Northcote High School Newsletter

30 August 2016
Issue Thirteen
What's Coming Up Summary
Science Fact or Fiction!
17th Annual Huaibei visit
Report - action on Cyberbullying
Music Report
Report -  Middle Years Chess Tournament
Report -Writer's Festival
Adrian's MTC scholarship
Philanthropic Projects
Interschool Sport Report
Report - Landcare Camp 
Report - UN model convention
VET Sports & Rec
Project Refresh-Realising the Vision
Yr 7 Public Speaking
Community News
Pathways and Careers
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

What's Coming Up Summary

Photo: Chinese teachers enjoy the Great Ocean Rd

Summary of upcoming events



Thurs 1 Sept - 1.30-7.00 PM Parent Teacher Student Meetings

Frid 2 Sept - Music Quiz Night - Hall

Mon 5 Sept - Music Solo Soiree

Tues 13 Sept - Yr 10 Health Day

Thurs 15 Sept - Media Night

Frid 16 Sept - Last day of Term. School ends at 2.00 pm


Mon 3 Oct - First day of Term 4

Building Redevelopment

As part of the school building redevelopment of the Arts and Technology hub we will be preparing in late Term 3 and early Term 4,  and through the summer involving B and C block. 

Works will be done to both buildings as well as surrounding spaces including space dedicated to work sites and equipment storage.

* In Term 4 classes will be moved out of both C block and the downstairs classrooms in B Block.

* Staff offices in those buildings will relocate 

* A small number of students will have to move lockers out of B and C block to a new locker bay that is being built beside the library over the September holidays. 

* As B and C block classrooms will not be in use during Term 4. The Design and Art faculties have redesigned some of their curricula to suit the new spaces that will be being utilized in Term 4.

More details will be available as we move through the different phases of the project and anyone directly affected will be spoken to personally. This is a very exciting project that will elevate the importance of our art programs at Northcote high School and we are excited to be embarking on such a project. We thank you for your support.
Mr Josh McDonald

Latin Reading Comp 

The annual Latin Reading Competition is an exciting event which brings together students from across Victoria to show their skills in pronunciation and expressive reading of texts focussed on the supernatural. Our after school Latin class were ably represented by Megan Leung in Year 7, Ted Wearn-Jarvis in Year 8,  Matilda Lilford in Year 9 and Patience Holmes in Year 11. Most of the rest of the class and our two teachers also made the trek across to Fintona Girls School in Balwyn to support our competitors. Amidst very tough competition and a high standard of Latin use (by people who do Latin as a school subject!) we were able to hold our heads high. We are particularly proud of Matilda who was one of three place getters in the Year 9 part of the competition. Our class are now looking forward to next year’s competition and the chance to meet other Latinists and show our skills.

If you would like more information about the after school Latin programme please contact Carlene Wilson.

Science Fact or Fiction!

On Tuesday the 16th of August 7K and 9A had the amazing opportunity to participate in a Science Fact or Fiction workshop celebrating national science week at Australian Synchrotron. The workshop was a fun and interesting way to learn about how science affects the Internet. We answered questions and voted in poles about the fact or fiction involved in the Internet. It was interactive and we learnt all about cats, Facebook and online shopping. We even counted down the top ten ways we use the Internet and how shopping centres aim to keep you shopping. We thought about different science technology we would like to see in the future and what is fact or fiction. Over all, the workshop showed us a new and interesting way to look at science and at the topics that surround us everyday.


By Indigo van der Hoeven & Minna Baxter 7K


17th Annual Huaibei visit


Four teachers and twenty students from our sister school, Huaibei N1 High School, visited us last week. Many thanks to our hosting families for their marvellous help in making this such an event!


And what do our families have to say about this event?


Xixi has been a fabulous guest. She was a hit at the wedding we took her to on Saturday night, filming the whole ceremony on her phone and later carving up the dance floor. On Sunday she threw herself into soccer spectatorship (at one point I asked if she was cold and she said, no I'm just excited). We've really loved having her join our family.


We enjoyed having our student Claudia - she was a good match with our daughter, and her English was amazingly good. She coped valiantly with the food. We weren't able to provide the giant lobster she apparently hoped to be served, but in fairness to us she did leave it to the last minute to tell us!


As part of the welcome reception program, the International Student Office organised a Joint Music Concert with students from our sister school-Huaibei No.1 High School on August 23rd at the Hall (see photos above).


The audience were impressed by the music talents displayed by student performers from both schools. The concert was highlighted by the male duet, chorus, classical dancing, hip-hop and traditional Chinese instrument “GU-Zheng”.


All the teachers, students and guests enjoyed the evening and it was successfully wrapped up by an inspiring and exciting choir participated by all the international students and teachers.


Report - action on Cyberbullying

30  NHS students in Years 8-11 were involved in developing 8 short films for the Office of Chilren's e-safety (a division of Federal department ACMA) last term. Last week Chris Benz film director and Suzanne Shaw from ACMA visited the school, showed all of the yet to be released shorts and discussed these with 20 of the NHS student extras. We all agreed they are an impressive series of films. NHS cannot reveal much about them until they are officially released but in the photo above you can just make out Ms Hill with ehr back to the camera.

Music Report

The annual Big Band Boogie and Strings, Wine and Cheese evenings were great successes! Sold out audiences enjoyed music from our talented string and stage band groups. Congratulations to Theo Carbo on being awarded the Brian Brown Jazz encouragement award, presented by Ros McMillan.


The NHS Music community will come together again this Friday for the 2nd annual Music Quiz fund raiser. Tickets are available on line at


Report -  Middle Years Chess Tournament


Monday 15th August, the Northcote High School chess team went to AIA ( Australian International Academy ) to compete with other schools at the middle years chess tournament. We had 10 people from our school going to the tournament. The team did an outstanding job, and won second overall. We went up against several other schools, and was surprisingly beaten by a primary school, they had great players on their team. Congratulations to all the chess members: Thomas Leou ( Captain ), Demetrius Mousaferiadis, Pano Fatouros,  Ben Murphy, Isaac Simpson, Megan Leung, Daniel Money, Jackson Temby, Riktish Kandel and Alex Borgeest.


AIA Chess Tournament Results


Name                                                  Score                          Countback                 Placed

Thomas Loeu                                      5 1/2                             33                                  3rd

Ben Murphy                                          5                                    30                                 4th

Demetrius Mousaferiadis               5                                     27                                 8th

Isaac Simpson                                    4                                     30                                  11th                

Riktish Kandel                                     4                                     29 1/2                          12th

Pano Fatouros                                    4                                      27                                 15th

Megan Leung                                      4                                      25 1/2                           17th

Jackson Temby                                  3                                     22 1/2                           24th                

Daniel Money                                      3                                     17 1/2                           30th

Alex Borgeest                                     2                                      22 1/2                           34th



Megan Leung

Middle Years Chess Team Member



Report -Writer's Festival

The NHS Writers’ Festival kicked off on Monday 15th August with an outstanding in-school program of writing workshops with visiting authors. For the first time, our students had the opportunity to pick up some invaluable writing tips from successful authors over a series of days and have a lot of fun at the same time.


Monday started with parent and illustrator, James Thyer, who showed student some illustration techniques and how to use software to publish their own illustrated works.  Later that day, students had the opportunity to work with Stella Prize-listed author, Ruth Clare on some of the fundamentals of writing and then specifically about writing memoirs, including her work, Enemy. 


Tuesday switched to writing about sports and there was strong interest from many students in working with John Harms in developing sports stories.  John was brought to the school with the help of Ethan Munro (8G) who had his sports writing published in The Footy Almanac in 2015.  A couple of other NHS students have now joined Ethan in being published writers with The Footy Almanac online. Archie Fusillo presented a series of workshops to students on the Wednesday about the craft of writing and ways to greatly improve their writing.  At the end of one session, Daniel Exarchos (7I) got Archie to chat with Archie about the cover design of Archie’s novel The Dons which pictured Daniel’s grandfather.


Successful Young Adult fiction writer, Simmone Howell (author of The Girl Defective, among many other books) presented two very popular sessions on writing and YA fiction on the Thursday, taking students through her inspirations for writing and processes and encouraging students to read widely and draw on their interests to develop as writers.


The final sessions were conducted on the Friday by NHS teacher and published poet, Tric O’Heare, who helped a number of our budding poets with how to begin and also refine their writing of poetry.


Over 100 students participated in the various workshops and were supported by a number of teachers from the English faculty and the Library staff, who were also happy to get some ideas about writing and reading from the presenters.

Paul Gilby Head of English/EAL

Poetry Slam

Our new annual tradition is The Poetry Slam, hosted by Mantra MC. Student and staff poetry writers vied for glory in front of an enthusiastic audience and three fabulous judges. Simon Lasslett won the inaugural staff prize for his poem, 'Hard Man' and student winners were Zhana Maticevski-Shumack and Isabella Holloway.


On Saturday afternoon, a mixed and interested crowd of parents, students and community members filled our Library and listened to Will Kostakis, Patricia Karvelas, Alice Pung and Myfanwy Jones talk about what it means to write and how a person becomes a writer. After each session, the audience members were able to ask questions and purchase and have signed the latest books by our guests.  

Adrian's MTC scholarship


Melbourne Theatre Company welcomes young people from across Victoria for their annual Youth Scholarship Course, a life-changing week of intensive drama workshops. 


The selected students, aged 14-16 years, are nominated by their school to participate in the drama performance program which is led by an expert team of teaching artists and focuses on activities that encourage self-expression, confidence building, collaboration and creating ensemble-based work. A process of application for the student applying follows with 25 students from the state selected. 


The course culminates in a showing of their work to family, teachers and special guests on the last day of the program.


Adrian Stojanovski, in year 11, has been notified of his selection by MTC for their Youth Scholarship Course!

Well deserved, Adrian.

Ms Shirley Barbara


Philanthropic Projects

Yr 10 Project


Yr 8 Project


9F Project

We are looking for high quality book donations to give to the Footpath Library. The library then distribute the books to our homeless community.  We accept donations of general and children’s fiction, dictionaries, simple cookbooks, parenting, self-help, National Geographic, Australian Geographic, motorcycle and car magazines. We do not accept chick lit and romance, coffee table books, financial guides, religious material or textbooks. If you have any books going spare, please drop them in our donation box by 3pm on Wednesday (31st). The box can be found at the entrance of the school (near the front office). We will also be calling into tutorial classes to collect them.


On Friday 26th Aug 2016 we held a sausage sizzle during lunchtime, in order to raise money and awareness for our refugee community. The money raised is to be donated to Lentara Uniting Care, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s ‘Hot Shower Winter Appeal’. The Hot Shower Winter Appeal provides refugee families with support to ensure they have running warm water this winter. The sausages and bread sold on the day was generously donated by Coles (Coburg North). We raised a total of $730.


Thank you for supporting our project and local communities,


Students of 9F

Interschool Sport Report


We had success in the  Divisional Hockey Competitions with all of our NHS teams winning their games . All teams now move through to the Regional Round to be played in Greensborough in October.


Our combined team of Year 7 and 8 Girls had an easy win of 7-0 over the Yr 8 Reservoir Girls team. Goal Scorers were Taysen Wilcox 2, Isobel Thorpe 2, Hannah Eldridge 2 and Katie Mackey 1.


The Year 7 boys team easily defeated Reservoir 5 – 0.  Goal Scorers – 2 goals to Alex Gust and 1 goal each to Nick Gevaux, Will Lavender and Tom Proe-Carter.


Our Year 8 Boys had to work a little harder but still came out on top defeating Reservoir 1-0  Goal scorer -Hayden Nunn

Our Intermediate boys had no opposition so automatically move through to the next round.  A big thank you to our Staff coaches Ms Archibald and Ms Brick. 


Coming up :


Thurs 1st September – Intermediate Basketball & Table Tennis

Fri 2nd September – Yr 7 Boys State Soccer

Monday 5th September – Yr 8 Basketball and Table Tennis

Thursday 8th September – Regional Athletics, Yr 8 Girls State Soccer

Friday 9th September – Year 7 Basketball and Table Tennis



Report - Landcare Camp 


This year’s camp was filled with rain, hail and shine! A small group of year 7, 9 and 10 girls along with Mr Macdonald and Miss Greenwood-Smith battled the elements and made a great change to our world. With the help of Ray from the Regent Honey Eater Project and a group of La Trobe University students, we planted 1300 trees and shrubs to provide habitat for the endangered birds.


Report - UN model convention

On Monday the 10th of August Finn Zucchi and I went to the Italian UN Model convention held at the Darebin Arts Centre. The theme of the discussion was climate change in the context of the Paris Accord, which was a climate agreement signed by states at the end of 2015.

During the convention, each school played the role of a state and discussed a resolution from the perspective that best meet the needs of the states national interest, as would occur in the General Assembly of the United Nations. Throughout the day all of the discussion was in Italian, which provided a challenging but rewarding experience to practice our language in a real world context. We both enjoyed the day, despite voting down the resolution, which eventually passed as delegates of Singapore.


Lily Chalmers


VET Sports & Rec

Northcote District Primary School Athletics Carnival


After previous experience from running the Northcote High School athletics carnival, the VET Sport and Recreation class were asked to help run the primary schools of Northcote district athletics carnival. The races got started just before ten in the morning, and myself and a few other classmates were at the finish line of the 100m sprints, timing the races. Inspired by the Olympics, all of the athletes running put in their best efforts to beat their opposition, and enjoyed it, with support from many schools on the sidelines. By ten o’clock, all the events were underway, and the primary school students were participating in all types of events, from long jump to discuss to the track races. Rain was starting to come down close to 11 in the morning, but that didn’t stop enjoyment and the participation from all of the primary school students. Later came the 4x100m relay races, where other peers and myself organised the students into position, and they all ran really well. Sadly, the day was cut short by the heavy rain, but the rest of the events have been postponed to a later date. The day was a really good experience for all of us, as we got to experience fields of coaching and organising with a large group, as well as the enjoyment with the primary school students.​

Written by Gabriel Simeone – VET Sport and Recreation


On the 19th of August I attended the Northcote District Athletics Carnival as a VET Sport and Rec student. I helped the teachers run the day and my specific job was to marshal the kids for the 100m, 200m and 100m relay. It was a rewarding day as I got to not only get an experience of what it was like to run an athletics day from a teachers perspective but to also give the kids some coaching from personal experience. I think they enjoyed it and I sure did.


Written By Joe Moore – VET Sport and Recreation

Project Refresh-Realising the Vision

Progress Report

Consultation with our staff, and with our student leadership group at Captains’ Conference about curriculum provision has led us to look at two schools which organise their curriculum and timetable on a vertical model with increased student choice. This is a way we could give students more choice about the pathways they can follow, and gives us scope to develop Problem-Based Learning.


The first school is Templestowe College, a government school, which was visited by a small group of staff and teachers. One of the students who attended writes:

“When you enter Templestowe College, it looks like a normal school. But once you get past the reception desk, differences start to emerge.  To your right is a small door leading to a long corridor. Off the corridor is classroom after classroom of teachers teaching subjects that the students created or initiated….Academic students work at their own level as age does not matter.  Students can decide if they want to …accelerate through the academic program.

The school boasts a student run café, where the students get paid to work during their breaks…Next to the café is the manual arts centre. At the disposal of the students is an $80,000 laser cutter …which can be used to create virtually anything the students can think of- most notable a working replica of a Fender Stratocaster guitar.”


We acknowledged that Templestowe College is very different to Northcote High School but were impressed by what we saw, particularly in regard to student choice consequent responsibility for learning.


On Friday, a group of ten teachers will visit Kardinia International College, an independent school in Geelong, and perhaps a school more similar to Northcote,to understand how vertical curriculum works there.

Ms Pru Morris

Yr 7 Public Speaking

Following the publication of Ella Rodger’s speech in the last newsletter, please see attached for Milly Shell’s speech on the Death Penalty. Milly came 2nd in the Year 7 Public Speaking competition. 


Community News








Pathways and Careers

Important dates for Year 12 students:



VTAC registration and course applications are now in full swing.

·        Parent Info Night August 16 (newsletter issue date)

·        Student Assembly August 16

·        Open Days

Additional resources are available on the myNHS careers page.

RMIT Selection Dates


Students in Year 12 who want to pursue tertiary studies at RMIT in any of the design-based courses may need to address additional selection criteria, such as pre-selection tasks, folio presentations and interviews. These activities are prerequisites and it is essential to meet the additional deadlines associated with them in order to remain eligible for these courses. RMIT has compiled a helpful resource that outlines the main tasks and their dates – download it here or from myNHS careers page.





If you have contributed to the wider community in any of the following ways over a number of years, you may be eligible to apply for some of the Early Entry Schemes offered by unis.


•        Volunteering or involvement with religious or cultural groups

•        Ongoing community service

•        School leadership

•        Social justice, charity fund-raising

•        Sustained involvement in sport or performing arts


Early Entry Schemes offer a variety of benefits, such as a reduced ATAR requirement, mentoring, special seminars and more. You can find more information via these links:


La Trobe Aspire Program:

ACU Early Achievers’ Program:


In addition, ACU has two faculty-based early entry schemes. Students who are studying Legal Studies and/or Business related subjects will find these interesting:

Passion for Business:

Passion for Law & Commerce:

Work Experience Guidelines 2016


Year 10 students have started to organise their work experience placements. An outline of the procedure is attached here for your information.


Northcote High School Newsletter
Work Experience Guidelines 2016.pdf
Death Penalty Speech.pdf
Death Penalty Speech.pdf