From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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I invite our community to join us for the School’s Speech Night on December 5. Held this year at the Civic Theatre, Speech Night celebrates the successes of the School and our students. Our guest speaker is the Australian Composer, George Palmer ( Former Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and now one of Australia’s best known composers of Music, Mr Palmer is a fitting guest for our first Speech Night in the Civic Theatre.

Congratulations to Asha Ryan and Matthew Wiseman in Year 12 who were both nominated for inclusion in Shape 2016 – for their Design and Technology major works. This exhibition is held annually at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and next year will be from February 24 – May 7, 2017.

Well done to our Primary chess team winners:
Rookies: William Jeffery, Andrew Carpenter, Willem Dun, Luke Talley
Knights: Lily Webster, Gabriel Jeffery, Rhett Boden, Alistair Paterson-Clark

It was terrific to see the number of K-4 students who have enjoyed the Co-curricular programme this year as we celebrated their efforts at the Park Campus Co-curricular assembly yesterday. This year we have made significant improvements to the programme, widening the opportunities for our students. The 2017 programme has now been published and I encourage students and parents to look carefully at the choices available and make selections. Co-curricular remains a pivotal point in our School’s effort to provide a holistic education where students thrive.

The Public Hearing into the Anglican Diocese in Newcastle in the Royal Commission continues from today in Sydney.  As a School we support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the role played by current senior members of the Anglican Diocese in ‘facing the past and shaping a healthy future’.

Graeme Lawrence who was the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and past Chaplain to Newcastle Grammar School has been called as a witness. He was defrocked by the Diocese in 2012. The School may be mentioned during this hearing. Our hopes are that the Royal Commission will offer healing to the community and bring peace and resolution to those who have been let down by people in positions of power in the past within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

Newcastle Grammar School has very stringent child protection procedures.  These practices are continually being updated. All staff are screened to work in a child related field and are subject to NSW Child Protection Laws. Staff participate in professional development and are trained annually in this area.

End of Year Functions

From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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Year 7-10 Exams and Feedback Week

Those of you with children in Years 7-10 will know that last week we held our yearly exams across all of these year groups. It was great to see the students were so well prepared and focused on their work. Today we held catch-up exams for those who, for various reasons, were unable to attend a particular exam session.

After each examination period we now hold a Feedback Week when we aim to achieve the goal of giving high-quality feedback and providing opportunities for students to reflect in a meaningful way on their performance. This is in-line with the work of educationalists like John Hattie and his hugely-influential book “Visible Thinking” (Routledge, 2009). Hattie conducted meta-analysis of over 800 research papers on the effectiveness of different teaching and learning strategies. These were then ranked by their effect on learning outcomes. The ‘top 10’ of these were dominated by forms of teacher feedback and different approaches to student reflection.

Our ultimate goal, of course, is for students to improve every time they compete and assessment task or examination. To that end we focus on several elements. Firstly, the students obviously want to know what marks they got. However, we also want teachers to have the time to mark exams in a high-quality manner, with comments and corrections as well as marks. In addition, we need time to return the papers in such a way that students understand why they got these marks and how they can improve. Finally, students need to reflect for themselves on how they can improve.

All of this will not be a quick process, which may frustrate some students who are keen to learn their marks, but we believe that it will be a beneficial one.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me

From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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Friday, 25 November 2016

School will finish early on Friday, 25 November.

In order to support our Vietnam fundraising and awareness raising 5-a-side soccer competition on Friday, 25 November, the School day on Hill Campus will end at 2.00pm. This will allow students in Years 5 to 9 to take part early in the afternoon in the competition, with Park Campus, Senior Students and Adult competitions commencing after this.

There will be no changes to normal bus times. Students not directly involved in the 5-a-side competition will join in as spectators and enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the afternoon until 3.05pm when school finishes.

We are looking forward to a very enjoyable and engaging afternoon with a variety of stalls and activities available to our community in addition to the soccer and I would like to thank in advance the hard working parent committee who are so enthusiastically supporting and organising this event.

All proceeds will go towards the construction of a soccer pitch at Trung Tam Bao Centre for Protection of Children in Long Hai, Vietnam, the school that we are partnering with under the guidance of My Huong Le.

Cathedral Carpark

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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2016 has been a tremendous year of growth for Newcastle Grammar School.  I am thrilled with the progress made in Inquiry Based Learning and look forward to strengthening this approach across K-6 in 2017.  It has been rewarding to observe the curiosity and wonder in the minds of our students on their quest to being lifelong learners. 

I am pleased to introduce to you the experienced, dynamic and caring Primary Team for 2017.

Miss Jade Biddleston
Mrs Natalie Van Dyck
Ms Kate O’Mara

Year 1
Mr Ben Lloyd
Mr Rhys Potter
Mrs Danielle Keane

Year 2
Mr Sam Taylor
Mrs Suzi Martin

Year 3
Mr Ryan Wood
Ms Melinda Luxon

Year 4
Mr Tom Hosegood
Mrs Simone Muddle

Year 5
Mrs Heidi Simpson
Mrs Jo Murdoch

Year 6
Mr Trent Daly
Mrs Vicki Dart
Ms Charlie Howard

Please be advised that I will be emailing families in the final week of this term regarding which class their child will be in next year.

Madam Capodicasa is retiring and both Miss Hurley and Ms Reason are leaving us at the end of this year.   We would like to thank them for their contribution to primary education at Newcastle Grammar School and wish them well in their future endeavours.

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. Please complete this 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. 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 costs 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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Summer Touch Football

Another reminder to all Touch Football players that all games will now be played at EMPIRE PARK, opposite Bar Beach, for the remainder of the season due to council resurfacing grounds at Gibbs Brothers Oval.

Round 7 –  Tuesday, 22 November

Under 8 Mixed: NGS Buff Bulldogs – 4.15pm, Declan Spencer & Mr Daly
Under 10 Girls White: NGS Amazing Otters – 5.15pm, Miss Angel Barber
Under 10 Boys Green: NGS Power Pugs – 5.15pm, Jonathon Curk REF
Under 10 Boys White: NGS Radical Roosters – 5.45pm, Mr Ryan Wood
Under 12 Girls Green: NGS Narly Narwals – 6.15pm, Mr Ginns
Under 12 Girls Green: NGS Swift Snails – 6.15pm,  Natasha Taylor REF
Under 12 Boys: NGS Kick 2 Much – 6.45pm, Mr Sean Stevens REF
Under 12 Boys: NGS Bettercups – BYE, Mr Matthew Cook
Under 12 Girls White: NGS Lightning – 6.45pm, Mr Carroll REF
Under 12 Girls White: NGS Allstars – 6.15pm, Mr Armstrong REF
Under 14 Boys: NGS Bolts – 8.15pm, Brodie Tonks REF
Under 14 Boys: NGS Mixed Maniacs – 8.15pm, Abbs Makki
Under 14 Girls: NGS Seals – 7.45pm, Miss Byrnes
Under 14 Girls: NGS Un Touchables – 7.45pm, Miss Van Ryswyck

Please see SchoolBox under Co-curricular Touch for all draws and information.

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Some Photos of our Park Campus Touch Football Teams

Ms Byrnes – MIC Touch

HRIS Primary Touch Football Championships

On Wednesday, 9 November, NGS had two teams compete in the HRIS Primary Year 5 & 6 Touch Football Gala Day, held at the Wallsend Touch Fields.

Newcastle Grammar School was represented by the following Year 5 & 6 students:

Year 5 & 6 Boys: Scott Philpotts, Marcus Ferch, Oliver de Andrade, Troy Winchester, Jackson Broad, Christian Logan, Fredrik Mead, Harvey McGaffin, Angus Roberts-Thompson, Nicholas Perry

Year 5 & 6 Girls: Josephine Armstrong, Emma Birch, Miecha Blamey, Kiara Bower, Harriet Carroll, Annaliese Everingham, Brooke Hides, Jenna Montgomery, Alana Lumley, Ruby Robinson, Millie Robbs, Bronte Simpson, Jasmine de Silva

Both teams played well throughout the day with the Year 5 & 6 Girls team making the Grand Final. They played outstanding narrowly being defeated 1 – 0 against Macquarie College.

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Well done to both teams and a big thank you to Mr Sean Stevens for coaching the Boys team.

Interschools Snowsports 2017

For further information >click here.


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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.

Internet Safe Education - Presentation
Wednesday, 30 November

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 on 4929 5811 or

Headlice Notification

There has been a reported case of Headlice within the School.

Could all families please check their child/ren’s hair on a regular basis and treat as necessary.

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

To book an appointment during the 2016 Christmas holiday period, log onto > and enter the code: fj5nj

Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 21 November:

Tue 22 November:

Wed 23 November:

Thu 24 November:
Monica Mamonto

Fri 25 November:
Beth Winzer
Suzi Draper

Park Campus

Mon 21 November:
Sarah Tame

Tue 22 November:

Wed 23 November:
Lesley Filby

Thu 24 November:
Karen Forget

Fri  25 November:
Liz Wright
Carolyn Yost

Tennis Holiday Camp

Topspin Tennis ‘Private Schools’ Holiday Camp

Date: 12 – 14 December 2016

Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm

Venue: District Park Tennis Centre, Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow

Cost: $135.00 per child (incl. coaching, drinks daily, winner’s trophies & prizes)
No hats + no sunscreen = no play
Students to bring own lunch & recess each day.
Family discount = 3rd child half price
Full day, part day or particular day attendance can be arranged with costing adjusted accordingly. For bookings or more info, please call 4961 0806