Photo: Year 7s on their first day

Northcote High School Newsletter

07 February 2017
Issue Two    
From the Principal
Class of 2016 success
For your diary
Back to school for staff
Connect: meet the 2017 subschools
Welcome new staff
Partnership and Participation Part 1: Skills bank
Partnership and Participation Part 2: School Council
Students lead in our community
Events alert: Year 7 & 8
Device set-up this week
Music to our ears
Production 2017
Let's get moving
Careers News
Opportunity: ANU Tuckwell Scholarship
Year 7 Immunisations
Event alert: Stella Prize 'Provocations'
Learning together: Latin classes are back!
Get to know your Library
Have your say: Preston High School
Community notices
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

From the Principal

Photo: Northcote High School c.1929

2017: looking forward and looking back

Welcome back and a special welcome to our new students and families. We are so delighted you are part of the wonderful Northcote Community!


It has been great to meet so many new families at drop off and pick up times as our newest students settle in to their Northcote.  Please introduce yourselves and remember if you or your child needs clarity or support – shout out!  Thank you in particular to the Junior School Team of Gerard O'Shaughnessy, Sophia Griffith and Luke Slingsby plus the brilliant Connect Tutors and Peer mentors for leading a most positive and supportive transition program.


There are also approximately 60 students who have begun in Year 8 – 12 at Northcote this year.


Last year Northcote celebrated 90 years of educating young people in the north of Melbourne with a series of events for students and staff past and present.  The positive impact of the Northcote experience was a feature of so many conversations, as was the school's ability to respond to the community of which it is a part.  In 90 years there have been many changes locally and globally.  Northcote High opened on its current site in 1926, originally co-educational, then as a boys' school until 1989, when community engagement led to the timely decision to again enrol girls. It is one of the few high schools in Melbourne which stands as it was conceived: a stand-alone co-educational neighbourhood secondary school.  This is testament to the school's capacity to face forward and respond to the challenges of the time. Importantly, the young person and education have always been at the centre of decision making.


In 2017, we are again making decisions around best ways to support contemporary learning and how young people can be prepared for a fast changing ‘future world’.  There could be a view that we don’t need to make any changes as our student results are very, very good: which is true.  But there is a body of research and current education experiences all around the world that suggest we need to make incremental changes now.


In future newsletters you will hear about upcoming program changes (for 2018) and opportunities to join the conversation and seek more information.


2016 Achievements

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 for their exemplary VCE Results - see our snap shot in this issue, including tertiary pathways.  RMIT, University of Melbourne and Latrobe are the key providers of tertiary courses for our students.


This year more NHS students have been awarded scholarships than ever before.  Scholarships are difficult to get, which further highlights the quality of our graduates and the importance of getting involved at school and in the community – sport, coaching, study abroad, part time work, volunteering all define who young people are and how they contribute and build community.


Each day highlighted on the school screens or daily ebulletin on myNorthcoteHigh are a myriad of ways students can get involved at NHS and beyond.


myNorthcoteHigh and Compass

Are your key communication connects with Northcote High.  myNorthcoteHigh will link you with learning information and what’s happening in our classrooms. Compass is generally more administrative – absences, timetable, payments, GPA (progress reports) as well as event information and consent, targeted Newsfeeds (for example, for Year Level events) and teacher email contact.  We recommend downloading the Compass app if you have a smartphone: it is an easy way to use the system. If you enable 'push notifications' you will be alerted whenever there is a new item in the Newsfeed. 


Importantly, each fortnight the e-news (this newsletter) will feature students shining in so many ways, leading learning and leading projects in their areas of interest and passion. One such student, Lucy Grage-Perry of Year 9, is featured in this edition.


Partnership and participation

This newsletter also features ways to get involved at Northcote: see the pages 'Partnership and Participation' further on.  You are invited to participate in supporting NHS by becoming involved in one of many activities where a parent/carer voice is important . Upcoming School Council Elections are also featured.


Once again welcome to our vibrant learning community and a great year ahead. We look forward to partnering with you and appreciate your involvement and support.


Kate Morris


Class of 2016 success

Tertiary destinations

In our last newsletter we celebrated the outstanding success of our class of 2016. Below is a snapshot of the destinations of NHS students, based on first-round offers. 


Destinations of NHS students 2016 -  Tertiary Offers 

25.5% RMIT University

23.5% University of Melbourne

27% La Trobe University

6% Monash University

3% Swinburne University

4% Victoria University

11% Other


2016 Course Types for NHS students

15% General Science

13% General Arts

10% Business

6% Nursing

5% Health Sciences

5% Biomed

4% Accounting & Commerce

3% Engineering

4% Sport/Out Ed

5% IT & Computing

5% Architecture/Building/Int Des

3% Design/ Creative Arts

3% Law/Justice

3% International Studies

17% Other


The [email protected] NHS 2016 if you missed it

Another year of outstanding results!

  • The top ATAR was 99.9
  • 10.8% of study scores were 40+
  • Mean study score was 31
  • 99% Pass rate
  • 21% of students achieved an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 57% of students achieved an ATAR of 70 or above
  • Four perfect scores in Further Maths (2), Chemistry and Product Design
  • 426 students were enrolled in at least one Unit 3&4 subject
  • 76 students were enrolled in at least one VET subject

NHS students in Top Screen, Top Act and Top Design


The VCE season of excellence presents works created by the best art, design, media and drama work of VCE students from the previous year. We are very excited to announce that two of our students from 2016 are among the finalists in this year's events. Tom Hughes’ short film will be screened in ACMI as part of Top Screen and his drama piece will also be presented in the Top Act performance. Ben Afif’s VCD folio will be displayed in the Top design exhibition at the Melbourne Museum from the 18th of March, as will the work of Oliver Bailey. Only a handful of the state's most outstanding students are selected each year to be represented in this event, so a huge congratulations to Tom, Oliver and Ben for the high achievements in their studies and their creativity. 

If you are interested in seeing our students' work, tickets to these events are now on sale at the links on the VCAA website.



For your diary

Photo: 2017 Magnet

Key dates coming up

All students have been given an NHS Calendar Magnet to take home. This features some of the key dates throughout the year. Of course, it's not possible to fit everything that happens at such a busy school on to a magnet, so please keep an eye on this Newsletter, Compass Newsfeeds and the myNorthcoteHigh calendar for events throughout the year. 


Of note this month...

Year 12 Meet and Greet: February 7

Settling in - Yr 7 Parent workshop:  February 14

Camp  8D & 8F:  February 20 – 23

Support through the Senior Years - Yr 11 Parent forum: February 22

School Council Meeting: February 23

Stella 'provocation' - authors discussion: February 23

School photos 7-11: February 24

School photos Yr 12: February 28

Yr 7 Family Picnic: February 28

Camp  8B & 8C: February 28 – March 3


Back to school for staff

Photo: Staff preparation prior to students' return

Professional learning and collaboration

Whilst many spent time over the holidays reading, researching and preparing for the year ahead, teaching staff formally commenced the year on January 30, with two busy yet productive days of professional learning and collaborative preparation. The Keynote Speaker for Day One was Wayne Craig on the topic of Curiosity and Teacher Inquiry. In line with NHS strategic goals, this will be a focus for teacher learning and practice  throughout 2017. 


A big thank you to the Education Support staff who returned to work mid-January to ensure a very smooth start for staff, students and parents alike. 


Connect: meet the 2017 subschools

Subschools and the Connect program

Student engagement and positive relationships are an essential pre-condition to learning. The NHS Subschool structure and Connect program are designed to enhance student belonging, wellbeing and positive connections to the school. Our Heads of School (subschool leaders) oversee the social, emotional and academic progress of their students, supported by Year Level Program Leaders, Tutors and classroom teachers. In the coming weeks you should be hearing from your child's Tutor. They, and the smiling faces below, are your key contacts for 2017. 

Junior School 

Head of School: Gerard O'Shaughnessy ph: 9488 2370 

Year 7 Program Leaders: Sophia Griffith and Luke Slingsby  ph: 9488 2343

Year 8 Program Leaders: Audra Keane and Luke Barrett  ph: 9488 2320

Wellbeing: Paul Giddy ph:  9488 2321


Middle School 

As we continue to develop our Middle School curriculum and programs, this year we have a Head of School at both Year 9 and Year 10, each supported by a Year Level Program Leader. Congratulations to Sarah and Scott on their appointment to the Leadership team. 


Year 9 Head of School: Sarah Green ph: 9488 2384

Year 9 Program Leader: Steven Flight


Year 10 Head of School: Scott Macdonald ph: 9488 2327

Year 10 Program Leader: Meredith Gollan


Student Wellbeing: Felicity Marlowe ph:  9488 2321



Senior School 

Head of School: Shane Gemmola ph: 9488 2388

Year 11 Program Leaders: Diane Corkery and Simon Lasslett  ph: 9488 2386

Year 12 Program Leaders: Carolyn Richards and Colm Reale  ph:  9488 2331

VCAL: Paul-Micah Sullivan

Student Wellbeing: Cathy Lester ph:  9488 2321


Welcome new staff

Photo: Induction Day

New faces 2017

We have a number of talented new staff with a wide range of life, work and educational experiences joining us in 2017, amongst them some alumni! They were made very welcome by staff and students alike over the first week and are settling in well, with a comprehensive Induction program in place. Over the coming weeks' newsletters, we will feature short biographies of our recent arrivals. We also have some long-serving staff who have made the decision to move on to their next adventure. Their contributions will be honoured and farewells made in the next edition of this newsletter. Please enjoy this first taste...

Ciar Foster - Assistant Principal

I have spent the last seven years at Sandringham College, four of those in an Assistant Principal role, working with staff, students and the community through a significant structural and cultural change. I have a Master of School Leadership qualification and held a number of leadership roles in the areas of curriculum and program development, transition, student management, communications and community relations. I teach English and Humanities and am passionate about developing critical and creative thinkers. Prior to my education career, I worked as a chef in restaurants throughout Melbourne as well as Sydney, Perth and Rome.  Since making the change I have enjoyed transferring my love of learning, teamwork and nurturing talent from the kitchen to the classroom.

Steven Flight - HPE, Science and Year 9 Program Leader

I am a 27 year old Health/PE & Science teacher. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Exercise Science from ACU & a Masters of Teaching from Melbourne University. My professional experience has included contract work at Princes Hill Secondary College (2012-2014), Carey Baptist Grammar School (2015) and University High School (2016).

As with most PE teachers – I am keen sportsperson. I enjoy playing and watching most sports. I play football at the University Blacks during the winter months. During the summer break I enjoy spending as much time at the beach as possible. I also love to travel when my bank balance allows it. With trips booked to Bali in March and Greece in September it’s not looking great at the moment. If you have any tips or advice for either of those places, please let me know!

At Northcote High School in 2017, I am looking forward to developing new relationships with both colleagues and students in a positive school environment and getting involved in the schools co-curricular programs as much as possible. 

Dona Wijesuriya - Curriculum and Learning Management Administration

I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and started my career as an IT trainer in a leading private sector university in Sri Lanka. I have contributed my best for number of academic and extra-curricular projects with undergraduate students and I have actively participated in curriculum development activities related to London syllabuses.

Then I moved to Australia in 2015 and completed the relevant certifications from RMIT University to perform as an IT trainer. Currently I work in Northcote High school as a Curriculum and Learning Management System administrator and hope to serve my best to provide necessary support for all staff and students. 

Hamish Ramsay - Maths

My name is Hamish Ramsay; I attended Northcote High School as a student and graduated in 2011. After completing VCE I studied a bachelor of science at La Trobe University for a year and a half where I was able to gain membership into the golden key society for outstanding academic achievement. After that I transferred to Melbourne University where I completed my bachelor of science majoring in Physics. After completing my degree I began my masters of teaching at Melbourne University where I completed the first two semesters in 2016. I plan to complete the rest of my masters part time while working at Northcote High School. One of my greatest achievements was to be able to play music across china in 2010 with the Northcote High School bands, it was one of my proudest moments as well as happiest. I look forward to being able to work collaboratively in a team to design and prepare an interesting, engaging and challenging maths curriculum.

Partnership and Participation Part 1: Skills bank

Do you have skills to offer?

Each year Northcote High School collects information about the ways you might want to contribute to the community and the success of the school and programs for students.


Contributions can be formal, like being on a school council sub-committee, or informal, such as offering places for year 10 work/volunteering experience students. 


We all know that financial contributions, such as tax-deductible donations to the building fund, allow the school to improve amenity and services for students (the current building works to create the new Art and Design hubs are an example of parent contributions at work). However, there are equally important non-financial contributions that many in our community make. 


So we would like to know what your interests are. Are you interested in design and architected, landscape, literature, the law? Are you able to contribute to the science program? Are you an expert in something? Can you help students find work experience or volunteering places? We are interested in hearing from you!


If you have completed the survey in 2016 and your details/interests have not changed, then we have you in our records already.


For new families and anyone who missed out last time, to complete the 2017 survey and provide your information please go to:


Gabby Ostrognay, School Council President


Kate Morris, Principal.

Partnership and Participation Part 2: School Council

Community Engagement


Participation is the hallmark of a vibrant and engaged school community

There is compelling evidence that an involved, participative and dynamic school community results in better educational outcomes for our children and school.


There are many ways to participate

We encourage you to get involved by working on a Sub-committee or Working Group, attending events and responding to requests e.g. surveys, focus groups, speaking events and more. Keep an eye on the newsletter and key dates.


Working on school council

School Council works in partnership with school leaders to:

  • assist in the efficient governance of the school
  • ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made in the best interests of Northcote students

To work on School Council, you need to:

  • be interested and curious about what the school is doing and why
  • be available to attend monthly Council meetings
  • work on a Sub-Committee or Working Group, which also involves attending a monthly meeting and contributing work in between. 

The meeting dates are published in the newsletter and also on the website.  See School Council Election 2017 information page in this eNews, which includes key dates Nomination and election guidelines.


We encourage parents to gain experience by participating in a sub-committee or working group prior to joining Council (see below for further information).  Whilst all expressions of interest in joining School Council are welcome, there are specific skills needed given the current priorities of the school.
Specific Skills needed in 2017:

  • Do you have Financial expertise e.g. CFO, business improvement, Treasurer experience?
  • Do you have an interest in or expertise in Events and/or Fundraising?
  • Are you a communications professional?

We are seeking critical friend group to guide the development of our new Communications Strategy.

  • Northcote High is also establishing a Foundation and is seeking expertise around fundraising and philanthropy?


For further information or to discuss getting involved at Northcote, please contact:

Kate Morris, Principal ( 9488 2332  [email protected]  

Gabby Ostrognay, School Council President, via  [email protected] 

2017 School Council Elections

What is school council and what does it involve?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of the school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.


Why is parent membership so important?

Parents on council provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Parents, who become active on a school council and within the school community, find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children have a greater sense of belonging.


There are two Sub-Committees of School Council:

  • Finance – supports school leadership to manage finances effectively and future planning.
  • Governance – supports the school to meet all legal requirements, as well as DET requirements and community expectations of good governance

There are currently three Working Groups:

  • Events & Fundraising – develops the schools events calendar and hosting events to raise money build community and have fun. e.g. Comedy Night, Trivia Night, BOOK TALKFest
  • Communications – focused on supporting the school to manage its communications in a clear and coherent and contemporary way
  • Northcote Excellence (Foundation) – developing a Foundation to enable  our community current, past and beyond to donate money for long term benefit of the school’s students.

Do I need experience to be on school council?

No. Although any parent/carer is eligible to nominate for school council, we would encourage some prior involvement in working parties or committees. Of course, this is not a pre-requisite for council membership.


How can you become involved?

The most obvious way to be involved is to vote in the upcoming election.

You might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council, or suggesting/encouraging another person to stand for election.

Please note: Ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.


What do I need to do to nominate and potentially stand for election?

Nomination forms are available at the Northcote High reception from Kate Challis and must be lodged at Northcote High no later than 4.00pm on Friday 17 February 2017.

Please also complete a biography of up to 150 words for publishing to the school community.

If there are more nominations for School Council than there are vacancies, a ballot will be conducted beginning Friday 24 February 2017 – see timeline below.


If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to give me a call or email Gabby.


Kate Morris, Principal ( 9488 2332  [email protected]  

Gabby Ostrognay, School Council President, via  [email protected] 


More information is also available

Council Election Timeline

Notice of election and call for nominations:  

Friday 10 February 2017


Closing Date for nominations:    

Friday 17 February 2017


Date by which the list of candidates and nominations will be displayed:

Monday 20 February 2017


Date by which ballot papers will be distributed:

Friday 24 February 2017


Close of ballot:                    

Tuesday 7 March 2017


Vote count and ballot declared:

Friday 10 March 2017


School Council Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thursday 23 March 2017

Current vacancies


Parent Member:                                 Three (3)

DET Employee Member:                 Two (2)

Term of Office:                                    From the day after the declaration of the poll in 2017 to, and inclusive of, the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019.


School Council comprises three membership categories:

  • A mandated elected Parent category. Parent members must make up more than one-third of the council’s total membership. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be parent members on council at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET Employee category. DET employee members may make up no more than one third of the council’s total membership. The Principal of the school is automatically one of the DET employee members.
  • An optional Community Member category. Members of this category are appointed from a decision of the school council based on their special skills, interests and experience. DET employees are ineligible for this category.

The term of office for council membership is two years.


Note: DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled.

Students lead in our community

Photo: Lucy Grage-Perry, Darebin Young Citizen of the Year 2017

Year 9 student named Darebin Young Citizen of the Year 2017

We're very proud that Lucy Grage-Perry was awarded Darebin Young Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Awards in January. She was nominated by Parkside Netball Club for the volunteer hours she has put into their Net Set GO and under 9s teams and for being a leader and role model for young girls and women in sport. In Lucy's acceptance speech she explored the pay gap between male and female athletes (using Serena Williams and Roger Federer as an example) and how grassroot access to sports and sporting facilities impacts on this. She also spoke of her excitement about new national women’s football and netball legaues and how Darebin Council and the State Government were building new netball courts that would directly benefit her and other local girls and women.  Lucy's passion for women's sport and determination to counter inequality has also be visible here at school. Congratulations Lucy, on your impressive achievements, valued community service and continuing activism. 

Prani Patton: UN delegate 

Year 12 student Prani Patton was selected last year as one of 20 student delegates to attend a forum for the UN in Palestine around international relations and foreign aide. She has recently returned from her trip and has been interviewed by the local Leader Newspaper on her experiences. Look out for her interview and photo this week. We look forward to hearing more from Prani throughout the year.

Events alert: Year 7 & 8

Year 7 Parent Workshop: Settling In

Join us Tuesday 14 February at 6pm for an engaging, participatory workshop on helping your child settle and achieve success in Year 7. 

To assist with planning and preparation, please RSVP by 13th February.




Save the date for our Year 7 Family Picnic, 'Making Connections', on 28 February. This is a chance to meet other Year 7 families, spend time with the Tutors and participate in the Great Northcote High School Scavenger Hunt!


Year 8 Camps - Boho

The 2017 Year 8 Camps program will start in Term 1. Students will attend the camp with their Connect group with another Connect group at the camp at the same time, however, activities are done as separately. Permission forms have been distributed in the first week of school and can also be located in the year level page of myNorthcoteHigh.


The camp will run for 4 days at Camp Boho South which is operated by Northcote High School and is the former Boho South State School. NHS has operated this camp since the late 1970’s. The activities on this camp include: an overnight hike, horse riding, and canoeing.

Due to the dry conditions in rural Victoria and the risk of fire these camps may be rescheduled if necessary. Decisions regarding fire danger will be made the day before the camp departs when fire weather warnings are issued. Camps may also return early if conditions change.


Year 8 Camp Dates 2017


Term 1


Camp 1 8D & 8F      Monday 20 – Thursday 23 February

Camp 2 8B & 8C      Tuesday 28 February – Friday 3 March

Camp 3 8G & 8H     Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 March

Camp 4 8I & 8K        Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 March

Camp 5: 8A & 8E     Tuesday 21 – Friday 24th March

Camp 6: 8J & 8L      Tuesday 28– Friday 31 March


Term 2 Back up dates:


Backup:  Tuesday 2– Friday 5 May

Backup:  Tuesday 9– Friday 12 May


Rohan Griffiths

Camps Coordinator

Device set-up this week

Year 7 iPad bootcamp

Year 7s will begin setting up their iPads in week 2, starting Wednesday. A complete timetable that outlines the day your child’s class will need to bring their iPad to school will be pushed to you via a Compass newsfeed on Tuesday. During the session all students will receive a Bootcamp booklet. It would be a good idea to go through the booklet with them after they have done the Bootcamp session, so that you have an understanding of what the device is being used for and to ensure that they have completed all of the steps. One important step in particular (downloading the ebooks) will need to be done at home after the set up. 


There will be an information session later in the term to assist parents with how to manage the device so please stay tuned. 



BYOD and internet connection

As of Monday all students in Years 8, 10, 11 and 12 will receive a personalised username and password that they will need to activate in order to access the Department of Education’s internet (used by the school) 


All students will also receive a set of instructions on how to change their password so the the account does not expire (in 10 days). 

Students will need to follow the prompts at home to change the password and then enter the username and their new password into their device once they get to school on Tuesday. 


Please remind your child to do this as quickly as possible so that they can access important resources on myNorthcoteHigh. 


If you have any questions please email Josh McDonald, Teaching and Learning Leader, at [email protected] 

Music to our ears

An exciting year of music ahead

We are very much looking forward to a very busy performance schedule this year. All students involved in the instrumental and ensemble program will receive a calendar of known performance dates (this calendar now has a magnet for convenience). At their first instrumental lesson, all students will also receive the 2017 Music Information handbook. If the answer to your question is not in this handbook please feel free to email me at [email protected]

Families are, of course, very welcome to contact me at any point with any queries or comments.


All instrumental (the voice is also an instrument and therefore included) lessons will start the week beginning Monday 6th February. Student timetables are published on Compass schedules as well as being displayed in the glass cabinet at the front of the A block.


All ensemble rehearsals will begin the week starting Monday 13th February. Ensemble allocations, days and times will also be shown on Compass. Students are invited to chat to their instrumental teacher or myself if they are uncertain about their ensemble allocation.


This year we are excited to offer a new elective ensemble for vocalists. The Harmony Vocals are an acapella group with a focus on Jazz and Barbershop arrangements. With a strong performance focus, membership includes compulsory attendance at the Generations in Jazz Festival held in Mt Gambier, SA. Please be aware there is a cost to attend the festival (approx. $450).


To be eligible for audition you must be a current, or prospective member of the Senior Vocal Group in 2017. Harmony Vocals rehearsals will be held every Friday at lunchtime commencing Feb 17th. Please see Mr. Perry or Ms. Kelly-Cleeve in the music office for audition details.


Welcome to new Music staff members, Julian Perry (classroom and voice), Alastair McGrath-Kerr (percussion) and Robbie Finch (double bass).


I am looking forward to meeting new musicians and their families, as well as catching up with all our returning musicians and their families over the next few weeks.


Jackie Brogan

Director of Music

Phone: 94882336

Email: [email protected]

Production 2017

Call for interested participants

On Thursday February 9 there will be a meeting for students who want to be involved in any facet of the Production - Guys n Dolls -  this year. 


You could be involved by...


Acting, Singing, Dancing, Band, Hair/Make-up, Backstage, Sound, Lighting, Design, Costumes and More!!!


Where: The Hall

When: Thurs. 9th February at 12:32


Attendance is essential if you want to be able to participate in production this year.

Let's get moving

NHS Sport

Welcome back everyone. As usual, Term 1 is a busy one with summer sports kicking off in week 2 (starting with VCE Cricket). In addition, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Baseball and Badminton all take place in term 1. Please ensure all students fill in their Sport Surveys so we can capture anyone who is interested in competing in these sports.


Sport Surveys on myNorthcoteHigh

Students are now able to sign up to all sports that they wish to participate in this year. Once they sign up their training schedule will appear on their compass timetable. A reminder for sign up – login to your myNorthcoteHigh account. Select ‘co-curricular’ (on the left hand side of the page) followed by ‘sport’. On this page you will find all surveys (halfway down on the right hand side). Selected your year level and answers the questions.


Two big highlights for this term is our Swimming Carnival in week 6 and Athletics Carnival in week 8. Both are fantastic days for Students and Staff. It’s a great opportunity to have some competitive fun. We will post more information in the Newsletters closer to the Carnival dates.







Interschool Sport dates for Term 1:

Friday Feb 10 : VCE Divisional Cricket

Monday Feb  13:  Yr 7 Divisional Cricket

Wednesday  Feb 15 : Yr 8 Divisional Cricket

Tuesday Feb 21 : Yr 9 and 10 Divisional Cricket

Tuesday March 7 : VCE Volleyball and Tennis

Thursday March 9 : NHS Swimming Carnival

Tuesday March 14 : Softball Yr’s 7 -12

Thursday March 16 : Yr 9 & 10 Swimming and Volleyball

Wednesday March 22:  NHS Athletics Carnival

Thursday March 23 : Baseball Yrs 7 – 12

Friday March 24 : Yr 8 Volleyball and Tennis

Monday March 27 : Yr 7 Volleyball and Tennis


NHS Football Socks

This year we are selling NHS Football Socks for $10.  Please see Mrs Blanchard or Pauline in the PE office if you would like to view or purchase a pair.  They can be worn as part of your sport uniform when you are representing NHS in interschool sports, or with your sports uniform during PE classes, they are not to be worn with school uniform.

If any students have questions about sport, training, or student coaching, please come and see Mrs Blanchard or Pauline in the PE office.


Looking forward to a great term in sport.


Sarah Blanchard and Pauline Dridan

Careers News

Photo: myNorthcoteHigh Careers page

Looking beyond school

Young people start to internalise career-related information quite early, based largely on the input they get from their environment. Who am I? What am I good at? What is the “right” job for me? They ask and answer these questions for themselves regardless of whether the answers are readily available to them. Most adults can reflect on assumptions they made about themselves in earlier years that shaped part of their career journey, even when those assumptions sometimes turned out to be unfounded.


Teenagers look to their parents, teachers, family friends, peers and various media sources for information. If they are to make wise choices, they need accurate information about a wide variety of options, as well as the capacity to reflect on their own skills, wishes and personal strengths. It is now widely accepted that a set of skills that enables young people to adapt to change, identify and embrace opportunities, and develop resilience for the inevitable tough times are more important for long-term career success than memorising a specific body of knowledge. That said, the capacity to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills is crucial to surviving in a world where rapid change is the only constant.


NHS addresses this continually through our formal curriculum, connect program and extra-curricular activities. In addition, parents and the wider community play an important role in assisting their children to find accurate and relevant information. Helping them to find opportunities to develop so-called “employability skills” in a variety of settings (eg: work, sport, volunteering, hobbies) will pay huge dividends later.

Finding opportunities

The best way to develop career awareness and skills relevant to managing your own career is to actively engage in as many interesting and different opportunities as you can throughout your schooling. We know that students who successfully balance busy schedules that include a range of extra-curricular activities generally do better in the classroom, and report higher levels of wellbeing.

During the year, a constant stream of exciting opportunities to develop new skills, gain knowledge and insight, and simply explore new horizons crosses the career practitioner’s desk. These will be promoted via the newsletter as appropriate, but more often the demand for a quick turnaround means information will be pushed out through Connect sessions, Tutors, the myNorthcoteHigh daily bulletin and the plasma TV screens around the school. Please encourage your child/ren to become active consumers of all these information sources to make sure they have access to these opportunities.

How parents can help

We are always looking for anyone who has time, expertise or insight to share with our students as they begin to prepare themselves for the world beyond their secondary schooling.


Activities we already run that might interest you include:

-        Speaking at an assembly

-        Talking about your career journey at a year level career expos

-        Running workshops on workforce-related issues (CVs, interviews, job-searching)

-        Articles for the newsletter

-        Classes or lunchtime sessions for small interest groups

-        Meeting with staff and/or students to discuss your field of expertise from a careers perspective


There is also plenty of scope for additional activities to be added, or for existing ones to be fine-tuned, so if you have any thoughts on this, please start by contacting Ms Kylie Witt.

Learn more

For information related to careers, pathways, work experience, further study options and much more, visit the Careers page on myNorthcoteHigh (myNorthcoteHigh > Student Services > Careers). Please return to this page regularly, as it is a work in progress and is updated throughout the year. In particular, the fortnightly newsletters contain a wealth of interesting and up to date information for students and their families.

The VET page(myNorthcoteHigh > Student Services > VET) is also a valuable source of information about more hands-on options that can either lead more quickly to the workforce or enhance a VCE study program. Do not wait until your child is in VCE/VCAL to engage with their planning for the future, though – the resources are intended for everyone, and if you feel something is missing, please let us know.


Students are encouraged to make individual appointments with our careers practitioner, Ms Kylie Witt. To make an appointment, please follow this link:

Opportunity: ANU Tuckwell Scholarship

ANU Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow

Are you a potential Tuckwell scholar? This is a wonderful opportunity to receive tuition paid and a prestigious award. Northcote High School boasts two previous Tuckwell Scholars. 


The Tuckwell Scholarship is not just about intellect. It is about students’ desire and determination to use their natural abilities to realise their full potential to make a difference in the world. It is a unique opportunity to study any combination of the single and double degrees on offer at ANU, in any discipline, for a period of up to five years. Recipients also receive a wide range of academic and emotional support from the Fellows, their peers and the staff of the program. This gives scholars a well-being focused program support structure during their time at university, and helps to produce cohorts of well-rounded, experienced and inspired graduates.

Scholarships are awarded based on four criteria:

 Visit the Tuckwell Roadshow to find out more.

  • February 14
  • 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • State Library, Swanston St

Register here:

Year 7 Immunisations

Consent Card now due

If your child is in year 7 in 2017 you should have received information about the Government immunisation program in your orientation packs.  Darebin Council will be visiting the school in 2017 to provide the following funded vaccines:


HPV Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil)

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Boostrix)

Chickenpox Vaccine (Varilrix/Varivax)


If you have not yet returned your consent card to the school please do so as soon as possible to the main office.   Darebin Council will collect cards from the school on Monday 27 February 2017.  If your child is not being immunised at school please indicate this on the card and send the card back to the school.  The Department of Health requests all parents return the card even if your child is not having the vaccine at school.


If you have misplaced the Consent Card please call Darebin Immunisation Service on 8470 8562.


The first round of immunisations will occur on Thursday 30th March. 

Event alert: Stella Prize 'Provocations'

The danger of the single story

What is the danger in presenting a single story of a culture or group of people? How can we push back against cultural stereotypes and generalisations of what it means to grow up Asian in Australia?


In conjunction with the Stella Prize organization’s ‘Provocations’ series, Northcote High School will be holding a discussion evening on Thursday, 23rd February with writers Alice Pung, Rebecca Lim and Leanne Hall in discussion with Bec Kavanagh about the representation of diverse cultures and groups in Australian writing.

Bookings can be made here 


This 'provocation' will address the need for diversity rather than tokenism if we are to truly understand the experiences of those around us. Each of the writers brings a unique perspective to the discussion, pushing back against the idea that there is only one authentic Asian Australian story, and demonstrating the importance of welcoming and listening to a wide range of voices.


The panel will be recorded and made available on the Stella Podcast, and the theme will be further explored in a series of guests posts on the Schools Blog, featuring Sanna Wei, Shu-Ling Chua and Rachel Ang.

When: Thursday 23 February 2017, 7.00pm–8.00pm
Where: Northcote High School 
Price: Free


This event will be of particular relevance and interest to VCE English students and their parents, as well as other students interested in writing.  As part of VCE English and Literature, students are working with creative writing and this discussion provides a timely opportunity to think about the issues raised in their study and their writing.



Learning together: Latin classes are back!

Nurturing a love of language

Building on our successful after school Latin programme, that has been running since 2015, we will be again offering afterschool tuition in Latin for our students and anyone interested in our school community.


The class runs on a Thursday afternoon between 3.30pm and 5pm and follows the Cambridge Latin course. We have a qualified Latin teacher who is very enthusiastic about the language and the cultural context of ancient Rome.


Those of you already involved in the Latin classes – your first class will be on Thursday February 9 at 3.30pm in L1. Hagan is looking forward to seeing you all.


For anyone who is interested in starting Latin this year – we will be starting a new Beginners’ class soon. The class is open to students at all year levels and parents and siblings are also invited to participate. We already have a couple of parents involved (and no, you don’t have to convince your child to do Latin for you to join!), and last year one of our Year 7 students introduced her Year 6 brother to the course.


There will be a small fee to cover textbooks and tuition and arrangements for that will be made once participants have committed to regular attendance.


There will be a lunchtime meeting on Thursday February 16 in M15 for new students interested in the classes. In the meantime, for more information students should see Ms Carlene Wilson in M15a or email on [email protected]

Get to know your Library

The John Cain Library

2017 started with quite a few library improvements.  Over the break, the collection and shelving was reorganised to allow more study spaces and two extra teaching areas, to accommodate additional classes while B and C block are being refurbished.      

Over the next few weeks we will be running library orientation sessions for all new and returning students.  Sessions can be arranged for classes, small groups or individuals.  Please ask the library staff if you would like an orientation session or need assistance navigating the library resources or services.

Borrowing resources

Students can borrow up to six books for two weeks.  Items on loan can be renewed once either at the library desk or online by signing into the Library webpage using your Compass username and password.  Students can also place their own reservations and check their reading history.  


Photocopiers and printers can be accessed from student’s iPads, laptops and networked computers.

All students are allocated at printing credits at the start of the year, through their Compass username and PIN.  Please ask library staff for assistance.

The Library has a Computer Lab with 25 networked PCs.  These are available for students to use if they are not booked for a class – please check bookings at the library service desk.   


The Library has an excellent fiction collection catering mainly to teenagers and young adults.  Library staff encourage students to recommend new titles and authors.  Our non-fiction collection covers mostly curriculum areas as well as some recreational reading.  We also have a biography collection, graphic fiction (manga), magazines, newspapers, e-Books and streamed ClickView programs.  


Our language collections include Chinese, Italian, French and Greek books.

Opening Hours 2017

Monday 8.15 am – 3.30pm

Tuesday to Friday  8.15 am – 4pm

Open at recess and at lunch time from 1 – 1.30 pm 

Any changes to hours due to special events will be advertised.


Please note there is a no food policy in the library and it is a device free zone during recess and lunch time, supporting the schools ‘health’ initiative    

The Library Team 

Jenny, Merrin and Lanying

Have your say: Preston High School

We want to hear from you

What kind of high school do you want for Preston?

Last year the Victorian Government committed to open a new co-educational secondary school for Years 7 to 12 students on the site of the former Preston Girls' Secondary College, Cooma Street, Preston.

We have established an online portal so you can have your say on what kind of school you want


Your feedback will be provided to the design team to be considered as part of the new school designs.  The online engagement portal will be open from Monday 6 February until Tuesday 28 February.


In addition, a Community Workshop is being held to hear from educational experts, architects and project managers about the Preston High School. There will be presentations and opportunities to ask questions.


Thursday, 16 February 2017
6:30 pm – 8 pm

City of Darebin City Hall
284 Gower Street
Preston 3072

If you have any queries about the Preston High project, please contact:

Victorian School Building Authority
Phone: 1800 896 950
Email: [email protected]


Community notices

Darebin United: players wanted

U16 Players soccer wanted at Darebin United, Thornbury.

The team plays in the A North league. Training is Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.15 at Mayer Park (cnr Leicester & Moreland Road) Darebin United are a club that love the game.

The team is looking for a few more players (particularly a goalkeeper and outfield) to fill the squad on this competitive team. 

Contact Nick on 0422 144 671 or George on 0430 055 421

Darebin Falcons: Womens soccer and footy


Northcote Junior Football Club: Girls AFL


Brunswick Junior Football Club

Come n' try session for girls of all abilities - see flyer attached.


Northcote High School Newsletter
Yr 7 2017 Parent Forum workshop invite V2.pdf
Darebin Falcons Registration and Come and Try JAN_2017.pdf
Darebin Falcons Registration and Come and Try JAN_2017.pdf
NJFC 2017 School newsletter.pdf
NJFC 2017 School newsletter.pdf
Brunswick Junior Football Club.pdf
Brunswick Junior Football Club.pdf