From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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We welcomed members of the Port Stephens and Newcastle police force to our Assembly on Hill Campus yesterday. Inspired by their Religious Education teacher, Miss Grant, one of the Year 7 classes wrote condolence cards to the family and colleagues of Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson who was tragically killed in a car accident on 5 March. The police came to recognise the class for their efforts. Thomas Finlay in Year 7 was especially recognised for the poem he wrote that had touched so many in the police force. The students met a puppy in training for the police force, were treated to a display from a police dog and had the opportunity to sit in a police pursuit vehicle or on one of their surf skis. We thank the officers who joined us for our Assembly and wish them well at this difficult time. >Click here to see some pictures of the Assembly.

Year 12 examinations continue this week. It is a busy time for all our students who are reaching the end of the term and completing assignments and assessments. The staff too have been busy finalising all their teaching programmes for the Registration and Accreditation process that is occurring at the School.

I draw your attention to two dates:
The Vietnam Tour Information Night for those in Years 9-11 who are interested is on Tuesday, 5 April. More details appear in Mr Parson’s section of the Newsletter today.

Later this year we will be holding a fundraising ball on Friday, 5 August. This should be a wonderful evening and I urge families to save the date. More details will be available next term.

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Newcastle Grammar School ‘Hands on Humanity’ Tour for Years 9, 10 & 11

Information Evening: 6.00pm Tuesday, 5  April @ Horbury Hunt Hall – NGS Hill Campus

Vietnam Tour: Thursday, 8 December 2016 to Monday, 19 December 2016


We are looking for 20 intrepid pioneering students with a strong desire for adventure, service and international understanding to join us on our first tour to Vietnam to establish partnerships with Trung Tam Bao Orphanage and Long Hai School.


After exploring Ho Chi Min City and the Mekong Delta, we will be partnering with My Huong Le, having the opportunity to work with the staff, boys and girls at Trung Tam Bao Orphanage and Long Hai School in Vung Tau, 96 kms South East of Ho Chi Min City.


We then fly to Hoi An, 20 kms South of Da Nang where we will explore the countryside on foot and on bicycles, meet with young Vietnamese trainee tour guides, participate in traditional Vietnamese lantern making, painting and cooking and partner with the Lifestart Foundation, helping disadvantaged Vietnamese people to become self-sufficient.

If your child is in Year 9, 10 or 11 and might be interested in this adventure, please join us for an information evening on Tuesday, 5 April starting at 6.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall, Hill Campus.

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From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 8 Information Evening

Thank you to all who attended the Year 8 Information Evening last week. Please see the > powerpoint presentation as a PDF for your reference.

Romeo & Juliet Review

It was 7.30 in the morning when the classes of Year 9 congregated outside the school gates. On Wednesday, 23 March, we left Newcastle for the Opera House in a double-decker bus to see the legendary romantic tragedy – Romeo and Juliet. The play itself was quite humorous, the actors drew blood and laughs, and stained the stage with their theatrics. Bell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet did not stray very far at all from the original and the costuming, set design and characterisation truly brought the audience right into the heart of 1500s Verona and its two feuding families. The performance was well received, and most of us, as we made our way back found it was worth the five hours on the road for the two and a half hour’s entertainment. – Jasmin Zhou (Year 9)


The EV Prize
Mr Greg Swinfield

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The EV Prize

The EV Prize is organised by The University of Newcastle for high schools. It involves building an electric vehicle, usually a bike, then racing it around Cameron Park Raceway. NGS will be participating in the EV Prize again this year. Last year we entered a single bike with a hub motor in the rear wheel. This year we would like to enter two bikes. We aim to improve upon last year’s bike and also build a crank driven bike. All of this need to be done within the rules of the competition which are published on the website.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved with a real-world science and engineering challenge.

We have the nucleus of a team from Year 11 which was involved in the building of last year’s bike and they will be taking on the building of the new bike. A Year 10 team will be required to revisit last year’s bike and make improvements.

The School would like to invite parents with technical knowledge and/or interest in the areas of electronics, materials, manufacturing, design or applied science to jump on board and contribute to this project. The bikes can also accept sponsorship which can help towards purchase of materials and the sponsors names will be displayed on the vehicles. If you are interested please contact Greg Swinfield (

The race day is Sunday, 14 August. There are two days for practice before that. Photos of last years event can be found at

From the Tyrrell House Coordinators
Mr Paul Lumley & Mrs Carla Holmes

Thank you to all who contributed to making Tyrrell Day such a success. We appreciate the cakes, muffins and your efforts sprucing up your child’s hair in readiness for this event. After all the hairspray was rinsed, knots combed out and tinsel removed we counted up the funds and are pleased to report that we raised $2021 to provide training and materials to open the hair dressing training centre in the Long Hai School in Vung Tau Province in Vietnam.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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One of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes is “children demonstrate an increasing capacity for self-regulation” and never was such an outcome as evident as on the Thursday before the Easter break. While the children went inside to sing Easter songs, the Easter Bunny crept into the playground and hid Easter Eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt. Each child looked for and found an egg and brought them inside to take home. The children put the eggs on a table while they listened to a story, washed their hands and got their lunch boxes and then put the eggs in their lunch boxes as they ate their lunch. A couple of the Shaker children carefully wrapped their eggs in tissues and made a nest for them in their lunchboxes, others ‘hid’ them in various lunch box pockets and some just sat them on the table to look at.

It was all too much for one Shaker boy who left the tell-tale wrapper beneath his chair and couldn’t understand how he had been ‘busted’. He explained that he was hungry even though his lunch box had hardly been touched! This was the same little boy who had suggested the day before that there SHOULD be an Easter Egg Hunt at pre-school. We definitely follow and extend on the children’s interests.

Another of the EYLF outcomes demonstrated that Thursday was 3.1(c) “children share humour, happiness and satisfaction”. This was evident when we had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. The children were so surprised and excited – crowding around the bunny as he / she gave them a wave and a hug. It was a really fun day because the children were so happy and excited. It seemed like the pre-school was the happiest place on earth.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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NGS Primary Cross Country Team

Congratulations to the following students who will represent Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Primary Cross Country Championships on Friday, 6 May at Avondale College Cooranbong.

8 Years: Luca Collins, Maximilian Cohen, Joel Wright, James Galettis, Rylan Gamer, Vanessa Kuru, Keerthana Kumar, Sophia Richardson, Adesha Kendurkar, Scarlett Gray.

9 Years: Andrew Carpenter, Bandon Muddle, Jack Welsh, Timothy Kabir, Lachlan Smith, Ella Beattie, Zahli Ginns, Lucy Nightingale, Harriette Arnall, Eden Simpson.

10 Years: Thomas McGrath, Kalen Routley, Taj Curran, Ambrose Raftos, Henry Guest, Alice Jeffery, Tatum Gilmour, Hunter Rowntree, Eliza Ginns, Alexandra Moss.

11 Years: Cameron Carson, Alexander Macdougall, Hayden Martinelli, Lucas Bortolotto, Jackson Broad, Lillian Miller, Hannah Choi, Bronte Simpson, Josephine Armstrong, Jordan Muddle.

12 Years: Scott Philpotts, Marcus Ferch, Cameron Bruce-Scott, Luke Siderovski, Troy Winchester, Lily Webster, Amy-Jorjia Barnett, Brooke Hides, Jenna Montgomery, Millie Robbs.

All students will receive an information note regarding the Championships at the end of the week.

CIS Primary Swimming Results

Congratulations to the following students who swam their hearts out at the NSWCIS Primary Swimming Championships in Homebush last Tuesday.

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

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

Gabriel Jeffery swam outstanding all day to make  finals in 11 years Boys 100m Freestyle (11th), 50m Freestyle (9th), 50m Breastroke (7th) and 50m Butterfly (9th).

Tatum Gilmour also swam amazingly making finals in 10 years girls 100m Freestyle, 50 m Butterfly (7th)  and Junior girls relay (9th).

The Junior girls relay made the final and came an honourable 9th place. This team was made up of Alice Jeffery, Tatum Gilmour, Hunter Rowntree and Eliza Ginns.

Well done team.

Winter Senior Touch

All Senior Touch players who have expressed interest in playing Mixed Touch in the Newcastle City Touch Competition in Winter please see Miss Byrnes in The Hub.

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Uniform Shop
Winter Uniform

The Winter Uniform changeover will occur early Term 2. The date is to be confirmed (weather dependent).

A reminder the uniform shop hours are as follows;

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

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 4 April:
Edwina Forrest

Tue 5 April:
Hayley Martin

Wed 6 April:
Yvette Anscombe

Thu 7 April:

Fri 8 April:

Park Campus

Mon 4 April:
Farrah Lance

Tue 5 April:

Wed 6 April:
Amanda Folpp

Thu 7 April:

Fri 8 April:
Amber Moncrieff
Crystal Farrelly