Week 4, Term 3 2019


Global Leadership Program

Some fantastic news came through this morning, hearing that four of our students, Bree Crosswell-Levy, Sarah Hattam, Oliver Shedden and Jordan Stevens, have received early entry offers to Macquarie University through their Global Leadership Program. The program looks for students “who have made an active and significant contribution to their community, who show initiative and commitment, and who can demonstrate academic achievement through their Year 11 results”. As a school we constantly try to encourage these types of activities and values, and we celebrate with, and congratulate these students for their efforts over the past 2 years.

As parents, you might not be aware of the various pathways that students can take to university. The main avenue is usually through the HSC and ATAR, however, a number of universities do recognise the efforts of well-rounded, hard-working, young people, so I do encourage all our students to be involved in outside activities, and to work hard over their senior years as it can pay off with offers like these.

HSC Students

Please also pray for our HSC students as they continue their studies throughout the remainder of this term. Our Year 12s are currently completing Trial examinations, after which some will be turning their attention to the submission of major works in English, Visual Arts and Design & Technology, or polishing their performances in Drama or Music. It is a busy time for these students, and we wish them well.

Year 8 going into Year 9 Electives Night

On Wednesday, 28 August, we will be holding an electives night for Year 8 Parents and students at 6.00pm.  On the night we will be talking about the various electives, as well as giving information about the next 2 years of schooling, including camps, careers and the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

Year 10 Subject Selection

Year 10 have been given final lines for next year and should be completing their selections over the coming week. Please also remember that separate applications need to be made (typically at the start of Term 4) for TAFE, Trade Training (TTC), School Based Apprenticeships (SBAT) or Distance Education.

Crystal Growing

Congratulations are also in order to many of our Junior School students in the NSW section of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Crystal Growing competition for their fantastic results.

In particular, we congratulate Tahlia Shorten who gained 2nd place in the Alum Crystal Growing Division, while Tatiana Prica-Chamberlain came 3rd and Ben O’Brien received a Highly Commended Award.

The Senior School also performed well with 8 students: Darcy Loxton, Liam Hogue, Jordan Ghattas, Jette Galea, John Safar, Jaxon Morales, Anara Henson and Gemma Mackay all receiving Highly Commended Awards. Congratulations to all these students, to their teachers and to the Senior School Science Department who supported and assisted them in this project.

Mr Ian Samways

Acting Principal


Watoto Children’s Choir

Wednesday, 21 August 2019


St James, 25 Byron Street, Wyong

P&F Fathers' Day stall 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

K - 6 children will visit the stall to hand pick a gift for dad. All gifts $5.00. Online orders close 5pm, Wednesday, 28 August.


P&F Fathers' breakfast 

Friday, 30 August 2019

Junior School COLA from 7:30am.

Online orders close 5pm, Tuesday, 27 August. 


Night at the Museum

Thursday, 5 September 2019

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Senior School Library

Junior School Showcase 'The Greatest Show'

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Matinee 12:00pm

Evening performance 6:30pm

Friday, 13 September 2019

Evening performance 6:30pm

TICKETS ON SALE Monday at 9:00am via school website or click here

Spring Fair Open Day

Saturday, 26 October 2019

10.00am - 2.30pm

This is the biggest school event on our calendar so lock in the date and stay tuned for more details next week.



During Week 3 Pete and I, along with Mr Hannah, had the privilege of attending the annual Anglican Schools Australia Conference in Hobart. Let me just say, yes it was cold and yes there was snow!  More importantly, it was a great opportunity to connect with Chaplains from all over Australia and be taught by some world class presenters. From Dr Paula Gooder who works in the leadership team at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, John Zeckendorf the only Tasmanian to climb Mount Everest successfully, Dr Rufus Black the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania and to Duncan Armstrong, legend of the swimming pool, Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, we were spoilt rotten with brilliance.

My favourite presenter though was Claire Madden who is a social researcher specialising in understanding Gen Z. She has released a book called Hello Gen Z which I am now keen to read as I have 3 Gen Z-ers living in my house and everyone in our Senior School student cohort is a Gen Z resident. Claire spoke at length about their engagement not just with technology but particularly with social media. This was both a strength but also a cause of great stress and anxiety. Our young people born between 1995 and 2009 are constantly connected to others but really struggle to have deep relationships as a result. This is why I was thrilled that we introduced the no devices in the playground for Year 7-10, a policy that many other schools are taking up with great social results.

Claire, also shared with us, that she had spent 10 years as a youth pastor working with young people and that it is in the arena of relationships that family can make the biggest impact. By parents setting boundaries on screen time and modelling that too, it opens up the space and time to connect. It is in the face-to-face relationship time that real depth is achieved. Please, let me encourage you to set boundaries in place for yourself and your kids around screen time. Just see what happens when you spend time talking, playing games, going for walks or bike rides. Leave the phone away from meal times together and watch the relationships grow. Oh, and if you walk up behind your child and they have POS on the screen, it means they don’t want you to look at what they are chatting about with a friend. POS stands for parent over shoulder…a bit clever hey!  Happy parenting, our Gen Z’s are challenging, but they also have big hearts and want to enjoy life and make a difference in the world in which we live.

Bless ya,








Congratulations to the Junior School students involved in Robocup, who recently participated in the Regional Finals. Please see Mrs Jobe-Parker’s section further in the newsletter for a detailed report.

All the teams involved are to be commended on their tenacity, persistence and good sportsmanship. They are now progressing through to the State competition so will continue to tweak their programming and strive to improve their performances! Our thanks go to Mrs Jobe-Parker for her efforts in training the teams.

Deborah Abela and Charles Hope Visits

Junior School students were privileged to have the acclaimed author Deborah Abela visit on Monday, 29 July. Deborah was able to launch her new book ‘Final Storm’ at the school which was immensely exciting, as well as to be able to conduct a number of writing workshops for students throughout the day.

The acclaimed children’s author, Charles Hope, was also able to visit the school on Wednesday, 7 August to present on his work and books and to share some of his life as a writer with our Junior School students in a series of workshops.

Our thanks go to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for their organization of this event as it was very entertaining and well enjoyed by all!

Peer Support

We commenced our Peer Support lessons recently under Ms LeRay’s valuable leadership! The entire Junior School participates in Peer Support for 30 minutes each week this term. Two Peer Support Leaders from Year 6 facilitate a group of about 10 younger students from across Kindergarten to Year 5 and they work together through a number of structured activities. Each teacher will supervise two groups in their classroom. Our thanks to Ms LeRay for her leadership of this valuable program!

National Science Week

Lakes Grammar students celebrated National Science Week this week. Mrs Stowe, our Co-ordinator of Teaching and Learning, arranged a wonderful variety of activities for the students including; bottle rocket construction and launching, a lunar lander and space scavenger hunt, a K – 2 construction zone and a lunar walk. My thanks to each of our teachers, particularly Mr Crumbley, Mrs Holland and Mr Asquith, and of course especially, Mrs Stowe for the organisation of these events.

RACI Crystal Growing Competition

Our Year 6 students participated in weekly crystal growing sessions with Mrs Charker, our SS Science Co-ordinator over the course of last term. Congratulations to Tahlia Shorten, who was placed 2nd in the Year 4 – 6 category, Tatiana Prica-Chamberlain who was placed third and Ben O’Brien who received a highly commended. Out thanks to Mrs Charker for arranging the opportunity for the students this year.


Please exercise care and safe driving as you use the carpark areas each morning and afternoon.

Kiss and Go – please use the lane on the western side of the car park (Junior School students are to be picked up in the Junior School Kiss and go area, not the Senior School. Permission to walk to the Senior School for this purpose will not be granted as a matter of School Policy).

Parent Parkplease park and walk in to the front verandah of the Junior School outside the Library to collect your child from there. Please refrain from asking your child to come through to the carpark to meet you at your car, or from parking at the bottom of the stairs, as this gives rise to safety concerns in the carpark and again this practice does not reflect School Policy.

At the end of the school day, students move to their designated area from under the COLA in the main courtyard and from there are escorted to their particular area and supervised by teachers. Students not collected from Parent Park and Kiss and Go by 3.30pm will be taken to the Office to wait for parents.

We ask that parents do not come into the school during this time and that students be collected from one of the designated areas. If the changes are unexpected, then a phone call to the Office before 2.30pm is acceptable on that day (we cannot guarantee information being passed on to a student if a call is received after 2.30pm). For safety reasons, we cannot allow a child to go home with another child, unless we have written parental acknowledgement of this.

Building Learning Power

We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of our ‘Building Learning Power’ program (Reach Out, Look Within, Think Clearly and Believe in Ourselves) which link in with our school motto ‘With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength’.

A number of learning actions which are associated with each area are listed around the outside of the circle.

Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior for Learning and Virtues programs.

  • Building Learning Power develops the capacity of students for learning, their curiosity, craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration.
  • The Virtues program develops children’s Christian values, moral harmony and moral integrity, including kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, service, empathy and moral courage.
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning develops student self-regulation and self-awareness to demonstrate respect, responsibility and care for themselves and others.

The Junior School collectively focuses on a Habit each week drawn from one of the three programs whilst concurrently working with students to develop a range of habits and capacities in the day-to-day life of the school.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

Week 5: Reason well (think rigorously and methodically).

Week 6: What to do if I feel sad or angry.

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of imagining and exploring possibilities.

Chloe W, Douglas B, Isabella C, Jude H, Nicholas M, Max S, Lachlan C, Joshua K, Taivas H, Max G, Cohen B, Tyson F, Eli H, Owen G, Jenel S, Grace O.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of tolerance.

Sophie U, Mackenzi T, Alexis V, Vicktoria C, Richmond T, Chelsea C, Mia C, Ava T, Amber W, Chloe M, Zara J, Grace C, Clare G, Maleah E, Lawson L, Vaughn P.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Charles Hope visit

To help celebrate Book Week, our author this year, Charles Hope visited all K-6 grades on Wednesday, 7 August. Charles was very engaging, describing what gives him ideas and inspiration when writing non-fiction texts. He also answered many questions from students about his books, of which we have 35 currently in the JS Library. Students were well-mannered and responded well to his inspirational visit.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

We currently have 81 students who have completed it so far. A fantastic effort! All completed logs must be returned by 30 August in order to get the certificate from the Premier at the end of the year.

Scholastic Book Fair 2019

Our Book Fair is currently being set-up and will open on Monday – please see below for opening days and times. Please note all students will also be given Wishlists to take home at the beginning of the Book Fair, if they wish to purchase anything.

Please note the Book Fair hours:

Monday, 19 August – Wednesday, 21 August (8.30am – 3.30pm)

Thursday, 22 August (8.30am and closes 2.00pm) Strictly No Sales After 2.00pm

The Book Fair encourages all students the importance and love of reading books for pleasure and information. Every year, it is truly wonderful to see such an event being supported by parents, students and teachers within the school community. On top of this, our JS Library receives 35% commission from all sales!

Note: If you are ordering by Credit Card online through the Scholastic website, PLEASE ENSURE THAT PURCHASES ARE PICKED UP BY 2.00PM THURSDAY, 22 AUGUST. If books are not collected by 2.00pm on 22 August you will need to contact Scholastic to arrange delivery of your purchase.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Attendance – Every Learner – Every Day (Whole School)

At Lakes Grammar we value regular school attendance. Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school on time each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities.

At Lakes we aim to have our school attendance rate at above 90%.

Unfortunately, we didn’t reach the target for both Week 2 and Week 3 this term.

