Principal Report

Conference day, House Athletics Carnival, Division Swimming, Lockdown (Friday 2nd March), Practice Evacuation, Open Night (Tuesday 27th March 2018), Mobiles Phones at school, Congratulations to Year 12 student Troy Norton, Keeping our environment clean, Chicken Pox and Gastro, Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership, Coles Sports for Schools 2018, Homework Club, Bunjil Place & Important Dates.
Friday 09th March, 2018.

Conference day

Thank you to all the families who came along to the College Conference Night. This evening was designed for all year levels and all families. We had a fantastic turn out with over 860 families attend the event. We hope students and families gained more insight into successful planning, goal setting and preparing for the demands of Secondary schooling.

House Athletics Carnival

Fountain Gate Secondary College will hold its House Athletic Carnival on Tuesday 13th March at Casey Fields.

Parents/Caregivers please ensure you remind your child to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen will be freely available at the event so there are no excuses for any child being sunburnt.

The Future Problem Solver Program students will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ at the Athletics Carnival. Please support them on the day by purchasing a BBQ sausage or tickets for the Easter Raffle - a hamper worth over $50 of Easter goodies.

Division Swimming

On Thursday 8th March, Fountain Gate had 9 students compete in the Casey North District Swimming Championships. All students swam really well up against some very tough competition from the other schools. It was great to see the students representing Fountain Gate Secondary College in such a high manner. Well Done to Patrick Ng (Year 12) who placed 2nd in 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 3rd in 100m Butterfly and to Chamadith Lokupathirage (Year 11) who placed 3rd in 50m Backstroke. It was great to see the boys celebrating their achievements.

Lockdown - Friday 2nd March

On Friday 2nd March, our College implemented a Lockdown after receiving a bomb threat via telephone. I would like to thank all staff and students who remained calm and patient during the process. We received very positive feedback from our Fountain Gate Secondary College families who were all kept well informed and up to date during the entire ordeal. Victoria Police were present and stayed on site until the College was deemed safe. Although the threat was a hoax, we took it very seriously and followed protocol which was only practiced a couple of weeks ago.

Practice Evacuation

Practice evacuations need to occur on a regular basis. To minimise disruption, we are conducting a practice evacuation on the last day of Term 1. The reason being all students will be required to be on the oval for Cross Country, so I have decided to incorporate it with the Cross Country trial.

There will be a sausage sizzle on this day after the Cross Country event. Parent helpers are most welcome.

Open Night - Tuesday 27th March 2018

Fountain Gate Secondary College invites all future students and families to our Open Night. This evening is designed to give future students and families an overview of our wonderful school and all that it has to offer. There will be a formal staff introduction as well as a relaxed 'meet and greet' with our staff. Guided School Tours will be running during the day and a free BBQ Sausage Sizzle in the late afternoon for all present. We welcome all community members and look forward to meeting our prospective 2019 students and families.

Mobiles Phones at school

Mobile phones have become an important and invaluable part of our modern lifestyle. The school understands that there are times when possession of a mobile phone can provide a sense of safety and security while travelling to and from the College.

Mobile phones are unnecessary during College hours as a method of communication. There are also concerns about the misuse of mobile phones in a college environment e.g. bullying, interruptions in class, distractions and inappropriate photography. If parents want to leave an important message for their children they are welcome to ring the General Office.

The school aims to provide a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment for all students, however, mobile phones are disrupting the learning environment.

In general, students should not bring valuable items to school - as they can be easily lost or stolen, which is often distressing for a child. Parents and students are advised that in bringing mobile phones to school, they are doing so at their own risk and must adhere with school policy. All students found to be using their mobile phones during school hours will be subject to actions such as phone confiscation and/or detentions.

Congratulations to Year 12 student Troy Norton

Troy is a member of the Australian Air League, a youth organisation that aims to teach its members between the ages of 8-18 about aviation in all of its forms, giving their members to study such subjects as aircraft engines, theory of flight, physics and aircraft construction but it isn't all theory with the Australian Air League offering its members the chance to learn how to fly and will help them to achieve their pilots license, some members can fly a plane and aren't old enough to be driving yet. However, not everything is aviation based as they also teach about first aid, lifesaving, fieldcraft and physical activities. When they aren't learning about these subjects that also train and practice in ceremonial drill, which helps to instil self-confidence and discipline with a system of ranks to instil leadership within these members.

Troy has been a member since 2008 and has a lot to show for his hard work and efforts. Along with being presented the cadet of the year award for Victoria last year, at the same event he was promoted to Squadron Sergeant as is now the highest ranked cadet member in the state. Leading many younger and junior members, mentoring them to be better. This year has started out fantastically when Troy was awarded the federal cadet of the year awarded, when he travelled to Camden, NSW for a weekend long interview and assessment process, he was pitted against the best from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the other states in which the Australian Air League operates, being presented the award on the same weekend. This is a huge achievement for Troy, as this is the most prestigious and highest award a cadet member can ever be awarded, and has set him in good stead to transition into the officer ranks later this year. We congratulate Squadron Sergeant Troy Norton on his success and wish him good luck in his future endeavours.

We love hearing about our students' great achievements. If your child has recently been awarded with an important extracurricular sports or academic award, please email Sal Murgana at Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Keeping our environment clean

I would like to remind all students, staff and families to be mindful of any rubbish that may be dropped around the external vicinity of the College. We do such a good job at keeping our school yard clean; let's extend that beyond our College gates. This includes cigarette butts, tissues, food wrappers and food scraps. Our school will look clean, but more importantly, our environment will be healthy.

Chicken Pox and Gastro

We have had one confirmed case of Chicken Pox in Year 7. If your child feels unwell and/or presents with a blister-like rash on their body, please have them checked by a doctor and please ensure they do not return to school until the doctor advises it is alright to do so. Chicken Pox is highly contagious, and although your child may be feeling well after a couple of days, they must remain at home to prevent spreading the infection to other students and teachers until all the spots are dried up.

Unfortunately we have had a few cases of Gastro within our school community. If your child is unwell and/or vomiting, please do not send them to school until all symptoms have ceased for more than 24 hours. Gastro is highly contagious and very unpleasant.

Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership

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Coles Sports for Schools 2018

We would love your help collecting Coles Sports for Schools vouchers for our school. Tell your friends and family to get involved as well, because the more vouchers we collect the more sports gear our school will receive. Vouchers can be placed in the collection boxes located at the Main Office and outside Coles Supermarket at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.

Homework Club

Homework Club is available to all students every Monday and Thursday after school and Wednesdays at lunchtime in C2. Please take advantage of Homework Club to assist with any school work or homework that you may need extra help with. Our wonderful teachers are available during this time to help you.

Bunjil Place

Please see below some activities advertised at Bunjil Place Library, Narre Warren.

Important Dates

Monday, 12th March - LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Student-free day
Tuesday, 13th March - HOUSE ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Casey Fields
Monday, 19th - 23rd March - CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
Tuesday, 27th March - OPEN NIGHT - 5:30pm
Thursday, 29th March - LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Students dismissed at 2:30pm
Monday, 16th April - FIRST DAY OF TERM 2

Thank you.

Pete Hanratty
College Principal