Student Leadership

At Fitzroy High School we believe that students are more likely to grow up to be confident and successful when they feel intrinsically valued in their own right. This fundamental philosophy underpins all that we do.

Students at Fitzroy High School learn from the outset that their voices and opinions are valued and relevant. Because of the focus on relationships, we believe our students are more ready to contribute to their own learning and grow up confident and with a high level of self-worth.

Students are offered opportunities to take on formal and informal leadership roles throughout their time at Fitzroy High School. The roles may be formally recognised roles, such as being a School Ambassador (Years 7–10) or Student Leader (Years 11–12), or more low key, such as operating as a mentor for a younger student or captaining a team during Physical Activity. All roles are equally valued.

We recognise that leadership qualities can be demonstrated by the quietest student when given the right opportunities.

Leadership School

School for Student Leadership

Is a Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions.

There are three campuses in iconic locations across Victoria. The Alpine School Campus is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps. Snowy River Campus is near the mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo in east Gippsland.

The third site is adjacent to Mount Noorat near Camperdown in Victoria’s Western District, and is called Gnurad-Gundidj. After consultation with the local aboriginal community, this name represents both the indigenous name of the local area and an interpretation of the statement "belonging to this place".

Each year, Fitzroy High School applies for 6 positions (3 boys and 3 girls) at each of these leadership campuses. Typically, we successfully apply to at least one of the campuses.  For students to attend, they must first apply outlining the reasons they believe it would benefit them to attend this program.

They must also explain how they will use their leadership skills on return to Fitzroy.  Lastly, they need to outline what their Community Learning Project (CLP) idea is, which is a requirement as part of the group attending the leadership school.

In the past, students have attempted Community Learning Projects in mentoring for Year 7’s, development of a rain garden, installing of indigenous foods to the school kitchen garden and recycling of mobile phones for the Melbourne Zoo program “They’re Calling on You”.

 

Student Leadership Opportunities

Student Leadership Opportunities at FHS

The Education subcommittee of School Council has requested that student leadership opportunities at the school are celebrated and publicised to the school community. While recognition of an individual activity is regularly made in newsletters and on the school website, it is interesting once in a while to stop and consider how many opportunities there are for students of varied interests and talents. It is also fascinating that, while there is not a standard SRC (Student Representative Council) at FHS, the Feminist Collective, a group started by a need voiced by students, won the VicSRC Action award at the end of 2014. Student voice is very strong at FHS and built into everything that we do. In fact, students assisted in my interview for my position as Assistant Principal three years ago, and they asked me about my views on student voice!

To provide a list of all the student leadership opportunities would be too exhaustive, but here are a few examples. I will provide more examples in coming newsletters.

Student Ambassadors: Any student can apply for this or be recommended. Their job is to lead School Tours, Open Days and special events. The contact person is Sandra Dickins (Pathways and Community Leader).

PRIDE group: Any student can come along to the weekly meetings. They will gain experience in discussing important issues and opportunities to represent the school and plan activities. The contact person is Bronwyn Lewis (Scarlet teacher).

Environment Group:  Any student can come along to the weekly meetings. They will have the opportunity to plan and lead activities within the school and attend leadership conferences. The contact person is Erin Schroeder (Sustainability Leader).

Pizza Friends: This is Senior school support group for younger students. It is ongoing and the contact person is Rainer Parker-Stebbing (Wellbeing Leader).