Footscray City College Newsletter

16 May 2017
Issue Three
Footscray City College
03 8387 1500
1 Kinnear St
Footscray, Victoria, 3011


Photo: Year 7 Camp - Mt Evelyn

Curriculum Day Thursday 18th May

On Thursday 18th May all staff will be involved in a curriculum day, and students will not be required to attend school on this day.

The focus of the day will be a review of the Year 7 – 9 curriculum to ensure that it is futures focused and is able to address the needs of our current and future students in their post-schooling lives.

The staff will have a presentation from Professor Jan Van Driel from the University of Melbourne. He will address the 21st C capabilities that are deemed to be required for work and general functioning in the future. He will also provide an insight into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and the significance of it for students in the future. He will provide examples of how STEAM or STEM has begun to be integrated into school curriculums internationally and particularly in his home country of the Netherlands.

The college has recently been investigating possible ways in which STEAM projects can be offered within our junior curriculum.

Another related area of the curriculum that we are looking to expand in the junior years is Digital Technologies. While we already offer some electives in coding, app design and game-making, we want to ensure that a comprehensive Digital Technologies curriculum is provided for all students to enable them to function competently and innovatively in the digital world ahead of them.

We expect that any revisions to the Year 7 – 9 curriculum will be completed by the beginning of term three, and parents and students will be kept informed of these changes.

Term Two Staffing Update

There have been a few changes to our staffing for term two resulting from staff movement – some expected and some unexpected. We have welcomed Mayling Constantinou back to the college after a period of leave. We also farewelled Johnny Kesselschmidt who retired at the end of term one, and Amy Murphy has taken over his classes. Lorence Ferro, took up another position closer to home and he has been replaced by Pippa Tandy.  Stacey Kyriakou commenced her family leave from week three of this term, and Fiona Schoer has been employed to replace her. Finally Kenny Ong is filling in for Frank Raneri while he is on long service leave.

Progress Reports

Although it seems we are not all that far into term two, it is already time for teachers to complete the progress checks for students in all subjects.  This report essentially signals the last lap of the semester, so we ask that you please encourage your child or children to take stock and reflect on their progress so far. It is important that they are aware of, and have a plan for meeting all of the assessment requirements to their best level, to ensure success in all of their subjects for semester one.

Footscray Learning Precinct

As most are aware the Footscray Learning Precinct (FLP) is an initiative proposed by the current government. The aim of this proposal is to have greater links between all stages of learning from early learning to tertiary, and to provide greater learning opportunities for inner west students at all of these stages. The stakeholders of the precinct include Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray City Primary, Gilmore College, FCC, Victoria University and Sky High, and a Strategic Advisory Group with representatives from all of these entities was formed in 2015.

In 2016 the company, Aurecon was engaged to complete a feasibility study which was largely focused on secondary provision in the precinct. At a meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group in late March of this year, Aurecon presented their feasibility report. Its final recommendation for the secondary sector of the precinct was to have three school sites

Footscray City College                                                a senior school - Years 10-12

Gilmore College for Girls                                            a junior school - Years 7 – 9

A new school on Pilgrim Street                               a junior school - Years 7 – 9

(opposite the southern end of VU

 Nicholson St campus)


This is the same proposal

that was put out for community consultation at the end of last year.

There is still much work to be done on developing an agreed curriculum and teaching model, and a school council structure.


Within the recent state government budget, $10.6 million was committed to the FLP, but only $408,000 is available now. The rest of the funds are to be released as needed, and how this funding will be prioritised is unknown, at the moment.


The $408,000 is going towards architect design fees, which we believe is for renovations of the existing schools and design of the new school. The positive news from the Department is that FCC has been approved for the development of a masterplan with detailed design.


The architects appointed by the Department within the last week are Hayball, who were, in fact, the architects engaged to design our Futures Centre about twelve years ago. They are also the architects for the new Richmond High School.


We will continue to have reports to our school community so that you are updated on any developments with the precinct, and in particular the secondary sector of it.


In the meantime we will continue with business as usual, and you will be able to read about some of our ‘business as usual’ in this newsletter, with reports on a number of the activities that our students have been involved in since the beginning of this term.


Best wishes,

Maria Bawden



Photo: Year 7 students holding a 3 metre Olive Python


It’s not every day you come across a crocodile in your classroom, a lizard in the library or a snake across your shoulders but that’s exactly what we got this week in Science when a wildlife show came to school. Josh, our Wildlife Ambassador, provided an unforgettable reptile show that gave everyone in the audience the chance to interact with the reptiles and other animals. As we are about to begin Classification in Year 7 Science, this experience gave students the opportunity to learn about the reptile kingdom and the classification system in an interactive way. 



The stars were back and the Big Dogs were out at the first astronomy night for 2017, here at Footscray City College.  This was also our first opportunity to both welcome Clare Kenyon from the University of Melbourne Astrophysics Department and Telescopes in Schools and to say thank you and goodbye to Jacinta Den Beston who has moved into the teaching program at the university.  After a few intial teething problems, a good turn out of students, parents and friends marvelled at the distinct patterns on display from the atmosphere of the biggest of dogs, Jupiter, and with such a clear night we were also able to see four of the Jovian moons.  Please keep an eye out for the next Astronomy night later this term.



Students in Year 8G were fortunate to spend a whole day investigating renewable energy sources at Ecolinc in Bacchus Marsh on Wednesday 22/3/17. The students spent the morning conducting experiments using the STELR equipment. The STELR Program is a hands-on, inquiry-based, in-curriculum program designed for Year 8-10 students where students can explore different types of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
The students were investigating all the different variables that affect the power output of solar photo-voltaic cells and wind power generators.  They explored how the voltage of the light globe shining on to the solar photo-voltaic cells, which simulated sunlight, affects the power output. They also explored how the number of cells connected in series and how the distance from the light source to the solar panels affected the power output. 
They then built a model wind turbine and explored how the blade length, the blade angle and the number of blades affected the power output of the turbine. After lunch, the students were shown how the design features of a building can help to conserve energy. They were lucky to be given a talk on the different types of wind power generators. The students had many questions to ask about wind farms and some of the engineering principles employed in their construction. At the end of the day they came away feeling very informed about the issues surrounding the use of renewable energy.
 Michael Hardiker - 8G Science Teacher



In an exciting collaboration with Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray City College students, teachers and the community got pedalling to help create enough power to screen Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Volunteers pedalled their way through the day and night on specialised bikes to generate enough energy to power up a full feature movie screening to celebrate Earth Hour’s 10th birthday. The Pedal Power event demonstrated just how much energy is required to power the everyday technology that we all use, prompting us as a community to reflect on the necessity of sustainable energy solutions for our future. This was highlighted when a slowdown in pedalling resulted in a temporary loss of picture.

This initiative included a free bike valet service, prizes for bike riders and a free bike tune-up service. This component was supported and funded by Council’s Sustainable Transport department. Thank You!

As part of delivering a contemporary science program, Footscray City College students undertake studies in environmental science and sustainability. The college is continually developing our specialised Environmental Science Centre – for student activities and community learning workshops. Most recently Penny Woodward and Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Victoria hosted two weekend workshops covering

  • How to create a "whole of environment garden" where pests and predators live in balance
  • What plants to grow in your garden to help manage pests
  • Tricks, traps, collars, barriers to manage pests
  • Sustainable Home Grown Garlic Master Class (who doesn’t love garlic?!)

A special thanks to Sasha Roos from council for her generous support and especially to our Environmental and Sustainability coordinator Michelle Sanders for her tireless efforts in making this event a success and for getting the Sustainability message out there to the school and wider community.



Spark empowers students in grades 10 - 12 to pursue further education pathways and realise their potential!
Spark is about connecting with students who might not normally consider going into tertiary education after school, and sharing some of the inspiring experiences and opportunities that university has to offer. Every activity at Spark is based around engineering, whether we are building bridges or walking over them. Throughout the week students will attend lectures, take part in hands on practicals, and socialise, similar to a University student. 

Some of the most popular activities include the Story Bridge Climb, keynote speeches from prominent engineers, the disco, and the powering cities workshop in which teams of students were given the opportunity to put their skills to the test in constructing an electrical network for a suburb.
SPARK is a Youth Without Borders Initiative. Youth Without Borders empowers youth to work together for positive change within their communities. Youth Without Borders is a youth-run community project coordination organisation that facilitates development, links, networking and support for youth and their wider communities internationally.
For more information go to


Tuesday 16 May – Wednesday 21 June 2017

The Focus on Melbourne information evenings give you the opportunity to explore your study options and choose your pathway to success at the University of Melbourne

Register now to get all your questions answered and make an informed choice.

  • Explore majors, breadth options, electives, internships and research opportunities in your chosen faculty
  • Map out your pathway to graduate study and career possibilities
  • Work out how to see the world while studying overseas
  • Enrich your degree with a Concurrent Diploma in an area you’re passionate about
  • Hear from current students and staff, and get a glimpse of uni life first hand
  • Confirm prerequisite subjects and entry requirements, including for our Special Entry and Access Schemes.

Registrations essential. Please click the link below for event dates and venues.


The National Youth Science Forum is a 12 day program for students entering year 12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  The Program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in STEM and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.  At the NYSF Year 12 Program run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.

To apply for the NYSF Year 12 program, you must:

  • be in year 11 in the year you apply, to attend the following January,
  • be an Australian citizen or resident, and/or studying full-time in an Australian high school, and
  • be considering pursuing a university degree at an Australian university to study science, engineering, technology, or a related discipline.

More information is available from the links below.

The normal cost of the program is about $3000, however, I have two 75% sponsorships available from Rotary and Western Wells.

Interested students should see Adam Taylor.



The Year 7 students who attended Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza enjoyed three days of exciting and challenging activities. In small groups, our students rotated through various stations which included the Giant Swing, High and Low Ropes Courses, Crate Climbing and Raft Building as well as Leadership and Team Building games. Our kids showed that they were adventurous and up for tackling anything which was great to see. The fantastic weather we enjoyed during the first two days of the camp certainly added to the overall enjoyment of the trip.  Thank you to all the students who attended and especially to our wonderful staff members for making the camp so enjoyable.
Ashley Dawson - 7-9 Program Manager




From Wednesday the 19th until the 21st of April, 7H, 7I, 7C and 7D camped at Mt. Evelyn situated in the beautiful foothills of  Mt. Dandenong. The students rotated through a variety of challenging group activities designed to develop a sense of resilience, teamwork and an appreciation of the natural environment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all activities including; high ropes courses, mountain biking, archery, giant swings and animal encounters. On day one, we hiked from Silvan Dam into camp, the 4.5 km walk taking us through some amazing forests characterised by ferns, icy streams and towering mountain ash. Having settling into their cabins, the students commenced activity rotations immediately. After dinner, teams of students battled it out in a mega-quiz that was enjoyed by all. On day two, we were up early and spent the day rotating through all of the activities that the camp offered. It was great to see our students challenging themselves and supporting each other. We roasted marshmallows over a campfire that night and settled in for a movie before bed. The weather turned on day three, but the students did not let that dampen their enthusiasm. The kids conducted a straw tower making challenge to finish the camp and suddenly we were on the bus home. All students are to be commended on their excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and willingness to step outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. A big thank you to all of the staff involved for what was a really successful three days.  

John Box - Acting Assistant Principal




Congratulations to the Footscray Knights who became the ‘Zonal School Champions’ in Chess. The students attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School on Wednesday 22 March where they competed against five other schools. It was a close competition.  

Congratulations to Rifky Althaf who won the ‘Star of the Tournament’ trophy.
1.       Footscray City College - 22.5 ‘Zonal School Champion’ trophy.
2.       Penleigh &Essendon Grammar - 22
3.       Albert Park College – 20
4.       Copperfield College – 17.5
5.       Maribyrnong College -  16
6.       Banyule PS - 5

Mustafa Eyiam



We'll now be meeting during Thursday lunchtimes in the library classroom.  Some recent recommendations from members include:

Skullduggery Pleasant series - Derek Landy

The Fault in our stars - John Green

Chaos Walking series - Patrick Ness

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda - Becky Albertalli





On Friday 5th May, six of our talented students performed poetry in our library on various topics.

Jada Kyle - White privilege

Ellen Sharkey - The Waiting Room

Felix Briggs - Time thinking

Charlie O'Regan - Blossom

Jay Curtis - I'm a alien (intentional grammatical error)
Congratulations to them all for their creativity, profound reflections, thoughtful analysis of everyday occurrences and their willingness to perform in front of an audience which can be rather nervewracking.  The next performance will be Friday 9 June. 



Four of our students have been selected for the wonderful opportunity of performing at Girls Write Up, which is the schools' program for the Stella Prize .  Girls Write Up is a daylong festival for teens aged 12–18 that teaches empowerment through writing and sharing stories.  Our students will be paid to perform a team poetry piece with the provocation "Can art save the world?" They will also form a panel to discuss their creative process.  Congratulations and good luck to Jada Kyle - Year 12, Abbie Liptrot - Year 10, Felix Briggs - Year 8 and Ellen Sharkey - Year 7.


For further info relating to the book club or poetry performances please contact Emma Pollock in the library.


On March 8th Footscray City College students and staff celebrated Women’s International Women’s day by responding to the call  Be Bold For Change – Celebrating Australian Women’s Achievements. Students supported the notion by helping to assemble a display of pictures and information about Australian women from diverse backgrounds, lives and ages.  The women showcased in the display have been determined to overcome obstacles and setbacks, boldly achieving and leading in their selected fields. Learning about these women and their inspirational journeys calls on our students to reflect on how a more gender inclusive world will forge a better working world for all in the future.
Thanks to Anna Trinh, Zara Taipi, Sunday Cullip-Bartlett, Taryl Nguyen and Kathryn Riddoch for helping to distribute IWD badges and helping with the display which showcased the colours of International Women’s Day. Symbolically, white represents purity, purple for dignity and self-respect, and green stands for hope and new life.

Adrienne Johnson




Congratulations to all the Year 7, 8 & 9 students for their behaviour and participation at the recent school Athletics sports held at Aberfeldie track. The track manager actually commented that it was the best behaved group of students he had dealt with this year. It certainly was a hectic day as we got through all the events as well as dealing with the cold conditions and a few showers throughout the day.

Special congratulations to the following students who were the top athletes for 2016:

Year 7: Girls 1st Jade Lewicki (Green), 2nd Ines Spedding-Siu (Blue) Boys 1st Joe Perry (Blue),  2nd Aster Frost (Yellow)

Year 8: Girls 1st Jasmine Russell (Green) = 2nd Thea Bosco (Red) & Isobel Robertson (Green);   Boys 1st Chris Doherty (Red),  2nd Otto Crawford (Red)

Year 9: Girls 1st Lauren McMahon (Green), 2nd Molly Roberts (Red), Boys 1st Jude Macquire (Blue), 2nd Jackson Groves-Koeleman (Yellow)

The overall final results were as follows:

1st Green 707 pts, 2nd Red 668, 3rd Yellow 594 & 4th Blue 463

Also, thanks to all staff & students who assisted on the day.

All the winners will now go onto represent the school at the Interschool competition in early September.




Rowing is not an official State School Sport Victoria event. However, a number of our boys competed as Footscray City College against a number of private schools at the State Rowing Finals held late last term.  Patrick Doherty, Sam Wilson, Brooklyn Bellin and Alex Wilson did very well with Patrick winning his Singles division final and going on to compete at the National Championships in Sydney in the last holidays. Well done boys!


There has been a large number of inter-school competition results decided recently. Both our Intermediate Girls and Senior Boys Cricket teams were successful last term as well as our Year 7 Boys Baseball and Tennis and Year 7 Girls Softball teams and will now go onto Western Regional finals early in Term 4. In the last couple of weeks our Senior Boys Tennis (WMR Runners-Up) travelled down to Geelong to compete in Regional finals after winning their district play offs earlier this year. The Senior Boys Badminton team also won our district competition recently and will play the WMR final in August. All teams did our school proud both with their results and their sporting behaviour.

Mark Komp




IDAHOT day stands for International Day against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and intersexphobia.  Today (Tuesday 16th of May), the school community celebrated in the forum at lunchtime with the help of the school band, balloons, lollies and cake.

Students and staff showed their support for our LGBTIQ+ community through wearing purple or rainbow colours and facepainting.

Meaghan Lavelle - Health Promotion Nurse





Italian and Japanese students, get ready for the Education Perfect Languages World Championships! The competition opens at 4pm Monday May 15 and runs until 4pm Thursday May 25. FCC is competing against over 1,300 schools from around the world for our place as languages legends and to WIN PRIZES!

You have the chance to win fabulous prizes like iPods, iTunes vouchers, iPads and even a trip to New Zealand! Any points you earn studying any content from languages on Education Perfect counts - you can even go back and re-learn old content. Even the homework tasks your teachers set count towards our school total! Go to 'browse all subjects' at the top left-hand corner of your dashboard and choose your language - you can then choose absolutely anything you wish to study from the lists - it all counts, but it has to be LANGUAGES (not science or maths etc).

Last year 3 of our students received gold awards - will you be the first FCC student to win an ELITE award?
Amelia Hawkins - Head of LOTE


Photo: Marrakech Berber market

It’s that time of year again where we call upon all those willing to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, those willing to accept the challenge and reap the rewards.  Footscray City College is announcing its next Work Challenge trip, scheduled to depart in a measly 18 months time.   We’re off to Morocco!


If this is something that you think you might be interested in, or perhaps you’re simply interested in knowing a little bit more, please come along to our information night on Tuesday May 16th at 6.30pm in the Futures Centre.


“World Challenge was a great look into other peoples lives and an incredible way to experience the world!”  Tahl Persall, World Challenge 2016


“World Challenge was an amazing and memorable experience. I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to go.” Imogen Braun, World Challenge 2016


For more information go to the World Challange site for the Morocco expidition:

Gretel Edwards and Kellie Catanese




Photo: Caught Read Handed book club


  • Year 8's in the gym at lunchtime - Mark Komp
  • Environment and Sustainability club in the Environmental Science Centre during lunchtime (1st and 3rd Monday of each month) - Michelle Sanders
  • Homework club in the Library after school - Claudia Esquivel
  • School Production rehearsals in the Theatre after School - Emily Unt Wan


  • Year 9's in the gym at lunchtime - Mark Komp
  • Spaghetti machine in the Science Room during lunchtime - Adam Taylor
  • Photography club in IT3 at lunchtime - Mustafa Eyiam & Malisa Govori
  • Robotics and Coding Club in the Science Technology Centre at lunchtime - Simon Tyler & Shumaila Paracha
  • Homework club in the Library after school - Claudia Esquivel
  • Debating Club - schedule varies across the year - lunchtime in B11 - Brendan Fry


  • Year 7's in the gym at lunchtime - Mark Komp
  • SRC meeting in the Conference room at lunchtime - David Borg
  • Chess club in the Library classroom during lunchtime - Mustafa Eyiam
  • Environment and Sustainability club in the Environmental Science Centre at lunchtime (2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month) - Michael Hardiker
  • Homework club in the Library after school - Claudia Esquivel


  • Year 11 & 12's in the gym at lunchtime - Mark Komp
  • Caught Read Handed book club in the Library classroom during lunchtime - Emma Pollock
  • Choir in the Music department at lunchtime - Jocelyn Jensen
  • School production rehearsals in the Drama and Music departments after school - Emily Unt Wan, Paul Dooley, Dave Borg, Jocelyn Jensen
  • LGBTIQ+ group in the Library classroom after school - Meaghan Lavelle - Health Promotion Nurse
  • Homework club in the Library after school - Claudia Esquivel


  • Year 1O's in the gym at lunchtime - Mark Komp
  • Spaghetti machine in the Science Room during lunchtime - Adam Taylor
  • Marie Curie girls in Science club in the Chemistry room at lunchtime - Jodie O’Connor
  • "Come here and say it" student poetry performances in the library during lunchtime as advertised - Emma Pollock


Photo: Year 7 Camp Manyung - Mt Eliza




IDAHOT day celebrations - wear a splash of purple or rainbow colours to show support for your fellow LGBTIQ+ students



Pupil free day - curriculum day for staff





Interschool cross country



Mid-term progress check reports published



Queen's Birthday public holiday



Pupil free day - report writing day



Reports available on Compass



Mid year music concert 1



Mid year music concert 2




Year 10 & 11 Exam Study day




Year 10 Exams


6 JUNE - 15 JUNE 

Year 11 Exams



GAT for students of Year 12 subjects

Year 7 Immunisations



Last day Term 2

2:20pm finish



First day Term 3




Footscray City College

1 Kinnear Street, Footscray, Vic, 3011

Telephone (03) 8387 1500

Facsimile (03) 8387 1599

email: [email protected]

Student absence

Hotline: 8371 3411 – Leave a Message before 9.30am

Principal team

Principal - 

Maria Bawden

Assistant Principal Years 10 – 12 and student engagement -

Stephanie Campbell

Acting Assistant Principal Years 7 – 8  and Curriculum Support -

Vicki Tentzoglidis

Acting Assistant Principal Year 9 and Student Learning -

John Box


Sub-school managers

Sub-school Manager Years 7 – 9 - Ashley Dawson

Acting Sub-school Manager Years 10 –12 - Elizabeth Simpson

Year level coordinators

Year 7 Coordinator – Dora Tsoukas

Year 8 Coordinator – Gretel Edwards

Year 9 Coordinator – Stephanie Kierce

Year 10 Coordinator – Anna Lam

Year 11 Coordinator – Will Blakeley

Year 12 Coordinator  – Will Marshall

Heads of Faculty

Arts - Paul Dooley

English - Brendan Fry

Health/PE/Sport - Mark Komp

Humanities - Todd Loftis

LOTE - Amelia Hawkins

Maths - Tom Falzon

Science - Adam Taylor

Technology - Tim Beare

Student wellbeing

Student Wellbeing & Special Needs Program Manager – Ross Cornell

Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Irene Alexandrou


Years  7 – 10 -  Chris Lovelock

Years  11 – 12 & VET Coordinator - Juli Black

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