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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June 2018

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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • Drama Task 5:Development of Group Project and Logbook - Phase 1 Year 12
  • The HSC and Careers Expo 2018 Year 10
  • Society and Culture HSC Study Day 2018 Year 12
  • Aime Outreach Program
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • 11/12 ITMM ABC Studio & Skills Show
  • Skills Show Australia 2018
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • Notre Dame University Visit
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  • Year 10 Production Rehearsal
  • Music 7Y Task 2:Class Test Year 7
  • Industrial Technology - Multimedia ITMM Task 3:Major Project Year 12
  • All Together Now - Fox Studio Excrursion
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  • Drama Task 2:Design Folio Year 11
  • Project Based Mathematics Task 2:Project 1 Year 9
  • Drama Task 2:Major Production Year 10
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 3:Evidence Board - Jack the Ripper Year 10
  • Road Safety: Sutherland Police:Library Year 12
  • EduTech Conference
  • Edutech Conference
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  • Mathematics Task 3:In Class Test Year 12
  • Mathematics General Task 3:In Class Test Year 12
  • Drama :Development of Individual Project and Logbook Phase 2 Year 12
  • Music 7A Task 2:Class Test Year 7
  • Music 7E Task 2:Class Test Year 7
  • Technology 7TIA4 Task 2:SOUVENIR SHOP - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • Technology 7TIA5 Task 2:SOUVENIR SHOP - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • Technology 7TIA6 Task 2:SOUVENIR SHOP - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • Technology 7THE1 Task 2:INSPIRED BY ME - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • Technology 7THE2 Task 2:INSPIRED BY ME - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • Technology 7THE3 Task 2:INSPIRED BY ME - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 7
  • EduTech Conference
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  • Queens Birthday (Public Holiday)
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  • P&C Meeting
  • Year 7,11 & 12 Parent Teacher Night
  • Software Design and Development Task 4: Major Project - Stage 2 Year 12
  • English Advanced Task 2:Module A - Multimodal Year 11
  • English Standard Task 2:Module A - Multimodal Year 11
  • Society and Culture SOC 1 Task 2:Research Task- Mini PIP Year 11
  • Gymea North Primary School Athletics Carnival Year 9/10 PASS
  • Child Studies 10EEC Task 3:Investigation Year 10
  • Music 7G Task 2:Class Test Year 7
  • UOW Early Admission Presentation
  • HSC Success Day
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  • Year 7 & 8 Spelling Competition
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  • Economics ECO Task 3:Research Report Year 12
  • Music 11MUS Task 2:Task 2B: Composition Year 11
  • Dance Task 4 Task 4:Core composition interview/dance Year 12
  • Sutherland Dance Festival @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS2 Task 3:Examination Year 10
  • Accelerated Computing 10IPT Task 1:Major Project: Stage 2 Year 10
  • Mufti Day - Casual Sunday on a Friday
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  • English Advanced Task 3:Module B: Listening Task Year 12
  • English Standard Task 3:Module C: Listening Task Year 12
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 11PD Task 2:Essay Year 11
  • Creative Writing Task 2:Plotting Year 10
  • 2018 Sutherland Zone Athletics
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Formal Assembly
  • Geography GEO 1 Task 3:Extended Response- Ecosystems at Risk Year 12
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Kirrawee Primary School Athletics Carnival Year 9/10 PASS
  • Music 7M Task 2:Class Test Year 7
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 3:Mock Trial - Jack the Ripper Year 10
  • HSC Business Studies Day Yr 12 Business Studies
  • Year 11 VET Work Placement Visits
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Modern History MOD 1 Task 3:Research Task- Personality Year 12
  • Athletics Carnival at Barden Ridge
  • Year 10 Production
  • Peer Guidance
  • Ancient History ANC 1 Task 3:Research Task- Society Year 12
  • Ultimo Dance Festival - Intermediate Company and Senior Company
  • Year 11 VET Work Placement Visits
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Year 10 Production
  • AIME Outreach Program
  • Legal Studies Excursion to Downing Centre Court House Year 11
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  • Year 10 Production
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • English Extension 1 Task 2:Tutorial Presentation Year 12
  • Food Technology 12FOO2 Task 4:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PART A Year 12
  • Business Studies BUS 1 Task 3:Marketing Case Study Research Year 12
  • Business Studies BUS 2 Task 3:Marketing Case Study Research Year 12
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Community and Family Studies 12CAFS Task 3:Parenting & Caring Task Year 12
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Drama Task 3:Playbuilding Year 9
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Biology 12Bio.1 Task 3:Practical Task Part A Year 12
  • Biology 12.Bio2 Task 3:Practical Task Part A Year 12
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • English Extension 1 Task 2:IRP Multimodal Presentation Year 11
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Run Lola Run - English viewing Year 12
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Society and Culture Task 3:Depth Study 2: Research and In-Class Task Year 12
  • Physics 12PHY Task 3:Physics Skills Task Year 12
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Ultimo Dance Festival - Senior Company
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  • Hospitality Work Placement
  • Food Technology 12FOO1 Task 4:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PART A Year 12
  • Food Technology 12FOO1 Task 4:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PART B Year 12
  • Legal Studies LEG Task 3:Research Report- Family Year 12
  • Economics ECO 1 Task 2:Research Task Year 11
  • Food Technology 12FOO2 Task 4:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PART B Year 12
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Bandfest 2018
  • Biology 12.Bio1 Task 3:Practical Task Part B Year 12
  • Biology 12.Bio2 Task 3:Practical Task Part B Year 12
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