From the Head of the School
Mrs Erica Thomas

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Photo Caption: Berkeley House in the early 1920s

Newcastle Grammar School has existed on the Hill site since October 1859, however Founders’ Day last Friday recognises the 97th anniversary since the founding of Newcastle Girls’ Grammar in 1918. Newcastle Girls’ Grammar officially opened on 22 July 1918. Founders’ Day this year began with a service for the whole School in the Cathedral, saw the SATU Passing Out Parade and ended with the Music Festival and Grandparents’ Day at Park Campus. In many ways the day celebrated strengths of the School – community, service, spirituality, discipline; talent and humour. >Click here to see some photos of the day.

Congratulations to the following students for their High Distinction or Distinction achievement in the 2015 Science ICAS examinations.

High Distinction
Year 9: Azeem Travadi
Year 10: Yi wen Yang

Year 5: Rhett Boden
Year 6: Felix Clark, Jack Humphreys, Matthew Macdougall
Year 7: Samuel Alsop, James Kosy, Alexander Rose
Year 8: Lachlan Harbury, Jasmin Zhou
Year 9: Emily Bell, Declan Higgins
Year 10: Bjorn Hropot
Year 11: Elizabeth Sebastian
Year 12: Michael Sebastian

Congratulations also to Year 4 students who received a Distinction in the UNSW Digital Technologies testing:
Pierra Singh Wazir, Kalen Routley, Alexander Macdougall, Isaac Boyle, Ruby Bush

The following students are also congratulated for their recent individual achievements:
Lorcan Redmond (Year 9) won the 15 Years State Cross Country title in terrible conditions on Friday. Lorcan was also affirmed as the Under 16s title holder and will now go on to compete at Nationals next month.

Amelia Sadler (Year 9) competed in the MJS Trophy (Ice Skating) over the weekend and collected the Bronze medal in the Junior Ladies (Under 19) division. Amelia has also been selected to compete in both the Asian Open Trophy in Thailand and the Junior Grand Prix in Latvia later this year.

Bowen Stubbs (Year 3) and Blaine Stubbs (Year 8) have been selected to participate in the West Ham United FC National Camp in Brisbane in September and a trip to the UK later in the year.

Mitchell Bisson (Year 10) was selected to be part of ‘The Big Picture Program’ at Sydney University in the recent holidays. The program involved leadership and mentoring activities for boys in Years 10-12 through contact with professionals and visits to different universities, the Supreme Court, State Parliament, ABC Studios and Macquarie Bank.

From the Director of Wellbeing
Ms Lynne Walker

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2015 Music Festival

From Bach to Bitter Sweet Symphony… we all agreed that this year’s Music Festival performances were fabulous! The instrumental and vocal ensembles showed the depth of talent in each House with excellent arrangements, the use of a variety of instruments, delightful harmonies and vocal blends and a strong representation from each House. The performances reflected the hard work and passion of the students involved. Tyrrell House was awarded first place in the Instrumental Section while Macquarie were winners of the Vocal Section.

The energy and excitement during the whole house performances filled the Horbury Hunt Hall. Great choreography, wonderful participation, volume to the max and great song selections were the order of the day. The competition was close, with Shortland winning this section by the narrowest of margins. This year, for the first time, there was a tie for first place: once the scores for each section were tallied, Hunter and Shortland could not be separated. Congratulations!


Stage 4 Inter-house Debate Finals

‘Advertising does more harm than good’
This was the topic for the finals of the Stage 4 Stewart Inter-House Debating Competition between Hunter and Macquarie. It was an excellent debate – the adjudicators (who were members of our Senior HRIS Debating teams) were impressed by the sophisticated arguments put forward by both teams, the well-researched supporting examples provided and the strong rebuttal from both sides. In the end, the team from Hunter was victorious. The Stage 3 Finals will be held this coming Thursday during Mentor… the topic will be ‘We should plant cabbages – not roses.’

