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Year Level Theme - Community and Cultural Awareness
Students leaving Northcote High School enter a world of learning and work that continues to change and evolve. It is a world in which adults are expected to be able to participate in work on an international stage and where at home and abroad we should demonstrate a depth of intercultural understanding in all of our interactions. Our year 9 program works toward achieving this goal as students are encouraged to think about themselves as agents of change and as socially and ethically responsible members of society.
The Year 9 Unique Year Level Experience Includes:
City School: An opportunity to design, organise and see to completion a project based on real-life urban issues such as homelessness, obesity, access to services, etc. Also a great team-building experience and an opportunity to engage with community organisations in Melbourne such as The Big Issue.
Roses Gap Camp: A fantastic week spent in the majestic Grampians / Gariwerd mountains building confidence, building teams and generally having an amazing time.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award:
Alpine School: The Alpine School is a DEECD campus above the snow line ... very popular and hard to get into the Alpine School experience is about leadership, self-discovery and a commitment that goes for a whole term. In 2012 five students (3 girls and 2 boys) gained a place and will spend Term 2 at the Alpine School.
Taster Courses at NCAT: See below.
Exams: See below.
Year 9 Subjects Offered in 2012 Include
- Physical Education
Students have access to a range of elective subjects in the art, design, technology, cooking and performance areas.
Students complete a Mathematics and an English exam in Year 9. Aside from assessing a student's understanding and knowledge these exams are the first step in developing the habits and dispositions that are essential for successful VCE exams.
Students in Year 9 also complete the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). In 2012 the Australian newspaper ranked Northcote High School as the number 21 government school in all of Australia based on student's NAPLAN scores. An exceptional result given the thousands of schools measured. Let's see if we can top that in 2013.
Beginning the journey to VCE or other pathways
To VCE: Each Learning Area has designed a range of units to meet the variety of student interest and need. The Year 9 course provides flexibility for student interest and talent and provides the intellectual and study habit foundations for the commencement of VCE that, for most students will start next year in year 10 through the early-access programs. Students are individually counseled through the selection process for year 10 subjects next year so that decisions are made in the light of future needs and options. The school places great emphasis on the monitoring of each student’s progress and appropriate course and career choice. In the process the Careers staff provide formal and informal counseling to students
To Other Pathways: Northcote High School is a VCE only school as our facilities are not appropriate to run VCAL or large VET programs on this site. However, this does not prevent our students accessing non-VCE pathways. Our strategic partnership with the Northern College of Arts and Technology (NCAT) gives our students access to courses other than VCE. For students and families who wish to pursue an interest in trade-based qualifications, apprenticeship, VCAL or VET the path begins in Year 9! Fantastic 'taster programs' at NCAT and other programs are available. See your Year Level Program Leaders for more information.
It is essential that each student has sound learning habits and study techniques. Northcote High School teachers try to set purposeful homework that supports and extends student learning. The following is therefore recommended as a rough guide to minimum times of study:
Year 9 One and a half hours per night
Year 10 Two hours per night
Year 11 Two and a half hours per night
Year 12 Three hours per night
Study undertaken during this time should include the completion of set homework and the self-directed revision of the days lessons, note-taking and the completion of extension or revision activities that the student manages within their study schedule.
The Sub-School Team
Students in Year 9 are supported by a team committed to enhancing the experience of all students and valuing the individual's right to learn in a happy and productive environment.
Sub-School Leader for the Middle School Ms Natalie Wood looks after the Year 9 and 10 program.
Year 9 Year Level Program Leaders
Ms Elizabeth Lenthall & Ms Megan Wyatt - 9488 2382
Year 9 Tutors - First Point of Contact for Students and Families.
The Tutorial program provides an opportunity for students to connect every day with a teacher who gets to know them and is able to support and enhance their experience. The tutor is also the first point of contact for families with general queries or routine information to relay to the school such as plans for extended holidays.
2012 Yr9 > 2013 Yr10 Information Night
Click HERE for the presentation spoken to at the information night.
Click HERE to link directly to the NHS Handbook with information on each subject offered.