From the Principal

We have enjoyed a smooth start to the school year as we embraced new curriculum structures and school routine. Our students have begun each day heading straight into formal lessons, with the roll mark conducted within the first teaching period of the day. The change has enabled increased teaching time in each class and ensured each of our students are prepared and ready for learning as they start their day. I am impressed with how positively our students and staff have worked with the new routine.

Our teachers have been preparing for the changes associated with the new Australian Curriculum, which will be officially implemented in the junior school for English, Mathematics, Science and History in 2014. Many other courses have draft syllabuses soon to be finalised that our teachers are working from. The introduction of the new curriculum provides our teachers and students with exciting opportunities to blend curriculum content with learning activities that draw together student skills and interests. Teaching approaches will build on improving literacy skills, while utilising appropriate technologies across the curriculum, to enable our new generation of learners to gain deeper understanding in their learning. The first two days of term 3 have been allocated as School Development Days to allow teachers to prepare new programs that ensure quality delivery of the new curriculum. Students will resume school in Term 2 on Wednesday 1st May.

Our new website was launched at the beginning of the year and will continue to develop with functionality to enhance our communication with both students and parents. A strong partnership between home and the school is critical to student success and is something that my staff and I highly value. I encourage you to look around the site and draw upon the increasing number of posts that inform you of student learning and activity.

During the last holidays we completed extensive work in the refurbishment of a number of classrooms to provide teaching environments for 21st century learning. Based on significant research and planning, the Design2learn project has seen older style classrooms transformed into vibrant, engaging and flexible learning spaces. Our teachers and students have access to modern technologies and classroom layouts that lend themselves to both traditional and collaborative learning spaces. We will share the successes and development of the project at an upcoming P&C meeting and in further news items.

We will farewell three staff members this week. Mr Gardiner in science has retired and will teach his last lesson on the last Friday of this term. He has contributed many years to Gymea both within science and across the school. He was one of the first few that established the direction of technology at Gymea and has always remained a man of reason, and a teacher dedicated to the learning outcomes of our kids. He will be missed and we wish him well in his retirement. Mrs Ware in Mathematics has successfully gained a transfer to Port Hacking High School commencing day 1 term 2. She has enjoyed many good years at Gymea, forming so many positive relationships with students and taking on a number of whole school roles. We wish her the best in her new teaching position in her new school. Our school counsellor Mrs Geary has gained a promotion as a District Guidance Officer in the Southern Highlands area. Mrs Geary has provided much guidance and advice to students, parents and staff in many different ways as she has undertaken her role here at Gymea, and we wish her well in her new role.

Our students this term have enjoyed many successes in classroom learning, extra-curricular activities, performing arts and opportunities with new arrangements for sport and sporting competitions. The increasing number of individual news items within the news post of the website highlights some of the achievements that our students have accomplished.

I remain proud of the ongoing achievements of our staff and students this term, and continue to boast about how wonderful our school, our students, our staff, and our families are. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

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
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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
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
  • Technology Team Induction
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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