107 Credits for 76 Students at Newcastle Grammar School for 2008 HSC!
Newcastle Grammar School has had another bumper year of results in the 2008 Higher School Certificate (HSC).
With the School maintaining its record of being the leading non selective School outside of Sydney, the 76 Year 12 Students that sat this year’s HSC gained a total of 107 credits (calculated on the number of instances where a Student achieved a score of 90 or more in a subject).
These results ranked Newcastle Grammar School 38th in the State and the top non selective School in the Hunter Region as reported by The Daily Telegraph (18 December 2008).
3 All Round achievers also came from Newcastle Grammar School being Rowan Katekar, Laura Lavis and Jonathon Vitnell. This means they scored a mark of 90 or more in 10 units of study.
To cap off a wonderful year of results, the School also had 1 Student selected to perform at Encore 2009 as well as 1 Student having their artwork nominated for Art Express 2009.
On the sporting field, 73 Students received Gold Certificates at the School’s recent annual Speech Day ceremony. To be awarded a Gold Certificate a Student must either win at State level or be placed at a National competition.
The 2008 Higher School Certificate results continued the School’s fine academic tradition and when reviewing the School’s results over the last decade, places Newcastle Grammar School as the leading non-selective School outside of Sydney.
The Students will be welcomed back for a celebratory BBQ at 12:30pm TODAY where they will share their successes and their dreams for the future with the friends and Teachers.
Champion Rowers win Throsby Gift for the second year in a row!
Newcastle Grammar School rowers took out a swag of medals at the recent Linwood Throsby Gift Sprint Relay and claimed the championships for the second year in a row. In an exciting finish to the final of the Throsby Gift rowing relay race – the blue ribbon event of the CDRA Sprint Championships on Sunday at Carrington – Newcastle Grammar School came from behind to overtake a determined Newcastle University and snatch the trophy and $500 prize money.
The whole team of Mixed Double Scull (Kate Ryan & Matthew Filmer); Mixed Four plus cox (Lilian Main, Clara Macadam-Kellie, Riley Lewis, Jonathan Hiley & Emily Matheson (cox)) and Mixed Quad Scull (Emily Killin, Kelsey Flynn, Christian Moore and Edward McMahon, rowed against tough opposition in the heats to make their way to the final against Hunter Valley Grammar and Newcastle University. Hunter Valley Grammar were outclassed in the final but Newcastle University refused to give an inch, winning the first leg by nearly a second, a margin reduced to half a second in the second leg – fighting bow-ball to bow-ball all the way down the final leg, taking the lead at 200m from home only to surrender it just short of the line to an even more determined Newcastle Grammar School Quad.
The School notched up an impressive tally of thirteen CDRA Championship wins, three non-championship wins and a host of seconds and thirds.
Special congratulations to:
Champion Women’s U17 Single Scull – Kate Ryan
Champion Women’s U19 Single Scull – Clara Macadam-Kellie
Women’s Novice Single Scull – Angela Collins
Champion Women’s U19 Double Scull – Emily Killin & Clara Macadam-Kellie
Champion Men’s U19 Double Scull – Jonathan Hiley & Edward McMahon
Champion Men’s U19 Quad Scull – Riley Lewis, Jonathan Hiley, Christian Moore & Edward McMahon
Champion Women’s U17 Quad Scull – Emily Matheson, Amy Bowman, Ellie Hewitt & Kate Ryan
Champion Men’s Four – Riley Lewis, Christian Moore, Edward McMahon, Jonathan Hiley & Daniel Noble (cox)
Women’s Novice Quad – Amy Bowman, Samantha Wardhaugh, Angela Collins & Ellie Hewitt
Men’s Novice Quad – Alex Stott, Thomas Hedges, Peter Ivancic & William Rodgers
Champion Men’s Double Scull – Riley Lewis & Tom Fitton (Hunter)
Champion Men’s U16 Double Scull – Tristan Barrie & Jonathan Waugh
Champion Men’s U17 Double Scull – Brandon Brown & Matthew Filmer
Champion Men’s U17 Single Scull – Matthew Filmer
Champion Men’s U16 Quad Scull – Tristan Barrie, Huw Calford, Jonathan Waugh & Amos Noon
Champion Men’s U16 Single Scull - Tristan Barrie
Liam Speers wins Gold and qualifies for Australian Youth Olympics!
One of the region’s top athletes, Liam Speers, recently competed in the 2008 Pacific Schools Games (Australian All Schools and Youth Championships) and brought home a swag of medals!
In what was one of the largest and most exciting youth athletics events held in Australia, over 2 500 athletes converged on the AIS Athletics Field in Canberra between 30 November and the 6 December 2008 to compete in the competition.
Liam, a Year 11 Student at Newcastle Grammar School, competed in three events and gained medals in all three including;
1) Gold in the 16 Years Boys Shot Put with a throw of 17.62m (personal best)
2) Bronze in the 16 Years Boys Javelin with a throw of 56.91m (personal best)
3) Bronze in the 16 Years Boys Discus with a throw of 50.47m
This exceptional talent in track and field specialises in Javelin, Discus and Shot Put and currently holds 53 School records. Liam has now confirmed his place in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival squad to be held in Sydney from the 14th to the 18th January 2009.
High Achievers acknowledged by PricewaterhouseCoopers!
Three Newcastle Grammar School Students were recently acknowledged for their outstanding results in the 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers Business Studies Competition. The annual competition, which has been running since 1999, attracts over 12,000 participants from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tonga. The competition consists of 40 multiple choice questions which focus on topical business issues, current affairs, and practical business related calculations.
Year 11 Students Matthew Brown and Edward McMahon both achieved High Distinctions in the Junior Division (Year 11) and Edward Schalit achieved a High Distinction in the Senior Division (Year 12).
Matthew Brown’s result placed him in the 94.7th percentile in the Junior Division and he received a prize winner’s cheque for $50. Edward McMahon’s result placed him in the 98.9th percentile in the Junior Division earning him a prize winner’s cheque for $100. Edward Shalit’s score placed him in the 99.7th percentile in the Senior Division and he was awarded a cheque worth $75.
The Economics Competition was launched in 1991 in New South Wales. Since then, it has grown significantly to become one of the pre-eminent competitions of its kind globally. In 1996, due to overwhelming popularity from outside NSW, the competition expanded nationally, with Students from all states and territories in Australia taking part.
The Commerce and Economics Society of UNSW initiated the Economics and Business Studies Competitions to assist the development of general and specific skills and knowledge related to business and economics.
The studies of Economics and Business Studies are crucial to our next generation. Studying economics can enhance Students' awareness of the significance of economic events as well as the implications of individual, corporate and government economic decision-making.
These results are extremely pleasing and highlight the fact that Newcastle Grammar School has a wealth of promising entrepreneurs that will undoubtedly make their mark in the business community in the near future.
Local Students awarded winners in the
National Future Leaders Climate Writing Competition!
Two outstanding local Students from Newcastle Grammar School have been recognised nationally for their outstanding essays on climate change.
Year 11 Geography Students Holly Mowbray and Alex Hunter competed against Senior Students across Australia in the Future Leaders Climate Writing competition recognising outstanding writing about climate change by a young person.
Holly’s essay, titled “Greenhouse Warming – A Moral Crisis” detailed her recent adventure sailing expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, where she stopped in front of a glacier that had almost melted away as compared to a photo in a book she had of the very same spot in 1928.
Alex wrote about the crusade of newly appointed head of London’s Climate Change Agency – Allan Jones, and how his plan of using a power system called CPH (combined heat and power) has managed to decrease the Co2 emissions of a town called Woking by 77%.
Students from around the nation were invited to submit a piece of writing 800 to 1,000 words. Three Students were awarded winners with two of them from Newcastle, the third being Daniel Florrimell from St Leonard’s College, Victoria.
Holly and Alex were each awarded $350 as well as the honor of having their essays published in a book which will be available in Libraries at all Secondary Schools throughout Australia.
The Future Leaders Awards recognise and reward young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. The Awards also aim to inspire others to engage in environmental and community issues and make a difference.
Local cellist awarded place in Australian Youth Orchestra!
Jordonne Colley, the amazing young cellist from Newcastle Grammar School has been successful in auditioning against thousands of young musicians to be offered a place in the cello section of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO).
Director of Music, Kevin Young said “We were thrilled to hear of Jordonne’s acceptance into the AYO. She is a wonderful talent and is extremely dedicated to her craft".
Jordonne is also a cellist for the Sydney Youth Orchestra which involves a trip to Sydney most Saturdays for rehearsals. She most recently played to an estimated 400 000 pilgrims for the 2008 World Youth Day Papal Vigil, as well as undertaking a regional tour of Coffs Harbour, Taree and Armidale to give concerts and work with local Students.
Jordonne began learning the cello in 2001 at the age of nine and has studied under Anthea Scott-Mitchell at Newcastle Conservatorium from the outset. This amazing talent is a member of numerous local string and symphony orchestras as well as chamber music ensembles. She is also currently cellist for the Trio Castello, tutored by Dr. Gian-Franco Ricci and Anthea Scott-Mitchell at Newcastle Conservatorium.
She holds the William Bowmore Scholarship for Cello at Newcastle Conservatorium and is currently beginning her year 12 Higher School Certificate for 2009 at Newcastle Grammar School, where she holds a music scholarship and performs as a member of the NGS String Orchestra, NGS Piano Trio and Britten Choir.
Founded in 1948, Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has attained a reputation amongst the performing arts community as one of the country's most prestigious artistic institutions - an elite training program for Australia's most talented pre-professional musical artists. A training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of Australia's finest young musicians: from the emerging, gifted, school-aged student, to those on the verge of a professional career.
In August/September each year, the AYO tours an audition panel nationally with auditions held in all the major cities of Australia. Applicants must present the AYO’s chosen orchestral excerpts as well as perform an own choice work and demonstrate sight-reading ability.
27 Local Students receive Commonwealth Sports Awards!
The 2008 Commonwealth Sport Achievement Awards were held in Newcastle last Thursday, 20 November where Sharon Grierson, Federal Member for Newcastle acknowledged the achievements of our local sporting talents.
The awards recognise such achievements as national or state team selection, community sport contributions by individuals (coaches, officials, administration) and contributions to sport by Schools, community groups or media organisations to a particular sporting event.
Newcastle Grammar School had 27 Students receive sporting awards including;
1. Maddison Allen - Basketball (NSW Representative)
2. Liam Speers - Athletics (NSW Representative)
3. Newcastle Grammar School Under 17 Coxed Quad Scull crew - (Australian Championship Silver Medallists) including
Matthew Filmer-Rowing, Jonathon Waugh, Emily Matheson, Brandon Brown, Christian Moore
4. Matthew Filmer - Outstanding Achievements in Rowing (including 9 NSW Championships and an Australian Silver medal in 2008)
5. Isabella Palmieri - Aerobics (State Silver Medallist)
6. Newcastle Grammar School - Junior Step team-Aerobics (National Gold Medallists) including Isabella Palmieri, Felicity Mullens, Alison Mullens, Imogen Rothwell, Lucy Clifton, Bianca Volschenck, Laura Campbell, Brittany McCallum, Georgia Byrnes
7. Newcastle Grammar School - Under 12 Futsal team (Australian Championship runners-Up) including Stefan Barrie,
Thomas Barter, Chris Boyle, Mitchel Cole, Declan Corbet, Max Markey, Nicholas Patsan, Angus Fisher, Josh Williams.
Students at Newcastle Grammar School are encouraged to strive for excellence and personal satisfaction in what is regarded as a key character building area. The School has had another very successful year in Sport in 2008. The Students from the School continue to be well represented at all levels of competition from HRIS, AICES, CIS and NSW Schools’ level.
Wrapped in Art!
Each year, Senior Students from Newcastle Grammar School display their artworks across a wide range of art forms including paintings, sculptures, print making and drawing.
