Synergetic Parent Portal
The 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.
The Parental Portal was being prepared during Term 1 and is now ready for rollout to parents/carers during Term 2. All parents/carers will receive an email before the end of Term 2 advising how they can gain access to their child’s information on the system.
Keep an eye out for the email to be sent to you by the end of Term 2.
Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students
A reminder to parents and carers 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 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 an 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 the 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 is a non-smoking secondary college for ALL students.
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, carers 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.
A reminder to parents and carers that ETASC is a fee-paying college and the contributions made provide opportunities for 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 and 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 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 students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that not only develop athletic skills but also build friendships and develop team work skills which is an important attribute of being successful in a workplace.
Year 7 and 8 students will participate in a range of fitness lessons which will allow them to understand how the body moves and engage students in a range of activities to promote lifelong physical activity.
Year 9 and 10 students will participate in team games which focus on transferring movement skills in a range of challenging situations. The main sports Year 9 and 10 will participate in during PDHPE lessons this term includes:
Please note if your child cannot participate in practical lessons due to injury or illness they need to provide a note which will cover that lesson for the week. If it is an ongoing injury or illness then a medical certificate will need to be provided. If you would like any further information about PDHPE please contact Joshua Wakem via the school office on 4323 1233.
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 extracurricular and 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 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 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 to them.
Medication Taken at School
Parent and 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 reviewed and refreshed our positive behaviour reward systems in Term 1 to include short term, medium term rewards and will continue to offer reward days once a semester.
As a result of the renewed focus on positive behaviour, 4589 positive behaviour reports were awarded to the students over the Term.
This is a very positive outcome and reflects the positive behaviour of our students at the college on a daily basis.
ETASC will continue with the focus on positive behaviour in Term 2 and details regarding the end of semester-based reward day will be advised closer to the end of the Term.
Teaching Staff Changes
Michaela Thornley, one of our Stage 5 HSIE teachers left at the end of Term 1 to travel to Europe and work in England. We wish Michaela all the very best and safe travels.
With Michaela’s departure, we would like to welcome Kellie Kruit back after taking maternity leave and welcome Brooke Gordon who has commenced employment here at the college. Brooke has recently emigrated to Australia from Scotland, where she worked in a school in Edinburgh and was the head of the English department. Kellie and Brooke will be teaching Stage 5 English and HSIE.
We would also like to welcome back Elizabeth Byrne who is also returning from maternity leave during Term 2. Elizabeth is one of the college’s Learning Enrichment Teachers and will recommence working with students to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
Big Science Competition
All keen scientists are invited to participate in the 2019 Big Science Competition.
The Big Science Competition is an international competition that challenges critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The competition does not focus on factual recall, but student’s ability to respond to questions set in real-life, contemporary contexts. Thus, making them relatable and interesting.
Any students who are interested in participating must see Jaclyn before the 15th of May (week 3 Term 2) to sign up! Students who wish to participate will be offered practice tests to prepare for the competition.
Creative Writing Group
Creative Writing Group is held every Tuesday afternoon from 2.30-3.15pm, with an additional group specifically for Year 9 and 10 students during Break 1, Wednesday. Creative Writing Group provides students with an opportunity to develop their creative writing skills in collaboration with like-minded students.
Students engage in a variety of activities to generate ideas and refine their skills for their own enjoyment and/or for submission in academic competitions such as Write 4 Fun.
Creative Writing Group is open to all students no matter their year or ability level. Please see Jaclyn for more information.
Students are reminded that if they are interested in participating in extracurricular competitions (academic/creative etc) to check the notice board across from Classroom 7 regularly. Many have a variety of cool prizes to be won!
Make sure you speak to Jaclyn if you would like more information about competitions on the notice board or support in entering.
The official NAPLAN online test will take place during week 3 on Tuesday the 14th of May, Wednesday the 15th of May and Thursday the 16th of May.
Catch up on the tests will be each afternoon of the test days. More information will be emailed to parents and carers at the start of Term 2.