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Students catching the bus should aim to arrive at the school bus bays by 8.00am for 8.15am departure.  Students heading straight to the venue should be there at 8.45am at the latest for roll marking.
Spectators must sign on using the NSW app and spectate only from behind the fence on the eastern side of the track on the grass area.  
Chance of showers throughout the day, particularly in the afternoon, so bring your wet weather gear.  
Good Luck and have fun.

15th March 2021

Busway Changes to ROUTE 79

Busways Route 79

Changes to route 79 as of Monday 19th April 2021.  

For more information, please click on below links:

For further information, please contact Busways Customer Service on 1300 69 29 29.
Alternatively visit Busways website: busways.com.au/

15th March 2021

15th March 2021

Opens Girls Football

Open Girls Football: Gorokan High School vs Wadalba Community School

The match started with great energy as both teams were contesting for possession of the ball. Our defence was put under pressure early, but with smart footballers we were able to clear the danger. Kirra W. and Ella F. were extremely strong, mopping up the loose balls quickly and chasing and tackling everything that came their way! After a few chances at each end and some good saves by Maykayla Y., it was Wadalba to strike first.

Our girls continued to work hard and apply pressure to eliminate the deficit, however, with taking risks and having numbers forward by great opportunities created by Caitlin D. and Lily N. up front, it opened up a few opportunities at the other end and Wadalba were able to capitalise on the counter-attack. The half-time score 3-0.

The girls returned to the field for the second half motivated to impact the game and give it everything they had. After some great build-up play where Kaitlyn W. played a through-ball in for Emma V., just enough to entice the goalkeeper to a strong challenge, Emma V. with the assist as Lillie N. scored for Gorokan!

Wadalba pressed on to wear down our defence as we continued to hassle them around the box and not making it easy for them with a never-say-die attitude. In the end, Wadalba scored a further two goals with some great attacking play.

With some great performances by all involved, the player of the match goes to Ella F. She played an outstanding role in defence and made life very difficult for the opposition strikers as she was always in their way!

Well done to all players for playing the game competitively, skilfully and never giving up on each other.

Ms Laksa and Mr Finlayson

10th March 2021

Open Boys Cricket

Open Boys Cricket Against Wadalba Community School at Harry Moore Oval 9th March 2021:

Wadalba had sent us into bat and it looked like a good decision when they picked up an early wicket. With nine players in the field, captain Thomas A (36) and Hashit S (17) took advantage and steadied the ship with their 61 run partnership. Four wickets in quick succession slowed the run rate down whilst Declan T (46*) remained strong at the other end. Gorokan HS finishing 6-142 off 30 overs. With a very respectful total, it was important that we got off to a good start to build the pressure. Openers Thomas A (2-4) and Declan T (2-2) applied the pressure whilst picking up wickets early to put us in a great position. An absolute screamer of a catch from Luke V being a highlight of the boys' fielding performance. Siddharth R (2-5) and Xander S (2-3) were also excellent contributors with the ball. Wadalba ended up all out for 28.

A comprehensive win, played in good spirit, with respect of each other. The opposition and players were encouraging each other in doing their personal best. We move on in the knockout competition to play against Kincumber.

Well done Gorokan High School!

26th February 2021

Information on Vaping

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Use of e-cigarettes (vaping) by young people is increasing across our local schools and in the community.

The attached documents may be of assistance to you when having conversations with children around the effects of vaping.

Information for Parents and Carers

Gorokan High School

23rd February 2021

Year 7 Parents and Carers

Attention Year 7 Parents and Careers, a note was handed out to all Year 7 students today to invite you along to a Year 7 Forum (meet and greet) afternoon on the 4th of March. This is an opportunity for you to speak with Teachers and see the school. For catering purposes please complete the RSVP slip and return to the Hub ASAP. Any questions or concerns please contact Miss Drummond by phoning the school or by e-mail at Carla.Drummond1@det.nsw.edu.au

For more information on the Year 7 Forum, agenda and RSVP please click on the following link:


19th February 2021


Supporting out LBGTIQ parents and families - a Parent Information Evening session to be held by PFLAG NSW Central Coast on the 18th of March at 6.30 in Gosford. Please follow the link to the facebook event and tickets.



19th February 2021


Dear Parents,

We’re excited to announce that parents of Gorokan High have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1, 2021. Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.

The webinars take place across term 1, with the next webinar happening on Wednesday 24th February at 6pm. Registration is essential and is free for parents of Gorokan High.

You can register by clicking here.


The webinar is run live online from 6pm – 7pm where the presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly.


Should you have questions or would like to contact Elevate directly, their details are listed below.

1300 667 945




16th February 2021

Red Tree Theatre

Thirteen The Musical

On Sunday 14th February, Mrs Costa and I attended a musical theatre production at the new Red Tree Theatre at Tuggerah. The production was Thirteen The Musical. Three of the cast members are/were students of GHS. Our current Year 12 student Riley Felton and two Year 12 students of 2020, Declan Gray and Courtney-Jade Buckley. This was an amazing performance by all three (and the rest of the cast). The performances were faultless and they really looked as though they enjoyed every minute of it. We were so proud of all three and look forward to watching them in any future performances. They have one more show at the Red Tree Theatre on Thursday 18th February at 7.00pm. If you are looking for an entertaining few hours, I would recommend going along to watch the Manhattan Cast one last time. These are three performers we need to keep an eye on in the future.

16th February 2021

Year 7 Camp

Just a friendly reminder to Parents and Carers of Year 7 students that if you would like your child to attend the Year 7 Great Aussie Bush Camp in week 9 this term that permission notes and a minimum of a $50 deposit are due by the 19th of February to secure your child spot. Payments can be made online or in cash to the front office and notes are to be returned to Miss Drummond in the HSIE Staffroom. If your child did not receive a note or you have any questions please contact Miss Drummond.

15th February 2021

Maths Centre 2021

Maths Centre

The news that you have all been waiting for!

Maths Centre is back in 2021 starting tomorrow (Tuesday 16th February). Maths Centre will run each Tuesday from 2:30pm - 3:30pm in R2.08.

Testimonial: Maths Centre is the greatest way to spend your Tuesday afternoon. It really helps my understanding of the content I learn in class. I love it! - Anonymous Student


13th February 2021

Anniversay of National Apology

Anniversary of National Apology

As a community we also acknowledge the Stolen Generations and also recognise those among us whose lives were significantly impacted, and yet they continue to partner with GHS to build a brighter future together.





12th February 2021

Year 10 Gold Coast 2021

A reminder for all parents of Year 10 students attending the Gold Coast excursion. As per the note sent home last week, please ensure full payment of $765 is made and medical information is returned by Friday 19th February. If you intend to withdraw from the trip or have any questions, contact me at school on 4393 7000 or by email.

Thanks for your support.

Mr Pascoe

Elevate Education

12th February 2021

Elevate Education

Over the last two weeks Year 11 & Year 12 students have had presentations from Elevate Education. The students were taught some key study skills and time management techniques. Our students were given lots of key tips for getting the most out of their study and revision sessions. Elevate have made their student portal available to our students where they can access a range of practice questions, study guides and tips. There will also be a number of free webinars on offer for parents/carers- watch our Facebook page for updates on these.


12th February 2021

12th February 2021

12th February 2021

11th February 2021

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Students today received notes to take home for the upcoming Great Aussie Bush Camp in week 9. If you wish for your child to attend the Camp please read all of the information provided, fill out the permission slip to return to the office and paya $50 deposit to secure your spot. Payments can be made online or in cash at the front office. Any questions please contact Miss Drummond by phoning the school or via e-mail at Carla.Drummond1@det.nsw.edu.au

For more information and permission slips, please refer to our school website: https://gorokan-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/.../year-7-camp.22...

9th February 2021

Immunisation packs were handed out to year 7 students today. Please return all notes to the Hub ASAP. If you did not get an Immunisation pack please go and see Ms Bond or Ms Manu in the Hub to get one.

5th February 2021


Great to have PCYC partnering with us today. Great fitness and well-being!

3rd February 2021

3rd February 2021


Elevate Education - Free webinar for parents

Elevate Education is hosting a free webinar series for parents on preparing their children for the start of the 2021 school year.

Register here https://get.elevatecoaching.info/au/register

Next Session is at 6pm on 10th Feb.

Elevate is a global education organisation that helps over 1-million students to improve their study skills and boost academic performance. You can learn more about them at https://au.elevateeducation.com or follow them at


2nd February 2021

Year 7 Parents/Carers

At the beginning of every lesson in Humanities Year 7 students will engage in 5-10 minutes of reading. Please ensure your child has reading material that is of interest to them and is at an appropriate level. Novels, books, short stories, magazines, comics etc. are all acceptable. Students wishing to use their Kindle or read an e-Book on their phone are permitted to do so as long as they use these devices correctly and follow school rules. A reminder that the Library has a vast collection of reading material that can be borrowed at any time.

26th January 2021

We can't wait to welcome our new families to Gorokan High School. Reach Out has developed a great resource for our parents. Have a look at the website below.


18th December 2020

Year 12 BBQ

Year 12 2020 BBQ

It was great to host our Yr 12 2020 this morning as they chatted all things HSC and ATAR.

We are very proud of all our Yr 12 students on their achievements.

4 Gorokan HS students achieved 6 Band 6 results between them across 6 different subjects and one E4 Band in Extension Maths.

There were a further 39 Band 5 results achieved.

Congratulations to an amazing cohort who conquered everything 2020 threw at them!

Good Luck for the next chapter.

16th December 2020

Welfie the Elfie visited the CAPA Staffroom

Welfie the Elfie

Wonderful Welfie had a delightful day with the charismatic CAPA Faculty, being clever and creative. He is adventurous and artistic, he is a magical musician and is a the triple threat talented thespian.

16th December 2020

Christmas goodies going to our local Coast Shelter

Coast Shelter Wyong


A car boot full of Christmas goodies going to our local Coast Shelter at Wyong. Thank you to all staff and community members for their donations.

16th December 2020

16th December 2020

Welfie the Elfie visited the HSIE staffroom

Welfie the Elfie

Welfie arrived in HSIE to have some fun medieval style. He went for a ride in the catapult. He then had a sneaky snack on some chocolates and ate them all. Mr Carey was not happy about that.

15th December 2020

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving


Scuba diving yesterday (14/2/20). Today was postponed due to the weather and visibility. Hopefully we will be able to continue tomorrow (16/12/20)

15th December 2020



Student reports have been emailed, posted and uploaded to the parent portal.

We are continuing to trial our email system, if you did not receive a report by email, please contact the school.

15th December 2020

14th December 2020

Memorial for the Merchant Mariners

Annual Memorial for the Merchant Mariners


Zac D and Ella B.E represented the school at the annual Memorial for the Merchant Mariners on the 05th of December 2020 at Norah Head. Congratulations Zac and Ella on your speech and your continued support of our local community.


14th December 2020

Streetgym  this school holidays


Looking for holiday activites? Please see Ms Manu or our SSO John in the hub for more details.

14th December 2020



Parents/Carers please note we will not be accepting any payments this Wednesday due to being the last day of Term.

Thank you

14th December 2020

Bunnings Thank you

Bunnings Lake Haven


A massive thank-you to Ann-Marie and Bunnings Lake Haven for their amazing donation to the Central Australia Excursion. Gorokan High School held its first Central Australia BBQ in 2016 and have since held multiple BBQ's each year, with them being one of our biggest supporters. Bunnings Lake Haven have also kindly donated multiple items for us to use on our upcoming Central Australia Excursions in 2021. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and makes organising a trip to this scale that little bit easier. We look forward to working with you well into the future.

Thanks again,

Daniel Jonovski

11th December 2020

Welfie visits Science

Welfie the Elfie


Welfie came to Science to learn about heredity, however, misunderstood us when we said it "runs in your genes." It was a crucible mistake.


11th December 2020

January Holidays 2021

January Holidays 2020


After some holiday activities? Contact Ms Manu in the hub for more details.

10th December 2020

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh Award


We have just returned from our adventurous journey to Barrington Tops National Park. The students were on an exploration of the area that included Selby Alley Hut, Basden Falls, Wombat Creek, Black Swamp, Polblue Swamp and the Manning River headwaters. 

Mr Drelincourt

10th November 2020

Christmas Food Drive

Christmas Food Drive!

Coast Shelter is an amazing service right here on the coast supporting our local community. On Wednesday 16th of December the Wellbeing Team will be taking a variety of goods to the center. If you would like to contribute please bring non-perishable goods to the front office or have your child bring it to the wellbeing staff in the hub.

9th December 2020

Gorokan High School Presentation Day 2020 Stage 6

9th December 2020

Gorokan High School Presentation Day 2020 Stage 5

9th December 2020

Gorokan High School Presentation Day 2020 Stage 4

8th December 2020

Welfie the Elfie Support Unit

Welfie the Elfie

Welfie the Elfie has been roaming around the Support Unit participating in many fun activities. After learning about COVID-19 safety procedures and sanitising his hands, he had an altercation with a Great White Shark and had to run from near-explosive diorama volcanoes. He practiced his present-wrapping skills on Mr. Glasson's desk and was VERY pleased with himself. He finished his day off by overlooking the school from a high swing, a successful day indeed.

4th December 2020

Welfie the Elfie visiting the front offi

Welfie the Elfie

Welfie the Elfie visiting the front office before having an interview with the principal.

2nd December 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers

We are aware that duplicate SMS messages have been sent out to families today. We apologise for this and are working with our provider to ensure this doesn't happen in the future. Can you please reply to just one message to explain student's absence or lateness?

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

2nd December 2020

Welfie the Elfie

Welfie te Elfie

Look who has arrived at Gorokan High School!!! Welfie the Elfie will be making his way around the staffrooms bringing fun times and Christmas cheer. Watch this space for more shenanigans.

2nd December 2020

Top Blokes

Top Blokes

Congratulations to our Top Blokes who have graduated from their program for 2021. These young gentleman continued their program during COVID restrictions, engaging in ZOOM sessions and modules. Well done and congratulation to all.

2nd December 2020

Year 8 Cultural Celebrations

Year 8 Cultural Celebrations

We look at celebrations undertaken at home, nationally and internationally. We focus on African art and its influence on Modern arts, Picasso and Cubism.

Students design and create their own ceramic mask and paint using a limited acrylic paint palette.

2nd December 2020

Year 10 Clearance Day - 14th December 
All year 10 students are asked to check their DET email for an email regarding overdue library resources and/or school textbooks that need to be returned to GHS. Students are asked to bring these resources on the 14th December. If the items have been lost the replacement cost for each borrowed item is included in the email and can be paid for at the school office using cash or eftpos. Students with overdue school resources may not be able to borrow next year until the overdue resources are paid for. Any issues please contact the school library on 43937000.

30th November 2020

Year 8 Literacy

Year 8 Literacy

Last Friday 50 students selected from Year 8 participated in a literacy and numeracy skills session. The students spent two hours battling it out in teams to try and build their skills and earn the most points. These students are to be congratulated for their excellent work ethic and enthusiastic engagement with every activity. Well done and keep working hard!

30th November 2020

SRC Conference

Annual SRC Conference

Our annual SRC conference was held at DullBoys Social Co. at Warners Bay. We played bowling and putt putt golf, while enjoying pizza and chips for lunch. Our afternoon was then spent organising a survey that will be distributed to the student body before the end of the year. A good day was had by all, without forgetting that Mrs Wallwork beat everyone at bowling! Special thanks to Mrs Barlow and Mr Pascoe for sharing the day with us.

27th November 2020

Parents, carers and students of year 7.

Students are participating in a compulsory beach safety program throughout Week 8 that is designed to improve the understanding and awareness of risks that are associated with water activities and provide strategies to increase their personal safety and the safety of others.

Due to our close proximity to a variety of waterways, the school has identified the need to offer students the opportunity to improve their water and beach safety.

Students have been divided into groups and will attend one day at Toowoon Bay to engage in the program. Students in attendance are encouraged to engage in the water-based activities, however, non-swimmers or students lacking the confidence to participate in these types of learning activities do have the option of observing.

The groups and dates are as follows:

P & C – Monday the 30th of November I & Y – Tuesday the 1st of December

G & S – Wednesday the 2nd of December R & B – Friday the 4th of December

This training also includes components of the OSSA award to allow students to selected surfing as a school sport in future years. Students will need to bring their own lunch, however, the surf club kiosk can also be accessed.

Students are to arrive at school at normal time and will meet in the New Hall. Students will then catch the bus to and from the venue and there is no cost associated with the day.

Please wear your PE uniform, bring a change of clothes to wear in the water and a towel. Remember to be sun safe by wearing sunscreen and a hat.

We look forward to having an awesome time learning how to be safe beach goers!

Luke Sharpe

PDHPE Teacher

Sport Co-ordinator

25th November 2020

AusMusic T-Shirt Day

AusMusic T-shirt Day

AusMusic T-shirt day was a great success … our students getting the opportunity to perform live in support of the Australian music industry

25th November 2020

YEAR 7 Book Packs for 2021

YEAR 7 Books packs for 2021 are available from the front office from tomorrow Thursday 26th November.


24th November 2020

Uniform Shop - January 2021 Opening Hours

Thursday 14th & 21st January

Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd January

9am to 12pm to purchase uniforms

9am to 12pm to purchase uniforms

12pm to 1pm to pickup orders

12pm to 1pm to pickup orders

24th November 2021

2020 Presentation Ceremony

2020 Presentation Ceremony

To our Gorokan High School Community,

This year our annual presentation ceremony will be held on Wednesday 9th December during school hours. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate family and friends on school site during the ceremony due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. However, we still want the opportunity for our community to celebrate with our students, so a live stream of each of the presentation ceremonies will be on the Gorokan High School Facebook and Youtube pages throughout the day.

The following are the start times for each of presentation ceremonies:

Stage 4 - 9:00am

Stage 5 - 11:00am

Stage 6 and Support Unit - 1:15pm ​

Thank you to all members of the Gorokan High School Community for your support and we look forward to seeing you online as we celebrate the many and varied accomplishments of our students in 2020.

23rd November 2020

Energy Drinks at schools

Energy Drinks

We have long had issues with energy drinks and their consumption in school grounds. Their side and health effects are considerable and not something we can as a school community condone or support. As a Department of Education school, we are bound by the Nutrition guidelines set out for canteens and these type of drinks fall well outside respective guidelines with particular references to the amount of sugar (up to 10-12 teaspoons in a single can) and caffeine (contained in such beverages). Therefore, if a child comes onto school grounds in possession or drinking an energy drink they will be directed to dispose of it responsibly in a bin provided or confiscated. If you are aware of your child’s taste for such drinks could you please stress with them that they cannot be consumed at school and they will be asked to dispose of them appropriately or confiscated.

23rd November 2020

Vaping in schools


We have become aware of some incidents in the school concerning behaviour of Vaping. There are a number of issues related to this practice including the associated effects on individuals and those around them. As a school community we are infinitely aware of the danger this issue presents to young people due to their contents of nicotine, chemical flavourings and in some cases THC or even more sinister substances. When dealing with specific individuals around any such issue we will initially approach the topic from a welfare and harm minimisation approach in cooperation with parents/carers. There will be placement of the student on a behaviour monitoring card (Level 2/3) and the device will also be confiscated.

20th November 2020

NAIDOC Assembly


Some photos from our NAIDOC assembly last week. A fantastic opportunity to celebrate our Aboriginal culture and hear from our amazing students and staff at GHS.



19th November 2020

Information from NSW Health about keeping COVID safe & the rules & regulations. https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../what-you-can-and-cant-do-under...

18th November 2020

18th November 2020

Stage 5 - Outdoor Pursuits - Canoeing Myall Lakes

Due to the student numbers attending, we will be only running the excursion on Friday. Tomorrow's Canoeing will not be going ahead. All students who have handed their notes (for both days) in will be attending the excursion on Friday.

17th November 2020


Temporary changes to School Bus Service(s) as of Monday 30th November.

For further information please contact Busways Customer Service on 1300 69 2929.

Alternatively visit their website at www.busways.com.au

13th November 2020


We are developing a new process to make accessing school reports more timely. YEAR 11 REPORTS have been emailed today. Please contact us on 43937000 if you did not received this email.

11th November 2020

Ausmusic T-shirt day


On Friday November 20, GHS will be taking part in AusMusic t-shirt day.

Wear your favourite Australian music/band t-shirt (or any music shirt) and make a gold coin donation.

All money raised goes towards SupportAct, an Australian charity that has been providing support to musicians during this Covid crisis.

More details to follow.

11th November 2020

10th November 2020

Summer Skills

Calling all Year 12 school leavers:  Get ahead and learn, upskill and prepare for 2021.  Enrolments for a new Summer Skill program of fee-free training and skills support is now open, find out more on:  https://education.nsw.gov.au/summer-skills

5th November 2020

Core faculty creative writing comp

Core Faculty Creative Writing Competition

Congratulations to Arian, Lily-Grace, Charlize and Seth for winning prizes in the Core Faculty Creative Writing Comp!

With excellent entries across the board, it was difficult to pick winners so keep up the good work year 7 and you could win in 2 weeks time!

4th November 2020

Attention Year 7 2021

Today a flyer has been distributed to your Primary Schools regarding GHS uniforms for 2021. Covid has presented us with many challenges this year and uniforms is just another one of these. As Parents can't be on site uniforms will need to be ordered online. If there is any issues with sizing once purchased our uniform lady Leanne is more than happy to accommodate exchanges.

Please click on the following link for : Uniform shop prices for 2021 - 

2nd November 2020

Whale Watching Port Shephens

Marine Studies - Whale Watching - 30th October 2020

Marine Studies - Whale Watching - 30th October 2020

Marine Studies Students enjoyed a whale of a time out on the water at Port Stephens. We observed Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Hammerhead shark and a very frisky Humpback whale calf and mother . Thankyou to all for a fantastic day.


30th October 2020

White card course

Whitecard Course

The Whitecard course is a compulsory course for all students who would like to do work experience or who in the future would like to obtain a trade in the Construction Industry. It is also essential for students who have chosen to study Construction for Year 11. The White card course is highly regarded amongst many employers as it educates participants about workplace safety.

GHS students attended the Whitecard course on October 28th. All students who attended were successful in gaining their Workplace Health and Safety (Whitecard) qualification.

We hope to hold another Whitecard course later this term for any students who have not already completed the course.

Mark Cooper the presenter of the Whitecard course commented on how well behaved and engaged in learning about safety in the workplace all our students were.

Well done to all students involved.

28th October 2020

Year 7 2021

Information regarding upcoming events for the Gorokan High School Transition Program for the incoming Year 7 has been sent out to all Primary Schools earlier this week. We look forward to meeting all our new families soon​.

28th October 2020

Book Week

Book Week

Book week was held in week 2 this term and was celebrated with enthusiasm by staff and students. We had a range of students displaying a variety of book characters and raised $250.00 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We had a variety of winners from Year 7-11 (see photos attached). Winning faculty went to Science paying homage to "Where's Wally" and overall staff winner was Mr Bennett. His portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was outstanding. Bring on 2021.

26th October 2020

Student contact details

Reminder - Please return student contact details this week.

26th October 2020

Sandwich press cookery class

Year 7 - Passion Projects - Sandwich Press Cookery Class

Term 4, New group of students for this term concentrating on presentation on pancake day.

23rd October 2020

Pink Day 2020 - Money Raised

The money we made from Pink Day ($1500) was donated to Love Your Sister (https://www.loveyoursister.org/
Samuel Johnson has sent a thank you message to us and I wanted to share it with you all:  https;//drive.google.com/file/d...
A special thanks to our school community for your ongoing support each and every year.

23rd October 2020

National bandanna

National bandanna day is held each year on the last Friday in October.  This year it is being held on October 30.
The SRC will be selling bandannas to raise money for CanTeen, an organisation that support young people aged 12-25 who have been impacted by cancer.
Bandannas will be available next Friday at recess and lunch - $5 each (or satin bandannas available for $15).
See the CanTeen website for more information:  https://www.bandannaday.org.au/about

22nd October 2020

Year 12 Formal

Date:  Friday 20th November 2020
  • Pre Formal photos are at Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club (mmet at Swadling Reserve about the Clubhouse at 4.45pm).
  • Formal is at Mingara Recreational Club, starting 5.45pm and finishing 11.00pm.
Canapes and three-course meal provided + 5 hours soft drinks.
Cost is $80 and needs to be paid by Friday 30th October (online, in person or over the phone at the office).  Once numbers are finalised they will not be changed.
*  Anyone attending the Formal, please let me know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Yearbook will be handed out on the night and needs to be paid ($40), also by Friday 30th October or you may miss out.
Any issues please contact Mr Jeff Costa.

21st October 2020

Staff required for school canteen at Gorokan High School.
We are recruiting people that enjoy cooking and working with children.  
WWCC is required prior to commencement and also 100 point of identification.
Please call Rose on 0410481150
Total Canteen Solutions

21st October 2020

Marine Studies
Marine studies Whale watching trip for (Year 9-12) is now full.  No more payments will be accepted.  Thank you

21st October 2020

Year 12 2021 Central Australia Fundraiser Octber 31st

Year 10 2021 Central Australia Fundraiser - October 31st

Have you felt like something has been missing in 2020?  Has there been an empty hole in your life that you haven't been able to fill?  Are you sick of 2020 and would like to hear something other than bad news?   Well then I have some good news for you!

Bunnings Sausage Sizzles are back!

Our Year 9 cohort has the opportunity to raise some funds for the Central Australia excursion in 2021.  Come down to Lakehaven Bunnings on Saturday October 31st (between 9am and 4pm) for a snag and an ice cold drink served up by our very own students and staff!  This will be a fantastic opportunity to support our GHS families, whilst also scratching the itch for a Bunnings sausage sanga you didn't know you had.

Looking forward to seeing you all there on the 31st!

Mr Pascoe

21st October 2020

20th October 2020

Year 12 HSC Students.  Updated NESA COVID Illness/misadventure procedures:  https;//educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

19th October 2020

Parent teacher night

Parent-teacher night - Thursday 22nd October 2020

For updated information regarding parent-teacher night, please click on the following link:  Virtual parent-teacher interview

19th October 2020

Year 9 Business Model

Year 9 Students

Last week I had the opportunity to hear from Year 9 students in Mr Carey's class as they presented their pitch for a business model that solved an existing environmental issue and was sustainable.  The concepts these students presented were well considered and had immediate applicability.  It was a real pleasure to see the level of self awareness the students demonstrated through their collaboration and presentation.

This was part of the Start Up Business Start pItch Competition.  Congraduations team.... the future looks bright!

Mr Boake.

16th October 2020

Good Luck Year 12

Higher School Certificate Examinations


Please click on the following link for more information including the HSC timetable: HSC Higher School Certificate Examinations

16th October 2020

Cert 1 Financial Services come to GHS

Cert 1 in Financial Services comes to Gorokan High School

Any Year 10 students looking to improve their financial literacy is invited to take this course run by the Smith Family.  Please read the attached document and come and see Ms Manu in the wellbeing hub for an application form.  The course runs over two days in November.  Monday the 2nd November and Monday the 9th of November.
This course and qualification is usually $4,500 to complete and we are able to run it for free.


15th October 2020



In an effort to improve communication with our school community, students will be bringing home over the coming days an update contact details form to be completed.  Please amend as necessary and return as soon as possible.


14th October 2020

13th October 2020

12th October 2020

Year 12 Students graduating 2020
Your ID cards are available for collection from the front office this week or you can collect from Mrs Cost after the HSC English Exam.

25th September 2020


Virtual parent-teacher interviews

Thursday 22nd October via Zoom
For more information please click on the following link: gorokan-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/about-our-school/parent-teacher-interviews.html
Below is a user friendly video (how to logon to Zoom)

25th September 2020

Book Week

Tuesday 20th of October Gorokan High School will be celebrating Book Week!!!

Calling all curious creatures and wild minds
On Tuesday 20th of October Gorokan High School will be celebrating book week!!! Come dressed as your favourite book character and the best thing of all... you have all holidays to plan your costume.  Prizes for best dressed, gold coin donations to the indigenous Literacy Foundation and photo back drops.  More information to come Week 1, Term 4

24th September 2020

Big chair paint out

Pride Group

Do you love art? Want to fill in some time in the holidays?  Our Pride Group at GHS have been working hard to designing some of the artwork that will be painted on the "Big Chair Paint Out".  If you want to join the fun this holidays, head over to Gravity Youth Centre during the holidays and participate in this wonderful opportunity.  The big chairs will be installed at Canton Beach and Budgewoi.  What a great way to contribute to the Community.  Come and grab a brochure from Ms Manu in the hub at recess or lunch time.

23rd September 2020

2020 Marine Studies Students

Marine Studies - Stage 5

Marine Studies students in Stage 5 were completing their Marine Mammals Presentations in class in front of fellow students.  Students presented on their choice of Marine Carnivora, Sirenia and Cetacea.  Discussing their unique biology and ecological significance and evaluating protection and conservation.  Students have also been busy maintaining their tanks with hands on aquaculture management and aquarium care.

22nd September 2020

Year 12 Graduation

Please click on the below photo for more information

22nd September 2020

Year 7 Core Creative Writing

Year 7 Core

This term year 7 have been entering a series of creative writing competitions culminating in this week's short story task.  Thank you to all the students who entered and well done to the 4 runners-up, Lillian, Indi-Rose, Maddison and Bella.

And a hugh congratulations to Evie who won the $100 prize with a superb story about getting stronger! Well done!

Throughout the term, so many students showed off their stylish, sophisticated, and stupendous writing skills and the good news is the competition will be run again next term so all year 7 students have another chance to impress with their creativity and win the big prize!

21st September 2020

21st September 2020

Webinar - A Local conversation on Careers in the building and construction industry

Webinar - A Local conversation on Careers in the Building and Construction industry

Date: Monday 28th September 2020
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Designed for students, youth and parents, this webinar will be discussing the range of roles and pathway available in the building and construction Industry.

18th September 2020

Year 7 Humanities Class

Year 7 Humanities Class

Year 7 Humanities classes have been getting their hands dirty lately.  As part of their study on Ancient Egypt students mady clay peasant huts and pyramids.  They have been discussing different theories of how the pyramids were built as well as the reasons behind the distinct design features of peasant houses.

18th September 2020

Good morning Gorokan High School parents and carers,
A reminder that Year 7 Round Two immunisations are on Monday 21st of September.  We will also be doing Year 8 and 10 catch ups on this day.  Year 10 students who missed their last immunisation have been given a new form to return on Monday.  If you have any questions please contact Ms Manu.
Have a wonderful weekend.

15th September 2020

Passion projects - Sandwich Press Cookery

Passion Projects - Sandwich Press Cookery

Sandwich press cookery class efforts last week.  Trying to solve the question of whether you can make a cake on a sandwich press.  Vanilla layer cake with cream and strawberry jam and strawberries.

11th September 2020

9P Chemistry working with molecular model kits

9P Science

Year 9 is doing a topic on chemistry in science this term.  The students in 9P worked with molecular model kits to construct covalent bonds.

11th September 2020

Important information for ALL HSC students - regarding exam day procedures.

Please click on the following link:  HSC Examinations procedures

11th September 2020



GHS celebrated RUOK week.  Students and teachers have participated all week in a variety of reflection activities and worked together during period one today on the four steps of RUOK.  Year 11 Drama contributed beautiful by creating a unique performance giving students guidance and ideas for engaging in conversations. #goroCAN #RUOK #continuetheconversation

10th September 2020

Year 10 Music Performance

Toby D and Luke V.

10th September 2020

Core faculty creative writing comp

Core Faculty Creative Writing Comp

Congratulations to Evelyn, Carter and Lily-Grace for being runners up in week 8's Core Faculty Creative Writing Comp and a huge congratulations to Lily for winning with her excellent descriptive language and tense story!

Next is the big one - the $100 dollar prize for a short story.  So year 7, get writing and hand in your short story by the end of week 9 for your chance to win!

8th September 2020

7S students busy maintaining the vegetable and herb garden

7S Students

Our 7S students have been busy maintaining our class vegetable and herb gardens, today they were able to harvest mixed herbs and baby dutch carrots to sell to our staff.

Well done, a fantastic start to the growing season!

8th September 2020

Year 7 Humanities students learning about the elements

Year 7 Humanities

Year 7 Humanitites students have been learning about the elements of drama.  Yesterday they took advantage of the glorious weather to play some drama games outside where they used movement and space to act out some fun scenarios!

7th September 2020

Year 12 Students

Our Year 12 students remain a prority for Principals across the Central Coast.  Please read the important information on behalf of the Central Coast Secondary Principals.  If you have questions relating to GHS, please contact the Year Advisor or Deputy Principal on 43937000.

7th September 2020

Duke of Ed

Duke of Ed

For more information, click on the following link:  https://dukeofed.com.au/

6th September 2020

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Regardless of whether you have the title of "father" or not, thank you to those in our families and communities who fulfill this role.  Happy Father's Day, we hope it was a great one.

3rd September 2020

Year 11 Hospitality

Year 11 Hospitality Kitchen Operations

Hospitality Kitchen Operations Year 11 students were excited to complete another of their catering events for the PBL staff meeting Tuesday 1st September.  They served a variety of hot and cold canapes as well as a Lemon, Lime and Bitters slice that was greatly appreciated by all who were lucky enough to attend.

1st September 2020

1st September 2020

NDIS Information session

Online NDIS information event for students with disabilities transitioning to post school options.



31st August 2020

An update on COVID testing for HSC students:
Prioritising HSC students:
COVID-19 test results for HSC students will be proritised by NSW Health to minimise any impact on HSC preparations.  When HSC students are getting tested, they need to advise the GP or testing clinic that they are currently doing their HSC so their test results can be proritised.

28th August 2020

28th August 2020

Year 11 Marine Studies students went on a field trip to Bateau Bay with Rumbalara Environmental Education.  Students learnt about the indigenous history and cultural significance of the area.  Completed ecological surveys of the rock platform and delved into human impacts such as microplastics.  Thank you to everyone for a great experience in our beautiful local marine environment.

25th August 2020

25th August 2020

Resources for parents of HSC Students
Please click on the below links for more information:

20th August 2020

20th August 2020

Year 7 - Writing Competition
Congratulations to winners of the Sizzling Starts Writing Comp.  Good luck to everyone in the next competition, Dynamic Dialogue!

20th August 2020

20th August 2020

TAFE NSW - Virtual Open Day - 9th/10th September 
Register to secure your place, click on the following link:

20th September 2020

20th September 2020

Marine studies students were processing and preparing fresh food from the sea.  Students developed skills in filleting and cooking fresh flathead and mullet with chips of course.  It was a very tasty day with some dishes right off the scale.  Thank you to everyone involved.

20th September 2020

19th August 2020

19th August 2020

It is with sadness that we inform the GHS community of the sudden passing of Ross Smith, a proud Aboriginal man and valued staff member.  Ross inspired many of our students through Didge, Art and being a strong role model.  Ross has impacted schools across Muru Buildi AECG and his art work is proudly on display.  Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time and we have support at school available for those students and staff who have been impacted by this news.  There will be an opportunity in the future to celebrate the legacy Ross leaves at GHS and as a mark of respect, his students lowered our Aboriginal flag to half mast today.  Ross will be sorely missed.

Year 7 Humanities

19th August 2020

Year 7 Humanities students have been studying Ancient Egypt this term.  Students are having much fun learning about death and funerary customs, particularly the mummification process!

19th September 2020

19th August 2020

  1. Sport will look a little different for the rest of term due to the new COVID-19 policy.
  2. Students are allowed to come to School in their PE uniform on Thursday's and any day they have practical PE.
  • Year 7 Passion Projects will be running as normal in their allocated rooms.
  • Year 7 Passion Projects (Indoor Sports) WILL STILL be attending Charmhaven Indoor, so please bring your money for the Bus and Venue.
  • Years 8-10 Bus Sport and Lake Haven sports are unfortunately CANCELLED for the term.
  • Our Annual Goro Cup competition which is ran during Recess and lunch is CANCELLED for the term.

18th August 2020

18th August 2020

Thank you to our families and community for their continued support in adhering to NSW Health and Education advice.  The latest measures communicated to schools on Monday 17/8 will see some changes impact daily school operations.
Please see the link below for Department of Education advice to families.

Sanwich Press Cookery - Year 7 Passion Projects

14th August 2020

Mr Penfolds's - Sanwich Press Cookery - Year 7 Passion Projects

More exciting sandwich press cookery.  Churros with sugar and cinnamon.  Salted caramel dipping sauce made by our wonderful SLSO Kylie Mc.

Pink Day

14th August 2020

Friday, Week 6 (August 28) is Pink Day here at Gorokan High!
Start to get yourself ready for the day - prizes for best dressed , BBQ and other activities.
More details to follow.... watch this space!

Future Choices

14th August 2020

Further Choices - Virtual Transition Expo for students with Disabilities. 9th September 2020.


14th August 2020

This webinar is directed to students and parents from Central Coast Schools to build an understanding of local industry capability and demand for young, skilled workforce.  It will assist students to understand and develop the skills they need to get a job within this industry.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar via the zoom chat box.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear all about the great advancement and innovation in manufacturing, particularly here on the Central Coast.

McDonalds hiring

13th August 2020

Lake Haven and Wadalba McDonald's are now hiring.  Please see Mr Robertson in the careers office if you need help applying.

Porters Creek Public School

13th August 2020

Well done to Jock C and Lesley A who were both asked to participate in a cremony with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.  This was to mark the commencement of Porters Creek Public School building works.  Remour has it they stole the show!

