NGSC Newsletter

22 September 2017
Issue Fourteen
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates 

9 OCT                First Day Term 4

13 - 14 OCT     HPV Camp 

25 OCT             Geelong Cup (Student Free Day)

27 OCT              Multicultural Day 

30 - 3 DEC        Year 12 VCAL Interviews 

1 - 24 NOV        VCAA Exams 

24 OCT              Last Day for Year 12s

24 OCT              Year 12 Graduation 

10 NOV              Last Day for Year 11 Classes


Mr Nicholas Adamou 


Victoria the Education State

This year the Department of Education and Training introduced additional ‘architecture and scaffolding’ to support practice change across the Victorian education system in line with the 2015 Education State reform agenda. These initiatives are intended to build capacity of all Victorian schools to deliver effective teaching and learning, improved learning and improved student outcomes. 


 These include:·  

  •  Professional Learning Communities 
  •  Victorian Curriculum
  • Framework for improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

These are the foundation documents of the school’s Strategic and Annual Implementation Plans and they all contribute towards achieving the Education State targets.  

Principal For A Day Program, 7 September

Ms Anne-Marie Ryan Geelong Region LLEN CEO (Principal For a Day) with School Captains; Tamara Tabb, Oliver Massey, Courtney Sheppard, Weijian Deng and School Principal Mr Adamou


Victoria’s Principal For A Day (PFAD) program, now in its 16th year, operates in Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools and is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Training through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and ACER.

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The program brings business and community leaders together with school leaders, with the aims of:

  • increasing understanding and awareness between schools, business and the wider community
  • promoting the great work that schools do
  • enabling participants to develop ongoing relationships, partnerships and programs.

I, as a School principal benefit from insights on leadership from successful leaders in other spheres, the opportunity to showcase my school to business and community leaders, and the potential for developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships for the school and its students.


The Business and community leaders benefit from an insight into the issues facing schools and the work they do, opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on organisational leadership and skills sharing, and a chance to make a contribution to the community.


The event day for Principal For A Day ​- The ‘principal for a day’ shadows the school principal, and participates in normal day-to-day activities in a primary, special or secondary school. The principal and the ‘principal for a day’ discuss the challenges and current issues each is facing in their leadership role.

Year 12 students September break classes and practice VCE exams

As I mentioned in recent newsletters, our Year 12 and 11 students who are undertaking a Unit 4, have very little time before their final VCE exams. The school is committed to ensuring student support programs are in place to set our students up for the best possible training to achieve their best results.


The College sees this program as paramount to the performance of the VCE group. With only two and half weeks left of scheduled classes before the VCE exams we are expecting that students make this their priority during the break. At this time of year students should also be encouraged to cut down their commitments outside of school and start focusing on their end of year exams.


The school is committed to supporting all our students, in particular the Year 12 VCE students. In the second week of the break there will be a compulsory practice exam program reflecting the November VCE exams. Also our VCE Unit 4 teachers will run some extra classes in the break. All students undertaking Unit 4 subjects have been informed and notified of the September holidays study program.


The final exams are one step along the road to the future. For some students, the exams will determine the path they will follow for many years to come. Others will choose paths that are not determined by their exam results. No one path is the right path and, as we are being regularly reminded, in our rapidly changing global world, our children will change pathways numerous times in the coming years. Whichever direction they choose to follow we only ever want what is best for them and for all of our students to be confident that they have achieved what they are capable of.


Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Year 12 Coordinators Ms Glenda McGrath and Mr Luke Scott, the Senior Sub-School Manager Ms Sarah Bridges or Assistant Principal Mr Paul Dawson.

Just a little more about our school... 

North Geelong is a hugely vibrant school that provides opportunities for the academic, co-curricular and other individual needs of all our students in wonderful ways. These last weeks of term have again seen an array of activities that have showcased and celebrated students’ talents. A wonderful example was the 2017 Here, There and Everywhere annual production showcasing the outstanding talents of a number of our students.


The final exams are fast approaching not only for our VCE students, but all students from Years 7 to 11. We hope that all our students make good use of the next two weeks break to take a little relaxation and enjoyment and to also undertake significant revision and preparation for the practice exams.


On their return, our Year 12 students will have little time left at school. For parents and guardians this time can be fairly wearing as we try to encourage and support our children so that they can perform to their best levels. It is also a little unreal as we look back and wonder how quickly the school years have passed and wonder what the coming years will bring for them.

Capital Works update

North Geelong Secondary College capital works project is gathering momentum with the school refurbishment design in its final stages. It is expected that the final design will be submitted to the DET this month and the tender process will begin in early October. A display of the final refurbishment design will be provided to the school community asap.


We anticipate that works will begin in mid-November. This will give the builders the opportunity to progress the works during the summer holidays. If parents/guardians have any queries re: Capital Works and the school refurbishment please contact the school to speak to a Principal Class Officer.

Working together with our parents and guardians 

Research shows that parents play a critical role in their school children's academic success at every grade level. Effective communication with parents has proven to be an important tool for teachers and school administrators to use as part of a planned continuum through the secondary grades. Regardless of income or background, studies show that those parents who are engaged in schools have students who have higher test scores and higher GPAs, improved attendance, better social skills. Parental influence also is seen in students who take higher level course work, who graduate, and who go on to postsecondary studies.


The important role parents play in education is embedded in teacher evaluation programs. Many of these programs now measure how teachers and school administrators strengthen communication with parents and require evidence of these efforts. “When schools, families, and community groups work together, as a Community of Practice, to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of “a New Wave of Evidence”, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).


The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education (see A New Wave of Evidence, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002).

The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about parents' role in their children's education through family nights, and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and meetings. When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, and help them plan for college, their children perform better in school.


When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. At North Geelong SC we endeavor to build partnerships with families that respond to parent concerns, honor their contributions, and share decision-making responsibilities, empowering the parents to sustain connections that are aimed at improving student achievement.

Student parties 

Frequently we hear stories from around the state of students organising large “parties” or “formals” in a school’s name but where the function is not sanctioned or supported by the school. Invariably, a parent takes the responsibility for booking a venue.


Such functions are open to significant abuse especially in relation to drugs, violence and alcohol and, if this is the case, those involved leave themselves open to legal action. I wish to make it clear to all that the only College sanctioned activities that occur outside of the school by way of celebrations are the Year 12 Graduation Evening on Tuesday October 24 and the Awards Presentation Evening on Tuesday  December 19.


As parents or guardians, if you are faced with the dilemma of whether a function is a school function, please ensure you ring the College for clarification. Whether or not you allow your child to attend any such party or event is a matter for decision between you and your child, however, when discussing this, we suggest that you consider:

  • Transport arrangements to and from any “function, event, party or after party”. We are all aware of the potential risks associated with young people travelling with young drivers particularly after celebrating; and
  • What level of security is being provided at the venue? There have been numerous stories over the years of such events resulting in alcohol and drug use and in violence.

If at any time you become aware of any event purportedly being held in the school’s name, please contact the school immediately so that we can clarify the issue with parents and guardians.

NGSC Multicultural Day Celebration Friday, 27 October

On Friday 27 October, North Geelong Secondary College will hold its traditional celebration of Multicultural Day. This is a day that the school community comes together in harmony celebrating our diverse backgrounds (58 ethnic backgrounds). There will be an extensive involvement of the wider school community. This event has become a City of Greater Geelong calendar event with huge success over the years.


The official school assembly will begin at 10.30am. A very entertaining program with music, dance and more will be on the menu. There is an extensive list of VIP guests invited. We also expect approximately 750 Primary school students to attend, from a number of primary schools. 


Please come and join with us in celebrating multiculturalism in Australia. Looking forward to seeing as many parents and friends as possible on the day.

Last Day of the Term, September 22

Wishing you all a very safe and restful break and look forward to re-joining you next term. Term 4 begins on Monday October 9.


Mrs Julie Andrews,  Mr Paul Dawson & Mr Bradley Headlam 

Parent Teacher Conferences

On the 12th September, the second opportunity for Parents to conference with class teachers was held. It was pleasing to see so many students and parents attending the Parent/Teacher Interviews. Improvements to COMPASS online booking allowed for families to book all children on the one page, keeping track of the booked times.

Can we please encourage parents to keep access the COMPASS portal to check on attendance, progress reports, news feeds and to communicate with staff members as required.

Subject Selection

Thank you to all parents and students who have been involved in subject selections for 2018. They have been completed for all Year 9 to 11 students. Students will only be able to make changes following these guidelines:

  • Changes will only be made based on the individual student’s career pathways
  • Class sizes will dictate what is available and some are full
  • Swaps can only occur in the same block
  • We are encouraging students to make changes as soon as possible, but do understand that this could be an ongoing occurrence for the next few months as students make changes after further discussions with families and friends.

There has already been extensive re-counselling to cater for students needs.

The Year 8 into 9 elective selections began this week and are expected to be finalised early in Term 4.

Basketball Courts

I am pleased to announce that in the coming months we will be updating the two basketball courts at the back of the school.  This area will be sealed with the latest ‘plexipave/rebound ace’ with reversible Netball/Basketball rings.  This will hopefully be completed and ready for 2018.

Doctors In Schools

The new Doctors In Schools Program will be in place and ready for operation at the start of Term 4.  Doctor Bianca Forrester was introduced at the recent school assembly and came across as very engaging and a genuine person who will be well received by the students at NGSC.  She will be based in A block where the counselling area has been built and she will be in residence every Wednesday. A nurse will also be on site to assist the Doctor. Bookings will be coordinated through Tina from Wellbeing and Headspace.

Final weeks for the Year 12s

The Year 12s finished their courses this term and will spend the first two weeks of Term 4 revising their course work.  Their holidays will be taken up with revision classes during week one (staff have volunteered their time) and week two will be their practice exams.  The exams will be held under the VCAA end of year exam conditions with an external assessor conducting these exams.   It is compulsory for all VCE students to attend these exams.


The 2018 Year 11 and 12 Students will receive their booklists early in Term four.   The reasoning for the early return is so that students can receive their books in early November ready for the beginning of the Year 12 Orientation class during November.  If students are going to start their senior schooling on the right foot then it is vitally important that they have all of the materials including their text books.  Their 2018 schooling will begin the first day of Orientation week.


Current Years 7, 8 and 9 students will receive their booklists later in Term 4 and the books/materials will be ready for collection in January next year.

Uniform for Term 4

Parents/carers and students are reminded that the September holidays are a good time to check on your child’s uniform for Term 4. They are likely to have grown since they last wore the summer dress or shorts.

Please check for:

  • Dress/skirt lengths (no more than 10cm above the knee)
  • Ripped items of clothing for repair
  • Broken shoes or buckles
  • Shoes that are too small
  • Lost socks (need to be plain black, grey or white)

At NGSC we expect that all students wear correct uniform up to the end of their school year. It is also important that students have the full academic uniform to wear at the End of Year Awards Evening.


Any uniform concerns are to be communicated to the relevant Year Level Coordinator or directly to Sefideh in the Wellbeing Team.


“It is not ok to be away”         

“Every Day Counts”   

These are Education Department slogans that help remind us of the expectation and value of having high levels of attendance at school. Your child will have trouble keeping up to date if they are away. If there is no good reason for their absence then they are putting their education at risk.


At NGSC we expect that students can manage attendance for all subjects at or above 90%. Staying away for parties, birthdays, learner’s permits, etc are not appropriate reasons for absence. Medical illness or medical appointments are the main reasons for approved absences and medical certificates should be provided to the school.


Extended absences will be referred to the Department of Education’s Attendance Officer who may issue fines for non-attendance. Centrelink payments may also be affected.

Please check your child's attendance on Compass and direct your concerns to the relevant Year Level Coordinator.


Japanese News

As we wind up the term, students in 7A, 7C, 7G and 7E have produced some excellent written profiles for their assessment tasks, introducing themselves or a favourite character and giving details such as their age, hobbies and personal qualities. Keep up the good work, year 7!


Adam Bond

Junior Sub School Manager


We. Not us and them.


When working in any environment that has such diverse people and personalities, inevitably you will have different ideas and possible disagreements on how to move forward to achieve success. There is nothing more certain. There are few working environments where this is more evident than in a large school setting. Different ideas and perspectives are always important in achieving success. This involves listening, discussing and working towards change when change is a necessity.


For me, the relationship between parents/ carers and staff is just as important as the relationships staff form with students. Although parents/ carers and staff can often come from different perspectives this relationship must be protected to ensure the best outcomes for students. And at the end of the day, we must remind ourselves of this, because the way in which we act and react directly impacts on what outcomes are achieved and students model their behaviour on our behaviour.


It is important that all stake holders attached to North Geelong Secondary College consider and understand the variety of different ideas and priorities that student, parents, other staff and those in the wider community present. These ideas and beliefs should be communicated in a way that opens the lines of communication for constructive and progressive conversations to occur rather than placing energy into ‘reactive’ and ‘defensive’ discussions.


My experience has shown me that (at times) one of the biggest barriers that can prevent a child from achieving their full potential is conflict between parents/ carers and school staff. When I talk of potential, this is not only measured by a result on a test or an assessment but potential as a team member as a leader and a positive contributor to our community. We must ensure that we equip our students with the valuable skills to achieve in the workforce and in life. Content of discussions should not be focused on what others have done wrong or who is to blame but more so on how can we acknowledge wrongdoing? Then focus on moving forward to achieve success.


Such conversations must be approached with an open frame of mind and a certain level of calmness (where possible!) If a student believes that they cannot be honest in fear of repercussions then both parents/ carers and school staff will receive a distorted version of the truth. In turn, this will impact on the ability to move forward with the student receiving the support they require. Why do I say this? For a student to face up to the music at home and be 100% honest can be challenging if the likely outcome will only end in negativity so please keep this in mind when the school contacts you with a different version of events. What music is played at home is under your control, you play a significant role in how truthful a student can be both towards you and school staff as well.


Teachers (like most others) are human. Contact home can be difficult when predicting the response that you may receive from parents and carers. Teachers take no enjoyment in contacting home to discuss areas of concerns or specific incidents that have occurred at school. Such contact should be about; this has happened, now how can we move forward? If teachers are faced with ‘challenging’ parents or carers this makes the process more difficult and a positive outcome less likely. Conversations should not be focused on ‘I am right, and you are wrong’. If they are, you’re missing the point of the conversation. I can assure you that the teacher makes no assumption about your ability to care and educate your children when making that call. In actual fact, if parents and carers are understanding and eager to move forward to minimise such behaviours, this reflects on parenting far greater than any other response.


I find it ironic that on occasions that a teacher makes contact home to discuss the lack of respect that a student has shown in a lesson only to be challenged with negativity when making the call home. If the student is within ear shot of this call, then I can assure you that this not only exacerbates the situation but also enables similar behaviour to occur in future.


Phone calls that school staff do enjoy making are those where a teacher can acknowledge an improvement in student behaviour or effort that a student has placed into a piece of work. A common phrase in teaching circles is “catch students doing the right thing”. Unfortunately, correcting others can become second nature, so to praise the efforts of others is something that we should place greater effort into acknowledging as students, parents/ carers and as teachers.  To ensure that we can have more of these conversations, I encourage you to work with us. This is in the best interests of parents/ carers, teachers but most importantly our students.


  1. We can often be very emotionally invested in events that can impact on our children’s education. Give yourself time to digest the information and discuss events with your children thoroughly before making contact with the school.
  2. If your child contacts you during school hours, encourage them to speak with the relevant student manager to discuss an outcome. Students can often be heavily reliant on parents and carers doing this for them. Such resilience and problem solving is invaluable when entering the workforce. Often children will also do this to intervene and give their account of events (as discussed earlier, this may have varying degrees of truth attached to it!) This is before a staff member has time to thoroughly investigate a situation. If this is the case, give the relevant staff member time to do so, then make contact if this has not been made by around 5:00pm that day.
  3. Always ask yourself- What can be done to move forward so that positive outcomes can be achieved?

Stay safe over the break, and look after those around you.


Next article:

Holidays. Not Holinights    


Mr Jacob Storer 

Year 9 Coordinator 

Year 9

Here we are; done and dusted for another term. Just one more term to go in Year 9. This term has flown by as we have sorted out Project Week Camp and Subject Selection.

Subject Selection

Subject selection and course counselling is well under way for the Year 9s as we try to hone in on career pathways to embark upon in the final years of Secondary School. A majority of students took part in the Course Counselling Day on September 5. Thank you to Mr Headlam, Mr Scoullar, Ms Friedrich, Ms Makin, Ms Astles, Mr Humphries, Mrs Roberts, Mrs McGrath, and Mr Hill who all helped out on the day. A big thank you as well to all the parents who gave up their time to come in to meet with us.


There are a few that still need to select their subjects for 2018. If you are one of those students, could you please organise a time to see Mr Storer, Ms Friedrich, or Mr Scoullar.

Melbourne Discovery - Project Week Camp

On September 6, 81 Year 9 students made their way to Melbourne for 3 days in the big smoke. The camp was a great experience for the students, who had the chance to immerse themselves in the Melbourne culture and explore behind the scenes of some of the city’s historical landmarks. These activities included a full tour of the National Sports Museum and MCG; behind the scenes tour of Parliament House; guided tour of the Shrine of Remembrance; self-guided exploration of the National Gallery of Victoria; Australian Centre for the Moving Image; art appreciation in Hosier Lane; exploration of the Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central.


All students were terrific from start to finish and were perfect ambassadors for the College (there were only slight whinges about the amount of walking!). Before I hand over to some student reflections of the camp, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy break. See you all in Term 4!

Student Camp Reflection

“On Wednesday 6th of September myself and a group of my year 9 peers went to the year 9 discovery camp in Melbourne. Wednesday started off with a blast, we headed to Melbourne discovery where they showed us our rooms. After finally getting comfortable, we were off to the MCG which was a wonderful experience. We also visited the sports museum which was an enjoyment, and the Parliament House. Luckily for us that Melbourne discovery was right in the city so that night we went for a Maccas feed. Thursday was amusing, we started off by going to an Art museum, we saw plenty of detailed art work, it was vastly amusing. Soon later we went for a scavenger hunt in groups around Melbourne, it taught us our way around the city, how to use trams and the history about Melbourne. The place that most found most enjoyable was Acmi, where there was a whole heap of games. That night we went out for dinner and it was literally a feast, chicken, chips, pizza, pasta, absolutely everything. Friday finally came to an end and we were all feeling a bit tired, so we had a  lazy day and went shopping in Melbourne central and spent our money on large amounts of food. Was definitely a great experience”

Angela Peric 9D


“On the 6th of September, myself and the rest of my year 9 peers travelled to the City of Melbourne for a 3 day long camp.

As a young teenager I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into, but being in a such a gorgeous city and being with my friends made the experience a whole lot better.I learnt so much about the history of the city and saw so many beautiful buildings.


We visited a lot of special places in our time spent there and learnt a lot about the culture of the city. We visited places such as the National Art Museum, where we learnt about the history about some of the finest art pieces in Melbourne. We had an inside look of The Parliament House and it gave us a more interesting look of the way decisions were made around Parliament.


We also got a full tour of the MCG and learnt about the history of the most legendary sport stars ever known. We also got to visit the National Sport Museum and seen things like the hall of fame showcasing some of the most amazing afl stars.


One of the most special experiences I had, was having the privilege to see the Shrine Of Remembrance. It was such an honour for me and my peers to take to the time to learn about the history of the world war and the past of the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the future of Australia. Is one of the most amazing exhibits I’ve ever seen.We also had a trip to ACMI where we learnt about the history of technology in Australia and how it’s evolved to how it is today. That night we had one of the best dinners I’ve ever had. We went to the Blue Train and the food was unreal.


I also just enjoyed exploring the city with my friends and seeing all the that the city has to offer with its breathtaking scenery such as Hosier Lane, seeing all the amazing artworks people showcase is incredible, will absolutely go back there.


Melbourne Discovery Camp is an experience I will keep with me for the rest of my schooling. You will experience so much and learn how to improve in your resilience and will for sure help you as you grow up into an adult. Would definitely recommend for anyone who is offered the experience.”

Lily Davis 9F

What can I do to help my teenager do well at school?

Mr Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Manager 


The teenage years can be a wonderful time in a young person’s life but can also be a difficult period both socially and at school for both parents and teenagers.


It is a time when teenagers are developing independence, an adult identity and finding their place in the world.


There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to engage in your teenager’s learning and the way you engage with your teenager’s education will depend on the boundaries you and your teenager set together. The involvement you have with teenagers will be different from the involvement with younger children, when the focus is on establishing the foundations and good study habits.


In the teenage years, and in high schools more generally, the majority of parent engagement happens outside the school gate: it is important to allow teenagers to develop and test their independence.


Parent engagement in the teenage years is about:

  • being available to your teenage child to talk about the tough issues
  • helping teenagers to plan for their future
  • supporting your teenager to build confidence in their own identity
  • talking with your teenager about current world issues
  • discussing books, films or television programmes with your teenager
  • encouraging your teenage child to keep trying when school work is difficult

Research has found that young people who feel engaged and who have the opportunities to participate in education have better life outcomes.


