NGSC Newsletter

21 February 2020
Issue Two
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

25 FEB                  VCE Meet the Teachers Evening

26 FEB                   Student Photo Day

(In the event of absence a Make Up Photo Day will be   scheduled)

28 FEB                   Whole School Assembly

9 MARCH             Labour Day Public Holiday

12 MARCH            Information Evening/Open Night

16-18 MARCH     Year 7 Camp 1

18-20 MARCH     Year 7 Camp 2

20 MARCH            Whole School Assembly

24 MARCH            Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12

26 MARCH            Athletics Day - Landy Field

27 MARCH            Last Day term 1

                                 (1:30 PM Finish)

13 APRIL               Easter Monday

14 APRIL               Term 2 Commences

20 APRIL                Year 7 Immunisations

Mr Nicholas Adamou


NGSC Leadership Team

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving common goals. In a school setting, this can mean leading teaching and learning and improved student outcomes ensuring that all students are working towards their full potential.


This leadership definition captures the essentials of being able and prepared to inspire students to achieve their personal best. At NGSC we believe in effective leadership, which is based upon the latest educational research and DET initiatives. The school leadership team (School Captains and Principals) is the team that inspires and leads the wider school community. The leadership team members possess the right combination of personal attributes and leadership skills to ensure the school community is travelling on a successful pathway.

2020 NGSC Leadership Team
School Captains and Principals)

School Council

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Effective councils have a wide range of skills, expertise and knowledge to support good governance and provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.


The annual school council election process provides an opportunity to attract members keen to add value and bring their expertise and skills to assist the governance of the school.


All government schools with students enrolled in Year 7 and above are now required to have a Student member category on council. The school election process for the Student member category must occur at the same time as Parent and DET employee member elections.


Where a council has Community member positions, council can co-opt members following the election process and add to the council’s skills and expertise.

School council membership

Each school council’s constituting Order makes provision for its structure and membership:


Parent members – parents of students at the school must comprise more than one third of the school council’s total membership. ‘Parent’ includes a guardian or person responsible for maintenance or with custody of a student of the school. Department employees are eligible for membership in this category as long as they have:

  • children attending the school and the Department employees do not work at the school (except for the principal who is a member of the Department employee member category) of that school council.
  • Department employee members – must not be more than one third of the school council’s total membership. The principal is automatically included in this membership category and has full voting rights. Other staff (teaching and non-teaching) are elected or co-opted to this category. To be eligible for election to this category, a person must be a member of the Department of Education and Training (DET) employee electorate of the school.
  • Student members – ‘student’ describes a student who is enrolled at and attends the school and is in year 7 or above. Students are elected to this membership category, or co-opted if a casual vacancy occurs. To be eligible for election, a student must be a member of the student body of the school. The number of student members is recorded in the Ministerial Order for the school council.
  • Community members – is an optional membership category. The council’s membership schedule may include this category. If a council has the option of community members, the council decides who to approach and co-opt into this position. People are co-opted by the school council to a community member position to bring additional skills and perspectives. Community members hold the same rights, responsibilities and terms of office as elected members. Parents are eligible to be co-opted to a community member position but Department employees are not. Students may also be co-opted to a community member position.


The North Geelong SC, school council composition includes:

(10 parents, 2 students and 5 DET employees including the Principal - Voting members)  

  • 10 x parents (no DE&T employees)
  • 5 x DE&T employees – teaching and non-teaching staff
  • 2 x students

Total number of voting members 17.


The College Principal is the Executive Officer of the school council


This year we have 4 parent vacancies for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021) and 1 DE&T employee member vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021). We also have 1 student vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021). I call for parent nominations for the 4 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 Mrs Narelle Wiffen or the Principal.


Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office, see Mrs Narelle Wiffen and nominations close at 4:00 pm on Friday, 6 March.


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 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 NGSC, 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, Sub-School Leader or a Principal Class Officer, if there are any issues with your child’s homework.

Privacy Reminder to all Parents/Guardians

North Geelong SC collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy


For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information also available in nine community languages.

School Zone Speed Limits

With the new school year started, it is an opportune time for school communities to be reminded of the importance of road safety around schools. 


School Speed Zones are enforced from the commencement of the school year and parents/carers are reminded to adhere to all VicRoads School Speed Zones rules.


Also parents/carers are reminded to take care and obey these parking signs and observe the Road Rules when picking up or dropping off students around schools. The City of Greater Geelong Parking and Information Officers monitor all supervised school crossings on a regular roster and issue infringements to drivers who stop in unsafe areas, such as “No Stopping” zones, within 20 metres of a school crossing, parallel to a yellow edge line, or if double parked, even for a moment to drop off or collect a student.


Queuing to enter a pick up/drop off zone can often lead to traffic congestion with vehicles being stationary in prohibited areas. Should the pickup/drop off zone be occupied with vehicles, to avoid the possibility of receiving an infringement, it is advised to drive around the block and return when legal parking is available.


Statistics show that illegal parking around schools is greatly reduced due to an Officer’s presence and Council prefers to achieve these results though education and awareness.


Designated school speed zones: Specified times (8:00 - 9:30 am and 2:30 - 4:00 pm).  


Further information in regards to VicRoads speed limits around schools can be found at: VicRoads School Speed Zones


Also, please note that the school car park is out of bounds for all parents/carers. The car park is only for staff. It is imperative that parents DO NOT enter the car park during pick up/drop off as they are placing students and staff at grave risk.


I wish to thank all parents/carers who always adhere to all traffic rules re: school zones and also the school car park rules. The safety of all children, staff and parents is paramount.


Mr Stan Koullas & Ms Sarah Bridges

Acting Assistant Principals

Mr Bradley Headlam & Mr Paul Dawson 

Assistant Principals

Homework Advice

Often parents can feel a bit out of the loop when supporting their children with their studies. The access to information via Compass is helpful, however, does not yet outline exactly what students should be doing to maintain or improve their understanding of the content taught. It can spark conversations and often it may lead to the child stating that they were not given homework. Bluff or not, we can still support parents with encouraging their children towards utilising time at home for some structured work. Here are some suggestions:


  1. Negotiate the time of evening that will be allocated to homework.
    a. Times per core subject are recommended to be as follows:
    i.      70 minutes per week (Year 7)
    ii.     80 minutes per week (Year 8)

    iii.    90 minutes per week (Year 9)
    iv.    100 minutes per week (Year 10)
    v.     110 minutes per week (Year 11)
    vi.    120 minutes per week (Year 12)

  2. Advise your child on avenues to find work:
    a. Learning tasks have deadlines - check           these.
    b.Encourage your child to email classmates or teachers.
    c. Google Classroom
  3.  Keep the momentum! In the event there is apparently ‘nothing to do’ then try to support your child by suggesting the following in their organised homework time:
    1. Go through the notes of the day

    2. Do some chapter questions

    3. Read a chapter

    4. Organise diary and plan ahead

    5. Read and reread the english text

    6. Plan the next assignment

    7. Complete subject glossary of terms

Progress Reports

This year North Geelong Secondary College has implemented a Performance Average (PA) score that is based upon the learning behaviors on the Progress Report. The aim of this program is to improve your child’s learning skills and enhance their results.


Please take note that the Progress Report covers your child’s performance at school over the first 4 weeks of the school year and they will receive a Progress Report twice a term thereafter.


The areas for assessment covered by the Progress Report focus on the following learning behaviors:

  1. Attendance -  The student’s attendance will be assessed based upon the following description “students are able to meet the minimum NGSC 95% attendance requirement”.

“Consistently” -  will be assessed as anything of                                         95% or above

“Usually” -             91% to 94%

“Sometimes”  -    85% to 90%

“Rarely” -               80% to 84%

“Never”  -               79% or lower


This information will be derived from the ‘In class’ percentage column, which is accessible on the Compass portal.


  • 2. Preparation/Organisation – required materials – “The student is able to bring the required textbooks, writing materials, exercise books, electronic device (that is charged for use) and any other relevant materials to class”
  • 3. Participation in class – “The student is prepared to apply themselves diligently to all set tasks, participate positively in class discussions and endeavour to attempt all tasks to the best of their ability”.
  • 4. Respect to peers and staff – “The student is able to respectfully interact with peers and    staff in all classes. They are able to follow all instructions, interact politely with fellow class members”.
  • 5. Homework – “The student is able to complete all set homework and catch up on any work that is missed from classes whilst absent (students must be proactive in sourcing  missed work)”. 
  •  6. Achievement – “ The student is progressing towards meeting the expected level of the relevant outcome or standard”. 

You will notice on your child’s Progress Report that each learning behaviour is marked 'consistently', 'usually', 'sometimes', 'rarely' or 'never' and for each of these levels of performance a corresponding value 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 is provided.                                                                                                    

Four (4) is the maximum PA a student can receive.  From a student and parent point of view the expectation is that every student should be aiming at receiving a PA greater than 3.5. The PA data will identify students performing well and also those in need of extra support. Students receiving a PA below 2.0 will be monitored carefully and provided with support to help them get back on track with their learning. The PA will also be used for promotion purposes. Students who receive an average PA score of 2.0 or below for the year will be in jeopardy of non-promotion.


It must be noted that the PA is a reporting mechanism where students' levels of effort and application to their studies are measured irrespective of their level of academic ability. The implementation of PA will provide a framework whereby teachers, families and students can work together to promote positive learning habits and behaviors.

School Photo's

School photos will be taken on Wednesday, 26 February at North Geelong Secondary College. No forms or payment are required before this day. Students will be provided with a unique code that will allow families to register to view photos online. To ensure a sibling photo is taken on photo day, please complete your request online before midday on the day before photo day.  Further details are in the Community Page of this Newsletter and has also been shared to families via Compass.

Information Evening for 2021 Year 7 Students on 12 March 2020




Lauren Edmunds

Year 7 Coordinator

Junior Sub-School News

In the past two weeks students have had the opportunity to build a sense of community through Home Group challenges. The first Home Group challenge was a friendly competition of Basketball. The students showed enthusiasm and great sportsmanship throughout the games, but it was 7E that were ultimately victorious! 7C finished 2nd and 3rd as they were able to recruit enough players from their Home Group for two teams.


Currently, Home Groups have been working through a very challenging word search within Home Group time. The first Home Group to complete the word search will be our winners and collect points for their Home Group. The next home group challenge will be Trivia, in week five. 


Week four saw the excitement continue with the implementation of the biannual Junior School House tug of war. After many rounds, a lot of tired bodies and some sore hands, Silver House emerged as the champions. We anticipate that the next few weeks will be just as action packed with camp coming up shortly. I look forward to updating you all on the outcomes of the coming weeks in future newsletters.


A few reminders:

Camp permission, medical forms and payments are due by Friday, 6 March.


Immunisations forms are still being collected and MUST be returned whether your child is receiving the immunisation or not.


Lastly, it is a requirement of NGSC that all students have a working iPad to use at school.


The Year 8 students have been busy with Home Group challenges and the growth program starting up. So far 8C has been the dominant Home Group winning both challenges including the basketball challenge. Congratulations 8C on a great start to the year, but also a special mention to 8A who have been the second best Home Group. We have the Year 8 leaders being announced at next week assembly, so please stay tuned.


Just a quick reminder that progress reports are coming out next week, so please keep an eye out on Compass.




Daniel Grozdanovski

Middle Sub-School Manager

Middle Sub School Newsletter article

Exciting times ahead as our Year 9 students begin to develop a better understanding of what their future pathways will look like. Students have started their chosen electives and will soon undertake their Morrisby Assessment. The Morrisby Assessment will help our students make better career choices as students provide objective and relevant information about themselves.  This will assist them by showing them the opportunities available moving forward. 


The Year 9 Sub School team this year will be led by Middle School Leader, Rebecca Durran. Year 9 Coordinator, Daniel Grozdanovski and Assistant Coordinators, Luke Sharp and Suzanne Henry. We look forward to providing your child/ren with the support they need, inside and outside the classroom, to achieve their best. 


Year 9 Excellence in Sport Camp


During Week 3, 34 students from the Excellence in Sport program were lucky enough to attend a 5 day camp at Rubicon, Thornton Campus. The camp focus was to develop leadership and teamwork skills which will aid the students for their upcoming year in the program. 


Over the 5 day camp students completed many outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking, mountain bike riding, canoeing and rock climbing. All of the activities required students to be able to effectively work in a team to get the best outcomes. Throughout their time students were also given the opportunity to lead their smaller groups to develop their leadership skills. They learnt about the different types of leadership and how they can impact a group as a leader and what you can do as a group member to help benefit the group. 


We were fortunate enough to have some very nice weather, be fed well and given the use of quality equipment throughout the trip, which means students got the most out of each activity. Some highlights for many of the students was being able to float down the Goulburn River during their rafting session. Even with the nice weather, wetsuits and thermal tops were required as the water was still cold! It was wonderful to see the students enjoying their free time at the campsite, with very competitive games of basketball, table tennis and snooker and also to see them improve their skills and teamwork throughout the week, in such a short space of time.


Finally, a special thanks to Mr Vassallo, for organising the camp, and to the following staff who also attended the camp, Cameron Siketa, Julie Elkin and Ned Shannon.



Sherryn Martin

HPV Advance

Senior Sub School News

VCE Meet the Teachers Evening: Tuesday, 25 February, 2020. Please come and meet your child’s VCE teacher and discuss their progress, ask questions about VCE and receive key information about important dates and supports. We are looking forward to meeting all parents.


The first progress reports for 2020 are available next week. Please access these on Compass and discuss them with your child. Staff will be contacting parents/carers of those students who are deemed at risk. Please contact the relevant teacher or Year Level Coordinator to discuss concerns.

Angela Peric

College Captain

2020 started us off with the best year of our lives, Year 12. So far, I have come across some of my best moments in Year 12 on our camp, where we experienced amusing activities with our peers, which brought us closer together as a year level, and taught us skills to keep us in the correct mindset to fulfil our goals in life. Also, having the privilege to be the college captain, I've had the opportunity to talk with younger year levels and engage in significant new ideas they bring to the school. I am thrilled to see what the year brings for us all.                                                                             

Other School News

Vera Dudas 

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer


The first Multicultural Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, 24 February, at lunch time (12:40 pm - 1:30 pm).


The main focus of the meeting will be Pako Festa, which will be on Saturday, 29 February, with this year’s theme “Elements of Cultures”. 


New members, including parents and friends from the community, are most welcome to join in the Multicultural Committee Meeting, contact school for more information.


I am looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you to our first meeting of 2020. 

Linda Castle

LOTE Teacher


Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival returns again in 2020 at Federation Square to delight with all that Japan has to offer. Come down to Federation Square on Sunday, 23 February, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. FREE ADMISSION.




School Photo Day
26 February, 2020

Annual school photos will be taken on 26 February, 2020 when sibling photos will also be taken by request.


IMPORTANT - To ensure a sibling photo is taken on a photo day, please complete your request online before midday on the day before the photo day.

  1. Grab your phone and go to
  2. Enter the name and class of the eldest child to be in the photo
  3. Enter the names of all other children to be included in the photo

There is no need to return any forms or payment to school for photos before photo day, however, if you do not have internet access you may contact the school for an order form.


School photo ordering details will be issued closer to photo day.


2020 Table Tennis Junior Sessions Monday Nights


Regional Road VicRoads Survey
ends 24 January 2020


SKAART Free Community Festival 22 February 2020


Community Event
"Social Connection as a Wellbeing Strategy"
25 February, 2020


Opportunity for Students and families to become an Aussie Host Family 


Group Parent Education Events
Barwon South Western Region - Term 1, 2020


Women's Football
Bell Park Dragons


Free Parenting Forum
"The Teen Brain"
18 March, 2020


Little River Country Fair
20 March, 2020


Youth Art Show
3-5 April, 2020


ATOM Photo Comp 2020


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

How Deep Are Your Pockets?

As the weather improves Barwon Coast and others are seeking your support in helping to protect our sand dunes.  As inviting as it is to run up or play in sand dunes, this damages the dunes, the plants and the animals that live there. Enjoy the coast, and share our shores by staying out of the dunes at all times to ensure the dunes continue to provide us with access to the beach. 



Victorian School of Languages

North Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist Government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           


The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with Government curriculum standards, based on communication skills, that include; speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE Program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their University entrance score.  


The school`s Language Program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government Secondary Schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:15 pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish and Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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