NGSC Newsletter

24 August 2018
Issue Thirteen
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
VCAL VIBES
OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 
COMMUNITY NEWS
  
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215
AU

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

28 August           Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)

29/8 & 30/8        SRC Production - "Light 'Em Up"

21 September  Last day Term 3 (1.30 pm Finish)

23 October         Year 12 Graduation Dinner

26 October         Multicultural Festival

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

Japanese Sister School Visit

It is with great pleasure that we welcomed the staff and students from our newly established sister school relationship with Ozu Junior High and Toyo Junior High schools in Izumiotsu City, Osaka, Japan, to the inaugural Sister School visit.

 

Ten students, together with Mr Mukai Setsuyuki, Principal, Ozu Junior High School, Ms Eri Horiuchi, English Teacher, Toyo Junior High School and Ms Yumiko Tsujii, Associate Director at The Board of Education of Izumiotsu City, have visited our school for the first time this week. 

 

The Japanese students spent four days with their Australian host families. They attended classes with their host students and participated in a few extracurricular activities and presentations. They also participated in a whole day excursion providing the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Australian way of living and culture. 

 

The exchange school visits present both cultures with many opportunities to strengthen our Japanese program and to develop global citizenship, language skills, friendship, food and cultural awareness. 

 

I take this opportunity to thank all the host families and students who were generous enough to host a Japanese student or staff member during the visit. Also thank you to Mr Tobi Bockholt, LOTE Coordinator, Ms Linda Castle, Japanese Teacher and Ms Kellie Phillips, Japanese Teacher for a job well done with a very successful organisation and coordination of the visit.

 

 

This is the beginning of a journey in establishing a sister school relationship with Japan that hopefully will last for many years to come. NGSC is in the process of planning a delegation visit to Izumiotsu City early in 2019 to complete the Sister School relationship process and is also planning a student exchange visit to Japan in October 2019.

 

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarships 2019 

Congratulations to the following students who have been successful in achieving a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarship. The recipients will be awarded a $1100.00 scholarship to assist them to continue their education and pursue their goals in the 2019 academic year. Scholarship funding may be spent on any items that can help overcome barriers affecting the students’ educational attainment in the 2019 academic year.

The presentation ceremony will be held on Monday, 3 September, at Storey Hall, RMIT University in the centre of Melbourne.

 

Thank you to Wellbeing Officers, Ms Christina Doyle and Ms Georgie Hunter for successfully nominating these students.

Living in a digital age
 

Technological change in education means we are facing the largest transformation in how our students receive, interact with and respond to the learning experience that the teaching profession has ever seen. These changes mean that schools and early childhood settings are now broader than the walls of a classroom. Teachers, students and parents are increasingly using digital technologies to teach, learn and communicate, challenging the traditional concept of a school. According to research, 60% of students entering primary school today will be working in work areas and professions that haven’t been invented or thought of yet, and this is because of the huge advances of new technologies and the way they are impacting on human life.

 

The world of digital learning beckons, with opportunities for teachers and students alike to benefit from the opportunities and capabilities a digital world offers.

 

North Geelong Secondary College Technologies platforms and programs such as; iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), interactive teaching and learning screens, robots and drones have been supported for the last four years through the implementation of AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) high speed internet provision.

 

The AARNet installation has enabled the school to become a digital Learning Hub with an increased internet capacity and improved access to digital learning and Cloud-based resources, not only to meet the needs of our students and teachers but also to meet the demands of future learning, student pathways and careers.

 

We believe that students should be able to learn in teams, as a class, a whole community or alone. We also believe that students should be able to share learning experiences with their classmates and the wider community.

 

The school supports students to develop the skills needed for critical evaluation, online collaboration and communication and behaviours which support the safe, responsible and ethical use of digital technology – essential to participating in life and work in the 21st century. Our students are also encouraged to develop all skills necessary to become responsible global citizens and part of the global labour market. It is our belief that information communication technology is an essential ingredient to our students’ future success.

Vocational Educational and Training (VET)

A skilled workforce is vital to a prosperous future for Victoria’s industries and of course our local and global communities. It is skilled people who drive the performance of our industry sectors and businesses across the state and help us respond positively in a fast – changing global world.

 

At North Geelong Secondary College we recognise this need and through a rigorous counselling and information delivery, we ensure that all students who have the talents and aspirations to do a vocational study can, whether it is here at the College or through our Northern VET cluster, our Trade Training Centre, or even other providers. The improved training system will focus on individual learners and business – its two main users – to ensure Victoria has the skilled people it needs to maintain a strong and secure economy.

 

Currently NGSC offers four onsite VET subjects and we have a number of students within our cluster from neighbouring high schools, both public and independent, that are also attending. Close monitoring and feedback through our onsite VET program evaluation is conclusive and it has proven to be a great success, in particular for those Year 10 students who wish to begin their VCE program a bit earlier.

 

Therefore, building on our strengths the College is looking to expanding that commitment. For more information please contact Ms Makin – VET Coordinator on 5240 5800.

Parent Opinion Survey 2018 (23 July to 26 August)
 

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter edition, the school is conducting a survey to find out what you think of our school.

 

By now quite a few selected parents/guardians may have completed the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey and I wish to sincerely thank you for your contribution to the life of the College by providing us with your feedback. If for some reason you have been selected to complete this year’s Parent Opinion Survey and you haven’t completed yet, please do so by Sunday, 2 September (as the Department has extended the final date). Your opinion is valuable to us.   

 

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.

 

This year the Parent Opinion Survey is being conducted from Monday, 23 July to Sunday, 26 August (now extended to Sunday, 2 September)

 

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. It is a very important step towards making our school one of the best possible educational setting in the wider community.

 

In recent years, we have conducted annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, students and parents.  We use this information to inform and direct our plans for school improvement. Many 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.

 

The Department of Education and Training has updated the survey to align it with the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the refreshed Attitudes to School Survey. Core measures from the previous survey have been retained for data continuity purposes. 

 

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

 

Once again, 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.

Capital Works/School refurbishment update

Stage One is now partly completed (B-Block is now back in the possession of the school) however, the court yard and some external cosmetic work is still under construction, aiming to be completed asap. Stage Two has commenced and that includes the north part of C - Block and the new toilet/storage area block. Stage Two is expected to be completed in approximately 14 week from commencement. 

 

Our students are now enjoying the newly refurbished B - Block facilities and in particular, the state of the art Food Technology areas (2 x kitchens, a larger dining area and a Student Conference area). B-Block is fully air-conditioned, including the latest digital technologies. In my many conversations with students, they are telling me that they cannot wait until the whole school is refurbished.

 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Community, Culture and Connection Project - Launch

On Tuesday, 14 August, the launch of the walk from Wathaurong Co-op to Diversitat Hub was held with many guests including some of the students who were involved in the project over the last 18 months. The walk is the result of a combined project between City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Justice. Funding was made available to develop a connection to this area in the ‘3214’ postcode. Students participated in workshops to understand how various artistic techniques can be used to communicate ideas and generate conversation. From their work, a team of artists and landscapers have created art works in an environment that is now very welcoming and an enjoyable space to move around. The accompanying photos show the Reflection space and the view across the lake near the Wathaurong Co-op, and the walk towards the Diversitat Hub displaying the “Waves of Immigration’ signs.

 

The launch began with the traditional smoking ceremony led by Aunty Corrina Eccles. A number of speeches followed and then all of the students were presented with a certificate to acknowledge their contribution to the project and a gift. Everyone then walked the path and admired the art work and read about the importance of various spaces and art pieces along the way. Lunch and entertainment were provided for all of the guests. Congratulations to our students for their part in creating this wonderful space that acknowledges their community.

 

Japanese Visit

In the past week we have had the pleasure of hosting ten Japanese students and three staff from Osaka, Japan. This was the inaugural exchange visit with NGSC and Junior high schools from Izumiotsu City. They arrived on Sunday and after meeting with their host families over afternoon tea, spent their first night in Geelong. The students also went on an excursion to Jirrahlinga Sanctuary, Narana and other sites around Geelong with their host students, had a day of school based activities and visited the Geelong Town Hall.

 

Although this visit was only for four days, it was a success and we hope that all of the students involved feel quite special to be part of the foundations of a culturally rich connection between the two schools. The hard work to achieve this exchange visit was done by Tobi Bockholt, Kellie Phillips and Linda Castle; and, we must offer a huge thank you to the host families.

 

Short Term Chinese International Students

On Friday, 24 August, NGSC welcomed ten Year 9 students and one teacher from Jianjun Zhang Middle School. This school is located in Baoding which is about an hour’s drive south of Beijing.

 

The students attended the school until 24 August and have been placed in different forms with the aim of developing their English and also to enhance their understanding of the Australian education system and way of life.  All of the visitors were billeted out with local families who showed them the sights of our beautiful country. 

The students spent a day visiting sites on the Great Ocean Road, including Bells Beach, Lorne and Erskine Falls.

 

On Tuesday, 21 August, they spent the day in Melbourne visiting Melbourne Market, MCG, the Eureka Skydeck and other sights around the Melbourne CBD.

 

Feedback from students has been very positive with the students enjoying their time in class and their fellow peers have also enjoyed having these International Students in their classes.  

 

On behalf of NGSC I would like to congratulate these students and the incredibly positive contribution they have made to the school. I wish them a safe journey home and hope to see them again in the future.

Performance Averages from the Progress Reports

The last round of Progress Reports have been completed and the Performances Averages for “at risk” students have been shared with the Year level Coordinators.  They will now be conducting SSGs with these students and many of these will include an Assistant Principal to emphasise the seriousness of their underachievement.  Awards are also being presented at assemblies for students who are showing improvement.  There have also been academic recognition of student achievement based upon their Semester 1 results.

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Daniel Grozdanovski

Year 7 Assistant Coordinator

Uniform

Following up from our last newsletter, it is fantastic to see so many of our students wearing the school uniform correctly. There has been a big improvement but we are still seeing a lot of students wearing their P.E uniform on days when they don’t have P.E. Can we please make an effort to ensure they are wearing the correct uniform each day?

Melbourne Zoo

We recently took around 120 of our Year 7 students to the Melbourne Zoo. It was such a pleasure to see so many of our Year 7’s enjoying themselves outside the school environment. There were plenty of smiles all round from not only the students but the staff as we made our way around the zoo. It was also great to see our students conducting themselves in a responsible manner when representing our school out in the public. A big thank you to Keryn Darling for organising the day and everyone who helped out along the way. 

Interschool Sport

Over the past couple of weeks, we have had our Year 7 and 8 students go out and represent the school in Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball and Table Tennis. Interschool sport is a great way for our students to go out and showcase their talents in different sports. It further allows our students to develop their interpersonal skills and improve their social connections with students from other schools. We continue to encourage as many of Year 7 and 8 students to participate and represent the school in Interschool Sport. 

Daffodil Day

Our Year 7 Student Representative Council group have been working hard over the last few weeks organising a fundraiser for Daffodil Day. The students have planned a Casual Dress Day for Year 7 students on Friday, 24 August to come to school and wear something yellow for a gold coin donation. There will also be plenty of lunchtime activities for students to participate in and raise some more money for the Cancer Council. 

Year 8 Camp

The Year 8 Camps are fast approaching. We ask that all students who have returned their permission slips make their payments to the front office. Exciting times ahead and a fantastic opportunity for all students and staff attending the Halls Gap Camp. A perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer as Spring begins to roll in.

7C Bell Park North P.S Visit 

The students from 7C recently made the walk down to Bell Park P.S to read some Narrative stories to the preps. This was to assist our students with their self-confidence when it comes to reading and also their questioning to develop their own understanding on Narratives. This was another great opportunity for our students to represent our school positively in the local community.

Katina Astles

Year 8 SEAL NGV Excursion

On Tuesday, 7 August the Year 8 SEAL class ventured in to Melbourne with Miss Astles and Ms Friedrich to see the MoMA Collection and view some of the most iconic artworks of the modern era, while contemplating the ubiquitous question: does art reflect society or does society reflect art? In English, the SEAL students have written opinion pieces and are working on oral presentations in which they espouse their views on this topic. In Visual Art, they are creating their own art that reflects a social issue of their choice. They will then screen-print their work onto t-shirts.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Simon Scoullar

Year 9 - 10 Sub School Manager

 

It has been a massive two weeks with Middle School subject selections. All students have been counselled and guided towards life after school and how to get there. To be honest, most staff really enjoy the opportunity to discuss individual learning pathways with both students and parents. This process gives significance to school and the importance of taking it seriously and picking subjects based on content rather than friends.

Attendance can be an issue during Winter and I can’t be any clearer than one day a week can equate to 20% of schooling. Would you want your child missing out on that much school in such a competitive environment?

 

Lastly, an interesting article offering some neurological perspectives;

THE TRUTH ABOUT TEEN ANGST

"They drink too much, sleep till lunchtime and hold adults in contempt. "

 

Knuckles scraping the floor, a hoodie pulled over the face to conceal embarrassment, an inability to rise before two in the afternoon. Teenagers are associated with the worst of human behaviours – sloth, rudeness and excessive risk-taking. But new research reveals that it might not be their fault.

 

Academics at the University of Oxford believe there are biological reasons why people aged from 10 to 20 need to stay in bed for longer than the rest of us. A study carried out by Russell Foster, chairman of circadian neuroscience Brasenose College, suggests that students perform better in the afternoon, because their “body clocks” – the mechanisms that control our urge to sleep and get up – are programmed two hours later for teenagers than for the rest of the population. This could be for hormonal reasons, he explains.

 

“There’s a biological predisposition for going to bed late and getting up late. Clearly, you can impose on that even worse habits, but they are not lazy,” says Foster. He even suggests that delaying the start of school by an hour or two would lead to a massive spurt in teenage productivity. The reasons for this shift in body clock are unknown. But there are plenty of hypotheses. “If sleep is important for memory and learning, dealing with emotions, and repair and recuperation, then teenage years have an awful lot of all that. That might explain the increased need for sleep, but it doesn’t explain the change in timing of sleep,” says Neil Stanley, a sleep researcher at the University of East Anglia.

 

Jim Horne, director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre thinks it is not just teenage body clocks that are unusual. “In puberty, the brain undergoes reorganisation and sleep provides the opportunity for the brain to do this,” he adds.

 

This theory is echoed by David Bainbridge, the Cambridge scientist and author of Teenagers: A Natural History. He says that this “rewiring” of the brain may mean that the adolescent body clock runs more slowly than an adult’s, making their day more like 26 hours long (so 8am feels more like 6am). “You see the opposite happen in hamsters, who think a day is 20 hours long,” he explains. He says it could also be because teenagers haven’t yet developed the mechanism required for registering fatigue. “They just don’t realise how tired they are.”

 

So if teenagers’ ostensible laziness has a scientific explanation, what other areas of their stereotypical lifestyles can we account for with science? In truth, rather a lot of them.

 

Untidiness
Dr Rachel Andrew, a chartered clinical psychologist and teenager expert, believes that the preconception that all teenagers are filthy little toerags living in bedrooms that smell worse that a pigsty is a false one. “It’s a bit of a stereotype,” she says. “I meet a lot of young people who are much tidier than you would expect. Some children just don’t see it as that important, and this could be because they have so much going on in their lives, emotionally speaking, that it is not a priority for them. It’s not their home so it’s probably not something they are going to attribute as much importance to as their elders do.”
 
Self-consciousness
We all know the familiar sight of a teenager stooping as they wander along the road (forced into their shells by their rapid, pubescent growth). “My lab focuses on specifically on this,” continues Blakemore. “We might put teenagers in a brain scanner and look at the areas of their brain that are active when they are embarrassed. What we find is that, when they are forced to think about themselves, a part of the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex becomes much more engaged.” This is much more active during such emotional moments in teenagers than adults. So what is the explanation? Some scientists say that, in evolutionary terms, younger animals that are dominant are more likely to provoke their superiors and get into fights that they cannot physically win (anyone who has walked past an off licence at the weekend can testify to this), so self-consciousness keeps them safe.
 
Risk-taking
“Teenagers will often take stupid risks that adults wouldn’t,” says Dr Sarah- Jayne Blakemore, a reader in cognitive neuroscience at University College London and author of The Learning Brain. “It all comes down to the relative sizes of different parts of younger people’s brains: with teenagers there is a mismatch in development.” She adds that the parts of the brain that control emotion and reward – the section of your head that will tell you, say, to “drive that car really fast” – develops quicker than other areas in young ’uns.
 

On the other hand, the bit in their brains that might exercise caution grows at a tardier pace. “The frontal part of the brain would normally try to slow down what we might like to do on first impulse,” she continues. “It inhibits risky behaviour. In adolescents, with all their various high levels of emotions, they don’t have so much capacity in their frontal cortex. Adolescents do take more risks, especially when they have a couple of mates behind them egging them on.”

 

Moodiness
Moodiness can result from a melange of emotions, hormones and physiological change, especially at such a psychologically vulnerable age as the teens. Boys and girls are pumped full of sex hormones, clouding their judgement, and this has associated psychological effects. “It is a time when someone is moving from childhood to adulthood and that throws up a lot of big issues,” says Andrew. “They move away from being solely dependent on their parents and place a greater reliance on their friends.” This also means that they begin to identify themselves with the values of their peers, which will be different to those of their family. This creates the impression of emotional distance. “We underestimate how much is going on. There are lots of stresses for them – it’s an important time educationally,” she continues. “There are pressures at home mixed with school. Parents are also going through some changes. We often forget about that.” These “old folks” also have to deal with the fact that their little princes and princesses might soon fly the nest. Physiologically, little is known about why the teenagers are behaving like this – no brain imaging study has been carried out in the area.
 
Love of loud music
Andrew says teenagers will often turn up loud music to help them forget about the stresses they may be undergoing during their day-to-day lives. “Whether or not you believe they hear things differently – and thus have a varied capacity to absorb noise – depends on who you talk to. But it’s just a normal for them to want some kind of distraction.” On the other hand, pumping up the stereo can be an expression of rebellion, according to Bainbridge, although it has also been linked to the release of dopamine in the brain, a chemical which he says is part of our “physiological reward-seeking pathway, which basically means enjoyment”. He’s not sure if this continues into adulthood, “but when you’re 15, the emotional part of your brain can react to music without the higher intellectual centres thinking, actually this is a bit naff. When you’re 25, you don’t have that openness anymore."
 
Rudeness
“The probability is that they are very selective about who they are rude and selfish towards,” says Bainbridge. “They might just exhibit such behaviour to their parents and younger siblings.” The Cambridge scientist claims that actively excluding parents by being mean and sullen is a cruel but necessary evil. He says it helps them sever their links with their parents and get used to their own independence. It is part of the same kind of developmental process as walking 10 steps ahead of your parents (so that, heaven forbid, people do not think you are related), or it might manifest itself as being annoyed at the way your father slurps his tea. “There has to be rejection if you’re going to be a healthy adult,” he continues. “It’s important to have a strong sense of self and it’s almost as if the more you reject your parents the more you are doing that.” Andrew, on the other hand, thinks the evidence for such behaviour is scant at best. “I think they come in for bad press. I have worked as part of a youth offending team in the youth justice system and the amount of respect they show me is extraordinary. As a member of the public I am always quite surprised by how respectful teenagers are.”

Reminder: Meningococcal ACWY vaccination for Year 10 in 2018

 

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Leader

Semester 2 is well underway and students are working well to complete outcomes and develop skills and knowledge. August is also “open day” month for universities and TAFE and students are encouraged to attend these to learn about specific courses and campuses.

 

All students should be working hard both at school and at home to achieve their best.

Year 11

Students and parents are reminded of the following:

  • Year 12 tops are currently available for students to try on and decide on the correct size. Students are able to nominate their actual name, official preferred name or surname to be placed on the back of the top (a preferred name is a common version of a first name e.g. Sam for Samantha). Cost is $85 due to the office by Wednesday, 10 October.
  • Camp notices for the 2019 Year 12 Leadership Camp have been given to students. CSEF is able to be used to pay for the camp and students and parents can contact the General Office to check if they are eligible.
  • Leadership applications for 2019 school captains are open.

Year 12

Students and parents are reminded of the following:
•    VTAC applications are now open

  • Scholarships for different universities are now open. These are a great way to support students financially to attend universities. Details are on our careers website, VCE google classroom and the specific TAFE/University websites.
  • There is an information session for all Year 12 students about SEAS applications on Monday, 27 August, Period 1. It is essential all students attend. These applications are designed to make sure institutions get a sense of your full potential and enables institutions to consider the circumstances you have experienced and their impact upon your studies when making selections decisions. Students should be making appointments with Neil Rankcom about VTAC applications and SEAS.
  • Graduation tickets are on sale and payments are able to be made at the General Office.

VCE UNIT 3 and 4 Students

Students are reminded of the following:

  • Connect Lecture Timetable is available on VCE Google classroom.
  • Practice Exam Timetable (September holidays) is available on VCE google classroom.
  • Students who are studying Music Performance or a language need to collect exam advice slips from the Senior Sub School Office.

Student Acknowledgement: Based on latest round of performance reports.

Congratulations to the following students :

 

Year 11 Top Scorers : Damien Disher, Tha Lay Tha Lay Paw, Emilia Lee, Doe Meh Doe Meh and Melbonica Thy.

 

Most Improved: Zidane Mulilo, Feve Erika Madriaga, Ruweida Abdulkadir, James Ashley and Jahnaya Dehon

 

Thanks for your support

 

Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Leader

VCAL VIBES

Delaney Stead

Year 12 Student

School Stressors

School stressors. We all know about them, we’ve most certainty all felt it before, whether it be small or big, long-term, short-term or that two seconds of stress you feel just before a test or exam, whatever amount of school stress you’ve felt you are familiar to the word. The dreadful fast heart beating, sweaty hands, restless nights, the headaches and all the tears, it isn’t really the definition of ‘joy’, is it? Some of you reading right now might have just nodded to all of those descriptions and that’s okay, if you’re a student feeling this, that is okay.

 

I know school stressors can turn into severe anxiety and you may not feel like getting out of bed in the morning for school, I know it can turn into other mental illnesses but I also know that if you are feeling this you will be okay and you will make it through, maybe not right away but within time you will look back at this point in your life and feel so accomplished that you fought through. How do I know that? Well I was going through all the school stress not too long ago and it felt like I was never going to get through it but here I am writing this article, happy, less stressed and thankful I didn’t give up.

 

It took time; everything does, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. Ask for help, it isn’t a bad thing to do, you’ll be surprised how rewarding it is, tell people you trust you’re struggling, talk to a teacher, surround yourself with people that bring out the best possible version of yourself. Every single person has potential to do something amazing, do not let the stress take that away from you.

Personal reflective writing by

Delaney Stead, Year 12.

Liz Hannon

VCAL Teacher

The GAP VCAL class is helping improve the biodiversity of the school. Students have been building bird boxes to be placed around the school. To build the boxes we used recycled wood and had the expert help of Maurice from the Corio Men’s Shed.

 

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS 

Katina Astles

CAREERS WEEK

During the week of Monday, 30 July, to Friday, 3 August, we held our Year 10 Careers Week at NGSC. All Year 10 students participated in a range of activities that were designed to help them determine their studies for senior school and their pathways beyond school.

 

This year, the week was highly individualised to fit each student’s area of interest. Thanks to data collected in a Middle School Survey, we were able to arrange a number of industry guest speakers and skills sessions for students to participate in, that matched their desired pathway. Students participated in a Road Smart Course delivered by Vic Roads and have access to a free driving lesson through Vic Roads as a result. Students also visited Federation University and TAFE to look at tertiary training options and requirements before attending subject selection interviews with their parents and guardians to customise their studies for Years 11 and 12.

 

Thank you to our Careers Advisors, Caroline Makin and Neil Rankcom, for their expertise throughout the week and to the Middle Sub School and NGSC staff who supported the week’s activities.

 

Linda Castle

Languages Corner
 

We would like to celebrate the fantastic exchange with Izumiotsu that occurred this week. We welcomed 10 students and 3 adult representatives from the Education Department of Izumiotsu and Middle Schools of Izumiotsu to our school and our community, on Sunday, 19 August, 2018. Our visitors were hosted by staff and students at NGSC, who volunteered to share their homes and their days over this very short inaugural visit. 


Our hosting students and our visiting teachers and students enjoyed an encounter with Australian wildlife at Jirrahlinga, and learned about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through an amazing educational session at Narana on Monday. On Tuesday, the Izumiotsu students shared their culture with select classes from Years 7 and 8, while practising their English language presentation skills. They did a wonderful job talking about their culture and demonstrating activities of importance to them. Two students were brave enough to try an example of a Japanese style stand-up comedy routine, in English. Comedy can be tricky to translate, but they pulled it off to peals of laughter from our students. Further to that, the Izumiotsu students participated in their hosting students' regular classes to deepen their understanding of Australian culture and our educational experience.  


This was a brief visit and we farewelled the group on Wednesday, 22 August. It was a brilliant experience for all involved and we are deeply appreciative of everyone who contributed to the successful visit. 


We are looking forward to a reciprocal exchange in the coming year for our students learning Japanese. It is a great way to enrich their language learning experience, and broadens our students’ horizons

 

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer 

Multicultural Committee News

The Multicultural Committee had its final meeting for this term, with many constructive and fruitful outcomes. 

 

The main focus of the meeting was the discussion of acts and performances for the opening ceremony of NGSC’s annual Multicultural Festival to be held on Friday, 26 October 26, 2018.

 

The program for the festival’s opening assembly is shaping up very nicely with this year’s theme “A World of Colour”.

 

The Multicultural Festival is a truly grand event and not to be missed, so please mark the date in your calendars.

 

If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school.

 

Watch this space for more information to come!

 

Pop Up Concert

June Bashiruddin

Arts Manager

During lunchtime on Wednesday, 23 August, some students performed at a "Pop Up" Concert and featured some of our first time performers coached by BillieRose Cachia, Vocal and Piano Coach.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

  

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 9.00am and 12.15pm 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:  www.vsl.vic.edu.au

   

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