From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas
Well done to our Elective Art students and the musicians who played at the Annual Art Exhibition on Friday night. Charlotte Bell in Year 10 is this year’s Acquisition Prize winner. >Click here to see Charlotte’s work titled ‘Passer by’. Piano trios and one quartet delighted those who had gathered to see the Art work. These students were Emily Bell, Jackson Boden, Georgia Ferguson, Tan Hasdarngkul, Niamh Leonard-England, James Carraro, Ricky Park, William Carraro, Isaac Duncan-Daley, Alice Carraro, Thomas Carraro and James Carraro. Design and Technology students also had work on display and it was terrific to see the breadth of media both exhibitions displayed.
Bambazoole and Brass RaZoo also held their concert on Friday evening. The depth of musical talent combined with the enthusiasm and passion these students have for their music was evident. I congratulate all involved in what was a highly professional and energising concert.
Good luck to all our students who begin their end of year examinations next week. Remember examinations are part of the learning process. As this week ends, our HSC students are finally reaching a point in time they can’t quite believe. We have had many happy students feeling a huge sense of relief and pride as they finish their final examinations. Congratulations Year 12 on reaching this milestone.
Congratulations to Michael Papadopoulus and Isaac Duncan-Daley, both in Year 7, who travel to Barcelona today with the U15 Australian Futsal team.
Congratulations also to Jade Williams in Year 8 who was presented with a certificate at the Hill Campus Assembly on Tuesday by local State representative Tim Crakanthorp in recognition of her effort in raising over $5000 for the Leukaemia Foundation and the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program.
From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson
Last week we hosted over 100 students for our Year 5 and Year 7 Orientation Days. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to become familiar with the Hill Campus environment and the teachers and students they will share their educational journey with next year. Students participated in a range of activities, including Drama, PE, ScienceFest and Tech Ed.
We hope they all enjoyed the day spent with us on the Hill Campus, and look forward to welcoming them to the School in 2016.
HSC and the Year 12 BBQ
Our Year 12 students have now completed their HSC Examinations, and we congratulate them on this incredible effort. To celebrate their achievements, we’re hosting a Year 12 BBQ on Thursday, 17 December at 12.30pm on Merrick Quad. We hope to see all our wonderful Year 12 students there.
– Year 10 began their Yearly Examinations this week.
– Years 7 – 9 will begin their examinations next week.
Please >Click here for the Examination Timetable
Please >Click here for the Examination Rules
We wish them well during this period.
From Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey
Opal relates to applications for next year and onwards. Basically all applications are now done online (unfortunately this will not be on the website until next week), the informations is retained by Transport of NSW, the applicant prints a copy of the form and submits it to their school and the school endorses the application. I do not know how the application is endorsed (possibly online). New applications are only required for new students, students changing school, students changing address (from 2016 and onwards) and students entering Kindergarten, Year 3 and Year 7. The website for applicaions is www.transportnsw.info/school-students
The SSTS eligibility criteria is still the same. Transport operators will not be issuing Term Passes or Replacement passes next year. Ineligible students can still pay a fare per trip or purchase a child/youth Opal Card (visit www.opal.com.au ).
From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker
Year 10 End of Year Programme
The Year 10 End of Year Programme (EOYP) runs during Week 8 of Term 4 and it promises to be a great week of skill building, personal development, collaboration, service to the community and fun.
In order to complete all of the preparations for this week, we need to ensure that permission slips have been returned by the end of Week 6, prior to the students going on Work Experience. In addition, students need to complete their online registration for the First Aid Course being run as part of this programme. The students have been sent an email with instructions regarding this process.
We hope that they are looking forward to this week and all it has to offer.
Resilience: The Magic Bullet
Resilience is the magic bullet that everyone wants to acquire – teachers want to help their children become resilient, politicians want to transform the country to make us resilient, corporates want their staff to be the best they can against all odds. Above all, parents want their children to be resilient and they, themselves, want to be resilient as they cope with the challenges of 21st-century parenting. But telling someone to be resilient does not make a person so. Just asking a person to be ‘good’ does not help them to be different. To make individuals resilient we need to offer skills and resources to help them think, feel or act differently.
Resilience and coping are linked in that resilience generally refers to the ability to be able to ‘bounce back’ despite adversity or setbacks and coping is what we do. Having good coping resources is a key way to contribute to personal resilience. It is an asset that can be acquired. Coping can be construed as what we think, do or feel and resilience is the outcome.
Parents and teachers can help children develop coping capacity when facing difficult situations through modelling and teaching various coping activities. For example, modelling the value of trial and error, being playful as well as serious, being able to show emotions and also practising being calm and relaxed. Each approach can be helpful – depending on the situation. Other useful skills can be developed through mindfulness techniques and being able to engage in conversations about fears and how to deal with them.
Adapted from the work of Erica Frydenberg PhD
Macquarie House Coordinators
Ms B Patel & Mrs V Dart
Wow, what an amazing week we have had. Thank you to the whole NGS community for making Macquarie Day, with Splendour on the Courts and the Macquarie Chapel Service such a resounding success. We were blown away with how everyone connected through music, dance, food and friendship. There was a wonderful vibe on both days and we raised in excess of $2000 which will allow our charity ‘Wall of Hands’ to set up a library in a remote indigenous community.
Next week’s article will be full of photos from Splendour on the Courts, but today we would like you to share both the clip shown in Tuesday’s assembly and the wonderful address written and delivered by Year 11 Macquarie students Niamh Brown, Eliza McGowan and Elizabeth Sebastian: https://youtu.be/uaWA2GbcnJU
Macquarie House Chapel Main Address
>Click here to read the address delivered at the Macquarie Chapel Service.
From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer
In 2016 Learning and Teaching will take place within the Primary School model, which extends from Kindergarten to Year 6. We are committed to equipping our students with the tools to grow into active lifelong learners and responsible, compassionate world citizens. This approach allows us to challenge and extend our students as we develop their research skills and inquiry methods allowing them to experience a superb platform for learning in the Secondary years. Our Primary students will be encouraged to bring their natural curiosity into our vibrant learning environment, where they will be given opportunities to inquire, build understanding and take responsibility for their learning.
We welcome Ms Amy Bibby who will take on the role of Head of K-6 Learning and Teaching next year to assist us develop our vision. Dr Katie Waters will move into a technology role to improve learning outcomes in this area. Mr Ryan Wood will join us and familiar faces like Mrs Natalie van Dyke and Mr Rhys Potter will remain with us. After almost 30 years of full time service to the School, Mrs Helen Tabart moves into a part time role in 2016. Mrs Kate O’Mara returns to teaching from leave and Ms Sheree Tonks will work in the library enabling us to extend the hours of library operation.
Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp
Week 4 at Pre-school went very smoothly with one of the highlights being the commencement of the NGS Kindergarten orientation process. The first group of Pre-school children transitioned well and returned to Pre-school full of enthusiasm and (a little bit of) self- importance. Some children, who were a little anxious at going, came back to Pre-school literally skipping with excitement. One child exclaimed “I’m ready to go to school now!” And another, “This is the best day ever!” However, the excitement was short lived when we explained they had to wait a whole week before they would return.
A lot of the excitement centred on the children meeting their buddies and some of the buddies have subsequently been at the Pre-school fence chatting with their young charges. We are sure that the next three orientations will go just as well.
The Pre-school Term 4 Newsletter was distributed this week and attached to it is the invitation to the Pre-school Christmas Concert that will take place on Wednesday, 9 December. Over the next few weeks the children will be rehearsing at The Sandi Warren Performance Centre (the hall), preparing for their big day.
Next week our Christmas ‘Giving Trees’ will go up in both the Groover and Shaker rooms and, over the following 4 weeks, we will be talking with the children about the importance of ‘giving’ especially to people less fortunate than us.
Lastly, the children have something exciting to share with everyone. After weeks, talking about life cycles and nurturing our tadpoles, the children arrived one morning to discover a frog (“an actual frog!” said one of the Groover children) on a lily pad! It was like all our dreams had come true!
Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree
>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
– Expos & Forums
– Cadetships ,Apprenticeships & Traineeships
– Early Entry
– Information Sessions
– Overseas Opportunities
– Work Experience
– Jobs and Career Opportunities for Students
– Resources for Students – Free
– Summer Courses
– Alternative Pathways
– New Courses
From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young
Brass RaZoo and Bamboozle Fundraiser
Last Friday night the restaurant at the Merewether Bowling Club was filled with guests who were treated to some fine music by both of our Jazz based ensembles. Bamboozle, under the direction of Mr Paul Isaacs opened the night and it’s easy to see how this group has developed through 2015.
The choice of repertoire was excellent and there were some very stylistic solos coming through some of the tunes. Congratulations to all members of Bamboozle who attended and supported the evening.
Brass RaZoo have six Year 12 students leaving the band with some of them having been in the band for 4 years. During this time, we have seen the musical development of each of our Year 12 musicians. They are a group of young people who always encourage younger musicians to get in and have a go.
Mrs Thomas presented each of the departing Year 12 students with a small token of our thanks and spoke on the importance of younger musicians taking advantage of the start they had been given at NGS.
Brass RaZoo continue to flourish under the direction of Mr Leigh Sherringham. The two sets the band performed on Friday night demonstrated the versatility of the group with tunes from Ella Fitzgerald to Tower of Power. My thanks to Mr Sherringham for his continued work with band and to Mrs Thomas for her kind words.
Of course, it must be said that the staff at Merewether Bowling club were excellent and really looked after us all. Thanks to Simone and her team at Osteria.
Finally, I’d like to thank Mrs Leonie Young for her organisation of the event and all of the kind parents who donated raffle prizes which made the night quite a successful one.
Piano Trios At Student Art Exhibition
Last Friday night, our Piano Trios and the Carraro family quartet were featured at the opening of the student art exhibition. We now have three trios in our chamber music program and my thanks goes to Ricky Park, Isaac Duncan Daley, Will Carraro, Niamh Leonard England, Tan Hasdarngkul, James Carraro, Emily Bell, Georgia Ferguson and Jackson Boden for their wonderful music. Mr Power looks after our chamber music ensembles and I would like to thank him for his work with these talented students.
It’s also important to note the support of the Carraro family at this event. The family quartet performed for about 40 minutes on the night much to the delight of the guests.
Thanks to everyone for their support.
Cocktails and Music
This Saturday, 7 November, parents and friends are invited to attend a Cocktail and Music event to be held at the Newcastle Club from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are $90 and are available now at the Hill Campus Reception. This is a fundraiser for Singapore and will be a great night featuring entertainment by the Music staff and Senior Music students. Please note there are strict dress codes at the Newcastle Club. Guests are not permitted to enter the club if wearing the following: denim, sweatshirts, shorts, athletic apparel or collarless shirts. No running shoes, sandals or athletic footwear of any kind. Clothing with any slogans or advertising not permitted.
Music Rehearsal Day – 25 November
This year’s rehearsals for Speech Day and the Carol Service will be held on Wednesday, 25 November. Students in Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Grammarphones and Chamber Choir are involved in sessions throughout the day. The schedule for the day has been loaded to all groups on MBC and sent by email. Please check the schedule carefully.
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 now commence at 5.00pm which is a change from the staring time in the 2015 School Calendar. Please note the time change. Tickets are $25 for a Family or $15 a Single and are available from the Hill Campus Reception.
Saturday,7 November: Cocktail Party at the Newcastle Club. 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
Sunday, 22 November: An Afternoon at the Proms 5.00pm SWPC.
Saturday, 28 November: 6.00pm Christ Church Cathedral NGS Carol Service
Tuesday, 1 December: Speech Day Rehearsals
Wednesday, 2 December: Speech Day
Thursday, 3 December: Tour Rehearsal Day (Schedule to be emailed)
Friday, 4 December: Final Morning rehearsals finishing at midday.
Sunday, 6 December: Depart for Singapore
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.
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, 5.00pm Proms (SWPC)
23 November: Rehearsal Day for Carols & Speech Day, Separate Schedule – TBA
3 December: 9.00am Rehearsal Day, Separate Schedule, (Arts Space)
4 December: 9.00am Pack Up, (Arts Space)
6 December: Tour Commences
Images: Brass RaZoo Dinner Dance & ‘fleeting 2015’ Art Exhibition.
From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll
Basketball training has finished for 2015 due to the commencement of the Yearly Examinations, followed by the Year 7-10 Empowerment Programme.
The three training sessions this term have been used to evaluate individual player talent and assist in the grading of the teams for the competition which begins early in Term 1, 2016. At this stage it appears that there will be one U16 boys team, two U19 girls teams and two U19 boys teams. Teams will be finalised over the summer with final team lists announced when students return to school in January.
If you have any questions concerning the grading of teams or the upcoming competition do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr P Hopson – MIC Basketball
HRIS Primary Invitational Touch Gala Day
NGS will be competing in an Invitational HRIS Primary Touch Gala Day on Wednesday, 11 November at Wallsend Touch Fields.
Congratulations to the following students in Year 6 who have been selected to represent NGS on the day.
Primary Boys: Lachlan Carey, Carter Everett, Ben Henderson, Nicholas Marlette, Eoin Turner, Jett Robinson, Stanley Leung, Dominic Leishman, Leo Hasdarnkgul, Max Duffy Smith, Harry Chung, Ethan Myers,
Primary Girls: Lauren McLardy, Eliza Guest, Isabelle Oakley, Sophie Franks, Vivien Kuru, Maddison Montgomery, Isobel Harbury, Emma McGrath, Isobel Prince, Brilee Stubbs, Ciara Leung, Skye Simpson
Ms C Byrnes – Stewart Sports Coordinator.
Co-Curricular Summar Touch
The NGS Seals U/12 Girls team played an amazing game last Tuesday night disposing of their opposition 2 – 1.
The year 6 girls played a strong defensive game giving their opponents limited opportunities. Lauren McLardy and Eliza Guest played an outstanding defensive game.
Round 6 – Tuesday, 10 November 2015
8 Girls: NGS Divas – 4.15pm Miss Aimee Hill
8 Boys: NGS Roosters – 3.45pm Mr Daly/Miss Aimee Kerr
10 Girls: NGS Swifts – 4.45pm Miss Natasha Robards
10 Boys: NGS Power Pugs – 5.15pm Ms Byrnes
10 Boys: NGS Marshalls – 5.45pm Mr Newling
12 Girls: NGS Seals – 6.15pm Ms Byrnes
12 Girls: NGS Lightning – 6.15pm Mrs Bright
12 Boys: NGS Buttercups – 6.45pm Mr Joe Ryan
12 Boys: NGS Bolts – 6.45pm Mr Daniel Abulfia
14 Girls: NGS Magical Moustaches – 7.45pm Miss Lucy Judd
14 Girls: NGS Sugar Babes – 7.15pm Ms Byrnes
14 Boys: NGS Skinny Baboons – 7.45pm Mr Stevens
Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch
All training sessions will continue as normal with exception of the details below
Week 5 – Year 10 Students: No Morning Training Monday, 2 – Thursday, 5. Afternoon sessions are optional.
Week 6 – Year 6-9 Students: No Morning Training Monday, 9 – Thursday, 12. Afternoon sessions are optional- please advise your coach if you will not be attending.
Year 10 and 11 Students: Morning training will be consolidated to the same day after consultation with you. Details to be confirmed.
Loreto Normanhurst Regatta – Saturday, 7 November
The following students will be attending the Loreto Normanhurst Regatta, departing Friday, 6 November at 3.30pm and Racing Saturday, 7 November. Please return permission note if you have not done so already. (Details and Permission note- emailed out)
Gabby Angus, Samira Bagga, Sam Barnett, Lillian Bennett, Bridie Bland, Max Boyd, Eoin Brown, Tyla Casey-Knight, Sarah Dykes, Alex Earp, Bronson Elsley, Kieran Fallon, Liam Farragher, Lili Farragher- Hoey, William Gardner, Emerson Gosling, Jackson Gosling, Kate Hackett, Corby Holmberg, Oscar Jeffery, Saxon Leibbrandt, Connor Mc Donald, Nicholas McGrath, Abby Morrin, Alex Oakley, Acacia Ozturk, Amelia Pawley, Paige Peterson, Emily Prickett, Kyle Riley, Kirsty Rochow, Reilly Rothwell, Maximilian Routh, Jadon Routley, Dan Turner, Vincent Unie, Shelby Walters, Oliver Wentworth, Liam Wilson, Finn Wilson, Sebastian Young, Nathan Young.
Newcastle University Regatta – Sunday, 8 November
The following students will be racing at Berry Park on Sunday, 7 November. This regatta will be over by 1.30pm. Details will be emailed out this week.
NUBC Regatta – Sunday, 8 November
Oliver Ashton, Ewan McGaffin, Jackson Bartley, Joe McGaffin, James Carraro, James Myles, Will Carraro, Joel Owers, Jazz Cooper, Kishok Pradeepan, Desmond Doolan, Henry Riddell, Alex Ferch, Alexander Rose, Ned Fagan, Nicholas Seah, Declan Higgins, Ashley Sewell, Connor Hudson, Athan Siderovski, Henry Knights, Blain Stubbs, Jackson Lane, Ned Turner, James Lilleyman, Nicholas Young.
Independent Schools Championships (ISRA) Sunday, 22 November
This regatta is one of our priority regattas for the season, all students Years 7-11 are expected to attend. Rowers will compete in seeded divisions against other rowers in their year group. If you cannot attend please contact Mrs Ellis immediately.
Students will depart Saturday mid-morning, have a training row at the Regatta Complex and familiarize themselves with the lanes before staying overnight together and racing on Sunday. Please liaise with me if you have commitments on Sunday which limit your ability to travel with the group- I have already booked accommodation and catering, so I need to be aware of anyone that is not attending.
Details and permission note have been emailed out.
Mrs S Ellis – Rowing Coordinator
Art Exhibition – ‘fleeting’
Mrs Tonia Martin
Friday evening, 30 October, 2015 the Opening of the Annual Exhibition of Students’ Artworks – “fleeting, 2015” was held in Holland Staff Common Room, Holland Building, Hill Campus. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to display the art making of our elective students in such a stunning exhibition space.
The evening was very successful with those gathered treated to the art making of Elective Visual Art Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 and performances by some of our Music Scholarship students.
Congratulations and thank you to the NGS Piano Trios: Three’s a Crowd – Ricky Park, William Carraro, Isaac Duncan-Daley
B Natural – Emily Bell, Jackson Boden and Georgia Ferguson.
The Rose and two Thorns – Tan Hasdarngkul, Niamh Leonard-England and James Carraro
Guests also enjoyed music provided by The Quadrarro String Quartet – William, Alice, Thomas & James Carraro.
The exhibition was visually engaging, highlighting the diversity and talents of the elective Visual Arts Students. Art forms displayed included paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, video and photography.
Our guest for the evening was Dr Helena Bezzina. Dr Bezzini is currently work with Newcastle Art Gallery as Visitor Service, Audience Development Coordinator. She is an experienced gallery and museum professional with previous positions within the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Australia and Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum. During her Masters in Art Education and PhD she specialized in museum and gallery studies, providing significant insights into the role of galleries operating within the community as sites of cultural engagement and learning.
