Week 4, Term 3 2020


It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s happening with COVID in the community. It keeps us on our toes and constantly on the alert for possible pathways into the school. Thank you for your assistance and co-operation with the safety measures we have in place at Lakes.


Parents and Friends Committee

We held our first Parents and Friends meeting by Zoom on Tuesday night. It was good for the P&F to be able to meet again. Of course, the COVID restrictions have resulted in many of the P&F’s activities being cancelled. However, it was good to be able to maintain the connection with our P&F members. Just as a reminder, the P&F Executive consists of:

President                             Tracy McGarrity

Vice-President                     Ben Whitmore

Deputy VP                            Steph Rooke

Treasurer                             Mel Jones

Secretary                             Lana Brown

Spring Fair Co-ordinator      Adele Flower

At its Annual General Meeting in March the P&F voted in a new Terms of Reference that controls the functioning of the P&F. We have three more P&F meetings due this year, which will be conducted by Zoom unless the restrictions change:

  • 8 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November


We are concerned about the many pathways by which the coronavirus can find its way into a school. We’ve seen in Newcastle how participation in sport can affect many people and many venues. That outbreak seems to have come from someone who visited Sydney, brought it back home to Newcastle, passed it on to a brother who played soccer while unknowingly infected, resulting in schools closed, people having to isolate and weekend sports across Newcastle cancelled. The Premier advises not to travel unless it is essential. Please be very vigilant with your hygiene at home, constantly reminding your children about what to do when they are at school or at other venues, and restrict the number of places you visit with your children as much as possible. Please also keep your children home if they show any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Otherwise we will only have to call you and ask you to come and pick your child up if they arrive at school showing symptoms.

Year 12 - HSC Trials and Exams

NESA has issued advice to Year 12 students about COVID-safe exams. The details can be found here. In essence they are saying:

The safety of school communities remains a priority with HSC performance exams starting today (10 August) and oral language exams on Saturday. The COVID-19 safe HSC exam messages are:

  • stay at home and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • regularly wash your hands
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • avoid touching your face.”

The normal illness and misadventure application process should be used if a student has to miss an exam due to illness or the requirement to self-isolate.

The written HSC exams begin on 20 October.

Pray for our leaders

As a school leader I know how hard it is to keep up with the constantly moving target that is COVID and the relevant restrictions. At times it has been stressful – I am responsible for the wellbeing of 900 students and around 100 staff, not to mention their families. Then I think of the responsibilities of our Premiers, the Prime Minister and the nation’s Chief Medical Officers. They must be absolutely exhausted. Their concerns are for the health and wellbeing of millions of Australians. Whatever one’s political leanings, we need to heed the words of the apostle Paul to Timothy: “First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. Pray for kings and others in power, so we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honour God. This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Saviour” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).




Mr Michael Hannah



Fathers' Day Stall (K-6)

Like everything else at the moment, we need to find different ways to do what we normally do. So our P&F team has reinvented the Fathers’ Day stall so that our little ones can still show Dad how special he is.

This year you can order a gift online. An item will be selected for you from our range of gifts. For families with multiple children we will do our best to arrange different gifts. All gifts are $5.

The gifts will be delivered to the classroom for the child to bring home on Thursday, 3 September.

Online orders close 5pm on Wednesday, 2 September.



Matt's Mutterings

During Week 3 of this term I was a part of a Zoom meeting with Anglican school representatives from across the country with every state and the ACT represented.  Everyone has been impacted this year, but the strain on the faces of those based in Melbourne was matched by the stories they told.  Gut-wrenching stories of loss and grief were relayed to the rest of us through fatigue laden words.  Here at Lakes Grammar we are praying that we don’t see a second wave like Victoria is experiencing…it is devastating.  If you are someone who prays, please pray for Victoria and pray for scientists to find a vaccine as soon as possible.

On a more positive note, Pete and I continue to upload video chapels each week for our students which is not quite the same as meeting in person but offers something of the rhythm of our life here at school.  One of the interesting conversations that happens every week with students who have volunteered to help out is how much they don’t like hearing their recorded voice played back.  Apparently there is some science behind this, but all I know is that I don’t like hearing myself either.  As I wander around during chapel to check that all is working OK I can’t hang about to listen for too long to what I have recorded…it really grates.  Quite humbling actually!

Speaking of humbling, whilst typing this up I took a break and had a chat with some of our Year 12 students about this article.  I asked for some idea suggestions and some of their ideas I have already used this year…obviously low readership numbers in their demographic.  Despite this, we agreed that I should mention bacon.  Bacon is delicious and complements many other components of a quality meal.  It is so good that if you get a chance to watch one of our Senior School chapels you will see that they are all made by Bacon and Egg Productions.  Bacon…it will put a smile on your face and bring your family together, unless of course you don’t eat it for ethical or religious reasons.  In that case bacon will only cause trouble.  Be wise then in your use of bacon! (Thanks Year 12 – inspiring as always…even in a pandemic).

