PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Key Dates

9-13 Sept               School Production Week

18-20 Sept             Year 9 Camp

20 Sept                   Last day Term 3

                                  (1:30 pm Finish)

7 October              First day Term 1 

22 October            Last day for Year 12 students

                                   Farewell  Whole School 

                                   Assembly (Period 3)

                                   Year 12 Graduation

23 October            Geelong Cup Public Holiday

25 October              Multicultural Day Festival

30 October to

15 November         VCAA Exams

11 November         Year 11 Study Day

12-15 November   Year 11 Exams

18 November          Year 10 Study Day

18-22 November    Year 11-12 Orientation week

19-21 November    Year 10 Exams

22 November           Last Day Year 11 students

25-28 November     Year 10-11 Orientation week

29 November            Assessment & Reporting Day

2-6 December           Year 7 & 8 Swimming Program

 

Mr Nicholas Adamou

Principal

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 students are provided with support programs aiming at setting our students up for the best possible training to achieve their best possible results. 

 

The College sees these support programs (Careers support, Homework and Study supports, Wellbeing supports) as paramount to the performance of the VCE group. With only two 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 focus on the end of year VCE exams.

 

During 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 tutorials and classes.  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 to the best of their capability.

 

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Year 12 Coordinators, Ms Jacinta Eales and Mr Phil Walker, 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 many opportunities for the academic, co-curricular and other individual needs of all our students in wonderful ways. In the last five years, it has become a school of choice and it is currently at full student capacity. These last weeks of term have again seen an array of activities that have showcased and celebrated students’ talents. A wonderful example was this year’s school production “Haunt’ showcasing the outstanding talents of a number of our students.

 

The final exams are fast approaching not only for our VCE students, but also 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 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. On behalf of the school community, I wish them all the best for their future.

Working together with our parents and guardians. “It takes a village to raise a child…”

 

Research shows that parents play a critical role in their school children's academic success at every year 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 years. 

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.

 

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 enrol in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their exams and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behaviour and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to post-secondary education

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 home visits, family nights and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. 

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 tertiary educational settings, 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 endeavour to strengthen our partnerships and relationships with families, respond to parent concerns, honour their contributions, and share decision-making responsibilities, empowering the parents and guardians to sustain connections aiming at improving student achievement and future pathways. 

Student Parties, it's that time of year…

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/guardian 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, 22 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 school for clarification. Whether or not you allow your child to attend any such party or event is a matter of a 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, 25 October

 

On Friday, 25 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 (56 ethnic backgrounds). There will be an extensive involvement of the wider school community. This event is also a City of Greater Geelong calendar event with huge success over the years.

 

The official school assembly will begin at 10:00 am. A very entertaining program with music, dance and more will be on the menu. There is an extensive list of VIP guests attending including local, state and federal politicians and a number of key community stakeholders. We also expect approximately 800 Primary school students to attend, from a number of local 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

20 September

Wishing you all a very safe and restful break and I look forward to re-joining you next term.

Term 4 begins on Monday, 7 October.