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Northcote High School equips young people to realise and enhance their talents. We know that learning is for us all. We are a community whose positive relationships allow us to challenge ourselves and each other. The paths we each follow will take us out into the world, changed and confident.


Northcote High School is a proud public school who works with our local community to provide an excellent education. We provide a learning model that positions our students for success in a complex global environment while imparting the traditions and values in which we take pride.


At Northcote High School, we value and enact:


We challenge ourselves. We are passionate about and take responsibility for our learning.


We are curious. We are open to new ideas and ways of thinking.


We learn in and with our community. We are generous and strive for justice in the world.


We are open and honest. We treat each other with respect.

How our students and teachers live our values

Values As a student … As a teacher …
  • I collaborate and learn from others through feedback
  • I engage in tasks positively and can direct my own learning
  • I come to class on time, organised and ready to learn
  • I persist to achieve my learning goals
  • I believe that all students can learn and should be challenged
  • I connect learning to student interests, experiences and strengths
  • I provide clear learning intentions for every lesson and opportunity to review and reflect
  • I use data to reflect, plan and understand my students
  • I ask questions and remain open to new learning
  • I reflect on my learning to seek development
  • I challenge my existing idea
  • I am open to innovation and integrating new ideas
  • I promote creative and imaginative solutions to problems
  • I encourage students to ask questions and develop new ideas
  • I plan learning that provides opportunities for student choice and independent learning
  • I embrace diversity in my community and connect with others
  • I take appropriate action when I see someone in need
  • I demonstrate leadership and act as a role model for others
  • I care for our classrooms and common spaces
  • I learn with my colleagues and students, embracing opportunities to collaborate with others
  • I am accepting of others and celebrate diversity in our community
  • I take responsibility for implementing shared understandings, for example, implementing school rules consistently
  • I demonstrate leadership and create a caring learning environment for students and peers
  • I listen to others and communicate my ideas respectfully
  • I recognise the work of others and encourage them in their learning
  • I build positive relationships with students, colleagues and families
  • I share knowledge and resources with others
  • I am consistent and fair, treating everyone with dignity and respect
  • I connect feedback to data and provide direction on how to improve

Our motto

The school motto originates from Virgil’s The Aeneid, Book III, Verse 188: ‘Let us submit to Apollo and, having been advised, let us follow the better course of action – Meliora Sequamur’. For Virgil, the tale is a nationalistic epic linking Rome to the legends of Troy. In the 21st century it still represents sound advice to ‘follow the better path’.

Child safety

Northcote High School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Northcote High School has zero tolerance for child abuse. We are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in Northcote High School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

The school’s Child Safe Policy and Student Engagement Policy reflect this commitment, and it is embedded in our values of Achievement, Curiosity, Humanity and Fairness.

Annual Implementation Plan 2022 - summary

Annual Report to the School Community

For more information on school policy requirements, see Department of Education and Training.

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