NGSC Newsletter

27 April 2018
Issue Six
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Page 3
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Page 5
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
VCAL VIBES
  
OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 
COMMUNITY NEWS
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215
AU

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

2 - 5 MAY               Yr 11 Outdoor Ed Camp

14-17 MAY            Yr 10 Outdoor Ed Camp

15 - 17 MAY          NAPLAN

21 MAY                   Curriculum Day (Student Free)

28 - 30 MAY          Yr 9 Discovery Camp

5 - 14 JUNE          VCE Exams

11 JUNE                Queens Birthday Public Holiday

13 JUNE                VCE GAT

15 JUNE                Assessment & Reporting Day                                            (Student Free) 

29 JUNE               Last Day Term 2 (1.30pm Finish)

23 OCT                  Year 12 Graduation 

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

Welcome to Term 2

After what was a very busy and exciting first term, term 2 promises to be equally as busy and full of great opportunities. With most of the major events and extracurricular activities (Year 12 study camp, Year 7 Induction camp, grade 6 Athletics Day, Harmony Day celebrations) to the normal schedule almost behind us, it is now time for consolidation of our work (teaching and learning) and for students to move into a settled period of study. This is an eleven week term and Semester One ends on the 15th of June (End of Week Nine and Two weeks before the end of Term Two). 

 

We do have some significant events on our calendar during this term, including the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program student testing, our Year 7 and Year 9 2019 Scholarship selection and our ANZAC tribute assembly, plenty of team sports, Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN testing (15th to 17th May), several excursions, incursions, camps, extracurricular activities, Performing Arts performances and of course the end of Semester One whole school exams (7 to 12) (4th to 14th of June). 

 

Wishing everyone a very productive Term 2. 

Capital Works in full swing!

Minister John Eren, together with Principal Nick Adamou, School Captains Abbey Gardner, Tyler George and Thomas Grantham at the “Turning the sod ceremony’

“Turning the sod” ceremony: Minister John Eren, together with school council, school administration, Lyons Construction, Regional, Dicker & Bradbury Architects and student leadership representatives

 

The 4.75 million dollars capital works are well underway with Stage 1 in full swing of construction/refurbishment. Stage One, includes a signature tower close to the main entrance of the school, the full refurbishment of Block B, Food Technology area, including 2 x state of the art kitchens, a larger dining area wrapped around by an outdoor decking, complete refurbishment of the courtyard between B and C wings, refurbishment of the walkway between B and C Wings and also the demolition and rebuilding of the junior Toilet Block. Stage One works are expected to be completed by the beginning of June. The whole school community is excited in anticipation of the new/refurbished facilities that will add to the teaching and learning spaces of the school, provided upgraded facilities, ensuring improved student outcomes. 

 

On Friday 23 March the Honorable Minister for Sport, Major Events and Veterans, Mr John Eren, visited the school and participated in a “Turning the sod ceremony”. The ceremony was attended by school council president, vice president, council members, Lyons constructions, Architects Dicker & Bradbury, Regional staff and school captains. During the ceremony the school Principal expressed its gratitude to the government for the capital works funding and also highlighted the fact that this upgrade will see the school fully refurbished with the latest facilities/Teaching and Learning indoor outdoor spaces providing the best possible learning opportunities to our students. 

 

Minister Eren, said that NGSC was close to his heart, as his children attended the high school in the past. He also commended the school community for the outstanding achievements and its performance in the provision of public education in the wider school community.   

Harmony Day Celebration 2018

Harmony Day has been celebrated on 21 March every year since 1999, in Australia.

 

It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

 

North Geelong Secondary College community celebrates Harmony Day in many ways – through sport, dance, art, film, music, storytelling, painting, cooking and sharing cultural meals. One of our school values is DIVERSITY, our student population is very diverse and we do promote all harmony community activities. We learn from each other and we understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and make it a better place.

 

Harmony Day Celebration coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.    

 

This year, North Geelong SC celebrated Harmony Day with a whole school assembly, where school council members and members of our community were invited to attend. Our student Leaders with the support of Mr Dawson – Assistant Principal, organized and ran the whole school assembly. 

 

Everyone belongs is a slogan that North Geelong SC community continues to believe in.

2018 Pako Festa celebration with NGSC students and staff leading the parade

School Council Elections

At the close of the call for nominations in the Parent Category for School Council there were four nominees for four vacancies. The following parents, were therefore, elected for a two year term. 
•    Ms Di Lang 
•    Ms Lyndal Jones
•    Ms Amanda Barlett
•    Mr Laurence Lord 


At the close of the call for nominations in the Department of Education & Training DE&T Category of School Council there was one nominee for one vacancy. The following DE&T staff member was, therefore, elected for a two year term.
•    Ms Rebecca Hand 
 

Congratulations to the parents and DE&T staff member who have joined our School Council and thank you to all parents/guardians and DE&T staff for showing interest in school governance. Working together makes a huge difference in improved student outcomes and in students’ lives. 

 

Co-opted Members

•    Mr Tyler George – School Leader/Captain

 

Following the election of office bearers, I congratulate and thank the following members: 

 

PRESIDENT:         Ms Diane Lang 
VICE PRESIDENT:     Mr Matthew Sheehan 
TREASURER:     Ms Tonia Tigani  
 
On behalf of the school community, I take this opportunity, to thank the outgoing council members (parents & staff). Their contributions have been paramount to the life of our College Community.  Thank you very much. 

Student Leaders work together with the school administration and towards a number of school activities/projects and organizational matters 

 

Abbey Gardner – School Captain 
Tyler George – School Captain 
Mustafa Niamatullah – Sports Captain 
Angela Bijimba - Cultural Captain 
Daphne Low – Academic Captain 
Thomas Grantham - Arts Captain 

 

•    improving the school life for all students model appropriate qualities to peers and the school community on a daily basis.
•    support and mentor other students in their team, year level and across the college
•    raise any student concerns and work with the college administration to provide some practical strategies and solutions
•    assist in the running of fund-raising events, whole school assemblies, extracurricular activities, information evenings 
•    being involved in school committees such as; school council and council subcommittees and decision making processes
•    assist with the planning of student functions 
•    organize team days and assemblies
•    work on events and projects involving other schools and the outside community 
•    encourage the leadership of senior students and junior students
 
Our school captains meet on a regular basis to discuss, plan and evaluate different student or school projects. Their feedback to the Principal team is paramount to the smooth operation of our school community and we really appreciate it. 

Student Accident Insurance

Parents and Guardians are reminded that the Department (DE&T) does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and Guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.

 

Schools generally do not have whole-of-school accident insurance; however, reasonably low cost accident insurance policies are available from commercial insurers.  

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 aid or tape 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.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam

ANZAC DAY

On Thursday the 26th of April, the school observed the ANZAC tradition.  The ceremony was led by the school captains. The students were incredibly respectful in their observation of the ANZAC remembrance and the acknowledgment of the leadership of their captains.  It was a very proud moment for all who participated and showed a great understanding of the important regard that ANZAC Day holds for all Australians.

Performance Averages

Students have now received two Progress Reports this year.  Hopefully these have been discussed with students and the results have been analysed and strategies have been implemented on how these could be improved.  

 

 
Many of these result were excellent and need to be celebrated.  They are a reflection of hard work, a willingness to learn and to ensure they can achieve the best possible education outcomes. 
Many students have improved their results dramatically and the top ten student improvement scores from each year level will be celebrated at Year level Assemblies. 
 

If you have not checked over these reports please visit the school parent portal on the school website.

Uniform

Students are reminded that they must be in full school uniform every day.  If they are not in uniform then must have a note.  Any students out of uniform will receive a lunchtime detention.  If this detention is missed then they will receive an after school detention. 

 

 

Students must wear the full P.E. uniform on the days that they have P.E.  If they do not have the full uniform then must wear the normal school uniform and change for P.E.

Term 2 it is a big one!

A glance at the calendar for this term (all 11 weeks of it) and it is already full of opportunities for students. It is a long term but with many important dates:

  • Week 4 15/5 -17/5 NAPLAN testing (year 7 and year 9 students)
  • 21/5 Curriculum Day (student free)
  • 11/6 Queen’s Birthday (public holiday)
  • 13/6 Year 12 GAT
  • 15/6 Assessment and Reporting day (student free)
  • 18/6 Semester 2 subjects begin
  • End of June = Cooking class spaces grand opening

In addition to this there will be the continued publication of student Learning Tasks on Compass for student feedback and parent information.

  • Progress Reports on 14/5
  • Exams in weeks 8 and 9
  • Semester Reports in last week of term

Middle School

Recently all Year 10 students participated in an engaging and interactive performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This generated discussion and extended their understanding of the components of this part of the English curriculum. The highlight however, was how well the students volunteered and instantly immersed themselves with the various characters thrust upon them. In this shot John Willett rescues Yekaterina Krivoguz from missing period 5 and 6!

Middle School Resilience Survey

Last year Simon Scoullar conducted a Resilience program of our students which enabled us to begin working on aiding students in bouncing back from setbacks at school and also helped inform staff on the individual needs of students in the classroom. This program begins again this term and starts with a survey of students at year 9.

Immunisations Year 7

The first round of Year 7 immunisations were conducted on Tuesday 24 April. If your child missed this opportunity they can be immunised at your local GP or at a Barwon Health centre. If this is done in a timely manner then your child will be able to have the second round at school later in the year. Thank you to Georgia Lowe for managing the session and to VCAL students Baden, Erick and Klarissa for their help. 


There is a Barwon Health timetable for out-of-school immunisations in this newsletter or at their website, http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/immunisation-service/item/barwon-health-immunisation-service.

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy Testing (NAPLAN)
Year 7 and Year 9

The VCAA is responsible for the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Victoria.

NAPLAN is a national assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, that is undertaken every year in early May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in four areas (or ‘domains’):
●    Reading
●    Writing
●    Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
●    Numeracy
 
The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs that are already used in schools. As with all single assessments, NAPLAN test results are not intended to be used in isolation from other school-based assessment programs.

 

The dates for NAPLAN testing are 15 May to 17 May. If you have questions about NAPLAN please contact a Year Level Coordinator, Sub -School Manager or an Assistant Principal. 

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Mr Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager 

 

Can we have a chat?

Last year I wrote an article about Parents/ Carers and teachers forming positive relationships to ensure the best education is offered to our students. I would like to expand on that a little in my article for this newsletter entry.

 

To begin with, two of my favourite days of the year are the days that we have Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences. This gives us the opportunity to chat about school, home, any areas of concern and to acknowledge the achievements of students. As a parent or carer, please do your very best to attend these days, this is imperative in gaining an accurate understanding of your child’s progress. It is always great to put faces to names as well. So next time you are here on one of our PST Conference days feel free to pop in and say hello!

 

In addition to this, homework is a word that most teens would like to have removed from their vocabulary and the teachers vocabulary too! With the technology rich world we live in today, communication between home and school is easier than ever. If you have noticed that your child has gone some time with no homework, it is not a case that it has not been given, but more of a case that it is not being completed.

 

If you are ever concerned that your child is not completing homework, jump onto Compass and check that they have submitted all assessments. On a day to day basis, if you are worried that homework is not being completed, email the classroom teacher, check progress reports or get on the phone. It is essential that students are completing homework, especially if the homework is work that has not been completed in class.

 

Like many things in our school community, these habits need to be established in the Junior Sub School to ensure that this process is overwhelming once students reach the Senior Sub School.

City of Greater Geelong Immunisation Service 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 

Parents/Students and Guardians;

 

Hope this term is treating everyone well. Just a few housekeeping issues relating to uniform and permission slips. Students are well aware of the expectations regarding uniform. North Geelong prides itself on its standing in the community, but more importantly our students feeling a sense of belonging. Through uniform we are one, ready to learn and dressing with dignity. If uniform is a financial issue please let us provide any required items.

 

Permission slips must be returned on time. Departmental regulations require the official slip, not a phone call or hand written note. This is not the school's decision, but a government requirement. The morning of an excursion is very busy - imagine organising over 100 teenagers and then recognise how difficult it is organising students who did not return a permission slip.

 

Lastly I have included an interesting article regarding adolescence. I couldn’t help but reflect on a school's role as mediator and place where teenagers often cool off or debrief after conflict at home. We often forget we see students more than our own families.

 

Growing up isn't easy, but at least kids in Greenwich have somewhere to go when they need to let off steam. Lesley Gerard reports 

 

Thursday 13 July 1995 23:02 BST

 

It is called growing up. It is about defying authority, standing up for yourself, claiming independence and, sometimes, being a total pain. Teenagers do not come with a foolproof instruction manual and parents often get the balance between friendly support, guidance and discipline badly wrong. A minor argument over clothes, messy bedrooms or coming home late can escalate into violent rows or a complete breakdown in communication.

 

For many teenagers, the only answer seems to be a shouted exit via the front door. For some there is no return. But for teenagers in Greenwich there is somewhere to go, somewhere to cool off - a hostel that takes youngsters in and allows tempers to cool.

 

Although adolescents might have drug or alcohol problems, the most common sources of conflict are children staying out late and truancy.

 

Ms Navin adds: "The important thing is to realise that every teenager's problems are different and to listen to their needs."

 

The mother's story

Olive Kalili Of Woolwich Common, south-east London, is 37 and has seven children aged 17 months to 17, including Delroy, 14.

 

"Delroy began skipping off school. I was shocked and angry. I shouted loud, but I knew it was half the fault of the friends he had got in with. At first I grounded him, then moved him to a new school. It was fine for a while, but then the truancy started again. He kept the same friends. Once he stayed out all night. I was frantic, had the police out. I thought he'd been kidnapped.

 

"We had rows because I wanted him home by 9pm and he wanted to be in by 10. He was trying to run me. One day he told me he did not want to stay and his brother had to physically sit on him to stop him from running away. I felt I would hit him if we didn't get help.

 

"Social services arranged for Delroy to do his schoolwork at Combwell Crescent. He comes home each evening and we see an outreach worker once a week. It is getting better. We have compromised on 9.30pm as a time for him to come in.

 

Teenage pains: what the experts say

Life with teenagers need not get out of hand. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, author of Positive Parenting, advises parents not to over-react when teenagers push at the boundaries.

 

"Make clear, fair home rules and keep them. Parents can be threatened by their seeming not to need them any more. Becoming over-protective and authoritarian can make matters worse."

Trying to be a child's best friend and confidant can be equally disastrous.

 

Caroline Douglas, director of Exploring Parenthood, says: "A mother who goes down the disco or smokes pot with her children's friends at parties only succeeds in being an embarrassment and loses authority and respect."

 

According to the experts, here are some basic dos and don'ts for anxious parents:

Insist on certain family rules - despite battles. See disputes as a sign of caring .

Listen before you leap, don't fly off the handle, and remember that you should be setting an example.

Accept swings between mature and immature behaviour. Behaving like a three-year-old one minute and a 30-year-old the next is what adolescence is all about.

 

Avoid accusations. Use "I feel," rather than "You make me feel ..." to start discussions.

 

Recognise that an adolescent needs increased independence and has a right to have a point of view, even if it differs from your own.

 

Look out for extended periods of depression or other unusual states of mind, and if necessary get help - around 30 per cent of adolescents are known, at some point, to be clinically depressed.

Don't raise complaints as they are going out of the door. Wait until later to talk.

 

Don't worry about when they are doing their school work if they are doing OK at school.

Don't throw in six other complaints when addressing one issue.

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Mrs Visnja Perin

Year 11 Coordinator

 

On behalf of the senior sub-school team I would like to welcome all our students back for term 2. It is a long term so make sure you are empowering yourselves with healthy eating, getting enough sleep and also getting outside with friends, family and activities. All these things really do help keep us alert and motivated to do our best.
 
We are looking closely at the student performance averages from the interim reports from last term. We will be celebrating the students who have shown the most improvement. All students have their own learning journey but it is important each individual is using this feedback as a way to identify areas in which they can improve and work towards making that improvement. Please contact out ICT department if you cannot access Compass – it is really important families are able to access the teacher feedback and have the necessary conversations at home, including of course all the positive aspects.
 
A reminder that the homework and SAC catch up day has changed for this term. Students are attending on a Monday after school and the details were shared with them through Google Classroom.
 
This is the term when our year 11 students will work on their jackets or jumpers for next year. I’m sure we all agree the tops our current year 12s are wearing are magnificent and it will be up to the current year 11 students to decide if they want a jacket or a rugby top. The students will participate in designing the tops. There is a cost involved so it might be a good time to start thinking about putting a bit of money aside ready for this in the second half of the year. Following on from this, planning is underway for the year 12 camp for 2019. Students will receive information later this term which will include a fee structure. We do offer a payment plan for this camp and encourage families to prepare as best they can for the event. It is a very important activity full of motivational activities and study strategies designed to help students start their year 12 on a very positive note.
 
The year 12 Graduation Dinner will be held at The Presidents Room in CATS Stadium, Kardinia Park, on Tuesday the 23rd of October 2018. Students will need to pay a deposit for their tickets by Friday the 22nd of June. Further information will be provided to students at an assembly next week. 
 
Students may have seen the big notice outside the careers room for the Geelong Careers and Pathways Expo. We encourage students to attend if at all possible. It is being run on the 14th of May between 3-6 pm at Deakin University, Waterfront Campus. 

 

VCAL VIBES

NGSC’s Sahel Rasouli – Volunteer Experience Presentation to VCAL.

One of our NGSC staff, Sahel Rasouli, spent her summer holiday helping to teach children who were living a in a refugee camp in Greece. Earlier this year Sahel visited Mrs McMahon’s VCAL class and shared some stories about her experiences.

 

The following reflections were written by students after listening to Sahel’s presentation:

 

Reflection by Hossein

“Sahel Rasouli left Australia in December 2017 to travel to Greece. She worked in a refugee camp staying there for six weeks. The weather was very cold and rainy. Her aim was to help the kids learn English. The refugees didn’t have enough food or clothing there was no hope for a better life outside the camp. She worked as a volunteer. The kids were very upset and unhappy because they were frightened, hungry and cold. Sahel worked more than ten hours per day, six days a week. There was no formal school just a room in the village. Sahel tried to keep the kids happy while teaching them English. Finally after weeks of hard work she started to feel sick and lost weight.”
 

Reflection by Lah Eh

“Sahel left Australia in December 2017 when it was very hot here. She arrived in Greece where it was very cold about minus 1-2 degrees. Sahel was teaching the kids English their ages were between five and thirteen years old. The children were very upset because they were escaping war. Sahel was teaching about twelve hours per day six days a week.”

 

Reflection by Soma

“I am writing about Sahel Rasouli’s story. She went to Greece to work as a volunteer in a refugee camp. There were many people from different countries who all wanted a better life. A small school was opened for kids because they didn’t know how long they would be there. The teachers had to clean up and wash everything for other classes. Sometimes a few kids came and other times the class was full. Sahel took twenty seven kilos of gifts, pens, pencils and books. The kids were very happy to receive the presents some had been donated by students from this school. It was very emotional for her to say ‘goodbye’.”

 

Reflection by Nelson

“Sahel Rasouli was a volunteer helping refugee people in a Greek camp. The camp was very overcrowded. The people lived in tents and when it rained the water ran through their tents and they got wet. The kids only got to eat one meal per day. The kids were very happy to get the donated presents.”

 

Reflection by Nami

“There was not enough food or money in the camp so an N.G.O. organisation helped the refugees. Ms Rasouli worked from eight in the morning until ten at night. The refugees were not relaxed and were exhausted so the volunteers tried to think of fun stuff to make them happy and give them something to do. It was difficult having contact with the kids because a lot of them had lost their families and they were very sensitive. She saw one kid wearing a plastic bag for a sock. The camp was started two years ago.”

 

Reflection by Shams

“Sahel booked and paid her own ticket and travelled to Athens and then on to the camp.

She worked in a refugee camp it was very cold and crowded. The people lived in tents. Sahel taught kids from many different countries. There was not enough food and many people were depressed. Sahel and the volunteers had to clean the rooms for the next classes.

There was not enough clothing it was very cold and hard to keep warm.”

Photo: Sahel Rasouli presenting to Mrs McMahon’s VCAL class.

  

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 9.00am and 12.15pm 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

   

Discover the World of Languages!                 

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 

Bellarine Training and Community Hub Youth Art Show 2018

North Geelong Secondary College students entered a number of artworks into the Bellarine Training and Community Hub Youth Art Show over the holidays into a range of categories including Photography, Painting and Drawing. A number of artworks were sold on the night and Year 12 student Ileen Yodsan won first prize in her category.

 

Congratulations to all students who entered work into the competition.

Miss Oates

 

MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Welcome back to the new term  I trust you all had a restful Easter  Break Holiday and are refreshed and recharged to start this busy second term that is upon us.  

 

The Multicultural Committee will commence this term with its meeting on Monday 30th April at lunch time (12:45pm) in the Discussion Room. We invite parents and friends to attend the Multicultural Committee meeting as we greatly value the input of  NGSC parents and the wider school community. 

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer ​

Multicultural Festival

 

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
 

STEM is an innovative new program running at North Geelong Secondary College. It aims to involve students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and to build their problem solving and team work skills.

 

There are numerous programs running at NGSC to engage students in STEM. For example, the year 8 students completed a Bottle Rocket Project in their Science classes at the end of Term One. In this task student designed and built a rocket from soft drink containers and cardboard. The students then launched their rockets and collected and analysed data on the flight time. The students really enjoyed this task and they all put in a massive effort to build their rockets with many innovative ideas seen. A special thank you to all families that bought in their empty soft drink bottles to help support the project.

 

More information on STEM can be found on the College website under ‘Learning Opportunities’ and then ‘NGSC programs’.

 

White Card Training

Students from North Geelong Secondary College will be completing their Construction Induction Card, better known as a white card, during the second week of term 2. This card allows our students to work on building sites around Australia. This card covers OH&S procedures on building sites and civil construction sites allowing many of our students to work part time over the holiday periods. This is a day long course and this year will be presented at the Deakin Cats Community Centre at GMHBA Stadium. I wish to thank the Cats and Deakin for the use of this room and the facilities. I will be organising another training session later in the year but all students interested in this training should see Mr Rankcom.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Lions Club of Corio Norlane

We have bicycles for donation to families and children who are struggling to be able to afford one.

 

Please have families contact the school with your child’s name age and size of bike needed or, Please contact John Mckinnin on 0419319664 with age of child and size of bike, he will arrange collection or delivery for you.

You will need to arrange to purchase your own helmet.

We wish to offer free desktop computer systems, laptops and netbooks to families who are struggling to be able to afford any.

 

Please have families contact the school with the type of system you would like and we will arrange something for you. All these computers and laptops have Windows 10, office 2010, acrobat reader and windows defender antivirus. 

 

Please get your welfare coordinator contact me Richard Walter on 0402 409895 or have them pass on information from families that may benefit from our offer.

Any Family in need is welcome to apply for this.

If you need any further information please contact me.

Richard Walter

Sercretary

Lions Club of Corio Norlane

www.corionorlanelionsclub.org.au

0402 409895

 

 

Languages Corner 

We are very excited to announce that North Geelong Secondary College has been working with the City Council of Izumiotsu, in Osaka Prefecture, to develop an exchange relationship. We are beginning this connection with an exchange visit from Izumiotsu in August 2018.

Izumiotsu City (Local Government) is a bayside area south-west of Osaka City centre in Osaka Prefecture.

The students who will be visiting us will come from 3 Junior High Schools in Izumiotsu City. The group of approximately 10 Junior High School students (ages 13-15) will be leaving Japan on the 17th of August and will be returning on the 23rd of August.

We are seeking expressions of interest from families who would like to host a Japanese student during this period.

Host families would be inviting the Japanese students into their homes and their daily routines. While ideally the Japanese student would have their own room, this is not essential. Some cultural experiences and/or excursions are in the planning stage, but otherwise the Japanese student would join the host student in their school classes and on the commute to and from school with the family.

If you are interested in welcoming a Japanese student into your home, please indicate this through the Google form at https://goo.gl/forms/58NryedgHepp83aK2  

 

In other news there will be a Japan Festival in Box Hill on Sunday 20th May 2018   from 10:00 AM ~ 5:00 P.M. at Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.

 

There is a general entry fee: Ages 12 & more: $5,  Ages 6-11: $3

However there is free entry for

  • Children up to 5 years old

  • Disabled persons (+ 1 carer)

  • Pensioners Card Holders

  • Seniors Card Holders

  • Persons dressed in Kimono or Yukata

  • Persons dressed in full Cosplay Costumes

This event is being organised by the Japan Club of Victoria, with the aim to promote cultural exchange between Australia and Japan through a vibrant festival everybody can enjoy.

 

There will be performances of Japanese Taiko Drumming, Traditional Dance, Karate, Shamisen, Choir, Karaoke Show, etc.

 

There will also be exhibitions of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Bonsai (Japanese miniature tree cultivation), Bullet Train (Shinkansen) Model Railway, etc.

 

Furthermore there will be demonstrations of Tea Ceremony, Shogi Japanese chess, Origami, Ground Golf, Tennis, etc.

 

About 110 Stalls expected including Takoyaki (fried octopus in a savoury batter), Yakitori (chicken skewers), Japanese Sweets, Tea, Japanese Toys, Ceramics, Books, Craft, Kimono, Yoyo game, and lots more.

 

There will also be a raffle with gorgeous prizes.

Please visit https://www.jcv-au.org/japanfestival/ for more information.

 

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