NGSC Newsletter

29 November 2019
Issue Nineteen
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

29 November          Assessment & Reporting Day

                                      (Student Free Day)

2-6 December          Year 7 & 8 Swimming Program

9 December              Last day classes for Years 7-9

9 December              Grade 6 Parent Information                                               Night - 5:30 pm

10 December          Day 1 Grade 6 Orientation

                                       (NGSC Student Free Day)

11 December           Day 2 Grade 6 Orientation

11-13 December     Years 7 - 9 Activities

16 December            Awards Presentation Evening

20-21 DEC                  Enviro Day 

2020 Key Dates 

28 January               Official first day for teachers 

29 January               First Day for students in Years 7,

                                      11 and 12

30 January               All students to attend school 

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Awards Presentation Evening 2019

The 2019 Awards Presentation Evening is on Monday, 16 December, beginning at 7:00 pm at The Playhouse, Geelong Arts Centre.


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 College magazine will be available on this evening.


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


I am looking forward to seeing you all at our Awards Presentation Evening to celebrate this year’s outstanding achievements together.

Human Power Vehicle (HPV) 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 North Geelong SC HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) team of students, staff and parents for a hardworking, yet fantastic year. The North Geelong Secondary College HPV team, for the 20th consecutive year, participated in the RACV Energy Breakthrough, four day camp. Maryborough comes alive during this time in the year, with several schools across Victoria participating in this annual event.


This year, the College participated with three teams; Storm, Tsunami and Avalanche and our students have shown strong leadership, sporting, team spirit and presentation skills. It was an outstanding effort from an outstanding team of Young Ambassadors for our College. Well Done!


Congratulations and a big thank you to Mrs Sherryn Martin, HPV Coordinator, who trained, organised and led the HPV team throughout the year. A huge thank you to the following teachers,  Mrs Sherryn Martin, HPV Coordinator, Mr Aaron Milsome, Ms Elizabeth Fagan, Mr Luke Scott and Mr Ash Howard, who have gone beyond the call of duty and spent four days caring and encouraging our HPV team who were competing/racing day and night.  An outstanding effort!


Also a huge thank you to Mr Nick Martin, Community Support member, who helped prepare the HPV vehicles and for attending the camp on the weekend assisting the team with the races.


Melbourne University Kwon Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Joab Low

We congratulate Year 10 student Joab Low, who has become a part of the University of Melbourne Kwon Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.


Joab was chosen from an excess of 1800 students across the state and adjoining border regions, to participate in the program that will see him take part in events and activities to enhance his studies, inspire, and interact with the University of Melbourne community. Should he go on to enrol at the University, Joab will also be afforded additional program benefits.


In early December, the University will host a Welcome Event for all 700 selected Year 10 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. Students will be officially welcomed into the program and participate in a number of information sessions on the day including a welcome address from former Vice-Chancellor and the Program’s namesake, Professor Kwong Lee Dow.


Once again, on behalf of the North Geelong Secondary College community, we congratulate Joab for his induction to the Class of 2020 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. We wish him the very best over the next two years

Student Parties

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


Such functions are open to significant abuse, especially in relation to drugs, violence and alcohol and, if this is the case, those involved leave themselves open to legal action. I wish to make it clear to all, that the only College sanctioned activities that occur outside of the College by way of celebrations, are the Year 12 Graduation Evening on Tuesday, 18 October and the Awards Presentation Evening on Monday, 12 December.


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

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

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

2020 Year 7 Parent/Guardian Information Evening

On Monday, 9 December at 6:00 pm the College will hold our 2020 Year 7 Parent/Guardian Information Evening.


If you are a parent of a child in Year 7 in 2020, please ensure that you and your child are in attendance. During this evening there will be a short presentation providing information for the beginning of next year and parents will have the opportunity to discuss, ask questions and get answers from the 2020 Coordinators, Principal Class Officers or the child’s Home Group Teacher.


Any parents unable to attend please call the school to make an alternative appointment time to receive the information.

Grade 6 to Year 7 Orientation Day Program, 10 and 11 December, 2019

On Tuesday, 10 December, all new Year 7 students in Victoria will be attending their secondary school for a whole day. This is part of their transition to secondary schooling and it is a state wide orientation day for public education. On this day our current Year 7 to 9 students will not be required at school. Some current Year 7 students will be attending, by invitation, to help out with our transition activities. I am looking forward to meeting all our new Year 7 students and their families.


North Geelong Secondary College offers a two day Orientation Program to our new Year 7 students. Therefore, the 2020 Year 7 students will be required to attend a second day of orientation on Wednesday, 11 December. All feeder Primary Schools have been notified.


I take the opportunity to thank Ms Katina Astles, Transitions/Pathways Leader, Mr James Cowan-Clark, Transitions/Pathways Assistant, Ms Tonia Tigani, Pathways Assistant, and other key stakeholders, for all their hard work in organising and implementing the two day orientation program.

End of the Year Activities Program

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in our Activities Program, from Wednesday, 11 December to Friday, 13 December. A variety of exciting activities (external and school based) have been offered to our Years 7, 8 and 9 students. Information and permission slips have been disseminated to students and final numbers per activity are due shortly. All students in Years 7 to 9 are expected to attend the activities program.


Thank you to Ms Sherryn Martin and other key stakeholders, who have worked hard to put together a very appealing end of the year activities program.   

School Council Dinner, Tuesday, 3 December

The final School Council meeting for the year will be the School Council Dinner on Tuesday, 3 December at 6:00 pm at The Empire Grill, McKillop Street, Geelong. There will be a brief meeting before the dinner.


I wish to take this opportunity to thank all Council members for giving up their time during the year, to attend Council meetings and contribute to our College community. Your contribution to the life of the College this year has been very much appreciated.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals


With the impending Department policy arriving at all schools in 2020 there are a number of questions around how NGSC will manage this transition. Fortunately, our current management of smartphones in school, is not that different to what will be required in 2020. Currently, students are expected to keep their phones and headphones hidden and switched off. Next year, the Department requires all students to be offline throughout the school day. We have drawn up a policy that has been shared with School Council, and subsequently, with parents and students.


Essentially, if students are needing to bring a smartphone or smartwatch device, then they will be required to store the device in their own locked locker. Students will not be permitted to use phones whilst at school. Obviously in the event a parent has a need to contact their child, then, as is best practice, call the College and the appropriate staff can manage the situation.


The full Mobile Phone Policy is available on the College website.


Thanks to all students who have completed their booklists.  Parents/guardians should ensure that they order all of their child’s books at  If you have any questions about the ordering of your children's books and learning materials, please contact the College.


Oxford Value Bundle will be the online textbooks for the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography) for all students in Years 7 to 9 next year. This will be an annual subscription of $107.95.  It is pleasing to note that this is 40% cheaper than in previous years. Payment for this can be made from 24 January to 15 February, 2020 at the College Administration Office or by calling the College.


This week saw Years 7- 10 students complete their exams.  Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive in the way that the students conducted themselves.  It has shown that students understand the importance of these exams and will serve them well for their exams in their senior years.  Students are hopefully beginning to understand how to prepare for these exams and the importance of constantly revising during the year.  Parents, please discuss the exam results with your children, looking at how they can improve these marks next year.  This could be around the focus of exam preparation during the year and not just before the exam.

2020 Courses and Pathways

In the last two weeks students have had an opportunity to participate in Orientation Programs that have given them valuable insights into the subjects, but also the workload ahead of them in 2020. Students have engaged in this fantastically and staff have provided stimulating activities to continue to spark their interest. In some instances, conversations at home about where a particular subject fits in a child’s scope of interest or whether it was what they thought it was going to be, has prompted further investigation into their chosen pathway. In all of these cases, we are flexible with working with students and parents and or other family members as required. Many students and parents have spent time with teachers, coordinators, careers staff and other College leaders in exploring their subject options.


We encourage these conversations right through the holidays to the start of the school year in 2020, so please discuss with your children their pathways. In the event there is some rectification required, please email Brad Headlam over the holidays and we can see what options might be possible. Having said that, given that most of our courses are in place, there will not be as many options as there were at the beginning of the process. So please be mindful of this.

Grade 6 Transition Program

As the rest of the College is completing their final classes for 2019, the new Year 7 (2020) students are about to begin their Orientation Program. At NGSC we conduct a two day program full of class activities that promote the building of new friendships and to become familiarised with the layout and expectations of this school. We encourage new families to NGSC to embrace this important milestone of your child moving into Secondary College and to know that they are welcome to speak with staff about the transition period and any concerns they may have.

New Students in Years 8 to 10 for 2020

On Wednesday, 11 December, all new students to NGSC (Years 8-10) are invited to an Induction session from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The Assistant Principal will take the students on a school tour and follow up with all matters related to being prepared for the new school year. If you would like to know more, please contact one of the Assistant Principals via the school office.

Immunisation program - Year 7 and Year 10 Students

All immunisations have been completed for this year. If your child missed the visit this week, you can access the Barwon Health Immunisation service at various health centres in Geelong. See attached brochure.



Steve Quinn

Junior Sub School Manager

Year 7 & 8 House Sports Competition

The second Year 7 and 8 House Sports Competition was conducted in the last two periods on Friday, 22 November. The success of the first competition left no doubt in our minds that more opportunities like these needed to be offered. All students selected a sport to participate in from options such as Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Chess, Handball, Hockey, Netball, etc. and then competed with other members of their house to earn points toward the overall College Championship. It was a great way to finish the week and a fun time was had by all.



End of Year Activities

We are drawing closer to the end of the year and that means end of year activities. They run from Wednesday, 11 December to Friday, 13 December and there are some fantastic events available to join. All of the activities are listed on Compass and students (via their parents or guardians) must opt into the event they are interested in, make payment if required and have permission granted. The final day for signing up is Friday, 6 December, so if you haven’t already, get your name down. If you have any questions please see a member of the Junior Sub School staff as soon as possible.


This week has been exam week for students in Years 7 to 9 and overall students have conducted themselves with pride and commitment. The same exam expectations were placed on them that are placed on VCE students to prepare them for the future and most managed exceptionally well.

STEM Project and Swimming Week

Next week we will be running our Year 8 STEM Project and Year 7 and 8 Swimming Program weeks, which are both good opportunities to get involved in something a bit different to the usual school day, and for some to try something new. Students must bring back their swimming permission notes as soon as possible, if they haven’t already. Otherwise, they will not be able to attend. Students will require a towel, bathers, goggles and a smile for Monday to Friday. Can parents please check their students swimming timetable and ensure students are ready to go.


Also, remember to bring in some materials to use for your STEM projects, because the more you have, the easier it will be to create something amazing!


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Year 10

Year 10 students are currently involved in the Senior School Orientation. VCAL students enjoyed a range of applied learning opportunities. VCE students would have received holiday homework and an introduction to their courses.

Year 9

Year 9 students are currently sitting exams and should have exam feedback next week. Next week is the last opportunity to hand in work for a lot of subjects, as teachers are compiling reports.

End of Year Activities

Please sign up for Activities Week via Compass. This is an excellent way to finish the year and ease into the holidays. If you are not already savvy with Compass, now is the time, especially with end of year reports.


Please make sure your child has emptied their locker, or given it a spring clean. I can’t believe how many text books were thrown out, when a student could use them next year.

Josh Vassallo

HAPE Manager/EIS Coordinator

Year 10 EIS

Year 10 EIS students visited Western United Football Club on Wednesday, 27 November for a training and awards day. The students were invited to watch a closed training session, met players, coaches, staff and enjoyed a tour of the facilities and a 45 minute training session. The students have enjoyed a fantastic year, having grown, matured and flourished as amazing young men. We would like to thank the Western United Football Club for inviting and hosting us for the day, and as always Robbie N, Rob M, and Andy King from Victoria Police, for their ongoing support.





Orientation Program

The last two weeks have focussed on welcoming students to the Senior Sub School via the Orientation Program. 2020 Year 12 students enjoyed being the leaders of the school and using the Common Room! They participated in classes that introduced course work and the key skills and knowledge required for successful completion of their studies. Students are reminded about the work to be completed prior to the start of the 2020 school year.

Camp Reminder

The camp equipment list is on Compass and Google Classroom. We leave on the first day of the school year, Wednesday, 29 January. Students should leave their luggage in the Common Room and wear casual clothes.

2020 Year 11 Students

Students have completed their Orientation and should also be aware of the task requirements to be completed prior to the start of the 2020 school year. In particular, the English texts need to be read.

2019 ATAR

Results are due to be released on Wednesday, 12 December. Careers and Senior Sub School staff will be available to assist students with change of preference for VTAC (if needed).

Other School News

Sherryn Martin

HPV/Advance - Year 10 Coordinator

HPV Camp

The Human Powered Vehicle Team set off Thursday in the heat and wind  to participate in the Energy Breakthrough. The students have prepared for this event all year. They have practised riding their trikes, learnt about renewable energy and its importance, along with developing and memorising a presentation for a panel of judges. This year we took three teams to the Energy Breakthrough, Storm, Tsunami and Avalanche.


Storm competed in the Try-Athlon with 64 other trikes. They presented speeches, answered questions in Design and Construction, competed in an obstacle course, where they came 3rd, a time trial, where they also came 3rd and finally they rode for eight hours in an endurance race. The team, made up mostly of new team members, overcame their fears and had a fantastic time. They finished 57th in the eight hour race, completing 139 laps, equating to riding 153km.  Well done Sophie Kirby, Anthony Traficante, Will Thurman, Ava Taylor, Aiden Veale, Manizha Mirdadi, Logan Scott and Lily Sanders.


Tsunami and Avalanche competed in a different race. They presented to a panel of judges and completed Design and Construction, demonstrating their knowledge of the environment,  renewable energy and the design and construction of their trike, but then rode for 24 hours.


Tsunami, for the first time in many years, was an all girls team. They placed 92nd out of 97 trikes, completing 322 laps or 509km in 24 hours. The girls all set goals for themselves, most of whom had never ridden in a race before. Well done Jessikah Tidd, Tara Sheppard-Robinson, Kirra Robinson, Sarah Kirby, Anna Pagtolon-an, Mackenzie Martin and Breanna Tidd.



Avalanche competed in the Open Section. An all boy team with a mix of experienced and new riders. This trike was purchased at the start of the year and the students loved riding it. Tsunami spent most of the race in the mid 40’s.  However, roll overs in the end, meant they finished 52nd out of 97 trikes. They completed 435 laps, riding the equivalent of 673km with an average lap time of three minutes. Congratulations Thomas Pagtolon-an, Jack Ashley, Jett Peart, Cade Mayfield Kenny, Angus Hogan, Mitchell Cazaly, Caleb Spain and Lachlan Grantham.



Thank you to Liz Fagan, Aaron Milsome, Luke Scott, Ash Howard and to the  parents who came to visit their child/children.

End Of Year Activities

End of year activities are fast approaching. All activities are on Compass and students need to opt into them.  Sign-ups for the Activity Program conclude on Friday, 6 December. Students will NOT be able to opt in to any activity after this time.



2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Scholarship to study

The Diploma of Interpreting in:
Rohingya, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Burmese, Chin Haka, Dinka, Hindi, Italian, Karen, Karen(Sgaw), Khmer, Nuer, Oromo, Persian, Punjabi


2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Scholarship to Study The Advanced

Diploma of Interpreting in:

Arabic, Italian, Persian, Thai, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese



2020 Interpreter Scholarship Program

Acholi, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Assyrian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chaldean, Chin Falam, Chin Matu, Chin Mizo, Chin Tedim, Chin Zomi, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hazaragi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Karenni, Kirundi, Kiswahili (Swahili), Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tongan



Youth Council 2020
Nominations Open 
18 November 2019
to 5 January 2020


2019 Geelong Japanese Summer Festival - 
30 November 2019

The Geelong Japanese Summer Festival will be held this Saturday, 30 November, 2019 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Diversitat Northern Community Hub (25-41 Arunga Ave, Norlane). There will be great performances, wonderful displays, fun activities and some very cool competitions you can enter on the day: emoji, cosplay, trivia, and kendama.  Entry is $2 for 5-11-year-olds and $5 for 12+-year-olds. It will be a fantastic event. Looking forward to seeing you there. Come by and say hello at our school promotional stall.

Lara Girls Football
Come and Try Day
13 December 2019


Montpellier Primary School 50th Anniversary
Celebration Day
1 December 2019


fOrT and NORTH
January 2020 Holidays


Free Parenting Forum
"The Teen Brain"
18 March 2020


Youth English Program


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Saver Plus

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

Free City of Greater Geelong Parenting Programs for Term 4

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. 



Victorian School of Languages

North 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 and 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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