Footscray City College Newsletter

01 March 2019
Issue One
SRC FOR 2019
Footscray City College
03 8387 1500
1 Kinnear St
Footscray, Victoria, 3011


Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019.  We have had a great start to the year.  The students and teachers have settled in well and everything is running smoothly.   As usual there are lots of events and activities planned for this year and the newsletter will ensure that they will be reported to the community.  This year we have scheduled two newsletters per term and the dates for these newsletters will be the end of week 5 and week 10 each term.

Term 1: 1 March and 5 April

Term 2: 24 May and 28 June

Term 3: 16 August and 20 September

Term 4: 8 November and 13 December


Welcome to the New staff for 2019

  • Sophie Sakellaropoulos – Humanities
  • Brandy Leibel – Science / Digital Technology
  • Yolanda Hao – Mathematics
  • Tayla Graham – Health / Physical Education
  • Leanne Goyne – English / Humanities/ EAL
  • Jane Giddings – Food Technology
  • Michelle Eichler – English
  • Jaquim Duggan – English
  • Rachel Beagley – Mathematics / Science / STEAM
  • Jane Bailey – English


Footscray Learning Precinct

I am delighted to be the Acting Principal for this year as we evolve into the Footscray Learning Precinct for 2020.  There is plenty to keep us busy as we organise the new multi-campus school and all that entails.  We are having a joint curriculum day with the staff from Gilmore Girls College on Tuesday 12th March.  There will be no school for students on this day as the teachers will be working on curriculum and organisational issues for the new school.   I will have a report in the next newsletter to keep the community informed of the developments for the new school. 


Year 11 and 12 Assembly

On Thursday 7th February I attended a Year 11 and 12 assembly dedicated to celebrating the success of Year 12 students from 2018.  We heard from last year’s Year 12 students who were outstanding in their presentation of their experiences in year 12 and what they believed as the success criterion.  I was so impressed with the students and I know the current students were thoroughly engaged by the look on their faces.  Thank you to Vicki Tentzoglidis the Assistant Principal and Liz Simpson the Year 12 Leader for organising such a wonderful event.


School Council

It is that time of year when we conduct our School Council elections.  There are two parent representative positions available.  The role of a parent on school is to represent the community and contribute to the policy and culture of the college.  Nomination forms are available from the office. 


Friends of Footscray City College

On Tuesday 12th February, I attended a meeting of the Friends of Footscray City College.  The group meets monthly and its prime objective is to support the school by helping with parent volunteers at school events and fundraising.  I would recommend that any parent who would like to support the school and wants to get to know other parents in a very friendly meeting format should consider attending. The group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the school in the staffroom.  The next meeting on the 12th March is the Annual General Meeting. 


Angelique den Brinker

Acting Principal



The year 8 camp was so much fun. There was tons to do inside and outside of the scheduled activities. All the staff were extremely polite and the food was really good. All the activities were challenging but were not so hard that you didn't want to have a go. There was even a flying fox over a gorge. Overall the whole camp was a great experience and everyone involved had a lot of fun.



I want to explain year 8 camp simply and quickly to you all reading the first sentence. Please read on to the end. Camp this year was many things, I will only name a few. First of all, it was clearly intended that you were to have fun,I think that will become obvious to most of you; and it was very easy to oblige. Every activity, every moment, they all had an element that caught my interest, and I watched the evidence of this in others faces and reactions.

Second, it was also very important to try EVERYTHING, even if you were nervous about some parts of it. Students were encouraged to stretch themselves to an extent. People were nudged gently out of their comfort zones, a process which gave the students an experience where they could try new things and extend their comfort zone, learning how things can be scary and fun at the same time.

And the last thing was that the camp left with an unshakeable feeling. FOOD. Food was served after almost every activity. Hey even served it at 9:00pm! And of course there was always fruit out as well, for the impossible circumstance for if you ever got hungry.

Thank you to those who read to the end.



One of my favourite camps so far was definitely Year 8 at Lake Dewar lodge. It was set right next to a man-made lake (aptly named Lake Dewar) and there were lots of activities in it, my favourite water one being the kayaking and jetty jump. It was so much fun jumping off the pier, going down into the water and then floating back up to the top with the lifejacket. My overall favourite activity, as I’m sure it was lots of people’s, was the flying fox. Our group got to have 4 goes and most people did it. By the third go I was able to flip myself upside down! The cabins were great, although some had to sleep in tents. I loved my cabin and I made a bunch of new friends. The food was amazing, and I’d love to go back sometime.


