Nossal News 2018

19 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
From the Principals' Desk
Important Dates
General News
NHS & Community Events and News
Connecting with Nossal
Nossal High School
03 8762 4600
Federation University
Clyde Road, Berwick, Victoria, 3806

From the Principals' Desk

Congratulations Class of 2018

This week marks the last few days of the VCAA Year 12 Final Examination period.


Over recent days many Year 12 students have expressed their relief in making it through this demanding period and their excitement that their exams are finally over. Other students have experienced a sense of uncertainty because they are no longer secondary school students and don’t know what to do with all their spare time. I congratulate all students who studied a Unit 3&4 subject this year and I wish them every success when their results are released in mid-December.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Warriner for her leadership of the VCE students throughout the year. Additionally, I formally acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all staff at Nossal High School. Year 12 is the culmination of many years of formal education and individual success is dependent on the support and assistance that students have received throughout their formal education.


I look forward to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2018 with the students, their families and staff at the Valedictory Dinner on Thursday 22 November.


Nossal examinations

On Friday 16 November the examination period for Nossal students in Years 9-11 began. Understandably, exams can be a stressful time for students, however they are extremely important in providing opportunity for students to practice and refine their revision skills, manage the use of their exam time to complete all sections of the paper and in providing specific feedback on their strengths and areas requiring further improvement. I encourage students to manage their health and wellbeing during this time – ensuring that they are getting enough sleep, eating a balanced and healthy diet and participating in relaxation activities or exercise each day.

"What makes a Smart City" Project?

Last term several Year 9 students participated in the FedUni Casey Leadership Project, “What makes a Smart City?”  The project required teams of students to research the concept of Smart Cities; identifying a business, education, health or environmental issue specific to the Casey Council and designing their own technological solution to resolve the issue. One team consisting of Nalini Jacob-roussety, Nadia Hakzikadic, Deetya Kannan and Milni Abeysekara were successfully named in the final six teams. The girls focused specifically on education and presented their contention on the importance of addressing the individual learning needs for all students in the City of Casey. Their presentation reflected on the unique, multicultural and diverse population and technological apps that are available to support the understanding of these groups, particularly in translating materials into other languages. The girls were acknowledged by the panel, consisting of academics representing Federation University and Councillors representing the City of Casey, for their articulate and powerfully executed arguments, re-enacting a Council meeting. The girls will provide wonderful mentoring for the team entering into the competition in 2019. I would also like to congratulate all Year 9 students who engaged in this project.


City Week "Best of the Best"

City Week is a significant project based, student-directed activity that all Year 9 students engaged in during Term 3. As part of this project, teams of students decide on a research question that they are interested in and would like to investigate further. They then use the information that they gathered during their week in the city to produce a slick, informative and interesting 10-minute video presentation to share with their peers showcasing what they learnt about Melbourne in response to their initial research question.


Mr Page, Mr Butler and I were invited to judge the four finalists for the “Best of the Best” video. Each of the finalists did an outstanding job in presenting their investigation, applying excellent technical skills in cutting together video footage. Congratulation to Nalini, Deetya, Milni and Martin for winning over each of the judges. Their presentation focusing on the question of homelessness showed great empathy and was of a quality that could be shown on television. It succinctly and concisely tied together their research and the interview footage that they gathered talking to the people of Melbourne. Their use of experts in the video and incorporation of the groups who support homelessness including Susan Alberti, the staff from the City of Melbourne Council, Orange Sky and Ardoch were indicative of the depth the students took in thoroughly investigating the issue.

Upcoming Events

Please note the upcoming events in the Nossal Calendar:


The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be held on Thursday 22 November commencing at 6.30pm at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Ticket sales have now closed. For students and their families who will be attending please ensure that you bring your ticket with you and refer to the specific information relating to where to park. I trust that it will be a wonderful opportunity for our Nossal graduates to celebrate the end of their secondary education with their families and to thank them for their support throughout their schooling.


The Nossal  High School Speech Night will be held on Tuesday 27 November. Please note due to the changed venue this year at the Melbourne Town Hall, there will be no scheduled classes at Nossal on this day. Please watch for an important email, being sent to all families, containing details of arrangements for the day.  This is an important event on the Nossal calendar and all students are expected to attend. Student's attendance will be recorded on their arrival by staff at the Melbourne Town Hall for both the rehearsal session and the evening program.


Tickets are still available for parents and families (at no cost) and these can be reserved at:   


Due to the late evening finish of Speech Night, class times have been adjusted on Wednesday 28 November. Students will be required to attend Tutorial commencing at 10:48am.  The day will comprise a four period day and conclude at 3:20pm.

Goodbye and Thank you

As this is my final report from the Principal’s desk, I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all members of the Nossal community – staff, students, parents, families and the organisations who support Nossal – for welcoming me as a fellow Nossalonian. Throughout this year in the role of Acting Assistant Principal, I have experienced first-hand the positive, vibrant and dynamic culture of the school. Nossal is a unique and busy school, evident through the numerous school-wide, student-focussed events that occur throughout the year including the Foundation Assembly, the House Performing Arts Festival and Information Evenings. I have appreciated each of these occasions and have witnessed first-hand how they act to strengthen the feelings of membership, developing a deeply embedded pride in belonging to the Nossal community. These experiences throughout the year have provided me with a renewed perspective, energy and skills that will guide me in my role when I return to my base school.


Nossal High School, whilst being a very young school, has been able to grow and thrive under the leadership of Mr Roger Page. He has captured the spirit of staff and students, their deep love of learning and their desire to succeed and support the wider community. I have been amazed and excited by the passion and commitment of Nossal students to be actively involved in all opportunities that are presented, observing their development into mature, well-rounded adults, with an array of skills necessary to thrive in the world.  Nossal High School is a testament to the School’s Vision in “being an innovative, inclusive and dynamic educational environment….challenged to be creative and critical thinkers with good communication skills and the resilience necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world….building skills, self-confidence, leadership abilities and community spirit through a rigorous, rich and varied curricular and co-curricular program….to create ambitious, ethical and responsible citizens who conduct themselves with humility and compassion”.


Again, I thank all members of the community for their open acceptance and hospitality. I look forward to following the journey of Nossal High School in embracing the challenges of this very exciting period of education in Victoria, and their continued engagement and leadership within the community. I look forward to when our paths cross again.


Fiona Vanstan
Assistant Principal

Important Dates


NHS Exams - Years 9-11

Mon 19 - Friday 23 November


Year 9 Photography Incursion

Tuesday 20 November


School Council

Tuesday 20 November - 7:00pm


Valedictory Dinner

Thursday November 22


Commencement Program 

Mon 26 - Wed 28 November


Programming Challenge for Girls Session 4

Tuesday November 27


Speech Night 2018

Tuesday November 27

Compulsory event for all Years 9 - 12 students - no scheduled classes will be held on this day.


Wednesday 28 November

Due to the late finish of Speech Night, students will be required to attend Tutorial commencing at 10:48am.  Period 1 will follow and classes will conclude for the day at 3.20pm


Year 10 & 11 Final Assemblies

Friday 30 November

Year 11 Final assembly - Period 4
Year 10 Final Assembly - Period 5


NHS CLP Year 9 Disco - TBC

Friday 30 November

4.00pm - 8.30pm


Year 9 University Challenge

Mon 3, Tue 4 & Thu 6 December


National Finals Chess Competition 2018 

Mon 3 - Tues 4 November


Orientation Day

Wednesday 5 December

No Year 9 Classes


PFA Meeting

Wednesday 5 December 

All welcome


PFA Second Hand Book & Uniform Sale                 

Saturday 8 December - from 9:30am

See "Community Events" page of this newsletter for more details


Year 9 University Challenge

Mon 10 & Tue 11 December


Final Year 9 Assembly

Tuesday 11 December


Year 9 Big Day Out

Wednesday 12 December


Year 12 Results Day & Special Morning Tea

Friday 14 December

All Class of 2018 students invited


Reports released

Thursday 20 December


General News

UN Youth ‘Voice’ Public Speaking Competition 2018

UN Youth Voice is a public speaking competition that sees participants from Years 7-10 propose solutions to pressing global issues, lobby for their consideration, and defend its validity. Students needed to prepare a 5-minute speech proposing a solution to a contemporary global issue, then answer questions from a panel of judges about their proposal.

Nossal hosted a regional round of the competition in which the following students competed: Prachi Beniwal, Joel Siaw, Annette Varghese, Esha Vashisht, Neha Cherayath, Nadia Hadzikadic, Nalini Jacob-Roussety, Deetya Kannan and Savindee Liyanage. All students competed to a very high level and Joel, Nalini, Prachi and Deetya were successful in being invited to the State Finals.


The State Finals were held at the Library in Docklands on Friday, 9 November. There were 25 finalists from a range of schools across Victoria and only the top five were able to progress to the National Finals. Again, all our student gave fantastic presentations and both Joel and Nalini have been invited to the National finals in Perth next year!


Congratulations again to all students involved.


CSEF 2019

If your student is new to Nossal High School is 2019 and you applied for CSEF in a previous school, a new form must be completed and sent/handed to the NHS General Office for the attention of Ms Deepti Arora.


Please remember to attach a copy of your current Health Care card with your application.


If your student applied via NHS for the CSEF in 2018 and your eligibility continues then you DO NOT need to fill in another form.


For previous applicants, if any details on your current HCC have changed for example the expiry date, then a copy of your new HCC must be sent/handed to the office.


Please have your completed form to the office by 28 February 2019.

CSEF Application form & eligibility 2019



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NHS & Community Events and News

PFA Second-Hand Book & Uniform Sale


Trap Ed Competition - November 2018

Trap Ed is a website and app which uses gaming to help improve study scores.  Compete in real time with real people using real exam questions for real improvements, all while having fun from the freedom of your phone or desktop!

  1. Subjects: Choose from a range of subjects and 6 year groups to select the area and level you want to Learn, Play and Win 
  2. Challenge – yourself, your friends or other participants from around Australia who are studying the same subjects at the same level

Casey Cardinia Libraries and Trap Ed are partnering to encourage students and teachers to discover the benefits of using Trap Ed for themselves. 

For more information, check out the Trap Ed website, or for help using Trap Ed, check out the Trap Ed Facebook page for helpful videos.


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Connecting with Nossal

Visit Nossal Online

Our webpage is the place to go if you would like to learn more about Nossal High School. Everything from our history, enrolment procedures and curriculum, to coming events, important resources, school tours and frequently asked questions, can be found at

Student absences

Student absences should be reported to our Attendance Officer as soon as possible.

This can be done a number of ways:

  • Absence Hotline: 03 8762 4625
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Compass: - using your parent login details

Please remember to provide all relevant details when leaving your message and a medical certificate on the student's return.

Contact us

Principal: Mr Roger Page
Assistant Principal: Ms Fiona Vanstan
Assistant Principal: Mr Keith Butler
Business Manager: Ms Gayl Shute

Tel: 03 8762 4600
Fax: 03 9707 4915
Email: [email protected] 


Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard
Clyde Road, Berwick, Vic, Aust, 3806 
PO Box 1036, Narre Warren, Vic, Aust, 3805


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Find the links to these pages on our website at

Nossal Careers

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help students make decisions about their future career and their life beyond school.

Students can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more.


Check out our Careers Webpage at

Old Nossalonians

Established in 2014, The Old Nossalonians Association is a not-for-profit Alumni organisation committed to the welfare of Nossal High School, its students and teachers.


Find out more about our Alumni at

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