Assistant Principal's Newsletter

Endeavour Centre, Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Project at Monash University, STEM taster workshops, Alumni Program, Early Dismissal, Eye Care, School Photographs, Uniform Requirements Update and Creative Writing Response.
Friday 21st June, 2019.
Assistant Principal.

Endeavour Program.

In 2019 we launched the Endeavour Program!

Named after one of our values, the Endeavour Program offers a fresh approach to teaching and learning; applying a 21st Century STEM based curriculum it offers students the opportunity to study in a transdisciplinary, project-based learning environment.

The overarching vision of the Endeavour Program is to engage students in meaningful, relevant and highly engaging projects using our very own design process (see image). There is a strong emphasis on developing 21st Century skills which we’ve called ‘Competencies for Deep Learning’. We are passionate about preparing students for an uncertain world and rapidly changing workforce by ensuring they are developing these competencies that include Design thinking, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Citizenship.

Furthermore, students will gain knowledge and skills that are transferable to their other core subjects whilst investigating real-world problems in an engaging student-directed learning environment.

Our new Endeavour Centre has eleven new flexible learning spaces that offer incredible learning and teaching opportunities. We’ve integrated the use of traditional and emerging technologies, enabling students to learn skills using a vast range of trade tools, digital technologies and consumer technologies such as 3D Printers, Laser Cutters and CNC routers.

To find out more, please contact Mrs Amy Mraz (Endeavour Domain Leader) or Mr Paul Broecker (Assistant Principal).


Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Project at Monash University.

On Saturday 11th May, Alex Verhagen, Paris Hastings and Emma Keeble participated in the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Project at Monash University. These students designed, built and programmed a device that determines when a person has had sufficient sun exposure to get enough Vitamin D, but not so much that they have excessive and dangerous levels of UV exposure.

STEM Taster Workshops.

Over the last three weeks we have hosted 200 local primary school students who have participated in STEM taster workshops within the Endeavour Centre. These workshops, titled ‘Bee Hotel’ and ‘Hydrodynamics’, have been developed to introduce Grade 5/6 students to STEM.

Alumni Program supporting STEM taster workshops and Careers and Pathways Showcase.

Our Alumni Program continues to grow! Most recently Alumni got involved with the STEM taster workshops and the Career and Pathways Showcase.

Early Dismissal – Friday 28th June 2019 (Final day of Term 2)

The students will be dismissed at 2.30 pm on Friday 28th June 2019.

Eye Care

The optometrist has commenced meeting with the students and testing their eyesight. The optometrist will be at school until late-July. If families who may have not initially taken up the offer, can still do so by contacting the General office.

School Photographs

The student photos ordered by families will be distributed to the students this week.

Uniform Requirements Update

Fountain Gate Secondary College is a uniform College that has been set out by the College School Council. It is a requirement that all students wear the full school uniform, including school shoes, to and from school.

When timetabled for Physical Education or Sport Education classes, all students are required to wear the full Physical Education uniform for Physical Education in Years 7 – 10 and for Sport Education in Years 7 & 8.

On the days when the students do not have Physical Education and Sport Education, they must wear their full school uniform. Students are not permitted to wear the tracksuit pants with their normal school uniform.

The official supplier is PSW Hampton Park, Unit 2/10-12 South Link Dandenong South. Phone: 9768-0343.

Girls School Uniform

Choose from:

Summer - cotton College dress or uniform supplier navy trousers,

Winter – College Skirt or uniform supplier navy trousers

Polo shirt with College logo/Collared white shirt with logo and College tie

Uniform supplier navy shorts/trousers

White/Navy socks

Practical and comfortable black lace up polished traditional school shoes

Navy Blue woollen jumper with College logo.

College school bag

Hat/peaked cap with College logo

Boys School Uniform

Choose from:

Polo shirt with College logo/Collared white shirt with logo and College tie

Uniform supplier navy shorts/trousers

White/Navy socks

Practical and comfortable black lace up polished traditional school shoes

Navy Blue woollen jumper with College logo.

College school bag

Hat/peaked cap with College logo

Unisex Fountain Gate Physical Education Uniform

Choose from:

Fountain Gate PE T Shirt and PE shorts

Fountain Gate navy blue track suit

Comfortable sports shoes

Hat/Peaked cap with College logo

Students must be in full school uniform:

  • During school hours
  • When traveling to and from school, and on excursions (unless given alternative arrangements)
  • When participating in school activities out of school hours
  • Up to and including the last day of school, unless previous arrangements have been made via the newsletter or a letter sent home to parent/guardian

The student’s uniform must be clean, neat and tidy at all times, and worn as intended. Buttons, zips, buckles, laces etc. must be done up and shirts, other than polo shirts must be tucked in. If students are not in the correct uniform, they may be sent home after parents have been contacted, and students may not be permitted to participate in excursions if not in full school uniform. If the uniform is not required (eg. Free Dress Days), parents/guardians will be notified in writing.

SHOES

School shoes - Traditional black, lace-up leather, polishable school shoes are required. Black runners are not acceptable. Girls may wear T Bar sandals which have a solid sole and leather uppers, shoes which are flimsy and similar to ballet slippers will not be permitted. Girls are required to have the buckles secured. If they are broken they must be repaired or replaced. We have a number of areas which require feet to be fully covered e.g. Science Laboratory, Technology Rooms, Home Economics Kitchens for safety reasons. Note: Casual shoes such as Vans which are sold as school shoes do NOT meet our School Uniform Policy.

Note: Hoodies are NOT to be worn at school.

Creative Writing Piece

Attached is an exemplary creative writing response to the outlined prompt! Written by Amen in Year 10

In Chapter 5 Curley’s wife unburdens some of her emotional problems onto Lennie after she encounters him in the barn. She reveals to Lennie her failed dream to become a Hollywood actress. She tells Lennie how not so long ago she met a man at the Riverside Dance Palace who told her that he was going to put her in the movies. But she never heard from him again. That same night she met Curley. Recreate that night at the Riverside Dance Palace.

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