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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Transition to Senior Pathways Information Night

Last 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

GTAC National Science Week Event - 21 AUG 2016

Magnificent microscopy: Life Under a Lens

GTAC is hosting a free event for National Science Week for students aged 10 -13 and their families.

Where: The Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) 77 Story Street, Parkville, Melbourne.

When:   Sunday 21st August 2016

Click here to read more and to register for one of the following sessions:
Session A: 9.30am—11.00am OR Session B: 12.00pm—1.30pm 

Investigate with scientists by zooming in on their scientific specimens using research grade microscopes, and discover how their research is being used to overcome global problems. 

Use microscopes including light microscopes, powerful electron microscopes, and advanced fluorescent microscopes to discover how technology is used in cutting edge research.

Guided by scientist mentors, carry out exciting activities to investigate how cells become the building blocks of living things. Observe how strange aquatic life forms interact in pond ecosystems.

Become a scientist and discover what hidden beauty lies in your own backyard. Use GTAC microscopes to analyse specimens you bring in from home.

This event is sponsored by National Science Week. Visit the National Science Week Website to see other events that you may be interested in attending.



Science Teacher

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

Election Day Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

On Election Day, and I should mention in the middle of school holidays, we managed to hold a sausage sizzle at FHS to raise funds for our Environment Master Plan project.

We sold sausages in bread with the usually accompaniments and a vegetarian/vegan/gluten free organic soup for those wanting something different. The soup ingredients were generously donated by Wild Things Food in St Georges Rd, Nth Fitzroy. Thanks also to Sam with his Ital Coffee van who provided much appreciated coffees to those of us setting up.

It was a big day, a little drizzle in the early afternoon and unpredictable queues but nothing too much for the 24 volunteers who generously gave their time and support.

Those on the BBQ were clearly very skilled as were those taking orders and serving up, testament to probably many previous fundraising event/sausage sizzle experiences.

At the end of the day we made $800 profit. Definitely worth organising this for!

So THANK YOU to the volunteers: Maria-Louisa Chiodo, Sonya Jeffery, Matt Holden, Amanda Lawrence, Mel Ogier, Annie Angelo, Simon Maher, Sharon Cleaves, Fran Cusworth, Rory Nation, Katrina Carling, Tamsin Nichols, Lamia Saab, Karoline Hicks, Fiona and James Watson, Margareta Trapalis, Emily Muschol, Chariss Free, Tonya Slee and our dedicated FHS staff members Linda Mitchell, Sandra Dickens, Annie Durbridge and Rainer Parker-Stebbing.

Fundraising events like these would not be possible without you.....

Many thanks again to all involved and all in the community who purchased our food.

Kath Boyer

FHS School Council President

July 2016

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 <<



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