From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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As we approach the end of this term there is much to celebrate at our School. Year 12 will finish their Half Yearly examinations at the end of the week, many of our Primary and lower secondary students are completing assessments and assignments and Year 5 students will showcase their Inquiry Learning Unit on Asia to their parents on Monday. Walking around the School at present there are many visible examples on both Campuses of student learning from the term. >Click here to see a short film about Term 1 from K-6.

The netball and soccer seasons are about to begin as the summer sport season comes to an end. Members of the rowing team are at Penrith this week for National Rowing Championships. Our Surf Lifesavers complete their final weekend of service for the season. Our orchestra and choirs prepare for end of term Easter services, the SATU is getting ready for annual camp and being part of the wider community ANZAC Day services. Years 9-11 Elective Drama and Music students present “Sweet Sound Soiree” tonight at 6.00pm. In the last week of term, Mr Paul Jarman ( ) will be at NGS as a Composer in Residence. He will work with students in Music classes and in Choirs. Paul is also writing a School Song that will be used as part of the School’s Centenary Celebrations in 2018. Students and staff have been suggesting lyrics for the song and Paul will meet with various groups in his time here to ‘capture the School’ in his composition.

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Newcastle Grammar School would like to invite you to a free Parent Information Forum “Starting a conversation with your Teen” presented by the Batyr Mental Health Organisation – Tuesday, 4 April 2017 from 6.00pm to 7.00 Horbury Hunt Hall, Hill Campus.

The guest speaker is Jaelea Skehan an internationally respected leader in the prevention of mental illness and the prevention of suicide. In 2014 Jaelea was announced as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, a national honour sponsored by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac highlighting the important contribution women make in creating bold and diverse future for Australia.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Jaelea has worked at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health since 2001, which she now leads as their Director. 

Please >click here to view full flyer with times and RSVP details.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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Last Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have our annual visit from Greg Dimmock – the Music Man – and his swag full of instruments from around the world. Children were mesmerised as he played instruments ranging from classical guitar to spoons and forks and flute to the didgeridoo while children danced, clapped and sang. Greg is our last special event / visitor for this term and he was really impressed with how well engaged the children were this year.

It really is amazing how far the children have come since the start of the year. They are a very happy, settled group of children. This has been more evident than usual this week with a number of (temporary) staff changes meaning our casual Educators – Miss Jo and Miss Janet – have been working a fair bit while some permanent staff have been in on different days and in different rooms. However, neither the children nor staff have missed a beat which is a real tribute to the staff and a clear demonstration of the benefits of dedicated, long serving staff members and great team work. We are a very lucky pre-school.

This is our last news item for the term and we would like to wish all our families a very safe and happy holiday and a very relaxed and happy Easter. We look forward to Term 2 which will commence on Wednesday, 26 April.

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Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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NAPLAN – 2017

The 2017 NAPLAN tests will take place for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 during Week 3 of Term 2.

The format will be as follows:

Tuesday, 9 May: Language Conventions and Writing

Wednesday, 10 May: Reading

Thursday, 11 May: Numeracy
– Years 3 & 5: this test comes in one part, which is non-calculator
– Years 7 & 9: this test comes in two parts – calculator and non-calculator

These tests will vary in length according to the students’ ages.

Catch-up tests for any students that miss a test can take place during the week, or on Friday, 12 May.

Under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act, 1992 we are able to offer specified adjustments for students with documented educational disabilities so that they can access the tests on an equivalent basis to students who do not have a disability. Ms Parazanovic, Mrs Tucker or Mrs Peterson should be contacted if you believe your child will be eligible for these provisions.

We encourage all of our students to do the NAPLAN tests for the practice and the rich data that they provide. However, parents may withdraw them if they wish. If any parent wishes to formally withdraw their child, a letter must be forwarded to the Head of School well before the tests begin. Students who are withdrawn from the tests must still attend school on those days.

If you have any questions about the NAPLAN tests, please feel free to contact me at

From the Director of Operations
Mr Duncan McKensey

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Winter Uniform Change Over Dates

At this stage we are planning for the following change into winter uniform.

From Monday, 15 May, Week 4, Term 2: There will be two weeks of optional winter/ summer uniform.

Monday, 29 May, Week 6, Term 2: All students must be in winter uniform from this date.

We are hoping that these dates will work well this year, however we will notify you if we feel we need to extend summer uniform or bring forward the optional uniform period. Regardless, the changeover period should give families time to prepare for the transition into winter uniform.

From the Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts
Mrs Tonia Martin

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NEXUS Exhibition 2017

I would like to thank the parents that I had the opportunity to speak with at the recent Parent Forum. I greatly appreciated the number of parents who offered to assist with this the Nexus Exhibition for 2017.

If you are yet to email me at would you mind doing so at your earliest convenience.  Planning is well under way and I will need to make contact with everyone prior to the conclusion of Term I.

From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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NSWCIS Primary Swimming Championships

Last Thursday, 23 March NGS School had 11 students represent HRIS at the NSWCIS Primary Swimming Championships.

All students performed extremely well with many personal best times achieved on the day.

Results for the students were as follows;

Amelia Dries
9 years: 50m Freestyle 12th overall with a time of 40.71

Vanessa Kuru
9 years: 50m Freestyle 15th overall with a time of 41.51

Tatum Gilmour
11 years: 50m Freestyle 11th overall with a time of 33.90
11 years: 50m Butterfly 9th overall in the final with a time of 38.88
8-13 years: 100m Freestyle 7th overall with a time of 1.14.19

William Jeffery
11 years: 50m Freestyle 10th overall in the final with a time of 32.75
11 years: 50m Backstroke 6th overall in the final with a time of 40.28
11 years: 50m Butterfly 9th overall in the final with a time of 37.69
8-13 years: 100m Freestyle 11th overall with a time of 1.15.77

Connor Johansen
12-13 years: 50m Breaststroke 13th overall with a time of 44.60
8-13 years: 100m Freestyle 14th place with a time of 1.15.93

Luke Talley
8-13 years: 50m Freestyle 3rd place
8-13 years: 50m Breaststroke 3rd place
8-13 years: 50m Butterfly 3rd place
8-13 years: 100m Freestyle 2nd place
8-13 years: 50m Backstroke 2nd place

Our Senior Girls Relay team consisting of Tatum Gilmour, Alice Jeffery, Veronica Kuru and Bronte Simpson 13th place overall with a time of 2.25.35

Our Senior Boys Relay team consisting of William Jeffery, Connor Johansen, Kalen Routley and Edward Bell 16th place overall with a time of 2.21.88

A very special mention goes to Luke Talley who has qualified to compete at NSWPSSA in early April. Luke has been selected to compete in the 11-13 years 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and the 50m Backstroke in the multiclass events. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish him all the very best with his training leading up to this event.

AICES Swimming Championships

The following students will represent NGS and HRIS at the AICES swimming Championships this Thursday.

On behalf of the School I would like to wish them every success.

Alexandria Smith
12 years 50m Butterfly
12 years 50m Freestyle
12 years 100m Freestyle

Hamish Bell
15 years 50m Butterfly
15 years 50m Breaststroke
15-16 years 200m Medley Relay
15-16 years 200m Freestyle Relay

Nathaniel Dean
17 years 50m Backstroke
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay
17+ years 200m Individual Medley

Gabriel Jeffery
12 years 50m Butterfly
12 years 50m Backstroke
12 years 50m Breaststroke
12 years 50m Freestyle
12 years 100m Freestyle
12-14 years 200m Medley Relay
12-14 years 200m Freestyle Relay
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay
12-14 years 200m Individual Medley

Oscar Jeffery
14 years 50m Butterfly
14 years 50m Backstroke
14 years 50m Freestyle
14 years 100m Freestyle
12-14 years 200m Freestyle
12-14 years 200m Freestyle Relay
12-14 years 200m Medley Relay
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay

Scott Philpotts
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay
12-14 years 200m Freestyle relay
12-14 years 200m medley Relay

Kyle Riley
15-16 years 200m Freestyle Relay
15-16 years 200m Medley Relay
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay

Angus Tait
14 years 50m Backstroke
12-14 years 200m Freestyle Relay
12-14 years 200m Medley Relay

Ryan Walker
16 years 50m Butterfly
16 years 50m Backstroke
16 years 50m Freestyle
16 years 100m Freestyle
15-16 years 200m Freestyle Relay
15-16 years 200m Medley Relay
12-19 years 300m Freestyle Relay
15-16 years 200m Freestyle

Tennis Co-curricular Activity

Training commencement Date: Term 2, Week 6 on Wednesday, 31 May from 3.05pm – 4.40pm.

Venue: Wednesday training sessions and Saturday games will take place at District Park Tennis courts, Broadmeadow.

Training transport arrangements: Students will catch a bus to and from training. If required, students can be picked up from the courts at 4.30pm, however, they must supply a note stating the person who will be collecting them at the courts. If parents are not at the courts by 4.40pm when the bus returns to School, the student must return to School with us.

Competition dates: The inter district competition will commence at District Park Tennis courts, Broadmeadow, on Saturday, 29 July ( Week 2, Term 3) and the last game and finals will be held on Saturday, 16 September 2017 (Week 9, Term 3).

Times: There are 2 time slots: Midday and 2.00pm. The session will depend on which grade the player has been placed in.

Note: There will not be a game on Saturday, 12 August due to a tournament being held at District Park.

Uniforms: Students are to wear their full sports uniform to training and games, with appropriate joggers for every session. All players will need a hat and their own racquet.

If you have any questions regarding the arrangements, please contact Mrs Dart as soon as possible as we are now finalising player/coach ratios.

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Headlice Notification

There have been several outbreaks of Headlice within the School over the last few weeks.

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

Canteen Duties


Hill Campus

Mon 3 April:
Jane Cousins
Derani Clarke

Tue 4 April:
Jacqulene Doran
Alette Schot

Wed 5 April:
Amanda Folpp
Alette Schot

Thu 6 April:
Lesley Filby
Alette Schot

Fri 7 April:
Lesley Filby
Rachelelle Krause
Alette Schot

Park Campus

Mon 3 April:

Tue 4 April:

Wed 5 April:
Melanie Howard

Thu 6 April:
Elaine Mann

Fri 7 April:
Nerida Gray

Uniform Shop

The Winter uniform changeover is drawing near. Beat the rush and be prepared.

Uniform Shop opening hours:

Monday:  8.00am – 4.00pm (extended hours until winter uniform change over)
Wednesday:  10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

If you require an appointment outside of these times or would like to place a phone order, please phone Kerrie at the uniform shop on 4908 4035.