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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August 2017

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  • Year 8,10 Subject Selection Evening
  • Year 8,10 Subject Selection Evening
  • PDHPE 10m Task 4: Investigation and Careers Task Year 10
  • PDHPE 10g Task 4: Investigation and Careers Task Year 10
  • NCSS Coding Challenge Year 8
  • NCSS Coding Challenge Year 9
  • NCSS Coding Challenge Year 10
  • ICAS English Competition Year 9
  • ICAS English Competition Year 10
  • Ancient History Task 3 - Research Task - Ancient Societies Year 12
  • Science - Task 4 - Practical Task Year 7
  • Science - Task 4 - Practical Task Year 7
  • Science - Task 4 - Practical Task Year 7
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  • Create 2017
  • Geography Task 3 - Senior Geography Project Year 11
  • Physics - Task 1 - Motion Assessment Year 11
  • Iceskating Yrs 7 & 9 PASS
  • Sydney East Regional Athletics Carnival 2017 Students
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  • Science - Task 5 - Research Task Year 8
  • Science - Task 5 - Research Task Year 8
  • Science - Task 5 - Research Task Year 8
  • Workshops Year 10
  • Sydney East Regional Athletics Carnival 2017 Students
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  • Workshops Year 10
  • 12ART.1 Visual Arts - Task 6:Trial HSC - Resolution of BOW Year 12
  • Visual Arts - Task 3:Development of a Body of Work Year 11
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Year 8,9 online Subject Selection
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Year 8,9 online Subject Selection
  • Construction and Landscaping Task 5: Exam Year 12
  • PDHPE 10e Task 4: Investigation and Careers Task Year 10
  • Community and Family Studies Task 5: Written Examination Year 12
  • PDHPE Task 4: Trial Examination Year 12
  • Visual Arts - Task 5:Historical/Critical Study Year 8
  • Student Well Being Day (CANCELLED) Year 11
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • P&C Meeting
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • IST Task 4 - Class Test Year 10
  • P&C Meeting Parents
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Subject Selection Interviews Year 10
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Subject Selection Interviews Year 10
  • First Aid Course Year 11
  • Indigenous Storytelling 7G/7E
  • Indigenous Storytelling 7M/7Y/7A
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Economics Task 3 Research Report - Operation of Markets Year 11
  • CBA Start Smart Workshops
  • Zone Debating Year 9
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • PDHPE Task 3: Essay Year 11
  • Community and Family Studies Task 3: Communities Year 11
  • AIME Outreach Program (Yrs 9, 10, 11 & 12)
  • PASS 10 pass2 Task 4: Investigation Task Year 10
  • PASS 10pass1 Task 4: Investigation Task Year 10
  • 40 hour famine Fundraising BBQ SLA
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
  • Visual Arts - Task 4:Body of Work-Shell Studies Year 7
  • Visual Arts - Task 4:Critical/Historical Study Year 9
  • Academic and HSC Focus Workshops Year 11
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
  • Visual Arts - Task 5:Critical/Historical Study Year 10
  • IPT Accelerants Trial HSC Examination Study Day Year 10
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
  • PASS 1&2 - Task 4 - Practical Task Year 9
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Science - Task 4 - Natural Hazards Task Year 9
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
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  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Legal Studies Task 3 - Research Project - Law in Practice Year 11
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 4 - Azaria Chamberlain - Source Study Year 10
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 4 - Azaria Chamberlain - Source Study Year 10
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
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  • PDHPE 10g Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 10
  • PDHPE 7a Task 5: Movement Composition Year 7
  • PDHPE 7m Task 5: Movement Composition Year 7
  • Dance Production all day rehearsal
  • Visual Arts - Task 5:Historical and Critical Study Year 7
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  • Mathematics Task 3: Class Test Year 10
  • PDHPE 9a Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 9y Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 10m Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 10
  • PDHPE 8g Task 5: Practical Assessment Year 8
  • Food Technology-11FT1 Task 4: Design Work Year 11
  • Dance Task 6: HSC Trial Written Examination Year 12
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  • PDHPE 8e Task 5: Practical Assessment Year 8
  • PDHPE 7e Task 4: Research Task Year 7
  • PDHPE 7g Task 5: Movement Composition Year 7
  • PDHPE 7y Task 4: Research Task Year 7
  • PDHPE 9g Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 9
  • Food Technology-11FT2 Task 4: Design Work Year 11
  • Geography G - Task 1 - Research Assignment Year 8
  • Geography Y - Task 1 - Research Assignment Year 8
  • 2017 Sutherland Shire Oz Tag Championships
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  • Mathematics Task 3: Class Test (8E) Year 8
  • Mathematics Task 3: Class Test (8G/8Y/8M) Year 8
  • English Standard Task 4: Module B:Listening Year 11
  • English Advanced Task 4 Module A: Viewing Year 11
  • PDHPE 8y Task 5: Practical Assessment Year 8
  • PDHPE 7m Task 4: Research Task Year 7
  • PDHPE 7a Task 4: Research Task Year 7
  • PDHPE 7y Task 5: Movement Composition Year 7
  • PDHPE 10y Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 10
  • Shine Vocal Performance
  • Canberra Mountain Biking excursion
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  • PDHPE 8g Task 4: First Aid Assignment Year 8
  • ITM Task 4 - Group Project Stage 2 Year 11
  • Canberra Mountain Biking excursion
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  • PDHPE 8m Task 5: Practical Assessment Year 8
  • PASS 9pass1 Task 4: Practical Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 8e Task 4: First Aid Assignment Year 8
  • PDHPE 7e Task 5: Movement Composition Year 7
  • Design and Technology - 11DAT1 Task 4: Completed Year 11 Design Project & Folio Year 11
  • Ancient History - Task 3 - Case Study - Source Analysis Year 11
  • Business Studies Task 3 Bus 1. Business Plan Year 11
  • Business Studies Task 3 Bus 2. Business Plan Year 11
  • PASS1 - Task 4 - Theory Task Year 9
  • History G & Y - Task 1 - Research Assignment Year 9
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  • Head Start to High School
  • Mathematics Task 3 Class Test 7Y Year 7
  • Mathematics Task 3 Class Test 7E Year 7
  • Mathematics Task 3 Class Test 7G Year 7
  • Mathematics Task 3 Class Test 7M/7A Year 7
  • Head Start to High School
  • PDHPE 9e Task 4: Research Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 9a Task 4: Research Task Year 9
  • Science - Task 4 - Chemistry Skills Task Year 10
  • French Feast 2017
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  • PDHPE 8y Task 4: First Aid Assignment Year 8
  • PDHPE 9m Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 10e Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 10
  • Food Technology- 9FT2 Task 3: Food in Australia Research Task Year 9
  • Food Technology-9FT3 Task 3: Food in Australia Research Task Year 9
  • Food Technology - 9FT1 Task 3: Food in Australia Research Task Year 9
  • PASS 2 -Task 4: Theory Task Year 9
  • Geography G & Y - Task 2 - Class task (Skills) Year 10
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  • Valid Test Year 10
  • Valid Test Year 10
  • PDHPE 9e Task 5: Movement and Composition Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 9g Task 4: Research Task Year 9
  • PDHPE 9y Task 4: Research Task Year 9
  • Drama Task 4: Monologue Year 11
  • Visual Arts - Task 4:In class Essay Year 11
  • English Task 4: Creative Writing 7G Year 7
  • English Task 4: Creative Writing 7Y & 7E Year 7
  • English Task 4: Creative Writing 7Y and 7E
  • Commerce $20 Boss Market Day Year 9
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