NGSC Newsletter

26 May 2017
Issue Seven
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
SPORTS NEWS
OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 
COMMUNITY NEWS
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215
AU

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

JUNE 12               Queens Birthday (Public Holiday)

JUN 5-16              Yr 7-12 Exams 

JUN 16                  Assessment & Reporting Day          

                                 (Student Free Day)    

JUNE 14                GAT Exam

JUNE 27                 Year 7 Immunisations

30 JUNE                 Last Day term 2 (Early Finish)

JUL 24 - 28            Yr 10 Careers Week

AUG 17                   Curriculum Day (Student Free)

 

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

Semester Exams

We are halfway through Term 2 already and Semester 2 is around the corner. Semester 2, will begin in Week 10 of this Term (19 June). Semester exams for all Year 7 to 12 students will take place in Weeks 8 and 9 (6 June to 15 June). On the 16 June students are not required to attend classes (Student Free Day) as teachers will be working on Assessment and Reporting. 

Also, all Year 12 students and Year 11 students who are currently undertaking a Unit 3 VCE subject will be expected to undertake the GAT (General Achievement Test) examination on Wednesday 14, June.

 

Details about the exams timetable for all Year Levels will be distributed to all students via their Year Level and Sub-School Leaders.

 

North Geelong SC has planned and implemented Semester exams for a number of years now and Semester examinations are well embedded in our school calendar and culture. The formal examination structure creates an opportunity to provide students with skills in examination preparation, practice and personal experience in the valuable life skill of undertaking formal testing. Regular opportunities must be provided through both formative and summative assessment for students to develop examination techniques and to receive feedback on their performance.

 

Benefits of exam participation:

  • Students develop confidence and skill in exam techniques and settings
  • Students experience formal testing situations that may be useful in later life
  • A home/school study culture of regular revision and test preparation is instilled
  • Subject specific exam skills are developed to reinforce the learning and teaching culture of North Geelong secondary College amongst the students, parents and wider community
  • It provides an additional assessment tool for teachers and students.

Wishing all students Good Luck with the upcoming exams.

Education Week

 

Education Week began Monday 22 May and this year’s theme is  "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" which directly aligns with the Education State target of Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids. The week is an opportunity for North Geelong SC to showcase the work that we are doing to improve the health and wellbeing of our students and young people. It is also a timely reminder that the wellbeing of our staff is equally important in contributing to this important work.

The school is proud to be a successful educational setting with many tailored programs for all, addressing student individual needs.

 

Some of the Programs providing outstanding learning opportunities to our students:

  • Scholarship Program

The Scholarship program promotes and recognises outstanding commitment by primary school students who have displayed a strong involvement in their school community. The College looks for exemplary young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of our College. The Scholarship Program recognises the considerable achievements of children in our community and provides them with the opportunity to experience exciting curriculum opportunities through a broad range of engaging programs delivered by our dedicated teachers. Scholarships are available in the following areas:  Academic Excellence, Student Leadership, Community (Good Citizenship), Sporting Excellence and The Arts

  • The Select Entry Accelerated Program (SEAL)

The SEAL Program at North Geelong Secondary College provides an opportunity for students to undertake learning experiences that are designed to meet the needs of high performing students; capable of outstanding academic achievement, who want to be challenged and who demonstrate high levels of task commitment.

  • Strive to Achieve Results (STAR)

This innovative Literacy and Numeracy program is unique to our college and achieves outstanding results for students in Year 7 to 9. The aim of the Striving To Achieve Results (STAR) program is to identify students with the potential to become our future ‘stars’. Using testing, data and teacher feedback we establish the student’s individual needs and tailor a programme to develop, consolidate and nurture their skills.

  • Achieving Core Education (ACE) (Literacy and Numeracy Program)

Another unique Literacy and Numeracy program at the school aiming to improve the Literacy and Numeracy of students in Years 7 and 8. It is an intervention program for those students that may be performing below the appropriate standards in either of these areas. It also builds student confidence and sets them up to be successful in their secondary schooling.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program provides knowledge and skills to our students, so that they can fully participate in the day to day social, cultural and economic aspects of life. Building the STEM knowledge and skills of current and future learners will also help to give employers the confidence to grow, explore and innovate knowing they can call on a highly skilled, adaptable workforce in the future. The STEM program sparks interest and curiosity in young people, both in their learning in education settings and at home, therefore at NGSC we believe that our children deserve rich, immersive learning experiences in scientific experimentation and hypothesis, in using and creating technological innovations, in engineering practical solutions of their own design, and the awesome power of Big Data for discovery.
  • Excellence in Sports, a program designed to harness the sporting talents of our students
  • HPV Human Power Vehicle, the school is one of very few state schools that have a fleet of recumbent vehicles and a strong Advance/HPV team of approximately 35 students that train and participate in energy breakthrough competitions throughout the year. 

The wellbeing of students at the school is always front and centre of what we do. Our specialised Wellbeing team includes; social workers, psychologists, youth worker, school nurse and a chaplain. These professionals work together with the Regional School Student Support Officers and external agencies to ensure the wellbeing of all our students. The team works tirelessly on re-engaging and preventative student programs that are geared to ensure student healthy and resilient minds. Here are some of the Student Wellbeing Team activities provided to our students and staff;

  • Lunch time social groups; these groups are open to all students. Groups are facilitated by Student Wellbeing staff with the support of volunteers. Students are also invited to suggest ideas for other lunch time social groups
  • Monday and Tuesday: ‘Bijou Jewellery’ students learn how to create stunning pieces of jewellery and can take pieces home
  • Wednesday: ‘The Cave’; this group of students are engaged in woodwork projects of their choice supported by volunteers from the Geelong Community Men’s Shed. On Wednesdays students can also choose to attend a gift tag and card making group. Students use their creativity to make beautiful gift cards for special occasions
  • Thursday: ‘Bust a Move’ dance group, students have fun learning the latest dance moves and sharing their own choreography
  • Friday: ‘Anime Club’; a pop culture group where students share their interests.
  • ‘SoulART’ is an eight week Art Therapy program that taps into student creativity to enhance their wellbeing and resilience. This group is facilitated by our School Chaplain who is also an Art Therapist
  • Workshops to support staff in building resilience and a workplace climate of mutual respect and trust are offered to all staff members
  • Full time breakfast club; a healthy breakfast menu is offered to our students on a daily basis, at no cost. Approximately 140 to 160 students have their breakfast at the school every morning. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the work and sincerely thank a number of community members/organisations/volunteers, Second Bite, Wellbeing team and the School Breakfast Coordinator who provide this program to our school community. Our Breakfast Club is well known and well supported by the wider community.

Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle, “Kids—Go for your life”

 

In today’s modern Australian society, parents and schools are the major socializing forces.

 

Childhood obesity and an Australian epidemic obesity issue are current topics that the government and media talk about on a regular basis and schools have become the centre of promoting Healthy Eating and Healthy Lifestyle. This year’s education Week theme Healthy Mind, Healthy Body fits in perfectly with Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle.

Without any doubt the school has a role in dealing with this problem and at North Geelong SC we take this issue seriously. At present we ensure that all students get a reasonable level of physical activity in school through the Physical Education classes and School Sports.  We also encourage our students to play sport during recess and lunchtime. Our sporting facilities are maintained at excellent standards with upcoming plans for more upgrades in the near future.  As part of our curriculum we teach Health and Nutrition and we also monitor what is sold in our school canteen.  Our canteen can only promote healthy eating and can only sell foods approved by the Victorian Canteen Association.

 

However, the school’s role in this area is a supplementary one. The primary responsibility for developing and reinforcing good eating habits rests at home with the family. It is important that parents/guardians develop and encourage good eating habits at home and that this process is enforced from an early age of the child.

Our school community does take the issue of childhood obesity very seriously and will continue to do what we can to reinforce the message of healthy eating and physical activity, when students are at school. However, good habits are established at home and that is a responsibility parents and guardians must take very seriously.

Absences during the term “it is not ok to be away”

I am concerned as of late I have received a great number of requests for students to miss school time for what I see as frivolous reasons. We publish our term dates way ahead of time to assist parents/guardians in planning family trips in the 13 weeks of the year set aside for that purpose. When holidays or absences without an appropriate approved reason occur during the term it disrupts children’s education. Of even greater concern is that it sends the wrong message to a student; it says: “holidays, or some secondary activity such as birthday celebrations, rank as a higher priority than your education."

At North Geelong SC we work very hard to make students understand the vital importance of making the best of their educational opportunities. Receiving mixed messages about this do not make our task any easier.

 

I am aware of some parental special circumstances and am also aware that not all parents are able to take holidays within term breaks due to work related restrictions, sometimes it is necessary for single parents to take their children away with them on business trips etc., and that parents may decide to take their children on an extended break to travel overseas or around Australia. When this occurs I ask that parents think carefully about the possible impact of such trip on their child’s education and then seek to minimise this through consultation with the school as far in advance of the trip as possible.

 

The school has a fantastic structure to ensure clear parent communication, through the Sub-School Assistants, Sub-School Leaders and Year Level Coordinators. We also provide the latest ICT technology to enable students who have legitimate reasons to be absent to be informed, complete and submit work as part of the school community while they are away. The school is required by law to keep attendance records for all students. Absences are recorded as due to illness, for other legitimate reasons, or as unauthorised absences. There is also a 90% minimum attendance requirement as part of VCE assessment. For all of these reasons I ask parents/guardians to minimise student absence during the term time, and where it absolutely unavoidable, to contact the school as far in advance as possible.

Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program 
​Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 and 12

In 2017 the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program will offer free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.

 

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card sent home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

 

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.

 

The City of Greater Geelong immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 7 June 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the City of Greater Geelong immunisation service.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au or immunehero.health.vic.gov.au 

Picking Up and Dropping Off your children around schools

For the safety of children, parents/guardians are reminded and strongly encouraged to take care and obey parking signs when picking up or dropping off children around the school. Council’s parking and information officers regularly patrol school areas during start and finish times and motorists detected breaching parking regulations risk being issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice.

 

Remember, as soon as you stop to let your children in or out of the car, you are deemed to be parked. You do not have to leave your car or turn the engine off to receive a fine.

 

At children’s crossings, you must remain stationary at the stop line while any person (including an adult or the supervisor) is on the crossing or the stop sign is displayed. Do not let your child out at this time; ensure that they wait until you are safely and legally parked.

If you breach a parking regulation the parking and information officer assigned to monitor our school crossing will usually record your registration number and details, and the Penalty Infringement Notice will be posted to the registered owner of the vehicle within the next three days.

Also dropping off or picking up children in the staff car park is prohibited and no parents/guardians should be parking in the staff car park at any point in time. This behaviour places our students at great risks if they are walking to school or riding their bicycles through the car park.

 

Please ensure you adhere to the parking regulations around schools and the school’s expectations, so that all children are safe and you avoid running the risk of a Parking Infringement.

Parents/guardians should also monitor where their children cross the road to get to the school gate. Some children are taking dangerous risks tryng to cross the very busy Separation Street. Crossing the road with lights is the expected and safest behaviour. 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson and

Mr Brad Headlam

Semester One Exams Years 7-12

Students will be completing at least two exams during the exam period, Monday 5 June to Friday 16 June. Students will be informed of their respective exam sessions via the sub-school.

Year 7 and 8               EASE and Maths

Year 7 and 8 SEAL     EASE, Maths, Science, German

Year 9                        English, Humanities, Maths, Science

Year 9 SEAL               English, Humanities, Maths, Science, German

Year 10                       All subjects

Year 11 VCE               All subjects

Year 12 VCE               All subjects

Unit 3 and 4 VCE students     GAT

Students enrolled in applied learning programs will not have exams.

 

Preparation and feedback about exam performance will be scaffolded in class time, however, students are expected to revise for their exams as part of their regular homework/study time. Here are some helpful study tips.

 

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/studying-training/studying-tips-resources/top-10-study-tips

Reconciliation Week
27 May to 3 June
 

National Reconciliation Week starts with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and ends on the 25th anniversary of the Mabo victory, which led to the Australian Government recognising native title and acknowledging Indigenous Australians as the original occupants of Australia.

 

National Reconciliation Week celebrates the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and all other Australians. Every year, the week is held between the same dates, May 27 to June 3.

 

The dates draw attention to significant historical events. The 27th May marks the day in 1967 when the referendum was passed for the Australian Government to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to allow them to be recognised in the census. The 3rd of June marks the day in 1992 that led the Australian Government to recognise native title and acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the original occupants of Australia.

 

The Melbourne-based Bunjilaka Museum (Melbourne Museum) is launching a 50th Anniversary exhibition on the 27th May. https://museumvictoria.com.au/bunjilaka/

 

Mabo Day occurs annually on 3 June. The day commemorates Eddie Koiki Mabo, a Torres Strait Islander, whose campaign for Indigenous land rights led to a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that, on 3 June 1992, overturned the legal status of terra nullius which had characterised Australian law with regards to land and title since the voyage of James Cook in 1770.

National Sorry Day on the 26th May was born out of a key recommendation made by the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families in the Bringing them Home Report that was tabled in Federal Parliament on 26 May 1997. National Sorry Day is a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Stolen Generations - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their families, communities and cultures between the 1800s and the 1970s. The first Sorry Day was held in Sydney on 26 May 1998, and has been commemorated nationally on the 26th May each year since then, with thousands of Australians from all walks of life participating in memorial services, commemorative meetings, survival celebrations and community gatherings, in honour of the Stolen Generations.

 

With sensitivity, honouring National Sorry Day and The Apology Anniversary builds understanding and respect between school and community, teachers and students.

COMPASS PARENT PORTAL

All parents will have received the school information on how they can now access the online Compass Parent Portal.  This will provide parents with quick access to the following information on their children:

  • Assessment and reports
  • Achievements and Incidents
  • Attendance history
  • Timetable and teachers
  • Family and contact details
  • College Calendar of events
  • News items
  • Messages to and from teachers
  • Links to the college Newsletter

Parents will be able to query attendance and also quickly update their contact details if they are incorrect.  This information can only be accessed via the unique username and password that has been provided to the parents via the welcoming letter.  Parents can apply for lost or forgotten passwords online.  This is an important step that the school is taking in ensuring that parents are more informed about their child’s progress.

Students have already have access to a student version of the portal and could be of assistance in guiding you through the portal.  If you require further assistance, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator.

Uniform

Students must wear the full P.E. uniform on the days that they have P.E.  If they do not have the full uniform then must wear the normal school uniform and change for P.E.  Unfortunately there have been a number of sporting tights worn and students have begun to receive consequences as a result of these choices.  We have seen a vast improvement this year in the wearing of the uniform.  It needs to be an understanding for all students that they wear full normal school uniform on non PE practical class days.  Our data shows that students who have difficulty in following this and other school rules also underachieve in their studies.  They tend to take this undisciplined attitude into their classes.

Learningfield

From the start of this term the school has taken over the costs of the Learningfield interactive textbooks.  The school has made this commitment to ensure that all students have access to books in the classroom. The school is implementing payment plans and offering financial assistance where required to assist these parents.  This once was a huge issue for classes and it is pleasing to see that no child’s learning is restricted by the access to textbooks.

Procedures for students who have a broken iPad

As part of your Digital Acceptable Use Agreement that is signed upon enrolling at NGSC is that they bring their iPad fully charged to school each day, with all of the necessary school approved apps and in working order.

 

The school has initiated a procedure to assist those students whose iPad is lost, damaged, forgotten (once offs) or other reason they do not have an iPad.

Below are the steps that students are required to follow. 

 

Step 1: You must report to the Network Office prior to Period 1 with your iPad (if it is available)

 

Step 2: The Network Office staff will assess each student's device or situation on an individual basis

 

Step 3: Network Office will assist with;

  • College Issued iPads - If the iPad needs to be repaired, the Network Office will make arrangements for the repair
  • BYOD iPads - Students will be given advice as to iPad repairs or further guidance if a replacement iPad is needed
  • Network Office staff will make a Chronicle entry against each student on Compass to inform the student's teachers if an iPad requires repair.

 

Step 4: If approved, students will report to the Library where they will be issued with a Chromebook

  • Students can login to the Chromebook using their NGSC Google email address and password
  • Chromebook must be returned to the Library by 4:30pm each day
  • Approved students can obtain a Chromebook from the Library each day until their iPad is repaired, or is ready for classwork

Important Notes:

It is a college requirement that each Year 7-9 Student has a working iPad at school each day.

 

If you do not have an iPad due to financial hardship, or other reasons, Network Office Staff will refer your situation to the Student Wellbeing Team, and your relevant Year Level Coordinator, Sub-school Manager or Assistant Principal.

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Year 7 & 8 News

Term 2 is now well under way and there has been a lot of activity in the junior school, including Athletics Day, home-group challenges and the two scheduled Year 8 camps. This term is a particularly busy one and we encourage students to be organised and conscientious in keeping up to date with their class work, as well as ensuring that all assessment tasks are being submitted on time and to the best of the their abilities. The student diary is an important organisational tool for students, and we encourage students to use them vigilantly for the remainder of Term 2. This will help with student accountability for the due dates of any assignments they may have for the remainder of term.

YEAR 8 CAMP

The first of the two scheduled Year 8 camps was undertaken last week by students in 8A, 8B and 8C. The Year 8 camp program is run at Doxa’s Malsmbury Camp near Castlemaine in Central Victoria. The first of the camps was an enjoyable and rewarding outing for the Year 8 students, as the camp gave the students a chance to really connect with the environment and be active. The area itself is beautiful and the overnight hike proved to be one of the highlights for the students. Students had the opportunity to carry their own backpack on the 15km hike over the two days, and it was great to see the students complete the hike and develop their teamwork, leadership and resilience skills as well as their overall fitness. The lack of phone reception and internet connectivity proved to be quite challenging for some students however, it gave them an insight into the importance of mindfulness and being present in the current moment – away from the distraction of social media and internet connection. A very worthwhile experience for all involved, and I have no doubt that 8D, 8E and 8F will share the same positive experiences. A big thank you to all staff involved in the two camps.

YEAR 7 HOMEGROUP CHALLENGE
 

Last week the Year 7 team ran the first of many Year 7 home-group challenges. The first challenge was a trivia challenge that tested the students’ knowledge of music, movies, sport and the world. It was great to see ‘most’ home-groups participating and enjoying the activity. It was a close race right to the end, and 7C had two teams finish the trivia challenge on equal points. Mr. Mills was forced to run an epic rock, paper, scissors battle to decide the overall winner between the two 7C trivia mastermind teams. After the first event, 7C are currently on top of the leader board, 7B in second place and 7H in third. We will run another challenge soon and we strongly urge all Year 7s to participate in the activities so that their home-group can rise up the leader board! There will be a prize for the top home-group at the end of Term 2, so gather the troops in your home-group and make sure you participate in the next challenge.

IPAD RESTRICTIONS

A reminder to all students and guardians that iPad restrictions will soon be lifted off devices at the College. This does not mean that it is an open invitation for students to start playing games or engage in any other off task behaviour in class using their devices. The iPad devices can be wonderful learning tools however, they can also be a detriment to student learning if correct use is not adhered to. Students will be made aware that any incorrect use of their iPads, as well as not following the lesson set by the teacher, will result in them losing the privilege of using the device in class. It is very important that we engage in respectful behaviour whilst in class, and this includes using iPad devices for the intended purpose that the teacher has set.

WINTER UNIFORM

The colder months are fast approaching and it is important that students stay warm, as well as respecting the College’s uniform policy. A reminder to all students and guardians that hooded jumpers are not allowed at the College - whether that be under the school uniform or over the school uniform. The College’s policy allows for a plain black jumper that can be worn under a school jacket or jumper in the case that a student needs an extra layer of warmth heading into Winter.

Mr Christopher Hudson

Year 7 Assistant Coordinator

Mr Steven Quinn

Year 8 Assistant Coordinator 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Year 9/10 Deakin Science and Engineering Challenge
 

Miss Kim Nguyen

 

On Thursday the 18th May, Ms Nguyen and Mr McMeel took out 17 students from 9C and 10C to compete in the Deakin Science and Engineering Challenge at Deakin University Waurn Ponds.

 

Students were split into eight groups to compete in challenges that involved teamwork, communication, problem-solving and practical skills. Four groups competed in half-day challenges, completing 2 challenges each. This included building bionic hands, communicating using coding, using electricity to power boards and constructing earthquake-proof towers. The other four groups competed in all day challenges – Mission to Mars, building flat pack furniture, catapults and bridge building.  The student’s also got an opportunity to visit the Lightning Room, which simulates large lightning bolts to the tune of music.

 

The final event of the day involved testing the team bridges in front of all the schools. NGSC’s bridge was constructed out of cardboard, wooden sticks, thumbtacks and masking tape. It was the 4th lightest out of the 9 bridges weighing in at 109 grams. The bridges were tested using a metal trolley loaded with ingots. NGSC’s bridge was able to uphold all 5 ingots and the only team to survive the super ingot, therefore winning the building bridge challenge!

 

Overall, we finished 4th which is a great effort for the College’s first entry into the Deakin Challenge. All the students enjoyed the day and should be proud of their teamwork and effort they put into the whole day. Thanks to Claire and Mr Hill for organising the whole day.

 

Year 9 News 

Mr Jacob Storer

Year 9 Coordinator 

 

Where has the time gone? Already Week 6 and the end of Semester 1 is starting to sneak up on us. No need to panic, but with less than 3 weeks to go, exam preparation will start to build up. As always, the end of Term 2 is a busy time - Semester 1 wraps up in less than 3 weeks, exam period, and before we know it, we will be introducing ourselves to our Semester 2 subjects. But, more on that in our next edition.

Uniform

There has been a major improvement in uniform among the year 9s in recent weeks. Remember, PE uniform is only to be worn on a day where students have PE, or otherwise directed by an interschool sport coach or Outdoor Ed teacher.

Year 9s Have PE on the following days:

  • 9A - Tuesday and Friday

  • 9B - Monday and Tuesday

  • 9C - Monday and Friday

  • 9D - Tuesday and Friday

  • 9E - Tuesday and Thursday

  • 9F - Tuesday and Friday

  • 9G - Monday and Thursday

Sports Excellence also runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Camp

The first camp period is well under way, with our first hike completed 2 weeks ago and our second hike in progress now. Our Year 9s are off to Kooyoora State Park (West of Bendigo) for a great few nights getting in touch with nature, exploring Indigenous sites, and building resilience. Those that went on the first hike loved the opportunity - perhaps not the climb up Mt Kooyoora (400m up), but certainly the descent! Most impressive was the students’ respect and attitude towards the DOXA staff that helped us out. There was the occasional whinge, but everything was done quickly and without hesitation. I was very proud of their efforts.


Stand by for future events - Semester 2 will be a big one!

Building Resiliency in Young People ­ Yr.9 & 10 Program

Mr Bradley Smallman

Year 12 Coorindator

Advancement in academic success is influenced

by a range of factors, including some that are not so obvious. Research shows that students who undertake training in building social and emotional resiliency experience a 5month + growth in their learning. 

 

With the assistance of $3000 grant funding provided by Geelong Connect Communities, a group of Year 9 and 10 students have been fortunate enough to be involved in a program that has taught them skills in a range of domains including:

 

* Emotional  Awareness and Self Regulation

* Impulse Control

* Optimism and Positive Self-talk

* Flexible and Accurate Thinking

* Empathy

* Self Efficacy

* Connecting and Reaching-out

 

The culmination of this program was a camp held at Tanybryn in the Otways.

The camp was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience an environment outside their comfort zone. In addition to having no mobile phone coverage, students are responsible for their own cooking, cleaning and organisation. There were several team building and problem solving activities that students conquered during the time away.

 

A big thank you goes to the staff involved in the program; School Nurse, Faith Field, for her attendance at the camp and assistance in facilitation the program; Ms Hand for running a number of weekly sessions for the program; Claire Sullivan, Preservice Teacher, Deakin University, for attending the camp; Geelong Connected Communities for the grant funding.

 

SPORTS NEWS

Intermediate Boys Football 

In week five, the NGSC intermediate boys football program competed in the Geelong Regional football carnival. Lead by Terry Tseros as Captain, they stormed Bellarine and then overcame strong Belmont and Lara Secondary College teams on their way to the Grand Final against Grovedale Secondary College.

 

Grovedale kicked the first goal of the game and looked to have the run. However, NGSC responded quickly with a goal of their own. The NGSC boys then turned the tempo of the game up a notch, kicking four of the next six goals, led well by Daniel B, Josh J, Terry T, Ayden O, Tom S and Jasper G. With minutes to play, Grovedale kicked a goal and dwindled our lead down to two points. However, Ayden O won a crucial clearance kicking deep into our forward line. Locky W managed to crumb his own ball and snapped a beautiful goal over his shoulder, with only seconds to go before the final siren.

 

This delivered NGSC a carnival win against exceptional competition, ensuring the program moves onto the next round. Congratulations to all young men involved in the program, a truly inspiring effort, special congratulations to Daniel Belimacevski for being awarded the ‘MVP of the carnival’, with exceptional play at CHB in all four games, particularly the final.

Mr Vassallo

HAPE Manager 

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 

Education Week 21-27 May 2017: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

This week schools across Victoria celebrated Education Week. The theme this year was Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. Education Week is an opportunity for schools to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies. Education week is an opportunity to look at health and wellbeing within the school community. It encourages schools to look at what they are currently achieving in the area of health promotion, including the eight health priority areas of the Healthy Together Achievement Program:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Safe Environments
  • Healthy Eating and Oral Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Sexual Health and Wellbeing
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Tobacco Control
  • Sun Protection

The North Geelong Secondary College Health Promotion Plan for 2016-2017 aligns with the Achievement Program and focuses on two of the health priority areas. These areas include Safe Environments and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

North Geelong Secondary College aims to provide every opportunity for students to reach their full potential, to achieve at school as well as within the community. We know that healthy children learn better. As a health promoting school, we ensure that there are a number of health and wellbeing activities delivered within the classroom setting as well as within the wider school community.

 

Some health and wellbeing activities delivered within North Geelong Secondary College include: The Breakfast Program, Lunchtime Groups, Health Classes, Physical Education/Sport, Outdoor Education, Food Technology, Resilience Groups, Student Wellbeing Services, Health Promotion Days (e.g. R U OK? Day), a Healthy Canteen, Camps and Excursions, Mindfulness, Stress Management, Coping Skills and Building Respectful Relationships programs.

 

If students or parents/carers would like more information on health and wellbeing at North Geelong Secondary College, they can contact the secondary school nurse, wellbeing coordinators, health teachers, PE/Sport teachers, food technology teachers, year level coordinators or sub-school managers.

 

Faith Field

Secondary School Nurse

Department of Education and Training

North Geelong Secondary College (Tuesday and Wednesday)

‘Bust a Move’ Dance Group

Dancing is an opportunity for our students to build positive relationships and it is a great way to meet new friends, as well as building confidence and resilience. Dancing can improve student’s musical tone, strength, endurance and fitness. Dance also provides an endless list of physical benefits including coordination and increased levels of general fitness.

 

In this group students have the opportunity to explore a range of dance styles from around the world. The Dance is based on the idea that students have the power to make a connection with other cultures. They also listen and create their own dance steps to music from other cultures as well as modern music.

 

Student Wellbeing and a very talented teacher will facilitate the dance group.

 

All students are welcome without any booking at the library Thursday’s lunchtime.

 

IMMUNISATION FOR Years 10/11/12 students
 

Recently your child brought home an immunisation card for the latest Meningococcal Vaccine. This is a free service provided by Barwon Health for students in year 10, 11 and 12. Students must return the immunisation card with either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response by Monday 29 May to the main office.

 

Most students would have had a meningococcal vaccine when they were younger (most would have received it for free some would have had to pay prior to it becoming available on the schedule). This vaccine was for the meningococcal C strain.

 

The vaccine on offer now covers the A, C, W, Y strains which have not been offered before (this will give them a booster of the earlier vaccine if they received it).

 

We encourage all parents to take this opportunity (only available until Dec 31st 2017) to protect their children against this serious disease.

 

The immunisation date for NGSC is Monday, 11th September.

 

Access to the vaccine may also be available at barwon Health services . Appointments required. For all enquiries phone 4215 6962.

Year 7 Immunisation Catch Ups 

Missed Vaccinations from the first round on 20/04/2017 can be done at Barwon Health Immunsation Services as per the table. The next round is on Tuesday 27th June. 

 

MULTICULTURAL Committee NEWS

The Multicultural Committee met on Monday 22nd May and had a very productive meeting with lots of updates on up coming events at the school, such as Refugee Week, Multicultural Festival.  There was an informative exchange on the latest in the community and abroad (for more on this, see the community news). 
The next Multicultural meeting will be held  on Monday 24th July (next term) at lunch time (12:45pm) in the Discussion Room.

 

Multicultural Liaison Officer
North Geelong Secondary College
Separation St.  North Geelong
Phone: 0352405800
Fax: 0352721756

 

 

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