Week 6, Term 2 2021


This is my second last newsletter! I complete my 17 ½ years as Foundation Principal at the end of this term. I’m looking forward to my farewell assembly on 18 June but I know it will be an emotional time for me and for our staff – and maybe even some students?

Introducing your new Principal

At assemblies next Thursday morning I will introduce to the students our new Principal, Mrs Deborah Clancy. Mrs Clancy is a very experienced teacher and leader who is currently Head of Boarding and Academic Care (Deputy Headmistress) at St Catherine’s Anglican Girls’ School in Waverley. Mrs Clancy is excited about commencing her role here very soon and is learning as much about our school as possible in preparation for beginning during the holidays.

Congratulations Vince Ballam

Last week I and several staff attended a dinner at which the Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club presented their annual Business and Community Awards. Will Wallace last year had nominated our Maintenance Officer, Vince Ballam, for a Pride in Workmanship Award, with which he was presented at the dinner. I was pleased to give a short speech in honour of Vince. Below is a short extract from Will’s nomination:

“Vince consistently goes over and above for the school and applies a great range of skills to a number of aspects of keeping our school maintained and updated. He willingly works before and after hours as the need arises and is a true 'jack of all trades' who does everything to a really high standard. We're blessed to have Vince as a member of our team at Lakes and thankful for his passion for the school and everyone in it.”

Athletics Carnivals

We had lovely weather for our athletics carnivals over the last two weeks. The students are always very encouraging of one another as they compete. At the Junior carnival a grandparent I was speaking with said how good it was to see the students cheering each other on and being very supportive. That is an indication of our positive school culture that we work hard to create and maintain. Thank you to our Sports Co-ordinators Mr Cantor and Mr Beecroft for their excellent organisation and thanks to the staff, parents and PASS students who helped run events.

Year 7 2022

Next year’s Year 7 is filling quickly. We have a good number of applications from students at other schools. If you have a child you wish to join Lakes in Year 7 next year and have not yet completed an application, please contact Racquel Jolly to let her know and then complete our online application.

Year 6 students have enjoyed the Crystal Growing competition run by our Science Co-ordinator, Mrs Charker. The students enjoy being in the Science labs and are looking forward to Science in high school. Year 6 have also been able to experience several other subjects in the Senior School, which is helping them to become familiar with the layout and is exciting them about beginning Year 7 next year.

The wonders of Creation

Last Sunday the Psalm we read in church was part of Psalm 104. Here is a short extract:

How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

The whole Psalm is a song of praise to God for the many wonders of his Creation. The Psalmist writes of how God takes great delight in what he has made. I love how the author writes that God made Leviathan (a large sea creature) to frolic or play in the sea. The whole psalm has implications for our understanding of “creation care” – that God expects us to look after his Creation – to nurture it and promote its growth, and to take delight in it ourselves. This in turn relates to how we educate our students in this increasingly important role we have to play in God’s world. After all, it will be our students, your children, who will have that caretaking role in the future.



Michael Hannah



Junior School Tours

Monday, 31 May 2021

9:30am , Junior School Library

Senior School Tours

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

9:30am , Senior School Library

To register to attend please email

Farewell Afternoon Tea with The Principal

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

3:30pm, Senior School quadrangle

Further information regarding this event will be sent home next week.


Matt’s Mutterings

This week has a lot happening on a national scale.  From the 23rd to the 29th of May Australians have been called to recognise Food Allergy Awareness Week promoted by Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.  It has been an important week in our household as we live with food allergies on a daily basis.  This year they have employed the amazing Eddie Woo to share what it is like to raise children with food allergies.  Let me encourage you all to check out his 3 minute message here as chances are you will know someone with a food allergy and need to know how to be inclusive and safe. Eddie Woo chats about food allergies

It was National Sorry Day on Wednesday, 26 May and on Thursday we embraced Reconciliation Week.  As Australians we need to take a hold of the catchcry that Reconciliation Week is promoting so that our future as a country can see equality for all.  “More than a word: Reconciliation takes action.”  For myself, and others who have a Christian faith, reconciliation is at the heart of all healthy relationships.  Jesus’ actions on the cross some 2000 years ago reconciled humanity to God.  Each follower of Jesus is called to embrace that reconciliation and then live it out in all their relationships in life.  It has to be more than just words, otherwise reconciliation has no meaning.

This year sees Australia celebrating 20 years of Reconciliation Week.  We all have the opportunity to take action and you can find more information by clicking here: Reconciliation Week.  One of the actions that is a little less obvious is to actually know your local history.  There are some fabulous resources located all over the coast and it really doesn’t take much effort to find out.  Maybe this weekend as a family find out about the Darkinjung Nation and their remarkable history.  As we learn we grow and we find reconciliation becomes more a part of who we are and we find that we have more of the character of Jesus too.


Bless ya!





Isabella Matri and Maddison Kustreba competed at Quirindi Interschool Horse Sports on Friday, 21 May.

It was a huge day with almost 200 competitors from around NSW. Both girls had large age groups and they both represented Lakes with pride. Isabella placed 4th in the ring events. 

Next week Lucy Tazawa will be representing Lakes Grammar at Coonabarabran at the North West Horse Expo. This event is expected to be attended by approx 900 Senior School competitors. We wish her all the best! 

Cynthia Jobe-Parker

Junior School Teacher




Athletics Carnival

It has continued to be a productive and enjoyable term with many opportunities for students to enjoy. We had the last of the mild weather for the K-1 athletics afternoon at school when the students enjoyed a range of novelty races and events. The Years 2-6 Athletics Carnival was a wonderful event once again this year with students making the most of their athletic talents and participating in a wonderful spirit of enjoyment and encouragement. The College spirit was tangible and the students looked great in their College colours and shorts. Our thanks go to Mr Cantor, Mrs Shepherd and Mr Beecroft for their efforts with both the JS and SS Carnivals and we wish our students who are progressing on to the HRIS carnival all the best for a successful day.

Rotary Pride in Workmanship Awards

Congratulations to Vince Ballam, our amazing maintenance man. Vince was recently recognized by the Northlakes-Toukley Rotary club with a Pride in Workmanship Vocational Excellence Award for the way in which he goes above and beyond in his role. We really appreciate Vince’s dedication to his role, the hard work that he does to consistently support our students and staff, and the way that he inspires us all through his actions. It is a privilege to have Vince as part of our team at Lakes and a delight to see him receiving this prestigious award.

National Reconciliation Week, Thursday, 27 May - Thursday, 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, as well as to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia and continuing to build a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court MABO decision respectively.

Deborah Abela

Junior School students were privileged to have the acclaimed author Deborah Abela visit on Wednesday 26 May. Deborah was able to conduct a number of writing workshops for students throughout the day.

Our thanks go to Mr Summers and Mrs Tennant for their organisation of this event as it was very entertaining and well enjoyed by all!


Please exercise care and safe driving as you use the carpark areas each morning and afternoon.

Parent Parkplease park and walk into the front verandah of the Junior School outside the Library to collect your child from there. Please refrain from asking your child to come through to the carpark to meet you at your car, or from parking at the bottom of the stairs, as this gives rise to safety concerns in the carpark and again this practice does not reflect School Policy.

At the end of the school day, students move to the designated areas from under the COLA in the main courtyard and from there are escorted to their particular area and supervised by teachers. Students not collected from Parent Park and Kiss and Go by 3.30pm will be taken to the Office to wait for parents. Please note students need to be collected by 3.40pm unless a prior arrangement has been made. If you know you will be late please try and arrange care through Sunbeams.

‘No Stopping’ Zone

At the bottom of the stairs of the Junior School office there is a designated ‘No Stopping Zone’ for before 9.00am and after 2.00pm. Please do not park in this area as you are risking a significant fine. Not only is it a ‘No stopping Zone,’ it is within a ‘Pedestrian Crossing Exclusion Zone’ and is a ‘School Zone’ during those times.

The parking zones are designed by local Council and can be enforced by the New South Wales Police force.

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 7:  Identify the essentials and build on these (distil)

Week 8: Understanding

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Plan my learning improvement.’

Kenna M, Jeremiah B, Dakota H, Henley N, Kyson S, Joshua H, Madisyn M, Elizabeth L, Scarlett A, Charles H, Eve H, Georgia L, Aiden B, Koby K, Benjamin R, Sienna T, Mcrae P, Willow R, Daphne J.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Manners: how to say thank you, sorry, ask for help.’

Thomas K, Winter J, Aryan D, Anson L, Myla P, Omotayo A, Alira W, Isabella C, Lucy W, Nilay D, Eden C, Samantha M, Billy S, Ethan C, Jett W, Rory W, Stone P and Saanika P.

Ralph Johns

Acting Head of Junior School


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 35 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’.

National Simultaneous Storytime

What a fantastic time selected V.I.P. K / 1 students had last Wednesday at the annual National Simultaneous Storytime. The book was titled ‘Give Me Some Space’ and there were some great interactive fun and games students participated in. A big thank you to Mrs Tennant who organised many of the exciting activities. We look forward to participating again in 2022!

Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


This year our writing task invites students to respond to a picture stimulus creatively in under 500 words. Imaginative pieces may include letters, poems, scripts for radio, screen and stage, interviews, journal entries or narratives. Students are constrained only by the limits of their imagination.  In 2020 competition submissions were of an excellent standard, reflecting the impressively vivid imaginations of enthusiastic and capable young writers.

We look forward to sharing some pieces in the coming term as well as announcing our school winners.

Julie Stowe

Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning K-6


Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 students, who competed brilliantly in the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon last term. One of our Year 5 Teams won this Decathlon, so they competed in the State da Vinci Decathlon in April. This was held as an Online Challenge by Knox Grammar School. The students had a wonderful day and collaborated well in each domain.

Along with our Creative Producers team (April Murphy and Willow Stuart), they came an impressive 10th out of the 73 Year 5 teams competing from schools around NSW.

Our Year 5 team: Keshav Panicker, April Murphy, Callum Lightfoot, Benjamin Ruzicka, Ethan Curry, Ava Dickinson, Guilia Bonato, Willow Stuart.  A special thank you is extended to Mrs Livette and Mrs Holland for providing encouragement and expert student coaching to our teams.  

Julie Stowe

Co-ordinator of Quality Teaching and Learning K-6


Remember, Thursday is School Banking day and students can bring in their weekly deposit.

Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot. Remember, there is no minimum deposit with School Banking, you can send as little as 5c per week in, saving regularly is what is important.

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for a School Banking reward item.

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

If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commonwealth Bank branch.

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at Lakes Grammar. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week.


If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2021 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit




Last week I received a phone call from Tom Donaghy-Lewis, who was part of the Year 12 cohort of 2020. When he phoned me, he was standing in the middle of Wollongong University campus and had just received his result back from his first essay. Tom is studying Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychology at Wollongong University which he gained early entry to due to his outstanding academic results during both Year 11 and Year 12. He rang me to tell me he had gained a High Distinction and had come first out of 370 first year law students and he just wanted me to know because we had taught him how to write essays!

When we hear these pieces of news from our ex-students it really does remind us how here at Lakes, we do prepare our students for future success! Congratulations Tom, we are so very proud of you!

Creative Arts is a very important part of our teaching and learning environment here at Lakes and last Wednesday night I attended Gosford Laycock Theatre to watch our Year 11 Drama students perform at the Youth in Performing Arts Night. What a brilliant night this was, a big congratulations to Mrs Braun and the Year 11 Drama students and also to the Year 10 Drama students who performed on the Wednesday night. It was a great honour to be selected to perform at these nights! Please read Mrs Braun’s report further on in the newsletter for a full report!

