Transition to High School

Preparing for Year 7 2022

Head Start to High School is a transition to high school program that is unique to Gymea Technology High School. For Gymea, it has proven to better prepare students, emotionally, socially and academically for high school, while also building that proud excitement as we begin our partnership in the high school journey of your child.

The year 2020 brought challenges to everyone and as a result of necessary restrictions in schools, we re-designed the delivery of Head Start for the year that enabled the connection with families and students in preparation for a successful start to Year 7. The mode of delivery may come back on site for families this year but the information below identifies the program in a remote context.

The program will be delivered online through a designated site to support our families for our incoming year 7.  You will receive weekly updates to link you into the site to view videos, screencasts, virtual classroom tours as well as imagery to build that familiarity with Gymea to support your child in Year 7.

Head Start to High School In-School Workshops

Our incoming Year 7 2022 students have the opportunity to join us at our Head Start workshops here at school. They will participate in engaging face to face lessons delivered by our teachers and volunteer students. They will also have the important opportunity  to meet other students who will start at Gymea next year and begin forming friendships as they deepen their connection with their new school.

Head Start afternoon Workshop for students – Week 1,  Tuesday 17 August,  4:30pm – 6:30pm

Head Start afternoon Workshop for students – Week 2,  Tuesday 24 August, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Head Start Workshop for Year 6 Students Afternoon 1 

TBA 4:30pm – 6:30pm




Maths Jeopardy: Group problem solving challenge –
solve the numeracy brainteasers to win as many points as your team can in 20 minutes.


History Mystery : Explore historical time periods by piecing together clues to solve the mystery about a historical event.


Cooperative Games: Play together as a team in a series
of cooperative, team building challenge games.

Student Video Messages

Our teachers will lead students through an activity that invites them to deliver a video message about themselves and their thoughts of high school.


Head Start Workshop for Year 6 Students Afternoon 2

TBA 4:30pm – 6:30pm




Colour Symbolism: Explore how the use of colour can
symbolise emotions and engage in a visual representation activity to convey the emotions they feel about starting high school. 


The Pop Test: Gain some hands-on experience in
conducting a scientific experiment to look at a chemical reaction. 


Space-X Challenge: Work collaboratively alongside your
peers to complete a design challenge – a rocket capable of safely returning an astronaut to earth from space.

Student Video Messages

Our teachers will lead students through an activity that invites them to deliver a video message about themselves and their thoughts of high school.


Weekly Program for Families

Week 1    7 September Introduction to Gymea Technology High School 

Week 2    14 September Gymea Connect – Student Online Transition 

Week 3    5 October Year Adviser Introduction 

Week 4    12 October Connect2Learn – Using Digital Devices to Support Learning 

Week 5    19 October Curriculum and Learning 

Week 6    26 October Supporting Success Through Positive Behaviour for Learning 

Week 7    2 November Innovative Learning Environments

Week 8    9 November Student Organisational and Homework Diary App – MyGymea

Week 9    16 November Getting Organised for High School

Weekly Program for Students

Our student Head Start to High School program is conducted online using a platform called Edmodo.  The online platform is managed and monitored by staff at the school. The online learning platform will engage students in a number of activities that include:

  • Virtual classroom involvement and quizzes.

  • Developing positive interactions and relationships that include digital citizenship and understanding around the school’s Positive Behaviour for Learning strategy.

  • Relevant literacy and numeracy activities.

  • Peer leading groups online – interacting with their peer leaders for 2021 and other students. Teachers will monitor all peer leading sessions live.

Each Wednesday commencing 8 September a different virtual lesson will be posted on the Edmodo site. The following schedule illustrates the key learning areas hosted.

Week 1    8 September Science

Week 2    15 September History Part 1

Week 3    6 October Mathematics

Week 4    13 October Technology B

Week 5    20 October English

Week 6    27 October Geography

Week 7    3 November Technology A

Week 8    10 November Drama

Week 9    17 November History Part 2

Week 10   24 November PDHPE

Week 11    1 December Food Technology

Week 12    8 December Technology B Experiment Results

Students can access the Edmodo site here   They have each been sent their own user name and login which have been sent out to parents by email.  This login also provides students access to our numeracy skills site, Essential Assessment, which is accessed here using the school code 8386.

If they are experiencing difficulty accessing or need their user name and password re-sent, please contact Heather in our office on 9521 3244.

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

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

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