Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

In the senior school we recognise for a student to flourish they must have opportunities to be themselves, express themselves and be unique. A dedicated comprehensive badge and achievement program allows students to set their own goals and turn these achievements on their eportfolios on Schoolbox and earn a Lakes Grammar Degree.

Students can choose to set goals and complete activities in the following areas:

  • Academic acknowledgement
  • Academic pride
  • Academic connections
  • Newcastle Anglican
  • Service
  • Leadership
  • Cognito
  • Sport
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)

The Cognito program offers a rich and wide variety of cocurricular, enrichment activities. Students are provided with a wide range of opportunities so they can explore an area of interest, apply their knowledge to real-world problems and present to real-world audiences, challenge themselves, learn new things and develop relationships.

Cognito activities may include:

  • Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
  • School art exhibition
  • Art club
  • Choir
  • Contemporary ensemble
  • Drama club
  • Drum ensemble
  • Guitar ensemble
  • Rock band
  • Stage band
  • English
  • Cognito reading challenge
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition
    Enrichment Day and LGS Poetry Competition
  • English Honours award
  • Future Leaders writers competition
  • HICES debating
  • Kids’ Lit quiz
  • Lakes illustration prize
  • LGS spelling bee
  • NAIDOC week activities
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • Write a Book in a Day (WABIAD)
  • Questions writing prize
  • Reading challenge
  • The Schools Reconciliation Challenge
  • History
    Australian History Competition
  • The National History Challenge
  • HSIE
  • The Australian Geography competition
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • da Vinci Decathlon
  • Mathematics
  • HICES maths tournament
  • Colin Doyle Memorial Prize
  • Maths Olympiad
  • The Sydney Academy of Chess
  • Science
  • Australian brain bee challenge
  • Build me a future
  • Crystal growing competition
  • Sleek geeks science Eureka prize
  • RACI Australian national chemistry quiz
  • Science and engineering challenge
  • Technological and Applied Studies
    Aurecon bridge building competition
  • NRMA future of transport challenge
  • Textiles club

    Student-led Clubs
    Cognito book club
  • Dungeons and dragons
  • Mental Health Advocacy Program (MHAP)
  • Student Representative Council (SRC)

Lakes Grammar is proud to provide a strong CAPA program with subjects and co-curricular opportunities in Creative Arts, Visual Arts and Performing arts. Opportunities to learn instruments, participate in bands, choirs and musical theatre are available to students in middle school.

    At Lakes Grammar, we believe learning should not just be confined to the classroom. The middle school outdoor/experiences education program is designed to allow students to explore and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to understand and identify with their surrounding environment and culture.

    The five dimensions of outdoor learning include:

    • Skills and knowledge
    • Human – nature relationships
    • Conservation and sustainability
    • Health and wellbeing
    • Civics and citizenship

    Sport and physical activity are essential parts of the senior school program. Our student achievements and commitment to sport are celebrated each year at our dedicated sports awards ceremony.

    Students in Years 9-12 participate in weekly sports. The Talented Athlete Program is also available for identified athletes.

    In Years 9-12 students participate in sports carnivals and may be invited to attend Hunter Regional Independent Schools (HRIS), Australian Independent Coeducational Schools (AICES) or Combined Independent Schools (CIS) carnivals. They could be selected represent our school in a wide range of sports.

    Students in the senior school will have the opportunity for their involvement in the wider school community, leadership, service skills and achievement of personal goals to achieve a Lakes Grammar Degree.