Week 4, Term 4 2019


Award to Junior School teacher

I am pleased to report that April Bryson, who teaches Year 1, was recently awarded the Early Career Educator Award (Primary Division) by the Teachers Guild of NSW. Out of several hundred nominations April was selected for an interview and then became one of only four finalists. The award was presented by the NSW Minister of Education, Sarah Mitchell.

Several of our other teachers were recognised at the awards ceremony with a World Teachers’ Recognition Award:

Amanda Holland – Year 5 teacher and Gifted and Talented Education Facilitator

Nathan Fepuleai – Junior School Music Teacher

Rachel Nugent- Kindergarten Teacher

Michelle Smith – Senior School Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English

I am proud of our teachers at Lakes Grammar, who all go above and beyond for the learning and wellbeing of the students in our school.

Spring Fair Open Day

I think it is fair to say that this has been our most eventful Spring Fair ever. We were nearly blown off the face of the earth! The day started off well but by lunch the wind had really picked up and we had some very strong gusts. Many thanks to those who helped pull down marquees as the wind tried to whisk you away to the Land of Oz. Other than the wind, we still had a successful day. We had a good number of visitors (many thanks to all who supported us by attending) and the number of people taking school tours was about the same as last year. The profit was down on last year but primarily because we engaged a new provider of the rides and we spent more on a wider variety of rides. The final figure is just over $11,000. Thank you to all who contributed to the fair in some way: by attending and spending, by manning stalls, by cooking and selling food or by sponsoring. Thank you also to all the staff who assisted at the fair.

Perspectives: Your School in Focus

This survey closed last Friday. We had responses from 135 families which is 23.5% of the people who would have received the survey link. A quick internet search suggests that this is around the figure normally achieved in surveys of “customers”. Along with responses from 427 students from Years 5-11, 74 staff and the School council members, the survey results will give us good insights into a wide range of aspects of our school. We will analyse all this data with assistance from the Association of Independent Schools NSW, who designed the survey for use by independent schools. The insights gained will feed into our strategic planning process. The School Council and senior staff will meet on Saturday 16 November to begin the planning process. This will give us a “road map” to follow as we construct our strategic plan over the coming months.

We will conduct the survey every two years so we can track our progress in targeted areas. As the number of schools undertaking the survey increases we will have a large body of data against which to compare our survey results. We will share the data with you before the end of term.

Parents and Friends Association Survey

This survey closes today. As of Tuesday 84 parents had answered this survey. It was unfortunate that this survey had to be conducted at the same time as the Perspectives survey but it had to be done in time for the final P&F meeting of the year. I will share the major insights from this survey and the outcomes of the discussion at the meeting in the next Newsletter.

P&F planning meeting

The final P&F meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 12 November at 7pm in the Junior School library. The results of the P&F survey will be discussed at this meeting and priorities for next year will be determined. Please come along if you would like to contribute your thoughts.

HSC exams

Next Monday is the last day of this year’s HSC exams. Today our Visual Arts students did their written exam (their body of work was marked earlier) and on Monday our Physics and Design and Technology students will sit their final exams. The HSC results will be released on 17 December, leaving students with an anxious five week wait. Best wishes to all our graduates as they make decisions about their coming years.

Mr Michael Hannah



P&F meeting and Spring Fair debrief

Tuesday, 12 November 

7:00pm - Junior School Library

The final P&F meeting for 2019 will be held next Tuesday. This meeting will be used to discuss the results of the recent survey and plan key fundraising opportunities for 2020. We invite the school community to be part of these important discussions.

Beforehand we will hold a Spring Fair debrief from 6:00pm so if you would like to contribute to this discussion please join us.

We will also host an informal P&F meeting on Wednesday at 9:00am at Warnies for those who cannot attend in the evenings but would like to participate and contribute to these discussions. You are welcome to bring young children to the morning meeting.

The P&F thank you for your support and look forward to wrapping up another very successful year.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Information Evening

Thursday, 14 November 2019

5:00 – 6:00pm

Senior School (D1)

Applicable to Year 9 and Year 10 2020

For full details on the Duke of Edinburgh program visit



This week we have had at school the soft launch of the Samaritans Christmas appeal.  We run this food/gift drive every year in Term 4 where we ask the members of our school community to spend just a little bit more when they do their weekly groceries and to bring in non-perishables for those in need in our community.  In the newsletter you will find 2 brochures outlining suggested grocery items and gift ideas for this appeal.  On Friday, 6 December we will make an official presentation to Reverend Jody Zammit as the new minister of Lakes Anglican where the groceries will be used in the Samaritan’s emergency relief centre.

I am deeply passionate about this cause as there were times in our early twenties where money was really tight and it was only through the generosity of others that we had food on the table.  It is an incredibly humbling experience and has shaped the way we choose to raise our own children and live out our lives.  I remember this one Christmas that was looking particularly bleak and in the space of a few days, without us saying anything, we were brought a Christmas ham, received a donation of a stack of bread, some potatoes and a large wad of cash in an envelope.  God had stirred the hearts of all these people who had no idea of the impact they were making on our lives.

The second reason I am passionate about this appeal is that it is a tangible response to the story which inspires the name “Samaritans”!  In the book of Luke, chapter 10 Jesus is being asked “who is my neighbour that I must love” and he tells the story of the Good Samaritan.  It is a story filled with controversy because the hero of the story is the enemy of the listener.  It is the enemy who demonstrates love actively and compassionately.  Jesus’ challenge is to us all to behave likewise, to show love and compassion, generosity and kindness without partiality.  This story is even more relevant today in our fractured and divided world.  Please get behind our Christmas appeal.  If every student and staff member brought 2 items in we would have more than 2000 donations.  I can already see the smiles on the faces of the Samaritans volunteers as we offer them resources to make our neighbours’ Christmas more joyful.  Thank you in advance for being good Samaritans!

Bless ya,





Uniform Shop January Opening Hours

Last shop day for 2019 is Wednesday, 11 December 8 am to 10 am.

January Hours

Thursday, 16 January          9 am to 1 pm

Wednesday, 22 January      9 am to 1 pm

Friday, 24 January               9 am to 1 pm

Back to normal hours from Wednesday, 29 January 8 am to 10 am



Spring Fair

It was a pleasure to catch up with so many school families at our Spring Fair Open Day recently. The boys and girls were having an amazing time on the rides and visiting the stalls and displays on the day. A number of our Junior School students performed a range of musical items beautifully. My gratitude to all of our parents who volunteered their time to assist on the day and to the Year 6 students who also donated some of their time to conduct School Tours with Mrs Evans, Mrs Stowe and I for prospective families around the Junior School. Our particular thanks to the P & F for all of their efforts in putting such an excellent day together.

Kindergarten Orientation

Our Kindy Crew for 2020 have had their two orientation visits to the school, enjoying two half days for Orientation over the past fortnight. They enjoyed reading stories, engaging in craft activities, trying out the play equipment in the Kindy Courtyard and testing out the iPads! We look forward to welcoming them and their families back soon!.

Year 5 Leadership

Year 5 students are preparing for the upcoming leadership speeches in looking towards 2020. They have been very engaged in the leadership seminars that Mr Johns and I have been conducting with Peter and the Year 5 teachers. We have received a number of high quality applications and appreciate the number of students who are keen to ‘give back’ to Lakes Grammar in a formal leadership role.

Year 7 Orientation and Transition

Year 6 have also been visiting the Senior School for their transition visits leading up to their Year 7 Orientation Day later this term. They have enjoyed touring the Senior School, visiting the library and partaking in a range of Senior School lessons including English, Mathematics and Science in their time there.

Lakes Grammar Habits

The Junior School utilises the learning framework of Lakes Grammar Habits to effectively integrate our Building Learning Power, Positive Behaviour for Learning and Virtues programs.

  • Building Learning Power develops the capacity of students for learning, their curiosity, craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration.
  • The Virtues program develops children’s Christian values, moral harmony and moral integrity, including kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, service, empathy and moral courage.
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning develops our student self-regulation and self-awareness to demonstrate respect, responsibility and care for themselves and others.

The Junior School collectively focuses on a Habit each week drawn from one of the three programs whilst concurrently working with students to develop a range of habits and capacities in the day-to-day life of the school.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:

We have been looking at ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3 and ‘joining a game or a group’ in Week 4.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘being absorbed in our learning’ in Week 3:

Anabella A, Sadie P, Knox K, Elise C, Lila F, Brianna M, Andrew M, Michelle S, Chelsea R, Matilda F, Emma L, Liam M, Willow E, Illyssa R and Cohan V.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘joining a game or group well’ in Week 4:


Khloe T, Bridey J, Carlton F, Grayson K, Georgia L, Adrian A, Aiden S, Willow S, Jack W, Zara J, Jack F, Kyla G, Josh B, Isabella M and Makayla B.


Mr Will Wallace

Head of Junior School



Please note: the last day for borrowing is end of Week 5 (15/11).

Overdue notices will be dispatched the beginning of Week 6.

The last day of library lessons is end of Week 7 (29/11).

The Junior School Library will be closed for annual stocktake in Week 8.

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 not reach target for Week 2 or 3 in either the Senior or Junior School. However, well done to Year 5.

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.

eSafety Parent Guide

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner undertook research into parent attitudes, behaviour and needs in terms of online education of children and young people. As a result, a range of findings will inform their resources and the support available to schools and families.

Ralph Johns

Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing


On Friday, 25 October, Lakes Grammar sent two Chess teams to the annual HRIS Chess Tournament at Avondale School. The day was a huge success with over 250 passionate students competing. Tension was high throughout the rounds and each of our students used their skill and knowledge in every game.

Congratulations to the students for their outstanding sportsmanship and enjoyment of competition!

A big thank you to Mrs Rush for organising our students to attend the chess tournaments this year and giving her time on a weekly basis to host the chess club in her room.



Our new Student Leadership team have been meeting and have launched themselves into their new roles. The new team supported the P&F with their Spring Fair fundraiser mufti and BBQ day at the start of term. Some of the team have instigated a student newsletter and have invited students from all year groups 7-12 to submit articles and ideas for publication. The second edition has already been sent to students. Our student leaders hosted school tours at Spring Fair and have been leading our assemblies each week. I look forward to seeing what ideas they come up with for our students in the coming terms.

There is a competition which has been presented to students this week, see details following. Any student from years 7-12 can submit an entry. Students may participate individually or in a pair or group. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and interesting entries. Watch this space for pictures or descriptions of submitted work.

Mrs Alison MacLarty

Senior School Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing




HRIS 5/6 Touch Football

Our Year 5/6 Touch Football team competed on Wednesday. A full report will be available in the next newsletter.

HRIS 5/6 Basketball

The Year 5/6 Basketball team attended Broadmeadow Stadium in Newcastle to play the annual HRIS Event on Thursday, 24 October. Each and every student participated wholeheartedly and represented Lakes Grammar with great sportsmanship and skill.

Well done to both the boys and girls team and a big thanks to the parents who showed their support on the day.

Thanks also to Mr Lawson for coaching the team and driving the bus.

Year 5/6 Girls Soccer

Training for this upcoming event is held on Tuesdays at recess. Please bring shin pads and boots.

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).



20/11/19 – Year 5/6 Girls Soccer friendly v Avondale


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. Training is suited for middle-long distance runners.

HRIS Touch Football Gala Day

On Monday, 28 October our 15 Years boys and girls Touch Football teams competed in the HRIS Touch Football competition. Many games were played throughout the day in a fun and competitive atmosphere. The girls team had some tight losses in their first few games before finding some winning form and eventually going on to finish 8th overall. The boys teams played some outstanding touch on the day only losing 2 games in total. One of those games was lost to the eventual event champions and the other was the first game of the day. The boys finished 6th overall. A good day was had by all students.

HRIS Softball Champions

Once again it was a successful outing for our girls softball team this year. The girls playing was outstanding in every match, dominating the competition and playing so well as a team. The girls were for the second year in a row crowned HRIS Champions! Well done girls.

Mariners 7-a-side Football Gala Day

Year 7/8 boys competed in the inaugural Central coast Mariners Football gala day. The boys had a wonderful day competing against other Central Coast Public, Catholic and Independent Schools. They played some excellent football making it through the rounds and into the finals. Well done boys.

HRIS Tennis

Congratulations to our Girls Tennis Team who were Runners Up at the HRIS Gala Day.

Term 4 Sports events

Friday, 8 November - Opens HRIS Touch Football Gala Day.

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-Ordinator