Photo: Year 9 students climb into 2020 at Mt Arapiles

Princes Hill Secondary College Newsletter

13 March 2020
Issue Four
Principal's Report
Who’s who at PHSC:
Pathways /Career News
Standing tall...
2019 Year 12 Graduation Photos 
PHSC Cafe    
Wilderness Week
Intensive Skills for footballers
Fun Footy Day
Young Endeavour Apply now.
Princes Hill Secondary College
03 93890600
Arnold Street
North Carlton, Victoria, 3054

Principal's Report

A warm welcome to all families both returning and new to Princes Hill Secondary College.

It is with pleasure we share some achievements from 2019 and celebrate a smooth start to a year in the midst of challenges presented during the holiday period. In term one, the school has been in regular communication with students, families and staff through the Compass News Feed concerning the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (CoVid19).  I congratulate our students and staff for their resilience in continuing to focus on student learning programs in the midst of the public health uncertainty. 
Please enjoy and celebrate our newsletter and photos from the successful Wilderness Week, student graduations and achievements.

Contacting staff

I take this opportunity to remind our parents of the use of the Compass Parent Portal, if you are a new parent and do not have your username and password please contact the relevant Sub-School Office through the General Office on Telephone 9389 0600 . The Compass Parent Portal gives parents up to date information about your child’s timetable, attendance, reports, upcoming events etc. as well as allow you to approve your children’s attendance on excursions and to make payments on line plus a host of other things including access to your children’s teachers via e-mail (a list of Teacher codes is included at the end of this newsletter). If you have accessed the Compass Parent Portal before but have forgotten your password please contact the relevant sub-school office through the number indicated above.

Teacher surname and first name initial followed by

 e.g. Contact Business Manager  Michelle Westlake  at 


We are delighted to welcome the following new staff:

Kim Gray, Acting Assistant Principal (Semester 1, 2020)

Nick Taylor, Head of Music

Ben Gobbo, Sport Coordinator

Elizabeth Howe, Classroom Teacher

Jim Hooper, Classroom Teacher

Jan Baddeley, Executive Assistant

Kieran Dell, Integration Aide

Matt Rogers, Integration Aide

New Student Welfare Team:

Felicity Marlowe (Coordinator) 

Jessica Little - Mental Health Practitioner 

Kelly Yu - Educational Psychologist


Student attendance:

Our duty of care requires the school to know where students are at all times during a school day.

Parents should use the Compass portal (app or web-based) to approve all student absences of up to one week. Ideally this is done by 8:45am on the first day of absence.

For students leaving during the day notification must be made via Compass or in writing (including email) to the year level coordinator.

Any student under 16 years of age who needs to leave school during the day will need to be collected by a parent/ guardian or person listed as an emergency contact. Please ensure that our records are up to date regarding emergency contacts.

If you are planning on taking a holiday for more than a week during term time then please notify the year level coordinator. In these circumstances students should complete a Leave Form which can be sourced from the sub school offices. This will support and assist students to remain abreast of the curriculum during their absence.

Your support with these matters is greatly appreciated.


Student insurance:  PHSC and the Department do not provide student accident or ambulance cover. Parents/carers may wish to obtain student accident insurance cover and/or ambulance cover, depending on their health insurance arrangements and any other personal considerations. Ambulance cover is strongly recommended as subsequent costs can be very high ($1200) whilst an annual family subscription is less than$100 per annum.


2020 Strategic Foci

This year the school has a particular focus on developing curriculum for the weekly SEL Program (Social and Emotional Learning) at years 7-10. Framed by the principles of positive psychology and restorative practice, a carefully sequenced program is being developed, documented  and implemented. Whole staff professional learning in restorative practices kicked off the year to help facilitate the program and develop teacher expertise. Further areas of emphasis this year include exploring with staff how students can have greater agency in their learning,  and a sharing of pedagogical practice through a program of peer observation.

We have also appointed three new Learning Specialists this year to help lead staff in improving and sharing practice across all learning areas. Our well-being team has also grown through the employment of additional staff with expertise in mental health, effectively increasing the resource by a full time position to help support students across the school with mental health and wellbeing.


School Performance Report 2019

Every school has a report card of sorts from the Department in September.

Schools are rated across a range of key performance domains - Achievement, School Climate, Student Attitudes, Engagement, Participation and Senior Secondary. I am pleased to advise that our school was rated in the highest possible performance group - Influence. This result is the envy of other secondary schools in the North West Victorian Region and is not easy to achieve.


December - January Building Program

The end of 2019 saw the full redevelopment of Science Room 302 funded by our school council. this project ensues that all our science labs are of the highest possible standard to support student learning and teacher practice. Particular thanks to Elle Petricca our Science Leader and AP Anthony Avotins - and all involved - in getting this significant  project from an idea to a reality.


Further building works to improve accessibility for students such as new automatic doors have taken place at entry points around the school, and related works will continue into the Easter holiday period.


The VCE study hub on the top floor has also had works to improve conditions for senior students  including the construction of new partitions and doors to reduce noise,  and the installation of air conditioning.


