Principal's Newsletter

Introducing Carolyn Bamberg, Examinations, Cambodia Trip Update, 2019 Student Planners, PreCAL Camp, Chess Club
Thursday 15th November, 2018.

I am pleased to introduce to the College community Ms Carolyn Bamberg, our newest Assistant Principal. She joins Neil Uwins and Paul Broecker and myself in the Principal Team.

Carolyn has been a member of the Leadership Team here at the College since 2014, in the role of Literacy, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting. She brings with her expertise in literacy and curriculum, as well as a strong connection to the students and staff at the College.

“I grew up in Kinglake, 50km north of Melbourne, with my parents, my older brother and sister. I had a strong interest in teaching from a young age, and studied Arts and Education at University. I began teaching in 2006, teaching English, Literature and Legal Studies each year. My real interest in leadership and literacy began in earnest in 2010, where I undertook leadership courses and my Masters of Literacy at University of Melbourne. I found my real home here at Fountain Gate in 2014, and have loved working with kids and staff to grow the College to where it is today. I am a proud mother of two children who keep me very busy, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

I can’t wait to be part of the Principal Team in such an exciting time for the College. I look forward to meeting and connecting with more members of our community, so please don’t be shy in dropping in to say hello.”


Ms Carolyn Bamberg



Examinations have commenced for Year 11 students. They will conclude on Wednesday 21st November. Year 12 students only attend school for their scheduled exams.


Year 10 Examinations begin next week, Monday 19th November. From the 19-21th November, Year 10 Students only attend school for their scheduled exams. We will provide a supervised study room for those who cannot make alternative arrangements.

Please read the following guidelines carefully:

  • In 2018, students will complete a Maths, English, Humanities, Science, PE and Language (if applicable) exam at Year 10.
  • Each exam will be 2 hours in length, except for PE with a duration of 1hr.
  • The purpose of this exam is to prepare students for VCE examinations, and assess how well students understand and retain key learning from this Semester.
  • Students must attend school at scheduled exam times
  • Students must be punctual
  • Students must bring all required equipment and wear full school uniform
  • Students must not be in possession of any electronic devices e.g. mobile phones, apple watches
  • Please note some exams will serve as a CAT.

Ways that may help to support your child:

  • Access your child’s Learning Tasks on Compass and discuss with your child their progress and the feedback given by the teacher
  • Monitor how they are studying for exams. We recommend 20-30 minutes of study per night in preparation for exams.
  • Ensure your child has a dedicated study space free from distraction (including their mobile phone!)
  • Minimise absences from school
  • Ensure your child has enough sleep and gets to school on time
  • Support your child if they are experiencing stress or anxiety, and contact the school if this worry persists.

For more tips go to:

Lastly, Thursday the 22nd is a student free day at the College. On Friday 23rd November, Year 10s are required back at school for their first taste of VCE via VCE Induction Day.

Monday 19th November

  • Year 10 English/EAL Exam – periods 1 & 2
  • Year 10 Mathematics Exam – periods 3 & 4 – students dismissed at 1:14pm
  • Music Expo Evening 5.30 pm – 6.45 pm

Tuesday 20th November

  • Year 10 Geography/History Exam – periods 1 & 2
  • Year 10 Physical Education Exam – periods 3 & 4 – students dismissed at 1:20pm

Wednesday 21st November

  • Year 10 Science Exam – periods 1 & 2 – students dismissed at 10:47am
  • Make up Exams – periods 3 & 4 – report to P12
  • PreCAL Polperro Dolphin Swims - Sorrento Pier
  • High Achievers Showcase Evening 6.00 pm PA1

Thursday 22nd November

  • Curriculum Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Year 10 Make up Exams – 9am report to Mr Uwins at the front office

Friday 23rd November

  • Year 10 – 11 VCE Induction Day – 2019 Fountain Gate students ONLY

If you have any further questions, please contact the College.

Further information will be provided shortly regarding Year 7, 8 and 9 Exams, which will commence on the 3rd of December 2018.

Cambodia Trip Update


On Thursday the 6th of December, ten students and three staff members will be travelling to Cambodia for a life-changing experience. This journey has been in the planning stages for almost a year now, and we’re all excited that it is finally approaching time for departure.

Students will be spending some time exploring all that Cambodia has to offer. In addition to seeing the major sites, students will also spend five days building a house to donate to a local family in need.

The main focus of our Cambodian travel is to do what we can to support what is one of the world’s poorest and most under developed countries through our service project. To complete our house build, the students were required to raise nearly $4,000 for materials and professional assistance. Throughout the year students have worked tirelessly to raise the funds for this trip through selling chocolates, raffles and seeking donations from local businesses. As a result of student’s hard work, we have successfully raised the funds required with just a month to go until departure! Thank-you all for your contribution and support!

Students and staff on this trip will also get an opportunity to explore Cambodia for a few days before beginning our service project. We will be visiting Phnom Penh’s Free the Bears Sanctuary, whereby we will become a keeper for a day and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to care for the over 120 rescued sun bears and moon bears. We will then move onto Skuon Village where we will get the opportunity to experience a local delicacy that the town is famously named after…spiders!!! Lastly, before completing our house build we will get the opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments built in the 12th century during the reign of Suryavarman II.

The staff members accompanying this trip are Matt Miller (Head of Senior School), Steven Kehayas (VCE Student manager) and Matt Hodgson (VCE Sub School Assistant and Former Student).

The students attending this trip are Alex Mcleod (10), Judith Te’o (12), Tara Soltani (11), Sara Saadati (11), Mason Edge (9), Jamie Ross (10), Mikayla Camilleri (11), Joivarne Paul (10), Tia Rice (11) and Jazmyn Norton (9).

Staff, students and the Fountain Gate Secondary College community would like to greatly thank our sponsors for financially supporting our upcoming journey. Please make sure you support these businesses in return.

  • Office Choice
  • Cadbury
  • Reform Clothing
  • On the Go Sports
  • Shinners plumbing
  • Sparx electrics
  • Saint John of God Hospital
  • The Grand Receptions

We look forward to giving you all an update upon their return.

2019 Student Planners

Our 2019 Student Planners have arrived and they look fantastic!

Thank you to Miss Byers and all the students who helped contribute to the re-design of our Planner.

Year 7 - 12 Planners are available for purchase from the Finance Office for $16 each. They are a compusory item for all students.

PreCAL Camp

In week 5, Year 9 PreCAL students attended an overnight camp at The Summit, in Trafalgar. The Summit is a multi-award winning, 50 acre outdoor adventure park with a primary focus on providing inspiring and life changing experiences through a combination of meaningful programs and powerful activities that build self-worth, character, success and happiness.

Our students drew on their team work skills to complete several activities, such as the Giant Swing, the Leap of Faith, Laser Skirmish and a Monster Course. At the end of the camp, 5 students were acknowledged for their constant encouragement of their classmates and were chosen to ride in an army tank to crush a car. Overall, the camp was a huge success and will now be looked to be run as a 3 day camp for year 10s in Term 3 2019.

PreCAL Camp fun

Chess Club

Mr Anderson ran a Chess Club at Fountain Gate Secondary College on the 8th of November. Congratulations to the following students who attended the Chess Club;

  • Alwin Benny 8F
  • Ivy Addi 9D
  • Anusha Benny 10H
  • Jawad Samadi 10G
  • Leati Talataina 9C
  • Steven Broker 8A
  • Mihajlo Miric 9C
  • Tombe Loro 9C
  • Concrad Chellapen 11B

The students clearly had a great time and enjoyed the challenge of playing Chess.

Chess Club in Action

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