What is on – Week 4

What is on – Week 4

Message from the Principal

There are no bells in life! (a quote from a Year 11 student at our recent Connect Day. Students were discussing the lack of bells between lessons being part of their transition into adult life)

As we head into Week 4 it certainly feels like time is speeding up!

There are a few things we need you to attend to over the next week:

  1. You will receive a record of attendance for your child so far this term. It is critical that this is checked and absences are explained (see Reporting Absences below).
  2. You will also receive your Family Transaction Statement in the mail next week. Please attend to this as soon as possible as it assists us with planning our programs.
  3. Elections for our College Board open next Monday 26 February (see candidate information below) – please be an active citizen and vote!

It’s always terrific to pass on good news to our community. This week I’d like to congratulate to the following students for awards and scholarships.

  • Hannah Flynn received the CWA Award and scholarship ($350)
  • Caitlin Johnstone and Shayla McClymont received the Capital Chemist Award and scholarship ($1000 each)
  • Haylee Fish and Jakayah Barratt have received the Mura Award and scholarship ($400 each)
  • Francisca Karsten won the Ray White People’s Choice Award at the recent ACT College Express Art exhibition ($500)

Warmest regards



Electoral Group: Parent and Citizens Member (must be elected by parents/carers of students at the College)

Number of positions to be elected: 1

Nominees: 2

Details of Nominees:

  • Suzy Jones

As HR Business Partner for Lifeline Australia (LLA), I am experienced in all aspects of people management. I have a passion for accountable and transparent governance, demonstrated by my position on the extended leadership team at Lifeline. I have written the HR Strategic Plan for LLA and I am responsible for identifying any human resource related policy gaps and developing effective and well-informed policy and procedures. I have demonstrable financial acumen and am responsible for the HR Budget at LLA. Appointing a person with executive HR and leadership skills to the Gungahlin College Board will allow for informed and consultative strategic decisions around human capital management. I am personable, approachable and fun and would commit fully to the Gungahlin College Board. I am very much aligned with the College’s values of encouraging diversity and being respectful, tolerant and inclusive. I, too, practice evidence-based decision making and believe I would be a valued asset to the Gungahlin College Board.

  • Michelle Toscan

I am a Gungahlin College parent. I have nominated for the Gungahlin College School Board as I strongly support the innovative and dynamic learning provided by the College for our young adults. A five-year Bonner resident, I am dedicated to ensuring the College continues its distinguished contribution to our community as the senior campus of choice through inspired teaching that prepares our students for their futures.

If elected I bring to the Board consolidated governance, planning, legal and communication skills, public and private sector experience, and a passion to support our College. As an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I understand the role of the Board in developing strategies, managing competing interests and acting in the best interests of the College. I am committed to continuing the execution of the Gungahlin College Strategic Plan 2016-2020 to achieve the best educational experience for our students.

Electoral Group: Student Member (must be elected by students enrolled at the College)

Number of positions to be elected: 1

Nominees: 3

Details of Nominees:

  • Liam Gellatly

I would like to represent the student body on the 2018 board. I have lived my entire life in Gungahlin and thus I greatly enjoy being involved with the community around me. Previously, the past 4 years I have volunteered at Soldier On, Vinnies and participated in community sports. I moved to Gungahlin College from John Paul College where I was nominated school leader, led the Indigenous Group and spoke at many assemblies. As student representative I aspire to voice the students needs and concerns balanced with the wider functionality of the school as a whole. I believe in a good education that is accompanied by my personal values of inclusion and equality. I am a proud student at Gungahlin College and I would like to use my skills that I have to give back to the community. If I have the privilege of becoming student representative on the board I commit to to dedicating myself to the role and all its requirements.

  • Isaac Martin

I have experience in many leadership and advisory positions, including the ACT Youth Advisory Council, Student Representative Council and School Captain position at Campbell High School last year. I have been a member of the Youth Advisory Council since August 2016, and Co-Chair since March 2017. Through my position on the Council, I meet bi-monthly with the Minister for Youth Affairs, Rachel Steven-Smith MLA, providing advice on government policy that affects young people within the ACT. As a School Captain at Campbell High, I facilitated real change in the school. This included the revision of the house system at Campbell High, where the leadership team met with local First Nations Elders and successfully changed the school house names to better align with the diverse population and school values. On the Gungahlin College School Board, I would ensure that student opinion was heard and valued so that school policies and programs are beneficial to everyone.

  • Sabrina Valenzuela-Munoz

I’ve been a part of student leadership at Gungahlin College, I take pride in being the voice for students at College and all years of school. And I want to help make schools a better and more efficient place for students to be and learn.


The voting period will be from 11.00am, Monday 26 February 2018 to 11.00am, Monday 5 March 2018. Voting must be done in person, by visiting the College during normal opening hours (8.30am to 3.30pm) during the voting period. Please note that only parents and carers can vote for the Parent and Citizens Member and only students can vote for the Student Member.

Please contact Priscilla Wray for any assistance with the voting process.


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.

In week 7 the College will email out V grade alerts to parents of students who have three or more unexplained absences in a unit or have not submitted a piece of assessment. Please make sure that any unexplained absences are explained by Tuesday 27 February.


The Japan Trip Trivia night is on Friday 2 March 2018! 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!


Gungahlin College is organising a China Educational Tour during the Term 3 2018 school holidays, from Wednesday 26 September–Sunday 7 October 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to travel to several major cities around China. The total cost will be approximately $3,600. Please contact Julia Tang or Michael Loftus for more information about this tour.


During 2018, Gungahlin College will migrate learning management systems from Schoology to Google Classroom. This provides an smooth transition for the majority of our incoming students who have used Classroom in their previous schools and is highly compatible with the Chromebook computers issued to Year 10 and 11 students this year.

All Year 10 and 11 students will be using Classroom in 2018. Year 12 students will use a mix of Classroom and Schoology. Rather than receiving numerous notifications from Schoology, Classroom will send you a weekly report on work due and work not submitted. I would encourage you to discuss Classroom with your child and get them to show you how it works.


The Education Directorate has rolled out a system-wide program called School Administration System (SAS) to streamline processes and enable improved data management. As a result we no longer use Appsence. Stage 1 of SAS does not allow for absences to be explained through an app, though this will be addressed in future stages.

Until this time, 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. If you have any attendance questions about your child, you can also use the same email address or contact classroom teachers directly.


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 Wednesday 28 February.


Our library has moved all of our digital resources across from Schoology to our new Library website (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.

Public Library Closure – Wednesday 28 February

Due to the LibrariesACT planning and training day, the library will be closed to the public on 28 February. Gungahlin College students can access the College end of the library and toilets only. Entry for College students and staff will be via the stair entrance on Hibberson St, at the end of the building near the gym, opposite the lighting store. If you have mobility issues which make stairs difficult, please email Mel Horrocks, Keith Mullumby or Emily Squires to arrange alternative access.

Study Support

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.

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.


Gungahlin College uniforms are available from the following local retailers:

  • Noble Style, 56 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin ACT 2912, 02 62415928 – Polo shirts, white button up shirts (male and female), hoodie jumpers, hoodie jackets.
  • Macdonalds Schoolwear, Gungahlin Pl, Gungahlin ACT 2912, 02 62556439 – Polo shirts, white button up shirts (female), hoodie jumpers, jackets, jerseys, woolen jumpers.
  • Gunghalin College Second Hand Uniform Shop


This year will conclude the ANZAC Centenary with the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1. The College will mark Remembrance Day again with the annual poppy garden. The magnificent display last year of over 11 800 handcrafted poppies was an exceptional event. How many poppies can be planted this year?

There are many ways to help with this wonderful community event. Patterns for making the poppies are available, donations of wool, bamboo skewers or money to cover the cost of paint, glue and materials is greatly appreciated. If you would like to be involved please contact Marina Pilicic.


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.


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.


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 3 were Natalia Pelle and Angela Rega.


Monday 26 February

  • Term 1 Assemblies
    • Year 10 and 11, Line 2 (9.25–10.20am)
    • Year 12, Line 3 (10.20–11.15am)
  • School Board election opens, 11.00am

Thursday 1 March

  • Year 10 Immunisations

Friday 2 March

  • Japan Trip Trivia Night, 6.30pm


Monday 5 March

  • Operating on the Tuesday timetable

Tuesday 6 March

  • Moderation Day (pupil free day, all classes delivered by flexible learning)

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