NGSC Newsletter

30 July 2018
Issue Eleven
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

30/7 - 3/8           Year 10 Careers Week

30 July                Parent Teacher Conferences

                               Year 7 - 12, 12pm - 7pm

(Student Free Day unless in VCE Unit 4)

19/8 - 21/8         Outdoor Education Snow Trip

28 August           Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Welcome to Term 3

I trust that everybody had a relaxing break and are ready for a very busy term. In particular the Year 12 students are coming closer to the end of their final VCE exams. I also trust that all parents and guardians have logged on to the school portal and received their children’s reports, celebrated their achievements and also discussed areas for improvements. The beginning of a term is always a good time to reflect on the previous performance and set new goals to be achieved for the remaining of the academic year.  


Any parent/guardian who, for some reason, hasn’t been able to log onto the school parent portal (Compass) to receive their child’s report, I urge to immediately contact the school to be provided with support in order to be able to receive your child’s Semester One report.


During this term the students from Year 8 to Year 10 will undergo a rigorous subject selection process and counselling to ensure that everyone is successful in their individual pathways for the next academic year. Parent information evenings and discussions will also take place to inform and support the students in this process. Details of these evenings will be communicated via invitations, Compass notifications and SMS messaging. I encourage all parents/guardians to attend with their child and I hope to meet as many as possible during these evenings.  


Wishing everyone a very productive Term 3 

Parent Opinion Survey 2018 (23 July to 26 August)

We're conducting a survey to find out what you think about our school.


The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria. This year, about 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate.  All responses to the survey are anonymous.


This year to Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23 July to Sunday 26 August.


The Parent Opinion Survey is an opportunity for schools to collect data from parent/guardians in relation to our school community, ensuring that continuous improvement and success is occurring in School Climate, Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning and of course improved student outcomes. It is a very important step towards making our school one of the best possible educational settings in the wider community.


In recent years, we have conducted annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, students and parents.  We use this information to inform and direct our plans for school improvement. Many parents over the years would most likely have completed these surveys.


This year, your family may be randomly selected to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey.  If you do get selected, I would ask you to take the time to complete the survey as your opinion is important to our school community. It is important to us that you complete the survey as honestly as possible.


The Department of Education and Training has updated the survey to align it with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the refreshed Attitudes to School Survey. Core measures from the previous survey have been retained for data continuity purposes. 

Completing the survey: Access, translations and more

The survey will be completed online and it only takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period desktops computers, laptops, tablets of smartphones.


There will be no paper survey option, therefore, North Geelong SC is very happy to provide access to computer facilities and staff members to support all parents who are unable to complete the survey online using their own devices or they need someone to guide them through the survey. The school will notify the selected parents and provide them with the information and all the support needed to complete the online survey at home or at school. 



The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Somali and Punjabi. Additional survey language guides have been made available to schools in Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.
For more information, see: Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you very much for your support. If any parents/guardians have any questions or queries re: Parent Opinion Survey, please don’t hesitate to contact the school Principal.

2018 Pierre De Coubertin Awards – Johnson Luong

The 2018 Pierre De Coubertin Awards were held on Friday, 22 June at the MCG. The Pierre De Coubertin Awards program is a joint initiative of the Victorian Olympic Council and the Department of Education and Training. 


Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre De Coubertin, the award aims to recognise students who demonstrate attributed consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement, with a particular emphasis on participation and commendable sporting behaviour.


De Coubertin’s inspiring message reminds us that: “the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle”.


Congratulations to Johnson Luong, Year 12 student, who is this year’s Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient. 

Capital Works/School Refurbishment Update 


The school’s refurbishment/capital works schedule is well underway. Unfortunately, due to other reasons, Stage One is now behind schedule by about a couple of weeks. We expect to move into the refurbished Block B in about two week's time.  You may have noticed the signature tower, high ceilings and the gable ceiling in the walkway linking B and C Blocks coming closer to completion. 
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Stage One, includes a signature tower, Food Technology area, including 2 x 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. Due to other reasons the rebuilding of the junior Toilet Block/storage is going to be completed during Stage Two (C Wing). 
We are all excited in anticipation of the new/refurbished facilities that will add to the teaching and learning spaces of the school, providing upgraded facilities, ensuring improved student outcomes.

Do you have a child with a disability about to move from primary to secondary school? 

For children and young people, the most significant transitions occur when they start school, move from primary to secondary school, and from secondary schooling to adult life. It is a process of change that for some students may require substantial preparation, planning, adjustment and support. The following information will assist schools and families to provide a positive transition experience from primary to secondary settings.


The Transitioning from Primary to Secondary resource is advice/guidance designed to assist schools to support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability or difficulties in learning, to transition from primary to secondary school, so that their experience is a positive one.

The Importance of Transition;

Supporting students with additional or complex needs to transition involves more than timing and monitoring the physical transfer from one educational setting to another; the endeavor is best described as building a strong, well-engineered bridge that the students can cross.
The principles and desired outcomes that guide effective transition planning for children and young people living with a disability are the same as for all children and young people. What may be different is the need for transitions to be well defined, of longer duration and for schools to be conscious the impact that such changes may have, not just on the student, but also on their parent/guardian/carer(s), their siblings, their peers and their teachers.

So, when initiating transitions for students with disabilities, elements to be considered are:


  • the nature and severity of the student’s disabilities,
  • the impact of a disability on the student’s  access and participation 
  • the extent to which existing transition programs take account of the individual needs of the student, their family and the receiving setting.
  • Good practice programs that support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability and difficulties in learning to transition from primary to secondary school have a number of things in common. They:
  • begin well in advance of the point of transition,
  • are person-centered and tailored to the individual needs of the student,
  • are collaborative and involve parent/guardian/carer(s) as vital partners,
  • provide the student and parent/guardian/carer(s) with information to make an informed choice about future educational settings/options,
  • are adequately resourced and
  • are facilitated by a ‘transition coordinator’ who can communicate across sites, ensure that collaboration between the sites is effective and that all aspects of the transition planning process are addressed, and support the student and parent/guardian/carer(s).


The resource has drawn upon existing practices of schools, as well as research by, and recommendations from, disability and educational experts. The processes and plans suggested are designed to align with existing practices in schools. The intention of this resource is to provide information and support documents in one accessible location.

North Geelong Secondary College provides excellent transition processes and programs that promote positive transition experiences for all students. 
Find out more information here:

Important Note To Parents

Whilst we welcome and encourage parents to attend the school for a wide range of reasons, it is important that all visits to the school come through our front office. Parents, guardians and visitors to the school are not to go directly to other areas of the school including different wings, classrooms or the technical support office. Our office staff welcomes all parent and visitor enquiries and will make the appropriate arrangements for you. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to schools

Parents and Guardians are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.


Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers.


Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by school councils on a whole-of-school basis, or by parents/guardians for individual students. 


Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals


Below are a number of reasons why it is important not to be late to school.


Organizational Benefits

Students arriving to school with time to spare have the luxury of settling in, preparing their class materials and focusing their minds on the lessons to come. They have all the time they need to literally and figuratively wake up. Students showing up to class in the middle of a lesson miss out on this natural transition period. This ultimately contributes to lower grades as a consequence of missing time in the classroom. There are research studies that show if you are not in class you do not learn.
Never Miss Important Information

Arriving to school after classes have begun can cause students to miss more than just the introduction to a new lesson. Students who show up late may miss out on these details and as a result, be unprepared for some future class event. While a teacher will likely reiterate crucial information throughout the day, latecomers may miss out on courtesy reminders about homework assignments and other projects. High school students who show up on time everyday can be assured they have all the necessary information.


Develop Positive Lifelong Habits
Arriving late to school on a consistent basis can have longer-term academic effects. If showing up late to school becomes a habit, students may develop the notion that tardiness is acceptable behaviour. This belief can negatively impact their future work ethic and employment opportunities. Alternatively, showing up on time to school every day can help students develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments. This habit can serve high school students well through to University and into their future careers.
Disciplinary Consequences

North Geelong Secondary College has specific consequences concerning student lateness. Generally, these policies allow for the occasional late arrival; rare instances of excused tardiness throughout the school year are often forgiven. Students sometimes have legitimate reasons for showing up late, such as transportation problems and doctor’s appointments. These events are considered to be "excused absences." However, after reaching a predetermined number of unexcused absences, students may be put on a structured disciplinary plan to address any further late arrivals. Depending on their continued infractions, students may be issued lunchtime or after-school detention, or even suspension.



This year North Geelong Secondary College has been implementing a Performance Average (PA) score that is based upon the learning behaviours on the Progress Report. This gives the student a numerical goal and has enabled students to look at their class learning behaviours in more detail. Feedback we have received from many parents is that they have had conversations with their children around these Progress Reports.


We have had a number of students who are “at risk" and they have had or will be having SSGs with the coordinators and the Assistant Principals. The school is requesting that parents view these and future reports on the Compass Parent Portal and use them as an opportunity to make improvements and celebrate successes.
Four (4) is the maximum PA a student can receive. From a student and parent point of view the expectation is that every student should be aiming at receiving a PA greater than 3.5. 
Please contact the school if you have forgotten or do not have your parent portal login details. If you have any further questions about the new Performance Average or anything included in this newsletter do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator.
Other Student Performance Feedback for families this term:
  • Parent Teacher interviews Monday 30th July (bookings on Compass)
  • Learning Tasks for each subject on Compass
  • Progress Reports Week 4 and Week 8


Year 10 student Careers Week starts on Monday, 30 July. Year 10 students will participate in a range of activities to spark their career pathway journey. It is important that parents come to Parent Teacher conferences with their child where teachers will provide information about the capacities of their children in each subject. There will also two presentations on potential pathways. We hope that this can help to inform the decisions on pathways and appropriate subject choices later in the week in preparation for 2019. Please remember our Course Selection process for students will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, 2 August and all day on Friday, 3 August and bookings can be made via Compass. Courses will be based on student pathways and will be informed by their capacity (data driven) and interests.


All forms of media have recently been investigating and promoting the excessive use of plastic in our everyday life choices. NGSC Staff have been encouraged to bring their own plate and cutlery instead of relying on disposable plastic items for staff functions and the plastic bowls are now being recycled. 

This week 9G students investigated newspaper bin liners. Once the original prototype was finished they looked for improvements in size to fit different bin sizes. Mrs Andrews was given two bin liners to trial - the original size and a larger version. (See photo) It will be interesting to see how long they last but the obvious issue to solve next is that these bin liners cannot manage wet rubbish. We will see whether 9G can adapt the model to be more water resistant. Well done on your efforts. 



On Thursday morning, 13 mothers from diverse backgrounds met together at the first of six sessions run by Catholicare’s Nestor Estampa. The session provided information to the women on the options for senior courses at NGSC, the important dates and interviews for Careers Week (30 July to 3 August), and what subjects are good choices for their children. Thank you to Nestor, Tim Humphries, School Nurse Meryl, Vera Dudas and Chrimoo Yohellaymusaw who supported this session. We look forward to future sessions that allows parents to access more information about the school.


For all families who need support with booking online for the Parent Teacher Conferences or for the Year 10-11 course selection interviews, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator, Sub School Manager or an Assistant Principal. You can visit the school to use a library computer and we can help you to make the bookings.


Well done to all of the contributors at this week’s school assembly. There were many sports teams that were acknowledged for their recent success and encouraged as they move forward to district or state finals. Vincent and Jack were applauded for reaching the state finals in cross country.


The captains spoke about the importance of NAIDOC week and Caden spoke (for the first time at an assembly) about his involvement with AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and how this has given him confidence and direction in his life. We are also captivated by the performance of ‘Hallelujah’, sung by Hana with music (keyboards, drums, and guitars) by the year 9 girl’s band. Well done!


Christopher Hudson

Assistant Year 8 Coordinator


Dear North Geelong Secondary College Community,


It is time for our journeys to part and for me to thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful school community. The last two years at NGSC have been absolutely amazing for me and it is with very conflicting emotions that I write this letter to you all. On one hand I am saddened to leave behind such talented, respectful and driven students who have really welcomed me with open arms. On the other hand, I am excited to spread my wings and explore new educational frontiers that will develop me professionally moving forward with my career. 


I know that each and every student in NGSC is a talented individual capable of achieving great things in life. Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside students as an Assistant Coordinator for Year 7 and Year 8, in the GROWTH program, and also as a Woodwork teacher at the College. I have really valued the relationships that I have built with the students because of the genuine positive and caring nature that each and every one of our students has.  We are developing some great leaders for the future and I have been proud to build strong and meaningful relationships with students who I genuinely believe can change the world for the better.  


The students are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated and supportive teachers by their side as they undertake their education at NGSC. I have been truly blessed to say that I have worked alongside some of the most passionate and driven teachers and educational leaders whilst at NGSC, and I wish the staff all the best with propelling NGSC further into the future. They say that positive workplace culture is the collective product of dedication and compassion, and NGSC’s enthusiastic staff and the values that they hold close to their hearts are true to that notion. It has been a truly inspirational place to work and has given me the drive to become the best educational leader that I can possibly be.


Although the time has come for our journey to part, I hope this doesn’t mean goodbye. I look forward to seeing you all out in Geelong and having conversations around how you have flourished in the NGSC community over the years to come. Once again, thank you for welcoming me into your lives and I wish you all the very best for the future.


All the best,

Christopher Hudson


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


Hello Students, Parents and Guardians;


Semester Two has begun and lessons learned from Semester One.


A lot of information has been sent out to Parents regarding Careers Week in Week Three. If you have not received the information, please question your Son or Daughter about this. 


Also a lot of students are across at the shops in the morning. Please be aware that when students are dropped off at school, it is expected that they remain on school grounds. If students want or need to go over the road before school they should be dropped at the shops. It is an awkward one, but if a large numbers of students are constantly crossing the road it can be a safety issue and we obviously want to minimise this.


We would all love to sleep in on cold wet mornings, but please be mindful and read the email sent last week regarding attendance. One day a week equates to 20% of schooling. 


With regards to uniform- I went to a school without a uniform, I saw students picked on because they could not afford the latest trends, or wore the same clothes every day. When students are in uniform they are all equal, it does not matter where you are from or what your parents do, everyone is equal. Most jobs require a dress code and realistically if you do not adhere to this code you can lose your job. School is preparing students for the future, please be mindful of this.


Hope everyone is well;




Ms Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager

Welcome Back everyone to a new Term and a fresh start. It is the start of Unit 2 and Unit 4 for all VCE students and VCAL students will be starting or finalising projects for assessment. 


It is parent teacher interviews on Monday, 30 July (Next Monday) and VCE classes will still be running on Monday.


Year 11 students will soon be receiving a letter regarding the 2019 Year 12 camp. Year 12 Camp is an integral part of Year 12 and sets students up for the rest of the year. It is compulsory for all Year 12 students in 2019 to attend. 


Reminder about graduation. Graduation is coming up very quickly. Graduation is on Tuesday, 23 October.

Can all year 12 families please check the careers blog for university scholarships for Year 12 students.



In early June, Beth, Brianna, Emily, Kylie, Majid, Mr Humphries and Ms Elkin, ventured to Cobden to serve as volunteers in the Blaze Aid organisation. On arrival at the Cobden Go-Kart Track, which was Blaze Aid headquarters, we met the coordinator Chris. The tents were set up, we met some of the other volunteers (who came from all over Australia) and had dinner, which was provided by a local Lions group. We listened to a report on the day’s activities, played some Uno and then headed out in the cold to try and get some sleep before our day’s work.


Next morning, we had breakfast, made our lunch and checked the team rosters. We headed off to Scotts Creek where we were helping a farmer pull down the burnt fences on his property. The work involved winding up the barbed wire into large coils and removing the burnt posts from the ground. We had ‘smoko’ with the farmer and then moved on to another section of burnt fencing.


That evening after dinner, Beth gave a report on the work completed – around 2300m of burnt fence removed! After grabbing some extra blankets (as it was freeeezing last night!) we all settled down for a good night’s sleep ready for the next day.


On Tuesday, we worked at Elingamite, where our first job was, once again, to remove a burnt fence. After this was completed we got to rebuild it! Kylie was responsible for securing the stay wires at the end of the fence, Mr Humphries and Brianna looked after allocating the star posts for the farmer to drive into the ground. Majid was in charge of running the wires up the hill for Beth and Emily to feed through the holes in the star posts. Insulators were attached for the wires which were to be electrified. This fence was around 400m long.


In the afternoon, we had the job of attaching insulators to the wooden posts that had been previously driven into the ground along the access road. We covered approximately 800m doing this on both sides of the road, using power drills to assist. Wire was then fed out and Majid was sent to secure it at the bottom of the line. At the end of the afternoon’s work we returned to Blaze Aid headquarters, packed up somewhat damp tents and headed back to Geelong.


Overall, this was an opportunity for us to learn new skills, work in teams, hold conversations with new people and give back something as a volunteer. We recommend it to everyone – it was great!


Ms Julie Elkin




On Thursday, 28 June, 15 players and 4 coaches made the journey to Tarneit to play in the Western Metropolitan Region Soccer Finals. North Geelong Secondary College were up against Gisborne SC (1-0), Williamstown HS (2-1) and Manor Lakes P-12 (3-0) in the pool division and made it through to the grand final.


The grand final - NGSC vs Taylor Lakes SC – It was an incredible game to watch, 1-1 at full time. Making the game go into overtime of two extra 5-minute halves, at the end of extra time, the score remained the same 1-1, Ceylan Onturk was our leading goal scorer for the day. The umpire called for a penalty shoot-out as the decider. Carli Winch was the stellar goal keeper that saved the day and kicked the last ball in the shoot-out to give NGSC the win. 


All of the players and coaches conducted themselves with excellent skills and sportsmanship on the day contributing to our success. This team will now represent NGSC in the Victorian State finals on Tuesday, 11 September.
Ms Hand



Three of the schools talented distance runners competed in the state finals of cross country on Thursday, 19 July. In the 12-13 Boys event Jack Warelow came in 13th and Sam Warelow 27th. This was in a field of over 90 of the states best runners, so a fantastic effort from both boys. In the 17-20 Boys event Vince Francois finished 67th. A big thankyou also to the Warelow family for transporting the boys to Bundoora. 


Josh Vassallo

HAPE Manager

During Term 3 the Excellence In Sport program with be participating in several events. The EIS program will again take part in a training and leadership session that will also partake at St Mary’s on August 1. EIS and Growth students will collaborate on August 16 at St. Mary’s Football Club. Term 4 is going to be very exciting as they have a camp to look forward to. They will be going to Halls Gap for some fun activities such as hiking, mountain bike riding, soccer and football matches. The EIS program may be going on a 5 day bike ride to raise money for the Great Victorian Bike Ride around Victoria, they will have to ride 385 km, over five days.


Last semester the Excellence In Sport students ran through different types of techniques, the football students worked on their skills hand balling and how to kick straight, while the soccer students worked on their dribbling throughout the semester. Dave from K2A once again visited the football class to help them kick with different objects, for instance tennis balls. Dave told them if you can kick straight with a tennis ball you can kick anything in the direction you chose.



- Camping and fishing on the Barwon River -

For many people the idea of going camping during the month of June is madness. Not so for the class of VCAL students who have chosen to be a part of the Green Action Project (GAP), indeed they couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. This trip into the outdoors was the result of weeks of planning whilst completing a broad number of VCAL learning outcomes. Their individual portfolios were brimming with research writing, fishing knot examples, risk management documents and river environment information.

Our class community consists of Years 10, 11 and 12 students, from eight nationalities, who have worked together at a number of sites around Geelong with Conservation Volunteers Victoria over the past 6 months. They have been making a positive difference on the local environment, practising the effort that is required to become autonomous within a workplace, while sustaining a team effort in order to achieve great group results. In a similar way, this camping trip was more of the same, though with a larger dose of adventure and a broader sense of freedom.


The conclusion of last terms App Building Competition has seen some fantastic apps and games created. A variety of different students from different year levels participated well. A huge congratulations to the following students who placed in the competition. These students have won a prize each and House points towards the ongoing House competition.


1st - Aapo Ruusunen

2nd - Farzana Mirdadi
3rd - Vincent Weatherly

A reminder to enter this Terms competition which is based around Adobe. It will run every Tuesday at lunchtime in D10.  If you have a photo or design you think has potential then why not enter it for your chance at a prize.

Mr Eckert


To help prevent accidents around the bus stops schools, parents and industry members are being asked to teach students:


When waiting for the bus students should:

  • stay well back from the edge of the road 
  • not run or play around near the bus stop 
  • wait for the bus to stop completely before they approach. 

When travelling on the bus students must:

  • stay seated, if a seat is available, and seat belts MUST be used if fitted 
  • not distract the driver 
  • keep the aisle clear of bags. 

When walking to/from bus stops and getting off the bus students should:

  • stay well back from the edge of the road and wait for the bus to leave
  • never cross in front of, or behind the bus
  • only cross the road when the bus has gone and they have a clear view of the road in both directions
  • never wear earphones or talk on their mobile phone when crossing a road, as they may not hear approaching traffic.


When picking up your student/s from the bus wait on the same side of the road that the bus drops them off and meet your student/s at the bus stop. This reduces the risk of them running across the road to meet you without checking the road first.
Please take care and follow all safety instructions.

Kind Regards,
Leanne Goodwin
Regional School Bus Coordinator 


Welcome back to Term 3.  We hope you all had a great break and are rejuvenated for another busy semester with a myriad of events coming up.

The Multicultural Committee’s meeting for this term will focus on brainstorming  ideas and formulating a program for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival  on Friday, 26 October, 2018.  This year’s theme is ‘A World of Colour’.  The festival is grand cultural events at the school and the Multicultural Committee’s task is to organise the opening ceremony and assembly. Thus, we are still in search of innovative ideas related to the theme of ‘A World of Colour’.  Such as guest speakers, musicians and acts or performers for the opening ceremony.  Any ideas, no matter how big or small, are all welcome.  Feel free to deliver them at our next meeting on Monday, August 20 (12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the school) or contact us at the school. 

Vera Dudas
Multicultural Community Liaison  Officer


We are very excited to announce that North Geelong Secondary College has been working with the City Council of Izumiotsu, in Osaka Prefecture, to develop an exchange relationship. We are beginning this connection with an exchange visit from Izumiotsu in August 2018. 


Izumiotsu City (Local Government) is a bayside area south-west of Osaka City centre in Osaka Prefecture.


The students who will be visiting us will come from Junior High Schools in Izumiotsu City. The group of approximately 10 Junior High School students (ages 13-15) will be leaving Japan on Friday, 17 August and will be returning on Thursday, 23 August. 


We are seeking families who would like to host a Japanese student from 19-22 August, 2018. 


Host families would be inviting the Japanese students into their homes and their daily routines. Some cultural experiences and/or excursions are in the planning stage, but otherwise the Japanese student would join the host student in their school classes and on the commute to and from school with the family.


If you are interested in welcoming a Japanese student into your home, please email Mr Dawson or the staff from the Languages Department. 


I was lucky enough to spend a week at Barwon Health on Work Experience with a difference.


Places were tight with only 32 Year 10 students from across Geelong being selected for the special program.


We got to find out about a whole lot of things and have a really different learning experience. We were introduced to a range of employees who have different jobs at Barwon Health including: operating theatre, medical imaging, nursing, pharmacy, midwifery, social work, age care and medicine. I really enjoyed meeting the all of the different staff workers and new friends because they made the experience more memorable.


I got to try out how to do CPR and I feel like more people should learn this skill as it is very important in an emergency. It was surprising to learn how to do CPR on a person and this is a skill that I can take anywhere.


I really enjoyed learning about what really happens in emergency because I never knew how busy it can get.


We spent time with the residents in Age Care and they told us a lot about them. The most challenging thing about the week was how difficult it was to talk to some of the Age Care residents because at times it would get awkward and you would run out of things to say.


What I really enjoyed about the week was dressing up in the operating theatre clothes to re-create a fake operation.


I think the qualities you need to work in the Health sector are that you have to be very open minded and you have to understand people.


One thing I won’t forget about this week is meeting so many new people from all different schools and all of the great experiences I had. Now I think that in the future I may want to be either in nursing or to work in operating theatres.


I recommend this program to next year’s Year 10 students. Put up your hand, give it a go. It’s good to put yourself forward and good for your future!


Acknowledgement: The program was brought to schools in the Geelong Region by Barwon Health and the Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network (LLEN). The ‘Careers in Community Services & Health Program’ is funded by Skilling the Bay. 


Angela Peric,

Year 10 Student.






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:


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