NGSC Newsletter

15 November 2019
Issue Eighteen
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

18 November          Year 10 Study Day (at school)

18-22 November    2020 Year 12 Orientation week

19-21 November    Year 10 Exams

22 November           Last Day Year 11 students

25-28 November     2020 Year 11 Orientation week

29 November          Assessment & Reporting Day

                                      (Student Free Day)

2-6 December          Year 7 & 8 Swimming Program

9 December              Last day classes for Years 7-9

9 December              Grade 6 Parent Information                                               Night - 5:30 pm

10 December          Day 1 Grade 6 Orientation

                                       (NGSC Student Free Day)

11 December           Day 2 Grade 6 Orientation

11-13 December     Years 7 - 9 Activities

16 December            Awards Presentation Evening

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

2020 School Leaders

At a special whole school assembly held on Tuesday, 5 November, the staff and students had the pleasure to be presented with the official School Leaders. The new School Captains presented their views and their plans for next year. 
     
School Captains and other students in leadership positions play a vital role in the operation and life of the College. They act as role models for the student body and provide leadership across a wide range of activities within the school community, including sports, the creative arts, technology and general school life.

 

To be selected as a student leader at NGSC, students must have demonstrated a commitment to the values of the school, have a record of involvement in all aspects of school life and have shown a willingness to serve the needs of others.  Although, not all Year 12 students are School Captains, all are leaders. 

 

Once again, congratulations to our 2020 School Leaders, I am looking forward to working with them to continue carving a successful history for the school and achieving great outcomes for all.

 

North Geelong Secondary College
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
“Providing opportunities for excellence”

North Geelong Secondary College is committed in providing the best educational, cutting edge programs to the wider community.  The school is also committed to providing the best possible transition program from Primary to Secondary School.


Scholarships are awarded for two years, commencing in Year 7 and then reviewed in Year 9. The Scholarship Program promotes outstanding commitment of Primary School students who have displayed a strong involvement in their school community. The College looks for outstanding young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal values that will contribute positively to the life of the College.


The Year 7 and 8 scholarships are to the value of $5000. The scholarships cover the following items:

  • Full value of school fees for Year 7 and 8
  • iPad
  • Full school uniform including a school blazer
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Camps
  • All books and materials for Years 7 and 8 
  • All excursions and extra–curricular activities for Years 7 and 8

Scholarships are available in the following areas:

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

2020 Year 7 Scholarship presentation, The Arts Scholarship  

Congratulations to Samuel Bolton from Newtown Primary School for his outstanding achievement.

Samuel has made an outstanding contribution to the Newtown Primary School. He embraces all aspects of The Arts and is persistent to drive and improve his music skills. He is also highly respected by his peers, teachers and Principals and is a valued member of the Newtown Primary School community. 

 

Samuel has demonstrated the following achievements and skills:

  • Currently he is playing in a Community Band
  • He is devoted to developing and improving his musical playing skills
  • Samuel enjoys working with people in promoting a better understanding of both music and different instruments.
  • He has played a key role in his Primary School’s “Events and Media Impact Team”, which requires good organisational, communication and reliability skills
  • He also believes everyone has a talent. They just need to believe in themselves, work hard and have the stamina and persistence to find and cultivate it.

Once again, congratulations Samuel and welcome to the NGSC family! We are looking forward to working with you over the next six years of your High School journey.

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, 18 October and the Awards Presentation Evening on Monday, 16 December.

 

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 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.

Child Safety Code of Conduct

NGSC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people and enables them to thrive in their learning and development. 

 

This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.

 

The Principal and School Leaders of NGSC support the implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and School Leaders will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively. 

 

All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work, are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour as shown below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.

 

Acceptable behaviours
As staff, volunteers, contractors and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work, individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:

  • upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times.
  • treating students and families in the school community with respect, both within the school environment, and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they, or another child ,has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child.
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. 
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability.
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership. 
  • understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
  • if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.

Unacceptable behaviours
As staff, volunteers, contractors and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work, we must not:

  • ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse.
  • develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts).
  • exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted  as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic or service delivery context.
  • ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate.
  • discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting.
  • treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity. 
  • communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting, etc.) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter.
  • photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care purposes.
  • in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary to school policy or take illicit drugs under any circumstances. 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT

Mrs Julie Andrews, Mr Paul Dawson &

Mr Bradley Headlam

Assistant Principals

Mobile Phones 2020

With the impending Department policy arriving at all schools in 2020 there are a number of questions around how NGSC will manage this transition. Fortunately, our current management of smartphones in school is not that different to what will be required in 2020. Currently students are expected to keep their phones and headphones hidden and switched off. Next year the Department requires all students to be offline throughout the school day. We have drawn up a policy that will be shared with School Council and subsequently with parents and students.

 

Essentially, if students are needing to bring a smartphone or smartwatch device, then they will be required to store it in their own locked locker. Students will not be permitted to use phones whilst at school. Obviously, in the event a parent has a need to contact their child, then, as is best practice, call the school and the appropriate staff can manage the situation.

Screen Time Is Not Downtime

Managing mobile phone use at home can pose some challenges for parents, particularly as most of us did not experience this when we were growing up. Immediate access to social media is an enormous issue faced by our children and without our own experiences to draw from, it can pose some difficult scenarios. A common misunderstanding is that it is good for downtime. This is incorrect as the brain is highly stimulated through the visual representations, repeated notifications and also the complex thinking patterns in interpreting various messages through social media. Therefore, using such smart devices prior to going to bed can have a significant impact on sleeping, making the next day more challenging. As a parent, it is important to consider a plan for appropriate use in the household. Fortunately, there is an abundance of advice online (Google it outside of family time). Some of the tips to consider:

  1. Conversations around what time is appropriate - organise and publish this.
  2. Discussion about what apps or programs are appropriate and put restrictions in place.
  3. Turn on apps that measure usage.
  4. Be in the same space to be available for concerns or questions that might arise and for immediate support.
  5. Leave the devices out of the bedrooms, including to charge up (alarm clocks are cheaper anyway).
  6. Factor in family time and homework time before tech time.
  7. Ensure that technology is not used inside the last hour before going to bed.
  8. Have discussions on what it is being used for, if no real response, then no real need to use it!

Homework Advice

Often parents can feel a bit out of the loop when supporting their children with their studies. The access to information via Compass is helpful, however, does not yet outline exactly what students should be doing to maintain or improve their understanding of the content taught. It can spark conversations and often it may lead to the child stating that they were not given homework. Bluff or not, we can still support parents with encouraging their children towards utilising time at home for some structured work. Here are some suggestions:

 

1. Negotiate the time of evening that will be allocated to homework. Times per core subject are recommended as follows:

  • 70 minutes per week (Year 7)
  • 80 minutes per week (Year 8)
  • 90 minutes per week (Year 9)
  • 100 minutes per week (Year 10)
  • 110 minutes per week (Year 11)
  • 120 minutes per week (Year 12)

2. Advise your child on avenues to find work:

  • Learning tasks have deadlines - check these
  • Encourage your child to email classmates or teacher
  • Google Classroom

3. Keep up the momentum! In the event there is apparently ‘nothing to do’ then try the support your child by suggesting the following in their organised homework time:

  • Go through the notes of the day
  • Do some chapter questions
  • Read a chapter
  • Organise diary and plan ahead
  • Read and reread the English text
  • Plan the next assignment
  • Complete subject glossary of terms

Barwon Health Immunisation Program – 25 November

The Barwon Health Immunisation Service will visit NGSC on Monday, 25 November, to provide the second dose for the Year 7 students and catch up immunisations (Meningococcal disease) for the Year 10 students. If your child is not at school on this day, you can attend Barwon Health centres to get the immunisation. See below for times and locations.

 

STEM at NGSC

At NGSC, we have STEM (Science Technology Mathematics Engineering) learning opportunities available within the Year 9 and 10 elective programs, as specific subjects (i.e. STEM, Robotics, Tech - Food, Wood, IT, Textiles) and a STEM project is undertaken in Year 8 each Term.

 

This Term (December 2-6), Year 8 students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in their class to create a variety of theme park rides and activities using recyclable materials. Over the next few weeks, save cardboard sheets and rolls, egg cartons, plastic bottle lids, etc. All material collected needs to be clean and suitable for cutting with scissors, and suitable for glueing with standard PVA glue (provided by school). More information about when to bring these items to school will be communicated through Compass Newsfeed. Students will develop skills in collaboration, communication, teamwork, creativity and design, as they work together to build their park. Each class will present their creation to a panel of judges. During the week, students will also nominate other students for awards relating to teamwork, helpfulness, leadership etc.

Swimming Program - Junior Sub School
2 to 6 December

Also during the week of December 2-6, students in Years 7 and 8 will participate in an intensive Swimming Program. Each day of the week, at the same time of the school day, classes will enjoy the opportunity to develop their swimming skills and their knowledge about water safety. Permission notes have already been given to students and the activity is on Compass. Check with your child’s PE teacher if you have any questions.

