I hope all our families had a good Easter break and also took some time to reflect on the Christian significance of Easter. There is only one week until the end of term now – again, how time flies! Thank you to those who supported our Easter services and Grandparents’ Day last Thursday. It was a great day and the students presented a terrific concert. Many thanks to our music staff for their preparations for that event.
I will be flying to South Korea when you receive this newsletter. I am going there and to China with David Joo who has organised our visits by Korean students. David is taking me to schools in both countries and I will choose one or two schools to be sister schools. We will be going to Xi’an in China, where I will visit six schools. It is our plan that in time we will be able to take groups of students from here to Korea and/or China.
In my absence for the rest of Term 1 Mr Ian Samways will be Acting Principal and Mrs Michelle Smith will be Acting Head of Senior School.
ANZAC Day Service
Lakes Grammar supports the ANZAC Day March held by the Doyalson RSL Sub-Branch each year on ANZAC Day itself, which falls during the school holidays this year on Wednesday, 25 April. Participation is something of a tradition within the school and it is heartening to see the large attendance by Lakes Grammar students and their families growing further from year-to-year.
If you plan to attend, please ensure that your child wears the Lakes Grammar winter uniform and blazer. We shall meet near the Raw Challenge Course (on the Pacific Hwy) to formup by 8.00am ready for the march to begin.
Junior School students please meet Mr Wallace on arrival so that he can record each child’s name on the roll in order for their involvement in the march to be reflected on their School Report. The march from the intersection is followed by a service at the Cenotaph at the Doyalson RSL Club (or inside the club itself if the weather is inclement), commencing at 9.00am.
We will be holding a service at school on Friday, 4 May. Students in Years 4 to 12 will be involved in the service. You are welcome to attend the service which will commence at 9.00am in the School Hall.
PARKING – IMPORTANT NOTICE
A couple of weeks ago there was a highway patrol officer enforcing road rules outside the school. This is a reminder about those rules:
Parking and driving on the grassed area outside the Junior School gate is both dangerous and illegal. We have had some near-misses reported to us. I’m sure no-one wants to harm a child so please stay off this area. Parents have been fined for parking in this area. The road rules on the RMS website (http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/parking.html state the following:
General parking rules
You must not stop your vehicle (that is, bring it to a stop and either stay with the vehicle or leave it parked) in the following circumstances:
Double parked (that is in the road alongside a car that is parked)
On or across a driveway (unless dropping off or picking up passengers for no longer than 2 minutes)
On or across a footpath
On a median strip or traffic island
In a clearway
On footpaths and nature strips
This makes it clear that it is illegal to park anywhere on the grass in front of the Junior School. Within a school zone the fine is $180 and two demerit points.
As well, the dead-end section of road outside the gate is classed as “road-related” and the road rules apply. You must park legally in this small section, ie. facing your direction of travel on the left hand side of the road. If you reverse in and park at the end in the middle next to another parked vehicle, you are double parked and hence illegally parked.
You can expect the Police or Council Rangers to return to enforce these rules so it is important that you also tell any relative who picks your children up. I encourage you to use Kiss and Go as our system works efficiently. If you do not have your family name card for your visor, please contact the Junior School office.
There is plenty of parking available in the overflow parking area in the Senior School. The walk from there to the Junior School is not too far.
Please also respect the rules inside the school. All the parking signs and other road rules can also be enforced within the school grounds by police should they choose to do so.
Please do not drive through the staff car park and around the back to the oval. The safety of students and staff is endangered by this. The staff car park is out-of-bounds except for staff.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
Kindergarten 2019 Parent Information Night
Thursday, 3 May 2018
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Junior School Library
If you have a child ready to start school in 2019, we would like to invite you to our final 2019 Kindergarten Information Night. This session will outline the enrolment process at Lakes Grammar and provide an opportunity to tour the Kindergarten classrooms and Junior School campus.
If you have a child ready to start Year 7 in 2019, we would like to invite you to our 2019 Year 7 Information Night. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from Mr Michael Hannah, Mr Ian Samways (Deputy Principal) and Mrs Michelle Smith (Director of Teaching and Learning) and tour the senior campus to visit our main faculty and interactive areas.
