The Parent/Guardian/Student Information Evening, Open Night for our 2020 Year 7 intake was held very successfully, on Wednesday, 20 March, 2019. A large number of parents/guardians and prospective students visited the school and experienced the teaching and learning programs NGSC has to offer.
The information evening provided prospective parents/guardians/students the opportunity to visit our school, talk to teachers, students and current parents about our community, our close knit family and what it has to offer their children in relation to curricular, extra-curricular, individualised and specialised programs.
In my welcoming speech, I spoke about the school’s High Expectations from students, staff, parents and the wider community and the fact that the school is a ‘School of Choice”. The Victorian government has made it abundantly clear that parents can choose any school for their children, provided the school has capacity. I also stressed the importance of parents/guardians matching the educational needs of their children with the educational programs a school has to offer. We all know, and research informs us, how important it is to the future success of the child the decision in choosing the right high school for the child.
Highlights of the evening:
- Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM program; Naobot Robot, Robotics, Drones, Spheros)
- Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program
- Scholarship Program
- STAR Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program
- ACE Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program
- Digital Technologies (iPad and BYOD) Programs
- iLeaders Program
- Significant Teacher Program
- Excellence in Sports Program (Football and Soccer)
- Performing Arts Program/School productions
- Instrumental Music Program
- International student Program
- EAL Programs
- VCE, VET and VCAL Programs
Since the beginning of this term, Ms Astles and Mr Cowan-Clark, Transition/Pathways Leaders, and their team have conducted many feeder Primary school visits, personalised tours and information sessions for prospective students and their families. There is much interest in these visits and if parents of current students with a sibling attending next year are interested, or if you know of other potentially new families to NGSC who would like to take this opportunity, I encourage you and others to contact the school and book a visit with Ms Astles, Mr Cowan-Clark or a Principal Class Officer.
It was a pleasure to meet so many new and also current families during this evening. I take this opportunity to thank all our staff and in particular our students who have supported this evening, presenting to parents or just by answering parent questions about what they have been learning at the school. Our students were great ambassadors to our school community and I, as their Principal, together with the whole school community are very proud of them.
Students know that I hear them and my goal is to provide the best possible learning opportunities ensuring their future success.