Week 8, Term 3 2018



Mrs Andrea Harries has indicated her intention to retire at the end of this term so that she can spend more time with her grandchildren. Mrs Harries has been with Lakes for almost nine years. She was a much sought after Kindergarten teacher for many of those years and more recently was appointed as our Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning. In this very important role Andrea was responsible for leading teachers in professional learning designed to improve the learning of our students. This meant helping teachers to analyse student data, identify weaknesses and plan targeted teaching, ensuring teaching programs are up-to-date and many other tasks. Andrea has fulfilled this role in an exemplary manner. Andrea’s colleagues and students will miss her greatly and we pray God’s blessing on her as she begins this new phase in her life.

We will advertise for a new Co-ordinator this weekend with the aim of appointing a person to begin next year.


We had a tremendous turnout for our annual breakfast for dads. Thank you to all those who came along and thank you to the P&F who run this and the Fathers’ Day Stall every year. This and the Mothers’ Day breakfast are great opportunities to spend time with your children in a relaxed way in their school.


Twenty Senior School art students spent a wet and cold, but highly creative, three days at Glenrock Scout Camp near Newcastle last week. I had the pleasure of being with them for two days. The art activities were led by a well-known Newcastle artist, Peter Lankas, who demonstrated and guided students in drawing and painting from the landscape. Many of the students’ works (and maybe some or the teachers’) will be on display at our Visions Art Exhibition in November.


Thank you to all who supported our Trivia Night on Saturday. We had an excellent turnout and everyone got into the spirit of the occasion. As well as the fun, around $1200 was raised which will come back into improved facilities in the school. Thank you to the P&F for another excellent community-building event.

We wish to acknowledge and thank Troy and Adele Flower from Pipe Lining & Coating Pty Ltd for their generous sponsorship support of the P&F Trivia Night. Your valued contribution assisted greatly in the overall success of the night.


A reminder that our Senior School Library is open until 4.00pm Mondays to Thursdays for students to complete homework or to study.


Edan Shorten of Year 9 who recently received a Local Sporting Champion grant of $600 from the Federal Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy. Edan received this grant for competing in the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships which were held in May this year. In the first week of the coming holidays Edan will be competing in the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival on the Gold Coast at Level 10 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (vault, bars, beam and floor).  Congratulations to Edan on her outstanding commitment to her sport and on her tremendous achievements. Abbi Davies in Year 7 is also competing at the same event at Level 7. Well done girls and best wishes.

Senior School Chess team: Brett Gee, Joshua Locchie, Jack Riches, Robbie MacDonald and Liam Duncan came 2nd in the team event at the Sydney Academy of Chess Secondary Inter-School Chess Competition Semi Final on Monday. The team now progresses to the finals to be held in Sydney in a fortnight. It was also wonderful to hear that staff from other schools were commenting on how polite, respectful and well-dressed the boys were during the event. Congratulations boys and thank you for representing our school so well.

Congratulations to Tahlia Moore (Year 6) who has achieved a Bronze Award in the 2018 WriteOn competition (the NSW Education Standards Authority annual writing competition for students in Years 1 to 6).

At the close of the competition, experienced educators representing all school sectors selected gold, silver and bronze award winners from entries received from NSW schools.  These winners will have their work published in the Best of WriteOn 2018 Anthology. Well done Tahlia!


Our Junior 4 Opals team won the Championship last Saturday. Our Cadet 1 Jades were runners up. Congratulations to our teams and to our Netball Club on a wonderful season. See more details in  Sports news.



Saturday, 27 October

10:00 - 2:30pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Platinum sponsor for this event has needed to withdraw. The Platinum Sponsor contributes significantly to our fundraising income and we are therefore working hard to try to find a new major sponsor for this event.

We provide maximum exposure for our Platinum sponsor which includes signage on the school fence, a full page ad in our event program, heavy promotion in our newsletters and digital channels such as Facebook and school website. This sponsor also has full capacity to activate at the event either with signage/product giveaways/displays etc and will be heavily recognised during the event on the PA system.

The sponsorship is valued at $2,500.

If you are in a position to have your business take this sponsorship package or if you know someone with a business that may be interested, please feel free to share this with them or contact Beverley Seers on 4393 4110.



Last Sunday was a special day across the world for us clergy as we celebrated the International Buy Your Priest A Beer Day (IBYPABD).  I have discovered that it is a long standing Catholic tradition to take your priest out for a beer on September 9 to say a simple thank you and we appreciate you.  All of my clergy friends across Facebook were going a little bit meme crazy in the lead up and it provided some excellent online banter.  Sadly for me, because it was on a Sunday I had to buy my own beer as nobody remembered this very special day…until Monday morning when a very fabulous Mrs Leslie of Year 5 fame presented me with a gift from Japan.  The Asahi was lovely!  As for my offering, I presented to Reverend Tim at Lakes Anglican a bottle of Love Tap from Moon Dog Brewery as it had a quote from the B-52’s “Love Shack” on it and I know Tim loves rock and roll.

The history of beer making is a little cloudy (pun intended) but may date back as far as 12,000 BCE when humans began to farm grain crops.  The only hard evidence we have though, of the earliest beer making is from the Mesopotamia region (modern day Iraq) where earthen vessels from 3400 BCE still had sticky beer residue inside.  Worth noting is the 1800BCE “Hymn to Ninkasa” which is an ode to the goddess of beer from the same region.  The ancient Egyptians were fans of beer too and would flavour their drop with additives like mandrake, dates and even olive oil.  Beer as we know it now really came into existence in the middle ages when Christian monks began flavouring their beer with hops.

Most of the beer that the monks brewed was low alcohol and was favoured over drinking water because the beer wouldn’t kill you (fermentation kills the nasties).  Martin Luther who in large part led the Reformation across Europe in the early 16th Century has been quoted on beer often, and would encourage others to drink beer instead of water as in moderation it would be better for you.  He is also attributed as making a theological statement about beer, “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, he does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”  So let me encourage you, the next time you are at a BBQ, or at the pub for a pint, there is a long history of God using beer to bring people to faith.  As you sip on the froth and savour the suds may you sense the history of what you are enjoying thanks to faithful Christians down through the ages.  You won’t find salvation in the bottle but I am happy to chat about Jesus with you over a beer anytime.  And when September 9 rolls around next year, perhaps you’ll remember me too on IBYPABD!

Confirmation at Lakes Anglican Sunday, 9 December.

At the 9:30am service with Bishop Charlie

Confirmation is where a person “confirms” the promises made on their behalf if they were baptized as a baby or even as an adult.

It is a service that focusses on welcome, belonging and being empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.

Anyone from Year 6 and up who is interested please contact Reverend Matt before the end of term 3.

Confirmation preparation sessions will be at Lakes Anglican with Reverend Tim in term 4, most likely on a Sunday.

All enquiries welcome.


Bless ya,





School closed first week of the holidays - Tuesday, 2 October to Friday, 5 October.

School office at the Junior School will be open from 9.00am to 12.00pm second week Monday, 8 October to Friday, 12 October.





Year 5 and the OC students returned from their camp at Bathurst last week where they had an enjoyable time of learning through exploring the goldfields, the Macquarie River and Mount Panorama. A further highlight of the trip was the opportunity to venture on the Scenic World Skyrail at Katoomba. It was a pleasure to talk with the children on their return and to hear of the depth and breadth of their learning about the discovery of gold in Australia. I extend my thanks to Mrs Leslie, Mr Crumbley, Mr Price, Mrs MacLeod, Pete and Ms Sutherland for their efforts in making this camp run so smoothly.


Well done to Jake Sanday and Jack Tough, who recently played in the Division 1 Rugby League Grand Final at Central Coast Stadium for the Blue Haven Raiders. Both boys played extremely well in the first Division 1 team from Blue Haven to be minor premiers and to win a Grand Final.


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:

Coming up we are looking at ‘Making Links with Prior Learning – look for connections and patterns’ in Week 9 and ‘No hat, no play’ in Week 10.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Capitalising – making good use of all resources for learning in Week 7:

Marcus C, Skylar B, Asher R, Eden C, Bonnie C, Vaishnavi S, Alek E, Jackb K, Selena S, Isla Y, Donald M, Tahlia A, Willow E, Kyla G, Ravi F, Stephanie A, Brendan C, Suzannah B, Rylee B, Harrison C, Jackson Morris.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Self-discipline’ in Week 8:

Ellie M, Ava B, Ashley W, Mia C, Cooper O, Tobias T, Gabriella C, Montana M, Lachlan M, Emma B, Cohen B, Mark B, Makayla B, Keira R, Tahlia S, Wil K, Jamie S, Ellena M, Ruby C, Tahlia M, Diesel V.



Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



PRC for 2018 is now closed. Thank you to all students involved. Awards will hopefully be handed out at the end of the year.



This year the Lakes Grammar School Libraries will again be holding their 2nd hand book sale at the School’s Spring Fair. We will be selling both children’s and adult books.

We would be thankful of any good quality 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 School Library by Thursday, 25 October. 

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.

Don’t forget to refer to our home page:

and the JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information on what is happening!


Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Last week our Year 5 and OC classes went on an educational and historical camp to Bathurst Goldfields located on Mount Panorama or Wahluu as its known to the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal tribe.

On this camp our students enjoyed and experienced what life would be like during the gold rush by eating freshly cooked damper over the fire, making mud bricks, like the ones on the houses from the 1800’s, and the process of crushing quartz to find the gold hidden inside.

The main activity was gold panning. There were some students that almost ‘struck it rich’ with their gold excavation. The students sang songs which were written by sheep shearers as they sat around a camp fire. After that the children went back to the cabins and quietly got ready for bed while respecting those already asleep.

The next day our Year 5 and OC class got to go to the museum where they saw the process of making candles and food. Our students were also able to see primary sources from bushranger shoot outs and robberies. Our students also visited Bathurst cemetery where they saw a past prime minister and prospectors’ graves that played an important role in the gold rush and the settlement of Bathurst.

On our final day we packed our luggage into the coaches and started our five-hour hike back to school after getting taught how to decorate and throw boomerangs in the correct way. On our way back, we visited Scenic World and went on the world’s steepest train ride. During the ride we saw an amazing view over the Great Dividing Range where we spotted the Three Sisters standing tall over us. Finally, we were welcomed home with warm hugs from our family members.

By Quinn Flower


On Wednesday, 26 September Year 6 will be holding a BBQ to assist with raising money for their end of year Social.

A note and email has been sent home to Junior School families.

Year 6 thank you in advance for your support


On Wednesday, 12 September a group of 22 Lakes Grammar students from years 5 to 8 went to the HRIS Middle School Debating Gala Day. The students had an enjoyable day winning 3 debates and a very close loss in the other 2 debates. All teams enjoyed the experience.

We had three students receive an award as the Best Debater in their debate. Congratulations to Charlotte Dobson (yr 7), Tahlia Moore (yr 6) and Harrison Cross (yr 6).

Stage 3:

Team 1:

  1. Noah Simon
  2. Nathan Wilson
  3. Tahlia Moore
  4. Rohith Srinivas

Team 2:

  1. Diluk Adikarim
  2. Jaydee Lourens
  3. Finlay Pigot-Irving
  4. Harrison Cross

Team 3

  1. Sage Kenny
  2. Quinn Flower
  3. Vaughn Peachey
  4. Ella Burgess

Chairperson and Time keeper

  1. Amelia Collins
  2. Ella Williams

Stage 4

Team 1:

  1. Jackson Blackshaw
  2. Kasey Young
  3. Alex Voigt
  4. Isaac Robinson

Team 2:

  1. Kani Lukuta
  2. Chloe Collins
  3. Charlotte Dobson
  4. Brooke Shorten

Amanda Holland and Phoebe Stibbard

Debating Coordinators.



Congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 8 Debating teams that competed at the Regional HRIS Debating Competition at St Phillips Waratah.

Both teams won their debates, Year 7 defeated Bishop Tyrrell and Year 8 St Phillips Waratah .

A big thank you to our highly successful Senior Debating Team who acted as coaches leading up to the competition.

Also again to Mrs Stibbard – our champion coach !

Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning 


Visual Arts students were amazing last week at Cognito Art Camp.

The young artists were working on the shores of Newcastle beaches, at Glenrock Scout Camp, near beautiful waterfalls and lagoons.

They all worked very hard over the three days, producing wonderful paintings and developing their artistic confidence.  The rain hit hard for the first two days but it didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. In fact, it provided some dramatic skies to paint and draw. Thankfully, Glenrock Scout Camp had a large hall and outdoor area that we could work in.

We did manage to get to the beach once in between showers to take photographs and collect items of inspiration.

I would like to thank Mr Hannah for joining us on Monday and Tuesday and for organising Peter Lankas, our Artist in Residence, to run some fantastic workshops. It was a pleasure to have Peter there.

The teachers even got the chance to have a paint and enjoy the surroundings.

Another big thanks goes to Mrs Baker and Mrs Hobden for their help in organising and running the camp.

The Art Department looks forward to running this camp again next year. Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved.

Daniel Langejans

Senior School Art Teacher


A couple of weeks ago, a small number of our Vocal Ensemble members from Year 7 and 8 spent the day at Hunter Valley Grammar School as part of the HRIS Cultural Festival.

This event (which was targeted at Years 5 – 8 this year) is an opportunity for students from the entire Hunter region to workshop and perform repertoire in various ensembles. It is a long but fruitful day of rehearsals, culminating in an evening concert.

The students learned a lot, and it was also a great way to meet like-minded students from many different schools, a

nd to collaborate to produce an evening of excellent music.

We look forward to the opportunity to involve students from Years 9 – 12 next year.

Lisa Whitwell

Senior School Music Teacher




On Wednesday, 29 August, Lakes Grammar sent two teams to compete in the T20 Blast Cricket competition presented by Cricket NSW at Bill Sohier Oval, Ourimbah.

The members of the boys team were Max A, Isaac R, Eddie S, Josef A, Liam M, Kai E, Ashton R and Hamilton D.

The members of the girl’s team were Cleo M, Jordan R, Giselle S, Kenzie M, Keira R, Hannah R, Alyse Q and Tahlia A.

All students represented both Lakes Grammar and God in an exceptional manner throughout the day by displaying outstanding sportsmanship in their positive attitudes. God also blessed us with fantastic weather and safety which was an added bonus in enjoying the game of cricket.

May I add my thanks to all parents who attended in supporting our teams and also to Mr Lawson for giving his own time in selecting and coaching the students.

Congratulations to all students and we look forward to entering this competition again next year.

Yours in positive sportsmanship,

Mr Cantor


A big congratulations to Lexi Russel who had a very successful National Snowboarding Championships.

Lexi was very successful finishing 5th overall. We are very proud of you Lexi!


Six of our talented students competed at the CIS Athletics Championships at Homebush recently. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


Sport choices for Term 3 are now up and running. If there are any questions, please see Mr Cantor.


Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, lace-up joggers (that support the ankles). Joggers of a solid colour other than white, canvas shoes, skate shoes and bright fluro (other than a small amount of striping) are not permitted. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well. 


Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 boys and girls to represent HRIS or CIS over the year. 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:

Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


Athletics Season is starting again soon and there is a real buzz in the air.

We will be running, jumping and throwing our way to personal improvement in Term 4 2018 and Term 1 2019.

Registration forms are available from Parent Lounge and a copy will come home with each infant and primary age student. It’s going to be a great season and we look forward to seeing you there.

Nathan Crumbley



After a successful NSWCIS Rugby League gala day our open girls side went on to compete in the Isabel Kelly Cup held at Ted Doyle Oval Berkley Vale. The girls played some exciting football in their games and came away with a 3rd place finish.


Term 3

Friday, 14 September – AICES Secondary Athletics

Monday, 17 September – 15’s HRIS Basketball Trials (please see Mr Beecroft for more information)

Tuesday, 25 September – CIS Secondary Athletics Championships

Term 4

Tuesday, 16 October – 15’s HRIS Tennis Gala Day

Thursday, 18 October – HRIS Secondary Softball Gala Day and Trials

Friday, 19 October – HRIS Secondary Golf

Monday, 29 October – HRIS Secondary Touch Football Gala Day

Upcoming School Team Trials

Touch Football

Girls Softball

15’s Tennis


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator


Our 2018 season is now over and what a great season the club has had.  Last weekend saw our Cadet 1 Jades and Junior 4 Opals play in the Grand finals.

Our Junior 4 Opals took out the title of Premiers for 2018.  These girls played the most amazing game and beat the undefeated Mystics 34 to 32.  Congratulations to Ellah R, Ashviqha P, Gemma L, Bianca J, Emma M, Abbie Y, Juliet R and Dearne P as well as Meghan H who is not a student at Lakes. Ash was named most valued player for the game.

Our Cadet 1 Jades were runners up for the 2018.   Congratulation to these girls in what was a very tough game.

Our club also received the following awards on Saturday, Molly Blackshaw was awarded her National Umpiring badge, Emma Florimo and Jackson Blackshaw were awarded WDNA Junior volunteers of the year for 2018.

Congratulations to all our players, umpires, coaches and managers 2018 has been a great season and our club is looking for a great season next year. And thank you to Racquel Jolly for all she does for our Netball Club in her role as Registrar.

Racquel Jolly