Lakes Grammar was well-represented again at the march and service at Doyalson RSL Sub-Branch on Sunday. Thank you to the families who came and supported the event. Our School Captains, Shannon Liddle and Joshua Hattam, gave an address at both the Dawn Service and the 9am service. They did our school proud – their speeches were well-researched and spoken from the heart. Joshua was able to refer to his great grandfather’s service in WWII and the impact that has had on Joshua himself. Our Vice-Captains, Madeline James and Callum Davies, laid wreaths on behalf of the school. I was very proud to be the Principal of a school whose student leaders are so impressive. In appreciation for the contribution of our Captains, I was presented with a bronze model of a Waler (a type of horse) and soldier of the Light Horse from WWI. This is on display in the Senior School.
On Monday we held our own school ANZAC service, attended by Years 4-12. Mrs Crawford, our History Co-ordinator, planned the service and involved a number of Year 11 students. Blair Evans and Cameron McPhan performed the role of MC; Fox Smith played the Last Post and Reveille – this was very moving; Kasey Young gave an address that was well-researched and highlighted the service of indigenous and women members of our defence forces. Five representatives of the Toukley RSL Sub-Branch attended and brought several flags to be used in our service. All-in-all it was a fitting tribute to our service men and women.
These online tests are coming up the week after next. All our preparations for our first year of online testing are going well. Students have done a trial and all worked as required. If you have a student in Years 3, 5 ,7 or 9 please tell them not to be anxious about the tests but at the same time to do their best. Remind them that our school is compared with other schools by our NAPLAN results so it is important to try hard. You can't study for NAPLAN like you can for a Geography test so students shouldn’t stress about them.
Next Head of Junior School
Interviews for our new Head of Junior School have taken place. Hopefully it won't be too long before we are able to announce the successful candidate. We have had some very good applicants so I am confident that the school will have a very effective new Head of Junior School to begin in Term 3.
Congratulations to Ashley Pernecker
Ashley recently attended the Nationals Championships and made the finals in the 400m, coming 8th in Australia. Then in the 400m hurdles she came 4th in Australia and ran an U23’s National Qualifying time. The hurdles is not even Ashley’s usual event.
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F Mothers' Day stall
Ordering will again be online and students from both Junior and Senior are welcome to order. An item will be selected for you from our range of gifts. For families with multiple children we will do our best to arrange different gifts. All gifts are $6.
The gifts will be delivered to the classroom and we will get ordered items up to Senior School for our older students.
It is so good to be back at school again. I genuinely missed being around our staff and students and with the easing of restrictions this term it has felt much more like life pre-2020. A massive thank you to the students and staff who sent home a large jar filled with notes of good wishes and recovery from surgery. I teared up quite a bit as I read each and every note…such a beautiful gesture. The good news is that the surgery was a success and I get to experience the joy of 9 months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy so I can learn to walk again. It certainly is a lesson in patience! I am also deeply appreciative for Pete stepping in and looking after our Senior School chapels and for how the staff in our Senior School covered in other areas too.
There is a lot on this term as well which is very exciting. Camps, carnivals and crazy exams seem to fill our coming weeks. Something else beginning with the letter “C” that is coming up is Confirmation. On Sydney, 20 June Bishop Peter will be at Lakes Anglican Church and offering confirmation for those aged Year 6 and older. Confirmation is where a person takes on the promises made at their baptism for themselves. Reverend Jody is offering preparation sessions on Sunday mornings; 2, 9, 16 & 23 May, and 6 & 13 June at 11:15am until 12:15pm. If you want to know more then please either contact myself via school reception or Reverend Jody on 4393 1333.
Cru groups have also launched again in Term 2 where those in Years 5 and 6 can attend during lunch once a week – Boys Cru or Girls Cru. In our Senior School we currently have a bunch of Year 10’s each Monday exploring matters of faith at Cru group. These groups are designed to be safe places for our students to learn and share at a deeper level some of those faith questions that are only touched on during Christian Studies lessons. A big thank you to Harriet Connor who comes into our school to lead Girls Cru and our lovely staff members who support her. Pete and I are greatly appreciative of this time and energy commitment each week. Many of our Cru students also attend 628Crew at Lakes Anglican church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. If you want to know about any of these groups then please contact Pete or me and we can have a chat.
Lastly, thank you for all the kind thoughts from our parent body. I have bumped into a number of you over the last 8 weeks or so and everyone has been genuinely concerned for my welfare. It is a real joy to belong to such a caring community. Your thoughtfulness and prayers are deeply appreciated.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
Welcome back to Term 2. There are quite a few Interschool Equestrian events coming up, including Scone Grammar and Oxley College this week. We wish the students competing the best of luck.
Please make sure Ms Jobe-Parker has your current email address to be notified of upcoming events.
All Equestrian events, even those entered on nominate.com, require permission from Lakes to attend. If you intend to compete at the event please let Ms Jobe-Parker know ASAP so the appropriate paperwork can be completed. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE
Monday, 11 October is the date for the Lakes Grammar Interschool Equestrian Event.
We would love any assistance you can provide.
Junior School Teacher
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
ANZAC Day March
The annual ANZAC Day March on Sunday 25 April was conducted by Doyalson-Wyee RSL and Lakes Grammar was very well represented. A number of Junior School students and their families supported the service men and women and their families at the ANZAC Day Service in the RSL, to commemorate the service of so many Australians.
I commend all of the students involved for their commitment to this very important occasion and particularly our Year 12 School Captains who spoke beautifully at both the dawn and 9am services.
On Monday 26 April, students in Years 4 to 6, along with our Senior School students commemorated ANZAC Day through a reflective service of worship, in which the ANZAC spirit formed the focus of the morning. We were thrilled that some members of Toukley RSL were able to join us for this special service.
I thank the students who played important roles during the service and the many students, parents and staff, who gave of their time on ANZAC Day to assist in the events of the day.
NAPLAN - Years 3 and 5
Students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 May and Friday 14 May, with the opportunity for students to make up tests that they may have missed on these days through illness and the like on Monday 17 May. Whilst it is difficult for this form of testing, which takes place on a national basis, to delineate the entirety of the depth and richness of a student’s learning or the contribution that the School makes to the overall experience of its students, NAPLAN provides us with important and useful information to inform our planning for students and our approaches to teaching and learning. The tests offer an excellent opportunity for students to rehearse their revision skills generally and examination skills, positive thinking and perseverance in the context of a timed assessment setting.
Year 6 Crystal Growing
We wish Year 6 good luck in their endeavor to grow crystals this term in the Senior School Science labs. Thank you to Mrs Charker our SS Science Co-ordinator who is assisting Year 6 and encouraging a love of Science. We cannot wait to see the finished products!
Reverting back to a 3.05pm Kiss and Go collection time
On Monday, 3 May (Week 3, Term 2) the Junior School will revert to a single collection time for Kiss and Go at 3:05pm. There will no longer be the 2:45pm collection time for students.
The Junior School introduced the 2:45pm collection time in March 2020 in response to the majority of students being collected by car rather than catching buses due to concerns surrounding COVID. COVID restrictions have eased considerably and more students are now catching public transport home. If your child/children used to catch the bus or train in the past and have not yet returned to public transport we encourage you to let them catch a bus or train once again.
We ask for your patience as we move back to our pre-COVID Kiss and Go collection time of 3:05pm. We do expect there will be some traffic congestion as the system changes back to a single collection time.
There is no longer a need to register for our Parent Park collection area. If you would like to collect your child/children from Parent Park we ask that you park your car and use the pedestrian crossings (these are at the stairs to the school office and also to the Eastern side of the Junior School – near the entry to the staff car park) and walk up the stairs outside the office to collect them from the teacher on duty. Please also note that the speed humps at the mouth of the entry and exit to the carpark are not pedestrian crossings.
The works surrounding the water pump station have now finished. Therefore, there is also more parking available along Sparks Road. We appreciate your help and patience in ensuring that students leave school safely each afternoon.
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.
Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 3: Think about my learning (meta-learning).
Week 4: Honesty
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of setting learning goals and evaluating my progress.
Aryan D, Adam C, Jeremiah B, Lilly E, Kyson S, Katelyn S, Sophia A, Summer N, Kaleah B, Jorja B, Ammar V, Jensen B, Ricardo G, Chloe M, Darcy B and Jasmine D.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘uniform’
Wyatt T, Charlotte L, Dyani R, Harry O’D, Marley F, Connor E, Christopher J, Nate B, Zac E, Richmond T, Kobey J, Addyson H, Kennedie G, Tobias T, Ethan C and Juna S.
Acting Head of Junior School
Welcome Back to Term 2!
This term, during Library lessons, K-2 students will focus on the following:
K- Fairytales / Classic Literature
Y1 – Author study - Julia Donaldson
Y2 – Author study – Julia Donaldson / Orbit Into
Y3 – Australia / National Parks
Y4 – Digital Stories (Scratch Coding)
Y5 – Gallipoli
Y6 – Greek Mythology (new)
OC – Class Newspaper (new)
INFO SKILLS - Yr 4 - Asian Countries
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2021
We now have over 165 students registered in this year’s PRC. This is a record for this time of year - A fantastic effort! We have also 22 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 Fam
WW1 – In Living History
Once again this year, Yr 5 and 6 students were treated to a visit from Shane Blackman (WW1 In Living History). Shane demonstrated his passion and knowledge for all things military and students were enthralled by his great collection of war memorabilia. A fitting end to ANZAC Day activities.
COMING UP IN TERM 2:
19/5 - National Simultaneous Storytime
Junior School Teacher Librarian
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Submission of Assessment Tasks
This week we have started bringing together all of our academic data for our students from their Term 1 assessment results to analyse how our students are achieving across all of their subjects. This data collection and analysis is important to assist us in planning our teaching programs. I am concerned that across many subjects, especially in the Junior years, I am seeing many students who are choosing not to hand in assessment tasks. In talking to staff, I am hearing that that they are then having to chase students because they are not forthcoming with explaining why tasks are not submitted.
The completion of assessment tasks is very important because they allow a student’s teacher to see how a student is traveling and their level of understanding of the topics which have been taught. Also, the marks for these tasks are directly related to what you will see on your child’s report.
If your child is unable to complete an assessment task, it is clearly outlined in our Assessment Booklets the procedures which need to be followed:
If an extension is needed due to extenuating circumstances, the students and/or parent should discuss this with the teacher and/or subject Co-ordinator before the due date of the assessment.
ILLNESS OR MISADVENTURE
In all cases of illness or misadventure students should see their classroom teacher and/or the subject Co-ordinator and an extension may be organised. If an exam is missed, students need to organize a time with their teacher to complete it upon their return. A hand-in task should be submitted upon their return to school.
PENALTIES FOR HANDING AN ASSESSMENT IN LATE
The following penalties apply to the submission of late assessments, with no valid reason:
Up to 24 hours late – 10% deduction of marks
Between 1 and 7 days late – 25% deduction of marks
More than a week – 50% deduction of marks
I encourage you also to print off the assessment calendar that is at the back of each year group’s Assessment Book and put it up at your home to assist your child in meeting assessment deadlines. If you have any questions about our assessment program, please feel free to contact me at school.
Term 1 Awards Ceremony
Last week we finished the week celebrating the students’ successes and participation in Cognito Extra-Curricular activities and Sporting Achievements. We also saw the students receive their badges for being chosen to be part of the Mental Health Advocacy Program Team and Student Representative Council. It is always so wonderful to see so many students living out our Vital Framework, with so many students showing last term that they are faithful, compassionate, reflective, inquisitive and determined!
Congratulations: HICES Debating Teams and Mock Trial Team
This week our HICES Senior Debating Team, HICES Open Debating Team and Mock Trial Team competed against Central Coast Grammar School teams. Our students came away with a win for all three competitions! A fabulous result and we look forward to hearing how they go in the coming weeks as the competitions continue!
Director of Teaching and Learning
We have Makerspace activities happening on a Monday lunch time, thanks to Mrs MacLarty, where students can get creative and join in making things of a crafty nature.
Games of Chess are being played regularly at lunch time by members of the Chess Team, who all enjoyed their day at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College last term. Well done to Liam Moore for coming fourth overall on the day and congratulations on receiving your trophy. There is another Chess tournament next month!
More students are signing up to be involved in writing for and producing the student newspaper, Inside Lakes – it’s great to have you on board.
Congratulations to the many Year 7 and 8 students who received rewards and awards at last week’s Awards Assembly for recognition of their points accrual with Renaissance Accelerated Reader – well done – keep reading, everyone!!
A couple of teams of students are being assembled for participation in a heat of Kids’ Lit Quiz, so they’ll be practising past quiz questions and revising their extensive book knowledge for that.
Finally, we welcome Miss Phoebe Halpin as a casual library assistant one day per week for this term. Miss Halpin has enhanced our genre signage in the library, and also our library web page, and has freed up some shelf space in the 900s Non-Fiction section of History and Geography, providing some free books for the history buffs among our students.
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
HRIS Cross Country – 30 April
We wish all students representing Lakes Grammar the best for the upcoming HRIS Cross Country Carnival at Avondale College. A detailed report and photos will be available in the next Newsletter.
NSW PSSA Swimming 31 March (Aaliyah Currie and James Morley)
Congratulations to Aaliyah Currie and James Morley who competed at NSW PSSA late last term.
Both students performed outstandingly and were wonderful representatives of CIS.
Aaliyah was also selected to compete in Nationals for 50m Freestyle! Fantastic results!
James – equal 7th 50m Freestyle
A wonderful effort by these fine students!
Term 2 Years 3-6 School Sport
School sport is now up and running and there are a variety of different sports for students to participate in.
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.