Week 6, Term 2 2019


Visions Art Exhibition

Lakes Grammar’s annual art exhibition opened on Wednesday night at The Art House, Wyong. Once again we were able to present a large selection of student artworks from our budding young artists (and an older one as well!). I am pleased to announce that this year’s Acquisitive Prize went to Harrison Hislop-Jennings for a beautifully composed black and white photograph. The Cover Prize was awarded  to Gemma Lloyd of Year 9. Gemma’s photograph will go on the cover of the Student Planner for Years 10-12 in 2020. I hope you can pop into the exhibition which is on until the long weekend.

The Addams Family

Our musical is only two weeks away now. The anticipation is building and our performers are rehearsing their hearts out. I hope you will buy tickets and support all the effort our students and staff have put into it for your entertainment.

Trivia Night

Our annual P&F Trivia Night was well-attended and was very enjoyable. The table of Junior School teachers won after a playoff between Mr Summers and parent Michael Brown, representing “The Americans”, which broke the deadlock between the two teams. Many thanks to our P&F who organised the night, raising around $800 which will come back into the school in the form of enhancements for our students.

Congratulations to:

Abby Hobbs of Year 8, who has been selected to represent Australia in gymnastics in Austria in July.

Ellie Rudder of Year 9, who has been accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport for shooting. Ellie is in the top 10 in Australia in Women’s Air Pistol and Sport Pistol.

In Ellie’s other sport, equestrian, she recently competed in the Northern NSW Hack Championship in which both her horses won their events plus several other awards.

Mr Michael Hannah



The Addams Family

This year our Senior School students will present ‘The Addams Family’. There will be 2 performances held on Thursday, 20 June and Friday, 21 June at 7:00pm in the School Hall.

Ticket prices for this event are as follows:

Family: $40 (2 adults and 2 children)

Adults: $15

Student/concession: $12

We are excited to announce this year we have moved to online ticketing for this event with RESERVED SEATING. Tickets are NOW ON SALE.

To purchase tickets simply visit Once you have selected the night you wish to attend and the number of seats you wish to purchase you can then select your specific seats from those available and once you enter your personal details and payment details an email will be sent to you with tickets for you to print.

'Visions' Art Exhibition

Our Secondary students have created a dynamic variety of imaginative pieces that explore their unique vision of their world. The show offers an insight into how young people view themselves and society today, expressing themselves through a range of mediums.

The exhibition will be on display until Monday:

Saturday 8 June 12:00 - 3:00pm
Sunday 9 June & Monday 10 June 12:00 - 4:00pm



Recently I had the privilege of being at a table with some chaplains from across Australia. Each one represented a group of other Anglican School chaplains from their state or territory. One of our chaplains led us in a reflective time to help us focus our minds on our tasks that lay ahead for the day. Interestingly enough, he spoke to us about the nature of discouragement in the life of a chaplain. We could all identify with this as a theme and at points were in fits of laughter at some of the shared experiences.  What was so powerful about this shared experience though is where we ended up.

The chaplain leading this conversation on discouragement took us through along a path of stories enveloped in discouragement to a sacred vista of hope. From discouragement to hope…a powerful reminder that as Christians and vision setters for our communities, that we are a people of hope. That no matter the circumstances, rejections, betrayals and heartbreaks, ultimately we serve a loving God.  What it comes down to is where we choose to focus.

Each of us in our own lives will go through a range of experiences that have the potential to destroy us.  There’s this great story in the Bible about one of Jesus’ mates having the courage to step out of a boat and walk on water through a storm to his master Jesus. It is only when Peter took his eyes off Jesus’ eyes and looked at his circumstances that he began to sink. Jesus reached down and saved Peter on this occasion and I am sure that the lesson from his experience would have stayed with him the rest of his life. No matter how dire your circumstances are I pray that you might have the courage to look to Jesus. May the discouragements of your life fall away as you look to the author of eternal hope. It is that eternal perspective, that can lead us through the discouragements of this world to a hope-filled vision.

Bless ya,









It has continued to be a productive and enjoyable term with many opportunities for our students to enjoy. We had the last of the mild weather for the K-1 athletics afternoon at school with the students enjoying a range of novelty races and events. The 2-6 Athletics Carnival was a wonderful event once again this year, with students making the most of their athletic talents and participating in a wonderful spirit of enjoyment and encouragement. The College spirit was tangible, and the students looked great in their College colours and shorts. Our thanks go to Mr Cantor, Mrs Shepherd and Mr Beecroft for their efforts with both the Junior and Senior School Carnivals, and we wish our students who are progressing on to the HRIS carnival early next term all the very best with that undertaking.

The cooler weather has marked the start of our winter sport season with our Year 5 and 6 AFL teams participating in the Paul Kelly Cup Gala Day last week. The students acquitted themselves well in a strong pool, and put all of the skills they have been using at training into practice. The students played well and were great representatives of our school.

We were able to mark National Reconciliation Week with a number of our Aboriginal students presenting to our K – 6 assembly on what their culture and heritage means to them. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia and continue to build a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

As we write, Year 6 and the OC class have journeyed to Canberra to explore the workings and history of democracy in Australia at Parliament House and Old Parliament House. They are also visiting a range of landmarks including Mount Ainslie, as well as cultural visits to the Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon, and the Australian War Memorial. We wish the students and teachers a constructive time of learning, and a time of friendship and positive memories of all of the fun to be had in our nation’s capital! Our thanks go to Mrs Livette for leading the excursion, as well as to Miss Bennet, Mr Herbert, Mr Price, Miss Bryson, Mr Summers and Mr Oates for their efforts.

Our HICES debaters have progressed through to the finals series of the competition and will debate Bishop Druitt College from Coffs Harbour at school next Tuesday. Well done to the students on once again making the finals, which is becoming something of a tradition and to Mars Holland and Mrs Livette for their work with the team.

Students also enjoyed our Spelling Bees last week which proved to be an enjoyable way to continue to practise and refine our spelling skills! Both Bees saw a high level of achievement and some friendly competition. Our gratitude is extended to Mrs Holland for her work in arranging these opportunities for our students.

Spelling Bee

Our Spelling Bee Champions for each grade are:




Year 1

Tess Miller

Eve Hennessy

Cheyanne Ringrose

Year 2

Brianna Maidens

Samantha Marshall

Mackenzie Aitken

Year 3

Jack Asquith

Ava Dickinson

Raquel Carter

Year 4

Corey Englebrecht

Abigail Whelan

Saanika Purohit

Year 5

Max Adams

Josef Aad

Lexi Mullholland

Year 6

Daniel Palibino

Mitchell Curry

Jenel Safar

Over the past fortnight, we had our first round of “Getting to know you” sessions from our Kindergarten students for 2020. It has been a pleasure to welcome so many new students and families to our school. The children enjoyed their first taste of ‘big school’.

A huge thank you to all of our school families on your efforts with school photos, the students look amazing in their uniforms! We were blessed with some fine weather on the day and are looking forward to the photos being processed and available shortly.

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 7: Distilling learning 

Week 8: Understanding

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of honesty.

Wilson Cruickshank, Emerson Hill, Nate Brownlaw, Dylan Fogarty, Grace Richardson, Jack Murdoch, Bronson Cortilla, Max Spiteri, Ayanna Tapera, Elleena Richards, Alex Hammett, Ben Ruzicka, Isabella Matri, Tyler Gleed, Juna Sudarsana, Lara Bowly, Emma Barrie, Dana Gonzalez.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of displaying excellent manners.

Charlee Bain, Lily Collins, Willow Theakstone, Ivy Hollingsworth, Samantha Olivieri, Lucy Webb, Tahlia Wenger, Georgia Lees, Kennedie Gardner, Chloe McConnell, Teaharni West-Naden, Ava Dickinson, Addison Mitchell, Isla Yager, Donald May, Zoe Grellman, William Evans, Zac Barton.


Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


We have had a very exciting year so far with debating in the Junior School. Our Junior HICES debating teams are both through to the finals rounds with the first final being held at Lakes Grammar next week on Tuesday, 11 June in the Junior School STEM Centre against Bishop Druitt College from Coffs Harbour.

Our two teams in the NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition are still going strong. The next debates will take place on Thursday, 13 June for Team 1 and Thursday, 20 June for Team 2.

We wish all our debating teams well as they continue in each competition.

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Facilitator.


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 4 and Week 5.

Congratulations to our youngest students in Kindergarten for making the target for both weeks!

Attendance – Every Learner – Every Day (Junior School)

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.

Our Local

Children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and experiences have expressed the need to have an easy way to access local and state-wide opportunities, activities, services and events. Through consultations, polls and focus groups for the NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, access to this information continues to be raised by children and young people as a priority for them. Our Local is a directory website co-designed with children and young people under the age of 24 in NSW to help them find local and state-wide opportunities, activities, services and events.

