Week 4, Term 2 2022


The last two weeks have certainly been busy ones here at Lakes Grammar. From the return of our annual Mothers’ Day breakfast to our Disney themed mufti day fundraiser for Aladdin JR through to the completion of the 2023 Kindergarten getting to know you sessions, it has been a whirlwind of activity. Not forgetting the diligence and hard work that went into NAPLAN for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

Across the school last Tuesday, we celebrated the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in an age-appropriate way across the school. The junior school enjoyed acknowledging that we are all different, whether it be age, race, ethnicity, or family structure and how we are asked in John 13 verse 34, ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’. The senior school heard about recent research on how young people who identify as LGBQTI+ can feel unsafe at schools and the impact that this can have on their mental health, their relationships with others, and their academic outcomes.

This week we have completed our interviews for the leadership roles in the junior school. I am excited to announce that our new deputy head of junior school is Ms Cynthia Jobe-Parker. Ms Jobe-Parker is an outstanding teacher and leader and I congratulate her on this appointment.

We are in the final stages of employing the next head of junior school which should be announced shortly.

Next week (week 5), Years 7-10 attend camp. We pray for health and safe travels and fine weather. I thank the staff (both teaching and non-teaching) who have put so much work into planning these valuable events for our students.

I would like to remind parents about some of our uniform protocols.

  1. We no longer have a summer and winter uniform. Students can choose the appropriate uniform for the weather – but must wear it smartly. Students are not to “mix and match” between uniforms. For example, students are not to wear tights with the junior school dress, or sports jackets instead of jumpers or blazers.
  2. Junior school students (K-6) may wear coloured runners.
  3. Junior school students may also wear Velcro shoes if they wish from K-6.
  4. Senior school students are only to wear their sports uniform to and from school on their allocated sports day. Students must change for PE and PASS lessons on other days.
  5. Junior school students may now wear the new knee-high socks with the tunic. We are waiting on a delivery date and will advise when these are available.
  6. The ‘fleece’ jumper is part of the sports uniform – not the school uniform. In the colder weather, students should wear a jumper/cardigan/blazer.

A reminder also that students are not to use mobile phones during school hours. Years 11 and 12 students have permission to use them at recess and lunch only. Students who are seen with phones will have them confiscated and they will generally be returned at the end of the day.

Our students are justifiably proud of being Lakes students and the way they represent the school in uniform is one element of this. Can I please ask that parents and caregivers support us in maintaining high standards of presentation.

Mrs Deborah Clancy


  • Monday 23 May – Year 12 PDHPE Big Day Out
  • Monday 23 May – HICES debating
  • Tuesday 24 May – Kids Lit Quiz Excursion
  • Tuesday 24 May – HRIS Netball
  • Wednesday 25 – Fri 27 May – Years 7-10 Camps
  • Wednesday 25 May – National Simultaneous Storytime
  • Thursday 26 May – National Sorry Day
  • Monday 30 May – HICES debating
  • Tuesday 31 May – HICES debating
  • Wednesday 1 June – HRIS Primary Basketball Gala Day
  • Thursday 2 June – Australian History Competition
  • Thursday 2 June – HSC and Careers Expo
  • Tuesday 7 June – Year 6 trip to Canberra
  • Tuesday 7 June – Aladdin JR musical opening night
  • Wednesday 8 June – Aladdin JR musical performance
  • Wednesday 8 June – Interschool Chess Challenge
  • Thursday 9 June – CIS Cross Country
  • Monday 13 June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 14 June – Years 7-12 Conference Day
  • Tuesday 14 June – P&F Meeting
  • Wednesday 15 June – Year 11 2023 Information Evening
  • Friday 17 June – School photo day
  • Monday 20 June – Junior School K-6 Curriculum Evening


I had the privilege last weekend of leading the 8am and 10am Sunday services at Lakes Anglican in Kanwal. Reverend Jody was gracious enough to let me deliver the sermon as well. It was a great joy to be leading worship after an extensive time of not being able to. I was reminded while there that we haven’t been able to have our school services there since the first lockdown of 2020. It will be good to be able to go back to these combined school and church services in 2023 all things going well.

One of the reasons that these services were established was to build connections between the parish and the school. The people of Lakes Anglican regularly pray for us as a school community and will often ask me about life at the school. They are invested! In the past the Rector of the parish has served on our school board and then school council and we have had members of the parish fill those roles too. We have school families that attend Lakes Anglican every Sunday and some of our students have been a part of the youth group and kids’ ministry. The years of COVID-19 have really unsettled this, but hopefully with the return to a new normal we can see more crossover between our two communities.

As a school it is good for us to remember that we belong to something bigger than just ourselves. We don’t stand on our own, but rather, we belong to a collection of agencies and parishes who are interconnected. We are in a sense shaped and influenced by each other come good or ill. Our diocese (Newcastle) is a diverse collection of these groups of people and as a school we are at a critical intersection point. We will both reflect the identity of the diocese and that of the community we inhabit. My hope as chaplain is that we will also reflect the character of Jesus. It is what we share about in our chapels and at the heart of our CRE curriculum. Reflecting Jesus is also at the heart of who Chaplain Pete and I hope we are to our community too.

And this brings me back to last weekend. In the services I preached about Jesus’ commandment to his disciples just after he had washed their feet and broken bread with them. He said, “Love one another as I have loved you so that all may know that you are my disciples.” It is one of his last instructions before he gives the ultimate demonstration of love by dying on the cross for all of humanity. His salvation act becomes the benchmark for all his followers. Sacrificial love is costly and authentic and is the mark of the follower of Jesus. Hopefully our students will see those marks of faith in Chaplain Pete and I and other staff members who profess this faith. But hopefully too, as we look to the future, they may encounter Jesus in the lives of our Lakes Anglican members and others across our diocese.

Bless ya!

Reverend Matt



Blink and you will miss it. Where has the last 4 weeks gone? As we near the halfway stage of Term 2, it is important that we take a breath and consider how we are coping. In a flash we have covered NAPLAN, awareness days, started student conferencing and commenced new assessment tasks. Each of these can cause some anxiety or stress in their own way. We talk to the students about developing tools to help assist their wellbeing. Strategies they can use in their daily lives to help keep their minds healthy. We are aware that some students will often only show the real signs of anxiety or stress at home. Giving you, parents and caregivers, a range of wellbeing tools that may assist at home. Below are two links you can use to help support your child.

A proven contributor to positive wellbeing health is connection to people. As Years 7 to 10 head out on camp in week 5, I hope they find new connections within different friendship groups and maybe get the chance to connect with different teachers. Camps are a memorable component in a student's school experience. We have been busy planning lots of great experiences that will challenge the students out of the classroom. We hope they will create lasting memories through these positive connections.

The remoteness of Years 7-9 camps may mean the students go off the ‘technology grid’ for a few days. I don't think any long-term harm will be done. I do encourage parents and caregivers of Year 10 students to connect (and gain points) within the Urban Challenge camp by taking part in the various parent challenges that will be posted.

Mr Rick Hampson
Acting Director of Academic Care


Senior and junior school photos will be taken on Friday 17 June.

Please follow the link to order photos - Advancedlife photo orders 


The Uniform Shop will be open during school terms on:


8am - 10am


8am - 10am


2pm - 4pm (Previously 2.30pm - 4.30pm)


8am - 10am


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

Aladdin JR.


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


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It’s hard to believe that when this newsletter reaches you, the term will be almost half over!

We’ve packed a lot into the last two weeks. NAPLAN for our Years 3 and 5 students was of course a major focus. A massive thankyou to everyone involved. Administering NAPLAN presents significant challenges within a school and our entire school community from parents to students, teachers, support staff and admin have all worked as a great team to deliver NAPLAN this year. It hasn’t all been standardised testing, we’ve had equally as much fun dressing as Disney characters (get your Aladdin JR tickets now) and celebrating what makes us unique.

Sadly, our Athletics carnival scheduled for 18 June was postponed. I pray the sunshine continues this week giving the athletics field some time to dry, and hopefully remain dry long enough for us to find a suitable new date. This will give your child a little extra time to work on all things running, jumping, and throwing.

Our Cognito activities started this week. It has been wonderful to hear the students talk about these. For many students it has been a highlight of their lunchtimes. I love that our students have the creativity and confidence to seek me out and offer suggestion for new Cognito activities later in the year.

Congratulations to our Year 5 debating team of Declan J, Tahlia W, Ashley W, Yung-Shan L who successfully argued That community service should replace all fines in the court system. Our Year 6 debating team will be addressing the same topic next week and I wish them the very best.

My mornings continue to be blessed with the assemblies where our students are reminded of ways to show kindness and consideration. We have also been talking about resilience using the word bounce. I recently spoke to the school about ways we can bounce back, using examples of video games. When you can’t pass a level what do you do? Do you give up? Do you keep trying? If you still can’t pass what do you do? Give up again? Or do you ask for help, take a breath, try something new, walk away and come back, research online? These are all strategies we can use to persevere when things get hard. I told the assembly today that an expert is someone who has worked out every way to do something wrong. Learning to learn from your mistakes can only take place with resilience. It would be great if you could talk to your child about a time where you used what you learned from a mistake to bounce back.

Parent Park

May I remind parents and carers using the parent park to please not park at the bottom of the stairs and to exit your car to collect your child. Parking at the bottom of the stairs blocks the view of cars exiting from the staff carpark. Please assist in making pick up as safe as possible for everyone.

Mr Greg Sewell
Acting Head of Junior School

Junior School K-6 Curriculum Evening


As promised, our junior school teaching staff have provided a range of wonderful activities for our students to enjoy and participate in.

Please download the Junior Cognito program and book in some activities for your child.

Junior cognito program


Premier's Reading Challenge 2022

Congratulations to the twenty students who have completed the Premiers Reading Challenge 2022 already! Also, thank you for all those parents and students who have started or indicated they will be participating in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2022.

A reminder that 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.

Over 260 parents have indicated or given permission for their child to participate in the Premiers Reading Challenge 2022, however, not many of these have completed registration form as well.

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.

Any questions please contact Mrs Lou Tennant in the junior school library –

simultaneous storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime (K-2)

On Wednesday 25 May at 11am, all school and public libraries will again be participating in National Simultaneous Storytime. This is a wonderful time to promote the love of reading for pleasure. This year’s book is Family Tree by Josh Pyke. We are planning great and fun activities for K-2 selected VIP students after the reading. Please follow the link for more information.

Stay tuned for photos in the next newsletter.

Mr Danny Summers
Junior school Teacher Librarian

Logo Central Coast Drama.jpg


At Central Coast Drama we run a vibrant weekly after school drama club that is curriculum based, with a focus on confidence building, teamwork, vocal skills, theatre making and acting. Through skill-based games and activities, students explore characterisation, creative expression, and the value of respectful group work through specifically designed lessons. Our drama teachers have years of experience both in the teaching and performing environment and draw on their many skills to create interactive and fun classes each week. The year will finish with a group performance showcase.

The Drama Club is held weekly after school from 3-4pm and will begin this year in Week 5 of Term 2. It is open to all students of all skill levels. Classes are $15/week.

An obligation free trial class is offered to all new students. Classes are held in the Junior School Music Room.

Private drama lessons are also available and are based on the Trinity Speech and Drama program. This program is great for any student wanting to hone their performing skills in more detail. Students can also choose to take exams and gain certificates (recognised in over 60 countries).

Enrolments can be made online via the following links. Class sizes are limited so please book early.

Central Coast Drama

 or Enrolment form

To find out more, you can email Brinley at or call 0431 686 243.


Classes begin 23 May (Week 5, Term 2)

Grade 3-6 Drama Club: 3pm every Monday starting 23 May

Grade K-2 Drama Club: 3pm every Tuesday starting 24 May

Private Drama Lessons (Trinity) – Time to be arranged.


Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Lakes Grammar is held on Tuesdays from 8am to 8.40am.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem-solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment.

Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games.

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.

If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from the school office, or email for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.


Year 11 2023 Information Evening



Unfortunately, like many sports events at the moment, our carnivals had to be postponed due to the condition of Warnervale oval. We are working with council trying to find a new date for both carnivals.


Students can participate in weekly fitness training session every Wednesday morning in the school hall from 8am. They will also complete a sports psychology session towards the end of the term.


Our 14 boys competed extremely well but narrowly missed the semi-finals.


Our school 15s and Opens boys and girls teams competed in a fun and competitive gala day. All students played well and our 15s and Opens boys teams finished runners up.


  • Grayson K, Lincoln B, Kyah C, Charlotte T and Ashley P have all been selected in the HRIS Cross Country Team.
  • Josie B has been selected as an AICES Softball representative at NSWCIS
    Charlotte T has been selected as an AICES Hockey Representative at NSWCIS


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 – 3-4 – completed – training Tuesday morning on junior school courts at 8am.
  • Oztag – Completed – Training times Thursday afternoons 3.20pm – 4.20pm on the senior school oval commencing Thursday 2 June
  • Soccer –3-4 and 5-6 – will be held during 3-6 sport time on Tuesday 31 May
  • Netball – 3-4 and 5-6 – will be held during 3-6 sport time on Tuesday 31 May
  • Futsal – 3-4 and 5-6 – will be held during school sport on Tuesday 24 May.


  • Netball – Completed – currently training
  • Oztag – Completed – Training on Wednesday lunch times
  • Futsal – Completed
  • Opens Basketball – Completed and training weekly, Tuesday mornings, 8am – Senior school hall


If there are any parents keen to help at any sporting events, it is most welcomed. You will need to supply a current working with children check number, sign a school volunteer form and code of conduct. If you are keen and interested, please contact Mr Beecroft –


  • Tuesday 24 May – Secondary HRIS Netball Gala Day
  • 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
  • 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 15s Football Gala Day
  • Thursday 23 June – Open Boys and Girls Central Coast Futsal Gala Day

Mr Darren Beecroft
K-12 Sports Coordinator