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 globalisation.
Department of Education Student Attitudes to School Survey
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.
The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance. Students from Year 7 to 12 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file.
The survey results will be reported back to the school in term 3. No student can be identified in the results reported to schools or in any other report of the data. The school uses the data collected to inform our practices in teaching and learning as well as student wellbeing. Last year we used the survey results to help inform our School Review and develop the new Strategic Plan 2017-2020.
This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday June 5 to Friday 23 June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time with their advisors.
Please speak to your child’s advisor if you would like more information or visit the Department of Education and Training website:
Fitzroy High School
Fitzroy High School Music Evening – Tuesday, 20th June 2017
All parents, students and staff are invited to our music evening on Tuesday, 20th June at 6 pm. The night will feature performances by students in the following school ensembles:
Junior Guitar Ensemble
Senior Guitar Ensemble
Falconer Street Band
The venue for the event is “The Spotted Mallard” located at 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick. The renowned Spotted Mallard kitchen will be open for dinner so make your booking and join in the fun! Doors open at 6 pm and performances start at 7.00 pm. Tickets for general admission are $10 per person and can be purchased online using the link below. Students performing on the night do not need to purchase tickets.
We look forward to seeing you there on the night!
Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 and 12
In 2017 the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program will offer free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.
Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.
Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.
The Yarra City Council immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 7 June 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the Yarra City Council immunisation service.
To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au or immunehero.health.vic.gov.au
CONSENT FORMS DUE BY FRIDAY JUNE 16, IMMUNISATION DATE TUESDAY AUGUST 29
Fancy a tune? The Fitzroy High School Vocal Group rehearse every Tuesday morning at 8:30am in Music room CG15 and sing everything from Rn’B to the classics. Good people, good harmonies, good times.
See Fitzroy High School in action. Gain and overview of the school, including a brief history, an explanation of our innovative approach to educating young people, and the results of our approach. The tour will include classroom visits to see our teaching and learning in action. Most importantly, you will get a sense of the culture and feel of the school to help you determine if our school is the right fit for your child.
To make a booking please use this link: www.trybooking.com/QIJY
I am looking forward to meeting you and showing you around our beautiful school.
Pathways and Community Leader
Premier's VCE awards 2017
Congratulations to Joel C, who graduated from Year 12 last year, and was recently presented with a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding academic results.
Joel received a Study Award for excellence in Extended Investigation, he was the only student in the state and first ever to receive a perfect score of 50.
The entire Fitzroy High School community is proud of Joel and would like to congratulate him on receiving such a prestigious award.
Joel is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne.
To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards
School Dress Code
Fitzroy High School is a workplace for students, teachers and other school staff. While the school does not have a uniform, there is a dress code which all students and staff are required to meet. The code was developed to meet Sunsmart guidelines, occupational health and safety standards and community expectations regarding appropriate dress. Appropriateness for a workplace includes having clothing that is not offensive, not too short, not too brief and which doesn’t expose too much skin, including midriff and shoulders. Clothing should be comfortable, practical and allow students and staff to participate fully in the range of activities for a school day. Students and staff should not wear clothing printed with offensive or inappropriate writing or images.
The school is very conscious of the long term danger posed by exposure to the sun. We provide sunscreen for all outdoor activities and shelter within the school grounds and at outside school events. Students and staff are expected to wear Sunsmart clothing from September to April. This includes a shirt that covers the shoulders, upper arms and neck, as well as longer shorts and skirts that cover the upper thigh. Sun protective hats are recommended for all outdoor activities, including Sport, from September to April. Singlets are not appropriate at any time at school. For further information refer to http://www.sunsmart.com.au/childcare_and_schools/at_school/uniform_recommendations.
For OHS compliance, students and staff are not to wear open-toed shoes, sandals or thongs at school. In addition, high heeled shoes are discouraged and sturdy boots are encouraged for technology subjects. Long hair must be tied back in food classes and when working with machinery. Personal protective clothing (other than shoes) and equipment is provided for technology and science classes and must be worn when working in those classes.
In Physical Activity and Sport classes students are required to wear a Fitzroy High School sport shirt. Sports shirts can be purchased from the general office for $25. The sport shirts are Sunsmart in design, having sleeves and proper collar and they are made from a fabric which is light-weight and cool and provides sun protection. As garments such as jeans and some skirts are restrictive, they are not recommended for physical activity and sport classes. Students should wear longer style shorts or pants. Shoes need to be appropriate for exercise.
Tertiary Offers 2017 Trends – Creative Arts, RMIT & The University of Melbourne
In mid-January our 2016 Year 12 students received offers for tertiary courses. Compared to previous years, there was an increase in the percentage of 2016 Year 12 students (33%) going into the field of the Creative Arts. Areas of study include: Audio Production, Communication Design, Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Live Production, Product Design, Media and Communication, Music Industry, Screen Media, Textile Design, Visual Arts and Visual Merchandising.
A record number of our students received offers from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), now part of the University of Melbourne. Chloe H and Nina P make six Fitzroy High School students going on to study Fine Arts (Visual Art) over the years. Zsuzsa GM is our first student to go to VCA to study Fine Arts (Production). Other former Fitzroy High School students have gone on to VCA to study Fine Arts (Music) and Fine Arts (Animation). Ever since we have been offering VCE (for the past 9 years), one Fitzroy High School student has been accepted into VCA each year. This is the first year we have had three in one year.
Continuing with trends over past years, RMIT was the most popular tertiary destination for our students. 24% received an offer from RMIT. For the first time, four students in one year were successful in gaining a place in Architecture at RMIT – Ed B, Oscar E-S, Matthew M and Kayleb W-C.
The University of Melbourne is the second highest destination, with 13% of our students receiving an offer from the university. Joel C, Tom S and Nia are going on to study Arts, Henry L got into Science along with the aforementioned students going on to VCA.
20% of students received offers in the Society and Culture area of study, which, this year is made up of predominantly arts degrees.
Our second group of senior VCAL students received offers in the areas of Animal Studies, Audio Production, Building and Construction, Children’s Services, Fitness, Horticulture, Resort Management and Youth Work.
There are still more rounds of tertiary offers to come, and students still need to decide whether to accept or defer their offers. We wish all of our former Year 12 students well in this process.
Pathways and Community Leader
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
CAMPS, SPORTS and EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, disciplineand leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The annual CSEF amount per student is: $125 for primary school students $225 for secondary school students
MORE INFORMATION For the CSEF application closing dates and more information about the fund visitwww.education.vic.gov.au/csef. Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmatesfor important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.