Year 12 Focus Meetings

Over the past week I have been meeting with Year 12 to assist them with making decisions about their post-school study choices. It is great to be able to sit down with each individual student and hear about their dreams and aspirations and to guide them in a direction and towards opportunities they may not know exist. I am always amazed at how as individuals we have so many diverse career aspirations and how determined our young people are to reach their goals. One of the great opportunities for our students, in this area, is the University of Newcastle’s Spotlight Early Entry program. This program is where the university sets down the minimum band students need to achieve in nominated subjects to gain entry into selected courses. This certainly takes off the stress for students in regard to gaining the needed ATAR! There are so many early entry programs which universities offer now which are very beneficial to our Year 12 students.

Preparing our Students for the Future

On Thursday of next week we will hold our annual Careers Day here at school for Year 10 and 11 students. During this day students will hear from Central Coast Group Training on interview tips and tricks and about apprenticeship opportunities, how to write a resume and cover letter and they will attend a webinar being held by the ATO on what information is needed to get a tax file number.

Next Friday we are taking our Year 10-12 students to Moore Park Exhibition Centre, Sydney to attend the 2021 HSC and Careers Expo. Mr Campbell, our Careers Adviser has organised for us to all attend this event. Students on the day will be able to explore:

Information and resources for the HSC; Information about tertiary study, university, TAFE and training courses; Career advice; Study advice; Employment advice and opportunities; Apprenticeship and traineeship advice and international exchange and gap year programs.

This is a great addition to our teaching and learning calendar. Jump on their website to see more of what the students will be exploring on the day:

Class Visits

This week we began our Transition activities for our current Year 6 students who will become our Year 7 2022 students! New to our Transition calendar of events for students, is the opportunity for them to attend classes of their favourite nominated subject. We conducted a survey last term to find out what their favourite subject is, and they have since been allocated a time over the next two weeks to visit these subjects for a double period. This week I have spoken to some very excited Year 6 students, and I know both the teachers and the Senior School students have loved having our Year 6 students in class with them. We look forward to welcoming more students to the Senior School classrooms next week!

College Games

On Monday, 31 May, Year 6 students will attend the Senior School for an afternoon of fun and games. Mr Campbell and our College Captains and students from Year 11 PDHPE, have organised a great afternoon of competition and fun! Another great event to get our Year 6 students excited about Year 7, 2022!

National Reconciliation Week

This week saw the commencement of Reconciliation Week, 27th May to 3rd June. Reconciliation Week remains the same each year because these dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. Students in our classrooms will be undertaking learning activities where they will learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


Youth in Performing Arts is part of Laycock Street Community Theatre's annual program and provides an opportunity for Central Coast youth with outstanding talent to perform in a professional venue, promoting and fostering their development in performing arts. This is an inclusive program encouraging all forms of live entertainment in a non-competitive environment. YIPA helps young people develop confidence in themselves and their ability to contribute to being part of a team, as the production team regard each performer as a talented artist in their own right.

This year, Lakes Grammar students were selected to perform in the 30 Year anniversary showcase. When you consider there were almost 450 auditions in 2021, being selected is quite an achievement.

Our Year 10 Drama students took to the stage Wednesday, completing a flawless rehearsal in the afternoon before showcasing their talents with the assistance of a full production team in the evening. Our students not only did us proud on stage, but they were exceptional backstage. Their camaraderie, support and kindness were infectious, bringing a smile to the faces of fellow performers in the dressing room. Please join with me in congratulating the following Year 10 students; Sophie Brown, Roshan Francke, Lara Kinder, Kani Lukuta, Connor Rooke, Brooke Shorten, Cameron Taragel, and Keeley Walker-Johnson.

Year 11 were up next. While rehearsal was not as smooth as we had hoped, the girls gained experience with working with a production team, respectfully and confidently, solving small technical issues during rehearsal. During the evening performance their piece was flawless. They wowed audiences with a political performance that drove home the message that women have the power to achieve anything they set their minds to. They had the audience laughing and crying along with them as they historically explored the involvement of women in war through the ages. Please congratulate; Lara Chapman, Kiarna Elliott, Tasmin Gribbin, Emma MacDonald, Charlotte Peach and Abbie Young.

The creative director of Youth in Performing Arts, Gary Jackson and his team were blown away by the talent of our performers and cannot wait to see what the students of Lakes Grammar come up with next year.

Thank you to our parents who assisted with transportation and sat in the audience cheering on our students. These young people are an absolute credit to you. Also, a great big thank you to the staff who attended, our students were very happy to see your beautiful, supportive smiling faces looking back at them from the audience.

What an absolute celebration of the arts and the talented students here at Lakes Grammar. Go team Lakes!

Katrina Braun

Senior School Teacher



Athletics Carnival – Year 2-6

What a beautiful day God blessed us with last Wednesday for the annual Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival. Students behaved well and it was wonderful to see such great sportsmanship and competitiveness among the students.

Age Champions and Presentation will be awarded at Monday morning’s assembly. More details in the next Newsletter.

HRIS 3 / 4 Basketball Gala Day

Congratulations to the following students who will represent Lakes Grammar at the 3 / 4 HRIS Basketball Gala Day on Wednesday, 2 June:


Emma Blackshaw, Layla Choudhari, Eden Clarke, Kennedie Gardner, Addyson Harmer, Samantha Marshall, Imogen Mellon, Abigail Sonter, Ashley Webb


Spencer Ainsworth, Aiden Brownlie, Lucas Butcher, Kai Frappell, Ricardo Gonzalez, Elliot Hill, Lachlan MacDonald, Copper O’Leary, Jackson Paku, Billy Sparks

We wish them the best of luck!


Term 2 3-6 School Sport

School sport is now up and running and there is 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.


James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Senior School Athletics Carnival


What a wonderful day and we were blessed with awesome weather conditions. Students really got involved in different events during the day and assisted where needed and Year 12 fed us all with delicious food throughout the day. Special thank you to those parents who jumped in and helped with the day or who were there as spectators, your help and support is very much appreciated.

Age Champions:


Beau Jones & Dana Gonzales – 12 Years

Joseph Aad & Grace Crumbley – 13 Years

Ella Williams & Aaron Behan – 14 Years

James Thomas & Jessica Hoysted – 15 Years

Charlotte Tarleton & Sam Cook – 16 Years

Ashley Pernecker & Blair Evans – 17 Years

Stephanie Luyt & Fox Smith/Jeremy Beale – 18 Years

Open 100m Champions: Ashley Pernecker and Sebastian Araneta

College Champions: 1st Ridley, 2nd Lightfoot, 3rd Tyrrell, 4th Cranmer

AICES Cross Country


Good Luck to the following students competing at AICES Cross Country Championships on Wednesday, 2 June. Charlotte Tarleton , Ashley Pernecker , James Thomas , Livija Ward , Giselle Simon.

We wish them best of luck.

AICES Touch Football


Jemma Young played in the AICES Touch Football gala, representing HRIS and our school. From all reports it was a fun and rewarding experience.

Central Coast AFL Gala Day


Our school 7/8 boys team competed in the Central Coast AFL Gala day. They were extremely competitive and they showed fantastic sportsmanship and resilience throughout the day and enjoyed the experience.

HRIS Netball Gala Day


Unfortunately, due to a clash with school photos our school netball teams were unable to compete in the HRIS Gala day. We are planning a school gala day for next term for any interested netballers.

Central Coast Oztag Gala Day


School teams have been selected in the year 7/8, 9/10 and Opens divisions. These teams have started training and will compete against other Public, Private and Catholic 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 will see students involved in a sports nutrition tutorial conducted by Jo Allen from Coast Sport and a fitness training session conducted by Shane Forbes. Notes should have gone out already and dates include the 10th and 11th June.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator