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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 Wednesday, 28th Senior Concert Band Tour. Thursday, 29th College Assembly. Bowl-a-Rama. Senior Concert Band Tour. Friday, 30th Senior Concert Band Tour.

SEPTEMBER Monday, 2nd Narana Cultural Experience. Thursday, 5th Level Assembly. Bowl-a-rama. Friday, 6th Orienteering 9/10 Outdoor Ed. Monday 9th On2Wheels Ride Out Period 1 & 2 Thursday 12th Bowl-a-Rama RU OK day. Monday 16th On2Wheels Ride Out Period 1 & 2 Junior Music Camp Tuesday 17th Junior Music Camp. Canoeing—Outdoor Education. Wednesday 18th Junior Music Camp

TUESDAY 27th August 2013

FROM THE PRINCIPAL T TEAM EAM SENIOR ART TRIP TO HOBART On Thursday the 22nd of August the Year 12 Studio Art class got up bright and early for a 5.00am departure from the Gull bus depot in Geelong to visit Art Galleries in Hobart. The purpose of this gallery tour was to complete coursework as part of the Unit four Studio Arts requirement. The students investigated the environments where artworks are presented. They are required to describe and compare the differences between art spaces/galleries and what their specific roles are in terms of exhibiting artworks. We visited 3 different art spaces: the Art Mob Commercial Gallery which specialises in the work of indigenous Australians, Critical Operations a feature exhibition of recent art at TMAG, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and a very large specially designed privately owned art gallery called the Museum of Old and New Art or MONA. The students were inspired and awe struck by the cavernous venue of MONA Museum and intrigued by the unique way the work was presented. The lighting is very different and there are display cards to explain the artworks. An iPod like device is used to scan the area and provide information about the artwork and the artist who created it. We were very lucky to have a Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Bryony Nainsby explain how she developed the concept behind the Critical Operations Exhibition and explain some of the constraints and considerations of organizing a display of artworks. The trip concluded on Saturday with a visit to the Salamanca market in Hobart. Thank you to Mr. Jeremy Sinclair for his support and taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the trip and to Sue Cummins for coming along on the trip at short notice. The students were a delight to take on a trip demonstrating themselves to be extremely good ambassadors for the school. 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

COURSE COUNSELLING Course counselling for students in Years 8 to 11 has taken place and courses are currently being placed into the computer. This will then determine the subjects and the numbers of students who have selected them. Once this process has taken place the school will then make decisions regarding the viability of subjects that were offered. In some cases this will mean, due to insufficient numbers, that some subjects might be cancelled. If this occurs, affected students will be notified and counselled re alternate subjects that they might select. Also any students in Years 8 to 11 who have not selected subjects for 2014, even if they do not intend to return next year, need to see Mr Wight as soon as possible. Failure to do this will result in a course being selected for them. Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal Mr Stephen Bath, Assistant Principal

SAILING SCHOOL LEARDERSHIP COURSE Although it has not been the best week for sailors, we have had eight Year 10 students braving the wind and cold in the last week to attend a 3 day leadership course at our Sailing School campus in Geelong. The students have been guided through a Leadership Program while at the school and this has been led by different teachers from the school. They have then been able to apply their understandings of leadership and team work to learning how to sail. The Sailing School teachers are well trained and qualified to take the students through the steps of learning to sail and started out the week with a full day on the larger boats where the students were able to each take on the jobs that the members of a sailing team must be competent in doing. These include being the skipper and steering the boat as well as being the crew members who literally learn the ropes of sailing. The students showed considerable commitment and maturity in their participation in the course and they are to be commended for taking up this opportunity to extend their experiences. The students involved were: Monica, Alex, Jack, Jhiah, Luke, Tristan, Allisandro and Yusuke. Lisa Vinnicombe (Year 9 and 10 Leader/Acting Assistant Principal)

CONGRATULATIONS AMIE Amie (Group 112), competed at the Clay Target South West School Zone Championships held in Noorat South West Victoria on 22nd August. She was placed 4th out of 390 competitors which is a fantastic result. Well Done Amie.

CONGRATULATIONS TRAVIS Travis (Group 91) won gold at the Australian Jiu Jitsu Championships, that were held in Sydney on last weekend. He won in his age group (15 years). To come away with gold against boys that were heavier than him is fantastic. Travis has now won back to back Australian Championships representing Cherubin Jiu Jitsu Academy.

CENTREPAY If you are in receipt of Centrelink payments, Newcomb Secondary College now has the facility to accept Centrepay payments. Please contact the Administration Office on 5248 1400 for more information.

FAMILY ACCOUNTS – due now Thank you to all those families who have now paid their family account up to date. There is a small group of families who still have outstanding charges prior to Semester 2 – could you please note that these charges are payable now. If you foresee an issue with paying please contact the College Principal Phil Honeywell to have a conversation about creating an achievable payment plan.

YOUTH LINK AUSTRALIA Youth Link Australia an organisation established in 2012 aims to connect youth with local youth services. We have developed a short survey to ask local youth about the local services available to them. The survey also aims to collect information relating to youth volunteering and community involvement. Using the survey results YLA will provide feedback to local councils on the services that are and aren't being utilised to their full potential. The Youth Link Australia 2013 High School National Youth Survey is the stepping stone in which YLA will launch programs to meet local needs. Working with local youth and finding out their local needs is one way Youth Link Australia is different. The survey will be closing at the end of this month and we encourage you to ensure your students are being heard in their local communities. Please encourage students to participate in the survey. The greater the participation the better tailored the youth services can be. The survey can be found following the links on the Youth Link Australia website or by using the direct link If you have any questions about the survey please contact Youth Link Australia using the details on our website.

LIFE AFTER THE SUICIDE OF A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND When someone close to you dies through suicide, it can be difficult to engage in everyday life, when you are confronted with grief, confusion and ever-changing emotions. This four week program aims to assist you in understanding the grief that follows a suicide and will present a range of strategies and ideas that may help you to minimise the stress, confusion and difficulties of continuing life after the death of a loved one through suicide. Topics to be covered: Week 1 – What’s normal in grief? Week 2 – What do we know about grief & suicide? Week 3 – What can help in the first days & weeks? Week 4 – What can help over the first year and beyond? This program is offered through the Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment in co-operation with S.P.A.N (Suicide Prevention Awareness Network), using funds raised by the annual Suicide Awareness Walk – held in Geelong. A regular support group titled ‘After Suicide…?’ also meets monthly at the Wesley Centre. When? – Commences Tuesday, 17th September 2013 – Evenings at 7pm Where? – Wesley Centre in Yarra St Geelong. To book a place phone 5222 4101 – Limited places available. This program is Free of Charge, funded by SPAN Geelong.

TOUCAN APPEAL The Toucan Appeal is seeking donations of canned food to help people in need in Geelong. Collection box in front office foyer, thank you

Student Absences Parents and Guardians are required to provide an explanation for their child’s absences. This can be done in various ways:  call to the College the morning of the absence, In all instances the College requires the following information:  Child’s name  Home Group or Year level  Date absent  Parent/guardian signature (when written).

Late Passes The student will need to bring a note from home and report to the Science Office for a late pass. After 10.00am they will need to report to the General Office. If the student has no note, they will need to go through the same procedure, however, they will be placed on detention until a note of explanation is received.

Leave Passes If it is unavoidable that a student needs to leave for an appointment, the student will need to bring a note of explanation from home to the Science Office before school. They will be issued with a leave pass and the teachers will know that they are absent during that time.

Uniform Passes If a student is out of uniform they will need to bring a note from home and take it to the Science Office before school to be issued a Uniform Pass. If they have no explanation they will be placed on detention until a note is brought.

Diary Passes If a student has forgotten their diary or lost their diary they will need to report to the Science Office for a diary pass to be issued. Lost diaries will need to be replaced.

CAREERS NEWS REMINDERS Open Days Sun 25 Aug – ACU (Ballarat); Ballarat; Box Hill: Deakin (Burwood); La Trobe (Bundoora); Monash (Gippsland); Victoria; William Angliss Institute Sun 1 Sept – La Trobe (Albury/Wodonga) Occupational Therapy info; 12 Sept; Austin Hospital;Email Medical Radiations tours at Peter Mac; 15 Sept; ph 9656 1375,,

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY NEWS Discover Deakin – the University’s school holiday program is running at all campuses. Meet with current students, find out about courses, and experience what university life is like. When: Mon 23 to Fri 27 Sept. Info: Open Day – Check this out to plan your visit:

WILLIAM ANGLISS INSTITUTE OPEN DAY Trial a Trade As part of the day, get a hands-on look at what careers could entail. Aspiring chefs will learn their way around an industrial kitchen, while budding patissiers and sugar lovers will learn some tricks of the trade behind the creation of some of their favourite treats. This is a chance for students to follow their passions, discover career pathways or even realise a talent they didn’t know they had. Sign up beforehand at

PRAHRAN CAMPUS OF SWINBURNE Swinburne courses offered at this campus will move to the Hawthorn campus in 2014. However, with in-principle support from the Victorian Government, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) and Swinburne have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work to ensure the continued delivery of tertiary education at the Prahran campus. NMIT’s vision for the campus is to progressively develop the campus as an educational precinct with a focus on training in the Creative Industries. Programs would include a range of creative disciplines (design, music, theatre arts, sound production, etc). It is hoped that programs will commence by the start of the 2014 academic year. For updates see:

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRAMATIC ART (NIDA) NIDA (in Sydney) is an internationally acclaimed institute for education in theatre, film and television. NIDA is searching for talented students who have a desire to work hard and become successful artists in the arts and entertainment industry. All application, audition, interview and project requirements for NIDA’s tertiary programs are now available on their website, and applications must be made directly to NIDA before Mon 30 Sept ( There will be an information night on Thurs 22 Aug which will be broadcast live online and will be available to stream online later for students who are unable to attend. Register for the online streaming at Auditions and interviews for 2014 are in November. Info: 02 9697 7600,

FINE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE - SOUTHBANK CAMPUS (VCA) Those planning to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts at VCA are advised to see For details explaining the application process for domestic students go to the specialisation of interest, click ‘Domestic’, then go to the ‘Apply Now’ tab. NOTE: applicants for Fine Arts (Film and Television), (Dance), (Animation) and (Screenwriting) must complete and submit a Supplementary application form. This form is only available to applicants via the link included in the VTAC application acknowledgment email or in the VTAC user account messages. The Supplementary application form must be completed and submitted by 5pm 30 August. Applicants must pay an additional assessment fee of $65 with their Supplementary application form.

FASHION CAMP Want to cut it in fashion? Get a glimpse ‘behind the seams’ of this creative industry with instruction on everything from illustration and construction to styling and visual merchandising. Over five days of intensive fashion you will learn from industry experts how to turn a passion into a profession. When: 23 - 27 Sept (holidays); Where: Kangan Institute’s Centre for Fashion and Creative Industries, Cremorne St, Richmond; Cost: $785; Ages: 15 – 18 years; Book:

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN ENGINEER-ING SUMMER SCHOOL The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is hosting this event, funded by Engineering Aid Australia. The program gives 20 Indigenous secondary school students from across Australia, who are entering Years 11 and 12 in 2014, the chance to go to Sydney and explore the possibilities of studying and working in various areas of engineering. The week-long program will involve site visits at key Sydney locations, curriculum exercises and participation in cultural activities. There will be opportunities to meet engineering industry representatives and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. All activities, accommodation, flights and meals are covered. Indigenous students with aptitude for maths and science, and interested in engineering can apply. When: 12-18 January, 2014; Info: 02 9036 6571,, engineering/iaess,

GUARANTEED ATAR’s AT SWINBURNE Many of Swinburne University’s degrees will have a guaranteed ATAR in 2014. This means that students who meet course prerequisites and achieve an ATAR rank equal to or above the published guaranteed ATAR, and list that course as their highest successful preference through VTAC, will be guaranteed a place in that course. Students who achieve an ATAR just below the published guaranteed ATAR may be eligible for bonus points through middle-band and SEAS consideration. For a list of courses and scholarships with guaranteed ATAR’s see:

NUCLEAR MEDICINE HOSPITAL VISITS What is nuclear medicine? What do nuclear medicine technologists do? Get answers to these questions by joining a free visit to a nuclear medicine department at a major teaching hospital. When: 26-27 Sept; Info:, see MONASH UNIVERSITY NEWS

MONASH YEAR 11 INSPIRATION DAY Be inspired about your future tertiary decisions while discovering a world of possibilities at Monash. This event will give you a chance to explore options, life at university, as well as provide the opportunity to discuss your future with staff. When: 11am-3pm, Thurs 26 Sept; Where: Caulfield Campus; Register:; Info: Eddie Oates, ph 9903 1613 or Catering provided.

SCHOLARSHIPS AT MONASH Year 12s who list Monash as a course preference when applying for courses through VTAC will automatically be considered for most merit scholarships. Info see:

SIR JOHN MONASH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2014 For students who have excelled, Monash is offering a very generous scholarship program. See: scholarships/sir-john.

MONASH GUARANTEE Monash has a new admissions program for 2014 – the Monash Guarantee. Students who are financially disadvantaged, Indigenous Australians or completing Year 12 at a Monash under-represented school could be eligible for a guaranteed place at Monash, even if their ATAR is below the clearly-in. See: options/guaranteed-entry.

EQUITY AND MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS All Year 12 students should apply for Equity and Merit Scholarships via VTAC. VTAC scholarships applications for domestic students close on 18 Oct. For tips on applying:

CADETSHIPS IN LOGISTICS The Victorian Transport Association has a very successful Cadetship program. It is a two-year program which has young people employed full time with logistics companies while studying for the Cert IV in Logistics and a Diploma of Logistics. Info: Kristie, ph 9646 8590, see

CANTEEN ROSTER Wednesday 28th August

Thursday 29th August

Friday 30th August

Monday 2nd Sept

Tuesday 3rd Sept


Donna D’Elle

Rita Gilbert



Wednesday 4th Sept

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Friday 6th Sept

Monday 9th Sept

Tuesday 10th Sept


Kate Hodgson

Mary Leitch




Newsletter 26 27th august 2013