Photo: VCE student Jaimee Fourlis playing in her first Grand Slam, the Australian Open

Northcote High School Newsletter

24 January 2017
Issue One
Day One for Students
Getting to school
Building NHS
Stay in touch
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070


From the Principal...

A warm welcome to 2017. We hope that you have had a restful break and are ready for a year full of exciting learning and challenging new experiences. This is just a brief newsletter to help you to prepare for the upcoming start of term.


2016 was again another year of success and firsts for Northcote High. 

VCE results saw the greatest number of students achieving an ATAR above 80, and importantly first round offers for tertiary places are also at an all-time high.  This validates the focused efforts of the cohort, their teachers and families. We wish the 2016 graduating class every success with their future – congratulations.


This year 300 Year 7s begin: a big and warm welcome to our new students and families.  More detailed news will follow in our Week 2 Newsletter, including 2017 post-school destinations, new staff and an introduction to the sub-school teams. The more eagle-eyed amongst you may notice that this Newsfeed has been sent by the newest member of our Principal team, Ciar Foster, who joins us as Assistant Principal this year.


Our values

We are committed to working together so that our community thrives. Our school values of Achievement, Curiosity, Humanity and Fairness inform all that we do, and we look forward to living them with you throughout 2017. For further explanation of our vision and values, please see


Staff are currently preparing for the return to school.  We hope that you enjoy the remainder of the break, and eagerly anticipate the school once again being filled with the buzz of student energy. 


We look forward to partnering with you in 2017.


Kate Morris and the Principal Team

Day One for Students

Day 1 arrangements

To help ensure a smooth start to the year, we run a staggered commencement. Students should arrive by 8:50 am for a 9:00am assembly on the day and in the location indicated.


Wednesday 1st February

Year 7:  Hall

Year 10: GCC

Year 11: Gym

Year 12: Library


Thursday 2nd February

Year 8: Hall

Year 9: GCC

Year 12s will spend Thursday 2nd February at a Study Conference at LaTrobe University.


On the first day, Period 1 will be an Assembly and Connect time with Tutors. Regular classes will commence Period 2. Year 7s will have an extra period with their Tutor and commence classes Period 3.



Lockers will be allocated within the first 5 days at school. Please make sure that students bring their official school lock, as these are the only locks that may be used and others will be removed. All new students are issued with a lock. Replacements can be purchased at the General Office. 


What to bring on Day 1

It is not necessary to bring all books and equipment, nor devices.  A notebook and pencil case is sufficient for the first day. Students can access their daily classes on their Compass Timetable next week.

Getting to school

Photo: Riding to school

Sustainable transport

Northcote High School is committed to environmental sustainability and expects all of our students to be responsible and considerate members of the broader community. With this in mind, if you live close to school, please consider walking/riding to school whenever possible.


Bike riders, be aware that our building works are in progress and bike parking is no longer available beside the Gym. New parking is available between G10 and the bus-shed in addition to that behind C-block, under the library and on the racks at the front of the school. Bikes not parked in these allocated areas will be actively managed by the school. Please be safe around others and therefore dismount your bike prior to entering the school grounds.


If taking public transport, be a thoughtful commuter: stow bags neatly at your feet, be aware of your noise level and offer seats to those more in need than yourself.


School uniform

We know our community is proud of its school. Our uniform, aside from helping us maintain student safety on campus, signals membership of this learning community. The uniform shop has been busy helping our families get kitted out for 2017! All students should be wearing the summer uniform in Term 1. This includes white socks with the dress, and silver-grey socks with the shorts or pants.


Shoes must be black leather school shoes (not skate, sport-style or runners). Further information regarding the uniform can be found in the student planner; on our website; and on myNorthcoteHigh 



Building NHS

Campus Redevelopment Project


Exciting progress is being made on our Campus Redevelopment project, which will see Northcote continue to grow as an inspiring and vibrant learning environment.  We have commenced work for the Art and Design Hub, due for completion May 2017. Planning is in train for the Performance Hub which we hope to begin this May, with completion in May 2018.  Holidays projects also include the commissioning of a new relocatable building ‘Merriviews’ on the banks of the Merri Creek (completion week 3 of term). Further projects include the upgrading of Merri Park in partnership with the Darebin Council, the building of two new netball courts in Semester 1 (State Government initiative) and the preparation of a feasibility study and business case for ‘The Stadium’ two courts, which forms part of the school’s campus masterplan. 


This has been made possible in part thanks to the generosity of the NHS community. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Stay in touch

Communications with NHS

This newsletter (published fortnightly) will be your first point of call for all NHS news and dates. The first full edition will be published in Week 2. A link is sent via Compass Newsfeed and is also accessible via the website. You can also subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly to your email inbox.


Compass portal

All student absences must be approved by parents on the Compass portal (also accessible via the website and the Compass app on a smartphone). You can also make payments, check attendance and access semester reports and learning behaviour feedback (GPA) on Compass. 

Reminders about upcoming events and activities may also be sent via Compass Newsfeed. Turn on 'notifications' in your smartphone app to be alerted to these as they arrive.


myNorthcoteHigh is the NHS online learning portal where you can see what your child is learning and view important assessment dates and feedback. This is also accessible via the website and from Compass. Daily student information (for example, co-curricular opportunities) is also posted here.



Coming home soon

Look out for goodies in the schoolbags! The Student Planner and a fridge magnet with key dates will be distributed to students in the first week's Connect sessions. As well as being an important tool to assist your child with planning their work, the planner contains study tips and useful information about our school processes and policies. Check with your child - and then their Tutor - if these items do not come home. 



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