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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: ISSUE: 14

Coming Events May Tues 21st Year 6 Information Evening. Wed 22nd Melbourne Drama Trip Group 72. House Cross Country. Thurs 23rd Year 8 Football, Girls Netball, Badminton. Mon 27th Exams in Class Years 9 & 10. Tues 28th Exams in Class Years 9 & 10. Geelong Cross Country. Wed 29th VCAL Year 12 Melbourne Excursion. Exams in Class Years 9 & 10. Thurs 30th Level Assemblies. Exams in Class Year 9 & 10. Science & Engineering Challene Yr 10. Fri 31st Exams in Class Year 9 & 10. Science & Engineering Challene Yr 10. JUNE Mon 3rd Exams in Class Year 11.

TUESDAY 21st May 2013

FROM THE PRINCIPAL T TEAM EAM INFORMATION NIGHT Tonight we have our 2014 Year 7 Information Evening with the formal part of the presentation commencing at 7.00pm in the Hall. Guided tours around the College facilities will follow and there is also the opportunity to take part in a tour prior to the formal presentation if this is more convenient. All welcome.

COLLEGE COUNCIL The May meeting of the Newcomb Secondary College Council took place last Thursday evening. Among the items discussed were our developments towards a computer 1:1 program, our Lombok visit and the development of the sister school relationship, the Chaplaincy Program and the Cubby fire.

FUTURE STUDENT COMPUTER PROVISION Hi Newcomb Parents and Families, 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. In the past there has been Federal Government funding to assist with provision of computers but unfortunately this is no longer available. We are currently in negotiations to supply computers through a parent purchase plan supported by a three year accidental damage and repair service. To help us determine the best future directions in this area it would be very helpful to have a wide cross section of our families respond to the survey at the link below. There are only 7 questions but the information gained will be very valuable. College Council: President: Vidas Kymantas Vice President: Jenny Speed Exec. Officer: Phil Honeywell Treasurer: Colette Brennan

Student Leaders:

Student Leaders:

Joshua Walker Emily Belyea

Erik Kvietelaitis Rose Doole

James Carrodus Kaitlynn Hinrichs

Chrisitina La Spada

Jarrod Ramsay

UNIFORM The Beleza shop currently has the Sport shirts and shorts in all sizes. They have larger sizes in the College jumper and have a delivery early next week of smaller sizes. If you have placed an order, Beleza will ring when the items are available for collection. The new winter skirt will not be available for this winter, as we are still going through a design process with Beleza. Until we get our new winter skirt, girls have a few options for the colder weather. Girls have the option of wearing Navy Blue Pants. Beleza have Navy Blue Dress pants and any of the navy blue women’s pants from the ‘work wear’ ranges stocked by stores like Target, BigW, Myer or Kmart are suitable. Girls are not permitted to wear Jeans, leggings or tracksuit pants. Girls can also continue to wear their summer dress with Navy Blue tights – and layer with a plain white round neck t-shirt for extra warmth. Many Year 7 girls are doing this and have said they are feeling warm enough on the colder mornings. Some students have followed the example set by our Student Leaders, and have decided to wear the new College Blazer; this looks smart and is also very warm. Other Important Uniform Reminders   

Shoes - Students are expected to wear all black leather or leather look school shoes - not canvas. The shoes should be lace up or T-bars with a buckle - not slip on. Socks - should be white calf or knee length – not black or ankle length. Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal Mr Stephen Bath, Assistant Principal

HANDS ON LEARNING Hands on Learning is up and running and we thought it was time for an update. We currently have two groups of 10 students participating in Hands On Learning on a Wednesday and Thursday. The students have painted the HOL kitchen and are in the process of clearing out a shed in order for us to start some automotive work. The students have also been working on a sign for the front of the College that is nearing completion and have started laying the bricks for the base of our wood fired pizza oven being constructed up behind e-block. We would like to thank Cubic Mini Mix concrete for their kind donation of the concrete for the slab.

GNURAD CAMP Just a quick update on the eight students who are almost finished on the Year 9 Leadership camp at Glenormiston: Mr Honeywell and Ms Vinnicombe went up on Wednesday, 15th May to the Celebration Day, where the groups present their CLPs to each other and their schools. The CLP is the Community project they must undertake to carry out throughout the year. Our students have chosen to help out at the Geelong Animal Welfare Shelter, and will do this by volunteering their time and will try and raise some funds as well. Their camp finished Saturday, 18th May . We received excellent feedback today from their teachers, and the kids presented themselves really well. We have good reason to be proud of their achievements over this time. The teachers at Gnurad write reports for each student, based on VELS personal learning strands and the school will receive those reports soon. The students also sat NAPLAN at camp, so those results will be available in the near future. Thanks to Ms Hedley who did all the groundwork last year in getting the kids organised, as well as PCOs and any other staff who were involved. Our kids will speak to the Year 8 students about this opportunity and hopefully, we will be able to send another group next year.

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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 wold 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. Colleen O’Brien Canteen Manager

YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Australia's national sail training ship Young Endeavour is now accepting applications for youth to join eleven day voyages departing between July 2013 and February 2014. Young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply for the ballot at until 31 May 2013. No sailing experience is required.

YEAR 8 SCIENCE Many of the Year 8 classes have been involved in an Engineering challenge, designing and building waterslides.

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CYBER CATS Cyber Bullying Program Many thanks to all the parents, grandparents, friends and teachers of our Year 7 students who attended the Cyber Bullying Presentation Evening. It was fantastic to see your great support for your students. A huge thank-you to the Cyber Cats Presenters and the Football players who were involved in the program. A huge success. Here are some quotes from Group 71 about the CyberCats Cyber Bullying program: I learnt not to add random people on Facebook because strangers can harm you. I enjoyed the Cyber Cats program, working with my friends and learning how to be safe on the Internet.

It was good for the Geelong Footy players to teach us about Cyber Bullying. I really enjoyed working in groups and making the imovie. We spent 5 weeks working on the CyberCats program. In the first session we met Jordan Schroeder, No.15, Mitch Brown No.1 and George Horlin-SMith No.33. We made an imovie about Cyber Bullying. It was fun to work with the Cats players and to learn about the bad effects of Cyber Bullying. Presentation evening was great because I met Corey Enright. I have really enjoyed doing 'Cyber Cats'. It's helped me understand bullying more and that it can lead to people harming themselves. In my group we researched the Law about Cyber Bullying and discovered that it is a crime. Cyber Bullying is the same as Stalking and you can be charged with a criminal offence. I loved the Cyber Cats program because it taught us about all the horrible things that bullying can do to you and your friends. I loved making the imovie with friends. I have a better understanding of how Cyber Bullying can ruin people's lives. Cyber Cats - fun, awesome and cool. I learnt a lot about Cyber Bullying from the Policeman, Robbie Noggler.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUCTION CARD Any student who wishes to complete Work experience or Work placement in the Construction Industry, that is a carpenter, plumber, electrician, plasterer, concreter etc must have a Construction Induction Card. The CFMEU, have offered to run the course at Newcomb Secondary College for a cost of only $55.00. The course will take place on the Friday, 2nd August, at school and will start at 8.45am approximately 3.15 pm.


As there are only 20 places available for the course, students that wish to be involved will need to gain a form from me and pay the $55 to the office, as soon as possible, to reserve a place. Mr Wight


Due May 17th Deposits now due for - Senior Concert Band Tour – August 26th to 30th August – Deposits of $100 are due by the end of May for the Senior Concert Band Tour. If you have any difficulties paying this money please contact the Business Manager Mrs Kristine Hunter to organise a payment plan. Junior Music Camp – September – Last week of Term 3. Information regarding this camp has been posted home to Year 7 and 8 music students. Could replies please be given to Mrs Stabryla by the end of May so plans for this camp can continue to go ahead. If you have any queries regarding the Senior Concert Band Tour or the Junior Music Camp for Year 7 and 8 music students – please contact Mrs Stabryla by email – Year 7 Music Information Evening – a big thank you to all of the Year 7 parents and students who attended this evening, also sincere thanks to our VCE music students who performed in Cold Fusion on this evening. MUSIC DEPARTMENT CALENDAR OF EVENTS WEEK SIX – May 20th – May 24th Tuesday May 21st 6.30 pm Year 6 Information Evening. Blues’n Jazz to perform in the band room. Thursday May 23rd Period 1 – Senior Concert Band rehearsal. Period 5 – Intermediate Concert Band rehearsal. WEEK SEVEN – May 27th – May 31st Year 9 & 10 Exams in class all week. Monday May 28th Senior Concert Band Tour deposits due to general office $100. Thursday May 30th Period 2- Senior Concert Band rehearsal. Period 4 – Intermediate Concert Band rehearsal. Year 11 VCE Music Recitals – 4 pm Year 12 VCE Music Recitals – 7 pm WEEK EIGHT – June 3rd – 7th Year 11 Exams in class – all week Monday June 3rd – Year 12 VCE Music written/oral SAC. Wednesday June 5th VCE Music Year 11 Exam Thursday June 6th Period 3 Senior Concert Band rehearsal. Period 6 Intermediate Concert Band rehearsal.

YEAR 11 SCIENCE STUDENTS 2014 NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE FORUM The NYSF is a unique 12 day program that offers Year 11 Science students to test drive careers in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology. Sessions are run in Canberra based at the Australian National University (ANU), where you will live on campus as a university student for 12 days. A reminder to all Year 11 Science students that applications for the National Youth Science Forum need to be in by 31st May 2013. For more information, see: Mrs. Cusack

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ISSUE: 5 - 2013 / 30 April 2013

Career News WELCOME! REMINDERS ‘At Monash’: Medicine 13 May; Education & nursing 21 May; Biomedical science, radio-graphy, and nutrition and dietetics 29 May; Engineering 30 May. 6.30-8.00pm; Reg’n: 1800 MONASH or UMAT: Registrations close 7 June; test date: 31 July, 2013. Required for Monash medicine and physiotherapy and for some interstate courses. See: Indigenous student experience Monash day - Wed 5 June; RSVP: 20 May to (ph 9905 8699); Info: Melbourne University ‘Focus’ sessions – Commerce: 21 May; Biomedicine: 22 May; Engineering: 28 May; IT: 28 May; Agriculture: 29 May; Music: 4 June; Science: 5 June; Environments: 18 June; Law: 19 June; Arts: 25 June; T h e V C A : 2 6 J u n e . S e e :



Monash has three-day workshops for Year 11-12s interested in studying creative disciplines. They are aimed at assisting you with developing your university entrance folios and introducing them to studies in various disciplines. Communication Design Folio Building Workshop - $310 (incl materials and lunch) Industrial Design Folio Building Workshop - $310 Fine Art Folio Building Workshop - $310 Interior Architecture Folio Building Workshop - $330 Architecture Foundation Workshop - $330 When: 10am-5pm, 2-4 July OR 1-3 Oct; Where: MADA studios, Monash University, Caulfield campus. Info: w w w . m o n a s h . ed u / m a d a / wo r k s h o p s o r a r t d e s, ph 9903 1517.




Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre is conducting the annual Careers in Sports Medicine Evening. The aim is to build awareness of the health professional involved in caring for athletes, whether they compete for Australia or exercise for fitness. Sports medicine, nutrition, podiatry, psychology, massage therapy, physiotherapy and exercise physiology practitioner will each give short talks and answer questions.

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Information handouts will be available. When: 6.30-7pm (registration); 7.30-9pm (talks), Wed 19 June; Where: AAMI Stadium,60 Olympic Blvd, Entrance F, Gate 4, Corporate Entrance, Olympic Room 3 (see for map); Parking: Via Entrance D, Multideck Eastern Plaza Carpark (Off Olympic Blvd); Cost: $25 per student; Registration:; Info:

BOX HILL INSTITUTE Box Hill Institute has a mid-year Information Night coming up. When: 4-7pm, 19 June; Where: Information Kiosk, Elgar Campus, 465 Elgar Road. If you are ready to study and don’t want to wait til 2014, then this session could be for you. Lots of courses are starting mid-year, so go along and meet staff and get your questions answered. Box Hill offers small classes, guaranteed pathways to a number of universities (incl Deakin, La Trobe, ACU and Monash), study tours and overseas exchange programs.

ANOTHER HANDY CAREERS WEBSITE You will find lots of useful information at: (Learn Experience Access Professions). The website aims to demystify the links between school, university and the professions. Get news about the professions. MARCUS OLDHAM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – This is an independent tertiary institution established in Geelong in 1962. It has a reputation for providing quality education through developing courses in consultation with industry. It focuses on agriculture, agribusiness and equine manage-ment. Scholarships award students who are passionate about the agricultural and equine industries. The scholarships provide financial assistance towards tuition and residential fees. Graduates have an excellent e m p l o y m e n t r a t e , S e e : under COURSES AND ENROLMENT, then to SCHOLARSHIPS tab.

DO YOU WANT TO BE PAID WHILE STUDYING TO BE AN ACCOUNTANT. Some accounting firms offer Cadetships to Year 12 students wishing to study accounting and business at university. They provide students with the chance to gain practival experience while studying. At Ernest & Young students work full-time and study part-time for part of their degree, then full-time study to complete it. Students studying other subjects such as business management, legal studies, economics and IT might also be interested. For information about EY cadetships go to: (applications open 20 May, close 21 June, 2013). EY is holding an information session 5.30-7pm on 11 June at their offices, 8 Exhibition St, Melbourne. Others on offer: BDO is offering cadetships (applications open 22 April, close 19 June) See: careers/programs-and-dates/melbourne-cadet-program. PwC is also offering cadetships, where applications opened on 22 April, closing 19 June. See: http:// index.htm.




HECS-HELP is an Australian government loan scheme to assist eligible students in Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) at university pay their student contribution amounts. Subject to the passage of the legislation, from 1 January 2014, the government will remove the upfront HECSHELP discount of 10% for eligible students who pay their student contributions upfront and the voluntary HELP repayment bonus of 5%. Currently the HECS-HELP program allows eligible CSP students to defer their student contributions and repay it later through the tax system. CSP students who elect to fully pay, or part pay $500 or more of their student contribution amount upfront receive a 10% discount. People who have a HELP debt and make a voluntary repayment of $500 or more towards their debt currently receive a bonus of 5%.

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SUCCEED AT MOOT COURT The moot program at VU’s Law School provides students with valuable learning opportunities relevant to the real world. The moot court at the Queen St campus enables students to simulate proceedings, draft written sub-missions and present legal argument. Last year VU students were finalists in the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot, obtaining a Best Speakers award.

This year the VU team finished 11th out of 290 universities in the general round of the 20th Willem C. Vic Moot Arbitration Competition, wrapping up in Vienna. Information on VU law: Vivi, 9919 1872 or

YEAR 10 ‘INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY’ AT DEAKIN Year 10 students/parents are invited to hear about VCE subject selection, post-secondary study options, pathways, and graduate outcomes from current students, recent graduates, and staff, and also share some pizza! When: 6.30-8pm, Tues 28 May; Where: 221 Burwood Rd, Burwood; Register: Also at Geelong Waterfront campus, Gheringhap Rd, 6.30-8pm, Wed 29 May.

WHAT IS MIBT? The Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) offers students a pathway to university studies if they have missed out on a direct entry. MIBT diplomas in commerce, computing, engineering, health sciences, management, media and communication and science lead into more than 40 university degree courses at Deakin University. The diplomas lead into the second year of specific Deakin degrees. Info:

INTERESTED IN CAREERS IN HEALTH USING TECHNOLOGY? Wh at ab ou t Ra di ati o n Oncology? Interested in c u t t in g - e d g e t e c h n o l og y , radiotherapy treatment, fighting against cancer, good communication, patient care/ compassion, teamwork or research? Careers involve three areas: Radiation Oncologists – must first have a medical degree, then specialise in radiation therapy Radiation Therapists – deliver the actual treatment Medical physicists – need a science background; use and develop machines, check and calibrate machines and monitor radiation equipment. Cancer is rising in occurrence as an illness, and multidisciplinary teams are needed to work with patients. Radiation oncology is about the delivery of precise amounts of high doses of radiation to damage or destroy cancer cells. RMIT offers Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy in their Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations). Monash University offers the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging.

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