What is on – Week 3

What is on – Week 3

Start with the end in mind  (Steven Covey)

Now that our students have settled into their timetable and routines (we hope), it’s time for our new students to gain a greater understanding of how their package works and how they can use it to leverage their next steps into further study and career. For the very first time, Gungahlin College will be running Connect Day for Year 10 and Year 11 students on Monday.

The senior secondary program and the Senior Secondary Certificate can represent a whole new language for many students and families, eg ATAR, AST, WEX, VET, ASBA, referencing, plagiarism, absences, late penalties, V grades, exam conditions, productive study skills, status etc.

Our Connect Day aims to support students academically, and critically, also support their wellbeing. We will also be looking at how students can connect with each other and with their community. This will be done through our new pastoral care house system.

We see Connect Day as a vehicle to further transition Year 10 and Year 11 students into their new learning environment.

Please note that Year 12 classes will be delivered through flexible learning on Monday. Some Year 12 students may choose to come in to the College to have an individual school photo taken.

Warmest regards



Year 11 students

On Monday 19 February, Gungahlin College will be hosting a Connect Day for all Year 11 students. The day is compulsory and attendance will be recorded. Students will be attending three different sessions aimed at assisting them with the transition into college. The timetable will run from 9:00am–3:30pm with students expected to arrive by 8:45am. All information for the day is also available through the GNGC Houses website and your children will have received an email with important information.

Year 12 students

On Monday 19 February, all year 12 classes will be delivered through flexible learning. This means students in year 12 are not required to attend the College on the day, but must complete work set by the classroom teacher. Students should receive information about their specific flexible work through their classroom teacher.

Year 12 individual school photos will be held on Connect Day from 9.00am–2.00pm in the Gym classroom. If you would like an individual photo from your last year of College, please go to the Gym classroom any time between 9.00am–2.00pm on Monday 19 February in your College uniform. Photo order forms can be collected from the Front Office prior to having your photo taken.


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.


Interested to know more about the new Pastoral Care program at Gungahlin College? Please visit the GNGC Houses website for more information about each House and the opt in sessions currently being offered. This site is also being used to also convey key information to the school community about upcoming events and student opportunities. If you have any questions about the our pastoral care model, please contact Betty Chau.


Class changes will now only be made in exceptional circumstances and will need to be discussed with the student’s House Coordinator.


Our first Science Guest Lecture of the year will be in the Lecture Theatre during Blended Learning on Wednesday 21 February, 8.30–9.30am. Tony Molyneux will be sharing his experiences as a research scientist which has taken him around the world including trips to Antarctica. Tony has undertaken considerable research in entomology and will highlight some of his research and tips on how to prepare an insect collection. This lecture is compulsory for Year 12 Biology students, highly recommended for all other Science students and open to all students.


On Friday 2 March 2018 (Week 4), Gungahlin College students will host a Trivia Night as a Japan Trip fundraiser! The event will open from 6:30pm for a 7.00pm start. Students, staff, parents and the wider community are all invited to attend. We are looking to also have a ‘children’s room’ for younger children.

  • Friday 2 March, 6.30–10.00pm
  • $10 per person
  • Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite (register online and pay at the door on the night)
  • Please email Andy McNeice for more information

Should be a fantastic night!


All students wishing to sit the AST this year need to join the Google Classroom 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.


Our library has moved all of our digital resources across from Schoology to our new Library website http://bit.ly/GNGCLibrary (students can only access this once they have logged into their Digital Backpack). Our new Library website contains links to our catalogue, other reliable sources like journal databases, help with referencing and research, and more. Students should also ensure they have joined their Library Google Classroom (with code 2yx5mxk for Years 10–11 and code yu8isn for Year 12) to ensure you receive notices and information.

Any new students who have not received a Library card, or who missed their orientation tour, can come to the College Library office for assistance.

Library Lovers’ Month

February is known for St. Valentine’s Day and at Gungahlin College Library, to tie in with this theme, we are celebrating with Library Lovers’ Month. Come along to the Library and receive a Library Lovers’ bookmark with puns like ‘Meeting you was overdue’ and ‘You’re high up on my shelf’ or take a book out on a blind date!

Reading Café and Creative Writing

If you are a keen reader or budding writer, come along to the Library during Blended Learning on Tuesday 20 February to register your interest to join the Gungahlin College Reading Café or Creative Writing Club. These groups will be set up to meet fortnightly in the Library during Blended Learning on Tuesdays.


Any students who would like assistance with school work can speak to the Teacher Librarian on duty during Lines 1–8 and Blended Learning. 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. Please contact Frederick Hayes for more information.

Study Smarter

From Week 3 students can enrol themselves in our Study Smarter workshops. These are a series of 11 workshops focusing on study and academic skills useful across the curriculum, and will cover:

  • the investigation/enquiry process
  • referencing
  • searching effectively (including journal databases)
  • critical evaluation of information
  • digital safety and security
  • time management and organisation
  • note-taking and exam preparation
  • essay writing
  • presentation and spreadsheet software, and
  • oral presentations

Students who attend all 11 hours will be eligible for 0.2 R-unit points. A schedule and further details will be posted to the Library Google classrooms in Week 3.


Our fantastic location comes with a responsibility to the Gungahlin Town Centre community. When you are out in the community, you are representing the College. Please be mindful of the following:

  • There are a number of residential blocks in the town centre. These buildings and their common grounds are private property, and someone’s home. Please do not hang out in these spaces and please show courtesy and respect to residents when walking past.
  • Gungahlin businesses welcome our students as customers, please treat staff in local businesses as you would like to be treated. Businesses have a range of surveillance and security measures in place. Please ensure that you adhere to community standards in these spaces.
  • Please be mindful of where you park. There are business owners on Hibberson Street that are struggling because there are limited car parks for their customers in the Bunnings undercover car park. The business owners pay for the car park, and rely on spaces being available for their customers. We are hoping to appeal to you as decent and caring people in asking you not to park in the Bunnings car park, especially directly in front of the businesses. Please use the student car park.
  • A student was nearly run over at the lights earlier this week near the Bunyip when trying to cross the road on a red signal. Please wait until the green man appears, it will be a maximum of 90 seconds that you will have to wait.


If you wish to purchase good quality second hand uniforms whilst helping out the College P&C, visit the Gungahlin College website and complete the second hand uniform shop order form. All items have been laundered before sale and the money raised goes to the P&C to help programs such as the breakfast club.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are invited to our first get together for 2018! We will have an afternoon tea in the NEXUS on Thursday 22 February from 2:15–3:15pm. Looking forward meeting everyone!


Marina, our wonderful Defence Transitions Mentor (DTM), will be hosting a meet and greet session for Defence students on Friday 23 February, commencing at 8.00am. Come along to the balcony outside the DTM’s office, H1.19 and enjoy some delicious pancakes for breakfast. Please message Marina Pilicic by Wednesday 21 February if you would like to attend.


The Annual General Meeting of the Gungahlin College P&C will be held on Wednesday 7 March at 6:30pm in the Gungahlin College Conference Room.

Please join us for the AGM. There will be an annual report on the P&C’s 2017 activities, and then elections for all P&C positions for 2018 will take place.

Nominations for the below Office Bearer positions can be made by completing the nomination form and returning it to the Returning Officer – Heather Paterson (Principal) – either before or on the night.

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Other committee member positions to be filled on the night are:

  • ACT P&C Council Delegate
  • Fundraising Co-ordinator
  • Parent Forum Co-ordinator
  • Public Officer

Anyone can nominate for these roles and we encourage you to think about it and get involved! See the Roles of Committee Members fact sheet or Annual General Meeting fact sheet for more information.

The AGM will be brief and then will be followed by a General Meeting.


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.


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.

Outside of the College, there are also services such as Headspace (1800 650 890), Lifeline (13 11 14), ReachOut and Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636).

Additional parent support is available through Parentline, a confidential and free telephone and face to face counselling service. Phone 02 6287 3833 between 9.00am–5.00pm weekdays.


As a member of our student community, have you recently experienced success in any extra curricular activity such as sporting, academic or cultural fields? If so, we’d love to hear about it and share these achievements with our community. Please email gungahlincollege@ed.act.edu.au with 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 2 were Marilyn Whyte and Chantelle Lawson.


Monday 19 February

  • Connect Day (Year 11 only, Year 12 classes will be flexible lessons)
  • School Board nominations close, 11.00am
  • Year 12 and catch up Year 10 & 11 school photos
  • Year 12 AST applications due to House Coordinators

Wednesday 21 February

  • Science Guest Lecture, 8.30–9.30am, Lecture Theatre
  • VET Forum for all Year 11 Vocational students, 8.30–9.30am, Theatre

Thursday 22 February

  • Japan Trip Information Night, 6.00–7.00pm, Green Hub


Monday 26 February

  • Term 1 Assemblies
  • School Board election opens, 11.00am

Thursday 1 March

  • Year 10 Immunisations

Friday 2 March

  • Japan Trip Trivia Night, 6.30pm

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