Principal's Newsletter

27th April 2020. Principal. 539 page views.
Principal's Note, Education and COVID-19, Alumni News, 2020 Anzac Day, Happy Ramadan 2020, High Achievers Program 2021, VTAC Reminder, Appreciation post for IT, Suli Update, Wellbeing Reminder and College Online Non-Negotiables.

Principal's Note

Thank you for a fantastic first two weeks of Term 2. I am very proud of our College community and the way that we have continued to look after each other in these unprecedented times. I have had so much positivity come from teachers who are working hard, students who are engaged and families supporting us. A massive thank you to those who have also reached out via email, social media etc. in thanking us and supporting our staff members. 

The vast majority of our students are engaged in remote and flexible learning when just five weeks ago they were all on-site in classrooms. It’s an extraordinary achievement that was only possible because of all the work that’s gone on over the past few weeks. As we approach our third week of remote learning, I believe this week and next week will be the real test of our student's resilience to this. Potentially they could become moody, disengaged etc and we as parents/caregivers need to identify this early. If you see this happening to any students in your care, encourage them to have a break, go for a walk, it’s amazing what a change of scenery does for our mindset.

Don’t forget that we are here to help you. You are not alone, and we are all set up to support you if you’re feeling down or worried so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please also note that all school tours have been currently canceled. 

Thank you

Education and COVID-19

We have received the following letter from James Merlino, the Education Minister

‘The vast majority of students in Victoria are learning from home because that is the advice from our health experts.

If we did not follow this advice, more than one million children, their parents and school staff congregating at our schools has the potential to spread Coronavirus in our community.

Let me be very clear, particularly to the federal government who do not run any schools, we will only transition back to face-to-face teaching for all students when that is the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer. Not a moment before.

What we are doing in combating this pandemic is working. But the situation is very fragile. A move back too early could see a spike in cases and a need to reimpose any restrictions we may have eased.

I know this is hard - for parents and carers, students and educators - flexible and remote learning is challenging, no doubt.

But I could not be prouder of our principals, teachers and support staff. Exceptional, dedicated and innovative. They are doing their very best. I am seeing this first-hand as a father of three school-aged children.

And I could not be prouder of Victorian parents and carers. 97% of children are learning remotely. You have heard and understood the message. Thank you. And for students where learning from home is simply not possible, our schools are open for you.

We are all in this together. And it is working because at all times we have followed the advice of our health experts in Victoria.

We must, and we will, continue to do that.'

Alumni News

A call for ALUMNI!

Our development program has moved online.

Our aim is to support students at such an unpredictable time. Now more than ever, students need reliable role models to highlight the importance of staying connected and active. Alumni development has always been student-focused. Therefore, we hope to guide, encourage and support students by providing them with opportunities to connect with alumni.

We need you!

If you can participate in any of the following videos.

Please email alumni@fountaingatesc.vic.edu.au

All:

Music alumni:

PT/Sporty alumni:

Science alumni:

VCE online tutorial program.

Fountain Gate Secondary College is seeking alumni who hold a working with children’s check (WWCC) to tutor VCE students online. We need tutors to cover all VCE units. If you would be interested in helping support our VCE students during this time, please email alumni@fountaingatesc.vic.edu.au

2020 Anzac Day

While we, unfortunately, could not host our Annual Anzac Day Assembly, it is important to commemorate this year’s Anzac Day as Saturday, the 25th of April marked the 105th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. We are reminded of the enormous sacrifices that were made then and are honored to be able to thank those who served our country, past and present. Thank you to all of the students, families and staff members who paid their respects on Saturday with a minute of silence, a driveway service and more to honour this year's anniversary. 

"Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mate-ship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds."
(Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, 1999)

Lest we forget.

Happy Ramadan 2020!

The Fountain Gate Secondary College community, our Principal Team and our teaching staff, wish all of our Muslim students and their families a wonderful Ramadan which runs from Thursday, 23 Apr 2020 – Saturday, 23 May 2020. Ramadan Mubarak!

High Achievers Program 2021

Applications for our 2021 High Achiever Program are open! Head to https://fountaingatesc.vic.edu.au/…/programs/high-achiever…/ for more information.

VTAC Reminder

Our Careers and Pathways Team, teachers, ES staff and Principal Team are dedicated to making sure that our students are supported in this time so don't hesitate to reach out if you need. Please familiarize yourself with the information given by VTAC.

