The new Head of Junior School has been selected. There are still a couple of formalities and I have agreed with the Principal of the school the new Head is coming from that we will make an announcement simultaneously at both schools next Wednesday, 19 May. The new Head will begin at the start of Term 3.
NAPLAN Online was held this week and all went smoothly. There was a lot for the test co-ordinators to get their heads around in the lead-up, given that this is the first time doing it online. The trial testing went well so we were confident that the actual tests would also be a fairly straightforward process.
Our Police Schools Liaison Officer has recently given talks to Years 7, 8, 9, half of Year 10 and to Year 12. Some of the topics covered in different years were: cyber-safety, safe partying and vaping. The rest of Year 10 and Year 11 will have their presentations when they can be arranged.
This is part of our program of educating our students about these aspects of life. It would be worth asking your child what they learned, did they hear anything that surprised them, how will it affect their own behaviour?
Suggested guidelines for parties
It is no secret that unsupervised parties and the drinking of alcohol by under-age children has led and will continue to lead to undesirable outcomes for individuals and families. I have not heard of any problems in this regard for our students for some time but, as the saying goes, fore-warned is fore-armed! Particularly if your child is in the Senior School, please see the suggestions below:
For hosts of parties
Casual and group invitations should be avoided. Send invitations with as much information about the party as possible. Attendees should RSVP and only those be allowed to enter the property. It would also be a good idea to require the phone number of a parent of each attendee.
Uninvited guests or gate-crashers should be firmly refused admittance.
Set definite time limits for the beginning and end of the party and encourage guests to arrive at the stated time.
Be present, vigilant and mobile at all times.
Do not allow smoking, the drinking of alcohol or the taking of harmful substances.
Ensure that no alcohol is brought by guests.
Don’t allow attendees to disappear into unsupervised areas.
For parents of guests at parties:
Phone and check with the host:
(a) the precise time of start and finish of the party
(b) whether alcohol will be allowed
(c) that the parents will be present for the duration of the party (don’t just take your child’s word for it).
Organize safe transport arrangements
Either be at home for the duration of the party and ensure your child can call you if necessary.
Please also read the NSW laws about alcohol and people under the age of 18:
Lunch orders via Flexischools close 5pm on Monday, 17 May and can only be ordered from the Athletics Carnival menu.
Kindergarten and Year 1 Athletics Mini Carnival
Wednesday, 19 May
Normal lunch orders via Flexischools can be made as we will have a small number of volunteers in the school canteen.
Years 7 - 12 Athletics Carnival
Wednesday, 26 May
As I type this Year 8 and Year 11 are on their way to camp. Our household will be a little quieter for the next couple of days, but I love hearing the stories when all the students come back. Both camps are in beautiful locations and run by organisations that know how to host well. The new Cru campsite up at Brightwaters is said to be one of the best in Australia…it’s certainly the newest. And who wouldn’t want to be on Port Hacking over the next few days with this sensational May weather. Both camps also have all leaders who profess to be Christians and whose faith lives shape their actions.
School camps are an opportunity for our students to live outside the normal routine and challenge themselves in so many ways. Anxieties and fears can be faced, new experiences enjoyed and special bonds that only occur on camps can be built and strengthened. For each student there is an opportunity to reflect on who they are now and who they want to become. School camps are often the most memorable and life-changing experiences that we have in growing up that can shape us positively or negatively. It all comes down to a series of choices.
In our Senior School Chapel time we have been thinking deeply about this as we explore stories from the Bible using our “Vital” framework. Both this week and last week we are looking at people who have had to make difficult choices that require determination to follow through on. I read not long ago that grit or determination was the single most common factor in the success of a person with regard to them achieving a goal. Not talent or finance, determination! My hope for all of our students is that with each passing year their determination may grow. It will have helped them with NAPLAN this week. It will help them with exams, with study and with making the most of school camps. It will help them beyond the school gate and into adulthood. I reckon Jesus modelled grit really well and so I am going to keep looking to him for inspiration and determination too.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
Congratulations to Isabella Matri, Maddison Kustereba and Lucy Tazawa on their results from the recent Interschool Equestrian Events representing Lakes Grammar.
Isabella and Maddison competed at Scone Grammar Horse Sports Event. Their age group was the largest with over 15 schools attending. Isabella placed fifth in her Hack class and both girls represented Lakes with pride.
Lucy competed at Oxley College Interschool Equestrian day on a new young horse with great success. This was another event with large numbers and students competing from around the state. Lucy received 60% on her dressage test and we welcome her to our Lakes Grammar Team.
Quirindi Public School Event is coming up later in the month and we wish the students competing all the best.
Junior School Teacher
SCHOOL PHOTO INFORMATION
PARENT INFORMATION HANDBOOKS
Parents are reminded that Junior and Senior School Parent Information handbooks are available for download from Parent Lounge. These are very valuable sources of information and we encourage our parents to refer to these publications.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Mothers' Day Stall
I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the Parents and Friends Association for the great work that they do for Lakes Grammar and for the sterling job that Mrs McGarrity, Mrs Flower, and our committed team of volunteers did on organising and conducting such a successful Mothers’ Day Stall once again this year.
With the onset of winter and shorter, darker days, a number of students have begun arriving to school late and have given the reason that they ‘slept in’. While the temptation to stay in a warm bed for a little longer is understandable, particularly on cold, rainy mornings, it would be appreciated if the students could be encouraged to stick to a punctual morning routine to maximise their learning (and that of the other children in their class) by arriving to school on time.
The NAPLAN program ran smoothly for students in Years 3 and 5 who were well prepared as a result of the thorough planning and preparation by staff and through the students own dedication and efforts. I would particularly like to thank our Year 3 and 5 teachers, learning support team and Mrs Colthorpe, Mrs Stowe and Mrs Jolly in this regard who conducted a significant amount of professional development for staff and the organisation for the testing program in ensuring that the Junior School was as well prepared for NAPLAN as possible.
It is also important to remember that each child is special and unique and whilst they will provide some feedback on their academic progress, it is one snapshot in time that is best considered in conjunction with a range of assessment information and work samples. However, there is no way to test all of the wonderful things that make you, you!
Lost Property Bin
We have a small blue whizbin 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) have been placed in the bin each day. All lost school uniform items will continue to be returned to the office as usual.
Our bin is overflowing. Do you recognise any of these items? If you do, please ask your child to come and collect them from the bin.
Please check lost property regularly for your child’s items if they have misplaced something - this should help to keep our playground tidy and to have lost property in one place.
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 5: Plan my learning improvement
Week 6: Manners: how to say thank you, sorry, ask for help.
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Thinking about my learning (meta-learning).’
Nala B, Charlotte B, Paige R, Henley N, Jayden M, Josh H, Annie H, Summer N, Olivia H, Evie P, Ava B, Declan J, Lachlan C, Daniel G, Cohen B, Courtney G, Jai W, Amber W and Amy W.
Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Honesty.’
Thomas K, Eliana K, London M, Indiana F, Meelah W, Clair F, Liam C, Alexis V, Alorah R, Koby N, Ethan D, Nate J W, Lila F, Adrian A, Zac C, Emma L, Marlon B, Elleena R and Alexander H
Online Safety Picture Book and Song for Children Under 5
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has produced a no cost online picture book and song featuring characters who use digital devices safely.
On Thursday, 6 May Lakes Grammar was invited participate in the inaugural Newcastle Permanent Primary School Online Mathematics Team Challenge. Schools who placed in the top 25 in the 2020 Year 5 Division of the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition were invited to attend.
Claire Hennessey, Brayden Croucher, Kane McLeod and Corey Englebrecht took part in the team challenge and had a wonderful time with the other teams participating in a Speed Challenge completed individually, then a group challenge that they worked on collaboratively. The students all performed well and were wonderful representatives of Lakes Grammar.
High Potential and Gifted Education Co-ordinator K-6
STATE Da VINCI DECATHLON
In April, our Year 5 team won the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon to represent our region at the State da Vinci Decathlon, held as an Online Challenge by Knox Grammar School.
The students had a wonderful day and collaborated well to participate in each domain. Congratulations to the following students.
Keshav Paniker, April Murphy, Callum Lightfoot, Benjamin Ruzicka, Ethan Curry, Ava Dickinson, Guilia Bonato, Willow Stuart
High Potential and Gifted Education Co-ordinator K-6
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2021
We now have over 165 students registered in the PRC. This is a record for this time of year. A fantastic effort! We also have 30 students who have completed the challenge – 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’.
Library Helpers – Term 2
Congratulations to the following Year 4 Library Helpers who have volunteered their time to help out in the JS Library at lunch times this term: Tahlia Wenger, Maggie Yager, Samantha Marshall, Ashley Webb, Billy Sparks, Karina Jangir, Addyson Harmer and Issabella Turnbull.
Garden Club – Term 2
It is wonderful to be able to start Garden Club again this term. Lunch times on Friday of Week 4 (weeding) and Week 9 (planting) will take place for 8 volunteers (Years 2-6 only). We look forward to some great before and after shots in the coming months!
COMING UP IN TERM 2:
National Simultaneous Storytime, Wednesday 19 May.
Junior School Teacher Librarian
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
Wow! What a busy term it has already been and we are only just at the halfway mark.
At the start of the term, I outlined to the students the various activities that will be going on in the Senior School that will change some of our normal routines, mainly surrounding NAPLAN, camps and exams.
Also, now that COVID restrictions have eased, we have been able to run a number of excursions, and there are quite a few of those happening over the coming weeks. To keep up to date, these are the major activities are coming up in the next few weeks:
Years 7 & 9 Exams
All students were given their timetables a couple of weeks ago, however, you can access timetables via our school calendar. Year 7 exams commence on Monday and run until Thursday, while Year 9 exams start on Monday and be completed on Friday.
The online NAPLAN tests were completed in the school on Friday for most students. There are a few catchups to do for students who were absent and we will work through these as students return to school. All catchup exams must be completed by the end of next week.
Senior School Athletics Carnival
The Senior School Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Wednesday, 26 May at Warnervale Athletics Field. A note has already gone home with details about this event, and parents are welcome to attend if they wish to on the day. Please note however, that there is no seating at the oval, so please bring a chair!
School Photo Day
School photos are scheduled for Monday, 24 May, with Years 7, 11 and 12 photos being taken before recess and Years 8-10 being taken from recess through to lunch. Students will need to be in their full, correct winter uniform, which includes their blazers. Girls in Years 7-10 should have their hair tied back if it is long, while boys should make sure their hair is neat and tidy and above the collar. Please remember these photos include group shots and we want these to look good for each of our families who choose to purchase them.
At this time of the year information will start to flow about work and study choices for school leavers, and we send that information out, and talk to our students as we receive it. One difficulty at the moment is that some universities are still making decisions as to whether they will hold an online open day, or one on campus. We will let students know as information comes in.
At school we are also about to run a number of activities regarding careers for our students.
On Thursday, 27 May there will be a talk from the University of Newcastle for Year 11 and 12 students. Mr Campbell is also running “Uni & Me” interviews on Friday, 28 May and we are taking Years 10, 11, 12 to a careers expo in Sydney on Friday, 4 June.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
What an enormous two weeks we have had in the Senior School in the teaching and learning space – there is so much going on for all our students and staff, and it’s not over yet!. Last week Year 8 completed their Half Yearly Examinations and this week Year 9 and 7 have completed NAPLAN online for the first time and Year 10 have completed their Half Yearly Examinations. Next week sees Year 9 and Year 7 complete their Half Yearly Examinations. All students are to be commended on their superb behaviour and diligence this week. I have not seen any students feeling overwhelmed this week, which is a testament to the academic resilience our students now have in the Senior School. We continue to wish all of our students well and for them to know they are in our prayers at this very busy time in the academic calendar.
In the coming weeks, when students have finished their examinations, our students will all be invited to join the academic Honours Programs. Students have the choice of joining these advanced academic courses in: English, Science, History, Geography and/or Music. It is wonderful to see these being offered to our students. I particularly encourage students to challenge themselves in one or more of these areas if they think they may be interested in completing extension classes in their Senior Years. Students complete a major project over two terms and an additional Yearly Examination. Student achievements in these courses are honoured at our annual Speech Day. I encourage you to talk about this with your child and discuss the benefits of being involved in these academically challenging courses. More specific information will be distributed at the class level over the coming weeks.
Last week I surveyed Year 12 to help us as staff understand our Senior students’ sense of personal agency. Students were asked questions regarding how they use feedback to move their learning forward and about their study habits and how we can assist them in their post school dreams and aspirations. Over the next week students will answer another survey which will drill down into their post school goals and preparing for the HSC. We will also survey our Year 12 parents to see how they think their children are coping with the HSC year. Having a strong relationship with our parents helps us build better relationships with our students and to support them. Over the next month I will use the data collected to meet with our Year 12 students to discuss their wellbeing, their current academic achievements and their post school goals.
Professional Learning by Staff in the Senior School
Last Monday the Senior School staff met together to look at our Vital Framework and to consider how we make the framework come alive in our classrooms. Collaborating in Professional Learning Teams, staff discussed with each other what challenges we believe our students bring to the classroom, the importance of relationships to build academic resilience and how knowing students character strengths can further enhance how we cater for our students. We also shared how each of us are incorporating our new Christian Perspectives Framework big six questions, presented to the staff on our first day back this term by Mr Hannah, into our teaching:
Where did we come from?
What are we humans here for?
What went wrong?
What is God going to do to fix things?
How can we work with God in this?
Where will it all end?
Academic Honour Roll
Finally, this week it gives me great pleasure to announce the students who are to be honoured for receiving either a Distinction or High Distinction average across the majority of their subjects so far this year in their assessment tasks in Years 7-11. Students in Year 12 will receive recognition awards for currently demonstrating excellent academic achievement in the majority of their subjects. Students will receive certificates of recognition at next week’s Senior School Assembly. Congratulations to the following students from all the staff here at the Senior School, we are very proud of you and encourage you to continue on this path!
Director of Teaching and Learning
The health and wellbeing of each member of our school community is a high priority for us at Lakes Grammar. Our students learn quite a lot about various issues which impact their health through their PDHPE, Technology and Science lessons. As parents, we know about lots of health issues that exist, and we try our best to impart that knowledge to our children. Different dangerous substances pop up from time to time and we do our best to research it and find ways to help our young people to navigate their way to making healthy choices.
Unfortunately, there is a steady increase in the instances of young people vaping in our society, and of course, adults too. As time goes on, we are finding out more about the serious health risks of this habit. Recently Mr Samways and I participated in an online information session regarding emerging drug related issues, and we would like to pass on some information which you may find helpful as you navigate your way through the latest attempt to entice our young people towards unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Here are a few resources which you may find useful.
We are currently surveying our students in the areas of Social, Emotional and Learning at school so we can gain information about the areas our students are thriving in and where they are not. This will assist us with developing activities both in and outside of the classroom in response to the needs of our young people.
Co-ordinator of student Wellbeing
JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
HRIS Cross Country
We had a huge team venture up to Avondale College last Friday for the HRIS Cross Country Carnival. All students performed to their best and showed true sportsmanship. We placed 12th overall out of 18 Schools on the day.
Congratulations to Jada Whitmore, Grayson Kowaliw, Callum McKendrick and Georgia Lees who have made the HRIS Team and will be competing at CIS Level at Eastern Creek on Thursday, 10 June.
We wish them well.
CIS Netball / Football
Congratulations to Tyler Gleed, Addison Kowaliw and Gemma Rooke (Year 6) who all represented HRIS Football and Netball teams with pride.
Tyler was Goalkeeper for HRIS Football and they made the finals with a 0-0 draw with IPSHA (Sydney) on Friday, 23 April. A fantastic effort!
This was the first time since 1996 that HRIS Boys have made a final.
Addison and Gemma’s HRIS Netball team were undefeated all day and eventually won the Gala Day on Saturday, 8 May. A fantastic result!
Addison was also picked to represent CIS Netball in the next few months. Well done to both girls!
CIS Rugby League
We wish Jayden Drury, Kayden Beattie and Jack Meyers (Year 6), the best as they trial for CIS Rugby League in Sydney on Wednesday, 19 May.
Athletics Carnival Yrs 2-6
We look forward to a wonderful day next Wednesday for the annual Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival at Warnervale Oval. Kindergarten and Year 1 will be participating in some Athletics games at school run by SISA. A detailed report with photos will be available in the next newsletter.
Term 2 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.
COMING UP IN TERM 2:
HRIS Primary Basketball Gala Day, Wednesday, 2 June (Years 3 / 4)
K-6 Sports Co-ordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS
Weekly Term Sport
It has been a positive start to weekly sport so far this term. Students are enjoying a wide variety of sporting options including: Lake Haven Recreation Centre, Charmy Indoor sports, Shane Forbes personal training, Ultimate Gymnastics, Soccer, Basketball, Walking and Netball. I encourage students to make the most of this activity time each week.
HRIS Cross Country
Students competed in the HRIS Cross Country Championships on Friday, 30 April at Avondale College. A small but dedicated team went away to compete and ran their best. We finished 12th overall and the following students have been selected in the HRIS team to compete at the AICES Cross Country Championships; Charlotte Tarleton 2nd (16 girls), Ashley Pernecker 5th (17 girls), James Thomas 4th (15 boys), Livija Ward 4th (12 girls), Giselle Simon 6th (13 girls).
We wish them well in this event.
HRIS Soccer Gala Day
For the first time in the 18 year history, we won the HRIS Open Girls Soccer!
We won all 5 of our group matches, then defeated Central Coast Adventist in the semi-final. We then went on to beat St Phillips Newcastle in the final on penalties. The girls played well all day in warm conditions and are very excited about their triumph.
Our Boys team once again performed extremely well finishing 4th again. After finishing on top of their pool they suffered some injuries to key players and had to finish the tournament down on numbers, so to finish 4th was a real success.
Congratulations to Charlotte Tarleton who represented the school at AICES at the NSWCIS Hockey Championships.
Congratulations to Fox Smith who represented the school at AICES at the NSWCIS Swimming Championships competing in backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
HRIS Netball Gala Day
Our school netball teams have been training for a while now, however, unfortunately due to a date clash and we will not be able to compete in the HRIS Netball Gala Day. We will do our best to try and organise another form of competition for them.
Central Coast Oztag Gala Day
School teams have been selected in the Year 7/8, 9/10 and Opens divisions. These teams have begun training and will compete against other schools on the Central Coast at Tuggerah sporting complex. The Year 7/8 gala day will be held on Tuesday, 1 June and the 9/10 & Opens gala day on Tuesday, 8 June.
HRIS Opens Basketball Gala Day
Opens Basketball teams will compete at the HRIS Basketball championships on Tuesday, 8 June.
Talented Athlete Program
This term students will attend a sports nutrition tutorial conducted by Jo Allen from Coast Sport and also a fitness training session conducted by Shane Forbes.