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Come play this summer

Come play this summer

These holidays, school playgrounds at 42 NSW public schools will be open for neighbours and others to enjoy under a NSW Government initiative to broaden community recreation and open space options. Schools in the program will be open from 8am to 6pm from 23 December to the end of the school holidays in late January. You can find out which schools will be open through the Come Play pilot by visiting School Infrastructure NSW.... Read more

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Big Picture classes are filling fast!

Big Picture classes are filling fast! Call now to express your interest for 2018 42-740621 Big Picture Education Australia... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Certificate 3 - Fitness

What are you doing next year? Did you know you can do your Certificate 3 in Fitness here at FISC. Contact us to find out more 42-740621... Read more

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Big Picture

It's time to re-imagine School. Contact us at FISC to find out about Big Picture - our exciting new way of learning! Call 42-740621... Read more

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2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

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Big Picture change at Five Islands Secondary College

Five Islands Secondary College partners with Big Picture Education Australia, UOW and UOW College. Five Islands Secondary College in Port Kembla is embarking on a Big Picture educational change to keep pace with the rapidly changing world. And FISC principal Jenny Flowers hopes partnering with Big Picture Education Australia will do more than just bring ‘'their innovative passion-based-design to young people in the Illawarra''. ‘'We want to reimagine school,'' she said. To read the rest of this article, follow this link to the Illawarra... Read more

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It's time to re-imagine school

Five Islands Secondary College has joined forces with Big Picture Education Australia to provide individualised learning to students in the Illawarra. Give us a call to find out more about this exciting opportunity.... Read more

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The 'Tell Them From Me' parent feedback survey (Term 3, 2017)

Parent FAQ document for the parent survey: More information about the survey is also available at: This Term, our school will be participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys (student, teacher and parent surveys) on student engagement. The survey asks parents and carers questions about different factors that are known to impact on student wellbeing and... Read more

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Big Picture Education

Big Picture Education is coming to FISC. The ABC recently televised this interview, check it out: Unique program gives students a new path to university More information about the Big Picture program can be found at their website.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

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Year 11 Exam Timetable

Year 11 Exam Timetable (pdf 77 KB)... Read more


Chrysalis 2017: Transforming Beautifully

August 31st - September 7th The Five Islands Secondary College would like to invite you to Chrysalis, an exhibition of works by students of Visual Arts, Photography, and Ceramics. The exhibition will be officially opened by Jennifer Flowers, Principal of the Five Islands Secondary College, on Thursday August 31st at 12:30pm in the college learning centre. Refreshments available - all welcome.... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

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2017 HSC Trial Exam Timetable

HSC Trial Exams 2017 (pdf 156 KB) Click the link above to download a copy of our 2017 HSC Trial Exam Timetable. You may need to download additional software to view PDF files, such as Adobe Reader, available here.... Read more

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End of Term Incentive Excursion

FISC incentivises students with a fantastic reward program that sees eligible students enjoy an end of term excursion. Students are rewarded for great attendance and exemplary behaviour. This term we're off to the Nowra Tree Tops - check out their webpage: Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

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Parent / Carer Teacher Night 2017

Parent / Carer Teacher Night On Tuesday 27th, June 2017 From 4:30pm - 7:00pm In the FISC Library (upstairs, Block "C")... Read more

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Its Walnut time

FISC's newest resident "Walnut" is fitting in just fine! Join "Walnut" for lunch in the Art Rooms (D25), Monday -Thursday for lunch from 1.20 - 1.40pm. Follow this link for more information about Walnut the Assistance Dog. A link to Assistance Dogs Australia, the non-profit organisation who train Assistance Dogs, is available here.... Read more

MayReturn to top

UOW STEM Road Show 2017

Five Islands Secondary College proudly presented the UOW STEM Road Show 2017. Almost 100 students came together from different schools to collaborate and share in the UOW STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experience. Your browser does not support the video tag. On the 18th May 2017, Five Islands Secondary College partnered up with the UOW STEM Road Show to become a host school and deliver a well-received program. Students from across the southern network of the Illawarra were invited to participate in the joint... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more