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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Happy Christmas

Wishing our school community, parents, families and friends a safe Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Look forward to seeing you back on the 1st February, 2017.

Best in State

Congratulations to Joel C, who generated an ATAR of 97.35, making him our Dux for 2016. Joel also achieved a perfect study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, a research subject culminating in a thesis.  This is a phenomenal achievement given this subject is more akin to a university subject.  Joel was the only student in the state to achieve a study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, outperforming students from predominantly prestigious private schools and select entry government schools. Josh Barnes, our dux for 2014, also achieved the best score in the state for Extended Investigation, making it the second time a Fitzroy High School student achieved the highest score in the state. As this study has only been recently introduced, this is the third year it has run. Two out of three is a sensational track record!

It was a day of delight for most of our students as they received their ATAR scores. Our students performed very well, receiving ATARs in the 90s, 80s, 70s etc. Our students continue to perform well above state average, with 75% of our students receiving an ATAR of 50 or above.

Lots of exciting stories are coming through from students who have already received provisional offers for tertiary courses. Congratulations to Zsuzsa who has received offers from three tertiary providers – Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Zsuzsa will be our first student to go to VCA to study Theatre Production.

Chloe H received an offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in illustration and printmaking. Nina P received and offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in photography. Zsuzsa, Chloe and Nina continue our tradition of at least one student every year getting into VCA – this has happened since 2009. However, in this case, for the first time, it will be three students going to VCA in the same year.

Bailey W is off to study in Fayette, Missouri, USA where will be a soccer student athlete at Central Methodist University. He will be working until he leaves to start the American academic year in August.

RMIT looms large as a destination for our students. Ryan P has been made an offer for Visual Merchandising, Christina K has been made an offer for Fine Arts and Bella L has been made an offer for Fashion Design.

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they now make changes to their tertiary preferences and await their offers in January.


Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

Victorian School of Languages (VSL) Awards

A number of our students study a language other than Italian through VSL, either by Distance Education or Saturday morning classes. In past years we have had students studying Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish and Dutch, to name a few. This year, two of our Year 10 students received awards in excellence for their studies. Congratulations to Tura T for his Award in Excellence for Indonesian. Congratulations to Liryca S for her Award in Excellence for German. Both students were presented with their awards at VSL at the ceremony on Saturday 3 December. In addition to receiving her award, Liryca (who is also studying Japanese) performed a contemporary song in German, and performed in front of an audience of about 300 people. A very impressive effort.

Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

Thunderstorm Asthma: Supporting Students

Thunderstorms have been linked to epidemics of asthma, especially at the end of Spring, when grasses are flowering.

An asthma attack can be life threatening. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.

Anyone with a known history of asthma is at risk of experiencing an exacerbation of their usual symptoms at this time.

In addition, people who do not usually experience symptoms of asthma but have a history of allergies may be at increased risk.

The common signs of asthma are difficulty in breathing (gasping for air), chest tightness and wheezing.

If a child's condition is deteriorating, parents or guardians should seek urgent care.  Signs of rapid deterioration include little or no relief from a reliever inhaler, inability to speak comfortably, or lips turning blue.

People with asthma should continue to use their usual medications. Where possible, stay inside when the weather is windy with high pollen counts or dust.

 Actions Required:

If a child is experiencing symptoms, notify their parents immediately (if you require advice, call Nurse on Call in the first instance, 1300 606 024).

If the child's symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing, call 000.

For any child having an asthma attack, follow the instructions in their Asthma Care Plan (required for any child who has asthma, under the Department's asthma policy).  If an Asthma Care Plan is not available, follow the four-step asthma first aid, which is: 

1.  Sit the person upright and give reassurance – do not leave them alone.

2.  Without delay, give the person four separate puffs of their blue/grey reliever medication (such as Airomir,  Asmol, Bricanyl or Ventolin). If using a puffer (like Ventolin or Asmol), this should be taken one puff at a time through a spacer. Ask the person to take four breaths from the spacer after each puff of medication.

3.  Wait four minutes. If there is little or no improvement, repeat steps 2 and 3.

4.  If there is still no improvement, call 000 for an ambulance immediately. Repeat steps 2 and 3 continuously while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.


Additional information

 For details of schools' requirements to support students with asthma, see:


  For more information and resources in supporting asthma sufferers, see:



Dr Jenny Proimos

Principal Medical Advisor

Early Childhood and School Education Group