Photo: Music ensembles prepare for China tour

Northcote High School Newsletter

07 March 2017
Issue Four
From the Principal...
For your diary
Swimming Carnival March 9
Sport: team news and exciting new opportunities
Careers News
Stay connected: myNorthcoteHigh
Year 7s learn to be cyber-smart
Year 7 Picnic a success
Boho adventures
Paradigm shifting: curriculum renewal
Celebrating International Womens' Day
A literary evening
Library News
Partnership and Participation: Skills bank
Supporting social and emotional learning: Connect
Internationalising education: travels in Inner Mongolia
Learning through Frisbee: VET Sports and Recreation
Tasty tidbits
Lunchtime clubs continue to grow
Sponsoring Social Entrepreneurship @ Year 10
VCE Excellence
Could you be a Homestay host?
The Breakfast Club
Welcome new staff: Part 3
Calling all gamers: screens needed
Student Parent Teacher Conversations 
Open Morning 2017
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the Principal...

Photo: Year 7s enjoying the Family Picnic

Events, Opportunities and Connections

The midpoint of  term one is a great opportunity to celebrate family participation in school events. Relationships are key to the work of schools and build communities. Hearing families speak of the benefits of the recent Year 7 Picnic, particularly meeting with other parents, new friends and teachers and finding about the school, clubs and how things work is a ‘win win’ for us all. Other highlights included the Senior Years, Thriving and Surviving workshop, speaking with fellow parents and hearing about school programs, expectation and supports are all a part of school life at Northcote.


These events shout out about the vibrancy of the school and community.  Research continues to highlight the importance of the home school education partnership and nurturing the connections with your child’s friends and families in and beyond the school. Authentic learning/doing experiences in the classroom and beyond featured in so many of the conversations, highlighting the importance of young people being involved in co-curricular activities at school and in the community.  The buzz of our school lives through the myriad of opportunities to ‘get involved’ at Northcote or in the community.


In this issue, you will find important information about upcoming events, including the Student Teacher Parent Conversations (known in a past life as Parent Teacher Interviews), the Swimming Carnival and family and community happenings.  International Women’s Day will be celebrated with AWFL players Darcy Vescio and Nat Exon (Carlton) speaking about women in sport (Jane Lange NHS teacher is Assistant Coach of Carlton), Herstory Hackathon tackles gender barriers in Wikipedia and the Connect Program will feature facts, mini debates, videos and activities to elevate and educate around gender equity.


Annual General Meeting

Come along to hear about the schools progress and focus for 2017 and beyond.  There is much to celebrate and this is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of school priorities and actions. The AGM coincides with the first Parent Student teacher Conversation Night

When:  Thursday 23 March 2017

Time:  5:30pm

Where: Northcote High

RSVP: Kate Challis ph: 94882332    [email protected]

You'll also see a snapshot of the ways in which our students, families and staff are connecting with each other and our local, national and global communities, and opportunities for much more. 


Save The Date

BOOKTALKfest 2017

Clare Wright - Northcote Parent, writer, historian and social commentator is hosting a brilliant night of words. Robust and poignant discussion are always a feature!

Join us for a fabulous event.  Watch this space for writers and tickets! Organise your bookclub and friends - Wed 03 May


Community Conversation

Inside you will see an update regarding an upcoming Community Conversation – Project Refresh to the Northcote Model (learning programs and teaching).  Hear about and discuss learning, teaching, young people, skill building and our curriculum – learning programs for 2018 (years 9 and 10) and 2019  (years 7 and 8) – 10 May


Enjoy this edition, and don't forget to keep an eye on Compass Newsfeed for event reminders and year-level specific information.



For your diary

Photo: 2017 Magnet

Key dates coming up



Wed 8            International Women's Day

Thurs 9         Swimming Carnival 

Fri 10             Data Day - Pupil Free Day

Tue 14           Year 8 Boho Camp 4 leaves

Wed 15         Bookings open (4pm) for Student Parent Teacher Conversations (on          


Wed 15         International Student Host Family Information Evening

Fri 17             GPA published on Compass

Mon 20        China Farewell Music Concert

Tue 21          Year 8 Boho Camp 5 leaves

Wed 22        Athletics Carnival

Thurs 23     Parent Student Teacher Conversations

Mon 27        Music Tour to China and Art Design Tour to USA leave

Tue 28          Year 8 Boho Camp 6 leaves

Wed 29        Parent Student Teacher Conversations

Thurs 30     Year 7 Immunisations

Fri 31           End Term 1 - 2pm dismissal


Swimming Carnival March 9

Important Information for Families

Our first Annual Community Carnival is taking place this Thursday (9th). The Swimming carnival is a compulsory event for all students in Years 7-9. Students in Years 10-12 are encouraged to compete: sign up is required via myNorthcoteHigh. Year 10-12 classes, with the normal subject teacher, will run for all non-participants and attendance is required as per a regular school day.


The day allows students and staff alike to develop new friendships through participating in a range of water and land based activities. Students who are swimmers are given an opportunity to compete in a full program of events and secure their place in the divisional swim team.


A full program of novelty events catered towards those who want to be active and have fun in the water with their friends will be provided as well as the opportunity to participate in a house futsal and volleyball tournament. The day provides a unique opportunity for all students to experience success and achievement in a collegiate atmosphere, promoting a sense of belonging through our House representation and being a positive participant of the school community. Parent spectators are also welcome. 


A reminder to all families to  please complete payment and consent via Compass by Wednesday 8th March.


Further Carnival information is available on the Compass Newsfeed. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Year level information

Year 7-9 Students

  • It is compulsory for all Year 7-9 students to attend the swimming carnival for the entire day.
  • Students will be required to sign up to events on the day.

Year 10-12 Students

  • Year 10, 11 and 12 classes will still be running.
  • Year 10, 11 and 12 students wishing to compete in the swimming carnival should have signed up via the Sport signup survey on myNorthcoteHigh.

Event running times

8.30am – 8.45am

All students wishing to compete in the longer swim races must arrive at the pool, entering via the side gate and presenting to the sign-in tables at the south end of the pool grounds before marshalling for their race.



Competitive swimming events begin



All students MUST be at the pool and signed in by this time. Roll marking tables will be located at the South end of the pool for signing in.



Community Swimming Carnival Assembly.



All students will make their own way home from the pool. NO buses will be provided. Staff will be there to assist students with directions to public transport options.

Sport: team news and exciting new opportunities

Photo: Intermediate Boys Cricketers

Term 1 team sport

So far term 1 has been very successful for our sports teams at Northcote High. Students have shown outstanding levels of commitment and sportsmanship throughout. We have achieved some victories and therefore secured places at regionals. Congratulations to the following teams; Yr 7, Yr 8 and Yr 9 & 10 Boys cricket teams.

We wish you all the best in the next round!

Athletics Carnival

Our second Annual Community Carnival will be held on Thursday 22nd March 2017 at Collingwood Athletics Centre. This Carnival presents another opportunity to celebrate our school, our sporting traditions and the sporting achievements of our students. All parents/guardians are invited to attend the Carnival with events running between 10am and 1:40pm.


Any parent/guardians that would be interest in assisting in the running of the Carnival please contact Sarah Blanchard via phone (9488 2300) or email (access via Compass) prior to the day.



The aerobics squad are looking for new members. Their professional coach Annabelle Stray continues to lead the girls to aerobic excellence this year and remains committed to their morning training sessions (Monday and Wednesday). Those involved to date have enjoyed participating in a variety of competitions as well as having the opportunity to watch others perform from across the State. If you are interested please come and see Mrs Blanchard in the PE Office for further information.  


We have an exciting new opportunity this year at Northcote High. 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 morning took place last week (Thursday) where we had a great turn out from students across the year levels. If you would like to attend come along at try it out there will be another taster morning running next Thursday in the Gym (8am-9am). Please come and see Mrs Blanchard in the PE Office if you would like further information.  


Would you like to try a new activity? If so we have another exciting opportunity for our students to be involved with a sailing program at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC).

The program is for students aged 12-18 years and is suitable for both beginners and experienced sailors. It runs between 8:30am and 1:30pm on Sundays for 10 months of the year, with 2 months off over the winter months. The program consists of some time spent getting the boats ready and learning how to do this, a briefing, sailing, packing up the boats, debrief and lunch.

Students are able to complete a 3 week trial before deciding whether or not they want to join. 

Please see the attached link the Royal Brighton Yacht Clubs website, which gives full information about the program

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please come and see Mrs Blanchard in the PE office.

Important dates on the sporting calendar

9th March – Swimming Carnival

16th March – Year 9/10 Tennis

22nd March – Athletics Carnival

23rd March – Years 7-12 Baseball

24th March – Year 8 Volleyball and Tennis

27th March – Year 7 Volleyball and Tennis

28th March - Year 9/10 Volleyball


Sarah Blanchard

Sport Coordinator

Careers News

Are you reading the Careers News on myNorthcoteHigh?

Flight Academy Australia offers students with an interest in Aviation an Airline Pilot Workshop program that will run during the April 2017 school holidays. The program is hands-on. It details what you need to do to get your career started & is designed to provide an insight into flying as a career choice.
A Registered Training Organisation, Flight Academy Australia prides itself on providing high quality instruction & professional training with past graduates having gone on to successful careers in aviation both in Australia & internationally.
For details, please see  or contact Michael Lanza
Ph: 9379 9225 or Mobile 0430 511 313

University Open Days

All tertiary institutions hold Open Days during the year, as well as providing multiple other opportunities for students to explore their options. It is important that families consider doing this well before Year 12. Firstly, because what you find out in earlier years will shape the decisions you make in the lead-up to your final year of schooling – and may even determine whether you study VCAL or VCE. Secondly, because regardless of the program you choose, Year 12 will be a busy and demanding year, so it is advisable not to place too much pressure on your precious spare time. Ideally, Year 12 should be reserved for revisiting places you’ve already explored, to reassure yourself that they are still suitable for your goals.


In addition to the official “Open Day Season”, which generally fills out August to September, many institutions offer targeted holiday programs, and special events designed to give students greater insight into what it’s actually like to be a uni students. In most cases, these events are smaller and you will have greater access to information specific to particular areas of study. These will be advertised via this newsletter and myNHS, and families should also be subscribing to the newsletters sent out by unis.


Experience LaTrobe University

Be a uni student for the day

Students can attend workshops, lectures and seminars, find out about career options, areas of study, pathways and student life. Students can come with their friends and parents and chat with our Student Ambassadors about what to expect at university.

Experience La Trobe is a free event – with lunch and entertainment on us!

Register now

Select from a range of different workshops on offer and register now.

Free Design Workshops

RMIT offers some first class opportunities for our students to fine-tune their folio preparation and interview skills in readiness for selection into many of their design-based courses. In most of these courses, performance in these tasks carries a higher weighting than the ATAR result, so students are encouraged to make use of opportunities such as these to gain advice from the experts.


Thinking of studying in the USA?

The EducationUSA team provides accurate information to prospective students, and has just launched a Facebook page. Follow this link to check it out:

This new resource will include items such as:


  1. Tips on how to apply to U.S. Colleges and application process
  2. Links to resources and information including checklists
  3. A permanent link to the EducationUSA YouTube channel
  4. Announcements regarding standardized testing information
  5. Stories, videos and photos of students who are currently at U.S. colleges
  6. Advice on playing college sport and attaining a sports scholarship
  7. News and information from U.S. Colleges and items of interest and events


There is also an EducationUSA app that can assist with the process of applying to U.S. colleges. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the FREE EducationUSA app.


Google Play:

Stay connected: myNorthcoteHigh

Photo: myNorthcoteHigh login page

What's new on myNorthcoteHigh?

In order to keep you more informed and connected to all aspects of Northcote High life, we have changed the landing page on myNorthcoteHigh.


The new aspects on the landing page connect you to your child’s results, timetable and calendar, whilst also giving you easy access to other aspects of school life such as School Sports, the Production, , Student wellbeing and more.


We suggest that you make this your first port of call in Northcote High’s digital space in order to stay informed.  


A. The “Quick Links” section.  This section allows you to gain quick access to important whole school information spaces such as Compass, Student wellbeing and the School eNewsletter.


B. The “My Child” section.  This section is not new but we have elevated it to the top of the page so that you can gain quick access to your child’s assessment calendar and assessment feedback.


C. The “Year levels” sections. This section allows you to see what is happening in the year level of your child. The Philanthropic project (fundraising for an external charity), the Connect program and any Year level Camp information can be found on these pages. These pages are usually filled with more and more photos as the year progresses.

D.  The Co-Curricular Section. This section connects you to major initiatives in the school that involve a large number of our students. Find out when specific sports teams are playing or when rehearsals are running for ensembles and the production. Debating team schedules and photos can also be found here.


E. The “What’s on” section. This section alerts parents to major school events that parents can be involved in. For other news see section F “News Headlines”


F. The “News Headlines” section. This section keeps you up to date with all the things happening in the school. From updates about Lunchtime Clubs and activities to work experience and community news, this section will keep you in the loop. The main audience for this section is students so don’t panic if some of the notices don’t make sense to you.


Year 7s learn to be cyber-smart

Photo: Year 7s enjoying the Dot.Com workshop

Year 7 Dot.Com: Project Rockit

Last week, the Year 7s were been introduced to Project Rockit, an anti-cyber bullying program for children and adults around Australia. The program featured some entertaining activities that relate to cyber bullying and social media. We had a public speaking competition, then we talked about some of the risks, and things that we fear about speaking to our peers. After, we did an activity called ' The Humanchain ' that told us about how information can be past down quickly, and the information can be altered immensely. Lastly, we looked at some pictures of strangers and how we judge them with the first word we thought of. We learnt how different opinions can towards others can be brutal but once we found out those strangers were important friends to others, we showed empathy. Overall, the program was an educational experience and we enjoyed it thoroughly. 


By Lulu Beatty and Victor Chang 7B

Year 7 Picnic a success

Photo: Families enjoy a picnic

An evening of food, exploring and friends new and old

Thank you to all Year 7 families who came along to the well-attended Family Picnic on February 28. We were blessed with ideal weather for the last official evening of summer, and tutors and teachers enjoyed the chance to meet the families of their class groups.  The Scavenger Hunt was hotly contested, and the winners of the movie afternoon will be announced shortly.  Congratulations to the Junior Sub-School team, staff who attended and the student leaders and parent volunteers: you all made a valuable contribution to welcoming our newest community members.


Boho adventures

Photo: Year 8 students at Camp Boho

Creating memories and building relationships

My class was in the first group to go on camp and wow, what an experience – the excitement of staying in a tent overnight, the long nights playing soccer in the dark, the stars at night, the bus rides, the many activities, the thousands of ping pong games – it was too much too handle! 


It was a dream school camp – during the day we went for walks, hiking, canoeing, sight-seeing, horse-riding, ten-pin bowling, and to the pool. Every day was a new adventure and excitement was everywhere. It took a while to calm us all down each night and to stop our noisy chatter – but in the end we all fell asleep full of dinner and smiles as big as our faces. 


I learnt a lot more than I expected. We visited the Ned Kelly museum and learnt about Ned Kelly's story. We all helped to do the dishes and some of us even learnt to cook! We learnt to horse ride – learning the basics and then walking a trail. Canoeing was new to some of us too – hot, but lots of fun. 


The thing I loved the most about camp was what it gave to us. It did give us memories but I've never been in a class that gets along so well. We all got to know each other and we went from quiet talk to non-stop chatter. We laughed together, we played games and all became so much closer. Having camp early in the year was a great idea, we all squirmed at the idea of 'bonding' – but hey, it worked!


The food was great, the staff were super friendly, the camp had lots of open space and the staff had no trouble entertaining us. This camp was definitely a camp to remember.


I don't think there was a time where anyone didn't have a smile on their face. Maybe when we encountered some spiders in our tent – but apart from that there were smiles all around.


Milla Freeman 8D

Paradigm shifting: curriculum renewal

Realising the vision: The Northcote Model (previously Project Refresh)

In previous editions of this newsletter many of you will have read of the planning, research and consultation that we have been undertaking in relation to our Middle Years Learning.  We have now developed a model for future curriculum provision at Northcote High School, and our teachers are working hard to be ready for the changes to the Years 9&10 Learning Program that will begin in 2018.


Current Year 8 students will be the first to enjoy the new Year 9 format, which will bring Year 10 and Year 9 into closer alignment, and provide our Middle School learners with an increased choice of courses. We are now planning for the introduction and support of the new course selection process with our Year 8s in the second half of this year.


Save the date for a Community Conversation regarding the curriculum update on May 10 2017 and stay alert for updates in future newsletters.

Paradigm Shifters Video Workshop

Year 8 Captains Eve and Hannah, accompanied by Ms Prue Morris last Thursday attended a video workshop with Brett Frawley, who is a freelance video journalist.  


Hannah and Eve were shown how to set up interviews, use a mobile phone as a microphone or a light source, structure a video narrative, and source royalty-free music.  They will be making a three minute video which will help us spread the news about The Northcote Model.


The workshop was organised by Paradigm Shifters, a network of schools in association with Mitchell Institute and The Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals, with which we have been working in order to design our new model.


Eve and Hannah’s video will also be presented on 22 May at an exhibition of the projects completed by all the schools in the Paradigm Shifters group.



Celebrating International Womens' Day

Herstory Hackathon and Women in Footy

On Wednesday 8 March, Northcote High School will celebrate International Women's Day with two fabulous events - our second Herstory Hackathon and a lunchtime "Celebrating Women playing Footy!" panel with Darcy Vascio, Captain of the Carlton Women's AFL team and teammate Nat Exon talking about their experiences playing football.


Supported by the Young Workers Centre from the Victorian Trades Hall Council, 25 students will become Wikipedia editors and create or improve Wikipedia entries on amazing Australian women past and present, Australian women who are the unsung contributors to our national herstory.


Our Herstory Hackathon editors and their new Wikipedia pages will be profiled in an upcoming newsletter.


A literary evening

Photo: Selection of titles by the guest authors

Northcote High School hosts first Stella Prize Schools’ Event - ‘Provocations’

On Thursday, 23rd February, the school was host to the Stella Prize’s new ‘Provocations’ series of discussions with authors, which is part of the organisation’s schools program.


The event brought together Leanne Hall, Alice Pung and Rebecca Lim for the first time on a panel to discuss the topic, ‘No One Way to be Asian in Australia’. 


The idea for the discussion was inspired by the TED talk from award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie ‘The Danger of a Single Story’, whose work is being studied by Year 12 English students this year.

In an engaging conversation with Bec Kavanagh, the three women brought unique, personal and often humorous perspectives to the discussion, pushing back against the idea that there is only one Asian Australian story, and demonstrating the importance of welcoming and listening to a wide range of voices.


It was again a great example of the continuing collaboration between the Stella Prize and Northcote HS and made possible thanks to the work of a number of teachers at Northcote, especially Lincoln le Fevre for setting up the recording equipment.  The podcast of the event will be available online in the coming weeks.


Paul Gilby

Head of English and EAL

Save the date - TalkFest 2017
Wednesday May 3, 7.30 - 9pm

Can’t get to the Sydney Writers Festival?  Can’t wait for the Melbourne Writers Festival? 


Back by popular demand, the annual NHS Literary TalkFest returns in 2017.  Hosted by Clare Wright, award-winning author, historian and broadcaster (and NHS parent), TalkFest brings together a stellar line up of Australian writers — right here in the NHS hall!   


This event always sells out, so mark your diaries now and watch this space for further details.

Library News

Photo: Calling book-lovers and artists...

Are you a book-loving artist?

Bookmark Design Challenge 

If you love reading and you have a creative streak here is your opportunity to shine.


The Library and the Art Club are calling for submission for our very first bookmark design challenge!


The theme is a design based around your favourite book to go on one side of the bookmark, with library information on the other side.   


The style is your choice of collage, drawing, painting, photography, or any artwork that will suit a bookmark size canvas.  


Five designs will be chosen by a panel to be the inaugural NHS Library 2017 bookmarks.


Here are the details: 


Size: A4 or A3 (will be reduced to fit the bookmark template (approx. 5cm x 20cm)


Open to all year levels.


Entry close:  on Friday 17 March 2017 at 3.30pm


If you are interested and would like more information, please see Ms Stewart in D9a or Ms Tripp in the Library.

Opportunity: Inky Award Judges needed

If you love reading, talking about books and debating what makes a great book, then apply now to be a 2017 Inky Awards Judge!

What does an Inky Awards Judge do?

  • Reads all 20 longlisted books (which you get to keep) within three months (from late April to mid-July).
  • In consultation with the other judges, selects the shortlist of 10 books.
  • Acts as a champion for the Inky Awards. This means being willing and able to do public speaking events (at your school, at a festival...), responding quickly to media requests, and encouraging your peers to vote in the Awards, both in person and on social media.


To apply, complete the form below and upload your written or video application. Written applications must not exceed 500 words (PDF preferred) and video applications should have a running time of no more than 3 minutes (we'll stop watching one your time is up, so make sure you stick to the time limits!).

To access the online application form go to

Applications are due by 9am AEST on Wednesday 22 March, so get writing!

The Small but Necessary Print:

If we like your application, you will be invited to the second round – a ‘face-to-face’ interview (via online video call). Interviews will be held from 3-7 April 2017, so make sure you’re available and keep a close eye on your inbox!

If your application is successful, we will require written permission from your parent/guardian.

To be an Inky Judge you must be:

  • 12-18 years of age (If you are in your final year of high school we ask that you seriously consider your ability to meet the intensive reading requirements – as well as your own study demands – prior to applying.)
  • Living in Australia, and staying in Australia throughout the duration of the judging period (April to October).
  • Available in the week of 24th-28th July 2017 to convene (online) with the other judges. This is a critical part of the judging process and may mean missing your book club/soccer training/drama/choir/other evening lessons for that week.

If you're looking for tips on how to submit an AMAZING application, go to the Inky Awards page and scroll down for these links.  2015 judge Jordan’s video application 2012 judge Elizabeth's written application and a video with some advice from 2013 judge Lily.

The successful applicants will be announced in May.

Partnership and Participation: Skills bank

Do you have skills to offer?

Each year Northcote High School collects information about the ways you might want to contribute to the community and the success of the school and programs for students.


Contributions can be formal, like being on a school council sub-committee, or informal, such as offering places for year 10 work/volunteering experience students. 


We all know that financial contributions, such as tax-deductible donations to the building fund, allow the school to improve amenity and services for students (the current building works to create the new Art and Design hubs are an example of parent contributions at work). However, there are equally important non-financial contributions that many in our community make. 


So we would like to know what your interests are. Are you interested in design and architected, landscape, literature, the law? Are you able to contribute to the science program? Are you an expert in something? Can you help students find work experience or volunteering places? We are interested in hearing from you!


If you have completed the survey in 2016 and your details/interests have not changed, then we have you in our records already.


For new families and anyone who missed out last time, to complete the 2017 survey and provide your information please go to:


Gabby Ostrognay, School Council President


Kate Morris, Principal.

Supporting social and emotional learning: Connect

Photo: Team-building activities in Connect

A Growth Mindset for Year 9s

The Connect program is an important part of how we build social, emotional and academic resilience, skills and connections at Northcote High School. Each student has Daily Connect time with their Tutor, and participates in weekly or fortnightly period-long sessions. Here is what the Middle School have been up to in Term One...


During this term our Year 9 students have spent time building relationships with their peers and tutors through a variety of icebreaker and team-building activities.  We also revisited our values of Achievement, Curiosity, Humanity and Fairness and discussed how we can live them through our daily actions.


Our Year 9 students will also be participating in three lessons of a Growth Mindset unit. This unit is based on research by Carol Dweck.  For more information on this topic, please see the following video: The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success. By Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach:


Throughout the unit, students will be explore the following:

  • Identify fixed and growth mindsets and explain the difference between a fixed and growth mindset
  • Describe the impact a growth mindset can have on our achievement and motivation, particularly during challenging situations
  • Explain how mindset can be changed and identify strategies to develop a growth mindset.
  • Explain how the brain learns new information using the terms neurons and connections
  • Describe the importance of effort in learning
  • Identify and explain how we can improve our intelligence
  • Describe how knowledge of a growth mindset can be used at school, in friendships/relationships and at home
  • Explain the benefits of a growth mindset


To access the student page, including resources for Year 9 - Term 1 Connect – please click here: The Connect program and resources for other year levels are also accessible on myNorthcoteHigh.


Sarah Green

Head of School – Year 9

Year 10: Exploring Personal and Social Development


Our Year 10 students will spend a couple of weeks focusing on Mental Health and Self-Esteem via classroom activities, discussions and videos.


Through these sessions, students will:

  • Examine the mental health status of children and young people in Australia
  • Heighten their awareness of the need to develop skills and strategies to enhance their own and others’ resilience and mental and social health
  • Understand the term self-esteem and be able to identify both positive and negative self-esteem
  • Identify the link between social media and self-esteem
  • Research a youth mental health organisation of their choice
  • Analyse the impact of social media on self-esteem
  • Identify the warning signs that social media use is affecting them in a negative way
  • Identify ways to positively manage their social media habits and choices

For the rest of the term, students will be introduced to key concepts from the Department of Education and Training ‘Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships’ learning materials. We will be focusing on developing student’s emotional literacy, positive coping, and problem solving. To access the full resource please click here:


Emotional Literacy - Research shows that students who participate in rigorously designed and well taught social and emotional learning programs demonstrate more positive social behaviour, are less likely to engage in risky and disruptive behaviour, and show improved academic outcomes. Building a large vocabulary for emotions helps to increase emotional literacy, build self-awareness and empathy for others.


Positive Coping - Research in the field of positive psychology identifies the difference between pessimistic and optimistic thinking styles. An optimistic thinking style is associated with greater persistence in the face of challenge and a better capacity to use resources and supports. Optimistic thinking styles can be learnt both through direct instruction and practice and through role modelling.


Problem Solving - One of the most positive ways to cope with a problem is to solve it! It is important to help students learn a range of problem solving skills through applied learning tasks so they are able to cope with the challenges they face in the future. Problem solving is identified by the World Health Organisation as a key skill for health and wellbeing. To be able to solve problems, young people need to be able to think critically and evaluate the consequences of various actions


To access the student page, including student resources for Year 10 - Term 1 Connect – please click here:


Scott Macdonald

Head of School - Year 10

Internationalising education: travels in Inner Mongolia

Photo: Baotou: soccer in the snow

A scoping trip for the VCE in China

Last week, Ms Morris, Mr Murphy and Dr Yali Shao returned from a very fast trip to two outstanding schools in China, to continue discussions about offering VCE in China. Parents would recall that last year, NHS celebrated being the only Australian government school to be granted a licence to deliver the VCE in China.


The two schools were Baotou Foreign Languages Schools and Hengshui No1 High School. 

Baotou FLS is a school of 3000 and Inner Mongolia’s only Foreign Languages School. Because of the presence of Australian companies there - working in the steel and construction industry - Australian education ranks extremely highly. Indeed, the taxi driver driving the party from the airport waxed lyrically about the importance of Australia and an Australian education! Hengshui No 1 High School is a very famous Chinese school of 12,000 about three hours south of Beijing. Amazingly resourced (the Chinese Olympic swimming team practice in its pool) it already has 300 students in its International Centre intending to undertake tertiary study in the US, Britain and Australia, but so far, without the benefit of the VCE. It snowed while the group travelled and every single flight was delayed.


Stay tuned for further details.


Learning through Frisbee: VET Sports and Recreation

Photo: Unit 3 & 4 Students coaching at Merri Creek

Community engagement through sport

This semester the VET Sport and Recreation Unit 3 and 4 students are coaching the grade 5/6 students from Merri Creek Primary School as part of their coaching unit of work. Students have been busy planning Ultimate Frisbee coaching sessions with a focus on learning new skills and having fun.


Katie Archibald

VET Sports and Recreation teacher

Learning & Community Relationships Leader

Tasty tidbits

Photo: San Choy Bau prepared by James Spicer 7C

Off to a flying start in Year 7 Food Technology

Our Year 7 students have embraced our Food classes with real gusto. Students have been developing their skills in the kitchen and their understanding of what they should cook to stay healthy. We encourage students to have another go at preparing the food at home to reinforce skills and knowledge. To make it easier for you to share what they are cooking please remind them they need to bring a container from home. Bringing a container also helps the school fulfil our goal of being a sustainable school.


Lorraine Lockhart

Head of Learning - Technology (Food)

Lunchtime clubs continue to grow

Explore your passion - or find a new interest

Update from last newsletter: new Lunchtime Clubs added .

Lunchtime clubs are a great opportunity for students to meet new friends, learn a new skill or just have some fun. This year we have a bumper crop of 17 lunchtime clubs for students with 5 new clubs starting up. Students and staff are taking up the challenge to start new clubs with Declan (Year 11) initiating the Board Game Club every Monday in the Library and Krish (Year 8) teaching Magic Tricks to students on Thursday in B15. The Improv club led by staff members Harley Helford and Sandy McLeod has gone off with a bang and Hannah Valmadre's Media club is definitely one to get involved in if you are keen on discussing journalism and new media. Old favourites include the Green Team on Mondays in G7, Writer’s Club on Thursdays in L1 and the Alphabet Space for LGBTIQ students and allies on Fridays in M15.


All clubs are open to everyone and all have a staff member involved in either coordinating the group or supporting the students to do so. Club lists are displayed outside M11 and in the Library.


Watch this space for news about the new Feminist Collective - led by some very enthusiastic Year 7, 8 and 9 students -  to be launched next week!


Ideas for new clubs and activities are always welcome – see Felicity in M11 to get started.

An updated clubs schedule is attached.

Sponsoring Social Entrepreneurship @ Year 10

LaTrobe University sponsors Year 10 unit

In Connect during Term 3, Year 10 students will explore Social Entrepreneurship.  Each Year 10 class will create a Social Enterprise to support a social and/or environmental issue they are passionate about. This will involve partnering with a local community organisation, selecting an appropriate trading opportunity, writing a business plan and forecast budget.  We are currently seeking seed funding and sponsorship that will be used to help our students put their ideas into action.  Each class will have a minimum profit target of $400.


We are thrilled that LaTrobe University has agreed to be a sponsor for this unit.


The university says:

La Trobe university is proud to be a sponsor of Northcote High School’s Year 10 Social Entrepreneurship unit which gives students the chance to launch their own social enterprise start-up. This year celebrating 50 years of excellence, social justice is ingrained in La Trobe’s DNA and the university has a long history of working to engage and improve communities both locally and abroad. One example includes La Trobe’s Aspire Early Admissions Program – which recognises high school students who have a positive impact on their community, rewarding them with an early conditional offer into their dream course. Today, La Trobe ranks amongst the top two per cent of universities in the world, has a global network of more than 180,000 alumni and more than 80 undergraduate degrees available across all campuses. To find out more about La Trobe, including upcoming Experience La Trobe dates, go to


VCE Excellence

NHS students in Top Screen, Top Act and Top Design


The VCE season of excellence presents works created by the best art, design, media and drama work of VCE students from the previous year. We are very excited to announce that two of our students from 2016 are among the finalists in this year's events.


Tom Hughes’ short film will be screened in ACMI as part of Top Screen and his drama piece will also be presented in the Top Act performance.


Ben Afif’s VCD folio will be displayed in the Top design exhibition at the Melbourne Museum from the 18th of March, as will the work of Oliver Bailey.


Only a handful of the state's most outstanding students are selected each year to be represented in this event, so a huge congratulations to Tom, Oliver and Ben for the high achievements in their studies and their creativity. 


If you are interested in seeing our students' work, tickets to these events are now on sale at the links on the VCAA website.



Could you be a Homestay host?

Photo: Providing a room and food can enrich your life as much as your guest's

Full Boarding Host Families Are Sought for International Students

Northcote High School seeks quality homestays from our local community, to help care for young international students studying in year 10, 11 +12 with us. They are mainly from Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and Cambodian. We also have some International Students are from European countries such as Italy and Germany.


Hosting International Students can bring a rich cross cultural experience and opportunity for our families. Many local families already on board with Northcote High School Homestay Program over the years have enjoyed and benefited from the diverse cultural and language exchange experience, especially when they have school age children at home. The reverse experience for our International Students is very much part of their overseas study journey.


If you have a spare room and are willing to take care of a young international student please contact the International Student Office 9488 2334 (or General Office 9488 2300 or email [email protected]) for more information.


Full boarding homestay fees are $320 per week (tax free), which covers a fully furnished room, 3 healthy meals daily, laundry, household bills (including internet). Students are responsible for their own transport.


Jocelyn Hill

Assistant Principal


The Breakfast Club

Photo: Enjoying breakfast

Welcoming our Year 10 International Students

On Thursday, the 23rd February, International Student office hosted a breakfast session to welcome Year 10 International Students of 2017. The new Year 10 international students and staff attendees enjoyed a sumptuous array of fruits, local breads, croissants and party pies for breakfast. School leaders Ms Hill, Year 10 program leader Mr MacDonald and International Student Program Director Ms Wang spoke to welcome our new year International Students and to wish them well and enjoy all the great opportunities school offers.


International Students were grateful and delighted to the event as they were able to talk to their teachers and share a happy time with their friends over breakfast.

International Student Office

Welcome new staff: Part 3

Photo: Induction Day

More about our new faces 2017

Over the last editions, we have brought you profiles of some of the newest members of the Northcote High School staff. Here is the third and final instalment of this series. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our staff.

Rohan Bevan - Design teacher

I graduated with an honours degree in Industrial Design from RMIT in 2009. Working predominantly on bespoke architectural joinery projects, I developed skills in project management, collaborative design, manufacturing and design detailing. After a number of years in industry, I tested the educational waters taking a position as Design and Technology Technician at Carey Baptist Grammar School, and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education with methods in Technology and VET in 2014.


I have since been working at Patterson River Secondary College, where as Design and Technology Domain Leader I led the development of a refreshed junior design and technology curriculum, introduced 3D printing, trained staff in the use of CAD CAM technologies and taught Design and Technology from Years 7 through to VCE. Outside of the classroom, I have recently been elected to the Design and Technology Teachers Association Victoria board with a view to support the further development of the learning area. I look forward to working in a dynamic school that critically examines the way secondary education is done in the 21st century.

Jack O'Shea - PE teacher

I have recently completed a Master of Secondary Teaching at Melbourne University through which my teaching methods are PE, Health and Math. Prior to this, I have a background in exercise science and have spent the past six years working in health and fitness, focussing my attention towards working with both elite athletes in high performance environments and general populations throughout corporate workplace settings and local gyms. It was during these experiences that I discovered my passion for education, particularly when working with adolescents. 


Outside of work I have keen interest in all sports. As a kid, I spent most of time playing football, basketball and surfing. I’m still currently playing football and am looking forward to watching the hawks bounce back in 2017 and squeeze in one more premiership. I’m also a keen traveller, having spent 2014 backpacking around Europe and more recently spending time in Asia and South America.

I’m excited to be joining the Northcote High community and am looking forward to building strong relationships with fellow staff and students. One of Northcote’s key elements that attracted me to apply was the diversity within the school.

Julian Perry - Music teacher

The son of a nurse and a teacher, and the brother of a firefighter I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. As a child I could be found playing outdoors with my brother and the dogs or making music and dancing around the lounge room. At age 5 I began learning the violin, and piano and singing lessons followed soon after. These early experiences really shaped who I am today. I’ve always loved creative arts and their ability to value-add to our lives and foster community spirit. In my early teens I trained as a dancer earning a Diploma in Dance with the Australian Ballet School and am grateful for the discipline and motivation that this instilled in me. Yet it wasn’t until late high school that I discovered one of my greatest passions; foreign language. In year 11 I travelled to Germany and France on long-term exchange, later returning to both countries to complete the majority of undergraduate studies. Returning to Australia in late 2013, I gained a double degree in Classical Music Performance (Opera/Piano) and Modern Languages (French/German) from Monash University in conjunction with the Hans Eisler Conservatorium in Berlin. While abroad, I worked both as a sommelier and wine merchant throughout Western Europe and in Adult English Education. Since returning to Melbourne I have continued teaching in a German community school which I enjoy immensely. My initial teaching experiences have encouraged me to pursue a career in education and last year I completed my Master of Secondary Teaching at Monash University.  

Katie Turner - Science teacher

I am a recent graduate of Monash University’s Masters of Teaching program and I am a Science and Biology teacher. I completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University majoring in physiology. I took a few years off between my Bachelors and Masters in order to travel and work. A large number of my family members are teachers and I have always been inspired by their work. Additionally, I love learning and I am keen to explore a career that will allow me to constantly develop new skills and pass on my passion for science.

 I am most looking forward to immersing myself into this school and its community. Northcote High School has a wonderful reputation amongst fellow teachers as an incredibly supportive and caring school in which to start my career. Of course I still have apprehensions and questions that will arise as new challenges come up. As a graduate teacher the biggest apprehension I have is getting my head around the detailed curriculum requirements. However, from my experiences so far I can see that I will be well supported by the other staff members. 

Calling all gamers: screens needed

Photo: Gamers club in need of screens

Can you help?

Today's gamer is tomorrow's coder. The Gamers Club of Northcote High School meet Tuesday lunchtimes with the purpose of playing video games in a multi player environment. Club members discuss video gaming experiences and strategies. Students share tips and play together in a fun and social way. But we need your help to make our club a success we need more monitors so we can run multiple consoles.


If you have a monitor or tv screen you can donate to our club please contact Peta Sirec [email protected]

Student Parent Teacher Conversations 


Student-Parent-Teacher Conversations this term are Thursday March 23 and Wednesday March 29, from 1.30-7.30 pm.  Whilst formerly known as 'Parent Teacher Interviews', these are in fact, about students taking responsibility for, and being supported in their learning: it is important that students are the central part of these conversations.


- On those days, the whole school operates periods 1-3, with dismissal after Period 3—approximately 12.30 pm.

- Bookings are made online, using Compass School Manager.

How to book

Compass Bookings open from March 15, 4.00 pm

1. On the welcome page or under the Community tab you will find Parent Student Teacher Conferences. Click to follow the link.

2. After 4 pm Wednesday March 15 you will see “2017 PTN1 March 23 ” and also “2017 PTN2 March 29”. Click on the day that suits you. It does not matter which day you attend.

3. A panel will come up, as shown . At the top is “My Bookings”, with available spots in green. At the bottom are the names of your son/daughter’s teachers—”Available Staff”.

4. Click on the time you would like to see a teacher, in the top pane. Pull down to find your teacher's name. Click the Update button. A green sign at the top will show you its done! (If you don’t click the update button it won’t save your bookings)

The page looks a little like this:


- It’s a good idea to print or copy down your bookings! We do not keep a copy for you at school.

- If you don’t have a computer at home, you will be able to contact the office for assistance. (9488 2300) 

- This year we will again keep bookings open until the day meetings commence—that is, until 12.30 on each PTM day. 

Who to see

Student-Parent-Teacher Conversations are always well attended at Northcote High School. However, if you are new to the process, here is some advice:

- It is not necessary to try to see all of your son or daughter’s teachers at these events. For example, you don’t need to see your Year Level Program Leader, Head of School or even your child’s Tutor, unless there is a specific need.


- Interviews book out quickly for some staff. Please don’t delay to make your appointments.

- Select teachers to see on the basis of need. For example if you are concerned about how your child is going in a particular subject, contact with that staff-member should be a priority! If you miss out on seeing a teacher but need to see them, please contact them for another appointment via Compass .


Several teachers may not be available for one or both of the Student-Parent-Teacher Conversation dates. They will be blocked out on their schedules.


Please check Compass on the day for any other absence announcements.

Some other teachers work part time and have limited availability on both days. Look for availability when you log on to Compass. If the teacher’s name does not come up as an option when you look on Compass, it means they don’t work that day! Please contact these teachers by Compass if required.

All teachers take a break between 5.00 and 5.40 pm for dinner. (It is not possible to stagger this break in a way that would be equitable for parents and staff)

Open Morning 2017

Community Engagement for prospective parents

Spread the word to your Primary School connections: Open Morning is coming up on April 27, starting at 9.15am. Grade 6 students interested in the ACE program for 2018 need to apply by April 24 - application forms can be found on our website.

Community notices

Fitzroy Junior Football Club

There has never been a better time for girls to play footy!

Come to training, have a kick and see what it’s all about! 

Also seeking U13 boys: all welcome. Visit for more info.


North Brunswick Junior Football Club



Construction update: M40 Preston Reservoir to Merri Creek Water Main Renewal Project

An update on the works currently affecting St Georges Rd median strip tram line and bike paths

Canape Masterclass at Holden St Neighbourhood house


Alphington BlueTongues 

Alphington Football Club is a welcoming, community run soccer club based at Alphington Park, Parkview Rd, Alphington. It fields senior teams, junior teams and a development squad (mini roos).


University Hill Eagles FC seeking players - New soccer club


Small community dance school

Dance and Performance


$45 per term

End of year concert

Year 7,8  and 9 girls Wednesdays after school

Please contact Mary 0434 267 057

VCA Performances 2017



LUNCHTIME @ VCASS Recital Room – FREE (All Ages)

Our new Lunchtime Series of 30 minute concerts. Classical or Jazz works, performed in ensembles or solo, by Year 7-9 students from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Venue:             VCASS Recital Room (capacity 130), 57 Miles Street, Southbank (near the

                            corner of Sturt & Miles)

Dates:              Thursdays: 30th March,  1st June,  22nd June,  27th July,  24th Aug,  

                            21st Sept,  26th Oct, or 30th Nov. 2017

Time:               Lunch Time Concerts 11:50am-12:20pm                       

                           Our Cafeteria is open for guests until 1:30pm.

Cost:                Free


Gala Concert - Ticketed Event

Our greatest concert of the year! Hear our Orchestra and Choir at the beautiful Melbourne Recital Centre. Program includes orchestral and choral works by Dvorak, Stravinsky, Sculthorpe and more.

Venue:             Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt St. Southbank

Date & Time:   Friday 15th September 2017, 7:30pm

Cost:                $50/$35. Bookings will be via Melbourne Recital Centre

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