Principal's Report

A New STEM Centre, ANZAC Day Ceremony, NAPLAN (9th/10th/11th of May), Year 10 Work Experience & CSEF
Friday 05th May, 2017.
Principal, Featured News.

A New STEM Centre

I am thrilled to announce that our College has just received confirmation that we will receive $4.5 million dollars of State Government funding to build a new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre. This is fantastic news for our school and surrounding community and is an important part of commitment to offer a 21st century innovative curriculum. We believe that restoring the focus on STEM subjects is about ensuring Australia’s young adults are equipped with the necessary skills for the future economy.

The STEM centre will allow the College to deliver:

Encouraging school students to study STEM subjects and showing them some of the great careers built on science, engineering, maths and technology will also help secure the nation’s future. Starting this interest at the school level will help increase the number of students taking up STEM subjects in higher education and in their careers and help keep Australia competitive internationally in these important fields.

I would like thank all the staff, students and school council members for their hard work in putting together our application for the STEM centre and for participating in discussions and various school tours.

We are entering a very exciting time for our College.

ANZAC Day Ceremony

The annual ANZAC Day commemorations held annually at Fountain Gate Secondary College have long provided a wonderful opportunity for students, staff, parents and members of the wider community to come together and pay respect to the tens of thousands of Australian and International soldiers who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula; many of whom died for their country.

This year’s 16th annual ANZAC Day commemorations were held on Monday 24th April. Once again, we were privileged to have quite a number of our regular guests present, including Mr.Vic Dey and Mr. Ron Kennedy from the Korean Veterans Association of Australia; Mr. Wayne Smith from the City of Casey. This year, we also welcomed Alan and Nicole Evered of the Kindred Korea Veterans Association Australia (KKVAA), Sergeant Gregorz Pajor and Sergeant Rohan Courtis of Narre Warren Police and Commander Matthew Ferguson of HMAS Cerberus who was one of our guest speakers this year.

We also had Year 10 student and recipient of the Premier Spirit of ANZAC Prize for this year, Jacob Eisho, who submitted a short story about the impact of war from the perspective of a teenager for the competition. As a result of his win, Jacob will have the unique opportunity to travel to Canberra in later this year in July for a study tour. He spoke about how his father, who served in the Gulf War, was the influence for his writing.

The Premier Spirit of ANZAC Prize winner for 2015 and school Vice Captain, Hayley Hickey, visited the lectern again this year to share a beautiful poem, entitled ‘Not a Hero’ by Clyde Hamilton, which she believed fully encompassed what ANZAC Day should be about.

We thank all our students, staff and guests for taking part in this year’s ANZAC commemorations and hope that in doing so, that the ANZAC spirit continues to shine bright.

NAPLAN - May 9th, 10th & 11th

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas of:

This year, the Year 7 tests will run in a classroom and the Year 9 tests will run in the College gymnasium on Tuesday 9th May, Wednesday 10th May and Thursday 11th May.

If you would like to withdraw your child from the NAPLAN tests, please contact the main office on 8762-6839.

For more information regarding NAPLAN, please see the following NAPLAN PDF.

Year 10 Work Experience

This week the Year 10 students participated in work experience. We have had some wonderful reports from the Work Experience employers. Students find this process to be a very valuable learning experience and it certainly helps to shape their future goals for study and work.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and provides payments for eli​gible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.

​​​​​The Victorian Government's $148 million initiative helps ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities.

CSEF a​​pplications for 2017 open from term one 2017. Parents or​ legal guardians are required to submit a CSEF application form to their child's school.

Victorian Government Year 7 and Prep students (in 2017) who are CSEF recipients are also automatically eligible for a u​​niform support. For more information regarding this initiative please see State Schools' Relief.

Eligibility

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students, with $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school s​tudents. A speci​​al consideration eligibility category also exists. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. It is expecte​​d that approximately 222,000 Victorian school students will directly benefit from the CSEF.

Criteria 1 - Eligibility

To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:

on the first day of Term one, or;
on the first day of Term two;
a) Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be the holder of a Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR

b) Be a temporary foster parent, and

c) Submit an application to the school by the due date.

Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF unless they also comply with one of (a) or (b) above.

It should be noted that a Special Consideration category also exists. For more information, see: CSEF FAQ.

Criteria 2 - Be of school age and attend a Victorian school

School is compulsory for all Victorian children aged between six and 17 years of age.

For the purposes of CSEF, students may be eligible for assistance if they attend a Victorian registered primary or secondary school. Typically, these students are aged between five and 18 years.

CSEF is not payable to students attending pre-school, kindergarten, home schooled, or TAFE.

Eligibility date

CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card successfully validating with Centrelink on either the first day of term one or term two.

Term one validation

If the parent/legal guardian's concession card successfully validates on the first day of term one, the application will be processed and the full annual payment will be made to the school from March, 2017.

For applications which fail the term one validation, but become vali​​d on the first day of term two, the application will be processed and annual payment will be made to the school during term two.

​Paym​​ent

Payment amounts

The amount payable for eligible primary and secondary students is:

$125 for Primary school students.
$225 for Secondary school students.

Payment timing

The CSEF is an annual payment to the school of the eligible applicant.

The CSEF will be available for schools to enter application information into the online CSEF web system from term one each year.

CSEF payments will be processed directly to schools with the majority of payments to commence from March, 2017 onwards. The CSEF system will remain open during term one and term two for applications to be added.

CSEF payments are for the application year and cannot be claimed retrospectively for prior years.

How the CSEF is paid

School administrators enter the parent/legal guardian’s information from the application form into the online CSEF web system. Authorised school users can access the CSEF web system.

More information for school administrators regarding the CSEF web system and processing support can be obtained by clicking on the 'Information for Schools' link at the bottom of this page.

CSEF payments will be made directly to schools from March 2017 onwards.

Applications for parents

Parents or legal guardians

Parents or legal guardians are required to complete a CSEF application form and lodge it with their child’s school for processing.

Application forms should be completed and lodged with schools as soon as possible in term one, as payments are made from March onwards. However schools will be able to accept and process applications up until the end of term two each year.

Application forms are available are available at the College.

Shared custody

The CSEF system only allows one application per student. Parents in shared custody situations are encouraged to make decisions as to who applies for the CSEF. Schools should not be put into the position of arbitrating in decisions such as this.