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 2018

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  • HSC Exams
  • Food Technology 9FOO2 Task 5:YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 9
  • Industrial Technology - Timber Task 5: Yearly Exam Units 3 & 4 Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 7Y Task 5:Examination Year 7
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 6:Research Task Year 10
  • IDT Work Placement Year 11
  • Photographic and Digital Media 9PDM Task 6:Portfolio Year 9
  • Year Assembly Year 11
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  • HSC Exams
  • Food Technology 9FOO1 Task 5:YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 7G Task 5:Examination Year 7
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 5:Movement and Performance Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8E Task 5:Examination Year 8
  • IDT Work Placement Year 11
  • HSC 2019 PIP Day Year 11
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  • HSC Exams
  • Music 8A Task 4:Assignment Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8G Task 5:Examination Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 7A Task 5:Examination Year 7
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9E Task 5:Examination Year 9
  • Music 8E Task 4:Assignment Year 8
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  • HSC Exams
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10M Task 5:Examination Year 10
  • Music 8M Task 4:Assignment Year 8
  • Forensics Archaeology Excursion to Maritime Museum Year 9
  • Music 1 Task 1:Task 1A: Aural Year 11
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  • HSC Exams
  • Music 8Y Task 4:Assignment Year 8
  • Child Studies 10EEC Task 6:Class Test Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9G Task 5:Examination Year 9
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 5:Movement and Performance Year 10
  • Music 10Music Task 6:Listening Year 10
  • Year 12 Library Visit - Related Text Day
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  • Computing 7CS1 Task 5:Class Test Year 7
  • Music 7A Task 4:Class Test Year 7
  • Music 7M Task 4:Class Test Year 7
  • HSC Exams Year 12
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  • Remembrance Day Service
  • Computing 7CS2 Task 5:Class Test Year 7
  • Drama Task 4:Monologue Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO2 Task 4:FOOD EQUITY RESEARCH TASK Year 10
  • Visual Arts 10ART.1 Task 4: Body of Work Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8A Task 5:Examination Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9M Task 5:Examination Year 9
  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Food Technology 10FOO1 Task 4:FOOD EQUITY RESEARCH TASK Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO2 Task 5:YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO1 Task 5:YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 10
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  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10E Task 5:Examination Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8Y Task 5:Examination Year 8
  • Music 7Y Task 4:Class Test Year 7
  • Music 7E Task 4:Class Test Year 7
  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Headspace - Wellbeing Presentation 7/8
  • Computing 8CS4 Task 4:Website Design and Portfolio Year 8
  • Chemistry Task 1:Skills Task Year 11
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  • P&C Meeting
  • Computing 8CS1 Task 5:Design Project and Folio Year 8
  • Computing 8CS2 Task 5:Design Project and Folio Year 8
  • Music 7G Task 4:Class Test Year 7
  • Music 9MUS Task 6:Listening & Musicology Year 9
  • Computing 8CS1 Task 4:Classwork Quiz Year 8
  • Computing 8CS2 Task 4:Classwork Quiz Year 8
  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Headspace - Wellbeing Presentation 9/10
  • Year 12 Signout Year 12
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Year 12 Formal Year 12
  • Year 10 English - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 9 Maths - Semester 2 Exams
  • Computing 8CS5 Task 4:Website Design and Portfolio Year 8
  • Computing 8CS6 Task 4:Website Design and Portfolio Year 8
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Year 10 Maths - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 8 History/Geography - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 10 History/Geography - Semester 2 Exams
  • Computing 7CS6 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
  • Computing 7CS5 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
  • Computing 7CS3 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
  • Computing 7CS1 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
  • Computing 8CS3 Task 4:Website Design and Portfolio Year 8
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  • HSC Exams Year 12
  • Year 10 Science - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 9 Science - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 8 English - Semester 2 Exams
  • Computing 7CS2 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
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  • Year 9 English - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 7 Science - Semester 2 Exams
  • Computing 7CS4 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
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  • Year 7 Vaccinations
  • Year 7 2018 Information Night
  • Year 8 Maths - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 7 English - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 9 History/Geography - Semester 2 Exams
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  • Schools Spectacular
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Year 7 History/Geography - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 8 Science - Semester 2 Exams
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  • Schools Spectacular
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Year 7 Maths - Semester 2 Exams
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  • Junior Semester 2 Exams
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Creative Writing Task 4:Writing Portfolio and Reflection Year 10
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  • Schools Spectacular
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  • Drama Task 5:Theatre in Education Performance Year 9
  • Music 1 Task 1:Task 1C: Core Musicology Year 11
  • Modern History 11MH1 Task 1:Source Analysis Task Year 11
  • Modern History 11MH2 Task 1:Source Analysis Task Year 11
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  • Year 7 2018 Family Interviews
  • Mathematics Extension 1 Task 1:HSC Open Book Task Year 11
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  • Mathematics Task 1:HSC Open Book Year 11
  • Mathematics Standard Task 1:HSC Open Book Year 11
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  • School Dance Concert
  • Dance Evening Yrs 7-12
  • Business Studies 11BS1 Task 1:Extended Response Operations Year 11
  • Business Studies 11BS2 Task 1:Extended Response Operations Year 11
  • Year 7 2018 Family Interviews-Kareela
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  • Forensic Archaeology Task 5:Shipwrecks Year 9
  • Legal Studies Task 1:Research Report - Crime Year 11

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