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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May 2018

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  • Students commence Term 2
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  • Dance Task 2 Task 2:Self Evaluate Year 12
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  • Gymea North Primary School Cross Country Year 9/10 PASS
  • Year 11 Camp at Nepean Centre Year 11
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  • Music 8E Task 2:Musicology & Listening Year 8
  • Downing Centre Court Excursion Yr 10 Commerce
  • Year 11 Camp at Nepean Centre Year 11
  • Cronulla Sharks Experience Day - Holly Parfitt
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9M Task 1:Research Report Year 9
  • UOW School Presentation
  • Year Assembly -Year 9 Year 9
  • Year Assembly -Year 10 Year 10
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  • P&C Meeting
  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • ICAS Digital Technologies Competition
  • Food Technology 9FOO1 Task 1:FOOD FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS PRACTICAL TASK AND PORTFOLIO Year 9
  • Food Technology 9FOO2 Task 1:FOOD FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS PRACTICAL TASK AND PORTFOLIO Year 9
  • Kirrawee Primary School Cross country Year 9/10 PASS
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • Science G Task 2:Skills test Year 9
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  • Music 8Y Task 2:Musicology & Listening Year 8
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 2:JFK Assassination Essay Year 10
  • Year Assembly -Year 7 Year 7
  • Year Assembly -Year 8 Year 8
  • Geography G, Y Task 2:Skills Task Year 7
  • GAT Testing
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • Business Studies BUS 1 Task 1:Nature of Business Year 11
  • Business Studies BUS 2 Task 1:Nature of Business Year 11
  • Geography G, Y Task 2:Class Task: Skills and Tools Year 9
  • Big Science Competition Years 7-10
  • Photographic and Digital Media 9PDM.1 Task 1:Research Assignment Year 9
  • Sutherland Tertiary Information Day Year 12
  • Year 10 Production Rehearsal
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  • Zoo Excursion Year 7
  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 2:Modern Funerary Practices Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9E Task 1:Research Report Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9G Task 1:Research Report Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 1:Research Report Year 9
  • Music 8G Task 2:Musicology & Listening Year 8
  • Music 8m Task 2:Musicology & Listening Year 8
  • Music 8A Task 2:Musicology & Listening Year 8
  • Food Technology 10FOO1 Task 1:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT -RESEARCH TASK Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO2 Task 1:FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT -RESEARCH TASK Year 10
  • 2018 Buckley Shield Round 2 and 3 Central Venue Day
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • IDT Work Placement
  • Physics Physics Task 1:Depth Study Year 11
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8Y Task 2:Practical Task Year 8
  • UWS School Presentation
  • Zone Cross Country 2018
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • IDT Work Placement
  • NAPLAN
  • Dance Task 3 Task 3:Core Research Analysis Year 12
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10Y Task 1:Class task Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10E Task 2:Practical Task Year 10
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  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS2 Task 2:Movement and Performance Year 10
  • Child Studies 10EEC Task 2: Story Book Draft Year 10
  • Geography M Task 2:Class Task: Skills and Tools Year 8
  • Geography E Task 2:Class Task: Skills and Tools Year 8
  • Geography A Task 2:Class Task: Skills and Tools Year 8
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • IDT Work Placement
  • NAPLAN
  • Computing 8CS2 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Computing 8CS3 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10E Task 1:Class task Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10G Task 1:Class task Year 10
  • Prefect Afternoon Tea
  • Investigating Science Task 2:Depth Study Year 11
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • IDT Work Placement
  • NAPLAN
  • English Extension 2 Task 3:Draft of the Major Project Year 12
  • Music 11MUS Task 2:Task 2A: Aural Year 11
  • Computing 8CS1 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Computing 8CS5 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Computing 8CS6 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Visual Arts 10ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO2 Task 2:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 10
  • Food Technology 10FOO1 Task 2:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 10
  • Geography M, E, A Task 2:Class Test: Skills and Tools Year 10
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  • Year 11 Assessment Period
  • IDT Work Placement
  • NAPLAN Catchup
  • Society and Culture Task 1:Personal Interest Project Part B: Progress Report Year 12
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9M Task 2:Performance Unlimited Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9E Task 2:Performance Unlimited Year 9
  • Computing 8CS4 Task 2: Practical Project Year 8
  • Technology 8THE6 Task 3:DESIGNERS - RESEARCH TASK Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10M Task 1:Class task Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10G Task 2:Practical Task Year 10
  • Industrial Technology - Metal 10ITM Task 2:PRACTICAL PROJECT Year 10
  • Industrial Technology - Timber 10ITT Task 2:WORKING WITH WOOD - PRACTICAL PROJECT AND FOLIO Year 10
  • Industrial Technology - Multimedia 11ITMM Task 1:Individual Project Year 11
  • Visual Arts 7ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Visual Arts 11ART.1 Task 1:Developing a Contemporary Practice Year 11
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  • IDT Work Placement
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  • Year Meeting -Year 12 Year 12
  • Year Meeting -Year 11 Year 11
  • Industrial Technology - Timber 9ITT Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATIONS Year 9
  • Science G Task 2:Chemistry Practical Task Year 8
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  • UNSW School Presentation
  • Sutherland Court - Forensic Archaeology Year 10
  • Woronora Cemetery Site Study Year 9
  • Technology 7TIA4 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
  • Technology 7THE1 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
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  • IDT Work Placement
  • Industrial Technology - Metal 9ITM Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATIONS Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9G Task 2:Perfromance Unlimited Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8A Task 2:Practical Task Year 8
  • Technology 8TIA1 Task 3:RESEARCH TASK - ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Year 8
  • Computing 7CS5 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
  • Computing 7CS6 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10G Task 1:Class task Year 10
  • Industrial Technology - Metal 10ITM Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10E Task 2:Practical Task Year 10
  • Technology 7THE3 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
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  • IDT Work Placement
  • Australian History/Geography Competition
  • Technology 8TIA2 Task 3:RESEARCH TASK - ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Year 8
  • Technology 8THE4 Task 3:DESIGNERS - RESEARCH TASK Year 8
  • Visual Arts 8ART.3 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 3:Movement and Perfromance Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 2:Performance Unlimited Year 9
  • Visual Arts 7ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Visual Arts 7ART.2 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Technology 7TIA5 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
  • Technology 7TIA6 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
  • Industrial Technology - TimberTask 3: Half Year Exam (Units 1 & 2) Year 10
  • History/Geography Competition
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  • IDT Work Placement
  • Food Technology 9FOO2 Task 2:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8E Task 2:Practical Task Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8G Task 2:Practical Task Year 8
  • Visual Arts 8ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Visual Arts 8ART.5 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Visual Arts 8ART.2 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Visual Arts 8ART.6 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 8M Task 2:Practical Task Year 8
  • Computing 7CS4 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
  • Computing 7CS1 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
  • Music 10MUS Task 3:Listening/Composition Year 10
  • 9PASS 1-Body systems and energy for physical Examination Notification Year 9
  • 9PASS 2-Body systems and energy for physical Examination Notification Year 9
  • Technology 7THE2 Task 3:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 7
  • Geography Fieldwork - Georges River Year 11
  • Year 10 Drama Rehearsals
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  • IDT Work Placement
  • Reconciliation Week Celebrations
  • Food Technology 9FOO1 Task 2:HALF YEARLY EXAMINATION Year 9
  • Visual Arts 8ART.4 Task 2:Body of Work Year 8
  • Technology 8TIA1 Task 2:RECREATION PARK - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Technology 8TIA2 Task 2:RECREATION PARK - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Technology 8TIA3 Task 2:RECREATION PARK - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Technology 8THE4 Task 2:CARNIVALE - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Technology 8THE5 Task 2:CARNIVALE - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Technology 8THE6 Task 2:CARNIVALE - PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO Year 8
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 3:Newspaper Report - Jack the Ripper Year 10
  • Visual Arts 7ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Visual Arts 7ART.1 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Visual Arts 7ART.5 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Visual Arts 7ART.2 Task 2:Body of Work Year 7
  • Commemoration Service for Servicemen
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  • Music Perfomances Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • University of Sydney School Presentation
  • Computing 7CS2 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • World Vision Youth Conference SLA
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 10M Task 2:Practical Task Year 10
  • Geography GEO 1 Task 1:Research Task: Biophysical Interactions Year 11
  • Geography GEO 2 Task 1:Research Task: Biophysical Interactions Year 11
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • Computing 7CS3 Task 2: Practical Project Year 7
  • 2018 Cronulla All School Rugby League
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  • Junior Semester 1 Exams
  • Mathematics Extension 2 Task 3:In Class Test Year 12
  • Geography GEO 1 Task 3:Extended Response- Ecosystems at Risk Year 12
  • Photographic and Digital Media 9PDM.1 Task 3:Portfolio Year 9

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