NGSC Newsletter

09 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

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


Well into Term 3…

We have now completed the first four weeks of the new term and are well and truly into the second semester of this academic year. The reporting period is now behind us and we are looking forward to an exciting and very busy remainder of term. This term marks the beginning of work force planning for the following school year with student course/subject selections taking place as well as a host of other organisational and curriculum matters to attend to, prior to next year. 


Students and parents/carers do need to be clear about the time lines for course selections and to ensure that they see Ms Astles, Ms Makin or Mr Rankcom, Careers Advisers, or Mrs Bridges, Senior Years Sub-School Leader, for more clarification on course advice if required. It is yet another busy term with a myriad of extra-curricular activities; camps, sporting competitions, debating, excursions and writing competitions.


This year’s school production “Haunt” is in its final stages of rehearsals and preparation for the performances is underway. 


Haunt is a big rock musical in the tradition of classic gothic literature. It is set in a creepy mansion, the Villa Delarosa, where two vampires reside. The main characters, Miss Lucy and the Viscount are fighting about the next phase of their existence. They have invited seven rich people to attend an auction of the Villa to introduce fresh blood. This musical pays a cheeky respect to Bram Stoker, Boris Karlov and Peter Lorre. There is lots of singing and dancing and pure entertainment for all ages. Haunt contains lots of light moments of humour.


A cast of approximately 50 students performing and as many students helping behind the scenes, as well as, several staff members are in full swing in perfecting a vibrant production, which will satisfy the toughest of theatre production critics.

The school production will take place at GPAC Drama Theatre, 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong on Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 September, 2019. Matinées will also be offered to our local primary school students. Tickets are available through The Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) at, Ph. 52251200. Come and see this year’s amazing NGSC young talent in a remarkable show.

Scholarship Program - Year 7 intake 2020

Our scholarship program for next year’s Year 7 intake has been completed and the successful recipients, their families and respective primary schools have been notified. 


As Principal at North Geelong SC, I am very proud to report to the school community that our scholarship program has attracted a large number of high quality candidates, which made it very difficult for the selection panel to make the final decision. The calibre of the students was outstanding. Congratulations to all who participated in the process.


The NGSC Scholarship Program promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their School Community. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of our school. 


This Program also recognises the considerable achievements of children in our community and provides them with the opportunity to experience exciting curriculum opportunities through a broad range of engaging programs delivered by our outstanding teachers.


Our Year Seven scholarships are to the value of $4600. These scholarships will be presented by the Principal to the scholarship recipients and celebrated at their respective primary school assemblies early in Term 4. Family and friends of the scholarship recipients will be invited for the presentation. 


Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients joining North Geelong SC in Year 7 in 2020   


Academic Excellence – Ryan Hasan, Ashby Primary School

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to students with an exemplary academic record who have demonstrated outstanding application and achievement in one or more of English, Mathematics or Science, together with a strong performance in general studies.


Student Leadership – Jacinta Furlong, Manifold Heights Primary School

The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated leadership skills. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent communication skills, display initiative, and have a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students. 


Community (Good Citizenship) - Noah Woods, Manifold Heights Primary School

The Community (Good Citizenship) Scholarship is available to students who have made a significant demonstrable contribution to their community. The successful applicant(s) will display a strong social conscience as well as an outstanding work ethic and behaviour. 


Sporting Excellence – Phoenix McCleish, Rollins Primary School

The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sportspersons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s). 


The Arts – Sam Bolton, Newtown Primary School


The Arts scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts areas (such as: Drama, Music, Dance or Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent.

Scholarship Program - Year 9 intake, 2020

Our scholarship program for the 2020 Year 9 intake is in the process of being completed. Please contact the school and speak to Ms Astles, Transitions/Pathways Leader, or Mr James Cowan-Clarke, Assistant Transitions/Pathways, for more details. 


Scholarships are awarded for two years in Years 9 & 10. 

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 is being conducted from Monday 22 July to Sunday 11 August.


The Parent Opinion Survey is an opportunity for schools to collect data from parent/guardians 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 setting 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 a 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 on line 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/guardians have any questions or queries re: Parent Opinion Survey, please don’t hesitate to contact the school Principal.


Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Compass Pay

This term we are reviewing our payment system in order to enable payments to be made via a Module in Compass called Compass Pay. We are hoping to activate this as soon as possible and this will enable parents to pay and approve excursions, camps and incursions on a device via Compass. Therefore parents will have the luxury of making payments from home without having to come in to school. More information about the process will be provided when we enable access to Compass Pay but here are a few Frequently Asked Questions.


Camps Review

A process of reviewing our school camps is in place for this semester. There are so many fantastic opportunities offered at the college that we want to have it collated and planned in a progressive manner that caters for student needs at every level. Currently the discussion is with the Student Managers and will progress to Leadership and all other Key areas of school operation in the next few weeks. If you have any advice or suggestions for us to enhance our programs please contact Mr Headlam or any of the Assistant Principals.

Year 9 Morrisby Survey

This week ALL Year 9 students participated in the Morrisby Survey. This is a Victorian Education initiative that targets every Year 9 student in Victoria. Our students completed the 2 hour survey and conducted themselves excellently. The questions answered will provide the students with some insight into their potential future pathways, for subject selections and beyond. The final part of this process will be a 30 minute interview to discuss the outcomes of their individual survey results.

Course Counselling

All Year 10 students participated in a fantastic careers program last week. The activities provided were relevant, informative, inspiring and started to connect students to their potential pathways. After visits to a variety of post-secondary education locations the students completed some team building, leadership and self reflection activities culminating in a number of guest speakers before selecting their subjects for 2020. Approximately 95% of families booked into see a course counsellor and subsequently the subjects chosen will start to help shape our college’s timetable for 2020. Confirmation of subjects will be later this term. In the event a student is unsuccessful at getting their chosen subjects they will be re-counselled in a discussion around their reserve preferences.

Timetable Process

Often we are asked by staff, parents and students about the process for structuring the timetable from year to year. Put simply, it is about catering to student interests, pathway needs and student capacity. Meaning, we attempt to provide for the students! This is actually not the easiest way to construct a timetable, it is much easier to provide blocks of subjects and have students take their best pick from each. This, however, does not enable students to study their preferred subjects, it also limits students in completing studies in line with University prerequisites. 

International Visitors

It has been a very busy two weeks for our International Student program.  Last week we had 39 Chinese students visiting the school and they were hosted by families from the community. The students joined our Year 8, 9 and 10 classes and also experienced a trip down the Great Ocean Road.  They were extremely well mannered and feedback from the group was that they really enjoyed the experience.

On Sunday, 4 August, we had a group of 15 Japanese students arrive at the school.  They will be with us for two and a half weeks. They are a slightly older group and have been placed in Years 9, 10 and 11.


The students at the school are to be complimented on the support they have provided these students, helping pointing them in the right direction and generally making them feel extremely welcome. It is great to see one of our key values of diversity being exhibited by our staff and students in such a positive way. 

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

The recorded data from the day indicated that 1708 bookings were made online using Compass. There would have been more conferences than this because some families came to school hoping that the relevant teachers would be available. This represents approximately 32% of the school’s households who attended the conferences. 


If you were not able to make the conferences please contact your child’s teacher for feedback about the Semester 1 report or the current Progress Report. 


As this is only Week 4 of the term, it is timely to check on the materials and equipment that your child needs and uses each week for classes.

Stationery items need replacing or topping up throughout the year; some are lost, some are broken and some are used/empty. It is important for the independent learning of your child that they are not being hindered by having to wait to borrow stationery, or worse, not able to work on a task due to not having materials. 

Consider checking on exercise books, blue and red pens, HB pencils, erasers, rulers, highlighters - as a minimum. Some subjects require a specific type of project book, display book or visual art diary. The booklist, which is available at school, lists the required stationery per subject. 

All subjects require your child to have access to their iPad or a senior device (chromebook or macbook). Many online apps and services need to be accessed in and out of class time - Compass, Google classroom and Learning Field/online textbooks. The student planner includes the list of responsibilities that you and your child have agreed to in order to use the device at school. If you have any concerns about providing a device or the correct materials for your child please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator. 

In class, students will be learning how to organise themselves to be better learners. The materials and books are the first part of organisation but how and when to use them is what will make a difference to your child’s learning. Teachers will use a variety of learning strategies that require students to use or develop skills about being organised. Here is a link that describes 30 organisational habits/tips that improve learning. Note, the author identifies that 30 simple tips is a lot and that you should start with one or two and build up.


Steve Quinn

Junior Sub School Manager

Year 8 Camp

We are only 2 weeks away from camp and finalising arrangements for those attending. It is essential that any students wishing to attend have brought back their forms and made their payments to the front office. If you have anything still outstanding please organise it ASAP.

Daffodil Day

Our Year 7 & 8 SRC representatives are busy organising fund raising activities for Daffodil Day on the Friday, 23 August. The day raises much needed funds for the Cancer Council and will involve activities such as dress in yellow casual clothes for a gold coin donation, selling merchandise, yellow food, and yellow hair spray and nail painting, and a special Junior School assembly with guest speaker. It is a great day and a great cause so let’s get our support behind it.

Homework Club

A reminder that our Junior School homework club is still running every Thursdays after school from 3:20 pm until 4:30 pm. It is a great opportunity for students not only to catch up on any outstanding work but to extend their knowledge and skills through extra targeted work through consultation with their teachers. So whether you need a hand or are looking to extend, come along and say hello. 


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

Careers Week

A big thank you to all the Year 10 students for participating in Careers Week. Students visited a TAFE and University, listened to industry speakers, participated in practical sessions run by industry professionals and selected subjects for their individual pathways. We want our students and parents as informed as possible and a huge amount of work goes into this week. It is also really beneficial for students to now have a specific goal and aim. Even if you don’t know what you want to do, Careers Week leaves doors open, rather than a narrow path and one dark door.


Year 10 Camp

Hoping all the Year 10 students on camp in Gippsland don’t get hypothermia, they all left safely this week.

Morrisby Testing

Year 9 students completed Morrisby testing this week. This is a strengths based test which identifies individual students strengths and then careers linked to particular strengths. Thanks to all the students who have brought notes back. Notes will be available during our course counselling this week. The notes give permission for our Year 9 students to meet with a professional from the Department of Education for thirty minutes, to receive one on one guidance and explore all the career opportunities available to them based on Morrisby results.

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Year 9 Community Engagement

Week 2 of the Youth Justice Education program saw the students visit BATForce (Barwon Adolescent Taskforce). Here they listened to Leigh Bartlett speak about our digital tattoo. She relayed, in an often humorous manner, the perils of being online in this day and age. She reiterated the need to be mindful of what you post, and to understand that once you hit ‘send’, it’s ‘out there’ forever. She covered the fact that many employers ‘google’ or Facebook ‘stalk’ prospective employees, with the warning to check privacy settings and make sure things you post are not offensive in any way.


Probably her most important message was to ‘disconnect’ every now and then. Disconnect when people speak with you, when you are eating dinner, when there are others around to talk with. She did not mean entirely cut everything off, but put down the phone, pay more attention to things happening around you – it’s amazing what a difference it could make to the well-being of young people.


Week 3 was back at the Geelong Courts in a small VCAT Hearing Room. Here we were treated to the stories told by two speakers from the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Steve Petrovski talked about the role of CMY and one of its programs – Shout Out speakers. He then introduced Lamourette Folly, who started as a Shout Out speaker and moved in to a full time position as a Youth Director at CMY. She spoke of her journey to Australia from Africa and how she managed to get through her schooling here, even though she knew no English when she arrived and she was constantly bullied. She was bullied so much that she did not want to keep going to school, but her mother stressed the importance of an education in reaching goals and she found the strength to get out of bed and keep going. One thing that caught my ear was when she said how well her people in Africa treated white visitors, showing them around and treating them as VIPs. She found it strange that these sentiments and actions were not reciprocated when she arrived in Australia!


Next week we are back at the Courts and we will have one of our ex-College Captains (Angela Bijimba) addressing us, in her role as a Shout Out speaker.



Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub-School Manager


Thank you to those students and parents/carers who attended parent teacher interviews last Monday. It is important that students are seeking feedback and developing their skills and knowledge to improve their outcomes. Students are encouraged to access teachers outside class time and continually ask for assistance.


This term is a busy one that can be both challenging and an emotional roller coaster. Students are faced with study, concentrating on exams, the thoughts of moving on from school and what 2020 holds for them.  As parents, we know the stress this time of their lives creates so please contact us if you have any concerns.


University /TAFE open days.

Year 12 

VTAC : the website is now open and students need to be creating an account using their VCAA number. Careers will be holding a session to go through the process and SEAS applications.

Graduation: please keep payments up. Anyone who requested extra tickets will be allocated them next week and provided with details.

Year 11

Camp: there has been a change of date to the camp. New forms will be reissued next week.

2020 Year 12 Jumpers: Students will be asked to try on jumpers to determine size. Please note we are not able to change the size once ordered.


Connect lectures begin next week. All unit 4 students MUST attend.


VCAA end of year time table is available.

Students who are completing an Oral Language Exam should have their examination advice slip. Please see Ms Bridges if you do not.


Silent Study Room in the library is now totally dedicated to student study. No classes are scheduled in there and students are encouraged to use this space.


Practice Exams : Unit 4 students have been shared the timetable for the exams in the September break. This has also been shared with parents on Compass.


Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

A Lesson in Cultural Acceptance

In a small courtroom at the Geelong Magistrate’s Court, a group of 21 students from North Geelong Secondary College have gathered for CatholicCare’s Justice Education Series. Today they’ve come to hear from Barry Petrovski and Lamourette Folly from Centre for Multicultural Youth. 


Today’s topic is ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ – and it suddenly dawns on me why - even though the program is offered as part of CatholicCare’s Settle Well for Refugee Youth – nearly half of the young people in the room are from non-refugee backgrounds.


The students are here to learn that ‘culture’ is made up of many components, many of which are not visually apparent. They also learn that an individual can be representative of many different cultures, some inherited through family while others are acquired through life experiences.


Most importantly, the students learn the value of curiosity; that getting to know others can be richly rewarding. 


Lamourette Folly is a terrific example of how curiosity, connections and trust can lead to positive outcomes. Born and raised in a refugee camp in Benin, Lamourette came to Australia 11 years ago with her mother and five siblings. She described the difficulties of her early years in Australia, and how - despite speaking three languages (French, Ewé and Togolese!) - her lack of English made communication difficult.


Lamourette described how she was made to feel that she didn’t belong and was bullied at school because of the colour of her skin. She spoke of struggling to understand the culture.


Fortunately, she eventually made friends and found people who were accepting and keen to guide her. After completing university, she now works with CMY as a Youth Facilitator. 


Lamourette encouraged the students in the courtroom: ‘If you want to learn about someone, understand them … talk to them and ask questions.’


Most of the young students are still too shy to mingle easily with those they don’t know. But it’s only week three in the series and for the next seven weeks they will continue to come together for sessions on various topics such as legal issues and online safety. By week 10, they will also have had the opportunity to learn more about each other and how they can contribute to community harmony.


The Justice Education Series is part of CatholicCare’s Geelong Settle Well Program, an intensive, school-based support service for young refugees and asylum seekers. Geelong Settle Well is proudly supported by Bennelong Foundation, Collier Charitable Fund, Give Where You Live Foundation, and Melbourne Catholic Archbishop's Charitable Fund.


Other School News

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Annual Young Leaders' Breakfast

On Wednesday morning we hosted the Annual Young Leaders’ Breakfast, bringing together school captains and student leaders from around Geelong to work together to ‘Be The Change’ our local and global communities need.


The keynote speaker, Clementine Ford, spoke of how inspiring young people’s action against climate change has been and how to keep finding your voice when people around you are trying to silence you. She highlighted that it’s very easy to dress like a leader without ever acting like a leader and said that real leadership was about empowering, uniting and disrupting. Clementine posited that the real test of leadership is whether you are willing to question and disrupt the systems people generally accept because ‘that’s the way they have always been’. When asked how you continue to do what is right in the face of so much hate, her advice was to read, listen and watch; that too often leadership is equated with speaking, but it is so much more than that.


Highlights of the morning certainly included:

  • Watching Nick Young, Aimee Wookey and Kai Purton (of Year 9) speak about what leadership means to them. All really different and immensely powerful stories, but I must highlight the courage that Kai showed in sharing some of his personal challenges as a way of encouraging others to do the same.
  • College Captain, Bailey Kitchen showing what Clementine would consider true leadership in asking how young people can find ways to express themselves and their diversity when they are governed by uniform policies and school rules.
  • Reading the students ‘pledges’ of how they are going to ‘Be The Change’ in the future.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the organising team and to those students who spoke on the morning.


Shona Scorringe

College Events Coordinator


North Geelong Secondary College is excited to present "Haunt", an original rock musical. "Haunt" is set in a creepy mansion in dark Europe. The story revolves around the two resident vampires who are planning the next phase of their existence.  They have invited seven rich strangers to attend an auction which will determine the fate of everyone.  With over 20 songs and many fun characters "Haunt" will entertain and enthral all who dare to attend.


"Haunt" has over 45 students involved in the cast and band, who are tirelessly and excitedly working to deliver this exhilarating show. Tickets can be purchased through GPAC, through their website or over the phone. We look forward to seeing you there!


2019 Multicultural Festival

North Geelong Secondary College invites you to the 2019 Multicultural Festival on Friday, October 25. The festival is a celebration of cultural diversity running from 10.00 am to 3:00 pm with activities, food, rides, sport, entertainment and much more. All proceeds raised ensure the needs of our students are met with programs such as Breakfast Club and numerous scholarships in place.


We look forward to seeing you at the festival!


Tina Doyle

Student Wellbeing

The Mobile School Dentist is coming to North Geelong Secondary College

Mobile School Dentist is one of the largest mobile school dental organisations in Australia.


Our Dentists and Dental Therapists are AHPRA registered and accredited health professionals.


All Mobile School Dental staff are Working with Children and Police checked and our vans have state-of-the-art equipment.

Our service is free to your school and we provide dental care to eligible students under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule. There are no out of pocket costs to families.


We understand certain children may not be eligible, therefore we confirm individual eligibility before our visit and contact parents to offer a discounted private option if they see fit.


We provide FREE bio-bamboo toothbrushes to ALL participating students.


The Mobile School Dentist will be at NGSC from Monday, 14 October, 2019.


Consent forms are being sent home to parents/carers this week.


Please return consent forms to school as soon as possible so students can be booked in.




Soccer Pro Academy
1 Free Session


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space


Towards Zero
Regional Road Safety Forum - 21 August


NGSC School Production


The fOrt Term 3 Program


Geelong Small Business Festival - 1 to 31 August


Toucan Appeal
5 to 23 August


School Holiday Camp
for Children
9 - 14 Years Old


2019 Multicultural Festival



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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