Synergetic Parent Portal
ETASC’s school administration software system, Synergetic, has an online portal to provide parents/carers access to information about permission notes, parent teacher interview booking facilities and contact details here at the college.
This is currently in the development stage and will be rolled out to parents/carers during Term 1. Please keep an eye out for emails from the Assistant Principal, Lachlan Scott and the School Administration Officer, Jessica Pitscheider regarding this facility and setting up access.
Additional Year 7 Class For 2019 – Places Available
With the increase in demand for places in Year 7 in 2018, ETASC have added an additional Year 7 class to the College in 2019.
The class sizes will remain the same as in 2018 with 15 students in each Year 7 class.
Additional staff have been employed to help with this expansion. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Year 7 in 2019 please contact the College office on 02 4323 1233.
Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students
A reminder to parents that in order for their child to continue their enrolment here at the college, students need to maintain a consistent pattern of attendance.
The NSW Education Department require 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 text message, email or phone call. In the event of three or more consecutive days off, the college can request a Doctor’s 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 are able to account for the student’s absence.
For more information on school attendance please refer to our College Handbook.
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 of 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 college reception and needs to be completed 4 weeks prior to the planned absence from the College.
Please contact the College office on 4323 1233 if you have any further queries about holidays during school Term.
ET Australia Secondary College – A Non Smoking High School
ETASC will be a non-smoking secondary college for ALL students in 2019.
Students who are caught smoking cigarettes during school hours will have their cigarettes confiscated and destroyed. Parents/carers will be contacted to inform them of this behaviour.
Any student smoking during school hours will be in breach of school rules. Any student smoking 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 provision of access to quit 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.
The College is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7 students for 2019, and students for Year 7 to Year 10 for 2020 and beyond.
Thank you to those parents and students who are recommending our school to prospective students who will value and enjoy what ETASC provides.
If you or anyone you know are interested in a place for Year 7 in 2019 you are urged to act now. Please call the College office on 4323 1233 so we can send you an information pack in the mail.
School Fees for 2019 are $1400. This increase in fees is the first increase in school fees since 2014. This increase includes the $100 enrolment/administration fee for all students.
A reminder to parents and caregivers 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 suffering 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 ETASC school fees please refer to our College Handbook.
The Department of Transport’s introduction of OPAL Cards is designed to reduce schools’ involvement in the issue and re-issue of this free service for school children. Parents are now responsible to follow up with errors / 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 our College Handbook.
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.
This Term in PDHPE practical lessons all students will be focusing on fitness and how they can incorporate moving more in everyday life.
The lessons will incorporate a range of activities that encourage students to become involved in lifelong physical activity. Some important benefits of physical activity can include: improved self-esteem, achieving higher learning outcomes, making friends and decreasing the risks of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes (type 2), cancers and cardio vascular disease.
The fitness activities students will be participating in include:
- Circuit training
- Gym at Snap Fitness in Gosford
Where a student has a temporary incapacity and requests an exemption, a letter from a parent will suffice for one week, any time beyond one week must be supported by a Doctor’s Certificate. If you need further information please contact ETASC PDHPE teacher Joshua Wakem on 43231233.
Please note these options are subject to change depending on student selections.
Free After School Tutoring
Any student who wants help after school (on any subject) should ask the subject teacher and arrangements will be made to provide free tutoring for most afternoons.
Extension Maths (Y10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Literacy tutoring 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Extension Science (Y10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Numeracy tutoring 2:30pm to 3:30pm
All extra curricular or tutoring classes are free.
Learning Enrichment Opportunities
For students who are identified as needing extra assistance with:
ETASC offers two reading programs: QuickSmart and MacqLit.
ETASC offers QuickSmart and consolidation of classwork and after school tutoring.
ETASC offers English tutoring and consolidation of classwork.
We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of our free tutoring.
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 locker 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 locked at all times, even when empty. We are keen to prevent unauthorised access to your locker and/or to have other people placing objects in lockers which do not belong there.
Medication Taken at School
Parent/Carers are reminded that students must not bring medication to school without advising the school in writing (this includes non-prescription medication). Medication which needs to be taken during school hours must be held and administered by College staff, not the student.
For more information on medication at ETASC please refer to our College Handbook.
Positive Behaviour Management and Rewards
ETASC has reviewed and refreshed our positive student behaviour reward system to include short term and medium term rewards. We will continue to offer reward days once a semester.
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 take into account 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 including but not limited to may be:
- Free lunch – pizza etc
- 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 a student rewards according to the number they accumulate over the term. The number of positive behaviour reports required to achieve specific medium term rewards that could include:
|# of Positive Behaviour Reports
||Qualifies student to attend semester reward day
||Listen to music during class time for one week
||Spend break time in the camp fire for a week
||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 reward day and engages in negative behaviour before the event, their invitation can be revoked. Reward day activities aim 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 taken into account:
- 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 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 AP but this is not negotiable.
If parents/carers have questions regarding the positive behaviour system please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Duke of Edinburgh International Award
ETASC will be providing students in Year 8, 9 and 10 the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award again in 2019. The Duke of Ed 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, 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.
Information sessions will be held at the school on Monday the 18th of February 2019.
An email with more information will be sent to parents/carers next week.
Teaching Staff Changes
Welcome to Narelle Leite and Nerida Turrise who have commenced employment here at the college this Term. Narelle has been appointed as the College’s Stage 5 Mathematics Teacher and Nerida has been appointed as a Stage 5 English and HSIE Teacher.
Changes in Responsibility
Graham Johnston has been appointed to a new role for 2019 called the Teacher On Duty (the TOD) and will be a student’s first point of call if they wish to speak with a member of staff or if they are sent from class for behaviour reasons.
Tahlia Boettcher has been appointed as the Year 7 Mathematics, Science, Mandatory Technology and PDHPE Teacher for 2019.
The college is currently advertising the following positions:
- Stage 5 HSIE Teacher – Maternity Leave Contract
- Stage 4 and Stage 5 Casual Teachers
If you would like to know more about the requirements of each position, please call the college office on 43231233 and ask for an application pack.