From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Both primary Chess and Tournament of Minds sessions were held at Newcastle Grammar School during the week and it was terrific to hear how much our students enjoyed working with students from other schools. The Tournament of Minds Regional competition takes place at NGS on Sunday, 28 August from 9.00am until 5.30pm. TOM is an international competition that challenges primary and secondary teams to solve problems creatively and this year we will have 47 students from Year 3 to Year 8 representing the School. Our Chamber Choir is performing this Sunday at Newcastle University as part of the Newcastle Music Festival – an honour as they are the only school group involved in the choral sections. A number of our students will also be involved in the HICES Music Festival next week with a performance at the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 17 August.

I would like to invite all interested parents to an evening with senior staff in the School as we launch the School’s strategic plan. The evening will include a question and answer session. This event will take place on Tuesday, 30 August at 6.00 to 7.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall. Please RSVP to Kate Grogan

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Ball last Friday evening brought together 250 people who were certainly entertained by the band and clearly enjoyed each other’s company. Thank you to the school community and sponsors who were able to support this event. >click here to see some photos of the evening.

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Parent Presentation – Claire Madden ‘Future Proof your Career’

On Tuesday, 23 August commencing at 6.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall, Newcastle Grammar School will be presenting Ms Claire Madden, MA, BA in a very special presentation to parents, following an afternoon workshop session with our Year 11 and 12 students.

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Claire Madden is a social researcher, media commentator, keynote presenter, TEDx speaker, business consultant and founder and director of the strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity.  Claire is in demand for her skill in effectively identifying the emerging trends and assisting business leaders to strategically respond to them. With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, Claire brings robust, research-based content to her engaging presentations and consulting.  Claire is on the board for a financial services company and on the Advisory Board of UTS Business School.

In addition to delivering keynote presentations at conferences in Australia and overseas, Claire is booked to conduct training days for corporate and not for profit clients, facilitate panels across an array of industries and deliver workshops across diverse generations. Claire is uniquely placed as an expert on social trends, organisational culture and generational engagement. From her role on TV, radio and in print as a media commentator, to delivering keynote presentations at business conferences, Claire is in demand as a social researcher who is also an engaging communicator.

Claire’s presentation/workshop session with our senior students and evening session with parents will be based on the theme: “Future-proof Your Career.” In this session, Claire will outline the key generational, educational, financial and global trends redefining careers, including:

  • Demographic and workforce changes and emerging sectors
  • Which tertiary courses are growing and what are the new opportunities
  • Global workforce flows and the new global careers
  • Attracting and retaining top talent – what the best employers look for
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation – why these characteristics are key for all employees
  • Technology trends and dead-ends – what you need to know!

I would strongly urge all parents, particularly those with children in the final few years of school, to attend this evening session.  Please note, this presentation is free of charge to all NGS Parents, please phone Reception on 4929 5811 to reserve your seat.


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From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Nothing beats that deep-seated sense of satisfaction and self­ worth that comes from representing your School.

Congratulations to all of our students at Park Campus who have given their best every week during the Soccer and Netball season. It’s important to be proud of our accomplishments as a School and as a community.

Thank you to our staff and parents who support and encourage our students every week to be the best that they can  be.

Congratulations to our Primary Chess students who participated in the Inter School Chess competition yesterday. It was a fantastic achievement. Special thanks to Mrs Muddle and parents for their encouragement and support.

Demonstrating School spirit means representing your School proudly through behaviour and paints our school and community in a positive light.

From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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Year 11 2017 Subject Selection Evening

The Year 11 subject selection evening will be held on Thursday, 18 August at 6pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall. We’ve now reached the exciting time of year when our Year 10 students will formally choose their HSC subjects for Year 11 and 12. Therefore, on Thursday evening next week (Week 5) we are holding a subject selection evening for these students and their parents.

During the evening there will be TWO events spread across THREE sessions:

  • a marketplace in which students and parents can meet subject teachers to learn all about the HSC subjects that they can choose. This session will run twice.
  • a presentation in which I will explain both the NGS subject selection process and the HSC system.

The timings will be as follows:

  • Session 1 – 6:00-6:45pm Marketplace #1
  • Session 2 – 6:45-7:30pm Parent & Student Briefing
  • Session 3 – 7:30-8:15pm Marketplace #2

You can choose which of the two marketplace sessions to attend, but I would strongly recommend that you all attend the Parent & Student Briefing.

Further details have been emailed to Year 10 parents today.

If you wish to discuss any of this please feel free to contact me at school by phone or email on or 4929 5811. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you all on 18 August to start  the exciting process for our Year 10 students. 

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From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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NSW School Vaccination Program 2016

School vaccination clinics continue into Terms 3 & 4.  The final vaccination clinic date for this year is 6 September 2016.  If your child has missed any vaccinations he or she will be offered any missed doses at this next clinic. If your child is in Year 7 and has not received all HPV Vaccinations before the end of 2016 this can be caught up in 2017.  Additionally any Year 8 Student who commenced HPV vaccination while in Year 7 and are yet to finish all 3 doses of HPV (and who has not received any from their local doctor) can still receive these at the next clinic.

Don’t forget a Record of Vaccination is given to each student for each vaccination.  Parents/Caregivers should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination.

Should you have any questions regarding vaccinations please visit the NSW Ministry of Health website >click here

Please >click here for further information regarding Year 7 vaccinations

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From the Director of Learning & Teaching - Kindergarten to Year 6
Ms Amy Bibby

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ICAS Results

We would like to congratulate the following Park Campus students who received excellent results in the recent ICAS examinations.
ICAS Digital Technology 

  • Luca Swancott, Year 3 –  Distinction
  • Lennox Tucker, Year 3 –  Credit
  • Fionn Spencer, Year 3 – Credit

ICAS Science

  • Charlotte Knauer, Year 3 – Distinction
  • Luca Swancott, Year 3 – Distinction
  • Lucy Nightingale, Year 4 – Distinction
  • William Jeffery, Year 4 – Distinction
  • Nidhish Kannan, Year 4 – Distinction
  • Luca Swancott, Year 3 – Credit
  • Mia Kearney, Year 3 – Credit
  • Connor Elvish, Year 3 – Credit
  • William Bird, Year 3 – Credit
  • Akilan Aravindhan, Year 3 – Credit
  • Luke Talley, Year 4 – Credit
  • James Marr, Year 4 – Credit
  • Mitchell Franks, Year 4 – Credit
  • Alexandra Moss, Year 4 – Credit
  • Alexander Yost, Year 4 – Credit
  • Thomas McGrath, Year 4 – Credit
  • Ambrose Raftos, Year 4 – Credit

Well done Park Campus students.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

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Every Monday and Thursday, the Groovers and Shakers have music with Miss Jane. Like library on Wednesdays, these visits to the music room involve a lot more than just learning about music. The lining up; walking together as a group into the ‘big school’; greeting and experiencing another staff member and classroom, all help the children prepare for their transition to kindergarten.

In the music room, the children are getting used to ‘keeping the beat’; learning the difference between high and low notes; learning new songs, rhymes, dances and games; taking turns; putting their hands up; playing various instruments as well as watching and listening to other instruments – in particular the bassoon (not ‘baboon’ as many of the children pronounce it).

In terms of the Early Years Learning Framework, music encourages the children to listen and respond to sounds and patterns in music and rhymes (Learning Outcome 5.4h) as well as interact verbally and non-verbally with others (Learning Outcome 5.1).

Two other positive outcomes of our music classes: firstly – the excitement of seeing the emerging musical talent of some of our pre-schoolers. Miss Jane is so impressed with how many of the pre-schoolers can sing (echo) a note back to her, holding the tune and clearly on note. The other positive outcome is that you will get an opportunity to see the amazing pre-schoolers perform musically at our end of year concert!

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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AICES Athletics Championships

NGS members of the 2016 HRIS team
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent HRIS at the AICES Athletics Championships on Wednesday, 31 August at Homebush. This team was selected form the results of both the Division 1 and Division 2 HRIS competitions. NGS will provide transport to this event and information sheets will be distributed to all athletes closer to the date. HRIS students >click here

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HRIS Under 16 Football Gala Day

The squad of 13 players and 1 very nervous coach descended on the Adamstown soccer fields last Tuesday with an air of expectation blowing on their backs. That zephyr could also have been the predicted east coast low that was bound to play a role later on in the day’s action; however, the young men didn’t disappoint.

With three solid wins from as many attempts throughout the pool stage of the competition, the team qualified for a Quarter Final showdown against an old enemy in Hunter Valley Grammar. The team lifted and an early stunning strike gave us the upper hand and sent us through to a Semi-Final showdown.

With all four campuses of St Philips being represented on the day, we were destined to meet one of them and the Port Stephen’s version proved to be a mighty foe. But, the boys of NGS are stubborn and rose again to another level to tear them apart and qualify for the Grand Final.

This time, the original St Philip’s version of Newcastle was our challenge and as if written on a script the weather gods blew in a gale and swept our fortunes. A defeat in our last battle against a worthy victor placed our team a courageous Runners Up and a definite success.

Thanks to the lads for an amazing day.

Mr P Juchniewicz, Coach


Many thanks to those parents and students who were able to assist with our canteen duty at Parkway Avenue last Saturday. It was a little disjointed with game cancellations due to weather; however, the number of people who helped out was fantastic and I thank you for that.

The end of the season is drawing near with some teams now finished their regular season, others with a round to go and at least one starting their Semi-Finals campaign this Saturday and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all teams every success over the next few weeks.

Please see the table for how our teams are situated >click here.

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Co-Curricular Summer Touch

Summer Co-curricular Touch is fast approaching. Please read the information below if you are interested in playing Touch this season.

Wednesday Afternoon Training – This will commence for ALL teams on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 (Week 8). Training will run from 3.15pm – 4.45pm (Stewart and Berkley) and 3.15pm – 4.30pm (Park Campus) at National Park Fields opposite the Junior School, Union Street.

Tuesday Night Games – Competition Games will commence Tuesday, 11 October (Week 1, Term 4) with all games being played at Gibbs Brothers Oval, Merewether. Part of the Merewether Carlton Junior Rugby MJRU Touch Competition.

Divisions are U/8s, U/10s, U/12s, U/14s and U/16s – Boys, Girls and Mixed.

Attendance -Players are required to attend all Tuesday games and Wednesday training sessions.

The following students have signed up for 2016. Please see Ms Byrnes if you are interested in playing this season

NGS Summer Touch Teams 2016 

>click here for teams

Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch

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From the ICT Integrator
Mr Lee O'Brien

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Schoolbox Parent Portal – Permission Notes

Last week we officially launched the Schoolbox Parent Portal and ran 3 successful information presentations for parents. The portal contains a wealth of information on learning, activities, Co-curricular and events at Newcastle Grammar School. All parents should have received an email on 21 July from Lisa Peterson detailing the login process, (if you didn’t receive an email or you are unsure of the process please contact me at

One of the most requested and eagerly awaited aspects of the portal is easy access, in a single location, for all permission notes.  It is our intention to have all permission notes accessible through the calendar component of Schoolbox. This gives parents an overview of upcoming events and online access to the associated permission notes.  If you are unsure about the process for using Schoolbox to access permission notes you can watch an informative video by clicking here ( .

If you would like to offer any feedback on the Parent Portal, please use the feedback forum ( within Schoolbox or email me directly at


Schoolbox Disk Expansion

With the increased usage and expected expansion of Schoolbox, it is necessary to complete a server disk storage expansion.  This essential maintenance will result in Schoolbox being unavailable to all users.  The process is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 11 August from 9.00pm – 10.00pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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Primary Schools Chess Competition
Mrs Simone Muddle - Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Newcastle Grammar School was proud to host tournament games for the Primary Schools Chess competition on Monday, 8 August at Park Campus.

Teams in both the junior division (Rookies) and intermediate division (Knights) converged to play competition rounds throughout the day.  48 students attended from schools including The Junction Public School, Lambton Public School, New Lambton South Public School and St Philip’s Christian College – Waratah, as well as Newcastle Grammar School.

All participating students learned about competition etiquette, as well as a few really cool chess moves.

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Hill Campus Chess Team
Ms Sue Bright - Hill Campus Chess Coordinator

School Chess Team wins Regional Semi-Final of State KO Competition

Congratulations to our School Chess Team (Years 7–12) who won the Regional Semi-Final of the NSW Junior Chess League State Knockout Competition.  Our match was played against Belmont Christian College on Wednesday, 3 August.

Students in our team include Elizabeth Behne-Smith (Year 12), Jett Robinson (Year 7), Jakob Reid (Year 12) and Tors Webster (Year 8).

We wish them well for the Regional Final, which will be an away match against Hunter Valley Grammar School.

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Leave Requests

A number of families have requested leave for family holidays in the middle of this term. While some trips are unavoidable, parents are reminded that missing school is not in the interests of their son or daughter’s education. All leave requests over two days require additional documentation to be filled out and approved by either Mrs Dyer or Mrs Thomas. The School has obligations to encourage school attendance for all students, for all days during school terms.

Newcastle School Portraits

Newcastle School Portraits have attended several events during the 2016 school year. If you would like to view them please go to:
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Uniform Shop

A reminder the uniform shop hours are as follows;

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


Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 15 August:
Aznive Beesley
Julieanne Vickey

Tue 16 August:
Jacquelene Doran

Wed 17 August:

Thu 18 August:
Allison Elvish

Fri 19 August:
Lesley Filby
Chris Downs

Park Campus

Mon 15 August:
Siobhan Marr

Tue 16 August:

Wed 17 August:

Thu 18 August:

Fri  19 August:
Tara Rao
Megan Myers