NGSC Newsletter

06 March 2020
Issue Three
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

9 MARCH             Labour Day Public Holiday

12 MARCH            Information Evening/Open Night

16-18 MARCH     Year 7 Camp 1

18-20 MARCH     Year 7 Camp 2

20 MARCH            Whole School Assembly

24 MARCH            Parent Teacher Conferences 7-12

26 MARCH            Athletics Day - Landy Field

27 MARCH            Last Day term 1

                                 (1:30 PM Finish)

13 APRIL               Easter Monday

14 APRIL               Term 2 Commences

20 APRIL                Year 7 Immunisations

Mr Nicholas Adamou


Whole School Assembly

The first whole school assembly for the year was held on Friday, 28 February. Our student Leaders/School Captains organise and run these assemblies supported by Ms Scorringe – Events Coordinator and Mr Dawson - Assistant Principal. Students and staff were officially welcomed to the new academic year. In particular, a warm welcome was extended to all the new Year 7 students and all other students new to the College students in Years 8 to 12.


During my Principal’s address, I stressed key values upheld at the College, as well as encouragement to students to strive for their absolute best. To the Year 12 students who are embarking on their final year of their secondary schooling; a challenging year filled with hours of study, deadlines and SACS; I wished them a productive and rewarding year.


My expectations as College Principal are very clear not just from students, but also staff, parents and the wider community. My goal is to see all students follow the College rules, work with their teachers in a very supportive teaching and learning environment to improve their results and fulfil their full potential.


There are also the non-negotiable expectations; that all students uphold the school values of Respect, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity. Also students must be always punctual, prepared for all classes, wear the correct school uniform with pride and enjoy what the North Geelong SC community has to offer them. Students need to use their time here at the school to build a long and bright future for themselves, developing independent learning skills and succeeding with their chosen pathways. 

Grade 6 Parent Information Evening, Open Night Prospective parents for 2021

The Parent/Carer/Student information evening, Open Night for our 2021 Year 7 intake will take place on Thursday, 12 March, 2020.


The Information Evening provides prospective parents/carers/students the opportunity to visit our school, talk to teachers, students and current parents about our community, our close knit family and what it has to offer their children in relation to curricular, extra-curricular, individualised and specialised programs.


The Victorian Government has made it abundantly clear that parents can choose any school for their children, provided the school has capacity. I also like to stress the importance of parents/carers matching the educational needs of their children with the educational programs a secondary school has to offer. We all know, and research informs us, how important it is to the future success of the child the decision in choosing the right secondary school for the child. 


Highlights of the evening:

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM program; Nowbot Robot, Robotics, Drones, Spheros)
  • Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program
  • Scholarship Program
  • STAR Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program
  • ACE Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Program 
  • Digital Technologies (iPad and BYOD) Programs
  • iLeaders Program
  • Significant Teacher Program
  • AVID Program
  • Excellence in Sports Program (Football and Soccer)
  • Performing Arts Program/School productions
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • International student Program
  • EAL Programs
  • VCE, VET and VCAL Programs

I am looking forward to meeting as many parents and students as possible during the Information Evening.

School council membership

Each school council’s Constituting Order makes provision for its structure and membership:

  • Parent members – parents of students at the school must comprise more than one third of the school council’s total membership. ‘Parent’ includes a carer or person responsible for maintenance or with custody of a student of the school. Department employees are eligible for membership in this category as long as they have children attending the school and the Department employees do not work at the school (except for the principal who is a member of the Department employee member category) of that school council.
  • Department employee members – must not be more than one third of the school council’s total membership. The principal is automatically included in this membership category and has full voting rights. Other staff (teaching and non-teaching) are elected or co-opted to this category. To be eligible for election to this category, a person must be a member of the Department of Education and Training (DET) employee electorate of the school.
  • Student members – ‘student’ describes a student who is enrolled at and attends the school and is in year 7 or above. Students are elected to this membership category, or co-opted if a casual vacancy occurs. To be eligible for election, a student must be a member of the student body of the school. The number of student members is recorded in the Ministerial Order for the school council.
  • Community members – is an optional membership category. The council’s membership schedule may include this category. If a council has the option of community members, the council decides who to approach and co-opt into this position. People are co-opted by the school council to a community member position to bring additional skills and perspectives. Community members hold the same rights, responsibilities and terms of office as elected members. Parents are eligible to be co-opted to a community member position but Department employees are not. Students may also be co-opted to a community member position.


The North Geelong SC, school council composition includes:

(10 parents, 2 students and 5 DET employees including the Principal - Voting members)  

  • 10 x parents (no DE&T employees)
  • 5 x DE&T employees – teaching and non-teaching staff
  • 2 x students

Total number of voting members 17.

The College Principal is the Executive Officer of the school council


This year we have 4 parent vacancies for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021) and 1 DE&T employee member vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021). We also have 1 student vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2020 & 2021). I call for parent nominations for the 4 vacancies, any parent that would like to discuss the role of Council or the role of the parent member on council please call the school and speak to Ms Narelle Wiffen or the Principal.


Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office, see Ms Narelle Wiffen and they close on Friday, 6 March at 4.00pm.


I take this opportunity to thank all school council members in particular the parent body for their outstanding contribution to the life of the College.

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.


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

  1. the facial piercings are removed during the school day, to and from school.
  2. 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.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to schools

Parents and Carers are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.


Parents and carers of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. 


In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers. 


Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by school councils on a whole-of-school basis, or by parents/carers for individual students. 

Annual Report 2020

Annual reporting is an important tool for effective governance within schools and across the government school system. Reporting to the school community adds value in a number of ways:


Keeping the school community informed: The annual report provides a means for the school council to inform the community of what has been achieved and how the school is performing. Providing information about schools helps the community hold schools, the system and government accountable for improving student outcomes.


Contributing to system accountability and meeting legislative requirements:  Public accountability for improving student outcomes and for the use of public money is mandated in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006), where school councils are required to prepare and publish an annual report.


Relationship between the planning and annual reporting processes: The development of the annual report is an opportunity to reflect on the school’s achievements and use this as a basis for future planning.


The 2020 Annual Report will be presented to the school community at the Annual General School Council Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, 17 March at 5:30 pm. The Annual Report will be published on the school website following the AGM.

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 the Department 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. 


The state law/ban of mobile phones in all Victorian public schools came into effect at the beginning of the school year. Any students who choose to bring their mobile phones to school have to place them securely in their lockers with the first bell for the day and take them out at the end of the last bell for the day. Some exemptions apply; please see the mobile phone policy on the school’s website.


Students must ensure that their lockers are securely locked at all times.


The school has invested in an extensive CCTV network in all locker bays to ensure the safety and security of student lockers.

Privacy Reminder to all Parents/Carers

North Geelong SC collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy


For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information also available in nine community languages.


Mr Stan Koullas & Ms Sarah Bridges

Acting Assistant Principals

Mr Bradley Headlam & Mr Paul Dawson 

Assistant Principals

College Uniform

College uniforms are being worn well by the majority of the students.  We have concerns with students wearing the wrong school shoes with the school uniform.  We have included examples of shoes that are acceptable and shoes that are not allowed to be worn with the non - PE uniform. 

Welfare support is continuing to be offered to students who may be having difficulties in obtaining the uniform. Please talk to the student management team if you need support in accessing the uniform. 

Progress Reports

The latest Progress Reports were released last week. We have found that the discussions around the scores being lower than 2.5 have resulted in a marked improvement for many students. Could parents please support your child’s learning by having conversations with your child on their Performance Average scores. It would be great to celebrate their success but also how they can improve areas that need further development.  These students will be further monitored by the Student Management Team with Parent meetings and Student Support groups implemented. Scores that are consistently below 2.0 may see the student repeat the Year in 2021. We will also celebrate the students who are receiving high Performance Averages and showing marked improvement after the next round of Progress Reports. This will be an opportunity for those students to shine.

Middle School Girls Forum

Students in the SRC have recently been participating in several leadership development discussions. Last year they worked through the students’ attitudes to school survey and shared their thoughts with staff in a number of different forums. We are pleased to report that this is continuing this year under the leadership of Mr Hill (Student Engagement Learning Specialist). A number of the findings highlighted that there are some areas of improvement required in the Middle Years students but in particular, the engagement of girls in year 8-10. Having identified this as an area to improve, the College has embedded goals in the Annual Implementation Plan that incorporate improving in this area. 


We have enlisted a team of 20 students to participate in a Girls forum and supporting their work will be Mrs Durran (Middle School Leader), Mr Hill, Ms Cropp (YLC assistant), Ms Henry (YLC assistant), Mr Headlam and Georgie, Meryl and Tina from the SWC. The plan going forward is to have our students identify a number of objectives for the school which the staffing team will build into the school program throughout the year. They will then liaise with other schools in the region and compare the needs of schools to provide avenues for support, boost our shared resources and strengthen the objectives identified. Some of the potential outcomes from these discussions will include collaboration with schools in the region and potentially a regional girls forum.

PT Conferences


Information Evening for 2021 Year 7 Students on 12 March 2020




Steven Quinn

Junior Sub-School Manager

Blink and you would have missed it. Half the term has now passed and the Junior Sub School has experienced an exciting and productive start to the 2020 school year.

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp to Anglesea is less than two weeks away and is always a fantastic experience for all. Permission, payments and Allergy or Asthma Plans must be provided ASAP if students are to attend. Please do not hesitate to contact the College  if you are having any issues with the process or with camp preparation.


Overall uniform in the Junior Sub School has been looking fantastic this year. Just a reminder that sports uniforms are only to be worn on days when students have PE class and that socks and shoes need to be completely plain and free from logos. If you have any concerns regarding the uniform policy please refer to your childs school planner or contact the school.

Lateness - Absences

It is imperative that if a student is late that they sign in at the beginning of the day at the Junior Sub School Office. Students who arrive late without a note are receiving detentions for that day. Please ensure that you have contacted the school or sent a letter with the student to ensure that the late arrival or absence is approved. Well done to those families who have been in contact with the school to approve these absences.

Compass Parent/Carer Access

All parents or carers should now have login details for Compass. Access to such a resource is important to ensure you keep up to date with how your child is progressing, what work they have to complete, booking of parent teacher interviews and it also gives you the ability to communicate more effectively with your child's teachers. If you are having difficulty logging in to Compass please contact the school for assistance.



Rebecca Durran

Middle Sub-School Manager

Year 10 Leadership camp

The Leadership Camp was a really incredible experience that I’m really glad I had the opportunity to do. On Monday, 24 February, myself and 15 other students boarded a train and headed up to Lake Eildon for a five day leadership extension camp. We had the challenge to sea kayak from a starting point to an ending point about 35 kms away.


Each day we would pack up our camp into our kayaks and paddle to the next campsite for the night. We also had a set of leaders everyday to make decisions for the group and call the shots, but this experience taught me the designated leader isn’t always the only leader, but everyone involved can show leadership in different ways.


This camp also really tested our resilience and our ability to get back up and keep going after something might not have gone to plan. It was a new experience for me that I’m really glad I took the chance to do, as I gained new leadership skills, some new camping skills, as well as some new friends all while having a really good time.


Lauren Walder 10C


Year 10 EIS Camp

First of all we got on the bus which was amazing. That was the beginning of connecting with everyone, we had music playing and  we watched some movies. We had a food stop at one point where we found a tennis ball so we mucked around a bit until we had to get back on the road.


When we arrived at camp we were greeted by some amazing people. Andy and Bruce were the first people we got to know and they gave us a brief tour of where everything was. Then, shortly after having time to relax before dinner, Adam raced Roan down the stairs and hit his head, so throughout the camp we were all very cautious of the stairs. 


That night we had dinner and hung out and the next few days we had opportunities to go mountain bike riding, caving and abseiling and on a high ropes course. In every activity we had the opportunity to develop our skills, leadership, to challenge ourselves and show support to get each other to get through the hardships of the camp. Some people had more trouble at mountain biking than others, some felt claustrophobic in the caves but the worry soon went away when everyone felt comfortable and safe around each other. We never got forced to do any activity but were always encouraged to have a go and everyone felt supported.


I believe that everyone has grown a stronger bond with each other. Before this camp I would have very rarely seen any football player talking to the soccer players because there was a tension between both sports, but now I feel like it brought everyone closer together. I would definitely recommend it to future EIS students.


Kai Purton 10B

Year 9 Morrisby Assessment

This week all Year 9 classes have had their preparation sessions for the Morrisby Assessment coming up in Week 8. The Morrisby Assessment is a Department initiative that allows students to discover their strengths and shapes the subject and careers conversations that are held later in the year. If you would like more information about the Morrisby Assessment speak with your student or alternatively you can call the careers team at North Geelong Secondary College.

Progress reports

The first round of progress reports were released during Week 5 of the term. These reports can be used as a tool to promote positive learning behaviours and habits. Students should discuss their performance average with their teachers and parents to see what changes they can make to improve throughout the term. I would like to congratulate the following Year 9 and 10 students on receiving a performance average of 4 on the first round of progress reports. The students are Emily Heitmann, Tanveer Singh, Jorjah Brown, Abby D’Andria, Aimee Wookey and Jason Japundzic.


Aaron Milsome

Year 11 Coordinator


We are now past the half-way mark for term one. The transition from Middle School to Senior School has presented many challenges for students, particularly the workload. The expectations of meeting weekly deadlines for not only subject readings but submitting work has required a change in study habits. Students are beginning to submit and sit various school assessed coursework (SAC) and tasks (SAT) for their subjects and receive valuable feedback from teachers. Many students are also undertaking vocational education and training (VET) within the College whilst others leave the College on set days to various locations around Geelong.


A reminder to all students that if you’re struggling with adapting your study habits, please visit your Sub-school and speak to your Year Level Coordinator (YLC), Year Level Assistant (YLCA), Sub School Manager (SSM) and our dedicated careers team, Ms. Makin and Ms. Astles. We’re here to help. Sending an email is also a great way to communicate if you’re unable to get to a Sub-School Office. Students should also read the various study strategies in the College diary. There may be one or many that could be of benefit.


Progress reports were made available on Compass last week. Students should be proud of their efforts at the start of the academic year. This is also a great opportunity for parents and guardians to discuss the progress of your child. If you have any concerns about their progress, please contact the appropriate YLC or YLCA.


Thanks to all the parents who attended our ‘meet the VCE teachers’ evening. It was pleasing to see so many parents and hear the positive conversations that support improving outcomes for our students.


Student Representative Council (SRC) students met for the first time this year and have already begun to plan many exciting College activities and major events. The SRC is led by our College captains Angela Peric and Ayden Osborne, and supported by Tara Briggs (Academic), Seb Milla Lemus (Arts), Karma Grootveld (Cultural/Community) and Hayley Bath (Sports). Year eleven SRC students are Jess Tidd, Mitchell Cazaly (joint year level captains), Jack Wirata, Keily McKee, Callum Gooch, Sophie Lawless, Georgia Kitchen, Kara Everitt, Izzy Massey, Edita Salcinovic, Tom Gardner, Stefan Javni and Soe Mer. The SRC is a great way for students to build their leadership skills.


Fran Forsyth

Sports Coordinator

Barwon and Bellarine Division Swimming Carnival

The combined Geelong Secondary Schools Swimming Carnival was held on Friday, 28 February, in ideal conditions that allowed swimmers to perform at their best. Our small team are to be commended for taking the opportunity to represent North Geelong Secondary College.


The team consisted of:

  • Georgina Slavkoska - Year 9
  • Emily Foot - Year 8
  • Thomas Airey and Ava McMahon Jones  - Year 7.

Thomas was our standout swimmer with a second in the 12/13 Boys Backstroke and he also achieved a couple of PBs.


Emily competed with a positive attitude and also achieved a PB. She showed definite improvement from the 2019 event.


Georgina and Ava both showed determination to do their best in their events.


Thanks also to the parents who were able to come and support the team.


Josh Vassallo

EIS Coordinator

Rubicon Camps

During the last two weeks, the EIS Football/Soccer Programs have attended Rubicon Outdoor Education Centre Campuses in Thornton and Nayook. Students completed a number of teamwork, intiative and leadership activities, focusing on progressing their communication and applied teamwork strategies for EIS sports. The EIS team would like to further thank the Rubicon Outdoor Education Centre for their continued support of the EIS program.

EIS Football

The football program has been extremely busy over the past two weeks. We have begun two separate programs; The Kick 2 Advantage program with David Newett and the AFL Umpires Courses, in conjunction with AFL Barwon and AFL umpire David Harris. Students are upskilling their kicking skills, competitive game simulation abilities and are undertaking the fundamental umpiring skills course with David Harris. EIS Football students will continue these two courses for the next three weeks. The EIS program team would like to acknowledge the support of our partners, AFL Barwon and K2A and thank them for their on-going support of the EIS program.



The Excellence in Sport Program would like to remind parents and guardians that all NGSC students who have a recognised allergy or asthma, must provide the College with the appropriate action plans. If there are any questions or concerns with this process, please contact the College's First Aid Officer, Michelle Reed.

EIS Uniform

The EIS uniform shop has once again been closed for ordering at this stage. Any students who have not yet ordered or received their uniform will need to contact Mr Vassallo to discuss the EIS uniform. Parents and carers please be aware that the EIS must be worn to all EIS training sessions, incursions and excursions.


NGSC is starting an Alumni Program


Vera Dudas 

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer


The first Multicultural Committee meeting was held on Monday, 24 February, at lunch time. 


The main focus and discussion at the meeting was the Pako Festa, which was held on Saturday, 29 February with the theme “Elements of Cultures”. 


Victoria’s biggest free cultural festival came alive with the traditional parade opening lining Pakington Street with a kaleidoscope of colour. NGSC’s Multicultural Committee was well represented by staff, students and parents. In all colour and flair we had lots of fun and enjoyed mingling and taking photos whilst we paraded in the cavalcade of songs, dances and cuisines of more than 40 different cultures.


The next Multicultural Meeting will be on Monday, 16 March, at lunch time (12:40 pm - 1:30 pm) and we will be having a guest speaker from Centrelink.


New members, parents/carers and friends from the community are most welcome to attend the next meeting, please contact the school for more information.



John Petrie

Digital Learning Specialist

Compass at North Geelong Secondary College

All parents/carers can login to Compass to consent and pay for excursions, check progress and academic reports of students and  communicate with their teachers.


If you have forgotten your parent Compass username and/or password, please do not hesitate to contact the College Administration Office for assistance.

Term One Media Team Photography Competition

The NGSC Media Team are running a photography competition for Term One that all students can enter.  The theme of the competition is:   
“Through the looking glass"

A prize will be awarded to the student that is judged to have taken the best photograph.  Please submit your photo to


24 March 2020, 6:00 pm

North Geelong Secondary College is a partner with the Geelong Tech School giving our teachers and students access to innovative learning programs using emerging technologies. The Geelong Tech School is providing the opportunity to hear what will drive our new wave of educational programs.


Free Parenting Forum
with David Gillespie


Tomato & Chilli Competition
11 March 2020


Women's Swimming Program


Australian Air League
Geelong Squadron is now Enrolling


Is Your Lollipop Person the Sweetest?

Nominations are open now, and close on Friday, 8 May, 2020, go to the School Crossings Victoria website and complete an online nomination.

ATOM Photo Comp
Entries Close 9/4/2020


2020 Table Tennis Junior Sessions Monday Nights


Opportunity for Students and families to become an Aussie Host Family 


Group Parent Education Events
Barwon South Western Region - Term 1, 2020


Women's Football
Bell Park Dragons


Short Film Festival
"The Grandmother Tree"
16 March 2020

Please see attached a flyer for the Short Film Festival. Grab your free tickets at Eventbrite for  ‘The Grandmother Tree’. 


Free Parenting Forum
"The Teen Brain"
18 March, 2020


Little River Country Fair
20 March, 2020


Youth Art Show
3-5 April, 2020


ATOM Photo Comp 2020


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

How Deep Are Your Pockets?

As the weather improves Barwon Coast and others are seeking your support in helping to protect our sand dunes.  As inviting as it is to run up or play in sand dunes, this damages the dunes, the plants and the animals that live there. Enjoy the coast, and share our shores by staying out of the dunes at all times to ensure the dunes continue to provide us with access to the beach. 



Victorian School of Languages

North 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 and 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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