From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Welcome to the start of Term 2. I particularly welcome new families to the School this term. Mrs Alicha Dyer joins the staff as Head of Park Campus and we are looking forward to her fresh perspectives and energy. The SATU Annual Camp at Singleton and the Duke of Edinburgh programme walk through parts of the Central Coast on the Great North Walk were highly successful events and presented challenges as well as fun for the students involved.

The weather conditions have posed challenges at the start of this term. Today we have begun the clean up and assessment of any damage and like many, we will work through any problems over the weeks ahead. We expect the School to be fully operational tomorrow, with both Park and Hill Campuses open. >Click here for a few images of the clean up.

Over the holidays, external painting work occurred at Park Campus and the reception area in the Berkeley Building on the Hill Campus was revitalised. You may also notice some changes on our website including contact details for key members of staff and the launch of an NGS app for smart phones and tablets. The app can be downloaded from the >Apple Store or >Google Play and allows you to read events in the calendar and the newsletter in a format that should prove convenient. We look forward to populating the app further over the course of the term. You will also notice a change to this newsletter – this is a response to feedback from parents who wanted an easier reading experience. I hope you find this development an improvement.

This week we celebrate ANZAC Day and mark the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing. Like many around Australia this year, our thinking will be focused on the sacrifice made by others and the freedom we enjoy as a result. In many views, Gallipoli marked the birth of our modern nation and bound the population for the first time in a strong belief in the independence of our country. Australia’s growth in the 100 years since is astounding. Parents are welcome to join us in the Cathedral for the Hill Campus ANZAC Service on Friday, 24 April at 10.40am. In its own right the Cathedral is remarkable in its keeping of military history and we look forward to sharing this historic moment together.

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From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Interim Reports

Interim Reports for student in Year 11 and students new to the Hill Campus in 2015 were emailed to parents at the end of Term 1. Please contact the School if you have not received your child’s Interim Report.


Year 11 Parent/Teacher Evening

The Year 11 Parent/Teacher Evening will be held on Tuesday, 28 April from 4.00pm. Bookings can be made on the School Interviews website: using the Event Code 6Y6MW. Students are expected to attend the interviews.


Parent/Student Study Skills Seminar

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are invited to attend a Parent/Student Study Skills Seminar with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Education Services on Thursday, 7 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Horbury Hunt Hall. This informative and interactive session will focus on time management, organisation and more effective study skills. Parents are encouraged to attend the evening. Please >click here for more information. Please bring along a pen and highlighter.


ICAS  English, Mathematics and Science Competitions

Students wishing to participate in the ICAS competitions for English, Mathematics and Science MUST return the application form to Mrs Gowdy by the 24 April.



Students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 will complete the 2015 NAPLAN tests during Week 4 of this term. NAPLAN results provide important information to parents and schools about the level of students’ basic skills, and are used to inform teaching and learning programmes. Further information regarding NAPLAN will be sent out this week.

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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Forgiveness and Mercy. Prudence. Self-Regulation. Humility.

These are the strengths of temperance, which usually don’t get as much attention as some of the more ‘muscular’ strengths such as courage, persistence and leadership.

For the Greeks, the qualities associated with temperance were linked to the concept of Sophrosyne, which was the single most important ideal in their culture. This ideal promoted a sense of wholeness and notion of harmonious balance which was at the very core of their two great sayings: “Nothing in excess” and “Know thyself”.

Of all the strengths, those associated with temperance may actually be the most important –  they are just too humble to say so!

We look forward to celebrating the power of humility and self-regulation during Term 2


Winter Uniform

The students on the Hill Campus will move into winter uniform at the beginning of Week 4 – Monday, 11 May.

As many of our students will have grown since last year, we ask that they try on their winter uniform from last year as soon as possible, to ensure that skirts are of the correct length and that winter shirts (long sleeved) still fit. During the winter terms, the School Blazer is to be worn to and from School.

New uniforms are available from the Uniform Shop.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Welcome to Term 2!  To our new families joining us at Park a very warm welcome and to our existing families, welcome back.  I trust you had a relaxing break without the routine of ‘school’ drop off, pick up and all the other added extras! It was lovely to see the eager faces return to class on Monday ready for a busy term of learning.

With Term 2 up and running you can be assured that your children will be encouraged to give their very best in all aspects of the curriculum. It is imperative that our students are engaged in best practice teaching so that they can continue to flourish. Through our newsletters this term we will continue to update you regarding the coming events as well as share the significant learning achievements which occur every day at Park Campus. Please join us for our ANZAC Day Chapel Service and Assembly on Friday, 24 April in the SWPC.

I would like to thank the entire School community for their warm welcome as I commence my role of Head of Park Campus. My family and I have very much appreciated your support and enthusiasm.

I am looking forward to being part of your child’s educational journey.

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Easter Eucharist

On the last day of Term 1 our Easter Eucharist was held in Christ Church Cathedral. This was a respectful and quite moving service. I would like to thank all who participated in the service and for making it a special one. My special thanks to the Chamber Choir and Miss Sweetman for their support in presenting appropriate and reflective music during the service and to Elizabeth Sebastian, Cassidy Lobb and Niamh Leonard England for their beautiful music during communion.


Brass RaZoo Workshop

At last Monday’s rehearsal, we had the privilege to work with Australian Jazz legends, John Morrison and Jacki Cooper. Mr Morrison has worked with Brass RaZoo in past years and it was great to have him come along and hear the band and to teach us some of the finer points of big band playing. Ms Cooper is one of our best known Jazz vocalists and spent time working with our vocalists, Chiara Franchesci-Ryan and Oscar Nicholson. Miss Cooper worked with these students both individually and from a band perspective. We were very fortunate to be able to spend some time with these experienced and delightful teachers.


Choral Workshops

Mr Peter Guy, the Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral has invited our choir members to participate in some workshops next Monday, 27 April.

This is a very special event, with Andrew Reid, UK Director of the Royal School of Church Music visiting Newcastle. Andrew is formerly an organist of Westminster Abbey and Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in the UK. He is making this trip to Newcastle as part of his world tour! This promises to be a great experience, and a very unique opportunity to work with someone of Andrew’s calibre. Parents are welcome to come and watch!

The Primary School Workshop will be held from 1.00pm to 2.30pm and the Chamber Choir will be attending the after school workshop commencing at 3.30pm. Chamber Choir members are all asked to attend please.


String Section Tutorials

This tutorial led by Mr Gavin Clark will continue to take place each Thursday and all students in the String Section of the orchestra from Years 7–10 are expected to attend. This will really assist your music reading, playing and ensemble skills. An improvement in the overall sound of the string section has already be noticed.


From the Director of Music Performance

>Click here for an article in regards to effective music practise.


Term 2 Music Events

Monday, 27 April: Chamber Choir Workshop in CCC 3.30pm till 5.30pm.
Friday, 1 May: Brass Ensemble at Lions Club Convention Opening Civic Theatre. 9.00am-11.00 am
Friday, 8 May: HSC Music Day Yr 12 Music Students Newcastle Conservatorium
Saturday, 30 May: Chamber Choir at Sydney Eisteddfod departing at 2.00pm.
Thursday, 4 June: Winter Concert 6.00pm SWPC
Saturday, 13 June: Brass RaZoo at the Presentation Ball

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Senior Cadet Under Officer Adam Krause

During the first week of the school holidays from Tuesday, 7 April until Sunday,  12 April, the Newcastle Grammar School Australian Army Cadet Unit undertook its Annual Field Exercise.

On Tuesday the advanced party consisting of the Pioneers and the leadership team deployed onto the Singleton Army Range in order to prepare the base camp.  Wednesday morning brought with it the main body and much calmer weather. The cadets immediately commenced field training in several key areas such as navigation, first aid and wilderness survival.  On Thursday under the leadership of the Year 12 cadets, the entire unit participated in the CPX (command post exercise). This is an all-day navigation exercise and summative assessment of cadet training. On Friday the cadets were transferred to the weapon training simulators and were delighted to have the Officer in Command of the Singleton Army Range instruct them in the principles of marksmanship. CPL Zac Perry took out the best shot on the day.  The cadets were then invited to take a tour of the Special Forces Training Centre. That afternoon there were initiative activities that tested each platoon’s teamwork and problem solving. On Saturday the unit visited the Singleton Infantry Museum and spent the remainder of the camp at the barracks focusing on drill for ANZAC day and relaxing at a pizza / trivia evening. On behalf of all cadets I would like to thank the staff who supervised the camp and assisted in ensuring that the camp was an exciting experience for us.

Senior Cadet Under Officer Adam Krause

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From the Director of Sports
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Stewart Athletics Carnival

The Stewart, House Athletics Championships will be held on Monday, 27 April at Hunter Sports Centre Glendale.

Timings/Transport:   Students may make their own way to and from the venue and this should be indicated on the permission note that is attached. This note will also be sent home when School resumes this week. Transport from Hill Campus will be available for those requiring it.

