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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 AUGUST Thursday 1st College Assembly. Geelong Hospital Excursion Year 9 & 10 students. Monday 5th Year 8 Girls Hockey. Tuesday 6th Concert Band Year 8 Geelong Music Festival. Wednesday 7th Information Night for Year 9 & 10. Year 8 Boys Hockey.

TUESDAY 30th July 2013

FROM THE PRINCIPAL T TEAM EAM YEAR 12 STUDENT, PARENT AND TEACHER CONFERENCES Last Thursday evening a large number of our Year 12 students attended the conferences with their parents or guardians. It is always an enjoyable opportunity to meet the young person’s teachers and find out how learning is6 progressing. The timing is important as it allows the students to act upon the advice and support given. We appreciated the calls we received from families who needed to reschedule appointments or offer an apology due to other commitments. If you were unable to attend, but did not contact us to allow an update on your son/daughter's progress and discuss the range of supports and strategies that might help between now and the end of the Year 12 school year, please give your young person’s teachers a call to see how we can all assist.

COURSE COUNSELLING: We are coming to the time of year where we need to start planning for 2014. During the week commencing 12th August, Years 9 and 10 families will receive a letter regarding the process for subject selection for the coming year.

Thursday 8th Senior Concert Band and Cold Fusion Music Festival GPAC.

Students will take home an information pack on the 5 th August. An Information session on the 7th August will commence the process. This evening will commence in the school library and after a brief introduction Year 9 and Year 10 students and their parents/guardians will separate into year level groups for specific information sessions.

Friday 9th Year 7 Hockey.

The next stage of the process is a scheduled individual interview with a course counsellor, student and parent or guardian on either the 12th or 13th August.

Monday 12th Year 8 Sport - Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis.

It is vital that this appointment is kept so the student and their family have an active role in selecting their course for 2014. Normal classes for Years 9 and 10 do not run on the 12th or 13th August.

Course Counselling Years 9, 10 and 11.

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


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

SUSTAINABLE GOAT FARM VISIT In the last week of last term, ten girls from my World Wide Worries class went on an excursion to Colac to visit the “Make Mine Milk” sustainable goat farm. During class we had looked at global over-population, global warming and sustainability so it was good to see how Debbie at Make Mine Milk used sustainable farming in local terms. We arrived at 9am on a particularly cold misty morning. The girls came well prepared in comfortable warm clothing. We started the morning with a talk from Debbie on sustainability and what it means to her. She had a friend with her, Susan who grew up on a dairy farm in Texas. She explained the difference in the Australian and American dairies and how most American dairies keep their cows in big barns and they are never allowed out to graze. They are fed bought maize and unfortunately only last as milking cows for 2 or 3 seasons before they dry up and are sold off for meat. In comparison, Australian Dairies have trained their cows to come back to the milk sheds twice a day and last for 8/9 seasons before they are sold off for meat. Following this informative session the girls got to cuddle many cute fluffy animals; Guinea pigs, rabbits, and lambs as well as two young cats. Dragging the girls away from cuddling the animals was difficult but they then met Bessie the house cow and all had a go at milking her. From this milk the girls made a gorgeous moisturiser, and then used their arm muscles strenuously to make butter from creamby hand!!! At this point we went out to the paddock to meet all of the goats! We discovered that goats have the same square eyes as zombies! A thoroughly fun and informative day was had by all! Melissa Jones

INTERMEDIATE NETBALL On Tuesday, 23rd of July the girl’s Year 9 and 10 teams competed in the interschool netball competition. The Year 9 team was made up of 8 girls, including: Natasha Lupton, Haley Bone, Georgia Tong, Matilda Lockwood, Sharni Collins, Hannah Harrison, Brea Pryor and Kaitlyn Lehrmann- Clery. The girls played really well but unfortunately were at a height disadvantage and didn’t win any games. Best players of the day went to Hannah Harrison and Haley Bone for their consistent effort and determination. Travis Price and Isabelle Mclachlan helped score and coached on the day, many thanks for their help. The Year 10 team consisted of: Sheyenne Warren, Amanda Clydesdale, Amelia Barling, Isabella Costoso, Tamikah Riters, Laura Speed, Bailee Jones, Ashlee Osborne and Sarah Kuhne. The girls played some great netball, they drew their first game against Grovedale 7 all. They went on to beat Western Heights 13-12 with outstanding performances from Isabella Costoso, Bailee Jones and Laura Speed. Tim Hodgson did a fantastic job of coaching the Year 10’s on the day and Reece Brouwer also helped with scoring. Thank you boys for all of your help and encouragement. Due to their draw the girls did not go through to the finals and came second in the Bellarine Division. Well done girls! All of the Newcomb students were polite and well behaved, even thanking the organisers at the end of the day. All students not playing cheered and supported the other teams during the games. The team spirit was fantastic to watch. They have done Newcomb proud yet again!

