NGSC Newsletter

23 February 2018
Issue Two
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

12 MARCH             Labour Day (Student Free)

15 MARCH             NGSC Information Night 

                                  (Yr 7 2019)

19 - 21 MARCH     Year 7 Camp - 7A, 7B, 7C & 7D

21 MARCH              Athletics Day (Landy Field) 

21 - 23 MARCH     Year 7 Camp - 7E, 7F & 7G

26 MARCH              Harmony Day 

27 MARCH              Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12

                                   12.00pm - 7.00pm 

29 MARCH              Last Day term 1

30 MARCH              Good Friday 

16 APRIL                  First Day Term 2

Mr Nicholas Adamou


2018 NGSC Leadership Team (School Captains and Principal Class Officers) 

School Council

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. The school council is the group of people who assist in governing the school. It is given the power to set the key directions for the school, and is a legal entity in its own right. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students. 


A school council's Constituting Order specifies the total size of the council and the number of members in each category. Most members of a school council stand for election at the school where they are parents or Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employee members. Other members can be co-opted by the council within the limits of the constituting Order. 



Council Membership categories 
A mandated elected parent category: Because parents have such an important part to play in schools, there is an elected parent member category. Parent members must comprise more than one-third of council's total membership. DE&T employees are eligible to be parent members at their child's school, as long as they do not work at the particular school. 


A mandated elected DE&T employee category: Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. As the Executive Officer, the principal of the school is automatically one of these members. 


An optional community member category: Its members are co-opted by the decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experience, for example parent club representative and accountant. DEECD employees are not eligible to be community members. 



The North Geelong SC, school council composition includes:
(9 parents, 1 Community members and 5 DET employees - Voting members)  
•    9 x parents (no DE&T employees)
•    5 x DE&T employees – teaching and non-teaching staff
•    1 x Community members 
Total number of voting members 15. 


The College Principal is the Executive Officer of the school council 


This year we have 5 parent vacancies for a 2 year appointment (2018 & 2019) and 1 DE&T employee member vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2018 & 2019). I call for parent nominations for the 5 vacancies, any parent that would like to discuss the role of Council or the role of the parent member on council please call the school and speak to Ms Dina Markov or the Principal. 


Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office, see Ms Dina Markov and they close on Monday 5 March at 4.00pm.


A new council category (Students on school council) is currently being developed by DET in relation to students being part of the 2018 School Council. The DET School council Guidelines state this category will be outlined in appendix E, however, Appendix E hasn’t been developed yet. I will provide more information as soon as the DET releases the new guidelines. Meanwhile we will invite our 2018 school captains to be part of our school council.  


I take this opportunity to thank all school council members in particular the parent body for their outstanding contribution to the life of the College.


Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to schools

Parents and Guardians are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.


Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. 


In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers.


Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by school councils on a whole-of-school basis, or by parents/guardians for individual students. 


Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.



At the beginning of every academic year a great deal is written in various publications on the topic of homework. Some of the education opinion-piece writers argue strongly that homework is an ineffective means of improving academic performance. Some go as far as to suggest that homework has a negative impact because it turns other children off school and causes tension between parents and their children. I agree with some of the criticisms of homework: excessive amounts of homework are counterproductive; it is not a case of more is better; homework without a clear purpose, e.g. ‘busy’ work, is of little value. 


However, there is ample evidence from research and experience indicating that homework can increase learning and achievement. That is why it remains an important part and an expectation of the learning process for all North Geelong SC students. Please see the school policy on “homework” on the school’s website.


There are many benefits that flow from completing regular, relevant homework. Homework helps students develop sound study skills and habits. By undertaking regular homework, students develop self-discipline and time-management skills, and begin to take responsibility for their own learning. 


Homework supplements and reinforces work done in class. Revising work covered in class during the day greatly aids understanding and memory; the Ebbinghaus curve (The forgetting curve illustrates the decline of memory retention in time. A related concept is the strength of memory that refers to the durability that memory traces in the brain. The stronger the memory, the longer period of time that a person is able to recall it. A typical graph of the forgetting curve shows that humans tend to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge in a matter of days or weeks unless they consciously review the learned material)  underlines the role that  ‘re-visiting’ material plays in retention and recall of information. Homework of this type usually consists of written tasks, reading, drill work and memorisation. 


Homework can also be used to extend students’ skills and understanding in areas that cannot be covered in limited class time. Extension activities usually take the form of longer projects which are an expansion of work covered in class, or problem-solving activities which may take several days or weeks to complete. 


At North Geelong SC students always have homework irrespective of their Year Level. Students understand that homework is not simply the work set by their subject teacher; it is also work that the student needs to do to ensure that the day’s lessons are absorbed, previous work revised, preparation is made for new units of work, and assignments are completed by the due date. 



The role of the parent in homework is to support and help students. Students need to be provided with the environment and resources necessary to undertake homework and to establish a regular routine for school work done at home. However, parents must never forget that homework is set for the student, and that teachers need to see what students can do on their own. Parents should also be aware if their child is spending too long on homework tasks. Students should be encouraged to take regular breaks so they feel refreshed and ensure their study time is affective. Learning does not only take place in the classroom during scheduled lesson times. Homework plays an important part in learning also. Please call the school and talk to your child’s Home Group Teacher, Coordinator or a Principal Class Officer, if there are any issues with your child’s homework.


Picking up & Dropping Off Children around schools.

For the safety of children, parents are reminded to take care and obey parking signs when picking up or dropping off children around schools.  Council’s Parking & Information Officers regularly patrol school areas during start and finish times and motorists detected breaching parking regulations risk being issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice.


Remember, as soon as you stop to let your children in or out of the car, you are deemed to be parked.  You do not have to leave your car or turn the engine off to be fined so please ensure you are parked in a legal parking area.


At children’s crossings, you must remain stationary at the stop line while any person (including an adult or the supervisor) is on the crossing or the stop sign is displayed.  Do not let your child cross at this time, ensure that they wait until you are safely and legally parked.


If you breach a parking regulation the Parking & Information Officer assigned to monitor the crossing will usually record your registration number and details, and the Penalty Infringement Notice will be posted to you within the next three days.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam 

Start of the school year

The school year is well under way and it has begun extremely positively.  Walking around the school you can see the students engaged in their studies.  We have also had over seventy-five new enrolments that have joined the school this year from Years 8-12.  There induction began last year with many of these students participating in an early induction program in December. I am sure this has contributed to a smoother transition for these students.  Students are adapting to the change in movements due to the building works and hopefully this flexibility continues for the rest of the year.

Year 12 Study Camp

This was again a success and was held over the first three days of the school year.  Over 100 students attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience, both academically and socially.  A highlight was mixing of students and the building of supportive relationships that I am sure will help them during the year.  The Year 12’s have begun the year with their heads down and are working hard, with few students requiring assistance to refocus.

Year Level Captains

The SRC elections occurred this week with all home group and year level captains listed below.

Year 7:

Rarlee Bevan 7C

Aven Hogarth 7C


Year 8:

Lainey Hill 8E

Partic Sager 8H


Year 9:

Hailey Dalton 9C

Tom Gardner 9E


Year 10:

Issy Gardner 10C

Tara Briggs 10 F


Year 11:

Sarah Diprose 11C

Angus Reynolds 11C

Performance Average

Performance Average (PA) from the Progress Reports, is a reporting mechanism where students' levels of effort and application to their studies are measured irrespective of their level of academic ability.  It is hoped that the implementation of PA will provide a framework whereby teachers, families and students can work together to promote positive learning habits and behaviours.



As mentioned in previous newsletters in 2017 we have progressed to using a new module on Compass called Insights. This is a fantastic tool that we can utilise to gather data to inform our work with the education of our students. Essentially we set up a survey and students get access through their Compass portal. We can then observe the data and adjust or set up programs to suit the students.


Recently we surveyed the Middle School students on their engagement and below is an outline of some of the findings.



As mentioned we are striving to perfect our school attendance and this information will assist us in providing tailored support to our students to help them overcome obstacles or re-engage with the school program.


In the classroom we have looked at student learning styles and this will help staff to structure the activities and classroom instruction to suit their individuals in the class.


Staff will be working from these in the next few weeks and we hope to have an impact with student performance at the end of semester. In addition to this the teachers will be able to access individuals in their specific classes so that is purely individual needs addressed. It is an exciting prospect for the education of our students and we look forward to working through a similar survey with the rest of the school in coming weeks.

Progress Reports

Our first round of Progress Reports will be available on Monday 26th February to view via Compass. This will outline the progress your children are making in their classes and is based around classroom work habits. Class attendance is based on each subject and does not include school related absences. In addition to this teachers will be publishing student performance in classroom in assessment tasks (Learning Tasks) which parents can also access via Compass.


Mr Steven Quinn, Mr Daniel Grozdanovski & Ms Rebecca Hand

Year 7 Coordinator & Year 7 Assistant Coordinators


Term 1 is now well and truly underway and what a busy start it has been. The students now have a greater understanding of what it means to be a student at North Geelong Secondary College. They are settling in well but here is still a few things to take note of:


We would like to remind students and parents to ensure that they are in the correct uniform each day. PE uniform must only be worn on days that they have PE. If for any reason your child is out of uniform, please provide them with a note from home to prevent them from being issued with a detention.


Over the past week we have asked students to put forward nominations to be apart of the Student Representative Council. This allows our the students to develop their leadership skills across different areas of the college, and have an impact on day to day activities around the school. Students are selected from a range of different classes and it was not an easy decision. All SRC representatives will be notified shortly.


We would also like to congratulate Rarlee Bevan and Aven Hogarth on being selected as our Year Level Captains for 2018.

Year 7 Camp

The Year 7 Camp to Burnside in Anglesea is not far away and provides our students a great opportunity to build positive relationships with their peers outside the school environment. The dates for the camps can be found below


Camp 1 (7A, 7B, 7C & 7D) Monday March 19 to Wednesday March 21


Camp 2 (7E, 7F and 7G) Wednesday March 21 to Friday March 23


Parents should now have access to compass with letters being sent home during the week regarding details on how to login. This allows us easier paths of communications between the college, teachers, parents and students. It will also allow parents access to Progress Reports which will be available on Monday 26th of February. If you have any concerns about the above information don’t hesitate to contact any members of the Junior Sub-School Team.

Mr Jacob Storer 

Year 8 Coordinator 


Welcome to Year 8! It is an exciting year ahead, as our students begin to take some more steps into High School life. There will be plenty of opportunities for the Year 8s to excel both inside and outside of the classroom, so stay tuned.

The Year 8 Team this year will be:


Junior Sub-School Manager - Adam Bond

Year 8 Coordinator - Jacob Storer

Year 8 Assistant Coordinators - Ryan Mills and Chris Hudson


We want to ensure there are open lines of communication (between our team and the school community) so if you have anything you wish to discuss, feel free to contact us.

Year 8 Captains

I would like to congratulate Patrick Sager (8H) and Delainey Hill (8E) on being selected at our Year 8 Captains for 2018. Both will provide excellent leadership for our Year Level this year. Great work!


Can I take this time to remind everyone of the importance of having a working iPad in class. It is a requirement of the College to have a fully-charged and functional iPad in all classes. This is so that all students can access the full range of learning resources on offer at NGSC. Should you require any support in obtaining, or fixing, an iPad, please contact the school; support can be provided.


While on the topic of iPads, it is imperative that students are using them correctly. The iPads are, first and foremost, an educational tool. Inappropriate use or content on the iPad will result in consequences.


Another reminder, this time about wearing the correct uniform. It can be tough getting back into school uniform after 5-6 weeks of relaxing school holidays, but can we ensure that the entire uniform is worn correctly. While the shirts and shorts are usually worn quite well, we have noticed some slip ups with socks and shoes. Socks are required to be plain black, white, or grey. No logos or colours are to be present on the socks. Shoes are to black, leather polishable shoes.


There can also be some confusion about the PE Uniform - this is only to be worn on days when a student has PE. No other time.


If a student continues to wear the uniform incorrectly, this can result in the student being sent home to change.


Watch this space; camp dates and notes will be release soon!


I am very excited about what 2018 has to offer.


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


Now we are in full swing can we please make sure all our students are bringing fully charged laptops or a suitable device. Some students are forgetting that we are an iPad school and a number of staff construct classes around this.


Also, North Geelong Secondary College endeavours to decrease the amount of paper it generates. At this point North Geelong Secondary College has the capacity to communicate effectively via ‘Compass’.


All Parents need to download the Compass App. Downloading the Compass App and utilising it properly will allow Parents to see;

  • Your child’s attendance
  • School Calendar
  • Reports
  • Notifications
  • Excursions and camps.

The students are settled and hopefully grasping all the opportunities the College has to offer. In saying that I must reiterate the importance of the Compass App and bringing in permission slips.


Ms Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager 

Year 12 Camp

Students and staff enjoyed the experience of staying in university residences at Deakin University Warrnambool.  VCAL students had a tour of Port Fairy and the Renewable Energy Windfarm industry and are now able to relate this to their Work Related Skills subject. VCE students focussed on being organised for study, ATAR calculations and study scores and strategies to improve skills in their final year of schooling.  All students participated in workshops on leadership and their role as Year 12 students at North Geelong Secondary College. Thanks to all the staff who attended and the students for being so engaged and cooperative.



Students are reminded to attend their VET. It is not possible to achieve an intermediate or senior VCAL without a VET.  It is pleasing to see many students enjoying their work placements and school based apprenticeships as well as VET.


Key dates for Unit 3 and 4 exams have been placed on the VCE student google classroom to allow students to plan their study time and reduce work commitments at this important time.


A reminder that if a student has an ongoing, diagnosed medical issue that may require special examination arrangements to see Ms Bridges as soon as possible.


Staff are completing progress reports this week so please ensure you access Compass next week to obtain important information about student progress.  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the teacher or the relevant Year Level Coordinator.




Mr Christopher Hosie
VCAL Assistant Coordinator 
The Green Action Project class  photo celebrating their first day working together at Limeburners Lagoon, Corio Bay.

Our VCAL GAP students work as a team with Conservation Volunteers Australia to learn Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills every second Tuesday.


Each fortnight the class works on a range of projects around Geelong, in the outdoors, in order to practice a range of employability skills such as problem solving, communication and occupational health and safety.


Congratulations all VCAL GAP students for a great start to the year!

The Multicultural Committee News 

The Multicultural Committee held its first meeting on Monday 19th February and made a start on planning for our upcoming events.


 After welcoming everyone to the first meeting of the year, we discussed the Pako Festa Parade which will be held on Saturday 24th February.  Like every year we take pride in participating in this multicultural festival to celebrate and showcase NGSC’s diverse multicultural community to the wider community.  We cordially invite parents and friends to join us in taking part in the Pako Festa Parade or just attend on the day to cheer us on from the crowd.  If you need more information please contact the school.  


The Multicultural Committee greatly values the support of NGSC parents and the wider school community.  We hope to see you all there to join in the festivities of the biggest free festival in Victoria.  


Free Golf Clinic

Looking to improve your game, or pick up a club (that’s a golf stick) for the very first time?


We are starting an afterhours golf clinic for years 7 to 10 students on Wednesdays from 3:30 till 4:30.

This will run for the remainder of the term with the view to continue next term if the program is popular. If you are interested, please come and see me (Mr Scott) or our resident golf legend Mr McDougall.

Mr Luke Scott



Pako Festa!!!!

Join us for the parade. We will be meeting at 10.30am at the corner of Waratah and Pakington Streets before walking in the parade and ending at 12 noon at West Park. North Geelong Secondary College has a long and proud history of being a part of the Pako Festa celebrations and hope you will be able to join us. Parents and friends are welcome to come along as well. National costumes dress or full college uniform is encouraged for students attending. There will be lollies to give out to the crowd and is a fantastic opportunity to represent the college to the general public.


Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project

Nominations for the Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project are now open!


Are you or do you know someone 14 – 16 years who lives in Golden Plains Shire and is looking for a rare opportunity to make new friendships, establish community connections, develop leadership skills and build confidence and self-esteem?


If this is you or sounds like someone you know nominate now by completing the short application form available via the link below:


Nominations close on Tuesday 27th February and places are limited.


The FREE project runs from March to September and includes two overnight weekend camps, monthly workshops in Bannockburn and Ballarat, an AFL Level 1 Coaching Course, Project uniform and much more!



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