NGSC Newsletter

17 November 2017
Issue Seventeen
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates 

20 NOV              Last Day Yr 10 Classes

20 NOV              Year 11 into 12 Orientation starts

21 NOV              Year 10 study day (students to work                                at school)             

22 NOV              Year 10 Exams begin 

23-26 NOV       HPV Camp - Maryborough

27 NOV              Year 10 into 11 Orientation starts  

27 NOV              Year 7-9 Exams begin

MID-NOV          Distribution of Booklists 

30 NOV              Year 10 Last Day                        

1 DEC                 Assessment & reporting Day                                             (student free)         

2 DEC                 Submission of Booklists 

4 DEC                 Advanced STEM parent afternooon 

8 DEC                 Year 7 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

11 DEC              Grade 6 Parent/Student                                                       Information  Session                                

12 & 13 DEC    Grade 6 Orientation Program 

19 DEC              Presentation Evening at Costa Hall    (all students to attend in the evening)                    

Mr Nicholas Adamou


North Geelong Secondary College Scholarship program“Providing opportunities for excellence”

North Geelong Secondary College is committed in providing the best educational, cutting edge programs to the wider community.  The school is also committed to providing the best possible transition program from primary to secondary school.

Scholarships are awarded for two years commencing in Year 7 and then reviewed in Year 9. The scholarship program promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their College Community. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess


The Year 7 and 8 scholarships are to the value of $5000. The scholarships cover the following items:


  • Full value of school fees for Year 7 & 8
  • iPad
  • School Blazer
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Camps
  • All books for Years 7 & 8
  • All excursions and extra –curricular activities for Years 7 & 8

Scholarships are available in the following areas:

  • Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to students with an exemplary academic record who have demonstrated outstanding application and achievement in one or more of English, Mathematics or Science, together with a strong performance in general studies.

  • Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated leadership skills. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent communication skills, display initiative, and have a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students

  • Community (Good Citizenship)

The Community (Good Citizenship) Scholarship is available to students who have made a significant demonstrable contribution to their community. The successful applicant(s) will display a strong social conscience as well as an outstanding work ethic and behaviour.

  • Sporting Excellence

The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sportspersons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s).

  • The Arts

The Arts scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts (such as; Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent. 

2018 Year 7 Scholarship presentations

Student Leadership - Rarlee Bevan, Rollins Primary School

Rarlee has demonstrated excellent leadership skills throughout his schooling at Rollins Primary School. Currently, he is a school Captain at Rollins PS.


Rarlee has performed at the Hopeful Stars showcase in Melbourne which raised over $5000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. He has been attending Hip Hop & Tap dance at DanceWorks Geelong for the last four years. He has also been performing at PakoFesta and other regional events for a number of years.


Rarlee’s teachers speak extremely highly of him, and he has been described as always having a positive attitude, always polite, punctual and respectful. He demonstrates excellent communication skills, displays initiative, and has a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students.


The scholarship was presented to Rarlee in the presence of his family, fellow students and teachers, during a whole school assembly on Friday 10 November at Rollins Primary school. Congratulations to Rollins Primary school staff and Principal for this achievement.

Congratulations to Rarlee Bevan and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Rarlee in the next six years of his high school journey.

Community (Good Citizenship) Leadership - Corey Thomson, Herne Hill Primary School


Corey has made an outstanding contribution to Herne Hill Primary School. He has demonstrated good citizenship and is highly respected by his peers and teachers. Corey has been a House Sports Captain for 2017 and in Junior School Council in 2016.


As a young leader Corey has been organising and speaking at whole school assemblies and other school events. Corey is dedicated to sport, community, leadership and he is also academically minded.


Corey’s 5/6 teacher quoted “Corey is affectionately known as ‘The Package’. He is an All-rounder and a delight to have in our classroom.”


The scholarship was presented to Corey in the presence of his family, fellow students and teachers, during a whole school assembly on Monday 13 November at Herne Hill Primary school. Congratulations to Herne Hill Primary school staff and Principal for this achievement.

Congratulations to Corey Thomson and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Corey in the next six years of his high school journey.

Capital Works update

NGSC capital works project continues to gather momentum and the project is now at the Tender stage.  The tender process will be completed by the 28 November. I will be notified by the DET and the architects who will be the winner of the tender by the 20 November. Currently there are four Construction companies (three Geelong based and one Melbourne based) interested in the tender.