'We know that there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation with the COVID-19 disruptions to your school year. To 2020 Victorian Year 12s, your families and loved ones, here is our commitment to you:

• We will help you reach your goals for tertiary study.
• We will keep you updated on any changes to our policies, dates and procedures for the year.
• We will provide resources that will help you get the best out of your VTAC application.
• We will continue to guide your schools, Principals and teachers in giving you the best advice.
• We will calculate your ATAR so you can be fairly considered for course entry.
• We will keep you abreast of other pathways into further study – it’s not always about your ATAR!

What we ask of you:
• Keep moving towards your goals.
• If your studies have been disrupted – and we know that’s most of you – apply for SEAS, our special consideration scheme, when applications open in August. It’s a program designed to compensate for educational disadvantage - applying will help you get into a course you want.
• If you’re unsure about your options for further study next year, don’t hesitate to contact us, your school careers advisor, or the universities, TAFEs and tertiary institutions that interest you.
• Stay in contact with your family, friends and loved ones.
• Keep in mind that there are other pathways into further study, that ATAR is just one method of entry.
• Remember to reach out for support if you need it. Whether it’s from your school, friends or loved ones, or even from excellent organisations like headspace, Kids Helpline Official or Beyond Blue. There are people who care and want to help you.'

APPRECIATION POST:

A massive massive shout out to our incredible IT faculty who have spent the past few weeks getting our College ready for online and remote learning and providing constant IT support to our staff and students.

In the past week, our IT team has driven over 200 km to students' houses as far as Narre Warren, Pakenham, Clyde North, Cranbourne, Lyndhurst, Frankston, Noble Park and Hallam to deliver laptops and devices for remote learning. We are so so lucky to have this incredible team!

Suli Update!

Suli had a fabulous holiday! He got a new bow tie and tried to steal some Easter eggs (unsuccessfully!). He went for daily walks and was super annoyed when he got stuck in a storm with hail and had to have a bath as a result.

Suli has also has been having fun with Ms Sherman, running laps around the local oval and chasing birds. He is missing everyone since distance learning, but has adapted well, helping Ms Sherman with her light reading and work phone calls where possible!

Wellbeing Reminder

During Term 2 the FGSC Wellbeing Team have a variety of ways to help support the students and families in our community. Our Team is made up of Headspace Clinicians, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Youth Health Nurse and Re-Engagement Officer here to help support you. You can connect with us either online or in-person at school.
At School:
• A member of the Wellbeing Team will be in the Front Office every morning from 8:45 am to 9:00 am.
Wellbeing Centre 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Mon to Fri (located behind the canteen).
Online:
Online workshops 1:00 – 2:00 pm Mon to Fri.

We are here to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the contact info provided.
Stay safe,
FGSC Wellbeing Team

Finding lunchtimes boring? Do you miss chatting and hanging out in the yard? Join our daily online workshops and interact with other FGSC students with our Re-engagement Officer Jaimie Boulter. Please see the descriptions below for each workshop. Download the ‘Zoom’ app to join, hope to see you there.

ART Challenge accepted!
You set the challenge! Pick an object, character or animal/mythical creature for others to draw in a time limited time frame, the game is designed to get your brains active, alert and to get your creative minds thinking. Share your artworks then take on the next challenge!

Creative Mode – Minecraft
Students are encouraged to build amazing 3D or 2D pieces on Minecraft, this can be done whilst on a group video chat, they can discuss what methods they are using, what they are building and have a general chit-chat whilst calculating their building.

Media Talk.
Not sure what to do when online schooling is finished and you have nothing to do? Let’s talk and recommend things to watch! Who are your favourite characters, tell us about the story line, what were your favourite moments etc. Have a collection of movies, TV shows or anime or collectables you want to share with everyone, here is the place to do it!

Sport
Have a sport you want to play or talk about, join this group session and encourage, educate and learn from others about techniques, tips and tricks, rules or just to have a general talk about it. Feel free to go on video and show us how it’s done.You be the teacher.

Drawing lessons.
Interested in learning new ways to draw or ways to work on your technique? Well you have come to the right place. Join the group video chat to learn different drawing methods, and feel free to teach others some stuff too. Open to all.

Don't forget to brush up on our College Online Non-Negotiables!

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