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We would like to invite parents/carers to the Whole School Awards Ceremony, Friday, 6 July 2018 at 9:00am. It will be in the Senior Site Gymnasium and we have an amazing guest speaker Zack Bryers – 2018 ACT Young Australian of the Year.

Academic, personal achievements and IB awards will be presented for Semester 1.

04 Jul 2018



In 2019, Gold Creek students (current years 7-10) will have the opportunity to participate in an overseas excursion to Malaysia. Malaysia is a close neighbour to Australia and offers experiences for students to broaden their horizons. As an International Baccalaureate school we place a great deal of importance on global citizenship and experiential learning. Providing an immersive setting overseas is a highly effective way to facilitate such learning.


The 2019 Malaysia trip aims to ‘plant a seed’ about the numerous benefits of travel, experiencing life and culture through a unique perspective and stepping out of (your) ones comfort-zone. The trip has been designed to encompass a range of real-world learning opportunities as well as develop student independence, resilience, team work, service and open mindedness. 


If you would like to know more information, including itinerary and costs, please join us at an information evening on Wednesday 4 July 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at the Gold Creek School Senior Library.


Parents-Please take a moment to RSVP here.

Students - Malaysia Trip 2019 student expression of interest



27 Jun 2018

Gold Creek School – Senior Site ranked 2nd in the ACT for the Education Perfect Mathematics Championships!

In a fierce competition with Lyneham High School, Gold Creek School ended up placing 2nd in the ACT. This was an excellent result considering that the final result was very close and Lyneham High School has an extra 220 students.  We particularly congratulate Aryan K and Jake P for attaining the Gold Award level and Andy C for reaching Silver. These students go into a prize draw of an iPad and iTunes gift vouchers. Certificates will be awarded soon.

20 Jun 2018


We would like to invite parents/carers to the Whole School Award Ceremony, Friday, 6 July 2018 at 9:00am.  It will be on the Senior Site and we have an amazing guest speaker Zack Bryers – 2018 ACT Young Australian of the Year.

Zack Bryers (Image courtesy of has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, a gridiron player for Australia, a Churchill Fellow and is currently a youth worker for St Johns Care in Canberra. Zack acknowledges his life experiences have led him to where he is today and hopes he can be an inspiration to others. He also believes the effect role models can have is underestimated and that each person can have a positive effect on someone by the way they live their lives, and if you can’t walk them down the path, you can show them the way.


Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our students. All parents are welcome.

15 Jun 2018


PYP - Teachers are currently busy writing Semester 1 reports for all students. A great deal of time and effort goes into assessing student learning and writing student reports so that you can be assured that you get a comprehensive summary of your child’s learning over the course of the semester. Your child’s school report has two parts:

  • Gold Creek School Semester 1 report
  • A to E grades (Kindergarten excepted)

We encourage all parents to read the grading information found on the letter attached with your child’s report. The Semester report is based on the Achievement Standard from the Australian Curriculum for each grade level.Consolidating is an indicator of demonstrating achievement at grade level.

Please look at your child’s effort grade located on the school based report. An effort grade of 1, means your child applies exemplary effort at all times in that subject area. You will receive your child’s Semester 1 report during Week 10.

MYP - Formal written assessment and reporting of student learning happens twice yearly at Gold Creek Senior School.

In the Middle Years Programme reports communicate the student achievement level for each of the four criteria within the subject. Students get a grade for each of the four criterion and these are added together (equally weighted) to get a score out of 32 in each subject. The accompanying graphic helps show the conversion of an MYP final grade. This will give you a little more information on how student’s MYP scores are calculated.

If any student’s achievement is an issue and it looks like they will receive a final MYP score of 1, teachers will be contacting home if they have not done so already.

If you would like any more information about this please visit the schools website.



15 Jun 2018




On Sunday, our Senior Site Band met bright and early at 8:15 outside Llewelyn Hall, ANU School of Music for the 2018 Bands Eisteddfod. They presented a fantastic performance, playing ‘Louie, Louie’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and ‘Don’t Stop believing’. They did really well to fill the massive sound space, despite there only being 20 of them on the stage!  And this year they were awarded with a Gold medal.  We’re incredibly proud of them, and look forward to lots more music making this year!

25 May 2018

Legislative Assembly Debates

Today three students from the senior site, Amal Palekar, Tyler Nguyen and Kai Staunton are at the ACT Legislative Assembly, representing GCS in the 7/8 Parliamentary debates.

They will be participating in debates on issues ranging from Driverless cars, Kangaroo culls and Youth dependence on technology.

We wish them luck!

18 May 2018

Ride and Walk to School Safe Travel Map

Gold Creek School supports students and families walking or riding safely to School. To celebrate tomorrow’s Walk Safely to School Day we are proud to share Transport Canberra’s Active Travel Map to support our students getting to and from School safely.

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

WSTSD promotes the important message that active kids are healthy kids. The event encourages parents, carers and their children to build regular walking to and from school into their daily routine. Children need a minimum of 60 minutes exercise per day. Encouraging less driving and more walking aims to decrease dangerous vehicle congestion around schools and reduce carbon emissions from idling cars. Lastly, it is just a nice way to be part of your community. 

18 May 2018

Enrolments for 2019 are now open.

2019 prospective enrolments for all ACT Public Schools are now open.

We would just like to confirm enrolment procedures for current Gold Creek students in Preschool and Year 6.

Current students in a Gold Creek School Preschool do not need to reapply to attend Gold Creek Kindergarten in 2019 unless their current enrolment for preschool was accepted on a ‘one year only basis.’ Families who have received this letter will need to complete an enrolment form to continue in an ACT public school.

Current year 6 students at Gold Creek School do not need to complete a new enrolment form to progress to year 7 if continuing at Gold Creek in 2019.

For more information please visit the ACT Education Directorate's website.

30 Apr 2018


10 Apr 2018


Gold Creek School Board Elections 2018

I would like to congratulate the following people on being elected to the following positions on the Gold Creek School Board.

Parent Representatives

1.      Michael Rush – 2 year position 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020

Staff Representatives

1.      Kai Scott – 2 year position 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020

Student Representatives

1.      Clare Warner – 2 year position ( Yr 9 ) 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new members and returning members to the Gold Creek School Board and I would also like to thank and acknowledge all those that nominated for positions.

Kerry Lyttle

Assistant Returning Officer

Education Directorate

Gold Creek School

28 Mar 2018



Tuesday, 3 April    

Preschool                              3.10-6.00pm                      Preschool classroom

Kindy-6                                  3.10-6.00pm                      Primary classroom

7-10                                        3.30-6.00pm                      Senior Site Gym

Wednesday, 4 April

Preschool                              8.00-8.30am                       Preschool classroom

Preschool                              1.30-6.00pm                       Preschool classroom

Kindy-6                                  8.00-8.30am                       Primary classroom

Kindy-6                                 3.10-6.00pm                       Primary classroom

7-10                                       3.30-6.00pm                       Senior Site Gym

You will be able to use the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) booking system to make your appointments from Monday, 26 March. You will receive an email from the school outlining the relevant information, once you have received the email you can make a booking using this link.

26 Mar 2018

Road Safety Survey

Road safety survey

A School Crossing Supervisor Program has been introduced in the ACT at 20 crossing sites. School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions to students.

To help determine if the Program is successful, Transport Canberra and City Services have engaged First Person Consulting to evaluate the School Crossing Supervisor Program. One of the ways that they will be doing this is through this survey to help capture attitudes to children travelling actively (i.e. walking or riding) to primary school. 

To complete the survey please click here, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

The survey should take about five minutes. The survey will not collect any identifiable information, and all responses will be kept confidential.

Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey. If you have any questions please contact the TCCS Schools Program.

06 Mar 2018


More helpful tips by Michael Grose through parenting ideas. This article is called 'Working closely with you child's teacher this year'.

20 Feb 2018

Mobile Phone Use at Gold Creek School

Mobile phone use at Gold Creek school is changing, please read this information.

05 Feb 2018

Return to School Dates for 2018


First day of school dates for 2018


Monday 5 February:


Nicholls Preschool –                8:45am – 3pm

Hall Preschool –                     9am – 3pm

Kindergarten -                       Individual emails will

                                            be sent to advise of  

                                            staggered start and

                                            finish times.

Year 7 –                                8:50am – 3pm

New Students Years 1 to 6 –   9:30am – 10:30am

New Students Years 8-10 –     9am – 10:30am


Tuesday 6 February:

All students return

15 Dec 2017

Year 10 Excellence Awards

GCS year 10 excellence award recipients for this year are;

Emily Thinius for being a successful learner

Andrew Harcan for being a confident and creative individual


Jade Platten for being an active and informed citizen 

Congratulations to the winners, we wish them all the best.

05 Dec 2017

Preparing Your Child for School

More helpful articles from Parenting Ideas, this one is more for first time school starters and the following  has useful information and tips for parents helping their children transition into high school.

21 Nov 2017

2018 Chromebook Allocation to Secondary Students

Letter from Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development explaining the rollout of the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 to all senior students for 2018.

You will also find the Chromebook Acceptance Form (you can choose to opt in or out) and an agreement for parents and students to complete and return as soon as possible but no later than Friday, 1 December.

The completed forms can be emailed directly to or dropped in at the SS Front office.

If the signed agreement is not received before the due date your child will miss out.

10 Nov 2017

Year 6 Market Day 17 November

Year 6 Market Day will be held on the Junior Site Friday, 17 November. The funds raised will be used to purchase a Year 6 farewell gift to the school. All primary school students will have a timeslot to view the stalls with their class! Students should bring in a gold coin donation if you want to be a part of the fun!

Poster designed by Jack in Year 6’


07 Nov 2017

Parenting for Resilience

More great reading by Michael Gose, founder of Parenting Ideas. This one is called 'Parenting for Resilience'.

01 Nov 2017

2018 Prospective Student Parent Information Sessions


Thursday, 2 November 

  • Preschool         3:30 - 4:30pm   Junior Site Library
  • Kindergarten    4:30 - 5:30pm    Junior Site Library
  • Year 7              5:45 - 6:45pm    Senior Site Gymnasium

31 Oct 2017


Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

18 Oct 2017

Carnival Book Fair - Junior Site

We are hosting a CARNIVAL BOOK FAIR at Joint Facilities Library (junior site).

Each class will be invited to preview the books in Week 2. The preview sessions are an ideal opportunity for children to share and discuss the books with their teachers and peers.

The selection of books will include a wide range of quality books from the best Australian and overseas authors & illustrators.  All books are discounted.

Every purchase from the Book Fair earns FREE books and resources for our school.

Our Book Fair Sales times in Week 3 will be:

Tuesday 24th Oct …….8 – 8:45

Wednesday 25th Oct……3 – 6 PM

Thursday 26th Oct…..8 – 8:45 AND 3 – 6 PM

Students will bring home wish lists after viewing. They are not order forms to be returned to school. Books can only be purchased by coming to the Book Fair Sales.

We will also have on display ‘Class Wish lists’. You may like to donate a book to your child’s class for the remainder of the year, before they are housed in the school library.

There will be 3 sales counters after you have found the books you are buying or reordering – ‘Cash/cheques’, ‘Cards’ and ‘PrePaid’-



  • cash
  • cheque
  • credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only)


  • use the ‘Parent Payments’ link at  to pay online.  When you attend the book Sales to pick up the books you must bring your receipt with you.


There is always a chance the more popular titles will be sold out when you arrive at the sale. It would be appreciated if you leave the last copy on the table for others to reorder also. Reorders usually arrive within 2 weeks of the sale being completed.



17 Oct 2017


The Gold Creek School debating squad wraps up its second semester with yet another story of success!


For the past number of weeks, GCS has participated in the ACT Debating Union’s debating competition. The school has sent in three teams, consisting of students from Years 8-10. All of our teams managed a number of wins across the four week competition.


In particular, we would like to commend the team Gold Creek 1 (Elicia Sangster, Trent Arcus, Eve Hudson, Taaseen Islam), who have made the finals series of the competition. They have managed to do this by ranking as the 5th overall team in the competition, which is a remarkable achievement in a competition of over 40 teams from all across the ACT. They will be competing in their first finals round on Wednesday, 20 September, and we wish them luck.

14 Sep 2017

Protective Behaviours for Parents of Preschoolers to year 2

11 Sep 2017


Congratulations to Mia Brown in year 6 on your amazing performance at the 2017 Canberra Korean Speech Contest. Mia did a fantastic job achieving a Distinction in her group – competing against university and college students! Congratulations! 


