Week 8, Term 3 2020


Conversation with the Governor General

On Thursday, 31 August the Governor General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley met with Mr Wallace, our school leaders and myself via Zoom to learn a little more about our school and the fundraising our students do. This is a follow-up from the presentation of our SchoolAid Accreditation Certificate a few weeks ago. Several of our students who have undertaken philanthropic work and fundraising for causes for which they have a passion, outlined what they had done. Their Excellencies asked questions about the work and thanked them for their contribution to a better society. The students then asked a range of questions about the role of Governor General and also how Mrs Hurley supported the role. One question, which goes way back to 11 November 1975 was, “Can the Governor General sack the Prime Minister?” You can read more about our students’ charitable work on one of our recent Facebook posts.

Watanobbi to Warnervale Pipeline

All the underground work of laying the pipeline has been completed and the landscaping work is beginning. The next stage is construction of the valve house that will be built in front of the Junior School. It should all be completed before the end of the year.

Year 12 Graduation

We are planning some COVID-safe activities for our Year 12 students in the last week of this term, including a special chapel service for just Year 12 on the last day of term. The NSW Government has issued advice about Graduations and Formals that can take place after the HSC exams. There will still be a range of restrictions but it looks like parents will be able to attend at least a Graduation (which we have planned for 13 November). Limits on the number of people allowed in the Formal venue will probably exclude parents from being able to attend this year, unfortunately.

Fathers' Day Stall

Thank you to all who supported our P&F by purchasing from the stall last week. Sales were much higher than in previous years. It seems online only purchasing has its advantages! We’ve all become used to buying more online. Thank you to P&F President Tracy McGarrity and Treasurer Mel Jones for the huge amount of time you put into setting this up and running it on the day; and thanks to Spring Fair Co-ordinator Adele Flower for ordering all the gifts.

School Leader Interviews

Mr Samways and I have had the pleasure this week of interviewing Year 11 applicants for the roles of School Captain, Vice Captain and Prefect. This always gives us new insights into our students and their passions and reminds us what lovely young people we have at Lakes and how they would like to make an impact for good in our community. We will announce the successful applicants by the end of term. We always have more applicants than positions so some will be disappointed but we are impressed with their willingness to take a risk and put themselves up for these roles.

COVID testing

In August the NSW Department of Education provided updated COVID safety guidelines for schools. All school sectors have agreed to follow these guidelines. I emailed a letter home about this on 19 August. I recognise that child care can be difficult for families if a child has to stay home, however, these guidelines have been put in place by NSW Health and the Department of Education for the health and safety of students and staff.

The School is required to exercise vigilance in ensuring staff and students do not attend school if they are unwell. Students must not attend school or will be sent home if they exhibit flu-like symptoms and they must be tested. Staff and students must not return to school until they return a negative COVID-19 result and are symptom free. The School must sight the negative COVID 19 test result prior to allowing students and staff to return to School.

We therefore request you DO NOT send your child to school if they have any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, cough, sneeze, runny nose etc). If your child has any flu-like symptoms they MUST be COVID tested and the negative COVID test result needs to be emailed to BEFORE your child can return to School.

We also ask that if anyone in your immediate household has been tested for COVD-19 and is awaiting the results that your children self-isolate and do not attend school whilst awaiting the outcome. We also have the same measures in place for all of our Staff at school.

Mr Michael Hannah



P&F Lamington Drive

The P&F is holding a Lamington Drive Fundraiser in Term 4 through Thompson’s Pies. On offer are Cream Lamingtons and Plain Lamingtons in both 6 and 12 packs and Brownie Slice and Caramel Tart 6 packs. Some new options this year include café style Caramel Slice, family size Apple Pie/Blueberry Pie and Caramel Tarts in 7" size.

Orders can be made online via Flexischools which is the preferred method OR by completing and returning the order form which has been emailed home with exact payment to either the Senior or Junior school canteens by 3pm Monday, 19 October 2020.

Goodies will be freshly made, ready to be sent home with students on Tuesday, 27 October. Alternatively, you can use the drive-through pick up option which will be set-up in the Junior School Kiss and Go from 12pm to 2pm on the day. Please specify on your order form how you will be collecting your order.


Matt's Mutterings

This week saw our school community engaging in the R U OK? movement which has the great catchcry of “A conversation could change a life!”  It is the lasting legacy of Gavin Larkin OAM who made a documentary with Janina Nearn back in 2009.  Gavin was wanting to honour his father’s own tragic story and at the same time save lives across Australia.  Gavin and Janina quickly realised that the documentary wouldn’t be enough to bring about change so they began the R U OK? movement.  Sadly in 2011 Gavin lost his life to cancer but the R U OK? movement continues to grow.  Thursday, 10 September saw us splashing yellow about and reflecting on how to continue the conversation after someone replies “No” when we ask R U OK?

As a follower of Jesus, I am deeply invested into building community and connecting people together.  It is all about relationships.  2020 has been one of the most difficult years on the planet to stay connected in meaningful relationships with all of the forced isolation and physical distancing.  We have been required to become extra-creative in order to sustain connections.  There is also a weight of grief that our community carries around this year that is not normally present.  It is important to not underestimate COVID grief.  This year, is probably the most important year for us to check in on our family and friends and ask R U OK?

I know that for me personally, this year has had difficulties that have pushed me to the edge.  It has been in sharing these difficulties with those around me that has helped carry the load.  Talking with family, sharing with staff at school, catching up with friends and clinical supervision have all helped in the bounce back.  It is in having safe space to chat that healing occurs.  If you’re needing to talk then please reach out to a friend, a family member, a hotline phone call as recommended by our school counsellors in Tuesday’s email and even us here at school.  And let’s all be aware enough and ready to listen when someone responds, “I’m not OK actually.”  We might just save a life.

Bless ya!





School photos will be Monday, 21 September 2020. This will be dependent on COVID 19 restrictions in NSW schools at the time of school photos.

Students are to wear their full school uniform, including their blazer (please ensure it is clean).

This year we are again using AdvancedLife Photography to take our school photos. However, due to current COVID 19 restrictions the following changes will be implemented:

Siblings who are on the same campus, ie they are all in the Junior School or all in the Senior School, may have sibling photos taken.

Online payments only will be accepted. NO cash payments will be accepted.

Junior and Senior School leader photos will be taken but no SRC photo due to the size of the group and the mixing of year groups.

We are planning on taking class (Junior School) and year group (Senior School) photos in some format, however, this may change closer to photo day depending on COVID-19 restrictions in NSW Schools at the time of photos.

Cleaning and sanitising will take place.

Please use the link and order code below to order and pay for photo packages.

Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School

School Photography Date: 21/09/2020


Online Order link:

School uniform policy in regards to make-up, hair, shoes, jewellery, etc. must be adhered to as per the email sent to our school families on 25 August.

Any students absent on Monday, 21 September 2020 will have an individual photo taken on the make-up day Thursday, 24 September 2019.

Please do not send your child to school on photo day or make up photo day if they are sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.


During the School Holidays, the School will be closed to all parents and visitors, reflecting current COVID-19 restrictions.

During Week 1 the office will be attended and calls will be answered between 9am and 12pm. Outside of these hours, phone messages will be checked periodically and a staff member will return your call.

During Week 2 the office will be unattended, however phone messages will be checked periodically so please leave a message and a staff member will return your call.



R U OK? Day

We had a wonderful time celebrating R U OK? Day to promote positive mental health and collegiality for students, staff and school families. We offered an online 'catch up' session for our parents school families. Our Junior School Psychologist, Stacey Taggart, has also emailed the presentation from that which covers ways that we can support positive mental health for ourselves and each other. We had a special COVID-safe lunch provided for our staff team, and a special online assembly, music and classroom activities focussing on building friendships and mutual supportiveness for the children.

Athletics Carnival

We are looking forward to holding an Athletics Carnival for the children this year, albeit in a modified format with the current restrictions. On Wednesday 16 September, we will be able to bus our Year 2 - 6 students to Warnervale Oval in separate year groups and time slots to enjoy some running races and discus. We will also undertake events including shot put, long jump and turbo javelin in our PE lessons during the final few weeks of this term and early next term. Mr Cantor will be able to present ribbons and announce Age Champions early in Term 4. For Kindergarten and Year 1, we are planning to hold the annual Athletics Fun Afternoon early next term. We will also incorporate some other fun events into our PE lessons on that day for older grades as part of the Sports in Schools program.

NAIDOC Week Art Competition

Our Indigenous students in Years 3 - 6 have an opportunity to enter a NAIDOC Week art competition reflecting the 2020 theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. Any student that would like to participate but has not yet seen Mrs Wallace for an entry form please do so. NAIDOC Week was postponed this year and is scheduled for November. 

Well done to one of our newer students, Oshean, in Year 5 who was inspired to create this superb artwork. If you are a new family to our school and have an Indigenous background please let us know as there are many opportunities, like this one, that arise throughout.


Congratulations to our virtual debating teams who have continued to enjoy debates against St Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School, Bundaberg Christian College and Macarthur Anglican School. The virtual debating competition continues to be an excellent opportunity for the students to continue to pursue their talents in this area.

ACARA Staff Meeting - Professional Development

The Australian Curriculum which underpins our NSW Curriculum is currently undergoing a review. Our Junior School teaching team were able to participate in a consultation on the review during our staff meeting this week with David de Carvahlo, the CEO of ACARA. We were able to explore areas in which the Australian Curriculum could be improved in the next version to gain a stronger continuum from K - 10, greater connection between subject areas, and ways in which the website could be enhanced to include a greater number of illustrations of best practice. We were the only independent school in NSW selected to take part in the review, which reflects the outstanding quality of our staff team. We are also thankful to ACARA for the opportunity.

Term Awards Assembly, Pride in Excellence Morning Tea, Athletics Club

We will present the awards for Term Awards Assembly, Pride in Excellence Morning Tea and Athletics Club from the recent season in class on Friday 18 September. Our teachers are currently finalising the assembly awards, and Mr Crumbley already has the Athletics trophies ready to present. The photos will be included in our Term Awards Assembly video and a special Athletics Club video that Mr Crumbley will create the following week.

School Photos

A reminder that our School Photo Day will be held on Monday, 21 September. Please ensure that your child has a good set of school uniform and a blazer in preparation for the day. It is also helpful to check that children's shoes are polished and for them to have haircuts before the day as well. We appreciate your co-operation in helping School Photo Day to go as smoothly as possible and for the photos to present well.

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is a physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 36 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $104 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

You can register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising by following the link below to get started.

Students will be skipping during some scheduled PE lessons this term and next. During this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.

We will hold our school Jump Off Day early next term to mark the end of the program. This is also an opportunity for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

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 students’ 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: Making links with prior learning

Week 10: Remembering to wear our hats in the playground 

Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of capitalising in our learning.

Lilly E, Peyton B, Isobelle M, Christopher S, Ryan M, Cheyanne R, Bronson C, Elyse C, Daniel G, Ava D, Nicholas B, Clover H, Olyver H, Emma L, Keira R, Mekenzie J, Ben S, Max A, Harrison O’Donnell.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of self-discipline.

Taj S, Ryan P, Alana S, Elizabeth L, Lucy W, Nilay D, Tahlia W, Mackenzie A, Isabella F, Alexander H, Tamika A, Rory W, Milla H, Ellie P, Alyse Q, William W, Dana G, Claire H, Zahlia Nielsen.



Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge

Mrs Tennant and I would like to thank all the K-6 students who have participated in and completed the 2020 PRC.  It has been a very challenging year with disruption to this great reading initiative. We had a total of 130 students complete the PRC – which is a fantastic effort considering the disruptions.

Bookweek / Scholastic Bookfair / Book Parade

As you are aware, Bookweek 2020 has been moved to Term 4 - Week 2. As such, we are still endeavouring to have a modified Scholastic Bookfair and possibly Book Parade. The finer details are still to be worked out and more information will be available soon.   


Mr Danny Summers

JS Teacher Librarian



In 2020, Tournament of the Minds (TOM) has undertaken an Online Super Challenge. The teams were asked to be a part of an unusual group of people who discover something extraordinary. Each team was required to outline the journey the team took to find the amazing discovery and identify:

• What is the amazing discovery?
• Where is it from?
• Who created it and why?
• What was its purpose?
• What is the significance and possible consequences of the find?

Each team was to explain how the discover sheds light on the past and holds the key to the future.
Each team has worked collaboratively to create their video presentation and have all enjoyed the experience.
Thank you to Mr Brenton Herbert, Miss April Bryson and Miss Emma Heine for their amazing support and encouragement of these students.

TOM Teams 2020

Team 1 - K-4

Team 2 - K-3

Team 3 - 4-6

Team 4 - 4-6

Isabelle Mott

Lily Englebrecht

Josef Aad

Abigail Brown

Kobey Jones

Declan Jones

Mekenzie Jones

Hannah Ruzicka

Sofia Aad

Jorja Beasley

Cleo McNeill

Rhys Fogarty

Tahlia Wenger

Max Gibson

Ava Dickinson

Cohen Baldwin

Tess Miller

Cheyanne Ringrose

Corey Englebrecht

Jack Asquith

Jensen Baldwin

Ashley Webb

Hamilton Dobson

Callum Lightfoot

April Murphy

Emma Blackshaw

Gabriella Clark

Cohan Voisey


Amanda Holland

High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator K-6


A BIG thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support of our online Fathers' Day Stall held recently. We completely sold out of gifts for the first time ever!

I would also like to personally thank the Baldwin family for their generous donation of a large amount of Fathers' Day coffee mugs - this was very much appreciated.

Who would have thought our online format would be so popular!

Keep your eyes peeled for our next exciting fundraiser which will be our ever-favourite Lamington Drive! More details will be coming out at the end of term on how you can support this amazing fundraiser.

Di (our Senior School Canteen Manager) has sourced some yummy new lines for our taste buds to enjoy as well.

If you haven’t had a chance as yet to join us for our online P&F Zoom Meetings, please Zoom in at one of our two remaining meetings for the year and join us in the new "2020 norm":

13 October

10 November

Tracy McGarrity

P&F President



We continue to delve deep into powering up our staff and students in their learning, focusing on how we encourage deep learning, thinking and curiosity in our students. This week the Coordinators and I read and discussed the article ‘Instructional Shifts to Support Deep Learning’ written by Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver at our Coordinators Meeting. As a team we are delving into what deep learning looks like and how we illicit this from our students in the classroom. Deep Learning is essential because it is where the wonder of learning, the ‘ah-ha’ moment takes place for students. There are many definitions about what deep learning is but as a team we believe McTighe and Silver’s definition encapsulates what we are trying to achieve here at Lakes. They write “...deep learning occurs when students come to understand and make sense of important ideas and processes – and are able to transfer those understandings to new content and contexts.” We as educators know that students need to be taught basic facts and skills but it is when these facts and skills are linked to a larger conceptual idea, that deep learning takes place. Research shows that retention of knowledge occurs best when it is linked conceptually to larger ideas and that “..the capacity to apply learning in a new context – most likely occurs when the learner knows and understands the underlying general principles that can be applied to problems in different contexts.” (National Academy of Sciences)

This week our ‘Faculty Focus’ sees us capture the deep learning which is occurring across the Technology & Applied Studies (TAS) Faculty. I am sure, as you read through the following examples explained by Mr Greg Sewell, Coordinator of TAS, you will see how the above theory is being put to practice by our students across TAS subjects!

Mrs Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


Have you ever looked at a piece of metal and wondered exactly why that material was chosen for its particular task? Unless you are an engineer or work in a related field then the answer is most likely “no”. Now imagine that you are 16 years old, the answer is likely to be a definite “No”. You may never even have realised that there were so many different types of metals and metal alloys that all behave differently under different circumstances which is why it was chosen to perform that task.

Our Year 11 Engineering Studies students have been doing this very thing. This term, the engineering students were each given three unnamed, unidentified metal samples, these included 1xxx Aluminium, High strength Aluminium, High strength steel, 304 stainless steel, 316 stainless steel, plain carbon steel and copper. They were asked to conduct a strength test using a tensometer. This test identifies certain values and behaviour of the metal. With those values the students had to search online databases and engineering sites to possibly identify the material by best matching their data and graphs to those available online. This is a complex process as there are thousands of possibilities. After comparing their results, they made a definitive decision and justified it with the evidence they collected. The students went further by recommending uses for that material in the field of Bio Engineering.

This is just one example of the Deep learning that is taking place within the TAS faculty. But it does not just take place in the engineering class, it takes place across all TAS subjects in all years. Below is a snapshot of some of the deep learning taking place in TAS.

Year 10 Food Technology. Have you ever wondered how market opportunities are discovered and addressed? Year 10 Food Technology classes have done just that. They have investigated and inquired into the current food trends of major food companies to identify a gap in their product line that can address and then fill that gap with their own snack bar. Each student designed their own recipe and packaging.


Year 9 iSTEM. How do you use empathy when you design solutions to problems? How do you ask questions that provide insight into problems that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself? These are some of the skills the Year 9 iSTEM class have developed in their quest for determining uses for a robotic hand which they are building and coding. What that hand is useful for, really is the big question.

Year 8 Technology. Our Year 8 students are working on their integrated STEM project. As well as enjoying their time in the kitchen preparing mouth-watering dishes, they are investigating an alternative world where schools have been asked by the government to turn unused school land into small sustainable and ethical farm areas. In small groups students are asking questions about weather patterns, soil quality, animal welfare, watering needs, harvesting and storage. They are investigating ideas surrounding sustainable farming and comparing that to large scale “industrial” agriculture. They will use this information to create model farms using a variety of methods including digital models such as Minecraft, aerial photos, site plans, and physical models.

Year 7 Technology How do you make a robot dance? If I make a dance move for a robot how can I make that compatible with someone else’s dance move. Can I make the robot dance to a variety of songs of varying time signatures/beats? On top of all that coding and collaboration Year 7 are also learning the fine art of project management. Can you recall ever being asked to set your own goals each lesson, then evaluate your progress to plan for your next lesson…. When you were 12 or 13 years old? This type of thinking certainly didn’t exist when I was at school, but our Year 7 students are doing just that and they are doing some amazing things.

Mr Greg Sewell

TAS Coordinator



Lakes Grammar Athletics Carnival

Unfortunately, our proposed Athletics Carnival last Wednesday was postponed due to weather. It will now take place on Wednesday, 16 September.

Results and photos will be available in the next newsletter.

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 during the hotter months. 

Mr James Cantor

K-6 Sports Co-ordinator


Still quiet on the sporting front in the Senior School. Due to Coronavirus restrictions the Senior School Athletics Carnival has been postponed until term 4. On a positive note, Senior school students participated in jersey day last Friday, 4 September to raise awareness for organ donation. Students showed support by wearing their favourite sporting team colours or jersey to school and some fun sporting activities were enjoyed. Thank you to our Senior School College Leaders for helping organise the day.


Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator