From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Well done to all the students in Years 3-12 who participated in the Cross Country yesterday. Despite the warm conditions there were many excellent times and examples of sportsmanship. >Click here to see some photos from this event. For most of our rowers, the season that began last September finished at the Head of the River events on Saturday and Sunday. I congratulate the students who participated over the weekend at SIRC in Penrith. Outstanding Division 1 wins went to Sarah Dykes and Imogen Ryan in Year 10 and Bronson Elsley, Jackson Gosling; Connor MacDonald, Nathaniel Young and cox Gabby Angus in the Schoolboy Quad Scull. Our boys’ team placed second overall. Good luck to those students who are entered in the National Championships later this month. >Click here to see some photos of the event

Over the course of any week in the School there are those events that are highly visible as well as those less so. To highlight a few of these less visible events parents may be interested to know that staff on Tuesday mornings at breakfast time have been working on Schoolbox and learning more about Growth Mindsets; Prefects have been working on lunchtime activities for younger students on Tuesday and Thursdays; the School Captains have put together a proposal for the School to support OzHarvest; Year 5 teachers are organising lunch time style clubs similar to those at Park Campus; Academic Coordinators (7-12) meet after school on Tuesdays and work together to improve academic outcomes for students; our Hill Campus House Coordinators meet regularly to refine pastoral care delivery and last week NGS hosted a Hunter region primary teachers conference to work on the new Geography and History syllabi for primary students.

Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 10 Academic Assessment

On Monday, 14 March, students in Year 10 will complete a series of assessment tasks to provide us with information about their skills in reading, writing, mathematics and general reasoning. These assessments will take place in Horbury Hunt Hall after Roll Call. Students will need to bring either a blue or black pen to complete the assessments.

A report will be forwarded to parents summarising the results of the assessments once the results are returned to the School. In addition, these results will help to inform senior subject selections for Years 11 & 12.

Year 8 Information Evening

This week, parents of students in Year 8 will receive a report providing a summary of their son/daughter’s results in the Academic Assessments conducted in February. As a follow up to these reports, we are holding an Information Evening on Wednesday, 23 March in HHH commencing at 6.00pm. The focus of the evening will be an explanation of the measures used to assess students and how this data will be used in addition, information on curriculum and the wellbeing program in 2016 will be given. We invite all parents of students in Year 8 to attend this evening.

The da Vinci Challenge

This year, for the first time, Newcastle Grammar School will compete in the Mid North Coast Regional da Vinci Decathlon at St Columa Anglican School in Port Macquarie on the 3, 4 and 5 May.

What is the da Vinci Decathlon?

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students.

Students compete in teams of 8 to solve problems and engage in activities across 10 disciplines – engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

Who can be involved?

We are looking for teams of 8 students to compete in the following divisions:
Years 5 and 6 – Thursday, 5 May
Years 7 and 8 – Wednesday, 4 May
Years 10, 11 and 12 – Tuesday, 3 May

If your son or daughter is interested in joining a team, please have them email Mrs Peterson ( by Friday, 11 March so we can begin training.

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From the Director of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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If you’ve ever heard your child complain, “Nobody likes me!” or “They won’t let me play!” you know how painful it is for a child to feel friendless.

As adults, we can’t make friends for our children, but we can help them understand the key ingredients that are needed to make a friend. In the coming weeks we will be explicitly teaching the ingredients needed to form friendships at School. Our students will be taught how to make and keep friends as part of our Freedom to Flourish Programme. Our Friendship strategy will be unveiled at our Assembly on Friday!

The first ingredient of friendship that we will address is similarity. Similarity attracts because it’s satisfying to children at both a practical and an emotional level. Many Primary aged children don’t understand the importance of similarity for starting friendships because they will often try to get their peers to admire them. It is so important for children to find common ground with potential friends.

Teaching friendship skills will never be as easy as it sounds as our children are all at different levels of learning. However in the end, children will continue to grow socially as they progress through school. With the support of parental love and teacher coaching, children will better enjoy the journey toward meaningful friendships.

