From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Last Friday was certainly a terrific day at Park Campus. The excitement about the Fun Fair grew through the day and the boys and girls had great fun enjoying the rides, the sack races, the fun hair styles, the food and lots more. My thanks to Mrs Katherine Dunn and Mrs Germeen Kaldas who were the key organisers and the many parents who helped out. A special thank you to all our sponsors – published later in this newsletter – and to our new Prefects who clearly enjoyed their role.

Next week we welcome Year 4 students to the Hill Campus for their Orientation Day on Tuesday. This transition is one that is filled with both excitement and naturally some nerves and the staff on the Hill Campus are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.  New Year 7 students will join our current Year 6 for their Orientation Day on 30 October.

This week, Year 6 displayed their musical talents in a terrific concert for their parents, our rowers prepared for their regatta at Berry Park on Saturday, the SATU enjoyed their bivouac, our Primary staff were involved in professional learning around the new Australian Curriculum History syllabus and the HSC continued with examinations in Biology, Extension English and Mathematics.

Congratulations to:
Keegan Harvey (Year 8) who was selected in the NSW Country Junior Team to compete in Albury at the 2016 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) in January.

Amelia Sadler (Year 9) who placed second in the Junior Ladies (U19) at the NSW Figure Skating Championships last weekend and has qualified for the National titles in December.

Mr Rob Barter who was awarded a medal from the Australian Army for 20 years of service to cadet units in Australia.

From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day

Our Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day will be held on Friday, 30 October. The day will commence at 8.35am in Horbury Hunt Hall with a welcome from the Head of School. Students will then complete a range of activities to assist with the transition to Stage 4. We are also holding a Parent Information Session at 9.00am to introduce parents to the structure and procedures for Stage 4, and provide an opportunity to ask questions in preparation for 2016.

Year 10 Yearly Examination Timetable & Examination Rules

Year 10 students will commence their Yearly Examinations on Monday, 2 November. Please see below links for Examination Timetable and Examination Rules.  Notes giving permission for students to leave school following exams need to be returned to Mrs McGowan by Friday, 30 October.

Please >click here for the Examination Timetable

Please >click here for the Examination Rules


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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Children And Media – 12 Tips For Parents

In a world where children are ‘growing up digital’, it is important to help them to learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. To learn more >Click Here

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Macquarie House Coordinators
Ms B Patel & Mrs V Dart

This week we would like to introduce Macquarie’s Mad Week 4. Our House Day has been moved to Wednesday next week – 28 October and the theme is ‘Splendour on the Courts’. We will be hosting NGS’s first ever ‘Silent Disco’.

We would like the NGS community to join us in our very own music festival, there will be 2 DJ’s playing some pumping tracks and if you want to take part you will need to purchase a festival band prior to the day for $2. This will increase to $3 on the day.

We are asking students to get organised by pre-purchasing the festival band and then putting it round their wrist on Wednesday. The band will allow them access to the courts and a set of headphones which will let them flick between the live DJ’s beats.

Festival bands will be on sale during recess and at lunch on Merrick all this week, don’t forget your money!

In order to show our connectedness to each other, Macquarie House is encouraging students to wear their NGS sports uniform and accessorise it with ONE piece of red attire. For example a red wig, socks, badge, bow tie, hat… Please give a gold coin donation to our charity when entering the school in costume.

We would also like everyone to ‘remember to REconnect’ with each other by bringing a picnic rug and sitting on the courts to share lunch with one another.

During recess we will be selling some yummy treats and at lunch there will be a BBQ.

The day after the festival we will present our house chapel at the Cathedral, the focus is on connectedness and there will be some musical performances by Macquarie House members.

Macquarie House is hoping to raise lots of money for our charity ‘The Wall of Hands’, so polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie!

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Week 2 was a very eventful week for Park Campus in preparation for two momentous events which took place on Friday.

We welcomed, Bishop Peter, the Assistant Bishop of the Newcastle Diocese, who led us in Chapel and taught us about the meaning and significance of many special symbols of the Anglican Church, some of which appear on our Newcastle Grammar School emblem.

Chapel was followed by possibly the most exciting assembly so far this year. Firstly, we had a ‘surprise’ celebration for Mrs Thomas’ one-year anniversary as Head of Newcastle Grammar School. Kindergarten to Year 4 sang their thanks for Mrs Thomas in a beautiful rendition of George Harrison’s, ‘If Not for You’. Many students gave special thank you messages via imovie, and two of our Kindergarten students, Harvey Van Gaal and Chloe Armitage, presented Mrs Thomas with flowers and a special artwork made by the Pre-School students. We thank Mrs Thomas for support, hard work and guidance over the past year.

Just as we thought assembly could not be any more exciting, we had more very special visitors! Professor Empowerment, himself, scootered into assembly. He was joined by some of his colleagues from the ‘Freedom to Flourish’ headquarters. It was amazing! They showed us how each and every one of us can use the five special tools to become ‘Professors of Empowerment’ and be the best that we can be. We can’t wait until they return to Park Campus.

And if that is not enough excitement for one day, assembly was followed by the Park Campus Fun Fair. This was a wonderful occasion for family fun, rides, slides and obstacle courses, show bags, crazy hair stands and face painting. Thank you to all the parent helpers, maintenance staff and Year 12 students who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and on Friday evening to make this event such a success. Special thanks to Mrs Dunn and Mrs Kaldas for their hard work and the following sponsors – Purnell Trophies, Robinson Property, Endota Spa Newcastle, PKF Wealth, Valley Motor Auctions, Century 21 Carkeet Johns Smith, Eye Surgeons Kotara, Yogurtland and the families who made silent donations.

Year 5, 2016 Orientation Day

Year 5, 2016 Orientation Session – On Tuesday, 27 October, the current Year 4 group will be transported to Hill Campus’ Horbury Hunt Hall for Orientation Day. Any new Year 5 students to the School will also be invited to attend. The day will begin with a session for students in the Hall and will follow on with organised activities and a BBQ lunch. Students must bring their own recess and dress in their Sports Uniform for the day’s activities. The day will conclude at 1.00pm, when the Park Campus students will be transported back to School.

A parent session will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 3 November at 6.30pm in Horbury Hunt Hall to provide an opportunity to ask questions in preparation for 2016.



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Photos of last Friday’s activities.

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From the Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts
Mrs Tonia Martin

Art Exhibition – ‘fleeting’

The Visual Arts Department and all elective Visual Arts students are currently preparing for the annual exhibition of student artworks and we are very pleased to announce that the Visual Arts students will be supported by the Music Scholarship students for this event.

The NGS Piano Trios and Quadrarro String Quartet will be performing on the Opening Night.

This is our one opportunity to highlight the outstanding achievements of our young artists within the Newcastle Grammar School community. Artworks have been produced during the students’ artmaking lessons and within the guidelines of the Visual Arts syllabus.

All elective Visual Arts students are represented in the exhibition. They have worked tirelessly during 2015 to produce works which are engaging, informed and well executed. All works are conceptually strong and highlight the technical capabilities of students from Years 9, 10 and 11.

When selecting a name for this year’s Student Exhibition the practice of artmaking was analysed and considered – students are encouraged to research, explore, interpret, analyse and discover. To do this successfully they undertake a journey – a journey that can take them in many directions, a journey that can change direction, evolve and expand. They must consider the concept and ideas behind their artmaking – how they are going to communicate with the audience, the impact their work will have on the viewer, how their artmaking can touch others.


passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory; primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration

fleeting beauty; a fleeting glance

The students’ ideas may take a long time to develop or they may be quite fleeting – something they pass over very quickly only to return to and investigate further. Our opportunity to engage with their work is fleeting – the exhibition is over before we realise. The academic year vanishes quickly – we see the fleeting beauty around us and often only give it a fleeting glance.

We warmly invite all families and friends to attend the Opening of the Exhibition on Friday evening 30 October at 6.00pm in the Holland Staff Common Room, Holland Building, Hill Campus. Your support of the students would be greatly appreciated.

The exhibition is also be open for viewing on Saturday, 31 October and Sunday, 1 November between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

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Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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>Click here to find further information on the variety of events coming up that you may be interested in attending:

– Course and Institute Information Sessions for Students and Parents

– Course and Workshops for Students
– Open Days
– Scholarships
– Overseas Opportunities
– Work Experience
– Jobs and Career Opportunities for Students
– Other News

From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Music Scholarship Recital

This event, scheduled for next Thursday, 15 October, has been postponed and will now be held on Tuesday, 27 October at 6.00pm in the Arts Space.

Brass RaZoo and Bamboozle Fundraiser

This year, this great night of entertainment will be held at Merewether Bowling Club on Friday, 30 October commencing at 7.00pm. Please come along and support these brilliant young musicians. Tickets are now on sale at the >Flexischools website.

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.

Brass RaZoo Auditions for 2016

Brass Razoo auditions will be held on Monday, 26 October in the Arts Space at lunchtimes.

These positions need to be filled for 2016: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet x 2, Trombone and female vocalist. Please read below for the audition requirements.

Instruments required: Audition requirements
Alto Sax: Earth Wind and Fire Dance Mix/Libertango + Sight Reading
Tenor Sax: Earth Wind and Fire Dance Mix/Libertango + Sight Reading
Trumpet: Earth Wind and Fire Dance Mix/Libertango + Sight Reading
Trombone: Earth Wind and Fire Dance Mix/Libertango + Sight Reading
Female Vocal: Jazz –  Its only a Paper Moon, Rock –  Respect

In the Audition, you will be required to play your part along with the rhythm section and perform a Sight Reading exercise.

The resources you need for the auditions can be found at the following links:

Sheet music available here – S:/Music 2015/Brass Razoo/AUDITION MATERIAL

Audio samples of the actual arrangements here
Earth Wind and Fire:
Its Only A Paper Moon:

Once the audition process is completed we will let you know the outcome and rehearsals will begin this year.

Please email Mr Sherringham your Expression of Interest:

Year 6 Instrumental Performance

On Tuesday, 20 October, all students in the Year 6 Instrumental Programme will have the opportunity to perform in their class groups at the Year 6 Band Night to be held in Horbury Hunt Hall.

This exciting event will not only provide a performance outlet for the Year 6 students, but also give the parents a first-hand look at the program and to have a chat with the tutors and the Music staff.

The evening will commence at 5.30 pm and conclude around 6.30pm.

It is most important that all students attend as performances will be in individual class groups. It is difficult for groups to function successfully with missing students.

I encourage parents to attend this event to see what your children have been learning for the past two years. I look forward to speaking with you on the night.

Term 4 Events

Tuesday, 27 October: Music Scholars Recital – 6.00pm (Arts Space)
Friday, 30 October: Brass RaZoo and Bamboozle Dinner Dance – 7.00pm (Merewether Bowling Club)
Sunday, 22 November: An Afternoon at the Proms – 5.00pm (SWPC) Please Note Time Change

Singapore Rehearsals… not many to go!

All students must attend all rehearsals in Term 4. 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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Mock Trial

Unfortunately the Mock Trial team has come to the end of its run of victories.

Having made Round 7 of this State-wide competition (with only 16 schools left) we came up against a very professional team from St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour. We fought hard in a very close trial, going down by only 5 points (329 to 324).

This school were runners-up in the competition last year and have made the Grand Final many times in the last few years, so it was no disgrace to be beaten by such a high quality team and we wish them success in the final couple of rounds.

The team were: Stephanie Illiadis (Barrister 1), Stephen Kerras (Barrister 2), Eve Turner (Solicitor), Sabrina Kliousis (Witness 1), Ethan Spiers (Witness 2) and Gabby Angus (Court Officer). They are coached by ex-student Lachlan Wilson (NGS 1998) who is currently Special Counsel at Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

Many of the team intend to back-up next year and with the experience they have gained this year, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

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:
– Aerobics
– HRIS Touch Gala Day
– HRIS Tennis Gala Day
– Futsal
– Co-curricular Touch Football

Brass Razoo & Bamboozle
Dinner Dance

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Maths Club
Every Thursday Lunchtime

We all know that Maths is the most important subject in the whole universe. So why do many students find it so daunting? Because… They haven’t joined the Maths Club! Maths is an essential part of everyday life, and it stems into most university degrees and careers. Not only that, but it can be an enjoyable and engaging experience which requires students to collaborate and solve problems will be enjoyed together.

Maths Club will be available to students in Years 5 to 8 in the library every Thursday lunch from Week 4. Many fun games will be played and there are prizes to be won! We hope to see you there!

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

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 26 October:
Edwina Forrest

Tue 27 October:
Hayley Martin

Wed 28 October:
Elizabeth Sprott
Kathryn McGowan

Thu 29 October:
Lesley Filby

Fri 30 October:
Kate Ellis

Park Campus

Mon 26 October:
Jonathon Spencer

Tue 27 October:
Siobhan Marr

Wed 28 October:
Allison Van Gaal

Thu 29 October:
Alette Schot

Fri 30 October:
Lesley Filby
Kym Carpenter

Cyber Safety Seminar
Susan McLean

Newcastle Grammar School is delighted to host a complimentary Cyber Safety Seminar on Monday, 16 November at 6.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall.

Telephone Reception to reserve your seat on Ph: 4929 5811.
>Click here to view the poster of information

Visual Arts

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