Arrangements for Term 3

End of Term 3

Key Points

  • A challenging term like no together we have experienced. The end of term Principal video message highlights a few messages to our school community.
     
  • Activities and fitness workouts are available for students to pursue over the two week holiday break.
     
  • Junior online tutoring sessions are well underway and new registrations are now open.
     
  • Learning for Term 4 will be communicated in the last Friday of the school break.

Congratulations and Thank You!

Holiday Activities

The Year Advisers have put together some things for kids to do over the holidays if they are looking for something to do. Some will be posted in the Year Group Google classrooms and some on the holiday website.

Follow the link to the holiday activities: Holiday Activities

Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness website structured by our PDHPE Teachers Mr Breen and Miss Turnbull is available on the Student Feed.  A great idea for students to get into over the holiday break.

Get in and have a look and pick up from where ever you feel comfortable.

Access the Health and Fitness site here.

Online Tutoring

Our Online tutoring will continue into Term 4. If you are not already registered but would like to engage in online tutoring, please follow the link to register.  We will process updates to new registrations just before the School term commences.

  • Details of the tutoring day / time, the Zoom link, password and links to materials for the session are emailed individually to parents and students.
     
  • Our tutors are undergraduate university students who are now scheduled in sessions throughout the week. 

A link to the registration form can be accessed through your email.

Take care of yourselves

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 9

Key Points

  • The NSW Premier announced the roadmap out of lock-down that will see the staggered return to classrooms for Term 4. Schools are looking to return early November. 
     
  • The Higher School Certificate is planned to commence from 9th November with examinations timetables released today.
     
  • Learning packages will be available to students on Monday morning due Friday afternoon.  A summary of student progress has been well received and will distributed Thursday of Week 1 term 4. 
     
  • Junior online tutoring sessions are well underway and will continue into Term 4.
     
  • The well-being week this week brought so many students together at year assemblies and through the many challenges that were undertaken by students during the week.

Well-being Week

Congratulations to all of our students and families for their support of our Well-being Week this week. It was wonderful to see many of our students connecting with us and their peers through Zoom each morning this week, and also to see even greater numbers of students and their families enjoying getting into our Well-being challenges. 

The importance of maintaining our health and fitness, connections with each other, a positive outlook and those crucial routines that help us feel organised and successful is paramount during this challenging time. Our Well-being Week focused strongly on promoting these important concepts for our students through presentations and challenges led by their Year Advisers that encouraged them to get outside, connect with each other and engage in some fun activities to reset our minds.

Teacher calls this week were focused on acknowledging the wonderful efforts of our students throughout this term with rewards points. The opportunity to give bonus points for consistent or improved efforts was too good to pass up for our teacher’s, with so many of our students also earning themselves bonus points this week! Congratulations again to all of our students for their wonderful efforts this term and thank you to the mums, dads and carers who have been supporting students learning from home.

Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness website launched on the Student Feed this week will remain active for students to continue their progress they started this week. The site contains guided programs developed by our very own elite athletes, Mr Breen and Mrs Turnbull accompanied by video tutorials for every exercise.

Get in and have a look and pick up from where ever you feel comfortable.

Access the Health and Fitness site here.

HSC and Year 12 Plans

Congratulations to our Year 12 student who have one last week of quizzes to complete.

  • NESA has published the revised HSC timetable which can be found on the NESA Website here.
     
  • HSC results will be released in mid-January. 
     
  • NESA are working very closely with NSW Health and schools to develop comprehensive COVID-safe protocols for running the exams.

Online Tutoring

After great success with our online tutoring program that has been trialed with Year 7 and 8 students this term, we have now launched the online tutoring program for students in Years 7-10 with 150 students now registered.

  • Tutoring sessions have started. Details of the day / time, the Zoom link, password and links to materials for the session are emailed individually to parents and students.
     
  • Our tutors are undergraduate university students who are now scheduled in sessions throughout the week. 
     
  • These tutoring sessions will continue through to the end of this term and recommence at the beginning of Term 4.
     
  • Registrations to enrol in the program for those who have not yet been able to will be sent out next week so we can have sessions scheduled ready for Week 1 Term 4.

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
     
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
     
  • Students can access Week 10 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning. This has been reduced for well-being week.
     
  • Week 10 work is due on Friday afternoon. 
     
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
     
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
     
  • Senior classes can access Week 10 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
     
  • Week 10 work is due on Friday afternoon.
     
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
     
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
     
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as displayed below.
     
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
     
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Take care of yourselves

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 9

Key Points

  • The NSW Premier announced the plan for the staggered return to classrooms for Term 4. Schools are looking to return early November. 
     
  • The Higher School Certificate is planned to commence from 9th November.
     
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon. A summary of student progress has been well received and will continue to be sent each Thursday.
     
  • Junior online tutoring sessions are well underway.
     
  • A well-being week is planned for all students next week, Week 9 of this term

Well-being Week

Congratulations to our students for their wonderful efforts so far this term and thank you to the mums, dads and carers who have been supporting students learning from home. The COVID lock-down and remote learning is not easy for anyone but despite the challenges and frustrations that the lock-down brings, the engagement and efforts of our students is something for all of us to be proud of.

We are in this for a little longer yet but we need to look forward and begin preparing for that transition back to school and then the eventual successful return. Health and well-being is important to everyone and next week we have put a focus on that for our school community. Week 9, 6-10 September, has been marked as our well-being week that brings together guidance, time and activities that focuses us all on looking after our health and well-being.

There are challenges and activities that our families can join in on with students where ever possible and we hope that the week can bring some laughs along the way. The junior work packages have been reduced in Week 9 to provide time for the well-being activities. Year 11 are focusing on guided revision.

To kick things off we are starting with Zoom Year Meetings. The zoom link and password is available on the Google Classroom.

Click here the watch the message to all students.

The junior year meeting times for Monday:

  • Year 7 at 9:00am
  • Year 8 at 10:00am
  • Year 9 at 11:00am
  • Year 10 at 12:00pm​

HSC and Year 12 Plans

Congratulations to our Year 12 students who are so positively engaged and achieving with their quizzes and the packages. The feedback and discussion with Year 12 has enabled this support and is helping guide the longer-term plan of revision and preparations towards the Higher School Certificate.
NESA is working to reschedule HSC exams to start on 9 November 2021.

  • The updated start date means HSC results will be released in mid-January.

  • NESA will publish a revised exam timetable in early September.

  • NESA are working very closely with NSW Health and schools to develop comprehensive COVID-safe protocols for running the exams.

  • We are considering a variety of options for Year 12 Graduation and will work with Year 12 students and families to determine the best option to undertake a graduation when we can.
  • Student references and final reports are soon to commence.

Online Tutoring

After great success with our online tutoring program that has been trialed with Year 7 and 8 students this term, we have now launched the online tutoring for students in Years 7-10 with 150 students now registered.

  • Tutoring sessions have started. Details of the day / time, the Zoom link, password and links to materials for the session are emailed individually to both parents and students.

  • Our tutors are undergraduate university students who are now scheduled in sessions throughout the week.

  • These tutoring sessions will continue through to the end of this term and recommence at the beginning of Term 4.

  • Registrations to enrol in the program for those who have not yet been able to will open up next week so we can have sessions scheduled ready for Week 1 Term 4

Subject Selection for 2022

  • Thank you to all our students for their work with research and reflection on subjects and the selection process as they entered into selecting their subjects for 2022.

  • Thank you also to our families, who joined in that process through watching the webinar, discussing the work with their child and helping with the subject selections either online or by interview. We have captured some new ways forward as we have enjoyed the deeper connection and partnership in this process. Some good ideas to take us into future approaches with subject selection.

  • We are following up on a small number of students and from there will be able to enter the data to determine the curriculum structure for 2022.

  • We will communicate with respective year groups and families as we move through the process.

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.

  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.

  • Students can access Week 9 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning. This has been reduced for well-being week.

  • Week 9 work is due on Friday afternoon.

  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.

  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
     
  • Senior classes can access Week 9 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
     
  • Week 9 work is due on Friday afternoon.
     
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
     
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.


Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
     
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as displayed below.
     
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
     
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Take care of yourselves

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 8

Key Points

  • The NSW Premier announced the plan for the staggered return to classrooms for Term 4.
  • Our curriculum model and approach will continue to best support our school community and we are expanding on successful initiatives to provide increased support for students.
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon.
  • A summary of student progress has been well received and continues to show a cumulative summary of progress with learning and helping connect in a targeted way with students who we are concerned about. These will continue each Thursday.
  • Subject Selection processes are underway with the recorded webinar and interactive website available for parents and students to review. Year 10 will undertake their individual online interviews next week to confirm their subject preferences for 2022. Each student received an email with their interview link and details.
  • A well-being week is planned for all students in Week 9 of this term.

Proposed Return to School in Term 4

This afternoon we received advice from the department following the NSW Premier’s news briefing this morning. With high rates of vaccinations there is a promising projection of a vaccinated community. If the local community has low rates of COVID, then a staged return can commence. This includes:

  • Students in Year 12 and those completing their HSC will to return to school for face to face from 25 October under Level 3 plus settings.
  • From Monday 1 November, students in Years 2, 6 and 11 will return to school sites under restricted Level 3 plus settings.
  • From Monday 8 November, students in Years 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 return to school sites under Level 3 plus settings.
  • HSC exams will be delayed until 9 November with a revised timetable and guidelines for a COVID-safe HSC to be released by NESA in early September.
  • Double doses of COVID vaccinations will be mandatory for applicable staff on school sites from 25 October and for all school staff from 8 November.

What this looks like for Gymea students will be continually communicated as we head towards these dates in Term 4.

What are Level 3 Restrictions?

Depending on local conditions, schools will operate under one of four levels of restrictions. The department provides information on levels of restrictions on their website which is regularly updated to reflect the evolving situation in our state. Please following this link to the department for further information on Level 3 Restrictions.

HSC – What does NESA Indicate?

HSC written exams

  • NESA is working to reschedule HSC exams to start on 9 November 2021.
  • The updated start date means HSC results will be released in mid-January. 
  • NESA will publish a revised exam timetable in early September. 
  • NESA are working very closely with NSW Health and schools to develop comprehensive COVID-safe protocols for running the exams. 

Project and Performances

Teachers will conduct the marking for practical projects in Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Design and Technology and Industrial Technology Multimedia. The due dates for these are:

  • Design and Technology – Thursday 2 September 2021.
  • Drama – Monday 30 August 2021
  • Industrial Technology – Thursday 2 September 2021
  • Music – TBA
  • Visual Arts Bodies of Work – Monday 6 September 2021

Stage 6 Subject Selection

A recording of our virtual subject selection parent and student information session is available on the school website under the news post for subject selection. Follow this link for this webinar.

In addition to the webinar, students and parents can find further details from:

1.    Stage 6 subject selection information website.

2.    Stage 6 Course Information Booklet

Individual student subject selection interviews with school staff that will begin this week conducted on Zoom. Parents will have the option to join in on these interviews for their child. These interviews have been scheduled throughout Week 8 between Monday 30 August to Friday 3 September via an invitation email that has been sent to all students and parents.

Priority vaccination for 16-39 yrs living in areas of concern

NSW Health confirmed that the vaccination priority roll out for residents 16-39 years old, who live in one of the areas of concern, are eligible to book for a Pfizer vaccination.

We have been asked to encourage our school communities, including students, parents and carers, to book their appointments if they are eligible. Refer to Priority COVID-19 vaccination booking for further information including vaccination locations and bookings. 

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
  • Students can access Week 8 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.
  • Week 8 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
  • Senior classes can access Week 8 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
  • Week 8 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Well-being Week

  • Our staff have come together with students to plan a special well-being week to be held in Week 9 this term for all students.
  • Week 9 Junior Learning Packages will be reduced to give increased focus to the well-being activities.
  • These activities will focus on key aspects of health literacy, student interaction and connectedness while building skills and understanding surrounding resilience, mindfulness, gratitude and positive thinking.​
  • Year 11 will engage in a “Feedback Week” with all course Learning Packages focusing on exam preparation style activities that enable feedback and consolidation of their Year 11 journey. 
  • Year 12 will continue with the HSC Preparation Strategy, including completing their quizzes and learning packages. 
  • The ​well-being week activities will be communicated to students next Friday. 

Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as displayed below.
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Take care of yourselves

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 7

Key Points

  • The NSW Premier announced today that the current lock-down will continue to the end of September and that advice regarding NSW schools will be provided next week.​
     
  • Our curriculum model and approach will continue to best support our school community and we are expanding on successful initiatives to provide increased support for students.
     
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon.
     
  • A summary of student progress has been well received and continues to show a cumulative summary of progress with learning and helping connect in a targeted way with students who we are concerned about. These will continue each Thursday.
     
  • Subject Selection processes are underway with the recorded webinar and interactive website available for parents and students to review. Year 8 & 9 will begin their subject selections this week. Year 10 will undertake individual online interviews in 2 weeks to confirm their subject preferences for 2022.

Progress of Remote Learning

Congratulations to all of our students who are overwhelmingly positively engaged and achieving with their remote learning work. At this time, we look to focus on what is being achieved and build on that and as we do, look broadly to the whole year group to seek that engagement and well-being. 

We will continue with:

  • The model of work packages
  • The individual contact home
  • The ongoing reporting of student progress
  • Continued provision of enrichment work

We have been working on other initiatives to assist in differentiating learning and support.

  • A piloted online tutoring program has been well received and we will commence offering that to those students in Years 7 – 10 who need extra assistance with their work. Details will be communicated next week.
     
  • Initiatives have been piloted to provide increased support for student health and well-being that we will start to implement next week.

Progress of Remote Learning for Year 12

Congratulations to our Year 12 students who are positively achieving with their quizzes and the packages. The feedback and discussion with Year 12 has enabled this support and is helping identify the longer-term plan of revision and preparation towards the Higher School Certificate. Some information that has been discussed and planned:

  • NESA has indicated that the HSC is still going ahead.
  • Project work (with the exception of Society & Culture and English Extension 2) will now be marked by the school on behalf of NESA with those marks moderated based on student performance in the written HSC examinations in Term 4.
  • We are considering a variety of options for Year 12 Graduation and will work with Year 12 students and families to determine the best option to undertake a graduation when we can.
  • Student references and final reports are soon to commence.
  • Individual contact by phone and some by zoom will be undertaken to discuss HSC progress and pathways for 2022. 

Progress of Remote Learning for Year 11

Congratulations to our Year 11 students who are doing very well with their learning packages.  We have met with Year 11 and discussed what is ahead with their learning and assessment as well as initiatives that can support their health and well-being.

Some information that has been discussed and planned:

  • Students will not be undertaking examinations upon return to school. We do not wish to put extra stress onto students to worry about examinations at this time.
  • Planning is underway to develop learning packages and support that blends past examinations to enable the revision and experience that would normally accompany examinations on site.
  • A well-being initiative has been launched to bring some fun of challenges to all students as a way to focus some positivity at a time where our students need it.

Stage 6 Subject Selection

Last night we held a webinar as our virtual subject selection parent and student information session. A recording has been made of this webinar and is available on the school website under the news post for subject selection. Follow this link for this webinar.

In addition to the webinar, students and parents can find further details from:

1.    Stage 6 subject selection information website.

2.    Stage 6 Course Information Booklet

The next step will be individual student subject selection interviews with school staff that will be conducted on Zoom. Parents will have the option to join in on these interviews for their child. These interviews will be scheduled in Week 8 between Monday 30 August to Friday 3 September via an invitation email which will be sent out next week.

Stage 5 Subject Selection

Last night we held a webinar as our virtual subject selection parent and student information session for electives in Years 9 and 10 in 2022. A recording has been made of this webinar and is available on the subject selection website.  Follow this link for this webinar.

In addition to the webinar, students and parents can find further details from:

1.    Stage 5 subject selection information website.

2.    Stage 5 Course Information Booklet

The selection of electives for 2022 will be undertaken online with the opportunity for students and parents to complete it together. This will go live in the window of Week 7, Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August.  The link and individual ID for each student will communicated by email to parents and students on Monday next week.

Priority vaccination for 16-39 years living in areas of concern

NSW Health confirmed that the vaccination priority roll out for residents 16-39 years old, who live in one of the areas of concern, are eligible to book for a Pfizer vaccination.

We have been asked to encourage our school communities, including students, parents and carers, to book their appointments if they are eligible. Refer to Priority COVID-19 vaccination booking for further information including vaccination locations and bookings. 

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
  • Students can access Week 7 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.
  • Week 7 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
  • Senior classes can access Week 7 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
  • Week 7 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as displayed below.
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Take care of yourselves

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 6

As we finish up the 5th week of term, I would like to reflect a little and thank everyone for their work and support to keep things moving. This is without doubt a difficult time for everyone and speaking to many families, students and staff, these difficulties are presenting and impacting in many different ways. In among all that, I hear and see the determination and positivity that keeps things moving. A huge thank you to all of our families, our students and to our teachers. It’s that positive support and effort, that keeps everyone’s spirits up, gives energy to continue, to improve and explore options to navigate learning during this lock down.

See below for the key points for this week and information that expands on those.

Thank you.
Peter Marsh

Key Points

  • The advice from NSW Education has not changed and the restrictions on schools remain as they have been this term. 
  • Our curriculum model and approach will continue to best support our school community and we are trialing and exploring differentiated support with learning and well-being. 
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon. 
  • A summary of student progress has been well received and continues to show a cumulative summary of progress with learning and helping connect in a targeted way with students who we are concerned about. These will continue each Thursday.

Learning From Home 

Success with continuity of learning for all

  • Our model of learning is ensuring continuity of learning. While it may not emulate normal face to face teaching, it is ensuring that we are able to monitor the learning of all kids that other models simply cannot do. It is the strong support of families and the overwhelming positivity of students that is seeing a very strong engagement in learning right across our school. 
  • Our students are reporting that feedback on their learning through Google Classroom and Moodle is helping and their ability to ask questions through those channels is valuable.

The progress and wellbeing of students

  • Individual connection with kids through ongoing phone calls, particularly the young students in Years 7-10 has been well received and places us in a great position to target support for those kids most at risk while gaining a strong understanding of the temperature of student wellbeing across the school.   
  • Every teacher has a role and the predominate consistency of teachers calling will help us work even more closely with families to support students as individuals.

Future directions

  • Online video sessions with students within our tutoring program is receiving great feedback. We are now working to broaden time slots, duration and materials covered during sessions. 
  • We are exploring more ways for students to interact with each other with both curriculum and wellbeing activities. 
  • Identifying support processes to promote higher expectations with quality of learning, routine and exercise and health. 

Take care of yourselves

ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. This article is a good place to start to review the ideas and links to help to better cope with the situation we are all in at the moment. There are great ideas for everyone to take time to look after ourselves.

10 ways to take care of yourself during lockdown.

Click to view article

1.    Stay active
2.    Take 10 to be zen
3.    Chat with your mates
4.    Check out our forums
5.    Make a homemade meal
6.    Take a break from the news
7.    Make a music playlist
8.    Declutter for five minutes
9.    Watch or read something uplifting
10.    Learn something new

Further Support

Subject Selection

In Week 6, our Year 8, 9 and 10 students will undertake a learning task that will focus on the courses available for 2022.

A webinar will be held for students and families on Thursday, 19 August 2021 at:

  • 5:30pm for Years 8 and 9
  • 7:00pm for Year 10

The webinar aims to provide a general information session to families and students on the selection of electives for 2022.

Join the webinar via the link below using the passcode: 2022GTHS

Join the Stage 6 Webinar 7:00pm Thursday 19 August

Click here to see the interactive website for Years 8 and 9 and for Year 10 that has been created to help parents understand and engage in the subject selection process.

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
  • Students can access Week 6 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.
  • Week 6 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
  • Senior classes can access Week 6 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
  • Week 6 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Year 12 Quizzes recommence on Monday
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Student Enrichme​nt Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as displayed below.
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 5

Key Points

  • This current lockdown certainly is not the best position for Sydney and broader NSW to be placed in. The advice from NSW Education has not changed and the restrictions on schools remain as they have been this term. 

  • Our curriculum model and approach will continue to best support our school community and we are looking to provide as much differentiated support as possible. 

  • We will continue to check-in with our students and families as a way of support to access learning from home materials. Where possible, we are looking to connect with students directly and with parent permission are using student mobiles.  

  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon. 

  • A summary of student progress has been well received and continues to show a cumulative summary of progress with learning and helping connect in a targeted way with students who we are concerned about. These will continue each Thursday.

Update on Learning From Home

Junior students have been working very well through their learning packages. These learning packages are pivoted on a curriculum schedule that ensures we cover the appropriate weighting of the normal curriculum, working in a 5 week cycle. It is without question a very difficult time for students, staff and families and learning or working from home is not something we want to do but we need to do. The outstanding success of engagement and work of students at Gymea is something to be very proud of and again I wish to thank our parents and families, all our students and our staff for the strong support around all this.

At Gymea, we have a strongly coordinated approach that is captured within a teaching and learning cycle and helps us keep our focus on every student. Much work is undertaken behind the scenes to support the differing needs. With that, we have launched additional extension and enrichment work for students who need it and this week, launched a tutorial pilot to help those students who need the extra assistance. We are moving in uncharted territory as we undertake this but our initial sessions run over two evenings highlighted positive interaction driving engaged kids in reviewing some learning undertaken this term.  We are very pleased that we have launched this that allows us to plan to bring increased time, sessions and interactive content to these sessions.  As we travel the pilot next week, we will be able to provide further development and access beyond what we are currently offering.

We are also looking to connect with kids in different ways and get them involved in healthy and constructive activities in addition to the learning packages. Keep an eye out for updates and information posted on the student Feed, school website and student Google classroom.

There has been much media attention to the return of Year 12 students to school on the 16 August with the advice surrounding what this looks like also differing. Today, further announcements have been made surrounding the return of Year 12 on the 16 August that sees a reduced model of return. We are working through these changes and will communicate updates to Year 12 later today. Our staff are working with additional programs to ensure we have contingencies in place to support our Year 12 students as the advice from the Government and NESA changes. 

Subject Selection for Year 9 and 10, 2022

  • Year 8 and 9 students will be making their elective choices for senior study in 2022 this term. 

  • Given the lock down and continuation of remote learning, we will deliver the process online through the interactive website and now complemented by a live Parent Online Session and student tasks. The selection of subjects will be undertaken online with the help of parents. 

  • Click here to see the interactive website that has been created to help parents understand and engage in the subject selection process.  

  • We are in the process of setting up the resources and processes to undertake the additional online tasks, presentations and interview process with students. The partnership with families in this process and the individual connection with students has always proven highly valuable and we will are working to bring this about even with the current lock-down. 

  • The details of this will be updated under this heading and emailed to families once finalised.

​​See the website post at:   https://web1.gymea-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/2021/07/06/electives-for-years-8-9-in-2022/

Subject Selection for Year 11, 2022

  • ​Year 10 students will be making their elective choices for senior study in 2022 this term. 

  • Given the lock down and continuation of remote learning, we will deliver the process online through the interactive website and now complemented by a live Parent Online Session, student tasks set and individual online meetings with the students. 

  • Click here to see the interactive website that has been created to help parents understand and engage in the subject selection process and the Higher School Certificate pathway for their child. 

  • We are in the process of setting up the resources and processes to undertake the additional online tasks, presentations and interview process with students. The partnership with families in this process and the individual connection with students has always proven highly valuable and we will are working to bring this about even with the current lock-down. 

  • The details of this will be updated under this heading and emailed to families once finalised.

​​See the website post at:  https://web1.gymea-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/2021/07/07/selecting-senior-courses-for-year-11-2021/

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.

  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.

  • Students can access Week 5 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.

  • Week 5 work is due on Friday afternoon.

  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.

  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.

  • Senior classes can access Week 5 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.

  • Week 5 work is due on Friday afternoon.

  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their senior study.

  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.


Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.

  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the top menu on the Student Feed.

  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.

  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here.

Our School Parents and Citizen

Our P&C are a supportive group of parents focused on:

  • Promoting the interests of the school by bringing parents, citizens, students and teaching staff into close co-operation
  • Assisting in providing facilities and equipment for the school
  • Assisting the teaching staff in the establishment of school policy and management in all facets of school activity

Our next  P&C meeting for 2021 will be held by Zoom on Tuesday the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday  10 August, commencing at 7:00pm. If you wish to attend, please register your intentions with the P&C by emailing gymeatechnologyhighschool@pandcaffiliate.org.au directly.

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 4

Key Points

  • The NSW Premier announced ongoing restrictions until at least 28 August. As soon as we know what is happening beyond this date, we will communicate to our community with details.

  • We will continue to check-in with our students and families as a way of support to access learning from home materials. Where possible, we are looking to connect with students directly and with parent permission are using student mobiles. 

  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon.

  • A summary of student progress has been well received and continues to show a cumulative summary of progress with learning and is helping connect in a targeted way with students who we are concerned about. These will continue each Thursday.

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.

  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.

  • Students can access Week 4 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.

  • Week 4 work is due on Friday afternoon.

  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.

  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.

  • Senior classes can access Week 4 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.

  • Week 4 work is due on Friday afternoon.

  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their senior study.

  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.

  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the top menu on the Student Feed.

  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.

  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here.

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 3

Key Points

  • A huge thank to you to the way everyone has come together to help manage the challenging situation we are in.  
  • We are continuing with learning from home until at least 30 July.  As soon as we know what is happening beyond this date, we will communicate to our community with details.
  • We will continue to check-in with our students and families as a way of support to access learning from home materials. If you are happy and prefer not to receive further phone calls, mention that next time someone contacts and they will note it down.
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon.
  • A summary of student progress was emailed to students and families yesterday and will be updated with work submitted and this week’s work this coming Thursday.

Thank you!

Dear families, students and staff ,

A huge thank to you to the way everyone has come together to help manage the challenging situation we are in.  The engagement of home learning from our students has been outstanding and the support that parents and families are providing is without a doubt a critical and successful ingredient to this, so thank you.

As way of update on school operation:

  • The department have advised to have staff work from home. Currently we have only two of us on school site first thing in the morning. No students have attended school in the past week.
  • Our teachers and support staff are working strongly in a consistent strategy that aims to engage all students and the data of engagement is nothing less than exceptional.  We have a wonderful and committed staff, so a huge shout out to all of our teachers and support staff.
  • The student summaries are produced in a way that we hope continues to encourage kids to do their very best. These will be continually updated where work comes in.  
  • We have launched two new websites this week that provide students with extension work and also provide key information on careers and pathways as we cannot lose site of what is important ahead.
  • Subject selection information is online and available on the front page of the school website. At this point, we have the process on hold so we can focus on immediate priorities.
  • Our phone system is connected to a voice mail system and is managed throughout the day. Likewise, our school email is also monitored. These remain open for those important communications parents need to make.

Again, thank you for your support and work that you are doing each day. Together we can keep our kids engaged and learning while supporting their readiness and confidence to be successful on their return to school.

With thanks,
Peter Marsh

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
  • Students can access Week 3 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.
  • Week 3 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
  • Senior classes can access Week 3 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
  • Week 3 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Higher School Certificate Support

  • A special virtual meeting will be held for Year 12 students on Friday evening, 23 July, to discuss the current arrangements, the outlook and changes that NESA have made so far as well as hear from a few students from Year 12 2020 to reflect on managing lockdown in the HSC year. Links to the meeting are available in the Year 12 Google Classroom.
  • At this point our students these NESA changes include:
    • Rescheduling of the Dance performance exams to run in schools from 13 to 17 September.
    • Extension of  the due date for all Major Projects by two weeks to 9 August. Please follow the advice from the classroom teacher with respect to these projects.
    • Reschedule Drama performance exams to run from 6 to 17 September
    • Music performance exams continue as scheduled, running from 30 August to 10 September
    • Reschedule the written exams to begin one week later on 19 October with HSC results out on 17 December
  • The Trial HSC examinations have been postponed. 
  • We are putting together plans for Year 12 in preparation for different scenarios ahead.
  • Careers and Pathways information for Year 12 has been deployed on a new Careers site. Access the Careers Site here.

Remote Learning Update

Key Points

  • Student progress summaries for learning from home packages will be emailed to families and students today.
  • Extension and enrichment work for Juniors has been prepared as an additional option for students and is accessed via our Student Enrichment site from the Student Feed.
  • Careers and Pathways information for Year 12 has been deployed on a new site accessed via the Student Feed.
  • A special virtual meeting will be hosted for Year 12 to keep updated on HSC changes and support in this important term.  

Student Enrichment Site

  • Extension and enrichment work for junior students has been prepared as an additional option for those students who are looking to extend themselves past their weekly package requirements.
  • The Student Enrichment Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed.
  • Lesson activities have been designed by our teachers across a range of subject and interest areas.
  • Junior students can select any activity of interest and complete it by uploading their submission to their Year Group Google Classroom using the buttons at the bottom of each lesson.

Access the Enrichment and Extension site here. 

Student Careers Information

  • Careers and Pathways information for Year 12 has been deployed on a new Careers site.
  • The Careers Site is accessed from the menu on the Student Feed as shown above.
  • The site will be updated by Mrs Hristodoulou with important pathways information for senior students. 
  • This will ensure that the Google Classroom communication remains focused on targeted curriculum messages for senior students. 

Access the Careers Site here.

HSC Update

  • A special virtual meeting will be held for Year 12 students on Friday evening to discuss the current arrangements, the outlook and changes that NESA have made so far as well as hear from a few students from Year 12 2020 to reflect on managing lockdown in the HSC year. Links to the meeting are available in the Year 12 Google Classroom.
  • For our students, these NESA changes include:
    • Reschedule the Dance performance exams to run in schools from 13 to 17 September.
    • Extend the due date for the Society and Culture Personal Interest Project by two weeks to 9 August. Please follow the advice from the classroom teacher with respect to these projects.
    • The Trial HSC examinations have been postponed and rescheduled to Weeks 7 and 8. 
  • We are putting together plans for Year 12 in preparation for different scenarios ahead.

Remote Learning Term 3 Week 2

Key Points

  • The NSW Department of Education has provided formal advice that we will be continuing with learning from home until at least 30 July. 
  • We will continue to check-in with our students and families as a way of support to access learning from home materials.
  • Learning packages are available to students Monday morning and are due Friday afternoon.
  • A summary of student progress will be emailed to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • An outline of next week’s work is attached to this email. This has also been emailed to students and placed on the Student Feed.
  • Students can access Week 2 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning.
  • Week 2 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Work for senior students

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. 
  • Senior classes can access Week 2 remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle on Monday morning.
  • Week 2 work is due on Friday afternoon.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Monday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Student progress on packages from this week will be communicated back to parents and students on Thursday.

Higher School Certificate Support

  • The Trial HSC examinations has been postponed to later in the term.
  • Questions have been sent to Year 12 students, via their Year 12 Google Classroom to gain feedback on their project work, confidence around course work and outlook for when we return. We are putting together plans for Year 12 in preparation for different scenarios ahead.
  • Individual students involved in project work will be contacted to see what support can be provided towards their progress with these projects.

Remote Learning Update

Key Points

  • The NSW Department of Education has provided formal advic​e that we will be continuing with learning from home until at least 30 July. 
  • We have checked-in with our students and families as a way of support to access learning from home materials.
  • A huge thank you to our families for the extra support you are providing to support learning for our children.
  • Our school was recognised by the Department of Education as a school that continued delivering high-quality education during a difficult time with the 2020 lockdown. Our approach with remote learning builds on the successes of that time and we are already travelling the first week of that model.

Learning from home for Years 7 -10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages.
  • These learning activities will be accessed from your child’s Google classroom for respective courses.
  • The work will be released for students Monday morning and will be due Friday 3pm. 
  • It is important that all students start on their work as soon as it is posted.
  • Teachers are accessed through the Google classroom and all students are encouraged to contact their teacher if they are experiencing any difficulties.
  • A homework sheet will be emailed to you as well your child and also placed on the Student Feed. 
  • We will aim to report progress to parents starting from Week 2 each Thursday.

Learning from home for Years 11 -12

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages set by each course.
  • Senior classes will access their remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle.
  • The work will be released for students on Monday morning and will be due Friday 3pm. 
  • It is important that all students start on their work as soon as it is posted.
  • Teachers are accessed through the Google classroom and all students are encouraged to contact their teacher if they are experiencing any difficulties.
  • We will aim to report progress to parents starting from Week 2 each Thursday.
  • The School Website and the Student Feed are continually updated reflecting the detail of newsletters. Please check for updates and details.
  • We will be talking to HSC students on Friday to discuss the plan for this term. 

Our learning from home teaching and learning model

  • We have established a teaching and learning model that forms the basis of quality teaching and learning through a normal school year while addressing the complexities that come with remote teaching and learning.
  • Every school is committing their very best to support students and there will be differences among schools. While we may differ to some other schools, we will maintain our focus with our model so we can ensure continuity of learning for all.
  • The cycle of learning in this model brings together Planning & Programming, Delivery, Assessment and Reporting. Families can see the planning week by week through the learning package descriptions, the delivery through Google classroom, the assessment through their child’s activities and reporting that follows highlighting the progress of student work through the week.
  • The weekly progress reports emailed to students and families proved to be very useful last year to help at home. We aim to commence sending these next week after the work is marked and updated on our system.

Arrangements for Term 3 Week 1

The NSW Department of Education has provided formal advice for the commencement of Term 3 which will see staff and all students start the term with Remote Learning. Students will undertake their first week of Term 3 learning from home. If this is to be extended, we will communicate as soon as we know.

  • For those students with extenuating circumstances that impact the possibility of remaining at home during the school day, please email the school.

Cyber Security Incident

The department is currently investigating a cyber security incident involving the state wide digital network. This resulted in a number of platforms being inaccessible to schools and students over the last 48 hours.  We are fortunate to have contingencies in place to continue communicating with you through this time. Our staff have work ready for students and the Department has begun restoring systems this afternoon, but in the event they are not ready before the start of the term, a revised approach to access materials will be communicated. 

Work for Senior Students

The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. These are delivered primarily through Google Classroom and Moodle which in some cases will access a number of other valuable programs where these are worthwhile. 

  • Senior classes will access their remote learning course work on Google Classroom and Moodle.
  • The work will be released for students on Monday afternoon and will be due Friday 3pm. 
  • This newsletter has also been emailed to your child and placed on the Student Feed. 
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Tuesday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 
  • Student progress on packages that have been set will be communicated back to parents and teachers.

Work for students in Years 7-10

The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages. These are delivered primarily through Google Classroom and Moodle which in some cases will access a number of other valuable programs where these are worthwhile.

  • Attached to this email is a weekly home learning sheet for your child.
  • The work in this home learning sheet is located on your child’s google classroom for respective courses.
  • The work will be released for students on Monday afternoon and will be due Friday 3pm. 
  • The homework sheet has also been emailed to your child and placed on the Student Feed. 
  • Students are asked to use messaging within their Google Classroom to ask questions about their learning.

Higher School Certificate Support

  • Year 12 students were provided with substantial packages of HSC preparation work with guiding resources. Executive staff reviewed these with all year 12 students prior to the end of Term 2. 
  • Individual students involved in practical project work will be contacted to see what support can be provided towards their progress with these projects.
  • Other HSC project work will be supported online through course teachers.
  • The trial examinations at this point will continue as scheduled.
  • It is important that all students commence their work starting Tuesday morning to ensure they remain on the front foot with their HSC study. 

How To Access Your Remote Learning Packages

Step 1: Login to Google using your Department credentials or by clicking the Google link in your Student Portal.

Step 2: Click the 9 dots square in the top right hand corner to access your Google Apps and click on “Classroom”, or click on “Classroom” in your Student Portal Google Apps link.

Step 3: This will take you to your Classroom homepage where you will see every class you are enrolled in. You can enter your classes to find your remote learning packages here. 

If you haven’t yet joined a class, you will see an “Accept” button you can click before opening the Classroom. 

Step 4: Your Remote Learning Package will appear in your feed as an assignment like this. Click on it to access the information and links to the learning activities. 

Commencement of Term 3

The NSW Department of Education has provided formal advice for the commencement of Term 3 which will see staff and all students start the term with Remote Learning. Students will undertake their first week of Term 3 learning from home.

  • We will soon send out information to students and families by email as well as posts on google classroom on the organisation of remote learning that commences Tuesday 13 July.
  • We will also distribute specific information regarding HSC assessment work.
  • At this point, the outlook is for a return to onsite lessons at school on Monday 19 July, Week 2 Term 3.
  • Once we return, we anticipate a number of restrictions to help maintain a healthy school site. The department are yet to provide clearer direction on these but we will communicate what these ‘return to school restrictions’ will be as soon as they are available.
  • For those students with extenuating circumstances that impact the possibility of remaining at home during the school day, please email the school.

Remote learning is not desirable for students, families or staff but we will communicate clearly what we need to do for the 4 days of next week so that we make the scenario as smooth and worthwhile as possible for everyone.

This newsletter highlights some detail about what is on this term and how we will manage key events in line with the restrictions.

Your support and partnership in this is truly appreciated. Below is a guide on how to access our remote learning packages through your subject Google Classroom’s.

CAREERS
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INSPIRE.

Innovative learning spaces that empower students to work collaboratively, creatively and critically.

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LEARN.

Integrated technology, developing all students as confident learners through an engaging curriculum.

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SUCCEED.

Engaging all students in positive growth and individualised success in all areas of school life.