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Newcomb Secondary College Newsletter

81-85 Bellarine Highway Newcomb VIC 3219 Phone: 03 5248 1400 Fax: 03 5248 3523 Email: Website: SMS student absences: 0434 728 159


Coming Events APRIL Thursday 3rd College Assembly. Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4pm to 7pm. Friday 4th Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 8.45am to 12.30pm. Last day of Term One. NO FORMAL CLASSES. Tuesday 22nd First day of Term Two.

TUESDAY 1st April 2014


PARENT, STUDENT AND TEACHER CONFERENCES These conferences are being held on Thursday evening from 4p.m. to 7p.m. and on Friday from 8:45a.m. to 12:30p.m. in the Language Centre at the rear of the school. It is very important that as parents we attend these conferences, so we are aware of where our young people are at, both academically and socially. On Thursday both Ms. Roberts and Mr. Davis will not be available until 5 p.m. as they will be returning from a Professional Development in Melbourne and Mr. Wight is also unavailable. Friday morning Ms. Bourke, Ms. (Perkins) Millis and Ms. Stewart will not be available. Ms. Swan will be available from 10:30a.m. Please speak with your young person regarding the times you are available to attend and have them make an appointment with the classroom teachers.


Thursday 27th College Assembly

Congratulations to all students who participated in IAW and work experience last week. We had a very successful presentation afternoon on Friday which was well attended and supported by students from Years 7 – 10.

Friday 25th ANZAC day School Closed.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the afternoon was the performance of four original songs from the very new band, “Children of the Apocalypse”.

Tuesday 29th Year 7 Information Night

Well done to those students for taking the challenge and performing in front of such a huge crowd, a very daunting experience for anyone.

SMS Student Absence Line is still currently unavailable.

Well done also to all of the students who spoke of their experiences throughout the week. It was very pleasing to hear so many students make a special mention of thanks to their teachers for organising their activity. We have not yet heard from students on work experience and look forward to hearing their stories throughout the next few days. IAW is now finished for another year and students will receive some feedback on their attendance and performance in their mid-year reports. We will include some photos and extended reports in the newsletters in term two. College Council: President: Vidas Kymantas Vice President: Exec. Officer: Phil Honeywell

Student Leaders:

Student Leaders:

Daniel Blair

Alexandria Potter Madeline Walker

Luke Warren

END OF TERM We wish all members of the Newcomb Secondary College Community the very best for the Easter holiday break. Term 2 commences on Tuesday, 22nd April (after Easter Monday). Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal

We are going digital. The Newsletter is going digital. From the start of next term all newsletters will be published online and be available to read at any time. You will also have access to all past issues to either read or print as required. If you would prefer to have a copy emailed to you, simply contact the college office (5248 1400) or register your email address on our website to receive your weekly copy. Either way you will always be up-to-date with College news and important dates. The College Newsletter remains the main communication of information to our community – please ensure you check the website each week. Look for the latest newsletter on the website every Tuesday afternoon.

FAMILY ACCOUNTS Family Accounts are due by this Friday, 4th April. Payments can be made in person at the office. There are several ways to pay your account. BPay (Biller Code is listed on your account), Direct Deposit (contact the office for bank details) or over the phone. EMA Those families who are in receipt of EMA please note this has been credited to your family account. If you elected to have EMA paid into your private bank account it has now been deposited. Please consider using this education allowance to pay your family account.

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Newcomb Secondary College Canteen is desperately in need of volunteers in the canteen. If you have one day a month free to volunteer, I would love to hear from you. Canteen duty is from 9.45am till about 2.00pm. You will help prepare salad rolls and school lunches and serve the students at recess and lunchtimes. It is not difficult and our volunteers really enjoy it. Give me a call if you are interested in helping.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE Thursday, 3rd April 4:00pm – 7:00pm Newcomb Secondary College Language Centre Old Style Uniform Green winter kilts, Rugby Jumpers Shorts, Trousers and School Shoes

Colleen O’Brien, Canteen Manager Phone 5248 1400.

Nothing over $10

CYBER STOMP Once again our Cyber Cats Ambassadors had the privilege of participating in another Geelong Footy Club and Headspace Program raising awareness on Cyber Bullying. Last Wednesday evening our students STOMPED on Simonds Stadium ground and received a banner from Cats Players. Students and parents were treated to a snag with the players, and students received a t-shirt and show bag for their participation. Many thanks to Geelong Football Club and Headspace for inviting our Ambassadors to participate in a wonderful Community Activity.

PHYSICS WITH THE RAMSAYS On Thursday of last week the Ramsay family hosted a Year 12 Physics class during Periods 3 and 4. Jacob, who is recovering from having sustained a broken back, has regularly been using Skype to stay connected with his teacher and classmates. However, in the belief that there is no substitute for face-to-face communication, Barry Lingham literally took his class to Jacob’s bedside. The students participated in a productive double period, which coincided with the introduction of a new section of the coursework. Afterwards, they were all treated to a lavish morning tea, courtesy of the Ramsay’s ‘Patisserie’. Jacob’s resilience, positivity and commitment to learning, despite his personal challenges and adversity, has provided both his peers and teachers with great inspiration. And he should know that all at Newcomb Secondary College will offer learning support and play an active role in his continued rehabilitation for as long as we possibly can.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Are you wanting to buy or sell second hand uniforms for your student? Join the new 'Newcomb Secondary College Second Hand Uniforms' group on Facebook. CASH ONLY

HEALTHY HAPPENINGS Health Promotion Term 1: Healthy Eating We have been focussing on healthy eating this term. The Healthy Eating Quiz and the Healthy Snacks and Lunches Competition were held on Wednesday, 19th March. 19 students’ participated in the Healthy Eating Quiz at the Breakfast Program. Congratulations to Allan (112) and Luke (82) who had all the answers correct on the quiz. Seventeen students’ names were put into a raffle for eating a healthy snack or lunch. Congratulations to Sarah (72), Elyse (92), Lachlan (102) and Madeline (124) whose names were selected from the raffle. The above prize winners all received a water bottle in recognition of their great work. Put Some Crunch in Your Lunch Making lunch every day of the school year can be tiresome for parents (and kids) so remember to mix up your menus and keep trying out fresh ideas to keep your child interested in the healthy treats you’re tucking inside their lunch box. Sandwiches can get very boring, but you can mix things up by using Lebanese bread, bagels, pita bread, pikelets, scones, wraps, rice cakes, English muffins, multigrain crisp breads and cracker biscuits with a mix of nutritious fillings. Enjoy your happy (and healthy) eating! Faith Field, Secondary School Nurse

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Anzac Day Ceremony – SENIOR CONCERT BAND This year the Senior Concert Band will be performing at the 99th Anniversary of Anzac Day at Ocean Grove – Friday April 25th . The Senior Concert Band will be departing school at 8.20 am and returning by 11.30 am. All Senior Concert Band Members are asked to please make themselves available to perform on this day for this very important event. Excursion forms have been posted home to parents along with information regarding the Senior Concert Band Tour in August. YEAR 7 MUSIC INFORMATION EVENING A Year 7 Music Information Evening will be held for all parents and students who are learning a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument at school on Monday, May 5th in the Music Department. It will commence at 7 pm with our Senior Jazz Band – Cold Fusion - performing, followed by a 45 minute meeting. Please enter by the gate next to Safeway closest to the cubbies. BAND REHEARSALS Cold Fusion – 1 pm every Monday lunchtime. Senior Concert Band – on a rotating timetable from periods 1 to 6 every Thursday. Year 8 Intermediate Band – one period a week on a rotating timetable. Blues’n Jazz – 1 pm every Thursday lunchtime. Year 7 Junior Concert Band will commence in term 2. BEFORE SCHOOL MUSIC LESSONS EVERY WEEK – WITH MRS STABRYLA Tuesday 8.15 am sharp - Senior Concert Band Flutes Thursday 8.15 am sharp - Senior Concert Band Saxophones Friday 8.15 am sharp - Senior Concert Band Clarinets. Junior Music Camp – CHANGE OF ORIGINAL DATE AND VENUE from previous newsletter – A year 7 & 8 Junior Music Camp will be held in Airey’s Inlet for instrumental music students during term 4 – from October 27th to 29th for three days. All inclusive cost - $140.00 Any enquiries regarding the Music program please contact Mrs Stabryla via email

IAW “footy” ‘14 We had a tour of the MCG and then into the “NSM” (National Sports Museum) with a half hour interactive session at the end. The National Sports Museum exhibition was instructive, inspirational and informative. It covered the ’56 Olympics and ’06 Commonwealth Games at the MCG. AFL, cricket, rugby, sailing, basketball, netball, soccer and many other sports were included. But many of the students thought the highlight of the museum was the interactive session. Several students remarked that going under the “G”, experiencing the players’ change rooms and the “race” up to the ground was the best part of the day in a day of ‘firsts’ for many. Richmond’s Todd toured us through Richmond Football club’s new Punt Road facility. With ipads and devices throughout their gym, Alex Rance dominating the majority of the dozen top tens of their performance targets. On Tuesday, Ryan Owens took over teaching for the week in Footy IAW. Tuesday was a fine day so we headed out to the grass, east of the hall and Irwin reserve to conduct some footy competitions. This included kicking the ball from about 20 metres into the wheelie bin. Only one student kicked it into the bin. We did some kicking for goal and Brandon and Alex were the most effective goal kickers. Brandon and Alex also showed some talent for trick kicks. We were lucky that Lachlan used his phone to film our footy exploits of the day. In the afternoon we watched a DVD on introducing AFL and footy skills featuring Tom Hawkins and Leigh Brown in E12. On Wednesday we were met by Sharron from the GFC museum. She presented us with concise and interesting stories of GFC and showed us through the museum with the privilege of looking through the storage area. We then went back to school for Matthew Sully’s footy clinic and ‘scratch match’. Matthew Sully is the extremely competent, Full Back for Geelong Cats VFL team. Brandon’s team won 4.4 to 3.2. The footy team, with help from Mr Kellett’s GFC Cheer Squad experience, made a ‘run through’ / banner which we ran through as part of our IAW presentation. Last year we won an award for our presentation. Everyone contributed to the presentation. THANK YOU to Mr Owens, without his teaching we could not have had a great time. Mr Bartlett for his work on Monday, Ms Vinnicombe for organising the IAW, Ms Anderson for her extra good work keeping Mr K. on the ‘straight and narrow’ and organised, Ms Brennan for her assistance, Todd at Richmond FC, Sharon at GFC. But especially Matt Sully, GFC VFL player for his footy expertise.

CANTEEN ROSTER Wednesday 2nd April

Thursday 3rd April

Friday 4th April (Last day of Term 1)



Wednesday 23rd April HELP NEEDED

Monday 21st April

Tuesday 22nd April (First day of Term 2)




Thursday 24th April

Friday 25th April

Monday 28th April

Tuesday 29th April





SCHOOL FUNDRAISER ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS The College is selling Entertainment Books as part of its fundraising for 2014. The books sell for $55 and are packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for1 offers from many of the region’s most popular restaurants, attractions, takeaway chains, accommodation, and much more! Available as a traditional Entertainment Book OR the new Digital Membership for your Apple or Android device. Entertainments Books can be ordered online at by contacting the College office on 5248 1400 or going on the website. orderbooks/11313gl






CAREERS NEWS Reminders ‘At Monash’ seminars - Architecture 29 April; Interior Architecture 30 April; Psychology 1 May; Medicine/ Biomedical Science 6 May; Law 7 May. See: ‘Experience La Trobe’ - meet staff, be a uni. student for a day, get course info. Fri 11 April. See: ‘A Day at Melbourne’ - explore the campus, study options, current students, entry require-ments; 10am-3.30pm, Fri 11 April; Register:, or call 13 MELB for information.

EXPLORE DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – Parent and student tertiary information nights: Warrnambool campus– 6-7.30pm, Wed 2 April Geelong Waterfront – 6-8pm, Wed 28 May

Melbourne Burwood – 6-8pm, Wed 21 May See:

CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY – Enjoy studying sport? Then Clinical Exercise Physiology might be the career for you. Where physiotherapists assist people with movement disorders using techniques to assist muscles and joints to move to their full potential, clinical exercise physiologists use exercise to prevent and rehabilitate disease and injury in the community. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are formally recognised by the Dept. of Health and Aging as allied health professionals, which means that they are able to deliver Medicare-compensable services. Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology aims to produce quality exercise physiologists (the first and only accredited exercise physiologist course in Victoria to be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)). To be eligible for this program, students must be able to demonstrate eligibility for exercise scientist accreditation from ESSA, and provide evidence of 140 hours of exercise service delivery for apparently healthy clientele. This can be achieved by completing Deakin’s B. Exercise and Sport Science, including the accredited exercise science – ESSA sequence.

INDIGENOUS STUDENT EXPERIENCE MONASH DAY – Do you want to get a taste of university life? The Indigenous Student Experience Day is an opportunity for Year 9 - 12 students to get a hands-on experience of what Monash University has to offer. There will be interactive sessions where participants can choose areas of study in which they are interested. Meet staff and current indigenous students, gain information on how to apply, and what support is available for indigenous students. When: 10am-1.30pm, Fri 2 May; Where: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton Campus; RSVP by 25 April: Ph 9905 8699; RMIT NEWS – RMIT is a ‘dual-sector’ institution, offering degrees, diplomas, certificates, pre-apprenticeships and short courses. The main campus is in Swanston Street, Melbourne, with other campuses located at Brunswick and Bundoora. What are a few of the courses available? Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) – This career-oriented degree prepares students to work in international development, security, diplomacy, political economy, law and global governance. An international internship and language study is compulsory (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Greek or Italian). Some graduate destinations: Department of PM and Cabinet, Dept. of Premier and Cabinet, AusAID, Dept. of Defence, Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship. Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) – covers property law, planning, valuation, development, investment funds management, asset/commercial property management, law, construction techniques and project management related to commercial property, not real estate. It involves infrastructure like ports and schools. Why study it? It is financially rewarding, you’re not in an office all day, it has a mixture of management and hands-on work. Bachelor of App. Sci. (Project Management) – A project is an event with a start and a finish time. The course offers students the opportunity to gain structured employment experiences within the industry to enhance academic learning. Graduate destinations: Construction - building and infrastructure projects and property development; Non-construction – client-side project management, event project management, business project management, IT, health. NOTE: The first year of the above two degrees is the same, along with the B. App. Sci. (Construction Management). This allows for collaborative projects to be undertaken. Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) – Boeing estimates that 192,000 new pilots will be required by 2032! On graduating, students may find employment in charter/regional airlines, outback station flying, sightseeing, fire spotting and beach patrols, and flight instructing (with Instructor Rating). With enough hours, they may go on to chief pilot, fleet, or flight operations manager. Pilots are trained for the general flying progress test, private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence and air transport licence. The current annual fee is about $60,000 (NOTE: a total of up to $96,000 can be borrowed through FEE-HELP). What makes RMIT Science programs special? RMIT has entry pathways from Diploma and Associate degrees run in VET. You have a choice of specialisation, with a major/minor combination, double degree or integrated honours. RMIT courses have a strong hands-on component with plenty of practical experience, labs, pilot plant and field trips. All students complete an independent project in their final year and they all complete a work placement or a project-based team working component. There are overseas experiences, semester exchanges and International Student volunteer opportunities. NOTE: RMIT is holding ‘Big Picture Experience’ information sessions about many of their courses in the Term 2 holiday break. See later editions for details, or now.


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