From the Head of School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Year 12 HSC practical examinations for Music and Design and Technology have taken place this week. In addition, Year 12 students are in their last timetable cycle – this is time for revision with their teacher and finalising approaches to the HSC examinations. The students then have three weeks of study before the HSC begins. We mark the end of Year 12 with several formal events including a Graduation Dinner and Valedictory Eucharist. It is a busy and often anxious time for Year 12 as their known world comes to an end, the HSC looms closer and the future remains unknown. Applications for university in NSW and the ACT should be made through UAC by 29 September ( It is my hope that our Year 12 students leave us next week feeling confident about the road ahead, they carry with them a sense of achievement and they look forward to making decisions about their future.

In 2018, we have an opportunity to offer students in Year 7 who join our SATU programme in Year 8, a Certificate II in Leadership through Cadets. This provides students with a National training qualification with experiences in leadership that can be applied to a range of contexts both at school and in the future. Cadets will undertake the course from Year 8-10 and it will primarily be delivered through the SATU programme in school holidays. The SATU student recruitment evening is on Monday, 18 September from 3.15pm – 7.00pm. At 6.30pm on this evening, an Information Session will be held for parents, in the Horbury Hunt Hall. If you would like more information about this please contact Duncan McKensey This is an exciting development for future students in SATU.

Year 9 and Year 10 students who are travelling to Vietnam at the end of the year enjoyed the experience of fundraising for the Vietnam project with Park Campus students last week. Shortland Day on Hill Campus provided another opportunity for students to reflect on the School’s value of Service. Thank you to the Shortland House Coordinators and student leaders who led this Term’s House Day. >Click here to see some photos of the day.

Congratulations to:
Jadon Routley (Year 9) who competed in the Legacy Public Speaking Awards semi-finals last week. Jadon is waiting to hear whether he will progress to the National Final.

Good luck to Lorcan Redmond (Year 11) who is competing later this week at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam.

From the Head of Primary
Mrs Alicha Dyer

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Year 4 Glenrock Excursion

On Monday, 4 September, Year 4 stepped out of their classrooms to learn first hand about their local environment as part of their study on why we need National Parks.

Before boarding the bus, students reflected on what they were curious about their nearest Conservation area, Glenrock. They took time to record some of their wonderings.

– I wonder how big Glenrock is.
– I wonder what the difference is between a Conservation Area and a National Park.
– I wondered what flora and fauna we might see.
– I wonder if there are any endangered species in Glenrock.
– I wonder how old Glenrock is.
– I wonder what threats exist for Glenrock.

Students were lucky to have National Parks guides with great expertise and they discovered much about the flora, fauna, history and Indigenous perspectives of Glenrock Conservation Area. They enjoyed walking through the rainforest areas, looking at the strangler vines, spotting the ocean in the distance and then walking along the sands of the beach. Enjoy these pictures of Year 4. >Click here for a few photos of the day.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Ms Angela Tapp

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We have been very fortunate at Pre-school to have so much parental interest and participation. We have had parents coming in to do craft and read stories with the children as well as drop off boxes and other recycled products. On Friday, 8 September and Tuesday, 12 September Miss Julia and Miss Jamie from The National College Of Dance came to Pre-school to implement two fabulous dance activities developed specifically for four and five year olds. These two visits were organised by Brett and Vicki Morgan (parents from a previous year) from the College and we would like to give them both a huge thank you!

During the visits Miss Julia and Miss Jamie spent 45 minutes with the Shakers and Groovers teaching basic ballet steps, including first position and plie’ and took the children on an underwater dance adventure. The children crawled through a magical tunnel and explored the ocean floor. Miss Jamie and Miss Julia were so engaging that on both days the children (boys and girls alike) were enchanted and danced, moved and listened beautifully. It was also a nice surprise for some of our Groover and Shaker children who attend the Dance Academy to see Miss Jamie and Miss Julia at their Pre-school. They were quite proud – showing them around and introducing them to their friends. Miss Jamie and Miss Julia were presented with flowers from the children to say thank you.

In relation to the Early Years Learning Framework, Learning Outcomes 2.1 and 5.3 were met. (2.1: Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation; Activities promote a sense of community within the early childhood setting. 5.3: Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media; Children use the creative arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, dance, movement, music and storytelling to express ideas and make meaning).

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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


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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Interschools Snowsports Championships

Congratulations to Zahlee Owers who competed at the State and Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships over the past two weeks.

At the State Championships at Perisher Valley Zahlee achieved the following amazing results. She finished 10th in the boardercross against 35 competitors and 7th in the Giant Slalom against 35 competitors. She then went onto compete at Mt Buller at the Australian Championships last week where Zahlee competed in the Boardercross section against 46 competitors and came an amazing 18th overall. She then competed in the Giant Slalom against 46 competitors and came home in 20th place in this event. Zahlee is to be commended on her grit and determination at these events in trying weather conditions.

Congratulations Zahlee and we look forward to following your further success in 2018.

Surf Lifesaving

The Surf lifesaving co-curricular activity at Newcastle Grammar is about to commence with first aid staring this Wednesday. If you are still interested in participating and obtaining your Bronze Medallion please come and talk to Mr Lumley or Jade Williams who can answer any questions or provide further information regarding the co-curricular opportunities. We would like to encourage as many students as possible to give it ago as it is a great way to stay connected within the  community, learn  new skills and focus on one of the schools key values, Service, by serving others within the community. – Jade Williams (Captain of Surf Lifesaving)


Registration Notice

It’s not too late to register for rowing. Please go to Student Reception or SchoolBox to collect a registration form. 

A reminder to current rowers your registration forms are due by Monday, 25 September.

We look forward to a fantastic season.

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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:

Please check flexischools for our specials next week.

Canteen Duties

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


Hill Campus

Mon 18 September:

Tue 19 September:

Wed 20 September:
Amanda Folpp

Thu 21 September:

Fri 22 September:

Park Campus

Mon 18 September:

Tue 19 September:
Ellen Shelley

Wed 20 September:

Thu 21 September:
Lisa Griffiths

Fri 22 September:
Derani Clarke
Nerida Gray

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

New Slouch Hat for Pre-school – Year 6

A new wider brim hat is being introduced for Pre-school to Year 6. The new ‘slouch hat’ will replace the existing bucket hat.

A phasing in period will occur from Term 4,  2017 and Term 1, 2018. Throughout this period students may wear either the existing bucket hat or the new slouch hat.

From Term 2, 2018 the new slouch hat will totally replace the bucket hat.

The girl’s panama hat will remain unchanged.

New Sports Cap for Years 7-12

In the near future a new sports cap will be made available to students in Years 7-12.

This cap, along with the new slouch hat (as outlined above) will replace the existing bucket hat.

Upon arrival  of the new sports cap (date to be advised), a phasing in period will occur during Term 4, 2017 and Term 1, 2018. Throughout this period students may wear either the existing bucket hat, the new slouch hat or the new sports cap.

From Term 2, 2018 the new slouch hat and sports cap will totally replace the bucket hat.

The girl’s panama hat will remain unchanged.