The biggest challenge for schools today is the same as in the past – how to best prepare young people for the future.

Today that future is arguably less certain than in the past. Young people will be required to solve problems we don’t yet know about, take on careers in fields that are not yet imagined, and face emerging issues concerning the environment, the use of technology, and the processes of


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Senior VCAL Personal Development Skills Project - 08 to 15 Oct 2016

As part of my Senior VCAL Personal Development skills class, I am hosting an exhibition at Bar 303 Northcote showcasing the history of the Melbourne punk scene from the 70s to current time. I will be showing photos, zines and records from the scene.

The opening night of the exhibition will be on the 8th of October from 6-7pm at Bar 303, when music will be played, as well as light refreshments served. The exhibition will be showing until the 15th of October.

Please click on this link for full poster image.

Gemma Schmidtke

Year 12


VCAL Project 2016

Dear Fitzroy Community 

For our senior VCAL project we have proposed to create a space in the school for students to  record music.

We will need egg cartons to use as an inexpensive and sustainable source of “sound proofing”, if you could save up and or gather your empty egg cartons and bring them to the school office it would be really appreciated.

Thank you 

Senior VCAL Team FHS

Click on link for full poster view: >> VCAL - MUSIC <<



The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information Sessions

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information for students who live in North Eastern Metropolitan Area (NEMA) in receipt of the following programs/supports:

·         Students with disability transport program (Specialist School Bus, taxi or conveyance allowance); and/or

·         Personal care support at school (Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) funding at level 4, 5 or 6; and/or             Medical Intervention Support (MIS)

How do I know if my child is eligible for NDIS?

From October 2016, students in receipt of these programs/supports can access the NDIS if they meet the age, residency and disability requirements.

If your child meets the disability requirements and you live in NEMA which is the following Local Government Areas outlined below, your child may be able to access the scheme. 

·         Banyule

·         Darebin

·         Nillumbik

·         Whittlesea

·         Yarra

When will parents be contacted?

From late September 2016 the NDIA will phone you or send you a letter to begin the initial paperwork.

What do I need to do after the NDIA contacts me?

As the NDIS may fund supports and services in addition to what your child is currently receiving at school we encourage you to respond to the NDIA as soon as they get in touch.

It is important to note the NDIS does not fund supports that relate to your child’s learning.  These will still be the responsibility of schools and the education system.

If your child is eligible for the NDIS, you will be asked to work with the NDIA to develop a plan which will identify the services and support best suited to your child.

What will change and what won’t

Your child will be assessed for need and may be eligible for a range of supports. For now, your child’s bus to school and support for personal care needs at school will continue to be delivered in the same way. If there are changes to arrangements in the future these will be gradual and we will talk to you first. For now there is no change.

What if my child isn’t receiving personal care or transport?

If you live in NEMA and your child is not currently receiving these services through the Victorian Government, and you believe they might be eligible for the NDIS, we encourage you to approach the NDIA to be assessed. You can contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

What if I don’t live in NEMA?

The NDIS is transitioning across Victoria, Local Government Area by Local Government Area from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.  To see when the Local Government Area you live in is scheduled to transition, please refer to the website:  Closer to the Area rollout more information will become available.

Upcoming Information sessions

The NDIA and the Department of Education and Training will be holding a series of NDIS information sessions for parents and students across the five Local Government Areas. Please find the details of the session in the table below; there is no requirement to RSVP.





Tuesday 6 September

10.30am to 12.30pm

Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre (Blue Gum Room), 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang

Tuesday 6 September

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre (Blue Gum Room), 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang

Thursday 8 September

10.30am to 12.30pm

The Centre Ivanhoe (The McCubbin Room), 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe

Thursday 8 September

6.30pm to 8.30pm

The Centre Ivanhoe (The McCubbin Room), 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe

Friday 9 September

10.30am to 12.30pm

Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Monday 12 September

10.30am to 12.30pm

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre (Grevillea Room), Cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston

Monday 12 September

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre (Grevillea Room), Cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston

Tuesday 13 September

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St Abbotsford

Wednesday 14 September

10.30am to 12.30pm

Hurstbridge Community Hub (Frank Nankervis Room), Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge

The NDIA are also seeking expressions of interest regarding a Docklands information session for families working in the CBD. Families interested in a Docklands information session can contact the VIC North Community Engagement team by emailing:

Additional information

For additional information, visit:

If you have any further questions please contact: Cheryl Mills, Acting Inclusion, Access and Participation Manager, Early Childhood and School Support, North- Western Victoria Region ph: 5440 3126  or via email:

National eSmart week performance for years 7 and 8

Phunktional 'Who Stole the Sole'

Performance for Years 7 and 8 September 8 @ 11.15am.
Who Stole the Sole’ is an interactive show that utilises dance, music and comedy to address bullying, on and offline.  At the climax of the performance we pause the show and ask students to suggest ways of resolving the conflict. Their suggestions guide the outcome of the show.  The post-performance discussion is a platform for students to ask questions about these sensitive issues without referencing personal experiences.  We also cover the legal and mental health ramifications and discuss strategies for getting support.

The performance empowers young people in a way that not only helps them to reflect on their own behaviour, but also gives them the opportunity to assess, acknowledge and address broader social issues and make positive choices to build healthy and respectful relationships. 

Linda Mitchell

Assistant Principal

National eSmart Week, 5 to 9 September

Fitzroy High School is participating in the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week, 5 – 9 September 2016, along with hundreds of other schools and libraries to show their commitment to cyber safety, well-being and digital inclusion.

FHS has enthusiastically accepted the challenge, participating in a range of activities, including to demonstrate their commitment to teaching online safety and wellbeing in their community. More than 550 Australian communities took part in last year’s inaugural event and numbers are only expected to increase in 2016. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation CEO, Lesley Podesta, said last year’s National eSmart Week initiative proved how important it was to Australian communities to protect young people online. Ms Podesta announced that Foundation programs such as the eSmart Digital Licence were pivotal in educating people of all ages about cyber safety. “The internet is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven Australians children suffering from cyber bullying each year, it’s important that we invest in giving our communities the skills they need to be responsible and safe online. “The best way to educate Australians about cyber safety is through our children,’’ Ms Podesta noted. “We now know that National eSmart Week gives us the chance to promote important themes and messages by running engaging activities for young Australians.” National eSmart Week is an initiative developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, in partnership with Telstra Foundation.

Linda Mitchell

Assistant Principal

Transition to Senior Pathways Information Night

On Thursday 14th July, an information night was held at the Collingwood Town Hall for all Year 10 students at Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School. The purpose of the occasion was to inform families and students of the pathway options available to them through the two school’s partnership at senior school.

The partnership offers an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment; the partnership looks to optimise student outcomes for all students. The partnership offers the senior school certificates of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Vocational Education and Training (VET) is also available to all students both through the in-house offerings of Sport and Recreation (Fitzroy) and Hospitality (Collingwood), alongside the full range of courses through our membership in the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC).

Students were also reminded of the compulsory application process that all Year 10’s participate in, which includes an interview before a panel of teachers and leaders from both schools, which demonstrates their readiness for their pathway choice. This process is just one of the many support mechanisms available to Year 10 students to help them feel prepared for the future ahead.

Thank-you to all the Year 10 families for their attendance to this information night and their tremendous engagement with the process of selecting senior pathways choices so far. We hope the conversations at home continue to develop; families play a key role in helping their young adult make these decisions with confidence.

If you would like more information about Senior School offerings in 2017, please find the Senior Program Guide on the school websites.

Chris Millard

Inky Awards 2016 Judge - Ben Reeder

Ben Reeder one of our Year 11 students has been chosen from an Australian wide field of young adults to be one of 7 judges of the Inky Young Adult Literature Awards- run by the State Library of Victoria. The judges will have to read a long list of 20 books, 10 international and 10 Australian, and then come together at the end of July to agree on a short list. We're very proud of Ben's achievement and wish him well! If you are interested, you can find Ben's profile and information about the Inky Awards here:

Riley Rogers

11D Advisor

July 2016


Year 9 Inquiry - Geography Unit

As part of the Year 9 Inquiry curriculum, students have recently completed a Geography Unit. Baitong Gordon, Do Nguyen, Vy Ninh and Tasnim Mohamed put together an outstanding "Teach the Class" presentation which demonstrated their knowledge and ingenuity. Part of this presentation was a fantastic clip created entirely by the girls about being a "BOB"; Bad Ocean Bully. Check it out! 



Riley Rogers

11D Advisor

July 2016