Bless ya!





Cross Country

We were blessed with excellent weather last Thursday to run both the Junior School and Senior School Cross Country. The students were able to run a modified course in grade groups and loved the opportunity to exercise in the sunshine. It was wonderful to see the children all striving for a personal best, as well as enjoying the experience, and focusing on encouraging others. The day was definitely undertaken and enjoyed in the right spirit, which really added to the positive atmosphere. We are thankful to Mr Cantor, Mrs Shepherd and Mr Beecroft, as well as to all of our teachers, for their efforts with the day and helping it to run so smoothly and enjoyably for all.

Australian Mathematics Trust - Mathematics Challenge

A number of students in Years 3 and 4 recently sat the Australian Mathematics Trust - Mathematics Challenge, achieving some excellent results and further developing their problem-solving capacities. Well done to all of the children involved and thank you to Mrs Holland for arranging the opportunity.

Distinction: Ashley W and Brianna M

Proficient: Declan J, Jensen B, Aiden B, Ari M, Tahlia W.  

Participation: Jack A, Raquel C, Iylah C, Ethan C, Ava D, April M, Benjamin R, Jake L, Callum L.

National Science Week

We are looking forward to celebrating National Science Week in the Junior School next week. The theme for Science Week in 2020 is ‘Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of Our Oceans’. Mrs Stowe has been busy preparing an exciting range of activities for our children, including designing a floating sailing boat (additional details below), using Spheros and our new set of virtual reality goggles, a fish themed scavenger hunt at lunchtime, a K – 2 recycled construction zone, and a seascape obstacle course. We look forward to the exciting activities and learning what the week holds for us.

Home Learning Codes for Seesaw

A reminder that access codes for each child in the Junior School to log in to Seesaw have been updated, and a copy of this code was sent home with your child in Week 2. Please keep this code in a safe place so you can refer to it easily to log in if we needed to provide online learning for any reason. The new code is valid to log in with for the rest of the year. Please contact your child's class teacher via email if you require another copy of your son or daughter's access code.

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 Behaviour 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 our 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: Reasoning well

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.

Eden M, Quinn R, Ryan M, Evie P, Ari M, Marcus W, Abigail S, Jye O, Taivas H, Jacob G, Jayda K, Addison M, Riharna F, Lexi M.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of welcoming diversity.

Anson L, Knox K, Alexis V, Ivy H, Annabelle C, Ella T, Addyson H, Hannah P, Jett W, Mia S, Mala P, Jack W, Isaac R, Casper H, Kane M.

Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

We now have 60 PRC’s completed. A fantastic effort!

Please return all completed logs to Mrs Tennant as the closing date is 28 August 2020.  

Mr Danny Summers

JS Teacher Librarian


Monday 17 August

Design a floating sailing boat, testing on Main Oval

Students test their boats for floatability at various places on the oval.

Design winners, one for each year group, will be decided and prizes distributed.

Tuesday 18 August

Ocean Probes (Spheros)

STEM room Junior School.

Junior School students will create simple coding for probes to navigate a seascape.

Wednesday 19 August

Fish Scavenger Hunt

Fish themed Scavenger hunt for Junior School students during lunchtime.

Exploring the Deep Blue (VR/AR Googles)

Years 3-6 students follow a quest exploring the Deep Blue with VR goggles.


Thursday 20 August

Infants recycled Construction zone

Create a 3D ocean creature (STEM Card)

K-2 students create ocean creatures in the infant park area.

Water Xylophone Music Creation

Create a piece of music to support a clean ocean image.

In the Music room during lunchtime. 

Friday 21 August

Sea Scape Obstacle course

Junior School New Play equipment area (Undercover if raining)

Students navigate an obstacle course that has been decorated to resemble the Deep Blue ocean

Additional Activities

  • Display set up in the COLA beside the Library featuring OC student science fair projects
  • Student tracking passports and certificates
  • How to draw a shark, guided drawing activity
  • Class or grade debates; People should picnic on the beach.
  • Slogan/ poster creation class competition promoting taking care of our oceans.


"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)


"You shall not pollute the land in which you live.... You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the Israelites."

(Numbers 35:33-34)


"Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds." (Psalm 148:7-10)

Julie Stowe

Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning


81% of children aged 8 to 17 have played an online game

64% have played a multiplayer online game with others

52% have played with people they did not know

17% have experienced bullying or abuse while playing a network game with others

34% have made an in-game purchase and this rose to 45% when they played a network game with others.

There are many positive aspects to online gaming and it is also important to be aware of some of the risks.

Help create a safer gaming environment - go to:

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Resources for parents/carers

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of students Well-being K-6



COVID has made us all adjust in many ways and find a ‘new normal’! Professional Development that we engage in every Monday for our staff has not been spared and we have had to adjust how we learn together. This week the Senior School staff continued their professional learning together via Zoom.  This week we viewed a webinar created by Dr Susan Brookhart. Dr Brookhart is considered an expert in the field of education across the world. She has authored or co-authored 17 books and has written over 70 articles which focus on classroom assessment, effective feedback strategies to move student learning forward, teacher professional development and/or evaluation. The webinar addressed the concept of effective feedback and what constitutes effective feedback to move student learning forward. As a staff we learnt to look at feedback through three lenses – the infographic below shows the thinking behind this concept. In next week’s professional learning session staff will meet with their professional learning partner and cross-faculty teams to share a strategy they have used to move their students’ learning forward.

Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


Year 12 Trial HSC examinations are just over a week away and while our students have been busy in class preparing for these with their teachers, parents at home may feel a bit disconnected from what their Year 12 student is up to. Here is a helpful resource for our families supporting their HSC student at this time.

Our school-based groups are up and running again with Matt’s Cru group meeting on Monday lunchtimes, Year 12 leaders meeting on Wednesday lunchtimes and the MHAP Team meeting on Friday lunchtimes. Each group is busy sharing time together over common interests and goals. Watch this space for some pics on what they are up to!

There are many distractions for our students with so much of their lives revolving around online activities. Here is an interesting article which talks about gaming – the good, the bad and the ugly.

With all the health concerns at the moment, including the common cold, I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe designed to pack lots of nutrients into you. The recipes below are a tasty immune-boosting smoothie and a delicious meal for those cold evenings. Great to help build immunity and fight off those nasties floating around. A strong immune system is also a must for dealing with stressors in your life – so eat well and live well!

Alison MacLarty

Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


August 17 - 21

Celebrate the wonders and marvels of Science by participating in one of the many community events taking place. The bonus for this year is most are on-line and free.

Kick off the week with ‘Dr Karls House Party’, which is being run through Sydney University. If you are at all familiar with Dr Karl you will know his presentations are always extremely informative as well as highly amusing.  Science is always both interesting and fun!

The link to register for this event is

It runs on Monday evening from 7 to 8:30. I have already registered so I will be looking for some amazing scientific conversation on Tuesday as I wander around the school.

There will be a few other in-school Science Week events, however, they will be running in different formats than previous years due to COVID restrictions - so stay alert and don’t miss out!

Jenny Charker

Science Coordinator





Lakes Grammar Cross Country Carnival

Last Thursday we were blessed with perfect conditions to hold our School Cross Country. Due to the current world circumstances, there were a few changes that we had to implement in order to comply with COVID-19 safe procedures. However, the main goal was to give students the opportunity to compete and run, which was highly accomplished. Everyone had a great day and the carnival was a tremendous success. Both students and staff are to be praised for their flexibility and positive attitude. 

The winning college is Cranmer!

Age Champions




Jayden Morris

Claire Freeman

Year 1

Lucius Ehlers

Bridey Jones

8 years & under

Grayson Kowaliw

Hannah Lanzini

9 years

Lachlan Macdonald

Georgie Fallon

10 years

Marlon Buckland

Jada Whitmore

11 years

Harrison Williams

Brianna Roberts

12 years

Josef Aad

Giselle Simon

Open Champions   


Harrison Williams


Giselle Simon

Our Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 9 September. More information to come.

Please note that there will be no pathway to HRIS / CIS as these events have already been cancelled.


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 strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well during the hotter months. 

Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Cross Country

It was wonderful to see all our students enjoying a sunny morning of exercise. There were a lot of smiles, but also many grimaces as fatigue in the legs set in coming up the final hill. Throughout the morning there were many exciting races and competitive finishes.

Unfortunately, this year there is no representative pathway, however, Age Champions and College Champions will be awarded.

The winning college is Lightfoot!

Age Champions



12 years

Jack Willcockson

Olivia Christian

13 years

Ravi Francke

Ella Burgess

14 years

James Thomas

Ava Burgess

15 years

Sam Cook

Charlotte Tarleton

16 years

Jack Blackshaw

Ashley Pernecker

17 years

Fox Smith

Stephanie Luyt

18 years

Cooper Sternbeck

Samantha Livingstone

Open Champions   


James Thomas


Ashley Pernecker

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator