concluded with the Annual Stage 4 Science and Technology Challenge. Again it was inspiring to see how enthusiastically the students from Years 6, 7 and 8 undertook their chosen challenges. The final dog fight was a definite highlight this year with the plane of Oscar Bendeich and Riley Phillips taking out top honours. Congratulations also go to the following students for the perseverance and creative problem solving skills they displayed to win their respective events:


Into Battle – Elizabeth Pullen and Zali Phillips

Oh My Head Hurts! – Anna McKechnie and Courtney Cooper

Cake Creations – Lily Everson and Kianna Bright

Robotic Rescue – Tegan Lynch and Lara Chapman

Windy Weightlifting – Jack Reilly and James Schurk

Sit On IT! – Bonnie Vandeven and Tanisha Kumar



The students were extremely lucky to have been able to welcome Mr Sean Davis, a Senior Field Officer with National Parks and Wildlife who donated his time to share his experiences and expertise along with his love of science. Thank you Mr Davis, your presentation was inspiring and provided an insight into the variety of scientific endeavours that exist after school.


Science was further celebrated at our End of Term Awards Assembly with a number of students receiving accolades for their entries in both the RACI Crystal Growing Competition and the National Science Quiz.


A HUGE congratulations goes to Tegan Lynch, Bianca Jolly, Emma Florimo, Anthony Ping, Aiden Scott and Blake Waldon from Year 7 and Charlotte Dobson from Year 6 for placing third in NSW in their respective catagories for their Alum Crystals. These crystals have now gone on to be judged at the National level of this competition. Good luck to our budding crystallographers. There were also a large number of Highly Commended and Finalist awards and I hope the Year 6 students who came up to the labs have been inspired to extend their crystal growing investigations next year.


With only 6 students from each of Years 7 – 10 invited to enter the ICAS National Science Quiz this year the results were fantastic. Congratulations to the following students on your achievement:


Credit – Dylan Inwood, Sebastian Araneta, Kiarna Elliot (Year 7), Adiba Ahmed, Jamie Durham, Sarah Zurobski (Year 8), James Sorbello (Year 9), Olivia Clarkson, Paddy Harrison and Robert MacDonald (Year 10)

Distinction – Blair Evans and Emma MacDonald (Year 7)


Jenny Charker

Science Coordinator


Our MHAP (Mental Health Advocacy Program) Team has been busy organising and running activities for our very successful RUOK Day.

Our students have been planning this day since late last term with Miranda Dunstan who has been working with our school this year. The day resulted in conversations about mental health, in particular, the need to check in with our friends and colleagues to see if they are OK. Here are some pictures from the day:


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Congratulations to our MHAP team members and the Year 9 students they recruited for the event. They were resilient, articulate, creative and engaging. The day was definitely a success!


The team consisted of:

Kaitlyn DeShannon, Abbey Hills, Julia Araneta, Jez Navosulo, Elyse Hayhurst, Andrew MacLarty, Anna Voigt, Hannah Eadie, Elizabeth Dark, Charlotte Akhurst, Bronte Kiddle, Samantha Livingstone, Jack Riches, Mackenzie Jolly, Jordan Stevens, Jake Benson, Harry Blake, Emily Riches, Oliver Shedden and Joshua Locchi.



Good luck to our Year 12 students as they leave school to prepare for the HSC examinations. Remember to look after your wellbeing at the same time as your studying. Here is an article which you may find useful:

Remember that many things can assist with this period of study, including food – check out this article. 



Wishing you all good mental health over the holiday break – stay safe and see you all next term!





Alison MacLarty

Co-ordinator Student Wellbeing


Earlier this term Year 11 Modern History students and all of Year 10 went on an excursion to the Jewish Museum in Sydney to complement their studies of WW2 and the Holocaust. The students were provided with a rare opportunity to listen to the personal story of a Holocaust survivor before going on a guided tour of the museum. It was both an informative and invaluable learning opportunity for our students who gained a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its devastating effects on the Jewish population. A special thank you goes to Mrs Hart for organising the day.

Congratulations are extended to Alexandra Pullen of Year 10 who submitted an entry in the National History Challenge last month. Alex wrote an extended response on the changing rights and freedoms of Indigenous Australians following her study of this topic in History earlier this year. We wish Alex the best of luck with her entry.

The annual History Night at the Museum was held last week. Once again the evening was a great success as members of our school community came together to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students in Year 7-10 History. Thank you to all the staff and students who helped bring the museum together and thank you to all those who visited on the night.



Fiona Crawford

History Co-ordinator



Each year here at Lakes Grammar, the HSC Music students wow us with their technical skill, personal style and eclectic tastes in repertoire and this year is no exception. The 2017 cohort presented a vibrant program to the HSC examiners last Tuesday following the successful HSC Music evening. With classical saxophone trio, mariachi trumpet and cutting edge alternative rock guitar and vocals.


Thanks to the consistent care and support from the individual instrument tutors, the students faced their formal examination with confidence and high spirits. Alongside Performance, Musicology was also a strong focus for the cohort, choosing to present 3 Viva Voces with investigation topics including “How interest is created through the use of Trumpet mutes” and “The Expressive Techniques of the Saxophone in the 20th Century”.


It is thrilling to see Music continue to thrive and achieve strong results at this level and we wish the students of 2017 all the very best in their future endeavours. From what was presented at the HSC Music evening it is clear that this is not the last we will be seeing of the great music from these young people, so watch that space!




Mr Gallen

HSC Music Teacher


The Premier’s Reading Challenge was completed in the SS in Year 7 by Jessica Gardiner, Emma MacDonald, William McClelland, Ashley Pernecker and Ellah Ross, and from Year 8, William Mears. Congratulations to these students for both participating, and completing the Years 7-9 PRC.

The Senior School Library has hosted a number of school events and student works with more detailed coverage about some of these in other sections of this newsletter. To date we have had WABIAD – Write a Book in A Day, N@TM – Night at the Museum, Year 11 Design and Technology major projects on display, the inaugural HSC Drama Performance evening, and we have hosted a CC Secondary Schools Chess Gala Day.

WABIAD – Write a Book in A Day – was an English Enrichment Day for some of our budding creative writers in Year 10. The initiative is part of The Kids’ Cancer Project, and required the students to commit an entire day, from 8am-8pm, to plan, write, edit, illustrate and publish a 4-5000 word book, suitable for 10-16 y.o. children. The students received specific parameters for the story which included a setting, characters, and key words which had to be included.


Congratulations for participation go to: Lakes Team 1 – Julia Araneta, Harry Blake, Elyse Hayhurst, Robbie MacDonald, Oliver Shedden, Jordan Stevens and Anna Voigt, who wrote, “The Mysterious Gift,” and to Lakes Team 2 – Deanna Barnes, Blair Chadwick, Harrison Clynes, Kaylan Crosby, Kaitlyn DeShannon and Gemma Jordan, who wrote “Test Subject 6.” The students and I are indebted to Mr James Hart for his skilful and talented guidance of their writing and editing process throughout the day. These books are a part of the SS Library collection and can be borrowed to read.

Mrs Anne-Marie Nicholls

SS Teacher Librarian


Big congratulations to Brooke Cooper of Year 11. Brooke gave a speech to help her friend Maddison who is a part of the STEPTEMBER challenge to raise vital funds for cerebral palsy. This speech was presented on Friday, 15 September to students from Years 7 to 12 at Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale.


Brooke’s speech as follows:

Hi everyone,

My name is Brooke and I was born with Cerebral Palsy. We do not know how or why and this is why STEPTEMBER is so important. It helps raise money for research and equipment for cerebral palsy. There are different types of CP. I have ataxic CP which affects all of my body in different ways. Along with CP, I also have epilepsy, which can be associated with CP. Having CP can be a struggle, for some people they cannot walk or talk and their movements are very stiff. I am lucky I think because I can achieve most things I put my mind to.

I find certain things difficult like doing up buttons, writing, balancing and my speech is not clear like other people but I try my best to be understood. It takes a lot of effort for me to do the normal everyday things that people take for granted, like just walking.

I have been in a wheelchair on and off, mainly in Primary school due to my epilepsy and my balance. I love to dance and it takes a lot of energy for me to dance but I love it. I would like to think I inspire other people and no matter what disability you may have you can achieve anything.

I would like to thank Maddison and her friends for raising money and awareness for Cerebral palsy because one day maybe we will have answers.




Mrs Karyn Thomson

Learning Support Officer





With the end of term upon us it is good to look back at some of the wonderful activities that have taken place across our school.  Some of the regular activities that we as chaplains get ourselves involved in each term include very obviously chapels, Christian Studies lessons, staff devotions and lunchtime Cru groups.  Both Pete and I are also involved in the Wellbeing teams where we endeavour to support our students and staff in a proactive way.  For example this term we supported the RUOK Day and the activities led by our MHAP students.  It is a privilege to watch these students shine in a way that encourages other students in their schooling journey.


Pete and I are also involved in sport at school, playground duties or canteen helping. A large part of what we do is get out there and engage with the students and allow opportunities for conversations to evolve. It turns out that I am an OK player at handball too. Being present to the students allows them the opportunity to build that relationship with us where one day they may need to have a deeper and more meaningful conversation. Trust takes time and so we keep working at it. You may have even seen Pete at Kiss and Go of an afternoon ensuring your child was safely sent home.


One last comment about this term.  Every now and again I sneak down to the Junior School on a Monday afternoon to take a peek at the K-2 Chapel.  It puts a big smile on my face when I see Pete with a guitar in hand and hear the little ones belting out one of our chapel songs.  They will remember these songs for years to come.  Last week I invited Mr Cameron back to lead our Senior School chapel in some singing of their old primary chapel songs.  Our Year 12’s had requested we sing (because they normally won’t) and Mr Cameron agreed to help out.  It turns out that our current Year 12s were some of his first Year 2 class at Lakes Grammar and I have never heard our Senior School students sing so well.  It brought a tear to my eye.  As our Year 12s graduate this week there will definitely be more tears…they have truly blessed me over the last 12 years that we have been able to get to know each other.


Have a wonderful holiday everyone.


Bless ya,

Reverend Matt






Last Thursday Wyong High School held its 23rd Annual One Day Chess Tournament.


It was an exciting day with all of our students playing their best, representing our school while having a lot of fun. Each student competed individually and had to play 7 matches.


In our Primary team, 3 students received age champion, they are; Noah Flower, Liam Lightfoot and Marcus Wells. Marcus deserves a mention as he is a Kindergarten student who is 5 years old and won age champion in the under 6’s . Marcus was the only Kindergarten student competing on the day.


These three boys individually claimed equal second overall with a score of 6/7 so were ranked on count back. Noah Flower 5th overall, Liam Lightfoot 4th overall and Marcus Wells 3rd overall. These scores resulted in Lakes Grammar bringing home the Primary shield to Lakes Grammar.


In the Secondary teams there were also 3 age champions. Robert MacDonald received 16 years age champion, Joshua Locchi - 15 years age champion, and Jaden Garvey – 14 years age champion.


On the day, Lakes Grammar tied first with another school in the Secondary Division, and forfeited the shield on count back. However, at the end of the day, Jaden Garvey very quietly and politely asked the overseer to revise his score and it turned out after some investigation that one of his scores was incorrectly recorded. When this was rectified over the weekend, it resulted in Lakes Grammar claiming the Senior Shield as well! Jaden showed great maturity and humility in the way he approached this situation and has gained praise from the overseer who has this week visited the school to explain to the senior team exactly what went wrong with the scoring on the day, and to express how impressed he was with Jaden and his supporting team mates.


Primary student certificates of attendance plan to be presented on the first whole school morning assembly of Term 4.


Secondary student participation certificates were presented on Wednesday of this week with the visiting Chess co-ordinator, Mr Gary Losh, and Mrs Baxter, our wonderful supervising teacher for the Senior Chess teams.



Nathan Crumbley                     Anne-Marie Nicholls

JS Chess Coordinator            SS Chess Coordinator






School Holidays Admin Office Hours:


The Junior School admin office will be open 9am to 12pm the first week and closed the second week. 











Congratulations to the Lakes Grammar students who competed at the CIS Athletics Carnival on Wednesday, 13 September. Every student gave their all under very warm and windy conditions.

A very special mention to Ava-Maree Carlson who came 2nd in 100m and Connor Rooke who came 2nd in Discus. Both students will compete in the PSSA Athletics Carnival in Term 4.

Thanks to all parents who attended to show our students support and to Mr Brendan Carlson for his outstanding coaching and preparation of our athletes.


A big congratulations to all students who have participated in sport throughout Term 3.


Thanks to all parents and staff for their wonderful support.



Mr James Cantor

Junior School K-6 Sport Co-ordinator








All Schools Cross Country

Ashley Pernecker and Charlotte Akhurst competed in the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek against the best Cross Country runners from NSW Schools.

 Both girls ran extremely well and represented our school and themselves with pride.



HRIS Athletics Carnival

The school team competed at the HRIS Athletics Championships on Monday, 24 July at Glendale Athletics Centre. All students were competitive on the day and represented our school extremely well, trying their best in all of their events and supporting each other. There were some standout performances on the day from individual students and many students competed in a large number of events during the day.  Standout performers were Ashley Pernecker, Nicolas Bignall, Jeremy Beale, Jezebel Navusolo, Jackson Barnes, Olivia Glanville, Eric Weber, Ellie Rudder, Anna McKechnie, Madeline James, Elizabeth Thomas and Blair Evans.




During the last week of term, we had our school netball team compete at the AICES Netball Cup at Sydney Olympic Park. Both teams played well and our Opens side just missed out on making the final, beaten by Hunter Valley Grammar by 1 point in the semi-final.



HRIS Basketball Gala Day

We had teams compete in the HRIS 15’s Basketball Gala Day. It was a great learning experience for our teams as they came up against some very strong competition. Our students showed perseverance and sportsmanship all day and our girls team finished 7th and our boys team finished 15th overall.



Central Coast Oztag Gala day

Our Year 7/8 Oztag teams competed in the Central Coast Oztag Gala day on Wednesday, 9 August. For many of our students it was their first time playing competitive Oztag and they improved with every game. Our boys side finished 2nd in their pool just missing out on the final series and our girls team enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from the day, unfortunately finishing at the bottom of their pool, but with smiles on their face.



HRIS RUGBY 7’s Gala Day

We had a 14’s, 16’s and Open team compete in the HRIS Rugby 7’s gala day at Hunter Valley Grammar School. It is a fast, tough game and our teams were competitive all day. The 14’s lost in some close matches but won the playoff  finishing 5th overall, the 16’s made the semi-finals and the Opens finished 5th. Overall a good day was had and lessons learned for next year.




Lakes Grammar Gems Netball Club

We would like to congratulate our Lakes Grammar Netball Club on an outstanding 2017 season.  The school club competes in the Wyong District Netball Association competition through winter and this year has had over 150 players and 17 teams ranging from Net Set Go teams to Ladies teams.  The club is open to Lakes Grammar students as well as players in the local community who may not attend our school.

The girls have had a great season and seven of our teams were Semi Finalists our 10A2 Rubies, 12A Jaspers, 13C Opals, Junior 2 Kryptonites, Cadet 2 Topaz and Jades and our Div 4 Onyx. 

The Kryptonites and cadet 2’s went on to win the grand final!

The Wyong District Netball Association representative teams for 2018 have also been announced and Lakes Grammar Netball Club players have made representative teams.  This is an amazing result and a huge congratulations to these players.   A special congratulations  to Tegan Lynch, Tia Palu and Emma Florimo, who have made the team.


Our school club is going from strength to strength each year and we are looking forward to a great 2018 season which is our 10th year.



AICES Athletics Championships

The following students represented our school fantastically in the AICES Athletics championships on Wednesday, 30th August, many of our competitors making through to the NSW CIS Championships to be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday, 20 September.



 Jackson Barnes – 14 Boys

4th 200m

1st  High Jump



Jeremy Beale – 14 Boys

4th 800m

6th 400m



Nicholas Bignall – 15 Boys

4th Javelin

2nd Shot Put

1st Discus



Blair Evans – 13 Boys

10th Discus

Olivia Glanville – 16 Girls

2nd 800m



Madeline James – 16 Girls

7th Discus



Anna McKechnie – 13 Girls

1st High Jump

4th Triple Jump

3rd Long Jump



Jezebel Navusolo – 15 Girls

2nd 200m

1st Long Jump

3rd 100m

1st Triple Jump



Ashley Pernecker – 14 Girls

3rd - 300m

2nd – 800m

2nd – 1500m

3rd – High Jump

3rd – 400m



Ellie Rudder – 14 Girls

3rd –  Discus

7th – Shot Put

3rd – Javelin



Eric Weber – 17 Boys

4th – Shot Put

7th - Javelin

Many of the above students had a busy day and we are very proud of their efforts and wish those progressing to NSW CIS Championships best of luck.



Central Coast Oztag Gala day

Our Year 9/10 and 11/12 Oztag teams competed in the Central Coast Oztag Gala day on Monday, 28 August. For many of our students it was their first time playing competitive Oztag and they improved with every game. Our Year 11/12 boys side finished 2nd in their pool just missing out on the final series, as did our 9/10 girls. All students enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from the day. It was a positive atmosphere with schools from all over the Central Coast competing.



NSW CIS RUGBY League 7’s

14’s, 16’s and Opens teams competed in these championships which are open to all independent schools in NSW. All teams played well during the day and our 16’s team ran out convincing winners on the day and were crowned Champions!



Tim Mannah Shield – Rugby League

After our success again in Rugby League 7’s this year we had an open boys team compete in the Tim Mannah Shield Rugby League 9’s competition hosted by the NRL and open to all Independent schools in NSW. Our boys were a class above the field and won all their games convincingly. They were crowned Champions again in 2017 after taking out the equivalent last year in the 15’s age division. These boys have developed a strong bond with each other and their effort and attitude are outstanding. Congratulations boys.



Upcoming sporting competitions include:

  • 20th September – CIS Athletics Championships
  • 10th October - HRIS 15’s Tennis Championships
  • 12th October – Bishop Tyrrell Gala Day
  • 13th October – HRIS Golf
  • 19th October – HRIS Softball Gala/Trials (girls)
  • 24th October – HRIS Touch Football Gala Day (15’s)
  • 3rd November – HRIS Touch Football Gala Day (opens)



Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator