Program for Term 4

Return to School

Key Points

  • Students in Years 7-11 will return back to school this Monday, 25 October in school uniform, with equipment and will follow their normal timetable.
  • Term 4 will look a little different as we draw upon ideas from our community to help students reconnect and actively engage back at school in addition to their ongoing learning. 
  • Our successful online tutoring program will continue for the remainder of Term 4 as an after-hours tutoring program. 
  • School Uniform is available to be purchased online and picked up under a click-n-collect arrangement. See the website for choosing the right size and information. School Uniform Information
  • As we move back to school, a variety of organisational arrangements are in place to meet the Guidelines set by the NSW Department of Education to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19.

What will Term 4 look like?

We had put questions out to families, students and staff on what Term 4 could look like and the sort of activities we could consider. We had such a wonderful response and more so, the identified needs and the sort of things we can do and should do had such pleasing commonality.

This term our focus is to strike a healthy balance of academic work and student well-being through lessons that provide that review of last term but also bring excitement in active lessons where we can. A strong focus on well-being will not only make school an enjoyable experience to return to but also focus on building positive relationships, communication and teamwork across the school.

The following broad ideas are a result of the contributions provided across our community.

  • For juniors, sport will look a little different with the activities during sport focusing very much on novelties and challenges that are enjoyable, active and aimed at interpersonal communication and teamwork. We are looking at providing opportunities to students to help us form the sporting groups for Term 4 so they have an opportunity to link with friends. 
  • With academics, we need to work towards the needs of the kids by providing time to consolidate remote learning while introducing different work that is delivered in person that is much more engaging and provides increased connection and collaboration between students.  
  • We will have catch-up sessions with students in small groups for teachers to have conversations, similar to the many calls that were made home, that will be focused on how students are settling back at school. 
  • Recess and lunch times will be extended a little to provide increased opportunity for students to socialise and re-form those friendship groups. 
  • We will schedule withdrawal periods out of the core curriculum and undertake activities that help build student interconnections and confidence. The activities will be a combination of lessons, discussion and hand on activities. 
  • Our aim towards the later part of the term is to run special events at school for full and part days that will be in keeping with the NSW Department of Education restrictions and guidelines. 
  • The ideas shared brought up many ideas of events that can be run throughout the term that are run alongside the timetabled day such as special mufti days and outside specialist groups such as the STEM garden facility as a couple of examples. Student contribution and involvement in the planning is an important part of this.  
  • The school day will follow the student’s timetable which was changed ready for the start of Semester 2. Students should check their MyGymea for their correct timetable.

COVID Safe Arrangements at School

The NSW Department of Education have detailed the expectations undertaken by schools as we return to face-to-face teaching. Students will return to school with minimal mingling or on-site activities. We have meticulous planning in place to support our HSC students and the success of the final HSC examinations to help mitigate any disruption to those examinations.

 When students return,

  • Masks or face coverings are required indoors and recommended outdoors for all students Year 7 and above.
  • Reduced mingling of student cohorts wherever possible.
  • Activities such as singing, chanting, choirs, bands and school performances are not permitted.
  • We expect the school canteen to operate with reduced numbers attending the canteen at any one time. Canteen access will be staged to help separate cohorts.
  • We are not able to run whole school assemblies or school excursions.
  • The uniform shop will commence online only with orders processed online as a click’n collect or students attending the uniform shop. Please see the website for uniform orders: Uniform shop.

Continuation of our Online Tutoring Program
 

  • Our online tutoring sessions have seen so many of our students enjoying the assistance and connections our tutors have provided throughout remote learning. The success of this program is something we are looking to continue as we return to face-to-face teaching. 
  • As such, our online tutoring program will continue to run as an after school only program from Monday Week 4. Students currently enrolled will maintain their placements with those sessions currently scheduled during the day to move to an after-school session from next week. 
  • An email will be sent out early next week with the new after-school schedule. Those sessions already scheduled in the afternoon are unlikely to change. 
  • If you no longer wish for your child to participate in the tutoring program, please email the school and we will withdraw your child from their placement.

Year 11

The next 12 months provides our Year 11 students with opportunities to plan and move onto successful post school pathways.

Supporting all Year 11 Students to positive post school pathways

We welcome back Year 11 to school with a positive outlook on an exciting 12 months ahead. The recent Academic Guidance interviews helped students make informed decisions on subject changes and kick started a planned approach to their study and progress over the next 12 months.

Students aspiring to University – Most of our students move off to University and over the next 12 months, our support for these students will be to aid them with their learning, study and preparation to hone in on the best possible result they can achieve. Identifying the pathways and the many factors towards greater success will be made through classes as well as ongoing workshops and one-on-one support. The partnership with parents is crucial as we work alongside each other to provide the best support we can to enable a wonderful final HSC result.

Students looking for employment or an Apprenticeship – The last two years has seen our successful START program (Students Taste a Range of Trades) link up many students with varying employment areas to taste different trades and engage in the work preparation skills to aid them in landing an apprenticeship in an area they found most suited and with an employer they felt comfortable with. We emphasise the importance of not rushing out of school but in taking advantage of our START program that is linked up with businesses across the Sutherland Shire to taste and develop a broader understanding of the world of work. Commencing at the beginning of Year 12, the program has students moving on from school throughout the Year 12 year or after Graduation. This supported pathway program is highly successful in finding students apprenticeships.

Year 12

Please see our HSC Support post for all updated information regarding Year 12: 

HSC Support

Remote Learning Update - Term 4 Week 3

Key Points

  • Students in Years 7-11 will return to school following their normal timetable on Monday 25 October.
     
  • Learning Packages will continue next week while in remote learning with a focus on well-being and planning for a return to school.
     
  • Term 4 will look a little different as we draw upon ideas from our community to help students reconnect and actively engage back at school in addition to their ongoing learning. 
     
  • Our school counsellors have prepared information to assist families in supporting students manage feelings and readiness for school.
     
  • School Uniform is available to be purchased online and picked up under a click-n-collect arrangement. See the website for choosing the right size and information. School uniform Information
     
  • Year 11 commence their HSC studies after completing valuable academic guidance interviews this week. This term’s focus on commencing the HSC course will also provide opportunities to consolidate work during remote and engage in activities that strengthens student social interactions.

Year 11 Music in Lockdown

Congratulations to Miss Morrison and Year 11 Music for this wonderful compilation. Click below to watch the music video.

What will Term 4 look like?

We had put questions out to families, students, and staff on what term 4 could look like and the sort of activities we could consider. We had such a wonderful response and more so, the identified needs and the sort of things we can do and should do had such pleasing commonality.

This term our focus is to strike a healthy balance of academic work and student well-being through lessons that provide a review of last term but also bring excitement in active lessons where we can. A strong focus on well-being will not only make school an enjoyable experience to return to but also focus on building positive relationships and communication and teamwork across the school.

The following broad ideas are a result of the contributions provided across our community.

  • For juniors, sport will look a little different with the activities during sport focusing very much on novelty and challenges that are enjoyable,  active and aimed at interpersonal communication and team work. We are looking at providing opportunities to students to help us form the sporting groups for term 4 so they have an opportunity to link with friends.
     
  • With academics, we need to work towards the needs of the kids by providing time to consolidate remote learning while introducing different work that is delivered in person that is much more engaging and provides increased connection and collaboration between students. 
     
  • We will schedule withdrawal periods out of the core curriculum and undertake activities that help build student interconnections and confidence. The activities will be a combination of lessons, discussion and hands on activities.
     
  • Our aim towards the later part of the term is to run special events at school for full and part days that will be in keeping with the NSW Department of Education restrictions and guidelines.
     
  • The ideas brought up many ideas of events that can be run throughout the term that are run alongside the timetabled day such as special mufti days,  outside specialist groups such as the STEM garden facility as a couple examples. Student contribution and involvement in the planning is an important part of this. 
     
  • The school day will follow the student’s timetable which was changed ready for the start of semester 2. Students should check their MyGymea for the correct timetable.

Planning the return to School

There are many things’ students should be doing this week to return to school. From resetting their body clock this week to getting out of bed earlier, organising equipment and talking about school, the worries and the excitement are all important elements of successfully planning for school.

This week, students have a task where they undertake activities and tasks to prepare themselves for school so they feel ready and for some, manage the anxieties in reconnecting in person after a period of time away from school.

Our counsellors have also put together some ideas for parents to consider to help at home and support students and the wider family in making those successful preparations. Everyone’s a little different so take from these Gymea Guides prepared our counsellors elements that are relevant to you. Access their post here:

Planning the Return to School

Additionally, if parents would like to chat to a counsellor, please feel free to drop in your name and contact into this form which is monitored by our counsellors so they can make contact with you.

Contact a School Counsellor.

COVID Safe Arrangements

The NSW Department of Education have detailed the expectations undertaken by schools as we return to face to face teaching. Students will return to school with minimal mingling. We have meticulous planning in place to support our HSC students and the success of the final HSC examinations to help mitigate any disruption to those examinations.
 
When students return,

  • Masks or face coverings are required indoors and recommended outdoors for all students Year 7 and above.
  • Reduced mingling of student cohorts wherever possible.
  • Activities such as singing, chanting, choirs, bands and school performances are not permitted.
  • We expect the school canteen to operate with reduced numbers attending the canteen at any one time.
  • We are not able to run whole school assemblies or school excursions.
  • The uniform shop will commence online only with orders processed online as a click’n collect.

Term 4 Week 3 for Year 12

Please see our HSC Support post for all updated information regarding Year 12: 

HSC Support

Work for students in Years 7-10

  • The remote learning model delivered at Gymea is through learning packages which will be reduced in this last week of remote and with well-being activities set for all students.
     
  • 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. This has been reduced for well-being week.
     
  • 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

  • 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.

Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness website launched on the Student Feed will remain active for students to continue their progress. 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.

Take Care of Yourselves

Remote Learning Update - Term 4 Week 2

Key Points

  • Revision is being posted for Year 12 students with face to face seminars commencing Monday 11 October for two weeks.

  • Students in Years 7-11 will return to school earlier than previously indicated – Monday 25 October.

  • Year 11 will be returning to normal timetabled lessons on the 25 October.

  • 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. 

  • Year 12 Revision packages will be made available by class teachers for optional study resources for students.

  • Learning Packages for Years 7-11 will continue for the next two weeks while in remote learning.
     
  • Academic Guidance interviews and subject change processes commence this week to enable a strong start to the HSC journey for our Year 11 Students.

  • HSC 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.

  • As we return back to school, we are seeking input from our students and parents about what the priorities and activities at school should look like.

Changes to the Roadmap for Schools

The NSW Government has announced that all students will return to school on the 25 October. This is another week earlier than was announced last week and while we are experiencing multiple changes, it is very good news for everyone.

Students in Year 7-11 will start back at school in normal timetabled classes on Monday 25 October. The previous plan for seminars will now not occur as Year 11 will commence with normal timetabled lessons.

This is not too far away and we have already begun planning the structure and activities each week through to the end of the year. We will see some limitations on what we are allowed to do but as we enter back into timetabled lessons, we will also mix these up with opportunities to reconnect with friends and participate in a range of enjoyable and purposeful activities.

COVID Safe Arrangements

The NSW Department of Education have detailed the expectations undertaken by schools as we return to face to face teaching. Students will return to school in a staggered approach for prioritised cohorts, with no mingling or on-site activities. We have meticulous planning in place to support our HSC students and the success of the final HSC examinations to help mitigate any disruption to those examinations.

When students return,

  • Masks or face coverings are required indoors and recommended outdoors for all students Year 7 and above.
  • Reduced mingling of student cohorts wherever possible.
  • Activities such as singing, chanting, choirs, bands and school performances are not permitted.
  • We expect the school canteens to operate with reduced numbers attending the canteen at any one time.
  • We are not able to run whole school assemblies or school excursions.
  • The uniform shop will commence online only with orders processed online as a click’n collect or students attending the uniform shop.

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. This has been reduced for well-being week.
     
  • 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.

See the Student Feed for Term 4 Week 2 work packages.

Work for senior students

  • 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.

For Year 11

HSC and Post School Planning

Next week Year 11 will each have individual Academic Guidance Interviews as they plan for the 2022 HSC year and possibilities after school in 2023.

Emails were sent this week to students and their parents outlining some data we use to help reflect on the Year 11 year so that informed decisions can be made about their pattern of study for 2022. Additionally, Year 11 students have been asked to complete a reflection form that has been posted to their Google Classroom that reflects on the data in the email to help guide their discussion with their Academic Adviser.

The schedule of appointments have been posted to the Google Classroom which will be run on Zoom. Students are asked to arrive on time and will be welcomed into the zoom before being taken to a virtual breakout room for the individual interview.

For Year 12

See the updates on the HSC Support Post for the latest for Year 12.

Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness website launched on the Student Feed will remain active for students to continue their progress. 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.

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

Key Points

  • The Department has released updated information around the staggered return to classrooms for Term 4 which will see students come back sooner.  
  • We are looking forward to staff and students return onsite to school and have begun planning to build strong connections on return with friends and with their face to face learning. 
  • The Higher School Certificate is planned to commence from 9th November with examinations timetables accessible via NESA website. 
  • Revision packages will be made available by class teachers for optional study resources for students.
  • Academic Guidance interviews and subject change process commence this term to enable a strong start to the HSC journey for our Year 11 Students.
  • Learning packages will commence for the start of Term 4 and will be available to students on Monday morning and due Friday afternoon, end of Week 1. 
  • A summary of student progress has been well received and will distributed Thursday of Week 1 including student engagement from Term 3 Week 10 work. 
  • Junior online tutoring sessions will recommence with new sessions launched this week.

What Happens This Term?

Great news from NSW Education in that we can recommence lessons at school earlier than was first announced.

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.

Term 4 marks the beginning of the Higher School Certificate year for Year 11 Students. This can be an exciting but also a stressful time for students and families, so it is important that we work together to get the final year off to a good start and maximise success. NSW Education has Year 11 students coming back a week earlier than other students which will provide a great transition back to school. 

Students in Year 7-10 will start back at school on Monday 1st November. This is not too far away and we have already begun planning the structure and activities each week through to the end of the year. We will see some limitations on what we are allowed to do but as we enter back into timetabled lessons, we will also mix up with opportunities to reconnect with friends and participate in a range of enjoyable and purposeful activities.

Year 12 Term 4

For detailed information of the directions for all Year 12 students, please see our HSC Support post.

Year 11 Term 4 

Work Set: There are no more assessment items for the Year 11 Course. Teachers will continue to set weekly work packages until the whole school is back and operating within a normal timetable. Teachers will also set weekly practice HSC style question quizzes which will be a regular feature of your work throughout the Higher School Certificate Course. These quizzes will begin as part of weekly remote learning and continue on return to school.

Change of Subject:  Any student wishing to withdraw from a subject can kick start that process by completing the form at the link provided in your email and on Google Classroom.

We will then be in contact with a zoom appointment where a Head Teacher or Deputy will discuss your overall performance, aspirations and kick start your planning for next year. Following this interview, the subject change will be processed.

HSC and Post School Planning:  Completing the Year 11 year provides great insight into your study and where you need greater support and focus to bring out your best. The experience of remote learning provides experiences that can be built on and give you the edge in the self regulation of your study and success in your courses. These experiences will collectively help to plan and set goals for the next 12 months and is something that we aim to regularly touch base with you on. You will soon receive an email with details of this.

Prefect Elections:  Our prefect election process will commence this term with zoom information sessions about the processes and the role of prefects.

Nominations will also happen online to get things started. We will conduct election processes when we return to school.

Information will come soon.

Face to Face Seminars:  In week 4, 25 October, Year 11 students will return to school in a flexible fashion to attend face to face seminars at school to hone in on questions and support as part of packages delivered this term. This will be the transition week while Year 12 get ready for the HSC and Years 7-10 complete their last week on remote learning.

What do I need to wear and bring during this week?

  • During this week of 25 October you do not need to wear school uniform.
  • Only turn up for your courses at the time specified below.
  • 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 11 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

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

Reports and Assessments: Your assessment schedules have been modified to reflect the changes in assessments this year. You can view the modified assessment schedule on the Year 11 Google Classroom and the website under the Learning menu.

Your teachers have included some of the online quizzes you have completed throughout Term 3 as part of your assessment and the half yearly examination has also been included given there was no yearly examination.

Your report will show the tasks included and the breakdown of your assessment progress as well as the overall grade that you have received for your Year 11 study in 2021.

Year 7-10 Term 4

Work Set: We will start the term with remote learning packages which we will continue for four weeks before returning to school. Teachers will continue to set weekly work packages which have been attached to this email and will be posted on your Google classrooms at the beginning of the week. We will continue to send home the weekly progress summary of remote learning each Thursday during Weeks 1 to 4.

Reports and Assessments: Teachers will be preparing a summary of student achievement this semester based on remote learning packages and work completed when back at school. This year, we will not be undertaking formal examinations.

COVID Safe Arrangements: The NSW Department of Education have detailed the expectations undertaken by schools as we return to face to face teaching. Students will return to school in a staggered approach for prioritised cohorts, with no mingling or on-site activities. We have meticulous planning in place to support our HSC students and the success of the final HSC examinations to help mitigate any disruption to those examinations.

When students return,

  • Masks or face coverings are required indoors and recommended outdoors for all students Year 7 and above.
  • Reduced mingling of student cohorts wherever possible.
  • Activities such as singing, chanting, choirs, bands and school performances are not permitted.
  • We expect the school canteens to operate with reduced numbers attending the canteen at any one time.
  • We are not able to run whole school assemblies or school excursions.
  • The uniform shop will commence online only with orders online as a click’n collect or students attending the uniform shop.

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 ​recommence from Week 1.

Details of the day / time, the Zoom link, password and links to materials for the session have been 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 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 1 remote learning course work from Google Classroom on Monday morning. This has been reduced for well-being week.
  • Week 1 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.

Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness website launched on the Student Feed will remain active for students to continue their progress. 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.

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.

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