Principal's Newsletter

4th June 2021. Principal. 913 page views.
Principal's Note and COVID-19 Update, Humanities World Championship Success, Annual Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit, Year 7-10 Students Return to onsite learning, Rugby Update, Harvey Norman's Generous Donation to Breakfast Club, Counselling and Support Services and Recycle Bread Ties for the Wonder Recycling Initiative.

Principal's Note

Following the exciting news from the Acting Premier that the current COVID-19 metropolitan Melbourne restrictions are lifted for onsite learning, we are thrilled to welcome back all students (Year 7, 8, 9 and 10) onsite alongside our VCE students who returned last week.

We understand that each student will feel differently about the return to school. If any students are struggling with this change or are experiencing anxiety, concern or stress about returning, please don’t hesitate to contact SubSchool or our Wellbeing Team

If any students are facing extreme levels of anxiety about the return to school or any other aspect of the lockdown, make sure they speak to someone. The school counselling team are available to offer face-to-face support, and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) is available 24/7.

Assessments and Learning Adjustments for students

This period of remote learning has occurred near the end of Semester One, a time when students would normally be completing a lot of assessment tasks, both at home and at school. It is important that students have an opportunity to complete these tasks when we return to school, so Year 7-10 students will be continuing with their Semester One subjects until Thursday 17th June.

As these assessment tasks are being completed later than usual, we have had to re-schedule our Reporting & Assessment Day to Friday 18th June. This is a Student Free Day, which teachers will use to complete their Semester One assessments, write feedback for students (available via Compass) and begin writing reports.

Summary of Key dates

Friday 11th June: Year 7-10 students return on-site, continuing Semester One subjects

Monday 14th June: Queens Birthday public holiday

Friday 18th June: Reporting & Assessment Day (student-free)

Monday 21th June: Year 7-10 students commence Semester Two subjects

Friday 25th June: Final day of Term 2 (students dismissed at 2:30pm)

Monday 12th July: First day of Term 3

Friday 16th July: Semester One reports published to parents.

Staying COVID Safe.

Staying COVID Safe is of utmost importance. This means getting tested if you have any symptoms. Symptoms that you need to get tested for include:

You can help keep yourself and others safe by practising hygiene methods including regular hand sanitizing and hand washing and keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Our school is committed to the highest standard of sanitation and cleaning to ensure the safety of our students and staff including regular cleaning, sanitation and monitoring of classrooms and learning areas.

Face Masks Requirement

A reminder that students MUST wear a face mask (indoors) at school, including when attending, unless where an exemption applies (i.e. medical condition). Additionally, face masks are mandatory for school staff and students aged 12 or older on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles. This includes travelling to and from school on public transport or in a vehicle with others not from your household. Please ensure your child has a facemask before they leave home.

Consequences will apply for students who do not comply with the face mask requirements and our teachers will be ensuring that face mask protocols are followed.

Parents not to attend onsite.

A reminder that parents are NOT to enter the College grounds. If you have any deliveries or enquiries, please contact the Front Office on (03) 8762 6839 and we will arrange someone to assist. Students are to be dropped off ONLY.

Stay safe and have a great long weekend. 

Cheers,

Pete

Humanities World Championship Success

We have received some incredibly exciting news! This week, our 8E and 7E students competed in the Humanities World Championships with our College ranking FIRST in Victoria and SIXTH in Australia out of 1344 schools! Additionally, our students ranked

Special mention goes to:

Moustafa Mohammade who ranked 50th, Gurdisha Singh who ranked 57th, Arni Basu who ranked 86th and Misha Hassan who ranked 96th out of 37,670 students!

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Annual Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit 

We are extremely proud of our Year 11 students, Jeremiah Nannup who represented our College and Melbourne Storm at the annual Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit in Sydney earlier this term!

"The Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for participants to interact with other young leaders through a series of workshops, activities and discussions around leadership, culture, teamwork and positive perceptions." Read more at https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/.../nrl-indigenous.../

Well done Jeremiah!

NRL Indigenous Youth Summit 2021

Year 7-10 Students Return to onsite learning

So great to see our Junior Learning Centre filled with students following the return to onsite learning for our Year 7-10 students! We are very proud of our staff, students and families for their continued resilience and strenght during the past few weeks. 

Rugby Update

Rugby Academy

Term 2 has been hugely positive for our members of the Rugby Academy with events and competitions planned throughout which has been able to give us focus and direction. Students from the Pre-Academy all the way up to year 12 have been training hard to work on their skills and fitness leading into key dates, with many excited to represent the school and academy with the opportunities they get. An unfortunate Covid lockdown had added some disruption to upcoming events, but has meant we have a new focus going into term 3.

U18 Gala Day – Term 2 Week 6

Our boys and girls took off to Hoppers Crossing for their Rugby 7’s gala day at Wyndham Rugby club where they competed for the Under 18 State Titles. The girls went up against some very tough competition playing against The Grange P-12 and Tarneit Secondary College, losing the semi-final by only 1 point to a strong Tarneit. Some stand out performances from Kayla Leota and Maia Nukunuku, both showing their fighting spirit and never back down attitude, coupled In with some barnstorming runs from Kayla down the sidelines. Well done to all the girls who took part in the day and we build again for next years competitions.

The boys showed their dominance as the premier  by going undefeated, with some huge winning margins for 7’s. Taking down local rivals Hampton Park, then Sunshine College in the pool stages. Going on to beat Tarneit in the semi-final, and finally beating The Grange 34-5 in the final. There is some serious talent and ability within this group with some excellent skills being put on display. Well done to Lebron Naea for being nominated player of the final with an outstanding performance and leading the team by example. A big shout out to all of the boys that competed and played hard representing the school and academy on the day, all playing with pride and heart for each other and the jersey.

Term 3 – Rebel Shield

Term 3 will see the Rebel Shield starting in Week 4 for the first time in Victoria. This midweek school competition for our U16’ will be 15 a-side for the boys and 10 a-side for the girls, and played for 5 weeks consecutively throughout the term. We will host the first game afterschool against Hampton park on the 4th of August and are extremely excited to participate in this tournament. The U16 boys and girls will be working hard building in to these games. It provides a massive opportunity for them to be playing rugby while representing Fountain Gate and our Academy, and to get out and enjoy playing the sport with their classmates.

U14/16 Rugby 7’s Gala Day

Unfortunately the U14 and U16 boys and girls rugby gala day in week 7and 8  had to be postponed due to the Covid lockdown in Week 6-8. These dates will hopefully be rescheduled for term 3 so we can take our year 7-8 and year 9 and 10 academy students that have been training hard during after school sessions for this past term. Awaiting Rugby Vic’s communication for the new dates we will be hopeful to get the kids all out and playing for our teams. We are definitely looking forward to an exciting calendar in Term 3 for all of our rugby students.

Harvey Norman's Generous Donation to Breakfast Club

A massive thank you to Harvey Norman Fountain Gate for their incredibly generous donation of a fridge for our Breakfast Club. It will certainly be put to good use!

Counselling and Support Services

The COVID situation may have you feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Attached are some counselling and support services that are available. Additionally our amazing Wellbeing Team is always available to talk to any of our students so make sure to reach out!

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Recycle Bread Ties for the Wonder Recycling Initiative

Drop off your bread ties at the Front Office! Become a part of the Wonder Recycling Initiative which turns recycled bread bags into playground equipment!

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