From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Welcome – the 2017 school year is here! We look forward to the whole school starting on Friday, 27 January. Staff have been at School for the last week preparing to meet all the students and begin their next educational journey. I certainly hope we have many students who are excited about what this year may have install for them.

Over the holidays we completed a number of projects to improve the learning areas and wider environment. Students who participated in Orientation sessions today will no doubt have a better sense of their campus. Kindergarten, Year 5 and Year 7 are all in transition years and I hope they are feeling comfortable about the year ahead.

Parent Information Sessions will be held for all year groups at the following times:

Kindergarten to Year 4: Monday, 13 February at 6.00pm
Years 5 and 6: Wednesday, 22 February at 6.00pm
Year 7: Thursday, 16 February at 6.00pm
Year 8: Monday, 13 February at 6.00pm
Year 9: Wednesday, 15 February at 6.00pm
Year 10: Wednesday, 8 February at 6.00pm
Year 11: Thursday, 9 February at 6.00pm
Year 12: Monday, 6 February at 6.00pm

The School Calendar can be accessed through: >Schoolbox
For new parents, the login details will be sent out soon, however, there is an interim PDF version on our website. You can access is calendar at >School Calendar

And key contacts: >Staff Contacts

I wish all students a successful start to the 2017 year and look forward to welcoming you on Friday when your next adventure begins!

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Welcome to the 2017 school year. It’s always a very exciting time as students return to school, renew old friendships and build new relationships. We are looking forward to another wonderful year here at Newcastle Grammar School with a vast array of experiences to engage students in their learning and inspire them to RISE to the challenges their learning presents.

Everyone is always very excited to find out what class they will be in, and this year we’ve made some changes to the way we’ve structured some of our classes to facilitate the best learning experience for students. As timetables are releases, we encourage parents to remind their children that a student’s attitude to their learning is key in academic achievement, that a student should strive to be the best they can be and create their own academic goals.


Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8, we have four classes divided into 2 bands. There are 2 classes within each band. Mathematics classes are streamed based on a student’s level of achievement in the Academic Assessments they completed at last year’s Orientation Day. In addition to this, in 2017, students will also have a Positive Education class. This is a timetabled lesson taught by the student’s House Coordinator and has been designed to support the development of key attributes such as resilience and positivity.

Year 9
This is an exciting time for Year 9 as they embark on a new mode of education that allows them more choice in the subjects they study.  Year 9 is divided into 3 classes. In Mathematics and English, these classes are streamed based on a student’s level of achievement. In Science, there is 1 graded class and 2 parallel classes. In addition to this, students take classes in their Elective subjects. This year, Year 9 will also have a class in Positive Education to support them in the development of key attributes of positive psychology.

Year 10
There are 3 classes in Year 10. For Mathematics, students are placed in graded classes based on their prior level of achievement. In English and Science, there is 1 graded class and 2 parallel class. This structure has been chosen to provide a more supportive and inclusive educational experience for our students, and it also reflects the structure of classes in the senior years.

Year 11
Students are allocated to classes based on their chosen pattern of study for the HSC.

Class placement will be reviewed following the Half-Yearly Examinations.

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Welcome back to a new school year. I trust everyone has had a wonderful summer break with lots of rest and opportunities to enjoy numerous activities with friends and family. We extend a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. The Primary teachers and I are looking forward to an exciting, productive and positive school year.

Today, we welcomed our Kindergarten students to their first day of formal education at Newcastle Grammar School. The excitement and sense of wonder was felt throughout the classrooms. We wish our Kindergarten students and their families a very successful and fulfilling year ahead.

While we were having a well-deserved rest, many people have been very busy preparing for the new school year. The Years 5 and 6 classrooms have been fitted with an impressive 21st Century flexible learning environment whereby furniture is designed to fit the needs of all learning opportunities. Break out learning spaces have been implemented in other year groups along with brand new seating for students at Park Campus. We thank Mr Frazer and the maintenance staff who have been hard at work and as usual, they have done an excellent job! Our physical environment is ready to support the learning challenges that lie ahead!

As educators, we look forward to educating your children, and appreciate that you are entrusting them in our care. This is a privilege we accept with great responsibility and continue to work towards maintaining your trust. Our consistent effort to support the student’s endeavours, academically, socially and emotionally throughout the year, will ensure optimum success for all.

From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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School resumes for all students on Friday, 27January 2017. Hill Campus Students are to make their way to HHH for Assembly at 8.30am.

Park Campus

School Hours
8.45am to 2.55pm
Before School Care available from 7.15am.
After School Care available until 6.00pm.

Bus Services
All morning and both afternoon services (3.15pm and 5.15pm) resume on Friday, 27January.

Please be aware that parking is limited around Park Campus.

Hill Campus

School Hours
8.15am – 3.05pm (5.00pm – Co-curricular Activities)
Students on Hill Campus should be at School by 8.25am in order to attend Roll Call at 8.30am.  Playground supervision commences at 8.15am. Prior to 8.15am students are required to attend the Library. After School, students are to go to the library if they are not catching a bus or have a co-curricular class.

Opening Hours – 8.00am – 5.30pm
Students who arrive prior to 8.15am are required to go the Library.  The Library is supervised until 5.30pm.

Bus Services
All morning and both afternoon services (3.15pm and 5.15pm) resume on Friday, 27 January.

Please be aware that parking is limited around Hill Campus. Make a clear place and time to meet your son or daughter. About 3.20pm is often a good time. Only use the pickup/drop off zones on Tyrrell Street or Newcomen Street and please don’t park in these zones.

From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Year 5 Camp

Year 5 have a camp meeting next Tuesday, 31 January in the Stewart Building, top floor Year 5 classrooms. Please come along ready to commence by 6.00pm. At this meeting there will be an opportunity to meet the staff from the Outdoor Education Group that will be running the camp, along with time to ask questions about your child’s up and coming experience and the activities they will undertake.

Please take the time to complete the CareMonkey document that was sent to you over the weekend from the Outdoor Education Group in preparation for this camp.

For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Primary K-6 Pre Swimming Carnival Events

Due to the large number of events held at the Swimming carnival, some events will be conducted prior to the carnival.

Date: Wednesday, 1 February 2017 and Monday, 6 February 2017 (if needed)

Venue: Mayfield Public Pool

Time: 3.15pm – 5.00pm

Transport: Buses will be provided to transport student to and from the pool.

Equipment Students may wear school uniform and change into school swimmers.

Events: 8-12 Years 200m Freestyle for boys/girls
8-12 Years 200m Individual Medley for boys/girls

Note: Points from these events will NOT count towards Age Championship but will be counted for House Championship. Students should not attend or enter into a race if they not capable of completing the distance without stopping. These events at the HRIS are under 10, 11 and 12 events only. 

Primary K-6 Swimming Carnival

The Junior Swimming Championship will be held in Week 3 on Thursday, 9 February 2017 at the Lambton Pool. All students from K-6 will be attending the carnival at stages throughout the day.

Years 2 to 6 will leave for the pool at 8.40am to start competing in their competitive events whilst Kindergarten and Year 1 students will leave school after recess at 11.30am and travel to the pool to compete in novelty events.

Full details of this event will be emailed shortly along with permission slips.

Co-curricular Activities

By now everyone should have nominated their son or daughter’s co-curricular activities for 2017. If this has not been completed please do not hesitate to email

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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

Heaven Can Wait
Charity Sailing Regatta


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Looking for Under 18 sailors to participate in the First Annual ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Under 18 Regatta.

8.00am Briefing, with BBQ provided.

If you’re interested, call VC Melvyn Steiner on 0417 409 172 for further details and entry forms.