From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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As we approach the end of the term, our students have opportunities to end the school year positively. Last week, Year 10 students were involved in a Work Experience program. Many found the experience worthwhile as they immersed themselves in various workplaces in Newcastle. To finish their year, Year 10 are completing an End of Year Program that includes the attainment of a First Aid Certificate and preparing backpacks for the homeless.

The Empowerment program for Years 5-8 this week sees students in small groups participating in a range of creative, outdoor and service pursuits. Some of the activities on Day One included drama, film making, flowerpot design, sports, a visit to Tree Top Adventure Park and work with OzHarvest. Year 7 enjoyed sharing their Empowerment service day with Year 4.

The Proms Concert on Sunday afternoon highlighted the depth in the music program and I thank both staff and the parents who worked hard to make this such a success. The Music tour to Singapore departs on Sunday, 6 December. In addition, a small group of Year 10 students will travel to Cambodia these holidays where they will work with the Kampong Cham community in the Rice Fields Kids Village.

Over the next week, the old home on the Tyrrell Street side of the Hill Campus will be removed. In its place, new playground space will be created. This open space will be of enormous benefit to the students who will be able to run around in it when they return to School next year! >Click here to see the design of this space.

The Hill Campus End of Year Assembly will be held next Monday for Years 5-11. Please note, that it is not possible for parents to attend this event, because of the limited seating. Parents are welcome to join our final Eucharist on that day at 11.00am in Christ Church Cathedral. K-4 parents are welcome to attend the Park Campus assembly tomorrow and I look forward seeing many of you there.


From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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The Giving Tree

Each year our School family supports the Samaritans to provide Christmas gifts for families who have fallen on hard times.

As the Samaritans give parents the opportunity to select gifts for their family members in the lead-up to Christmas, we ask that you do not wrap your gifts– a gift bag, however, would be fine.

This year, our Giving Tree is set up in the Library. Thank you for placing your gifts under the Tree in the coming week. Your kindness is sure to bring great joy to many on Christmas morning.

We are also collecting donations of Christmas decorations for the Samaritans Christmas lunch and these can be handed in to either Mrs Foster at Park Campus or Mrs McGowan at Hill Campus.

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Languages Department
Ms Bobbie Patel

The Year 10 elective French class were represented by Kate Alexander, Sabrina Kliousis and Stephen Kerras last Friday at the King Street cinema. All Hunter region language students were treated to a big screening viewing of the short movie’s they had created as part of ‘The Last Word’ film festival initiative hosted by the Hunter Language Teachers network.

The competition was open to all language classes, across all schools in the Hunter Region and students had to come up with a movie featuring an ice-cream based around the theme of an excuse. All movies had to be in the target language, with English subtitles and be no more than 2 minutes long. The Year 10 French class managed to create a convincing movie about homelessness named ‘Un Coup de Main’ (A Helping Hand). Please >click here to view the film.

After the screening, there was an award ceremony and NGS stole the show by taking out 3 awards:
– Best Concept
– Best French Film
– Best Overall Film (all languages)

They received a trophy, $250 prize money and the film was shown as a pre-curser to the main movies during last weekend’s Italian Film Festival.

Dr Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan, Head of the Languages Faculty at Newcastle University, spoke to the students from NGS after the prize giving, and said she was thrilled at the standard of the French in the film. She also expressed how impressed she was that the students were able to get such a powerful message across in the short 2 minute time frame.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

2015 has been a tremendous year of growth for Newcastle Grammar School. I am thrilled with the introduction of Inquiry Based Learning and look forward to implementing this approach across K-6 in 2016. This learning framework is sure to further spark curiosity and wonder into the minds of our students on their quest to being lifelong learners.

I am pleased to introduce to you the experienced, dynamic and caring Primary Team for 2016:

Miss Jade Biddleston
Mrs Natalie Van Dyck
Ms Kate O’Mara

Year 1
Miss Amy Bibby / Mrs Sarah Morgan
Mrs Danielle Keane

Year 2
Mrs Alana Unsted
Mrs Suzi Martin (Semester One)
Mrs Heidi Simpson (Semester Two)

Year 3
Mr Ryan Wood
Mrs Melinda Luxon

Year 4
Mr Ben Lloyd
Mrs Simone Muddle

Year 5
Mr Rhys Potter
Ms Charlie Howard
Mrs Jo Murdoch

Year 6
Mr Trent Daly
Mrs Vicki Dart

K-6 ICT Integrator
Dr Katie Waters

K-6 Learning Enhancement
Mrs Melinda Tucker

Year 3-6 Enrichment Program
Mrs Simone Muddle

K-6 Head of Learning and Teaching
Miss Amy Bibby

Mrs Bernadette Bennett, Miss Sheree Tonks, Mrs Helen Tabart

Mr Taylor will be with us in Terms 1 & 4 next year. In Term 1 among other duties he will be responsible for PE K-4.

Please be advised that I will be emailing families next week regarding which class their child will be in next year.

Both Mr Carr and Mr Newling are leaving us at the end of this year. We would like to thank them for their contribution to primary education at Newcastle Grammar School and wish them well in their future endeavours.

From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

We are well and truly into the Christmas end of 2015. This year has flown! Our Giving Christmas Trees over flowed with wonderful Lego donated by our generous families. Thank you so much!

Our final kindergarten orientations and 2016 play days both went extremely well – thanks in large part to Miss Parkes (Miss Jane) who entertained 27 Pre-school children at music for the best part of an hour with singing, dancing and ‘keeping the beat’ with various percussion instruments. There is no doubt that our music lessons are a highlight on our weekly calendar as is our library session with Mrs Bennett on Wednesdays. The whole process of lining up, walking quietly through the school while the ‘big’ children do their hard work, and then having these specialist teachers weave their magic for half an hour is great preparation for kindergarten. Thank you so much Miss Jane and Mrs Bennett for a wonderful year!

We are also busy finalising the children’s portfolios and again this demonstrates how much the children’s skills have developed over the past few months – from those first rudimentary paintings to really ‘interesting works of art’ and some ‘tricky’ mathematical additions and takeaways not to mention the gross motor development from cautious climbing to over confident ‘hanging and balancing’ tricks – amazing!  We hope you get as much out of them and enjoyment looking through them as we have putting them together for you and your child.

The “build up” is on to our end of year concert and the children are doing an amazing job rehearsing every day. The children love performing on the the big stage and we are really looking forward to showing you all how fabulous they are on December 9! The Doors to the Sandi Warren performance centre will open at 9.15am. JD the magician will perform at 9.30am. Then there is a morning tea at 10.00am for all to enjoy. The children will ‘hit’ the stage at around 10.30am for their amazing performance.

The concert will end a wonderful year at Pre-school and I would like to take this opportunity, from all of us at Pre-school, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing, safe holiday break! Thank you for a wonderful year.

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Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Proms and Pre Concert Tour 2015

Sunday afternoon was a wonderful event featuring Music ensembles from across the School. The first half commenced with the groups going to Singapore in a few weeks’ time. The ensembles are well prepared and ready to perform and promote NGS on the world stage. We were treated to a variety of styles, from movie themes, Celtic music, rock and jazz. There was something for everyone.

The second half featured the orchestra, choir, semitones and guitar ensemble. The repertoire was quite varied as well with the orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor, Mr George Ellis, performing classics like Toreadors Song from Carmen and the Can Can. Also featured was the violin solo, Gypsy Dance and Romanza performed by Celine St George. Celine performed this work, especially composed for her, beautifully and with such grace and elegance and must be congratulated for her leadership of the orchestra over the past four years.

The orchestra also performed the work ‘New Horizons’ which was composed for the group and reflects the changing face of NGS as see through the eyes of its composer. Mr Ellis conducted this premier and the orchestra performed it well.

The Semitones stole the show. They performed three short songs with such enthusiasm and exuberance, led by Miss Parkes and accompanied by Miss Sweetman. There are many wonderful singers in this young group and I look forward to seeing them up here in a few years’ time.

It was a great afternoon and thanks to a wonderful team of parents led by Mrs Leonie Young. My thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly to make the event a success through the donations of treats, gifts and raffle prizes or cooking the BBQ and looking after the audio for the concert.


NGS Carol Service

Our Carol Service will be held on Saturday, 28 November in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 6.00pm. All musicians are asked to be in the Arts Space at 4.00pm please to help with equipment and set up. Dress is full school summer uniform please.

Music Camp 2016

This event is on at the end of the first week back. Forms are being emailed this week. Please return these before the end of term.

Music Camp is open to all students in Co-curricular Ensembles from Year 7 – 12 and Music Elective Students in Years 9 – 12.

Tour Concert Orchestra Rehearsal Reminder

This Thursday afternoon during normal Co-curricular time, the students who are NOT travelling to Singapore will be able to go home at 3.05 pm.

Those students who are going on tour in the Concert Orchestra are required to attend rehearsal in the Arts Space from 3.15pm to 5.00pm.

Term 4

Saturday, 28 November: NGS Carol Service, 6.00pm – Christ Church Cathedral
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

Some rehearsals have been changed or added. Please note: All tour students must be at the rehearsals on Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 December as required.

25 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


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Speech & Drama
Ms Ishbel Beadle and Mrs Joanne Jones

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Ms Beadle and I are delighted with the preparation and enthusiasm that most students displayed in readiness for their exams. It certainly held them in good stead because they came out of the experience with the comments of ‘it was great’, ‘she’s so nice’, and from the kindy’s, ‘I want to have another go’!

Enrolment forms for 2016 are available on the Newcastle Grammar School website under Contacts / Music Tuition Enrolment Form. Ms Beadle can be contacted on 0411 465 917; or Mrs Jones on 0439 770 177 if you have any queries.

The exam results are as follows:

Code:  A+ – Distinction (96-100); A – Honours (85-95); B – Credit (75-84); C+ – Pass (70-74) Nursery Grade Pass A or Pass B

Kindy:  Daisy Reynolds-Haddock (95); Chloe Armitage (89); Scarlett Van Dyk (A Pass); Lucinda Barker (A Pass); Bailee Turner (A Pass); Jessica Choi (A Pass); Kensington Steele (A Pass); Alexis Swancott (A Pass); Matilda Dyer (87); Virginia Kuru (89)

Year 1: Ivy Heslop (96); Sophia Richardson (95); Jenny Park (95); Darcey Baker (88); Charlotte Jones (95); Savannah Lance (95); Bailey Parkinson (91); Oliver Pook (91); Keerthana Kumar (93); Shanti Gupta-Orpin (92); Amelia Dries (90); Charlotte Nelson (94);

Year 2: Sam Reynolds-Haddock (95); Daniel Richardson (86); Oliver Buck (87); Jasper Lance (95); Lachlan Smith (88); Mia Kearney(91); Ella Beattie(90); Eden Simpson(87); Grace Willis(87); William Bird (92); Harriette Arnall(90); Vanessa Kuru (90)

Year 3: Henry Guest (95); Otto Dries (84); Madeline Nelson (87); Binuk Weerabaddana (95);Luke Talley(93); William Jeffery(86); Hugo Folpp(94); Ambrose Raftos(94); Alice Jeffery(94); Alexander Yost(91); Edward Bell (87)

Year 4: Isaac Boyle (93); Pierra Singh (96); Bronte Simpson(89); Hunter Rowntree(92); Tatum Gilmour (92); Alex Koshy (91); Ruby Robinson(91); Katherine Wang (89); Isabella Ida(94); Henry Tame (85); Veronica Kuru (91)

Year 5: Laura Keane (94); Alexandria Smith (92); Cameron Carson (93)

Year 6:  Chantelle Pepper – Grade 5 (95)

Year 9: Neha Vinodh – Grade 4 (95)


We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas break.

