Last Day of Term 4
The last day of Term 4 for students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will be on the 15th of December 2021.
Students will spend the morning cleaning up the classrooms.
All students will be dismissed at 11:55am.
Key Dates for Term 1 2022
- Year 7 and Year 8 students will commence classes on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
- Year 9 and Year 10 students will commence classes on Wednesday 2nd February 2022.
- Year 11 and Year 12 students will commence classes on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
- The last day of Term 1 2022 will be Friday 8th April 2022. This will be a half-day for students in Years 7 to 10.
Year 7 to 10 Curriculum – Term 4 Friday Fun Days
Staff, students, parents/carers have all agreed that learning at home can be challenging. In Term 4, to balance work and play, ETASC is introducing Fun Day Friday for all Years 7 to 10 students. Fun Day Fridays will occur until students return to school for face to face lessons and while the current public health orders are in place.
Fun Day Fridays are being implemented to provide students with time away from their screens, to catch up on work and to enjoy more recreation time to help with their well-being.
No new work or online lessons will be posted on Fridays. Students can use the time to complete any tasks that are outstanding. If students are up to date with their work, we encourage them to get away from their screens for the day and do something active or relaxing.
Students at school will engage in fun activities in the morning or have a chance to complete any outstanding tasks before being dismissed for the day at 11:55am.
Fun Day Fridays will be in place until students start returning to school, at which point we will return to a full day of class as per the timetable.
Return to School Plan
On Friday the 27th of August 2021, the Premier announced the return to school roadmap for students in NSW. Students will return to face-to-face learning either through a ‘staggered return’ or ‘full return’, depending on NSW Health conditions in our area. There have been additional intermediate restriction levels created to support the health and safety requirements of returning students and staff to the school.
Full return (Level 3)
Areas across NSW that are removed from stay-at-home rules will return to school under Level 3 settings. This is a full return for all students to schools, with reduced mingling and on-site activities. Students in a high school would still be wearing masks and adhering to social distancing expectations and operational procedures designed to minimise mingling.
Staged return (Level 3 plus)
Where stay-at-home rules are still in place, but high community vaccination and low transmission conditions are met, students will return to school in a staged way. This is a staggered return for prioritised cohorts, with no mingling or on-site activities.
Local Government Areas of concern
Identified Local Government Areas (LGAs) and suburbs of concern operating under Level 4 plus restrictions will continue learning from home until advised otherwise by NSW Health. These suburbs have also been targeted with priority vaccinations for all Year 12 students in these LGAs.
Order of return
On the 29th of September, the NSW Government announced a change to the return to school plan. Students will return to face-to-face learning with NSW Health-approved COVID-safe settings on school sites in the following order:
From 18 October 2021 – Year 12
From 1 November 2021 – Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The return to school roadmap is subject to change depending on new information expected through the Public Health Order and additional advice from NSW Health. You can stay up to date with the most recent advice on NSW Government Schools at Advice for family’s page.
ET Australia Secondary College will keep you up to date if/when our plan changes based on Government advice.
Vaccinations for school staff
To ensure a COVID-safe return to school, all ETASC staff on-site to support the staged return of students will be required to be fully vaccinated. Any contractors, volunteers or people on site who require a Working With Children Check will also be required to have 2 doses of vaccination before returning to our school.
Our staff have been encouraged to make use of the various routes for priority vaccination available to them and to book appointments for whatever vaccine is available as soon as possible.
All ETASC staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by the 8th of November.
The NSW Education Department’s COVID-19 webpage is constantly being updated and outlines the restrictions in Govt schools as well as other useful information and resources to keep you up to date and supported.
Student Vaccination Requirements
ETASC has not received any indication from the NSW Department of Education, NSW Health or the Association of Independent Schools NSW of any requirements for students to be vaccinated before they’re permitted to return to school. If we receive information advising of any requirements from these government departments or associations, we will inform parents/carers immediately.
Years 7 to 9 Celebration Assembly
The ETASC Years 7 to 9 Celebration Assembly will be held in the school hall on Tuesday the 14th of December 2021. The assembly will provide ETASC with the opportunity to present students with a range of achievement awards for 2021.
ETASC’s COVID 19 Safety plan prevents parents/carers from attending the assembly, but we will make a recording of the event available to students, parents/carers for a short period via ETASC’s private YouTube channel.
An email will be sent out to parents/carers closer to the date with more details.
Year 7 to 10 Assessment week
Years 9 and 10 will have their final Assessment week during Week 7 this term. For Year 10 students this will be the last assessment towards their RoSA and students must complete all assessments by this time so that the marks can be entered into NESA.
Years 7 and 8 will be advised of their assessment tasks and due dates by their teachers at the beginning of Term 4.
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 text message, 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 has been introduced for absentee notifications. We request this email address is used from now on rather than emailing individual staff members. This will ensure the notification is received by reception regardless of who is working on the day. Methods for notifying the school of absences from now on are:
When your child is absent from school and we have not been notified, an SMS message will be sent to your mobile informing you of their absence which you can 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 before 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, using and/or possessing 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 cigarettes, using and/or possessing vape pens or e-cigarettes during school hours will be in breach of school rules and this 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.
Our School Support and Wellbeing Dog – “Buddy”
We are excited to announce that we are launching the Dogs Connect program at ET Australia. This is a program across ET Australia’s School and Adult Training College which will see the introduction of a well-being dog in our community. Our school support and well-being dog will become a much loved and important member of our community.
The Dogs Connect program will support us in implementing this very gradually, thoroughly, and considerately. At this early stage, we encourage anyone who would like to know more about this program to look at the website – https://dogsconnect.net.au.
We have named our well-being dog Buddy. She will be visiting ET Australia over the next few months and will be gradually introduced to our staff and students. We have a team of staff who will lead this program. We look forward to sharing more information about Buddy’s progress over the next few months.
We want to assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. We know that this work will have a positive impact on many of our staff and students, and we look forward to seeing connections with Buddy build on a variety of different levels.
The college is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7, Year 11 and Year 12 students, for 2022.
If you or anyone you know are interested in a place for Year 7 in 2022 you are urged to act now.
Thank you to those parents/carers and students who are recommending our school to prospective students who will value and enjoy what ETASC provides.
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 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 behaviour 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:
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.
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.
Bottled Water – Drink Bottles
Students may want to spend $5.00 to purchase a reusable drink bottle available during breaks from staff in the student kitchen.
The drink bottles come in 2 different colours – pink and blue and staff will be able to print the students’ names on the bottle to save confusion.
ETASC is conscious of the amount of waste plastic produced in the world and have determined that providing students with a reusable drink bottle is a good solution to ensure that students can remain hydrated during the school day.