Week 8, Term 3 2019


School Uniform

Please see the revised school uniform list and policy attached. As you know we have introduced some new uniform options, most notably trousers for girls, shorts for girls and shorts for Senior School boys. As a result of these changes some students might not even buy the junior girls’ pinafore or senior girls’ skirt, for example. As a further logical implication of the changes, there will no longer be a set summer and winter uniform (with two exceptions). A boy or girl might want to wear shorts all year or trousers all year. The existing uniform is still available – no-one has to adopt the new options. Students are still required to wear the blazer in the winter terms and for formal occasions when requested by the school. Boys in Years 11 and 12 are required to own a pair of trousers for formal occasions, such as Speech Day, Year 12 Graduation, school photos and school representation.

Please carefully read the attached uniform list and policy which explains the uniform in more detail click here.


NAPLAN results have just been made available to our school. Student reports are due to arrive in schools from 16 September for distribution to parents. I am pleased to report that our results are very good. In every domain (except Year 7 Spelling) in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, we are either above the state average or well above the state average. In most domains we are also above the averages for what are called “statistically similar schools”. These are schools with a similar demographic to Lakes. There is a lot of analysis to be done by our staff to really dig into strengths and weaknesses, but this high level view is very pleasing. It confirms that the professional learning our teachers have been doing and the consequent impact of that on student learning has been very effective. I congratulate our teachers on their dedication to providing our students with the best in teaching and learning.

School families data update

The Federal Government requires accurate data on all our school families as this is what a portion of our Commonwealth funding is based on. You should have received this week a Data Update letter and form sent home with your child as well as by email. We would appreciate you completing and returning the form to either of the school offices by 23 September.

Perspectives: Your School in Focus

You have received information about this survey by email recently. This is a terrific opportunity for the school to gain your views and those of our students and staff, about many aspects of our school. The data gathered by the survey will feed into the strategic planning process that the School Council will commence in November with guidance from the Association of Independent Schools NSW. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes of your time so we would appreciate you completing it for us. The survey period will be 21 October to 1 November. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, the information we sent home has an opt-out form for you to send back to us – please do this by the last day of this term. If you do not want to complete it, you just ignore the email we will send with a link to the survey.

Cambridge Assessment International Education

I am pleased to report that our school has been approved to teach the Cambridge Primary Program. This is an international program operated by Cambridge University. We will teach the Global Perspectives program in the first instance. This program develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. It consists of six “challenges” per year which can be programmed into existing lessons or could be done on a whole day. This does not replace the NSW curriculum but will enrich our students’ learning about the world and will further develop those skills considered to be so critical for their future. I congratulate Mr Wallace, who did a huge amount of work for our application to Cambridge. You can read more about the program at their website.

New P&F Secretary

I would like to welcome Mrs Cathy Webb to the role of P&F Secretary which was announced at Tuesday night's P&F meeting.

And a thank you to Mrs Jenni Palmer for her time and assistance while in the role of P&F Secretary as well as Bec Taylor and Bronwyn Ringrose for their interim assistance while the position was vacant.

Mr Michael Hannah



Spring Fair Open Day

Saturday, 26 October 2019

10.00am - 2.30pm

Planning is definitely in full swing. We will be sending home a newsletter next week which has each year group allocated to an area of the fair to volunteer in one hour blocks on the day. Signing up to volunteer is easy with an online sign-up page so keep an eye out for this next week. Unlimited ride passes are also now and on sale and the rides line-up is unprecedented this year, so the $25 unlimited ride pass is definitely the best value for money.

Due to the overwhelming response to the first collection days for the Treasure Trove stall (bric-a-brac) we have decided to have a collection in Week 9 as well as Week 10. Next week on Tuesday & Friday we will be collecting from 8:00 - 9:00am & 2:00 - 3:00pm at the storage container at the Senior School. Click here for a map of the location of the storage container.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the valuable support of our sponsors which make this event possible.



It is hard to believe that in two short weeks our current Year 12 cohort will be graduating. I have known some of these students since before they started school, some since Kindy and most for all of their Secondary School life. Many have sat on the couch in my office over the years and shared time with me which I count as an absolute privilege. Some have shared stories of deep sadness, others of great joys and for some I have had the honour of being their referee as they apply for new chapters in their life. These next two weeks will be happy/sad as our Year 12’s come to terms with the end of an era and prepare for the next.

At Lakes Grammar we mark those moments of transition in what we hope are memorable and honouring ways. Graduation has bagpipes, a communion service, folios, special prayers, musical performances, speeches and a confetti wielding guard of honour…just wait Kindy parents when you find it in their blazer pockets at the end of term!  As the Year 12’s leave through the cheers of our whole school community they follow one of our Year 11 students carrying the school’s processional cross all the way to the school gate. It is a powerfully moving and symbolic statement about who we are as a community. Our graduates are being sent into the world knowing that they are precious in God’s sight and wherever they might end up across the planet that God’s gift of grace and mercy is available in Jesus.

So I invite you over the next couple of weeks to simply look at your child(ren) and realise that in the blink of an eye they will be the one walking out of our school gates with confetti in their hair. Every graduate’s parent has told me the same line, “I can’t believe this day has arrived…seems like yesterday that they started here.”  These precious moments will hopefully be etched in your memory too. If you bump into me over the next few weeks you may catch a tear in my eye. I, too, will be happy/sad….again. Thank you Year 12…it has been my honour to walk with you all these years.

I love you.

Bless ya,





Office will be open 9:00am to 12:00pm during the first week of school holidays and closed the 2nd week.



It is an incredibly exciting time to be at Lakes Grammar and what a wonderful week it has been!

We are delighted that Lakes Grammar has become the first accredited Cambridge International School across the Central Coast and Hunter Region, joining a community of learners from more than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries.

Students will enjoy the opportunity to undertake the Global Perspectives program, engaging in learning challenges or projects as a component of our History, Geography and Science curriculum areas. The Global Perspectives program will further develop our students’ skills in the areas of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. These skills are taught through a wide range of topics using a personal, local and global perspective. Our teachers will work with the students to look at a variety of global issues or topics over a range of contexts as we roll this program out over 2020 - 2021. Cambridge also provide some excellent resources in the area of ICT which will also support the work we are doing in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education) with our new STEM Centre that opened earlier this year.

The Cambridge approach will continue to support us in developing learners who are: confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others, responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others, reflective and developing their capacity to learn, innovative and equipped for new and future challenges and engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.

The Association of Independent Schools NSW have highlighted Lakes Grammar as one of five ‘School Improvement Case Study Schools’ for the techniques that we have used to improve teaching and learning across the Junior and Senior Schools to showcase these for other schools in the state.

Our NAPLAN results at school level have become available a few days ago and the school has achieved some of our highest scores since the inception of NAPLAN testing in 2008, continuing on the pattern of strong academic growth and continued improvement that we have seen over the past few years. We are really thankful to our teaching team for their continued hard work in the areas of both learning and wellbeing for each child that being this to fruition.

Congratulations to Josef Aad, Zac Barton, Addison Kowaliw, Jessica Olivieri, Gemma Rooke and Jada Whitmore who represented the school at CIS Athletics on Thursday, we are very proud of your achievements!

The Showcase performances have been amazing and it has been wonderful to see all of the students performing at such a high level in each of the items this week. We are appreciative that Mr David Harris MP and his wife Sherelle were able to attend Wednesday evening’s performance and for the wonderful support that our P & F have given us over both Showcase evenings. We have also continued to receive very positive feedback about the wonderful school item that our students in Years 4 – 6 performed recently at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall.

A number of students have enjoyed undertaking the ICAS tests in various curriculum areas over the past fortnight, with English and Mathematics coming up next week. Mrs Holland has done a wonderful job in this area of building our programs to extend students in their learning and Mrs Livette outlines the great experiences that some of our students enjoyed recently at the HICES Gifted and Talented Camp in the newsletter as well.

Mr Johns and I were able to visit Scone Grammar last week to look at some wonderful initiatives that they have been implementing in the area of Visible Wellbeing in partnership with Professor Lea Walters and have taken away some great ideas and inspiration in further developing the area of positive education and wellbeing for all of our students at Lakes going forward. One great example of this has been our celebration of R U OK? Day on Thursday to support student mental health and wellbeing – it is such a delight to see our Senior and Junior students and staff working in partnership on these kinds of initiatives!

Mrs Stowe, Mrs Colthorpe, Mr Johns, Mrs Livette and I were also able to visit Claremont College, an Anglican Primary school in Sydney, one evening earlier this week for a masterclass and school tour.  We looked at how the teachers have collaborated in that setting to integrate the development of students’ learning capacities into their teaching and to consider the kinds of skills that our children need to develop to be agile learners in the 21st century.

We are passionate about being a well-rounded school for all of the children, so it has been wonderful to reflect on such a diverse array of achievements and events in this newsletter.


