NGSC Newsletter

28 July 2017
Issue Ten
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates 

JULY 26                  Senior Years Expo

JUL 31 - AUG 4    Middle School Leadership Camp

AUG 9                     Whole School Assembly (Period 3)

AUG 15                   School Council (6pm)

AUG 17                   Curriculum Day (Student Free) 

AUG 20 - SEP 1    School Production

SEP 11                    Meningococcal Immunisations,                                        Yrs 10 -12

SEP 12                    Parent/Teacher Conferences


SEP 19                    School Council (6pm)

SEP 22                    Last Day Term 3 (2.30pm Finish)

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Welcome to Term 3

Welcome to Term 3. I trust that everybody had a relaxing break and ready for a very busy term. In particular the Year 12 students  are coming closer to the end of their final VCE exams. I also trust that all parents and guardians have logged on to the school portal and received their children’s reports, celebrated their achievements and also discussed areas for improvements. The beginning of a term is always a good time to reflect on the previous performance and set new goals to be achieved for the remaining of the academic year. 


Any parent/guardian who for some reason hasn’t been able to log onto the school parent portal (Compass) to receive their child’s report, I urge to immediately contact the school to be provided with support in order to be able to receive your child’s Semester One report.


During this term the students from Year 8 to Year 10 will undergo a rigorous subject selection  and counselling process to ensure that everyone is successful in their individual pathways for the next academic year. Parent information evenings and discussions will also take place to inform and support the students in this process. Details of these evenings will be communicated via invitations, Compass notifications and SMS messaging. I encourage all parents/guardians to attend with their child and I hope to meet as many as possible during these evenings.   


Wishing everyone a very productive term 3.

Lions Clubs International District 201 V2

Ms Julie Andrews – Assistant Principal, Recipient of the 2017 Alan J Holding Memorial Community Service Award


Congratulations to Ms Julie Andrews for her outstanding community service award.


This prestigious award was presented to Ms Andrews, by the District 201 V2 Governor, Lion Trevor Hirth, at a dinner of the nominating Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay.


Ms Julie Andrews began her career as a young Mathematics and Science teacher at North Geelong SC. She has been a dedicated and passionate teacher who worked hard to provide as many learning and lifelong opportunities and experiences, as possible to her students and the wider community.


Today Julie Andrews is an Assistant Principal at the school, heads the Curriculum Team and she is also a valued member of the leadership team. Over the years, Ms Andrews played a vital role in the wider community undertaking various community roles contributing to different committees for the betterment of the lives of the young people in the northern suburbs of Geelong.


Ms Andrews has also been instrumental with different programs enhancing the chances of success for the students in the wider community. She heads the AIME/Koorie/Aboriginal program and she is also a member of the steering committee. She is very active in the programs such as the Soroptimists and Women in Business promoting a very positive female role model for the young female students.


Ms Julie Andrews is an impressive and compassionate educator, as well as, a community key stakeholder and one who will do anything for the education,  wellbeing and welfare of the young people she serves.

Parent Opinion Survey 2017

We're conducting a survey to find out what you think of our school.


The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria. This year, about 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate.  All responses to the survey are anonymous.


The Parent Opinion Survey is an opportunity for schools to collect data from parent/guardians in relation to our school community, ensuring that continuous improvement and success is occurring in School Climate, Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning and of course improved student outcomes. It is a very important step towards making our school one of the best possible educational settings in the wider community.


In recent years, we have conducted annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, students and parents.  We use this information to inform and direct our plans for school improvement.  Many parents over the years would most likely have completed these surveys.


This year, your family may be randomly selected to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey.  If you do get selected, I would ask you to take the time to complete the survey as your opinion is important to our school community. It is important to us that you complete the survey as honestly as possible.


This year the Department of Education and Training has updated the survey to align it with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the refreshed Attitudes to School Surveys. Core measures from the previous survey have been retained for data continuity purposes.

Completing the survey: Access, translations and more

This year for the first time the survey will be completed online via the secure survey portal managed by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd, and can be completed by parents on any device connected to the internet.


There will be no paper survey option, therefore, North Geelong SC is very happy to provide access to computer facilities and staff members to support all parents who are unable to complete the survey online using their own devices or they need a someone to guide them through the survey. The school will notify the selected parents and provide them with the information and all the support needed to complete the on line survey at home or at school.


The survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi.

2017 Pierre De Coubertin Awards

The 2017 Pierre De Coubertin Awards were held on Thursday 23, June at the MCG. The Pierre De Coubertin Awards program is a joint initiative of the Victorian Olympic Council and the Department of Education and Training.


Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre De Coubertin, the award aims to recognise students who demonstrate attributed consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement, with a particular emphasis on participation and commendable sporting behaviour.


De Coubertin’s inspiring message reminds us that: “the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle”


Congratulations to Komon Sochali, Year 12 student who is this year’s Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient.

Do you have a child with a disability about to move from primary to secondary school?

For children and young people, the most significant transitions occur when they start school, move from primary to secondary school, and from secondary schooling to adult life. It is a process of change that for some students may require substantial preparation, planning, adjustment and support. The following information will assist schools and families to provide a positive transition experience from primary to secondary settings.

The Transitioning from Primary to Secondary resource is advice/guidance designed to assist schools to support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability or difficulties in learning, to transition from primary to secondary school, so that their experience is a positive one.

The Importance of Transition

Supporting students with additional or complex needs to transition involves more than timing and monitoring the physical transfer from one educational setting to another; the endeavor is best described as building a strong, well-engineered bridge that the students can cross.

The principles and desired outcomes that guide effective transition planning for children and young people living with a disability are the same as for all children and young people. What may be different is the need for transitions to be well defined, of longer duration and for schools to be conscious the impact that such changes may have, not just on the student, but also on their parent/guardian/carer(s), their siblings, their peers and their teachers.


So, when initiating transitions for students with disabilities, elements to be considered are:

  • the nature and severity of the student’s disabilities,
  • the impact of a disability on the student’s access and participation
  • the extent to which existing transition programs take account of the individual needs of the student, their family and the receiving setting.
  • Good practice programs that support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability and difficulties in learning to transition from primary to secondary school have a number of things in common. They:
  • begin well in advance of the point of transition,
  • are person-centered and tailored to the individual needs of the student,
  • are collaborative and involve parent/guardian/carer(s) as vital partners,
  • provide the student and parent/guardian/carer(s) with information to make an informed choice about future educational settings/options,
  • are adequately resourced and
  • are facilitated by a ‘transition coordinator’ who can communicate across sites, ensure that collaboration between the sites is effective and that all aspects of the transition planning process are addressed, and support the student and parent/guardian/carer(s).


The resource has drawn upon existing practices of schools, as well as research by, and recommendations from, disability and educational experts. The processes and plans suggested are designed to align with existing practices in schools. The intention of this resource is to provide information and support documents in one accessible location.


North Geelong Secondary College provides excellent transition processes and programs that promote positive transition experiences.


Find out more information here:


Thank you very much for your support. If any parents/guardians have any questions or queries re: Parent Opinion Survey, please don’t hesitate to contact the school Principal.


Whilst we welcome and encourage parents to attend the school for a wide range of reasons, it is important that all visits to the school come through our front office. Parents, guardians and visitors to the school are not to go directly to other areas of the school including different wings, classrooms or the technical support office. Our office staff welcomes all parent and visitor enquiries and will make the appropriate arrangements for you. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to schools.


Parents and Guardians are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.


Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. 


In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers. 


Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by school councils on a whole-of-school basis, or by parents/guardians for individual students. 


Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principal's


Every day of school is important and we aim ensure that all students have excellent attendance. Our expectations are high and we offer extensive support to help families get their children to school. If your child is absent please notify the school so that we can best track it and provide support where required to maximise your children’s opportunities for learning. Here are some calculations to think about:


If your child attends 80% of the time at Secondary College:

= 1 day missed a week

= 40 days missed per year

= Over 1 year of education missed during secondary school

At NGSC, we expect students in Years 7-10 to attend a minimum of 80% of the time, and Students in Years 11 and 12 or VCE subjects to attend a minimum of 90% of the time.


Well done to the many students who are attending 95-100% of the time. You can use the Compass parent portal to check on your child's attendance.


Let’s work together to ensure we get your children the best opportunities with greater attendance! 


A reminder about Progress Reports, these will appear on Compass in two weeks. Also the end of Semester reports were completed and posted on Compass last term. We have been busy using these to identify students not meeting their potential or needing further support and so Sub Schools will be arranging meetings with families of students underperforming in the next few weeks to work on avenues of support and appropriate pathways. Remember if you have not been able to access Compass please contact myself to get login details.

The computers in the library can be used by parents to access the Compass portal for reports, attendance, learning tasks assessments etc. Please book a time with one of the Assistant Principals. 


Wednesday afternoon last week offered an opportunity for parents/guardians of all VCE and VCAL students to meet the teachers and to discuss and plan for the improvement required in semester 2. It was disappointing that not many families took advantage of these conferences but we are sure that those who met with the teachers will see an improvement focus in their child. Some students have also met with their teachers during the school day.


For all students, years 7-12, the next Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will be held on Tuesday 12 September from 12-7pm. Please keep this date free.


Please also note the date for the next Curriculum Day. This is a student free day that will allow all staff to focus on in-depth tasks around curriculum documentation and unit writing. The theme for the day will be ‘Applied Learners and Learning’ with guest presenters from Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA).


As we continue to access more components of Compass software we will now start to use Compass EVENTS for all our incursion/excursion/camp communication and permission. This will mean that event details will appear on Compass and you will have an opportunity to approve your child’s participation in an excursion via the Compass parent portal or hard copy permission note. Whilst this is potentially more efficient it is imperative that parents keep the medical details up to date with the school or on Compass. Please see below a more detailed description of its features and how to utilise it.

Upcoming Events/My Children's Events

Parents and Students can view and provide consent/payment for events via their Events page. Parents will also have a notification in the Alerts section of their homepage to let them know that there are events awaiting their consent/payment. The visibility and consent/payment options of events are dependent on:

  • The consent/payment due date
  • Whether the event has been consented/paid for already or not
  • Whether online payment is enabled
  • The event finish date

A flowchart which outlines what consent/payment options should be visible under what circumstances is shown below:


Events displayed in a Student Portal or Parent Portal

Whilst there is a large amount of customisation in creating events, after finalising an event both parents and students are presented with a concise summary of all the details.


Viewing through a Parent Portal

When parents view an event they are presented with the following screen:

Clicking the link highlighted in green brings you to a summary of all the details of the event, with access to any resources added to the event.

Clicking the 'Process Now (Online)' button highlighted in blue allows you to provide consent and pay for an event online, and shows the following page:

Clicking the link "Print Form (Offline)" highlighted in red allows you to download a printable pdf (Example pictured below) that can be used as an alternative means to provide consent and pay for an event.


Viewing through a Student Portal

When viewing events Students are presented with a very similar view to parents, as you will see below they have access to both a summary of all the details of an event (highlighted in green), and the ability to download a printable pdf that can be taken home to parents to provide payment and consent for an event. 



We kicked off our Careers and Course Counselling with the year 10 cohort this week as we prepared them for the selection of their senior school pathway in 2018 and beyond. The activities provided were by our experienced team and catered for a range of areas of need. Ultimately however, it gave the students a window into their futures and provided them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their career pathway. On the Thursday and Friday students were provided with a course counselling coach and they went through their courses for 2018 and made important decisions on capabilities, potential, interests and their future pathways with their parents. Strong pathways were offered and included VCE, VCAL and alternate pathways. The process following this will be to catch up with the students who missed the course selections so, if this has been missed please contact the school early next week to arrange an appointment with the careers team, Middle School team or myself.


Please note the photos below are from one of the careers week team building activities on building a tower from marshmallows and toothpicks. This was not an opportunity for students to just ‘mallow’ out…. no, that was in the next room where they were learning relaxation techniques.



Mr Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager 

Back when I was young in the Digital Age

As a teacher of History, at times I wonder what students will be learning in the future about us now. Currently we teach History about the Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages. What would our topic be? Would our time be known as the Digital Age and archaeologists digging up and dusting off remnants of a MacBook?


I ask these questions because we are currently growing (I won’t say old) in a time where digital technology is slowly consuming us. I say this because in many ways it is becoming more and more difficult to escape the digital life we are constantly presented with. Digital resources have a place in our society. There are so many benefits to utlising an array of resources we are presented with. Going grocery shopping with two children under the age of five can present its own challenges, so having the ability to do my shopping online as eliminated much distress… And mystery items finding their way into the shopping trolley.


But like many things that appeal to our sensors, and us as people, digital technology can also become addictive. Like any other addiction, some people are more susceptible than others and need to be more disciplined in the use of such technologies. The simple fact is, most adolescents do not have the ability to self-discipline in such a way and require the support of parents and carers to manage digital time.


Like many things in life it’s a balance, a balance that you as a parent or carer should monitor. This is because, in most cases, adolescents don’t build up screen time over night. When you look back and add up the hours, the mission of decreasing this time can become quite challenging. As a parent or carer, you need to know how much time your child is spending using digital technologies and what are they doing during this time. Structured time frames with a central location for devices to be placed after a certain time can be crucial in managing devices.


Ignorance is not always bliss when it comes to social media. A trusting relationship with your children is a necessity when it comes to them opening up to you with any safety concerns that they may have. Self-educate or ask others (even your children) about different sites and apps that they are currently using (more to follow on this in my next article.)


Digital technologies like most other things play an important role in our society. It is up to us to ensure that it doesn’t overstep the mark.


Next article: Unsocial Media


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 

I hope everybody had an enjoyable and safe break.


Parents/Guardians should make sure they have booked a time  for their course counseling interviews. The week is designed to inform all students about subject choice, pathways and opportunities for the ensuing year. 


All Parents need to update their personal details with the office if numbers or living arrangements have changed. Also it is incredibly important medical details are updated. While you’re doing this download the ‘Compass’ educational App for your mobile, this alerts you to any absences. 

Permission slips and notes

Please be mindful of return dates for permission slips and notes. I can’t stress enough the importance of sticking to these dates. The College needs plenty of warning to produce medical reports for individual students and cover costs for excursions, confirm bookings and buses. If notes are late or not returned it can impact on the running of excursions and costs.


Thanks again to all the parents who contact the school when their child is late or away. 

Year 10 Careers Week, 24-28 July 

The Careers team is super excited for next week!

Heaps of great activities are planned for the year 10s to help them make informed choices for their pathways, next year and beyond.


This week is a must for all year 10s to attend! If students don’t attend they will not have all of the correct information to make informed choices.



Miss Samantha Ladson

Acting Middle Sub School Manager 


Tickets are now available to purchase. Students will need to purchase tickets from the General Office and once paid, take their receipt to Mr Scott who will provide them with the tickets. It will be a fantastic night and we look forward to seeing Year 12 students and their loved ones for a well deserved celebration.

YEAR 12 CAMP - 2018

Year 11 students have been handed permission forms to bring back for the year 12 camp next year. The camp is at the beginning of Term One next year so yes, it’s time to get organised now! Please see the General Office for payment by the due date.


A reminder to students and parents/guardians than now is a good time to start revising for the end of semester exams (sooner for year 12 VCE students); and even better if students have already started! Organisation AND high attendance are integral to achieving academic goals. Students are encouraged to seek help and support from their teachers throughout the year, who are always happy to help.


2017 Pierre De Coubertin award

Komon Sochali was awarded the 2017 Pierre De Coubertin award at the MCG on the 23rd of June.


The Pierre De Coubertin award is awarded to one student per school who demonstrated the values which are consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.


Komon is our Year 12 Sports Captain who shows a high level of leadership and sportsmanship. He participates in a variety of Interschool Sport teams and also runs lunchtime sporting activities.


Komon should be proud to have received such a great accolade.     


Intermediate Boys Soccer

On a cold and wet Monday 24th July, a squad of 15 Year 9&10 boys competed in the Geelong Division Intermediate Boys Soccer at Myers Reserve. In the pool stages, our first game was against Newcomb Secondary College. After 44 minutes of play, the final score was 8-0. With our confidence up, our next game was against Geelong High School and it was a very competitive match. The final score 5-3.


The Semi-final game was against Surf Coast Secondary College. It was a challenging match and the boys worked well together, winning the game 3-1, with two penalties to Nemanja Spasojevic.

The Final was against Belmont High School. With only two down on the bench, the boys fought really hard and won the game 3-0.


Nemanja had an outstanding day scoring seven goals. Nemanja and Jean showed great pace and striking ability. They were well supported down back by Jake Munro, Bruno Morris and captain Aydin Limic, conceding only four goals over the four games. The boys showed great sportsmanship, athleticism and skills. They were well coached by Nikola Jovanovic 11B and Marko Rasevic 11D and will now head to Werribee on Wednesday 2nd August to compete in the Western Metro Region. Well done and good luck boys!

Ms Nguyen​



Refugee Week
‘With Courage Let Us All Combine’

Refugee Week was on June 19th to 23rd. It is an annual event which promotes positive images of refugees and celebrates the valuable contribution refugees make to Australian society. We celebrate it to get a better understanding between different communities and encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia. Here at North Geelong Secondary College we have a significant number of students who are either refugees themselves or have someone in their family who is a refugee. We welcome you and accept you into our community. We commend you on the journey you have taken to get here and hope you feel safe and welcome. The students at North Geelong represent 32 of the world's countries with over 30% of our current students born overseas. While not all of these are refugees, we are proud of our diversity and multiculturalism. We pride ourselves on providing an environment where everyone belongs as we have courage to let us all combine.


To start off our Refugee Week celebrations we held a whole school assembly. We were lucky enough to have Abe Nouk as our guest speaker. Abe was illiterate when he arrived in Australia as a refugee. Now he is an acclaimed spoken word poet and community educator, he speaks about his early years as a refugee, the marginalisation of young Sudanese men and his fierce love for his adopted country. It was a pleasure to have him come and speak. Following the assembly two year 8 classes, a year 9 and a year 10 class took part in a creative writing workshop with Abe. This opportunity compared their lives with those who are refugees and concluded with students writing a letter to their future self. It was a fantastic workshop and we thank Abe for taking the time to come and visit us.


On Tuesday, Mr Nixon organised with some senior students to run a radio station during lunchtime over our PA system. They played interviews with current students who are refugees and their stories. Thankyou to Mr Nixon and those students.


Wednesday saw an afternoon tea hosted by Mr Jordan’s year 9 EAL transition class. They did an amazing job of greeting our guests before showing them to their seats, serving them cups of tea and engaging in conversation. The VCAL students also did a great job in setting up and decorating the room with florals and table settings. Three of the students also made short speeches to the guests about their journeys to Australia, they should be proud of themselves and their contributions to NGSC and the wider community.


Thanks to Sef, who is part of our Wellbeing team, and Mr Scott’s VCAL food technology class for organising a cooked lunch for our staff members on Thursday. Our staff enjoyed butter chicken with rice with all money raised going towards Kids Under Cover, an organisation dedicated to supporting and helping those affected by youth homelessness.


To end the week we had an interactive performance from Western Edge addressing the issue of racial discrimination. All the year 9 students took part and the performance was extremely engaging. It was good to see some of our past students who are now employed by Western Edge as well. At lunchtime, volunteers from the community came and did henna art for the students while music was played signalling the end of our Refugee Week celebrations.


STEM Primary School Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education North Geelong Secondary College has been hosting an Advance STEM program. Selected students from various primary schools worked through a rigorous program to improve their skills and knowledge in the STEM area. Students were required to design and conduct their own scientific experiment. There was a big focus on independent learning, which challenged students to reach their full potential. At the end of Term 2, students finished the 10-week program by presenting their work to families and teachers. As the teacher of this program, it was a privilege to work with such talented and devoted students. I am looking forward to running this program again during Semester 2.

Keryn Darling

STEM Coorindator 


Bust a Move Karaoke’

Come sing and dance your hearts out at ‘Bust a Move Karaoke’.

Participating in Karaoke at school will give students an outlet to express their creativity through song! Karaoke is a great source of entertainment for any gathering. Studies have shown that students are more likely to excel in school if they have some sort of musical background. Karaoke is a fun way to get students on the right path.


In this activity students have the opportunity to create great memories with their peers. Student Wellbeing will host Karaoke at the Piazza every Thursday lunchtime.

All students are welcome, just come along and join in the fun.


Sleep well because getting a good night’s sleep helps you feel energised, focused and motivated. Adolescence is a time when a number of changes to the “body clock” impact on sleeping patterns and you are more likely to have problems with sleep. Developing a sleeping routine can help you sleep much better. To do this try to wake up around the same time each day, get out of bed when you wake up, and go to bed around the same time each night. Avoiding caffeine after lunchtime, having a quiet, dark and uncluttered bedroom and shutting down your phone, laptop and other electronic devices before bed can also help you get a good night’s sleep.


Eat Well

Eating well doesn’t only reduce the risk of physical health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, but it can also help with your sleeping patterns, energy levels, and your general health and wellbeing. You might have noticed that your mood can affect your appetite and food intake. A good balanced diet with less of the bad things (e.g. junk food and lots of sugars) and more of the good things (e.g. vegies, fruit, whole grains and plenty of water) will make sure you have all of the vitamins and minerals to help your body and brain function well.



Welcome back to you all, I hope you are refreshed and energised for this busy and exciting Term Three.  


The Multicultural Committee met on Monday 24th July for the first meeting of Term Three and have already launched into  action.  We had a very informative and  stimulating meeting with lots of great feedback on events just passed and upcoming at the school and in the community.  Including VCE and VCAL parent- teacher interviews, Refugee Week and the Multicultural Festival. Also Danielle Parker provided the latest on activities and events at FoRT and abroad (for more information on this, see the community news). 



As a Committee we are looking at ideas  for the upcoming  Multicultural Festival (27 October) opening assembly ceremony, in particular innovative guest speakers and acts to fit in with this year’s theme: "The Music of The World”.  
The next Multicultural meeting will be held  on Monday 21st   August at lunch time (12:45pm) in the Discussion Room.


Parenting Teenagers 

Parents want to raise teenagers who are respectful and responsible, happy and confident. But, helping your teen navigate adolescence can be stressful and unpredictable. Researchers at The University of Queensland are excited to offer Australian parents of pre-teens and teens (aged 10-16 years) the opportunity to try a brand new online parenting program for free as part of a research trial. The program is based on the successful Triple P: Positive Parenting Program. We are looking for parents who are experiencing conflict with their teenager or have concerns about their behaviour. You will be asked to complete questionnaires to help test the effects of the program. To find out more or register for the study, visit:




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