About Nossal High School
Nossal High School is Victoria’s first coeducational academically selective government high school. It opened in 2010 and joins Melbourne High School, the Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School and Suzanne Cory High School to form the selective entry network of schools. Named after eminent Australian scientist Sir Gustav Nossal
, who is the school’s patron, Nossal High School provides a broad, academically focused program for highly aspirational and highperforming students. Located in Berwick, the school draws enrolments from right across the metropolitan area and Gippsland.
The school has been purpose designed as a student-centred adult learning environment for highly academic students. The iconic 21st-century building is high-tech and ICT rich, consisting of a mix of open-plan flexible learning spaces and specialist facilities. Students are housed in Learning Communities that link to the pastoral and house structures within the school. The facility features six dedicated specialist science labs, a 220-seat lecture theatre, a performing arts and music complex, a free standing Fitness Centre with weights room, and a double-storey Information Resource Centre. The school also hosts a regional Professional Development Centre.
Located on the grounds of Monash University in Berwick, the school has strong partnerships with the university. In addition to comprehensive AusVELS and VCE programs, the Nossal High School curriculum is framed by Howard Gardner’s (2008) ‘Five Minds for the Future
The core program is enhanced by an elective and interdisciplinary program and a broad co-curricular program
, including leadership, community service, music, performing and creative arts, sport and recreation. Camps and excursions
are an integral part of the curriculum. Students at Nossal High School experience an accelerated and enhanced curriculum
appropriate to their individual needs and interests, enabling them to work at their own pace and access VCE and university enhancement studies. Two languages are currently offered — French and Japanese.
A strong sports and elective program is offered and the school is an active participant in district and zone sporting competitions. The co-curricular programs are responsive to student interest and many will be student organised and led. Nossal students are placed into vertical pastoral groups with students from Years 9 to 12 and a mentor teacher who meets with them daily and for regular ‘tutor group’ sessions during the week. Older students induct and support each new intake, and an active student leadership team
has significant input into the running of the school and support structures and programs.
Nossal students come from a broad range of government and non-government schools and many social and cultural backgrounds. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their education and are given significant freedom and responsibility to do so. Our motto, ‘Embrace the Challenge’, exemplifies the value placed on creativity, persistence, resilience and personal best.
Enrolments are capped at 208 per year level, with a maximum school total of 832 in Years 9 to 12. Year 8 students from government and non-government schools may apply to sit the entry exam held in June each year. Entry is competitive and is based on academic capability. The same entry exam and processes apply to all four government selective schools. Exam applications are completed online between February and May at www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/secondary/pages/apply.aspx
This website contains all relevant enrolment and exam information and has links to the individual selective school websites. There may be limited vacancies at year levels other than Year 9; these will be advertised through the school website. For further information, to arrange a tour or attend an information evening, please contact reception
The uniform is compulsory and enforced
Number of students
Total enrolment: 832
In high school: 832
In Year 12: 206
Gender in depth
Accepts international students
Math classes: mixed
English classes: mixed
Senior secondary subjects overview
45 VCE level 3/4 studies
424 VCE students
LOTE taught to Unit 4 level:
Senior secondary programs overview
3 VET program(s) available
21 VET students
Scores of 40+ 22%
Median Score 36
Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%
Satisfactory completions of VET 100%
Bachelor enrolled 95%
TAFE/VET enrolled 1%
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