GEELONG CATS LEADERSHIP AFTERNOON TEA Last Tuesday Mr Murphy, Ms Brennan and five students attended the Geelong Cats Leadership Afternoon Tea at the Geelong Football Club. In the Captains room of the Premiership stand they enjoyed the view, yummy food/drink and Leadership atmosphere. They had a chance to listen to students from the Gordon and Deakin Tertiary Institutions about their experiences in their courses, how they “got into their courses” and what University/TAFE student life was really like. It sounded great !!! Tom Lonergan (#13, full back for the Geelong Football Team), chatted to the students about his career path. From footballer to study a Gordon Business course and then onto a Deakin Business Degree. He also explained how you needed to balance your life between your job commitments, education and family life. He was involved in a Q+ A – where a school leader from one of the 15 or so secondary schools present asked who was the “best sledger” at GFC. Tom replied “Andrew Mackie – as he has such a quick wit and ‘whip lash’ tongue.” Stephen Todorovic (NSC, Year 12), received a rapturous round of applause when he rattled off the nine Geelong Football Club’s Premiership ‘flags’ and years’ – plus he received a prize for his efforts. This was the FUN quiz part of the ‘tea’. If you get the chance to go – GO – it was fun, informative and YUMMY !

VICTORIAN STATE CROSS COUNTRY A big congratulations to Alex Beardsell, who competed in the Victorian State Cross Country Championships last week in Bundoora. Alex represented the school in a fantastic manner and did the school proud. He was placed 45th out of 80 runners in his age group and was second fastest runner from the Geelong region in his age group. Well Done Alex!!

NEWCOMB SECONDARY COLLEGE ARTS DEPARTMENT ART EXPO Thursday August 1st, 2013 Displays of both Visual and Performing Arts from present students, and a small display of work from some of our ex-students. From 1pm – 5pm in B1 & B2 Friends and Family are most welcome. If attending before 3.15pm please sign in at front office. MUSIC PERFORMANCES Cold Fusion - 1pm Year 12 VCE Music Students - Period 5 (approx 1.30pm) Blues'n Jazz - Period 6 (approx 2.30pm) Year 12 VCE Music Students - After school

EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE – SEMESTER 2 Key Dates for Semester 2 Card eligibility date : 15th July, 2013 Parent applications close : 2nd August 2013 Important: Parents and guardians who lodged an EMA application at the start of the year do NOT need to lodge another EMA application to receive the second instalment EMA payment. Parents / guardians whose children have transferred to this school after the Semester 1 close off date of the 28th February OR who missed the first application closing date, will need to submit a new EMA application form. Applications close on the 2nd h August, 2013. Please contact the General Office for application forms and / or any further information.

LOCKER SECURITY All students are required to provide a secure padlock to their lockers to make sure items stored inside are safe. If you do not have a lock please organise to get one as soon as possible. This is especially important for students storing netbooks, calculators and other valuables. The school can not be held responsible for items damaged or stolen from lockers without a lock.

2013 School-based Apprenticeship

and Traineeship Recruitment

EXPO To be held at Geelong High School C.A. Love Hall Tuesday 6 August 2013 from 6.30 pm The evening will feature local employers and businesses providing information regarding over 200 Integrated School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships on offer to Geelong Secondary School students undertaking VCAL and VCE programs in 2014/15 The Industry sector SbA opportunities will cover areas such as :- Community Activities Programs (Sport and Recreation focused), Childrens Services, Business Administration, Companion Animal Services, Bricklaying, Food Processing (Baking ), Hospitality Services/Catering, Conservation & Land Management, Retail Pharmacy, Events and Tourism, Education Support, Automotive Servicing, Automotive Vehicle Repair, Digital Media, Community Services……….and more. This important event will enable parents/guardians and students to talk about the SbA opportunities with representatives from the above business sectors and commence the formal application process for each employer. This is a very important evening event for current Year 10 and Year 11 students who are reviewing next year’s subject selection and career pathways options. Parents/guardians should also attend with their son/daughter. If you have any queries please contact Mr Phil Wight at the school.

Asthma tips for Parents and Carers this Winter Winter can be a hard time for people with asthma as could weather, coughs, colds and the flu can bring on more symptoms and attacks. The common cold is caused by a virus and it is important to try not to cough and sneeze near other people, and to wash hands properly to prevent passing on the infection. The flu is different to the common cold and can be a much more serious viral infection. People with asthma are recommended to have an annual influenza vaccination (the flu shot). Preventing the flu protects people with asthma, as those with asthma are often unwell for longer and have a much harder time recovering from the flu. Make sure your child’s asthma is well-controlled; this will help them to bounce back quicker from a cough or cold and will help prevent asthma attacks when they are unwell. Some medications and herbal remedies that we use for colds and flu can make asthma worse. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any concerns you may have. Antibiotics are not normally prescribed for the common cold, or influenza, as these medications will not help a cold get better.

Effective medications may include paracetamol and decongestants; however seek advice from your

doctor or pharmacist before purchasing them for your child. Suggested remedies for the flu and the common cold are: rest, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, staying away from cigarette smoke, using steam inhalation, gargling with salty water for a sore throat and seeking medical advice if concerned at any time. For more information on the common cold, medications and references used in this article please see the Better Health Channel (State Government of Victoria) - and the NPS website Contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or

CAREERS NEWS REMINDERS: University prerequisites for 2016 (Current Year 10 students) – in the daily papers, Monday 22 July (also available on the VTAC website - Open Days - coming up in August

OPEN DAYS Annual University and TAFE Open Days are coming up soon. These are a great opportunity for you to check out facilities, courses, locations, attend presentations about courses and careers, and to talk to staff and students. Year 10 is good time to start attending these, and Year 11 is a good time to attend too. Starting visits in Year 12 is leaving it a bit late, although still worthwhile. Applying for courses happens in Term 3 of the Year 12 year, the same time as Open Days are scheduled.

OPEN DAY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY (generally 10am to 4pm – check websites): Sat 3 Aug – Monash University (Berwick, Gippsland, Peninsula campuses) Sun 4 Aug – Deakin University (Warrnambool); Monash University (Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville); Swinburne (University & TAFE) (Hawthorn) Sun 11 Aug – Australian Catholic University (Melbourne); Deakin (Geelong); Gordon (Geelong); RMIT (University and TAFE) Sun 18 Aug –La Trobe University (Bendigo); Melbourne Uni (Parkville & Southbank - VCA) Sun 25 Aug – ACU (Ballarat); Ballarat University; Box Hill Institute: Deakin (Burwood); La Trobe (Bundoora); Victoria University and TAFE; William Angliss Institute Sun 1 Sept – La Trobe University (Albury/Wodonga) Note: Holmesglen has an Open Day every third Wednesday of the month; visit on your way home from school or during the day; see

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF OPEN DAYS Don’t wander aimlessly….try the following: Obtain an Open Day Guide and plan beforehand (eg from websites like, or - some hard copies of the Guides are in the careers room  Plan to be at Open Day when relevant information sessions are conducted  Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable  Speak to staff about courses that interest you - note your questions beforehand  Get a student perspective - speak to students studying courses that interest you  Collect information/brochures  Ask about industry based-learning (IBL) opportunities; these can assist with gaining employment  Ask about international study opportunities – a very popular option  Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you live?  Check the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?  Consider the facilities/clubs offered at your preferred institution  Consider visiting a rural campus, especially if you think you won’t obtain a high enough ATAR for a metropolitan campus. ATAR’s are often lower and they often offer more personal assistance, accommodation, and a lifestyle which will suit some students. IMPORTANT NOTE: Planning to apply for a course involving an interview/folio presentation/ audition? As part of the selection process you may be asked what you learnt/found of interest about the course at Open Day. Attendance is A MUST!

EXPLORING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AS A CAREER Interested in a career as an O.T.? If so, go to an information and demonstration evening and hear from Occupational Therapists experienced in spinal rehabilitation, hand therapy, mental health and neurology. When: 5.30-8pm, Thurs 12 Sept; Where: Education Precinct, Level 4, Austin Tower, Austin Hospital, Studley Rd, Heidelberg; Register:email – all guests must be registered and places are limited to a maximum of 2 attendees per reservation – you will receive a confirming email.

HERALD SUN MELBOURNE CAREERS EXPO A large and comprehensive expo encompassing career opportunities from employment and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors. There will be a vast array of career advice, employment opportunities, a large university and training representation, and a ‘hands on’ Skills Industry Hub, When: Fri 16 – Sun 18 August; Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre,

HERALD SUN MELBOURNE CAREERS EXPO A large and comprehensive expo encompassing career opportunities from employment and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors. There will be a vast array of career advice, employment opportunities, a large university and training representation, and a ‘hands on’ Skills Industry Hub, When: Fri 16 – Sun 18 August; Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Clarendon St, Southbank; Info: An opportunity to collect information, talk to people and find out more about careers in one location.

DESIGN COURSES AT SWINBURNE IN 2014 Swinburne will be making some changes and additions to a range of Bachelor of Design courses in 2014. The Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) will become a four-year program The Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) will be replaced with a four-year Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) A new course, the Bachelor of Film and Television (Animation) will commence in 2014.

SCIENCE AT SWINBURNE Swinburne will be offering some new majors in the Bachelor of Science in 2014: Applied mathematics, Biomedical physiology, Biomolecular science, Chemistry, Computer science and mathematics, Environmental science, Physics, Psychology, Psychology and Psychophysiology.

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY ARTS DEGREES ACU is committed to developing graduates with strong communication and analytical skills, flexible and innovative thinking, who will seek exciting career options in the global workforce. Arts Advantage is a new subject which will stimulate students to think from the very beginning of the degree about work readiness and the attributes sought by employers. The compulsory unit will focus on work readiness, and building relevant skills and knowledge in essential areas. It will be undertaken in the B. Arts, B. Creative Arts and the B. Arts/B. Global Studies from Semester 1, 2014.

PARENTS AND DEAKIN UNIVERSITY Would you like to be better informed about further study options for your child, how to prepare for this important transition, and key dates and processes? You will be able to meet staff and students, find out about the range of courses, the costs associated with further study, the VTAC application process and more about campus life. When/Where: 6-8pm, Wed 24 July, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway; 6-8pm, Wed 11 Sept, Geelong Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap St, Geelong; Register: Refreshments will be served, and you can enter a draw to win a $1,000 travel voucher.

STUDENT AND PARENT EVENING AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY The transition from school to further education can be daunting for parents and students. Find out about courses, facilities, the VTAC system, how parents can assist with transition, and talk to VU representatives. When: 7-9pm, Tues 13 Aug; Where: Footscray Park Campus; Register:

WHY STUDY SPORT AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY? If you are passionate about staying fit and healthy, and want to help others do the same, you can join a motivated group of like-minded people in VU’s College of Sport and Exercise Science. Be spurred on by internationally recognised teaching staff who are highly sought after in the sports and exercise science industries, as coaches, advisers and more. You’ll also benefit from the close links with sporting institutions such as the Victorian and Australian Institutes of Sport, Western Bulldogs, AFL and Netball Australia. With a range of courses spanning TAFE, bachelor and postgraduate qualifications, you will find an entry point that suits your level of education.

MONASH UNIVERSITY’S NEW BACHELOR OF COUNSELLING The Berwick campus of Monash is offering a new degree in counselling in 2014. Recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the degree will provide students with a solid background in psychology, as well as in-field placement opportunities and will focus on delivering counselling to diverse communities. At completion of the degree, graduates will be job ready as this course does not require further postgraduate qualifications to find accredited employment (unlike a psychologist).


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