NGSC Newsletter

26 July 2019
Issue Eleven
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

29 July                      Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                      12:00 to 7:00 pm

30 July - 2 Aug      Year 10 Careers Week

7 - 9 August            Year 10 Camp

12 - 16 August       Year 9 Leadership Camp

19 - 21 August       Year 12 Snow Camp

19 - 21 August       Year 8 Camp 1

21 - 23 August        Year 8 Camp 2

27 August                 Curriculum Day

                                     (Student Free Day)

30 August                Year 7 Zoo Excursion

2 - 6 Sept                  Year 9 Careers Interviews

9 - 13 Sept               School Production Week

18 - 20 Sept             Year 9 Camp

22 October              Year 12 Graduation


Mr Nicholas Adamou


Welcome to Term 3. I trust that everybody had a relaxing break and ready for a very busy term. In particular the Year 12 students are coming closer to the end of their final VCE exams. I also trust that all parents and carers have logged on to the school portal and received their children’s reports, celebrated their achievements and also discussed areas for improvements. The beginning of a term is always a good time to reflect on the previous performance and set new goals to be achieved for the remaining of the academic year. 


Any parent/carer who for some reason hasn’t been able to log onto the school parent portal (Compass) to receive their child’s report, I urge to immediately contact the school to be provided with support in order to be able to receive your child’s Semester One report.


During this term the students from Year 8 to Year 10 will undergo a rigorous subject selection process and counselling to ensure that everyone is successful in their individual pathways for the next academic year. Parent information evenings and discussions will also take place to inform and support the students in this process. Details of these evenings will be communicated via invitations, Compass notifications and SMS messaging. I encourage all parents/carers to attend with their child and I hope to meet as many as possible during these evenings.   


The teachers and the Principal Team are looking forward to see as many parents/carers at the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, 29 July, to discuss the progress of the students.


The beginning of this Term also saw the completion of the Capital Works project. Stage 5 was completed and delivered during the school break. The brand new and refurbished B, C, D Wings, court yards, car park bring most of the school’s facilities to a great standard, including the latest technologies (Touch screen and WiFi technologies), 100% air-conditioned Learning and Teaching spaces and of course beautiful court yards.


The students and staff are very excited with the outcome of the capital works school refurbishment and are very happy to be working in these outstanding teaching and learning spaces. I invite parents and carers to visit the school to see the state of the art new or refurbished facilities.


Wishing everyone a very productive Term 3.

2019 Parent Opinion Survey
22 July to 11 August

We're conducting a survey to find out what you think about our school.


This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday, 22 July to Sunday, 11 August.


The Parent Opinion Survey is an opportunity for schools to collect data from parent/cares in relation to our school community, ensuring that continuous improvement and success is occurring in School Climate, Student Engagement, Teaching and Learning and of course improved student outcomes. The survey is aligned with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the Attitudes to School Survey. NGSC will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. It is a very important step towards making our school one of the best possible educational settings in the wider community.


The 2019 survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday, 22 July to Sunday, 11 August 2019.


The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria. This year, about 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate.  All responses to the survey are anonymous. Many NGSC parents over the years would most likely have completed these surveys.


This year, your family may be randomly selected to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey.  If you do get selected, I would ask you to take the time to complete the survey as your opinion is important to our school community. It is important to us that you complete the survey as honestly as possible.


 Completing the survey: Access, translations and more

The survey will be completed online and it only takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period desktops computers, laptops, tablets of smartphones.


There will be no paper survey option, therefore, North Geelong SC is very happy to provide access to computer facilities and staff members to support all parents who are unable to complete the survey online using their own devices or they need someone to guide them through the survey. The school will notify the selected parents and provide them with the information and all the support needed to complete the online survey at home or at school.


The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Somali and Punjabi.

Additional survey language guides have been made available to schools in Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.


For more information, see: Parent Opinion Survey


Thank you very much for your support. If any parents/carers have any questions or queries re: Parent Opinion Survey, please don’t hesitate to contact the school Principal.

Learning Partnerships and Communities

Understanding 'why?' and 'how?'


Education and learning are forever changing and at NGSC teaching staff strongly believe in placing the student in the centre of everything we do. However, sometimes we face some challenges in our quest to provide the best possible Teaching and Learning programs to our students. Some challenges we are facing are: 

  • linking knowledge, learning and support across school, family and community: how the education triangle of teacher-student-parent/carer produces powerfully positive results
  • supporting all students through personalised learning: how NGSC and the wider community support each learner as a whole person with specific needs, interests and goals
  • developing networked learning communities and clusters of schools
  • bridging the gap in attainment between students who experience high levels of socioeconomic disadvantage and those who do not
  • supporting children, young people and teachers in the use of digital tools and technologies, including through online learning within and outside the school.

Even when the ‘why’ of learning partnerships and communities is clear, we may struggle with the ‘how’. This is an issue of sufficient resources and the right support for schools. It is also a matter of:


Identifying and dealing with assumptions that may frame – in limited ways – how parents, teachers, and students see themselves and each other and the challenges and possibilities

Do you have a child with a disability about to move from primary to secondary school? 

For children and young people, the most significant transitions occur when they start school, move from primary to secondary school and from secondary schooling to adult life. It is a process of change that for some students may require substantial preparation, planning, adjustment and support. The following information will assist schools and families to provide a positive transition experience from primary to secondary settings.

•    Transition Framework
•    Transition Planning
•    Legislation Requirements and Transition
•    Parent Support for Students in Years 6 and 7
•    Other Transition Resources


The Transitioning from Primary to Secondary resource is advice/guidance designed to assist schools to support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability or difficulties in learning, to transition from primary to secondary school, so that their experience is a positive one.


The Importance of Transition;


Supporting students with additional or complex needs to transition involves more than timing and monitoring the physical transfer from one educational setting to another; the endeavour is best described as building a strong, well-engineered bridge that the students can cross.


The principles and desired outcomes that guide effective transition planning for children and young people living with a disability are the same as for all children and young people. What may be different is the need for transitions to be well defined, of longer duration and for schools to be conscious the impact that such changes may have, not just on the student, but also on their parent(s)/guardian(s)/carer(s), their siblings, their peers and their teachers.


So, when initiating transitions for students with disabilities, elements to be considered are:

  • the nature and severity of the student’s disabilities,
  • the impact of a disability on the student’s access and participation 
  • the extent to which existing transition programs take account of the individual needs of the student, their family and the receiving setting.
  • Good practice programs that support students with additional or complex needs that arise from disability and difficulties in learning to transition from primary to secondary school have a number of things in common. They:
  • begin well in advance of the point of transition,
  • are person-centered and tailored to the individual needs of the student,
  • are collaborative and involve parent/guardian/carer(s) as vital partners,
  • provide the student and parent/guardian/carer(s) with information to make an informed choice about future educational settings/options,
  • are adequately resourced and are facilitated by a ‘transition coordinator’ who can communicate across sites, ensure that collaboration between the sites is effective and that all aspects of the transition planning process are addressed, and support the student and parent/guardian/carer(s).

The resource has drawn upon existing practices of schools, as well as research by, and recommendations from, disability and educational experts. The processes and plans suggested are designed to align with existing practices in schools. The intention of this resource is to provide information and support documents in one accessible location. North Geelong Secondary College provides excellent transition processes and programs that promote positive transition experiences for all students. 


Find out more information here:

Child Safety Code of Conduct

NGSC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.  


This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.


The Principal and school leaders of NGSC support the implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively. 


All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.


Acceptable behaviours


As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:

  • upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all 
  • treating students and families in the school community with respect both within the school environment and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds 
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership 
  • understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
  • if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm. 

Unacceptable behaviours

As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work we must not:

  • ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
  • develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
  • exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted  as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context 
  • ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate
  • discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting 
  • treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity. 
  • communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting etc) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter
  • photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care purposes  
  • in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary to school policy  or take illicit drugs under any circumstances .


Whilst we welcome and encourage parents to attend the school for a wide range of reasons, it is important that all visits to the school come through our front office. Parents, carers and visitors to the school are not to go directly to other areas of the school including different wings, classrooms or the technical support office. Our office staff welcomes will handle all parent and visitor enquiries and make the appropriate arrangements for you. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to schools

Parents and Carers are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.


Parents and Carers of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. 


In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers. 

Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by school councils on a whole-of-school basis, or by parents/guardians for individual students. 


Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

The majority of Year 11 students have completed their subject selections for 2020.  This was undertaken on Wednesday and required the majority of the VCE students to drop a subject to cater for their study periods in 2020.  The VCAL students picked a new VCE/VCAL subject and many of the students have continued with their current VET or have picked a new VET.  


Year 9 and 10 Parents are reminded about the following important subject selection dates that are coming up this term.  It is vitally important that all parents are involved in this process and assist their children in making these choices.  Making the correct subject choices now will go a long way in ensuring a smoother transition into the following year level.  Parents are able to provide informed advice on choices that will suit their children’s needs and interests.


Thursday, 1 August to Friday, 2 August

Year 10 - 11 Subject Counselling

All parents to attend with their child.  Year 10 students are not expected at school on the Friday. Accelerated subject forms also due.


Friday, 9 August

Year 9 - 10 Subject Counselling

All parents to attend with their child.  Year 9 students will not have any classes.


A quick look at the school calendar and you could be quite overwhelmed at the number of events, particularly in the Middle or Senior Schools. Camps and excursions aplenty! It is, however, a fantastic time for parents to engage with their children in relation to their performance at school, effort, application and achievement. Parent Teacher Conferences are on Monday, 29 July, and this provides parents with great insight into where their children are up to with their learning. It is important to consider what more you would like to know and how you and the family can support, motivate and inspire learning in the home. Discussions around homework are to be considered and this can be unpacked further in the occasional situation of there being no homework provided. These discussions are very important as it might also highlight that there is a need for a quiet work space and really engaging in these conversations with teachers and your children will help put some of these measures in place. Potentially it could lead to a conversation about Social media management, gaming, TV or phone use in the home. We have many of these kinds of conversations, as do staff and it might prompt a compromise where hours of homework equals hours online, for example. 


The discussions with teachers should paint a picture of where you child is at the moment and then start to shape in your mind where they are realistically heading. This takes us to Course Counselling; while this is taking shape your child will be participating in a range of careers information opportunities. It will be during these activities that a vision for the future will start to be identified, the careers team will provide information on how to get there and what needs to be done now and later. Here is another great opportunity to continue the conversation with your children and be alongside their journey to their preferred pathway. Chats at this point might highlight that you have a colleague or relative that has insights into their particular journey and that might help your child gain more understanding about the job or the journey and hence increase their motivation towards their goal. 


By the end of the careers week you will go through a discussion with a course counsellor to identify subjects that take your child towards their preferred goal. Again by continuing the conversation as a parent you might ask about the expectations (work related) in this subject, if your son or daughter can meet these expectations realistically. In some instances it might mean that there is limited capacity to do the appropriate maths for a pathway that requires high level maths. This might be a challenging discussion where you as a parent have to identify some goals to guarantee that your son or daughter can rise to the level required or perhaps alternatives must be considered.


By the end of the week the subjects are entered into a software program and Leadership teams go through the selections and data to identify what subjects are approved for 2020. We aim to provide all that is selected, however, subjects with lower student numbers are not feasible and we have to investigate alternatives, therefore your child may need to be counselled again to find the best fit.


In some instances, your child may not be working to the best of their ability, we all know that if they are absent, not applying themselves, or disinterested then it is likely that being successful in the senior program is going to get harder. We take this very seriously and in some cases students who are not meeting basic requirements will not be able to make subject selections until there is an improvement in basic work habits. During this time, parents/carers, together with the student, will have meetings with Student Management and Careers to plan classroom goals, immediate alternatives and future pathways in an attempt to inspire and motivate them. It has to start with the student/child identifying what motivates them. Through goal setting and visualising a pathway they can start to become more motivated towards success. It is hoped that we will achieve this through this busy period with the support of you, the parent/carer. So thank you and good luck!

Keeping Track of Your Child

Just a reminder about avenues in which you can keep an eye of your child’s progress. 

  • Learning Tasks are available on Compass and should provide results and feedback on performance (generally 4 times per subject per semester)
  • Progress Reports come out every 4 weeks and provide an insight into the basic work habits of your children and are available on Compass
  • Parent Teacher conferences - discussions with teachers
  • Email teachers to gain more detail as required
  • Call teachers to discuss assessment or gain more input into how you can support your child’s learning

Parent Teacher Conferences    
Monday, 29 July 12 – 7 pm

The semester two Parent Teacher Conferences will be conducted on Monday, 29 July, between 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm. Online bookings for PTC are open on Compass. If you find that there is no appropriate time to meet with the teacher, please contact them via email or phone call to set another time to discuss your child’s progress. 

Please use the recent Progress report and Semester One academic report to guide your discussion with teachers. 


Note: only Unit 4 VCE subjects and VET (Beauty and Sport and Recreation) will run on Monday at the normal bell times. All other external VET programs will run. As a result, some VCE teachers will not be available for conferences until after the scheduled meal break (3:30 pm).


Below are a number of reasons why it is important not to be late to school. 

Organisational Benefits
Students arriving to school with time to spare have the luxury of settling in, preparing their class materials and focusing their minds on the lessons to come. They have all the time they need to literally and figuratively wake up. Students showing up to class in the middle of a lesson miss out on this natural transition period This ultimately contributes to the lower grades as a consequence of missing time in the classroom.  There are actual studies that show if you are not in class you do not learn.

Never Miss Important Information
Arriving to school after classes have begun can cause students to miss more than just the introduction to a new lesson. Students who show up late may miss out on these details and as a result, will be unprepared for some future class event. While a teacher will likely reiterate crucial information throughout the day, latecomers may miss out on courtesy reminders about homework assignments and other projects. High school students who show up on time everyday can rest assured they have all the necessary information.

Develop Positive Lifelong Habits
Arriving late to school on a consistent basis can have longer-term academic effects. If showing up late to school becomes a habit, students may develop the notion that tardiness is acceptable behaviour. This belief can negatively impact their future work ethic and employment opportunities. Alternatively, showing up on time to school every day can help students develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments. This habit can serve high school students well through University and into their future careers.

Disciplinary Consequences
North Geelong Secondary College has specific consequences concerning student lateness. Generally, these policies allow for the occasional late arrival; rare instances of excused tardiness throughout the school year are often forgiven. Students sometimes have legitimate reasons for showing up late, such as transportation problems and doctor’s appointments. These events are considered to be "excused absences." However, after reaching a predetermined number of unexcused absences, students may be put on a structured disciplinary plan to address any further late arrivals. Depending on their continued infractions, students may be issued lunchtime or after-school detention, or even suspension.


Year 10 Immunisation Program  (Meningococcal)

Any student who missed the immunisation program this week can attend a Barwon Health centre – see the timetable attached to the Community news section of this newsletter.

Changes to Centrelink Abstudy and Youth Allowance

Information about these changes are in the attached document in the Community News section of this newsletter.


Bec Durran

Year 8 Coordinator

Welcome Back to Term 3

In the junior school we have seen a very positive start to this term with lots of green Compass entries. A reminder to be wearing the uniform correctly and aiming to meet our school values and expectations each day. Below are a few upcoming events for Term 3.

House Soccer

So far this term the Year 7 students have been involved in House soccer. Orange House won the grand final match last Friday, 19 July. 


It is so good to see lots of junior school students participating in these activities. Year 8 students can now sign up for House soccer which will run during week 3. The more the merrier.


Year 8 Camp

Year 8 camp will be going out during Week 6 of this term. This is a fantastic experience for students to get out and connect with the environment whilst developing relationships and resilience. Year 8 students will be heading to Halls Gap to participate in a range of activities that will be challenging but rewarding. Year 8 students need to return their permission and medical forms to the main office as soon as possible. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Junior Sub School Office.

Homework Club

The junior school homework club will run again during Term 3 on Thursdays after school in the library. Attendance was increasing towards the end of last term and it would be good to see this continue. It is a great resource that the school is providing to assist students in completing homework or catching up on missed work. Lots of staff members are there ready to help and support.


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader


A big couple of weeks in the Middle School with Careers Week, Week Three for Year 10 students and Week Four Career related Morrisby testing Week Four, for Year Nine students.

Year 10 Careers Week

The Careers Team with support from The Middle Sub School implement a detailed and informative program for our Year 10 students, providing them with insight and information into all the opportunities and pathways available to students during and post Secondary School; Students meet industry professionals, visit TAFE and Universities, receive practical information around applying for jobs and tax file numbers. The week is designed to really support our students in making the right choices for their individual pathway, culminating in subject selections Thursday afternoon and Friday. Parents are required as we believe it is imperative that Parents are part of this process, after all it is parental support at home that can really benefit students at school.



Please make sure permission slips are returned for TAFE and Uni visits as part of Careers Week. It would be really disappointing if students did not take up this opportunity.

Year 9 Morrisby Testing

Week Four: Year 9 students complete their strength based Morrisby testing. All Year 9 students received a presentation from the Careers Team in preparation for this. The test (not really a test) is designed to identify each students strengths and use this as a catalyst for discussions surrounding Career pathways and goals. This can be incredibly positive and rewarding, especially for those students who feel a little lost, like rudderless boats in the tumultuous sea of adolescence. 

Year 10 Parent Information Session

VCE, VCAL and combined VCE/VCAL

29 July

11:30 am to 12:00 pm


5:00 to 5:30 pm


During parent teacher day, at the commencement of Year 10 Careers Week, we will be running two parent information sessions to outline the senior pathways of VCE, VCAL and the combined VCE/VCAL programs. This is an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of the different programs and the information that will be presented to students. Please come along and ask any questions.

Ms Bridges (Senior Sub School Manager) Ms Scott (VCAL Leader) will be presenting.


Year 9  Camp

Year Nine Camp notes are due, please get them in this week or we will need to look at capping numbers further to save school costs.

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Year 9 Community Engagement

Ms Elkin’s class visited West Barwon Reservoir, the Wurdiboluc Treatment Plant and Balyang Sanctuary on the Barwon River as part of a project to develop a Virtual Reality film. They had previously been to Geelong Tech School where they had learnt how to use the 360 degree cameras and insert ‘hotspots’ into their film. They will be exploring the themes of water quality, re-use, supply, climate change and the indigenous connection to water in upcoming classes. They will plan their video and then gather ‘assets’ –photos, audio, film – to include in their project when they re-visit Geelong Tech. 

Community Engagement students are taking part in the Youth Justice Education program where they will visit the Geelong courts, Deakin Cats Community Centre, Belmont CFA and Barwon Community Legal Service. During the visits to these places they will engage with court staff, police liaison and youth resource officers, speakers from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, BATforce and the CFA. The program culminates with a mock trial, guided by Barwon Community Legal Service. The program runs for the term and will be of great benefit to the participants. 



Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager

Welcome back to Term 3

I trust everyone is feeling re-energised to face second semester and the rigours associated with achieving the results you will be proud of. Keep in mind to eat healthily, get regular exercise, maintain good sleep habits and take a few moments to have some fun.


I would like to welcome Bridget Ince as the new Sub School Assistant. She will be working with the Senior Sub School Team managing attendance.


Students and parents are encouraged to attend parent teacher interviews next Monday, 29 July, to gain important feedback in preparation for assessment tasks and exams. Please note that Unit 3 and 4 classes are running as normal so students are expected to attend.


University and TAFE open days are happening over the next few weeks. This is the perfect opportunity to explore universities and TAFEs , ask questions about specific courses and speak to students studying there. Great for goal setting and motivation. The dates are listed on the following website.


Year 11:

Please bring back camp forms as possible.

Year 12 Tops are being finalised and payment will be expected at the start of term 4.


Year 12:

Some students have not returned graduation forms. Please return as soon as possible so we can allocate extra tickets.

ISP: please follow all guidelines, including arriving 15 minutes prior to the start of class


VCE: Units 3 and 4

Connect Lectures: Students have been provided with timetable via Compass and google classroom. These are compulsory.

Practice Exams: September Break, timetable shared on Compass and google classroom.

VCAA end of year exam timetable: shared on Compass and google classroom.


Recently we have noticed that families have booked holidays during school time. Students and parents need to be aware that the school cannot approve these and special consideration does not apply. Prior to making arrangements please consider the impact on the child’s learning, attendance requirements and that staff are unable to verify work that is completed during the absence.


Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

VCAL students from Ms Scorringe and Ms Elkin’s class visited West Barwon Reservoir, the Wurdiboluc Treatment Plant and Balyang Sanctuary on the Barwon river as part of a project to develop a Virtual Reality film. They had previously been to Geelong Tech School where they had learnt how to use the 360 degree cameras and insert ‘hotspots’ into their film. 



Fran Forsyth

Sports Coordinator


Last Thursday, 18 July, two of our outstanding athletes competed at the State Championships. This is a high standard event with only the best runners from Victorian schools qualifying. The 14 Year Boys event is run over 3km. Jack Warelow finished 16th (10m, 27sec) and Sam Warelow came in 22nd (10m, 34sec). Congratulations to both boys on their efforts. Also a big thanks to their family who continue to support the boys sporting endeavours.


Keir Osborne


Senior Girls Basketball

The Senior Girls basketball put up a great effort last Tuesday, 16 July, in the Barwon and Bellarine Division Interschool sports. The girls had a strong victory against Bellarine Secondary College and narrow losses against Lara Secondary College and Geelong High School. The entire squad showed great leadership, enthusiasm and team work throughout the day and should be very proud of themselves.


Other School News

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News

Welcome back to the third term of the school year. 
The Multicultural Committee commenced the term with its first meeting on Monday, 22 July. The meeting included guest speakers presenting very informative updates.  Kaled, Multicultural Service Officer, provided information from Centrelink and Gabriella from Victoria University Polytechnic introduced a Youth Program (EAL Cert 1, 2 and 3) for young people 16 years to 24 years of age, based in Corio.  Speak to Mrs Dudas or your EAL teach for more information.
The next Multicultural Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 26 August at lunchtime (12:45 pm) in the new conference room. 


Linda Castle

Japanese Teacher

Junior Speech Contest

The Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria will be holding its annual Junior Speech Contest on Sunday, 25 August at Presentation College Windsor. There is still time for our students to prepare for the competition. If you are interested in representing our school, please contact Ms Castle by 31 July for the registration process.


The Geelong Japanese Speech Contest will be held on Sunday, 8 September. “The Geelong Japanese Speech Contest brings together Japanese learners from the region to demonstrate their Japanese speaking ability and for the greater community to celebrate their efforts. The contest aims to be an enjoyable and lively event with interesting speech performances by students from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels.” If you are interested, please contact Ms Castle by 31 July for the registration process.

Japanese Video Matsuri

A timely reminder that the Japan Foundation Japanese Video Matsuri is still open for entries. The Video Matsuri is an annual student short film contest.

Entries must:

  • be from Australian and New Zealand students
  • no longer than 3 minutes
  • include the Japanese language
  • include a featured item of the year (Chopsticks)

There are no restrictions on style or theme, as long as it is age appropriate. You can produce a comedy, a drama, or a documentary! So why not enter and combine your Japanese ability with your creativity and acting skills?

Entry Deadline: 16 September, 2019 to Japan Foundation Sydney.


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


Term 3 Tuning Into Teens


Corio Netball
Junior Netball Competition


Changes to Youth Allowance


Geelong Small Business Festival - 1 to 31 August


Term 3 Parenting Calendar



Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


The Victorian School of Languages is a specialist government school offering complementary language instruction outside of regular school hours. It enrols students in Years 1 to 12, who are unable to study their language of choice in their mainstream school. Students from all educational sectors (Government, Independent and Catholic) are eligible to enrol.           


The Victorian School of Languages offers quality courses aligned with government curriculum standards, based on communication skills that include speaking, reading, writing and listening. Its VCE program is fully accredited and can advantage students in the calculation of their university entrance score.  


The school`s language program is delivered through face-to-face teaching in over 40 Language Centres situated in government secondary schools across the state, and through Distance Education mode.


In North Geelong, classes are held on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:15 pm at:

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

Croatian, Karen, Vietnamese, Dari, Persian, Polish, Macedonian, Bosnian, Turkish & Russian

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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