Nossal News
October 17, 2014
Edward Chhim photo to the right
Japan Tour 2014 see pages 8-10
Avidu Colambage photo below
VCAA Exam dates are itemised at the
back of this newsletter
Thursday 20th November, 6:30 pm
Victory Room, Etihad Stadium
* Year 12 Students, Parents and Families *
Tickets available—
Dear Parents,
Farewell, Congratulations and Good Luck to the Year 12 class of 2014
(Student attendance compulsory)
Tuesday 2nd December, 7:00pm
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
* All parents welcome *
Tickets free of charge
For more information regarding
Nossal events, see the ‘Coming Events’
tab on our webpage.
It is very hard to believe that our Year 12 students have almost finished their
secondary education journey, have now completed their final classes (ever) and
will be quickly involved in Swot Vac, then final VCE exams, and then the anxious
wait for results, then the anxious wait for University offers, and then …a big break,
before the anxious wait for University to start etc. etc. The cycle does continue
and we know that Nossal students are generally very well prepared and will be
highly successful, both in the short and longer terms. We also know that for all
VCE students in Year 12 it can be very stressful time as the students feel that
there is so much riding on their exam performance over the next few weeks.
Throughout the years we have given them many hints, advice and links about
looking after themselves and how they can best prepare and support themselves
and others through the next month. Please refer back to the Michael Carr-Gregg
advice on managing stress, work-life balance, health, sleep and relationships for
a timely reminder before becoming buried in exams. It might be worth visiting
“Smiling Mind” (Smiling for a mindfulness meditation program or
“Reach Out” (Reach who have a range of stress reducing resources and
a recently added series of presentations by prominent Australians talking about
life after Year 12.
It can be a very stressful time of year for all students (and staff and families) as the
final exams and assessments loom, and I urge all families to be very conscious of
this, and to use the community and school support services if any concerns or
Sir Gustav Nossal Boulevard, Monash University, 100 Clyde Road, Berwick, VIC 3806
PO Box 1036, Narre Warren VIC 3805
Phone: 03 8762 4600
Email: [email protected]
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Last day for Yr12 classes
Oct 21
Yr12 Celebration Day
Oct 22-28
Oct 22
FareShare excursion
Oct 23
Multi Faith Network meeting 6-10pm
Oct 24
Yr9 Boys Vaccinations
Oct 26
Fossils Rehearsal & Performance 2-4pm
Oct 27
Science Talent Search
Oct 29-Nov 21
VCAA Exams
Oct 31
Dark Zone & Indoor Sports excursion
Nov 3
Yr9 Big History excursion
Early finish-1:20pm
Nov 4
Student Free Day-Melbourne Cup Day
NOV 17-21
Yr9-11 Exam Week
Nov 20
Valedictory Dinner
Nov 24-25
Yr 9-11 Exam Feedback
Nov 24-28
Yr9 Bogong Leadership Camp
Nov 26-28
Early Commencement of 2015 classes
Nov 28
Yr 10 Final Assembly
Yr 11 Final Assembly
Dec 1
2015 New Yr9 Orientation Day
Term 3
Term 4
July 14– September 19
Oct 6– Year Level Dependant
Jan 30
Feb 2
Yr 9 & 12 & new students start
All year levels return
September 19, 2014
problems emerge. Nossal is a very supportive community and we
are much stronger when we work together and speak about and
share our problems, recognise and address our stressors, and look
after ourselves as well as our friends.
You will have heard it from me before and will keep hearing it –
but let me repeat this again. “Success” is not necessarily measured
by an ATAR ranking, nor is long term success or happiness. An
ATAR will not define you, and is really only important for as long
as the tertiary selections take, and only measures a narrow range
of performance at a single point in time. What we want to see
from each Nossal student is growth, improvement, progress,
participation, confidence, initiative, passion, inquisitiveness,
resilience, courage, creativity, empathy, happiness…..and many
other things that are not necessarily obviously reflected in VCE
scores or rankings. We want all our students to be highly successful
in the long term, and the definition of “success” should be an
individual one and may be different for each student. Having said
that – I know our Year 12 (Class of 2014) will perform at a very high
level and will be highly successful. I wish them all well and will
be exceptionally proud of what each of them achieve. It has been
an honour to share a part of their educational journey, and I look
forward to hearing of their long term progress as they move into
tertiary studies and beyond.
Alumni - ‘Old Nossalonians’
It has been gratifying to meet up with members of the Class of
2013 who have maintained close relationships with the school
since leaving us. Their feedback has been very positive and it is
wonderful that they wish to assist the current Year 12 students
with mentoring advice and assistance to help them maximise their
results and to ease the transition into university. Nossal already
has a very strong presence at Melbourne and Monash Universities,
and in many others around the country so as the school grows
and the alumni grows there will be greater opportunities for
mentoring and support beyond Nossal.
….and in the years to come when Nossal alumni are running the
country, and in charge of the big companies, the old Nossalonians
network will provide even more support and opportunities for
our much larger community.
Year 12 Celebrations
It is both a sad and joyous occasion as a graduating group moves
out of the school and there are a number of rituals and traditions
that exist in all schools. Even though Nossal has a very short history,
we have some “traditional” Nossal celebrations planned for this
week and next as we farewell the class of 2014. On Friday Monash
will host a luncheon for the Year 12 group; this will be followed by
a full school assembly organised by the Year 12 students (which is
guaranteed to be highly entertaining and not very serious). That
afternoon and evening the students have arranged to have a film
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night at the school, and the following Tuesday is the final big Celebration Day event for Year 12. Staff will cook a breakfast, and
students will sign shirts, and have the chance to take part some sporting challenges, or the less challenging jumping castles,
slushie machines and other student organised entertainment. The morning culminates in a colour fight on the soccer pitch,
between the teachers and students. This marks the end of classes and their secondary schooling, and the start of the Swot Vac
and exam period.
Please note that this is a controlled, organised and joyful celebration for the Year 12 group and staff only. I am pleased to see
that the notion of a “Muck-Up Day” has now all but disappeared within the wider community after some very disappointing
and disturbing incidents in previous years at some very well regarded schools. As always we have high expectations of all our
students and the seniors in particular who will continue to set an exemplary example for subsequent cohorts.
Sadly we have been witness to many examples over the years of young people being involved in risky behaviours at this time
of the year, and combination of alcohol, cars, parties and celebrations in the lead up to the end of the year has resulted in some
tragic events in the past. The Nossal students were addressed by the police this week who are keen to make sure that they are
conscious of the “Party Safe” message and all end the year on a high note.
I am looking forward to celebrating their VCE results in late December and we will of course have a formal farewell and
acknowledgements at the 2014 Speech Night and Valedictory Dinner next month.
Welcome to Renee Tuck
I am very pleased to welcome our newest staff member to Nossal. Ms Renee Tuck joins Mr Candy as part of
our wellbeing team, and will be based in the old Careers office opposite the main staffroom on the top floor.
An experienced counsellor and youth worker, Renee will be available to work individually with students
and families. Renee will be assisting with a number of wellbeing and support programs, participating in
school events and the co-curricular programs.
Year 9 Information Night
The Information evening for the 2015 Year 9 cohort was very well attended last week with two very full sessions offered.
My thanks to the PFA for their usual excellent support and attendance on the evening; to Mr Cheong Koo for his input and
organisation; to Jynx and Dimithi for the School Captains addresses; to Nathan Dalton, and to “The Dagobar System” – Will
Campbell, Rounak Dalal and Tanvir Singh for their trademark brilliant performances; and in particular to the five current Year
9 students Ceenan, Abel, Krystal, Aria and Thomas who were outstanding and highly articulate ambassadors for the school.
I intend to say very little next year and the consensus among the senior staff who were presenting on the evening was that
we were pretty much redundant and the students are more than capable of presenting the whole session. The students each
prepared their own presentations and I intend to make copies of these to share with others to demonstrate the calibre of
Nossal students, and as very powerful evidence of the positive and effective culture that we have been developing with these
wonderful young adults. I may also use their words as evidence in my own performance review as they exemplify what we
have been striving to create, and the students descriptions were powerful, passionate and exceptionally positive.
Wonderful Donations
I was humbled, impressed and hugely grateful to one of our families who recently contacted me to offer a cash donation to
the school. They have made an exceptionally generous $10,000 contribution and indicated that they would like some of the
funds to go towards assisting needy students within the school, and perhaps to provide some services or equipment that
would benefit all students. School Council will examine the best use of this contribution and I offer sincere thanks to the
parents for this wonderful gesture.
Similarly – I offer sincere thanks to another family who have been long term generous benefactors to the school and have
again this year offered to anonymously support a number of our students and their families who, due to financial constraints,
may not otherwise have been able to attend the Valedictory Dinner.
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I acknowledge and pay tribute to the generosity and integrity of these members of our community who
have such a strong social conscience and are willing to support others with no expectation of public
acknowledgement or recognition.
Roger Page
Dafydd Lewis Trust Scholarships
• The Dafydd Lewis Trust Scholarships support Year 12 male students to undertake tertiary studies.
• Under the terms of the Trust, scholarships are available to Year 12 male students who have attended
a Victorian government school for the last five years, and who intend to enrol in a full-time course at a
Victorian university in 2015.
• The scholarships are valued at $15,000 per annum and are available for the duration of the student’s
undergraduate course.
• The Dafydd Lewis Scholarships identify a permissible financial threshold as an eligibility criterion. All
applicants are subject to a personal and parental income test.
Actions Required
• Application forms are available at:
Critical Dates
• Applications open on 2 September 2014.
• Applications close on 12 December 2014.
Additional Information
• Year 12 female students may apply for the Mary Lewis Scholarship.
• Information about the Mary Lewis Scholarships Foundation and the Dafydd Lewis Trust Scholarships can
be found at:
Nossal High School End of Year Exams for students in Years 9, 10 and 11
Students in Years 9 to 11 will be sitting their Nossal Examinations in the week November 17 – 21st.
During this week:
Year 9s can expect an exam in all of their Core Subjects on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Normal Classes on Monday
and Tuesday.
Year 10s can expect an exam in most subjects.
Year 11s can expect an exam in all subjects, although their Unit ¾ VCAA exam will generally be held at another time.
There are special provisions for students with VCAA exams throughout the Nossal Exam week. These have been outlined
to students and parents via a letter from Ms Katherine Warriner (Director of VCE) and are elaborated on later in my report.
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In the week prior to exams each year level will be informed of the requirements of exam conditions and materials. Teachers
will also provide revision opportunities and materials for students to develop and refine their study habits.
Yr 10s and 11s are only expected here at Nossal when they have exams; they may arrive late and leave early. Year 9s will
undertake normal lessons on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th November 2014. They will follow a Week B timetable and will
undertake revision with their classroom teachers. Their end of year exams will begin on Wednesday 19th November 2014.
Students will be expected to attend school from half an hour before the beginning of their first exam and may leave at the end
of their last exam for the day, in line with the expectations for senior students. A timetable indicating when the exams occur
will be distributed to students shortly. All students are expected to be in full academic uniform and should ensure they have
all required materials for each exam. Class teachers will provide this information.
Examination Supervisor Volunteers
I once again call for volunteers to supervise our Nossal Exams. Whilst Nossal staff take charge of each exam, it is extremely
helpful to the school to have volunteer supervisors assisting. This allows staff to mark student exams so that they get quick
feedback to students before commencing 2015 work, and it allows staff to work together to prepare materials for 2015. The
greatest advantage is to the students who become accustomed to having outside supervisors, as is the case in their final, Year
12 VCAA exams. If you’re interested in providing support to the school, the details can be found at the back of this newsletter.
I encourage you to sign up so that you can see firsthand how capable and responsible our students are.
Finishing Unit 2 Well
Students in Year 11 are encouraged to work hard to maximise their learning in their unit 2 studies and finish these unit off well.
Some students make the mistake of focussing all of their energies on their unit ¾ subject(s), neglecting their unit 2 studies in
the last term. Doing so is narrow sighted and only results in short term gains. Unit 2 studies are invariably strong preparation
for unit 3 and 4 studies. Neglecting unit 2 studies now means that the workload and difficulty of your Year 12 studies are
The school makes a generous allowance for special attendance arrangements for students doing a VCAA unit 3 and 4 exam,
by allowing them to stay at home on the day immediately prior to the exam (but not where exams follow a weekend or public
holiday). We do not want, nor condone, students taking additional time. The strict attendance rules required to pass unit 2
are still in place. We do not want students to jeopardise passing their unit 2s.
We ask parents to support the school in making these expectations clear to students.
New School Reports in 2015
Following our review of school reports with staff, students and parents we have now settled on a new format for 2015. The
changes we have made are designed to better cater for highly able and gifted students. Some of the significant changes you
can look forward to are:
More regular reporting; students will now receive detailed reports each term.
Each report compares student progress to the previous term.
Both teachers and students will make ratings against the reporting criteria.
No graded assessments on the report; students receive detailed feedback and grades on assessment pieces.
Reports will be distributed and constantly accessible electronically via Compass
More details will be distributed early in term one 2015, along with video support materials for parents to view. The video
support will outline why we have made the changes and how to interpret the reports. We feel satisfied our thorough review
and consultation will mean that our reporting program better meets the needs of parents, students and staff.
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Early Commencement of 2015 subjects:
In the week following our Nossal Exams, 24 – 28th November students will receive their exam papers back, along with valuable
feedback about how to improve exam technique, and they will also be exposed to a two hour introductory session to their
2015 studies. During this time each class will cover the course outline, what to expect, have access to resources and a small
amount of holiday homework to be completed before returning to school at the beginning of next year.
Compass Access
The login details you were sent for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are unique to you and provide you with ongoing
parent access to Compass. Compass can not only give you access to Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences it can also:
show you your child’s daily schedule
allow you to provide consent for excursions online (no more missing notes!!)
allow you access your child’s Career Action Plan and comment on it.
update your address, email and other contact details
make some school payments
In the future you will be able to monitor your child’s attendance from home and access their school reports. Keep the login
for ongoing use; DO NOT SHARE IT WITH YOUR CHILD or change your password by logging in and doing so in the right hand
cog icon.
If you have lost your login details, contact Jane Petty at [email protected]
Farewell to our 2014 Year 12 students
I too could write with about the pride we have in, and the mix of the excitement and sadness we feel at saying farewell to our
Yr12s, but I don’t want to repeat what Mr Page and Mr Haworth have said. Suffice to say, Yr12: It has been my pleasure getting
to know you, teaching you, and seeing you grow and mature. I know you will experience success in your chosen pathways. I
wish you all the best, and hope that you return to visit us regularly from now on, because we will miss your smiling faces. Best
Strategic Review
Our work with the school Strategic Review continues. Parent, student and teacher Forums continue as we reflect on the
structures, processes and programs at Nossal. In order to facilitate further work with staff, on Monday 3rd November we will
have a shortened teaching day. Students will be dismissed at 1.20pm.
Central Australian Tour 2015- Parent information evening
Next year we plan to conduct a school tour to Central Australia in June. Last Thursday, a short presentation was made to the
students in Year 9 and 10. Next Tuesday 21st October an extended presentation will be available to both parents and students.
The information session will commence at 7pm in the Meath Auditorium. I hope to see you there.
Final days for Year 12
Last Friday, a number of Old Nossalonians (members of our Alumni) provided a surprise ‘pop- up’ party for the Class of 2014. It
was a wonderful and kind gesture from members of last years’ Year 12 to celebrate almost the end of Year 12, and to wish the
Class of 2014 well with the upcoming exams.
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As the number of formal classes for Year 12 diminishes, emotions of students
can start to run high. The feelings from students can be mixed, for some, a sense
of relief, perhaps a sense of heightened anxiety as the exams are almost here,
and for many a sense of loss as secondary school is almost over, and life will
be very different next year. I encourage all Year 12 students to take the advice
of students who have travelled this road before. Preparation is one of the keys
to controlling stress. Usually the more prepared one is the less stress one can
become. I constantly encourage students to be the best that they can be. If you
have completed your best, then your best is good enough. It is important to
remember pathways. There are many paths to a chosen course or occupation. If
you do not obtain the desired ATAR it is not the end. If you are determined and
passionate about achieving your goals, you will get there.
This coming Friday Year 12 students will enjoy a special lunch courtesy of Monash University, Berwick Campus. The Final Year
12 assembly will follow. A time to reflect, celebrate and acknowledge all of hard work and commitment not only during the
past twelve months but over the past thirteen years. On Tuesday 21st as part of the Year Celebration Day Year 12 students will
enjoy a cooked breakfast and a variety of fun activities. To all Year 12 students congratulations on your work so far however
there is still some unfinished business to attend to. I wish each and every one of you every success that you are striving for.
Thank you
Thank you to Ms Rackham and other many staff who have spent significant time at school and over the holiday’s meeting with
Year 12 students and offering supporting statements for the SEAS applications.
Official opening of Insight School for the visually impaired
Many thanks to our talented music students who volunteered their time
to assist with the official opening of the Insight School. They were again
wonderful ambassadors for Nossal. Many significant guests including
members of Parliament commented on the amazing musical talent of
our students. Thank you to Soyeon An, Nathan Dalton, Yong See Foo,
Natalie Grimmett, Yanliang Liu, Kathy Nguyen, Nelson Phan, Charis Yang
and Kathryn Yu.
Below: Ms Shute, Mr Page and Mr Haworth at the Insight opening.
Photo above and right:
NHS Students playing at the opening of Insight.
Mr Wayne Haworth, Assistant Principal
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The University of Melbourne - School Mathematics Competition
2014 Awards Ceremony
On Saturday 11th of October it was my privilege to attend the Melbourne University Maths
competition awards ceremony at the three Nossal students were presented with awards
for outstanding achievements.
The recipients were:
Yong See Foo – Top performer in the Intermediate Division (First Prize) and winner
of the prestigious Sir Thomas Cherry Prize. Pictured top right
Ashan Wimalaratne – Certificate of Merit Winner in the Intermediate Division
Riley Baird – Outstanding Award Winner in the Senior Division. Pictured right
The quality of the students at the ceremony was incredible and for three of our students to achieve awards was a stunning
achievement. I was also noticed a mutual respect and camaraderie as our students mixed happily with the students from
other schools and it reminded me of one of the core values of Nossal High school. That being that at Nossal outstanding
students are able to mix readily with students of similar abilities.
There were three speakers at the ceremony, one of whom was Lily Serna, pictured on left who some may recall
as the mathematical guru on the SBS television program Numbers and Letters. Lily spoke of her passion
for the environment and how she could use mathematics to assist her. Each of the speakers reinforced
the importance of Mathematics in the world and encouraged the assembled students to pursue careers
involving mathematics.
Mr Ian Pegram
JAPAN TOUR 2014 - Ms Shelley Warner
Inthe last weeks of Term 3 and throughout the holidays our second biannual Japan Tour took place. Hopefully you have
all taken the time to view the Japan Tour Blog:
which outlines the details, learning and fun experienced on the trip.
Another way to tell you about the Tour is to ask our participants to reflect on
their experience of the Tour and to choose some photos they wish to share. The
reflections and photos follow on the next page.
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Avidu Colambage
Reflection: The Japan Tour was a sensational experience. It was a trip filled with
delicious food, busy transport, magnificent sites, relentless stairs, cutting-edge
technology and incredible people. I went in full of excitement and hope, and came
out uplifted and fulfilled.
Grishm Ganatra
My name is Grishm Ganatra and I am a year 9 student. I went on the Japan trip with 3 other year 9’s. The best part about the
Japan tour was probably the host family and Tokyo. The host family were extremely kind and warm. My host brother was
very polite and friendly. He was also very smart. Our time in Tokyo was very fun. We went to places like Asakusa, Harajuku,
Shibuya and others. Tokyo was very lively and exciting. We also saw the cultural side of Japan by going to Koyasan. Koyasan is
a regional town were Buddhist monks go and study. We also went to temples and shrines in Kyoto and experienced Japanese
culture. Overall the Japan trip was a really fun experience and I would love to go again.
Amy Shao
numerous prefectures, the Japan
Tour was an incredibly rewarding
taste of Japan’s rich culture. The
experiences we had in Japan were
exciting and immensely valuable
and will remain with us for a long
time to come. Thanks Ms. Warner!
Casey Do
Going on the Japan Tour
was the best decision of my
life as it has allowed me to
experience so many new
foods, activities and meet
amazing people. Having
the chance to attend a
Japanese school and be
hosted by Karin and her
family is something that I
will never forget. Edward Chhim
Japan was a very fun trip where I gained lots of knowledge and had great fun attempting to speak Japanese even with my
limited knowledge. The highlight of the trip would be the city of anime and electronics: Akihabara. Going to maid cafes,​
spending money on arcades, and buying anime posters made this a memorable trip.
Lachlan Boldt
Out of all the choices I’ve made in my life, going on the Japan tour was among the
best. There are just some things you can’t experience at home – you haven’t lived
until you’ve tried to half-mime your way through buying lunch just to leave your
giant bag of Japanese lollies at the counter. With new friends from Australia and
overseas, an expanded taste palette, a vast collection of amazing experiences
and a few stories to share, it was definitely worth the 10 hour plane flight and the
slave labour I’ll have to do to pay off my parents.
Long story short – If you have the opportunity to go overseas, take it.
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Lauren Richardson
Going to Japan with the school was an experience I will never forget. I’ve learnt and grown as a person, and my motivation
to learn a foreign language has increased exponentially. I found that the Home Stay was the most rewarding thing that we
did. Staying in my family’s house and sharing their day really gave me insight into how different our cultures live. They were
beyond generous and it was sad to have to say goodbye, even though we’d only had three days together. I’m looking forward
to returning to Japan at some point in the future. Hopefully in two years’ time when the school does another tour.
Austin Leong
The best way for me to summarise my trip to Japan would be to say it was an experience, one which was completely different
to any country I’ve been to (naturally). From our travelling, the thing which separates it from other countries of Asia, is how
easily it is to shift from city to countryside. It took only about an hour from Tokyo to get to Chiba. Then again, we were on a
shinkansen fast train, so maybe that doesn’t really count. I liked the sense of spiritualism you get when walking through a
shrine or temple complex. Fushimi-Inari was just grand. And even the graveyards in Koyasan…’Namudaishi hengo kongo’…
so quiet and enchanting, despite the slight morbidity of that. But urban Japan is also interesting, in its own way. Never have
I visited a café that’s inhabited by cats, for the purpose of interacting with
them…until visiting Japan (it doesn’t matter if they’re uninterested since
they were cute sleeping too). My host family, the Kimuras, in Chiba, were
very welcoming, and I’m grateful for that. They even forgave my sometimes
terrible Japanese – for some reason, actually speaking a language seems to
challenge my memory of what I have learned… Kenta, my host brother, also
taught me something to remember the directions: Dou, zai, nan, boku. East,
west, south, north. The festival they took me to was also very lovely. I don’t
believe Australia really holds those sort of cultural celebrations at night
time, so it was something unique. And I enjoyed Odaiba because I managed
to acquire a paperboy’s cap. Very consumerist, but aesthetics draw me.
James Chanty
Visiting Japan was one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced in my life. It was a great opportunity to be able to see and
experience the different culture and lifestyles of Japan. All of the traditional temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nagoya were
beautiful. Getting to spend time in Tokyo and especially Akihabara was extremely fun. The home stay and time spent at Chosei
were both challenging and enjoyable experiences. A personal highlight of the trip was getting to visit a Japanese maid cafe
and eating omelette rice. Overall, the tour to Japan was amazing, I made some great new friends and I only wish I could have
spent more time there.
Adam Wang
Out of all the places we went to, in my opinion Odaiba was the
best city. I enjoyed Odaiba because there was a nice hotel, lots of
free time and also had a great environment overall.
The photo is of us in a Hawaiian restaurant in Odaiba on the last
day of the tour.
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October 17, 2014
Dear Parents and the school community,
Currently we are reviewing our attendance procedures.
We would like to remind all parents and guardians that non year 12 students need parental permission in advance to sign
out and leave the school early. We understand that some of our students will have appointments arise during the school
day that cannot be avoided, however we will not be allowing students to sign out unless we have either written permission
or a phone call has been made from parents or guardians prior to the event. This can be done by phoning our attendance
hotline on 03 87624625 or by providing your student with a written note presented to the attendance officer at the
beginning of the day.
Thank you for your support with this matter.
Kind regards,
Leanne Ansalde
Director of House
We are seeking volunteers for a full day (with break times) to assist us in the supervision of exams.
Dates:Monday 17th to Friday 21st November 2014
Who can do it? Anyone with a current Working With Children’s Check or an application pending.
Application forms are available at Post Offices and they are free for volunteers.
What do volunteer supervisors do?
 Work with the coordinating teacher to supervise exams to ensure that students comply with exam requirements.
 Patrol amongst the rows of students sitting exams.
 Assist students with questions and escort them to the toilet
 Collect exam papers at the end.
 We run training sessions for new volunteers.
7th November,2014
at Nossal High School
How do you sign up?
