HSC Support

Term 4 Week 4 for Year 12

Key Points

  • Revision continues to be posted for Year 12 HSC students who will have access to their teachers in the school library during the normal timetabled lessons from Monday 25 October for two weeks just before the commencement of the HSC examinations. 
     
  • Students will be able to study alongside a small group of other students at school in the school library throughout the school day.
     
  • The Year 12 Online Graduation will be held on Friday 29 October commencing at 10:30am that will allow parents and friends to link in online live.
     
  • A celebration Carnivale Day for Year 12 on Thursday 28 October provides a safe and enjoyable day for Year 12 to celebrate their milestone completion of Year 12.
     
  • Important guidelines for students ensure successful and safe Higher School Certificate examinations that commence Tuesday 9 November. 

Time to study with teachers and other students

  • Year 12 students can meet with teachers during their normal timetabled periods to ask questions and seek help with revision. 
     
  • To help minimise the risk of illness, Year 12 students will be given designated outdoor and indoor areas that separates them from the other students in the school.
     
  • The Outdoor Classroom and the School Library are designated for Year 12 only. Year 12 students are asked to keep to these areas.

Year 12 Online Graduation

We are finalising the organisation on a graduation that is unlike our traditional graduations but will provide the deserving acknowledgement to each of our Year 12 students as they complete 13 years of school.

Our school captains have jumped in with prefects to gain student input into the media items that form part of graduation. They will connect with Year 12 to identify what they need and we will additionally post details on the Year 12 Google Classroom.

The Graduation will be a live streamed event on YouTube that will provide a combination of in-school activity and prepared media to ensure we meet the guidelines established by the Department of Education. While we are unable to have a traditional Graduation with a mass gathering, we have the talent and expertise in our school to enable technology to deliver something that Year 12 will appreciate and friends and family feel part of. 

Details of the Graduation

The online graduation will enable families and friends to come together in different homes to watch. Last year, a similar setup enabled families to make the event a small celebration at home and allowed family and friends who live further away to enjoy the event.

Date:  Friday 29 October 2021

Start time:  Streamed from 10:15am for a 10:30am start

Student Arrival:  Students need to be seated in the hall by 9:30am

Refreshments:  Refreshments will be provided to Year 12 at the conclusion (in a COVID safe way).

Finish Time: Students will be finished by 1:00pm and may go home at this time.

Dress:  All students need to be dressed in School Uniform. Prefects will be able to pick up blazers from 9:00am on the day.

YouTube link:  Follow the link in your email to the online Graduation scheduled to start on Friday 29 October at 10:15am for a ceremony start at 10:30am

Year 12 Celebration Event – Carnivale

Carnivale has been a tradition for Gymea Year 12 students since 2012 and has continued to be an enjoyable and safe celebration day at school. We are pleased that Year 12 are back at school and that we can run this enjoyable event for them and do so in a safe way that meets the guidelines of restrictions outlined by the Department of Education. 

We have a number of activities in store for Year 12 that will prove to be something they will remember for years to come.

To prepare for this day, we ask that Year 12 students look to have the following things with them:

When: Thursday 28 October 2021

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Where: Amphitheatre and soccer fields

HSC Examinations

The HSC examinations are scheduled to commence Tuesday 9th November.  Please check students online for your timetable or download the timetable.

  • Examinations will be conducted in the hall and the school library as examination centres. All students should report to the hall for their examination unless given instruction by the presiding officer or a school executive staff member. 
     
  • Students will be required to be screened prior to each examination and answer questions about feeling ill and other COVID related questions. Each student will sign a declaration upon entry into the examination centre.
     
  • Students are asked to attend for the shortest amount of time appropriate before each examination.
     
  • Face masks are to be worn inside the examination centre.
     
  • Wipes, hand cleaners and tissues will be made available for all students at the examination centre.
     
  • Students with a clinical history or known illness that may present as COVID-19 symptoms must provide written evidence from GP.
     
  • If there is a change in venue or other change to the examination, students will receive a text, an email as well as posts to the school website, Student Feed and Google classroom. 
     
  • If students are unwell and cannot attend an examination, they are to ring the school on 9521 3244 and see a doctor on the day of the examination to indicate that they are not well and have a HSC examination that day. The school will then lead the student through the correct HSC illness / misadventure appeal process.
     
  • If a student is unwell during an examination, it is important to let the supervisor in the examination centre know and see a doctor following the examination if it is likely that an illness / misadventure will be submitted. 

As the examinations draw closer, these details will be confirmed and provided to each student in print and electronic form. 

Term 4 Week 3 for Year 12

Key Points

  • Revision is being posted for Year 12 students with face to face seminars continuing this coming week 18-22 October.
     
  • HSC students will have access to their teachers in the school library during the normal timetabled lessons from Monday 25 October for two weeks just before the commencement of the HSC examinations. 
     
  • Students will be able to study alongside a small group of other students at school (5 or less) from next week. This can happen just before or after the scheduled seminar sessions.
     
  • The Year 12 Online Graduation will be held on Friday 29 October and allow parents and friends to link in live.
     
  • A celebration Carnivale Day for year 12 on Thursday 28 October provides a safe and enjoyable day for Year 12 to celebrate their milestone completion of Year 12.
     
  • Important guidelines for students ensure successful and safe Higher School Certificate examinations that commence Tuesday 9 November. 

Face to Face Seminars

One more week of face to face seminars for Year 12 students. These are optional face to face seminars at school.

The schedule below shows the timing of sessions for face to face seminars

Group Study at School

  • The ability to connect with other students to study together is a valuable part of HSC preparation. Year 12 students will be able to join in groups of 5 or less at school to engage in meaningful study.  
     
  • These study times can occur before or after scheduled seminar sessions. 
     
  • Students are welcomed to use the outdoor classroom or the school library which is now ready for student access. 
     
  • Students intending to study in small groups are asked to let someone in the front office know.

Year 12 Online Graduation

We are finalsing the organisation on a graduation that is unlike our traditional graduations but will provide the deserving acknowledgement to each of our Year 12 students as they complete 13 years of school.

Our school captains have jumped in with prefects to gain student input into the media items that form part of graduation. They will connect with year 12 to identify what they need and we will additionally post details on the Year 12 Google classroom.

The Graduation will be a live streamed event on youtube that will provide a combination of in school activity and prepared media to ensure we meet the guidelines established by the Department of Education. While we are unable to have traditional Graduation with mass gathering, we have the talent and expertise in our school to enable technology to deliver something that Year 12 will appreciate and friends and family feel part of. 

Details of the Graduation

The online graduation will enable families and friends to come together in different homes to watch. Last year, a similar setup enabled families to make the event a small celebration at home and allowed family and friends who live further away to enjoy the event.

Date:  Friday 29 October 2021

Start time:  10:30am 

Refreshments:  refreshments will be provided to year 12 at the conclusion (in a COVID Safe way).

Finish Time: Students will be finished approximately 1:00pm and may go home at this time.

Dress:  All students need to be dressed in school uniform. Prefects will be able to pick up blazers from 9:00am on the day.

Youtube link:  A link will be emailed to all parents and students on the week of graduation with reminder emails closer to the the event. 


Year 12 Celebration Event – Carnivale

Carnivale has been a tradition for Gymea Year 12 students since 2012 and has continued to be an enjoyable and safe celebration day at school.  We are pleased that Year 12 are back at school and that we can run this enjoyable event for them and do so in a safe way that meets the guidelines of restrictions outlined by the department of Education. 

We have a number of activities in store for Year 12 that will prove to be something they will remember for years to come.

To prepare for this day, we ask that Year 12 students look to have the following things with them:

When: Thursday 28 October 2021

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Where: Amphitheatre and soccer fields

HSC Examinations

The HSC examinations are scheduled to commence Tuesday 9th November.  Please check students online for your timetable or download the timetable.

  • Examinations will be conducted in the hall and the school library as examination centres. All students should report to the hall for their examination unless given instruction by the presiding officer or a school executive staff member. 
     
  • Students will be required to be screened prior to each examination and answer questions about feeling ill and other COVID related questions. Each student will sign a declaration upon entry into the examination centre.
     
  • Students are asked to attend for the shortest amount of time appropriate before each examination.
     
  • Face masks are to be worn at the examination centre both inside and outside.
     
  • Wipes, hand cleaners and tissues will be made available for all students at the examination centre.
     
  • Students with a clinical history or known illness that may present as COVID-19 symptoms must provide written evidence from GP.
     
  • If there is a change in venue or other change to the examination, students will receive a text, email as well as information posted on the school website, student feed and Google classroom. 
     
  • If students are unwell and cannot attend an examination, they are to ring the school on 9521 3244 and see a doctor on the day of the examination to indicate that they are not well and have an HSC examination that day. The school will then lead the student through the correct HSC illness / misadventure appeal process.
     
  • If a student is unwell during an examination, it is important to let the supervisor in the examination centre know and see a doctor following the examination if it is likely that an illness / misadventure will be submitted. 

As the examinations draw closer, these details will be confirmed and provided to each student in print and electronic form. 

Term 4 Week 2 for Year 12

Key Points

  • Revision is being posted for Year 12 students with face to face seminars commencing Monday 11 October for two weeks.
     
  • HSC students will have access to their teachers in the school library during their normal timetabled lessons from Monday 25 October for two weeks just before the commencement of the HSC examinations. 
     
  • Students will be able to study alongside a small group of other students at school (5 or less) from next week. This can happen just before or after the scheduled seminar sessions.
     
  • The Higher School Certificate is planned to commence from 9th November with examination timetables accessible via NESA website.
     
  • Revision packages will be made available by class teachers for optional study resources for students.

Face to Face Seminars

For weeks 2 and 3 only, starting Monday 11 October, Year 12 students will have the option of attending face to face seminars at school to hone in on questions and support as part of preparation for the Higher School Certificate. 

The schedule below shows the timing of sessions for face to face seminars:

Face to face support from 25 October

  • With the changes announced this week by the NSW Government with the whole school returning on Monday 25 October, HSC students have access to their class teachers in scheduled timetabled lessons.
     
  • It will again be optional to attend but teachers will be on hand. 
     
  • Students can turn up to all or only some of your classes.
     
  • During weeks 4 and 5, HSC students will meet with teachers in the school library which will be closed to the remainder of the school to allow for exclusive access for Year 12 students and their teachers.
     
  • Students do not need to wear school uniform and should refer to the information below for what to bring.

Group Study at School

  • The ability to connect with other students to study together is a valuable part of HSC preparation. Year 12 students will be able to join in groups of 5 or less at school to engage in meaningful study.  
     
  • These study times can occur before or after scheduled seminar sessions. 
     
  • Students are welcomed to use the outdoor classroom or the school library to do so. 
     
  • Students intending to study in small groups are asked to let someone in the front office know.

What do I need to wear and bring?

  • Once back at school, Year 12 do not need to wear school uniform.
     
  • We need to keep a record of who has attended school on site. There will be a roll call registration ‘check in’ for all Year 12 students which will be a google form with a simple “Yes” question.  Senior QR codes will be placed on entrances to relevant buildings to enable this roll call. 
     
  • All students must wear a mask while at school. This includes inside and outside.
     
  • No canteen facilities are available until 1 November, at this point, so bring your own food and water bottle.
     
  • There can be no eating inside classrooms.
     
  • Bring a laptop and other study materials.

Graduation

  • Last year we were not able to have parents and families onsite but we did pull together a live stream event that hundreds of families and friends were able to log into. We will be hosting your graduation in the same style that will bring the excitement and celebration of graduating to you and your families.

  • The graduation will be held Friday 29th October at 10:30am in the school hall.

Celebration Event

  • We have put together some ideas for a celebration event to occur on Thursday, 28 October, the day before graduation. It is important that the arrangements are conducted in a way that meets COVID Safe expectations and so there is a little more investigating happening to see what we can offer on that day.  We will seek the interest of Year 12 students who would like to help pull this celebration day together. 


HSC Examinations

  • The HSC examinations are scheduled to commence Tuesday 9th November. Examinations will be conducted in the hall and the school library.

  • There are COVID safe arrangements to put in place for these examinations which NESA will update schools on this week.

  • We anticipate that we will be able to communicate the full arrangement of HSC examinations in our upcoming newsletters.

  • NESA has published the revised HSC timetable which can be found on the NESA Website here.

Term 4 for Year 12

What Happens This Term?

The focus of Term 4 for year 12 will be to commence the term off with structured support for the revision and preparation towards the Higher School Certificate and bring us back together for a few important milestones such as graduation.

Preparation and Support for the High School Certificate

The focus of Term 4 for year 12 will be to commence the term off with structured support for revision.

Work Set: There are no more assessment quizzes. Teachers will set directed work as HSC Examination revision and preparation that is optional for students to do as well as examination practice HSC quiz done at any time in the week that we will include in the weekly summaries emailed home.

Zoom Seminars: Zoom Seminars will continue in Week 1 with the same timing as Term 3 seminars

Face to Face Seminars: From Week 2, 11 October, Year 12 students will have the option of attending face to face seminars at school to hone in on questions and support as part of preparation for the Higher School Certificate. These will be continuing in Weeks 2, 3 and 4.

The schedule below shows the timing of sessions for face to face seminars:

HSC Stuvac: This is Week 5, the week before the HSC examinations commence and traditionally a week where students study from home. The new return to school timeline has all students back at school so the school regular timetable starts again.

For Year 12, the Stuvac week will allow Year 12 students to attend the normal timetabled classes to meet with teachers. It will again be optional to attend but your teachers will be on hand. You can turn up to all or only some of your classes.

What do I need to wear and bring?

  • Once back at school, Year 12 do not need to wear school uniform.
  • We need to keep a record of who has attended school on site. There will be a roll call registration ‘check in’ for all Year 12 students which will be a google form with a simple Yes question. Senior QR codes will be placed on entrances to relevant buildings to enable this roll call.
  • All students must wear a mask while at school. This includes inside and outside.
  • No canteen facilities available until 1 November, at this point, so bring your own food and water bottle.
  • There can be no eating inside classrooms


Graduation

  • Last year we were not able to have parents and families onsite but we did pull together a live stream event that hundreds of families and friends were able to log into. We will be hosting your graduation in the same style that will bring the excitement and celebration of graduating to you and your families.
  • The graduation will be held Friday 29th October at 10:30am in the school hall.
  • Details of this graduation and what is needed will be communicated in this first week. There is much to organise and your part in each step will help make this a wonderful event for all.

Celebration Event

  • We have put together some ideas for a celebration event to occur on Thursday, 28 October, the day before graduation. It is important that the arrangements are conducted in a way that meets COVID Safe expectations and so there is a little more investigating happening to see what we can offer on that day. We will seek the interest of Year 12 students who would like to help pull this celebration day together.
  • More information will be coming.

HSC Examinations

  • The HSC examinations are scheduled to commence Tuesday 9th November.
  • Examinations will be conducted in the hall and the school library.
  • There are COVID safe arrangements to put in place for these examinations which NESA will update schools on this week.
  • We anticipate that we will be able to communicate the full arrangement of HSC examinations in the first week of Term.
  • NESA has published the revised HSC timetable which can be found on the NESA Website.

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.

WEEK 10 Quiz Timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QUIZ 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Physics

Biology

Soc. & Culture

PDHPE

Anc. History

Design & Tech.

Food Tech.

Legal Studies

Music 1

Bus. Studies

Const. & Landsc.

CAFs

Economics

Visual Art

Maths Adv.

Maths Ext 2

Maths Std 2

Maths Std 1

Eng. Adv.

Eng. Std.

Eng. Studies

QUIZ 2

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Eng. Ext 1

Maths Ext 1

Drama

Hospitality

Chemistry

Geography

IT Multimedia

Modern Hist.

 

 

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.

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.

WEEK 9 Quiz Timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QUIZ 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Physics

Biology

Soc. & Culture

PDHPE

Anc. History

Design & Tech.

Food Tech.

Legal Studies

Music 1

Bus. Studies

Const. & Landsc.

CAFs

Economics

Visual Art

Maths Adv.

Maths Ext 2

Maths Std 2

Maths Std 1

Eng. Adv.

Eng. Std.

Eng. Studies

QUIZ 2

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Eng. Ext 1

Maths Ext 1

Drama

Hospitality

Chemistry

Geography

IT Multimedia

Modern Hist.

 

 

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.

Proposed Return to School in Term 4

We have 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. 
  • 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. 

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

WEEK 8 Quiz Timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QUIZ 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Physics

Biology

Soc. & Culture

PDHPE

Anc. History

Design & Tech.

Food Tech.

Legal Studies

Music 1

Bus. Studies

Const. & Landsc.

CAFs

Economics

Visual Art

Maths Adv.

Maths Ext 2

Maths Std 2

Maths Std 1

Eng. Adv.

Eng. Std.

Eng. Studies

QUIZ 2

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Eng. Ext 1

Maths Ext 1

Drama

Hospitality

Chemistry

Geography

IT Multimedia

Modern Hist.

 

 

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.

Progress of Remote Learning for Year 12

Congratulations to our Year 12 students who are overwhelmingly positively engaged and 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. 

Week 7 Quiz Timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QUIZ 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Physics

Biology

Soc. & Culture

PDHPE

Anc. History

Design & Tech.

Food Tech.

Legal Studies

Music 1

Bus. Studies

Const. & Landsc.

CAFs

Economics

Visual Art

Maths Adv.

Maths Ext 2

Maths Std 2

Maths Std 1

Eng. Adv.

Eng. Std.

Eng. Studies

QUIZ 2

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Eng. Ext 1

Maths Ext 1

Drama

Hospitality

Chemistry

Geography

IT Multimedia

Modern Hist.

 

 

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 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.

Return to School has Changed

Key Points

  • New guidelines have indicated that Year 12 students and those sitting HSC exams will not be able to return to full time learning on the school site. 
  • Provision has been made available to conduct individual or small group essential curriculum and wellbeing activities under COVID safe guidelines.  
  • NESA is responsible for the safe conduct of the HSC examination process. Planning continues for HSC exams to proceed from 19 October in a COVID safe way, in line with Health advice.  
  • School executive and student leaders have contributed to a revised approach to assessment and learning as students move towards the Higher School Certificate. 
  • 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.

Return to school has changed

The changes announced today have changed plans for next week and the focus of what we need to do for this term. There were several briefing sessions held today and meetings held this afternoon and this evening with school executive and Year 12 students that brought ideas and experiences together.

With that, our objective is:

  • Support the learning and preparation of students with their HSC examinations due to commence on 19 October 2021. 
  • Move forward with a strong focus on wellbeing for students so they can continue to prepare and do their best in the Higher School Certificate examinations. 
  • Continue to connect with students with individual planning towards their post school goals. 

A good review of student performance data completed so far with both school-based assessments, learning packages and the first round of quizzes, along with the valuable feedback from students, parents and staff have informed the directions below. It would be great to say that these will not change again but that cannot be guaranteed. We are adjusting to the system changes put to us and as we do, continue to plan informed by what has been experienced. We hope that we move forward with a single plan through to the HSC.

  • The scheduled HSC trials held at school have been cancelled. 
  • The weekly quizzes will be used to act as the trial component as previously discussed. The trial component on the assessments schedules will be modified. 
  • The weightings in assessment schedules will be modified as per NESA advice. Student assessment will be calculated based on the assessment tasks that were able to be continued and completed and include the component of the quizzes. These will be communicated to students once finalised.  
  • Work for Week 5 will continue as planned and focus on revision. The intensification of such study leading up to examinations is an important aspect of HSC preparation and does bring about worthwhile review. 
  • Learning packages will continue again in Week 6 to complete final course work. These packages will identify the quiz for that week and will incorporate examination practice questions to ensure the focus remains on HSC examination preparation. 
  • We will communicate to students early next week regarding performance and project work and continue to contact students throughout the week.

Organisation of Quizzes 

  • Quizzes will be modified to accommodate the input provided by staff and students. 
  • Quizzes will continue to be timed and operate through the Moodle Quiz course as has been done. 
  • We will modify the quiz timetable and extend the window of time available to complete the quizzes from 10:00am – 12:00pm for Session 1 and 12:00pm – 2:00pm for Session 2. 
  • Notification of assessments for each quiz will continue to be published by course teachers. 
  • Quizzes will resume Week 6 and be identified in the course Google classrooms. 
  • These quizzes require identifiable individual student responses and so will assume the rubric type responses or actual written or typed responses. Multiple choice and single response answers will not be included in these quizzes. 
  • An average mark will be calculated from the terms quizzes that will be used for the assessment mark.

Announcement of the Return of HSC students for Greater Sydney

The Government have announced that Year 12 will be able to return to school from Monday 16 August. NSW Education are working with NSW Health and other stakeholders on the details of the vaccination program and the Antigen testing for students returning to school. The vaccination is targeting the students in the 8 most at-risk LGA areas. Details of Antigen testing will be released by the NSW Education as soon as possible.

NSW Education identifies the focus of return to school for Year 12

The advice from NSW Education is that from 16 August, HSC students throughout NSW (including in Greater Sydney) will be permitted to attend school to:

  • participate in COVID-safe trial written and oral exams
     
  • participate in scheduled face-to-face learning to enable course completion and revision
     
  • participate in performance rehearsals (where only students who are required for the performance should attend, and only in their own performance groups)
     
  • complete work on a practical task where specialist equipment is required (such as a major design project).

With these guidelines, the plan at Gymea for Year 12 

  • Commencement of the Trial HSC examinations beginning on the 16th August including scheduling oral examinations. These examinations will be run to the strictest of COVID-safe practices that reduces mingling, utilises safe distances, maintains minimal numbers at any examination and other personal heightened hygiene practices.

  • The trial timetable is attached to this email and will be posted on the school website and the Student Feed.
     
  • Following the Trial HSC, timetabled lessons commence focused on course completion and revision to the HSC examinations.  We will know more about what this looks like as we get closer to the date with an optimistic view that we can connect with learning in a ‘normal’ way.
     
  • Continue to plan Year 12 events in a manner that meets the COVID safe advice.
     
  • Continue with the learning packages for 1 more week (Week 4).
     
  • Continue with the quiz strategy for now as we will still need that contingency plan just in case. Once the trials are completed, those quizzes will continue to serve as quality preparation for exams but will not count as part of an assessment.
     
  • Our arrangements are established to ensure we can best navigate different scenarios in the event that the direction from the Government on return to school changes. 

Supporting our students

All advice has been that the HSC will happen this year and with that, we must make sure we all keep working towards the processes and expectations that come with the HSC.

The HSC can be stressful at the best of times and the current situation that families, students and staff are in right now complicates this further. We are committed to the support of Year 12 and will continue to connect and help while also ensuring we do our best in bringing the academic processes and learning that is required as part of the HSC requirements.

I thank the students who have helped us refine the approach and provided important feedback along the way. Thank you to the many parents we have spoken to and the insight and ideas that we have gleaned from those conversations.

Some direction to help students manage the immediate way forward

  1. The content of the learning packages for next week will be reduced some more.
     
  2. The learning direction for the week before the Trials is focused on revision only. Teachers will assist with that revision direction as an option for students to use.

  3. The Trial HSC will NOT contain content from Term 3. 
     
  4. Quizzes will not run in the week before the Trials or during the Trials.
     
  5. Course Seminars will start next week. Details will be sent through next week on Google classroom.
     
  6. A Year 12 meeting will be held on Monday. Students will be broken off in smaller groups in the second part of this meeting to work through important planning and discussion about preparation for the weeks ahead.

COVID Safe Practices

NSW Education have indicated that: 

  • Whenever on-site, staff, students and visitors must adhere to the strictest of COVID-safe practices.
     
  • The return of HSC students to on-site activities will continue to be based on the latest NSW Health advice. 
     
  • HSC students and staff are not required to be on-site full time.
     
  • Timetabling must limit mingling of HSC (appropriately grouped and spaced across classrooms or buildings) and other student cohorts at all times, as well as support reduced attendance.
     
  • Specific advice on rapid antigen testing and vaccinations for HSC students in targeted LGAs will be provided when it becomes available.

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.

  • These have been reduced this week based on feedback from Year 12.

  • 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.

Supporting Success in the 2021 HSC

Our teachers and support staff are committed to supporting the wellbeing and progress of our Year 12 and we move forward with an optimistic view that we will be back at school, enjoy those important Year 12 milestones and support all of our students towards a successful HSC and preparations for their pathways ahead.

This page will be continually updated to outline the strategy supporting Year 12 wellbeing and progress towards the HSC.

Learning Packages

Learning Packages are designed to provide guided learning and tasks for students to follow and complete. The feedback and connection online with the class teacher is critical to this process. Students and families receive a weekly summary of cumulative progress each Thursday.

Weekly Quizzes

Our weekly quizzes are centrally hosted on Moodle and are run each afternoon for all courses.

Our weekly quizzes aim to:

  • Provide authentic practice, marking and feedback for quality preparation towards the trials and the HSC examination.

  • Provide a contingency of an accumulation of online tasks that may contribute toward student assessment.

Timed and Scheduled Tasks

  • Quizzes will be scheduled at the same time each day. The quiz sessions will be 2:00pm – 2:30pm and 2:30pm to 3:00pm.

  • A schedule will be distributed in advance to identify the sequencing of tasks, and the start time. 

  • A task notification will inform students on what will be assessed in their weekly quiz. These will be communicated through the course Google Classroom by the Teacher.

  • The quizzes are timed and will only be open on the scheduled day at the scheduled time.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QUIZ 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Physics

Biology

Soc. & Culture

PDHPE

Anc. History

Design & Tech.

Food Tech.

Legal Studies

Music 1

Bus. Studies

Const. & Landsc.

CAFs

Economics

Visual Art

Maths Adv.

Maths Ext 2

Maths Std 2

Maths Std 1

Eng. Adv.

Eng. Std.

Eng. Studies

QUIZ 2

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Eng. Ext 1

Maths Ext 1

Drama

Hospitality

Chemistry

Geography

IT Multimedia

Modern Hist.

 

 

Supporting students with the 2021 HSC

We held a special virtual HSC Support meeting for Year 12 students on Friday evening, 23 July, to discuss the current arrangements surrounding the HSC and this term, 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.

The 4 students of 2020 who joined the meeting had each undertaken their remote learning journey a little differently in the way they managed their time and wellbeing but have each grown from the challenging experiences and have been successful in their first semester of University studying in a manner that parallels their remote learning time at Gymea.

Please read on to view the great advice from our past students and the summary and Q&A from the meeting.


Advice from experience

Our 2020 HSC students spoke about their own experiences through remote learning and the approach at school that ensured they did not let go of their drive and motivation. They spoke about the importance of working through the learning packages and that the practise tests and quizzes really helped them to improve their preparation for not only the HSC, but also how things are delivered and tested at University.

Advice for Remote Learning

  • Getting outside or stepping away from the packages is important: Set time to exercise and time to relax.
  • Set daily goals so you have something to work towards and accomplish.
  • Talk to each other and stay in contact with others.
  • Set a time to start each day and just do it.
  • Set periods of time to do each package, like your timetable, and stick to it.
  • If you find you get stuck on something, then move on.
  • Mix the day up.
  • Focus on what’s most efficient for your time.
  • Using an alarm to make sure you move on to something different each day. The routine helps.
  • Focus on one learning package at a time. Choose your most favourite first to start. It can help motivate you.

Advice for the HSC and Preparation

  • The quizzes helped – not getting nervous /gave more confidence.
  • The HSC feels scary but really, it’s no different or as daunting as people making it out to be.
  • Still do learning packages even though they were the previous weeks.
  • Focus on what’s most efficient for your time.
  • Studying: re-watching videos/ re-reading package information.
  • Summarising as you went through the package.
  • Go through past papers online.
  • The practice essays were most helpful.
  • When I do not know what to study, I learn through working with others. Even remotely.
  • Use each-others strengths to learn and study together.
  • Try your best, push that little bit further and once you are done, you will feel so much better.
  • Ask for more. What you ask for, teachers always look to deliver and post as much for you as they can.

Key Messages

  • You are going through a nightmare right now, but later on it will feel like it was just a dream.
  • Don’t lose your motivation right now and drown. Take advantage of the situation.
  • Have trust in your teachers. They know what they are doing.
  • Once it’s all over, you will move on.
  • Know your limitations. If you are procrastinating, cracking or feeling overwhelmed, step back and take a break.
  • Don’t forget to do stuff that is off your computer too.

Q & A

Year 12 Exam Preparation Quiz Strategy: FAQ’s

Are the quizzes timed?

Yes, each quiz will be set approx. to HSC timing to allow you to practice working accurately at speed (average 90 seconds per multiple choice)

Are we getting these assessments as well as the learning packages?

Yes, though the learning packages will be reduced to accommodate this. The learning packages will now focus on finalising the content of each course and the HSC practice you would have been doing through your learning packages anyway will now be conducted through this strategy.

Is it actually going to be less to do each week or will it be the same/more, just separated into content and quizzes?

It is likely to feel about the same amount of work as you are currently undertaking as the learning packages will be reduced in size and will only focus on course content to cater for these quizzes.

Is this starting this week?

Yes, it is important we start as soon as possible. We will be meeting with your teachers on Monday and looking to start at the end of this week.

How many tasks will we have to do each on average?

You will sit one 20-30 minute quiz every week for each of your subjects on a regular testing timetable.

Does this mean if we have two assessments in one day, we are at a disadvantage because we only have one hour to do both?

No. The assessments will be completed in an “Exam Timetable” style of format that will ensure that at most, you will have two 20-30 minute quizzes to sit within that hour timeframe.

Do we have to do the tasks at 2-3pm or can we do it at other times?

The quizzes will need to be completed during the 2:00-3:00pm testing window in accordance to the testing timetable. If we need to use these marks towards your assessment results, we need to ensure we have consistent structure in the management and running of these quizzes.

How much weighting will each assessment have?

Only if we need to draw on alternative assessments. As with last year, NESA will communicate how Principal’s are able to adapt their assessment schedules to most benefit all students in Year 12. This means we will consult with Head Teacher’s about what is an appropriate weighting for these tasks for each course and communicate this out to you as soon as we know if we will need to use them in this way. 

Will they only be counted as ‘assessments’ if the Trials don’t run, otherwise they’re just homework?

Quite possibly and we will be guided by what NESA outlines. We will do everything we can to run the Trial Exams, as they are the best practice for you before the actual HSC exams. These quizzes will only be used for your final assessment results in the event that we just cannot make the trials happen and we are asked by NESA to look to complement the assessment schedule. Either way, they are great study and practice in the lead up to the exams.

What platform will they be run through?

All quizzes will be run through a new course in Moodle. This ensures consistency in the development, management and running of these quizzes and ease of access to everyone from the one spot.

Is there any possibility that these packages can be conducted on Google Classroom rather than Moodle?

Moodle is actually a more powerful learning platform that allows us to set the quizzes up in a greater variety of ways with the settings that we need to keep this as achievable, consistent and equitable across all courses as possible. We can link through Google Classroom to the menu of quizzes.

Will these quizzes will be used for our Trial Exam marks if we are unable to sit the Trials?

The average result of these quizzes may be used as your final assessment mark, very similar to how the formative tasks were used as part of your assessment last year. Unlike last year, the manner in which these tasks are delivered is more structured to ensure the validity of the tasks.

Will we get a timetable so we know what day we have an exam and in particular, what subject?

Yes. The timetable will show the subjects that will be open on particular days during the 2:00pm – 3:00pm window. Just like with the Trial Exam timetable, this will be developed to ensure there are no clashes and no one will be required to sit more than 2 short quizzes within the hour.

How much information will we get about the contents of the quiz so that we can prepare?

We will talk to the Teachers and Head Teachers on Monday and look at communicating the topic areas each quiz is built on before you sit them.

How much preparation would we need to do before each task?

Think of this as ongoing study. If you are regularly summarising, practising questions from the papers we gave you and HSC papers just as you would be to prepare for the Trial Exams themselves,  this should be sufficient preparation. knowing what the focus of the task will be in advance will help you manage your preparation time.

What about if I didn’t get one of those study booklets given out last term?

We will make the booklet available on the Year Group Google Classroom.

What would an English quiz look like?

We are looking to use questions such as short responses to unseen texts and submission of long response plans using the response-planning scaffolds we presented to you at the end of last term. Full practice essays can still be submitted through your learning packages for feedback, though they will be reduced to ensure the workload is still achievable.  

Is there any chance that you could just take an average of our previous marks rather than the tasks?

These tasks are a snapshot of your progress at this time and as such, an average may not be the most accurate representation for all students of your performance right now. Our plan is still to sit the Trial Exams as this is the fairest assessment for all. However, in the event that we cannot, we need to make sure we are fair across everyone and all courses. This ensures we are able to deliver an achievable assessment that accurately indicates your end of Year 12 performance.

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