Principal's Report

Friday 31st March, 2017.
Featured News, Principal.

Term Break

We hope all families have a happy and relaxing holiday and are looking forward to starting term 2 with renewed energy and enthusiasm. ALL students will resume classes on Tuesday 18th April the day after Easter Monday and will work from the Week 2 timetable.

High Achievers

Applications for the High Achievers Students commencing in 2018 are now open (closing April 21st). For more information, please visit the College website under ‘Teaching & Learning’ or contact Miss Tritter (High Achiever and Extension Coordinator).

DOXA Pathways Discovery Workshop

On Friday March 17th, our Year 9 High Achiever Class took part in a half-day University Pathways Discovery workshop run by DOXA.

DOXA is a for purpose organisation supporting young people to access positive life experiences, educational opportunities and employment pathways.

Throughout the workshop students:

Overall, the students had a great time!

Fountain Gate Students Explore Government Sector

Eleven students from our High Achiever Program at Fountain Gate Secondary College took advantage of the unique opportunity to visit a State Government Department on Thursday March 23rd, to learn about the interesting and diverse careers available and hear about some of their current projects.

Below is what Year 12 Jessica Nikitina-Li had to say about her experience.

“Year 10, 11 and 12 Students were invited to attend a newly developed event run by the DOXA organisation and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). The day started with about 10 of us Fountain Gate students travelling into the city, and meeting up with the DOXA team and students from a range of different schools.

The first hour of the event was dedicated to team building activities that brought the group closer together and helped us established some new friendships! At the DEDTJR building, we went on a tour of the (super nice) facilities, and met some DEDTJR staff – which consisted of the transport team, and members of the internship and traineeship programs. They told us what it’s like to work within the state government (their areas in particular). They also gave us valuable advice about careers and schooling, and through a Q and A with the staff – which turned out to be my favourite part of the day - we were able to ask them whatever questions we could think of. We asked about their views and values, what subjects they did in high school, their favourite and least favourite parts of their job, what the future holds for them, and more! They gave honest, insightful answers that we all appreciated and enjoyed.

I’d never really thought about the government sector before this excursion – and I think a lot of students have no idea what goes on in all levels of government (local, state, and federal). State government seems to have a great working environment, with interesting jobs and a diverse range of duties. The biggest lesson I learnt from this event is that there’s such a variety of roles – ones that involve marketing and research, engineering and science, health and education, and so much more. There’s the opportunity to try new things, work on important projects, and make a lasting impact on communities. I genuinely enjoyed the day, appreciated the opportunity to be involved in a great new program, and to now have more information at hand when thinking about my future!”

ANZAC Day Ceremony

The College will hold our annual ANZAC ceremony at 8.45am on Monday 24th April in the gymnasium. Parents and members of our community are very welcome to attend.

On ANZAC Day, members of our student leadership team will attend the Dawn Service at the City Of Casey.

Help Your Child Achieve

One way to help you child achieve at school is to work together with your child’s teacher. The parent-teacher partnership takes work from both sides to become a reality.

Here are some ideas that will help.

  1. Know what your child’s teacher is trying to achieve.

Like children, every teacher is different with their own specific expectations, goals and interests. Get to know your child’s teacher and gain an understanding of their approach and aspirations for your child’s class.

  1. Keep your expectations reasonable and positive.

If your expectations are too high they may give up. Too low, and they will meet them! The trick is to keep your aspirations for your child in line with their ability and their interests. Also, be realistic about what your child’s school can deliver. Sometimes our expectations of schools are not in line with their capabilities or their roles.

  1. Support your teacher’s expectations and activities at home.

One practical way of supporting your child is to take a real interest in their home based learning tasks and follow the guidelines laid out by teachers.

  1. Send kids to school ready to learn and on time.

Maximise your child’s chances of success by sending them to school in a good frame of mind, with plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. Also, make sure they get to school on time. It is estimated that many kids miss up to two weeks of school a year when they are routinely late by just five minutes a day.

  1. Inform teachers of your child’s challenges and changes.

Life is not always smooth sailing for kids. Family circumstances can alter. Friends move away. Illness happens. These changes affect learning. Make sure you keep your child’s teacher up to date with significant changes or difficulties your child experiences, so he or she can accommodate their emotional and learning needs at school.

  1. Skill children to work with others.

Schools are social places requiring children to work and play with each other much of the time. Teaching manners to kids, as well as encouraging them to share their time, space and things with others are practical ways to help kids with their social skills. Talk through any social challenges they may have. Help them develop their own strategies to get on with others.

  1. Respectfully seek joint solutions to problems and difficulties.

Resist the temptation to solve all your children’s problems or think you have the only solution. Most learning and social problems can be resolved when teachers and parents work together in the best interests of the child.

  1. Participate fully in class and school activities.

There is a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent involvement in a child’s schooling and their educational success. Quite simply, if you want your child to improve his learning then take an interest in his learning, attend as may school functions as you can and follow the lead provided by your child’s teacher. This simple strategy will have a massive, long-term impact.

  1. Trust your teacher’s knowledge, professionalism and experience.

Your child’s teachers are your greatest allies. Their training, their experience around kids and their objective professionalism puts them in a strong position to make judgement calls about your child.

  1. Talk up what happens at school.

Your child will take their cues from you about how they see their school. If you want your child to value learning and enjoy their time at school then you need to support your school and make sure he or she hears positive messages about learning, teachers and the school itself. You can set a strong educational agenda at home by talking up your school.

This 10-point plan is easy to read but hard to put into practice, particularly when you get busy or your child has significant difficulties. Choose two or three ideas from this list to really focus on.

Good luck and nurture the partnerships you have with your child’s teachers.