The expectation is that works on the ground will commence by mid-December. Exciting times are ahead for our school community, in anticipation of a fully refurbished school, however, at the same time, in the next eighteen months challenges will be presented to us, as the school will be in operation, while completing a major refurbishment. I ask that the whole school community be patient and tolerant of the challenges thrown in our way during this time.


Student Parties

Frequently we hear stories from around the state of students organising large “parties” or “formals” in a school’s name but where the function is not sanctioned or supported by the school. Invariably, a parent takes the responsibility for booking a venue.


Such functions are open to significant abuse especially in relation to drugs, violence and alcohol and, if this is the case, those involved leave themselves open to legal action. I wish to make it clear to all that the only College sanctioned activities that occur outside of the school by way of celebrations are the Year 12 Graduation Evening on Tuesday October 24 and the Awards Presentation Evening on Tuesday  December 19.


As parents or Guardians, if you are faced with the dilemma of whether a function is a school function, please ensure you ring the College for clarification. Whether or not you allow your child to attend any such party or event is a matter for decision between you and your child, however, when discussing this, we suggest that you consider:


  • Transport arrangements to and from any “function, event, party or after party”. We are all aware of the potential risks associated with young people travelling with young drivers particularly after celebrating; and
  • What level of security is being provided at the venue? There have been numerous stories over the years of such events resulting in alcohol and drug use and in violence.


If at any time you become aware of any event purportedly being held in the school’s name, please contact the school immediately so that we can clarify the issue with parents and guardians.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam 


As the weather gets warmer, students are wearing their jumpers and jackets less often. Students are not to wear any item under their school uniforms that can be clearly seen, i.e. T-shirts where the sleeves are longer than the school sleeves, t-shirts/tops under white shirts that have designs or text. Also, girls are not to wear black stockings/leggings/tights with their summer dress; they are worn with the winter uniform only.

Please see excerpts from the NGSC Uniform Policy below.


Summer - Girls

  • School dress – length to be no shorter than 8 cm above the knee
  • Grey Shorts
  • Jumper –Years 7-9 Red with black trim

–  Years 10-12 Black with red trim

  • Plain Socks - white or black
  • Plain black leather school shoes or black T-bars

For religious/cultural reasons the following alterations to the uniform policy apply:

·  A head scarf is to be plain black, white or grey

·  A long sleeved top (black or white) may be worn under the school dress or short-sleeved shirt.

· Plain black leggings and black socks may be worn with the school summer dress, school winter skirt.


Summer - Boys

  • Shorts - grey
  • White shirt or plain white polo shirt
  • Jumper – Years 7-9 Red with black trim

                             –  Years10-12 Black with red trim

  • Plain Socks -  white or grey or black
  • Plain black leather school shoes

If you have any difficulty with providing the correct uniform please contact the relevant Sub-school Manager or the Wellbeing team.


Please note: long and colourful nails are being seen far too often at school. The Uniform Policy states:

Items which are not acceptable include the following:

  • No coloured nail polish (Clear nail polish may be worn). Nails must be of a respectable length so that students can perform learning tasks and are not an OHS concern.

Students are being warned about this concern so that they can remove colourful nail polish and/or shorten the length of nails. We ask for parent/carer support with this uniform concern


Recently we have added the Compass Module: Insights. This module will provide us with a range of opportunities such as; to survey students, map pathways, provide learning plans and survey parents. It is an exciting way of uniting parents, students and staff in learning. To initiate this module we have set up a survey which will involve parents and children to highlight the learning styles of the students. The aim of this is to provide staff with a range of information on our students (based on parent and child input) so they can create a positive learning environment suitable for each individual to learn effectively. We believe that most staff already provide a broad range of opportunities for students but this will help inform them immediately on the needs of the students.


The seven learning styles:

  1. Visual
  2. Aural
  3. Verbal
  4. Physical
  5. Logical
  6. Social
  7. Solitary

Every person learns best in different ways but utilising a combination of the learning styles listed above. By identifying your preferred learning style and provide learning activities that relate to your need you can enhance the speed by which an individual can learn. So by students identifying this and informing their teacher we should be able to better cater for the needs of individual students.


In addition to this our survey will also interrogate engagement in the classroom, classroom arrangements, organisation of lesson and attendance.


We will be having a large drive towards improving attendance at school next year and it will be multi-faceted but the survey will help us identify the background behind why students are not attending school so that we can also provide the support required.


So in the next month or so, both students and parents will receive a notification on their Compass page to complete a survey. This survey is about your child’s engagement in their learning. Once completed the each individual's results will appear on their student's page so that teachers can then start to plan their classrooms for 2018.

Booklists 2018

All year 7-9 students were recently provided with the booklist for 2018. They are due back at school by 1 December 2017. Parents/carers need to ensure that their children have all the learning materials ready to make a solid start to the 2018 school year.


Any financial concerns with booklists or Learning Field can be directed to the Wellbeing team.

2018 Year 12 Captains

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 Year 12 leadership team.  It is a prestigious honour and an experience that they will reflect upon and refer to for the rest of their lives.  This team were presented at the next school assembly where they shared their thoughts on their roles for next year.  We wish them all the best in their very important work next year.


Captain – Abby Gardner

Captain – Tyler George

Academic Captain – Daphne Low

Arts Captain – Thomas Grantham

Cultural Captain – Angela Bijimba

Sports Captain – Mustafa Niamatullah


We interviewed 17 strong candidates with many of them interviewing confidently with fresh ideas.


Thanks to Sarah Bridges and Visnja Perin for their assistance with this process and all staff who helped students through the nomination process.


Year 7 NEWS

Mr Christopher Hudson

Year 7 Assistant Coordinator 


The Year 7s are currently involved in the NGSC swimming program. The program aims to promote water confidence through the development of swimming stroke techniques. The students also learn about water safety in the aquatic environments including safe water entries, and self-preservation when in trouble in the aquatic environments. The feedback from the teachers and students so far have been incredibly positive, and students have advised the Year 7 team that they are really enjoying the program so far. A big thanks needs to go to Mr. Vassallo and his P.E teaching team for organising and facilitating such a wonderful swimming program for our junior school students. A lot of effort goes into the planning of the program, so we are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated P.E teaching staff at the College. It is very important that all Year 7 students continue to engage in the swimming program. With summer fast approaching, and with our love affair with the beach and pools, it is important that our junior school students learn how to protect themselves from the dangers in the aquatic environment.


We are now half way through Term 4 and I would like to extend to the NGSC community the importance of junior school students having high attendance rates at this time of the school year. Term 4 is a busy time with teachers finalising their teaching and learning for subjects, student revision and the completion of fundamental exams. We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students having high attendance rates at school. If students miss school regularly, especially during the latter end of Term 4, they miss learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the senior years of school. Each missed day at school is a missed opportunity for learning, and as such, research has shown lower literacy and numeracy skills are a consequence. Setting a standard of attendance patterns early in the junior years is essential for ensuring the students carry forward the same expected momentum in the senior years of school.


With the hot days coming our way this term, I would like to raise the important point of students staying hydrated throughout the day. Please ensure that students have a water bottle with them at school, and remind them to fill it prior to entering class. The issue of leaving class to go and get a drink becomes an issue as it negatively affects the teaching and learning of the class. Having a water bottle filled and ready to go for class negates this.


Mr Steven Quinn

Year 8 Assistant Coordinator 

It happens every year. All of a sudden we are 6 weeks into the final term of the year and exams are right on our doorsteps without us even noticing. Year 7-9 exams are to commence during week 8 and if students are to achieve the best results they can there are some things that need to be considered now.


The notes that have been taken throughout the semester reflects all of the information that has been covered in class and that will be required for exams. That is why maintaining neat and detailed notes is essential and filling in gaps from missed classes is crucial. Notes should be revised regularly throughout the semester as repetition is proven to be the best way to retain knowledge. Cramming the day before an exam is a bad decision.


A tradie would be useless without their tools and incapable of completing their work. So why would anyone turn up to an exam without the correct equipment to complete it? Different exams may allow different items to be used. E.g. calculator, notes, dictionary, etc. Students must be aware prior to each exam what they require and make sure they have these items organised to avoid unnecessary confusion and frustration on the day. Remember that pens do run out and pencils do need sharpening!


A common misconception is that exams mark the end of the class for the year. Classes will continue and in some cases there will still be assessments that require attention and completion. In addition to this, at this point in time students need to be checking with their classroom teachers to make sure they are up to date with all work requirements for the semester as this is not something they want to be distracting them from their exam preparation.


Once an exam starts there is no more help a teacher can provide. That’s why it is vital that students start their preparation now and not leave it too late if they are to reach their full potential because when the time starts, it’s up to them!

Year 7 Swimming Program 

Year seven students have begun their swimming program, with exceptional student numbers attending. Parents and guardians need to ensure students are bringing their swimming attire, and a towel on their dedicated swimming days. There are still some students’ who have not yet returned their permission notes, can parents and guardians please ensure their child has returned their permission notes. If for some reason you have note received these notes at home, please contact the College administration on 5240 5800, or myself via email, [email protected]



Year 10 Outdoor Education

Mr Allister Hill

Year 10 outdoor Education Teacher 

From the 8th to the 10th of November the Year 10 Outdoor Education class participated in a bushwalk through the Great Otway National Park. Throughout the camp students demonstrated excellent organisational skills, preparing all their own healthy nutritious meals, packing suitable clothing and leading different sections of the camp. The students had an excellent time and were blessed with beautiful weather, wildlife and lots of fun.

Thanks to Ms Hannon for assisting on the camp.



Middle School News 

Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 

In the next few weeks, students will be preparing for and sitting exams. 


For many students, exams seem a necessary evil. Time-consuming yet inevitable. But are exams really necessary? And are they evil?

What do we want from assessment?

Good assessment programs aim to provide a balanced, fair evaluation of each student. They achieve this in two ways. First, they use of a variety of strategies and tasks. This gives students multiple opportunities, in varying contexts, to demonstrate what they know and can do. It also enables teachers to be confident in the accuracy of their judgements about each student.


Second, tasks must be “fit for purpose”. Assuming a subject has a number of goals (knowledge to learn, skills to acquire), each task should be appropriate to the specific goal or goals it is assessing. This means that a task assessing base knowledge will look different to one assessing creativity. 


Rather than abolishing exams, we should instead be asking what mix of assessment tasks is most appropriate for each subject. Where might exams fit? And what are their benefits?

Exams focus on breadth

In most disciplines, there are specific bodies of knowledge that students are expected to learn. Physics students might learn about thermodynamics, while history students might learn about the cold war. Exams enable us to accurately test students’ breadth of understanding of these topics.


Critics of exams often instead promote “deep”, “rich”, and “authentic”assessment tasks. These are typically project-based tasks that draw on students’ creativity and interest. For example, history students might be asked to choose and research a historical character in depth. Business studies students might be asked to design the pitch for a new business seeking venture capital.

These tasks develop several important higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis and decision-making. However, they’re not alternatives to exams. They do different things. And this is exactly what we want: multiple, different tasks to maximise students’ opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do.


We also want fit-for-purpose. Where breadth of knowledge is important, we want assessment tasks that target this breadth. We want our future doctors to know of the entire human body. We want our future teachers to know a full repertoire of teaching and learning approaches. Exams can help achieve this. Exams do enhance learning

Finally, and on a more positive note, there is evidence that both studying for and sitting exams deepens learning.


Studying is like exercising. When one exercises, the muscles in use grow stronger. Likewise, the process of searching through ones memory and retrieving the relevant information strengthens that memory pathway for future uses. This means that when newly qualified teachers, doctors, lawyers, or accountants come to retrieve information they need, it is – as a consequence of having been practised previously – now easier to access.


So, how can we best make use of this “practice effect” for memory? Research tells us that learning is particularly strong when students self-test. Rather than passively reading and remembering by rote, we want our students to study by forming appropriate questions, searching memory for relevant responses, and knitting this information together into an appropriate answer.


We think this third benefit of exams is the most exciting. Exams don’t just provide a targeted, fit-for-purpose opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know: they also have the power to enhance what students know.


Ms Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager 

Year 12

VCAL interviews have finished and VCAA exams are still going. Students have continued to conduct themselves with pride and a positive approach to their assessment.

Year 11

VCE exams are being held this week of the 13th -17th November. Feedback will be provided next week during Commencement Week.


VCAL students have been participating in interviews, showcasing their skills and setting goals for next year.


Commencement Program for all year 11s (both VCE and VCAL) is being held in the week of 20th -24th November. This is compulsory for all year 11 students who are returning in 2018 to continue their studies. It will provide students with relevant preparation and information for Year 12. Rolls will be marked and contribute to the overall attendance for the 90% attendance requirement for year 12 in 2018.  If a student is absent he/she is placing their place in their subjects at risk.  Timetables have been provided via google classroom/email and hard copies.


Students are reminded to that:

  • their camp forms are handed in
  • booklist are handed in
  • “Smashing VCE” (listed on the booklist) is purchased prior to camp.


Year 7 & 8 Girls Tennis

Mr Allister Hill

On Wednesday 1st November, a group of Year 7 students competed in the SSV Barwon & Bellarine division Tennis round robin. These students should be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves during the event. Several of these students had not played tennis before but were extremely competitive and maintained a positive attitude throughout the tournament.

It was great to see students taking advantage of our new synesthetic turf area and portable tennis nets, training twice a week leading up to the event.


Congratulations to the following students:

Skye Bilinski

Jorjah Brown

Makenzie Cumper

Molly D’Elia

Tessa Elliott

Lily Farrell-Bradbury

Mia Pilling




Mrs Christine Scott

VCAL Coordinator 


At this time of year our VCAL students are involved in end of year assessment interviews. This is an opportunity for our students to prepare and present a portfolio of their work, to reflect upon their achievements and to share them with parents, teachers and members of the school leadership team. This is a formal process that we take very seriously.


A strength of the VCAL program is that it supports student development of employability skills, including being able to approach employment interviews prepared and with confidence. During class time, our students practice writing responses to possible interview questions and then role-play being in a job interview.


Our end of year assessment interviews are intended to replicate the experience of feeling apprehensive about succeeding in a formal job interview, and as we all know, going to a real interview can render the most confident person tongue-tied and nervous.


This years VCAL students have achieved a great deal and it has been a privilege to be part of these interviews, especially when students have overcome challenges and developed in maturity throughout the year, and throughout their schooling at North Geelong Secondary College.


On behalf of the VCAL team, I congratulate the graduating VCAL class of 2017 and encourage the VCAL class of 2018 to reflect upon their year and to embrace 2018 with optimism and purpose.



Another year has almost ended as the Multicultural Committee has had its concluding meeting for this year (Monday 7th November), to reflect on a very productive year and hopes to continue this momentum in 2018.  


We are very privileged and grateful to the Committee members: students, staff, parents and community representatives together with service providers such as  Marcelle Renkin, Makot Wol (Diversitat) Kaled Ajaj from Centrelink and Danielle Parker, Manager of the FoRT and all the dedicated attendees at the meetings.  Our Multicultural Committee’s chairperson Miss Katherine Roberts chaired our meetings diligently, while Miss Kim Nguyen our secretary worked superbly in the background producing the minutes almost instantly at the conclusion of each meeting.  A big thank you must also go to Mrs. Barbara Peek, as our honorary member who in retirement continues to attend the meetings with a freshly baked cake for us all to enjoy and also throughout the year providing much  needed donations to our needy new arrivals and refugee students.


At the conclusion of another year it is with sincere gratitude that I commend you all on your dedication to the Multicultural Committee.  


I wish each and every one of you all the best for the holidays and seasons greetings.  I am very much looking forward to working with  all of you in the new year  (2018).

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Liaison Officer



Ms Julie Elkin

The Project has come to an end for 2017. The participants were thanked for their contributions and presented with a certificate and gift. The guidelines they developed will be distributed to artists and the artists will present their ideas to the Steering Committee. It is expected that the chosen artist will collaborate with students to ensure their vision is accurately transformed into the art pieces which will mark the Cultural Walk around the Wathaurong and Diversitat areas.

Thank you to all the participants this year and I am sure you will be very proud of what comes from your ideas on how to represent your ‘History of Place’ in the 3214 region.


Well done San Da, Naing Lin, Saleema, Kazem, Mustafa, Kahla, Su Klay, Andrew, Abdul, Mohammed, Tamana, Atifa, Hayley and Casey.                        




SKAART 2017 is here – Sunday the 26th November, 11am – 2pm at the fOrT Youth Centre.


This event is free, and open to all ages, with lots of fun activities, delicious food and entertainment.


Please see the attached event flyer and share with your contacts.


We hope to see you on the day J


Recipe Calendar – Helping to Build Foundations

The EAL/VCAL students are participating in an exciting fundraising activity which has involved producing a recipe calendar. The calendar features recipes from their cultural backgrounds and all proceeds from the calendar sales will go to Kids Under Cover.  Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people who are at risk of homelessness.  They build one or two bedroom studios [with bathrooms] in the backyards of homes to keep young people connected to their families.  They still eat with their families. Kids Under Cover then provide scholarships to the young person who lives in the studio as well as their siblings in the main house to ensure ongoing engagement with education.


The organisation prevents youth homelessness and changes lives.  Please support this most worthy of organisations. Calendars can be purchased from the school’s General Office for only $20 .00 each.  What a fabulous gift idea!


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