Week 2, Term 3 2019


Welcome to Term 3. Half the school year has flown by already and the rest of the year will be packed with learning and many other activities. Mr Samways will return from Long Service Leave and Study Leave next Monday and resume his roles as Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School. Mrs Michelle Smith will resume her role of Director of Teaching and Learning.

Year 12 undertake their Trial HSC exams from 12 August and finish the term with their Graduation and Formal. This is therefore a significant term for them as they draw to a conclusion 13 years of formal schooling.

Possible China Trip April 2020

Students from Years 9-12 are invited to express interest in a trip to China in the April holidays next year. We had our first student China trip in April this year and it was very successful. The tour includes: two nights in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and markets; four nights in Xi-An where the students do homestay, attend school in the mornings and tour in the afternoons (eg to the Terracotta Warriors); one night in Shanghai, visiting the Bund and spending a day at Disneyland.

If you are interested please send an email to In the Subject line type “China trip” and in the email state your child’s name and year group. We need a minimum of 15 students to make it affordable. This year we had 15 students and the cost was around $3655. If we have enough expressions of interest we will hold an information night.

Korean students visit

We will be hosting Korean students again from 21 August to 3 September. If you can offer a bedroom for two students we would really appreciate it. Please contact David Joo on 0406 870 353 if you would like to know more.

Congratulations to:

Cohen Baldwin of Year 4, who will compete as a member of the NSW team in the Australian Karate Federation National Championships at the end of this week and next.

Ashley Pernecker of Year 9, who competed in two major athletics events in Canada and achieved outstanding results: 5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, several personal bests and became the British Columbia State Champion in the 800m.

Connor Rooke of Year 8, who competed in the same competitions in Canada, in the discus and shotput, achieving two silver medals.

Mr Michael Hannah




Saturday, 26 October 2019

10:00am - 2:30pm

K - 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

Monday, 5 August 2019

Bookings to be made in Parent Lounge.



Over the last 3 months I have entered a new phase of parenting and that is in the role of driving instructor.  Yes our eldest is now 16, which in and of itself is hard to believe.  When I started at Lakes we only had two girls and both were under 3 years of age, yet here we are.  Now this new phase of parenting has caused me to deeply reflect on my own experiences of learning to drive and my own behaviours behind the steering wheel.

Some of my best memories of growing up involve driving.  Family holidays for example where we would explore NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania and drive from town to town seeing the very best that Australia has to offer.  Or when I was learning to drive my Grandpa would come over on a Sunday afternoon and we would go for a drive in his car out the back of Coffs Harbour.  We had some amazing conversations and it was a real bond for us.  Or when I finally got my P’s and felt that great sense of freedom that accompanies holding that licence.  Yee and hah, what a great time of life!

As a dad, though, I am also aware that it is not just what I say as an instructor but how I have modelled my own behaviour behind the wheel.  My conscience has been speaking loudly to me recently about certain habits that I really need to address.  It is powerful that as I teach I am also learning.  Learning about who my daughter is in the high pressure situations that occur whilst driving and learning about what kind of teacher I am in both word and example.  Being a driving instructor is just the latest example of how we as parents model and communicate behavioural expectations.  I don’t know about you, but it really is quite confronting.  I pray that for all of us we may be the best version of ourselves as we example to and with our children.

Bless ya,







Welcome back to Term 3. The staff team and I trust and hope that both you, and your children, had an enjoyable winter break together.

The term is already looking extremely busy.  We have many events and activities planned and only ten weeks to do them in!

Showcase 2019

Showcase is an exciting event for the Junior School full of singing, dancing and performances. It is a tradition at Lakes Grammar and is a biennial event. We are thankful to Miss Amanda Lutze and the Showcase Committee for all of the efforts they have put into the preparation of this year’s event already. Each class from Kindergarten through to Year 6 will be involved in presenting a performance, so it will truly be a whole Junior School event!

Dates for Showcase 2019 are on Wednesday, 11 September and Friday, 13 September.

Your child’s class teacher will provide you with more information regarding costumes and other arrangements in the next few weeks. Children will be rehearsing during school time as a component of our Creative Arts curriculum.

There are three performances (a matinee and two evening performances) and one full technical rehearsal set down for Week 8 (9 - 13 September). If you are aware that your son/daughter will be absent from school during this time please inform their class teacher in advance.

One of the performances will be filmed and there will be an opportunity to purchase a DVD of the show.

If you have skills in carpentry and would be able to assist in the making of props or sets please email Mrs Wallace ( or Mrs Smith ( - thus if classes need something specific to be made, we can try and assist them.

Parent - Teacher Interviews

All parents should have received their children’s report prior to the holidays. Whilst reports are an accurate record of performance they are not the most comprehensive way of communicating detailed information to families.  It is for this reason that I would encourage every family to attend Parent/Teacher Interviews. The second Parent/Teacher Interview session is being held on Monday, 5 August.

Please ensure that you have booked appointment times to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher through Parent Lounge as soon as possible. 

Please remember that whilst these formal interviews give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher, you are most welcome, and encouraged, to speak with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.

Year 4 Camp - Sydney

Year 4 have just returned from their exciting overnight experience in Sydney where they visited the historic Rocks area, Sydney Observatory, Cockatoo Island, travelled on a ferry and stayed overnight at Lane Cove. The students had an engaging time learning about the First Fleet and the early days of the British Settlement in Australia as well as Aboriginal perspectives around colonisation.

The visit to Luna Park also proved to be a new and exciting way for the students to begin their new Science unit of learning for this term.

I extend our thanks to Ms LeRay, Mr Johns, Mr Price, Miss Meagher and Mr Oates for their efforts in making this camp run so smoothly. Well done to all of our Year 4 students who were engaged and active learners throughout the camp experience and magnificent representatives of our school.

Code Camp

During the middle week of the school holidays, students from Years 2 to Year 6 immersed themselves in the world of coding and digital technology at our Code Camp holiday program. Code Camp was led by Mrs Jobe-Parker, an experienced instructor who introduced students to the exciting world of coding and digital creation. During the highly interactive Spark program, students learnt to code using Code Camp’s own software that teaches children ‘drag and drop’ coding. This enables them to focus on the logic without getting confused by complicated syntax. It was wonderful to see the students developing their STEM skills and building their confidence with coding through the Code Camp holiday program. We look forward to hosting more programs like this in the future as we continue to grow the School’s STEM Program.

IPSHA Performing Arts Festival

Our Year 4 – 6 Choir sounds amazing and will enjoy their rehearsal at The Scots College on Tuesday, 6 August in preparation for the upcoming IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday, 22 August. The students are singing an exciting range of numbers for our school item as well as practicing a number of combined choir pieces that they will sing along with the other schools present on the evening. It promises to be a magical occasion again this year! Tickets for the evening are still available through our Junior School Music Teacher – Mr Feps. 

Building Learning Power

We are continuing to work on our Building Learning Power program in classrooms. The diagram below shows the four areas of our ‘Building Learning Power’ program (Reach Out, Look Within, Think Clearly and Believe in Ourselves) which link in with our school motto ‘With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength’.

A number of learning actions which are associated with each area are listed around the outside of the circle.

Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behavior 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: imagine and explore possibilities.

Week 4: Welcoming diversity


Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of asking the right questions.

Keiren T, Amarlie M, Grace S, Marcus C, Blake N, Hayden E, Addyson H, Bonnie C, Joshua K, Lexi R, Ethan C, Tyler M, Kane M, Paige L, Simon C, Mackenzie H, Abigail B.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of consideration.

Isabella L, Lennox B, Sam D, Charlotte W, Samantha O, Ella O, Zara F, Riley A, Lucas B, Willow S, Evelyn G, Georgina S, William E, Marlon B, Emma L, Lawson L, Briella M.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Welcome Back!

Term 3 is always an exciting and busy time in the Junior School Library. We celebrate Book Week this term - the theme for 2019 being “Reading Gives me Superpowers”. We also have our annual author talk, Charles Hope who will be conducting author talks to K-6 classes on Wednesday, 7 August. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be taking place during Book week – stay tuned for more information.

Library Lessons

This term, during Library lessons, we will focus on the following:

K - 4: CBCA 2019 Shortlisted books plus activities

5: Book Reviews CBCA 2019 Shortlisted books
6 / OC: Book Trailers CBCA 2019 Shortlisted books

Yr 5 Information Skills - Gold - Australian Colonial Life


Deborah Abela visit

We were very blessed and fortunate enough to have the award-winning author Deborah Abela visit our school last Monday to conduct writing workshops for selected students 3-6. Deborah gave insights into what makes a great and creative writer as well as provide the students with practical tasks to help improve their writing skills.

To top it off, Deborah launched her new book ‘Final Storm’ – the third in the Grimsdon series. This book is not currently in bookshops and students were able to get a personalised signed copy to purchase plus other of her titles. It was a fantastic day!

Premier’s Reading Challenge

We currently have 63 students who have completed it so far. A fantastic effort! All completed logs must be returned by 30 August 2019 in order to get the certificate from the Premier at the end of the year.



K-6 Author Visit (Charles Hope) – Wednesday, 7 August.

Scholastic Bookfair – Friday, 16 August – Thursday, 22 August.



Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



At Lakes Grammar we value regular school attendance. Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school on time each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities.

At Lakes we aim to have our school attendance rate at above 90%.

We did reach target for both Week 8 and Week 1. Unfortunately, we did not for Week 9 of Term 2. 

Congratulations to students in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 for making target for all three weeks!

Absence Explanation Note: If your child is away from school, a note explaining their absence is required within 7 days of returning to school. If a note is not received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained.’

Parents can use one of a variety of ways to notify the school of an absence;

  1. Phone the school and select option 1 to report an absence.
  2. The Skoolbag app to email an absence note.
  3. An email to
  4. A printed or handwritten note sent to school via mail or with your child.
  5. Fill in a slip at the front office.

Partial Absences are recorded for each child every time they are late to school or leave early from school. Partial Absences are recorded and they are logged when a child is signed in or out at the office. Partial Absence from school does add up to time away from learning, settling into routines of the day or saying goodbye at the end of the day.

When is sick too sick for school?

Keep children home if …

  • They have an unusual temperature higher than 37 degrees.
  • They are vomiting or have diarrhoea.
  • Their eyes are red, and crusty (conjunctivitis)
  • I have influenza (Flu) which is a combination fever, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches.
  • I have the symptoms of an infectious disease. Go to NSW Health. A-Z of infectious diseases for more information.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing





This term we have again hit the ground running! In the next coming weeks our Year 12 students will sit their Trial HSC Examinations! We hold them in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare for these exams and head towards the big finish line at the end of this term! It is so wonderful to see how our Year 12 students have grown over the years and are now ready to leave us at the end of this term.

This term we start our Parent Learning Sessions, please see the flyer attached for more information.

Next week Mr Samways returns from Long Service Leave and will return to Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal. I will return to my normal job of Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Anne Hobden and Mrs Hart who have been Acting Director of Teaching and Learning and Acting Head of English and History, respectively.

Michelle Smith

Acting Head of Senior School



Lexi Russell

We congratulate Lexi Russell who over the school holidays competed at the Annual Snowsports Interschools competition. Lexi had a very successful meet in a very competitive division. Lexi placed 3rd in both Giant Slalom and Boarder Cross and we are very proud of her efforts and determination to get on the podium.

These results have qualified Lexi to represent Lakes Grammar for the State titles in August. Congratulations Lexi!

HRIS Athletics

We have a team of 72 Lakes Grammar students who will be representing the school at the upcoming HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale on Friday, 16 August. Please check the sports noticeboard for events. We wish them well for the day. 

The 1500m event has now been added to the HRIS Calendar. We wish the following students well in this event: Harrison Williams, Zac Barton, Jada Whitmore, Livija Ward, Joseph Aad, Edward Sawers, Giselle Simon, Hannah Ruzicka, Ravi Franke, Jake Freeman, Ella Burgess and Ella Williams.

Photos and a detailed article will be available in the next newsletter.

Josie Bogle

We wish Josie Bogle well for the upcoming CIS Primary Softball trials to be held in Sydney on Wednesday, 7 August. Well done Josie!

Oztag Gala Days

Oztag teams have now been selected and teams are currently training during recess and lunchtimes. We wish all Oztag students involved in Years 3-4 on Tuesday, 13 August and Years 5-6 on Wednesday, 7 August. We wish them all the best for their upcoming Gala Days.

Tuesday Sport 3-6 – Term 3

Years 3 – 6 School sport choices are now up and running for Term 3. Any questions, please see Mr Cantor.

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, white / coloured joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well. 

HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)

Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 boys and girls to represent HRIS or CIS. Students who already compete at a representative level are encouraged to trial for that particular sport. A term timetable is placed in the JS Sports noticeboard with upcoming events and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:

Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.) they can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.

Please note: new procedures below with regards to purchasing HRIS Merchandise.

Competitors must arrive at the venue wearing either a HRIS polo shirt OR long sleeve tee, along with school sport shorts/tracksuit. ALL HRIS representatives are to present to the relevant HRIS Manager in one of these items. HRIS Polo shirts & long sleeve tee, along with other HRIS apparel, are available for purchase through the HRIS online store. HRIS is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Classic Sportswear are now offering a growing range of merchandise that only HRIS sport representatives can access. Optional items include a HRIS Hoodie and cap. The cap is the only cap that can be worn whilst representing HRIS in sports such as Softball and Touch Football, however the cap can also be purchased by representatives in other HRIS sports. Once your order has been finalized, the items will be sent directly to you within a few days. Purchases can be made via the following link:

NB – some Schools may still have stock of the HRIS student Polo. Please check with your School prior to ordering the Polo online as you might get it cheaper from your School.

Competitors will be issued with a running singlet on the day that will attract a hire fee. (This will be billed to your school following the event).


Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group

Running training will continue on Thursday’s and we would love to see you there. Meet Mr Berry at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets.


We have had school teams compete in the Central Coast All schools OzTag Championships at the end of last term. All teams played well and were competitive on the day. Our 7/8 girls’ team was eliminated in the Quarter finals and our 7/8 boys teams was very unlucky to miss out on the finals having some very close losses. A great day was had by all.

HRIS Athletics

A great day was had by all students who competed at the HRIS Athletics Championships. There were many strong performances from our students across a wide variety of events. The school finished 4th in Division 2 and the 15 year girls were crowned Age Champions. Ashley Pernecker and Benjamin McKechnie were individual Age Champions. Lots of our students competed in many events throughout the day stepping outside their comfort zones and pulling together as a team. Some outstanding individual results from students which will be reported on once the full results are published.

Term 3 Sport events


Wednesday, 14 August – HRIS 15’s Basketball Championships

Friday, 30 August – Scone Grammar Gala Day – what sport?

Monday, 9 September – AICES Athletics

Tuesday, 24 September – NSWCIS Athletics

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator