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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
 
Location:  
  • 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

UPDATE FAMILY DETAILS REQUEST

 

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

 
Immunisations
 
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

RUOK

RUOK Week

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.

 

https://eventbrite.com.au/e/nsw-school-leaver-information-session-tickets-117609680721


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

 
SPORT TOMORROW and for the REST OF TERM!
 
  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.
 


Webinar

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:

gorokan-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/newsletter.html


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.

https://sites.google.com/education.nsw.gov.au/ghstransitionprogram/home


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)