From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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The Years 5-8 Athletics carnival on Monday was thankfully held in ideal weather conditions and I congratulate all of our Stewart students on their enthusiasm and participation at the Carnival. It was a chance for our athletes to show their skills and fitness. It also provided our Year 8 leaders a chance to foster House spirit and School connectedness. Congratulations to the following Age Champions:
10 Years: Cameron Carson & Josephine Armstrong
11 Years: Luke Siderovski, Niamh Harrigan & Isobel Harbury
12 Years: Ben Henderson & Molly Broad
13 Years: Jadon Routley & Madison Campbell
14 Years: Connor Henderson & Corbyn Holmberg

The overall point score was won by Hunter House and the House Cheers were won by Macquarie House. We are now looking forward to the senior, Years 9-12 Carnival next Monday, 4 May. >Click here  to see some photographs from the Carnival.

This week I had the opportunity to talk with Year 12 about ‘growth mindsets’ in regards to their recently completed half yearly examination. Over the next few weeks Year 12 students will be interviewed by a senior member of staff to help each individual reflect on the ways they can improve. Carol Dweck’s research from Stanford University remains a leading school of thought in motivating factors and growing our brain’s capacity to learn – a growth mindset. We hope Year 12 find these interviews worthwhile.

Thank you to members of the SATU and Prefects who participated in a range of ANZAC Day Services last Saturday including the Dawn Service, the Parade and a service at Civic Park. Beatrice Wardhaugh and Toby Noon gave an address at the Civic Park Service that you can >access here.

On Monday evening we held an Information Evening for Kindergarten 2016 and the Year 11 Parent Teacher Meetings on Tuesday. A Study Skills Session for Years 7, 8 and 9 students and their parents at 7.00pm on Thursday, 7 May is an opportunity for students of this age group to develop their skills in preparation for their half yearly examinations. Parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should have received a letter about NAPLAN that was emailed last week. It is very important that external appointments are not made on NAPLAN test days and that students are at School on time to complete these nation-wide tests. These tests take place in Week 4 of this term.

Congratulations to Mitchell Bisson who has been nominated for the NSW All Schools 16 Years and Under Boys’ Hockey Team.

Since the start of the year, we have been working to improve communication with parents. We would appreciate two minutes of your time to complete a quick survey to inform our future direction in this area. >Click here.

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From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Study Skills Presentation – Years 7, 8 and 9

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.

From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Our students returned to School last Thursday with stories of wind and rain, fallen trees, flooded streets and power shortages; the unexpected additional break from normal school routine; cold showers, candle-lit conversations and early bed-times; the unusual feeling of disconnection as their mobile phone batteries died; the support they gave to other families or received themselves… and then they settled back to the daily routine.

Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress or adversity – it doesn’t mean that you never experience negative emotions, just that you are able to navigate your way around a crisis and use effective coping mechanisms. One of the primary factors in building resilience is having positive relationships which foster mutual and reciprocal support and caring. This sense of community and belonging is one of the fundamentally important qualities underpinning all we do here at school – hopefully contributing to the ability of our students to ‘bounce back’.


A quick quiz

Think about each of the following  statements and decide how much each one represents you…

  • ​I have a hard time breaking bad habits
  • I am lazy
  • I say inappropriate things
  • I never let myself lose control
  • I do certain things that I know are bad for me, if they are fun
  • People can count on me to keep on schedule

These are some of the 36 question on the Tangney Self Control Scale, which assesses our ability to self-regulate.

Research indicates that the inability to self-regulate is central to nearly all the personal and social problems which plague citizens of the ‘modern’ or developed world (including crime and violence, drug and alcohol addiction, credit card abuse, mobile phone  addiction, gambling, underachievement at school and over-eating).

On the other hand, high self control is directly linked to academic and social success and less anxiety and depression for our children.

Helping our children to delay gratification, set goals and fulfil obligations is clearly a powerful addition to their social and emotional ‘toolkit’.

During the coming term, we will be celebrating the character strength of self-regulation – looking for it in others and developing it in ourselves.


Presentation Ball Rehearsals

4.15pm – 5.15pm each Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel last week’s rehearsal for the Presentation Ball as our dance instructor was unable to get through the flood waters.  ​So, we look forward to this Friday as we meet for the first time to twirl, quick-step and ‘grapevine’ our way around the Hall.

All RSVPs should be returned to Mrs Glenda Young by this Friday.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Communication is the key

Good communication between parents and teachers has many benefits. Research suggests that when parents and teachers share information, children learn more and parents and teachers feel more supported. Good communication can help create positive feelings between teachers and parents.

Schools and teachers know that good communication with parents is an important part of their job. Parents benefit because they learn more about what goes on in school and can encourage learning at home. Most importantly, children benefit by improved communication because contact between home and school helps children learn and succeed.

I encourage all of us to continue to strive to build relationships with one another. Our solid communication skills are essential for building student success.


Winter Uniform

Winter uniform will commence on Friday, 8 May for Park Campus due to School Photographs.

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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Cambridge Immerse – 9 to 22 August 2015

Registration closes on 30 June 2015. Cambridge Immerse is a two-week residential educational experience that allows participants to gain an unrivalled insight into a chosen discipline, ranging from the arts to the sciences. Subjects offered include Medicine, Law, Economics, History and Engineering and many more. Tutorials and seminars are taught by highly regarded tutors from Oxford and Cambridge University in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of activities.

Students reside in Queen’s College one of central Cambridge’s most beautiful university colleges. Within its historic walls, we pride ourselves on providing unique experiences of leadership and academic excellence through a programme for participants that instills the confidence and passion for learning that are essential to success in higher education.

To find out more & to apply

Enrolment in the programme is ongoing, and students aged 15 and above are welcome to apply at > A PDF version of our prospectus is also available to view at >

If you are interested in reserving your place, please apply online through their website, or alternatively, if you require further information please don’t hesitate to email >

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Last Friday, we held our ANZAC Services at both Hill and Park Campuses.  Our Hill Campus service was wonderfully supported by our Chamber Choir who performed a new song For the Fallen, composed for the ANZAC Centenary and In Flanders Fields. My thanks to Mr Clark on cello, Emily Spurway on flute and Miss Sweetman on piano for accompanying the choir so beautifully. Our two buglers, Rory Sloan and Julius Roberts did superb renditions of the Last Post and Reveille. Rory also supported the Park Campus service later in the day by presenting the bugle calls once again. Thanks so much to everyone involved.


Choral Workshops

This past Monday, our Tones from Park Campus and members of the Chamber Choir attending workshops conducted by Andrew Reid, Head of Church Music at the Royal School of Music in London.  During the course of each session, students learnt a great deal about phrasing, articulating and conveying the message through the way we present our music. His expertise was obvious and this was such a worthwhile activity to be involved in for us all. My thanks to Miss Parkes and Dr Waters for organizing the Tones from Park Campus and to Mr Guy, our Cathedral Director of Music for inviting us all to an amazing afternoon of learning.


Sydney Eisteddfod

The Chamber Choir will once again be participating in the Sydney Eisteddfod Open sections. These will be held on Saturday, 30 May at the Chatswood Performance Centre. We will need to leave NGS around 2.00pm on Saturday afternoon. Please check the Chamber Choir group on My Big Campus for your permission note.


 HICES Music Festival 2015

The 2015 HICES Music Festival Years 5-8 will be held from Sunday, 9 August to Wednesday, 12 August, 2015. The Festival will begin at 6.00pm on Sunday afternoon at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops. Students will work with conductors from HICES Schools at camp for three days. All camp participants will be transported to The Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, 12 August for the evening concert to be held at 7.00pm.

Ensembles for the 2015 HICES Music Festival Years 5-8 are as follows:

Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, String Orchestra, String Ensemble, Girls’ Choir and Boys’ Choir.

Please see Mr Young if you would like to apply to attend this year’s camp. Last opportunity as applications are now closing this Friday, 1 May.


From the Director of Music Performance

>Click here for an article in regards the importance of correct instrument sizing.


Term 2 Music Events

Monday, 27 April: Chamber Choir Workshop in CCC 3.30 pm till 5.30pm.
Friday, 1 May: Brass Ensemble at Lions Club Convention Opening Civic Theatre. 9.00am – 11.00am
Friday, 8 May: HSC Music Day Year 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


ANZAC Service in Christ Church Cathedral



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From the Director of Sports
Mr Leigh Carroll

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Berkeley Athletics Championships

The Hill Campus, Berkeley Athletics Carnivals will be held next Monday, 4 May.

