Achieving Core Education – ACE Program

The Achieving Core Education (ACE) program is for students who performing below the expected level in literacy or numeracy. These students are provided with a fantastic opportunity to receive some individualised, intensive tuition focussed on improving either core literacy or numeracy skills.

The aim of the program is to enable students to become automatic (quick) in their basic skills in order to move onto more complex problem-solving skills. The program involves students being withdrawn from their regular class for three sessions per week for the entire year to work with a highly trained tutor and one other student. Students complete a combination of skills-based work and computer-aided programs.

ACE Numeracy focuses on understanding and recall of basic number facts, performance of elementary calculations, acquisition of appropriate mathematics language, and problem-solving skills.

ACE Literacy focuses on the automaticity of word recognition, fluency in reading connected texts, and development of vocabulary. The primary aim of ACE is for the students to develop automaticity. ACE lessons emphasise the development of conceptual understanding. 

The ACE program has been adapted from Quicksmart, an initiative from the University of New England.    http://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/index.php

Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program – SEAL Program

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The Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL) at North Geelong Secondary College (NGSC) provides an opportunity for students to undertake learning experiences that are designed to meet the needs of students; capable of outstanding academic achievement, who want to be challenged and who demonstrate high levels of task commitment.

The teaching and learning program studied is based on the same curriculum as mainstream classes. However, the SEAL students will study these courses in greater depth and complexity.

The Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program at North Geelong Secondary College is founded on the following principles:

Challenge and Complexity
The subjects studied are sufficiently advanced, delivered at a pace to sustain interest and challenge the learners to engage in abstract thinking and conceptualisation at a high level.

Breadth and Depth
Learners are given the opportunity to undertake a range of subjects across the key learning areas and are encouraged to explore special areas of interest through different programs.

Program Outline

Years 7 and 8
In the first two years of the program students are grouped together in the same class. Over the two years the class will complete the following subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities
, LOTE (German and Japanese), Physical Education, AVID, Art, Information Technology, Health, Performing Arts, Food Technology, Wood Technology, and Visual Arts.

Year 9
In Year 9 students remain in their classes for most subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, and Physical Education. Students can also elect subjects from the
Humanities, HAPE, LOTE, Arts and Technology key learning areas and will be grouped with mainstream students in these electives.

Year 10
Students at Year 10 will elect their course from a wide range of subjects from both the Year 10 and Year 11 options. There will be greater choice in subject areas that will cater for all students needs. SEAL students will undertake at least one VCE subject at Year 10. Students will receive support from the school with planning their courses for future pathways.

Year 11 and 12 (VCE)
Students will receive individual course
counselling to develop their VCE course/pathway and will usually complete six or seven Year 12 VCE subjects. Exemplary students will have the opportunity to complete a first year university subject in Year 12 (Deakin University).

Selection Process

Year 7
1.
 Students are required to sit an entrance test examining their academic ability in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and General Knowledge. On the testing day, students will also complete a creative writing task.
Entrance exams to the program will be held at North Geelong Secondary College. Interviews may then be conducted to shortlist applicants for entry based upon the outcomes of the exam. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 is required with the application to cover costs associated with the exam licence and catering for the day.
2. Students shortlisted for the program may be asked to attend an interview.
3. Primary
School teachers may also be contacted to complete a confidential reference.

Year 8 to 10
A small number of positions may be available at other year levels. Entry
into the program is determined by an interview and the entrance exam.

Extracurricular Activities

Throughout their time at NGSC all students are encouraged to be involved in a wide variety of extracurricular programs such as camps, sporting teams, instrumental music, debating and public speaking, performing arts, SRC and other leadership programs, competitions and clubs. The extracurricular program at NGSC is designed to provide students with a diverse range of activities to enrich their school experience, develop a broad variety of life skills, confidence, self-esteem, independence and team skills and to promote enjoyment of school attendance.

We aim to develop young adults who set themselves challenging goals, are courageous and strive to do their best in all of their pursuits, are ready to enter the global community with strong minds and have a capacity to actively contribute to society.

How to apply

Preliminary applications for the SEAL Program CLOSED Wednesday 5th May, 2021
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Stan Koullas or Paul Dawson on 5240 5800

scholarship-program

Scholarship Program

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
  • Chromebook
  • Books
  • School Blazer
  • All Camps
  • Excursions

North Geelong4601Scholarships 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

Applications CLOSED Wednesday 5th May, 2021
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Stan Koullas or Paul Dawson on 5240 5800

Striving To Achieve Results – STAR Program

The aim of the Striving To Achieve Results (STAR) Program is to identify students with the potential to become our future ‘stars’. Using achievement data and teacher feedback we establish students’ individual needs and tailor either a literacy or numeracy program to develop, consolidate and nurture their skills.

Students stay in the program for the entire school year. We believe that by offering an intensive, individual program for students at the junior secondary level we offer our students the best possible opportunity for success in their later years. We know that students who experience success are far more likely to participate positively in the school community and curriculum.

Students work with one of the college’s highly trained literacy or numeracy teachers twice a week in a small group of up to five students. Students complete a combination of skills-based work, preparation and consolidation of course work. The STAR teachers regularly review and assess the work students complete in the program to ensure that it meets the need and progress of each student. All students in the program are required to complete rigorous class work and homework.

Testimonials

I have been overwhelmed by the commitment and calibre of students in the program. They work so incredibly hard and they are always sending me emails with questions. I am so proud of the achievements when we compare the students initial test results and the progress results.
Ms. McGrath, STAR Teacher

I have been delighted with the way my son has been coming home and getting straight into his homework. He seems to feel far more confident and he knows if he is having any issues with class work there is someone he can count on to help.
Parent of STAR student

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 found HERE 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.

Robo

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.

James
Parker
Amy
King
Lauren
Edmunds
STEM
Coordinator
Assistant
Coordinator
Assistant
Coordinator