From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Welcome to Term 3 at Newcastle Grammar School. Over the holidays there have been a number of activities. A major walk through Yengo National Park for participants in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Gold Award level was highly successful. Year 10 spent the final week of their holidays preparing the musical: The Addams Family. This commences on Wednesday, 22 July and concludes on Saturday, 25 July. I thank all the staff who gave up part of their holiday so these activities could occur.

At Park Campus, new signage on the Union Street side of the School should make this entrance clearer for visitors. The staff moved out of the cramped staff room space into a new staffroom. Students on the Hill Campus were interested in some of the changes they could see. Key areas have been painted and some of the older trees in the centre of the School have been removed, improving the light into classrooms and one of the courtyards. The McKensey Building at 51 Newcomen Street was sold at auction during the holiday break.

We have invested in a higher level of internet security for the students and these changes occurred in the holidays. The growing need to tighten and expand levels of security online is something that all schools face. We are hoping these additional measures will assist the School in better protecting our students from the dangers posed in this technical age.

From Monday next week, the canteens at both Park and Hill Campuses will move to an online ordering system through Flexischools. There are several advantages of this system including the ability for parents to control what their child is eating and how much is spent. A healthier menu is now also available with some of the less healthy options being phased out. There will be a chance for students to give feedback and make suggestions. In a few weeks’ time, we will also open a survey in the newsletter to get feedback from parents. All families should have received communication about the new system and how to sign up. Please >click here for information about Flexischools. Paper orders will no longer be accepted after 31 July 2015.

Years 3 and 4 are enjoying their first Mandarin lessons this week. These lessons will continue twice each week for the rest of the year and we look forward to developing our links with the Confucious Centre at Newcastle University. The study of language is well known to improve the way we think and learning a language so different to our own is an excellent way to stimulate the brain.

A reminder to parents with students from Years 5-12 that help is available after school in key subject areas. These sessions take place in the School Library:

Monday – Maths & Science (Dr Diskin)
Tuesday – English (Mr Parr)
Thursday – English / History (Mrs Wood) & Maths (Mrs Jordon)

I urge students who would like assistance to use this service – taking responsibility for learning and engaging in ways to improve, is a sign of increasing maturity in learning habits.

Have a great Term 3.

From the Director of Learning & Teaching
Mrs Lisa Peterson

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Year 12 Parent and Student Information Evening

Parents and students of Year 12, 2015 are invited to an Information Evening on Thursday, 16 July in Horbury Hunt Hall commencing at 6.30pm. On this evening, the Head of School, Mrs Thomas, will be speaking. Also the Careers Adviser, Mrs Rowntree, will be providing advice on Careers, UAC and the EAS (Educational Access Scheme) and the Dean of Studies, Mr Filby, will be presenting information on HSC Examinations, Scaling and the ATAR.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Half-Yearly Reports for students in Years 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 were emailed to parents at the end of Term 2. To make an appointment for the Parent/Teacher evenings please go to In the middle of the screen enter the appropriate event code for your child’s year:

Year 6 – ZP26F
Year 8 – PJXXE
Year 9 – ZM3JJ

Please contact the School if you have any problems.


Year 8 Information Evening Postponed

This session, which was to be held on Tuesday, 28 July has been postponed, with a new date still to be advised.


ICAS/ UNSW English Competition

I would like to remind those who have already shown their interest in this competition that it will be held on Tuesday afternoon, 28 July at 3.30pm in HS1. Entries to the ICAS competitions closed in early June.

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From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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Year 11 Leadership Camp

While on camp on the last three days of Term 2, our Year 11 students worked with both external presenters from yLead and their House Coordinators to complete a range of challenging, stimulating and fun activities. We hope that these experiences have enhanced the students’ self-awareness and empowered them to feel confident that they can utilise their ideas, talents and influence to positively contribute to our School community.

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We look forward to seeing Year 11 in action in the coming term as they begin to transition into their leadership roles as the senior students of our school.


Founders’ Day Afternoon Activities

We can’t wait to see the fantastic performances that the Berkeley Houses have been planning for this year’s Music Festival – the Horbury Hunt Hall will be rocking this Friday afternoon!

