Northcote High School Newsletter

23 February 2016
Issue Two
Principal's Report
Parent Teacher Meetings 
2016 Annual Swimming Carnival
Junior School News
Middle School News 
Senior School News
Inews Update 1
Inews Update 2
Inews Update 3
Teaching at NHS
VET Report
Community News
Pathways and Careers
What's Coming Up
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

Principal's Report

Photo: School & Yr Level Captains 2016

Community Building at NHS

The Year 7 Family Picnic was a great success and presented a fabulous opportunity for families to connect with each other, their child’s new friends, and teachers plus be entertained by our fabulous music students.  Other activities include a race around the school and. a marketplace .showcasing the various student/staff run clubs that are a signature of our vibrant school.  Thank you to Gerard O’Shaughnessy (Head of Junior School), Jaymie Metcalfe and Luke Slingsby for their leadership of this event and to all staff who generously supported the event.  Inner North Community Foundation and North Fitzroy and Clifton Hill Community Bank also joined us on the night.

Thriving and Surviving the VCE provided lots of opportunities for families to speak with each other, supported by the delivery of key information regarding managing the rigours of VCE by Shane Gemmola (Head of Senior School).  Highlights of the night are always the guest presenters; Jacqui Ryan mother of Katie and Henry who both completed Year 12 in 2015 was brilliant as were graduates  Darcy Cornwallis and Sanda Naing.

Seeking your Financial Support -


Building and Library Fund

2016 is a very exciting year for Northcote High, with a number of facilities projects in the planning pipeline.  See the attached link to the campus master plan news.  We encourage you to partner with us to support the development of great learning spaces at Northcote High by making a tax deductible donation.  You will receive a request in the mail in the next week.


What’s happening?


Project 1.

The Performing Arts Hub to be built on the St Georges Road initial funding is $3million allocated by Government, but this falls short of what is required for the level 2 VCE centre and fit out of the black box theatre with retractable seating, curtaining, lights and sound.

Project 2.

The decanting of three art/design spaces from the current A Block into the Art and Design Hubs (B and C Block).

Project 3.
The ongoing upgrade of the school grounds and student passive/social spaces.


Guided Book Club –


New initiative - VCE English for all Parents

This year we are also partnering with Textfactor to  run a Guided Book Club focused oon the VCE English texts the first being Burial Rites: Thursday March 3, 7.30-9pm in the school library, $25 per session  For more information and to register now  go to

Read the book, register, then have fun talking about this year 12 English text and meet other parents navigating the secondary years.

Guided Book Club is facilitated by literary expert, Dr Rose Lucas.

Community Building - What’s coming up….


Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Join us to hear about Northcote High Schools work and achievements across the 2015 school year, plus the what, why around key projects.

The highlight of the AGM will be guest presenter Tom Bentley.

Tom is a policy advisor to governments, academic, author, social commentator and advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation around all matters education and of course he is also a NHS parent. 

Celebrating 90 years of Northcote High 1926 – 2016


The focus of the three key celebration events will be, the establishment of the school its ongoing commitment to partnering with community, providing excellent learning opportunities and outcomes for young people for 90 years and  the schools contribution to state education and teaching.

The Launch

James Merlino Deputy Premier and Minister for Education will be launch the 90 year celebrations.  There will be three key events:

  1. Launch Assembly 1926 – 2016  – Monday 21 March 2016  11:30am

Featuring past/present students and staff, school council presidents, representatives from neighbourhood schools, and Darebin Council and the Department of Education and Training.

  1. Open Day Exhibition - beginning Thursday 27 April 2016

Featuring school photos and memorabilia plus David Wadelton’s photos of Northcote through the Decades.

  1. Back To Soiree - Friday 08 September 2016

This will be an early afternoon/evening gathering featuring opportunities to review photos and memorabilia and catchup with students and staff form your time at the school.

Seeking photos and memorabilia and linking with past students and staff – please contact Kate Challis  9488 2332 

Kate Morris


Parent Teacher Meetings 

Photo: Oliver Read and Sunao Korematsu test out the new table tennis facility.


- Parent Teacher Meetings this term are Thursday March 17 and Wednesday March 23, from 1.30-7.30 pm.


- 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 open from March 9, 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 Wednesday March 9 you will see “2016 PTN1 March 17 ” and also “2016 PTN2 March 23” 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:


- 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:

- 17 March: Ms Mancell

- 23 March: Ms Morris, Mr Murphy, Mr Gilby 

(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)

2016 Annual Swimming Carnival

General Info

Northcote High School prides itself on providing students with opportunities to flourish in a number of ways and events such as the Community Swimming Carnival. The day allows students and staff alike to develop new friendships through participating in a range of water and land based activities. Students who are swimmers are given an opportunity to compete in a full program of events and secure their place in the divisional swim team.


Event Details


Date:               Friday 4th March 2016

Transport:      All Students are to make their own way to the pool and will be dismissed from the venue.

If your child is unable to make their own way to the pool please contact Sarah Blanchard via email  (
or by texting the sport phone (0422373591) as soon as possible. Please include your child’s full name and tutorial group. A bus will be departing from NHS at 8.40am for these students. Students will need to arrive at Northcote Aquatic Centre by 9.15am for roll marking.

​8.30am – 8.45am
– All students wishing to compete in the longer swim races must arrive at the pool, entering via the side gate and presenting to the sign-in tables at the south end of the pool grounds before marshalling for their race.
8:40am – Buses will depart NHS transporting those students who were unable to make their own way to the pool (pre-notification necessary).
9.00am – Competitive swimming events begin
9.15am – All students MUST be at the pool and signed in by this time. Roll marking tables will be located at the South end of the pool for signing in.

9.40am – Community Swimming Carnival Assembly.
2.00pm – All students will make their own way home from the pool. NO buses will be provided. Staff will be there to assist students with directions to public transport options.

Venue, cost etc

Venue:            Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, 180 Victoria Road, Northcote

Uniform: Casual clothes are permitted and students are encouraged  to be Sun smart, bringing a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeve shirt with a collar. All students are strongly encouraged to wear their House Colours/fancy dress. House allocations can be found on Compass next to the student’s name.

Cost: $12.50 per student

Consent: Payment and Consent for the swimming carnival can be done via Compass or the front office.

The due date for payments and consent is Friday 26th February.

Food:  All students are encouraged to bring a snack and packed lunch to the venue. Limited food is available to purchase from the canteen.

Family Participation 

All parents/guardians are invited to attend the Carnival with events running from 9.00am – 1.20pm. There are competitive swimming events, novelty swimming events and a beach volleyball competition, catering for all students.

Additional Info Year 7-9 Students


It is compulsory for all Year 7-9 students to attend the swimming carnival for the entire day.

- Students will be required to sign up to events on the day.


Additional Info Year 10-12 Students


- Year 10, 11 and 12 classes will still be running.

- Year 10, 11 and 12 students wishing to compete in the swimming carnival should have signed up via the Sport signup survey on MyNHS.

Junior School News

Photo: 8A listen to one of Mr Murphy's anecdotes

3 March Yr 7 Parent Info Night 

Starting Year 7 can be just as challenging and overwhelming for parents as it can be for students!

Northcote High School is pleased to invite parents / carers (adults only) to an Information Evening on Thursday 3rd March.
Practical information and strategies will be shared by Dr Nicki Dulfer, from the Education Faculty of Melbourne University. Nicki, also an NHS parent, will deliver a short presentation with a focus on helping students manage anxieties and building resilience as they adjust to secondary school.

In addition, questions on iPad usage, continuous reporting and Year 7 camp will be addressed.
The evening will begin at 6pm - We look forward to seeing you there

Year 7 Camp Forms

Yr 7 parents - please note the enclosed Yr 7 Camp form. You will need to open and complete the permission and medical form sections.

A packing list is also enclosed.


Yr 8 Camps commence

The Year 8 camping program to Boho started last week.  In pleasant, sunny weather, this is what it looks like:

So you are aware, there is a fire weather policy around planning for Boho and some other Camps. If you would like a copy please contact the office.

Secondary School Vaccine Program – Year 7 Students

Re: Transfer of your contact information to the local council


The secondary school vaccine program helps ensure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus and chicken pox.


Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the vaccine consent forms.


Recently the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2013 were amended to authorise schools to release parent and student information to local councils so that councils can follow up with parents after the consent forms have been distributed.


This means that we will provide your local council with your contact details and a local council representative may contact you with vaccine program information.  If you do not wish for your details to be provided to your local council, please advise me in writing before close of business 28 February 2016.


If you are unable to contact me by the above date you will need to contact the officer responsible for the vaccine program at your local council in the event that you have queries about your contact details. 


Every day immunisation saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from illness and the disability caused by many infectious diseases.  All Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free through the school-based program. 


The next step will be to return the student’s vaccine consent forms to the school.  Without returning the consent form, a student may miss the opportunity to be vaccinated.  It is important the consent forms are completed and returned to the school, regardless of whether you agree that the student will be vaccinated or not as part of the school-based program.



Middle School News 

Welcome to all Year 10 families for 2016 


Your Sub-School Team for 2016

  • Middle School Principal – Sean Butler
  • Head of Middle School – Airlie Tudhope (formerly Swallow)
  • Year 10 Program Leaders – Jane Lange and Paul-Micah Sullivan
  • Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Felicity Marlowe

Your child’s tutor will send you a letter shortly to introduce themselves.  The tutors provide the academic care that is critical for student success and they provide a key connection for students with their school. The Tutor is the key contact for students and families for any questions or assistance.


The Year 10 program offers a formidable mix of opportunities and experiences that promotes student learning and growth. Year 10 is a pivotal year for students as they continue their exploration of their learning before transitioning into Senior School.  Many of our students are commencing VCE with a Unit 1&2 subject or undertaking a VET course this year.


The theme across the Year 10 Tutorial curriculum is ‘Harvesting Wisdom’.  Throughout 2016, Year 10 students investigate ‘Harvesting Wisdom’ behaviours and strategies that translate into their study, work and social lives. Students devise plans that will assist their time management as they become more independent and develop strategies to improve their study habits. 


In addition to classes, part of the Year 10 program is the 5-day work experience unit. This program provides students with a great opportunity to experience first-hand work in industries of interest to them. While it is the responsibility of students to seek a placement, tutorial teachers will work with students to support them in their preparation.  We urge students to begin planning for their Work Experience (Nov 21 - 25) now in order to secure a placement. Congratulations to the students who have already found a placement.

Additional programs and opportunities on offer include a cultural immersion trip to the Northern Territory, ‘Keys Please’ (a road safety program) and the Fun Theory.

Central Australia Immersion & Community Service Project.

Year 9 & 10 Camp Opportunity

August 15th – Aug 22nd 2016

This tour was introduced to our current Year 10 students at the end of 2015. There are still places available and we would like to open the invitation to our Year 9 students.  We do apologise for the short time frame in regards to payment.  A total of 30 students may attend the camp. If we receive more than 30 deposits by Friday, students and families will be informed of the selection process.


Students attending the camp will receive permission forms and further details later this term. Please read the attachment.


Towards the VCE


Thinking about the future – for 2017 – Semester 1 Results are critical:

Semester 1 is the foundation for options in 2017.


For 2017 some students will choose to pursue pathways outside NHS and there are a range of excellent VCAL, VET, specialist programs and alternatives in the Inner North of Melbourne to support them. These pathways generally require excellent school reports and a recommendation from the school.


For students wishing to pursue VCE at NHS, Semester 1 is a critical time as students’ results in Semester 1 provide the core information for course counselling in Term 4 and the selection of VCE subjects for 2017.


We know all the students will be focussing and working hard to achieve the results that will position them to enter the subjects or pathways they want to pursue.



  • Please check the newsletter for upcoming key dates.
  • Please read the VCE Promotion guidelines attached


Compass and Student ID Cards

Compass is a critical interface between parents and the school. It is the means by which the school communicates with you and by which parents contact teachers, make payments, provide approvals for events and monitor/approve absences.


For this reason it is critical parents do not share their password with their child. You can reset your password by contacting the General Office on 9488 2300.
Students were reminded at the end of 2015 to keep their ID card until the 2016 version arrives. Student ID cards are important for signing in and using the Compass Kiosk as well as accessing a range of school services. New cards can be ordered through Compass or by contacting the General Office. A charge will apply for replacing a lost card. 2016 cards will not be available until into Term 2 so lost cards should be replaced now.

Thank you for your support of Northcote High School and the 3-way partnership between School, Family and Student.


Please feel free to contact us at any time, particularly if your child’s tutor is unavailable.



Ms Airlie Tudhope
Head of Middle School

Senior School News

Greetings from the Senior School 2016!



As a cohort of VCE students and teachers, we have been incredibly pleased with the beginning of 2016.


Students have shown a real desire to achieve academically this year, with a focus on developing strong partnerships between their peers and their teachers. Testament to this was the amount of VCE parents that joined us for the ‘Thriving and Surviving’ VCE Parent Forum; an excellent opportunity to hear from both the parent and student perspective. We were so lucky to hear from Jacqui Ryan, parent of two students from the class of 2015 and also recent graduates Sanda Naing and Darcy Cornwallis.


The Year 12s undertook a study conference day at Latrobe University, with the express purpose of getting off on the right foot for their final year of secondary schooling. The students brushed up on their studying skills with Elevate Education, received a head start on their English studies with Connect Education and heard from Tristan Miller, a man who ran 52 marathons in one year.


Right through their VCE, students will hear one consistent message: that of being responsible for their own and their classmates academic progress. We are a team of VCE students and teachers at Northcote High School and we must act accordingly. The better we look after each other, the more we will achieve and the more enjoyable the experience will be.


The Senior Team: Diana Corkery and Simon Lasslett at Year 12 and Carolyn Richards and Colm Reale at Year 11 are here to support your students. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have an questions or concerns.


Year 12 Program Leaders

9488 2311


Year 11 Program Leaders

9488 2386


Mr Shane Gemmola

Inews Update 1

Junior Tropfest 2016


Congratulations are due again to our very talented Yr 10 filmmakers. 


Yanni Rowlands’ amazing Chess People  (click to follow the link) took out first place in the Junior Tropfest Competition  (which had over 350 entries) and Yanni was also offered a job on the day by a Melbourne-based producer!


Oliver Bailey and Oliver Crawford-Smith's  film took out third place in the national competition , with Oliver Crawford-Smith also being awarded best male  actor.

You can see their film here – The Suburban Luchador 


Our talented students are  of course, keen to get as many 'youtube likes’ as possible, so have a look!

Debating Update


Northcote High School hosted Thornbury High School in a closely fought debate on the topic that the punishment given to the Essendon players by WADA was appropriate. The Northcote Year 12 team (Lily Chalmers, Luisa Romeo, Thomas Bell and Anna Langford) will now go to the final to be held at the Olympic Hotel in Preston on March 2nd.  The competition is organised annually by the Northcote branch of the Lions Club and raises money for the participating schools; Northcote High School Thornbury High School, Our Lady of Mercy and Santa Maria. Our thanks go to the Lions Club for their efforts on our behalf.

Dr. Martin Ramsay

Following your dreams

Freya Wilkinson left Northcote High at the end of 2013 in order to commence full-time ballet training at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Freya has gone from strength to strength having completed her advanced diploma of dance at the end of 2015. She successfully auditioned for the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and as a result was awarded 10 scholarships to international schools. She has decided to accept the offer to attend the Royal Ballet Upper School in London for 3 years commencing in September. We wish her well.


Inews Update 2

Yr 7 Picnic


Thanks to everyone who contribted to this year's wonderful parent-teacher-student welcome picnic. About 400 people attended to enjoy great music, conversation, food and the amazing race around NHS!





Congratulations to Alex Herbert and Zain Goodblood who have been awarded the Friends of Music tuba scholarships and to William Leslie, who has been awarded the Friends of Music bassoon scholarship.


The first meeting of 2016 for the Friends of Music Committee will take place on Wednesday 24th February in A1 at 7pm. All families are very welcome to be a part of this important group that provides support at concerts and fundraises for the Music program.



