NGSC Newsletter

20 September 2019
Issue Fifteen
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

9-13 Sept               School Production Week

18-20 Sept             Year 9 Camp

20 Sept                   Last day Term 3

                                  (1:30 pm Finish)

7 October              First day Term 1 

22 October            Last day for Year 12 students

                                   Farewell  Whole School 

                                   Assembly (Period 3)

                                   Year 12 Graduation

23 October            Geelong Cup Public Holiday

25 October              Multicultural Day Festival

30 October to

15 November         VCAA Exams

11 November         Year 11 Study Day

12-15 November   Year 11 Exams

18 November          Year 10 Study Day

18-22 November    Year 11-12 Orientation week

19-21 November    Year 10 Exams

22 November           Last Day Year 11 students

25-28 November     Year 10-11 Orientation week

29 November            Assessment & Reporting Day

2-6 December           Year 7 & 8 Swimming Program

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Year 12 students September break classes and practice VCE exams

As I mentioned in recent newsletters, our Year 12 and 11 students who are undertaking a Unit 4, have very little time before their final VCE exams. The school is committed to ensuring students are provided with support programs aiming at setting our students up for the best possible training to achieve their best possible results. 


The College sees these support programs (Careers support, Homework and Study supports, Wellbeing supports) as paramount to the performance of the VCE group. With only two weeks left of scheduled classes before the VCE exams we are expecting that students make this their priority during the break. At this time of year students should also be encouraged to cut down their commitments outside of school and focus on the end of year VCE exams.


During the break there will be a compulsory practice exam program reflecting the November VCE exams. Also our VCE Unit 4 teachers will run some extra tutorials and classes.  All students undertaking Unit 4 subjects have been informed and notified of the September holidays study program.


The final exams are one step along the road to the future. For some students, the exams will determine the path they will follow for many years to come. Others will choose paths that are not determined by their exam results. No one path is the right path and, as we are being regularly reminded, in our rapidly changing global world, our children will change pathways numerous times in the coming years. Whichever direction they choose to follow we only ever want what is best for them and for all of our students to be confident that they have achieved to the best of their capability.


Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Year 12 Coordinators, Ms Jacinta Eales and Mr Phil Walker, the Senior Sub-School Manager, Ms Sarah Bridges, or Assistant Principal, Mr Paul Dawson.


Just a little more about our school…


North Geelong is a hugely vibrant school that provides many opportunities for the academic, co-curricular and other individual needs of all our students in wonderful ways. In the last five years, it has become a school of choice and it is currently at full student capacity. These last weeks of term have again seen an array of activities that have showcased and celebrated students’ talents. A wonderful example was this year’s school production “Haunt’ showcasing the outstanding talents of a number of our students.


The final exams are fast approaching not only for our VCE students, but also all students from Years 7 to 11. We hope that all our students make good use of the next two weeks break to take a little relaxation and enjoyment and to also undertake significant revision and preparation for the practice exams. 


On their return, our Year 12 students will have little time left at school. For parents and guardians this time can be fairly wearing as we try to encourage and support our children so they can perform to their best levels. It is also a little unreal as we look back and wonder how quickly the school years have passed and wonder what the coming years will bring for them. On behalf of the school community, I wish them all the best for their future.

Working together with our parents and guardians. “It takes a village to raise a child…”

Research shows that parents play a critical role in their school children's academic success at every year level. Effective communication with parents has proven to be an important tool for teachers and school administrators to use as part of a planned continuum through the secondary years. 

Regardless of income or background, studies show that those parents who are engaged in schools have students who have higher test scores and higher GPAs, improved attendance, better social skills. Parental influence also is seen in students who take higher level course work, who graduate, and who go on to postsecondary studies. 


The important role parents play in education is embedded in teacher evaluation programs. Many of these programs now measure how teachers and school administrators strengthen communication with parents and require evidence of these efforts. “When schools, families, and community groups work together, as a Community of Practice, to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of “a New Wave of Evidence”, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.


The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to: 

  • Earn higher grades and test scores and enrol in higher-level programs 
  • Be promoted, pass their exams and earn credits 
  • Attend school regularly 
  • Have better social skills, show improved behaviour and adapt well to school 
  • Graduate and go on to post-secondary education 

The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about parents' role in their children's education through home visits, family nights and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. 

When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, and help them plan for tertiary educational settings, their children perform better in school. When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. 

