NGSC Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue Five
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

 05 APRIL               Last Day term 1

22 APRIL                Easter Monday 

23 APRIL                First Day Term 2

25 APRIL               ANZAC Day Public Holiday

09 May                    Year 7 Immunisations


Mr Nicholas Adamou


Rediscover the wonders of Reading

The world of reading continues to change on a daily basis with the addition of digital books (eBooks), tablets, mobile apps and many other technological alternatives. However, the printed, hard-copy world is everywhere in our society and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere any time soon.


Roughly one in five people in Australia suffer from reading difficulties, with many thought to be undiagnosed or with minimal support. These people, as well as English language learners, encounter daily challenges with reading. Reading is not just for high schools or any other educational institutions, it is everywhere and unavoidable and for those with reading difficulties it can not only be problematic, but also stressful, frustrating and demoralising.


At North Geelong SC we believe in “Learn to read before reading to learn” and we place a huge emphasis on both Literacy and Numeracy skills. Therefore, the school has provided Literacy/Reading and Numeracy intervention programs such as ACE and STAR for all Year 7 to 9 students, ensuring that no student falls through the cracks and student individual needs are addressed. Students are identified through formative assessment, triangulated data and placed in the right intervention program in consultation with the parents. Today our ACE and STAR results are outstanding and many parents choose to enrol their children from primary school into Year 7, so they can access some of these programs. For more information re: ACE and STAR Literacy and Numeracy intervention programs please go to the school website or contact Program Leaders Mr Smallman (Literacy) and Mr Koullas (Numeracy).


This year the school also introduced another innovative program directly related to Reading which is part of the English curriculum (Four plus One). All students in Years 7 to 9 participate in a Reading Program with a Reading Specialist teacher once a week. Age appropriate books in a variety of levels and interests are provided to our students where in a supportive and systematic way are read throughout the year with a Reading specialist in front of each reading class.


During next term, the English Curriculum Area will also run a Principals’ Reading Challenge for students. This will be somewhat similar to the Premier’s Reading Challenge, however, it will be more tailored to the needs and interest of our students.


There will be a number of Awards categories such as:

  • Principal’s Award – Mr Adamou – Over All Reading Champion
  • Senior Sub-School Assistant Principal’s Award – Mr Dawson
  • Middle Sub-School Assistant Principal’s Award – Mr Headlam
  • Junior Sub-School Assistant Principal’s Award – Ms Andrews
  • Librarian Award – Ms McCullough

The school community pride on improving students learning and future pathways/lives and of course mastering reading, as mentioned above, is the bedrock for success in anything our students choose to pursue.

Capital Works and Refurbishment

The 4.75 million dollars capital works project is progressing satisfactorily and it is within the scheduled timeline. Stage One (B Block; Food Technology Area), Stage Two; (North of C Wing and courtyard in between B and C Blocks), Stage Three (Science wing, North of C wing new Toilet Block and under cover decking) and Stage Four (car park) have been completed and delivered back to the school. The school community is very happy with the new facilities. 


All new or refurbished teaching spaces are fully air-conditioned and they all include the latest ‘touch screen’ ICT technology, ensuring that our great curriculum and extra-curriculum programs are complimented with the resources and cutting edge ICT technology.


The final stage South of C wing including a brand new larger common staff room, a larger new Conference room and a refurbished Year 12 Common Room is currently under construction. These works are expected to be completed by July 4. We can now truly say that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with the school capital works.

Harmony Day Celebration

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


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


Our school community celebrates Harmony Day in many ways – through sport, dance, art, film, music, storytelling, painting, cooking and sharing cultural meals. 


One of our school values is DIVERSITY, which reflects our student population and as a school community we not only celebrate but we also promote all Harmony community activities. We learn from each other and we understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and make it a better place.


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


This year, the school community celebrated Harmony Day with a whole school assembly, where school council members and members of our community were invited to attend. Our student Leaders with the support of Mr Stan Koullas and Ms Sarah Bridges, Acting Assistant Principals, and Ms Shona Scorringe, Events Coordinator, organised and ran the whole school assembly.


Ahmad Qadri NGSC ex-student was a guest speaker for the day. His topic was about Peace and Harmony and how our school community is a role model of what it means to live in harmony. Currently Ahmad is studying a double degree at Melbourne University. Also we had David Rodan, ex AFL Richmond player, as a second guest speaker. David shared his personal story about migrating to Australia with his family as a young boy and his journey to become a very successful AFL football player.  


International Women’s Day - 8 March, 2019

This year the international women’s day was celebrated at North Geelong SC with a morning tea for all female staff members and Year 12 female students on Friday, 8 March. Central to the celebration was the engagement of young females in issues relating to gender equality, empowerment and leadership. Our Year 12 female captains delivered a speech on the importance of the day.

Student Appearance 

All students at North Geelong SC are expected to take pride in their personal appearance. Jewellery, make-up, hair colour and style must be discreet as per the school expectations and policies. Earrings must consist only of sleepers or studs in the ears.


It is the school’s preferred position that students do not have facial piercing i.e. any facial piercing other than the ears. However, for students who already have facial piercing they have the following options:

  • the facial piercings are removed during the school day, to and from school
  • the facial piercing is discreet and clear plastic 
  • a band aid is applied on the piercing during the school day, including to and from school.

Under no circumstances will metal facial piercings be accepted.


Therefore, new facial piercings cannot be obtained during the year, due to the healing time which requires the piercing to be metal.

Personal Property brought to school

Personal property is often brought to school by students and visitors.  This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  I wish to remind you that DET does not hold insurance (excluding the school’s iPad program) for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  


I wish to discourage students and visitors from bringing any personal property in particular valuable items to school and if you choose to do so it is entirely at your own risk.  

Last Day of the Term 1, Friday, 5 April

The last day of Term 1 is Friday, 5 April. Just a reminder to parents/guardians that students will finish school at 1:24 pm as per End of Term arrangements previously published.


I wish to remind parents that students must attend school on the last day of the term and if for some legitimate reason they are going to be away, parents/guardians are required to notify the school, as per our school attendance policy.


Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and a very relaxing break.


Term 2 begins on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019.



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Immunisation Program - Year 7 and Year 10

Year 7 Immunisations - Thursday, 9 May.

The immunisation team will be on site in the morning. All students in Year 7 must have submitted a consent card whether the student is to be immunised or not. Parent/carer details are shared with Barwon Health so they will contact you if you have not submitted a consent card or if they need to discuss the immunisation program with you. 


On the day of immunisations your child may wear the PE uniform as it make the process of immunising easier.


Year 10 Meningococcal Immunisation Program - Tuesday, 23 July.

At this stage we are continuing to collect the consent cards. All students in Year 10 must submit a consent card whether they are to have the immunisation or not. Barwon Health will collect the Year 10 consent cards on Thursday, 9 May. Replacement consent cards are available at the school office. If you would like further information about the disease or the immunisation please follow the links below.

Parent Teacher Conferences

A large attendance at this week’s conferences provided for a busy day for teaching staff. We hope that all parents and carers were able to share in the academic progress of their children and at times offer insights to the teachers. Using the progress reports for the term and achievements on learning tasks will help to plan for where improvements can be made. If you were unable to attend or the teacher you needed to see was unavailable, please contact the school and the teacher will make a time to see you or phone you about your child’s learning.


Thank you to all staff for making the day a success. 

Student Management Concern

The Student Management focus at the beginning of Term 2 will be students out of class and working to the bell.


Below are the school’s expectations around this behaviour:

  • Students are not to be out of class unless they have a note, if they do not have a note then they will be sent back to class.
  • Students are not allowed out of class for a drink of water. They can take a water bottle (water only) in a clear container to class.
  • Students are to not pack up early, leave their class early or line up at the door. Unless it is a practical class or a practical activity (which may require packing up of materials) all students should be working up to the bell. 

Students are also reminded that headphones should not be used in class to listen to music and should also not be visible.

Online Safety during the Holidays

It is often the case that school holidays are a time when some young people feel they can behave in a manner that is less respectful than when they are at school. This can include online bullying. Please keep the communication lines open between you and your children so that any incidents of bullying can be shared and resolved. Here is an excerpt from the kids help line for teens. Follow the link to access more information about bullying and what to do. Also, you can report bullying to the police.


What can you do if you’re being bullied?

There’s always something you can do.

Here are some ideas:

  • Keep your distance from bullying
  • Don’t bully them back
  • Tell them what they are doing is not ok
  • Talk to an adult you trust
  • Take time to do something nice for yourself
  • Have someone help you report cyber bullying or assault.

From the three Assistant Principals, we wish all our school families a safe and rejuvenating holiday time.



Steve Quinn

Junior Sub-School Manager

Year 7 Camps

The biggest event of the past few weeks in the Junior Sub-School was during week eight, when our Year 7 students attended one of two overnight camps in Anglesea, where new friendships were formed and students were pushed outside of their comfort zones. Both school staff and Burnside Camp staff were very impressed with the engagement and efforts of all students and the positive “have a go” attitude shown by all of the kids. Activities included a High Ropes course, Low Ropes course, Bike riding, Archery, Flying Fox, Zip Lining, Initiative activities and Beach activities. The positive feedback afterwards was fantastic to receive and some of the dance moves produced during evening activities were mind blowing!


We hope you all enjoy a very relaxing and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back for an eventful Term 2.  


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

We're now half way through Semester One. Please engage with Progress Reports and have conversations at home around progress, strengths and challenges. Poignantly for Year 10 students, we are preparing our students for Senior School and it is incredibly important students demonstrate their capacity to maintain a Performance Average above three.


Attendance can be a huge barrier to academic progress and with this we need parental support- realistically home is where they get out of bed.


Next term the weather will start to get colder, please note the uniform is to be worn according to school policy (no hoodies) and please contact the Middle School Office should you need any support with uniform or have any questions.


Have a safe holidays and please utilise this time to read, catch up on any work that will help you retain skills that will lead to a successful Term Two.


Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager

The first term of 2019 has now come to a close and we hope all those undertaking their VCE or VCAL studies enjoy a well deserved break. Many students will still have lots of studying to do; however, now is a good time to remind all of our hard working senior school students to make sure they take the opportunity to rest and recharge ready to tackle Term Two. 



A reminder about senior school expectations:

  • As we come into the colder months of winter it is important students remember to wear their correct uniform. In particular, hoodies are not part of NGSC uniform and we encourage students to make sure they have appropriate winter clothing.
  • P.E. uniform is only to be worn on days when practical P.E. classes are being taken and or when there are excursions that may require this uniform to be worn
  • Please remember to provide a note for your child if there are any issues regarding uniform or lateness to school
  • A reminder that medical certificates will need to be presented if students are unwell and unable to attend school.


Senior School Term Two Important Dates:

  • The VCE Parents meeting will take place Tuesday, 30 April. This is for parents with students in VCE and we will cover a whole variety of topics including SACs, ATAR, S and N, etc.
  • Year 11 & 12 exams will arrive fast and are scheduled to take place in week 8 of Term Two.

National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) applications are now open. It's a 12 day residential program/camp that runs in January for students between Year 11 and 12 who intend to follow a science pathway. Make sure you see Ms Perin or Mr Lawless for more information.


Fran Forsyth

Sports Coordinator


The annual NGSC Athletics Sports were held on Tuesday, 26 March with Silver taking back to back wins. A huge thank you to teachers for their assistance running the event. Also, a big thank you to the students who helped on the day. There were some fantastic costumes and team colours on display that helped competitors feel the support and encouragement of their teams. The enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere was a credit to the students in all Houses. The next level of competition will be in Term 2 against other schools in the Bellarine Division in week 2 on Friday, 3 May. The school team will be posted in the Gym foyer and on Compass. There will be a team meeting and training early next term.


Overall Results
SILVER        594 
PURPLE     526
ORANGE    492
AQUA          449
Participation Award - Aqua
Most improved from last year – Purple 

New Records
Patrick Sager

15 Boys 100m 11.77 sec (2004) 200m 23.25 sec (2003) 
 400m 54.28 sec (2004) Triple Jump 11.61 m (2014)
Seth McCleish

12-13 Boys Triple Jump 10.83 m (2004) Long Jump 5.00 m (2004)
Sam Warelow

12-13 Boys 800m  Walk 3.46 min (2014)
Lachie Wilson

16-20 800m Walk 3.35 min (2005)
Lachlan Schwuch

15 Boys High Jump 1.70 m (2001  
Lainey Hill 

14 Girls 200m 27.46 sec (2008)


Boys and Girls Age Champions

12-13   Ben Day                 Kirra Robinson
14          Sam Warelow      Lainey Hill        
15          Patrick Sager       Brooklyn Conroy
                                                  Lauren Walder    
16          Tyler Edwards     Tara Sheppard-Robinson
17          Ben Grigsby          Naw Pyaw Yeh Htoo
18-20   Jeremy Hogan    Sarah Kirby

Josh Vassallo

HAPE Manager/EIS Coordinator

Excellence In Sports

Year Ten Excellence in Sports (Soccer) students recently attended Rubicon Outdoor Education center on a four-day training camp. Whilst at Rubicon, coaches and students worked extensively on team culture, training programs, game plans and resilience activities. Students and staff where exposed to some fantastic and challenging opportunities, and we wish to thank the Rubicon Outdoor Education Centre for their support of the EIS program.



Congratulations to Soe Mehr on his selection in the Under 16 and Under 18 Victorian Touch Rugby Team.



Congratulations to Ti Rakatau on his selection in the Under 16’s Victorian Touch Rugby Team.



Congratulations to Darrnell Edwards with his selection as Captain of the AFL Victoria’s Kickstart Program.


Other School News

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News

Last week the CALD parents group met for the final time this term and were presented with information from Centrelink Multicultural Service Officers Charanbir Singh and Kaled Ajaj.  The interactive session provided valuable information about Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Subsidy, myGov and more.  The CALD group were very grateful for the opportunity to receive this information via the interactive session held at the school.  The CALD group have requested to continue these invaluable sessions which provide the opportunity to build relationships and obtain information from various agencies and organisations within the Greater Geelong community.


On behalf of the Multicultural Committee I wish you all a safe and restful school holidays.


The next Multicultural Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 29 April at lunchtime (12:40 pm) in B4 dining room. 

Harmony Day

On Thursday, 21 March, we celebrated Harmony Day. The college was very lucky to have David Rodan speak at assembly, sharing his experience of what it was like to find a sense of belonging through football. We also had former student Maud Qadri speak to us about using the time you have at NGSC to learn about other cultures. The day was celebrated through lunchtime activities including karaoke, face painting and trivia.  All money from the casual clothes day was donated to the victims of the Christchurch attack. A big thanks to the SRC and VCAL for their help in making the day a wonderful celebration. 


Linda Castle

LOTE Teacher

LOTE Corner

North Geelong Secondary College was visited by students from schools in Matsubara City, Osaka, as part of our International Students Program. They were hosted by members of our school community and joined our students at school from Monday, 25 to Wednesday, 27 March, having arrived in Geelong on Sunday, 24 March. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in the school classes and our Athletics Day, with some students joining in their age group three-legged races with great results. The students were very impressed with our team spirit and the freedom students had to participate in various events and show their support of their Houses.


They also very much appreciated joining in our regular classes and seeing how we learn at North Geelong SC. They had great fun communicating with our Japanese learners in Years 8 and 9.


Tonia Tigani

International Student Coordinator Assistant

The International Student Program

One of North Geelong Secondary College’s, International Students has successfully qualified for the State Team, moving forward into the National Team and, to complete the journey, qualified for the Oceanic Team in “Canoe Polo”. This is an amazing achievement for our student and we wish him the best of luck heading into the Oceanic Title in April. 


Head Lice

Head lice have been around for thousands of years. We are never going to be completely rid of them, but we can make managing them easier. Head lice do not have wings so they cannot fly. They can't jump because they do not have ‘knees’. Head lice crawl very fast and require head to head contact for transmission. 


An egg requires warmth to hatch and is the reason why they are laid close to the scalp. The further away from the scalp, the less likely they are to survive. Tying back hair can help prevent the spread of head lice. Head lice are not selective. They don't care if hair is long, short, blonde, brown, washed this morning or last week. As long as they are warm, and have blood to drink, then they are content.


There is no single treatment that kills 100% of head lice or eggs. Whichever treatment you choose it can take time and persistence to get rid of head lice. 


There is no way to prevent head lice!


It's important to check your child's head regularly with conditioner and comb even when you don’t think your child has head lice. The conditioner and comb method is a very cheap and effective way of finding head lice. Hair conditioner does not kill lice, but it does stun them for about 20 minutes, meaning they do not move around, and it is difficult for them to hang on. This gives you time to comb through the hair with a fine tooth (head lice) comb. Using the conditioner and comb method every week is the best way to detect head lice early and minimise the problem.


If using chemical treatments to treat lice, only use products that are licensed or registered for head lice. There are four different active chemicals that target head lice, each works differently and aims to kill lice and/or eggs. Over time, head lice may develop resistance to some chemicals. It is important to check if a treatment you used has worked, and if not, treat again with another product that has a different chemical in it.


Head lice eggs take six to seven days to hatch. And when you treat, it’s easy to miss an egg or two. By treating again in seven days, you are aiming to kill and comb out any head lice that have since hatched from eggs, which were missed.


It is important to check each family member, using conditioner and comb, for head lice but only treat those with live lice. As head lice only live for a short time off the head, the only extra cleaning needed is to wash the pillowslip on the hot cycle or place in clothes dryer. Head lice combs can be cleaned in water hotter than 60 degrees.


It is a parent or guardian’s responsibility to treat and care for their child.


According to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, children with head lice can be readmitted to school after head lice treatment has commenced. A certificate from a doctor or council is not required before your child goes back to school. Head lice are not the fault of schools, other families or children.



Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


The Road Home Project


Portraits of Justice


Free Community Event


GSODA - Special Invitation to Audition



Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


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


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


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


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:15 pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

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

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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