Approval of ETASC Year 11 and Year 12 Campus – 2021
We are very happy to announce that ETASC has been granted conditional approval to open a Year 11 and 12 school campus in 2021 by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
NESA inspectors visited the college in June to inspect the proposed campus, review our policies and procedures and provide feedback. The inspection was successful, our comprehensive application was accepted and ETASC has been given conditional approval to open a Year 11 campus in 2021 that will grow to Year 11 and Year 12 in 2022.
The ETASC Year 11 and Year 12 campus will be located at 125 Donnison Street, Gosford. ET Australia’s Adult Training College already occupies the ground floor of this building. The first floor of the building will be completely renovated to create a new Year 11 and 12 campus ready for the start of the 2021 school year.
Information about the new campus is included in the ETASC Year 11 and Year 12 College handbook located here.
Current ETASC Year 10 students who are interested in continuing in Year 11 at ETASC in 2021 will need to follow the application process outlined in the ETASC Year 11 and Year 12 College handbook.
More information will be made available to parents/carers and our community as it comes to hand.
New ETASC Year 7 to Year 10 Campus – 2021
We are also very happy to announce that ETASC’s Year 7 to Year 10 college currently located in the Parkside building at 123 Donnison Street, Gosford, will be moving to a new location with new classrooms and extra teaching and learning resources ready for the start of the 2021 school year.
Our new Year 7 to Year 10 campus is in The Imperial Centre where Aldi used to be. The new campus is architecturally designed with larger classrooms, more individualised learning spaces, a school library space, a science lab, a computer lab, and a larger student kitchen area. The new campus will give our students and staff a new fit-out that is more spacious and more suited to teaching and learning.
To give our school community a preview of what the two new school campuses will look like we have created a fly-through video below, taking you inside our new campuses to get a feel of what students will be experiencing in 2021.
Parent/Teacher interviews will be held at the beginning of Term 3 on Tuesday 28th July and Wednesday 5th August.
Parents/carers will receive an email when school returns advising of the session times and how to access the booking page on the Synergetic parent/carer portal.
If you miss out on booking a time online, you can request a phone interview with your child’s teachers at a time that is mutually convenient.
Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students
A reminder to parents/carers that for their child to continue their enrolment here at the college, students need to maintain a consistent pattern of attendance.
The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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 can 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 reception and needs to be completed 4 weeks prior to the planned absence from school.
Please contact the college office on 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.
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 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 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.
Interest in the college has continued to increase in 2020, and the announcement of a Year 11 and Year 12 campus for 2021 and beyond will attract students who are interested in completing the HSC.
Limited student places are available in the college for the remainder of the school year. Year 7 and Year 8 both have waiting lists and there are only limited places available in Year 9 and Year 10.
The college is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7 students for 2021 and future years.
Interviews for places in Year 8, Year 9, and Year 10 for 2021 will also commence this term.
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 2021 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 paying school fees is compulsory at ETASC as 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 issues OPAL Cards and schools are no longer involved in the issue and re-issue of this free service for school children. Parents/carers 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.
Banned items – Reminder
A reminder to all parents and carers that the following items are banned at the college:
- Chewing gum
- Aerosol cans – deodorant etc
- Permanent markers
- Laser devices
- Metal or opaque drink bottles
- Cigarettes or e-cigarettes
- Cigarette lighters or matches.
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 College Handbook.
Year 7 and Year 8
During Term 3 Year 7 and Year 8 students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that will use specialised and fundamental movement skills. Activities such as soccer, Oz tag, netball, dodgeball, and small sided games will help students demonstrate and reinforce the transfer of skills across different movement contexts.
Students will be able to identify both offensive and defensive strategies and tactics across all the provided physical activities.
Year 9 and Year 10
During Term 3 Year 9 and Year 10 students will participate in activities that encourage them to work as part of a group. They will be required to create a group performance that uses timing, rhythm, and space. Students will then self and peer reflect on their performance and provide feedback that can be used to improve future movement experiences.
Where a student has a temporary incapacity and requests an exemption, a letter from a parent/carer 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 02 4323 1233.
Please note these options are subject to change depending on student selections.
Gifted and Talented Program
For Term 3, students in the Gifted and Talented Program will be completing the following:
Year 9 and 10 Groups
- Students will be competing in the Australian Mathematics Competition. The competition demonstrates the importance and relevance of Mathematics in students’ everyday lives.
- Students will also compete in the Science Olympiad Exams, testing their knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Videos for Change Competition
- All students at ETASC have been given the opportunity to participate in Videos for Change 2020. Videos for Change is a way to create awareness and motivate others to take positive action on a school, community, national or global scale.
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 for most afternoons.
- Extension Maths (Year 10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Literacy tutoring 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Extension Science (Year 10 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
ETASC offers free tutoring for all students.
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’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 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.
The number of positive behaviour reports required to achieve specific medium term rewards include:
|# of Positive Behaviour Reports
||Qualifies student to attend semester reward day
||Listen to music during class time for one week
||5 minute early mark at the end of the school day for one 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 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.
Changes to Teaching Staff
Anne Tucker has joined us to fill the vacant Learning Enrichment Teaching role three days a week. Anne will be working with Year 7 students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday providing additional learning activities and support in class.