From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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A welcome to all our families to Term 2 of the 2016 school year. Our hope is that all students have returned after the holidays feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

There were many activities in the past two weeks. With ANZAC Day part of this break the SATU took part in both the Dawn Service and the Newcastle ANZAC march. What an honour to be part of such a significant moment for our country and city. The SATU also enjoyed their annual camp at Singleton. Lorcan Redmond in Year 10 became the first Australian school student to win three consecutive National titles in Triathlon – a wonderful achievement and credit to his hard work and determination. >Click here to see a photo of Lorcan finishing the race.

The students would have recognised a few improvements to both campuses on their return to school. Further work in the Merrick Courtyard on the Hill and a new energy efficient lighting system and painting in the Parnell Building have improved these areas on the Hill Campus. >Click here to see some photos of Merrick Quad. The phone system was upgraded throughout the school and staff are currently being trained to best utilise this system. Time was also spent collating and analysing data from the i-Pad survey and I thank all parents who took part in this. We will provide a summary to parents in coming weeks.

Over the holidays, Mrs Glenda Young who has been my Personal Assistant retired after 11 years of service to the School. The staff had an opportunity to wish her well at the end of term. My new assistant is Kate Grogan and parents who need to contact me can do so by emailing Kate. ( or phoning her direct on 4908 4011). A reminder that contact details for staff can be found in the Contact section of the website:

From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Study Skills Seminar

Parents and students of Year 7 and Year 8 are invited to attend the Study Skills Seminar with Prue Salter, held on Thursday, 5 May @ 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall.  This is highly recommended for both parents and students. Although the focus is on study skills for Year 7 and Year 8, parents of older children are welcome to attend. 

Further sessions for students include;
– Years 9 and 10 – Friday, 6 May at 11.00am
– Year 11 – Friday, 6 May at 9.00am 

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 event, we do ask that students wear school uniform.


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 Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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It was great to welcome back our students, staff and parents for what will be a very busy Term Two. I hope the holidays provided an opportunity for you all to spend some family time together. The students have shared some of their holiday stories and commenced Term Two in the positive way that they finished off last term. We continue to be very proud of our students who set the bar high in terms of trying every day to the best that they can be. Their positive attitude and commitment to learning make NGS a vibrant learning community.

As part of our unique Freedom to Flourish Programme our students know all about Professor Empowerment’s ‘Wand of Wisdom’. But what does the Wand of Wisdom’ represent? This term our students will be learning how to grow their brain through having a GROWTH mindset. They will be taught that your mindset belief is a choice and that our intelligence isn’t fixed – that it can change. It can get stronger or weaker depending on how much effort we are willing to apply.

‘Growth Mindset- Students know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. You believe that your qualities can be cultivated through your efforts.’ – Carol Dweck

Park Campus ANZAC Day Service will be held on Friday, 29 April at 2.20pm in the SWPC.

Looking ahead: Mothers’ Day Morning Tea, 10.00am at Park Campus

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From the Hunter House Coordinators
Mrs Marnie Thomas & Ms Chantal Byrnes

Welcome back for Term 2 and welcome to Hunter term. This term Hunter House students from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be celebrating the strength of HOPE and embracing aspects of the Park Campus ‘Freedom to Flourish’ programme as well as Hill Campus’ work on positive psychology and learning about how hope is integral in promoting optimism, gratitude, and resilience. Indeed, we will be working towards a shared humanity and a shared experience of hope which allows us all to flourish. Throughout the term we will have the opportunity to address assemblies and Chapel services, support charities and organise fundraising events, including Hunter Day in Week 6 that will explore various expressions of hope and individual experiences that provide powerful models and messages for us all. Please, keep an eye out for more exciting information in regards to Hunter Day in the coming weeks. We have once again chosen to support Allambi as well as the NGS Vietnam Project. The staff and students of Hunter House are genuinely looking forward to the term ahead and you can guarantee there will be plenty of green spirit and passion to share. We wish everyone a fantastic Hunter Term, and we sincerely thank you in advance for your support and engagement.

So, this term, we HOPE you will join us in ensuring HOPE FLIES…

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From the Director of Music
Mr Kevin Young

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The HICES Music Festival Years 7-12 will be held from Sunday, 14 August to Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. This Festival, for students in Years 7-12, brings together over 300 musicians from HICES schools in New South Wales. The Festival will begin at 6.00pm on Sunday afternoon at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops.

Students will work with conductors from HICES schools at camp for three days. All camp participants will be transported to Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 17 August for the evening concert to be held at 7.00pm.

Auditions: All students must submit a video-taped audition for either an Instrumental or Choral ensemble. Ensemble placements will be confirmed during Term 2.

Guest Conductors: Our guest conductors for 2016 are Richard Gill (Honour Choir and Festival Finale) and Paul Terracini (Symphony Orchestra).

Ensembles: Students may audition for placement in ONE of the following ensembles: Symphony Orchestra; Symphonic Winds; Concert Band; String Orchestra; Honour Choir; Vocal Ensemble

Massed Choir: All students will combine to form a massed choir for the Festival Finale.

Apply Now: All students must complete the Student Information Form and Student Audition Form. The cost of the 2016 HICES Music Festival Years 7-12 is $495 per student (including HICES Music Festival hoodie). All accommodation, meals, and transport are included during the Festival, including transport from Stanwell Tops to Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday. Travel on Sunday to Stanwell Tops and on Wednesday from Sydney Town Hall, after the concert, will be arranged by individual schools.

Placements: Placements will be offered by mid-Term 2, once auditions have been finalised. Successful applicants will receive further information, including an Acceptance Form, Medical Form and Camp Information.

Please come and see Miss Sweetman or Mr Young for an application form. Be quick as applications close Friday, 6 May.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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CIS(secondary) Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the eight students listed below, who will travel down to Homebush on Wednesday and/or Thursday this week to represent NGS/HRIS and AICES at the NSW Swimming Championships.

Their outstanding performances at last term’s AICES secured them a position in the 2016 AICES team and on behalf of the School I would like to wish all of these boys every success in their respective events.

Also, an apology to Hamish Bell whose name was omitted from the results in last term’s newsletter when in fact he should have been recognised for his great win in the 14 years 50m Breaststroke event at AICES. Hamish will now contest 3 x individual and 1 x Relay event at CIS this week-a great achievement at this level.

Those students are: Oscar Jeffery, Kyle Riley, Hamish Bell, Jadon Routley, Caleb Agostino-Morrow, Joshua Barnett, Nathaniel Young, Bronson Elsley



Netball resumes this Saturday with training on Wednesday and Game 3 of the 2016 season.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those girls from our Cadet teams who so capably assisted in the canteen on the afternoon of their last game, Game 2, at the beginning of the holidays. It was so good to see them move over to the canteen immediately after their game to assist. The way they just got fully involved in their work serving the customers, re-stocking shelves and the many other tasks involved in this job was outstanding and demonstrated great confidence and ability and I commend those girls on their efforts.

NGS Primary Cross Country Team 2016

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 Boys: Luca Collins, Maximilian Cohen, Joel Wright, James Galettis, Rylan Gamer

8 Years Girls: Vanessa Kuru, Keerthana Kumar, Sophia Richardson, Adesha Kendurkar, Scarlett Gray

9 Years Boys: Andrew Carpenter, Brandon Muddle, Jack Welsh, Timothy Kabir, Lachlan Smith

9 Years Girls: Ella Beattie, Zahli Ginns, Lucy Nightingale, Harriette Arnall, Eden Simpson

10 Years Boys: Thomas McGrath, Kalen Routley, Taj Curran, Ambrose Raftos, Henry Guest

10 Years Girls: Alice Jeffery, Tatum Gilmour, Hunter Rowntree, Eliza Ginns, Alexandra Moss

11 Years Boys: Cameron Carson, Alexander Macdougall, Hayden Martinelli, Lucas Bortolotto, Jackson Broad

11 Years Girls: Lillian Miller, Hannah Choi, Bronte Simpson, Josephine Armstrong, Jordan Muddle

12 Years Boys: Scott Philpotts, Marcus Ferch, Cameron Bruce Scott, Luke Siderovski, Troy Winchester

12 Years Girls: Lily Webster, Amy-Jorjia Barnett, Brooke Hides, Jenna Montgomery, Millie Robbs


All students will need to return their permission note as soon as possible.


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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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Speech Day
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.

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.

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 2 May:
Edwina Forrest

Tue 3 May:
Jacquelene Doran

Wed 4 May:
Maeve Brown
Kerrie Kerr

Thu 5 May:
Marnie Coulton
Jo MacDougall

Fri 6 May:
Lesley Filby