Nossal High School

Our School Vision

Nossal High School is committed to providing an innovative, inclusive and dynamic educational environment. We challenge ourselves to be creative and critical thinkers with good communication skills and the resilience necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. We build skills, self-confidence, leadership abilities and community spirit through a rigorous, but rich and varied curricular and co-curricular program. We want our graduates to be ambitious, ethical and responsible citizens who conduct themselves with humility and compassion.

Our School Values

Nossal is a school that…

· leads and develops leadership

· creates and cultivates creativity

· is respectful and fosters respectful citizenship

· inspires and seeks inspiration

· is ethical and develops ethical behaviours

· pursues excellence and celebrates individual progress

· develops resilience and independence and nurtures wellbeing

· encourages a strong work ethic with an emphasis on personal growth

We encourage and support all members of our school community to challenge themselves through intellectual, social, physical and leadership pursuits. Our school motto, “Embrace the Challenge” signifies the importance we place on the notion that continued personal challenge results in personal growth.

Victorian Selective Entry High Schools

When you choose a Victorian Selective Entry High School, you are ensuring your child has the opportunity for an exceptional education at one of only four schools exclusively designed for academically talented students. As proud government schools, each school has a unique approach and a shared purpose in nurturing excellence in young adults from Years 9-12. For further information about Nossal and the other Victorian Selective Entry High Schools visit

Applications for Year 9 entry for the 2020 school year open in mid February and close in early May 2019. Nossal High School Principal tours will run from 9.30am on specific dates throughout the year. Bookings for these tours are available at

Student & Parent Endorsements

What can make a school more than a school? Nossal is unique, with an environment which encourages learning by providing the freedom we will have when we enter university. We are challenged instead of coddled and lifted to new heights instead of relearning the same things. Nossal provides supportive teachers and mentors who guide students to achieve their full potential and achieve success. Our adult learning environment serves as the bridge connecting us to the innumerable possibilities of the future.

Sarina, Eamon, Hunter and Nayeer

(Year 9 – 2017)

Stepping into Nossal High School, we feel as if we have entered a different atmosphere. One of learning and communication. After only a few weeks, we are already amazed at how accepting this close-knit family is. Nossal is a place for students who want to embrace the challenge. Here, we are given the opportunity to develop as strong leaders and to succeed. And by the end of our Nossal journey, we will break out of our cocoons and fly into the world, just like the butterflies proudly worn on our chests.

Amy, Narin, Ruth, Neha, Yong En and Arthi (Year 9 – 2017)

From the day of our very first tour of Nossal High School to our last official interaction as the parents of a departing VCE student in 2015, this school has constantly demonstrated what a quality education means. A holistic education not merely focussed on academic achievement, but one which additionally provides both the opportunity and encouragement to participate in activities which challenge students to explore their interests beyond traditional academic studies. For us, it has been a privilege to watch our daughter journey through her secondary education at Nossal High School. An education second to none and supported by leadership and teachers enabling educational outcomes to the best of one’s ability, in a vibrant, nurturing and respectful environment. It continues to be our privilege to be associated with Nossal High School several years hence.

Rosanne Van Diepen (2018)

I graduated 5 years ago, and prior attended two other high schools. As a former student, the Nossal environment is possibly the best place to complete high school in Victoria. From the mature approach they take on students, to the openness and collaboration between staff as well as between students, the school feels very tight knit, something I never got at other schools. I never felt like just another student in the crowd, the teachers were always going above and beyond what I could ever expect anybody to do (especially in hindsight), and you are surrounded by many others who are keen to learn.

Facilities are top notch, the school is only a few years old after all, and the results speak for themselves. Having been in the “real” world for almost half a decade since graduating I can confidently say that no school will be perfect for everybody, but the experience I had and people in my high school years at Nossal are invaluable to me and will remain so for life.

The school is only continuing to improve, and I’m glad that I was a part of its formative years.

Michael Youssef (Class of 2014)