What is on – Week 5

What is on – Week 5

Message from the Principal

It was great catch up with students this week at our Year 11 and Year 12 assemblies.

My focus was on our community. What it means to us and how we’re all part of something much bigger than ourselves. What are our Gungahlin College community standards? How we can all work together to build a caring and inclusive community? What do we stand for as a community? Importantly, what do we stand against?

The recent student march on Washington was a great example of young people standing up for their beliefs using their collective voice. Also, this week’s message from the Commonwealth government around bullying prevention reminds us not to be bystanders but to step up. Please remember that we have systems in place to support and work with students and families in the event of bullying and harassment. Contact us through your young person’s House Coordinator if you need assistance around their wellbeing.

Finally, I am delighted to share with you a recent phone call I received from the Gungahlin police:

Whilst on patrol, a police officer (in the patrol car concealed from public view), witnessed a Gungahlin College student ride past an elderly woman. The woman had a walking frame and was waiting on the curb, trying to cross a very busy road. It was clear that nobody was going to stop to let her cross. As the student rode by he noticed her predicament, turned back, put down his bike and assisted the her to cross the road safely. He then returned to his bike and went on his way. The police officer was so impressed that he followed the student and pulled him over (you can imagine our student’s thoughts at that point!). The police officer wanted to know his name so that he could ring the College and let us know!

We are privileged to see our students working together every day – stepping up and building a positive community.

This week’s parent/carer TO DO list:

  • Check and explain student absences
  • Attend to your Family Transaction Payments
  • Vote for your College Board representative

Warmest regards



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.


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 (for further information on the nominees, please see What is on – Week 4):

  • Suzy Jones
  • Michelle Toscan

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 (for further information on the nominees, please see What is on – Week 4):

  • Liam Gellatly
  • Isaac Martin
  • Sabrina Valenzuela-Munoz


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.


As Tuesday 6 March is Moderation Day (pupil free day), Monday 5 March will operate on a Tuesday timetable. The timetable for Monday is as follows:

  • 9.30–11.20am – Line 7
  • 11.20am–12.20pm – Line 3
  • 12.20–1.20pm – Line 5
  • 1.20–3.10 – Line 1
  • 3.10–4.30pm – Blended Learning


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.

V grade alerts will be emailed out to parents in Week 6. Students who have three or more unexplained absences in a unit or who have not submitted a piece of assessment will receive an alert. Please rectify any unexplained absences by next Wednesday 7 March.


The Careers Office will be open for appointments on Wednesday 7 March until 7.30pm for students, parents and carers. It will then be open the first Wednesday of each month.

A Careers Adviser can give you help with:

  • Finding out more about ASBA’s
  • Organising a work experience opportunity
  • Package checks
  • University/CIT options
  • Job applications and resume writing

Please make a booking to email GNGC.Careers@ed.act.edu.au to request a time or see Karen Burton in Careers.


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.


The College’s new secure bike enclosure is now operational. Access cards are available to students for a $10 annual fee and are available at the Front Office from Monday 5 March.


Please be aware that Gungahlin College does not have automatic insurance provision for student injuries. Liability is not automatic and depends on the circumstances in which the injury was sustained. If you have a student very active in sports/dance etc, you may wish to look at personal insurance for your student. For more information, please see the Education Directorate policy on Responding to Student Accident/Incidents: Support, Reporting and Insurance Arrangements.


March: A Month of Poetry at Gungahlin College

UN World Poetry Day is 21 March and Gungahlin College is celebrating!

1. Our blog, A Month of Poetry at Gungahlin College, is up and running again this March. This blog shares the poetry that’s important to our school community. We’d love students to share their favourite poems – poems read to them as children, poems that speak to them as emerging adults, poems that articulate who they are, what they feel and their hopes for the future. If you’d like to share a poem that’s significant to you, please email Emily Squires with details of the poem and a brief description of why it is significant to you (first name and school grade only will be published, along with a link to the poem online). We also want to share poems in languages other than English – we just need an accurate translations too, so that everyone can enjoy them. All students who submit a suggestion will go into the draw for a $15 voucher at Café Ink.

Do you enjoy expressing yourself visually? You can get involved too. We’d love to use the artwork of Gungahlin College students on the blog. If you’d like your work to be used (and credited), please send a digital copy or photo to Emily (you will also go into the draw).

2. Our poetry writing competition is now open, with entries closing midnight Tuesday 27 March. You may write on any topic, and may enter multiple times. Each poem must be your own original work. It can be of any length and of any form or structure.  The winner will be announced on 31 March, with first prize being a $30  voucher at Bookface. Send your entries, in a PDF, word document or Google doc, to Emily Squires (This competition is open to current Gungahlin College students only.)


The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The ACT program for serving and ex-serving ADF families has been funded by the Australian Government, recognising the impact of military service on mental health. The program provides free recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships. It is aimed at 8 to 18 year olds. The new list of activities for 2018 is now available.  The ACT Office is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, the phone number is 02 6109 0408 or further information can be found on the Kookaburra Kids website.


The supper club for night classes is on again this year. For a gold coin donation, students can have a snack such as pancakes or a toasted sandwich. There is also tea, coffee and hot chocolate (with marshmallows) available.


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. For more information please see details in What is on – Week 4.


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 4 were Edwin Griffin and Emily Squires.


Monday 5 March

  • Operating on the Tuesday timetable

Tuesday 6 March

  • Moderation Day (pupil free day)


Monday 12 March

  • Canberra Day – Public Holiday

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