From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Last Friday, we welcomed Alan and Bronwyn Green back to Newcastle Grammar School for the unveiling of a portrait of Alan that will hang in the Hill Campus Library. The painting, commissioned by the Board in 2014, will be a lasting reminder in the School of Alan’s contribution to this community.

On Sunday, we hosted over 350 students from schools across the region competing in Tournament of the Minds. Congratulations to our primary Years 3/4 Team who were regional winners with a creative, well-constructed and humorous performance that centred on how an idea for a new book leaked to the public. This team now progress to the State Final. Our Years 5/6 team received a Highly Commended award for their reality TV show – History’s Weakest Link, where Henry VIII managed to win his way to victory.

This week our aerobics and hip-hop teams travel to Brisbane for the FISAF National Championships. We wish all competitors well. Students from Years 1 to 12 will represent Newcastle Grammar School in this competition. Congratulations to our 15 years netball team who won their major final last Saturday and will now progress to the Grand Final.

It is a busy time for Year 12 students who complete HSC Language oral examinations, the Drama practical examinations and Music performance examinations in the last weeks of term. These practical components form a significant part of the student’s final result. Visual Art and Design major works, Design and Technology major works and all long term projects for English Extension 2 and History Extension have now been completed and submitted. Year 12 are balancing their commitments well.

We have been able to secure one of Australia’s foremost experts in cyber safety, Susan McLean to talk with students on 16 November and then run an information session for parents at 6.30pm on the Hill Campus in the evening. > Click here to see details about this event and I urge parents to save the date and be part of this evening. Further details will be sent in Term 4.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Student Reports for NAPLAN 2015 have been mailed out to parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 this week. We are very pleased with the results, which continue to reinforce the high level of academic achievement at Newcastle Grammar School. If you would like to discuss your child’s report further, please don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate member of staff:
Year 3: Mrs Dyer
Year 5: Mrs Muddle
Years 7 & 9:  Mrs Peterson

Tournament of the Minds

Congratulations to the Hill Campus Tournament of the Minds team who received Tournament Honours for their participation in the Primary division of the Social Sciences category of the competition. The team consisted of Josephine Armstrong, Tamsyn Burley, Cameron Carson,  Sophie Franks, Anishika Kendurkar, Jordan Muddle and Elliot Wentworth.

Year 9 2016 Subject Selection Evening

Parents and students are invited to attend a Subject Selection Evening on Tuesday, 1 September in Horbury Hunt Hall commencing at 6.30pm. Important information to assist students in selecting their subjects for Years 9 and 10 will be presented on the night. Students are required to be dressed in full school uniform.

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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 Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Feel Alive – Do the Five!

This week our Year 10 students learnt about the Five Ways to Wellbeing as part of their Term 3 Wellbeing Session.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They were developed from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.  Since 2008, The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing. The five actions are simple things that individuals, organisations or communities can do in their everyday lives; they are Connect, Be Active, Be Curious, Keep Learning and Give.

– Connect: Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours enriches your life and brings support. A sense of belonging allows you to cope better with life’s ups and downs
– Be Active: Exercise releases endorphins, which will make you feel good, and it also reduces stress
– Be Curious: Look at the world around you and wonder! Note the beauty of everyday moments… as well as the unusual and unexpected… reflect on and appreciate Not taking things for granted, and having a sense of appreciation and thankfulness for life seems to make people healthier, happier, feel more fulfilled, better able to cope with stress and disappointment
– Learn: Pursuing knowledge and learning new skills brings challenge, satisfaction, fun and increased confidence. Life-long learning can help us to adapt to change, expand our awareness, open our minds and find fulfilment.
– Give: Live a meaningful life. Find purpose. Make a difference to your community. Serve something greater than yourself.

Feel alive – do ‘The Five’ each day!

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

This week on the Hill Campus, we are excitedly preparing for Hunter Day! At assembly we reminded students of the requirements for the day which include wearing sports uniform with your favourite beYOUtiful accessory for example hat, wig, scarf, necklace, earrings, shoes. A gold coin donation is required to enter school on the day as well as the hall at lunch to see the beYOUtiful photographic exhibition and listen to the musical concert. Fruit creations will be for sale at recess including fruit kebabs, muffins, fruit and yoghurt and sorbet as well as Polaroid photos. We are really looking forward to a fabulous day celebrating our signature strengths of honesty, appreciation of beauty and confidence.

Also, as part of Hunter House’s social justice involvement this term, students have been assisting at the Community Lunch every second Sunday in Horbury Hunt Hall.  A huge thank you goes to all the students who have given their time and service to this important initiative so far.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Nothing beats that deep-seated sense of satisfaction and self-worth that comes from representing your school. Congratulations to all of our students at Park Campus who have given their best every week during the Soccer and Netball season. It’s important to be proud of our accomplishments as a School and as a community. Thank you to our staff and parents who support and encourage our students every week to be the best that they can be.

Congratulations to our Stage Two students who won their  challenge in the Tournament of the Minds tournament yesterday. It was a fantastic achievement. Special thanks to Mrs Tucker and parents for their encouragement and support.

Demonstrating school spirit means representing your school proudly through behaviour that paints our School and community in a positive light.

Tournament of the Minds

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Photo of the winning Tournament of the Minds Team.
Top Row Left to Right:  Pierra Singh, Alexander Macdougall, Kalen Routley, Ruby Macdonald (Sebastian Spencer – away).
Bottom Row – Lucy Nightingale, Thomas McGrath.
Mrs M Tucker, ToM Teacher

Park Campus Friday Fun Fair

Planning is well underway for the Park Campus Friday Fun Fair which will take place on Friday, 16 October. Last year’s event was a huge success, due largely to the tremendous support of our generous sponsors. We are again seeking sponsors for the Fun Fair, with this year’s proceeds going towards dedicated outdoor learning areas.

If you are interested in sponsoring a ride or stall, or know of a business that would be, please let us know.  Sponsorship packages are priced at $200 per ride or stall (plus an additional $80 if you require us to print your sign) and include display of signage and recognition in posters and the school newsletter.  Please contact Germeen Kaldas via email for more information or to express your interest.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

Every Monday and Thursday, the Groovers and Shakers have music with Miss Jane. Like Library on Wednesdays these visits to the music room involve a lot more than just learning about music. The lining up; walking together as a group into the ‘big school’; greeting and experiencing another staff member and classroom, all help the children prepare for their transition to kindergarten.

In the music room, the children are getting used to ‘keeping the beat’; learning the difference between high and low notes; learning new songs, rhymes, dances and games; taking turns; putting their hands up; playing various instruments as well as watching and listening to other instruments – in particular the cello.

In terms of the Early Years Learning Framework, music encourages the children to listen and respond to sounds and patterns in music and rhymes (Learning Outcome 5.4h) as well as interact verbally and non-verbally with others (Learning Outcome 5.1).

Two other positive outcomes of our music classes: firstly – the excitement of seeing the emerging musical talent of one of our pre-schoolers – a young Groover boy who is a natural drummer and has amazed his peers and teachers with drumming solos over the past couple of weeks; and, secondly, you will get an opportunity to see the amazing pre-schoolers perform musically at our end of year concert!

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Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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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.


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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Music Week 2015

This week we have our Year 12 Music students performing at lunchtimes. Their performance exams are only a few short weeks away and these recitals are a perfect opportunity for the students to perform their work in front of an audience. Please come along and support if you can.

Brass RaZoo at Newcastle Jazz Festival

Brass RaZoo are performing at 10.00am this coming Saturday, 29 August at Newcastle Jazz Festival. The festival will be held at the Newcastle Jockey Club. Dress is all black for all players. No ties required but please wear black shoes and socks. The band will performing in the marquee.

Singapore Tour Rehearsal

The Concert Orchestra will have their second tour rehearsal this Thursday afternoon from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Please see Mr Sherringham if there is a problem attending.

I am happy to report that the tour personnel has grown to 60 students which is outstanding. Thank you to all for supporting this wonderful opportunity.


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.

HSC Recital 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.

The HSC Practical Examinations will be held at the following times:
Music 1:  Monday, 7 September from 1.55pm to 4.50pm
Music 2 and Extension: Friday, 11 September from 11.30am to 4.10pm

We wish our Year 12 Musicians well in their final stages of preparation for these performances.

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 Only, 3.30pm to 6.00pm – Proms Rehearsal (Arts Space)
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 (SWPC)
22 November: Concert Orchestra & Choir, 3.00pm Proms – SWPC
23 November: Rehearsal day for Carols & Speech Day, Separate Schedule – TBA
6 December: Tour Commences

Term 3 Music Events

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
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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Tyrrell Library
Ms Sue Bright

Books Light Up Our World

This is a special week for Libraries and readers as the Children’s Book Council of Australia is celebrating 70 years with the theme ‘Books Light Up Our World’.

We are pleased to have on display the Winning and Honour books for this year, and to be recognising the contribution of Australian writers and illustrators to our literature.  Students are invited to peruse and borrow these books.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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CIS Primary Athletics Representatives

Congratulations to Eliza Guest, Year 6, and Josephine Armstrong, Year 5, who have both been selected in the Hunter Region Independent Schools Primary Athletics team to compete at Sydney Olympic Park at the NSW Combined Independent Schools Athletics Championships.

Eliza will compete in the 12 years girls Long Jump and Josephine will compete in the 10 years Girls Shot Put.

We wish both these competitors every success in this event.

NGS Futsal 2015: Week 7-Term 3

All information regarding the upcoming season has been finalised and was emailed to all participating students last week.

Training will commence today, Wednesday, 26 August.

Games will commence on Tuesday, 1 September.

The Under 11 boys and Under 12 boys teams will train on the Hill Campus Courts from 3:05-4.15pm. All remaining teams will train at Howzat. Buses will depart Hill Campus at 3.10pm and return at 4.50pm.

Any student wishing to walk home from training, or being picked up (from Howzat) needs to have written permission to do so.

Further questions, direct to Mr J in his office or via email:


Congratulations to our 15/2’s side, and their coach, Mrs Kylie Streatfield, who won their Major Semi-Final last Saturday against the Minor Premiers, Souths, and now move through to the Grand Final to be played in a fortnight’s time.

Neck and neck throughout the first three quarters, the NGS girls really held it together in the last quarter to run away with the game to win by 8 points. All other teams have now finished their respective seasons.

NGS 2, 15/2: Finished regular season in 2nd place. Won their Major Semi-Final 38-30 against South Azurite. Their Grand Final on Saturday, 5 September against the winner of the Preliminary Final, to be played this Saturday between Souths and Wests. Full details will appear in next week’s Newsletter.

NGS 5, 12/2: Finished season in 4th place. Defeated in their Minor Semi-Final by Sugar Valley.

Surf Survival / Surf Lifesaving 2015

Surf Lifesaving has begun for the 2015/2016 season with a pool swim over the weekend. Catch up swims will occur in week 9 on Wednesday afternoon. Theory training sessions will be held at Cooks Hill Surf Club on Thursday between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. Regular patrols will begin at the start of the season mid way through Term 4. Dates to follow when the patrol roster has been finalised.

Surf Survival and Proficiency Swim

All students participating in surfing are to bring swimmers and a towel on Wednesday Week 9 to complete their proficiency swim at Charlestown pool.

The theory session for this co-curricular activity will be held at School on Wednesday Week 10 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. This is an annual requirement, therefore all students in this programme must attend to be eligible to enter the surf. Water sessions will commence Week 1 Term 4.

Mr P Lumley – MIC Surf Survival / Surf Lifesaving

Summer Touch Football

Registrations are now closed for teams in the upcoming Touch season. Newcastle Grammar School will register 11 teams in the Merewether competition.

This will commence for Hill Campus teams on Wednesday, 2 September 2015. Training will run from 3.15pm – 4.45pm (Stewart and Berkeley).

This will commence for Park Campus teams on Thursday, 3 September 2015. Training will run from 3.15pm – 4.30pm (Park Campus) at National Park Fields opposite the Junior School -Union Street.

Tuesday Night Games
Competition Games will commence Tuesday, 6 October (Week One- Term 4) with all games being played at Gibbs Brothers Oval – Merewether as part of the Merewether Carlton Junior Rugby – MJRU Touch Competition.

Are; U/8s, U/10s, U/12s, U/14s and U/16s – Boys, Girls.

All players will be supplied with team coloured playing shirt included in their fees.  NGS sport shorts to be worn to all games. Touch shoes/Grass shoes/Soccer boots may be worn but not essential. Please make sure players bring water bottles and hats to all games.

Players are required to attend all Tuesday games and Wednesday/Thursday training sessions. If students cannot make a session they are required to let their coach know as attendance is compulsory.

Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch

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Park Campus Teams – Thursday Training

U/8 – NGS Roosters (Year 2 Boys and Girls): Daniel Richardson, Akilan Aravindhan, Andrew Carpenter, Connor Elvish, Vanessa Kuru, Zoe Moss, Zahli Ginns, Harriette Arnall, Grace Willis. Coach: Mr Daly

U/10 – NGS Power Pugs 2 (Year 3 Boys): Mitchell Franks, Edward Bell, Henry Guest, Thomas McGrath, Arthur Petrelis, Otto Dries. Coach: Ms Byrnes

U/10 – NGS Lightning 2 (Year 4 Girls): Melissa Carpenter, Ruby Robinson, Hunter Rowntree, Athanasia Petrelis, Bronte Simpson, Veronica Kuru, Madeline Guest, Eliza Ginns. Coach: Ms N Robards

U/10 – NGS Marshalls 3 (Year 4 Boys): Isaac Boyle, Oliver Cleary, Kalen Routley, Kieran Kabir, James Draper, Rory Loong, Nicholas Perry, Felix Wright, Jackson Broad. Coach: Mr M Newling.


Stewart Teams – Wednesday Training

U/12 – NGS (Year 5 Boys): Scott Phillpotts, Luke Siderovski, Troy Winchester, Elliot Wentworth, Marcus Ferch, William Broadbent. Coach: TBC

U/12 – NGS (Year 5 Girls): Jo Armstrong, Emma Birch, Kiara Bower, Harriett Carroll, Hannah Cleary, Jasmine de Silva, Phoebe Eisenberg, Alana Lumley, Piper Rao, Halle Smith, Lily Webster. Coach: Mrs Bright

U/12 – NGS Seals 3 (Year 6 Girls): Emma McGrath, Lauren McLardy, Isobel Prince, Skye Simpson, Eliza Guest, Ciara Loong. Coach: Ms Byrnes

U/12- NGS Bolts 3 (Year 6 Boys): Lachlan Carey, Carter Everett, Leo Hasdarngkul, Ben Henderson, Dominic Leishman, Stanley Leung, Ethan Myers, Jett Robinson, Eoin Turner. Coach: Mr Daniel Abulatia

U/14 – NGS Skinny Baboons 2 (Year 7 Boys): Jayden Bisson, Alex Rose, Jayden Routley, Tors Webster, Hamish Bell, Max Galettis, Nickson Raftos, Nicholas Young, Julian Wizner. Coach: Mr S Stevens

U/14 – NGS Magical Moustaches 2 & NGS Sugar Babes (Year 7 Girls): Madison Campbell, Sophie Ainsworth, Molly Broad, Mia Bullock, Tia de Silva, Alexandra Lange, Abigail Riddell, Indra Ventura, Evgenia Petrelis, Maria Petrelis, Samira Bagga, Shravanya Tummala, Annabel Brown. Coach: Ms Lucy Judd.


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We are extremely excited to announce that we have partnered up with the fantastic iStadium run Newcastle running festival shortly to be held within our backyard.

As you may have heard, the iSTADIUM Run fun run is coming to Newcastle on 10 – 11 October and we have teamed up with them to get as many people as possible in the Hunter and interstate running in the event.

iSTADIUM Run is more than just a run, it is an experience. You will start at the Hunter Stadium and then run towards Merewether Beach and return to finish inside the Stadium with Bands and fanfare so you can finish like a professional athlete.

All along the course you will be entertained with Music etc to keep your mind entertained for the entire time. There will also be a massive EXPO on the 2 days where you can entertain the kids and get some great running deals and information.

You can Choose from a:
– A Kids Mile (only for kids between 4 and 12years, but parents can run alongside to motivate the kids)
– 5k run
– 10k run
– Or the full 21.1k Half Marathon Distance.

This course is certified, fast, wide and you get to finish running into the Hunter Stadium captured and projected onto the big scoreboards!

We are fortunate enough to have Vlad Shatrov (Elite Marathon runner and official trainer of the iStadium run) attending School assemblies this week to talk about his journey into running, training for the Berlin marathon and the upcoming iStadium run Newcastle event. We can also confirm that we will shortly announce 3 students who will help promote the event and be involved with a number of training days that Vlad will be running at the School in the near future. These students will also receive a $250 SKINS voucher. Our aim is to involve as many people from the wider school community to take part. We will also give 5 iTunes cards to the first 5 students to register the event!

Go to >

Your special team access is (select to enter as a Team, then enter the Newcastle Grammar School team using details below)

– TEAM NAME: Newcastle Grammar School

– PASSWORD: grammar

As part of the information for this event please find the link to the latest copy of the Inspire Magazine which is a special running edition that has been have launched by the organisers of iSTADIUM Run. > Inspire Mag Running Edition

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NGS Online Canteen Ordering System

Since the start of Term 3, we have implemented the Flexischools Online Canteen Ordering System. We would appreciate one minutes of your time to complete a quick survey to inform our future direction in this area. The Survey will close on Friday, 4 September. >Click here for the Survey

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.

Stewart Disco
Parent Volunteers Needed

Our Stewart Disco for Years 5 to 8 is to be held on the 11 September from 6.00pm-10.00pm and we are in need of some parent volunteers to help cook and serve food on the night.

If you are able to help out please email Mrs Glenda Young on: Any help would be most appreciated.

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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.

Mrs K Robson - Canteen Manager


Eat Fresh and Win

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables at the Canteen and WIN. When you purchase these from the canteen you will receive a sticker, when you have TWO stickers you win a free character pencil and eraser.  7 different sorts to win and then you can put your entry card into a major draw to be drawn in Sydney.  Prizes include… a TV & DVD player, Apple IPAD Mini 16GB, Gift Pack and Movie Vouchers.

Happy munching on your healthy fruit and vegetables at Hill Campus and Park Campus. Competition ends on 18 September 2015.


Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 31 August:
Toni Lee

Tue 1 September
Jacquelene Doran
Hayley Martin

Wed 2 September:
Kerrie Kerr

Thu 3 September:
Tanya Barnard

Fri 4 September:
Carmen Cox

Park Campus

Mon 31 August:

Tue 1 September:

Wed 2 September:
Lesley Filby

Thu 3 September:
Derani Clarke

Fri 4 September:
Jodi Hilton


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