From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Welcome to Term 3 to all our families and a particular welcome to the new students and their parents who join the NGS community this term. Students returning to school this week will have seen some modernisation and improvement in our existing facilities. Projects completed over the school holidays included the tinting of windows in the Years 3 classrooms to ensure greater privacy from the street and renovation of the change room facilities and sick bay area on the Hill Campus.

We have a busy term ahead. This week the School finalises its registration and accreditation process for 2016 and inspectors from the NSW Board of Studies come to the School to examine policies and procedures, curriculum and facilities. I thank the many staff who have been involved in this process over the course of this year.

On Friday we celebrate Founders’ Day. While schools existed on this site since 1860, Founders’ Day marks the opening of Newcastle Girls’ Grammar School in 1918. There are several events planned for the day. Grandparents are invited to Park Campus from 10.00am – 11.30am. Parents are welcome to join us for the Founders’ Day Service in the Cathedral (9.00am start). Later in the day (11.30am start), the SATU ‘passing out parade’ will be seen by Years 5-12 and any parents who would like to join us. Years 7-12 will then enjoy the House Music Festival in the afternoon. It is a day to celebrate our history and recognise those who have served this wonderful school in many capacities for 98 years.

Late this week, all parents will be sent login details for the parent portal into SchoolBox. This will give you access to your son or daughters’ timetable, class or year group information, permission notes, and student assessment tasks (Years 7-12). Co-curricular information is also in this portal. Information and training sessions for parents who would like assistance or more information are at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 2nd August at 6:00pm in Holland Staff Common Room (Entry is via Newcomen Street stairs)
  • Wednesday, 3rd August at 9:00am in the Park Campus Library
  • Thursday, 4th August at 5:30pm in the Holland Staff Common Room (Entry is via the Newcomen Street stairs)

Please note that parents are welcome to attend any session. If you have problems logging in please contact Hill reception on 4929 5811 or email hope that you will find this a useful means of communication between home and school.



The Gala Ball – Thank you to our Gold Sponsors

The Breakfast At Tiffany’s Ball is shaping up to be a very special evening.

The school wishes to thank all those who have either sponsored a table or who have donated  generous prizes that will be used on the evening.

We wish to acknowledge and especially thank the Gold Sponsors for this year’s Ball. They are:

  • Talent Code Pty Ltd
  • Hunter Plastic Surgery
  • RAMS Home Loan Centre- Newcastle Branch
  • Hand Surgery Centre
  • Hunter Star Mercedes

We look forward to a wonderful evening.


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From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Welcome to Term 3! We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families, and a very warm welcome back, to all of our returning families. We look forward to seeing what truly amazing learning discoveries your children make with us throughout the term as we continue to lay the foundations for their future learning.

On Friday, 22 July at 10.00am we have our treasured Grandparents and Grandfriends morning in the SWPC. Grandparents play a large part in a child’s development and we love having them at the school. I’ve had the privilege of meeting many grandparents at school tours and enrolment interviews; they are always enthusiastic about NGS and what it offers and I admire how they are actively involved in their grandchildren’s schooling. There may be an aunty, uncle, cousin, or any other special member of your family with whom you would like to share an experience of your child’s NGS education and they are more than welcome to come and visit us on this day too.

Snow success!

Taj Curran, Otto Dries and Lachlan Dunning competed as a team at Thredbo in the Northern NSW Interschools Snow Sports. The two events were snowboard giant slalom and snowboard cross. In wet rainy conditions they powered on to bring home a bronze medal for giant slalom.

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Friday Chapel and Assembly

Please be aware that the SWPC will be the rehearsal space for our Musicals this term. Therefore Chapel and Assembly will not take place every week.

Please note that Chapel and Assembly will take place on 5 and 26 August along with 2 and 16 September.


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Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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The Honours List

This week we recognise the outstanding effort and academic excellence the following students have demonstrated, admitting them to The Honours List for Semester One, 2016:

>click here for photos of our honours students




Year 5:

  • Chelsea Buck
  • Ruby Bush
  • Hannah Choi
  • Lucia Clarke
  • Eliza Ginns
  • Prakriti Goel
  • Veronica Kuru
  • Alexander Macdougall
  • Alessandra Martinelli
  • Katie Meija
  • Lillian Miller
  • Kalen Routley

Year 6:

  • Josephine Armstrong
  • Emma Birch
  • Jasmine De Silva
  • Alexander Fong
  • Chanel Holmes
  • Alana Lumley
  • Jenna Montgomery
  • Alistair Paterson-Clark
  • Vaishni Pradeepan
  • Eve Thomson
  • Lily Webster

Year 8

  • William Carraro
  • Lara Ferch
  • James Kosy
  • Niamh Lewis
  • Sophie Liston
  • Evgenia Petrelis
  • Maria Petrelis
  • Jadon Routley
  • Tors Webster
  • Nicholas White
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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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HRIS Basketball

Congratulations to our Senior girls Basketball side who represented the School so well at the HRIS Basketball Championships which were held at Maitland in the last week of last term.

The NGS girls, whose experience ranged from little to plenty, performed extremely well on the day playing 6 games, winning two and going very close in the others.

They improved with every game, which is evidenced by their results, demonstrated great sportsmanship and connected well as a team considering their limited preparation.

For results >click here

The NGS, picture below, with Manager Mrs Raynor, comprised: Bridie Bland, Charlotte Thomas, Allysion Loveless, Eve Turner, Hannah Everett, Seraina Danuser and Alexa Van Niekerk.

HRIS Basketball


On Tuesday, 21 June, seven Year 9 students represented NGS at the Northern NSW State Futsal Championships. This group of students were all U/15 but were competing a year above their age level in the Champions of Champions competition, which comprised the best 2 teams from each region; Upper Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast.

The Boys were fantastic all day and were beaten in the Final, and were crowned runners-up. A brilliant achievement.

The day began very quickly, a little too quickly in fact, as the boys we down 3-0 in the first game after only 5 minutes. This was a shock to the system; however, they quickly found their stride coming back impressively to lead 4-3 with a few moments to go. The lead could have been higher except for the cross bar denying the team goals on 3 occasions. Unfortunately, the boys conceded in the last kick of the match but a 4-4 result was a fair end to an entertaining game.

The theme of the day appeared to be drawn matches, with late goals being conceded as the next two pool matches ended 3-3. The team were well organised at the back and worked tirelessly for each other, with every player showing great commitment and skill.

The team finished second in their pool which meant that they would face a formidable, Henry Kendall High School in the Semi-Final. Henry Kendall were undefeated and were so tall that they would make Sandor Clegane appear small. The NGS boys proved that a strong team can beat strong individuals by winning the match 1-0 in the toughest match of the day, with many great saves by Goalie Jazz Cooper. A real David vs Goliath match.

This meant for the 2nd time this year we would face Newcastle High in the final of a tournament, unfortunately we were again outclassed by a very strong team, being beaten 5-1.

Third time lucky?

Congratulations to the NGS players; Max Ventura, Ryan Turner, Jazz Cooper, Oliver Wentworth, Connor Henderson, Vincent Unie and Isaac King. They represented the school with enthusiasm, pride, manners and great sportsmanship.

Mr S Stevens-Coach

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Representative Honours


Congratulations to Gabriella King, Year 9, and Susanna Behne-Smith (Year 8) who represented HRIS at the AICES Football Championships in Sydney at the end of last term. The HRIS team had a very successful tournament, finishing as Runners-Up for 2016. The team played 5 games, winning three and drawing two. A great effoprt from our NGS girls!


Congratulations also, to Kieran Fallon, Year 10, who, after representing HRIS at the AICES 16 years Rugby tournament, was selected in the 2016 AICES side. This is a significant achievement and involved a weekend training session in Sydney and a number of trips to Sydney to play representative games against the best teams from the three NSW school sectors. This tournament also serves as the selection trial for the NSW team.

The AICES 16’s played two very tight games:

  • v NSW Combined High Schools 2 (CHS) –won 3-0
  • v NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) –lost 0-7

Cross Country

This Friday the NSW All Schools’ Cross Country Championships will be held at Eastern Creek.

Three students will be representing NGS/HRIS/AICES at this competition and on behalf of the School I would like to wish them every success in their respective events. Those students are:

  • Caleb Agostinio-Morrow-17 years
  • Lorcan Redmond-16 years
  • Ryan Box-15 years


Following their success in NGS teams at the end of last term, three students were then selected to attend trials to select a NSW team to contest the Australian Futsal Association’s National School titles to be held in Brisbane in late September. All three of those students were subsequently selected in that  NSW team which will now contest the National School titles in Brisbane in late September-very much an honour!

Those students, all from Year 8, are:

  • Isaac Duncan-Daley
  • Michael Papadopoulos
  • Thomas Elkovich

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HRIS Secondary Athletics Championships

The 2016 HRIS Division 1 Secondary Athletics Championships will be held next Tuesday, 26 July at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale.

A large number of students will be representing NGS on this day and on behalf of the School I would like to wish that team every success.

All student should have now received an information sheet detailing the arrangements for the day and they are asked to return their permission slips to me as soon as possible.

Mr L Carroll (

NGS Netball

Just a reminder to Parents and Students that there will be a netball fitness class run on Friday afternoon at 3.30pm on the Hill Campus courts for those wishing to attend.

Students from Park Campus (Year 3 and 4 only) will need to catch the Hill bus after school.

Students are reminded to change into their sport uniform at lunch time.

Students will need to be picked up from Hill Campus at 4:30pm.

Mrs Simpson is the supervising teacher.  Please contact her regarding any questions.


This Saturday, the Newcastle Netball Association is conducting a Fund raising Day based around the ‘Confident Girls’ Campaign. Each score sheet will have an envelope attached and teams/supporters are asked to donate a gold coin to assist in this fundraising.

Details regarding this promotion are below.

Gold Coins for Confident Girls

Help women and girls achieve their full potential – both on and off the netball court.

‘Confident Girls’ is specifically about giving disadvantaged girls the chance to thrive by providing an opportunity for them to become involved in our game.

We love playing netball and we know you do too. It’s a great way to be active, have fun and make friends. But not every girl in Australia has the same chance as you to be part of a netball team. Some girls can’t get to sporting activities, or their family may not be able to pay for fees and uniforms. Their English-speaking skills might not be very good, or the school they go to might not be able to afford to offer sport or provide equipment.

We want to give more girls & women a chance to enjoy the fun of playing netball.  We know that sport is a powerful tool for empowering girls to be fit, healthy and strong. It also helps to build self-confidence and friendships.

That’s why we’re supporting the Confident Girls campaign.  If a lot of people who love netball give a little, more girls will benefit from our game!

For more information visit

Mr L Carroll (


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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp meeting will be held in HS1 at 6.00pm on Thursday, 21 July during the Year 9 Parent/Teacher Evening. All parents are encouraged to attend this meeting as it is an opportunity to find out the finer details of the camp and the equipment requirements.

2016 is an exciting year for Newcastle Grammar School with the Outdoor Education Group coming on board to run this camp. The students of Year 9 will have the opportunity through this camp to commence their Bronze Award with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme if they so desire.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting where there will be time at the end for further questions.

Mrs C Rowntree

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Year 5 & 6 Camp
Student Reflection

In the last week of Term 2, Years 5 & 6 students attended an outdoor education camp at Lutanda, Toukley. Feedback from the staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive and the camp instructors commented on how well-mannered the students were from Newcastle Grammar School. Below are some of the comments written by students as part of their camp reflection:

Which activity did you enjoy the most?

  • The camp activities that I really enjoyed were the Giant Swing and Bush Initiatives. The Giant Swing because of the adrenaline rush and Bush Initiatives made us work together as a team. (Lucy)
  • Bush initiatives, archery and canoeing because I like trying new activities and I found they were really fun. (Allie)

The one thing I would change about camp would be;

  • I would like the High Ropes to be longer and higher so the activity could be more challenging. (Amy Jorjia)

A goal I would set for myself next year would be;

  • To be more co-ordinated and have greater balance when canoeing. (Lillian)
  • To pack my really warm blanket so that I can sleep better at night. (Kate)

I would like to thank;

  • My friends for being so positive and encouraging throughout the camp. Without them camp wouldn’t have been the same. (Eve)
  • Kalen for telling everyone in our cabin to go to sleep. (David)
  • The cooks for making us yummy breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Michael)


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The Wiz

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Year 8 Parent Dinner

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NGS Gala Ball Donations
Prize and Auction Items


We thank those who have already donated prizes for this year’s Ball and would like to let you know that we are now still able to accept prize donations until the end of next Monday, 25 July.

These donations will be 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 with regards to activities and productions that can be presented in the hall. We envisage that the funds raised will go towards renovations of the stage, including the flooring and lighting etc. This will enable us to use the hall to its full capacity.

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- for example tickets to sporting/ concert events/movies.

We would appreciate if all prizes be dropped to either Park or Hill Campus Reception by no later than the end of Monday, 25 July.  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

A Few Table Sponsorships left for NGS Ball

We have been overwhelmed with the number of Sponsorships taken up for the NGS Ball. Thanks to those who have already purchased sponsorships.

Due to the increased ticket sales for this event during the holidays, we now have a few extra tables that we can offer further table sponsorships (Silver) for. Please note that Gold Sponsorships are sold out.

Silver sponsorships can be purchased for $250.

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

For more information about what the Silver package includes, please contact Lisa Foster on 4925 2121 or

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The 98th Gala Ball

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Upcoming Events

Founders Day

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.

Friday, 22nd July

– 11.00am SATU Passing Out Parade (CCC)

– Grandparents Day (Park Campus)

– SATU Dining In Night


Newcastle Buses or Ferries Update

Please be aware that as from August 1st 2016, concession tickets will no longer be sold on Newcastle Buses or Ferries.

School students aged between 16 and 18 years must carry a SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENT CONCESSION CARD (as shown below in green) to be eligible to purchase a child/youth cash ticket.

 The green cards are available from Mrs McGowan.



Uniform Shop

A reminder the uniform shop hours are as follows;

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