The Scholarship program promotes and recognises outstanding commitment by primary school students who have displayed a strong involvement in their school community. The College looks for exemplary young people who are exceptional in different areas and possess personal qualities and values that will contribute to the life of North Geelong Secondary College.
North Geelong Secondary College Scholarship Program recognises the considerable achievements of children in our community and provides them with the opportunity to experience exciting curriculum opportunities through a broad range of engaging programs delivered by our dedicated teachers.
Scholarships are awarded for two years commencing in Year 7 and then reviewed in Years 9 and 11. Scholarship recipients will be Grade 6 students who will be attending North Geelong Secondary College in Year 7 the following year. The Scholarship is valued at $5000 and includes the following for both Year 7 & 8:
Full value of school fees
Scholarships are available in the following areas:
Academic Excellence The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to students with an exemplary academic record who have demonstrated outstanding application and achievement in one or more of English, Mathematics or Science, together with a strong performance in general studies.
* Students who apply for the Academic Excellence Scholarship need to also apply for the Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program.
Student Leadership The Student Leadership Scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated leadership skills. The successful applicant(s) will have excellent communication skills, display initiative, and have a passion to motivate, delegate, guide and direct fellow students.
Community (Good Citizenship) The Community (Good Citizenship) Scholarship is available to students who have made a significant demonstrable contribution to their community. The successful applicant(s) will display a strong social conscience as well as an outstanding work ethic and behaviour.
Sporting Excellence The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is available to keen sports persons who have shown outstanding aptitude and personal achievement in one or many sporting field(s).
The Arts The Arts Scholarship is available to students who have displayed excellence and shown commitment in one or more of the Arts (such as; Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts). Successful applicants should have a record of involvement in all aspects of primary school life in addition to artistic talent.
How to apply
Scholarship Applications close: Thursday 22nd June, 2023
Fill in the preliminary application form and return it to a member of the North Geelong Secondary College Administration Team.
The Excellence in Sport Program aims to enhance students’ skills, knowledge, and practical application in Australian Rules, Soccer, and Volleyball. It also extends into crucial areas like sport science, well-being, nutrition, and physical conditioning. Emphasizing a balanced and healthy lifestyle, the EIS program supports students in pursuing both personal sporting and academic objectives.
CLICK HERE to view more detailed information in our program booklet
For more information, please contact Cameron Siketa – Excellence in Sport Program Coordinator
Ph: (03) 5240 5800
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics – STEM Program
STEM Vision Statement
North Geelong Secondary College is aiming to nurture curiosity in Science, Technology and Mathematics so we can build students who are independent, self-motivated and resilient learners that have a strong interest in STEM subjects; through the development of skills in reasoning, inquiry and problem solving.
What is STEM?
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills is high and will continue to increase in the future. This means it is important to teach STEM skills as they provide students with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond. More information can be foundHERE about STEM in Victorian schools.
Stop motion video
By using stop motion technology students used their creative ideas to produce and film videos outlining the key STEM elements. Students in the Year 9 STEM elective worked in teams to produce many fantastic videos one of which is displayed here. To see the other videos, and many other great initiatives at NGSC check out our Facebook page and newsletters.
Key elements of STEM education at North Geelong Secondary College
Problem solving The ability to think through problems will be one of the most important skills students can learn to improve their futures. Tasks are scaffolded to allow students to use their problem-solving skills in safe but challenging situations. Reflection of their learning and techniques used is an important aspect of problem-solving.
Linked to the real world Topics have some relevance to the real life. They could be linked to STEM industries such as engineering or technology. They could also be aimed at solving real life problems. For example, designing and building a structure to solve the problem of cleaning up oil spills.
Integrated Units meaningfully incorporate multiple STEM subjects. This helps students make connections between content covered in multiple subjects.
Cooperative learning Student are given structured opportunities to work in teams. This will improve important soft skills such as communication, adaptability, conflict resolution and leadership.
STEM Initiatives at NGSC
Year 7 Students are introduced to STEM projects at Year 7 with various short STEM activities. These aim to engage students in problem solving tasks and improve their team work skills.
Year 8 Students in Year 8 complete four major STEM projects throughout the year.
Bottle rocket design Students design and build a rocket from soft drink container and cardboard. Students then launch their rockets to see which design has the longest flight time.
Interactive statistics poster Students use Makey Makey’s and the programing application Scratch to make an interactive poster. Students create buttons on the poster that, when touched, play a recording of them detailing the Mathematic content.
Box design task As apprentice cabinet makers students are tasked with the real-life challenge of modifying the current, and basic, box design sold by their boss’s business. Students are given a design brief to follow so they can design and build a more appropriate box.
Theme park rides As a cohort, the year 8 classes design and build a model Theme Park. Students choose which ride they would like to build and then test them for safety using eggs as human analogues.
Implementing STEM in the classroom takes a whole team to make learning engaging and relevant to students. The Year 8 teaching team has worked hard to design, implement and reflect on the STEM units delivered.
Year 9 and 10 There are two STEM based elective subjects students are able to choose in Year 9 and 10.
STEM This subject has a focus on the engineering aspects of STEM. Students work through various real-life tasks in which they have to logically work through problems to find solutions. The tasks often allow students to design and build models as well as requiring them to collect and analyse data.
tics This subject has a focus on the programing and technology aspects of STEM. Students build and program robots to complete set tasks. Students are required to work through problems as they arise just like they would have to in a real life situation
Extensive STEM resources
Below are just some of the STEM resources that North Geelong has to engage students in STEM education. We are constantly updating our resources as new technology becomes available.
STEM room North Geelong has a dedicated STEM room with easy access to technology. This allows classes to integrate technology in a meaningful way. It also gives students a sense of ownership as student work can be displayed.
Sphero’s The Sphero’s are used across the college. There is a dedicated unit in year 7 where students program the Sphero’s to navigate a maze.
NOA robot These cutting edge robots are used to teach programming.
Drones Drones are a fast growing area in STEM related careers. North Geelong uses several drones to teach students real life skills like navigation and coordinates. These drones are also programmable by the students to fly set paths.
LEGO Mindstorms These LEGO kits can be used to make numerous and varied robots that can be programmed to solve real world problems.
3D printer 3D printing is fast becoming useful in a wide variety of STEM careers.
What are the students saying about STEM at NGSC?
What do you like about doing STEM activities?
“They are structured better to make sure everyone gets something out of it”
“They are fun and they are not just theory work”
“They are fun because I learned how to build the crane and to make other activists”
How are STEM activities different from other work you do at school?
“You are understanding what you are learning”
“They are more hands on and about things I’m interested in”
“It’s different because you don’t just sit there and do questions or copy stuff from the board, learning more things that I never knew”
“They are physical activities that require skill to complete”
The dedicated STEM Coordinators have been working with many of the teaching teams to implement STEM projects across the college. We have also been working behind the senses to develop curriculum documentation to ensure the longevity of the STEM program. Specific rubrics have been developed to assess the STEM skills as well as reflection tools that can be implemented across the college. We welcome any feedback you may have on STEM at NGSC.