The P&F Welcome BBQ and Information Night for Junior School was well-attended given the weather/flooding and crazy traffic that resulted. Many thanks to the P&F for providing this opportunity for families to meet each other, meet teachers and learn about the year ahead in their children’s classes.
Our first meeting for the year was the best attended meeting in the history of the school! It was good to welcome new parents to the school and others who were able to come for a social get together before the meeting. There is a renewed energy and interest in working for the benefit of our students and I thank all those who came, shared ideas or just listened. Thanks also to those who have nominated for Executive roles – even in this we have had more nominations than ever before.
At this meeting I presented two very worthwhile projects for the P&F to fund this year. One is a “Yarning Circle” in the Junior School. This is an outdoor learning space in a circular shape made mostly from natural materials. We’re working on a final design and costing. We plan to work with an Aboriginal artist to create artworks within the circle. It will also be surrounded by bush tucker plants. Teachers of any class will be able to take their students for an outdoor lesson.
The other project is a set of herb, vegetable and bush tucker gardens in the Senior School that will support our STEM program, “Paddock to Plate”. This will provide another excellent learning resource for the school. I thank our P&F for their continual support of initiatives such as these that improve resources for our students.
The Annual General Meeting of the P&F will be held on 10 March at 6.30pm. This is usually a fairly short meeting at which annual reports are tabled and a new Executive elected. This will be followed by the regular monthly meeting at 7.00pm.
If you wish to nominate for a role on the Executive you need to email my secretary, Liz Evans, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4.00pm next Friday, 28 February.
There will be motions to change some aspects of the P&F Constitution at the March meeting. I will email these to the school community by 25 February, two weeks before the meeting as required by the Constitution. I raised these at the last meeting. I will send the motions, with a draft revised Constitution and a rationale for the proposed changes.
Lakes graduate news
This week we received an email from the mother of one of our 2018 graduates informing us of her daughter’s progress. At the end of the email she wrote:
“Thank you so much for the caring and kindness you gave to …… in high school. She knows how much you cared about her. The school has been outstanding in the way they have helped and supported her.”
It is always gratifying to read or hear of the positive impact our school has had on our students, especially to know that our students have recognised how much our staff really care for them.
Mr Michael Hannah
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
Kindergarten 2021 Parent Information Evening and Twilight Tour
So last time I put together some mutterings I talked about rain….and boy did it rain after that. As though the bushfires weren’t stressful enough, we then had flooding. What a crazy start to the year! I hope and pray that everyone is recovering from this latest extraordinary experience. Like many others, the water caused chaos for our household and it is good to see the lakes and rivers sitting closer to normal.
Speaking of extraordinary, Week 4 has been a cracker. On Sunday we witnessed the “Blessing of the Backpacks” at Lakes Anglican Church. This was a really wonderful opportunity for our Kindy students to experience the love and care that the people of Lakes Anglican have for our school community. They were super cute in their new uniforms and each student received a special tag for their new backpacks. Reverend Jody gave a great talk about what is important to pack for school and life and what might be best left out of our lives. And the morning tea was epic too.
To wrap up our week we have the Year 12 retreat at Riverwood Downs. It’s like a bookend for last Sunday. Our Year 12 cohort will have time to relax together, reflect on their journey so far and hopefully be equipped for what lies ahead. It seems like only yesterday that they were in Kindy, wide eyed with so much education still to live through. As we launch them into their last three terms we pray that they may know that they are precious and loved and are here on this planet for a reason. This is our hope for all our students and this week beautifully represents the 13 year adventure that we share.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
STUDENT RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND OTHER INFORMATION COLLECTION NOTICE
We sincerely appreciate your ongoing support and generosity with opening up your home and hosting an International student for Nacel in the past.
We have International students arriving into Australia from France, Italy and Spain in 2020 and are reaching out to see if you and your family may be available to host a student for us again.
Students are aged between 14 – 17 years of age and are here to experience the Australian culture, improve their English language skills and attend high school with their host sibling/s.
Students are in Australia from June, July and August. Students are here for 4 and 10 Week Programs. Dates below are based on your location:
New South Wales
10 Weeks: 13 June 2020 – 22 August 2020
5 Weeks: 18 July 2020 – 22 August 2020
4 Weeks: 18 July 2020 – 15 August 2020
4 Weeks: 25 July 2020 – 22 August 2020
We are offering the following incentives for hosting this year:
$100 Woolworths Wish Gift Cards per week of hosting
$750 discount off any of our Outbound Programs in 2020
For those families whose children may have already left school we also have adult French Chaperones arriving with the students into Sydney and Perth for 4 weeks, who are also looking for a Homestay experience with a Host Family. You will receive the same hosting incentives as you would hosting a student.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you again for your consideration.
We have the exciting news that the Board of the SchoolAid charity have endorsed Lakes Grammar for National School Accreditation for Empowering Young Philanthropists. This reflects a number of initiatives that our children have been involved in over the years, including fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Foundation with the OC class a few years ago, the Kids For a Cause Charity work that children have done on Monday morning assemblies and throughout the following week, additional fundraising that we’ve done for different national disasters, Samaritans and the like, and the way in which students engage in school and community service activities, particularly through the Ulimiliko program in Years 5, 6 and onwards.
The Board is very impressed with our focus on encouraging students to undertake campaigns and fundraising events to support others in need. They also recognise our positive and proactive approach to empowering young philanthropists.
The SchoolAid Board has accepted an invitation by their patron, Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) to hold a presentation ceremony for this award to Lakes and other schools receiving this recognition at Admiralty House in Sydney in early Term 2.
Athletics Carnival - Date Change
The original dates for Athletics Carnivals this year were for the Senior School Carnival to be held on Monday 30 March and the Junior School Carnival on Tuesday 31 March, both at Mingara.
Since the booking of the venue, a clash has arisen with the AICES Swimming Carnival which has also been placed on Monday 30 March. AICES are a secondary sport association level which sits between HRIS and CIS, so would not necessarily be an organisation familiar to our Junior School families.
To work around this, the School Athletics Carnivals will now be held for the Junior School on Monday, 30 March and the Senior School on Tuesday, 31 March. This will enable our Senior students to compete at AICES Swimming on the Monday and our Senior School Athletics Carnival on the Tuesday.
K – 2 Assembly and Chapel will therefore not be held on Monday 30 March, and Assembly (1B) and Chapel (2T) will be postponed until Monday 4 May (Term 2, Week 2).
As a result we will also not be able to run Term Sport on Tuesday 31 March as arrangements had already been made with providers and for buses, however, students will still wear sports uniform on that day to participate in class or grade sport at school.
Building Learning Power
We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of our ‘Building Learning Power’ program (Reach Out, Look Within, Think Clearly and Believe in Ourselves) which link in with our school motto ‘With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength’.
A number of learning actions which are associated with each area are listed around the outside of the circle.
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 beginning of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 5: Collaboration – learn with and from others
Week 6: Respect fellow learners and teachers
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘being prepared and organized for learning’:
Oscar A, Indie F, Ava B, Lotus V, Sienna D, Emma B, Maggie Y, Lila F, Nicholas B, Hiya B, Ellie P, Chanel T, Giselle S.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘commitment’:
Arthur G, Annabella C, Nathan J, Sadie P, Lennox B, Bronson C, Georgie F, Cooper O, Georgina S, Olyver H, Addison K, Grace C, Cohan V.
Uniform Summer uniform is worn in Term 1. Students MUST wear a hat at all times when outdoors. I would encourage all parents to ensure that their child’s hat is clearly labelled with their name and to have a spare hat in their child’s school bag in case one goes missing. We do not encourage children to share their hats with others for creepy crawly reasons!