Well done to our Korean teacher, Mr Kim too on supporting our extension Korean group and Mia in this venture!  We are very lucky indeed to have the only ACT Primary Public school Korean program!

23 Aug 2017

James Watkins wins U15 Boys Cross Country Category

Congratulations to James Watkins who found out yesterday that he was the top points scorer in the U15 Boys Cross Country category, and has won a medal and trophy. In addition, as a result of his points tally, Gold Creek School has won the schools trophy in that age group, for which the school gets to display for the next 12 months. .

21 Aug 2017


09 Aug 2017

AIME School Challenge

GCS wins third place in the national AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) hoodie school challenge: First place - Kinross Wallaroi, NSW; second - SHS QLD and third - GCS ACT. What a fantastic effort by all involved. We look forward to participating again next year!

01 Aug 2017



  • A fashion show, image, object & art display (by Year 8, 9 & 10 Arts & Design students)
  • Musical performances
  • A display of Personal Projects (by Year 10 students)
  • An opportunity to view exciting work, mingle with other families, and enjoy the creative energy of our school community.
  • **Hot food will be available to purchase at the event.

    • WHEN: THURSDAY AUGUST 10th (Week 4)
    • TIME: 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
    • WHERE: Gold Creek School Senior Site Gym
    • The theme is Sustainability – students have worked in creative ways with recycled materials and around a SUSTAINABILITY theme.

      We invite you to attend this TRASHION SHOW to support our wonderful students at Gold Creek High, and share an evening of entertainment with our school community.

      Put it in your diaries, we look forward to seeing you there!

    • This is a video of Trashion Show

20 Jul 2017

NAIDOC week flag raising ceremony

Yesterday the whole school gathered round the senior site memorial garden for the flag raising ceremony to celebrate NAIDOC week.

20 Jul 2017

GSC School Students Win Youth InterACT Short Film Competition


Some of our Year 9 and 10 students submitted short films into a Youth InterACT competition, YouthTube. The students had to choose a topic of either, Homelessness in Young People, Mental Health, or Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The three Gold Creek School films are…



By Chelsea Brady.


Refuse To Lose

By Milni Guglani, Zara Warwarek, Jakayah Barratt, and Dylan Paull.


Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Jasmin Turner, Jas Singh, and Michael Anthrak


Our talented students won two of the categories!


Refuse To Lose, By Milni Guglani, Zara Warwarek, Jakayah Barratt, and Dylan Paull, won the People's Choice award.



Drug and Alcohol Abuse By Jasmin Turner, Jas Singh, and Michael Anthrak, won the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Category. 

Awesome work by awesome young people! 



19 Jul 2017


Another interesting article by Michael Grose -

The Language of Independence

Independence-building is vitally important for parents. It’s the pathway to children’s competency, confidence and creativity, and the short cut to resilience and real learning.

27 Jun 2017


Gold Creek School has a pilot program called Sources of Strength which aims to build resilience. Principal Angela Spence, Isabelle Gaul, Jodie Chang, Brent Felix, and Bradley Lynch. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

ANU rolls out Sources of Strength suicide prevention program to Canberra schools and we are one of eight in the trial. To read more see Canberra Times article.

21 Jun 2017



This semester, three teams from Gold Creek School participated in the ACT Debating Union's state-wide debating competition. The competition took place over 6 rounds. In each round, our teams were randomly allocated a side (affirmative or negative), and were made to discuss complex topics such as ‘That we should abolish the death penalty and ‘That we should prohibit celebrity entertainers from endorsing a political party’. In many instances, these topics were only given to the students an hour before the debate started, which meant that the students were truly forced to think on their feet and put their critical thinking skills to the test.

To prepare for the competition, our teams trained twice a week: during a break time and after school. This evidently paid off, as all of our teams achieved at a high level. The most successful Gold Creek team was Gold Creek School Senior Team 1, comprised of Skye Anton, Trent Arcus, Eve Hudson, and Elicia Sangster. This team managed to win 4 debates, and placed in the top 8 teams in the state according to their total speaker points. Our other senior team comprised of Elizabeth Hales, Chloe Loughton, Emily Potter, Natarsha Radoll, and Maxwell Wood and also saw success, managing to win two of their debates. This was especially significant, as for most of the team, debating was only a new activity that they had recently taken up. Our third and final team was a Junior division team, comprised of Taaseen Islam, Jayden Miller, Kobi Stray, and Claire Warner. This team won three debates across the season, and were commended by their adjudicators on a number of occasions for their sophisticated ways of engaging with their topics.

Overall, this has been another wonderful semester for Gold Creek School's debating squad, and we are very proud of our students for their intellectual curiosity, determination, and willingness to take a risk. Special thanks to Mr. White, who assisted in coordinating the program this year, and to our ACTDU debating coach Amy Jack, who assisted in our after school training.

Vincent Chiang

16 Jun 2017

Year 5/6 Conference Day

The year 5/6 students at Gold Creek School enjoyed their Conference Day yesterday. They were lucky enough to have experts from organisations around Canberra and teachers from the Senior SIte to share their knowledge on energy.

School captains are pictured with Actsmart Schools Officers and Brad Archer from the Department of Environment and Energy.


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16 Jun 2017

Year 8 Elective Choices Semester Two

Information Regarding Year 8 Electives

Through Semester 2, Year 8 students will have elective choices for their Arts and Design classes. Each student will study two subjects that last for the entire semester. More information regarding the electives can be found here.


05 Jun 2017

Junior Site & Preschool Temporary Traffic Carpark Changes

As of Monday 5 June there will be new traffic arrangements at the Junior Site and Preschool car parks.

Families should have received an email explaining the changes and there is information in the Junior Site Bites - Week 5 on our website as well.

30 May 2017

Public Education Week 22-26 May

23 May 2017

Parent Seminar on Adolescent Well-being

18 May 2017

Next Open Day 18 May 2017

Please see information below for more information on our next open day.

09 May 2017


04 Apr 2017


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Tuesday - 28 March


5 minute intervals

Class Rooms

Wednesday - 29 March

8-8:30am and


5 minute intervals

Class Rooms

Junior Site

Three Way Conferences

Tuesday – 28 March


10 minute intervals

Class Rooms

Wednesday – 29 March

8-8:30am and


10 minute intervals

Class Rooms

Senior Site

Tuesday - 4 April


5 minute intervals


Thursday – 6 April


5 minute intervals



14 Mar 2017

Comedy Workshop with Kevin Kropinyeri

Last week the school was lucky to hold a comedy workshop with Aboriginal comedian, Kevin Kropinyeri. He worked with some of the school's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students where they were given the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. The students and staff involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thank Kevin for his guidance and time. It also made news in the Chronicle.

02 Mar 2017

Ms Spence - Student for a Day

Our acting Principal Angela Spence wanted to experience a day in the life of a senior site student. Hear what she has to say by visiting this link

23 Feb 2017


Gold Creek to Introduce Korean Language learning in our Junior School

At Gold Creek, we place a high importance on language learning including mother tongue, and recognise the link between language acquisition and cultural understanding. As a school that values and embraces the cultures and languages of its multicultural community, we are committed to widen our current language program for students in the junior school.

From the beginning of 2017, we are incorporating the learning of Korean for students in year 3. The school has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Embassy to introduce the Korean ‘Plant-a school program’ with the aim of progressively growing Korean throughout the school. The Korean Embassy has generously agreed to fund this initiative and as such we have been able to recruit a fabulous teacher.

We are delighted that Gold Creek is undertaking to build this exceptional partnership with the Education Directorate and look forward to working closely with the Korean Embassy and Korean Education Centre.

09 Dec 2016



We would like to thank all our special guests, students and their families for attending our 2016 whole school awards assembly on Wednesday 30 November. Congratulations to all our award recipients.

02 Dec 2016

Week 10 Activities

Students to Choose for Activities Week

Please use this link to choose the activities you want to take part in on the Monday and Wednesday of week 10.

You should choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for each activity session, just in case any are oversubscribed. You will be given one of your choices for each session, hopefully your first or second choice, but we cannot guarantee first choices.

There are excursions offered, but there are also more than enough spaces for students to take part in school based activities that don't cost anything. If you choose an excursion, there will be a cost attached; please check with your parents/carers first. If you do choose an excursion, it is your responsibility to collect a note (listen out for the morning notices).

Happy choosing!

29 Nov 2016

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