Who’s who at PHSC:

Principal:                                        Trevor Smith

Assistant Principal: Y7-9                Anthony Avotins                                                                             *LSL T1
Assistant Principal: Y10-12             Margaret Fry     
                                                                      * LSL T2

Acting Assistant Principal:            Kim Gray –                                                                                  Semester 1

Senior School Leader:                  Dani Crew
Year 11 Coordinator:                      Murray Mathieson
Year 12 Coordinator:                      Andy Kemp
VCAL:  Coordinator                        Sue Tyrie

Middle School Leader:                 Baden Small
Year 10 Coordinator:                     Courtney Guthrie
Year 9 Coordinator:                       Jamiel Sabbagh

Junior School Leader:                    Anna Vaxalis
Year 8 Coordinator:                       Anna Tilley
Year 7 Coordinator:                       Agne Douvartzidis

Learning Area Leaders  
Design and Art Technology            Simone Gatt
Drama                                    Tracy Carroll/Bianca Carr
English                                             Sophie Peters
Humanities                                      Sasha Kober
Languages                                       Pinetta Filardo
Mathematics                                    Stav Stefano
Music                                                Nick Taylor
Phys Ed &Health                              Monica Martinez
Sport                                                Ben Gobbo

Science                                            Elle Petricca
Visual Art                                         Julie Davies

Student Wellbeing Leader:             Felicity Marlowe
& VET Co-ordinator:                        Maria Floudiotis


Pathways /Career News

Where are the 2019 Year 12 graduates?

PHSC students continue to do well in receiving tertiary offers.  Overall, 97% of students who applied for a course in 2019 received an offer.
Students were accepted into a range of courses, with creative arts, humanities and science areas, the most popular.  81% of students received their first or second preference.  Almost 50% of the offers made were for The University of Melbourne and RMIT University, which have traditionally attracted many of our students.  It was pleasing to see that students applied widely in 2019 and will be studying at a range of tertiary institutions.  We wish our 2019 graduates all the very best for the future.


22 JUNE – 26 JUNE, 2020 (5 days)


An important component of our career development program at PHSC, work experience will be held the last week of Term 2.   Work experience provides our students with the opportunity to:

  • develop their employability skills, e.g. communication, team work, interpersonal skills
  • explore possible career options
  • assist with their career planning and subject selection
  • obtain a better understanding of the work environment and employer expectations
  • increase their self-understanding, independence and self-confidence


Year 10 students will receive further information this term about their work experience and students needing help in finding a placement, should visit the careers office on Level 3 (VCE study hub) to discuss their options.


If any parent/guardian is prepared to host a Year 10 student for 5 days, please contact Maria, Career Practitioner on 9389 0629.


Year 10 students need to organise their placements by 15 May.   


PHSC Careers and Pathways

What careers and pathways support and information is available to PHSC students and parent/guardian(s)?

Located on level 3 (Senior Study Hub), the careers office provides students with a range of information and support, including:

Apprenticeships/Traineeship information

Part-time & casual job opportunities

Career News updates

Resume writing skills

Career counselling

Scholarship opportunities

Career events

Subject selection counselling

Career management skills

TAFE courses & programs

GAP year opportunities

University courses & programs

International study

University extension studies

Interstate universities

VCAA information

Interview skills

VET in Schools

Labour market information

VTAC Process

Open days

Work experience program

Overseas exchange programs

Future of work



Students, parent/guardian(s) are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with the PHSC Careers website which contains comprehensive information.


Students, parent/guardian(s) should also keep a lookout for Career News sent as a Compass Newsfeed on a regular basis throughout the year.

Standing tall...

We congratulate all our Class of 2019 students on their academic achievements. In 2019 the school again had very strong VCE results across a range of disciplines with a median study score of 32 matching the strong results of 2018. Impressively, 20 % of students attained an study score above 90, whilst 44% of students achieved a study score above 80. Eleven  students achieved the VCE (Baccalaureate)  (an additional form of recognition for students who successfully meet the demands of studying a higher-level mathematics subject and a language in their VCE program).

We congratulate Jules Borghouts on his outstanding academic achievement as our 2019 Dux. Jules is pictured above enjoying and celebrating the last day of Year 12 (on stilts) with Year 12 Coordinator Andy Kemp and Principal Trevor Smith. Below, Jules is congratulated by Trevor following the release of results in December. 
Year 12 Graduation and results are an emotional time for students and teachers alike. The appreciation of students and families goes to staff who have helped our young people in their learning and life in their journey through secondary secondary school .


Dux Jules Borghouts hams it up with Principal Trevor Smith after the release of results.


2019 Year 12 Graduation Photos 

Celebrating and acknowledging the graduating class of 2019.

Our gallery features local member Ellen Sandell, MLA with the 'Young Woman in Science' award winner, Ria Mooney, our VCAL and VCE graduates.

PHSC Cafe  

The PHSC Cafe ladies (Meri, Dani and Jess) are ready to assist! 
Lunch Orders:

(On-line ordering to come- until then visit the canteen before school)
Go to 
Register an account for yourself and child /children
Ensure you complete YEAR LEVEL and FORM details
Select the food you wish to order to your basket
Pay for your order online using your credit card
Your child's lunch can be picked up from a priority queue at the Canteen at lunch.
NOTE: Items may not be available due to supplier stock - similar product will be provided
Gluten free and other dietary needs are required to be pre-ordered.


Wilderness Week


Wilderness week continues to be a significant physical and personal challenge - and a memorable achievement, even rite of passage for our Year 9 students. The range of activities and locations is unparalleled in the government school sector – bushwalking, sea kayaking, horse-riding rock-climbing, surfing – in venues as diverse as the Alpine National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park, Gippsland lakes, Wilsons Prom and Mt Arapiles.

The particular work of Bron Hutchinson and individual event organisers must be acknowledged, supported by AP Anthony Avotins.


Intensive Skills for footballers

Intensive Skills for footballers

Fun Footy Day

Fun Footy Day

Young Endeavour
Apply now.

Young Endeavour Challenge  - More information on the internationally recognised youth development program is available on-line.

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