Term 3 in Review



Farewell Year 12

Today we officially farewell our Year 12 students as they conclude 13 years of schooling and now prepare for their HSC examinations. We congratulate them on their achievements, which several have managed in the face of considerable hardship. 15 of our graduates have completed all 13 years of school at Lakes Grammar. Our school is a very different place now, physically, from when they started Kindergarten in 2007. The bulk of our students joined us in Year 7 and many others have enrolled at various times over the 13 years. I thank our students for their contributions to our school. Their contributions have included volunteering at Spring Fair and P&F functions, leading school tours, serving on the SRC, serving on the Mental Health Advocacy Team, helping at carnivals, service work in Vietnam, assisting teachers in many ways, performing in musicals and school assemblies, and many other ways.

I would like to thank our School Captains, Elyse Hayhurst and Jordan Stevens, for their exemplary service to our school and representation in the wider community. They have set a high bar for those who follow them in student leadership.

I congratulate the students who have already been offered places at Macquarie University on the basis of their results so far and contributions to their school and wider community. They can't slacken their efforts now but it does take some pressure off.

Our Graduation Eucharist and Ceremony was a moving and memorable occasion for our students. The Formal is tonight and I’m sure our graduates will enjoy that time together with their parents and teachers.

Student Leaders 2019-20

We have concluded our selection process for our new Senior School Student Leaders. I am very pleased to announce the following:

Captains           Aimee Butcher

                         Aditya Sarkar

Vice Captains    Emily Riches

                          Lachlan McCarron

Prefects            Hannah Eadie

                         Brett Gee

                         Charlotte Knox-Martin

                         Samantha Livingstone

                         Mya McDonald

                         Jezebel Navusolo

                         Naomi Palibino

                         Brooke Scott

                         Lincoln Senior

                         Cameron Wong

An induction assembly will be held on Tuesday, 15 October during Period 1. At the same assembly all our incoming Year 12 students will be presented with their Year 12 badges. Parents are most welcome to attend.


Congratulations to:

Emma MacDonald of Year 9 who has been presented with the Australian Scout Medallion. This is the highest achievement for a Scout (aged 11-14) and has taken considerable effort on Emma’s part. In earning this Medallion Emma has developed important leadership skills and has demonstrated organisation, drive, determination, resilience and high-level practical Scouting knowledge such as campcraft and hiking. We congratulate Emma on achieving the Australian Scout Medallion.

Best wishes for the holidays and I pray safe travel for those who are heading off on a holiday, whether near or far.

Michael Hannah




What an amazing term it has been in the Junior School. Showcase week was a magnificent opportunity for the students to draw on their God-given gifts and talents and enjoy the performing arts! Each class item was amazing and the performers that tied the show together in the theme ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ did a marvellous job! 

The term commenced with our teaching staff undertaking professional development in Mathematics as we examined the way in which we can continue to focus on integrating mathematical processes and higher order thinking into our lessons.

The Junior School students have enjoyed participating in the Dance program with Sport in Schools this term which culminated in a great assembly and grade dance off on Wednesday – the program provided a wonderful opportunity for all of our students and for our great dancers.

Year 1 enjoyed an amazing excursion to Gosford, visiting the Art Gallery and the Chinese Gardens, whilst Year 5 students enjoyed their camp at Bathurst where they had an enjoyable time of learning through exploring the goldfields, the Macquarie River and Mount Panorama. A further highlight of the trip was the opportunity to venture on the Scenic World Skyrail at Katoomba. The students returned with a great wealth of knowledge about the discovery of gold in Australia from all that they had been able to see and do.

A number of students enjoyed participating in Tournament of Minds with three teams being entered this year, all achieving wonderful results, whilst our Robocup teams competed in the Regional and State Championships at the University of New South Wales with Jerome Dagang and Daniel Palibino progressing through to Nationals in Melbourne.

Our HICES Debating teams also participated in the finals of the statewide Chapman Cup competition for Years 5 and 6 representing our school with pride in achieving a high level throughout the competition.

A number of the boys and girls from Years 2 – 6 competed in the ICAS UNSW Competitions this year, with results to arrive early next term.

Students in the Junior School relished the visits by acclaimed children’s authors, Charles Hope and Deborah Abela, who delivered some great workshops and presentations for the students with a real highlight being Deborah Abela’s launch of her new book at the school.

Many of our students from the Year 5 - 6 Choir, Band and String Ensemble entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, with Riharna Foreman also delivering the acknowledgement of country. The boys and girls sang some wonderful pieces for our school item and concluded the evening by participating in a combined choir of over 400 students with the other seven schools present on the evening.

It was quite the term on the sporting field with students representing the school with distinction in Oztag, cricket, soccer and netball as well as at the HRIS Athletics Carnival with many students progressing through to CIS level. A special mention goes to Zac Barton of Year 5 who placed 2nd in high jump, 2nd in discus, 3rd in the 200m and 7th in long jump at the CIS carnival, progressing through to PSSA level and Lexi Russell of Year 3 competed at the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships held at Perisher. Lexi had a very successful meet for Boarder X coming in 6th and also placing 9th in Giant Slalom.

Our annual Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast were again a great success and were strongly attended. These are always wonderful occasions to chat with our school families and the wonderful performance of our music students at the breakfast certainly added to the atmosphere. Our thanks again go to the P&F for all of their efforts with these two events.

A number of students attended the HICES Gifted and Talented Camp for a week at Elanora Heights Conference Centre to study a range of different topics and to enjoy being extended in their learning. The OC class also presented a wonderful Evening of Eminence on Thursday evening with a strong amount of research clearly going into their work and presentations.

We had an enjoyable time celebrating R U OK? Day to promote positive mental health and collegiality for both students and staff. A number of Senior School students set a wonderful example in visiting the Junior School and facilitating activities so effectively. Concluding the day with an impromptu dance and bubble blowing session under the COLA finished things on a real high!

Well done to the boys and girls who were able to attend the Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns and I on Monday. It is great to recognize 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.

Ethan A, Nicholas B, Emma B, Alana B, Tag B, Alex B, Kaleah B, Marlon B, Samantha B, Raquel C, Brayden C, Nilay D, Ethan D, Cooper D, Georgie F, Jack F, Miranda  F, Charlotte F, Roman F, Quinn F, Cooper F, Jacob G, Clare G, Jack H, Oliver H, Khloe J, Zara J, Liam M, Grace M, Jackson M, Ella O, Grace O, Jackson P, Chase R, Keira R, Jenel S, Grace S, Tahlia S, Indi W, Ivy W, Jack W, Abbey Y.

Our prayers are with our Year 12 students as they graduate and continue to prepare for their HSC examinations. We appreciate their contribution to Lakes Grammar over the years and wish them the very best for all that lies ahead!

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Mathematics Competitions

This term the Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition and completed the Mathematics Olympiad. The students all enjoyed being challenged and extended in their mathematical understanding and application of skills in a variety of problems.

Illuminate 2019

This term many students across K-6 have been working on an Individual Interest Project that they will present early next term and will also be on display at the Spring Fair. It has been amazing to see the fascinating topics and research questions that the students have decided to investigate.

The formal presentations will be held in the Senior School Library at the following times:

  • Kindergarten and Year 3: Thursday, 24 October 11:30- 12:50 pm
  • Year 1-2 Presentations: Thursday, 24 October at 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • Year 5-6 Presentations: Friday, 25 October at 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
  • Year 4 Presentations: Friday, 25 October at 1:45 – 3:00 pm

Art Club

Art Club in Term 3 has been a wonderful creative experience for the students. The students have enjoyed learning about a variety of art mediums including, graphite, mixed media, watercolours and acrylic paints. They have learnt a range of skills and techniques for each medium. The students have had the privilege of having visiting artists come and teach them about the different mediums including Mr Hannah who demonstrated how to paint a landscape and creating a composition with graphite. Mrs Lusted showed the students how to create a mixed media collage. Miss Bryson also shared her skills of watercolour and drawing with the students. The students have had a wonderful term and presented their work at an Art Exhibition in the last week of term.

Amanda Holland

Gifted and Talented Education Facilitator


Lakes Grammar is very proud and excited to have Jerome Dagang and Daniel Palibino competing at the National Robocup Championships in Melbourne from Friday, 11 October to Sunday, 13 October.

Both boys competed extremely well at the NSW Championships with Jerome 2nd and Daniel 7th in the Primary Rescue Division.

We wish both boys all the best.

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher


The Primary Chess Team successfully competed in the local heats and the semi-final of the Interschool Chess Challenge. Following on from placing first in their qualifying heat, the students were invited to compete at the Interschool Chess Semi-Final at Callaghan College. Our students competed brilliantly and qualified for the finals next term.

The team consists of Jake Richards, Ayan Sarkar, Corey Englebrecht, Carter Thomas and Marcus Wells. Zaella Galea joined the team for the semi-final.

Wyong Annual Central Coast Primary Chess Challenge  

A team of six students competed at Wyong High School on Thursday, 19 September. For some students it was their first chess competition. Congratulations to Dexter Rodak, Marcus Wells, Willow Stuart, Taivas Harding, Charles Harding and Zaella Galea. Charles Harding placed 1st in the 6-year-old division, Marcus Wells placed 1st in the 7-year-old division and Taivas Harding placed 1st  in the 8-year-old division! Well done boys!  

Louise Rush

Primary Chess Co-ordinator





I would like to congratulate our Year 12 students for their excellent effort, achievements and contributions that they have made over the many years at our school. We continue to be very proud of our students and have appreciated their leadership, and we wish them the very best in their upcoming exams and in their future endeavours.

The HSC exams start on the first Thursday back in Term 4 and run right through until Monday, 11 November. Please uphold our students in your prayers as they study and complete these important examinations.

Induction of Prefects

As we say goodbye to Year 12, we also welcome a new era of leadership into our school. On Tuesday, 15 October we be holding a special ceremony to present Year 11 with their Year 12 Badges and also to announce and present badges to our new Captains, Vice-captains and Prefects for 2020. 

Subject Choices – Year 11 2020

The final selection process for Year 11, 2020 subject choices have now been completed for the year. If your child wishes to make an adjustment, they should now use the formal ‘Change of Subject’ form that can be found in the office. Changes of subjects can be made in Year 11 up until the last day in February.

If your child selected a Trade Training course, they will have already been contacted by Mrs MacLarty, to fill out a separate application. These applications are due early next Term.

Distance Education applications have also been handed out and these applications are due early next term.

Subject Choices – Year 9 2020

Year 9 subject choices for 2020 have also been completed and class lists have been formed with all students receiving their first preferences. If your child wishes to make a change, they should use the formal ‘Change of Subject’ form that can be found in the office. Changes of subjects can be made in Year 9 up until the last day in February, but this also depends on whether there is a place available in the class.


Yearly examinations take place in Week 4 & 5 of Term 4. Exams in Year 7 – 8 will be held from Monday, 11 November, Year 9 from Wednesday, 6 November and Year 10 from Monday, 4 November. These are important examinations and students should try to ensure that they put in adequate study to prepare for them.

Term 3

So please enjoy the pages in this Term’s review. There have been a wide variety of activities with dedicated involvement from our students and I hope you all have a refreshing break over the next few weeks and look forward to seeing you again next term.

Ian Samways

Head of Senior School


As always, Term 3 was a busy one in the History Faculty with the annual Night at the Museum taking place. The museum was once again very successful, with hundreds of school and community members coming to see the wonderful student works on display. Congratulations to the following students who won prizes and awards on the night:

Year 7 Artefact Award – Tahlia Moore

Year 8 Artefact Award – Rujeko Muzamhindo

Year 9 Artefact Award – Neteale Bayley-Hobden

Lolly Guessing Competition winners – Roshan Francke & Jessica Gardner

History Hunt winners – Siobhan MacLarty & Rylee Baxter

Instagram winner – David Ward

Congratulations are also extended to the many students who were recognised for their achievement in the Cognito Australian History Competition for 2019. The competition, which was held during Term 2, was a challenging test that examined a range of content from the History syllabus across Stage 4 and Stage 5. The vast majority of students who participated successfully achieved results that saw them awarded with certificates of merit, credit, distinction and high distinction. Very encouraging results!

Fiona Crawford

History Co-ordinator


There has barely been a week in the SS Library where something hasn’t been happening:

During Week 2, nearly twenty students visited the JS Library to hear visiting author, Deb Abela, speak about her books, and the SS Chess team attended the CC Chess Gala Day, held at Green Point Christian College this year. Our Senior team were successful in their games and made it to the Quarter Finals at Barker College, in Hornsby, where they were closely matched but just missed out on continuing to the next stage of the competition.

In Week 3, a number of prospective new families came to our SS tours, and there was also a HSC Trial exam for one of Year 12 students, Katharine Eadie, who has been diligently studying Ancient History by Distance Education, through SDEHS – Sydney Distance Education High School. This is an option for our seniors in Year 11 and 12 when there are either two subject choices in the same timeslot in the timetable, or there is a subject a student wishes to study which is not offered at Lakes Grammar.

On the Friday of Week 4, Year 7 were ably entertained by visiting author and illustrator, Martin Chatterton, who incorporated some live charcoal drawing into his presentation – he drew a couple of the students in caricature.

“Reading is my Super Power” was the theme for CBCA Book Week this year in Week 5, where there were a number of lunchtime activities on offer, in which many students participated. A Book Week parade was subsequently held and run by Year 12s at the end of last week. This was dubbed Entertainment Day, and the mufti/dress up incorporated any book, movie or meme character, as well as an afternoon of fun activities.

WABIAD was held in Week 6, where a team of six Year 8 students diligently worked at Write A Book In A Day, using a given set of parameters, or story guidelines and characters, with the final publication, entitled “Death At A Party” sent off to The Kids Cancer Project, for placement in a children’s hospital ward somewhere around Australia. The team, consisting of Chloe Collins, Raphael Dunn, Kani Lukuta, Brooke Shorten, Cameron Taragel and Cate Williamson are to be commended for their efforts!!

A Night at the Museum, an annual event at Lakes Grammar, took place in the library during Week 7, with the displays of the students’ project-based learning in History this term, on display in a remarkable exhibition which just seems to get better every year. On exhibit were works from Year 7 – Ancient Greece, Year 8 – Shogunate Japan, Year 9 – World War One memento boxes, and Year 10 – The Mabo Decision/Aboriginal Land Rights. See the Senior Library’s Instagram page for several posts of photos of the students’ works @lakessslib

The Premier’s Reading Challenge PRC finished for 2019 at the end of August and several students from Years 7, 8 and 9 participated. Participation certificates will arrive late in Term 4.

In Week 8 several of our Year 7s and Year 10s attended Wyong High School’s annual CC Chess competition day where they enjoyed several chess games each, and in Week 9, the library was once again home to an amazing array of student creativity, imagination and resourcefulness, with the Year 12 Design and Technology major works on display for the HSC markers to come in and assess.

Reading Conferences aka Book Chat have also continued across this term for all Year 7 and a select Year 8 class; this has seen students borrow and read a wide range of books both in print and as eBooks on devices. Graphic novels and Fantasy are proving to be the most popular genres to date.

There are also a number of students across all SS years who are still avidly reading to be participants in the in-house Cognito Reading Challenge. This will conclude in Week 7 next term, on Wed. 27.11.19, and all participants are in the running to receive a book voucher prize to a local bookstore.

“Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.”

Anne-Marie Nicholls

Secondary Teacher Librarian


Throughout Term 3, Year 9 Elective Drama students have learnt about the process of ‘playbuilding’.

This collaborative skill requires students to create an original performance in groups based off a stimulus or starting point.

These students were tasked with choosing a children’s picture book and turning it into a performance for a Junior School audience.

The chosen book was ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt which was performed for the Year 2 students from the Junior School in our Senior School Drama Studio.

The performance was interactive and colourful, culminating in a creative drawing task in coloured groups after the performance.

This was a wonderful opportunity to make connections between our two campuses and encourage students to get involved in the performance opportunities available in our Senior School.

Louisa Newton

Drama Teacher



Term 3 has had plenty on offer for both Pete and I. One of the highlights for us was attending the annual Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) conference which this year was held in Hobart. The keynote speakers were on point and relevant in so many ways to our work here at school. It was great to network with chaplains from all over the country and share experiences that both edified and challenged. We both learned so much in the few days we were at the conference and hopefully have been able to share some of these learnings with our staff and students.

This term we had only two Family Chapel services at Lakes Anglican. The first one was for our Years 1-2 students early in the term and we have just had our Years 11-12 service to launch Graduation week. Each of these services has our students involved in leading the prayers, reading from the Bible and singing up a storm. They are great reminders of the ongoing relationship between our school and Lakes Anglican parish.

Our lunchtime Cru groups continue to meet each week to explore faith issues and provide encouragement for our students as they think about life, God and purpose. Some of our senior Cru students had an opportunity to attend a Bible Society Masterclass in Newcastle where they joined students from a dozen other schools to learn from some world class speakers on matters of faith. Another highlight this term was when 628Crew hosted a dinner at Lakes Anglican for 70 guests and our students involved reckoned it was one of the best things they had ever been involved in. Service with a smile!

Chapels continue to be a time each week where our students can hear the good news about Jesus in a way that helps them reflect on their own lives. In Senior School we have been playing a game every second week to illustrate our theme, including the challenge of eating Spam. Our Junior School chapels continue to be boisterous times, celebratory in enthusiastic involvement. Chapels are an important time for our community to gather and safely explore issues of the heart. Our favourite time each week as chaplains!!!!

Our term ends of course with graduation. On the last day of term we gather as a school community to celebrate with our Year 12’s and their families this important milestone. We had the pleasure of Bishop Charlie being with us to break bread and break open God’s word. We then of course have our Year 12 students being led from the school, through our confetti throwing community, by the processional cross and pipers. They go all the way to the gate where their families greet them. It is a beautiful reminder that Christ goes before them as they enter the world beyond school.

We pray that you all have a fabulous holiday break and look forward to seeing you back at school in Term 4. All things Christmas await us…including the always amazing Lakes Grammar Carols extravaganza.

Bless ya,





Office Hours in the Holidays


The School Office will be open 9.00am to 12.00pm from Monday, 30 September to Friday, 4 October. Closed the second week of the holidays 8 to 11 October.

All students return to school on Monday, 14 October.



As we enter the holidays, we would hope that our students and their families could find time to enjoy this period of rest and relaxation. We know for many families, however, that holidays can create added stress. Students and their families may find it beneficial to speak to someone over the holidays and there are lots of great services available including:

Kids Helpline:                                                                           eHeadspace:

Free Helpline and Online Chat 24/7                                           Free Helpline and Online Chat                                            

Phone: 1800 55 1800                                                                 Phone: 1800 650 890

Headspace:                                                                              Mental Health Line:

In person counselling                                                                 Phone: 1800 011 511                                                   

Lake Haven: 02 4394 9100                                                         


There are many simple ways to look after ourselves during the holidays including taking fun breaks, going outside, exercising and eating well.

We look forward to seeing you all next term and wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

Amanda Wishart and Stacey Taggart

School Psychologists



The 2019 NSW CIS Athletics Championships was held on Thursday, 12 September at The Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.

Lakes Grammar sent the following students to compete in various track and field events. Josef Aad, Addison Kowaliw, Zac Barton, Gemma Rooke, Jada Whitmore and Jessica Olivieri. All students represented Lakes Grammar and HRIS in an outstanding manner, by not only displaying their skills and talents, but also, the highest level of sportsmanship and respect for their fellow competitors.

A special mention to Zac Barton who placed 2nd in the high jump and discus and 3rd in the 200m and will now compete at NSWPSSA in six weeks

Congratulations to all students for their outstanding achievements in reaching CIS.

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group


Running training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there. Meet Mr Berry at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets and training is suited for middle-long distance runners.

NSWCIS Athletics Championships

Amazing results by our athletes who competed at the NSWCIS Athletics Championships. Ashley Pernecker 1st in the individual 400m, Connor Rooke 1st in Discus and Shot Put, Anna McKechnie 3rd in Long Jump & 4th in Triple Jump.

Our school relay teams were outstanding! Our Senior Girls team consisting of Jezebel Navusolo, Anna McKechnie, Ashley Pernecker and Claudia Martin are NSWCIS Champions taking out the gold medal.

The Junior Boys team consisting of Lachlan Jefferey, Jake Sanday, Connor Rooke and Dylan Coyte finished silver medallists.

School Teams


School touch Football, Softball, tennis and Golf teams are being finalised and will all compete in Term 4.

Term 4 Sports events


Tuesday, 15 October – HRIS Tennis Gala Day

Friday, 18 October – HRIS Golf Championships

Thursday, 24 October – HRIS Softball Gala Day

Monday, 28 October - 15’s HRIS Touch Gala Day

Friday, 8 November - Opens HRIS Touch Football Gala Day



Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator