NGSC Newsletter

22 March 2019
Issue Four
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

26 MARCH             Athletics Day - Landy Field

03 APRIL                Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12  

05 APRIL                Last Day term 1

22 APRIL                Easter Monday 

23 APRIL                First Day Term 2

25 APRIL               ANZAC Day Public Holiday

09 May                    Year 7 Immunisations


Mr Nicholas Adamou


Dear Parents, Guardians, staff, students and community members,

Following the tragic events that took place in Christchurch last Friday, I know the thoughts of all school community members and the whole of Victoria are with those affected.


Like Christchurch, one of Victoria’s greatest strengths, and in particular North Geelong Secondary College community’s, is the history of multiculturalism. We’re proud of the diversity within our school community and Diversity is one of our values.


The impact of this tragedy stretches far beyond New Zealand and I understand that some members of our community, particularly our children and young people, may be looking to their families or the school for guidance and support.


Some may have watched the footage on the news and feel impacted by the images. Others may feel unsure of their safety and will need reassurance and support to feel safe.


For tips for parents and carers on supporting children and young people and helping them feel safe during this time, see: Supporting children and young people with distressing events.


I encourage you to take care of yourself and those around you during this time.

Grade 6 Parent Information Evening, Open Night Prospective Parents for 2020

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.

School Council Elections

At the close of the call for nominations in the Parent Category for School Council there were 5 nominees for the 5 vacancies. The following parents were therefore, elected for a two year term. 

•    Mr Matthew Sheehan

•    Ms Catherine McKenzie

•    Ms Donna Woods

•    Ms Shelley Kitchen

•    Ms Helen Polyzos 


At the close of the call for nominations in the Department of Education & Training DE&T Category of School Council there were 3 nominees for 3 vacancies. The following DE&T staff member were, therefore, elected for a two year term.

•    Ms Shona Scorringe

•    Ms Tonia Tigani 

•    Mr Philip  Walker  


At the close of the call for nominations in the Student Category of School Council there were 2 nominees for 2 vacancies. The following students, therefore, elected for a two year term.

•    Mr Lachlan Grantham 

•    Mr Bailey Kitchen 


Congratulations to the parents, DE&T staff members and student members who have joined our School Council and thank you to all for showing interest in school governance. Working together makes a huge difference in improved student outcomes and in students’ lives. 


On behalf of the school community, thank you to the outgoing council members (parents & staff). Their contribution has been paramount to the life of our College Community. Thank you very much. 

2019 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

The 2019 AIP is based on the 2017 – 2020 School Strategic Plan. 
The Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) describes how the key improvement strategies in the school strategic plan, and other significant projects, will be put into operation during the year and how they will be monitored. It assists schools to:

  • plan and communicate their work for the coming year and how this will lead to achieving their identified goals and targets 
  • ensure efficient and effective allocation of resources to complete the work
  • monitor progress and success. 

The 2019 AIP is posted on the school’s website.

Annual Report 2018

Annual reporting is an important tool for effective governance within schools and across the government school system. Reporting to the school community adds value in a number of ways:

  • Keeping the school community informed
  • Contributing to system accountability and meeting legislative requirements
  • Relationship between the planning and annual reporting processes 

The Annual Report is prepared by the school Principal and presented to parents and the wider community to inform them of the school's activities and achievements throughout the previous year. The report also provides an opportunity to communicate and publicise the longer term directions for the school. Please take your time to read through and familiarise yourselves with the 2018 Annual Report. A copy will be published on the school’s website. 


Student Appearance

All students at North Geelong Secondary College are expected to take pride in their personal appearance. Jewellery, make-up, hair colour and style must be discreet as per the school expectations and policies. Earrings must consist only of sleepers or studs in the ears.


It is the school’s preferred position that students do not have facial piercing i.e. any facial piercing other than the ears. However, for students who already have facial piercing they have the following options: (i) the facial piercings are removed during the school day, to and from school. (ii) the facial piercing is discreet and clear plastic and (iii) a band aide is applied on the piercing during the school day, including to and from school .


Under no circumstances will metal facial piercings be accepted.


Therefore, new facial piercings cannot be obtained during the year due to the healing time which requires the piercing to be metal.

Personal Property brought to school

Personal property is often brought to school by students and visitors.  This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  I wish to remind you that, DET does not hold insurance (excluding the school’s iPad program) for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  


I wish to discourage students and visitors from bringing any personal property in particular valuable items to school and if you choose to do so it is entirely at your own risk.  




Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals


Please note that with the move into Autumn and therefore some cooler weather, there are no provisions for ‘extras’ to the stated uniform. In particular, if your child wears a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve top is not permitted to be worn if at any stage in the day it is visible. Students should have the correct school jumper and either the blazer or the soft shell PE jacket for an extra layer. The classrooms are well heated and students need to be able to take off layers if they are too warm, knowing they are not to have visible non-school tops. Bellarine Uniforms offer the option to have the jumper sleeves lined for students who have a reaction to the wool in the jumpers.


School shoes - please ensure that your child has correct school shoes. At NGSC, correct school shoes do not include Doc Martens, ballet flats, sneakers, skate shoes or black runners. A school shoe must have a small heel that makes it clearly different from a sport shoe/runner/sneaker.


Year Level Coordinators have access to a poster that shows the correct and incorrect types of school shoes at NGSC.

Facial Piercing - the “clear, covered or gone” rule at NGSC is easy to follow so that any facial piercings are not to be seen at school, from the time the student arrives at school to the time they leave. It is expected that families provide appropriate tape to cover piercings. It is interesting that some senior students have removed their piercings completely when they were not allowed to have them at work and at school they find it too much of a hassle. 

Progress Reports

The Progress Reports for Week 8 will be available next Monday, 25 March. If you have concerns about the information in the report please contact the Year Level Coordinator.


Performance Averages below 2.5 place the student in a position of not learning at their potential. This will require a conversation about a change to learning behaviour or the implementation of specific strategies to assist in learning in order to affect improvement. For some students the conversation will happen at Student Support Group (SSG) meetings initiated by the Year Level Coordinator. 

Parent Teacher Conferences – Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

Please use the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers at the first round of conferences for this year. The online booking through Compass will be made available from early next week. The information in the Progress Reports will help you to decide the conferences you should book. 


Please note that for some families, a paper booking form will be provided to assist in making appointment times for interpreters to also attend. Please contact Vera Dudas if you need the help of interpreters. 

Communities of Practice - Student Engagement

In late February North Geelong Secondary College formed a partnership with Principals from neighbouring schools and is referred to across the state as a Community of Practice. This partnership has centred on Student Voice and Agency. Principals in this team will identify current and successful programs around the state, nationally and globally to recognise best practice and consider pathways for our region and our schools. This partnership began with a presentation in our rejuvenated B wing. We (Allister Hill and I) shared our (Simon Scoullar, Steve Quinn and other Leadership team members) journey in developing strategies to identify engagement strategies with individuals in classrooms.

Engagement survey journey thus far...

At the start of the year we surveyed about 86% of all students on what engages them best in their own learning. We then collated and presented the data to staff as they began to identify student capacities, interests and how to connect them best with an activity to maximise their development. Staff then observed the survey data as well as other performance data and set some goals for targeted students to ensure they achieve a year’s growth.


Below is a snapshot of what the engagement data looks like for individuals in a particular class. The class in this case is a Year 9 woodwork class. It is interesting to note the differences between responses.

The following graphs are examples of what class-based data is available to the teachers. Please note that this is also Year 9 woodwork class and in the second graph you will note that about ¼ of the woodwork class are keen on a community services type pathway.

Parents can look at the information their children have entered via Compass Insights module. If they have not yet done it then perhaps do this together. Towards the end of the year we anticipate that we will see staff and students involved in conversations that really engage the student in their own learning to meet their perceived capacity and attain great outcomes.



Daniel Grozdanovski

Assistant Year 8 Coordinator

Safe use of Technology

Term 2 is just around the corner, but a few issues are coming to the surface revolving around the correct use of technology. Technology is one of the biggest growth areas in the world right now. With many positives to come from technology and apps, unfortunately, we also face some challenges. The appropriate use of technology as an adolescent is one of those challenges. Gone are the days when we used our phones just to message and call people. The technology boom now allows our children to communicate with friends and people all over the world with an instant click of a button.  Children haven’t developed the maturity on how to navigate the social media world safely and effectively. Increasing, is the number of children who go home and the first thing they do is sit down in front of their gaming console and aren’t spotted until dinner time. These devices all have benefits, but at such a young age we need to make sure we are helping our children navigate their way around them correctly. So here are some tips to help your child with their device.  



Make sure your children spend some time at home away from their devices. Even if it’s no phones at the dinner table or making sure there is an hour of the night when all devices are switched off. Spending time away from the screen promotes conversations that may not usually occur.



Make sure there is a limit on the amount of time your children are using certain apps or consoles. Apple phones now have an app in the settings called “Screen Time”. This app allows you to see how much time your child is spending on their phone and on what apps. It also allows you to set limits on how long they can use each app per day. A very handy app for those children spending too much time on certain apps. This can be used on the school iPad or any iPad. The same can also be done with PlayStation and Xbox.



It is very important that parents have an understanding of the app or games their child is playing. Sit down with your child and get them to show you what apps or games they are using and ask them about why they enjoy them. By understanding apps and games it gives the parent a better understanding of where the dangers may lie in playing or using these apps. 



When your children are using their iPad and consoles try and keep them in communal areas so that you can see the way that your child interacts with them. This prevents children taking them into their bedroom and spending too much time on them and also allows you to gain a better understanding of the games and apps your children are playing.

Finally being a good role model. It is important that we as teachers and parents are able to set good examples for our children and students on how to effectively use our electronic devices. If your child comes home and sees their parents sitting on their phones or their teachers sitting in the yard glued to their phone we are setting them up for failure. 

If you have any questions about how we can further support you in regards to safe use of technology don’t hesitate to ask any of the Junior Sub School Coordinators. 


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Almost half way through Semester One. Please engage with Progress Reports and have conversations at home around progress, strengths and challenges. Poignantly for Year 10 students we are preparing our students for Senior School and it is incredibly important students demonstrate their capacity to maintain a Performance Average above three. 


Attendance can be a huge barrier to academic progress and with this we need parental support- realistically home is where they get out of bed.


Watch hoodies now that it's getting colder and please contact us in the Middle School should you need any support or if you have any questions regarding uniform.


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager


What a great image of our VCE students applying their knowledge and skills to the practice General Achievement Test (GAT). These are being marked by external VCAA markers who will give students individual feedback.  Students should receive this by the end of the term.

I would like to advise parents/carers of two excellent supports for VCE students to use:

  • Free ATAR note lectures on weekends during the holiday break. These lectures are presented by teachers and examiners in central Melbourne. Skills and knowledge in each subject area will be reinforced by the lecturer and students receive detailed notes and study plans. It is also an opportunity for NGSC students to meet with other VCE students from around the state. Places fill up quickly so it is important to book as soon as possible.


  • Free on-line tutoring. This is a program run for regional schools by university students and lecturers. VCE students can email questions or sample answers and are given feedback on their answers and essays. The group, RESN, spoke to Year 11 and 12 students at school this week and students were encouraged to sign up to the website. Students send and receive work via the website, so student privacy is protected.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews are on Wednesday, 3 April, 2019.

  • All Unit 3 subject/classes, periods 1 to 6, will run on this day and students are expected to attend.
  • After the release of progress reports Monday, 25 March, students and parents are encouraged to book appointments with teachers. This is vital as feedback at this stage of the academic year helps to improve student outcomes.

Thanks for your support.


Ms Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Just Think Program

Ms Scorringe and Ms Elkin’s VCAL class has been out and about over the past few weeks. 


They have taken part in the Just Think program run by Geelong Cats. This looks at the impact alcohol has on young people and aims to have adolescents think about delaying their first drink. Students learnt a lot, enjoyed a small amount of exercise and came up with some great designs for a banner for the players to run through in the Just Think round later in the year.



Multiskills Training Centre

They also attended the open day of the Multiskills Training Centre where they were able to learn about the civil construction industry and have a go at various pieces of equipment – cranes, skid steers and front end loaders. They also took a fork lift through its paces.


Lethbridge Winery

Students attended Lethbridge Winery to learn about the wine industry and to scope the area where they will build a pigpen for the many piglets on the farm. They will be going back to build this pen in the near future. Many outcomes in Literacy, Work Related Skills and Numeracy will be met by participating in this project.




The class attended Biolab for a session called the Human Machine. Here they tested the body’s response to exercise. They gathered base (resting) data and then exercise data for skin temperature, breathing rate and heart rate. This data was brought back to class and analysed by calculating means and drawing graphs. In a Biolab incursion, students were shown how to design a fair competition to test which design of paper plane flew the greatest distance. In the future, the group will aim to organise a competition for a local primary school. 




Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Intermediate Baseball

On Friday, 15 March, the Intermediate baseball team played at Saints Baseball Club grounds. They won one game, but lost the other two. They then had a ‘friendly’ game with Surf Coast Secondary College, which gave the Assistant Coach, Clair, a chance to play. Thanks to all the boys, especially those that consistently turned up to the twice-weekly training sessions.


Other School News

Katina Astles

Transition Coordnator

Information Evening

On Wednesday, 20 March, we held our annual Information Evening. This year, our theme was Discover NGSC. The evening began with brief presentations in the Gym from the Principal, Mr Adamou, Year 7 Leaders, Elsie Erjavec and James Hose, former NGSC Arts Captain, Thomas Grantham, and current Year 7 parent, Michelle Reed.


Visitors then participated in self-guided tours of our new and refurbished facilities. Each Key Learning Area had interactive activities to replicate the innovative teaching and learning that happens here at the College every day. Highlights of the tour included: 

  • Tai Chi with our Naobot, Winston
  • Experiments in our newly refurbished science labs
  • Musical performances
  • Skills sessions with our Excellence in Sports students
  • An art installation, origami and biscuit decorating
  • A VCAL Harmony Day lantern display, where visitors added their own messages of peace
  • A supersized sensory room from Student Wellbeing.

The SRC, iLeaders and VCAL students were fantastic ambassadors for the College and spoke formally and informally about all the opportunities on offer to them here at NGSC.


To discover more about NGSC for yourself, book a personalised school tour by contacting the office on 5240 5800.


Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News and more about Pako Festa

The annual vibrant and multicultural Pako Festa was celebrated in style on Saturday, 23 February.


The Multicultural Committee took part in the parade and proudly showcased NGSC’s diverse multicultural community and the enriched connections of culture. The theme for 2019 was ‘Generations’ and we truly lived up to that expectation as we had mother and daughter Ms June Bashiruddin and Miss Elisabeth Fagan join us, along with several generations of teachers and pupils, including Mrs Barbara Peek as my former teacher (Mrs Vera Dudas) and Mrs Suzana Verescuk my former student. This year’s Pako Festa was as spectacular as always with lots of colour and cheer and perfect sunny weather. The atmosphere was just electric, as described by festival director Luisa Lafornara.


This term we have recommenced the program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women at NGSC. The program was initiated in 2018 by Catholic Care and coordinated by Nestor Estampa in conjunction with NGSC. Topics being covered this term include: Multicultural Events, Compass: ’what is it all about?’, International Women’s Day Celebrations, Wellbeing, education assistance, finance and Centrelink information. The first meeting was held on Thursday, 21 February, with thirty women in attendance 


Mr Paul Dawson welcomed the group and Mrs Vera Dudas delivered information on all of NGSC’s significant dates and events, which were well received. The second CALD meeting on Thursday, 28 February, covered the Compass program at NGSC and was presented by Assistant Principal, Mrs Julie Andrews, in conjunction with IT savvy staff, via interpreters and support staff. It was very informative with lots of relevant and necessary skills and tools provided to parents in order to be able to keep up to date with their children and daily happenings at NGSC. Well done to Mrs Andrews and the IT team on all your efforts and presentation of such a valuable and informative session. As well as a huge congratulations and thank you to Nestor for facilitating these CALD group sessions which we trust will continue to be successful.


Multicultural Committee News/International Women's Day

As part of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women's program, we celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday, 7 March, along with EAL students who delivered a speech and presented gifts to each of the participants. The session concluded with a workshop on creating halo making with rosemary as a symbol of remembrance. Great fun was had by all. Thanks must go to Sefidah for organising the program for International Women’s Day with gifts and a morning tea for all of the group to enjoy. Also our gratitude goes to the program coordinator Nestor Estampa from Catholic Care who is behind every session.


The Multicultural Committee had its second and final meeting for this term on Monday, 18 March, with a productive and informative session of events and programs for Harmony Day celebrations (Thursday, 21 March) as well as updates of events happening out in the school community.


June Bashiruddin

Arts Manager

Harmony Circles and Alphabet Flags

Past student Mutheinchri Ra was featured in an article in Geelong Indy on Friday. She, along with several current NGSC students, are displaying their artworks at the Geelong Renew Concept Space just behind the bus stops in Moorabool Street, starting on Friday, 22 March to 17 April. Liz McGrath, from the Bluebird Foundation, has been working with our students in creating Harmony Circles at lunchtime since mid 2018. Some of these will be displayed in the Moorabool Street Space as well as at school.

Liz has also been inspiring students from Ms Bashiruddin’s VCAL class during this term to design and create Alphabet Flags. These will be used on Harmony Day as part of our celebrations and then again at the Launch of the Drawn Together project. Come along and see these amazing creations.


Brent Nixon

LOTE Manager

Journey to Germany

The LOTE department would like to wish Lachlan Munn a safe and happy journey to Germany and back on the school exchange. He will be there for 5 weeks from Saturday, 30  March. We look forward to hearing all about it after his return on Saturday, 4 May.  

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

International Women's Day Breakfast

College captains Bailey, Sarah, Jasper, Beth, Brianna and Jeremy, along with Soroptimist bursary holders, Bae Meh and Nazanin, attended a breakfast to celebrate International Womens’ Day on Friday, 8 March. They were accompanied by Ms Eales, Ms Elkin and Mrs Andrews. They were treated to an entertaining talk by Elida Brereton (Principal, Margaret Murray, of Summer Heights High fame). In real life, Elida was a principal of Camberwell High School, after a teaching stint at what was then Bell Park High School, where she actually taught Ms Elkin! She was full of stories from her travels and her teaching times, as well as fun things from the set of Summer Heights High.


Tonia Tigani

International Student Coordinator Assistant

International Student Program

The students within our International Student Program at North Geelong Secondary College attended an evening at the Geelong Yacht Club. The evening was a “Welcome Event for International Students” and so much fun was had by all, ranging from showing their skills at football to being brave and handling Australian wildlife animals. The smiles and responses from the students was something to be remembered and their experiences will be long lasting memories for them all.


John Petrie

iLeader Program

We are trying to improve the iLeader program in 2019. As a result we have now included positive chronicle entries for our iLeaders on Compass. 


This is to acknowledge all of their efforts in assisting teachers and students with ICT issues in the classroom. The iLeaders rewards program has been a huge success so far with iLeaders improving their ability to help others around the school.


The top 5 iLeaders so far in 2019 are:

1.    Vincent Weatherly – 1500 points
2.    Nick Muli – 1000 points
3.    Brodie Orrock – 700 points
4.    Logan Scott – 700 points
5.    Will Connor – 700 points


Well done to these dedicated students and all of our iLeaders this year.

Linda Castle

LOTE Teacher

World's Greatest Shave

Ms Castle is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation! The Big Shave is going to happen at Lunch in the Piazza on Thursday, 28 March.


Please sponsor her to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need. You'll also fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers while improving their quality of life. Ms Castle has selected the three months of lab costs as her fundraising target.


Every day another 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. That's one Aussie every 41 minutes. Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.


Ms Castle is donating the cut hair to the Variety Club to contribute to them making wigs for kids more accessible.


Will you help by sponsoring Ms Castle?

To sponsor Ms Castle either go to World'S Greatest Shave and search for 'Linda Castle' or put something in the donation box at school.


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


Women's Swimming Program


Tuning into Teens


Free Suicide Prevention Play at Sacred Heart College


Online Safety for Parents


You are Invited



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 9:00 am and 12:15 pm 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:


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