NGSC Newsletter

07 November 2018
Issue Seventeen
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

8 OCT-21 NOV      VCE Exams

20 NOV                   Year 7 Immunisations

                                  Year 10 Study Day

20 - 23 NOV          Year 11 to 12 Orientation

21 - 23 NOV          Year 10 Exams

23 NOV                   Last Day for Year 11 Students

26 - 29 NOV           Years 7 - 9 Exams

                                   Year 10 to 11 Orientation

29 NOV                    Last day for Year 10 Students

30 NOV                    Assessment & Reporting Day

                                   (Student free day)

10 DEC                     2019, Year 7 Parent/Carers and

                                    students Information Evening

11 - 12 DEC            Grade 6 Orientation Days

11 DEC                     Yrs 7 - 9 Pupil Free Day

12 - 14 DEC            Years 7 to 9 Student Activities

18 DEC                     College Awards Presentation 



Mr Nicholas Adamou


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.
The school welcomes the next stage of improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for all secondary school students, with the Minister for Education’s announcement of new funding to support literacy and numeracy in secondary schools and changes.

Principal For A Day Program, 25 October

Victoria’s Principal For A Day (PFAD) program, now in its 17th year, operates in Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools and is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Training through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and ACER.

Principal For A Day, Cath Smith, Principal Changesmith Consulting, HESTA Australian Communities Foundation, Previously: The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Futureye, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees with the 2019 School Captains Bailey Kitchen , Jasper George, Brianna Pendlebury, Sarah Diprose, and Jeremy Hogan.


The program brings business and community leaders together with school leaders, with the aims of:

  • increasing understanding and awareness between schools, business and the wider community
  • promoting the great work that schools do
  • enabling participants to develop ongoing relationships, partnerships and programs.

I, as a school principal benefit from insights on leadership from successful leaders in other spheres, the opportunity to showcase my school to business and community leaders, and the potential for developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships for the school and its students.


The Business and community leaders benefit from an insight into the issues facing schools and the work they do, opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on organisational leadership and skills sharing, and a chance to make a contribution to the community.
The event day for Principal For A Day - The ‘principal for a day’ shadows the school principal, and participates in normal day-to-day activities in a primary, special or secondary school. The principal and the ‘principal for a day’ discuss the challenges and current issues each is facing in their leadership role. 

North Geelong Secondary College SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  

 “Providing opportunities for excellence”

North Geelong Secondary College is committed in providing the best educational, cutting edge programs to the wider community.  The school is also committed to providing the best possible transition program from primary to secondary school.


Scholarships are awarded for two years commencing in Year 7 and then reviewed in Year 9. The scholarship program promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their College Community. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of the College.


The Year 7 and 8 scholarships are to the value of $5000. The scholarships cover the following items:

  • Full value of school fees for Year 7 & 8
  • iPad
  • School uniform including a school blazer
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Camps
  • All books and materials for Years 7 & 8 
  • All excursions and extra –curricular activities for Years 7 & 8

Scholarships are available in the following areas:


•    Academic Excellence


The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to students with an exemplary academic record who have demonstrated outstanding application and achievement in one or more of English, Mathematics or Science, together with a strong performance in general studies. 


•    Student Leadership
The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated leadership skills. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent communication skills, display initiative, and have a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students.


•    Community (Good Citizenship)
The Community (Good Citizenship) Scholarship is available to students who have made a significant demonstrable contribution to their community. The successful applicant(s) will display a strong social conscience as well as an outstanding work ethic and behaviour. 
•    Sporting Excellence
The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sports persons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s). 
•    The Arts 
The Arts scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts (such as; Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent.  

2019 Year 7 Scholarship presentations 

Jana Badr – Bell Park Primary School - Academic Excellence Scholarship

Congratulations to Jana for her outstanding achievements!


Jana has demonstrated the following achievements/skills during her primary school years:
  • Outstanding academic results in all areas, in particular Science and Mathematics
  • Passion for applied Science – Environmental and Medical sciences
  • Leadership and communication skills; fundraising for outreach campaigns such as charities for children with cancer “world child cancer”

Jana has been involved in Peer support programs. Her teachers speak extremely highly of her. Jana has been described as always having a positive attitude, always polite, punctual and respectful. She demonstrates excellent communication skills, displays initiative and has a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students.


Once again, Congratulations to Jana Badr and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Jana in the next six years of her high school journey. 
Henry Reed – Manifold Heights Primary School – Student Leadership Scholarship 
Congratulations to Henry for his outstanding achievements! 

Henry has demonstrated the following achievements/skills during his Primary school years:


Henry was elected by his teachers and peers to participate in a Public Speaking Competition. He was also elected as a Tech Safe Leader for this year.

  • Student Leader for Manifold Heights Primary School relating to the current year.
  • Has a gift in creative writing.
  • Once again, Congratulations to Henry Reed and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Henry in the next six years of his high school journey. 


Hteemoo Yohellaymusaw – Northern Bay Primary School (Peacock Campus), The community (Good Citizenship ) scholarship 
Congratulations to Hteemoo for her outstanding achievements:


Hteemoo has demonstrated and role modelled the School’s Core Values during her Primary school years and has worked extremely well in teams, leading and working closely and cooperatively with her fellow students. Currently in her school Hteemoo holds the following Leadership roles;

  • SWPB (School Wide Positive Behaviour) Leader
  • SRC (Student Representative Council)
  • Heads Up Ambassador
Once again, Congratulations to Hteemoo Yohellaymusaw and welcome to NGSC. The staff and students are looking forward to working with Hteemoo in the next six years of her high school journey. 

Capital Works update

NGSC capital works project continues to gather momentum. Stage 2 (North of C wing) is expected to be completed and delivered back to the school by 12 November. Meanwhile Stage 3 (D – Wing, Science block) will be decanted and handed over to the builders by 8 November. The Science wing, including an extra Science room and a new toilet block is expected to be completed and back on line by the middle of February, 2019.

I wish to thank Paul Dawson-Assistant Principal and Mel West- Facilities Coordinator, for organising the logistics and decanting of the various wings. Thank you also to all staff who have been very resilient with the shifting to new staff room locations. The Science Block is expected to be completed by the second week of February, 2019.

Breakfast Program

The NGSC Breakfast Club has been running successfully for the last seven years. During 2018 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 and St Alban’s Anglican Church Parishioners for their tremendous support during this year. The breakfast club would not have been as successful as it is without the coordination and hard work of NGSC ES staff members. 



I take the opportunity to thank Ms Alison Costa who is the College Breakfast Club Coordinator and also thank all key stakeholders and contributors to a very successful program. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.    


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

A busy week!

Last week we farewelled the Year 12 students. We were impressed by the way that they showed responsibility and respect while they enjoyed their last day with a celebration morning tea in fancy costumes and a farewell assembly with the whole school, complete with poppers and streamers and loud noise. In the evening, the College held the Year 12 Graduation dinner at Geelong CATS stadium. Individual awards for extra contributions to the school were awarded along with their graduation certificates. Awards of high recognition for efforts in sport, VCAL, EAL were given to selected students. The ‘Strive To Achieve’ award, for successful application to their studies regardless of challenges faced, was awarded to Lakeisha Dunscombe and Daniel Kovacev. The ‘Robert Allen Memorial’ Award was presented to Thomas Grantham. This award is in recognition of high level of contribution and excellence across a number of facets of school life; For Thomas this has been in leadership, arts, ICT and academic studies. Congratulations to all of the awards recipients.


On Friday last week we celebrated the diversity of the college and multiculturalism in general with our annual Multicultural Festival. During the day students participated in a staff vs students football match, the opening ceremony including the ‘Parade of Nations’, a vast array of student led activities, rides, food trucks, stalls, open mic stage, reptile display and a petting zoo. We had visits from politicians, primary schools and many members of the community also came along.



Thank you to all members of the school community who organised activities with their home groups, provided support for the primary school students, provided the technical knowhow for the stage performances, set up and clean up on the day. Thank you to Emily Dowling and Courtney McCullough for organising the event. It was a great day. 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Progress Reports

The Term 4, Week 4 progress report are available. Please have conversations with your children about their progress across all areas of achievement as we head to the end of the academic year. Take note of the number in the bottom right corner, this is the Performance Average (PA). The highest number is 4.0 and anything above 2.5 is satisfactory. Student Managers will be conducting family meetings for students with low PA scores to identify strategies to support improvement. If you have concerns for your child in their learning please contact the relevant Student Manager. 


The 2019 Year 11 and 12 students received their booklists last week. The reasoning for this early process is so that students can receive their books in early November ready for the beginning of the Year 11 or 12 Orientation classes during November. If students are going to start their senior schooling on the right foot then it is vitally important that they have all of the materials including their textbooks. Their 2019 schooling for senior students will begin the first day of Orientation week.

Students in Years 7 to 9 will receive their booklists later in the term ready for distribution early next year. The 2019 Year 7 students will receive their booklists in a package mailed to families in November. 

Year 12 Study Camp

We are currently planning for the 2019 Deakin Warrnambool Study Camp. This camp gives the students a great springboard in preparing for the rigours of Year 12 and the expectations required to ensure that they have a successful year. The camp is compulsory and has been a contributing factor in the improvement in the VCE and VCAL results in recent years. Please ensure that all paperwork is submitted to support the planning process. 

Timetable for Years 7-11 exams

Remember: 30 November is Assessment and Reporting Day - this is a pupil free day


Specific exam timetables for each year level will be available closer to the time. Year 11 students have access to their exam timetable via Google classroom. 



Every student should have an appropriate place for study leading up to exams. This is a quiet place where they are not distracted by the regular pattern of family life. The basics of enough paper, writing equipment and internet access is required. We encourage students to have regular breaks in their study time and to eat, drink and sleep well. Being organised and prepared lessens the worry about performing in exams.  


Steve Quinn

Year 7 Coordinator


It’s that time of year when we need to start casting our sights on the upcoming exams. Exams for the Junior School will be conducted during week 8 and, while that does seem to be an eternity away, it will be on our door steps before you know it. To avoid last minute stress and achieve their best results students need to start preparing now. Things that should be considered are:

  • Filling any gaps in content due to missed classes
  • Regular short revision is far more effective for retention than last minute cramming
  • Seek help to clarify any confusion or problems
  • Preparing help sheets if allowed
  • Obtaining required equipment if needed
  • Paying close attention to teachers hints and tip in the lead up

Remember that teachers are always willing to provide extra help for anyone seeking it so speak to them early.


The swimming program is occurring in week 6 and is set to be a great experience for all involved. However, many students are at risk of missing out if they do not bring back the relevant forms. Remember that two forms are required, the medical form and the permission form. If you have any concerns please speak to a member of the Junior Sub-School asap.


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,


Can those affiliated with Year 10 please be aware book lists are due and we have roughly two weeks left until exams.


Year 9 students need to begin getting in the mindset of senior students. We are currently looking at Performance Averages closely and critiquing students appropriateness for academic progression. This realistically means students who are not progressing or meeting our expectations make us question whether they have the maturity to go into the next year level.


Again watch attendance; I must reiterate one day a week is 20% of schooling which can lead to huge gaps in students' learning.

Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain
By Robin Nixon | July 8, 2012

Neuroscientists are learning more about what's going on inside the teen brain.

Credit: Dreamstime


They are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care.
There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence.

"The brain continues to change throughout life, but there are huge leaps in development during adolescence," said Sara Johnson, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who reviewed the neuroscience in "The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development" (Johns Hopkins University, 2009) by Clea McNeely and Jayne Blanchard.


And though it may seem impossible to get inside the head of an adolescent, scientists have probed this teen tangle of neurons. Here are five things they've learned about the mysterious teen brain.


1. New thinking skills

Due to the increase in brain matter, the teen brain becomes more interconnected and gains processing power, Johnson said. Adolescents start to have the computational and decision-making skills of an adult – if given time and access to information, she said. 


But in the heat of the moment, their decision-making can be overly influenced by emotions, because their brains rely more on the limbic system (the emotional seat of the brain) than the more rational prefrontal cortex, explained Sheryl Feinstein, author of "Inside the Teenage Brain: Parenting a Work in Progress" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009).


"This duality of adolescent competence can be very confusing for parents," Johnson said, meaning that sometimes teens do things, like punch a wall or drive too fast, when, if asked, they clearly know better.


2. Intense emotions

"Puberty is the beginning of major changes in the limbic system," Johnson said, referring to the part of the brain that not only helps regulate heart rate and blood sugar levels, but also is critical to the formation of memories and emotions.


Part of the limbic system, the amygdala is thought to connect sensory information to emotional responses. Its development, along with hormonal changes, may give rise to newly intense experiences of rage, fear, aggression (including toward oneself), excitement and sexual attraction.

Over the course of adolescence, the limbic system comes under greater control of the prefrontal cortex, the area just behind the forehead, which is associated with planning, impulse control and higher order thought. 


As additional areas of the brain start to help process emotion, older teens gain some equilibrium and have an easier time interpreting others. But until then, they often misread teachers and parents, Feinstein said.


"You can be as careful as possible and you still will have tears or anger at times because they will have misunderstood what you have said," she said.


3. Peer pleasure

As teens become better at thinking abstractly, their social anxiety increases, according to research in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published in 2004.


Abstract reasoning makes it possible to consider yourself from the eyes of another. Teens may use this new skill to ruminate about what others are thinking of them. In particular, peer approval has been shown to be highly rewarding to the teen brain, Johnson said, which may be why teens are more likely to take risks when other teens are around.


"Kids are really concerned with looking cool – but you don't need brain research to tell you that," she said.


Friends also provide teens with opportunities to learn skills such as negotiating, compromise and group planning. "They are practicing adult social skills in a safe setting and they are really not good at it at first," Feinstein said. So even if all they do is sit around with their friends, teens are hard at work acquiring important life skills.


4. Measuring risk

"The brakes come online somewhat later than the accelerator of the brain," said Johnson, referring to the development of the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system respectively.


At the same time, "teens need higher doses of risk to feel the same amount of rush adults do," Johnson said.


Taken together, these changes may make teens vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviors, such as trying drugs, getting into fights or jumping into unsafe water. By late adolescence, say 17 years old and after, the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and long-term perspective taking is thought to help them reign in some of the behaviour they were tempted by in middle adolescence, according to McNeely and Blanchard. 


What is a parent to do in the meantime? "Continue to parent your child." Johnson said. Like all children, "teens have specific developmental vulnerabilities and they need parents to limit their behaviour," she said.


(Research on the different rates of brain function development during adolescence was published in the journal Developmental Review in 2008.)


5. 'I am the centre of the universe'

The hormone changes at puberty have huge affects on the brain, one of which is to spur the production of more receptors for oxytocin, according to research detailed in a 2008 issue of the journal Developmental Review.


While oxytocin is often described as the "bonding hormone," increased sensitivity to its effects in the limbic system has also been linked to feeling self-consciousness, making an adolescent truly feel like everyone is watching him or her. According to McNeely and Blanchard, these feelings peak around 15 years old.


While this may make a teen seem self-centered (and in their defense, they do have a lot going on), the changes in the teen brain may also spur some of the more idealistic efforts tackled by young people throughout history.


"It is the first time they are seeing themselves in the world," Johnson said, meaning their greater autonomy has opened their eyes to what lies beyond their families and schools. They are asking themselves, she continued, for perhaps the first time: What kind of person do I want to be and what type of place do I want the world to be?


Until their brains develop enough to handle shades of gray, their answers to these questions can be quite one-sided, Feinstein said, but the parents' job is to help them explore the questions, rather than give them answers.

Avengers Infinity War review 

By Riconley Lambert 

Year 9 Student

“Avengers Infinity War” is directed by the Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony Russo). They have also directed “Captain America”, “The Winter Soldier” and “Civil War”. This movie stars way too many people to name so I’m not doing that. “Avengers Infinity War” is probably the most important movie in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) because it took ten years to make. Fans have been waiting for this movie since they saw Thanos at the end of the first “Avengers”. I’m a big fan of everything involving Marvel from comics to movies so here are my thoughts on “Infinity War”. The plot for this movie is that the avengers and the guardians of the galaxy have to stop Thanos getting all six infinity stones.


There isn’t much that is bad about this movie, I think the Russo brothers handled it well but it still has a few problems. One of these problems would be hard to fix since they have over sixty characters in this movie. The first act of the movie felt a bit too messy but, like I said before, it would be hard to make it perfect. The second problem I have is some characters act different. Now I’m trying to stay away from spoilers so I can’t say how, but if you watch the marvel movies you will know what I mean. A good thing with having all these characters is that a lot of them worked really well with each other, for example Spiderman and Dr Strange. Even though it’s a serious movie it does have some good comedic parts.


This is one of the dark marvel movies with one of the best villains in Marvel. Thanos, unlike other villains, has a reason for what he is doing and we understand why he is doing it. His intro also shows that he is scary and that the avengers haven’t faced anything like him. I think Josh Brolin did a great job playing the mad titan Thanos.


The last thing I need to talk about is the ending. No spoilers though which will be hard. The ending was very shocking and it leaves a lot of questions that will be answered in “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4”. The ending felt like a Lord of the Rings ending and it felt kind of good, but still wanting more. Other movies have tried to do the part one and part two thing but have failed. Avengers did it right.


Thanks for reading my review and hopefully you read my next one.


Glenda McGrath

Year 12 Coordinator

Year 12 News

Congratulations to all of the Year 12 students for completing their secondary schooling. Obviously some students are still finishing off exams, interviews and class outcomes but they have finished their classes.

Year 21 Graduation

It was wonderful to see the students, and their family and friends at the Graduation. It was a lovely evening and such a proud moment for all of the staff to see what outstanding young adults they have all become. We wish them well for the future. We have shared photos taken at the Graduation on Google Drive for all of the students to access. The link is below:

VCE Exams

The Unit 3 and 4 exams have commenced. I have been so impressed with the way students have organised their studies and sought assistance with their teachers.  It is very important that students look after themselves during this important part of the year. Eat well and sleep well.  A big thank you also to the Unit 3/4 teachers who have made themselves available 24/7 to the students. Your teachers go way ‘above and beyond’ for you at this time of year and their efforts are very much appreciated. 

VCAL Interviews

Over the past few weeks Year 12 VCAL students have attended interviews with panels of staff including Assistant Principals. The students were very well prepared and all feedback was how successful these were and important for preparing students for transitioning from secondary school into their future pathways.

Year 11 Exams

The exams start next week. The timetable has been shared with students on the Year 11 Google Classroom. All students should check to ensure they know where and when each exam is on. Could students also remember that they must be prepared for exams with the appropriate equipment. This means bringing pens, pencils, highlighters, rulers, dictionaries and calculators. Please note that the school will not be providing calculators and dictionaries as we expect all students have their own and it is important to become familiar with using these for next year. Attendance is compulsory and students should be in full school uniform. 

Year 12 Tops 2019

Orders for the Year 12 tops have all been finalised and the order has been sent to the supplier for all those who have paid. Thank you to all those who returned their forms on time.

Year 12 Camp 2019

Camp notices have all gone out to Year 11 students. This camp is not optional. It is compulsory for all Year 12 (VCE and VCAL) to attend. If any students have concerns or specific difficulties they should see Ms Bridges or Mr. Dawson.

Orientation for Year 11 into Year 12

Orientation for Year 11 into 12 commences week 7 November 19-23. I cannot stress how important orientation is. Students will get course information and a timeline of important dates and SAC times. They will also be given school holiday work which is very important to prepare them for the following year. If students miss this they will putting themselves at a disadvantage.


Josh Vassallo

Health and Physical Education Learning Area Leader

Barwon Respect Cup

On Friday, 26 October, selected NGSC students attended the annual Barwon Respect Cup at Kardinia Park, Geelong.


Students participated in competitive and challenging workshops, seminars and a Netball competition on the day. The College was fortunate enough to be crowned Most Respectful School and Overall Premiers on the day. We would like to thank Barwon Health, Netball Victoria and the Department of Education’s RRRR South Barwon Division for the fantastic opportunity to stand together for violence against woman and respectful relationships.


Excellence In Sport Trials

The College recently held its Excellence in Sport Trial periods for the Football and Soccer programs. We would like to congratulate all recipients of the program for 2019. We would also like to thank all parents for their attendance at the information evening, and if there are any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the College.

Victorian Institute of Sport visit

On Tuesday, 30 October, Miss Hand, Mrs Marendaz and Mr Vassallo took 40 students to the Victorian Institute of Sport. Students met elite athletes, conducted tours and enjoyed practical training activities. Students experienced career opportunities involved in elite sporting contexts and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.


The College and the Excellence in Sport Program would like to congratulate Soe Mer and Tai Rakatua on their selection in the Victorian Touch Rugby Team. Well Done Boys!


School Sport Victoria State Track and Field Championships

Three of the College's Year 8 students competed in this high standard event on Monday, 22 October. Some PBs were gained and also a wealth of experience for future athletic experiences.

Well done to –

  • Lainey Hill – 5th 200 m 27.52 sec and 6th Long Jump 4.29 m
  • Sam Warelow – 4th 1500 m Walk 8.18.73 min
  • Jack Warelow – 5th 400 m 58.80 sec


Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Festival

In the meantime let’s continue to celebrate by reflecting on the glorious events of the day. The national costumes dazzled in the opening ceremony parade and certainly highlighted the festival’s theme ‘A world of colour’.


The parade was followed by a welcome to country by Indigenous Youth Group from fOrT and proceeded by Lyndon performing on the didgeridoo. What a treat that was. We also had a lovely Scottish dance performance from Highland Dancing Geelong  Group and Kunal’s Bollywood band (Beyond Nirvana) performing a beautiful song in harmony. Then the crescendo of a melodic chorus from the Karen and Karenni choir consisting of students and parents. The weather was also kind to us with the sun warmly greeting the festival goers.


The Festival had a steady number of visitors as the day progressed and there was certainly a festive feel in the air. The school grounds a blaze with colour and the sounds of performers, while students and guests chatted and enjoyed each other’s company, soaking up the festive atmosphere.


A very special thank you goes to Dani Parker, Manager of fOrT Youth Centre, along with her entourage from The City of Greater Geelong for their considerable contributions to the Festival, once again this year. This would not have been such a success without your generosity.


Each year I am more and more astounded by the enormous effort and time our staff and students invest towards the Festival. This year was no exception, as once again they created a wonderful event that is the envy of many schools around Geelong.


The myriad of colourful and culturally diverse costumes were very fitting with this year’s theme ‘A World of Colour’. Thank you to everyone that came in their national costumes and contributed once again to a very successful and colourful Festival.


We had the pleasure of Geelong Advertiser’s photographer, Peter Ristevski, who is a past student, join us to photograph the event. We featured on page two of Saturday’s edition of the Geelong Advertiser (27/10/2018), with a photo of our students Mariyam Sherzad, Vakshana Seivanayagam and Angela Bijimba in their beautiful and colourful national costumes (see photo below).


The Multicultural Festival is now well known in the Geelong Community, and beyond, and has proven to be another successful event this year.


I would like to kindly thank all the parents, friends, students and staff who contributed their time and effort to our 'Home Made Cake Stall'. Alongside the Teahouse, the cake stall had many traditional sweets on offer at the Festival. Thanks to your generosity, we lived up to the expectations and once again raised the bar, surely making us the best homemade cake stall in Geelong.


I saw many new faces and had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to many of you at the Festival. I hope you all had a delightful day.


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


At our next and final Multicultural Committee meeting on Monday, 5 November (12:45 pm in the Discussion Room), we will reflect on and celebrate the achievements of the festival. Feel free to bring a plate of your favourite food to share.


John Eckert

e-Learning Coordinator


Last week The Arts held their annual VCE Exhibition which showcased Media films, Visual Communication Design final presentations and Studio Art final artworks and folios. The exhibition was a huge success with Ileen Yodsan winning the Principal prize on the night. The collection of work exhibited the excellent talent we have here at the college. Students have been working hard over the year to produce exceptional folios and final works.


Audiences of the exhibition had their opportunity to vote for their favourite piece in each category. Classes throughout the week also participated in the exhibition by viewing and voting for their favourite work.


Amser Say won the Studio Arts voters selection prize with his large drawings of emotion using fine liner. Jade Croft won the Visual Communication Design voters selection prize with her fashion label, advertising material and garment design. Chardae Larkins won the Media voters selection prize with her film ‘Deluded’.


A huge congratulations to all students involved!


Rena Bennett, Darren Lawless

and June Bashiruddin

On Thursday, 18 October, 42 students, Ms Bennett, Mr Lawless and Ms Bashiruddin visited the Jewish Museum where we were met by Jenny, the Education Coordinator. We were given a brief introduction to the Museum and then guided through in small groups. This part of the visit was to learn about the culture and traditions of the Jewish people and culminated in visiting a synagogue and Sabbath blessing prior to a lunch of falafel, pita bread and a variety of salads and pickles.


We left the Museum and were taken to The Jewish Holocaust Centre. We began with an introductory overview of the Holocaust and its significance. The highlight of this part of the excursion was listening to Ivan, a Holocaust survivor.


We concluded our visit with a quick tour through the Centre.  I think we could have spent much longer in both places in order to take in all the information. The message to be tolerant and understanding of each other rang loud and clear and that will hopefully be carried in the hearts of our students through their lives.


Kim Nguyen

Science/Maths Teacher

Year 8 and Year 9 SEAL Science Shell Questacon Incursion

On Monday, 22 October, 8C and 9C were entertained by the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Science graduates bringing lively presentations of science to towns and schools across regional Australia while they study for a Master of Science Communication Outreach.


The first part of the show was presented by Adriana and she used pressure to perform a few experiments. This included using pressure to crush a can, forcing a water balloon into a bottle (and back out again in one piece!) and creating a marshmallow bazooka using a vacuum. 


The second part of the show was presented by Shelley. She used liquid nitrogen to demonstrate states of matter and the properties of temperature. Liquid nitrogen has a boiling point of -195C and changes from a liquid to a gas at room temperature. There were bursting balloons, shattering of lettuce and gaseous bubbles. 


Students were involved during the show and enjoyed many of the experiments that aren’t possible in a school laboratory. All students behaved exceptionally well and were able to observe science in a practical way.


Linda Castle

Language Teacher

Greetings from the Languages Faculty.


This week we bring you some more of the student feedback we received from our 2018 Japanese student visitors from Izumiotsu, Osaka, Japan.


Naomi Matsuura of Seifunankai Junior High School

“Thank you for a great time. I’m thankful I could have many exciting experiences. So I want to come visit this school again. I have two reasons. Firstly this school is supportive of student individuality. Secondly this school’s students are very kind and friendly.”


Miu Nohara of Toyo Junior High School

“Hello!! My name is Miu. Thank you for your kindness. I was very surprised various things to come in Australia. At first it into the house in to leave shoes. At 2nd, very early sleep time. At 3rd, trash it is a House before. At 4th, things school end times faster. At w5th two-story is small things. I hope (and) I want to come back here again. Thank you.”


Yuwa Fujiwara of Seifu Junior High School.

“Dear North Geelong Secondary College

Hello!! I had a very good time. Now a very good experience. Thank you for talking to me. T was happy. I had a lot of things I wanted to tell and talk with you more but I could not put them in words well. Now I really think that I should have studied English more in Japan.


That I was surprised is the good of the men and women of the relationship. I was jealous of your relationship between boys and girls. We could learn various things from you. Thank you very much. Also I hope to meet (again) someday!! I love you all! Thank you for helping me.”


Joan McMahon

VCAL Teacher

Tradition Meets Contemporary at the Festival

Students dressed in their exotic costumes graced N.G.S.C at Friday's Multicultural Festival. However, these students also showed that they’re thoroughly modern gals.


Overcome Your Biggest Fear

Multicultural Day at North Geelong is full of surprises. This year students and others were lucky enough to get a chance to meet and hold “Ace” the Python. He was brought in from Wildlife Xposure to join us on the biggest event of the year. Students also got the chance to ask questions about the Snake and Species that were on display. We thank Wildlife Xposure and the special guests that helped us make the day more memorable.

Donny Minani

Year 11 Student

It’s not weird at N.G.S.C to wear costumes from different countries 

Last Friday we had our Multicultural festival at NGSC, where 35 different countries were represented. Students showed off their cultures’ clothes to the community. Some people wore their traditional clothes, some teachers wore Japanese clothes because they teach Japanese. Some of the local primary schools came and visited the festival. The students in this photo were visiting from Clonard, they are exchange students who demonstrated their celtic dance skills.

By Atifa

Year 11 Student

They say “variety” is the spice of life

At NGSC we say diversity is the spice of life. As you can see, the boys in the picture below come from five different countries SOMALIA, BURUNDI, THAILAND, IRAN, and CONGO. They all get on well together and are enjoyed the Multicultural Festival last Friday. They are celebrating the festival by wearing their traditional colourful costumes and enjoying our Aussie sausage sizzle.

By Ruweida (Ruby)

Year 11 Student

“Your chance to win a prize”

There were a lot of activities provided on Friday at North Geelong Secondary College as we celebrated the Multicultural Festival. Students guessed the number of lollies in a jar, had challenging ball games, a football match, haunted house, guessing game, mini golf and testing your sense of smell. The photo below is me as I described how to participate in the “test your sense of smell” activity. A lot of people participated and seemed to enjoy this activity. Donations were given to the office.

By Bae Meh

Year 11 Student





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:


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