Next week, our Years 7 and 9 students will complete four NAPLAN tests over the three days of Tuesday 15th May, Wednesday 16th May and Thursday 17th May.
Teachers have been working with our students to help familiarise themselves with the format and types of tests and questions they will receive. We value these tests as a great way to understand our students and the impact teachers are having on their learning, and in particular, we use NAPLAN to evaluate how much our students are growing in their Literacy and Numeracy in comparison to other students in the state.
It is also important to remember that these assessments are a snapshot in time, and not a complete measure of our students’ successes and talents. They do not measure or celebrate the day-to-day goals and milestones, and the little wins along the way. They do not measure or celebrate the amazing feats our students reach in Rugby, Science, Sport and the Arts, and the kindness, empathy and community they develop across their years at school. NAPLAN tells us some important things, but not everything.
With this in mind, I ask that you throw your support behind our school, and most importantly your child, as they complete these assessments. Please encourage your child to try their best, and join us in celebrating their growth across the schooling years.
On Thursday 22nd March, College Captains Lasi Bartsch and Maddison Patmore along with College Vice-Captains Kale Drane and Kirsty Thomas attended the City of Casey Student Leaders Reception hosted by the mayor. This year’s reception featured inspiring guest speaker, Sam Webb, popular Neighbours actor and recent contestant on Australian Survivor. Sam is the co-founder of the not-for-profit organisation, ‘Livin’, which he and a good friend started in 2013 after losing their friend to suicide. Sam spoke with the students about his passion to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness and encouraged the students to follow their own dreams and passions. The reception was greatly enjoyed by all four captains who left feeling inspired and motivated to lead our college in 2018.
On Friday 20th April 13 students, led by Young Leader Troy Norton, attended the Melbourne Legacy’s 87th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students at the Shrine of Remembrance. The students had the pleasure of hearing from the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau, the Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Robertson and the winner of the 2017 National Legacy Junior Public Speaking completion William Maligin. They sung along to ‘I am Australian’, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Advanced Australia Fair’ before observing One Minutes Silence and laying a wreath at the Eternal Flame. Following the ceremony, the students were treated to a personal tour of the Shrine of Remembrance lead by Troy who regaled the students of stories and history of the war exhibits featured in the museum.
Our college would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who has collected and dropped off their Coles Sports for Schools vouchers. To date our community has collected over 13,500 vouchers which will be used to purchase basketballs, volleyballs, netballs and four-square balls.
While Coles has now finished distributing the vouchers, you still have until Friday June 8th to return the vouchers to the Main Office.
Below is a photo of students holding the voucher satchels posted so far. What a great effort.
I had the pleasure of accompanying the Year 9 Indonesian students to the Indonesian Film Festival and Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant on Wednesday the 2nd of May.
We saw an Indonesian Film called ‘Lima Elang – Five Eagles’ at the Australian Centre for Moving Images and sampled traditional Indonesian food at the authentic Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant.
Here are some comments from some of the students that attended:
Hayden Gardner: "I enjoyed the Movie 'Lima Elang' (English: Five Eagles). There were some Indonesian dancers performing before the movie. We also got Indonesian food, such as Mi Goreng (English: Fried Noodles).”
Emma Keeble: “I liked watching the traditional Indonesian dances that performed before the movie as they told an interesting story that gave us an insight into the Indonesian culture. The dancers were dressed in the traditional Indonesian costumes that were covered in beautiful vibrant colours and sparkles.”
Briana Lay: “My favourite part of the day was choosing from the large variety of authentic Indonesian food. I had beef rendang, crispy chicken, vegetables in a soup with a side of white rice. The beef rendang was really spicy but full of flavour, therefore it was my favourite meal.”
Saeidah Rezaie: “I enjoyed watching the movie ‘Lima Elang’. It showed how a group of boys from East Kalimantan became close friends and helped each other out using team work. I also loved the dance that was performed before the movie started. I really liked the taste of different foods at the restaurant but it was a bit spicy.”
Coria Sua: “The dance was really exciting. I liked the hand movements, the beautiful singing and the instrument they used. The movie was good; it was funny, interesting and sad. I also enjoyed the Indonesian food.”
On Saturday April 21 Fountain Gate Secondary College competed in the Prestigious Xavier Sevens Rugby Tournament for the second year.
The three teams didn’t lose a game all day with the Under 18 boys taking away the Plate final the Under 18 girls winning the Cup and the Under 16 boys winning the Cup final 60-0 in convincing fashion.
Congratulations to all students involved and well done to our three captains Oke Leilua, Tyra Boysen and Lebron Naea on outstanding leadership for their teams.
Mr Orange took four Year 9 Rugby Academy students to AAMI park on the 4th of May for a special Melbourne Rebels sponsorship announcement. Hayce, Lebron, Seb and Ivy, observed the Rebels train for their game against the Crusaders as well as helping out with video analysis of the scrum and helping the boys warm up.
Congratulations to our Year 12 student Jordan Gavin who competed in the School Sports Australia Baseball Tournament last week. The team placed third in the overall competition and Jordan won MVP (most valuable player) for a game.
9th May - Year 7 Camp Parent Information Evening 6:00pm
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