Photo: Image courtesy of


Photo: Image courtesy of


Very exciting news for two of our Year 11 students and startup founders, Moses Huf-Tirfe and Hamish Drummond. They have taken home the top prize at Startup Victoria’s spacetech-themed pitch night, for their reusable, hybrid rocket technology. The following article by Stephanie Palmer-Derrien appeared in Start Up news via Smart Company on Tuesday 26 February.  


"...Melbourne-based Eutropia Aerospace was founded by high-school students Moses Huf-Tirfe and Hamish Drummond, who pitched at the event, and co-founder Sam Wilson.

The startup combines reusable rockets with hybrid fuel — a cheaper option than traditional rocket fuel — to provide a more cost-effective way of getting microsatellites into orbit.

Modern rocketry is currently “extremely expensive and inaccessible”, Huf-Tirfe explained in the pitch.

“What needs to happen to rocketry is it needs to come down to earth”, he said.

The space and satellite industry is set to be worth $2.7 trillion by 2030, Drummond explained, and Australia is “one of the fastest-growing facets of this industry”, he said.

“We hope to be a superior player in the industry, and in the cubesat revolution, to make the internet, GPS and all of space better for everyone,” he added.

“An ‘Uber’ approach”
The startup began life as a school project, but the founders quickly realised they were on to something.

“When we got to the crux of it, we talked to people in the industry, and no one had really thought of this,” Drummond said.

“If there’s a market for it, and so many reasons for it to be a good idea and profitable, then why not start a business?”

In true startup style, they started building in a garage, taking what Huf-Tirfe called “an ‘Uber approach” of setting up first and asking permission later.

However, now the founders have big dreams to take on the space industry “with more passion, more determination and more brute force than any other startup has”, he added.

Already, the team has run 17 tests on its rockets, and they’re working on their next version, which Drummond claims “would be the cheapest per-kg launch system in the world”.

According to the founders, what they need to propel the business to the next level is just $40,000 in seed funding, to transform their Cielo 1 prototype into a profitable system that could be scaled.

While these kinds of funds are available through grant funding, Huf-Tirfe noted the vast majority of these grants require the recipient to be a registered company. And to register a company, founders must be over 18.

“What stops us? At the moment, Australian law,” Huf-Tirfe said.

“Absolutely gobsmacked”
At the pitch competition, Huf-Tirfe and Drummond saw off competition from three other startups.

Hyperspectral satellite imaging startup Aerospace Systems delivers rich data maps for monitoring the effects of climate change, while synthetic aperture radar imaging startup PicoSat uses a different type of imaging to detect changes on the ground anywhere and in any weather.

Ion Systems founder and chief Luke Hally also pitched his startup’s tactical network communications tool, designed to maintain connections between teams and leaders, with use-cases in the armed forces and emergency services, as well as for teams working in space.

However, an impassioned pitch from Huf-Tirfe and Drummond set the teenagers apart.

Judge Troy McCann, founder of spacetech network Moonshot, called the presentation “one of the most passionate and engaging pitches I’ve seen”.

When announcing the winners, McCann said the judges were “absolutely gobsmacked” by the teenage founders.

“These are 16-year-old kids, building rockets in their garage — there’s not much more startup-y you can get than that,” he said.

“These guys, keep an eye on them, because they are going to do something amazing one day,” he added.

Eutropia Aerospace took home a prize package including participation in an Austrade Landing Pads program in their chosen location, $5,000 in AWS credit, coaching sessions from Moonshot, and various other consultation and service credits.

While these founders may still be in school — and stress they’re not putting their studies on the backburner — they say both their parents and school are supportive of their out-of-this-world endeavours, despite “not fully grasping our concept”, Drummond said.

But they are confident they can juggle their responsibilities, just as so many founders before them have done.

“It’s not uncommon for founders to have day jobs,” Huf-Tirfe said.

“Just think of school as our day job.”

Article can be found here:




Congratulations to all the Year 7, 8 & 9 students for their behaviour and participation at the
recent school swimming sports held at St. Albans pool. Once again this year we had our Year
9’s participating as well as all students competing in houses rather than home groups.

