Come play this summer

Come play this summer

These holidays, school playgrounds at 42 NSW public schools will be open for neighbours and others to enjoy under a NSW Government initiative to broaden community recreation and open space options. Schools in the program will be open from 8am to 6pm from 23 December to the end of the school holidays in late January. You can find out which schools will be open through the Come Play pilot by visiting School Infrastructure NSW.... Read more

Updated Information for Year 7 2018

The following information addresses the unanswered questions asked at the conclusion of the Parent Information Session on November 28th. School Start Dates: January 29th – Staff Only January 30th – Year 7 students and Year 10 Peer Leaders January 31st – All staff and students Bus Passes Upon completion of the online form Forster Buslines will send bass passes direct to the applicants postal address. Other companies that have a small client base at Forster Campus such as Eggins Bus Company will send bus passes directly to the school. Students... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more


As explained to students last Friday, the girl's toilets will be locked during class due to the damage that has taken place in class time. All toilets are open before school and during recess and lunch when no repair work is taking place. Toilet facilities are available at the front office during class time. No One has been denied access to toilet facilities. As explained to students this is a temporary message until all repairs have been satisfactorily completed.... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more


From 4:00 pm this Friday 25 August 2017, parents and carers will be unable to make online payments via the school website due to a system upgrade. This service will be available again from Wednesday 6 September 2017. EFTPOS payments: We will not be able to accept EFTPOS payments between 30 August 2017 and 4 September 2017. Please ensure that you have made any outstanding EFTPOS payments before 30 August 2017. From 5 September 2017, EFTPOS payments will be accepted as before. Cash and Cheque Payments: Between 30 August 2017 and 4 Septemeber... Read more

Tell Them From Me - Parent Survey

This Term, our school will be participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys (student, teacher and parent surveys) on student engagement. The survey asks parents and carers questions about different factors that are known to impact on student wellbeing and engagement. Running this survey will help our school understand parents' and carers' perspectives on their child's experience at school. These include: communication between parents/carers and staff, activities and practices at... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Term 3 Sports Selections

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Canoeing Champions

Great Lakes College Canoe Team has once again returned home from the NSW Combined High Schools competitions as champion school. Saturday saw the Flatwater Sprints events held on the Clarence River in Grafton. From Sunday through to Tuesday, we headed out to the Nymboida River for the Slalom, Whitewater Sprints and Downriver events. This led up to the final presentation held on Tuesday afternoon. We took a team of 9 students (2 of these from Forster Public School), all receiving at least one medal in their individual categories, some of which... Read more

2017 Premier's Reading Challenge

Premier's Reading Challenge 2017

Premier's Reading Challenge 2017 Launch On Monday 6th March 7Eales assembled in the interactive classroom at Forster campus for an exciting incursion where they got to meet this year's reading ambassadors for the Premier's Reading Challenge - authors Deborah Abela, Susanne Gervay and Oliver Phommavanh. This was an interactive session so two of our students had the opportunity to talk to the authors. Kelton Lee got to talk about his favourite book, Blueback by Tim Winton and Nathaniel Kennedy (pictured) got to ask the author, Deborah Abela a... Read more

Aqua Room

New Aqua Room

Support gets a new room – Welcome Aqua Room! 2017 has seen the Support Faculty welcome a brand new room, the Aqua Room, supporting various students from years 7 - 10. The addition of the Aqua Room makes our Support Unit at Great Lakes College Forster Campus a 5 classroom strong unit, supporting students from around the region. Aqua room students have the pleasure of having Ms Leonie Newton as their main classroom teacher and Niki Hale as their SLSO. Miss Willison, Ms Fry, Ms Yeates and Mr Dodd are the release teachers for the Aqua Room. The... Read more

Take the Shot

Motivational Media

Motivational Media Presentations were attended by all students on Tuesday 7th March 017. The presentation was called Take The Shot and its aim is to encourage and inspire students and indeed everyone to invest in their goals, to never let anyone tell you that you can't do something positive with your life and that struggle is life's way of making you stronger so don't fear challenges but see them as opportunities to work towards your success. Annette Whiting Student Support Officer... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more

Science Experience 2017

The Conoco Phillips Science Experience An exciting opportunity exists for students who will be in Years 9 and 10 in 2017 to participate in 3 or 4 days of Science Activities at an Australian University. If you are passionate about an area of science this could be exactly what you need. Registration Fees: 3 day program - $120, and 4 day program - $160. The programs are usually during school holidays and students will need to provide their own accommodation. For further details: or (03) 9756 7534 Ms Higgins -... Read more

A new school year

Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more

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