From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Newcastle Grammar debaters from Years 5-12 visited the Central Coast on Tuesday and debated topics such as ‘We are too quick to label events as acts of terrorism’ and ‘Plastic bags should be banned completely’. Congratulations to the Seniors 1 team of Stephen Kerras, Manasa Swaminathan, Stephanie Illiadis and Michael Rewitt who secured a win in this round. Well done also to our Chess team, Elizabeth Behne-Smith (Year 11), Steven Swan (Year 12), Thomas Carraro (Year 11) and Tors Webster (Year 7) who defeated Hunter Valley Grammar School last week.

As many students approach their mid-year examinations they are encouraged to develop patterns of study that help them to develop their understanding of each subject. A quiet space without distractions is essential. Examinations are all part of the learning process and I encourage each student to do their best.

Congratulations to the following students on their recent achievements:

Tom Stivano in Year 10 has gained selection into the Yachting NSW Youth Team. We wish him well as he begins his elite training program.

Cassidy Lobb in Year 11 placed 1st in 6 categories in the Cowra Eisteddfod 16 years and under division and was also awarded the Joan Ford Vocal Cup for the most promising vocal performer 17 years to 20 years, even though she is only 16.

At our recent Parent Committee meeting, parents divided into working party groups to discuss issues relevant to the current parent community and the School as it moves forward. I thank all the parents involved for their time.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Half-Yearly Examinations and Assessment Week

Students in Years 5-10 will complete Assessments and Half-Yearly Examinations in Week 6. All students should now have received Study Guides for each subject. I encourage all students to apply themselves to an effective home study programme to assist them to achieve their best.

Students in Years 7 & 8 who weren’t able to attend the Study Skills Presentation earlier in the term are reminded that the handouts are available on MBC.

>Click here for the Examination Timetable.


Year 12 Interviews

This week members of the Executive are meeting with our Year 12 students to reflect on their performance in the Half-Yearly Examinations, discussing their goals for the future and assisting them to identify strategies to help them achieve their goals.


ICAS Science Competition

Students who entered the ICAS Science Competition are reminded that this will take place after school on Wednesday, 3 June (Week 7). The tests will commence at 3.30pm in HS1.

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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Year 10 Wellbeing Session Week 6

Being mindfully grateful is to spend as many moments as possible noticing what’s good about our days, our surroundings, our lives, our families and ourselves.  If we also take a moment to be thankful for these things and savour them, then we significantly increase our wellbeing and happiness. Why? Because, the longer that something is held in our awareness and the more emotionally stimulating it is, the more that the neurons in our brains fire and wire together, and thus the stronger this memory becomes. Really, all we have to do is be aware (or mindful) of the good things as they occur and then pause for long enough to allow them to really soak into us. Our Year 10 students will be working with their House Coordinators on Friday, 29 May, to  focus on the benefits of a grateful mindset and to try to use this to enhance their own wellbeing.


Year 9 yLead  Week 6

On Friday,  29 May, our Year 9 students will experience a fun, interactive, stimulating and relevant session with the presenters from yLead.  The students will focus on working with one another to strengthen relationships and consider how they can contribute to their community and to learn that ‘leadership is any action that makes the world around them a better place.’


Year 7 Wellbeing Session Week 6

Sometimes we think that more choice allows us to get exactly what we want, making us happier. On Friday, 29 May, our Year 7 students will have the opportunity to work with the other members of their House group and their House Coordinators to explore this idea and learn about the ‘Tyranny of Choice’.


Tyrrell Term – Celebrating Self-Discipline

It could been said that self-discipline is a form of freedom.

Freedom from laziness and lethargy; freedom from gluttony and excess;  and freedom from the difficulties that plague us all as a result of these behaviours. Self-discipline allows us to be ‘masters’ of, rather than slaves to, our thoughts and emotions.

We encourage all of our students, especially those who are preparing for their upcoming examinations, to celebrate and use the power of self-discipline so that they may benefit from all the rewards this will bring.


Interfaith Dialogue

On Tuesday, 2 June 2015, Bishop Greg Thompson (Anglican), Bishop Bill Wright (Catholic), Sheikh Mohammed Khamis (Imam Newcastle Mosque) and Farooq Ahmed (Newcastle Muslim Association) will form a panel to explore the Common Good that each of these religions share. This will be hosted by the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Council.

All members of the community are invited. To make a reservation please contact Brooke Robinson at the Cathoic Diocesan Chancery Offices on 4979 1111 or email

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Community service provides a critical missing link for many students. It is an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs and to make the knowledge gained usable in one’s thinking beyond the situation in which learning occurred.’ (Hedin 1989)

I highlight this because participating in community service, reaching out to others in need and giving one’s time generously, improves character and values. Character building experiences and the opportunity to develop a strong sense of self often present themselves to students. I have been impressed recently with the number of students who have approached me with their ideas of how they can make a difference to people who have been affected by the disaster in Nepal.

In the coming weeks students will present their ideas to Park Campus and I encourage all of us to become involved. The act of giving, responding to those in need and raising awareness for those less fortunate than ourselves, are actions that are often associated with an increased sense of pride and personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. This is very important in the development of our students. Becoming global citizens of strong character is what we want all NGS students to aspire to.


PE and Sport Uniform – new arrangement for Year 1 and Year 2

Please be aware that students in Year 1 and 2 will come to School in their PE and Sport uniforms and will no longer need to change at School. This arrangement will commence in Week 6.

Year 2  – Wetlands Excursion Tuesday, 26 May

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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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New Sport on the horizon-  Sailing

We are commencing a great new sport starting Term 3 this year on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.00pm – 5.00pm at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht club. This opportunity is open to all students in Year 5 to Year 8 who would like to try something new or who are keen to get in some more sailing time and teach their friends a great team sport. For further information please come and see Mrs Rowntree for the paperwork.

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Learning Centre Tutorials

With the examinations coming up for Years 5-10, students and parents are reminded of the wonderful opportunity our students have at Newcastle Grammar School to benefit from extra assistance with their study.

These Learning Centre tutorials run on a Monday for Mathematics and Science. The Tutorials are staffed by Dr Diskin on Tuesday afternoons, along with Mr Parr for English and Humanities, and Thursday afternoons with Mrs Jordan for Mathematics and Mrs Wood for English and Humanities.

These sessions run from 3.00pm-5.00pm in the Margaret Mitchell room in the Library for all students Years 5-12.

Students come for the length of time they wish – they do not need to stay for the whole time and they may come after other activities are completed. On average there are 8-12 students attending for various reasons.

On each day students are welcome to come along for any help with school work, revision, assistance with starting assignment research, organisation and weekly study timetable help.

These sessions run all year round so please take the opportunity when needed to ask for assistance in any area of study.



>Click here to find further information on the variety of events coming up that you may be interested in attending:

– Course & Institution Information Sessions for Students & Parents

– Courses & Workshops for Students

– Open Days

– Expos & Forums

– Scholarships

– Jobs & Career Opportunities for Students

– Resources for Students

– Summer Courses

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Rehearsals During Examinations

Next week will be the Half Yearly examinations for students in Years 7 – 10. Please note that normal co-curricular rehearsals are on and students are expected to attend. All ensembles are preparing for the Winter Concert on 4 June. The Music Staff wish all students well for their Half Yearly examinations.


Music Faculty Winter Concert

This annual Music Faculty showcase event will be held on 4 June at SWPC commencing at 6.00pm. Entry is $5 and payable at the door. The evening will be an entertaining one with something for everyone’s musical tastes. Please come along and support this wonderful event. All of our ensembles have been working hard to ensure a polished and thoroughly enjoyable concert experience.


Co-Curricular Rehearsal on 4 June

Students in the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra will travel to the SWPC to set up and rehearse on 4 June. There will be a bus which will take students to SWPC and it will depart Hill Campus from Church St at 3.20pm. Students will finish rehearsing by 4.30pm. There will be supervision at the venue for students who wish to stay after the rehearsal. It is recommended you bring along something to eat and drink. Dress is full winter uniform with blazers.


Extended Orchestra Rehearsal

On Thursday, 11 June, Symphony Orchestra rehearsal will be extended to 6.00pm. Mr George Ellis, a familiar face to most of us, will be here to lead us in the rehearsal. All orchestra members are asked to organize themselves to stay the extra hour.


HRIS Cultural Festival 2015

Notes are now due for this annual event to be held on 29 July at Hunter Valley Grammar School. Students can nominate their preferred ensemble on the nomination form which is available from your ensemble director. Students have a wide range of activities they can support including, string orchestra, concert band, wind orchestra, choirs and dance groups. Buses will transport NGS students to HVGS and there is a concert at 6.00pm on the same evening which parents and friends are invited to attend. Parents will be responsible for their children/s transport home.


Brass RaZoo at the Presentation Ball

Brass RaZoo are rehearsing to support this year’s Presentation Ball. This event will take place on Saturday, 13 June. Times are to be advised but you will need to wear your formal gear. More details next week.


From the Director of Music Performance

As students in Years 7 – 10 are preparing for their Half Yearly Performance exams. >Click here for some tips on preparing for your performance.


Term 2 Music Events

Friday, 22 May: Music Fundraiser at Longworth House 6.30pm

Saturday, 30 May: Chamber Choir at Sydney Eisteddfod departing at 2.00pm.

Thursday, 4 June: Winter Concert 6.00pm SWPC

Thursday, 1 June: Extended Orchestra Rehearsal with Mr George Ellis

Saturday, 13 June: Brass RaZoo at the Presentation Ball


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From the Director of Sports
Mr Leigh Carroll

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CIS Football – Knockout Championships

Round 3 – Match Report
Seven hours on a bus, 2 x goals scored, 5 x goals conceded, 1x lost coaches voice and a number of kicked shins.

They are simply the facts, but doesn’t tell the real story, the real story is of 13 young men laying their body, hearts and souls on the line.

The real story is of courage and resilience, a ‘fight against the odds’ battle.

The real story goes beyond the matters on the pitch, but, includes a tale of young men ‘bonding’ through a common thread.

A thread that only the sport of Football can weave.

It’s to these young men I say thank you, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey as a team.

Mr P Juchniewicz – Coach


NGS Members of the HRIS Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Team

Following the atrocious conditions in which the HRIS Cross Country was held and the fact that there were no age group teams able to be selected, AICES has allowed HRIS to send 15 competitors to AICES. In the past all regional teams have had many more in their teams due to the age-group conditions which have been in place. This means that there have been 14 NGS students selected in the HRIS team to travel to the AICES Championships.

Please note the changes to both the venue and date of the AICES Cross Country. These changes have been made due to the unavailability of Easten Creek after the recent weather issues.

AICES Date: Thursday, 4 June.

AICES Venue: Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Saxony Road, Horsley Park.

NGS members of the 2015 HRIS Cross Country team (secondary) are:
Nicholas White – 12 years
Molly Broad – 12 years
Connor Henderson – 14 years
Madison Campbell – 13 years
James Myles – 15 years
Kate Hackett – 15 years
Lachlan Rae – 16 years
Karma Randall – 15 years
Caleb Agostino-Morrow – 16 years
Phoebe O’Keeffe – 16 years
Jackson Gosling – 17 years
Seraina Danuser – 16 years
Laura Flack – 17 years
Sophia Laurence – 18 years

An information sheet containing all travel and other arrangements will be issued directly. A bus will be provided to transport students to and from AICES.

Mr L Carroll


NGS Co-Curricular Touch 2015

Berkeley students – NGS Quads Mixed Division
A great start to the season last week with a narrow defeat 8-6. The team played outstanding Touch with some impressive tries to Theo Sam, Patrick Nicolle, Eliza McGowan and Sarah Farragher-Hoey.

Game Two: Thursday, 21 May 6.30pm
Games: Thursday nights – NEWCASTLE CITY TOUCH FIELDS, Harness Racing Club, behind Knights Stadium (first games played at 6.30pm, last games 8.10pm)
Uniform: you are supplied a shirt Newcastle City Touch and to wear school sports shorts.
Training: Wednesday afternoons at National Park, Smith Street from 3.30pm – 4.45pm. A bus will run from school to National Park and back for any player requiring transport.

Ms C Byrnes – MIC Touch


Park Campus Athletics Carnival

Park Campus will be running their 2015 Athletics Carnival at the Newcastle Athletics track on Thursday, 21 May.

Students from Years 2/3/4 will walk to the track for commencement of the carnival at 9.00am and K/1students will arrive after recess.

We ask any parents who are willing to assist on the day to please leave their name at the front office of Park Campus or email Miss Byrnes on

If students are ordering their lunch on the day a revised canteen list was sent home with the information sheet and we ask that items be selected from this list. A coffee van will operate at the carnival from 11.00am for all hot drinks.

There will be no Co-curricular training for Park Campus teams on this afternoon due to the Carnival.

Miss C Byrnes – Park Campus Sports Coordinator


New Sport on the Horizon –  Sailing!

We are commencing this great new sport, starting Term 3 this Year on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.00pm – 5.00pm, at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht club.

This opportunity is open to all students in Years 5 to Year 8 who would like to try something new or who are keen to get in some more sailing time and teach their friends a great team sport. For further information please see Mrs Rowntree for the paperwork.




Co-curricular tennis training commenced this week.

Just a reminder that 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, students must return to School with us.

Grading will take place at the Wednesday training sessions throughout this term 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
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) and 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 is 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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Mock Trial - Round 2

On Friday, 1 May, our team, comprising eight Year 10 students and Mr Boyd, left Newcastle Grammar School to represent the school at the state wide Mock Trial competition. With the success of the first round, we left feeling nervous but confident. For this round, we were appearing in court on behalf of the Plaintiff, Quentin Blake, who had been suing his local council for damages that he sustained when he fell down a hole at night. Representing the defendant was the St. Francis Xavier College team – a group of Year 11 students doing Legal Studies. Our team comprised of two barristers, two witnesses i.e. the plaintiff himself and the neighbour who came to his aid, the solicitor, the magistrate’s clerk and two reserves.

Our first barrister, Ethan Spiers was the sprinter in our race, starting the case with a bang and giving us a head start in the case with his high quality opening statement. As second barrister, Michael Rewitt unleashed his full capabilities on the opposition as he managed to provide incredible responses to the difficult objections from the other team’s barrister.

However, the success of our barristers would not have been possible without the endless efforts of Eve Turner who, as Solicitor, was able to analyse the arguments of both teams and acted as the brain behind what most of the barristers said.

As the first witness, I was able to divert many of the questions asked in cross examination by their barrister; however, the entire case would have crumbled beyond repair if it wasn’t for Alexa Van Niekerk’s logical responses to their challenging questions. Something that should be noted is that Alexa managed to provide answers that did not contradict what had already been said, even though she did not observe the first cross-examination, and thus she highlighted to the court her extensive knowledge of the case.

A special mention is in order for Lisa Cai, who stepped up and joined the team at the last minute and proved invaluable as the Magistrate’s Clerk.

So after what was a very intense case, our team managed to come out on top, securing damages of $500 000 for the plaintiff and winning the points tally by 236 to 223.

Stephen Kerras – Year 10 Student


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Science Club News

The inaugural Newcastle Grammar School Science Club is now into its third week of operation. Affectionately dubbed The N.E.R.D.S (Newcastle Elite Representative Division of Science) students from Year 7 and 8 who are passionate about Science have been involved in a range of innovative  activities.

The term started with a bang with the first task being tie dyeing our signature lab coats. After being soaked in vinegar overnight, the lab coats where tightly twisted and held in place by elastic bands. The next step involved boiling Red Cabbage, Turmeric and Beetroot to extract the natural dyes that we then used to dye our lab coats.  The coats were again soaked overnight, this time in the plant extract,  and ‘voila’ now members of N.E.R.D.S are fashion icons in the Science Laboratory environment sporting very creative tie dyed lab coats.

The following week we were super sleuths at the Newcastle Museum competing against each other using QR Codes to solve a mystery. We walked to the Museum, had a quick hot chip snack, watched a BHP Steelworks documentary and then launched into the competition. We were all winners and as a reward we had time to try out the hands on activities in the Science and Technology room. I especially enjoyed the car lifting activity.

We will keep you informed of all the dynamic challenges The N.E.R.D.S will complete and would like to thank Ms Joliffe for organising all the fun and Mrs Chamberlain for supervising.

Jaydon and Tors – Students

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Chess KO Team Success

Our School Team in the NSW Junior Chess League State Knockout Competition has been successful in the first two rounds of this competition.

In Round 1 we defeated Hunter Christian School 3-1.  In Round 2 we defeated Hunter Valley Grammar School 4-0.  All members of this team are to be congratulated on their effort, sportsmanship and the manner in which they conduct themselves and represent our School.

Members of the team are: Elizabeth Behne-Smith (Year 11), Steven Swan (Year 12), Thomas Carraro (Year 11) and Tors Webster (Year 7).  We wish the team well for their future matches.

Ms S Bright – Chess Coordinator


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Music Fundraiser

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School Photographs

If for any reason your child missed the School photos day, you can still be included in their year group composite photo. Please organise a time to have a photo taken at the studio directly with Newcastle School Portraits on 4965 4114 as soon as possible.  Family photos can also be organised and paid with Newcastle School Portraits.

For convenience, the cost of photo packs will be charged to your School account unless individual parents have advised the Office otherwise. The photo packs are expected to be delivered prior to the end of Term 2. Family photos are paid directly to the Photographer.

Head Lice Notification

There have been several outbreaks of Head Lice within the Hill Campus since the beginning of Term.

Could all families please check their child/ren’s hair on a regular basis & treat as necessary. For further information and treatment >click here.

Smart Phone App

The new NGS App is now connected to the NGS website and should allow you to read events in the calendar, alerts and the newsletter in a format that should prove more convenient.  It can be downloaded from the >Apple Store or >Google Play.

European Battlefields Experience 2016


Unfortunately as the School was unable to provide the minimum number of participants required, the trip will not be going ahead next year.

Thank you to all students and parents who supported this endeavour. All deposits taken will be refunded.

Uniform Shop
Hours for 2015

The Uniform shop hours are as follows.

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

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 25 May:
Edwina Forrest

Tue 26 May:
Jacquelene Doran

Wed 27 May:
Elizabeth Sprott
Kathryn McGowan

Thu 28 May:
Tanya Barnard

Fri 29 May:
Carmen Cox

Park Campus

Mon 25 May:
Tutty Welsh

Tue 26 May:
Siobhan Marr

Wed 27 May:

Thu 28 May:
Alette Schot

Fri 29 May:
Allison Elvish