 

The timetable for December 2-6 will appropriately accommodate for both the Year 8 swimming program and the STEM program.

Year 10 Exams

Year 10 exams start next week. Students are to attend all day every day as per normal. This is due to feedback to support students in learning how to approach revision, study and reflection in performing at their peak for exams. The details are as follows:

  • Monday, staff will guide students on their revision during class time.
  • Tuesday morning, students will be given a double to prepare effectively for their examination.
  • Thursday, the exams finish at lunchtime and we will have students attending normal classes so they can go through and reflect on performance with professional advice from teachers. This will continue in each subject through Friday also.
  • if a student has missed an exam, catch up exams will be arranged to be done during Period 5 and 6 on Thursday, or any time  on Friday.
  • catch up exams will be organised by the Sub School.
  • all results will be published on Compass under Learning Tasks SEMESTER 2 EXAMINATION.

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Rebecca Durran

Year 8 Coordinator

Staff Changes

There have been a lot of changes in staff roles in the Junior Sub School Office since Mr Storer’s departure from NGSC. Lots of students have been upset with Mr Storer leaving and we wish him the very best in the future.

 

For the remainder of the year, the Year Level Coordinator for Year 7 will be Mr Grozdanovski and Mr Walker has taken on Assistant Year 8 Coordinator. We would like to thank these two for stepping into these roles to support the JSS for the remainder of the year.

 

Exams

The Year 7-9 exam week is fast approaching. They will be conducted during Week 8, but now is the time students should start their preparations. It is essential that they understand exactly what content will be covered and make sure they catch up on any outstanding work or information they may have missed. Revision is also crucial. Small,  but regular interaction with class notes and homework, is far more effective for knowledge retention, than cramming the day before they exam. This should be happening throughout the Semester, but there is no time like the present to focus their efforts, if they have been absent to this point.

 

IMPORTANT: No materials will be provided to students during the exam period. Students must come prepared with all the required materials, including pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and any other necessary items for the specific subjects.

Swimming

The Year 7 and 8 Swimming Program is in Week 9 starting on Monday, 2 December, until Friday, 6 December. The Swimming Program is a part of the PE curriculum and there is an expectation that all students participate in the program. The Swimming Program is a great way to end the Term as the weather becomes better, as the Term draws to a close. Please return your permission forms to the general office as soon as possible or consent can be given via the Compass app. If your student needs another permission form, please direct them to the Junior Sub School Office to collect one.

Activities Week

Students received information regarding the end of year activities week which are to take place in Week 10 of this Term. The organisation of activities this year, is all being done through Compass. Parents are to logon to Compass and opt into the activities their child/ren would like to participate in. Students can choose from either full day or two half day activities on Wednesday, 11 December, and Thursday, 12 December. Friday, 13 December, is Beach Day, which is an all-day activity. If students need more information, they can see staff in the Sub School or the Administration Office. Sign-ups are to be finished by Friday, 6 December.

Rob Munro

NGSC HAPE Teacher

Year 7 and 8 Swimming Program

Please be reminded that the Junior School Swimming Program is coming up soon and all students have been handed their swimming notes. The school places a great deal of importance on identifying those students who cannot swim or who aren’t really confident in water based situations as these can sometimes be encountered in later school programs (Camps, Outdoor Ed, Excellence in Sports, etc.) and we need to know who will be safe to do these programs. As yet, only a little over 65% of the notes sent home have been returned.

 

If you haven’t yet sighted your students swimming note, please ask them for it now and if they need a replacement note, simply have them see their PE teacher in the next few days or they can collect one from the Junior Sub School Office.

 

Thank you for your continued support on this matter.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Simon Scoullar

Middle Sub School Leader

There’s a lot happening this time of year with exams on the horizon for Year 9 and 10 students. Year 10 students also have their VCAL/VCE Orientation which can be quite daunting.

Orientation

Year 10 students must attend their Orientation, as it is imperative they understand the expectations and structures of their relevant programs and receive important holiday readings and introductory work, so they are ready for Year 11 in 2020, rather than being behind. Year 10 students should also remember, realistically, they only have two school years left.

 

VCAL Students are entering a whole new world and to alleviate any anxiety and be on top of VCAL expectations, they need to relish their Orientation and immerse themselves in VCAL and VET.