Congratulations to students in Kindergarten and Year 5 for being the two year groups to make target in one of the weeks.

Absence Explanation Note: If your child is away from school, a note explaining their absence is required within 7 days of returning to school. If a note is not received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained.’

Parents can use one of a variety of ways to notify the school of an absence;

  1. Phone the school and select option 1 to report an absence.
  2. The Skoolbag app to email an absence note.
  3. An email to
  4. A printed or handwritten note sent to school via mail or with your child.
  5. Fill in a slip at the front office.

Partial Absences are recorded for each child every time they are late to school or leave early from school. Partial Absences are recorded and they are logged when a child is signed in or out at the office. Partial Absence from school does add up to time away from learning, settling into routines of the day or saying goodbye at the end of the day.

Navigating Girls’ Friendships

This article ( examines the neuroscience related to how girls react to and develop friendships, In addition, it shares some strategies for teachers and parents supporting girls to manage challenging friendship matters.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


Well done to all the students who competed at the Hunter Regional Robocup at Newcastle University! It was a great day for all involved. 

In the Junior Rescue Competition: Jerome Dagang went into the finals in 2nd place and only just missed a medal by mere points. Benjamin Speechley, Hamilton Dobson and Josef Aad finished a very respectable 9th in the Mega Misters, just out of the finals. 

Jake Richards and Mark Borodin finished 16th and Daniel Palibino 20th out of 29 teams. These are great results, as this was their first competition for most of the boys! 

In the On Stage Competition: Valentina Williams, Zara Taylor and Makayla Beasley performed a great routine to Shawn Mendez’s ‘Senorita’. The competition was extremely strong in this category this year, but the girls represented Lakes well!

All of these were great achievements as there are typically over 40 teams in total and well over 400 competitors on the day.

The Junior School Rescue teams are competing at the NSW Open Robocup Competition on Monday, 19 August at Homebush.

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Robocup Co-ordinator




Over the past four weeks we have held our first Parent Learning Sessions. The first session saw Year 11 and 12 parents attend an engaging session run by Jacqui Van de Velde from Resilience Centre in Sydney. The parents were engaged and mesmorised by her presentation over the two hour session. It was wonderful to hear from the parents at the end of the session that they felt more equipped to assist their child through the high pressured environment of the HSC. We look forward to welcoming Jacqui early next year to support our 2020 HSC parents! Please look out for this session in the future.

Last week we held a Parent Learning Session for parents of students in Years 7-10. Parents heard from the Co-ordinator of TAS and Mathematics/Languages. During these sessions parents learnt about the learning experiences in these areas, assessment requirements and how they can support their child at home with learning in these subjects.

Our next Parent Learning Session is on Tuesday, 20 August from 10:30am to 11:30am in the Senior School Library. The focus will be on Creative Arts and English.

Please email Jacqui Prest,, if you would like to attend.

We would love to see you!

Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning





HRIS Athletics Carnival Glendale

We had a large number of students representing Lakes Grammar at the HRIS Athletics Carnival on Friday, 16 August. A detailed report with photos will be available in the next newsletter.

Year 5 / 6 Oztag Gala Day

Lakes Grammar entered a boys’ and girls’ team into the Central Coast Oztag Gala Day on Wednesday, 7 August. It was wonderful to see some students participate in a school representative capacity for the very first time. The boys played very well in their pool games and the girls were also impressive in their performance.

Each student represented God, Lakes Grammar and themselves extremely well and I was delighted to see their maturity shine both on and off the field.

Thank you to Mr Lawson for his coaching of the team and driving the bus to and from the venue. A big thank you to parents for coming to support the teams. We look forward to the Gala Day next year!

Year 3 / 4 Oztag Gala Day

Lakes Grammar entered a boys and girls team into the Central Coast Oztag Gala Day on Tuesday, 13 August. The weather started out a bit chilly and ended up a beautiful sunny 17 degrees.

