Photo: Croissants in New Caledonia: French language study tour

Northcote High School Newsletter

18 July 2017
Issue Eleven
From the Principal
For your diary
Learning in 2018: Course information sessions for Year 8-10 students
La vie francaise
Opportunity for composers and musicans
Guys & Dolls: get your tickets!
Terrific telescope: next opportunity 25 July
Careers News
Calling all book lovers: library assistants needed
Being eSmart: protect against trolls
Partnerships in China: VCE offshore
Kicking off Term 3 in Sport
Sporting excellence: congratulations Holly
Natural inspiration
Sustainable fashion 
Welcome new International Students
Save the date: Comedy Night
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the Principal

Photo: Highlights from the VCE Offshore conference

Welcome back and celebrations

Welcome back and I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved break and with family and friends. After a busy Semester 1 and a long Term 2 staff and students celebrated on the final day of term with Brave Faces, brilliantly coordinated by Rohan Hamit who also was the MC. Students and staff performed brilliantly.  Thanks to Jerome Rush, Josh McDonald and Sophia Griffith for judging.  On this day we also farewelled Michael Grose, who will be working in Canada for the next 12 months; David Norman is also on leave for semester 2.


NHS is buzzing with final rehearsals of Guys and Dolls underway – cast and crew spent the holidays refining the various element of the show. I encourage you to join in the fun and be part of the audience.

Welcome to Erik and Katherine Koopmans who have recently arrived from Canada and will be teaching Maths, French and Computing.  Paula Andreovksi will be teaching following positions as teacher and Year Level Leader at Hawthorn Secondary, Sandringham and Elwood, and Jonathan Hoon who will be teaching English and Humanities post teaching in California.

Partnering in learning: Course Selection 2018 Years 9-11 

Over the next few weeks students and families will be participating in the Course Selection and Counselling Process.  This is another important opportunity to partner in learning with you child and the school. Important information has been emailed and sent via Newsfeed to families - see also the article 'Learning in 2018'  in this newsletter: a copy of this information has been attached there for your reference. 

Learning beyond the classroom

This issue of the newsletter is packed with highlights that celebrate student achievement across so many disciplines and areas of talent and interest.  Over the school break students travelled to Noumea on a French language tidy tour (Pierrick Hubert and Alana Smith) and also participated in marine research as part of Project Wallacea in Fiji with Megan Rolls.  Six families also hosted students from the Nice International School as part of a 4 week language immersion program, launched this year by French Teacher Pierrick Hubert. In 2018 our students will have the opportunity to do the same in Nice.

The vibrancy of our school and the strength of our community are all keys to the success and provide critical opportunities to learn and grow beyond the classroom. Our young people and teachers never cease to surprise in the effort and energy they commit to active learning.  In addition the co-curricular program is in full swing through our clubs, sport and other activities.

Building Northcote

Last week I met with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) to seek support around a budget promise to ensure future planning is in place for facilities (building and landscapes) at Northcote High for future generations of students. Pleasingly, we will begin work on a new Master Plan in the next month after selection of architects in early August.  There will be opportunities for you to get involved in terms of making a contribution to the thinking that will inform the overall school planning and how the framework for learning, teaching and relationships will be supported through the design. Stay posted for a report in an upcoming newsletter.


Finally, we are committed to partnering with you around learning.  To support this partnership I encourage you to make regular dips into myNorthcoteHigh and Compass, and create opportunities to discuss your child’s ongoing assessment feedback, end of semester report and GPAs (Learning Behaviours).  If you need support with this please connect with Josh McDonald [email protected].

International news and VCE offshore

Northcote High School has been working for a number of years with the Department of Education and VCAA to deliver the VCE in China in partnership with Chinese schools.  We are delighted to report that in 2017/18 we will be partnering with two schools to deliver the VCE Offshore: Baotou Foreign Language School and Hengshui No. 1 High School.  During the semester break Northcote High School mentor teachers worked with partners school colleagues Teachers form Hengshui no. 1 High School will be participating in an immersion program at NHS for 3 weeks. Thank you to Nick Murphy for his leadership of this program and mentor teachers – Rosalie Maidment (EAL), Michael Waiser (Physics), Danny Leondidas (Maths), Kun Qian (Maths), Nhan Do (Chemistry), Yali Shao (1st Language Chinese) and Effie Sgardelis (EAL) for their leadership of public education at the conference and their willingness to share their expertise as educators and resources with colleagues internationally.  They showcased all that makes Northcote High an excellent school and made us all very proud.  Northcote High is flagshipping this innovative work for public education which clearly represents our progressive, outward-facing community and the quality of our teachers.  

SAVE the DATE… Comedy is Back in 2017 – Thursday 07 September 2017.

Enjoy and keep an eye on Compass Newsfeed for event reminders and year-level specific information.


Kate Morris


For your diary

Key dates 

  Please note the following events coming up:

  • Monday July 17               Start Term 3
  • Wednesday July 19       Year 9 Inter-cultural Discovery day
  • Wednesday July 19       Senior Years (Year 11 2018) Information Evening and Subject Expo
  • Tuesday 25 July             Year 9 & 10 2018 Family Information Evening
  • Thursday July 27           Opening Night School Production (Guys & Dolls) 
    • July 27-29                Guys & Dolls
    • August 3-5                Guys & Dolls
  • Wednesday 2 August   Year 9&10 2018 Subject Expo 
  • Thursday 10 August     VTAC Information Night 
  • Tuesday 15 August        Ski Camp (to 17 August)


  • Wednesday 23 August  Parent Teacher Student Conversations
  • Thursday 31 August      Parent Teacher Student Conversations

Learning in 2018: Course information sessions for Year 8-10 students

Find your better path... 

The first weeks of Term 3 are all about students actively engaging with and exploring with their options for learning in 2018. A number of course information sessions and expos for students and families will be running over the next few weeks, the details of which have been emailed to families and can also be found on the Compass Newsfeed. These sessions include information about the implementation of the Northcote Model for Years 9 and 10 2018.


Below is a summary of the family events which will be held over the next few weeks. There are multiple sessions of each event: please ensure that you book to assist us our planning and management on the night. 


Senior Years 2018 Parent Information Evening and

11-12 Subject Expo (for current Year 10s)

Wednesday 19 July


Year 9 2018 Parent Information Evening (for current Year 8s)

Tuesday July 25


Year 10 2018 Parent Information Evening (for current Year 9s)

Tuesday July 25


Year 9&10 2018 Course Expo

Wednesday 2 August


VTAC Parent Information Evening (Senior Years)

Thursday 10 August

Further details coming soon


Course selection information - for your reference

Please find attached copies of the information emailed to families at the end of last term


La vie francaise

Photo: At school: New Caledonia

Adventure to New Caledonia

A group of twelve students (mostly from Year 9) went on a French language trip to New Caledonia during the first week of the holidays. They stayed with host families, attended French language classes in the morning and had activities and excursions in the afternoons. Students have developed a lot of confidence in their ability to speak French. By the end of the week, for example, they were able to order their meals in French.


In their host families, students used French and gained an insight on everyday life in a French family.

Beyond the language, students have discovered the culture and history of the island. The language school was located in the old penal colony where France deported prisoners in the mid 1800. A visit at the Tjibaou cultural centre introduced students to the culture of the Kanak people: the original inhabitants of New Caledonia.


One of the highlights of the trip was the day spent on Amédée lighthouse island. Snorkelling around the corals, students swam with turtles, all sorts of fish and even sea snakes and small reef sharks.

Au revoir to our exchange students

The six French exchange students from the Centre International de Valbonne (CIV) have left during the holidays. They have really enjoyed their stay at Northcote High School, they have felt warmly welcomed by our school community and were very grateful for the care provided by their host families. Here are some of their reflections on their experience:




Emile Butzbach

“My stay at NHS lasted three weeks. My exchange students, Patrick Butler and Nicholas Obst, were like the school very sympathetic. I really enjoyed the classes and the students. I am happy that I have experienced this exchange to Australia.”




Tabea Thümmler-Kaiser

“Hi, I am Tabea and I participate in the exchange program between France and Australia. I had a very good time in Australia. Clare’s family, my hosting family, is very nice and very friendly. She showed me many places in and around Melbourne. Melbourne is a city I love and I hope I can come back to Australia one day. During the time I was in Melbourne, I also went to Northcote High School and I had a chance to discover an Australian school, which is very different from French schools. I also met a lot of different people and I can say that Australians are really friendly. I had a very good time in this wonderful country called Australia. I thank Northcote High School, the teachers, especially Mr Hubert and Mrs Fox, all the students, and of course Clare’s family and Macsen’s family.”



Karl Müller

“My three weeks at NHS were a very good experience for me. I learned a new organisation at school in this Australian school and it is very different to our organisation in France. I very liked the school because the students have shorter days but I would not like wearing a uniform.”





Carla Guillou

“Hi, my name is Carla. In the last three weeks I have been staying with an Australian family, the Walsh. With them, I have seen Melbourne and Sydney. Australian people are really nice. I have met some fantastic people. I hope I can go back to this beautiful country.”




Pierrick Hubert

French language teacher

Opportunity for composers and musicans

Original Composition Project

Attention student musicians:

Do you write your own music?

Would you like to record your music in a professional studio?

Final days to join the Original Composition Project- pick up a form from the Music office for more information

Guys & Dolls: get your tickets!

Annual production starts next week

The school production for 2017 is Guys and Dolls. The cast and crew have been working tirelessly over the holidays to ensure they are ready to present a fantastic show. Tickets are selling quickly: book now to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on the chance to see your friends, peers and family members shine on (and off) the stage! 


Guys and Dolls

WM Olver Hall, Northcote High School

Thursday 27 July - Saturday 29 July and Thursday 3 August - Saturday 5 August

Pre-show and Interval snacks and drinks available for purchase to support the Friends of Music

Tickets via

Terrific telescope: next opportunity 25 July

Photo: Saturn

Night sky viewing

Our terrific telescope will be set up in the courtyard near D13 on

  • Tuesday 25th July 7.00pm to 8.00pm*

Students, teachers and families all welcome.

Bring your cameras, phones and ipads to take some of your own photos of Saturn!

For more information please see Ms Hutchens.


*Weather permitting. If it is a cloudy evening we will reschedule.

Careers News

Photo: Visit the Careers page on myNorthcoteHigh

Work Experience for Year 10s

Year 10 students and their families are reminded that students need to be finalising their placements as soon as possible in order to secure one which will have value in terms of career and study planning. All Year 10 students are expected to be completing a placement during the week of November 20-24, although additional placements can be organised at other times – see photo for block-out dates.


Remember that volunteering offers a wide range of rewarding and informative experiences as well as paid work!


Special opportunity for Work Experience 2018

Attention Year 9 studnets! Applications for the 2018 Victoria Police Work Experience Program will open from midday on Monday 31 July 2017.

The Victoria Police Work Experience Program provides a fantastic opportunity for high school students considering a career within Victoria Police. Students are placed at participating police stations and department units where they will have the opportunity to observe and learn from our Police Officers, Protective Services Officers, Protective Custody Officers and VPS personnel.


Due to the limited number of work experience placements available, it is strongly advised that only students with a genuine interest in Victoria Police are nominated for the program.


Applications can only be submitted by the school’s careers practitioner.


Interested students should visit the Victoria Police website (from July 31) to familiarise themselves with the process and the guidelines of the program.


They should then see Ms Kylie Witt to obtain a NHS-specific application. All applications must reach Kylie before the end of the school day on Friday, August 11. If more than one student applies, the Year 9 sub school and principal team will decide on the school’s nominee.


Program Guidelines

  • Nominations are to be submitted through careers teachers only. Each school can nominate one student per year (unless stated otherwise).
  • Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age at the time of placement and completing Year 10 or above. Placements are only offered to those students studying Year 10, 11 or 12.
  • The program runs from March until November each year, placements outside these dates will not be arranged.
  • Placements take place for one week only (five (5) consecutive business days).


Applications will only be considered if all required forms are completed correctly and signed accordingly.

Free tickets - Careers Expo this weekend

 Years 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents are offered FREE entry to the 2017 SpotJobs Melbourne Career Expo which will be held from Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.


Attendees may show this ticket on your their smart phone/device or print and handed in at the door. Each person must show a copy of the ticket to gain free entry.


The Career Expo showcases over 150 exhibitors from Tertiary education providers, large employers, skills industries and Government departments and services.


The Career Development Association of Australia will be offering Free career counselling to assist students top find their career pathway.They can also bring a hard copy of their resume to the event and have a qualified CDAA representative check it for free. There is an abundance of free career advice on hand. Download your ticket below.


Year 11 Students: opportunity with Australian National University

The ANU Chancellor’s Scholars Program is open to Year 11 students enrolled at high schools in Melbourne. The program aims to attract students who have an interest in attending the ANU, and who have demonstrated leadership potential as high school students.  Each year 20 year 11 students will be chosen to be part of the program.


The students who are selected this year will be flown to Canberra on Friday 25th of August for a day of on campus activities, will attend ANU Open Day on Saturday 26th of August before returning to Melbourne that evening. Flights, the one night of accommodation and meals for the visit will be included. Students must make their own way to and from Melbourne airport.


Check the myNorthcoteHigh newsfeed for more detailed information.

Useful resources for subject selection

In addition to all the materials produced by NHS and stored on myNorthcoteHigh for your reference, each Year 10 student will be issued with a hard copy of these two publications in Connect classes, but families are encouraged to access the online versions in order to be fully informed. These publications offer useful advice on how to make good decisions, and they demystify much of the jargon and mythology that makes this process seem so difficult.

Year 12 reminders for Term 3

This term will be a busy one for Year 12 students as they focus on completing their secondary school studies and working out which path to follow when they leave NHS. For those who wish to pursue further studies in Victoria (including diploma and certificate courses in many trade areas), students will need to register and apply using VTAC. Numerous activities will support students through this process, including assemblies, Connect lessons and the opportunity for individual counselling if needed. Families will also be invited to an information evening on August 10.


In Term 2, all Year 12 students filled out a “Health Check” survey, to see whether they were on track with their planning. For some, this will have revealed a need for some further reflection and research, and the forthcoming holidays represent an excellent opportunity to do this. Students will also be given a tip sheet just before the holidays, so families are encouraged to engage with the various items on this, especially if special consideration for any of the categories of disadvantage apply. Being prepared before VTAC opens will make the application process much easier to navigate.


Key dates:

  • VTAC opens August 7
  • VTAC registration closes September 28
  • SEAS applications due October 10
  • Change of preference possible until December 20 (International students earlier – date TBC)

Bond University AFL Scholarship

As a proud partner of AFL Queensland, Bond University is offering two Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence Scholarships for students commencing university in January 2018.


Offered in partnership with the Riewoldt Family, these unique full tuition scholarships provide an opportunity for one male and one female to enhance their footballing career whilst also gaining a first class educational experience at Bond University.


The scholarship offers 100% tuition remission for any single undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma, excluding the Bond Medical Program. The scholarship also includes free accommodation for the first year should the scholar wish to live in a University residence.

Applications for this scholarship are now open and will close 1 September.

Please refer to the attached brochure.


Careers in the Hotel and Tourism Industry

The Hotel School, in conjunction with the Grand Hyatt Hotel, is delighted to offer students the Global Career Hotel Experience. 

This unique program is a full day immersion into the workings of a 5-star luxury hotel. 
During the day, students will be given a unique insider’s view of internal departments and meet leaders from the hotel industry. 

The Global Career Hotel Experience is exclusively offered to current year 11 & 12 students who are passionate about the hotel industry, business management or tourism.


When & Where

9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Sunday 30th July

The Residence, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000


Registration is $25 per participating student. Parents are encouraged to attend on the day where they can ask questions and hear from alumni and current Hotel School students. Contact [email protected]


Places are strictly limited, students are advised to book early to secure a spot.

Australian National University comes to Melbourne

ANU Melbourne Midyear Advisory Session

Tuesday 25 July 2017

State Library of Victoria

4.00pm – 7.00pm

At the Melbourne Midyear Advisory Session, you will have access to representatives from our academic Colleges, accommodation services, and our global programs office who will answer your questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage you to come along to learn more about why ANU is the right choice for you!

The Australian National University offers programs and courses in a wide range of academic areas. This allows you to choose specific specialised degrees, or combine different degree programs to suit your study interests and career goals.

Email [email protected] with any specific queries.

Jobs for Youth campaign

Youth unemployment in Inner Northern Melbourne remains above the state average, which is a trend that local councils are keen to reverse. Families are encouraged to engage with the various activities being organised by Yarra, Moreland and Darebin Councils over the next three months, as they work together with the Inner Northern Local Learning Network and various local businesses to provide opportunities for young people to ensure they remain within the proportion of young people who ARE successful in the world of employment. Parents who own and run businesses can also help with the employer segments of the campaign.


To find out more and to get involved, follow this link:

Calling all book lovers: library assistants needed

Dream work experience for book lovers

We are looking for students who can help at least once a week in the library, during recess and lunchtimes. It’s a great opportunity for students to share their love of books, and get some work experience.


Activities will include:

  • Helping at the desk with loaning and returning books
  • Reviewing and recommending books
  • Contributing to the library as part of an advisory team
  • Helping with printing and photocopying
  • Shelving Fiction and non-Fiction books

Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the year, and will be able to include the experience on their resumes. To sign up or find out more, students should come and talk to Jenny, Justine or Chloe in the library.

Being eSmart: protect against trolls

What is trolling?

Trolling is when a user anonymously abuses or intimidates others online for fun. They purposely post inflammatory statements, not as a way to bully or harass other people, but to watch the reactions. Trolls enjoy seeing people get worked up about what they post. When they are confronted on their behaviour, they often shrug it off and claim it was all in fun.


Trolling and cyberbullying are sometimes used to mean the same thing, but they're actually a little different. Cyberbullies target someone and repeatedly attack them, while trolls set out to annoy whoever they can. Trolls want to provoke a reaction or response and it’s often not a personal attack because they don’t really care who they upset.

Protect yourself

You can protect yourself and others against trolling by:

  • Ignoring the troll. Don't respond to nasty, immature or offensive comments—giving trolls the attention they want only gives them more power.
  • Blocking the troll. Take away their power by blocking them and if they pop up under a different name, block them again.
  • Reporting trolls to website administrators and if they appear again under a different name, report them again.


If the trolling continues, then the material is deemed cyberbullying. There are a number of ways you can seek assistance in removing the offensive material online.

  1. Contact the social media service in which the trolling is taking place. Under new legislation, social media services are now obliged to take down material believed to be of a cyberbullying nature. Most social media services will have a reporting area on their site.
  2. Report it. If the social media service fails to remove the material, you can make a complaint by reporting it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
  3. Talk about it. If a troll upsets you, please talk about it with trusted friends and family and remember, it's not you, it's them.
  4. Protect your friends from trolls. If trolls are upsetting a friend, tell them to ignore, block and report the activity. Tell their family and other trusted friends, and encourage them to seek support.

For this article and more information, go to


Partnerships in China: VCE offshore

Photo: The team at the VCE Offshore Conference

Exciting progress on NHS VCE offshore project

During the school vacation, seven teachers from Northcote High School represented state education and Northcote High School at the sixth annual VCE Offshore conference, held this year in Nanjing. The event is hosted by NHS, Firbank Grammar, Thomas Carr College and RMIT. Mr Nhan Do, Ms Kun Qian, Mr Danny Leondidis, Ms Rosalie Maidment, Mr Michael Waiser, Dr Yali Shao and Ms Harriette Barclay ran two days of VCE workshops and model lessons for teachers from all over China. Northcote High School is the only government school licensed and approved to work in partnership with Chinese schools to provide the VCE in China. 

Last week, the Minister for Education, James Merlino, signed off on agreements between NHS and two Chinese schools - Baotou Foreign Languages School and Hengshui No1 High School. This is the culmination of four years of preparation by NHS, and has involved extensive consultation by most areas of the Department of Education. Next week we welcome a small delegation of Chinese teachers who we will induct into the mysteries of the VCE! If you see them around, please say hello and make them welcome!  

Nick Murphy

Kicking off Term 3 in Sport

Sport: What's on

Welcome back to Term 3, I hope you all had a very relaxing break with some sports training mixed in.


Training for Term 3 sports will commence within the first two weeks back. Keep an eye out for the new training calendar in the gym foyer window. Simply turn up to any tryouts that you like. Term 3 sports include Hockey, Basketball and Table Tennis.


Competitions coming up...

Fri 18th Aug: Hockey (G) 7-10

Wed 23rd Aug: Hockey (B) 7-10

Thurs 31st Sept: Basketball and Table Tennis Year 9/10

Tues 5th Sept: Basketball and Table Tennis Year 8

Fri 8th Sept: Basketball and Table Tennis Year 7



We have an exciting new opportunity this year at Northcote High School. We have been working with Southern Cross Cheer to develop a Northcote Cheer Squad with a view to entering competitions later in the year. The first taster mornings took place in term 1 and early term 2 where we had a great turn out from students across the year levels. Taster morning will continue until the end of term 3. If you would like to attend come along at try it out there will be another taster morning running on Thursday mornings in the Gym (7:45am-8:45am). Please come and see me in the PE Office if you would like further information.  


NHS Instagram

Keep up-to-date with training, team news, results, pictures and much more. You can find us by searching northcote_high_school_sport.


Sarah Blanchard

Head of Sport

Sporting excellence: congratulations Holly

Photo: Holly Francis receives the Pierre de Coubertin Award

A great achievement, and a well deserved honour

Congratulations to Holly Francis who was awarded a Pierre de Coubertin Award.  This is a great achievement – thank you to Sarah Blanchard for nominating Holly.  Katie Archibald and Sarah accompanied Holly with her parents to the MCG to receive the award at the Olympic Museum.  The awards were presented by a fleet of past Olympians


Ella Baxter and Rhys Seakins also attended.  Holly received the award for Sports Coaching and leadership. Rhys has done particularly well in coaching and leadership (he also coaches year 7 football) and Ella has demonstrated sport leadership alongside Holly with the year 7 soccer team.

Natural inspiration

Photo: The Year 10s appreciate Aliey's work

Artist and parent inspires our students

Prominent artist and school parent, Aliey Ball recently presented her artwork to our Year 10 Art students. Her work gives artistic expression to local ecologies, a theme that connected beautifully with the artwork that we are exploring in class.


 The work that Aliey presented was ‘ Bilk Bui Bui (Everlasting Country)’ created with water colour and pencil and measuring over 6m metres long. It was displayed in the purpose built collaborative space in C Block (the new facility for the Creative Arts).


Students were fascinated by Aliey’s work and her presentation was hugely inspiring.

 This was another great example of the wealth of talent, knowledge and skill that we have amongst our broader school community.


See more about Aliey Ball here.


Finbarr Drinan

NHS Art teacher


Sustainable fashion 

Photo: Outfit made with reclaimed materials

Make do and mend

As part of the Unit One Product Design Fibre, students are required to analyse and redesign an existing product to improve its aesthetic, function and sustainability. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil, millions of unwanted clothes and textile items are damped in landfills everyday. Adopting the concept of ‘make do and mend’ from the 1940s, our students have worked collaboratively on designing and creating couture out of obsolete uniforms, aiming to promote environmental sustainability within the school community.

Students were very creative with the materials and some of the designs were inspired by the natural environment and wild life. These runway piece will be displayed in B Block later this semester. 


Connie Stewart

Head of Visual Art


Photo: Contemplating the next move - at the Chess Tournament

Success at the Chess Tournament

On Tuesday 27th June the Northcote High School chess team went to Penleigh Essendon Grammar School to attend the Northern Star Chess Tournament.


We had a total of 11 representatives, Jack Puccini, Joseph Hatton, Thomas Leou, Hugo Waples, Alex Borgeest, Jeffery Ng, Ben Murphy, Darcy Puccini and Megan Leung. We won the zonal school champion and also Jack Puccini was awarded the star of the tournament.


Joseph Hatton was the most improved player winning 5 out of 7 games. He also performed a very strategic  chess game with the Hatton Manoeuvre (seven move check mate).


Darcy and Megan were awarded chess piece key rings for an excellent game.


Jack Puccini, Northcote High School Chess captain, won 7 games out of 7!

Thomas Leou had an outstanding tournament, but in one particular match, despite being ahead on time in the early stages, lost by one second.


Hugo won the year 7 overall medal with a total of 5 wins.


Overall today was a great day for the chess team and we have taken home the coveted Northern Schools zonal trophy. The schools that participated today were Box Hill Secondary, East Doncaster Secondary, Footscray City College, Suzanne Cory High School, Lalor Secondary School, Albert Park College, Lakeview Senior College, Mount Alexander College and Banyule Primary School.

The placings of the chess tournament were:

  1. Northcote High School
  2. Box Hill High School
  3. East Doncaster Secondary
  4. Penleigh Essendon Grammar
  5. Footscray City College
  6. Suzanne Cory High school
  7. Lalor Secondary College
  8. Albert Park college
  9. Lakeview Senior College
  10. Mount Alexander College
  11. Banyule Primary School

Written by Megan Leung, Year 8

Welcome new International Students

Photo: International Students joining the school this term

A warm welcome to all our new international students! We are thrilled to have you with us on campus, and we are excited to help you nurture your academic strengths, encourage your personal growths, and inspire your creativity. Welcome to Northcote High School. We wish you all the best in your study journey.

Save the date: Comedy Night

Comedy is coming

Get ready for the annual Northcote High School Comedy Night. A fantastic line-up is scheduled, with more details to be released soon...

Save the date and book your friends and family now - Thursday 7 September. It's a night not to miss!

Community notices

Friends of the Hudad benefit July 29

Families may remember this organisation featured in our newsletter Edition 8. Year 7 2017 students fundraised for a school in Ethopia on its behalf as their Philanthropic Project. Please find attached details of fabulous Ethiopian benefit concert on Saturday 29th July. Loads of Ethiopian music, food, coffee and a magnificent silent auction.  Book via


Invitation: view Screenagers Documentary and support Westgarth Primary School

Westgarth Primary School Parents and Friends invites Northcote High School Parents to an exclusive screening of the documentary SCREENAGERS on Wednesday 2 August at 7pm at Westgarth Cinema.
Tickets are $21.00 per person.  Kids over 10 are welcome too.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Book on the Facebook page
PLEASE NOTE: Enough tickets must be sold to ensure this screening goes ahead! We must reach 57 seats sold by 21 July. Funds will be placed on hold until the screening is confirmed, if it doesn't happen those funds will be returned! 

Darebin Junior Giants are looking for players for the Summer 2017 season.

Competition is played on Saturdays in the Whittlesea Basketball Association competition.  Teams range from under 8s through to under 19s for both boys and girls.


Games commence 22 July 2017 through to finals which are played in December.  For further information please contact Helen on 0433 849 728.  Registration can be done online on Darebin Basketball website.  

Blue Light Disco July 28

The next Preston-Darebin Blue Light is on Friday 28 July. See attached flyer for further details.


Campaign to re-open St Georges Rd crossings

We are campaigning to ensure the St Georges Rd crossings are re-opened after the water works north of the school, as currently families are being isolated from one another across this divide. We are keen to ensure St Georges Rd continues as a shared pathway for cyclists, pedestrians, pub transport commuters and motorists, rather than driving this traffic into our back streets, creating greater congestion and risk for children in the area. Follow the link below for details and to sign the petition.


Northcote High School Newsletter
Community bulletin-Merri Park_FINAL.pdf
benefit poster.pdf
benefit poster.pdf
Bond University AFL Scholarship.pdf
2017 Career Expo E-Ticket.pdf
Year 8 Course Selection Letter (for current Yr8).pdf
Year 9s Course Selection Letter (for current yr9).pdf
Year 10s Course Selection Letter (for current yr10).pdf