From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Over the last week students have participated in the Mock Trial competition and The Evatt United Nations Competition. In addition, students from Years 5 to 8 are involved in the da Vinci Decathlon this week and we are hosting the Regional Finals for Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking competition on May 12. I congratulate the students who are participating in these challenges and enjoying the intellectual stimulation that each bring.

The NSW Board of Studies sets curriculum and the Higher School Certificate exams in NSW. It is currently under review. Parents are welcome to contribute to the Parent’s Council feedback by completing the survey at

The NSW government has sent notification to all schools about a parent support line. It provides telephone and online support services for parents and carers. More information is available at

Parking around both campuses can be difficult and we need to work together to ensure that our students are safe and that we respect each other. Please can I ask Hill Campus parents who are double and triple parking in the drop off zone on Tyrrell Street, to please go around the block or ask your son or daughter to meet you at a later time. The crest of the hill makes vision difficult for oncoming traffic.

Last week at Park Campus a parking incident occurred that did not showcase our School in the best light. One of our neighbours could not get her own children to school after being parked in by a parent. This and the offensive comments made to her, caused considerable distress. I ask that parents remain calm and only use the drop off areas available. Mrs Dyer and I have been trying to work positively with all of our neighbours. We understand that Corlette Street is frustrating in peak times. We have approached both the Police and Council to assist us.

Next week students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 complete NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN enables students to test their basic skills and is one measure of their progress in these skills. As a School we expect all of our students to try their best for each of the literacy and the numeracy tests. We use the data gained to help allocate resources and inform teaching practices. For Year 3, the first of these tests can be daunting. If you have a child that is feeling anxious, the letter written by three Year 3 teachers at another school last year, may help start a conversation  NAPLAN begins on Tuesday.

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 all Year 7 and Year 8 students.

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. If you would like to know more about Brainstorm Productions, visit their website at

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From the Director of Learning and Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 7 & 8 Study Skills Seminar

Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services will host an information evening for parents and students in Year 7 and Year 8. It will be held on Thursday, 5 May at 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall.

Next week, Prue Salter will also present a number of Study Skills Seminars to parents and students:

  • Years 9 and 10 – Friday, 6 May at 11.00am
  • Year 11 – Friday, 6 May at 9.00am

Year 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Evening

The Year 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Evening will be held on Thursday, 19 May (Week 4, Term 2) from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Bookings can only be made online – using the event code th6hp. Students are invited to attend these meetings with their parents. As it is a school function, we do ask that students wear school uniform.

da Vinci Decathlon

Newcastle Grammar School is very excited to announce that one secondary team and two primary teams will be competing in the Mid North Coast Regional da Vinci Decathlon in Port Macquarie on Wednesday, 4 May and Thursday, 5 May respectively. This is a multi-disciplinary enrichment competition which requires teams of 8 to work collaboratively to solve problems in the disciplines of science, creative producers (drama), english, philosophy, mathematics, engineering, art and poetry, cartography (map making), code breaking and general knowledge.

This is a true celebration of the diversity of strengths that our students possess and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the creativity of these young minds.

We wish the following students every success as they embark on this exciting endeavour.

Hannah Choi, Alexander McDougall, Eliza Ginns, Lillian Miller, Prakriti Goel, Alesssandra Martinelli, Jasmine de Silva, Megan Galettis, Sebastian Spencer, Eve Thomson, Jordan Muddle, Lily Webster, Kieran Kabir, Kalen Routley, Athanasia Petrelis, Milan Umesh, Max Galettis, Sabrina Mancini, Sophie Franks, Natalie Beesley, Anishika Kendurkar, Evegenia Petrelis, Jadon Routley, Matthew Macdougall.

Mrs Murdoch, Mrs Peterson, Mrs Muddle

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From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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Year 12 – HSC Examination Timetable

A reminder to all of our Year 12 students and their parents that BOSTES will be publishing students’ personalised HSC examination timetables on Wednesday, 27 April. These can be accessed through the Students Online section of the BOSTES website.

You can access Students Online by > clicking here. To bring up your details, you will need to use your Student Number and PIN.

Years 7 & 9 – NAPLAN Tests

The parents/caregivers of our Year 7 and 9 students should already have received a letter from me about the forthcoming NAPLAN tests. The envelope also contained further details from ACARA who run these tests. NAPLAN takes place this year in Week 3, from 10-12 May, with time set aside for any catch-up tests on 13 May. The letter sets out in detail what will be happening.

The official NAPLAN website has plenty of details for parents, go to >Naplan website.

If you have any questions about any of these issues, please feel free to contact me at school by email

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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At the heart of our learning and teaching are learner attributes. These are a long- term, holistic vision of education that underpins learning programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do. This week Primary teachers met to discuss what we believe our Learner attributes need to be for the 21st century. We want our learner attributes to inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and parents. We are committed to ensure that the learner attributes will unite us all with a common focus: on the whole person, as a lifelong learner. It will apply to us all – student, teacher and parent– for we are all continually learning together. In the coming weeks Primary teachers will continue to work together to discuss what we believe our students need to look like and value as they continue their quest to be the best that they can be.

From the Preschool
Mrs Angela Tapp

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Term 2 is off to a flying start with the children happily reconnecting with friends and settling back in to the routines of Pre-school life. We have some beautiful new children who have started this week and we welcome them to our Pre-school community.

This term we are also very excited to welcome Mimi and The Kids Get Active Program to our Pre-school. Over the next 9 Wednesdays Kids Get Active will be working with the children to extend their balance, strength, co-ordination, control and focus through the implementation of a KICKFIT and YOGA program. So far the children have participated in a yoga and meditation activity and are looking forward to Mimi returning next week. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors over the coming weeks and will run for an hour with The Shakers and Groovers having 30 minutes each.

In Week 2 we will begin speech screening for those families who have nominated their children to participate. Lauren from Headstart will be working individually with each child over coming weeks and then preparing a report. Please remember it is not too late if you would like your child assessed.

We are currently working on some “secret Mother’s Day business” and the children are very excited about the gifts they are creating. We hope our Pre-school Mums feel the love.

One little Groover boy made us smile this week when he sat down to ‘read’ his book during his first visit to the library. It was obviously a bit hard to concentrate so he asked his friends in a loud voice to “Please be quiet – I need some private time”.

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Hunter House

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

As an introduction to Hunter Term on the Hill Campus, this week and last week at Assembly, Hunter House students shared a lovely presentation which showcased the power of HOPE. The slideshow used the swallow as a symbol of Hope to connect the various ideas and images and can be seen by clicking on the following link:

>Please click here to view

All students were encouraged to think about the significance of Hope in their own lives and the ways that Hope can connect people and create communities. In addition to celebrating the power of Hope in assemblies and Chapel this term, Hunter House’s will also be engaging in a range of social justice initiatives and supporting various charities including the Community Lunch which is held every second Sunday in Horbury Hunt Hall.

Last Sunday, Hunter students not only assisted at the lunch but Tan Hasdarngkul also played piano during the service. This was an absolutely beautiful expression of the way Hope can bring people together. Hunter House looks forward to continuing to ensure HOPE FLIES this term.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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CIS (Secondary) Swimming Championships

Congratulations to our eight secondary students who travelled to Homebush last week as members of the 2016 AICES Swimming team which contested the NSWCIS Championships.

Our boys achieved some excellent results:

The NGS Senior Boys 4 x 50m Medley Relay team, comprising Bronson Elsley, Joshua Barnett, Nathan Young and Caleb Agostino-Morrow, finished in 11th place overall in a time of 2.05.83m.

The NGS Senior Boys 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay team, also comprising Bronson Elsley, Joshua Barnett, Nathan Young and Caleb Agostino-Morrow then finished in 13th place overall in a time of 1.52.18m.

The NGS 14 years and Under 4 x 50m Medley Relay team, comprising Oscar Jeffery, Kyle Riley, Jadon Routley and Hamish Bell, finished in 10th place overall in a time of 2.15.73m.

Hamish also contested the:
14 years 50m Breaststroke, finishing in 9th place in a time of 38.21s
12-14 years 200m Breaststroke, finishing in 8th place in a time of 3.00.83m
12-14 years 200m Butterfly, finishing in 11th place in a time of 2.43.62m

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Our Senior boys team-Caleb, Josh, Nathan and Bronson

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Our Junior team of Oscar, Kyle Hamish and Jadon.

All of these boys should be congratulated on their performances, remembering that the CIS Championships incorporates students from every independent school in NSW and to finish in the places these boys did is an outstanding effort.

HRIS Cross Country

The 2016 HRIS Cross Country Championships are on this Friday at Cooranbong, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the NGS team every success in this huge event on the School’s sporting calendar.

All students have now received an information sheet detailing the arrangements for that day.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at School.

HRIS Open Football Championships

A big congratulations to our Open boys and girls Football sides who contested the 2016 HRIS Championships on Monday.

A very successful day was had by both teams with both finishing in 2nd place in their respective competitions.

HRIS Open Girls Football Championships

The following girls from Years 10 to 12 represented Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Open Football Championships on Monday, 2 May –Elizabeth Behne-Smith (captain), Alexa Van Niekerk, Rebekah Stuart, Jessica Finlay-Jones, Laura Flack, Laura Blanch, Seraina Danuser, Jessica Evans, Caitlin Spencer, Eliza Charlton, Isabelle Todhunter, Anna Doyle and Maeve McCallum.

They played five games on the day in Pool A winning 5 – 0 against St Philip’s Port Stephens and winning 6 – 0 against Avondale. In the cross over finals we won in a tight game against St Columba 1 – 0. In the semi final game we won against Central Coast Adventist School 2 – 0 which took us straight into the grand final.

We played against Hunter Valley Grammar School in the grand final in a very close game but we were beaten 2 – 1. The girls were runners up on the day against a field of 12 teams.

Congratulations to the goal scorers Rebekah Stuart 6 goals, Jessica Evans 2 penalties, Maeve McCallum 3 goals, Elizabeth Behne-Smith 2 goals, Laura Flack 1 goals and Jessica Finlay-Jones with 1 goal.

All the players played with enthusiasm putting their bodies on the line. Thank you to Laura Blanch, Elizabeth Behne-Smith and Rebekah Stuart for goal keeping. The team was a pleasure to coach.

Miss S Parezanovic

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HRIS Open Boys Football Championships

The weather gods blessed us and the morning dew lay aloft the freshly mown grass at Adamstown Park. The teams descended to the battle grounds and the anticipation of white line fever was as apparent as the warmth the backs on the 14 young NGS men who began their preparations.

Strong showings in the pool games meant that we placed the top of our group and qualified for the quarter finals. This is where the real tournament began and the boys were showing true grit and determination. Healthy wins against our two regular foes in HVGS (quarter final) and BTAC (semi-final) pitted us against the undefeated and three time defending champions in St Philips – Newcastle in a deserving final match. It took until 3 minutes from time for our defensive unit to be cracked and with no time to recover we accepted defeat but stood tall and proud of the day’s efforts.

A runners-up medal and a host of bruised bodies bordered the bus but we left with ever lasting memories of battle well contested.

Mr P Juchniewicz

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Tyrrell Library
Ms Sue Bright

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Book Spine Poetry Competition

Eoin Brown (Year 10), our winner of the inaugural NGS Library Book Spine Poetry Competition.  Also pictured are students who received “honourable mentions” for their creative efforts.  The brief was to stack the spines of up to six books to create a poem.  Congratulations to all students and staff involved in this fun activity creating “Literary Masterpieces”.

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Anzac Display

Our Library Anzac Display (pictured below) was a source of much interest from our students.  Students are encouraged to borrow books from all our displays.

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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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School Chaplain
Assistant Dean Paul West

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Father Paul West will begin his role as School Chaplain in the coming weeks. Parents are invited to the Cathedral for Father Paul’s installation on May 15 at 6.00pm.

Paul was born in Sydney and is the son of the late parish priest and hospice chaplain, Father John Henry West. Paul has a proud Novocastrian heritage: his paternal grandfather, Arthur West, ran the family road contractor business, Armitage & West, that constructed and renewed many of the streets in Cooks Hill. Paul’s maternal grandfather, Sydney Holyhead, was at one time the publican of the George Hotel and the Star Hotel, in Newcastle. 

Friday, 13 May 2016 at 7.00pm

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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

We will have two weeks of optional uniform starting from Week 4 of the school term. Between 16th May and 27th May students may wear either summer or winter uniform to school. At this point, we expect to be able to move to winter uniform on 30th May. If the weather remains warm we will review this.

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 9 May:

Tue 10 May:
Alette Schot

Wed 11 May:
Yvette Anscombe

Thu 12 May:
Hayley Martin

Fri 13 May:
Chris Downs

Park Campus

Mon 9 May:

Tue 10 May:
Jacqui Mejia

Wed 11 May:

Thu 12 May:

Fri 13 May:
Lesley Filby

Hill Campus

Hill Campus Chess News

Our Year 7 – 12 team plays Round 2 of the NSW Junior Chess League Knockout Competition this Thursday, 5 May. We wish our team well in this competition.  Our team is:  Elizabeth Behne-Smith, Jakob Reid, Jett Robinson and Tors Webster.

Our School Chess Championships have started this week.  If any student would still like to enter this competition, the absolute last date for entry is this Friday, 6 May.  Students should see Ms Bright in the Library if they would like to enter. The competition runs each Monday at lunchtime in the Library.  Our School teams for competitions are selected from results of these Championships.

Ms Sue Bright
Hill Campus Chess Coordinator

Headlice Notification

There have been several outbreaks of Headlice within the School over the last few weeks.

Could all families please check their child/ren’s hair on a regular basis and treat as necessary.