It seems funny to say this but at Easter I did not go to church. We as a family went away to our small farm up near the village of Nundle with some close friends and celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus together. Our long weekend had the space in it to allow for deep reflection as well as the excitement of being with friends at this special time. Nundle on Easter Saturday put on it’s 18th annual Chinese Festival with thousands in attendance and it was great to wander the packed streets with so many other people. At the heart of our Easter was this gentle reminder to love people for who they are just as Christ loves us.
On Thursday of Week 9, we as a Senior School celebrated a communion service to prepare for the Easter weekend. Father Rod Bower presided on this special occasion as we thought about the reality of Jesus’s death on the cross. I was almost taken out by a flying mallet thanks to a very enthusiastic Year 7 boy (thanks Jett for your help) and we saw lots of our students engage with breaking bread together. The highlight for me were our senior ensemble performing “Shackles” by Mary, Mary as a reflective piece…a goose-bump moment if ever there was one.
In the morning our Junior School had gathered in the hall for an Easter service where Reverend Tim from Lakes Anglican shared some crazy stories about growing up in New Zealand and how much Jesus meant to him. His story of falling off the back of a truck and his bosses remedy for two broken wrists had the students, parents and grandparents in stitches. All in all our Easter services were geared towards our students hearing the good news that God has shown his great love to us through his son Jesus and that he is the one who can offer us true freedom. May you too experience God’s real and everlasting love through his son, the one we call Jesus.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
OFFICE HOURS IN THE HOLIDAYS
The Administration office will be open 9am to 12pm the first week and closed the second week of the school holidays.
Please note Monday, 30 Apri the Administration office will only open from 1.30pm to 4.00pm
School resumes Tuesday, 1 May.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Grandparents’ Day The students in the Junior School had an enjoyable time last Thursday, 29 March when we celebrated our Easter Service and K – 2 Grandparents’ Day. It was a delight to see such a large number of grandparents at the school taking part in our annual Grandparents’ Day events with their grandchildren. This event is one of the highlights on our calendar and it is great to celebrate the special nature of being a grandparent in such a spirit. I would also like to recognise the efforts of our staff for the hard work and effort that went into making these two events such a success, and I would particularly like to recognise Peter Oates, Mrs Seers, Mrs Evans, Mr Ballam and a range of staff who organised the day so thoroughly and successfully. Mr Feps and Mrs Whitwell did a wonderful job working with the class teachers to prepare items for the concert.
Junior School Awards – Term 1 Awards Assembly
The Term 1 Awards Assembly is fast approaching and will be held in the School Hall on Thursday, 12 April commencing at 1.30pm.
In the event of wet weather, a condensed Assembly will be conducted under the Junior School COLA with prize winners and performers attending. The Assembly will commence at 1.30pm in the event of Wet Weather. Details will be placed on the Events Line (4393 4134) if necessary.
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 course of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 11: Helping others to learn
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of compassion:
Addyson B, Samantha O, William T, Ella T, Brianna M, Lila F, Emma B, Willow S, Mikaela L, Noah B, Kourtney G, Milla H, Tahlia A, Willow E, Grace C, Chase B, Isaac D, Jorja M, Thomas E, Suzannah A, Holly L.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of listening with respect and empathy:
Charlie H, Marcus C, Skylar B, Elyse C, Lachlan Y, Alice S, Clover H, Sritha Y, Georgina S, Ayva B, Isla Y, Abigail W, Milla H, Ella L, Isabella K, Daniel P, Abbey Y, Blake S, Mikayla P, Kathryn C, Luke O.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of placing our rubbish in the bin:
Hannah L, Jonah K, Nilay D, Lachlan C, Mitchell H, Alexander B, Alana B, Alex H, Evelyn G, Hiya B, Zara J, Cohen B, Cameron S, Jordan R, Abigail K, Jake R, Isaac D, Lara G, Kennan W, James P, Tahlia M.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of forgiveness:
Mark T, Cameron S, Grace R, Chloe D, Aaliyah C, Jackson W, Tobias T, Ivy L, Callum L, Elizaveta K, Simon C, Mark B, Valentina W, Jed M, Hayden M, Thomas L, Jye R, Angus D, Usher P, Nathan W.
Meet the Teacher – Miss Emma Heine
A bit about yourself – and when and why did you come to Lakes Grammar?
I grew up in Sydney with my wonderful family and attended a Christian School where I developed a love of learning and was introduced to God and His love for me.
There are many things I enjoy doing. For starters, I love travelling for many different reasons. I enjoy exploring new places and learning about different customs and people within their cultures. The languages spoken are fascinating. I have explored many European countries, Canada, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Thailand and Australian towns and cities as well. I have travelled by myself for parts of my explorations, but it is always more fun to travel with my friends and family. There is still so much to explore!
I moved to Deniliquin for 1 year to teach as I wanted experience teaching in a rural setting. I was offered a permanent position at a Christian school there at the end of the first year and ultimately stayed on for 6 years. I loved the town where I developed strong relationships with people from within the school, Church and rugby communities. While I don’t entirely consider myself a sporty person I played volleyball for a few years and then Rugby 7s for the next few years in Deniliquin. While still living in Sydney before my move to the country, I was a Karate kid for a number of years. I attended weekly training with my dad (who is now a black tip) and progressed to a blue belt.
I moved to the Central Coast at the beginning of this year to be closer to family and because I knew that Lakes Grammar would be a school where I could be challenged in a larger school setting (my last school had 55 students from Kindergarten to Year 10). Working at Lakes Grammar has been a true answer to prayer and has been heavily guided by God. I am looking forward to what is in store for me in the future at Lakes.
What are you most looking forward to in your time here?
I have really enjoyed working as part of a bigger team alongside the Lakes Grammar staff and alongside others teaching the same year group as me. I enjoy working in partnership with families to cater to the individual needs of the children I teach. I am also looking forward to instilling a love of learning within my class from their first year of school so that they can build on this throughout their schooling and later life.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
I have many of these but I will narrow it down to 2 that I find encouraging and inspiring:
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What is something you’d like to achieve in the future?
I would like to be a part of more mission trips within Australia and in Africa. There is such a need for God in so many places and I want to be able to share Him with those in need. I have been to Thailand on a mission trip and have seen and been inspired by God at work in the hearts of so many people.
I would also like to continue travelling when I can to explore more of the world we live in. There is so much to see and explore!
Head of Junior School
Premier’s Reading Challenge
We now have over 130 students registered for the PRC 2018…a massive effort so far! Information and reading logs have all been sent home. If you require another note, they are available on PARENT LOUNGE. Instructions on how to complete the challenge are on the note. Registration 2018 is open until the end of May.
Students who complete the 2018 PRC in Semester 1 will also receive an Early Finisher’s Certificate and name tag. We already have 10 students already completed.
Also, don’t forget to also refer to our home page throughout the year for more information!
Our multi-sport event for girls and boys K – 6 is designed for all abilities and focuses on energy and effort rather than a child’s sporting ability. Children who attend Motiv8sports camps learn about teamwork and sportsmanship in an environment fuelled by gr8 leadership and constant motiv8tion. Children who attend Motiv8sports camps are treated like superstars. We take sport to a new level with our trademarked events including Big Dog Cricket, Vortex Gridiron, Street Hockey, Mega Matt Face Off, Ruckus just to name a few.
Motiv8sports programs encourage fun and participation - a sporting environment limited only by a child’s enthusiasm and imagination. Supervision and safety are vital ingredients to their success. Parents who have sent their children to a Motiv8sports event in the school holidays know their children are participating in more than just sport. They pride themselves on creating an environment fuelled by confidence, teamwork, respect and motivation. This 8-week program for K – 6 in Term 2 is the only time Motiv8sports Central Coast will be visiting Lakes Grammar after school in 2018.
Changes to the NSW HSC The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) have made a number of changes in recent years to the HSC. In summary the major changes have been:
Curriculum changes (commencing from Year 11 2018), where some courses have been rewritten, or new courses have been added. Also, Senior Science will no longer be offered by NESA after this year’s HSC.
Assessment changes (commencing from Year 11 2018), where the maximum number of assessments have been reduced to 3 tasks in Year 11 and only one of these is to be a formal exam.
The introduction of a minimum standard (commencing for students completing their HSC in 2020), where minimum literacy and numeracy standards are required to be reached in order to receive the HSC.
Changes of the wording from ‘Preliminary Year’ to ‘Year 11’ and ‘HSC Year’ to ‘Year 12’.
