Principal Newsletter

Teaching and Learning Walks, Germany Trip, Arts Week, Cup Eve, Melbourne Cup Day, Talent Show, Homework Club, Teacher vs Students Sports Days, Tasmania Camp, 2017 School Yearbooks, Year 12 Exams, Year 12 Celebrations, 'The Arrival buy back - Year 8 English Students, National Bandanna Day and End of Year Activities.
Friday 20th October, 2017.
Principal.

Welcome back for the last term of the year. We look forward to another busy and successful term.

Teaching and Learning Walks

Over the last two weeks, we have implemented a new initiative called Learning Walks.

Learning Walks are an evidence based practice that involve a group of teachers visiting multiple classrooms. This provides a great opportunity for teachers to share ideas and learn from one other.

This initiative aims to increase collaboration between teachers and encourages improvement through openness and sharing of practice.

Germany Trip

From September 8th to October 7th, 19 Fountain Gate Secondary College and Gleneagles Secondary College students embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling to Germany as part of the sister-school exchange to the schools Melibokusschule and Gutenbergschule in Hessen, Germany, accompanied by Mrs Sarah Tchantcho and Ms Rachel Rooney.

For the first three weeks the students took part in school life; attending classes and clubs, improving their German skills and also visiting English classes to share some cultural knowledge about Australia. They were hosted by the families from the students who had come to visit us in March this year. Our students appreciated the hospitality, time and effort that their hosts put in to ensuring they had a worthwhile experience, including some special day trips and weekends away, to places within Germany, and for a few lucky families, also a trip over the border to France.

Once a week our students went on an excursion as a group. Our first one was to the beautiful city of Heidelberg, where students admired the architecture of the old-town, and walked up the hill to the castle ruins, where they had a guided tour. Our second excursion was to ESA, the European Space Agency (like NASA for Europe), where we were given a guided tour by a flight director, who helped command the Rosetta mission of landing a spacecraft onto a comet. The students were fascinated by the facilities and planned space exploration to come. Our final excursion took us to the Kletterwald, where students were harnessed and completed high-ropes course activities in a forest. Some overcame their fears and really challenged themselves in this day activity.

All too quickly our three weeks at the host schools came to an end and we took a super-fast train called an ICE to Berlin for our last few in Germany. The students took part in a walking tour and saw the famous sights of the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Museum, the Berlin Wall, and they also visited Checkpoint Charlie, where students learnt about the wall’s history and the several escape attempts. On our second day students lived like a King and visited Potsdam to see the summer palace Schloss Sans Souci, and its terraced gardens. The rooms were still kept in the same fashion as the late 1700s, and students were amazed by the opulence and the size of the garden. On our third day we visited Museum Island, saw the TV tower and completed a street art tour, complete with a workshop, where students got to make their very own stencil graffiti art, before an evening at Alexanderplatz at an Oktoberfest market. On our final full day in Berlin students walked along the 1.2km stretch of wall called the ‘East Side Gallery’, taking several pictures, before visiting the Victory Column, and the Parliament Building, where they saw a view of Berlin from the top of the Dome.

Students will bring back new German phrases, photographs and memories of their favourite moments, or foods, like Currywurst, Döner Kebap and Schokolade. They have made very positive connections with the culture and with their host families. We hope that the students stay in touch for many years to come, and that they use their improved listening skills in their further studies. Thank you to the families for supporting their teenagers in travelling to Germany, especially with the fundraising and hosting of the German students earlier this year.

Students who are currently in year 7 and 8 this year will be eligible for the 2019 exchange trip. If you are interested in taking part or want to know more information, please let your German teacher know.

Germany Trip Gallery

Arts Week

The college will be celebrating Arts Week next week (23rd – 27th October). Students will be involved in several activities. This year we are celebrating a ‘French’ theme. I look forward to sharing some amazing artwork from our students in our next newsletter.

Cup Eve - Monday 6th November

On Monday 6th November, the Year 10 and Year 11 students have a Study Day so they will be provided with revision materials that they can utilise at home. They are most welcome to attend school and do the revision where they will be supervised.

Please note some changes for students in other year levels:

The canteen will NOT be open so students must ensure they bring their own morning tea and lunch.

If students are going to be absent on Monday 6th November 2017, we request parents to contact the Attendance Officers by Friday 3rd November 2017.

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is on Tuesday, 7th November. This is a public holiday/student free day. Enjoy your day off.

Talent Show

The FGSC annual Talent Show will be on next week on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th (Judged performances). The show will begin at 7pm at Hallam Secondary College.

Cost: $9 Adults, $6 students.

If you would like to come along to support our students you can purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fgsc-talent-show-2017-tickets-38856261123. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Homework Club

Homework Club is an excellent support program that 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 workload, complete class work and revise for exams.

Teacher vs Students Sports days

Week 2 of Term 4 has been the final whole week for our Year 12 Students. As a college tradition, Year 12 students are invited to sign up for a range of sporting teams and take on the teachers during each lunch time.

The sports this year included Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Soccer and Dodgeball. The sports are extremely competitive and played to a very high standard. As predicted, the teachers again took out the series, winning Basketball, Netball and Volleyball on the first three days.

We saw amazing efforts from many of our best year 12’s, and the spirit of each game was outstanding. The respect levels shown between the year 12’s, and our teachers was great to see.

The year 12’s official last day is Tuesday 24th of October. During periods 1&2 there will be a whole school assembly to celebrate the end of their high school careers. Parents are welcome to attend this event.

It has been a highly successful year for our 12’s, and they have once again proven that hard work, dedication and consistency is the key to succeeding during this challenging year.

We wish them all the best for their upcoming examinations (1/11- 22/11), and we can’t wait to see them all again for the night of all nights- The Valedictory Dinner (29/11).

Teacher vs Students Sports Days Gallery

Tasmania Camp

Year 8 students going on camp will be travelling to Tasmania on the 30th of October and returning on the 3rd of November. We hope the students have a safe and memorable experience.

2017 School Yearbooks

Pre-order your 2017 Yearbook now from the Bursars Office. Only $20 each.

Year 12 Exams

As Year 12 students approach the last weeks of their VCE journey, they will be thinking about the examination period ahead. Remember that exams are simply an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt over the semester. I encourage you to work hard over the next few weeks to achieve your best in your studies. Rest well and eat well. Good luck!

Year 12 Celebrations

To celebrate the end of the year for year 12’s, we will be having a year 12 celebration day on Wednesday, 25th October. This will include a themed dress up day, as well as an excursion to Jump Crazy in Pakenham and Bowland in Cranbourne. Lunch will be provided.

The Cost is $30.

Payment and permission forms are due to the Bursars Office by Friday 13th October.

‘The Arrival’ buy back – Year 8 English Students

The College is looking to gather extra copies of ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. This is the text Year 8 students used in Term 1 of this year for their Reading Assessment Unit.

If your copy of the book is still in good condition, you have the option of returning this to the library to receive a credit of $10 on your school statement.

If you are interested, please return your copy of ‘The Arrival’ to the school library by Friday 3rd of November.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Lauren Waters (Head of English) on 8762 6839.

National Bandanna Day

The Young Leaders are selling official merchandise for the National Bandanna Day on Friday 27th October. An assortment of bandannas can be purchased at the front office for $5 each, with all funds raised going towards ensuring no young person goes through their cancer journey alone.

End of Year Activities

The End of Year Activities Program runs during the final week of the school year for students in years 7, 8 and 9. This year the program will be running over three days; Monday 18th of December, Tuesday 19th of December and Wednesday 20th of December.

Final payments and return of the permission forms for the End of Year Activities program are due Friday October 27th

The activities and costs for each of the program days are listed below:

Monday 18th December
- Luna Park (unlimited rides all day) $34

Tuesday 19th December
- Chadstone (full day shopping) $7

Wednesday 20th December
- 234 Fun Galore (Go Karts and Laser Tag) $32

**** Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the venue for Wednesday 20th of December has changed from Sidetracked to 234 Fun Galore ****

On each day there are free activities offered for students who wish to come to school. These activities include sporting games in the morning followed by DVD’s or computer games in the afternoon.

If your child is not attending any of the days throughout this End of Year Activity period a notice of absence is required to the attendance office and can be provided prior to the event days.

If there are any queries or concerns please contact Stacey Dannock, on 8762 6839.