Principal Newsletter

Our final newsletter for the year, Orientation Day, Year 9 Futures Program, (STEM) Professional Learning Tours, (STEM) Curriculum Development, STEM Construction Update, Awards Presentation Ceremony, Valedictory, Summer Homework Expectations, End of Year Activities, Fountain Gate Secondary College Captains, 2018 Booklist, Supporting your student during the holidays & Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Monday 18th December, 2017.
Principal, Alumni.

Our final newsletter for the year!

2017 has been a successful and rewarding year for our entire school community. In any large organisation staff come and go. I would like to wish the following staff who are leaving all the best, these being Marieke Ballagh, Jan Baulch, Steve Branson, Jarrad Donders, Ren Downing, Voula Geogakoloulos, Paige Magnano, Lannhi Nguyen, Jason Rolfe, Ysen Selimovski, Sarah Tchantcho, Jamie Towsey and Peter Zagarn.

Orientation Day

Our new Year 7 students for 2018 attended a two-day Orientation Program on December 12th and 13th. They spent the time getting to know their teachers and familiarizing themselves with their new environment. We welcome our new students and look forward to getting to know them in 2018.

Year 9 Futures Program

The Middle Sub School has been responsible for organising the Year 9 Futures Program under the leadership of Miss Miller. The program is designed to encourage students to start thinking about the future pathways i.e. work experience, casual jobs, career pathways etc.

(STEM) Professional Learning Tours:

Staff from the College attended a series of tours to visit other Tech Schools and some of our important industry and community partners. The group visited the Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC), Casey and Cardinia Business Hub and St John of God’s new Hospital. The final site visited was the impressive Yarra Ranges Tech School.

Feedback from College staff was that these experiential learning tours were well-received, enjoyable, and contextually relevant for better understanding the evolution of our own STEM centre.

(STEM) Curriculum Development:

Following on from the tours, the Professional Learning has continued for eight Teacher Champions (including our very own Ms Elizabeth Goldberg) who have generously given of their time to work on curriculum development for our early programs. Aligned with real-world problems experienced by our focus industry areas and partners, the Champions have been imagining and innovating through UbD curriculum and PBL to help bring these concepts to life as engaging and authentic learning experiences for our future students.

College staff have commenced working on the curriculum and pedagogical learning in Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the Understanding by Design (UbD) Curriculum Framework which will be an element of our STEM program.

STEM Construction Update:

Construction is scheduled to commence early January, 2018. We eagerly anticipate a smooth and hassle-free project, with little disturbance to our students. The STEM centre will be completed by the end of Term 3 next year.

November saw the recruitment of key members of our Learning Specialist team. All highly qualified, innovative and experienced in their fields, we welcome Michael Street (STEM Leader), Amy Mraz (STEM Learning Specialist), Nicole Tritter (STEM Learning Specialist), Lauren Waters (English Learning Specialist) and Stacey Dannock (Mathematics Learning Specialist). Congratulations!

Awards Presentation Ceremony

All families are invited to attend Fountain Gate Secondary College Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday 18th December at Berwick Church of Christ, 7.00pm.

We ask that all students and their families attend this evening to recognise the efforts of all students in 2017. All guests are asked to be seated by 6.50pm for a 7pm start. Parents of award winners have been contacted and received a personal invitation to attend the ceremony.

All students attending the event and/or receiving an award are expected to wear full, correct school uniform (including the correct footwear).

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the successes of our college.

Valedictory

On Wednesday 29th November, we officially farewelled the awesome Year 12 cohort of 2018, where each received a special graduation sash, symbolising the completion of their time at Fountain Gate Secondary College.

Congratulations to all of the students for successfully finishing their secondary education. We also congratulate all of the students who were recognised for their outstanding academic performances in a wide range of subject areas.

We'd like to remind all of our new Alumni's that they are always welcome back and wish them all nothing but the best with their future endeavours. We look forward to hearing all about their journeys outside of school in the near future!

Valedictory

Summer Homework Expectations

All VCE Students should expect to receive homework for the Summer holidays in the following measures;
Unit 1 /2 - 4 hours per subject
Unit 3 / 4 - 6 hours per subject
Any student who is not present during the transition week must make arrangements with their 2018 teacher to discuss work missed and holiday study work.

End of Year Activities

Students commence End of Year Activities on Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th December 2017.

Monday 18th December - 8:45am - End of Year Activities: Luna Park or School Activities
Tuesday 19th December - 8:45am - End of Year Activities: Chadstone Shopping or School Activities
Wednesday 20th December - 8:45am - End of Year Activities: Sidetracked or School Activities

Fountain Gate Secondary College Captains

Introducing the Fountain gate Secondary College School Captains (from left to right);

  • Kaleb Drane (College Vice Captain)
  • Maddison Patmore (College Captain)
  • Lasi Bartsch (College Captain)
  • Kirsty Thomas (College Vice Captain)

We congratulate them on their appointments and wish them all the best with their leadership work next year!

2018 BOOKLIST - Important dates to remember for ordering 2018 Textbooks

Thursday 18th January:
Orders MUST be placed by today for School Collection
All orders received after this date will be posted. Postage charges will apply.

Thursday 25th January: SCHOOL COLLECTION DAY
Books will be available for collection from Fountain Gate Secondary College
between 2.00—7.00 pm.

Order by 11 December for FREE HOME DELIVERY (payment required)
or
ORDER NOW AND PAY LATER (when you collect from school)

After this date, the following fees will apply:

POSTAGE:
A Postage Fee of $9.50 for orders under $100 and $15 for orders over $100

SCHOOL COLLECTION:
A $5 processing fee per order

Supporting your student during the holidays:

Christmas holidays can be fabulous for some, but often the sudden change of routine can lead to feelings of isolation, boredom and stress if students are not interacting with friends or family. Below is some important information for all parents to encourage and monitor their children’s mental wellbeing during the holidays.

Please encourage your children to stay active, keep in contact with their friends and eat a balanced diet. Limiting/monitoring screen time is highly recommended.

Support your young person during the holidays

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Christmas holiday season is here again. I would like thank all staff, students and school council members for their hard work throughout the year. Best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday. You all earned it!

I look forward to seeing you all when you return in 2018.

Pete Hanratty
College Principal