The girls displayed great improvement throughout the day and before their last game, they had their own team huddle. Out of four games they won the first and last game. The top try scorers were, Addison, Mia, Sara, and Jada and Mala. The boys enthusiastically participated in their four games, winning both the first and last games by a good margin and being competitive in the other two games. 

Both teams participated with great runs and tagging and great team spirit. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all our parents and supporters who came along and cheered on our teams.

HRIS Football / Netball Gala Day

We have a large number of students representing Lakes Grammar at the HRIS Football / Netball Gala Day next Tuesday, 20 August. We wish them well and a detailed report with photos will be available in the next newsletter.

Cohen Baldwin

Congratulations to Cohen Baldwin who was successful in attaining the Gold Medal for Individual ͏Ma͏l͏e Kata Under 10’s at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships in Launceston recently. His Division consisted of 19 remarkable young athletes, all equally dedicated to the sport. Well done Cohen on a fantastic achievement!

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, white / coloured joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is advisable to have a water bottle as well. 

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 and the events are also mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:

Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as Cross-Country, Swimming, etc.), polo HRIS shirt can be purchased from school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.


Please note: new procedures when purchasing HRIS Merchandise:


Competitors must arrive at the venue wearing either a HRIS polo shirt OR long sleeve tee, along with school sport shorts/tracksuit. ALL HRIS representatives are to present to the relevant HRIS Manager in one of these items. HRIS polo shirts and long sleeve tees, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store. HRIS is excited to announce that they have teamed up with Classic Sportswear and are now offering a growing range of merchandise that only HRIS sport representatives can access. Optional items include a HRIS hoodie and cap. The cap is the only cap that can be worn whilst representing HRIS in sports such as Softball and Touch Football, but can also be purchased by representatives in other HRIS sports. Once your order has been finalised, the items will be sent directly to you within a few days. Purchases can be made via the following link:


NB – some schools may still have stock of the HRIS student Polo. Please check with the school prior to ordering the polo online as you might get it cheaper from your school.

Competitors will be issued with a running singlet on the day that will attract a hire fee. (This will be billed to your school and your account following the event).


Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group


Running training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there. Meet Mr Berry at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets and training is suited for middle-long distance runners.

HRIS Athletics


Full combined Division 1 and 2 results have been posted and we have had many of our students gain selection into the HRIS Athletics team.

Ashley Pernecker 15 years girls was a standout performer on the day competing in so many events that people lost count and even the convenor thought there was two of her.

She finished 5th in the 100m, 1st in the 200m, 2nd in the 400m, 2nd in the 800m, 2nd in the 1500m, 8th in the 3000m, 1st in High Jump, 1st in Long Jump, 2nd in Triple Jump, 6th in Shot Put, 8th in Discus and 4th in Javelin.

Outstanding results from an all-round athlete!


Jezebel Navusolo 17 years girls

2nd 100m

2nd 200m

1st Triple Jump

Anna McKechnie 15 years girls

3rd 100m

2nd Long Jump

1st Triple Jump

Ella Coombe 14 years girls

2nd 800m

Olivia Glanville 17 years girls

3rd 400m

Connor Rooke 14 years boys

1st Shot Put

1st Discus

Benjamin McKechnie 18+ boys

3rd Javelin

One of the most exciting times of the day was watching our very competitive relay teams compete. The relays were a great spectacle. Well done to both teams!

Junior boys’ team (Jake Sanday, Lachlan Jefferey, Dylan Coyte and Connor Rooke) finished 1st overall.

Senior girls’ team (Jezebel Navusolo, Claudia Martin, Anna McKecknie and Ashley Pernecker) finished 2nd overall. They have made it through to compete at the AICES Championships.

Term 3 Sport events

Monday, 19 August – NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s 15 years boys

Friday, 30 August – Scone Grammar Gala Day

Monday, 9 September – AICES Athletics

Tuesday, 24 September – NSWCIS Athletics

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator