From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Earlier this term, five Year 6 students came to see me. They put forward a proposal to run NGS has Talent in the last week of the term to raise money for the Cancer Council. Together with the Year 12 Prefects they managed to encourage over 60 entries from Hill Campus students and the School will enjoy a range of performances on Wednesday and Thursday at lunch.  From dance items to magic tricks this is bound to entertain at the end of this busy term. Students are asked to donate a gold coin. What a great initiative Year 6!

Well done to our rowers who competed well at the National titles last week. Months of hard work saw several of our crews make A finals and compete strongly. Our AICES secondary swimmers did exceptionally well with HRIS finishing in 2nd place out of the eight competing associations. Congratulations to Luke Talley in Year 5 who has been selected to compete at the NSWPSSA Swimming Championships next term and to Alexandria Smith, Gabriel Jeffery, Scott Philpotts, Angus Tait, Oscar Jeffery, Hamish Bell, Kyle Riley, Ryan Walker and Nathaniel Dean who have been selected to compete at NSWCIS.

Newcastle Grammar School students were featured in the 62nd Newcastle & Hunter Combined ANZAC Commemorative Event at the Civic Theatre on Tuesday. Thanks to Claudia Akhurst and Paige Peterson for their leadership and both the SATU and our String Players for their excellent contribution.

At the end of a very busy term, I want to thank the staff at NGS for their efforts and the way they have managed this long term. Our staff give an enormous amount of their time each week to the academic and co-curricular programmes. They work in a time of great educational change. Over the course of this term staff have been impacted in numerous ways – changes to the HSC, changes to NAPLAN testing, curriculum changes in English, Mathematics, Science and History, a widening of our Inquiry based approach at Primary level, a new timetable to even out lesson lengths on the Hill Campus, a strengthening of our literacy approach for our youngest students, the introduction of a now compulsory appraisal system and the knowledge that teacher accreditation over the next 12 months will extend to all staff. In addition, staff have embraced the Positive Education programme for Years 5-9. Staff have had training in Child Protection, Disability Legislation, Early Literacy intervention and Positive education. In Professional Learning Groups they have begun to look at recent research about excellence in teaching. It is both an exciting and challenging time in education.

I wish all our staff and families a restful and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone back at NGS for the start of Term 2.


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 Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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It is hard to believe that the end of Term 1 is here and the holidays are upon us. As we reflect back on the term, it is exciting to see all that the students have achieved. I have been very impressed with the performance and achievements of our students across the Primary School.

The final weeks of the term can be an especially valuable time to engage students in reflective thinking about their learning. It is important that we encourage our children to pay attention to how they learn best and deliberately assess their own strengths and areas for improvement. By assisting them to develop such metacognitive habits, we can enhance their capacities as self-directed learners.

It is my hope that Newcastle Grammar School community enjoy the coming break, are kept safe as they travel and return looking forward to the exciting opportunities in Term 2.

Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fielden

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2017 Year 9 NAPLAN Tests and the New HSC Minimum Standards

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/busting-some-of-the-hsc-literacy-and-numeracy-myths-20170329-gv9832.html

With the 2017 NAPLAN tests due to take place early next term (between 9 and 11 May) there has been a great deal of focus in recent weeks on the decision by NESA and the state government in 2016 to set new minimum standards of literacy and numeracy for HSC certification. The two sound like separate issues; however, back in 2016 it was announced that students who achieved Band 8 results in their Year 9 NAPLAN tests would be considered to have achieved the new minimum standard. Very little mention was made at the time of how students who did not achieve this level of results would go on to meet these minimum standards.

Hence, the CEO of NESA has been active in the last few weeks in assuring parents and students that there is a system in place for any students who do not achieve a Band 8 result. Mr de Carvalho’s makes the central point:

Please be assured that any Year 9 students who do not achieve a Band 8 result will be able to start their HSC courses in Year 11. In fact, they will be given several opportunities to meet the new minimum standards in online tests during Years 10, 11 and 12.

The new system looks like this:
– NAPLAN: Year 9 students can ‘pre-qualify’ (NESA’s phrase) for the minimum standards by gaining a Band 8 result or higher.
– Online Test: for students who have not ‘pre-qualified’ there will be online tests in each term from Year 10 onwards.
– There will be four testing periods and students can sit these twice a year
– Students will only need to sit the online tests for those skills which they did not pre-qualify. Therefore, if a student achieved a Band 8 result in Numeracy and Reading, they would only need to sit an online test in Writing.

Please explain this to your Year 9 child. NAPLAN may well be stressful enough for them without the unwarranted fear of missing out on an HSC if they feel they fall below a Band 8 at the age of 14 or 15.

Their futures should not and will not be determined by their Year 9 NAPLAN results.

From the Heads of Hunter House
Ms M Thomas and Miss C Byrnes

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This term it has been Hunter House’s privilege to begin the journey of exploring the School’s values of RESPECT, Integrity, Service and Excellence. As we all challenge ourselves to grow our heads and hearts and be the best we can be, we are in fact encouraging each other to RISE. This term Hunter House has presented our vision of RESPECT and a shared humanity. We have deeply considered what RESPECT looks like and feels like and why all our interactions must operate from a basis of mutual respect. In Hunter House we believe we build our humanity and demonstrate respect every time we make an authentic connection with another human being, share our strengths and allow ourselves to shine.

Thank you to all the NGS family for their generous support of Hunter Term. Last week at assembly donations, cards and expressions of gratitude were presented to all the wonderful parents, staff and students who helped to make it all possible. A special thank you to Mrs Maree Sheddon from Allambi Care who joined us at Assembly. In addition to supporting Allambi Care and The NGS Vietnam Project, Hunter House has also been assisting at the Community Lunches and have coordinated a “Share the Dignity” drive.

 Please click on the Schoolbox link and scroll down to the “THANK YOU – HUNTER TERM!” movie to see all the fun and festivities of Hunter Term. EVERY FACE MATTERS.

http://portal.ngs.nsw.edu.au/homepage/5017/

From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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AICES Swimming Championship Successes

Last Thursday, 30 March, NGS had 10 students represent NGS as members of the HRIS Swimming team which contested the 2017 AICES Championships at SOPAC, Homebush. Our swimmers performed extremely well on the day with most bettering or going close to their Personal Bests and a good number going on to be selected in the AICES Representative team to contest the NSWCIS Championships early next term.

Although the results of the NGS swimmers were the best overall results for a number of years, of particular note were:
– The NGS 6 x 50m All Age Freestyle Relay team which finished 1st overall. Considering AICES comprises 70 schools across 8 member associations, this was an outstanding achievement. The NGS All Age Relay swimmers were: Gabriel Jeffery (12 years), Scott Philpotts (13 years), Oscar Jeffery (14 years), Kyle Riley (15 years), Ryan Walker (16 years) and Nathaniel Dean (17+ years).
– Gabriel Jeffery finished in 1st place in the 12 years Age Championship

For a full set of results >Click here.

Following the AICES Championships, a DRAFT team has been selected to represent AICES at the NSWCIS Championships, early next term. >Click here for details.


Netball

A big thank you to all students and parents who made last Saturday, the first round of the season, so successful.

Our teams played extremely well, were resplendent in their NGS Netball dresses, were very well represented in the Newcastle Netball Association’s Official Ceremony for the Opening of the Season and Parade of Banners and were great representatives of NGS throughout the day.

Round 2 is this coming Saturday, which is the first day of the holidays.

Could I please ask all parents that, if your daughter is unable to make this game due to holiday plans, that you inform your coach as soon as possible.

Team Report – NGS 9-10 years Div. 3
Last Saturday, NGS 9 played their very first game of the season. The girls had an outstanding first game claiming the victory over Souths Mercury 20-6, beating their highest score of 14 goals from last year! Scarlett was the captain for the week who had a great game after playing her very first game of competition Netball. The defenders of the team gave a gutsy effort, getting numerous tips and intercepts allowing the team to convert them to goals by the amazing shooters who gave it their all, having to stick out a full game each. The mid-courts were unstoppable, executing the centre passes they learnt at training and making strong drives down the court. Well done girls! You should be very proud of yourselves. – Miss J Potts, Coach


HRIS/AICES/CIS and NSWAll Schools Representative Selection Trials

Upcoming
Trials for selection in various HRIS and AICES representative teams occur throughout the year; however, a number of those occur in the next couple of weeks:-

Netball
Trials to select an HRIS Open Netball team will be held on Tuesday, 2 May at National Park, Newcastle. The trials will begin at 4.00pm. The selected team will represent HRIS at the AICES Championships in Sydney in May.

Students wishing to nominate must see me to receive an information sheet and permission note as soon as possible. This permission note must be returned to me before the end of school on Friday, 7 April to enable your nomination to be processed.

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Rugby
Trials to select HRIS 16 years and under, and Open Rugby sides will be held in East Maitland on Tuesday, 2 May. 16 years trials will begin at 3.00pm. Open trials will begin at 4.00pm.

Students wishing to nominate must see me to receive an information sheet and permission note as soon as possible. This permission note must be returned to me by before the end of school on Friday, 7 April to enable your nomination to be processed.

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Rugby League
15 years – 
Trials to select a NSWCIS Rugby League 15 years and under side will be held on Wednesday, 17 May at Norford Park, Chester Hill in Sydney.     

Students wishing to nominate must see me to receive an information sheet and permission note as soon as possible. This permission note must be returned to me by before the end of school on Friday, 5 May to enable your nomination to be processed.

Open – Trials to select a NSWCIS Rugby League Open side will be held on Wednesday, 10 May at Norford Park, Chester Hill in Sydney.     

Students wishing to nominate should see me before the end of school on Friday, 28 April to enable your nomination to be processed.

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AFL (Girls)
Trials to select a NSWCIS 15 years and under AFL side will be held in Albury on Monday, 1 May.

Students wishing to nominate must see me to receive an information sheet and permission note as soon as possible. This permission note must be returned to me by before the end of school on Friday, 7 April to enable your nomination to be processed.

AFL (Boys)
Trials to select a NSWCIS 15 years and under AFL side will be held in Blacktown on Thursday, 4 May.

Students wishing to nominate must see me to receive an information sheet and permission note as soon as possible. This permission note must be returned to me by before the end of school on Friday, 26 April to enable your nomination to be processed.

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Sailing
The NSWCHS Sailing Championships will be held at the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club from 18-22 April. Students requiring information and/or entry forms should see me before Thursday, 6 April.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding upcoming trials, please see me as soon as possible. Mr Carroll (Leigh.Carroll@ngs.nsw.edu.au)

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Canteen Duties

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Hill Campus

Mon 24 April:
Student Free Day

Tue 25 April:
ANZAC Day

Wed 26 April:
Amanda Folpp

Thu 27 April:
Indra Deamer
HELP NEEDED

Fri 28 April:
Lesley Filby
Rachelle Krause

Uniform Shop
Hours

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.