From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Over the coming weeks a number of our students will be involved in ANZAC Day services in Newcastle. The first of these is a Combined Schools’ Service at the Civic Theatre on Thursday for students in primary schools across the region. Hannah Everett and Michael Rewitt in Year 11 have been part of the organising committee this year and have worked with a small number of students and staff from other schools to bring to life the ANZAC story for primary aged students. The 2016 service will commemorate the World War One Battle of Fromelles and those who served our country in this Battle.  The SATU as well as Hannah and Michael will also be involved in the Dawn Service and ANZAC march on Monday, 25 April.

Crazy Hair Day at Park Campus today will help to supplement the first lot of funds that will flow to the Vietnam Project. The Vietnamese coordinator of the Long Hai School that offers training to young Vietnamese students in a trade is very excited about the prospect of beginning a hairdressing trade classroom and thanks the community for their support. We had an excellent turn out last night for students interested in the Vietnam trip and we will look at ways to enable as many as possible to travel and be part of our first school trip to this project. Mr Parsons is leading this trip for students in Years 9-11 and any question should be directly to him.

I wish all of our students and families a restful holiday and look forward to the start of Term 2 on Tuesday, 26 April.

Speech Night – Monday, 5 December – Calendar Change

Please be aware that this year Speech Day is no longer occurring on Wednesday, 7 December.

It will now occur on Monday, 5 December commencing at 6.00pm at the Civic Theatre.

The University of Newcastle will be holding examinations in the Great Hall on the Wednesday and as flow on effect the School was required to find another venue suitable to our needs. Monday was the only day available at the Civic Theatre in the 1st week of December.

Speech Night will mark the final time at which students are required at School for 2016.

Carol Service – Calendar Change

The Carol Service has also moved and will now be held in the Cathedral at 11.30am on Tuesday, 29 November.

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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On Friday, 13 May, Brainstorm Productions will be presenting their student wellbeing program ‘Cyberia’ for Years 7 and 8. Powerful, compelling, Cyberia is an unflinching live theatre experience about cyber bullying and its devastating repercussions. Cyberia depicts two teen characters that are increasingly using texting, tweeting, online gaming, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, MSN and (embarrassing) selfies to express themselves.

In time this takes a nasty twist leading to cyber bullying and the spreading of hurtful rumours online. The characters suddenly realise they can’t just press the “undo” button to save their relationships, reputation or their dignity. Cyberia will encourage students to think carefully before they ‘post’, ‘tweet’ or ‘snap’ and to stop, think and reboot.

Cyberia is part of our student wellbeing curriculum and the program has been developed in consultation with teachers, psychologists, as well as real-life student experiences. The methodology of the program is safe, supportive and nonjudgmental and designed to provide students with positive and useful tools that they can use in their everyday lives. More than 350,000 Australian students have already benefited from Brainstorm Productions multi award-winning educational theatre programs over the past twelve months. Their programs cater to the specific wellbeing needs of students, helping to create a healthy and harmonious school environment.

Hands on Humanity – Vietnam Trip for Years 9 – 11

An information night was held last night. There was a lot of interest shown, so if your child definitely wants to go, please contact Alan Parsons as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate all students. Any enquiries to Alan Parsons and itineraries are available from Mrs McGowan.

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From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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ICAS Competitions         

Entry forms for ICAS competitions in English, Mathematics and Science MUST be handed in to Mrs Foster or Mrs Gowdy by the end of the week.

Interim Reports

Parents of students in Years 7 and 11 will receive their child’s Interim Report early next week. This report provides a “snapshot” of their progress at this early stage of the year to ensure they have settled into this new phase of learning. 

Year 11 Parent/Teacher/Student Evening

The Year 11 Parent/Teacher/Student Evening will be held on Thursday, 28 April (Week 1, Term 2) from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Bookings can only be made online – using the event code 93wty. Students are invited to attend these meetings with their parents. As it is a school function, we do ask that students wear school uniform.

Year 7 & 8 Study Skills Seminar

Study Skills Seminar with Prue Salter for parents and students in Year 7 and Year 8 will be held on Thursday, 5 May @ 7.00pm – 8.30pm in HHH.


Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN tests during Week 3 of Term 2. This national assessment program provides both parents and teachers with information about students’ level of achievement across a broad range of core skills. The results provide us with information on students that helps us in supporting their learning needs. It also gives us a sense of how we are performing against other schools across the country.

As a school, we value the data NAPLAN provides to us. Over the coming weeks, students will engage in a range of activities that will familiarise them with the NAPLAN tests.

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From the Head of Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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It is hard to believe that the end of Term 1 is here and the holidays are upon us. As we reflect back on the term, it is exciting to see all that the students have achieved. I have been very impressed with the performance and achievements of our students across the Primary School.

The final weeks of the term can be an especially valuable time to engage students in reflective thinking about their learning. It is important that we encourage our children to pay attention to how they learn best and deliberately assess their own strengths and areas for improvement. By assisting them to develop such metacognitive habits, we can enhance their capacities as self-directed learners.

It is my hope that Newcastle Grammar School community enjoy the coming break, are kept safe as they travel and return looking forward to the exciting opportunities in Term 2.

Summer Uniforms

Please be advised that students return to School next term in full Summer uniform. The change to Winter Uniform will be made during Term 2 depending on temperature.

Year 4 Participate in the Newcastle Writers’ Festival

Year 4 students were eager participants in the Newcastle Writers’ Festival last week as they attended the Sense-ational Writers’ Workshop with author Paul Russell at Newcastle City Hall. Every student demonstrated fabulous writing talent and received a copy of Paul Russell’s first published novel – Journey to Eos. Students were engaged in writing many different fast paced, engaging and often humorous ‘story starters’ throughout the workshop. They left with a writing journal filled with ideas and a challenge from the author to use the holidays to revisit their journal, pick an idea and just write! Thank you to the students for their wonderful creative thinking and to all of the staff who attended this event.

Stage 3 STEM – Shelter Designs

As the end of term approaches, students in the Year 5 & 6 STEM group have been honing their creative talents to finish their collaborative designs for potential new shelters around Newcastle Grammar School. Some investigations students have needed consider are:

Science – how does the position of the Sun affect the natural shade throughout the day?

Technology – how can I best represent my design and view it from different perspectives?

Engineering – What shapes and angles should be incorporated to give the most efficient use of space and materials?

Maths – What area of space do we need to cover? What cost is therefore involved in design?

Students have enjoyed the challenges that using Sketchup has provided in creating professional looking designs. They are looking forward to an audience with Mrs Thomas on Thursday to showcase their work and pitch their ideas about how their shelters meet the design brief and how they would enhance our School environment.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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It’s been a huge first term and the children have been busy. Already they have changed and grown, learning a number of new routines and procedures that are part of the day to day Pre-school learning environment. However, one of their greatest achievements this term has been their social development. Under the Early Years Learning Framework, social and emotional development fits neatly into Outcome 1 (“Children have a strong sense of identity”) which has four underlying outcomes all of which directly relate to how the children have settled into life as a pre-schooler.

Outcome 1.1 is “Children feel safe, secure and supported”. This is evident, for example, when children openly express their feelings and ideas in their interactions with others and respond to ideas and suggestions from others – such as negotiating roles and rules for various games and group activities.

Outcome 1.2 is “Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency”.  This is evident, for example, when children demonstrate increasing awareness of the needs and rights of others – such as telling an educator when their friend is upset or hurt.

Outcome 1.3 is “Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities”. This is evident, for example when children explore different identities and points of view in dramatic play.

Outcome 1.4 is “Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect”. This is evident when they show interest in other children and being part of a group and engage in shared play experiences.

It really is amazing how much children learn, and benefit, from having fun and playing.

We wish all our Pre-school families and very safe and happy holiday and we look forward to more fun and learning in Term 2.

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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Year 12 students are now half way through their final year of study and therefore it is an appropriate time to start the process of deciding which course and university you might like to attend in 2017.

With this is mind it is important to keep an eye out for the dates of open day at the various universities and colleges around Australia that are coming up shortly.

