Our Year 7 camp was at Pacific 
                Palms - Tiona near Myall Lakes. We went for five days, and it was a three-and-a-half-hour bus trip to get there. When we got there, we were assigned into our cabin groups, and I was placed with four other girls, and I was happy I was placed with some people I found nice. Luckily for me we were placed in a spacious cabin I believe it was the largest cabin out of everyone. The food was average, but we got dessert every night so that was a plus.

Over the next three days we went to different beaches such as: Shelley beach, Cellito beach and Elizabeth beach to surf with our surf instructors: Deano, Eddie, Shannon and Lennon. Some of the activities we did throughout the week were jumping off this massive rock and watching the stars at night. Looking at the stars was my favourite activity and jumping of a massive rock was my least because we were forced to climb and scale the rock. Although many others may disagree with me on this. Therefore, I give camp a seven out of ten.

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              In this year’s school
              trip, we went on surf camp run by waves surf school. The bus ride was 3-4 hours long and we all stayed for 5 days and 4 nights at pacific palms caravan park. I was put in a cabin with 4 other girls and let’s just say it was a bit chaotic. One of the things I liked the most was going to cellito beach and swimming in the rock pools as the water was super clear and it felt like we were in Hawaii. After a long day of swimming and surfing we all chilled at our cabins for a few hours or did some skateboarding in the basketball court. I really enjoyed the food and overall, I really liked the camp.

The bus was filled with excitement as we finally arrived at our destination, Pacific Palms in Tiona. Our year 7 class camp was a surf camp. Starting from the 21 March and ending on the 25 of March. We stayed in a place called Pacific Palms Caravan Park.

We each had cabins which would range from having 3 students to 5. Each cabin had 4 bunk beds and 1 double bed. However we had the most important thing a group of (almost) teenagers would need, a TV. Our cabins were also only a 2 minute walk from the beach.

Activities we did were Surfing, Bush walks, Swimming, a bonfire night and a night where we went to the beach at 9pm. The beach closest to us was Elizabeth beach and this was were we primarily spent our time surfing. There were however other beaches we visited such as Shelly beach, number one beach, Cellito rocks, near Myall lakes and Seal rock.
“We had 4 instructors each with different personalities. Deano, the camp leader was hilarious, Eddie and Lennon who were goofy and Shannon, who was really loud and always shrieked applauses when we catched a good wave. All however, were incredibly supportive. JJ was also a really important person there. She cooked the meals. Breakfast could vary from pancakes, to sausages, to cereal and other foods from the grill. Lunch and dinner would range from Mexican food, wraps, sandwiches, pasta and other sustenances.

My favourite part of Surf camp was Surfing. Before camp I had never surfed before and the feeling of improvement when we finally got passed a problem or caught a good wave was incredible. Personally I would rate the camp a 8/10 as it now gave me a lifelong skill that I could enjoy.

                         Year 7 camp this year kicked off with a blast, for 2022’s year 7 students
                          and staff. We all had an amazing time and brought back some
                          amazing memories.
My favourite memory was the beaches which had a vast sandy beach, clear, blue water and small, relaxing and ‘terrifically fun to surf’ waves, the beaches we went to were called; Elizabeth beach, Shelley beach and Number one beach, which are all located in Pacific Palm’s, Tiona, near Myall Lakes and Seal Rocks.

We stayed in a caravan park, and all the cabins were in a stunning state, so clean and calming. Each cabin had a letter and had 3-5 people staying in it, the cabins also had a kitchen, TV, master bedroom and a room of 2 bunk beds. My cabin was called Cabin O and had 5 girls staying in it, the girls were: Grace, Zoe, Emma, Klara and me (Charlotte).

The surfing parts were amazing, they were my favourite time. Lots of people who didn’t know how to surf started surfing and they were amazing, and I am amazed at how talented Year 7 are. Being at camp gave me happiness and joy and I was sad to leave but the memories that I took with me are going to stay with me for a lifetime and I think everybody’s memories will do the same. Out of all I rate camp a 10/10.”

