What is on – Week 2
What a busy week to begin our school year. Assemblies, meetings, school photos, chromebooks and of course new classes and timetables to navigate.
A reminder that if your Year 10 or 11 student did not receive their FREE Chromebook laptop, it is not too late to submit a form (available from the Front Office).
There is a great vibe across the College and I hope you have an enthusiastic college student at home! We have been excited to hear that our graduating classes from the last few years are doing extremely well. For example Dion Misic and Dexter Saemo have each been awarded a University of Technology Sydney BIT Co-Op Scholarship. This is a fully paid scholarship to undertake a Bachelor of Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney, including residence, an allowance and multiple internships at a number of IT businesses throughout Sydney, including WiseTech Global and Google. Gungahlin College students have now been awarded this scholarship three years in a row including Madeleine Mackey in 2016, and Alex Tran in 2015. This is particularly impressive as they only take 20–30 students across Australia each year!
See below information that is important for the coming week at our College.
As email is our main method of communication to parents/carers, it is important that we have a current email address that is checked regularly. The system is currently experiencing issues with Gmail and Hotmail accounts, if possible can you please email Student Services an alternate email address.
Please advise us of your child’s absence within 24 hours by either emailing GNGCAbsences@ed.act.edu.au with the student’s name, student’s House, your name, date of absence and reason for absence or calling the Front Office on 6142 1000.
A final opportunity for class changes will be held on Tuesday 13 February from 3.10–4.10pm downstairs in the library. Class change forms have been emailed to students and families today.
After Tuesday, changes will only be made in exceptional circumstances and will need to be discussed with the student’s House Coordinator.
GUNGAHLIN COLLEGE SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATIONS
The Gungahlin College School Board will have one student position, one parent position and one staff position available on our 2018 College Board. Please find attached a School Board Nomination Form. Hard copies are also available from the Front Office. Nominations are now open and close on Monday 19 February 2017 at 11.00am. If more than two people nominate for a position, an election will be conducted after the close of nominations.
Please contact Priscilla Wray for further information.
AST YEAR 12
All Year 12 students wishing to sit the AST this year need to join the Google Classroom named AST Class of 2018 with code sdle03. Important notices about AST paperwork, events, training, etc, will be posted through this medium, and in What’s On.
Any Year 12 Tertiary students wishing to apply for Special Case Consideration for the AST need to see Emily Squires or Ben Bode as soon as possible to discuss submitting an application to the BSSS. Applications for Special Case Consideration must be completed for students who have a disability or impairment and wish to have particular allowances or changes to conditions for sitting the AST, including but not limited to: extra time, using a computer to type, having a scribe, access to food, etc.
Students who have already applied and/or been granted special consideration for college assessment MUST also complete one of these applications, as it is a separate process, and there is no guarantee of changes to AST exam conditions if an application is not made and granted. Any application for Special Case Consideration must be accompanied by current documentary evidence, and submitted to Emily Squires by Monday 26 February.
YEAR 11 STUDENTS IN TERTIARY PACKAGES
All Year 11 students wishing to earn an ATAR at the end of 2019 will discuss their results from the Diagnostic Test with their House Coordinators or Assistants.
These students should join the Google Classroom named AST Class of 2019 with code uh7e95e. Important notices about AST training (which will begin later this year) and events will be posted through this medium, and in What’s On.
The transition from high school to college and moving into Year 12 can be challenging times. Students are encouraged to seek help early. We have a substantial wellbeing team at Gungahlin College including House Coordinators and Assistant House Coordinators, School Psychologists, the Inclusion Support team, a Defence Transition Mentor and all of our classroom teachers.
Study Support is available during all lines and Blended Learning in the Gungahlin College Library (except during Night School). Students can see the Teacher Librarian on duty for help with their studies. University tutors and Gungahlin College Alumni tutors will also be coming in during Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon Blended Learning from Week 4. Tutors are available in a number of subject areas and work with small groups of students.
For more information please contact Fred Hayes.
CAREERS OFFICE EVENING AVAILABILITY
To assist students and families, the Careers Office will be open with a Careers Adviser available until 7.00pm on the first Wednesday of each month. The dates for this semester are below. Due to public holidays sometimes the date will change. The first opening will be Wednesday 14 February. By this date, students and families might have questions about the new year and courses their child is studying. If you would like to speak to a Careers Adviser on a Wednesday evening, please make a booking by emailing GNGC.Careers@ed.act.edu.au with the student’s name, parent/carer name (if applicable) and your preferred time.
- Wednesday 14 February
- Wednesday 7 March
- Wednesday 21 March
- Wednesday 2 May
- Wednesday 6 June
- Wednesday 4 July
EMERGENCY TREATMENT PLANS
Parents/carers of students with medical conditions are asked to complete the Medical Information and Consent Form and/or Known Medical Condition Response Plan and email to Student Services as soon as possible. These forms are integral in ensuring student wellbeing and that individual and complex medical needs are managed appropriately. Please contact Priscilla Wray if you need any further information.
FREE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE FOR ADOLESCENTS
In December 2017, the ACT government announced funding of a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Year 10 students and a catch up program during 2018 for those aged 16–19 years. The free vaccine will be available from February 2018. Please see this letter to Year 11 and 12 families for more information on the catch up program.
DEFENCE FAMILY NEWS
Welcome to 2018, another exciting year at Gungahlin College. I would like to remind families that I am here to support you and your student. To qualify to be recognised as a ‘Defence’ student, the student must be a recognised dependent of a full-time serving member of the Australian Defence Force. Reservists on full-time continuous service can also have their student recognised. The current online enrolment system does have the option to notify that you are a Defence family. If you have not received an email from me by Friday 16 February 2018, could you please contact me so I can provide support to your student. Please email Marina Pilicic.
GUNGAHLIN COLLEGE P&C
Gungahlin College P&C meets the third Wednesday of each month during school terms at 6.30pm in the College Conference Room. The first meeting The main role of the P&C is to support parents and carers through the last two years of school.
General meetings are a great way of finding out what is happening in the College. The meeting agenda includes time to discuss matters or questions with Principal, Heather Paterson, as well as the Associate Principals and other parents and carers. The P&C also hold Parent Forums throughout the year.
TRANSPORT CANBERRA SCHOOL BUS SERVICES
As we start a new school year, we would like to remind parents and students about our services and how to best prepare for bus travel this school year.
Details of all school and regular bus services are now available for parents and students to plan their journeys. We ask that parents and students familiarise themselves with the most suitable route, times and stop locations for their children.
We are urging parents and students to check MyWay cards and top up if required. MyWay cards can be topped up automatically using the handy autoload service, online, over the phone via the Transport Canberra information line (13 17 10), or in person with a MyWay recharge agent. Passengers who top up using Autoload attract a further 5% discount on all fares.
New bus fares came into effect on 20 January 2018. Single trip concessions cash fares cost $2.40 and MyWay fares are now $1.57. Parents and students can find more information at transport.act.gov.au or by calling 13 17 10.
headspace Canberra runs free information/education seminars for parents, carers, and other interested people about mental health and wellbeing for young people (ed-space). The first ed-space session for 2018 is on 27 February from 5.30pm at headspace Canberra on the topic of Anxiety.
See the headspace flyer for more information including RSVP details.
Thank you to McGrath Real Estate Gungahlin for generously donating a weekly prize for staff which is awarded in line with our three strategic priorities – Inspiring Teaching, Successful Transitions and Vibrant Community. The winners for Week 1 were Tracey O’Loughlin and David Gould.
IMPORTANT DATES WEEK 2
Tuesday 13 February
- Class changes, 3.10–4.10pm, Downstairs Library
IMPORTANT DATES WEEK 3
Monday 19 February
- Connect Day (Year 11 only, Year 12 classes will be flexible lessons)
- School Board nominations close, 11.00am
- Catch up school photos
- Year 12 AST applications due to House Coordinators
Wednesday 21 February
- Introduction to Year 11 and 12 Certification and Assessment Assembly, 8.30–9.30am, Gym
- VET Forum for all Year 11 Vocational students, 8.30–9.30am, Theatre
- P&C Meeting, 6.30pm, Conference Room
Thursday 22 February
- Japan Trip Information Night, 6.00–7.00pm, Green Hub