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1 APRIL 2021| Week 10B | Term 1
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have come to the end of a very positive and exciting term, where the energy and engagement in learning has continued throughout. We have also enjoyed the easing of COVID restrictions, which has enabled us to welcome families back onto the school site, and allows activities, excursions and events to go ahead. These things have also created a buzz around the school. I am looking forward to this continuing all year.  

The sense of learning happening from TYC through to year 12 is visible. I love the phrase – you can see it, feel it and hear it, as you move around the school. 

Our 2021 motto, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’, is being lived across school. It is wonderful to see students using their god-given strengths and talents to good effect. 

I am pleased to announce that Miss Annerley Fitzsimmons has accepted the Kinder Red teaching position until Mrs Julie Jones returns. Miss Fitzsimmons has experience of SGS Kinder through her teacher training and will fit well into the staff team. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Julie Smart and Mrs Sally Archibald for their care and guidance of Kindi Red for Term 1. 

Our K – 12 Cross Country was an awesome day on Friday. The joy of being able to go ahead because of the agility of the sport team to change venues and the willingness of Scone Race Club to facilitate this change was excellent. It was a beautiful venue and enabled everyone to have a fun-filled day. The House lunch was also a hit back at school. A huge thank you to Mr Heath Courtney, CEO of the race club, and our sports and house staff for the day. 

A reminder that we will hold our SGS Fete and Markets early in the new term. This is a wonderful day for building SGS community, and I encourage you all to be involved where you can. 

We commence next term in winter uniform and remain in it for Terms 2 and 3. 

As we come to the holidays and Easter time, I encourage everyone to stop and remember what Jesus did for us all on that first Easter, by dying on the cross and rising again so we can have the opportunity to be a part of God’s family. Have a safe and refreshing break. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school for the start of the new term. 

Mr Paul Smart, Principal



Harmony realising her aspirations

Harmony W completed the HSC last year and received entry into a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle. “To study a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle has always been a true aspiration of mine. This love of learning to become a pharmacist will allow me to strive to do what I have always wanted - to look after people and their health.”, said Harmony.   
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Ancient Egyption History - TUT Roadshow

The TUT Roadshow visited Scone Grammar School last week and our Year 7 and 8 History students enjoyed exploring Ancient Egypt. Incursions like this are a great way to inspire curiosity and motivation for learning.  Some of the key concepts they explored were tombs, wall paintings, maths, security and the origin of writing.


Debating

Pictured here are our Primary students who’ve joined debating this year, having just received their badges on assembly. After a 2020 Covid hiatus, the HICES (Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools) Debating Competition has commenced again this year in the virtual world. Our Open, Middle School and Junior Teams have all recently competed in debates against Lakes Grammar, Newcastle Grammar and Bishop Tyrell Anglican College.  Read more for insight into their debates.

Musical Instruments for TYC

Research tells us that music can enhance brain function in children. Musical activities (such as playing an instrument, singing or just listening to music) stimulate the brain, and this brain workout leads to improved brain structure with the formation of new neural connections.

 
The Yellow Cottage students came over to Scone Grammar School to visit Mr Buckley or ‘Mr Music’ as the children called him.  One of the advantages of being part of a P-12 school is that we can visit and spend time with specialty teachers.

We looked inside a piano, looked at a saxophone, listened to Mr Buckley play a clarinet, his very first guitar, an electric guitar, a bass and a ukulele. We got to hear ‘The Last Post’ on the bugle and some cool trumpet and trombone music. 

Cross Country

Well done to everyone who participated in our Cross Country today – from Kindergarten right through to Year 12.  We’re very grateful to our Sports Co-ordinators, Miss Yasmin Meakes and Mrs Anna Brayshaw for the huge effort involved in relocating our Cross Country, following the rain we had earlier in the week.   Thank you as well to parents and family who came out to cheer students on.  Your encouragement and contributions are always welcome.  

For details of our Age Champions please click
here and for more photos, visit the photo albums on our Facebook page.


HRIS Sports Update
 

It’s great to see students able to compete again in HRIS (Hunter Region Independent Schools) competitions again. SGS students have competed at HRIS swimming and represented HRIS in swimming at the CIS (Combined Independent Schools) competition and trialed for HRIS netball, hockey and touch football teams.  There’s some strong sporting talent among our students and it’s great to see them training and persevering to develop these skills.  

Please click
here to view our latest HRIS results.

 



Olivia's Upper Hunter Show Riding

Olivia rode her Galloway Beckworth Magic Memories (Eddy) to win a reserve Champion, 3 Championships and a Supreme Champion in the Upper Hunter Show last week.  This was a superb effort and we wish Olivia and her sister, Georgia the best of luck as they compete at the Royal Easter Show over the holidays.  

Easter Hat Parade | Pink Shirt Day | TYC turned Purple

Colour and care have been spread around the school over the past week.  Our Primary students displayed their Easter Hat creations, we all wore pink to say no to bullying and The Yellow Cottage Preschool team wore purple to raise awareness about epilepsy. For more photos please visit the SGS Facebook page and TYC Facebook page.
Thriving Wellbeing

As a school community we know the importance of building wellbeing to help students to flourish.  Sometimes we need an extra boost and some more tools to add to our Kitbag for Life.  Daniel Merza - Student Wellbeing Specialist, Award-winning Speaker, Author is a student wellbeing specialist.  He visited us last week, providing wellbeing tools to develop positive, healthy habits to help our Year 6 and 7 students to thrive.  Daniel has written a book called ‘Get the monkeys off your back” and we have copies available for loan from our library.

SGS COMMUNITY


Open Days are a chance for families – both parents and students, to come in and see Scone Grammar School in action.  Please spread the word to any families who may be interested.   For our next Open Day – Monday 26 April, we will be organising school tours by appointment, allowing us to focus on the areas of the school that are most relevant to new families.

Please encourage new families to contact our School Registrar Mrs Amanda Darling by email - registrar@sgs.nsw.edu.au or on (02) 6545 3131 to make an appointment between 9-11am.

ANZAC Day

On Sunday 25 April, the first weekend back in Term 2, the school will once again commemorate ANZAC Day by asking student and staff representatives to attend the various ceremonies in the Merriwa, Willow Tree, Gundy, Scone, Aberdeen, Murrurundi, Quirindi, Denman, Muswellbrook and Singleton districts.  If your child/ren are willing to participate and represent SGS please complete the ANZAC Day service form on SkoolBag to help us to co-ordinate staff and students.  

We’d also like to gather photos of the day, so if your child is participating and you’re able to photograph them with or without other students, please email the photograph to Louisa Bragg - lbragg@sgs.nsw.edu.au.

Canteen orders & Help needed

Please submit your Canteen lunch orders via SkoolBag either the night before or by 9am the following morning.  Orders will be cut off at 9am on the day of the lunch order to provide enough time to preparation.

Brooke Terry, mum to Kindergarten student, Lily, has been helping in our canteen and commented that finding ways to be involved in the school is the best way to get to know our school.  The kids love it too!  We’re still looking for SGS family to help next term.  
Please contact our Canteen Co-ordinators, Jen Crackett or Fi Bailey - canteen@sgs.nsw.edu.au, if you are able to help out.
 

Apple Picking

Our Year 6 students spent some time at Tilse’s Apple Orchard last week.  The visit was primarily focused on serving someone within the community – an important aspect of our Scone Grammar School Christian foundation. 


It's also something that could be a fun family outing over the holidays.  The Orchard Lodge is open to pick your own over the next couple of weekends - Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm.  Visit The Orchard Lodge Facebook page for more info.

SGS Fete & Markets - Saturday 9 May

Our school fete is not far away.  We would be grateful if you could spread the word to family, friends and any groups that you are part of.  Your CLP/s (Class Liaison Parents) will be in contact about how you can help out at the fete.


We are also seeking student buskers to provide entertainment at the fete between 12-3pm.  Please see SkoolBag notices if you think your child might be interested.
 

ANGLICAN COMMUNITY

Easter Services

Easter Services at Scone Anglican and surrounding churches.

Good Friday  8.30am, 2 April St Luke’s Scone

Easter Eve 7pm, 3 April, St Jude’s Bunnan

Easter Day 8.30am & 10.30am, 4 April, St Luke’s 
Church Services

Please click on the link to your parish or local area for details of what is happening at each church.

UPPER HUNTER COMMUNITY


Easter Holiday Tennis Camps

Easter Holiday tennis camps at Scone Tennis Club.
Visit
Scone Hardcourts Tennis Facebook page.
Enquiries Chris 0400 331 553.

Toybox

Come and join the Toy Box Mobile Play group from 9.30-12. All are welcome.  Covid sign in and temperature checks still apply.   For Term 2 locations, please click on this link to view the timetable on the Upper Hunter Community Services Inc Facebook page.

Scone Hockey

COME and TRY DAY (existing 4-8yr olds + newcomers)
8:30am - 9:30am, Saturday 17th April, 2021 

Never played hockey before? Then this is for you! Targeting all ages* and abilities to come along, have some fun with a programme designed to teach key skills.  Sticks will be available for use to those whom are trying hockey for the first time.

Pre-Season Hockey Development Clinic 
9:30am - 11am Saturday 17th April, 2021 

For existing players aged between 9-17yrs 
This clinic is for existing players aged 9-17 years and is designed to further develop core skills and ability. 

Visit
Scone Hockey Facebook page for more info.

Holidays


6-9 April
Admin office closed
Tuesday 6 April Uniform shop open 8am-4pm

12-16 April
Admin office open

 

Term 2 dates


Week 1A 19-23 April 

Sunday - ANZAC Day Public Holiday & Parade


Week 2B 26-30 April

Monday - Open Day for new families
Wednesday SGS Council Meeting

Week 3A 3-7 May

Saturday  - SGS Fete

Week 4B 10-14 May

Wednesday - ACER & Music Scholarships Close

Thursday
Secondary Experience Day - Year 5 & 6 students

Friday - Appreciate Inquiry Summit Pupil Free Day

Week 5A 17-21 May

Thursday
'Get to Know Secondary' for SGS Primary parents

Saturday - ACER & Music Scholarship Tests

Week 6B 24-28 May

Wednesday - School Council Meeting

Week 7A 31 May - 4 June


Week 8B 7-11 June


Week 9A 15-18 June

Monday - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Friday - Term 2 concludes

TYC finishes 25 June

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