From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Years 3 and 5 enjoyed Colonial Day on Monday. Thanks to Ms Luxon for her wonderful organisation of this event that included student role plays and drama opportunities throughout the day. The high level of engagement from the students and the professional way the story of colonial life unfolded, were features of the whole experience. Thanks to Iconic Productions who led the day. Years 8 and 9 are enjoying camp in two very different landscapes. >Click here to see some photos of these experiences.

Year 12 students begin receiving Trial Examination results today and over the next week will have opportunities to reflect on their performances and set improvement goals. Year 11 begin their Preliminary (Year 11) Examinations on Monday. This marks the end of their courses and they start the HSC year in Term 4.

We are progressing with the sale of the Cooks Hill Commercial Centre. Final round offers have been received and I look forward to being able to update the school community in the near future.

Recently Year 12 parents and students completed a survey giving feedback about their experience at NGS. In their last weeks of school this group are in a unique position to give us valuable data and I thank them for the time they spent completing the comprehensive survey. It covered all aspects of life at NGS. The academic performance and programme were areas of high satisfaction as was student well-being. Areas such as co-curricular and careers were areas for further review. The data collected is also benchmarked against other Independent schools and it was pleasing to see that we received on this benchmark a ‘very good’ overall health rating, with strong advocacy for the School.

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Colonial Show Day at Park Campus

Last Monday, Years 3 and 5 came together for an interactive experience of life during the Colonial times. A production company from Sydney provided us with authentic re-enactments with realistic costumes, props and sound effects. Many students were involved in role plays including life on convict ships, the choosing of a suitable wife, a Black Velvet Band girl tricking a tradesman into committing a crime and the trial of a convict. Students also witnessed a flogging, danced the Irish Hornpipe and sang ‘Bound for Botany Bay’.  It was wonderful to see students dress up, enthusiastically participate and gain a greater understanding of the hardships faced by many during early settlement. This experience will certainly contribute to Inquiry learning in Years 3 and 5.

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NIDA at Newcastle Grammar School
Mrs Tonia Martin

Some exciting news for Newcastle Grammar School students.

NIDA – National Institute of Dramatic Arts – through their National Shorts programme sees NIDA Open offer classes in regional centres and capital cities around the country. Newcastle has always expressed a high interest for NIDA Open courses and NIDA Higher Education applications. Because of this, NIDA is offering the opportunity to local Newcastle residents to participate in their upcoming Spring School Holiday Courses.

The current programming for the Spring School Holiday period is:

NIDA Drama School, Grades 3-6: Tue, 3 October 9.00am to Fri, 6 October 4.00pm – $500.00 ($450 early bird)

NIDA Drama School, Grades 7-10: Tue, 3 October 9.00am to Fri, 6 October 4.00pm – $500.00 ($450 early bird)

NIDA Acting 101, Grades 11-12: Tue, 3 October 9.00am to Fri, 6 October 4.00pm – $500.00 ($450 early bird)

Screen Acting Techniques, 18+: Tue, 3 October 9.00am to Fri, 6 October 4.00pm – $500.00 ($450 early bird)

Acting Boot Camp, Grades 3-6: Sat, 7 October 9.00am and Sun, 8 October 4.00pm – $325.00 ($292.49 early bird)

Acting Boot Camp, Grades 7-10: Sat, 7 October 9.00am and Sun, 8 October 4.00pm – $325.00 ($292.49 early bird)

Auditions Masterclass, Grades 11-12: Sat, 7 October 9.00am and Sun, 8 October 4.00pm – $325.00 ($292.49 early bird)

NIDA Audition Preparation, 18+: Sat, 7 October 9.00am and Sun, 8 October 4.00pm – $325.00 ($292.49 early bird)

NIDA will be holding these courses at Newcastle Grammar School Hill Campus. For bookings >click here

Complimentary Places

NGS is able to offer four complimentary places across the programme to students in Years 8-11.

We are therefore seeking Expressions of Interest from students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 who would like to audition for this opportunity.

This is open to all students in the above Year groups – you do not need to be currently studying Drama at School. We are hoping to be able to award these places to students who are passionate, focused and motivated and who would be most suited to participate in such an event.

Please complete the proforma >located here and submit it to Mrs Martin in the Visual Arts staffroom or you may submit it via email to:

Expressions of Interest are to be received by 5.00pm Friday, 1 September.

Auditions will be held between Monday, 4 September and Friday, 15 September. Applicants will need to prepare a 3 minute monologue of their choosing and also complete an Improvisation performance at the time of audition.

Successful applicants will be contacted commencing Monday, 18 September.

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Chess News

The other day down at the hobby store the chap asked me how I was going to pay for my new chess set.  I said, “Cheque, mate”.

A few weeks ago our High School Team played Merewether High School in the Regional Semi-final of the NSW Junior Chess League State Knockout Competition.  All matches were extremely close, but Merewether High were eventual winners of the match.  Our team for this match was: myself (Harry Pratt, Year 12), Jett Robinson (Year 8), Tors Webster and Max Galettis (Year 9).

Although this wasn’t the result we were after, valuable lessons were learnt justifying the old chess saying: “Sometimes you win, Sometimes you learn.”

This result put our team into the “second place draw”, where we played Wingham High School in Round 5.  Even though this match was our official home match, the match was played halfway between the two schools at Bulahdelah Central School.  All matches were again extremely close.  Wingham High were eventual winners by a score of 2.5 to 1.5.  Our players for that match were: Jett Robinson, Tors Webster, Max Galettis and Gabriel Jeffery.  I didn’t play in this match, as I had made the decision to step aside to ensure the younger players gain valuable match experience to prepare for next year.

With these results, our High School Team in the Knockout Competition has ended up in third place in the Hunter Region.  This is a significant accomplishment in what was a rebuilding and development year for chess here. Chess is in good hands in the immediate and foreseeable future with all members of our School team, apart from myself, being in Years 9 or below. If you are looking to challenge yourself – chess is a great avenue for this, and as always, I am happy to talk to anyone interested in Chess.

Congratulations to all our players on their commitment, sportsmanship and very high standard of play over this year.

Who’s there?
Chess game.
Chess game who?
Chess game to say goodbye.

Thank you Newcastle Grammar School for what has been an amazing year.

Harry Pratt (Year 12)
NGS Chess Captain, 2017

Chess Team that played Wingham High School in Round 5

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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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AICES Athletics Championships

The following students have been selected in the 2017 HRIS team to compete at the AICES Championships, to be held on Wednesday, 30 August at Homebush:
Cameron Carson: 12 Years 400m, 12 Years 800m, 12 Years 1500m
Jacqueline Melvelle: 15 Years Javelin
Dane Brouwer: 16 Years Javelin
Connor Henderson: 16 Years 400m, 16 Years 800m, 16 Years 1500m
Corbyn Holmberg: 16 Years 1500m, 15-16 Years 3000m
Sabrina Kliousis: 17 Years Javelin, 17 Years 100m, 17 Years Discus
James Myles: 17 Years 1500m
Caitlin Spencer: 17 Years 400m, 17 years 800m, 17 Years 1500m
Bridie Bland: 18 Years Discus, 18 Years Javelin
Seraina Danuser: 18 Years 800m, 18 Years 1500m
Marshall Unie: 18 Years Shot Put

Information sheets will be distributed shortly and transport will be organised for team members.


The 2017/2018 Rowing Information Evening will be held in the Horbury Hunt Hall, Hill Campus on Thursday, 7 September from 6.00pm. Students and their parents should attend. We look forward to seeing you there.


Last Saturday saw a very successful day for NGS Netball with three sides now through to the Preliminary Finals and one through to the Grand Final.

– Congratulations to our NGS 3, Cadet C team, and their coach, Miss Angela Williams, who had a very convincing win in their Major Semi-Final and are now through to their second Grand Final in as many years. Premiers in 2016 and now in the Grand Final again… an excellent effort over two seasons!

– Our 14/1 side, and their coach, Miss Kim Williams, had a very high standard game to win their do-or-die Minor Semi-Final and move through to the Preliminary Final, to be played this Saturday, 26 August.

– Our 13/3 team, and coach, Miss Hannah Stephenson, had a tough Major Semi-Final against a very skilled opposition; however, they get a second chance to show their skills in the Preliminary Final, also on this Saturday.

– With our 10/3 side, coached by Miss Jessica Potts, also in the Preliminary Final on Saturday, it will be a very exciting day for NGS Netball.

