Nossal News 2017

20 September 2017
Issue Twelve
From the Principals' Desk 
Important dates
General News
Humanities News
English News
IRC News
Student News
Languages News
NHS & Community Events and News
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From the Principals' Desk 

South East Feast – POSTPONED

After much deliberation and checking of weather charts the organising committee made the tough (but appropriate) decision to postpone the South-East Feast due to continuing poor weather conditions that had rendered the site muddy and dangerous. Rather than run a poorly attended event in uncomfortable conditions, we reluctantly agreed to not proceed on the 16th as planned and are now pleased to announce that the South East Feast will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018 when the weather will be much more predictable. My sincere thanks to the members of the organising committee and the Berwick Rotary Club who committed many hours to the organisation and planning of this event; and to the vendors, performers and sponsors who were to have been part of it.


I was greatly heartened by the responses from our generous sponsors and supporters who are keen to stick with us and continue to support the event on the yet to be decided date next year. My gratitude also to the many volunteers, PFA, Parents, Staff Students and Rotary members who had committed to assisting on the day. I apologise if anyone was inconvenienced by the postponement – we were all disappointed, but in retrospect it was exactly the right decision as the weather on the day was much less than ideal. The planning and hard work will not go to waste and we will be able to deliver a bigger and better event in the new year, and if the interest and support we have already generated is any indication, it will be the huge success that we have planned for.

End of Term Reminders

As Term Three draws to a close – I remind all members of our community to stay safe and positive during the coming holidays; to adhere to the holiday homework guidelines and to make space for some rest, recreation, relaxation and revitalisation. Term 4 is very short – especially for our Year 12 students who will be completing their final classes (ever!) a scant three weeks into the new term before embarking on the SWOT VAC and final exam cycle. We wish them well in their final few weeks as secondary school students and look forward to celebrating their outstanding final results at the end of term 4. The school will be closed for the holidays with some building works taking place.


I will be taking three week’s Long Service Leave at the beginning of Term 4, and Ms Harrap will be Acting Principal during my absence.

Nossal Performance/Results

I shared the following information with students on the assembly this week as I think this is very affirming data and something that we should acknowledge and celebrate. I also worry that over time we tend to “normalise” our experience and expectations and sometimes forget what a wonderful and privileged environment (and people) we have here at Nossal. We tend to normalise our performance too and while always striving to improve, I fear that sometimes we forget to acknowledge that we are in fact generally performing at very high levels and achieving excellent results across a range of measures.


One of the criticisms levelled at selective schools is that we take only high performing students and we should inevitably then get very good results, and that is absolutely true, however we now have 5 years of data that we collect annually measuring the performance improvement of our students between the Year 8 entry exam and mid-year 11 when we again run an Edutest assessment. This data shows consistently that there is significant “value adding” as a result of attending Nossal and in fact (for the current Year 11 cohort) 59% of them show significant improvement over and above expected levels. This is consistent with the results from previous years and provides statistically strong data to demonstrate higher than predicted levels of achievement.


The histograms Edutest provide as part of the data analysis are quite powerful as they clearly detail the performance levels of Nossal students as compared to that of the thousands of other Year 11 students from around Australia who undertake the same testing process. (Tests are done for scholarship, school entry, and diagnostic testing across all sectors.) You will see from the graphs that the Nossal cohort performance levels are very high in comparison to the normal bell curve (the solid colour) and that the lowest levels of Nossal performance are in the normal (Average) range and the bulk are in the Above Average (AA), Superior (S) and Very Superior (VS) ranges.


I share this information as a celebration of the hard work and achievement evidenced by this data, and as a reminder to us all that our students are performing very strongly and showing growth and improvement.

The other two data sets that have recently arrived are the “Student Attitudes to School Survey,” undertaken by every student in all Government Schools each year, and the Parent Opinion Survey which was recently completed in a new online format. As both surveys have been redesigned recently we don’t as yet have comparative data from across the state that we previously received, but we have been sharing our student survey results with the three other selective schools, Melbourne High School, MacRob and Suzanne Cory as they are the most comparable schools in the state. As you would expect the survey data from all four selective schools is very strongly positive and I was very pleased to see that Nossal Student Opinion data was significantly higher than the other schools in 18 of the 20 categories surveyed.


The survey does identify areas where we will need to focus some attention and where we think we could be doing better, but this is an exceptional and graphic endorsement of the Nossal culture and community and the obvious “buy in” from our students is most gratifying. Similarly, the parent survey data appears to be very strongly positive, although we have yet to receive any comparative results from elsewhere.


I thank the parents who completed the online survey as the response rate was very high which adds to the veracity of the data. This opinion survey data is of great importance to us this year as we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our progress in 2018 as part of the four-year strategic planning and review cycle that all government schools undertake in order to improve their performance and to set future directions.

Teacher Workload and Expectation

Nossal teachers work very hard (as do our students) and we all want the best outcomes for our students. They place high expectations on their students and themselves and are highly committed and highly professional. I am proud to work with such a dedicated and caring group of educators, and know the long hours and significant extra time they put in over and above their paid hours.  Like many of our students, our teachers work too hard at times and do not look after themselves as well as they should, and this is not good for their mental and physical health, nor for their performance and efficiency. Increasingly we see evidence across the education system of burn out and stress taking a toll on the most dedicated and passionate educators and the exponential increase in compulsory compliance and bureaucratic processes exacerbates the situation further.


As many of you will have seen in your own workplaces the growth of digital media and online access means that the division between work time and personal time can become blurred and leaving the physical workplace does not necessarily mean that you have finished work for the day. This is not necessarily a problem and can bring many benefits as long as, with everything else, there is appropriate balance. It struck me several years ago when I was at the theatre with my wife one Saturday night and while waiting to go in, automatically pulled out my phone to catch up on emails and effectively go to work; and again recently when a principal colleague said that he’d “taken the weekend off, and was really suffering for it now” as he’d fallen behind in his work. It worries me that we find it increasingly hard to switch off or to maintain a work/life balance. Teachers are not alone in this circumstance, but have always spent many hours outside the classroom on preparation and correction and the like, and are also very responsive to the needs and demands of their students. Often they are their own worst enemy, making themselves available and responsive at all hours, therefore setting an expectation that they will always be so (and that others might – or should be too).


Like our students (and for their benefit) we want our teachers to be operating at their best so we have attempted to assist them to maintain more balance by promoting some standard expectations about access and availability across the school, and I would appreciate your support with this.

  • During the first half hour of lunchtimes teacher offices are student free to allow teachers to have their lunchbreak with colleagues if they desire – if they wish to meet or work with students at this time (as many do) they will find another space, but it would be better that (emergencies and special events and activities aside) this became the norm for all staff and students.
  • If teachers are using the designated “Teacher Silent Study Space” near the VSL room, they are not to be disturbed at all.
  • As a general guide, teachers will respond to general student emails or texts within 48 hours where possible (often earlier) but students should not be expecting a response after 8.30 pm, or during the weekend, or holiday periods.

There will always be exceptions and urgencies, but I hope that adopting some of the above expectations and intentions will improve efficiency, performance and wellbeing for us all.

Nossal Alumni

I have recently been interviewing for some new teachers for 2018 and was pleasantly surprised to have applications from two members of the Foundation Nossal cohort (Class of 2013) who are about to graduate with their teaching degrees. The school really is maturing and our graduates are starting to take their places in the world beyond university, and I’m very happy that some are wanting to return to us as teachers.

The Educator Magazine Innovative Schools Award

“The Educator” magazine has presented a series of annual awards for innovative schools from around Australia for the past three years and Nossal High School has been an award recipient on each occasion – see attached summary from the current magazine.


Congratulations to...


Thrisha Srinavasan – for placing second in the Charles Dickens Essay Competition run by the Charles Dickens Society.



Jordan Van Rhyn and Hayden Radford for placing third in the Rotary National Model United Nations Assembly Competition in Canberra recently.


Mr Fankhauser for presenting at the recent Blackboard Conference in Darwin where Nossal High School won the “Blackboard Catalyst Award” for “Leading Change in 2017.” (against a field of universities and other tertiary institutions)


  • Wendy Si, Annabel Keecha-Milsom, Mridul Garg, Jasmin Kaur, Mohit Patel and Raymond He who were the successful applicants to attend the Alpine School for 5 weeks in Term 4.
  • Our Regional Athletics Team who have come first overall at the Casey North Division Athletics! This is not an easy feat as most other schools in our division have competitors in all age groups, where as Nossal only has students from Year 9 to Year 12. More information in the next edition of Nossal News.


Roger Page


Important dates


Beginning of Term 4

Monday October 9


Year 10 Immunisations

Thursday October 12


Yr 9 2018 Info Night

Thursday October 12

For parents and students who have recieved an offer for 2018. See your 'Welcome' email for booking details.


Resource Smart Sustainability Awards

Monday October 16


BioEYES Introductory session

Monday October 16



Choir Masterclass (with Lisa Young)

Tuesday October 17


Spring Music Concert

Thursday October 19


Year 12 Final Classes

Monday October 23


School Council Meeting

Tuesday October 24 - 7:00pm


Year 9 Leadership Week Orienteering

Thursday October 26

And beyond

PFA Meeting

Wednesday November 1 - 7:00pm

All welcome


Digital Delivery Day

Monday November 6

Students attend classes online from home


Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Tuesday November 7


Year 9 Mentor Training Day

Wednesday November 15


NHS Valedictory/Graduation Dinner 2017

Thursday November 23


School Council Meeting

Tuesday November 21 - 6:00pm


Speech Night 2017

Tuesday November 28

Whole school event - Compulsory for all students from Years 9-12


Final Day for Year 10 & 11

Friday December 1


Year 9 University Challenge

Mon 4, Tue 5 & Thu 7 December


Year 9 2018 Orientation Day

Wednesday December 6

No classes on this day


PFA Meeting

Wednesday December 6

All welcome


Terry Bennet Cup

Friday December 8

Hosted by NHS


Year 9 University Challenge Completion

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 December


School Council Meeting

Tuesday December 12 - 6:00pm


Yr 9 Big Day Out

Wednesday December 13

Final day for Year 9


Year 12 Results Morning Tea

Friday December 15


Final 2017 Reports Released

Thursday December 21



General News

Exam Supervisors Needed


Women in the Developing World - NHS Formation x FTF 2017

This year, Nossal’s female empowerment group, Formation, partnered with Feel.Think.Flow, a nonpartisan, non-for-profit student run organisation that seeks to promote youth engagement with the humanities. Together, we put together a summit titled ‘Women in the Developing World’ on the 26 August. The event brought together people from all over Melbourne who were eager to learn about how women from various parts of the world experience inequality and how this is different, and is affected by feminism and sexism in the western world. It was a hugely successful event as all participants eagerly engaged themselves in the discussion and activities throughout the day; leaving the event more educated and inspired to create change in narrowing the disparities between women's experiences of gender inequality in the developed and developing worlds.


The day began with a talk by Dr Alexandra Gartrell (Professor of Social Sciences at Monash University) on social segregation who informed us about the experiences of disabled women in Cambodia. She shared inspirational stories of women who overcame the stigma that was associated with their conditions and eventually found fulfillment in their lives through tasks that would allow them to make a living for themselves. Through her storytelling, Dr Gartrell highlighted the privilege that we experience in Australia, as the social prejudice is far less prominent.


Participants then broke into groups, who then engaged in discussions of the issues that were brought to light by Dr. Gartrell, comparing them to aspects of their own lives - education, leadership, work and other areas where sexism is inherently evident.


Later, we had scheduled a panel discussion on the day where Dr. Briony Schroor, Dr. Gartrell and Zoe Cantwell (a member of Feel.Think.Flow), answered and discussed questions raised by the audience, in terms of women’s rights progressions, social segregation and female agency respectively.


The last activity for the day was the IPS, an Interactive Political Simulation, which required groups to represent a stakeholder (such as the government, businesses in the private sector, or external NGOs) in attempting to resolve the scenarios that were presented to them. The two scenarios of the day were the effects of Yazidi culture on Yazidi women, and Japanese workplace culture. Negotiations between the stakeholders became intense as they were all in pursuit of their own interests. However, after all the heated discussions, there was definitely a sense of realisation that it was very difficult to come to one solid conclusion to suit all the stakeholders. And this was the purpose of the IPS - to show students that global issues cannot be solved in an instant, because of the battling agendas of different political groups, and their desire to pursue their own internal goals than to focus on how they might influence each other.


The Formation leadership team and Feel.Think.Flow worked very hard over the three months before the summit, with Sam and Aria from Formation, and Tiger and Elizabeth from Feel.Think.Flow putting all the effort possible to make the day a successful and fruitful one. To Dr. Schroor, Dr. Gartrell and Zoe Cantwell: thank you for being on our panel and engaging in deep and insightful discussion about women in the developing world. To Feel.Think.Flow: thank you for working with Formation on this hard, but rewarding project, and best of luck for all summits in future! And finally, to the attendees: thank you for coming, listening and engaging in our summit - we hope you had fun, but also learned many new things that have widened your political perspective.


We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future!


Aria Sunga, Samantha Choy, Jessie Tang, Karina Tam, Melania Iskandar, Christine Mina, Anisha Gupta, Kate Cooke, Shalini Menon, Emily Lai, Victoria Xiong, Susan Park & Tithi Varia

The Formation Leadership Committee

Humanities News

NHS Market Day

On Friday 8 September, the Year 11 Business Management class held their own Nossal High School Market Day at lunchtime. 


Market Day is an opportunity for Business Management students to plan and run their own businesses. This business activity allows students to apply the theory, knowledge and skills that they have been exploring since the beginning of the year in class to develop and operate their own business. Each business team considered the purpose of their business, constructed a marketing plan, and then developed their operational and financial plan to implement in a practical manner during this lunchtime trade.


The different business teams that participated during Market Day included:

  • ‘Made in China’ - a group selling a range of Asian snacks and drinks.
  • ‘Lucky’ - a wheel of fortune game where students spun the wheel to win a variety of prizes. 
  • ‘Hot Potato’ - a group who ran a stall where they cooked and sold hot chips with a variety of condiments; and 
  • ‘Ecksdee’ - a service business operating on a competition based gaming platform.

The Business Management students and I would like to thank the staff and students of Nossal High School for their involvement and support of Market Day. The Business Management students who operated their businesses should be proud of their efforts with all profits earnt on Market Day donated to the State School Relief Fund. 


Ella Kee 

Year 11 Business Management Teacher 


English News

Charles Dickens Prize 2017

The Charles Dickens Prize is a competition available to Victorian secondary school students aged 15-17 years, and is awarded annually by the Melbourne Dickens Fellowship. This year, Thrisha Srinivasan (Y10) was commended with second place in the essay category, for the following entry.


Topic: Despite the hardship and grim settings present in Dickens’s writing, hope is always to be found.


Set in London, England during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, A Christmas Carol is a didactic social commentary against the stratification of society in the Victorian era. Dickens transcends the exterior sentimental portraits of the lower-class members of the social hierarchy by exploring the foundations of the issue and presenting a critique on the Poor Laws and administration of workhouses. Despite the inclusion of the predicaments of England’s destitute who are governed by the Poor Laws, the presence of tragic figures suffering from chronic conditions and the inclusion of a mercenary protagonist who establishes the idea that parsimony in individuals leads to self-destruction, the novella emphasises the concept of redemption and hope in all individuals. This is portrayed through the cathartic self-redemption of characters, the metaphorical representation of Jesus who embodies the spirit of community and the Christmas spirit of love, generosity and forgiveness.  


The cathartic redemption of Scrooge from an insensitive, embittered and egoistic miser to an enlightened and socially conscious human being evinces that despite the flawed social configuration of the 1840s society and the ignorant members of it, the individual redemption of all human beings can eliminate the injustice posed upon the lower social classes and evoke a spark of optimism in the lives of the destitute. The Ghost of the Christmas Yet to Come, the phantom that interjects a strict Christian perspective into the secularised novella, represents the apprehension of death and suggests the idea of Scrooge’s eternal damnation to Purgatory if he fails to redeem himself. While this phantom is a personification of “gloom and mystery” and shows Scrooge his neglected and derelict grave, it denotes the unremitting passage of time, thus manifesting that it is merely the individual redemption of human beings that can avert destiny. Scrooge “fear[s]” the spectre “more than any spectre [he] has seen”, however, it is the metaphorical allusion to death and represents the inevitable dispensation of humankind to punishment, thus ensuring his reversion into an enlightened and compassionate human being. Scrooge, a man “as solitary as an oyster” and devoid of benevolence and spirit, redeems himself to become “as good a friend, as good a master and as good a man as the good old City knew”, establishing the notion that however materialistic, shallow and grim society may be, it is the spiritual transformation and present actions of every individual that can change the future.


The highly-sentimentalised figure of Tiny Tim places an emphasis on the tribulations of the lower classes in the Victorian era and is an embodiment of the spirit of community that is devoid in Scrooge’s life. While this figure elicits a sense of sympathy as his life is contingent on Scrooge’s redemption and he is a representation of the poverty and destitution that plagued the lower classes, his optimism and vision for the future serves as a catalyst for Scrooge’s reformation. Dickens incorporates this figure to exemplify the explicit disparity between the classes in the Victorian Era and to propose the necessity for decreasing the distance between members of the English social strata. Being an allegorical representation of optimism, benevolence and the Christmas ideal of “men and women open[ing] up their shut-up hearts freely”, he serves as an incentive in Scrooge’s transformation which is displayed through his last words in the novella; “God bless us, everyone” and through his figurative adoption to become a “second father” to him.


While Tiny Tim is a representation of the financially-downtrodden in society, he signifies the value of interdependency amongst humans, the significance of family and community and the importance of “liv[ing] in the past, present and future”. Dickens’ criticism of the entrenched notion of class division and insensitive members of the upper-class is further extrapolated through the “wretched, abject and [frightful] children, Ignorance and Want, who are symbolic of the disorder, decay and human misery of an industrialist society. While the highly-sentimentalised portraits of the characters who represent the predicaments of the destitute places the novel on a grim setting, the valour and selflessness that Tiny Tim demonstrates in opposition to his illness surpasses this.

The Christmas ideals of benevolence, communal spirit, nostalgia, prosperous celebration and sharing of spiritual, emotional and monetary wealth are shown to have precedence over the cold and desolation in Scrooge’s household. Initially, Scrooge’s “melancholy” counting house with an empty hearth that merely emanates “the least sensation of warmth”, expresses his lack of connection and serves as an opposition to the benevolence, positive ambience and spirit of Christmas that is brought into the novella through his nephew, Fred. Being the representation of the potential in all individuals to spread emotional and spiritual riches, he states that Scrooge “loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts”, thus serving as a bridge between Scrooge’s counting-house and the rest of society. His mere presence in the counting-house and his Christmas spirit, “though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in [his] pocket”, is shown to counteract Scrooge’s state of seclusion. While the religious aspects of Christmas are conveyed through Jacob Marley as his damnation to Purgatory and him expiating his sins has a strong undertone of Christianity and the doctrine, The Ghost of the Christmas Present, the resemblance of Father Christmas and fundamental symbol of the Christmas ideals, provokes an ambience of merriment, sufficiency and prosperity, suggesting that Christmas, rather than a solemn religious day, is a joyous holiday that spreads a sense of hope amongst society. Further extrapolating this, Dickens’ use of five staves instead of chapters is a metaphorical allusion for the Christmas tradition of carols, thus expressing the Christmas spirit of love, generosity and universal hope.


Dickens’ social critique and Christmas parable presents that hope is always to be found in all individuals and in society. Despite the incorporation of the plights of England’s destitute and the presence of tragic and sentimentalised figures, Dickens accentuates and significantly emphasises the concept of hope through the self-redemption of characters, the embodiment of the spirit of community and the Christmas tradition.


AYCC Climate Justice Summit



These were the words chanted by over 200 high school students from across Victoria that came together to learn and fight for climate justice. Over the course of two days, students attended a summit run by the AYCC (Australian Youth Climate Coalition) organisation. Thirteen students from Nossal signed up and went along with Ms Ball to take part in the summit. We arrived at the Victorian Trades Hall and after registering and participating in icebreaker games, we were seated in a main hall and introduced to our AYCC buddies who would accompany us for the next two days. Our first speaker, Nathan Eize from the Bureau of Meteorology, spoke about the science behind climate change and its impacts on the earth. We then had Lily Gardener from Oxfam Australia who came to talk to us about climate justice. In her speech, she talked about food security and how climate change has impacted third world countries. After a quick break for morning tea, we were accompanied by our AYCC buddies to our workshops. Our workshop groups enabled us to meet like-minded students from various different school, who shared the same passions and interests as us. These workshops focused on how climate change impacted different people around the world. We then had lunch, during which ran the Hunger Banquet. The Hunger Banquet meant that we were all given different qualities and amounts of food. Few people received lasagne and were given waiters and tables, the majority were given a sandwich and a rug to sit on, and the rest were given rice on lettuce and were seated outside. This exercise was done to show the inequality in our world and it was extremely eye-opening. We ended the day by planning campaigns within our school groups to run at Nossal.


The next day we again began our day in the main hall and listened to inspiring speakers who introduced us to organisations such as Seed, an organisation focused on the impacts of climate change on indigenous people. We then broke off into our school groups to finish off campaign planning and put together action timelines. After a quick break for morning tea we were back in the main hall to listen to a talk on the staggering effects of climate change on our beautiful Great Barrier Reef. With this talk fresh in our minds, we went back to our workshops with our AYCC buddies. We focused on writing our personal narratives on climate change and why we personally wanted to make a change. This was a very beneficial exercise as it brought out everyone’s stories and experiences and helped us to compare our opinions on climate justice.


After a quick lunch break came the most exciting part of the summit. The action. With our colourful props in our hands and our chants ready, we were soon heading to the steps of the State Library. There, we took our stand and made our voices heard to the wider public with chants and personal stories. On that day, over 200 students did their part on their journey towards 100% renewable energy. In such a short amount of time, we all had learnt so much about how to limit the effects of climate change and how to make a difference in our own school communities.


Rania Khan, Anjana Krishnan and Ann Maria Augustin

Year 9 Students



IRC News


On 22 August, fourteen Year 10 and 11 students (Stephanie Barito, Shlock Bhatt, Nicole Chan, Michelle Goldberg, Broden Krause, Charlotte Luong, Kitty McLoughlin, Bansari Modi, Elita Pinto, Charlotte Luong, Kitty McLoughlin, Bansari Modi, Elita Pinto, Charlotte Robinson, Charli Sargeant, Mimi Ugo, Samuel Zhang, and I) participated in the initially daunting but immensely rewarding Write a Book in a Day Competition.


In two teams, we were given set parameters, which we were to use as a guide to write and illustrate a short novel suitable for children aged 10-16 in hospitals battling cancer. If we are successful in the competition, our book will be published and gifted to hospitals around Australia.


However, the aim of the competition was not only to write a book, but to also raise funds for the Kids' Cancer Project. So far, we have raised $2,606.40, all of which is going towards this great cause. Although we have already written the book and sent it to the judges, the fundraising is open until 15th October, and all donations are highly appreciated. Donations can be delivered either in person to any of the people involved or the library staff, or using this link:


Through this experience, we have met likeminded people who we had never had the opportunity to speak to before and developed skills not only in creative writing, but more importantly, in teamwork and cooperation.

We are incredibly thankful to have been given this opportunity and hope that future students will have it as well.

Elisa Karaim - Year 10


Student News

Word from the Editors

Welcome Back, this is our edition of NHS Student News!


With a uniquely varied student body involved in everything from leadership to the many clubs and societies that add to Nossal's trademark adherence to a love of learning in any field, we felt that for the average student frantically checking emails, scrolling through NEO and reading the newsletter, it can be a bit of a pain to stay on top of the unpredictable Nossal lifestyle.


The student newsletter aims to change that for the better. Keep an eye on this page for all the information on big student events, news from clubs, reminders about important student matters and much more.  We sincerely hope that it aids you in not only surviving your busy student life, but thriving in it too.


There's a lot to see and do here at Nossal. With all of the tests, assignments and homework tasks, it can sometimes be incredibly difficult for the average student to truly be aware of all the opportunities at their fingertips. This newsletter aims to help you cut through to the information that YOU need.


So stay awhile, have a browse for a few minutes and come again soon!


Indira Unnava

Head Editor

Writer of the Week

Hey! I’m Jordan van Rhyn, a Year 11 student and one of the new Student News editors for 2018. I’ve been working a lot with Indira over the past year and with Student News. I’m excited to see student participation in this area of Nossal life and can’t wait to see how it transforms in the future! It’s a great privilege to be able to help out with the Student News, and I’m sure it’ll be a great experience. Please be sure to give feedback by contacting me! I’m always open to suggestions.

Quote of the Week


NSU News

As we near the end of Term 3 and we begin to wind down the school year, the NSU is wrapping up its operations for the most part, but there are still exciting events and opportunities for students!


Firstly, the South East Feast, a multicultural food, wine, and activities festival was to be held on Saturday 16 September.  The event was to be conducted with a lot of student helpers assisting on the day.  The A/V Club had also planned to run a photobooth – so be sure to check that out when the Feast takes place in 2018! 


Also, we’re working on running the NSU Executive elections for 2018. We welcome all applicants. Please apply – it’s a rewarding experience and you’ll get to work really closely with the SRC and with all the clubs and societies of Nossal. Applicants will be invited to give a short speech in early Term 4 at an NSU meeting. You can apply at – please see Reuben Thomas, Jordan van Rhyn, or Malhar Palkar for details or questions.


One more thing we’re working on is the NSU Fundraiser for early Term 4 – stay tuned for more details soon. Details and logistics are being wrapped up and we can’t wait!


Indira Unnava

NSU Secretary


The Stork has visited Nossal in August/September

Congratulations Mr Alley and Welcome Bruce!!

Congratulation to you and your family on the safe arrival of your new bundle of joy. May this time be one that you always cherish and can look back on with fond memories. As new parents may you be filled with much joy and happiness with your babies.This is such a wonderful time for your families and we hope that parenthood is filled with lots of fun, love and cuddles. All the very best!

House Performing Arts Festival



Pegasus did an amazing job at the house performing arts festival! Everyone worked hard during the rehearsals, dedicating their lunches and personal time before and after school trying to perfect their part. Although Pegasus had many setbacks due to scheduling errors and room swaps, our leaders we're able to put this past them and overcome these issues. We felt like everything was organised and coherent, giving the story a good flow and allowing it to really come to life on the night.


A big shoutout to our leaders, Sarmitha, Maria, Olivia and Chany, who should be praised for their organisation and planning. Simone and Abel, our two spectacular actors with great on-stage chemistry that worked amazingly for our story, choreographing a dance by themselves to fit the Latin dance style. Shishir, the year 9 wonder who embraced the challenge of being the stage manager in his very first year of choral, communicating the cues with the leaders and with our lighting and sound managers, Brian and Harrison. Last but not least, Ceenin and Indira for overseeing drama and making sure everyone perfected their roles and did what was needed to bring the story together.

Listening to everyone sing, seeing the dance and drama performances, we house captains can say for sure that despite the difficulty of the song, the house performed with much more enthusiasm than the previous years and were incredible. We managed to find ourselves losing by just a point to Griffin who put on another incredible show lead by their passionate leaders, Christine and Fiona but nonetheless, Pegasus should be very proud of what they have achieved as all the leaders are proud of their efforts! We are very excited to see what the next leaders have planned and the Pegasus family has in store!


