NGSC Newsletter

01 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
SPORTS NEWS
VCAL VIBES
Other School News
COMMUNITY NEWS
  
North Geelong Secondary College
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North Geelong, Victoria, 3215
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PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

30 October to

15 November         VCAA Exams

11 November         Year 11 Study Day

12-15 November   Year 11 Exams

18 November          Year 10 Study Day (at school)

18-22 November    2020 Year 12 Orientation week

19-21 November    Year 10 Exams

22 November           Last Day Year 11 students

25-28 November     2020 Year 11 Orientation week

29 November          Assessment & Reporting Day

                                      (Student Free Day)

2-6 December          Year 7 & 8 Swimming Program

9 December              Last day classes for Years 7-9

10 December          Day 1 Grade 6 Orientation

                                       (NGSC Student Free Day)

11 December           Day 2 Grade 6 Orientation

11-13 December     Years 7 - 9 Activities

16 December            Awards Presentation Evening

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

Victoria the Education State
2020 School Captains

North Geelong Secondary College prides itself on always placing the students at the centre of everything we do. 

 

Our vision for all of our students is to empower them to learn and achieve, experience high quality teaching practice and the best conditions for learning, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them.


North Geelong SC vision for learning recognises the fundamental importance of empowering students and the contribution that student voice, agency and leadership make to improved student outcomes, health and wellbeing. It outlines our aspiration for all students to achieve and grow as learners, and to generate their own course for lifelong learning. 

 

Empowering our students for the future
We know our world is changing rapidly. We see change in contemporary communications and transportation, in new ways we access and create information, and in emerging enterprises that place consistent emphasis on new capabilities like critical and creative thinking and problem solving. We also know climate change, new technologies, and a new geopolitical landscape make our future hard to predict and open to great possibilities. Navigating such rapid change requires resilience, adaptability and perseverance.


At NGSC we recognise the need for ‘learning for life’ and the need for students to develop the ‘Capabilities’ – Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, Personal and Social. These cross disciplinary capabilities empower students to become independent learners and problem solvers. It is these skills that are developed, practised and demonstrated when students have the opportunity to exercise voice, agency and leadership in designing, developing and assessing their own learning.

 

Student agency is also paramount to the success of our school community. Therefore, all students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in order to lead and support fellow students, and also to advantage the wider community. Opportunities to develop these qualities are provided through a range of learning experiences, both in their everyday school life and in targeted leadership programs throughout their time at the school. There are many student roles throughout the year levels that offer support and leadership for other students in the school community, through Student Representative Council (SRC), Year Level and House Captains, and in specific fields of interest such as iLeaders and Excellence in Sports. Every student is encouraged to build their own sense of themselves as leaders and to contribute to the life of the College in a very positive way.

 

School Captains are the most significant student leaders in the school community. School Captains are expected to take an active role in all aspects of the school community and work with the school Administration, Principal Team, Leadership Team, School Council and others to achieve the best possible outcomes. They must be approachable, reliable and trustworthy, and their duties involve communication with staff and students, public speaking at assemblies, school events, writing for the school magazine, be a member and attend School Council meeting, just to name a few. School Captains must be involved in a range of co-curricular activities such as Sports, The Arts, Cultural and Academic areas, and be positive role models for all within the wider school community. They are the school’s greatest ambassadors to the outside world. 


It is with great pleasure that I present the 2020 School Captains to the NGSC school community. 

 

Congratulations to the 2020 School Captains! 

Ayden Osborne – School Captain
Angela Peric – School Captain
Hayley Bath – Sports Captain
Karma Grootveld – Community Captain
Tara Briggs – Academic Captain
Sebastian Milla-Lemus – Arts Captain 

Looking forward to working with our 2020 School Captains to continue the great work at North Geelong SC.

Victoria, The Education State

In 2017 the Department of Education and Training introduced additional ‘architecture and scaffolding’ to support practice change across the Victorian education system in line with the 2015 Education State reform agenda. These initiatives are intended to build capacity of all Victorian schools to deliver effective teaching and learning, improved learning and improved student outcomes.  These include:

  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Victorian Curriculum 
  • Framework for improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

These are the foundation documents of the school’s Strategic and Annual Implementation Plans and they all contribute towards achieving the Education State targets.

 

The FISO Improvement Model provides a common language for school improvement across the Victorian government school system. It is structured around four state-wide priorities that are proven to have a strong bearing on the effectiveness of a school:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Professional leadership
  • Positive climate for learning 
  • Community engagement in learning

Each priority has four dimensions. Six of these dimensions have been identified as high-impact Improvement Initiatives on which to focus effort:

  • Building practice excellence
  • Curriculum planning and assessment
  • Building leadership teams
  • Empowering students and building school pride
  • Setting expectations and promoting inclusion
  • Building communities

North Geelong SC focus is in line with the Education State reforms ensuring our students have the skills, knowledge, creativity and resilience they need to thrive in our changing world. These reforms include the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), the Learning Places model, the Victorian Curriculum and Professional Learning Communities.

 

The school’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategies and intervention programs (STAR and ACE) sit within FISO and build on our work to ensure high literacy and numeracy outcomes for all our students. Our programs recognise that today’s students need a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy to be innovative, adaptable and responsive, and that all NGSC students should finish school with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to be flourishing, lifelong participants in education, employment and the community. 

North Geelong Secondary College SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  
 “Providing opportunities for excellence”

2020 Year 9 and 10 scholarship Recipients

Every year, the College allocates 4 scholarships to the value of $4500 for Year 8 students going into Years 9 and 10. The students are selected based on their written application, multiple references and their ability to articulate their vision on how they could lead the student body and contribute to the life of the school.

 

The Year 9 and 10 scholarship selection process has now been completed and the selection panel has recommended the following students to the Principal as the winners. I am looking forward to working closely with these students, aiming at an improved school community.

 

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Angelle Mackay (8C)
  • Elisabeth Perrett (8C)
  • Isha Arumuganathan (8A)
  • Madison O’Connor (8G)

 

Breakfast Program

The NGSC Breakfast Club has been running successfully for the last nine years. During 2019, the breakfast club continued to run every day of the week. On average it feeds 140 to 160 students a day. Thank you to Geelong Food Bank, Second Bite, Deakin University students, St Alban’s Anglican Church Parishioners and Police Officers from the Corio Police Station for their tremendous support during this year.

 

Also, the breakfast club would not have been as successful as it is, without the coordination and hard work of NGSC Education Support staff members. I take the opportunity to thank Ms Alison Costa and Ms Sef Agahzaman who coordinate the College Breakfast Club and also thank all key stakeholders and contributors to a very successful program. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.    

Child Safety Code of Conduct

NGSC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.  

 

This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.

 

The Principal and school leaders of NGSC support the implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively. 

 

All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other members of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.

 

Acceptable behaviours

As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:

  • upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times.
  • treating students and families in the school community with respect both within the school environment and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds 
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership 
  • understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
  • if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.

Unacceptable behaviours

As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work we must not:

  • ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
  • develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
  • exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted  as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context 
  • ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate
  • discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting 
  • treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity. 
  • communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting etc) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter
  • photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care purposes  
  • in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary to school policy or take illicit drugs under any circumstances.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

2020 Year 12 Captains

Below are the 2020 Year 12 captains. The applications, speeches and interviews were some of the best we have seen and hopefully it is an indication of the quality of the leadership we will see in the coming 12 months.

 

The process for selection involved the students developing a written application with staff and student referees. The students were then required to give a speech to their Year 12 peers and staff. A survey was conducted on who the staff and the Year 12 students felt would best serve the school. Lastly, the students were required to be interviewed where they had to answer four questions in front of a panel of Mr Dawson, Mrs Bridges and Mr Hill.


Ayden Osborne – Captain
Angela Peric – Captain
Hayley Bath – Sports Captain
Karma Grootveld – Community/Cultural Captain
Tara Briggs – Academic Captain
Sebastian Milla Lemus – Arts Captain

High Expectations

It is a term frequently thrown about our college in various ways, but we do have a culture of high expectations and this is the time of year that students reap the rewards of their efforts. Christmas is about 55 sleeps away, but we most certainly do not want to taper. With courses jam packed full of engaging material to the end of the year and with exams, orientation, assessments and reports upon us, we expect students maintain excellent effort and hard work until the end of the term. Teachers are primed and conditioned for this time of year and are eagerly anticipating opportunities to support their students with feedback or advice on how to approach assessment to maximise learning outcomes.

Exams

As Year 12 students continue their preparation for exams we should consider the rest of the exam program and orientation programs, which are as follows:

 

School Wide Positive Behaviour Strategy

The School Wide Positive Behaviour Strategy (SWPBS) is developing with the formation of a team to lead the program. The team is made up of Steven Quinn, Rob Munro, Rebecca Durran, Nicole Marendez, Jacob Storer, Georgie Hunter, Simon Scoullar and Sherree Petrie. The team developed a NGSC Behaviour Matrix that will be shared with students next term. The team have also developed a reward system which will utilise Compass, the student management system. This reward system will be utilised across all year levels. The more positive behaviours, the more opportunities for a reward.

Camps and Excursion Review

The College has, in recent years, provided an extensive program that has supplemented the educational opportunities of our students. With the introduction of Teacher Professional Practice days the classroom teachers are expected to undergo 4 days of Professional Learning each year and therefore, the students will not have their class teacher on those days. Despite staff extending their teaching skills on these days and the fact that we source the best replacement teachers and ensure engaging work is provided to classes always, we would still like to review our programs. This is to ensure that the students are accessing their class teacher as often as possible to maintain that continuity. This review has started in leadership and curriculum and will continue through to School Operations and Principals throughout the rest of the year. The findings will be presented to Council either at the end of this year or the start of next year.

Significant Events

Three significant events have occurred recently, all in one week. 


We farewelled the Year 12 students with a morning tea and assembly – very colourful and loud. Later that night we met at the GMHBA stadium, President’s Room, for the graduation celebration. Each Year 12 student received a certificate and special awards were announced. Congratulations to everyone for a great event. Special flower arrangements adorned the tables and the students made the night glamorous with their gowns and suits. It was a fantastic finale to Year 12, 2019. Well done to the Year 12 student management team and their helpers for creating a wonderful atmosphere. We wish these young men and women all the best as they complete their exams or start planning for interviews to begin their adult work life. 


The third event was that Multicultural Festival on Friday, 25 October. Thank you to all involved; whether you are a student, staff, parent, former student or partner/friend of the school community, we offer our gratitude for all the effort we saw and the activities on offer. It was a magnificent day celebrating the diversity of our community and our uniqueness as a school. 


On stage we saw many of our musical students performing (thank you to Mr Morrison, Mr Cottingham, Mr Adair) and it reminded us of the recent School Production ‘Haunt’ that was performed three times over two days towards the end of term 3 at the Geelong Arts Centre. This was another great opportunity for staff and students to work collaboratively towards an end goal. There were singers, actors, dancers and statues all well supported by the musicians and stage crew. A matinée for some primary school students on the Thursday honed the cast’s skills and confidence for the evening performances. Well done to all concerned for adding to the artistic culture of the school.  

Updated Uniform Policy

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Steven Quinn

Junior Sub School Manager

Exam Preparation

The Year 7-9 exam week is fast approaching. They will be conducted during week 8 but now is the time students should start their preparations. It is essential that they understand exactly what content will be covered and make sure they catch up on any outstanding work or information they may have missed. Revision is also crucial. Small but regular interaction with class notes and homework is far more effective for knowledge retention than cramming the day before they exam. This should be happening throughout the semester but there is no time like the present to focus these efforts if they have been absent to this point.


IMPORTANT: No materials will be provided to students during the exam period. Students must come prepared with all the required materials including pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and any other necessary items for the specific subjects. 

Multicultural Day

Friday, 25 October, saw the weather hold out and allow us to enjoy another hugely successful Multicultural Day. The day was filled with music, stalls, rides, good food and good times. Congratulations to the members of the Junior Sub-School who contributed to the day by running stalls, setting up and packing up, participating in the much anticipated Staff vs Students football match and numerous other jobs and responsibilities.

Positive Focus

I would like to draw attention to a newsletter entry I made towards the end of term 3:


‘For the rest of the term a College focus will be placed on positive interactions. It is an increasing concern in our world today full of technology and social media that our ability to respectfully and confidently interact with others is at risk. So let’s try to greet one another each morning and ask how they are. Let’s hold a door open or pick something up for them. Let’s make sure our words and actions each day make others days better because being kind is very easy to do!’


It is still as important as ever at this point in the year and a focus that we must continue to have at the forefront of our minds each day. The 2019 school year is fast approaching an end so lets be sure it finishes on a high!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

 

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the warmer weather. Multi-Cultural Day was enjoyable for all and thank you to all the Year 9 students running stalls and engaging with the community.​​​​​​​

Exams

It is probably worth thinking about exams this time of year. On Demand testing is currently being completed in Maths and English classes and Year 10 students only have a few weeks left of classes before exams and Senior School Orientation. 

 

With that in mind, I have included a few musings by Greg Satell about what our future holds for young people. This is particularly poignant with new subjects next year and post Morrisby;

 

An education is supposed to prepare you for the future. Traditionally, that meant learning certain facts and skills, like when Columbus discovered America or how to do multiplication and long division. Today, curriculums have shifted to focus on a more global and digital world, like cultural history, basic computer skills and writing code.

 

Yet the challenges that our kids will face will be much different from those we faced growing up and many of the things a typical student learns in school today will no longer be relevant by the time he or she graduates college. In fact, a study at the University of Oxford found that 47 percent of today's jobs will be eliminated over the next 20 years.

 

In 10 or 20 years, much of what we "know" about the world will no longer be true. The computers of the future will not be digital. Software code itself is disappearing, or at least becoming far less relevant. Many of what are considered good jobs today will be either completely automated or greatly devalued. We need to rethink how we prepare our kids for the world to come.

 

Applying empathy and design skills
While machines are taking over many high-level tasks, such as medical analysis and legal research, there are some things they will never do. For example, a computer will never strike out in a Little League game, have its heart broken or see its child born. So it is terribly unlikely, if not impossible, that a machine will be able to relate to a human as other humans can.

 

That absence of empathy makes it hard for machines to design products and processes that will maximise enjoyment and utility for humans. So design skills are likely to be in high demand for decades to come as basic production and analytical processes are increasingly automated.
We've already seen this process take place with regard to the internet. In the early days, it was a very technical field. You had to be a highly skilled engineer to make a website work. Today, however, building a website is something any fairly intelligent high school student can do and much of the value has shifted to front-end tasks, like designing the user experience.

 

With the rise of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, our experiences with technology will become far more immersive and that will increase the need for good design. For example, conversational analysts (yes, that's a real job) are working with designers to create conversational intelligence for voice interfaces and, clearly, virtual reality will be much more design intensive than video ever was.

 

The ability to communicate complex ideas
Much of the recent emphasis in education has been around STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and proficiency in those areas is certainly important for today's students to understand the world around them. However, many STEM graduates are finding it difficult to find good jobs.

 

On the other hand, the ability to communicate ideas effectively is becoming a highly prized skill. Consider Amazon. Though it is one of the most innovative and technically proficient organisations on the planet, a key factor to its success - its writing culture. The company is so fanatical about the ability to communicate that developing good writing skills are a key factor to building a successful career there.


Think about Amazon's business and it becomes clear why. Sure, it employs highly adept engineers, but to create a truly superior product, those people need to collaborate closely with designers, marketers, business development executives and so on. To coordinate all that activity and keep everybody focused on delivering a specific experience to the customer, communication needs to be clear and coherent.


So while learning technical subjects like math and science is always a good idea, studying things like literature, history, and philosophy is just as important.


Collaborating and working in teams
Traditionally, school work has been based on individual accomplishment. You were supposed to study at home, come in prepared and take your test without help. If you looked at your friend's paper, it was called cheating and you got in a lot of trouble for it. We were taught to be accountable for achievements on our own merits.


Yet, consider how the nature of work has changed, even in highly technical fields. In 1920, most scientific papers were written by sole authors, but by 1950 that had changed and co-authorship became the norm. Today, the average paper has four times as many authors as it did originally and the work being done is far more interdisciplinary and done at greater distances than in the past.


Make no mistake, the high-value work today is being done in teams and that will only increase as more jobs become automated. The jobs of the future will not depend as much on knowing facts or crunching numbers, but will involve humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines. Collaboration will increasingly be a competitive advantage.


That's why we need to pay attention not just to how our kids work and achieve academically, but how they play, resolve conflicts and make others feel supported and empowered. The truth is that value has shifted from cognitive skills to social skills. As kids will increasingly be able to learn complex subjects through technology, the most important class may well be recess.

 

https://www.inc.com/greg-satell/here-are-skills-that-your-kids-will-need-for-future-hint-its-not-coding.html

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager

 

We recently acknowledged our School Captains for 2020. I would like to congratulate the team of Ayden Osborne, Angela Peric, Hayley Bath, Karma Grootveld, Tara Briggs and Sebastian Milla Lemus and we look forward to working with them as school leaders next year.

 

At our final assembly we celebrated with the Year 12 students, recognising their contributions to the school community and it was obvious from the presentation of staff awards that teachers and students have an excellent relationship. It was sad to farewell them but we wish them every success in their future. Graduation was a wonderful celebration of friendship, diversity and achievement. Our students presented as upstanding young men and women, of whom we are proud, ready to embrace the challenges of the next chapter of life.

 

Currently VCE students are sitting the VCAA exams and they emerged from the English and EAL exams on Wednesday, 30 October, with smiles and relief. 

Year 11 Reminders

  • All camp notices for the 2020 Year 12 Camp should be returned. This is a compulsory activity and students are expected to attend.
  • We are finalising names on the Year 12 Jumpers. Please ensure you have emailed Ms Perin with names and sizes.
  • Exam timetables and Orientation Timetables have been shared via Compass and Google Classroom. These are compulsory and all students are expected to attend.
  • Booklists for 2020 have been distributed. Please ensure these are submitted and students are ready for Orientation.

SPORTS NEWS

Fran Forsyth

Sports Coordinator

School Sport Victoria State Athletics Championships

On Friday, 18 October, three of NGSC’s outstanding athletes competed in the State Finals against the best public school competitors in Victoria. The boys train very hard and show huge determination and commitment to their sport. They also receive great support from their families. They are to be congratulated on their performances.

Sam Warelow      Gold Medal 14 Boys 1500m Walk

Patrick Sager          Bronze Medal 15 Boys 200m and 400m                                                    

Jack Warelow         4th 14 Boys 800m and 6th 1500m

 

Tim Humphries

Timetabler/Coach for the day

Year 7 & 8 Softball

The Year 7 &  8 girls played 3 games of softball on Wednesday, 30 October, against three other Geelong Secondary schools, winning one out of the three games.

 

The results for the day were:

Bellarine Secondary College 14NGSC 4
NGSC 14 – Belmont High School 1
Northern Bay Secondary College 14NGSC 8
 

 

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Year 8 Baseball

The Year 8 baseball team played against Northern Bay, Grovedale, Surf Coast and Belmont on Wednesday, 30 October. As we only had six players, the opposing teams graciously lent us some players. Our boys listened to advice from other students, umpires and coaches and showed dramatic improvement throughout the day. They all learnt things about baseball and sportsmanship and, above all, had fun!

 

 

VCAL VIBES

The Costa Coastal Camp

A group of GAP and OE VCAL students went on a camp to Barwon Heads and tried their luck at surfing and fishing. Surfing was successful with most being able to stand up. Fishing, on the other hand, was tricky with Tyson McPoyle being the only successful fisherperson catching two Australian Salmon.

 

We also learnt about marine and coastal environments around the local coastal areas and at the Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre and Barwon Heads Heritage Centre. As a large group, we walked from Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff along the coast and if you were lucky enough you may have seen a pod of dolphins that were feeding. 

 

A night time rock pool ramble allowed us to discover a range of crabs and fish. To finish the week, we canoed against the wind and completed conservation work to help regenerate the sand dunes. In my opinion, surfing was the best part of this camp.

 

We are very grateful for the grant money from the Anthony Costa Foundation contributed to help this camp to run.

 

Written by Katie Krivoguz and Miss Hannon
 

 

Other School News

Rob Munro

HAPE / Phys. Ed Staff 

Excellence in Sports Programs

NGSC SPECIAL REPORT
An interview with two Chicken men    

Over the course of my 35-year tenure here at NGSC I have met and interviewed many fantastic athletes and hobbyists, some of whom have gone on to have amazing careers and successes. We’ve had champion surfers, equestrians, archers and pistol shooters, baseball players, golfers, fisherpeople, boxers, artists, musicians and actors. In 2019 we have a judo champion, a watch maker, a drone photographer, a sailor and TWO, yes TWO breeders of champion show chickens!

 

At first glance Lucas McDermott and Tanna Habib look every bit your normal run of the mill NGSC students. The two Year 7H boys enjoy coming to school, they love their classmates and their teachers and they even don’t mind homework! But get them together discussing birds and in particular chooks, and they go to the next level. You see Lucas and Tanna are both breeders of and “show-ers” of champion chickens!

 

I first learned of their obsession when I discovered them discussing a photograph of a chook in one of my health classes. Chatting to them about it later I learned that Lucas had just won a prize at the Geelong Show and that he was going to be presenting at the Royal Melbourne Show. I was impressed by both boy’s knowledge of their animals and the process of breeding champion birds so I asked them a few more questions and this is where this interview developed.


I first asked: When did you first realize that you had this affinity with Chooks?
Lucas replied: “In 2017 I was reading an article about animal enclosures (he lives on a farm) and I saw a chicken coop and I wanted to build one”

Tanna said: “When I was about three, my uncle gave me some chicks to look after but when we moved to Victoria I had to give them up. I didn’t have chooks again until I was 6 when my Pop took me to his mates and it started again.”

 

I then asked: Did someone in particular help you to get started or did you work it all out by yourself?

Lucas said: “A man in Gippsland has helped me, I’ve got a lot of good birds off him.”

Tanna said: “My Pop helped me get started”

 

My next question was: What sorts of stuff do you need to show chickens?

Both boys agreed that you need SHOW QUALITY birds, good clean coops, cages, Baby Oil or Olive Oil, Vaseline, cotton balls (the final three things are for chook beautification!)

 

I asked them how successful they’d been in competitions?

Lucas has won 11 competitions so far and Tanna has won 20-30 over his seven-year career.


I asked them their ultimate goal in chook showing?

Lucas wants to win the “Bird of Show” at the Australorp Nationals whilst 
Tanna seeks to win The “Champion Bird of Show” at the NSW Pit Game Show


I got a bit philosophical then and asked both boys what showing champion birds had taught them about life in general?

Lucas: “It’s taught me that you don’t always win every time and that it’s up to the judges on the day.”
Whilst Tanna felt: 
“You don’t win all the time but if you work hard and try your best you have a chance to win.”


My final two questions were about how it makes each of them feel.
First I asked: What’s the worst part about your hobby?

Lucas: “When your BEST bird gets crook” and “I had to put one down the other day…it’s not a great feeling”

Tanna: “When a good bird gets crook” “There’s not a lot you can do for them sometimes”


Ok so what’s the BEST part about your hobby?

Lucas: “I really like catching up with other breeders at competitions and finding out new things. I like talking to the judges too, to see how I can improve”

Tanna: “I like travelling to competitions and just talking to people that share the same hobby as I do”


So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, NGSC is really a DIVERSE school. We have lots of cultures within our school population, but we also have so much diversity when it comes to our hobbies and pursuits. And the only way you find out about it is by READING (as in this article or others in previous newsletters) or by talking to people. Try having a few conversations with people you haven’t spent much time with and I’m sure your understanding and personal knowledge will be broadened.

 

Go the Chookmen!

By Rob Munro. (circa 2019)

 

Shona Scorringe

College Events Coordinator

Multicultural Day

On Friday, 25 October, NGSC held the annual Multicultural Festival. This special event is a chance for our school community to come together in harmony and celebrate our diversity. We’d like to thank the City of Greater Geelong for supporting the event and the following businesses who made donations to our raffle.

A big thank you to all the staff and students who contributed to the event and to all the members of our local community who attended. All proceeds that were raised go to Breakfast Club and numerous scholarships.

 

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

THE MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE NEWS

NGSC’s grand annual Multicultural Festival was once again celebrated in all its glory on Friday, 25 October, with the theme “Generations”.  What a day it was, while the morning weather was not looking very promising, by midday we were blessed with sunshine.


The day commenced with a glorious opening ceremony in which parents, students, staff and community members paraded their national costumes in a brilliance of colour and certainly highlighted the festival’s theme “Generations”. 


What an amazing  treat we had with Geelong’s iconic solo performer Joe Serra.  He enjoyed performing as much as we enjoyed listening to him.  Here is Joe’s feedback on the NGSC Facebook page, which sums up the day. 


 

There were many visitors to the festival and the day certainly had a festive feel with students and guests chatting and enjoying each other’s company. Everyone was soaking up the festive atmosphere in harmony of cultural diversity. 


A very special thank you must go to Dani Parker, Manager of fOrT Youth Centre, along with her entourage from the City of Greater Geelong for their ever generous contributions to the Festival, with no exception once again this year. This generosity contributes to the festival’s success and provides even more variety of activities for the students.


Each year I am more astonished by the energy and effort of our staff, students, parents and community for the Festival. This year we came together once again to create a magnificent cultural event that makes our school a leading example for many schools around Geelong. 


The Multicultural Festival is now NGSC’s signature in the Geelong Community and beyond as another successful event concludes for 2019.

 
I must kindly thank all the parents, friends, students, staff and community members who contributed their time and effort to our 'Home Made Cake Stall'. Alongside the Teahouse, the cake stall had a grand variety of traditional sweets on offer.


Thanks to your generosity we exceeded expectations and once again elevated the bar and, without doubt, we offered the best homemade cake stall in Geelong.  


Overall a huge thank you must go to the 2019 college’s Event Coordinator, Shona Scorringe (first time Festival manager) for the outstanding job, well done!! 


I hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing you at next year’s festival. 


On behalf of the Multicultural Committee I would like to thank each and every one of you who took part in our magnificent Multicultural Festival and we are all very much looking forward to next year’s event.


Our next and final Multicultural Committee meeting will be on Monday, 4 November at 12:45 pm in the Discussion Room. We will reflect and celebrate the achievements of the festival. Feel free to bring a plate of your favourite food to share.
 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Cyber-safety

Parents and carers need to maintain the lines of communication with the children in their care, especially when it comes to cyber-safety. We spend much time teaching children personal and road safety and we ought to spend time teaching them cyber safety. Young people learn to look both ways before crossing the road and so too should they look both ways before posting something online.


Look towards how it might affect the person receiving the text, email or posted message. Look towards how it might affect their own privacy, reputation and safety.


Young people need to know that the personal information they share remains online and can be accessed by anyone: friends, family, teachers, future employers, online sex offenders….. Anyone.

 

What can young people do to protect themselves?

  • Don’t post any images or videos you wouldn’t be happy for your parents or grandparents’ to see. Once something is online you cannot control who sees it.
  • Think before you post a comment, send a text or email. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face don’t say it online or via text.
  • Protect your personal information. You wouldn’t give your phone number or address to a stranger on the street so don’t do it online.

Merryl Arnold

Adolescent Health Nurse

Australian Air League Youth Group are Coming to Geelong - 
7 November 2019

We would like to advise that the Australian Air League youth group is opening a new Squadron in Geelong, and will be holding a meeting at the Geelong Umpire Association Club Rooms at Kardinia Park on Thursday, 7 November, starting from 6:00 pm. Young boys and girls who wish to learn more are welcome to come along with their parents to discover what the Air League has to offer.

The Australian Air League is a national organisation for young people aged from 8 to 18 years who have an interest in aviation either as a career or as a hobby. It teaches leadership skills and provides a wide range of interesting and exciting activities such as camping and hiking, sport and physical recreation, building and flying model aircraft and ceremonial drill. Through classes and practical demonstration members learn the theory of aviation and a wide range of associated topics such as Meteorology, Navigation, Aero Engines and Aircraft Construction, as well as general interest subjects such as photography, field craft and community service.

 

With Squadrons in most states of Australia, the Air League has been serving the community in Australia since 1934. It is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their time to achieve its goals. To learn more about the Australian Air League visit our website at https://www.airleague.com.au

 

For more information please contact:

Malcolm Angus (Geelong Sqn)

oc.geelong@airleague.com.au

m. 0448 229 900

or

Greg O’Brien (Victoria State Office)

operations.vic@airleague.com.au

Healthy Mothers Healthy Families - Free Workshop
6 November 2019

 

Helping Kids Settle into Secondary School -
7 November 2019

Free Parenting Forum -
12/11/2019

 

Body Confident Children and Teens for Parents - 19/11/2019

 

2019 Geelong Japanese Summer Festival - 
30 November 2019

 

Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Saver Plus

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

Free City of Greater Geelong Parenting Programs for Term 4

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

Nth 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 & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*

 

For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833

 

Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:  www.vsl.vic.edu.au

   

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