The students from Years 5 to 8 will enjoy a BBQ lunch on the Foreshore, followed by an afternoon of fun and teamwork. (Egg and Spoon and Three-legged races are just two of the events on offer!). Any student who has special dietary needs should contact Ms Walker as soon as possible.

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From the Hunter House Coordinators
Ms M Thomas and Ms C Byrnes

Welcome back for Term 3 and welcome to Hunter Term. On the Hill Campus this Term, Hunter House will be celebrating the signature strengths of Honesty and Appreciation of Beauty and the You Can Do It key of Confidence. We are really looking forward to a wonderful term exploring our chosen concept of beYOUtiful. In the ‘House of Green’ we firmly believe in the importance of letting your inner beauty and strength shine.  Throughout the term we will have the opportunity to address assemblies, present Chapel services, organise fundraising events including Hunter Day, coordinate social justice initiatives, share narratives, and most importantly promote our message about challenging perceptions and constructions of beauty. We have chosen to once again support the very special work of Allambi as well as Camp Quality. Our hope this term is to encourage students to be honest and always try to be the best version of their true selves… beYOUtiful!

The staff and students of Hunter House are genuinely looking forward to the term ahead and you can guarantee there will be plenty of GREEN spirit and passion to share.  It is a privilege to engage with such wonderful strengths which are so good for the soul. We wish everyone a fantastic Hunter Term and we sincerely thank you in advance for your support and engagement.



James Kosy raises money for others in need

It has been a difficult battle for James in Year 7 after his terrible rugby union accident which left him with a dislocated hip, unable to walk and facing numerous operations. He has been on crutches for one year.

This has not stopped James from getting on with life and through his visits to hospital has seen other young people doing it just as tough as or even tougher than him.

 As a way to put a positive light on his situation, James has decided to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. On Saturday, 18 July at 1.00pm (end of Week 1) James is going to complete a 3km walk on his crutches around the Glendale Athletics Track.

It would be great to see members of the NGS community there to support him. Good luck James.

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

It is wonderful to be back at school feeling rested, relaxed and re-invigorated for the term ahead. And oh my, what a busy term we have!  Some of our learning opportunities will include; our Stage Two Outdoor Education Camp, Year group excursions, the launching of our Wellbeing Program, ‘Freedom to Flourish’, the commencement of Mandarin lessons, Tournament of the Minds, Book Week celebrations and Grandparents’ Day! This is alongside consolidating and extending our understanding and thinking in all curriculum areas.

Our students are looking forward to welcoming their Grandparents and Grand friends on Friday, 17 July. This is an opportunity for children and our community to thank grandparents for their love and support. It is important to celebrate the significant contribution that grandparents make to their families and communities. It is also an occasion for acknowledging the efforts and devotion of grandparents who are full-time carers for their grandchildren.


Founders’ Day – Friday, 17 July 2015
Grandparents’ Day at Park Campus

We invite all families and friends to join us for the day’s activites. Details are:

9.15am to 10.45am Founders’ Day Service in Christ Church Cathedral, followed by a concert. Kindergarten to Year 4 will be attending the Service.

1.00pm to 1.55pm Picnic Lunch at Park Campus (weather permitting, otherwise indoors). If you would like to place a canteen order, can these please be in by Thursday. There will also be a Coffee Van at Park Campus.

2.00pm Classroom Activities with Grandparents.


Mark Hughes Foundation

On Friday, 24 July, Park Campus would like to help support The Mark Hughes Foundation, which has been formed to raise much needed funds for brain cancer research. In October 2013, at the age of 6, Miley Griffiths of 2U was diagnosed with brain cancer and as a school we’d like to get behind Miley and her family to raise greater awareness by supporting ‘Wear your Beanie for Brain Cancer Awareness.’ We ask all students at Park Campus to wear a Beanie and bring along a gold coin donation in support of this cause. All proceeds raised at Friday’s chapel service and donations on this day will go directly to brain cancer research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Brain Cancer Awareness Beanies can be purchased for $15 at the Park Campus reception. For more information regarding this cause please visit:


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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Welcome back to Term 3 everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed the Winter break and are looking forward to getting involved in all of the amazing opportunities NGS has to offer.


Founders’ Day 2015

Our annual Founders’ Day celebrations take place at the end of this week. The Concert Band and Orchestra will rehearse in the Cathedral on the Thursday afternoon prior to the service on Friday, 17 July. Please meet in the Arts Space on Thursday afternoon prior to moving to the Cathedral. This is a special service in the life of our School and the following groups will take part in a short concert at the conclusion of and during the service: Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Brass RaZoo and Semitones.


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 that parents and friends are invited to attend. Parents will be responsible for their children/s transport home.


Term 3 Music Events

17 July  Founders’ Day Service 9.15 am CCC
29 July HRIS Cultural Festival HVGS
24–28 August Music Week
31 August HSC Recital 1 Arts Space 6.00pm
3 September  HSC Recital 2 in the Arts Space 6.00pm



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From the Director of Sport
Mr Leigh Carroll

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NGS Secondary Athletics Team

The secondary (Years 7-12) team to represent NGS at the 2015 Athletics Championships is posted on the Merrick Sports’ notice board. This Championship will be held next Tuesday, 21 July, (Week 2) at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale. All team members should have received an information sheet earlier this week; however, if you do not have one please see me as soon as possible. Permission slips are due this week!

Any questions regarding the team or the arrangements for the day should be directed to me as soon as possible.


NGS Primary Athletics Team

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Newcastle Grammar School Primary Athletics team to compete at the HRIS Primary Athletics Championships at Hunter Sports Complex – Glendale on Tuesday, 4 August.

8 Years – Luca Swancott, Andrew Carpenter, Brandon Muddle, Elliot Collins, Daniel Richardson, Arthur Petrelis, Jack Martin, Eden Simpson, Zahli Ginns, Isabella Myers, Vanessa Kuru, Ella Beattie, Harriette Arnall, Lucy Nightingale

9 Years – Kalen Routley, Thomas McGrath, Ambrose Raftos, William Jeffery, Gabriel Leishman, Alexander Yost, Lachlan Dunning, Alex Moss, Eliza Ginns, Ruby Macdonald, Hunter Rowntree, Abbey Bryant, Emily Lilleyman, Katherine Wang, Alice Jeffery

10 Years – Cameron Carson, Hayden Martinelli, Gabriel Jeffery, Connor Johansen, Alexander Macdougall, Lucas Bortolloto, Jackson Campbell, Bronte Simpson, Hannah Choi, Josephine Armstrong, Sophia Prince, Harriet Carroll, Mary Dundas, Ayva Myers, Veronica Kuru

11 Years – Scott Philpotts, Luke Siderovski, Marcus Ferch, Rhett Boden, Isobel Harbury, Niamh Harrigan, Kiara Bower, Lily Webster, Millie Robbs, Phoebe Eisenburg, Lauren Harvey.

12 Years – Ben Henderson, Jett Robinson, Nicholas Marlette, Dominic Leishman, Lachlan Carey, Leo Hasdarngkul, Ethan Stevenson, Skye Simpson, Eliza Guest, Olivia Byth, Isobel Prince, Isobel Oakley, Vivien Kuru, Emma McGrath

Information regarding the HRIS Primary Athletics Championship was given out last term with students required to bring permission notes back to school.

Students are asked to attend Athletics training on Tuesday afternoons from 3.20pm – 4.30pm at Newcastle Athletics track. A bus will travel to and from the venue collecting Park Campus students on the way.



Welcome back to Term 3. I am excited to announce that the 2015/16 Rowing season will commence mid-August! Further details will appear in subsequent Newsletters.

Registration Forms
Registration forms will be sent out and distributed to students at school this week, a hasty response is greatly appreciated so final numbers and logistics can be confirmed.

Thank you!
To the senior students that gave up a day of their holidays to assist in clearing out the NGS boat shed to allow work to start on the mezzanine floor. Those that helped got a sneak peak and were very impressed with the new rowing trailer.

Please watch this space for more Rowing news and updates. If you would like more information on starting rowing please contact me on

Mrs S Ellis – Rowing Coordinator


Year 7 & 8 All Schools Touch Gala

There will be a second touch trial on Wednesday lunch time for students in Year 7 & 8 who are interested in attending an ALL Schools Touch Gala Day. All students who trialled last term are asked to attend again.

The All Schools Touch Gala will be played on Friday, 31 July at Newcastle City Touch Fields.

Ms C Byrnes – Park/Stewart Sports Coordinator



Please note the new start date for competition.

Important Dates
– Saturday, 25 July – First day of competition (end of Week 2, 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:

12noon – 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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Year 5 Science
Air Quality Monitors

In Week 8 of Term 2, 5LC made Air Quality Monitors.  In Science, we have been learning about air and we wanted to test the air quality in different parts of our school.  After a week, we collected our monitors and took them to a Science lab to look at the results under a microscope.  We were very lucky to have Mr Lumley teach us how to use and look after the microscopes and we were able to take some terrific photos using iPads. – Ms Luxon

On Thursday, 5LC used microscopes to look at their Air Quality Monitors.  We also saw interesting objects like hair and dust mites which sounds pretty disgusting but I think it was awesome!  What I thought was really cool was I found out that my hair shampoo works!  I put my hair in and it was really clean.  We also looked at flower petals and bugs. Now back to the air quality monitors. I stuck mine up in the Year 5 corridor for a week and it turned out to be clean.  Today I learned that microscopes don’t just see things up close.  They also help people see hard objects like fingerprints.  This would be good for forensic scientists. –  Mitchell Ellis

5LC went to one of our interesting Science labs to look at our Air Quality Monitors which have been hanging in various places around the school.  Thankfully they weren’t touched by any other students.  We looked in a microscope with a partner, my partner was Halle Smith, and we took turns putting things under and looking through the microscope.  We also put ants, water, plants and other objects under the microscope and looked curiously.  Overall, I had great fun with Mr Lumley and the rest of the class including Ms Luxon in the Science labs. – Jenna Montgomery

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The Addams Family
Year 10 Production

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Tickets for the Year 10 Musical, ‘The Addams Family’, are now available for purchase at Hill Campus Reception.  Please phone the School on Ph: 4929 5811 to arrange your tickets.


Year 10 Parents – Volunteers Required

Hopefully you have been hearing lots about the rehearsals from Year 10. The production is progressing really well and the Creative Team are more than happy. We are really looking forward to the performances!

On the performance nights we run a light supper of snacks, tea and coffee. I need a team of about six volunteers on each night to do this. It involves placing out plates of snacks (see more below), brewing coffee and tea in big urns, serving the coffee and tea, and then cleaning up. You will not see the show if you volunteer, but you can catch glimpses of the start and finish, so it would be best to watch the entire show one night and to do supper duty on another.

As far as the snacks go – these are provided by you. Could you please provide ‘a plate’ on the following nights dependent on surname:
Thursday, 23 July – Agostino-Morrow to Gentizon
Friday, 24 July –  Gosling to Princehorn
Saturday, 25 July – Rae to Zangger-Page

It would be most helpful if one parent volunteered to be supper manager for all three night. This would involve running it the first night to get an understanding of what is required, then ‘training’ the team on the following nights – you will get to see the entire show. If you think you are up for this job please let me know.

If you are able to volunteer for a night (or can be the overall manager) could you please send me an email indicated which night/nights you are available. We’ll let you know which night you are on. ( )

Mr Stuart Boyd – Year 10 Musical Producer

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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.

Founders' Day Dinner

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This year, the Founders’ Day Dinner has been cancelled, however, stay tuned for a new and exciting Dinner/Ball early next year.

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 Ordering System


Canteen Duties

Hill Campus

Mon 20 July:
Natalie Tonks
Leonie Young

Tue 21 July:
Fiona Merritt
Alette Schot

Wed 22 July:
Maeve Brown
Kerry Kerr

Thu 23 July:
Tanya Barnard

Fri 24 July:
Chris Downs

Park Campus

Mon 20 July:

Tue 21 July:
Sam Avery

Wed 22 July:
Lesley Filby

Thu 23 July:
Emily Macdonald

Fri 24 July:
Allison Elvish