There are a small amount of places available in instrumental lessons on the following instruments:

Trombone, Violin, Tuba, Bassoon, Viola.

If you are interested in joining the Music program, please contact 94882336.

Maths @ NHS 2016

Northcote HS Mathematics faculty would like to develop each student’s passion for understanding the real world through Mathematics. We emphasise problem and collaborative problem solving in our classrooms. We endeavour to develop students “21st century workplace” skills through challenging and motivating tasks that emphasise strategic/flexible thinking, decision making abilities, clear reasoning skills and creativity. To ensure students experiences in the classroom we expect all students have the appropriate materials available including: workbook, problem solving book (Y7-10), technology and calculators.


Math Support

The Maths Faculty provides Math support on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:50 pm. This is support is available in the upper B-block rooms including B12 / B13. The Math support team provides assistance and guidance for both Junior and Senior students. Students are recommended to arrive prepared with specific questions or tasks.  Students may also review content covered in class, engage in content above and beyond the scope of the curriculum, review assessment tasks, and receive support for problem solving activities and investigations.
Maths Enrichment & Competition details are enclosed


NHS GreenTeam

Would you like to be involved in many environmentally friendly projects around our school and revegetating the Strathbogie area at Landcare camp? Join the NHS Green Team! Meetings are every Monday lunch in D1. Everyone is welcome. See Miss Greenwood-Smith and Mr Barrett for more information.


Visiting artist in Studio Art

As part of Unit 3 Studio Art, we invited Sculptor Donald Stewart to give us a talk and workshop on sculpting techniques. Don has been a sculptor for over 30 years. He works mostly with papier mache and resin and his work focuses mainly on the human figure. He is also a passionate environmental activist in his local community in Port Fairy. Don talked to us about his ideas and inspirations and he also showed us a range of sculpting techniques, such as making small figurative sculptures using wire and newspaper, how to create a silicon mould from a small sculpture and resin application techniques on large scale sculptures. Under Don¹s direction, some of us made a small figurative sculpture based on our drawings. The sculpting process was very interesting and we have had a lot of fun making these figures, which will be finished in the coming weeks as part of our folio.
Claire Cottrell and Amelia Batchelor

Inews Update 3

VCE Politics Tour 2016

Human Rights, Sustainability and Security the focus for VCE Politics Tour to Europe


Next month 20 VCE students along with myself and Megan Jeffery will be heading off to Europe to participate in the school’s inaugural Politics Tour to Europe that has been nearly a year in the making.


The tour is a result of a teaching and learning experiment that last year gave students in Year 11 Politics the opportunity to develop an extended excursion for the purposes of connecting VCE and classroom politics with the real world.  Over the last 11 months, it has developed into a great example of teachers, students and parents working together to help connect the tour group with significant organisations and people in Australia and Europe.


As part of the process early in 2015, the two politics classes elected four representatives each: Iman Azzubair, Rhys Dolby, Naomi Mackie, Mia McConville, Thomas Paizes, James Sparrow, Stella Spracklan-Holl and Sean Watt.  These representatives were tasked with investigating a viable politics tour (either domestically or internationally) that they would plan and put to the two classes for a combined vote of approval.  The students met regularly for a period of months, as possibilities of trips to Canberra, the USA, China, Japan and even Cuba were investigated.  The key requirement was to create a tour that was rich in VCE Politics related experiences and meetings, which would be relatively.


Eventually the group decided on a trip to Europe that was initially given the title of a ‘social democracy tour’ with an intention of visiting countries with strong social democratic systems, including the Netherlands and Denmark.  As a group we eventually negotiated a no-frills, blank canvas tour to Brussels, The Hague, Amsterdam and Berlin for a two-week period which then received the approval of the politics students, as a whole.  Once in place, intensive communications have occurred between students, parents, myself and other teachers to build a set of meetings and events from the ground up that is quite unique.


With less than four weeks to go, we are continuing to make final preparations, as more and more meetings fall into place.  Students are researching and preparing questions.  The results of these meetings will be brought back and shared with the entire VCE Politics cohort and should be invaluable material for future study. A sample of some of the organized meetings are: Discussions at NATO HQ in Brussels about security issues in Europe and beyond; a meeting with EU representatives about human rights and sovereignty issues within the Eurozone; a meeting with Royal Dutch Shell at its global headquarters in The Hague.  In Berlin, a special meeting with representatives of the German Foreign Office has been arranged that will give the students an opportunity to discuss sustainable energy issues, Germany’s role in conflict resolution and the current refugee crisis.


Special thanks go to Assistant Principal, Nick Murphy, who has worked intensively over the last year to provide support for the tour, particularly around the many approval requirements. 

Paul Gilby, VCE Politics Teacher


Teaching at NHS

Why Do My Kids Go Home Early On Wednesday?


At Northcote High, we are committed to providing a guaranteed learning experience for young people. One big part of our journey towards this has been a change in the way our teachers work. Learn more about how our teachers work collaboratively on Wednesdays to design engaging learning experiences for students by clicking on the document. This document is used as part of our teacher induction program.

Want to know more? Contact Ms Kerren Diamond at [email protected]

Feedback and Assessment Changes

Feedback Assessment and Reporting is changing at Northcote High School in 2016 as part of our commitment to effective student feedback. Reporting now involves students and parents receiving formal Assessment Feedback through the myNorthcoteHigh portal after the completion of designated learning tasks by the students. During the semester, students in Years 7 to 10 will complete a range of assessment/learning tasks – three of these learning tasks will be formally reported on to students and parents. At Years 7 – 10, these will be identified as Common Assessment Tasks or CATs. At VCE learning tasks will be identified as School Assessed Coursework or SACs. Where possible, VCE subjects will have three SACs per semester although this may vary according to the subject’s requirements. Students and parents will be able to access the Assessment Feedback for each of these three SACs or CATs through the myNorthcoteHigh portal. The aim of the new Assessment Feedback process is to provide information to students (and parents) in a timely manner, which can be acted upon rather than waiting until the end of semester.


Important changes

  • End of Semester reports will still be available but will be significantly simpler as they will not contain assessment task results or teacher comments.
  • All assessment task information will be communicated on myNorthcoteHigh
  • Task and overall grades such as Outstanding to Ungraded will no longer appear on tasks or the Semester Report. Northcote High School believes that the use of grades distract from identifying the next steps for learning. Students will be able to see their achievements on a task rubric that reflects the continuum of skills and knowledge as outlined in the Australian and Victorian curriculum for years 7 to 10.
  • Year 11 and 12 students will receive a Total Mark for each SAC for example 23/30
  • All students receive a personalised improvement focused comment for each assessment task (CAT or SAC)

An enlargable diagram of our new Feedback, Assessment and Reporting structure can be seen in the picture below.

Mr Josh McDonald

VET Report

VET Sport & Recreation



On Friday the 12th of February we visited the YMCA at Northcote. The first activity that we did was a spin class, which was 30 minutes of cycling with alternating difficulties. We gradually increased the levels that made it harder and harder, and sometimes had to get up off the seat and increase the level as if we were riding uphill. After the spin class we then did a 30-minute boxing session outside. We had to pair up and one person was boxing while the other person was wearing the focus pads. We did a lot of different types of punches and exercises.


The staff at Northcote YMCA were really nice and gave us a full tour of their premises. We got to have a look at everything they had, which included the indoor and outdoor pools, their fitness areas, and the behind the scenes room of the machinery to put the chlorine in the pools. We took a lot from the excursion, as we got to get a lot of information of what it is like to run a business; the goals the organisation were working towards, their current tasks at hand, the improvements to the gyms and pools, and the budgetary goals like memberships and number of members a year. We can now put all of this information into understanding the current work we have learnt, and the work we will be learning in future.


Alyssa Dall’Oste and Gabriel Simeone

VET Sport and Recreation

Community News

Is your child backpack savvy?

The following is provided courtesy Clifton Hill Physiotherapy.  

We often see school kids at this time of year with pain and postural issues due to incorrect use of backpacks.  We all see a vast array of backpack use mostly hanging on one side, rather than on backs.  It seems the word back-pack has lost its true meaning! 
Although this digital era has reduced the weight of backpacks, incorrect use of a bag still puts unnecessary strain on backs and necks, resulting in pain and poor posture.
Click the attachment for more details


Northcote City FC


Nth Bruns Jnr Football



Team Taekwondo


Youth Exchange


Brunswick Jnr Football


Collingwood All Stars Basketball


Girls & Boys Under 9 – Under 19

Register online at:

Collingwood College gym

McCutcheon Way, Collingwood

10.30am – 2.30pm


New players welcome

Players must register and pay by 21st February
to ensure a place in a Winter team

Enquiries: Megan Rouse 0417 106 490 [email protected]

Northcote Junior Football Club

(NFL Junior Club of the Year 2015) is a values based club that places a particular emphasis on player development and participation, and players of all levels of ability and experience are encouraged to join. We are based at McDonell Park Northcote (behind the pool) and are seeking U9 to U15 players for the 2016 Season. We are especially keen to establish an U10 girls team. We also invite boys and girls from grade prep to grade 3 to join our Auskick program, which runs on Saturday mornings. For more information visit

Club contacts: Secretary Ann-Maree Duncan ([email protected] or 0429 663 580) or President Mick Everett ([email protected] or 0418 181 396). Auskick enquiries: Auskick Coordinator Lachlan Spencer ([email protected] or 0419 546 205)




Maths/Physics Tuition

I graduated from NHS two years ago with a 99+ ATAR, and since that time have been helping Northcote students achieve the results they deserved in both maths and physics.
I would love to tutor any student, both VCE and lower years.

From $35 per hour.

Contact Devon on 0413 591 932 or via email [email protected]

Offering tutoring for VCE Revolutions students. I completed year 12 in 2015 and studying International Studies at RMIT this year. I received a 40+ in Revolutions last year and can help with understanding complex aspects of the course and developing succinct argumentative essays. Please contact Dan Megennis on 0488240654 or [email protected]
Flexible with location. 


Literature & Classical Studies
My name is Darcy Cornwallis. I'm currently preparing for First Year Arts at the University of Melbourne. I am tutoring in Literature (for which I received 40+ in 2015), Global Politics (40+) and Classical Studies (for which I received the third highest mark in the state). I can help with essay writing skills, synthesis of information  and viewpoints, and help you construct ideas and arguments. If you're looking for advice and support in these subjects, give me a ring on 0466 508 661, or email me at [email protected]


 Revolutions & Global Politics,

My name is Yiani Petroulias Romios and I am offering tutoring services in both of these subjects, having achieved study scores of 40+s in 2015. I can help with writing answers/essays, using evidence and constructing arguments, and in any other areas you might need advice or assistance.  I live in Northcote, close to the school, so if interested call me on 0477116671 or email me at [email protected]

Maths, Accounting and Business Management.

Former NHS student and current Commerce student at Monash University offering private tutoring services to year 11-12 who are undertaking Maths Methods, Accounting or Business Management. Can also tutor for Year 7-10 Mathematics.


For more information, please contact George on: Mobile: 0449508042,

Email: [email protected]

Pathways and Careers

Important dates for Yr 12 


Students will hear a lot more about VTAC this year, and for those who wish to pursue tertiary studies in Victoria, it is essential that they attend all Daily Connect sessions, as much of the information will be delivered via tutors, who can then support students through the application process.


VTAC has just released a few of the key dates, so these need to go into your calendars:

Monday 1 August: Applications open for courses, SEAS, and Scholarships

Friday 30 September :Timely course applications close

Tuesday 4 October: SEAS (Special Access Entry Schemes) applications close

Friday 14 October: Scholarship applications close

Monday 12 December : VCE Results and ATAR released

Wednesday 18 January: Round 1 undergraduate offers available

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.


ADF Expo

ADF Expo – March 5 – check out all the different options in one place – see attachment


Careers Expos @NHS

We run two of these events – one for Year 11, and one for Year 10. All students attend, but we are always looking for dynamic, interesting career stories to inspire them.

- Do you have a friend or relative with a really cool career?

- Does that person like young people?

- Would he/she be interested in talking to our students about his/her career?


If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please contact Kylie Witt or Colm Reale at the school. Our next event is on March 15. We’d love to have you there – especially if you work in art/design technology, any of the sciences, hospitality, police, the medical field, with animals, in sport and rec, video or game making, law or the emergency services. If you are an athlete, many of our students also want to hear about making a career out of their love for sport. If you are not on this list, but have an interesting story to tell, we still want to hear from you as well.

Still looking for career stories from our alumni … please get in touch!

And remember to keep checking the careers page at myNHS …

Events & workshops


There are many opportunities to explore what’s out there, and the earlier you start, the better informed you will be when you get to Year 12. Being better informed can also help with motivation and a sense of purpose or direction. All the tertiary institutions run open days later in the year, but many of them also run special activities in the holidays. As they are advertised, we will promote them in the school, but you should make a habit of actively looking for them as well.

A few  examples are listed below:

  • VCE Careers Expo – May 5-8 - a massive big event at Caulfield Racecourse, with displays and seminars. You can download a program here. This is a good place to get lots of information in one hit, after which you can narrow down your search.
  • Experience La Trobe – Starting March 31 – sign up at
  • Meet Melbourne – events, seminars, holiday programs, starting in March – go to  and sign up for their newsletters.
  • US College Fair – March 7, 6pm – hosted by Scotch College – speak to reps from different unis in the USA. More information by emailing [email protected]
  • Inside Monash Seminar Series – starting March 9 – information on all study areas, spread out through the year. March offerings include Business & Economics, Science, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – more info at
  • RMIT workshops for VCE students       
    -  For those doing Design subjects (Sat Mar 19)
    -        Study skills & time management workshop (Wed Apr 6)
    -        Bookhere:

What's Coming Up

Tues Feb 23

Yr 9/10 Cricket
Yr 8 Leadership program

Wed Feb 24

Cricket Finals Yrs 7-10

Frid Feb 26

School Photos Yrs 7-11

Mon Feb 29

Yr 8 Boho camps (to Thurs Mar 3 )

6pm Events & Fundraising SubCommittee

Tues Mar 1

VCE  Sport - Tennis/Volleyball

Wed Mar 2

Yr 12 & Staff Photos

6 pm Governance Subcommittee 

Thurs Mar 3

Yr 7 Parent Info Night, 6pm, Parents only, Library

Frid Mar 4

Swimming Carnival Yrs 7-9

Mon Mar 7

Yr 8 Boho Camps ( to Thurs 10)

Tues Mar 8

90th Anniversary Launch

Wed Mar 9

PTM Bookings Open, 4 pm

Thurs Mar 10

Yr 9/10 Sport - Volleyball/Tennis

Frid Mar 11

Staff PD Day - No School for Students

Mon Mar 14

Labour Day Public Holiday

Wed Mar 16

Yr 7-12 Baseball

Thurs Mar 17

Parent Teacher Meetings 1.30-7.30 pm
(Evening 1)

Wed Mar 23 

Parent Teacher Meetings 1.30-7.30 pm
(Evening 2)

Northcote High School Newsletter
Year 10 VCE Promotion Guidlines.doc
Northcote High School - NT Camp.docx
Northcote High School - NT Camp (2).docx
backpack school newsletter piece 2016.docx
backpack school newsletter piece 2016.docx
FB_IMG_1454674100009 (1).jpg
Melbourne ADF Careers Expo - Program.pdf
Melbourne ADF Careers Expo - Program.pdf
VCE 2016 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Brochure (1).pdf
VCE 2016 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Brochure (1).pdf
VCE 2016 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Brochure (1).pdf
Work Experience Program 2016.pdf
work experience dates.jpg
Work Experience Program 2016.pdf
Yr 7 camp - parent info permission form 2016v2.docx
1_MATHEMATICS enrichment.docx
Program Info for students and families 2016.docx
Program Info for students and families 2016.docx
Program Info for students and families 2016.docx
Teaching at Northcote High.pdf
NHS Campus News No. 1- DEC 2015_FINAL TO PRINT (1).pdf