Please note the following events coming up:
- Thursday 14 December Year 9-10 Course Confirmation (no Year 9 classes on this day)
- Friday 15 December Year 8-9 Course Confirmation (no Year 8 classes on this day)
Please note the following events coming up:
Students currently in Years 10 & 11 required for orientation as appropriate to their courses in 2018:
December 4 -5: VCE Units 1&2 Orientation
December 6-8: VCE Units 3&4 Orientation
Classes continue to December 15 for students in Years 7-9, with the following special events:
December 14: Year 9 to 10 Course Confirmation (attendance by allocated appointment)
December 15: Year 8 to 9 Course Confirmation (attendance by allocated appointment)
December 15: Year 9 Graduation; pre-VCE workshop for students undertaking a Unit 1&2 subject in 2018
Final Week – Years 7-9
December 18-20: End of Year activities
December 21: Additional course counselling by appointment *
December 22: No formal activities for students *
* Students are not required at school. Supervision will be provided should parents be unable to make alternative arrangements.
Monday 29 January: Staff commence
Wednesday 31 January: Years 7, 10, 11, 12 students commence
Thursday 1 February: Years 8, 9 students commence
Thursday 29 March: End of Term 1
Monday 16 April: Start of Term 2
Friday 29 June: End of Term 2
Monday 16 July: Start of Term 3
Friday 21 September: End of Term 3
Monday 8 October: Start of Term 4
Friday 21 December: End of Term 4
To complement our 1:1 Device Program we are excited to introduce a new way of accessing and using textbook resources. In 2018, students and teachers in Years 7-10 will be using the digital textbook subscription service LearningField for subjects including English, Maths, History, Geography, Science and Languages.
Instead of purchasing individual textbooks for all subjects, parents will purchase a subscription to LearningField. This will provide your child with 12 months unlimited access to the latest subject textbooks from all the major Australian educational publishers, at four year levels (7-10) allowing for increased opportunity for personalised learning.
The purchasing of subscriptions is available from December 1, 2017 - January 20 2018 to ensure readiness for Day 1 2018. See the applicable flyer below for details on how to purchase the subscription.
To get your English novels, Language workbooks 9-10 + VCE text books as well as stationary, we are still using Campion Education. To purchase online or to see the “booklists” please click on the link below.
In 2018 Northcote High School will have three 1-1 Bring Your Own Device programs running as we transition out of the Junior iPad program.
Year 7 students will be in the ACER B11 BYOD program
Year 8 students will remain in the iPad program
Year 9-12 students will be in the BYOD Choice program
The graphic below outlines the minimum requirements for devices for each BYOD program.
The recent Art and Design Show was another fabulous event which brought our community together to celebrate student creativity and effort. The new Art and Design spaces came alive with student work and the chatter of staff, students and families excited at the quality and range of the pieces.
There were many highlights, from being able to see the development of students skills across the high school art/design journey to clubs and young people speaking about the work, their thinking and the design/development process.
Harley Hefford kept the vibe happening with a great DJ set, and the Events and Fundraising Committee supplied refreshments.
Uncle Bill and the smoking ceremony was an inspired idea (thank you to Peter Murphy) and brought the people and ideas into the plaza area – a deeper connection with indigenous people and culture is key to a better world and understanding our place within it.
Thank you to Jerome Rush for leading the celebration of Magnus (former teacher) and his commitment to young people, to Connie Stewart for her leadership of the prize ceremony and to the entire Art and Design staff for their tireless work with our students to ensure that a vibrant creative culture is a feature of Northcote High School.
Families, staff and students celebrated the wide ranging achievements of our Year 7s and 8s at the annual Showcase last fortnight. The Year 7 and 8 Year Level captains, Miette, Amelie, Hannah and Eve, spoke eloquently of their experiences this year, and Alfie and of Year 9 gave a lively preview of the year ahead. Work from all learning areas was on display, with student representatives on hand to discuss their progress and highlights. The event was well-attended and vibrant: a great way to capstone 2017.
Several of our students were selected as performers and crew in this year's State Schools' Spectacular. If you would like to enjoy their efforts, the show will be broadcast on Channel 7:
Saturday 16 December
The Spectacular show will also be simulcast via live streaming on the PLUS7 app and be available on the PLUS7 catch-up website for 30 days from the broadcast date.
On Friday 24 November, over 300 staff and students gathered together at the Melbourne Aquarium to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017. The gourmet meal, the fantastic music to dance to and the glamorous attire by teachers and graduates alike were highlights of the evening.
To have the chance to mingle and celebrate the great achievements of the students and also the relationships they developed was a fantastic moment and one that everyone looks forward to. As we wish them good luck before they head off to their next adventure, we ask them to take with them great memories of Northcote High School and lasting friendships.
Shane Gemmola, Head of Senior School
On November the 20th our year 8 boys basketball team consisting of Lauchlan McKain (cpt), Connor Lester, Ned Long, Charlie Turnbull-Jones, Max Gurisi, Angus Wright, Jordan Charles, James Kotsopoulos and Sasha Million, competed at the State Championships at MSAC.
Playing under the expert coaching of Sunny Brazier (year 11) the boys were ready to face their pool games against Bendigo Catholic College, Horsham Secondary College and Maribyrnong College. They easy accounted for their first two opponents before coming up against the much fancied Maribyrnong.
The game got off to a shaky start with the opposition hitting three 3 pointers to jump to a 9 point lead. After some adjustments to our defence we managed to shut their shooters down and overran them by 20 points.
The final was played against Doncaster Secondary College. The game was an arm wrestle with both teams struggling to dominate the score board. After an 8 point lead half way through the last quarter, Doncaster managed to hit the lead by a point with 14 seconds on the clock. Sunny called a timeout advancing the ball to our half where the boys set to work carrying out his instructions. With 4 seconds on the clock Doncaster sent us to the free through line where we held steady, making both shots and sealing victory by one point.
An exciting end to the day and a well-deserved victory built on commitment to training and team work.
Thank you to all the parents who came to cheer us on and especially Sunny Brazier for coaching the boys during his school holidays.
Thanks also to Ms Lester for running the many training sessions inside and outside of school. The dedication from the boys and their coaches has certainly paid off. What a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to all involved.
Congratulations to our Yr 8 boys hockey team who played in the state finals at Footscray on 22nd November.
In extremely hot conditions our boys come out strong in both defence and attack, in their first match against Crusoe College. After a scoreless first half, we scored early in the second half with a combined effort from Hemi Dietrich and Tom Proe-Carter and then finished off by Nick Pappas. A strong defensive game and great goal keeping saw this as the only goal scored for the match. Winning 1-0.
Our next 2 matches against Warrnambool College and Strathmore Secondary College were tough, and although the heat was taking its toll on all players, the boys never once gave up. Unfortunately we just couldn’t match the opposition and were defeated 1-0 in both games.
Well done to Angus Armstrong and Flynn Rolfe for guiding the team throughout the day with their knowledge and skills. A big shout out to our Goal Keeper Alex Herbert who worked tirelessly all day and only conceded 2 goals in 3 matches. The heat could not have made this day very easy, but this did not dampen his enthusiasm and determination.
Thank you to Ms Archibald who held many lunchtime training sessions and coached on competition days. Thank you also to student coach Taysen Wilcox who stepped in to take the reins and coached the first match whilst Ms Archibald was held up at school, then continued to assist Ms Archibald coaching for the rest of the day.
On the 23rd of November, the Yr 8 boys cricket team made the trek out to Bendigo for the state quarter finals. The boys were in for a challenge as our opponent, Bendigo South East College were the defending state champions.
Bendigo batted first and made a strong score of 3/155 with one of their openers making 58. Doug Buckeridge, Mile Fricke and Ethan McKenzie all took a wicket. Max Corcoran fielded brilliantly taking 2 catches.
Chasing a massive score the boys fought hard but came up well short, only managing 9/82. Captain Doug Buckeridge made a rapid 35, while Lachlan Mckain also contributed 25.
Congratulations to Toby Zeevaarder, Daniel Mandy, Ritish Mandel and Zain Goodblood.
And it nearly didn’t happen – in the divisional round we arrived at the wrong venue and had to hightail it to the tram to get to Reservoir High. The boys made it through comfortably and also in the regionals at Coburg.
On Monday 27th November we travelled to Albert Park for the state finals. We won our first two rounds against Bendigo South East and Wonthaggi. That left us and Footscray both undefeated in our pool. We beat Footscray to win our pool which meant we met the second place getter in the other pool in the semi finals: Galen Catholic College.
This was the first real challenge of the day – it was three rubbers all but we won on games. We then had to meet Balwyn in the final – we were apprehensive as they had beaten Galen 5:1. We won the first three singles and were waiting on the outcome of the fourth – if we won there would be no need to play the doubles. Zain came through for us and we had won!
The convenor on the day said up to 400 teams had started off so to win the final is a huge achievement.
Throughout the season the boys have played with an excellent attitude. Thankyou to the staff in the gym who have allowed the boys access to practice.
Let’s see if we can do it all again next year!
Well done to our Yr 7 Girls who played in the State Cricket Final on Nov 28 in Glenroy. In a big bash style format, the girls competed against Euroa, Norwood Secondary College and Geelong High School.
Although we didn’t come away with a win on the day, our girls put up a tough fight for the opposition teams. Thank you to Mr Price for umpiring during regional and state finals and to Mrs Blanchard for organising some special training sessions with players from the Edinburgh Cricket Club.
The first rounds of Course Confirmation for 2018 have exemplified the value of strong learning partnerships, with parents and students meeting with Tutors to celebrate the achievements of 2017 and to set goals and finalise programs for 2018. Students from Year 10 are also selling products as part of the 'Youth for Causes' program - bring a little extra cash and your generosity to support these fundraising efforts. Appointment times have now been sent to all students currently in Years 8 and 9. Dates are:
Year 9s going to Year 10: Thursday December 14
Year 8s going to Year 9: Friday December 15
As all students are expected to attend the appointments, no classes run for the year level on the day of their Course Confirmation. If you have not yet received notification of your appointment time with the tutor, please contact the relevant sub-school office. Please note that in most cases it is not possible to adjust appointment times. The best person to contact if you have queries regarding the process is your child's Head of School - Year 8, Gerard O'Shaughnessy; Year 9, Sarah Green.
All year 9s are invited to celebrate the end of Year 9 and say good bye to their Connect groups. Students will be expected to be in school uniform.
The schedule of events are as follows:
We will provide vegetarian alternatives for the BBQ. If you have any other dietary needs, please let us know.
For 2018, we have made the decision to bring our work experience program forward to May 14-18. Research shows that, whilst work experience is one of the most powerful sources of information and insight for young people in terms of developing their career awareness and work readiness, this benefit is lessened if the experience is not accompanied by appropriate reflection.
In order to guide and support our students’ reflection and assist them in using the insight gained through work experience to inform their future choices, the program will now form part of the suite of careers-related activities Year 10 students undertake in Terms 2 and 3 in readiness for making subject selections for their Senior Years learning. It is also worth noting at this point that “careers-related activities” occur in numerous places and contexts, and that one of the principles of the Northcote Model is ensuring that all our students acquire the transferable skills needed to ensure they are able to either attract or generate employment later in life. Extra-curricular and volunteer activities also support the development of these skills, as does part time paid work.
We urge families to start looking for meaningful work experience placements now, as it can be a challenging and time-consuming process that closely mirrors the search for a “real” job. Attached are some documents to assist with brainstorming and sourcing appropriate placements, as well as an outline of the school’s expectations. Where an employer offers an amazing experience, but cannot accommodate our preferred week, do not let this deter you. We can work around most requests outside the official date if there are compelling reasons to do so. Please speak to Kylie Witt or the Year 10 Program Leaders if you are in this situation.
Families should also visit the myNorthcoteHigh careers page for the relevant forms and advice on procedures. This information will also be shared with Year 9 students at school, and early next year when they begin Year 10.
On December 15, all students will be able to access their VCE results.
Students who have registered with VTAC can also access their ATAR at this point. This may raise concerns for some students, whilst for others it will raise the possibility of additional opportunities. Either way, students will be in a better position to evaluate how their ATAR relates to their immediate goals in terms of tertiary entrance for 2018, as well as their longer-term goals.
Any Year 12 student from this year who needs assistance with decision-making during this time should contact Kylie Witt, who will be available at school for Change of Preference counselling until December 20. Students can also contact Kylie next year if they need assistance with Change of Preference options during the university offer rounds. Please use email in the first instance.
In an effort to improve the La Trobe University website experience, we’re looking for students in years 10-11 who may be interested in trying out our website and giving feedback after using it. At the end of the session, students will receive a $125 Co-op gift voucher for participating.
The benefit to the student:
● They will receive a $125 co-op gift voucher!
● A true experience of being part of digital experience design research;
● An opportunity to learn the process of how to design a better website;
● A trip to the university campus;
What will students be doing in the session?
The digital experience team will ask some questions about the participant and what interests them.
Then the participants will be asked to do several short tasks using the website. Participants will be asked questions about their feelings and thoughts of the website.
The session will be video and audio recorded. The session will be conducted by at least two La Trobe staff members.
How long is the session?
1.5 hours in total
When and where?
Participants can pick a time and date between 27 November to 8 December, from 9am to 7pm. Participants can choose to participate at either La Trobe’s Bundoora campus – cnr of Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora or City campus – 360 Collins Street, CBD. Participants under the age of 18 are required to come along with a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
Interested in participating?
Please email [email protected] with your contact details (Name, email, phone number). We will contact you shortly after with further information. Note that participation will require a signed parental consent form and release form.
If you are interested in a career working in the animal care industry this could be a step in the right direction! Gain insight from current industry specialists and unlock pathways to a fulfilling career with animals. As the leading animal welfare organisation in Victoria, the RSPCA utilises a range of skilled staff to care for animals and campaign for better animal welfare.
For more information and to download a registration form visit : https://weteachme.com/rspcavictoria/1016624-animal-career-discovery-day.
Date: Tuesday 12th December
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: RSPCA Education Centre, Burwood East
Cost: $65 includes registration, morning tea, RSPCA career show bag, and all activity costs.
Please note that this event is run by the RSPCA and is not a school event. Students will require parent permission to attend as it is during a school day: please use normal Compass absence procedure.
Deakin is proud to bring the 2018 Access Education VCE Summer School program to our Melbourne Burwood Campus. This event has previously been held at the Monash Clayton campus, attracting over 1000 students in 2017.
The VCE Summer School program is a unique opportunity for students studying a VCE Unit 3&4 in 2018 to get a head start and prepare for the demands of the year ahead in a supported, structured environment. The sessions are facilitated by VCE professionals, who are subject experts in their field. The event runs from Monday 22nd January to Thursday 25th January, with 11 different lectures running over the four days.
Deakin is pleased to sponsor eight (8) students from Northcote High School to attend both the Ultimate Guide to VCE Success and English lectures for free on Monday 22nd January 2018. See Kylie Witt in the Careers Office for your ticket - first in, best dressed!
Students can also purchase additional tickets ($60 per session) to lectures through Access Education, at
https://www.accesseducation.com.au/summer-school.aspx and we have included the full Summer School lecture schedule below.
2018 Burwood Summer School program
Date: Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January 2018
Location: Deakin Melbourne Burwood Campus, Central Precinct, in Building HF.
Find out more venue information here https://www.accesseducation.com.au/Venue/31/deakin-university-burwood-campus
Payments/consent for activities have now closed. Those students who have not paid for an activity will no longer be able to take part in that activity. This is due to having to secure bookings with final numbers, and to cover subsequent invoices.
Please ask your child to see Jane Lange in G13a to select alternative activities that do not attract a cost if they still wish to be part of activities week.
Across these 3 days students may wear casual clothes, ensuring that it is sun smart and suitable for each activity. This is a great time to celebrate a year of hard work and to connect with peers from all classes before breaking for the holiday period.
Normal absence protocols exist for the final week. Please ensure that, if your family chooses to take an extended holiday break or your child is ill, absences are entered on the Compass portal.
The Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G) is an annual one-day international event to introduce Year 9 girls to computer programming. On Tuesday 21 November, Northcote brought two teams to Melbourne University to participate in the 2017 Challenge. Hannah Appelman, Katie Mackay, Isabella Holloway, and Eva Tsarhatsidis spent the morning learning to code in Alice – a visual programming language that makes it easy to animate 3D characters and scenes.
In the afternoon, they participated in the two-hour challenge, where they were given three scenes to animate involving Alice, the White Rabbit, and other famous characters from Alice in Wonderland. Hannah and Katie took home silver medals for their creative third scene featuring a dragon and the Queen of Hearts, and all four students earned certificates from the event. Most importantly, everyone had fun and it was a great learning experience!
Erik Koopmans, Maths teacher
It’s been a big year for the vocal program! Eisteddfods, primary school tours, vocal soirees, Generations in Jazz, NHS combined music concerts and a new a Capella and Jazz ensemble.
The year kicked off with the welcome of the newest members of the vocal family as year 7 students settled into their weekly vocal classes with newest member of the vocal team, Julian Perry. New ensemble and harmony skills were developed in preparation for Junior Choir membership. Under the guidance of Elisha Templin and Christina Nitsis the junior choir rose to new heights this year, completing a tour of local primary schools and receiving a bronze award in the August Victorian Schools Music Festival vocal section. Other highlights have included the 3 day Junior Music Camp at Lake Dewar Lodge and participation in the Mid and End of Year Music Concerts at the Clocktower Centre.
The Senior Vocal Group have also had a busy year under new co-direction. Julian Perry joined Christina Nitsis, performing a mix of new and old favourites including Down to the River, Man in the Mirror, Feelin’ Good, an a Capella arrangement of Nowhere Train from domestic musical Coco’s Lunch. The Senior Vocal Group have performed at both the Mid and End od Year Music Concerts at the Clocktower. Plans are afoot for bigger and better performance opportunities and competitions next year.
2017 also saw a new ensemble formed – the Harmony Vocals. This group offers students an opportunity to work in a smaller ensemble to hone their jazz, a Capella and close harmony skills. A small ensemble participated in the Division 2 Generations in Jazz festival in early May. Students and staff alike will attest to the buzz and sense of drive that the Mount Gambier (SA) based festival offers each year; a four day opportunity for students to share their passion and participate in workshops with school students from all over the nation.
It has been a delight to witness the progress of all the vocal students groups as they worked diligently throughout the year to prepare for solo opportunities across each semester. The Vocal Soiree and the Christmas Cabaret provide friends, family and community a chance to witness and celebrate the work of each and every student in the program independently of their ensemble work. Congratulations to you all.
Finally, it is with a heavy heart that the Vocal Team bids Ms. Elisha Templin farewell as she returns to Canada in 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work and dedication to the NHS Vocal and Music community over the past 3 years.
On behalf of the vocal team, thank you to parents, friends, staff and community for your continued support of the program,
The Classics tour are having a wonderful time exploring the sites of Ancient Greece and Rome, imagining the philosophy, literature, politics and art of the classical world and bringing their studies in the subject to life. We look forward to a full account of the trip on their return.
With the end of year approaching and special events ongoing, it is timely to have a conversation with your child about being extra-aware of safety when travelling to and from school. Northcote High School is located in a high-density area, where peak times see thousands of students and commuters using the local trains, trams and roads: safe and considerate commuter behaviour is an essential part of being a responsible community member. Students are also reminded of the importance of being alert as they are walking to school - phones and music are an common distraction. You may have noticed that Honolulu recently banned the use of phones whilst crossing the street!
Waiting for the tram
Victorian Police Transit Safety Division officers and local police patrol trains and pay regular visits to all stations, and trains and stations are also monitored by security cameras.
Our Year 7s recently attended cyber safety workshops run by the Student Wellbeing team. In these informative and interactive workshops they learnt about positive and negative social media behaviours, tips for maintaining privacy and security in an online environment and how to respond if things go wrong. Some of the top tips from the workshop:
The Raising Children network recently published an article which parents of teenagers may find interesting: advice on how to manage risky behaviour in young people:
In recent editions, we introduced the Northcote Thrive Fund and the different ways you can contribute, and in this edition, we’d like to tell you more about our INNOVATE fund.
Innovative thought is at the forefront of educational and enterprise best practice.
Research by the Foundation for Young Australians shows there is growing demand from employers for young people to have transferable Enterprise Skills to navigate careers across a range of industries and professions. ‘They include problem solving, financial literacy, digital literacy, teamwork, and communication and are different from technical skills which are specific to a particular task, role or industry. We need all young Australians to learn the skills to be digitally-literate, financially-savvy, innovative and adaptable and help them navigate complex careers of the future and THRIVE in every aspect of their lives.’ (The New Basics, FYA 2016)
We’ve established the INNOVATE fund as one way to encourage and embrace innovative thinking at Northcote High School. We’ll be calling for written submissions from students or staff members who would like to propose new or different ways of doing things, that will benefit the school. Funds to research and advance winning ideas will be granted by a panel of School Council members and student representatives.
We invite you to donate to Northcote Thrive Fund when making your annual ESLI (Essential Student Learning Items) payment, and you can also make Ad Hoc donations via our school web page. Please contact our Finance Manager, Richard Wang, to set up ongoing or specific purpose donations. Donations to the Inovate Fund are not tax deductible.
Dobsons have extended their 'buy early and save' sale for 2018 uniform items to the end of Term 4. Get in now to beat the January queues. A price list and ordering instructions are attached.
Girls Make Games is an international game development program designed to inspire girls aged 8-15 to learn game design, programming and entrepreneurship.
January 15 -20 2018
Monash University, Clayton campus
RMIT University is surveying adolescents, young people and adults 15
years and older on how acne is affecting your life. We are also interested
to know what you think of Chinese medicine, and whether you would
consider using this for your acne. The survey is anonymous and would not
record any identifying data. See the attached flyer for further details.
Can you offer a home for a vulnerable child? Become Foster a Carer. Carers are couples, singles, from different cultural backgrounds, with or without their own children. They are people who have the desire to give a child a safe and welcoming place to stay.
Next information session will be held at Anglicare Preston, 42 Mary St on Tuesday November 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For further information please call Maria Mayors on 93015200 or email [email protected]
You will make all the difference!!!
Friendship, fun, challenge and achievement!
Girl Guides is a volunteer-run not-for-profit youth organisation that aims to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. We do this through our unique non-formal education programs – fun, games, experiences, under the care of trained volunteer Guide Leaders.
Yarra City District Girl Guides meet weekly during school terms - Junior Guides ages 7-10 (Mark St. Hall North Fitzroy, Wednesday 6.30-8PM), Girl Guides ages 10-14 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, Tuesday 7-9PM), and Senior Guides ages 14-17 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, alternate Mondays 7-9PM).
Our units are open to girls and their parents to visit– come and see how you like it. Adult volunteer enquiries are also welcome.
www.nthknights.com.au/girls and see attached flyer for more details.
Darebin Libraries are celebrating the start of Summer by launching our annual Summer Reading Challenge. It’s important that kids keep reading over the holidays. Make summer reading fun by entering the challenge - see details attached. All entries go into the draw for some fantastic prizes, including Robinson’s Book Store Vouchers, Bundoora Park family passes and family passes to Northcote Aquatic Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre.