Northcote High School Newsletter

25 October 2016
Issue Sixteen
What's Coming Up Summary
Principal's Report
Farewell Class of 2016
Coming Up-Sunsmart Policy
Coming Up-2017 Italy Tour Info Night
Coming Up - Walk for Hudad, 28th of Oct
Meliora Sequamur Awards
A thousand hands of friendship
Sport Report
Vic Young leaders to China
International Student Report
NHS musicians shine!
The Helping Hands
Community News
Pathways and Careers
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

What's Coming Up Summary

Mon 24 Oct - City School for Yr 9 A,B,C


Wed 26 Oct - City School for Yr 9 D,E,F,H


Wed 26 Oct - VCAA Exams Commence for Unit 3 & 4 subjects

Frid 28 Oct:  Yr 7 -Walk for Friends of Huddad


Mon 31 Oct - No school for students
(Day in lieu for Parent Teacher Meetings)


Tues 1 Nov - Melbourne Cup Holiday


Wed 2 Nov - VCE Unit 2 Music Soiree


Wed 2 Nov - City School for Yr 9 G,I,J & K


Friday 4 Nov - ACE Testing, Yr 9 2017, 9.00 am -12 noon


Wed 9 Nov - Italy Trip 2017 Info Night


Frid 11 Nov - Yr 10 & 11 Exams Commence

New Captains for 2017


Congratulations to our 2017 Captains- Leah, Thomas, Macsen and Jenny




Principal's Report


Farewell Year 12 class of 2016

The past two weeks have featured a series of celebrations to farewell the year 12 students!  We are extremely proud of their achievements and the way they have embraced the schools values of achievements, curiosity, humanity and fairness.  Cwelebrations began with the final Yr 12 assembly included for the students by the students, featuring reflections on the year from School Captains Lily Chalmers and Matthew Thomas, a brilliant musical piece featuring strings and woodwind and brass - Hello by Adele arranged by Dylan Vogel and a hand over to the School Leaders of 2017 (see photo). Tom Hughes and Max Hudson also produced a movie celebrating the joys of Northcote High – teachers, students and memorable moments for the class of 2016 – which was fun.  The final week was cap stoned with a fabulous breakfast complete with a fancy dress theme, a parade around the school. The Year 12 class of 2016 are to be congratulated on their contribution to the school individually and collectively, their generally respectful conduct across the farewell celebrations, which ensured a memorable time for the group, the Senior School Team, fellow students and teachers.


The final event the Year 12 Graduation at the Grand Hyatt was a brilliant formal celebration of the students, with their families and teachers.  Patricia Karvelas (Radio National Drive, Karvelas on Sunday  delivered the Graduation Address to over 1000 people.  Graduation was a fantastic celebration of our school community - reflecting the wonderful cohort of students and their learning journey at NHS.


VCAA Examinations Unit 3 and 4

We wish our Year 12 students well as they make their preparations for final examinations and strongly encourage students to seek assistance from their teachers and the Senior School and/or Student Services Teams if they require support.


VCAA Exams begin on Wednesday 26 October and conclude on Wednesday 16 November. 2016 VCE Results  are published on Monday 12 December with all key VCAA exam and  Results information available at VCE Exams Navigator 2016 booklet.


Art and Design Upgrade Begins!

Exciting times as work begins this week on the refurbishment of B and C Block - the ground floor spaces will be refurbished to create a Design Hub and an Art Hub.  Including extra specialist teaching spaces and shared planning areas for workshopping and collaborative projects.

The new spaces will be open in May 2017.


New Teaching Spaces - Car Park!

Just last week DET announced the arrival of a Mod 5 Relocatable - 2 x teaching spaces, which is now in the car park.  Another Mod 5 will be arriving in December and will be located behind C block.


NHS is desperate for teaching spaces, particularly with the refurbishment of the Art and Design area.  The Department of Education (DET) regard the car park Mod 5 as temporary, while the school awaits allocation of Mod 10 building/s (2 story - 4 classrooms). 


Update - Performance Hub

Progress has been slow in terms of progressing the design of the Performance Hub.  The DET has NHS 'on hold’ for the past 2 months, whilst a review of entitlement been undertaken i.e. the amount of permanent facilities Northcote High is entitled.  The entitlement review should result in elevating the schools case for more permanent facilities as a result of enrolment growth now and into the future.  I hope to be able to communicate a positive outcome very soon, along with progress on the Performance Hub.


Captains Council 2016 Projects

Captains Council have been working on three projects to improve facilities for our students:

1. Lockers for All  - 150 extra lockers by the end of 2016 - the new locker bay is almost complete!

2. Bike Parking Upgrade and Review a fun and positive project in partnership with the Darebin Council.  2017 will see upgrades to a range of bike parking spaces around the school, supporting sustainable transport, and purpose built parking, better bike security and safe access on and off the site.

3. Toilet upgrades - painting and refurbishment.


Merri Park playing Surface Upgrade

Northcote High is partnering with the Darebin Council to upgrade the 'south park' section of Merri Park.  The playing surface will be similar quality now across the park.  The Physical Education team is delighted, as are the students.  The temporary fence will be removed in January once the grass is established.


The next Newsletter will feature an update on Realising the Visons- - Curriculum Refresh Project 2018 and an invitation to a community forum.  There will also be opportunities to learn more about myNorthcoteHigh and online feedback on student learning.


Stay posted for Key Date letters for each year level that will outline key events and expectations as we countdown to the end of the year.


Thankyou once again for partnering with us in learning and community.


Kate Morris

Farewell Class of 2016

Thank you to all who supported the students at their graduation on 19 October. Our students really appreciate the interest in their efforts outside of the classroom. 


From all reports, both students and families enjoyed the night thoroughly. The students performed beautifully and treated the evening with the respect it deserved. It was a wonderful celebration of the six years of secondary schooling that is rapidly coming to an end. School Captains Matt and Lily spoke beautifully about their time at the school . It was a fitting end to the night and an opportunity to take stock of our collective efforts. 


I would like to recognise the work of the Senior School team in organising the event and our Music Department - staff and students - for their wonderful performance. Thank you to Kate Morris for organising Patricia Karvelis to provide the graduation address, I think she hit the mark and had something for everyone in her speech. As she said, our school and our community is the best of Australia. We should be very proud of that.


Shane Gemmola
Head of Senior School

Above is the 2016 Graduation program and Prize winners list.

Coming Up-Sunsmart Policy

It’s time to be sunsmart

NHS adopted a sunsmart policy in May 2016.


Some background

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D. However, too much UV exposure from the sun, is a major cause of sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage and skin damage leading to skin cancer.It's important to take a balanced approach to UV exposure to help with vitamin D levels while minimizing your risk of skin cancer by using a combination of sun protection methods.


Skin cancer kills nearly 2,000 Australians each year – more than the national road toll – and two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

From September to April


In Summer, in Victoria (from September to April) UV reaches damaging levels of 3 and above; increasing the risk of skin cancer.  and use a combination of the five SunSmart steps when protection is required:


Students should:

  1. Ensure they apply sunscreen (SPF 30+) each morning, prior to leaving for school.
  2. Keep a small tube of sunscreen in a bag / locker.
  3. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day as necessary. Additional locations in which sunscreen is to be located include each sub-school office, the PE department and the general office.
  4. Ensure a hat is purchased alongside the PE uniform, and brought / worn in PE lessons, as well as to/from school and at recess and lunch (this also includes camps and excursions).
  5. Ensure appropriate sunglasses that offer UV protection are brought to / from school.
  6. Avoid sitting in direct sunlight during recess / lunch. Find suitable positions with shade.

Families should:

  1. Ensure students apply sunscreen (SPF 30+) each morning.
  2. Ensure students have a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses made available. Encourage students to wear these to and from school, as well as at recess and lunch and whilst on camps and excursions.
  3. Reiterate and discuss the risks associated with sun exposure on a regular basis.
  4. Continue to model sunsmart behaviour outside of school.

Some other points:

Note: In the winter months of May – August, sun protection is not recommended. Throughout these months, staff and students are encouraged to get some sun exposure for vitamin D – important for the development and maintenance of healthy bones, muscles and overall health.


 From May to August, as UV levels are lower, people are encouraged to be outdoors around midday each day, with some skin uncovered. Being physically active outdoors will also help the body to make vitamin D.


 People who work outdoors  for long periods of time including PE teachers and grounds staff, may need sun protection all year, as they are at an increased risk of skin cancer. At this time of year, sun protection is also recommended when near reflective surfaces (such as snow) or if UV levels reach 3 or higher.


Coming Up-2017 Italy Tour Info Night

Photo: NHS students at Pompeii

Tour Information Night Wed 9 November, 6pm


Studying Italian and need a dose of culture? Join us for the 2017 student trip to four cities of Italy! Attendance at the information night is a must!


Projected dates Sat 16 Sept - Thurs 28 Sept 2017
Locations: Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan

Tour Cost of approximately $5,200 (based on 20 students) includes:

  • Return economy airfares with Thai Airways (TBC) Melbourne – Rome / Milan – Melbourne
  • Prepaid airport/airline taxes and levies $155.00
  • Train fares
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotel in Rome with breakfast  (triple/quad rooms)
  • 4 night’s accommodation in 3 star hotel in Florence with breakfast (triple/quad rooms)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in 2 star hotel in Venice with breakfast (triple/quad rooms)
  • 1 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotel in Milan with breakfast (triple/quad rooms)
  • Dinners every evening at a local restaurant
  • Coach Transfers: Rome Airport – Accommodation, Full-day Excursion to Pompeii, Rome – Siena, San Gimignano – Florence, Florence – Modena – Venice Tronchetto, Venice Tronchetto – Milan, Milan Accommodation – Airport
  • Guides: Meet and Greet at Rome Airport, Half-day in Rome (Baroque Rome), Half-day in Rome (Vatican). Half-day in Pompeii, Half-day in Florence, Meet and Greet in Venice, Half-day in Venice
  • Entrances: Vatican Museum, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and one other Museum, Pompeii Excavations, Uffizi Gallery, Ferrari Museum, Last Supper (subject to avalibility)
  • 3 x 3 hour Language Lessons in Florence at “Instituto Il David”
  • 3-Day Roma Pass
  • 48-hours Vaporetto pass in Venice including meet and greet for delivery
  • Return Luggage Transfers from Venice Tronchetto to Hotel (1 piece of luggage per person included)
  • Tourist Tax in Rome, Florence and Venice
  • Insurance with VMIA.

Not Included:

  • Passport/Visa costs  
  • Meals and entrance fees other than specified
  • Personal expenses

Coming Up - Walk for Hudad, 28th of Oct


The countdown is on!


Year 7 students are Northcote High School are aiming to improve the quality of life through providing the remote Hudad Community in Ethiopia with access to education. To support this community Year 7 students will be undertaking a 3 hour walk along the Merri Creek on the 28th of October to replicate the hardships the children of the Hudad encounter each day just getting to school. 

But we also need your support! If you would like to donate to this great cause then please follow the link below to donate.


Ms Hannah Kent & Mr Luke Slingsby Yr 7 YLPC


Meliora Sequamur Awards

On Wednesday October 12 we celebrated the Meliora Sequamur awards.


At Northcote High School the motto that has been emblazoned on our crest above the entrance for 90 years reads Meliora Sequamur, which translates into “following the better path”. 

The Meliora Sequamur Awards recognise the informal student leaders in our school community who have followed the better path. A key feature of this event is that both staff and students can nominate a student for a Meliora Sequamur award and if they do nominate someone then at the awards night they must tell the crowd why they nominated the recipient.

This made for a great, warm and fuzzy celebration of the amazing young people in our school that embody the school values of Achievement, Curiosity, Fairness and Humanity. 


Award Recipient

Mr Martin Ramsay

Nicholas Obst,

Mariah Milla

Matthew Thomas

Tim-Jacques Ober

Ms Jackie Brogan

Adam Schaube,

Evie Lawlor,

Pippa Collodetti

Ms Prue Morris

Ethan Munro

Ms Michaela Greenwood-Smith

Tristan Knight,
Anna Langford

Lilian Chalmers

Amy Arnett

Ms Carlene Wilson

Matilda Lilford

Ms Lixia Wang/

Ms Meredith Gollan

Candy Bui

Ms Shirley Barbara


Mr Heath Thompson




Ms Merrin Healy


Luke Bell Layton


Mira Tonkin


Tahlia Doyle


Grace Foley


Ms Alana Smith/ Ms Hannah Valmadre/Noah Sutherland

Liam Moulton


Rowan Stewart-Smith,
Eva Jordens,
Jenny Huynh


Liam Cust


Stella Farnan


Prani Patton


Tilda Exton


Charli Doyle


Zhana Maticevski-Shumack,

Ruby Wright


A thousand hands of friendship

Internationalising Education

Last week in Beijing Premier Daniel Andrews cemented Victoria's reputation as the Education State, reaching an historic agreement with China’s Ministry of Education to take the education relationship between our two jurisdictions to a whole new level.


The Memorandum of Understanding signed on 20 September 2016 will establish a biennial China-Victoria Education Leadership Dialogue to discuss a range of education issues from early childhood to higher education and research.

While in China the Victorian Premier also announced new measures to support international students while they study in Victoria and enhance the quality of their experience, including:

  • More welcome and orientation support for international students
  • A new mobile ‘Welcome App’ to provide students with detailed information about Victoria and its education institutions
  • An International School Student Experience Victoria Program to familiarise new school students with Victoria’s culture and environment
  • Increased resources to help Chinese students in Victoria engage with the community to gain skills and build local connections while they are here.

In addition the government hopes to promote two-way exchange by encouraging Victorian students, young professionals and public servants to study in China, and increasing opportunities for Victorians to learn about China and the Chinese language.


To this end, applications open in early 2017 for the Government’s Hamer Scholarships program, which provides up to six months of language study in Asia for young Victorians.

Victoria and China have a long-standing relationship, and education has played, and will continue to play, a crucial role. The three pillars of our education partnership: government-to-government, institution-to-institution, and people-to-people, are just as important as our trade and investment links in forging our bilateral ties with China.


It is the last of these, our people-to-people links, which I would argue are the most important of all. Each year thousands of Chinese tourists, business-people, students and their parents travel to and spend time in Victoria, particularly Melbourne, which was this year voted the most liveable city in the world for the sixth year in a row. And an increasing number of Victorians are beginning to reciprocate, including our many school students who participate in the Victorian Young Leaders to China 6-week immersion Program, or spend time with counterparts from the hundreds of Chinese sister schools with whom Victorian schools have built partnerships over the years.


The mutual understanding and goodwill created through these face-to-face encounters will be of benefit to both Victoria and China, as our people share ideas, develop new perspectives, and together solve the challenges of the 21st Century that are becoming increasingly global.


It is this aspect of my job, the bringing together of students, teachers, principals, and government officials from Victoria and across the world, that I find most satisfying. With each hand of friendship that we extend, our lives become a little richer, the world becomes a little smaller, and our respect for one another becomes a little deeper.


Having begun my career as a corporate lawyer, where time was money, I used to think that deviating from the concrete clauses of a contract was a risky venture. But having since spent the majority of my career in Asia, I quickly came to learn that there is rarely such thing as a single, isolated transaction. With the rise of the internet and social media, the value of relationships are arguably greater than ever before. And in this the Chinese have always been ahead of the game.


In China, getting to know someone face-to-face is often regarded as the only way of finding out whether a person is trustworthy.


In general, the Chinese set great store on building personal relationships before entering into a business partnership, often saying, “Let’s first become friends, then do business”.


Our Premier's visit to China was a very important milestone in Victoria's economic relationship with Asia's powerhouse. But equally important are the many, many friendships that have been built on the back of simple interactions between our people, particularly the thousands of students who have spent time on each other's shores.


The education relationship between Victoria and China, which took a big step forward this week, will play a crucial role in this. But so too will the thousand hands of friendship that we will continue to extend to each other. And in this, we all have a role to play.


Joel Backwell, Director International Education Division, DET

Sport Report

The first three weeks back in term 4 have been super busy for sport. Well done to all that have taken part in any sport over the past three weeks.


Congratulations to the intermediate boy’s hockey team on qualifying for state winning all three matches at regionals. The boys will be playing in the state finals on Wednesday 9th Nov.

Well done to

  • Molly Uwland, Arlo Sutcliffe, Grace Young, Peter Panopoulos, Charlie Turnbull-Jones and Douglas Buckeridge who all competed in the state athletics event on Monday 17th Oct.
  • Hannah Eldridge who participated in the winning Victorian Nationals Hockey Team.
  • Katie Gevaux, Tim Ingram and James Dulfer who all competed in the 2016 Thank you to all of our students coaches for your hard work and commitment over the past few weeks.
  • Looking ahead: Tasmanian Short Course Swimming Competition.
  • Lachlan Black, Cal, Faubel, Alex Phokos, Jye Stevens, Liam Mcerlain, Jack Hart, Connor Oxley and …… who all competed in an interstate Gaelic Football Tournament.
  • Our school Aerobics team completed in Geelong on Sunday 16th Oct.

Coming Up


Tuesday 25th Oct – Yr 8 Girls Regional Volleyball

Thursday 27th Oct – Yr 7 and Yr 8 Boys Regional Cricket Final

Wed 9th Nov – Intermediate Boys State Hockey

Tuesday 15th Nov - Year 8 Girls Futsal

Thursday 17th Nov - Year 8 Boys Futsal

Tuesday 22nd Nov - Year 7 Girls Futsal

Thursday 24th Nov - Year 7 Boys Futsal


Missing Sport Uniform


As our sporting calendar is action packed on a weekly basis some items of uniform occasionally go missing due to not being handed in at the end of each sporting day. If you have any item of school sport uniform particularly, the volleyball and soccer shirts could you please return them to the PE office. As you can imagine these items are very expensive therefore it is quite difficult to replace them for future teams. If these uniforms are not returned this could impact on the expense of sporting excursions in the future.


Surf Team


Can you already surf or would you like to try for the first time? There’s still time to sign up to surf school taking place in term 4. Please see Ms Costanzo or Ms Blanchard as soon as possible for further information.


Year 7 Volleyball Program

Calling all volleyball enthusiasts. Come along and join the program taster afternoons held every Monday from 3:21pm. The training session will take place in the gym and will ran by qualified coaches from our local community club. For further information please see Ms Wright.


Health and PE Week


Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day is a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. HPE Week took place during week three at NHS. The week was filled with many opportunities for students to become involved in a variety of sports that they may or may not have participated in before. We had a great turn out to each activity held. Thank you to all staff and students for supporting and promoting a fantastic fun filled week of sport though leading session and being involved.





Vic Young leaders to China


Each year since 2013, NHS has taken part in the state sponsored Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) program. This gives second language learners 6 weeks intensive language study in China, with an NHS teacher. The enclosed photos show NHS students on our fourth program, involved in several activities including Temple of Heaven, Great Wall and learning Tai Chi!


Ms Lenthall, who is accompanying this year's group, advises that the students are taking on everything with enthusiasm. Some are even up at 6.00 am for a run with some of the teachers! Then we have breakfast and walk to classes for their 3 hour language. These are really intensive study programs, but all students are rising to the challenge. 

In the afternoons students are doing a range of things: meeting university students, visiting tourist sites, Taichi classes and lectures on Chinese culture.

International Student Report

Homestay Hosts required


Full Boarding Homestay Families Are Sought for International Students at Northcote High School (for 2017 school year onwards)


Northcote High School seeks quality homestays from our local community, to help care for young international students studying in year 10, 11 +12 with us. They are mainly from Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and Cambodian. We also have some International Students are from European countries such as Italy and Germany.


Hosting International Students can bring a rich cross cultural experience and opportunity for our families. Many local families already on board with Northcote High School Homestay Program over the years have enjoyed and benefited from the diverse cultural and language exchange experience, especially when they have school age children at home. The reverse experience for our International Students is very much part of their overseas study journey.

If you have a spare room and are willing to take care of a young international student please contact the International Student Office 9488 2334 (or General Office 9488 2300 or email [email protected]) for more information.


Full boarding homestay fees are $320 per week (tax free), which covers a fully furnished room, 3 healthy meals daily, laundry, household bills (including internet). Students are responsible for their own transport.

Jocelyn Hill

Assistant Principal


Farewell Dinner

The annual international student farewell dinner event was held at a Chinese restaurant in Kew on Thursday 13th Oct.  The event was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all students and staff who attended. 


In their speeches, Ms Morris, Ms Wang and Mr Gemmola celebrated our year 12 international students’ time with the school and congratulated them for their academic achievement and personal growth during their VCE years at NHS. The school highly appreciates our International Students’ great contribution to the school and its community.  Many teachers spoke with the students at the party wishing them well for their VCE exams and for their chosen future. Ms Morris especially thanked staff for their professionalism and dedication which provided our international students wonderful experiences and helped to shape a bright future for our young global citizens.

The international students also expressed heartfelt appreciation to the school and their teachers for creating such caring and supportive study experiences for them. They can certainly call Northcote High School “home” when they are truly far away from home.  The 2016 school captains were also invited to the dinner and Matthew Thomas gave speech to stress the importance of our international student program in the broad school vision. Matthew also shared his great personal experience as school captain when working with international student group. Mathew highly appreciated the school for developing such wonderful international program which greatly benefits both local and overseas students.      


International Student Office

NHS musicians shine!

I just wanted to reach out and say a huge THANK YOU to Thomas, Callum, Saro, Joshua, Theo and yourself in supporting the Department of Education in successfully delivering the 2016 Victorian Early Years Award event.


What a lovely and talented bunch of musicians you have, the guests including myself and team didn’t want them to stop playing. The music selection was perfect and we continued to receive positive comments from the guests all evening.


Jahmiel Sowman

Manager | Major Events | Department of Education


The Helping Hands

Volunteers to help community 


The Little Sisters of the Poor and residents of St. Joseph's Home held an event for fund raising last Saturday (15th of October) called The Spring High Tea. Lucky enough to be a part of this event, I was seeking for helps from the school’s international student community; since I thought it would be a great opportunity for my school mates, with different backgrounds, to join in and take part in community activities. Minh Hang Thai, Rocy Zhang and Amber Chen, without any hesitation, immediately put their hands up after my announcement. Even though they knew they would have to give up their precious Saturday, and working instead of staying home or catching up with friends. And thanks to these wonderful girls, who were extremely helpful during the event with food preparation and serving, the Spring High Tea was succeed. I will always remember how beautiful their smiles were when they told me how happy they felt, despite long hours working, since they had just done a good deed. They taught me that if you do something out of love, you would not count the cost. After all, no act of kindness is ever wasted. I am trying my best to seek for more volunteering activities, as well as getting more participants. Let’s globally warm our hearts, not the temperature.


On behalf of all International Students, I would like to express our gratitude to Northcote High School, especially the International Student Office for supporting and encouraging us as always. 


Candy Bui- 10A


Community News



Pathways and Careers

RIJI 2016


Congratulations to the eight students who recently completed the RIJI (Real Industry Job Interviews) Program. This program gives students the opportunity to experience an authentic job search situation and thereby improve their own skills as potential jobseekers.

Participants selected a recently advertised job, and worked through the process of preparing a resume and cover letter specifically tailored to this job. Volunteers from HR departments in organisations from our local area, such as the Darebin Council, evaluated these applications, and students were then invited to interview. Following the interview, each participant is provided with personalised feedback on all aspects of their application.


Whilst many of this year’s cohort have already experienced the work place through part time work and structured workplace learning as part of their VET subjects, this program has increased their awareness of ways in which they can improve their chances of gaining longer-term employment when they are ready, or of securing more attractive work options in a highly competitive labour market.


Successful RIJI participants this year are: Eva Bogdanovska, Jessica Pedersen, Alanna Grivas, Clancy Morris-Dalton, Jaycob McBeath and Dean Antonopoulos.




Congratulations to our Year 12 students, who have all identified where they’d like to head when they complete their schooling here. Whilst a large proportion of them are hoping to pursue tertiary studies, some have already embarked on equally inspiring journeys into the workforce or a travel destination. Some are planning to combine more than one of these goals simultaneously. We look forward to hearing about where life takes all of them.


For those engaging with VTAC, we are now in the first “change of preference” period (COP).


Preferences can be changed from now until December 20 (December 15 for international students). After the ATAR release, students should evaluate their preferences again, and can continue to seek assistance from the school if they wish.


A couple of things to remember:

  • Unis are still changing course details, adding courses and removing them. Keep up with these changes by checking the careers newsletters on myNHS, and signing up to the uni-specific email lists.
  • Tertiary institutions are all holding various events in the week of the ATAR release, to help students with their decision-making. Download a useful “Change of Preference” summary here. And remember to double-check the ones relevant to you closer to the date.
  • You can get help from Kylie Witt at school until December 19, 2016. She’ll be back at school on January 18, 2017 for students who need assistance dealing with the offer process.  

Download a useful handout for Year 12 students here that outlines what still needs to be done between now and January.





All Year 10s should have now completed their preparation for Work Experience. This means they have:

  • Organised a placement
  • Returned all the paperwork
  • Completed two OHS modules
  • Printed their OHS certificates and given these to their tutor.

Students who do not have all four of these elements completed by the end of October will risk not being able to participate in the program, and will be required at school to participate in a school-based program.

Forms can be downloaded from myNHS, and students experiencing difficulties should talk with their tutor or Ms Witt. We hope all students will make sure they can participate in a meaningful work experience placement.




Year 9 students should be starting to think about where they would like to complete their Work Experience in 2017. “Work Experience” means experiencing the world of work, and there are many creative and exciting ways to do this. Explore some of the work experience resources on myNHS to generate ideas, and don’t overlook volunteering opportunities or community organisations. Often they need a spare pair of hands more urgently, and there is the capacity to make a real difference as well as experiencing the routine of the workforce. In addition, you may find you learn skills that will stand you in good stead later. Work experience is a chance to explore a career you are interested in, but it can also be the one time in your life you can try out something you know will possibly never evolve as a paid interest for you, or something about which you are simply curious. It might lead to a new passion, or it might just be something you think you want on your CV. 


The earlier families think about how this can be approached, the more likely it is that the placement will be a rewarding, informative and useful one. In particular, organisations where placements will be highly sought after have early closing dates – often these will be the year before, and some 2017 programs are already closed. This means students with specific and ambitious plans should be actively seeking and organising opportunities.

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