NGSC Newsletter

13 March 2018
Issue Three
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates 

16 FEB                    Whole School Assembly 

21 FEB                    Student Photo Day 

12 MARCH             Labour Day (Student Free)

15 MARCH             NGSC Information Night 

                                  (Yr 7 2019)

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

21 MARCH              Athletics Day (Landy Field) 

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

26 MARCH              Harmony Day 

27 MARCH              Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12

                                   12.00pm - 7.00pm 

29 MARCH              Last Day Term 1

30 MARCH              Good Friday 

16 APRIL                  First Day Term 2

24 APRIL                  Year 7 Immunisations 

25 APRIL                  ANZAC DAY (Student Free)

Mr Nicholas Adamou 


Whole School Assembly

The first whole school assembly for the year was held on Friday 23 February.  Our Student Leaders, School Captains organise and run these assemblies supported by Ms Dowling – Events Manager and Mr Dawson - Assistant Principal.  Students and staff were officially welcomed to the new academic year. In particular a warm welcome was extended to all the new Year 7 students and all new to the College students from Years 8 to 12. 

During my Principal’s address, I stressed key values upheld at the College as well as encouragement to students to strive for their absolute best. In particular this year with the school refurbishment underway, I have explained to the student body how and what will be done including the different stages of construction/refurbishment and the anticipated timeline. At the completion of these works the students will gain a state of the art facilities and amenities. The expected completion timeline is April 2019.

To the Year 12 students who are embarking on their final year of their secondary schooling; a challenging year: filled with hours of study, deadlines and SACS, I wished them a productive and rewarding year. 

My expectations as College Principal are very clear not just from students, but also staff and parents. My goal is to see all students follow the College rules, work with their teachers, improve their results and fulfil their full potential.

There are also the non-negotiable expectations; that all students are punctual, always prepared for all classes, always wear the school uniform with pride and enjoy what the North Geelong SC has to offer them. Students need to use their time here at the school and build a long and bright future for themselves, developing independent learning skills and succeeding with their chosen pathways. 


Grade 6 Parent Information Evening, Thursday 15 March 2018, 6.00pm

The Parent/Guardian/Student information evening for our 2019 Year 7 intake will be held on Thursday 15 March 2018. 


The information evening provides prospective parents/guardians the opportunity to visit our school, talk to teachers, students and current parents about the NGSC community and what it has to offer to their children in relation to curricular, extra-curricular, individualised and specialised programs. 


Highlights of the evening:
• Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program
•    Scholarship Program
•    STAR Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program 
•   ACE Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program 
•   Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM; Nowbot Robot, Robotics, Drones, Spheros) Program  
•    Digital Technologies (iPad and BYWD) Programs
•    iLeaders Program 
•    Significant Teacher Program
•    Excellence in Sports Program
•    Performing Arts Program
•    Instrumental Music Program 
•    International student Program 
•    EAL Programs
•    VCE, VET and VCAL Programs 


Since the beginning of this term, Ms Astles and Mr Hill – Transition/Pathways Leaders and their team have conducted many feeder Primary school visits and personalised tours and information sessions for prospective students and their families. There is much interest in these visits and if parents of current students with a sibling attending next year are interested, or if you know of others potentially new to NGSC and would like to take this opportunity, I encourage you and others to contact the school and book a visit with Ms Astles or Mr Hill. 


I am looking forward to seeing as many new and also current families as possible on this evening.

Annual Report 2017

Annual reporting is an important tool for effective governance within schools and across the government school system. Reporting to the school community adds value in a number of ways:

Keeping the school community informed: The annual report provides a means for the school council to inform the community of what has been achieved and how the school is performing. Providing information about schools helps the community hold schools, the system and government accountable for improving student outcomes.

Contributing to system accountability and meeting legislative requirements:  Public accountability for improving student outcomes and for the use of public money is mandated in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006), where school councils are required to prepare and publish an annual report.

Relationship between the planning and annual reporting processes: The development of the annual report is an opportunity to reflect on the school’s achievements and use this as a basis for future planning.


The 2017 Annual Report will be presented to the school community at the Annual General School Council Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 20 March at 5.30. All school community members are welcome to attend. The Annual Report will also be published on the school website following the AGM.


110th Anniversary of International Women’s Day – Mach 8, 2018


International Women’s Day is a day that recognises the many achievements of women around the world and acknowledges the continuing challenges that women face.  This year the international women’s day was celebrated at North Geelong SC with a morning tea for some Year 12 female students and all female staff on Thursday 8 March.  Central to the celebration was the engagement of young females in issues relating to gender equality, empowerment and leadership. Abbey Gardner, Year 12 female captain delivered a speech on the importance of the day.

This year’s International Women's Day theme was “Press For Progress”.


With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.


And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.


Student Appearance 

All students at North Geelong SC are expected to take pride in their personal appearance. Jewellery, make-up, hair colour and style must be discreet as per the school expectations and policies. Earrings must consist only of sleepers or studs in the ears.



It is the school’s preferred position that students do not have facial piercing ie. any facial piercing other than the ears. However, for students who already have facial piercing they have the following options: (i) the facial piercings are removed during the school day, to and from school. (ii) the facial piercing is discreet and clear plastic and (iii) a band aide is applied on the piercing during the school day, including to and from school . 
Under no circumstances will metal facial piercings be accepted. 
Therefore, new facial piercings cannot be obtained during the year due to the healing time which requires the piercing to be metal.

Personal Property brought to school

Personal property is often brought to school by students and visitors.  This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  I wish to remind you that, the Department does not hold insurance (excluding the school’s iPad program) for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  I wish to discourage students and visitors from bringing any personal property in particular valuable items to school and if you choose to do so it is entirely at your own risk.  


Ms Katina Astles & Mr Stan Koullas (Acting Assistant Principals) & Mr Bradley Headlam

International Women’s Day

In the past week, I have had the pleasure of attending two International Women’s Day events celebrating the leadership and success of some of our senior students. This first was hosted by BPW Geelong  who provide mentoring to some of our female students in Years 11s and 12 as part of their Making A Difference Program. The students learn many important skills over the two years and graduate better prepared for further study, to go out and join the workforce and to give back to their communities. On Thursday March 8th, the NGSC Captains attended a breakfast hosted by the Soroptomists Geelong, where we heard about the journeys two of our students, Bae Meh and Nazanin had made to come to Australia. These two students are the recipients of a bursary from the Soroptomists Geelong which will assist them in achieving their goals.


Parent Teacher Conferences

A reminder to all of our families that Parent Teacher Conferences are held in Week 9, on Tuesday March 27th. They begin at 12pm and finish at 7pm. Normal classes for students in Years 7-11 will not run that day, however it is an expectation that all students attend their conferences with their parents or caregivers. Year 12 classes will run as usual and students are expected to attend those classes in addition to their conferences. Bookings will be made available shortly via Compass. If you have any questions, please contact the College.

Transition Visits

Over the weeks leading up to our Information Night, this Thursday March 15th, we have had primary schools from the local area visiting the College with their Grade 5 and 6 students. This Transition Program at NGSC is designed to give all students in Grades 5 and 6 an opportunity to experience what secondary school is like. Primary school students often have a lot of questions about the differences and changes that are going to occur and this Program is a chance for them to have those questions answered, all while experiencing some specialist learning activities in facilities they can't access in the primary setting. This year, our VCAL students have been assisting in the sessions as well, showing fantastic initiative and leadership skills, while building positive relationships with the primary school students.


The procedure for a late arrival to school requires students to sign in at the junior, middle or senior sub-school offices. Year 7-8 students are required to sign in at the Junior office in the A wing and the Year 9-10 students in the Middle Sub School office at the end of the C Corridor and the 11-12 students at the end of the c corridor. Students are to sign in at these offices when they first arrive at school. In each office, the Sub School Assistant will collect late notices and assist students to sign into school.

Connecting students to the NGSC community

At NGSC we are blessed with enthusiastic and dedicated staff and hence there are always an array of extra-curricular activities available to all students that provide enjoyment but also enhance student connectedness to our school.


 → Tug-o-war

In recent weeks the SRC have conducted Tug of War championships which were a closely fought competition with the Orange Dingoes taking out the title. Mr Hill and his SRC implemented this opportunity for students and staff.


 → Yoga

During lunchtime on Wednesdays students have the opportunity to participate with Ms Hannon in Yoga which is a holistic program to reduce anxiety and increase flexibility.


 → Athletics carnival

On the 21st March we will have our Athletic sports competition and in the lead up to this there will be several house meetings to prepare the students.


→ Student Well-being lunchtime activities

The student well-being team have liaised with students and concocted some tailor made and exciting activities this year that include:

  • Karaoke
  • Dance group
  • Anime club

These are great events on the school calendar and as always the key is participation, for enjoyment, points for the team and experiencing something new to encourage your children to get involved in any way they can. We have found that the student connectedness to school is elevated by such activities however, if you feel that you child is in need of some greater support to engage them with the school program please do not hesitate to contact your Year Level Co-ordinator or any of the Student Wellbeing team who are listed below:

  • Tina Doyle (Student Wellbeing)
  • Georgie Hunter (Student Wellbeing)
  • Sef Agahzaman (Youth Worker)

The following images are from the vast number of lunch activities that various members of the school provide.



You may be wondering what is the difference between the ACE and STAR Programs offered at North Geelong Secondary College? Over 250 students at the college will across Year 7 & 8 will have been involved in one or both of these programs by the end of 2018 so there is high chance your chid is one of them.


The Achieving Core Education (ACE) program identifies students performing below the expected level in Literacy or NGSC, providing a fantastic opportunity for students to receive some individualised, intensive tuition focussed on either improving core Numeracy or Literacy skills.


The year long program involves withdrawal from class three times per week and is designed to enhance students' fluency in Literacy (reading and comprehension) or Numeracy by improving their information retrieval times. Students complete a combination of skills-based work and computer-aided programs with their partner under the guidance of our highly trained tutors.


The ACE program has been adapted from Quicksmart an initiative from the University of New England. You can find more information about the program from their website:


The Striving To Achieve Results (STAR) program aims to identify students with the potential to become our future ‘stars’. Using testing, data and teacher feedback we have identified students who are already performing near the expected level for their age in either Literacy or Numeracy. The individual needs of each learner is established and a program is tailored to develop, consolidate and nurture their skills. Students stay in the program for six months.


Students work with one of the college’s highly trained Literacy or Numeracy teachers twice a week in a small group of four. Students complete a combination of skills-based work; computer-aided programs; and, preparation and consolidation of class work. All students in the program are required to complete rigorous class work and homework.


If you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to contact the college and speak to Stan Koullas (Mathematics & Numeracy Leading Teacher) or Brad Smallman (English & Literacy Leading teacher).



We are already sweet enough..

Mr Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager 

With the Junior Sub School now operating from the A Block here at school, it gives us the opportunity to see, and greet many of our students arriving to school in the morning. What has probably came to my attention more than anything else, is the choice in particular food and drink  students are including in their daily diet.


Unfortunately, we live in a society where unhealthy foods are often much cheaper and easier to purchase than some healthier alternatives. Even more of a concern is that these prices plummet even further when such products are purchased in bulk. I’m no different to most when it comes to indulging in foods that the health gods frown upon, but like most things in life, there is a time, a place and a lifestyle balance.


Let me be more specific. I believe that the biggest concern that we have is not the so much the hot dogs and pies that we see for breakfast, but more so the cans and bottles of sugar loosely disguised as drinks. Don’t get me wrong, the hot dogs and pies as part of a diet are of concern and should be discouraged, but these foods do not impact as significantly on a student’s behaviour as bulk sugar consumption.


If you took the same amount of sugar from a packet as what is in an energy drink and offered it to a student, most would probably decline. But when disguised as a drink (and some advertised as healthier options) many students would finish the can or bottle before you even have the opportunity to tell them what it is.


As I have alluded to, as educators you can teach a student with no teeth, this is not the issue, but to teach a student that has over indulged in sugar can be challenging. Especially if this child already presents with challenging behaviours. This overindulgence does not just include the sugar high but also the ‘come down’ that students experience later in the day and, in total this whole physiological process can last the school day.


I ask that as parents and carers you discuss and educate your children around the importance of choosing healthier options. This discussion does not need to be centred around life changing alternatives, but as simple as avoiding unhealthy drinks until after school when there is not the expectation that the students are prepared to learn in an educational setting.


To keep hydrated we encourage students to bring water to class, but only water. In the Junior Sub School we will now hold on to any unhealthy drinks until the parent or carer can collect at the earliest opportunity. We can work with you in educating students as part of our responsibility, but require your help if genuine change is to be achieved.


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 

The Middle Sub School is currently working through student’s progress reports to determine what students need to be challenged and students that require some extra support.


One of the biggest barriers to your child’s progress is attendance. Quite simply, yes an absence may be approved, however that are still missing some vital learning opportunities. The middle school recently surveyed the majority of our students and were able to highlight that one of the biggest barriers to attendance is anxiety around assessments or classes student do not like. Can Parents please be mindful of this. Anxiety around assessments is closely linked to a lack of confidence in the subject matter and missing school will only amplify this.


I have also noticed some concerns around our attendance expectations and would like to take this opportunity to address that higher expectations lead to greater success. For some students this shift can seem difficult, however I genuinely believe in our students and relish the opportunity to push them, so they too can recognise what they are capable of. Also any concerns around uniform- please be mindful that uniform promotes equality. When all students are in full uniform they are equal, not divided by fashion, brands or superficial judgements.


Mr James Cowan Clark

Year 12 Assistant Coordinator 

It has been an amazing start to 2018 in the senior sub school. Year 11 and 12’s have been busy working in classes to develop their skills and knowledge. VET and School Based Apprenticeships are underway and students are reminded to attend all sessions. 


VCE students need to be aware that SAC'S (major school assessment tasks) are underway and that the appropriate preparation needs to be undertaken to achieve the best possible outcome. Any missed SAC or redemption will be sat on Thurdays after school.


All Year 11 and 12 must have a BYOD device for school so as to help them participate successfully in all their classes. Remember students must be using google classroom to access all pieces of information and work from teachers.


Finally, a big shout out to all the students that joined in with the house tug of war competition. Congratulations to Silver for winning the event. Remember we have house athletics competition coming up on Wednesday 21/3/2018.


All the best for the rest of term.


Barwon and Bellarine Division Swimming Carnival

Ms Fran Forsyth 

Sports Coordinator 

Friday 2nd March 2018

A small team of swimmers representing the school displayed determination and effort in competing against much larger teams. The conditions for the event were very good with warm then hot temperatures later in the day. Overall, the team were a pleasure to accompany and represented the school proudly. Good luck to Josh Zdybel who has qualified for the next level on Thursday 29th March.  Also a thank you to the parents who were able to attend.


Team Members – Josh Rowe, Elsie Perrett, Lainey Hill, Patrick Sager, Riley McFadden, Kyle Wakely, Caleb Spain, Laurel Lutkins, Josh Zdybel and Paul Hassan.


Points earned for the 2018 House  Champion Team of the Year

Aqua.  1, Orange.  0, Purple.  5, Silver.  4.    


Smoking cigarettes reduces your fitness.

How often do you see elite athletes, football or basketball players smoking on the sidelines? Most probably never. This is because sports people care a lot about their health and fitness, and most know cigarette smoking damages their performance.


Smoking significantly reduces the body’s fitness.

 When being active, those who smoke:

• are more easily exhausted

• suffer shortness of breath                                                                                      

• have reduced endurance

• are slower to react

• have poorer visual judgement.

A person who smokes cannot run or exercise as well as a person who doesn’t smoke. The immediate effects of smoking on the body make it more difficult for the body to work at its best level. Even after just one day of not smoking, more oxygen is available to the blood and physical performance improves.


A person who smokes cannot run or exercise as well as a person who doesn’t smoke. The immediate effects of smoking on the body make it more difficult for the body to work at its best level. Even after just one day of not smoking, more oxygen is available to the blood and physical performance improves.


Benefits of stopping smoking:

• Within one to two days, carbon monoxide and nicotine will be cleared from the body.

• After one month, blood pressure returns to normal and lung function improves.

• After three months, the lungs are able to clean themselves and blood flow improves.

For information on quitting smoking:

Merryl Arnold

School Nurse 

After School Golf

The after school golf program started last week. It was a bit breezy so we took full advantage of the school facilities and spent the afternoon learning to chip and drive in the school gym. Here’s hoping the weather is kinder to us this week.


There are still spots available if students are interested in joining for some fun free golf lessons.

Wednesdays at school from 3:30 until 4:30.


Japanese Corner  

Roughly coinciding with our own Women’s Day celebrations, Japanese Girls' Day—also known as the Doll's Festival—is celebrated on March 3 to pray for the health and happiness of young girls in Japan. Hinamatsuri,  the name of the celebration in Japan, is marked by families displaying a set of hina dolls in the house and serving special food delicacies that are ceremonially beautiful and delicious. Families set up elaborate, often multi-tiered displays in their homes, with the emperor and empress dolls at the top. The displays are used to honour female children but also to teach all children about the traditional social hierarchy in Japan. Students of Japanese at NGSC learned about this tradition this week and had the opportunity to make their own origami hina dolls. Kawaii desu, ne!

Linda Castle & Kellie Phillips

Student Wellbeing

Important Reminder to complete the Doctors in Secondary Schools Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

If you have not done so please check your emails and Compass messages for an invitation to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools survey. This survey takes about 10 minutes and is an opportunity for you to give feedback about the program. We encourage you to participate whether you have had anything to do with the program or not as your voice is important in the evaluation of the program.



We would like to welcome Melissa Lillyst our Koorie Education Support Officer (KESO) to our school community. Melissa will be based at the Student Wellbeing hub on Tuesdays and brings a wealth of knowledge for the enrichment of our college.

Tina Doyle

Student Wellbeing 

Multicultural Committee News

Multicultural Committee members chaperoned by Ms Dowling (event co-ordinator) along with students, staff and community members proudly represented and showcased the North Geelong SC community in the Pako Festa Parade!


Although we consisted of a small group compared to others, we were very enthusiastic and made our presence felt with a splash of color, vibrant chanting and distributing free school souvenirs and candies to the crowd, which delighted spectators and put a smile on many kids faces (including potential prospective students). 


We felt like celebrities on stage as the crowd cheered us on, including people from many diverse communities and former students and friends of North Geelong SC.  


I would like to cordially thank everyone that supported us walking in the parade or cheering us on from the crowd. 


In particular a huge thank to Mrs Barbara Peek (former staff and honorary Multicultural Committee member) and Mr David Peek, for joining us every year to diligently support North Geelong SC.  

And of course a huge thank you to Ms Dowling for all the time and effort taken in making this parade possible! 


The Multicultural Committee has concluded for this term and our next meeting will be held in Term Two on Monday 30th of April.

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Office​

NGSC VCAL: Green Action Project (GAP)


Eating to learn

Unfortunately at NGSC there is an increasing number of students presenting to first aide complaining of light headedness, dizziness, abdominal discomfort and lethargy. On questioning it appears that these symptoms are usually a result of students not eating while at school or coming to school without eating breakfast.

Eating healthy food regular throughout the day is important at any age, but it’s especially important for teenagers. As their body is still growing, it’s vital that enough good quality food is eaten and the right kinds of food eaten to meet energy and nutrition needs.
Being a teenager can be fun, but it can also be difficult as body shape changes.  There are many pressures on adolescents from the media, social media and peers  to look a particular way, and this might affect the foods you eat. Adolescence is a time of both body and brain growth and without regular heathy eating  students will not reach their full  learning potential.
It is easy to grab biscuits, potato chips, cakes, sausage rolls, pies, doughnuts or chocolate bars when  hungry, but regularly choosing those foods will make it easier to put on excess weight and can cause you to feel grumpy, irritable and low in energy. … not what you want while you are trying to learn.. Try healthier snacks such as yoghurt, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, plain popcorn or vegie sticks with dip.
Following is a sample meal plan for 12 to 18 year old girls.
Breakfast:  1 bowl oat flake-based cereal with
milk and banana. Water
Recess: 200 g tub yoghurt and
1 cup air-popped popcorn. Water
 Lunch: Ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and
1 cup fruit salad . Water


After school snack: ¼ cup hommus dip and 3 crispbreads and 40g dried fruit and nuts
Dinner: chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice. Water
Supper: 2 slices fruit bread with ricotta. I glass of milk


•    Ask your child  to help plan meals, shop for groceries, cook, and bake. ... 
•    Eat at least 3 or 4 meals together as a family each week. ... 
•    Stress healthy teeth and bones. ... 
•    Bring healthy foods home. ...  
•    Keep a variety of fruits and vegetables (in all forms) in plain view. ... 
•    Be a good role model.

Please remember that there is a breakfast club at the school which can provide a delicious healthy and free breakfast for your child everyday.

Merryl Arnold
Adolescent Health Nurse






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