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

This week Hunter House has some thoughtful and inspiring stories to share that promote the value and importance of honesty, appreciation of beauty and confidence. At the Berkeley assembly on Tuesday, Year 11 Hunter students discussed the distortion of reality that is so often promoted through popular culture. In particular Azleena Akhand and Jake Winchester discussed the Dove commercial titled ‘Evolution’ and the extensive use of make-up and photoshopping in the media. In an effort to challenge this artificial perception of beauty a range of students were asked what beauty means to them. A range of beYOUtiful statements were offered including… beauty is being brave enough to be your true self and beauty is believing in yourself. At the Stewart assembly Leo Hasdarngkul shared his remarkable story of beginning his journey to be a Buddhist monk. Here is a section of his reflection…

My brother Tan and I experienced a journey of becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand in the last holidays. Being a monk doesn’t just mean chanting two times a day and meditating. It means you have to want to become a monk and want to learn about Lord Buddha. If you are under the age of 20 you can only become a novice monk and only have ten rules to follow (a Buddhist monk has 227 rules to follow.) Every morning monks walk the streets and get food from people who want to give food to us, and we give back to them, luck in Buddhist language. Thank you for reading this article. – By Leo the novice monk.

Finally Hunter House would also like to congratulate James Kosy and his family who have now raised over $3600 for the McGrath Foundation. James was successful in making the 3km walk on his crutches around the Glendale Athletics Track with his sister Kate by his side. James and his family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their help and support.


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Head of Co-curricular

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Year 8 Camp

All Year 8 students have received their pre-camp information and medical forms. Please return forms as soon as possible so that the final arrangements can be made.


Hill Campus Tutoring

I remind students and parents that our after school tutoring programme is available to all students Years 5 – 12.

On a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, staff are in the library from 3.00pm – 5.00pm to assist where required. On Mondays we have Dr Diskin who can assist with Mathematics and Science work, Tuesdays we have Mr Parr the English Co-ordinator there to help with English and humanities and on a Thursday afternoon we have both Mrs Wood and Mrs Jordan in the library to assist – Mrs Wood will assist with English and humanities and Mrs Jordan for Mathematics. If you need assistance in any subject at anytime please attend any or all of these sessions for 30 minutes up to the full 2 hours if required.

Turbo sessions are also available for any Year 11 or 12 student who feels they need some assistance in improving their HSC studies. Please contact Mrs Roberts in the Social Science Department and she will make time to assist with this process.


Year 10 Work Experience

Could I please remind all Year 10 students that it is now time to finalise Work Experience for Week 7, 16 – 20 November 2015. All Year 10 students were given paper work that is required to be completed by the employer and returned to me prior to the students attending.  It is the sole responsibility of the Year 10 student to arrange this placement. Any student having problems should see me as soon as possible.



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

– Information sessions for students and parents
– Open Days
– Early Entry to University
– Overseas opportunities
– Other news
– New Courses

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From the Head of Park Campus
Mrs Alicha Dyer

Grandparents’ Day

Friday, 17 July was marked by much celebration and fun as grandparents joined us for the day. Our festivities began with Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 singing a range of songs and grandparents were very appreciative of their efforts and were generous with their applause.

In the classroom, grandparents and their grandchildren enjoyed a variety of activities including games and creating a range of artworks to take home. Classrooms were buzzing with activities as grandparents and their grandchildren enjoyed the opportunity to share these experiences.

Grandparents and their grandchildren went home at the end of the day tired but having enjoyed a wonderful day.

Kindergarten – Term 3

The first week in Kindergarten has been very busy and exciting! We are learning all about change in our Integrated Unit ‘All About Me.’ To help us understand about change we have had a wonderful visit from Mrs Arnall with baby Freddy. We learnt what are babies’ needs and wants. We then looked at the differences between the students and babies. The children loved having a ‘baby’ visitor and truly showed their nurturing sides.

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Mark Hughes Foundation

This Friday at Park Campus it’s ‘Wear a Beanie Day’ to help support The Mark Hughes Foundation, which raises much needed funds for brain cancer research. 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 Pre-school

The transition from holidays back into the Pre-school routine is going smoothly with the children looking refreshed and like they have grown a few centimetres over the three week break. They all seem really happy to be back and there has been a lot of chatting and socialising.

This term is shaping up to be a big one with the staff continuing to carry out developmental checklists on each child so that families will receive a Pre-school report towards the end of this term. Staff will also be documenting learning stories and anecdotal records for the children with portfolios on display in the rooms for parents to look at. These will be available to take home at the end of the year.

We have already had one special day – Founders’/Grandparents’ Day. This was held in conjunction with the rest of the school on Friday, 17 July.  As part of the celebrations, we had an Open Day and invited grandparents and/or parents to come and visit Pre-school throughout the day and participate in activities with their respective grandchild /children. For those families who had siblings attending the School, many grandparents co-ordinated their time so that they could visit Pre-school and then go over to the celebrations in the School. Unfortunately, because of the weather, the children were unable to show grandparents the outdoor area (we think there may have been a couple of front flip demonstrations planned for the trampoline). It was lovely to have so many family members visiting and despite the disappointment of the weather the children loved introducing their friends, showing grandparents their ‘hard work’ and having grandparents watch them play, paint, build, dance and listen to stories.

We have lots more special events to look forward to this term. The Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy are coming and Julie from Pacific Smiles will also visit to talk to us about dental hygiene. We also have a pancake day, a yoga morning and a Father’s day breakfast at Park Campus, later in the term. We are most definitely strapped in and ready to go.

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From the Director of Music Performance
Mr Kevin Young

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Founders’ Day 2015

Another wonderful Founders’ Day Service was held in the Cathedral last Friday to celebrate this special day in the life of our School. There were many people involved in the service but I would like to thank all of the Music students for the way in which they supported by sharing their amazing talents with us all both during and at the conclusion during the concert. All performances were excellent and demonstrated the variety of ensembles we have at NGS and the dedication of both staff and students to their music making. All the items presented were appropriate for the occasion and I was delighted when the Assisitant Bishop, Fr Peter Stuart decided to preach on Bohemian Rhapsody.


HIRS Cultural Festival 2015

This event will be held next Wednesday, 29 July at Hunter Valley Grammar School. There is a wide range of activities that students can support including string orchestra, concert band, wind orchestra, choirs and dance groups. Buses will transport NGS students to HVGS and there will be a concert at 6.00pm that evening which parents and friends are invited to attend. Parents will be responsible for their children/s transport home.


HICES 2015

The Year 5-8 HICES Festival will be held at Stanwell Tops from Sunday, 9 August to Wednesday, 12 August. Miss Sweetman will be attending the camp with our students.

Students attending this event will travel by bus which will depart NGS at 1pm on Sunday afternoon, 9 August. The cost of the bus will be advised via email.


Please note, all Music co-curricular rehearsals are on this Thursday and Year 10 students are expected to attend until 4.30pm.

I wish all students and staff involved in the Year 10 production of the Addams Family a successful week. I am sure all of the hard work will result in a most enjoyable experience for all.


Term 3 Music Events

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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Last week was the commencement of Sailing at NGS, with a group of 18 students undertaking this new and exciting sport. Any student who has not signed up as yet but is interested in participating should see Mrs Rowntree. Students involved are to get changed at lunchtime so as to avoid losing time out on the water.



Term 2 of Skateboarding is well underway with the students involved last term having a great time learning new and exciting moves. If there are any students who have not yet signed up but are keen please see Mr Hense for further details.


Newcastle Grammar School 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.


All Schools Touch Gala

Congratulations to the following Year 7 and Year 8 Touch players who have been selected to represent NGS at the All Schools Touch Gala on Friday, 31 July. Please see Miss Byrnes for a Permission note.

Henry Riddell, Kyle Riley, Lachlan Mill, Jazz Cooper, Jackson Lane, Jayden Bisson, Ryan Turner, Elijah Agostino-Morrow, Lachlan Harbury, Jadon Routley, Hamish Bell, Connor Henderson, Felix Prince.

Sophie Ainsworth, Molly Broad, Annabel Brown, Lara Ferch, Shravanya Tummala, Tia de Silva, Samia Bagga, Jade Williams, Maddy Campbell, Isla Hutchison, Mia Bullock, Alexandra Lange.


HRIS Primary and Secondary Equestrian

Any Primary or Secondary student who is interested in entering the  HVGS Equestrian (Dressage and Showjumping) Championships on 15 August please see Miss Byrnes in the PDHPE Department.



Registration forms have been emailed out to all last years rowers, please return them as soon as possible so numbers can be confirmed.

Any students that are keen to join rowing or would like more information should visit the rowing office in Stewart.

Upcoming Dates
Thursday, 6 August: Rowing Information Evening, Hill Campus- Venue TBA. All Students and Parents. Summary of the season, plans and changes, training schedules and Rowing handbook released, coaches introduced, brief nutrition discussion etc.

Saturday, 8 August: On Water Training Commences  Years 9-11(phased in start) All Year 9, 10 and 11 Rowers. On water training starts for students in Year 9 and above as per training schedule.
Monday, 10 August: Land Training Commences, All Students Years 6 and above as per training schedule.

Saturday, 15 August: On Water Training Commences Years 6 and 7. All Year 6 and 7 Rowers. On water training starts for students in Year 6 and 7 as per training schedule.

Monday, 24 August: On Water Training Commences Year 8. All Year 8 Rowers. On water training starts after camp for students in Year 8 students as per training schedule.


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Science Club News

Biospheres, crystals and an ecology treasure trail were the highlights of the last few weeks of the N.E.R.D.S (Newcastle Elite Representative Division of Science) meetings in Term 2.

We created a biosphere to grow super-sized vegetables but we are unfortunately still waiting for some of these seeds to germinate and plants to grow. Although our designs were exceptionally creative and theoretically should have been efficient to sustain life, our results have not been convincing. One of our challenges in Term 3 is to modify the prototypes to improve the survival rate of our plants.

Our crystals on the other hand are steadily ‘growing’. Using a saturated solution we created a seed crystal from which we are generating larger sizes. The result is an amazing atomic structure dangling from the end of a string in a beaker of solution. They look like fairy winter wonderlands. Our challenge is to see which group crystal grows to be the biggest.

At Blackbutt Reserve we embarked on an ecological trail of discovery. Using strategically placed clues we solved the puzzle of locating animal habitats and related this to the conditions needed for survival. It was also fun taking the walk through the displays and having a sausage sandwich afternoon tea.

The activities for Term 3 will begin in week 2 and will relate to the International Year of Light which is the theme for the 2015 National Science in Schools week.

We are looking forward to another term of discovery and a continued love of Science.


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From the Library
Ms Sue Bright

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Where would you like to visit next?

We are starting Term 3 in the Library with a display about travelling with books and travel guides from all continents.

Maybe you are ready to discover new places, you would like to travel for adventure, to enrich your life with new cultures, have wonderful memories as a family or whatever your reason is for discovering different places… Come to the Library and borrow a book to help you decide where you might go for your next holiday.


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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.

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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.

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 27 July:
Edwina Forrest

Tue 28 July:
Oona Sullivan

Wed 29 July:
Monica Mamonto

Thu 30 July:
Marnie Coulton
Vicki Robinson

Fri 31 July:
Doreen Ingram

Park Campus

Mon 27 July:
Natalie Steele

Tue 28 July:
Siobhan Marr

Wed 29 July:
Megan Myers

Thu 30 July:
Derani Clarke

Fri 31 July:
Rachael Heslop