From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Year 3 and 4 students go away this week to camp. For some, this is their first experience away from home and we wish these students well as they take on the challenges that come with both outdoor education and negotiating time away from family. Year 8 head to Jindabyne next week for their annual camp and with reports of good snowfalls, the students are excited about this opportunity.

Congratulations to our Year 7 Debating team who move into the semi- final of the HICES Debating competition after their win this week against the Emmanuel School in Randwick. The team, consisting of Jadon Routley, Tors Webster, Indra Ventura and Samuel Alsop, successfully argued the negative case ‘That computers are over-rated’.

Eight Year 10 students have spent several months converting a push bike to an electric bike. They are participating on Thursday in a challenge at Cameron Park Raceway as part of the 2015 Hunter EV Challenge. The students have had a lot of fun learning how to achieve the conversion and we wish them well on Thursday.

Year 11 start their preliminary examinations next week and we wish these students well. Year 12 finish their Trials and return to their final weeks of classes before the HSC. Students who work hard in this period find that they have significant learning gains between the Trial and HSC.

We are looking forward to welcoming Dianne McGrath to the Hill Campus next Tuesday. Dianne will speak to the Hill Campus assemblies about having the courage to think differently and follow your goals. Dianne has signed up for an opportunity to live on Mars – a one way ticket with no return to Earth. I hope our students find her an inspirational speaker. She will also spend time with the Science Club talking about the scientific challenges ahead.

From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

2015 Year 5 & Year 6 Father-Son Camp

Please >click here to view details of the 2015 NGS Father – Son Camp.

From the Hunter House Coordinators
Ms M Thomas and Ms C Byrnes

This week, Hunter House asked students to think about how they experience beauty and what “lies beneath your beautiful?” If you suddenly couldn’t access all your senses, especially your sight, how would you ‘see’ beauty?

The following YouTube link was present to the assembly > and revealed that beauty is not only about what you see, it’s about what you feel, the kind of person that you are and what you contribute to the world. Beauty can be regarded as a value, one of the dearest to humans.

From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

It’s almost here. Stage Two students are heading to ‘The Great Aussie Bush Camp’! Camp is the best way to encourage our students to discover more about themselves as they find new limits to what they can achieve. The camp experience teaches our children about being flexible in life.

Developing emotional intelligence is also part of the camp experience. In each of the activities our students will set personal goals. The teachers and camp instructors will guide our campers to help them to reach their success. It’s thrilling for our young students to have the opportunity to grow in different areas including: self-confidence, patience, perseverance and friendship.

We have spoken to our students about courage and informed them that there will be different avenues on camp where they could discover their courage. I encourage all of our students to embrace the experience of camp and to create positive memories that will last for many years to come.

Strange Sightings at Park Campus!

There have been some unusual findings recently at Park Campus… unknown footsteps, wands found throughout the School and mirrors…

What could this all mean? I wonder… Stay tuned because something BIG is coming to Park Campus!

Library and Book Week

Park Campus will be having Book Week activities in Week 7, Term 3. These will include: Kindergarten and Year 4 buddy reading; Rotating literature/craft activities morning relating to the Shortlisted titles for K-4;  Trivia literature contest for Years 3 and 4 – the finals will be held in Book Week; and the irrepressible Mr Power and his famous Tuesday lunchtime reading session.

Pictures will be posted highlighting the events.

Years 5 and 6 will have special activities during their weekly library sessions on Friday.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge website will be closed to all students on Friday, 21 August, with certificates available later in the year, usually late November. All K-6 students and a few Year 7-9 students are involved.  K-2 students have had their reading records completed by Mrs Bennett using their borrowing history and teacher reading lists. Years 3 to 6 are independently completing their records online. They have all had their usernames and passwords since March, and Mrs Bennett always has a list available during lessons to check against if it is lost. If you would like to check their progress or require another copy of the access codes please contact Mrs Bennett by email and she will happily send you a copy. Mrs Bennett has access to the site until 28 August to verify all completed reading records, after this time no other changes can be made. We have also tried to link new students with their previous schools so that their records will carry over and allow for the special Gold, Platinum and Medals to be awarded.

