Synergetic Parent Portal
If parents/carers still do not have access to the parent portal, please contact the college office so your portal access details can be provided.
This portal provide parents/carers the ability to update information, respond to requests and download reports etc.
We are working to deliver all of these functions to all stakeholders, currently the portal has two key functions – changing details (address, phone numbers etc) and parent teacher interview bookings.
As development of the parent portal continues, parents/carers will be emailed when updates are made and new options are available.
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 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. 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 the 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.
Term 4 Assessments
Term 4 is a busy time of year with students all working hard towards their final assessments.
This Term there will be a two week assessment period for students to complete their work and for Year 10 to complete the final work towards their RoSA.
Assessment week for Year 7 and 8 will start in week 4 (Monday the 4th of November) and Year 9 and 10 in week 5 (Monday the 11th of November).
Year 10 students will all have access to the Student Assessment Handbook which is located on the ET Australia website. This handbook has information on all the requirements for the RoSA, grade descriptors and their assessment schedules.
Wednesday 18th December 2019 – Last Day of Term 4
The last day of Term 4 is Wednesday 18th December, which is a half day for all students. Students will be dismissed at 11:55am.
Enrolments – 2020
ETASC still has a Year 8 and Year 10 places in the school for 2020.
Our Year 7 and Year 9 cohort for 2020 is now full. We are now taking a names on a waiting list for Year 7 and Year 9 in 2020.
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 8 or Year 10 in 2020 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.
Removal of Friday Afternoon Catch Up Classes in 2020
Friday afternoon lessons will be compulsory for all students in 2020. The start and finish times for our school days will be the same Monday to Friday. Year 7 and Year 8 students will attend all day on Fridays and have normal classes as per our current school timetable. That is, nothing is changing for Year 7 and Year 8.
Year 9 and Year 10 students will attend all day on Fridays to participate in a series of curricular and extra-curricular programs that will be delivered on Friday afternoons. The programs will be different to normal classes and will improve academic outcomes and focus on career building skills. We may also expand our physical activities programs like Duke of Edinburgh and mountain bike riding for selected students to attend during this time.
Parents and carers should note this change to the structure of our Friday school days for 2020 and avoid scheduling appointments, and/or other activities for students during this time. Consistent absence for appointments or truancy during this time will reduce a student’s overall attendance. Failure to meet the NSW Government’s attendance requirements will lead to a student’s enrolment being withdrawn.
More information regarding these programs will be provided in the Term One college newsletter in 2020.
A reminder to parents and carers that ETASC school fees are due to be paid on time as requested. Paying college fees provides 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.
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 of opaque drink bottles
- Cigarettes or e-cigarettes
- Cigarette lighters or matches
If students bring these items to school they will be confiscated.
2020 Year 7 Orientation Days – Tuesday 22nd October 2019 and Tuesday 26th November 2019
Each year in Term 4, ET Australia Secondary College holds orientation days for new Year 7 and Year 8 students commencing their enrolment the following year.
These days have been designed to provide new students the opportunity to meet their teachers and fellow class mates for 2020.
Activities have been planned for the students on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 and refreshments will be provided on this day.
On Tuesday 26th of November new students will participate in literacy and numeracy testing that will enable the teaching staff to prepare differentiated work for all new students from the beginning of 2020. The testing will be done on a one to one basis with a member of the college teaching staff and will take around an hour to complete. In order to make this process as efficient as possible, parents/carers will be provided a specific time between 9:00am and 2:30pm for their child to complete the testing.
An email will be sent to all new parents and carers at the beginning of November to advise times as well as any other requirements for the day.
If you have any questions regarding the orientation days please contact the College office on 02 4323 1233.
This term in PDHPE students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that develop athletic skills and aim to build friendships and develop team work skills which are important attributes for being successful in a workplace environment.
Students will develop, implement and evaluate movement concepts and strategies to work towards achieving a team goal. Students will also transfer an understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges. Through the learning activities provided, students will also analyse how body control and awareness influences movement skills.
Year 7 students will participate in a swim safety course at Gosford pool. This will teach them about stroke technique and how to remain safe in water environments. Year 8 students will participate in a range of fitness lessons which will allow them to understand how the body moves and will engage students in a range of activities to promote lifelong physical activity.
Year 9 and 10 students will participate in a range of activities from different small-sided tactical games to fitness-based activities such as utilising Snap Fitness gym in Gosford.
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 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.
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 taken at ETASC please refer to our College Handbook.
Positive Behaviour Management and Rewards
ETASC reviewed and refreshed our positive behaviour reward system in Term 1 to include short term, medium term and long term rewards for students who accumulated positive behaviour reports during this time.
110 students, who had had been awarded 25 positives by staff during the semester, were invited to the reward day at the end of Term 2. Students were treated to a day of laser tag, ten pin bowling and pizza in recognition of their positive behaviour during semester one.
This focus on positive behaviour is an ongoing feature of our college and will continue in semester two. Planning has started on the Stage 4 and Stage 5 reward days that will take place during Term 4.
4157 positive behaviour reports were awarded to students in Term 3, taking the total number of positive behaviour reports given to students by staff to 11781 for the year to date. These figures are proof the majority of our 165 students are displaying positive behaviour at school. Students who are accumulating positives will be rewarded further in Term 4 when the semester two reward days will be held. Information about the events planned is below.
Year 7 and 8 Big Night In Rewards Day
When: 12th and 13th December
Location: ET Australia Secondary College
In order to make this night as special and surprising as possible, information regarding the activities will be released closer to the event.
An invitation email will be sent to parents and carers in November.
Year 9 Tree Tops Rewards Day
When: 29th November
Location: Tree Tops Adventure Park
For this excursion, Year 9 and students will enjoy the fresh air and challenge themselves in a fun and safe environment at Tree Tops Adventure Park.
The excursion will help students build self-confidence, help each other and push personal limits. They will have access to the Tree Tops adventure park and the Tree Tops crazy rider.
Parents and carers please look out for the permission note for this excursion which will be sent to you via email.