From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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As the routine of another term comes to an end and our students eagerly look forward to the holiday break, I congratulate the students on their efforts and application this term. Our primary school students took part in either Jungle Book or Oliver with a Twist and Year 10 worked together to produce The Wiz. Years 3 and 4 and Years 8 and 9 took on the challenges of camp this term. Significant co-curricular activities peaked in Term 3 and I congratulate our students who made gains in their understanding of coding, took part in RoboCup, Chess, Debating and Tournament of the Minds. Many students competed in Athletics,  Netball and Soccer this term and represented the school in HRIS, AICES and CIS events. Our cadets enjoyed the SATU Annual Camp and promotions courses, our musicians sang and played for a variety of audiences. Year 11 completed their Preliminary courses and sat for examinations and Year 12 students worked with staff to ensure they were ready for both their Trials and the HSC ahead.

On Thursday evening, we will join with our Year 12 students and their parents at the 2016 Graduation Dinner. At a meeting I had with several Year 12 students this week they described the feeling of leaving school as ‘surreal’. I am sure many of the adults reading the newsletter this week will associate that feeling with the same time in their lives and we wish Year 12 well as they embark on the next phase of their lives. Over the holidays, the library is open each day to support Year 12 students wishing to study in a quiet environment and an outline of subject specific seminars has been posted to SchoolBox.

I wish all our families a safe and relaxing holiday. School resumes on Monday, 10 October and students return in summer uniform.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Tyrrell Library Opening Hours

The Tyrrell Library will be open during the School Holidays every day from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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Upcoming Curriculum Events in Term 4

Year 11 – Parent Teacher Evening
Thursday, 13 October 2016

All parents of Year 11 students are invited to the Parent Teacher Evening on Thursday, 13 October. There will be some important discussions about students’ progress in Year 11 and the HSC courses that lie ahead.

More details will follow when we email the Year 11 reports out later this week.

Year 8 – Subject Selection Evening for Year 9 Electives
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

In Year 9, students choose two subjects (known as Electives) to study, on top of the mandatory ones. This is an exciting moment for our students as it gives them their first chance to focus on areas of interest to them.

On Tuesday, 18 October we will hold a briefing for students and their parents on both the elective subjects and the process by which students can select them. This will be at 6.00pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall.


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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Term 3 in Primary – Yes you CAN, Yes you DID!


These attributes were witnessed many times during the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The athletes not only faced situations which challenged them physically, but also mentally. The mental toughness required – the ability to stay motivated and confident over a long period of time is a vital skill for Paralympians. This is also a key attribute for the pursuit of academic success. The ability to be focused on goals, to cope with setbacks and to be self-motivated are critical factors in developing a growth mindset.

Our Students across Primary were certainly challenged to develop these attributes during Term 3. In our belief that every child’s strengths and interests should be nurtured and encouraged, Term 3 has offered many opportunities for each child to prove, ‘Yes I CAN’.

– ICAS English and Mathematics competitions
– Robocup
– Tournament of the Minds
– Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition (Stage 3)
– Coding
– Work sample folders

– HRIS Primary Athletics
– HRIS Primary Football and Netball Gala day
– National Snow Sport Championships
– Dungog Horse Sports

– The Jungle Book Musical K-2
– Oliver with a Twist Musical 3-6
– HRIS Cultural Festival

Other Experiences
– The Great Aussie Bush Camp – Stage 2
– Excursions – Year 1 Reptile Park, Year 1 Blackbutt Reserve, Kindergarten Civic Theatre Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
– Incursions – Stage 3 Paper Planes, K-6 Book Week performance

Please may I take this opportunity to thank our Primary families for their ongoing support. I wish you all a peaceful break with loved ones. I look forward to our students returning safely and refreshed ready for the challenges that lie ahead in the final School term.

Speech & Drama News


Semester Two is shaping up to be very busy in the Speech Department – preparing for our exams in November! And then, a handful of students took the extra challenge to enter into the (99th year) Abermain Speech & Drama Eisteddfod.

I am very proud of ALL your achievements and I am very fortunate to have such committed young people (and parents) to work with.

It has been such a delight to watch you all grow in confidence and poise!  I would like to make special mention of the following students who were winners in my eyes, for so many different reasons: Edie Wills; Maddison Turner; Harry Marr; Keerthana Kumar; Gabby Waerea; Jenny Park; William Meads; Scarlett Farrelly; Om Gupta-Orpin; Henry Guest; Jack Robbs and Shanti Gupta-Orpin.

The results are as follows:
Sarah Park (HC) Open Verse;
Shannara Stephen (1st) S/R Verse;

Year 1:
Kensington Steele (1st) Restricted Verse, (1st) Restricted Set Verse, (1st) Open Verse, (1st) Character in Costume;
Scarlett Van Dyck (HC) Restricted Verse;

Year 2:
Ivy Heslop (2nd) Restricted Verse; Charlotte Jones (2nd) Open Verse;
Ivy Heslop and Charlotte Jones (1st) Duologue in Costume.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

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It’s the last week of Term 3 and Pre-school is gearing towards the holidays. This week we are giving children a bit more choice about their day and revisiting what we have talked about this term. For example, today the Shakers chose where they would like to sit at lunch time (an interesting exercise which inspired us to have one long table at afternoon tea time) and which book they would like to listen to during Group Time (today, Quincey chose, “One Less Fish” because he and his Dad like fishing).

In the Groovers room, children have also been listening to their favourite stories as well as talking about all the shapes and colours they have been learning about this year – which brings me to the ‘School Readiness’ reports each child will receive this week.

In a ‘new look’ format, the reports cover the eight developmental areas the staff have been observing in relation to each child throughout the year – emotional, social, cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, language, self-help and creative – as well as indicating whether children are demonstrating the skills identified in the five learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. These reports are a culmination of lots of observations, discussions and activities and will be a useful tool for you to assess how your child is travelling in terms of school readiness.

In retrospect, we have all had a very busy and productive term. We wish all our families’ safe and happy holidays and look forward to what is going to be a an exciting Term 4!

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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CIS Primary Athletics

Last Wednesday, three NGS athletes, Kalen Routley (Year 5), Josephine Armstrong (Year 6) and Millie Robbs (Year 6), travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSWCIS Primary Athletics Championships.

All three athletes represented HRIS and NGS proudly. Kalen Routley competed in the 10 years Boys 100m and 200m, Josephine Armstrong in the 11years Girls Shot Put and Millie Robbs in the 12 years Girls Shot Put.

Josephine Armstrong: Shot Put – 7th at 7.78m
Kalen Routley: 100m – 21st in 15.38 & 200m  – 21st in 32.20

Well done to all of these athletes on representing HRIS.

HRIS Primary Tennis

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Primary Tennis Championship next term on Friday, 14 October – Week 1 Term 4.

Year 5 – Jackson Campbell, Nicholas Perry
Year 6 – Piper Rao, Alana Lumley, Gabriel Jeffery, Cameron Bruce-Scott

The above students have received information notes with permission slips return to Mrs Dart.

Ms C Byrnes – Stewart Sports Coordinator

Co-Curricular Summer Touch

Summer Touch training will continue on Wednesday afternoon, 21 September from 3.30pm – 4.45pm at National Park Fields.

Students from Hill Campus will catch a bus to and from the fields and Park Campus students will walk across with Mr Wood and return by 4.30pm.

Please see SchoolBox under Co-Curricular Touch for information regarding this sport.

There will be no Touch training in the holiday period.

Draws for all teams will be available in the holidays. Please check SchoolBox for times and dates.

Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch

Tennis Finals’ Day

What a cracker of a day for our last round of tennis and the all-important finals.

Blue skies, NO WIND and a barbecue lunch for our players. Just what we ordered.

Thank you everyone for a fabulous season of tennis. Special thanks to our head coach, Mr Billingham, and our team of coaches: Felix, Richelle and Holly.

NGS performed very well this year and the following students were recognised for their results and efforts:

First place: Shravanya Tummala and Saxon Leibbrandt (division 2)

Second place: Gabriel Jeffery and Cameron Bruce-Scott (division 4)


First Place: Nicholas and Alana Lumley (division 6) with Second Place: Kendo Wu and Jordan Wu (division 6)


Second Place: Daniel Winzer and Foti Petrelis (division 7)

We are very proud of the following students who were recognised for their contribution to the season by Topspin Tennis officials:

Sportsmanship: Nicholas White

Commitment and enthusiasm: Anika Leibbrandt & Omar Galal

Check out the action photos from the day in the photo section on Schoolbox.

I hope you enjoyed the season and I look forward to seeing you all on the courts in 2017.


Mrs V Dart – MIC Tennis

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Chess News
Ms Sue Bright

Chess Team Competing in the State Finals of One Day ‘Lightning Chess’ Schools Tournament

Congratulations to our Year 7 – 12 ‘Lightning Chess’ Team who competed successfully in the State Finals of the Sydney Academy of Chess Schools One Day Schools Tournament last Friday at Strathfield. In this tournament every player plays 7 matches in the day, using Chess clocks, with a time limit of 15 minutes per player per match.

Our team for this competition is: Elizabeth Behne-Smith (Year 12), Jett Robinson (Year 7), Susanna Behne-Smith (Year 8), Egan Griffiths (Year 7), Aditya Deshpande (Year 9) and Carter Everett (Year 7).

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NSW Junior Chess League Lower Hunter District Primary Schools One-Day Chess Teams Tournament

On Monday, 5 September, Newcastle Grammar School entered 5 teams into the One-Day Chess Tournament. These teams were comprised wholly of students from Years 2 -4. On the day, 62 teams competed from all over the Hunter Region, representing all three sectors of education. This Tournament was run as a Swiss style competition, where each team of 3 players was evenly matched after each round with another team of similar ability. Each team played a total of seven rounds on the day.

For all of our NGS students, it was their first exposure to a real Chess Tournament and proved to be an invaluable experience for our emerging chess champions. Team leaders learnt how to read the draw at the beginning of each round, maintain a score card for the team, and organise their team on the correct boards.

NGS A: Koen Schot, Thomas McGrath, Zac Choi
NGS B: William Jeffery, Luke Talley, Willem Dun
NGS C: Lachlan Dunning, Andrew Carpenter, James Marr
NGS D: Finlay Guest, Sunny Feros, Myfina Bland
NGS E: Henry Guest, Alexander Yost, Ambrose Raftos
Reserve: Brandon Muddle

Competing against predominantly students from Year 5 & 6, our teams performed admirably. Among the 62 teams, the competition was tough, with NGS B finishing 12th position, NGS E & NGS A finishing in equal 24th, NGS C finishing in 31st and NGS D finishing in 44th position.

Again, all students were fine ambassadors for Newcastle Grammar School, displaying good sportsmanship, tolerance and adherence to tournament rules. The experience that they have gained from this opportunity will stand them in good stead for the chess future.

Mrs Muddle – Coordinator Gifted and Talented (K-6)


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Uniform Shop - Summer Uniform Change Over

The Formal change over in to Summer Uniform is Monday, 10 October, the first day back of Term 4.

If you require a new summer uniform remember the Uniform Shop opening hours are:

Monday:  8.00am-2.00pm
Wednesday & Friday:  10.00am-4.00pm.

The uniform shop will be open in the holidays in the first week on Wednesday, 28 and Thursday, 29 September from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

It would be advisable to phone and make an appointment on 4908 4035.

School Pick-up and Drop-off

Please obey all road rules and parking signs when dropping off and picking your children at both Hill and Park Campus.

A number of concerns have been raised regarding dangerous practices in particular on Tyrrell Street.

Failure to obey road rules and parking signs may lead to serious injury.

Co-curricular Commitment

Parents may I please remind you if your son or daughter can’t attend their co-curricular activity for some reason an email to the staff member running the activity prior to the day is expected.

Please do not put medical and other appointments on when your son or daughter is expected to attend these activities where possible.