Week 4, Term 4 2017



Improving student learning

I have commented on a few occasions over the last two years about our Schools Leading Learning program. We have had a focus across the school on improving student literacy, particularly reading, writing and comprehension. In the Senior School we have also focused on higher-order learning. We saw improved NAPLAN results this year and last year’s HSC results were probably our best yet. In addition, our teachers are seeing improved writing from our students and Junior School reading results are showing big improvements across the year. We have collected a lot of student achievement data that demonstrates these improvements. In order to achieve this our staff have been working collaboratively to analyse data and plan targeted teaching strategies. They have done a lot of focused professional learning and have benefited from the expertise of consultants from the Association of Independent Schools (AIS). Last week we had a visit by two consultants contracted to evaluate the Schools Leading Learning program in all participating schools. After spending several hours with them and presenting our processes and achievement data they were very impressed, in fact, they said we were among the best they’d seen. We have also been invited to present our experience at an AIS conference on school improvement. This is a continuous process. No matter how good a school’s results, it must be on a continual cycle of goal setting, monitoring progress by analysing data, evaluating and renewing. Complacency leads to stagnation. You can be assured that the staff of Lakes Grammar are not complacent. We will always work for the best interests of your children.

Coincidentally, our staff celebrated World Teachers’ Day on Monday with an afternoon tea after school. Our goal is to change students’ lives for the better. That is not to detract from the learning and nurture that parents give their children. That is critical. But teachers add to what parents do in the home. What could be more life-changing than learning to read and do Maths, to be able to think critically about sources of information, to appreciate the various forms of creative and performing arts, to develop your talents and, in our school, to learn of the God who loves each of us to the uttermost and gave himself for us in Jesus? So, as I wrote in the last newsletter, remember to thank a teacher now and then.

Spring Fair

What a wonderful day for our school community! After a Friday of incessant rain, Saturday was dry and pleasantly cool, much to our relief. We had great attendance and a large number of visitors who took school tours with a view to enrolment in the future. Our parents volunteered to man stalls and run events, our staff set up some terrific exhibits of student work and learning and our students presented some excellent musical performances. Members of the P&F especially put in many hours of planning and organising over many months, all of which led to a very successful day. One aspect of the Spring Fair is fundraising and I am pleased to report that the fair raised around $21,000, all of which will be put back into the school to improve facilities for our students. So thank you to the P&F, to all our parent volunteers, to our staff and our students for pulling together to create such a great day.

Korean students’ visit

Last year we hosted a lovely group of students from South Korea. I am pleased to say that I have agreed to host another group next February. The group will consist of both Primary and Secondary age students and one of the requirements is that they must be hosted in pairs. I know that the families who hosted last year really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it. The group will arrive on Wednesday, 14 February and depart on Tuesday, 27 February. If you are interested or would just like to find out more before committing to it, please call the organiser, David Joo on 0406-870-353 or 9890-7177 (contact via email is )

Children’s Mental Health

I’ve been a teacher for 38 years and a Principal for 21 of those years. Over that time I have seen a vast increase in the number of students presenting with mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Lakes Grammar is fortunate in having the support of psychologists as our school counsellors and Co-ordinators of Student Wellbeing in both the Junior and Senior Schools. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne has conducted a poll on child mental health and has provided parents with some information to help them identify the signs. Don’t think it would never be your child. I have been surprised at times when I hear form our counsellors who has presented with mental health issues. If you are interested in finding out more then please see the website:    

Mr Michael Hannah





Friday 1 December, 6:00pm (concert starts at 7:00pm).

Performances by Junior and Senior students.

Year 12 hosting a fundraiser BBQ. P&F selling drinks, snacks and glow sticks.

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

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

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

9:00 – 10:30am

School Hall

Years 3 – 6 Speech Day

Thursday, 7 December 2017

9:00 – 10:45am

School Hall

Years 7 – 12 Speech Day

Thursday, 7 December 2017

11:15 – 12:45pm

School Hall



I have been working with teenagers in either a paid or voluntary capacity for close to 25 years now.