– That leaves four of the nine NGS competition teams, through to the last fortnight of the 2017 season and we wish them every success in their upcoming games.

NGS standings at this stage of the season are:

NGS 1: Under 21/2 Finished regular season in 3rd place. Defeated by Souths Walnut 45-32 in the Minor Semi-Final. Finished season in 4th position.
NGS 2: Cadet C Season completed. Finished season in 5th position.
NGS 3: Cadet C Finished regular season in 2nd place. Defeated Cardiff Hepkatz 43-17 in the Major Semi-Final. Play the GRAND FINAL on 2 September v winner of the Preliminary Final, to be played on 26 August, at 1.15pm on court 5.
NGS 4: 14/1 Finished regular season in 3rd place. Defeated Souths Citrine 34-28 in the Minor Semi-Final. Play in the PRELIMINARY FINAL on 26 August v Kotara Gypsies at 12.00noon on court 7.
NGS 5: 13/3 Finished regular season in 2nd place. Defeated by South Wallsend Legends 12-38 in the Major Semi-Final. Play in the PRELIMINARY FINAL on 26 August v Souths Titanium at 10.45am on court 5.
NGS 6: 12/2 Season completed. Finished season in 7th position.
NGS 7: 12/3 Season completed. Finished season in 6th position (on goal difference!).
NGS 8: 11/4 Season completed. Finished season in 5th position.
NGS 9: 10/3 Finished regular season in 3rd place. Defeated Nova Fireflies 26-25 in the Minor Semi-Final. Play in the PRELIMINARY FINAL v BTAC 6 on 26 August at 9.30am on Court 8.
NGS 10: 8/Brown Season completed. Non point-scored ‘competition’. Finished the season undefeated.
NGS 11:7/Brown Season completed. Non point-scored ‘competition’.


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Centenary Celebrations - Collective Memoir
Contributions required prior to Monday, 16 October 2017

In 2018, Newcastle Grammar School is excited to be marking its Centenary. This will be an important time for the School and the wider community to reflect on the rich history of the past 100 years and to celebrate the School now and into the future.

One of the many exciting projects that are underway is the creation of a special publication. We would like this publication to act as a collective memoir of NGS’s past and present and we encourage contributions from the School community.

We are now reaching out to you all and asking for contributions of written work in the form of anecdotes, memories, letters, musings, poems, reflections, stories or any other form in which you feel compelled to express yourself.

We welcome parents, teachers, and students, past students, staff, and community members to contribute. This is a unique opportunity to express what the School has meant to you and your lives, record memories or moments you hold dear.

This could be a beautiful thing for our community to pull together and create so please take a few minutes to reflect and contribute and encourage others to do the same.

We have compiled a variety of examples to inspire you, your children and your friends. These can be viewed >here and contributions can be made by emailing prior to Monday, 16 October 2017.

Thank you for your continued support in working with us to make this School, the vibrant and dynamic place it is.

Hill Campus Canteen Specials

Exciting news from the canteen. We have some house-made specials in the canteen this Term.

This Thursday, we have sweet potato and roasted capsicum frittata with tossed salad and balsamic glaze

Next week’s specials:
Tuesday: Chicken tandoori wrap w baby spinach and tzatziki or antipasto toasted wrap with roasted capsicum, grilled eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach and feta

Wednesday: Red lentil dahl with baby spinach and peas

Thursday – Spinach and ricotta frittata with tossed salad and caramelised balsamic dressing

Friday – Jacket potato stuffed with sweet corn, bacon and cheese

Soup of the week – see flexischools for our soup of the day

Canteen Duties

If you can help, please contact the School Reception on 4929 5811.


Hill Campus

Mon 28 August:

Tue 29 August:

Wed 30 August:
Aznive Beesley

Thu 31 August:
Monica Momanto

Fri 1 September:
Alison Elvish

Park Campus

Mon 28 August:

Tue 29 August:
Jacqui Mejia

Wed 30 August:

Thu 31 August:

Fri 1 September:
Emily Macdonald
Lesley Filby

Uniform Shop

Summer Uniform Changeover Date

The wearing of Summer Uniform will commence Day 1, Term 4: Monday, 9 October. All students are required to wear full Summer Uniform from this date onwards.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday:  8.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday:  10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

If you would like to place an order via phone or email, please phone Kerrie at the uniform shop on 4908 4035 or