These changes mean, that from this year, there will no longer be a Half-Yearly Examination for Year 11. Further, with only 3 assessments, we have also looked at how we write reports for Year 11 and the only written examination will now be placed at the end of Year 11, in Term 3. From this year the Half-Yearly report for Year 11 will be replaced by two progress reports generated at the end of each term. A final, more comprehensive report will also be given at the end of Year 11 (which is usually sent in the first few weeks of Term 4).
The first progress report will become available during the first week of Term 2.
A huge thank you to our local Member of Parliament, Ms Emma McBride, who visited both our Junior and Senior Schools this week on Thursday to run a mock Parliament at each campus. I was able to visit our Commerce class in action as they debated the merits of banning homework.
Ms McBride walked our students through the parliamentary process as students debated and later voted on the bill. Out of interest, the bill was narrowly defeated after two members for the government crossed the floor, supporting an amendment for homework to remain in place.
Mr Ian Samways
On Wednesday, 11 April our Senior School and the Junior School celebrate Harmony Day where we will stop to consider all people and the notion that all people belong. This will be led by our Mental Health Advocacy Program Team and students will start to see information pop up around the school to remind them.
Don’t forget to wear some orange accessories!!
As Year 12 Half-yearly examinations begin and Year 11 face many assessments, a timely reminder of some mental health care tips:
Look after yourself
Your brain and body are closely connected – looking after your body has great benefits for your mind. Activities like sport, dance, walking or yoga can increase your performance by increasing oxygen to your brain. It’s also great at reducing tension from stress and school pressure.
Some stress can be useful in keeping us motivated – without it we would find it hard to stay awake! However, during Year 12, and especially during exam time, you may find your stress levels rising high into the ‘critical zone’, causing a dramatic decline in performance. Proven strategies for beating stress include:
Relaxation: smartphone apps like Smiling Mindcan help
Time management: try making a list of activities and prioritise
Connecting with others: talk about your worries, laugh, be positive!
Remember to be kind to yourself: take some time out to do the things you enjoy or help you maintain your wellbeing
Mrs Alison MacLarty
Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing
JUNIOR SPORTS NEWS
CIS Swimming Report On Thursday, 22 March a number of students attended the Primary CIS Swimming Carnival at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Homebush.
The team consisted of Ben Ruzicka, Marlon Buckland, Hannah Ruzicka, Giselle Simon, Miranda Feller, Ava McLeod, Jamie Seol and Elodie Jewell.
All students competed in an outstanding way and gave their all against some very fierce competition.
Congratulations again to all students and thanks to all parents who attended and supported the team.
Mr James Cantor
K-6 Sports Coordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Bill Turner Knockout Football Competition
On Tuesday, 27 March our boys and girls Under 15 Football teams travelled to Swansea to play out their Round 1 fixtures against Lake Munmorah High School. It was the first time that the two schools had met in this competition and nerves were high.
The girl’s team played first and quickly began to dominate through a blistering attack and rock solid defence. The final whistle blew seeing our girls win 6 -0 with standout players being Han Green up front and Kasey Young and Shannon Liddle in defence.
The boys followed shortly afterwards feeling some of the pressure of the girls dominant win. It wasn’t long though before the strong midfield pairing of Riley Phillips and Cameron McPhan would see the goals begin to flow. At full time Lakes Grammar boys were extremely proud of their 6-1 win in a strong and physical game.
All the players from both teams showed great sportsmanship and played well as a team. We now await to see who we play in Round 2. Thanks go to Sam McKechnie, Han Cox and Izaac Hucker for their time and efforts in an official capacity.
Rev’d Matt Shorten and Mrs Emma Briggs
WHOLE SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Lakes Grammar Netball Club
The 2018 season starts this Saturday, 7 April for our Lakes Grammar Netball Club. In 2018 the Club has 14 teams in the Wyong District Netball Association competition ranging from Net Set Go teams through to Ladies teams.
The Club is going into its 10th season this year and grows from strength-to-strength every year.
We wish all the girls good luck for the 2018 season and thank all of those involved behind the scenes and in the Club’s committee who keep the club running.
To keep updated on how our netball club is going check out Club’s Facebook page – Lakes Grammar Gems Netball Club.
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Online ordering is available for a wide range of school activities including canteen, events, fundraisers and more. To register or login to Flexischools visit flexischools.com.au.
Alinta Apparel is the supplier of our school uniform shop. Alinta operates directly from our school four days per week. For full details on opening times and prices visit lakes.nsw.edu.au/uniform-shop