From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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This week’s newsletter will be a little different. It is an appropriate time of the year to showcase some of the Visual Art works the students have created this term. In the Co-Curricular “Artist in Residence” programme these opening two examples from students from Years 6 to 11 have absorbed the Socratic method – where asking critical questions helped to stimulate decision making around the production of the work.

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‘Bird in the Tree’ – Sophie Squair, Year 6

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‘Waterway in the Forrest’ – Max Clark, Year 7

> Click here to see other stunning works from the co-curricular art programme.

Some of our younger students have also enjoyed exploring their world through art.


Year One Artworks

In Visual Arts and Design the students explore a range of media. > Click here to see Year 7 drawing around the theme ‘Home Sweet Home’

> Click here to see examples of the Year 9 ‘Natural World’ Ceramics work.

Year 11 student James Sara has produced work for the Sense of Site art unit. > Click here to see his works.

The richness art adds to the lives of those who create it – as well as those who view their creations is something to be celebrated.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 10 Course Selections for Year 11 2016

Following the initial course selection process after the Year 10 Parent/Student Evening held in August, courses were placed into subject lines (groups of courses) for the second round selection process (which was conducted in class with a photocopy of individual student choices being sent home to parents/guardians). Whilst it is not possible to accommodate all subject selections for all students nearly every student was able to select their first 3 preferred elective choices. Also, it is pleasing to report that almost all students were successful in being able to enrol in at least 5 of their first 6 choices (including English and Mathematics) from their original priority list of courses, with over 60% of students being able to obtain all of their original preferred choices in this second round process.

If parents or students have not been individually approached, it may be assumed that Year 10 students have been successful in obtaining their preferred choices from this second round selection process.

This now concludes the course selection process for Year 10 (Year 11, 2016). Please feel free to contact Mr Filby or myself, if you require clarification of any of the above matters.

Subject Selections

Students in Years 8 and 11 are reminded to return their Subject Selection Forms for 2016 to Mrs Gowdy in the Hill Campus Office by Tuesday, 8 September.

HSC Practical Examinations

Congratulations to our Year 12 Extension 2 English, Design and Technology, Visual Arts, French and Drama students who have all completed practical examinations or submitted Major Works for their HSC over the past week. Best wishes to our HSC Music students who will complete their performance examination next week.

Year 12 Reports

Year 12 Yearly Reports will be emailed to parents early next week. Please contact the School if you do not receive your son/daughter’s report.


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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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RUOK? Day – Thursday, 10 September

This year, on RUOK? Day, we are taking the time to think about, and thank, those who have stopped to ask if we were OK.

To promote this, our Year 10 students have organised the following:

  • ​They have made a video which you can watch if you follow this link >Click Here
  • They will be putting yellow balloons and RUOK? letters around the School to remind us about noticing others and the importance of taking the time to stop and talk
  • They are hoping to get as many people as possible to join them on the Courts at lunchtime to make a human ’?’ which we can then photograph for our FaceBook page.
  • We will be having ‘Music on Merrick… to encourage people to take the time to sit and chat… and be grateful for our friends, family, colleagues, classmates, teachers…

Getting people talking creates a sense of belonging and community which are two primary factors that can assist those who may be struggling with life’s inevitable challenges.​ So don’t underestimate the power of a conversation – take the time to ask RUOK?… and not just this Thursday.

Summer Uniform

We will be moving into Summer Uniform from the beginning of Term 4 (Tuesday, 6 October). This will include the wearing of hats at Recess and Lunch times as part of our practice as a SunSmart School.

Some students may have grown over the winter months and will need to visit the Uniform Shop to replace uniforms which no longer fit (e.g. girls’ skirts should be at least to the top of the knee-cap and boys’ shirts need to be buttoned at the collar). If new shoes are also required, we ask that you follow the guidelines regarding style of shoes in our Uniform Guidelines (flat, hard-soled with hard, black and polishable leather upper). Please >click here  to view the Uniform Guidelines which are to be implemented in Term 4

Our uniform unites us as a community, fosters teamwork and School spirit and promotes self-respect and self-regulation. We thank you for your support in ensuring that our students can begin Term 4 wearing their uniforms correctly and well.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

At our Assembly last week we uncovered the truth behind the mysterious footsteps that have been found around Park Campus. Students were introduced to the character ‘Professor Empowerment’ and his series of tools that he uses at different times/stages of his experiments, in the quest to flourish. These include;
– Flag of Friendship (Being a Friend)
– Wand of Wisdom (Striving to Learn)
– Mirror of Me (Valuing themselves)
– Glove of Giving (Thinking of Others)
– Spectacles of Self-Reflection (Being Reflective)

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The aim of Professor Empowerment’s programme, ‘Freedom to Flourish’ is to encourage and support our students, staff and families to work together to enhance the academic, social and emotional outcomes of all students here at Park Campus.

Research suggests that establishing and implementing school-based positive education programs that are tailored to meet the individual needs of students, is essential for them to feel empowered and to flourish in aspects of their lives. In response, we decided that a school-based program, tailored to meet the needs of our students, was required. ‘Freedom to Flourish’ is designed to empower our students on a deeper level and to ensure they are equipped to undertake their role in the 21st Century world.

Professor Empowerment will be visiting us again very soon to assist us with the official launch of his programme, ‘Freedom to Flourish’.

Exciting times ahead for Park Campus students…


The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is completed for 2015 and again we have had a very successful year with 209 Students completing the challenge.  Across the School there were 39 kindergarten students, 32 from Year 1, 42 from Year 2, 15 from Year 3, 35 from Year 4, 17 from Year 5, 28 from Year 6 and a Year 8 student, Jade Williams who has completed the challenge every year since Kindergarten. Well done to these readers, and especially in Years 3 upwards who are expected to take charge of recording their reading and logging it to the Challenge site themselves.

Mrs B Bennett
Teacher Librarian K-6

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

Spring has sprung at Pre-school! Last week we mentioned a surprise at Pre-school and this week we are going to tell you… TADPOLES! Yes, that’s right. Tadpoles. Tadpoles by the dozens and the children are fascinated. Thank you to Kupa-Lilli’s grandma, Di, both the Shakers and Groovers have a tank full of tadpoles of all sizes. We have seen them hatch from their tiny jelly-covered eggs (the mother frog lays thousands of eggs at one time) and are waiting for their legs to grow.

As a consequence of having tadpoles in our room, we have been inundated with frog and tadpole questions, stories, drawings, paintings, jigsaws and life-cycle cutting pasting and colouring activities. From our questions we have learnt lots of interesting facts such as: a group of frogs is called an ‘army’ (as opposed to a ‘knot’ of toads); tadpoles are born with gills; frogs are ‘amphibians’ which means they have 2 lives – one in the water and one on land; ‘metamorphosis’ is the change of shape during the animal’s life; and frogs tend to have smooth, moist skins while toads have dry skins covered with little bumps or warts.

As well as tadpoles keeping us busy, the children have been working very hard on some beautiful Fathers’ Day gifts. We have been reading books and discussing fathers and everything they do for us – take us to the beach, park, Blackbutt, on holidays; build lego; tickle us and love us. However, we can never forget the happiness the children bring to us as summed up by a Shaker boy handing Miss Amber a picture and saying “Here you are Miss Amber, I did a drawing for you because I know I fill your heart with joy”!

>Click here to see some photos of our tadpoles!

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Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Job Opportunities

Subway in Hunter Street is looking for friendly, motivated, responsible team players to join their business. If you are interested in applying and want to be a part of the team send your resume to and see Mrs Rowntree for a copy of the employment form.

North Construction Apprenticeship
 Any student who is interested in doing a carpentry apprenticeship should see Mrs Rowntree for more details as applications close on Monday, 12 October 2015. For more enquiries on what the apprenticeship is about please feel free to email

HSC Revision Workshops

Wise Up Education > click here


HVTC Hunter will be conducting a Pre-Apprenticeship Course in the trades of Mechanical/ Fabrication commencing in October via out Skills Centre in Rutherford, NSW.
See attached flyer with information on the course which is targeted at 15 – 24 year olds that have completed Year 10 (or its equivalent). The course has no cost to the successful applicants and the program can be applied for on the HVTC website ( by clicking job reference DK000061 and uploading all their details. Applications for this program close on Sunday, 13 September at 5.00pm.
> click here

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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 HSC Music Examinations

This week our Year 12 musicians will complete their practical HSC examinations. We wish everyone well as they present a programme which they have been working on for almost a year. I would like to sincerely thank all of those who have assisted with these amazing, young performers this year.

Christ Church Cathedral Flower Festival 2015

Last Saturday, many of our ensembles and Year 12 musicians performed throughout the day at the Christ Church Cathedral Flower Festival. The day’s entertainment commenced with the Grammarphones. It was a pleasure to hear them sing beautifully as their clear sounds filled the Cathedral. Their repertoire is quite demanding and they have been working hard throughout the year. My thanks to Miss Parkes and Mr Power for the wonderful work they do with the Grammarphones.

Some of our Year 12 musicians took the opportunity to have a final run through some of their HSC repertoire. I really enjoyed listening to their polished performances. My thanks to Lexi Halpin, Celine St George, Elizabeth Creevey, Holly Overmyer, Tristram Kalusi and Felix Ferguson for supporting the event. Your music was widely appreciated by all. Mr Clark and Mr Power also accompanied our Year 12 musicians on Saturday.

The Guitar and Brass Ensembles also performed repertoire which added great variety to the afternoon. The Guitar ensemble, directed by Mr Fraser, is developing their repertoire and ensemble skills and is fast becoming a popular ensemble at NGS. The Brass Ensemble, directed by Mr Sherringham, has been a featured group at many events throughout the year and was once again, well received by the crowd.

Our Symphony Orchestra was stunning on Saturday. This group delighted the audiences with works by Greig, Rimsky–Korsakov, Bizet, Bernstein, Offenbach and many others. It is an absolute privilege for me to the director of a group of dedicated and versatile young musicians. The crowd were very appreciative and showed it through their extended applause at the end of our performance. The group finished with their rendition of the Can Can (Galop) from Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach.  This was an exciting way to end the orchestra’s performance. My thanks to Miss Griffith, Mr Clark and Mr Sherringham for supporting the orchestra on Saturday. Well done everyone!

The Chamber Choir finished our part of the day’s entertainment by presenting a wonderful bracket of songs many of which moved the audience. Several soloists were involved with the choir and my thanks to Anastasia Squair, Elizabeth Sebastian, Nicholas Sprott and Michael Sebastian. The singing of Towards Infinity by Paul Jarman was quite moving as was the rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables which closed or performances for the day. My thanks to Miss Sweetman, Mr Sherringham, Emily Spurway and Alex Young for their support in providing beautiful accompaniment for the choir.

I was privileged and proud to be associated with our NGS Musicians on Saturday. Your music was amazing, polished and professionally presented. My thanks to Mr Geoff Overmyer who came along and recorded the Orchestra and Chamber Choir on Saturday and to the many parents who also supported their children by coming along to listen.

Any pictures taken on Saturday would be appreciated if you can send them in please.

Well done everyone. A most rewarding, musical day which added so much to the Flower Festival and delighted people throughout the day.

> Click here to view some of the quick photos from the Flower Festival.

Singapore Fund Raising Event

Mrs Jennifer Bell has organized a Sausage Sizzle at Park Campus on Friday, 18 September. There will be cupcakes and other treats available on the day as well. If anyone would like to donate cakes on the day, please drop them into the Music Basement on the morning of 18 September. My thanks to Mrs Bell and her team of parents and to the Mrs Dyer and the staff at Park Campus.

An Afternoon at the Proms 2015

This wonderful event will be held on Sunday, 22 November in the Sandi Warren Performance Centre. Once again, our guest conductor for the event will be Mr George Ellis. The afternoon will be hosted by a special guest. Please mark this date in your diaries.

Term 3 Music Events

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

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.

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


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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Sport News

>Click here to find further information on this weeks sporting news:
– Netball
– Student Achievements
– NSWCIS Athletics Championships
– Futsal
– Aerobics
– Tennis
– HRIS Primary Gala Day Teams
– Surf Lifesaving / Surfing
– Rowing
– Touch Football

Mock Trial Success

The Mock Trial team has been successful again! Last Friday they defeated Warners Bay High School in the Round of 32 and now go on to compete in the Round of 16. The competition is run by the NSW Law Society and at the beginning of the competition there were approximately 160 schools entered. The team consisted of Stephen Kerras (Barrister 1), Ethan Spiers (Barrister 2), Eve Turner (Solicitor), Stephanie Illiadis (Witness 1), Michael Rewitt (Witness 2) and Sabrina Kliousis (Court Officer). They are coached by ex-student Lachlan Wilson (NGS 2002) who is currently Special Counsel at Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

They were defending a poor, innocent farmer who really, really loves her sheep of cruelty to animals. Using Section 8(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 they convinced the Magistrate that the prosecution had not proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that the accused had not done everything reasonably practicable to provide sufficient water, food and shelter for her sheep while she was in hospital having her badly broken ankle attended to. The team argued that she had done everything reasonably practicable given she was completely doped up on pain killers. They are looking forward to the next round early in Term 4.

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Leaving NGS?

One full Term’s notice must be given in writing to the Head of School prior to the withdrawal of a Student from the School, otherwise one full Term’s fees are payable. This does not apply to Year 12 Students in their last Term at the School.

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

Speech Day Sponsorship

Thank you to all of the School families that have continued to sponsor prizes at Newcastle Grammar School’s Speech Day.  This event is a prize giving ceremony for students who have excelled in varying areas throughout the year and it is attended by all students from Kindergarten to Year 12.  Staff, parents and extended family are encouraged to attend the ceremony and this regularly results in an audience of over 1200 people.  This year’s presentation will be held at the Great Hall, University of Newcastle on Wednesday, 2 December 2015.

As we prepare for this event, we would like to provide you or your company with the opportunity to sponsor a prize.  In return for your generous donation, acknowledgement will be provided through the following:
– Business name included in Speech day programme book.

Should you wish to take up this opportunity, please contact me ( as soon as possible to discuss suitable prizes. Please note, prizes will be allocated based on a first come, first served basis.

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 14 September:

Tue 15 September
Jacquelene Doran
Hayley Martin

Wed 16 September:
Aznive Beesley
Julieanne Vickery

Thu 17 September:
Carmen Cox

Fri 18 September:

Park Campus

Mon 14 September:

Tue 15 September:
Siobhan Marr

Wed 16 September:
Jonathon Spencer

Thu 17 September:
Allison Van Gaal

Fri 18 September:
Emily Macdonald

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