Last Tuesday, the new Junior School Student Representative Council leaders were announced and students were presented with their SRC badges. At the assembly, we were privileged to have our local member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, come and present the badges and give a few words of encouragement to the newly elected members. I would also like to thank the family members and friends who came to the assembly – we always appreciate your presence and the support you give around the school.
Cognito in the Senior School
I have just seen the final draft of Cognito activities for the Senior School over 2018. It is a stunning array of 45 extra-curricular activities. This year, there are STEM and other engineering challenges; Mathematics competitions; writing, poetry and public speaking competitions; debating; RoboCup; History challenges; the Sharemarket game; and many Music and Creative Arts activities. There is something for everyone! Almost all the activities are free and are put together by staff for the benefit of our students. So look out for the booklet and please encourage your child to get involved.
Parent Teacher Interview Nights
Please make a note in your diaries to keep a date free for one of the two Parent / Teacher Interview evenings that are coming up for K-11 parents. The evenings will be held on Tuesday, 20 and Monday, 26 March. Bookings will be open to parents from Monday, 12 March until Sunday, 19 March and can be accessed online through Parent Lounge. Interview time slots are 15 minutes in the Junior School and 10 minutes in the Senior School. If you have a wider concern that needs additional time, then I would ask that you make a separate appointment through the office with your child’s teacher.
Year 10 Information Session
On Monday 26, March we will also be holding a special Information session for Year 10 parents and their children. This night will run in conjunction with the Senior School Parent/Teacher Interviews and will run mainly in the scheduled dinner break for staff from 5:30pm until 6:10pm. The aim of the session is to provide relevant information as your child moves through Year 10, 11 and 12. The evening will provide a picture of what to expect in the final years of schooling, including information about the Record of School Achievement (the RoSA), the requirements of the HSC, our subject selection process and Work Experience.
Just a reminder that all students need to use their Opal Cards when catching morning or afternoon buses. The Opal card system keeps a record of journeys, and the bus companies use this data to monitor overcrowding and also to recoup transport scheme payments from the NSW government. Application forms for new or lost cards are available from either of our School offices.
Mr Ian Samways
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
P&F Morning Meeting
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
9:00am - Warnies Café
These morning P&F meetings are held once per term.
This meeting will follow the P&F AGM on Tuesday 13 March @ 7pm (Junior School Library).
K – 2 Easter Chapel Service and Grandparents’ Day
Thursday, 29 March 2018
9:15am - Easter Service (School Hall)
11:00am – Grandparents’ Day Morning Tea (Junior School)
MESSAGE FROM MATT
Two weeks ago we had our 6th annual Year 12 Retreat at Riverwood Downs, an idyllic rustic riverside location where the phone service is poor and the Wi-fi limited. Our Year 12 cohort embraced all the activities and were engaged in each of the sessions designed to help them bond together and prepare for the year ahead. They were an absolute credit to themselves and a joy to have away on retreat. Our hope is that they will be able to use the tools we have offered them to support one another into the future. Their time on retreat was designed to help them slow down, pause and have that space to self-reflect.
The season of Lent began this Year on Valentine’s Day and we are now about halfway through as we prepare for Easter. In the church the colour used to remind us that it is Lent is purple. I shared with our secondary students on Monday morning that one of my girls had challenged me to wear something purple each day for the rest of Lent as a reminder, but also as a challenge. So each day now as I turn up to school and wander around the students can be reminded that we are getting ready for Easter. I also shared with the students that Lent rhymes with repent so we can remember that Lent is a time when we can pay extra special attention to where our relationship with God is at.
My prayer for us all is that we may have opportunity this year as Easter approaches to reflect on our lives. What aspects of our lives might we need to change in order to draw closer to God and others around us? Do we need to let go of something in order to take up something that will make us all the richer in a spiritual sense? I pray that God may make it apparent to you and I what it is this Lent that needs his grace to bring new life. May you too, when you see purple, be reminded that we are in the season of Lent.
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
OPAL CARD INFORMATION
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Student Representative Council It has been a pleasure to see the Student Representative Council for the Junior School continue to take shape under Miss Ashley Bennet’s dynamic leadership. We have enthusiastic and keen group of SRC Class Representatives from Years 1 - 6 in 2018. Our Year 1 – 6 students were presented with their badges at assembly on Tuesday by our Federal member for Dobell, Emma McBride. Well done to all of the students who have been elected as representatives this year and we look forward to the contribution that you will make to the school.
