• Find attached the remote learning package for this week. • This learning package will be due the first Tuesday of Term 2, Tuesday 28 April 2020. • This learning package has been communicated on the student feed found at https://gymeastudent.home.blog/ and on the students Year Group Google classrooms. • Learning packages are scheduled to be communicated out to students and families on a Tuesday afternoon for students in years 7-10. • Progress Reports are scheduled to be distributed to students and parents on a Thursday afternoon for students in years 7-10.
We have almost cycled through our first two teaching and learning cycles with the remote learning packages for years 7-10. Our processes continue to evolve as we refine this process. The progress reports are an important aspect of this teaching learning cycle. The following information serves to assist families with these.
• The progress reports are a resource for you to assist families in conversation at home about your engagement and achievement while working from home. • As we continue to evolve, so too will our accuracy along with the quality of work submitted by the students. • For those students who show no engagement in the learning packages, there are policy requirements we must follow in terms of student attendance records. For students who are trying but not completing everything, the reports will show this and we will all continue to support them in doing their best. • Reports will include the student’s progress with the week’s work and also include the previous week, indicating any previously missed or updated work.
FORWARD PLANNING TERM 2
• The school has prepared to deliver in the current model of remote learning for Term 2. • All school activities for Term 2 have been placed on hold with some cancelled. Until we have information about the return to school, the current calendar of assessments and events are not running at this point. • Teachers will communicate learning with students via google classroom. Teachers will do this generally as posts. • Communication with the school is best made through the school’s email account at email@example.com We have actioned emails that required assistance to engage their students in learning and prioritise the responses to emails based on higher need. It is not an easy situation for anyone and our wellbeing team and teaching staff are working to provide the best approach we can possibly manage.
The HSC will continue and there will be a process for University entrance for 2021. We will guide you through these processes and manage changes and updates of processes as a result of many things being put on hold.
You would have received your PIN NUMBER through your email on the 1st April.
Mrs Hristodoulou has provided some information about UAC Admission.
What you will need
To apply through UAC you need your Student (BOSTES) number + 4 digit pin number.
The attached sheet details the Remote Learning Package
for this week. The sheet outlines the learning tasks in the package and
provides students and families with very clear instructions on completing
The learning package for this week will be due
by Tuesday next week, 7th April.
Teachers are marking and providing feedback to
students on their progress throughout the week, which they can see on Moodle
and Google Classroom.
The Half Yearly examination for year 12 have been cancelled.
Teachers have uploaded considerable practice papers to Moodle and Google
Classroom for students to revise and practice key knowledge as skills as part
of their preparation for the HSC. Students are asked to focus on this for the
next two weeks.
It is important that Year 12 continue to work through these materials as
they do drive increased success and confidence in course examinations.
Continue with your study programs that you have developed.
Teachers will place up examination content from the half yearly
examination into Google and Moodle quizzes and tasks over the coming weeks in
addition to work that has been set.
We want to make sure that all students in Year 11 are
supported and calm as you consolidate your learning and head into the half
For now, this is the game plan:
Year 11 will be considered on STUVAC as was outlined for
Year 12 so that the focus of work can be on Half Yearly preparation.
The half yearly examinations will continue as scheduled but clearly
as things change in our community, so may this. These will be held in the hall
and in the library to make sure that we are exercising social distancing.
Spend this initial part of STUVAC preparing your summary notes. See the videos below to highlight key ideas that have been explored before to consider again to get studying going.
Your teachers have uploaded past papers and revision to assist
with your study.
You can contact the
school and teachers through your google classrooms.
Gymea remote learning packages are now available for
A framework has guided this remote learning approach to
ensure continuity in the event this is extended over a long period of time.
A remote learning package will be posted weekly to the
Student Feed and to families by email for respective year groups.
The learning has been designed to enable formative
assessment and provide feedback.
The Learning Package
Find attached the remote learning package for your child for
The learning package for this week will be due by Tuesday
next week, 31st of March.
A new package will be distributed each Tuesday for work to
be completed in the following week.
This will be our initial approach and will be reviewed prior
to the holidays as we prepare for term 2.
The Remote Learning Approach
The executive staff have led teachers through the design of
an online curriculum that allows for the delivery of materials that may need to
be delivered over an extended period of time. With that, the feedback and
assessment of student engagement and achievement will be collected.
Moving from a face-to-face model to delivering online
learning is far from simplistic. This is so much more than just uploading a
resource to the Internet. We are lucky to have professional and committed staff
who have been working tirelessly to get this meaningful approach to learning
happening for students at Gymea.
Teachers have created learning packages that are available
through a combination of Moodle and Google classroom. These learning packages
do require students to complete work and varied assessments including writing
The attached sheets detail the learning tasks for each year group 7-10. These provide students and families with very clear instructions on completing tasks.
Keep doing the assessments we
provide. Schools this year have the flexibility to change the assessment schedule
including limiting the number of assessments that will happen.
If anyone is sick, for any reason,
there are procedures already in place to deal with it.
We do want you to do well and make the most
out of the HSC year. It is an unprecedented disruptive time but we will get
through this and watch you graduate with memories of high school and ambitions
for the future ahead.
One step at a time – let’s get into the
study during this STUVAC period. We began reviewing submitted study timetables
today. If you have not yet submitted it, please do so asap.
Last night we received further clarification and wording on what to send off to our families about school operation.
following information was given:
Government and Department are
encouraging you to keep your child at home from Tuesday 24 March to
contribute to supporting the community response to COVID-19. The school’s doors will remain open for those
students whose parents are in the essential services or who are vulnerable.
who come to school will be ‘supervised’. There will be no formal lessons or
sports programs until further notice.
are working hard to transform our face-to-face teaching to an online model. The
process is not simple and my staff have been heavily focused in preparing in
all elements of this change to ensure there is good continuity in the event of
an extended stay away from school. They have been doing this in addition to their
full time responsibilities in delivering face-to-face lessons.
urge for calm and patience as we get this right and happening. It is a challenging time and anxiety across
the community is high especially where the impact is being felt in different
ways with families and with our own staff.
kids have been fantastic and we will soon settle into an online environment of
substance where they will show their great form in different ways. We will be
precise in the communication as it becomes available.