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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 educat


Location - Australia
Date Posted - 20 Jul 2019
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