Week 2, Term 4 2022


On 14 October it was announced that isolation requirements were to be removed for COVID-19 positive cases and for people exposed to COVID-19. Independent schools are able to set their own requirements for students and staff based on the needs of the school and risk assessments and at Lakes we are keen to continue to do our best to maintain the health of our community.

Please note the following:

  1. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must continue to notify the school via
  2. Students who test positive for COVID-19 may return to after 5 days unless they continue to have COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. Students who are close contacts and who are symptom free do not need to isolate and may attend school.

Please contact your year advisor (senior school) or class teacher (junior school) if you have any questions.

Mrs Deborah Clancy


Week 3

  • Monday 24 October – Years 7 and 8 examinations begin
  • Monday 24 October – CIS triathlon championships
  • Tuesday 25 October – HRIS 15s touch football gala day
  • Wednesday 26 October – Kindergarten 2023 orientation
  • Thursday 27 October – HRIS softball open girls trials/gala
  • Friday 28 October – World teachers’ day

Week 4

  • Sunday 30 October – Lakes Grammar Visions Art Exhibition ends at The Art House, Wyong
  • Monday 31 October – Years 9 and 10 examinations begin
  • Friday 4 November – HRIS opens touch football gala day


It seems like only yesterday that Chaplain Pete walked through the doors in junior school for a job interview and yet it was mid to late June of 2014. We looked at each other with a bit of surprise and worked out that we had met a decade earlier in Perth where we were both working at the time. It was a positive opening sign for what would become a joy-filled and precious working relationship. I am deeply thankful that God brought Pete to us and that he has given himself so fully to our Lakes Grammar community. I will miss him very deeply but know that he is where God has called him to be. If you are ever in St Ives on a Sunday, then you should go along to the Anglican church and say g’day. Pete would love to see you there. Go with our blessing Pete, you have been a good and faithful servant for our Lord Jesus Christ among us.

It was also an honour in Week 1 of this term to lead with Mrs MacLarty our Year 12 retreat for the tenth time as a three-day event. We had an amazing team of Mr Hampson, Mr Berry and Miss Evans who made sure everything ran smoothly and it was fantastic to have Mrs Clancy with us for significant input. Riverwood Downs again proved a beautiful location for our students to engage with each other outside of the ordinary, to challenge their regular thinking and reflect on who they want to be. With sessions on character strengths, purpose, identity, and vision our new Year 12 cohort dug deep to position their thinking into a deeper growth mindset. They also worked alongside each other to ensure we were all fed and cleaned up after. Games were played, the river was floated on, the Bible opened and explored and even the odd pirate could be seen on Wednesday night. Ask a Year 12 student how it was, and they can let you know for themselves. Hopefully, this time away together will continue to bear fruit for years to come.

On Monday 17 October we also took our new Year 12s to Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle where we took part in a service of blessing. The three other NAC (Newcastle Anglican Corporation) schools were present and all 3 of our bishops anointed our students with oil, an ancient Christian practice that seeks God’s blessing on the participant. NAC then put on an amazing lunch for them, and our students were able to mingle with each other and the students from Manning Valley Anglican College, Scone Grammar School, and Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. It has been a big introduction to their final year, but we hope they feel launched in a way that dignifies their final year. I for one, am looking forward to experiencing their blessing us as our new school leaders. Next time I write, I will share some of the experiences of being in junior school as I will be spending a lot more time there over the rest of term.

Bless ya!

Reverend Matt


2022 Speech days invitation


Visual arts students from K-12 invite you to the Annual ‘Visions’ Art Exhibition. 

The exhibition runs until Sunday 30 October at the Art House, Wyong.

This exhibition features drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, created by students of all ages. This exciting show offers an insight into how young people view themselves and their world.

Grace Ostergaard image


Dr Laura Markham offers accessible and easy to understand parenting advice.
A sample of one of her articles on preventing sibling fighting (8-minute read) is below.

The pandemic has placed strain on health services, and there are often long waitlists to see psychologists and other specialists.

While you are waiting, we recommend having a look at evidence-based online support and making sure the basics for symptom relief are in place.

Online support for kids can be found at:

  • BRAVE (a program for children 8-17 years experiencing anxiety)
  • Youth moodgym (an interactive self-help book to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety)
  • BITE BACK (a program to increase wellbeing and prevent depression and anxiety for adolescents aged 13–16 years).

Online support for parents can be found at:

  • Tuning in to Kids (parenting program focused on the emotional connection between parents/carers and their children, from toddlers to teens)
  • Partners in Parenting (a program designed to help you raise your teenager 12-17 years to prevent depression and anxiety)
  • Circle Of Security Parenting (a program to improve the development of children by strengthening the parent-child attachment, 0-12 years)
  • Triple P — Positive Parenting Program (programs to educate parents to prevent and treat behavioural and emotional problems).

Mrs Michelle Knight
School Counsellor

Safe guide to partying


A Guide to Safe Partying

Teenage gatherings provide young people with important opportunities to interact and build on their social skills and experiences. Celebrations, partying, and socialising are a fundamental rite of passage and one of the most important aspects of a young person’s life. However, it is possible for the best young person to get carried away with their peers and the euphoria of the moment.

For parents and caregivers, keeping your young person safe can at times feel daunting and is often a compromise and a challenge. Most teenagers try to do the right thing most of the time, but your leadership as a role model is crucial. Your child may appear to be physically large and mature, but this is not necessarily matched by their emotional maturity and responsibility in behaviour.

Every party has the potential to get out-of-hand as sometimes it is hard for young partygoers to make good decisions. Communication and regular discussions are vital, particularly because young people are often faced with peer pressure to do things, they prefer not to engage in. Hosting a celebration at home or at a venue can be a fun and memorable event but it is important to agree on the ground rules well before your event is announced to ensure there are no misunderstandings later on.

If hosting an event, you owe your guests a ‘duty-of-care’ and should ensure all reasonable steps are taken to keep partygoers safe. This Special Report provides caregivers with a list of things to consider when planning a celebration. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

The report can be found on Schoolbox and our website


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



Welcome back to Lakes for Term 4, 2023. We have a huge range of events scheduled to celebrate our students this term.

A sincere congratulations to our 2023 student leaders who were inducted at our Leadership Induction Ceremony last Tuesday 11 October.

We are thrilled to announce our Year 5, 2023 College Captains:

Lightfoot – Evie P and Zac E

Tyrell – Mia B and Jack M

Cranmer – Charlotte M and Grayson K

Ridley – Eve H and Jude H

Our Year 6, 2023 Student Leadership team:

Lucas B and Ashley W

Billy S and Maggie Y


Lachlan C
Bonnie C
Bronson C
Chloe D
Yung S
Aisha M
James M
Elsie S
Marcus W
Tahlia W

Message stick

On Thursday 13 October, Ms Gorham and Mrs McPherson had the pleasure of accompanying Kaitlynn M and Lennox B of Year 3 to Wadalba Community School to pass on the Message Stick.

Term 4 dates

Week 3

  • Wednesday 26 October – Wednesday 2 November – Hunter Life Education Van visits
  • Wednesday 26 October – HRIS (Hunter Region Independent Schools) basketball
  • Wednesday 26 October – Kindergarten 2023 Orientation Session 2
  • Thursday 27 October – Junior School assembly and chapel – Kindergarten presenting
  • Friday 28 October – HRIS chess

Week 4

  • Wednesday 2 November – Rescheduled HRIS Year 3 and 4 soccer gala day
  • Wednesday 2 November – Year 1 Fizzics Incursion
  • Thursday 3 November – Kindergarten Fizzics Incursion
  • Wednesday 9 November – HRIS touch football gala day
  • Friday 11 November – Remembrance Day

Mrs Kylie McPherson
Head of Junior School

Message stick

SASS Dance Co