From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Book Week was enthusiastically celebrated by our K-6 students on Friday. Students dressed up for the day and were able to reflect on the stories, characters and ideas from favourite books. Book Week focuses us on the way reading enriches our learning and our lives. It is great to see our Year 5 and 6 students join in this type of activity at Park Campus and engage with K-4 in such a positive manner. >Click here to see some photos from the day

We entered nine Tournament of Minds teams for the regional competition on Sunday at NGS. Tournament of Minds ( a team based problem solving competition and appeals to a wide range of students. Well done to all involved and congratulations to our two primary teams who were awarded Tournament Honours. ‘The Findians’ who competed in the Social Science challenge consisted of Megan Galettis, Harriet Branscombe, Pierra Singh, Sebastian Spencer, Mitchell Franks and Madeline Nelson and in the Language/Literature section, ‘Team KATOGA’ – Thomas McGrath, Katherine Wang, Arthur Petrelis, Olivia Prickett, Grace Willis and Adesha Kendurkar. 

Year 11 students are currently completing their end of Preliminary course examinations. Year 12 are finishing HSC courses and completing practical examinations – HSC Drama performances were held at School on Monday. In 2018, we are introducing a second acceleration subject for students in Year 10. Students will be given the opportunity to complete the Preliminary Course in Year 10 and then sit for the HSC in Business Studies when they are in Year 11. Mathematics Acceleration is the other subject that students have access to from Year 9.  These opportunities fit into our strategic initiative of strengthening the academic programme and the options available to students. 

Good luck to the three NGS Netball teams from Year 4, 7 and 10 who compete this Saturday at National Park. Well done on making it to the Grand Final in your grade. 

From the Director of Studies
Mr Philip Fieldon

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The 2017 HSC has Started!

Now that we are in August, the HSC process has well and truly started. The English Extension 2 students have submitted their major works, which have now been uploaded to the NESA website for external marking. Students in Extension 2 have to create a “substantial composition” which, depending on the format they choose, could be up to 6,000 words of original writing. They also produce a Reflection Statement of up to 1,500 words on the process that they followed and what they have learned while doing it

Monday of Week 7 saw our Drama students perform their individual and group practical works to a panel of NESA markers in HS1. These have to be original works which are based on a theme or concept taken from a prescribed list. I am told that the performances went really well, which is a credit to the students and to their teacher, Ms Pleming.

This week the Design and Technology Projects and Folios were submitted. Students in this subject have to produce a Major Design Project which is an original piece of design and construction which “satisfies an identified need or opportunity”. The Folio can be up to 80 pages in length and in this students go into great detail about the conception, design and construction process which they followed.

Similarly, the Visual Arts bodies of work and Visual Arts Process Diaries (VAPD) were submitted this week. The Visual Arts students have to produce a single piece of work, or series of works, which represent “their understanding of artmaking as a practice and represents their ideas and interests…” Again, the VAPD shows the process that they followed in conceiving the idea and bringing it to fruition.

Next week sees the deadlines for all three HSC Music subjects. In these subjects, students can choose to present work either as original pieces of composition, analysis of musical scores, essays on musical themes or performances of different works.

Last but not least, the History Extension students wrote a project on a complex historical theme of their choice, which was submitted last term. This is assessed in two ways, both as a mark and as a source to which they can refer to in one question in their HSC examination paper

We congratulate all of our Year 12 students who have been working on these demanding practical works all year. To celebrate their achievements we will be holding an HSC Showcase evening very soon in which you can look at the works, see the Drama performances and hear from the musicians, English students and the Historians.

Please look out for details which will be posted online this week.

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From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Monday, 28 August, Year Two set off to Fighter World in Williamtown. Exploring all the aircraft and other equipment, we continued our investigation about forces and how they apply and are used in our environment. We had the pleasure of being escorted around the hanger museum by a real fighter pilot and Newcastle Grammar School dad, Wing Commander Nev O’Donnell who shared his wisdom about the history and working of the jets on display. He answered every one of the excited and curious student’s varying questions from “Do bullets being shot from a jet travel faster than bullets that are shot from a gun on land?” to “Do jets have steering wheels?”. The children and volunteer fathers were fascinated with the speed and level of noise of the jets taking off and landing. On returning to the classroom we discussed the highlights of the day which included climbing into cockpits, ballistic missiles, and the models. We also reflected on our new knowledge about ejector seats, the folding wings to increase speed, the many ways fuel is stored, and that it is possible for a jet to get hot enough to melt if flying too fast. They then posed ‘I wonder’ questions: ‘I wonder if it would be easy for me to fly a jet?’, ‘I wonder what all the switches are for?’. We had a whole lot of fun, and some really unique and engaging experiences.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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Last week, Pre-school photos took place and the individual shots were like something out of a Vogue shoot. We were outside in the elements – the wind providing the natural wind swept look, the rain drops the natural dewy look and the cloud cover creating the perfect lighting. After having their individual portraits taken, one of the Groovers returned to the room saying to Mr Jason “I nailed that photo!” Hilarious!

