Principal's Newsletter

RUOK DAY 2019, Presentation Ball appreciation post for Mr. Heard, Year 7 German Incursion, Students represent FGSC at  Casey’s ‘Schools on Stage’ competition, Digital Book Funds, House Spirit Week, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Excursion, Ice Bucket Challenge, 'The 39 Steps' and Creative and Performing Arts Showcase 2019.
Thursday 19th September, 2019.

Welcome to the last newsletter of Term 3!

Term 3 was a fantastic term with great results and accomplishments from our students. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday as we look forward to all Term 4 has to offer. Please refer below for term dates and the fortnightly news.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Pete Hanratty

College Principal


Our College came together to celebrate RUOK DAY last Thursday!

RUOK Day highlights the importance of checking in and asking your friends, family, peers and teachers – are you okay? It is a day that encourages us to be open and honest about how we are feeling and to seek help and support when needed.

The Wellbeing Team and College House Captains organised a lunchtime event filled with stalls and activities to bring the School Community together. During the event, the Mayone Bulluk House Captains ran a ‘grateful cards’ stall where students wrote cards to the people that matter most to them. The Wellbeing Team designed a large mindfulness colouring-in sheet that students got to colour it in together. The Kulin House Captains organised a meditation room for students to relax in and follow a guided meditation session. School Vice-Captain Fatima organised a funny photo booth. Our Bunurong House Captains handed out free fairy floss to students. Giant games were set up for students to enjoyed and included Jenga, Guess Who and mini golf. The House Captains of Wurundjeri ran a face painting stall. RUOK Day also saw a stall being run by the Muslim Girls group and Le Mana group. Alumni manager, Elise Dunstan also ran a stall to inform students on the importance of gardening to reduce stress and anxiety. We also had a koala roaming around to give out free hugs! Finally, our own 4CS performed for the students and staff – it was wonderful to see their pride for their culture and their love of sharing that with the rest of the school community. The students also got to participate in a basketball competition.

We hope this event encouraged everyone in the School Community to have meaningful conversations with those around them and be confident to talk about mental health. Everyone had a lot of fun and the event was a huge success! A massive thank you to our Alumni and School Spirit Coordinator Ms. Gonzalez who organised and ran the entire event!

Presentation Ball appreciation post for Mr. Heard

APPRECIATION POST: Fountain Gate Secondary College and our Alumni community would like to sincerely thank Jeff Heard for his amazing work coordinating the annual Presentation Balls for the PAST 16 YEARS! Each year, Mr. Heard has dedicated days on end to make sure the event runs smoothly. There is so much that happens behind the scenes that Mr. Heard has to do to ensure a successful evening that can be enjoyed by all. Mr. Heard organises the venue, hires formal suits, ensures there are corsages and button holes, decides on the photographers and videographers, finds a suitable dance instructor and chooses the right DJ. In fact, for many years, Mr. Heard was the dance instructor!

Before joining our College, Mr. Heard was also coordinating the Presentation Balls at Hallam Secondary College for 6 years! There is no doubt that Mr. Heard has left some very big shoes to fill. Without any direction, each year, students publicly thank and give Mr. Heard a gift to show their appreciation for his hard work and dedication to making their night extremely memorable.
Thank you Mr. Heard for your amazing contribution to our Presentation Balls!

Year 7 German Incursion

On the 12th of September, the Year 7 German students came together to celebrate Oktoberfest! It was a wonderful way to experience a part of German tradition and culture. Students competed in trivia about their coursework from 2019 as well as the topics ‘Oktoberfest,’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Geography,’ interspersed with fun games that tested individual skills!

The music department shared their talents by entertaining everyone with an inclusive rendition of “Ein Prosit”, a traditional song of Oktoberfest. After trivia, students enjoyed a delicious lunch of various German sausages and cakes. Students then participated in a Bundesliga soccer tournament and decorated a Liebkuchenherzen!

Vielen Dank to all the staff and students!

Students represent FGSC at Casey’s ‘Schools on Stage’ competition

On Thursday the 5th of September, Fountain Gate Secondary College students Kristi, Ella, Alicia, Julia and Emily performed as backup dancers for Tim Campbell for the 2019 City of Casey’s ‘Schools on Stage’ competition. Students performed to in front of an audience of over 500 at Bunjil Place. Congratulation girls on all your hard work and rehearsal leading up to the event and a brilliant performance!

Digital Book Funds

Thank you to all parents and staff for their support in purchasing and raising funds of books/digital books! We are thrilled to have raised $434.00 which will be credited to student welfare and go towards our less fortunate students in supporting them with books and uniform!

House Spirit Week

During Week 8, House Spirit Week was facilitated by the House Captains to encourage students to participate in a range of activities and get to know their Houses and Captains.

The Kulin and Mayone Bulluk House Captains ran Multi-sports and Tug-of-War to encourage teamwork, house spirit and physical activity! Wurundjeri House Captains opened a photo booth for students to take funny photos and pose with house memorabilia. The Bunurong captains handed out coloured bandannas to increase their house colour around the school and on the last day of House Spirit Week, the Kulin House Captains ran a free hot chocolate and cookie stall. The week was an incredible reflection of the House Captain’s efforts and leadership skills!

Bunurong is currently in the lead with 25,557 points. A tremendous effort by participating students and the House Captains alike!

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Excursion

On the 6th of September, 22 of our Year 10 students attended the Ourschool Information Session held at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The objective for this workshop was for students to learn about different pathways, jobs and opportunities Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has to offer.

As students in Year 10 are choosing their VCE subjects, it is essential to choose the right subjects to support their career goals! However, many don't know about radiation therapy jobs as they are not as widely publicised. This session gave insight into these diverse options through industry professionals (some alumni from public high schools / Ourschool schools) who informed and inspired students with their own experiences in health and medicine. Students heard from Peter MacCallum staff including a Medical Physicist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, IT Project Manager, Nurse and Radiation Oncology Registrar who discussed career paths and how to manage a stressful job.

We would like to thank the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for hosting this event and broadening our student’s horizons on what an incredible career in health and medicine can look like!

Thank you to alumna Liza Hernyak ’17 (who is currently studying radiology at university) for attending alongside Alumni Coordinator Jasmine Gonzalez ’16 and teacher Sonali Pendurkar!

Ice Bucket Challenge

On the 10th of September, our College's Young Leaders ran an Ice Bucket Challenge with 6 of our brave staff volunteering! Students donated for buckets of icy cold water to be repeatedly poured on their volunteer teacher of choice. fightMND was founded in 2014 with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurons Disease. A massive thank you to Ms. Byers, Erik McGuire and the Young Leaders Team for organizing and running the Ice Bucket Fundraiser and thank you to Mr. Broecker, Mr. Hanratty, Ms. Buggee, Ms. Sherman, Mr. Kehayas and Mr. D’Angelo for their participation! The Young Leaders team is thrilled to announce that over $800 was raised so another thank you to all of the students, staff and families who donated to this wonderful cause! If anyone would like to donate to fightMND, visit:!

'The 39 Steps'

On the 10th of September after months of rehearsals, and multiple ‘bumps in the road,’ eleven of our students put on the 2019 school play ‘The 39 Steps’ at the Cranbourne Community Theatre. Directed by Alumni Kaycee Castle ‘18, our actors left the audience in stitches as they transformed into over 23 hilarious characters in a night full of murder mystery, comedy and drama!

Thank you to all staff who assisted with the production. In particular, Ms. Gulen and Ms. Wesson attended rehearsals week after week, built and painted the sets, found costumes, props and fake mustaches. A massive thank you to Kaycee Castle for her incredible role as Director and a huge thank you to ALL the Performing Arts team including Mr. Barker, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Pipkin and Mr. Heels for their continuous effort and support behind the scenes. Until next year!

Creative and Performing Arts Showcase 2019

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