NGSC Newsletter

21 September 2018
Issue Fifteen
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
VCAL VIBES
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

21 SEP                    Last Day Term 3 (1:30 pm Finish)

23 OCT                   Last Day for Year 12 Students

23 OCT                   Year 12 Graduation Dinner

24 OCT                   Geelong Cup (Student free Day)

26 OCT                   Multicultural Festival

29 OCT-02 NOV   Year 9 & 10 QLD Camp

31 OCT-21 NOV   VCAA Exams

20 NOV                   Year 7 Immunisations

                                  Year 10 Study Day

20 - 23 NOV          Year 11 to 12 Orientation

21 - 23 NOV          Year 10 Exams

23 NOV                   Last Day for Year 11 Students

26 - 29 NOV           Years 7 - 9 Exams

                                   Year 10 to 11 Orientation

29 NOV                    Last day for Year 10 Students

30 NOV                    Assessment & Reporting Day

                                   (Student free day)

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

VIVA Energy Australia Awards 
Club Legend Awards 2018 

Congratulations to Ms Christine Scott for being a finalist at the 2018 Viva Energy Geelong Refinery Club Legend Awards.

On Thursday, 6 September I attended the Viva Energy Club Legend Awards Evening to celebrate the 2018 Club Legends; Geelong’s tireless volunteers and unsung heroes who represented a diverse and exciting range of local sporting clubs and communities.

 

Ms Christine Scott was nominated for the award for her outstanding voluntary work she has been doing with the school’s AFL Multicultural Football Team and Geelong Cats.

Year 12 students September break classes and practice VCE exams

As I mentioned in recent newsletters, our Year 12 and Year 11 students who are undertaking a Unit 4, have very little time before their final VCE exams. The school is committed to ensuring student support programs are in place to set our students up for the best possible training to achieve their best results. 

 

The College sees this program as paramount to the performance of the VCE group. With only two weeks left of scheduled classes before the VCE exams we are expecting that students make this their priority during the break. At this time of year students should also be encouraged to cut down their commitments outside of school and start focusing on their end of year exams.

The school is committed to supporting all students, in particular the Year 12 VCE students. During the break there will be a compulsory practice exam program reflecting the November VCE exams. Also our VCE Unit 4 teachers will run some extra classes. All students undertaking Unit 4 subjects have been informed and notified of the September holidays study program.

 

The final exams are one step along the road to the future. For some students, the exams will determine the path they will follow for many years to come. Others will choose paths that are not determined by their exam results. No one path is the right path and, as we are being regularly reminded, in our rapidly changing global world, our children will change pathways numerous times in the coming years. Whichever direction they choose to follow, we only ever want what is best for them, and for all of our students to be confident that they have achieved to their capabilities.

 

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Year 12 Coordinators Ms Glenda McGrath and Mr James Cowan-Clark, the Senior Sub-School Manager, Ms Sarah Bridges or Assistant Principal, Mr Paul Dawson.

Just a little more about our school...

North Geelong is a hugely vibrant school that provides opportunities for the academic, co-curricular and other individual needs of all our students in wonderful ways. It is a school of choice and is currently at full student capacity. These last weeks of term have again seen an array of activities that have showcased and celebrated students’ talents. A wonderful example was the 2018 “Light ‘Em Up” student-driven annual production showcasing the outstanding talents of a number of our students.

 

The final exams are fast approaching not only for our VCE students, but also for all students from Years 7 to 11. We hope that all our students make good use of the next two weeks break to take a little relaxation and enjoyment and to also undertake significant revision and preparation for the practice exams. 

 

On their return, our Year 12 students will have little time left at school. For parents and guardians this time can be fairly wearing as we try to encourage and support our children so that they can perform to their best levels. It is also a little unreal as we look back and wonder how quickly the school years have passed and wonder what the coming years will bring for them. 

Working together with our parents and guardians

Research shows that parents play a critical role in their school children's academic success at every grade level. Effective communication with parents has proven to be an important tool for teachers and school administrators to use as part of a planned continuum through the secondary grades. 

 

Regardless of income or background, studies show that those parents who are engaged in schools have students who have higher test scores and higher GPAs, improved attendance and better social skills. Parental influence also is seen in students who take higher level course work, who graduate and who go on to post secondary studies. 

 

The important role parents play in education is embedded in teacher evaluation programs. Many of these programs now measure how teachers and school administrators strengthen communication with parents and require evidence of these efforts. “When schools, families, and community groups work together, as a Community of Practice, to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of “a New Wave of Evidence”, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).

 

The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to: 
  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enrol in higher-level programs 
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits 
  • Attend school regularly 
  • Have better social skills, show improved behaviour, and adapt well to school 
  • Graduate and go on to post secondary education (see A New Wave of Evidence, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002 - in references below). 
The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about parents' role in their children's education through home visits, family nights and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive and help them plan for tertiary educational settings, their children perform better in school. When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. 
 
At North Geelong SC we endeavour to strengthen our partnerships with families that respond to parent concerns, honour their contributions and share decision-making responsibilities, empowering the parents to sustain connections that are aimed at improving student achievement. 

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, 23 October and the Awards Presentation Evening on Tuesday, 18 December. 

 

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.

Capital Works update

Stage One is now complete (B-Block, the court yard in between B and C Blocks) with some minor external cosmetic work still to be undertaken during the Term break. Stage Two has commenced and that includes, the western part of C- Block and the new toilet/storage area block. Stage two is expected to be completed by early November.  


Our students are now enjoying the newly refurbished B-Block facilities and in particular, the state of the art Food Technology areas (2 kitchens, a larger dining area and a student conference area). B-Block is fully air-conditioned and equipped with the latest digital technologies. They are also enjoying the refurbished courtyard with the huge decking area wrapping around the new dining area. Outdoor furniture has been ordered and will be delivered soon. In my many conversations with students, they are very excited and cannot wait until the whole school is fully refurbished. 

NGSC Multicultural Day Celebration Friday, 26 October

On Friday, 26 October North Geelong Secondary College will hold its traditional celebration of Multicultural Day. This is a day when the school community comes together in harmony celebrating our diverse backgrounds (53 ethnic backgrounds). There will be an extensive involvement of the wider school community. This event has become a City of Greater Geelong calendar event with huge success over the years.

 

The official school assembly will begin at 11:00 am. A very entertaining program with music, dance and more will be on the menu. There is an extensive list of VIP guests invited and attending. We also expect approximately 800 primary school students to attend from a number of primary schools.  

 

Please come and join with us in celebrating multiculturalism in Australia. I am looking forward to seeing as many parents and friends as possible on the day.

Last Day of the Term, 21 September

Wishing you all a very safe and restful break and look forward to re-joining you next term.

Term 4 begins on Monday, 8 October.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

 

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Progress Reports

The Progress Reports and attendance reports have highlighted the students at risk and resulted in a number of Student Support Group meetings, phone calls, behaviour cards and other strategies aimed at getting these students focused on their studies. This time of the year can prove to be a very difficult time for students and it is important to put in the support structures that will assist them to succeed.

 

Students are also being recognised for excellent Progress Reports and for students showing improvements in their Progress Reports.

Attendance

I would like to compliment the work that has been done by the Student Management Team, Sub school Assistants and staff on improving the below attendance rates. The team feel that the highlighting of attendance on the progress reports has helped to improve the conversations around the importance of attending school. The sub school assistants receive a weekly attendance report on all year levels and share this information with the coordinators. They also highlight students who are missing a number of days and will also make phone calls home.

KOKODA 2018

Last Thursday, 15 September, Laurel Lutkins headed to Kokoda for the week-long walk of the Kokoda Trail. She will be back this weekend after walking the 96 kms of the Kokoda Trail. Laurel has been training with her fellow team members, up to four times a week, all year for this walk. The team is made up of students from schools in Geelong, sponsors and members of the police force. Laurel was very excited by the experience ahead and the opportunity that it would present.

Course Counselling and follow up with students

It has been a very busy month with Course Counselling and we are still continuing with this into the next few weeks. Below is the status of counselling:

  • Year 7 to 8 -LOTE choice to be completed.
  • Year 8 to 9 completed and arranged for timetable
  • Year 9 to 10 completed and entered in the timetable (subjects being approved)
  • Year 10 to 11 completed, entered and timetable approved
  • Year 11 to 12 completed, entered and timetable finalisation

This year we have included an extensive list of subjects and taken numerous preferences from students and hence we anticipate an improved process moving in to the next year. 

Pathways, Progress and Review

In addition to this we are ensuring that we keep students to their promise of achieving their aspirations and that has involved students setting goals within their studies. These goals have included such things as a substantial homework routine, specific subject based goals, routines of revision and even working on improving questioning to clarify understanding. Throughout the year, Year Level Coordinators have been monitoring these goals against the performance assessments and checking-in to continue to support students on their chosen pathway. In the event that it needs to be re-assessed, they will be in contact with parents to arrange a meeting to set some new goals or rearrange the subject choices and/or pathway for 2019.

GAT 2018 - 2019

It was mentioned in a recent newsletter that we were conducting a GAT (General Achievement Test) to assess abilities of students from Year 9 and up. The data has been analysed and returned to the school via Carmel Richardson (student data expert). Leading Teachers will be looking into this data to observe student performance against assessment. There are a number of ways to interpret the data and it will have a great impact on our teaching, assessment, feedback, moderation but more importantly it will help us gain a greater insight into the capabilities of students and thus target the individual learning needs of students. There will be some exciting progress made in this area in term 4 in preparation for 2019 and we believe that student performance can only be enhanced!

Professional Learning at NGSC

A small but dedicated team is participating in an 8 day program to investigate a refined version of our current Professional Learning Communities (PLC-professional learning for teaching staff based on school data and conducted at school). In 2019, the PLCs will have a stronger focus on student growth achieved by short inquiry cycles which incorporate the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS), student data and formative assessment.  

Our external partnerships - Corio Bay Lions Club

NGSC has a close partnership with the Corio Bay Lions Club. Children of club members have and do attend NGSC, but for a long time this Lions Club has provided significant annual scholarships for four students. Each year a Year 8 student is selected and presented with the scholarship. The amount of the scholarship increases each subsequent year until the student completes Year 12. These four students are invited to a club meeting to thank the club and to talk about the aspirations and their school work.

 

This year we have ventured into a new connection. The Corio Bay Lions Club publish a monthly newsletter and provide a space for NGSC student writing. Students have written reports about excursions/camps, personal stories, and class writing - topic ‘dystopia’. This is a wonderful opportunity to write for an authentic audience as some students have spoken about being an author or journalist in the future. 

UNIFORM for Term 4

Parents and carers should take the opportunity over the holidays to check on their children’s uniform. 

  • Does the summer uniform (shorts, shirt, dress and PE uniform) still fit?
  • Is the skirt and dress length according to the Uniform Policy (skirt is knee length and dress is 8 cm above the knee)?
  • Are the shorts/pants the correct length?
  • Do the school shoes still fit and fasten properly?
  • Does your child need new plain socks?
  • Does your child need new white collared shirts?
  • Does the jumper need mending? Holiday time is a good time to wash and air dry the jumper - because of its fibre these jumpers need minimal washing- just regular airing and spot cleaning. 

Please note that students are to continue to wear the full uniform at all times until the very last day of their school year. This includes the end of year Award Presentation Night. 

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Jacob Storer

Year 8 Coordinator

Here we are at the end of another term. Three quarters of the way through 2018! It has been a big term for  our Year 8 students, with plenty going on. Most impressively, it’s been a big term for student growth and development, which has been very exciting to watch.

Camp

Over the course of two weeks (September 5-7, September 12-14) the Year 8 students embarked on their camp to Halls Gap. For many, this was the first trip up to this beautiful part of the world. Thankfully, the weather decided to ignore the forecast and we were blessed with amazing weather over the two camps. 

 
Over the three days, students had the chance to step out of their comfort zone and test themselves. Impressively, they embraced this opportunity with open arms. Students had the chance to:
  • Abseil
  • Learn about local indigenous culture at the Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Test their smarts and teamwork in initiatives activities
  • Hike to Boronia Peak (10kms!) and look down on the Halls Gap region.

It was incredibly impressive to see the way all students embraced the challenges of the camp, in particular walking down the side of a cliff in abseiling, or walking 5kms up a mountain. The feedback from UC Camping was incredibly positive, with Jess, our initiatives coordinator, saying that the first camp was the best group of students she had worked with!

 

We had a big focus on resilience and ensuring that we are making positive contributions to the community around us. All students met these goals superbly. Now the important thing is to bring that back to reality and continue the impressive growth they showed on camp.

Subject Selections

Year 8 students completed their Year 9 Subject Selections last Monday. If there are any queries about this process, please make contact with our Junior Sub School Manager, Adam Bond, or a member of the Year 8 Team.

Swimming Program

During Term 4, we will be kicking off our Swimming Program for our Year 7 & 8 students. Ensure that notes are handed back as soon as possible. Please see Mr Vassallo or your Home Group teacher if you have any questions about the program.

Congratulations

A big congratulations to the Junior Girls Soccer team who recently competed in the State Championship. Unfortunately, the results didn’t go our way, but to make it to the highest level is a massive achievement in itself! Great stuff girls and to Miss Hand, the Supercoach!

 
Congratulations to Mia Pilling for winning the Interesting Fact Competition recently. She has walked away with a new Ultimate Ears.

 

That is all from me for another Term. Have a relaxing, enjoyable, and safe holidays. Refresh and get ready for the home stretch of 2018!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

 

With the ensuing holidays I thought I would include a revised list of some holiday ideas for students. Pick and choose what suits, but it's incredibly important for students to set goals. Without a path or goal it can become too easy to sit in front of a screen for two weeks, return to school none the wiser and reminisce about a wasted two weeks.

34 Productive Things to Do During the School Holidays

1. Reflect on the term gone by

Take out a sheet of paper and answer these three questions:
  • What did I do well in the past term?
  • What did I not do so well in the past term?
  • What will I do differently in the coming term?

2. Set process goals for the coming term

This is a follow-up to Point #1.
Set process goals for the coming term instead of performance goals, because process goals are far more effective.
 
What’s the difference between the two types of goals?
https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/smart-goal-setting-students/
Process goals are what you intend to do, while performance goals are what you intend to achieve.
https://www.daniel-wong.com/2015/08/17/study-smart/
 
Here’s an example.
Performance goal: Get an A for math next term.
Process goal: Do three extra math questions every day after dinner.
 
By setting process goals, you’re more likely to take action than if you only set performance goals. So take some time and set 5 to 10 process goals for the coming term.
 
3. Watch educational YouTube videos

 

Here are a few of my favorite educational YouTube channels:
  • MinutePhysics (all kinds of cool physics) https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics
  • CrashCourse (history, chemistry, astronomy, and much more)   https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics
  • AsapSCIENCE (science topics ranging from biology to psychology)
For more suggestions, check out this Mashable article.
https://mashable.com/2013/04/04/youtube-education/#KbHPp_qxuSq3
 
4. Watch documentaries
You can watch thousands of high-quality documentaries for free at Documentary Heaven.
https://documentaryheaven.com/
 
5. Get a job
Don’t worry too much about what the job will pay. As the saying goes, “Take a job for what you will learn, not for what you will earn.” This is especially true when it comes to school holiday jobs. The best learning experience might just come in the form of an unpaid job or internship.
 
6. Learn a new language
Visit these websites and learn a new language:
•    Duolingo
•    Babbel
•    BBC Languages
 
7. Find a cause you care about
The school holidays are a good time to give back. Find a cause you care about, and start thinking of ways to support that cause. Then go to the following website and read about 10 ways to support a good cause.
https://lifehacker.com/top-10-effortless-ways-to-support-a-good-cause-1663783823?IR=T
 
8. Improve your physical health
You have more time during the school holidays. So this is a great opportunity to start sleeping well, exercising regularly and eating healthily.
https://blog.flvs.net/holiday-health-tips/
 
9. Learn a new skill

You could learn skills like…

  • Public speaking
  • Cooking
  • Drawing
  • Self-defense
  • Negotiation
  • Listening
  • Positive thinking

10. Read

11. Build or fix something

Fix a broken fan, build a computer, or make a table. These are skills that will come in handy in the future.

 

12. Visit museums

A trip to a museum will make you more knowledgeable, and you’ll probably leave feeling inspired too. What’s more, it’s typically free (or cheap) to get in.

 

13. Start a business

You could start something small like a …

  • Babysitting business
  • Dog-walking business
  • Pet-sitting business

Or you could think big like these 12 kids at

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/wanna-millionaire-learn-from-these-12-kids-who-already-are.html who have built million-dollar businesses in arenas like app development, online advertising, fashion, and hair products.

 

14. Learn to manage your money

Money management is a valuable life skill. Get started by checking out the resources at

https://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/teach/lesson_plans

 

15. Pick up a new hobby

You’ll probably feel bored at some point during the school holidays. That’s the time to pick up a new hobby like…

  • Juggling
  • Gardening
  • Playing the ukulele
  • Dancing
  • Photography
  • Stargazing

16. Sell the things you aren’t using

I’m sure you own many things you aren’t using, which other people would be willing to pay for. So hold a garage sale, or put the items up for sale online.

 

17. Visit a nearby college or university

Whenever I visit a college or university campus, I feel a sense of excitement. Colleges and universities are so full of youth, passion, knowledge and potential. This school holiday, visit one in your area. Learn about the courses and programs offered, and get a feel for the campus culture. You might just leave the campus with a clearer vision of your future plans and goals.

 

18. Achieve an athletic goal

Take Point #8 a step further and work toward a specific athletic goal.
Here are some examples:
•    Do 15 pull-ups in 30 seconds
•    Do 50 push-ups in 1 minute
•    Do 60 sit-ups in 1 minute
•    Run a kilometre under 6 minutes
•    Hold a plank for 2 minutes

 

 

19. Reconnect with friends and family members

 

Reconnect with friends and family members whom you didn’t get to spend much time with during the school term. At the very least, send them a text or email to show them that you’re thinking of them.
 
20. Enjoy nature
Go for a hike, have a picnic, fly a kite or visit a nature reserve.
 
21. Improve your vocabulary
Students’ success in school and life is linked to the size of their vocabulary, the research indicates. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/113040/chapters/What-Does-the-Research-Say-About-Vocabulary%C2%A2.aspx
I’m sure you want to be successful, so use these three resources to improve your vocabulary:
•    Vocabulary.com
•    EnhanceMyVocabulary.com
•    MyCollegeSuccessStory.com
 
22. Improve your writing skills
Writing skills are important for academic success, and they’re even more important for career success. So work on your writing skills this school holiday. Read this excellent article
https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills
on how to improve your writing. Next, read at least one of these books and put into practice what you’ve learned:
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
  • Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
23. Declutter
Give away books and notes you no longer need, and files you no longer use. In addition, clear your desk and get organized. This way, you’ll set yourself up for a fruitful upcoming semester.
 
24. Develop healthy habits

Nathaniel Emmons once said, “Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.”

These are possible habits to develop this school holiday:

  • Daily reflection
  • Reading for 15 minutes before bed
  • Keeping a gratitude journal https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/tips_for_keeping_a_gratitude_journal
  • Getting on a regular sleep schedule
  • Drinking more water

25. Read articles on how to become a happy, successful student

Read these articles:

26. Learn about your family history

By doing this, you’ll discover interesting things about your family. Not only that, research indicates that people who know their family history tend to have higher self-esteem too.

 

27. Learn time management skills

Get started with these three resources:

28. Watch Khan Academy videos

This school holiday, brush up on your maths, science, and humanities by watching Khan Academy videos.

 

29. Increase your reading speed.

The faster you read, the faster you learn.

Improve your reading speed by checking out https://www.mindtools.com/speedrd.html

and https://www.wikihow.com/Learn-Speed-Reading

 

30. Clear your email inbox.

 

Over the past semester, your email inbox has probably become flooded. You may even have hundreds of emails that have yet to be processed or organized. If this describes you, then read this fantastic article by Michael Hyatt https://michaelhyatt.com/yes-you-can-stay-on-top-of-email/ and implement his tips.
 
31. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career. Reach out to your relatives, family friends, teachers and neighbours. Offer to buy them a cup of coffee and ask them if they’d be willing to share their experiences and insights. Set a goal for this school holiday of talking to at least one adult a week about career options.
 
32. Increase your typing speed
In all likelihood, as you get older you’ll need to do more typing on your computer.
Explore these three websites to increase your typing speed:
•    Typing.com
•    TypeRacer.com
•    RapidTyping.com
 
33. Find a mentor
A good mentor will help you become more self-aware, make better decisions and find long-term success.

This Forbes article

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/09/21/how-to-find-a-great-mentor-first-dont-ever-ask-a-stranger/#79b038edfa1c  provides practical tips on finding a mentor. Daniel Wong also offers a 1-to-1 mentoring program

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/tips_for_keeping_a_gratitude_journal to help students become happy and successful.

 
34. Write thank-you notes

Many people say “thank you” via text message or email. But few people write actual thank-you notes. This school holiday become one of those people.

 

Make a list of the people who have helped you in one way or another over the past semester: friends, teachers, relatives and family members. Write each of those people a thank-you note. Then either mail the note to them or give it to them in person.

 

The bottom line

It’s impossible to do all 34 things described in this article. Besides, I know you also want to have plenty of fun this school holiday. So don’t feel overwhelmed, instead, develop a realistic plan. As you follow your plan, I’m confident that you’ll have a meaningful, productive and fun-filled school holiday!

                                                                                           

Allister Hill

Transitions Assistant/SEAL & SRC Coordinator

Illuminate nextgen challenge, Geelong

Last week a group of Year 9 students participated in the Illuminate nextgen challenge. All of the Year 9 SEAL program students participated as well as some other students from the Year 9 business elective.

 

It was a week long intensive program that allowed NGSC students the experience first-hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur and small business champion. Facilitated by skilled staff with the support of the local business community and Deakin University, students learnt what it takes to start a new business. In a week, students went through the process of developing the idea, refining it, making sure it connects with customers and is viable, all the way up to practising their pitch for investment to get it off the ground. The week was a huge success and I would like to thank all the staff and students for all of their support throughout the challenge to make it the success that it was.

 

Below is a list of the business ideas and award winners from the week. 

 

Student Ideas
  • Park it Find it: An idea attempting to solve an issue that frustrates all of us, parking. They use sensors and cameras to identify parking availability throughout Melbourne for its customers via an app.
  • Eagle Eye: Attempts to make Geelong homes more secure, as they partner with security businesses to deliver an app that sends alerts and images to home owners to improve peace of mind.
  • Bus Bug: Seeks to tackle uncertainty and the unreliability of public transport by creating an app that tracks buses times and availability.
  • My Card: Are trying to reinvent Myki as they believe it has become outdated and with there technology they believe there are more effective and efficient alternatives
  • Careers Finders: Attempts to support the unemployed by creating a platform which offers them the support they need and various job opportunities.

Award Winners

Award                                                    Winning Team
Best Business Plan                                 MyCard
Best Pitch Deck Presentation             Eagle Eye
Short Challenges Award                       Find it Park it
Best Pressure Cooker Submission    Find it Park it
Best Marketing Package                        Bus Bug
Best Trade Display                                   Eagle Eye
Student Choice: Best Idea                    MyCard
Student Choice: Best Business           Eagle Eye
Runner up Best Business                      MyCard
Overall Best Business                             Find it Park it

 

Identity and Belonging

On Wednesday, 29 August, the Year 9C class travelled up to Melbourne to experience the Melbourne’s Writer's Festival for 2018. With Mrs Bennett and Mrs Bashiruddin, we made our way over to the Immigrant Museum and were shown through an area dedicated to ‘Identity and Belonging’. It showed the feeling of belonging and being unwanted and told us stories of diverse people, how racism has changed through time and how we should always stand up if we see it.

 

We then sat down and met with Nour Abouzeid, a poet, who in 2010 was the Victorian state champion in the Australian poetry slam. Nour has also taken part in the Melbourne Slam Team, representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam over in Chicago this year! After finishing a few activities with Nour about our identities we moved on to Federation Square to the writers festival.

 

There were many other schools there too, we sat in a small auditorium and one by one poets went up on stage and presented us with their amazing work. They all told them in different styles, like song, slam poetry, rapping and storytelling. Every one was a different subject, Women’s Rights, Racism, Immigrants and the way life works, but they all came under the same genre 'Identity and Belonging' . All in all, it was a great experience we were all proud to have witnessed and would encourage more people to go and see!
By Keily Mc Kee, Georgia Kitchen and Kara Everett 

 

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Leader

Don't Stop Until You Are Proud!

The end of the academic year is approaching quickly and it is essential that students keep focussed on their academic and career goals. We have been focussing on effective study habits, minimising distractions, finding a “stress buster strategy” and looking after ourselves and our friends/peers. Please keep communicating with teachers and Senior Sub School staff if you have concerns.

 

Please ensure students are reading emails and accessing the year level and VCE Google Classrooms as this is our venue for disseminating information and reinforcing key messages.

Year 11

and parents can contact the General Office to check if they are eligible.

  • Leadership interviews for 2019 School Captains have taken place this week and will be announced as soon as poss

    Students and parents are reminded of the following:

  • Year 12 tops orders need to finalised and paid ($85) by Wednesday, 10 October. Students are able to nominate their actual name, official preferred name or surname to be placed on the back of the top.  (a preferred name is a common version of a first name e.g. Sam for Samantha).
  • Camp notices for the 2019 Year 12 Leadership Camp are due back by today, Friday, 21 September. CSEF is able to be used to pay for the camp and students
  • Leadership interviews for 2019 School Captains have taken place this week and will be announced as soon as possible.
  • Last day of school for Year 11 students is Friday, 23 November, 2018.

Year 12

Students and parents are reminded of the following:

  • VTAC applications close on Thursday, 27 September. Please remember to pay your processing fee. Late application are available but the fee is significantly higher.
  • Scholarships for different universities are now open. These are a great way to support students financially to attend universities. Details are on our careers website, VCE google classroom and the specific TAFE/University websites.
  • ALL Year 12 students should be submitting about SEAS applications with their VTAC applications. Students should be making appointments with Neil Rankcom about VTAC applications and SEAS.
  • Graduation tickets need to be finalised and paid for by today, Friday, 21 September. Please be aware that we have to finalise the numbers with the venue. Tickets will be distributed to students in the first week of term 4. Table groupings will also be organised this week.
  • The last day of school for Year 12 students is  Tuesday, 23 October. VCAL students will be participating in exit interviews and VCE students studying for exams.

VCE UNIT 3 and 4 Students

Students are reminded of the following:

  • Practice Exam Timetable (September holidays) is available on VCE Google Classroom
  • All students have been provided with a personalised VCAA exam time table and the Navigator (VCAA exam guidelines). Please ensure this is read.
  • Students will be given guides to revision by their subject teachers. Students need to talking to teachers, getting feedback on work and seeking assistance persistently and regularly between now and the exams.

VCAL VIBES

Christine Scott

VCAL Coordinator

VCAL Employability Awards

VCAL Employability Awards

 

Congratulations to the VCAL students who received awards at the Term 3 VCAL Assembly. This term we acknowledged the achievements of our students in their VCAL Numeracy (Mathematics) classes.

 

The recipients of the VCAL Employability Awards in Numeracy :

 

Milad HUSSAIN

K’moo MOO

Josh BOYLE

Nelson NELSON

Naing Lin NAING LIN OO

Bae Meh BAE MEH

Hser Eh Plu HSER EH PLU

Trinity TRAVIS

Maddie BLAKE

Sha Lwe Si SHAL LWE SI MOO DOH SOE

Nick DIMITRIEVSKI

Keak JOAK

Lah Eh GAY

Klarissa DIXON

 

I encourage all of our VCAL students to strive to achieve their very best in all of their studies.

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 

Keryn Darling

Science Manager

National Science Week - Interesting Facts competition

National Science week was celebrated with an Interesting Facts competition, in which students researched and submitted unusual and intriguing Science facts. Well done to all of the finalists listed below:

  • Georgia Kitchen (7C): The average human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells.
  • Aliedris Nazari (7B): When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.
  • Hayley Gill (7B): A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don’t. The study was sponsored by the “National Confectioners Association”.
  • Aapo Ruusunen (7C): At its centre the Sun reaches temperatures of 15 million °C.
  • Jod Rempis (7C): The vast majority of what exists in the universe is totally invisible to us, and we know nothing at all about it. This stuff is referred to as Dark Matter and Dark Energy. 
  • Chris Kotevski (7C): Tigers have striped skin. Not just striped fur.
  • Blair Stephenson (9E): All life on this planet originally came from a single microscopic bacteria. The one thing we've grown up to try to kill and dislike is actually the original source of life.
  • Sophie Lawless (9E): 41 new species are discovered by scientists each day!
  • Tara Sheppard-Robinson (9E): In 2012, scientists found 1458 new species of bacteria living just in the bellybutton of human beings.

A big congratulations to the winner of the competition Mia Pilling (8C) with her fact that Russia has a bigger surface area than Pluto.

                                                                                          

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Term three has concluded with the Multicultural Committee working hard planning acts and performances for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival to be held on Friday, 26 October, 2018.

 

Planning for the Festival’s opening assembly is in its final stages, fitting in with this year’s theme ‘A World of Colour’.

 

The Multicultural Festival is a truly grand annual event and not to be missed, so don't forget to mark the date in your calendar.

 

Watch this space for more information to come. If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, it’s not too late. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to contact us (Multicultural Committee Members) or drop in to our next meeting. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 

We are also appealing for your support for our renowned 'Home Made Cake Stall' at the Multicultural Festival. Thus, with holidays coming, up we hope you will have time to dust off some of your traditional cake recipes and be kind enough to make a sweet treat to sell at the Festival. We know we will live up to expectations and continue the tradition of being the best homemade cake stall in Geelong.

 

The next Multicultural Committee meeting will be held in term four on Monday, 15 October at lunch time (12:45 pm) in the Discussion Room.

 

Wishing you a great school holidays and looking forward to seeing you all back safe and rejuvenated. 

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION!!!
CAKES! SLICES! MUFFINS! SWEETS!

Yes friends, the famous NGSC Multicultural Festival Cake Stall is happening again!  But it can only be as fabulous as we remember if our wonderful families and friends bake lots of cakes/slices/muffins/sweets and send/ bring them along for the Multicultural Committee to sell on Friday, 26 October at the annual Multicultural Festival.

 

We would appreciate if you could have them at the school by 9:00 am on the morning of the Festival. It is OK to send them with the students. If you think you can help please let us know.

Please note, due to health regulations we require a list of ingredients (not the recipe) with the goods. Thank you.

 

Forms to write down ingredients are available from members of the Multicultural Committee: Mrs Dudas, Mrs Romano and Ms Nguyen in the VCE staffroom or at the front office.

Mrs. Dudas, Ms. Nguyen and Mrs. Romano

On behalf of the Multicultural Committee
                                                                                          

Sherree Oates and John Eckert

#CREATE – VCE Student Showcase

Our annual student showcase of VCE work in Media, Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts will take place week 2 of Term 4, on Wednesday, 17 October. The showcase will open at 5:30 pm with the official opening taking place at 6:.00 pm and will continue through until 7:00 pm. The showcase will be held in the D block at North Geelong Secondary College.

 

Please come along and support our students and celebrate the fantastic achievements they have been working on all year. The showcase will include a huge variety of artworks, photographs, designs, student folios, animations and short films. 

                                                                                          

Laura Smith

Curriculum and Professional Learning Leader

Learning Tasks and Assessment Data Survey

Parents of students in Years 7 - 11 will notice a link on their Compass dashboard to a survey about Learning Tasks and assessment data. We appreciate parent input so that we can provide parents and students with the most useful information to guide reporting on student performance and learning growth. 

 

There is an opportunity within the survey to parents to request an individual follow up or to discuss their feedback with the school Leaders. 

Thank you, on behalf of the Curriculum team. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

                                                                                              

TRACK & FIELD ATHLETICS

Athletics Chilwell is currently welcoming new members/athletes to join the club for the upcoming 2018/19 track and field season.


Competition is held on Saturday afternoons at Landy Field, commencing on Saturday, 6 October, 2018 until February 2019.  


Senior athletes aged from under 14 to Veterans are welcome to participate.


Coaching is available in all disciplines, eg. Sprints, middle/long distance running, throws and jumps.


For further information, please contact Mary McDonald on 5229 3920 or email: [email protected]
 

  

Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College

 

The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           

 

The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with government curriculum standards, based on communication skills that include speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their university entrance score.  

 

The school`s language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government secondary schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.

 

In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9.00am and 12.15pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College

 

Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*

 

For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833

 

Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:  www.vsl.vic.edu.au

   

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