Week 2, Term 3 2018



Welcome to Term 3 at Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School. This is the final term of school for our Year 12 students, who graduate on 28 September. They return after the October holidays to sit their HSC exams. Students in Design and Technology, Drama, Music and Visual Arts might be more stressed than some others this term as they work to complete their HSC major works, which are all due this term. Drama students will have a test run next Monday night; Visual Arts and Music will have theirs on 30 August. On top of that, all Year 12 students sit their Trial HSC exams in a couple of weeks.

In the last few days I have seen several of our graduates from earlier years and it was great to catch up with what they are doing now, including: working for a bank after completing a commerce degree, one currently studying civil engineering, another occupational therapy and still another studying industrial design and working for Sport and Rec in school camps. One of these students had called in to school to say hello and thank me for the reference I wrote him for a job, which apparently helped him to obtain the job. Our students have gone on to undertake many interesting degrees and careers since completing Year 12, while others have taken on apprenticeships or traineeships, or gone straight into a job.

Proposed China Trip

We hope to hold our first student trip to China in April next year. This will be open to students in Years 9-12 with first preference given to students studying Chinese. The maximum group size will be 20. The cost would be around $3,500 or a bit more. The itinerary will include Shanghai (including Disneyland), Xi’an (with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors, homestay and school visits) and Beijing (visiting the major sites in the city and the Great Wall). This week we sent to students in those year groups a letter asking for expressions of interest. If we have enough interest we will arrange an information evening in the near future.

Overseas visitors

We have a group of students from the Chinese city of Hangzhou spending two days with us on 7 and 8 August (without homestay) and a group of Korean students staying with us from 23 August to 3 September. Thank you to the parents who have offered to host the Korean students.


Well done to our Open Debating Team who have progressed to the HICES Quarter Final debate against Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, which is at Terranora near the Queensland border. We will fly our team to Gold Coast airport and they will be billeted overnight. Congratulations and best wishes to Aidan Munford, Elyse Hayhurst, Oliver Shedden, Jordan Stevens and their coach, Mrs Stibbard.

Congratulations to:

Ashley Pernecker of Year 8, who recently competed in some major athletics events in Canada. In one meet Ashley attained one silver and three bronze medals, while competing up an age level; in the other meet Ashley won two gold, breaking the meet record in the 1200m, a silver and a bronze, also while competing up an age level. In September Ashley competes in Las Vegas. Congratulations and best wishes, Ashley.

Mr Michael Hannah




K-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

HSC Trial Exams

Monday, 13 August – Friday, 24 August 2018

Junior School Author Visit

Friday, 10 August 2018

Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday, 13 August 2018

Junior School Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, 17 August – Thursday, 23 August 2018



I love a good story.  I love reading, watching movies, listening to well-crafted songs, but especially a story told to me in person that has a degree of importance to the teller.  It is like someone is showing you a glimpse of their soul and saying, “Do you see me?  Do you really see me?”  It is a real privilege to hear people’s stories and sometimes even be a part of their story.  Here we are in Term 3 again where our Year 12’s are having a chapter of their stories come to an onrushing conclusion.  Graduation will be on them quicker than seagulls on chips at the beach.  Our hope is that they may also experience something of God’s story through the person of Jesus during their time here at school, a story that they can come back to again and again in life.

The other day I had a visit from a Year 12 graduate of 2016.  It was fantastic to hear what they were up to, projects they were working on, studies undertaken and who else they were still in touch with.  As they told their story I was amazed at what they were achieving.  I still remember what they looked like back in 2009 when starting at our school in Year 5 and now here as an adult it was good to hear how the story was continuing.  It was such an uplifting experience.

The third year I was chaplain at Lakes Grammar, 2008, I had to do an intensive 400 hour hospital chaplaincy course called Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).  There were a bunch of us doing a combination of hospital visiting and both group and individual supervision sessions.  During these sessions we would have to present a pastoral conversation word for word as we remembered them and then have our reflection reviewed by everyone present.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in terms of learning.  As a result though I learnt how to actively listen to people’s stories.  As someone who was a really bad listener it has enriched my life immeasurably to be able to hear the layers within each person’s story.  If you are someone who has blessed me with a part of your story…thank you.  You have blessed me more than you know.  May you too be blessed with the treasures that are unveiled only as those around you share of themselves and you truly hear their voice. 

Campbell College in Belfast where the great story teller CS Lewis went to school in 1910.  He had an effect on that other story teller JK Rowling hence the statue.

Lakes Anglican: Position Vacant

Part time office administrator; Lakes Anglican, Kanwal.

The purpose of this role is to provide a single point of contact (SPC) for non-pastoral membership and congregational needs, support for ministers, ministries and leadership groups at Lakes Anglican Church.

Please visit our website at and follow the vacancy link for the position description.

Bless ya,





What is the NCCD? The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students. Each of the included students has been identified by a school team as receiving a reasonable adjustment to address a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the Act) (

Please click this link for the information

If you have any further questions please contact:

Kristy Gorham at the Senior School

Class Teacher at the Junior School


Lakes Anglican Church is holding their annual Art Exhibition from Friday, 7 September to Sunday, 9 September.

This is a great opportunity for our budding young students to have their work on display. Students from Kinder through to year 12 are more than welcome to enter.

The official closing date for entry is Friday, 17 August. The exhibition is also open to adult artists in the general public, so all are welcome to enter.

Please contact Mrs Hobden in the Senior School Art department if you have a student entry. Pay close attention to framing conditions and submission times as stated on the entry form. Good luck with your submission, there are also prizes to win.



Welcome back to Term 3. The staff team and I trust and hope that both you, and your children, had an enjoyable winter break together.

The term is already looking extremely busy.  We have many events and activities planned and only ten weeks to do them in!

Parent – Teacher Interviews

All parents should have received their children’s reports prior to the holidays. Whilst reports are an accurate record of performance they are not the most comprehensive way of communicating detailed information to families.  It is for this reason that I would encourage every family to attend Parent/Teacher Interviews. The second Parent/Teacher Interview session is being held on Tuesday, 7 August. The online bookings for Junior School parents will close on Monday at 6.00pm. Please ensure that you have booked appointment times to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher through Parent Lounge as soon as possible. 

Please remember that whilst these formal interviews give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher, you are most welcome, and encouraged, to speak with your child’s teacher at any other mutually convenient time throughout the year.

Book Character Parade

It was wonderful to welcome and catch up with so many parents and grandparents today at our Book Character Parade celebrations. The students looked splendid in their well-thought out and carefully prepared and designed costumes. The Parade was a most enjoyable part of the day and the joy on the students’ faces was obvious for all to see and enjoy. I would once again like to thank Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for their organisation of the day and the ongoing contribution that they make to our students and to our library. Particular thanks also go to our parents for your efforts in putting together a splendid array of costumes and for your support on the day.

IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 4 – 6 Choir sounds amazing and they enjoyed their rehearsal at Abbotsleigh on Wednesday, 1 August in preparation for the upcoming IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 15 August. The students are singing A Child of Song and This is Me from the Greatest Showman as well as practising a number of combined choir pieces that they will sing along with the other schools present on the evening. It promises to be a magical occasion again this year! Tickets for the evening are still available through Mr Feps, our JS Music Teacher. 

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 ‘Imagine and explore possibilities’ in Week 3 and ‘Tolerance’ in Week 4.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Ask the right questions in Week 1:

Jack V, Jude H, William T, Elyse C, Eden C, Lachlan L, Taivas H, Jack A, Ben R, Lachlan M, Dafne S, Carter D, Edward S, Hannah R, Hamilton D, Ravi F, Zack B, Lara G, Austin M, Usher-Takai P, Luke O.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Consideration in Week 2:

Jacob G, Ellie M, Jack K, Lachlan C, Karina J, Evie H, Sydney M, Tamika A, Jada W, Harrison W, Emma B, Milla H, Arini Y, Kenzie M, Sam C, Isabelle M, Jake F, Blake S, Scarlett K, Bethany B, Holly L.


Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge

We currently have 69 students who have completed the challenge. Well done to all! A reminder that the PRC 2018 finishes on 31/8/18. Please continue sending in completed logs until then.

Also, don’t forget to refer to our home page:

JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information on what is happening!

Term 3 Events

Term 3 is always a very busy time in the Junior School Library as we celebrate all things to do with Book Week. Once again, we are holding our biennial Book Parade.

On Friday, 10 August, we have a visiting author of award winning Australian Children’s books Deborah Abela, talking to Years 3-6 about the pleasures of being an author and concluding with a writer’s workshop for selected students.

On Wednesday, 29 August, K-2 will be having a fantastic performance that celebrates some of the shortlisted picture books from the CBCA 2018 competition.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will again be taking place during Book Week – more details to come next Newsletter.

All of these activities emphasise the importance of reading for pleasure and students are encouraged to support all that is planned. We look forward to an exciting term!

Declan Jones

A huge congratulations to Declan Jones of Year 1! Declan recently entered a competition where he had to write a Book Review in 10 words or less. He chose the Leigh Hobbs character ‘Old Tom’. The judges were very impressed with Declan’s efforts and for this he received a $100 gift voucher from Booktopia. On top of this, the Junior School Library also received a $100 gift voucher from Booktopia. Well done Declan!!

Library Helpers – Term 3

Congratulations to the following Year 6 students who have volunteered their time to help out in the JS Library at lunchtimes this term: Ava B, Jaydee L, Anu B, Tahlia M, Charlotte T and Jorja M.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Learn to be a chess champion!

Coaching for students at Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School is held on Tuesdays in room 1R from 8:00am to 8:40am.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment. Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games.

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.

If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from the school office, or email for a copy.

For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.


Both Trinity groups received a Distinction Grade! That's the highest grade.

Tahlia and Briella Moore got 94% overall for Grade 3 Acting with full marks for their devised improvisation based upon 'The Evacuees.' 

Noah and Giselle Simon also received top marks for their Grade 2 Acting exam!


School Drama Program Co-ordinator


Exciting new Term 3 rewards with a Super Savers theme are now available,
while stocks last!

Mighty Boom Handball

Heat Reactor Pencils

For every deposit made at school students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for exclusive School Banking reward items in recognition of their regular savings habits. There are two new items released each term so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and remember, School Banking day is every Thursday.




Our Senior Debating Team is off to the Gold Coast to compete in the State Semi-Final for the state wide HICES Debating Competition. We wish Oliver Shedden; Elyse Hayhurst; Jordan Stevens and Aidan Munford the best of luck in their debate on 16 August against Lindisfarne Anglican College at Tweed Heads.

Awards Ceremony

At the beginning of the term we held our Term 1 Awards Ceremony. It was wonderful to see so many of our students achieving and becoming involved in a diverse range of activities offered through the Cognito Program. We congratulate all our students on their involvement and achievements in:

  • Central Coast Chess Competition
  • Model United Nations Assembly
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition
  • NSW Youth Parliament
  • Lakes Vocal Ensemble

A special mention to the following students:


Aidan Munford – Best Debater in the Hunter Region in the Senior HICES Division Debating Competition

Jack Blackshaw – 3rd Best Debater in the Hunter Region in the Middle Division HICES Debating Competition

LAKES Middle Division Debating Team – HICES Competition

Kasey Young, Jack Blackshaw, Alex Voigt and Chloe Collins made it to the Regional Final for the State competition. Unfortunately, they were knocked out at this level but we congratulate the students for debating successfully in five debates to make it to this level.

Education Perfect – Online Language Competition

Congratulations to:

Adiba Ahmed – Top 2% of 330,000 students who competed across the world.

David Lewis and Ellie Rudder – Top 7% of 330,000 students who competed across the world.

Children’s University 

Our Year 7 and 8 students, who are involved in the University of Newcastle Children’s University Program, travelled to the University at the end of last term. The focus for the visit was to give the students a chance to try out different careers during the day. Students in the program have also enjoyed a learning time with Mr Hannah, where he informed them of his path to becoming a Principal.

Indigenous Insight Days – University of Newcastle

In June our Year 10 Indigenous students travelled with Mrs Rocks  to the University of Newcastle where they leart about pathways into University for Indigenous students. The day was facilitated through theWollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle which  is committed to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to make informed decisions involving their future educational pathways and career trajectories.”  