Worthwhile reading regarding teaching your child social skills:

Essential Kids Children and friendships – Take steps to help your child learn appropriate social and coping skills.

Parenting Ideas – Essential friendship skills for kids

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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On Monday, 29 February and Friday, 4 March we had the first dress-up days of the year. Pre-school was overrun with Ninja Turtles, Elsas, fairies, princesses and lots of superheroes. In relation to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) the implementation of dress-up days at Pre-school allows children to explore different identities and points of view in dramatic play (outcome 1.3b); engage and contribute to shared play experiences (outcome 1.4 b); cooperate with others and negotiate roles and relationships in play episodes and group experiences (outcome 2.1b).

Next week we have a visit from Newcastle City Council to talk to the children about recycling and sustainability. We will also begin our composting programme with each room introducing a composting bin for food scraps which will be put into our big outside compost bin and, eventually onto our vegie garden. Next term we will have a Low Waste Lunch Week where we look at, and talk about, our lunchboxes and how we can minimize the wrappings and packaging we use for our food. These activities are not only aligned with our Sustainability Policy but also the EYLF Outcome 2.4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

On a lighter note, Miss Amber was observing / assessing one of the Shaker boys this week who was ‘ticking all the boxes’ in terms of his cognitive development. She was telling him how clever he was, that he could do anything and asked him if he knew what he would like to do when he grows up. “I don’t know” he nonchalantly replied to which his friend whispered in his ear “You can have diet coke!”

1606 Preschool

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Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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>Click here for further details on:
– Courses & Workshops for Students
– Cadetships, Apprenticeships & Traineeships
– Overseas Opportunities
– Jobs & Career Opportunities for Students

From the Director of Music
Mr Kevin Young

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Music Scholars Recital

I would like to invite you to our Music Scholars Recitals. These will be held this coming Thursday, 10 March and next Thursday, 17 March. Both will commence at 6.00pm in the Arts Space.

STEM - Stage 3
Stage 3 Teachers

Our stage 3 STEM group have been finding out that engineers solve problems. Sometimes they take existing ideas and improve upon them to create a better design, sometimes they invent new technology. Engineers use skills in Science, Technology, Maths and design to come up with effective solutions to new and old challenges.

Design Problem
The students at Newcastle Grammar School are privileged to have neat, well-maintained grounds and have recently had some new spaces created in the playground. Our students enjoy being outside and have a wide choice of areas to spend their break times, as well as outdoor classes. These areas includes asphalt courts, natural grassed lawns, Astro Turf surfaces and a multi-storey roof top terrace. Due to the geographical location of the Hill Campus, its proximity to the ocean and being atop a hill, students can find themselves exposed to elements of the weather more so than other areas of the city. What improvements can be made to our outdoor spaces to make our students more comfortable?

Students are currently working to provide a design brief to answer this design problem, much like real engineers would do in the workforce. They have been out and about, investigating various sites, taking pictures of natural shade, existing design features, materials and available fixtures.

Watch this space over the coming weeks to see what solutions our budding engineers come up with.

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Speech & Drama Tuition

There are still a few lesson times available at Park Campus for Speech & Drama lessons.

Mrs Jones now teaches on Monday, Thursday and Friday and Ms Beadle teaches on Tuesdays and at Hill Campus on Thursdays.

If your child needs help with their self-confidence and communication skills then Speech & Drama can assist.

Lessons are designed to:
– Develop everyday communication skills
– Enrich each student’s personality
– Encourage social & intellectual growth
– Encourage poise & confidence

Each course will also provide your child with eisteddfod and exam opportunities.  Mrs Jones and Ms Beadle are fully accredited Speech & Drama teachers.

If you are interested, please contact Jo Jones on Ph: 0439 770 177 or email.  There are also vacancies at Hill Campus.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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NGS Netball

84 girls have now registered for the 2016 season and 9 teams will now represent the School in the Newcastle Netball Association’s Winter (Saturday) competition.

Training for all teams will commence this week, Wednesday, 9 March at National Park, Smith Street side.

A bus will transport players to and from the courts, departing Hill at 3.15pm and picking up at Park Campus at 3.25.

Training will finish at 4.45pm and a bus will return to Park Campus, then Hill Campus, to return by 5.00pm.

Girls may be collected from the courts; however, any girls not collected by 4.45pm will be returned to Hill Campus.

A note detailing the expectations for the season will be distributed at this first training session.

HRIS Secondary Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent NGS at the HRIS Secondary (Years 7-12) Division 1 Swimming Championships to be held at Lambton Pool this week, Thursday, 10 March.

Any student who is yet to collect a information sheet should see me.

NGS Swimming Team 2016 – Boys
12 Years -J Fensom, F Petrelis, F Clark
13 Years -O Jeffery, B Henderson, W Carraro, A Tait, F Bonus
14 Years -J Routley, H Bell, K Riley
15 Years -C Henderson, R Box, N McGrath
16 Years – S Barnett, L Redmond, J Myles, A Ferch, J McGaffin,J Carraro, E Turner
17 Years – C Agostino-Morrow, W Gardner, J Davis, L Rae, L Venter, M Rewitt
18 Years – B Elsley, N Young, J Winchester, J Barnett 

NGS Swimming Team 2016 – Girls
12 Years – I Harbury, B Stubbs, A Carraro, G Macready, T Burley
13 Years – M Broad, E McGrath, I Prince, V Kuru, S Simpson, Z Roberts-Thomson, L Bagga
14 Years – J Williams, J Barnett, A Liebrandt, E Carter, S Behne-Smith
15 Years – B Anscombe, K Rochow, S Finlay,  A Cameron, G King, E Bell
16 Years – I Patey, C Ackhurst, L Bower, A Utiger, S Dykes
17 Years – A Bright, S Danuser, A Pawley, S Sherman, S Cominos, E Turner
18 Years – C Kerr, L Flack, M Bower, B Doolan, A Ryan, S Melrose, P Rowan

HRIS Primary Swimming Team members announced

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the HRIS Primary Swimming Team to compete at the NSWCIS primary Swimming Championships at Sydney Aquatic Centre Homebush on Tuesday, 22 March.

From Park Campus – Vanessa Kuru, William Jeffery, Alice Jeffery, Henry Guest, Edward Bell.

From Hill Campus – Tatum Gilmour, Gabriel Jeffery, Aiden Manning, Kalen Routley, Hunter Rowntree, Eliza Ginns, Alexandria Smith.

Gabriel Jeffery, Tatum Gilmour and William Jeffery will be busy on the day competing in 15 events between them.

We wish all these amazing athletes all the best for a successful swimming tournament.

junior girls relay

Eliza Ginns, Hunter Rowntree, Tatum Gilmour and Alice Jeffery will swim for NGS in the girls U10 4 x 50m relay.

Primary Boys Football Trials

Goodluck to the following boys at the upcoming Primary Boys Football trail at St Phillips Christian College, Cessnock on Thursday, 10 March.

Scott Philpotts, Luke Siderovski, Kalen Routley, Alexander MacDougall and Christian Spencer will be trialling against some strong football talent and we wish them all the best of luck.


It has been a jammed packed action filled start to 2016 for our Rowers, competing in several regattas over the last few weeks. For most of our squad the season came to an end over the weekend as they competed at the penultimate regatta of the season, Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Head of the Rivers. A few crews will now continue on to represent Newcastle Grammar School at the Australian Championships from 14-20 March. >Click here for the Championship Wrap up.

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Tyrrell House Crazy Hair Day - Hill Campus
Thursday, 17 March 2016

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Trading Hours for 2016

The Uniform shop hours are as follows.

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

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 14 March:

Tue 15 March:
Hayley Martin

Wed 16 March:
Maeve Brown
Kerrie Kerr

Thu 17 March:
Marnie Coulton
Jo MacDougall

Fri 18 March:
Anne Oakley

Park Campus

Mon 14 March:
Melannie Pook

Tue 15 March:

Wed 16 March:
Amanda Folpp

Thu 17 March:
Alison Elvish

Fri 18 March:
Liz Richardson
Nerida Gray

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