Nossal News 2018

21 September 2018
Issue Fifteen
From the Principals' Desk
Important Dates
General News
Arts/Tech News
Humanities News
Careers News
Wellbeing News
NHS & Community Events and News
Connecting with Nossal
Nossal High School
03 8762 4600
Federation University
Clyde Road, Berwick, Victoria, 3806

From the Principals' Desk

Dear families...

Term 3 has been an incredibly busy and exciting term at Nossal High School. In addition to the regular teaching and learning program, there have also been numerous whole school events that have involved and engaged the staff and students at the school including: The Careers and Pathway Expo, Course Confirmation Day, City Week, The House Performing Arts Festival and numerous interschool sporting competitions which have been written about in earlier newsletter editions.


I had the pleasure of accompanying the Nossal team to the Interschool Athletics Competition held at Casey Fields on Thursday 6 September. Approximately 90 students competed in a range of events over the course of the day representing the school with pride and determination. I was hugely impressed by the student’s involvement throughout the day, boisterously cheering on their Nossal team mates and leading the cheers for other students from other schools. Congratulations to Miss Veale on her wonderful organisation leading up to this event and to all students who competed or officiated on the day.


On Friday 14 September the teaching staff were engaged in professional learning sessions guided by Brian Dare, a leader in the field of literacy. The staff were challenged in their thinking about how they use literacy strategies and how they can better use practices to support students in their own use and development of language in their written responses. We hope to build upon these learning to continue to improve the learning outcomes for Nossal students.


Also on Friday 14 September, Nossal High School hosted the Annual Environmental Summit. Over 120 students from eleven schools including Melbourne High School, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Suzanne Cory High School, Officer Secondary College, Beaconhills College and St Francis Xavier College participated in a range of workshops which provided a forum for students to discuss environmental issues and sustainability. During one session the students listened to the experiences of four experts from large organisations; Keith Allilomou - Project Leader in Downer Group, Reconomy Division; Jane Burns - Outreach Manager for CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies); and Mandy Robertson and Sue Mason -Dolphin Research Institute Research. I would like to thank Ms Mandeltort for her organisation of this important summit and the student helpers who assisted on the day.


Term 3 reports were released on Thursday 13 September. These reports provide extremely important information aimed to guide students in their learning journey. In the first instance, students who are studying year-long subjects will be able to track their progress across the five learning criteria (Knowledge, Skills, Participation, Reflection and Study Habits) throughout the three terms to date. Secondly, the reports provide the opportunity for discussion between students, their teachers and parents/carers about strategies that can be employed for future improvement in their subjects. I trust that students and their parents/carers found the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences held at the school on Thursday 20 September and Friday 21 September to be useful and informative.


We farewelled the Japan Tour, led by Mr Delaney and Ms Desaulniers on Wednesday 12 September. There were some worrying moments leading up to their departure with the recent earthquake and aftershocks. However, rest assured that they will be travelling well away from the affected areas. We wish them safe travelling adventures and look forward to their report back on their experiences when they return.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, staff, parents and families for their active involvement in the school throughout the term. I remind all students and their families to make time during the holiday break to relax and recuperate in preparation for the final term of the year, prior to returning to school on Monday 8 October for the start of Term 4.


Fiona Vanstan

Assistant Principal

Important Dates


Spring Holiday Break Begins

Friday 21 September


ERA PE Exam Revision Lecture 

Wednesday 26 September


Japan Tour Returns

Saturday 29 September


Unit 3/4 French Mock Orals
Thursday 4 October 


World Teachers' Day

Friday 5 October

And beyond...

Term 4 Begins

Monday 8 October


Year 11 PE/HHD - Body Worlds Vital excursion

Wednesday 10 October


Future Problem Solving National Championships

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October


Bunning BBQ - Nossal PFA Special Event

Sunday 21 October


Last Day of Year 12 classes

Monday 22 October


Year 12 Celebration Day

Tuesday 23 October


School Council

Tuesday 23 October - 7:00pm


Year 12 SWOT Vac commences

Monday 22 October


Year 9 Leadership Program

Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 October


VCAA Unit 3&4 Exams commence

Wednesday 31 October


Unit 1&2 Legal Studies Court Visits

Wednesday 31 October


Digital Delivery Day Year 9-11

Monday 5 November


Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 6 November


Valedictory Dinner

Wednesday November 22


Speech Night 2018

Tuesday November 27

Compulsory event for all students

General News

Otherworldly Debate

This year, along with my team of Hayden Radford and Abhishek Kumar, I was fortunate to be selected to represent the student team in the Staff vs Student Debate against Ms Ravi, Dr Schroor and Mr Clark and with a topic of “we should abandon earth and start again on mars”, the debate promised to be enthralling and evenly contested.


The student team put in many hours of hard work and preparation for this debate and I thank all the other Year 12s who were not on the team for their support in planning our case. Unfortunately, we were unable to pull the win for the student team, who have been beaten by the teachers’ side in all bar two of the annual debates.


It was an amazing experience and I am so glad, as I approach the end of my time at Nossal, that I was able to be a part of this. As a Year 9 student in 2015, I remember watching my first ever Staff vs Student debate and being completely captivated by the poise and professionalism of the three student speakers as they put up a very strong case against an ostensibly unbeatable staff team. So, I hope that in this year’s debate Hayden, Abhishek and myself were able to achieve something similar and that everyone who found themselves interested in what we were doing, considers trying out for one of the many DAV debating teams that we have at Nossal.


Congratulations go out to Mr Clark for being awarded best speaker and a big thank you to Subi as ever for your amazing adjudications. Just a tip for anyone considering taking part next year: maybe don’t accuse your opposition of being lizard people!


Kitty McLoughlin

Year 12 Debating Captain


Finance News

Family statements for 2018 are being posted this week. We request outstanding charges to be paid by 30 October. Please note 2019 charges will be invoiced in November.


Statements are not sent to parents that have a NIL Balance (i.e. have no outstanding charges).


Families that are on payment plans or arranged payments will still receive a statement for their information only.


Please note these statements were printed on 20 September and any payments made to the school after this date do not show on the statement.


We look forward to your support and assistance in the settlement of your student’s account by the due date.


If you are experiencing financial difficulties or wish to discuss your statement, please contact our Student Accounts Officer, Mrs Deepti Arora on 8762 4649 or by email on [email protected] to talk through the options available.


Gayl Shute

Business Manager


Write a Book in a Day

Over 1000 teams around Australia committed to writing, illustrating and publishing a 4000 - 5000 word novella in just 12 hours! As challenging as it sounds, the experience was equally, if not more enjoyable than we had imagined. However, this was not merely a challenge to push the boundaries of young creative minds, but also an amazing charity initiative run for The Kid's Cancer Project which aims to 'support bold science that has the greatest chance of clinical success to improve childhood cancer treatments.' This year, we had not one, but two teams step up and take this challenge, producing two artfully created novels, 'The Wolf in Me' and 'Lady Van-Gohte.' With the parameters given and the time constraints, both teams were able to meet the challenge and take away a valuable experience.


Leading up to the big day, the teams had weekly meetings, getting to know each other's strengths and improving their overall creative spontaneity. Guest speaker Archie Fusillo, a renowned Australian author, guided us with a presentation on how to efficiently and originally create a novella. A huge thanks to Ms Lee-Ack and Ms Reddy who supported us throughout our WABIAD experience, dedicating their time as well as encouraging both teams with food and moral support.


Thanks also to the amazing company of our fellow peers, the day went by fairly quickly and the two teams that participated from Nossal this year found the challenge a true bonding experience. While we may not write creatively for a while, we can't wait until next year when the opportunity presents itself and we encourage any aspiring writers to take up the challenge!


Mariam Malak and Elita Pinto


Exam Supervisors Needed!

A fantastic opportunity to assist our school!


There are places available for community members to help us by

becoming Exam Supervisors.


We are seeking volunteers to assist us in the supervision of Nossal internal exams which will be held at the school between:

Dates:  Friday November 16 to Friday, November 23 2018

Who can do it?  Anyone with a current Working With Children’s Check – You can complete the online registration  for the accreditation at and finalise your application at a participating Post Office. Working with Children Check Cards are free for volunteers.


What do volunteer supervisors do?

·         work with the coordinating teacher to supervise exams to ensure that students comply with exam requirements.

·         walk around the rows of students sitting exams.

·         assist students with questions and escort them to the toilet.

·         collect papers at the end of the exam.


New volunteers have the opportunity to attend training session(s) and morning tea on either:

10:00am - 11:30am Wednesday 31st October or

9:00am - 10:30am Thursday 1st November


How do you sign up?

·         email Jane Petty your details including your phone number and the day(s)/times you are available to [email protected].

·         phone the school for more details on 8762 4600.

·        Jane will contact you closer to the date to confirm the days you have been allocated to supervision.


What do volunteers get for offering their time?

·         food during meal breaks throughout the day.

·         a letter to thank you for the important role you have played.

·         the opportunity to see and understand the pressures on our students.

·         experience in and understanding of VCAA exam conditions, rules and processes.

·         a good feeling

·         an invitation to the Volunteers Morning Tea later in the year.

When you sign up for supervision we are relying on you to fulfil your commitment.


Many thanks for your assistance,


Ms Fiona Vanstan

Assistant Principal




Did you know?

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Arts/Tech News

VCE Unit 4 Spring Recital

Plenty of callouses, split lips, piles of sheet music and hours of practice have been part of our (the Unit 4 students of the Music Performance cohort, of which there is five of us) preparation for the end of year performance exam, to which 50% of our study score is dedicated. Which is why, recently, we had the opportunity to perform each of our programs in front of an audience of parents, teachers (shoutout to Ms Mackin for coming to every concert!) and our fellow Unit 2 peers. It proved to be a nerve-wracking, but extremely valuable experience, where we each faced various challenges and unexpected circumstances.


Although VCE Music Units 3&4 is generally seen as catering towards classically-minded musicians, each of the students played a sensitive and varied program with tunes ranging from improvisational jazz in a band setting to solos bridging eras in the guitar and the pianos.


The night ran smoothly and the small cohort size made for a compact performance that was enjoyable without dragging on. It’s easy to see this becoming an annual event in order show off Nossal’s most pressing music talent – although future renditions may be even more exciting, with increasing numbers of students choosing music as a subject to pursue in VCE. Nossal’s musical future is in good hands.


A huge thank you to Ms Waddington for guiding us through the Music Performance syllabus for the last year and a half, and for organising this opportunity for us. Another thank you goes to Mr Skepper and Ms Gibson for providing support on the night and valuable feedback for each student!


 Jack Braddick and Kimiko Rathbone

Music Captains as well as 2/5 of the 2018 Unit 4 cohort  



Spring Concert is Coming!

The final ensemble concert for 2018 will be held on Thursday 18 October at 7.00pm. The concert will feature our Big Band, Swing Band, Jazz Combo, World Keyboard Orchestra, String Orchestra, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, our newly formed ‘Cello Ensemble and Wind Symphony.


Music from La La Land, Disney’s Moama and Uptown Funk are some of the pieces for our audience to enjoy.


Join with our ensemble members in farewelling our 2018 Year 12 students, who have given so much of their time and efforts to help grow the Music program during their time at Nossal.



Humanities News

Year 11 Business Management Market Day 2018

On Monday 16 September, the Year 11 Business Management class held their own Nossal High School Market Day at lunchtime. 


Market Day is an opportunity for Business Management students to plan and run their own businesses. This business activity allows students to apply the theory, knowledge and skills that they have been exploring since the beginning of the year in class to develop and operate their own business. Each business team considered the purpose of their business, constructed a marketing plan, and then developed their operational and financial plan to implement in a practical manner during this lunchtime trade.

The different business teams that participated during Market Day included:

  • ‘Claw & Co’ – An arcade style candy claw ‘hand powered’ game.
  • ‘Deja Brew’ – Selling a range of iced tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • ‘Fast Hoops’ –   Basketball free throw competition.
  • ‘Kick Off’ – Soccer goal competition.
  • ‘Line Them Up’ – Tetris competition.
  • ‘NHS Prize Pong’ – Throw and win game.
  • ‘Spin N Win’ – Operating a prize wheel.
  • ‘Sweet Aid’ – Selling chocolate truffles and honey joys.
  • ‘Tres Popcorn’ – Selling butter and caramel popcorn.

The Business Management students and I would like to thank the staff and students of Nossal High School for their involvement and support of Market Day.


The Business Management students who operated their businesses should be proud of their efforts with all profits made on Market Day being donated to charity. 


Ella Kee 

Year 11 Business Management Teacher 

Monash Business School – Business Challenge Day

Eight Year 11 Business Management and Accounting students participated in the Business Challenge Day on Tuesday.


This opportunity gave the Nossal High School students the opportunity  to engage in hands-on learning, real-world experience and chance to think on their feet and bring innovative ideas to life as they take on emerging business issues! 


Students were challenged to combine their knowledge, research and creativity as they worked in teams to solve a marketing or accounting problem for a corporate client. The challenge tested students’ problem-solving capabilities in applying analysis and presentation skills. 

Business Management Studies undertook key marketing activities in relation to Coca Cola, such as a situational analysis, an evaluation of the competitive landscape, identification of the product or service’s unique selling position and end with pinpointing, evaluating, selecting and justifying a solution!

Accounting students applied their understanding of recording business transactions to prepare information to assist an owner of a trading business with ways to improve the internal control of the business. 

Students had a great day – with the marketing group placing second in their category.


Ella Kee and Deborah Engler 
Business Management and Accounting Teachers

State School’s Constitutional Convention

On Wednesday 12 November, Nossal High School  sent seven students to the State School’s Constitutional Convention. This was an event hosted by the National Curriculum Services and centred around the topic of whether “The Australian Constitution meets the needs of modern Australia.”


The day started with an opening statement from our Victorian Secretary of Education, Judith Graley, who introduced the topic and congratulated all the delegates who were able to attend the convention. We then moved on to Opening Statements, one made by each school present. Twenty in total, these statements allowed us to grasp what our peers thought on this issue, and the potential reservations they had regarding the Constitution. While all unique in their own way, the main concerns brought up regarded the relevancy of Sections 44, 51, 128, the lack of a bill of rights and the lack of acknowledgement of First Peoples in the preamble. Section 44 referred to the requirements to hold a public office, which banned people holding a dual-citizenship from being considered. Section 51 allows federal parliament to make laws based on race, and Section 128 referred to the process required to change the constitution.


Following this, we were able to hear speeches from two wonderful guest speakers. The first was Morgan Brigg, a research fellow at the Institute of Public affairs. Mr. Brigg delivered a stirring speech detailing how High Court interpretation was changing the meaning and application of the constitution. He warned us that this process defied section 128 of the constitution, which states that the meaning of the constitution can only be changed by a double majority vote. He also urged us to consider the benefits of de-centralization and returning power to the states and territories. Following Mr. Brigg's presentation, we listened to the opinions of Cheryl Saunders, a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne. Ms Saunders gave us an objective view of the situation at hand. She reminded us about all the good things the constitution was able to achieve, including a representative government and embracing French philosopher Montesquieu’s vision of separation of powers. She also warned us about the faults of the constitution, detailing the potential for abusing section 51 and the redundancy of Section 41.


Equipped with this knowledge, the students were assigned groups, and tasked with engaging in debate and discussion with one another about the strengths and weakness of Australia’s most important document. Every group had mixed results, but at the end were able to come together and give a summary statement reflecting the views of the majority. Following this session, the students got to experience the soapbox. This was the time for debate with all the delegates present. Each delegate was given the opportunity to express their point of view and the debate was fluid and engaging. A vote followed the soapbox, and the delegates voted against the theme of the day, stating that while the constitution was incredibly important to Australian Society, it still had room for substantial and deeply necessary change to reflect the community it represents.


Following the Vote, Nossal’s own Hayden Radford was selected to make a statement of thanks on behalf of the student body presented. He spoke eloquently and clearly and was able to express the sentiments of everyone who had been invited to the convention. This was the concluding event of the day, and I think that everyone who had the good fortune of attending this event thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Mridul Garg
Year 10



Water Wise at School and Everywhere!

Over the past three years, NEST have been working towards achieving the 5 Resource Smart School stars. The Resource Smart Schools is an award-winning Victorian Government program that assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do, encourages real-life sustainability learning and helps schools save money. Over these years we completed the Core, Waste and Biodiversity modules earning our school 3 stars. This year, the NEST resource smarts schools team is working towards completing the water module and achieving our fourth star. We are proud to be a part of this program and create positive change within the school.


The focus of the water module is to reduce water usage and lower water bills. By increasing water efficiency and reducing water usage, Nossal can:

  • Provide learning opportunities for young leaders
  • Build a stronger school culture based on good communication and shared goals
  • Raise the schools profile in the community
  • Contribute to a better environment through water efficiency

So far we have been auditing the Nossal's water usage and are very pleased to see that Nossal uses greywater (otherwise known as rainwater) for our toilets and gardens. We hope to promote considerate water usage within and outside the school community. Practises such as fixing leaking taps, utilising grey water and water efficient appliances and simply turning off taps to save unnecessary water usage are encouraged to be implemented in everyday life. We must take action to save our precious, yet limited resource. 


Thank you for your time and consideration!


Jasnpreet Kaur

NEST Leader


Careers News

Compass Careers News

Here is the latest Careers News with details about the following important information.  Click on the link below to read the newsletter in full.


Items in this Career News include - 

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4
  • Reminder: VTAC 2019 Upcoming Key Dates
  • Navitas College of Public Safety (NCPS)
  • VCE Extension Studies in 2019
  • Courses with Real World Experience at Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Medical Research at the University of Tasmania
  • Career as a Youth Worker 
  • Career as a Park Ranger  


Wellbeing News

Mindful Wellness

On 12 September, Nossal High School hosted its second Year 9 Wellbeing Day this year.


Two hundred and eight students took part in a wide array of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness, Meditation, Boot Camp, Mini-Master Chef, and more. Sometimes it can be easy to find yourself lost in the sea of high school stress and drama, of due dates and test results, but to simply have a day dedicated to tranquility and reflection can really center you and remind you of the bigger picture.


Whether it was giving a sigh of relief because of how good the ‘Lizard on the Rock’ yoga pose felt or proudly viewing your colouring masterpiece in Mindfulness, I think it’s safe to say that we all exited the campus ground feeling much more serene than we did the day before.


Gabby Rota

Year 9 Griffin House captain


NHS & Community Events and News

Berwick Cricket Club - Reg Now Open


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Connecting with Nossal

Visit Nossal Online

Our webpage is the place to go if you would like to learn more about Nossal High School. Everything from our history, enrolment procedures and curriculum, to coming events, important resources, school tours and frequently asked questions, can be found at

Student absences

Student absences should be reported to our Attendance Officer as soon as possible.

This can be done a number of ways:

  • Absence Hotline: 03 8762 4625
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Compass: - using your parent login details

Please remember to provide all relevant details when leaving your message and a medical certificate on the student's return.

Contact us

Principal: Mr Roger Page
Assistant Principal: Ms Fiona Vanstan
Assistant Principal: Mr Keith Butler
Business Manager: Ms Gayl Shute

Tel: 03 8762 4600
Fax: 03 9707 4915
Email: [email protected] 


Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard
Clyde Road, Berwick, Vic, Aust, 3806 
PO Box 1036, Narre Warren, Vic, Aust, 3805


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Nossal Careers

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Students can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more.


Check out our Careers Webpage at

Old Nossalonians

Established in 2014, The Old Nossalonians Association is a not-for-profit Alumni organisation committed to the welfare of Nossal High School, its students and teachers.


Find out more about our Alumni at

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