Nossal News 2017

19 June 2017
Issue Nine
From the Principals' Desk 
Important dates
General News
Careers News
Health & PE News
Languages News
Parents & Friends Association News
Student News
Alumni News
NHS & Community Events and News
Connecting with Nossal
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From the Principals' Desk 

The Fabric of Community

My teaching background is in the Visual Arts and Technology subjects and so I have a natural interest in arts and crafts and creative problem solving.  Additionally, my wife is a keen crafts person working a lot with threads and fabrics resulting in me often being surrounded by a range of textiles.  As I reflect on the nature of a material, whether a fabric or a wood, I am reminded that each such piece is a combination of various fibres, similar in some ways, unique in others but together when combined, they form a bond that supports each other and contributes to the strength of the overall material.  I find there is a similarity to this in what I also see and know of Nossal.  Ours is a community made up of many unique people.  Some have similar talents, beliefs and interests, but each has their own special individual abilities and foci and when we combine together, the community is strong, supportive and able to achieve great things.


In this week's newsletter, I want to focus on a few things that have happened or are happening in the near future which highlight the fabric of our community and the things we are able to achieve and celebrate as a result of it. 

Language Diversity Day

As this newsletter is being prepared for publication, planning for the Language Domain's "Language Diversity Day" is in the final phase.  This day celebrates some of the many languages spoken by members of our school community with a particular emphasis on French and Japanese, the languages taught at Nossal. 


Learning a second language has many acknowledged benefits including better brain health; improved employment prospects especially as employers seek to expand their businesses internationally; an increased knowledge and understanding of our world; the opportunities to better appreciate other cultures and obviously the advantages associated with travel.  


The Language Diversity Day program includes a French film and drama performance highlighting the history of France for the students studying that language, while the Japanese students will be taking part in a Taiko (Japanese drumming) workshop and a calligraphy class.  As an added bonus during the day, French students will enjoy a fresh crepe at lunchtime while the Japanese students will be served sushi.


In period 4, the whole school will come together for an assembly for a broader celebration of languages. This activity has been planned and coordinated by our two student Cultural Liaison Leaders, Cree and Kimiko. They have been very thorough in their planning and with the support of the Language teachers have prepared a wonderful program. Thank you Cree and Kimiko for your dedication to making this a worthy celebration. 


Arts/Technology Showcase 2017

Mark Friday 23 June in your diary as a night you need to be at Nossal for the 2017 Arts/Technology Showcase.  It is a celebration of the wonderful work being done in this Learning Domain and in a break with tradition, this year will feature a production-type performance by our students as they present "Broadway Beats".  


The doors of the Arts/Technology Showcase will be open from 6:30pm this coming Friday for students, families and friends to come in and view displays of Art, Photography, Robotics and Visual Communication.  We will also be having performances by our Music students while Food Technology students will be providing finger food to help guests enjoy the exhibition.  


Thanks to the generous support of our three sponsors, Optima Audio Visual; Officemax and Hitachi this year our student's will also have their work featured in Nossal's own version of White Night. Student's work and images will be projected onto the walls of the foyer of Building B and promises to be a spectacular addition to the night.

At 7:30pm, guests will enter the auditorium for the production of Broadway Beats, a presentation highlighting the talents of students in Drama, Music and Dance.  The story line is a bit of a guarded secret, however as the name suggests, it will feature the music and dance of Broadway.

This promises to be a spectacular night, I would like to thank all our students who have given freely of their time to make this event so exciting, as well as the members of the Arts/Tech Learning Domain: Mr Woon, Ms Cilia, Mr Chattrath, Ms Rio, Ms Metcalfe, Ms Aarts and Ms Walsh.  

Tickets to the Arts/Tech Showcase are just $10.00 and selling quickly.  Get yours at  



Last week more than 50% of the total school population sat the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority General Assessment Test, also known as the GAT.  All students undertaking a VCE Unit 3/4 study are required to complete this activity and at Nossal this represented 418 students.  For the remainder of the school, last Wednesday was another successful digital delivery day, where students were not required on campus but still engaged in their learning with teachers and classmates via online collaboration.

Thank you to the team of volunteers and exam supervisors who assisted with all the organisation of the GAT and to Ms Warriner for her planning and coordination.

Yr 12 Formal

Another major event that has been held recently for our Year 12 students was the Annual Year 12 Ball held at The International, Brighton.  Like the Year 11 Formal held earlier in the year, this was a glamorous function with lots of good food, fun, dancing and of course the now customary "selfies" with friends.  


Congratulations and thank you to the organising team led by Ms Soltys, for a wonderful occasion.


Thank you PFA 

In the last edition of the newsletter, we were able to report on the fantastic achievement of the PFA with their sausage sizzle outside Bunnings, Fountain Gate.  This enthusiastic group of parents and friends of the school are dedicated to helping where ever and whenever they can.  The PFA is an important part of the Nossal High School community.  

So it is with great pleasure that in this edition of the newsletter, we thank the PFA for their ongoing support with the provision of padding for the goal posts on the oval.  This is a major contribution and ensures the safety of our students and staff involved in activities in this area.  The padding is the final piece of the jigsaw and now means that the oval is fully operational.   


Have you returned your raffle tickets?

We now need to have all raffle tickets returned in "The Great Community Raffle" conducted by the Rotary Club of Emerald. This annual event is a major fundraiser for our school, with every dollar from every ticket sold through Nossal being donated by the Rotary Club to our school.  


We are extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to take part in this major community project which carries with it the first and second prize of a new car donated by the Ferntree Gully Motor Group.


If you haven't returned your tickets, please do so now, as we need to account for for all tickets both sold and unsold.  Of course in that process we also urge you to sell any remaining tickets you may have, remembering that every dollar raised will be returned to Nossal by the Rotary Club. 



Once again, I would like to remind you of the challenge a group of our students have accepted as they prepare to "Write a book in a day".  This event is fast approaching and the work prepared by our teams of students will be published and distributed to hospitals where young people are being treated for cancer.


Associated with this is the "WABIAD Charity Dinner Dance" to be held at the school on Friday 4 August.  Tickets to this three course meal and entertainment are just $40.00 and can be booked at  Get your table group together for a fun night while supporting the Kids Cancer Project.


Sponsor our individual teams:

Hakuna Matata -

Graphomaniacs -


House Spirit

It has been great to see the strong House spirit evident in a range of challenges and activities over recent lunchtimes.  


As a student led initiative, each House has been charged with the responsibility to apply their talents to raise money for State Schools' Relief on one lunchtime starting with a minimal budget.  The project has set out to show that even with a small amount of financial input, larger amounts can be raised to help other students less fortunate.

State Schools' Relief is a charitable organisation staffed mainly by volunteers who work to supply students in state schools with shoes, uniforms and other learning resources such as pens and pencils when they do not have the means to provide their own. Earlier in 2017, some of students volunteered time during the Careers and Pathways Week to help at the State Schools' Relief warehouse in Dandenong.   


End of Term

As we draw near to the end of Term 2, on behalf of Mr Page and Ms Harrap, I would like to congratulate all students and staff on what has been achieved during a busy first semester.  Students have worked hard in their studies and embraced the challenge in a range of other programs and events.  Staff too have done an enormous amount of work to facilitate student learning while also working to develop their own personal skills and abilities.


I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Ms Metcalfe who has been with us as the Director of Music since the start of the year, but is now moving on to other challenges in the community. Thank you Helen for the leadership you have given to this important part of our school.  From the start of Term 3, the role of Music Director will be shared by two people already known to our Music students: Ms Nancy Waddington and Mr James Mustafa.


For students taking part in Work Experience in the last week of term, we wish you well and trust that your opportunity to appreciate full time employment is a fulfilling one.


Friday June 30 is the last day of Term 2 and we are running on a shortened day timetable. This means that students will be released at 2:30pm for the beginning of  the Winter Holiday Break, which we hope will include some rest and relaxation for all staff and students. We look forward to a school full of fresh faces on Monday July 17 for the beginning of Term 3.


Nossal High School is like a piece of fabric.  It is a collective of individual elements/people that when combined together form an impressive community that achieves, supports and encourages.  I wish you all a great term holiday.  Please have a relaxing break and return revitalised for the important 3rd term.


Keith Butler
Assistant Principal    

Important dates


Start of Semester 2

Monday June 19


SMR Cross Country

Monday June 19


Language Diversity Day

Monday June 19

All Language students


Van Gogh Exhibition Excursion

Tuesday June 20


NHS vs SCHS Basketball

Friday June 23 


Arts & Technology Showcase featuring the Drama Club's "Broadway Beats"

Friday June 23 from 6:30 pm


Chess Competition Round 2

Tuesday June 27


School Council Meeting

Tuesday June 27 - 7pm


Year 9 Course Confirmation Bookings released

Wednesday June 28


Years 11 and 12 Immunisations

Thursday June 29

Forms have been sent home to parents


Reports released to parents

Thursday June 29


Photography in the City

Friday June 30


Final day of Term 2

Friday June 30

Students finish at 2:30pm


SRC Congress 2017

Monday July 10 - Wednesday July 12


Beginning of Term 3

Monday July 17
All students and staff return to school


Unit 4 Biology - Genetics Workshop

Monday July 17


State Cross Country

Thursday July 20


Bell Shakespeare - Merchant of Venice Excursion

Tuesday July 25



Wednesday July 26


FareShare (Visit Three)

Thursday July 27


Careers & Pathways Expo

Thursday July 27 4:00 – 8:00 pm


Boys Soccer vs MHS & SCHS

Friday July 28


Melbourne Fun Run

Sunday July 30

And beyond....

ICAS English Competition

Tuesday August 1


Course Confirmation Day

Wednesday August 2


PFA Meeting

Wednesday August 2 - 7pm

All welcome!


Alliance Francaise

Thursday August 3


Nossal WABIAD Charity Dinner Dance

Friday August 4


Biology Olympiad

Monday August 7


Course Confirmation Catch-up Day

Tue Aug 8 & Thu Aug 10


Physics Olympiad

Wednesday August 9


Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest

Friday August 11


House Performing Arts Festival

Tuesday August 29

Whole school event


Sustainability Summit hosted by NHS

Friday September 15


South East Feast

Saturday September 16



New Caledonia Study Tour

Wed Sep 20 - Wed Sep 27


Year 9 Leadership Week Orienteering

Thursday October 26


NHS Valedictory/Graduation Dinner 2017

Thursday November 23


Speech Night 2017

Tuesday November 28

Whole school event


General News

Year 11 & 12 Immunisations

A reminder that the Year 11 and 12 Meningococcal W Immunisations will be held in the Jean Russell centre on Thursday 29th June.


Any unreturned consent cards must be done so immediately.


Audrey Alvarez

School Immunisation Coordinator


City of Casey Waste and Recycling Tour

Did you know that the average Australian household throws out a truck full of food waste every year? We as a nation throw out $8-10 billion of food. That’s four million tonnes per annum of food which ends up in landfill.

On June 2, the two Year 9 Environmental Science classes went on a waste and recycling tour around the City of Casey. This tour gave us a look at where our rubbish ended up and the things we can do to for everyday waste control. In class, we were learning about renewable energy and this excursion showed us the importance of reducing our waste in the first place. We visited two landfill sites and a recycled plastic manufacturer.

What started out as simply a chilly morning to a visit to a landfill site, ended with students in awe at what they learnt and motivated to do something. We got to meet with the people who work hard behind the scenes to dispose of our rubbish. The people who turn our plastics bags into useful furniture and prevent it from going into the oceans. And the people who operate systems that draw gases from landfill and turn it into the electricity that can power every household in Casey. The work they do is incredible but from what we learnt in class, this is obviously not a renewable source of energy.

It was very confronting to see how our actions directly effect the environment. Environmental issues are everyone’s issues because we all contribute to waste production. However, the good news is that we can all do something. We can start changing our lifestyles today, perhaps something as small as throwing a bottle into the recycling bin, can create a cleaner environment tomorrow. 


What you can do:

1)Australians dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute and it is estimated that around 50 million bags enter the Australian litter stream every year. Take your own canvas bags to carry groceries when you go our shopping.

2)Australians throw out the equivalent of the contents of one out of every five shopping bags, which equates to every Australian household throwing out $1,036 worth of groceries each year. Don’t overcook and always reheat leftovers or compost food scraps.

3)Join a Clean Up Australia Day or beach patrol event, you’re stopping the rubbish from going into the ocean, potentially killing sea creatures and ending back on our plates when you eat seafood.

4)Start a waste control plan and spread the word in your community.

5)Use the big bins around the school and recycle when possible. Think before you throw.

Amy Chu
Year 9 Environmental Science student and NEST member

Nossal High School celebrates World Environment Day

It has been a busy time for the NEST group and the Year 9 Environmental Science students. Monday June 5 was World Environment Day. We ran a host of events to acknowledge this day and to raise awareness about environmental issues.


On June 2, the Year 9 Environmental Science students went on a Waste and Recycling tour of the City of Casey. On actual World Environment Day, the Year 9 Environmental Science students participated in a composting workshop with the hopes of getting a composting project up and running in Term 3. Additionally, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) came out and ran an extremely enlightening workshop with students from Years 9 to 11.


The NEST students took this opportunity to run a waste campaign to raise awareness about the various recycling options around the school. This campaign was very successful and the strategies used will be implemented for the foreseeable future.


Excitingly in this week we were awarded our third ResourceSmart Schools module and star. As a team, we have successfully completed the Biodiversity module which makes it our second in 6 months!


Overall it was a busy and successful week. It was wonderful hearing all the environmentally related conversations going on around the school with both students and staff!


Ms Jessica Ball
Environmental science teacher and sustainability coordinator


AYCC Switched on Schools Workshop

On Monday June 5, a group of 30 Nossal students were very fortunate to attend a workshop run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and organised by NEST. Laura Sykes, who ran the workshop for us, was very passionate about climate change action, and ignited that passion in us.


Laura explained to us the dangers of inaction on climate change, and the disproportionate effect of climate change on minority and developing communities. She explained the campaigns and actions of the AYCC in bringing action on climate change into the national spotlight, by utilising a mascot known as Ellie the Elephant, which would follow the campaigns of the 2010 federal election. Laura prompted us to consider the effects of climate change on younger generations, and what actions we could take to make our school and community more environmentally sustainable. We agreed on a few achievable and meaningful reforms, and set NEST to work to investigate them – so look out for that in future!


