Northcote High School Newsletter

02 August 2016
What's Coming Up Summary
Coming Up - Science Week
Being a Northcote Student 
Coming up - PTSNs 
Coming Up - Music
Coming up - Writer's Festival
Coming up: Friends of Hudad
Coming Up - Year 10 Philanthropic Project 2016
Coming Up - next Night Sky Viewing 
Report -Volleyball Gold medalists
Report -Brave Faces 2016
Report - Competition and Scholarship winners
Report - Year 10 International TED Talk 
Report - Student Life Project
Football with Mr Price
Community News
Pathways and Careers
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

What's Coming Up Summary

Summary of upcoming events

Thurs 4 Aug - Chuck Some Bucks  Comedy Night


Mon 8 Aug - Yr 10-11 Course Counselling Day


Frid 12 Aug - Yr 9-10 Course Counselling Day

Mon 15 Aug - Sat 20 Aug - 2016 Writer's Festival
(see article) including events Poetry Slam and Community Writing Festival.


Mon 15 Aug - Science Week begins


Tues 16 Aug - 4 pm. Bookings for Parent Teacher Student Meetings Open on Compass.


Tues 16 Aug - VTAC Information Night

Thurs 18 Aug - Big Band Boogie


Frid 19 Aug - Visit by Huaibei N1 High School (to Wed 24 Aug)

Tues 23 Aug - Strings Wine and Cheese


Wed 24 Aug - 1.30-7.00 PM Parent Teacher Student Meetings 


Thurs 1 Sept - 1.30-7.00 PM Parent Teacher Student Meetings

Bring it On!

Northcote High School’s production of Bring It On was a resounding success, with  William Olver Hall full and over 1000 tickets sold. Over 170 students were involved in the production in a variety of roles, including but not limited to actors, dancers, costumers and backstage crew. Many thanks to all families, students and staff who supported the show over the past six months.

Latin at Northcote!

Latin is no longer a dead language at NHS. A group of dedicated latinists have been learning after school since last year. They will tell you that not just is Latin fun, it helps with literacy; with language learning; with studying English Language or Classics and with feeling more confident generally!

New students are always welcome (and interested parents too!). We have an intermediate class and a beginners class - with specialised teachers who can help even if the only Latin you know if the school motto!

Want to know more? There is an information evening on Thursday August 11 at 6pm in M1. Here our two teachers will go through what they do in class and answer all your questions! In the Carlene Wilson for more information.


Coming Up - Science Week

National Science Week: 15-19 August


Drones, Droids and Robots is this year’s theme. Come to M6 every lunch to program robots, build game consoles and even catch some Pokémon!




Monday 15thAugust

Game console tutorial (Makey Makey) for years 7 and 8

Sphero robot programming tutorial (Hour of Code) for years 9 and 10

Tuesday 16thAugust

Pokémon Go tour of the school, meet at M6 at 12:30pm. Tour departs at 12:40pm

Game console construction and sphero programming


17th August

Game console construction and sphero programming at lunch and after school

Thursday 18thAugust

Game console competition

Astronomy night in the D block at 7pm.

Friday 19thAugust

Sphero programming competition



Being a Northcote Student 

Last week, we had a distressing incident reported to us by a member of the public. Two junior NHS students were involved in shouting abuse at a passerby, who was doing nothing but walking down a lane near Clauscen St.  It was a upsetting incident  and caused much distress and embarrassment to the school.


It's true that when we read the news and watch TV, at any one time we see the best and worst of people. Fortunately, at Northcote High School its so often the best. This newsletter always carries news on the community and philanthropic work we do - and there is more in this edition. Its been a part of this school's life since it was established in 1926. From small projects like Isabelle Young's annual bake sale fundraiser for a village in remote Borneo, to really large philanthropic projects organised across Year Levels. 

This year we also see 40 students travel to Cambodia for three weeks to help two communities. Next year, 35 Music students will bring the joy that only music can to student audiences in remote parts of China.


 When we travel to and from school, its important to remember that we need to be the same good citizens. Mindful of other people on public transport, helpful to those in need, polite to people we don't know.


At the end of last term, two NHS students helped a senior citizen who fell while getting onto a tram. They also helped the man off the tram later on. As Australians, and as members of one of the state's oldest secondary schools, one likes to think this is who we are.


Mr Nick Murphy
Assistant Principal


Coming up - PTSNs 

Parent Teacher Student Meetings this term are  from 1.30-7.00 pm on



- On those days, the whole school operates periods 1-3, with dismissal after Period 3—approximately 12.30 pm.

- Bookings are made online, using Compass School Manager.

How to book

Compass Bookings for both events open from Tuesday August 16, 4.00 pm

1. On the welcome page or under the Community tab you will find Parent Student Teacher Conferences. Click to follow the link.

2. After 4 pm Tuesday August 16 you will see “2016 PTSN3 Wed Aug 24 ” and also “2016 PTSN4 Thurs Sept 1” Click on the day that suits you. It does not matter which day you attend.

3. A panel will come up, as shown . At the top is “My Bookings”, with available spots in green. At the bottom are the names of your son/daughter’s teachers—”Available Staff”.

4. Click on the time you would like to see a teacher, in the top pane. Pull down to find your teachers name. Click the Update button. A green sign at the top will show you its done! (If you don’t click the update button it won’t save your bookings)

The page looks a little like this one:


- It’s a good idea to print or copy down your bookings! We do not keep a copy for you at school.

- If you don’t have a computer at home, you will be able to contact the office for assistance. (9488 2300) 

- This year we will again keep bookings open until the day meetings commence—that is, until 12.30 on each PTM day. 

Who to see

Parent Teacher Meetings are always well attended at Northcote High School. However, if you are new to the process, here is some advice:

- It is not necessary to try to see all of your son or daughter’s teachers at Parent Teacher Meetings. For example, you don’t need to see your Year Level Program Coordinator, Head of School or even your child’s Tutor, unless there is a specific need.


- Interviews book out quickly for some staff. Please don’t delay to make your appointments.

- Select teachers to see on the basis of need. For example if you are concerned about how your child is going in a particular subject, contact with that staff-member should be a priority! If you miss out on seeing a teacher but need to see them, please contact them for another appointment via Compass .


The following teachers are not available for Parent Teacher Meetings because they are on other duties:

- August 24:

- Sept 1:  

(Please check Compass on the day for any other absence announcements)

Some other teachers work part time and have limited availability on both days. Look for availability when you log on to Compass. If the teacher’s name does not come up as an option when you look on Compass, it means they don’t work that day! Please contact these teachers by Compass if required.

All teachers take a break between 5.00 and 5.40 pm for dinner. (It is not possible to stagger this break in a way that would be equitable for parents and staff)

Coming Up - Music

Big Band Boogie


Thurs 18 August, 7 pm NHS Hall

An evening of Big Band Music with the NHS Stage Bands.


Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Essentially Ellington Down Under


JMI and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center will be bringing a new and exciting festival to Australia in August this year, offering high school jazz bands and music directors/musicians of all sorts some excellent performance and professional development opportunities.


The Essentially Ellington Down Under Regional Festival will feature a high school big band festival in Melbourne and is adjudicated by 2 Jazz at Lincoln Center representatives. In addition, there will be a full-day workshop in each city for musicians, students and teachers led by the Jazz at Lincoln Center representatives.

The Northcote High School Senior Stage Band will be performing on August 10th at 2:30pm at the Darebin Arts Centre. Please come along to listen to some fine music making. 


Strings, Wine & Cheese

Tues 23 August, 7 pm NHS Hall
An evening of String music deaturing the NHS string Ensembles and orchestra.

Bookings at


Supporting Oxfam

The Northcote High School Senior Band and Senior Strings will take part in a series of Oxfam fundraising concerts. Family and friends are invited to come to the concerts to support our students, and to support Oxfam.

Senior Concert Band, Monday August 8.
Box Hill Town Hall 1022 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill at 7pm.

Senior Strings, Tuesday August 9.
Box Hill Town Hall 1022 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill at 7pm.

Tickets are available through Trybooking, or at the door. Tickets are $15, concession $10. Performers and children are free of charge.

Please come along and support this worthy cause.

Coming up - Writer's Festival

Student workshops Mon 15 Aug - Frid 19 Aug.


Monday 15th August


Period 1 – James Thyer – Illustrating and online publishing

Period 3 – Ruth Clare  - Writing memoir and autobiography          

Period 4 -  Ruth Clare – About her novel ‘Enemy’ and the publishing industry


Tuesday 16th August


Period 2 – John Harms – Sports writing

Period 3 – John Harms – Sports writing


Wednesday 17th August (Year 7s and 8s only)


Period 2 – Archie Fusillo – becoming a writer

Period 3 – Archie Fusillo – becoming a writer


Thursday 18th August


Period 2 - Simmone Howell – getting started with short stories and novels

Period 3 - Simmone Howell – Young Adult fiction writing


Friday 19th August


Period 2 – Tric O’Heare – Writing Poetry


All workshops will take place in the library


Selecting and paying for workshops

Students have been indicating interest in workshops via a survey on myNH.  This week they will be finalizing selections and the costs for workshops will be added to Compass events.


The costs are:

$8 - Single workshop pass

$12 – Two workshops

$16 – Three workshops


Enquiries about the in-school workshop program can be directed to Paul Gilby (Head of English) 

Email: [email protected]


Community Festival
Sat 20 Aug

The Community Festival will be welcoming students, parents and the community on Saturday 20th of August between 12 midday and 4pm, to the presentation sessions listed below:

12 midday

Will Kostakis (Writer of The First Third )


Patricia Karvelas (Journalist, Host of RN Drive on Radio National)


Alice Pung (Writer of Unpolished Gem, editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia)


Myfanwy Jones (Shortlisted for 2016 Miles Franklin Award for Leap)


There will be music, and food available, and Fairfield Bookshop will be onsite. Each session will be 45 minutes long, leaving time to ponder, chat, and have a book signed.

Student writing by Year 7 and Year 8 students will be on display from Monday to Saturday, and parents and community members are welcome to view it during that time.


Tickets for the Slam and Community Festival available online from Trybooking .

Follow these links:

Poetry Slam (Friday 19th August 7.00pm, School Hall):

Community Writing Festival (Saturday August 20th 12 Midday-4.00pm, School Library):


Coming up: Friends of Hudad

Year 7 Philanthropic Project: Supporting Friends of Hudad


Excitement is building in Year 7 as students are about to launch their annual philanthropic project. This year the project is aimed at supporting the Friends of Hudad. The foundation is close to our hearts as is lead by our local NHS community member and parent, Jenny Ouliaris. The organisation are raising money to build a school in a remote mountainous area of Ethopia. It aims to provide education and environmental, social and economic sustainability for members of the community.

Year 7 Students will be running a series of events to support the Friends of Hudad throughout Term Three, culminating in a charity walk in Term Four. This walk will replicate the hardships and lengths that these Ethiopian children endure on a daily basis to gain access to education.

Information on how to support will follow!


Ms Hannah Kent and Mr Luke Slingsby 

Coming Up - Year 10 Philanthropic Project 2016

Supporting Women's Health in the North

The students of Year 10 have chosen to support Women's Health in the North (WHIN) as part of their philanthropic project. The aim of Women's Health in the North is to contribute to women's safety and wellbeing and to focus on preventing violence against women. As a community focused foundation group, it assists women in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne. WHIN recognises the factors that may affect a woman's life, then work to empower them to bring change thus improving their lives.


The aim of the Year 10 philanthropic project is to collect and donate toiletries to the foundation. The reason for this specific donation, is because most women who arrive at the WHIN centres don't bring many items with them; including toiletries, which we all know are a necessity.


Instead of asking for a cash donation, we are asking you to donate a useful toiletry item. This can be anything from a tube of toothpaste, deodorant, bar of soap to a tube of paw-paw ointment. We will be thankful for any brand new donations you can offer. A donation bin will be available at the front foyer for you to drop off your item.


Imagine how many items Northcote High School can donate if every family contributed one item each!

Gabriel Simeone

Coming Up - next Night Sky Viewing 

Photo: Is such a photo even possible....?



Our terrific telescope (courtesy of the Telescopes in Schools program) will be set up in the courtyard near D13 on

  • Thursday 4th August 7.00pm to 8.00pm*


Bring your ipads, phones and cameras to take your own pictures of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.

Come along and gaze upon the Universe!

Students, teachers and families all welcome.

For more information please see Ms Hutchens.

*Weather permitting. If it is a cloudy evening we will reschedule.

Report -Volleyball Gold medalists

Our Year 8 girls Volleyball team played in the Victorian Schools' Cup last weekend. They played seven fantastic games over the 3 days and made it to the gold medal match against Penleigh Essendon Grammar, wining in 2 sets. All girls played very well, showing lots of improvement since last year. Captain Isobel Thorpe handed out the gold medals at the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Well to to all the girls, their families and coach Jonny Kaye! 

The next tournament will be the National cup in December.

Ms Beth Wright

Report -Brave Faces 2016

Since 1993,

the last two periods of Semester One at Northcote High has become synonymous with “Brave Faces.”


Brave Faces is a live talent show where students and staff members have the opportunity to display their special talent in front of a very enthusiastic audience and judging panel.

This year the audience was treated to a variety acts from students in Year 7 through to Year 12 as well as staff members and former students.  All performers displayed great courage, talent and a willingness “to give it a go.”

Congratulations and thank you to all involved for their great efforts in bringing the show together. It is always a great pleasure and privilege to be involved in the production of Brave Faces.



1st Candy Bui

2nd Yianni Rowland, Anthony Cavalieri, Jesse Viney

3rd James Stewart, Hannah Bayston, Isabelle Zeevarder


Mr Price, Ms Metcalfe, Mr Rush


Rohan Hamit

Drama Teacher 2016




Report - Competition and Scholarship winners

Chinese Uni Scholarship

The school congratulates Imogen Weisser (above) who has accepted a one year full scholarship to a major university in China. Imogen is studying VCE Chinese Second Language this year and hopes this great experience will boost her ability. Thanks to Ms Witt and Principal Morris for assistance with the application.

Ms Sandy Mcleod

Titration Competition Results

2016 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)  Titration Competition Results

This year Northcote High school entered 4 teams into the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) State wide Titration competition.

Students involved are currently studying Unit 1 and 2 or Unit 3 and 4 Chemistry. The competition ask students to determine the concentration of a solution of ethanoic acid (acetic acid or vinegar) using the Titration technique. Students worked in teams of three, and each team was given three different unknown concentration solutions of ethanoic acid. The winning team was the one which came closest to the correct answers. One of our teams results was ranked second in the state and I would like to congratulate Jack Puccini, Patrick Butler and Finn Nott. These students will now be invited to compete in the National Titration competition by RACI. Well done to all who participated in the 2016 RACI Titration Competition. 




Report - Year 10 International TED Talk 

Great Fun and Great Success


The Year 10 International Student group was introduced to TED Talk as a Term 2 school break study project. Students were to watch TED Talk Show, to write a review and to present in class in Term 3.


On Wed 27th July, the anticipated TED Talk presentation session took place, where students come up with a wide range of topic choices from environment conversation to the impact of multi-media on society.


This presentation session is a showcase of our international students’ strong language skills and great learning attitude.


International Student Office


Report - Student Life Project

School is the place where young people come to delve into curriculum to help them prepare for a life of positive contribution and citizenship but, it is much more than this. School is also the place where young people forge friendships, build their social and emotional skills, engage in widely varying activities and test themselves in new experiences. 


This year a small team of teachers has been working with the community on a project to describe and create the opportunity to enhance student life at Northcote High. Central to this has been building the capacity of our professional team through engagement in professional learning workshops focused on building strong relationships with students and families and how to use specific strategies to enhance social and emotional wellbeing in the classroom and our community. 


The project has also provided us with an opportunity to capture student’s unique experiences at school and how we can celebrate student success and achievement. 


One of the main intentions of this work has been to redesign the 2017 Connect (tutorial) program to include:

Specific year level themes

Teaching social and emotional skills 

Philanthropic projects

Unique year level experiences 

Families will be invited to an upcoming forum to provide feedback and ideas about the 2017 program.


The following websites can be accessed to learn more about our recent professional learning.


Berry Street Education Model –

Building Resilience DET -

Social Emotional Learning  - 


Ms Katie Archibald and Ms Airlie Tudhope

Football with Mr Price

The PE department would like to thank Mr Craig Price (Da Shan) for his commitment to all of the school football teams who have made it through to the regional finals this term. Mr Price has been tirelessly training the year 7 boys, yr 7-9 girls and assisting Mr Hore with the yr 8 boys football teams. He has been running 8am sessions, 5 days per week, since the beginning of term 2. We don't know how he does it! A great, healthy and active start to the day for all the students involved. Awesome work 'Pricey', you are an inspiration to all of us!


Community News


Safety works - St Georges Rd

This is to inform you of upcoming safety works on the St Georges Road shared path taking place between the 3rd and 17th August. During the works, a short section of the shared path just south of Arthurton Rd will be closed and a detour will be provided. Please find a link to a map for the detour and other alternative routes below.


The St Georges Road Shared Path Safety Audit identified the section between Arthurton Road and McCracken Avenue as a high priority for treatment due to the high risk rating associated with the area.


The project will reduce the path grade where it crosses the tram tracks and separate people riding bikes and walking.


Here is a link to the Darebin Council Facebook post you may wish to share with your groups.


There is further information on our website


Cricket Players needed


Action for Happiness Course

Help make Northcote a happier and more caring place!



High School Tutoring



Located at: Shop 2, 607 Gilbert Road, Preston

(At the Gilbert Road tram terminal)


We offer:

  • Creative, individual programs for each student
  • Help with homework
  • Activity-based learning using a variety of teaching aids
  • Qualified educators who have a "working with children check"
  • 1hr session(s) that allow for optimal effective learning


$60 (inc. GST) per 1 hr session (includes resources as required) Maximum 2 students per tutor

Ask us about:

- Our family and multiple session discounts

- Junior tutoring


For more details call 9034 4893 or [email protected]

Children's Book Council of Australia

Judge's Talk

When: 11 Aug 2016, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Northcote Library

In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote children’s books of high literary and artistic quality.  These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.  CBCA judge, Jane Parsons, will join us to discuss this year's Children's Book Awards Notables list.

Come along if you’re interested in children's literature.  For educators, this is a professional development opportunity - PD certificates will be available.  


Book online or call 1300 655 355.

Pilates for High School


Pathways and Careers

Important dates for Year 12 students:





Year 12s are now able to access up-to-date course information for 2017, and to register for their tertiary applications. An assembly will be held on August 16 to go over all the important information students need, although some will choose to register before this date.  It is not necessary to pay when registering, but students will need to enter initial preferences before September 29.

Registration must be completed by September 29 to obtain the discounted early bird fee of $32.

Jobs for Youth 2016


The Jobs for Youth Campaign is a whole-of-community drive to increase youth job options in Melbourne’s Inner North, running from July to October this year. Coordinated by the Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce, the campaign will include a range of youth-specific events and activities designed to link employers to young job-seekers and empower both to make youth employment a success. The activities are suitable for young people at all stages of their schooling and employment status.

You can find out more about this initiative and the opportunities available via this link:

NHS is directly involved in this campaign through the RIJI program, whereby students are able to participate in a guided job activity that culminates in a simulated job application and mock interview with volunteers from local industry. In addition, you will have read in other newsletters about the extensive involvement of our students in activities facilitated by the campaign’s major sponsor, the Clifton Hill branch of the Bendigo Bank. This partnership continues to thrive and grow.

Readers who feel they would like to get involved can do so in many ways, including:

  • Encouraging your child to embrace these opportunities when they arise
  • Volunteering to be an interviewer in the RIJI program (October)
  • Signing the employer pledge and helping a young person enter or prepare for the workforce
  • Signing up to the Speaker Bank and/or volunteering to mentor a young person

Contact Kylie Witt if any of this interests you, or contact the taskforce directly via the link above.



Students in Years 9-11 will be involved in various activities related to course counselling over the coming weeks and months. In addition to these activities, please visit the myNHS Careers page regularly for information on careers, pathways, courses, pre-requisites and other items of interest. 





If you have contributed to the wider community in any of the following ways over a number of years, you may be eligible to apply for some of the Early Entry Schemes offered by unis.


•        Volunteering or involvement with religious or cultural groups

•        Ongoing community service

•        School leadership

•        Social justice, charity fund-raising

•        Sustained involvement in sport or performing arts


Early Entry Schemes offer a variety of benefits, such as a reduced ATAR requirement, mentoring, special seminars and more. You can find more information via these links:


La Trobe Aspire Program:

ACU Early Achievers’ Program:


In addition, ACU has two faculty-based early entry schemes. Students who are studying Legal Studies and/or Business related subjects will find these interesting:

Passion for Business:

Passion for Law & Commerce:

Open Day Calendar

Download the attached calendar, and start planning your weekends in Term 3. Uni Open Days are suitable for students of all year levels – the earlier you start your research, the better informed you will be by Year 12.


NCAT Open Day

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Work Experience Guidelines 2016


Year 10 students have started to organise their work experience placements. An outline of the procedure is attached here for your information.


Northcote High School Newsletter
UNI OPEN DAY CALENDAR 2016 - by date.pdf
UNI OPEN DAY CALENDAR 2016 - by date.pdf
Work Experience Guidelines 2016.pdf