Fountain Gate Secondary College was established as a Year 7-12 stand-alone school in 2009. It is located in Narre Warren within the south east growth corridor of the City of Casey and in 2019 has a total enrolment of approximately 1,250 students. It provides an excellent, comprehensive education for the Narre Warren community in a secure, supportive and educationally challenging environment.
The College recognises and values the diversity of its community that is drawn from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. We have a well-established relationship with our feeder primary schools through the Fountain Gate Cluster.
This is a strong, stable and effective leadership team currently consisting of three Principal Class members and eight Leading Teachers. Our School Council are a cohesive group that are actively engaged with the College.
In 2016, the College implemented a Whole School Improvement Plan which involves three stages. The first stage focuses on establishing the right preconditions for learning: setting high expectations, providing strong leadership and establishing an orderly learning environment.
All students in the college have ‘the right to learn’; to support this premise there is a highly effective student management system that operates across three sub schools (Junior, Middle and Senior). This is underpinned by the Code of Cooperation and promoted through our four key values of Endeavour, Honesty, Responsibility and Respect. There is a redeveloped College-Wide Behaviour Management Plan to ensure there is consistency in practice.
The second stage involves focussing on two key areas within the Framework for Improving Students Outcomes (FISO): Building Practice Excellence and delivering a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. The College has developed a sound Professional Learning Community framework that aims to build collective teacher efficacy. The third and final stage involves the implementation of the Teaching and Learning Framework and Instructional Model which is underpinned by peer observations and staff Performance and Development. All aspects of our professional learning and improvement plan are directly linked to our key purpose: improving student outcomes.
During Years 7 and 8, students undertake a core program that addresses the eight key learning areas. The College is committed to making real improvements to literacy and numeracy outcomes. The introduction of an innovative literacy intervention model in 2016, involving a literacy coach, intervention teacher and classroom teachers has been highly successful. This program uses the Fountas and Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention system and other research based methods. All staff engage in Literacy for Learning professional learning and practice and our College philosophy is that all teachers are teachers of literacy. The Mathematics program from Years 7 – 10 involves a dedicated numeracy period every fortnight. In 2017, the College changed to a five period day to enable teachers to deliver more effective lessons underpinned by an evidence-based learning cycle.
The College is currently redeveloping the curriculum map to reflect improved subject offerings in line with increasing student agency. At Years 9 and 10, students are encouraged to explore their interests and aspirations with elective offerings that can include a VCE subject.
The College has set a clear vision to embed STEM education into the core Year 7 – 10 curriculum program in 2019. A new STEM facility named the Endeavour Centre was opened this year to allow students to develop skills in investigating, analysing and synthesising information, and creating and designing solutions to real world problems. They will develop the 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
The College has a long-standing Alliance with Gleneagles Secondary College and Hallam Senior Secondary College. The three Colleges have adopted a ‘programs approach’ to the selection of subjects at Years 11 and 12. Each program consists of recommended and complimentary studies that provide a clear direction and links to future pathways. Students select their program based on their proposed career choice, learning strengths and personal interests.
Fountain Gate Secondary College is currently offering four senior VCE programs: Biomedical; Commerce; Art, Design & Technology; and Creative Arts. Each program has an extensive range of recommended and complimentary units for students to select. Students can also select subjects unrelated to a program and can access subjects or programs at our Alliance partner schools.
All students are encouraged to achieve their ‘personal best’. An extensive awards system operates throughout the year that recognises student achievement, acts of citizenship and contributions to a positive school community. Our house system contributes to school spirit. The College successfully competes through interschool sports and Rugby Union Elite Program at district, zone, state and national level. Our Future Problem Solving team have attended the international finals in the USA three times to date and this year they achieved first place.
Our High Achievers Program for Years 7 to 10 is well established and has attracted a very positive reputation. Students are selected through an examination, teacher recommendations and interview. Students are exposed to an enriched and challenging curriculum that enables them to reach their full potential.
The College has a strong commitment to providing vocational guidance and programs designed to support students to aspire to achieve their goals in life whether they be a particular career pathway or higher education. We have introduced a Year 9 and 10 Pre-Cal program to support ‘at risk students’ to re-engage in their education. The College is investigating for 2020 a HEADSTART class which will see students working offsite up to three days a week whilst completing classwork for the other two days.
An extensive range of opportunities are offered to develop students’ communication skills and leadership capacity that includes School Captains and Year Level Captains, Student Representative Council and House Captains. Student voice is highly valued in the College.
To support the wellbeing and educational needs of our students we have a partnership with Headspace and have an onsite team consisting of: College Wellbeing Leader, Re-engagement Officer, Attendance Officers for each Sub School, Integration Co-ordinator, Youth Worker, Counsellor, Speech Pathologist, Adolescent Health Nurse, Multicultural Aides, onsite psychologists and a School Nurse, and are involved in the ‘Doctors in School’ program.
The Performing Arts area has significantly contributed to the growth of extra-curricula activities. Students are eagerly involved in the junior and intermediate concert bands, contemporary bands, singing, dance and drama. These activities have a focus on participation and enjoyment and culminate in a range of performances such as the Production and the Talent Show.
Fountain Gate Secondary College is and has always been committed to child safety. The College is committed in protecting our most vulnerable students and has developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated risk management strategies to ensure child safety within our College.