NGSC Newsletter

10 August 2018
Issue Twelve
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

19/8 - 21/8         Outdoor Education Snow Trip

28 August           Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)

29/8 & 30/8        SRC Production - "Light 'Em Up"

21 September  Last day Term 3 (1.30 pm Finish)

23 October         Year 12 Graduation Dinner

26 October         Multicultural Festival

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Well into Term 3…

We have now completed the first four weeks of the new term and are well and truly into the second academic semester with reporting behind us and looking forward to an exciting and very busy remainder of term. This term marks the beginning of work force planning for the following school year with student course/subject selections taking place as well as a host of other organisational and curriculum matters to attend to, prior to next year. 


Students and parents/guardians do need to be clear about the time lines for course selections and to ensure that they see Ms Astles, Mr Hill (Transitions Pathways Leaders) or Mr Rankcom and Ms Makin (Careers Advisers), or Mrs Bridges – Senior Years Sub-School Leader, for more clarification on course advice if required. It is yet another busy term with a myriad of extra-curricular activities; Outdoor camps, Sports, Geography Reading and Writing competitions.


This year’s school production “Light ‘Em Up” is in its final stages of rehearsals and preparation for the performances is underway. 


This year’s school production is a very special one. Originally due to the current works with the refurbishment of the school, we decided not to proceed with a school production, however, it took the leadership and determination of The Arts Captain, Thomas Grantham, who successfully put together a proposal to the Principals and a working party re: a student talent showcase school production. 


Thomas, with the support of the Events Coordinator, Ms Emily Dowling and a number of other key stakeholders (Ms Janelle Butler- Dance/Arts Teacher, Ms Courtney McCullough – Lighting/Backstage) has coordinated the whole show.  A special mention and thank you to students, Daniel Kovacev, Daphne Low and Bianca Fiorillo who are part of  the student showcase working party and have been instrumental in the organisation, leadership and implementation of this year’s school production.   Well done for an outstanding display of leadership. 


The school production will be offered to the public on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 August, 2018. Matinees will also be offered to our local primary school students. Tickets are $10 each and available at the School General Office. 


Come and see the amazing NGSC young talent in a fabulous show which, as mentioned above, has been entirely planned, lead and executed by our students.

Parent Opinion Survey 2018 (23 July to 26 August)

By now quite a few selected parents/guardians may have completed the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey and I wish to sincerely thank you for your contribution to the life of the College by providing us with your feedback. If for some reason you have been selected to complete this year’s Parent Opinion Survey and you haven’t completed it yet, please do so by August 26. Your opinion is valuable to us.   


The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria. This year, about 30 per cent of parents were invited to participate.  All responses to the survey are anonymous.


This year to Parent Opinion Survey is being conducted from Monday, 23 July to Sunday, 26 August.


The Parent Opinion Survey is an opportunity for schools to collect data from parent/guardians in relation to our school community, ensuring that continuous improvement and success is occurring in School Climate, Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning and of course improved student outcomes. It is a very important step towards making our school one of the best possible educational setting in the wider community.

In recent years, we have conducted annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, students and parents.  We use this information to inform and direct our plans for school improvement. Many parents over the years would most likely have completed these surveys.


This year, your family may have been randomly selected to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey.  If you did get selected, I would ask you to take the time to complete the survey as your opinion is important to our school community. It is important to us that you complete the survey as honestly as possible.


The Department of Education and Training has updated the survey to align it with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the refreshed Attitudes to School Survey. Core measures from the previous survey have been retained for data continuity purposes. 
Completing the survey: Access, translations and more

The survey is to be completed online and it only takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period desktops computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.


There will be no paper survey option, therefore, North Geelong SC is very happy to provide access to computer facilities and staff members to support all parents who are unable to complete the survey online using their own devices or they need someone to guide them through the survey. The school will notify the selected parents and provide them with the information and all the support needed to complete the online survey at home or at school. 


The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Somali and Punjabi.
Additional survey language guides have been made available to schools in Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.

For more information, see: Parent Opinion Survey


Once again, thank you very much for your support. If any parents/guardians have any questions or queries re: Parent Opinion Survey, please don’t hesitate to contact the school Principal.

Scholarship Program - Year 7 intake 2019

Our scholarship program for the 2019 Year 7 intake has been completed and the successful recipients, their families and respective primary schools have been notified.


As Principal at North Geelong SC, I am very proud to report to the school community that our scholarship program has attracted a large number of high quality candidates, which made it very difficult for the selection panel to make the final decision. The calibre of the students was outstanding. Congratulations to all who participated in the process.


The NGSC Scholarship Program promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their School 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. 


This Program also recognises the considerable achievements of children in our community and provides them with the opportunity to experience exciting curriculum opportunities through a broad range of engaging programs delivered by our outstanding teachers.


Our Year 7 scholarships are to the value of $4600. These scholarships will be presented by the Principal to the scholarship recipients and celebrated at their respective primary school assemblies early in Term 4. Family and friends of the scholarship recipients will be invited for the presentation. 

Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients joining North Geelong SC in Year 7 in 2019   

Academic Excellence – Jana BadrBell Park North Primary School

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 LeadershipHenry ReedManifold Heights Primary School

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) - Hteemoo Yohellaymusaw NBC, Peacock Campus

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 – James Hose - Teesdale Primary School

The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sportspersons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s).


The Arts – Genevieve Sheehan Hamlyn Banks Primary School

The Arts scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts areas (such as: Drama, Music, Dance or Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent.

Scholarship Program - Year 9 intake, 2018

Our scholarship program for the 2019 Year 9 intake is in the process of being completed. Please contact the school and speak to Ms Astles – Transitions/Pathways Leader or Mr Allister Hill –Assistant Transitions/Pathways for more details. 


Scholarships are awarded for two years in Years 9 and 10. 

Capital Works/School refurbishment update

The school’s refurbishment/capital works schedule is well underway. Stage One is now partly completed (B-Block has now come back to the possession of the school) however, the court yard and some external cosmetic work will be completed in the next couple of weeks. Stage Two will begin on Tuesday, 14 August, and that will include, the north part of C- Block and the new toilet/storage area block. Stage two is expected to be completed in 14 weeks from commencement. 


The newly refurbished B- Block facilities are amazing, including state of the art Food Technology areas (2 x kitchens, a larger dining area and a Student Conference area). B-Block is fully air-conditioned, including the latest digital technologies. The school community is very excited with the outcome of Stage One refurbishment and very happy to be working in these outstanding teaching and learning spaces.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

International Students

On Tuesday, 24 July NGSC welcomed ten Year 9 students and one teacher from Jianjun Zhang Middle School. This school is located in Baoding which is about an hour’s drive south of Beijing.


The students will be attending the school until Friday, 17 August and have been placed in different forms with the aim of developing their English and also to enhance their understanding of the Australian education system and way of life. All of the visitors are being billeted out with local families who are showing them the sights of our beautiful country.


Students, please introduce yourselves in the yard where you can ask questions about China and they can do the same of you.

Japanese Exchange visit

As one group of students leave NGSC we will be welcoming a small delegation from Osaka, Japan. Ten students and three teachers will be hosted by our NGSC families for a short 4-day visit. They will participate in a school experience and some sightseeing around Geelong and Melbourne. It is hoped that in the future, this exchange program will be for a longer time and that NGSC students will be able to visit Osaka in the same way.


We thank the generosity of our host families and we know that our school community will embrace this opportunity.

VCAL community connections

It was a pleasure to visit Ms Elkin’s VCAL literacy class this week as they presented their findings and recommendations to improve traffic and pedestrian safety around our school. In the audience were representatives from City of Greater Geelong and VicRoads as these organisations will be able to deliver on any approved recommendations. The feedback from the visitors was extremely positive and they had high hopes that some of the recommendations would be put in place. The class should be very proud of their efforts and collaborative work to generate the final list of recommendations.

Pedestrian Safety on Separation Street

To follow on with the safety theme, it is very important that all members of the school community are aware of the dangerous situation on Separation Street. Far too often we know of students crossing the busy street as they arrive or leave school. Recently we were told of a ‘near miss’ by a driver who had turned into Separation Street to find a student, earphones in and not concentrating, just walk onto the road. With his quick reaction time the driver missed hitting her by less than a metre. Not only are incidents like this frightening for the driver but we do not want our students placing themselves at such risk of injury.


From the VicRoads website,


In recent years, almost one pedestrian a week has been killed on Victorian roads. As a result pedestrians are being urged to take extra care when crossing the roads around school including when using pedestrian crossings.


Pedestrians should cross at traffic lights, pedestrian crossings controlled by lights or marked crossings wherever possible and must obey the road rules.


As well as being dangerous, it is an offence for a pedestrian to begin crossing when the ‘red man’ signal is displayed, and penalties apply. Pedestrians should always wait for the next green cycle.


But if the ‘red man’ signal begins flashing while a pedestrian is part way across a road, there is time to safely complete crossing.


A pedestrian crossing on the ‘green man’ signal still needs to watch for any vehicles turning into the road they are crossing, in case drivers fail to give way.


Pedestrians must take responsibility for their own safety, ensure they can be seen and remain alert at all times.


At marked crossings, pedestrians should make sure that drivers and riders in the lane nearest them have seen them and are stopping before stepping onto the road. Pedestrians then need to check that traffic in any other lanes is stopping before continuing to cross the road.


Drivers and riders must not overtake a stationary vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crossing.


Children’s crossings operate when flags are displayed, whether or not there is a crossing supervisor on duty. Drivers and riders must stop when an adult or child is about to step on to the crossing or when a supervisor displays a hand-held ‘Stop’ sign. Drivers and riders must not proceed until all pedestrians, including the supervisor, have cleared the crossing.


To encourage safer pedestrian behaviour, penalties can be imposed.  It is an offence to cross the road within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, to not cross by the shortest or most direct route or to cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a vehicle.


Please, please, please:

  • Use the traffic light crossings at the corner of Thompson Road and Separation Street, or at the supervised crossing near Holy Family Primary School.
  • Older students must demonstrate safe behaviour for the younger students
  • No student should try to cross Separation Street from in between cars or buses
  • Be alert, Be safe

“Pedestrians must take responsibility for their own safety, ensure they can be seen and remain alert at all times.”

Stop, Look, Listen, Think

Follow the safe road crossing procedure – STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.

  • STOP one step back from the kerb or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath.
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic.
  • LISTEN in all directions for approaching traffic.
  • THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear or all traffic has stopped.

When crossing, walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing.


This information is particularly relevant to young people learning to cross roads. But it also provides a useful reminder to everyone particularly to those who may be distracted when crossing the road.



Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager

A uniform approach to uniform…

I never liked the jumper I had to wear when I was a student. I could never wear a woollen jumper when I was a child. Someone recently knitted a jumper for my son, every time they ask how he is enjoying it, I don’t have the heart to tell them that he starts itching every time he looks at it. He is a five year old version of me (only slightly shorter). But I knew my jumper was school uniform, so I ensured that I always had a full length layer underneath it to solve the problem.


If someone had a facial piercing at school it stood out and that student was ‘alternative’. These days many students have facial piercings and this is socially acceptable. We, as a college, also accept that this is the case, but there are a number of reasons why facial piercings must be clear, covered or removed when a student arrives at school. Similar regulations will also be the case for many students once they leave school and enter the workforce.  


I’m not sure about you, but the first thing I think of when I see a sandwich artist make my lunch, at the local Subway store, that has a piercing is I hope that it doesn’t fall in my lunch! On another note, I have been playing sport for many years (some might say too long!) and routinely take out my piercings before every match.


My point is, many students undertake food technology or physical education subjects here at school, so facial piercings are both a hygiene and safety issue for these subjects. This isn't the only reason for piercings to be covered or removed, so please don’t hold me to the sword!


Some may argue that “uniform does not impact on education.” I am sure that many of you as parents and carers are required to wear uniform as outlined by your employer for identification, hygienic and safety purposes. We, as educators are preparing students for the workforce. Part of this includes ensuring that students can be compliant, wearing the correct uniform forms part of this compliance. Consequently, that ramifications for wearing the incorrect uniform in the workforce are much more significant than what we implement here at school.


At the end of the day, piercings must be clear, covered or removed and the correct uniform must be worn at all times. This is school policy, and has been approved by School Council. It is our job as staff to do our best to ensure students adhere to all school policies.


If you are not already aware, we will assist in any way possible to ensure that each and every student has access to and can wear the correct school uniform. All students should have equal opportunities and access to appropriate school resources.


Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


Hi Parents, Students and Guardians;

Thank you to all the Year 10 parents and guardians for their support during careers week. It is comforting to know we counselled over 180 students to better support them into their individual career pathways.


Can Year 9 parents and guardians please be aware of 2019 Year 10 subject selections. Check your email, download the Compass App and check out subject descriptions on the school web page.


If you did not read the previous newsletter please read The College philosophies on uniform and continue to support the College.


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager

Senior Sub School News

This is a busy time of year for students in Years 11 and 12.  Semester 2 is well underway and students are working well to complete outcomes and develop skills and knowledge. August is also “open day” month for universities and TAFE and students are encouraged to attend these to learn about specific courses and campuses.

Year 11

Students and parents are reminded of the following:

  • Year 12 tops for 2019 are currently available for students to try on and decide on the correct size. Students are able to nominate their actual name, official preferred name or surname to be placed on the back of the top. (A preferred name is a common version of a first name e.g. Sam for Samantha). Cost is $85 due to the office by Wednesday, 10 October.
  • Camp notices for the 2019 Year 12 Leadership Camp have been given to students. CSEF is able to be used to pay for the camp and students and parents can contact the General Office to check if they are eligible.
  • Pathways planning discussions for 2019 will happen over the next week.

Year 12

Students and parents are reminded of the following:

  • The careers team are currently running lunchtime sessions on applying to tertiary institutions as VTAC applications open soon. Information is available on the VTAC website:
  • Graduation tickets are on sale and payments are able to be made at the General Office

VCE UNIT 3 and 4 Students

Students are reminded of the following:


  • Connect Lecture Timetable is available on VCE google classroom.
  • Practice Exam Timetable (September holidays) is available on VCE google classroom.
  • Students who are studying music performance or a language need to collect exam advice slips from the Senior Sub School Office.
Please ensure students are constantly checking the Careers Blog and emails as there is a lot of important information being disseminated. 

Parents/carers are welcome to contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator if there any concerns.


Christine Scott

VCAL Coordinator


Year 12 VCAL – Final Assessments

As our Year 12 students approach the end of their secondary schooling, they will be expected to ensure that their class work and projects are completed, documented and submitted as evidence of their progress and achievements this year.


The final assessment for the year is a formal interview. Year 12 students and their parents/guardians will be invited to attend these interviews. The interviews are conducted in a manner that is very similar to a job interview. One of the VCAL teachers and a member of the school leadership team, for example an Assistant Principal, will conduct each interview. The student will be expected to present themselves in full school uniform, business attire and with personal grooming as appropriate for a formal job interview.


Before the interview, the students will prepare responses to likely interview questions and rehearse their answers in mock interviews during class time.


The students will prepare a selection of their best work to present and discuss during the interview. This may be collated in a hard copy portfolio or in digital form.


We encourage parents/guardians to attend these interviews along with their son/daughter to acknowledge their significant contribution and to celebrate the achievements of their son/daughter in the VCAL program. We will provide interpreters as required.


Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of Term 4: Monday, 8 October to Friday, 12 October and Monday, 15 October to Friday, 19 October. The interviews will last approximately 20 – 30 minutes. There will be some interview times available before and after regular school hours, but they will be limited. If you have a specific time or date where you will/will not be available, please let me know via email (


This is an exciting time for our Year 12 students and their families. I encourage our students to work hard, to complete their projects and to finish Year 12 with integrity and maturity.


Allister Hill

Transition Assistant / SEAL Coordinator

PE & Outdoor Education Teacher

Senior Boy & Girls Badminton

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Senior Boy & Girls Badminton on Thursday, 26 July. Our 3 teams finished in 2nd, 3rd and 5th position. 



Allister Hill

Transition Assistant / SEAL Coordinator

PE & Outdoor Education Teacher

Year 10 Leadership Camp – Preparation and Leadership development

This year the SRC is organising a Year 10 Leadership Alpine Camp. The aim of the camp is to develop a group of young inspiring NGSC students with the skills, experiences and foundations to become integral leaders within our school and the wider community. Twelve NGSC students will be participating in a range of recreational activities over 5 days including rafting, camping, bushwalking and cross country skiing. They will also be developing their leadership skills with a major focus on developing communication, teamwork, problem solving and community action. This week all the students and staff met as a group, setting  goals for the camp and preparing themselves for this wonderful experience.

SRC- House Trivia

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the lunchtime “House Trivia Completion” on Friday, 27 July. Each student who participated earned their house 2 points. Congratulations to Mitchell Cazaly for winning the event, earning 10 points for the Orange House and receiving a $20 itunes voucher. A big thanks to Daphne Low for all her work in organising the event as well as Tara Briggs for her MC work on the day. 


Term three is moving quickly with a lot of productive work in progress, but with it only being the fourth week into the term there is much to be accomplished yet. 

The Multicultural Committee’s meeting for this term will focus on formulating a program for the opening ceremony for NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival to be held on Friday, 26 October, 2018.  This year’s theme is ‘A World of Colour’.  The festival is one of the biggest cultural events at the school and the Multicultural Committee’s role is to organise the opening ceremony and assembly.  Thus we are still in search of innovative ideas related to the theme: ‘A World of Colour’.  Such as guest speakers, musicians and acts or performers for the opening ceremony.  Any ideas, no matter how big or small are all welcome.  Feel free to attend our next meeting on Monday, 20 August or contact us at the school with any ideas.  The Multicultural Committee  values your input to the  NGSC school community.


Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer


As part of National Science week NGSC is participating in an Interesting Facts competition.


There are heaps of interesting science facts out there in the world around us. For example:
• there’s a parasite that takes over the brains of rats and turns them into zombies
• or, Just like humans, British cows moo in regional accents
• or, Russian cosmonauts wee on the back tyre of a bus before take-off for good luck?

What do you think is the World’s most interesting science fact?


Enter the NGSC Interesting Facts Competition for a chance to win an ULTIMATE EARS BOOM 2 BLUETOOTH SPEAKER!


It is open to all students (as well as parents and staff), can be on anything ‘Sciencey’ and you can enter as many times as you like. The Interesting Fact must be 43 words or less and must come with a reference (where you got it from e.g. website, book, etc). 


Submit your entries to the web address below. Competition closes Friday, 17 August, 2018.

School Code = ngs-3746


Good luck, NGSC Science Department.
Keryn Darling
Science Manager





Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           


The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with government curriculum standards, based on communication skills that include speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their university entrance score.  


The school`s language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government secondary schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9.00am and 12.15pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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