• Email Jane Petty ([email protected] ) your details including your phone number and the day(s) that you
are available.
• Phone the school for more details on 87624600
• Someone will contact you closer to the date to confirm the days you have been allocated to supervision and organise a time for training.
What do volunteers get for offering their time?
• Food during meal breaks throughout the day.
• A letter of thanks
• The opportunity to see and understand the pressures on our students and how impressive our students are.
• Experience in and understanding of VCAA exam conditions, rules and processes
• A good feeling
When you sign up for supervision we are relying on you to fulfil your commitment.
Many thanks for your assistance,
Sue Harrap (Assistant Principal) Roger Page (Principal)
2014 VCAA VCE Examinations
The following table details what exams are being held at Nossal High School. Please note the venue of your exams
29/10 9:00 – 12:15
29/10 9:00 – 12:15
30/10 9:00 – 11:45
30/10 3:00 – 5:15
31/10 9:00 – 11:45
31/10 3:00 – 4:45
3/11 9:00 – 10:45
3/11 11:45 – 2:00
5/11 9:00 – 10:15
3:00 – 5:15
6/11 3:00 – 5:15
9:00 – 10:45
3:00 – 5:15
10/11 11:45 – 2:00
10/11 3:00 – 5:15
10/11 3:00 – 5:15
11/11 9:00 – 11:45
3:00 – 5:15
12/11 9:00 – 11:45
13/11 9:00 - 10:45
13/11 11:45 – 2:00
14/11 9:00 – 10:45
14/11 11:45 – 1:30
14/11 3:00 – 5:15
14/11 3:00 – 5:15
17/11 11:45 – 2:00
17/11 11:45 – 2:00
18/11 11:45 – 2:00
18/11 3:00 – 5:15
19/11 11:45 – 2:00
3:00 – 5:15
3:00 – 5:15
English as Additional Language
Further Maths Exam 1
Further Maths Exam 2
Business Management
Math Methods CAS Exam 1
Health & Human Devpt
Math Methods CAS Exam 2
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VCE exam advice
for Class of 2014
October 29 2014
Jacqueline Huang received
a perfect VCE English score
last year. Here’s her advice
on how to do the same.
My name is…
Jacqueline Yuyen Huang
I went to…
Westbourne Grammar School
In VCE ENGLISH I received a score of
The thing I liked best about doing this
subject was:
With English being my second language
I disliked the subject. However in
retrospect, I really enjoyed writing essays
for Context. I had a lot of fun creating a
personal voice and being able to be more
creative/unconventional with my writing.
This year I am doing…
Bachelor of Biomedicine
The best advice I can give the Class
of 2014 about this specific exam is…
Don’t over complicate and over think.
For Language Analysis: At the start of the
year, I really struggled with this section of
English. I was never able to finish a timed
essay and felt as though my essay was
poorly constructed. For me, it became
a very formulaic piece of writing when
I stopped thinking too much, and just
identified the most relevant techniques
that I knew I’ve had plenty of practice
analysing. Don’t think too much and
just paragraph according to the points
the author makes. Always remember to
really dig and analyse. Don’t write fluffy
sentences. I find it to be the easiest
format that ensures you are analysing
straight forwardly without having to
worry about essay structure etc. Also, it
really helps to have a few adjectives and
verbs that describe the author’s tone and
what he or she is doing up your sleeves.
Spend some time writing good sentence
patterns for an analysis because you start
to see that you can re-use a lot of things
you’ve written in the past. Paragraphs for
language analysis are essentially: “point,
evidence, analyse”.
Don’t try to over-do your language. When I
did VCE I was always amazed by the fancy
words and impressive sentence structures
that were evident in the sample essays.
Keep in mind those aren’t the only good
essays. Keep your language simple and
straight forward.
Practice is key: the more you do now the
easier it is for you to prepare later.
Throughout the year I put in a lot of effort
into each and every one of my homework
essays. On top of that, i would often
write individual paragraphs for some
random idea – a theme, a character etc
that I hadn’t covered or had time to write
a full essay on. The more quality essays
I wrote that covered a broad range of
topics, the easier it became when it came
to assessments. I was able to recycle a
few of my many paragraphs I had already
written and form them into a cohesive
essay. It made things a lot easier.
The best advice I got from my teacher
about this exam was…
There wasn’t specific advice that was
directed particularly at the exam (apart
from her suggestion of starting the
Language Analysis first and to be more
creative with our Context pieces in order
to stand out). However I am really grateful
for a very supportive and hardworking
teacher. Our school’s English department
is also very well resourced with some
excellent English teachers that really
taught us the best approaches to essay
writing. I also appreciate how my school
gave us only an hour to do our assessed
essays at school under exam conditions.
I think that really prepared me in terms
of time management.
In the month before this VCE exam, I…
collected every essay I had written
and improved upon them (fixing up
my expressions and adding in extra
information or ideas). I also wrote
separate paragraphs for all three sections
of the exam. I went through my texts to
familiarise myself with it more.
After the exam, I…
went home and took a couple of hours’
break. I felt like I did really well since I was
lucky enough to have been able to write
all of my best paragraphs for the exam.
This feeling made me more motivated to
study for my other exams which were only
days after the English one.
The best exam advice I received from my
parents, siblings or family member was…
I didn’t receive anything exam related, but
I thank my parents for believing in me and
they never gave me any pressure. I also
thank my friends who reminded me not to
doubt my capabilities.
I didn’t work a part-time job
during year 12 because…
my parents felt as though it would
interfere with my studies.
I didn’t have a study schedule at all. I
would sit down to write when I had an
idea and leave it when I couldn’t write
anything decent.
I recorded myself reading out the
paragraphs/ essays and listened to
them. I also revised all my essays.
On exam day, I prepared myself by…
I felt like I couldn’t recall anything that
I had memorised. However I quickly
reminded myself not to think about
anything else: didn’t even try to recite any
memorised essays, I just read everything
over and over again just before entering
the exam room. It helped keep me calm on
my way to the exam.
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VCE exam advice
for Class of 2014
October 30 and November 3 2014
Further Maths
Samuel Goh received
a perfect VCE Further
Mathematics score last
year. Here’s his advice
on how to do the same.
My name is
Samuel Goh
I went to…
Rowville Secondary College.
In VCE Further Maths I received a
score of…
The thing I liked best about doing this
subject was:
Studying a wide range of topics due to the
different modules available.
Doing maths that could actually be a little
useful in the future.
This year I am doing…
Year 12
The best advice I can give the Class of
2014 about this specific exam is…
Get to know your calculators well: For
both exams you can use a CAS calculator
AND a scientific calculator. The better you
are with the calculator, the less time you
may spend fiddling around and the more
time you have to solve problems.
Make a bound reference, but don’t go
overboard: A bound reference in the exam
can be really handy for quickly confirming
some knowledge, but there is no need for
hundreds of pages. In the real exam there
isn’t enough time to look through
all your notes. Remember that the exam
also comes with a formula sheet which
covers MOST of the formulas you need
to know. Also, when constructing your
bound reference make sure to look at
the Study Design from the VCAA website
which outlines everything you need to
know for the exam.
Underline important information: There
are often worded questions in exams
with lots of information to introduce the
question. Underline the most important
pieces of information which you can use
in your calculations such as angles, dates
or prices.
If you have time, double check your
answers and find a way to make sure
you’re correct!
This could mean eliminating other
multiple choice answers, taking a different
approach to the calculations or re-doing
calculations on your CAS to make sure you
didn’t type anything incorrectly.
The best advice I got from my teacher
about this exam was…
Take your time: If you’ve done a lot of
practice, you may start to recognise
similar questions showing up on exam
papers. Sometimes it’s good to avoid
rushing and slowing down, really taking
in the details of the question and asking
yourself: ‘Is this really the same question
I’ve done before? Or is there something
different about it?’ It’s a little bit about
speed versus accuracy. In the exam it’s
good to have a balance.
Show working out and make it clear:
There are often working marks allocated
for longer questions. When tackling them,
make sure your working out is clear and
follows a logical order. The examiners
need to understand what you’re doing so
they can see that you know the content.
It also makes it easier for you to spot any
errors if you have time to check through
your exam.
In the month before this VCE exam, I…
worked through different practice exam
papers, trying to get as much exposure to
different types of questions so I was well
prepared for anything that could show
up on the exam. I made sure I spent time
reviewing VCAA past year papers and
their assessment reports – the reports
are very detailed and can be very helpful.
I made sure to record any big mistakes
from the practice exams in a document on
my computer.
In the week before this VCE exam I…
continued working through practice exam
papers – I think they are the best form
of revision for mathematics subjects.
I then finished off my bound reference
by compiling all my recorded mistakes
into a word document, printing that off
and putting it at the front of my bound
reference. All of the areas which I was
weak in could easily be seen on my
bound reference.
On exam day, I prepared myself by…
getting as much sleep possible, eating
well, praying, watching videos online – I
tried to stay as relaxed as possible and
didn’t let the pressures of the imminent
exam get to me. I already had my
stationery and calculator ready the night
before. I didn’t think cramming would do
much on exam day for me; I had to trust
that I had done all I could to prepare.
After the exam, I….
made sure I didn’t discuss the exam
with others as I didn’t want to think
about results until results day – there
was nothing I could do about the exam
that I had just completed. It was a bit of
a personal preference. And I also had
another exam the next day, so I had to get
studying for that.
The best exam advice I received from my
parents, siblings or family member was…
simply to do my best. You can often get
caught up in numbers, trying to figure
out SAC scores work and how all the
statistical moderation works. But the
bottom line is, if you get to the end of the
year having done all you can and tried
your best with no regrets then there is
definitely success in that.
I did work a part-time job during year 12
I felt it was a good way to take a break
from studying. In the second semester,
I decreased the number of shifts I was
working and when exams neared I let my
supervisors know about exams and
made sure I took many days off during
exam period.
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VCE exam advice
for Class of 2014
October 30 2014
Cherry Skinner Tarlo
received a perfect
Psychology score last
year. Here’s her advice
on how to do the same.
My name is
Cherry Skinner Tarlo
I went to…
Newhaven College, Philip Island.
In VCE Psychology, I received a score of…
The thing I liked best about doing this
subject was:
Learning about how we, as humans,
function and respond to our environment.
I also enjoyed analysing the brain and its
complex ability to create life in people.
This year I am doing…
Bachelor of Psychology/Criminology at
RMIT University, City Campus.
The best advice I can give the Class of
2014 about this specific exam is…
Always use the name of the person if it is
mentioned in the question (often used in
Use your time wisely: look at the
allocated marks and structure your time
When doing practice exams, try
completing the sections (multiple choice,
short answer and extended response) in
different orders and find out what works
best for you.
The best advice I got from my teacher
about this exam was…
Do as many accredited practice exams
as possible under timed conditions in an
exam-like setting.
Only write as much as you need to gain
the full marks.
Have faith in yourself.
In the month before this VCE exam, I…
Devised a study plan for myself, and
stuck to it, giving myself small rewards
after chunks of study, such as watching
a tv show or online shopping! I made
cue cards and practised with friends
and family, talked often with my teacher
about areas I felt unsure of and explained
concepts to friends/family (this really is
confirmation of your knowledge when you
have to teach it). I maintained a study/
life balance by remembering that it will all
be okay in the long run, making plans for
things I was excited about, doing regular
exercise, taking time out to enjoy meals,
and organising my time so I wasn’t having
to stay up late at night studying.
In the week before this VCE exam I…
Went to as many revision lectures/
workshops as possible (run both inside
and outside of school), meticulously
worked through past exams with my
teacher, spent time at school studying,
familiarised myself with the classroom
where exams were to be held, continued
to do timed practice exams and worked
with my teacher to figure out how I could
optimise my mark. I forced myself to have
breaks, do exercise every day, follow
a study plan to ensure I was managing
my time correctly, made posters, flash
cards, notes, and stuck them all around
my house, including my bedroom, the
bathroom, toilet and kitchen.
On exam day, I prepared myself by…
Briefly reviewing my notes, but not in
too much depth. I ate a good, hearty
breakfast, had my bag packed the night
before, left more than enough time to get
there, reassured myself that everything
was going to be okay and that if I didn’t go
as well as I hoped, that it wasn’t the end
of the world. I sought confirmation from
my teacher and knew that all I could do
was my best.
After the exam, I….
Talked with my friends and other students
about how they went, debriefed with
my teacher, had a break for lunch, felt
confident that I had done my best, and
then began studying for another exam.
The best exam advice I received from my
parents, siblings or family member was…
That all you can do is your best, and that if
you’re unhappy with your results, it’s not
the end of the world, and there are always
alternative pathways.
I didn’t work a part-time job during year
12 because…
I found I had no spare time, and what little
time I did have, I thought it was more
important to create balance in my life with
healthy food, exercise and time out for
myself and my family, rather than earn a
subsidiary income.
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VCE exam advice
for Class of 2014
October 30 2014
Janet Davey received a
perfect VCE Psychology
score last year. Here’s
her advice on how to
do the same.
My name is
Janet Davey
I went to…
Ruyton Girls’ School
In VCE Psychology, I received a score of…
The thing I liked best about doing this
subject was…
that not only was it interesting, but the
topics – such as sleep, memory, and
learning – felt relevant (unlike many other
subjects) and helped me in my other
subjects as well.
This year I am doing…
A Bachelor of Science/Asia-Pacific Studies
at ANU, majoring in Physics and Chinese.
The best advice I can give the Class of
2014 about this specific exam is…
Word your answers carefully, and make
sure you get the key terms in.
Know research methods inside out,
because many students neglect it.
Have examples prepared beforehand and
check with your teacher that they’re right.
Don’t try to be really original with them,
just keep them simple and nail them.
The best advice I got from my teacher
about this exam was…
this is probably a pretty specific problem,
but my wonderful teacher kept telling
me to stop overthinking the questions
and not waffle on in my answers. Many
students don’t know this, but you can
actually write your answers in dot-points,
and many examiners prefer this because
it’s clearer.
In the month before this VCE exam, I…
guess I studied Psych at least a little
bit every day. I made a million tables
and mind-maps summarising topics or
comparing different theories and stuck
them up all around my house until there
were no free walls left. After reading
these for months, the information stuck
with me. To stay sane in the lead-up to
exams I went running or cycling every
afternoon and drank a lot of tea.
In the week before this VCE exam I...
did practice exams. But almost more
important than completing practice exams
is correcting them and understanding
how your answer differs from the given
solution. I kept a little notebook, and I’d
write down every question I got wrong,
what the correct answer was, and the key
terms needed to get full marks.
On exam day, I prepared myself by…
The Psych exam started at 9:00 am, so
I don’t think I did anything beforehand,
other than have breakfast and read over
my errors notebook.
After the exam, I…
went straight home. The exam was on
a Friday and I didn’t have another exam
until mid-way through the following week,
so that afternoon I just did some ‘light’
Methods study and went for a run.
The best exam advice I received from
my parents, siblings or family member
was…’Calm down’.
I didn’t work a part-time job during year
12 because…
I didn’t want to add another thing to an
already stressful year, and would have
struggled to find the time for it.
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