                      Year 7 camp this year kicked off with a
                      blast, for 2022’s year 7 students and staff. We all had an amazing time and brought back some amazing memories.

My favourite memory was the beaches which had a vast sandy beach, clear, blue water and small, relaxing and ‘terrifically fun to surf’ waves, the beaches we went to were called; Elizabeth beach, Shelley beach and Number one beach, which are all located in Pacific Palm’s, Tiona, near Myall Lakes and Seal Rocks.

We stayed in a caravan park, and all the cabins were in a stunning state, so clean and calming. Each cabin had a letter and had 3-5 people staying in it, the cabins also had a kitchen, TV, master bedroom and a room of 2 bunk beds. My cabin was called Cabin O and had 5 girls staying in it, the girls were: Grace, Zoe, Emma, Klara and me (Charlotte).

The surfing parts were amazing, they were my favourite time. Lots of people who didn’t know how to surf started surfing and they were amazing, and I am amazed at how talented Year 7 are. Being at camp gave me happiness and joy and I was sad to leave but the memories that I took with me are going to stay with me for a lifetime and I think everybody’s memories will do the same. Out of all I rate camp a 10/10.

One week in term one we had a surf camp. We were going to Pacific Palms in Tiona. We went for 5 days from the 21st to the 25th of March. We took a bus there, and it was about a 4-hour drive.
We were staying in small cabins. The cabin that my friends and I stayed in had on master bedroom, and a small bedroom that had four beds. In our cabin there was a really small bathroom, and a shower that didn’t even have hot water for half the time we stayed there. In the cabin the kitchen and the Livingroom were combined in one room.

For the breakfast we had cereal, and sometimes bacon and eggs. For the lunches we had wraps and sandwiches. For dinner we had food like nachos, or sausages. For dessert we had food like custard and bananas, or ice-cream. We also occasionally had snacks like fruit or crackers. The person that made the food was called JJ.

We went surfing a lot, and one of the beaches we went to was called “number one beach”. On Thursday we had a surfing competition. We split into groups, and we did it one group at a time. The surf instructors were called Eddie, Deano, Shannon, and Lenny.
I quite liked this camp, but I would give it a 7 out of 10, because there was no hot water for half the time, the accommodation was not very nice, and I personally didn’t like the food that much.

Year 7 Surf Camp tiona

The Year 10 camp to the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, was an incredible experience. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff who made us feel at home. We made ourselves comfortable in the cabins but before we knew it, we already had an activity planned for us, making bread and pastries with the certified pastry chef. He showed us the art of bread baking, explaining to us how to knead and form bread, we then used our knowledge to make our very own bread loaves.

The following activity was a bushwalk to the famous Three Sisters, guided by a local tour guide. We learned about multiple flora species which could help us if we ever got into a survival situation. The walk finished at the Katoomba waterfall, overlooking the Three Sisters, a breath-taking view. The first day flew by and before we knew it, it was already Tuesday morning.

We were riding through Australian bushland on horses. Looking up, we were surrounded by huge rock formations, nature that can only be found in a few places around the world. We ate lunch and made our way to the History Walk, which gave us an insight into the historical importance of the Blue Mountains.

Like the first day, Tuesday seemed to fly by and the next morning we made our way to the adrenaline inducing abseiling. We got a quick introduction to the sport and abseiled down a five-metre cliff to practice our skills before we could test our nerves on the thirty-metre vertical cliff. To my surprise, most people made their way down the cliff without second thoughts, but not everyone seemed convinced. But with a little reassurance even the pessimistic people had scaled their way down.

Mountain Biking was next on the list, we all got assigned bikes and before long, we embarked on the nine-kilometre-long fire trail to a view too beautiful to put into words. It was a view of a massive valley that stretched all around us, with incredible cliff faces that fell hundreds of metres down. The cardio had hit everyone, and we were all ready for an early night.
The next morning it was already the second last day of camp, but we had not thought much about it, as we were all thinking about the amazing race: We were all subdivided into small groups and given a small sheet of paper which contained all the activities we had to fulfil. An amazing race is a competition in groups where you get activities such as making songs or filling out crosswords. For each completed activity you were granted points, whichever group finishes with the most points wins. We all had so much fun and were sent all around the area taking pictures of animals and recreating indigenous dream time stories. We finished the afternoon with relaxed team-building activities and archery.


year 10 camp -
blue mountains

year 10 camp - blue mountains

We woke up the next morning all packed but not ready to leave. We made a short trip to the Katoomba town centre, most of us getting something to eat, some even getting a haircut. Overall, we all agreed that this competes with one of the best camps. It was such a unique experience ranging from the restaurant-quality food and the breath-taking views of the Blue Mountains. It felt as if we were always entertained, even the night activities were enjoyable.

One thing I would like to mention is the Aboriginal talk, I came into it thinking it would be very average, but it was such a unique speaker who captivated us with his thoughts and opinions giving us such a unique insight into this thousands-of-years-old culture. We ended up all staying much longer than planned.

I would like to thank the staff and not to mention our teachers for making this such an enjoyable camp.         Nik Wilde                                                                                                                                        

For this year’s class camp, the year 10 class stayed at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains as a replacement for our Kangaroo Valley Kayak Tour. We stayed at the Katoomba Cristian Convention.

The convention provided us with great food and activities to do during both daytime and during the night. These activities were mountain biking, abseiling, horse riding and many more. I really liked the variety in activities. For example the history walk and nature appealed to those who were interested in Katoomba’s scenery and history. Personally, my favourite activity was either the mountain bike tour, or the abseiling session.

Overall, this class camp was amazing and I definitely recommend the school to organise it again.       Brian Berens

klassenfahrt klasse 10 - blue mountains

Die Klassenfahrt der Jahrgangsstufe 10 in die Blue Mountains, Katoomba, war eine unglaubliche Erfahrung. Bei der Ankunft wurden wir von freundlichen Mitarbeitern begrüßt, die uns das Gefühl gaben, zu Hause zu sein. Wir machten es uns in den Hütten gemütlich, aber bevor wir uns versahen, war schon eine Aktivität für uns geplant, nämlich Brot und Gebäck mit dem zertifizierten Konditor zu backen. Er zeigte uns die Kunst des Brotbackens und erklärte uns, wie man Brot knetet und formt, und wir nutzten unser Wissen, um unsere eigenen Brote zu backen.

Die nächste Aktivität war eine Buschwanderung zu den berühmten Three Sisters, die von einem örtlichen Reiseleiter geführt wurde. Wir lernten verschiedene Pflanzenarten kennen, die uns in einer Überlebenssituation helfen könnten. Die Wanderung endete am Katoomba-Wasserfall mit Blick auf die Three Sisters - ein atemberaubender Anblick. Der erste Tag verging wie im Flug und ehe wir uns versahen, war es schon Dienstagmorgen.

Wir ritten auf Pferden durch das australische Buschland. Ein Blick nach oben verrat, dass wir von riesigen Felsformationen umgeben waren, von einer Natur, wie sie nur an wenigen Orten der Welt zu finden ist. Wir aßen zu Mittag und machten uns auf den Weg zum History Walk, der uns einen Einblick in die historische Bedeutung der Blue Mountains verschaffte.

Wie der erste Tag schien auch der Dienstag wie im Flug zu vergehen, und am nächsten Morgen machten wir uns auf den Weg zum adrenalingeladenen Abseilen. Wir bekamen eine kurze Einführung in den Sport und seilten uns eine fünf Meter hohe Klippe herab, um unsere Fähigkeiten zu üben, bevor wir unsere Nerven an der dreißig Meter hohen senkrechten Klippe testen konnten. Zu meiner Überraschung seilten sich die meisten Leute ohne Bedenken ab, aber nicht alle schienen überzeugt zu sein. Aber mit ein wenig Beruhigung kletterten sogar die Pessimisten hinunter.

Am nächsten Morgen war bereits der vorletzte Tag des Camps angebrochen, aber wir hatten noch nicht viel darüber nachgedacht, denn wir waren alle mit den Gedanken bei dem unglaublichen Rennen: Wir wurden alle in kleine Gruppen eingeteilt und bekamen ein kleines Blatt Papier, auf dem alle Aufgaben standen, die wir zu erfüllen hatten. Ein Amazing Race ist ein Wettbewerb in Gruppen, bei dem man Aktivitäten wie Lieder singen oder Kreuzworträtsel ausfüllen muss. Für jede erfüllte Aufgabe gab es Punkte, und die Gruppe, die am Ende die meisten Punkte hatte, gewann. Wir hatten alle sehr viel Spaß und wurden durch die Gegend geschickt, um Fotos von Tieren zu machen und einheimische Traumzeitgeschichten nachzuspielen. Wir beendeten den Nachmittag mit entspannten teambildenden Aktivitäten und Bogenschießen.

Am nächsten Morgen wachten wir mit gepackten Sachen auf, waren aber noch nicht bereit zum Aufbruch. Wir machten einen kurzen Abstecher ins Stadtzentrum von Katoomba, wo die meisten von uns etwas zu essen bekamen und einige sogar einen Haarschnitt bekamen. Insgesamt waren wir uns alle einig, dass dieses Camp mit einem der besten konkurriert. Es war ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, angefangen vom Essen in Restaurantqualität bis hin zu den atemberaubenden Ausblicken auf die Blue Mountains. Wir hatten das Gefühl, immer gut unterhalten zu werden, und auch die nächtlichen Aktivitäten waren sehr unterhaltsam.

Ich hatte erwartet, dass der Vortrag der Aboriginals sehr durchschnittlich sein würde, aber es war ein so einzigartiger Redner, der uns mit seinen Gedanken und Meinungen fesselte und uns einen einzigartigen Einblick in diese jahrtausendealte Kultur gab. Am Ende sind wir alle viel länger geblieben als geplant.

Ich möchte mich bei den Mitarbeitern und nicht zuletzt bei unseren Lehrern dafür bedanken, dass dieses Camp so viel Spaß gemacht hat. Nik Wilde                                                                                                                                                                        

Während des ersten Terms sind wir nach Katoomba in die Blue Mountains gefahren. Wir übernachteten in den Unterkünften der Katoomba Cristian Convention.

Die Katoomba Christian Convention versorgten uns mit großartigem Essen und organisierten schöne Aktivitäten für uns. Ich fand die Vielzahl und Auswahl der Aktivitäten super. Zum Beispiel wurden sportliche und körperlich anstrengende Aktivitäten angeboten, wie zum Beispiel die Mountainbike Fahrradtour. Außerdem haben wir auch entspannende Aktivitäten gemacht, wie beispielsweise die Backstunde. Ich persönlich fand das Abseilen und die Mountainbike Tour am besten.

Insgesamt fand ich diese Klassenfahrt wunderbar und ich empfehle, dass die Schule so etwas nochmal organisiert.       Brian Berens

The Social Entrepreneurship AG students recently successfully pitched their ideas to the school manager, Kristian Wolf, and he was happy to provide them with their start-up capital of $20 per student so they can start their business ventures. This semester we have four businesses:

  • The Smootheez – a healthy fruit smoothie bar for busy students and teachers
  • Study Snacks – a bag of sweet treats with study tips to keep you motivated while you study
  • Inspiring Baked Goods – delicious cookies with uplifting, inspirational quotes and messages attached
  • “Save the Koala” by ACR Games – a board game that teaches people about the plight of the much-loved Aussie icon
    (Note: this group will be selling koala-themed stickers, temporary tattoos and face-painting to raise money for their board game prototype)

We will be selling our products at the GISS Flea market on Sunday 22nd May and then at lunchtimes from June 6th to June 17th.

Please support the students in their ventures; all profits go to charities of their choice including youth mental health, Australian wildlife and Rural Aid charities, which are all worthy causes.

social entrepreneur ag

In Term 1, Year 8 were looking at Surrealism in art. Surrealism began as a twentieth-century literary, philosophical, and artistic movement that explored the workings of the mind, championing the irrational, the poetic, and the revolutionary.

The students learnt all about how Surrealism came about and what the main principles were. Year 8 each conducted written research into a surrealist artist of their choice. The practical work lead on from some warm up drawing sessions focussing on the eye to improve their drawing skills. The eye drawings were then developed and eventually became surrealist masterpieces.

surrealism in year 8

Our GISS choirs and string ensembles have been having a lot of fun, rehearsing and preparing for our upcoming first performances for 2022 at the Flea Market. It is so wonderful to be able to sing and play together again, and it is amazing to see what the students can achieve in such a short time each week.

Almost 60 children belong to the GISS choirs across Kindergarten to Year 6, and our string ensembles are constantly growing, with 16 current members from Years 1 to 8. We rehearse during lunch hours or before school and each group has its own dynamic, with students across various year levels working together to make music in a fun way.

The Senior Choir (Years 3-6) is also currently preparing for a very exciting performance in the Sydney Town Hall on 6th September. At the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, 30 children will represent GISS with a solo performance item, as well as singing in a massed choir of around 300 students from schools around the Sydney region. This will be an evening that students will remember for all of their lives! The choir must learn specific repertoire for this event, and to this end, they had a day of intensive rehearsals at the Lionel Watts Sport and Community Centre in Frenchs Forest with Mrs Boubbov and Frau Karpova. It was great to spend the day singing, learning new songs, playing games and even eating some pizza! And we managed to squeeze in a short play in the nearby playground!

GISS Music Ensembles
are Back!

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Unsere GISS-Chöre und Streicherensembles hatten viel Spaß daran gehabt, zu proben und sich auf unsere bevorstehenden ersten Aufführungen für 2022 auf dem Flohmarkt vorzubereiten. Es ist so toll, wieder zusammen singen und spielen zu können, und es ist immer wieder erstaunlich, was die Schüler in so kurzer Zeit jede Woche erreichen können.

Fast 60 Kinder gehören den GISS-Chören vom Kindergarten bis zur 6. Klasse an, und unsere Streicherensembles wachsen ständig mit 16 aktuellen Mitgliedern von der 1. bis zur 8. Klasse. Wir proben während der Mittagspause oder vor der Schule und jede Gruppe hat ihre eigene Dynamik, wobei die SchülerInnen verschiedener Jahrgangsstufen auf unterhaltsame Weise zusammenarbeiten, um Musik zu machen.

Der Senior Choir (Klassen 3-6) bereitet sich derzeit auch auf eine sehr aufregende Aufführung in der Sydney Town Hall am 6. September vor. Beim IPSHA Performing Arts Festival werden 30 Kinder GISS mit einem Solo-Performance-Element vertreten und in einem Massenchor von rund 300 SchülerInnen aus Schulen in der Region Sydney singen. Dies wird bestimmt ein unvergesslicher Abend sein. Der Chor muss für diese Veranstaltung ein spezifisches Repertoire erlernen, und zu diesem Zweck hatten sie einen Tag intensiver Proben im Lionel Watts Sport- und Gemeindezentrum in Frenchs Forest mit Frau Boubbov und Frau Karpova. Es war toll, den Tag damit zu verbringen, zu singen, neue Lieder zu lernen, Spiele zu spielen und wir konnten sogar Pizza essen. Und wir schafften es erst noch, ein kurzes Spiel auf dem nahe gelegenen Spielplatz zu machen!

GISS Music Ensembles sind wieder da!

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