NGSC Newsletter

11 May 2018
Issue Seven
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North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates 

14-17 MAY            Yr 10 Outdoor Ed Camp

15 - 17 MAY          NAPLAN

21 MAY                   Curriculum Day (Student Free)

28 - 30 MAY          Yr 9 Discovery Camp

5 - 14 JUNE          VCE Exams

11 JUNE                Queens Birthday Public Holiday

13 JUNE                VCE GAT

15 JUNE                Assessment & Reporting Day                                            (Student Free) 

29 JUNE               Last Day Term 2 (1.30pm Finish)

23 OCT                  Year 12 Graduation

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Geelong Schools’ 84th Annual ANZAC Service Commemoration 
(Memorial Foyer, Johnstone Park, Geelong) 

On Tuesday 24 April, at 11.00am, I had the pleasure to accompany School Captains Tyler George and Angela Bijimba at the Geelong Schools’ 84th Annual ANZAC Commemoration.


The service took place at the Memorial Foyer, Johnstone Park in Geelong.  Each year, primary and secondary school students from Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula  come together to remember those who lost their lives through the wars to enable us today to live in a free and democratic country. 


Our School Captains represented the school; they placed the NGSC wreath in memory of the fallen soldiers.  In addition, they were present for speeches highlighting the brave acts of the ANZACs.  


Lest We Forget.

Capital Works/School refurbishment update

The school’s refurbishment /capital works schedule is well underway. Stage One is progressing as per the timeline. As mentioned in previous newsletters, Stage One, includes a signature tower close to the main entrance of the school, the full refurbishment of Block B, Food Technology area, including two state-of-the-art kitchens, a larger dining area wrapped around by an outdoor decking, complete refurbishment of the courtyard between B and C wings, refurbishment of the walkway between B and C Wings and also the demolition and rebuilding of the Junior Toilet Block. 


Stage One works are expected to be completed by the end of the Term Two. The whole school community is excited in anticipation of the new and refurbished facilities that will add to the teaching and learning spaces of the school, providing upgraded facilities, ensuring improved student outcomes. 

NAPLAN Testing 2018

On Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May, our Year 7 and 9 students will undertake this year’s NAPLAN tests.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials.

Why do students do NAPLAN tests?

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement.


NAPLAN tests are one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each North Geelong Secondary College student's performance.

What will be tested, and how?

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. The content of each test is informed by the National Statements of Learning for English and Mathematics which underpin state and territory learning frameworks. Questions are multiple-choice or require a short written response.

Who will run the tests?

NAPLAN tests are conducted at schools and administered by classroom teachers, school deputies or the Principal.

How can I help my child prepare for the tests?

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.


The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.

What additional support can schools provide for students with special needs?

All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments which reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who have a temporary injury may also be reasonably accommodated.


A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions, or who has recently arrived in Australia and came from a non-English speaking background.


The school Principal and your state testing authority can provide you with more information on special provisions or the process required gaining a formal exemption.

How is NAPLAN performance measured?

NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has ten bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. Six bands are reported for each year level for each test. One of these bands will represent the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.

What happens if my child is absent from school on test days?

Wherever possible, schools will organise for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during testing week.

Will I receive a report on my child’s performance?

A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school later in the year. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home. If you do not receive a report, you should contact the school. Individual student results are strictly confidential.

How are NAPLAN test results used?

  • Schools use results to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy.
  • School systems use results to review programs and support offered to schools.
  • Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers.
  • Teachers use results to help them better identify students who require greater challenges or additional support.
  • The community can see average school NAPLAN results on the My School website.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about NAPLAN:

  • visit
  • contact your child’s school
  • contact your state or territory’s education authority (details available on the NAP website)


At this time of the year, families are making important decisions about choosing a secondary school for their child.


There’s a common misleading view that if you send your child to a private school, your child will get better results.


But the facts show that this is wrong. 


A recent review of almost 30 academic studies revealed public schools achieve similar student outcomes to Catholic and Independent schools across a range of education indicators. (Cobbold, 2015)


The review showed there were no significant differences between the results of students from public, Catholic and Independent schools in national and international tests and also in university completion rates.


According to the review, first year of university students from public schools outperform other students – they achieve higher grades in their first year of university than students from Catholic and Independent schools.


For more information about the review’s findings please go to the following website:

As a leader in the public school system, I believe it’s important that families know about this information because it can help inform their decision-making.


Public schools are just as good as private schools in the area that matters most – developing your child’s potential.  The review is one of many pieces of educational research showing that students from the same social background do as well in public schools as they do in Catholic or Independent schools.


There are other good reasons to consider enrolling your child in a public school. They include the following:

  • Public schools are great value for money compared with private schools, which charge families up to $30,000 each year in tuition fees per child. Tuition at public schools is free, with families paying only for books and some essential items.
  • Children in public schools learn to get on with a wide mixture of students from different backgrounds. These advanced social skills – cooperation, empathy, problem solving, understanding – are increasingly prized in the modern workplace. They equip students for success in life and in their future work.
  • Public schools are neighbourhood schools.  Enrolling your child in a school within walking or riding distance to home makes it easier for you to know who your child’s friends are, to make friends with other local parents and to forge closer links with your school and your community.  
  • High quality teaching is one of the biggest factors that influences student learning. That’s why public schools are intensifying their efforts to enhance the skills of their teachers through mentoring, peer and student feedback and other forms of professional development. 

Public schools are the backbone of our nation’s education system. They express our Australian egalitarian values. They provide opportunities for all children to succeed, no matter where they live. They give all children a fair chance to reach their potential and lead a fulfilling life.


As Principal of a public school for a number of years, I am extremely honoured and proud of my current and previous school communities. I am also proud of the outstanding achievements of public school students over the years.

Refurbished Basketball/Netball an Volley ball courts

In the last two weeks, works have been completed with the refurbishment of two additional basketball/netball and volleyball courts. These local works have seen the upgrade of all PE and Sporting facilities at the College, ensuring that our students have the best possible facilities: improving student engagement, connectedness and pride, and hence improved student outcomes. 


Feedback from our student body, and in particular the students that enjoy playing sports during recess and lunchtimes, is that they really appreciate all the new or refurbished facilities and that students are very proud to be part of the North Geelong SC community.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy Testing (NAPLAN)
Year 7 and Year 9

This is a reminder that the NAPLAN testing will be taking place from 15th May to the 17th May. The VCAA is responsible for the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Victoria. NAPLAN is a national assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, that is undertaken every year in early May.


NAPLAN is made up of tests in four areas (or ‘domains’):

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)

  • Numeracy


As a College we observe and celebrate the improvements students are making from year 7 to 9. The results of the tests also provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs that are already used in schools. As with all single assessments, NAPLAN test results are not intended to be used in isolation from other school-based assessment programs.


If you have questions about NAPLAN please contact your Year Level Coordinator, Sub -School Manager or an Assistant Principal.

Year 9 and 10 GAT

In year 12 students studying the VCE all partake in a GAT. This is a test that identifies student ability in relation to their studies. This year the year 9 and 10 students will also be participating in a GAT. Teachers will be trained in how to observe and use this data and utilise it to inform their teaching of individuals in the classroom. It should provide us with another insight into where their entry point is into learning a particular skill or developing knowledge and target their improvement based on the capacity. This means that we can extend highly capable students better and tailor programs for students in specific need areas. In addition to this students will be better prepared for the rigour of VCE.

Performance Averages and Progress Reports

There has been much conducted behind the scenes with the Progress Reports this year and it is worth noting. Not only have we increased the expectations around attendance and this is reflected in the reports we have also invested time in measuring improvement between reports. So therefore on Monday afternoon the Student Management Team will be observing student improvement between each Progress Report and again addressing achievement and students needing support. Students have been recognised in assemblies, verbally and also with emails to parents and students. The effort submitted by the team thus far has been fantastic and we look forward to the impact this has on student achievement in the end of semester reports.  


The top ten Performance Average improvements will receive recognition at a Year Level assembly. These students have reflected upon their results and made a concerted effort to improve their learning behaviours.


Performance Averages below 2.5 place the student at risk of repeating the Year.  Scores that are consistently below 2.0 may see the student repeat the Year in 2019.

End of Semester Exams are coming!

All students will be participating in various exams towards the end of this term. This is a great opportunity for students to extend themselves in maintaining their understanding of what they have learnt. In recent years it has been noticed that students have started study routines to prepare to revise weeks out from the exams. This is excellent however a regular routine of going over notes, key terms, revising or practising skills is going to reduce the need for last minute cramming. If your children are saying there is no homework we encourage you to email the teacher and remind your children of the exams and revision.

SEAL Program Testing

Last Saturday the 5th of May saw the testing for the 2019 SEAL program.  This year was the most applications that the school has had in all of the years of running the program.  The students results wee exceptional which indicates another sting SEAL class for 2019. We would like to thank Courtney McCullough, Allister Hill and Tonia Tigani who gave up their time for the testing.

Scholarships for Year 7, 2019

We are currently taking preliminary applications for our Scholarship Program for Year 7 in 2019. Applications are due by next Friday, May 18th. We offer five scholarships at Year 7 in the area of Arts, Academic Excellence, Sporting Excellence, Community and Leadership. Scholarships help cover the costs of schooling for two years including iPad, uniform, excursions and camps, book lists and extra-curricula activities. Each scholarship is valued at $5000. Applications forms are available from the main office. For more information, please contact the College and ask to speak to Ms Astles or Mr Hill.

Applications for scholarships for Year 9 students in 2019 will be open in Term 3.

International Student Homestay Families

NGSC are looking for homestay families for our International Students.


Providing homestay accommodation for an international student offers the chance to learn about another culture and build lifelong friendship.


This is an opportunity for you to join other families who are currently hosting International Students at NGSC, as there is an increasing demand for 2018.  Students are typically aged between 15 and 18 years of age and need accommodation ranging from a months to up to three years. In July, we will have 10 Chinese students attending the school for a month and we are looking for families.  This could be a good opportunity for a family to participate as a Homestay family for a month and then decide if they would like to make a long term commitment. In return for accepting a student into your home and family you will be paid a generous weekly amount for your hosting and hospitality. Other benefits of hosting are described by one host family in the following.

Thank you for the opportunity to host another student from China. ………... was an absolute pleasure to have in our house and we believe that we have made a great friend for life. Our time with ……….. was one of the best experiences we have had. What it has taught us is that it doesn’t matter what language we speak. We all smile and laugh the same. We all find a way to communicate if we stop and listen.


For further information or to register your interest in this unique opportunity, please call Paul Dawson on 03 5240 5800 or email [email protected]

Geelong Careers and Pathways Expo

This coming Monday, May 14th, there is a Careers and Pathways Expo at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from 3pm- 6pm. This is one of the biggest Careers Expos and there will be stalls and presentations from all of the major tertiary providers, including Deakin, Victoria, Monash, Federation and Melbourne University as well as RMIT, The Gordon, Victoria Police and the Australian Defence Force. Students will be able to access information on School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, VET courses and pathways to industry.


We encourage all of students in Years 10-12 to attend, whether they are pursuing a VCAL or VCE pathway or looking into options for post-secondary studies. This is the perfect event to help current Year 10 students explore course options in the lead up to Careers Week and Subject Selections in early Term 3. Of course, any students who wish to seek advice about job applications, courses, pathways and/or careers are encouraged to visit the Careers Office at NGSC and speak with Mr Rankcom and Miss Makin.


Mr Jacob Storer

Year 8 Coordinator 

Progress Reports

As we are now approaching the end of Week 4 (where has that time gone?) it means that teachers are now sitting down to write the latest Progress Reports. These will be published next week and available on Compass. If you are having a problem seeing these, please contact the school and we can help you out with this.

Winter uniform

With the weather getting colder each day, it is important to remember to wear the uniform correctly during the winter months. Being warm is not a fashion statement; especially when those fashion choices mean wearing a hoodie underneath a shirt or jumper. It is also worth reminding that long-sleeved shirts underneath the school shirts are not permitted, as well as leggings. We will ask students to remove any winter items that are not a part of the school uniform.


We do understand that there can be issues with acquiring the correct uniform, especially jackets. If this is the case, please contact the school and we can support you in getting this.

Making use of the help available

We have now been here this year for a combined 13 weeks. By now, students should be aware of the correct avenues to report an incident. It is important that students seek out a trusted teacher to report anything that may have happened that has negatively impacted on their experience at NGSC. This can then be reported to the Coordination team to be promptly dealt with.


With over 300 students in the Junior Sub-School, it is important that issues are reported directly to us to avoid any future frustration or wellbeing issues.


It is that time of life where our students are beginning to enter the ‘smelly years’. As we grow and develop, unfortunately with it comes body odor. We will be discussing the importance of proper hygiene in assemblies and health classes and the assault on the senses we can become after a sweaty PE class. For now, it is a good idea to get your hands on a can of deodorant; even a handy roll on for after PE.


A big congratulations to Madeline Abraham who has received the Australian Scout Medallion. This is a huge achievement that reflects Maddy’s incredible work ethic and leadership. Great stuff, Maddy!

Friday Wisdom

I have been talking a bit this year about the contributions we all make to the school and wider community: about impacting positively on those around us. While driving into work the other day, listening to the radio, I heard an ex-footballer explain their central philosophy when tackling team situations;


“we are all small cogs in a big machine. If one cog breaks down, the machine stops functioning smoothly.”


While this was something he took from football, he also applied it to life and business. It is also a philosophy that can be taken into school as well. The school and the classroom are intricate machines. When running smoothly, it provides a nurturing and enjoyable environment to build your education. Unfortunately, it can only take one individual acting negatively, one cog out of place, to break down the effectiveness of the machine. Something to consider if the urge to complain, distract, or not participate arises; are my actions creating a positive environment for those around me (students and staff) or am I stopping this machine from performing at its absolute peak?

G.R.O.W.T.H Program – Thursday May 10th

This week the Year 8 G.R.O.W.T.H Program group headed to The FoRt in Geelong for a session focused around positive self-talk and positive life choices. For those that don’t know what or where The FoRt is, it is a community youth centre located on the corner of St Georges and Melbourne Roads in Geelong. The FoRt provides free programs for youth aged between 12 and 25 years old, as well a space for young people to relax, socialise and interact with other young people in the community. Some of the programs that The FoRt offer students are art classes, cooking classes, music lessons, and also employment assistance sessions. There are also youth workers and Victoria Police members on site that can assist young people with queries around where to seek help in regards to Centrelink and legal aid etc. I highly recommend the venue to all young people in the Geelong region looking for a fun, safe and exciting place to hang out or seek assistance.


In this session, the G.R.O.W.T.H students participated in a workshop centred around positive self-talk and positive life-choices. I cannot emphasise how important it is to teach the youth of today how to understand their own thinking patterns, and to equip them with the skills needed to turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk. The presentation was a very pertinent one and the underlying message really hit the mark with the students – the most powerful force in the human psyche is how we describe ourselves to ourselves.


The students then had the opportunity to participate in a 45 minute self-defence workshop run by a local prison officer and martial arts instructor. This session was tough work but the enjoyment levels were high! It was great to see the students try an activity that they may have never ever thought about even trying. The hidden message here was that sometimes great things can be found at the end of our own comfort zones.


Following this, we ran a cooking class as a group on how to prepare a nutritious and healthy lunch. By this stage we had worked up quite the appetite, so it was in the students best interests to work together to produce a meal worthy of winning Master Chef. The students didn’t disappoint, and I was incredibly impressed with how well they worked as a team to cook up a meal for 20 people in such a short amount of time.


To finish up the day, we had a local Victoria Police Sergeant come to The FoRt to talk to us about policing, and also about how to communicate with/access police services in the Geelong region. The students had quite a lot of questions for the Sergeant and it was fantastic to see such a positive interaction with Victoria Police in the session.


All in all, another great session for the Year 8 G.R.O.W.T.H Program group. The next session will be on the 24th May held at the Geelong Football Club.



Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


Last week, Year Nines went to explore Deakin University, an excellent opportunity and insight for our students. What was concerning was the amount of students returning permission slips on the day. Legally and logistically this is not feasible. Please, can parents make sure permission slips are returned on time. Adolescents often forget, hence the importance of tuning into Compass. Half way through Term Two can be a taxing time for students. In my role, the mantra, ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’ is often repeated, as some students can struggle with the repetition of school. One really important tool is goal setting;

5 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important:

1. Goals Give You Focus

Imagine having to shoot an arrow without being given a target. Where would you aim? And say you did aim at some random thing (out of sheer perplexity). Why would you aim there? And what would the purpose be? Get the idea? This is a literal example of what life is like without a goal or target in mind. It's pointless and a waste of energy and effort.  You can have all the potential in the world but without focus your abilities and talent are useless. Just like how sunlight can't burn through anything without a magnifying glass focusing it, you can't achieve anything unless a goal is focusing your effort. Because at the end of the day goals are what give you direction in life. By setting goals for yourself you give yourself a target to shoot for. This sense of direction is what allows your mind to focus on a target and rather than waste energy shooting aimlessly, allows you to hit your target and reach your goal.

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. -Zig Ziglar


2. Goals Allow You To Measure Progress

By setting goals for yourself you are able to measure your progress because you always have a fixed endpoint or benchmark to compare with. Take this scenario for example: David makes a goal to write a book with a minimum of 300 pages. He starts writing every day and works really hard but along the way, he loses track of how many more pages he has written and how much more he needs to write. So rather than panicking David simply counts the number of pages he has already written and he instantly determines his progress and knows how much further he needs to go.


3. Goals Keep You Locked In And Undistracted

By setting goals you give yourself mental boundaries. When you have a certain end point in mind you automatically stay away from certain distractions and stay focused towards the goal. This process happens automatically and subtly but according to research does happen. To get a better idea, imagine this. Your best friend is moving to Switzerland and his flight takes off at 9:00 PM. You leave right after work at 8:30 PM to see him off and you know it's a 20-minute walk to get to the airport. So you make it a goal to reach the airport in 15 minutes by jogging so that you can have more time to say your goodbyes. Would you get distracted by "anything" along the way? Would you stop for a break or a snack? Would you stop by your house before going to the airport? I bet you answered no for each question and at the end of the day, this is what a goal gives you. FOCUS.  No matter who you meet along the way or what you see (assuming nothing is out of the ordinary) your goal allows you to stay locked in. You subconsciously keep away from distractions and your focus remains only on the goal. And by the way if you didn't know yet this is how you become successful, you set a goal, you lock it in and then give it your 100%.


One half of knowing what you want, is knowing what you must give up before you get it. - Sidney Howard


4. Goals Help You Overcome Procrastination

When you set a goal for yourself you make yourself accountable to finish the task. This is in complete contrast with when you do things based off a whim and it doesn't matter whether you complete them or not. Goals tend to stick in your mind and if not completed they give you a "Shoot! I was supposed to do _____ today!" reminder. These reminders in the back of your head help you to overcome procrastination and laziness. (*But keep in mind that long-term goals actually promote procrastination. Most people aren't good with deadliness 3 month away. So whenever you're given a long term goal, break it down into several short-term goals so you can complete a chunk of the larger long term goal every week or even every day.)


5. Goals Give You Motivation

The root of all the motivation or inspiration you have ever felt in your entire life are goals. Goal setting provides you the foundation for your drive. By making a goal you give yourself a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about. It gives you something to focus on and put 100% of your effort into and this focus is what develops motivation. Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.

Interschool Debating

Our inter-school debating team, consisting of Mitchel Cazaly (9C), Johnny Kyaw Nay (10C) and Owen McBurney (10C) recently competed in the first two rounds of the middle school division Debating Association of Victoria Competition. The boys put forward some excellent arguments as to why ‘New Zealand and Australia should be unified’ and ‘Fossil fuelled cars should be banned by 2020.’ The competition was fierce and the results very close. No wins so far but the students are doing us proud in their performances. Well done, boys!

Ms Phillipps



Mr James Cowan-Clark

Assistant Year 12 Coordinator 


It has been a very busy start to Term 2 for the Senior Sub School. Good luck to all the Year 11 and 12 students participating in the Geelong Athletic finals on Thursday May 10th. We know you will represent the school well and make us all proud.


Congratulations to the school leaders for attending the Business Promotions for Women breakfast on Tuesday the 8th of May. The students demonstrated why they are future leaders in our community and represented the school extremely well.


Key dates coming up

We have the GAT (General Achievement Test) on June 15th for all students undertaking a unit 3 or 4 VCE subject and we will be running practice exams after school from now until then. Please come and see the Senior School if you have any questions.


Exams will be over the fortnight starting June 4th. Exact dates to be communicated over the coming weeks.


Progress Reports will be released on May 14th and be communicated to parents via Compass.


Good Luck for the remainder of the term.


Large local Caravan Sales/Service company is offering School based Traineeship opportunities:
Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Service & Repair

Opportunities currently exist for genuinely interested Year 10/11 students (future and current VCAL stream students) to undertake this Certificate III qualifications.


This very dynamic and highly regarded business is located in East Geelong.


 These genuine opportunities are “integrated part of school timetabled” positions that can commence almost immediately. It is anticipated that for the right recruits, the successful completion of these qualifications will translate into full time careers with this employer. It is anticipated that his qualification will be delivered in 24 months.


Successful candidates must be keen, motivated who thrive on a challenge and would enjoy working in a hands on role in a very supportive environment. The successful applicants would require their school to allow the students to have the required amount of formal working and training hours scheduled into their normal weekly school timetables.


Workplace duties will include:

-Carrying out repair/maintenance work timely and efficiently, in accordance with the manufacturer and dealership requirements.

-Following correct workplace policies and safety procedures at all times.

-Be responsible for the care and use of all workshop tools and equipment 


Interested students should see Ms Caroline Makin to meet with Graeme Matheson our school SBAT Co-ordinator for more information and to complete an S-bAT “Expression of Interest” form.

Students will then be required to complete the Employer’s Application Form


Please Note: A completed” Expression of Interest” form is not a formal application and that any interested student/s will require to be interviewed for suitability prior to being formally offered

any SbAT.

‘Year 7 Fun Run’ for Harmony Day

A Senior VCAL Project: Nikola Jovanovic, Tomislav Nikolovski & Baden Lord, Year 12.


On Wednesday the 28th of March, Tomislav, Baden and I successfully completed our Senior Harmony Day Project with all the Year 7 students involved. For almost 2 months we planned out every single little detail in order to make the Project successful.


The event took place on the school oval where we placed 7 stations around the space, at each station there was a different challenge that the students needed to complete. The competition was class vs class, and each student in each class had to complete the challenge before the whole class could move on to the next – because it was about working as a team and helping each other.

After all the planning and the hiccups along the way the activity was very successful and most importantly all the students had fun!

 By Nikola Jovanovic.


The teachers were a big help and were supportive of all our ideas. We’ve reflected on what we could change so that another activity could run better in the future . . . I believe the event as a whole was very successful and as organisers we learnt a lot and have a greater appreciation for the hard work our teachers put in.

By Baden Lord.


Thank you to the Year 7 students and teachers whose enthusiasm and involvement made the event such a fantastic success. Congratulations to Nikola, Tom and Baden on tackling such a major event with persistence and optimism.

Mrs Scott, VCAL Teacher.



Excellence in Sport

Excellence in Sport offers students the opportunity to achieve and learn new skills in Soccer and Football. Every Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon the students that have gained entry to the select entry in these programs train with Mr Vassallo (football) and Mrs Marendez (soccer). Students in the Excellence in Sport program have received their uniform and a bag that is included in the cost of the program.


The students have experienced the Bio-Lab excursion and incursion as well as going to Saint Mary’s Football club. They received an inspirational speech from Werribee Football club vice-captain, Jack Sharp. Mr Vassallo and

Mrs Marendez have organised for the students in the program to be taken to Kardinia Park again and to meet former AFL players to learn new skills, set goals, showcase resilience skills and learn more about looking after their body. This program inspires students that play soccer or football to learn more knowledge and skills about either of these sports.

Maggie Jones and Treacy-Lee Murphy, EIS Marketing and Media Students



Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           


The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with government curriculum standards, based on communication skills that include speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their university entrance score.  


The school`s language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government secondary schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9.00am and 12.15pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


Discover the World of Languages!                 



The Multicultural Committee commenced this term with its first meeting on Monday 30th April.  

The meeting was jam packed with updates about community events that are coming up this weekend and beyond.  Such as Friday 4th May - Geelong After Dark at Johnstone Park.  Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May - Mountain to Mouth 80km extreme arts walk. For more information on all coming events please see the community news on the last pages of this newsletter .
We also had the pleasure of guest visitor from Centrelink, Eddie Zulic (acting Multicultural Services Officer) updating us on the latest changes to the Child Care Subsidy with more information to come after the Federal Budget is handed down on Tuesday 8th May.  Thank you to Eddie from The Multicultural Committee for attending the meeting and informing our school community of important upcoming changes. 
The next Multicultural Committee Meeting will be on Monday June 4th and we will be looking at ‘Refugee Day’ celebrations and events at the school and in the greater Geelong community. 

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This week 7C and the Year 9 STEM students attended the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. This excursion was to introduce our students to the different fields of engineering and the application in the real-world. The students were introduced to the 5 types of Engineering offered at Deakin including mechatronics, mechanical, civil, electrical and environmental engineering. The students toured the facility learning about the technology in use and available to engineering students. The Virtual Reality Lab is used for visualising computer-aided designs in a 3D virtual world, gaming applications and medical training in fields like midwifery. The 3D printing lab allowed the students to see the application of designing and building components from both plastics and metal. The students experienced the high voltage lab where they witnessed electrical arcs similar to that of a lightning storm.


After our tour the students participated in different STEM-based workshops. The Year 9 students built electrical circuits working with multiple components to build a replica training crossing and were able to play with VEX robots learning about applications of mechatronics. The Year 7 students put their civil engineering skills to work designing and building towers that could withstand the forces of an earthquake.


More information on STEM can be found on the College website under ‘Learning Opportunities’ and then ‘NGSC programs’.



Multicultural Festival



Geelong Careers & Pathways Expo


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