NGSC Newsletter

14 December 2018
Issue Twenty
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

14 DEC                   Beach Day (Weather permitting)

17 DEC                   Enviro Day     

18 DEC                  Student Free Day .

                                 Awards Presentation Evening

                                 (compulsory for all students)

                                 Costa Hall, doors open

                                 at 7:10 pm, 7:30 pm start.

19-20 DEC            Enviro Days


2019 Key Dates 

24 JAN               Booklist collection at NGSC

29 JAN               Official first day for teachers 

30 JAN               First Day Years 7, 11 and 12

31 JAN               All students to attend school 


Mr Nicholas Adamou


As this is the final newsletter for 2018, I wish to acknowledge the exceptional work and support provided to our College by a wide range of people.


We recently had our final School Council dinner for the year, where I acknowledged the contribution of the members of this very important group that govern our school.


The College Council President, Ms Di Lang, Vice President, Mr Matthew Sheehan, School Council parent members; Shelley Kitchen, Catherine McKenzie, Laurence Lord, Judith Densley, Lyndal Jones, Amanda Bartlett and Donna Woods and DE&T elected members; June Bashiruddin, Connie Romano, Emily Dowling, Tonia Tigani and Rebecca Hand, co-opted members, Year 12 students, Thomas Grantham and Tyler George, have given freely of their time in providing policy development, monitoring and evaluation. Through their work the College can focus upon providing the best possible teaching and learning programs and environment for all of our students.


To the many, many students at North Geelong SC who have set their goals and, after working hard throughout the year, achieved them, I offer my congratulations. Their commitment to their learning makes our College an outstanding place to be part of. Our Logo “Strive to Achieve” heralds what we believe in as a school community. The school’s values (Respect, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity) and the high expectations from students, staff, parents and the wider community generated this year’s outstanding achievements and positive results.


I take this opportunity to publicly thank Assistant Principals; Ms Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson and Mr Brad Headlam who worked tirelessly within the leadership team to ensure the school continues to enjoy success.


I also extend my sincere thank you to all staff, teaching and non–teaching for their dedication and hard work during this year. The focus and the consistency in teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond has provided a wealth of opportunities for our students. 


A special thank you to those staff members who are leaving the College, retiring or taking leave next year. The College staff and students have greatly appreciated their significant contributions. 


To all parents and caregivers, I thank you for your wonderful support of our school and for entrusting NGSC with the gift of educating your children; the many contributions you have given to support our community through social activities and volunteering. 
Next year, we look forward to many new challenges and successes. 

2019 will see the school’s capital works refurbishment completed. The refurbishment will be completed by July and that will deliver state of the art school facilities, fully air-conditioned teaching and learning spaces, refurbished Science laboratories, brand new toilet blocks, expanded car park and magnificent outdoor undercover spaces. We are looking forward to the completion of all capital works as the new and refurbished facilities will be matching the outstanding curriculum and extra-curriculum programs provided to our students. 


Finally, I take this opportunity to extend to all members of our School community my very best wishes for a safe and Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and a thoroughly relaxing, refreshing and safe holiday. 


I look forward to a great start to the 2019 academic year. 

Important Dates to mark on your calendars

Book Collection Day

Thursday, 24 January, 2019
Just a reminder to parents/guardians that book collection day is on Thursday, 24 January, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in Room C9.


2019 Academic Year – Staggered Start  

Parents/Guardians and students, please note that the 2019 academic year will commence with a student staggered start as follows.    
  • Tuesday, 29 January: Teachers (Student Free Day) This day is a student free day. Teachers will have the opportunity to attend staff, curriculum and other various meetings. They will also prepare for the arrival of the students including some planning time.
  • Wednesday, 30 January: First day for all new Year 7 students, Year 11 and all 12, VCE and VCAL students.
  • Thursday, 31 January: First day for all other students. This is to ensure a very smooth transition for our New Year 7 students and a great start for Year 11 and 12 students.

2018 Awards Presentation Evening, 18 December

The 2018 Awards Presentation evening is on Tuesday, 18 December, beginning at 7:30 pm at Costa Hall, Deakin University, Waterfront Geelong.


On this day students will not be required at school during the day; however, they are all required to attend the Awards Presentation Evening with their family and friends. It is an evening where the whole College community comes together to celebrate this year’s achievements.


The school magazine will be available on this evening.


All students participating in performances and presentations will be required during the day at the venue for rehearsals. Detailed information has been distributed to students and parents.


All students must attend and must be in full school uniform.  


I am looking forward to seeing all parents, students and friends of our College Community, attending our Awards Presentation Evening to celebrate our student achievements together.

2019 School Captains

I am looking forward to working closely with an outstanding team of young leaders in 2019.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

End of year Awards Presentation Evening

A reminder to all students that the end of year Awards Presentation will be on Tuesday, 18 December, beginning at 7:30 pm sharp with entry to Costa Hall available at 7:10 pm. It will be great to see all students and as many parents/guardians as possible on the night to share in the celebrations of the school year. Remember that students must be in full school uniform. 

Are you prepared for the 2019 school year?

Booklists have been submitted to Campion Education. Completed orders will be ready for collection at NGSC on Thursday, 24 January, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Late booklist orders can be made directly to Campion Education, 36 Little Myers Street, Geelong, 3220.  Whether you are utilising the ordering through Campion Education or buying the items elsewhere, please ensure that your child is fully equipped with all items on the booklist to make a successful start to the academic year.


Learning Field payments are due in Term 1 at the school office.


Over the holiday break, please check on the condition of your child’s iPad or other senior device. Battery life or screen damage should be repaired well before the start of the school year.


Uniforms - please check if your child’s uniform needs mending, hems taken down or replacing. School shoes are often worn out by the end of the year or have become too small so buy new shoes in January for your child to get used to before the year begins.  Fresh facial piercing will need to be covered, taken out or clear.


Students completing Practical PE classes will be the only senior students allowed to wear the PE uniform to school. 


In order to ensure that we hit the ground running in 2019 we are enabling parents and students to arrange subject changes until the first day back at school. Mr Headlam will be available to discuss these in the week prior to the start of the school year and can be contacted via email to communicate potential swaps. There are no guarantees with any changes as many subjects are full. However, Mr Headlam can communicate other possible scenarios based on student pathways and capabilities. Mr Headlam can be emailed on throughout the holiday break.

Book Club Donation

It was delightful to have a letter explaining a significant donation made to the school presented to School Council. The group who made the donation is the Geelong Gardeners Book Group. They raised the money by donating $1.00 for every book they read during the year. What a great idea! Thank you to the Geelong Gardeners Book Group for their generous donation.

Key Curriculum Dates


  • 18 December - Presentation Evening, Costa Hall at 7:30 pm


  • 24 January - Booklist collections from school, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • 29 January - Official first day for teachers
  • 30 January -  First day for Years 7, 11 and 12
  • 31 January - ALL students attend school


It is amazing to see the school year of 2018 come to a close.


We hope that you have enjoyed the year, made the appropriate learning progress, achieved your goals, made new connections, and overall, feel satisfied with your efforts. Congratulations if you have done these things!


The long summer break is an excellent time to reflect on the past year and then start to plan what you want 2019 to be like for you. What actions do you need to start doing? Who are the people that can help you to be successful? How will you know that you are successful - what will it look like/sound like/feel like? Good luck with your goal setting.


We wish you happy holidays and we look forward to working with you next year. Take care.


Steve Quinn

Year 7 Coordinator


This week the College has opened its gates to a huge group of excited and in many cases, nervous Grade 6 students from many Primary schools for our annual Orientation Program. During this time we are vividly reminded of a mere 12 months ago when our current Year 7 cohort were piling into the gym also excited and nervous and not quite sure of what to expect. It did not take long for strong relationships to develop and for the group to well and truly ingrain themselves to the fabric of our College community.
This was encouraged and achieved by the undertaking of many fun and engaging activities and programs throughout the year. These included Camp, Zoo day, Athletics, Home Group Challenges, GROWTH Program, Girls Go Extreme, Cybercats, AIME, Swimming and many others. The success of these undertakings relied on the enthusiasm and commitment of the student body and is evidence of the positive, “have a go” attitude the year level has come to be known for. 
It is this attitude that has made it such a pleasure to work with this group this year and the Year 7 team would like to extend a big thank you to the students and their families for all your support and involvement. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy and safe holidays and look forward to seeing you all again, possibly excited and nervous again, in 2019.

Keryn Darling

STEM coordinator

Year 8 STEM Theme Park Project

The Year 8 cohort completed a week-long STEM project in which they worked as a Home Group to build model Theme Parks. The class was split into groups of roughly three. Each group built a model ride and at the end of the week the groups put their rides together to form a Theme Park. Classes were judged on numerous aspects including teamwork, engineering aspects and creativity.


All of the students worked hard for the entire week to create some fantastic and creative work. You could see the enthusiasm on their faces and in the work they produced. It was great to see them working as a team and improving their leadership and problem solving skills. The students were very engaged in the project and made a wide variety of rides. There were roller coasters with twists and turns and Ferris wheels which you pulled a string to make the ride spin. They used engineering principles to ensure their rides were stable and functional. They also showed off their creativity with the final decorations and finishing touches. I was proud of their ingenuity. Students utilised elastic bands to store energy to make the rides spin.


Congratulations to 8C who built the winning Theme Park. Congratulations also goes to 8E who were runners up.


Thanks to all of the students and teachers for making the project such a big success.



Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Last China spam photo of our intrepid travellers, returning this weekend. I guess this is the beauty of education, its ability to take you anywhere in the world. I envy adolescents, as they are at the stage where they can do whatever they want. 


Every parent should want the best for their kids or for those in their care. Working together we can give your children, our students, these opportunities through education. The catch is that it takes effort. Teenagers/students are not going to make the effort if they already feel like failures. If they feel unsupported, they can give up. Teenagers inherently seek approval from others, are ruled by emotions and are impulsive. Yes, this leads to conflict, however, it can be utilised for real growth and positive influence.


These holidays, when you are ready to throttle your teenagers, when they are always right there, in the pantry or on the sofa, remember the influence you have as a nurturing figure, as a parent and role model. Don’t let them spend the whole holidays in front of a screen. Promote some reading, exercise and guidance. You are the parent, you are the difference.



Sarah Bridgs

Year 11 - 12 Sub School Manager

Year 12

VCE: Unit 3 and 4 results are due to be released this Friday. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Careers Team if they wish to change their University/TAFE preferences. Staff will be available on Friday, 14 December, and Monday, 17 December.

The VTAC website outlines the process and key dates for change of preference and enrolments. Students must meet these deadlines.
VCE and VCAL Certificates will be mailed to students. Please keep these in a safe place as there is a monetary charge to pay if you require a replacement.

Year 11

Students are reminded to complete work set by teachers by the start of the school year. 

Parents are able to access the study/homework requirements on Compass under School Resources (an email has been sent with more details via Compass).
Camp Reminder: all students need to have completed and submitted camp permission notes and medical forms.

Are you studying a language in 2019?

Victorian School of Languages commences Saturday, 9 February, 2019. Many of our senior students elect to study a language as part of their VCE. Please check the VSL website for languages offered and all enrolments are on line. If you are studying a language it is important that you start in the first week.

Thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teaching staff and student management team for their hard work supporting students in the Senior Years in 2018.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday and see you all in the new year, 2019!


Josh Vassallo

Health, Outdoor & Physical Education Learning Area Leader

Excellence in Sports Leader

Excellence in Sports (EIS) Camp

December 5 – 7, 65 students and 6 staff attended the Inaugural Excellence in Sports Camp, at Halls Gap, the Grampians. Students and staff undertook numerous leadership and teamwork activities and sport specific training whilst away. Although the weather was 40 degrees during the camp, students worked at an extremely high intensity throughout the practice games and training sessions. The EIS program would like to take this opportunity to thank the UC camping staff for hosting us.



The EIS staff and broader College community would like to congratulate students on their achievements during the 2018 Excellence in Sport program and congratulate the 2019 EIS students on their acceptance to the program.


Fran Forsyth

Sport Coordinator

Victorian All-Schools Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Lainey Hill, Sam and Jack Warelow who competed in this high standard event. Due to their efforts and talent, Sports Travel Australia have offered them the chance to compete in British Columbia, Canada in July next year. They have plans to organise some fund raising at school next year so let’s make sure we support them!



Christine Scott

VCAL Coordinator

Farewell to Mr Jordan.

At the end of this year, our beloved Mr Jordan is retiring. Mr Jordan pioneered the innovative EAL (English as an Additional Language) VCAL program at North Geelong Secondary College. It was not long before Mr Jordan was acknowledged by the Victorian Department of Education as setting a new benchmark for best practice in VCAL and EAL teaching and learning.

We will miss Mr Jordan’s dramatic flair, his ability to take the ordinary and every day, and transform it into something remarkable, an occasion and event to remember.

Thank you for your incredible contributions, we will be missing a little bit of VCAL magic when you have gone.

Mr Jordan and Ms Wilson

‘Good Fortune Tea House’

NGSC Multicultural Festival​

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Traffic Study

Students in Ms Elkin’s VCAL Numeracy class undertook a Traffic Study with the aim of making Separation St safer for students. They gathered and analysed data, researched traffic calming methods and then presented some solutions to the City of Greater Geelong and VicRoads. One of the solutions was signage to encourage the students to use the existing crossings. Students designed signs and these were taken to the City of Greater Geelong’s design team to finetune. The signs were produced and then attached to strategic positions at school exits. Two signs were also offered to Holy Family Primary School, who were very appreciative of the gesture. Hopefully all students will take note of the message in the signs and everyone will be using the crossings in future. A great example of applied learning!





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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