What a crazy couple of weeks it has been. First with the shift with remote learning for Year 7-10 students to mandatory masks to a Stage 4 Lockdown. I am beyond blown away with the resilience, flexibility, patience and energy that our students and staff have consistently displayed over the past three weeks though.
For our impressively dedicated Year 12 students the good news is that the exams remain on the dates already published and ATARs will still be released by the end of the year. The only change for Year 12s to be aware of at this stage is the date of the General Achievement Test (GAT), which will move from the end of Term 3 to the start of Term 4
Just a reminder about some of the changes announced on the 02.08. 2020
Tuesday 4 August is a pupil-free day for all schools. From Wednesday 5 August until the end of Term 3, all schools across Victoria will return to remote and flexible learning, for all year levels.
In Metropolitan Melbourne, on-site supervision will only be available for students whose parents/guardians are permitted workers, vulnerable students who cannot learn from home and children with disability at specialist schools who need to attend on site.
Face coverings will continue to be compulsory for all Victorians over the age of 12.
For further information, please see the Department of Education and Training (DET) website https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/Pages/coronavirus-advice-parents.aspx, or contact the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm,, with any other questions you may have. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Fountain Gate Secondary College and they will provide as much information as possible.
For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.
For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.
Thank you again to everyone who has taken the time to send words and messages of support and thanks for our staff who have been working incredibly hard this term. Please above all don’t forget to be kind to yourself and take time to appreciate and reach out to your family, friends and loved ones. These are unprecedented times and we need to prioritising our mental and physical health. Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any concerns, queries or things you or your family are struggling with.
A reminder to maintain safe hygiene practices, wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbow, keep at least 1.5 metres from others and get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Refer to https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for the ongoing updates from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Our Alumni Are On Instagram!
Chapter 1 of our 'Get To Know Us' Media Feature!
Each week, we will be interviewing a staff member at FGSC! Chapter 1 introduces one of our amazing English teachers, Ms. Wood who takes us through what inspired her to be a teacher, her talents and hobbies (or lack thereof as we find out?) and her advice to our students heading into remote learning.
Chapter 2 of our 'Get To Know Us' Media Feature!
In this Chapter, we delve into the life of Mr. Lowe, a beloved Student Manager and English Teacher! Look forward to adorable pet and baby spam along with insight into his time at FGSC and great advice about remote learning.
ARTS DEPARTMENT NEWS
VIRTUAL ART GALLERY
This term the Arts Department is busy working on a digital gallery to showcase FGSC students fabulous visual and performing Art projects and adventures. Teachers have been photographing artworks and performances that our students have created and performed throughout the year. A sneak peek into this gallery showcases the Year 7 Elements of Art ‘Portrait Unit’ where students were introduced to the elements of art (line, colour, texture, tone, shape and form). They then, through a variety of drawing activities, explored how artist's use the elements of art as building blocks to create compositions. Their final task for this unit was to complete a self-portrait drawing from a photograph, our students achieved some amazing results. We look forward to unveiling this gallery space later in the semester!
PERFORMING ARTS NEWS
Commedia Del Arte Masks!
English Writing Piece
A beautifully written reflection on her schooling at FGSC that our Year 10 student, Kiara Siale wanted to share with our College community.
Before attending Fountain Gate, I went to a school in Mount Waverley called Avila, an all-girls, private catholic school. Although the school offered great education and the year twelve ATAR scores were outstanding each year, it was probably the most draining part of my life attending that school.
Yes, I had an amazing friendship group that supported me and was there for me, there was no one like me. Belonging to a minority group that not many people had heard of at Avila, wasn’t only damaging to my self-esteem because I wasn’t like everyone else but it was also very hard to find motivation to go to the one place I should’ve been excited to go to because it had all of my friends there. Out of the whole school, there were only three Polynesian students. Out of the whole school (yes, very different from fountain gate).
Due to the lack of the people I was so used to, I often was not able to relate to many other of the people I went to school with. I had amazing friends that loved me, yet it just did not make me happy. It was hard for me to fit in with other people because my mindset and my upbringing as well as my morals were completely different to theirs. Being around people that did not know what life was like for me and that did not understand me at all was draining. I felt like I had to be someone I am not every time I was around them.
During those two years of attending Avila College, my mindset was that this school was going to get me to where I want to be in the future, and I ignored all of these feelings I felt just because I thought that the education was the only thing that mattered and I wanted to graduate with a high ATAR, and be the first in my family to achieve bigger things and go on to higher learning. This damaged my mental health even more, going to school with a fake persona every day, when eventually one night I finally broke down to my parents and told them I was unhappy.
After much thought, my parents finally agreed to letting me move to Fountain Gate. A school that was completely different to my last. A school that participated in cultural events. A school that was inclusive to all cultures. A school with people that were just like me. A school that I was finally happy at. I no longer had to pretend to be someone I was not. I had friends that understood me and related to me. A school that valued my culture and made me feel important to the community as they were so involved with cultural events. I finally felt like I truly belonged.
Below is a fantastic video from clinical psychologist and crisis team member Andrew Fuller who discusses 'The Big 3.' This is a great resource for parents and guardians approaching remote learning next week with their children, and a reminder to be kind to yourself during this time.
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