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The Government House experience

NHS students visit Government House      International students visit government house

On Tuesday 20 March, four International students (Ge Zhao Ying, Minh Chau, Javier and Sang Chatthathireach) went to Government House to attend the Victorian International School Student Welcome Reception 2018 as Northcote High School representatives.

During this highly anticipated annual event, international student representatives from government, private and catholic schools in Victoria received speeches from Linda Dessau AC, the Governor of Victoria, Judith Graley, the Parliamentary Secretary for Education, and Sovann Eu, an award-winning student speaker representing Victorian international students. In their speeches, both the Governor and Parliamentary Secretary welcomed international students from all over the world and wished them all success studying and living in Victoria.

International student attendees also appreciated the great opportunity to tour the splendid Government House, and enjoyedmorning tea and photo opportunities with the officials and new friends.

Our four International student representatives felt that it was a great honor and privilege to attend this great event. They said that knowing the Governor and Victorian schools welcome and support international students gives them confidence and comfort to focus on life in school and community and to try their best to achieve success.

Year 11 international student camp at Marysville 19–21 March

Students on camp take part in outdoor activities    Students on camp take part in rowing

The year 11 international student group enjoyed three days of outdoor education experience at Marysville Camp. Camp highlights included climbing, abseiling, canoeing, bush-skills, low-rope and environmental sustainability education. Students were thoroughly immersed in the eye-opening and very stimulating outdoor experience and appreciated the opportunity to experience more of Australian lifestyle and natural beauty.

International student public speaking competition 2017

A student audience watching a public speaking eventThe competition was held on Tuesday 22 August and involved 10 schools. These included: Bendigo Secondary College, Doncaster Secondary College, Firbank Grammar, Melbourne Girls College, Mount Clear College, Northcote High School, Reservoir High School, Strathmore Secondary College, Thornbury High School and Viewbank College.

The judges were Karen Money (Principal of Melbourne Girls College), Kate Morris (Principal of Northcote High School) and Lea Volpe (Acting Principal of Reservoir High School).

This is the third year of the competition and the topic was ‘Art is essential to life’. There was a wide range of responses to the topic, including discussion of rice terraces, the Japanese tea ceremony, vegemite, quotes from Pablo Picasso and stories about Vietnamese poetry. The students demonstrated great courage speaking in a second language in front of an audience including a large number of Year 10 international students.

All students received a certificate of participation for representing their schools. The judges selected the following speakers for first, second and third place:

  • First: Tien Bui, Reservoir High School
  • Second: Ngoc Nhat Minh Dong, Melbourne Girls College
  • Third: Yuzuka Funasaka, Firbank Grammar

All the speakers did a great job and we were privileged to have Connie Clark from the IED in the audience.

International students shine through the Northern Metropolitan Regional Badminton Competition

International Student badminton teamThe International Student Badminton Team, composed of Ziqi CHEN, Zhijian DENG, Hoang Nha Nguyen, Justin XU and Haotian XUE, represented Northcote High School in the Northern Metropolitan Regional Badminton Competition on 1 August 2017.

Our team played against Hume Central Secondary College, Epping High School and Macleod College and were awarded the runners-up prize in the championship final. The school is very proud of our international students’ achievements. Their hard work and commitment to training is really paying off!