Photo: Now open - the new Visual Arts Hub

Northcote High School Newsletter

06 June 2017
Issue Nine
From the Principal
For your diary
Art and Design Hubs open
Kickstart Year 7 study skills
Library use during exams
Community and Connecting: Uniform Working Group
Next Generation Leaders
Careers News
Music News
Invitation: Mid Year Music
Winter uniform reminder
Being e-smart: balancing time online
Recognising our values
International Students in action
Human rights on film
See the stars with us
Winter sports in full swing
Design thinking at Year 11
Save your bottle tops!
Further awards for "Rewrite your story"
Year 9 student in 'Shrek the Musical'
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the Principal

Photo: Learning in action in the new Design spaces

Learning, community and connections


As the semester draws to close it is a great opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our students and staff.  At Northcote High School learning is at the centre of all that we do.  We are committed to vibrant classrooms that are focused on learning through doing: young people working with peers and teachers on challenging learning activities that focus on developing mastery across learning disciplines. 


Over the past month I have been privileged to be part of classroom learning, events, assemblies and lunchtime activities from basketball to badminton, claymation to writers club, debating to planning for the alumni 'Back To' lunch tomorrow – all of which supports young people to be their best.  A highlight was the Year 9 – 11 drama performances in Olver Hall – congratulations to all participants. Each play had a central theme and was written, directed, produced and performed by the student – a brilliant night of entertainment. All of these activities highlight the importance of involvement and students and staff partnering to make learning happen via a myriad of conduits.


This is also a great opportunity to highlight the positive relationships that are a feature of Northcote High – thank you to our staff and students for living our values – Achievement, Curiosity, Humanity and Fairness through nurturing a positive school climate.  See the article about celebrating these through student-designed 'values postcards' in this issue. We have the fundamentals in place to support the launch of the Respectful Relationships initiatives at Northcote High in Semester 2.  Stay posted for more information as to the focus of this work and the ways you can get involved.


Initial applications for Year 7 2018 have now been submitted. We have again had very strong interest from families wishing to join our school and are currently working through the applications in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines. 


We are also delighted the Art and Design Hubs are now open - you can see photos of the first days' classes in action in this newsletter.  Thank you to the Art and Design staff and students for their flexibility and positivity over the past 9 months.  The project  was delivered on time and on budget.  New furnishing and specialist room fit outs are underway. We look forward to inviting you to a launch next semester.

For your diary

Key dates 

  Please note the following events coming up:

  • June 2 - June 9                 Year 9, 10, 11 Exams as per students' schedules
  • Thursday June 8              Music Soiree - VCE Unit 3
  • Friday June 9                     Year 7 Immunisations
  • Monday June 12              Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
  • Tuesday June 13              Year 11 University of Melbourne Experience
  • Wednesday June 14       GAT Exam for Unit 3/4 VCE students. No Year 10-12 classes
  • Wednesday June 14       Year 7 Fun Day
  • Friday June 16                  Student Free Day (Staff Professional Learning). End Semester 1.
  • Monday June 19              Start Semester 2 subjects
  • Tuesday June 20             Year 7 parent workshop: Elevate study skills 7pm
  • Thursday June 22           Music concert - strings and vocals
  • Friday June 23                 Music concert - bands
  • Thursday June 29           Senior students' Winter Solstice 4-7pm
  • Friday June 30                 End Term 2 (2pm dismissal)

Art and Design Hubs open

Photo: Enjoying the new facilities

Moving in to the new spaces

This week saw great excitement as classes commenced in the newly renovated Visual Arts and Design and Technology Hubs in 'C' and 'B' blocks. The spaces have been designed to allow for flexible movement between different workspaces, with breakout areas for collaboration and planning.  Staff and students are enjoying the light-filled rooms and new possibilities that the spaces open up. The move has involved a lot of hard work in planning, packing and preparation, not to mention countless trips across the school with laden trolleys! A big thank you to the Facilities team, along with the Art, Design and Technology Faculties. 

We look forward to the exciting next stage of our building works: the Performing Arts Hub in the 'A' block space. Plans are now finalised for the new building, with works scheduled to begin over the September term holidays.

Kickstart Year 7 study skills

Study Skills – Kick Start workshop

On June 20, Year 7 students will participate in small group workshops to 'kickstart' their study skills. These workshops will be conducted by the well-regarded group Elevate Education and skills learnt in the sessions will be reinforced through the Connect program.


Over the last 15 years, Elevate Education has delivered award winning, research based Study Skills and Exam Preparation Seminar Programmes to secondary school students. Elevate now works with over 500,000 students across 1500 schools in 5 countries annually, empowering students with the most effective study skills to reach their academic best.


Northcote High School has run the study skills program with Year 11 and 12 students since 2010 and it continues to attract praise and positive feedback. To increase preparedness in the junior years, we have decided to introduce an additional program to further increase our students’ opportunities for success.


The workshops are designed to be interactive and dynamic, but also entirely practical. In this way, the students are more likely to acquire the skills long-term, and have sustained behavioural change. In particular, having effective study strategies will allow your child to save invaluable time in their study, so they can focus on higher value tasks, de-stress and be more productive in the time they spend at their desk. This will help to ensure that your child has embedded skills and extra confidence when exams arrive.


Year 7 parents, please log in to Compass to provide payment for your child to attend this session.


Supporting Study Skills at Home

Parent / carer seminar: 7pm 20th June in the NHS Library

Parents and carers of Year 7 students are invited to attend an informative session on strategies and approaches that can be employed at home. No additional cost is associated with this event.

Please RSVP here:


Additional information about the seminar is attached below


Library use during exams

Update to open times and availability June 1-9

During the Exam period and as Semester One SAC deadlines loom, there are added demands on the Library as a study space. So that we can facilitate our Senior students' success in this busy time, Library access will be as follows:

  • 1st -  9th  June will be Year 10 and VCE Study Hall in the library
  • The Library will be open during lunch time exclusively for Year 10 and VCE study, providing additional group study space to support students preparing for the exams and completing SACs. 
  • L4 will be made available via the library entrance as a VCE silent study room only
  • Other year levels can access the library for the last 15 minutes of lunch time for printing, photocopying and borrowing. 

Thank you for supporting our students during the exam period. 

Community and Connecting: Uniform Working Group

Can we make our uniform better?

Six years ago, the current Northcote High School uniform was designed with and by students, staff and parents. Our uniform is an important part of communicating community membership, school pride and belonging, and also plays a role in facilitating student safety and supervision both on and out of school grounds.


We periodically review items of uniform to ensure that their design still serves the needs of our school community. During Term 3, we will be conducting one such review, to explore if there are potential refinements which can be made to the uniform for 2018. There will be opportunities for  students, staff and parents to have input in to this process through range of consultative methods.


Are you interested in being on the Working Group?

To  assist this, we are forming a Uniform Working Group. The role of the group will be to plan for the community consultation, to consider the feedback provided and to draft recommendations for School Council based on this feedback.  Membership of the Working Group will involve approximately 3-4 evening meetings between June 20 - August 31, and possibly additional time engaged in the community consultation.


The Working Group will be convened by Assistant Principal Ciar Foster, and will ideally be composed of:

  • at least one parent member of School Council
  • 2 student representatives (preference will be given to students in Years 7-10)
  • 1 staff representative
  • 1-2 parent/carer representatives (extra to School Council members)

We are particularly seeking parents with knowledge or expertise in textiles/design/school uniforms or in survey and consultation design and management. 


If this sounds like you, and you would like to be part of guiding this process, please submit your expression of interest by emailing Ciar Foster ([email protected]) by Tuesday June 13. Parents/carers, please include your child's year level and any relevant experience/interests that you would bring to the group. 


Next Generation Leaders

Photo: Students at the Next Gen conference


Twenty students from NHS recently joined 400 others from schools across Victoria at the Next Gen Youth Forum, held annually at La Trobe Uni to further develop young people’s leadership skills and increase their social awareness.


The keynote address from Jason Ball, the 2017 Young Australian of the Year and pioneering LGBTI advocate, kicked off a day of memorable and inspiring life stories and workshops. Although each workshop was distinctively different, each had similarities in that they left all participants captivated and inspired to make a difference in the community. We hope they will use this inspiration to find their own ways to effect positive change in our community in the future.

Careers News

Photo: Visit the Careers page on myNorthcoteHigh

Work Experience for Year 10s

Year 10 students and their families are reminded that students need to be finalising their placements as soon as possible in order to secure one which will have value in terms of career and study planning. All Year 10 students are expected to be completing a placement during the week of November 20-24, although additional placements can be organised at other times – see photo for block-out dates.


Remember that volunteering offers a wide range of rewarding and informative experiences as well as paid work!


Opportunity: University of Melbourne Year 11 Experience

Are you a rural student, first in the family to consider university or do you identify as indigenous? Come and experience student life at the University of Melbourne!

UniExperience gives Year 11 students the opportunity to come on-campus and experience university life first-hand. The two-day program demystifies the university experience by giving you the chance to stay at our Parkville campus and take part in a range of sessions covering many aspects of tertiary study.

  • July 6-7
  • University of Melbourne, Parkville
  • Register by June 16
  • $100


Open Days 2017

Start thinking about which unis you would like to check out during next term and calendar in the dates on this flyer. Preparing for these events well in advance helps you get the most out of them, especially on days when more than one uni is holding its Open Day. Check individual websites for events, seminars and scheduling options to ensure you experience the aspects of the uni that interest you most. Start visiting unis well before Year 12!


Early Entry University Schemes for Year 12s

Year 12 students should check to see whether they are eligible for any of these programs, and whether they would like to apply. Various deadlines apply, and they are all coming up quite quickly.

Examples include:

  • La Trobe’s Aspire Program – closes August 31
  • ACU’s Early Achievers Program – closes July 17
  • ACU’s Passion for Law Program – closes September 15
  • ACU’s Passion for Business Program - closes September 15

See early newsletters or google the uni name + program name to find out more and apply.


Are you considering a Gap Year?

Lattitude Global Volunteering will be hosting a Melbourne Information Night for the general public as an opportunity for those interested to come and find out more about our organisation and the programs we have on offer for 2017.


The information session will take place on the 8th of June at the Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond from 6pm-7pm.

We would like to invite any Northcote High School students interested in our programs and their parents to attend.


A link to a flyer for this event is available here:

Do you want to work with animals?

If you would like to work with animals, but don’t know which area would be right for you, visit the RSCPA on Wednesday 28 June for their Animal Career Discovery Day and set yourself on the path to success.

During the session you will be able to:

  • Gain industry insights from professionals actively working in a range of animal care and protection roles, from vet nurses and education officers to adoption officers and inspectors.
  • Includes interactive Q&A sessions, hands-on activities and a behind-the scenes tour of our RSPCA Burwood East facilities.

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Cost: $65
Where: RSPCA, Burwood

NOTE: This is a school day, so you will need to see your YLPL for a blue form to catch up on missed work, and your parents will need to approve your absence on Compass. This event is not organised nor attended by NHS staff.

F0lio preparation workshop

Ready Set Design is a series of three workshops for students in Years 11 and 12 where they can learn about careers and tertiary programs in design, develop their folio, and practise their interview and presentation skills.

Registrations are now open for workshop 2 (Folio Bytes), which will be held on

Saturday 1 July at RMIT’s City campus.


Folio Bytes gives students the chance to meet practising designers, and create a piece of work that they can include in their design folios. Students will be able to speak to the designers (who also teach in RMIT design programs) about what makes a good folio, and get a valuable insight into the application process for design programs.


Students can choose one of four specialised workshop sessions: fashion illustration, graphic design, architecture and building design, and drawing for design.

For more information and to register, click here.

Winter holiday programs: Fashion Photography and Drawing

The Fashion Photography program is a creative school holiday program open for Years 9 to 12 students who would like a quick intensive introduction to professional, standard photographic techniques. 

Participants will learn everything from how cameras work, to styling and a step-by-step guide to planning a fashion shoot. 

Places are limited, so  apply early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2017
Time: Registration from 9.00am (for 3.00pm finish)
Venue: Swinburne Wantirna Campus, 369 Stud Road, Wantirna, 3152

Register now!

The Drawing Winter workshop is a school holiday program open for Years 9 to 12 students who would like a quick intensive introduction to different drawing techniques. 

Places are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 12 July 2017
Session Times:
Register for the morning session: 9.30-12.30pm
Register for the afternoon session: 1.00-3.30pm
Venue: Swinburne Wantirna Campus, 369 Stud Road, Wantirna, 3152

Opportunity: 'Day in the Life' of a Creative Artist

  • Thursday 15 June 9.30am - 3pm
  • Box Hill Institute - Nelson Campus in Box Hill.  

Students choose 2 workshops from a range of 3 :

1.  Focus on creative concepts used in Graphic Design. Using a variety of materials, students will have the chance to have fun while gaining graphic-design skills.

2.  Focus on Fashion Illustration, where students will learn the golden rules of fashion illustration.

3. Focus on Building a Portfolio where students will learn the secrets of developing a killer portfolio in preparation for selection interviews.


Although this is free, students must apply via the following link:

A Day in the Life of A Creative Artist Application

NOTE: This is a school day, so you will need to see your YLPL for a blue form to catch up on missed work, and your parents will need  to approve your absence on Compass. This event is not organised nor attended by NHS staff.

Music News

Photo: On the Junior Music Camp

Junior Music Camp

Three ensembles participated in this year’s Music Camp, totalling 114 students. The ensembles were the Junior Choir, Concert Band and Intermediate Strings. Over the three days that the camp lasted the ensembles made massive progress on pieces new and old.


The second day of camp there was The Amazing Race, consisting of multiple activities in groups that got the students mixed up between ensembles, and year levels. The Amazing Race was a fun and challenging experience that pushed development in teamwork and leadership skills and gave the students a break from the music practice. Some of the activities  included: archery, adventure tunnelling, guiding people through a maze while they were wearing blindfolds and other team initiative games.

At the end of each day the entire group would participate in an activity. On the first night it was trivia but on the second night there were four different activities that we could participate in. These were: World’s Largest Uno Game, Art Attack, Charades and Round the World Ping Pond.


During the practice sessions the ensembles' skills improved greatly, particularly in their dynamic control, balance, rhythmical understanding and ability to sight read music. The practice sessions were fun. They always included the entire ensemble trying not to single out a singular section all of the time. This kept us engaged and active ninety-nine percent of the time.

Ben Sneddon Year 9

Congratulations Flautists

On Sunday 28th may, the Junior Flute ensemble played at the Flute Guild ensemble Competition. The students played well, and were awarded a second place in their section. The year 11 trio also received an honorable mention in the

18 years and under section.

Well done to all the students for their hard work and giving up their time on a Sunday to compete in the competition.

Anne Rassool, Instrumental Music Teacher


Opportunity: Original Composition Project

Attention student musicians:

Do you write your own music?

Would you like to record your music in a professional studio?

Join the Original Composition Project- pick up a form from the Music office for more information.

Invitation: Mid Year Music

Mid-year Music Concerts

Escape the winter blues with the Mid-Year Music Concert series. Come and enjoy our ensembles and bands over two special nights at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds. Starting time 7pm.


Tickets can be purchased online @
or by telephone: 9243 9191

Winter uniform reminder

Winter uniform: do you need a top up?

As the weather gets colder, it's a good time to ensure that your child has sufficient winter uniform items to keep them warm at school. Hoodies, casual sweatshirts and non-uniform jackets are not permitted to be worn at school, so we strongly recommend that students wear both the school jumper and the school spray jacket or blazer to adequately protect themselves from the elements. The school long sleeved shirts, pants and tights are also uniform items which can help your child to stay warm.


If you need to top up uniform items, the campus uniform shop is open Tuesdays 12.30-4pm and Fridays 8.30-11.30am.


Uniform is also available at Dobsons Hawthorn (667 Glenferrie Rd) can be ordered online at Log in with

  • Password: NOR4433


Being e-smart: balancing time online

The next instalment of our 'e-smart' features: how much screen time?

Some young people spend a lot of time online and often from multiple devices. From homework and listening to music to instant messaging friends and checking out the latest on social media, the reality is many kids are using a screen every day. So how much screen time is too much for your child?


There is no magic guideline for the ‘right’ amount of time for young people to spend online. This is a matter for you to decide—but there are guidelines that can help you in addition to factoring in the age of your child, their maturity level and your family dynamics.


The following short video from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg outlines his interpretations of the guidelines


Here is a link to the programs Dr Michael Carr-Gregg was referring to


The Mac software referenced has mixed reviews depending on the operating system on your computer and we would suggest doing research before downloading.


How can I tell if my child is online too much?

If your child’s online activity appears to be having a negative impact on their personal wellbeing or physical behaviour (or on your family), then consider discussing expectations and time limits. Some of these noticeable changes that can indicate excessive internet use include:

  • online activities interfering with general health and wellbeing
  • obsession with particular websites or games
  • anger when being asked to take a break from online activity
  • appearing anxious or irritable when away from the computer
  • spending increasing amounts of time online
  • a declined interest in social activities like meeting friends or playing sport
  • excessive tiredness
  • decline in academic performance and failing to complete schoolwork
  • seemingly isolated or withdrawn
  • reduced personal hygiene
  • negative changes in their behaviour
  • ongoing headaches, eye strain and sleep disturbance.

We are fully aware that around exam time there may be an increase in device usage, but it is important to impress upon your child the benefits of balance in this stressful time. Exercise, sleep, healthy eating and down time can be just as important to exam success as long hours studying. 


For more information please visit

Recognising our values

Photo: Our values celebrated in art

Values postcards: keep an eye on your mailbox

This term we introduce a new initiative to recognise and celebrate students who exemplify the Northcote High School values. Our values live only through the daily actions of our community:  students, staff and families. Over the coming months, our staff will be on the lookout for those students whose actions best reflect our values of Achievement, Curiosity, Fairness and Humanity.  When we 'catch students doing good', they just may find a postcard in their mailbox to recognise their efforts. Some may even try to collect the whole set! Exemplifying Achievement and Curiosity, these beautiful postcards were designed by the NHS Art Club, and hand-drawn by Year 10 student Isabelle Zeevraarder.  Thank you to Isabelle, Barry Drinian and the Club. 


International Students in action

Photo: Student vs Teacher Basketball

Student basketballers brave against invicible teachers


The annual International Student VS Teacher Basketball Game took place at the school Gym on Thursday 25th May. The excited student teacher spectators cheered out for their favourite team. The staff team seems forever invincible; however the young International Students fought out, which created a fierce competition for all to enjoy. Thank you to the PE faculty for your tremendous support.

Celebrating the traditional Dragon Boat Festival

On the 30th of May, International Students celebrated another traditional Asia Festival-Dragon Boat Festival (which is on the Fifth day of the fifth month on the Lunar Calendar) and enjoyed the special food called Zong Zi (粽子), which is sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.

The Dragon Boat Festival is originated from a Chinese national hero and famous poet Qu Yuan(340-278 BC) of the Chu Kingdom during the Warring States Period. He drowned himself in the Miluo River to protest the corrupted government. Chinese people admire his heroism and worship him by throwing rice into the river in hope of preventing fish from eating Qu Yuan’s body. This tradition evolved into the custom of eating rice dumplings on Dragon Boat Festival, to pay tribute and respect to national hero Qu yuan.


International Office

Human rights on film

Join us for two nights of thought-provoking films 

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) are bringing a selection of short films to Northcote High School this June. Now in its 10th year, HRAFF has screened films that cover a range of social justice issues and by doing so they have created a platform for voices that often go unheard. The purpose of the evening is to bring the Northcote community together to experience world-class film making from both Australian and international directors. The films selected come recommended by the festival's program director and will be suitable for all audiences (classified G or PG). 

When: Tuesday 20 June - 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Where: William Olver Hall (NHS)

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 concession/students

Tickets via

Freedom Stories: Australia and asylum seekers

Northcote High School would like to invite you all to a special screening of the uplifting documentary Freedom Stories during Refugee Week on Wednesday 21 June.

Freedom Stories is a positive documentary that explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001, a defining year in Australian politics.


Locked in remote detention centres and then placed on temporary protection visas, their limbo lasted for years. Now Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.


Freedom Stories premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and also screened at Cinema Nova for a season. It is rated PG and suitable for children in Grades 5 and above.


We will be joined by producer Lisa Horler (an NHS parent) who will introduce the film and answer any questions after the screening.


This is a great opportunity to further educate yourself and your children on the issues surrounding Australia's relationship with refugees.


All welcome!


Entry by donation to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre: reserve tickets through

NHS Library

Arrive 6.30 for 7pm start

Cheese and wine provided

Contact [email protected] 

See the stars with us

Photo: Viewing Mars

Night sky viewing with our telescope

A terrific telescope will be set up in the courtyard near D13 on

  • Tuesday 13th June 7.00pm to 8.00pm*

Students, teachers and families all welcome.

Bring your cameras, phones and ipads to take some ‘out of this world’ photos.

For more information please see Ms Hutchens.


*Weather permitting. If it is a cloudy evening we will reschedule.

Winter sports in full swing

Photo: Intermediate Girls' Football team

Year 9/10 Divisional Netball Winners

Northcote had a strong representation at the Division Netball Tournament with a squad of 4 teams consisting of year 9/10 students. It concluded with an exciting Northcote Vs Northcote Final. A Year 9 boys’ team also represented and won in a very close and exciting game by one point!


All students played exceptionally well, winning most of their games and displaying great team work and sportsmanship. The Year 10 Purple team finished first and will be competing in the Regional competition in July.


Well done to all players!

Ms Wright

Intermediate Girls' Football team going strong

The Intermediate girls’ football team played an outstanding game against Thornbury High School on Wednesday 24th May. With perfect weather and under the coaching of Ms. Smith and Ms. Lange the team managed a phenomenal final score of 19.8.122 - 1.1.7 on CT Barling Reserve, Reservoir. The whole team played excellently, but particular mention needs to go to Abigail Bennet, Molly Uwland and Jamie Spangher. They now move into the next division, to be played in July.

More Year 9/10 success

Year 9 /10 Soccer Winners

Congratulations to our Year 9/10  Soccer Teams who won the Divisional Round by finishing at the top of their pool.  Both teams now move through to Regionals and will compete next term.

Year 9 /10 AFL

 Well done to our Intermediate Footy Teams. Both teams were successful in moving to the next round.

NHS Year 7 & 8 Netball Tournament

Due to an overwhelming response of students wanting to play netball this year, we decided to run a fun tournament for Year 7 & 8 students at Coburg Stadium on May 26. We had a fantastic day beginning that started with Mrs Tayton running an electric aerobic warm up. The day consisted of a year level round robin competition, finishing off with ‘fun finals’ where the winner of Year 7 played the winner of Year 8. Year 7 took the title and were crowned the first NHS Netball Champs 2017.

Design thinking at Year 11

Photo: Year 11 VCD artwork

Exploring design styles

Year 11 Visual Communication and Design students have been investigating the work of American artist and designer Charley Harper. Students had to create an artwork with an animal as the subject matter. They then manipulated the design elements and principles to transform their animal into the Charley Harper style. Students explored a range of art mediums to communicate their work. The aim of this task was to engage students in creative and critical design thinking

Diana Corkery & Peta Sirec, VCD teachers

Save your bottle tops!

Help us create....

Please save your juice/milk/soft drink etc. plastic bottle tops and donate them at school for an exciting upcoming collaborative project by the Art Club and Green Team. All colours and sizes welcome.

Year 7 Connect classes will be competing for the most bottle tops collected (with a prize for the winning class). Collection points will be created around the school (including in the main foyer, the library and the junior school office.)

Further awards for "Rewrite your story"

Photo: From the films

Continued international recognition for films featuring NHS students 

In Issue 7 we celebrated that the 'Rewrite Your Story' films, made in late 2016 at Northcote High School by the Federal Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner had won awards in New York. Recently, the series recieved further recognition, taking home gold at the World Media Festival in Hamburg for 'Connor' and 'Zach', which highlights that it's okay to be different.

You can see the shorts released so far here:

Look out for NHS students and a few staff faces!

Year 9 student in 'Shrek the Musical'

See Alanah on stage

NHS student Alanah Namor has a role in the upcoming 'Shrek the Musical Jr', based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. This show is presented by a cast of over 90 talented performers from the Young Australian Broadway Chorus. It is running for a limited season at the Union Theatre, University of Melbourne, from the 12th to 15th of July.


The production is directed by Robert Coates, with choreography by Jacqui Green and Musical Direction by Andy Coates. With spectacular costumes, impressive Set Design and a delightful cast, Shrek Jr. is sure to be loved by the whole family.


Show Dates and Times

Wednesday 12th July 11am & 2pm

Thursday 13th July 11am, 2pm & 7pm

Friday 14th July 2pm & 7pm

Saturday 15th July 11am, 2pm & 7pm



Union Theatre

Union House at Melbourne University



Ticket Info

Cost: $22.50-$27.50 (+ booking fees)

Book online:

Book via phone: 8199 8344


Community notices

Have your say: St Georges Rd median strip. A message from Fiona Richardson MP

Dear Parent/Guardian


Over the last few months, many residents and community leaders have raised serious concerns with my office regarding the proposal to permanently close median crossings along St George’s Road between Arthurton and Miller Street.


On the 4th of July last year, Darebin Council passed a motion calling for the permanent closure of these median strips, and also wrote to VicRoads seeking their support for this initiative.


Many residents and community leaders have expressed concern at the lack of consultation by our local Council on this significant proposal.


I have been in touch with VicRoads, who have informed me that consideration of permanent closure is currently underway.


I thought it was important to consult with the parents and carers of children at our local schools before any permanent decision is reached. I know all too well the chaos that can accompany the school drop off, and wanted to ensure that each and every parent and carer had their say on this important local issue.


Please complete the survey at the link below, and feel free to contact my office with any other concerns you may have.


All the best,

Fiona Richardson MP

Labor Member for Northcote

Merri Park works

Please find attached notification regarding upcoming works in Merri Park


Just Believe Fit

Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Mindfulness offered by a Northcote High School parent. Please see attached flyer for more details.


Northcote High School Newsletter
Parent Seminar - Summary.pdf
Community bulletin-Merri Park_FINAL.pdf
Just Believe Fit.pdf
Flyer for Year 11 day at UoM.pdf
Flyer for Year 11 day at UoM.pdf
OPEN DAYS 2017_by date.pdf