From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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The end of examinations on Hill Campus and the Fun Fair at Park Campus last Friday, certainly are markers that the end of the school year is rapidly approaching. The last weeks of term, as excitement builds towards end of year activities, is often a favourite time of the school year for the students. From our Pre-schoolers who are preparing for their end of year concert to our orchestra who are finalising pieces for Speech Night – there is a lot of activity at present. Ending the School year well is a message that is being repeated at assemblies on both campuses.

Speech Night will be held at the Civic Theatre at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 6 December. This event is the one time of the year where K-12 students and parents come together and is an opportunity to recognise excellence across all year levels. Parents are also invited to the Carol Service. This event, for Years 5-12, is held in Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, 5 December at 11.45am.

Tomorrow on Hill Campus, we will launch our new School song – RISE, written by Paul Jarman who visited the School earlier this year. The song will continue to build a positive whole school culture into the future. Over the next weeks, Park Campus students will be introduced to the song. The whole School will sing RISE at Speech Night. The first two verses are published below as a sneak preview!

“From up here there is no end to this horizon
And I can feel the presence of those before
It is strong, it is clear and it’s inspiring
And it stirs a need for knowing more

On this hill there is a feeling of excitement
That lifts you up to be the best that you can be
It’s in the wind, it’s in the sky and sea around us
And it grows each day in you and me…”

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Oxford Summer School 2018

There has been quite some interest from a number of students in the possibility of attending Oxford University for a Summer School next year for the first two weeks of the mid-year break, from the 1 to the 14 July 2018.

We are investigating two possible options.

The Broadening Horizons programme for 16 to 18 year olds:

and the New Perspectives programme for 13 to 15 year olds:

Both programmes offer a broad range of subject choices covering the gamut of offerings expected from a university such as Oxford.

Of course, cost is a major consideration in deciding whether to participate.

Airfares are likely to come in at close to $2000. I would hope for a little less than that, depending upon the airline.

The standard course fees for both two week programmes we are looking at are $7,690. If we travel as a group, we can get a discount to make the cost about $7,000, which is a significant savings.

All up then, the two weeks will cost close to $9,000.

This covers all costs including travel and medical insurance, accommodation, all meals for the New Perspectives programme (ages 13-15), all breakfasts and dinners but not lunch for the Broaden Horizons Programme (ages 16-18), all classes, materials, extra-curricular activities, events and excursions.

We would require a minimum of ten students to make the programme viable.

A meeting will be held on Monday, 20 November at 6.00pm in Horbury Hunt Hall for interested parents and students. Please email if you would like to attend the information session or if you are unable to attend but still interested in having your child participate. Please enter via the Church Street gates.

In order to take advantage of the $690 discount per student, I will need a firm commitment by way of a deposit by Monday, 27 November.

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From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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Please be aware that a suspected case of Impetigo has been diagnosed at Hill Campus. If your child exhibits any symptoms, please seek medical advice.

Supercars 500 – Modifications to Traffic Conditions around NGS Hill Campus from 13 November

Update to Clearways on Church / Newcomen Streets and Parking
Clearways are operating from the 13 to 30 November.

Church Street
Parking will be restricted. Parents will be able to drop off and pick up as per normal.

All NGS bus services will be allowed in.

Newcomen Street
Clearways will remain in place from 7.00am – 8.00pm. We were not informed that Newcastle State Transit would be using Newcomen and Church Streets as a bus rest area. We realise this has added to the congestion but there is little we can do.

Parking on Newcomen Street will be restricted.

Parking Around Hill Campus
Please be aware this will be restricted from the 13 to 30 November.

Additional Bus from Merewether Heights
To help our families and minimise congestion during the Supercar period – we will run a morning and 3.15pm bus servicing Merewether and Bar Beach from the 13 – 23 November. This service will cater for Hill and Park Campus students. Details and times of the service will be available on Schoolbox from Friday, 10 November.

From the Director of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Thank you to Mrs Kaldas, Parent Helpers, Year 11 Prefects and Staff who all contributed to the amazing success of our Primary Fun Fair on Friday, 10 November.   Our students had a wonderful time with one another on the rides, they enjoyed getting a new crazy hair style and also allowed our Year 11 Prefects to add their creative flair to many faces with a bit of face painting! A terrific time was had by all and the proceeds of the Fair will be spent on outdoor furniture for our playground along with purchasing some new STEM resources. Thank you for your support. >Click for photos

Year 5 2018 Orientation

Last week, our Year 4 students enjoyed their Year 5 Orientation to Hill Campus. It was wonderful to meet new students and spend time together participating in some creative learning challenges. Thank you to Miss Bibby for her organisation and to our House Coordinators for arranging an exciting and challenging House Challenge! Our Year 5 students for 2018 had a very successful day. >Click for photos

Year 4 Dinner

Year 4 students are preparing for the Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, 22 November at 6.00pm in the SWPC. Please may I ask that parents RSVP to Mrs Fogo by Friday, 17 November.

Year 1 Excursion

Year 1 were involved in an excursion to the Awabakal Environmental Educational Centre where they conducted geographical investigations to understand the ways in which the Awabakal Aboriginal people interacted with the location. The AEEC is located next to the Awabakal Nature Reserve, an area of bushland on the coast between Dudley and Redhead, 15 km south of Newcastle. It contains a wide range of habitats including coastal heath, perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and remnants of rainforest. This coastal area was historically used by the Awabakal Aboriginal people on a seasonal basis.

Throughout the excursion students used weather instruments, including a thermometer and anemometer, at three locations to gather data. They walked to ‘Little Swamp’ to learn about the cultural heritage at this location and participated in a dreamtime play. Students investigated and examined traditional tools used by the Awabakal people, such as boomerangs and clapping sticks. They learned to read the features of maps to determine location and also constructed their own maps using materials found on the grounds. It was a successful day with students gaining knowledge and understanding about mapping, geographical tools for inquiry and on the connections the Awabakal people have with the area. >Click for photos

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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If you have walked into either the Groover or Shaker rooms during the past week or so, you would have noticed the Christmas trees in each room and all the food that our pre-school families have generously brought in. The trees are actually called ‘Giving Trees’ and the donated food is to be given to families less fortunate than ours through Ozharvest.

We have talked to the children about how lucky we are to have fresh food, clean houses and lots of toys while other people may not have enough to eat, anywhere to sleep or toys to play with. We also talked about how nice it is to ‘give’ and to see how happy it can make those who we are giving to. This discussion inspired lots of children to ‘give’ some of their beautiful drawings, paintings and collage creations and so, intermingled amongst the cans of food, packets of pasta and chips are some original works of art lovingly created by the Shakers and Groovers.

Another activity which has kept us all busy this week, is the start of Christmas Concert rehearsals over in the hall. For some children, this has meant the first time they have been on a ‘real stage’ with curtains and lights and it seems to have taken the items we have been practicing in our rooms to a different level – their voices are louder, the dancing is more co-ordinated and they are excited!

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Tyrrell House Day

A whole host of activities designed to engage our students celebrate the attitude of ‘Excellence’ have been planned by Tyrrell House this week. Students are encouraged to get involved and show support to people in our local community through the charity Lifeline and to look beyond our borders by assisting others in our global region as the School continues to forge stronger ties in Vietnam. An address from Lili Farragher-Hoey and Luka Smith below outlines some of the work students hope to achieve in Vietnam.

Students have been asked to purchase one item in their House colour from Lifeline and bring this to School on Thursday. Lifeline will also bring their mobile store to Hill Campus on Wednesday (week 6) and sell items for $5 each.

Students will still need to arrive at School in their regular Summer uniforms.

Lunch on the day will consist of chicken salad wraps and a drink. These can be pre-ordered, or purchased on the day for $5. Vegetarian wraps are also available, but must be pre-ordered through Ms Patel.

To help raise funds for Vietnam Tyrrell students will run a cake stall and provide buskers on Merrick during the recess break. (Morning tea treats are most gratefully appreciated).

Teams will launch their House rockets at lunch of Thursday. Each group will need to use calculations and measurements to determine the height of their rocket and have this compared to a measured height.

For details, images and more, please visit our Term Homepage.

From Lili Farragher-Hoey and Luka Smith

Last year in Vietnam our focus was to help the Vietnamese children from the Trung Tam Bao orphanage and Long Hai school community, during our visit we were able to connect and build relationships with a range of children, despite the language barrier.

We were also able to make future plans for the school and orphanage due to the support of the Newcastle Grammar School community. Over the course of the year, funds raised by our School have enabled the construction of play equipment for the school in Vung Tao. This is a significant improvement and has feedback received indicates this has led a happier environment for the kids.

Our fundraising will continue this Thursday so please support the initiatives and lunch on the day. When we return to Vietnam in December we plan to supply new activities and games, like face painting, picture making and teaching and sharing musical talents. We cannot wait so see the difference a further year has made since we have left.

On our return we look forward to sharing with you the progress and stories from the trip and letting you know how much you have all helped the children in Vietnam.

Tyrrell House 2017

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Chess News
Mrs Simone Muddle

Chess Finals

On Monday, 13 November, 12 students competed in the NSW Junior Chess League Interschool competition finals for the Rookies (beginners) and Knights (intermediate) divisions.

Teams had already competed in a 10 round competition against other schools in their zone, with the top two teams in each zone progressing through to the finals. Of the two NGS Rookies teams, one progressed to the finals. Of the three NGS Knights teams, two progressed to the finals. These teams then played against the top ranked teams from each zone in the broader Hunter region. This was a great experience for our students who faced teams of similar level of ability throughout the day, ensuring that they were challenged to play their best game every round.

I congratulate all students on their play, sportsmanship and camaraderie on the day. I am also pleased to announce that Willem Dun, Alexander Yost, David Hillard, Henry Guest and Luke Talley finished in second position in the Knights Division for the Hunter.

Knights D
Willem Dun, Alexander Yost, David Hillard, Henry Guest, Luke Talley

Knights B
William Jeffery, Lachlan Dunning, Zachary Choi, Ambrose Raftos

Andrew Carpenter, Timothy Kabir, Vanessa Kuru, Adelaide Binnie

Invitation to Newcastle Chess Tournament

As the School chess tournaments for 2017 come to a conclusion, there are still opportunities for chess players of all ages to participate in local tournaments. Please see >the invitation to a tournament on Sunday, 19 November at PCYC Broadmeadow.

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Year 4 Fundraiser
Mrs Muddle, Mr Hosegood and Year 4 students

As Year 4 students prepare to say goodbye to Park Campus, they would like to present the School with a gift in appreciation of their years of fun and learning. Newcastle Grammar School has joined with Event Cinemas Glendale in a fundraising initiative for this purpose. Parents have the opportunity to buy a Super Saver booklet of 5 movie tickets for $40 for use at Event Cinemas Glendale. Normal ticketbox prices are $10-$12/adult and $8-$10/child. These Super Saver booklets offer some of the best value tickets in Newcastle. The booklets would be a fantastic idea leading into the long summer holidays, an economical choice for a birthday party, or a great gift idea for family. There is no limit to the number of Super Saver booklets that parents can purchase and sales are open to all parents with students Pre-school to Year 4.

How does it work?
Log on to >Flexischools to order your Super Saver booklet. Orders can be picked up from Park Campus Reception on Friday, 17 November, and every second Friday thereafter until the end of term.

We thank you in anticipation of your support.

End of Year Events


Annie Auditions

“Maybe far away, or maybe real nearby…”

Newcastle Grammar School is proud to present Annie in 2018 for its Centenary Musical. 

New York City. 1932. The world has been plunged into a deep depression. But not Annie, who instead remains hopeful for a better ‘tomorrow.’ A story about resilience, justice and love, the Musical highlights the power of hope and children. 

Students in Years 3-10 are invited to audition and showcase their talents to the wider community. Please see the Annie Schoolbox page ( for an audition form and more details. 

Special Announcement
Save the Date

We’re excited to announce that Newcastle Grammar School will host a very special Centenary Celebration Gala Ball to be held in 2018 on Friday, 26 October at 6.00pm.

We invite all NGS staff, families and their friends as well as NGS ex-students and ex-teachers to join us for this very special celebration.

The Ball will be held at the NEX Ballroom to allow for the anticipated increased numbers. More news to follow so please save the date.

Interrelate Seminar
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Location: Horbury Hunt Hall, Hill Campus, Newcastle Grammar School.

Payments and Bookings: via flexischools

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From the Head of School

Year 12 Graduation Photos

The photos for the Year 12 Graduation and Clap Out are now available online to view and purchase. Please visit the website at
using the schools speciality code 187905BK.

Canteen Duties

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Hill Campus

Mon 20 November:

Tue 21 November:

Wed 22 November:
Lee Fry

Thu 23 November:
Marnie Coulton
Jo MacDougall

Fri 24 November:
Beth Winzer

Park Campus

Wed 22 November:
Lesley Filby

Fri 24 November:
Liz Richardson
Sam Haines

Hill Campus Canteen Specials

Hill Campus Specials Menu Week 7:
Tuesday – Healthy chicken burrito with avocado, broccoli, brown rice and grated cheese
Wednesday – Beef nachos served with guacamole and natural yogurt
Thursday – Spinach and ricotta frittata made with free-range eggs served with tossed salad and balsamic glaze

Don’t miss out, order on >flexischools.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday:  8.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday:  10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

If you would like to place an order via phone or email, please phone Kerrie at the uniform shop on 4908 4035 or

New Slouch Hat for Pre-school – Year 6

A new wider brim hat is being introduced for Pre-school to Year 6. The new ‘slouch hat’ will replace the existing bucket hat.

A phasing in period will occur from Term 4,  2017 and Term 1, 2018. Throughout this period students may wear either the existing bucket hat or the new slouch hat.

From Term 2, 2018 the new slouch hat will totally replace the bucket hat.

The girl’s panama hat will remain unchanged.

New Sports Cap for Years 7-12

The new sports cap is now available to students in Years 7-12.

This cap, along with the new slouch hat (as outlined above) will replace the existing bucket hat.

A phasing in period will occur during Term 4, 2017 and Term 1, 2018. Throughout this period students may wear either the existing bucket hat, the new slouch hat or the new sports cap.

From Term 2, 2018 the new slouch hat and sports cap will totally replace the bucket hat.

The girl’s panama hat will remain unchanged.

OOSH now on Flexischools

OOSH can now be booked on FlexiSchools!

The OOSH team are excited to announce bookings can now be made at

Term 4, 2017 will be a transition period for families to learn the new way of booking as we phase out the existing booking system in preparation for 2018.

Please note:

  • Bookings for After School Care must be made by 11.00am the day of the requested service.
  • After School Care remains a flat rate of $23.50 per child, per afternoon.
  • Bookings for Before School Care must be made by 4.00pm prior to the day of the requested service.
  • Before School Care remains a complimentary service for K – Year 4 students.

Enquiries made after the cut off times can be sent to where the request will be considered, but not guaranteed for the service due to staff ratio requirements.