Week 2, Term 4 2018



Tomorrow is the big day! I hope you are planning to attend. The Spring Fair is a highlight of our school year when we see the whole school community coming together and having a good time. Not only that, but the day raises a considerable sum of money that comes back into the school for enhancing facilities for our students. Thank you to all parents, students and staff who will be helping out tomorrow and who had a big part in planning the day.


Our annual Art Exhibition begins on 5 November and the official opening and prize giving will be held on 6 November at The Art House, Wyong. We love to show off our students’ art works and I hope you will be able to pop in to have a look some time throughout the exhibition. See more details later in the newsletter.


On Tuesday last week we held our Induction for our new student leaders. I noted this in our Term 3 Lakes Learners but I want to announce again our new Prefect body:


Elyse Hayhurst

Jordan Stevens

Vice Captains:  

Julia Araneta

Oliver Shedden


Harrison Blake

Olivia Clarkson

Bree Crosswell-Levy

Kaitlyn DeShannon       

Paddy Harrison

Sarah Hattam

Allyson Kilpatrick

Robbie MacDonald

Shivesh Paramunsee

Jack Riches

Gautham Srinivas

Aimee-Jane Strawbridge

I congratulate these students, who have proven themselves over a long period of time to be young people who are examples to other students.


During the October holidays Nicholas Bignall of Year 10 and his parents took on Mt Everest! Their goal was Everest Base Camp. It took eight days to trek from Lukla in Nepal at approximately 2800m to Base Camp at 5400m then four days to trek back down. This is a physically taxing trek and you have to be prepared for all types of weather. What a terrific achievement – Nick will have lots of stories to tell in the future. The photograph shows Nick at Base Camp.

Mr Michael Hannah



Visions – Art Exhibition

View the exhibition: 

Monday, 5 – Friday, 9 November 10:00am - 5.30pm 

Opening Night 6 November 6:30pm 

Saturday, 10 November 1.00pm-5.00pm 

Sunday, 11 November 1.00pm-5.00pm 

The Art House 

19 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW 2259 


Duke of Edinburgh

Pre-trip Planning Meeting at School

Thursday, 8 November 3.30 - 4.00pm

Expedition Dates for Silver and Bronze are:

Wednesday, 21 November – Friday, 23 November



A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….well not really, but it sounds good, there lived a boy.  Actually it is me and I was all of 13 years of age.  I grew up in Coffs Harbour and had attended the Anglican Church for as long as I could remember and had been going to youth group on a Friday night for almost two years.  It was 1987 and I was a pipsqueak of a Year 8 student who was exceedingly annoying in many ways.  I was socially awkward, mostly unhappy and increasingly angry at the world which had dealt me some rotten cards over the last couple of years.  But then I made a decision that changed my life.

In 1987 I decided to make a public declaration of faith in Jesus because I wanted to be one of his followers.  I really was taken by who he was and saw the difference he made in the lives of his followers. The way that this became possible was through a special church service called “Confirmation”.  In this service the candidates take up those promises that were made on their behalf as kids, often babies, by their parents and Godparents.  Promises to reject all that is evil and to turn to Christ.  The Bishop is always present at these services and lays hands on your head and prays for God’s Holy Spirit to come down on you.  I can remember this like it was yesterday even though it is more than 30 years ago.  When the Bishop prayed those words it felt like electricity racing down my neck and into the very core of who I was. It was equally real and yet somehow mystical. From that night I began to change as a person.

I wanted to share this story with you because in December Bishop Charlie will be at Lakes Anglican for our confirmation service.  Several Lakes Grammar students will be involved as they choose to take up those baptism promises for themselves.  Reverend Tim will be holding informative classes on Thursdays during November to chat with those to be confirmed.  Confirmation in our Diocese tends to be for those in Year 6 all the way through to adulthood.  If you want to know more about confirmation or baptism then please feel free to contact me at school.  For me it was life changing, perhaps it could be for you or your child too.

Bless ya,





School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.

Students progressing to Year 3 and Year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:

  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address
  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after  31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during December 2018 and January 2019.


Technology is now all-pervasive and can have great value in education. At Lakes Grammar we ask parents of students in the Senior School to provide a mobile device for their child to bring to school. This could be any one of: iPad, Microsoft Surface, MacBook or another type of laptop (although we prefer not an Android device or Chromebook). Most textbooks are available as eBooks, which lightens the load in backpacks. Teachers will have students using their devices for a range of activities or may choose not to use them at all at times.

Parents will be able to purchase a device at a reduced price through any of the following, but we advise you to compare prices:

You are of course under no obligation to purchase from these providers and you may find better pricing shopping around.

If you have any problems or questions about this feel free to contact the school and you will be directed to the relevant staff member.





Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable holiday time together. A warm welcome back to Mrs Sharpe who re-joins us from maternity leave to teach Numeracy Support with Mr Price this term and Miss Lutze who has returned from leave last term. We also look forward to welcoming our new Kindergarten children for 2019 to their Orientation Days in Weeks 3 and 4.