Music and Drama
It is excellent to see our Music programs continuing to grow with our Junior School Concert Band and String Ensemble working beautifully together. A number of students have also joined our Training Band or have progressed through to our Concert Band, and are progressing wonderfully. It is not too late to join peripatetic music lessons, one of our ensembles or our drama club! Please contact the Junior School Office for further details if you are interested in one or more of these opportunities for your child. Information has also been emailed home to families earlier this year about these activities.
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 beginning of the term, we will be focusing on the following concepts. These are also recorded in the Student Diary for each week:
Week 7: Compassion
Week 8: Listening respectfully and with empathy
Stars of the Week
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of collaboration (learn with and from others:
Hadley B, Eve H, Ethan D, Jackson P, Alicia L, Emily T, Zaella G, Mala P, Evelyn G, Matilda F, Dafne S, Donald M, Isabella M, Jasmine H, Liam S, Quade H, Jessie L, Jaxon M, Tahlia M.
Demonstrating our ‘Lakes Grammar Habit’ of being an upstander:
Diesel V, Cameron S, Annabelle C, Max S, Kobi K, Nate W, Tyler M, Keshav P, Felicity G, Marlon B, Kourtney G, Thomas P, Casper H, Ganesh S, Zeb C, Owen G, Suzannah B, Keyan S, Yalkin S.
Meet the Teacher – Mrs Lauren Tulloch
A bit about yourself – and when and why did you come to Lakes Grammar?
I would like to start off by introducing myself to you and sharing some information so you can get to know me a little better. My name is Lauren Tulloch, I’m a new teacher here at Lakes and I am teaching 2T. I have been teaching for over 10 years both overseas (London) and in Sydney. I am also a proud parent of two children, Wyatt (2 ½ years old) and Harlow (1 years old). I love watching them grow and discover new things like riding a bike and learning to walk. As a family we love to get outdoors and go hiking along local trails as well as heading down to the local beach. As I have been commuting around 3 hours a day for the last 7 years, I felt it was time to work a bit closer to home so I could have a balance between work and family.
Lakes Grammar has always been a school I wanted to teach at and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to teach here from the start of 2018.
What are you most looking forward to in your time here?
During my time here at Lakes Grammar, I am most looking forward to getting to know the students, parents and being involved in the school community. I value the tight knit community that Lakes Grammar offers and feel that I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
What is something you'd like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I would love to learn another language. My brother and his family reside in Spain and I would love to learn Spanish so when I go over to visit I can immerse myself in the language and culture.
Head of Junior School
Premier’s Reading Challenge
We now have over 115 students registered for the PRC 2018…a massive effort so far!
Information and reading logs have all been sent home. If you require another note, they are available on PARENT LOUNGE. Instructions on how to complete the challenge are on the note.
Students who complete the 2018 PRC in Semester One will also receive an Early Finisher’s Certificate and name tag. We already have a couple of students already completed. A special mention to Abigail Brown of Year 4 who was first finished. Congratulations Abigail!
A few students from 2-6 volunteered their lunchtime last Tuesday to help plant some seedlings for the start of the Autumn season. They planted Cherry Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and carrots. We look forwarded to harvesting in the near future!
Clean up Schools Day – Friday 2 March
Thank you to all students, staff and parents who supported this important event. It is important that students continue their respect for our local environment.
Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian
On Tuesday, 27 March we had our first round for HICES Debating. We have two Junior teams who all spoke very well and argued their point with determination. Both teams were allocated the negative team for the topic ‘There should be a tax on household waste’. Lakes A had a win and Lakes B a very close loss.
STEM This term we have seen the STEM specific classes begin in Year 8 and each week our students are engaging in STEM specific collaborative projects. In the initial phase, students have been learning about key capacities and how these can assist us in the real world to invent and complete projects. So far the Year 8 students have engaged in lessons directed towards team work, building resilience under pressure, how to set goals and record results effectively.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting two Year 8 Science classes, Mrs Charker and Mr Zenteno’s where students were actively involved in building bridges in a designated time frame using beach balls, straws and paper clips! It was so exciting to see how vibrant and alive the classrooms were with learning, and the students having so much fun learning.
On 22 March our school will be hosting a HRIS STEM day for teachers where they will come and learn about what we are doing and share ideas. Our students will also be leading in a challenge on this day.
Gifted and Talented Our Gifted and Talented program in the Senior School is really taking shape this term.
Our identified Gifted students and High Achievers now all have a designated time to meet with our Gifted Student Mentor - Mrs Stibbard. Additionally to this she is running a meeting place for them once a week where the students from 7-12 can come together to debate topics in what we are calling, ‘Café Philosophique’ – after the salons that popped up in and around Paris to discuss philosophical ideas in the 90s!
We have also started our Galileo society where once a fortnight selected students are meeting together to design and create! Their brief is to design and create in response to a real world problem! These students will present their projects in Term 4 to parents.
Also in the English classrooms our budding gifted writers are all invited this term to be involved in selected external writing competitions!
A reminder too, we are always happy to talk to parents who believe their child may be gifted and may not be identified as yet. Just contact the school and ask to speak to myself or Mrs Stibbard.
Michelle Smith Director of Teaching and Learning
HOST A STUDENT INFORMATION
We are pleased to be able to offer Mathematics help in the mornings again this term.
If your child has any Mathematics questions or is having difficulty in a particular area, please suggest they come along for some assistance.
Where : C7 Time : 8am to 8.30am
JUNIOR SPORTS NEWS
CIS Tennis – Austin Murray – 27 February Austin Murray of Year 6 recently represented HRIS at CIS in Sydney. He played well winning 2 out of his 4 matches, falling just short of making the play- offs. Austin has now joined the JDS (Tennis Australia’s Junior Development Series) playing up in the U14 division coming runner up on his card and qualifying for the play-offs in 2 out of 3 rounds which was an outstanding result.
Austin has also just been selected in the Region State Teams squad (the top 4 for U12’s) to play in the State Teams tournament in Bathurst next month which is a Davis Cup type tournament competing against teams from every region in the state.
This weekend he (and his brother) will be playing the Clay Court Championships at Sawtell which has attracted very strong players from both NSW and Qld. Well done Austin!
Sport in Schools – Term 1
Every Wednesday, Sports in Schools has been running this Term. Currently, students are participating in Athletics Skills and Fine Motor Skills in time for the annual Lakes Athletics carnival in Term 2.
Athletics Club 2018
Athletics this season has been a lot of fun with competitors running, jumping and throwing their way to fitter, stronger and faster bodies. The athletes have enjoyed the support of age manages, assistant manager, officials volunteers who have given of their time to help the athletes in this endeavour.
Athletes have accrued points towards their point score as a result of attendance and improvement in events.
The regular season is over for the year but we are now into the Championship Nights. Over the next 2 weeks there will be changes to the groups as through the season the athletes have been running against their peers in the same year group. In the Championships athletes run, throw and jump against their age groups. Age groups are determined by the age that the athlete will turn or has turned this year. These nights are used to decide the age champions for the season.
The dates for the rest of the season are as follows:
Our championships as scheduled for 14 & 21 March.
Presentation night is 4 April.
Our club is a friendly club that looks to have the athletes having fun and improving. The athletes and parents that make up our club are amazing people. Helping each other out and looking to the needs of others.
Special mention to Mr Crumbley who organises the club and gives up his time tirelessly every week.
School Sport 3 - 6
3 – 6 School sport is now running smoothly and all students have now been allocated a sport. Please see Mr Cantor for any questions. A reminder that a note must be provided by the parent if the student cannot participate due to medical reasons.
Tuesday Sports Uniform – Reminder…
Just a reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, white sport shirt,white coloured joggers (no fluro colours), school sport shorts and socks. It is strongly advisable to have a water bottle as well.
HRIS / CIS Representation (5/6 only)
Once again, there are many opportunities for our Year 5/6 boys and girls to represent HRIS or CIS. Students who already compete at a representative level are encouraged to trial for that particular sport. A term timetable is placed in the JS Sports noticeboard with upcoming events and mentioned at Monday morning assemblies. Please also check regularly the following websites for further information:
Please note, if your child is selected for a HRIS team (such as X Country, swimming, etc.), then they can purchase a polo HRIS shirt from the school. They are $33 each. Please see Mr Summers for more details.
Coming Up :
HRIS Football Trials – Monday 12 March
HRIS Netball Trials – Monday 12 March
Mr Danny Summers
K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT
HRIS Swimming Championships
Will be held on Wednesday, 14 March at Lambton pool. All competitors must wear the school swimming cap and racing swim wear. Students to make sure that they have protection against all weather conditions including: sunscreen, hat & jacket etc. Students will need to be dressed in full sports uniform, NO exceptions. Students attending should have received an events list and program already.
AICES Secondary Swimming – Wednesday, 27 March at Homebush
NSW CIS Secondary swimming – Wednesday, 4 March & Thursday, 5 April at Homebush
Bill Turner Cup & Trophy
Both our boy’s and girl’s teams have been training in preparation of playing Lake Munmorah High School in Round 1. Training is on Wednesday lunch times.
NSW All Schools Triathlon
We had two individual students compete in the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships this year and one Intermediate team.
Ben McKechnie finished 25th overall in the Senior Boys race and 14th out of the NSW CIS competitors.
Tia Hart finished 24th overall in the junior girls race and 13th out of the NSW CIS competitors.
Intermediate team: Jake Benson, Alex Hogue & Cooper Sternbeck finished 133rd overall and 48th out of the NSW CIS competitors.
School Team Trials:
Football - Open boys trials held on Wednesday, 7 March.
Netball – Friday, 16 March from 3:20pm – 4:30pm in the school hall
Basketball – date to be confirmed
Touch football – date to be confirmed
HRIS Team Trials: The following HRIS Trials are coming up.
Tuesday, 13 March - Secondary Netball 15’s
Tuesday, 20 March - Secondary Touch Football
Monday, 19 March - Secondary Football (soccer)
To trial for these teams it is expected that students are playing in local representative teams or at a very high level. These trials are attended by 16 HRIS schools.
If you would like to attend, please see Mr Beecroft for the nomination details.
Keely Bogle narrowly missed out on selection in NSW CIS Softball team.
Han Green is competing this week in the NSW All Schools Cricket Championships
Rugby Union Partnership
Warnervale Rugby club are looking to form a partnership with Lakes Grammar An Anglican School and will assist wherever possible in the development of our rugby program. They have offered us access to on and off field equipment with training.
To start the partnership, Warnervale Rugby Club would like to make available to the school 30 free Rugby Club registrations. These registrations will include full player gear as well as club polo.
This is a great opportunity for our school and one we look forward and a partnership we look forward to building into the future. Our Senior School Rugby Training Program will commence on Tuesday afternoons from the 3rd of April 2018 in preparation for the Central Coast Allschools 7’s Gala day and HRIS 7’s Gala Day.
Ashley Pernecker to compete in Canada.
Young aspiring Central Coast athlete, Ashley Pernecker has been selected to compete at the 2018 Track & Field Tour- Canada in July. At just 13 years of age, the pocket rocket is already an inspiration to many, juggling school and a heavy training schedule, she is one determined and committed young lady who is setting the field on fire as she continues to conquer the track.
With a dream to study in America on a sport’s scholarship and to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, Ash, as she is affectionately known is ready to do all it takes to become a world class runner. Despite being in her teens, Ashley has already achieved a lot in her athletic career with her most recent achievement being selected to compete in Canada in July this year.
Like so many elite athletes, the journey to greatness is often a costly one. Pernecker and her family are hence working hard to raise funds to ensure she can race in Canada. Being the healthy athlete she is, Pernecker does not believe in selling chocolates to raise funds for a sporting event as is often traditionally done. Instead a fund has been set up to help her achieve her goals. Money raised will be go towards the cost of her team uniform, accommodation, meals, airfare and competition.
If you would like to help Ashley get to Canada please visit:
Congratulations to Alexa Talbot who last month competed at the Sydney Dressage event held at SIEC. She had a great day achieving her personal best score of 73%. Many of our students are currently competing at Equestrian events around the state, including Canberra Royal, Showjumping, Dressage and Pony Club events. We wish them all the best.
We also have several riders competing at our first Interschool Competition at Willow Tree next week. Good luck to those involved.
Snowy Mountains Interschool Equestrian Carnival – Saturday, 28 April to Tuesday, 1 May. Entries open Monday, 12 March on Global and close on Friday, 20 April.
Oxley College Equestrian Day – Sunday, 6 May at Bong Bong Racecourse, Bowral. Entries open on Nominate TBA
Central Coast Grammar School Dressage & Combined Training Day – Saturday, 12 May. Entries close Tuesday, 1 May via Nominate
North West Equestrian Expo Inc at Coonabarabran Showground – Friday, 1 June to Tuesday, 5 June. Entries open Thursday, 15 March and close Friday, 13 April via Nominate. Information
Equestrian NSW will stage the 2018 Interschool State Championships at Sydney International Equestrian Centre from Monday, 16 to Saturday, 21 July.
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