From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Years 7 to 10 have been busy with their examinations this week and it has been pleasing to see how well the groups have settled into the examination routine. Learning to sit still, concentrate on an examination paper and the different question types throughout each paper, are skills that students need to learn. Older students and adults will know how learning to manage the demands of an examination period help students ultimately succeed when examinations are more complex.

Years 6 and 7 embark on camp next week – Year 6 is travelling to Canberra and Year 7 to the Southern Highlands. The Outdoor Education programme is an important part of the wellbeing programme at NGS. For a generation who have fewer opportunities to challenge themselves in different environments, outdoor education provides healthy risk taking in a safe environment. Students will get to challenge themselves in a range of activities and work with others to achieve goals. Have a great time!

Our primary students enjoyed the sound and rhythm of Japanese drumming with Taikoz last Friday and it is good to see the Life Education van at Park Campus bringing messages from Healthy Harold to our youngest students (

Our Department Heads joined in a workshop on Tuesday aimed to strengthen their skills in classroom observation and feedback to teachers in their faculties as part of the staff appraisal system. In addition, Mr Lee O’Brien our STEM Coordinator, presented our P-12 approach to STEM at a conference for senior leaders in Independent Schools on Sunday.

The Newcastle Grammar School’s AGM was held on Tuesday evening. Since the last AGM, Mr Bill Clifton and Dr John Miller have retired from the School Board after serving the school for many years. We welcomed Mr Todd Williams to the Board in February and Mrs Cathy Cole has taken on the role of Deputy Chair. The Board meet once per month under the leadership of Mr Keith Lynch (Chair) and continue to give their time and energy to assist the School grow and develop.

Congratulations to our Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon team. The team won the Creative Producers section of the State challenge out of 75 teams yesterday in Sydney. This is an outstanding achievement.

From the Deputy Head of School
Mr Alan Parsons

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Vietnam ‘Hands on Humanity’ Tour Information Evening

The 2017 ‘Hands on Humanity’ tour to Vietnam has been launched and we are now looking for interested students to join us.

The Tour provides many service and adventure opportunities for our students as we are immersed in this Vietnamese cultural experience.

As announced last week, the tour is open to all students in Years 9 to 11. We are very happy also to look at the opportunity for Year 12 students to join us, recognising that they will have graduated before the Tour commences. We are able to take a student contingent of 20 on tour this year with 3 staff.

We will hold an information evening for interested students and their parents next Tuesday, 30 May in the Horbury Hunt Hall commencing 6.30pm.

The Tour is an opportunity for our students and staff to live the School’s values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence and fits perfectly with our Positive Education theme, ‘Doing Good and Feeling Good’.

The full Itinerary, including costs, inclusions and exclusions, is available on Schoolbox and at this link. >Click Here.

I look forward to the prospect of traveling once again to Vung Tau, south of Ho Chi Minh City, where our team of 20 intrepid adventurers will have the opportunity to partner with the children at Trung Tam Bao Orphanage and the students at Long Hai School.

Tour dates:
Depart NGS 6.00am Thursday, 7 December
Return NGS 2.00pm Monday, 18 December

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From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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New Friends from Afar

Students in Year 3 have started the term by making new friends in Norway.  Year 4 at Birralee International School in Trondheim sent us an amazing presentation all about their school and town and we reciprocated last week with a PowerPoint all about us.  We were amazed to discover that their school was founded 44 years ago by an Australian lady and that Birralee is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘safe place for children’.  We also discovered they have their own rock wall in a school gym, they don’t wear uniforms and they are asleep the whole day we are at school.  They told us they were very interested in our school uniforms, that we have Chapel and Assembly regularly and that we have lunch time clubs.  We have a lot of similarities too.  They have the largest Norwegian cathedral nearby, they are on the coast and they have a river flowing through their town.  We can’t wait to learn more! – Ms Luxon, 3L

Kindergarten Met Healthy Harold

KB and KV were very excited to meet Healthy Harold, and KH are looking forward to their turn, as we all learn more about health and happiness.

We found out about making healthy food choices and the importance of exercise for a healthy body – we even did a happy, healthy dance to the music! We also found out how to be safe around roads and in the sun, and the adults that we can trust to help us stay safe.  It was fun learning more about our heart, lungs and brain, and seeing these important body parts light up on Tam when we matched them.

And… Harold made us all laugh. A lot!

You may also like to further discuss these important concepts for a happy, healthy lifestyle at home with your child.


On Friday, 19 May, Alexander Macdougall, Kalen Routley, Hayden Martinelli and Sebastian Spencer represented the School at Avondale College to compete in the Kings Division of the Sydney Academy of Chess Primary Schools Competition. This is the highest level of school chess that primary students can play. The boys played extremely well against some highly skilled and experienced players from five other schools. After five rounds, our Kings team is currently leading their division by 0.5 points. The final five rounds will be played at NGS in Term 3. We look forward to their continuing success.

The Knights and Rookies divisions will commence in June and will be hosted at NGS. There are five NGS teams entered across these two divisions, involving twenty students. Many students have been engaged in an intraschool competition at Hill Campus and are very competitive. We wish these players well as their competition nears.


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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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One of the values we try to instil in the children at pre-school is the importance of recycling and environmental sustainability. Each room has a paper recycling bin and a compost bin and most weeks there is some environmental issue which we discuss with the children – for example the low waste lunch week a couple of weeks ago.

Last week, one of the Shaker boys constructed a ‘paper recycling depot’ with duplo blocks. As well as the depot he had a truck which collected the paper to be taken to the depot. This construction initiated a conversation about paper and recycling and at the end of the week, Miss Amber had bought a blender, organised shredded paper, borrowed a strainer and googled ‘how to make paper’.

Friday was the big day and one by one the children made their own sheet of paper (until the blender broke!). The children were able to decide what colour paper they wanted (which involved a discussion about colours and mixing them to make other colours) and how they wanted to decorate their sheet using various sparkles, dots etc.

It was a really good activity which will continue over the next couple of weeks as each child learns about making paper and is reminded once again about the importance of recycling and looking after our planet.

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Chess at Hill Campus
Ms Sue Bright

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Congratulations to our Secondary School Team who recently defeated Lambton High School in Round 2 of the NSW Junior Chess League State Knockout Competition.  Our team is Harry Pratt (Year 12), Jett Robinson (Year 8), Tors Webster and Susanna Behne-Smith (Year 9).  We wish them well for their future matches.

Our School Chess Competition is up to the exciting playoffs stage.  From Week 6A – all matches will be played on Mondays at lunchtime in the Library.  It especially important that if students cannot play their scheduled match on their allocated day – they see Ms Bright beforehand so it does not count as a forfeit (loss) to that player.

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Secondary Athletics

The NGS Secondary Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday, 6 June at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale.

Information sheets will go out this week and permission notes will need to be returned by Wednesday of next week.

There will be a number of pre-carnival events this year and a schedule of those events will be published tomorrow. Year 7 and 8 have received an information sheet regarding their pre-carnival events which will be held this Thursday, 25 May at the Newcastle Athletics track during the school day.

Full details regarding the Secondary carnival will appear in next week’s newsletter.


Team Reports – Round 6 >Click here


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 timeslots: Mid-day 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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From the Head of School

Leave Requests

A number of families have requested leave for family holidays in the middle of this term. While some trips are unavoidable, parents are reminded that missing school is not in the interests of their son or daughter’s education. All leave requests over two days require additional documentation to be filled out and approved by either Mrs Dyer or Mrs Thomas. The School has obligations to encourage school attendance for all students, for all days during school terms.

Hosting for Chinese Visiting Students Wanted

In July and August, Newcastle Grammar School will have two teachers and eight students, from Year 8 to Year 10, visiting from A Rong Qi No. 1 Middle School, Inner Mongolia, China.

We are seeking families to assist with the accommodation of their visit.

For more information, or to express an interest in hosting, please >click here for an information letter.

Flexischools Canteen Service
Hill Campus Canteen

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From Monday, 8 May, Hill Campus Canteen will introduce a late cut off time for the Flexischools Canteen service to give you greater flexibility.

The first cut off will change to 8.30am, but at the same time there will be a ‘dressed down’ menu available till 11.00am, for the days that you run late with your ordering. After 11.00am students can still see Mrs McGowan for a survival lunch slip. This will be a set sandwich or roll, drink and fruit option only. Note: Survival lunches will be charged through to your School account.

Canteen Duties

Unfortunately, Kaylene will be away for a while having some medical work performed which means we require reliable volunteer support to assist the Hill Campus Canteen.

If you can help, please contact the School Reception on 49 29 5811.


Hill Campus

Mon 29 May:
Derani Clarke

Tue 30 May:
Jacqulene Doran

Wed 31 May:
Catherine Raftos
Amanda Folpp

Thu 1 June:
Marnie Coulton
Jo MacDougall

Fri 2 June:
Anne Oakley
Rachelle Krause

Park Campus

Mon 29 May:
Liz Wright

Tue 30 May:
Genevieve Ginns

Wed 31 May:
Lisa Griffiths

Thu 1 June:
Molly Tao

Fri 2 June:
Sharon Archer
Lesley Filby

Uniform Shop

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

Monday, 29 May (Week 6): All students must be in Winter uniform from this date.

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.