Principal's Newsletter

2018 College Summary, International Journey to Cambodia, Year 7 Incursion - Wheel Talk Sessions, Orientation Day 2019 Year 7s, Presentation Night, Congratulations to our VCE Students, College Dux
Wednesday 19th December, 2018.
Principal.

2018 College Summary

2018 has been a year of many positive changes for our College. It brought many challenges, opportunities for learning and growth, thoughtful decisions and ultimate success. Most significant of the changes were the development of the Year 7 Learning Centre, the construction of the STEM Centre, the extension to the Weights Room and the addition of 3 portables.

The Year 7 Learning Centre has proved to be extremely successful for students and teachers. Students collaborate within their learning and are also provided the opportunity to focus on individualised learning. The Learning Centre has given teachers the opportunity to team teach and use a variety of grouping and instructional methods to cater for the varied learning needs of our students.

Fountain Gate Secondary College was extremely fortunate to receive $4.5million dollars of State Government funding to construct the new STEM Centre. This fantastic new complex for our school and surrounding community is an important part of our commitment to offer a 21st century innovative curriculum. As a result, we will see new and exciting subjects on offer in 2019. In addition, we received $200,000 of State Government funding to extend and renovate the Weights Room/Gym and $500,000 to upgrade our school oval to facilitate our thriving Rugby Academy.

The Rugby Academy has achieved much success in 2018. Several students are playing to represent our College, and many have achieved great success at gaining State positions to represent Victoria, playing interstate.

2018 also saw the development and implementation of our Whole School Plan, Instructional Model, Teaching & Learning Framework Model and Non-negotiables to ensure Fountain Gate Secondary College is true to its school values of Responsibility, Respect, Honesty and Endeavour. The College has important expectations to ensure our College continues to grow and inspire students’ learning, particularly in the areas of;

  • Personalised and effective teaching & learning;
  • A safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment;
  • Knowledgeable, high-level staff;
  • A wide variety of subject choices;
  • Effective student wellbeing and discipline procedures; and
  • Clean and upgraded facilities.

At Fountain Gate Secondary College, we value and take pride in our achievements in each of these areas. The growth of each individual student is our focus. We recognise that as we work together, students will be best able to achieve their potential. The co-operative effort of students, parents and teachers is at the heart of their learning. The wonderful and positive results from the Attitudes to School Survey conducted in August 2018 prove that our students support school values and are working hard at achieving personal success.

I firmly believe that every student can experience success and go on to graduate as a responsible, resilient and confident young adult, well prepared to take charge of their future and to become a productive member of the community. The outcomes achieved by our students and the highly successful pathways they follow reflect the excellent education they experience at school.

Whenever I witness our students engaged in a classroom activity, I am extremely proud of their efforts and of their acceptance of all that is offered to them. The truly proudest moments are when I witness a graduate, now an adult, giving back to the community in service. It proves to me that the life lessons and effort of the College and our staff were understood and embraced.

Our mission is to continue to do what we have always done: develop our College and the students with integrity and values; also, to give our students the best opportunities and the best all-round education. Our vision is to produce conscientious, smart and confident young adults who will go out into the world and make us proud.

Congratulations and good luck to all Fountain Gate Secondary College graduates, and thank you to all staff, students and School Council members for their hard work and effort in ensuring our College continues its growth and success.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Pete Hanratty

College Principal

International Journey to Cambodia

On the 6th of December until the 15th of December, 9 students and 3 staff members partook in an international journey to Cambodia. As part of this journey, staff and students spent a few days exploring the sights of Cambodia, learnt about their rich history and completed a service project whereby we built a house for a young family in great need.

To build this house we worked with Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC). VBC is a locally run, community‑driven NGO (non‑government organisation), focused on helping poor Cambodian families improve their living conditions.

Volunteer Building Cambodia provides poor families in rural Siem Reap with housing, wells, water pumps and toilet facilities. VBC builds solid houses for extremely poor families who lack the resources to build their own liveable homes.

As part of this project the students and staff donated their labour to build the house for the family in need. Throughout the year students have fundraised with the aim to raise $3700 to pay for the building materials. Students were successful in this endeavour.

The students were also lucky enough to be sponsored by a number of local businesses which helped us to achieve our fundraising goal. We would like to sincerely thank Cadbury, On the Go Sports, The Grand Receptions, Office Choice, Reform Clothing, St John of God Berwick Hospital, Shinners Plumbing and Sparx Electrical for their generous donation to our journey.

Year 7 Incursion - Wheel Talk Sessions

All Year 7 Students were recently given the opportunity to be involved in a session run by Disability Sport and Recreation called Wheel Talk. This was presented by one of two gentlemen with Disabilities: Sam Bramham and Peter Ogunyemi.

Sam lost his leg to cancer at the age of 5 and has become a Olympian in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Para – Olympic games. He talked about his journey and answered questions form some of the students.

“How many legs have you had?” – he has had 5 (his mum still has his first one on her mantlepiece at home!)

“How much do the legs cost?” – about $60,000 each!

Students were then able to participate in a game of wheel chair basketball and have races up and down the Gym Basketball court.

Peter contracted Polio as a baby when he lived in Nigeria and has never had the use of his legs. As a child he use to have to crawl for 3 hours to get to school and crawl 3 hours to get home. He had no mobility aides until he was older when a friend made a pair of crutches form tree branches. He too went on to compete in the Para -Olympics and finally discovered wheel chair basketball, which has taken him around the world and to Australia, where he now lives with his wife and children.

Student quotes-“It was a blast.”

“It was awesome fun.”

“My arms a quicker than my legs.”

“This is more fun than normal Basketball.”

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Orientation Day - 2019 Year 7s

On the 11th and 12th of December, Fountain Gate Secondary College welcomed our 2019 Year 7 students. They commenced the day by meeting the College staff and then participated in several educational activities within the school.

I was extremely proud to meet the next generation of students and commend them for their behaviour. We look forward to your commencement in 2019.

Presentation Night

I would like to thank all students, staff and families who came to the 2018 Presentation Night on Monday 17th December. This evening is one of the most important events on our school calendar and no doubt you are just as proud as we are with the awards presented to our hard working students.

Annual awards and Dux prizes contribute significantly to student’s portfolios and present greater opportunities when trying to gain places into higher education and/or employment. Student’s awards were selected on the following categories;

Academic Excellence:

This is awarded to the overall top 10% of performing students across a year level based on Core subject grades.

Academic Improvement by Year Level:

This award recognises students who have worked hard to achieve their “personal best” and demonstrated consistent improvement.

Subject/Elective Award:

This is awarded to the most outstanding student within a specific subject across a year level.

Special Awards:

These are presented for students who work above and beyond classroom expectations in areas such as Leadership, Sports and Performing Arts.

Congratulations to all students who received an award.

Congratulations to our VCE Students

We congratulate all our VCE students of 2018. Their excellent results are testament to the hard work of the students and teachers and the support of their families.

College Dux

Congratulations to Brendan Lim, the Fountain Gate Secondary College Dux for 2018.

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Uniform Donations

If any VCE students (or exiting students) would like to donate thier school uniform to the school community, please bring them to the College next year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I would like to wish all of our Fountain Gate Secondary College parents, students and friends a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of staff, parents and students to our College in 2018.

For those who are travelling during this holiday season, I wish you safe travels. For those who are staying locally, may you have a wonderful relaxing holiday surrounded by family and friends.

We look forward to seeing all our students and staff back in the new year.

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