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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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
3
  • 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
8
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • P&C Meeting
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • IST Task 4 - Class Test Year 10
  • P&C Meeting Parents
9
  • 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
10
  • 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
11
  • 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
17
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Trial Exams Year 12
  • Science - Task 4 - Natural Hazards Task Year 9
  • Beijing Dongcheng Junior High School Visit
18
  • 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
23
  • 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
24
  • 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
25
  • 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
30
  • 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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