NGSC Newsletter

03 May 2019
Issue Six
Other School News
North Geelong Secondary College
03 5240 5800
130 Separation Street
North Geelong, Victoria, 3215


Key Dates

 09 May                      Year 7 Immunisations

 14 to 16 May          NAPLAN Testing

3 to 7 June               Year 7 - 10 Exams

10 June                     Queen's Birthday

                                     (Public Holiday)

11, 13 & 14 June  Year 11 & 12 Exams

12 June                    GAT - Unit 4 Students

14 June                     Assessment & Reporting Day

                                     (Student Free Day)

17 June                    Semester 2 commences

28 June                    Last day Term 2

                                     (1:30 pm finish)


Mr Nicholas Adamou


Geelong Schools’ 85th Annual ANZAC SERVICE Commemoration 
(Memorial Foyer, Johnstone Park, Geelong) 

On Tuesday, 24 April at 11.00 am, I had the pleasure to accompany School Captains Bailey Kitchen and Beth Cook at the Geelong Schools’ 85th Annual ANZAC commemoration.


The service took place at the Memorial Foyer, Johnstone Park in Geelong.  Each year primary and secondary school students from Geelong and Bellarine peninsula  come together to remember those who lost their lives through war to enable us to live in a free and democratic country today.


Our School Captains Beth and Bailey, placed the NGSC wreath in memory of the fallen soldiers.  In addition, they were present for speeches highlighting the brave acts of the ANZACs.  


Lest We Forget.

Capital Works and Refurbishment

The 4.75 million dollar capital works project is progressing satisfactorily and is within the scheduled timeline. Stage One (B Block; Food Technology Area), Stage Two (North of C Wing and courtyard in between B and C Blocks), Stage Three (Science wing, North of C wing new Toilet Block and under cover decking) and Stage Four (car park) have been completed and delivered back to the school. The school community is very happy to work in both the refurbished facilities and the new facilities. Students I talk to, out in the yard, fully appreciate the modern teaching and outdoor spaces.


All new or refurbished teaching spaces are fully air-conditioned and they all include the latest ‘touch screen’ ICT technology, ensuring that our broad curriculum and extra-curriculum programs are complimented with the resources and cutting edge ICT technology.



The final stage South of C wing currently under construction is a brand new larger common staff room, a larger new Conference Room, a refurbished Year 12 Common Room and a fully refurbished Careers Room. These works are expected to be completed by early July. We can now truly say that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with the school capital works. 

2019 NAPLAN Testing

On Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, our Year 7 and 9 students will undertake this year’s NAPLAN tests. 


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials


Why do students do NAPLAN tests?

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement.


NAPLAN tests are one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each North Geelong Secondary College student’s performance.


What will be tested, and how?

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. The content of each test is informed by the National Statements of Learning for English and Mathematics which underpin state and territory learning frameworks. Questions are multiple-choice or require a short written response. 


Who will run the tests?

NAPLAN tests are conducted at schools and administered by classroom teachers, school deputies or the Principal. 


How can I help my child prepare for the tests?

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.


The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended. 


What additional support can schools provide for students with special needs?

All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments which reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who have a temporary injury may also be reasonably accommodated. 


A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions, or who has recently arrived in Australia and came from a non-English speaking background.


The school principal and your state testing authority can provide you with more information on special provisions or the process required gaining a formal exemption.


How is NAPLAN performance measured?

NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has ten bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. Six bands are reported for each year level for each test. One of these bands will represent the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.


What happens if my child is absent from school on test days?

Wherever possible, schools will organise for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during testing week. 


Will I receive a report on my child’s performance?

A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school later in the year. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home. If you do not receive a report, you should contact the school. Individual student results are strictly confidential. 


How are NAPLAN test results used?

  • Schools use results to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. 
  • School systems use results to review programs and support offered to schools.
  • Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers. 
  • Teachers use results to help them better identify students who require greater challenges or additional support. 
  • The community can see average school NAPLAN results on the My School website.


Where can I get more information?

For more information about NAPLAN: 

  • visit
  • contact your child’s school 
  • contact your state or territory’s education authority (details available on the NAP website)


At this time of the year families are making important decisions about choosing a secondary school for their child. 


There’s a common misleading view that if you send your child to a private school, your child will get better results.


But the facts show that this is wrong.  


A recent review of almost 30 academic studies revealed public schools achieve similar student outcomes to Catholic and Independent schools across a range of education indicators. (Cobbold, 2015)


The review showed there were no significant differences between the results of students from public, Catholic and Independent schools in national and international tests and also in university completion rates. 


According to the review, first year of university students from public schools outperform other students – they achieve higher grades in their first year of university than students from Catholic and Independent schools. 


For more information about the review’s findings please go to the following website:


As a leader in the public school system I believe it’s important that families know about this information because it can help inform their decision-making. 


Public schools are just as good as private schools in the area that matters most – developing your child’s potential.  The review is one of many pieces of educational research showing that students from the same social background do as well in public schools as they do in Catholic or Independent schools. 


There are other good reasons to consider enrolling your child in a public school. They include the following:


  • Public schools are great value for money compared with private schools, which charge families up to $30,000 each year in tuition fees per child. Tuition at public schools is free, with families paying only for books and some essential items.
  • Children in public schools learn to get on with a wide mixture of students from different backgrounds. These advanced social skills – cooperation, empathy, problem solving, understanding – are increasingly prized in the modern workplace. They equip students for success in life and in their future work.
  • Public schools are neighbourhood schools.  Enrolling your child in a school within walking or riding distance to home makes it easier for you to know who your child’s friends are, to make friends with other local parents and to forge closer links with your school and your community.   
  • High quality teaching is one of the biggest factors that influence student learning. That’s why public schools are intensifying their efforts to enhance the skills of their teachers through mentoring, peer and student feedback and other forms of professional development.  


Public schools are the backbone of our nation’s education system. They express our Australian egalitarian values. They provide opportunities for all children to succeed, no matter where they live. They give all children a fair chance to reach their potential and lead a fulfilling life.


As Principal of a public school for a number of years, I am extremely honoured and proud of my current and previous school communities. I am also proud of the outstanding achievements of public school students over the years. 



I encourage parents/guardians to book a tour with our Transitions Leader Ms Astles or a Principal Class Officer to visit the school to see it in operation. Matching your child’s needs with the right high school is crucial to your child’s future success not just at school, but also in their future pathway. 



Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals


In the lead up to the course selections in term three the Sub Schools, careers team and staff have begun to provide a variety of opportunities for students to experience. This includes excursions to Deakin, GTEC and Melbourne University. Feedback thus far has been fantastic. In addition to this the Sub School team in collaboration with the Careers Team will start liaising with students to begin the process in identifying their interests, capabilities and future pathway considerations. Part of the process will be to record their Career Action Plan on Compass. Once completed this will be available for students, staff and parents for subsequent years. It is important to highlight the efforts of all these staff and the additional lengths they go to support students in identifying with these programs and other specialised opportunities.


Whilst there are a number of excursions going out this, and each term, we wish to remind students and parents to ensure that all documentation of permission is correctly completed and returned at least two days prior. This is to ensure that all appropriate arrangements can be made and finalised in a timely manner. Students returning forms late or on the day of the excursion may not be entitled to attend. 

Term 2 important dates:

A glance at the calendar for this term shows a full 10 weeks of opportunities for students:

  • Week 4 14/5 -16/5 NAPLAN testing (Year 7 and Year 9 students)
  • 10/6 Queen’s Birthday (public holiday)
  • 12/6 Unit 4 GAT
  • 14/6 Assessment and Reporting Day (student free)
  • 17/6 Semester 2 subjects begin

In addition to this there will be the continued publication of student Learning Tasks on Compass for student feedback and parent information. Here are some of the dates:

  • Progress Reports on 21/5
  • Exams in weeks 8 and 9
  • Semester Reports in last week of term


Year 7, May 9 - Barwon Health will be at NGSC for the first round of the Year 7 immunisation program. All Year 7 students being immunised on this day are to wear their PE Uniform as this makes the process of immunising easier for the nurses and the students. 

For the first time we have almost 100% of the consent forms collected. This is a great outcome as it makes for a smoother process on the day. 

Year 10 - the Year 10 consent forms for Meningococcal immunisation will be collected on Thursday, May 9. Please collect a consent form from the Main Office if you are yet to hand it in. The day for the Year 10 immunisation program is Tuesday, July 23 (Term 3). 

NAPLAN - 14, 15 and 16 May

All year 7 and 9 students will be sitting the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy, NAPLAN, during the days of the 14, 15 and 16 May. 


The testing program is as below:

Tuesday 14 May: Language conventions test (45 minutes) and Writing test (40 minutes)

Wednesday 15 May: Reading test (65 minutes)

Thursday 16 May: Numeracy test (65 minutes)


Students are to bring an HB pencil and eraser to all tests. They are to bring their calculator for part of the Numeracy test. 


Please contact the Year Level Coordinator (Mr. Storer - Year 7 and Mr. McDougall - Year 9) or Sub-school Managers (Mr. Quinn, Mr. Scoullar) if you wish to discuss the NAPLAN testing. 


If you know of a family who would benefit from an explanation about NAPLAN in their language please contact the school or visit,


Please note that the uniform policy regarding the winter skirt states that it is to be worn at knee length. This is to provide warmth in winter. A member of the student management team may contact parents/carers about skirts that are shorter than knee length. It is the parents/carers’ responsibility to remedy the situation by letting down the hem or purchasing a new skirt. This needs to happen in a timely manner. Any financial issues that impact your child wearing the correct uniform can be directed to the Student Wellbeing team at NGSC.


The school uniform includes a jacket or a blazer as the only outer garments to be worn with the school uniform in cooler weather. Other hoodies, jackets, cardigans and coats are not permitted. Students will be reminded to put them in their locker for the day. All classrooms are heated. Students may wear a solid coloured scarf in a school colour.   

End of Semester Exams are coming (so is winter)!

All students will be participating in various exams towards the end of this term. This is a great opportunity for students to extend themselves in maintaining their understanding of what they have learnt. In recent years it has been noticed that students have started study routines to prepare to revise weeks out from the exams. This is excellent however a regular routine of going over notes, key terms, revising or practising skills is going to reduce the need for last minute cramming. If your children are saying there is no homework (email the teacher -there probably is!); and remind them of the exams and that revision can be always be done.


Last Wednesday the school observed the ANZAC tradition. The students participated in the traditional Last Post observation accompanied by the two minute silence.  The Year 12 students read moving letters that were written by the diggers during ANZAC battle.  Many staff remarked on the incredible amount of respect shown by the staff and students and the silence in the gym. They also elaborated about the ANZAC values and how they translate into Australian life.

Bus and Traffic Safety

New signs and paint work can be seen in the NGSC bus bay. 

Parents/carers need to be aware of the restrictions to cars using the bus bay; No Vehicles between 8:00 - 8:40 am, and 2:45 – 3:30 pm. This is to allow all school buses the necessary room and access to park. Sometimes there are up to 5 buses requiring parking space in the bus bay.

Also, new bright yellow “Keep Clear” lines have been painted on the path to instruct students to keep a safe distance from the curb while buses are moving in and out of the bus bay. 

A further sign reminds all pedestrians about crossing Separation Street safely; use the appropriate crossings and follow the rules for crossing roads safely. 





Bec Durran

Year 8 Coordinator


Welcome back to term 2 Year 7 & 8 students. We hope you had a safe and restful break and have returned to school ready for the second half of Semester 1.

A few reminders from the Year 7 and 8 YLCs

  • Uniform is a big focus. If students are in correct uniform from the beginning of the day, they will have positive interactions with their Homeroom teachers setting up a successful day
  • If students are late, they need to bring a note from a parent/guardian with a reason in their diary. If a note cannot be written in the morning, please phone the attendance line and leave a voice message.
  • Ipads need to be charged and ready for every lesson as well as taking the correct equipment to each class.

Upcoming events in the Junior Sub School for Term 2

Week 4 - Year 8 leadership camp

A number of students have been selected to go on Year 8 leadership camp. A reminder that permission forms need to be handed into the office as soon as possible. This is an incredible opportunity for those involved.


Week 4 - NAPLAN for Year 7 students 


Week 5 - Year 7 and 8 House sport

A junior sub school assembly will be held during Homeroom time on Tuesday, May 7 for students to sign up for their preferred sport. Please ensure you bring a device to this assembly. All information in relation to House sport will be given during this time.


Week 7 - Junior school exams 

Soon it will be time for revision and preparation for exams. You can begin this process early. Keep communicating with your teachers and ensure all classwork and assessment tasks are completed and handed in on time, this will support your preparation for the upcoming exams.

Year 8 Camp

Camp has been approved for Term 3, Week 6 at Halls Gap. Two groups will be attending, Group 1 from Monday, 19 August to Wednesday, 21 August and Group 2 will attend camp from Wednesday, 21 August to Friday, 23 August. 

More information on camp with equipment and cost will be given to students in the coming weeks.


Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader


Welcome back to Term Two, last term of the semester. All Middle School Students would have had holiday homework so please ask at home how this was going. I can’t stress enough how important it is Parents and Guardians access Compass- regular communication between home and school increases educational progress and is a real proactive approach to schooling, rather than only ever hearing when work is overdue or a class has been missed. At home you can stay abreast of what is happening in the classroom and become part of your child’s educational journey rather than passive observer.


Parents, families and carers are a child's first and most important teachers. The Australian Government has many initiatives and resources to help parents, schools and communities work together to improve their child's learning.


What is parent engagement?

Parent engagement in education is about parents and carers, schools and communities working together to ensure that every parent can play a positive role in their child's learning, school community, sport and social life.


Parents and families play an important role in supporting their child's education. Research has shown that when schools and families work together, children do better, stay in school longer, are more engaged with their school work, go to school more regularly, behave better and have better social skills. Parent engagement also results in longer term economic, social and emotional benefits.


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Sarah Bridges

Senior Sub School Manager


Welcome back to term 2. Students are settling back into their studies after using the holidays to refresh and relax, but also study and set themselves up for Term 2. 


I would like to congratulate the following students for their efforts, attitude and dedication to their studies in Term 1. These are our top achieving students, according to progress reports:


Year 11:

  • Bonnie Simpson
  • Bradley Verrall
  • Cooper Towne
  • Jessica Blight

Year 12

  • Damien Disher
  • Angus Reynolds
  • Emma McDonald
  • Xin Xayavong

As the weather cools down students and parents are reminded that students are required to wear the correct winter uniform, with the jacket for extra warmth. 

Year 11

Preparations for the 2020 Year 12 jumper/jacket and camp have begun! Students have begun to think about the design and format of the top. Camp notice and medical forms will be coming home next week. Please return these notices by the required date.

Year 12

Graduation notices have been provided to students this week. Please read carefully and complete the required paper work and payment by the key dates.


Key reminders:

12 June : GAT Unit 4 Students

11 -14 June:  Unit 1-4 VCE exams

17 June: Semester 2 starts

Advanced notice

Unit 3 and 4 Practice Exams will be held during the second week of the September school break, beginning Monday, 28 September. All unit 3 and 4 students are expected to attend in preparation for the final exams. 


Josh Vassallo

HAPE Manager/EIS Coordinator

D-Rod Squad

The D-Rod Squad AFL Barwon Umpiring course has begun at NGSC. Anyone wishing to gain experience, learn the rules of AFL football, have fun after school with AFL umpires or gain employment in a sport setting, see Mr Munro or Mr Vassallo to sign up! Training is Monday Nights at NGSC, 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Intermediate Boys Football

On Wednesday, 1 May, the Intermediate boys football team played in the Geelong Region SSV Football competition. The NGSC team comprised of many EIS students from 2018 and 2019, as well as a number of bottom age Year 9 students. The boys defended well into the wind in the first half of their game against Belmont High School, and then capitalized with the wind in the last half, highlighted with 4 goals from Antoni Dunimagloski, running out 22 point winners. The team then played Newcomb and kicked poorly into the wind in the first half, scoring 3 goals and 8 behinds, however, they managed to keep Newcomb scoreless. In the second half, the boys turned things around and started to score with ease, on the back of Riley McFaddens dominant display in the ruck. The boys ran out easy winners, 9 goals, 12 behinds to 0.0.0.



We awaited the score between Grovedale and Bellarine Secondary Colleges to see who our opponent in the final would be. Grovedale overcame a rampant Bellarine to play off against NGSC in the final. NGSC started kicking slowly against the breeze, allowing Grovedale’s older, bigger bodied players to move with too much freedom to be down by 3 goals at Half time. NGSC rallied in the second half to keep Grovedale to one goal, and kicking one ourselves with Matt Jelenic kicking a goal from 55 meters. However, it was too little, too late with NGSC going down to Grovedale by 3 goals in the Geelong Final.


Well Done to all players and Excellence in Sports Staff for a fantastic display of football talent and work ethic on the day.



On Wednesday, 1 May, Excellence in Sports Year Ten soccer students played their first friendly game against Geelong Grammar School. NGSC students travelled out to Geelong Grammar School, utilising the big ground to their advantage. The boys started well and managed to put scoring pressure on the opposition almost immediately. The EIS Team controlled most of the play in their forward half but just couldn’t convert for the first ten minutes. Antoni, James and Khalil all providing ample run and pressure on their Geelong Grammar counterparts. It didn’t take much longer into the game when Dylyn T managed to set up Antoni with space and time to convert in the 12th minute, putting NGSC up 1-0. Geelong Grammar began to move the ball with more precision and accuracy, getting two great header shots on goal, however, Meh Reh in goals managed to make two great saves, keeping the score at 1-0 in NGSC’s favour. James C was beginning to become a problem for Geelong Grammar, with his speed and precision, he set up Antoni for his second goal in as many minutes. It was once again Geelong Grammar’s turn to pepper the goals, and GGS managed to score from a great corner ball and header, 2-1 in favour of NGSC. NGSC once again gained control of the ball and our defenders where well on top, letting our midfield dominate their GGS opponents. It was from this dominant defending that Ricky Lee and Khalil combined to give Khalil a 1-1 against the GGS goalie, converting with the final score 3-1 to NGSC.


Well Done to the Year Ten Excellence in Sport students and staff in a dominant display. The Excellence in Sports Program looks forward to their next match against Geelong Grammar on 23 May.


Other School News

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer



The Multicultural Committee has taken off, holding it’s first meeting for the term on Monday, 29 April.  At the meeting we had a  guest speaker, Charanbir Singh, Multicultural Services Officer from the Department of Human Services, who presented very informative aspects of his job role and the most common issues faced by new arrivals.  There may be a follow-up session held for VCAL students.  


There was also a productive discussion, generating lots of ideas about programs in the community offering different skills and knowledge that may be used to assist students, particularly those undertaking VCAL.  


Additionally, there are still some disadvantaged students that require materials for class such as books and other equipment to enable them to study.  


There are many activities out in the Community on offer to our students, see further information on the Community News page. 


The Multicultural Committee will hold one more meeting this term on Monday, 3 June at lunch time.  We hope you can join us. 



Ms Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher


Before the end of term students in Ms Elkin’s VCAL class constructed the ‘perfect egg’ by following explicit instructions and practising their use of a compass. From this egg (which could be divided into 9 shapes), they ‘hatched’ a bird!


Prior to visiting the National Gallery of Victoria for the Escher x Nendo exhibition, the VCAL class experimented with printing techniques using designs drawn onto a foam block. This was done in order to appreciate the intricate nature of Escher’s work. On return to classes this term, students experimented with tessellated patterns. There are some very creative people in this class!


For the next four weeks in Work Related Skills classes students have selected areas of interest to pursue such things as making model planes or solar carts; ‘re-skinning’ popular board games with a WRS focus; hospitality; designing ‘mini’ houses or dabbling in various textile projects. We look forward to what comes out of these groups, and may consider repeating this in the future.


Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours


The Road Home Project


Portraits of Justice


Free Community Event


Positive Choices - Free Event


Diversitat Futsal Academy



Victorian School of Languages

Nth Geelong Centre

Located at

North Geelong Secondary College


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


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


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


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

North Geelong Secondary College


Languages offered:      

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

*New languages may be offered subject to demand*


For enquiries Telephone: 5277 9833


Further details and enrolment are available online at our website:


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