Week 4, Term 3 2018



Welcoming diversity

Over the last two weeks we have had visitors from China and South Korea, and next week we will have more visitors from South Korea who will stay for two weeks. Our Junior School Lakes Grammar Habit for this week has been, “Welcoming diversity”. We have a diverse school community with families from quite a few different countries and different religions, so with different customs and different physical looks. Hosting others who are visiting our country simply adds to the rich mix of cultures our students are able to experience. Welcoming diversity means we recognise the positive value in difference, in a community that consists of a variety of different kinds of people. We believe that personal experience of “the other” breaks down barriers of ignorance and even fear. And we believe that God has created all people in his image, as it says in Genesis, and therefore of equal value. As a Christian school, we believe that God has shown us how we can be his friends by being followers of Jesus, so that is what we teach in Christian Studies and celebrate in Chapel. And because we are a Christian school we welcome all, regardless of background, and treat all with equal respect.

I thank the families who have offered to open their homes to our Korean visitors as this is the only way we can enjoy this more extended cultural experience, for our own students and for our visitors.

Proposed China Trip 2019

I remind you that we have sent a letter to students in Years 8-11 inviting expressions of interest in a trip to China in April next year. Please return the slip to the Senior School office if you would like to find out more.

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair opens on Monday in the Junior School Library. This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your children’s reading interests. All purchases also result in us being able to increase the number of books in our library. Thank you to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for your work to set up and run the book fair every year

Breaking News: Senior debating

On Thursday our Senior debating team competed against Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School at Terranora, near Coolangatta, and won! The topics was “Innovation is not possible without government funding” and we took the affirmative.

This was the Quarter final of the HICES debating competition. We now progress to the Semi-Final and fingers crossed with make it to the Grand Final.

Mr Michael Hannah




Junior School Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, 17 August – Thursday, 23 August 2018

Junior School Library

Fathers’ Day stall

Thursday, 30 August

All gifts $5.00 via flexischools or cash on the day

Fathers’ Day breakfast

Friday, 31 August

From 7:30am

Place your orders now via flexischools or directly with the canteen.

P&F Trivia Night

Saturday, 8 September

From 7:00pm in the School Hall

Tickets $100 for table of 10 or $12 per individual ticket. On sale now via flexischools.

Babysitting available on the night for $5 per child so come and enjoy a great social night.

Night at the Museum

Thursday, 13 September

6.00pm – 7.30pm

Senior School Library



Matt’s Mutterings

Recently Pete and I attended the Anglican Schools Australia annual conference in Sydney.  It is a conference for principals, chaplains, those in school governance, religious studies teachers and emerging leaders.  This year’s theme was Deep Peace and over the course of 3 days we explored what that might look like through a multitude of lenses.  For me, the standout message came from a lady called Dr Kerry Howells who spoke to us of the significance of gratitude.  Her presentation challenged all of us who were in leadership in schools to let go of any resentments and prepare for our classrooms and/or workplaces with gratitude.  Her studies had revealed the massive impact that this would have on our students’ learning capabilities.

It struck me that when I have an “attitude of gratitude” I am focused in a positive mindset.  Those around me will sense that and peace is the wonderful bi-product of this attitude.  Resentment on the other hand will see me churning away in negativity which will infect the people around me.  This resentment actually causes an interruption in students’ ability to learn.  My attitude in class or in chapel is the biggest factor affecting successful learning and growth.  So as an educator it pays to prepare for class by being thankful for the students we are blessed with, that is, have an attitude of gratitude.

Now this can be as simple as greeting people with genuine warmth as they come to class.  It could be a gentle encouraging word during class, a smile across the room or a kind word that says, “I notice you and I am thankful for you.”  The bottom line is that it takes intent and preparation.  Having gratitude front and centre helps strengthen relationships.  I know that when someone is grateful for me that I want to be around them.  So I ask you, can you join me in having an attitude of gratitude.  See if you can notice the difference in the people around you when you choose to let go of resentment and embrace gratitude.  I think you will be truly amazed.

The view from our welcome reception at the annual Anglican Schools Australia conference 2018…I certainly had an “attitude of gratitude” this night!

Bless ya,





IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 4, 5 and 6 Choir students entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival on Wednesday 15 August. The boys and girls sung some wonderful pieces – ‘Child of Song’ and ‘This is Me’.

