Week 6, Term 4 2018



Our new buildings in both the Junior and Senior Schools are progressing well. The photos below were taken recently by a drone. The scaffolding has since been taken down. The Junior School STEM room is almost ready to be handed over to us and the Senior School building will be ready for the start of the year. These buildings represent an exciting new phase for our school as we continue to develop these aspects of our curricular and co-curricular offerings.


Our Year 7 2019 students enjoyed their Orientation Day in the Senior School today. Our Year 6 students met the new students from other schools and together experienced several sample lessons in different subjects. Today was just a taster of what a day in Year 7 will be like next year. We have around 17 students coming from other schools and at this stage we expect to have around 85 students in Year 7 next year.


Our P&F had its final meeting for the year last week and again I would like to thank our P&F members for their hard work during the year. A relatively small band of dedicated parents manage to organise quite a variety of events throughout the year that both raise funds for our school and provide social opportunities for our families. Our P&F has raised and committed a large amount of money for the school this year, all of which goes towards enhancing facilities and resources for your children and future students at Lakes. Thank you also to all who have supported P&F events during the year.


It was a pleasure to hear our Leader candidates give their speeches to the Years 3-6 students, staff and parents on Tuesday. Every student had given serious thought to their speech and had prepared very well. I was very proud of each of them. I look forward to presenting the leader badges to those chosen as School Leaders at Speech Day.


Our Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School, Mr Ian Samways, is on Long Service Leave for the rest of the year. Mr Will Wallace is Acting Deputy Principal and Mrs Michelle Smith is Acting Head of Senior School during this time.


It was a pleasure to accompany our School Captains, Elyse Hayhurst and Jordan Stevens to Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub-Branch on 11 November, where each of them gave a speech and laid a wreath for the occasion. They did a wonderful job and represented our school incredibly well. Mr Wallace accompanied our Vice Captains, Julia Araneta and Oliver Shedden, who laid a wreath on our behalf at the service at Toukley RSL.


We plan to host a small group of Korean students again in February. If you would like to host a pair of students, please contact Liz Evans via We appreciate our families opening their homes to these visitors as it provides an avenue for building intercultural understanding for them and for our students. Note that the provincial government from where these students come in Korea requires them to be hosted in pairs.


Congratulations to William Brittain of Year 12 who will compete in the National All Style martial Arts Championships in Queensland in December.

Best wishes to Ellie Rudder as she represents NSW at the National Australasian Showhorse and Rider Championships at Werribee, Vic over the next week.

Mr Michael Hannah



K-2 Speech Day (last day for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

9:00 – 10:30am

School Hall

Kindergarten Graduation is incorporated into this presentation.

Years 3-6 Speech Day

Thursday, 13 December 2018

9:00 – 10:45am

School Hall

Years 7-12 Speech Day

Thursday, 13 December 2018

11:15 – 12:45pm

School Hall

Carols by Candlelight

Friday 7 December, 6:00pm (concert starts at 7:00pm).

Performances by Junior and Senior students.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate this special time of year as a school community.



I don’t know if you have had a season in your life where you haven’t had much in your wallet or food to put on your plate at night.  Early in our marriage, my wife and I had a Christmas where we didn’t know how we were going to buy presents for our loved ones or have any of those special Christmas food treats.  It was going to be a bland old time and really disheartening after giving so much of ourselves to others that year.  It was this Christmas, where the generosity of others had a massive impact on our lives.

In the space of a few days, without us saying or pre-empting our situation in any way, gifts started flowing into our home.  A friend passed through town on his way home and bought us a Christmas ham.  Another friend said that he had just collected a whole lot of bread for charity and then couldn’t pass it all on, so thought we could use it.  Another day later and we came home to a big bag of potatoes at our door.  Under the spuds was an envelope and in the envelope was $1000.  Anonymous but like in a movie we looked around to see who had left it there.  So blown away by the generosity that in a few short days had flipped our Christmas on it’s head.

It is for this reason that I am so passionate about our school being involved in the Samaritans Christmas appeal.  It is such a simple way that we can bless those in our community who are doing it tough for whatever reason.  Christmas is a season where we remember God’s generosity to us in the gift of his son Jesus and where we re-enact that generosity through gift giving and gathering with family and friends to celebrate.  I pray that as we continue with the Samaritans appeal over the next couple of weeks you may be moved to offer a gift of love for our neighbours in need.  Thank you so much in advance for your generosity.

Bless ya,





Open as normal on Friday, 14 December from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

From Monday, 17 December to Wednesday, 19 December the office will be open 9.00am to 12.00pm only.

The office will be closed from 12.00pm Wednesday, 19 December until it reopens at 9.00am on Monday, 14 January. 

Re opens From Monday, 14 January until Wednesday, 23 January the office will be open 9.00am to 12.00pm.

From Wednesday, 23 January the office will resume normal hours from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

The office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday, 28 January.


The Year is fast coming to an end in both the Junior and Senior canteens.

The last day for all Fruit Break, Recess and Lunch orders including the Flexischools ordering system will be Friday, 7 December.

From Monday, 10 December to Wednesday, 12 December the Junior and Senior Canteens will be closed for cleaning an stocktaking. Both canteens will only open at recess and lunch for over the counter sale of drinks, ice blocks and snacks.

A new Canteen menu will come into effect for both the Junior and Senior canteens in 2019, which can be downloaded from Parent Lounge when school resumes.

We would like to thank the entire canteen team of volunteers for a wonderful year including our Year 6 and Year 11 students who tirelessly give up their precious recess and lunch times to assist, without your help the canteen wouldn’t run as efficiently. To our volunteers that won’t be returning in the 2019, we thank you and wish you all the best, you will be missed.

Both the Junior and Senior canteens will need new volunteers for 2019, so if you’re interested in volunteering please call in and see us anytime.

Dianne Hattam and Leight-An Kyle

Canteen Managers


Journey of a Thousand Words is a charity that recognised the importance of reading and writing in young lives. We understand that education is a key aspect in the lives of young adults and children and is essential for everyday life.

We strongly believe that books give hope to young minds and allow them to experience positivity when such a thing may seem hard to find. For this reason, Journey of a Thousand Words is dedicated to providing books to young people living in orphanages and shelters around the world.

 If you have pre-loved books that you would like to donate, please drop them into the Senior School or Junior School office for collection. Another way to get involved is to donate funds to cover the costs associated with sending the books overseas. This can be done at the following link:

We appreciate any donations you may be able to make!

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Maddy Spiers

Graduated Student of Lakes Grammar







Year 4 had a wonderful time at Lake Macquarie this week, engaging in some great activities including Rock Climbing, Orienteering, Canoeing, Sailing, Fishing and Damper Cooking. 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 Lawson for his organisation, Ms LeRay, Mr Johns, Mrs Wallace, Miss Heine, Mr Price and Pete for their efforts in helping everything to go so smoothly.


Year 5 students have done a magnificent job in preparing their leadership applications and speeches and presenting these for Junior School Leader and College Leader roles on Tuesday. It is wonderful to see such a strong number of students who are keen to ‘give back’ to Lakes Grammar in a formal leadership role and we look forward to announcing these positions, along with the Christian Ministry leadership roles on Speech Day.


Well done to Ravi Francke, Ava Burgess and Scarlett Kurki who participated in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at Abbotsleigh. All of the students spoke well on the day and were fantastic representatives of our school. Well done on a great effort!


Following the success of a number of Year 6 students in the RACI NSW Crystal Growing competition, a number of our entries progressed to the national level. Mikayla Palmer of Year 6 was placed second nationally in the Alum category, and Kennan Wallace of Year 6 was also a finalist in the same category. Our thanks are again extended to Jenny Charker, our Science Co-ordinator in the Senior School.


Congratulations to our two Junior School Leaders, Jaydee Lourens and Noah Simon, on receiving Rotary Leadership Awards from the Rotary Club of Northlakes-Toukley on Wednesday evening. It was a pleasure to be able to attend this event to congratulate Jaydee and Noah on the wonderful way that they have led the student body in 2018 and to celebrate their successes.

My thanks also go to Ava Burgess and Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage who have done an amazing job as Deputy School Leaders this year and to our College Leaders who have done wonderful work – Ellena McGarry and Lachlan Jeffery, Rylee Baxter and Harrison Cross, Holly Longland and Tyler Hawkins, Scarlett Kurki and Liam Wallace, as well as Siobhan MacLarty and Kennan Wallace, our Christian Ministry Leaders.


Year 6 have also been visiting the Senior School for their transition visits leading up to their Year 7 Orientation Day. 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 Term 4 Awards Assembly is fast approaching and will be held in the School Hall on Monday, 3 December, commencing at 9.15am.

In the event of wet weather, the Assembly will be conducted under the Junior School COLA with prize winners and performers attending. Details will be placed on the Events Line (4393 4134) if necessary.

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:

Coming up we are looking at ‘managing a change in routine’ in Week 7 and ‘noticing details and looking for patterns’ in Week 8.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘reliability’ in Week 5:

Grace R, Declan J, Zavier B, Hiya B, Milla H, Jake F, Rylee B.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘resisting distractions’ in Week 6:


Tully J, Georgia L, Oliver H, Ashton R, Emma L, Cooper F, Anu B.



Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



On Friday, 9 November, a select number of Year 2 and 4 students were invited to the JS Library to review some toys supplied by Just Kidding Magazine. Students had a great time playing and experimenting with the toys. They then had to write a review on why or why not they enjoyed it. This also covered the STEM aspect as many of the toys needed problem-solving skills.

Photos and the article will be published in the December 2018 issue of Just Kidding magazine. I will be receiving these magazines shortly.

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


Blow test – School Band Program 2019

Over 90 Year 2-5 students were involved in the ‘Blow test’ last week, where students tried a range of brass and woodwind instruments for the School Band program next year. Students played the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone and were given a score based on their natural ability. Nearly 20 students have so far indicated that they will be learning a brass or woodwind instrument next year as part of the Training band, making this year one of the biggest years of enrolments in the School Band program since its inception in 2016.

An Info Evening will be run on Tuesday, 27 November in the Junior School Music room, where discounts, key points for success and steps to enrol will be presented.

Please email to RSVP by Monday, 26 November.

Nathan Fepuleai

Music Teacher


Lunch boxes for collection. There is a large box outside of the Junior School Canteen which contains over 30 lost lunch boxes.

You are welcome to look through the box. Please note any unclaimed lunch boxes will be thrown out on the last day of the term.

Thank you.



HRIS Touch Football

On Wednesday, 7 November our 2018 touch football team went to Port Stephens to represent Lakes Grammar in the HRIS Gala Day. It was a great day and the boys and girls did an excellent job.

The weather was fine until mid-day when it started to rain. The ground was wet and the ball was slippery but the boys and girls kept persevering and kept going all the way. Although the girls did not win a game, (they tied one game) they demonstrated great team spirit and held their heads high. The teams never gave up and the boys and girls improved in every game.

The boys had one game left to play and all the girls decided to watch them and cheer them on. The boys luckily won and all the girls’ hard cheering paid off. The girls made their own chants and screamed them out loudly from the side lines.

The bus trip was really fun because the kids got to listen to music and talk amongst themselves.

When we got back to school we all congratulated the boys for winning their final game. The girls were very proud of the boys and the boys were proud of themselves.

Year 5/6 Girls Soccer v Avondale

On Tuesday, 13 November our Year 5/6 Girls played Avondale in our annual friendly soccer match. The girls played well despite being up against very tough opposition. They eventually went down but all students showed great competitiveness and sportsmanship. Special mention to Holly Longland who scored our only goal and played very well. We look forward to hosting this again next year!

Year 6 Surf Fun Day

Last Friday, Year 6 enjoyed a day at Toowoon Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Although cold and dreary, the students participated well and were put into groups for various water and beach safety activities. Students learnt that it is important not just being able to swim but how to follow beach and surf rules.

This is a valuable day that follows on from the Year 5 Surf talk from last year. We have booked this day again for Year 6 in 2019.

Term 4 Sport - Swimming Program

Years 3-6 Swimming Program will not be conducted for the next two weeks while the K-2 Intensive swim program is on. The final lesson for Years 3-6 will be on Friday, 7 December.

K-2 swimming intensive program has now commenced. Please ensure all swimming equipment is labelled with your child’s name. A plastic bag to put wet clothes in would also be beneficial. Thank you for your support.


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


Sport is starting to quieten down now for the end of the year. Sport Choices for Years 8-9 will occur this term in readiness for term 1 2019.

AICES Tennis Championships

Lachlan Murray of Year 8 competed at the AICES Tennis Championships on Friday, 9 November.

Lachlan won his card, winning every match in the round robin. (5:3 5:2 5:2 5:0), but went down in the playoffs in the round of 16. He also then competed at the Wyong Tennis Club Championships finishing runner up in the 16 boys.

HRIS Touch Football

Our school Opens teams competed at the HRIS Touch Football championships on Friday, 9 November at Port Stephens. Our teams played extremely well on the day, gelling together. The girls finished 4th overall and the boys finished 6th overall. A fun and rewarding day was had by all.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator