Week 2, Term 4 2016



New playing courts in Senior School
You may have noticed the construction work occurring next to the hall. We are building extra playing courts there a half-court basketball and half-court netball. This has been very generously supported by the P&F which has contributed $60,000 towards the cost. Every P&F fundraising venture helps the school in its goal of improving facilities for our students. Thank you to all the P&F members who have worked hard to raise funds that ultimately go to benefit our students – your children.

Spring Fair – 29 October

The Spring Fair/Open Day is only a week away now. It is the next big fundraiser so I encourage all to come along and participate, supporting your child’s school and the P&F. The Spring Fair Co-ordinators have been doing a tremendous job to organise so much but we rely on many parents to be willing to help on the day. See other information in this Newsletter and ones previously sent to find out how you can help.


Our students began their HSC examinations this week. The first English paper was hard and contained a surprise for all across the state. Otherwise all is going well. We wish our students (and their parents!) well at this stressful time and pray that they will all be able to put their best into completing the exams.

China exchange

In the first week of the holidays I went to China, with a small group of other Principals, by invitation of the Hangzhou Education Bureau. We visited Shanghai and Hangzhou. We presented at a Principals’ Forum on how we are improving education in our schools and we established sister school relationships. Our sister school is Hangzhou Xue Jun High School. This is a school for Years 10-12 students. They have a new campus built for 2000 and the original campus is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The new campus has an incredible array of technological and sporting facilities, including a TV recording studio. I visited a class in the old campus that had 47 students. No teacher was in the room but the students were all silently working! Maybe that’s why they are ahead of Australia in the PISA rankings? Perhaps from next year we will be seeing exchange visits happening, in both directions.

Congratulations to…

Callum Marsh of Year 6, who has been selected for the Hunter Institute of Sport sailing program.

Liam Lightfoot of Year 5 OC, who gained the highest score in the Central Coast district of the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics competition.

Ellie Rudder of Year 6. During the holidays Ellie competed in the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships where she was placed 2nd in Australia (just 1 point behind the winner) in her event the Primary Show Hunter Ridden Championship. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done Ellie!

Ashley Pernecker of Year 6 and Dylan Coyte of Year 5 both ran at the recent NSW Primary Schools Sports Association Athletics Championships. Well done to Dylan for placing 5th in 200m. And congratulations to Ashley who came 3rd in 800m (receiving a bronze medal). Ashley will now compete at the School Sport Australia (SSA) Track and Field Championships. We wish Ashley all the best.

Mr Michael Hannah




Carols by Candlelight
Friday, 2 December

School Hall

From 6:00pm with concert starting at 7:00pm

Kindergarten Information Night
We have our 2018 Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 5.00pm in our School Hall (located at our Senior Campus).  This session will outline expectations of students looking at enrolment at Lakes Grammar in Kindergarten in 2018 as well as outlining our Kindergarten enrolment process.  If you have a child ready to start school in 2018 or know of anyone who does and would like to take the next step in finding out more about Kindergarten at Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School please call our Registrar, Racquel Jolly on 4393 4111 or email to RSVP.




Matt’s Mutterings
Every year at Lakes Grammar in Term 4 we explore the Christmas story in our chapel time on Thursdays.  This year in Senior School we are focusing on the surprises that occur in the story, those unpredictable moments that show God’s loving, gracious and caring nature. Each week there will be a surprise during chapel where something unexpected will happen and hopefully remain etched on the student’s hearts and minds. I know that some students have heard these Bible stories many times, but I am hoping that they may be surprised by learning something new.

As I type this there are only 68 days until Christmas day and when you read it even less.  Each year Christmas rolls around and it is very easy to simply just go through the motions rather than expecting something to surprise us in a good way.  Perhaps one of the reasons we retell the Christmas story in Church is that we discover each year something about God’s grace that we missed the year before.  I know for me that I find a different aspect of the story will touch my heart each year.  One year it will be the courage of Mary in believing the impossible or Joseph for choosing to respond to a message in a dream.  Or the shepherds who left their livelihood on the hills to go and see this strange sight of a baby in a feed trough.

My encouragement to you all this term is to grab a Bible app on your phone and read the Christmas stories.  You can find them in the book of Matthew, Chapters 1 and 2 and Luke Chapters 1 and 2.  Each book offers a different perspective on God entering the world as a little baby, vulnerable and dependant on humanity.  And as you read these stories I pray that you will be surprised by how much you sense that God loves you and came to walk this earth so that you could know him personally.  May this term be filled with wonderful surprises and blessings for you and your family!

Bless ya

Matt Shorten





Spring Fair / Open Day is one of our biggest events on the school calendar and this year the event is jam packed with activities. We are excited to be re-introducing Kaleidoscope as part of Spring Fair / Open Day with each Senior School faculty on display either in the School Hall or running an interactive activity in their rooms. Night at Museum will be back on display in the Library, an Art Exhibition will line C-Block corridor and our talented music students will offer great live entertainment.  Junior School will have a Robotics display taking place and Coding Club will have student coded games running on computers for event attendees to enjoy. This year the event offers Pony rides and Helicopter rides as well as a huge array of carnival rides lining the school oval. And for those who want to kick start the day with some exercise our sporting clubs are hosting a 1km and 5km Fun Run at 8:00am before the Spring Fair commences at 10:00am. See you next Saturday (29 October) for a massive day of family fun that brings our whole school community together. Of course if you can contribute ½ hour of your time to help make the day a huge success please see the link below to volunteer online.


Year Group stall allocations

We seek your assistance to help make our event a success. To assist with your child’s assigned activity, visit and simply pick the timeslot that best suits you.                   

Kinder                        Lolly stall

Year 1                        Crazy Camel stall

Year 2                        Lucky Dip stall

Year 3                        Showbag stall

Year 4                        Cupcake decorating stall

Year 5                        Cake Stall

Year 6 & OC               Temporary tattoos & Face painting stall

Year 7                        Ticket Booth

Year 8                        Canteen

Year 9                        Nachos from Canteen

Year 10                      BBQ

Year 11                      Parking

Unlimited Ride Passes now on sale

All day ride passes are $35 if purchased before the day and $40 on the day. Second and subsequent passes $30 per pass for pre-paid and $35 on the day.

Rides include:

Dodgem Cars

Cup ‘n’ Saucer

Rocking Tug

Chair ‘o’ Plane

Fibreglass Mega Slide

Zorb Balls

Adrenalin Rush Extreme

Big Pink Funhouse

Jumping Castle


Click here to buy your pass online. Pre-paid ride passes can be collected from the Ticket Booth on the day.

Spring Fair Monster Cash Raffle

Our Monster Cash Raffle is offering a massive cash prize:  First Prize $1,500, 2nd prize $1,000 and 3rd prize $500. Winners will be drawn at the Fair. Raffle ticket books need to be returned to school by Wednesday, 28 October. Spare books are available at both receptions for those who are able to sell extras.  Thank you for your support of this major fundraising event.

1km and 5km Community Fun Run

A community Fun Run will kick start the Spring Fair Open Day. The race starts at 8:00am with rego from 7:00am in the Junior School.

It’s a cross country course around the campus surrounding bushland. Join in the fun and then stick around afterwards for a BBQ and the Spring Fair.

Entry from available from the Spring Fair page on the school website under events. Thank you to our Athletics, Netball, Snowsports and Equestrian Clubs, as well as our PDHPE Faculty, for hosting this event.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the generous support of our event sponsors

Platinum Sponsor 

Gold Sponsor 

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor 

Event Supporters

The Property Market

Mingara Recretation Club

Edwards Family Butchers

Gwandalan Cellars




Year 4 Camp
Our Year 4 students really enjoyed themselves at their camp at Morisset last week, challenging themselves to reach and achieve new goals and forming deeper friendships within their year group. The boys and girls had a fantastic time on all of the activities which included the giant swing, archery, flying fox, canoeing and high ropes, to name just a few! The camp staff commended the enthusiasm, manners and positive behaviour of our students and the great teamwork of our teachers! Thanks to Mrs Jobe-Parker for her organisation of the camp and to Mr Johns, Mrs Sharpe, Peter, Ms Nugent and Mr Price for their efforts in helping the camp to run so smoothly and enjoyably.


Three of our Year 5 students, Baden Walmsley, Cameron Taragel and Will Burton asked earlier in the year if they could conduct a fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease. The boys planned a presentation to raise awareness with our Junior School students at assembly about the nature of MND, contacted the MND foundation and arranged a fundraising raffle. They obtained raffle prizes and sold tickets. They also sold MND merchandise. The boys were able to raise over $1000 to donate to the MND foundation to support further research. In recognition of their achievements, the boys have been awarded a Social Issues Commendation by IPSHA, which is a high honour indeed. Congratulations to the boys on their altruistic efforts!

Kasey Young of Year 6 has been offered a place in the Central Coast Mariners Academy League team for 2017. It is pleasing to see Kasey’s hard work and dedication pay off in this regard and we wish her the best in her endeavours.

Sebastian Araneta has accepted an offer to play for Valentine FC, a National Premier League Team under the banner of the Northern NSW Football Association for next year’s season. Well done to Sebastian on this achievement! Our best wishes go with him for this experience next season.

Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to all of our students who participated this year, and particularly to Liam Lightfoot of Year 5. We have received the news that Liam has won the Central Coast District Award in this competition and will receive his prize with other major prize winners from across the region at a special ceremony on Wednesday, 2 November at Hunter Stadium.


The Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) is an incorporated body of Heads of Independent Primary Schools throughout Australia. It provides professional support for its members and their teachers through ongoing learning opportunities and collegiality. IPSHA has the capacity to organise numerous educational, cultural, spiritual and sporting events for children in its schools.

This year, our students have benefited from participating in the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall, the IPSHA Travelling Art Show, IPSHA Debating and Public Speaking and the IPSHA Social Issues Commendations. Every second year, IPSHA also conducts a Social Issues Expo at the King’s School which our students regularly attend. The Association has also been helpful in assisting us to build a number of sporting connections.

A number of our teachers and I are able to attend professional development organised by IPSHA each term in a range of areas including Music, ICT, Teacher-Librarianship, Student Wellbeing and Curriculum.

Recently, I was privileged to be elected by my peers in IPSHA to the role of President-Elect of the NSW Branch. I will serve in this role for the next two years and then as President of the Branch for the

following two. My role at Lakes Grammar will remain unchanged during this time – but my weekends will be a little busier!

IPSHA Study Tour to Ontario, Canada

It was a privilege to be able to travel to Toronto, in Ontario, Canada with a number of my IPSHA colleagues during the recent school holidays to work with the Ontario Principals’ Council and to visit a number of elementary schools across the city.

Ontario is an innovative province, well known for being at the ‘cutting edge’ of educational thinking. It has also been recognized in international reports and assessments as a high-performing province which has significantly improved the quality of student achievement over the past decade.

Our professional development and school visits focused on the way that we can empower our teaching teams to work more closely as professional learning communities to closely analyse individual student achievement and to implement highly effective and research-based strategies in the classroom to assist students in consistently moving forward to the next phase or steps of their learning.

We were also able to explore the initiatives that a range of schools have in place for STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as teacher mentoring and a range of student wellbeing programs.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the generous support of IPSHA in assisting me to be able to participate in the Study Tour at no cost to the school. It has been a time of valuable learning and sharing with a number of my experienced colleagues and I look forward to being able to use some of the positive ideas and strategies from the trip at Lakes Grammar.


Meet the Teacher – Mrs Jodie Sharpe

A bit about yourself- and when and why did you come to Lakes Grammar?

I started at Lakes Grammar midway through Term 3 this year. My husband and I moved to the Central Coast from Sydney in January this year and I was keen to find work closer to home.  I’m so glad that I was invited to become part of the Lakes community – I am really enjoying getting to know students, staff and parents.


What are you most looking forward to in your time here?

I am looking forward to being part of the learning journey of the students here at Lakes Grammar.  I am passionate about education and look forward to sharing my love of learning with my students.


What is your favourite Bible verse?

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This verse reminds me that God gives me the strength for everything I do.


What is something you'd like to achieve in the future?

To never stop learning and refining my practice as a teacher.  I want to continue to grow and develop in my teaching to achieve the best outcomes for my students.

Pride in Excellence Morning Tea

Well done to the boys and girls who were able to attend the Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns and myself towards the end of last term. It is great to recognise the achievement and involvement of these students in all areas of our school life. I commend them for the high

standard that they have achieved and for ‘having a go’ at the different opportunities on offer in our Junior School.

Callum Thomas, Tobias Thornley, Ethan Baxendale, Ivy Lewis, Chase Rashford, Tamika Allen, Oscar Stewart, Addison Kowaliw, Jai Waldon, Lilah Flood, Carter Thomas, Claire Hennessy, Samuel Colquhoun, Ava McLeod, Mark Borodin, Briella Moore, Kai Berton, Isabella Matri, Mitchell Curry, Jessica Olivieri, Charlie Hammett, Amelia Collins, Thomas Holland, Milla Feeney, Kai Garvey, Lara Humphries, Liam Wallace, Jessie Leon, Jaxon Morales-Goncalves, Mackensie Roffey, Lachlan Baxendale, Caitlin Mahoney, William Burton, Emerson Goodenough, Dylan Inwood, Brooke Shorten, Lachlan Murray, Lisa Gauslaa, Oliver Walsh, Ellen Champley.