A number of our students also joined the Combined Schools Concert Band on the evening, performing ‘Clowning Around’ and ‘The Crossings’ whilst all of  the boys and girls concluded the night through participating in a combined choir of over 300 students with the other seven schools participating on the evening, singing the pieces ‘Enjoy the Storm’ and ‘Terra Australis’. 

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents and grandparents for your support of the evening and to Mr Feps, Mrs Whitwell, Mrs Livette and Ms Nugent for your thorough preparation of the items. Well done to the boys and girls involved and thank you for representing our school with pride. You should be proud of your accomplishments and the dedication of time and effort you spent rehearsing in the lead up to this event


Congratulations to the Junior School students involved in Robocup, who recently participated in the Regional Finals. In the Novice Rescue competition,  Noah Simon and Yalkin Shevket placed 9th out of over 30 teams in Novice Rescue, just out of the top 8 finalists whilst Jerome Dagang, Gianni Williams and Tyson McLeod finished 24th.

Diluk Adikarim, Rohith Srivanas, Nathan Wilson and Finlay Pigot-Irving placed in the top ten finalists of Novice On Stage competition, whilst Mikayla Beasley, Valentina Williams, Evie Challinor-Renfrey and Giselle Simon placed 18th – both  great achievements as there were over 40 teams in total in this division.
There were over 460 competitors according to the organisers, the biggest competition to date. 

All the teams are to be commended on their tenacity, persistence and good sportsmanship. They now have two weeks until the State competition to try to tweak their programming and improve their performances! Our thanks go to Mrs Jobe-Parker for her efforts in training the teams.



Our HICES Debating team of Noah Simon, Diluk Adikarim, Tahlia Moore and Yalkin Shevket, competed this week in the Quarter Finals against Central Coast Grammar School in this statewide debating competition for independent schools. Although putting in a stellar effort, our team lost the debate. Congratulations to the team on reaching this level.

Thanks to Mrs Holland for her ongoing efforts with the team.

Deborah Abela Visit

Junior School students were privileged to have the acclaimed author Deborah Abela visit last Friday 10 August. The children were entertained with recounts from Deborah’s life that informed the many books that she has written during her writer presentation to Years 3 – 6. The students who attended the writer’s workshop with Deborah in the afternoon were intrigued by her ‘unpacking’ of the writing process and the publication of a book. Deborah was highly complimentary of our students, observing that the students in the presentation sessions “had so many questions and I could have worked all day, easily, with the writing workshop. The boys and girls all threw themselves in so wholeheartedly, which was a pure delight to see ...and they wrote so well in such a short time”. Our thanks go to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for their organisation of this event as it was very entertaining and well enjoyed by all!


Lakes Grammar Equestrian

Lakes Grammar hosted its annual Equestrian Day on Monday 6 August at Morisset Showground. With over 100 competitors attending, our Junior School students did particularly well to win the Champion Junior School Team trophy on the day. It was enjoyable being out in the sunshine and seeing the students competing on their horses and enjoying the experience. Our gratitude goes to Cynthia and Sandy Jobe-Parker and their girls for their organisation of the day and to Mr Cantor, Mr Beecroft, Mrs Shepherd and our Senior School PASS students for their support of the day.

Peer Support

We commenced our Peer Support lessons this week under Ms LeRay’s valuable leadership! The entire Junior School participates in Peer Support for 30 minutes each week this term. Two Peer Leaders from Year 6 facilitate a group of about 10 younger students from across Kindergarten to Year 5, who work together through a number of structured activities. Each teacher will supervise two groups in their classroom. Our thanks to Ms LeRay for her leadership of this valuable program!

National Science Week

Hot on the heels of Book Week, Lakes Grammar students celebrated National Science Week this week. The students have enjoyed a special Science experiment in class with their teachers this week, whilst a group of Year 6 students were able to travel to the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus, to participate in two Science demonstrations and shows there. My thanks to each of our teachers, along with Miss Bennet and Mrs Huggett for their organisation of these events.

Korean Visit

It was a delight to welcome students from one of the South Korean schools in Busan that we have partnered with. Mr Hannah was able to visit earlier this year and this week the students were able to reciprocate by visiting Lakes Grammar for a day, spending time in the Year 4, 5 and 6 classrooms. After lunch, the Junior School were treated to a special assembly with many interesting and entertaining items from the Korean students including a traditional fan dance, cup stacking and taekwondo.

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 ‘Reasoning well’ in Week 5 and ‘What to do if I feel sad or angry’ in Week 6.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Imagining and exploring possibilities  in Week 3:

Max S, Marcus C, Ty T, Isabella T, Jackson P, Isabella F, Tyler M, Jake L, Josie W, Marlon B, Emma B, Kane M, Eli H, Josef A, Nicholas S, Payton F, Cooper F, Siobhan M, Isobel W, Diluk A.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Welcoming diversity in Week 4:

Evie P, Noah H, Cheyanne R, Karina J, Samantha M, Alexander B, Vaishi S, Lauren P, Mia S, Ayva B, Charles C, Jai W, Isabella M, Lexi M, Hayley O, Zeb C, Thomas L, Ava B, Harry C, Yalkin S.


Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


We currently have 85 students who have completed the challenge. Well done to all! A reminder that the PRC finishes on Friday, 31 August. Please continue sending in completed logs until then.

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

and the JS Library BLOG:

throughout the year for more information on what is happening!

Book Parade

A fantastic day was had by all on Friday, 3 August at our Book Parade. We were blessed with sunshine and all who participated, enjoyed the parade. As usual, there were some outstanding fiction book character costumes from Willy Wonka to Where’s Wally, from Super Heroes to Disney Princesses.

The whole purpose of Book Week and the Book Parade is to encourage and celebrate reading for pleasure. It is such an important message to be ‘lost in a book’. After all, the theme for Book Week this year is ‘Find Your Treasure’.

A big thank you to all the parents who helped celebrate including canteen staff and teachers for their wonderful support too. We look forward to hosting it again in 2020.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair is on again next week. It is always a great fundraiser for our JS Library. Please make note of the following times:

Monday, 20 August – Thursday, 23 August

Opening hours are:

8:30am – 3:30pm (Mon-Wed)

8:30am – 2pm (Thurs)

Strictly no sales after 2pm on Thursday 23rd

Please note that we cannot accept online orders after 2pm Thursday 23rd August either


Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela visited our Year 3-6 students last Friday, 10 August. She inspired students about being an author and gave some hints and tips about writing creatively. We have many of her books in the JS Library including Grimsdon, Max Remy series and Ghost Club series to name a few.

Deborah complimented our students on their behaviour, enthusiasm and willingness to ask questions. We thank her for her time.

K-2 will be involved in the Perform Education production of 2018 Treasure Hunt on Wednesday , 29 August.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian






We would like to congratulate our Senior Debating Team who has won the State HICES Senior debating Semi-Final at Lindisfarne Anglican College at Tweed Heads.

Congratulation to Oliver Shedden; Elyse Hayhurst; Jordan Stevens and Aidan Munford .



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 today. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


Oztag Gala Day

Last Thursday our Oztag teams represented Lakes Grammar at Adcock Park, West Gosford. The Year 5/6 Boys played a great team game and won their four pool matches. They lost narrowly in the quarter finals but played in good spirit throughout the day. Special mention to Jamie Seol who led the try scorers for the day.

Thank you to Mrs Leslie and Mr Lawson for managing the Boys and Girls teams.

Year 5/6 girls had a wonderful day in the beautiful sunshine at the OzTag Gala day held at Adcock Park on Thursday, 9 August. They all played extremely well and held their own. The girls drew their first game, won the second and then lost the last two. They all played with a tremendous team spirit and supported the boys when waiting for their next game. The girls top scorers were, Tahlia Shorten, Morgan Jones, Jessica Olivieri and Maddison Hayden. Congratulations to all the girls.

Karen Leslie

T20 Blast Cricket  – Wednesday, 29 August

The T20 Blast Cricket team was announced last Wednesday. Please ensure notes are returned by the requested date.

HRIS Netball / Football Gala Day – Tuesday, 21 August

We wish the Lakes Grammar Netball and Football teams the best of luck as they compete next Tuesday in the annual Gala Days. A more detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.


Term 3 Tuesday Sport 3-6

Sport choices for Term 3 are now up and running. 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.


Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


HRIS Secondary Athletics

Our Secondary Athletics Team competed in the Division 2 HRIS Athletics Championships. 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  also taking out the 14 girls age championship. The following students have been selected to represent our school at the AICES Athletics Championships on Friday, 14 September:


Nicholas Bignall

Boys 16yrs Discus Throw 39.93m

Boys 16yrs Shot Put 11.67m

Boys 16yrs Javelin Throw 34.15m

Ella Coombe

Girls 13yrs 800 Metre Run

Dylan Coyte

Boys 13yrs 200 Metre Run

Blair Evans

Boys 14yrs Discus Throw 33.08m

Claudia Martin

Girls 16yrs High Jump 1.51m

Anna McKechnie

Girls 14yrs Long Jump 4.70m

Girls 14yrs 100 Metre Run 13.54

Girls 12-14yrs Triple Jump 10.05m

Girls 14yrs High Jump 1.46m

Benjamin McKechnie

Boys 17yrs Javelin Throw 35.98m

Jezebel Navusolo

Girls 16yrs Long Jump 5.19m

Girls 16yrs 200 Metre Run 25.46

Girls 16yrs 100 Metre Run 12.44

Girls 15-16yrs Triple Jump 11.63m

Ashley Pernecker

Girls 12-14yrs 3000 Metre Run 12:03.70

Girls 14yrs 200 Metre Run 27.70

Girls 14yrs 800 Metre Run 2:22.87

Girls 14yrs 1500 Metre Run 5:05.99

Girls 12-14yrs Triple Jump 9.44m

Girls 14yrs 400 Metre Run 1:03.52

Connor Rooke

Boys 13yrs Discus Throw 38.61m

Boys 13yrs Shot Put 10.51m

Boys 13yrs 200 Metre Run 27.25

Ellie Rudder

Girls 14yrs Discus Throw 20.53m

Girls 14yrs Javelin Throw 24.64m

Charlotte Tarleton

Girls 13yrs 400 Metre Run 1:09.88

Eric Weber

Boys 18-19yrs Discus Throw 26.79m

Boys 18-19yrs Javelin Throw 29.53m

Boys 18-19yrs Shot Put 10.54m

Central Coast OzTag


Secondary teams competed in the Central Coast OzTag All Schools Gala Day. Our students represented our school with pride and were competitive in all games played. All of our teams had both wins and losses on the day and were eliminated after the round section of the draw.

NSWCIS Rugby League 7’s Gala Day

Our 16’s team played in these championships making it to the grand final and finishing runners up. The team played extremely well and enjoyed the fast-flowing style of the games. Our 13’s and Open’s boys and girls sides will compete on Monday, 20 August.

HRIS Basketball Gala Day

Our 15’s boys and girls teams competed in these championships on Wednesday, 15 August.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator


Equestrian News


Equestrian Australia NSW Interschool Championships

Ella Palmer and Alexa Talbot represented Lakes Grammar in the Dressage event at the EA NSW Interschool Equestrian Championships. There were over 1000 students competing at this event in Show Horse, Show Jumping, Eventing, Vaulting and Dressage. Ella competed in the Preliminary Intermediate Championships and Alexa in the Preliminary Senior Championships. Both classes had a large field of 35 plus riders and whilst neither achieved a placing in the top 6, they achieved high scores of over 60%. Congratulations go to both girls who were a great example of both horsemanship and sportsmanship.

NSW State Youth Dressage Championships

Ella Palmer took out a 7th and 8th in the preliminary pony tests. Alexa Talbot took out a 2nd and a 6th in the same class. Well done to both girls on their achievements.

Lakes Grammar Interschool Equestrian Event

Our Lakes Grammar Interschool Equestrian Event was held on 6 August at Morisset Showgrounds. Despite the rainy conditions in the morning we had 100 entries and a great time was had by all. We had over 40 schools from around NSW competing on the day. The ages of the riders were 7-17yrs.

We ran 4 morning Ring events including Best Presented Horse and Rider, Rider Classes, Hack Classes and Pleasure Horse Classes and 4 afternoon Sporting events. The sporting events included, Bending, Cloverleaf, Keyhole and Trotting Race.

Lakes Grammar won the Junior School High Point Score with St Peters winning the Senior School High Point Score. Zoe Vanderblom was the Runner-Up 8 year old Rider, Paige Lindley was the Runner-Up 9 year old rider, Isabella MacDonald was the winner of the 8 year old Encouragement prize. Alyvia Slade was third overall by one point in a very tough 12 year old class. Jasmine Haydon, Mia Kehoe, Oliver Bartley and Ella Palmer all rode for Lakes Grammar and were a credit to their team.

Thanks go to Mrs Lourens for running an excellent canteen with assistance from Mrs Hattam, Mr Cantor and Mr Beecroft, our Senior PASS students, Vince Ballam, our wonderful Maintenance Officer and Robin Sheppard for all the hard work that went into making the day a success.

Mrs Jobe-Parker

Equestrian Co-ordinator



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