Principal's Newsletter

14th August 2020. Principal. 1309 page views.
Principal's Note, Parent Teacher Interviews, Learning Tasks, Student Awards, Doctors In Secondary Schools, Wellbeing Reminder, Science Week and Science Photography and Film Competition, Resources for the Community, Year 8 Media Class, Year 10 Photography, Translated Coronavirus Information and the Extreme Hardship Support Program

Principal's Note

I hope you and your families are safe and well as we continue to adjust and adapy in the Stage 4 Lockdown. If anyone or their child/ren are struggling with these changes please don’t hesitate to reach out to our College, Sub School or anyone in the Principal Team.

Below is a range of information that may provide useful to you and your child/ren including wellbeing resources and support networks.

A quick note to add is that teachers have also had trouble reaching parents/careers via phone. If a ‘no caller ID’ comes up, please answer it as it will most likely be a teacher attempting to contact you.

Learning Concerns

I’m aware that some Parents and carers are currently getting inundated with Learning Concerns for outstanding work. Whilst it’s important we are transparent with you we have discussed this and have come up with plan to minimise this and hopefully this will result in less Learning Concerns. I will continue to monitor this from my end and thank those who have brought this to our attention.

Weekly Work Plans

Sub Schools are also noticing many kids are feeling completely overwhelmed with the volume of work set. Remote learning is a bit of trial and error and I have asked staff to strip back their learning plans, or place more in optional enrichment activities rather than in You Do. Remember online learning tends to move at half the pace as face to face learning.

I know that Year 10’s are especially feeling overwhelmed so hoping this will reduce some of this concern. And there has been come confusion over where Weekly Work Plans have been placed.  All staff now have them on their Compass Learning Plans and their Learning Task on Compass. Hopefully this will eliminate confusion.

We are also sad to farewell our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Bamberg as she is stepping into the role of Assistant Principal at Hazel Glen College to be closer to her family. We wish her all the very best in her new role and she will be greatly missed by our College Community.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Considering the current crisis and the fact that the teachers have been frequently communicating with you about your child (ren)'s learning via Teams and phone, the school decided not to have a formally organised PTIs this term. However, if you still like to have a chat to some of the teachers please let us know which teachers you would like to contact you.

Learning Tasks

Taking on the feedback from parents and students we will be turning off the text message and email notification on Learning Concerns on Compass. Teachers will still record these when there has been no submission of work for a Learning Tasks and the Sub-Schools will be following up with families of students who have had 3 or more notices of learning concern. You are still able to see in the chronicle feed these notifications and encourage you to look at compass for communication. An alert will not be sent home.

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have been working at their very best and have received a Certificate of Achievement.

7E: A. Chalkley

7K: J. Nichols

Doctors In Secondary Schools

Dr Laura Lamb and Nurse Gina are pleased too again be able to offer medical appointments to students at Fountain Gate Secondary College on Tuesdays.  Due to the current circumstances with the Corona Virus, appointments will not be able to take place at school however; they will be able to provide appointments via the telephone.  

With all appointments, Louise from Sickbay will firstly respond to your request and confirm your appointment time.

You can make your booking still on Compass or email your request for an appointment to When emailing for an appointment, please specify your preferred time on the Tuesday you would like to speak with the Doctor or Nurse and we will confirm your time once bookings have been finalised. Please provide us with the preferred phone number you wish to be contacted on.

With all telephone calls, the Nurse or Doctor will then ring you on or around your booked appointment time on the phone number you have provided.

If you require a booking or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Hall in Sickbay on 8762 6839 or email directly to

Wellbeing Reminder

During Term 3 the FGSC Wellbeing Team have a variety of ways to help support the students and families in our community.

Our Team is made up of Headspace Clinicians, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Youth Health Nurse and Re-Engagement Officer here to help support you. You can connect with us either online or in person at school.

At School:
• Members of the team will be in at school daily to support you with your needs.
•Online workshops 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mon to Fri.
•Telehealth via MS Teams


Libby Schoenfeld (Student Services Coordinator)

Rachel Yeo (School Psychologist)

Alternatively You can contact the School on (03) 87626839

Headspace Information 

Headspace: If you would prefer a face-to-face appointment, you will need to attend: 
Headspace Youth Health Clinic Narre Warren
66 Victor Crescent 
Narre Warren 
Phone: 1800367968.
Headspace Narre Warren are open Monday 10am-4pm and Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm.  They also have a Doctor on site and they are available Tue, Wed, Thurs and Friday.  Please call ahead to make an appointment.  


We are excited to be launching the first Science Photography & Film Competition at FGSC to celebrate National Science Week (beginning on the 15th of August).

Please see the poster for more information on how to enter and be in the running for some great prizes!


Additionally, the FGSC Student Science Photography and Film Competition deadline has been extended!

Submit an original photo or short film that shows how “Science is Everywhere” to by Friday 21st August, 2020


Resources for the Community

Please refer below for information about various support services available to our community.

Beyond Blue’s Healthy Families


Transit Food Support

Transit offers groceries for those who are finding it tough.

You can go to Transit if you need food support, even if you live further than 5 kms away! They will give everyone a letter to show law enforcement if you are stopped.

(VISITORS MUST RING FIRST for a day and time bracket for them to come in to get their food).

Casey North Community Information and Support Services

Support includes:

Food Vouchers: Supermarket vouchers can be electronically sent via email or message to your phone. You can then shop in-store or online.

Bills & Other Payments: If you are getting behind with essential bills such as utilities or rent, call and get help. If you are starting to accumulate debt and stressing about how to pay on time, their financial counselors can provide you with options.

Travel: If you need to move around during the current lockdown, fuel vouchers and vouchers for PTV can be sent to you electronically or posted.

Counselling & Support: Their counselling team provide professional and free counselling sessions if you are needing someone to discuss issues and pressures that may be worrying you.

For more information:
Phone: Casey North: 9705 6699

Year 8 Media Class

Our Year 8 Media students working on their filming techniques and incorporating a green screen into their post-production!

Instagram Teacher Takeover!

Year 10 Photography

Our school has been fortunate to enroll in a unique 6-week Mass Isolation Photography Education Program designed by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

The program is presented by Melbourne based street photographer Jesse Marlow and focuses on teaching students how to take interesting photographs at home (during remote learning) whilst exploring different materials and techniques.

Year 10 students have now completed Workshop #1 ‘Looking Inward’ and Workshop #2 ‘Looking Outward’ and are currently working on Workshop #3 ‘A walk around the block.' Below are some incredible photographs created by our students during these workshops.

Translated Coronavirus Information

For translated information and updates on COVID-19, please refer to the link below.…

The Extreme Hardship Support Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is commissioning the Red Cross to deliver an Extreme Hardship Support Program to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are unable to access other forms of Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government income support. The program is targeted to support the most vulnerable in our community –  including temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants with little or no income, savings or community support.

In addition to the work of the Red Cross, the Brotherhood of St Laurence will support community organisations to identify and support eligible people to apply.

Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

☐    live in Victoria, and

☐    be unable to access Commonwealth income support (such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker) or the           Victorian International Student Emergency Relief Fund, and

☐    have zero or very limited income, savings or community support, and

☐    be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or an undocumented migrant.

How do I apply?

To apply for emergency financial assistance go to the Red Cross website / You will need your passport and bank statements showing transactions for the last three months. 

When can I apply?

Applications can be made from Monday 13 July via the Red Cross website at

Currently, there is no closing date for submitting an application. It is anticipated that the program will be operating until December 2020.

Is assistance available in my language?

Yes. Through the portal you can request the Red Cross call you back with an interpreter in any language.

The website will soon include information in Farsi, Malay, Nepali, simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

What if I need help applying?

When you start your application on the Red Cross website, you can enter your contact details and request that someone from Red Cross call you to help with your application. You can request that they call you back with an interpreter in your language.

Some community organisations are also happy to assist with the application process.

Applying for assistance is free. You should not pay an agency to help you complete the application.

How much money can I receive? Why are people receiving different amounts?

A single person may receive up to $400. Families may receive more, based on the number of people in the family or individual circumstances.

You may be able to apply for an additional payment after two months if you are still experiencing financial hardship.

When and how will I be paid?

If you are eligible for the program and complete your application correctly, you will receive a payment into your bank account within five days.

Payments may take longer if the application is not completed correctly. Red Cross will contact you if they need more information to process your application

If you do not have a bank account, Red Cross will talk to you about an alternative way to receive financial assistance.

What other supports are available to me?

People on temporary and provisional visas and undocumented migrants can access a range of health and wellbeing supports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This includes free coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment <>, even if you do not have a Medicare card.

Other support includes help with rental hardship, family violence, and mental health support. For a full list of current support options available go to the Red Cross website at

Do I need to have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be eligible for this program?

No. Emergency financial assistance is available for people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For example, this could be because you have lost your job.

There is a separate payment available for Victorian workers who, as of 20 June 2020, have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case. Please visit the DHHS website at to find out more about this separate payment.

I don’t live in Victoria. Can I apply?

No. This program is only for people living in Victoria.

What if I don’t have the right visa documents?

This program is aimed at supporting people living on a range of temporary and provisional visas, including people with expired visas If you do not have the right visa documents, Red Cross will talk with you confidentially about other ways to prove your eligibility. Red Cross does not report to government on an individual’s visa circumstances.

I have already received a payment from the International Student Emergency Relief Fund. Am I eligible for this payment as well?

No, at this stage you are not eligible for this payment if you have received a payment from the International Student Emergency Relief Fund <>. This program is prioritising people who were not able to access support through the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

I have already received a payment from Red Cross or another community organisation to meet my urgent needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Am I eligible for this payment as well?

Yes, you can apply for additional assistance through this program.

I am eligible for income support (such as from Centrelink – JobSeeker, Job Keeper) but have not applied because it may affect my visa or my sponsor. Am I eligible for this payment as well?

No, this program is for people who are not eligible to access any other form of income support. This includes JobSeeker, JobKeeper, other Services Australia payments, and Status Resolution Support Services payments.

If my application is unsuccessful or not enough to meet my needs, how else can I access financial support?

The Red Cross website <> also provides information about other supports avilable to people living in Victoria on temporary visas.

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