A wonderful end to 2014

It has been a wonderful end to the 2014 school year seeing so many of our students continue to improve in their academics and in their involvement, interest and commitment to their school. Our students have again achieved in the areas of academics, competitions, sports, performing arts and areas of student service with great accomplishments at school, state and national levels. There is much on offer for our kids and there are never ending stories of success and achievement.

This week our students were each presented with their semester 2 report that details their progress over the last 6 months. The new report format provides valuable information on your child’s achievements, application to their learning and social interaction and graphically allows you to see where they perform relative to their year group. With the newly implemented teaching programs and constant refinement of assessments, our teachers are able to more accurately report on your child’s achievement.

At our annual presentation, I reflected on the strategic directions of the school and the accomplishments made along the way. The changes, resources and drive to bring about a positive school climate that ensured students felt safe and happy in a school that wanted them to feel connected and inspired to take up the opportunities offered and do their best. We focused on school organisation, to get it right with timetables, communication, processes and procedures that keep a school functioning in a way that teacher energies can be better directed into teaching and learning to meet the needs of our students. And while we remain committed to continually improving in all these areas, we have made many huge gains that are not only characterised by functioning procedures but a culture that continually seeks to get it right.

We focused on Student wellbeing. We have renewed our approach to student support, from learning assistance, emotional and social supports, through to creating a school where student voice is becoming instrumental to the positive culture of the school. Active participation and a sense of citizenship is growing extraordinarily well at Gymea and the groups of students involved in so many activities, from sports, performing and creative arts through to the many interest groups with the environmental groups, the student leadership assembly and our design2learn student team as just a few examples that exhibit that passion and drive that continues to grow in our student body. Our elected leaders, the prefects and the Student Leadership Assembly continue to provide meaningful planning and execution of ideas to bring our community together. A Multicultural Day, our second in our schools recent history, was a fantastic success, something pursued and organised by our student leaders and so beautifully brought so many together to celebrate the diversity that makes up our school. Our relentless approach to embedding behaviour management in school focused on teaching and reinforcing positive behaviours is echoed through our mantra for all students as safe, respectful and successful learners. Our students are indeed safe, are respectful and increasingly successful at what they put their minds to.

However, it is student learning that has remained pivotal to all our planning and activity. As our third area of focus, there have been many positive changes made with our curriculum and its structures, with the Australian curriculum providing the spring board into the redesign of teaching and learning programs and with the continual refinement of assessments and associated procedures. Our teachers are continuing to blend those important capabilities of literacy and numeracy, of information communication technologies, of critical and creative thinking and those 21st century learning skills that our current generation of learners demand for success. Our connect2learn program provides the opportunity for students to bring their own contemporary digital devices to school and has allowed those students with an important tool to organise their own learning, to access learning and information anywhere and anytime, and provides for authentic collaboration and communication of learning. This program is still throwing endless opportunities in front of us, has taken us through at the most worthwhile and exciting learning experiences and will prove to be the most successful strategy yet to blend information technologies into student learning and enable activities that harness those 21st century skills.

Our planning for 2015 – 2017 has engaged many it its development. Executive, teachers, parents and students have all contributed towards the development of our pan and the directions the school will take over the next three years. Early in 2015, we will present that plan and make it available for our students and families to see.

Gymea is a fantastic school that has enjoyed a great year. I am proud of our students and their wonderful achievements. I wish everyone in our school community a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

Peter Marsh

Principal

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  • HSC Exams Year 12
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Food Technology - 9FT1 Task 4: Food for Special Needs Practical Task and Portfolio Year 9
  • PDHPE 7a Task 6: Examination Year 7
  • Dance Troupe - Schools Spectacular
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  • Valid Test Year 8
  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • PDHPE 10e Task 6: Yearly Test (moodle) Year 10
  • Technology -7THE4, 7THE5, 7THE6, 7THE7 Task 2: Inspired by Me- Porject and Portfolio Year 7
  • Technology - 7TIA1, 7TIA2, 7TIA3 Task 2: Souvenir Shop - Project and Portfolio Year 7
  • HSC Geography Pyrmont Fieldwork Year 11
  • 3D Game Training Workshop Series
  • PASS 10pass1 Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 10
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Industrial Technology - Timber - 9ITW1 Task 4: My Design - Practical Project and Portfolio Year 9
  • Industrial Technology - Timber - 9ITW1 Task 5: Yearly Exam - Units 1, 2, & 3 Year 9
  • PDHPE 8g Task 6: Moodle Test Year 8
  • PDHPE 10y Task 6: Yearly Test (moodle) Year 10
  • Industrial Technology - Timber - 9ITW2 Task 4: My Design - Practical Project and Portfolio Year 9
  • Industrial Technology - Timber - 9ITW2 Task 5: Yearly Exam - Units 1, 2, & 3 Year 9
  • 8 Music Y Task 6: Class Test - Practical Year 8
  • 7MusicY Task 4: Class Test - Practical Year 7
  • NSW Schools Constitutional Convention
  • Sydney Uni Junior Debating Day
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • PDHPE 10m Task 6: Yearly Test (moodle) Year 10
  • PDHPE 9a Task 4: Yearly Examination Year 9
  • PDHPE 7y Task 6: Examination Year 7
  • PDHPE 9e Task 6: Examination Year 9
  • PDHPE 7e Task 6: Examination Year 7
  • PDHPE 7a Task 6: Examination Year 7
  • Community and Family Studies Task 1: Independent Research Project Part 2 Year 11
  • 8 Music M Task 6: Class Test - Practical Year 8
  • 7MusicM Task 4: Class Test - Practical Year 7
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  • PDHPE 8y Task 6: Moodle Test Year 8
  • PDHPE 10g Task 6: Yearly Test (moodle) Year 10
  • Food Technology - 9FT1 Task 5: Yearly Exam Units 3 & 4 Year 9
  • Dance Troupe - Schools Spectacular
  • 7MusicA Task 4: Class Test - Practical Year 7
  • 7MusicG Task 4: Class Test - Practical Year 7
  • NSW Stale Library - Society and Culture Research
  • English Exam Year 10
  • Science Exam Year 8
  • T20 Cricket Competition
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Forensic Archaeology - Task 5 - Presentation - Shipwrecks Year 9
  • Maths Exam Year 7
  • English Exam Year 9
  • History/Geography Exam Year 10
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • PDHPE 7g Task 6: Examination Year 7
  • PDHPE 8m Task 6: Moodle Test Year 8
  • Technology-8THE1, 8THE2, 8THE3 Task 3: Designers Research Task Year 8
  • Technology-8TIA4, 8TIA5, 8TIA6 Task 3: Inovations and EmergingTechnologies - Research Task Year 8
  • 3D Game Training Workshop Series
  • Geography Task 1: Field Work Report Year 11
  • Music Musicology Year 9
  • PASS 10pass1 Task 6: Research Task Year 10
  • PASS 10pass2 Task 6: Research Task Year 10
  • Maths Exam Year 9
  • Science Exam Year 10
  • History/Geography Exam Year 7
  • Black Dog Cup Soccer U15
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  • Como Riverview Markets Performance
  • Synergy Sunday Rehearsal
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  • PDHPE 8e Task 6: Moodle Test Year 8
  • Technology - 7TIA1, 7TIA2, 7TIA3 Task 3: Yearly Exam Year 7
  • History/Geography Exam Year 9
  • English Exam Year 8
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  • PDHPE 9g Task 6: Examination Year 9
  • PDHPE 9m Task 6: Examination Year 9
  • PDHPE 9e Task 6: Examination Year 9
  • Formal at LAqua (Darling Harbour) Year 12
  • Maths Exam Year 10
  • History/Geography Exam Year 8
  • Prefect Leadership Day @ Gunnamatta Park Year 11
  • Science Exam Year 9
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  • Semester 2 exams Junior
  • Sign out Year 12
  • Technology -7THE4, 7THE5, 7THE6, 7THE7 Task 3: Yearly Exam Year 7
  • Maths Exam Year 8
  • English Exam Year 7
  • Swim Test Excursion 10 PASS
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  • Semester 2 exams Junior
  • Child Studies Task 5: Class Test Year 9
  • Business Studies Task 1: Operations Research Task Year 11
  • Industrial Technology - Multimedia Task 1: Major Project Stage 1 Year 11
  • Music Task 6b Listening - Examination Year 9
  • ITM task 4 - Class Test Year 9
  • Science Exam Year 7
  • Womens World Cup Rugby League (CANCELLED) Yrs 7-10
  • Digital Graphics Design Workshop Year 7
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  • Music G Assignment - Composition Year 8
  • Caffeination Station Training
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  • Chemistry Task 1: Open Ended Investigation Year 11
  • Music Y Assignment - Composition Year 8
  • Peer Leader Training Year 9
  • Caffeination Station Training
  • Digital Graphics Design Workshops Year 7
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  • Information night Year 6
  • Dance Task 6: Practical Dance for Audience Year 9
  • Music E & M Assignment - Composition Year 8
  • Childrens Theatre Kirrawee Excursion Year 9
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  • Dance Troupe - Schools Spectacular
  • NAIDOC Assembly Students
  • NAIDOC Activities Year 7
  • Mathematics Extension 1 Task 1: In Class Test Year 11
  • Year 9 Music - Task 6: Composition
  • Caffeination Station Training
  • International Students Careers Presentation
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  • Mathematics General 2Task 1: In Class Test Year 11
  • Mathematics Task 1: In Class Test Year 11
  • Accelerated Computing Task 4 - Class Test Year 7
  • Accelerated Computing - Task 4 - Class Test Year 8
  • School Cyber Safety Presentation
  • Dance Troupe - Schools Spectacular
  • Legal Studies Task 1: Crime Research Report Year 11
  • Literacy Evaluation - Student Focus Group
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  • Dance Troupe - Schools Spectacular
  • Modern History Task 1: Source Analysis Task Year 11
  • Design and Technology Task 1: Major Design Project Year 11
  • Caffeination Station Training
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  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Hospitality Work Placement Year 11
  • Food Technology Task 1: AFI Case Study Year 11
  • Society and Culture Task 1: PIP Proposal Year 11
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  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Family Interviews
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  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Dance Production Rehearsal
  • Technology Team Induction
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  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Information Processes and Technology Task 1: Major Project Stage 1 Year 9
  • Modern History Seminar Year 12
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