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Newcomb Secondary College Newsletter

81-85 Bellarine Highway Newcomb VIC 3219 Phone: 03 5248 1400 Fax: 03 5248 3523 Email: newcomb.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au Website: www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au SMS student absences: 0434 728 159

TUESDAY 5th May 2014

ISSUE: 12

Coming Events

FROM THE PRINCIPAL T TEAM EAM INFORMATION NIGHT THANK YOU

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of the teachers, learning mentors, Wednesday 7th support staff, students and parents for the fantastic way in which our College Music Excursion: Wicked. was presented at last Tuesday’s information evening. The evening started in Year11 Deakin Study Skills Period 3. our school hall where prospective parents and students enjoyed hearing from our school leaders and students before touring the school. It was fantastic Thursday 8th to see the work put in by everyone to make sure visitors saw the best we Intermediate Boys Football. have to offer. Our visitors commented on the student friendly atmosphere Year 11 Deakin Study Skills Period 1. and were impressed by both our facilities and the honest and informative interactions had with staff and students. Tuesday 13th We know that last Tuesday was a wet, cold day and it would have NAPLAN. been nice to have had a greater turnout. We are still providing information tours for new enrolments, so if Wednesday 14th anyone knows of a family that missed out on attending our evening, NAPLAN. please ask them to contact the school as we would love to arrange a tour any time over the coming weeks. Thursday 15th Year Level Assemblies. NAPLAN. Tuesday 20th Year 8 Boys Football Year 8 Girls Netball Year 8 Soccer & Badminton Thursday 22nd College Assembly Year 7 Boys Football Year 7 Girls Netball Year 8 Soccer & Badminton Friday 23rd Debutante Ball—Italian Social Club

MOUNTAIN TO MOUTH—ART WALKS This weekend 9th and 10th May the biennial walk from the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River will take place. Mr Honeywell will be part of the stage from the Barwon River (Bob Morrell Reserve - Barwon Rowing Precinct) to Leopold (Christies Road) on Saturday morning if any community members wish to have an early morning walk with him.(6.30am to 9.30am).

NAPLAN

As with every year in May, we are part of the National NAPLAN testing at Years 7 and 9. There are three days involved Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th May. Parents will receive a report on how their young person went later in the year. If a student is absent on one of the test days, there is a catch up session held. Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal

Sunday 25th Lombok Tour Departs College Council: President: Vidas Kymantas Vice President: Exec. Officer: Phil Honeywell

Student Leaders:

Student Leaders:

Daniel Blair

Alexandria Potter Madeline Walker

Luke Warren


We are going digital. The Newsletter is going digital. Starting today all newsletters will be published online and will 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. Go to www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au and then click the newsletter tab. Enjoy the reading.

YEAR 7 SOCCER PROGRAM

Our Wellbeing team is continually striving to support Year 7 students to have an ongoing smooth transition into their secondary school life. During Term 1, some volunteer Youth Workers from Gateways Community Church, Moolap ran a Lunchtime Soccer Competition for our new Year 7 students. This year the students chose to have a boys versus girls challenge but given that only 2 girls were interested in playing - the competition came down to separating all the boys! Students learnt new skills in soccer, as well as getting to know some new students from other classes. Additionally students began making a connection with the Gateways Leaders. We thank Gateways for continuing to support students at Newcomb Secondary College. Chiara Ercoli Student Wellbeing

CANTEEN ROSTER Wednesday 7th May

Thursday 8th May

Friday 9th May

Monday 12th May

Tuesday 13th May

WENDY MASON

HELP NEEDED

RITA GILBERT

HELP NEEDED

HELP NEEDED

Wednesday 14th May

Thursday 15th May

Friday 16th May

Monday 19th May

Tuesday 20th May

LEANNE KVATERNIK

ROSE HORTON

RITA GILBERT

HELP NEEDED

JO BRAR


THE “HAPPINESS CYCLE” —THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

Following on from the “Happiness Cycle” event held at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in early February, “Bicycling Network” offered us in excess of 30 bikes to hold our own mini event at school when they learned of the significant focus we have on bikes and bike riding. The “Happiness Cycle” is a major fitness initiative by the “Bicycling Network” and Coca Cola to promote teenagers to be more active through riding a bike. To participate, students needed to register their interest, make a pledge regarding their intention to ride regularly, download an App to track their own activity against friends and other participants, then attend a workshop day where they would assemble a bike, collect a helmet, lock and lights, and ride off into the sunset – All for Free!! So, on Thursday, 27th of March, we held our Mini event. With Denis from the Bicycling Network making a presentation and leading the way, our gymnasium was converted into a bike mechanics workshop and bike testing ground! It was really pleasing to see our students get their hands dirty and work through the bike assembly process with the help of a number of our very experienced On 2 Wheels students. The end result, a hugely successful morning with just on 30 very happy Newcomb students now the proud owners of a “Happiness Cycle”! Mr Unmack

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.

LEOPOLD BUS TRAVELLERS: On Wednesday afternoon only, the following two bus services will be combined C7/C5 to Leopold.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOST AN OVERSEAS EXCHANGE STUDENT Learn about another culture, learn a new language or perhaps improve your culinary skills Hosting - An Experience for Life Student Exchange is looking for host families across New Zealand to welcome overseas students into their home Visit www.studentexchange.org.au/host-a-student or call 1300 135 331 for more information


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Computer Provision at Newcomb Secondary College  

At Newcomb Secondary College we believe it is essential to provide our students with opportunities to achieve their  best educational outcomes. Studies have shown that having access to up to date computer equipment that can be  used both at school and at home can greatly improve student outcomes. We have negotiated a special deal with Dell  to supply computers through a parent purchase plan supported by an optional three year accidental damage and  repair service. This ongoing support has proven very valuable in our current netbook program and is something not  usually available to the public at the price we have negotiated.  Check out the full details at ‐ http://estore.coretechnologypartners.com.au/nsc     Computer Device 1  Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet – Touch screen Windows 8.1, 2Gb RAM, 64Gb Hard Drive  $1,076.90 Inc GST outright purchase and will be owned by the student (no more to pay after purchase)    These devices come with over 40 educational software titles including Microsoft Office Professional and virus  protection.  We strongly advise families to also take  up the 3 Year Accidental Damage cover  option to cover accidental damage,  repairs and technical support. This costs  $214.50 Inc GST for the 3 year period.    Computer Device 2  Dell Inspiron 11 Notebook – Touch screen Windows 8.1, Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor N2810 (1M Cache, 2.00  GHz), 4GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive  $691.90 Inc GST outright purchase and will be owned by the student (no more to pay after purchase).   These devices come with over 40 educational software titles including Microsoft Office Professional and virus  protection.   We strongly advise families to also take up  the 3 Year Accidental Damage cover option  to cover accidental damage, repairs and  technical support. This costs $165.00 Inc GST  for the 3 year period.                      Students who already own a computer device may also bring this along to check it meets networking requirements  and may use this at school if preferred. Limited support will be provided for these devices.  We are unable to provide apps for iPads or android devices under education department licensing and any apps  required will need to be provided by families.    See over for minimum specifications for a device you already own.   


Option 2 – Bring Your Own Device from home (BYOD) Parents who already own a device may check below to see if it meets minimum requirements for  connection to the school network. This will allow students to use a device that they already own and feel  confident with using. Students will be able to connect to the college network for file, Internet and printing  access. Parents will continue to be responsible for the insurance, repair and service of their own device.  Students must read and sign the “Acceptable Use Agreement” and also complete the “Application to  Network a BYOD Personal Device” available from Mr Bath.  Note – We do NOT expect all students to have their own device on day 1 of the school term. You will have  time to check the best option for you and consult with our IT support staff before committing to any of  these options. However it is hoped that students will have access to a device of their own within a  reasonable time soon after the beginning of school.   

Student devices must meet the following minimum standards to be suitable for school use  Windows Laptop   

Mac Laptop  

Linux/Other Laptop 

Hardware Requirements   Must be no older than 2010   RAM: 2GB+   CPU: Dual core   WI‐FI BGN  Software Requirements  OS: Windows 7 or 8  Office Software  Notes   

Hardware Requirements  Must be no older than 2010   RAM: 2GB+   CPU: Dual core   WI‐FI BGN  Software Requirements OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or above Office Software  Notes  Some software may need to be  operated via Bootcamp or Virtual  Box. Some software is PC only 

Hardware Requirements  Must be no older than 2010   RAM: 2GB+   CPU: Dual core   WI‐FI  Software Requirements OS: Ubuntu 11.04 or equivalent  Office Software   Notes Linux is not a preferred platform.

  iPads   

Android Tablets  

Windows 8/8.1 /RT Tablets  

Hardware Requirements   iPad 2 or above   16 Gb or above   WI‐FI BGN  Software Requirements   IOS 5.1 or above   Office Software   Notes  Each device needs to be assessed  for suitability before connection 

Hardware Requirements  16 Gb or above   Dual core CPU   WI‐FI BGN  Software Requirements  Android 4.0 or above   Office Package  Notes  Android is not a preferred  platform. 

Hardware Requirements  32 Gb or above    WI‐FI BGN 

 

Software Requirements  Office Software  Notes  Each device needs to be assessed  for suitability before connection 


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