Week 6, Term 3 2016



Dick Smith visit
Students and staff were patiently waiting on and around the Senior School oval for the sound of a helicopter. Some light planes taking off from Warnervale airport gave false alarms. Eventually the whooshing sound of Dick Smith’s Bell Jet Ranger helicopter was heard approaching from the south. He flew overhead and landed safely on the oval. There was great excitement amongst the students, many of whom asked to take selfies with Dick. I and our school Captains and JS Leaders welcomed Dick and escorted him to the Junior School where the students assembled. A number of students were prepared with questions for Dick who graciously answered them all. He spoke about his experiences of flying round the world five times, his Antarctica journeys and his philanthropic work. The children learned a lot and were encouraged by Dick to work hard at school.

After the Junior School assembly we took Dick to the hall to speak with the students involved in the Science and Technology Day. Some students demonstrated their electric-powered planes they had built that day. Later in the afternoon Dick presented awards to students for their winning projects.

That was an excellent conclusion to Science Week. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is being promoted strongly by the Prime Minister as a path to an innovative Australia. Our Science and Technology activities last week were just one part of our Senior School’s role in developing young leaders in these fields.

Art Exhibition – “Visions”

The opening of our Art Exhibition was an excellent occasion. We had the largest number ever of students and their families attending. We were honoured by the attendance of the new Member for Dobell, Emma McBride; our Board Chair, Father Rod Bower; Reverend Tim and Gail Waghorn from the Lakes Anglican Parish; and our P&F President, Tracy Stevens. Our guest artist was Helene Rosanove, a photographer who happens to have an excellent exhibition in the main gallery next door. Helene and her artist husband were very impressed with the standard of the artworks on display and Helene chose the photography winners. Fr Rod presented our Acquisitive Award to Cherri Ingle of Year 11 for her two black and white photographs of New York which she took during our trip in April. Well done to all the students and thanks to our talented teachers of art and photography.

Mr Michael Hannah




Senior School Disco - cancelled for Term 3.

Junior School Disco

Tuesday, 6 September

Years K - 2: 5:00 – 5:45pm

Years 3 -  6: 6:00 – 7:00pm


COST:  Pizza, drink and disco party entry $10

Disco entry only $5

BOOK: Online at by 2 September.

Fathers' Day Stall

Thursday, 1 September


Gifts $5.00 each and can be ordered online via or cash on the day. Online orders close 3pm on Wednesday, 31 August.

Fathers' Day Breakfast

Friday, 2 September from 7:30am


Bring Dad along for a yummy breakfast. Order online via by 3pm on Tuesday, 30 August.

A Night at the Museum

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 6.00-7.30pm


A presentation of Years 7 to 10 History projects. This is a fun and engaging night and all families are welcome.



Matt’s Mutterings
Last time I put fingers to the keyboard I was preparing to head to Adelaide for the Anglican Schools Australia Conference.  Our theme was “Rivers in the Desert” where we focused on the idea of being bearers of hope to our community.  All of the speakers were excellent and brought a different perspective to the theme for us to consider.  One of them, Erica McWilliam, had us in fits of laughter with an extensive array of teaching anecdotes.  Her talk was titled “Leading a horse to water: plodding schools and galloping education and challenged us as Anglican schools to up our game in terms of creativity and innovation.

Another speaker, Lt General David Morrison AO spoke to us about challenging cultures that are oppressive.  He spoke, with no notes after lunch for 50 minutes and had everyone in the palm of his hand the whole time.  It is hard to ignore his passion and integrity.  My personal favourite was Michelle Campbell who is an environmental officer in the Murray-Darling catchment and she spoke to us about restoring broken environmental systems.  Be involved in the healing process and bring life to dying situations was a large part of her message.

For the days I was there I met numerous other chaplains, principals and school board members who chatted over meals and breaks about what life was like in their school.  I have returned encouraged that our school is a place of opportunity for our students to be appreciated, to learn, to grow, to achieve and to explore their faith lives.  Hope is well and truly present here at Lakes Grammar.  I pray that this might be your experience too. 

Bless ya

Rev'd Matt




We wish to acknowledge and thank the following businesses for their very generous support of our Spring Fair Monster Cash Raffle prize - ANZ Mobile Lending (Wyong), Canton Beach Paddle Shack, Shawn O'Brien Auto Electrical, Warnies Cafe, Budding Scientists, Wiseberry Heritage Group, Picasso Media, Paw Prints Vet Clinic Gwandalan, Body Care Massage Therapy, SS Conveyancing, Home Specialist Property Management, Affordable Regrouting, Coastal Premier Accountancy & Bookkeeping, Kars Complete Business Services, Tom & Pams Takeaway, Boost Juice Lake Haven, Collaborative Construction Solutions and Enhance Financial Partners.  



IPSHA Performing Arts Festival
Our Year 4, 5 and 6 Choir students entertained the audience at Sydney Town Hall at the annual IPSHA Performing Arts Festival on Monday, 15 August. The school mascots accompanied the performance pieces of ‘Ayelevi – Lion King Medley’. The boys and girls concluded the night through participating in a combined choir of over 300 students with the other seven schools participating on the evening, singing the pieces ‘Enjoy the Storm from Between Wind and Water’ and ‘It’s Bonfire Season’. Thank you to all of our wonderful parents and grandparents for your support of the evening and to Mr Feps, Miss Lutze and Ms Nugent for your thorough preparation of the items. Well done to the boys and girls involved and thank you for representing our school with pride. You should be proud of your accomplishments and the dedication of time and effort you spent rehearsing in the lead up to this event.


Congratulations to the Junior School students involved in Robocup. Our Coding Club have been working hard with Ms Jobe-Parker, Miss Lutze and Mr Lawson to prepare for these events. We had 14 students from the Junior School represent Lakes Grammar at the Hunter Region Robocup Championships last Thursday, 18 August. From our four teams in the Primary Dance category, two teams (Roborampage and Robotastic A-Team) made the finals. This was a great achievement given that over 25 teams from the Central Coast and Hunter Region were competing on the day.

At the time of writing, our teams are also due to compete at the State Robocup Championships in Sydney. We wish them well and know they will be great representatives of our school. It has been so rewarding to see students enjoying this opportunity. A huge thank you to Ms Jobe-Parker, Miss Lutze and Mr Lawson for their work.

Lesson Study Approach

Our teachers in the Junior School are working together in grade teams, focusing on the teaching of reading comprehension. We are using the ‘Lesson Study Approach’, a systematic cycle of planning, teaching, observing, refining and reviewing specific lessons. These are focused on addressing an identified student learning need or pedagogical challenge. The process aims to provide a means for teachers to examine their practice in order to improve their impact on student learning.

The Lesson Study Approach is supporting our Schools Leading Learning program by fostering the development of a common understanding of what good teaching practice looks like across our staff team, it focuses discussion on planning, implementing, observing and reflecting on classroom practice; it empowers our teaching team to collaborate more effectively with their colleagues; and it supports teachers to become more attuned to how they structure lessons in their class and the impact of their teaching on students.

Lakes Grammar Habits

Well done to the boys and girls for embracing our Lakes Grammar Habits of the Week.

Coming up we are looking at ‘Capitalising (making good use of all resources for learning) in Week 7 and ‘Humility’ in Week 8.

Well done to the following students who have demonstrated:

The Lakes Grammar Habit of Reason well (think rigorously and methodically) in Week 5:

Ava Dickinson, Grace McLeod, Lyla Wishart, Emma Barrie, Brianna Roberts, Isla Yager, Tahlia Allen, Hamilton Dobson, Arini Yellamaraju, Nicholas Squires, Kayla Wade, Billie Johns, Boyd Rumbel, Raphael Dunn, Benji Bogle, Tegan Lynch, Ashley Pernecker, Noah Flower.

The Lakes Grammar Habit of making the right choice if I feel sad or angry in Week 6:

Mcrae Pitzner, Nicholas George, Jacob Kozaroski, Lachlan Hutton, Olyver Hokin, Emerson Smith, Tyson Ford-Malley, Jack Heinzel, Jed Marchant, Brady Simpson, Kai Garvey, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Brendan Cousens, Caitlin Mahoney, Evren Kulak, Ella Lovell, Bianca Jolly, Wyatt Williams. 

Mr William Wallace

Head of Junior School


Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Science Technology
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Language Literature

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. Introducing our first ever Lakes Grammar Junior School Tournament of Minds team; Wil Anderson, Emily Moore, Liam Lightfoot, Jaydee Lourens, Finlay Pigot-Irving, Noah Simon and Phoebe Talbut.

All 7 students have been in training under the guidance of Ms Sam Dow for the past 2 terms in preparation for their first challenge, which is to be held at Newcastle Grammar School on Sunday, 28 August. Students have participated in weekly training sessions after school and also in some holiday sessions Terms 2 and 3. Their commitment and enthusiasm has been inspiring.

Our team is participating in the Literature Challenge ‘Guest Who’. The team has written their own 8 minute script, made all props by hand, completed budgets using Excel and completed character synopsis’, all without adult intervention.

We are incredibly proud of our first TOM team and wish them all the very best of luck on Sunday.

Ms Sam Dow
Junior School Teacher


Congratulations to Emerson Goodenough who was part of the dancing ensemble in the musical ‘Hairspray’. Emerson was one of 1000 students who auditioned for the part. She was one of 600 lucky dancers to be chosen. Emerson spent many weeks rehearsing and performed in 4 huge shows at the Newcastle Entertainment centre in July of this year. The production ‘Hairspray’ created by Harvest Rain was one of the largest productions of ‘Hairspray’ to date.  Emerson was lucky enough to perform with the very famous Simon Burke, Christine Anu, Tim Campbell and Lauren McKenna. Congratulations Emerson, such an amazing achievement!


On Thursday, 18 August three teams of Year 5 and 6 students participated in the HRIS Debating Gala Day at Macquarie College at Wallsend. The students all debated very well and represented Lakes Grammar with maturity and respect. The topics that the three debated were very complex and controversial and related to real world topics that are evident in our world today.
The topics included:

  • ‘Asylum Seekers should be processed on the Australian Mainland’
  • ‘Social media undermines genuine community’

 Lakes Grammar Team 1 had a successful win, debating the affirmative for  ‘Social media undermines genuine community’. Team members were: Sebastian Araneta, Kasey Young, Zoila Owais and Kiarna Elliott.

Lake Grammar Team 2 had a loss by a very close 4 points, debating the negative for ‘Social media undermines genuine community’. Team members were: Chloe Collins, Tia Palu, Blair Evans and Wyatt Williams.

Lakes Grammar Team 3 also had a very close loss by 7 points debating on the topic ‘Asylum Seekers should be processed on the Australian Mainland’. Team members were: Ellie Rudder, Charlotte Dobson, Alexander Voigt and Brooke Shorten.

I would like to formally thank Mr Ellis Hopper who was our Adjudicator for the day.

Mrs Amanda Holland

Stage 3 Leader


Book fair
This week saw another successful annual Book Fair, which also raises money for our Libraries. It was wonderful to see students reading their purchases in the school grounds during spare time. It just goes to show the benefits of having a Book Fair during Book Week to encourage reading. A total of funds raised will be available in the next newsletter. Thank you to all parents, students and staff for your support this year.

'Fair Dinkum' Show

Kindergarten and Year 1 will be entertained next Monday from 9am to help coincide with Book Week. A musical performance titled ‘Fair Dinkum’ will tie in books from this year’s CBCA Shortlist titles. Very excited.

Book Parade (Costume Day) and World Literacy Day

Our bi-annual Book Parade will take place on Wednesday, 7 September at 2pm in the Main Courtyard to coincide with World Literacy Day. The parade is run every second year when Showcase is not scheduled.

A note went home with event details 2 weeks ago. All parents welcome for the parade. Please contact Mr Summers if you require further information. 


Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Junior canteen will be holding a Book Parade Meal Deal on Wednesday, 7 September.

Orders can be placed through flexi schools or handed into the canteen. A note with the menu will be sent home on Monday.

Mrs Leigh-An Kyle

Junior Canteen Manager



 Year 12 Major Works
Congratulations to our Year 12 students who have been completing their major works for the HSC. Extension 2 English short stories were submitted last week, while Design & Technology and Visual Arts works are due this week and next week. These submissions form 50% of each students’ mark in the subject and represent a significant commitment from each student over the past 12 months.

Year 11 Exams 

Year 11 students have been given their Yearly examination timetables this week. Students are currently in the process of completing final class assessments, before turning to their final exams. It can be a stressful time for Year 11 at this time, but they are encouraged to break up the load into smaller pieces so that the task ahead does not appear so hard.

Some Year 11 students are also anticipating course changes with Year 12 courses commencing at the start of next term Course changes need to be submitted to the office and approved by myself before changing classes.


Congratulations to our Science and Technology students for their wonderful work last Friday at the Science and Technology Challenge Day. It was a huge success and I encourage readers to look for their report later in this newsletter. Mr Hannah has already mentioned “Visions”, our annual art exhibition and I too would like to congratulate our Art students for their outstanding work. It was truly an exceptional exhibition this year.  

Mr Ian Samways

Head of Senior School


Science Week
What a fantastic week of Scientriffic celebration!
Activities for the week commenced with the ‘Who Am I? pictorial identification competition which then ran for the entire week. There were over 30 entries from across all Senior School year groups and the challenge appeared to have been more difficult than I had expected. The winner and only student to correctly identify all of the animals pictured was Ethan Woods in Year 7. Ethan received a certificate and $10 canteen voucher for his effort. Even though they were sitting their HSC Trial exams for the first few days of the week a group of Year 12 students caught up with the competition and all earned a sweet treat for their entry.

The paper plane design and flying competition also saw a large number of entries on Tuesday at lunchtime with some very interesting designs constructed and techniques for launch exhibited. One entry did prove itself superior as it took out the award for both longest time in the air and longest horizontal distance covered and that plane was designed, constructed and flown by Hayden Montgomery of Year 10. Hayden received also received a certificate and $10 lunch vouchers for his entry.

On Tuesday all of Year 10 solved a real crime in ‘A Case of Conspiracy’. The students were presented with a scenario and series of actual clues from a crime scene and then working collaboratively in small groups set about studying and compiling the evidence to successfully identify all of the criminals involved in the event and the roles they each played in the crime committed. Well done to our Year 10 CSI.

Friday saw the culmination of the week of science celebrations with the running of Science and Technology Day. All Year 8 students and select students from Years 6 and 7 competed against each other in pairs to complete one of a selection of activities. The activities included cake decorating, catapult construction, robotic programming, furniture designing, helmet testing, solar cooking and our showcase challenge, the ultimate aerial dog fight. The highlights for the day were definitely the enthusiasm and drive of the students to win their particular challenge as well as the presence of Mr Dick Smith to watch the final ‘dog fight’ and present certificates and movie voucher prizes to the winners. Congratulations to all winners and also all participants who received a certificate, paddle pop voucher and BBQ lunch.

To wrap the week the rest of the Senior School joined the Science and Technology Day participants in the hall to listen to a very inspiring address by Mr Dick Smith. What a fantastic week.

Thank you to all those who participated in any of the events run throughout the week, your efforts made this week the amazing success it was. There were quite a number of staff who were involved in making sure all of these events were able to take place. It is really wonderful to be able to work with such dedicated and committed colleagues.

Now for next Year.


Mrs Jenny Charker

Science Co-ordinator


Congratulations to all the staff and students who worked so hard to bring the Annual Art Exhibition together again in 2016. Over 500 people have viewed the diverse range of work in 5 days. Our Principal, Mr Hannah selects one artwork every year to be purchased by the School. Cherrie Ingle was awarded the acquisition for 2016, with her photos of New York City being selected to permanently hang in the school. Mr Samways selects the Cover Prize which is reproduced on the Cover or the Senior School Diary. This prize was awarded to Mikayla Robinson for her photo of a beach scene. Many thanks to our musicians, gallery attendants, student waitresses and parents who have made the exhibition such a resounding success.

Mrs Anne Hobden

CAPA Co-ordinator


Careers this term will be a busy one. Year 12 will be with Mrs James in the Hall after Chapel (Week 6) to go over UAC applications and various schemes available to them. Year 12 students should also remember to go to the calendar on as this will give them the dates for all the University Open days which are all happening now. Year 10 students will get their choices for next year with lines due out imminently. If you have any queries send Mrs James an email to make an appointment or go to D block staffroom to organise an appointment. There are a number of apprenticeships on offer particularly with the Mars Group. Please go to the careers page as above or the Careers Facebook page.

Mrs Cathy James

Career Adviser


The senior canteen has had an amazing year so far guiding our students into healthy fresh food ideas to fill their growing bodies giving them energy and essential brain power.

Throughout my time managing the senior canteen I have been listening to the students and staff requesting an EFTPOS facility and this idea has become a reality as of Friday, 19 August. This system has been put in place to assist busy families and students of the Senior School ensuring funds are available for them to purchase meals and snacks. All previous ordering procedures including Flexischools (online ordering), hand written orders and cash sales remains in place.

I would also like to thank the students from Year 11 who sacrifice their social time at recess and lunch to willingly assist me in serving our hungry students. These times are very hectic although we keep it fun working as a team. Many days I am on my own and the generosity and kind nature of the students reminds me how Lakes Grammar School has taught our children amazing life lessons and the selfless act of helping others.

Mrs Dianne Hattam

Senior Canteen Manager


This semester we again have many activities happening for Cognito, it is exciting to see so much again on offer for the students. Please encourage your child to get involved. The following are on offer this semester:

* University of Newcastle Secondary Schools Poster Competition – Science and Maths

* Weekly Maths Problem

* Game Coding Yr 7

* ‘Tiny Houses’: Yr 9 and 10 Technology

* Year 7-9 Lakes Bookworm Competition

* Years 7-8 The Great Lakes Spelling Bee

* Stage Band

* Choir

* Contemporary Ensemble

* Pop Song Competition

* Song Writing Competition

* Mock Trial Training Team

* Future’s Council

* Year 9 Museum Drama Group

* Years 9 and 10 English Honours


Word Mania Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to Year 7 and 8 English students - 2nd in the Hunter & Central Coast Region.  

Mrs Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


Order forms are available from both the Junior and Senior School offices for families who wish to purchase a Year 12 Muck up photo, School Leader Photo or SRC Photo.



CIS Athletics
A big congratulations to the following students who have now been selected to represent HRIS at CIS on 14 September: Oliver Appo, Sebastian Araneta, Ava-Marie Carlson, Dylan Coyte, Ashley Pernecker, Zain Robards, Finlay Stewart and Oliver Walsh. We wish them well in Homebush. Information regarding the day will be handed out shortly.

Please remember to purchase a HRIS Polo Shirt from Mr Summers if needed.

HRIS Soccer / Netball Gala Day 

We wish all teams well for the upcoming Football / Netball Gala Day this Tuesday. Articles will be published in the next fortnightly newsletter.

Mr Danny Summers

K-6 Assistant Sports Co-ordinator


AICES Athletics Championships

Are to be held on Wednesday, 31 August. We have a number of students who will be competing in these Championships and we wish them best of luck. Please let Mr Beecroft know as soon as possible if your son/daughter needs to make special travel arrangements. If not, it is assumed students will be making their own way to the championships and report to the HRIS officials on the day. Jess Day (Scone Grammar) or David Martin (Macquarie College) HRIS team managers.

NSW CIS Netball Championships

Olivia Glanville was selected earlier in the year in the AICES Netball team to compete in the Championships. She played great netball against some wonderful players and her AICES team finished 3rd overall.

Central Coast Oztag Championships

Our school Oztag teams have been training hard for the upcoming gala day. Mr Walker who has represented Australia in Oztag and coached various successful representative teams has volunteered his time to coach some of our teams and our students have been learning a lot.

  • 7/8 Boys and Girls teams training on Wednesday lunch
  • 9/10 Boys and Open Boys training on Thursday Lunch
  • 9/10 Girls training on Wednesday lunch

Gala Day will be held at Doyalson RSL grounds on:

  • 9/10 and Open on Tuesday, 6 September
  • 7/8 on Wednesday, 14 September

NSW CIS Rugby League Sevens Championships

Our 15s and Open Boys teams competed in the NSW CIS Rugby League Sevens Championships at Penrith on Monday, 22 August. Both teams played extremely well all day against some tough competition from around the State. Our Open boys finished 3rd and our 15s boys finished as the NSW CIS Champions. These are fantastic results and all players represented Lakes with pride and passion, demonstrating great sportsmanship and mateship on the day.

Lakes Grammar Netball Club

Our Lakes Grammar Netball Club have had a great 2016 season and we have 5 teams heading into semi-finals this weekend.

  • 11a Jaspers
  • Junior 1 Onyx
  • Cadet 3 Topaz
  • Divison 6 Zirconia’s
  • Divison 5 Jets

Over the last week, 2017 Wyong Representative Teams have also been announced and the following Lakes Grammar students have been selected.

  • Tegan Lynch
  • Tia Palu
  • Jasmine Haydon
  • Elosie Cliff
  • Samantha Livingstone


Year 12 vs the Teachers

It is coming to the end of Year 12’s time here at Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School and to celebrate we hold our Year 12 vs the teachers sporting matches towards the end of this term. It is always a fun and enjoyable experience for all involved and we encourage students to support this spectacle.

Other Sports News

Good luck to all of our students who are competing in their community sporting teams in upcoming finals over the next few weekends across a broad range of sports.

Congratulations Edan Shorten

We wish to congratulate Edan Shorten on receiving a Local sporting Champion Grant which was presented to her by Pat Conroy, Federal Member for Shortland. Edan received this grant for representing Gymnastics at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne recently.  If you would like to apply for a Federal Government Grant, visit the Australian Sports Commission website or contact your Federal Member Emma McBride


I would love to hear about any other student’s success outside of school. Please feel free to email me at:

Mr Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator



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