Photo: Students from the Green Team introduce panellists at Writing Freedom

Northcote High School Newsletter

09 May 2017
Issue Seven
From the Principal
For your diary
Community Conversation this week: Learning, Learners & School
Year 10 Maths Information
Being e-Smart
Reminder: BYOD survey
Financial suport for families: CSEF
Art and Literature combine
Premier's Award Recipients
Generations in Jazz
Student Performing Arts Success: Theo Carbo and Thomas Hughes
Sport galore!
Cross Country Carnival
Year 7s settle in on Camp
VCAL Amazing Race
Can you help? $20 boss and work placements for VCAL
Careers News
Opportunity: NCAT information evening
Internationalizing education: VCE in China
Writing Freedom
International students' news: engaging the community
Engaging our community: a week of events
Road safety around the school
NHS students in award-winning short films
Opportunity: GAT PowerClass
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the Principal

Photo: Kate Morris thanks the speakers at Writing Freedom

Events, opportunities, connections

A series of events and opportunities for community to be part of school life has been a feature of Term Two. Open Morning was a highlight with Student Ambassadors leading the way along with the Year 12 Captains Leah Nassis and Tom Paizes plus Year 7s Lucy Johnstone and Victor Cheung.  All were a highlight at the three presentation sessions along with School Council members Martin Hughes and Liza Grage- Perry.


In this issue, you will find important information about upcoming events and community happenings.  This week features a Community Conversation: Learning, Learners and School, which is of particular interest to Yr 7 – 9 families.  At the workshop we will consider the learning, learning programs, teaching and the future of work.  We will also speak to The Northcote Model (learning program), which begins in 2018 for Year 9 – 10.  Please book on Trybooking - see article in this eNews for details. Also this week The Yr 10 Maths information Evening provides a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Maths options available plus partnering in education decisions and steps beyond school. 


Over the past week the many and varied faces of our school lived with energy and enthusiasm from Melbourne to Mt Gambier. In this issue you will see hear and see students being active in their worlds. From playing sport to performing at Generations of Jazz our students shone and we are incredibly proud of their achievements.  Read on to hear about the joys of being part of something.


Community making lived through Writing Freedom: another exemplar of our school's outward face.  250 parents, students (current and past), bookclubs and fans of Maxine Beneba Clarke, Clementine Ford, Jeff Sparrow, Adbi Aden and Clare Wright filled Olver Hall. Congratulations to our wonderful students who introduced the writers; Paul Gilby, English Faculty Leader; and organiser and mediator (+ NHS parent) Clare Wright, who generously assembled the excellent panel of writers. 


Last week over 700 people joined us to partner in education and fun, from Music Quiz night to Writing Freedom, a brilliant Safe minds Forum, fun filled International Students Family Homestay workshop and interesting Year 8 Parent Resilience Forum.  Participation is key to the education partnership – thank you for voting in!


NAPLAN is a feature of this week for year 7 and 9.  As one of only a few national external measures of student and school performance we are committed to young people demonstrating what they can do and in so doing, being their best. The testing will take place across the week. 


The Year 12 class of 2017 are focused and enjoying the challenges of year 12 and juggling many priorities.  They are approximately 40% through their final year, and are working toward the Winter Solstice event that marks half way! Teachers and students across the school are committed to a very busy period of learning and assessment with the exam period just weeks away. 


In the next edition will be featuring an update on Facilities Projects – see the attached update for a snap shot of progress.  The Art Hub and Design Hub will be opening at the end of May.


Enjoy this edition, and don't forget to keep an eye on Compass Newsfeed for event reminders and year-level specific information.


For your diary

Key dates 

  Please note the following events coming up:

  • Tuesday May 9 - Thursday May 11  NAPLAN tests for Year 7 and 9 students
  • Tuesday May 9                   Senior Maths Pathways information forum (for Year 10s) 6pm
  • Wednesday May 10          Community Conversation: The Northcote Model - Learners, Learning &                                                          School 6.30pm
  • Tuesday May 16                 NHS Cross Country Carnival
  • Tuesday May 16                  Year 10 Careers Day
  • Wednesday May 17          Production all day rehearsal
  • Friday May 19                     Rainbow day / IDAHOT day
  • Monday May 22                 Junior Music Camp (to 24 May)
  • Friday June 2                     Year 10/11 Exams commence


Photo: ACARA: All about NAPLAN

Schedule for tests

A reminder that NAPLAN testing for Years 7 and 9 is this week. The schedule for the tests is as follows:


On Tuesday the tests will take place during periods 1 and 3.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the tests will be for all of period 1 and approximately 15 minutes of period 2 after which students will continue with normal classes.


Student require a calculator for the Numeracy test on Thursday. 


Tuesday May 9: Language Conventions

Period 1 

9.00am to 9.57am


Tuesday May 9: Writing

Period 3

11.34am to 12.31 pm


Wednesday May 10: Reading

Period 1 and approx.. 15 minutes of period 2

9.00am to 10.15am


Thursday May 11: Numeracy

Period 1 and approx.. 15 minutes of period 2

9.00am to 10.15am

Calculator 50 mins

Non Calculator 10 min


Mobile phones are not to be brought into the test locations – students should leave them in lockers.

Students are permitted to bring in:

2B or Hb pencils

Pencil sharpener


Calculator (for part of the numeracy tests)

Community Conversation this week: Learning, Learners & School

Join us in a conversation about learning

You are invited to the Community Conversation about Learning, Learners and School and The Northcote Model.


Date:               Wednesday May 10th

Time:               6:30pm for a 6:45pm start (finish 8:00pm).

Location:         John Cain Library - Northcote High School


Please register your interest via the trybooking link

Coffee & tea facilities will be provided.


Who should come:

The Community Conversation is open to all families with students at the school and will be of particular interest if your child is currently in Year 7, 8 or 9.



As highlighted in previous newsletters, evolution is occurring in the world and educators around the globe are responding to this evolution. There is an increasing need to prepare our students for complex and non-routine skilled work and as community contributors. 


We want NHS students to be skilled collaborators and problem solvers, who think creatively and critically, are ethical and who have sophisticated communication skills.  We need our students to learn more deeply, to be self-aware in their learning, and to apply their skills in the real world. NHS is responding to the need for change by considering the ways we design programs, the learning experience of students and the manner in which we prepare young people to meet the future. 



Be part of a community conversation to consider the ways we can best prepare our young people for learning success now and in the future. 


We will present a snap shot of the current thinking and research about school learning programs and curriculum design with a focus on school/community context. We will discuss and gather your views about ways we can best prepare students to become successful lifelong learners. An overview of the Learning Program for Stage 1 of the Northcote Model for years 9 and 10 in 2018 will be provided.


What will we do with the information? 

Northcote High will use this information alongside research and school data to inform student learning program planning, teacher professional learning around curiosity and powerful learning and identification of key strategies/goals to assess our progress.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Queries: Prue Morris and Josh Melican ph.9488 2332

Year 10 Maths Information

Senior Maths Pathways information night

On Tuesday May 9th at 6pm, there will be an important information session for current Year 10 students and their families about Senior School Mathematics pathways and the Year 10 Mathematics Primer courses that commence at the beginning of Semester 2. 


Families have found this session informative and helpful in previous years and we encourage you to attend and help us partner with you around these decisions. You will leave the session able to consider what is the most appropriate Senior School (Year 11 and 12) Mathematics Pathway. 


If you have any queries please contact Year 10 Sub-School leader, Scott MacDonald or the Mathematics Head of Learning, Michael Waiser. 

Being e-Smart

Supporting your family to be safe online

With digital devices in almost all homes of our students, it is important to Northcote High School to support young people and families to deal with the ever-evolving benefits and issues that come with having such devices in the home. The eSmart section of the newsletter will run regularly and offer guidance to families on a series of topics from device use, cybersafety, dealing with cyber-bullying, using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.


All information is taken from the Federal Government’s eSafety Commissioner’s website


This first instalment looks at some data collected from a Survey commissioned by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, June 2016, of 2360 parents in Australia with children aged 8 to 17 years old who access the internet.


Parents’ views on kids being online


Parenting in an online environment


Reminder: BYOD survey

Seeking your feedback

As mentioned in the last edition of the school newsletter, the school is currently consulting with Students, Parents, and Staff to review the current device programs (7-9 iPad program and 10-12 BYOD program) to see if they meet the needs of the:

  • Students to engage with the curriculum and develop 21st Century skills
  • Families, regarding cost, durability and management at home
  • Staff to assist with the delivery of engaging, relevant and challenging curriculum.

This is just a friendly reminder to please complete the survey if you have not yet had the chance to do so. Thank you to all of you who have already given your input.


Please click on the link

If you have further questions please contact Josh Mcdonald at [email protected]


Josh McDonald

Teaching and Learning Leader: Educational Technology, Feedback, Assessment and Reporting

Financial suport for families: CSEF

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund applications closing soon

Financial support to families via the CSEF is still available, but applications will close at the end of this term. Please find the forms and information attached. More details can be found on the DET Website  or please enquire at the NHS office.


Art and Literature combine

Photo: Our new bookmarks

Congratulations to our bookmark challenge entrants

We launched the first NHS Library bookmark challenge to all students for two weeks in March.   Our NHS Arts Committee set the brief to design a bookmark inspired by literature, with the aim of promoting our library and showcasing our student’s artistic flair.   

Congratulations to the five winners of the inaugural library bookmark challenge 2017.


Cristina   Y11      Elephants

Ella   Y10               Girl with shell    

Mina  Y8               Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Rowan Y11         Artemis Fowl

Simmi   Y8          Photo Travel Journal                                                                                                                               


Once again NHS students demonstrated their creativity by producing an impressive range of artworks in various formats, making it very difficult to choose the five finalists.   The winning entrants were a mix of designs using techniques in digital design, photography, water colour and hand drawn pen and ink.

There are many people to thank for their substantial contribution to make this challenge a success. 

  1. The Arts Committee lead by Ms Stewart, 
  2. Isabelle Z  (Y10)  for designing the bookmark challenge poster,
  3. Ms Sirec for her graphic design expertise and the time and effort she spent preparing the artwork proofs for the Printer.

A special thanks goes to all the students who submitted entries.


Jenny Tripp

NHS Library

Premier's Award Recipients

Photo: Jennifer Huang recieves her award

Congratulations: Academic Achievments

Congratulations to Indigo Tolhurst  and Jennifer Huang who were recently presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their outstanding academic results in 2016.


Indigo received a Study Award for excellence in Product Design – textiles and Jennifer received Study Awards for Further Maths and Chemistry and as a Top All-Rounder. Joshua Robinson also received a perfect score of 50 for Maths Methods, but did not receive a Premiers' Award.


The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-performing students in the state, with more than 287 students presented with awards for outstanding results this year.


The entire NHS community is proud of Indigo and Jennifer and would like to congratulate them both on being the recipients of such prestigious awards.

To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit

Generations in Jazz

Photo: Callum performs at Generations in Jazz

Music on the road again

Our skillful and dedicated musicians and support staff have just returned from a trip to Mt Gambier for the 2017 Generations in Jazz. The groups and individuals gave some outstanding performances and some of our students were selected for prestigious awards (see below). Congratulations!


Callum McKinnon-Mintzis

Congratulations to Callum McKinnon-Mintzis for receiving the Pat Corrigan Future Finalists award at this year's Generations In Jazz! The Pat Corrigan award is selected by the adjudicators of Division 1 as to who might be a Future Finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship. This is the second year in a row Callum was selected from all of the Division 1 schools as the best improvising soloist. As part of the selection, Callum improvised for an audience of 6000 people. The award comes with a large financial prize and is highly respected in the jazz industry in Australia. Well done, Callum!


Theo and Flora Carbo

Congratulations to Theo Carbo for becoming a James Morrison Scholarship finalist for the second year in a row! The James Morrison Scholarship is open to solo instrumentalists to further their jazz career. The winner will receive $10000 to assist their development. Theo was one of 7 students from around Australia chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award. A big congratulations to Flora Carbo (year 12 2016) for winning this highly respected scholarship.


Student Performing Arts Success: Theo Carbo and Thomas Hughes

Photo: Theo, Year 12

Congratulations to Theo, Year 12

As our students arrive back from  the Generations in Jazz Festival, a special congratulations to Theo Carbo of Year 12 - see the article in this newsletter. Theo has also been invited to perform locally.

He is an invited guest musician to perform in an amazing lineup at the Stonnington Jazz Festival for the Opening Gala Concert: An Australian Jazz Legacy.

Stonnington jazz Festival, Thursday May 11th

For more information on the festivals, you can see:

Generations in Jazz


Stonnington jazz Festival Thursday May 11th


Thomas Hughes, Year 12 2016 in Top Acts

Top Acts is the final event for this year’s VCE Season of Excellence and presents a selection of talented performers from across the Top Class 2017 concert series in one spectacular evening event. Outstanding works by students of VCE Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Performance, Music Style and Composition, Music Investigation, VCE VET Dance and VCE VET Music from 2016 will be showcased.


Tom Hughes, last year’s awarded Year 12 Drama student from Northcote High School, has been selected from the already elite group who performed earlier this year in Top Class to be one of the very few from across the state, private and state schools, to perform his solo examination piece in Top Acts. His solo performance will be a ‘best of the best” sample for Victorian students learning and teachers facilitating VCE drama this year. Tom has been a drama student over his six years at Northcote High and it is wonderful that his efforts, learnings and skills will be rewarded. Well done, Tom.


This spectacular concert will be held at 7.30pm on Friday 12 May at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tickets are $32.90 (concession $28.90, groups of 10-plus $24.90) and can be booked through Melbourne Recital Centre website   or by phone: (03) 9699 3333. Booking is recommended. Door sales will be subject to availability.


Shirley Barbara

Year 12 Drama teacher

Sport galore!

Photo: Some of our State Swimming reps

Interschool Sport: Achievements and Opportunities

We have had a busy start to Term 2 with students competing in State Swimming, VCE events and Regional Competitions.


State Swimming

 Congratulations to the following students who competed in the State Swimming Finals at MSAC on 26 April - Katie Gevaux, Tim Ingram, Julien Krieger, Georgia Proctor-Parkin, Hannah Proctor-Parkin, Magnus Mulhall, Marcus Chick, William Stephens, Matthew Kanizay, Samuel Stephens,  Frederick Wild and Matteo Rossi- Hunt.  All team members should be proud of their achievements.


VCE Basketball District Competition 2 May

On a chilly May morning, Northcote sent two teams of boys from Years Eleven and Twelve to fight for a chance at hardwood glory, competing with our local rivals, Thornbury High School. Our first match was a Northcote versus Northcote affair, with Northcote A putting their monopoly of our tall players to good use, demolishing Northcote B 100 to 46. With that out of the way, Thornbury was on the chopping block. For the A team, Joe Furphy and Alex Cocco linked up well in the paint to start the rapid flow of points in Northcote’s favour. Joe put on a masterclass of just what a six foot seven centre can do, laying down slam dunks to huge cheers from the Northcote bench. On the other end of the stadium, Northcote B put on a valiant fight against another Thornbury side. Gianni Lorenzin proved deadly from beyond the arc, sinking five three-pointers over the forty-minute game. While Ari Gerantidis and Jack Hart made a strong combination on both ends of the floor, pulling down rebounds and stacking up points together. At the end of the day, Northcote A walked away victorious and will be competing for the regional title in the weeks to come.

Mr Macindoe


VCE AFL and Badminton

Our VCE Football and Badminton teams were also scheduled to compete on May 2. With no other schools entering a team in the competitions, both teams now automatically move through to Regional Finals.


Intermediate Baseball

Well done to our Intermediate Baseball Team, who in tough conditions defeated Hazel Glen in the Regional Final.  The win has secured the boys a spot in the State Finals to be played on May 31 at Kingston Heath Reserve, Cheltenham.  Congratulations boys and good luck at States.

Regional Tennis

Well Done to our Intermediate boys and girls, Yr 8 Boys and Girls and Year 7 Boys  who have competed in the Regional Finals at Booroondarra Tennis Club .  All teams show great team spirit and fantastic sportsmanship while representing our school.


Year 8 Regional Baseball Team

Congratulations to the year 8 boys Baseball team for their valiant efforts at the Regional Finals. The boys started their day with a tough game against the top side, Montmorency. Northcote went down fighting in an entertaining match (8 runs to 4). The Northcote team recovered quickly to put on a show in their next match, beating Epping 11 runs to 6.

A special mention to Stan Goodwin and Maivia Peele-Lopeti for their commitment in coaching and mentoring the team.

Mr Orphin


Congratulations to our Yr 7 Baseball Team who came 2nd in the Regional competition. Well done to all of the boys for their for their sportsmanship and team encouragement.  Thank you to Mr Lethborg for coaching the team.

Cross Country Carnival

Our Cross Country Carnival is the third sporting event for 2017 and will take place during week 5. This event will be used to select a team to participate at the Darebin Division Carnival against other high schools which in turn provides students with an opportunity to qualify for the regional and state event to be held later this year.


The Cross country Carnival takes place here at school on Tuesday 16th May 2017 and is compulsory for students in year 7 and optional for those in years 8-12.

Further Carnival information is available on the compass newsfeed. I look forward to seeing you all there.

The course takes in aspects of Merri Park, the Merri Creek Trail and surrounding neighbourhoods therefore consent id required.  


Consent for this event is due by Monday 15th May 2017 via Compass.


Sarah Blanchard

Head of Sport

Cross Country Carnival

A very Merri run

Northcote High School prides itself on providing students with opportunities to flourish in a number of ways and events.  Our Cross Country Carnival is the third sporting event for 2017 and will take place during week 5. This event will be used to select a team to participate at the Darebin Division Carnival against other high schools which in turn provides students with an opportunity to qualify for the regional and state event to be held later this year.


The day provides a unique opportunity for students to experience success and achievement in a collegiate atmosphere, promoting a sense of belonging through our House representation and being a positive participant of the school community.



Tuesday 16th May 2017



Lunch – Students to change into sport uniform

1:27pm – Students in 7G-L and any students that have signed up in years 8-12 must assemble at the baseball diamond for roll marking.

                        1:40pm – First race to commence.

                        2pm – Students in 7A-F will be escorted to the baseball diamond by their period 4 teacher.

                        2:15pm – Second race to commence.

                        2:24pm – P5 lessons as normal for students in 7G-L and years 8-12



Northcote High School (Merri Park).



Students participating should wear full NHS sport uniform. They can change into their sport uniform at lunchtime and stay in this for the remainder of the day.



There is no cost for this event.



Consent for the carnival can be done via Compass. The due date for consent is Monday 15th May 2017.


Family Participation

All parents/guardians are invited to attend the Carnival which will run between 1:40pm and 3pm. Any parents/guardians that would like to be involved in the running of the carnival please contact Mrs Blanchard on 03 9488 2300 or my emailing [email protected] by Wednesday 11th May.


Information For Year 7 Students

  • It is compulsory for all Year 7 students to participate in the Cross Country Carnival.


Information For Year 8-12 Students

  • Year 8-12 classes will still be running.
  • Year 8-12 students wishing to compete in the Cross Country Carnival attended a meeting at lunchtime on Friday 5th May. Any students that missed this meeting and wish to sign up please see Mrs Blanchard or Pauline in the PE office as soon as possible.

Important Information:

The course takes in aspects of Merri Park, the Merri Creek Trail and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Please refer to the map below to see the trail marked in red:

  • There will be staff and peer support leaders located at checkpoints around the course. They will be wearing fluorescent vests and directing students around the track.


  • The course requires students to cross some roads therefore it is vitally important to follow staff and peer support leader instructions to ensure safety.


  • Whilst travelling around the course students should walk/run in single file and keep to the left, ensuring that pedestrians and cyclist can use footpaths without interruption.
  • A staff member will be travelling the course behind all students to ensure that everyone completes the course.

Year 7s settle in on Camp

Photo: Helping each other on the Initiatives course

Year 7 Camp

Despite a few days of rain the Year 7s and their teachers enjoyed their 3 day camp to Phillip Island during Weeks 1&2. It is an important part of the transition process for our Year 7s, as it helps them to make new friends and bond with their cohort. This is what some of the participants had to say:


"I really liked camp because of the activities. The giant swing was good because it was a little bit scary but made you feel good after."


" It was great to see everyone around camp and get to know them better especially the people in our cabin."


"I think all together camp was a great experience. As I'm sure others will say, the giant swing was definitely one of my highlights of the trip. The adrenalin and the feeling of gliding through the air was a brilliant activity."


"During this camp I really got to know many other people that I never thought I'd never meet. I made many new friends on the exciting experience but I also learnt a heap of new things about my cabin mates which was great."

VCAL Amazing Race

Race around the city

On Tuesday the 2nd of May, our VCAL class went on an excursion to the Eureka Skydeck and into the city. We all met at the Eureka at 10am to start our journey around the city. First we went up the tower and had a look at the amazing views, we were then put into 2 small groups to work together for our amazing race. Our teacher gave us a race sheet for each group, it had hints and facts about where and what we need to find around the city. Each destination we went to we had to take a group photo to prove that we were there. The main places our group went to was Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Central, State Library, China Town and back to Federation Square. Each place the race sheet gave us had points and we all tried our best to get the most points. There were also bonus points to get and a few of them were to grab some chop sticks from a restaurant called Sushi Sushi or sing in front of a crowd at Federation Square and record it.


At the end of the race we met up with our teacher at federation square for the next part of the day. We were to start planning an amazing race for a few of the Year 9 classes. The excursion was a fun way to learn how to start our own project managing and to learn how to set out and plan projects. Our group is planning on an amazing race themed around shopping. It was a very fun day out trying to figure out the clues and it helped put into practice some of the things we learned in class about project management and we can’t wait for the Year 9s to do our amazing race!


Alanna Grivas 11A

Can you help? $20 boss and work placements for VCAL

Help our VCAL students become their own boss

Our Intermediate VCAL program (Year 11) have just started a program called $20 Boss. Students are given $20 in start-up money each, which they can choose to combine or go solo, to start up a small entrepreneurial business over the next four weeks and then have a four week Challenge Period when students run their business. Students are enjoying the challenge of coming up with business ideas and figuring out how to try and implement their ideas and plans into action.


We are looking for people in the Northcote High School community (or others that are willing to help) who would be willing to come in and work with the students to try and help them with their ideas. There are a number of different ways to help, including being a business coach to help students with the implementation of their ideas, being a challenge judge (students compete in competitions such as best logo and best sales pitch) or to present a one off workshop with the students about their own experiences of running a business and some of the valuable lessons they have learned from doing so.


The program takes place over the next 8 weeks, with students starting the Challenge Month in June.

If you could help with any of the above ideas, or have any other ideas about how you could help the program, please get in contact with Paul-Micah Sullivan at [email protected] or on 9488 2368. We’d love to help these students get the most out of the experience.

Work placements needed

We are currently looking for opportunities for some of our Intermediate VCAL students to complete structured workplace learning throughout this year. Students are completing it as part of their Work Related Skills course and are looking to develop skills in their particular area of interest and study. Students interested in these areas are all completing a VET course in their area of interest. They are looking for placements 1 day a week (Thursday), for a total of 20 days, in the following areas:

  • Animal Studies (Veterinary or Animal Care)
  • Visual Arts

If you could provide opportunities in any of these areas, or know anyone that can, could you please get in contact with the VCAL coordinator Paul-Micah Sullivan at [email protected] or 9488 2368.

Thank you!

Careers News

Photo: Visit the Careers page on myNorthcoteHigh

Discover Design — Student holiday program at Swinburne

The Discover Design program is a creative school program open for Years 10 to 12 students who would like to learn more about design careers, courses and pathways.

Participants will develop a design portfolio, broaden their problem-solving and design-thinking skills and work in teams — just like a real design studio!

Places are limited, so encourage students to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 11-14 July 2017
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: AMDC Building, Melbourne Design Factory, Level 5, Hawthorn Campus 

Register now!


Academy of Design seminars

A number of intensive seminars are being held during 2017 for Year 12 students studying Unit 3 & 4 Visual Communication Design.

Presented by Kristen Guthrie, an experienced teacher of Visual Communication Design and a Graphic Designer who has been closely involved in the development, teaching and evaluation of VCE Visual Communication since its introduction to the VCE curriculum. 

Visual and Communication Design Seminar
Starting the Folio - Saturday 20 May
Focus on the Design Brief, research methods and idea generation. This session will also cover wrapping up Unit 3 work and identifying where you should be at this point in the unit. 


Register now!

Work Experience with a difference

The Foundation for Young Australians are offering a very special work experience opportunity called 'Work Inspiration'. It involves three components, based around developing insights into yourself and the world of work:


Insight 1:  All About Me - discover the talents, passions and interests of the students through a ‘personality quiz’ style conversation. This is a get to know you type insight to start build some rapport and trust. 


Insight 2:  Behind the Scenes - presents an interactive outline of what the organisation does and why - where the students will learn about the organisation and who and what kind of jobs are on offer at FYA, The students will hopefully see or hear about a job they like. 


Insight 3:  Careers Happen - Young people interact with staff at FYA about their career journey, from their early teenage years up until now. This is also a session that might occur at the PriceWaterhouseCooper office in the city.


Places are very limited and by special application only.  If your child thinks they may be interested in this, they should contact  Careers Advisor, Kylie Witt. 

Monash Uni: Take control of your future!

Monash Uni is excited to offer Year 12 students interested in studying IT, the opportunity to attend their annual Take Control event.

Students will be able to meet with Monash University Academics and PhD students, as well as like minded young people from other high schools. As part of the event, students will:

  • participate in hands on programming and network security workshops
  • visit our new multi-million dollar visualisation research facility and take part in a 3D virtual reality tour of the “Cave”. Click here to see the Cave in action.
  • Listen to a leading business futurist who will share insights on future jobs in technology

Students with an aptitude for maths, science and / or technology are best suited to this event. Please register here Monash staff will be taking photos at the event and students will be asked to provide their consent as part of the registration process.



Year 12 Students


Saturday, 27th May


10:00am - 4:30pm (Registration 09:30)




E7 Lecture Theatre, 14 Alliance Lane
Engineering Faculty, Clayton Campus


N1 Multi-level Carpark
10 Research Way, Clayton 
Free parking all day

Register Now


Opportunity: NCAT information evening

Opportunity for those interested in VET studies

The NCAT information evening will be held on May 16th at 6pm. It is a good chance for those interested in VET studies or in NCAT courses as a tertiary pathway to find out about your options.

Internationalizing education: VCE in China

Photo: Hengshui HS

Moving foward with off-shore VCE

On 10 April 2017, Northcote High School was granted two provisional licences to assist two Chinese schools to deliver the VCE. The two schools are Baotou Foreign Languages School in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Zone and Hengshui No1 High School in Hebei province. Subject to further approvals, the Chinese schools will commence the VCE in September 2017.

The approvals are the end of a long process that has involved extensive financial modelling and
presentation of a business case to the International Division of the Department of Education. In addition, we have conducted on site visits and been involved in ongoing communication.

Although engagement with Asia and export of education are state priorities, to date only a handful of Victorian Independent and Catholic schools, offer VCE offshore, but no other Victorian government schools. Northcote HS is the first.

The benefits for Northcote High School include

  • An Intensive professional development for NHS staff, in their role as ongoing mentors to Chinese teachers of the VCE, through sharing and reflection on teaching practice.
  • A dynamic new dimension to Northcote’s traditional vision of itself as an international provider of education.
  • The development of a new and sustainable dimension to our international education program, that also provides a modest income stream. (The program runs at no cost to NHS or the state of Victoria)
  • Leadership of and involvement in support of state and national initiatives to engage with China.

The course taught with NHS support will include:

  • Chinese as a First Language,
  • English as an additional Language (EAL),
  • Mathematics Methods,
  • Physics,
  • Further Maths
  • and possibly Chemistry

There is the possibility that other subjects will be added over time, based on advice and other schools experiences.


Nick Murphy

Writing Freedom

Photo: Writing Freedom panel

A literary and thought-provoking evening

"Congratulations on a terrific, intellectually stimulating evening.  I was incredibly impressed by and felt most blessed to be part of this vibrant and thoughtful community."  

NHS Parent


The third annual NHS Writers TalkFest was held last Wednesday, with a stellar panel consisting of Clementine Ford, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Abdi Aden and Jeff Sparrow, thoughtfully anchored by historian, writer and NHS parent Clare Wright. The evening was well attended and featured an engaging discussion on the slippery concept of 'freedom' for these writers. Many thanks to Clare and Head of English, Paul Gilby, for organising another successful celebration of literature and philosophy, and to the staff and students who supported the running of the evening.

Ticket sales from the event raised money for student action groups including the Feminist Collective, the Green Team and the Writers Club. We hope to see you at the next one!

International students' news: engaging the community

Photo: Open Morning

Open Morning

On the School’s Open Morning this year, international students set up a Tea House to welcome visitors. International Students were in their Traditional Costume to serve hot green tea with sorted lollies and biscuits. The international students’ warm welcome initiative was well received by the visiting families in the cold rainy day. Wen Dan also played Gu Zheng (the traditional Chinese String instrument) for the visitors. Visitors were very impressed by Wen Dan’s music talent and were fascinated by the traditional musical instrument.


Host Family forum

The annual Northcote High School Host Family forum held on the 2nd of May was a great success.

The Host Family Forum provides opportunities for our host families to network, to share experiences and to speak out concerns and challenges. It is vital for the school community to hear from both host families and our students, to take their suggestions so that we can continually support and to ensure that our young International Students have quality care. The school community is very grateful for our host families’ support and contribution.

Our host families and students have enjoyed a sumptuous array of fruits, sandwiches and pizzas for dinner. It was such a pleasant evening enjoyed by all.


International Students Office

Engaging our community: a week of events

Photo: Year 10s making coffee on Open Day

Friends of Music Quiz Night

A rollicking time was had at the Friends of Music Quiz Night, held on April 28. 16 teams battled for supremacy in topics ranging from '60s music to Australian military history.  Additional competitions for the trivia-challenged were greatly enjoyed, with some testing their skill on the coin roll whilst others displayed their artistic side in constructing diaromas depicting various films (all of which your author managed to guess: a testament to the craftspeople's skill alone!). Creativity was on display in the DIY table decorations, which gave valuable bonus points, as well as in some of the sumptous feasts brought along. Most importantly, however, over $3000 was raised to support the Music program: a great contribution to this year's goal of purchasing a bassoon for student use.

Much gratitude goes to the parents of the Friends of Music for organising the event, ably supported by Kirsten Kelly-Cleeve and Jackie Brogan, and to the wonderful Jonathon and Elisha Templin who were our MCs for the evening.

Open Morning

Over 500 community members braved the rain on April 27 to attend our Open Morning, and were treated to a glimpse of our school in action, along with some special 'extras' such as our Food students making coffee and treats, our Year 7s talking about transition and our International Students sharing tea and food from their homelands. The highlight of the morning was undoubtedly the numerous students who demonstrated their leadership by being tour guides, speakers, greeters and program representatives. Many visitors commented on how impressed they were with our students' confidence, eloquence and clear pride in the school. 


Road safety around the school

Please take care

We have had some feedback from neighbours recently regarding traffic in the surrounding streets. Our neighbours are generally understanding of the higher volume of traffic at school drop-off and pick up times, but have observed some examples reckless driving, especially from cars pulling in and out of parking spots and through the narrow streets. As the weather worsens and the days grow shorter, please be mindful of the residents, pedestrians and children who share the streets.

NHS students in award-winning short films

Photo: From the films

Congratulations! A New York Film Festival Award!

In late 2016, the Federal Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner made 8 short films about online bullying and cybersafety. Almost all of these were filmed by Brave Media at Northcote HS. They used actors in speaking roles, but Northcote HS students played all the non-speaking and extra parts. A few familiar staff faces can also be seen!


Last week the episode “Connor” won Bronze in the New York World’s Best TV and Film Awards.

You can see all 4 shorts released so far here


Special thanks and acknowledgement to all NHS students who supported and performed in these important and entertaining short films.

Half a million hits for “Tagged”
If you haven’t seen it, “Tagged”, a 20 minute film on cyberbullying and cybersafety can also be watched online. Still regularly used in Australian schools, it was filmed at NHS in 2012 and has also won several international awards:

Also see other Cybersafety short films made at NHS -
Not Quite Right


Cyberslap (filmed entirely against our greenscreen in C4!)


Thanks to Nick Murphy for this article and information

Opportunity: GAT PowerClass

Connect Education class for Unit 3/4 VCE students

Connect Education GAT PowerClass Event
@ Northcote High School, Hall, Tuesday May 30, 4.00pm-5.30pm


You wouldn’t go driving without your seatbelt, would you?

The GAT is what stops your ATAR flying through the windshield if you’re unable to attend your
exams, so it’s important in and of itself. But it’s also used to calculate your study score for English
and might come into account for your other scores too! It’s not just a chance to shoehorn the
GATch phrase into your essays.

Join Daniel GATes (ATAR 99.70), for an amazing session to help you ace the GAT.
This session will take you step by step through the GAT: both essay sections as well as the
multiple choice section. You’ll learn how the GAT is used to calculate your study scores, as well as
what sections of the GAT are relevant to the subjects you’re studying.


How this session will help you improve your GAT score.

Tackling the essays
The GAT essays often confuse students. Just what the heck are they asking you to do? This session will
walk you through ways to go about looking at both Essay types; the expository (Essay 1) and argumentative (Essay 2). You’ll learn what examiners are looking for in these sections and how to set yourself apart from the rest of the state.
Navigating multiple choice
The multiple choice section of the GAT makes up the majority of the recommended writing time. This session will explain to you which multiple choice questions relate most to your subjects and how to approach those curly questions which trip people up.

How to sign up and protect your ATAR.
Sign up is free for all Northcote students. Just use the promo code “NHS” when you register.
NHS Only Access Before May 16. Sign up early for guaranteed access (all NHS students).
Bookings close May 26. Make sure you sign up by May 26 to avoid missing out.

Register here:

Community notices

Just Believe Fit - local holistic fitness programs

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


Merri Park works

Please find attached notification regarding upcoming works in Merri Park


Crossing supervisors needed

City of Darebin is seeking to recruit friendly and safety conscious crossing supervisors. This year the City hopes to achieve maximum coverage over the 96 busy crossings throughout the municipality.


Please find below a copy of the school crossing supervisor application form, as well as a copy of the position description. 


School crossing supervisors play a number of crucial roles in our community. Not only do they facilitate the safe passage of children and parents to and from school, but they are highly valued members of our community who provide early education to our children about the dangers of roads and nurture good habits that remain with us well into adulthood.


Teen Yoga - classes specifically for teenagers







Yoga can assist with sleep, stress reduction, strength & flexibility, energy, sporting performance, self image. All things which can help teenagers!


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Northcote High School Newsletter
Position Description School Crossing Supervisor (Casual) April 2017.pdf
School Crossing Supervisor Application Form April 2017.pdf
Community bulletin-Merri Park_FINAL.pdf
NHS Campus News Update - APRIL 2017.pdf