Yellow Ladybugs

Yellow Ladybugs is an Australian organisation supporting girls and parents of girls with autism.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing



Art Exhibition

The Art Exhibition at the Wyong Art House opened this week. What a wonderful display of student creativity. A special thank you to the wonderful Art Teachers, Mrs Hobden, Mrs Baker, Ms Lobregat and Mr Langejans for their guidance. Congratulations to the following students:

Art Exhibition Prizes 2019

Year 12 Acquisitive Prize - Harrison Hislop-Jennings

Year 12 Art -  Elyse Hayhurst

Year 11 Art - Emily Riches

Year 10 Photo Digital Media - Caprice Stekovic

Year 10 Art -  Edan Shorten

Year 9 The Photography Cover Prize - Gemma Lloyd

Year 9 Photo Digital Media - Neteale Bayley-Hobden

Year 8  - Ella Coombe, Khy Elliott, Harni Amor, Morgan Perry

Year 7 - Luke Ostergaard, Alyssa Durham, Darcy Loxton, Siobhon MacLarty

Reconciliation Week Activities

This week all students participated in reconciliation activities. During class time and Chapel, students completed a number of activities which were dedicated to growing respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. A huge thank you to Miss MacKillop, Rev Matt Shorten and Mrs MacLarty for organising these activities.

Year 11 and 12 Study Sessions

A reminder that the School Library is now open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm to allow students to study and/or complete homework or assessment tasks. There is a teacher there each time, I encourage students to use this service, which we have found in the past to be a great motivator.

Paddock to Plate: Smart Farmer Dairy Display

This week we had a mobile dairy display visit the school! Year 8 had a wonderful time milking cows and making cheese and butter. It was so wonderful to see our students so eagerly engaged and asking great questions about where their food comes from.

Year 11 2020 Information Night

Please see the attached advertisement. Subject selection night for Year 11 2020 is on Tuesday, 11 June at 7pm in the Hall. I encourage all Year 10 students and their parents to attend on the night. There will be a session lead by myself and then Faculty Co-ordinators will be available to answer any specific subject questions.

Elevate Education, Alumni Visits & Year 12 Catch-Ups

This week we had Elevate Education attend the school to assist Year 11 and 12 students organise their study skills. It is important that our students are reflecting on their learning and are planning to reach their goals.

This week we also had four of our Alumni members attend the school to talk to Year 12 students. It is wonderful to see our past Year 12 students willing to come back and talk to our students and offer their words of wisdom on how to survive the HSC. Thank you to Mrs Stibbard who organised this.

Year 11 and 12 now have the opportunity to come and speak to me about their goals for the HSC and post HSC. Please encourage your child to make a time to come and see me. It is always a fruitful conversation, and I believe the students leave this conversation feeling encouraged and supported about reaching their goals for the future.

Athletics Carnival

Last week we had the Athletics Carnival for the Secondary Students. It was a very cold but lovely day. A huge thank you to Mr Beecroft and his team for their efforts. Congratulations to the following students who received Age Champions on the day:

Age Champions:


12 years - Pahal Contractor and Rohith Srinivas

13 years - Holly Longland and Lachlan Jeffery

14 years - Jemma Young and Connor Rooke

15 years - Ashley Pernecker and Liam Hambrook

16 years - Stephanie Luyt and Jeremy Beale

17 years - Jezebel Navusolo and Hayden Cody

18 years - Aimee-Jane Strawbridge and Ben McKechnie

Addams Family

It is on very soon! Make sure you grab your tickets! I have seen rehearsals and it promises to be a spectacular…. and very funny show! It is so wonderful to see our students working hard in rehearsals every lunch and Wednesday afternoons preparing the show! A big shout out to Mrs Newton, Mrs MacLarty and Mrs Wishart who have been working tirelessly with our students to make this happen!

Mrs Michelle Smith

Acting Head of Senior School



On Wednesday, 5 June we had the opening of the Lakes Grammar Annual Art Exhibition “Visions”.

It showcases a range of paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and video from Year 7 to 12.

The night was a huge success with a fantastic turnout. It was a delight to see so many families enjoying the artwork and listening to the music provided by Year 12 student, Harrison Bust.

Many thanks to Michelle Smith, Alison MacLarty and all the Lakes Grammar staff who turned out in the crisp air to support our exhibition.  A big thanks to Michael Hannah for opening. (He also has paintings on exhibition). Thanks also to our Senior Captains who did a fine job handing out prizes.

It all wouldn’t have happened without the endless hours of work by CAPA Co-ordinator Anne Hobden and art teachers Sally Baker, Daniel Langejans and Victoria Lobregat.

Congratulations to our Year 12 Visual Arts students for contributing some outstanding artworks from their HSC Body of Work. We were fortunate to be able to include them due to the earlier than usual exhibition date. Finally, well done to Harrison Hislop-Jennings for winning the Acquisitive Prize and Gemma Lloyd for the Diary Cover Prize.

Sally Baker

Senior School Teacher




Lakes Grammar Primary Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Athletics Carnival. God blessed us with a fantastic day.

Special congratulations to our Age Champions.

7 Years - Alicia Lees and Cooper O’Leary

8 Years - Zara Feller and Adrian Amorin

9 Years - Mia Kehoe and Callum Lightfoot

10 Years - Addison Kowaliw and Zac Barton

11 Years - Hannah Ruzicka and Josef Aad

12-13 Years - Jessica Olivieri and Quinn Flower

College Champions 2019 – Ridley

Paul Kelly Cup – AFL

We are very proud of the boys who represented Lakes Grammar at the Paul Kelly Cup AFL Gala Day.
It was really pleasing to watch the team work together and play competitively against opposition who have been playing for many years. A few highlights from the day were seeing how Ryan Wenger led the team around the field, calling plays and directing the troops; Wil Klein-Schiphorst for his tremendous strength in tackles and Jake Freeman for his long and accurate kicking throughout the tournament.

Well done boys, you did yourselves, your coaches and the school proud.

A big thanks to Mr. Lawson for driving the bus and supervising the team.

Nathan Wenger (coach) - We also wish to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wenger for taking on this coaching role and giving his time to train and coach the team again in 2019.

CIS Cross Country – Eastern Creek

Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen to represent HRIS at the upcoming CIS Cross Country Carnival at Eastern Creek on Thursday, 13 June:

Mia Kehoe, Ella Burgess, Giselle Simon, Hannah Ruzicka, Jada Whitmore and Harrison Williams.

We wish them well.


Tuesday Sport 3-6

3-6 school sport is in full swing. There were a number of sports to choose from - both paid and free. Any questions, please see Mr Cantor.

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 in all weather. 

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

If your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they must purchase a HRIS polo shirt. 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 tee, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store.

HRIS is excited to announce that we 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:

Before ordering online, please see Mr Beecroft in the Senior School, or Mr Summers in the Junior School, as they hold limited stock and sizes of HRIS polo shirts that are available for $33 each.

can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the 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 & long sleeve tee, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store. HRIS is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Classic Sportswear 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 finalized, 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 your 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 following the event).



Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group


Cross country training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there. Meet at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets & training will be adapted to suit middle distance runners. Competitors in the upcoming HRIS Athletics Carnival are encouraged to join in.



Boys basketball training is on during Thursday lunch times at the Senior School basketball courts. Open boys’ basketball trials have been held, and a team has been selected to compete on 25 June in the HRIS Basketball Gala Day.



School teams will compete in the Central Coast All schools OzTag gala days this term. Teams selected will be in year groups: Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and Year 11/12.



Secondary Athletics Carnival


Our Athletics Carnival was a fun and competitive event again this year. Some key results are as follows:

College point score:


1st Cranmer

2nd Lightfoot

3rd Ridley

4th Tyrrell

Record breakers:


Beale, Jeremy             

#5 Boys 16 800 Meter Run NT 2:23.60

Martin, Claudia           

#13 Girls 17 High Jump NH 1.45m

Pernecker, Ashley      

#18 Girls 15 800 Meter Run NT 2:28.60

#39 Girls 15 High Jump NH 1.48m

#74 Girls 15 400 Meter Run NT 1:03.27

#102 Girls 15 200 Meter Run NT 27.20

#122 Girls 15 Javelin Throw ND 21.03m

#132 Girls 15-16 1500 Meter Run NT 5:02.00

Hucker, Izaac              

#27 Boys 17 High Jump NH 1.67m

McKechnie, Benjamin

#28 Boys 18+ High Jump NH 1.60m

Navusolo, Jezebel     

#41 Girls 17 Shot Put ND 9.68m

#48 Girls 17 100 Meter Run NT 12.71

#104 Girls 17 200 Meter Run NT 27.72

#140 Girls 17+ Triple Jump ND 11.18m

Jeffery, Lachlan          

#79 Boys 13 Long Jump ND 4.84m

Coyte, Dylan              

#87 Boys 14 200 Meter Run NT 26.65

Rooke, Connor           

#108 Boys 14 Shot Put ND 14.70m

Akhurst, Charlotte      

#134 Girls 17+ 1500 Meter Run NT 6:38.57

Term 2 Sports Events


  • Thursday, 13 June – NSWCIS Cross Country Championships
  • Tuesday, 18 June – HRIS 15s Football Gala Day
  • Tuesday, 18 June – NSWCIS Touch Football Championships
  • Wednesday, 19 June – Central Coast OzTag Gala day
  • Tuesday, 25 June – HRIS Opens Basketball Gala Day
  • Thursday, 27 June – Central Coast OzTag Gala Day

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator