From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Years 7-10 started their examinations this week and I congratulate the students on the way they are managing this part of their academic programme. These examinations can be stressful for students and many find the week challenging. Examinations help build the skills needed as students move into higher year levels and have to manage more complex tasks and form a key part of the learning process for the year.

Our House Coordinators spent a professional development day this week working together to develop a Positive Education programme for Years 7-9 in 2017. Taught as a discreet lesson once per fortnight from next year, our aim is to enhance student wellbeing in the lower secondary years by explicitly teaching key life skills.

It is a busy time in the school year and a number of significant events take place over the coming weeks. Please see information at the back of this newsletter about the Fun Fair at Park Campus, the Hill Campus student Art Exhibition and the Vietnam Soccer Fundraising afternoon. The next Parent Forum will be held on Wednesday, 16 November in the Horbury Hunt Hall at 6.00pm.

I would also like to recommend to parents an evening on Wednesday, 30 November on internet safety. With the school holidays approaching, this is a topic that is highly relevant for parents with children both at Park Campus and Hill Campus.  Please see Mr Parsons’ section of this newsletter for more details.

End of Year Functions

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Internet Safe Education – Presentation

On Wednesday, 30 November, Brett Lee from Internet Safe Education will give a presentation to our Year 9 students. In the evening, commencing 6.00pm in Horbury Hunt Hall, will present to our parents and community members.

A former detective, Brett Lee worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of which as a detective in the field of Child Exploitation. Brett has been personally involved with the interview, location, arrest and prosecution of hundreds of online criminals and predators. In his investigative role, Brett spent years and thousands of hours using the internet under the guise of fictitious children and adults, both male and female. This unprecedented view of the online world enables Brett to view the cyber world through the eyes of a child yet stand back and process this experience with the mind of an adult.

The internet is not static. The goal posts are constantly shifting. I strongly encourage all our community to attend Brett’s evening presentation. This site may be useful as a primer for the evening:

Please RSVP your attendance to Hill Campus Reception prior to Wednesday, 21 November.

From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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Please be aware that the Cathedral Car Park is reserved for people attending services and tours / events at the Cathedral and is not a ‘public’ car park.

Parking is particularly sensitive when funeral services are held. Thank you for appropriately using this space.

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Parents are invited to attend our 2016 Park Campus Sports and Co-curricular Assembly where the participation and achievements of all K-4 students involved in co-curricular activities will be recognised and celebrated. Students involved in non-competitive co-curricular activities including Aerobics, Athletics Training, Chess, Coding, Dance, Milo Cricket, Musical Theatre/Drama, Junior Strings, String Ensemble, Tae Kwon Do, Robotics/Syntax and Rugby Training will be presented with certificates recognising their participation. Those who represented the school in competitive sport (State Championship Aerobics, Hockey, Netball, Snowboarding, Soccer and Touch Football) will be presented with either trophies or medallions. The Hunter Region Independent Schools Representatives who competed at the Combined Independent Schools of New South Wales carnivals will be presented with medallions. The assembly will be compared by two Year 4 students and will be accompanied by a Powerpoint slideshow. Those coaches/managers who are able to attend will also briefly share highlights and successes.

Please see below for details regarding this assembly:
When: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 (Week 6)
Time: 9.00am start, 10.00am finish (approx.)
Where: Sandi Warren Performance Centre (Park Campus Hall)
No RSVP is necessary. We hope to see you there if you can make it!

Interrelate Family Education Evening

Thank you to those families that have signed up to participate in the education evening this coming Thursday, 10 November. Please note the following;
Where : Holland Building (2nd Floor)- Hill Campus (access via Newcomen Street)
When: Thursday, 10 November 2016
Time: 6.00 pm (‘Where Did I Come From?’) 7.15 pm (‘Preparing for Puberty’)

Year 2 Excursion

On Monday, 7 November, Year 2 attended an excursion to Fort Scratchley and the Anzac Memorial Bridge as part of their Inquiry unit, Celebrations and Remembrance. The weather was ideal for an educational walk along the picturesque coastline from Bar Beach to the Fort. Students were encouraged to read the informative plaques and record their thoughts and opinions along the walk. The students’ curiosities regarding the many names embedded along the walk, reflected a sincere appreciation for people who have served our country in war.   

At Fort Scratchley, the children were guided on a tour around the site and tunnels by two very knowledgeable historians. It was wonderful for the children to experience what life was like for service men and women all those years ago. The boys and girls were amazed by how treacherous conditions were and how much modern technology has evolved. We were fortunate enough to be present for the 1.00pm Timing Gun firing, which was a very exciting event that demonstrated the dangerous process involved in using heavy artillery.

Throughout the excursion, the students demonstrated maturity and respect, proudly representing Newcastle Grammar School. We look forward to reflecting on the experience and furthering what we want to know about remembrance.


From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

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Another busy, busy week at Pre-school with lots of children having visits to ‘big school’ and meeting their buddies. I cannot tell you how excited the children are when they talk about their buddies. They return to Pre-school and just want to make a card or a beautiful collage to give their buddies when they see them next. We have been supporting this transition with lots of discussions about ‘big school’ – encouraging children to listen, participate, put their hands up, try to open packets and lunch boxes, pack their own bags and so on.

We have also started our 2 week news programme and already the range of news topics is evident. We have seen some beautiful photos of families, flower girls, holidays, babies, pets, toys and, of course, buddies!

The children are generally very enthusiastic about presenting their news and there are always lots of hands up for questions (although sometimes these questions are ‘forgotten’ when it comes to that child’s turn). There are always the popular questions like “Why do you like it?”; “Where do you keep it?” or “Which was / is your favourite page / character / thing to do?”

“News” is a fairly big event, as it covers such a wide range of the children’s interests. It is great preparation for all the public speaking activities the children will become involved with in big school and it ticks a lot of EYLF boxes – from ‘children developing knowledgeable and confident self-identities (1.3); ‘children resourcing their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials’ (4.4) to ‘children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes’ (5.1).

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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Co-curricular Selection for 2017

All students in Years 5 to Year 11 are required to complete their 2017 selection for their co-curricular activities. Students should complete this with their parents using Schoolbox. Students may go to the Co-curricular page and there they will find at the top of this page the link to the nomination forms. Please take the time to read the handbook attached on Schoolbox as there are amendments from the 2016 programme. Please also be mindful of when the activities occur as a child can not do more than one activity at one time. Please note that once selections are made cost may be charged. All selections need to be completed by 30 November 2016.

From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Our 2017 Music Camp will take place from Sunday, 22 January 2017 to Tuesday, 24 January. >Click here for more information and the PDF documents. 

This is the end of the holidays on the weekend before School returns. As such I ask you to please return your medical form/ permission note by Friday, 25 November as I will need to let the venue management know final numbers.

Camp is open to all Year 7 – 12 students in Co-curricular ensembles and Music Elective classes. In particular, we welcome any new students who will be in an ensemble in 2017.

Please contact me for any further information if required.

From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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 Surf Lifesaving

The patrol on Saturday morning was another successful patrol for NGS. It was a clear and windy day making the surf quite messy due to the chop. In the morning, some of the patrollers helped with the training of the current Surf Rescue Certificate squad. All patrol members completed their proficiency swim and rescues enabling them to patrol efficiently for the season. A number of patrol members undertook their IRB proficiency as well.

Halfway through the patrol several the NGS patrol members helped an elderly lady confined to a wheelchair enjoy the waves of Bar Beach. This was a special moment for Beverley and the patrol.

Just a reminder to the all NGS members to ensure their club membership has been renewed for this season. If you need help please contact registrar at

Harry Smith – Captain of Surf Lifesaving

Interschools Snowsports 2017

For further information >click here.


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School Chess Championships (Hill Campus)
Ms Sue Bright

School Chess Championships (Hill Campus)

Forty one students entered our Hill Campus Chess Championships this year.  Congratulations to all students involved on your enthusiasm, sportsmanship and very high standard of Chess played. The competition was played in year group divisions.  Most divisions were very competitive, with matches being very close and well contested.  Winners of each year group then played off for Stewart and Berkeley Champions. These two Champions then played off for overall School Chess Champion.

Our Results are:
Year 5: Champion – Kalen Routley,  2nd – Alexander MacDougall, 3rd – Hayden Martinelli, 4th – Sebastian Spencer
Year 6: Champion – Gabriel Jeffery, 2nd – Rhett Boden, 3rd – Lily Webster, 4th – Alistair Paterson-Clark
Year 7: Champion – Jett Robinson, 2nd – Lieke Schot, 3rd – Allanah Box
Year 8: Champion – Tors Webster, 2nd – Susanna Behne-Smith, 3rd – Max Galettis, 4th -Jackson Boden
Year 9: Champion – Aditya Deshpande, 2nd – Blaine Stubbs
Year 11: Champion – Jack Stevenson-Perkins, 2nd – Bjorn Hropot, =3rd – Kendo Wu and Talha Awan
Year 12: Champion – Elizabeth Behne-Smith, 2nd – Joshua Barnett, 3rd – Jakob Reid

Extra Congratulations to our Stewart Champion (for the third year): Jett Robinson and Berkeley Champion – Elizabeth Behne-Smith.  These two students played several fantastic, close matches, leading to Elizabeth winning the School Champion honour (for the second year).


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>Click here for photographs showing students receiving their trophies and certificates at our Chess Presentation function.

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Tyrrell Library Exhibition

Are you hungry?  Do you love food?

Come to our Hill Campus Library over the next two weeks and discover food from around the world.

The talented students and teachers from Year 8 Visual Arts have cooked up a storm of sculptures inspired on the American Pop Artist, Claes Oldenburg. Some of the sculptures look amazingly real.

Ms Sue Bright
Coordinator of Library Services, Teacher Librarian

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Student Art Exhibition


Park Campus Fun Fair


Soccer Tournament


Request for Donations / Prizes for Vietnam Football Fundraiser

The first K-12 NGS Community Fundraising Event will be on Friday, 25 November and we have some exciting things planned for everyone. 100% of the money raised at this event will go towards building a soccer pitch in the Vung Tau Community, Vietnam.

We would now like to request prizes/ donations that can be used as Raffle prizes at this event.

Some ideas that might help you – bottles of wine / champagne, gift vouchers, lunch or dinner vouchers or kids’ activity vouchers to name a few.

Please note that all prizes should be dropped to either Park or Hill Campus Reception by no later than Monday, 21 November. 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 afternoon/evening together.

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Functions & Events

All Newcastle Grammar School functions/events will now be sold through Flexischools.

If you would like to purchase tickets and do not have an account please  >click here for instructions.

School Photos

Newcastle School Portraits have attended several events during the 2016 school year. If you would like to view them please go to:
Enter the code: 72472AZ

Uniform Shop

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

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

Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 14 November:

Tue 15 November:
Alette Schot

Wed 16 November:
Aznive Beesley
Julieanne Vickery

Thu 17 November:
Marnie Coulton
Jo MacDougall

Fri 18 November:
Lesley Filby

Park Campus

Mon 14 November:
Kym Carpenter

Tue 15 November:

Wed 16 November:
Lisa Griffiths

Thu 17 November:
Carolyn Yost

Fri  18 November:
Nerida Gray
Genevieve Ginns