Transport details are as follows:

  • 8.35am – Buses depart Hill Campus, Church Street (once all service buses have arrived).
  • 8.45am – Students making their own way to Glendale, arrive. This will allow time to marshal the majority of students in preparation for a prompt start.
  • 8.00am – Pre events 1500m (nominated students only)
  • 9.15am – First events begin.
  • 3.25pm – Presentations.
  • 3.40pm – Students dismissed.
  • 3.45pm – Buses depart for NGS.
  • 4.15pm – Buses return to NGS.

Canteen: A comprehensive canteen will operate at the venue

Uniform:  Full NGS sports uniform with House polo.


NGS Primary Cross Country Team

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Newcastle Grammar School at the HRIS Primary Cross Country on Friday, 1 May 2015 at Avondale College, Cooranbong.

The Primary division commences at 12.45pm. All information sheets went home at the end of last Term with permission notes needed to be returned.

Primary NGS team:

7/8 years Girls: Ella Beattie , Eden Simpson, Zahli Ginns, Lucy Nightingale, Isabella Myers

7/8 years Boys: Luca Swancott, Andrew Carpenter, Jack Welsh, Brandon Muddle, Elliott Collins

9 years Girls: Alice Jeffery , Hunter Rowntree, Eliza Ginns, Alexandra Moss, Tatum Gilmour

9 years Boys: Kalen Routley, Thomas McGrath, Taj Curran, Ambrose Raftos, William Jeffery

10 years Girls: Hannah Choi, Ruby Robinson, Ayva Myers, Bronte Simpson, Lucia Clarke

10 years Boys: Cameron Carson, Alexander Macdougall , Lucas Bortolotto, Jackson Campbell , Jackson Broad

11 years Girls: Lily Webster, Niamh Harrigan, Alice Carraro, Millie Robbs,  Zahlee Owers

11 years Boys: Scott Philpotts, Marcus Ferch, Rhett Boden, Luke Siderovski, William Broadbent

12 years Girls: Olivia Byth, Skye Simpson, Lauren McLardy, Madison Montgomery, Eliza Guest

12 years Boys: Benjamin Henderson, Dominic Leishman, Jett Robinson, Nicholas Marlette, Egan Griffiths


HRIS Representative Football

Good luck to Ben Henderson and Nicholas Marlette who will be representing HRIS at the CIS Primary Football Gala on Friday, 24 April.


Park Campus Sport Term 2

Sport afternoons commence again for all Park campus students Years 2/3/4 students will have sport on Thursday afternoons K/1 students will have sport on Monday afternoons. All students are required to wear their navy Sports polo shirt, shorts and sports shoes.


Winter Co-curricular Senior Touch

Winter Co-curricular Touch for Senior students will commence in Term 2 with the first game commencing on Thursday, 7 May (Week 3).

The following students are part of this team. James Robinson, Lena Ingram, Freya Whitehead, Lexy Halpin, Sara Farragher-Hoey, Bethany lee, Bea Torpey, Patrick Nicolle, Michael Waring, Monique Aganovic and Joshua Franks, Asha Ryan, Eliza McGowan, Tara Valarie, Tristram Kaluski, Theo Sam, Sarah Melrose.

Training will commence on Wednesday, 6 May at National Park from 3.15pm – 4.45pm.

Players are asked to contact their team coach Ms Armstrong or Miss Byrnes if they have any questions or concerns or if they are unable to make training or games.

Miss C Byrnes – MIC Touch


HRIS Secondary Cross Country

The list NGS competitors to represent the School at the 2015 HRIS Cross Country Championships is posted on both the Merrick and Stewart Sport notice boards. Information sheets will be distributed this week.

Mr L Carroll – Director of Sport (



Many thanks to everyone for their efforts last Saturday in our first canteen duty of the season. It is always difficult organising such things during school holidays; however, all went well. Training for all teams continues this week.

Mr L Carroll – Director of Sport (

For Round 2 Team Reports >click here



Co-curricular tennis training will commence on Wednesday, 20 May (Week 5 of this term). Students will catch a bus directly after School to District Park Tennis Courts at Broadmeadow. A return bus will leave the courts at 4.40 pm to arrive back at NGS by 5.00pm.

If you wish to collect your child directly from the courts, a note will need to be given to Mrs Dart explaining who will collect your child. If parents aren’t at the courts by 4.40 pm, children must return to School with us.

Grading will take place at the Wednesday training sessions throughout Term 2, in consultation with our Head Coach, Mr Greg Billingham, and the competition coordinators, Topspin Tennis. More information will be given once training has commenced.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, 20 May – Training commences

Saturday, 18 July – First day of competition (end of Week 1, Term 3)

Saturday, 12 September – Last day of competition/finals (end of Week 9, Term 3)

All Saturday competition games will be held at District Park Tennis Courts. The two time slots are:

12.00noon – 2.00pm (lower grades)

2.00pm – 4.00pm (higher grades)

Players need to be at the courts at least 10 minutes before their game commences in order to have their names marked off and have a hit up. It’s great to see so many students choosing to compete this year. We look forward to a wonderful season.

Mrs V Dart – MIC Tennis


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Sophie Mill 2015 Art Exhibition ‘The Face’

Sophie Mill will be performing with

Comedy, Discussions and Art


The Reserve Wine Bar

Hunter Street Newcastle, NSW 2300

Thursday, 30 April 2015 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm – admittance will not be accepted without an RSVP booking.

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Jambo from Farkwa 2015

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Newcastle Grammar School has been associated with the Farkwa World Vision Project for 6 years. Over this time the money raised by a range of activities organized by the school community has been used to build two wells to provide fresh drinking water for students and hostel accommodation for girls which has been important in breaking the cycle of HIV Aids and sexual abuse. These contributions have made a significant difference to improving the quality of education students at Farkwa Secondary School have achieved and by so doing the future prospects of these students are more positive.

Nine students visited Farkwa secondary School in January 2015. This is one of their stories.

A great memory for me was the soccer game against the students of the Farkwa School. This was a fun and enjoyable experience for us as a group, and we even managed to win (with a little bit of help from the other team!). Everyone had so much fun in the game, and the competitiveness in some people was really evident. There were times where we showed our amazing talents, and others not so much. We recall Sara running towards the ball, competing with the boys for it and tripped. Later Sara said “I was thinking how funny it would be if I tripped, and then I did!”

From this game, we learned who actually knew how to play soccer, who didn’t know they knew, and who still don’t know how to play soccer. As Dom Murphy has a natural talent for any ball sports, we already knew she was capable. Libby surprised herself and us with her newly found ability to kick the ball in the correct direction the majority of the time. On the other hand there were people like myself who are still incapable of kicking the ball forward rather than backwards. After all this, the best memory would be a tossup between our cheer squad led by Mr Power with his camera or Mrs Chamberlain standing in the goals and successfully stopping them. Not only did she stop them but she also showed everyone this by picking the ball up and presenting it to the crowd as if it were a trophy she had won each time.

This game showed us all that on a sporting field we are all equal. It was a wonderful way to communicate by breaking down language barriers and sharing in the fun of the game.

Mackenzie Smith – Year 12 Student 2015

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Uniform Shop
Hours for 2015

Summer uniform is worn for the first 3 weeks of Term 2. The change to winter uniform will be at the start of Week 4. The Uniform shop hours will be as follows.

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

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 27 April:
Stewart Athletics Carnival

Tue 28 April:
Alette Schot
Fiona Merritt

Wed 29 April:
Maeve Brown
Kerrie Kerr

Thu 30 April:
Jennifer Hawcroft

Fri 1 May:
Carmen Cox

Park Campus

Mon 27 April:

Tue 28 April:

Wed 29 April:
Emily Macdonald

Thu 30 April:
Alette Schot

Fri 1 May:
Marie Williamson

NGS Chess Championships

Our School Chess Championships for Hill Campus students start next Monday, 27 April.  If students would like to enter, they must see Ms Bright in the Library by lunch time this Thursday, 23 April.

These matches will be played on Mondays at lunch time in Tyrrell (Hill Campus) Library. We will play in two divisions: Berkeley and Stewart.  Depending on entries, we may also have beginners and experienced divisions. The winners of each experienced division will then play off for the title of NGS School Chess Champion.

If students would like more information, they should see Ms Bright. Details of the competition are on the noticeboard outside the Library.
Ms S Bright
Chess Coordinator

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FUNdraiser Evening
Aerobics, Step and Hip Hop

Newcastle Grammar School Co-curricular Aerobics, Step and Hip Hop teams have put together a FUNdraising night at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club, please >click here to see advertisement for further details.

There are also only eight races available for sponsorship on the night, if you are interested in sponsoring a race please contact Corey Rowntree ( or Kym Carpenter  ( for a sponsorship proposal. As well as a great social night out there are many benefits to you and your business for sponsoring.

The Newcastle Paceway is an exciting and fun social night out, the spectacle of racing under lights is spectacular. Come along and join in with the knowledge that you will be assisting the teams in their fundraising efforts to provide better equipment and opportunities for their athletes.

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