Dates already published are as follows:
– University of New England: 6 May from 9.00am – 2.30pm
– Bond University: 23 July
– Griffith University: 24 July
– Queensland University – Kelvin Grove Campus: 31 July
– Caboolture Campus: 21 August
– Newcastle University: 20 August from 10.00am -4.00pm
– Australian National University: 27 August
– Western Sydney University: 28 August from 10.00am – 2.00pm
– University of Technology Sydney: 29 August from 9.00am – 4.00pm
– University of New South Wales: 3 September
– Australian Catholic University: North Sydney Campus – 3 September from  8.30am – 2.30pm
– Straithfield Campus: 10 September

Please also be mindful that applications for the colleges are starting to open so during this break it may be an opportune moment to ask ex-students of their experiences at the various residential colleges.

Also note that some scholarship applications for the various residential colleges and university courses are open, so this is a good time to get your paperwork in order. Go to individual university websites to see what is on offer and apply.

If you have any questions at this time do not hesitate to come and see me and we can work through your questions.

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From the Coordinator of Library Services, Teacher Librarian
Ms Sue Bright

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Tyrrell Library (Hill Campus) News

Our current Library display showcases some fantastic Manga drawings completed by our Year 6 students in Visual Arts to complement our Graphic Novels / Manga display of Library books for students to borrow.

Please encourage your children to borrow books to read over the holidays.

This Friday (8 April) we will be holding another of our very popular “Books to Movies” screenings at lunchtime in the Library.  The movie to be shown this term is “Gangsta Granny”, which is based on the book written by David Williams.  All students are invited to attend and join the educational fun.

The winner of our inaugural Book Spine Poetry Competition will be announced at the end of this movie screening on Friday at lunchtime.  This competition was to stack the spines of up to six books to create a poem.  We thank the English staff and all the students who entered for their involvement in this competition. There was a great buzz of excitement as students (and staff) were creating their “literary masterpieces”.  We also would like to thank our Judges, who were very impressed with the poems which were created.  We will publish the winners and highly commended entries early next term.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Representative Honours

Once again, a huge congratulations to the following NGS students who have attended various selection trials in Term 1 and have subsequently been selected in HRIS (Hunter Region Independent Schools) and AICES (Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools) representative teams so far this term:

HRIS (Secondary) Open girls Basketball team
Charlotte Thomas – Year 11
Allysion Loveless – Year 9

HRIS (Secondary) 16 years girls Hockey team
Georgia Ferguson – Year 8

AICES (Secondary) 16 years girls Hockey team
Georgia Ferguson – Year 8

HRIS (Secondary) Open boys Hockey team
Benjamin Boyle – Year 12
William Scott – Year 11
Mitchell Bisson – Year 11
Jaydon Bisson – Year 8

HRIS (Secondary) Open girls Football team
Rebekah Stuart – Year 12
Caitlin Spencer – Year 10
Susan Behne-Smith – Year 8
Elizabeth Behne-Smith – Year 12

HRIS (Secondary) Swimming
Jack Fensom – Year 7
Oscar Jeffery – Year 8
Kyle Riley – Year 8
Hamish Bell – Year 8
Jadon Routley – Year 8
Samuel Barnett – Year 10
Caleb Agostino-Morrow – Year 11
Joshua Barnett – Year 12
Nathan Young – Year 12
Bronson Elsley – Year 12

AICES (Secondary) Swimming
Oscar Jeffery – Year 8
Kyle Riley – Year 8
Hamish Bell – Year 8
Jadon Routley – Year 8
Caleb Agostino-Morrow – Year 11
Joshua Barnett – Year 12
Nathan Young – Year 12
Bronson Elsley – Year 12

HRIS (Primary) Football
Luke Siderovski – Year 6

HRIS (Primary) Tennis
Jackson Campbell – Year 5

HRIS (Primary) Netball
Kiara Bower – Year 6
Maryam Dundas-Sharrad – Year 5

HRIS (Primary) Swimming
Vanessa Kuru – Year 3
William Jeffery – Year 4
Alice Jeffery – Year 4
Henry Guest – Year 4
Edward Bell – Year 4
Tatum Gilmour – Year 5
Gabriel Jeffery – Year 6
Aiden Manning – Year 5
Kalen Routley – Year 5
Hunter Rowntree – Year 5
Eliza Ginns – Year 5
Alexandria Smith – Year 6

AICES(secondary) Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the ten students, listed below, who travelled down to Homebush last week to represent NGS/HRIS at the 2016 AICES Swimming Championships at SOPAC.

Those students were:
Jack Fensom, Oscar Jeffery, Kyle Riley, Hamish Bell, Jadon Routley, Samuel Barnett, Caleb Agostino-Morrow, Joshua Barnett, Nathan Young, Bronson Elsley

On what was a huge day of travel and competition, our students performed extremely well with NGS winning three of the five relays they contested and a number of students being selected to represent AICES at the NSWCIS Championships to be held early next Term.

Those results were:

  • NGS 17+ years boys 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay team finished first at AICES and will now go on to represent the School at NSWCIS. The team comprises: Bronson Elsley, Nathan Young, Joshua Barnett and Caleb Agostiono-Morrow.
  • NGS 17+ years boys 4 x 50m Medley relay team finished first at AICES and will now go on to represent the School at NSWCIS. The team comprises: Bronson Elsley, Nathan Young, Joshua Barnett and Caleb Agostiono-Morrow.
  • NGS 14 years and under boys 4 x 50m Medley Relay team finished first at AICES and will now go on to represent the School at NSWCIS. The team comprises: Oscar Jeffery, Kyle Riley, Hamish Bell and Jadon Routley.
  • Hamish Bell was also selected to represent NGS/HRIS/AICES in the 14 years and under 200m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly events at NSWCIS.


A big thankyou to all students, parents, coaches, managers, supporters and scorers who made the start of the NGS 2016 Netball season run so smoothly last Saturday.

All 9 of our NGS teams acquitted themselves very well on what was a very atypical hot day for this time of the year.

Just a couple of reminders if I could:
– Players need to be at the courts at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of their games. I would suggest parking is a key factor here; however, if I could ask that everyone leaves themselves plenty of time to get to games on time, it will make life a lot easier for coaches to ready their team for the game.

Fortunately, there is only ONE game in the upcoming holidays:
– Saturday, 9 April (Round 2) which is this first Saturday of the holidays. Could I please ask that all players who are unavailable to play this Saturday, please let your coach know as soon as possible to enable appropriate arrangements to be made.
– Saturday, 9 April (Round 2) is the official Opening Ceremony of the Season and Parade of Banners at National Park. As usual on this day there is a slight change of times for the morning games. Please note those changes:
– Games usually scheduled for 8.30am will now begin at 8.00am.
– Games usually scheduled for 9.30am will now begin at 9.00am.
– Games usually scheduled for 10.45am will now begin at 10games and all subsequent games will begin at their regular times. On this day, NGS also participates in the Official Opening by marching behind our School banner as part of that Opening Ceremony which begins at 10.15am.

To that end could I please ask that if at all possible: students in the 9.00am games (NGS 6-11/2 and NGS 7 11/3) remain behind for that ceremony and that students in the 10.55am games (NGS 4-13/2, NGS 5 12/3) arrive early to also participate.

Participation is certainly not restricted to just those teams and all are welcome to march.

All NGS girls participating in the Ceremony should meet on courts 11/12, adjacent to the bridge which spans the canal.


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NGS Gala Ball
Sponsorship Packages Now Available

We are pleased to announce the introduction of sponsorship packages at this year’s inaugural NGS Gala Ball. 

Sponsorship Packages include the opportunity for businesses to gain significant and positive exposure both leading up to and during the evening. 

Silver sponsorships can be purchased for $250 and Gold sponsorships can be purchased for $1000. 

Anonymous sponsorships-both corporate or personal- are also welcome and privacy will be respected. 

For more information about these packages and what they include,  please contact Lisa Foster on 4925 2121 or

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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

Please Note:  The Uniform Shop will be closed during the School Holiday period.