Term 4 Newsletter, 2022

Welcome to the Term 4 Newsletter for 2022

Principal’s News


Welcome to Term 4, 2022 from the Principal

ET Australia is a safe and nurturing learning environment. To stay safe, we abide by laws and follow all relevant guidelines. From 14 October 2022, it will no longer be mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to Covid-19. More information will come from NSW Health, and we must all follow the guidelines. NSW Health strongly recommends people who are sick or have tested positive to Covid-19 stay home until their symptoms have gone. Restrictions will still apply for high-risk settings such as healthcare and aged care facilities. At ETASC we will continue to ask parents/carers not to send students to school who are sick. We have observed over the last two years especially that when people who are sick remain at home, then Covid-19 and other viruses are not as readily transmitted among our students and staff. If we all stay home when we are sick, our community will be healthier.

ET Australia Secondary College currently has 250 students. We have added extra student places again this year due to ongoing demand from parents and students who want a place at ETASC. We want our school to remain a small school. A small school model has many benefits. A key feature of our school is our safe and nurturing environment, and we believe keeping the school small is a factor in us achieving and maintaining our great school atmosphere. For 2023, we have limited vacancies for new enrolments in Year 7 and Year 11 so please recommend our college to prospective students who will most benefit from attending ETASC. Our academic focus on literacy and numeracy skills, our school philosophy that is designed to create a safe and nurturing environment, and our focus on fostering each student’s work ethic appears to be a successful combination.

Our Year 10 and Year 11 students are progressing towards the time where post-school plans and career ideas need to be formulated. To assist every student, we have conducted Career Pathway Plans with our Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents/carers. The individualised Pathway Plans create detailed career plans with specific employment and further study plans set for each student. This ensures that the positive momentum achieved by students this year continues next year and onto further studies, to work and/or vocational training.

Our first-ever Year 12 students are commencing their HSC exams on the 12th of October. We wished them all the best for their futures at their fantastic Year 12 Graduation on the 23rd of September. They are a wonderful group of young people and they have set a high standard for behaviour and academic progress for all our students to aspire to achieve.

If anyone ever has ideas about how to improve on our success, we are open to opportunities and suggestions.

I hope that every student enrolled at ETASC fully utilises the opportunities available to them in our school and in the education pathways that are presented.

Tony Mylan
ET Australia Secondary College Principal

Upcoming Events


Excursions and Events

There are a number of School Events planned for Term 4.

Parents/Carers will be emailed with details of each event. Where permission is required, we ask that you give permission through the Compass Portal as instructed. This will ensure that your response goes directly to the staff member who is responsible for that event.

Students without Parent/Carers consent provided cannot be included in the event. Phone calls, handwritten notes and texts are not accepted, unless a prior agreement has been made with the Assistant Principal. Some events will be limited due to transport or other considerations, so getting in early will be important, once you are notified those bookings are open.

Year 7 PDHPE – Swimming

When: From the week commencing Monday 7 November

Where: Gosford Pool

For Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Term 4, it is proposed that Year 7 will be participating in swimming.

In the Stage 4 PDHPE curriculum, students learn about movement skills, body control and awareness. It is mandatory that all students participate in a range of swimming activities and rescue skills. To complete this component of PDHPE, Year 7 students will complete a swim survival course at Gosford Pool.

This activity aims to engage students in a practical setting whilst providing the opportunity to improve their aquatic skills taught by qualified instructors. Students will undertake a program with directed activities designed to improve their water confidence and provide them with basic skills in water safety and survival.

Whole School News


Key Dates for Term 4 2022

The first day of Term for all students is Tuesday 11 October 2022.
The last day of Term for all students is Friday 16 December 2022.
This will be a half day for Years 7-10 students.

New Appointments for 2023 – Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal

With the ongoing enrolment growth and expansion of the college, ETASC is expanding the senior leadership positions in 2023 with the introduction of a new Deputy Principal role. The Deputy Principal will assume the day-to-day running and operations of the school across both campuses. This will allow the Assistant Principal to be primarily student-focused, working with the Teacher on Duty at the Years 7 to 10 campus to support students and staff. The Deputy Principal will also be student-focused with the Years 11 & 12 students and staff. This structural change will provide further support to students and staff and help support the school’s future growth and expansion planned for the Years 11 & 12 campus.

Our current Assistant Principal, Lachlan Scott, will be promoted to the Deputy Principal role next year and will continue overseeing the day-to-day operations of the school as well as support the Years 11 & 12 students.

We are very pleased to announce that Brooke Gordon will transition into the Assistant Principal position in 2023. Brooke brings a wealth of school management experience gained whilst working in a number of schools in Scotland before emigrating to Australia in 2019. Brooke has been ETASC’s Teacher on Duty since the start of 2021, a role in which she has supported many of our students. Brooke will continue to provide this same level of support while managing student discipline along with other key functions at the Years 7 to 10 campus next year.

These new roles will commence at the start of the 2023 school year.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 Celebration Assembly

The ETASC Years 7 to 9 and 11 Celebration Assembly will be held in the school hall on Thursday 15th of December 2022. The assembly is being held to present students with a range of achievement awards for 2022. Invitations to attend the assembly will be extended to parents/carers of students receiving awards.

An email will be sent out to parents/carers closer to the date with more details.  We will make a recording of the event, and this will be available to students, parents/carers for a short period of time via ETASC’s private YouTube channel.

Year 10 Celebration Assembly 

The ETASC Year 10 Celebration Assembly will be held in the school hall on Wednesday 30th of November 2022. The assembly is being held to present academic achievement awards for Year 10.  Invitations to attend the assembly will be extended to parents/carers of students receiving awards.

An email will be sent out to parents/carers closer to the date with more details. We will make a recording of the event, and this will be available to students, parents/carers for a short period of time via ETASC’s private YouTube channel.

The 30th of November is also the last day of required attendance for 2022 for Year 10 students. Year 10 students will then undertake a 2-week work experience program starting on the 5th of December, concluding on the 16th of December Jasmyn, our Years 7 to 10 Student Development Coordinator is working with every Year 10 student on individual arrangements.

The Possession of Gel Blasters and their Presence in Schools

New South Wales Police and the Department of Education have requested ETASC circulate the following important information about the possession of gel blasters and their presence in schools.

Gel Guns or Gel Blasters are lifelike ‘toy’ guns that closely resemble firearms. They fire gel balls and can be very difficult to differentiate from a real firearm. They are classified as air guns under NSW law and gel balls are classified as ammunition.

It is a crime to possess a Gel Gun in NSW unless you have a firearms licence, even if it was purchased online or legally in another state. It is also a crime to bring a Gel Gun to school.

There is a potential for injury if a person is struck by gel pellet ammunition and understandably students and staff may become frightened and distressed if they believe a firearm has been brought into a school.

If a student is found to have a Gel Gun at school, the firearm will be confiscated, and the Police contacted immediately on 000. The student could be arrested and charged with possession of a firearm. Parents/Carers may also be held liable as per section 82 of the Firearms Act.

Increase in School Fees – 2023

School Fees will increase in 2023 to $1600.  This increase in fees is the first increase in school fees since 2019.

A reminder to parents and caregivers that ETASC is a fee-paying college and the contributions made provide opportunities to 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:

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.

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:

https://etaustralia-nsw.compass.education

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

COVID-19 Requirements 

ET Australia continues to follow NSW Health guidelines to minimise COVID-19 transmission, keeping schools open and the community safe.

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 the student no longer has any symptoms, or

NSW Health advises that it is important that students do not attend school if they are unwell. Covid-19, other viruses, influenza, common colds, and stomach bugs can all be contagious. 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 no longer have symptoms.

ETASC is making work available online for students who are isolating due to illness and are well enough to do schoolwork. Learning from home provisions and online learning is only available for students who are staying at home under medical advice and can provide the school with a medical certificate.

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 for your support in continuing to protect the community by adhering to the guidelines.

Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students

A reminder to parents/carers that for their child to continue their enrolment 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 the Reception staff regardless of who is working on the day.

Methods for notifying the school of absences are:

Email: attendance@etaustralia.com
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.

Enrolments

ETASC is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7, Year 11, and Year 12 students for 2023.

All other year groups are currently full and have a waiting list in place.

Thank you to those parents, carers and students who are recommending our school to prospective students who will value and enjoy what ETASC provides. Our enrolment numbers have continued to increase this year and the amount of enquires about places at the school has been at an all-time high.

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.

We are still working through the enquires for enrolments in Year 7 and Year 11 for 2023 with interviews continuing in Term 4.

Please contact the school office if you would like to make an enrolment enquiry or would like more information.

Opal Cards

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.
  • Knives
  • Liquid paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Laser devices
  • Metal or opaque drink bottles
  • Cigarettes
  • 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 Update

Buddy, our school support and wellbeing dog, is working in classrooms at both campuses on a flexible timetable so she can attend different classes and all-year groups. The Dogs Connect program is a whole-school wellbeing program that provides ongoing training and framework for Buddy in our community. Our school support and wellbeing dog is a much loved and important member of our community. 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 all trained. We assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. Buddy is having a positive impact on many people in our school, and we plan and arrange her time so the connection with Buddy will be offered on a wide variety of levels.

School Lockers

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 always locked, 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.

Staff Changes

At the end of last term Darcy Jury, Melissa Stimson and Kimberly Smith have decided to leave ETASC.

Darcy started at the college as a Teacher Assistant in 2013, gaining experience while completing his university qualifications. In 2015 he commenced working at the college as a casual teacher and gained full time employment in 2016 when the school expanded to include Years 7 & 8. Darcy has made a positive and lasting contribution to our college and to the success of many students since 2013 and we wish him all the best as he moves into the next phase of his career.

Melissa Stimson joined us as a Teacher Assistant in 2016 and has done a fantastic job supporting staff and students in that time. We wish Melissa the best as she moves on to the next phase in her career.

Kimberly joined us as a Teacher Assistant in 2020 and has done a fantastic job supporting staff and students in that time. We wish Kimberly all the best as she moves on to the next phase in her career.

Terese Geraghty will be joining us for Term 4, teaching Year 7 Orange Mathematics, Science, Technology and PDHPE until the end of the year.

Contact details for all members of school staff are in the College Handbook relevant to you:

Years 7-10 News


Book Week

This year, ETASC participated in Book week for the first time. It was wonderful seeing the students all dressed up as their favourite book characters and to hear the wonderful conversations had about the importance of reading. Congratulations to the costume winners:

Year 7 – James Jackson – English
Year 8 – Elisha Crouch
Year 9 – Jemma Willie, Bree Walker, and Tyler L
Year 10 – Sol B

Also, congratulations to the participants of the writing competition- winners will be announced in term 4.

Assessment Week 

Assessment Week will be held during Week 5 for all year groups. Students in Years 9 and 10 will be completing a separate KLA examination each day with revision time in class. Years 7 and 8 will be in their timetable classes completing their assessment tasks. Adjustments and support will be available to students who qualify. If you know you will not be present during this time, please contact Assistant Principal Lachlan Scott. If you have any questions, please contact the Curriculum Coordinator Kimberley Wheeler.

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.

Weekly Timetable

Tuesday:

  • Extension Maths (Year 10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Literacy tutoring 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Thursday:

  • Extension Science (Year 10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • 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:

  • Reading – ETASC offers the MacqLit reading program
  • Mathematics – ETASC offers the QuickSmart program. We also offer consolidation of classwork and after-school tutoring.
  • Writing – ETASC offers English tutoring and consolidation of classwork.

We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of our free tutoring.

Literacy Tutoring is offered on a Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Melanie McDonald, a Learning Enrichment Teacher and SPELD NSW-endorsed literacy tutor, is facilitating Literacy Tutoring this year. The Term 2, 3 and 4 Literacy Tutoring will be based on a Direct Instruction program called Expressive Writing.

Expressive Writing focuses on developing the following subskills:

  1. Writing clearly (using pronouns with clear referents and including details that are necessary for clarity).
  2. Writing with a variety of sentences (sentences that begin with a dependent clause, sentences that contain a series and some compound sentences).
  3. Writing what people say and appropriately paragraphing their conversations; and
  4. Editing for clarity, punctuation, paragraphs, and sentence forms.

Each Literacy Tutoring session includes the following: a skill development component that includes three to five exercises designed to teach specific subskills and editing skills that students will need to write passages and a passage writing exercise in which students apply these subskills. Students will also be provided with opportunities to apply these skills to writing passages for their English and HSIE classwork.

Gifted and Talented Program 2022

In Term 4, students will continue to have opportunities to enter competitions.

The importance of entering challenging competitions for gifted students is well researched. The following are some of the benefits-:

Problem solving and analysis:
By using their imagination and flexing their creative muscle to come up with plots, alternative solutions, and organise their thoughts and ideas, kids are learning to think beyond the square and actively seek fresh ways of identifying, assessing, and tackling problems.

Self-confidence:
Children can be full of doubt about their ideas and abilities. Creative writing offers a safe and supportive environment for them to find and express their voices.

Discipline and Persistence:
It takes time to organise your thoughts, create characters, dramatic plots, and interesting settings, and then put them into a cohesive sequence.

Inquisitiveness and Research Skills:
Students, by nature, are naturally curious. Researching allows them to take it one step further by igniting a desire to learn more about a topic that they find stimulating. I have seen many students become mini experts in their field of interest – whether it’s dinosaurs, trains, the atmosphere on Mars, or how to keep a balloon afloat!

Two of the competition that we are entering in Term 4 are Canal to Creek Art Competition and Little Stories, Big Ideas.

When students in the GATS program are not being extended by competitions, they continue to receive extension work based on the class programs. For instance, both Stage 4 and 5 in Art are looking at Pop Art including artwork produced by Andy Warhol and Marjorie Strider. STEM class is researching and creating a harmonica and a lava lamp.

When not competing our GAT students are given the opportunity of the following:

-self-directed projects
-STEM lessons
-critical and creative thinking application
-in-depth topic development
-real-world problem application

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 include, but are not limited to:

  • Chocolates
  • Free lunch – pizza etc.
  • Books
  • 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 student rewards.

The number of positive behaviour reports required to achieve specific medium-term rewards includes:

# Of Positive Behaviour Reports Reward:

  • 25 – Qualifies student to attend semester reward day
  • 30 – Listen to music during class time for one week
  • 40 – 5-minute early mark at the end of the school day for one week
  • 50 – 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 rewards day and engages in negative behaviour before the event, their invitation can be revoked. Reward day activities are intended 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.

Years 7 & 8


Years 7 and 8 High Resolves Program

Over the course of 2022, every Year 7 and Year 8 student will take part in the High Resolves program. The program is designed to support and nurture our learners to become future global citizens and leaders, as well as giving them the opportunity to make a difference in their local community.

ETASC is working in partnership with ‘High Resolves’ to facilitate our students’ ability to explore concepts that surround the topics ‘Identity and Purpose’ and ‘Just Society’.

This exciting approach will see Year 7 and Year 8 students experience an immersive ‘Peak Experience’ as well as regular lessons and group discussions throughout the year – which will be delivered across the curriculum.

Lunch Orders – Lunch Options for 2022

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have the following lunch order options in 2022:

  • Monday – McDonald’s
  • Tuesday – no option available due to PDHPE practical lessons
  • Wednesday – Sushi
  • Thursday – Subway
  • Friday – Hot chips

Years 9 to 12 students have permission to buy food from the food court in the Imperial Centre for the first 15 minutes of each break every day. The school staff provide student supervision in the food court during breaks.

As soon as students have received their food and drinks, they must make their way directly to Kibble Park. During breaks in Kibble Park, students are always supervised by school staff.

Students are only permitted to enter the food court if they are purchasing food or drinks. If students go to the food court and do not purchase food or drinks, they will be banned from accessing this privilege.

Years 11 & 12 students are also permitted to go to Shop 3 Café unsupervised to buy food and drink during breaks. As soon as students have received their food and drinks, they must make their way directly to Kibble Park. During breaks in Kibble Park, students are always supervised by school staff.

Years 9 & 10 News


Year 10 Work Experience 

Year 10 students will undertake a 2-week work experience program starting on the 5th of December, concluding on the 16th of December. Students will be encouraged to negotiate a minimum of 25 hours per week unpaid work with the help of parents/carers and Jasmyn du Plessis, our Years 7 to 10 Student Development Coordinator (SDC), in an area of interest to them. Students may stay with the same company in the same work experience trial for the duration of their work placement, however, trialling various occupations may be a great opportunity. 

 

During work experience, Jasmyn will visit all students to monitor their progress and participation as well as receive feedback from their workplace supervisor. Students are fully covered by ET Australia’s insurance policy for the duration of approved work experience. 

Students who are unable to find work placement are required to attend school until the 16th of December. 

Year 11 2023 – Information & Enrolment

Year 11 enrolments for 2023 are now open and students in Year 10 who intend to continue their studies at ETASC in 2023 should apply now as spots are limited.

ETASC offers students an ATAR focused HSC pathway for students, offering the following 2-unit subjects:

  • Standard English
  • Standard Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Modern History
  • Business Studies

Successful completion of the pattern of study provided will give students the ability to nominate for an ATAR if they wish.

We also offer students flexibility in subject selection with distance education courses available through external providers. Enrolment in these courses is per the external providers’ requirements and the cost is not included in the college school fees.

Students who would like to attend Years 11 & 12 are required to apply for a position and provide supporting documentation (school report etc.) to determine their suitability for the ATAR focused course ETASC provides.

Enrolment forms are available on request from reception at the Years 7 to 10 campus.

New enrolments are required to contact reception to organise an enrolment interview with the Assistant Principal and a tour of the facility.

If parents/carers of Year 10 students have any questions or would like to organise a tour of the Years 11 & 12 campus, please contact reception so a suitable time can be arranged.

For more information about the Years 11 & 12 programs ETASC offers students, please find a link to the student handbook – LINK.

RoSA grades

Year 10 RoSA grades are due to NESA by the 18th of November. This date is not negotiable, and all Year 10 assessments must be completed and marked before this date to avoid an N Determination. Year 10 students who have outstanding assessments from term 3 will have N Award warning letters issued in the first week with a due date to rectify the situation. If your child knows they owe assessment tasks, please contact the school ASAP to help avoid an N Determination.

HSC Numeracy and Literacy Minimum Standards tests

In term 4, Year 10 will be participating in their third opportunity of HSC Numeracy and Literacy Minimum Standards tests. These tests are used to show the level of numeracy and literacy achievements of students before they exit the school system, whether it be in Year 10, Year 11, or Year 12. Students who acquire a level 3 in each of the standards tests have reached the state level of achievement and do not need to continue the testing process. Students are given multiple opportunities throughout the year to acquire a level 3. ETASC students will be participating in the next round of testing in Week 6 after assessment week. For more information please see the website https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/hsc-minimum-standard

Any questions please contact the Curriculum Coordinator Kimberley Wheeler.

Nominating for a Record of School Achievement RoSA

An email will be sent at the beginning of term 4 asking parents/ carers to nominate their child for a RoSA. Students who leave school prior to completing the HSC are usually eligible to receive a Record of School Achievement (RoSA) credential if they have completed all the mandatory requirements. If your child is not leaving the school system, they will not need to be nominated for their RoSA. More information will be available in the email.

SYNC – Skills You Need Consolidating

ETASC will continue with running SYNC for Year 9 and Year 10 students that focuses on various skills which will help them consolidate the learning they are doing in class. SYNC provides students with skills and knowledge that will be useful in life after school.

Each lesson aims to help students establish and practice the fundamental skills necessary for further education and work. Numeracy tasks are included in the 9- week program to showcase how numeracy is universal and used in a wide range of situations.

Classes include:

  • Nutrition – properly reading food labels, budgeting, planning, food wastage and cooking skills
  • Computer Skills – using Microsoft Office and typing
  • Careers – resume writing, cover letters, how to research jobs, skill selection, numeracy unit reviewing fundamental skills
  • Independence – These units will help to round out the students’ employability skills.

Year 10 Student Assessment Handbook

The Year 10 Student Assessment Handbook is available on the school website and is an important document for Year 10 students to read to be informed about their Record of School Achievement (RoSA) requirements.

Within the handbook, there is information on how to successfully complete Year 10, the grading scale for each subject, what an ‘N’ Determination Award (N Award) is and how to avoid one, study skills and who to talk to if you need help.

We encourage all Year 10 students and parents/carers to read this document thoroughly to ensure they are informed of the expectations for Year 10.

Click here to read the handbook

Years 11 & 12 News


Class of 2022 Year 12 Graduation

On the 23rd of September, ET Australia Secondary College celebrated the accomplishments of the Year 12 Class of 2022 completing their schooling career. Parents/Carers and staff attended the Year 12 Graduation Dinner with Year 12s at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal. Individual student achievements were recognized with academic awards and the Principal’s award. ET Australia Secondary College wishes Year 12 the best in all their future endeavors.

2022 Award recipients:

  • First Place in Year 12 English Standard HSC Course – Kayla Lush
  • First Place in Year 12 Mathematics Standard 2 HSC Course – Kayla Lush
  • First Place in Year 12 Biology HSC Course – Kayla Lush
  • First Place in Year 12 Business Studies HSC Course – Calli Weavers
  • First Place in Year 12 Modern History HSC Course – Calli Weavers
  • First Place in Year 12 PDHPE HSC Course – Kayla Lush
  • Bradbury Award – Fletcher Randall (First Place in Year 12 Mathematics Standard 1 HSC Course)
  • Highest attendance – Alexander Morten
  • ETASC Dux – Kayla Lush
  • Principal’s Award – Claire Shannon

Stage 6 Curriculum Update

Our current Year 12’s are sitting their HSC exams and we wish them all the best. ETASC teachers are available to support and answer questions whilst students are revising for each subject.

Year 11 transition into Year 12

Year 11 will be moving into the Year 12 classroom as they commence their HSC courses.  They will either study their selected 5 or 6 subjects this term. When students are not in class, they will be able to use the time to study and complete work under the supervision of a teacher. It is important that students use this time productively. The three top tips for improving achievement in the HSC which can be done during this time is to;

  1. Write summary notes for the subject.
  2. Memorise the syllabus.
  3. Complete practice HSC questions.

It is best to do these things regularly, not waiting to the end of the HSC course to begin.

Students will be given their HSC textbooks and codes to access electronic versions. They will also continue to have access to Google Classroom, Edrolo and Education Perfect to assist them in their learning.

Year 12 Mentorship Program

Year 12 students will be assigned a staff member to be their mentor. Students will receive a booklet to record their academic goals for the term and meet with their mentor to plan steps to help them achieve it. Mentors will meet with the students to encourage them to keep working on those steps.  They will also help students to reflect on what strategies are helping them and what things need to change to ensure they meet their academic goals.

Special Provisions

ETASC is very good at providing support and assistance to students. This support is not automatically provided in the HSC exams and assessments. There is an application process that all students in NSW must follow to ensure uniformity across the state. If your child needs special provisions for the HSC, please speak to Elissa Cosentino Elissa.Cosentino@etaustralia.comas she will be submitting applications in Term 4.

Intervention

Intervention will continue this term with a focus not only on literacy but also numeracy. In these sessions, selected students are given the opportunity to improve their sentence structure and ability to develop cohesive pieces of writing. The numeracy sessions will be tailored to the needs of the individual.

Assessments

Please refer to the Student Assessment Handbook for an outline of when tasks are due throughout the term. Many tasks require students to research and write responses outside of class time. Remember to take advantage of the after-school session from 3-4 pm where teachers are available to answer questions. These tasks require students to work on them throughout the term and are not designed to be done in one night. If a student is absent on the day an assessment task is due, please ensure the illness misadventure form is completed, with documentary evidence, and emailed to Christina.Clark@etaustralia.com within 24 hours.

Year 12 Student Assessment Handbook

The Year 12 Student Assessment Handbook is an important document for Year 12 students to read to be informed about the HSC course requirements.

Within the handbook, there is information on how to successfully complete Year 12, what an ‘N’ Determination Award (N Award) is and how to avoid one, study skills and who to talk to if you need help. The illness/misadventure form is found at the end of the handbook.

We encourage all Year 12 students and parents/carers to read this document thoroughly to ensure they are informed of the expectations for Year 12.

Click here to read the handbook

Megan SilcockTerm 4 Newsletter, 2022