Special congratulations to the following students who were the top swimmers for 2019:
Year 7

Girls 1st Grace Philbey (Alberti), 2nd Zali Ferguson (Alberti);

Boys 1st Oliver Byrnes(Kirner), 2nd Neylan Balbontin (Alberti)
Year 8

Girls 1st Sophie Parnham (Green-Cooper) 2nd Iluka Bray (Cooper)

Boys 1st Lloyd Deunk (Blue-Kirner), 2nd Zane Balfoort (Red-Alberti)
Year 9

Girls 1 st Sadie Simmonds (Kirner), 2nd Tori Ruwoldt (Yellow-Hoadley)

Boys 1 st Josh White (Alberti), 2nd Henry Bateman (Kirner)
The overall final results were as follows:
1 st Kirner (Blue) 295 pts, 2nd Alberti (Red) 269, 3 rd Cooper (Green) 265 & 4 th Hoadley
(Yellow) 169
Congratulations to Kirner for winning their first swimming carnival. Also, many thanks to all
the staff and students who assisted on the day.
All the winners will now go on to represent the school at the interschool competition in early March.



In other sports news, a big congratulations to Dylan Simonetti for winning the National Jiu Jitsu Championship for 13 year old boys 2018.








Mark Komp - Director of Sport

Kellie Catanese - Head of Health and PE


On Wednesday, 13 February, Alice Pung the editor of the book, that we are presently reading  ‘Growing up Asian in Australia’ came to Footscray City College to talk to our Year 11 EAL class. Alice talked about the process of publishing the book and how she felt connected to each of the individual stories. She talked about her own story and how her parents were able to come to Australia. We got know about her and her parent’s journey, as they faced various challenges and struggles and how they overcame them with determination. She also explained how she was treated during her childhood and how she was called a ‘power point’. She didn’t understand what it meant until one of her friends told her that she was called a ‘power point’ because of her face. Many other series of events like this motivated her to collect various unique stories to show us not only what it is like to grow up Asian in Australia, but also what it means to be Asian Australian. And this was exactly the sort of book that she wanted to read when she was growing up.

She talked about her mum who was illiterate and there was no community she could interact with. She would work day and night in the garage on jewellery and selling it without paying tax. Eventually, she thought that the government would take them back to their country. Studying to become a lawyer later in life, Alice found out that her mum was being exploited and her fears were groundless.

Alice Pung's visit gave us an opportunity to ask some wonderful questions and to learn some of her views and experiences of certain issues that we, ourselves deal with growing up in Australia.

Natasa Ciabatti - Head of LOTE



EAL and Creative Writing students recently benefited from a visit from Cate Kennedy, the author of the short story collection “Like a House on Fire”. Cate spoke about her stories and writing process. Students were able to ask and receive information about the collection which only the author could provide. Cate Kennedy was able to clearly discuss how she approaches writing and some of her inspiration for creating short stories. She examined her own work while encouraging and providing tangible techniques for students to develop their own creative writing. 

Nicole De Garis - Head of EAL


Photo: Flower art by Isis Mitchener

SRC FOR 2019

Photo: Flower art by Isis Mitchener


We are happy to announce the 2019 Footscray City College Student Representative Council:

  • Mia Orchard, year 7
  • Lucas Truong-Nguyen, year 7
  • Archie Macwhirter, year 8
  • Audrey McKenzie, year 8
  • Melat Ayele, year 9
  • Petra Hansby, year 10
  • Charlie O'Regan, year 10
  • Rosa Deverell, year 11
  • Jakob Howard, year 11
  • Leela Gray, year 12
  • Toby Walker, year 12

 We had a record number of votes this year, and many of the year levels' results were very close. Congratulations to all students who applied for the positions, whether they were successful or not.


The SRC will be determining their projects over the first term and implementing them from there.


The SRC meet every Thursday lunchtime in the Conference Room, and any students across the school are welcome to join to make their voice heard. Students who wish to join them are advised to get in touch with William Blakeley or the SRC members to confirm.


Congratulations to the SRC once again.

William Blakeley - SRC Coordinator


With the introduction of Economics into the VCE curriculum this year we were very privileged to have Tanya Livermore, Public Education Economist from the Reserve Bank of Australia, who flew out especially from Sydney to speak to our students about careers in Economics. With a personal endorsement for Footscray City College from the Governor of the RBA, Phillip Lowe, encouraging our students to keep up the good work. 

Nicole De Garis - Head of EAL



In celebration of love your library month and for Valentine's Day on Thursday 14 February, the library hosted a love song singalong where everyone was invited to come along and sing together during lunchtime for a bit of fun. Thanks to Rowan O'Shea and Maui Dragwidge for their assistance in setting up the sound equipment and for compèring. This was followed by special deliveries and serenades made by Mira Holleman, Gigi Dymke and Alice Hazeldine on Friday 15 February. These three Year 10 students really took to their role and did a magnificent job of delivering an exhausting 40 serenades on the day. There was some very positive feedback from the lucky recipients. Due to their efforts and a big thanks to those who sent messages and serenades, we are able to donate $220 to Orygen Youth Health (OYH) which is a world-leading youth mental health program based in Melbourne. OYH has two main components: a specialised youth mental health clinical service; and an integrated training and communications program. OYH sees young people aged 15 to 24, with a focus on early intervention and youth specific approaches. 

Orygen Youth Health T: 1800 888 320 (free call)



On Friday 22 February, Amy Murphy and I had the privilege of accompanying ten of our students to an amazing day of talks, workshops and panels hosted by the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective and held at RMIT across various buildings in the city. We heard talks from Clementine Ford, Nayuka Gorrie, Jax Jackie Brown on topics such as Feminism as a person of colour, toxic masculinity, your voice in action and queer identities. 

Some student reflections on the day:

"I really enjoyed the activities, workshops and the day. I loved how I got to meet new people and do something I had never done before, going to the conference. I really enjoyed the workshops on how to start a feminist collective at your school and the music song one. My favourite was the Toxic Masculinity with Clementine Ford because I loved addressing an issue that affects society currently. I had a really fun, exciting day."  

"Today I learnt that it’s okay to feel these things that I feel because hundreds of other young women feel them daily. It's nice to know that there is a safe place at Fitzroy High and hopefully at Footscray City in the near future." 


On Thursday 21 February, thirteen of our finest, smartest and kindest students (ahem... not biased at all) gathered in the library classroom for our first student book club for the year.

We talked about the following books:

Coraline -  Neil Gaiman - lots of discussion and thumbs up for this one as well as the movie.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee. Sounds hilarious. We will soon have the sequel 'The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy' in our library.

Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton

Fortunately, the milk - Neil Gaiman

Films and shows:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - the third film in the franchise, thumbs up from everyone

The Umbrella Academy - students were pretty excited about this Netflix series- a warning for violence.

Instant Family -  mixed reviews

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our book club -


For an overview of all of the amazing online resources that our library offers check out this site:

Many of the links can only be viewed by students and staff with their google login credentials but it still gives you an idea of the databases and services that are on offer.


The Vision Australia Library provides a free audiobook library service to anyone with a print disability, including low vision, dyslexia or a visual processing disorder. The library holds a huge collection of audiobooks including new releases and English school texts. Access is easy with the VA Connect app, compatible for Apple and Android. To join, fill in the online membership form at For more information you can contact Sarah at Vision Australia Library on 9864 9486.


For ratings advice, we recommend Common Sense media which helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  

Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.



Term one saw the launch of Footscray City College’s GROWTH coaching program, aimed at providing staff with the opportunity of further developing aspects of their classroom practice in order to maximise student outcomes. G.R.O.W.T.H stands for Goals, Reality, Options, Will, Tactics and Habits, and provides a structured approach for coaches and coachees to discuss and build upon great teaching within the college. The initiative reflects current thinking around teacher professional development, that suggests ‘the closer it happens to the classroom, the more impact it has on student learning’.  Six coaches were appointed to the team at the end of last year: Nicole Barker (Literacy Coach), Emma Crampton (Numeracy Coach), Prue Mann (Pedagogy Coach), Maria Chrisant (Pedagogy Coach), Victor Rajewski (Data Coach) and Tim Beare (STEAM Coach).



Nicole, who focuses on developing classroom literacy strategies across the school, brings over a decade of classroom and leadership experience to her role. New to GROWTH coaching, Nicole believes the program will improve literacy outcomes for all students at the college and empower teachers to continuously reflect and develop their teaching skills. 



