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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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Girls Open Soccer
  • Mock Trial Round 2
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  • Gymea North PS Cross Country @ GymeaTHS
  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Visual Arts 12VA Task 2:Progress of a Body of Work 12
  • Music 8Y Task 2:2A: MUSICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT Year 8
  • Music 8G Task 2:2A: MUSICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT Year 8
  • English Advanced - The Tempest 12
  • Boys Touch Knockout Round 3
  • Technology 7TEA1 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 7
  • Technology 8TEA5 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 8
  • Technology 8TEA6 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 8
  • Music 8G Task 2:2A: Musicology 8
  • Music 8Y Task 2:2A: Musicology 8
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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Technology 8TEA4 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 8
  • Technology 7TEA3 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 7
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 2:Essay- JFK Assassination 10
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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Music 12 MUSIC Task 3:TASK 3B 2 ELECTIVES Year 12
  • History 7A Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • History 7E Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • History 7M Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • Music 8E Task 2:2A:MUSICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT 8
  • HSC Minimum Standards Tests - Writing 10
  • HSC Minimum Standards Tests - Numeracy 10
  • Technology 7TEA2 Task 3:Movie Making Moodle Quiz 7
  • Food Technology 10FOOD1 - Group A Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
  • Food Technology 10FOOD3 - Group A Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Music 9MUSIC Task 2:MUSICOLOGY Year 9
  • Science Task 2:Practical Task 9
  • School Cross Country Carnival
  • HSC Minimum Standards Test - Reading 10
  • UOW Information Session - Library
  • Computing 10IPT Task 1:Major Project Stage 2 10
  • Food Technology 10FOOD3 - Group A Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
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  • Year 7 2020 GAT Assessment Students
  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Geography 7G Task 2:Class Task-Skills and Tools 7
  • Geography 7Y Task 2:Class Task-Skills and Tools 7
  • Forensic Archaeology Forensic Archaeology 2 Task 2:Research Presentation-Modern Funerary Practice 9
  • Music 8M Task 2:2A:MUSICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT 8
  • Music 8A Task 2:2A:MUSICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT 8
  • Boys Open Soccer Round 2, 2019
  • Personal Training and Coaching 7Y Task 1:Research Task 7
  • Food Technology 10FOOD2 - Group A Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Digital Thumbprint Year 9
  • Sutherland Shire Tertiary Day
  • Digital Thumbprint 7
  • Food Technology 10FOOD1 - Group B Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
  • Food Technology 10FOOD2 - Group C Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
  • Holocaust Museum Year 10
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  • Year 11 Half Yearly Examinations Year 11
  • Digital Thumbprint Year 9
  • Digital Thumbprint Year 11
  • Taronga Zoo Excursion 7
  • Food Technology 9FOOD1 Task 1:Body Basics - Development of an Educational Campaign 9
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  • HSC Minimum Standards Tests - Writing 10
  • Food Technology 10FOOD1 - Group C Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
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  • Zone Cross Country Carnival Yrs 7-12
  • Visual Arts 8ART3 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • History 7A Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • History 7M Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • History 7E Task 2:Historical Investigation 7
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 9E Task 2:Performance Unlimited 9
  • Debating 11
  • Technology 7TEB4 Task 2:Laser Lights Moodle Test 7
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  • Personal Training and Coaching 7Y Task 1:Research Task 7
  • Personal Training and Coaching 7Y Task 1:Research Task 7
  • Food Technology 10FOOD3 - Group C Task 1:Whats New - Visual & Oral Presentation 10
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  • NAPLAN Yrs 7&9
  • English Advanced 12 Task 3: Module A: Comparative Essay and Imaginative Writing Year 12
  • History 10G Task 2:Source Based in-class task 10
  • History 10Y Task 2:Source Based in-class task 10
  • Geography 10M Task 2:Class Test- Skills and Tools 10
  • Geography 10E Task 2:Class Test- Skills and Tools 10
  • Science Task 2:Chemistry Skills Task 8
  • History 8G Task 1:Historical Investigation- Medieval Europe 8
  • History 8Y Task 1:Historical Investigation- Medieval Europe 8
  • Sydney Metro DebatingCompetition 11
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  • NAPLAN Yrs 7&9
  • Music 11 MUSIC Task 3:3A AURAL Year 11
  • Visual Arts 8ART4 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • PDHPE 8Y Task 2:Locomotion Test 8
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 9M Task 2:Performance Unlimited 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 10Y Task 2:Practical task 10
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 10E Task 2:Practical task 10
  • Year 12 English Advanced Good Night Viewing
  • Work Readiness Program 11VHO
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  • NAPLAN Yrs 7&9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7G Task 2:Movement Skills 7
  • PDHPE 8Y Task 2:Locomotion Test 8
  • PDHPE 8Y Task 2:Locomotion Test 8
  • PDHPE 8Y Task 2:Locomotion Test 8
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 10G :Practical task 10
  • Year 11 Crossroads Camp Year 11
  • University of Sydney - Information Session (Library)
  • Technology 7TEA1 Task 3:Movie Making Project 7
  • Technology 8TEA6 Task 3:Movie Making Project 8
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  • NAPLAN catchup Yrs 7&9
  • Year 11 Camp Year 11
  • Visual Arts 8ART6 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • Modern History Modern History 1 Task 3:Historical Analysis Year 12
  • Modern History Modern History 2 Task 3:Historical Analysis Year 12
  • Geography 9G Task 2:Class Task- Skills and Tools 9
  • Geography 8M Task 2:Class Task-Skills and Tools 8
  • Geography 8E Task 2:Class Task-Skills and Tools 8
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  • Geography 9Y Task 2:Class Task- Skills and Tools 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7A Task 2:Movement Skills 7
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 9G Task 2:Performance Unlimited 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 9A Task 2:Performance Unlimited 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 9A :Practical task 10
  • Industrial Technology - Timber 9ITW Task 2:Forest to Home Practical Project 9
  • Industrial Technology - Timber 10ITW Task 2:Working with Wood Practical Project 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 7Y Task 1:Research Task 7
  • Personal Training and Coaching 7Y Task 1:Research Task 7
  • Industrial Technology - Metal 10ITM Task 2:Practical Project 10
  • Geography 9Y Task 2:Class Task-Skills and Tools 9
  • Industrial Technology - Timber 9ITW Task 2:Forest to Home Practical Project 9
  • Technology 7TEA2 Task 3:Movie Making Project 7
  • Technology 7TEA3 Task 3:Movie Making Project 7
  • Technology 8TEA5 Task 3:Movie Making Project 8
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  • English Extension ETA Day 12
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  • Visual Arts 8ART2 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • Photographic and Digital Media 9PDM Task 2:PORTFOLIO Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 1:Research Task Year 9
  • Science Task 2:Zoo Classification Task 7
  • SLA Elections 10 & 9
  • SLA Elections 7 & 11
  • Visual Arts 7ART1 Task 2:BODY OF WORK 7
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  • Music 10 MUSIC Task 3:LISTENING/COMPOSITION Year 10
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  • Visual Arts 8ART5 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • Music 8Y Task 2:2B: MUSICOLOGY & LISTENING 8
  • Exploring Early Childhood Task 3:Investigation task 10
  • Exploring Early Childhood 9EEC Task 2:Baby Showers 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7A Task 2:Movement Skills 7
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7A Task 2:Movement Skills 7
  • Food Technology 10FOOD3 Task 2:Semester 1 Examination 10
  • Forensic Archaeology Forensic Archaeology 1 Task 2:Research Presentation-Modern Funerary Practice 9
  • Forensic Archaeology Forensic Archaeology 1 Task 2:Research Presentation-Modern Funerary Practice 9
  • University of NSW - Information Session (Library)
  • Student Wellbeing Focus Groups 8-12
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  • Visual Arts 10VA Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 1:Research Task Year 9
  • Music 8M Task 2:2B: MUSICOLOGY & LISTENING 8
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7Y Task 2:Locomotion Test 8
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies Task 2:Examination Year 9
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 2:In Class task 10
  • Food Technology 9FOOD2 Task 2:Semester 1 Examination 9
  • Food Technology 10FOOD2 Task 2:Semester 1 Examination 10
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Sydney Theatre Company
  • Visual Arts 7ART3 Task 2:BODY OF WORK 7
  • Visual Arts 7ART6 Task 2:BODY OF WORK 7
  • Computing 10TTP Task 2:Student Choice Project 1 10
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  • White Card Course
  • Visual Arts 8ART1 Task 2:BODY OF WORK Year 8
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9A Task 1:Research Task Year 9
  • Music 9MUSIC Task 3:LISTENING & COMPOSITION Year 9
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education 7A Task 2:Movement Skills 7
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies Task 2:Examination Year 9
  • Food Technology 9FOOD1 Task 2:Semester 1 Examination 9
  • Food Technology 10FOOD1 Task 2:Semester 1 Examination 10
  • Universities Admission Centre - Information Session
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  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 1:Research Task Year 9
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 9Y Task 1:Research Task Year 9
  • Biology Task 1:Depth Study Year 11
  • Music 8G Task 2:2B: MUSICOLOGY & LISTENING 8
  • Music 8E Task 2:2B: MUSICOLOGY & LISTENING 8
  • Music 8A Task 2:2B: MUSICOLOGY & LISTENING 8
  • Physical Activity and Sport Studies 10PAS1 Task 2:In Class task 10
  • Visual Arts 7ART2 Task 2:BODY OF WORK 7
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  • Music Performances - Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival
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  • Music 12 MUSIC Task 4:TASK 4A CORE COMPOSITION Year 12
  • History/Geography Exam Year 10
  • Maths Exam Year 7
  • Science Exam 8
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  • University of Western Sydney - Information Session (Library)
  • Vivid School - Workshops Yrs 9, 11, 12
  • English Exam 10
  • English Exam Year 8
  • Science Exam 7
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  • History/Geography Exam Year 9
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  • Educational Access Scheme - Information Session (Library)
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  • English Exam 7
  • History/Geography Exam 8
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  • Year 10 and HSC Careers Expo
  • Mathematics Extension 1 Task 4:Class Test Year 12
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 11PDH 1 Task 2:Research Project Year 11
  • Commemoration Service for Servicemen and Servicewomen
  • Maths Exam Year 8
  • Science Exam 9
  • Maths Exam 10
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education 11PDH 1 Task 2:Research Project Year 11

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