NGSC Newsletter

22 June 2018
Issue Ten
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

29 JUNE               Last Day Term 2 (1.30pm Finish)

16 JULY                Term 3 First Day

24 JULY                Year 10 Immunisations

25 JULY                Whole School Assembly P3

30/7 - 3/8            Year 10 Careers Week

30 JULY               Parent Teacher Conferences

                               Year 7-12 -12pm - 7pm

                               (Student Free Day unless in VCE)

23 OCT                 Year 12 Graduation

Mrs Julie Andrews

Acting Principal

At the recent whole school assembly, I spoke with the students about an interesting link of two things that I like that I had seen in a photo online. The picture was of Daniel Ricciardo (F1 driver) in front of a large grey wall where the words ‘BE NICE’ were painted. His comment on this photo was, “Simple”.  Those three words, ‘Be nice. Simple.’ are a clear indication of the expectations that our society has for how we interact with each other and with our environment. By adding the word ‘simple’ it amplifies how easy it is; to smile, be polite, be considerate, and be respectful.


There is a proverb that was used when I was younger (possibly you have heard it before) that speaks to this message. It is called the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. It can be explained like this: if you want to be treated well in this world, you should treat others well. If everyone followed this idea, then everyone would treat others well and therefore, everyone will be treated well. Further to this, we are more likely to enjoy life when we contribute good deeds instead of bad actions. It improves our soul to know that we have done something nice and as such the world is a better place.

The expectations at NGSC also reflect this philosophy – Respect, Achievement, Excellence and Diversity – and we want to see the behaviours that demonstrate the values develop in adolescents as they move through high school. We need to see these flourish within our own self-development and within the strengthening of the school community. It is when we demonstrate our values that we also build our ability to resist negative influences and are encouraged and empowered to stand up for others. At NGSC we are very proud of the many students who support their peers in times of need, whether it be emotionally, socially or in response to online concerns.


It is a right that we all feel safe in our place of work and study. With rights comes responsibility where, as a school community, we can all contribute to the positive interactions, positive environment and positive culture of this school. Within our school programs we have embedded essential elements from Respectful Relationships, cyber safety, mindfulness, and community involvement that help to underpin the overarching school values.


Online safety of young people is of great concern to parents, carers and teachers. Every ‘like’ and ‘comment’ builds on the person’s online reputation. The concern is that some students act without really thinking about the impact of ‘liking’ what they see or read online. By doing so they are agreeing or condoning the information that they have liked. In some cases, this is at the least, disrespectful and at the worst, cyberbullying for which police involvement may result. The safe-online message is promoted in Primary Schools, in the media, in programs and lessons at high school, and yet, some students are not changing their online behaviour. If you as parents and carers would like some information about this please click on the link,


Although it is American, the information and tips are relevant worldwide. Please contact the relevant Student Manager at NGSC to also provide support.

Congratulations to Vincenzo Francois

We celebrate with Vince and his family on recently obtaining a traineeship with Harcourts Real Estate in Bell Park. Vince is completing a Certificate III in Business as part of his Year 12 studies. We wish him well in his training.


Refugee Week 17-24 June 2018                #WithRefugees

The theme for this week’s assembly was #WithRefugees.


The school captains spoke about the values of Respect and Diversity while providing some opportunities to reflect on our values and acceptance of all people. We were enthralled with the dance performance by Year 7 Irene Mulilo to the song ‘Mad World’. It really made us think about the words in the song more deeply.  

Western Edge/North Geelong Edge performers presented a Nigerian story, a humorous play about a princess and what she believed to be the right criteria on which to base her marriage. This drama group have performed at GPAC, Courthouse and Geelong After Dark and have been nominated for a variety of community youth awards. The audience enjoyed seeing current and former students in this play. 


Students in Mr Lawrence Jordan’s VCAL class presented Ben from Kids Under Cover a cheque for $2200 as a donation to the work that the organisation does to prevent youth homelessness. The class created a recipe calendar 2018 with their own family recipes, and photos and artwork of the class. These sold for $20 – some are still available from the main office if you would like to purchase them.

Recent student activities supporting the community

Led by the year 8 SRC group, NGSC students raised money for the Royal Children’s Hospital on 14 June by having a ‘character dress up day’.  We saw witches, book and film characters (Napoleon Dynamite, Cool Runnings, Arthur Dent, and Ninja Turtle), a mermaid, a hippie, an anti-librarian, a Disney princess, anime characters, animals and many students took the opportunity to wear casual dress for a gold coin donation. Thank you to Sef and the SRC for organizing the event. In excess of $500 was raised for the hospital.


Congratulations to the VCAL students who ventured to the Western District to help farmers with rebuilding fences damaged in the bushfires earlier this year.


Year 9 students have just begun their conservation work with the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee. We hope that their experiences in helping to manage revegetation areas will bring a sense of pride in their own capacity and their contribution to the environment.

End of Term 2

This is the last newsletter for the term so I wish all students, families and staff a very safe and rejuvenating mid-year holiday. I look forward to seeing everyone in Term 3.


Mr Paul Dawson, Mr Bradley Headlam, Mr Stan Koullas (Acting) and Ms Katina Astles (Acting) 

Assistant Principals 


In Semester 1, we shared data on the student areas of need to engage them with the classwork. Staff have continued to utilise this to shape their lessons and Year Level Coordinators have used these in Student Support Group meetings. This has enabled us to have informed conversations with students, staff and parents about avenues to maximise their child’s engagement or connection with the class/teacher/school. 


We reviewed this survey with all members of the Leadership Team to construct a more refined and detailed questioning that staff could use for their work in the High Impact Teaching Strategies projects across our Professional Learning Communities in the College. In addition to this we have linked it to our pathways planning. This will enable us to gather all kinds of student data for our classes but also in our constructing of individual student pathways from Year 10 to 11 and 9 into 10. These surveys will be conducted in the remaining two weeks of this term.


In addition to this the data gathered will inform the approach the Careers Team take with refining the Careers Program in Week 3, Term 3 but also what information they need to provide to the students in the lead up to this period. Katina Astles and Caroline Makin will be going into Year 10 classes to provide all pertinent information in response to such surveys. 



Attendance during Careers Week is extremely important as it ensures students and parents/guardians have all the information they need to make the best decisions that suit them and what they would like to do, not only in senior school but for tertiary study, training and employment. We find that the students who attend get a lot out of the sessions, find part time work easier and are more confident in their chosen subjects for Years 11 and 12.


The course counselling period is a critical component in finalising the senior school pathway and steps towards an appropriate career. Here are some of the important dates to put on the calendar:
20th June to 28th June

  • Year 10 student pathway and engagement surveys conducted

Week 1 Term 3: 

  • Bookings for Counselling Interviews start
  • University excursion information and permission notes circulated

Week 3, Term 3: Careers Week (Year 10)

  • Parent/ Teacher interviews
  • Senior Years Information Sessions for parents and guardians


  • Upskill Day


  • Federation Uni and TAFE visit in Ballarat


  • Industry Speakers and Subject Selections
  • Road Smart Presentation (getting your licence)
  • Lunch provided for Year 10 students
  • Performance for students
  • After-hours Course Counselling appointments 2pm- 6pm


  • Course Counselling 7:30am- 3pm
  • Student to attend with parent/s 


The Semester reports will be provided to parents via Compass in the last week of term. This will provide information on the performance of your child for the semester. These are different to the Progress Reports as they also identify the level of understanding compared with the expected standard. The specific date for the reports availability will be communicated via Compass. 



Some students have been identified by previous Progress Reports as not meeting basic requirements and are at risk of underperforming throughout the year. The Sub Schools have been working through a range of strategies to encourage students to be better organised, improve engagement, increase motivation and improve study habits. These students will be given another Progress Report from their teachers which we use to measure their improved work habits.


The school recently distributed the school photographs taken in Term 1. If there are any concerns with your order or for further orders, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email


We have been investigating avenues for students to feel comfortable in utilising their voice in times of need. We are currently looking into providing an introduction to basic self defence and assertiveness training for Year 9 and 10 girls. The Program we are hoping to run will be utilising the expertise of Art of Defence Australia and they specialise in building assertiveness through self defence techniques.


Due to Construction of our Food kitchens and cooking spaces we are waiting on the completion of B block, which means we will be swapping a number of rooms in the middle of next term when it is finished. This will mean a complete upheaval of some timetables to accommodate for rooms changing from C block to B block. This is also when C block will be getting some much needed repairs and hence we will not be able to use these rooms. Due to gaining six rooms and closing 9 rooms for about 5-10 weeks of school we will be utilising a range of spaces across the school. Parents and students have been fantastic in their communication and patience with aspects relating to this and the support of the sub schools has been excellent for families and the School Operations team 


This week a new Vietnamese student began who transferred from a Melbourne school in Year VCE.  After the holidays there will be two new Chinese students and a new Vietnamese student beginning in Year 10.  At the end of July we will have 10 new Chinese students at the school on a short term visit along with a teacher.  They will be house with members of the Geelong school community.  I am in the process of sourcing new homestay families for the short and long term students.  If you are aware of anyone who may want to take on a student for either option could you please contact Paul Dawson at the school on 52405800.


Mr Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager 

Feedback the front.

Feedback is an essential part of how we grow as people. It is clearly defined as an essential part of teaching, and at home it is a significant part of parenting. Feedback is delivered in many forms and much of the time this can be unintentional. Often when a person is actively seeking feedback they will scan for any sign in others. Our body language, tone and actions can often provide feedback to those around us and leave an impression whether we like this or not.  


As teachers we are constantly providing students with feedback that is both formal and informal. This feedback may be written feedback in response to a recent test result, it may also be informal where a student receives praise from the teacher after answering a question in class. This feedback can also be either positive or negative feedback. Either way, this feedback will have a profound impact on future actions of the student.


There are very few times in life where positive feedback cannot be provided. Even in the midst of a very volatile situation or in response to repetitive negative behaviour positive feedback can be delivered. This may not change an inevitable and unavoidable outcome, but it may change future behaviours.


When at home, feedback can also change future behaviours of our children. Once again, this can be in either a positive or negative way, pending the way the feedback is received by your child. Future behaviours of your child will also be significantly impacted on by how they perceive the feedback that you have provide others.


When providing deliberate feedback, we must ensure that we are providing feedback based on an accurate understanding of the situation. In modern society there are many ways in which we can provide feedback for others. Often we find it far too easy to provide feedback indirectly and primarily driven by emotion.


Instinctively, we find it natural to provide others with negative feedback more so than positive. All that I ask is that we endeavour to provide ongoing and consistent positive feedback to others. This will encourage positive behaviour to be repeated and built upon. It is a much more positive and pleasant surrounding when we are able to praise and encourage others rather than engage in negative behaviours to prevent further negative behaviours form occurring. Catch someone doing the right thing.


Have a great break and stay safe.


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


Parents, Students and Parents;

Welcome to Semester Two. Sherryn Martin and Aaron Milsome are busy with last minute subject changes, which is great but I must highlight changing subjects to be with friends is not supported.


With the colder weather please rug up, but avoid hooded jumpers under jackets please.


Students need to utilise feedback from exams. Exams are futile if we do not reflect on our results, feedback and reflect on our semester. Quite simply if we do not learn and grow we become stagnant.

Feedback is important to students for three main reasons

First, it can help you to focus your effort, so your energies are concentrated on where they're most needed. (Learning without feedback, it's been said, is like blind archery.  If there's no feedback, you can't be sure which arrows are on target).


Second, feedback is performance-enhancing. It can help you to improve the overall quality of your work or to reach a particular target or a standard that presents a real challenge.

Third, feedback is motivational.  It's reassuring to know that you're doing OK, and great to have  a pat on the back when you've done really well.  And if you are in danger of falling behind, feedback can be a spur to taking prompt action.


Feedback's also important to teachers. They can take pride in the progress their students are making.  And if they're to ensure that their teaching is effective, they need to know where students are doing well and what they might be finding difficult.


Ms Sarah Bridges 

Senior Sub School Manager


Welcome to Semester 2. 


It was pleasing to see our senior students approach their studies with maturity during Semester 1. Students have also been involved in representing our school in the workplace, sporting events and other extra-curricula activities. Many have been involved with running activities for junior students, showing strong leadership skills and being positive role models for all the school community. 


VCE students are reminded to check the VCE google classroom for external lectures and winter school programs that can support students in their studies. These do incur a cost.


During term 3 Year 12 students will be issued with ID cards that will state when they have independent study periods and they are allowed to use these to study at home. Students will need to remain at school if they have study periods during periods 3 and 4 only.


I would like to thank the senior school student management and teaching staff for their support of students during Semester 1.


Mrs Christine Scott

VCAL Coordinator 

VCAL Excursion to the Bellarine Peninsula
Student Reflections

Some of our EAL (English as an Additional Language) VCAL students shared their thoughts about our recent photography expedition and viewing of the MTC play ‘Hungry Ghosts’ at The Potato Shed in Drysdale.


Last Tuesday 29th May, we went to a beautiful place called the Bellarine Peninsula. We caught the bus at school. On our first stop, we went to see the lighthouse and the beautiful seascape then we headed to Queenscliff.


We also went to the tower at Queenscliff and it was very tall and very windy on the top. If you were on the top of tower you could see the many beautiful buildings and landscapes.


The last thing we went to see was a performance at the Potato Shed in Drysdale called ‘Hungry Ghosts’.


There were so many beautiful places and landscapes on the Bellarine Peninsula. We had so much fun, a wonderful Tuesday on the Bellarine peninsula.

Reflection by Naing Lin Oo.


On Tuesday morning, we caught the bus to Point Lonsdale. It was a forty minute drive and we arrived at Pt Lonsdale at 9:52 am. We took some photos of the lighthouse. It was quite windy and cold. On the pier, we saw a few fishermen. We then went over to Queenscliff and took a couple of photos of the boats and yachts. We also climbed the tower it was very high. We returned to the bus and drove to Portarlington where we got to walk around the small town. My friends and I brought fish and chips and got ready for the drive to Drysdale to visit the Potato Shed. We watched an amazing performance. The story was based on the missing Malaysian plane MH370 disaster. When the performance finished, we headed back to school. The day was very interesting and exciting.

Reflection by Donny Minani.


Last Tuesday we went to Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Portarlington and Drysdale. In the morning we waited for the bus and after our names were marked, we got on to the bus. At first the bus took us to the lighthouse and there was a little bit of wind. We took some photos of the beach. The next stop was Queenscliff where we saw the old buildings and climbed the tower and saw the sea, ships and town.

Reflection by Lam Long.

VCAL Photography Exhibition
‘The Bellarine Peninsula’

Please visit the school library and enjoy the work of our students.


Regards, Ms McMahon & Mrs Scott.



This term is continuing to be very busy with myriad of programs, activities and cultural events happening within NGSC and in the wider Geelong community.


The Multicultural Committee had its   second and final meeting for this term on Monday June 4th and it was a very vibrant and informative meeting.  We shared updates and discussed upcoming events.  In particular we brainstormed ideas for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival to be held on Friday October 26th, 2018.  This year’s theme is ‘A World of Colour'.  The festival is one of the biggest cultural events at the school and the Multicultural Committee’s role is to organise the opening ceremony assembly.  We are seeking innovative ideas related to theme of ‘A World of Colour’ such as guest speakers and acts or performers for the opening ceremony.  Any ideas, no matter how big or small are all welcomed.  Feel free to share them with us at our next meeting on Monday  AUGUST 20TH. 


On behalf of the Multicultural Committee wishing you  all  safe and restful holiday .

 Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison  Officer 

Refugee Week

Refugee Week was celebrated by the college and Australia wide from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd June. A ‘Refugee’ is a person; boy, girl, woman or man. Not a label, but a human being with a beating heart just like you and me.  And the refugee experience can be prolonged, or it can be fleeting. Today there are more refugees than ever, and only by standing together #WithRefugees can we begin to change this. Here at North Geelong Secondary College we have a significant number of students who are either refugees themselves or have someone in their family who is a refugee. We welcome you and accept you into our community. We commend you on the journey you have taken to get here and hope you feel safe and welcome. The students at North Geelong represent 32 of the world's countries with over 30% of our current students born overseas. While not all of these are refugees, we are proud of our diversity and multiculturalism. We pride ourselves on providing an environment where everyone belongs as we have courage to let us all combine.


A whole school assembly was held on Monday 18th June with Refugee Week as the focus, we had special guests, staff and students all enjoy the assembly raising awareness and celebrating the positive contributions refugees make to the community. There were two performances; by Western Edge and year 7 student, Irene. Mr Jordan’s VCAL class, who raised funds through the production and sales of the recipe calendar, presented $2200 to Kids under Cover. Another special guest was Emma, a past students whom Mr Morrison commissioned to produce an artwork to compliment the soon to be refurbished music room. It was great to see Emma and the other past students again, and the achievements they have had since leaving North Geelong Secondary College. Staff and students also partook in the Food Ration Challenge, where for the entire week they consumed the same small amount that of a Syrian refugee. Around the college and we had a banner for students and staff to sign, pledging to make a difference and ensure we all play our part in making Australia a safe and inviting place for all. There was henna art at lunchtime as well as singing and dancing to be enjoyed by all.


We ask everyone to be mindful of others around you. Think about their situation and be aware of how your actions might affect them. Use refugee week as a reminder that everyone deserves to be and feel safe in their home and aware that it is not always the case. Be nice, simple!

Miss Emily Dowling


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!                 



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