NGSC Newsletter

29 November 2018
Issue Nineteen
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

30 NOV                   Assessment & Reporting Day

                                  (Student free day)

10 DEC                   2019, Year 7 Parent/Carers and

                                  students Information Evening

11 - 12 DEC           Grade 6 Orientation Days

11 DEC                   Yrs 7 - 9 Student Free Day

12 - 14 DEC           Years 7 to 9 Student Activities

17 DEC                   Enviro Day     

18 DEC                  Student Free Day .

                                 Awards Presentation Evening

                                 (compulsory for all students)

                                 Costa Hall, doors open

                                 at 7:10 pm, 7:30 pm start.

19-20 DEC            Enviro Days


2019 Key Dates 


24 JAN               Booklist collection at NGSC

29 JAN               Official first day for teachers 

30 JAN               First Day Years 7, 11 and 12

31 JAN               All students to attend school 


Mr Nicholas Adamou


Human Power Vehicle (HPV) 2018

Congratulations to the North Geelong SC HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) 2018 team of students, staff and parents for a hardworking, yet fantastic year. The North Geelong SC HPV team for the 19th consecutive year participated in the RACV Energy Breakthrough, 4 day camp. Maryborough came alive with several schools across Victoria participating in this annual event. 

On Friday, 23 November, I was lucky enough to visit the students and staff on the HPV camp and spent most of the day with them. Once again, I was very proud to be the Principal of these young HPV leaders and also North Geelong SC community. Our students represented the College to the highest level possible. They have shown strong leadership, sporting and team spirit and presentation skills. 


Outstanding Young Ambassadors for our school. Well Done!


Congratulations to Ms Sherryn Martin – HPV Coordinator, who trained, organised and led the HPV team throughout this year. A huge thank you to Teachers; Ms Sherryn Martin – HPV Coordinator, Mr Aaron Milsome, Ms Elizabeth Fagan, Mr Luke Scott and Mrs Lisa Marin who have gone beyond the call of duty and spent four days caring and encouraging our HPV team competing/racing day and night. Outstanding effort.


Once again, Congratulations to all for another very successful HPV year. 

Melbourne University Kwon Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Brianna Sheehan 

We congratulate Year 10 student Brianna Sheehan, who has become a part of the University of Melbourne Kwon Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.


Brianna was chosen from an excess of 1800 students across the state and adjoining border regions, to participate in the program that will see her take part in events and activities to enhance her studies, inspire and interact with the University of Melbourne community. Should she go on to enrol at the University, Brianna will also be afforded additional program benefits.


In early December, the University will host a Welcome Event for all 700 selected Year 10 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. Students will be officially welcomed into the program and participate in a number of information sessions on the day including a welcome address from former Vice-Chancellor and the Program’s namesake, Professor Kwong Lee Dow.


Once again, on behalf of the North Geelong SC community, we congratulate Brianna for her induction to the Class of 2020 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. We wish her the very best over the next two years.

Scholarships are available in the following areas:

Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to students with an exemplary academic record who have demonstrated outstanding application and achievement in one or more of English, Mathematics or Science, together with a strong performance in general studies.


Student Leadership
The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated leadership skills. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent communication skills, display initiative and have a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students.


Community (Good Citizenship)
The Community (Good Citizenship) Scholarship is available to students who have made a significant demonstrable contribution to their community. The successful applicant(s) will display a strong social conscience as well as an outstanding work ethic and behaviour. 


Sporting Excellence
The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sportspersons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s). 


The Arts 
The Arts scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts (such as; Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent.

2019 Year 7 Scholarship presentations 

The Arts Scholarship Recipient Genevieve Sheehan – Hamlyn Banks Primary School


Congratulations to Genevieve Sheehan from Hamlyn Banks Primary School for her outstanding achievement.


Genevieve has demonstrated the following achievements/skills:
Currently she is the Music Captain at her Primary School and has been assisting in the running of the School Band. Genevieve is devoted to singing and enjoys working to develop other students to achieve a better understanding of both music and the different musical instruments.

This year she also participated in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular dance ensemble, in which she played a key role. Genevieve believes everyone has a talent and they just need to find it.


Once again, Congratulations to Genevieve Sheehan and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Genevieve over the next six years of her high school journey. 

Capital Works update

Stage 2 (North of C Wing) building has been completed and was delivered back to the school on Thursday, 22 November. The court yard in between B and C Wings will be completed by Friday, 30 November. The new toilet block and under cover decking is still under construction and will be delivered by mid-December. Stage 3 (D – Wing, Science Block) is currently under construction. The Science Wing includes an extra Science room and a new toilet block in front of the library, which will be accessed from the corridor. It is expected to be completed by the middle of February, 2019. 


Planning has begun for Stages 4 and 5 of the capital works; expand and refurbish the carpark and refurbish the south part of C Wing including the construction of a new larger staff room.  
I wish to thank Paul Dawson, Assistant Principal, and Mel West, Facilities Coordinator, for organising the logistics and decanting of the various wings. Thank you to all staff who have been very resilient moving to new staff room locations. I am also very proud and pleased with our students for demonstrating high levels of resilience and understanding with all the changes occurring at the school due to capital works. They have been amazing and their flexibility has made this process so much easier, thank you students.

Student Parties

Frequently, we hear stories from around the state of students organising large “parties” or “formals” in a school’s name but when the function is not sanctioned or supported by the school, invariably, a parent takes the responsibility for booking a venue. 


Such functions are open to significant abuse, especially in relation to drugs, violence and alcohol and, if this is the case, those involved leave themselves open to legal action. I wish to make it clear to all that the only College sanctioned activities that occur outside of the school by way of celebrations are the Year 12 Graduation Evening on Tuesday, 23 October and the Awards Presentation Evening on Tuesday, 18 December. 


As parents or guardians, if you are faced with the dilemma of whether a function is an official school function, please ensure you ring the College for clarification. Whether or not you allow your child to attend any such party or event is a matter for decision between you and your child, however, when discussing this, we suggest that you consider: 

  • Transport arrangements to and from any function, event, party or after party. We are all aware of the potential risks associated with young people travelling with young drivers particularly after celebrating.
  • What level of security is being provided at the venue? There have been numerous stories over the years of such events resulting in alcohol and drug use and in violence. 

If at any time you become aware of any event purportedly being held in the school’s name, please contact the school immediately so that we can clarify the issue with parents and guardians.

2019 Year 7 Parent/Guardian Information Evening

On Monday, 10 December, at 6:00 pm the College will hold our 2019 Year 7 Parent/Guardian Information Evening. 


If you are a parent of a child in Year 7 in 2019, please ensure that you and your child are in attendance. During the evening there will be a short presentation providing information for the beginning of next year and parents will have the opportunity to discuss, ask questions and get answers from the 2019 Coordinators, Principal Class Officers or their child’s Home Group Teacher.


Any parents unable to attend please call the school to make an alternative appointment time to receive the information. 

Grade 6 to Year 7 Orientation Day Program, 11 and 12 December, 2018

On Tuesday, 11 December, all new Year 7 students in Victoria will be attending their secondary school for a whole day. This is part of their transition to secondary schooling and is a state wide orientation day for public education. On this day our current Year 7 to 9 students will not be required at school. Some current Year 7 students will be attending, by invitation, to help out with our transition activities. I am looking forward to meeting all our new Year 7 students and their families.


North Geelong SC offers a two day Orientation program to our new Year 7 students. Therefore, the 2019 Year 7 students will be required to attend a second day of orientation on the Wednesday, 12 December. All feeder Primary schools have been notified.


I take the opportunity to thank Ms Katina Astles,Transitions/Pathways Leader, Mr Allister Hill, Transitions/Pathways Assistant, and other key stakeholders for all their hard work in organising and implementing the two day orientation program.

Year 7 to 9 End of the Year Activities Program

All Year 7 to 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in our activities program from Wednesday, 12 December, to Wednesday, 19 December. A variety of exciting activities (external and school based) have been offered to our Year 7 to 9 students. Information and permission slips have been disseminated to students and final numbers per activity are due shortly. All Year 7 to 9 students are expected to attend the activities program. 


Thank you to Ms Sherryn Martin who has worked hard to put together a very enticing end of the year activities program.    

School Council Dinner Tuesday, 4 December

The final school council meeting for the year will be the School Council Dinner evening on the Tuesday, 4 December, 6:00 pm at The Empire Grill, McKillop Street, Geelong. There will be a brief meeting before the dinner.


I wish to take this opportunity to thank all council members for giving up their time during the year to attend council meetings and contribute to our school community. Your contribution to the life of the school this year has been very much appreciated.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Subject changes

By now all students will have access to information about their classes for 2019. We have done our best to provide the best possible opportunities for the students based on their interests and needs. It does not always work out in favour of every student so we do permit subject swaps based on student pathways. This enables a closer match to their desired pathway. 



Often, however, over the Christmas break interests can change and students might need to change their subjects. In 2019 we will be permitting subject changes up until the last day before school starts (29 January is the last day of changes). You will need to discuss these changes with Mr Scoullar for Years 9 and 10. Mrs Bridges will discuss changes for Years 11 and 12.


Parents and students are reminded that they need to have their booklists returned by Friday, 30 November.  Previous experience has shown us that booklists submitted late can result in books not being delivered until the end of first term.  This is caused by book suppliers not having the stock to meet late orders from all over the country.  Books do not have to be paid for until they are collected from the school on Thursday, 24 January, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


This week saw Years 7 - 9 students complete their exams.  Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive in the way the students conducted themselves. It has shown that students understand the importance of these exams and will serve them well for their exams in their senior years.  Students are hopefully beginning to understand how to prepare for these exams and the importance of constantly revising during the year.

Key Curriculum Dates

  • 29 Nov - Year 10 last day
  • 30 Nov - Assessment and Reporting Day                         (Pupil Free)
  • 10 Dec - Parent information session for       the 2019 Year 7 students
  • 11/12 Dec - 2019 Year 7 Orientation            program
  • 18 Dec - Awards Presentation Evening - Costa Hall (all students to attend in the evening and in full school uniform)

Other dates

Please ensure that you are aware of the various end of year activities, venues, costs, departure times, etc. In all of these activities we stress the importance of representing the NGSC values in all that we do and say. 



If your child is attending an activity that allows casual clothes the list of appropriate attire is described in the NGSC School Uniform policy. This is available on the website and in the student planner. To avoid any problems/delays with your child attending an activity, check that they are also aware of the policy for casual clothes.


Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager


Given that our Year 7 students have almost completed their first full year her at NGSC, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of their stories with you.


In 2018 I moved to NGSC for Year 7, and I have loved it. My first day here I was scared but, as the first week went on I started to make new friends and meet new teachers. It’s the end of the year now and my favourite thing throughout this year was meeting new people and making new friends. When I came here it was scary, but now I think it was the best choice I made to come here. I think 2018 has been the best year.

Faith Qoon


My first year of high school was challenging. Of course it was always going to be challenging, no matter what I did, because of my Autism. Apart from all the hurdles and obstacles I had to face over the past 12 months, transition was hard because I didn’t attend  the orientation, because I originally was going to another school, but I’m actually very glad that I ended up here because it has been amazing. The Wellbeing centre is amazing and they have an onsite doctor. The classrooms at the moment are being upgraded to state of the art, to ensure the best learning, and the staff are really nice and caring. If they notice that there’s something wrong they will go out of their way to help you or fix the problem. Overall, attending North Geelong Secondary College is one of the best decisions I have made.

Sophia Loupelis


My first year at NGSC has been so many things. Honestly, I think it will take a paragraph just to explain all the thrills of Term 1! I have had such an amazing year. The best part of the year has definitely been making new friends and not just students, but teachers as well. All the teachers have been so encouraging and the students have been so welcoming. The only part of the year I haven’t enjoyed so much is the homework, but I eventually adjusted to it. Overall 2018 has been one of the best years of my life and I can’t wait to start 2019 on a positive high!

Aven Hogarth


As soon as I got here on the first day of Year 7, I was looking forward to a great year. I settled in and made some amazing friends. They’re a little strange, but that’s okay, because I am too, once you get to know me. There are always people that will help you, and the teachers are supportive and nice. If you are looking for a high school to go to, then NGSC is the place to go. You will make friends from other year levels as well. No matter how smart you are, you will always reach your goals if you try. As I had hoped for at the start of the year, this has been a great and wonderful year, and I’m glad I left my primary school when I did. This has probably been the best year ever.

Anna Vriens


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Goodbye Year Tens. Almost there Year Nines. Orientation week is concluding for the Year Tens and I dare say the majority will have some holiday homework. I hope students reflect on their exams and can consolidate their learning. Please reflect on final reports and set some goals for 2019.



Year Nines will be finished soon, but also can enjoy their last year of activities week (sign ups happening this week). Please be prompt with returning notes.

Please see another photo of our intrepid Year Nines in China. I believe they are incredibly disappointed about missing exams.


Have a safe break. Take care and stay healthy. Avoid too much screen time. Without the daily routine of school students can find themselves in unhealthy routines, eating poorly and staring at a screen. Please be aware of this and keep in mind the importance of maintaining healthy routines, for both mind and body.

Movie Review - 
Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. It was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Rami Malek, Ben Hardy and Mike Myers. The movie is about the band Queen and how they made a lot of their songs. The main character is Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, and it mostly follows his life. 


One of the best things in this movie is Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury was a weird and unusual person and Rami Malek captured Freddie perfectly. He liked being different and it showed in this movie. A lot of the clothes he wore got a lot of comments in this movie. 

This movie is over two hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it drags on. It only very briefly shows how the band came together. It has a lot of funny moments and also sad. The best scenes are the scenes that show how their songs were made. Another thing I liked was that this movie sometimes showed full songs instead of just parts. 


One main problem was that some important things happened at a different time in the movie than when they actually happened in real life. The reason for that would be so they could finish Freddie Mercury’s story, but still have that ending. Some things were made up for the movie too, like how the band got together. That would be because the people making the movie didn’t want to spend too much time on that part of Queen.


I think this movie is one of the best for this year. It’s fun to watch and it is really entertaining. The soundtrack is so good and full of some of Queen’s greatest songs. If you haven’t watched it I suggest you do, even if you’re not a Queen fan. 



Thanks for reading my review and hopefully you’ll read my next one.

Riconley Lambert 

Year 9 Student


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager

Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.     


School has now finished for our senior students. Many are venturing out into the world of work, training and study and this is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the year. Be proud of your efforts and achievements, I hope that you are able to say to yourself that “I did my best” and are looking forward to life after school. We wish each of our exiting students every success in their future endeavours. To our incoming Year 12 and 11 students, take the time to reflect on your efforts and attitudes this year and set yourself goals for 2019.


Congratulations to Angela Bijimba, Lakiesha Dunscombe, Ni Mo and Daphne Low who graduated from the Business and Professional Women’s Mentoring Program. It was a pleasure to see the young ladies speak with confidence about their growth through this program.


A reminder to students that school will be running as normal on the day results are released (14 December) and careers staff will be available to assist with any change of preference or for general advice and support.


Awards nights is on Tuesday, 18 December, and we encourage all students and families to attend and celebrate their 2018 achievements.


I would like to thank the Senior Sub School staff, Ms McGrath, Mr Cowan Clarke, Ms Perin, Mr Lawless, Ms Scott, Mr Hosie, Ms Selato and Ms Sulomar for all their efforts this year.


Sherryn Martin

HPV/Advance - Year 10 Coordinator


The Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Team competed in the Energy Breakthrough from Thursday, 22 November, to Sunday, 25 November, in Maryborough. This is a very large event which over 35000 people attend and has students from primary and secondary schools competing. 


There are a number of phases to this competition:

  1. Display and Presentation: Display and Presentation: our students had to memorise a speech that discussed the environment (greenhouse effect, renewable energy, effect of climate change etc) along with information about their trike, safety considerations, their journey over the year when training, preparing their trike, school information and their involvement in the school community.
  2. Design and Construction: the students were quizzed about the design and construction of their trike, along with questions about the environment and race rules. 
  3. Licence test
  4. Scrutineering: the trike was checked to see if it was safe, manoeuvrable and met race regulations. 
  5. Lastly they ride: Storm competed in an obstacle course, time trial and an 8 hour endurance race. Typhoon competed in a 24 hour endurance race. 

Tsunami competed in the 24 hour race and placed 65th out of 96 competitors, completing 403 laps. Their fastest lap was 2:17 (compared to the first placed bike at 1:52) so an amazing effort when competing against semi professional schools and riders. 


Storm competed in the 8 hour race. They came 63rd of 70 trikes. Completing 140 laps. This team was amazing as 5 of the 8 riders had never been to a HPV race before. 


Over the four days the students were supported by Mr Milsome, Ms Fagan, Mr Scott, Ms Marin, Nick Martin. Mr Adamou travelled to Maryborough on the Friday to support them.


The students were amazing all weekend, they set themselves goals and achieved them. They showed amazing resilience as they froze in the cold wind and had to set up their tents in the pouring rain. Existing team members mentored new riders  and were caring ‘big brothers’ to their adopted mascots - Maxwell and Jackson. 

Julie Elkin

PD Coordinator

BPW Making a Difference Graduation 

On Tuesday night, Angela Bijimba, Lakiesha Dunscombe, Ni Mo and Daphne Low graduated from the Making a Difference program hosted by the BPW Geelong. For the last two years the girls have been mentored by two members of the BPW group. They have had sessions on serious topics such as goal setting, personal grooming and career pathways as well as having some fun along the way with Laserstrike.


They have developed their public speaking skills with the assistance of Nicky Buckley, who graciously donated her time to mentor the girls. How far they have come was demonstrated by the confidence they projected when speaking to the audience on Tuesday night. Lakiesha opened the evening by welcoming everyone and acknowledging the traditional owners of the land. She also introduced the guest speaker, Maree Herath, talking on the topic of ‘Limitless’.


We are extremely grateful to BPW Geelong and the sponsors of the Making a Difference program. The development of the girls has shown that, indeed, their potential is limitless!


Antigone, Share House and 2K

Geelong Edge (an offshoot of Western Edge) has grown from strength to strength, with some of the original group performing Antigone to a packed house in October. The messages sent in this adaption of a Sophoclean play continue to be topical and pertinent to the greater community. 


2K and Share House took a different tack by using comedy, but still provided the audience with food for thought. Their own writing was showcased by students, most of whom are still attending North Geelong. 


Participating in such a production does wonders for the individual, as it develops confidence and teamwork skills, which are beneficial in all facets of life. To see students perform on stage, who hardly speak a word in class, or for whom English is a third or fourth language, is a joy. So, in the words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour and get along to their next production.

SKAART Festival

A number of our students helped to make this festival, held last weekend, a success. There were students on the organising committee, and many of our music and singing students performed on the day. Well done to all those who took part – it is a great day out for the families in the northern suburbs of Geelong. Thanks to the fOrT for hosting it!



Julie Elkin

PD Coordinator

VCAL Orientation

Over the last two weeks, students in the VCAL program in 2019 have taken part in Orientation programs. A study of homelessness was undertaken as an introduction to next year’s study and we were fortunate enough to have a visit from ‘Bluey’, the OrangeSky laundry van. OrangeSky is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation that offers laundry and shower services to people in need. The service started in Geelong in March and Ms Elkin has been a volunteer with them. She was able to have ‘Bluey’ on site for the students to see how it is possible to fit two washing machines and two dryers into the van. 


Another facet of the orientation was a scavenger hunt along the Geelong foreshore. This had been developed by students as part of their Personal Development Skills class. Participants had to find and do various things along the Waterfront and in Geelong’s Eastern Gardens precinct. The students were then treated to a BBQ prepared by their colleagues.


Students were also able to gain a training certificate such as Food Handler’s, Responsible Service of Alcohol, First Aid or White Card (Induction Card).






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 9:00 am and 12:15 pm 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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