Photo: Highlights from the Music tour of China

Northcote High School Newsletter

26 April 2017
Issue Six
From the principal
For your diary
Parent forum: SAFEminds - managing mental health
Year 10 Maths Information
Year 10: making a difference
Can you help? Careers presenters needed
Community Conversation - Learning, Learners & School
NAPLAN tests 2017
Year 8 Resilience Project
Have your say: BYOD survey
Feedback and assessment: partnering in your child's learning
Open Morning 2017
Year 11s: out and about
Year 11 Philanthropic Project
Budding Engineers - with a social conscience
Term 2 Sport
Athletics Carnival
Opportunity: French exchange
International Students news
Student success stories
Join us - Annual Quiz Night
Writing Freedom 
See the stars: Night Sky viewing
Welcome back 1: USA Art and Design tour
Welcome back 2: Music tour of China
Farewell and welcome
Careers News
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the principal

Events, opportunities and connections

Just a one week back into Term Two and NHS is once again buzzing. This week the highlight is Open Morning (Thursday 27 April). I encourage you to come along; meet future families and students or join a tour and see and hear NHS at work! In this issue we can all confirm that Northcote High is a vibrant school community.  Our young people and teachers never cease to surprise in the effort and energy they commit to ensure active learning is a feature of our classrooms.  In addition the co-curricular program is in full swing: the myriad activities that give life to our students' learning and interests beyond the classroom is brilliant. 


Last week I met with recently returned staff and students from the Music Tour to China, the USA Art and Design Tour, participants in Captains Council, Production cast and crew, Debating team members who defeated Ivanhoe Grammar and an enthusiastic Latin class of students, teachers and parents.   I also spent time with students establishing a coding and electronics club.  We workshopped a location for the club headquarters, start-up equipment, recruitments strategies and more.  Stay posted for a report in an upcoming newsletter.


Events, Conversations and Connections at Northcote High

In this newsletter I draw you to a number of opportunities to be part of  Northcote Events, Conversations and/or Connections. 


WRITING FREEDOM – tickets are selling fast don’t miss out!  

A brilliant line up of writers including Clem Ford, Abdi  Aden, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Jeff Sparrow.  Hosted by Clare Wright (NHS Parent, Historian and social commentator)

Thank you to Clare Wright for once again bringing contemporary conversations to our community –   


Other opportunities include the SAFEMinds and Resilience Project workshops, the Community Conversation - Learning, Learners and Schools (and The Northcote Model), the Year 10 Maths Pathways Forum and an upcoming opportunity to Have Your Say regarding BYOD and 1:1 Devices. 


Finally, we are committed to partnering with you around learning,  I encourage you to make regular dips into myNorthcoteHigh and Compass, and create opportunities to discuss your child’s GPAs (Learning Behaviours) and Assessment Feedback.  If you need support with this please connect with Josh McDonald [email protected]. I also encourage you to read the information in this issue around NAPLAN testing, and to discuss with your child the importance of the NAPLAN to us as a school. The data from the testing provides valuable feedback as to the learning progress of cohorts, and allows us to identify and strategically target areas of potential growth across all subject areas.  We want students to feel confident to do their best and for the NAPLAN to provide an accurate measure of a student’s level so that the data can assist teachers to tailor their teaching.


Building Northcote

The next issue will feature a facilities update with the opening of the refurbished Art and Design Hubs, in the next three weeks (mid May), an update on plans/timeline for the Performance Hub and the beginning of the construction of two new netball courts. We have also been having ongoing discussions with Darebin Council a indoors courts project – The Stadium and continue to work with Darebin Council and the Department of Education to make this a reality.


International News and VCE Offshore

Northcote High has been working for a number of years with the Department of Education and VCAA to deliver the VCE in China in partnership with Chinese schools.  We are delighted to report that the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) has granted NHS two licences to deliver the VCE Offshore with partner schools in China – Baotou Foreign Language School and Hengshui No. 1 High School.  We are now working with the schools leadership team and teachers along with our teachers to establish English Language and VCE programs that will underpin deeper educational relationships, grounded in teacher professional learning through mentoring and co-curriculum design. This is a significant achievement and I’d like to acknowledge the ongoing work of Nick Murphy flagshipping this innovative work that so strongly represents the outward facing focus of Northcote High School.


In this edition you'll also see a snapshot of the ways in which our students, families and staff are connecting with each other and our local, national and global communities, and opportunities for much more. 


Enjoy, and don't forget to keep an eye on Compass Newsfeed for event reminders and year-level specific information.


Kate Morris


For your diary

Key dates 

  Please note the following events coming up:

  • Wednesday April 26       Year 7 Camp 2 departs (7G-L)
  • Thursday April 27            Open Morning 9.15am - 12pm (Wednesday bell times apply)                                                                             Presentation (repeated) 7pm
  • Friday April 28                   Friends of Music Quiz Night 7pm
  • Monday May 1                  SafeMinds Parent workshop (supporting mental health) 6.30pm
  • Tuesday May 2                  Night Sky viewing 7-8pm 
  • Wednesday May 3           'Writing Freedom' - NHS Literary Talk-fest 7.15pm
  • Thursday May 4                 Year 8 Resilience Project: parent workshop 7pm
  • Tuesday May 9 - Thursday May 11  NAPLAN tests for Year 7 and 9 students
  • Tuesday May 9                   Senior Maths Pathways information forum (for Year 10s) 6pm
  • Wednesday May 10          Community Conversation: The Northcote Model - Learners, Learning &                                                          School 6.30pm
  • Tuesday May 16                 NHS Cross Country Carnival

Parent forum: SAFEminds - managing mental health

Free workshops for NHS parents and carers

We know that adolescence is a critical and often difficult time for parents, and also marks a peak point at which mental health concerns emerge for many people.


Northcote High School invites you to a workshop designed to support all parents and carers of adolescents which is being coordinated between the school and Headspace. The workshop will explore Mental Health using the SAFEMinds program that has been developed with the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.


This SAFEMinds session will focus on: 

  • early warning signs of mental health concerns for young people
  • how to address these concerns at home and how to get help

When: Monday May 1st 6.30pm -7.45pm

Where: Northcote High School – Library


Representatives from local mental health services will be present to answer questions you may have.


To book, please follow this link;


All enquires please contact Jessica Kelly or Katie Archibald

Year 10 Maths Information

Senior Maths Pathways information night

On Tuesday May 9th at 6pm, there will be an important information session for current Year 10 students and their families about Senior School Mathematics pathways and the Year 10 Mathematics Primer courses that commence at the beginning of Semester 2. 


Families have found this session informative and helpful in previous years and we encourage you to attend and help us partner with you around these decisions. You will leave the session able to consider what is the most appropriate Senior School (Year 11 and 12) Mathematics Pathway. 


If you have any queries please contact Year 10 Sub-School leader, Scott MacDonald or the Mathematics Head of Learning, Michael Waiser. 

Year 10: making a difference

Photo: Year 10 leaders at VAHS

Young Changemakers

On Friday 24th March the Year 10 Class Captains went to our first Young Changemakers meeting at the Inner North Foundation offices on High Street, Northcote.  Young Changemakers is a not-for-profit program that empowers young people by giving them the opportunity to create a positive change of their choice within their community. This is done by allowing them to donate $15 000 amongst three different charities.


In Friday's session, we were asked to map out our neighbourhood, plotting the things that were most important to us such as sporting clubs, shopping centres etc. We then had to categorize them into either business, government or not for profit organizations. It was interesting to see our neighbourhood from this aspect.


Leading on from this, we were shown the countless social enterprises that were situated within our local area which came as a surprise to all of us considering we had no idea that there were so many right around the corner! Each of us were assigned at least three local not for profit organizations to research so we could come back to the following session with some idea of what we were interested in pursuing. We did explore several topics that that we wanted to focus on such as environmental issues, discrimination etc. and were provided with the statistics regarding each one.


Young Changemakers is a learning opportunity for all of us and we all look forward to continuing with it so that we can ensure a positive difference is made and help those in need. ​


Mikka Jordan 10G


Youth for Causes

On Saturday 1st of April myself and the other members of Northcote’s YFC (Youth For Causes) Team had the incredible opportunity to take part in a Social Enterprise Walking Tour around Australia’s social enterprise capital, Fitzroy. 


The day started by meeting at Co-Ground Coffee and from there we were split off into smaller groups that visited our designated social enterprises.


Mikka and I’s group were lucky enough to visit HoMie where we heard from one of the co-founders about his involvement in the development of the business. Then we headed to Charcoal Lane where we heard from the head and trainee chef’s about the history of Australia’s native flora and fauna (bush tucker) and how they were used to create the delicious meals served.


To finish the day, we visited Thankyou water headquarters and heard the inspiring story of Thankyou’s journey and how far they’ve come as a social enterprise and also the extraordinary and creative ways in which they managed to achieve all that they have.


Overall the day was truly a new experience for me and a deeper look into the world of social enterprise. It was a fantastic kick off to the program as we all gained so much knowledge that will be extremely helpful as we begin our journey of social justice and change, as we develop our own social enterprise with the rest of Northcote’s Youth for Causes team.


Jessica Bell-Matsen 10G


Philanthropic Project: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

On Friday 21st April a group of Y10 leaders visited, the Victorian

Aboriginal Service (VAHS) in connection with their philanthropic

project.  You can expect a full report on this excellent experience in

the next newsletter.


To raise money for VAHS the Y10s will be hosting a BBQ and other

fun events on Friday 28th April at lunchtime.


All money raised will be donated to VAHS’s ‘6 Week Challenge’, a

health and fitness program for up to 100 people.  This includes

supervised and program based gym sessions, personal training, yoga,

fun-runs, bootcamp, boxing, health and nutrition education along with

referrals to other health practitioners to help achieve physical and

mental wellness.


Please encourage students to donate for this excellent cause.


Mr Macdonald

Can you help? Careers presenters needed

Year 10 Careers event: share your experience

On Tuesday 16th of May we will be hosting a Year 10 Careers Program during Periods 1-3 to assist students with their course counselling and future pathway decisions. We’d love parents and other members of our community to get involved.


During the event we will be hosting career workshops, which is where you can help.


Students will attend two different workshops focused on careers/industries of their interest.  Students will hear about the person’s career background and the skills and knowledge required and/or suitable for their career or industry. Students will also participate in an activity as a representation of what is required in the career or industry.


How you can help

We are looking for 12-16 different presenters. 


The gig:

Run 2 x 30min workshops as per guidelines below on the morning of the event, you’ll need to

be here around 11.00 am (timing to be confirmed)

  • 10 min discussion on career background and the skills and knowledge required and/or suitable for the career or industry
  • 10 – 15 min activity for students that represents what is required in the career or industry (we can assist with ideas and/or any resources for this)
  • 5 min questions from the group

Clarification – you will run the same 30-min workshop TWICE – for two different groups. Students will be asked to sign up to two different workshops, and there’s a five minute changeover in the middle.


Workshops will finish by 12.40pm.

You are also invited to stay after the event finishes for light refreshments with the other presenters and staff members.


Please contact any of the following people to indicate your wish to be involved.


Scott Macdonald                  9488 2327

Meredith Gollan                    9488 2327

Kylie Witt                                 9488 2301

Community Conversation - Learning, Learners & School

Join us in a conversation about learning

You are invited to the Community Conversation about Learning, Learners and School and The Northcote Model.


Date:               Wednesday May 10th

Time:               6:30pm for a 6:45pm start (finish 8:00pm).

Location:         John Cain Library - Northcote High School


Please register your interest via the trybooking link

Coffee & tea facilities will be provided.


Who should come:

The Community Conversation is open to all families with students at the school and will be of particular interest if your child is currently in Year 7, 8 or 9.



As highlighted in previous newsletters, evolution is occurring in the world and educators around the globe are responding to this evolution. There is an increasing need to prepare our students for complex and non-routine skilled work and as community contributors. 


We want NHS students to be skilled collaborators and problem solvers, who think creatively and critically, are ethical and who have sophisticated communication skills.  We need our students to learn more deeply, to be self-aware in their learning, and to apply their skills in the real world. NHS is responding to the need for change by considering the ways we design programs, the learning experience of students and the manner in which we prepare young people to meet the future. 



Be part of a community conversation to consider the ways we can best prepare our young people for learning success now and in the future. 


We will present a snap shot of the current thinking and research about school learning programs and curriculum design with a focus on school/community context. We will discuss and gather your views about ways we can best prepare students to become successful lifelong learners. An overview of the Learning Program for Stage 1 of the Northcote Model for years 9 and 10 in 2018 will be provided.


What will we do with the information? 

Northcote High will use this information alongside research and school data to inform student learning program planning, teacher professional learning around curiosity and powerful learning and identification of key strategies/goals to assess our progress.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Queries: Prue Morris and Josh Melican ph.9488 2332

NAPLAN tests 2017

Information regarding 2017 tests for Years 7 and 9

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 7 and 9 and will be held at school from 9 to 11 May 2017.


NAPLAN measures skills which are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy

In NAPLAN, as in all assessments, we want to prepare our young people and provide them the opportunity to perform at their best. At the same time, we want to approach the national tests in a way that will help our students’ learning and not just use the tests for measuring.


Northcote High School is keen to partner with you to prepare your child. We want students to feel confident to do their best and for the NAPLAN to provide an accurate measure of a student’s level so that the data can assist teachers to tailor their teaching for each student’s individual need.


Ways families can help:

  • We have provided students a document with strategies to practice. You could go through the strategies with them and help them self-assess which strategies they might already be using, which they can improve and which they might try.
  • We encourage you to view some of the practice tests available here with your child and discuss ways they might approach the different questions … they might even do the practice one with you.

All students in years 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests.

However, there are some instances where students may be exempted from one or more of the NAPLAN tests or marked absent (for the purpose of the tests) or withdrawn from the tests. The National protocols for test administration provide the framework for understanding student participation.



Exemptions may be granted for students with a language background other than English or for students with a disability. In both cases, Northcote High School will discuss the proposed exemption with the student's parent/carer and gain their permission prior to the testing period.



NAPLAN tests are a routine part of the school calendar. However, students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer if there are religious or philosophical objections to testing. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with the school.

If this is relevant to your child’s situation then please contact your child’s Year Level Program Leader and the school will provide the appropriate paper work.

Further info:


If you have any questions about NAPLAN or how you can help your child please contact Curriculum Leader Josh Melican at [email protected] .

Year 8 Resilience Project

Building resilience in our young people

In Week 3 of this term, our Year 8 students will be participating in two workshops run by the Resilience Project. The aim of these workshops is to further support students to understand and use evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience and improve mental health.


If you haven't done so already, please log in to Compass to provide payment and consent for these workshops before May 2.

Invitation for families

Year 8 parents and carers are invited to a special forum run by the Resilience Project on Thursday May 4 at 7pm in the NHS Library. The forum is designed to compliment the workshops that the students are undertaking.

Have your say: BYOD survey

Seeking your feedback

At Northcote High School electronic devices are an essential learning tool just like pens, books and calculators and we believe that these devices assist students to

  • Seek information
  • Communicate information and ideas
  • Create
  • Curate
  • Collaborate
  • Publish

We currently we have iPads as the common device for years 7 to 9 and a “family choice” Bring Your Own Device at Years 10 to 12.


With the continuing evolution of our curriculum at Years 9 and 10, and the iPad program entering its fifth year, it is timely to review how students use electronic devices at school and at home.

The school is consulting with Students, Parents, and Staff to review the current programs to see if they meet the needs of the:

  • Students to engage with the curriculum and develop 21st Century skills;
  • Families, regarding cost, durability and management at home;
  • Staff to assist with the delivery of engaging, relevant and challenging curriculum.

The data gathered from the survey will help to inform the school’s decision making regarding the most appropriate educational types of device(s) for each year level for 2018. A link to the parent survey will be sent via Compass Newsfeed this week. We would greatly appreciate your feedback via this survey.


We thank you in advance for your participation.


Josh McDonald

Teaching and Learning Leader: Educational Technology, Feedback, Assessment and Reporting

Feedback and assessment: partnering in your child's learning

Feedback and Assessment on myNorthcoteHigh

We know that families have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Formal feedback to students is a crucial point of reflection and conversation for students and families. The recently released Leaning Behaviour Reports and an example of this, as is Ongoing Assessment Feedback.


Feedback on assessment needs to be timely, so that students have sufficient opportunity to use the feedback for improving subsequent performance. Teachers give students regular feedback on their progress. Due to teaching and learning sequences vary from subject to subject so it is important to note that feedback will be available at different times.


Families are encouraged to partner with us and access information about their child’s progress and performance through the myNorthcoteHigh portal regularly and discuss it with their child. You should receive a notification from myNorthcoteHigh when new feedback is available. There is a good opportunity now to check in and see what feedback has been made available based on work done in Term 1, and also to look ahead to the due dates for upcoming tasks, CATs and SACs regularly.


If you have any questions about your child’s progress or questions arising from the feedback available, please contact the appropriate teacher or your Year Level Program Leaders.

Open Morning 2017

Community Engagement for prospective parents

Open Morning is coming up on Thursday April 27, starting at 9.15am. Over 150 students will be putting their leadership skills into action on the morning: running tours for families; in performances and demonstrations; giving speeches or helping to greet and guide our visitors through the school. The enthusiasm and response from students and staff has been fantastic: we are looking forward to a great morning. In order to facilitate the smooth running of the event, we will be operating to Wednesday bell times for the day. This means that there will be no Daily Connect session, and the school day will finish at 3pm.

Year 11s: out and about

Photo: VCAL class at the Grand Prix

Zoom zoom:  VCAL class takes their workplace learning to the Grand Prix at Albert Park

On our trip to the Grand Prix, our biggest highlights of the day were probably watching the cars qualify. Some of the other things we were able to check out was the latest technology and robots that people have built in this generation. We got to see the planes fly past and they were so loud. Another big highlight was when we saw the old cars drive on the track. It was so interesting watching because they are so loud and pretty fast for how old they are.


The purpose of us going to the Grand Prix was to check out the safety measures and learn about OH+S. While walking around the Grand Prix, we discovered and identified hazards and areas that needed improvement. Some areas that did need improvement was providing ear protection. They didn’t have any ear protection for sale that I could see. Another area was bag checking and lining up. They were checking bags really fast and poorly which allowed people to sneak in anything they wanted and the line to enter the Grand Prix took so long and it was moving too slow. Some bonuses of going to the Grand Prix were we had a lot of freedom and were allowed to walk around with our mates and didn’t have to be with the teacher the whole time. We also got to relax and watch some of the qualifying.


 We learnt that we were able to do a lot of work and get everything done and also have heaps of freedom. 


By Dean Antonopoulos 11B

Bushfire awareness: Geography fieldwork 

On Friday the 17th March the Year 11 Geography class went on a fieldtrip to Marysville with Ms. Smith and Ms. Costanzo to learn about the Black Saturday bushfires which burned the town in 2009. Students were working on their upcoming fieldwork report to answer their research questions “What changes can we expect to see within a community that has been affected by bushfire?”


Students had an opportunity to observe how the townspeople, environment and community have rebuilt and recovered from the fires, including hearing from an expert speaker who was a photojournalist present for the Black Saturday aftermath. They were able to see the recovery of a key local tourist attraction, Steavenson Falls, and put themselves in the shoes of the townspeople who sought shelter on the local football field while the fire scorched around them.


Year 11 Philanthropic Project

Support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

This week the Year 11s launched their Philanthropic Project for 2017. They have chosen to conduct a food drive to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This project is chosen, planned and run by our Year 11 student leaders, including the Year Level and Class Captains.

Budding Engineers - with a social conscience

Photo: Year 7s in Engineers without Borders

Year 7s participate in Engineers without Borders

In Term 1, university student volunteers came from Engineers without Borders

Australia to talk to all Year 7 science classes.


They talked about providing engineering resources to developing countries. We then did a water filtration activity in which each group were provided a certain amount of money based off its actual economic situation and had to buy resources to make the filter. The materials used in the filter included cloths, sand, gravel and plastic cups.


We'd like to thank all those who helped make this amazing science event possible.

Oscar Horacek, 7C



Photo: At the tournament: thinking hard

Chess Tournament Qualifier

On March 20th Northcote High School's Chess team went to a Chess Tournament at Australian International Academy. We won the overall competition with an outstanding score. Both our junior and senior teams qualified for the State Chess Championships to be held at Brighton Grammar later in the year. Special recognition to Thomas Leou and Jack Puccini who won 7 out of 7 matches.  Lewis Tan of Year 7 also won 5 out of 7 games. 


Thanks to AIA for a wonderful venue and putting on a fantastic event where everyone was happy to compete. 


Jack Puccini, Chess Grand Master, who coaches Lewis Tan, was recently seen giving Arnie Schwarzneger some tips on chess and conditioning the mind!

Senior Team Competitors:

Jack Puccini (Captain and Coach),   Joseph Hatton ( won 5 out of 7 games - PB)

Daniel Zou, Demetrius Mousaferiadis,  Pano Fatturos


Junior School Competitors:

Thomas Leou (Captain),   Megan Leung,  Darcy Puccini,  Alex Borgeest, Ben Mrphy,  Angus Boyd, Lewis Tan, Hugo Waples and Jeffery Ng


Megan Leung

Chess Reporter

Term 2 Sport

Calling all team members - Term 2 sports

We have a busy sporting term ahead with many scheduled sports events. Netball, AFL and Soccer training will all commence in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on compass and the training calendar for dates and times.


Students that did not complete the online sport survey in Term 1 and wish to compete in any of Term 2's activities, please come and see Mrs Blanchard and Mrs Dridan in the PE office as soon as possible. 


During Term 1 students had the opportunity to try our new cheerleading program led by Meaghan Keating. Meaghan coaches and competes herself with Southerncross Cheer and plans to enter our students into competitions later this year. There's still time for students to join this exciting opportunity. Please see Mrs Blanchard if you are interested. 

Cross Country Carnival Tuesday 16 May

Our Cross Country Carnival is the third sporting event for 2017 and will take place during week 5. This event will be used to select a team to participate at the Darebin Division Carnival against other high schools which in turn provides students with an opportunity to qualify for the regional and state events to be held later this year.


The Cross Country Carnival is held at school with the course taking in aspects of Merri Park, the Merri Creek Trail and surrounding neighbourhoods. It is compulsory for all students in year 7 and optional for those in years 8-12.


Further information will be provided in the next few weeks for those students in years 8-12 that wish to participate as well as information for parents and year 7 students.

Competitions coming up

April 26 - State Swimming

April 27 – Intermediate Regional Baseball, Volleyball and Tennis

May 2  – Senior Football, Badminton, Basketball

May 3 - Yr 8 Regional Baseball, and Tennis

May 4  – Senior Hockey, Table Tennis, Soccer, Netball

May 5  – Yr 7 Regional Baseball

Athletics Carnival

Photo: Supporting their house at the Athletics Carnival

A wet start but a successful day

At the end of Term 1 we held our Community Athletics Carnival. Despite a wet morning the weather held out and our students displayed their sporting - and supporter - prowess across all of the track and field disciplines, as well as in a number of novelty events. A big thank you to our HPE staff, especially Sarah Blanchard and Pauline Dridan, for their organisation of the day. Also to be commended are our VET Sports and Recreation students, Sports Captains and Peer Support Leaders, who played a vital role in running the event. 


Photo credits: Sarah Grinzi

Opportunity: French exchange

Going to France? Host a French student?

This year we will be launching our partnership with the Centre International de Valbonne, with an exchange program for Year 10 and 11 French students.


In 2017, we have places for 6 students to participate. Students participating will be travelling to France for 4 weeks over September/ October.


We have 6 French students arriving at NHS on June 13 and they will be here for four weeks, departing July 10. We are seeking interested families to host these students. Ideally, the exchange will be a reciprocal arrangement and the students going to France, will also be the host families.


However, even if your child is not able to go to France, this will be a wonderful opportunity for Senior French students to make contact and practice their French with a native speaker, and we are seeking expressions of interest from families who are willing and able to host a French student this year.


Please contact Audra Keane or Pierrick Hubert by Friday the 28th April if you are interested in this opportunity. See the presentation here (click for link) for more details.



International Students news

Photo: Harmony Day slogans

Health and Safety training

On 30th March, Year 10 international students took their annual Health and Safety Training Session run by school Wellbeing Team and local police officer. The aim of this session is not only to raise international students’ awareness about health and safety but also to promote a healthy lifestyle. The session includes a variety of health and safety themes including nutrition, disease prevention, physical growth and development, reproduction, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, consumer health, and safety (cross­ing streets, riding bikes, first aid, and emergency contact number). The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and have gained a lot of valuable knowledge. The school community truly appreciates our school nurse Jessica Kelly for running the session over the years and local police officer’s input. Their expertise is much appreciated.

Harmony Day

On 21st March we celebrated HARMONY DAY at Northcote High School. It was a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. International students played a key role in this vibrant event.


In supporting school’s harmony day activity, International students wrote anti-discrimination and celebrating diversity slogan in chalk and shared stories about their country of origin. Wen Dan played Gu Zheng (the traditional Chinese String instrument) and Chang Zhao Wen Hui performed a Chinese long sleeve dance—Jing Hong Dance.

Student success stories

NHS students excel in the community

Congratulations to the following students who are excelling in their fields well beyond the school. We love to celebrate student success outside of, as well as in, school. Please keep letting us know about your child's achievements.

State Schools Spectacular

The Department of Education and Training’s Performing Arts Unit auditioned students from across the state for this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular.


These students have secured roles in this year’s Spectacular core performing company and are commendable ambassadors for performing arts at our school. 

Choir: Katrina Rotunno, Patrizia Rotunno

String Musicians:  Greta McNab, Layla Maitri

Production crew: Antonia Coutts, Hamish Larkin


The Spectacular will be performed twice on Saturday 16 September at Hisense Arena, followed by a 90-minute broadcast on Channel 7 and made available on the PLUS7 catch-up website. Rehearsals have commenced for this year’s production which will showcase more than 3000 Victorian government school students in a performance of music, song, dance, skating, puppetry and magic.

Tennis: Peter Koutsouroupas

During the recent school holidays Peter played in the 2017 IMG Discovery Open Qualifier Tennis tournament.    As a result of his performances during that time, Peter has been given automatic entry into the tournament in Bradenton, Florida in May this year.   He is a talented young player.  


This is a prestige tournament and only a few selected players are able to play this event.   Nick Bollettieri, the tennis legend, will be assessing all players during the tournament and one player may be awarded a full scholarship for one year (value AUD$100,000) to the Academy to study and learn the finer points of tennis.  


Congratulations to Peter and good luck for the tournament!

Surf Lifesaving: Sarah Robinson

During March Sarah visited Queensland for the National Surf Life Saving Competition held on the Gold Coast. Sarah and her team came second (silver) in 5 person rescue and resuscitation. This was the first time the team has been to Nationals - they recently came first in the Victorian State Carnival. This has been an amazing achievement for a group of girls who only started training 6 months ago. Congratulations Sarah on your hard work and achievement.

Join us - Annual Quiz Night

Tickets now on sale!

Get your finery out and your trivia muscles working! Tickets are now on sale for the Annual Friends of Music Quiz Night on Friday April 28 at 7.30pm.


It's always a great night of games, questions, challenges (not all of them musical!) fun and prizes. Funds raised go to supporting the NHS Music Program, including student scholarships and specialist equipment purchases.


Bookings via Tickets are $20 per person; bring your friends and family to form tables of up to 10.

Writing Freedom 

New authors announced for Literary Talk-Fest

Join Clare Wright as she hosts Clementine Ford, Jeff Sparrow, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Abdi Aden in a discussion on 'Writing Freedom'.  Hurry - last year's Talk-Fest sold out!


Wednesday 3 May, 7:30 – 9:00pm (arrive at 7.15)

Tickets: $20 / $12 conc



See the stars: Night Sky viewing

Night sky viewing

Our terrific telescope (courtesy of the Telescopes in Schools program) will be set up in the courtyard near D13 on

  • Thursday 2nd May 7.00pm to 8.00pm*

Students, teachers and families all welcome.

For more information please see Ms Hutchens.


*Weather permitting. If it is a cloudy evening we will reschedule.

Welcome back 1: USA Art and Design tour

Photo: At the MET

Soaking up the culture in NY, Washington and LA

Students and staff arrived home from recently from the Northcote High School US Art tour. 

 The experience was an outstanding success. From our Midtown hotel in Manhattan, New York we were within walking distance to some of the great museums of the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim. The group engaged in some fascinating workshops and guided tours which gave us precious insight into the their most famous artworks. We also visited other culturally significant NY sites. The experience alone of walking the streets of central Manhattan had an energy all of own. 


Washington DC was a cultural highlight where the pace was not as hectic as NY. Here we got to view the historically significant memorials, monuments as well as numerous Museums of the Smithsonian Institute. A special mention for the Yayoi Kusama exhibition ‘Infinity Mirrors’ at the Hirschhorn Museum and Ben's Chilli Bowl!

Finally we stopped in Los Angeles where we visited Universal Studios and Venice Beach and toured some memorable LA hotspots.


We're extremely proud of the way all students conducted themselves on the tour by setting new standards in the level of curiosity and behaviour. All students  enthusiastically engaged with each activity and coped admirably with a sometimes exhausting schedule. Their concern for each other and general awareness and behaviour was exemplary.



We hope to have an exhibition of artwork including sketchbooks, diaries, drawings, photos and collage at the school in the next few weeks..

In the meantime have a look at our student led Facebook page.


Barry Drinian, Connie Stewart and Jerome Rush

Trip Coordinators

Welcome back 2: Music tour of China

A wonderful two weeks

After months of hard work, fundraising and rehearsals, our Music students were finally off to China for their tour. It was fantastic to travel with such an enthusiastic and co-operative group of students. They all represented the school, Australia and themselves with pride. The journey included a number of wonderful performances, time at our sister school Huaibei Number One High School in Anhui Province, an enriching homestay opportunity and plenty of sight seeing. Congratulations to all students for the way you supported each other throughout the journey. 

Trips such as these do not happen without a big commitment from staff. A big thank you to Mrs Kelly-Cleeve for all of her organisation and dedication to the tour. Thank you to Mr Perry for rehearsing the String group last year before he became an official teacher at NHS and for his passion for the String ensemble. Thank you to Mr O'Shaughnessy for his photos; very special memories that will last forever. Thank you to Mr Ramsay for his support in setting up the percussion every concert. Thank you to Mr Mcleod for supporting our communication with our Chinese friends through his translating.  Finally, a big thank you to all of the staff for their endless support and enthusiasm not only during the tour, but in the lead up to the trip. 


Jackie Brogan

Head of Music

Farewell and welcome

Photo: Craig Price (left), retiring after many years of service to Northcote High School

Departing staff and some new (and familiar) faces

At the end of Term 1 we farewelled three long-serving staff members who made significant contributions to Northcote High School. They were Craig Price (HPE), Donna Galvin (Business Manager) and Merrin Healy (Library). Staff enjoyed the special morning tea and speeches which honoured the unique gifts of these members of our community.  On behalf of the staff, students, families and school council all three were thanked for the energy and expertise they have brought to the classrooms and programs that support Northcote High being a great place to be and learn. A feature of each of their work has been their contribution to community building, encouraging people to work together, assisting their people and in so doing creating a supportive collegial culture that privileges young people to be their best.


You will be aware that a number of staff are on leave or have taken new opportunities for Term 2 and, consequently, we have some new staff. Welcome (or welcome back!) to the following:

  • Ana Brandler is being replaced temporarily by Richard Ryan ([email protected])
  • David Ponsford is being replaced temporarily by Alastair Boyd ([email protected])
  • Andrew Kyprianou is being replaced temporarily by Matthew Zambon ([email protected])
  • Peggy Oberthier – teaching Humanities / Health and curriculum writing
  • Mike Wang – International Student Tutor and Program support
  • Chloe Powell – Library
  • Jamie Lethborg has returned from a term's leave teaching PE and Maths
  • Kiera Hermansson has returned from parent leave teaching Biology, Science and Maths

Careers News

Photo: Visit the Careers page on myNorthcoteHigh

Are you a business student with big ideas?

There’s still time for Year 10 and 11 students to enter Victoria University’s ‘I Plan a Business’ (iPAB) competition, where they can apply their entrepreneurial skills and plan their own business or social enterprise for the chance to win $500 and other great prizes.

This is a great practical way for students to explore essential elements of the business curriculum.

The competition closes Friday 30 June 2017 at 5pm. Entry is free.

Download the iPAB Guidelines for important information to get started.

Talk to your Business teachers for more information, or Ms Witt.

Opportunity for Year 9 Girls: Girl Power in STEM

In 2016 the Melbourne School of Engineering piloted the ‘Girl Power in STEM’ program with a select group of 30 Year 9 female students. We are pleased to announce the program will continue in 2017 for those students (now in Year 10) and we will be opening applications for a second group of Year 9 students in the coming weeks.

The first year of the program features a three-night on-campus camp during the July school holidays.

The camp will consist of 

  • Presentations by academics
  • Panel discussions with industry 
  • Hands on and interactive workshops  
  • An opportunity to interact with current Engineering and IT students at the University

Registrations for the Girl Power in STEM Camp will be until 5.00pm on Monday 8 May. There are no limitations to the number of applications that can be submitted however only 30 students will be selected for participation in 2017. For more information about the application process please see below.



  • The female student camp will run from the Monday 3 July till mid-day Wednesday 5 July 2017
  • Students will arrive and register on the evening of Sunday 2 July and depart on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 July
  • The program is free of charge and will include 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and workshops during the camp
  • There are a limited number of full and partial bursaries available to successful applications who demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Accommodation will be at one of the colleges at the University of Melbourne – Queens College
  • Dietary requirements will be catered for and students will need to provide this information as part of the application process



  • All applications need to be submitted online
  • Registrations will be open until 5.00pm Monday 8 May 2017
  • Program is currently open only to students in Year 9
  • Only 30 places are available in this program for 2017
  • Student applications will be reviewed and short telephone interviews will be conducted for those shortlisted (these can be conducted with a guardian, parent or teacher present with the student). The interviews are scheduled to take place the week beginning 15 May onwards
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 6 June 
  • Selected students need to fill in the relevant documents and return them by Monday 12 June in order to participate in the program

To register for the program please visit - or navigate via\

Global opportunities


VCE Expo 4-7 May


JMC Academy Open Day

JMC Academy offers courses in Contemporary Music Performance, Audio Engineering and Sound Production, Entertainment Business Management, Animation, Game Development, Digital Design, Film and Television Production and Songwriting.  See their website for more information.


Open Day: Saturday 13th May 2017, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Community notices

Community Talks Sex Forum at Fitzroy HS

Our teens are navigating the world of sex, sexuality, consent and technology pretty much while we, their parents and teachers, catch up. This makes it challenging to support them when things go pear-shaped. As concerned parents of high school aged children we run teenage sex talks with panellists who are experts in the chosen area. Attendees at our forums often asked questions regarding pornography and access to same. Community talks sex: Getting educated about porn will involve panellists who work or do research in fields such as pornography, sexuality education, respectful relationships education, LGBTI representation and new media. The event lasts for 1 hour, we provide a phone number to encourage the audience to text questions for the panel. We strongly encourage the community to come along.

The eventbrite link for booking tickets (free) is:


Thu. 27 April 2017

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm 

Fitzroy High School

Just Believe Fit - local holistic fitness programs

Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Mindfulness offered by a Northcote High School parent. Please see attached flyer for more details.


Crossing supervisors needed

City of Darebin is seeking to recruit friendly and safety conscious crossing supervisors. This year the City hopes to achieve maximum coverage over the 96 busy crossings throughout the municipality.


Please find below a copy of the school crossing supervisor application form, as well as a copy of the position description. 


School crossing supervisors play a number of crucial roles in our community. Not only do they facilitate the safe passage of children and parents to and from school, but they are highly valued members of our community who provide early education to our children about the dangers of roads and nurture good habits that remain with us well into adulthood.


Teen Yoga - classes specifically for teenagers







Yoga can assist with sleep, stress reduction, strength & flexibility, energy, sporting performance, self image. All things which can help teenagers!

Northcote High School Newsletter
Position Description School Crossing Supervisor (Casual) April 2017.pdf
School Crossing Supervisor Application Form April 2017.pdf
Position Description School Crossing Supervisor (Casual) April 2017.pdf
School Crossing Supervisor Application Form April 2017.pdf