Week 6, Term 4 2016



Anglican Schools Celebration Day
Our Year 7 attended this day at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle last week along with the Year 7 students from Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College in Newcastle, Manning Valley Anglican College in Taree and Scone Grammar School. It was good to see the students from the four schools mixing, to hear the Scone Grammar Chapel band, receive a welcome from Bishop Greg and be challenged by the talk from Reverend Tim Goldsmith of the Kincumber Parish. The students also had a tour of the Cathedral, which contains many important historical items of interest, including a Gallipoli flag. This is an annual event in which our schools celebrate being part of the Anglican family.

Year 7 Orientation Day

Our Year 6 and incoming Year 7 students had their Orientation Day last Friday. This was a great day during which the students had a taste of high school life. They attended some lessons, including Food Technology, Art, Design and Technology and learned how to use our library. Our Year 10 students who will be their Peer Support leaders helped out a lot and led getting to know you games under Mr Maslen’s guidance. Ms Belinda McKeown, one of our Science teachers, will be the Year 7 Adviser in 2017.

Student focus groups

Recently Mrs Smith, Director of Teaching and Learning in the Senior School and Mr Samways, our Deputy Principal, surveyed some students and held a focus group meeting with a random sample of students from Years 7-9. The aim was to explore the students’ impressions of how their learning had improved this year as our staff have focused on some specific strategies. It was great to hear that many of the students said that they have become more resilient learners, better able to persevere and to use feedback to improve their learning. Our Building Learning Power framework is designed to achieve these, among other learning capacities, so it is rewarding to hear directly from students themselves that it is having an impact. The students were very pleased that their views, as the ones most directly affected, were sought and listened to by teachers.

Congratulations to…

Our Junior School Training Band, which received the silver award in the recent Conservatorium of Music “Celebrating Bands” competition at Gosford. The band played at our Spring Fair and sounded good, even though it was competing against the noise of the helicopter and the announcements over the PA!

Bethany Kranendonk of Year 11 and Ashley Pernecker of Year 6, both of whom will represent NSW All Schools at the National Athletics Championships.

Mr Michael Hannah




STAR104.5 broadcasting LIVE from Lakes Grammar

Monday, 21 November 2016

Broadcasting from 6:00am – 9:00am

Get to school early (from 7.45am) to meet Rabbit and Julie Goodwin plus enjoy a visit from the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park and Santa. The first 200 children to arrive at school will receive a showbag thanks to broadcast sponsor Budget Car and Truck Rentals.


Lakes Grammar Carols by Candlelight

Friday, 2 December 2016

From 6:00pm, School Hall (BBQ from 6:00pm and Carols begin at 7:00pm)

BBQ and canteen available

Twilight Christmas Festival at Lakes Anglican Church

Sunday, 4 December 2016

4:00pm – 8:00pm

Lakes Anglican Church at Wallarah Road. Market Stalls, Sausage Sizzle, Carols, Face Painting, Live Music, Jumping Castle and Christmas Craft. Everyone is welcome!

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

9:00 – 10:30am

School Hall

Years 3 - 6 Speech Day

Thursday, 8 December 2016

9:00 – 10:45am

School Hall

Years 7 – 12 Speech Day

Thursday, 8 December 2016

11:15 – 12:45pm

School Hall



Matt’s Muttering
This year my wife and I have been running a youth group on the first Sunday of each month called 628Crew.  It’s for students in Years 6 to 8 and this term we have invited Year 5s to join us.  Next month on Sunday, 4 December is a bit special as 628Crew will be involved in our church’s Christmas Festival.  This is a new endeavour, but it will be an exciting evening.  Kicking off at 4:00pm and running until 8:00pm there will be a jumping castle, face painting, stalls of baked goods, clothes, woodwork and many more wonderful items. Carols will be sung, glow sticks will be flung but there will be no cattle dung (sorry, got all rhyming there). If you would like to be involved with a stall of your own, please contact Annette through the church on 4393 1333.  It’s going to be a great night, check out the flyer that’s somewhere else in the newsletter.

This term also sees Lakes Grammar thinking about our neighbours who may be struggling financially.  During weeks 6-8 we ask the students to bring in some non-perishable groceries to contribute to the Samaritans Christmas Appeal.  These items are then taken to our local Samaritans Emergency Relief Centres.  It is a really simple way where we as a community can offer some help even when we don’t necessarily know who we are helping.  Each year the volunteer staff at the relief centres tell me what a difference we make and simply can’t thank us enough.  So thank you in advance for your generosity.  We will make an official presentation of the items at our own Carols night on Friday, 2 December.

These two simple activities, that you too can be involved in, remind me to be thankful.  Thankful that I belong to such a caring community and thankful that I am in a position where I can give.  We are so blessed and it is such a joy to be a blessing to others.  I pray that you too may experience this as we head towards Christmas.

Bless ya

Matt Shorten





We would like to congratulate Louisa Newton our Drama Teacher for her directorial debut at Newcastle’s Civic Playhouse this week. Please click onto the link for the article in the Lakes Mail.


During the Christmas holidays the school office will be closed from midday on 16 December 2016 and will reopen at 8:00am on 16 January 2017. From 16 -20 January the office will open from 8:00am to 12:00pm and will resume normal hours from 23 January 2017 (with the exception of 27 January as the office is closed on this day).



The year is fast coming to an end in both the Junior and Senior canteens. The last day for all recess and lunch orders including the Flexischools ordering system is Friday, 2 December. Over the counter sale of drinks, ice blocks and snacks will be available from 5 December to 7 December (there will be a limited supply of hot food that can be purchased over the counter on these day).

A new Canteen menu will come into effect for both the Junior and Senior canteens in 2017 so please download the new menu from Parent Lounge.

We would like to thank the entire team of Canteen Volunteers for a wonderful year including our Year 6 and Year 11 students who tirelessly give up their recess and lunch times to assist. Without your help the canteen wouldn’t run as efficiently as it does. To our volunteers who won’t be returning in 2017, we thank you and wish you all the best - you will be missed. Both the Junior and Senior canteens will need new volunteers for 2017, so if you’re interested in volunteering please call in and see us anytime.

Just a reminder that all profits from the canteens go directly back to the school.

Leigh-An Kyle and Dianne Hattam

Junior and Senior School Canteen Managers



Applying for school travel in 2017 from NSW Transport

Information for parents, guardians and students

ALL students must keep their School Opal card for travel in 2017. These cards will be automatically deactivated for school holidays and then reactivated for school travel in term one so you DO NOT throw them away.

Students’ current School Opal Cards can be updated with changes of school, home address or operator.

Applications for school travel in 2017 opened 10 October 2016. Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are able via:

School travel passes need to be updated when a student:

  • is progressing from Year 2 to Year 3
  • is progressing from Year 6 to Year 7, or
  • changes address, or
  • changes school or campus 

A new application is required when:

  • applying for a School Opal card or travel pass for the first time,
  • enrolling in Kindergarten, or
  • requesting an additional entitlement as a result of a shared parental responsibility situation.

Already have a School Opal card or travel pass?

  • If, after you’ve re-applied, and you are eligible for free school travel next year, Transport for NSW will send you an email confirmation once your application has been processed. For travel in rural or regional NSW, we’ll also inform your nominated transport operator(s).
  • If you already have a School Opal card and you’ve successfully re-applied, the Opal card will automatically be updated for travel next year, so you shouldn’t throw it out as you’ll be able the use this card when the school year starts in 2017.
  •  If you currently have a printed travel pass provided by your transport operator, a new pass will be will be ready at the beginning of the new school year



A huge thank you to Miss Abdilla and Mr Feps for their efforts in arranging the Peripatetic Music Tuition Concert last Thursday evening. It was a fantastic showcase of music right across the school from Years 3 – 12 with some serious talent on the stage – a very enjoyable evening indeed. Our Junior School Band were able to perform both on this evening as well as last Saturday at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music Band Concert, where they received a silver award for their efforts. This is particularly notable given that the boys and girls in our Junior School band only began playing together in February this year – a huge well done to the students involved as well as to Mr Gallen and Mr Markham who have conducted the band this year. Thanks as well to our range of peri music tutors for all of the work they do with the students throughout the year, and to the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music for their support of our school band.  We are excited to announce that after such a successful first year, we are now taking expressions of interest for students to join the existing Years 3-6 Band in 2017. If you would like to receive more information about this invaluable co-curricular Music Program, please come along to our Information Evening which is being held in the Junior School Music Room at 6.00pm on Monday, 21 November

Well done to Sam Cook, Eden Smith and Liam Lightfoot who participated in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge at Abbotsleigh. All of the students spoke well on the day and Liam progressed through to the finals. Well done on a great effort!

A huge thank you to all of our Junior School families who were able to support Ashley Pernecker of Year 6 at the fundraising BBQ on Tuesday. The funds raised will assist Ashley and her family with the significant costs associated with competing in the All Schools Athletics Championships in Sydney later in the month. Ashley will proudly represent Lakes Grammar and NSW. Well done Ash!

Year 5 and the OC class are currently enjoying their studies in the areas of Space and Colonial Australia. On Wednesday, the students enjoyed visiting the Sydney Observatory and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 commenced intensive swimming school this week and are having a wonderful time at the Mariners YMCA Centre at Tuggerah!

Last Tuesday a number of students who have been attending coding club throughout the year were able to showcase their efforts to proud parents in our computer lab. The students have been using Scratch, an online initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to create stories, games, and animations to share with others around the world. It was fascinating to see the advanced level of coding that the students were using to create their animations online. I was also able to see a number of students completing similar tasks in the schools I recently visited in Canada. A huge well done to all of the students involved on their immense efforts and fascination for learning and creating in this area, and to Ms Jobe-Parker, Miss Lutze, Mr Lawson and Miss Bryson for their efforts with coding club throughout the year.

A number of Lakes Grammar students have recently entered the Central Coast Art competition, attending the presentation day earlier in November at the Toukley Art Gallery. Their art will be shown there throughout the month of November.

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 ‘How to manage a change in routine’ in Week 7 and ‘Noticing details and looking for patterns’ in Week 8. 

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of kindness in Week 5:

Ashlyn Hanson, Madison Koen, Sydney Mugridge, Corey Englebrecht, Paige Lindley, Isla Yager, Liam Macdonald, Abigail Kozaroski, Isabella Matri, Jessica Olivieri, Stephanie Anderson, Alyce Hokin, Tahlia Moore, Bethany Berton, Ashley Gee, Abbie Young, Ellah Ross.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of resisting distractions in Week 6:

Georgina Sleeman, Grace MacLeod, Tanner Hawkins, Brayden Croucher, Ashton Royle, Tyler Gleed, Rhys Fogarty, Oliver Bartley, Abigail Brown, Thomas Lamphee, Chase Bracken, Cooper Fugle, Matthew Corcoran, Austin Murray, Alyssa Durham, Ben McKay, Emma Macdonald.


Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School


We would like to thank all of our students who have taken part in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program this year. Not only does the program reward children for saving regularly, but it is also a great fundraiser for our school.

Keep an eye out for our 2017 Back to School launch in Term 1 next year where you’ll find out about our new theme, new rewards and the Grand Prize competition!

Our final School Banking day will be Thursday, 24 November.  Last date to order rewards will be 24 November.


If you wish to order a reward item for your child this year please ensure that your redemption slip is filled in and returned prior to this date.

Rewards still available:

  • Outback Pat Bag Tag
  • Wriggly Glow Worm
  • Outer Space Saver Money Box (2015)
  • ET DVD (2015)


Any tokens that have not been redeemed this year can be used in 2017.

Banking day is Thursday.



Every child represented Lakes so well, especially with respect to their opponents. They were humble in their success and gracious in defeat. They each tried their best, with all so proud of their efforts. There were 8 rounds to compete against 28 other local schools. Lakes Grammar A came in third place and received an invitation to the next level round. Congratulations to all! Thanks to Mrs Trish Thomas for taking the students and looking after them so well.

Mr Nathan Crumbley

Chess Co-ordinator


Borrowing and Stocktake

A reminder that borrowing for the year has now finished. Could you please start returning any outstanding books by the end of Week 7, ready for our annual stocktake in Week 8.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



During the Christmas Holiday break myself and Ms Charker will be going to a small village in Myanmar as part of a service mission. We will be joining a group from ‘Digging Deep’ that is trying to limit the rate of infant mortality in the remote areas of the country and assist in the education of children in these areas. Hygiene is a big issue and even simple things like having one toilet for a village has proven to have a marked affect on the mortality rate of under 5 year olds. Should children survive their early years then education has a big impact on their futures.

Our role will be in teaching at the local English Speaking School. Children who attend their public school in the morning are allowed to then attend the free English Speaking School in the afternoon. Learning to speak English, as you can imagine, opens up enormous opportunities in these children’s lives.

If possible we would like members of our school community to support us in this mission. So, what can you do to help? Donations of things such as those listed below would be greatly appreciated:

  • Any good quality second hand summer clothes (mainly kids stuff!). T-shirts, shorts, dresses, thongs (the packs of underwear from Target, etc. are great!). If donating teenager sizes, the girls like more modest shorts and clothes (so no really short shorts or skirts, or transparent tops etc.).
  • Sports gear (soccer balls, maybe a pump and connectors), badminton is also popular at the school
  • Dental products - toothbrushes, toothpaste etc. for the dental hygiene program.
  • Reading glasses (in good condition)

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school.

Mr Brant Maslen

Director of Student Wellbeing


The BOSTES Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW applications are now open for Disability Provisions for the 2017 Higher School Certificate. We are sending information to all the families of Year 12 students to outline provision details. An accompanying information sheet from the Board of Studies will be attached to the letter home on the practical support for Higher School Certificate examinations.

Applications for examination provisions close at the end of Term 1, 2017. This submission involves a process of gathering documentary evidence (such as medical certificates, reports and testing by the Learning Support Department or external professional/s) to support the application.

If we can provide you with further information regarding this process for your child or to commence with the application, please contact Ms Stacey Hughes (Learning Support Teacher) by phone on 4393 4111 or email

Ms Stacey Hughes

Learning Support Teacher


Led by two fully qualified drama teaching specialists with years of experience teaching in High School and professional Arts Centres, Liberty Arts Theatre Academy is thrilled to announce that we will be offering our unique drama programme to the senior students at Lakes Grammar School. Our lessons instil confidence, improve creativity and develop communication skills. They are also a lot of fun. Drama is proven to help raise attainment in many other facets of school performance as well as prepare those students interested in a future in the arts. Students can expect to explore a wide range of drama skills such as; drama and speech, improvisation, theatre sport technique, narrative, prose and poetry, solo monologues, duologues, mime and movement, vocal skills, choral speaking, interpreting and performing script, devising and Shakespeare.

Our drama programme is for those with lots of experience or for beginners – all are welcome! Students are also able to take a free trial for the club before signing up. We offer the drama clubs and the Trinity programme as detailed below.

The Spotlights Drama Club (11 – 13 years) will run on a Monday from 4.10 – 5.10pm and the Scenes Youth Theatre group (14+) will run on a Friday from 4.20 – 5.20pm.

Students can also take the international Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama training and examinations; a brand and qualification that is internationally recognised, is delivered, assessed and graded world-wide in over 60 countries. A number of leading Independent schools across New South Wales offer the Trinity syllabus including Ascham, Roseville College, MLC, Wenona, Abbotsleigh, Ravenswood, St Catherine’s and Hunter Valley Grammar. Students can take the Trinity lessons as solo, duo or small groups during their lunch break.

Our programme has proved incredibly popular in the junior school and since starting in Term 3, we now run seven full drama classes, including four trinity classes, teaching to a total of 47 children each week and we continue to grow.

For more information and to find out more about us and what we do, visit our website at, contact or call 0415 791 258. Further details for how to secure your place in a class will be delivered via the school in Term 1 2017.

We look forward to meeting you.


Liberty Arts Theatre Academy.


Congratulations to Peggie Pantsos (HSC 2016 student) on being nominated for Artexpress, 2016. Peggie has produced a fascinating body of work as part of her Visual Arts course assignment over the past year. It is no surprise to see her work being considered for such an elite exhibition. She produced a series of 46 photos and a video of her painted models. Peggie’s family have been hugely supportive of her work, even being prepared to act as models, having their entire bodies painted for several photo shoots. 

Peggie’s work is now in Sydney, waiting final selection. Not all nominated art work is included in the final Artexpress Exhibition, however, it is a great honour to be nominated. The final selection will be announced at the end of the month.     

Mrs Anne Hobden

Creative and Performing Arts Co-ordinator



HRIS Touch Football 
Last Wednesday our Years 5 and 6 Touch Football teams took a bus ride to Wallsend. There, under the tutelage of Mr Cantor and Mr Lawson, they competed against a number of other schools in an attempt to claim the title of HRIS Touch Football Champions. The boys team started well and emerged as victors. They played the other two leading teams for a loss and a draw. Overall the Boys finished 3rd, a result of great effort and encouraging sportsmanship. Opposing coaches spoke highly of our boys’ teamwork and commented enviously on 'twinkle toes' Zac Gillett.

The girls team started tentatively with a couple of losses but with each game they showed improvement in both defence and attack.  Suddenly gears started to click, passes were thrown two and three players wide, gaps in the opposition defence were exploited and the girls began to experience the thrill of team play.  At the end the Girls finished 5th.  Such was the improvement in each game that Coaches Cantor and Lawson confidently remarked that had the day been longer they would have been able to defeat the Aussie Women's Olympic 7's by dinner time.

Thanks to the parents who attended, supported, yelled encouragement, fed and watered the teams.

Mr Andrew Lawson


Touch Football

The Senior HRIS Touch football gala day was held in very warm conditions last Tuesday at Tomarree Sporting Fields. The heat made for a tough day of competition and our teams played well all day in these testing conditions. Many games were won or lost by a couple of tries. Our girls side finished 6th overall and the boys side finished 5th overall. 

Water Polo

Our Girls Water Polo team will compete today (Friday, 18 November) against all Central Coast schools in the Wombat Cup. This tournament will be held at Wyong Olympic Pool and we wish our girls best of luck.

Whitney Akhurst who was selected in the AICES Water Polo team competed in the NSW CIS Championships recently. She learnt a lot from the experience and was impressed with the talent that was on show.


Keely Bogle competed at the HRIS Softball Championships this term and she was outstanding during all games, gaining selection in the HRIS side. Keely has since gone on to play for HRIS at the AICES Championships where her team finished 2nd overall. Keely pitched many great games and was just pipped at the post for selection in the AICES team.

Mr Darren Beecroft



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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