Parents, family and friends play an important role in a teenager’s learning. Completing high school is important for your teenager’s future as they progress from school to further education, training and work. During this time, it is important that teenagers are engaged in their education.

  • encouraging teenagers to ask questions – there is no stupid question
  • talking with your teenage child’s teachers through letter or email about how you can best support your teenage child’s learning


  • Talk to your teenager about their school work and help them to plan their workload.
  • Help your teenager to plan their school, work and social priorities.
  • Be available to talk with your teenager when they want to talk.
  • Be ready to talk about the tough issues with no blame or judgement.
  • Be aware of the issues in your teenager’s life, school or circle of friends.
  • Keep an eye out for some of the issues teenagers face:

body image and self-esteem,


drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Make sure your teenager gets enough sleep, exercise, fresh air and good food.
  • Talk about social media and how it affects them.
  • Encourage reasonable usage of social media.
  • Talk with your teenager about their dreams after compulsory schooling and help them to plan their future.



Our VCE Media and Visual Communication Design students have been working extremely hard over the year to complete their final presentations. Monday the 16th of October will be the opening night for their Media and Visual Communication Design Exhibition which will showcase their hard work and talent over 2017. Works will range from films to design presentations and design folios. The exhibition will start at 4pm through at 6pm in the D corridor. Please come along to celebrate the efforts of this years student work.

Miss Oates & Mr Eckert






Glenda McGrath

Year 12 Coordinator

This term has been a very rewarding one for me. I have had the privilege to take on the role of Year 12 Coordinator and have worked with an exceptional group of students and staff.  I would like to thank Brad Smallman for all of the work he did with this group throughout Year 11 and the first half of this year.


One of the highlights of this term for me has been seeing the students being involved in a range of events.  The VCAL students have been involved in a car wash fundraiser for refugees and the play Macbeth in Norlane. They have been working on this for several months and it is a credit to them. What an incredible achievement to see EAL students performing Shakespeare in such an engaging and convincing way. Adam Whitbread, the Victorian head of VCAL, attended the performance and was overwhelmed by the achievements of the students. I was impressed to see VCE students involved in things also. Louis took part in the chess competition and actually beat some of the top chess players in the region. And who could ever forget the performances of our Year 12s at assemblies and the Here, There and Everywhere Cabaret! We certainly have some talent at the college, and I look forward to hearing about their successes in the future.


Year 12 students are soon ending their schooling at North Geelong Secondary College. Although we are heading towards some times for celebration it’s also a very important time to finish the year in a very positive way.


Year 12 VCAL and VCE students must ensure that they finalise all of their work. It is a time for VCAL students to speak to their teachers and ensure that they have finished all of the requirements of their outcomes. For VCE students they will now have finished all of their coursework and it’s really important to start revision for their subjects. Students should create a timetable for the holidays to ensure they spend time creating summaries and revision notes for all subjects. It’s important to balance study with rest, good diet, socialising and exercise.  There is no point staying up all hours of the night studying if you are so tired you not retaining what you are learning. Students need to be ‘smart’ with their study and be working on it each day. Don’t leave it until the end of the holiday, or worse, until the end of school to start studying. It’s also a time that the students need support from their parents, family and friends as they can become very stressed and overwhelmed at this time of year. If we can be of any assistance at any time please don’t hesitate to contact the college, as we only want the best possible outcome for our students.


I’d like to remind parents and students that there are revision lectures, practice exams and subject revision lessons on over the holidays and that work has been sent out to students on Gmail and Google Classroom. Please ensure that you check your emails constantly for any updates. Students also need to think about cleaning out their lockers.


Lastly, I look forward to seeing students and their families at the Year 12 Graduation. It will be a wonderful event at the Simonds Stadium.


Have a wonderful, safe break and look forward to seeing all the Year 12s at their celebrations in term four.



While everyone is excited about the upcoming holidays, the LOTE department is also excited about the upcoming visit from our German exchange students. NGSC families will be hosting 7 students (out of a group of 20 across the region) for the duration of the school holidays and a further two weeks. During this time, students will be experiencing the Australian Way of Life, immerse themselves in the English language and see some of the beautiful surrounds that our region has to offer. So, be prepared to see some new faces around when you return to school and make them feel welcome. 

Tobi Bockholt
LOTE Manager 

Multicultural Festival Friday 27th October 

North Geelong Secondary College invites you to join us to celebrate our Multicultural Festival on Friday, 27 October 2017.


We would be delighted if you are able to join us anytime between 10:30am and 5:00pm. We will begin the celebration with an opening ceremony in the gym at 10:30am. From 12:00noon the festival will begin with many activities and stalls throughout the day.  The festival is open to the wider community including parents, friends, local primary schools and businesses. Stall holders are also invited to attend the celebrations. Application forms can be downloaded off the college website and returned ASAP to secure your place. We are looking for both food and market stalls. Donations are welcomed, we will be holding a raffle on the day and any donations of product, services or vouchers are greatly appreciated. Your generous support goes towards scholarship program, breakfast club, state school relief fund and supporting students’ needs. We are looking forward to celebrating with you our diverse and harmonious multicultural school community. If you require any further information and wish to attend the opening ceremony please feel free to contact me: or (03) 5240 5800.


Chess Tournament

On 11 September I was privileged enough again to escort 4 of our chess champions (Elvis, Louis, Josh and Vincent) to The Chess Tournament at Oberon. The field was as strong as ever, our students did exceptionally well. Louis was recognised with a medal for excellence in a such a strong field. He played some of the top players and ended the day with 4 wins from 7 games.


We will continue to play chess during lunch on Thursdays, playing each other, completing chess puzzles and mentoring from both teachers and students. Well done.



Multicultural Day Cake Stall



The school magazine competition is still running! Your challenge is to design an image for the front cover for this year's school magazine. The theme is school community and should include the school colours. Please send your entries of photos, designs or illustrations into Miss Oates or Mr Eckert by the first week back of Term 4.


As the busy term three  has concluded with the  last Multicultural Committee Meeting on Monday 18th September. At  this meeting we had a very informative and interesting guest speaker Makot Wol,  Youth Project Worker from Diversitat, outlining his job role with youth at risk and project that he is creating to involve young people . This is a very worth while program that is trying to  connect and involve these young people to  become engaging and valuable members in the community. This seemed to be a very useful program that assists lots of needy young people from all different cultures  to  point them in the right direction at this point and time of need.


The Multicultural Committee had lots of ideas and suggestion for  the upcoming  Multicultural Festival (27th October) for the Festival’s opening assembly ceremony. Now in particular we are looking for different cultural musical instrument ( even any old ones ) to fit in with this year’s theme: "The Music of The World”. If you are able and willing to assist  we would love to hear from you so feel free to contact us (Multicultural Committee Members) or drop in to our next meeting.  We would value your  assistance with as many musical instruments, we need as many different once as possible  (no matter what condition, how old or what it is) we will  be using them only for the “show and tell”.


Again this year we are appealing for your support for our well reknown “The Geelong Best Home Made  Cake Stall” at the Multicultural Festival. Thus with the holidays coming up we hope you will have time to consider and search (dust off) some traditional great recipies of home made cake that you would be  kind enough to make for the coming Festival. We know that we will live up to our expectation and continue  the  tradition of  being “the   famous Cake Stall of Geelong”!


The next Multicultural Committee Meeting will be held in term four on  Monday 16th ,  October at lunch time (12:45pm) in the Discussion Room.

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer 





2017 Deakin University Diwali Festival

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, an annual celebration that signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. It’s a joyful milestone celebrated by Indian people across the world irrespective of their culture or religion.


Diwali Festival is one of the highlights of the Deakin calendar and we have celebrated it for the past 9 years. In 2017, it will be celebrated on Friday 20 October from 5.30pm – 9pm at Geelong Waterfront Campus. The festival will include special cultural performances, food and market stalls and will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display on the Geelong Waterfront.


5.30 pm-7 pm - Cultural performances Costa Hall

7 pm-8.45 pm – Diwali festivities including music, Indian market stalls showcasing delicious food, jewellery, Sari's, henna tattoo, children's activities and more in the John Hay Courtyard, Level 2 Gallery and Waterfront Kitchen


8.45 pm - Fireworks display on the Geelong Waterfront


This is a free public event. As seats are limited, please visit the link to register:


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