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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Upcoming Events

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
  • All Together Now - Fox Studio Excrursion
  • Industrial Technology - Multimedia 12ITMM Task 3:Major Project Year 12
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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
  • Years 9-10 Debating
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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
  • 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
  • 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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