Principal Newsletter

Welcome back for Term 3, First Careers Expo at FGSC a Success, FGSC Non-negotiables, Weights Room Upgrade Project, ACARA NAPLAN Item Trial, 2018 Parent Opinion Survey, FGSC Rugby Academy Information Night 16th August, End of year Activities 2018, Introducing Wurundjeri (Green) House and Captains, Congratulations Georgia Johnston of 10K
Tuesday 24th July, 2018.
Principal.

Welcome back for Term 3

Welcome back staff, students and families. It's hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the year. We look forward to another busy term.

FGSC welcomes the following staff team members:

  • Gulcan Gulen - Performing Arts
  • Kate McLaughlan - PE
  • Tamsin Mackenzie - Science
  • Emma Worth - EAL

FGSC farewells the following staff:

  • Vicki Spalding
  • Peter Kaighan
  • Emily Parsons
  • Timothy Yarrow

We wish them well for their future.

First Careers Expo at FGSC a Success:

On Wednesday the 18th of July, Fountain Gate Secondary College held their first ever Careers and Pathways Showcase including an Alumni Seminar. The event was a major success and has truly earnt its spot on the annual school calendar.
The showcase had an incredible 24 stall holders including all the major universities, the police force, employment providers, the army air force, TAFES and local community groups. The evening’s foot traffic excelled our expectations with over 200 people from the school community attend the showcase: students, teachers, parents and alumni (past students).
The feedback from students and the stall holders was absolutely fantastic and extremely positive! Our students asked a range of mature and sophisticated questions to gage a better understanding of their future pathways and used this opportunity to discover their ‘what’s next’ whilst thinking about their pre-requisite studies for upcoming course counselling days and post-secondary school choices.

It was fantastic to see a lot of younger students also attend the evening, taking the initiative and time to learn about the range of opportunities and possibilities available to them. We had students discover new potential pathways and passions which will spark a drive in their education.

Due to the amazing response to the event, the careers team are very excited to make the Careers and Pathway Showcase bigger and better next year! We look forward to seeing what the careers team bring to next years showcase – and we hope more of the school community can get the most out of this amazing event!

In conjunction to the showcase, the Alumni development team welcomed over 30 eager students and parents who wanted to hear from six incredible alum each with a different story to share. The past students on show, and who we thank deeply include Annette Sindiga '17, Hayden Reid '14, Rebecca Herft '12, Shekofa Jafari '13, Hayley Hickey '17 and Alexandra Halm '12.

They candidly shared their journey, experience and imparted sound advice on pathways including para-medicine, applied science, health sciences, environmental science, psychology, sports management and business.

The audience was eager to hear about the past students story beyond their post-school pathway and these hot topics were: joining the Australian Defence Force, working as an interpreter and migration agent to utilise first language skills, how recruitment and psychology are a good match, types of conservation work, the importance of travel and taking a GAP Year, uni scholarships available and transport options whilst at uni, volunteering opportunities which help build skills, and even life milestones such as buying a house and getting married!

This was such a successful event for Fountain Gate Secondary College and we look forward to the Showcase next year which helps to support the students futures!

FGSC Non-negotiables:

All students at FGSC have been made aware of the eight Non-negotiables adopted by the College that are based on our School Values. These Non-negotiables are in place to to underpin the behaviour that is expected by all students.

Weights Room Upgrade Project:

The extension to our existing gymnasium is well under construction. The concrete walls have been erected and concrete slab has been poured. Soon we will see the completion of the roof, and before long we will enjoy a new Weights Room and additional classroom.

ACARA NAPLAN Item Trial

On the 9th and 10th of August, 2018, 25 students from Year 7, and 25 students from Year 9, will take part in the ACARA NAPLAN Item Trial. Each year, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) selects certain schools at random to conduct these tests in order to ensure the NAPLAN test questions are valid. This year it is our turn to take part.

Students will sit the 85 minutes tests, one Reading, one Numeracy, during the first half of the day. These tests will be completed online. We will thank our student participants with a pizza lunch following the morning of testing.

Any questions or queries, please contact Ms Carolyn Bamberg, Curriculum and Assessment Leader.

2018 Parent Opinion Survey

WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from this week to Sunday 26th August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

FGSC RUGBY ACADEMY INFORMATION NIGHT THURS 16 AUGUST:

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End of Year Activities 2018

The End of Year Activities Program runs during the final week of the school year for students in years 7, 8 and 9. This year the program will be running over three days; Monday 17th of December, Tuesday 18th of December and Wednesday 19th of December.

Final payments and return of the permission forms for the End of Year Activities program are due Friday November 2nd

The activities and costs for each of the program days are listed below:

Monday 17th December

  • Luna Park (unlimited rides all day) $32

Tuesday 18th December

  • 234 Fun Galore (Go Karts and Laser Tag) $33

Wednesday 19th December

  • Chadstone (full day shopping) $7

On each day there are free activities offered for students who wish to come to school. These activities include sporting games in the morning followed by DVD’s or computer games in the afternoon.

HOW TO SIGN UP

  • Students need to log on to their Compass page and complete the insights survey titled ‘End of Year Activities 2018,’ by no later than August 7th.
  • After sign ups close students will be sent home permission forms for their chosen events. These forms and payment will be due in to the Bursars Office by November 2nd.

If your child is not attending any of the days throughout this End of Year Activity period a notice of absence is required to the attendance office and can be provided prior to the event days.

If there are any queries or concerns please contact myself, Stacey Dannock, on 8762 6839.

Introducing Wurundjeri (Green) House and Captains:

Congratulations Georgia Johnston of 10K:

10K student Georgia Johnston made 4 wooden tables in her Technology class with Mr Golby. These tables will be placed around the schoolyard to be utilised and enjoyed by students. Well done and thank you, Georgia.