School Arrival Time and Before School Care
As you would be aware, the School opens at 8.00am and teachers are on duty to receive children in the Main Courtyard underneath the COLA from this time. While many teachers are on the premises before 8.15am, they need to use this time to prepare for the day ahead and to meet with colleagues or parents.
Please ensure that your child is not dropped off at school before 8.00am unless they are booked into Sunbeams for Before School Care. There is no supervision available before 8.00am.
K - 2 Play Equipment
A reminder that the K - 2 play equipment area is not open for use by children until 8.22am each morning. This is to ensure that we minimise the likelihood of accidents occurring during the morning period. I have also reminded the students that the use of the equipment before this time is not acceptable. I would ask that you assist us by ensuring that younger siblings refrain from climbing on equipment in this space while waiting to drop off K – 2 students.
A reminder that we also have a “no dog” policy on the School grounds.
Traffic and Parking
My sincerest thanks for your patience this year with the traffic and parking congestion around the school. The first weeks are always busy with children needing assistance with bags and the like and families enjoying a catch up in the grounds. To ensure that drop off and pick up times remain as streamlined as possible, I would ask for your assistance with the following.
Please ensure that when using Kiss and Go that children get out of your vehicle on the kerb side only, with their bags. Getting out of your car to assist with bags from the boot and hugging your child goodbye can hold up the queue considerably during busy periods. It is dangerous for any child to get out of their car on the road side of ‘Kiss and Go’ as they are close to the through traffic.
Please use only the marked pedestrian crossing directly in front of the school to come and go from the carpark. A lot of families are using the speed humps in the carpark as pedestrian crossings… but these are not pedestrian crossings and it is dangerous to cross the road through the Kiss and Go queue.
Kindergarten students and their siblings attending Parent Park can be collected from the new deck at the end of the verandah, past the Junior School Library and near the OC class. Students in Years 1 – 6 will continue to be collected from the verandah area at the front of the Junior School Library. This will help the Kindergarten students to be able to meet up with their parents as smoothly as possible.
I would also like to request that parents refrain from standing directly in front of the metal gate at the front of the school when using Parent Park as this obstructs the ‘Kiss and Go’ and Bus groups from exiting the school in the afternoon.
Please wait until children are seated before collecting them from Parent Park as this helps our teachers to ensure that all students meet their parents safely. Parents are also asked to walk up to Parent Park to collect your child or children.
We have purchased a small blue wizbin which has been clearly marked and has been placed in the breezeway near the Junior School Office.
Lost property (mainly lunch boxes and bottles, but not clothing/uniform items) will be placed in the bin each day. All lost school uniform items will continue to be returned to the office as usual.
Please check lost property regularly for your child’s items if they have misplaced something - this should help to keep the playground tidy and to have lost property in one place.
I hope that the start of the year has been a smooth one for your family and I look forward to a busy and engaging year with your children.
Head of Junior School
Book Reading Promotions - Booklover’s Buffet
A great lesson was had last Tuesday morning when 5/6OC participated in the Booklover’s Buffet activity. In this lesson, students rotated around desks with various genres in front of them. They each had 2 minutes to read the blurb and flick through the book, writing a quick recommendation. All in all, the students got through 11 books each. The purpose was to encourage reading by exposing students to a wider variety of books than they might already be reading. The lesson was a huge success, so much so that we are looking to do this with our current Year 6 classes where reading for pleasure usually drops off at this age. Thanks to Mrs Livette for allowing this to happen with her class.
Bush Poetry Competition
An exciting competition on Bush Poetry titled ‘Oracles of the Bush’ is currently available to Year 3-6 students. Please see Mrs Tennant or Mr Summers in the Junior School Library for more information.
Entries close 14 March 2020.
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020
PRC 2020 is now up and running! We have around 90 students so far that have registered which is a wonderful effort. It is not too late to register…Friday, 1 May is the cut-off date.
Clean Up Schools Day
Once again this year, our school will be participating in Clean – up Schools Day on Friday, 28 February. All equipment will be supplied but if students would like to bring gloves from home, they are welcome to do so. This is an important event that takes place in our school to help students appreciate the environment and our school grounds. Photos will be available in the next newsletter. Thank you for your support.
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has now released new resources for Primary students.
These resources will immerse young children into a bright, visual and interactive world of online safety where students aged 5 to 9 can explore a range of topics to get online safety conversations started at home.
Guide Supporting Parents of Children with Anxiety
Co-developed with the Parenting Research Centre, this guide is designed to help practitioners better support parents with children (aged 9-12 years) who are experiencing mild-moderate anxiety. The guide offers practical advice and is accompanied by two parent guides, “Gathering information about your child’s experience of anxiety” and “Supporting your child.”
At Lakes Grammar we value regular school attendance. Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school on time each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities.
At Lakes we aim to have our school attendance rate at above 90%.
We did reach target for the Junior School in Week 2 and 3.
We did reach target in the Senior School in Week 2 but not in Week 3.
Absence Explanation Note: If your child is away from school, a note explaining their absence is required within 7 days of returning to school. If a note is not received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained.’
Parents can use one of a variety of ways to notify the school or an absence;
Phone the school and select option 1 to report an absence.
A printed or handwritten note sent to school via mail or with your child.
Fill in a slip at the front office.
Partial Absences are recorded for each child every time they are late to school or leave early from school. Partial Absences are recorded and they are logged when a child is signed in or out at the office. Partial Absence from school does add up to time away from learning, settling into routines of the day or saying goodbye at the end of the day.
Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing (K-6)
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
When: Wednesday morning 8.00am
Why: Help with homework, concepts from class, a place to quietly revise and study, a place to complete homework…..even if you don’t need extra help
Who: all students who want to improve their skills (irrespective of their starting point)
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Lakes Grammar Swimming Carnival
A great day was had on Wednesday, 5 February when Years 2-6 attended the annual Lakes Grammar swimming carnival. It was an action-packed event in which all students had a great day either participating or cheering their Colleges on. Congratulations to the Age Champions on the day:
7 years – Asher Mosca-Stollznow and Skylar Butt
8 years – Jack Murdoch and Georgia Lees
9 years – Cooper Nicholls and Zara Feller
10 years – Ben Ruzicka and Willow Stuart
11 years – Corey Englebrecht and Miranda Feller
12 years – Ethan Arneil and Hannah Ruzicka
Open Champions – Ethan Arneil and Hannah Ruzicka
Winning College – Lightfoot
Those students who will be representing Lakes Grammar at the HRIS Swimming carnival at Maitland on Thursday, 5 March have been notified. Please return the notes ASAP.
Sport Choices 2020 – Term 1
Sport choices for this term are now up and running. Please see Mr Cantor for any questions.
Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…
Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, school sport shorts and socks. Lace-up joggers that support the ankles. Joggers of a solid colour other than white, canvas shoes, skate shoes and bright fluorescent (other than a small amount of striping) are not permitted. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well during the hotter months.
2020 HRIS / CIS Trials and 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 Junior School Sports noticeboard with upcoming events and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:
There is also a CIS app available for APPLE / ANDROID devices, regarding upcoming events.
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 either from the school or online (details below). They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.
Please note: new procedures when purchasing HRIS Merchandise:
Competitors must arrive at the venue wearing either a HRIS polo shirt OR long sleeve tee, along with school sport shorts/tracksuit. ALL HRIS representatives are to present to the relevant HRIS Manager in one of these items. HRIS Polo shirts and long sleeve tee, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store. HRIS is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Classic Sportswear are now offering a growing range of merchandise that only HRIS sport representatives can access. Optional items include a HRIS hoodie and cap. The cap is the only cap that can be worn whilst representing HRIS in sports such as Softball and Touch Football, but can also be purchased by representatives in other HRIS sports. Once your order has been finalized, the items will be sent directly to you within a few days. Purchases can be made via the following link: