NGSC Newsletter

19 October 2018
Issue Sixteen
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

23 OCT                   Last Day for Year 12 Students

23 OCT                   Year 12 Graduation Dinner

24 OCT                   Geelong Cup (Student free Day)

26 OCT                   Multicultural Festival

29 OCT-02 NOV   Year 9 & 10 QLD Camp

8 OCT-21 NOV      VCE Exams

20 NOV                   Year 7 Immunisations

                                  Year 10 Study Day

20 - 23 NOV          Year 11 to 12 Orientation

21 - 23 NOV          Year 10 Exams

23 NOV                   Last Day for Year 11 Students

26 - 29 NOV           Years 7 - 9 Exams

                                   Year 10 to 11 Orientation

29 NOV                    Last day for Year 10 Students

30 NOV                    Assessment & Reporting Day

                                   (Student free day)

10 DEC                     2019, Year 7 Parent/Carers and

                                    students Information Evening

18 DEC                     College Awards Presentation 


12 - 14 DEC            Years 7 to 9 Student Activities

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Welcome back to Term 4

Welcome back to our final term for the year. I hope everyone had a relaxing school break. Term 4 is always a very busy one for all schools and our school is no exception. As our Year 12 students are getting ready for their final VCE exams or VCAL final panel interviews, the teachers are working around the clock to ensure any last minute work is handed in, corrected and any advice is provided to our students, ensuring their success. 


Our school calendar this term is very busy with major school events coming up:
  • Year 12 Graduation Evening, 23 October,
  • Multicultural Day Celebration, 26 October
  • Assessment and Reporting (Student Free Day) 30 November
  • VCE Examination period, 8 October to 21 November
  • English & EAL exam, 31 October
  • Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 Semester 2, examination period, 13 November to 29 November (Examination timetables will be distributed to all Year Levels in the coming weeks)
  • 2019, Year 7 Parent and Students Information evening, 6.00pm, 10 December
  • Two-day Grade 6 to Year 7 Orientation Program, 11 and 12 December
  • College Awards presentation evening, Tuesday 18 December
  • Years 7 to 9 Student Activities, 12 to 14 December

Please ensure that you mark these dates in your calendars/diaries. More details will be disseminated to students and parents soon.

2019 School Captains

At North Geelong SC all students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in order to lead and support fellow students, and also to advantage the wider community. Opportunities to develop these qualities are provided through a range of learning experiences, both in their everyday school life and in targeted leadership programs throughout their time at the school. There are many student roles throughout the year levels that offer support and leadership for other students in the school community, through Student Representative Council (SRC), Year Level and House Captains, and in specific fields of interest such as iLeaders and Excellence In Sports. Every student is encouraged to build their own sense of themselves as leaders and to contribute to the life of the College in a very positive way.

School Captains are the most significant student leaders in the school community. School Captains are expected to take an active role in all aspects of the school community and work with the school Administration, Principal Team, Leadership Team, School Council and others to achieve the best possible outcomes. They must be approachable, reliable and trustworthy, and their duties involve communication with staff and students, public speaking at assemblies, school events, writing for the school magazine, be a member and attend School Council meeting, just to name a few. School Captains must be involved in a range of co-curricular activities such as Sports, The Arts, Cultural and Academic areas, and be positive role models for all within the wider school community. They are the school’s greatest ambassadors to the outside world. 
It is with great pleasure that I present the 2019 School Captains to the NGSC school community. 


Congratulations to the 2019 School Captains! 


Sarah Diprose                   – School Captain
Bailey Kitchen                   – School Captain
Jasper George                   – Academic Captain
Jeremy Hogan                   – Sports Captain
Brianna Pendlebury       – The Arts Captain
Beth Cook                            – Cultural Captain


Looking forward to working with our 2019 School Captains to continue the great work at North Geelong SC.

2018 Multicultural Day Celebrations 

On Friday, 26 October, North Geelong Secondary College will carry on its strong tradition with the celebration of a Multicultural Day. It is a day where the school community comes together in harmony celebrating our diverse backgrounds. NGSC multicultural day celebration is fully supported by The City of Greater Geelong and Diversitat. 


