Term 1 Newsletter, 2018

Welcome to the Term 1 Newsletter for 2018
Welcome to the Term 1 Newsletter for 2018

Principal's News

Welcome to Term 1 2018 From the Principal

The beginning of each new school year marks the point where everyone can make a fresh start on succeeding with their education. ET Australia Secondary College (ETASC) offers a fresh start for all students and especially for Year 7 students who are all starting their high school experience for the first time. In Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 we also welcome students who will also be first-time ETASC students. Our school provides students with a new place to belong to. Our continuing students coming into Year 10 will be our School leaders and we will look to them to maintain the very high standard of achievement set by students in past years.

ETASC is an alternative school model for students who will thrive in a small school environment where the teaching focus is all about preparing students for the world of work and life-long learning. The learning environment at ETASC integrates ethics and behaviour self-management skills so students can concentrate on achieving their best.

I look forward to meeting our new students and to observing our students experiencing positive progress in 2018. I hope that every student enrolled at ETASC fully utilises the opportunities available to them in our school and in the education pathways that are presented.

Tony Mylan
ET Australia Secondary College Principal

Upcoming Events

Year 8 Ken Duncan Art Excursion

When: Friday 16th and Monday 19th of February
Location: Ken Duncan Art Gallery

To complement Year 8’s Visual Arts studies when they were in Year 7 last year, students will have the opportunity to develop their photography skills by receiving photography tips from a professional photographer at the Ken Duncan Art Gallery.

Students will get to enjoy exploring the art gallery and appreciate the beautiful photographs, along with participating in an informative presentation in the Ken Duncan Gallery multi-media theatre room.

Parents please look out for the permission note for this excursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of days.

Year 9 and 10 PDHPE Verbal Combat Incursion

When: Monday 19th of February
Location: ET Australia Secondary College

Verbal Combat is a drama performance by Brainstorm Productions that focuses on Cyber-bullying and Cyber-safety. The performance has been created alongside MindMatters and the National Safe Schools Framework.

Students will have the opportunity to see this performance and learn how to identify cyber-bullying and the actions to take to ensure they are safe on social media.

This incursion specifically links into the PDHPE and English curriculum in regards to bullying, personal and social capability and ethical understanding.

Parents please look out for the permission note for this incursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of days.

Year 7 and 8 Great Aussie Bush Camp

When: Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th of March
Location: Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest

Students have the opportunity to attend the Great Aussie Bush Camp this term as a part of PDHPE, Science and Geography. This camp will provide students with life experiences, a chance to make and build friendships, and participate in team building activities that are challenging and rewarding.

Students will be involved in the Rock and Water program where they will learn about how to deal with bullying appropriately, mental strength, positive thinking and identifying their sense of self. A variety of activities will also be provided for our students such as high ropes, raft building, archery, gully crossing, canoeing, crate climbing, giant swing and a disco. These activities will encourage team building, communication and resilience.

Parents please look out for the permission note for this excursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of weeks.

Year 7 Bara Barang Geography Excursion

When: Tuesday 13th of March
Location: Central Coast, various locations

As part of the study of Geography this term, ET Australia Secondary College will be taking Year 7 students on an excursion to the Bara Barang Cultural Centre in Kariong and to other various locations. Students will experience Aboriginal culture and spirituality in a unique setting provided by members of the Central Coast Darkinjung people.

It is a hands on sensory tour that will encourage students to touch, see, hear, smell and taste everything the Nyanga Walang has to offer.

Parents please look out for the permission note for this excursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of weeks.

Year 7 and 8 French Incursion

When: Wednesday 4th of April
Location: ET Australia Secondary College

To celebrate Year 8 students beginning to learn the French language this year, a French pop concert will be taking place at school. It will be a chance for students to further develop their listening skills and gain knowledge about French culture in an enjoyable manner. Students will be able to apply their newly acquired French language skills outside the classroom. This incursion will be available for all Year 7 and 8 students.

Parents please look out for the permission note for this excursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of weeks.

Whole School Incursion – Beautiful Minds Event

When: Thursday 12th of April
Location: ET Australia Secondary College

Beautiful Minds is an event where students will participate in a range of different workshops that focus on body image, bullying, cyber-safety, relationships and mental health.

The core focus for this incursion is related to the PDHPE curriculum where students are able to learn about a sense of self and identify a variety of strategies to support themselves when needed.

The girls will participate in the following session:
Body image and self-esteem, inner bully/inner bestie, selfies, texts and sexts and beating stinking thinking.

The boys will participate in:
What is a real man, men and relationships, real men do dumb things and real men and mental health.

For more information you can go to the beautiful minds website www.beautifulminds.com.au

Parents please look out for the permission note for this incursion being sent to you via email in the next couple of weeks.

Whole School News

Years 7-8 News

Compass Testing

All ETASC Year 7 and Year 8 students are required to complete a literacy and numeracy test called the COMPASS test at the beginning and end of the school year so we are able to accurately assess their ability and track their progress at ETASC.

The COMPASS test is an adaptive test, designed to provide students with questions that match their ability based on the answers provided. The COMPASS tests help the ETASC’s Learning Intervention Teachers establish a student’s ability, track their progress over the school year and confirm if students are candidates for enrolment into the Quick Smart program.

New year COMPASS testing has already been completed for Year 7 and Year 8 students. If parents would like to know their child’s COMPASS results please contact the College on 4323 1233.

Quick Smart Program

In 2017, ETASC introduced the Quick Smart program, an intensive literacy and numeracy program designed to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students.

The results of the program have been outstanding, with all participants working through different modules which has helped them engage in classroom learning. The College Literacy Intervention Teachers – Elizabeth Byrne, Melanie McDonald and Alyshia Boettcher will be contacting parents in the coming weeks to let them know if this intensive program could benefit their son or daughter.

Years 9-10 News

Say What You Mean (SWYM) Writing Program

SWYM is a writing program to encourage students to Say What You Mean. All students will participate in a weekly lesson to build confidence in essay writing as they learn about format, text type, literacy skills and use of academic vocabulary.

Term 1 theme – Approaching the Pool.
Students will refresh back to basic literacy skills using the NAPLAN ten marking criteria and the NSW Literacy Continuum. Students will review writing structures, audience, persuasive writing techniques and vocabulary through activities and games that break down these concepts.

Term 2 theme – SWYM Meets.
Students will be given fortnightly topics to analyse, plan and write, write, write!

Procedure for Friday Classes – Years 9 and 10 Only

With the introduction of the SWYM writing program on Fridays in 2018, Year 9 and 10 students who are up to date with their work will be able to now leave at 12:55pm on a Friday.

Those students who have work outstanding will need to remain at school until 2:25pm to complete their work.

Parents should avoid scheduling medical appointments or organising work shifts for students during this time so they are available to stay back for catch up if required.

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ET Australia Secondary College Term Dates

Year Term Year Start Date Finish Date
2018 Term 1 7 and 8 Wednesday 31st of January Friday 13th of April
2018 Term 1 9 and 10 Thursday 1st of February Friday 13th of April
2018 Term 2 All Wednesday 2nd of May Friday 6th of July
2018 Term 3 All Tuesday 24th of July Thursday 27th of September
2018 Term 4 All Monday 15th of October Wednesday 19th of December


2018 ET Australia Secondary College staff development days (no school for students):

  • Monday 30th of April
  • Tuesday 1st of May
  • Monday 23rd of July
  • Friday 28th of September