From the principal

The second half of the year is moving along very rapidly with a buzz of positive activity both inside and outside the classroom. We have many teachers who are continually putting in so much extra effort to see our students take on new challenges and experiences that are both enjoyable and educational.

Our term has started with some changes with our teaching staff. I welcome the following teachers:

  • Ms O’Sullivan has undertaken a permanent position in Mathematics
  • Mrs Perris joining us this year in a combined History/ Mathematics role.
  • Ms Thumpkins filling the position this year in History.
  • Mrs Lees working this year as a learning and support teacher.
  • Mr Hollywood joining the computing faculty this year.
  • Mr Artuphel continuing as Head Teacher Science until our new Head Teacher Ms Megan Griffith starts in 2014.

The Department of Education and Communities has undergone some organisational changes. Murat Disdar is the Executive Director responsible for the Sydney area. Our school is in a group of schools known as Port Hacking group with our new Director, Lynne Irvine.

Our students are working through their second semester following a busy assessment period at the end of last term. Our Parent Teacher Nights and reports issued provide a valuable insight for both students and parents not only in how they have progressed but what they can do to raise their performance. I enjoyed many conversations with parents, especially at the two Parent Teacher Night events, sharing some successful stories as well as ideas for the future.

We soon farewell our current year 12 students as they make their final preparations in the lead up to the Higher School Certificate. They have received feedback and results on their trial HSC and these final weeks will provide them with opportunities to lean on their teachers to consolidate their understanding and help prepare for the coming final examinations. After 13 years in school, long friendships, many ups and downs, this is also an emotional time for our year 12 students as they begin to process the reality of moving on away for school and from friends. We wish each of them the best of luck in these lastweeks and in this final dash towards the Higher School Certificate.

In addition to the success and lessons learnt in the classroom, many students have enjoyed the opportunities they have experienced through the performing arts. These include the Sutherland Dance Festival, the Drama Festival, Band Fest and a range of opportunities to perform locally and at school to our own community.

Our student leadership opportunities have flourished beyond expectation over the last 18 months with an overwhelming sense of happiness and belonging around the school as students from 7 through to 12 actively get involved in such a positive way. Our students have organised fund raising and awareness activities for a range of charities and have done so in a way that nurtured Gymea as a harmonious and proud school to attend.

A few activities worth noting include:

Our first Multicultural Day that was filled with a buzz of excitement and learning truly celebrated the cultural diversity that makes our school and country great. We are so lucky to live with such wide customs, dress and flavours and this day, organised and led by the students with the support of many staff, promoted in our students a pride in our community with a rich Indigenous heritage complemented by diverse, proud cultures. I have had so many staff and students who have spoken to me about how great the day was and what next year can bring.

A Super Hero Day raised money and awareness for Bear Cottage, the palliative care unit for terminally ill children. This group of young leaders really ‘get it’ in terms of the power of their voice, and their influence on the culture of our school. They raised nearly $1500 in this activity, through the cake stalls, sale of wrist bands, the face painting and the gold coin collection as part of the super hero dress mufti day. They enjoyed the success of inspiring so many people to take a lead in contributing to a cause, to be a positive part of our school.  Teachers and students alike either dressed to the theme or simply got involved in the excitement that surrounded it. It created a good feel, a school that cares, a school that has so many positive things happening with so many students and staff.

Our Environment group were assisted by our local state member for parliament Graham Annesley to plant a variety of native plants in the remnants of the wood chip pile as a part of Planet Arc’s, National Tree Day. With over 100 trees planted in this initiative, our students have demonstrated again their ongoing passion for the environment.

There are many wonderful things going on at Gymea and the ideas and drive of both our students and our staff make this school truly a dynamic place to learn and work.

Peter Marsh

Principal

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November 2017

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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Food Technology-9FT3 Task 4: Food for Special Needs Practical Task and Portfolio Year 9
  • Forensic Archaeology - Task 5 - Miscarriage of Justice - Exam Year 10
  • Forensic Archaeology - Task 5 - Miscarriage of Justice - Exam Year 10
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  • Valid Test Year 8
  • 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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  • Semester 2 exams Junior
  • 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
23
  • 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
24
  • 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
30
  • 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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