NGSC Newsletter

23 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

27 August                 Curriculum Day

                                     (Student Free Day)

30 August                Year 7 Zoo Excursion

2 - 6 Sept                  Year 9 Careers Interviews

9 - 13 Sept               School Production Week

18 - 20 Sept             Year 9 Camp

22 October              Year 12 Graduation

25 October              Multicultural Festival

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarships 

Congratulations to the following students who have been successful in achieving a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarship. The recipients will be awarded a Scholarship of $1100.00 to assist them to continue their education and pursue their goals in the 2020 academic year. Scholarship funding may be spent on any items that can help overcome barriers affecting the students’ educational attainment in the 2020 academic year. 

Madeline Price, Nyawarga Malow, Vanessa Walters, Safiyah Abdul Rahim, Sein Ma Sein Ma Khaing, Ahmad Alkhazaee and Mercina Loupos.

The Scholarship presentation ceremony will be held from 11.00 am – 2.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 September, at Melbourne Town Hall, 90 - 130 Swanston Street, Melbourne. 


Thank you to Wellbeing Officers, Ms Christina Doyle and Ms Georgie Hunter for successfully nominating these students. 

Living in a Digital Age

Technological change in education means we are facing the largest transformation in how our students receive, interact with and respond to the learning experience that the teaching profession has ever seen. These changes mean that schools and early childhood settings are now broader than the walls of a classroom. Teachers, students and parents are increasingly using digital technologies to teach, learn and communicate, challenging the traditional concept of a school. According to research, 60% of students entering Primary School today will be working in work areas and professions that haven’t been invented or thought of yet, and this is because of the huge advances of new technologies and the way they are impacting on human life.  


The world of digital learning beckons, with opportunities for teachers and students alike to benefit from the opportunities and capabilities a digital world offers.


North Geelong Secondary College Technologies platforms and programs such as; iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), interactive teaching and learning screens, robots, drones and the latest edition of Oculus Go Virtual Reality cameras have been supported through the implementation of AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) high speed internet provision. 


The AARNet installation has enabled the school to become a digital Learning Hub with an increased internet capacity and improved access to Digital learning and Cloud-based resources, not only to meet the needs of our students and teachers but also to meet the demands of future learning, student pathways and careers. 
We believe that students should be able to learn in teams, as a class, a whole community or alone. We also believe that students should be able to share learning experiences with their classmates and the wider community.


The school supports students to develop the skills needed for critical evaluation, online collaboration and communication and behaviours which support the safe, responsible and ethical use of digital technologies – essential to participating in life and work in the 21st century. 


Our students are also encouraged to develop all skills necessary to become responsible global citizens and part of the global labour market. It is our belief that information communication technology is an essential ingredient to our students’ future success. 

Vocational Educational and Training (VET) 

A skilled workforce is vital to a prosperous future for Victoria’s industries and of course, our local and global communities. It is skilled people who drive the performance of our industry sectors and businesses across the state and help us respond positively in a fast – changing global world. 


At North Geelong Secondary College we recognise this need and through a rigorous counselling and information delivery, we ensure that all students who have the talents and aspirations to do a vocational study can, whether it is here at the College or through our Northern VET cluster, our Trade Training Centre, or even other providers. The improved training system will focus on individual learners and business, its two main users, to ensure Victoria has the skilled people it needs to maintain a strong and secure economy. 


Currently the school offers three onsite VET subjects and we have a number of students attending within our cluster from all Geelong Secondary schools, both public and independent. Close monitoring and feedback through our onsite VET program evaluation is conclusive and it has proven to be a great success. 


Therefore, building on our strengths, the College is looking at expanding that commitment. For more information please contact Ms Makin – VET Coordinator on 52405800. 


Mobile Phone Policy Update

Students will be required to switch off and store their mobile phones for the duration of the school day.

On Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 the Minister for Education, the Hon James Merlino MP, announced a new schools Mobile Phone Policy which will come into effect from Term 1, 2020. The new policy will require all students at Victorian State Primary and Secondary schools to switch off their mobile phones and store them securely from the start of the school day until the final bell.

Schools will be supported by the Department of Education and Training to engage their communities in conversations about the new policy and how to best implement it within their school.

The school will review its mobile phone policy and ensure that it complies with the Departmental requirements.

If any parents/guardians/carers are interested in contributing to the review and development of the school’s Mobile Phone Policy resources, please contact one of the Principal Class Officers on 5240 5800.

Child Safety Code of Conduct

North Geelong Secondary College is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all students, staff and members of our community. Our school recognises the importance of the partnership between our school and parents and carers to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, creating an inclusive and safe school environment for our students.


The College Vision is a clear, concise statement of the type of school we wish to see.  It is both a reflection of what we have already achieved and a statement of how we would like to develop the College in the future.  Overall it is the common aim for everything we do from preparing lessons, to working with our students, to recruiting new staff, to improving the facilities.


NGSC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.  


This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics, as these apply to staff and other personnel.


The Principal and school leaders of NGSC support the implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly school and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively. 


All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.


Acceptable behaviours
As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:

  • upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times
  • treating students and families in the school community with respect, both within the school environment and outside the school environment, as part of normal social and community activities.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds 
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership 
  • understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
  • if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.

Unacceptable behaviours

As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work we must not:

  • ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
  • develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
  • exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context 
  • ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate
  • discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting 
  • treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity
  • communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting etc) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter
  • photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care purposes  
  • in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary to school policy or take illicit drugs under any circumstances .


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Performance Averages and Progress Reports

The latest Progress Reports will be released this Monday. We have found that the discussions around the scores being lower than 2.5 have resulted in a marked improvement for many students. These students will be further monitored by the Student Management Team with Parent meetings and Student Support groups implemented. Scores that are consistently below 2.0 may see the student repeat the Year in 2020.


Students in Year 9 and 10 who continue to be in the ‘at risk’ category will be provided with Careers support as an opportunity to start fostering more intrinsic motivation towards meeting our basic requirements. If not, then we will need to look at finding something more suitable that will enable their future success.

Japanese International Students’ Visit

The International Japanese students left us on Thursday, 22 August, after having been at the school for two and a half weeks.  They participated in Year 9, 10 and 11 classes.  They also went on a trip down the Great Ocean Road and to the Melbourne CBD.  It is hoped that one or more of these students, along with the Chinese students from the previous group, come and join us as long term International students.  


We also have three Individual short term students who are with us for six weeks.  Welcome to Haisong and Stella, in Year 8 and attending GELC, and Jerry who is in Year 10.

Student Feedback on the Student Attitude to School Survey

The SRC have been given the opportunity to offer feedback on the Attitude to School Survey. Over a lunchtime the students worked in their year levels on the data related to their year level.  They were asked to interpret the data giving a summary of their responses.  The students were then asked to give ideas on how the students and the teachers could improve the data.  This feedback will then be shared with staff and students and I am sure many of their ideas will be implemented. 

Student Voice and Agency Presentation to Barwon North Regional Network

On Thursday, 15 August, we had three students from our SRC present to the Barwon North Regional Network on our approach to Student Voice and Agency. Edita Salcinovic, Keily Mc Kee and Mitch Cazaly were outstanding in presenting to a room full of Principals at Truffleduck. They highlighted their journey with unpacking school data in order to present to staff. The students, after their presentation, then sat on tables with a number of different Principals who fired questions at them. We were all so proud of the students and the professional manner in which they presented themselves and for the way they responded positively to the questioning without training or prompting.


Student presentation at the National Council of Women Victoria: My Vote My Voice, 19/08/19

NGSC students were invited to participate in the annual My Vote My Voice event which is held at Parliament House Victoria. Three Year 11 girls, Hayley, Lily and Angela took up the offer and chose to present their views along with 11 other schools. This year's theme of ‘Male and Female future voters’ provided opportunities for students to discuss voting age, knowledge about political parties, the impact of media and social media on voting, democracy, student voice and action, and more. Our students used data from a recent Parliamentary report and their own experience as the basis of their presentation. The girls spoke clearly and confidently in such a new environment and in front of students who are well rehearsed in the art of public speaking. On early reflection, the girls can identify how this experience will transfer into their leadership skills and also to their role as community citizens.


Important Notice
Re: Excursion Process

Please remember to meet the school timelines for excursion permissions and payments. These processes are designed to facilitate good management around transport, staffing, medical needs and event access. Any lateness with permissions/payments creates stress to the process and will no longer be accepted. Students who do not meet timelines will be provided with a program at school on the day of the activity. 


Jacob Storer & Rebecca Durran

Year 7  & 8 Coordinators

It has been a very busy period in the Junior Sub School of late, with plenty going on to keep us on our toes.

Year 8 Camp

The Year 8 students had a terrific time on Camp in Halls Gap. It was a great experience for them, spending time in one of the more beautiful parts of the state. While there, they had the opportunity to take part in:

  • A bush walk to Boronia Peak
  • Initiatives and team building activities
  • Abseiling and rock climbing
  • Indigenous cultural experience at Brambuk Cultural Centre

What was most impressive, was the enthusiasm and spirit shown by all students. It was fantastic to see the effort everyone put into activities, well and truly out of their comfort zone (especially with the icy weather!). We hope that the skills learnt on this camp will translate into the school community and we see a strong finish to the year.


A big shout out to the Year 8 Team; Rebecca Durran, Bennett Thomson, Daniel Grozdanovski, and Steve Quinn for their amazing work behind the scenes to organise such a fantastic camp.

Year 7 Deakin Excursion

Over the course of August 22 and 23, Year 7 students got their first taste of the University pathway, visiting Deakin University in Waurn Ponds. The students participated in the Mission Possible activity and got the chance to sample some of the courses offered at the Uni, including Architecture, Engineering and Psychology.


The students represented the College wonderfully and were very enthusiastic to participate in all activities.

Year 7 Excursions

It doesn’t stop there for the Year 7 students though, with some more excursions coming up in the Big Smoke. Next Friday, 30 August, they will make their way to the Melbourne Zoo as part of their science curriculum.


Then to start next term, we will all be heading to the National Gallery of Victoria to immerse ourselves in Ancient Chinese culture and see the famed Terracotta Army. This will be a part of our Humanities curriculum, as we dive deeper into our Ancient China Unit.


Keep an eye out for more exciting happenings at NGSC as we rocket towards the pointy end of the year.

Important Notice
Re: Excursion Process

Please remember to meet the school timelines for excursion permissions and payments. These processes are designed to facilitate good management around transport, staffing, medical needs and event access. Any lateness with permissions/payments creates stress to the process and will no longer be accepted. Students who do not meet timelines will be provided with a program at school on the day of the activity. 


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader


Thank you to all the campers from The Middle School. The Middle School Coordinators; Sherryn Martin, Alessandra Friedrich,  Rena Bennett, Elizabeth Fagan, Joel McDougall and of course the Administration Office who put a large amount of work into organising and facilitating these camps. When students do not return notes, or we only have half a year level take up the opportunity, it is really disheartening and it jeopardises camps in the future. Realistically we have to ask ourselves if it is cost and time effective to organise camps. 


The Year 10 students returned from their camp last week absolutely stoked and though they try to act all cool and ambivalent, we still see hints of children just having a good time outside. Year 9 students leave for  Kinglake in the last week of term.

Morrisby Testing

Thanks to all parents/carers for returning Morrisby notes. The Department of Education will soon have one on one interviews with all our Year 9 students, discussing their strengths and possible career choices. This is, of course, after our Year 9 students have completed their Morrisby testing, a strength based approach to future pathways. 

Uniform and Valuables

Be careful with hoodies whilst it is still cold. Also, please have conversations at home regarding not leaving valuables in lockers over night.

Important Notice
Re: Excursion Process

Please remember to meet the school timelines for excursion permissions and payments. These processes are designed to facilitate good management around transport, staffing, medical needs and event access. Any lateness with permissions/payments creates stress to the process and will no longer be accepted. Students who do not meet timelines will be provided with a program at school on the day of the activity. 


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager


It is pleasing to see senior students approaching their studies with the diligence and dedication required in the final approach to the last assessment tasks and upcoming exams and interviews. Students and parents are reminded to seek support from the relevant Year Level Coordinator or Student Wellbeing if needed.


University /TAFE open days.



VTAC : the website is now open and students need to be creating an account using their VCAA number. Careers are holding important sessions to go through the process and SEAS applications. It is essential that if a student is intending to attend a tertiary institution in 2020 (or wants to apply and defer) that they apply now. It is important to note that the financial cost significantly increases if a student applies late.


Graduation: please keep payments up. Anyone who requested extra tickets have been allocated and students provided with details. When the tickets have been paid for in full students will be given the tickets. Please do this by the end of term.

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



Camp: there has been a change of date to the camp. New forms will be reissued next week.

2020 Year 12 Jumpers: Students have been asked to try on jumpers to determine size. Please note we are not able to change the size once ordered.



VCAA end of year time table is available. Students should be aware of exam timetables and organise work/activities to ensure they are focussed on study and exams at this critical time.


Students who are completing an Oral Language Exam should have their examination advice slip. Please see Ms Bridges if you do not.


Silent Study Room in the Library is now totally dedicated to student study. No classes are scheduled in there and students are encouraged to use this space.


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



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.

Important Notice
Re: Excursion Process

Please remember to meet the school timelines for excursion permissions and payments. These processes are designed to facilitate good management around transport, staffing, medical needs and event access. Any lateness with permissions/payments creates stress to the process and will no longer be accepted. Students who do not meet timelines will be provided with a program at school on the day of the activity. 

Other School News

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News

This term is progressing with a myriad of events on the go and the Multicultural Committee’s second and final meeting for this term will focus on updates of the program for the opening ceremony at NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival on Friday, 25 October, 2019.  This year’s theme is ‘Generations’.  The festival is one of the biggest cultural events at North Geelong Secondary College, when our school community comes together in harmony to celebrate our diversity.  The day will begin with an opening ceremony from 10:00 am to 10.30 am with a parade of cultural costumes, entertainment and guest speakers. To go with the theme of ‘Generations’ we encourage all ages of community members, families, parents, carers, friends and students to dress in cultural costumes and join in the opening parade.  The festival will follow from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with activities, food stalls, amusement rides, sport, entertainment and much more. The traditional cake stall is back, once again, and will offer homemade desserts and an assortment of cakes. Watch this space for more information.

Our next Multicultural Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, 26 August  at  lunch time, 12:45  pm to 1:30 pm.  Feel free to contact the school for more information or join us at  the meeting.  We would be very grateful for your contribution and you will not be disappointed.  The meetings are very productive and delightful refreshments are provided.

Tina Doyle

Student Wellbeing

The Mobile School Dentist is coming to North Geelong Secondary College

The Mobile School Dentist is coming to North Geelong Secondary College. Mobile School Dentist is one of the largest mobile school dental organisations in Australia.


Our Dentists and Dental Therapists are AHPRA registered and accredited health professionals.


All Mobile School Dental staff are Working with Children and Police checked and our vans have state-of-the-art equipment.

Our service is free to your school and we provide dental care to eligible students under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule. There are no out of pocket costs to families.


We understand certain children may not be eligible, therefore we confirm individual eligibility before our visit and contact parents to offer a discounted private option if they see fit.


We provide FREE bio-bamboo toothbrushes to ALL participating students.


The Mobile School Dentist will be at NGSC from Monday, 14 October, 2019.


Consent forms are being sent home to parents/carers this week.


Please return consent forms to school as soon as possible so students can be booked in.


Luke Scott



Chess at North Geelong Secondary College is growing. Every Thursday during lunch student’s go to the Library to play each other or challenge a teacher to a game. Students challenge Mr Doyle or Mr Scott for a game with the promise of a free lunch if they win, so far no lunches have been bought. The numbers are increasing each week with new players coming along who already know how to play or are just keen to learn the game. We are building a strong Chess community at school and are continuing to grow each week. The school recently purchased more Chess sets to accommodate the number of students who are playing each week. 

On Tuesday, 13 August, Sally Wong and I had the privilege of accompanying 11 Chess players to the Geelong Interschool Chess Tournament held at the Vines Road Community Centre. Our students were great ambassadors for the school. We won more than half our games against some fierce competition, from both public and private schools. Unfortunately, at the end of the day we did not make the next level, but were oh so close. 


Linda Castle

LOTE Teacher

International Student Program

For the past two and a half weeks, NGSC has been hosting a group of 15 students from Japan. These students chose to come to Australia during their school summer holidays to improve their English and experience life beyond their normal horizons.


They have joined our students in their regular schedules and also experienced Geelong and Victoria through excursions to Torquay, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum and the State Library of Victoria. They have also had many interesting experiences through their host families who opened their homes to these students and shared their daily lives. Our host families also took great care to show our visitors more of Australia outside of school hours.


They have learnt a great deal over the past 18 days and shared some of the things that surprised them, that they liked, and that they learned while in Australia.


“I really enjoyed the natural environment feel. Everyone was really friendly and very kind. The dingo pups were very cute. The baby wombat was even more cute. I was really impressed by the amount of freedom in classes. I could not believe how much Australians use computers and iPads. It is impossible in Japan. The houses are really big in Australia.” 


“I was surprised by the way Australian schools use whiteboards not blackboards. We only use blackboards and chalk in Japan. The volume of food at meals was very large. The classes have a lot of freedom. I was surprised by how many homes have pets of all kinds - dogs, cats, birds. Everyone has been very friendly at my home stay and at school. My host mother has been really kind.”

“The land in Australia is very large and flat and there are great views. There are many animals. There are many kinds of people. There were lots of people of tattoos. Many foods are very big sizes and very cheap. There is farmland very close to the road. I like Australian beef.”


“Australian people are very tall. Australian people do not eat much breakfast. There is not much traffic.”


“Movie theatre chairs are so big. Australia has so many handsome guys. Bottled water is very expensive.”


“Your blood alcohol content can be above absolute zero and you can drive surprised me. I can see cows and horses and sheep on the way to school. The way Australians eat hot chips is different. I really liked fish and chips.”


“In Melbourne there are many skyscrapers, but go just a little away from the center and all the buildings are single storey. Everyone goes by car everywhere. Koala fur was more soft and fluffy than I imagined, and very cute.”  


“There is a lot of grafitti. Australian people are very kind.”

“I was surprised that there is a Chinatown everywhere you go in the world. The colossal squid was amazing. There is so much in Melbourne to see.” Mr Cool Sunnies


“There is a great amount of freedom in the Food Technology classes. Compared to my school in Japan accepting exchange students, NGSC was more open.” 


“Lunch time, everyone is outside playing, having a great time. Everyone has been really kind and anytime I did not understand something in class, the people around me would explain it clearly and carefully.”


“Australian school system is very different to Japan. You have electives.”


“I was surprised that you have Breakfast Club.”edfjlk




Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space


Towards Zero
Regional Road Safety Forum - 21 August


NGSC School Production


The fOrt Term 3 Program


Geelong Small Business Festival - 1 to 31 August


Toucan Appeal
5 to 23 August


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



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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