I returned to school on Wednesday, which was just over seven weeks since I had my cycling accident. That resulted in five days in hospital, then, a couple of weeks later, surgery to screw my shoulder back together. I don’t have full movement of my right arm yet but it is on the mend. I have come back with a beard, mainly because while my arm was incapacitated, I couldn’t shave well enough. So I thought I would keep it on for a while to give our students something to be amused by – and they have been!
I kept in touch with Mr Samways while I was off and was pleased to hear that we have had a good start to the school year. I am grateful to Mr Samways for taking on the role of Acting Principal and once again doing it very effectively. Unfortunately, at time of writing, COVID-19 is still causing some restrictions to be placed on schools, mainly relating to parents on site. On the other hand, it is great that we have been able to re-commence most of our usual student activities, such as chapel and assembly, camps and excursions. We are hoping that the restrictions will be loosened further soon, given the very good COVID-free run NSW has had.
School Sports Carnivals
Unfortunately, the COVID regulations relating to sport are different when it is on school grounds versus off-site. Our Cross-Country Carnivals are held here at school. The current requirements for schools are:
No parents, carers or other spectators are permitted to attend activities held on school sites during school hours.
Parents, carers and other spectators may attend sporting events and activities held outside of the school site in accordance with the COVID-19 Safety Plan of the venue.
So, while we as well as you would love to have parents attend, we are still not permitted to allow that on our site
Parents and Friends Committee
I encourage you to attend our first in person P&F meeting in a year on 9 March. Our P&F meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in term time, beginning at 7pm in the Junior School library.
Siblings entering Kindergarten or Year 7 2022
I am currently interviewing external applicants for Year 7. We have also asked our current Year 6 parents to indicate their intentions for their child for Year 7 next year. Please note that students who attend Lakes do not need to reapply for Year 7.
It is important that we have this information, as you understand it at present, so we know how many places we will have to offer to external students.
A reminder to contact our Registrar if you have a child or sibling you wish to enrol in Kindergarten or Year 7 next year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have included a recent article from the Sydney Morning Herald regarding online safety and young people. It notes that online abuse of a teenager often happens in the home and parents are totally unaware. I recommend reading the article and also checking out the resources for parents and young people at: https://www.esafety.gov.au/
I look forward to seeing you more as the restrictions are eased over the coming months.
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
K - 12 Cross Country
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Please refer to notes home for full details.
What an action-packed couple of weeks we have had in school. Kindies are well and truly in the groove of life at school, swimming carnivals have happened with historic first wins, Valentine’s Day fundraisers saw roses delivered across Senior School and Year 12 Retreat happened for the 9th consecutive year. All of these events add to the tapestry of being Lakes Grammar and foster a sense of belonging to our community. And chapels are almost back to how they were…no more time limits!
Mrs MacLarty and I were reflecting on how amazing our Year 12’s were at Retreat. It was functionally the easiest one we have run yet. Students would actively look for ways to help out, never complained about tasks that had to be done and threw themselves into our activities whole-heartedly. The river was perfect for swimming and floatation devices were of a spectacular variety. Our aim was to help them reflect deeply on who they wanted to be as they journey through this year, not just individually, but also collectively. They embraced the opportunity to engage with others outside their immediate friendship groups and it was wonderful to see a growing affection for each other. We are praying that this continues as the year moves on.
On a more personal note, I am scheduled for surgery on the 23rd of this month to repair a ruptured ACL in my knee. Apparently playing sport at my age is bad for the body. If you think of it on Tuesday, I would really appreciate your prayers. I will be off school for at least 3 weeks as I begin rehabilitation which will require much determination and perseverance. Hopefully the surgery will mean I can go to the beach and actually swim in the waves instead of sitting on the sand and dreaming….eventually at least. Think I might be banned from playing soccer though. I’ll see you on the other side, hopefully before the term ends.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
EQUESTRIAN TEAM NEWS
Equestrian Team News
Welcome back! I hope I will get to see many Equestrian Team members at events this year.
If your child is interested in joining out Equestrian team, please contact me via the email below. Please do this even if you have contacted me before, so I can update our list with correct emails.
We are planning to run our own Interschool Equestrian Event again later this year.
More information will come about this.
Willow Tree Horse Sports
Friday, 12 March
Please contact me for information as entries close on Friday, 26 February but I will need all forms by Tuesday, 23 February.
The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behaviour for Learning and Virtues programs.
Building Learning Power develops the capacity of students for learning, their curiosity, craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration.
The Virtues program develops children’s Christian values, moral harmony and moral integrity, including kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, service, empathy and moral courage.
Positive Behaviour for Learning develops our student self-regulation and self-awareness to demonstrate respect, responsibility and care for themselves and others.
The Junior School collectively focuses on a Habit each week drawn from one of the three programs whilst concurrently working with students to develop a range of habits and capacities in the day-to-day life of the school.
Building Learning Power
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘being prepared and organized for learning’:
Aryan Darji, Patrick Connor, Chloe Quinn, Zara Waldon, Zahlia Nielsen, Elena Xu, Sienna DeBono, Maddison Raeside, Lucy Webb, Jorja Beasley, Max Sawicki, Maggie Yager, Alana Beggs, Alba Britten, Claire Hennessy, Emma Lamphee and Ayva Belgre.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘commitment’:
Libby Jessup, Logan Mellon, Haven Fox, Annabella Cantor, Connor Eckersley, Mylee McCabe, Nate Brownlaw, Cooper Drady, Grayson Kowaliw, Cameron Steer, Ashley Webb, Kennedie Gardner, Chelsea Rogers, April Murphy, Jasmine Delaney and Abhishek Babu.
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 8.00am, they need to use this time to prepare for the day ahead and to arrange meetings.
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.
School Banking will recommence on Thursday, 25 February.
If your child already has a Dollarmites deposit wallet you can simply continue to send that in and collect a silver Dollarmites Token.
Once you collect 10 tokens (if receiving physical tokens – maximum 1 token per week), you can choose a reward by placing the redemption slip and 10 tokens in your Dollarmites deposit wallet and bringing it in on School Banking Day (Thursdays).
Your child can even track their savings progress in the CommBank Youth app.
If your child would like to start saving with the Commonwealth Bank flyers will go home to help you organise for this to happen.
A big thank you to our P&F for providing this service to our school.
This no-cost app contains up-to-date and evidence-based online safety information that will help parents and carers support their children’s digital behaviour and reduce online harms. Download the app on Google play and the App store.
This toolkit from Smiling Mind has been designed to support and enrich the lives of Australian families by introducing simple and practical ways to be more mindful, present, and engaged with each other.
We now have over 80 students registered in this year’s PRC.
A fantastic effort! Keep them coming in K-6.
PRC for Kinder and Year 1
This year the Library will be keeping a record of PRC books read to Kinder and Year 1 in both the Library and in class. This means that K-1 students will have the choice of documenting their own reading at home or completing the challenge with reading done at school.
We encourage all K-1 students to register as if we have not received a home reading log for a student by 20 August your child’s PRC list will be used for them to complete the challenge.
Clean Up Schools Day
Our school has again registered for this great initiative. It will take place on the JS grounds on Friday, 26 February for K-6 students. It is so wonderful to see students caring for their school and environment!
Clean Up Australia Day is occurring on Sunday, 8 March for anyone interested in participating in their local community.
Junior School Teacher Librarian
Lakes Grammar is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help teach your child about money. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
The rewards available during 2021 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Scented Stackable Highlighters
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Icicle Slapband Ruler
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Snowy Origami Set
o Treetop Handball
o Water Skimming Bounce Ball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers
o Emoji Wallet
o Scratch Art Cards
o Snakes & Ladders Game
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year. For more information about contribution payments, visit commbank.com.au/sbinfo.
Getting involved in School Banking is easy!
All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:
Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.
If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.
If you don’t have one the volunteers can issue you with a new one just put your money in an envelope with your name, childs name, account number and a contact number for yourself.
School Banking day is THURSDAY. Each week your teacher will collect deposit books which are collected by volunteers and processed on site and returned to your childs class.
A 2021 School Banking program parent guide will be available soon and handed out to students to bring hom
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
TEACHING AND LEARNING
In the Senior School this year we are furthering our understanding and implementation of a Learning Powered Approach. Staff have been working with students to design their learning goals. When designing their learning goals students look at what they want to learn but also how they are going to get there, thinking about the processes they need to put in place to achieve these goals. Varied techniques are being used across the classrooms to assist students develop a sense of agency and therefore responsibility, especially in our senior classrooms. “Student agency, or the ability to manage one’s learning, can have significant effects on academic achievement as students take an active role in seeking and internalizing new knowledge.” (American Centre for Research – 2018) . Research shows if senior students are self-monitoring and are self-motivated this will assist them to reach their goals in life.
In senior Engineering classes students are logging onto their class teams at the end of lessons to rate their understanding about skills and knowledge they have been taught that lesson. This gives Mr Sewell immediate feedback and gives the students a time of reflection where they can take responsibility for how they are thinking and feeling and therefore leading them to plan for how they can improve their understanding.
In senior PDPHE classes, students have been looking at the HSC performance descriptors with Mr Campbell and rating themselves to see where they sit on the Band 2-Band 6 scale. Students have then reflected and planned for how they are going to improve on their current level of achievement or maintain their high attainment levels.
In English Advanced, students are being given a choice for how they wish to engage with a documentary being studied. Students can either work silently on their own computers, stopping the documentary where they wish to and take notes or they can work in a group with the teacher and therefore discuss with each other as they watch it. The immediate feedback from the students has been they are really enjoying being given the choice of how they wish to engage with the text.
To further students’ organisational skills, this week we had Elevate Education run two workshops for our Year 12 students. These workshops looked at how to use techniques to maximise their memory which will help them recall information during exams and how to plan an effective study program. I have also emailed out to all parents webinars Elevate Education offer around supporting your child through their studies; I encourage you to have a look at these.
Finally, it is exciting to announce that three of our students have been accepted into the Macquarie University Gifted and Talented Program. This program allows these students to study a first-year university subject targeting the concept of critical thinking. Congratulations to the following students from Year 11 for being accepted into this course:
Director of Teaching and Learning
The Mental Health Advocacy Team and Prefects are upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because we know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to “Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm”.
Some activities held during our Random Act of Kindness Day!
Tag You’re It cards.
Kindness colouring - a great mindfulness activity.
Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing
DUKE OF EDINBURGH REPORT
A big congratulations to the Year 9 students who have registered for the Duke of Edinburgh challenge in 2021 and our silver students in Year 10 are looking forward to mentoring the Bronze students. I am looking forward to supporting you throughout your journey.
All participants are currently having fun with the preparation and training section of the award during our Outdoor Recreation Sport Program. So far this term students have displayed endurance and fitness whilst swimming and paddle boarding.
Over the next few weeks the group will be learning how to use the online log book, hiking, rock climbing in preparation for the practice expedition on Monday, 29 March - Wednesday, 31 March.
A big thankyou to the parents who are transporting their children to and from the venues so students can achieve this internationally acclaimed award. I encourage all families of participants to remind participants to keep their online record book logs up to date, ensure registration has been paid online and write the expedition dates on a calendar.
More information about the adventurous expedition and costings will be given in the upcoming weeks.
Senior School Teacher
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
School Sport - Tuesdays
School sport is now up and running.
Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, white / coloured joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well during the hotter months.
Please see Mr Cantor for any questions regarding Tuesday sport.
2-6 Primary Swimming Carnival
What a wonderful day was had at our Lakes Grammar Swimming Carnival held at Mingara Pool on Friday, 5 February. Although a little different this year (with no spectators), students competed well and behaved impeccably.
Congratulations to the following Age Champions from the day:
7 Age Champions - Samantha Bulloch and Annie Hayes
8 Age Champions - Lennox Beecroft and Lotus Vugrinec
9 Age Champions - Jack Murdoch and Georgia Lees
10 Age Champions - Lucas Butcher and Zara Feller
11 Age Champions - Ben Ruzicka and Willow Stuart
12 Age Champions - Cohen Baldwin and Miranda Feller
Multiclass - James Morley and Aaliyah Currie
Open Champions - Cohen Baldwin and Miranda Feller
These students along with other successful competitors will be attending the HRIS Swimming Carnival at Lambton Pool on Thursday, 4 March 2021. Notes have already gone home for this event.
CIS / HRIS Sport nominations / Trials - 5/6
We wish Gemma Rooke and Addison Kowaliw (Year 6) well as they trial for the HRIS Netball team in Newcastle in early March.
We also wish Harrison Williams, Tyler Gleed (Year 6) and Callum Lightfoot (Year 5) well as they trial for the HRIS Football team at Cessnock in the coming weeks. Callum is also trialling for CIS Basketball in Sydney. Good luck to all these students!!
Lakes Grammar Cross Country Carnival
The Cross Country will take place next Thursday, 25 February on the school grounds. A note with all the information will be emailed to parents/caregivers.
Unfortunately, parents and friends will not be permitted on site to spectate at this event. Please ensure your child has a hat and water bottle on the day. Photos and report will be available in the next newsletter.
K - 6 Sports Co-ordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Austin Murray competed in the ACIES Open Tennis Championships last week. He put in a very strong performance against many older competitors. He won 4 of his matches and made it to the 1/4 final through the repecharge.
Secondary Swimming Carnival
The Secondary Swimming Carnival was a fun and competitive day. The weather held out, even though it was a little cold at times. There were many strong performances on the day as well as students getting in and participating in the non-competitive 25m races.
Age and Open Champions:
12 Age Champions – Rhys Fogarty and Leah Wood
13 Age Champions - Ethan Arneil and Giselle Simon
14 Age Champions - Taj Buckland and Morgan Jones
15 Age Champions - William Edwards and Rihana Gosselin
16 Age Champions - Sam Cook and Tjanarra Ah-See
17 Age Champions - Jack Blackshaw and Ashley Pernecker
18 Age Champions – Fox Smith and Madeline James
Open Champions- Fox Smith and Rihana Gosselin
After a strong hold on the college Championship over the years Lightfoot was pipped at the post and Ridley were crowned College Champions!
Our Open teams will play their first-round matches of the NSWCIS Cup on Friday, 26 February. We wish them luck.
Open teams will compete in the HRIS Tennis Championships on Tuesday, 23 February. We wish them luck.
Surf Survival Certificate Course
The Surf Survival Certificate has once again been very popular this year. Unfortunately, there were only limited numbers available and those students who handed in their permission note and paid first were given priority. Students who missed out have been recorded and they will have first choice next year. This course will run on an annual basis and I encourage all students who have not completed this course to take up the opportunity during their high school years if they can.
Term 1 – Key Sporting Dates
23rd February – Open HRIS Tennis Gala Day
25th February – School Cross Country Championships
3rd March – Open HRIS Hockey Trials & Gala Day
9th March – Open & 15yrs HRIS Netball Trials
10th March – HRIS Div 2 Secondary Swimming Championships
15th March – Open/15 girls & 16 boys HRIS Football (soccer) Trials
16th March – Open & 15’s HRIS Touch Football Trials
22nd March – Open boys HRIS Football Trials
Term 2 – Key Sporting Dates
30th April – HRIS Cross Country
If you would like to attend any of these sporting events please see Mr Beecroft for the nomination details well before trial date as nominations close, at least 1 week before competition or trial.
Please note, students wishing to trial for HRIS representative teams should be playing at a representative level outside of school. This is the performance standard of other trialling athletes from the other 19 HRIS schools.