Week 2, Term 3 2020



The recent school closures in Sydney are reminders that we still need to be vigilant in our safety measures here at Lakes and yours out in the community. It is incredible how wide the tentacles of this virus can spread and it shows how interconnected we are across our communities. Please remind your children about cough and hand hygiene and not sharing food or utensils at school. If your child is unwell please do not send your child to school. We have had a number of children present to sick bay this term and they had apparently informed their parents that they were unwell. We have had to then contact the parent to come and collect their child.

If a member of your household is ill and awaiting COVID-19 test results, please keep your child/ren at home until the results come in.

Early departure: If you have an appointment  for your child during school hours and you need to collect them from school early please notify administration (  advising the arrangements so that we can have your child at the office ready to be collected at the requested time.

2nd Hand Uniform Shop

Our first opening of the 2nd Hand Uniform shop this week proved very busy and unfortunately the numbers within the confines of the area were far too many. We are now implementing the following controls to ensure we adhere to COVID requirements.

  • Entry via admin breezeway (facing the school – right hand side of school - walk up pedestrian walkway and use crossing across staff carpark).
  • Before you enter you need to use hand sanitser and complete a visitor form.
  • The breezeway/ shop will be set up as a one-way direction only with one entry and one exit.
  • Maximum of 3 people will be allowed into the breezeway/shop at any one time.   
  • Please maintain social distancing when in the breezeway/shop area.
  • When the limit of 3 is exceeded parents will be issued a number on a first come basis and their number will be called when they are allowed into the breezeway.
  • If you are selling items to the 2nd Hand Shop you must complete the uniform sales form and hand it over with the clothing (the form can be downloaded from Parent Lounge – under Links – General Links called 2nd Hand Uniform Sales).  There is nowhere available at the 2nd Hand Uniform shop to complete this form.

Again, I thank you for your assistance in helping us maintain a safe and healthy school environment.

SchoolAid Accreditation

I am pleased to announce that our school has been recognised by the SchoolAid organisation as a Nationally Accredited School for Empowering Young Philanthropists. Their Excellencies the Governor General, David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, presented the certificates to eight schools via Zoom last Thursday. Our Junior School Leaders, Hannah Ruzicka and Josef Aad, sat with me in my office as we participated via Zoom. Hannah and Josef thanked their Excellencies and spoke about our fundraising efforts. Mr Wallace nominated Lakes on the basis of our history of student-led fundraising for charitable causes.

Sports carnivals

We are planning to run our Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals soon. Although there are no higher-level carnivals at which students can represent Lakes or HRIS, we want to give our students these fun days. Of course, they will be managed differently from usual and unfortunately, no spectators will be allowed. Please see elsewhere in the newsletter for details.

Canteen News

Our canteens are now accepting payment in cash, using COVID-safe practices. The cash is placed by the student into a bucket of disinfectant and left there for the day. The student uses the sanitizer provided. Change is given from the cash that was disinfected the day before.

It is disappointing as I look through the school calendar and see “Cancelled” beside so many of our planned events. Some of these events are the kinds of activities that help form the school’s culture so it is sad that we are unable to hold them. I hope that our students feel that they are part of a whole community that is experiencing disruption and loss and that this experience will help them build resilience. We are making school as “normal” as possible under the circumstances and we hope this helps give our children and young people a sense of stability. However, if you are concerned about your child’s mental or emotional health, please contact one of our counsellors – Amanda Wishart in the Senior School or Stacey Taggart in the Junior School. Our chaplains are also here to provide support and prayer for anyone in our school community so please don’t hesitate to contact Reverend Matt Shorten or Peter Oates if you or your child needs such support.

P&F Meeting

In line with current COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, we will be holding our P&F meetings online via Zoom. If you would like to attend the next meeting at 7.00pm Tuesday, 11 August please contact Mrs Bev Seers via email  . A link will then be sent to you to log into the meeting. Members of the school community who attended the AGM earlier in the year will be sent an email inviting you to the meeting so you will not need to email Bev Seers.

Mr Michael Hannah



Fathers' Day Stall (K-6)

Like everything else at the moment, we need to find different ways to do what we normally do. So our P&F team has reinvented the Fathers’ Day stall so that our little ones can still show Dad how special he is.

This year you can order a gift online. 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 $5.

The gifts will be delivered to the classroom for the child to bring home on Thursday, 3 September.

Online orders close 5pm on Wednesday, 2 September.



Matt's Mutterings

Term 3 is underway and we have as usual hit the ground running.  With a mixture of class time and online lessons for those affected by the ongoing restrictions life at school is never dull.  I have enjoyed being able to get out for sport this term with Year 7&8 students at Charmy indoor.  I still think I am playing for Liverpool in my head, but my body is certainly not responsive like Sadio Mane’s!  It was an absolute joy for me to see Liverpool lift the EPL trophy as I have been following them since about 1982!  It was a long wait for me and many others.

It has been a timely reminder in my life over the mid-year break to refocus on what brings joy and peace.  With the craziness of last term I was a cooked goose…done!  The 3 week break was a time to take stock, rest and recalibrate.  Long walks, family time, catching up with friends, time at our farm and time just listening for God’s voice all slowly but surely brought restoration.  I actually had to take my own advice about self-care that I have shared with some of our students over the last few months…turns out it was good advice.

With all the continued uncertainty it is good to remember what brings you joy and peace.  What are those actions that you can engage in to recalibrate your lives?  Maybe it’s a good book, a run, playing music, coffee with a friend, eating bacon or a walk on the beach.  Let me encourage you to invest into those actions that will feed your soul where it needs it.  And let me encourage you to reach your weary hand to Jesus so that he might lift you up.  Reminds me of that great U2 hit from the early 80’s called “40” where Bono sings, “I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit; above the mire and clay…I will sing, sing a new song.” 

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.

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 take up the opportunity that Parent/Teacher Interviews presents. The second virtual Parent/Teacher Interview session is being held online on Monday 3 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 interviews give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher, you are most welcome, and encouraged, to be in contact with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.

National Science Week

We are looking forward to celebrating National Science Week in the Junior School in Week 5 (17 – 21 August). The theme for Science Week in 2020 is ‘Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of Our Oceans’. Mrs Stowe has been busy preparing an exciting range of activities for our children, including designing a floating sailing boat (additional details below), using Spheros and our new set of virtual reality goggles, a fish themed scavenger hunt at lunchtime, a K – 2 recycled construction zone, a seascape obstacle course and sea slime. We look forward to the exciting activities and learning that the week holds for us.

Home Learning Codes for Seesaw

The access codes for each child in the Junior School to log in to Seesaw have been updated. A copy of this code will be sent home with your child this week. Please keep this code in a safe place so you can refer to it easily to log in if we needed to provide online learning for any reason. The new code is valid to log in with for the rest of the year.

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.

Harrison O, Chloe Q, Haven F, Matthew K, Amarlie M, Lennox B, Ava B, Annabelle C, Evie H, Maggie Y, James M, Amy W, April M, Ben R, Milla H, Ellie P, Laiba M, Charlotte F, Leah W, Claire H.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of consideration.

Chloe G, Hudson H, Eva C, Gabriella P, Nate B, Elizabeth L, Grayson K, Charlotte M, Bronson C, Chelsea C, Mia C, Austin T, Tamika A, Gabriella C, Olyver H, Kourtney G, Mekenzie J, Alyse Q, Ella L, Corey E.



Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Welcome Back to Term 3

We continue to ensure that the JS Library is a safe place for everyone. This includes cleaning of all shared surfaces and resources after use. Library books returned are also quarantined for 48 hours before re-shelving. Please note that the JS Library is still closed at lunchtimes for students until further notice (however, borrowing is still allowed 2nd half).

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

K - Classic Picture Books/ Non-Fiction Books Intro

Y1 – Mapping Skills Intro

Y2 – Mapping Skills Intro

Y3 – Mapping Skills

Y4 – Mapping Skills (Australia)

Y5/ Y6/ OC – Mapping Skills (World)

Y5 Information Skills – Australian Colonisation (Goldrush)


We look forward to a fantastic term of learning!

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020

We now have 49 2020 PRC’S completed. A fantastic effort considering the major disruption to borrowing over the last couple of months. Please return all completed logs to Mrs Tennant as the closing date is 28 August 2020.  


Mr Danny Summers

JS Teacher Librarian




On the first day back of this term, the Senior School staff met via Zoom together to engage in our first Professional Learning session since COVID shutdown. It was great to be back together in this space where we focused on our Semester 2, 2020 Teaching and Learning focus points – deep learning and feedback. As a staff we worked through the newly updated paper ‘What Works Best’, released by the Centre of Education Statistics and Evaluation. This paper explains which aspects within a school produce the most effective results in moving student learning forward and those that allow for deep learning to occur. During this PD session we reflected on our own teaching and how we incorporate and use the following within our own Teaching and Learning practices: High Expectations, Explicit Teaching, Feedback and student data.

On the same day staff viewed a Webinar, “Moving Forward in a Deep Learning World” released by New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Institution. This webinar gave us time as a staff to hear other people’s experiences across the globe and reflect on the impact of the COVID shutdown and use of online learning on both our own pedagogical practices and student learning habits. It also asked us to reflect on how the COVID shutdown may have impacted on the wellbeing of our students and how we move forward, as a school, from this.

Throughout the Semester the staff will continue to meet each Monday through whole staff Professional Learning Sessions, Faculty Meetings or Professional Learning Partner Meetings to learn about and share our ideas and thoughts regarding how to foster deep learning in our students and use feedback to move our students’ learning forward.

Mrs Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


A warm welcome back to everyone as we continue to adapt to the ever-changing year that is 2020! We are trying to get back to as many activities as we can this term. As such the Captains and Prefects have begun to plan for activities for the student body. Our MHAP (Mental Health Advocacy Program) Team are about to plan our wellbeing activity for the term and we begin the process of selecting our new school leaders ready for the start of Term 4.

It has been a really tricky time for all of our students, and we are so proud of how adaptable they have been. Many have had to step far out of their comfort zone to continue their learning and we have all learnt new skills. Other students have been able to accommodate the changes more easily. Here is a helpful article for those families who feel their child has not been able to transition as smoothly as you would like:

We continue to support our Year 12 students as they prepare for their upcoming Trial HSC examinations and their final term at Lakes. Supporting Year 12 students at home can be tricky and stressful. A helpful resource on the ReachOut website is:

I would encourage all parents of Senior students to have a look at the resources on There is a variety of helpful articles, videos and forums for students and families alike. We are making plans to honour our Year 12 students in the best way possible in their final days at school, including their Graduation. We will let you know what we have been able to safely plan as soon as possible.

Student Leader applications have just opened for our Year 11 students and we encourage all students to consider applying for a leadership role. We do, of course, expect all our Senior students to assume a leadership role in terms of positive role modelling and supporting our student leaders in their endeavours. Applications are due by Friday, 20 August.

Years 7-10 students are encouraged to set up effective organisation mechanisms to ensure they stay on top of assessment tasks as they receive them through the term. I would suggest all students (and their families) would benefit from a calendar on a wall or desk on which students can keep track of tasks so they can see when they need to work on them, rather than suffering stress because they have been left to the last minute.

Tutor Sessions have been following the Chapel theme each week as we seek to develop social and emotional awareness and skills in all of our students to further empower them to be responsible and effective citizens.



Mrs Alison MacLarty

Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing



Dates have now been set for our upcoming carnivals.

Our Cross-Country Carnival will be held on Thursday, 6 August. Notes will be sent out at the end of this week. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, parents and supporters will not be allowed to spectate.


Our Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 9 September. More information to come.

However, please note that there will be no pathway to HRIS / CIS as these events have been cancelled.


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 fluoro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well during the hotter months. 


Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Still very quiet on the sporting front. However, it is good to see many of our students have returned to their community sporting activities over recent weeks.

I encourage students to try and think outside the box and continue to be physically active.

Unfortunately our Talented Athlete Program is still on hold, but this term we have been exploring how we can run COVID-19 safe Cross-Country and Athletics carnivals. Weather permitting a modified school Cross-Country event will take place on Thursday, 6 August. Please note, this is for students only and unfortunately no spectators are allowed.  As information changes we will keep you posted about any new developments on the sporting front.


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator