Term 2 in Review



This is my last Newsletter article as Principal of Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School. As I have approached the conclusion of my time as Foundation Principal I have been reflecting on what we set out to do and to what extent we have achieved it. I looked up the speech I gave at our first Speech Day in 2004. What did I say we were on about at this new school? Here are a couple of extracts:

More important than how a person looks is who a person is; one’s character. This is an aspect of life at Lakes Grammar that is important to the staff and parents who send their children to us. It is a constant part of what we do with our students, that we guide them towards developing a character of integrity. Integrity means wholeness - who we are is reflected in what we do, the things we say and the way we relate to other people. It is here that our focus on the Christian faith is vital, as Jesus came to bring wholeness to his creation.

Academically, we will develop a program that raises the bar for our students. We will have high expectations of them and will provide them with the intellectual tools to help them meet those expectations. We will aim to help our students develop deep knowledge and apply higher-order thinking to their work. And all this in a supportive classroom environment.

But the academic is not the be all and end all of a school. We will continue to provide the various activities that enrich a young person’s life and education, in the physical, cultural, social and community fields. A child is a whole person, with many emotional and social needs. Unless these are met, the academic goals of school will not be met.

I believe that we have continued to hold these aims in the forefront of our work. Our new Vital framework integrates these spiritual, wellbeing and learning goals into a framework that is designed to mould young people of character - people who will be faithful, compassionate, reflective, inquisitive and determined. This is a never-ending work in progress. We can never say, “we have arrived!”, then sit back and relax. Working in partnership with parents in the raising and shaping of young lives is an incredible privilege and a heavy responsibility. And it requires continuous action on our part. As a staff we are constantly reviewing and developing our programs and approaches to ensure we are both meeting students’ needs and working with the most effective teaching strategies. That work will go on after I leave.

It has been an amazing privilege for me to serve as the Foundation Principal of Lakes Grammar. Not many people get that opportunity and I am grateful to the Diocesan leaders who appointed me to this role.

To look at early photos of the school and then stand in the school now, you can see how much we have built in 17 years. But it isn’t the buildings that matter most, but the people for whom they were built – our students – your children, and the staff who work with them. I think we have a modern, well-equipped school with excellent resources. How our staff use those resources to nurture and teach our students is the key to an excellent education.

I said at a recent Kindergarten information night, that when I am recruiting teachers I look for someone who I would be happy to have taught my own children, and now, my grandchildren (who are not yet at school). I can say that I feel this about every one of our teachers. They are passionate and dedicated teachers who are here for the good of our students. They all go above and beyond a mere sense of duty to give the best to your children. Our administration and support staff are also dedicated, friendly and welcoming to our students. They have had to manage a lot of change in systems and procedures over the years as the school has grown and have done so with grace and competence. We have a great staff team at Lakes and our success has a lot to do with the way we work together for a common goal.

I want to thank our Parents and Friends and all those who over these years have worked to help us improve the range of resources we can provide for our students. This has been invaluable and has improved playground facilities as well as classroom resources and many other things besides. The work of community building that our P&F has always done though barbecues, breakfasts, trivia nights and Spring Fairs has also been of great value to the school.

I want to thank Mr Ian Samways, who has been my Deputy and Head of Senior School for 15 years. Not only is Ian an excellent Mathematics teacher, he is also an IT wizard and has designed very helpful systems for staff and students.  We have worked closely together to shape Lakes into a welcoming Christian community and to provide the best education possible with the staff and resources we have. I pray God’s blessing on Ian as he takes on the Principal’s role at Mountains Christian College next year.

Thank you also to Mr Johns who has been a wonderful Acting Head of Junior School this semester. He has been able to maintain our direction and hand the Junior School over to Mr Wearne as a strong professional community with a lovely student body.

Lakes Grammar has a strong foundation and is in a position to go from strength-to-strength under its new leadership. I have every confidence that your new Principal, Deborah Clancy, will be able to lead the school into the next phase of its growth as a centre of excellence in education and character formation on the Central Coast.

I pray that God will continue to bless Lakes Grammar and all its people. The school exists not only to provide an excellent education but to share our Christian faith with our students and their families. While ever the school maintains this Christian focus, God will honour that with his continued blessing. Farewell and thank you for the privilege of being your Principal for over 17 years.

Michael Hannah




Year 6 and OC Camp - Canberra

Welcome back to Year 6 who enjoyed their annual camp in Canberra. It was a great pleasure to hear of the students spending time in this beautiful environment and hear of them challenging themselves with their learning across a variety of venues, visiting Parliament House, Questacon, the AIS and Old Parliament House, to name but a few. I extend my thanks to the students for the way they embraced the opportunity and to Mrs Livette, Mr Lawson, Ms LeRay, Mrs Rush, Mr Price, Pete and Mr Summers for giving of their own time to ensure the children had a memorable week away.

The camp provided students with a wonderful opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards the cost of the camp. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Year 2 Excursion

On Thursday, 3 June Year 2 went to Alison Homestead to learn more about the history of Wyong and the significance of a historical building. They went through the original part of the homestead with a tour guide and they saw and heard about World War 1 memorabilia, women’s clothing, gramophones, typewriters and old cash registers. The next part of the museum gave students the opportunity to see toys from the past, a print press which is over 200 years old and sewing machines. After that, students went to the original Flower Shed which has model farms, houses and boats. Next students loved visiting the old school house which has old fashioned desks and even a cane on the teachers desk!

Pride in Excellence Morning Tea

Congratulations to all of the students who were nominated by their teachers to attend this term’s Pride in Excellence Morning Tea with Mr Hannah, Mr Johns, Mrs Stowe and Mr Wearne (our new Head of Junior School). It is great to see you all being involved so enthusiastically with your learning, friendships and the co-curricular activities on offer. Congratulations to the following students who attended:

Parker D, Hannah B, Shawn C, Sophie L, Jackson D, Wangui G, Arthur G, Sophia M, Marley F, Kyson S, Alexander P, Katelyn S, Oliver C, Quinn R, Sienna D, Alaric V, Charlton F, Gabriella P, Tess M, Bodhi E, Richmond T, Skylar B, Yuvraj B, Samantha M, Beth B, Declan J, Logan H, Alicia L, Andrew M, Montana M, Maisy N, Keanu L, Elora D, Olyver H, Lauryn H, Abhishek B, Simon C, Raquel C.

Spelling Bee

The students also enjoyed our Spelling Bee sessions during Week 7 which proved to be an enjoyable way to continue to practise and refine our spelling skills! Both Bees saw a high level of achievement and some friendly competition. Our gratitude is extended to Mrs Holland for her work in arranging these opportunities for our students. Mrs Holland has published the names of our winners in her report in this newsletter.

Kindergarten 2022 – Get to Know You Sessions

We had our first visits from our Kindergarten students for 2022 for their getting to know you sessions over the past fortnight. It has been a pleasure to welcome so many new students and families to our school. The children enjoyed their first taste of ‘big school’.

School Photos

A huge thank you to all of our school families on your efforts with school photos - the students looked amazing in their uniforms! Unfortunately, the weather was a little underwhelming and we had to have our class photographs taken in the library. However, we are looking forward to the photos being processed and available in Term 3.

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:

Term 3 Week 1:  Ask the right questions.

Term 3 Week 2: Consideration.



Stars of the Week

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Identify the essentials and build on these (distil)

Identify the essentials and build on these. (Distil)

Hannah B, Charlotte C, Lucy B, Katelyn S, Oliver C, Lennox B, Hugh P, Samantha O, Ryan C, Emma B, Spencer A, Tahlia W, Maryam A, Callum L and Emily G.

Demonstrating our Lakes Grammar Habit of ‘Understanding.’

Sophie L, Dakota H, Finlay M, Alexander P, Isabelle M, Anabella A, Bridey J, Mark T, Viktoria C, Isabella T, Jensen B, Oliver A, Zara V, Thomas P and Charlie C.

Platinum Awards

Congratulations to the following students in the Junior School who achieved their Platinum award this term.

Bridey J, Henry C, Oliver C, Quinn R, Chloe D, Bonnie C, Kobi K, Bronson C, Isabella T, Alice S, Flynn C, Patrick C, Rachel T, Caleb U, Nate W, Spencer A and Cameron S.

Ralph Johns

Acting Head of Junior School


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2021

We now have 57 students who have completed – well done!! – Keep them coming in!!

All students who complete the challenge in Term 1 or Term 2 will receive an early completion certificate and a photo on our PRC ‘Wall of Fame’.


Overdues were handed out today. Please look over the Holiday period for any overdue books, so they can be handed in at the beginning of Term 3.

Thank You

A big thank you to all staff, students and parents for support this term. Term 3 is always busy with Bookweek in August and we look forward to some great events happening then!

Mr Danny Summers

Junior School Teacher Librarian


Renowned Australian author, Deborah Abela, came to visit us for a writing workshop with our Writing Enrichment groups in Year 1 to 6 and to meet with our Year 6 and OC students who will be studying her book, Grimsdon, in Term 3. Deborah presented a very engaging and exciting approach to writing an imaginative text.

The students in Year 1 to 6 all enjoyed the experience of meeting Deborah and expanding their writing skills and building on what they have been learning in the Enrichment groups. The students learnt to build the tension in their stories, increasing the excitement to a climax then providing a solution and resolution. They learnt about the three main ingredients of writing: Character, Setting and Problem. In addition to this, they learnt that their task as an author is to create trouble for their characters throughout the story and to come to an exciting ending.

The students are all very excited about Deborah Abela’s new book!

Amanda Holland

High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator K-6


During Term 2 we have had a very exciting Art Club on Wednesday afternoon. The students have enjoyed learning techniques and skills with a variety of art mediums. They have used lead, charcoal, watercolour paint, acrylic paint as well as resin art.

It was wonderful to have Mr Hannah come and demonstrate his artistic talents with the students as they worked on how to plan a landscape painting as well as techniques on how to produce one.

We were blessed to have Mrs Loren Williams with us this term sharing her artistic gifts. The students were all able to share with their family and friends the works of art that they created throughout the term at the Art Exhibition on Wednesday 16 June in the Junior School STEM Centre.

Amanda Holland

High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator K-6


In week 7 of Term 2, we had our Year 1-2, Year 3-4 and 5-6 Spelling Bee. All three Spelling Bees were a wonderful event where we celebrated students with the gift of Spelling. All our Junior School Students encouraged and supported all our spellers who participated in the Spelling Bees. Thank you to all our participants who bravely took part in the competition for their grade.

Thank you also to our Spelling Bee Announcer Mr Peter Oates who always does an amazing job!

Our Spelling Bee Champions for each grade are:




Year 1

Lilly Englebrecht

Annabella Cantor

Isla Leith

Year 2

Sofia Aad

Lotus Vugrinec

Benjamin McLean

Year 3

Marcus Connor

Ethan Dickinson

Ryan Mulholland

Year 4

Lachlan Collins

Jensen Baldwin

Brianna Maidens

Year 5

Keshav Panicker

Ava Dickinson

Raquel Carter

Year 6

Cohen Baldwin

Saanika Purohit

Corey Englebrecht

Amanda Holland

High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator K-6


We have had a very exciting term in debating. We have completed the initial rounds in the HICES Debating Competition and have our Year 6 Team through to the Preliminary Finals to be held next term. Our Year 5 team competed very well and just missed getting into the finals.

The NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition commenced this term with our two teams. They are in the initial rounds of the competition and have had some wonderful debates. It is very exciting for them to debate against students in schools all around Australia.


HICES Year 5

April Murphy

Ava Dickinson

Kaella Doyle-Michaels

Callum Lightfoot

Ben Ruzicka

HICES Year 6

Cohen Baldwin

Corey Englebrecht

Donald May

Brianna Roberts

Isla Yager

Virtual Year 6

Simon Connor

Christopher Webb

Fletcher Pigot-Irving

Milla Harding

Daphne Jervis

Virtual Year 5

Willow Stuart

Zac Connor

Taj Francke

Maryam Abuturab

Zara Vohra

Clover Harrison

Amanda Holland

High Potential and Gifted Education Coordinator K-6


Drama Club is a dynamic, creative and energetic group that rehearses in the Junior School Music room after school each week. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have been preparing items and have been performing throughout the week. Costumes, dancing, acting and awards are all part of the amazing Drama Club. Our appreciation to Brinley Meyer, Merran and Tina for the incredible Drama Club.

Contact Brinley on 0431 686 243 or email if interested in Drama Club.

Nathan Fepuleái

Junior School Teacher



This will be my last newsletter item as Deputy and Head of Senior School at Lakes Grammar before moving to my new position next year as Principal of Mountains Christian College in the Blue Mountains.

I think one of the hallmarks of Lakes has always been its community and it will be sad to leave. Our staff, students and parents have a genuine love and concern for one another, and we look out for one another. I have always been thankful and appreciative of the support that has been given from our parents, and from the students and staff in all that we do.

The staff have worked hard over the years to assist each child to succeed, and to enjoy the extra-curricular opportunities that our school provides. As a school, we want to give the best opportunities that we can for our students, and we want them to thrive in their learning. The culture at our school is fantastic and most of our students absolutely love being here. Yes, things do go wrong on occasions, but in the main there are very few behavioural problems, and usually students ‘do what they do’, because they rise to the standard that we have set as a school community.

I wish all our staff and students well for the reminder of the year, and especially wish our new Principal Mrs Deb Clancy the very best as she takes up her new role in our wonderful school.

God bless.


Ian Samways

Deputy Principal


Goodbye Mr Samways!

This week we farewelled Mr Samways at a morning assembly. He has been an important part of our Senior School for 15 years and he will be missed by both staff and students. We wish him all the best in his new school in the Blue Mountains, where he will be the School Principal. If you haven’t already, pop on over to our Facebook site and see how our students farewelled Mr Samways in the Senior School!

Reports & Interviews

Reports will be accessible this week through Parent Lounge. It is important to take time to read your child’s report and to look at more than their overall grade. Especially take notice of the Areas of Learning and the Feedback Statements which are directly related to the outcomes studied this semester. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or the Faculty Coordinator to discuss your concerns.

Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on:

  • Tuesday 27 July 2021 – via Zoom
  • Monday 2 August 2021 – at school

Year 11 Subject Choices

Students received their Subject Information Handbook, a booklet on TAFE Virtual Launchpad Courses and local TAFE courses this week and it has also been emailed home. Can I encourage you to take time to sit down with your child and discuss their career aspirations and what subjects might serve them well in reaching these aspirations. There are many subjects on offer, including a new subject Industrial Technologies (Multimedia) and TAFE Launchpad subjects for 2022. Our subject selection night will be on 20 July 2021 at 6pm. On the night you will hear from our new Principal, Mrs Deborah Clancy, myself and you will have an opportunity to speak to Faculty Coordinators and/or speciality teachers. I encourage you to attend this night with your child.

HSC Trial Examinations & Future Focus Interviews

Over the past weeks I have continued to meet with Year 12 students to discuss their future plans and career aspirations. These have been really fruitful meetings for both our students and myself. Please encourage your child to come and chat to me if they have not already done so. The meetings are about assisting students to find their career paths, which range from helping them to apply for apprenticeships, Armed Forces, TAFE, University and write scholarship and/or accommodation applications.

Trial HSC Examinations commence on Tuesday 3rd August and finish on Friday the 13th. The timetable has been sent home with students and has been emailed home and uploaded onto the Year 12 TEAMS. Students these holidays should be using their subject study guides and syllabus to prepare themselves for these exams. These holidays should be seen as a study vacation not a holiday. Getting themselves organised and into the groove of study these holidays can really make a difference to their end result. A reminder that students can not be absent during this time without a doctor’s certificate, however, they should not attend if they have flu like symptoms. If your child becomes ill during the Trials and arrives at school, they may be asked to leave an exam room and get a Covid test before they return.

On behalf of the Senior School staff, I would like to wish you all a safe and restful holiday and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 3.


Michelle Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning


Last Friday I had the privilege running a 2nd workshop for the year 7 and 8 Cognito Art Club students to continue work on their fantastic ‘young Archie’ inspired oil paintings of their chosen teachers.

The students worked tirelessly all day, building up dark and light tones, textures, colours and details. Their levels of focus and sustainment were extraordinary in students so young. They made great progress, and some are close to completion. The students worked hard all day and had be practically evicted from the art room for breaks.

The portraits will be completed at the beginning of next term and put on display at school as well as the annual exhibition which will be held at the Wyong Arts Centre in Term 4.

Sally Baker

Senior School Teacher


On Tuesday, 25 May, Miss Zhao and Mr Berry took a group of us students comprising of Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 for a Chinese excursion in Sydney.

Upon arriving in Sydney, we headed to the Chinese Gardens of Friendship. We strolled throughout the gardens finding different landmarks and their names, learning about the Chinese culture. There were many different kinds of pavilions, such as a twin pavilion, a pavilion in rocks and a pavilion with a view. Another notable feature of the Chinese Friendship Gardens was the Moon Gate and the Koi fish. From there, we made our way to Chinatown. Many stores were closed due to the pandemic, but we still had a very enjoyable time visiting the arcade, the bakery, the bubble tea store and more. Many of us spent a considerable time in the arcade; Tayla was a particular enthusiast in that store. However, the only thing she won was a fun experience. Sophie Brown, however, managed to purchase a giant pig plushie named George.

We headed upstairs to the restaurant for Yum Cha. We were split into two tables, both of which had very yummy food, the Year 10 table significantly greater amounts of it. We were able to be introduced and immersed into the Chinese culture as we tried many different and new foods (I would recommend the Chinese donut). As well as the donut there was the much-anticipated mango pancakes, pork dumplings and fried rice. Amity was able to enjoy the Vegetarian options, as well as Zoe who was very pleased with the plate of Greens. Overall, it was an amazing excursion, and all involved enjoyed it immensely. Thank you to Miss Zhao and Mr Berry for organising and taking us there (and anyone else involved who hasn’t been mentioned). 

By Brooke Shorten and Amity Southwell -Year 10


On Tuesday this week, accompanied by Mrs Baxter, our Year 9 Chess Team competed at the Central Coast Chess Gala Day at Central Coast Grammar. These boys: Caiden Ayerst, Callum Cooper, Thomas Ellen, Philip Green, Tex Lundy, Liam Moore, Luke Ostergaard, Boyd Rumbel, Rohith Srinivas and Gianni Williams have been practising their Chess game moves organised by Luke for several weeks at lunch times in the library this term, and to their credit came very close to winning first place in their intermediate section. At the end of the day, the Lakes Grammar A Team won their Intermediate Division 7 pool with 14 points and then were narrowly defeated in a Finals play-off for first place against CCGS A from Division 6; however, the games were very close.

 So, congratulations to you for your efforts, gentlemen, and keep up your practice, and thank you for being involved and representing our school.

Anne-Marie Nichols

Teacher Librarian


This term has seen the library very heavily booked with student exam times and NAPLAN testing. Renaissance Reading for our Year 7 and 8 students has continued with fortnightly class visits across the term. We’ve hosted Mock Trials with our senior Legal Studies students, HRIS Debating rounds and the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition. I took two teams of Years 7-9 students to Avondale School in Cooranbong to Kids’ Lit Quiz – a competition all about reading, two weeks ago, and while we didn’t make a place, the students certainly participated well and enjoyed their day. After school study hall has been well utilised by our senior students and Makespace craft activities at lunchtimes have been popular as well.

Currently the library is home to a display of some aboriginal artefacts which have been donated to the school, and also our Year Ten Design and Technology skateboards with an amazing array of incredible artwork on their skins.

A range of new books have been processed and are available for borrowing and there are more on order – check back next term to borrow these.

We are currently paring back our non-fiction print collection and wondered if there is anybody who has a connection or a contact to send books overseas or maybe to an indigenous community. Please email me at:

Anne-Marie Nichols

Teacher Librarian


The Creative and Performing Arts Faculty is sadly saying goodbye to two of our most dedicated patrons of the Arts.

Over the past 16 years, Mr Hannah and Mr Samways have been great supporters of musicals, exhibitions, concerts, plays, master classes and so many creative events within our arts community.

It has been a joy to have Mr Hannah join the annual Art Camp, judge the prizes for the ‘Visions’ Art Exhibition, visit our art lessons and enjoy so many musical performances.

Mr Samways has been a great supporter of the Photography and Digital Media course, promoting student work with his Senior Diary Cover Prize, and he has helped with sound and lighting for several Musical Productions.

Both Mr Hannah and Mr Samways have been enthusiastic audience members at all our HSC Music evenings and have shown a genuine interest in the CAPA students’ pursuits.

The CAPA staff and students say a fond farewell and wish them God’s Blessings as they enjoy life beyond Lakes Grammar.

Anne Hobden

Creative and Performing Arts Co ordinator


As Term 2 draws to a close, I am pleased to report on the many successes of our students and the positive learning experiences they have had in History.

The term opened with our senior History students leading our school’s ANZAC Day service. The students involved approached all aspects of the preparation and delivery of the commemorative service in a commendable manner.

Last month, a number of students from Year 7-10 participated in the Australian History Competition. The competition is one of our History Cognito offerings and I congratulate the students on their participation and look forward to receiving the results in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday this week Year 7 were involved in a History day hosted by the Tut Roadshow. Students participated in a range of workshops throughout the day that saw them journey into the ancient past through an audio visual museum of Tutankhamen, a sensory experience of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, moulding of their own ancient seals, writing in hieroglyphics and drawing artworks from Tut’s tomb. 

Finally, our HSC History Extension students have successfully submitted their History Project. The project forms a major part of the assessment for the course and is the culmination of many months of independent research and investigation into an area of changing historical interpretation, presented in the form of an essay. It takes great diligence and perseverance from students to produce the project and I congratulate the students on their submission.

Fiona Crawford

History Co-ordinator


The highlight in Science this term was working with Year 6 students as they showcased their understanding of the scientific method growing crystals of Alum. The students came up to work in our secondary labs, using Bunsen burners for the first time as they attempted to grow the ‘best’ alum crystal. This required first making a saturated Alum solution and then returning to the lab a number of times throughout the term to monitor and process the progress of their investigation. The perseverance and high level of working scientifically skills displayed across all classes led to the production of a number of quality crystals, some of which have now been sent as entries for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Crystal Growing Competition. Good luck to all! We look forward to receiving results from this event later next term.

As a result of the enthusiasm for Science shown by the students we are going to extend this program, providing interested Year 6 students with the opportunity to obtain their Bunsen Burner Licence in preparation for Secondary Science in 2022. This will involve the completion of both a theoretical component as well as an opportunity to demonstrate the required laboratory skills. Students will receive exact details of this program at the start of Term 3.

Earlier this term selected students from Stage 4 participated in the Build ME a Future event at Newcastle University. This challenged the students to provide practical and innovative solutions to STEM related problems. All those who participated in this event are to be commended on their performance on the day, a lot of perseverance and creative and critical thinking was required to meet the challenges presented.

Congratulations to all students who performed well in the recent Half Yearly Examinations. There were a number of excellent results across all year groups, reflecting the determination of students to achieve the learning goals they had set themselves this year in science. The timing of these holidays provides a perfect opportunity for students to reflect on their achievements in Science this semester and determine how they are going to proceed through Semester Two to further improve on their performance and thus better reach (or maybe even surpass) their earlier learning goals.

This term we also welcomed a new member to our team Mrs Smaro Tsiricopoulos. Mrs Tsiricopoulos has a wealth of teaching experience specialising in Biology and it has been great to hear already the positive response from students to the experience of being blessed to be able to work with her in class.

With a number of exciting events already planned for Term 3, including Science Week, we hope everyone has the opportunity to relax during the holiday break ready to return recharged and keen to achieve.

Jenny Charker

Science Co ordinator 


This term we saw some students in Year 7 and Year 9 elect to sit the 2021 Australian Geography Competition. Congratulations goes to the following students for their results Credit – Georgia Luyt (Year 9), Boyd Rumbel (Year 9), Distinction – Josef Aad (Year 7) and High Distinction – Max Adams (Year 7), Rhys Fogarty (Year 7), Beau Jones (Year 7), Lexi Mulholland (Year 7), Luke Ostergaard (Year 9).

Our Year 11 students attended 2021 Model United Nations Assembly, hosted by Central Coast Rotary in May. Representing Russia and Norway, each team presented the position of their country to the following resolutions; Protection of Civilians with disabilities in armed conflict, Peace Resolution for North Korea and the proliferation of nuclear weapons and preventing and combating the financing of terrorism. Whilst we didn’t place on the day, students had the opportunity to practise their debating skills and engage with other students from other schools to discuss social and cultural issues.

Our Year 9 students have concluded the Australian Stock Exchange Share Market game. Our students quickly discovered the risks and unpredictability of the share market game. Congratulations to Blake, Nathan and Phil who came first in our class and added $1500 to their portfolio during the course of the game. Our students learnt some valuable lessons during the game including:

  • “The ASX game helped me learn that stocks aren’t as easy as they seem”, Rohith
  • “The ASX Share Market Game was fun, but I learnt that if you invest in something it won’t always go up in price”, Tyler
  • “It was a great experience and taught us just how volatile the stock market could be”, Nathan.

Our Year 12 Geography class recently visited Gosford. At Gosford we walked around and visited sites of urban consolidation, renewal and decay. It helped us with our assignment, to explore the new Central Coast Leagues Club Park, as well as the government and residential buildings and how the area is changing. - Ben Duncan, Lara and Ebony Year 12 Geography Students.

Our Year 11 Team participated in the third round of the NSW Law Society Mock Trial Competition, up against Lake Munmorah High School. Our team was the plaintiff in a civil case, in a dispute between a local council vs resident. Whilst we did not win the case, we did win the round. Early next term we will compete in Round 4 against the Hunter Performing Arts School.

Rachel MacKillop 

Co ordinator of HSIE



Well what a term it has been.  There have been big announcements, farewells galore and “last” of this and that for our illustrious Principal.   With every given week my knee has gotten a little stronger and movement quicker.  I am almost as fast as a Year 9 student walking to class after recess…maybe not that quick yet, but getting there 😊. 

For us in the Senior School we will be sad to see both Mr Hannah and Mr Samways leaving us and I know that Junior School can identify after 6 months without Mr Wallace.  Mr Johns has been most excellent at supporting Pete and the other staff, but I know is looking forward to getting back to his old role.

In our chapels this term Pete and I have had a lot of fun.  Pete has had a mystery guest each week by the name of Pierre Poirot who investigated a missing pudding. I came down for chapel last week whilst Pete was away; the Year 3-6 students had no trouble telling me about their adventures in chapel.  They were great at making choices too.  Our Senior School students have been exploring the issue of faith through some of the heroes of the Bible.  We have married this up to our new Vital Framework where each week we have looked at being faithful, compassionate, reflective, inquisitive or determined.  We even had the pleasure of our new principal, Mrs Clancy being with us for a 7-12 chapel the other week.

Both Pete and I have been on camps this term.  Pete survived the cold of Canberra with Year 6 last week and I had the pleasure of accompanying Year 7 earlier in the term.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to get alongside the students and get to know them outside the regular school routine.  I also visited our Year 8 camp for an afternoon at the amazing new Lake Mac Cru campsite. These brand new facilities were certainly appreciated by the staff and students.

Pete and I hope that you will all have a fabulous school holiday period.  Stay safe with your family and know that we are looking forward to seeing our school community again in Term 3.  On Sunday, 20 June, we see several of our students being confirmed at Lakes Anglican which is a great way to kick off the break.  Know that we will be praying for them and for you all.  See you next term when things will be like an Aldi experience…Good; different! 

Bless ya!






During the School Holidays, the office will be closed from Monday, 21 June until Friday, 2 July.

When the office is closed or unattended phone messages will still be checked periodically and an Administration staff member will return your call so please leave a message.

During the third week of school holidays Monday, 5 July to Friday, 9July the office will be open and calls will be answered between 9am to 12pm only. 



HRIS Athletics Carnival

We have a huge team that was selected for the HRIS Athletics Carnival at Glendale next term. We congratulate all these students and wish them the best of luck on Friday, 13 August. Notes regarding selection / events will be going home first week of Term 3.

CIS Cross Country

On a very cold and gloomy day last Thursday, our four Lakes Grammar students participated in the annual CIS Cross Country at Eastern Creek. We congratulate them on getting this far and representing HRIS.

HRIS 3 / 4 Basketball Gala Day

The Year 3/4 Basketball teams went out full of enthusiasm and a desire to do their best.  Despite getting up early and having no players with previous experience they performed well.  The boys were given the privilege of playing a game on the main court and made the most of the opportunity.  The girls used their netball skills to advantage as they passed well, playing a good team style of game.  The boys finished in 13th place and the girls finished in 9th place.  Both teams played with sportsmanship and achieved the aim of getting better with each game they played.  Thanks to Mr Lawson, Mr Giles and Ms Bennet who coached and encouraged the students at lunchtime practices and on game day.

Term 3 3-6 School Sport

School sport choices for Term 3 have now gone live and are locked in. Please see Mr Cantor for any questions regarding Tuesday 3-6 Sport.

A reminder that full sports uniform must be worn on Tuesdays for sport i.e. hat, sport shirt, joggers (no fluorescent 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


Weekly Term Sport

Students in Years 7-10 enjoyed weekly sport opportunities this term. Students were involved in a wide variety of sporting options including: Lake Haven Recreation Centre, Charmy Indoor Sports, Shane Forbes Boot Camp Fitness, Ultimate Gymnastics, Soccer, Basketball, Walking Fitness and Netball.

NSWCIS Swimming

Congratulations to Fox Smith who represented the school and AICES at the NSWCIS Swimming Championships competing in backstroke, breast stroke and freestyle.


Congratulations to Charlotte Tarleton who represented the school and AICES at the NSWCIS Hockey Championships.

Senior School Athletics Carnival

What a wonderful day our Senior Students had. We were blessed with awesome weather conditions and a fun and competitive day was had. Students really got involved in different events during the day, many helped out at event sites and Year 12 feed us all with delicious food throughout the day. Special thank you to those parents who jumped in and helped throughout the day or who were there as spectators - your help and support is very much appreciated at school events like this. The top two competitors in each event from each age group will be selected in the school team to compete early next term at the HRIS Secondary Athletics Championships. Results will be posted on the school sports notice board.

Age Champions:

12 Beau Jones & Dana Gonzales

13 Joesph Aad & Grace Crumbley

14 Ella Williams & Aaron Behan

15 James Thomas & Jessica Hoysted

16 Charlotte Tarleton & Sam Cook

17 Ashley Pernecker & Blair Evans

18 Steph Luyt & Fox Smith/Jeremy Beale

Open 100m Champions: Ashley Pernecker & Sebastian Araneta

College Champions: 1st Ridley, 2nd Lightfoot, 3rd Tyrrell, 4th Cranmer

Many records were broken this year by some exceptional athletes.

McKechnie, Anna

#13 Girls 17 High Jump NH 1.46m

Tarleton, Charlotte

#19 Girls 16 800 Meter Run NT 2:39.07

Pernecker, Ashley

#20 Girls 17 800 Meter Run NT 2:36.55

Araneta, Sebastian

#27 Boys 17 High Jump NH 1.68m

Mtimkulu, Wayne

#31 Boys 14 100 Meter Run NT 12.32

Gonzalez, Dana

#64 Girls 12 Long Jump ND 4.52m

James, Madeline

#70 Girls 18+ Discus Throw 1kg South ND 19.12m

Tarleton, Charlotte

#75 Girls 16 400 Meter Run NT 1:09.97

Pernecker, Ashley

#76 Girls 17 400 Meter Run NT 1:03.76

Evans, Blair

#83 Boys 17 Discus Throw  ND 37.40m

Aad, Josef

#107 Boys 13 High Jump NH 1.48m

Pernecker, Ashley

#126 Girls 17 Javelin Throw ND 21.55m

Beale, Jeremy

#127 Boys 18+ Javelin Throw ND 27.36m

Pernecker, Ashley

#134 Girls 17+ 1500 Meter Run NT 5:29.15

Cross Country


Students competed in the HRIS Cross Country Championships on Friday, 30 April at Avondale College. A small but dedicated team went away to compete and ran their best. As a school we finished 12th overall and the following students were selected in the HRIS team to compete at the AICES Cross Country Championships; Charlotte Tarleton 2nd 16 girls, Ashley Pernecker 5th 17 girls, James Thomas 4th 15 boys, Livija Ward 4th 12 girls, Giselle Simon 6th 13 girls. These runners performed well on a challenging AICES course with Charlotte Tarleton gaining selection in the AICES team. Charlotte went on to finish 21st in the NSWCIS Cross Country Championships on a cold and rainy day. A fantastic result for her first time competing at this level.

Touch Football

Jemma Young played in the AICES Touch Football gala, representing HRIS and our school. It was a fun and rewarding experience for her and Jemma was successful in being selected in the AICES Touch Football team which competed at the NSWCIS Championships again playing very well at this elite level of competition.

Central Coast AFL Gala Day

Our school 7/8 boys team competed in the Central Coast AFL Gala day. They were extremely competitive wining close games and losing two games by 1 point. They showed fantastic sportsmanship and resilience throughout the day and enjoyed the experience.

HRIS Soccer Gala Day


Our 15’s and Open teams performed very well once again in this competition. Our students showed wonderful sportsmanship and skills. There are many talented players competing and our teams were really competitive. The 15 boys finished 5th and the 15 girls 7th. In the Opens competition the boys finished 4th and for the first time in the 18 year history of the competition, our Open girls took out the title, being crowned HRIS Champions for 2021!

HRIS Netball Gala Day


Our school netball teams had been training this term, however, unfortunately due to a date clash with school photos they were unable to compete in the HRIS Netball Gala Day. We will do our best to try and organise another form of competition for them later this year.

Lunch Time Sports Competitions


Students enjoyed the chance to play with friends in some fun and friendly lunch time sports competitions on Wednesdays this term. Our college leaders did a fantastic job organising and running these.

Central Coast Oztag Gala Day


School teams all competed in the recent Allschool Central Coast Oztag Championships. We had girls and boys teams in the Years 7/8, 9/10 and Open divisions. All our teams competed hard and had a rewarding and successful experience

Talented Athlete Program

This term our TAP group were involved in a sports nutrition tutorial conducted by Jo Allen from Coast Sport and also a fitness training session conducted by personal trainer Shane Forbes at his gym facilities at Wadalba. Students have been gaining a lot of knowledge about what it takes to excel and are developing meaningful connections with other like-minded students.

Darren Beecroft

Senior School Sports Co-ordinator