I know, I don’t look that old, but I started when I was 19 and have watched over more than two decades a rapidly changing society and its effects on our kids.  I am also the parent of a teenager these days and the next year two will be in our home and I know full well the challenges that we as parents of teenagers face.  This is why I have arranged for a friend of mine to come and offer our school community a free seminar on “Expecting Teenagers” on Wednesday, 22 November.

If you would like to attend please email to

Chris Hudson has a wealth of experience in working first hand with teenagers but also has the latest information that researchers are publishing on teenage lives.  His business, Understanding Teenagers, has been established to help us as parents raise our kids in a way that empowers them and keeps communication happening through these sometimes turbulent years.  I have shared some of his insights with you before and am looking forward to him being at our school in person to help all those interested.  Even though the seminar is aimed at soon to be parents of teenagers I would suggest that anyone who already has a teenager will benefit immensely.  You’ll find some more info in the newsletter as well.

My prayer for us all as parents is that we can be open to learning and growing in this ever changing world.  What hasn’t changed is for a child to know that they are loved and precious to their parents no matter the circumstances.  It isn’t easy always to express this, but for me I keep coming back to that inner knowledge that God’s love for us is like the perfect parent.  If I can get something of that across to my kids then I reckon I might be halfway there.  I hope that I will see lots of you at the upcoming seminar too.

Bless ya!






World Teachers’ Day

We celebrated World Teachers’ Day on Monday. We are fortunate to have many exceptional teachers at Lakes Grammar whom I’m sure will be remembered with gratitude by our students for the way that they brighten their classes with their enthusiasm and provide each of our children the confidence to believe in themselves. The school provided a wonderful afternoon tea to thank our teachers for all that they do and the way that they consistently go ‘above and beyond’. It was a pleasure to see Mrs Jobe-Parker being presented with her NGS Scholarship to further her professional development in the area of technology in education during the afternoon tea.  A huge thank you to our talented teaching team!

Year 5 Leadership

Year 5 students are preparing for the upcoming leadership speeches in looking towards 2018. They have been very engaged in the leadership seminars that Mr Johns and I have been conducting with Peter and the Year 5 teachers. We have received a number of high quality applications and appreciate the number of students who are keen to ‘give back’ to Lakes Grammar in a formal leadership role.

Spring Fair

It was a pleasure to catch up with so many school families at our Spring Fair and Open Day recently. The boys and girls were having an amazing time on the rides and visiting the stalls and displays on the day. A number of our Junior School students performed a range of musical items beautifully. My gratitude to all of our parents who volunteered their time to assist on the day and to the Year 6 students who also donated some of their time to conduct School Tours with Mrs Jolly and I for prospective families around the Junior School. Our particular thanks to the P&F for all of their efforts in putting such an excellent day together.

Kindergarten Orientation

Our Kindy Crew for 2017 had their first visit to the school, enjoying a half day for Orientation this week. They enjoyed reading stories, making crowns for craft, trying out the play equipment in the Kindy Courtyard and testing out the iPads! We look forward to welcoming them and their families back for the second orientation session next week.

Year 1 Excursion

Year 1 travelled to the Reptile Park for their excursion. They learned about a range of Australian animals – they tell me that seeing the crocodile and platypus were the highlights of the day! I enjoyed visiting 1A and teaching a writing lesson where the students retold, in great detail, all of the different creatures they had learnt about! 

Sydney Girls’ High Band Visit

We were privileged to have the Sydney Girls’ High Band visit and perform for all of our Junior School students on Thursday. We enjoyed the range of repertoire that the girls played for us as it provided a great inspiration for our current band members to keep practising and work towards playing increasingly complex pieces, as well as a good reminder to all of our students that our school band presents a wonderful opportunity to pursue musical interests. I would encourage all students and families from Year 2 upwards who are interested in being a part of our School Band next year to make contact with Mr Feps, our Junior School Music Teacher, to enquire further.

Year 7 Orientation and Transition

Year 6 have also been visiting the Senior School for their transition visits leading up to their Year 7 Orientation Day next Friday. They have enjoyed touring the Senior School, visiting the library and partaking in a range of Senior School lessons including English, Mathematics and Science in their time there.

HRIS Chess

On Friday 20 October, Miss Bennet and Mr Price had the privilege of taking 4 teams (16 students) to Avondale School for the HRIS Chess One Day Tournament. 

We achieved amazing results!

We had 2 teams in each competition:


Lakes A (Kai Garvey, Noah Flower, Liam Lightfoot and Diluk A)

Lakes B (Jackson Roffey, Noah Simon, Boyd Rumble and Angus Denoon)


Lakes 1 (Callum Lightfoot, Cohen Baldwin, Corey E and Nicholas G)

Lakes 2 (Jake Richards, Marcus Wells, Dexter Rodak and Mark Borodin)

All students played well and represented our school with pride. 

Lakes A won the Open competition, one point ahead of Newcastle Grammar. 

Lakes 2 were runners up in the Junior competition.


Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior 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 ‘reliability’ in Week 5 and ‘resisting distractions’ in Week 6.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3:

Ashley W, Hannah P, Jack A, Mia K, Kaidyn H, Isabella M, Claire H, Lexi M, Grace C, Isaac H, Lachlan J, Darcy L.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘joining a game or group well’ in Week 4:

Max S, Adrian A, Montana M, Chase R, Mason V, Hiya B, Josie B, Liam S, Aiden O, Blake S, Tyler H.

Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



‘Funny Kid for President’ – Book Review competition

Last term, a few students entered a book review competition to review the book ‘Funny Kid for President’ by Matt Stanton. I have recently been advised that Abigail Brown of Year 3 has been awarded ‘Stand Up’ for her entry. Abigail receives a poster and signed copy of the book. Congratulations Abigail.


Aussie Home Loans – Toukley Colouring Competition

A colouring competition is currently being run by Aussie Home Loans Toukley. Terms and Conditions, Entry Forms and Prize details can be obtained from the JS Library.

Spring Fair 2nd Hand Book sales 2017

Thank you to all those who helped support our 2nd Hand Book stall at Spring Fair recently. We raised over $500 and all proceeds will be used to purchase more resources in future. Thank you again.


Last borrowing – end of Week 5

Last Library lessons – end of Week 7

Yearly stocktake – starting Week 8

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian 


On Monday, 23 October two year 5 and 6 debating teams participated in the annual IPSHA Debating Gala Day at Abbotsleigh in Wahroonga. We had two challenging debates.

Team 1 won their debate against St Luke’s on the topic, ‘Parents should be punished if their children commit crimes’ arguing in the negative. Our second team had a very close debate against Abbotsleigh being runners up in the topic, ‘All Australian school children should have to learn an Asian Language’ arguing in the Affirmative.

Team 1:

Chloe Collins, Liam Lightfoot, Noah Simon, Noah Flower

Team 2:

Brooke Shorten, Zoila Owais, Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage, Charlotte Dobson

A Squad of supporting students also came along to learn more about debating and to encourage our teams.


Nathan Wilson, Boyd Rumbel, Holly Longland, Tahlia Moore, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Yalkin Shevket, Jaydee Lourens, Alexandra MacKenzie, Isabella Adams (Chairperson), Kani Lukuta (Time keeper), Sivani Yellamaraju and Alyvia Slade.

Mrs Amanda Holland

K-6 Gifted and Talented Facilitator


This year students in K-6 participated in the Illuminate Program, an individual interest project, where students developed a research question that they wanted to answer. The students came up with some amazing topics and presented their findings in creative and imaginative ways. Here is a list of the students and their research question:


Research Question

Declan Jones

Why do stars shine at night?

Ashley Webb

How do birds Fly? 

Year 1

Research Question

Tyler Moore

Why did they build the great wall of China?

Max Gibson

Why do I get zapped when I am on the trampoline? Static Electricity

Lyla Wishart

How to start a business?

Ethan Curry

How do TVs work?

Callum Lightfoot

Can you make a lego remote control car?

Nicholas Beasley

Who invented the first soccer ball?

Ava Dickinson

The history of Writing

Jakes Lees

Solar system

April Murphy

Animals - colour skin with seasons

Judy Lin

How do colours make us feel?

Year 2

Research Question

Fletcher Pigot-Irving

Why do people like eating candy more than plain sugar?

Carter Thomas

Coeliac disease

Corey Englebrecht

What will solar panels do for the environment?

Christopher Webb


Abigail Whelan

How did Cleopatra rise to power?

Isla Yager

When will humanoid robots be available for people

Claire Hennessy


Brianna Roberts

Protecting our Great Barrier Reef

Cohen Baldwin

Japanese Martial arts

Isabella MacDonald

The great Pacific Garbage Patch

Year 3

Research Question

Briella Moore

Is Chocolate Healthy?

Max Adams

National Science

Hamilton Dobson

How do they make the lego behind the scenes in the Batman movie?

Abigail Brown

How does a 3D printer work?

Arini Yellamaraju

Why plants don’t get sunburnt?

Grace Crumbley

Life cycle of a bird - Budgerigar

Giselle Simon

How do dogs see?

Ella Lear

What does wires do?

Hannah Ruzicka

How do you feel different temperatures?

Dexter Rodak

Ten things about arachnids and 10 things about bugs?

Lexi Mulholland

Crystals - How are rocks and gems formed?

Makayla Beasley

How did Libraries originate?

Tahlia Allen

What is the biggest city in the world and what are the famous parts?

Year 4

Research Question

Mitchell Curry

Terraforming Mars 

Jake Richards

Why did the Egyptians Mummify the dead?

Douglas Ruzika

How does the internet work?

Jake Freeman

Greyhounds - Why people want to ban racing?

Ella Williams

Natural disasters - What causes them?

Ella Burgess

Rosanna Pansino - How did she get started and why is she so famous?

Thomas Holland

How does a lightbulb get its light?

Vaughn Peachey

 The Solar System

Year 5

Research Question

Diluk Adikarimudiyanselage

Why do humans have a conscience?

Harrison Cross

How does a V8 engine work?

Alyssa Durham

What is the safest way to travel?

Jaydee Lourens

How are Tasmanian devils combating DFTD?

Tahlia Moore

The top 5 most interesting animals

Luke Ostergaard

What is a stop motion film and how do you make one?

Finlay Pigot-Irving

Minecraft and Math

Yalkin Shevket

Mushrooms - Which mushrooms are edible?

Noah Simon

3D Gaming

Sivani Yellamaraju

What is Climate Change and how does it affect the world?

Rohith Srinivas

Rubix Cube

Anugraha Babu

 The Independence of India

Year 6

Research Question

Isabelle Adams

How did Hilter die?

Charlotte Dobson

How did explorers navigate using astronomy before technology?

Kani Lukuta

Could you actually live on Mars?

Zoe Sawers

How do you create different types of Art?

Brooke Shorten

What was Shakespeare’s motivation for writing the famous play - Macbeth?

Raphael Dunn

History of Skateboarding

Mrs Amanda Holland

K-6 Gifted and Talented Facilitator





Exciting games to play and prizes to win with

School Banking.

School Bankers have the chance to win exciting prizes by saving regularly and exploring the future world in 3D through the magic of augmented reality in the new Future Savers game. The Future Games competition starts Term 3, Monday 14 August 2017 and ends Term 4, Friday 10 November 2017.

High Tech Prizes

  • 60 x Sphero Ollie Racing Robots
  • 80 x Garmin Kids’ Activity Trackers
  • 90 x 3Doodler 3D Pen Sets

How to enter: Make three or more School Banking deposits during the competition period for a chance to win.

Game Master Prize

  • 50 x Nintendo Switch Neon Console Packs (including Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and Just Dance 2017 games)

How to enter: Make three or more School Banking deposits + play the Future Savers game + complete online entry form during the competition period for a chance to win.

The Future Savers game – an amazing augmented reality adventure.

Now available to download for Android and IOS is the ‘Future Savers’ game.  Learn more at

Things you should know: Conditions apply, see Promotion starts 9am AEST on 14/8/17 and ends 11.59pm AEDT on 10/11/17. Entry is open to Australian residents aged between 5-13yrs with parental/guardian consent who open or hold an active Youthsaver account until 11.59pm AEDT 21/11/17, and participate in the School Banking program via the entrant’s school of enrolment. Max. 1 entry per person per draw. Two types of draws conducted: Game Master Draw and High Tech Draw, each with different entry criteria. Entries divided into State/Territory groups (for each draw): NSW/ACT, VIC, TAS, SA/NT, QLD & WA. The draw will take place at: L3, 11 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000 at 12pm AEDT on 21/11/17. The winners’ names will be published at from 28/11/17. SA/NT winners (prizes over $250) in The Australian 28/11/17. Game Master Draw Prize: Nintendo Switch Neon Console Pack valued at $627 (16xNSW/ACT, 13xQLD, 10xVIC, 3xSA/NT, 5xWA, 3xTAS). High Tech Draw Prizes (awarded in descending order of value): Ollie by Sphero valued at $159 (18xNSW/ACT, 15xQLD, 12xVIC, 4xSA/ NT, 7xWA, 4xTAS). Garmin vivofit jr valued at $99 (26xNSW/ACT, 20xQLD, 15xVIC, 5xSA/NT, 9xWA, 5xTAS). 3Doodler 3D Pen Set valued at $76 (29xNSW/ACT, 23xQLD, 18xVIC, 5xSA/NT, 10xWA, 5xTAS). Promoter: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ABN 48 123 123 124, of L3, 11 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000. Permits: NSW Permit No. LTPS/17/14677; ACT Permit No. TP17/01038; SA Permit No. T17/971.

Banking day at Lakes Grammar is Thursday


Mrs Jane Cassidy

School Banking Specialist

Central Coast Area




Reminder: Tuition Concert next Thursday, 9 November

A concert for students currently learning music as part of the school instrumental tuition program is being held next Thursday, 9 November in the Senior School Music Room. Details can be found on the Parent Lounge. Students planning on performing who have not yet returned the return the reply slip may still do so – there are still some spots available.

Don’t miss this great performance opportunity!

Mrs Lisa Whitwell

Music Teacher



Term 4 Swim Programs

3-6 students have started their swim school program. Everything has been running smoothly to date.

A reminder that if the permission note has not been returned, the student cannot enter the water until it is received by the school

Also, a reminder to provide your child with a plastic / drawstring bag for wet swimwear. Thank you for your assistance

Notes for K-2 swimming program have now been sent home. This 10-day intensive program will take place in weeks 6 and 7 of this term. Please ensure all notes are returned by due date and information provided is current.

Blast Cricket – T20

Blast Cricket T20 is happening Friday, 3 November. We wish all the 3/4 teams the best of luck. A detailed report will be available in the next newsletter.

HRIS Touch

The Girls and Boys Touch teams will be participating in the HRIS Gala Day on Wednesday, 8 November. Teams have been picked and are currently training. We wish all the teams good luck.

5/6 Girls’ Soccer Friendly v Avondale College

The annual soccer friendly between Avondale School and Lakes will take place on Tuesday, 14 November at school. The team has now been picked and are currently training. We wish the girls good luck.

Year 6 Surf School Fun Day – 17/11

A surf fun day has been organised for Year 6 students on Friday, 17 November notes have been emailed / sent home with information and details. Please ensure all notes are returned by due date and information provided is current.

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. 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. 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.

If your child is nominated or successful in representing HRIS at a CIS event, then a $23.36 nomination fee will be applied to your account in due course.

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


Touch Football

School teams have competed in HRIS Touch Football gala days at Tomaree Sporting Complex and have all performed well. Our 15’s boys side finishing 8th and our Senior teams competing today.

Douglas Shield Cricket

Our school team will compete against Cathedral Anglican School on Tuesday, 7 November at Woongarrah Oval. We wish them best of luck.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator



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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


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


Our P&F Committee operates a second hand uniform shop each fortnight from the Junior School. For dates please visit