Northcote High School Newsletter

22 March 2016
Issue Four
Our 90th Anniversary!
Music Inews & 2017 China trip
Sports-Aths Carnival 21 April
Inews Update 1
Inews Update 2
Open Day & Yr 7 2017 - ACE Testing
Online Assessment Feedback
Curriculum Development
School Council Results
Financial assistance to Parents
What's Coming Up
Pathways and Careers
Community News
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

Our 90th Anniversary!

90th Launch

It was a great event enjoyed by many who have invested in the school – students, staff, community and families.

There is much to celebrate and feel proud of!

·         Gary Israel (past Principal) spoke brilliant around the history of the school from inception to the 1990s

·         School Captains Lily Chalmers and Matthew Thomas – spoke about why Northcote High and how the school had impacted on their lives and perspectives.

·         David Feeney, Member for Batman, did a grand job highlighting Northcote High as a highly regarded by community.

·         He then presented an Australian Flag that was flown in the House of Representatives Chamber in Parliament House 25 February 2016 – each sitting member is allocated one such flag annually.

Speeches can be found here:


Happy birthday from China

(Translation) As NHS’ old friend of nearly 20 years, we are thrilled to learn that 2016 marks NHS’ 90th birthday. On this very special occasion please allow me, to be on behalf of Huaibei No.1 High School community of seven thousand student and staff, to express our most sincere congratulation and well-wish! 


Time passes fast  and records its successful steps. From 1999 to 2016, from Melbourne, Australia  to Huaibei, China, we have created a legend story in of international education exchange and great friendship. During these 17 years more than six hundreds students and staff have participated our two schools' exchange program, shared laughter and built everlasting friendship. In 2008 during Huaibei No.1 High School’ 50thbirthday celebration Assistant Priincipal Nick Murphy and Ms Lixia Wang came to Huaibei and brought warm wishes from NHS community. 2012 NHS received high recognition from Victoria's Department of Education for your leadership in “Sister School Program” and we were honoured to be able to share the joy with you through Skype and gave our congratulations. In the unforgettable 17 years we have achieved so much in sharing and exchanging educational ideas and supportive each other's initiatives. We have broadened our visions and strengthened our mutual friendship.


Today international education reaches its new era. We educate our students for them to have international vision, support them to grow skills so that they are able to create new future. We firmly believe the new VCE program will create another milestone for the two school’  cooperation.


At this right moment I can’t help to think of the “friendship tree” we planted together at NHS school yard, which represents our friendship. Now the tree must grow taller and strong. Let’s care for and bring up this “friendship tree” with our hearts, may our two schools’ cooperation and friendship go from strength to strength.


Happy 90th Birthday NHS and we wish you a successful future!


From Principal Ma Ying, Huaibei No.1 High School

Music Inews & 2017 China trip

China Music Trip 2017


The Music faculty are arranging a Music performance trip for end of Term 1, 2017 for students at appx AMEB Grade 4 + level. If you are a musician and interested see Mr Brogan, Ms Kelly-Cleve or Mr Murphy. School Captain Lily Chalmers, who travelled while in Year 8, still describes the visit to our sister school Huaibei No1 High School as the most profound experience she has ever had at school.

2013 Music Students are shown above in Tienamen Square, and below at Xian.
Above: Jacqui and Mira admire  our sister school's version of "Ripples"


Sports-Aths Carnival 21 April

2016 Sports Carnival 21 April


Our Annual Community Carnival will be held on Thursday 21st Aril 2016 at Collingwood Athletics Centre. It is an opportunity to celebrate our school, our sporting traditions and the sporting achievements of our students. All parents/guardians are invited to attend the Carnival with events running between 10am and 1:40pm. Any parent/guardians that would be interest in assisting in the running of the Carnival please contact me via phone or email prior to the Easter break. The attached document highlights the information required for the day. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Ms Sarah Blanchard

Sport Coordinator

This attachment has the full program:


Swimming Carnival results


On Friday 4th March, we held our NHS Swimming Carnival at Northcote Aquatic Centre. With the temperature hitting around 38 degrees, students and staff did their best to keep out of the heat and continued supporting their house teams.  Along with the main pool events, once again the Novelty events proved to be popular, giving students the chance to cool down whilst having some fun.  This year students also had the opportunity to participate in a Futsal and Beach Volleyball competition, both of which were a great success in getting more students involved in the Carnival.

Congratulation to the students below as well as those securing places at regionals.


Age Champions :

16 Yrs : Julien Krieger, Georgia Gilbert

15 Yrs : Catie Gevaux, Timothy Ingram

14 Yrs : Hannah Proctor-Parkin, Thomas Noonan

13Yrs : Grace Young, Hayden Nunn

12Yrs : Georgia Proctor- Parkin

Overall Results:

Batman   174

Merri     162

Plenty     145

Sumnet  127             

Many thanks to Staff, Sport Captains, Peer Support Leaders, Students and Parents for their enthusiasm and participation on the day.

Term 1 Sport update


Term 1 has been very successful for our sports teams at Northcote High. Students have shown outstanding levels of commitment and sportsmanship throughout. We have achieved many victories and therefore secured places at regionals. Congratulations to the following teams; Intermediate girls and boys tennis; Intermediate girls and boys volleyball; Year 8 girls and boys tennis and volleyball; Years 7 and 8 boys cricket; Year 7 girls cricket and Year 7 boys baseball. Congratulations also to those that were successful in securing a place in the regional swimming championships being held on Tuesday 22nd March. We wish you all the best in the next round!



Yr 7 PE

Year 7 students have had a positive start to PE at Northcote High School. The focus for this term has been the Minor Games unit where students have been working in groups to devise and teach a modified game to the rest of the class. Students have come up with some fun and original games whilst developing their team work and leadership skills.

Most classes have now moved on to the Athletics unit where they are preparing for the athletics carnival early next term.

Ms Sophie Tayton

Inews Update 1

Her-story Hackathon!

Last week, to celebrate International Women’s Day, eighteen students from Year 7 to 12 participated in the inaugural Herstory Hackathon.


Initiated by the Young Workers Centre at Trades Hall, the Herstory Hackathon aimed to train young women to become Wikipedia editors and to increase the number of entries of notable Australian women on Wikipedia.


By the end of Thursday afternoon, twelve new entries had been made to Wikipedia including Sarah Howell – an comic writer and illustrator, Carolyn Tan – a neurosurgeon, Lyn White – CEO of Animals Australia, Margot Fink – young trans activist from Melbourne and Asphyxia – a children’s author and performer.


Northcote High School was the first school in Australia to hold the Herstory Hackathon and will become an annual fixture of the school’s International Women’s Day commemoration.


Bring it on!

Planning has started for the 2016 production, performances planned for the start of Term 3. Here are some rehearsal photos from last week - the set behind should be familiar - its from last year's Anything Goes.


VCE Geography

The two VCE Geography classes went on a fieldwork excursion to research how coastal erosion can be better managed on the Bellarine Peninsula. We went to a total of four beaches throughout the day: Point Lonsdale, Collendina, Ocean Grove and Barwon heads. We had a field work booklet that we filled with information such as the natural processes that were impacting the beach, human activities that occur at the beach, human impacts and how the coastline is managed. We will be turning all this information that we collected into a 2000 word fieldwork report. Overall this excursion was great fun and I can say on behalf of all the students who went, that we learnt a lot about the Bellarine Peninsula and how it is impacted by natural processes and human activities.  


USA Art & Design 2017













Inews Update 2

Social Justice @ NHS



The Social Justice Group had their inaugural meeting, last Friday, with a diverse and dynamic group of students and staff in attendance. The aim of the group is to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. To do this the students will be driving their own projects, which might support local, national or global communities. Students will define an injustice, formulate a solution, plan, carryout the plan and evaluate outcomes. 

The students’ first task is to promote the sale of lottery tickets to support the Ayui Foundation. This will test their creativity and develop their marketing skills, which the group will evaluate next term.


A big thanks goes to the parents who have made generous donations to the Ayui Foundation. If you are keen to support the Ayui Foundation please go to and buy some lottery tickets. 100% of ticket sales are returned to NHS. There are fantastic prizes to be won (3 Cars, $35000 Harvey Norman shopping spree and more). Online purchases close on the 31st of March.


The Social Justice group is looking for community involvement and would appreciate any assistance in educating students in philanthropy, running a social enterprise or helping make connections with community groups. If you believe you could assist in anyway, please contact Mr Donal  U   to discuss your ideas.([email protected])

Interschool debating 


Our Year 12 debating team took part in the final of the annual Lions Club inter-school debating competition. The debate took place upstairs in the Olympic Hotel Preston, before a packed crowd of Lions and Lionesses and various representatives of the four schools involved. It is a great fund raining event that sees each school received a cheque for their school libraries. On this occasion Northcote went down to Santa Maria in a tough debate arguing that ‘Developing countries should implement disincentives to population growth’. Having won their way to the final in a previous round, Lily Chalmers, Luisa Romeo and Thomas Bell all spoke well and represented the school in a fine manner.


Lions Youth of the Year zone final

Lily Chalmers was also successful in winning her way to the Zone Final of the Lions Youth of the Year competition. She participated in an extended interview as well as giving two impromptu speeches and a prepared speech on realising the potential of Australia’s ageing population. Whilst not progressing to the next round Lily was chosen as the Best Public Speaker for the evening.


DAV round one report

This year Northcote has twelve teams with students from Years 7 – 12 in the inter-school debating competition. Round one was held on a wet and dreary evening in late March at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar. Ms Konstantinou, Tang Yu and myself were there to greet the excited students and to show them to their rooms.  Each grade had a different topic for the night and for our D Grade students the job was to defend or challenge the validity of celebrating Australia Day. There were lots of great arguments and some anxious delays as team members finally made their way to the debating rooms. Debating is great for research, writing, presenting and involves lots of team work. Everything we do should be a debate of one kind or another!


Year 7 debating program

Because of the great interest shown by Year 7 students in debating and public speaking a new program that will be delivered in school will begin in term two. Many students signed up for the program on the night of the Year 7 picnic and there will be more new and information forthcoming.


Northcote High School 90th birthday celebrations

We are very proud that our debating students have been invited to be art of the Northcote High School 90th birthday celebrations to be held in the hall on Monday 20th of March. As well as the principal Kate Morris and other guests our two school captains Matthew Thomas and Lily Chalmers will also address the guests. Lily, as well as being one of the school captains, has been part of the debating program at Northcote High School since Year 7.


Mr Martin Ramsay


Guided Book Club

for all parents. Enjoy reading and talking about a thought-provoking novel from the 3/4 VCE English list.

Meet other parents navigating the secondary years .

Your host is Rose Lucas - writer and experienced tertiary teacher of literature

At the library, Northcote High School

$25 per session


Open Day & Yr 7 2017 - ACE Testing

Open Morning 2016

Wednesday April 27 is our very popular Open Morning. Student led tours run from 9 am to 12 noon, with a information session at 10.00 am in the Hall, repeated at 7.00 pm at night.

There is no need to book for this event, families register on arrival.
There are demonstration lessons, music performances and coffee available. Invite your friends, if you have a younger child this is a good occasion to bring them along.

ACE Program testing 2017- register now!

Testing for the 2017 Yr 7 ACE Program will take place on Saturday April 30. Application forms are on our website or available from the General Office, but these must be returned by COB  Wednesday April 20.

Further information is on our website - please note this.

Online Assessment Feedback

Assessment feedback


As the term draws to a close it is a good opportunity to look at the assessment feedback for your child’s Common Assessment Tasks (CATs). This feedback can be found on myNorthcoteHigh. 


Information regarding feedback at Northcote High School and our new assessment feedback online has been outlined in previous versions of the newsletter and will also be disseminated at Parent/Teacher evenings. To watch a video on how to access the feedback or to find out more please visit the Parent information (Assessment and Reports) myNorthcoteHigh page at

Mr Josh McDonald

Curriculum Development

Realising the Vision: Project Refresh


This year, curriculum leaders at the school are reviewing the ways we deliver programs at Northcote, and the manner in which we prepare our students to meet the future. We are preparing a Master Plan for curriculum provision in response to changes occurring around us.

Change is occurring in the world of work. The World Economic Forum this year presented the idea of The Fourth Industrial Revolution, a future where routine skilled and unskilled work will be automated, and previously highly paid work such as legal research, can now be done by intelligent machines.   There is an increasing need to prepare our students for complex and non-routine skilled work. We want them to be high level collaborative problem solvers, who think creatively and critically.




Change needs to occur in (and out) of our classrooms if we want our young people to be prepared for this future.  We need our students to learn more deeply, to be self-aware in their learning, and to apply their skills to the real world. We are investigating Inquiry Learning and Problem-based Learning approaches to see what they may have to offer to us. We will be visiting other schools that have made changes to learn how we can adapt their ideas to our particular context.  We have already joined a group of schools and the Mitchell Institute to learn from Professor Yong Zhao about changes in education internationally.  

Change is occurring in our school. We are increasingly a neighbourhood school, responsible for educating to the best of our ability every student who chooses to come here. We need to consider the pathways we offer in the senior part of the school. Already we have students studying off campus and combining programs. Increasingly, we need to become a school that personalises learning to meet the diverse needs of our community. At the same time, we need to make sure all our students are working from a secure foundation of skills and that they know how to learn.

There will be changes to what we teach and how we teach it. Impacts may occur in Languages and Visual and Performing Arts. Changes may occur in the programs we offer at the senior level, for example we may introduce more VCAL options. Change may also occur in the Middle Years, with greater focus on Problem Based and Inquiry Learning.

Tom Bentley will be presenting many of the big ideas in relation to contemporary learning at the Northcote High School Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22nd March. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter.

Ms Prue Morris (Project Refresh Leader)

School Council Results

Declaration ofCouncil Nomination/Results 


The following nominations have been received for School Council.


Parent Member Category positions (6)

An equivalent or lesser number of nominations than positions. Therefore an election is not required for the Parent Member Category. 

I am pleased to announce the following representatives for the Parent Member Category. 


Parent Member Category Representatives: (March 2016-March 2018)

·         Brent Brickhill (Sean Brickhill Yr 11)

·         Martin Hughes  (Cora Hughes Yr 9 & Tom Hughes Yr 12)  

·         Gabby Ostrognay (Bella Ostrognay Yr 12)

·         Vacancy

Continuing Parent Representatives (2015 – 2017)

·         Sandra Morris (Clancy Morris Dalton and Nell Morris Dalton Yr9 and Fintan Morris Dalton Y r11)

·         Mahmoud Fahour (Adam Fahour Yr 9)


DET (Department of Education and Training) Member Category (4)

Following an election I am pleased to announce the following representatives for the DET Member Category.


DET (Department of Education and Training) Member Category (March 2016 – March 2018)

·         Gerard O’Shaughnessy

·         Paul-Micah Sullivan

Continuing DET Representatives (2015 – 2017):

·         Sean Butler

·         Airlie Tudhope


Community Member (4)


Community Member (2015 – 2017):

·         Wayne Moncur (Stephanie graduated NHS 2008)

Community Members (2016 – 2018)

The co-option of Community members and election of office-bearers is completed at a special meeting of school council post the Annual General Meeting (22 March 2016) and finalises the election process.

·         Vanessa Walker (Oliver Harris Yr 9) pending

·         Andrew Sweatman (Sasha Yr 11 and Sam Yr8)  pending

·         School Captain (Lily Chalmers or Matthew Thomas)  pending


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our retiring Councillors –  Rob Ryan, George McEncroe, Annie Keely, Rohan Griffiths and Carlene Wilson for their contributions to School Council. In particular the leadership of Rob Ryan who undertook the important role of School Council President and with fellow councillors led a renewed focus on community building.

Community participation in subcommittees and working groups has been a feature of the councils work over the past 5 years , highlighting the benefits of partnering with staff, students and the broader community to ensure the councils focus and actions reflect the community of which we are all a part.   

Financial assistance to Parents

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (see attached flyer)  helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes. The appplication form is enclosed and also available at our General Office.



What's Coming Up

Tues Mar 22

5.30 pm Annual General Meeting
6.00 pm Guest Speaker Tom Bentley


Wed Mar 23 

Parent Student Teacher Meetings 1.30-7.30 pm (Evening 2)

Thurs Mar 24

Last day Term 1.
Dismissal at 2 pm

Casual Day/Gold Coin Donation for The Good Friday Appeal.
Also Note: a bake sale/sausage sizzle outside C block Yummmm!.

Easter Egg Raffle will be drawn on Thursday Lunchtime, tickets will be 50cents each or 5 for two dollars, available from room 11!

Mon April 11

First day Term 2.

Tues April 19

Captain's Conference

Thurs April 21

Athletics Carnival Yrs 7-9

Mon April 25

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wed April 27

Open Morning 9-12 noon

Thurs April 28

USA Art Design Tour 2016 Info Session 6 pm

Sat April 30

ACE Testing for Yr 7, 2016

(Applications must be received by Wed 20 April)

Pathways and Careers

Year 11 Careers Expo



On March 15, our Year 11 students participated in their annual “careers expo”, during which the following people showcased the ins and outs of a wide variety of career paths, as well as offering more general tips on how to approach their preparation for work and study in a constantly changing world:


  • Gabby Ostrognay
  • Andrew Sweatman
  • Martin Hughes
  • Ricky Johnstone
  • Paul Dizon
  • Penny Byrne
  • Phoebe Yu
  • Drew Teese
  • Merryl Arnold
  • Adam Brown
  • Amy Crevola
  • David Wong
  • Vela Georgiev
  • Scott Ceely
  • Alex Nucci

You may recognise many of these names – they are parents, friends, staff contacts or family members from the broader NHS community. We thank them all sincerely for sharing their time, wisdom and insight so generously with our students. Without their involvement, events such as this cannot take place.


Kylie Witt
Career Practitioner

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.


Events & Workshops


Whilst all the tertiary institutions run open days later in the year, many of them also run special activities in the holidays. These shorter activities are often more targeted, and there are fewer visitors, so you can get more individualised information. We will promote them at school, but you should make a habit of actively looking for them as well.

A couple of examples are listed below:

  • 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.
  • 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 – runs workshops throughout the year – follow this link to see what kind of events take place, bearing in mind that some of them are during school hours -
  • VCE Careers Expo – May 5-8 - a massive big event at Caulfield Racecourse, with displays and seminars. You can download a program below. This is a good place to get lots of information in one hit, after which you can narrow down your search.


Community News

Holden St Neighbourhood House

Holden Street Neighbourhood House is running a series of fantastic African Drumming classes designed specifically for children aged 5 up to 14 years.


The series will be taught by an experienced drum teacher with a focus on building self esteem, rhythm skills and making each class a dynamic, fun environment.


This is our first trial run of the series and we would love to make it a success. If you would be able to let your school’s families know about the classes it would be a huge help….. and I’m sure they would love it!.



English, English Language and Health and Human Development

My name is Katie Ryan. I completed my VCE at NHS in 2015 and am currently studying Law at Monash University. I am offering tutoring in English, English Language and Health and Human Development, having achieved study scores in the high forties for each of them. I live in Fitzroy North, close to the school, so if interested call me on 0401 658786 or email me at [email protected]

From $30 per hour.

Northcote High School Newsletter
Athletics newsletter info for students and families 2016.docx
NHS AGM Flyer TomBentley 2016.pdf
NHS AGM Flyer TomBentley 2016.pdf
Work Experience Guidelines 2016.pdf
VCE 2016 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Br.pdf
International Womens Day essay competition guidelines.docx
Guided Book Club FlyerA4 Death of a Salesman NHS 160321.pdf
NORTHCOTE HIGH SCHOOL 90TH BIRTHDAY launch speeches 2016.docx