Exams

In the past, we have had issues with students arriving unprepared to exams. When I asked some students why they don’t have a pen, they tell me it is because they are given one. As this is enabling disorganisation and is a false representation of what will happen in Year 12, we will not be providing pens or calculators. It is not unreasonable to expect students to bring a pen and calculator to their exams, otherwise, they risk failing their exam.

 

All students will have an exam timetable this week and I implore parents to check it out and be supportive of this process.

 

Exams should not be a stressful time. These are not Year 12 exams and will not be the defining moment of their lives, rather a time to test themselves, consolidate their learning and get used to the process before Year 12. Teachers also use exams to inform their teaching practice and reflect on their time in the classroom. Please, if any students are stressed, come and talk to us. There are far bigger things to worry about in life.

Year 9 Art Excursion

Last Thursday, 7 November, Year 9 Art students travelled to Melbourne to view the KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The artworks by Brian Donnely encompassed fashion and design across mediums that included paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, graphic and product design. The work was infused with humour, humanity and a cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters drawn from pop-culture animations that inspired students and was a great education experience, as we embark on our Pop Art unit in class. 


Here is what a few of the students had to say about the excursion;


Jayden: “The exhibition was a fantastic experience and a diverse place. It is an all-round great trip that I would like to take my family to; fun, cool and different.”


Nick: “A better way to learn about Pop Art because it is more interactive and is better than sitting in a classroom.”


Leah: “It lets students think deeper about the themes he wants to get across because he used popular culture references.”


Nessa: “It was weird, unique and cool all at the same time.”


Madeline: “I liked the bright colours and concepts behind it.”

 

A big thank you to Ms Moira Nunn for organising the excursion.

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Water Reality Check

Year 9 Community Engagement students attended Geelong Technical School to complete their project around the theme of water. Students had previously learnt how to use 360o cameras and were charged with investigating a different aspect related to water. They gathered assets (film footage and photos, text, narration) and then incorporated all these into a software program that enabled them to create a Virtual Reality experience. They added hotspots that took the viewer to another area and provided information and visuals to enhance the ‘journey’. All students were able to produce a VR experience by the end of the day and they had the opportunity to view those from other groups. It is quite funny watching students with the VR goggles on, pointing and engaging with things that are not actually in front of them!

 

 

SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Darren Lawless

Assistant Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 Exams

Congratulations to all students who have now completed their VCAA exams and good luck to those who still have exams to go. VCAA exams continue until Wednesday, 20 November. A reminder to Year 12 students still to sit exams, to continue to look after themselves, eat healthy, sleep well and be prepared. Best wishes to all the students with their future pathways.

Orientation

Year 11 exams are now complete and the Year 11 into Year 12 Orientation Program will be running next week (November 18 – 22) and is a full five day program. Attendance is compulsory for all students as they will be commencing their 2020 subjects. Students are to be in full school uniform every day and are reminded that holiday homework will be issued and must be completed.

VCAL Interviews

Our Year 11 VCAL students have participated in student feedback panels this week. The students have reflected on their learning and also gave and received peer and teacher feedback. Mrs. Scott would particularly like to congratulate the students on the way they are being respectful to each other and taking the whole process seriously.

Year 12 Camp 2020

Camp notices have all gone out to Year 11 students and are already due back. This camp is not optional and all Year 12 students, both VCE and VCAL, are expected to attend. This camp begins the final year of schooling for students at North Geelong Secondary and VCAL students in particular will begin working to meet their outcomes whilst away. If any students have concerns or specific difficulties they should see Ms Bridges or Mr Dawson.

VCAL VIBES

June Bashiruddin

VCAL Teacher/Arts Manager

Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary 

On Friday, 1 November, 17 students from Ms Bashiruddin’s VCAL class spent the day volunteering at the Sanctuary in Barwon Heads. We arrived at 10:00 am and were given a short introduction by Tehree Gordon. She explained that the Sanctuary was set up 30 years ago as a safe home for injured wildlife. Jirrahlinga means ‘Seek a home for a kangaroo’. Besides looking after distressed native wildlife, Tehree has also opened her home to look after people, especially children from distressed situations. 

 

The temperature on that Friday soared to 34 degrees. We made sure everyone slathered themselves with sunscreen and mosquito spray and took along bottles of water. Then we were allocated jobs to do such as sweeping the paths, washing the rails, pruning trees, raking leaves or bagging mulch. We were treated to a sumptuous morning tea and again we resumed our tasks. Our supervisors were very conscious of the heat and kept it to fairly light duties. Wheelbarrows of leaves and bushes were bagged or redistributed to feed animals or to be used later as mulch. 
  
Soon lunchtime arrived and a BBQ of hamburgers, sausages and salads awaited us. These were gobbled up quickly. We rested awhile and then were treated to a fabulous interactive experience. The pictures speak for themselves.

 

Julie Elkin

VCAL Teacher

Future Bricks

Last week, students in Ms Elkin’s VCAL class visited Geelong Technical School to test the hemp bricks they had made during Term 3. They carried out tests for heat and sound transmission, strength and water absorption. They used state-of-the-art data loggers and specifically-engineered equipment to perform these tests. Results were shared and analysed within each group. Students then made a judgement as to whether or not it was feasible to build a house out of hemp bricks. Our tests results showed that it was probably not the best thing to do! However, with the optimum ‘recipe’ and larger bricks, they realised that hemp bricks may be one way to address the growing need for changes in the construction industry, due to the large consumption of energy in the traditional clay-fired brick manufacturing process. The ever-expanding population of Geelong and Victoria is placing more demands on the industry and, with energy usage and climate change in mind, there needs to be an alternative. Maybe it could be the hemp bricks…

 

Other School News

Tonia Tigani

Multicultural Festival Drawing Competition

Nevada Childe, VCAL student of Year 10G, spent a great deal of time in organising our Multicultural Festival Drawing Competition, the two prizes were donated by Cavalier Art Supplies. This Competition was open to the local Primary Schools and there were over 600 entries. Both Nevada and Mr Adamou were the judges and the decision was not easy by any means. 

 

Nevada visited the winning students at the Primary Schools and presented them with their prizes and Certificate. He spoke in front of the students classes at the Primary Schools with great confidence and pride, congratulating all of the students on their entries and also speaking about the Multicultural Festival. 

 

Nevada’s pride shone through at this moment and with his current journey at NGSC, this experience has made a real difference to his academic outcomes and has enhanced his aspirations towards his future schooling at NGSC. 

 

Vera Dudas

Multicultural Community Liaison Officer

Multicultural Committee News

This school year is nearly over and the Multicultural Committee has concluded a productive year’s work with its final meeting on Monday, 4 November, by celebrating and reflecting on 2019.  We look forward to continuing with such momentum into 2020.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated Committee Members of 2019: 

Julie Andrews (Assistant Principal), Barbara Peek (Honorary Community Member), Shona Scorringe (Event Coordinator), Julie Elkin, Kaled Ajaj (Centrelink), Glenda McGrath, Joan McMahon, Jonathon Morrison, Kim Nguyen (Minutes Secretary), Jean Pearce, Sahel Rasouli, Nestor Estampa (Catholic Care), Suzana Verescuk, Chrimoo Yohellaymusaw, Danielle Parker (fOrT Manager), Irene Spehar (GELC), Beth Cook (Captain, MC  Chairperson), Sarah Diprose (Captain), Brianna Pendlebury (Captain), Sally Wong, Sefideh Agahzaman, Letka Ristovski, Kellie Phillipps , Jean Pearce and Wol Makot (Diversitat).  

 

A special mention must go to Danielle Parker, Manager of fOrT, for her devotion to our school community.  We are very fortunate and grateful for her dedicated and unconditional support.  

 

Another very special thank you also to Mrs. Barbara Peek, as our Honorary Community Member who continues to show support by attending each meeting and treating us with a fresh homemade cake, as well as her hard work in sourcing donations from the community for disadvantaged and recent arrival refugee students and families in need.

 

At the finale of another year, it is my great pleasure to commend you all on your dedication to the Multicultural Committee.

 

I wish each and every one of you a very safe and restful school holidays with festive season greetings.  I am very much looking forward to working with you all in the coming year.

 

On behalf of The Multicultural Committee

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Body Confident Children and Teens for Parents - 19/11/2019

 

2019 Geelong Japanese Summer Festival - 
30 November 2019

 

Montpellier Primary School 50th Anniversary
Celebration Day
1 December 2019

 

Free Parenting Forum
"The Teen Brain"
18 March 2020

 

Youth English Program

 

Barwon Health Immunisation Centres and Hours

Saver Plus

Hamlyn Heights
Youth Space

Free City of Greater Geelong Parenting Programs for Term 4

How Deep Are Your Pockets?

As the weather improves Barwon Coast and others are seeking your support in helping to protect our sand dunes.  As inviting as it is to run up or play in sand dunes, this damages the dunes, the plants and the animals that live there. Enjoy the coast, and share our shores by staying out of the dunes at all times to ensure the dunes continue to provide us with access to the beach. 

 

  

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 and 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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