From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Years 3 and 4 enjoyed the great Aussie Bush Camp last week. Years 8 and 9 are away at camp this week. Outdoor Education provides a great learning opportunity for students and builds resilience and team work. Different year levels have opportunities to try new experiences and learn to cope outside their immediate comfort zones. The smiles on faces, the stories about camp and the physical and emotional efforts made, are features of a purposeful and challenging program. >Click here to see photos of these camps.

HSC project work is coming to an end for students in practical subjects. The HSC Visual Arts and Design work will be on display on Wednesday, 31 August at 6.00pm in Margaret Mitchell Room on the Hill Campus. I encourage younger students and their parents who are interested in this practical course to view the 2016 cohort’s work. Congratulations to the students who, in the last few weeks, have completed projects in the following areas: English Extension 2; History Extension; Visual Arts and Design and Design and Technology. In addition, Language oral examinations for the HSC have begun and students in Music and Drama are finalising their practical work.

On Monday, 21 August, Mr Ian Parr (Head of English) and I attended the Young Writers Showcase Awards at the State Library where Beatrice Wardhaugh (Class 2015) received an award for one of the best works for English Extension 2 in the 2015 HSC. Her short story, The last Welsh winter, was published in the 2015 Young Writers Showcase anthology. This is a significant achievement from a talented and hard-working student who is now studying Media and Arts at the University of Sydney.

In the last week students from Years 7 to 10 were involved in the HICES Music Festival. It was encouraging to see the way a diverse group of students from over 30 schools worked together to create a wonderful concert at the Sydney Town Hall last Wednesday evening. The students enjoyed working with guest conductors – particularly Richard Gill and all spoke highly of their experience.

Congratulations to Lorcan Redmond, Year 10, who won one Silver and was part of the team who won two gold medals in the recent National Cross Country Championships in Canberra.

A reminder to parents that they are invited to a meeting to hear from Senior Staff on Tuesday, 30 August at 6.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall about the Strategic direction of the School.



From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Jungle Book

Jungle fever is well and truly alive at Park Campus!  Tickets for both evening performances have sold out with a matinee performance now occurring on Wednesday, 31 August at 1.30pm.  Tickets can be purchased through the Park Campus Office.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Last night Parent Teacher interviews were held for Kindergarten to Year 4.  It was wonderful to receive such positive feedback from parents regarding Inquiry learning framework that is well and truly happening in our primary classrooms in science and in history.  Please may I encourage parents who have not made an appointment to see their child’s teacher to do so.

Please be aware that we will have an assembly Friday, 26 August commencing at 2.20pm in the SWPC.  Both Stage 2 students and Robocup participants look forward to sharing their experiences and camp reflections at our Assembly.

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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

Opal cards

School Opal cards are valid for trips to and from a student’s school and home. They are not valid for travel on school excursions, or for school excursion travel.

Opal ticketing options

All students and adults will need a valid Opal card or Opal single trip ticket. For students this will be a Child/Youth Opal card or a Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket which can be bought on the day of travel. Single trip tickets are available at certain train stations and light rail stops. Adults will need to travel with an Adult Opal card or an Adult Opal single trip ticket which can be bought on the day of travel. Adult and Child/Youth Opal single bus tickets are available on non-prepay buses.

Schools will need to decide well in advance how they want to manage this. Options include:

  • Students use their own Child/Youth Opal card. 

Child/Youth Opal card is used by children/youth for travel. Please note: parents/guardians should ensure they have enough credit on the Child/Youth Opal card to cover the travel. School Opal cards are valid for trips to and from a student’s school and home. They are not valid for travel on school excursions, or for school excursion travel.

  •  Schools manage the Child/Youth Opal cards on behalf of their students.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

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We have been so fortunate at Pre-school to have so much parental interest and participation. We have had parent helpers for excursions and parents coming in to read stories with the children. This week Miss Kat (not our Miss Kat) and Miss Jamie from the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy came to Pre-school to implement two fabulous dance activities developed specifically for four and five year olds. These two visits were organised by Brett and Vicki Morgan (parents from a previous year) from the Dance Academy and we would like to give them both a huge thank you!

During the visits on Monday, 15 August and Thursday, 18 August, Miss Jamie and Miss Kat took the children on an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ adventure. The children learnt basic ballet steps including first position and plie’. The children painted roses red, turned into a caterpillar through a magical tunnel and, at the end, performed an imaginative expressive dance of their journey through Wonderland. Miss Jamie and Miss Kat were so engaging that on both days the children (boys and girls alike) were enchanted and danced, moved and listened beautifully. It was also a nice surprise for two of our Groover boys who attend the Dance Academy to see Miss Jamie and Miss Kat at their Pre-school. They were quite proud – showing them around and introducing them to their friends. Miss Jamie and Miss Kat were presented with flowers from the children to say thank you.

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In relation to the Early Years Learning Framework, Learning Outcomes 2.1 and 5.3 were met. (2.1: Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation; Activities promote a sense of community within the early childhood setting. 5.3: Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media; Children use the creative arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, dance, movement, music and storytelling to express ideas and make meaning).

This week the children are busy with special (secret) Fathers’ Day business …..

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Congratulations to our NGS 5, 12 years division. 3 teams played their Minor Semi Final against Kotara on Saturday. Although defeated by Kotara, our girls played very well on the day. They have had an excellent season both individually and their team skills have improved a great deal.

Congratulations also to our NGS 4, 15 years division. 3 teams played their Minor Semi Final on Saturday, starting the match with all guns blazing and not letting up all game. Their intensity was unrelenting! They now move into the Preliminary Final to be played this Saturday. Please see the match details below.

A special thanks to Alexandra Earp, Emily Prickett and Abby Morrin who represented NGS 3 on canteen duty after their game on Saturday. Not a great way to celebrate their win but all part of playing sport! Many thanks, girls.

NGS now have two teams into the Preliminary Finals and on behalf of the School I would like to wish both of those teams and their coaches every success on Saturday.

>Click here for a full list of results and upcoming games in tabled below.

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. >Click here for our Champions.

Mr L Carroll (

HRIS Netball and Football Gala Day

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the HRIS Netball and Football Gala Day on 30 August 2016

Senior A

Millie Robbs, Phoebe Eisenberg, Annaliese Everingham, Isabelle Colbert, Jenna Montgomery, Bronte Simpson, Amy-Jorjia Barnett, Maryam Dundas-Sharrad, Kiara Bower, Piper Rao

Senior B

Veronica Kuru, Katherine Kosy, Ruby Macdonald, Ruby Robinson, Melissa Carpenter, Katherine Wang, Miecha Blamey, Hannah Cleary, Isabella Ida, Sophia Prince, Sedani Kariyawasam

Junior C

Harriette Arnall, Alice Jeffery, Eden Simpson, Georgia Holdsworth, Neve Blamey, Ella Beattie, Vanessa Kuru, Charlotte Knauer, Adelaide Binnie, Lucinda Mott, Myfina Bland


Senior A – Maitland Park

Kieran Kabir, Kalen Routley, Alistair Paterson-Clark, Marcus Ferch, Luke Siderovski, Scott Philpotts, Hayden Martinelli, Cameron Carson, Elliot Wentworth, Christian Logan, Alexander Macdougall, Lucas Bortolotto, Brooke Hides, Jackson Broad

Junior C – Adamstown Oval

Bowen Stubbs, Taj Curran, Ambrose Raftos, Alexander Yost, Andrew Carpenter, Lachlan Smith, Mitchell Franks, Daniel Richardson, Elliot Collins, Maxim Siderovski, Koen Schot, Thomas McGrath, Sunny Feros, Susamai Saha, Lachlan Dunning

Players should see Ms Byrnes or Mr J – Hill Campus and Mr Lloyd – Park Campus for permission notes.

A huge thank you to all students who came and trialled for teams. Another thank you to selectors and coaches who will accompany these students on the day. Good luck to all.

Ms C Byrnes – Stewart Sports Coordinator

HRIS Primary Athletes to NSW CIS Championships

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Hunter Region Independent Schools Athletics Team to compete at the NSWCIS Primary Athletics Championships in Sydney on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

  • Kalen Routley – Year 5 – 10 years Boys 800m, 100m and 200m
  • Josephine Armstrong – Year 6 – 11 years Girls Shot Put
  • Millie Robbs – Year 6 – 12 years Girls Shot Put

Good luck to these athletes for a successful carnival.

Ms C Byrnes – Stewart Sports Coordinator

Co-curricular Summer Touch

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:

Please >click here to view list

Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch


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Parent/Carer Committee

Dear Parents/Carers,

Mrs Erica Thomas would like to invite you to an evening on Tuesday, 30 August  at 6.00pm in the Holbury Hunt Hall, where she will discuss the Strategic direction of the School in an open Q&A type forum with parents/carers and other members of the School Executive.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP your attendance to Kate Grogan, on

We hope that you are able to make the event.

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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 29 August:

Tue 30 August:
Alette Schot

Wed 31 August:
Yvette Anscombe

Thu 1 September:
Hayley Martin

Fri 2 September:
Lesley Filby

Park Campus

Mon 29 August:
Felicity Prior

Tue 30 August:
Carolyn Yost

Wed 31 August:

Thu 1 September:
Kym Carpenter

Fri  2 September:
Emily Macdonald
Carolyn Yost