Week 4, Term 4 2018



Our Spring Fair/Open Day was, once again, a fantastic day for our whole school community. So many parents, students and staff worked together to make the event a great success. Our Parents and Friends Association, and co-ordinator Lana Brown, worked with school staff to bring it all together and I wish to thank all who contributed. The wonderful Spring weather also contributed to the success of the day. Just over $21,000 was raised, all of which will flow back into the school to enhance facilities for our students. We are grateful to our sponsors for their invaluable support. Thank you to all who attended.


Twenty of our Year 7 and 8 students who took part in the Children’s University program this year attended a graduation ceremony in Newcastle University’s Great Hall on Monday night. I had the pleasure of reading their names out as a professor presented them with their certificates. 300 students from many other schools also graduated at this ceremony. The CU program is designed to encourage students to see that learning can occur anywhere, not just in class. It also introduces them to the university and encourages them to see that as a future option for them. Thank you to Mrs Stibbard, who co-ordinated the program for our school and thank you to the University of Newcastle for running the program in our region.


The opening on Tuesday night was a very enjoyable event which was well-attended by families. We awarded prizes to students in Years 7-12. Mr Samways and I, along with the Head of Visual Arts, Mrs Hobden, chose the awardees. I am pleased to announce that this year’s Acquisitive Art Prize is awarded to Edan Shorten of Year 9 for her beautiful painting inspired by the work of Del Kathryn Barton. The Senior Diary Cover Prize goes to Elizabeth Pullen of Year 9. This painting is also inspired by Del Kathryn Barton’s work and will be on the cover of the diaries for Years 10-12 next year.


Our incoming Year 12 joined with Year 12 students from the three other schools in the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation on Wednesday for a service and blessing by Bishop Peter Stuart. Bishop Peter also gave an inspirational talk and the students were able to connect with students from the other schools to support each other in their studies.


The last HSC exam was held today. Our students have generally been positive about the exams, with one or two surprises in some exams. The results will be released on our last day of term. Several of our Senior School teachers will be marking HSC exams over the coming weeks and will need to leave before the end of school. HSC marking is an incredibly valuable learning experience for teachers and their students benefit from the knowledge their teachers gain.


Today we held a short assembly for Remembrance Day, given that the actual day, 11 November, is on Sunday. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. Our History Co-ordinator, Mrs Crawford, prepared a lovely assembly for Years 4-12.

Our School Captains, Elyse Hayhurst and Jordan Stevens will speak at a service at Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub-branch on Sunday morning. Our Vice Captains, Julia Araneta and Oliver Shedden will lay a wreath at the service at Toukley RSL Club.

Mr Michael Hannah



Duke of Edinburgh

Expedition Dates for Silver and Bronze are:

Wednesday, 21 November – Friday, 23 November

Kindergarten 2020 Parent Information Night

Wednesday, 14 November

6:30 – 7:30pm

Junior School Library

If you have a child ready to start school in 2020, we would like to invite you to our 2020 Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. This session will outline the enrolment process at Lakes Grammar and provide an opportunity to tour the Kindergarten classrooms and Junior School campus. To register to attend please email or call 4393 4111.

Star104.5FM Live School Broadcast

Wednesday, 21 November

Junior School campus. Children will be invited to come to school a bit earlier on the day to enjoy a great morning planned by the radio station. More information to follow shortly.



This week a chapter closed and a new one opened in our senior school. The HSC is done and dusted with our Drama students being the last exam in the four weeks of written exams. Our Year 12’s will no longer walk our hallways, sit in our classrooms or play handball in the quad. For many, it will come as a surprise that they are finally finished after all these years. I just hope many will return to share their continuing story with us and some of the fruit which we hopefully nurtured in them.

At the same time this week we have had our new Year 12’s gathered with the 3 other NASC school’s Year 12’s at the cathedral to be blessed and anointed by our bishops.  All three bishops were present as well as the Dean of the cathedral. For many of our Year 12’s it was their first visit to the cathedral since they had visited in Year 7. The 2018 Scone Grammar School Captain, Anna, was able to share some of her insights into thriving in your HSC year and Bishop Peter spoke of resilience, using failure to learn from and reminded the students that they are loved. It was a wonderful way to bookend the experience from Year 7 back in 2014.

It has also been a joy to see our Year 6 students transitioning into Senior School over the last few weeks.  It can be a little scary going from being the biggest kid to the littlest and from one classroom with one teacher to many.  We in the Senior School will do everything we can to make our Year 6ers feel like Year 7ers with the least amount of stress as possible.  I am super excited to be able to teach them next year in Christian Studies and have them for chapel too.  It seems that for every ending there is a beginning and the last few weeks have certainly highlighted that.  The Bible says a bit about this in the book of Lamentations, chapter 3, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Good news indeed.

Bless ya,





We have had many families tell us that they are having problems with the mobile app since a recent upgrade occurred. If you have not done so yet, you will need to create a username and password to use the app but this is a one-off step and once done you will automatically be logged in. You will be sent an email as part of the process and you need to follow the steps through to the end of the process.

If you have already followed this process and you are still using the original app many of our messages are now only accessed from the bell icon in the top right hand corner and unfortunately this does not notify you when new notifications have been sent. If you know something has been received but you can't find it under the main headings, this is where it will be. We acknowledge that this is not very user friendly.

We have recently been advised that there is a new mobile app that you can download from the App Store or Google Play which avoids these issues. We would strongly recommend you upgrade to the new version of the app by simply searching Skoolbag: School Communication (it has a blue backpack as the icon). It is free to download and once you login using your username and password you will see the notifications are much easier to find.

If you don't wish to upgrade the app then please be aware that many messages will be sitting up in the bell icon but you will not see an alert telling you how many unread messages you have in your notifications.

We hope this helps avoid any ongoing problems with this method of communication as this is a very quick and efficient way of us liaising with our school community. 

If you have any questions please call Beverley Seers at the school on 4393 4111.

Thank you and we hope this overcomes some of the issues being experienced.




Year 3 had a wonderful time at Camp Toukley last week, engaging in some great activities including the Giant Swing, Rafting and Bushwalking. It was a great opportunity for the students to develop their independence and resilience through taking on new and challenging activities and to spend a night away from home with their friends. The students really engaged with all of the activities and challenged themselves and were wonderful ambassadors for our school. A huge thank you to all involved, especially Mr Herbert for his organisation, Ms Jobe-Parker, Mr Cantor, Mr Price, Mrs Lusted, Mr Summers and Pete for their efforts in helping everything go so smoothly.


Year 5 students are preparing for the upcoming leadership speeches in looking towards 2019. They have been very engaged in the leadership seminars that Mr Johns and I have been conducting with Peter and the Year 5 teachers. We have received a number of high quality applications and appreciate the number of students who are keen to ‘give back’ to Lakes Grammar in a formal leadership role.


It was a pleasure to catch up with so many school families at our Spring Fair and Open Day recently. The boys and girls were having an amazing time on the rides and visiting the stalls and displays on the day. A number of our Junior School students performed a range of musical items beautifully. My gratitude to all of our parents who volunteered their time to assist on the day and to the Year 6 students who also donated some of their time to conduct School Tours with Mrs Evans and I for prospective families around the Junior School. Our particular thanks to the P & F for all of their efforts in putting such an excellent day together.


Our Kindy Crew for 2019 have had their two orientation visits to the school, enjoying a half day for Orientation this week and last. They enjoyed reading stories, making crowns for craft, trying out the play equipment in the Kindy Courtyard and testing out the iPads! We look forward to welcoming them and their families back soon!


Year 6 have also been visiting the Senior School for their transition visits leading up to their Year 7 Orientation Day later this term. They have enjoyed touring the Senior School, visiting the library and partaking in a range of Senior School lessons including English, Mathematics and Science in their time there.


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 ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3:

Elise C, William T, Chloe D, Cooper N, Lila F, Judy L, Ivy L, Mikaela L, Jayden D, Emma B, Claire H, Ganesh S, Briella M, Maddison H, Anara H, Scarlett K, Yalkin S.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘joining a game or group well’ in Week 4:


Noah H, Arj P, Sofia L, Isabella T, Mackenzie A, Clover H, Jai C, Caleb U, Matilda F, Corey E, Thomas P, Jasmine H, Maddison K, Charlie H, David W, William E, Jaydee L.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Spring Fair Book Donations

Thank you to the wonderful families that purchased books at our annual 2nd hand book sale at the Spring Fair. Our sales totalled $623 and will go towards more valuable resources for our two 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


Three teams of students represented Lakes Grammar at HRIS Chess on Friday, 26 October. 

The Junior A team placed first in Junior Division and in the Open Division our students placed in second position.

Congratulations to all the students who attended, Diluk A, Noah S, Boyd R, Jake R, Ayan S, Dexter R, Cohen N, Corey E, Zak P, Willow S, Taivas H and Marcus W. A special mention to Marcus W who won all of his games on the day.

Louise Rush

Junior School Teacher


Gabbi Hollows and Hon. Ron Stokes MP Minister for Education.


Our Junior School Captain, Noah Simon, received the Fred Hollows Humanity Award for his efforts to raise money for the Bowel Cancer Association for Red Apple Day. Noah was able to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer in the Junior School encouraging students at weekly assemblies to bring in a red apple on Red Apple Day and by donating funds to the Bowel Cancer Association by purchasing a Red Apple pin.

Fred Hollows was an acclaimed eye surgeon and humanitarian who championed the right of all people to have access to affordable, high quality eye care. This award aims to recognise students that reflect Fred’s desire to care for mankind and help those in need.

Noah was 1 of 72 Year 6 students to receive this honourable award at Parliament House in Sydney.

Gabbi Hollows and Hon. Ron Stokes MP Minister for Education with the award winners.


Amanda Holland.

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6


On Monday, 29 October two Year 5 and 6 debating teams participated in the annual IPSHA Debating Gala Day at Abbotsleigh in Wahroonga. We had four challenging debates with two wins. The teams debated the topics, ‘That we should lower the voting age’ and ‘That students should be paid to go to school’. Both teams debated clearly and with conviction. Well done teams!

Team 1: Debate 2, 4

  1. Tahlia M
  2. Diluk A
  3. Sivani Y
  4. Sage K

Team 2: Debate 1, 3

  1. Jaydee L
  2. Rohith S
  3. Alyvia S
  4. Quinn F

Amanda Holland.

Gifted and Talented Facilitator K-6



Congratulations to all the students who exhibited at our annual Lakes Grammar Art Exhibition, ‘Visions’. It was wonderful to see so many young artists and their families at The Art House on opening night. Many thanks to Artist, Peter Lankas for opening the exhibition with such encouraging words. Students should be very proud of their high quality works, the variety and number of pieces is growing every year.  Staff in the Art Department have really enjoyed hanging the exhibition this year; it is a pleasure to work with such talented and dedicated people. Thanks to Mr Langejans, Mrs Baker and Ms Lobregat for framing, hanging and labelling the hundreds of pieces for display.  You may have noticed that Mr Hannah and all the Art staff have also exhibited paintings in the exhibition this year.

Thanks to Mr Hannah and Mr Samways for judging. This is a hugely difficult task, their care and consideration is greatly appreciated. Traditionally, one artwork is selected for the cover of the Senior Diary every year. Elizabeth Pullen’s vibrant, ‘Girl with Kangaroo’, won the 2018 Cover Prize.  The most prestigious award is the Acquisitive Prize, the recipient of this award has their work purchased by the School and hung in pride of place.  The 2018 Acquisitive Prize was awarded to Edan Shorten with her painting, Colours Taking Over.

There are just two days left for you to catch the show, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November between 1-5pm.

Highly Commended Prizes

Year 7

Anabella Amorin

Zac Gillett

Baden Walmsley

Charlotte Dobson

Year 8

Ellen Champley

Charles Kember

Kimberley Mackay

Zain Robards

Year 9 Visual Arts

Luke Walker - Johnson

Year 9 Photography

Aysha Santwyk

Year 10 Visual Arts

Naomi Palibino

Year 10 Photography

Gabrella Salvador

Year 11

Candice Grogan

Jayden Gimenez-Kerrigan

Year 12

David Goodman

Anne Hobden

Creative and Performing Arts Co-ordinator



HRIS 3 / 4 Basketball Gala Day

HRIS Basketball Gala Day was held at Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium in Newcastle on Thursday, 25 October.

Both our boys and girls teams competed well and played with sportsmanship throughout the day.  It was great to see the improvement that the teams made from when we first started practising.  The majority of the players had not played basketball before and had worked hard to hone their skills.  Despite coming close, the girls did not win a game while the boys won their last game to finish in 7th place.  Well done to all the students who bounced, dribbled and shot their way through the day.

Thank you Mr Lawson and Miss Bennett for coaching the teams.

HRIS Chess

Congratulations to the Lakes Grammar Chess Teams who had outstanding results at the HRIS Primary Chess Tournament. The Juniors won their division and the Seniors won 2nd place. Well done Lakes Grammar!

Thank you to Mrs Rush who managed the team on the day.

Mr. Cantor

HRIS Touch Football

HRIS Touch Football was held last Wednesday. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.

Term 4 Sport – Swimming Program

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

K-2 swimming will commence soon. More information to come.

Coming Up in Term 4 2018:

  • 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


NSWCIS Athletics Championships


Some of our athletes went on to 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 & 4th Discus, Blair Evans 6th Discus & Connor Rooke 2nd Shot Put & 5th Discus

NSW All Schools Championships at the end of term 3. Please inform Mr Beecroft of your results.

Known results: Jezebel Navusolo 2nd triple jump, 3rd 200m, & 4th 100m.

Jez will now go on to compete in the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships. A wonderful achievement and we wish her best of luck.

HRIS Golf Championships

Blair Evans and Evan Bush competed at the HRIS Golf Championships. The course was challenging for all competitors, but a fun day of golf was had by all.





Handicap Score

Blair Evans

Year 8




Evan Bush

Year 9




Blair finished equal 13th off scratch on handicap

Evan finished 12th off scratch, 11th on handicap

AICES Softball Championships

Mackenzie Astorga, Shannon Liddle and Keely Bogle all were selected in the HRIS Softball team which competed at the AICES Championships. All three girls played well on the day against some strong opposition. Keely Bogle was successful in being selected in the AICES team who will compete at the NSWCIS Championships. Well done girls.

AICES Tennis Championships

Lachlan Murray will compete in the 15’s championships on Friday, 9th November.

HRIS Touch football

Our school Opens teams will compete at the HRIS Touch Football championships on Friday, 9 November at Port Stephens.



Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator