From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Many of our students were involved in ANZAC services yesterday. At the dawn service at Nobby’s Beach, Paige Peterson (Year 11) gave an address and the SATU represented the School’s value of service brilliantly as they marched in the Newcastle city ANZAC march. Many of our students watched these events yesterday and reflected on the role others have played in ensuring our freedom. Hill Campus students will take part in our own NGS ANZAC Service next Monday in Christ Church Cathedral and parents are welcome to join us at 11.45am.

Over the holidays, the SATU held its annual camp at Singleton. My thanks to Mr McKensey, Mrs Chamberlain, Mrs Ferguson and Ms Price who gave up part of their holiday to ensure the camp ran smoothly. Staff returned to School on Monday and took part in professional learning sessions that focused on elements of professional practice and student wellbeing. Over the holidays we completed several projects around the School – the most visible, is a new bridge in the Park Campus playground providing a further addition to our sensory play areas for our youngest students. >Click here to see some pictures of the work.

Congratulations to the following students:
Lorcan Redmond (Year 11) who won the Australian School’s triathlon for the fourth consecutive year and captained the NSW team. Lorcan adds this to his growing collection of National titles.

Gabrielle Angus (Year 12) who coxed the RNSW Schoolboys Eight in the Interstate Pathways Eights at the 2017 Junior National Team Trials.

Lily Webster (Year 7) whose poem ‘Soldiers’ has been shortlisted in the Open Section of the Laura Literary Awards. Lily travels to South Australia for the award ceremony on Saturday.

I wish all our students and staff a happy and productive Term 2.

From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Parents of Students in Years 7 and 8

We invite you to attend an evening with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services to hear some valuable advice regarding study skills.

This is a highly interactive student which involves students talking to parents about their habits and identifying some focus areas for the future. In particular, Prue will address:
– Time management
– Organisation
– Effective work/study habits

When: Thursday, 4 May from 6.00pm to 7.45pm

Where: Horbury Hunt Hall

Please bring along a pen and a highlighter as well as your Programme Book.

We look forward to seeing you at this highly valuable evening.

Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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Year 11 & Year 12  Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

On Wednesday, 3 May, Year 11 and Year 12 will receive the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine. This is a single dose vaccine.

If you child is yet to receive a consent form please direct them to Hill Campus Student Reception.

The NSW Government will fund a new school-based meningococcal vaccination program for all Year 11 and 12 students to combat the rise in the W strain of this potentially fatal disease.

The NSW Meningococcal W Response Program will target 17 and 18 year olds this year, as immunisation experts advise that this age group is particularly at risk because of their physical closeness with peers (e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing).

Meningococcal W has become a prominent strain nationally and in NSW, with the State’s notifications almost tripling since 2015. Over the last 10 years, the W strain has had an eight per cent mortality rate compared with a four per cent rate for other strains.

The programme will start in Term 2, and be expanded to cover other upper high school students in subsequent years.

If any Year 11 and 12 students miss out on the vaccine at school, they will be able to get the vaccine for free from their GP later in the year.

Under the program teenagers will receive a four-antigen vaccine, which provides protection against the A, C, W and Y strains.

The NSW Government takes the risks posed by meningococcal disease very seriously and will   continue   to   monitor   international   responses   and   advice   and   work   with   the Commonwealth Government on the National response.

For more information go to http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/meningococcal-w.aspx or call your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

 

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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It was great to welcome back our students, staff and parents for what will be a very busy Term 2. I hope the holidays provided an opportunity for you all to spend some family time together. We continue to be very proud of our students who set the bar very high in terms of trying every day to the best that they can be. Their positive attitude and commitment to learning make our School a vibrant learning community.

It was wonderful to witness the students’ excitement this morning as they came through the gates and found the new playground environment that was built during the holidays. This natural environment has already sparked curiosity as the children with students asking many questions; ‘Could we make a creek and have tadpoles?’, ‘Could we add coral and have our own coral reef?’

Park Campus ANZAC Day Service will be held on Friday, 28 April at 2.20pm in the SWPC.

Nexus Annual Art Exhibition
Mrs Tonia Martin

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Nexus is a much-anticipated annual art exhibition hosted by Newcastle Grammar School featuring local Newcastle artists.

The intent of the exhibition is to bring art to the School, Newcastle community and to raise funds.

Ten years ago the Committee developed a synergistic relationship with the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital. This is a psychiatric unit for adolescents and young people. The Nexus Unit is an acute intensive care facility for children with a vast range of issues, from behavioural problems associated with autism and Aspergers, to eating disorders, mood disorders and more acute and immediate issues.

Monies from the sales of the exhibited artworks enable Newcastle Grammar School to make an annual donation to the Nexus Unit.

It would be wonderful to see members of the NGS School Community at Opening Night on Friday, 5 May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, or over the weekend (Saturday, 6 May & Sunday, 7 May from 11.00am to 3.00pm), to support the exhibition and our fundraising efforts.

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Canteen Duties

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Hill Campus

Mon 1 May:
Cath Banks
Katherine Ferencz

Tue 2 May:
Alette Schot
HELP NEEDED

Wed 3 May:
Aznive Beesley
HELP NEEDED

Thu 4 May:
Marnie Coulton
Jenny Bell

Fri 5 May:
Lesley Filby
Beth Winzer


Park Campus

Mon 1 May:
HELP NEEDED

Tue 2 May:
HELP NEEDED

Wed 3 May:
Jacqui Mejia

Thu 4 May:
HELP NEEDED

Fri 5 May:
Ellen Shelley
HELP NEEDED

Uniform Shop
Hours

The Winter uniform changeover is drawing near. Beat the rush and be prepared.

From Monday, 15 May (Week 4): There will be two weeks of optional Winter / Summer uniform.

Monday, 29 May (Week 6): All students must be in Winter uniform from this date.

Uniform Shop opening hours:

Monday:  8.00am – 4.00pm (extended hours until winter uniform change over)
Wednesday:  10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

If you require an appointment outside of these times or would like to place a phone order, please phone Kerrie at the uniform shop on 4908 4035.