From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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As the end of the school year approaches and students become increasingly excited about the long summer break, the staff are keen that we end the school year well, giving students the opportunity to serve others, reflect on their progress and work together positively. Over the last few weeks we have farewelled Year 12 as they finished the HSC, welcomed new students and families for 2017, enjoyed the Park Campus Fun Fair, celebrated with our Basketball and Touch Football players as they took to the court or field (some winning games for the first time), enjoyed success with our rowers and chess team – both came third in the ISRA and State competitions respectively, thanked the students who have taken up the Surf Lifesaving patrol on weekends and thoroughly enjoyed the achievements of our youngest students at weekly assemblies. In the last days of this term, our Music Scholars give their final performance for 2017 on Thursday evening. Students will make a strong effort to raise money for our Vietnam Project with our soccer event on Hill Campus on Friday afternoon and subject and learning award winners will be recognised at assemblies on both campuses early next week. To end the year strongly, Years 5-10 participate in an end of year programme that aims to empower students to think about others and act positively. Year 10 students are currently completing a work experience week and learning some of the realities of the adult working world. Year 11, now very much into their HSC year remain busy with assessments in most subjects over the next week.

Academic reports for Kindergarten to Year 10 will be emailed home on Wednesday, 7 December. I hope all our students can reflect on their academic progress and achievements and I thank the staff for the role they have played in this progress.  All staff are still at work during this week and any parent wishing to contact a member of staff about a report should contact Mrs Dyer (K-6) ( or Mrs Peterson (7-12) ( in the first instance.

For Speech Night, we will run a bus from both campuses departing at 5.20pm for families wishing to park close to the School and travel to the Civic Theatre by bus. If you would like to register for seats on the bus would you please email Mrs Lisa Foster (Park Campus) ( or Mr Duncan McKensey ( clearly stating the campus you would like to leave from (Hill or Park) and how many seats you would like. Buses will return at the end of Speech Night to Hill and Park Campus (at approximately 8.00pm – 8.15pm) from outside the Civic Theatre. There will be no staff supervision on the buses or at School at the end of the event and so this transport option is not suitable for students travelling alone.

End of Year Functions

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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This year, we are participating in the Life Without Barriers Giving Tree. Life Without Barriers is Newcastle’s largest foster care organisation, helping young children since 1994.  

A Christmas tree is set up in Mrs McGowan’s office until the Friday, 2 December where you can place any unwrapped new toys, books or vouchers underneath to be donated to foster children and teenagers all around the Hunter Region.

Please get involved as it is a wonderful opportunity to give these kids a brighter Christmas.


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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Last Friday, Park Campus celebrated an exciting Fun Fair. This was a wonderful occasion for family fun, rides, slides and obstacle courses, show bags, crazy hair stands and face painting. Thank you to all the parent helpers, maintenance staff and Year 11 students who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and on Friday evening to make this event such a success. Special thanks to Mrs Dunn and Mrs Kaldas for their hard work and the following sponsors – First National Newcastle, Robinson Property, Yogurtland and the families who made silent donations.

From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

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This week some of our new families for 2017 came to Pre-school for a visit. It was lovely to meet the children and also lovely to see our children from this year being so grown up and welcoming. The play morning went very smoothly and we look forward to the next one on the Thursday, 24 November.

The Kindergarten Orientations are also going well with lots of the children talking about their buddies and what they did in the Kindergarten classrooms. Some of them have shared their orientation booklet at news time and some of them are wearing their new school uniform to Pre-school, modelling them at news time. Everyone is looking forward to the Welcome BBQ on Friday, 25 November.

With the end of year approaching and in preparation for the transition to school procedure, we are also busy finalising children’s developmental records and observing them in their play and in structured group situations. It is pleasing to see how independent and sensible the children have become in their play and learning. We are witnessing lots of positive negotiating and sharing with many of the children ‘using their words’ to communicate their feelings and, importantly, listening to each other so that a positive outcome is possible. Although we sometimes still need to remind children about limiting their boisterous play, many of them have started to do this on their own accord. The block constructions during indoor play have become quite elaborate and the associated creative play around these constructions has also become more complex and imaginative.

Secret children’s business has also commenced at Pre-school with rehearsals on the stage under way in preparation for the end of year concert/party. The children have taken to the stage like professionals – it is amazing how at home some of them are on the stage. It might also have something to do with the elves that have been spotted looking in on the rehearsals – just noting who is listening and ‘doing a good job’ and reporting back to Santa! Cuteness and charisma… the countdown is on.

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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. 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.

Speech and Drama & IMEB Examination Results
Mrs Joanne Jones

Ms Beadle and I are delighted with this year’s exam results and we are also very proud of everyone’s individual journey throughout the year.  Well done and thank you also to the ‘home help’ the children received.

Enrolment forms for 2017 are available on the Newcastle Grammar School Website. Ms Beadle can be contacted on 0411 465 917; or Mrs Jones on 0439 770 177 if you have any queries or if you are wanting to rejoin.

The exam results are as follows:

Code:  A+ – Distinction (96-100); A – Honours (85-95); B – Credit (75-84); C+ – Pass (70-74)

Kindergarten ‘Nursery’ Grade: Harry Marr (A); William Meads (A); William Jones (B); Shannara Stephen (A); Scarlett Farrelly (A); Zoe Parkinson (A); Maddison Turner (A); Olivia Hedley (A)

Kindergarten ‘Beginner’: Imogen Mejia (95); Om Gupta-Orpin (91); Kenara Weerabaddana (84); Edie Wills (91); Evelyn Richardson (91); Sarah Park (91); Gurek Singh Wazir (91)

Year 1: Chloe Armitage (97); Kensington Steele (95); Lucinda Barker (88); Daisy Reynolds-Haddock (93); Bailee Turner (92); Willow Slattery (94); Alexis Swancott (90); Scarlett Van Dyck (91);  Virginia Kuru (94)

Year 2: Keely Rao (96); Savannah Lance (90); Bailey Parkinson (89); Sophia Richardson (94); Jenny Park (88); Gabrielle Waerea (95); Charlotte Nelson (86); Sofia Du (89); Shanti Gupta-Orpin (86); Keerthana Kumar (88); Ivy Heslop (94); Charlotte Jones (93); Oscar Avery (88); Jack Robbs (90)

Year 3: Ella Beattie (95); Oliver Buck (80); Daniel Richardson (85); Sammy Reynolds-Haddock (89); Jasper Lance (95);  Eden Simpson (94); Vanessa Kuru (94); Mia Kearney (94); Harriette Arnall (92); William Bird (92); Fionn Spencer (91)

Year 4: Binuk Weerabaddana (95); Madeline Nelson (87);  Luke Talley (94); Arthur Petrelis (90); Grade 1:  Tomas McGrath (93)

Year 5: Bronte Simpson (91); Lillian Miller (94); Speech & Performance: Isabella Ida (94)

Year 7: – Grade 6:  Chantelle Pepper – Practical (96) and Written (93)

Year 10: – Grade 8:  Neha Vinodh (88)


We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe Christmas break.

Ishbel Beadle and Joanne Jones – Speech and Communication Teachers

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From the Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts
Mrs Tonia Martin

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Annual Students’ Visual Arts Exhibition – ‘New Perspectives’

On Wednesday evening, 16 November 2016, the Opening of the Annual Exhibition of Students’ Artworks – ‘New Perspectives – 2016 was held in Holland Staff Common Room, Holland Building, Hill Campus.

The evening was a wonderful success with those gathered treated to the artmaking of Elective Visual Art Students from Years 9, 10 and 11. The exhibition was visually engaging, highlighting the diversity and talents of the Visual Arts Students at Newcastle Grammar School. Art forms displayed included paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture and photography. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to display the artmaking of our elective students in such a stunning exhibition space.

Our guest for the evening was Ms Sophie Mill, Artist in Residence at Newcastle Grammar School.

Ms Mill spoke encouragingly of the quality of the artworks and the opportunities available to the students – encouraging them to enjoy and immerse themselves into their artmaking. The maturity and technical skills of the students also impressed the audience gathered for the evening.

As established through tradition, our guest for the evening is given the task of choosing a range of Highly Commended and Commended Awards and also selecting the Annual Student Acquisition Prize.

Congratulations to the following students:
Commended Awards were presented to:
Year 9: Annie Utiger
Year 10: Karma Randall
Year 11: Zoe Atallah, Scarlett Frazer, Charlie McGilvray,  Alexa Van Niekerk

Highly Commended Awards were presented to:
Year 9: Sarah Brown
Year 11: Amelia Pawley

The Student Acquisition Prize for 2016 was awarded to Charlie McGilvary (Year 11) for her Mixed Media Sculpture ‘Oceana Rigamortis’. Congratulations to Charlie. Her work will now be purchased by the School and become part of the School’s Collection.

I would like to thank the Visual Arts students who have worked so hard this year to produce the stunning artworks that we were fortunate to be able to display. Thank you to the members of the School community who have conveyed their positive feedback and congratulations to us.  Thank you to Mrs Sally Mackay, Mrs Amber Everingham and the Hospitality students who catered and the Year 10 students who served for the evening. We thank them for their fabulous food and their support of the Visual Arts Department and Visual Arts Students.

I would also personally like to thank Mrs Owers for the support given to me and for all the extra work she has undertaken to ensure the success of the exhibition.



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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Music Camp

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 8 –  Tuesday, 29 November

Under 8 Mixed: NGS Buff Bulldogs – 4.15pm, Declan Spencer & Mr Daly REF
Under 10 Girls White: NGS Amazing Otters – 4.45pm, Miss Angel Barber
Under 10 Boys Green: NGS Power Pugs – 5.15pm, Jonathon Curk
Under 10 Boys White: NGS Radical Roosters – 5.45pm, Mr Ryan Wood
Under 12 Girls Green: NGS Narly Narwals – 6.15pm, Mr Ginns REF
Under 12 Girls Green: NGS Swift Snails – 6.15pm,  Natasha Robards, Taylor Constantine
Under 12 Boys: NGS Kick 2 Much – 6.45pm, Mr Sean Stevens
Under 12 Boys: NGS Bettercups – 6.45pm, Mr Matthew Cook REF
Under 12 Girls White: NGS Lightning – 6.45pm, Mr Carroll
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 REF
Under 14 Girls: NGS Seals – 7.45pm, Miss Byrnes REF
Under 14 Girls: NGS Un Touchables – 7.15pm, Miss Van Ryswyck REF

Please note that Round 9 is Final games and Presentation. All teams regardless of where they finished in their respective competition will be playing on this day. Please see SchoolBox and coaches for times for these games.

Year 7 NGS Seals had a hard fought win over the NGS Un Touchables last Tuesday night. Well done to both teams on some fantastic Touch Football.


Ms Byrnes – MIC Touch

Co-curricular Basketball

The Year 7 & 8 NGS Basketball team had their first win of the season last week with a fantastic display of teamwork and skill, coming over the top of their opposition 50 – 23.

Team members include Ben Vickery, Liam Wilson, Will Pedersen, Samuel Colbert, Mitchell Wang, Tomas Grimshaw, Julian Winzer and Jack Sherman.

Congratulations to coaches and support group and good luck with the rest of the season.

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Ms Byrnes – Stewart Sports Coordinator



Over the weekend, 96 students from Year 7 to 11 competed at the Independent Schools Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. This is one of the major regattas on our calendar, it is the only school regatta that our full squad competes against other schools in their year groups.

>Click here to see the full report

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Soccer Tournament


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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

2016 Christmas Holiday Opening Hours (by Appointment)
Tuesday, 13 December
Wednesday, 14 December
Friday, 16 December

Wednesday, 18 January
Thursday, 19 January
Friday, 20 January
Monday, 23 January
Tuesday, 24 January
Wednesday, 25 January (Normal Operating Hours)
Friday, 27 January (Normal Operating Hours)

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

Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 28 November:

Tue 29 November:
Alette Schot

Wed 30 November:
Lesley Filby

Thu 1 December:

Fri 2 December:

Park Campus

Mon 28 November:
Siobhan Marr

Tue 29 November:
Jacqui Mejia

Wed 30 November:
Sharon Archer

Thu 1 December:
Kym Carpenter

Fri  2 December:
Crystal Farrelly
Emily Macdonald

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