The group shot was a completely different story. Trying to get 40 pre-schoolers to look at the camera, not look cold, ignore the wind and the rain drops, keep still and smile – all together – was a challenge!  On the Friday we ended up taking the group shot indoors which created other challenges. But, the children did brilliantly with many of them ready to sign a Vogue contract on the spot!

Once again the words Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Star Wars worked well with the smile factor and we finally got a photo that the photographer was happy with. A huge shout out to Newcastle School Portraits for making it all run so smoothly, despite the elements.

You can still order photographs on-line by visiting and enter the code 27298.

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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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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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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.


Congratulations to all the NGS netball teams who played in the Preliminary Finals last Saturday.  Our NGS 9, NGS 5 and NGS 4 teams all played very well on the day, demonstrating grit, team work and wonderful spirit. While NGS 9 and NGS 5 came away with victories our NGS 4 team lost to Kotara in a very hard-fought game. Congratulations to Kim Williams and NGS 4 on a brilliant season in A grade. The growth this team has experienced has been outstanding! We are very excited to now announce that we have three NGS netball teams playing in the Newcastle Netball Association Grand Finals this coming Saturday, 2September. We wish the following teams all the best and we looking forward to cheering you on. Go NGS!

NGS 9 (10 years Grade 3) vs Kotara Canons, Court 8, 9.30 am
NGS 5 (13 years Grade 3) vs South Wallsend Legends, Court 5, 10.45am
NGS 3 (Cadet C) vs Cardiff Hepkatz, Court 5, 1.15pm

Surf Lifesaving

For students interested in lifesaving or for those who completed the Surf Survival Programme we are offering the Surf Bronze. 

Training / formal lessons will occur at Cooks Hill Surf Club on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm-8.00pm.

In addition, training will include a 2 hour weekly practical component on Saturday mornings.

This training will allow students to meet the outcomes of the competency based course. Once the course is completed, students will be assigned a time for patrol duty. Students can expect to participate in at least 10 patrols over the summer. As a full member of the club students are eligible to compete in inter-club competitions and have access to the club’s facilities.

Students will need to complete a 400m swim in under 9 minutes as a prerequisite.  The course includes the Senior First Aid Course. Training and materials costs $290, payable to the club.

Students are required to patrol for a second season to meet the requirements of this activity. In the second year, opportunities for further training in advanced resuscitation, IRB and other club awards are offered. 

Club membership fees for the second year are $100 for U18 and $120 for 18+.                                           

Age: This sport will be offered to students in Year 9 to Year 11. Students will need to be 15 years of age to meet assessment criteria for the Bronze. If a student is on the Rookie Patrol and is in Year 7-8, please contact me as they may be eligible to join our patrol for co-curricular.

Contact Person: If you require additional information or clarification, please speak with Mr Lumley.

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From the Head of School

Centenary Archive Display

In preparation to Newcastle Grammar Schools Centenary celebrations next year, NGS would like to ask the school community for any items that may be of interest to include in a display of old school memorabilia.

There are two ways to add to the display:

Donate Items- These items will be added to the NGS archives and be used in any future displays and therefore not be returned. Items can be dropped off at Hill Campus Reception, or alternatively, sent to Newcastle Grammar School, PO Box 680, Newcastle NSW 2300. Donations should be made prior to the end of the School Year (Wednesday, 6 December), so that we know what information we will have for the display. 

Copied Items – For items you don’t want to part with, but interesting enough to be included, we will hold collection days on Monday, 16 October & Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at Hill Campus, for you to bring in any articles, photographs or items so that we can copy them and return it to you the same day.

We are also happy to take any electronic versions of anything you may have that would be of interest. These can be emailed to

We thank you for your continued support of NGS and look forward to the celebrations next year.

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, Spinach and Ricotta Frittata with tossed salad and caramelised balsamic dressing. Due to popular demand this is available every Thursday.

Next week’s specials:
Tuesday: Chicken Tandoori Wrap w baby spinach and tzatziki OR Antipasto Toasted Wrap w roasted capsicum, grilled eggplant,  sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach leaves and feta (V)

Wednesday: Mexican rice bowl – brown rice, kidney beans, avocado, roasted capsicum and coriander drizzled with a lime mayo dressing – vegetarian

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 4 September:
Kathryn Ferencz

Tue 5 September:

Wed 6 September:
Lee Fry

Thu 7 September:
Julie Lange

Fri 8 September:
Beth Winzer

Park Campus

Mon 4 September:

Tue 5 September:

Wed 6 September:
Belinda Banister

Thu 7 September:
Molly Tao

Fri 8 September:
Allison Elvish
Ellen Shelley

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