EAAA UNSW Competition Results

ICAS English Competition

  • Distinction (next 10% of students) – Hamilton Dobson, Briella Moore, Mitchell Curry, Sivani Yellamaraju, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Noah Simon, Alyvia Slade, Charlotte Toohey, Jessica Gardiner.
  • Credit (next 25% of students) – Arini Yellamaraju, Douglas Ruzicka, Alyce Hokin, Vaughn Peachey, Phoebe Talbut, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Lily Rooney, Yalkin Shevket, Nathan Wilson, Charlotte Dobson, Raphael Dunn, Noah Flower, Liam Lightfoot, Brooke Shorten, Sebastian Araneta, Jackson Blackshaw, Kiarna Elliott, Blair Evans, Emma Florimo, Dylan Inwood, Alexander Voigt, Wyatt Williams 
  • Merit (next 10% of students) – Amelia Collins, Zaina Wadud, Tahlia Moore, Zoila Owais, Tia Palu, Lara Chapman.

ICAS Mathematics Competition

  • High Distinction (top 1% of students) – Noah Simon
  • Distinction (next 10% of students) – Abigail Brown, Hamilton Dobson, Mitchell Curry, Ailey van Meeteren, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Zoila Owais.
  • Credit (next 25% of students) – Max Adams, Harsameep Kaur, Briella Moore, Arini Yellamaraju, Douglas Ruzicka, Thomas Anderson, Jake Freeman, Lawson Lao, Phoebe Talbut, Yalkin Shevket, Nathan Wilson, Chloe Collins, Charlotte Dobson, Liam Lightfoot, Kani Lukuta, Tia Palu.

Merit (next 10% of students) – Lexi Mulholland, Ella Williams, Ashley Inwood, Zaina Wadud, Raphael Dunn.

Lakes Grammar Habits

Well done to the boys and girls for embracing our Lakes Grammar Habits of the Week.

Coming up we are looking at ‘Make links (with prior learning – look for connections and patterns)’ in Week 9 and ‘No hat, no play’ in Week 10. 

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Making Links with Prior Learning in Term 3, Week 9:

Tyler Moore, Angelina Amorin, Alexander Hammett, Fletcher Pigot-Irving, Marlon Buckland, Gemma Rooke, Dexter Rodak, Lara Bowly, Porshia Hopman, Taj Buckland, Nicholas Squires, Hunter Lindley, Noah Simon, Charlotte Toohey, Kennan Wallace, Raphael Dunn, Ethan Eshman, Lisa Gauslaa, Isaac Robinson, Alexander Voigt.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of wearing a hat outside in Term 3, Week 10:

Jada Whitmore, Savannah Middleton, Joseph Talbut, Stone Pitzner, Nate Weary, Tyler Gleed, Sam Wishart, Jack Heinzel, Isaac Raica, Sophie Langford, Isaac Deakes, Daniel Foreman, Matthew Corcoran, Austin Murray, Boyd Rumbel, Jasmine Haydon, Evren Kulak, Lachlan Murray, Oliver Walsh, Kani Lukuta.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of persevering when learning gets hard in Term 4, Week 1:

Kaella Doyle-Michaels, Isabelle Garner, Andrew Matri, Cassidy Garvey, Kaidyn Hutton, Lincoln Riley, Luke Burton, Kenzie Millsteed, Thomas Lamphee, Thomas Pearson, Isabelle Christofferson, Jorja Marino, Lisa Gauslaa, Zoe Sawers.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of forgiveness in Term 4, Week 2:

Ellena McGarry, Taivas Harding, Tamika Allen, Ryan Jones, Josie Bogle, Kyla Gray, Zac Barton, Kai Berton, Maleah Elliott, Tyler Gleed, Claudia Alcock, Ashton Croft, Kai Schwebel, Kiarna Elliott.

Ulimiliko Awards

Completed Ulimiliko cards should be handed in to Mr Wallace by Friday, 28 October (Friday Term 4, Week 3) in order for these to be processed in time for Speech Day.

Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School




Lakes Grammar invited 13 students from Years 7-10 to compete in the UNSW Global ICAS Mathematics Competition. This is a difficult test that was attempted by thousands of students from around Australia and overseas. From our 13 participants we received 6 Credit Certificates for scoring in the top 25% of all Australian entries. Jensen Schramko received a Distinction for scoring in the top 3% of all Australian entries and Theodore Brown and Robert Macdonald received High Distinctions for scores in the top 1% of all Year 7 and 9 students respectively. Congratulations to all our students who attempted this competition.

Mr Jason Benn

Mathematics Teacher



Jobs will be appearing on the Facebook page of Lakes Grammar Careers.  Please refer to the website:

Apart from apprenticeships there could be Christmas casual work appearing. So please check the Facebook page and website for details. Please be aware mobile phones cannot always access these sites.

All students from Year 9-12 should ensure they are registered in the student secure area of the website.

Good luck to Year 12 who are taking their HSC Examinations. 

Mrs Cathy James

Career Advisor




Equestrian Team 
Welcome back to Term 4. We have had some great results come in from our Lakes Equestrian Team recently. Ellie Rudder competed at the National Equestrian Australia Interschool Championships in the first week of the holidays at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Ellie competed in the Primary School Show Hunter division with great success. She placed in each area and was second in her show Hunter Hack on her horse Farleigh Calypso. There were teams competing from every state and territory. Ellie is to be commended for her excellent effort achievement.


Last weekend Claudia Fuerschke and Paige Lindley both competed at the Interschool Equestrian Extravaganza at Tamworth at the amazing Equestrian facility there. Paige competed in the under 8 classes for the gymkhana and placed first in her age class, rider class and pairs. Paige was the youngest by far as she is not 7 until February next year. Claudia competed in the Eventing and we look forward to hearing her results.

There is one more upcoming event for Equestrian Interschools. Maitland Horse Sports have rescheduled for the 15 November. Entries close on the 4 November, so if you would like to attend, please contact Ms Jobe-Parker or Ms Mellare.

Mrs Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Team Co-ordinator



Year 5/6 Girls Soccer Friendly v Avondale School

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 girls who will represent our school at a friendly against Avondale School on the Junior School oval on Tuesday, 25 October. The event was held last year and it is wonderful to see an opportunity for the girls to showcase their skills and sportsmanship.

PSSA Athletics

Congratulations to Ashley Pernecker and Dylan Coyte who recently made the PSSA Athletics event to be held at Homebush on Wednesday, 19 and 20 October. A more detailed report will be available next Newsletter.

HRIS Tennis

The boys made a slow start, especially Austin who came straight from camp, he played better as the day went on.

In the Round Robin they both finished second on their card only losing one match each.

Lachlan Murray in Year 6 and Austin Murray in Year 4 progressed as far the quarter finals and both came off with some minor injuries and a bit disappointed they didn’t get through to the semi-finals.

Now to prepare for the School Boys and School Girls tournament next month.

Thanks for supporting their tennis participation.

(Tony Murray)

Milo T20 Cricket

Congratulations to the Year 3/4 cricket boys who will be representing Lakes Grammar on Wednesday, 26 October at Jubilee Oval, Long Jetty. We wish them well on the day. Thank you to Mr Cantor for organising this event.

Athletics Club

A reminder that Lakes Grammar Athletics Club started on Wednesday, 19 October. See Mr Crumbley for any further information.

HRIS Chess

Once again we have entered the HRIS Chess tournament to be held at Avondale School. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter. Thank you to Mr Crumbley for his hard work and commitment with our chess participants


Swimming Program Term 4

A reminder that Years 3-6 swimming starts at YMCA this Friday at Tuggerah for 6 weeks. All notes should have been returned by now with all the details.

Years K-2 will have their intensive days in weeks 6 and 7 of this term.

Mr D Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator



Cricket season is underway and we have held trails for our school cricket teams already. We were fortunate to have received a forfeit in the Wiburb Shield (u15’s) and are due to play Calrossy Anglican School on 28 November. Mr Maslen and Grant Robertson in Year 12 are coaching. Grant is currently playing first Grade for Wyong.



We have four girls who will represent the school at the AICES Surfing championships on Thursday, 17 November at Cronulla Beach. Whitney Akhurst, Charlotte Akhurst, Samantha Livingstone and Skye Collier form the team and we wish them every success on the day.

Touch Football

HRIS Touch Football gala days are coming up this term. The 15’s gala day will be held on 27 October and the Open’s gala day will be held on the 8 November. A permission note will be handed out to those students who have been selected in our school teams soon.


A friendly soccer match will be held on the 25 October against Avondale High school. This game will involve selected Year 7/8 girls.

Water Polo

We have an under 16’s girls Water Polo team who will compete at the AICES water Polo championships on Thursday, 27 October.

All Schools Athletics

We had a number of our students compete at the NSW All Schools Athletic Championships and results will be published next newsletter

Other Sports News

Four Lakes girls, Heidi Green, Han Green, Shannon Liddle and Rhiannon Radcliff all represented the Central Coast at Tamworth at the Country Championships held in the holidays.  Their team “NewCoasters (Central Coast)” came 3rd overall.  Han was selected at this carnival to then play in the State Challenge, which was held in Campbelltown. A very tough comp, with the best under 15s players from all over the State.  Han was selected in the NSW side from these championships and her team “Country Thunder” came 2nd.


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator



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