Key Dates for Term 3 2022
The first day of Term for all students is Tuesday 19 July 2022.
The last day of Term for all students is Thursday 22 September 2022* *This will be a half day for Years 7-10 students.
School Starting Times and First Day of Term Arrangements
- Year 7 and Year 8 students are required to be on campus at 8:55 am for a 9:00 am 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 8:30 am.
- Year 9 and Year 10 students are required to be at school at 9:05 am for a 9:10 am 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 8:30 am.
- Years 11 and 12 students are required to be at school every school day at 8:40 am for an 8:45 am start time. Students enter via the school reception located in the driveway of 125 Donnison Street, Gosford. For those students who arrive before 8:40 am, students are welcome to use the student common area from 8:30 am.
- 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 Principal every day for a period of 10 weeks.
ET Australia continues to operate with COVID-smart measures that follow current NSW Health guidelines to minimise transmission, keeping schools open and the community safe. We recognise that COVID-19 will continue to impact our students’ school experience and offer support for those well enough to learn from home when possible.
This information is subject to change given changing government guidelines and we will keep parents/carers aware of changes as they occur.
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 either:
- the student no longer has any symptoms, or
- a medical certificate is provided to the school confirming that symptoms are explained by another diagnosis (such as hay fever)
NSW Health advises that it is important that students do not attend school if they are unwell, even if they have tested negative for COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests can produce false negative results and symptoms of other illnesses can also be similar to COVID-19, including flu, the common cold and stomach bugs. 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 satisfy the above stipulations.
Anyone who tests positive to Covid-19 must continue to follow the guidelines – notify Service NSW, self-isolate for 7 days (and remain in isolation until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved), advise all contacts for the 2 days prior and wear a mask for 3 days after the isolation period is complete.
Close contacts (defined as a household contact or an individual deemed by NSW Health to be a close contact) do not have to isolate if they have no symptoms and comply with the following guidelines:
- Notify their employer/educational facility that they are a close contact
- Undertake daily RATs before coming into contact with people outside their household
- Wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home
- Do not visit aged care, hospitals, disability, and correctional facilities unless a special exemption applies
- Avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised persons where possible
- Work from home where practical
ETASC is not providing the same level of support for students in isolation as we did in 2021, but work will be made available online for students who are isolating with COVID-19 and are well enough to do schoolwork. Learning from home provisions and online learning is only available for students who have returned a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result. All other students are required to attend face to face lessons at school. Failure to attend school will impact a student’s overall attendance, A prolonged or frequent absence from school could result in the withdrawal of a student’s enrolment.
Thank you in anticipation of your support in continuing to protect the community by adherence to the guidelines.
School Management System – COMPASS
Compass is our web-based 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 Parent/Carers, if you have any questions about Compass, please contact the College.
From the Compass App you can:
· Access your child’s Student Progress and 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
- Update your registered email and mobile number details (used for SMS alerts)
- 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 here 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 Student 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.
Methods for notifying the school of absences are:
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.
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 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, 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, e-cigarettes and vape pens, or accessories to, or buy these products on the 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.
Enrolment places are still available for the current year groups in 2022:
Parents/carers who are interested in finding out more are encouraged to contact the Assistant Principal by calling the college office to organise an enrolment interview.
Places are not available in our other year groups, and a waiting list is in place.
We are still working through the enquires for enrolments in Year 7 and Year 11 for 2023 with interviews continuing in Term 3.
Please contact the school office if you would like to make an enrolment enquiry or would like more information.
A reminder to parents/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 school fees please refer to the College Handbook relevant to you:
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 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.
- Liquid paper
- Permanent markers
- Laser devices
- Metal or opaque drink bottles
- e-cigarettes or vape pens
- 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 Years 7 to 10 College Handbook and Years 11 and 12 College Handbook.
Medication Taken at School
Alterations have been made to our administration of the student medication process.
In conjunction with our First Aid and Medications Policy, parents/carers are now required to complete an Authorisation for Administration of Student Medication form for any medication you would like your child to take at school.
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:
Buddy, our school support and wellbeing dog, is now working in classrooms at both campuses on a flexible timetable as she continues to grow and learn in her role. The Dogs Connect program is a whole-school wellbeing program that provides the training and framework for Buddy in our community. Our school support and wellbeing dog is becoming a much loved and important member of our community.
We recently celebrated Buddy’s first birthday by holding a small gathering at each of our campuses. Students and staff played party games and of course, there were gifts and cake! You can see highlights on our Facebook page and Buddy was also featured on the Dogs Connect page.
Buddy is progressing well and will continue to expand her classroom visits gradually, thoroughly, and considerately. We encourage anyone who would like to know more about this program to look through the website link: https://dogsconnect.net.au
Our team of staff who lead this program are now all trained. We assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. We can see that Buddy is having a positive impact on many people in our school already, and we know that the connection with Buddy will be offered on a wide variety of levels.
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 that do not belong there.
Contact details for all members of school staff are located in the College Handbook relevant to you: