While it has been a wet few weeks, it certainly has been an exciting Term 1. The school has been abuzz with numerous events, including excursions, information evenings, award ceremonies, an unexpected shaving of my hair to support the Leukemia Foundation, P&F fundraisers, Easter Chapels, and the inaugural Easter hat parade today. We have also seen some great successes in swimming, da Vinci decathlon and the Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge.
Enjoy the images of our busy term and take heart from the words of Jeremiah, Chapter 31, verse 25 ‘I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint’. That is not to say we are weary or faint, but I look forward to seeing our staff and students return refreshed after what has been our first full term back face-to-face for some time. And, as I said at our recent junior school awards ceremony (with a nod to Dr Suess!). “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play – so we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day”
But for Lakes, maybe we could better write:
The sun sometimes shone, the rain always fell – so we stayed under cover – and waited for the bell!
We learned to walk not run, to be kind and care, to look after each other, and take time to share.
We shared in the classroom, and even shared out toys, but Mrs M Smith and Mrs Clancy did not love the noise!
We got out our wellies, and put on our hats, we walked to our cars, and dripped on the mats!
But we learned to survive, at the end of the term, we will come back again, and be READY to learn!
We have begun the process of interviewing Year 7 and Kindergarten 2023 students and will commence offering Kindergarten and Year 7 positions in Term 2.
A reminder to our parent and caregivers to contact our our Registrar, Mrs Jolly, if you have a child you wish to enrol in Kindergarten or Year 7 next year. Please submit an online application. Places are very limited for both Kindergarten and Year 7.
Note: current Year 6 students do not need to reapply for enrolment into Year 7
While being at the junior school over recent weeks I have noticed a number of students attending reception each day to phone a parent as they don’t have enough food or a piece of fruit for their fruit break.
Please ensure you pack enough food for the day for your child.
Students enjoy a fruit break mid morning and it is good practice to encourage your child to have a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks in their lunch box.
Have a restful and joyous Easter and holiday break and I look forward to students returning on Wednesday 27 April.
Mrs Deborah Clancy Principal
KEY DATES FOR THE DIARY
Tuesday 26 April - Staff Day
Wednesday 27 April - Students return for Term 2
Tuesday 3 May - ANZAC Day Service
Friday 6 May (K-12 Mother's day breakfast- details to follow)
Saturday 7 May - Scholarship testing
Office Hours during the holidays
Closed - Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April 2022
Open - 9am to 12pm - Tuesday 19 April to Friday 22 April 2022
What a term it has been! Somehow, we have managed to mostly see our students face to face. We have even managed to have some chapels in person and celebrate with our Easter chapels together. I know that as Chaplain Pete and I meet each week to share about life in the school we have both shared our joy at being able to spend in-person time with our students and staff. Yes, we have at times had students or ourselves away and needing to conduct online lessons, but on the whole, life has been the new normal.
It is also worth noting that our community is tired, like really tired. I’ve experienced Term 1 in schools since 2005 and at our school since 2006. This is the greatest accumulated fatigue I think I have seen. We have been as a world taking on the COVID-19 challenge for just over 2 years now and here on the east coast of NSW there have a been a few other natural disasters weighing in. The fires of late 2019, the floods of 2022, king tides and massive swells. Not to mention the price of fuel!!! My wallet literally started screaming at me last week when I had to fill up with diesel. We are all feeling the weight of the last few years and so a rest is well and truly in order.
This Easter, let me encourage us all to find some time for rest. One of my favourite lines that Jesus said was, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). This rest that Jesus offers seems very timely to me. My plan is to go to our farm at Easter and hang out with our family and some friends. We’ll probably not do much. Tell stories, eat good food, sit by the fire, pray together and maybe even sing some songs. We will remember how Jesus gave his life for us and all of humanity and celebrate his resurrection with a renewed hope….and maybe some chocolate too.
I pray that you may know how precious you are to our God, how he loves you more than words can express. I pray that this Easter you may find rest in his presence, whether that is at home, at church, on the beach or in the bush. Use this Easter to rediscover the practise of slowing down so that you can hear his gentle, insistent voice reminding you of his desire to be in your life. And may you know the comfort of his son Jesus’ embrace which spread wide on the cross but could not be held down by death. See you all in Term 2…refreshed!
Reverend Matt Chaplain
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
THE HUNTER REGION DA VINCI DECATHLON
This week students from Years 5 to 10 competed at the Hunter Regional da Vinci Decathlon at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College.
Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Chess, Code breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Philosophy, Creative producers, Cartography and Legacy.
Our students achieved the following results:
Year 5 – Second in Mathematics, Science, and Art and Poetry, along with third place in English
Year 6 – Second in Mathematics and third in Code breaking.
Year 7 – Second overall and first place in Legacy and Cartography. Well done to our team; Donald, Claire H, Brianna, Brayden, Juna and Christopher.
Year 8 – First place in Science and Mathematics disciplines. Well done to Lucy, Briella, Josef, Lexi, Abi, Alyse, Beau and Max.
Year 9 – Second overall and first place in Cartography, second place for Creative Producers, Art, Code Breaking, Legacy and Science. Third place for English and Ideation. Well done to: Taj, Mitchell C, Isabella B, Sage, Carly, Prahath and Jerome.
Year 10 – Second place in Code Breaking. Well done to Tahlia, Anu, Jamie, Boyd, Pahal, Liam and Anu.
Ms Rachel Mackillop HSIE Coordinator
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. All NSW schools will sit NAPLAN online in 2022.
Our school will be participating in NAPLAN between 10-20 May 2022.
Excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not recommended. Students can use the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in NAPLAN.
Mrs Anne Hobden Director of Academic Challenge (K-10)
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
Accurate data on our students and families is especially important in terms of the wellbeing and safety of our students. Please check and/or update your current details (such as contact details, medical details, vaccinations etc) by logging into Parent Lounge and reviewing and updating the information we have on file for you and your children.
We rely on the accuracy of this information for your children.
Thank you for your assistance.
ALINTA UNIFORM SHOP
School uniforms purchased through the Alinta uniform shop can no longer be sent home with your child. The options will be pickup from the uniform shop or delivery to your home.
CANTEEN HELPERS NEEDED
Our junior and senior canteens always need helpers. Any parents, caregivers or grandparents are more than welcome if you can spare a day once a fortnight or once a month.
Ring bells! Bang the drums! You are gonna love this exciting stage adaptation of the legendary tale of the lovable thief with the heart of gold! Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the fast-talking, wisecracking Genie as they discover mystical caves, take magic carpet rides, and outwit the evil sorcerer, Jafar. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favourite Alan Menken songs such as Friend Like Me,A Whole New World and Prince Ali, as well as wonderful new songs added for the Broadway production. With new, colourful characters and nonstop adventure, Aladdin JR. is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages!
This spectacular 60-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the 1992 Disney film and the 2014 Broadway adaptation. The cast includes students from Years 7-11, led by Mrs Katrina Braun, Mrs Emma Briggs and Mr Nathan Fepuleai.
Performance times are:
Tuesday 7 June 2022 at 6:30pm Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 6.30pm
Stay tuned! Tickets will be on sale very soon.
Healthy Minds – Healthy Bodies
There is no doubt about it – our society is obsessed with bodies! We all want beautiful bodies, right? We are bombarded with pictures of skinny, toned and tanned super models. Twenty years or more ago, we would be periodically exposed to these ‘mega-humans’ at the movies and in glossy magazines. Now, our kids are getting unrealistic messages about body shape 24/7 via social media and streaming services. The reality, of course, is that the world is nothing like what we see in our magazines and TV screens. One trip down to the mall will attest to that. And yet, we continue to get sucked into the ‘beautiful body’ vortex.
While most of us have some mild insecurities about our bodies, teens are particularly at risk. This is the time in their lives when they are trying to figure out the key life questions about their identity: Who am I? Am I popular? Do I fit in? Am I attractive? Am I sexy? If the answers to these questions don’t stack up for a young person, common mild insecurities can take a nasty turn and lead to more sinister eating and body image disorders.
Do parents have a role to play in this? The answer is a resounding “yes”. A group of Australian researchers have been studying the effect of parents’ comments about their children’s weight, shape and eating. In short, they found that perceived negative comments from parents towards their children’s shape/weight was associated with poorer adolescent mental health, both in terms of the overall distress and their negative thoughts about eating. Interesting, perceived negative comments from mums about their children’s weight and shape seem to be more powerful than those from dads.
So how are we meant to talk to our kids about their weight, shape and eating habits? There are ways to do this that promote stronger emotional adjustment and better lifestyle habits. To a large degree it starts with what we model to our kids. We can start by ensuring we are eating well – serving up healthy and tasty meals at home – and exercising regularly. We can model balanced screen use in our own social media and streaming habits. Moreover, we can accept our own bodies, including any and all the ways in which they are not like the supermodels on TV. To the degree that our kids hear us complaining about our own bodies, we are sending them negative messages about body acceptance
We can also be intentional in the way we speak to our kids about their bodies and eating. To help explain this, my favourite parenting website (raisingchildren.net.au) has some helpful videos that are well worth a watch. There are two videos in particular you might be interested in:
Body Image: talking with teenagers. This video is a discussion between a mum and her daughter, Jess. Jess is becoming obsessed with her weight. Her mother wants to help her feel better about herself. This video demonstration shows how to start a non-judgmental conversation about teenage body image. The video also features a nutritionist who shares tips for parents on talking about body image with young people.
Teenage body image: parents talking. This is a video demonstration of two actors (mum and dad) talking about their teenage daughter’s obsession with body image and weight. They share their concerns and agree on positive steps to encourage healthy eating and activity for their daughter. We also hear from a nutritionist, who says that open conversations between parents about teenage body image is a good way to start dealing with this difficult issue.
For anyone who is especially concerned about their child’s body and eating, two great places to get help are your local GP (always a great first port of call!) and the Butterfly Foundation website:
On Tuesday afternoon Kindergarten students had some visitors from Sprint Horticulture, a plant nursery, to speak to the students about how plants grow and what they need as living things. Kindergarten practised saying lots of funny plant names, like Crocodyllus, Dragon Scale, and Sqamiferum! We learned that plants are like people: they have families (like the fern family, or the succulent family) and that they breathe, drink, eat and make babies! Kindergarten made terrariums with little plants, to watch grown and take care of at home. We loved learning all about making terrariums and seeing some cool and crazy plants!
Mrs April O’Donnell Junior School Teacher
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Year 9 students may now register for the International Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at Lakes Grammar. Details have been emailed to all parents and students.
Year 10 and Year 11 participant reminders
Well done to participants who have completed all section requirement. Please persevere and write the necessary detail into your logbooks so I can sign-off your awards. Lakes Grammar is looking forward to presenting you with your well earned badge early this year. Those students wishing to continue onto silver or gold levels please keep discussing your award plans with me and don’t forget to check our team page for upcoming expedition and residential opportunities. Planning is an essential skill for successful participants.
Mrs Megan King Senior School Teacher
WEEKLY TERM SPORT
Years 3-10 students were treated to some fun college games during the last week of sport this week. Our high school college leaders and helpers did a wonderful job running fun physical and team challenges on the senior school oval for Years 3-6 students. It was good to see some competitive college spirit developing amongst our Years 7-10 students as well.
Bill Turner Cup
Our under 15s boys soccer team played their first round match in this competition on Thursday losing to Central Coast Adventist School.
AICES Touch Football
Jemma represented the school at the HRIS AICES Touch Football Championships. Her team finished 2nd overall and she has been selected in the AICES side to compete at the NSWCIS Championships.
TAP (Talented Athlete Program) - Secondary
Students involved in this program completed their first fitness session and set themselves goals for the year. They learnt about the importance of different types of motivation and inquired into what motivates them.
All Schools Swimming - Primary
Aailyah and James competed in the NSW All schools Swimming championships this week, swimming amazingly. James 50 Free - 6th place, 50 back - 6th place, 50 fly - 3rd place and 100 free - 4th place. James has made Nationals for his place in 50 fly. Aaliyah finished 50 breast - 4th place, 50 free - 1st place, 50 back - 3rd place, 50 fly - 2nd place and 100 free - 3rd place. Aaliyah has made Nationals for 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly and 100 free
AICES Swimming - Secondary
Congratulations to Rihanna, Marlon and Kyah who competed in the AICES Swimming Championships. All swam well and represented the school with pride.
SCHOOL TEAM SPORTING TRIALS
School sports team trials have begun but have been impacted by wet weather. Information about these will be announced at assemblies and put on school notice boards.
Basketball - Years 3 and 4 - completed
Oztag -Years 3 and 4 boys/girls – Early Term 2
Oztag- Years 5 and 6 boys/girls – Early Term 2
Futsal - Years 3,4 and 5 and 6 - Early Term 2
AFL - Years 5 and 6 students - Early Term 2
Netball – Completed
Oztag – Years 7and 8 – Early Term 2
Oztag – Years 9 and 12 – Completed
Futsal – Completed
Opens Basketball – Completed
AFL – Years 7 and 9 Completed
AFL – Years 10 and 12 - Early Term 2
Volleyball – Early Term 2
KEY SPORTING DATES FOR TERM 2
Friday 29 April – HRIS Primary and Secondary Cross Country
Tuesday 3 April – 16 Girls Central Coast Futsal Gala Day
Tuesday 3 May – Boys Secondary Central Coast AFL Gala Day
Wednesday 4 May – 14 boys Central Coast Futsal Gala Day
Wednesday 4 May – Open Boys Secondary HRIS Football Gala Day
Friday 13 May – HRIS Secondary Volleyball Gala Day
Tuesday 17 May – Open Girls Secondary HRIS Football Gala Day
Friday 20 May – School Secondary Athletics Carnival
Tuesday 24May – Secondary HRIS Netball Gala Day
Wednesday 25May – School Primary Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 1 June – HRIS Primary year 3-4 basketball Gala Day
Wednesday 1 June – Secondary AICES Cross Country
Tuesday 7June – HRIS Secondary Opens Basketball Gala Day
Thursday 9 May – NSWCIS Cross Country
Tuesday 14 June – Primary Central Coast AFL Gala Day
Thursday 16 June – HRIS Secondary Boys 15’s Football Gala Day
Monday 20 June – Primary Central Coast Futsal Gala Day
Wednesday 22 June – HRIS Secondary Girls 15’s Football Gala Day
Thursday 23 June – Open Boys and Girls Central Coast Futsal Gala Day