Northcote High School Newsletter

19 July 2016
Issue TEN
What's Coming Up Summary
Coming up -Transition to Year 7
Coming up - Course Counselling
Coming Up - Music
Coming up - Writer's Festival
Coming Up - next Night Sky Viewing 
Report - Winter Solstice
Coming Up -Yr 7&8 Peers Study
Report - 90 th Celebrations
Report - VCE in China
Report - International Student Basketball
Sports Report
Report - Mia's Tuckwell Scholarship
Report - Leadership events
Community News
Pathways and Careers
Northcote High School
9488 2300
St. Georges Rd
Northcote, Victoria, 3070

What's Coming Up Summary

Photo: Cast and Crew of Bring It On

Summary of upcoming events


Wed 20 July - VCE 2017 Information evening
(Various times - see article)


Thurs 21 July - Yr 7 Immunisation

Thurs 21 July - Sat 23 July - Production Bring It On


Thurs 21 July - Telescope Night Viewing
(see article)

Mon 25 July - Public Speaking Finals , Yr 7 & Parents Library


Tues 26 July - Yr 12 Information Session, P.5 


Wed 27 July -Year 9-10 Information Evening 

(Various times - see article)

Thurs 28 July - Sat 30 July Production Bring It On *


Thurs 4 Aug - Chuck Some Bucks  Comedy Night


Mon 8 Aug - Yr 10-11 Course Counselling Day

Mon 15 Aug - Sat 20 Aug - 2016 Writer's Festival
(see article) including events Poetry Slam and Community Writing Festival.

Thurs 18 Aug - Big Band Boogie

Tues 23 Aug - Strings Wine and Cheese

Parent/Teacher Student Meetings this term

Bookings will again be made through Compass

Wed 24 August - 1.30-7.00 pm
Thurs 1 Sept - 1.30 - 7.00 pm 

Coming Up Comedy Night


Thurs August 4 - Comedy night  @  Thornbury Theatre
Chuck Some Bucks -



Coming up -Transition to Year 7

Photo: The St George development opposite NHS

Managing Enrolment

Over the last few years, Northcote High School has experienced unprecedented demand for places. For Year 7 in 2017, there have been a record 480 applications.  Of these, about 280 students live locally to the school. While this is a great vote of confidence in the school,  this is also a reflection of high population growth in the local area, combined with a rapid move to higher density housing as old industrial sites are redeveloped for residential use.

To process enrolments, the school follows Department of Education (DET) priority categories. For 2017, these are 

1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school (that is to say, students who live in the NHS neighbourhood area)

2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time (or as is more easily understood, non-local siblings, who do not live in the school's neighbourhood area

3. Where the DET Regional Director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school (This criteria is only relevant to officially "zoned" schools, which does not include NHS or any nearby secondary schools)

4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds .

5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

6. In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds.


For entry into Yr 7 in 2017, NHS will enrol all local students - or Category 1 - that is, children who permanently reside in the NHS neighbourhood area.

Unfortunately, it is now clear the school will not be able to take all siblings whose families do not live locally, or category 2 applicants. Fortunately, all of these applicants have a closer government secondary school, and in many cases there are several closer schools to choose from.


There appears to be no likelyhood of taking any category 4, 5 or 6 students for 2017.

Where a school is able to take only some non-local siblings, places are allocated in order of closeness to the school neighbourhood area. NHS regards placement of siblings as a priority and will work to place all siblings until the last day of Term 4.


Obviously NHS conducts checks to determine the accuracy of claims of local residence, so that people don't "queue-jump" the process. Where needed, primary school families who claim to have moved closer to the school may be asked for supporting evidence that they now permanently reside at a new address.  Families seeking entry to the school occasionally express surprise at this request, but it has been very clearly signposted on our website for more than two years. 

School Council Response

Northcote High School Council has written to DET regarding several changes relating to transition for 2017.  One issue is the relegation of Compassionate grounds to the last priority to be considered. In the past this was considered quite separately to the priority process. For 2017, such claims being considered only at the end of the process, means there will not be any consideration of compassionate grounds at all by NHS.

In addition, NHS Council has asked DET to explain why Catholic Primary Schools were exempted this year from following the DET transition process. Our view is that this potentially disadvantages these parents, but may also open the system up to abuse in the longer term.


We look forward to their reply.

Coming up - Course Counselling

Year 10 – 11 (2017) Course Counselling Info


Families of Year 10 students please see attached documents below for: 

- Key Course Counselling dates coming up in Term 3 & 4

- Key Contacts regarding Course Counselling

- An invitation to a Year 11 2017 Information Evening on Wednesday 20th July (Various times-see below)

(Click to open these)

Year 9 – 10 (2017) Course Counselling Info


Families of Year 9 students please see attached documents below for: 

- Key Course Counselling dates coming up in Term 3 & 4

- Key Contacts regarding Course Counselling

- An invitation to a Year 10 2017 Information Evening on Wednesday 27th July (Various times - see below) 

(Click to open these)

Enquiries Ms Airle Tudhope, Middle Years Coordinator.

Coming Up - Music

Big Band Boogie


Thurs 18 August, 7 pm NHS Hall

An evening of Big Band Music with the NHS Stage Bands.


Strings, Wine & Cheese

Tues 23 August, 7 pm NHS Hall
An evening of String music deaturing the NHS string Ensembles and orchestra.

Bookings at


Supporting Oxfam

The Northcote High School Senior Band and Senior Strings will take part in a series of Oxfam fundraising concerts. Family and friends are invited to come to the concerts to support our students, and to support Oxfam.

Senior Concert Band, Monday August 8.
Box Hill Town Hall 1022 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill at 7pm.

Senior Strings, Tuesday August 9.
Box Hill Town Hall 1022 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill at 7pm.

Tickets are available through Trybooking, or at the door. Tickets are $15, concession $10. Performers and children are free of charge.

Please come along and support this worthy cause.

Coming up - Writer's Festival

A weeklong festival, Mon 15 August - Sat 20 August.


Authors to visit NHS to run Student Writing Workshops


Extending on last year’s inaugural NHS Writers’ Festival and linking with the last two successful Literary Talkfest, this year’s Writers’ Festival will be running a series of workshops for students.  They will be able to speak to and work with a range of successful authors in a series of workshops running from Monday, 15th August until Friday, 19th.


Returning to Northcote High School after being panelists on the Literary Talkfests are authors Simmone Howell and Ruth Claire.  Also returning from last year’s Writer’s festival is Archie Fusillo.  Joining them are John Harms, James Thyer and Tric O’Heare.


The workshops topics include:

  • Sports Writing
  • Writing Memoirs and Autobiography
  • Writing Young Adult Fiction
  • Illustrating and Publishing online
  • Creating new fiction
  • Creating poetry
  • The publishing industry

Students will be able to make selections for their preferred workshops using myNH in the coming week.


Enquiries about the in-school workshop program can be directed to Paul Gilby (Head of English)  Email: [email protected]

Workshop presenters and topics include:

John Harms (The Footy Almanac)

Sports writing

Archie Fusillo

Fiction writing

James Thyer

Online publishing

Simmone Howell (The Girl Defective)

Young adult fiction writing

Ruth Clare

Young adult memoir writing

Tric O’Heare

Poetry writing


A Poetry Slam with MC Mantra for students, parents and staff will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 19th August.

The Community Festival will be welcoming students, parents and the community on Saturday 20th of August between 12 midday and 4pm, to the presentation sessions listed below:

12 midday

Will Kostakis (Writer of The First Third )


Patricia Karvelas (Journalist, Host of RN Drive on Radio National)


Alice Pung (Writer of Unpolished Gem, editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia)


Myfanwy Jones (Shortlisted for 2016 Miles Franklin Award for Leap)


There will be music, and food available, and Fairfield Bookshop will be onsite. Each session will be 45 minutes long, leaving time to ponder, chat, and have a book signed.

Student writing by Year 7 and Year 8 students will be on display from Monday to Saturday, and parents and community members are welcome to view it during that time.


Students will be informed about how to join the workshop sessions by their English teachers.


Tickets for the Slam and Community Festival available online from Trybooking .

Follow these links:

Poetry Slam (Friday 19th August 7.00pm, School Hall):

Community Writing Festival (Saturday August 20th 12 Midday-4.00pm, School Library):

Ms Prue Morris

Coming Up - next Night Sky Viewing 

Photo: Is such a photo even possible....?



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

  • Thursday 21st July 7.00pm to 8.00pm*

Bring your ipads, phones and cameras to take your own pictures of Saturn!

Come along and commemorate the 47th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Students, teachers and families all welcome.

For more information please see Ms Hutchens.

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

Report - Winter Solstice

Photo: Tacos! At the Senior Winter Solstice event

On the Thursday 23rd June


the inaugural Year 12 Winter Solstice Festival was held.  Featuring live student music performances and food trucks, the mid-year event was a great way to celebrate being halfway through our year twelve journey. Although the wet Melbourne weather did bring an end to plans to have table tennis games running on the outdoor tables, it was nonetheless an enjoyable evening for all.  Particular thanks to everyone who help plan an organise the evening, especially the performers Stella Farnan, Naomi Leigh, Jesse Viney, James Stewart, Connor Millikin, Fintan Morris-Dalton and Rory Patterson for their amazing performances and the senior leadership team for their work in making the event possible.

Lily Chamlers, School Captain



Coming Up -Yr 7&8 Peers Study

PEERS study coming to NHS



Researchers from Murdoch Children's Research Institute will be visiting us and testing a new app that has been created for measuring social skill development in children. Our school appreciates the need for the PEERS app and are excited to assist in the testing process.   


The PEERS app is fun to play and students will receive a certificate for participating. There are also some brief questionnaires online for parents/guardians to complete.


Further details about this study are provided in the Parent/Guardian Information Statement and Consent Form accessible via the link below. Please read through this document carefully.


If you decide that you would like to participate in this study please complete the consent form by following the link below. You do not need to complete this form again if you have done so on hardcopy previously.


Please note you are under no obligation to participate and you and your child’s involvement is completely voluntary.  If you have any questions about this study please do not hesitate to contact the PEERS team via email ([email protected]) or by phone (03) 9936 6262.

Mr Gerard O'Shaughnessy
Head of Junior School

Report - 90 th Celebrations

Back to Afternoon 2016


June 21st was a great success with a large crowd of ex-students and staff, etc attending to hear the Hon. John Cain, former Victorian Premier, talk about his days at NHS and of changes he has seen in education over the years. Those present greatly enjoyed his address.  The School band and ensemble entertained with some very impressive playing and the School Captains and present Principal, Ms. Kate Morris, updated the audience on the nature of the present school. Tours and a splendid afternoon tea followed. The Association heartily thanks all those responsible for the hard work to organize the day. Food, displays, tours etc don’t occur smoothly without hard work and detailed planning. Thanks go especially to Kate Morris, Kate Challis, Jocelyn Hill and all those directly involved.

Mr Gary Israel, Past Principal 1985-2004



Report - VCE in China

Photo: Minister James Merlino with Principal Ma , Kate Morris and Nick Murphy, after the signing

VCE Offshore 

Last week in Tianjin, China, NHS signed a VCE partnership agreement with Huaibei No 1 High School - Tianyi HS (our sister school since 1999). Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and DET Deputy Secretary Gill Callister  signed the agreement with Principal Ma Ying.  NHS also signed a VCE partnership agreement with VCAA at the same ceremony - John Firth CEO of VCAA hosted the signing ceremony.  In the days prior, Principal Kate Morris visited Huaibei and its Tianyi campus, meeting with teachers, students, the school leadership team plus Huaibei Education Bureau and City officials, including Vice Mayor Lili Wang.

This signing marks a significant point in new opportunities in internationalising education for Victorian Government Schools with Northcote and Huaibei No. 1 HS, being the first government to government schools able to offer the VCE in China.


Congratulations to Nick Murphy who has headed up this ground breaking project over the past 4 years in partnership with with Ma Ying (Principal Huaibei No. 1 HS and Chair of Tianyi HS) ably support by an excellent project team from both schools. 


This is a significant moment for both of our schools and marks another first in sister school relations.  Our schools have always been focused on seeking new ways to take our 17 years of friendship and educational cooperation to a new levels and the VCE in China Program is a peak exemplar.



Report - International Student Basketball

A lively game!

On Friday 17th June, our school had a lively game afternoon where teachers and international students battled it out in the Gym for a friendly yet competitive game of basketball. This year’s turnout was fantastic. International Students’ amazing talents in sports shined through the outstanding performance.



Sports Report

Photo: Yr 8 Girls Soccer Team

State Cross Country


Congratulations to our Cross Country team who competed in the State Final on Thursday July 14.  The following students qualified to compete in this event and should be congratulated getting through to this level.

It was a fantastic day, with all team members giving their very best.  We are all extremely be proud of this very talented group of runners. 


Tom HALL 12C

Hoagy REEVES 10J



Charlie FAUBEL 09H


Oliver LAMB 09F

Harry WELSH 09B

Hamish LARKIN 09K


Aphra NOLAN 08F


Rosie THYER 08I

Giulia GALATAS 08F

Alicia NASSIS 08K

Mikaila YOUNG 07E

Grace YOUNG 07F

Marielle BOUMAN 07K

Maisie WELSH 07G

Alexander GUST 07F


Ned LONG 07E






Congratulations to Douglas Buckeridge who came 6th in his event and the Year7 Boys team consisting of Douglas Buckeridge, Thomas Proe Carter, Nick Gevaux, Max Gurrisi and Ethan Hindson who came second in the teams event.


Congratulations to Tom Hall and Douglas Buckeridge for qualifying for Team Vic cross country team for the nationals next month in Canberra.  Well done boys, we wish you well.


Coming up :


July 20 – Intermediate Girls Regional Netball

July 22 – VCE Boys and Yr 7 & 8 Boys Regional Netball

July 25 – Intermediate Boys Regional Soccer

July 28 – Intermediate Girls Regional Soccer


Sports Department

Report - Mia's Tuckwell Scholarship

Tuckwell Scholar - Mia McConville 


Year 12 student, Mia McConville was among the 25 students from across Australia who were successful in the long selection process for a Tuckwell Scholarship to study at the Australian National University in Canberra, starting in 2017.


Mia was able to demonstrate the required levels of academic achievement, community engagement and future career interests in her written application and ultimately in a challenging interview process in Canberra during the recent winter holidays.


It is a great achievement and remarkable also that it is the second year in a row that Northcote High School has produced a Tuckwell Scholar (Louis Becker also received a scholarship last year).


Some information about the scholarship is outlined below.


The Tuckwell Scholarship program offers the most transformational undergraduate scholarship in Australia, but it is not only the financial support that makes it special.

The vision behind the Scholarship is all about helping young Australians make an impact on their community and the world by offering them unique educational opportunities and personal experiences.


The Scholarship is also unique in that it allows students to study a single or double undergraduate program, including honours and vertical degrees (degrees that combine undergraduate and graduate study, across a range of disciplines, completed in a reduced time-frame), in any discipline offered at ANU for up to five years.

The first cohort of scholars was selected in July 2013, and commenced study in February 2014. Open to students from all around Australia, the program awards up to 25 scholarships each year.



Report - Leadership events

Monash Scholars Program



Congratulations to the following Year 10 students who have been offered a place in the Monash Scholars Program:

Esther Bentley

Margi Doshi

Haoru Qin



Through the program, these students will have the opportunity to further develop and excel academically and personally.  As a scholar at Monash, they will be able to explore and pinpoint their passions, develop a broad suite of study skills, and gain the confidence to make great course and career choices. They’ll also have the opportunity to build a personal network of peers and academics that will last through to university and beyond.


Airlie Tudhope

Magic Moments leadership summit

During the school holidays, we were lucky enough to be sponsored by the Clifton Hill Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank to attend the Magic Moments’ Youth Business and Leadership Summit. This opportunity followed our involvement in the Young Changemakers program last year, and was the first time the Clifton Hill Community Bank and Northcote High School had sent students to the event.


After meeting leaders from all around the country at the airport, we were taken to our accommodation in Collaroy, along the Northern Beaches of Sydney. The summit kicked off as soon as everyone was assembled, as we were introduced to each other, our ‘grad’ leaders, the speakers and staff at the event. Part of the aim of the program was to take us out of our comfort zones, which it certainly did. The shock of being in such a foreign environment with frankly ‘bonkers' mentors was settled as we were separated into groups of ten, who we would be working with over the summit.


In the next five days, we learnt about managing our finances, trading options, leadership and relations skills, with no less than five individual speakers. We also had our leadership, communication and cooperation skills put to the test when our team faced all the others in the ‘Team Olympics’.

Throughout these activities, which required thinking ‘outside of the box’, lots of communication and perseverance, we became very close friends as a group. We may have finished 11th out of 12 teams in the final rankings, but we sure enjoyed ourselves.


We came out of the Summit with personal and business skills that we will implement in our current and future lives, as well as plenty of good memories.   


Thank you to Peter Hille from the Community Bank, as well as Airlie Tudhope from Northcote for giving us this fantastic opportunity.


Leah Nassis and Paddy Butler, Year 11

Community News

Action for Happiness

Help make Northcote a happier and more caring place!


* 8-week course proven to leave people happier and more likely to help others 

* Next course running at Northcote High School in Northcote on Monday 25 July *


On Monday 25 July, a new course called Exploring What Matters will start in Northcote to help people discover how to live a happier and kinder life.


The course has been developed by Action for Happiness, a UK-based movement of people taking action for a happier world, which has around 60,000 members. It is secular, science-based and open to people of all backgrounds.


Oenone Serle, who is leading the course in Northcote, said: "I’m very excited to be running this course because it is uplifting to share ideas and discuss the evidence on what makes people happier.”

The course is being described as a challenge to the promotion of materialism and individual success which is predominant in Western culture.


Magnificent Microscopy



Wall of Hand Dance


Saturday 30 July Mid winter Dance


High School Tutoring



Located at: Shop 2, 607 Gilbert Road, Preston

(At the Gilbert Road tram terminal)


We offer:

  • Creative, individual programs for each student
  • Help with homework
  • Activity-based learning using a variety of teaching aids
  • Qualified educators who have a "working with children check"
  • 1hr session(s) that allow for optimal effective learning


$60 (inc. GST) per 1 hr session (includes resources as required) Maximum 2 students per tutor

Ask us about:

- Our family and multiple session discounts

- Junior tutoring


For more details call 9034 4893 or [email protected]

Digeridoo Workshops


Pilates for High School


Pathways and Careers

Important dates for Year 12 students:



Jobs for Youth 2016


The Jobs for Youth Campaign is a whole-of-community drive to increase youth job options in Melbourne’s Inner North, running from July to October this year. Coordinated by the Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce, the campaign will include a range of youth-specific events and activities designed to link employers to young job-seekers and empower both to make youth employment a success. The activities are suitable for young people at all stages of their schooling and employment status.

You can find out more about this initiative and the opportunities available via this link:

NHS is directly involved in this campaign through the RIJI program, whereby students are able to participate in a guided job activity that culminates in a simulated job application and mock interview with volunteers from local industry. In addition, you will have read in other newsletters about the extensive involvement of our students in activities facilitated by the campaign’s major sponsor, the Clifton Hill branch of the Bendigo Bank. This partnership continues to thrive and grow.

Readers who feel they would like to get involved can do so in many ways, including:

  • Encouraging your child to embrace these opportunities when they arise
  • Volunteering to be an interviewer in the RIJI program (October)
  • Signing the employer pledge and helping a young person enter or prepare for the workforce
  • Signing up to the Speaker Bank and/or volunteering to mentor a young person

Contact Kylie Witt if any of this interests you, or contact the taskforce directly via the link above.



Students in Years 9-11 will be involved in various activities related to course counselling over the coming weeks and months. In addition to these activities, please visit the myNHS Careers page regularly for information on careers, pathways, courses, pre-requisites and other items of interest. 





If you have contributed to the wider community in any of the following ways over a number of years, you may be eligible to apply for some of the Early Entry Schemes offered by unis.


•        Volunteering or involvement with religious or cultural groups

•        Ongoing community service

•        School leadership

•        Social justice, charity fund-raising

•        Sustained involvement in sport or performing arts


Early Entry Schemes offer a variety of benefits, such as a reduced ATAR requirement, mentoring, special seminars and more. You can find more information via these links:


La Trobe Aspire Program:

ACU Early Achievers’ Program:


In addition, ACU has two faculty-based early entry schemes. Students who are studying Legal Studies and/or Business related subjects will find these interesting:

Passion for Business:

Passion for Law & Commerce:

Open Day Calendar

Download the attached calendar, and start planning your weekends in Term 3. Uni Open Days are suitable for students of all year levels – the earlier you start your research, the better informed you will be by Year 12.


Work Experience Guidelines 2016


Year 10 students have started to organise their work experience placements. An outline of the procedure is attached here for your information.


Northcote High School Newsletter
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UNI OPEN DAY CALENDAR 2016 - by date.pdf
UNI OPEN DAY CALENDAR 2016 - by date.pdf
Work Experience Guidelines 2016.pdf
Information Evening - Letter Invitation to Year 10-11 Families.docx
Year 10-11 2017 - Course Counselling Dates and Contacts.docx
Information Evening - Letter Invitation to Year 9-10 Families.docx
Year 9-10 2017 - Course Counselling Dates and Contacts.docx
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