Class times, Fees and Refunds
Class times 2020
In 2021, Year 11 classes will begin with a one and a half day intensive (3 lessons on day 1 and 2 lessons on day 2) in the week prior to the beginning of school (to cover module 1) and run during term time on Thursday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm and Saturday mornings 10:45-12:45am.
New year 12 classes (for students beginning year 12 in term 4 2020) will begin with a two day intensive in the October holidays to cover the first HSC module (Advanced Mechanics). The second module (Electromagnetism) is covered in weekly classes in term 4. With the current COVID restrictions, there is a maximum of 9 students in each class (desks are spaced so students are 1.5m apart). Practical work has been adapted where necessary to reduce contact between students.
Day 1 -Wednesday 7th October, 8:30am-3:30pm: Covers both the theory and practical work for the first half of the module (projectile motion and uniform circular motion) over the three 2 hour lessons.
Day 2 – (3 options: Thurs 8th, Fri 9th or Sat 10th October), 8:30-3:30pm. Covers the second half of the module, on Newton’s law of universal gravitation, motion in gravitational fields (orbital motion) and gravitational potential energy.
The cost for both days is $480 (6 lessons x $80). There is a discount for new students of $80 (equivalent to the first lesson free).
Each day includes a 20 minute break for morning tea and 40 minute break for lunch. Students should bring a packed lunch and morning tea each day (there’s a large garden – students are welcome to stretch their legs outside!)
In term 4 year 12 classes will cover Module 6: Electromagnetism. Lessons will run on Saturday mornings, 8:30-10:30am (1 place available as of 20/9), Wednesday afternoons (4:30-6:30pm)(1 place available) and Friday afternoons (4:30-6:30pm) and will continue at these times in 2021
Advanced Physics Olympiad
Advanced Olympiad (2020) classes (for which year 11 physics and calculus are assumed knowledge) run on Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30pm).
New lessons beginning in term 1 of 2021 will also run on Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30pm.
Fees for weekly classes during term
Fathoming physics classes are $80 (incl. GST) per 2 hour lesson.
Fees are paid in advance at the beginning of each term. New students are welcome to attend a free trial lesson.
Refund and missed lesson policy
If students wish to discontinue tuition I always refund any unused term fees.
If students are unwell or are not able to attend a lesson for another reason, students can participate in their class via zoom or alternatively watch a zoom recording of the class afterwards (they just need to let me know prior to the class so I make sure I set up zoom for the class). Students are also welcome to attend a lesson at an alternate time to make up the class (subject to space in the class during COVID restrictions). If none of the above work, I will do my best to help students catch up by supplying the material they missed and answering any questions they may have about it.
Please be aware that I do not provide refunds for individual missed lessons.
How many students are there in each class?
During the COVID restrictions there is a maximum of 9 students attending face-to-face in the class to allow me to meet the 4m^2 per person space requirements. All students are seated at least 1.5m apart in the class.
Policy on Depth Studies and other take home assignments
I am more than happy to discuss the physics involved in depth studies and assignments in a general way with my students to assist them in their understanding of the concepts and ideas involved, but will not provide written feedback on students’ drafts (i.e. tell them what to write) or assistance that would contravene NESA’s “All my own work” policy. NESA has provided guidance on what is considered appropriate assistance from tutors here: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/hsc-all-my-own-work/working-with-others/assistance-from-others.
Child protection/Health and safety
Child Protection Issues
I hold a current working with children clearance (Check number: WWC0346784E). I can provide the extra information required for online verification upon parent request.
Other Health and safety issues
Students with medical conditions that they believe I should be aware of (in particular students with an action plan for allergies or asthma) can notify me of these using the space provided when they register.