Ishbel Beadle and Joanne Jones
Speech & Drama Teachers

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Surf Sports

Surfing this week will not go ahead as Year 9 are on camp and Year 10 will be involved in their end of year programme. Surfing will resume in 2016.

Surf Lifesaving

Congratulations to the members of Patrol 14 who were awarded Rescue of the Month by Hunter Branch. In particular, Matthew McNeil, Stephen Howell, Mikey Cominos (pictured below) were part of the patrol nominated by the Cooks Hill SLSC Executive Management committee for the critical incident management of a young lady with a suspected spinal injury Sunday, October 4. As the Branch winner, the team has been awarded a pair of binoculars for patrol use and will be given a framed citation at the Branch annual Awards of Excellence night.

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Mr P Lumley – MIC Surf Sports

Co-curricular Summer Touch

All players have been asked to notify their coaches regarding availability for Finals games, as one round will be played after the NGS school year finishes on 8 December.

All teams regardless of their position will play on the Finals day.

This Wednesday, 25 November will be the last training day for Hill Campus Touch players. Park campus Touch players will not train again due to End Of year Activities day on Thursday and Speech day the following week.

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NGS Power Pugs after Round 8 games.

Round 9 – Tuesday, 1 December 2015
8 Girls: NGS Divas – 4.45pm 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 – 5.45pm Ms Byrnes
10 Boys: NGS Marshalls – 5.45pm Mr Newling
12 Girls: NGS Seals – 6.15pm Ms Byrnes
12 Girls: NGS Lightning – 5.45pm 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 – 7.15pm 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


Independent Schools Rowing Association Championships
Over the weekend, 77 NGS Rowers travelled to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to compete against over 1000 other rowers from 28 Schools in NSW and the ACT at the Independent Schools Rowing Association Championships. It was a fantastic weekend of racing across all age groups resulting in NGS finishing 2nd on the point score for the day and our Rowers taking home 4 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals from 34 races.

For a further wrap up >Click here

Upcoming Events

CDRA Sprints – Sunday, 29 November
This Sunday, 29 November, all rowers will be racing at the Central Districts Sprint Championships held over a fast paced 400m at Throsby Creek in Newcastle. This will be our Year 6 rowers first regatta- I would like to wish them and all the rowers the best of luck.

Arrival details and crew sheet will be emailed out.

Reindeer Regatta and NSW State Sprints
Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 December – Selected Year 8-11 Rowers

Brokenwood Wines Fundraiser
Don’t forget it is your last week to grab a bargain just in time for Christmas and help the NGS Rowing team. Please visit and enter the code ngrowing for savings of up to 40%.

Mrs S Ellis
Rowing Coordinator

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Pics: From the Independent Schools Rowing Association Championships

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Uniform Shop
Trading Hours for 2015

The Uniform shop hours are as follows.

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

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
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

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.

Mrs Kaylene Robson

Hill Campus

Mon 30 November:

Tue 1 December:
Alette Schot

Wed 2 December:
Speech Day

Park Campus

Mon 30 November:
Emily Macdonald

Tue 1 December:
Kym Carpenter

Wed 2 December:
Speech Day

Thank you

Thank you to my truly wonderful and extremely talented volunteers who have put together all the lunches for students and staff over this year.  I would like to say to the parents who are leaving at the end of this year it has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your extra ordinary contribution to myself, the students and staff of Newcastle Grammar School.  Without you, we just couldn’t run the canteen as well as we do.  A particular thanks to our Year 12 parents who leave us this year. Your assistance has been greatly appreciated.
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas a Joyous and Happy New Year in 2016.

Thank you