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.
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.