Principal's Report

Welcome back, STEM Update, Continuous Reporting, Literacy Focus, Home Work Club & Jeans for Genes Day.
Friday 28th July, 2017.
Principal.

Firstly I would like to say “welcome back” to all our students and families. From the majority of students I have spoken to they all seemed to have just slept a lot over the break. This should mean they are very well rested for the upcoming term.

A special welcome to a number of new students to our College and I would also like to welcome Carmela Diaz who is taking leave replacement teaching loads for a number of staff.

Admira who is our psychologist that the College employs separately to DET is leaving us for a promotional position and we wish her all the best in her new career. Admira was highly regarded by students and staff and will be, missed by all.

Admira’s position has been, advertised and the successful applicant was Janis Lee. Janis comes with extensive experience with working positively with young people and families.

Sharon Nagel who has worked in the Administration Area has taken a promotion position at another secondary College. We wish Sharon all the best and thank her for all her efforts and dealings with our students and staff.

STEM Update

I met with the architects and INDEC (who are the company who oversee DET school building projects) in the last week of Term 2. INDEC endorsed the plans developed by the College which means we have progressed to the next stage which is Technical drawings.
This part of the process involves all the elements of: paint colours, cabinetry, door exits, carpet, vinyl, furniture, placement of Interactive White Boards etc. Domain Leaders and their teams will have significant input into these contemporary teaching and learning spaces backed by evidence based research.

The College is well on track to having builders on site in the first week of December this year. In detail the works include the following components:

Continuous Reporting

We have commenced our College-wide roll out of the ‘continuous reporting’ model, whereby parents and students can access feedback on student learning progressively throughout the term. This enables parents to have richer, conversations with students about the specifics of their learning, and where they, need to focus their attention. This feedback on learning is available via Compass. The phone app is by far the easiest way to connect, and is available by searching “Compass Education” in the various app stores.

A number of families haven’t accessed their child(ren)’s Semester One report and I would like to ask that all parents please do so. If you have lost or can’t remember your password simply just ring the College and we will reset it for you. I have had to do this myself with my own kids and it is a simple process. If you are having any issues whatsoever with Compass please.

Literacy Focus

Our College continues to have a focus on improving the literacy outcomes of all of our students.
Once students are in secondary school parents often think that they cannot help them as much if at all with their work.
One way we can make a big difference to students’ literacy is by encouraging them to read.
All students, no matter the year level, should be reading for 20 minutes each night.
They should also be encouraged to

Home Work Club

Does your child have a study routine? Do they know the difference between homework and revision?

The support program runs every Thursday afternoon in the C rooms at 3.30pm – 4.30pm. It is open to all students.

This a great opportunity for students to access new ideas and approaches to their learning. Research has proven that study groups help to develop skills and good habits for the future.

The program provides the opportunity for students to form a study group.

Staff are available to assist students to manage their work load, complete class work and revise for exams.

Awards

On Tuesday the 1st of August we are holding our Semester 1 Awards Ceremony. This is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work achieve by our students and we publically recognise that success. The Ceremony starts at the beginning of Period 1 with several past students being guests of honour. It would be great to see as many parents and care givers attend this special event and join our staff and honoured guests for refreshments after the Ceremony in the Library.

Jeans for Genes Day

On Friday 4th August the students of Fountain Gate Secondary College will be invited to participate in a free dress day as part of the National Jeans for Genes Day. Along with their free dress attire students are asked to wear an item of denim clothing to show their support for the 1 in every 20 Australian children born with a birth defect or genetic disease.

A gold coin donation will be, collected during home group.

For this event please note the following:
Any students who have Home Economics, Physical Education or Technology classes on Friday MUST bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

These classes are:
Home Economics - VCE Food Technology
Physical Education - 9A/B/C, 9G/H/I, 10D, Yr. 9 Sports Around the World & VCE PE
Technology - 7D, 8A, 8B, Yr. 9 Design for Life & VCE Product Design Technology

The students who do not wish to participate are, expected to wear full school uniform. If you have any concerns regarding the event, please contact the College on 8762-6839.

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