Term 1 Newsletter, 2024

Welcome to the Term 1 Newsletter for 2024
Welcome to the Term 1 Newsletter for 2024

Principal's News

We are very pleased to report that our 2023 Year 12 HSC graduates exceeded their goals and expectations. All students did their best and they have made us very proud of their efforts and achievements.

The beginning of each new year can be a new starting point for everyone, particularly in education. At ET Australia Secondary College (ETASC) we expect students to do their best. Students achieving their best usually enjoy school which in turn will foster life-long learning and help students to achieve their career goals and life aspirations.

2024 marks a fresh start for all students and especially for Year 7 students who are all beginning their high school experience. In Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, and Year 11 we also welcome new students who will also be first-time ET Australia Secondary College (ETASC) students. Our school provides students with a new place to belong to.

Our Year 12 HSC students are our school leaders, and we will look to them to maintain and aim to exceed the standard of achievement they have achieved in past years. We wish them every success in their last year of high school.

ETASC is a 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 2024. 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

Excursions and Events

There are a number of School Events planned for Term 1.
Parents/Carers will be emailed with details of each event. Where permission is required, we ask that you give permission through the Compass Portal as instructed. This will ensure that your response goes directly to the staff member who is responsible for that event.
Students without parent/carer consent provided cannot be included in the event. Phone calls, handwritten notes and texts are not acceptable unless a prior agreement has been made with the Assistant or Deputy Principal. Some events will be limited due to transport or other considerations, so getting in early will be important, once you are notified those bookings are open.

Years 7 & 8 – Great Aussie Bush Camp

When:  Wednesday 28th February – Friday 1st March
Where: Yarabah Conference Centre Lake Macquarie

Years 7 and 8 students will experience the great outdoors at the newly opened Great Aussie Bush Camp site at Lake Macquarie. On this camp, they will undertake team building activities including high ropes, abseiling, ziplining, and canoeing.

These activities will encourage resilience, trust and initiative. Our aim is to help students build strong friendships and enhance their sense of belonging as they settle into their first term at ET Australia Secondary College.

This camp will cover a range of key learning areas including PDHPE, Geography and Science.

Parents/Carers, please look out for the permission note for this excursion which will be sent to you via Compass.

Years 11 & 12 – Museum of Human Disease

When:  Tuesday 9th April
Where: University of NSW

Years 11 & 12 students studying Biology and PDHPE will travel to the University of NSW to visit the Museum of Human Disease. The students will participate in a presentation that covers three key disease processes with an emphasis on lifestyle choices and their effect on the body. Inside the Museum, students focus on pathogens, adaptations of pathogens, epidemiology and public health. They also investigate lifestyle, non-infectious disease and drug use.

Year 12 Student Elevation Incursion

When: Wednesday 13th March
Where: ETASC

To help Year 12 students start the year with a positive mindset, a workshop run by Elevate has been booked. This seminar will help students to set goals and learn techniques for self-motivation. They will be taught the valuable skill of breaking goals into manageable tasks and examine the role of self-efficacy in performance.

Year 11 Student Elevation Incursion

When: Wednesday 13th March
Where: ETASC

 To help Year 11 transition into Stage 6, a workshop run by Elevate has been booked. This seminar will equip students with the skills to be independent learners. They will assist students to learn how to use their subject syllabuses to frame their study and will be taught how to write, organise and review study notes.

Whole School News

Key Dates for Term 1 2024

The first day of Term for students in Years 7, 8, 11 & 12 is Thursday 1st February 2024.
The first day of Term for students in Years 9 & 10 is Friday 2nd February 2024.
The last day of Term for all students is Friday, 12th April 2024*

*This will be a half day for Years 7-10 students.

Parents and carers are requested to review and update their contact details in Compass. If you need help accessing your Compass account, please contact the school on 4323 1233.

School Starting Times and First Day of Term Arrangements

  • Years 7 and 8 students are required to be on campus at 8:55am for a 9:00am start time every school day. Students enter our Years 7 to 10 campus via the school reception area located on Level 1, Imperial Shopping Centre, Gosford. Accessing the Imperial Centre via the Erina Street entrance is the most direct entry point for the school. The school hall is open for students and supervised by staff every morning from 8:30am.
  • Years 9 and 10 students are required to be at school at 9:05am for a 9:10am start time every school day. Students enter our Years 7 to 10 campus via the school reception area located on Level 1, Imperial Shopping Centre, Gosford. Accessing the Imperial Centre via the Erina Street entrance is the most direct entry point for the school. The school hall is open for students and supervised by staff every morning from 8:30am.
  • Years 11 and 12 students are required to be on campus at 8:40am for an 8:45am start time every school day. Students enter via the school reception located in the driveway of 125 Donnison Street, Gosford. For those students who arrive before 8:40am, students are welcome to use the student common area from 8:30am.
  • If a student arrives late to school without a valid reason, they are required to surrender their mobile phone to reception for the day. Failure to do so will result in the student having to surrender their phone to the Assistant or Deputy Principal every day for a period of 10 weeks.

School Fees

A reminder to parents and carers that ETASC is a fee-paying college and the contributions made provide opportunities to students to participate in a variety of different learning experiences.

It is a requirement of a student’s enrolment that school fees are paid by parents/carers and failure to pay fees will result in the student’s enrolment being withdrawn.

Scholarships are available to families who are experiencing financial hardship and we encourage all parents/carers to apply for scholarships if they are struggling to pay school fees. Information regarding school fees, payment plans, and scholarships are available on the college website.

For more information on school fees please refer to the College Handbook relevant to you:

School Management System – Compass

Compass is our web-based school management system that is accessible on any modern web browser or by using the ‘Compass School Manager’ app available on iOS or Android. To access our Parent/Carer Portal, go to:


Compass user ID’s and passwords have been sent to all parents/carers, if you have any questions about Compass, please contact the College.

From the Compass App you can:
• Access your child’s semester reports
• Book your Parent/Carer/Student and Teacher conferences
• View up-to-date class and school attendance information
• Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your child
• Download, print details and provide permission to attend upcoming excursions/events
• Update your registered email and mobile number details
• Access information regarding upcoming events and news

Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students

A reminder to parents/carers that for their child to continue their enrolment at the College, students need to maintain a consistent pattern of attendance.

The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires all students to have a minimum attendance percentage of 85% throughout the year.

This means the College expects every student to attend school every day unless they are too sick to attend. In the event of absence caused by illness, the College requires an explanation of the absence within 24 hours of the student’s absence. Notification can be provided via the Compass Portal, email, or phone call. In the event of three or more consecutive days off, the College can request a medical certificate to support the provided reasons. If you have other reasons for a student being absent for the day (family emergency for example) please provide the College office with an explanation so we can account for the student’s absence.

For more information on school attendance please refer to the College Handbook relevant to you:

Reporting a Student’s Absence

It is a government requirement for parents/carers to notify and provide a reason for their child’s absence from school on every occasion. To ensure notifications are always received and recorded by the appropriate staff members, a generic email address can be used for absentee notifications. We request this email address be used rather than emailing individual staff members. This will ensure the notification is received by Reception staff regardless of who is working on the day. Where an explanation has not been received within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence, the school will record this as unexplained on the student’s record.

Methods for notifying the school of absences are:
Email: attendance@etaustralia.com
Phone: 02 4323 1233 after 8:30am
Via the Compass App
When your child is absent from school and we have not been notified, an email and push notification via Compass will be sent to inform you of their absence which you are able to reply to. Parents/Carers can sign into the Compass Portal and enter an attendance note for their child for future and past absences.

COVID-19, Plus Any Illness and School Attendance

ET Australia follows NSW Health guidelines to minimise COVID-19 transmission, keeping schools open and the community safe.

NSW Health advice is that if a student is unwell and has any symptoms, they should always test for COVID-19. If the test comes back negative for COVID-19, the student should still not return to school until the student no longer has any symptoms. NSW Health advises that it is important that students do not attend school if they are unwell. Covid-19, other viruses, influenza, common colds, and stomach bugs can all be contagious. Health advice is that students who are sick should always stay home to rest and recover and avoid putting other students and staff at risk of getting sick. Students who present with symptoms at school will be sent home immediately and will not be able to return to school until they no longer have symptoms.

Request for Student Leave

The Department of Education’s requirement for school attendance also affects opportunities for families to take holidays during school terms. Some schools are withdrawing the option of families taking students out of school for holidays. ETASC is flexible, but the Minister for Education requires us to ensure all student leave during term time be approved by the College Principal in advance. A Student Leave Request form is available from reception and needs to be completed 4 weeks prior to the planned absence from school.

Please contact the College office on 02 4323 1233 if you have any further queries about holidays during school terms.

ET Australia Secondary College – A non-smoking High School

ETASC is a non-smoking Secondary College for ALL students and staff – this includes the use of vape pens and e-cigarettes.

Students who are caught smoking cigarettes or using vape pens or e-cigarettes during school hours will have their cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigarettes confiscated and destroyed. Parents/Carers will be contacted to inform them of this behaviour.

Advice from NSW Health clearly outlines that it is illegal to sell cigarettes, vape pens and e-cigarettes or accessories to, or buy these products on behalf of, a person under 18 years of age.

Please visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/e-cigarettes.aspx for more information from NSW Health.

Any student smoking during school hours will be in breach of school rules and will be treated the same way as any other breach of school rules. Repeat offenders will be placed on a school contract that will stipulate the behaviour required to maintain their enrolment at the College. The school contract with the student will include the provision of access to quit smoking programs and access to the College psychologist to develop strategies to use instead of smoking during the school day. Breaching the school contract will result in the student’s expulsion from the College.

Opal Cards

The Department of Transport issues OPAL cards and schools are not involved in the issue and re-issue of this free service for school children. Parents/Carers are now responsible to follow up with errors or lost and stolen cards. Students are advised not to put OPAL cards near phones or other disabled cards.

For more information on OPAL cards, please refer to the College Handbook relevant to you:

Contacting Students in Class Time

Please do not phone your child during class time, they will be tempted to answer which is very disruptive to the class. Their phone should be off and out of sight. Parents/Carers who need to contact their child during school hours are asked to do so by calling the College office on 4323 1233 or wait until break times.

Banned items – Reminder

Students are prohibited from bringing certain items to school:

  • Chewing gum
  • Aerosol cans – deodorant etc.
  • Knives
  • Liquid paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Laser devices
  • Metal or opaque drink bottles
  • Cigarettes
  • e-cigarettes or vapes
  • Cigarette lighters or matches
  • Gel Blaster/Gel Gun

If students bring these items to school, they will be confiscated.

If students continue to bring these items to school appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the consequences for breaches of the expected behaviours outlined at enrolment and in the Years 7 to 10 College Handbook and Years 11 and 12 College Handbook.

Medication Taken at School

In accordance with our First Aid and Medications Policy, parents/carers are required to complete an Authorisation for Administration of Student Medication form for any medication which is required to be dispensed during school hours.
Parents/Carers will also be required to provide the medication in its original packaging which has the Doctor’s instructions on the label.
Please contact the school office if you would like any further information or require a form to be sent home.
For more information on medication taken at school please refer to the College Handbook relevant to you:

• Years 7 to 10 College Handbook
• Years 11 and 12 College Handbook

Buddy Update

Our school support and wellbeing dog is a much loved and important member of our community. We encourage anyone who would like to know more about this program to visit the Dogs Connect website:  https://dogsconnect.net.au

We look forward to expanding our Year 7 class program and training several “student ambassadors” during the coming year and we assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. Buddy is having a positive impact on many people in our school, and her timetable is arranged so that the student connection with Buddy will be offered on a wide variety of levels.

School Lockers

Lockers are provided at no cost for students to store their school bags to improve security, and work, health and safety. Students are asked to clean out their lockers at the end of every term. Items left in lockers at the end of each term will be discarded. If you value the contents of your locker, please take it with you.

Students are encouraged to keep lockers always locked, even when empty. We are keen to prevent unauthorised access to lockers and/or to have other people placing objects in lockers that do not belong there.


Enrolment places are still available for the current year groups in 2024:

  • Year 7
  • Year 11
  • Year 12

Places are currently unavailable in our other year groups, and a waiting list is in place. Please contact the school office if you would like to make an enrolment enquiry or would like more information.

Lunch Orders – Lunch Options for 2024

Students in Years 7 and 8 will have the following lunch order options in 2024:
Monday – McDonald’s
Tuesday – Subway
Wednesday – Sushi
Thursday – Subway
Friday – Chips and gravy

Years 9,10,11 and 12 students have permission to buy food from the food court in the Imperial Centre for the first 15 minutes of each break every day. The school staff provide student supervision in the food court during breaks.

As soon as students have received their food and drinks, they must make their way directly to Kibble Park. During breaks in Kibble Park, students are always supervised by school staff.

Students will only be permitted to enter the food court if they are purchasing food or drinks. If students go to the food court and do not purchase food or drinks, they will be banned from accessing this privilege.

Years 11 and 12 students are also permitted to go to Shop 3 Café unsupervised to buy food and drinks during breaks. As soon as students have received their food and drinks, they must make their way directly to Kibble Park. During breaks in Kibble Park, students are always supervised by school staff.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

ETASC will be providing students in Year 8 to Year 12 the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award in 2024. The Duke of Edinburgh is a non-competitive self-development program available to all young people which encourages them to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs and aspirations.

There are four sections to develop: skills, voluntary service, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Throughout participation in this award students develop skills in decision-making, teamwork, organisation, communication, perseverance, self-confidence, leadership, resilience, and citizenship. These are highly sought-after employability skills and great for the holistic development of young people.

An email will be sent out early in Term 1 with details on how students who are ready for a challenge can sign up to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. An information afternoon/night will also occur early in Term 1 for parents and students.

Bronze Award

This program is open to students in Year 8 or 14 years of age or older. It involves completing physical exercise, learning a skill, and volunteering service to the community over 3-6 months.

In 2023, several students successfully participated in various hikes throughout the year. This included two-day hikes and overnight camping. Students developed their navigation, campcraft, teamwork and leadership skills in a variety of environments. This will occur again in 2024.

Silver Award

This program is open to students 15 years and over. It involves completing physical exercise, learning a skill, and volunteering service to the community over 6-12 months.

Those enrolled in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award will participate in two, 2 night, 3-day Adventurous Journeys. This involves a day of kayaking, two days of hiking and two nights of camping. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to grow in their resilience as they are challenged in new environments.

Teaching Staff

Contact details for all members of school staff are in the College Handbook relevant to you:

Years 7-10 News


In March 2024, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Year 7 and Year 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools.

The results of the tests will provide valuable information to schools about what each student can do and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents & Carers will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

The online format allows for ‘tailored testing,’ where the test adapts to a student’s performance and asks questions that match their achievement level.

Students in each year level start with the same set of questions, which can then branch into a different set of questions based on their responses. The online test will direct students to questions that are appropriate to their ability. This test design will allow students to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills. Students may find online assessment more engaging, encouraging them to persevere with the tests.

Students will complete their online tests on the following dates:

Wednesday 13th March                 Writing
Thursday 14th March                     Reading
Friday 15th  March                          Conventions of Language
Monday 18th March                       Numeracy
Tuesday 19th March                       Catch up
Wednesday 20th March                 Catch up
Monday 25th March                       Testing window closes

More information about adjustments and support will be sent home via Compass.

Year 7–10 Meditation and Mindful Colouring

Once a week, students will be given the choice to participate in meditation or mindful colouring to give them the opportunity to slow down and be present before tackling their busy schoolwork.

Free After School Tutoring

Any student who wants help after school in any subject should ask the subject teacher and arrangements will be made to provide free tutoring on most afternoons.

All extra-curricular or tutoring classes are free of charge.

Literacy Tutoring:
Every Tuesday Melanie and Sophie run literacy tutoring for students in Years 7-10 from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Please let the school know if your child needs to leave early for transport.

 Elevate your writing prowess this term! Join our Term 1 Literacy Tutoring Program for a transformative dive into the art of sentences. Explore the magic of simple, compound, and complex sentence structures, unlocking the keys to clear and concise writing. Melanie and Sophie will guide you through interactive sessions, providing personalised support to enhance your academic excellence. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to boost your writing skills.

Numeracy Tutoring:
Every Thursday Matt & Suzanne run numeracy tutoring for students in Years 7-10 from 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Please let the school know if your child needs to leave early for transport.

We focus on basic skills but allow the opportunity and time to discuss classwork if required. It is a fun, safe learning space where students can ask questions and work independently or within a small group with a teacher.

During maths tutoring we will be working on a diverse range of basic skills stemming from Numeracy Ninjas and a multiplication focus which will lend itself to Division and repeated Addition.

We start each session with 5 minutes of mental maths, then move on to our tutoring booklets. These booklets are made up with a variety of different maths skills eg; division, BIDMAS, time, how to read a bus/train time- table, and worded numerical problems. Each booklet is tailored to each student’s needs.

If students want help with class topics, we encourage the students to bring their class booklets, so we can help go through topics they require support with.

We end each tutoring session with a quick maths game as a group.

Learning Enrichment Opportunities

ETASC offers free tutoring for all students.

For students who are identified as needing extra assistance with:

  • Reading – ETASC offers the MacqLit reading program
  • Mathematics – ETASC offers the QuickSmart program. We also offer consolidation of classwork and after-school tutoring.
  • Writing – ETASC offers consolidation of classwork and after-school English tutoring.

Gifted and Talented Program 2024

This year at ET Australia Secondary College the Gifted and Talented (GAT) program will continue to offer critical and creative learning opportunities for our students. Our aim is to provide educational opportunities that enrich and extend gifted and talented students, fostering a lifelong love of learning. Our curriculum for gifted students is specifically designed to challenge advanced learners and provide experiences that require critical thinking, problem-solving, independent study skills, communication, and persistence in the face of challenges. When engaged in high quality gifted services, students will develop their unique abilities and maintain their passion for learning. These activities provide opportunities for the student to engage in tasks that require higher order thinking.

Typically, students that fall into the category of gifted and talented following assessment, teacher recommendation and observation at the school are presented with the opportunity to extend their thinking beyond regular classes. As well as GATs withdrawal lessons, competitions including Maths Olympiad, The Big Science Competition, CSIRO computational thinking, creative writing and art competitions are offered at ET Secondary College to extend our students academically. These competitions provide access to enrichment opportunities, particularly in the student’s area of strength and interest.

ETASC’s GAT Program does not substitute or replace the excellent classroom instruction and enrichment already provided in class. Instead, it provides options compatible with the needs, abilities, and interests of gifted learners.

Positive Behaviour Management and Rewards

ETASC’s Positive Student Behaviour Reward system includes short-term, medium-term, and long-term rewards. Reward days once a semester are the pinnacle reward of this system.

Short-Term Rewards – Fortnightly Basis
Short-term rewards will occur on a fortnightly basis and be awarded to one student from each class based on their behaviour in the previous two weeks. Teachers will consider the number of positive behaviour reports or in-class points awarded, the student’s attendance during this time and any noticeable changes in a student’s behaviour. Students will be informed of their positive award in a manner that is comfortable to them – during the whole school assembly, stage assembly, class time or on an individual basis.

Short-term rewards include, but are not limited to:

  • Chocolates
  • Free lunch – pizza etc.
  • Books
  • Trinkets, toys, stationery etc.

Medium-Term Rewards – Term Basis
The accumulation of positive behaviour reports over a term will earn students medium-term rewards. A schedule of rewards will be provided to the students at the beginning of each term. The accumulation of positive behaviour reports over the term will earn students’ rewards.

The number of positive behaviour reports required to achieve specific medium-term rewards includes:

# Of Positive Behaviour Reports Reward:

  • 25 – Qualifies student to attend semester reward day
  • 30 – Listen to music during class time for one week
  • 40 – 5-minute early mark at the end of the school day for one week
  • 50 – Free lunch order to the value of $10

 Long-Term Rewards – Semester Basis
The long-term reward for sustained positive student behaviour is an invitation to attend the reward days held at the end of each semester. Students will be invited to attend our reward day if they have accumulated at least 25 positive behaviour reports during the semester. If a student is invited to a rewards day and engages in negative behaviour before the event, their invitation can be revoked. Reward day activities are intended to be fun days with activities that students want to participate in.

Our reward days so far have included:

  • Go-karting
  • Jet boats
  • Laser tag
  • Mini golf

In determining whether students are entitled to attend a reward day the following will be considered:

  • The number of positive and negative behaviour reports a student has received.
  • School attendance – students need to maintain a regular pattern of attendance.
  • Outstanding school fees – a student’s school fees need to be no more than 1 month in arrears to be eligible to attend reward days.
  • School Contract – if a student has been placed on a school contract, they are deemed ineligible to attend reward days. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis may be considered by the Assistant Principal but this is not negotiable.

If parents/carers have questions regarding the positive behaviour system, we welcome feedback and questions so please contact the Assistant Principal.

Years 7-8 News

Stage 4 Spelling and DEAR

Year 7 will be participating in a spelling program twice a week – reviewing the fundamental spelling rules and words.

Year 8 will be participating in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) twice a week. Students will read a text of their choice and we encourage students to bring in appropriate reading material to read during this time. We also have an abundance of books in the Knowledge Hub that students can borrow.

Years 9-10 News

HSC Numeracy and Literacy Minimum Standard Online Test

Year 10 will be participating in the Numeracy and Literacy Minimum Standard online test this year. Students are given multiple chances throughout the year to complete these tests and obtain their Level 3.

More information about the tests and adjustments will be sent home via Compass.

Stage 5 DEAR

Years 9 and 10 will be participating in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) twice a week. Students will read a text of their choice and we encourage students to bring in appropriate reading material to read during this time. We also have an abundance of books in the Knowledge Hub that students can borrow.

SYNC – Skills You Need Consolidating

This year ETASC will continue with SYNC for Years 9 and 10 students. Each lesson aims to help students establish and practise the fundamental skills necessary for further education and work. These practical skills enable students to practise problem-solving, critical thinking and group work.

Classes include:

  • Nutrition – properly reading food labels, budgeting, planning, food wastage and cooking skills;
  • Computer Skills – desktop usage, using Microsoft Office, typing skills, film editing and website building;
  • Careers – resume writing, cover letters, how to research jobs, skills selection and how to apply for jobs;
  • Independence Days – car maintenance, practical living skills and household upkeep.

These units will help to round out the students’ employability skills.

Years 9 & 10 Student Assessment Handbooks

Student Assessment Handbooks are available on the school website and are important documents for Years 9 & 10 students to read to be informed about their Record of School Achievement (RoSA) requirements.

Within the handbook there is information on how to successfully complete Year 10, the grading scale for each subject, what an ‘N’ Determination Award (N Award) is and how to avoid one, study skills and who to talk to if you need help.

We encourage all Years 9 & 10 students and parents/carers to read these documents thoroughly to ensure they are informed of the expectations for Years 9 & 10 students.

Years 11-12 News

Stage 6 Curriculum 2024

The staff and students at the Years 11 & 12 campus are looking forward to welcoming the new Year 11 students starting this year. It will be a big change for them with longer hours at school, an increased workload and the expectation to complete homework. To assist with this transition ETASC offers after-school study sessions from 3pm to 4pm, where teachers are available to help students with their homework and study.

Both Year 11 and Year 12 enjoy participating in a variety of programs to assist them with their studies for 15 minutes after lunch. They include;

Study Skills
Throughout the year students complete various study skills activities. It assists them to set goals and create study timetables. They learn effective ways to study and write summary notes. They are also taught time management tips and methods to get organised.

Wellbeing Session
In Term 1 this program is about building community and teamwork. By having a sense of belonging and connection, it is hoped that the student’s internal resilience should increase and help them face the year ahead.

These sessions assist students in understanding the meaning of key HSC verb directives such as outline, explain, analyse and evaluate. They then practise writing short answers ensuring they are using the correct structure and terminology.

Year 12 Mentorship Program

Each Year 12 student has been assigned a staff member to be their mentor. Last year students met to set goals they wanted to achieve in their HSC and identified strategies to achieve them. This mentorship program will continue in Term 1. Students will receive a booklet to record their academic goals for the term and meet with their mentor to plan steps to help them achieve them again. Mentors will meet with the students to encourage them to keep working on those steps. They will also help students reflect on what strategies are helping them and what things need to change to ensure they meet their academic goals.

HSC Minimum Standards-Intervention

To receive the HSC, all students need to receive a level 3 in the HSC Minimum Standards Test. There are three tests, reading, writing and numeracy. Any student in Year 11 who has not received a level 3 yet will be given the opportunity to sit these exams in Term 1.

Year 12 Practice HSC – Weeks 9 & 10

To help Year 12 prepare for their Trial HSC exams in Term 3, students will have the opportunity to sit shorter mini-style exams at the end of Term 1. They will be able to use their summary notes and get feedback. This will give students a taste of what the HSC exams will be like in a way that builds confidence in achieving them.

Student Development

HSC disability provision applications

Disability provisions are one way that NESA ensures there are reasonable adjustments available to students with disability so that they can access and participate in the HSC on the same basis as students without disability.

ETASC is in the process of applying to NESA for HSC disability provisions for eligible students. The due date for these applications is 12th April 2024 (the last day of Term 1).

If you feel your child is eligible for HSC disability provisions and you have not heard from the school, please contact Elissa Cosentino as soon as possible. (Phone: 4323 1233 or email: Elissa.Cosentino@etaustralia.com).


Years 11 and 12 Pathway Plans

Initial Years 11 and 12 pathway plans will be conducted by the Student Development Coordinator with all students. This meeting will focus on identifying any support the school can provide to help students achieve their study and employment goals.

University Admissions Centre (UAC)

Year 12 students
Your UAC PIN will be emailed to you in April to the email address you registered with NESA. You’ll need it to apply for university through UAC.

Additional information will be provided to students and parents/carers throughout the year.

Helpful links:
How to apply to university:

Steps to university for Years 11 & 12:

Scholarships and schemes:

Implementation of a New Career Platform – The Careers Department

Years 10, 11 and 12 students
The Careers Department is a digital platform that allows students to explore their strengths and weaknesses as well as career preferences. With access to more than 800 pieces of content, the platform allows students to quickly find interviews, podcasts, virtual tours and articles on a wide range of industries.

Further information for parents/carers and students will be distributed throughout Term 1, 2024.

Stage 6 Student Assessment Handbook

The Stage 6 Student Assessment Handbook is an important document for Stage 6 students to read to be informed about the HSC course requirements.
Within the handbook, there is information on how to successfully complete Stage 6, what an ‘N’ Determination Award (N Award) is and how to avoid one, study skill tips and who to talk to if you need help.
We encourage all Stage 6 students and parents/carers to read this document thoroughly to ensure they are informed of the expectations for Stage 6.

Click here to read the handbook

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