From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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This week, our Pre-schoolers are excited about their excursion to the fire station. Learning at this age is such a joy! It has also been wonderful to see and hear from parents how well the lunch time clubs for K-4 are developing. The idea of structured play and its place in the socialisation and positive group behaviours of children is already evident after a few weeks of this program. >Click here to see some photos of Park Campus students in action at lunchtime.

The Park Campus Athletics Carnival last week was a great success and I thank Miss Chantal Byres for her organisation of this event. A full report appears in the Sports’ section of the newsletter.

The Hill Campus this week is dominated by examinations for Years 5-10. It has been pleasing to see how some of our younger students are coping well with the natural anxiety that comes with an examination period. Learning to manage stress and work through different tasks quickly, prepares students for growing and more complex educational demands as they get older.

The Music Fundraiser by all accounts was a most successful evening last Friday. Thank you to Mrs Leonie Young and Mrs Catherine Raftos for their organisation of the night. Many generous families donated prizes and over $6000 was raised to help support the Music Tour at the end of this year. Thank you to all who donated and attended. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Last week at the AGM of the Association of Independent Schools, Dr John Miller, the Deputy Chair of the Newcastle Grammar School Board, was re-elected to the AIS Board. I thank Dr Miller for his ongoing commitment to the Independent Sector and for representing Newcastle Grammar School in this State educational based organisation. The AIS ( currently works on behalf of Independent Schools in NSW in areas such as: the future funding of the Independent Sector; industrial agreements for staff, expanding professional learning opportunities for staff, Governance of Independent Schools and assisting schools with specific student needs.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Half-Yearly Examinations, Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews

Students in Years 5-10 are to be commended on the way they are conducting themselves during this week’s Half-Yearly Examinations. This is an important stage in the learning process as it provides information for students, parents and teachers about a student’s progress and current level of achievement. Examinations assist in identifying areas for future improvement. The School also uses this as an opportunity to review class placement for Semester Two.

Year 7 Half-Yearly Reports will be emailed to parents at the end of Week 8, with the Parent/Teacher Evening scheduled for Tuesday, 16 June.

All other reports will be emailed home by the end of the term, with Parent/Teacher Interviews to be held early in Term 3.


2015 ICAS Science Competition

Students who entered the ICAS Science Competition are reminded that this will take place in HS1 at 3.30pm on Wednesday, 3 June 2015.

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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Hour of Power

We hope that Year 12 have been left motivated and inspired by Glen Gerreyn, who captured their attention last Tuesday during their fortnightly Seminar Programme.  Glen presented the ‘Hour of Power’ which encouraged each of our Year 12 students to consider and take decisive action on who they are, why they are here and where they are going.


Serving others in our Community

This term, students and Staff from from Tyrrell House and the Duke of Edinburgh Programme have been contributing to our wider community through their participation in the Christ Church Cathedral Community Lunch Programme. We thank  them for their willingness to help others in need and all the time that they have given to assist the volunteers from the Cathedral, who work tirelessly to prepare the food for the lunches.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

The Park Campus Athletics Carnival for 2015 was a huge success!  The weather was most kind with threatening afternoon clouds keeping their distance.  Participation levels from our students were nothing short of inspirational.

The day began with a combination of rotational events followed by the Park Campus House March.  This parade was the criteria for the House Spirit Award  and the winning House in this category was sensational with a magnificent and supportive team effort.

It was a very tight tussle all day between Hunter and Tyrrell with Hunter emerging victorious for yet another Inter House Athletics Carnival win.

A huge thank you to all staff involved in preparing and assisting with official duties on the day, especially Miss Byrnes who gave so much of herself during these events.  To the parents who so willingly assisted on the day, your help was very much appreciated and was yet another example of community spirit contributing towards yet another successful carnival.

For a full run down of our award winners and outstanding performances, check out the Sports’ section.


Poetry Win

Congratulations to Binuk Weerabaddana who came first in the Parramatta Eisteddfod on the weekend in the 8 Years and under poetry section.

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From the Director of Pre-school
Mrs Angela Tapp

What a fabulous day we had on Thursday, 21 May when Pre-school held their own athletics carnival. All the children participated in 5 events and did so with a lot of enthusiasm and skill. The events were:
1 – Age Race (run down to the fence, touch it, turn around and run back again)
2 – Egg and spoon race (where all the children were successful and amazed at how well they kept their eggs (disguised musical egg shakers) on their spoons (blu tack works a treat)
3 – Long jump (a run up from the grass jumping in to the sandpit)
4 – Shot Put (using bean bags and throwing them as far as possible on the grassed area)
5 – Tunnel Ball (where the children were brilliant at rolling balls through each other’s legs and thought it was hilarious when their teachers demonstrated how to do it)

Everyone was winner on the day. The staff presented each child with a gold ‘Winner’ medal or badge (because everyone is a winner at Pre-school) which many of them proudly wore home and back again the next day. Their participation certificate has been placed in their portfolios along with photos of them participating on the day and receiving their ‘medals’.  A huge ‘shout out’ to Amanda Folpp, who kindly donated the gold medals.

Lastly, anticipation is building with the signing of permission slips for the up and coming fire station visits. Stay tuned…

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From the Head of Co-curricular
Mrs Corey Rowntree

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Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo

Last Thursday, 21 May, our Year 12 students had the opportunity of experiencing the Careers Expo where they were able to ask questions regarding Uni courses and requirements.  All in all they had a wonderful day.

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


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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Fundraiser Success

Last Friday night was the first of the Singapore Music Tour Fundraising events. Thank you to the many of you who attended this great night at Longworth House. It was a great night in a relaxed and most suitable atmosphere at a magnificent venue.

Many people kindly donated items for the raffles and silent auctions. This really added much to the night and your support in purchasing tickets highlighted the generosity of you all. Some people who donated items are not directly linked to the Music Faculty at NGS so this really did highlight the School spirit of many.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Catherine Raftos and Mrs Leonie Young who did a superb job in organising everything down to the smallest detail.

We were very well entertained by some of our wonderful musicians from Years 11 & 12. So, to our musicians, Celine St George, Chiara Franceschi-Ryan, Monique Aganovic, Juliette Fabien, Cassidy Lobb and Mr Power, we say thank you for their fine performances and for sharing your talents with us.

My thanks to the staff at Longworth House led by Simone le Mesurier and our wonderful chef, Lesley Taylor for making the night extra special with a superb menu.

By the end of the night, over $6000 was raised for the tour.

Next Event: stay tuned.

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Chamber Choir at Sydney Eisteddfod

This Saturday, our Chamber Choir will perform in two open sections of the Sydney Eisteddfod. Students are asked to be in Newcomen Street by 12.30pm this coming Saturday, 30 May. Our first section commences at 4.00pm. There are 5 choirs in this section. The second section begins at 5.00pm and there are only three choirs in this section. I am expecting an 8.30pm arrival home. Parents are welcome to come along but the seating on the bus is tight so it might be best to meet us at The Concourse, Concert Hall, Chatswood. Best wishes to all choir members for their performances.


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 Street 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. Students in the group are asked to be at City Hall by 7.30pm please. Year 11 members of Bras RaZoo should come and speak to me regarding their involvement on the night.


Term 2 Music Events

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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Park Campus Athletics Carnival 2015

The sun stayed around long enough for the Park Campus Athletes to showcase their many talents at the 2015 Athletics carnival.

Years 2, 3 and 4 enjoyed the track, field and novelty events throughout the day.

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K-1 Aussie Aussie oi oi oi kangaroo and Mansuk from Kindergarten

K-1 students joined the rest of the school after recess to perform their House March Past and then started their ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi.’ Athletics Carnival.

A big thank you to all the staff and parents who gave up their time to help on the various activities on Thursday.  Thank you to Mr Rowntree for running the Pre-events for Years 3 and 4 in PE time.

The 2015 House Champions were Hunter House and the Marching Champions for 2015 were Tyrrell House.

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Connor, Eliza and Kalen from Hunter House hold up the House Champions Trophy for 2015

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Tyrrell House – Marching Champions for 2015


Champions Point Score
1st – Hunter = 449 points
2nd – Tyrrell = 397 points
3rd – Macquarie = 367 points
4th – Shortland = 344 points

Marching Champions
1st – Tyrrell
2nd – Shortland
3rd – Hunter
4th – Macquarie

Age Champions

8 Years Girls

8 Years Boys

1st – Zahli Ginns Hunter = 28 points
2nd –Eden Simpson Macquarie = 21 points
3rd – Ella Beattie  Shortland = 18 points
4th – Isabella Myers Macquarie = 16 points
1st – Luca Swancott Macquarie = 25 points
2nd – Brandon Muddle Hunter = 22 points
3rd – Elliott Collins Shortland = 17 points
4th – Daniel Richardson Shortland = 16 points

9 Years Girls

9 Years Boys

1st – Eliza Ginns Hunter = 38 points
2nd – Alexandra Moss Macquarie = 29 points
3rd – Hunter Rowntree Hunter = 25 points
4th – Alice Jeffery Tyrrell = 17 points
1st – Kalen Routley Hunter = 48 points
2nd – Taj Curran Shortland = 16 points
3rd – Ambrose Raftos Hunter = 14 points
3rd – Thomas McGrath Tyrrell = 14 points

10 Years Girls

10 Years Boys

1st – Bronte Simpson Macquarie = 25 points
2nd – Ayva Myers Macquarie = 24 points
3rd – Hannah Choi Shortland = 23 points
3rd  – Sophia Prince Macquarie = 23 points
1st –Hayden Martinelli Tyrrell = 39 points
2nd – Jackson Broad Shortland = 30 points
3rd – Jackson Campbell Macquarie = 29 points
4th – Alexander Macdougall Tyrrell = 26 points


Two records were broken on the day.

Luca Swancott in the Boys 8 years 100m broke A Beath’s -1996 record of 16.34 with a lightning run of 16.15.

Kalen Routley in the Boys 9 years broke Stefan Barrie’s 2005 -800m record of 3.38 with an amazing run of 2.59.97.

Well done Luca and Kalen.

A Newcastle Grammar School Primary Athletics team will now be selected from Years 2 – 6, Park Campus and Stewart Athletics Carnivals to represent at the HRIS Division 2 Athletics Championships at Hunter Sports Complex in Term 3 – Tuesday, 4 August.


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Koen Schott and Luke Talley in the 800m

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Hayden Martinelli strides out in the 100m Age race


Good Luck to our Hunter Region Cross Country Representatives

Good luck to our 10 Cross Country competitors that were selected in the HRIS Cross Country Team to compete at the CIS Cross Country Championships on Thursday 11 June.

These 10 athletes have been training hard morning and night and we look forward to some excellent results.

From Park Campus – Alice Jeffery, Hannah Choi, Alexander Macdougall, Kalen Routley, Thomas McGrath.

From Hill Campus – Skye Simpson, Olivia Byth, Ben Henderson, Dominic Leishman, Cameron Carson.

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Ben Henderson and Dominic Leishman after the HRIS Primary Cross Country


Regional Futsal Championships – Secondary Girls’ Team

The NGS Secondary Girls’ Futsal Team played at the Regional Futsal Championships on Tuesday, 19 May at Genesis, Newcastle.

The following girls were fine ambassadors for the School – Caitlin Thurn, Taylor Hoadley, Isabelle Todhunter, Danielle Marrett, Laura Flack, Rebekah Stuart, Laura Blanch, Elizabeth Behne-Smith, Jessica Evans and Caitlin Spencer. They were gold medal winners on the day in the Under 19 Age group.

The girls played four games on the day. In the first game, against Broadmeadow 19A, they won 4 – 1 with two goals to Rebekah, and one goal each to Jessica and Danielle. The next game against St Philips they won 2 – 0 with a goal each to Danielle and Elizabeth. Taylor saved a fantastic penalty in the second half. In game three, against Wallsend 1, the girls lost 2 – 1 with the goal going to Jessica.

The wins placed the girls into the Grand Final, against Broadmeadow 19 A, and the girls dominated to win 2 – 1 in a fantastic show of skill and teamwork. Rebekah and Laura Flack scored a goal each and Taylor again saved a crucial goal in the second half to keep the team in the gold medal running. They are to be congratulated for their spirit, encouragement on and off the pitch and placing their bodies on the line.

The team was a pleasure to coach.

Miss S Parezanovic – Coach

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Regional Futsal Championships – Primary Boys’ Team

The following boys from Year 6 represented Newcastle Grammar School at the Newcastle Regional Futsal Championships – U 12 Primary Boys’ Team on Monday, 11 May: Carter Everett, Jadon Mylabathula, Nicholas Marlette, Lachlan Carey, Rory Bennett, Ben Henderson, Jett Robinson and Eoin Turner.

They played five games on the day and were convincing Runners Up to Belair A.

In the first game they won 5-,3 against Belair B, with Carter scoring 3 goals and Nicholas putting away 2. Against New Lambton 2 team they won 5-2 with one goal scored by Carter, Nicholas and Ben, and two goals scored by Lachlan. The team moved on to a victorious 5-0 win, against Mayfield East, with two goals to Carter, and one goal each to Lachlan, Jett and Ben. Jadon also provided the opposing team with a spare set of goal keeping gloves which was a very kind hearted gesture.

In the Semi-Final against Merewether Public School who were beating them 3-0 at half time,  the NGS team dug deep to produce a nail biting win 4-3 with all four goals going to Nicholas Marlette. Jadon had an amazing game in goals saving some crucial balls to keep them in the game.

The boys went on to play in the grand final against Belair A and lost 1-0 to become runners up and were awarded medals at the end of the Championships. The NGS team showed great sportsmanship, enthusiasm and teamwork.

They were a pleasure to coach.

Miss S Parezanovic – Coach

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HRIS Primary Basketball Gala Day

Any boy or girl in Year 5 or Year 6 that is interested in trialling for a Basketball Gala day on Tuesday, 9 June please see Miss Byrnes this week.

Players do not have to have played before however prior knowledge of the rules and the game would be an advantage.


All Schools Touch Gala

Any students in Year 7 & 8 both boys or girls who may be interested in representing at the All Schools Touch Gala please see Miss Byrnes to put your names down ASAP in the PDHPE Department

Ms C Byrnes – Park/Stewart Sports Coordinator


NGS Netball

Saturday saw the annual Mad May Day at the courts, a day which raises money for cancer awareness and research in the Hunter. Our 10 years, NGS 6 side certainly got into the spirit of things with the less-than-uniform socks-as can be seen below!

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Just a reminder that if you wish to collect your child directly from the courts after training on Wednesdays, 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 warm 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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NGS Book Club Meeting
Hill Campus Students

On Thursday, 4 June at lunchtime, NGS Book club will be meeting in the Margaret Mitchell Room in the Library. Ms Bright and I have lots of ideas for the club, and I’d love for people to join us and help decide its direction. Our aim is to foster a love of reading in students, and for those who already love reading to have a creative outlet for student discussion. I hope to see any students interested there on Thursday Week 7A.

Beatrice Wardhaugh – Year 12 Student

Australian Red Cross
Donate Blood

This year, as a school community, we have been supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service through organising and encouraging students and teachers to give up an hour of their time to donate blood and truly make a difference to the life of others. The simple act of donating saves three lives, and every donation counts as currently 1 in 3 people will need blood at some time during their life, yet only 1 in 30 people donate.

We would now like to extend an invitation to parents/caregivers and all members of the school community.

So how can you donate?

Simply click on this link, fill in your details and book a time!

To donate as part of the school all you need to do is sign up as part of the ‘Newcastle Grammar School’ Red25 group at this link,, or let the kind staff at the donor centre know you are donating as part of our school group and they will help you.

Recently at assembly, we were privileged to have Mrs Princehorn share her powerful story of survival, due to the blood donations of others. We would like to truly thank Mrs Princehorn for her moving presentation which demonstrated the true power of the gift of donating.

Thank you so much for supporting this cause, and remember ‘every donation saves 3 lives!’

Lauren Merritt and Toby Noon

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Infectious Diseases Notification

Over the last week we have been made aware that there have been cases of Chicken Pox and Shingles in our School community.

Recommended protocols have been followed regarding student attendance at School once there has been a diagnosis of either Chicken Pox or Shingles and individuals are known to be in the contagious phase.  (i.e. non-attendance until the ‘sores’ are dry – and then sores appropriately covered upon return).

Anyone who has not already had Chicken Pox, or who are immuno-compromised should be aware that if they have had contact before a contagious individual was isolated, they may have been exposed to (and possibly contract) the disease.

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.

Uniform Shop
Hours for 2015

The Uniform shop hours are as follows.

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

Sports Socks
Plain white socks are now permitted as we will be phasing out our current striped socks over the next several months.

Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 1 June:
Edwina Forrest
Louise Phillips

Tue 2 June:
Hayley Martin

Wed 3 June:
Rebecca Webster
Lee Fry

Thu 4 June:
Jennifer Hawcroft
Kerrie Kerr

Fri 5 June:
Lesley Filby
Kate Ellis

Park Campus

Mon 1 June:
Rachel Galettis

Tue 2 June:
Dana Stojanovski

Wed 3 June:
Allison Van Gaal

Thu 4 June:
Donna Buck

Fri 5 June:
Felicity Prior