NGSC Newsletter

13 December 2019
Issue Twenty
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

16 December            Awards Presentation Evening

17 - 20 DEC                  Enviro Days

2020 Key Dates 

23 January               Book Collection Day

                                      9:00 am to 3:30 pm in Room C9

28 January               Official first day for teachers 

29 January               First Day for students in Years 7,

                                      11 and 12

30 January               All students to attend school 

29 - 31 Jan                Year 12 Leadership Camp

Mr Nicholas Adamou



As this is the final newsletter for 2019, I wish to acknowledge the exceptional work and support provided to our College by a wide range of people.


We recently had our final School Council meeting for the year, followed with a dinner, where I acknowledged the contribution of the members of this very important group who govern our school.


The College Council President, Mr Matthew Sheehan, Vice President, Ms Donna Woods, School Council parent members; Ms Shelley Kitchen, Ms Catherine McKenzie, Mr Laurence Lord, Ms Judith Densley, Ms Lyndal Jones, Ms Amanda Bartlett and Ms Helen Polyzos, student elected members; Bailey Kitchen and Lachlan Grantham, DE&T elected members; Ms Rebecca Durran, Ms Tonia Tigani, Ms Shona Scorringe and Mr Phillip Walker, Co-opted member; Ms Di Lang, have all given freely of their time in providing policy development, monitoring and evaluations. Through their work, the College can focus upon providing the best possible teaching and learning programs and environment for all of our students.


To the many, many students at North Geelong SC who have set their goals and after working hard throughout the year, have achieved them, I offer my congratulations. Their commitment to their learning makes our College an outstanding place to be part of. Our Logo “Strive to Achieve” heralds what we believe in as a school community. The school’s values (Respect, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity) and The High Expectations from students, staff, parents and the wider community generated this year’s outstanding achievements and positive results.


I take this opportunity to publicly thank Assistant Principals; Ms Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson and Mr Brad Headlam who worked tirelessly within the leadership team to ensure the school continues to enjoy success.


I also extend my sincere thank you to all staff, teaching and non–teaching for their dedication and hard work during this year. The focus and the consistency in teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond has provided a wealth of opportunities for our students.


A special thank you to those staff members who are leaving the College, retiring or taking leave next year. The College staff and students have greatly appreciated their significant contributions.


To all parents and caregivers, I thank you for your wonderful support of our school and for entrusting North Geelong SC with the gift of educating your children and the many contributions you have given to support our community, through social activities and volunteering. 

2020 is a Review Year for our school community. It will provide us with an opportunity to take stock and see how well we have achieved our strategic plan goals in the last four years.


It is also an opportunity for the school community to reflect, build on our strengths and form new directions aiming at bigger and better things. We look forward to many new challenges and successes.


Finally, I take this opportunity to extend to all members of our School Community my very best wishes for a safe and a thoroughly relaxing, refreshing school break.


Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to a great start to the 2020 academic year.


Important Dates to mark on your calendars

Book Collection Day – Thursday 23 January 2020

Just a reminder to parents/guardians that book collection day is on Thursday 23 January 2020 from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.


2020 Academic Year – Staggered Start 

Parents/Guardians and students, Please note that the 2020 academic year will commence with a student staggered start as follows:   

  • Tuesday, 28 January – Teachers ONLY (Student Free Day) This day is a student free day. Teachers will have the opportunity to attend staff, curriculum and other various meetings. They will also prepare for the arrival of the students including some planning time.
  • Wednesday, 29 January - First day for all new Year 7 students, Year 11 and all 12, VCE and VCAL students.
  • Thursday 30 JanuaryFirst day for all other students.

This is to ensure a very smooth transition for our new Year 7 students and a great start for Year 11 and 12 students.

2019 David Osborne Award for Excellence in Career Development

Congratulations to Ms Caroline Makin who has been the recipient of the 2019 David Osborne Award for Excellence in Career Development awarded by the Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE).


On Thursday evening, 28 November, the Australian Centre for Career Education had their Awards Ceremony at The University of Melbourne. In the presence of a number of career educators, Caroline Makin was presented with the 2019 David Osborne Award for Excellence in Career Development.


Ms Makin spoke in a very humble way mentioning her work with EAL, refugee and mainstream students and her work with the VET, SBAT programs. She also spoke about the outstanding North Geelong SC Careers Program provided to all  students at the College.


Once again, Congratulations to Ms Makin, the North Geelong SC school community is very proud of her services and achievements. 


Awards Presentation Evening 2019, Monday,
16 December, 7:00 pm at the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC.

All students must attend and must be in full school uniform.


The 2019 Awards Presentation evening is on Monday, 16 December, beginning at 7:00 pm at The Playhouse, Geelong Arts CentreStudents attending must be in full school uniform and will sit in their Home Groups with their teachers. Doors open at 6:40 pm for a 7:00 pm start. The presentation is expected to finish at 9:00 pm.


On this day students will not be required at school during the day, however, they are all required to attend the Awards Presentation Evening with their family and friends. It is an evening where the whole College community comes together to celebrate this year’s achievements.


All students participating in performances and presentations will be required during the day at the venue for rehearsals. Detailed information has been distributed to students and parents.


Students who are receiving an award must attend the rehearsal at 3:00 pm wearing their uniform. A dinner break is scheduled for 5 - 6 pm. 


The school magazine will also be available on this evening.


I look forward to seeing all parents, students and friends of our College Community at our Awards Presentation Evening to celebrate our student achievements together.

Telstra Kids Grant

Great News!

North Geelong SC is delighted to announce our success in applying for a $1,200 grant from Telstra. Telstra Kids helps students thrive in their connected world. The Telstra Kids grant will be used to purchase new costumes which will be used by our Performing Arts students to present quality and professional musical and theatrical productions to the wider school community.


A huge thank you to Mr Paul Foot from Telstra, who successfully submitted the grant application on behalf of our school community. We are very excited to share in the million dollars the Telstra Foundation provides each year to help kids connect to a digital future.

2020 Year 7 Scholarship presentation, The Academic Excellence Scholarship 

Congratulations to Ryan Hasan from Ashby Primary School for his outstanding achievement.


The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated an exemplary academic record during their primary school years.


Ryan has demonstrated excellence in numeracy at Ashby Primary School. He has also demonstrated leadership throughout his schooling within his Primary School Community, as a Junior School Council Representative. He was nominated by both students and teachers to be a House Captain.


Ryan possesses exceptional public speaking skills. He has created his own Logo and his very own Charity Website called “Kids Can, U Can”, and all the money from the merchandise sold is donated to charity. He is an extremely respectful student, who is always polite and forms strong relationships with his peers and teachers.


Ryan is a positive role model and someone who likes making others feel included. He has always had a positive attitude to learning.


Once again Congratulations to Ryan!


Welcome to the NGSC family! We are looking forward to working with you in the next 6 years of your High school journey.


2020 School Captains

On a final note, I'm looking forward to working closely with our outstanding team of young leaders next year.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Mobile Phones

This is the final reminder that in 2020 mobile phones are not to be used by students throughout the school day. It is important that as parents, you have a discussion with your children to be clear on the arrangements. This may include decisions on whether or not a phone is brought to school by your children. In the event that your child will bring a mobile phone to school they will be provided with the same lock and locker as all other students. The risk in bringing them to the school still remains with the student. All year levels will communicate this process to the students again at the start of the year restating what has been said in the last few assemblies, so good luck with your conversations! 


The 2020 Mobile Phone Policy is available on the school website

Subject Changes

We have now finalised our subjects and timetables for 2020. Each year we find that there are some conversations over the holidays centred around student pathways and thoughts and ideas can change somewhat. If this occurs and your child would like to change a subject based on their pathway then please note that Mr Headlam will be contactable via email to discuss options from Wednesday, 15 January (can’t wait, please email before and he will get back to you after the 15th). He will also be able to meet at school from Tuesday, 24 January, 2020.


Students Chloe Diwell and Hayley Gill roamed the school yard following the Grade 6 Orientation Program and recorded the perspectives of staff in response to what their highlights were of the last two weeks:

  • Ms Ladson: “STEM week, having fun in the end of year classes.”

  • Ms Fagan: “ I love activities week - spending time with kids without having to teach them maths.”

  • Ms Eales: “Getting to meet the new Year 7 students and having some fun in our science classes.”

  • Mr Adamou: “The orientation, the activities and the support from the students.”

  • Mr Mills: “Activities with the students.”

  • Mr Grozdanovski: “Spending time, doing things with Year 7, 8 and 9 students on activities.”

  • Ms Verescuk: “STEM project with 8D.”

  • Ms Tylinski: “STEM project, activities with students.”

  • Mr Walker: “Doing heaps of fun stuff with the students and seeing them shine.”

Personal growth of one of our student leaders:

Chloe also spent some time between jobs, chatting with the Principals and reflected positively on her opportunity to contribute to the End of Year School Program:


“This college has done a lot for me and I have decided it was time that I stopped...and actually help the college become a better place. How I talk and act makes an impact on who I am. Doing things in better ways than I was doing earlier has helped my mood change towards how I learn at school (and) the way I speak.”


The student leaders not only helped with running numerous programs for orientation, they cleaned, removed rubbish and contributed positively to our college in numerous ways but showed fantastic growth in their personal development.


Well done to all students and thank you!


A reminder to families who were not able to attend the recent immunisation day that Barwon Health will administer immunisations from their centres or you can attend a local doctor. Please check the attached table of information.

STEM Year 8

Last week the Year 8 classes completed a five-day STEM challenge to design and build a theme park ride with recycled materials and craft supplies. We were amazed at the final creations given that, at the beginning of the week, there seemed to be confusion and uncertainty. Each Home Group presented a cohesive theme park of various rides (ferris wheel, swing ride, roller coaster, carousel, etc) and other interesting elements, e.g. stalls for fairy floss or show bags, ticket booths, toilets, rest areas and a photo booth.  Scientific problem solving was at the centre of these creations, clearly highlighted by the heights of towers, the lengths of functioning roller coasters and the pendulum swing of viking boat rides. A couple of new rides used the ideas of centrifugal force and spirals.


Congratulations to 8F who were declared the winning Home Group, just in front of 8C and 8A came third. 


Thank you to staff, students and families for making 2019 a great year.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy summer holiday.



Daniel Grozdanovski

Year  7 Coordinator

Year 7

The end of the year is here already! Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school is no easy task but our students have managed to overcome many obstacles to have a successful year. Building relationships early on our Year 7 Camp, attending the Athletics carnival and cheering on their new House colours, representing the school at interschool sports and plenty more. We look forward to seeing them mentor our next cohort of Year 7 students in 2020, helping them through the many obstacles and challenges they faced this year. 

Year 8

Well done to all our year 8 students on completing their Junior school years. The skills they have developed over their past two years will only help them as they navigate their way through Middle School. What an exciting time ahead in Year 9 as they begin their subject electives and start to decide what path their future will take. 


The Year 8 students have just completed their STEM week activity of creating their own Theme Parks. The students needed to design their theme parks as a class and then bring their designs to life using materials gathered over the last few weeks. It was amazing to see such imagination and creativity in their Theme Park rides built with only cardboard, egg cartons, paper rolls, skewers and held together by tape and glue. Congratulations to 8F who ended up winning the week with their well designed and climate friendly theme park. 

Junior School

All Junior School students have just completed the swimming program at Kardinia Pool. Students showed great resilience as the weather tried its best to bring them down. A very enjoyable week for all involved. It is fantastic to see how much our students grow during such a short amount of time with their confidence in the water, stroke development and ability to help in different water safety scenarios. We would like to thank all the staff involved and an extra big thank you to Mrs Marendaz for organising the week. 


For the first time we held a Junior School Awards Session. This was to recognise the special efforts that some of our students have displayed throughout the year. The afternoon was to acknowledge students in an array of different areas focusing on the schools values. Below are the list of award winners:


Pride Award

Emily Foot

Ella Johnson 


Leadership Award 

Brodie Orrock 

Faith Qoon


Inspire Award 

Ethan Lamont

Lily Sanders


House Spirit Award

Nick Muli 

Bella Gilham 


Community Award

Benny Demasi 

Luke Cazaly


Determination Award

Cenk Dizdarevic

Anna Pagtolon-An


Congratulations to you all once again. We look forward to celebrating the year with the College's Awards Evening to be held on Monday, 16 December at the Geelong Arts Centre beginning at 7:00 pm. All students are expected to attend and all family members are invited and most welcome. 


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

I hope to see everyone at our Awards Evening on Monday, 16 December. It is a nice way to finish the year and celebrate the growth of our students. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Fagan will not be there as she will be in Europe.

How to keep your kids safe while you're working these holidays

The Conversation

By Natalie Gately

Natalie is the Undergraduate Criminology Courses Coordinator, a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Higher Degrees Supervisor (Psychology/Criminology) in the School of Arts and Humanities.


Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year.


Most people receive four weeks' leave a year, but school holidays take up about 12 weeks of the year.


The maths clearly doesn't add up. Even if both parents take their leave at different times, they'll still need to find alternative care arrangements for younger children. Older kids will spend days at home unsupervised.


Leaving young people at home raises questions and concerns for parents. How long can they be at home alone? How can I ensure their safety? How will they occupy their time? What if someone comes to the house? Should I let them leave the house during the day to visit a friend? How secure will the house be?


Based on our soon-to-be-published findings on young offenders and previous research into home security (particularly burglaries), the following advice may provide guidance for concerned working parents during school holidays.


What do burglars look for?

Most burglars reported they are motivated by opportunity and convenience. They look for unoccupied homes with open doors and windows in daylight hours. Teach your children how to operate door locks, ensuring front and back doors stay locked. But keep keys in locked doors in case they need to exit quickly.


Most burglars avoid homes if they detect someone is present. So there is a fine line between making the house occupied, while ensuring children do not open doors to strangers. Ensure your children know your rules on letting someone in the home without your permission or answering the door to anyone they don't know. Have a plan on how to respond to this.

It's also worth ensuring that you:

  • check your children know how to phone triple 0 in the event of an emergency. Write down your full name, address and telephone number and keep it by the phone. Kids (and adults!) can panic in emergencies and forget basic details
  • write down a responsible available person's number if you are at a job that cannot take phone calls
  • create a family "phone book" with each family member's particular friends. Make sure you know the names and phone numbers of their closest mates. That way if you ever lose your child or they do not return you have a starting point to phone their friends
  • limit time online and install security software that allows you to monitor online activity and avoid online predators.

Keeping kids out of trouble

While most parents believe their child would never engage in antisocial behaviour, the lack of supervision and structure during school holidays can lead some children to push boundaries or even break the law, especially when encouraged by peers.

Our interviews, soon to be released, with children who had been charged with an offence indicated they committed the burglary during daylight hours in the company of friends and for consumable items.


Very few actually "planned" their offences. Most just saw the opportunity (goods left on display, doors and windows left open) while they were roaming the streets looking for something to do. And often they were responding to dares by friends. The most common tactic to determine whether to burgle a property was simply to knock on the door to see if someone was in.


So, if your child is allowed to go out while on school holidays, here are some parameters you can consider for their safety:

  • agree on times they can be outside while you are not home (and limit extended periods of time)
  • agree on where they are allowed to go — locations that provide pseudo-supervision (such as shopping centres) are preferable to long periods of street-wandering
  • make sure they know not to go near people in cars who stop to talk to them (do not approach the car even if the person is speaking quietly). Explain that most adults do not ask young people for help — they usually ask other adults — so children must be wary of assisting adults when they are alone
  • instead of telling children never to talk to strangers, tell them if they need help to look for a mother with children or go into a public place (like a shopping centre) and ask for help
  • notice if your child seems to have excess funds or new items in the house. Investigate further if they tell you they have been "given" or "loaned" something from a friend
  • notice if they seem quiet or reluctant to tell you how they have spent their day.

If you've allowed your child to leave the home when you're not there, there are still things to consider when they return to an empty house:

  • have a lockbox for spare keys so they can re-enter the home 10 per cent of burglars reportedly entered a home with keys left in easily detected locations)
  • given burglaries are often committed during daylight hours, teach children to have a quick "sweep" of doors and not to enter if something looks out of place (such as a door that is now open or a damaged fly screen)
  • ensure they phone you or another responsible adult when they return.

By following these tips you can help keep your child safe and out of trouble when leaving them alone during the holidays.

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Year 9 Community Engagement

The Year 9 Community Engagement has been engaging with Fiona Skene over the last three weeks. Fiona’s aim is to teach and assist people to gain vital life skills. She wants to empower people to make positive decisions in their lives so they can take control and live a more fulfilling life. By taking control of their life and choices, people can live in freedom to enjoy life.


The first part of our sessions have been dedicated to building self esteem and the type of person you want to be. Her discussions are intermingled with personal stories from her life and her employment in the Justice Department. The second part of the session was self defence. Fiona is a fully qualified Taekwondo instructor and obtained her black belt in 1987. She has been teaching self defence since 1990. She is currently studying Ninjitsu as part of her ongoing personal development.


Fiona has represented Victoria and Australia in her sport, and is a four-time Victorian Champion, two-time runner up, three-time Australian Champion and once runner up. She also finished a bronze medallist in the Turkish International Championships.


The students were in awe of her talents, especially some of the boys, who had previously boasted that they ‘would like to see her throw me down’. Her quick reflexes and exceptional strength baffled most of the students.


Hopefully the students gained some insight into how to look at their life and ‘change the story’ to that of a more positive outlook for themselves and others, as well as learning some techniques that could stand them in good stead if ever in the need of defending themselves against an attacker.



Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager

Year 12, 2019

ATAR results were released on Thursday, 12 December, 2019. Students are welcome to contact Careers and Senior Sub School for assistance with VTAC applications and pathways advice.


Awards Evening, Monday, 16 December. All students and families are welcome to attend. Students who are receiving an award have been sent an email or have been contacted by phone. Please ensure students are in attendance .


Year 12 Camp leaves on the first day of school Wednesday, 29 January, 2020. Students are to leave their belongings in the Year 12 Common Room and wear casual clothes.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Senior Sub School Student Management Team of 2019. Ms Eales, Mr Walker, Ms Perin, Mr Lawless, Lauren and Bridget have looked after the senior students with care, compassion and when needed a sense of humour!


I wish you all a safe and peaceful break and look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Other School News

"New Horizons" Magazine

If parents have paid for the College Magazine it will be available to be collected from staff at the Awards Presentation Night, Monday, 16 December. If magazines have not already been paid for, parents can purchase them on the night for $20 (cash only). Consequently, the magazines will be available to collect or purchase from Tuesday, 17 December from the College Administration Office.


Kellie Phillipps

EAL Coordinator


As the year comes to an end, students and teachers alike have been having fun exploring Japanese culture both inside and outside the classroom. Year 7 students discovered new talents doing step by step Manga drawing and origami.


Japanese Summer Festival

The Japanese Summer Festival was held in Norlane on Saturday, 30 November, and  was well represented by our school with students from Years 7 to 9 promoting LOTE in the College. A big thank you to all who participated.



Group Parent Education Events
Barwon South Western Region - Term 1, 2020


2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Scholarship to study

The Diploma of Interpreting in:
Rohingya, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Burmese, Chin Haka, Dinka, Hindi, Italian, Karen, Karen(Sgaw), Khmer, Nuer, Oromo, Persian, Punjabi


2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Scholarship to Study The Advanced

Diploma of Interpreting in:

Arabic, Italian, Persian, Thai, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese



2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Acholi, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Assyrian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chaldean, Chin Falam, Chin Matu, Chin Mizo, Chin Tedim, Chin Zomi, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hazaragi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Karenni, Kirundi, Kiswahili (Swahili), Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tongan



Youth Council 2020
Nominations Open 
18 November 2019
to 5 January 2020


Lara Girls Football
Come and Try Day
13 December 2019


fOrT and NORTH
January 2020 Holidays


Free Parenting Forum
"The Teen Brain"
18 March 2020


Youth English Program


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Saver Plus

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

How Deep Are Your Pockets?

As the weather improves Barwon Coast and others are seeking your support in helping to protect our sand dunes.  As inviting as it is to run up or play in sand dunes, this damages the dunes, the plants and the animals that live there. Enjoy the coast, and share our shores by staying out of the dunes at all times to ensure the dunes continue to provide us with access to the beach. 



Victorian School of Languages

North 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 and 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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