Principal's Newsletter

Facility Upgrades, Year 7 BBQ, Conference Day, Calendar of Events 2019, FGSC is on Twitter, School Council Elections, School Photos
Thursday 14th February, 2019.

Facility Upgrades

As promised in the last Principal's Newsletter, here are a series of photos showing several completed upgrades to Fountain Gate Secondary College.

These include;

  • Completion of the Endeavour Centre
  • Completion of the Weights Room
  • Resurfacing of the basketball courts
  • Completion of the Year 8 Learning Centre
  • Additional portable which provides 2 EAL classrooms and Staff Office
  • Additional portable which provides a Performing Arts room and Staff Office

Please click on each photo to show an enlarged image.

Endeavour Centre - 10 New Classrooms, Staff Office, Science Prep Room, Collaborative Learning Areas, Woodwork

Weights Room - New Classroom, New Gym Equipment

Basketball Court Re-surfacing

Year 8 Learning Centre

EAL Portable - 2 New Classrooms, Staff Office

Performing Arts Portable PA3 - New Classroom, Staff Office

Year 7 BBQ

On Monday 11th February, Fountain Gate Secondary College hosted a Year 7 BBQ to welcome all our new families to the school community.

We welcome all of our new families to Fountain Gate Secondary College and look forward to working with you to make our school and our students a success.

I wish to thank Mr Kennedy and all staff involved for all the preparation and organisation of the evening.

Conference Day - Thursday 28th February 2019

Calendar of Events 2019

Follow Fountain Gate Secondary College on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Fountain Gate Secondary College is branching out on social media to keep students, parents and families up-to-date with school events as they occur during the year.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and now Twitter.

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A new page has been created to stay up-to-date with all the Careers & Pathways events and opportunities; including Work Experience, Career Expo dates and key events for 2019 via the FGSC Careers & Pathways Facebook page; link below:

School Council Elections

All govenment schools in Victoria has a school council. They are legall constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key direction of a school within statewide guidelines. in doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

A school council's constituting order specifies the total size of the council and the number of members in each category.

Most members of a school council are parents of children at the school. A smaller number of members are Department employee members, usually school staff.

Government schools with a student cohort of year 7 and above will have two student positions on council. Other members can be co-opted by the council within the limits of the constituting order.

Membership Categories

  1. A mandated elected parent category: because parents have such an important part to play in schools, there is an elected parent member category. Parent members must comprise more than one-third of council's total membership. Department employees are eligible to be parent members at their child's school, as long as they do not work at the particular school.
  2. A mandated elected Department employee category: Department employees include staff members at the school. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. As the executive officer, the principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  3. A mandated student member category (2 positions): all schools with year 7 students and above have a mandated student member category. Students in year 7 and above enrolled at the school are eligible to nominate for membership.
  4. An optional community member category: members are co-opted by the council because of their special skills, interests or experience. Department employees are not eligible to be community members.

A parent who works at the school for more than eight hours per week, either as an ongoing employee or on a fixed-term of ninety days or more will be in the Department employee category.

A parent member of council whose child no longer attends the school is no longer eligible to serve as a parent member. However if the child finishes school at the end of a normal school year the parent may continue on the council until the next election, at the beginning of the next year.

If a year 12 student, who has been elected to the student member category, has completed the normal school year and ceases to be enrolled at the school, that student may continue to be a member of the council until the next council election, at the beginning of the next year.

Elected and co-opted councillors both have the same roles and responsibilities.

School council positions of responsibility

School councils must include these positions:

  • President: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member who is chairperson of school council meetings. This is a mandated office bearer position.
  • Executive officer: the principal.

Other positions may include:

  • Vice president: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member. This position is not mandated.
  • Treasurer: is elected from council members, preferably a parent member who is not a Department employee or community member. The business manager/burser should not hold this position. The treasurer may be appointed by council as the convenor of the finance subcommittee.
  • Minute taker / secretary: the councillor undertaking this role records the actions and discussion in council meetings. It can be filled by a non-council member. If this is the case, the person is required to be a silent observer and has no voting rights.

Student members are ineligible to hold any office bearer position.

The school council election process for all government schools in Victoria must be commenced no earlier than the school year commencement date and completed on or before 31st March for the Parent, DET employee and Student member categories.

Please collect a nomination form from the Front Office is you would like to be on the Fountain Gate Secondary College School Council.

School Photos

School photos were taken by MSP Photography on Wednesday, 6th February, however, due to a power outage some Year 8 classes did not have their photos taken. These classes will have their photos taken on Monday, 18th February.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the ordering process. Please note that the due date for photo payments and orders is one week after the photos are taken, however, if this does not suit you, please contact MSP Photography direct to make alternative arrangements. Their number is 5222 6747.

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