Dr Bezzina spoke encouragingly of the opportunities available to the students – encouraging them to enjoy and immerse themselves into their art making. She was passionate about the need for the students to utilise their art making to express their opinions and communicate with the wider world; to continue to make comment and to encourage others to think and reflect. She acknowledged the support of parents and educators in the development of the students’ experiences within the Visual Arts. Dr Bezzina was impressed with the diversity and quality of the artworks produced by the students.
As established through tradition, our guest for the evening is given the task of choosing a range of Highly Commended and Commended Awards and also selecting the Annual Student Acquisition Prize.
Congratulations to the following students:
Commended Awards were presented to:
Hannah Everett (Year 10): “Salt and Graffiti” – Monoprint
Andrea Tiernan (Year 11): “Magritte” – Watercolour and Pen Drawing Series
Anna Doyle (Year 11): “Fragments” – Mixed Media Sculpture and Photography
Emily Spurway (Year 11): “Remembered” – Mixed Media Work
Year 9 Visual Arts Class – Collaborative Wire Insect Sculptures
Highly Commended Awards were presented to:
Margot Roberts (Year 9): “Afterwards” – Mixed Media Drawing
Emerson Lees (Year 9): “52 Spoons” – Mixed Media Sculpture
The Student Acquisition Prize was awarded to:
Charlotte Bell (Year 10): “Passer by” – Monoprint
I would like to thank the Visual Arts students for their passion, imagination, creativity and cooperation. All participating students should be extremely proud of their achievements throughout 2015.
We would also like to say thank you to Mr Power for the time he gives to preparing the musicians, thank you to the TAS and Hospitality Staff and Students for their ongoing support.
Thank you to the Visual Arts students who assisted on Opening Night and with supervision of the gallery space over the weekend and the members of the School community who have conveyed their positive feedback and congratulations to us. Thank you also to Mrs Owers for the support given to me and for all the extra work she undertook to ensure the success of the exhibition.
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Christmas Holiday Hours
The Uniform Shop is open the usual business hours until Wednesday, 2 December.
For all Uniform Fittings beyond this date you can now book an on-line appointment.
Go to https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/
Enter the Event Code: LEC5J
On-line Bookings are available from:
Monday, 7 December 2015(running for 1-2 weeks depending on demand)
Monday, 11 January – Thursday, 14 January 2016.
Avoid the rush and book your appointment now.
If you are unable to make these allocated times, please phone reception on 4929 5811 prior to the holidays to arrange an alternative fitting date.
Mrs K Fischer
Uniform Shop Manager
Canteen Volunteer Christmas Get-together
Mrs Kaylene Robson & Mrs Karen Ashton
Newcastle Grammar School would like to invite all our wonderful Canteen Volunteers to a Christmas Get-together:
Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Where: Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant – 116 Hannell Street, Wickham
Dinner will be provided for our Volunteers.
Hope you all can make it for a fun night. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Please RSVP to either Kaylene on Ph: 4929 5811 or Karen on Ph: 2925 2121 before Monday, 9 November.
Mon 9 November:
Tue 10 November:
Wed 11 November:
Thu 12 November:
Fri 13 November:
Mon 9 November:
Tue 10 November:
Wed 11 November:
Thu 12 November:
Fri 13 November:
Cyber Safety Seminar
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
Healthy Eating Pyramid Changes
Nutrition Australia has updated The Healthy Eating Pyramid. It is a simple visual guide to the types and proportion of foods that we should eat every day for good health.
It contains the five core food groups, plus healthy fats, according to how much they contribute to a balanced diet based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013).
The Healthy Eating Pyramid encourages Australians to enjoy a variety of foods from every food group, every day.
Visit www.nutritionaustralia.org for more information about the Pyramid and healthy eating.