Principal's Newsletter

25th July 2021. Principal. 1330 page views.
Principal's Note, Alumni Update, Rugby Update from Mr. Ritani, Year 10 High Achiever Science Experiment Video, Wellbeing Tips and Tricks, Connect With Monash, Year 10 Studio Arts and VTAC Careers Resources.

Principal's Note

I hope you and your families have been safe and well this week. It is very comforting to hear that the case numbers are going down and we appear to be on track. Keep NSW in your thoughts as they battle their COVID crisis.

As soon as we receive news regarding what will be happening after Tuesday we will update you. Unfortunately at this stage we are still waiting along with the rest of you to hear about what will happen. I am sure you are as keen as I am to see our staff and students back onsite. 


Due to the recent lockdown extension, rescheduling of some SACs has occurred. This has been done to give students and staff adequate lesson time and planning to ensure the best assessment outcomes. Staff will be communicating with relevant students regarding study preparations and students who have after-school SACs will have these events added to their Compass timetables. (PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED SEM 2 SAC CALENDAR PDF IF RELEVANT)



Alumni Update

So far this year, FGSC and the Alumni Program have welcomed many bright and passionate past students and community members back to the school. A few highlights for us have been our Focus Groups for Year 12 students, where alumni from a range of industry and study areas advised students interested in particular pathways, as well as an excursion with students involved in gardening and STEM to the Melbourne Innovation Centre, where students and alumni experientially learnt about urban farming and innovative sustainability practices.

If you are a past student, or are the parent of a past FGSC student, we’d love to hear from you! We keep up-to-date on the ventures of our alumni and connect people together to create a supportive and positive community.

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Rugby Update from Mr. Ritani

Although finishing the first two weeks back of Term 3 in lockdown hasn’t been ideal, it is still an exciting term ahead with the start of the new Rebel Shield competition, Rugby 7’s, and also the “Academy Cup” games we have to look forward to. Due to Lockdown 5.0 Rugby Vic have announced some changes to dates that had been previously set. Below are the most current dates but will be subject to change if lockdowns continue.

Rebel Shield – the first round will now commence on the 11th of August – Week 5, with the opening game still to be played against local rivals Hampton Park at Fountain Gate Secondary. This will be a 3.10pm start for the girls playing Rugby 10’s and the boys kicking off at 4.10pm with their 15-aside match. The remainder of the games will be played at Albert Park on Power Houses fields on each Wednesday after school until 8th September – Week 9. We look forward to getting both boys and girls teams out and playing in these games.

Academy Cup U18’s – The Academy Cup is for our U18 Boys and Girls competing in a two match series against The Grange P-12. The first game will be held on the 19th August – Week 6 at Fountain Gate Secondary and be kicking off at 3:30pm with the Girls playing 7’s, and then followed by the boys 15-aside game. The girls will then finish on a second game of 7’s after the boys. The round 2 fixture has yet to be confirmed by Rugby Vic but I will keep everyone posted once I have the details.

Rugby 7’s – The 7’s gala days will now be hosted later in Term 3 for our U14 and U16 boys and girls teams.

The East Vic School 7s: Fri 27th Aug – Moorabbin Rugby Club

Vic School 7s State Champs: Fri 3rd Sep – Power House Snr Rugby Club, Albert Park.

The students in our Pre-Academy and Rugby Academy have been training hard and we are definitely keen to get them out and playing in these tournaments. The effort they have been putting will be seen on display, and be great to see them getting involved and putting on the Fountain Gate jersey with pride.

Lebron Naea – I would also like to personally congratulate Lebron on his signing with the Melbourne Rebels this year which is to commence at the completion of his final year in school. If you know Lebron then you will know his excellent work ethic, attitude, leadership qualities, sacrifices and hard work has got him to where he deserves to be. It is a great honor and achievement for him and his family, and one where I am sure will see Lebron make the most of this opportunity in pursuing his dreams as a professional rugby player. One to watch out for in the coming years for sure. Well done Lebron and all the best mate!

I will keep everyone updated with dates and times of fixtures if there is to be any changes.

All the best,

Mr. Ritani

Year 10 High Achiever Science Experiment Video

The Year 10 High Achiever Science class spent the last week of Term Two creating stop-motion animations to show key concepts covered in their recent Chemistry unit.

In this video, Beth, Johnathan, Husna and Jocelyn creatively and cleverly show what happens to reactant particles in a chemical reaction when the temperature changes!

Wellbeing Tips and Tricks

Our Wellbeing Team has put together some great tips for lockdown! If you know anyone in the FGSC community is struggling, make sure they contact our Wellbeing Team for support.

Connect With Monash

'Connect with Monash' enables you to interact with Monash staff, connect with like-minded Monash students, receive academic and career guidance and participate in online activities.

Based on your profile, you'll receive personalised information and learn more about studying at Monash. You can join groups for specific topics of interest such as study area and general study skills. You’ll also be able to participate in a range of online events, activities, and webinars.- all designed to help you transition to university study.

Signing up is easy! All you need to do is create a profile, tell us what you're studying and your interests, and let the platform personalise information for you.

Get started now on Connect with Monash at

Year 10 Studio Arts

Our Year 10 students experimenting with acrylic painting techniques in Studio Art last week! Looking forward to seeing what our students create post lockdown!

VTAC Careers Resources


New post on The VTAC Careers Practitioners blog

Live webinars, recorded presentation, and slides available for students and parents


A range of resources are now available to assist students and parents with understanding the application process for 2022 courses.

Live webinars for students and parents

VTAC will run a series of online information sessions from Monday 2 August, when VTAC applications open. There are two main types of sessions, with a variety of start times available for each to suit student and parent schedules:

  • Applying for tertiary courses (and understanding the ATAR): provides an overview of the entire application process, including finding courses, preferences, results and offers. Includes a brief discussion of SEAS and Scholarships.
  • Understanding special consideration (SEAS) and scholarships: provides detailed information about applying for SEAS and scholarships.

The webinars are free, and open to all students and parents, however registration is required as places are limited. Students and parents can book now at:

A specific webinar for students applying from interstate will be held on Wednesday 18 August.

Recorded presentation

A recorded guide to applying is now available via our YouTube channel. This video can be played on-demand, and covers the entire application process, as well as briefly explaining the ATAR and scaling.

Slides for parents and students

A set of PowerPoint slides that you can use to run presentations for parents and students is now available for download from the Careers Practitioners Website. This presentation includes speaker notes for many slides to assist presenters.

Simple animations are used on some slides to assist in explaining various concepts. The word “CLICK” in the speaker notes indicates that the presenter should advance to the next animation at that point.

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