Nossal News 2020

11 March 2020
Issue Four
From the Principals' Desk
Important Dates
General News
Careers News
English News
Music News
Arts/Tech News
Sporting News
Parents & Friends Association 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

Corona Virus Update

Dear Parents,


As the virus continues to spread and the first Victorian school closes I refer you to the Department of Education information site for the latest updates about the corona virus. Obviously DET and Nossal are closely monitoring the situation and preparing (as best we can) for the potential escalation of the infection and possible school closure.


Nossal is in a very good position to manage such a situation, and due to our experience with online learning and our digital delivery program we believe that (in the short term) we could quite effectively manage a temporary school closure with minimal impact on the students’ programs.


Hopefully it will not come to this but we will be preparing for such a situation and will keep you informed. At this stage there is nothing that you need to do other than heed the advice of the medical authorities and ensure that any medical concerns are appropriately and promptly addressed.

Overseas Travel

The Department of Education and Training has announced that, due to the evolving coronavirus situation, any planned overseas school excursions should not proceed unless they are to New Zealand or Canada.


This is based on advice received from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and applies until further notice. For our school, this means we will no longer proceed with the French and Japanese tours.


We will contact our travel insurance provider and will keep you updated, although at this stage no money has been committed and any money paid to the school will be fully refunded.


We thank you for your support and understanding and encourage you to contact the school should you have any questions about this.

Camps and Pathways week

There are no restrictions on internal (Australia) camps and excursions and our Camps and Pathways week will proceed as planned.

Work Experience

Some of our students had planned to do their Work Experience at a hospital which is now minimising the number of non-essential staff in attendance so will not be taking  work experience students until further notice. Students impacted by this may be able to complete their placement later in the year.

Updated Travel Restrictions

The Commonwealth Government has updated travel restrictions this week.

The extension to existing travel restrictions now applies to visitors from Republic of Korea, Iran and mainland China. Visitors who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants, will not be allowed entry into Australia.

The Commonwealth Government has also advised that visitors from Italy will also be subject to enhanced health screening and temperature testing arrangements.

Some of our students and families may be affected by the travel advice, and I’d encourage you to support each other.

Everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.


Here are some tips that we all can follow:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
  2. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
  3. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating.

Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information.


Roger Page




In it for the long haul

We are well past that part of the year which might be called the "start" and, with the onset of the first significant assessment period for many of our senior students in particular, are firmly ensconced in the normal life of the school. It is a time for the whole school community to consider the habits and processes which they have in place to ensure that the rest of the year is a healthy and productive one, rather than a series of sprints from one deadline to the next.
To aid this reflection, the school will shortly go "off timetable" for a major program designed to help our students to embed the relationships and reflect on the big picture ideas which will be important to them this year. While our Year 9s and 12s go on camp, celebrating and enriching the relationships within their cohorts as they both experience times of significant transition, our Year 10 and 11 students will look to their futures and consider how the work they do at school relates to the skills and competencies which they will need when they enter the workplace in as little as two or three years. We are grateful for the support of our families throughout Camps and Pathways Week (16th - 20th March), which we consider an essential element in the development of students at all levels.
A more immediate example of the habit of thinking beyond the walls of the classroom is the current fundraising efforts which our student leaders are spearheading in response to the summer's bushfire crisis. This Friday 13 March will be a free dress day, but that notable contribution to the students' response to the devastation which affected so many in our state over the holidays is just one element in what is planned as a much longer-term engagement with affected communities. Members of our school captain team noted, when addressing the school at the start of the year, that the consequences of the bushfires were long term, and I commend them for moving (with the support of key staff members like Mr Keith Butler) beyond a short term vision to reflect on the ongoing needs of those around them. I encourage staff, students and parents to get behind their efforts on Friday, and in the days to come.


Term 1 Reports

As you are probably well aware, Term 1 this year is a shorter term than the others. While it is always the case that the busy Term 1 program tends to have an impact on the amount of contact time which our staff and students have with each other, this is particularly true this year. In order to mitigate this to some extent, the annual Term 1 Reports will this year be published at the start of Term 2. At the same time, families will be made aware of the process for booking Parent-Student-Teacher conferences in the second week of term.

Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast

Last Wednesday 4 March a group of 8 Nossal students joined Mr Page and myself at the annual International Women's Day event, run jointly by various Rotary Clubs based in and around Mornington Peninsula. The students (both male and female) were prompt to arrive at Mornington Racecourse at 6:45am, and enjoyed an engaging presentation by former Olympic gold medallist Lauren Burns. Her example of confidence and commitment were certainly inspiring. They were also lucky enough to hear from Dr Alice Hill, an economist who was recently appointed president of the Harvard Alumni Association, and who reflected on the structural issues underpinning our processes which can get in the way of genuine equality. Her reflections were focused more on "what works" in terms of moving forward.


Tracey Mackin

Assistant Principal

Important Dates

Important Dates 2020



Nossal High School's Bushfire Relief Project - Out of Uniform Day & Sausage Sizzle lunch

Friday 13 March


Year 12 Asynchoronous Digital Delivery Day

Tuesday 17 March


Year 9 Roses Gap Camp

Tuesday 17 - Friday 20 March


Year 10 & 11 Pathways  Week

Tuesday 17 March - Friday 20 March


Year 12 Lord Somers Camp

Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 March


House Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday 24 March


Year 9  Sci Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary

Thursday 26 March


Last Day of Term 1

Friday  27 April  2:30pm dismissal


Great Southern Art Show

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March


Term 2 commences

Tuesday 14 April


Special PFA Meeting

Wednesday 15 April 


Year 9 Excursion - Shrine of Remembrance

Friday 17 April


Term 1 Reports Released

Friday 17 April


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 April


Anzac Day

Saturday 25 April


School Council

Tuesday 28 April


Autumn Music Concert

Wednesday 29 April


Year 9, 2022 Information Night

Thursday 30 April


PFA Car Boot Sale

Saturday 2 May

And beyond...

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Monday 4 May


Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Friday 5 June


Careers & Pathways Expo

Thursday 23 July


Year 9 City Week

Monday 10 - Friday 14 August


House Performing Arts Festival (HPAF)

Tuesday 25 August


Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

Thursday 19 November


Speech Night (Compulsory for all students)

Monday 23 November


2020 Victorian Term Dates

Term 2    (Tue) 14 April - 26 June
Term 3    13 July - 18 September
Term 4     5 October - 18 December

General News

Nossal reaches out to Swifts Creek

Last week, we published a Special Edition of the Nossal newsletter which focused on a project being carried out by our student body, led by the School Captains Team.  If you missed it, follow this link to read their important message.


Swifts Creek is a small township approximately 380km east of Melbourne, in the Tambo Valley of East Gippsland.  In the recent bushfires, while the P-12 school was not damaged, many of the properties its 130 students live on or pass on their way to school, were impacted by the fires. Our School Captains decided, and have been supported by our School Council, to make Swifts Creek P-12 school the focus of our bushfire relief fundraising.


The fundraising target for this term is $3,000.00.  All money raised will go towards staging a concert in Term 2, in Swifts Creek. The program for the event will include a feature act as well as performances by students from both Swifts Creek and Nossal schools. The event will be open to all residents of Swifts Creek and surrounding areas with the focus on raising the spirits of the community.


The challenge for our students, is to raise as much money as possible and so the Captains have planned an 'Out of Uniform" Day for this coming Friday when students are encouraged to wear something red or orange in recognition of the efforts of the emergency services who saved the town and the school from fire. The day will also feature a sausage sizzle at lunchtime and we are indebted to our friends at the Rotary Club of Berwick, who will not only donate their large barbeque for the lunch, but also have members there to do the cooking.


The fundraising dollars have been stretched further by the generous support of a number of sponsors of the event.  Their contributions have enabled the students to purchase all of their supplies without needing to redirect money from the money that will be collected next Friday.  Thank you to the following organisations and we ask that you support them as much as possible in recognition for what they are doing to help Nossal.

If you would like to help the students achieve their fundraising target, you can either donate at the school's office, or call the school on 8762 4600 and make either a credit card donation or request the direct deposit details. 

Federation University campus works 

Students and parents are advised that in addition to the works currently being undertaken in Clyde Road as part of the level crossing removal project, preparatory tasks for the sub-division of the former total Monash University site are continuing and during the upcoming school holiday period, exploratory works will be carried out along Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard.  


Clearly the timing of these activities will mean little to no inconvenience to the majority of our school community, however it is timely to remind everyone to ensure their safety in future works by asking motorists to ensure they are driving at the signposted speed limit and pedestrians walking only on the asphalted footpath unless otherwise directed by safety barricades.


In this round of works, detours will operate from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 April 2020.

School Photos Update

For those who registered online to view 2020 images, please watch for notification.  Photos will be out this week. All families will receive an email with their child's unique code that will enable them to view the photos once they are ready for ordering.

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Did you know our newsletter can now be translated into a number of different languages?  This is a relatively new feature of the software program we use and can be turned on or off using the language selector in the lower left corner of each page.

Careers News

Compass Career News

Here's a summary of the latest Career News with the full Careers Newsletters below.


Items in the 28 February 2020 Career News –

  • UCAT - Entry to Medicine and Dentistry in 2021
  • US and UK University Expo
  • A Career in Policing: Quick Facts about Applying
  • Gap Year & Cultural Exchange Programs   
  • Snapshot of Deakin University in 2020
  • Environmental Science Degrees in Victoria in 2020

Items in the 6 March 2020 Career News –  

  • Early Leaders Program (ELP) for Year 11’s at Swinburne University
  • Towards 2022: The new Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne
  • News from Deakin University
    • Bachelor of Human Resources Management (Psychology)
    • Bachelor of Marketing (Psychology)
    • Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence
    • Bachelor of Marine Science
  • Victoria University Information Evenings 
  • Lattitude Global Volunteering Information Night 
  • Snapshot of The University of Otago (NZ) in 2020
  • Event Planning Courses in Victoria in 2020
  • Human Resources Courses in Victoria in 2020


University of Melbourne Trinity College Young Leaders Program 2020

Every July and December, Trinity College at The University of Melbourne hosts students from all around the world for a truly remarkable and life changing experience. The Young Leaders Program (YLP) is for students aged between 14 and 17 and provides the opportunity to broaden their outlook on learning and study, be inspired, increase their confidence, practice leadership skills and consider future direction. It offers students a taste of residential college and university life.


Throughout YLP, participating students are guided and mentored by a team of university students. YLP is designed to allow students to choose from academic streams that best suit their future career ambitions, with the opportunity to join the program for one or two weeks. Further info can be found below and in the Young Leaders Program 2020 brochure.

In 2020, Trinity College will offer a number of one week (full and partial) scholarships for Australian students. Students may be able to apply for a scholarship if they are from regional Victoria, are Indigenous, come from a low socio-economic background, or are a refugee.

A Taste of Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu Melbourne, located in Moorabbin, invites you to spend an evening with chefs and students who will showcase their skills, give you an insight into the food, wine and gastronomy business, and reveal how you could be a part of this global enterprise. The event will take place on Thursday 12 March between 5:30 and 8:30pm.  Indulge in a taste of French culture as world-class chefs and lecturers demonstrate their expertise and the unique learning experiences offered at Le Cordon Bleu. Take a guided tour of the impressive state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, and you’ll see why students love coming to class. This is a free event however seating is limited & registrations are essential. For more info & to register go to:

ANU direct applications now open

ANU offers direct entry applications to Year 12 students, with the chance of receiving a conditional offer for early entry. Applying directly to ANU is totally free, and through the application you will also be automatically assessed for guaranteed accommodation and any scholarships you might be eligible for.  Apply directly to ANU by following the steps on the ANU website located here. Applications open 4 March and close 25 May 2020. To help guide students through the application process, ANU has provided an Important Dates Timeline and created a video walkthrough of the application portal.

ANU Tuckwell Scholarship REMINDER

The Tuckwell Scholarship changes lives and ANU are now looking for the 2021 cohort! All talented and motivated Year 12 students are encouraged to apply. Applications are open from 4 March and close at 3:00pm 25 March. For a summary of the scholarship application criteria, three-stage selection process and key dates please refer to the info provided previously in the January Compass Career News (see Nossal News Issue One here). Further important information about the Tuckwell Scholarship Program is found at: Tuckwell Scholarship and Applying for the Tuckwell Scholarship.

English News

Australian Computational & Linguistics Olympiad

On a certain Wednesday, approximately 80 Nossal students sat huddled together in groups of four, all working frantically together on a set of word puzzles. Any passerby must have thought it was a strange scene, seeing all these young students trying to pronounce gibberish in a strange Italian accent. But little did they know, it was the day of the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad  (OZCLO). 


It was my first time participating in OZCLO this year, and it was an exhilarating experience. The set of puzzles given to us ranged from deciphering Egyptian cuneiforms, to figuring out  the ten different ways of saying ‘goodbye’ in Swedish. It might sound a little intimidating at first, but if you look closely at the clues and search for some sort of pattern, the answer will come, slowly but surely. 


What I liked most was the sense of satisfaction on finally completing a puzzle, and high-fiving my friends when we finally figured out a difficult word together. While we all knew that the answers we got were possibly incorrect, just working together, and enjoying the challenge of the task, made the experience so much more fun.


Finally, I would like to thank you the English domain for organising this fantastic event, and to all the teachers who were there to supervise us. I would highly recommend every student to participate in this amazing and enriching experience, it will definitely be worth it.


Tram Le

Year 11


Music News

Nossal Music News

We would like to welcome all Year 9 and new students in Years 10 & 11 to the Music Program as well as Mr Mirko Guerrini who is teaching single reeds and composition. We also welcome back Mrs Clare Budd who is teaching on Fridays.


I encourage parents and students to read the Instrumental Music Program 2020 Handbook that can be found if you follow this link:

Please find below the Ensemble Roster for 2020. We’ve added a Junior Jazz Combo and Chamber Strings to the growing ensemble list. The Autumn Concert is on Wednesday 29 April in the Meath Auditorium at 7.00 pm. All students who participate in ensembles are required to attend.


Nancy Waddington

Director of Music




Arts/Tech News

Year 9 Dance Excursion

Nossal's Dance students attended the Arts Centre in Melbourne on 4 March to watch an intriguing performance called ‘Samsara’ as part of the AsiaTopa festival. Samsara is an unprecedented expression of cultural exchange through the language of dance, drawing on the diverse disciplines of Chinese folk dance, the classical Indian dance form Kathak, ballet and contemporary dance. The performance was inspired by the historical events in the 16th Century Chinese classic book ‘Journey to the West’.


The excursion also included a tour of Hamer Hall and the NGV. The current exhibition inside the Arts Centre was called ‘Australian Music Vault’ and is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story – past, present and future.


For most of the students it was their first time at a Dance performance and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. I encourage the students to take their friends and family back to the Arts Centre for the exhibitions and upcoming performances such as music, dance, opera, theatre, comedy and family shows.


To view upcoming performances in the Arts Precinct of Melbourne please visit the website:


Ms Chantelle Pumphrey

Dance Teacher



Sporting News

Rock Climbing Excursion

The Year 10 Sport Science class recently challenged themselves to an afternoon of Rock Climbing on 19 February. To support their studies of human movement, the students attempted a variety of walls that were Tetris-themed, inflatable, free-standing, timed and ranging in difficulty from beginner to extreme, and each impressed with their talents and commitment. 


This term, the class are using Rock Climbing as the basis of an inquiry project into how movement occurs and how energy is produced. Discussion has centred around movement at joints and how blood and oxygen flow around the body, and the experience of visiting Clip 'n' Climb in Berwick was the perfect opportunity to put this learning into practice and apply the science to real-life sport. 


The students had a great time and would certainly recommend you give it a try if interested in some adrenaline-pumping activity. 


Anita Coffa

Sports Coordinator 



Senior Boy’s Cricket Round 2

On Thursday 27 February, we ventured out on a crisp clear morning to The Heather Brae Reserve in Officer to play Mt Eliza Secondary College. Upon winning the toss we elected to bat but were in early trouble as Dhanusha Gamage was bowled in the first over for a duck, but it could have been even worse as Mt Eliza dropped two catches in the early overs. We needed to steady and for a while we did that with Daniel Cameron scoring a quick 16. However, he was out when the score was still only 23. During this time Ben McDonald was steadily compiling runs and made an invaluable 22 before succumbing when the score was on 43.


At 3/43 the game was in the balance but our captain, Shishir Kulkarni, knew what he had to do and gave a batting masterclass, gradually batting himself in and then launching a savage attack as he compiled a brilliant knock of 81. At the other end wickets were still falling steadily but in the end we had made 7/146 from our 20 overs. A great score but things were not looking good at the start of Mt Eliza’s innings as they plundered our bowling to all parts of the park. Enter Daniel Cameron who took a wicket with his first ball, the first of two that he would take. Sean Lindsay, our wicket keeper, took a screamer of a catch in that dismissal, the first of four catches that he would take for the innings. At that time Mt Eliza was right on target to be able to make the runs. But we stuck to our guns, dug deep and kept taking vital wickets every time it looked like the match was slipping away. Our fielding was spot on and helped put pressure on Mt Eliza. Ramkishore Ramkumar, who had previously been expensive, chipped in with two wickets and Ben McDonald capped off a great day with two of his own. In the end we had restricted Mt Eliza to a score of 9/103.


Another great win by the boys, but next week we play Frankston High school, a school which has been historically a very strong team for us to beat. Sounds difficult? Let’s embrace the challenge!


Ian Pegram

Senior Boy’s Cricket Coach



Parents & Friends Association News

PFA Update

'I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do' - Edward Everett Hale


A huge thank you to everyone who attended the second PFA meeting of the year which happened to be the AGM too. It was a very productive night, not only did we fill all of the major positions on the committee, but also discussed and began the planning for many of the year's fundraising events.


Term 1 fundraising activities include:

Upcoming fundraising events are:

  • Car Boot/Trash & Treasure Market (2 May 2020)
  • Lamb Tasting event (2 September 2020)
  • Bunnings BBQ (20 September 2020)


We look forward to seeing lots of faces at our next meeting on Wednesday 15 April, in The Jean Russell Centre (JRC) at 7.00pm.  All are welcome! We would love everyone who is keen to play a small but important role in the school and enjoy meeting other parents.  A massive thank you to everyone who volunteers their time.


Riddle for the issue: Tomorrow I am surely here, yesterday I am found as well. Today I am gone. Who am I?


Upma Mittal

Nossal Parents & Friends Association

NHS & Community Events and News

Car Boot Sale - Stallholder bookings available now!!

Relocation of Uniform Shop


Great Art Show

Don't miss out on this annual event at Nossal High School.


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Connecting with Nossal

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Principal: Mr Roger Page

Assistant Principal: Ms Tracey Mackin

Assistant Principal: Mr Keith Butler

Business Manager: Ms Gayl Shute

Tel: 03 8762 4600



Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard

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