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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 Wednesday 18th Year 9/10 MIS Excursion, Periods 3 & 4. Thursday, 19th CONNECT. Friday 20th Year 11/12 Art Excursion. 74 Drama Excursion. Mon 23rd Deakin Experience Day, Year 10. Tue 24th PSD - GSODA excursion Years 7 to 11. Wed 25th IMAX/Circus Oz Excursion, Years 9/10. 8am SOUTH Geelong Rail Station 3.40pm South Geelong Rail Station. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO RETURN TIME. Thu 26th Holocaust Museum trip Year 10 8am SOUTH Geelong Rail Station 5pm South Geelong rail Station. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO RETURN TIME. Year Level Assemblies.

TUESDAY 17th June 2014


College Council The June meeting of the Newcomb Secondary College Council will be held this Thursday evening in the Language Centre. Reports Currently teachers are writing reports and these will be posted out next week. Please sit with your young person, read through these reports and discuss the teachers comments to assist in preparation for semester two. Miyazaki Visit In week two of term three 2 students from our Japanese sister school in Miyazaki are coming to visit. They will be here for just on two weeks. In this time they will visit places of interest in the local area, study English, and visit some of our classes. Visit to Lombok At last week's College Assembly, Alex Potter and Jake Matthews did a great job (at relatively short notice) in describing the visit to Lombok and how they have all enjoyed and grown from the experience. This Lombok trip has become a feature of our Indonesian Program for students studying this subject in the Senior Years. Please see page 3 for report. End Of Term 2 Friday 27th sees the end of Term 2, with classes finishing at 2.30pm. We would like to wish all students, staff and community members a safe and pleasant holiday period. Term 3 commences on Monday 14th July.

Fri 27th End of Term 2, with classes finishing at 2.30pm.

Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal

College Council: President: Vidas Kymantas Vice President: Yvette Ramsay Exec. Officer: Phil Honeywell

Student Leaders:

Student Leaders:

Daniel Blair

Alexandria Potter Madeline Walker

Luke Warren

FORMER STUDENT AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNIVERSITY BY DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Growing up in Darwin you see the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people every day, but for me, it was seeing some of the injustices faced by Indigenous people and our legal system that made me decide to study law at Deakin University. It really drove me to want to make a change to the world and to leave a footprint here. I want to show that Aboriginal people can achieve great things given the chance of an education, and with my law degree I want to provide greater access to the legal system for Aboriginal people. My mum and my grandfather are so proud that I’m studying law at university, and also that I am able to spend a lot of time with other Aboriginal people at Deakin’s Institute for Koorie Education where I can strengthen my culture. I study at Deakin in Geelong, but my Aboriginal country is south west of Darwin with the Marrathiel people. It’s important to me that I always remember where I come from. The scholarship support I receive helps me immensely with my accommodation costs and textbooks. Before the scholarship I depended on my grandfather to help pay for my textbooks, which can cost up to $600 a trimester – a huge amount of money for him. At the end of high school I also had to make the difficult decision to leave home. The cost of accommodation is beyond my means as a student, so I am staying in temporary share accommodation with other teenagers facing difficult circumstances. The scholarship money means I can now have some financial stability, can pay for my own books, and can start to make plans to move into a proper house. I feel like now I can go on and do great things, not just for myself, but for my community. John Cattanach (Former Newcomb Secondary College student)

CONGRATULATIONS KATE Congratulations to Year 11 student Kate Daglas who has been selected to attend The Aspiration Initiative Study Intensive in Sydney from Sunday 29th June to Friday 4th July. Kate is one of only 13 Victorian students to be selected for this opportunity.

STUDENT ENROLMENT VERIFICATION Student enrolment information proformas are in the process of being sent out to families in Years 8-11. Please check the information, sign and return to school office even if there are no changes. Thank You

YEAR 12 GENERAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST On Wednesday of last week, all of the Senior students at Newcomb Secondary College, who are currently enrolled in a Year 12 VCE subject, attempted the General Achievement Test (GAT). This assessment marks a significant turning point for our Senior students, as the end of year examination process draws closer. Students are now able to check the dates for their final examinations, and should already be starting to consider their plan of attack for this potentially daunting but highly exciting period of time. Additionally, students should also be seeking support and advice from our Senior Years Team around their goals and prospects for 2015. To assist with the challenges that lie ahead, students are also reminded that the Year 12 Common Room will be the site of an After School Study Session every Tuesday night in Term Three. From around 3:15 onwards, senior teachers will be working here with preservice teaching candidates from Deakin University to support the students in their preparations for major assessments, and all students in Years 11 and 12 are welcome to attend. As the students move into the final semester of their secondary school education, it will be essential for them to be maximizing their learning opportunities within, and more importantly, outside of the classroom. James Murphy Leader of Senior Years

INDONESIAN LANGUAGE & CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM 2014 The first weekend was spent resting with the host families. On Monday and Tuesday, we spent time at SMAN1 school, learning and catching up on the school work. Tuesday evening it was time to return to Bali. We said our goodbyes with tears and hugs at Lombok-Praya International Airport. We touched down at Denpasar and checked into Ari Putri Hotel in Sanur. On Wednesday, we spent time at Bali Safari Park & Marine Wildlife. The students got to see the various wild animals and have a close encounter with a lion and orang-utan. Our highlight was between the Balinese Traditional Dance Lesson and the Cultural show at Bali Agung. Thursday we enjoyed a cycling tour of the countryside, The students admired the amazing view of Gunung Kitamani and learnt about village life along the bike ride. Everyone enjoyed the Balinese lunch served at the end of the bike ride. Friday was a day of relaxation at the Waterbom Park before heading to the airport for the evening flight back to Australia. The flight was cancelled but we managed to get home via Brisbane thanks to the help of the ground staff. Chan Chong

CANTEEN ROSTER Wednesday 18th June

Thursday 19th June

Friday 20th June

Monday 23rd June

Tuesday 24th June

Rebecca Costa

Rose Horton

Lyn Maree Linguey



Wednesday 25th June

Thursday 26th June

Friday 27th June

Term 3 Monday 14th July

Tuesday 15th July


Lorraine Sztanski

Rita Gilbert



BARWON IMMUNISATION REMINDER YEAR 7 & 9 PARENTS Any Year 7 or 9 students who missed their 2nd dose HPV (Gardasil) vaccine given Tuesday 3rd June are reminded they must get their missed dose by 26th June if you want to receive the 3rd dose here at school on the last visit 16th October. Free catch up time held at: Newcomb Barwon Health Community Centre. Bellarine Hwy every 3rd Friday of each month 9.30am—11.45am Any inquiries please phone 4215 6962

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH Check out all of the great stuff at ABC Splash Secondary You can find heaps of information to help you learn as well as videos and games to play. This site is great for students of all ages and has a parents section as well. You can even sign up to their newsletter to keep up to date on what's happening on the site. Go to You can also check out more fantastic student website resources in our Student Links at

If you have a site or app you think others would like please let us know by email to:

SICK BAY A reminder to all parents and students that if a student is feeling unwell at school they should take the following steps: 1. Ask their class teacher to sign their organiser. 2. Take signed organiser to the School General Office where sick bay staff will be notified. If a student requires urgent attention out of class time please report to the General Office. At no time should students contact their parents to pick them up due to illness or injury as the school needs to assess students and give immediate treatment as well as record actions taken. Sick bay staff will contact parents as required.

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CHANGE OF CONTACT DETAILS Have you moved, changed phone numbers or have different emergency contact details? We can also add you to our email list to receive newsletters and other important information. If you need to update your contacts please phone the school or call in during office hours. Our phone number is 5248 1400.

MINIMUM SCHOOL LEAVING AGE Some parents may be unaware that in recent times the school leaving age has actually been changed to 17. The law governing compulsory attendance at school and the minimum school leaving age in Victoria states that young people from the age of 6 to 17 must attend school or an approved equivalent, unless otherwise exempted. Teenagers are now required by law to complete Year 10 and until they turn 17, are to be in fulltime education, training or employment, or a combination of these activities. Our Newcomb Secondary team work very hard to assist students to achieve a successful pathway into employment or further education. Your young person should be making an appointment with the Careers Teacher, Mr Wight if they need support in exploring options with regard to careers or further education.









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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.

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‘At Monash’ – 17 June Student Experience; 26 June Teaching, Sport/Outdoor Recreation; Book: ‘Focus on Melbourne’ Uni: 10 June Law, 11 June Engineering/IT, 18 June Conservatorium of Music; 25 June VCA. Info/book ‘University Experience’ at ACU: Ballarat campus – 1 July; Melbourne campus – 8 July; Info/ registration:

ACU BREAKS DOWN THE BUDGET – The recent Federal Budget included changes to higher education funding which will have significant implications for Australian universities. The Australian Catholic University summarised the proposed changes that will affect students:  Universities will set their own fees – from 1 Jan 2016, universities will set their own fees for Australian undergraduate courses.  The government will contribute less – from 1 Jan 2016, students will pay more towards the cost of their degree, and the government will pay less. The Commonwealth contribution will reduce by 20% overall.  Extending the demand driven system – this system has been expanded to provide Commonwealth Supported Places for any undergraduate qualification offered by a university – diplomas, associate degrees. Government funding has also been extended to students studying at registered higher education providers (incl TAFE).  Repaying the debt sooner – The HELP loan will still be available, so students will not have to pay their fees upfront. However, the government has reduced the income threshold so graduates will start making their repayments sooner – when they are earning approx. $50,638.  For ACU students (if the changes pass in parliament), this means: Current ACU students or those who have accepted a place at ACU and elected to defer that offer on or before 13 May, 2014, will not be affected as long as they complete their degree by the end of 2020. Students who accept an offer of enrolment from 14 May 2014 until 1 Jan 2016 will be charged under the existing arrangements till 31 Dec 2015. After that, they will be charged under the new arrangements. ACU will be consulting with stakeholders over the coming months to determine the appropriate fees for ACU’s courses. Other universities will, no doubt, make statements in due course.

NEW WEBSITE FOR MONASH UNIVERSITY – CHECK IT OUT! Monash has created a new website to help you succeed in the final years of secondary school, and to access vital information in one place. For example, it includes important dates, deadlines, registration for Monash events, VCE tips, study options and information about career paths. See:

ARTS AT MONASH - The Faculty of Arts has interviewed some new Arts students to ask them about their aspirations, why they chose Arts at Monash, and their hopes for after graduation. See videos at YouTube: For more information about Arts degrees, see

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS – What is problem-based learning (PBL)? PBL is offered as part of the Bachelor of Business at the Monash Peninsula campus. PBL uses a small group approach, and focusses on problems similar to those in the workforce. Working in a small team with a mentor, students create solutions to real -life problems, learning the principles of each subject. Site visits/industry placement form an integral part of this approach. Three ‘majors’ are offered at the campus: business strategy, sports manage-ment, and marketing and communication. Students may also undertake a different major, including accounting, at another Monash campus. Information on YouTube:

COMPUTER GAMES BOOT CAMP – This seven-day event is for students in Years 9-12, giving an opportunity to experience everything connected to computer games and information technology. Learn from experienced industry professionals, talk to like-minded individuals and expand your networks by participating in workshops, tournaments, presentations, and activities. If you are interested in multimedia, designing or playing games, or looking to a career in IT, this is for you. When: Sat 5 – Fri 11 July; Where: Monash Clayton; Info/ register:

ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE (MADA) – MADA is hosting a range of three-day workshops for Year 11/12 students interested in studying creative disciplines. Students can build folios and attend foundation workshops in architecture, interior architecture, communication design, industrial design and fine art, and experience life at MADA. Industry professionals and academics will run the workshops and guide students through the lessons and activities. When: 1-3 July & 24-26 Sept; Where: MADA, 900 Dandenong RD, Caulfield East; Enquiries: 9903 1517,, Information:

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY - Deakin University invites you to information evenings to learn about courses. Where/When: Burwood – 6-8pm, Wed 23 July & 2.30-4.30pm, Sat 26 July, Building Y, room 1.11 A and B; Geelong: 6-8 pm, Wed 23 July & 2.30- 4.30pm, Sat 26 July, Building AD, room 2.217; Warrnambool: 7.30pm, Fri 25 July, Timor St. Info: or ph 9251 7777.

INTERESTED IN A CAREER WITH ANIMALS? Holiday programs are on offer: ‘Winter Wonderland’ is the theme this year.  Healesville Sanctuary - a chance to get close to some of our most endangered alpine animals. The Keeper for a Day program allows you to help keepers and learn about their job.  Vet for a Day, Healesville Sanctuary - see the vets working with real life cases  Keeper for a Day at Werribee Open Range Zoo - find out what a keeper’s day is really like.  Who? Year 7-12; Booking: 9285 9406; Info:

LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE – The annual Melbourne JD Showcase is coming up. At this workshop, master classes will be held on legal issues like So Sue Me! (what a negligence action is all about); dispute resolution interactive session, refugee law, and the environment – who is responsible for contamination? The Showcase will give school students an interactive experience, combining sample law classes with information about Melbourne Law School and the JD degree. When: Wed 2 July; Cost: $66 (incl morning tea and lunch); Registration and payment: by 25 June at; Info: Yvonne Au, 8344 8879,

A CAREER WITH BOATS? The 2014 Boating Industry Association Boat Show will have a stand offering a range of information about careers associated with the boating industry including boat and engine manufacturing and retailing, marine accessories manufacturing and retailing, boat and marine engine repairs, marine distributing and wholesale, and tourism. Visit stand A36 from 11am-6pm, Thurs- Sun for career advice. Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Clarendon St, Southbank; When: 11am-6pm, Thurs 12 – Mon 16 June. (Some free tickets are available for students from NOTE: Are you aware that the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania offers courses from certificates through to degrees in areas like boating, fishing, engineering and maritime architecture? Check out courses at:

WANT TO STUDY ACCOUNTING? Many accounting firms offer cadetships to Year 12 students planning to study business/ accounting at university. For example, Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG, and many others offer cadetships. The usual arrangement is that cadetship holders study part-time and work with the company offering the cadetship part-time. This means that recipients gain real-world work experience, are likely to be offered employment on completion of their degree, and are financially rewarded. A good starting point to find out what is available is at:

EXPERIENCE RMIT – If you are considering studying at RMIT, and in Years 10-12, don’t forget the RMIT ‘Experience Days’ and Tours on offer in the coming holiday break. They cover marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, engineering, information systems, science laboratory visits, a science day, a trades’ day, and many more. See details at and

Molly Stephens Sales Agent

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