Principal's Newsletter

21st February 2020. Principal. 690 page views.
Conference Day 2020, Coronavirus Update, 2020 Leadership Assembly, Principal's Award, FGSC 2020 Swimming Carnival, Yr 11 Induction Camp, Rugby at Fountain Gate Secondary College, Year 7 BBQ and Information Evening, What's going on in our Endeavour Centre and School School Council Elections.

Conference Day 2020

Thursday 28th February 2020 – 12-8 pm

We know that working with our families is key for the success of our students. We believe it’s important that both the family and school share a strong understanding of our students, and students have the opportunity to play the lead role in their own education. We invite you to our Conference Day, where you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s Gateway teacher (who also teaches your child), discuss learning needs and aspirations, and make plans to ensure success in 2020.

Year 7 Conference – Creating partnerships

Year 8 and 9 – Looking back on past results and setting goals for success

Years 10 – Planning for the future

Years 11 and 12 – Understanding and preparing for the demands of VCE

Each conference will be 15 minutes in length. Students must attend in full school uniform. This is a compulsory meeting for students, and it will contribute to their attendance requirements. There will no scheduled classes on this day.

Please login to Compass and select ‘Book Parent/Teacher Interviews’ to book your appointment.

Alternatively, please contact the Attendance Lines:

Attendance 7/8: 87626822  /  Attendance 9/10: 8762 6833   / Attendance VCE: 8762 6844

We look forward to meeting and working together in 2020.

Coronavirus Update

The Commonwealth has announced that the travel restrictions for foreign nationals travelling to Australia from mainland China have been extended for a further week, and will now remain in place until 22 February.

 There are no changes to the existing advice regarding anyone who has returned from mainland China – that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any child returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China. 

NOTE: The precautionary measures originally stated remain in place (refer to original information stated below).

All students, except those in the categories identified by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer as requiring self-isolation, should be attending school.

Previous information as posted on our Facebook Page and Website

There have been new developments since the first of February as the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve.

The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer have recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travelers returned from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from Saturday (1 February 2020).

This recommendation is that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any student returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) who was in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.

This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to students who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.

The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:
·following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; OR
·after leaving Hubei Province.

The Commonwealth has also advised that: “additional border measures will be implemented to deny entry to Australia to people who have left or transited through mainland China from 1 February 2020, with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family and air crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment”.

If you have not visited Wuhan city in Hubei Province during the holidays, or other Chinese cities where there has been an outbreak, you should feel confident to send your child to school unless they have any of the above symptoms or contact, in which case, as with other viruses, you should consult your family medical practitioner and keep your child at home until the symptoms have cleared.

This new advice is based on the latest expert recommendations of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

If there is any change in the advice provided to date, we will contact all families again. This information will also be posted in our newsletter with all further developments also noted.

We thank you for your assistance with this situation.

2020 Leadership Assembly

On Thursday last week, our student leaders were acknowledged at our Student Leadership Assembly. Fountain Gate Secondary College Alumni students were special guests at the assembly and provided current students with advice on how to manage their education and achieve their goals. Throughout the assembly, our College Captains, House Captains, Rugby Captains, Science/Endeavour Captains and Young Leaders were recognized in front of their peers. Fountain Gate’s Student Leadership Program aims to provide students with the opportunity to make important decisions around the school, be the voice for their fellow peers and have a strong presence around the school community. Our leaders look forward to seeing you around at our upcoming events!

Principal’s Award

We would also like to congratulate Mawada Ibrahim from 10C who has achieved a Principal’s Award. Mawada has achieved this as she has received 25 Certificates of Merit each term during the course of the year 2019. Well done, Mawada!

FGSC 2020 Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday the 12th of February, the annual Swimming Carnival was held at our new location, Noble Park Aquatic Centre. Many talented students competed in race events with the weather providing perfect conditions on the day with an enormous number of students participating in the pool plunge, novelty events and waterslide. The Student vs Teacher Race was a highlight of the day with the Teachers sweeping up a win against the students!

It was awesome to see so many students and staff dress in their house colours from the Carnival and it really set a festival atmosphere that we are hoping to build upon for the upcoming Athletics Carnival on the 10th of March.

Students strutted their stuff in the ‘Fashions on the Field’ catwalk to cap off the day and we encourage all students to get in the spirit and dress in their house colours for the upcoming Carnivals.

We would like to thank all of the dedicated staff and student volunteers for their support and efforts throughout the day which resulted in a highly successful Carnival. A massive congratulations to all of the participants of the day and well done to all those who placed Champion in their age group. 

2018 Swimming Carnival Age Group Champions:

Junior Girl Champion: Chanel Nicolopolous

Junior Boys Champion: Jackson Nealie

Intermediate Girls Champion: Emily Generowicz

Intermediate Boys Champion: Matis Illouz

Senior Boys Champion: Daniel Generowicz

Overall house standings:

1st Place – Kulin (Yellow) 687 points

2nd Place – Mayone-Bulluk (Blue) 355 points

3rd Place – Bunurong (Red) 338 points

4th Place – Wurundjeri (Green) 271 points

Year 11 Induction Camp

The Year 11's spent the start of Term 1 at an Induction Camp in Cowes, participating in a range of activities including the flying fox, giant swing, abseiling, archery and swimming. They also got to spend some time taking in the beautiful surroundings of Cowes on their stroll of the main streets and paddling at the local beach. It was a great start to the year and served as an opportunity for students to get to know their peers before starting their VCE journey together.

Rugby at Fountain Gate Secondary College

The Rugby Academy for 2020 is continuing to grow and improve for all the students involved this year. With the inclusion of the new Head of Rugby Matthew Ritani, born and raised in New Zealand and playing for sides including the Canterbury Maori Senior’s to most recently having overseas stints in Spain, Ireland and Portugal, he brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Rugby Academy. 

The Academy still holds strong connections with Rugby Vic and the Melbourne Rebels and will continue to maintain and strengthen these for the years to come. 2020 is still expected to be filled with gala days and matches throughout, that all the students in the academy will have the chance to play in. Dates for these are still to be confirmed with Rugby Victoria. There are currently discussions with Rugby Victoria to incorporate new and exciting challenges for the Fountain Gate Rugby Academy in 2020.

Finally, we would like to congratulate the announcements of Iron Talia as the Senior Rugby Captain and Lebron Naea as the Rugby Vice Captain for 2020. They have both shown they are great leaders not just on the rugby field, but also as leaders within the school and the community and will work alongside Mr. Ritani throughout the year to promote our school culture of respect, honesty and responsibility.

Left to right: Iron Talia (Senior Rugby Captain), Mr. Ritani (Head of Rugby) and Lebron Naea (Rugby Vice-Captain)

Year 7 BBQ and Information Evening 

On Monday 10th February our new Year 7 families were invited for a BBQ and mini information session. Many students and their families are just getting into the swing of life at high school and we hope that this evening proved a good opportunity to meet some of teachers and principals who will be working the Year 7 students throughout the year, as well as testing out the cooking skills of our teachers and student leaders on the BBQ!

What's been going on in our Endeavour Centre

We have ‘hit the ground running’ in Endeavour this year! Year 7s have just started their first project. They are building a spice rack with their own personalised laser-cut design. The Year 8s have started their Tabletop Game Project which involves them working in groups to design a game; this can be a new idea or a modified version of an existing game. Once it has been created, they are going to create a website for their game. The Year 9s have started a ‘Flight Challenge’. This involves them working in groups to design a toy that can take flight and will culminate with a competition at the end of the term. We have also introduced four new choice subjects in year 10, all of which are off to a great start; Robotics and Mechatronics, Sustainable Food and Fashion, App and Software Design, and Endeavour Advanced. We are very excited to see the development of these exciting projects and share them with our FGSC community!

School council elections – Information for parents

​School councils comprise parents, the principal, staff, and students if the school has enrolments in year 7 and above. Many councils also have community members.

School council elections are held in February or March each year and must be completed by 31 March.

All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, staff vote for Department employee members and students vote for student members. Community members are co-opted by the school council.

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the broad direction of a school in accordance with their constituting Order and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. 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?

For most primary school councils, there are several possible categories of membership:

For all schools with a Year 7 and above cohort, there is an additional category of membership:

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help inform and shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. However, councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. It is important to have an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

Election process

  1. The principal arranges and conducts the election. The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations for parent, student and Department employee members in February or early March. The election process must be completed by the end of March.
  2. Contact the school for a nomination form and return to the principal within the timeframe stated on the notice of election. Those who nominate will receive a receipt. Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do.
  3. If there are more nominations than there are vacant positions on council, a ballot (vote) will be conducted after the call for nominations has closed.
  4. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you or you can nominate yourself in the appropriate category.

Election documents

Nomination Forms are available from the front office or by contacting Sal Murgana at

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