Venue: Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale.

Permission Slips: Students must return permission slips by Friday lunchtime at the very latest as buses need to be confirmed and rolls collated.

Uniform: School PDHPE uniform is to be worn to and from the venue. This includes the House coloured polo shirt, NOT the sports polo. Students should come prepared for all types of weather. This includes hats, tracksuits and warm clothing as well as sunscreen.

Timings: Students must be at the venue by 8.45am.Students will be dismissed at 3.40pm.

Canteen: A canteen selling a wide range of food and drink will be in operation at the venue throughout the day.

Wet Weather: Only particularly inclement weather will force the postponement of the carnival. If this is the case a message alert will be sent to all families as soon as possible on the NGS App. Messages will also appear on Facebook and NGS website. If the carnival is postponed students will attend School for a ‘normal’ Monday Week A.

Attendance: Attendance at the carnival is, of course, compulsory. Students who, due to injury or illness, are unable to compete can certainly assist their House through support on the day.

Questions: To Mr Carroll –


HRIS Netball Open Selection Trials

Selection trials to select HRIS Open representative Netball sides will be held on Wednesday, 13 May at the Newcastle courts. Any girls interested in attending those trials should see me to obtain an information sheet. Nominations close on Thursday, 7 May.

Mr L Carroll – Director of Sport (


HRIS Primary Cross Country Cancelled

Due to damage cause to Avondale College in the recent storms the HRIS Cross Country has been cancelled, as a school based competition. In its place there will be a selection trial at Morisset Showground.

Five other venues have been researched without success. All are too wet and/or have potentially dangerous trees that have not yet been dealt with.

To enable High School students to qualify for AICES and Primary School students for CIS, the Selection trial will be held this Friday, 1 May 2015 – at Morisset Showground for likely qualifiers only.

For NGS Primary School competitors the first 2 place getters will now represent on the day.

We would like to emphasise that this is a selection trial only, there will be no school points and no HRIS trophy awarded, only the opportunity to be selected to represent HRIS at AICES on the 28 May (venue yet TBC as of Friday). Please only bring students wanting to progress to either AICES or CIS.

There is limited parking so please encourage parents to hop on the bus with you or warn them they may have to some walk distance after parking their car.

Convenors of the event pass on their sincere apologies, but with the weather event that has impacted us last week and the limited timeframe, we believe the Morisset Showground is the best option for this year.

Any questions or concerns please call Miss Byrnes or Mr Carroll in the PDHPE Department


Goodluck to Netball Representatives

Congratulations and goodluck to Isobel prince and Eliza Guest – Year 6 who will compete in the HRIS Primary Netball team at the NSWCIS primary netball Championship this Friday, 1 May.

We wish both girls all the best for a successful carnival.


Co-curricular tennis training will commence on Wednesday, 20 May (Week 5, Term 2). Students will catch a bus directly after School to District Park Tennis Courts at Broadmeadow. A return bus will leave the courts at 4.40pm 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:
12.00midday – 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.

Music Fundraiser

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Event Highlights

For the current event highlights please check the School website.

Event Highlights >

Presentation Ball
Mrs Glenda Young

Closing date for bookings Friday, 1 May – this week!

Any seating remaining after Friday, will be re-allocated to the waiting list.

The Blog
by the Head of School

School Photographs

School photos will be taking place on:
Friday, 8 May – Park Campus
Monday, 11 May – Hill Campus

Please ensure full correct winter uniform is worn (including blazer).

Hill Campus Music Group photos will also be taken on Monday, 11 May from 2.10pm.

For convenience, the cost of photo packs will be charged to your School account unless individual parents have advised the Head of Finance & Business Services’ office otherwise. The photo packs are expected to be delivered prior to the end of Term 2.

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 are as follows.

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

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Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 4 May:
Berkeley Athletics Carnival

Tue 5 May:
Oona Sullivan

Wed 6 May:
Elizabeth Sprott

Thu 7 May:
Lesley Filby
Monica Mamonto

Fri 8 May:
Emma Brown

Park Campus

Mon 4 May:

Tue 5 May:
Siobhan Marr

Wed 6 May:
Lesley Filby

Thu 7 May:

Fri 8 May:
Michelle Smith