Principal Newsletter

Welcome back staff, students and parents, Cultural Diversity Week, ANZAC Day Ceremony, NAPLAN - May 15th, 16th & 17th, Scholarships, Congratulations to Year 10 student Courtney Fakiki, STEM Update, Relay For Life, Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership, Coles Sports For Schools, Homework club @ Bunjil Place Library, School Council Elections – Student Member Category, Term 2 Dates to Remember
Tuesday 24th April, 2018.
Principal.

Welcome back staff, students and parents:

Dear staff, students and parents,

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable time over the mid-term break and that most parents were able to spend some time with their children, enjoying the beautiful warm weather.

We anticipate a busy start to Term 2 at the College, commencing with our traditional Anzac Day Ceremony in Week 1 and Parent/Teacher Interviews in Week 2. Parent/Teacher bookings are now open, and I hope to see several families support and celebrate their children's achievements by attending the evening on Tuesday, 1st of May. Bookings can be made via Compass.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) occurs in May. This assessment is undertaken nationwide, every year. Our students in Years 7 and 9 will participate in the assessment on May 15th, 16th and 17th.

Following NAPLAN, our Year 7 students can look forward to enjoying some adventures at Camp in Week 6.

Our Year 10 students are fortunate to be participating in Work Experience from 30th of April to the 4th of May. Not all schools offer this important opportunity, so our students are privileged to be able to participate and explore career possibilities.

Several Intermediate, Senior and Division sports will be competing this term. Some of the Fountain Gate Secondary College competitive sports include AFL, Netball, Soccer, Rugby and Badminton. Good luck to all our students competing.

I look forward to hearing about all our students adventures and accomplishments this term and look forward to seeing many parents at the Parent/Teacher Evening on Tuesday.

Thank you.

Pete Hanratty

Cultural Diversity Week:

Fountain Gate Secondary College staff and students celebrated this year’s Cultural Diversity Week festivities with great pride. The event, which is celebrated right across Victoria and which coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ran from 19th – 23rd March.

Many staff and students proudly wore orange ribbons, which signifies respect for all cultures, throughout the week. Students took part in cultural workshops, such as Indonesian and German ‘selfie’ stations, heena hand painting, traditional cultural games, Angklung music, German and Indonesian Kahoots and cultural art workshops, as well as soccer and rugby games, and the canteen featured different foods from around the world each day. The week culminated in Cultural Dress Day, with students coming to school dressed proudly in cultural dress, and a cultural concert in which Afghani and Samoan students performed amazing songs and dances before a very large and appreciative audience.

Our College featured in the Star News on the 29th of March. Follow this link to read the article:

https://berwicknews.starcommunity.com.au/news/2018-03-29/school-rocks-to-diversity-concert/

ANZAC Day Ceremony:

A dignified and honourable ANZAC Day assembly was held at FGSC this morning to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Staff and students came together to hear the stories of war from guest speakers and as such, we were reminded of the great sacrifices that were made then, as well as those who currently serve our country overseas. We sincerely thank all of our speakers and guests who attended our assembly, particularly on such a special anniversary. We thank all of our student leaders, our proud flag bearers, instrumentalists and singers as well as the numerous staff who assisted in the preparations for the day. We could not have run it as successfully as we did without you all. We believe that today's moving assembly touched many and hope that in doing so, that the spirit of ANZAC continues on.

Lest we forget.


NAPLAN - May 15th, 16th & 17th:

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy

This year, the Year 7 tests and the Year 9 tests will run in the College gymnasium on Tuesday 15th May, Wednesday 16th May and Thursday 17th May. These tests are really important and we encourage maximum participation however if would like to withdraw your child from the NAPLAN tests, please contact the main office on 8762-6839 and ask to speak to the NAPLAN administrators Mr Broecker or Ms Bamberg.

Scholarships:

Fountain Gate Secondary College is committed to providing a high quality education to all students. The College recognises that students possess a range of skills, talents and aptitudes which need to be nurtured and developed.

It is with great enthusiasm that the College will be offering a range of scholarships to all current and prospective students for 2019.

There are nine different scholarships on offer, three of which are ‘excellence’ scholarships and six are ‘speciality’ scholarships. If your child is interested in applying, please visit the College website http://www.fountaingatesc.vic.edu.au/

Applications close November 1st 2018.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Broecker if you have any questions.

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Congratulations to Year 10 student Courtney Fakiki:

Congratulations Courtney Fakiki of 10E who was selected to attend a special awards ceremony for his outstanding results for his ANZCA singing examination. Courtney achieved a score of 93%. The ceremony was held on March 25th at the MLC Music Auditorium and included students from around the state. Well done to Courtney for his dedication and excellent results.

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STEM Construction Update:

Building demolition and construction is on track for our new STEM Centre. Internal walls have been removed to allow for larger working spaces. The external extension will commence soon.

Construction has not caused any interruption or disruption to classes and the students have been very obedient with 'out-of-bounds' zones.

I'd like to thank all students, staff and families for your patience and understanding during the construction period.

We have cleared out a large area at the bottom of the oval facing Josephine Avenue, which was an out-of-bounds area for the students, and created a new staff car park. With the construction of the STEM Centre, we are unable to utilize the Victoria Road staff car park, so we used the large space wisely and we can now accommodate several cars. This area is to be accessed by staff only please.

Relay For Life:

Relay for Life 2018 has come to a close and again the Fountain Gate Community had a fantastic relay experience!

Over the 24 hours, our team braved the overnight freeze, the 30-degree sun, enjoyed Dutch pancakes with extra cream, raffle tickets were purchased, and the entertainment was a highlight.

Entering the relay, we had a target to raise $5,000 for cancer research and it is with great excitement that we announce the final 2018 Relay for Life total. Together, the Fountain Gate Secondary College community raised an incredible $7,668.11.

FGSC has been awarded with a research grant by Cancer Council Australia due to our exceptional effort as a team and we will be donating the $7,668.11 to a new research project into the treatment of lung cancer commencing in 2018 at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Fountain Gate Secondary College would like to whole-heartedly thank all the students, family, friends, young leaders and staff of the FGSC community that contributed to the efficient running of the event, fundraising before and after the relay and to all those that braved the 24 hours.

Without this support Fountain Gate Secondary College wouldn’t be achieving these amazing results and playing a vital role in helping to find a cure for cancer.

2018 was FGSC’s third year participating in Relay For Life and over those three years we have raised an outstanding $18,597.37.

FGSC Free Dress Day - Relay For Life:

Thank you to all the students who participated in the FGSC Free Dress Day on the 28th of March, who helped to raise over $800 for the Cancer Council Australia. This donation will be made through our school communities Relay for Life efforts and will help to achieve our College’s goal of receiving a Research Grant.

Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership:

Support Fountain Gate Secondary College and you’ll be rewarded!

We are raising funds for our fundraising and you can help. Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our fundraising. PLUS, order now to receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers (hurry, these sell out quickly).

Entertainment Books can be collected from the Front Office once payment has been made online.

Coles Sports for Schools 2018:

A huge thank you to all the staff, students and parents who have been collecting the Coles Sports for Schools vouchers. To date we have sent in over 4,500 vouchers with many more still to be counted! You still have until June 1st to drop your vouchers off to the Front Office.

Homework club @ Bunjil Place Library:

Do you need a good place to knuckle down and get your homework done? Could you do with some help from time to time?

In addtition to our College Homework Club, you can utilize Homework Club at Bunjil Place Library.

Homework Club runs weekly during school term on Fridays, from 4-6 pm, and is targeted at Primary and Secondary School Students.

It's free of charge and no bookings required.

School Council Elections – Student Member Category:

From 2018, all Victorian government schools with a year 7 cohort and above, will have a mandated Student member category on their school council.

The Department has increased each school’s constituting Order by two positions to allow for two student members to be elected to council. The election process for the Student member category only, must be completed by 29 June, end of Term 2 2018. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone you know, please collect a School Council Nomination Form from the Front Office.

ELIGIBILITY OF SCHOOL COUNCILLORS AND VOTERS:

A candidate must be a person who is eligible for election to the membership category to which they are seeking election. The nominator of a candidate standing for election to the Student member category must be in Year 7 or above, and be a member of the College’s student body. In deciding a person’s eligibility, the principal may request in a specified timeframe that:

• a candidate must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to nominate for election;

• a nominator must produce evidence of his/her entitlement to nominate the candidate; and

• a voter must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to vote.

For more information, please contact the College.

TERM 2 DATES TO REMEMBER…

30th April to 4th May - Year 10 Work Experience Week

1st May - Parent Teacher Evening 3:00pm – Students dismissed at 2:30pm

9th May - Year 7 Camp Parent Information Evening 6:00pm

14th May - Year 7 immunisations

15th to 17th May - NAPLAN

21st to 23rd May - Year 7 Camp

4th June - Year 11 Examinations Week

11th June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

15th June - Curriculum/Correction Day – Student free day

20th June - Year 10 – 11 Pathways Evening 7:00pm

28th June - Year 12 Formal