The official school assembly will begin at 10:00 am. A very entertaining program with music, dance and more will be on the menu and the day will be filled with all sorts of activities such as; food stalls, rides, games, face painting, jewellery making, jumping castle and many more. 
There is an extensive list of VIP guests attending. 


It is open to the wider school community. A number of our feeder primary school students and community members will be attending. I hope to see as many parents, guardians and friends as possible on the day to celebrate together.

North Geelong SC Scholarship Program 

North Geelong SC is proud to continue with its Scholarship Program. There are two entry levels to the scholarship program:


The Year 7 entry promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their College Community. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of North Geelong Secondary College.


The Year 9 entry promotes outstanding commitment of Year 8 students within the college wider community who have displayed a strong involvement in their junior secondary years. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of the NGSC community.


The NGSC Scholarship Program also recognises the considerable achievements of children in our community and provides them with the opportunity to experience exciting curriculum opportunities through a broad range of engaging programs delivered by our dedicated teachers. The scholarships are assigned to the successful applicants over a two year period, in Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10.

2019 Year 9 and 10 scholarship Recipients 

Every year, the College allocates 4 scholarships to the value of $4500.00 for Year 8 students going into Years 9 and 10. The students are selected based on their written application, multiple references and their ability to articulate their vision on how they could lead the student body and contribute to the life of the school. 


The Year 9 and 10 scholarship selection process has now been completed and the selection panel has recommended the following students to the Principal as the winners. I am looking forward to working closely with these students, aiming at an improved school community.


Congratulations to the following students:


•    Kai Purton (8B)
•    Emily Bliss (8B)
•    Nick Young (8F)
•    Aimee Wookey (8C)



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Farewell To Year 12 Students

How quickly it comes around that students who started with us in Year 7 or joined us along the way, are now ‘all grown up’ and about to finish their High School time.

Congratulations to our successful VCAL students who have been involved in exit interviews with staff and members of the Principal Team. These interviews are designed to give them experience in interview conditions, as well as a celebration of their year, the valuable experiences they have had and the challenges they have overcome. It was a great pleasure to witness the learning and the growth for these young adults during this year. 


Also, we wish the VCE students all the best for their upcoming exams. Our school motto, ‘Strive to Achieve’ is relevant and emphasises the need for students to keep working hard if they want the result they expect. 


The Year 11 and 12 Students received their booklists last week. The reasoning for this early process is so that students can receive their books in early November ready for the beginning of the Year 12 Orientation classes 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 2019 schooling will begin the first day of Orientation Week.

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

Study Camp 2019

I would like to remind our Year 11 students that they need to ensure payment is made for the 2019 Deakin Warrnambool Study Camp. This camp gives the students a great springboard in preparing for the rigours of Year 12 and the expectations required, to ensure that they have a successful year. The camp is compulsory and has been a major factor in the dramatic improvement in the VCE and VCAL results in recent years.

Subjects for 2019: Balancing The Timetable

The College puts students first in the process of timetabling. A great deal of work goes into the education of students on their career pathway. During this year, we have collected student preferences on subjects for 2019 and this has gone into a timetable for next year. Now we are at a stage of ensuring that we create a balance of subjects that enables a maximum number of students to access the subjects they need for their pathways. On some occasions, some subjects simply do not have the numbers to be sustainable and we re-counsel students into their other preferences, whilst ensuring they are accessing subjects they need for 2019. This process has been conducted for 2019’s senior students and will continue for the remainder of students into next week. Should your children consider changes to their pathways, changes can be made up until the start of the first day back in 2019.


There are new initiatives for students to be included in 2019, such as reading programs, AVID and sporting excellence. This makes it particularly worth the challenge of creating the timetable, which should be closer to completion by early November.


As Year 12 students continue their preparation for exams, we should consider the rest of the exam program and orientation programs, which are as follows:


Assessment and Reporting

There will again be a range of assessments this semester for you to observe the progress of your children. There are Learning Tasks for each class which are assessed and published on Compass. Progress Reports will occur in Week 4 of this term and there will also be the end of Semester reports later this term. Should you need further information, please email staff as required. If you need a reminder of how to access, or what to access, on Compass, please see the Parent instructions below.



Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager


Taking responsibility for our choices

I always harp on about preparing students for life after school. A significant aspect of this is encouraging students to take responsibility for actions or events that they have been involved in. This is when there was the option to make more appropriate choices but for many reasons did not. To do this a person is required to identify the particular point in time where these better choices could be made. I believe that as we age and mature our life experiences help us to determine that by putting our hand up and admitting where better choices could have been made, we can move on a lot quicker and learn from such choices. Part of our role at school is to support students as they develop to ensure that they make appropriate choices.


I always struggle to find my way once I am driving and get lost. I continue to persist in believing I can navigate my way to the desired location. In reality, what I should do is when I know I have made one wrong turn I should stop, reassess then identify a way to get back on track rather than make poor choice after poor choice and find myself completely lost.


To ensure that we don’t find ourselves completely lost in a situation (or in life), we need to take the time to identify where we went wrong to ensure the path to get back on track is timely and with minimal impact on our life journey.


Often we see students recall an event and leave out significant details that may place them in a tricky situation. I believe that we as educators, have a responsibility to ensure that a student not only learns from making poor choices, but also learns that taking responsibility for these actions is just as important. School, like society, finds it more challenging to deal with those that have some difficulty in owning their own behaviour.


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader


Welcome back. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable break. Term Four traditionally goes quite quickly so, with this in mind, I ask students to remain focussed. Exams will fast approach and with two days off classes next week (Geelong Cup and Multicultural Day) it is important students utilise class time.


Congratulations to the following students;


Year 10 High Achievers

(PA average for T3 of 3.75 or more):


Gurshan SINGH

Naw Pyaw Yeh HTOO




Nhu Tam TRAN

Yekaterina KRIVOGUZ


Kyaw Nay NO



Mitchell FRASER





Year 10 Most Improved

(an improvement of 0.5 or more from week 4 to week 8):

Cooper Towne

Ayden Osborne

Hayley Bath

Kiandra Tauali’i

Jordyn Jane

Tyson McPoyle

Leah Finlayson

Emre Bosnali

Thomas Cookson


Year 9 High Achievers

(PA average for T3 of 3.75 or more):

Mitchell CAZALY




Natthicha KHIAO-ON


Joab LOW







Jasmine TOROK



Year 9 Most Improved

(an improvement of 0.5 or more from week 4 to week 8):


Leigha BARRY




Sejdalija KRAJINA

Aiden BEE



2019 subjects went up for the Year Tens last week and booklists are out (due this week 19th). The Year Nine subjects should also be up soon.


Please do not forget our course counselling sessions last term. A lot of effort goes into informing our Students and Parents to select subjects which support individual pathways and career prospects.


Attendance is still impacting on a minority of students and in turn concerns are raised regarding preparedness for academic progress. Parents are often the ones who give permission for absence or make sure they come to school from home. Please reflect on the expectations in the work force and that one day a week represents 20% of schooling.


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Leader

Wow! It’s hard to believe we are entering our final weeks for students in the Senior Sub School. It is great to see so many of our students working hard and preparing for the weeks ahead.

Year 12

VCAL students are participating in exit interviews and are proudly demonstrating their learning and achievements over the last 12 months. Students have conducted themselves in a very mature and professional manner (looking very smart!) and are a credit to themselves, their families and their teachers.

VCE students are preparing for exams and are encouraged to continue to be in contact with teachers for support in the upcoming weeks. 

Last Day Arrangements:
23 October 2018

Students are welcome to celebrate the last day of school in a respectful way. These are the arrangements made for the day:

  • Students will arrive at school at 9:30 am
  • Morning tea in the locker area with staff from 10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Assembly at 11:00 am in the Gym
  • Students to clean up any mess and leave the premises by 11:40 am ( please note that those students who have a language exam later in the day are welcome to stay and study)

23 October 2018

Please ensure that you are seated at the venue by 6:25 pm so that the evening can begin on time.

There will be an official photographer at the event who will take photos of all the students. These will be placed on a disc that students may purchase for $5 from Monday, 12 November from the school office. The $5 covers the cost of the discs and the remainder is donated to breakfast club.

Year 11

Year 11 students are focussing on working to the best of their ability in classes and ensuring they are completing tasks and developing skills and knowledge to prepare themselves for 2019.


Please note the following:

  • Year 12 jumpers must be finalised this week
  • Camp notice must be back this week (this is a compulsory part of the school program and if there are concerns please contact the senior school staff as it is expected all students will attend)
  • VCE (Unit 2) Exam week is 12/11 to 16/11. VCAL classes will still be running
  • Year 11 into 12 Orientation week is 19/11 to 23/11
  • Last day for Year 11 students is 23/11

Thank for your support in ensuring students attend all programs and activities.


Josh Vassallo

Health and Physical Education Learning Area Leader

2019 Excellence in Sport 

The North Geelong Secondary College Excellence in Sport Program would like to congratulate the selected students for 2019. As part of the 2019 EIS program, the College is holding a parent/guardian information evening on Monday, 29 October, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. During the session parents/guardians will meet the coaches, students will try on their uniforms, information regarding the December camp and 2019 curriculum and coaching content will all be discussed. The College and EIS staff look forward to seeing all parents/guardians on the evening.


Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer


Welcome back to term four.  I hope you all had time to rejuvenate over the holidays. This term will be a busy and eventful conclusion to the school year.


The Multicultural Committee had a very productive meeting on Monday, 15 October. The final touches were put into place for acts and performances for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival that will be held on Friday, 26 October, 2018. 


Planning for the festival’s opening assembly has come to its final stages, fitting in with this year’s theme ‘A World of Colour’.


The Multicultural Festival is well known in the Geelong Community, and beyond, and it will be another spectacular event this year.


I would also like to kindly remind you to please support our 'Home Made Cake Stall' for the Multicultural Festival.  We are looking forward to some of your traditional cakes or sweets treats to sell at the Festival.  We know your generosity will live up to expectations and once again we will continue the tradition of being the best homemade cake stall in Geelong and beyond.


Please join us at the festival, with great fun to be had.  I am looking forward to seeing you on the day and hope you come to say hi and have a chat. It’s a day not to be missed and please tell your friends, family and neighbours.


The next Multicultural Committee meeting will be the final for this year and will be held a week after the Festival on Monday, 5 November at lunch time (12:45 pm) in the Discussion Room (more information in the next newsletter).



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, 26 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.

Mrs. Dudas, Ms. Nguyen and Mrs. Romano

On behalf of the Multicultural Committee

Thank you to our Sponsors


Food Trucks on Site


Unlimited Rides




Open Mic


Opening Ceremony


STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This week a group of Year 8 and 9 students attended the Geelong Tech School for a whole day workshop. The students were challenged to create an adventure mini golf course with cardboard, foam, hot glue and enthusiasm. The only catch – the holes needed to have functional obstacles. This was made possible with Hummingbird robotics kits. The students worked in small groups to brainstorm and design their mini golf holes, with some using prior experience and the internet for inspiration. The students got stuck into the building phase of the project bringing their designs to life. The third phase of the project was to attach the robotic components to make the obstacles move. Motors were attached to the cardboard blades of a windmill, LED lights were added for effect and servos were used to make gates and doors open and close. Each part needed to be coded, which for some was a new experience. The students took on the challenge and helped each other to produce fun and engaging mini golf holes. The students did a great job and their behaviour demonstrated our school values of Respect, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity. The students should be proud of their collaborative skills and ingenuity displayed throughout the day.    


June Bashiruddin

Arts Manager

Drawn Together Art Workshop

Students have been working during Wednesday lunchtimes to create mandalas using a variety of paints and techniques to create artwork. They are guided by Liz McGrath, the Arts facilitator from Bluebird, to work together and experiment with various colours, textures and techniques. The works are in progress and show the different shapes used within a colour palette that blend in harmoniously to become more and more intricate with each layer. The Foundation’s aim is to deliver quality art programs that make a real difference in people’s lives and the power of the arts to effect cultural change within communities to improve social, emotional and health outcomes.


The pictures are of current works in progress and will be displayed during the Multicultural Festival. If you are interested in becoming involved, come along on Wednesdays at lunchtime in E 5.





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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