NGSC Newsletter

08 February 2019
Issue One
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
  
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215
AU

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

11 FEB                   Whole School Assembly

27 FEB                   Student Photo Day  

01 MARCH            Catch up Photos

07 MARCH           Curriculum Day - Pupil Free

11 MARCH           Labour Day Public Holiday

18-20 MARCH      Year 7 Camp 1

20 MARCH             Information Evening/Open Night

21 MARCH             Whole School Assembly

20-22 MARCH      Year 7 Camp 2 

21 MARCH             Harmony Day

26 MARCH             Athletics Day - Landy Field

03 APRIL                Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12  

05 APRIL                Last Day term 1

22 APRIL                Easter Monday 

23 APRIL                First Day Term 2

25 APRIL               ANZAC Day Public Holiday

   

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

Welcome back to the 2019 School Year

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone back to the 2019 academic year. 

 
I trust that students, parents and staff had a great holiday break and are now ready for yet another successful year. 
 

I extend a special welcome to our new Year 7 students and their families who joined us this year. On Monday, 4 February, at a welcoming parents & students and iPad distribution evening I was pleased to meet and talk to many of our new Year 7 student families.

 

Also, special welcome to all new Year 8 to 12 students and their families to our school community. 

 

In the last two weeks, it has been great to observe classes settled in their new Home Groups, developing a clear focus on achieving their goals and personal best for this academic year.  

 

To the Year 12 students, as they embark in their final year at North Geelong SC, I take this opportunity to wish them a year full of success. I cannot promise that it will be a year without any challenges, however, I can guarantee that applying themselves is the only way to succeed. Last year’s Year 12 cohort has set a high benchmark with outstanding results; however, I believe that this year’s Year 12 students are capable of greater outcomes, pushing the benchmark even higher.
 
Over the Christmas break there has been a lot of work completed on the physical environment of the school. Painting around the school, new garden beds, refurbished oval and new outdoor furniture.

Also the 4.75 million dollars capital works project is moving along with Stages One and Two completed and delivered back to the school. The students and staff are happy using the new facilities. All new or refurbished teaching spaces are fully air-conditioned and they include the latest ‘touch screen’ technology.

 

Stage Three (D Wing, Science Block, new toilet block) and Four (Car park) are close to being completed. The Science wing, the toilet block and undercover decking west of C wing and the car park are expected to be completed by mid-February. The final Stage Five (East of C Wing, including a new larger staff room) will begin in early March. The complete capital works/ refurbishment project is expected to be finished by July 4. 

 

I take this opportunity to thank students, staff and parents who have been very patient and resilient with all the building challenges in the last 14 months. 

 

North Geelong SC is a proud school community and places high importance on the way we look and behave in the wider community. Our aim is to continue improving the learning and teaching environment of our students, enabling all kind of learners to reach their full potential.

 

Once again, welcome back to what promises to be another great year for our school community. I look forward to meeting and working closely with as many parents/guardians as possible during the course of the year.
 
Wishing all the students, staff and families a great academic year.

Welcome to New and Returning Staff

I welcome the following staff to our College and wishing them a very productive and enjoyable year. We are looking forward to working closely with our new staff to ensure the best possible learning opportunities are provided to our student body. 

New and returning staff members

•    Ms Tara Tylinski (Maths and Science)
•    Mas Hannah Valmadre (English)
•    Ms Brittany Wilson (English/EAL/VCAL)
•    Ms Pauline Carra (ES Sub-School Assistant)
•    Ms Bonnie Pratt (ES Sub-School Assistant) 
•    Ms Katherine Roberts (EAL/ English)
•    Ms Sarah Hanan (English/EAL) 
 

School Zone Speed Limits

 

With the new school year started, it is an opportune time for school communities to be reminded of the importance of road safety around schools.  
 
School Speed Zones are enforced from the commencement of the school year and parents/carers are reminded to adhere to all VicRoads School Speed Zones rules. 
 
Also parents/guardians are reminded to take care and obey these parking signs and observe the Road Rules when picking up or dropping off students around schools. Students should not be dropped off or collected in the school bus bay at the start and end of the school day. The City of Greater Geelong Parking and Information Officers monitor all supervised school crossings on a regular roster and issue infringements to drivers who stop in unsafe areas, such as “No Stopping” zones, within 20 metres of a school crossing, parallel to a yellow edge line, or if double parked, even for a moment to drop off or collect a student. 

 

Queuing to enter a pick up/drop off zone can often lead to traffic congestion with vehicles being stationary in prohibited areas. Should the pickup/drop off zone be occupied with vehicles, to avoid the possibility of receiving an infringement it is advised to drive around the block and return when legal parking is available.
 
Statistics show that illegal parking around schools is greatly reduced due to an Officer’s presence and Council prefers to achieve these results though education and awareness. 
 
Designated school speed zones: Specified times (8:00 - 9:30 am and 2:30 - 4:00 pm).   
 
Further information in regards to VicRoads speed limits around schools can be found at: VicRoads School Speed Zones.
 

Also, please note that the school car park is out of bounds for all parents/guardians. The car park is only for staff. In particular, given the works currently occurring in the car park, the one entry/exit to the car park and the shortage of car parking spaces for staff, it is imperative that parents DO NOT enter the car park during pick up/drop off as they are placing students and staff at grave risk. 

 

I wish to thank all parents/guardians who always adhere to all traffic rules re: school zones and also the school car park rules. The safety of all children, staff and parents is paramount.

Students and Paid employment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics keeps track of the number of students engaged in paid employment. Their most recent report on the subject shows that the number of school age students involved in paid employment continues to rise. Another interesting trend that has emerged from this report is that a growing proportion of younger students are now working on a regular basis.

 

The main reason students work is to obtain spending money. Very few of the jobs that they undertake have any reference to likely future fulltime sustainable employment and very few supplement family income.

 

There are many advantages to students that can arise from paid employment. Exposure to the world of “real work” can be an eye-opener for young people. They often take far more notice of the expectations of employers regarding punctuality, appearance and communicating with others than they ever do of the same requests made by parents or their teachers. It can also attribute to improving organisational skills and the meaning of responsibility. It can also provide them with a degree of financial literacy and independence; As Principal and a parent, I have long been an advocate of students contributing to the cost of sometimes expensive educational extra-curricular activities such as state, interstate and overseas camps or exchange visits.

 

There are, however, some disadvantages at times. The main concern with students undertaking paid employment is the impact that it can have on school performance. The additional income, at times can be negative, as it enables and encourages students to become engaged in a more sophisticated social lifestyle or  diverts them from their school-work and other social, family or recreational activities which are essential to their development.

 

Like most things, there is no clear-cut answer to the question. The most important thing is getting a balance between work, social-life, family and recreational activities. 

 

Casual work is most common, followed by holiday jobs, regular part-time work, and then rostered work. Obviously any work on week nights is a problem as it means students cannot complete set homework. Similarly work straight after school can prevent students meeting school commitments, which is not a good thing. Rostered work, which often involves the student being called in to work at short notice, can also cause problems.

 

Not surprisingly research has established a clear correlation between hours worked and impact on student performance. Working up to an average of 12 hours per week (providing that the work is not on a week night) had little measurable impact on academic performance of high school students. Working more than 16 hours per week, however, was directly correlated with deterioration on academic progress.

 

Overall, holiday jobs are no problem. Part-time or casual work, limited to 12 hours per week and done at a time which does not interfere with homework, school commitments, recreation or sleep is seldom a cause of concern.  Students working 16 hours or more a week, however, inevitably suffer a deterioration in their academic performance.  Students who work at times which interfere with their other needs and commitments also suffer adverse effects to their progress.

 

The school supports students that are in paid employment, provided that the work they do and the hours they work per week do not interfere with the students’ academic performance. I encourage parents to communicate with the school if they have any concerns about their children having paid employment.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

 

Welcome back to all members of the NGSC community. We are looking forward to working with students and families to achieve some extraordinary outcomes in 2019.

As always, please contact any of the Assistant Principals to discuss areas of concern, acknowledgment and improvements. If the matter is directly related to your child, contact with the relevant Sub-school Manager or Year Level Coordinator should be made first. 
 
Assistant Principals and Sub-school Managers:
Junior Sub-school 
Mrs Julie Andrews and
Sub-school Manager, Mr Steven Quinn
Middle Sub-school
Mr Brad Headlam and
Sub-school Manager, Mr Simon Scoullar
Senior Sub-school
Mr Paul Dawson and
Sub-school Manager, Mrs Sarah Bridges

UNIFORM and CLASSROOM MATERIALS

We are now heading into week three of the year and students should have all items of the uniform and booklist. These should be labelled with your child’s name. Any issues regarding your child and their uniform/classroom materials are to be referred to the Sub-school Managers or Student Wellbeing.

IMMUNISATIONS - Year 7 and 10

Please see the letter regarding the Collection of information for all students in Years 7 and 10. This can be found on the Junior and Middle School news pages of this newsletter. 

COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL

At NGSC, there are a number of methods to share information and communicate.

 

Attendance: all student absence days need to be accounted for by phone contact with the relevant Sub-school assistants, or a written note (student planner or separate piece of paper). At NGSC, students are expected to have an attendance rate of 95% or more to make the best use of the learning opportunities. Concerns are raised for students whose attendance rates fall below 80%.

 

Student Planner: all students receive a student planner. Students use the planner to record homework, upcoming test dates and assessments, school events and reminders. The planner is also useful for parents and guardians to send/receive notes with teachers. It contains information about uniform, iPad/device responsibilities, term dates, bell times, school map, library processes and classroom management strategies. 

 

Phone calls: Staff welcome phone calls but often a voice message will need to be left. Contacting the relevant student manager is sometimes a preferred option. Staff will usually try to make phone contact with home to discuss learning concerns, relocations, etc.  A follow up email is often used if phone contact could not be made. Sometimes it is easier to have a meeting at school; these will be arranged by a student manager or a member of the student wellbeing team.

 

COMPASS: online communication and school operations platform

 

COMPASS ACCESS - a login and password for parents/guardians is required for access. Students have their own access login and password. COMPASS can be opened as a phone/iPad APP or on a computer/laptop.

 

COMPASS TRAINING FOR PARENTS - it is important that students and parents/guardians regularly check COMPASS for News Items, Progress Reports, Semester Reports, online booking for Parent/Teacher/Student conferences, and communication from teachers. If you would like information and support to use the various aspects of COMPASS please contact the school. A training session for parents and guardians may be scheduled in Term 1 if the need is expressed. See below for Compass information on how to use the software.
 
Should you require training, please contact the school to arrange an appointment time on either of the following dates:
1.    Wednesday, 22 February
2.    Wednesday, 6 March
 
You can also email Brad Headlam headlam.bradley.b@edumail.vic.gov.au for Compass assistance.

A Parent's Guide to Compass

Hogwarts School and Harry Potter characters are used by Compass to show how the features look on a screen.  

●    Knowledge Base
●    Parent Portal
●    A Parent's Guide to Compass

 

OVERVIEW

The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

  •  Monitor your child's attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
  • Communicate with your child's teachers
  • Update your family contact information
  •  View your child's timetable and the school calendar
  •  Monitor your child's homework and assessment tasks
  • Download and view your child's Semester Reports and Progress Reports
  • Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Your school may be using some or all of the modules indicated in this article.  Likewise, within your parent portal you may have access to some or all of the functions listed.


ACCESSING COMPASS

Compass is a web-based system that is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by using the Compass iOS or Android apps. To download the app to your device, search 'Compass School Manager' in the applicable app store.

 

Every family receives a separate login to our school's Compass site, which will be provided to you by the school.
 
If you are having trouble finding the Compass link for our school, go to http://schools.compass.edu.au where you can search for our school to access our link.
 
LOGGING IN TO COMPASS

To log in you will require your unique family username and password. These details will be provided to you by the school however if you are yet to receive them please contact the school office.  You will initially be provided with a temporary password that you will be prompted to update to one of your choosing when you login for the first time.

 

To login, go to your school's Compass site.

 

Type in your username and password.

Upon first login, you will be required to confirm your email address and mobile phone number. These details may be used by the school for SMS, password recovery and email communication throughout the year.

 

Please confirm your mobile phone number and email address(es) below. These details will be used by the school to keep you up to date on school news, upcoming events, student absences, fees due for payment and a range of other information services (depending on the Compass features your school uses).

Also when logging in for the first time, once you have confirmed your details, you will be required to change your password.  Once you have chosen your new password, you will be taken to your parent home screen.

If you have lost your details or forgotten your password, you can recover your details by clicking the 'Can't access your account?' link on the front page.

THE HOME SCREEN

The home screen provides you with relevant alerts and news, as well as quick access to your child's profile.

Main Menu

Allows you to access other Compass and school resources. The options available here may vary based on your school's use of Compass, more information on these icons is provided in the next section.


Tools
The Tools Menu (Cog icon) allows you to update your contact details and change your password.


Alerts
Custom notifications for items that require your action or attention. These may include excursion notifications, ordering options for school photos, absence notifications, surveys, student report availability and more.

  • Outstanding absences or late arrivals that require a note or approval
  • Course Confirmations or payments that need processing
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences that are available for booking
  • Excursions or Events that require consent and/or payment
  • School photos that are available for purchase
  • Semester Reports or Progress Reports that are available to download.

Your Child

This section provides you with a quick summary of available options, and highlights a summary of upcoming and overdue tasks.  To access more information click on the relevant quick link or select 'Profile' to access details information about your child. Options here may include:

  • Your child's profile page
  • Email functionality
  • Attendance pages customised for your child, where notes/approvals can be entered
  • Academic reports for your child
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conference bookings
  • Any overdue Learning Tasks that your student has not yet submitted.

News

Recent school news items and information relevant to parents. This may include newsletters, details of upcoming events and much more. 

 

MENUS AND FUNCTIONS

Along the top of the screen there are various icons, and from these icons you can navigate through the Compass portal.

The Home icon will take you back to the Home page.

 

The Calendar icon will take you to the school calendar, where you will be able to see the schedules of your students, as well as any school events or activities that have been entered to the calendar.

The Pencil icon will bring up the Teaching and Learning menu, from which you can access Learning Tasks and School Resources.

 

The Grid icon will bring up the Organisation menu, from which you can access Events and Course Confirmations/Payments.

The People icon will bring up the Community menu, from which you can access Conferences, Photos, and School Documentation.

The Star icon will bring up the Favourites menu, where any websites that the school has added will be linked for you to easily access. 

To the right of the screen, your name will display, with the Cog icon, which will bring up the Tools menu, from which you can access your Files, your Payments, order a new Compass Identity Card, reset your password, update your contact details, and log out.

Clicking on your name will take you to your profile page.

 

From the School Calendar you can view details of upcoming events, your child's timetable, and other relevant school-wide activities your school has included on the calendar, such as School Council Meetings, School Community events, Exams, Student Leadership events/meetings and more.

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Learning Tasks

This is where you can view an up-to-date record of your child's homework and upcoming assessment tasks. If you have multiple children at the school, this will be a consolidated list showing information for all children.

ORGANISATION AND COMMUNITY

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Allows you to book any meetings which are available for booking. By selecting "my bookings", you are able to book conferences with your children's teachers.

You can either start booking right away or follow the tutorial which shows you how to book.

PARENT PROFILE

Clicking on your own name at the top right of Compass will take you to your own profile. This page includes information such as the email address stored on Compass, links to your students' profiles. Learning tasks, Insights, Payments, Conferences, and Communications can also be accessed from the Parent Profile. 

TOOLS

Clicking the Cog menu icon will open your Tools menu.

  • My Files - Allows you to store files.
  • My Payments - Allows you to view any payments that have been made to the school through Compass.
  • Order Compass Identity Card - Allows you to order a new Compass Identity card. Here you can also see the status of cards ordered.
  • ​Change My Password - Allows you to change your password.
  • Update My Details - Allows you to update the mobile phone number(s) and email address(es) associated with your account. 

ADDING A NOTE OR APPROVAL

If your child has any unapproved absences or late arrivals, you will receive an alert on your Compass home page letting you know this, and allowing you to add a Note or Approval. 

Clicking on this notification will take you to the ‘Unexplained’ tab for that child's attendance, where you can choose to add a Note or Approval for one or more absences. To add a note or approval, select one or more of the absences listed, then select the 'Explain with Note/Approval' button. 

Please note that you cannot edit you notes or approvals after they've been created. If you do need to make any amendments please contact your school, as they can do this for you.

 

Adding a Note/Approval for a Future Absence
You can also enter notes and approvals in advance, if you know that your child is going to be absent from school (e.g. medical appointment, orthodontist, a school- approved scheduled family holiday).
 
To do this from your homepage, click on the 'Add Attendance Note/Approval' link listed underneath the name of the relevant student. 

This will take you to the Attendance screen, with a pop-up window to enter details of the note or approval. Here you can select the applicable date range - in the future if required.

 

Adding a Note/Approval via a One Time Link

If your school is using One Time Attendance Notes via their SMS notifications, there will be a link included in the SMS which you can click on.

Clicking on the link will take you directly to Compass to add a note/approval for the unexplained absence.

Please note, the default expiry of these links is 48 hours, once the link has expired you will have to add a note/approval by logging into Compass.

 
EMAILING STAFF
Within Compass, if your school has the function activated, you can email the teachers of your children at the school, as well as any other staff members. From your Compass homepage one of the links underneath your child's name will be an option to email their teachers.

Clicking this link will open the email pop-up window, with all of the teachers for the student listed as recipients. You can select the red cross next to each recipient to remove them from the email, or click the 'Add Recipients' button at the top to add any other staff members.

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Steve Quinn

Junior Sub School Manager

 

Welcome all parents and carers to the 2019 schooling year, I hope that you and all students had an eventful and safe break. After the first two weeks, students are really starting to settle in and get their heads around the structured routine we call secondary schooling! To ensure a positive learning experience it is important for us to focus on getting the little things right from the start. Students should by now have their lockers and locks. They should come prepared to learn each day with their required books, planner, pens and pencils and other relevant stationary and a working, charged iPad. Finally, taking pride in themselves and the school by wearing the uniform correctly and being prompt and punctual each day. Implementing these actions will set strong foundations for a successful school year.
 
Before we know it, the Year 7 camp will be here (week 8). All relevant information will be given to students early next week (week 3) and forms and payments need to be returned as soon as possible. If you are a parent or carer of a Year 7 student, please ensure that your child is not spending copious amounts of their time using their iPads (if they have just had this exciting new device placed in front of them!). All parents and carers should have access to Compass which will allow you to monitor how your child is progressing at NGSC. The College also has a Facebook page that can improve your connection with the school community.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me through Compass so that I can ensure a prompt response. I look forward to providing you with informative articles throughout the year.
 
One parent's feedback regarding their child’s start in Year 7 at NGSC;

 

“From the feedback that we have from our son and also other kids who he is friends with is that they are very welcomed and comfortable with their new surroundings and personnel at the school.


Thank you and the staff for looking out and accommodating the new Year 7s. It is very much appreciated”.

 

2019 sees Jacob Storer as Year 7 Coordinator with Luke Sharp and Lauren Edmunds assisting.

Rebecca Hand is the Year 8 Coordinator with Daniel Grozdanovski and Bennett Thomson assisting.

 

IMPORTANT
Collection statement
Letter to Parents/Guardians of Year 7 and 10 students

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

RE: Secondary School Vaccine Program.

 

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal A,C,W,Y.  

Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.

 

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards. 

 

What information goes to local council?
Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:
  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses
Why do schools provide this information?
  • To ensure all Year 7 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards.
What do I need to do?
  1. Your information will be provided to Barwon Health in March 2019. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28 February 2019. 
  2. Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program. 
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school. 

Every day vaccination saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 and 10 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free. 

 

For further information please go to the following links: 
  • Privacy -http://www.ngsc.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NGSC-Privacy-Notice.pdf
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/immunisation-in-secondary- schools 
  • http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation-info/parents-and-guardians/
  • http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation-info/students/

From your Principal, Mr Nicholas Adamou.

NGSC office: phone 5240 5800

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

 

Welcome back to 2019. I genuinely hope everyone had a nice break. We see a lot of growth over the Summer break and for the Year 9s transitioning into middle school, they soon realise we don’t buy into drama and that we treat our students as young adults. This is the behaviour we expect and teach. 

 

School discipline should be about building respectful relationships and educating students about how, why and when certain behaviours are appropriate. This will support students to become successful, independent learners and citizens.
 
This educational approach is supported by classroom management and school discipline research  says schools should focus on relational aspects of schooling based on respect, dignity and caring. Schools should also make sure their approach to discipline is learning-oriented and seeks to develop self-regulation and trust.

 

2019 sees Joel McDougall as Year 9 Coordinator with Rena Bennet and Liz Fagan assisting.

 

Sherryn Martin is the Year 10 Coordinator with Alessandra Friedrich assisting.

 

IMPORTANT
Collection statement
Letter to Parents/Guardians of Year 7 and 10 students

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

RE: Secondary School Vaccine Program.

 

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal A,C,W,Y.  

Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.

 

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards. 

 

What information goes to local council?Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses

Why do schools provide this information?

  • To ensure all Year 7 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards.

What do I need to do?

  1. Your information will be provided to Barwon Health in March 2019. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28 February 2019. 
  2. Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program. 
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school. 

Every day vaccination saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 and 10 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free. 

For further information please go to the following links: 

  • Privacy -http://www.ngsc.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NGSC-Privacy-Notice.pdf
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/immunisation-in-secondary- schools 
  • http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation-info/parents-and-guardians/
  • http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation-info/students/

From your Principal, Mr Nicholas Adamou.

NGSC office: phone 5240 5800

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager

Welcome back everybody

It has been a very busy start to 2019 with plenty going on with the Year 11 and 12 students. Students have settled into classes well and are working productively.

 

Students are reminded that catch up homework/SAC classes will be Mondays after school 3:15 to 4:30 pm in the Library.

 

The Year 12s are currently on camp and are exploring the concepts of leadership including organisation, goal setting and looking after themselves.

 

The Year 11s are in the process of finalising SRC representatives and we encourage as many students as possible to be involved.

 

It is essential that students have an electronic device and are constantly checking emails, compass and google classroom.

 

Uniform reminder: PE uniform is only to be worn by PE students, Outdoor Ed and VET Sport and Rec students on practical class days.

 

Senior Boys cricket training has started with the Geelong round robin tournament quickly approaching.

 

2019 sees Visnja Perin as Year 11 Coordinator with Darren Lawless assisting and Jacinta Eales as Year 12 Coordinator.

Have a great year.

COMMUNITY NEWS

John Petrie

Digital Technologies Learning Specialist

COMPASS 2019

The ability to monitor how your student is progressing has been made even easier this year at North Geelong Secondary College.  Parents have the ability to log onto Compass and see a variety of learning areas such as:
-    Accessing student reports and tasks.
-    Monitoring attendance and lateness
-    Seeing teacher feedback for all students
-    Parent teacher bookings
-    Emailing and contacting parents
Download the app on the Apple store/Google Play store or visit https://ngsc-vic.compass.education/ to login to your parent portal.

                                                                                                   

Tina Doyle

Student Wellbeing

Seeing a doctor at NGSC

The NGSC Doctor’s clinic in A Block is now open on Wednesdays.

 

Doctor Bianca Forrester and Nurse Amanda Patterson will be seeing students by appointment. Students can also attend the clinic at recess and lunchtime, at these times no appointment is necessary.

 

Students can make appointments through Student Wellbeing or independently by attending the clinic at recess or lunchtime on Wednesdays.

Students can also make their own appointments online by going to: https://www.bch.org.au/services/youth-referral

 

Students are encouraged to drop in to have a look at the clinic during break times and meet the team.

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Welcome back to you all for the 2019 school year. 
I trust you had a relaxing break and are refreshed to start the year ahead. 


The Multicultural Committee will commence the year with its first meeting on Monday, 18 February at lunch time (12:45 pm) in the Discussion Room.


Pako Festa is being held on Saturday, 23 February and, as we do every year, we will be taking part in this multicultural event  to promote and showcase NGSC’s diverse multicultural community.  We invite parents and friends to attend the Multicultural Committee meeting or contact the school if you would like to take part in the Pako Festa.  The Multicultural Committee greatly values the participation of NGSC parents’ and the wider school community.

 

  

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:  www.vsl.vic.edu.au

   

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