What is on – Week 6

What is on – Week 6

Dear Families

Special thanks to those of you who have been working with us to get the correct data entered into our new Student Administration System (SAS). As I said to the College Board and P&C at this week’s meetings – it’s going to be great once we’ve ironed out the ‘bugs’. We are currently working through all of your emails and will email updated attendance reports as soon as possible. Your patience with us and this new system is greatly appreciated!

We held a number of very successful Parent Forums last year and are hoping to run another one before the end of this term – we’ll let you know as soon as we have the date set.

I would like to thank our community for the support following the loss of one of our recent Year 12 graduates. It’s such an incredibly sad time for everyone and I encourage you to refer to our recent emails which provide information and list support agencies should you need to assist a family member around grief, loss or other challenging emotional issues.

Have a restful long weekend.

Warmest regards



All Year 12 students should now have completed the AST Application form, stating clearly whether or not they intend to sit the AST this year. Any students who have not yet completed this form need to go to Student Services as soon as possible to do so.

Year 12 students intending to sit the AST this year need to put the following dates into their calendars (these activities are compulsory):

  • Monday 9 April (Week 10): AST Trial #2
  • Monday 7 May (Week 12): AST Preparation and Trial Feedback
  • Monday 25–Tuesday 26 June (Week 19): AST Trial #3
  • Wednesday 25 July (S2 Week 1): Trial Feedback Assembly
  • Thursday 30 August (S2 Week 6): Briefing Assembly (for Big Day In & AST Week)
  • Friday 31 August (S2 Week 6): Big Day In
  • Tuesday 4–Wednesday 5 September (S2 Week 7): AST


Year 12 Hospitality will hold their first breakfast café this Tuesday 13 March from 9:30–10:15am at The Grind.


  • Corn Fritters with poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise sauce ($6.00)
  • Breakfast Smoothie ($4)
  • Hot Drinks ($3)   Milkshakes ($3)   Thickshakes ($4)
  • Breakfast + Drink ($8)

Order using the The Grind online order form.


Study Smarter

Students can now 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 & security, time management & organisation, note-taking & exam preparation, essay writing, presentation & 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 can be found on the Gungahlin College Library website.

Author Visit @ Gungahlin College Library

Award-Winning Science Fiction writer, Cat Sparks, will be visiting our school on Thursday 22 March during Blended Learning from 2.15–3.15pm to talk to students about Science Fiction as a genre, the emerging sub-genre of ‘climate change fiction’ and answer students’ questions. This talk would be valuable to any students studying Science Fiction and Creative Writing in English as well as Earth and Environmental Studies students. All students of Reading Café and Creative Writing Club attending will have some extra time at the end of the presentation to meet the author.

Cat Sparks is a multi-award winning author of science fiction short stories and in 2017 had her first novel, Lotus Blue published. She was fiction editor of Cosmos Magazine from 2010–2016. Cat also managed Agog! Press, an Australian independent press that produced ten anthologies of new speculative fiction from 2002–2008. She’s known for her award-winning editing, writing, graphic design and photography.

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


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.


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.


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.


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 5 were Steph Boxall and Emily Squires.


Monday 12 March

  • Canberra Day – Public Holiday


Tuesday 20 March

  • Futures Xpo, 3.15–4.15pm

Wednesday 21 March

  • Harmony Day

Thursday 22 March

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