Week 8, Term 1 2021


Building Better Futures

What are your deepest hopes for your child’s future? Many parents say, “I just want my child to be happy”. Happiness is great while it lasts, but it is fleeting. We all experience life’s ups and downs, highs and lows. We can’t rely on happiness to get us through the harder times. Many psychologists argue that what we need for a fulfilling life is a sense of purpose, a reason for being and a sense of personal agency. Personal agency is the belief that we are able to make decisions and carry out actions that we choose for ourselves. It is personal responsibility for who we are, what we experience, what we do about that experience, and how we shape our world to give us more of the experiences we want. Although it is illusory to believe that we can completely control everything that happens to us, we need a sense that we can influence our lives and take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. In a Christian view of life we also recognise our responsibility to others. The two greatest rules for life, according to Jesus, are to love God and love our neighbour (that is, whoever we come in contact with). Jesus urges us to treat others as we would wish to be treated.

At Lakes Grammar we are equipping our students to have the personal agency to build better futures. This is our vision for our graduates – that they will be equipped to build a better future for themselves and for the communities in which they will live and work. This, in turn, gives a sense of purpose in life. If we see our life’s purpose being to build better futures we will feel more fulfilled, have greater wellbeing and have contributed to the wellbeing of others. This is also about building character. As an Anglican school we ground our character formation in the teachings and example of Jesus. Our character develops as we seek to be more Christ-like in our everyday behaviour.

To help us in this vision of equipping our students to build better futures as people of character, we have developed a framework that integrates our Christian, wellbeing and learning goals. We call it the Vital Framework.

The Vital Framework

We call this framework Vital because vital is from the Latin vita which means life. So Vital is about living and what is essential for a good life. It also implies energy, liveliness, even life-giving. The Vital framework gives a broad description of the type of graduate we want to see emerging from Lakes Grammar, a person who is faithful, compassionate, reflective, inquisitive and determined. Each character quality is comprised of several components that help to build that aspect of character. Many of them interrelate – we are whole people after all and can't be broken down into separate parts. All the components, and other influences beyond school, combine to nurture a flourishing human being, who has the qualities and tools to build better futures for themselves and others.



  • Love God and neighbour
  • Develop respectful relationships
  • Connect with school, community and beyond
  • Serve others both near and far
  • Care for our world


  • Listen and communicate respectfully and with empathy
  • Respect family, peers and teachers
  • Help others
  • Live and lead with humility


  • Set goals and devise a plan for achieving them
  • Self-Evaluate – assess the quality of your work and know yourself as a learner
  • Adjust actions based on feedback


  • Question – seek truth and understanding
  • Imagine: Creatively explore possibilities
  • Notice detail and look for patterns
  • Reason - think critically and analyse complex issues
  • Collaborate: learn with and from others
  • Communicate – share your ideas


  • Focus – resist distractions and concentrate
  • Persevere when presented with challenges
  • Rebound from setbacks and mistakes
  • Practise the hard parts
  • Strive to create quality work
  • Seek opportunities for growth

We are developing our student wellbeing and Chapel programs to reflect this framework. The approach to learning, which is most evident in the Reflective, Inquisitive and Determined qualities, is shaped by the Learning Power Approach (LPA) as developed by Guy Claxton. Through the LPA we are building the dispositions that help students to be powerful learners – at school and beyond. The LPA adopts the same “learning muscles” and teaching strategies as Building Learning Power, which we have been developing for several years.

We hope you will be as excited by our vision and our Vital framework as we are. The partnership between home and school is critical to a young person’s wellbeing and academic progress. As we unite our vision for our young people, we will be building better futures for them and for our world.

Parents and Friends Committee

It was good to welcome parents to our first on-site P&F meeting in a year last Tuesday night. It was lovely also to see some new parents join us. Among other things, we discussed:

  • The Vital Framework.
  • HSC results, teachers’ analysis of these and planning for continued improvement.
  • The perennial problem of traffic.
  • Textbook packs.
  • Mothers’ Day gifts – online only again this year.
  • The Easter raffle.

The P&F meets on the second Tuesday of the month in term time, usually in the Junior School library at 7.00pm. This meeting was in the school hall due to COVID space regulations. We can probably meet in the library next month, based on the number of people who attended this last meeting.


We have decided not to hold Grandparents’ Day again this year on the last day of term. The lifting of restrictions only left three weeks to organise it, which was insufficient. Additionally, we were concerned that the number of attendees would exceed the capacity of the Junior School courtyard and the hall, given the 1 person per 2sq m rule.

The Junior School will still have an Easter Service in the morning and the Senior School’s will be after lunch, with Bishop Charlie Murry, our School Council Chairman, attending to celebrate the Eucharist.

Year 7 2022

Our Year 7 information night will be held on 30 March in the Hall from 6.30pm. We will be advertising this on radio and expect to have a good number of external inquirers attend. In order that we may know how many places we will have for students from other schools, please contact with the name of your child if they will be moving on to our Year 7. If you already know your child will not be in Year 7 at Lakes next year, please also let us know. Ideally before the end of this term would be helpful. Thank you.

Covid Relief

A reminder - If you experience difficulties meeting your fee commitment during the year please contact the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation office or me as soon as possible. In 2021 we will still have a COVID fee assistance process in place for those whose income is still affected by the pandemic. If you wish to apply please email to access the COVID fee assistance application for 2021.  Please note that if you received assistance during 2020, and still require assistance, you will need to re-apply for 2021. Our school has a Fee Collection Policy that is strictly applied. Early notification of any concern may allow us to resolve the issue in a mutually satisfactory manner.


Michael Hannah



K - 6 Parent Teacher Interviews (Face to Face)

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

In person by appointment only - see note for full details on how to book.

Years 7 - 11 Parent Teacher Interviews (via Zoom meetings)

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Zoom interviews by appointment only - see note for full details

Senior School Donut Day

Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 March 2021

Fresh American style donuts $3.00 each 

Flavours available - double vanilla glazed, chocolate iced and caramel iced.

Easter Meal Day

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Four lunch pack options available. Orders can be placed via Flexischools or using the order form being sent home today with full details.

Orders close Tuesday, 30 March at 4pm.


St Patrick's Day

In the early fifth century, a young teenager, Patricius (whose birth name was apparently Maewyn), was captured in a coastal town in Britain, and sold into slavery to a fierce warrior chief in Ireland. Subject to periods of starvation and hard work involving among other things, tending sheep, Patricius who had been a nominal believer in the Christian faith, turned to God for comfort. Later he spoke of the many hours he spent in prayer through those days and nights, and his faith flourished in this time. While the exact details are sketchy, eventually after six years he escaped slavery.  He became a cleric in continental Europe but then he returned to Ireland as a missionary to share the gospel and bring Christianity to the largely pagan country. His famous poem, The Breastplate is familiar to many:

"Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me…”

Although many Australians lifted a pint of Guinness on Wednesday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the true sentiment associated with this figure has sadly been lost amidst the shamrocks and leprechauns. How marvellous it would be to be more mindful of God’s presence within us, behind us and before us as we go about both the exciting, challenging and even the routine activities we encounter each day.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11


Junior School Chaplain


School Holiday Office Hours

During the School Holidays, the office will be closed for the first week from Monday, 5 April to Friday, 9 April. During the second week of school holidays from Monday, 12 April to Friday 16 April the office will be open and calls will be answered between 9.00am to 12.00pm only.  When the office is closed or unattended phone messages will still be checked periodically and an Administration staff member will return your call so please leave a message.

Athletes Foot School Rewards Program

Thanks to Athlete's Foot Tuggerah our school have been presented with a cheque for $810 as part of the School Rewards Program. For every shoe our school community purchased through Athlete's Foot we received $5. This is a great program and we thank Athlete's Foot for supporting school communities with initiatives such as this.



Term Award Assemblies

We are looking forward to the Junior School Term 1 awards assemblies. This term we are splitting the assembly into two sessions.

Parents and carers are most welcome to attend. However, due to COVID spacing requirements we ask that a maximum of two adults per student attend the assembly. Before entering the Hall you will need to use hand sanitiser and then scan the QR code (as government requirements have recently changed). We now only need to use SERVICE NSW QR Code for COVID contact tracing (the QR codes will be placed on the doors into the hall as well as some tables outside the hall).

Years 3 – 6 Awards Assembly will be held in the School Hall on Thursday 25 March, 1.25 pm.

K - 2 Awards Assembly will be held in the School Hall on Monday 29 March, commencing at 9.15 am. 

Students are requested to bring their blazers to wear for the occasion and should be in full school uniform.

Parking will be available on site in the Senior School for the event. Please proceed to the overflow carpark.

We ask that all students be collected through the usual routines from the Junior School at the end of the day following the Years 3 – 6 Assembly, not directly from the School Hall. 

In the event of wet weather, the Assembly will be held under the Junior School COLA at the same time for prizewinners and performers only and advice will be given about this on the Junior School Events Line (02 4393 4134). 

SRC Representatives

Congratulations to our elected SRC representatives for 2021 for the Junior School. The representatives’ badges will be presented at our end of Term Awards Assemblies.

Junior School Leadership Day

The Junior School Leadership Day at school on Friday, 12 March was a wonderful success with the Year 6 School Leaders working through the activities on the day in a mature, intelligent and reflective manner. We are blessed to have such a talented and capable team of student leaders to commence 2021 with the brainstorming of a number of initiatives for the School community. Thanks also go to our Chaplain, Peter and Mrs Stowe, whose organisation of the Leadership Day and ongoing work with the School Leaders contribute immensely to the development of such a successful team each year.

The day presented a good opportunity to work with our Junior School Chaplain, Peter, to reflect on Biblical perspectives of leadership, develop our communication skills, challenge ourselves to think and communicate and develop some plans for the Junior School as a leadership group in 2021. We enjoyed the opportunity to grow together as leaders and to plan for a range of initiatives whereby the students are able to carry out their roles within the school this year.

A huge thank you to the leadership group for the example they are setting to others in the classroom, the playground and in a range of co-curricular activities.

Water Conservation Awareness Day - Blue Mufti Day

There will be a Blue Mufti day held on Friday, 26 March for K - 6 students. This is a student led initiative. Simon (OC) and Talan (OC) have organised this as part of our ‘Kids for a Cause’ a day to highlight the importance of water conservation.

This will be in support of the online event that will be held on 22 March 2021. The World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

If your child wishes to participate please send in a gold coin donation on Friday, 26 March. All money collected will go to ‘Compassion.’

Lakes Grammar Habits

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.

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘compassion’:


Dakota H, Jared A, Zahlia N, Sienna R, Alira W, Isabella L, Mia B, Marcus W, Ollie C, Angelina A, Keshav P, Kourtney G, Heidi O

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘listening respectfully and with empathy’: 


Charlotte C, Isla H, Hudson H, Isla L, Kaitlyn M, Charlee B, Dylan F, Maggie Y, Amber W, Grace M, Marianne D, Juna S, Hiya B


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 permitted.  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.


The church season of Lent commenced with Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, 17 February) and it continues through to Easter Saturday. For Christians, Lent is a time of reflection and preparation. We consider the need for God in our lives and remember the promises He has made to us in the Bible and through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. The season of Lent concludes with the great celebration of Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection.

During his conversion to Christianity, the poet T. S. Eliot wrote Ash Wednesday, which goes in part:

“Teach us to sit still, even among these rocks, our peace in His will… and let my cry come to thee”.

Ralph Johns

Acting Head of Junior School


Forensic Science Experience Years 3 - 6

As anticipated, our young scientists gained great pleasure and a valuable learning experience by participating in our recent forensic science incursion.  It was delightful to hear students verbalising their scientific reasoning as they sought to solve the mystery, examining each piece of evidence with care and precision.

Please enjoy a pictorial glimpse into the day!

We are looking forward to a great day of learning!

InitiaLit and MultiLit

2021 has seen the introduction of a new literacy approach at Lakes Grammar.  The program known as InitiaLit is a comprehensive whole-class beginning Reading and Spelling suite for all children in their first schooling years. The method includes an explicit and systematic synthetic phonics program and a literature component to enrich oral language, listening comprehension and vocabulary. Macquarie University developed the program, and it dovetails perfectly with our existing student support programs, PreLit, MiniLit and MacqLit. 

At Lakes Grammar, our data is already showing strong results in student progress utilising this new initiative and we eagerly look forward to ongoing student success.

Julie Stowe

Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning Junior School



Harmony Day, 21st March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, with the central message being that ‘everyone belongs’.  It’s no accident that God created us all in his image to find pleasure and enrichment from the unity found in our diversity.

The take-home message for our students is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. We teach our students that Harmony Day is a time for all Australians to enjoy and give thanks for our diverse cultural backgrounds while sharing and celebrating commonalities.

Fast Facts

Around 45% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.

Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi.

More than 60 indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

Happy Harmony Day!

Julie Stowe

Acting Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing K-6



Premiere's Reading Challenge

We now have over 160 students registered in this year’s PRC. This is a record for this time of year - a fantastic effort! We also have three students who have completed – well done!!

All students who complete the challenge in Term 1 or Term 2 will receive an early completion certificate and a photo on our PRC ‘Wall of Fame’.

Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian




Just a reminder about the practice tests for NAPLAN next Thursday (25 March), which are designed to help students to become familiar with the online format.

Students in Year 3 will only participate in the Practice Omnibus test (a combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy questions), and this test runs for 45 minutes.

Students in Year 5, 7 and 9 will participate in the Practice Omnibus test (a combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy questions), running for 45 minutes along with the Writing Practice test which runs for 42 minutes. All students in Years 5, 7 and 9 are expected to complete both tests.

If your child is away from school on the day, we will arrange a catch up to take place on the following Friday or Monday. All students require plug-in headphones (not Bluetooth) to complete the tests.

Year 12 Assessment Week

The next two weeks for Year 12 are classed as assessment weeks, where the students are able to concentrate on their individual assessments and projects. During this time, students are only expected at school for any individual test that they might be doing. They are not required to attend normal timetabled classes.

Parent Teacher Zoom Interviews

Parent / Teacher night in the Senior School will be held by zoom next week on Tuesday, 23 March. An email with all the links to the various meetings will be sent out on Monday. Access should be quite simple:

  • Simply click on the link which will take you directly to the meeting waiting room.
  • The teacher will let you in to the meeting at the appropriate time.

Please try and stick to the schedule as other people will be affected, however, if you do have any difficulties, please email the teacher concerned and they will try and sort out the problem for you.

Ian Samways

Deputy Principal


As I sit and write this newsletter item this week, I am thinking about what life looked like 12 months ago. As I look out the window this morning, I see the Senior School is a hive of activity! This time last year we were two days into lockdown and our world was very different. Staff and students alike were scrambling to understand online learning and we were all concerned about what Covid-19 might mean for our community and our loved ones, as we watched the newsreels that showed many people overseas losing their lives and Australian case numbers growing every day.

12 months on and we definitely do not want to go back to where we were, however, the experience definitely demonstrated that in the teaching and learning space here at Lakes that our students were and will always be the centre of our attention.  For the teachers here at Lakes Covid-19 definitely taught us many things about online learning and its benefits, it has definitely changed many aspects of how we use technology to enhance and support the learning of our students: Teams, Zoom, online-submissions etc are all part of what we do now and what we do well! The extraordinarily quick uptake by students, parents and staff really does demonstrate the resilience of the human mind and what we can do when faced with adversity.

Mindfullness for our Leaders and our Students and preparing for Examinations

We often talk and write about how we care for the overall wellbeing of our students. During our Co-ordinators’ Team Meeting this week we started to focus on the wellbeing of us as leaders and to reflect on own leadership. This week we started with a simple tool of mindfulness called ‘Box Breathing’. This is a technique used by the Navy Seals to lower their heart rate and keep them focused in a moment. Research demonstrates that taking deep breaths can heighten performance and concentration, whilst also being a powerful stress reliever.

This leads me to how this can also benefit our students with their studies. Neuroscientist Dr Sarah MacKay states that after 20 minutes of intense concentration and focus, if students engage in a mindfulness activity for 6 minutes, their energy and focus will continue and, in many respects, will be enhanced. On the flip side, if our students are trying to study for long periods of time and during this time, they are distracted for just 2 minutes, it can take up to 24 minutes for the mind to return to intense focus and concentration they may have had before the distraction! Therefore, when you are helping your child study and prepare for their upcoming examinations or assessment tasks, encourage them to find a mindfulness technique that works for them which they can include in their study routine.

This week I have emailed out to all students and parents a fantastic resource which assists students with how to create a study timetable. All of our Year 12 students have been issued with a hardcopy of this resource and if you are a parent of a Year 12 student, I encourage you to check in with your child about whether or not they have a planned timetable for the upcoming assessment period which begins at the end of next week.

For parents of students in Years 7-10, I also encourage you to review this resource and think about how it could be used by your child to plan their study timetable leading up to our major examinations next term. For our Year 11 students it is a good idea to get into the habit of planning time; using a basic timetable can help students cope with the stresses of Stage 6.

Examinations Term 2

Year Group



Year 7


17 May

Year 8


3 May

Year 9


17 May

Year 10


10 May

Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


On Thursday, 11 March Years 10-12 Elective Music students held the Lakes first ever Lunchtime Concert outside the canteen in the school courtyard!

Students and staff were entertained with a variety of musical items ranging from classical piano solos, heavy rock, original acoustic compositions, and well-known pop favourites.

Students revelled in the opportunity to participate once again in live music performances! Special thank you to all performers and Year 11 student, Isaac Robinson, for his expertise in sound production!

Kara-Lee Rabbetts 

Music Teacher


Last week our Year 7 students completed an exercise activity for Digital Technologies. The students programmed a Micro:Bit using Python Programming language and then tested out their code. A unit that relates digital technologies to fitness!

Kiel Gazzard

TAS Teacher


On Monday, 12 March, Year 10 Photography and Years 10, 11 and 12 Visual Arts students had the opportunity to visit ARTEXPRESS in Sydney. ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW. The visit gave the students the opportunity to see top HSC artworks and process diaries firsthand, gather ideas and inspiration for Year 11’s ‘Documented Forms’ unit of work and Year 12’s body of work. The exhibition represents a variety of expressive forms, including ceramics, painting, drawing, mixed media and photo media, printmaking, and film.

First up was ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW. The students also had the chance to see the extensive collection of Australian art, including one of the largest galleries of Aboriginal art in the country, alongside European masters, Asian treasures and leading local and international contemporary art. 

The students then travelled to Sydney Olympic park where they had lunch by the river and explored Blaxland Riverside Park, a fantastic play space spanning three hectares, providing kids of all ages and abilities a huge range of activities and challenges. 

Next was a visit to the Armory Gallery. Part of the Newington Armory site, the Armory Gallery is housed in Building 18, near the Parramatta River, and is one of the largest armament storehouses constructed prior to World War Two. This extraordinary heritage building has the longest uninterrupted wall space of any gallery in Australia, making it a favourite location for large-scale exhibitions such as the annual ARTEXPRESS. Our students were lucky enough to be the only visitors at the time and were inspired and awestruck by the superb work.

After a good look around the gallery, gathering information, making notes and taking photographs, the tired and inspired students had just enough time to pose for a group photo before jumping back on the coach and heading back to school.

Sally Baker

TAS Teacher



Cross Country

Congratulations to all students who competed in Cross Country last Tuesday! We were blessed with fine weather and a dry track. Thank you to all the parents who showed their support.

A presentation to Age Champions, along with 2nd and 3rd place winners will be held at the morning Assembly next Monday, 22 April at 8:45am in the Junior School COLA. All parents are welcome to attend.

Awardees will also be announced in the next newsletter.

HRIS Swimming

Congratulations to the students who participated in the HRIS Swimming Carnival. Every student performed outstandingly in their events and contributed to Lakes Grammar coming 3rd in Division 1.

A special mention to Aaliyah Currie who won the Multiclass Champion Medallion.

We congratulate Aaliyah Currie, James Morley, Zara Feller and Bridey Jones who made the HRIS Swimming Team and will attend the CIS Carnival on 18 March; we wish them all the best!

School Sport - Tuesdays

School sport is now up and running and there are a variety of different sports for students to participate in.

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, sport shirt, joggers (no fluorescent 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.

CIS/HRIS Sport nominations/trials

We congratulate Tyler Gleed who has made the HRIS Football team as Goalkeeper. A fantastic effort and well done Tyler!

We also congratulate Gemma Rooke and Addison Kowaliw for making the HRIS Netball team. A fantastic effort!

These students will now represent HRIS at their respective Gala Days later on in the year.

James Cantor

K - 6 Sports Co-ordinator


Cross Country

The school cross country was held in hot running conditions and students did very well in all of their races. They had the chance to contribute to the College point score in various ways during the carnival including in races and College fun games held on the oval. Students participated in a variety of Traditional Aboriginal games, tug of war and pass the football to add to their point scores. This was a lot of fun. A big thank you to Mr Hampson and our College leaders for helping make these events run smoothly.


College Point Score: 1st = Ridley, 2nd Lightfoot, 3rd Tyrrell and 4th Cranmer


Age Champions:

12’s: Livija Ward and Beau Jones

13’s: Giselle Simon and Josef Aad

14’s: Ravi Franke and Ella Burgess

15’s: Kathryn Cook and James Thomas

16’s: Charlotte Tarleton and Dylan Coyte

17’s: Ashley Pernecker and Blair Evans

18’s: Stephanie Luyt and Fox Smith

Open Champions: Ashley Pernecker and James Thomas

HRIS Swimming Championships

A school swim team competed in the Division 2 HRIS Swimming Championships. The team came together so very well and many students swam out of age and in lots of races on the day to help get the school points in great spirit. We were crowned the champion school and will now move up into Div 1 next year. There were also many outstanding individual results on the day and some of our students have been selected to go on and represent the school and HRIS at the AICES Swimming championships next week.

Age Group Champions: 18 years boys and over, 15 year girls, 17 year boys, 13 year girls, 12 and under boys.

Age Champions: Fox Smith, Dexter Rodak/Rhys Fogarty, Rihana Gosselin, and Giselle Simon.

Selected in the HRIS Swimming team: Dexter Rodak, Fox Smith, Rhys Fogarty, Rihana Gosselin and Morgan Jones. We wish them all the best!

Bill Turner Cup

We have tried to play this match twice but it has been rained out both times. A new date will be announced soon.


Our open boys team goes away next Tuesday, 23 March to play SEDA College in Round 2. We wish them all the best!

Surf Survival Certificate

A great couple of days was had by all involved in this course. Students learnt basic first aid and beach safety during theory lessons and had a fun day at the beach running, swimming, paddling and rescuing each other. All students involved have passed and will be awarded their Surf Survival Certificate later this term.

Talented Athlete Program

The Talented Athlete Program will kick off before the end of term with a goal setting session and fitness profiling session. Please stay tuned for the dates of these activities.

Term 2

30 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 one 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.

Darren Beecroft

Years 7 - 12 Sports Co-ordinator