Emma Crampton, who is also the Maths Pathway Coordinator at the college, has worked in a range of schools providing both numeracy and digital pedagogy support to students and teachers. She sees GROWTH coaching as a great way for teachers to hone specific aspects of their practice close to the classroom to maximise impact. 




Prue has years of experience in coaching and leadership and is passionate about taking what teachers already do well and employing a growth based approach to see how they might be able to do it better. Prue’s coaching focus at the college is in pedagogy. She believes that GROWTH coaching is effective because it is authentic.




Victor has worked across data and IT management, and in IT teaching in several different schools, including The John Monash Science School. He brings this experience into his coaching to assist teachers in how to gather and use learning data to maximise student learning. For Victor, GROWTH coaching is a fantastic way to start conversations about learning and teaching and share knowledge and skills among the school.



With a degree from Deakin University in STEAM education and a long career in teaching technology in a variety of contexts, both in Australia and overseas, Tim comes to coaching with a lot to offer his coachees. Having established a STEAM program at FCC over the last two years, Tim is interested in challenging those he teaches to solve problems that will impact the world around them.


Maria is a lifelong educator with extensive experience in coaching and leadership across a number of different schools. With a Masters in Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne, she is passionate about the role ‘Pos Psych’ can play in supporting teachers to thrive in their roles. 



Dromkeen is hosting a Literary Festival on Saturday 30th March, between 10am and 4pm. With the theme of 'Stories Connect Us to the Past, the Present and the Future', it will be suitable for families, teachers, librarians and all lovers of children's literature. Nestled in the Macedon Ranges in the tiny hamlet of Riddell’s Creek, Dromkeen is only 30 minutes drive from Melbourne Airport. This stately National Trust home has beautiful gardens with a range of Australian native and European plants, a gazebo and two resident peacocks.





TERM 1 2019


Student Progress checks available on Compass



Year 7 Immunisations

Year 9 & 10 Interschool Sport

Year 11 Elevate education p 1 & 2



Labour Day Holiday



Planning Day - FCC & Gilmore staff

Student free day

Friends of FCC Meeting  7.00 pm



Year 10 Elevate education p 1 & 2






College Council Meeting



Year 8 Interschool Sport



Year 7 Interschool Sport



Parent Teacher interviews

10:00am - 7:00pm



End of Term 1  -  2.20 pm finish


TERM 2 2019


First day term 2





Footscray City College

1 Kinnear Street, Footscray, Vic, 3011

Telephone (03) 8387 1500

Facsimile (03) 8387 1599


Student absence

Hotline: 8371 3411 – Leave a Message before 9.30am

Principal Team

Acting Principal - Angelique den Brinker

Assistant Principal Years 7 – 8  Student Programs and Curriculum Resourcing - Rob McLeod

Assistant Principal Years 9 - 10 Student Programs and Student Engagement - Stephanie Campbell

Assistant Principal  Years 11 - 12 Student Programs and Student Wellbeing - Vicki Tentzoglidis
Assistant Principal Curriculum, Pedagogy and Data Management -
John Box


Heads of Sub-schools

Head of Years 7 -8 Sub-school - Ashley Dawson

Head of Years 9 - 10 Sub-school - Dora Tsoukas

Head of Years 11 -12 Sub-school - Liz Simpson

Year Level Coordinators

Year 7 Coordinators – Gretel Edwards & Ryan McGhie

Year 8 Coordinator – Maria Chrisant

Year 9 Coordinator – Malcolm Fretz

Year 10 Coordinator - Aaron Boyle

Year 11 Coordinator - Stephanie Van Den Hoff

Year 12 Coordinator  – Will Marshall

Heads of Faculty

Arts - Susan Hansen
EAL - Nicole De Garis

English & Literacy - Brendan Fry

Health & PE - Kellie Catanese

Humanities - Todd Loftis

LOTE - Natasa Ciabatti

Maths & Numeracy - Tom Falzon

Science - Michelle Sanders

Technology - Michael Antony

Student Wellbeing

Head of Student Wellbeing & Special Needs – Irene Alexandrou

Special Needs Support - Anne Langdon


Years  7 – 10 -  Chris Lovelock

Years  11 – 12 & VET Coordinator - Juli Black

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