It was truly outstanding to witness a community of people all pull together to create a wonderful experience that was Showcase Week. Congratulations again go to all of the students who were involved as cast and to the many staff who took on crew, backstage and front of house roles. The children all played their parts magnificently and were a true credit to themselves. My thanks again go to all of the teachers and parents who dedicated much of their time so willingly to assist in making Showcase the best performance could possibly be. Particular thanks go to the Showcase Committee for all of their organisation, led by Miss Amanda Lutze, to our many administration staff who gave of their time behind the scenes and to all of our school families for your assistance with the amazing costumes!

R U OK? Day

We had a wonderful time celebrating R U OK? Day to promote positive mental health and collegiality for both students and staff. A number of Senior School students set a wonderful example in visiting the Junior School and facilitating activities so effectively. Concluding the day with an impromptu dance and bubble blowing session under the COLA finished things on a real high!


K-2 Playground

A reminder that the K – 2 playground area opens at 8.23am when the teacher arrives on duty. It is greatly appreciated if this area can be kept free until this time when the teacher arrives. Please also be careful if you are bringing small children and toddlers with you to drop off your school age child in the morning that you keep them with you for their safety – instead of on the play equipment as it can be busy at this time.

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 9: Make links with prior learning – look for connections and patterns 

Week 10: Got your hat?   

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of capitalising and making use of all resources for our learning.

Gabriella P, Aaliyah C, Mark T, Richmond T, Serin B, Ashley W, Ayanna T, Amy W, Raquel C, Kane M, Zak P, Ayan S, Jordan R, Zara T, Stephanie A, Emily D.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of self-discipline.

Alaric V, Quinn R, Nilay D, Eve H, Lucy W, Lachlan Y, Logan H, Lexi R, Jye O, Hannah P, Gemma R, Grace C, Luke B, Adelia G, Isabelle M, Lawson L.

Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Premier’s Reading Challenge

Thank you to all those parents and students who supported the 2019 PRC. Overall, we had 141 students from K-6 who completed the challenge (which is a record!).

We look forward to running this wonderful competition again in 2020.

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian



Attendance – Every Learner – Every Day (Whole School)

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 6 and Week 7 in the Junior School. 

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.


R U OK?Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

This year in the build-up to R U OK?Day we’re encouraging everyone to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK?

We want everyone to feel confident they know the signs someone might need support by listening to what they’re saying, seeing what they’re doing or knowing what’s going on in their life. Whenever you notice a change, no matter how small, we want you to trust your gut and start an R U OK? conversation.

The Junior School celebrated R U OK day with a Yellow Mufti Day.

On Thursday the Junior School participated in RUOK? Day. RUOK?’s vision is a world where everyone is connected and are protected from mental health difficulties. In the Junior School, we focussed on being able to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with those around them and to support anyone experiencing difficulties with life challenges.

RUOK? goals are to:

  1. Boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs.
  2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others.
  3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us.
  4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic.

A number of Senior School student leaders and our School Counsellors worked hard on preparations for the day and it was wonderful to have them visit the Junior School to run a range of activities.

For further information and resources about RUOK? day, go to

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


Last week eight bright sparks from Year 5 and 6 headed off on a great adventure to the HICES Gifted and Talented Camp. Josef Aad, Max Adams, Hamilton Dobson, Emily Drohan, Quinn Flower, Sophie Langford, Ayan Sarkar and Cohan Voisey. They joined 140 students from Independent Schools around NSW to stretch their minds, as they participated in a Masterclass of their choice and a variety of Enlightening Electives.

Our students loved their Sports Science, Robotics and Cryptology Masterclasses and were very enthusiastic about the electives offered, including Sparks (working with electric circuits), the Pitch, Chess, Designing for IOT (the Internet of Things), Philosophy, Debating and Future Problem-Solving.

Our students enjoyed getting to know like-minded students from many other schools, felt that the food was “much better than usual camp food” (high praise!) and they particularly enjoyed the evening activities which included STEM challenges, trivia games and a crazy disco night!

It was a delight to see that our students not only knew how to think creatively and have fun, but were also very quickly noticed by other teachers (in all the right ways); for having great manners, being very helpful and being excellent facilitators in small group activities.

It was a privilege to accompany these wonderful young ladies and gentlemen to the 2019 GAT Camp, and I know they will have wonderful memories of an exciting, enriching week!

Anne Livette-Vial

Junior School Teacher




On Tuesday, 27 August Year 8 embarked on a journey to Chinatown to learn some things about the Chinese culture and food, as well as architecture. The students were allowed to explore Chinatown and examine many different shops. We discovered the recurring theme throughout the many buildings which included the colours red, green and gold, sloped roofs and Chinese glazed roof tiling.

We also explored Chinese culture through eating their unique and enticing cuisine. We ate many foods, including mango pancakes, spring rolls, dumplings and fried noodles. During our dining experience at The Marigold Restaurant, the waiters and waitresses pushed around large metal trolleys filled to the brim with delectable goodies.

Students tried to immerse themselves and tested their skills with chopsticks during the meal. Some of the students put their hand up to try chicken feet, a most unusual piece of Chinese cuisine. Kani described it as “Bone… Bone… and more bone,” whilst Raphael said, “Tastes like deep fried jelly.”

All students and teachers tried a wide variety of foods that they may have never tasted before. This excursion had become a learning experience for all. Jed described the prawn crackers as “I liked the cracker part, but I hated biting into a prawn” and Morgan said, “I liked the mango pancakes, they were soft and delicious.”

What a wonderful experience – thank you Mrs Zhao and the teachers and parent helpers that made our trip to Chinatown possible!!!

Year 8 Kani Lukuta and Raphael Dunn



CIS Athletics Carnival Homebush

We wish the following students the best of luck in attending the CIS Athletics Carnival on Thursday, 12 September. They are: Josef Aad, Zac Barton, Addison Kowaliw, Jessica Olivieri, Gemma Rooke and Jada Whitmore.

A more detailed report with photos will be available in the next newsletter.

Lexi Russell

A big congratulations to Lexi Russell who competed in the recent National Snowboarding Championships in Mt Buller Victoria. In tough and trying weather conditions, Lexi finished 9th in Giant Slalom.

In Boarder Cross, Lexi qualified 4th fastest against a very strong field of girls. In the finals all the girls threw down some pretty quick runs and Lexi finished in 6th place. We are very proud of Lexi’s efforts and her focus, determination and hard work which has enabled her to reach Nationals.  

Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…

Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt, joggers (no fluorescent or solid 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.), then 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 when 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, but 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).




19/9/19 – Blast T20 Cricket (still yet to be confirmed)

Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Running Group


Running training will continue on Thursdays and we would love to see you there.

Meet Mr Berry at 3:30pm at Warnervale cricket nets and training is suited for middle-long distance runners.

AICES Athletics Championships

Great efforts by all of our students who competed at the AICES Athletics Championships. Please see the results below. A highlight of the day was our two relay teams who have progressed through to CIS for the first time. Our Junior Boys winning by just over 1 second and our open girls team finishing a narrow 2nd to Hunter Valley Grammar. Ashley Pernecker again had a full events schedule with more events than one could imagine and she was crowned AICES Age Champion!

Well done to all of our athletes.

Ella Coombe –Age 14

800 Meter Place (8)

Anna McKechnie –Age 15

Long Jump Place (3)

100 Meter Place (4)

Triple Jump Place (2)

Ben McKechnie –Age 18

Javlin Place (7)

Jezebel Navusolo –Age 17

200 Meter Place (2)

Triple Jump Place (1)

100 Meter Place (2)

Ashley Pernecker –Age 15

High Jump Place (6)

200 Meter Place (2)

800 Meter Place (2)

Long Jump Place (2)

Triple Jump (5)

1500 Meter Place (4)

400 Meter Place (2)

Connor Rooke –Age 14

Discus Place (3)

Shot Put Place (1)

Relay Seed:

Dylan Coyte, Connor Rooke, Lachlan Jeffery, Jake Sanday – Age 14 Boys

100 Meter Relay Place (1)

Jezebel Navusolo, Ashley Pernecker, Claudia Martin, Anna McKechnie – Age Open

100 Meter Relay Place (2)

Term 3 Sport events

Tuesday, 24 September – NSWCIS Athletics

School Teams

Students who are interested in trying out for school Touch Football, Softball, Golf, or Tennis should speak with Mr Beecroft, read the sports notice board and listen at assemblies for further information.

Term 4 Sports events

Tuesday, 15 October – HRIS Tennis Gala Day

Friday, 18 October – HRIS Golf Championships

Thursday, 24 October – HRIS Softball Gala Day

Monday, 28 October – 15’s HRIS Touch Gala Day

Friday, 8 November – Opens HRIS Touch Football Gala Day

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator