Principal Newsletter

Year 7 BBQ, FGSC Swimming Carnival, 2018 Swimming Carnival Age Group Champions, Overall house standings, Conference Day, Emergent17, Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership, Coles Sports for Schools 2018, Whole School practice Lockdown, Homework Club, Student drop off and pick up zones, Relay For Life - Fountain Gate Community, Are you logging into Compass? & Alumni.
Friday 23rd February, 2018.
Principal, Alumni.

Year 7 BBQ

The Year 7 BBQ was held on Monday 12th February with an amazing turnout of students, parents and staff on a beautiful evening.

Mr Hanratty, Ms Sherman, Mr Box and Mr Kennnedy were introduced and they addressed our new families. A wonderful solo acoustic guitar piece was played by Patrick Ng from Year 12. Students then took their families to meet their Home Group teachers who then went through a number of questions and answers that are commonly asked about various aspects of College life at Fountain Gate Secondary College. A delicious BBQ was enjoyed by all with an informal chat to end the evening.

Year 7 BBQ

FGSC Swimming Carnival

On Friday the 16th of February the annual Swimming Carnival was held at Doveton Pool in the Park. Many talented students competed in the race events with the weather providing perfect conditions on the day. Huge numbers of students participated in the pool plunge, novelty events and enjoyed the water slide. It was quite pleasing to see so many students and staff dress in their house colours for the carnival and it really set a festival atmosphere that we are hoping to build upon for the upcoming Athletics Carnival on March 13th.

Students strutted their stuff in the 'Fashion 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.

2018 Swimming Carnival Age Group Champions

Junior Girl Champion: Bethany Van Der Linde
Junior Boys Champion: Blake Caldwell
Intermediate Girls Champion: Jasmin Baird
Intermediate Boys Champion: Daniel Generowicz
Senior Girls Champion: Tia Rice
Senior Boys Champion: Patrick Ng

Overall house standings

1st Place - Kulin (Yellow) 586 points
2nd Place - Bunurong (Red) 546 points
3rd Place - Wurundjeri (Green) 502 points
4th Place - Mayone-Bulluk (Blue) 440 points

We had a number of past Alumni students assisting on the day, working alongside our staff. It is envisioned that past Alumni students will be assisting in future College events.

FGSC Swimming Carnivool

Conference Day

TUESDAY 6th MARCH 2018, 12-8PM

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 Home Group teacher, discuss learning needs and
aspirations, and make plans to ensure success in 2018.

Year 7 - Building partnerships (including Compass)
Year 8 & 9 - Looking back on past results and setting goals for success
Year 10 - Planning for the future
Year 11 & 12 - Understanding and preparing for the demands of VCE

Each conference will be 15 minutes in length. Students are required to attend in full school uniform.This is a compulsory meeting andwill contribute to students' attendance requirements.

Please login to Compass to book your appointment.

Alternatively, please contact the Attendance Line:
Years 7 & 8: 8762 6822 / Years 9 & 10: 8762 6833 / Years 11 & 12: 8762 6844

We look forward to meeting you and working together in 2018.


On Friday the 9th of February, Fountain Gate Secondary College was very proud to have two past students featured in the first ever VCE Graduate Showcase titled "Emergent17" located at the new Bunjil Place in Narre Warren. This curated exhibition showcased work produced by young artists within the City of Casey. The work included painting, drawing, sculpture, design, fashion, photography and film by students undertaking VCE Units 3 & 4 Art, Studio Art, Media, Visual Communication and Design, and Product Design and Technology: Woodwork and Textiles in 2017.

FGSC was proud to have Brandon Jong showcasing his VCD work and Jedaiah Meerwald displaying his Studio Arts: Photography Year 12 work. These students were part of the 21 students selected from hundreds of entries. Mrs Seeney, Ms Muir and Mrs Hitchcock were very impressed with the show at the new Bunjil Place and encourage all to visit this Free exhibition on until the 18th of March. Below you can see a few of the images from the night.

Brandon Jong's VCD work seen above which is currently on exhibition at Bunjil Place.
Brandon Jong's VCD work seen above which is currently on exhibition at Bunjil Place.

Jedaiah Meerwald next to his Photography artwork which is currently on exhibition at Bunjil Place.

Jedaiah Meerwald next to his Photography artwork which is currently on exhibition at Bunjil Place.

Entertainment Books or Entertainment Digital Membership

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Please contact Kerrie Magnano, Business Manager, on 8762 6839 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content. to obtain your copy.

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

We would love your help collecting Coles Sports for Schools vouchers for our school. Tell your friends and family to get involved as well, because the more vouchers we collect the more sports gear our school will receive. Vouchers can be placed in the collection boxes located at the Main Office and outside Coles Supermarket at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.

Whole School practice Lockdown

On Thursday, 15th February, our College held a practice Lockdown drill. We strongly believe it is important for all staff and students to be aware of the correct and safe procedures should we ever be faced with a Lockdown situation.

The practice was successful and all staff and students participated in a calm and attentive manner.

Homework Club

Homework Club is available to all students every Monday and Thursday after school and Wednesdays at lunchtime in C2. Please take advantage of Homework Club to assist with any school work or homework that you may need extra help with. Our wonderful teachers are available during this time to help you.

Student drop off and pick up zones

A reminder to parents to please be aware that the staff car park is an out-of-bounds zone during drop off and pick up times. Parents are asked not to enter the car park during these times as it endangers our students' safety.

If you are visiting the office or meeting with a teacher inside school hours, please ensure you use the marked Visitor's parking only which are located closest to the office entrance or park outside the College on Josephine Avenue.

Relay For Life - Fountain Gate Community

2018 Relay for Life registrations need to be completed as soon as possible.

This year, Relay for Life is starting at 5.45pm on Friday the 2nd of March to 6pm Saturday the 3rd of March at Akoonah Park Berwick.

Are you ready to participate in the Fountain Gate Community 24 hour relay?

As a community we raise much needed funds for cancer research, all while enjoying food and entertainment through supporting our community and those who are affected by cancer.

Walk for 30 minutes while enjoying the fun activities and costumes on Friday night, camp out over night with your friends, wake up to an egg and bacon breakfast, or even arrive on the Saturday to enjoy stalls, games, auctions and raffles.

Leave your footprint in the walk for hope by taking part in the candle light ceremony and honour those who have fought, survived or lost to cancer.

Please note this is not a Fountain Gate Secondary College event, but is being supervised by past Fountain Gate Secondary College Alumni members.

For a $30 registration fee using the link provided, you will have joined the team and the money will not only be donated in full to the Cancer Council, it also provides you with a free Relay For Life Polo.

If you can't make the event, please donate to help the Fountain Gate community to reach their fundraising goal of $5000. Last year over $6000 was raised, so let's do it again! Register now with all your friends and family, you won't regret it.

Are you logging into Compass?

Please do not forget that you can give ongoing support to your child by monitoring their progress using COMPASS. All new families to the school should have received their login details. Please contact the office on 8762 6839 if you did not receive your unique username and password.

Please note that we cannot give students their parent's login details.

To access Compass just log in to: using the username and password that you have received in your SMS. Alternatively, you can now download the Compass App onto your phone or tablet for easy access via the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

You can use the Compass portal to:

  • Read progress reports.
  • Read semester reports
  • Monitor your child's attendance data.
  • Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your child.
  • View information about upcoming excursions.
  • Update your registered email and mobile phone number details (used for SMS alerts).
  • Book for Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews.
  • View the school calendar for important dates/events.
  • Access news items that may be posted on a daily basis.

If you have difficulty logging in, or do not know your login details, please contact the College for assistance on 8762 6839.


Fountain Gate Secondary College is proud to have been selected to take part in Ourschool, an exciting new project aimed at helping state secondary schools harness the expertise of their alumni (former students).

Our school is a not-for-profit service that will help Fountain Gate Secondary College invite alumni back to the school to provide advice and career guidance to current students.

It's the first alumni service for state secondary schools in Australia. Alumni organisations in private schools are well established and provide huge benefits to schools. This new service will help us grow our alumni community to benefit our students.

If you are reading this and you are a former student of Fountain Gate Secondary College, please get in touch with us by sending us an email.

We'd like to remind all of our new Alumni's that they are always welcome back and wish them all nothing but the best with their future endeavours. We look forward to hearing all about their journeys outside of school in the near future.
IMPORTANT - School Council Elections 2018:
I would like to call for nominations for Fountain Gate Secondary College School Council for 2018.

Please refer to the schedule below to determine the time frame for elections.
An election is to be conducted for members of the school council of Fountain Gate Secondary College.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on 26/02/2018

The ballot will close at 4.00 pm on 13/03/2018.
Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school.

The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:

  • Parent member : From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018 - 3 positions available
  • DET employee member : From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018 - 1 position available

Thank you.

Pete Hanratty
College Principal

Year 11 Camp

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