Nossal Time is our school’s dedicated pastoral care program, where students engage in activities, discussions and strategies to tackle key health issues affecting young people and our wider community, some of which includes managing stress and mental illness, LGBTIQA+ issues, relationships and decision making.
Year 9&10 – Eva D’Souza N3
Relationships always have their struggles, through the lesson on ‘Problem Solving’ in Nossal Time the Year 9s and 10s have learnt ways to effectively convey the emotions present and deal with certain challenges of relationships. We were given specific situations where we followed these steps:
- Name the challenge (what the problem actually is)
- Brainstorm ideas (write down all and any ways to deal with the challenge)
- Evaluate Ideas (list out the positive and negative consequences that stem from each response and rate each out of 10),
- Choose One (i.e. identify which is the option with the highest mark and will get you the best response)
- Sounds/Looks Like (think about what needs to be done, who does it and when)
- Try and Assess (did it work? If not repeat steps, Is the solution short or long term?)
This provides us with a structured and carefully considered way to overcome the issue, rather than making rash or impulsive decisions when dealing with the problem and in the process hurting the people involved.
Year 11&12 – Alicia Varkey X5
During our Nossal Time session the Year 11s and 12s combined to discuss gender and privilege. We first discussed various gender stereotypes present in society. This included how men are expected to be strong and stoic and how women are expected to be nurturing and caring. We analysed the impacts of such fixed stereotypes on mental health, relationships and society. As a class we examined how we could deconstruct the various expectations and stereotypes that we are exposed to everyday and found that we must strive to analyse the subconscious biases. For example by ensuring that we strive to encourage boys and men to feel comfortable in expressing emotion and ensuring that girls and women are perceived as strong rather than bossy when in positions of leadership to ensure that we can remove gendered barriers for all.
We were also provided with cards of various scenarios in which we analysed the intersectional identities of a person and how it impacted their privilege in society including gender, race, religion, sexuality, ability and socioeconomic status. The various activities in this session provided us with the skills to recognise our own and others' experiences and privileges and to work towards deconstructing harmful stereotypes.
Thanks to Eva D’Souza of N3 and Alicia Varkey of X5, for sharing their experiences from Nossal Time on 9 June.
Ms Sara Villiers
Nossal Time Leader
STUDENTS WHO ARE UNWELL
As it is now winter and therefore more students with flu and viruses, please be mindful not to send your student to school if unwell. If a student becomes unwell whilst at school, it is the responsibility of the parent to collect that student from school if requested to do so by office staff. If you cannot do so yourself, then an alternative person is to be organised by you and the office advised of who that person will be. Please also be aware that the office closes at 4.00pm.
Relocation of Campion Education Service Centre
Campus Traffic Safety Committee Update
Campus Traffic Safety Committee have recently contacted the school with concerns they have about vehicles travelling to and from Nossal, through the university campus at excessive speeds.
Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard is a road that has a varying speed limit between 10 and 20kph depending on whether the area is a shared pedestrian zone or not. The road is sign posted and also has speed humps to slow the traffic, however clearly these are not acting as a deterrent to some drivers.
It is important that all drivers of vehicles moving along the road, observe the speed limits. The limits have been instigated to ensure the safety of all pedestrians, including our students. Currently there is concern about some vehicles being driven far too fast which clearly has the potential to cause accidents.
All drivers are urged to be patient and observe the road rules relevant to this area. It is a policy requirement of the Department of Education and a major safety concern for Campus Traffic Safety Committee who have advised that should the problem persist, police will be asked to attend during peak times.
Slow down! It may be your child's friend that is hit and injured by a car travelling too fast.
Supervisors for VCAA Exams
Would you like to help with supervising the externally assessed VCAA exams in 2022? VCAA exam supervisors are paid to complete this task and this is a rewarding way to be involved in the program at Nossal High School.
Supervisors for VCAA exams cannot be any of the following:
- Related to or associated with any student undertaking the GAT or any student undertaking a VCE Unit 3 or 4 study in 2022 at Nossal High School Teaching any student a VCE Unit 3 and 4 study in 2018
- Teaching any student required to sit the GAT or teaching any student in a VCE Unit 3 or 4 study in 2022
- Tutoring a student required to sit the GAT or tutoring a student in a VCE Unit 3 or 4 study in 2022 at Nossal High School
- Related to or associated with any person engaged in teaching, tutoring or coaching any students required to sit the GAT, or any students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 or 4 study in 2022, or any school personnel engaged in organising or checking VCE external assessment materials at Nossal High School
- Employed at Nossal High School as a teacher (excluding CRT) or member of the administration staff
Related to or associated with students includes: children, via relatives/relationships by marriage or de facto or by other living arrangements, friends, neighbours, business or community associates, tutoring or teaching relationships.
Supervisors must also hold a full Employee Working with Children card (not a Volunteer Working With Children card). Supervisors must also be fully vaccinated for COVID in line with current government requirements for school staff.
In 2022 the GAT will be held on Wednesday 7th September and the end of year exams will run from Wednesday 26 October to Wednesday 16th November. Availability will be confirmed closer to the dates.
If you would like to more information or are unsure about your eligibility please contact Katherine Warriner at email@example.com.
To register your interest please email Christine Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact number and address. Training and information sessions will be held later in the year.
Please pass this on to friends or family who may be interested in taking up this opportunity.
An interest in Physics?
Nossal High School has an active physics program which incorporates a significant amount of design methodology. There is an opportunity for a community member to do some volunteering with us to support the work of our physics teachers. The work would suit someone with an interest in physics or engineering, and would involve spending one day a week working with physics teachers to develop and prepare materials for various experiments and activities to be carried out as part of the teaching program.
If you are interested in volunteering with us in this capacity, please contact Stuart Fankhauser (email@example.com).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CSEF 2022
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Applications for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) close on Friday 24 June, 2022.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.
Payment amount this year is $225 eligible for secondary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
If your circumstances have changed since the beginning of this year and you are now eligible to apply but have NOT YET applied for CSEF, please complete an application form and submit to the office prior to June 24, 2022.
IMPORTANT: If your student is new to Nossal High School this year, you are eligible for the CSEF and have been applying for CSEF in your student’s previous school, you MUST complete a new application form for Nossal High School. Applications for the CSEF made at previous schools DO NOT transfer automatically. Please ensure you complete a new application form for 2022 and forward to the office prior to the June 24.
Note: Application forms can be obtained from the school office.
You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.
Check with the school office if you are unsure.
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