After walking us through the achievements made by young people all across Australia in the past few years, and the mission and programs of the Indigenous youth climate action group, SEED, Laura encouraged us to collaborate with the environmental groups of other local and selective schools to further climate change action. We were also fortunate enough to be given a taste of some of the spiciest memes that the AYCC had to offer, and told about and given the chance to express our interest in Powershift 2017, a three-day youth climate summit in Melbourne that will run in July!


I know that I, and many other students, learned a lot from this workshop, and are looking forward to working with the AYCC in future! We’re very grateful for Laura’s time and efforts in explaining the effects of climate change and climate action to us, and to the AYCC for the valuable work they do. I’d also like to thank NEST and Ms Ball for organising the workshop, and pursuing the ideas we collaboratively came up with in the workshop! 


Jordan van Rhyn - Year 11


City of Casey Composting Workshop

On Monday June 5, the Phoenix and Griffin Environmental Science classes had a visitor from the Council come in and teach us about composting. It was a very pleasant and informative lesson. The purpose was to not only educate the students on the process and benefits of composting but to help kick start the school’s new composting program.


We learnt not just about how to compost, but also about what happens to food scraps if they are simply thrown away and watched videos that explained some of the recycling process. Overall, the session was considered very enjoyable by all students involved. 

Prachi Beniwal
Year 9 Environmental Science student

Careers News

Course Confirmation for 2018

Course Confirmation Day for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 is on Wednesday 2nd August from 8am to 8pm. This is a pupil free day; students only need to attend for their scheduled appointment. Bookings for this day will open on Compass for Year 9 at 9am Friday June 30 and for Year 10 and 11 at 9am Monday July 17. Bookings close at 4pm Monday July 31. Please book one appointment per student only. (Do not book with multiple teachers.) Each student only needs to see one teacher on the day who will guide them through the course confirmation process. This teacher will not necessarily be one of their current classroom teachers.


The 2018 Senior School Handbooks have been distributed to students and should be used in preparation for Course Confirmation Day. Year 9 and 10 students are asked to attend the Careers and Pathways Expo on Thursday July 27 with their Handbooks, and to complete the Course Confirmation Passport on page 101. The Senior School Handbooks should then be brought to the course confirmation appointment with the planning documents completed.


While Year 9 and 10 students are asked to attend the Expo, students in all year levels are encouraged to go to visit the tertiary providers’ stands, hear alumni speeches, and listen to panel discussions (made up of tertiary providers and alumni) on a variety of career areas.

Emma Geyer

Director of Career, Pathways & Transitions


Year 10 Work Experience

The majority of Year 10 students will be entering the world of work for 5 days, beginning on Monday 26 June. There are no Year 10 classes running during this week. We wish each student well in their placement, and trust they will represent themselves and the school in an exemplary manner. Staff will be making contact with employers throughout the week to see how each student is progressing through their placement.

The Careers and Pathways Expo is coming!


Health & PE News

Introducing Ashlee Walsh, Health & Physical Education Teacher

Nossal is very pleased to introduce Ashlee as the replacement for Mrs Chantelle Aarts while she is on maternity leave:


I have been teaching for the past 7.5 years in secondary Physical and Health Education – where my roles have included Head of Health and P.E, student year level management, Daily Organiser and interschool carnivals coordinator. My teaching experience has been at Craigieburn Secondary and Gleneagles Secondary Colleges.


With a passion for wellbeing and in particular working with young women I am also a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer, and run holiday and in school workshops on a range of health and wellbeing issues. I’m hoping to complete my Master’s in Counselling later this year to help further develop my knowledge and skills in helping young people to reach their potential.


In my spare time I enjoy running, swimming, yoga, being outdoors, reading, listening to podcasts and spending time with family and friends.


I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Nossal community and being a part of the inspirational, passionate and innovative learning that is a part of Nossal for the students both in and outside my teaching!


Ashlee Walsh

Health & Physical Education Teacher


Languages News

What’s up down under?

On our Language Diversity Day, we sat down with our French Language Assistant, Pierrick Fleuriot and asked him about the differences he had observed during his 5 months so far in Australia.


Visiting a place as a tourist doesn’t really allow to experience sociocultural differences. You need to settle and make friends and go out to discover all the charm and specificities of a country. Living in Australia is what it takes to realise it’s more than just a big island filled with kangaroos and surfers.


“Well, it’s just 16,500km away, it can’t be that different, can it?” That’s typically NOT what I was thinking before moving here. And I’m glad I wasn’t because yes, it is different. Not bad different, though. Just different, in a lot of aspects.


Where on earth is my baguette?

Don’t get me wrong, I like my family alright, but French food is what I miss the most so far.

I remember the first time I went to Coles and I headed to the cheese department, I was… (dismayed, distressed, horrified) ... disconcerted. Yeah, that’s the word. So you basically have a choice between cheddar, cheddar, something cheddar-like and wait, is that mozzarella? Fake mozzarella, my bad.

Most things, on the other hand, are products of Australia, so you don’t buy bananas from Martinique, oranges from Marocco and green beans from Kenya like it can be the case in France. Going shopping in Australia could almost be seen as environmentally friendly. Almost. My goodness, all those plastic bags are driving me crazy. In France, you had to pay for your plastic bags for years until they finally were completely prohibited in supermarkets from July 2016. Australia should do the same, if you ask me.

Other interesting point: restaurants. As Australia does not have its own gastronomy, they actually made their food culture out of a mix of all the others. Japanese, Spanish, Lebanese, Indian: restaurants serving food from all over the world flourish in the streets. Reminding us one more time how amazingly multicultural this country is. And when you love always trying new things out like I do, what more could you ask for?


No worries, mate!

Different countries, different people (thank you Captain Obvious). It is true though, French and Australians don’t think and behave the same. Of course, I don’t want to generalise: everyone is different and have their own personality. But there are recurring patterns.

By and large, Aussies are way more relaxed and easy-going than their French counterparts. I already thought the French were a bunch of ever-complaining people, but honestly, moving to Paris was the icing on the cake. So many people are stressed out, cold and distant. I stayed there for 6 months and I did like it, but I kept telling myself I would get weary of it if I stayed for too long. In France more generally, talking to someone you’ve never met before (in the supermarket or in the streets) isn’t a natural thing to do.

In Australia, pretty much whoever you meet is warm and welcoming. People love talking to each other and that feels good. I remember that woman with her little girl waiting for the crossing light to go green beside me, not far from Nossal, and starting to talk to me like we were old chums. That was so unexpected for me and I have say I didn’t really know what to say to her at first. Or the other time at the supermarket when I packed all my stuff in my reusable bags at the checkout on my own –that’s the French way, and the cashier said “Thank you so much for doing that.” And I thought “This woman just thanked me for something I just do without thinking. How cool is that?”

And tolerance. Another thing I love about this country is people’s open-mindedness. People respect you whatever you do or look like, whatever your background is. Many French can be really intolerant and judgemental, and that I don’t miss. At all.


Nossal for the win


One of my biggest cultural shocks probably being during first week of school, when I got to work with the students for the first time. Oh my God! Look how studious and well-behaved these kids are! No chit-chat, no one sighing or drawing or sleeping on their desk, respect for their teachers and homework done… Is this for real?

Yes, they’re just naturally nice pupils wanting to learn and devoting themselves to their studies. Wow, what a great school system you have there! But apparently, after discussing it with my fellow French assistants, it turns out it might just be Nossal though. But hey, that’s where I work.

I was quite surprised regarding the uniform as well. I don’t really have an opinion about it, I don’t think it’s either better or worse. It is just something else entirely, and the comparison doesn’t even seem relevant to me. I can’t imagine wearing a uniform at school, just like Australian pupils probably can’t imagine not wearing one.


And long live Australia

I could talk about the barbies everywhere, the footy, your love for Tim Tams and SUVs, the administrations open only when people are at work or people having dinner at 6 (6? Really, guys? Dinner time doesn’t start until 9pm and then finishes at 1am), but I could go on forever and you probably have better things to do!

But there’s one thing I know for sure: it’s an amazing change of scene! I do love Australia and as soon as I set foot here, I immediately felt home. I met a lot of lovely people, I am having a great time and I just wish I could stay here forever.


Parents & Friends Association News

Sizzling protection!

In May the PFA held its very first Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings. It was really successful and in the end we raised $2616! This money was used to have custom goal post pads made for our new oval. Thanks to everyone who supported us.


Raffle Mania

Raffle books and money are due back at school by Friday June 23. Every single dollar raised from the sale of these tickets is generously donated back to Nossal by the Emerald Rotary Club. Good luck to everyone! Let make the most of this wonderful opportunity as a whole community!


Alumni Paver Opportunity about to end

Nossal Alumni Paver orders close very soon, on the 30th June, the last day of this term. Get your orders in now Year 12’s, to leave a lasting memory of you at Nossal!


Contact Nellie Fung (PFA President) on 0434 450 035 for further details.


Join us at the WABAID Dinner Dance

Come and joing the PFA in supporting Nossal's two Write a Book in a Day teams at the special Nossal Event, the Nossal WABIAD Charity Dinner Dance 2017! We will be on tables 8 & 9 and have left a few spots empty for you to enjoy the evening with us!


Get your tickets now at


Get Onboard this Special Event!

The very first Southeast Feast will be held on Saturday September 16, from 10am to 4pm, on the Nossal grounds. This is a multi-cultural community event with food trucks, wine, gourmet foods and cultural performances and displays.


We would appreciate suggestions of any cultural performers or groups who could perform at this inaugural Nossal Event. Please email ideas and contact names/numbers to the South East Feast Community Liaison Officer, Kim Peterson at [email protected] or to Keith at [email protected] or Roger at [email protected].


It will be a great day out for all the family!

Entertaintment at a price we can all afford

The Entertainment™ Book, and the Entertainment™ Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers - you can't afford to NOT buy one!


The local restaurant and activity vouchers offer amazing discounts to various establishments including restaurants, cafes, activities, attractions, retailers, accommodation and travel.  Every Entertainment Book sold using our special link, raises  funds for Nossal High School and you get a year's worth of money saving and the opportunity to do things that you probably wouldn’t normally do!


Ordering is simple! Drop into the front office and pick up an order form and check out the book we have on display to see the amazing offers inside, or use the following link to securely order your Book or Digital Membership:


Contact Nellie Fung (PFA President) on 0434 450 035 for further details.

PFA Meeting Dates 2017

Please feel free to join us anytime you are available.  PFA Meetings are held at 7:00pm in the Jean Russell Centre on the first Wednesday of the month during school terms.

  • Wednesday, 2 August 2017
  • Wednesday, 6 September 2017
  • Wednesday, 1 November 2017
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (TBC)

Tracey Williams

PFA Newsletter Liaison

Student News

Word from the Editors

Welcome Back, this is our fourth 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. Ladies, gentlemen, welcome to Nossal Student Newsletter.


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 and Abhishek Kumar

Student News Editors

Meet the Writers

Meet a different writer here each issue:

Somathyda Rim


Hello everyone. My name is Thyda from Year 9 and I am extremely excited and privileged to be able to write for the NHS Student News. In each issue I will write a column dedicated to the Co-curricular Sporting Events and activities that have been occurring in and outside our school.


I decided to take up this opportunity because I have a passion for sport and believe that it is a great way to display many characteristics in an individual such as leadership, friendship and sportsmanship. I will endeavour to produce articles about Nossal sport to Nossal students in the most engaging and inspiring way possible.


If you have anything that you’d like to include in future issues, please do not hesitate to reach me as I am open to any ideas regarding sport at Nossal. I hope that you enjoy reading the NHS Newsletter and will, hopefully, one day join our writing team for one issue, or as one of our regular journalists.

Sporting News

On Tuesday May 23, Nossal’s Cross Country team travelled to Akoonah Park to race against other schools. After weeks of Running club, that 'ran' on Monday and Friday lunchtimes, and lots of productive, independent training, Nossal’s qualified runners from each age group ran either 3km or 5km with great sportsmanship and school spirit. Every runner was extremely committed to try their best and to not give up. It was a 1.5km course that included hills, rocks and bridges which made it that much more difficult for the runners to manoeuvre around, but due to their strength and talent, it was a challenge that they were capable of embracing.


The day ran smoothly and everyone had fun cheering on one other. The top 15 runners in each category qualified for Regionals, but congratulations should still be given to everybody who pushed themselves to complete the race:


Under 14 Girls: 
Hasna Kazi - 6th place
Rebecca Le – 15th place


Under 14 Boys:
Nikola Mandic – 2nd place
Brendan Huynh – 21st place


Under 15 Girls:
Annabel Keecha Milsom – 2nd place
Sophie Williams – 6th place
Joyce Houghton – 8th place
Thyda Rim – 9th place
Kriti Jain – 11th place
Kaveesha D'Silva – 12th place


Under 15 Boys:
Rahul Bhondi – 2nd place
Srikar Vallabhapurapu – 5th place
Rahul Preman – 13th place 


Under 16 Girls:
Sofiya Solodunenko – 5th place
Aleena Bino – 7th place
Lily Vo – 13th place


Under 16 boys:
Gurkit Singh – 1st place
Navira Jayawardana – 9th place
Arzan Direcha – 11th place
Arjun Karthik – 17th place
Rakith Wickramaratne – 19th place 


Under 17/18 Girls:
Manisha Venkat – 3rd place
Josephine Vekslar Lam – 4th place
Kalani Dalukderuya – 6th place
Emily Tran – 8th place
Chance Logan – 11th place


Under 17/18 Boys:
Robert Deacon – 6th place
Zain Alsadie – 7th 
Daniel Khoo – 9th 
William Height – 12th place
Shang Zhao – 14th place 


Thyda Rim

Student News Sports Reporter


Quote of the Week


NSU News

It’s been a busy few weeks for the NSU! We’re working on the South East Feast, the Sir Gustav Nossal Medallion awards for clubs and societies, and much more! New clubs have been added to the fold too, which we’re always happy to see.


The NSU Exec is working on ensuring that the  Sir Gustav Nossal Medallion and its associated point system, gets completed in a timely manner.  Stay tuned! Moreover, the Clubs and Societies Webpage will be updated on the Nossal High School website by the NSU! Clubs and Societies are encouraged to email Indira Unnava any club posters or club promotional material to place on the noticeboard in front of the canteen, or suggestions for the webpage. We’d also like to welcome two new clubs, the Society for Nossal E-Sports (SNES) and NEST's project, the Gardening Club, which will launch soon!


Still in the works is the NSU awards - we’re hoping to launch awards for clubs leaders and active participants, to reward students that have made clubs as great as they are! Another idea in the works is a fundraising event to raise money for NSU and various clubs and societies. We’re intending to work with CBHP to raise funds for the children of Buldana, and clubs right here at home.


In more exciting news, we’ve arranged another CLUB SIGN-UP DAY in Term 3 – so if you missed out on signing up for a club in the first sign-up day, or you’re ready to enter another, this will be your chance. It'll be on Monday August 7, in Week 4 - more details to come in future!


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any executive member of the NSU - our contact details are on the NSU Noticeboard! Our meetings are open to students, and are generally held on the first Friday of each month. And lastly, a thanks: thank you so much everyone who has supported the NSU in 2017! We’re looking forward to more exciting innovations for Nossal clubs in 2017.


Indira Unnava

Secretary of the NSU


Year 11 Ball 2017 - The Dusk Ball

The ball. It's always been something of top priority for Year 11's, but we didn't know how much of a big deal it would be until the day before. It all started when I was sitting in my Methods class and Mr Pegram (Hi Sir!) jokingly said that none of the Year 11's could focus on their work because of the ball.


The ball. Before I knew it, I was in my slick suit welcoming all of my friends at Leonda by the Yarra. As one of the team at the registration table, I got to see all the suits and dresses, and they were all very impressive. 


Then, as soon as the music started, the party did too! It was fulfilling to see (as everyone felt) our peers having fun without the pressure of tests or SACs! Everyone tore up the dance floor, including Monali Samaranayake who danced her way into being crowned best dancer, whilst Ben and Sam Ebenezer were voted best bromance. Congratulations also to Alaina Peach and Nilumi Hettige, who were voted best gal pals! The food, atmosphere, music and camaraderie is what made us want this night to last longer.


All in all, I think I can say on behalf of everyone that attended that this night was one of the best nights in out schooling years, and for some, our entire lives! I would like to extend a very warm thank you to Ms D'Mello, the Ball Committee (including me) and the students that attended the event for making the night a pleasant one, and also the generous NHS staff and the staff at Leonda for organising the night.


Aditya Gadgil

Year 11 Ball Committee  Member

The Explainer - Complex things "Un-boring-ed" with Leo - Is Pluto a planet?

It was one of those things which resonated with us throughout childhood, without us really understanding it: Pluto’s status. So, is Pluto still a planet? Well, put simply (or perhaps complexly), yes and no.

The American National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly known as NASA, classifies Pluto as a ‘dwarf planet’. This designation leads to confusion, as it still offers no insight into what we really want to know: you know, whether Pluto is an ‘actual planet’. However, we must recognise the difference between what we, as the general non-scientific public, see in our eyes as a ‘planet’ and what the actual scientific scientists’ definition is. For the most part, these two views overlap, but once they start to diverge, numerous falsehoods and urban myths start emerging.


Some background

For most of ancient history, it was accepted that the Earth was at the centre of our interplanetary relations, and that bodies such as the Sun orbited the Earth, not the other way around. In fact, it was not until the 16th and early 17th centuries that astronomers such as Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler first put forward their theories regarding a solar system, which has the Sun at its apex. With advancing technology, the discovery of more and more of the planets nearest to us occurred until the Lowell Observatory’s 1930 search led to the finding of Pluto, initially named ‘Planet X’.


For the rest of the 1900s, our Solar System was seen as having 9 planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – all orbiting our little star that we commonly refer to as the Sun. This configuration stayed stable until 2006 when tragedy struck, with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) declassifying Pluto as a planet due to its size.


What is a planet then and why isn’t Pluto one?

The IAU adopted a resolution in 2006 which, for the first time, created an official definition for the term ‘planet’. It specified that three conditions had to be met for a body to be considered, well, a planet:

  1. The object must be in orbit around the Sun.
  2. The object must be massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity. More specifically, its own gravity should pull it into a shape defined by hydrostatic equilibrium.
  3. It must have cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

Pluto met the first two conditions, but not the third. Those who argued for Pluto’s exclusion pointed to the fact that Pluto’s mass was only 0.07 times the mass of other objects in its orbit, compared to planets such as Earth, whose figure for the same measure is around 1.7 million times.


Of course, Pluto itself didn’t change in the 76-odd years it was considered a planet, only the definition did. Some leading scientists such as Alan Stern disagreed with the change, casting doubt as to whether there should be a standardised definition at all. Scientists in other fields have debated over other similar questions like, what a continent is, and those who are sceptical about the addition of definitions like these, have stated that they are unnecessary and create confusion rather than clarity.


Backlash from the Pluto-appreciating public ensued, with the now-dwarf planet gaining a somewhat cult-like following to the point that groups such as the Pluto Lovers Forum now exist.


Ultimately, astronomy, like chemistry, mathematics or anything else important for that manner is the way it is because we say that is supposed to be that way. Abstract concepts such as these need a body to determine their respective status. Once we vest authority into organisations to make more sense of complex things, we do have more uniformity and regulation, but that also means for us Pluto lovers, that situations such as the 2006 one may occur. So no, Pluto is not formally a planet, but admirers of what was once considered the night planet in the Solar System should not despair as decisions such as these can – and often are – reversed!


Leo Crnogorcevic




Creative Writing Club

Beyond the Passing

Tendrils of fog reached out around the cemetery. The flowers left by grieving families and friends were obscured by the mist. In the darkness, every movement seemed ominous. Leaves rustling in the nearby trees felt like a spirit brought forth. But I didn’t believe in ghosts. At least not then.

It was a perfect day for a funeral: storm clouds obscuring the sun with rain trickling from the sky like tears even though it was Summer. Even the universe was mourning. I barely took in what was happening. A random priest who had never even seen my grandmother before prattled on like he was her best friend. Strangers came up to me and offered their condolences. You must be so sad. This is such a hard time for your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. As if their pity could make me feel better. As if it could bring my grandmother back.

The one clear thing was when everyone was about to leave. People were subtly stashing leftover food from the dinner into their bags, hoping we wouldn’t notice. Any other time it would’ve made me so mad but I was too numb to feel anything. I quietly drifted away from the ceremonies and stood near a different gravestone. It was the final resting place of a man named Edward Jefferson. I had no idea who that was but the quote was… interesting.

“‘But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.’
-Walter Raleigh”

I didn’t understand it but it sent a shiver up my spine. I felt like Mr Jefferson’s corpse could suddenly pop out of its grave. But that was silly… wasn’t it?

For the first time, that night, I realised that my bedroom had a perfect view of the graveyard. It felt odd knowing that my grandmother’s dead body was so close to where I slept. I forced myself to close my eyes and sleep. There was nothing but silence, but tonight even the silence felt terrifying. Even though I was bundled up under my quilt and it was summer, I was chilled to the bone. The quote on Edward Jefferson’s gravestone was stuck in my mind. My God shall raise me up. That was creepy. Very creepy. I couldn’t help imagining ghosts and zombies and spirits again.

Just to cleanse my mind of these silly thoughts, I opened my window and looked at the cemetery. See, I told myself, nothing at all. I was being silly. But as I turned to go back to bed, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a face. A pale, shrivelled, ghostly, face.


Pranathi Katneni
Creative Writing Club Member

Call for Writers!

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


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

How to Meditate in a few simple steps:

  1. Sit or lie comfortably.

  2. Close your eyes.

  3. Make no effort to control the breath and simply breathe naturally.

  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

  5. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.

  6. Use and listen to the sounds for a set amount of time and explore the other amazing features on it!

 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. :)


Alumni News

Always Welcome Home...

I have been in close contact with many members of our Alumni over recent weeks with many phone calls and email contacts about our Careers and Pathways Expo on 27 July. I continued to be humbled by our graduates’ willingness to contribute to and stay connected with the Nossal Community. Our current students (and their families) will receive great benefit from hearing of their adventures and advice at the Expo in the 4:00 – 5:00 pm sessions.


We have also had a few visits from former students, as their mid-year exams wind up. Last week I had a visit from four of our 2014 graduating cohort, each with interesting and varied experiences at university and beyond. Anika-Raam Kaur who is studying 3rd year Biomedicine at Monash, just returned from a semester of study in the UK  which she loved - it gave her a sense of independence and love of world travel. Rhea Jain is thoroughly enjoying the Education aspects of her double degree in Psychology/Education, (who could blame her, really!). Aniqa Hasan is studying Science at Monash and is aiming to gain entry into Honours next year. She is majoring in physiology. And finally Dimithi Kasthurirathne is also studying Biomedicine at Monash balancing a demanding load at university and in part-time work. It is always a joy to catch up on the exciting adventures of our graduates. 


Sue Harrap

Assistant Principal


NHS & Community Events and News

Support our WABIAD Teams to raise funds for Kids Cancer Project

Get your tickets now for the Nossal WABIAD Charity Dinner Dance at

More information on the General News page of this newsletter


Atelier - Aerial Hoop and Silk classes for just $5

We are an aerial studio based in Pakenham and offer Aerial Hoops & Aerial Silks training to adults and children from 11 years old. We have an upcoming special of $5 classes from Monday June 26 to Sunday July 2 - don't miss out on this great opportunity!


Movie Magic at Endeavour Hills Library

Come and join us on this day of Charlie Chaplin-inspired activities. Brilliant fun for the whole family.

Raymond McMahon Boulevard
Saturday 24 June - 11am to 4pm
Free. No Bookings Required. Phone: 8782 3400


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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]


Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard
Monash University
Clyde Road, Berwick, Vic, Aust, 3806 
PO Box 1036, Narre Warren, Vic, Aust, 3805


Connect with us

We have Facebook pages for official school information and updates as well as pages for year level specific information. We also have Twitter & Instagram pages.


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.


Check out our Careers Webpage at

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

Senior School Handbook 2018.pdf