Week 8, Term 1 2022


This week I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the junior school. It was lovely to lead our first in-person K-6 assembly, be out in the playground, and getting to know more about the wonderful personalities in K-6.

There are a number of events coming up for the junior school:

Week 9

  • Term 1 awards assembly
  • Pride in excellence morning tea
  • Practice evacuation on 28 March

Week 10

  • Tuesday 5 April – Kindergarten science incursion
  • da Vinci Decathlon
  • Thursday 7 April – Colour explosion fun run!
  • Friday 8 April – Easter hat parade and Easter chapels

Please check the school App for further details or contact your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.

This week at the junior school assembly I reminded our students about the non-negotiables when it comes to the way we interact with each other.

At Lakes, we cannot tolerate inappropriate behaviours from students in or out of the classroom. We spoke about the importance of kindness, being a good friend, seeking support from staff and safe behaviours. Our other non-negotiables include: be on time, do your best and celebrate successes together.

Over the past few weeks, I have also noticed an increasing number of parents who are making alternate arrangements to collect their children to avoid the queue at kiss and go. I do understand that it can be frustrating waiting in line, but our junior students’ safety is paramount. Please do not ask your child to walk out of the school gates to meet you. If you choose to park on Sparks Road, please walk to the parent park area outside the junior school library to collect your child. If your child walks up to the senior school to meet a sibling, they will walk with a staff member at 3.15pm.

There continues to be large numbers of students attending reception each lunchtime requesting phone calls to parents regarding missed lunch orders or additional lunch orders. If you have missed putting in a lunch order, please call reception to let us know. The Flexischools close off for orders is 9am. We are also seeing some students directly call parents to come and pick them up via smartwatches or similar devices. If you could ask your child to speak to a teacher if they are unwell and our reception staff will call you.

The library is now open again during the second half of lunch – Monday to Thursday and chess club is up and running. Chapels and assemblies in the junior school have recommenced, with a rousing welcome for our new kindergarten student this week.

Can I please remind you to continue to monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms. Students who are close contacts or COVID-19 positive must isolate for 7 days. If students are isolating because one member of the family is positive, and during their isolation another member of the family tests positive, the 7 days of isolation for the student resets again. If close contact rules change, we will let you know. Please continue to email to let the school know and cc your child’s class teacher (junior school) or year advisor (senior school).

It has been a wet few weeks, but exciting to come together in assemblies and chapels.  We look forward to our end of term events and may see some of our parents in attendance hopefully!

Mrs Deborah Clancy


Tuesday 29 April
Flash-Mob Tuesday – special performance in the junior school by our Aladdin cast

Friday 1 April
Pride in Excellence Morning Tea

Tuesday 5 April        
Hunter regional da Vinci Decathlon
Easter raffle draw
Kindergarten – science incursion

Wednesday 6 April
Hunter regional da Vinci Decathlon

Thursday 7 April
K-12 Colour Explosion Fun Run

Friday 8 April
Junior school and senior school Easter chapel service
K-6 Easter hat parade
7-12 ‘best Easter hat’ competition.
Last day of Term 1

Term 2 commences  Wednesday 27 April


The last couple of weeks have been interesting in our household as I have managed to add myself to the ever-growing statistics of COVID-19 infected folks. It all began with a weekend away at my farm for necessary maintenance work. My mate and I travelled there together and were in close contact for hours on end. I awoke to his text on the Monday morning of Week 7, “I have COVID”, and felt instant dread. Of course, isolation began, mask wearing, Glen 20 rituals and hand sanitising like crazy. This was to try and protect the rest of the family from my now highly likely to be diseased personage. And on the Thursday that little red line came across the test, but my body already knew. I’ve never swallowed a razor blade, but I can now imagine what that is like.

One of the hardest things to deal with, apart from the obvious symptoms which vary from person to person, is the head stuff. If you’ve met me in person, you’ll know that I am fairly extroverted and gain great energy from being around people. I like meeting new people, I like getting to know our students and will have a chat with anyone. When this is taken away, I then have to work really hard with my inner thoughts to not go a bit loopy. Other people who are more introverted would cope much better with isolation. Understanding how we are wired is beneficial in terms of self-care.

And if you read the stories about Jesus, you can see how he did just that. Self-care I mean. At times he would be surrounded by massive crowds, other times he would have intense one-on-one conversations. Sometimes he would just hang out with the 12 disciples and other times he would just be with his closest three mates: Peter, James and John. At other times he would completely withdraw and spend time alone just chatting with his Father in Heaven. Maybe you never knew that about Jesus, but he adapted his interactions based on what was needed at the time. For me, this was an interesting lesson to be reminded of over the last couple of weeks.

So, what is it that you need at the moment? Are you in need of some alone time? Do you need to catch up with someone special? Perhaps you need to get the family together for a meal or maybe get yourself along to a gig or game with 1000s of others. And perhaps like me, you would do well to have a chat with your Father in Heaven who loves you right where you are at. He’s ready to listen and he loves to hear from us. Just saying too, it is also great to be back at school.

Bless ya!

Reverend Matt



Kindergarten to Year 12 have been very busy with activities relating to special days or planning for upcoming events. It is exciting to see the whole school involved in shared experiences, helping to develop their sense of belonging. Last Thursday 17 March saw our students learn about National Close the Gap Day. As a school we chose to support our own Mr Wilmott with his charity The ‘Three-Inch Ride’. In particular, students learnt about heart health. One of their activities was to plant a bike in the school as a reminder about our heart health and also as a reminder about health equity amongst out Aboriginal communities, people living in remote areas, people with low socio-economic status and people with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Thank you to all who organised, supervised and purchased from the fundraiser BBQ – we managed to raise $842.76 to go towards assisting heart health projects in the areas Mr Wilmott and his brother will ride through next year on their big ‘Three-Inch ride’!

National Day of Action Against Bullying

The next day was the National Day of Action Against Bullying. In our senior school our Mental Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) team spent their lunchtime helping people write gratitude cards which they then delivered to the intended recipients. Our junior school classes created gratitude walls in their classrooms. This was designed to be a positive way to develop relationships rather than focus on negative behaviour or feelings.

Harmony Week

This week has been Harmony Week and on Monday, Lakes Grammar suddenly sprouted belonging trees. This was an initiative of the MHAP team and students spent part of their day designing something which reflected them. These were attached to the tree to reflect the theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’. The MHAP team also joined the junior school after lunch and ran activities: Years K-2 had a bubble disco, Years 3-4 played music games and Years 5-6 played outdoor games. This was a great way to finish off the day including everyone working together and having fun.

Year 12 Passion Project

Today the senior school supported the Year 12 passion project with ‘Shave for a Cure’. We are really excited to find out how much our oldest students have raised for such an important charity, more importantly, we are really happy that people are talking about the Leukemia Foundation and the impact the disease has on people. Stay tuned for more information!

We wish our Year 12 students well as they head off to the mid-course assessment week next week. This marks the half-way point for our HSC students. Some tips and tricks to help stay calm and focussed can be found below.

We pray that you will be able to recall the information you have learnt and that you will be able to seek help from your teachers, family, and friends if you need it.

Year 7 Information Evening

A huge thank you to all the amazing Years 9-11 students who assisted with food making, supervision of displays and running school tours at our Year 7 information night on Wednesday 23 March. You were all a credit to our school and your families. You made the event run smoothly and with a great vibe for our new families!

Earth Hour

Today marks Earth Hour Schools Day with the official Earth Hour being tomorrow 26 March. See here for more details:

Our junior school students will be observing one hour without the lights on with discussions around ways to help reduce their carbon footprint on our Earth. Our senior and junior school students will also be issued a challenge to attempt over the weekend with prizes to be won – see the video below!

Local events which may interest you:

Oasis Youth Services – Central Coast: Youth for Wellbeing Week – various events, including Wellbeing Workshop and Youthfest 

As always, if you If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate support you can contact the below National Crisis Counselling Services.

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 - (link is external)
  • Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 334 673
  • Carer Support – 1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660
  • SANE Australia Helpline – 1800 187 263
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 – is external)
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978
  • QLife – 1800 184 527
  • Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling – 1800 011 046

Mrs Alison MacLarty
Acting Head of Senior School

5 steps to study success


Thank you to all who were involved in the World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation today. It was fantastic to see so many students and staff get involved by either colouring, accessorising, and even shaving their heads at lunch time. Special thanks to our amazing hairdressers who gave up there time to shave all those heads:

Toni Davis – Blush Hair and Beauty Salon at Wyong and
Danielle Drake – Gorgeous Hair at Gorokan

Thank you also to Mrs Clancy who surprised everyone by having her lovely locks shaved off to a Number 5 in support of Year 12 and their fundraising efforts.

We will keep the fundraising page open until the end of the month to allow any sponsor money or donations to be added. Please follow the link below to donate online or money can be brought into the school office.    

To date we have raised an amount of over $7000, which is more than twice as much as our target amount. Thank you so much for your support, and also the positive and encouraging comments that were left on our fundraising page.

Special announcement

But wait we are not finished just yet…There will be an extra special ‘secret’ teacher head shaving event happening on Monday at lunch time.  This event was made possible due to a very charitable teacher, and a very generous donation by Collaborative Construction Solutions, a local business from our parent body. Thank you both for your kindness and generosity. Come along and watch on Monday lunch time.

Many thanks again

Mr Rick Hampson, Year 12 Advisor, and Year 12

Mrs Clancy getting her hair shaved offWorlds Greatest Shave Year 12 2022



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


Catch them Being Good

For as long as I have been a psychologist, I’ve heard – and indeed ‘preached’ – the parenting mantra of ‘catch them being good’. The idea is simple and yet profound: kids who grow up in within a context of praise and encouragement are much less likely to experience emotional and behavioural problems than those whose developmental experience is characterised by criticism. And so, we want parents to notice kids doing the right thing and to acknowledge them for it. That is easy to say, but harder to do in the hustle and bustle of real life.

Recently, some researchers in the United Kingdom wondered if parents could be taught to be better at ‘catch them being good’, and, if they could, would it make a difference to their children’s behaviour? In their study, they taught a group of parents some key ideas on how to use praise. Like all good research, they had a control (i.e., non-intervention) group and they did pre- and post-intervention measurement – in this instance, they ‘measured’ the level of kids’ behaviour problems as well as their prosocial behaviours. What sort of things might we teach parents to ‘catch them being good’? The types of things the researchers taught the intervention group parents were:

  1. Notice and tell your child when they do or say the right thing. Example: “I noticed how nicely you shared your toys with your sister today. Well done.”
  2. Be descriptive for the good/desired behaviour: Example: “I like the way you’ve organised your room. You’ve found a spot for everything.”
  3. Praise effort – not just achievement. Example: “I can tell you’ve worked really hard on your homework.”
  4. Look for little changes and successes. Don’t wait until the child gets it perfect; be ready to praise even small wins. Example: “I liked it when you asked if you could help me set the table – that was very helpful of you”
  5. You can praise with non-verbal methods. Examples can include a hug, a smile, a wink or a pat on the back to express approval and appreciation.

I especially liked this sentence from their program:

Sometimes it is easier to criticise than it is to compliment. Bad behaviour is more obvious than good behaviour – you’re much more likely to notice when your child is yelling than you are to notice when your child is quietly reading a book. Try to pay attention to the good behaviour too!

So, did teaching parents to catch their kids being good make any difference to their kids’ behaviour? The answer was a definite ‘yes’. The children of parents who took part in the intervention reported a reduction in their children’s behaviour problems and an increase in their prosocial behaviour compared to the group who didn’t learn the skills.

There is definitely a time and a place to discipline and correct our kids. I am certainly not advocating an approach that we shouldn’t discipline our kids. And I am not in the camp of ‘every child is a winner, everyone gets a prize’. That is just not helpful. But I would love all of us at Lakes Grammar to think about how we can improve our ‘catch our kids being good’ skills. This is helpful for all our kids – those who are already behaving well, but especially for those who are showing signs of having emotional and behavioural problems. Don’t expect overnight success but do expect that a change in parenting style over time will lead to change in kids’ behaviours.

Mr John Burns
Senior School Psychologist


The administration office will be closed during the first week of the school holidays from Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April, and during the second week of school holidays from Tuesday 19 April to Friday 22 April, the office will be open and calls will be answered between 9am to 12pm only. When the office is closed or unattended, phone messages will be checked periodically, and a staff member will return your call, so please leave a message.


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.


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.


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.

If you can spare time to help, please email



We encourage your to continue to donate more Easter eggs for our P&F Easter raffle which will be drawn on Tuesday 5 April. Please drop the eggs off at junior or senior school reception by Friday 1 April.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online at rafflelink

Alternatively, raffle ticket booklets are available from senior or junior school reception. Tickets are $2 each.

We thank you for your support. 


For the first time ever, there will be an Easter hat parade in the junior school on the last day of school – Friday 8 April. The senior school will also be encouraged to wear their best Easter hat, with prizes to be donated by the P&F for the best hats in the junior school and senior school.


The junior school canteen will also be running an Easter meal deal on Wednesday 6 April. Please order on Flexischools.

Worlds Greatest Shave Year 12 2022


It’s only 2 weeks away!

Not only are there plenty of prizes to win by registering online, our P&F committee are also sponsoring prizes for the highest fundraising classes in the junior school and the highest fundraising academic care group in the senior school.

Participants will have coloured powder thrown at them, they will dress up in ‘disco’, and dance and run around the oval. What a fantastic way to end Term 1!

If you haven’t signed up to start fundraising yet, please create a cybersafe fundraising profile at 

Make All Your Wishes Come True



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.


Lakes Grammar and the P&F Committee are inviting K-12 families to a special Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 6 May 2022. More information coming soon.



Choir is well underway in the junior school. We are enjoying seeing all the smiling faces at rehearsals. Just a reminder of rehearsal times:

Years 1 and 2 choir – Mondays at 8am

Years 3 and 4 choir – Tuesdays at 8am

Years 5 and 6 choir – Wednesdays at 8am

Thank you for supporting your child in this co-curricular activity.

Ms Esther Albert
Junior School Teacher

Premier's Reading Challenge


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2022

Thank you for all those parents and students who have started, completed or indicated they will be participating in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2022.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, if you have acknowledged your child will be participating in the event on the school app, please make sure you also complete the registration form.

e have over 200 parents that have indicated / given permission for their child to participate in PRC 2022 but many of these have not completed registration forms yet.

The information letter and reading log (to record PRC books read) was emailed home, however, please see details below.

How do I register my child for the challenge?

To register your child please complete the online permission slip via the school App as well as completing this registration form.

Your child’s reading log can be printed from this link (personal reading log). Completed logs

are to be placed in the PRC box located in the JS library, no later than Friday 19 August 2022.

Students who struggle with their reading might consider the new 3-9 challenge category.

Please contact Mrs Tennant via email if interested or have any questions.

Happy reading!

Mr Danny Summers
Junior School Teacher Librarian



Recently, our enthusiastic debating students faced-off against other schools in the HICES Debating competition. I would like to recognise and congratulate them on their fighting spirit so far!

In Years 7-10 English, students have spent week 8 organising their online learning portfolios. These consist of two pieces of work that the students have worked hard to edit and refine as part of their independent learning. We hope to show these to parents and caregivers at our learning conferences later this year.

A reminder that the Education Perfect platform allocates an individual learning pathway for your child in English in the areas of reading comprehension and grammar. If your child wishes to improve their skills in these areas, they are encouraged to use the platform to complete activities that are allocated to them.

Mrs Serena Hart
English coordinator


Year 8 students participated in The 2022 Education Perfect Language Championships from Tuesday 8 March to Tuesday 15 March 2022. This worldwide competition included all languages.

Our students answered 10606 questions and spent 20 hours collectively. The top three students in our school are Beau on 207 points, Ben on 192 and Dexter on 184.

Congratulations to all winners and to all students. What a great start to the learning of Chinese this year.

Education perfect is an engaging and fun way to learn Chinese. We will participate in more upcoming competitions throughout the year.

Ms Sue Zhao


If your child has lost any items, there are currently many items in the senior school library.

Please ask your child to claim them before the end of term. Any remaining items will be sent to the second-hand uniform shop.

  • 5 folding umbrellas - 3 of them are black
  • Boy's swimming bag - boardies, blue and white towel, blue goggles all in a black Addidas bag
  • Sports fleece jumpers in sizes J10 x 2, S, M, J14 x 2
  • 2 sports caps
  • 1 bucket hat
  • Boys white school shirts in sizes J12, J14
  • White sports polo shirt in sizes J10, J14
  • Black school belt
  • 4 drink bottles
  • Tracksuit pants size XS
  • Sports shorts in sizes J12, 14Y
  • 1 Nike shoe with red paint added
  • School socks – 1 navy blue pair, 1 white pair
  • Zippered sports jackets in sizes S x 3, J12, J14, J10
  • School blazers in sizes J14, S x 2, 12.
  • Knitted jumpers in sizes 10, 14, 20
  • Knitted cardigans x 4 - with ex-students' names 


Year 12 students have the opportunity to engage in targeted seminars that focus on one of the Lakes Vital characteristics. The program is delivered by senior teachers who have a wealth of knowledge related to supporting students through their final year of school.

Topics feature information related to scaling and moderation of results, growth mindset, study skills and stress management.

Our most recent seminar featured Peggie Pantsos, Dux of the school in 2016, who offered advice on managing major projects, portfolios and journals. Year 12 art and drama students were able to ask her questions and glean knowledge related to goal settings, planning and time management. Peggie has offered to join us again and record the seminar on video so other students at our sister NASC schools can share in her knowledge and advice.

I wish all Year 12 students the very best as they prepare for their assessments next week.

Mrs Anne Hobden
Director of Academic Challenge

Peggie Pantsos and Year 12


junior cross country 2022
junior cross country
Senior cross country


There was a competitive spirit out on the oval during the carnival on Friday 18 March. Students had the chance to contribute to the college point score by participating in races and college fun games.

Thank you to Mr Hampson, Mr Willmott, our college leaders, and Years 9 and 10 PASS students for helping make the day a success. It was also great to see many spectators to cheer our students on.


College Point Score

  • 1st Tyrrell
  • 2nd Cranmer
  • 3rd Ridley
  • 4th Lightfoot

Age Champions

Maya G
Lucas D

Year 1
Maleah B
Mikko N

Under 8
Annie H
Alex P

Under 9
Bridey J
Lincoln B

Under 10
Georgia L
Grayson K

Under 11
Eden C
Ari M

Under 12/13
Mia K
Callum M


College Point Score

  • 1st Tyrrell
  • 2nd Cranmer
  • 3rd Ridley
  • 4th Lightfoot

Age Champions

Under 12
Marlon B
Kyah C

Under 13
Harrison W
Livija W

Under 14
Joseph A
Giselle S

Under 15
Ravi F
Ella W

Under 16
James T
Kathryn C

Under 17
Sam C
Charlotte T

Under 18
Jack B
Ashley P

Open champions
Ravi F and Ashley P


Our opens boys team lost 5-1 to Emanuel College in a wet but tight match.


Well done to Charlotte T, Sarah R and Kourtney G who represented the school and HRIS at the AICES hockey championships. They played very well, and we look forward to hearing if they have been selected in the AICES teams.


Applications have been received and invitations will be sent out shortly. The first session will be held on Thursday 31 March 2022.


  • Noah H – open boys football
  • Kourtney G – 16 girls hockey
  • Sarah R – open girls hockey
  • Charlotte T – open girls hockey
  • Hamilton D – open boys hockey
  • Addison K – 15’s netball


Team trials for sports below will take place before the end of term. Information about these will be announced at assemblies and put on school noticeboards.


  • Basketball – 3-4 boys and girls basketball - held during sport on Tuesday 29 March
  • Oztag – 3-4 boys and girls – held during lunch time on Wednesday 30 March
  • Oztag – 5-6 boys and girls – held during lunch time on Friday 1 April
  • Futsal – Early Term 2
  • AFL – Early Term 2


  • Netball – All teams Tuesday 29 March – senior school courts at lunch time
  • Oztag – Years 7 and 8 boys and girls held on Friday 25 March – Senior school oval at lunch time
  • Oztag – Years 9-12 boys and girls held on Monday 28 March – Senior school oval at lunch time
  • Futsal – All teams held on Thursday 31 March – Senior school oval at lunch time
  • Opens Basketball – Early Term 2
  • AFL – Years 7-9 boys and girls held on Monday 4 April – Senior school oval at lunch time
  • AFL – Years 10-12 boys and girls held on Wednesday 6 April – Senior school oval at lunch time


The following students competed at the NSWCIS swimming championships: James, Aaliyah, Bridey and Georgia all making it through for individual events. Our U10’s girls relay team consisting of Georgia, Alicia, Bridey and Lotus completed an amazing swim.

James and Aaliyah came home with multiple medals, what a fantastic effort!

Well done to the whole team!

Mr Darren Beecroft
K-12 Sports coordinator


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NSWCIS Swimming Champions 2022 - James and Aliyah.jpg