Park Campus Soccer

As the 2015 season draws to a close I would like to thank all players, coaches and parents for their commitment, enthusiasm and good humour. Please note, the final matches will be played on Saturday, 15 August to catch up washed out games from Round 9. Please refer to team draws for times and locations. A shortened training session and end-of-season BBQ will take place on Thursday, 20 August. Further information will be sent home shortly.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

It’s Term 3 Week 4 and, as we are in the midst of report writing and looking at the children’s school readiness, we realise how far this group of children have come since week 1, Term 1. Their cognitive skills are progressing at an amazing rate as the relationship between numbers and counting is recognised at the same time as that of name writing, letters and words in books. Similarly, the children’s physical development – both fine and gross motor is evident as their increased competence and confidence outside – running, climbing, swinging – is also evident with their inside skills – pencil grip, colouring and cutting techniques.

However, perhaps the most noticeable area of development is the children’s social skills. This morning a Shaker boy who, at the beginning of the year may have ‘grabbed back’ a piece of construction from his friends hands and generated a physical and verbal altercation, “used his words” and, negotiated an agreement with his friend which saw them share and work together. Every day in both the indoor and outdoor setting, children are socialising and communicating with more maturity and respect – these 4.5 to 5 year olds are no longer as egocentric as the 4 to 4.5 year olds at the start of the year – and it is a very rewarding experience to observe.

We’ll leave you with a funny moment… with Beanie Day and Jeans for Genes Day, there has been lots of discussion about gold coin donations. One of the children asked “What’s bigger? A $2.00 coin or a $1.00 coin?” As this was being debated, another child put up their hand and trumped the conversation saying “You’ll never believe it, but I have a Greenie in my bank account!”

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Year 9 Romeo and Juliet Performance
Sydney Opera House

Romeo and Juliet – Review

On 31 July, Year 9 had to face the struggle of waking up early to catch a 6.45am bus to Sydney to watch Bell Shakespeare’s Production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at the Sydney Opera House, Playhouse Theatre.

Though the costumes and setting were contemporary, the themes and language of the original play were unchanged. The visually engaging play effectively used light and music to add dramatic meaning and determine the atmosphere, making it just as compelling a performance as the original. Many of the cast had quite physical roles and performed stunts that left the audience in awe. The cast did a magnificent job of projecting their voices over the fairly large theatre using no microphones. Viewing a performance of this calibre will certainly enhance and deepen the Year 9 students’ understanding of the text.
Despite our early rise, the opportunity to travel to Sydney to watch live theatre at the Sydney Opera House, was well worth it.

Matilda Dickinson
Year 9

Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Year 8 Camp

All Year 8 students have received their pre-camp information and medical forms. Please return forms as soon as possible so that the final arrangements can be made.

Hill Campus Tutoring

I remind students and parents that our after school tutoring programme is available to all students Years 5 – 12.

On a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, staff are in the library from 3.00pm – 5.00pm to assist where required. On Mondays we have Dr Diskin who can assist with Mathematics and Science work, Tuesdays we have Mr Parr the English Co-ordinator there to help with English and humanities and on a Thursday afternoon we have both Mrs Wood and Mrs Jordan in the library to assist – Mrs Wood will assist with English and humanities and Mrs Jordan for Mathematics. If you need assistance in any subject at anytime please attend any or all of these sessions for 30 minutes up to the full 2 hours if required.

Turbo sessions are also available for any Year 11 or 12 student who feels they need some assistance in improving their HSC studies. Please contact Mrs Roberts in the Social Science Department and she will make time to assist with this process.

Year 10 Work Experience

Could I please remind all Year 10 students that it is now time to finalise Work Experience for Week 7, 16 – 20 November 2015. All Year 10 students were given paper work that is required to be completed by the employer and returned to me prior to the students attending.  It is the sole responsibility of the Year 10 student to arrange this placement. Any student having problems should see me as soon as possible.

Career in the ADF

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Air Force Flight Camp

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Christ Church Cathedral Flower Festival 2015

We have been invited to support this event on Saturday, 5 September. Students in Grammarphones, Chamber Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble will be involved at various times throughout the day. Students have been emailed the performance times of ensembles this week. Please let Mr Young know if there are any problems attending these performances.

Change of Date

Please note the second HSC Recital has been moved from Thursday, 3 September to Wednesday, 2 September. Please come along and support our Year 12 musicians.

HICES Music Festival 2015

This week, 11 students from Years 5 – 8 attended the HICES Music Camp and Festival. This event showcases the talents of students from Independent Schools from around NSW. This year’s three day camp was held at Stanwell Tops and from all accounts, everyone had a great time. The festival culminates with a concert performance at the Sydney Town Hall.

Singapore Rehearsals

These rehearsals are now well underway. Students involved in the tour are reminded to check the rehearsal schedule as each ensemble is only rehearsing a few times prior to the tour. As such, you are asked to attend all the rehearsals in which you are involved.

27 August: Concert Orchestra, 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Arts Space
4 September: Choir, 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Arts Space
9 October: Choir, 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Arts Space
22 October: Concert Orchestra, 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Arts Space
29 October: Symphony Orchestra, 3.30pm to 6.00pm – Proms Rehearsal
30 October: Choir, 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Arts Space
19 November: Concert Orchestra, 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Arts Space
20 November: Concert & Symphony Orchestra, 3.30pm to 6.00pm – Proms Rehearsal
22 November: Concert Orchestra & Choir, 3.00pm Proms – SWPC
23 November: Concert Orchestra, Rehearsal day for Carols & Speech Day – TBA
23 November: Choir, Separate Schedule – TBA
6 December: Tour Commences

Term 3 Music Events

14 August: Brass RaZoo assisting with HSC Trial Exams
24 – 28 August: Music Week
29 August: Brass RaZoo at the  Newcastle Jazz Festival times TBA
31 August: Brass RaZoo assisting with HSC Recitals  TBC
31 August: HSC Recital 1 Arts Space 6.00pm
2 September:  HSC Recital 2 in the Arts Space 6.00pm
5 September: Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Grammarphones and HSC students CCC Flower Festival
12 September: Brass RaZoo at Morpeth Jazz Festival  Time TBA
16 September: Brass RaZoo at Graduation Dinner  City Hall Times TBA
18 September: Orchestra and Choir at Valedictory Service  9.30am CCC
30 October: Brass RaZoo and Bamboozle Dinner Dance  Venue TBA


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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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HRIS Secondary Athletics Championships

Following the success of the NGS athletes at the recent HRIS Championships, 18 students have been selected to represent HRIS at the 2015 AICES Championships to be held at Homebush on Monday, 31 August. A bus will be provided for all NGS students and an information sheet will be distributed shortly.

NGS students selected in the 2015 HRIS Athletics team are:
Mia Osmotherly – 13 Years Javelin
Jadon Routley – 13 Years 400m
Bronte Anscombe – 14 Years High Jump
Connor Henderson – 14 Years 400m
Charlotte Parsons – 14 Years Discus
Sabrina Kliousis – 15 Years Discus, 15 Years Javelin
Caitlin Spencer – 15 Years 800m
Seraina Danuser – 16 Years 800m, 16 Years 1500m
Phoebe O’Keeffe – 16 Years 400m, 16 Years 800m, 16 Years 1500m
Marshall Unie – 16 Years Shot Put
Laura Flack – 17 Years High Jump, 17 Years 1500m
Sarah Melrose – 17 Years High Jump
James Robinson – 17 Years Shot Put
Conrad Talbot – 17 Years High Jump, 17 Years Long Jump
Rebecca Frendo – 18 Years 1500m
Sophia Laurence – 18 Years 400m, 18 Years 800m, 18 Years 1500m
Gemma Oakley – 18 Years 200m, 18 Years 400m, 18 Years 1500m
Mackenzie Smith – 18 Years Shot Put.

HRIS Primary Athletics Results

Congratulations to those students who competed at last Tuesdays HRIS Primary Athletics Division 2 carnival. After a full day of events Newcastle Grammar School finished in 4th position.

A huge congratulations to Kalen Routley who was announced 9 Years Boys Age Champion and the combined scores from the 12 Years girls won them the Age pennant. The 12 Years girls’ team consisted of Isobel Prince, Isabella Oakley, Vivien Kuru, Skye Simpson, Eliza Guest and Emma McGrath.

Fabulous results from the day:
Kalen Routley: 1st – 9 Years Boys 200m, 800m, Long Jump
Hayden Martinelli: 1st – 10 Years Boys 200m, 100m
Daniel Richardson: 1st – 8 Years Boys Discus
Eliza Ginns: 1st – 9 Years Javelin
Isobel Prince: 1st – 10 Years Girls Javelin, Discus, Shot Put
Luca Swancott: 1st – 8 Years Boys 800m
Brandon Muddle: 1st – 8 Years Boys High Jump

Thankyou to all the students who attended training sessions prior to the carnival and coaches Sam Steedman, Denis Pitt, Sabrina Kliousis, Lee Kliousis, Amanda Reid and Timothy Marsh. Thank you to all the parents and staff, Mr Heath Barlin, who helped our athletes on the day.

All results from both divisions can be found on the HRIS website at

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Senior Boys Relay team who placed third at the Athletics Carnival from L – R Jett Robinson, Ben Henderson, Nicholas Marlette and Ethan Stevenson.

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Kalen Routley accepts his Age Champion Medal for the Boys 9 Years division.

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Girls 12 Years team accepts their Age Pennant. Vivien Kuru, Eliza Guest, Emma McGrath and Isobel Prince.

HRIS Primary Gala Day Teams

A huge thankyou to all students who were involved in trialling for our Football and Netball Primary Gala Day teams.

The following teams have been selected to compete for Newcastle Grammar School in their respective divisions on Tuesday, 25 August.

Netball – National Park Netball Courts:
Senior A
Isobel Prince, Isabella Oakley, Maddison Montgomery, Eliza Guest, Brilee Stubbs, Olivia Byth, Lauren McLardy, Skye Simpson, Mia Charleson, Annaliese Everingham

Senior B
Kiara Bower, Amy-Jorjia Barnett, Jenna Montgomery, Georgia Cameron, Tali Robinson, Sophie Franks, Ciara Loong, Tamsyn Burley, Amelia Young, Millie Robbs

Junior C
Mary Dundas, Eliza Ginns, Sophia Prince, Katherine Wang, Ruby Robinson, Isabelle Colbert, Melissa Carpenter, Bronte Simpson, Ruby MacDonald, Veronica Kuru

Division A
Jadon Mylabathula, Ben Henderson, Egan Griffiths, Eoin Turner, Nicholas Marlette, Luke Siderovski, Lachlan Carey, Harrison Chung, Carter Everett, Nicholas Boyd, Matthew McDougall, Scott Philpotts, Ewan Taylor, Jett Robinson, James Logan, Rory Bennett

Division B
Thomas Finlay, Dominic Leishman, Leo Hasdarngkul, Nicholas Lilleyman, Ethan Stevenson, William Van Gemert, Cameron Carson, Isaac King, Lucas Bortolotto, Jack Humphries, Adam Frendo, Elliot Wentworth, James Fry, Ethan Myers

Junior Division C – Adamstown Oval – Adamstown
Kieran Kabir, Jackson Broad, Jackson Campbell, Alexander Yost, Hayden Martinelli, Isaac Boyle, Oscar Bush, Kalen Routley, Alexander Macdougall, Sebastian Spencer, Ambrose Raftos, Bowen Stubbs, Taj Curran, Connor Johansen, Rory Loong

Selected player are asked to see Ms Byrnes at Hill Campus or Mr Lloyd/Mrs Tucker at Park Campus to obtain an information note and permission form regarding the day.

Newcastle Grammar School Equestrian

Good luck to Elizabeth Carter and Veronica Van Gemert – Year 7 who will compete at the HVGS Equestrian Championships on Saturday, 15 August at Salt Ash Sports Grounds. The pair will compete in the Show jumping and Dressage categories and we wish them the best of luck a sport they love.


Last Saturday saw the final round of the regular season for the majority of our Hill Campus teams. Our 8, 9 and 10 years still have games remaining in the regular season. Three of our nine competition teams have been successful in playing themselves into the semi-finals and the details regarding those games are detailed below.

Please note that Finals’ series finish with the Grand Finals on Saturday, 5 September.

Our teams’ standings are outlined below:
NGS 1, Cadet A: Season completed. Finished in 7th place.
NGS 2, 15/2: Finished regular season in 2nd place. Play their Major Semi-Final on Saturday, 22 August on court 11 at 12.00noon against South Newcastle Leagues.
NGS 3, 15/3: Season completed. Finished in 6th place.
NGS 4, 14/2: Finished regular season in 4th place. Play their Minor Semi-Final this Saturday, 15 August on court 10 at 12 noon against South Newcastle Leagues.
NGS 5, 12/2: Finished regular season in 4th place. Play their Minor Semi-Final this Saturday, 15 August on court 9 at 10.45am against Sugar Valley.
NGS 6, 12/3: Season completed. Finished in 8th place.
NGS 7, 11/2: Season completed. Finished in 6th place.
NGS 8, 11/3: Season completed. Finished in 7th place.
NGS 9 10/2: Final game of regular season this Saturday. Currently in 6th position.
NGS 10, 9 White: Play in non-point-scored competitions and have 2 games remaining.
NGS 11, 8 Brown: Play in non-point-scored competitions and have 2 games remaining.


Students and families that could not make the Information Evening last week are encouraged to collect a Rowing Handbook from the Rowing office in Stewart Building. This document not only contains the regatta calendar for the season but also a lot of relevant information and should answer most questions you may have.

If you did not receive an email on Friday with the training programme please contact the Rowing Coordinator on

Students that are still involved with winter sports such as Rugby, Netball and Soccer – that is no problem, please do not let Rowing affect your commitments, please just let your coach know when you will not be at training.

Mrs S Ellis
Rowing Coordinator

Summer Touch Football

An information note will go home to all Park Campus (2 – 4) and Hill Campus (5 – 10) students who have signed up to play Summer Co-curricular Touch 2015. If you have not signed up and are interested in playing Touch please contact Miss Byrnes at Hill campus or on

Training will commence in Term 3 Week 8 with the competition starting Term 4.

Ms C Byrnes
MIC Touch

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Smart Phone App

The new NGS App is now connected to the NGS website and should allow you to read events in the calendar, alerts and the newsletter in a format that should prove more convenient.  It can be downloaded from the >Apple Store or >Google Play.

Uniform Shop
Hours for 2015

The Uniform shop hours are as follows.

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

Sports Socks
Plain white socks are now permitted as we will be phasing out our current striped socks over the next several months.

Canteen Ordering System


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We are  now collecting Earn & Learn stickers from Woolworths.  If you would like to send some in from your shopping, its one sticker per $10 spend.  We have already received a lot of valuable equipment for the students over the last few years.  If you would like to get your extended family to help collect it would be very much appreciated.  Please deliver to the Park or Hill Campus Canteen.

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 17 August:

Tue 18 August:
Jacquelene Doran
Hayley Martin

Wed 19 August:
Monica Mamonto

Thu 20 August:
Lesley Filby

Fri 21 August:
Emma Brown

Park Campus

Mon 17 August:
Lesley Filby

Tue 18 August:
Lisa Griffiths

Wed 19 August:
Lilly Barker

Thu 20 August:
Emily Macdonald

Fri 21 August:
Alette Schot

Family Sessions

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Interrelate family evening session is on Thursday, 27 August 2015, 6.00pm sharp at the SWPC.  All sessions are to be paid for in advance to either Mrs Foster at Park Campus or Mrs Gallagher at the Hill Campus.  Credit card payments can be taken over the phone.

For more information and payment details, see attached link >Interrelate Application Form

Mrs S Muddle
Year 6 Teacher / Stage 3 Director