Supporting Growth in Music

Each year, the school undertakes an evaluation of a curriculum area to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students in the longer term. In term 4, our school undertook and evaluation of our music programs to help us plan future directions to support, encourage and inspire increased student interest in music. We wish to ensure a future of support in music for both current students and those students transitioning from primary school.

At Gymea we have maintained student interest in music through the curriculum maintaining elective courses through to the Higher School Certificate. Results in Music in the Higher School Certificate have continued to be very good through to outstanding. Music remains as a subject that allows students to pursue a passion while undertaking quality HSC course and the school remains committed to its long term provision for students who have an interest in Music.

The evaluation served two purposes. The first to give students a voice to let us learn as to what would inspire them and encourage them in music. Secondly, to examine closely the things we do, in the class, with assessments with the range of extracurricular activities offered at Gymea.

We are proud of the achievements in music and of our music students, their work in the classroom and with the extracurricular activities undertaken throughout the year.

We are proud of what our teachers do to support our students through their guidance, involvement and their passion in Music. Our thanks to the Music staff and to our students who have contributed in a positive and constructive way in this evaluation to enhance what we do here at Gymea.

Below is a summary of the future directions that have been derived through student, staff and parent feedback.

Broad Findings

  • A great deal of positive feedback on expectations in classes and guidance with assessments.
  • Music is not seen as critical by a number of students in the year 7 and 8 Music mandatory course who have had no past interest in Music.
  • Students are interested in exploring a variety of musical instruments both within class and with extracurricular involvement.
  • Students strongly expressed the desire for increased opportunities to collaborate in groups and with celebration of their music through performance where they feel they are comfortable doing so.
  • Technology can play a bigger part in the curriculum and extracurricular music.

Future directions

  • A student group is to be established to assist in developing strategic directions, ideas and involvement to support student interest and passion in music.
  • The school needs to investigate how the extra-curricular offerings of music can be broadened without putting increased pressure on classroom teachers.
  • Investigate broadening the range of emerging technologies into music classroom experiences and extracurricular activities.
  • Create a transition program for Year 6 to 7 students that captures those who have an interest in music to explore their options with high school music in a welcoming, collaborative and confident manner.
  • Provide increased curriculum support to teachers of music to support continued growth with quality teaching and assessment practices.
News
Upcoming Events

November 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • 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
2
  • 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
3
4
5
  • 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
6
  • 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
7
  • 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
8
  • 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
9
  • 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
10
11
12
  • 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
13
  • 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
14
  • 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
15
  • 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
16
  • 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
17
18
19
  • Year 9 English - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 7 Science - Semester 2 Exams
  • Computing 7CS4 Task 4:Group Design Project and Folio Year 7
20
  • 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
21
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Year 7 History/Geography - Semester 2 Exams
  • Year 8 Science - Semester 2 Exams
22
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Year 7 Maths - Semester 2 Exams
23
  • Junior Semester 2 Exams
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Creative Writing Task 4:Writing Portfolio and Reflection Year 10
24
  • Schools Spectacular
25
26
  • 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
27
  • Year 7 2018 Family Interviews
  • Mathematics Extension 1 Task 1:HSC Open Book Task Year 11
28
  • Mathematics Task 1:HSC Open Book Year 11
  • Mathematics Standard Task 1:HSC Open Book Year 11
29
  • 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
30
  • Forensic Archaeology Task 5:Shipwrecks Year 9
  • Legal Studies Task 1:Research Report - Crime Year 11

-