Year 3 and 4 are looking forward to their upcoming camps – Year 3 to Camp Toukley in Week 3 (1 – 2 November) and Year 4 in Week 6 at Lake Macquarie (21 – 23 November).


Congratulations to a number of students in Year 6 who participated in this competition as part of Science Week this year, partnering with Mrs Charker, our Senior School Science Co-ordinator for the project. Kennan Wallace was placed third overall in this statewide competition, whilst Kayla Wade, Mikayla Palmer, Ellena McGarry and Alyvia Slade all received a highly commended award.


Paige Lindley of Year 3 represented Lakes Grammar in the Inter School Equestrian Extravaganza in Tamworth in the last week of the recent holidays. Paige competed in the Gymkhana, Sporting and Showjumping and placed in several of the classes including a 4th in her rider class, 2nd in bending and 5th barrels. This year there were over 500 horses and children taking part from schools all over NSW. It also marked the 10 year anniversary of the purpose built Australian Livestock and Equestrian Centre at Tamworth. To mark the celebration over 100 horse and riders formed the shape of a ‘10’ in the main outdoor arena and a photo was taken from a drone as a memento. It was a fantastic competition and Paige was so proud to represent her school again this year. 


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 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 ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3 and ‘joining a game or a group’ in Week 4.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Persevering when learning gets hard in Week 1:

Charles H, Ellie M, Ethan D, Joshua K, Maggie Y, Mackenzie A, Ashton H, Alexander H, Mia K, Harrison W, Emma B, Zoe V, Tahlia A, Luke B, Jorja M, Abigail K, Taj B, James P, Alyce H, Isabelle M.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Empathy’ in Week 2:


Hannah L, Jonah K, Nicholas M, Sophia L, Coen G, Evie H, Georgina S, Sara O, Marley H, Matilda F, Isla Y, Josie B, Mark B, Makayla B, Jye R, Ava M, Isaac D, Lachlan J, Charlotte T, Hayden M.


Ulimiliko Awards

Completed Ulimiliko cards from Year 5 and 6 students should be handed in to Mr Wallace by Friday, 2 November (Friday Term 4, Week 3) in order for these to be processed in time for Speech Day.


We celebrated World Teachers’ Day today. We are fortunate to have many exceptional teachers at Lakes Grammar whom I’m sure will be remembered with gratitude by our students for the way that they brighten their classes with their enthusiasm and provide each of our children the confidence to believe in themselves. The school provided a wonderful afternoon tea to thank our teachers for all that they do and the way that the consistently go ‘above and beyond’. This evening, the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales will hold its 2018 World Teachers Celebration to award the outstanding professional contribution to education made by a select group of teachers. A hearty congratulations to those being acknowledged at this event. Mr Brenton Herbert is a Primary School division finalist for teachers in their early years of teaching, whilst Mrs Lynette Colthorpe, Mrs Cynthia Jobe-Parker and Mr Nathan Crumbley will receive World Teacher’s Recognition Awards from Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Education. Well done!


Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



In Term 4, we will be working on the following for each grade:

K - Introduction to Non-Fiction / Christmas literature

1 / 2 - Introduction to mapping skills using Oxford Atlases

3 – Mapping skills using Jacaranda Atlases

4 – Atlas Geography – Australia

5/6/OC – Atlas Geography – World (including GOOGLE Earth)

Information Skills – Year 3 – Animal Kingdom unit


Thank you to the wonderful families that have donated books for our annual 2nd hand book sale at the Spring Fair. All donations are very much appreciated and all profits go back into both School libraries.


Don’t forget to refer to our home page:

and the JS Library BLOG:

And throughout the year for more information on what is happening!


Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Wow – what a trip!!!!! Last holidays Mr Hampson and Mrs Pallot and 20 Year 11 students ventured to Vietnam.

We flew into Hanoi in the north and spent 10 days travelling the length of the country. We managed to  fit in an amazing amount of sightseeing, learning about the culture and history of the country, completing service work for a small community near Hoi An and helping out in an orphanage. It was a very full schedule but an experience that the students and staff alike will never forget.

We left Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City, tired but full of great memories and strengthened friendships.

There were so many highlights it is hard to select only a few, but here goes.

Halong Bay kayaking and boat trip.

Hoi An night markets

Helping build a school for the local community

Volunteering at the orphanage

Relaxing in the rooftop pool in Ho Chi Minh City

Julie Pallot

Senior School Teacher


Our talented art students have created an exciting collection of works for their annual Art Exhibition, ‘Visions’. The school community is invited to the official opening on Tuesday, 6 November at 6:30pm at The Art House, Wyong. Light refreshments will be served and prizes are awarded at 7.00pm.  


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


Artist in residence, Peter Lankas inspired our talented artists through landscape drawing and painting classes at our annual Art Camp in August, many of these pieces will feature in the exhibition. Also, keep an eye out for some paintings by our inspirational art teachers. The Art Department looks forward to your company on the opening night or just pop in to view the fantastic creations.  


View the exhibition: 

Monday, 5 – Friday, 9 November 10:00am -5.30pm 

Opening Night 6 November from 6:30pm 

Saturday, 10 November 1pm-5pm 

Sunday, 11 November 1pm-5pm 

The Art House 

19 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW 2259 


Anne Hobden

Creative and Performing Arts Co-ordinator




We wish all our Years 3 / 4 students the best of luck attending the HRIS Basketball Gala Day on Thursday, 25 October. A detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


On Wednesday, 17 October, Year 5 were fortunate to have a Surf Education talk run by Toowoon Bay SLSC. Students behaved well and were engaged in the talk asking many relevant questions regarding beach safety. This talk precedes the Surf Fun Day that Year 6 participate in the following year.


A very successful day was had at the HRIS Tennis team trials in Newcastle last Friday. Lakes students were very successful in gaining three Quarter Finalists and Austin Murray even made the Semi Finals. Congratulations to all who competed well for our school.


We wish all our chess students the best of luck for the HRIS Chess Tournament on Today. A detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


Years 3-6 Swimming Program has commenced. Please ensure all swimming equipment is labelled with your child’s name. Thank you for your support.

  • 5 / 6 HRIS Touch Football Gala Day – Wednesday, 7 November.
  • K – 2 Intensive Swim Program – Monday, 19 November – Friday, 30 November.
  • Surf Fun Day (Toowoon Bay) – Friday, 16 November – Yr 6/OC students only


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator



Some of our athletes went onto compete in the NSWCIS Athletics Championships and results are as follows:

Ashley Pernecker: 1st in the 400m, 800m, 1500m & 3rd 300m.

Claudia Martin: 6th High Jump

Anna McKechnie: 5th High Jump, 5th 100m, 4th Triple Jump

Eric Weber: 3rd Shot Put and 4th Discus.

Some of our athletes also competed at NSW All Schools Championships at the end of term 3. Please inform Mr Beecroft of your results.


Lachlan Murray, Zac Clifford and Joel Sewell competed in the HRIS 15’s Tennis Championships a player short and put in outstanding performances making it through the round competition before being knocked out by the event winners Newcastle Grammar. Well done boys!


Keely Bogle, Shannon Liddle, Mackenzie Astorga, Ellie Dark, Aimie-Jane Strawbridge, Millie Copetti, Kianna Bright, Ebony Bright, Lily Everson and Ashleigh Pernecker put in a stellar performance at the HRIS softball gala day, becoming HRIS champions!

As the day progressed, the girls got better and better. For many of them, this was their first time playing softball and were learning the rules as they went along. Keely Bogle was of course a standout, terrifying the opposition with pitches in the vicinity of 90 – 100km/hr. Of course every great pitcher needs a great catcher. Shannon Liddle who plays softball once a Year (ie yesterday) played like a seasoned professional. Big Hitters: Ellie Dark with 4 home runs in a row, Mackenzie Astorga also very good with the bat. Ashleigh Pernecker for stealing bases. A great performance by all the girls involved. The girls were undefeated and won the final by a massive 20 -2.


Term 4

Friday, 9 November – HRIS Secondary Touch Football Gala Day

Friday, 9 November – AICES 15’s Tennis Championships

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator



Zoe Vanderblom and Paige Lindley have had a very busy two weeks representing Lakes Grammar at both Tamworth Interschool Horse Extravaganza and Central Coast Grammar School Dressage day.

At ISHE Tamworth, both Zoe and Paige placed in the Gymkhana events, and Paige placed in some sporting events. A great achievement Paige. The level of sporting was extreme. 

Both Girls are keen to compete in the show jumping events next year too !

At CCGS Dressage, Zoe placed first in both her dressage tests. Paige did her very best, the level of competition was high in her class. 

Both girls have done the school very proud.

Mrs Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Co-ordinator


It certainly has been a wet start to the season for our resilient little athletes, their big smiles shining through the drizzle.

If you have been thinking of joining Athletics Club it is not too late. Registration and payment can be made at the Junior School Office. We look forward to seeing you there.

As part of Athletics club registration this season each athlete from Kindergarten to our Senior School group will be provided with one of our new college shirts. These can be worn at Athletics Club, Swimming and Athletics carnivals as well as College rewards days. These do not replace the white sports shirts.

If you are the parent of an Athletics Club athlete in Kindergarten to our Year 7+ group, please visit Alinta Uniform Shop from Week 3 – Week 6 to receive your college shirt. The preschool group are invited to wear their new Kindy Crew shirts to Athletics Club.

Once again we thank all parents who have offered assistance in various areas to ensure the smooth running of our club nights. We appreciate your time and commitment to our school community and hope you enjoy the fun and laughter from your children and their friends.

Nathan Crumbley

Athletics Co-ordinator