At North Geelong SC we endeavour to strengthen our partnerships and relationships with families, respond to parent concerns, honour their contributions, and share decision-making responsibilities, empowering the parents and guardians to sustain connections aiming at improving student achievement and future pathways. 

Student Parties, it's that time of year…

Frequently we hear stories from around the state of students organising large “parties” or “formals” in a school’s name but where the function is not sanctioned or supported by the school. Invariably, a parent/guardian takes the responsibility for booking a venue. 


Such functions are open to significant abuse especially in relation to drugs, violence and alcohol and, if this is the case, those involved leave themselves open to legal action. 


I wish to make it clear to all that the only College sanctioned activities that occur outside of the school by way of celebrations are the Year 12 Graduation Evening on Tuesday, 22 October and the Awards Presentation Evening on Monday, 16 December.


As parents or guardians, if you are faced with the dilemma of whether a function is a school function, please ensure you ring the school for clarification. Whether or not you allow your child to attend any such party or event is a matter of a decision between you and your child, however, when discussing this, we suggest that you consider: 

  • transport arrangements to and from any “function, event, party or after party”. We are all aware of the potential risks associated with young people travelling with young drivers particularly after celebrating; and 
  • what level of security is being provided at the venue? There have been numerous stories over the years of such events resulting in alcohol and drug use and in violence. 

If at any time you become aware of any event purportedly being held in the school’s name, please contact the school immediately so that we can clarify the issue with parents and guardians.

NGSC Multicultural Day Celebration Friday, 25 October

On Friday, 25 October, North Geelong Secondary College will hold its traditional celebration of Multicultural Day. This is a day that the school community comes together in harmony celebrating our diverse backgrounds (56 ethnic backgrounds). There will be an extensive involvement of the wider school community. This event is also a City of Greater Geelong calendar event with huge success over the years.


The official school assembly will begin at 10:00 am. A very entertaining program with music, dance and more will be on the menu. There is an extensive list of VIP guests attending including local, state and federal politicians and a number of key community stakeholders. We also expect approximately 800 Primary school students to attend, from a number of local primary schools.


Please come and join with us in celebrating multiculturalism in Australia. Looking forward to seeing as many parents and friends as possible on the day. 

Last Day of the Term
20 September

Wishing you all a very safe and restful break and I look forward to re-joining you next term.

Term 4 begins on Monday, 7 October.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals


Congratulations to all students and families on reaching the end of Term 3 despite the number of illnesses and cold weather. We wish you a relaxing family time over the September holidays. ​​​​​​​

Final Weeks for Year 12 Students

Wishing you all a very safe and restful break and I look forward to re-joining you next term. Term 4 begins on Monday, 7 October.Year 12 students are in the process of finishing their courses this term and will spend the first three weeks of term 4 revising their course work. Their holidays will be taken up with revision classes and practice exams. The exams will be held under the VCAA end of year exam conditions with an external assessor conducting these exams. It is compulsory for all VCE students to attend these exams. 


The VCAL students will stay at school for a little longer as they finalise their coursework, ensuring that they satisfy all of their outcomes. They will then be interviewed by a panel of three members on their years’ work.


The Year 11 and 12 students will receive their booklists early in term 4. The reasoning for the early return is so students can receive their books in early November ready for the beginning of the Year 12 Orientation class during November. If students are going to start their senior schooling on the right foot then it is vitally important that they have all of the materials including their textbooks. Their 2020 schooling will begin the first day of Orientation week.

Year 7 to 10 students will receive their booklists later in the term ready for distribution early next year.

Deadlines for 2020 Course Confirmation

Although we are about to launch into a heavy period of assessment and exams we are preparing for the 2020 program for our students. Given that booklists are due early term 4, Orientation programs are getting started and a timetable is being constructed, it is important that pathways be considered carefully. If there are subject changes required, students are able to make such changes through Mr Humphries, Mr Headlam, Mr Dawson and Mrs Bridges. The deadline for the changes is Friday, 18 October.


We understand that through conversations with other informed family members from time to time pathways are discussed and there may be an inclination for a change of pathway. We do understand this, but are also aware that it can be quite limiting, hence why we prefer it to be managed before our deadline. Having said this, in this event we ask parents to arrange a meeting with one of the staff mentioned above to go through the pathway change and subject swaps. This can be any time up until the first day of school in 2020.

School Value in Focus:

“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Roy T. Bennett


This quote sums up the students and staff who participated in the school production “Haunt”. Whether it be slotting in some rehearsal time between study/sport or doing something completely different to what they do ordinarily. Stepping out onto the Geelong Performing Arts Stage was a long way from the participants comfort zone. These students began that change and demonstrated a fantastic achievement in performing their roles in front of hundreds of families, friends and staff. Most likely all students could identify that they felt an amazing sense of achievement and are well placed for that next challenge taking them beyond their comfort zone once again.

All our senior students are embarking on their final part of their schooling journey and it will clearly underline their achievement from their schooling effort in the last 13 years. It is important that students become comfortable with pushing themselves into new territory these holidays with those extra bits of study, another bunch of practice exams, sacrifice and catch up. It will be some of these small things that prepare them for being comfortable with reproducing their knowledge and understanding in the exams and hence unleash their greatest achievements.

Japan Cultural Trip

In Australia I feel blessed to be hitting September each year, I think the image below (arranged by my 5 year old) highlights spring to me:

Spring, football and maybe the magpies winning???

This year is a bit different and I am told I am in for a cultural shock as I head to Japan with some of our students. I have already learned a great deal in the lead up to this NGSC cultural trip. Recently I mastered the use of chopsticks in organising a bunch of smarties into their various colours. I am, however, very fortunate to be sharing this experience with a fantastic bunch of students and Japanese expert in Ms Castle. In particular, as I have not yet learned how to pronounce any word correctly...yet! 

We head to Tokyo on Thursday, 3 October, where we embark on a number of experiences which include students attending a Japanese school for a couple of days and culminates in Danjiri Festival.

Harper and Ellie doing some of their pre-Japan trip training.

Medical Plans at school - Asthma and Anaphylaxis/allergy

If you have indicated at any stage that your child has/had asthma, an allergy or anaphylaxis then the school must have a medical plan (approved by a medical practitioner) for these conditions. 

The school’s Policies regarding asthma and anaphylaxis/allergy reflect the department's policy and state that it is the responsibility of the parents to:

* obtain the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or the Asthma Action Plan from the student’s medical practitioner and provide a copy to the school as soon as practicable

* immediately inform the school in writing if there is a change in their child’s medical condition, insofar as it relates to:

  • allergy and the potential for anaphylactic reaction, and if relevant obtain an updated ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis, or
  • Asthma and a change in the student’s condition or treatment requirements, and if relevant obtain an updated Asthma Action Plan

* provide an up to date photo of the student for  either Plan when that Plan is provided to the school and each time it is reviewed

provide the school with:

  • an adrenaline autoinjector that is current (i.e. the device has not expired) for their child, 
  • Or, the prescribed asthma medication

* participate in annual reviews of their child’s Plan.


Parents/carers must provide updated medical information prior to students attending extracurricular activities (i.e. Camps and excursions) to support the school in minimising risks to the students’ safety. 

Indigenous Camp Year 7 and 8 opportunity 

Please see the 'Be Deadly Flyer' and 'Participant form' attached in the community section of this newsletter. You can also contact Mrs Andrews for copies. 

This is a weekend camp, 18-20 October at the Lord Somers camp. 


Be Deadly @ Somers is an opportunity to support young indigenous people in the development of cultural identity, confidence and leadership. It provides a great chance for these students to be involved in positive two way community engagement, develop a peer support network along with new friendships and to enhance self-confidence and resilience.


Rebecca Durran

Year 8 Coordinator


A very busy end to term 3 in the Junior Sub School. We have a lot of programs to reward and keep students engaged in the school environment.


Lunchtime Basketball competitions between the students and against staff:

Many students were involved with facilitating the games, umpiring, supporting and playing. More lunchtime activities will be run throughout term 4. If you have some ideas about sports or activities that you would like to run or be involved with please see staff in the Junior Sub School Office.

GROWTH Program

Selected Year 7 students got a taste of the GROWTH program, where they were involved in a boxing and fitness session in the morning and had a representative from the Victoria police chat to the boys about engagement at school.


FERRI Program

Year 7 and 8 girls in the FERRI program went out rock climbing to challenge themselves and take on new heights. These girls developed their communication skills, problem solving ability and overcame some of their fears to participate in this session.



Rewards Excursion

Selected Year 7 and 8 students went out on a rewards excursion to Rollerway. This excursion was to recognise those students who have consistently performed well on their Term 3 progress reports. 


College Values

We have had 116 students in Year 7 and 8 receive Positive Compass entries for their behaviour in class and representation of the College values. We encourage all students to continue to display our school values and be a positive member of the school community.


Enjoy the holidays, be safe and we will see you ready for busy Term 4.


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

A lot has happened this term with productions, camps and excursions and a couple are even heading to Japan during the school holidays.

Morrisby Interviews

A large number of Year 9 students completed their Morrisby Interviews, having the opportunity to sit down and discuss careers linked to their Morrisby testing. Students were appreciative to sit down with a Careers advisor from the Department and unpack their answers and strengths.

Year 9 Camp

Sixty Year 9 students travelled to Kinglake this week with Elizabeth Fagan and Rena Bennett. Camps are great to get out of the classroom, build cohort cohesion and see students in a different environment.  At the time of writing this the weather forecast was looking good and hopefully the campers will all go home with some great experiences to talk about.

Year 9 Community Engagement Program

This was the last week of the Youth Justice Program for our Year 9 Community Engagement class and some of the highlights were the fire hoses at Belmont CFA, Footy at Skilled stadium and mock trials in The Magistrates Court. 

Skyline Foundation

Three lucky Year 10 students were interviewed by Skyline Foundation for a chance to receive support towards their ultimate goal of University. I have been working with Skyline for a couple of years now and this is a tremendous opportunity, both academically and fiscally. 


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager


How quickly this term has flown! Term 4 promises to be very busy with senior students sitting exams, interviews and finishing school. We wish students a smooth transition into term 4 and a reminder to look after your health and wellbeing .

Year 12

VTAC: the website is now open and all supporting documentation, including SEAS applications, are due by 5:00 pm, 30 September. Students have been provided with information and details to complete these applications. It is important to note that the financial cost significantly increases if a student applies late.


Graduation: Looking forward to a great evening. All tickets should now be paid for and table allocations will be available next term.


We have several suits available for students to try on and keep for upcoming events. Please see Ms Bridges.


Last Day - 22 October: Students are invited to a morning tea with staff and then a final year 12 assembly. Students are to arrive at 10:00 am and leave at 11:30 am. Students are reminded to be respectful to school property, students and staff. Security staff will be on site and any disrespectful behaviour may result in not-attending graduation or exams at school.

Year 11

2020 Year 12 Camp: Money and forms are due. Camp is a compulsory part of the Year 12 program so please support us in this.


2020 Year 12 Jumpers: Jumpers are being ordered and will be available next term.


Students will receive exam timetables and Year 12 Orientation timetables next term.


Individual VCAA end of year timetables have been distributed. Students should be aware of exam timetables and organise work/activities to ensure they are focused on study and exams at this critical time.


Practice Exams: Unit 4 students have been shared the timetable for the exams for the September break. This has also been shared with parents on Compass.


Year 11 students completing a VCE Unit 4 subject have been allocated an approved study day the day before and the day of their exam.


Year 12 students have been provided with information regarding end of year exit interviews. They should be preparing their folios, interview questions and general presentation skills.


$20 Boss

During term three, a group of VCAL students have been undertaking a program called $20 Boss, run by Rhys Mawson from the Fort. The program guides students in small groups to develop each phase involved in a small business from concept, to costing, production, sales and marketing. The project will culminate with the students selling their products as part of the Multicultural Festival in October with all proceeds going to charity.


The students have recently visited Boom Gallery in Newtown to see a number of people developing their own creative small businesses. This was great inspiration for their projects. While there, they also enjoyed wandering around the art spaces, delighting in the rich variety of creative pieces on display.


Donna Clarke


Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Work Related Skills

Students in Work Related Skills chose from various electives earlier on this term. Many of those that earlier on attempted to see a toy stuffed animal had a go at knitting. All students were taught how to do cast on and do plain knitting. Some were very quick learners and progressed to learning the purl stitch. 

Comments (from the boys) included ‘this is actually enjoyable’ and ‘this is easier than I thought’. 

Well done to everyone who had a go!



Other School News

Luke Scott


Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre dinner

On Monday, 9 September, I had the pleasure of attending the VET Hospitality Second Year students’ dinner. The evening was held at the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre in Corio, of which North Geelong Secondary College is a partner. The dinner was created, prepared and served by students from the Certificate II Hospitality course. 


As a chef of 11 years and a bit of a foodie, to be honest, I was not expecting a gourmet meal. I was very wrong and pleasantly surprised. The food is some of the best I have eaten, the flavours, textures and presentation was worthy of a fine dining restaurant. Even the small details such as correct temperature plates for each dish, was covered. 

The students are to be commended on the skills they have learned over the past two years and demonstrated in Monday night’s dinner.

Our students were:
Fatemeh NAZARI


R U OK Day

The women who attend the weekly ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse’ Group at NGSC had a great morning celebrating RU OK day on Thursday, 12 September.

We all enjoyed a morning of pampering, self-care, cooking and sharing stories. There was much fun and laughter as nails were painted, make up applied, RU Okay cups painted as well as some competitive table tennis occurring! The celebration was held at the Fort and it was a great way to finish up another term together.

Merryl Arnold
Secondary School Nurse



Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News

The school holidays are upon us and it's not long  now to NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival, to be held on Friday, 25 October, 2019.  This year’s theme of the festival is ‘Generations’ thus, we are seeking community members, families, parents, guardians, friends and students of all ages to dress in national cultural costumes and join us in the festive opening parade or come during the day to enjoy the festivities on offer.  The grand event will start with the opening ceremony at 10:00 am showcasing a parade of national and cultural costumes, followed by entertainment and very charismatic guest speakers.  The festival will officially open to the  whole community from 11:00 am and will go through to 3:00 pm with myriad of activities, food stalls, amusement rides, sports, various entertainment and so much more.


Our homemade cake stall has been a tradition at NGSC since the Festival’s beginning and we are seeking your support once again this year.  Thus, with the advanced notice and school holidays approaching you may consider and be kind enough to bake some of your favourite cakes for the Festival.  We know we will need to raise the bar to live up to expectations and continue the tradition of being “the best homemade Cake Stall in Geelong”.    

The next Multicultural Committee meeting will be held in term four on Monday, 14 October, at lunch time (12:45 pm) in the Discussion Room.  We will finalise our plans for the Multicultural Festival.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Spring holiday. See you all next term.  

Attention!! Attention!! Attention!!
Cakes! Slices! Muffins! Sweets!

Yes friends, the famous NGSC Multicultural Festival Cake Stall is happening again!  But it can only be as fabulous as we remember if our wonderful families and friends bake lots of cakes/ slices/ muffins/ sweets and send/bring them along for the Multicultural Committee to sell on Friday, 25 October, at the annual Multicultural Festival.


We would appreciate if you could have them at the school by 9:00 am on the morning of the Festival.  It is OK to send them with the students.  If you think you can help please let us know.

Please note, due to health regulations we require a list of ingredients (not the recipe) with the goods.


Forms to write down ingredients are available from members of the Multicultural Committee: Mrs. Dudas, Mrs. Romano and Ms. Nguyen in the VCE staffroom or at the front office.


Thank you, on behalf of the Multicultural Committee,

Mrs. Dudas, Ms. Nguyen and Mrs. Walters. 



Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space


School Holiday Camp
for Children
9 - 14 Years Old


2019 Multicultural Festival


How Deep Are Your Pockets?

As the weather improves Barwon Coast and others are seeking your support in helping to protect our sand dunes.  As inviting as it is to run up or play in sand dunes, this damages the dunes, the plants and the animals that live there. Enjoy the coast, and share our shores by staying out of the dunes at all times to ensure the dunes continue to provide us with access to the beach.   


Humans in Geelong Expo
Sunday, 6 October, 2019


Saver Plus


Driving Skills for Life

Ford Australia have just opened registrations for the fifth Driving Skills for Life course and will be coming to Geelong on Saturday, 21 September.


Driving Skills for Life is a free, hands-on training course for new and young drivers. The course is taught by professional instructors to ensure participants improve their driving skills in a safe and controlled environment. With opportunities to trial driving under challenging conditions, participants will learn how to react and respond with confidence in real life situations, making our roads safer.


The course will focus on cyclist safety as well as vehicle handling, space and speed management, hazard recognition and impaired driving and provide training to young driver beyond what they learn in standard driving lessons. 


Young drivers can now sign up to the Geelong and Melbourne events at the Ford website here:  


Corio Little Athletics Centre 27/09/19


Free Parenting Forum


Group Parent Education Events - Term 4 2019


Body Confident Children and Teens for Parents - 19/11/2019


fOrT Term 3


Festival of Sport
6 October 2019


Young Initiators Program - 
Diversitat - 1 & 2 October


Multicultural Connect Jobs Fair - 4 October


Start or Grow your business in Geelong!


Camp @ Somers
18-20 October



Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           


The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with government curriculum standards, based on communication skills that include speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their university entrance score.  


The school`s language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government secondary schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:15 pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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