From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Congratulations to our primary HRIS swimmers who came fourth overall last Friday at Maitland pool. We are looking forward to holding our Primary Carnival on Friday and hope for improved weather.

The Prefects began a roster this week to provide lunch time activities to our younger Hill Campus students and have introduced games on the James Fletcher Oval and the ever popular Kahoot in the Library. Student leadership is an important part of our school. Each week the School Captains, Vice Captains and Senior Prefects meet with Mr Parsons and myself. These prefects bring feedback or questions from the student body to the meeting as well as organising key School activities and events. In this way, Mr Parsons and I hope to ensure ‘student voice’ is being heard. On Park Campus, the red post box remains one of the most popular forms of communication between Mrs Dyer and K-4 students – there are many questions and comments placed in the box every day!

The Parent Forum on 9 March is open to all parents. The meeting will take place in the Horbury Hunt Hall on Hill Campus at 6.00pm. The meeting focus is on the NGS Framework and a Q and A session. The framework identifies our key learning, teaching and wellbeing goals for our students. Mr Parsons, Mrs Dyer, Mrs Peterson and I will be present.  Please enter via the Church Street Gates. At the end of the meeting we will be looking for parent volunteers who would like to be involved in helping this year with the Nexus Art Exhibition as well as parent volunteers to join a current fundraising group for the Vietnam project. In addition, the School will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2018 and I invite parents to consider whether they would like to be part a centenary committee to assist with this. If you are attending the meeting, please email Kate Grogan (

Congratulations to the following students:

Lorcan Redmond (Year 11) who won the Senior NSW All Schools Triathlon for the fourth consecutive year.

Ryan Box (Year 10) who came 10th in the Intermediate event

Hamish Bell, Joel Owers and Henry Knights (Year 9) who finished 60th in the Teams event

Tatum Gilmour (Year 6) who won the 11 Years HRIS Individual medal

William Jeffery (Year 5) who won the 11 Years HRIS Individual medal

Our 11 Years Boys (William Jeffery, Edward Bell Kalen Routley and Luke Talley) who won the team award for the best school at HRIS in their division.

Our 11 Year Girls (Tatum Gilmour and Alice Jeffery) who won the team award for the best school at HRIS in their division.

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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As the school year falls into its regular routine, we certainly understand the difficulty and frustration in finding a suitable spot to park your car and walk your child into the grounds of Park Campus.

We must, however, reiterate the importance of finding a suitable parking spot, and remind you that the private parking for residents in Corlette St is simply not an option.

Please be assured that we are in the process of designing a new and more effective way to operate both morning drop off and afternoon pick up arrangements.

From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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Last Wednesday, Alicia from Newcastle City Council came to talk to us about recycling – both at home and at Pre-school. The children learned that ‘recycling’ means using old materials to make new things – for example, using old magazines to make new paper. We learnt how most of our rubbish is dumped in huge holes in the ground called landfill; how this rubbish slowly begins to rot and produces nasty gases and poisonous liquids; and how landfill sites are dirty and spoil the environment.

Alicia explained how we would not need so many landfill sites if we threw less rubbish away and one of the ways to do this is to recycle. Interestingly, the children already knew quite a bit about recycling. They were able to tell Alicia about the composting that we do at pre-school as part of our Sustainability policy. They were also able to tell her about all the boxes and other recycled materials we use for our construction and collage activities. We also told Alicia about the (yellow top) recycling bins we have in each room which we place our used paper in and which are collected and emptied by Year 4 students each week. Alicia had some very positive things to say about all our recycling efforts and encouraged the children to keep up the good work.

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From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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CHANGES – Minmi Bus Service

Commencing: Thursday, 2 March 2017

Dear Parents,

Please be aware that the following stops have been added to the Minmi Bus schedule in order to service Cameron Park and Light Street, Bar Beach(see changes below).

The Minmi Public School stop has been removed and the bus will now drop off at Hill Campus prior to Park Campus in the mornings.

Morning Schedule
7.00am Northlakes Dr bus stop, Cameron Park
7.03am Constitution Dr, Cameron Park
7.15am 18 Forsythe Parade, Black Hill
7.20am Lenaghans Dr, Black Hill
7.30am Minmi Shops (Woodford St)
7.35am Highland County (Brittania Boulevard)
7.40am Coles Supermarket, Fletcher
7.45am Tillie Ave / Douglas St, Jesmond
7.50am Jesmond Roundabout (Newcastle Rd, near Blue Gum Rd)
8.00am Hunter School of Performing Arts (Lambton Rd, near Bavin St)
8.15am Light St, Bar Beach
8.20am Hill Campus
8.25am Park Campus

Afternoon Schedule
3.15pm Hill Campus
3.18pm Light St, Bar Beach
3.20pm Park Campus
3.30pm HSPA (Lambton Rd, outside HSPA)
3.40pm College of Dance Lambton (Young Rd)
3.50pm Jesmond Roundabout (Newcastle Rd, near Chalmers Rd)
4.00pm Coles Supermarket, Fletcher
4.05pm Highland County (Brittania Boulevard)
4.15pm 18 Forsyth Pde, Black Hill
4.20pm Lenaghans Dr, Black Hill
4.30pm Constitution Dr, Cameron Park
4.35pm Northlakes Dr, Cameron Park


CHANGES – Port Stephens Service

Commencing: Monday, 6 March 2017

Dear Parents,Port Stephens Coaches Bay Bus schedules will change from Monday, 6 March.The purpose of this adjustments is to reduce the overall commute by 10 mins.All Bay services will convert at St Clemente, Mayfield interchange at 8.15am. Our students then catch a direct service (Newcastle 2 – S552) to Hill Campus via Hamilton Station.

Please see new schedule times below;

Newcastle 1 – S551
6.47am Fingal Bay
6.58am Shoal Bay
7.06am Seabreeze
7.09am Nelson Bay
7.19am Bay Retreat
7.35am Salt Ash
7.40am Williamtown
7.47am Fern Bay

Newcastle 2 – S552
6.54am Spinnaker Way
7.02am opp Police Stat
7.07am Corlette Shop
7.09am Pacific Blue
7.15am Horizons Resid.
7.35am Salt Ash
7.40am Williamtown
7.47am Fern Bay

Newcastle 3 – S553
6.55am Diemars Rd Stp
6.59am SolPt Bowl Club
7.03am Ridgeway Ave
7.05am SolPt School
7.10am W/Beach shops
7.14am Horizons Resid.
7.17am PS Packaging
7.35am Salt Ash
7.40am Williamtown
7.47am Fern Bay

Newcastle 4 – S554
7.02am Bagnall Beach Rd
7.07am Corlette Shop
7.09am Pacific Blue
7.15am Horizons Resid.
7.35am Salt Ash
7.40am Williamtown
7.47am Fern Bay

Newcastle 5 – S555
7.02am Frost Rd
7.06am One Mile
7.07am Boat Harbour (Top R/about)
7.10am Anna Bay School
7.14am Fitzroy St
7.17am Anna Bay Shops
7.35am Salt Ash
7.40am Williamtown
7.47am Fern Bay

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Triathlon – State Champion

Last week, the NSW All Schools’ Triathlon Championships were held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. NGS had 5 students competing in events at this Championship, two individuals and one relay team.

A huge congratulations to Lorcan Redmond (Year 11) who won the Senior Individual State Championship. This is due reward for a student who has dedicated so much of his time to achieve as much as he can in this, just one of the two sports in which he is NSW and Australian Champion. Cross Country being his other sport. Lorcan was recognized recently at the very prestigious NSWCIS Annual Awards night in Sydney with a State Medallion for his National Cross Country win in 2016

Ryan Box (Year 10) finished in 10th place out of 185 competitors in the Intermediate Individual division.

In the Intermediate Relay event Hamish Bell (swim leg), Joel Owers (cycle leg) and Henry Knights (run leg), all in Year 9 finished in 60th place out of a massive 280 teams-a rally great effort.


NSW Country Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Tatum Gilmour (Year 6) who competed at the NSW Country Swimming Championships at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre on the weekend.

Tatum competed in 4 events and finished 3rd in the 10 years Girls 100m Freestyle Final in a time of 1.11.27

A fabulous effort!

Interschools Snowsports 2017 – Information Session

The response to participation in the 2017 Interschools Snowsports competition has been great and organisation is well underway for this upcoming event.

An information session for all parents who have expressed information in their children participating in this event will be held in the Sandi Warren Performance Centre, Park Campus, this Thursday, 2nd March, commencing at 10.00am.

Secondary School Swimming Carnival Results

The Secondary School Swimming Championships were held earlier last week, on Monday, 20 February, at Lambton Pool.

On what was a great day, weather-wise after the temperatures we have had, it was good to once again see so many students participating in so many events throughout the day.

It was disappointing to not be able to finish all events; however, the participation rates prevented this occurring. We are looking to revise the situation in 2018.

Special mention, as always at Swimming carnivals, must be made of the contribution made by our Senior students who led by example throughout the day.

Of particular note was the number of students who gave up their afternoons to swim the pre-carnival events-we had 122 students for the 200m F/S and over 109 for the 200m Individual Medley events turn up on a Wednesday afternoon to do those events and this is real credit to those students and the incredible House spirit they show.

The results of the day can be found >here.

An NGS team to contest the 2017 HRIS Championships to be held on Thursday, 16 March has now been selected. Please >click here to access the team list.

All team members will receive an information sheet regarding that meet, closer to the date.

HRIS Primary Swimming Championships

Last Thursday, 23 February the NGS Primary Swimming team consisting of 35 athletes competed at the HRIS Division 1 Swimming Championship at Maitland Pool.

Congratulations to the following students who represented the school in this event.

8 Years: Oscar Avery, Winter Bennett, Jessica Choi, Oliver Knauer, Jenny Park,  Myla Tucker, Bailee Turner, Gabby Waerea

9 Years: Maximilian Cohen, Amelia Dries, Vanessa Kuru, Morrison Martin, Bailey Parkinson

10 Years: Jett Floyer-Kell, Zahli Ginns, Charlotte Knauer, Jack Martin, Ella Mejia, Brandon Muddle, Eden Simpson, Bowen Stubbs, , Lachlan Smith, Jack Welsh.

11 Years: Edward Bell, Tatum Gilmour, Alice Jeffery, William Jeffery, Kalen Routley, Luke Talley.

12 Years: Connor Johansen, Veronica Kuru, Isabelle Ida, Alexander Macdougall, Hayden Martinelli, Bronte Simpson.

On the day the team did extremely well, finishing in a wonderful 4th place. The winning school was Lakes Grammar.

Our 11 years girls and Boys both won their respective age group pennants and Tatum Gilmour and William Jeffery won the 11 years Age Champions on the day.

The results of the day can be found >here.

Congratulations to everyone for your efforts on the day and your great school spirit.

NGS Primary Swimming Carnival (K-6)

The Primary Swimming Carnival is rescheduled for this Friday, 3 March at Lambton Pool. All students are to come to school for roll call and then catch buses to and from the carnival.

Please see the >program for the day’s events.

I look forward to a wonderful day of swimming and house spirit.

HRIS Primary Football Selection Trials

Congratulations to Kalen Routley, Hayden Martinelli, Christian Logan, Alexander Macdougall and Kieran Kabir who have been selected to represent Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Football trials next week on Monday, 6 March. All the very best of luck at this selection trial, boys.

HRIS Primary Netball Selection Trials

Congratulations to Mary Dundas, Veronica Kuru, Isabella Colbert, Isabella Ida and Ruby Robinson who have been selected to represent Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Netball trials on Tuesday, 14 March. All the very best of luck at this selection trial, girls.

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From the Head of School

Leave Requests 

Please note that all NSW schools have reporting requirements on student attendance. The School policy on attendance states that leave will only be approved for special circumstances. All holidays must be taken in school holiday periods. This year, holidays are on the following days:
Monday, 10 April to Tuesday, 25 April
Monday, 26 June to Friday, 14 July
Monday, 25 September to Friday, 6 October

Any leave request must be sent to the Head of School (Years 5-12) or the Head of Primary (K-4) and require paperwork to be completed well in advance of the leave. Attendance at school is important to all students and achievement and attendance are closely linked. Please support your child’s learning and achievement and only apply for leave for exceptional circumstances. 

Psychology services at NGS

Psychology/ counselling services are available to our students on Hill and Park Campuses. Appointments are made through reception on each campus. The service operates during school hours, Tuesday to Friday. 15 sessions per year are free of charge for each appointment. After this time, a $50 fee is charged per session.  We have three psychologists available on the Hill Campus – Amy Oswald, Andrew Ornstein and John Waring. Amy Oswald also works at Park Campus.


Parent Forum

Thursday, 9 March 2017 @ 6.00pm

All parents welcome

Hurbury Hunt Hall – Hill Campus


Dear parents,

Could you please change your childs year on the Flexischool orders as this does not happen automatically.

If you’re volunteering in the canteen or the School in general, could you make your way to the reception to sign in so we are aware that you’re onsite in case of emergencies.

If there are any parents who would like to volunteer in the canteen please contact Kaylene on Ph: 4929 5811.

Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 6 March:

Tue 7 March:
Alette Schot

Wed 8 March:

Thu 9 March:
Monica Mamonto

Fri 10 March:
Anne Oakley
Liz Wright

Park Campus

Mon 6 March:

Tue 7 March:

Wed 8 March:
Melanie Howard

Thu 9 March:
Lesley Filby

Fri 10 March:
Allison Elvish

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