Andy and Vihn
2017 Pegasus House Captains



House Choral this year was absolutely insane! There was so much at stake being our last year and each house having individual whole house songs and dance genres.
In the past years, Griffin has struggled with the Whole House category however, there was a huge push for the house to lift this year and lift they did. The Whole House sang 'Part of Your World' from The Little Mermaid and 'Price Tag' by Jessie J.  They sang loud and proud and we couldn't be any happier with the performance on display.
Instrumental, led by Nathan Iuoras, killed it with all the nostalgia in the world through various childhood TV show theme songs. Small group, arranged beautifully by Christine Minda, was angelic, blending all the harmonies and creating a performance that was breathtaking. Griffin received the dance genre of 'Jazz' and embraced the challenge dancing to 'That's What I Like' by Bruno Mars. They were fun and energetic and Neel's worm proved to hype the audience up.
Our actors this year really pulled through sending the audience on a journey of 'awww' and plenty of laughter. Even with the many costume changes and mic difficulties, they all played their part and truly lifted the performance.
To our Props crew, led by Lasith, thank you for bringing the setting to life. Your countless days spent painting and cutting and glittering certainly paid off and we really cannot thank or praise you enough for your artistic skills.
A special mention to Ms Cilia for sparing her time in making the Elmo badges for Whole House (we hope your fingers are okay!) and always willing to help whether it be by giving us artistic advice through props or supervising us during the tiring rehearsals. We owe you! Thank you to Mr Allen for always being an amazing House Leader and for supporting us in everything along the way. Huge thank you to all the teachers in Griffin, giving us feedback and helping us through Nossal Time rehearsals. Thank you to Mr Woon for being an incredible Choral leader and working tirelessly for all the houses in order to put on a night that will certainly be unforgettable.
To backstage, led by Abdul, you guys really pulled through helping to set and clear the stage. With all the props and little decorative items, you guys didn't forget a thing which was awesome.
Finally to the people who made the show possible. Christon who adapted to all the lighting changes and lit the stage up, Sera who worked the sound booth and intensified the atmosphere of the performance and last but not least, Anirudhh, a year 9 stepping up to fulfil the AV role in which he made the powerpoint show seamless and 100000 times better.
We can't express how proud we of Griffin this year. The never ending rehearsals morning, lunch and after school and the amount of effort and work everybody put in for a phenomenal 25 minutes on stage just goes to show how much spirit everybody in the house has, emphasising that when we work together as a team, we are unstoppable.
We love you Griffin!
Christine Minda and Fiona Ku
2017 Griffin House Captains



The House Performing Arts Festival is the highlight of every year’s house performances and it was an unforgettable night. As with all the other three houses, Phoenix students put a lot of hard work and dedication into their production and was placed third. Though Phoenix did not get the prestigious first place, I am sure every Phoenix student will be proud of the work they put together to give the audience a memorable experience.
This year, by allocating the different components to various members of the House, we were able to share the workload. It is always hard to train Whole House Choral but the leaders, Jenny Chen, Broaden Krause and Dilushi Premathilaka did an awesome job training them in batches. The back-stage crew led by Jordan Van Rhyn and Hayden Radford along with Kayla Ly as our stage manager did an amazing job in ensuring that everything ran smoothly up to and on the night. Kyla Fareeha and Shravya Srikanth arranged a terrific small group medley along with some wonderful choreography to accompany their arrangement. Irisa Vuong, Manisha Venkat and Shea McNaughton choreographed a beautiful contemporary dance to fit our dance component this year and did a great job in training the girls involved in dance. Charlotte Luong, Ryan Chen, Areeba Bashar, Kanishka Nirmalan and Dhruti Parikh created a interesting drama piece incorporating all the components required and making our whole performance cohesive. A big thanks to Yuli Leong who did a wonderful job in creating all our props for our drama. And, of course, the House couldn’t have done it without our music captains Chris Gu and Jared Loh who looked out for everyone and ensured that we put a spectacular performance and also led the instrumental aspect.
Nothing can be achieved without team work and commitment. As Captains, we are really proud of our Phoenix students who put hours of hard work to create a very interesting story, choreograph the dance, practise instrumental pieces and train the Whole House. It would have been the first performance for some of the students who would have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone to have this experience. We appreciate the team effort of all the students in our House and are grateful to our teachers and mentors for guiding us. Thank you so much everyone!
Nithiya & Mina
2017 Phoenix House Captains





Creative Writing Column

There was darkness, a piercing silence, eerily calm. It was disturbed only by the pain. Pain that appeared in sharp stabs, sending waves of searing agony through my body, only to disappear as quickly as it had surfaced. I couldn’t tell where the pain was or where it was coming from. All I knew was that something hurt. A lot. It felt as if I had been stabbed, then shot then had acid poured on the wounds.

It was excruciating. So excruciating, that I couldn’t feel anything else. I didn’t know my name, I didn’t know where I was, I didn’t know who I was. All I knew was that it was dark and I had been shot/stabbed and had acid poured on my wounds.

I wondered if I was dreaming. Was this some strange nightmare in which I was a blind person with ambiguous chronic pain? But why would I be able to feel pain in a dream? If I was asleep, then I must have been sleeping for, like, more than 12 hours. That was how long it felt like. Didn’t I have things to do? Didn’t I have a life? Was I a boring person who did nothing but sleep all day?

All of a sudden, the pain disappeared. Completely. It felt as if there had never been any pain at all. I couldn’t breathe, but I didn’t feel suffocated. For just a second, I felt as if I had died or something.

Then there was light. Light to so pure and bright that I couldn’t see. My eyes burned, I felt like I was staring at the sun without proper protection. But I didn’t blink; in fact, I couldn’t blink. My eyes felt glued open.
My lungs contracted. It felt like there was a rope around them, squeezing them together and trying to hold them there. I was breathing, gasping, but I couldn’t take in any air. Black spots appeared in my eyes, spreading out and swallowing the blinding light.

Suddenly, I could breathe again. My lungs expanded and contracted in a constant rhythm. It was almost as if oxygen was being forced in and out of my lungs. The darkness that had taken over the light faded away into a… room? It looked like one. But it was weird, it was completely white, and empty. There was a machine next to me that was beeping and displaying this pattern of lines. The lines were moving up and down in a constant rhythm. Just like my lungs.

I had been in one of these rooms before, I knew I had. I had been in this room before. I remembered. I had been here, but I didn’t know what here was. I didn’t even know who I was. 


Pranathi Katneni
Creative Columnist 

Call for Writers!

Students are welcome and encouraged to email any pieces they would like published on the Student News page to Abhishek and Indira.


In saying that, we aim to publish some regular columns in the paper, and we need some regular writers for columns like:

·        Hot Topic – a feature article on a current issue

·        A "How To" Column

·        Recipe Column

·        Events Column

·        Sports Column

·        Person of the week (like an inspiring person)/ Guest Interviews

·        Rundown of important student dates

·        Human interest articles

·        General interest Articles.

So if you want to run a Fashion or games column, please let us know.


Those who are interested in being part of the Editorial Team for the regular sections, please write an expression of interest (no more than 200 words) and also a sample article for your preferred column. 


Please email  [email protected] with any questions and your expressions of interest.

Meditation Club


10 simple quick ways to relax and unwind, when you are really stressed:

  1. Take deep breaths

  2. Stand up and do stretching

  3. Close your eyes

  4. Drink a glass of cold water

  5. Run in place

  6. Listen to your favourite song

  7. Watch a cute cat video

  8. Laugh

  9. Take a tiny nap

  10. Write down your worries in a notebook, then set it aside for tomorrow

Indira Unnava

Meditation Club Leader

Wishing everyone peace and light

Good luck to everyone for your upcoming tests and SACs. Don’t stress and stay smiling! And everyone, please try to remember:
School is not your life, you are your life, so treat yourself well, because you deserve it. :)


Languages News

Long Distance Call

On Friday 15 September, Nossal’s Year 10 Japanese class had the chance to conference call Chosei High School to get to know a few of their students. It was a unique experience, where we introduced ourselves through our names written on whiteboards. It felt like a game show. We asked questions in both Japanese and English to assist in improving our conversational skills, but overall it was exciting to see the interactions between Japanese high school students. Hopefully we’ll be able to do this again one day!


Olivia Huynh


It was a little scary at first, but after exchanging some words, we both practised speaking our respective foreign languages and learned more about each other. In the end, it was a great experience that I wouldn’t mind having more often.


Robert Ma


NHS & Community Events and News

Mac.Rob Foundation Special Event


Nossal Spring Music Concert - Thurday October 19


Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.

Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years. 


Spring 2017 school holiday dates:
•    Week 1: Mon 25th Tues 26th Wed 27th Thurs 28th September
•    Week 2: Mon 2nd Tues 3rd Wed 4th Thurs 5th Fri 6th October
•    10am –4pm


Cost: $70.00 per day, or $189 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days)
Maximum 16 children per day

Bookings essential as spaces are limited
Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat

BYO lunch or purchase at the café


Moonlit Sanctuary
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Phone 5978 7935
 Open daily between 10am and 5pm

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Connecting with Nossal

Visit Nossal Online

Our webpage is the place to go if you would like to learn more about Nossal High School. Everything from our history, enrolment procedures and curriculum, to coming events, important resources, school tours and frequently asked questions, can be found at

Student absences

Student absences should be reported to our Attendance Officer as soon as possible.

This can be done a number of ways:

  • Absence Hotline: 03 8762 4625
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Compass: - using your parent login details

Please remember to provide all relevant details when leaving your message and a medical certificate on the student's return.

Contact us

Principal: Mr Roger Page
Assistant Principal: Ms Sue Harrap
Assistant Principal: Mr Keith Butler
Business Manager: Ms Gayl Shute

Tel: 03 8762 4600
Fax: 03 9707 4915
Email: [email protected] 


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Monash University
Clyde Road, Berwick, Vic, Aust, 3806 
PO Box 1036, Narre Warren, Vic, Aust, 3805


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Find the links to these pages on our website at

Nossal Careers

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help students make decisions about their future career and their life beyond school.

Students can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more.


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Old Nossalonians

Established in 2014, The Old Nossalonians Association is a not-for-profit Alumni organisation committed to the welfare of Nossal High School, its students and teachers.


Find out more about our Alumni at

Nossal News 2017