Our 7-9 Indigenous students have also been invited to take part in the iBelieve program, also run by the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle.  “This program is culturally designed to empower Year 7 - 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to make educated choices about their future aspirations and pathways.   Students will engage with cultural rich knowledge and a practical activity which helps to shape their unique identities and develop their personal skills to deal with challenge.”



Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning 


Lakes Grammar Visual Arts department is running Cognito Art Camp in September. This is a selective camp designed to give talented art students an opportunity to extend their skills and enhance their experience of the artmaking process. Students will experience Master Classes in painting and drawing under the tutelage of Peter Lankas, an accomplished professional artist. Students will be accommodated at picturesque, Glenrock Scout Camp located in the heart of Glenrock reserve, south of Newcastle. The camp will run from Monday, 3 September to Wednesday, 5 September. Please note that only 20 students will be able to attend this camp and selection will be on a first paid basis.

For applications please contact Mrs Hobden or Mr Langejans.





HRIS Athletics

We wish the Lakes Grammar Athletics team the best of luck as they compete at the HRIS Athletics Carnival (Division 1) in Glendale next Thursday. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


Oztag Gala Day

We wish the 5/6 boys and girls Oztag teams the best of luck as they compete in the Oztag Gala Day next Thursday at Adcock Park, West Gosford. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.

Paul Kelly Cup – AFL

We should all be proud of the boys who represented Lakes Grammar at the Paul Kelly Cup AFL Gala Day. With only 4 of 15 players who play AFL outside the school, we were able to be real contenders in our first ever attempt at an AFL tournament.
Our first game was against Ettalong Public School. The game was extremely close until we were able to kick a late goal to become winners in our first AFL game as a school, with the final score of 20-13.

Our second game was against previous Central Coast Division winners Terrigal Public School. The boys fought hard and were extremely unlucky that a few goals were disallowed for prior infringements. In the end we came up short with a final score of 16-9.
It was really pleasing to watch the boys work together as a team and play competitively against opposition who have been playing for many years. In one particular play, they were able to control the ball from end to end, like they had been playing for years - resulting in a goal. It capped off an amazing day.
Well done boys, you did yourselves, your coaches and the school proud.

Nathan Wenger (coach)

We also wish to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wenger for taking on this coaching role.



Lexi Russell

A big congratulations to Lexi Russell who competed at the Snowboard Championships in the School Holidays.

Lexi achieved an outstanding result for Lakes Grammar. In the two disciplines she competed in Boarder Cross, Lexi came in 2nd, achieving a silver medal. In the Giant slalom she placed 6th.

With these results, Lexi automatically qualifies for the NSW State Championships to be held in August. A fantastic effort Lexi. Well done!

Term 3 Tuesday Sport 3-6

Sport choices for Term 3 are now up and running. Cheerleading has also been added this term. If there are any questions, please see Mr Cantor.



Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

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. 



HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)

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.

Coming Up in Term 3 2018:

HRIS Football / Netball Gala Day – Tuesday 21/8

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator



NSW Allschools Cross country


Ashley Pernecker and Charlotte Akhurst both competed against students from all over NSW. Both girls ran very well and finished strongly. Charlotte finishing in the top 30 athletes of her age divisions.

HRIS Secondary Athletics

Our Secondary Athletics team competed in the Division 2 HRIS athletics championships on Monday. Our team competed extremely well, supported each other and conducted themselves with great sportsmanship. Many of our students performed exceptionally in their individual disciplines and we finished 3rd overall and also taking out the 14 Girls Age championship. Full results will be published in the next newsletter.

Central Coast OzTag Gala day

Teams have been selected to compete in the Central Coast OzTag All Schools gala days. Our Year 7/8 teams competed on Thursday, 2 August and our 9/10 & Open teams will compete on Tuesday,7 August.

NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s Gala Day

Our 16s side will compete on Monday, 6 August and our 13s, Opens and girls side will compete on Monday, 20 August.

HRIS Basketball Gala Day

Our 15s boys and girls teams will compete in these championships on Wednesday, 15 August.


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator



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