NGSC Newsletter

06 September 2019
Issue Fourteen
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

22 October              Year 12 Graduation

25 October              Multicultural Festival

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Principal For A Day Program

Victoria’s Principal For A Day (PFAD) program, now in its 18th year, operates in Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools and is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Training through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and ACER.

Principal For A Day, Cr Bruce Harwood, Mayor, City of Greater Geelong and School Captains, Brianna Pendlebury, Sarah Diprose, Beth Cook, Bailey Kitchen and Jasper George shared lunch together.


The program brings business and community leaders together with school leaders, with the aims of:

  • increasing understanding and awareness between schools, business and the wider community
  • promoting the great work that schools do
  • enabling participants to develop ongoing relationships, partnerships and programs.

I, as a School Principal benefit from insights on leadership from successful leaders in other spheres, the opportunity to showcase my school to business and community leaders, and the potential for developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships for the school and its students.


The business and community leaders benefit from an insight into the issues facing schools and the work they do, opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on organisational leadership and skills sharing and a chance to make a contribution to the community.


The ‘principal for a day’ shadows the school principal, and participates in normal day-to-day activities in the secondary school. The principal and the ‘principal for a day’ discuss the challenges and current issues each is facing in their leadership role. 

It was an absolute pleasure to host Bruce Harwood, Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong. During the day we had the opportunity to discuss current educational themes and DET initiatives. Bruce also had the opportunity to visit classes, speak to a number of students and staff and immerse himself in the life a high school day at NGSC. We hope that the PFAD program will strengthen the great relationship that The City of Greater Geelong and NGSC have into the future.  

NAPLAN Reports 2019

The 2019 NAPLAN tests were held on early in Term Two. As mentioned in previous publications, NAPLAN is a valuable assessment tool for governments, schools and parents to understand and improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of students.

NAPLAN provides parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 with a report on their child’s performance in literacy and numeracy against the national average. Schools and teachers use NAPLAN data to improve teaching and learning programs in the classroom.

The school has received the NAPLAN Reporting package early this week and all Parents/Guardians/Carers have been mailed their children’s individual reports. Parents/Guardians/Carers by now should have received their childrens confidential report for each student who participated in this year’s NAPLAN tests.

An electronic copy of the Student Report information sheet is available via the VCAA’s website The student Report information sheet is also available in other languages. 

Any Parents/Guardians/Carers of children in Years 7 and 9 that have taken this year’s NAPLAN tests and they haven’t received their reports please contact the school.

Your child’s English and Mathematics Teachers or the School Principal are able to address any concerns or queries you may have about your child’s results. 

More information about NAPLAN tests and the National Assessment Program can be found by visiting the NAP website

How to Cultivate the Curiosity Classroom

At North Geelong SC what we want to see “is the child, in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child” – George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of G.B.S.


Learning is what we humans do best and we have been doing since the beginning of the world and over the centuries. We learn throughout our lives by wondering and exploring, experiencing and playing. North Geelong SC is about harnessing and cultivating that overwhelming drive in learners; the drive to know, understand, and engage in the world and its ideas. 


The philosopher Cicero defined curiosity as a love of knowledge without the lure of profit, in other words, an intrinsic passion to know. The modern definition of curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something. Aristotle claimed that the desire to know is among the deepest human urges, and Francis Crick, the Noble Prize-winning scientist who discovered the DNA structure, was often described as childlike in his curiosity. 


Curiosity has been hailed as the major impetus behind cognitive development, education, and scientific discovery. It is the drive that brings learners to knowledge. Curiosity is about being aware and open, checking things out, experimenting, and interacting within one’s surroundings. In our classrooms, teaching and learning spaces, indoor and outdoor, on a daily basis, our teachers endeavour to gain the unique opportunity of being able to mine students’ deepest held wonder, making their attention natural and effortless, and allowing them to fully engage with their learning. Creating the conditions for curiosity and tailing programs to student individual needs allow us to achieve more authentic motivation from both teachers and students, leading to a much deeper learning. 


Latest evidence based programs are offered to our students, creating learning communities that enable curiosity amongst like-minded teenagers to engage in their own learning. Programs such as: SEAL, Broad VCE, VCAL, Scholarships, Student Leadership, Excellence in Sports (Soccer and Football), STEM, ACE, STAR, Performing Arts and an array of extracurricular programs enable our students to feed their curiosity and, gain skills that will support them in their future pathways.


Television, like most things, is neither a good nor bad thing providing it is watched in moderation. Latest research suggests that two hours per day is the maximum amount of television a school age child should watch. Any more than 10 to 14 hours of viewing per week has a measurable negative impact on a child's academic performance.


Television can provide an educational and entertainment benefit to children; however research has clearly shown that excessive television watching makes children less sensitive to pain and suffering of others, more aggressive towards others, and less active.


Many researchers believe that there is a definite link between the emerging problem of childhood obesity and excessive TV watching. Watching television is a sedentary activity.

Children who watch television for more than two hours a day are more likely to have an unhealthy diet, are less likely to eat fruit and less likely to participate in physical activity.

They are also more likely to snack on foods that are high in sugar, fat or salt. 


Homework, studying, learning and performing at school also suffer from excessive television watching, as stated above. In particular for our senior students, who are 6 weeks away from their final VCE exams, it is paramount that they restrict their TV viewing. Studying and organising their time effectively, and including physical exercise is the essence for success at the final exams. 


So what are some of the steps that parents can take to limit the negative impact of excessive TV viewing? Here are some useful tips for parents/guardians/carers:

  • Limit the number of viewing hours. Approximately, an ‘allowance’ of 10 to 12 hours of television viewing per week. Give the child the option as to how to allocate those hours per week, however they cannot be ‘banked’, that is, carried over to other weeks. This restriction on supply tends to make children more discerning in their viewing habits
  • Limit the programs your children watch. As an adult you are in a position to make judgments that some programs are simply inappropriate for children of a particular age. Parents are wise to be guided by the classification of programs suggested in the TV Guide 
  • Do not permit television watching during meals. Make this a time when families can discuss the events of the day and matters of common interest, such as friendships, school related topics and other 
  • Be a good role model. Don't watch television yourself simply because you don't feel like doing anything else. Also make a point of never leaving the television on for long periods of time
  • With younger children in particular;
  • Watch programs with them
  • Offer alternatives to television. Keep a supply of inexpensive fun things to occupy your children such as craft materials, model kits, origami paper, board games and puzzle books. Having such a supply on hand means you'll always have a reply to the retort that, "there is nothing to do."
  • Consider having a number of TV-free days in each week when the television simply isn't turned on 
  • Do not allow children to have a television set in their own bedroom. Where there is a television in the child's room parents cannot exercise any supervision over what is watched or when
  • If a particular program is important to your child, but conflicts with other important things such as meal times, family social occasions or homework, record the program so that it can be watched at a time that best fits in with the family routine
  • Avoid morning television before children go to school. Early morning viewing has an effect on the rest of their day and creates time pressures that are simply not necessary.

Many of the criticisms which apply to excessive watching of television also apply to excessive electronic game playing or mobile phone and social media usage. The same general principles should apply in determining how long children spend on these activities. 


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Compass Pay and Compass Events

As has been mentioned on Compass news and in previous newsletters we have introduced Compass Pay to our list of modules accessible to parents through Compass. This enables parents to access payments and excursion approvals on their device. We are now starting to enable approvals and payments on Compass for events and therefore, we will start to eliminate the endless paperwork coming home to parents. Here are some details from Compass:


Geelong Koori Aspirations Day 2019

An event for all koori students in Geelong is to be held at Kardinia Park in the Deakin Cats Community Centre on Wednesday, 18 September. It is a day for fostering motivation and positivity as students consider their future aspirations and decision-making. The Year 12 students across Geelong will be celebrated as they complete their secondary school education. There will be guest speakers and workshops and the Koori Education Support Officers that work in schools will be in attendance.

Please look out for a Compass Event that can be accessed by parents and carers so that online permissions can be made. There will be no cost to students. 



The school production is next week. Have you bought your tickets? We are very excited to see and hear the students perform at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre on the Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 September. Performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased from GPAC for $15.


Well done to all of the performers, musicians, set designers and the supportive staff who have spent countless hours rehearsing.



Steve Quinn

Junior Sub School Manager

Year 7 Melbourne Zoo Trip

Last Friday, 30 August, our Year 7 students made their way to the city to visit the Melbourne Zoo as part of their science studies. For many it was their first time to the Zoo and a fantastic day was had by all. The students represented themselves and the College with pride and received numerous positive comments from Zoo staff and members of the community on their conduct.


National Gallery of Victoria

The next big event for Year 7 students will be visiting the National Gallery of Victoria on Wednesday, 9 October. Permission slips have been handed out and are due back no later than the last week of term 3. If students require a note they are to go to the Junior Sub School as soon as possible to get one.

Year 8 into Year 9 Subject Selections

Subject selections for Year 8 students going into Year 9 occurred on Wednesday, 28 August, and the students were extremely happy to finally have an input into some of what they will be studying next year. We are, however, still chasing up any students who have not completed their selections. If your child hasn’t completed their subject selections can you please encourage them to speak to a member of the Year 8 team in the Junior Sub School as soon as possible to do so. 

Positive Focus

For the rest of the term a College focus will be placed on positive interactions. It is an increasing concern in our world today, full of technology and social media, that our ability to respectfully and confidently interact with others is at risk. So let’s try to greet one another each morning and ask how they are. Let’s hold a door open or pick something up for them. Let’s make sure our words and actions each day make other’s days better because being kind is very easy to do!

Mission Possible

On Thursday and Friday, 19 and 20 September, our Year 7 cohort had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Mission Possible’ program at Deakin University. The sessions were run almost exclusively by current university students who took the Year 7 students in Home Groups on a tour of the campus, and to attend STEM inspired workshops. The day culminated in an orienteering/treasure hunt style challenge and a chance for our students to pick the brains of the young adults who hosted them. Students reported feeling more confident in their knowledge of University life and many suggested they are more likely to be interested in attending as a result of the excursion.




Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Morrisby Interviews

Our Year 9 students are currently completing Morrisby interviews. Students all have set interview times with someone from the Department of Education. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to unpack their Morrisby testing and explore possible career paths based on their strengths.


Morrisby helps guide students to make better choices about their future, using our online platform backed up with our adviser support.
Morrisby can help in a number of situations, including:

  • Self discovery helps students understand themselves and the sort of options that will suit them.
  • When a student doesn't know which subjects to pick, Morrisby's study suggestions will give ideas.
  • Ensuring subject choices keep doors open.
  • When there is a concern that a student's desired career or study choices might not suit them then Morrisby's impartiality and objectivity helps with the decision making.
  • Boosting motivation by providing a career goal and what is required to achieve it.

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 camp is the last week of term. Elizabeth Fagan and Rena Bennett are the points of contact and will disseminate information closer to the date for all Parents and Students.

Year 10 Update

Year 10 students are doing really well post Careers Week - I guess having some direction and a goal for 2020 holds them in good stead. 


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager


Hasn’t the term flown!!  There is only three weeks left until the end of this term and for our senior students it is certainly a busy and reflective time.


Year 11

Year 12 Tops for 2020.

$90 due in full by Monday, 2 November, 2019. Please pay at the General Office.


Year 12 Camp.

Students who have not paid or returned forms can now do this on Compass. Please do so by the end of term 3. Camp is compulsory.


Year 12

Graduation tickets need to be paid for in full by the end of the term.


Last official day of classes prior to exams and VCAL exit interviews is Tuesday, 22 October, but students will have access to teachers and resources during the study period and during exams and interviews.


VTAC applications should have been completed for all intending to go to tertiary studies next year.



Unit 3 and 4 practice exams are the second week of the school break.  These are compulsory and the timetable has been shared on Compass and Google Classroom all term. Students who do not attend will be required to complete them after school in the first week back of term 4.


Individual Unit 3 and 4 exam timetables and the navigators will be provided to students next week.


Please contact us if you have any concerns.


Josh Vassallo

HAPE Manager/EIS Coodinator

Excellence in Sport

The EIS Team would like to congratulate the following students on their selection in the VLINE Cup Squads for 2020.


Mackenzie Cumper

Bella Gilham

Sam Warelow

Darrnell Edwards


Excellence in Sport would like to remind NGSC parents of their children’s EIS fees, as there are still some fees outstanding. We would also like to remind the EIS community that EIS uniform is to be worn on specific training and excursion days only and is to be worn neatly with pride.

Other School News

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Festival News

The final Multicultural Committee Meeting for term three was held on Monday, 26 August.  We focused on the program for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival, to be held on Friday, 25 October, 2019.  This year’s theme is ‘Generations’ and in line with the theme we are seeking community members, families, parents, guardians, friends and students of all ages to dress in national cultural costumes and join in the opening parade.  The event will begin with an opening ceremony commencing at 10:00 am with the entrance of national and cultural costumes followed by entertainment and charismatic guest speakers. The festival will follow from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with myriad of activities, food stalls, amusement rides, sports, entertainment and much more. 


The traditional cake stall is back once again by popular demand and will have on offer an assortment of homemade desserts and cakes. It  has been a tradition at NGSC since the Festival’s beginning and we are appealing for your support for the donation of traditional crafted cakes for “Geelong’s Best Home Made Cake Stall” at the Multicultural Festival.  Thus, with a bit of 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 that we will have to raise the bar and live up to our expectation and continue the tradition of  being “the best Cake Stall of Geelong”!

Watch this space with more information to come. We would be very grateful for your contribution. For more information feel free to contact Mrs Vera Dudas or Miss Kim Nguyen at the school. 

Linda Castle

LOTE Teacher

Farewell to Ayami Tezuka, volunteer Japanese Language Assistant

The LOTE Department has been ably assisted for three weeks during August by Ayami Tezuka, a volunteer Japanese Language Assistant (JLA) from Osaka. Ayami has been working with our Year 7 to 9 students in their classes to improve their understanding of Japanese culture and language. We have greatly appreciated her contribution to our Japanese classes and the experiences our students have gained. We wish her all the best and look forward to participating in the JLA Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Program again in the future.


Our language learners also participated in the Education Perfect Languages World Championships between 27 August and 3 September. This online competition was an opportunity for students to practise their language skills and gain recognition for their dedication to achievement and excellence in their study. 


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


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


Saver Plus


Lions Club of
Corio Norlane


Road Home Project


Start Building the Career You Want!


Aspirations Day 2019


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:  



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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