The idea behind the exhibit is to showcase the imagination, talent and skills the current Year 9, 10 and 11 Students possess and encapsulate the creativity of elective art Students during 2008.
Opening night for this year’s exhibition – Wrapped - is on Friday, 31 October at 7.00pm in the Art Space – Hill Campus, Newcastle Grammar School and is free of charge.
The Exhibition is open this Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Newcastle Grammar School prides itself on the depth of talent within the School with 2 Students’ Art works nominated for ARTEXPRESS in 2007.
ARTEXPRESS is a cutting-edge, stylish series of contemporary exhibitions of outstanding artworks created by NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Visual Arts Students from both metropolitan and regional New South Wales, Australia.
Local School awarded State Champions in a Battle of Words!
Newcastle Grammar School’s Junior debating team was recently awarded State Champions at the Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools (HICES) debating competition – the Chapman Cup.
The Year 6 team competed against Schools including Lakes Anglican Grammar, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Bishop Tyrell Anglican College, and the International Grammar School to lastly challenge Rouse Anglican College at the Finals.
The topic was “Life was better when our Parents were young” and the Newcastle Grammar School team were affirmative. After a hard fought battle, the highly enthusiastic team won on points to take home the title of Winners of the Chapman Cup Junior Division, making them the State Champions of Independent Co-educational Schools.
The team consisted of 6 Students - Madison Boyd, Samara Thambar, Henry O’Callaghan, Connor Manwaring, Joshua Merritt, and Timothy Moore.
The HICES Debating competition is aimed at promoting not only debating, but a spirit of cooperation and community between HICES schools. Teams compete for the Chapman Cup, through Regional and then Inter-Regional Rounds.
Local Athlete, Liam Speers, aims high for the Australian Youth Olympics in ’09!
One of the region’s top athletes, Liam Speers, took home the prestigious award of “Most Outstanding Athlete” across all disciplines at the recent Hunter Academy of Sports Awards.
Liam, a Year 11 Student at Newcastle Grammar School, is an exceptional talent in track and field and specialises in Javelin, Discus and Shot Put.
Ken Clifford – CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) said “HAS track and field coaches regard Liam as an outstanding talent with the potential to get right to the top”.
This outstanding athlete recently competed at the All Schools State Titles last weekend and took home a Gold medal in Javelin and 2 Silver medals in Discus and Shot Put.
Liam is also the current U16 Australian Discus champion.
Liam has recently qualified for the Pan Pacific Games in the 3 events of Javelin, Discus and Shot Put and this week was nominated for the Australian Youth Olympics to be held in Sydney in January 2009.
Newcastle Grammar School lends a hand to the Men and Women of the NSW Police Force!
Newcastle Grammar School will be a awash with bicycles and blue TODAY when the NSW Police Force, Bicycle Training and Coordination Unit, will be conducting training on and around the School premises.
The Bicycle Training and Coordination unit will set up a small obstacle course with traffic cones to practice their manoeuvres and at the conclusion of the slow speed skills, will ride through the inside of the School.
The Bicycle Training and Coordination Unit is a unique unit within the NSW Police Force. The Unit provides training to all of the States and accredited Bicycle Operatives. Currently the State has 633 accredited Bicycle Operatives. From Bourke to the Coast and the QLD boarder to the Victorian boarder; the BTAC Unit also manages the states 450 Police Mountain Bikes.
Every Year, all bicycle operatives must complete a re-accreditation. The re-accreditation re-visits their basic training, and then provides additional training focusing on issues affecting local police.
There will be approximately 25 officers undertaking the training between 11am and 3pm.
Focused on community engagement and involvement, Newcastle Grammar School was more than happy to donate the premises for training free of charge.
Australian Idol judges Newcastle’s young talents at a Battle of the Bands!
A new event is being held this year during the Spring Fair at Newcastle Grammar School - Battle of the Bands! This is a wonderful opportunity for current Students to showcase their talent, gain invaluable knowledge from industry experts plus possibly go home with some great prizes. To help launch the event, we have 2 celebrity judges involved.
Judge 1 will be Marty Worrall from Rosie's School of Rock -
Marty became a household name when he finished 6th in Australian Idol in 2004. He has over 10 years experience as a professional singer / songwriter and holds a BA Contemporary Music (Vocal Performance), vocal performance, music theory, music history, audio engineering. Marty teaches singing and piano at Rosie's School of Rock, a facility that operates under the guidance of one of Australia’s most successful musicians - Craig "Rosie" Rosevear. No one else can bring the passion, enthusiasm and music industry experience to a teaching facility as well as “Rosie”. All Students and Parents involved in Rosie's School of Rock will have face to face contact with "Rosie", who will regularly check in on all Students and update Parents on their children's progress.
Judge 2 will be Shane "Crooksie” Crooks from Muso's Corner -
Shane works at Muso’s Corner Newcastle as the P.A and Bass Technician. Skill in the P.A arena has seen him tour with acts The Screaming Jets, Marcia Heinz, and Killing Heidi. Whilst on holidays in the U.S.A landed a break as Tech Hand for Metallica. On the local band front Shane has played for Celtic rock band Highlander is currently playing bass and vocals for cover band Blue World Order performing songs from AC/DC, Grinspoon, The living End etc. Shane has also designed P.A and lighting requirements for Bands and theatre shows most notably Energy Australia Stadium and Annas School of Music.
The annual Spring Fair will be held at the Newcastle Grammar School’s Park Campus on Saturday 20th September 2008.
This is a wonderful day full of activities including stalls, rides, games, and performances; and allows past, current and future Families the chance to enjoy each others company, win some great prizes and view the School facilities.
Australian Jazz Great John Morrison shows Newcastle Grammar School Jazz Band Brazz RaZoo how it’s done!
Newcastle Grammar School Jazz Band – Brazz RaZoo will have a special visitor on Friday 8th August when Jazz Great John Morrison will visit the School to show them the tricks of the trade!
John will be working with the Novocastrian musicians to give them tips on performance, musical prowess and show business.
Brazz Razoo is the School’s Senior Jazz bands made up of enthusiastic musicians from Years 7 to 12. They are a very well known local band that have performed at numerous events throughout Newcastle and the Hunter Valley and in 2007 competed in the Aurora Festival in Christchurch, NZ, bringing home a Gold award.
The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.
John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting, his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz rock.
John will be visiting the School on Friday 8th August at 1:30pm.
Newcastle Grammar School Under 6 Soccer Team raises curtain at Newcastle JETS home game!
Newcastle Grammar School Under 6 Soccer Team will be playing against other local teams at a special prelude to the first Newcastle JETS home game of the season tomorrow night.
The Students have been nervously gearing up all week for the big game tomorrow night where they will play other Under 6 Students from Schools including Lambton, Kotara, and Broadmeadow Public School.
Games commence from 7:15pm, Friday 15th August at Energy Australia Stadium.
NEXUS Art Exhibition raises funds for NEXUS Unit at John Hunter Hospital!
NEXUS 10 is the annual art exhibition hosted by Newcastle Grammar School which features many of Newcastle’s leading artists.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the exhibit, a new relationship has formed with the NEXUS Unit at the John Hunter Hospital whereby a portion of the money raised through sales will be donated to this extremely worthwhile Unit at the Hospital.
The NEXUS Unit is an acute intensive care paediatric and adolescent mental health unit that has been operational for five and a half years and has operated at 100% capacity for most of this time. The unit cares for children with a broad range of diagnosis, aside from the acute situations they also care for children with behavioural problems associated with autism & aspergers, eating disorders and mood disorders.
The exhibit will be held on the top floor of the new Holland building at the School, with spectacular views overlooking Newcastle CBD and harbour through to Nobbys headland and beyond.
Margaret McBride, the then head of the Art department at Newcastle Grammar School, started the exhibition ten years ago with the idea in mind to give Students access to local artists in a valuable cultural activity, whilst at the same time giving the artist a chance to exhibit and sell their works. The first exhibition was an outstanding success and the tradition that is NEXUS has grown ever more successful each year.
Many different art forms will be exhibited including; painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics and illustration.
This fabulous event provides many art lovers the opportunity to meet many of the exhibiting artists and purchase their work.
Some of the artists exhibiting this year include: Jane Parkes, Kerry Coles, Giselle Penn, Brett Alexander, Julie Owers, Brian Cox, Margaret McBride, Joy Longworth, Barry Maitland, Nikki Marsh, Kate Hansen, Tonia Martin, Bruce Rowland, Pauline Tickner,
Rae Richards, Delilah Van Wyk, Varelle Hardy, Darrell Tickner, Sue Jones, Paul Thomas, David Middlebrook, and Angela Armstrong.
The exhibition will open on Friday 19 September at 7pm with special guest Speaker Ron Ramsey – the new Director, Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Opening night is always a celebratory affair with fine wine, champagne and canapés supplied by James Estate Wines and Thyme Catering.
Exhibition Opening Times
Saturday 20 September 11am - 3pm
Sunday 21 September 11am - 3pm
Saturday 27 September 11am - 3pm
Sunday 28 September 11am - 3 pm
Cincinnati Junior Strings Ensemble, during Australian tour, shows Students from Newcastle Grammar School the joys of music
On Monday 28th July 2008, Newcastle Grammar School will be privileged to be the only Newcastle School to host the Cincinnati Junior Strings Ensemble where Students from the Park Campus (Kindergarten to Year 4) can enjoy a morning concert followed by sectional group lessons where Students work with a Tutor to hone their skills on their preferred String instrument.
In the evening, the Cincinnati Junior Strings will join with the Newcastle Grammar School Senior String Orchestra and the Hunter School of Performing Arts String Orchestra to perform a concert at the Christ Church Cathedral.
Cincinnati Junior Strings, a teaching-performing orchestra for students from age 9 to 15 years who play violin, viola, cello or string bass, is designed to augment and cooperate with area School string programs in training young players. In addition to its annual School tours and concert schedule, the ensemble regularly appears by invitation at state and national conventions for music teachers. The young musicians have also performed on tours to Ireland, England, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
Whether in Cincinnati, Chicago or Newcastle, the purpose of the Cincinnati Junior Strings performances is the same - to illustrate that playing a stringed instrument is fun, satisfying and leads to a lifetime filled with the joys of music.
Cincinnati Junior Strings will also travel to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane as part of their Australian Tour.
Fantasy, Farewell and Florentines at Newcastle Grammar School after 17 years of Service
Newcastle Grammar School waved a fond farewell to the School's outgoing Director of Music,
Ms Rose Saunders on Thursday 26th June at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, after 17 years of service.
The end of Semester concert, with the theme “Fantasy, Farewell and Florentines” was held featuring 16 acts ranging from the sweet sounds of The Chapel Choir singing Mozart and the stupendous work of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy and pianist Michael Power. Over 350 current and past Families, Staff and Students’ attended the evening.
Since Ms Saunders took over the reigns as Director of Music at Newcastle Grammar School in 2001, the Students flocked to join a choir, so much so that now there are eight choirs established with dedicated Teachers for Students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
One of the highlight’s of Ms Saunders’ career was the trip to Europe in 2001 when her Newcastle Grammar School Choir won the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale, in Verona.
Newcastle Grammar School celebrates 90 Years!
Newcastle Grammar School will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Newcastle Church of England Girls’ Grammar School on Friday 1st August with a foray of events.
Commencing at 9:15am – A Founders’ Day Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral where The Headmaster of Newcastle Grammar School, Mr Alan Green, will present a number of items representing the decades that have past since the School’s inception. Following this, Fr Timothy Fox will be commissioned as the new Chaplain for the School.
At 12 midday, the School’s SATU Cadets will conduct a Passing Out Parade on the Hill Campus School courts wearing their ceremonial uniform. The reviewing officer for the parade will be LtCol Richard Morgan, Senior Cadet Officer, NSW Australian Army Cadets.
The Park Campus will hold Grandparents’ Day for Families of the School followed by an afternoon of performances including Strings, Semitones, Tones, Aerobics, and Minims.
In the evening, Founders’ Day Dinner will be held at the Sandy Warren Performance Centre at Park Campus with a host of Staff, School Families and Dignitaries attending.
Newcastle Grammar School, established in 1859, is one of Newcastle's most historically significant schools. The School has links to the earliest days of Anglican education in the city, beginning in 1816 when convict Henry Wrensford taught thirty eight children in a small room in Christ Church, on the site of today's Cathedral.
Newcastle Church of England Girls' Grammar School was officially opened on 22 July 1918 with an enrolment of fifty six girls. The School was relocated to Morpeth from 7 June 1942 until some time in 1943.
The control and administration of the School was given by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to The Pittwater House Schools in 1976 until the end of 1991 and in 1978, boys were once again enrolled at the School.
In 1992 the School's administration was returned to Newcastle and Newcastle Grammar School is now conducted by Newcastle Grammar School Limited, a non-profit Company limited by guarantee.
Today, Newcastle Grammar School is the leading independent School in the Hunter Valley Region.
Newcastle Grammar School Winners at State Aerobics and Fitness Championships
On Saturday 26th July Newcastle Grammar School Aerobics teams competed in the FISAF Aerobics and Fitness State Championships held in Sydney at the University of Technology Sydney. The School had a very successful day gaining 6 State Titles, 3 silvers medals and two bronze medals.
The School was very successful in the fitness category winning all three age groups and gaining gold medals in mini, cadet and junior categories.
Isabella Palmieri gained a silver medal in the cadet individual category. Her routine on the day was performed with precision and her skills displayed great strength. The School then had four step teams compete gaining one gold in the cadet step category and a silver and bronze in the hard fought junior section.
To end the day, the Schools four hip hop teams competed gaining a gold and silver medal. The Year 6 team performed extremely well displaying some good attitude on stage and executing their moves with precision. In the junior category the School was also successful in gaining a gold medal with the second team performing very well and finishing in fourth place.
Newcastle Grammar School raises more than $65 000 for School in Farkwa, Tanzania
In October 2007, Newcastle Grammar School committed to a World Vision School to School program where they have commenced a project to raise $150,000 over three years to build 3 boarding houses for a School in the Farkwa Community of Tanzania.
Headmaster Mr Alan Green said “This is more than just a fund raising initiative, this project is encourages Students to be more globally aware, globally minded and globally supportive”.
The program allows Students the opportunity for learning and cultural exchange as the School raises funds to assist a School in another country. The School to School Program offers the chance for first hand learning and the potential for bringing new hope to children and young people growing up in a very different environment.
Newcastle Grammar School has raised over $65 000 through various fundraising activities including a recent campaign called “Phones for Farkwa”, where the School will collect old mobile phones for recycling.
Newcastle Grammar School Chamber Choir fundraising for the victims of Chengdu.
Newcastle Grammar School Chamber Choir is planning a fundraising dinner for the victims of the recent Chengdu earthquake.
The magnitude -7.9 earthquake that struck near Chengdu city on the 12th May has caused thousands to lose their lives and made millions homeless. It is the largest earthquake to hit China since 1976. The official death toll has so far officially reached 34,073 - but experts say the number of dead is expected to be around 50,000.
The fundraising event is being held at Chinois Restaurant, Newcastle on Monday 16th June 2008. Guests can indulge in a range of Chinese cuisine starting with entrée followed by six main courses, and proceeds of the dinner will go to the victims of the Chengdu earthquake. Cost is $40.00 person and includes the Chinese banquet, live entertainment, auctions and great prize giveaways.
Newcastle Grammar School is planning a tour of the region from the 30th June to 10 July, with 18 students from the School's Chamber Ensemble of choir singers and string player’s participating in a total of 4 concerts in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. They will be playing at various conservatoires, concert halls, and local schools.
Newcastle Grammar School Music Stars perform at
Bacchus Restaurant over High Tea for children’s charity.
Newcastle Grammar School’s award winning Music Teachers are joining forces to perform a delightful program of music at Bacchus Restaurant in Newcastle, combining music and High Tea – all for charity.
The first concert on Sunday 11th May 2008, is the first of a series of three to be held this Autumn.
Guests will have the chance to indulge in a traditional High Tea menu, whilst savouring the sounds of classical guitar and flute performed by Teachers of Music from Newcastle Grammar School including Nicole Sherringham and Sally Roper. A variety of classics and old favourites ranging from Piazzolla to Jazz are just a sample of what will be on offer.
All profits from this concert will go towards the Nicholas Trust – a group committed to the care of children in the final stages of their young lives. The trust aims to achieve the establishment of services and facilities specialised to the needs of palliative children and their extended families.
The Nicholas Trust was established in 2006 and was inspired by Jenny and Craig Butters. The Butters lost their son Nicholas to cancer and are motivated to help facilities like the John Hunter Childrens Hospital, optimise the quality and level of care able to be provided to patients requiring palliative care.
Cost is $40 per person and includes High Tea from 3:30pm and the concert from 5:30pm.
Local Business Identity Voted as New Director of the AIS
Last Wednesday 21st May, the Annual General Meeting for the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) was held where local business identity, Dr John Miller was elected as Director of the Association.
Dr Miller, who has been Chairman of the Board of Newcastle Grammar School since 2004, is a practicing Psychiatrist specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a keen interest in Art with his successful Art Gallery - John Miller Galleries, located in Darby Street.
The AIS is the peak body for Independent Schools in NSW and represents the interests of all Independent Schools in consultations with Governments, Statutory Authorities and a wide range of other Education Stakeholders. The Association is made up of more than 300 member Schools which together enrol more than 110,800 students.
Alan G Green, Headmaster of Newcastle Grammar School was thrilled with Dr Miller’s appointment saying “This is the first time that anyone from the Hunter or Regional NSW has been elected to this Directorship. It is wonderful recognition of Dr Miller’s contribution to Independent Education as well as Newcastle Grammar School”.
Newcastle Grammar School Cadets Lead 12,000 at First Anzac Dawn Service in France
Newcastle Grammar Cadets had the honour of being the first and only Australian school participating in an historical 14 day military tour officially commemorating Australian troops who lost their lives in battles on the Western Front during WW1.
In WW1, after the 8 month campaign at Gallipoli, Australian troops entered the trenches of France and Belgium. Three years later, 52,000 were dead. Anzac Day 2008 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Amiens in which Australian troops recaptured the village of Villers Bretonneaux, forcing a German withdrawal. They secured the city of Amiens and denied a German advance to the coast. The Australian attack on Villers Bretonneaux is described by General G.W. Grogan VC, as “perhaps the greatest individual feat of the War”.
Newcastle Grammar School’s SATU Cadets departed Australia on Monday 14 April 2008 and embarked on an extraordinary tour that saw students visit battlefields, cemeteries and memorials including Passchendaele, Mont St Quentin, Pozieres, Fromelles, Bullecourt and Villers-Bretonneux which represent some of the darkest days in our nation’s history.
Invited by the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux as part of a 700 strong official contingent, Newcastle Grammar Schools Cadets wore custom made replica uniforms of WW1 Diggers and mounted a guard at the Cenotaph for the duration of the first official ANZAC Dawn Service held in France. Following the Dawn Service, the Cadets proudly led the ANZAC Day March through the historic town of Villers-Bretonneux. The Dawn Service attracted approximately 12,000 people including French and Australian dignitaries and was broadcast live in Australia on ABC television.
Year 12 student Emily Bowler of the SUO NGS Cadet Unit said “As a Cadet, I felt enormously privileged to represent my School, Cadet Unit and Country at our nation’s first ANZAC Day Dawn Service in France. Commemorating the ANZAC’s and experiencing this part of Australian history in a modern day context is a true once in a lifetime opportunity”.
The purpose of the tour was to give students an educational journey through the landscapes of France and Belgium and to become witness to the memory of the thousands who lost their lives in the battlefields. This experience strengthened their knowledge of Australia’s military history and consequently their own Australian identity.