12th August 2020

10th August 2020

Get excited Year 7 students and Year 11 Ancient History students.... The Tut Roadshow has arrived at the school ready for your experience tomorrow.  Thanks Ms Drummond for managing traffic to get the truck in the gate!

7th August 2020

Check out our new Electronic Device Policy - rolls out in our classrooms from Monday 10th August.

6th August 2020

What better way to celebrate the end of this year's Education Week than to say thank you to our school community.

5th August 2020

Gorokan High School students share their thoughts on this year's Education Week theme 'Learning Together"

4th August 2020

Congratulations to Mr Pascoe, Mrs Drummond and Mrs Turner on being recognised for their ongoing commitment to the students of Gorokan High School.  They are our recipients of the 2020 Education Week Awards.
Thank you to our Year 12 leaders for taking time out of their study schedule to help celebrate.

4th August 2020

Year 7 - Writing competition
Hand your entries in at the Core staffroom to Mr Bennett.
Week 3 - Friday 7th August
Week 5 - Friday 21st August
Week 7 - Friday 4th September
Week 9 - Friday 18th September 

3rd August 2020

Good Luck Year 12 as you begin your Trial HSC exams.  2020 has challenged you, yet you keep stepping up!

3rd August 2020

This year, in Education Week we are celebrating the theme of 'Learning together".
Here are Gorokan High School, we believe the theme of 'Learning Together' reflects the incredible year 2020 has been so far for NSW school students, staff, parents and the wider community.  It highlights how schools have worked together to reshape education in such a short space of time.

31st July 2020

Uniform Shop Term 3
Opening hours - 7.30am - 8.30am, Tuesday and Thursday
During the current situation of Covid-19, it would be preferred that uniforms be purchased online at gtschool.com.au or students can come to the school shop.
Orders will be delivered to the office after 8.30am on the days the shop is open.  A SMS will be sent when the order is ready to be picked up.
If parents need to come into the uniform shop, they need to go to the office and sign in before proceeding to the shop.
Thanks Leanne
Uniform Co-ordinator

30th July 2020

Thank you to GHS students for their cooperation during our Lockdown drill this morning.  These drills are vital to ensuring the safe operation of our school and we greatly appreciate the sudent and community cooperation as we practise these important drills.

22nd July 2020

Beyond Blue have released a Check In app that helps to build the confidence in our young people when checking in with their friends.
Have a look at the clip here:

22nd July 2020

20th July 2020

Reminder - School Photos - Wednesday 23rd July

Your child has received a flyer with a unique code - follow the instructions to order and pay online for your chosen package.  All students will have their photo taken, even if not purchasing.  Sibling photo envelopes are available from the front office.  See your year advisor if you have any questions.

20th July 2020

3rd July 2020

1st July 2020

Year 7 Humanities

Did you know that scientists are thinking of releasing the Giant Triton Snail in the Great Barrier Reef to keep the Crown of Thorns Starfish under control? Year 7 Humanities students do! This was the topic of the article they critically read this week.

Since their return to school, Year 7 Humanities classes have hit the ground running.  Thye have developed a range of skills, especially the ability to critically read.  Critical reading is an effective strategy that allows students to gain a deeper understanding of texts through the extension of their vocabulary, being able to make links between paragraphs and also by thinking about the possibilities beyond the text by making predictions.  This skill is now one that they will have forever and will not doubt serve our Humanities students well as they progress through high school.

1st July 2020

School photos are being taken on July 22 (Wednesday Week 1, Term 3)

Your child will bring home a flyer with a unique code - follow the instructions to order and pay online for your chosen package.  All students will have their photo taken, even if not purchasing.  Sibling photo envelopes are available from the front office.  See your year advisor if you have any questions

1st July 2020

Term 2, 2020 - Newsletter is now available, Please click on the following link:


30th June 2020

To our new Year 6 families starting GHS 2021,

What a year already!!!  Our transition program has been a little disrupted this year by we reassure you, we have been making every effort to virtually engage with your children.  They have had a virtual tour of the school, virtually met their Year Adviser and Head Teacher Welfare and learnt all about GHS!!  Now you get to have your own faculty and subject tour as a family.  Follow the link below to take a "stroll" through our wonderful subject areas.

We can't wait to meet you all.  Carla Drummond - Year Adviser and Erin Manu - Head Teacher Welfare.


30th June 2020

This Friday July 3, GHS will be holding Pride Day, celebrating our diverse community here at school.

Wear mufti, bring a gold coin donation.  Bake sale at lunchtime.

All monies raised go towards refurbishing our drama room.

See you SRC reps for more information.

29th June 2020

24th June 2020

Hey all,

The PDHPE faculty are colouring and shaving their hair in order to raise money for further research into finding a cure for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  We will be holding the "Trim the Teachers" fundraiser next Thursday (2nd July), which will inclue a range of fun games, music, a BBQ, and of course the ceremonial shaving.  If students could please bring in a donation to support our cause, it would be much appreciated.  Money will be collected tomorrow morning, as well as Thursday next week.

Thank you for your support!

17th June 2020

17th June 2020

15th June 2020

Student Notice!

Thanks to your wonderful Year 12 Retail Studies Students, you have the opportunity to buy pre-loved (washed) jumper! From Wednesday 17th June, pick one up for only $5 from the Wellbeing Hub!  Limited stock available.

12th June 2020

11th June 2020

For more information, please click on the following link - Subject selection for 2021

10th June 2020

4th June 2020

2nd June 2020

Busways changes as of Tuesday 9th June 2020.  Click on the following link -  Busways (1.6MB)