To maintain an ongoing and genuine dialogue with our school community, we have established a number of ways to share information, foster close relationships, and provide opportunities for families to partner with us in their child’s learning.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important that our parents stay updated. Our key means of communication is via the Compass Newsfeed: we are sending daily updates to students and families. Documents and support resources are stored on myNorthcoteHigh. For support logging in, see below.
Remote Learning will commence on Wednesday 15 April, 2020 for all students. Extensive information regarding this has been sent to students and families via Compass Newsfeed, and is also posted on the ‘Remote Learning Resources’ page on myNorthcoteHigh https://schoolbox.nhs.vic.edu.au/homepage/23305. Log in with your Compass username and password.
Key documents to read are:
- Remote Learning Plan overview
- Remote Learning step-by-step instructions for students
- Remote Learning Shared Expectations for students, teachers and parents
- Remote Learning advice for VCE students (as applicable)
Our newsletter is the first port of call for families to stay up to date with school news and dates.
It is published online fortnightly and contains information on upcoming whole-school, year-level and community events. It also celebrates student learning and achievements, provides updates on school direction and policies, including a report from the principal, as well as parenting tips and community notices.
Families are sent a link to the latest newsletter via Compass or they can click on the link on our website or from My Northcote High.
Compass is our online portal for families, students and teachers. We use Compass primarily for administrative purposes.
Students use Compass to access:
- daily updates to their class and co-curricular timetables
- excursion and event information
- semester reports, NAPLAN reults and Learning Behaviour Reports (GPAs).
Families use Compass to:
- receive news, updates and reminders from the school
- view timetable updates
- track attendance and send absence notes
- directly email teachers
- consent to an event or an excursion
- make an online payment
- book interviews with teachers
- view semester reports, NAPLAN reults and Learning Behaviour Reports (GPAs).
Families receive an email when something is added to Compass that requires action, for example, payment for an excursion is due or a new item is added to the news, such as latest newsletter.
Compass can be used on a computer or smartphone. Students and parents are provided with login details before the start of Year 7.
My Northcote High
My Northcote High is a learning management system for students to interact with teachers, access and submit assessment tasks, download lesson materials, and receive feedback specific to each of their subjects.
Students and families also access information about year level curriculum, co-curricular activities and clubs, school policies, digital devices, events and work due dates, careers and course selection.
My Northcote High can be used on a computer or smartphone. Students and parents are provided with login details at the start of Year 7. For more information about My Northcote High, see Digital learning.
Parent information forums
We run regular forums throughout the year for parents about topics related to study, course selection, careers and adolescent health, safely and wellbeing.
The details for these forums are advertised in our newsletter.
Our Connect Program is designed to provide students with an environment and resources that support learning, social skills and academic success.
Connect Tutors are the first point of contact for students, parents and teachers regarding students’ wellbeing.