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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June 2017

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  • Mr Burns - Belvoir St Theatre
  • 8MuM Music - Task 3 Class Test
  • 8MuG Music - Task 3 Class Test
  • Buckley Shield Rugby League
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  • Mathematics General 2 Task 2:In Class Test Year 12
  • Mathematics Task 2:In Class Test Year 12
  • Mathematics Extension 1Task 2:In Class Test Year 12
  • HSC and Careers Expo at Moore Park Year 10
  • 8MuE Music - Task 1 Class Test
  • 7MuY Music - Task 1 Class Test
  • Technology - Designers research Task Year 8
  • Forensics - Woronora Cemetery Site Study Year 9
  • 7MuM Music - Task 1 Class Test
  • Debating Yrs 11/12 Debaters
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  • Technology-8TIA1, 8TIA2, 8TIA3 Task 3: Inovations and EmergingTechnologies - Research Task Year 8
  • Piano Workshop with Anita Beuthien
  • Chemistry - Task 3: Second Hand Investigation Year 11
  • Sutherland Court - Forensic Archaeology Year 9
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  • Speaking 4 The Planet (Public Speaking)
  • Year 7,11,12 Parent Teacher Night
  • Year 7,11,12 Parent Teacher Night
  • Hospitality Cluster E - Practical Assessment Year 12
  • Project Day 10IPT
7
  • Elevate Young Leaders Forum
  • NSW Netball Schools Cup
8
  • Forensic Archaeology - Task 3 - Site Study - Till death do us part Year 9
  • Hospitality Cluster E - Practical Assessment Year 12
  • 7MuA Music - Task 1 Class Test
  • Year Assembly Year 10
  • Year Assembly Year 9
  • Year Assembly Year 8
  • Year Assembly Year 7
  • HSC Legal Studies Day Year 12
9
  • PDHPE Task 2: Research Task Year 11
  • Food Technology-11FT1 Task 3: Experiments Year 11
  • PDHPE Task 2: Research Project Year 11
  • PDHPE Task 2: Critical Analysis Year 12
  • Food Technology-11FT2 Task 3: Experiments Year 11
  • Geography Task 3 Extended Response - Ecosystems at Risk Year 12
  • SDD Task 4 - Programming Project - Stage 2 Year 11
  • AIME Outreach Program (Yrs 9 & 10)
  • 8MuY Music - Task 3 Class Test
  • 7MuE Music - Task 1 Class Test
  • Nursing Day at UOW Yrs 11/12
  • Zone Athletics Carnival at Sylvania Athletics Track
  • Debating - Years 11 & 12 - Round 3
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11
12
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  • P&C Meeting
  • Mathematics Extension 1 Task 2: In Class Test Year 11
  • English Advanced Task 3 Module B:Listening Year 12
  • English Standard Task 3 Module C: Listening Year 12
  • Food Technology Task 4: Design Work Year 12
  • Commerce 1 Task 2 - Skills Test - Employment Issues Year 10
  • Commerce 2 Task 2 - Skills Test - Employment Issues Year 10
  • Sutherland Dance Festival @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre
  • SLA World Vision Youth Conference SLA
  • Europe Reunion
  • P&C Meeting Parents
14
  • Regional Athletics - Miranda Park
  • Regional Athletics - Miranda Park
  • Community and Family Studies Task 2: Individuals and Groups Year 11
  • ICAS Spelling Competition Year 7
  • ICAS Spelling Competition Year 8
  • ESL Study Day Year 12
  • Junior Debating
15
  • Mathematics General Task 2: In Class Test Year 11
  • Mathematics Task 2: In Class Test Year 11
  • Visual Arts Task 3: VAPD Year 11
  • Dance Task 4: Task 4 Year 12
  • Forensic Archaeology - Task 3 - Jack the Ripper Report/Mock Trial Year 10
  • SDD Task 3 - SDD Major Project - Stage 2 Year 12
  • Digital Media Workshops
16
  • Personal Training and Coaching Task 3: Journal and Performance Year 12
  • Hospitality Task 1: Cluster D - Written Part 2 Year 12
  • ITM Task 3 - Group Project Stage 1 Year 11
  • Hospitality Cluster E - Hand in Assessment Year 12
  • Make a difference day
  • Breaking the Barrier Mufti Day
  • SLA Mufti Day - Breaking the Barrier
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  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Yr 11 Hospitality Workplacement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Yr 11 Hospitality Workplacement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Legal Studies Task 3 Research Report - Family Year 12
20
  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Modern History Task 3 Research Essay - Personality Year 12
  • Junior Company Dance Festival at Seymour Centre
  • Hospitality Cluster E - Practical Assessment Year 12
  • Sharks Anti-Bullying Presentation Yrs 7/8
21
  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • HSC Business Studies Day Year 12 Business Studies
  • HSC IT Multimedia Major Project Workshop Year 12 IT Multimedia
22
  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Economics Task 3 Extended Response - Economic Issues Year 12
  • Senior Company Dance Festival at Seymour Centre
  • Young Womens Leadership Seminar
  • Digital Media Workshops
23
  • Hospitality VET Work Placement Year 11
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • Work Experience Year 10
  • PDHPE Task 3: Critical Analysis Year 12
  • Business Studies Task 3 Bus 1. Marketing Case Study Year 12
  • Business Studies Task 3 Bus 2. Marketing Case Study Year 12
  • Bandfest 2017
  • Year 7 & 8 Debate - Round Two Yr 7/8 Debaters
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  • Year 8,9,10 Parent Teacher Night
  • Year 8,9,10 Parent Teacher Night
  • IPT Task 4 - Major Project Stage 2 Year 10
  • Society and Culture Task 3 - Personal and Social Identity - Research Task Year 11
27
  • English Standard Task 3: Module C: Viewing Year 11
  • English Advanced Task 3 Module B:Listening Year 11
  • Dance Task 2: Dance and Interview Year 11
  • Dance Task 3: Jazz Routine Year 9
  • Gymeas Biggest Morning Tea
  • Kirrawee Primary Athletics Carnival at The Ridge Yrs 9/10 PASS
28
  • Ancient History - Task 2 - Historical Investigation Year 11
  • Society and Culture Task 3 Depth Study - Research and In-class reponse Year 12
  • Rock Platform Ecosystem Excursion to Cronulla Beach Year 11
29
  • Mock Trial Year 10
  • Dance Task 5: HSC Trial Practical Year 12
  • Modern History Task 3 - Historical Investigation Year 11
  • HSC Dance Trials Year 12
  • VHO1 and VHO2 Hospitality Practical Assessment - Cluster B Year 11
  • Digital Media Workshops
30
  • Physics - Task 3 - Practical Task Year 12
  • Brainstorm Production Year 7/8
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