From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas
Years 5 and 6 finish the term this week with their camp and I hope they enjoy their time on the NSW Central Coast at Camp Lutunda. Activities for this age group include High Ropes Course, Crate Climb, BMX Riding, Canoeing, Giant Swing, Bush Initiatives, Flying Fox and Archery. Thank you to the teachers who are accompanying the boys and girls and we look forward to seeing you back safely on Friday.
I hope all our students can look back on the term positively. Kindergarten are now through half of their first year of school and seem to embrace all learning opportunities they are offered. All K-6 students have taken home learning portfolios in the last few days – proudly displaying a range of their efforts. Year 7 are now half way through their first year of high school, Year 11 have one term to go before starting the HSC course and Year 12 will spend a significant part of the break preparing for their HSC Trial Examinations- while at the same time thinking deeply about future paths.
If I think of the term, I think of the ‘growing your brain’ challenges at Park Campus, the outstanding sporting achievements of a number of individual students and the superb performances of the Chamber Choir. Our commitment to the Vietnam Project has begun well and it has been terrific to see positive whole School, House Days on both campuses. Many 7-10 students achieved personal bests in their half yearly examinations. It was wonderful to see the dance and musical theatre performances recently- offering a large number of our students, new opportunities. The coding course at Park Campus and the large numbers learning coding or working together in robotics have been features of first semester. The positive examples of student leadership – whether within the student body or engaging with a social justice issue – are having a lasting impact on the School.
At the end of the term, I congratulate all of our students who can say they have given of their best and have brought the best version of themselves to School each day. I wish all our students a safe, and relaxing time during the mid-year break. I encourage you all to engage positively with the wider world around you during this time.
From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons
The Honours List
This semester we have introduced a new Academic Award at Newcastle Grammar School; The Honours List. It has its foundations in academic award programs found across the world in universities from Newcastle University and the University of New South Wales to Harvard. The Honours List at NGS has a significant difference to these more traditional Dean’s Lists – as well as recognising and celebrating Academic Excellence, the Honours List also recognises and celebrates effort. Persistence and determination over the long term and across all subject areas.
To achieve a place on the Honours List, a student must achieve an average grade of “4” for effort and an average grade of “A” for academic results across all their subjects. A number of students will receive excellent academic results or excellent effort grades and will be recognised for these outside of the Honours List. All students who receive all “A”s for their academics or all “4”s for effort will receive a letter of congratulations from the Head of Learning and Teaching, Mrs Peterson.
Just as we will regularly celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students in the sporting and cultural arenas, we feel that we need also to celebrate with the student body those peers of theirs who have had an outstanding academic semester.
The Honours List will be updated each semester, recognising students who may never achieve an award at Speech Day for excellence in a subject but who have been especially diligent in all their subjects, achieving exceptional academic results overall.
I appreciate that not all students will find a place on the Honours List despite very good effort and academic grades, but many will get very close and aspire to gaining a place. Given this, it is very appropriate that, as a community, we give our students the opportunity to congratulate those of their peers who do.
From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer
As I reflect on our first half of the school year I can’t help marvelling at the obvious delight coming from the faces of the children I see every day. The atmosphere of inquiry learning has become widespread and contagious. I see it in their learning environment where the possibilities to learn seem endless. A love of learning is sustained through our School and this week I met with 3 students who wanted to check with me on an idea they had. When I suggested they may want to do a bit more research before taking their idea to the rest of the school, they became exuberant with their desire to learn more – saying ‘we can do this over the holidays!!’ and ‘I love reading and learning new things!’.
Parents in Partnership
I would like to also express in this reflection how much I have enjoyed meeting with parents in the somewhat informal setting of Parents in Partnership. These gatherings which will continue to occur once a month have opened up a vast array of topics that have inspired me and others to consider new ways to approach things. Thank you for your support. I’m amazed at the positive feedback from parents regarding K-6 Work Sample Folders and Coding classes for our K-2 students.
‘Wear a Beanie Day’
Thank you also to the 2015 Fun Fair team who raised money for outdoor learning tables. We are very much enjoying these new additions to our playground.
Please have a wonderful school holiday and enjoy time with family and friends. I look forward to seeing everyone return safely and ready for another exciting and productive term! When I look back over the course of this term I am reminded that together we can make great things happen!
Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson
Tournament of the Minds
Students in Years 7 and 8 who would like to participate in the 2016 Tournament of the Minds competition are asked to email Mrs Peterson with their expression of interest before the end of Term 2. The Team will begin preparations early in Term 3, with the Tournament date being Sunday, 28 August here at Newcastle Grammar School.
This is a wonderful opportunity for students to work collaboratively on a range of problem-solving activities. It develops students’ skills in time management, creativity and critical thinking.
Half-Yearly Reports – Years 7 to 10
By the end of the week, parents should have received Half-Yearly Reports for students in years 7 to 10. Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held over the course of this term and early next term. As part of the Half-Yearly Reporting process, the School reviews the performance of students to ensure they are appropriately placed in classes. We will notify parents of any changes to class allocations in the first instance. Any class changes will commence at the beginning of Term 3.
From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden
Year 10 Parent/Teacher Interviews
The Year 10 Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, 23 June from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Parents and students are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet with their teachers to get valuable feedback on their level of achievement and some guidance for areas of improvement. Students are required to wear school uniform.
Bookings can be made at www.schoolinterviews.com.au using the code axga9.
We look forward to seeing you there.
From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp
We cannot believe we have reached the end of Term 2 and it was great to finish the term on such an exciting high – with Pirate Day on Monday, 20 June. We literally (with the wild weather) sailed the high seas in to our Pre-school Pirate Day. Although the weather put a dampener on some of our planned activities, the children still had a fantastic day full of pirate dress-ups, games, stories and craft. Eye patches, swords, parrots (hand made by the children) and hats with skulls were very popular. However, the highlight was probably the search for treasure. We found an old pirate map with clues which eventually led us to Treasure Island (aka – the sandpit)! We dug deep into the sand … and there it was …. a real treasure chest with a huge skeleton inside as well as lots of treasure / “bling” that was worn for the rest of the Pirate Day!
‘Shiver me timbers’ – what a fun day!
The Pre-school Term 3 calendars are being distributed to families this week and it is shaping up to be another action packed term. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday, 18 July when Term 3 commences and wish all our Pre-school families a safe and happy break.
> click here for photos
From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll
NSWCIS Cross Country Success – Secondary
Last Thursday, 16 June four NGS students travelled to Sydney as members of the AICES team to contest the NSWCIS Cross Country Championships, with all four achieving considerable success.
Ryan Box finished 7th in the 15 years boys 4km event and has been selected in the 2016 NSWCIS team.
Seraina Danuser finished 31st out of a field of over 50 runners in the 17 years girls 4km event.
Caleb Agostino-Morrow finished 8th in the 17 years boys 6km event, and has been selected in the 2016 NSWCIS team.
Lorcan Redmond finished 1st in the 16 boys 6km event, finished as the CIS Champion, and was selected in the 2016 NSWCIS team.
A huge congratulations to these four outstanding committed athletes.
Mr Leigh Carroll
Director of Sport.
NSWCIS Cross Country Success – Primary
Congratulations to the following students who travelled to Sydney last Thursday to compete in the NSW CIS Primary Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek.
All Newcastle Grammar School students did their best with the following results after some tough racing.
Park Campus – Thomas McGrath 32nd, Alice Jeffery 15th
Hill Campus – Cameron Carson 24th, Hunter Rowntree 41st, Hannah Choi 54th, Alexander Macdougall 32nd
Congratulation to all our runners.
Ms C Byrnes
Stewart Sports Coordinator
NGS Team for HRIS Secondary Athletics Championships
The HRIS (secondary) Division 1 Athletics Championships will be held on Tuesday, 26 July (Term 3, Week 2) at Glendale. This is for Years 7-12.
The NGS team has been posted on the Merrick noticeboard and also on Schoolbox and any questions regarding this event should be referred to me.
Training is available ach Tuesday afternoon at the Newcastle Athletics Field in the lead-up to this event for any student wishing to hone their skills. NGS has had some very qualified coaches training our students each Tuesday afternoon since the beginning of the year and it would be wise for any student wishing to improve their speed, distance or jumping height to come down and spend a couple of sessions doing exactly that.
Any questions, please contact me as soon as possible.
Mr Leigh Carroll
Director of Sport.
Park Campus Soccer News
Dear Soccer Parents,
Thanks for your wonderful support so far in the 2016 season. As the term is drawing to a close, please take note of the following important announcements:
- There will be no training on Wednesday Week 9 (22 June) due to the unavailability of myself and other coaches. Training will resume in Term 3 Week 1 (Wednesday 20 July).
- Please check fixtures scheduled for the school holidays and inform me as soon as possible if your child will be unavailable for any of these matches.
- Matches washed out from Round 7 have been rescheduled for Saturday 9 July. These are:
- Under 6 Group E (coach: Declan Spencer) and Group H (coach: Jonah Kindavong) playing against New Lambton at Alder Park at 8.30am.
- Under 6 Group K (coach: Baylee Halyburton) playing against Merewether United at Myamblah Crescent Oval at 8.30am.
- Under 8 Group G (coach: Oliver King) playing against New Lambton at Alder Park at 10.10am.
- Under 9 Group E (coach: Ethan Evans) playing against New Lambton at Alder Park at 11.50am.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the above information.
Mr B Lloyd
Mrs Corey Rowntree
Due to the popularity of Chess at Park and Hill Campus in Semester One, we are considering offering it at both Hill and Park Campuses under the same arrangements for Term 3.
Please let myself Ms Bright (Hill Campus Library) or Mrs Foster (Park Reception) by Friday, 24 June if you would like your child to be involved with Chess Coaching for Term 3.
If your child is currently involved in a co-curricular activity on this afternoon please be aware they will need to fulfil this commitment first.
Cost: $50 per term for the professional Coach.
Coaching Days and Times:
- Park Campus: Tuesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm in Park Library
- Hill Campus – Mondays from 3.15pm till 5.00pm in HF8.
From the Hunter House Coordinators
Ms Marnie Thomas & Ms Chantal Byrnes
As Hunter Term comes to a close we would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members of the Newcastle Grammar School family for the very generous support of Hunter’s celebration of HOPE and our vision of HOPE FLIES. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all the wonderful Hunter students, Mentors and parents who worked so hard to authentically and meaningfully engage with the strength of HOPE. The assembly presentations, weekly Chapel services, social justice initiatives including Community Lunch and Share the Dignity, beautiful artworks and musical items, newsletter items, Park and Hill Campus Hunter House Days and Chapel Services and the amazing $3606.25 that was raised between Hill and Park Campus would not have been possible if it wasn’t for our gorgeous Green family. The quality of everything the students of Hunter House have engaged in and created is testimony to their belief in a shared Hunter experience.
We wish you all a happy and safe holiday and encourage you all to continue to ensure HOPE FLIES!
Year 10 Food Technology
On Monday, 30 May Year 10 Food Technology had the privilege of having a professional chef and owner of ‘Hot Rock Events and Catering’, Michael Carroll, who shared his knowledge of the hospitality industry. Throughout Michael’s lifetime, he has endured many challenging and rewarding jobs in the hospitality industry all over the world. Through all of his experiences he has obtained over the years as a chef in places such as Paris, Italy and Australia, Michael has created a successful catering business in Newcastle. He informed the class of the daily routine of catering for various events and outlined the amount of preparation that he and his staff must undertake to accomplish the event. Michael was also able to share some techniques, tricks and simple easy dishes that he and his family make on a regular basis at home. His long hardship in the industry is reflected in his work ethic and success in current place of business at Hot Rocks Events and Catering. We thoroughly enjoyed having Michael, and thank him for donating his time to speak with the class for the unit food service and catering.
By Year 10 Food Technology
Year 10 Musical - The Wiz
Mr Stuart Boyd
Year 10 Musical – The Wiz
A reminder to students and their parents that the Rehearsal Week in the last week of the coming holidays is a compulsory School activity as it is your School Camp for Year 10. Students are required at Park Campus from 8.45am to 3.30pm, unless otherwise notified. Please bring all food requirements for the day. Any requests for absences must be made directly to the Head of School.
Tickets ON SALE NOW go to www.flexischools.com.au
Speech and Drama
Ms Ishbel Beadle & Ms Jo Jones
Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod
The Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod has drawn to a close and we wish to take the opportunity of congratulating all our students (and mums and dads for their support) and in publishing the following results: Please >click here to see them.
Eisteddfods are a great place to nurture and encourage young people to develop their confidence and skill in communicating (and to benefit from expert assessment). If you would like to find out more about the Speech & Drama Eisteddfods and/or program for Term 3 and 4, please contact Jo Jones on (0439 770 177) or Ishbel Beadle on (0411 465 917).
The City of Parramatta Eisteddfod – Congratulations!
Kindergarten: Kenara Weerabaddana (3rd) Character Sketch in Costume.
Year 4: Binuk Weerabaddana (2nd) Australian Verse, (3rd) 10yrs Speech & Drama Championship.
Year 8 Parent Dinner
NGS Gala Ball Donations
Prize and Auction Items
Prize and Auction donations for the NGS Ball being accepted now
The fundraising efforts at the NGS Gala Ball rely heavily on the generous prizes donated by both our school families and their businesses and outside businesses. These donations are used both in our Platinum Raffle and to create exciting packages for our Silent Auctions.
This year, we are pleased to announce that the funds raised at the Ball will go towards renovations of our Horbury Hunt Hall. The Hall is a valuable and central part of the School. The current state of the stage means that we are very limited in regards to activities and productions that can presented in the Hall. We envisage that the funds raised will go toward renovation of the stage, including the flooring and lighting etc. This will enable us to use the Hall in its full capacity.
We would now like to request prizes and donations for the Ball. This is a great opportunity for businesses to gain significant and positive exposure during the evening. We also welcome prizes donated by families and will respect the privacy of those making anonymous donations.
Some ideas that might help you – bottles of wine/ champagne, gift vouchers, perfume, art, sculpture, beauty gift packs, breakfast, lunch or dinner vouchers, electrical and technical appliances, kids’ activity vouchers, homewares, sporting vouchers, an ‘experience’ prize that could be used as an auction prize (flight simulator, balloon flight, tickets to sporting/ concert events, hotel accommodation etc).
Please note that if you donated prizes at our last Ball, we will automatically be back in touch with you soon.
For further information about prizes including ideas on what vouchers would complement our packages, please email Lisa Foster at Park Campus on firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in contact with the relevant people.
Please note that all prizes should be dropped to either Park or Hill Campus Reception by no later than Friday, 24 June. Please include who the gift is from so we know who to thank.
We thank you in advance for your generosity and look forward to a wonderful evening together
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.
TICKETS ON SALE – Go to www.flexischools.com
The 98th Gala Ball
Fiji - Aussie Tradies Rescue
Charity Race Day
With the devastating cyclone that hit Fiji early this year, as humans we feel the need to outstretch our arms and help in some way.
But How? Most of us wouldn’t know where to start.
Novocastrian business man Robert Atherton has found a way! But first let us tell you how this came about – the connection…
Mr Atherton has been holidaying with his family in Fiji for over 5 years and has formed close friendships with many local families.
Mr Atherton, owner of local awarding winning business Australia Wide Roofing, whilst on his last visit to Fiji in October 2015, discussed returning in 2016 to replace (donate) 3 new colorbond building roofs what were in desperate need of attention. Intending to donate materials and time to install these.
With the 2016 destruction from Cyclone Winston, many towns and villages have been near destroyed, this includes the community of Tavua Island, which Mr Atherton was intending to replace the roofs in this village. But now the village is in need for more than just roofs.
How can you help?
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From the Head of School
Wednesday 22 June – Years 5 & 6 Outdoor Experience begins
Wednesday 22 June – HRIS Secondary Basketball Championships
Wednesday 22 June – NGS Players (Drama) at 6.00pm (Huntbury Hall) >Click here
Thursday, 23 June – Hill Campus Eucharist
Thursday, 23 June – Year 10 Interviews
Friday, 24 June Years 7 to 12 Music Festival
Friday, 24 June – Semester 1 Concludes
Monday, 18 July – Semester 2 Begins – Winter Uniform
Parents and friends of Newcastle Grammar School are invited to join us for the Founders Day Service in Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 22nd July at 9.00am. Please be seated by 8.45am.
A reminder the uniform shop hours are as follows;
Monday: 8.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday & Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Year 10 Dinner
Year 10 Dinner Committee has been meeting regularly in the lead up to this event and have planned a very enjoyable social evening for the cohort.
The evening is being held at the Merewether Surf House on Wednesday, 3 August. Students should arrive at 6.30pm and may be collected no later than 10.00pm. The cost of the Dinner is $85.00 per person and includes dinner and soft drinks. Payments can be made by either cash, cheque or credit card to Reception or the Finance Office.
Formal attire is not appropriate for the evening. The students have chosen “The Movies” as their theme, and would like to see everyone dress as their favourite movie character.
RSVP’s to be received at the Hill Campus Reception by Friday, 24 June.