Principal’s Report, July 2019

Dear families,

Welcome to Term 3.

We are continuing to work on improving student attendance, as well as lateness. The Compass SMS system to parents has had some success but has also been fraught with some frustrations. Teams are working hard to emphasize the importance of being on time to Advisory and rewarding students’ achievements. There will be more on this to come, including seeking feedback from parents and students about session lengths and times of the day.

On Monday we had a whole school assembly where students reported on a range of exciting activities including Year 10 Work Experience, the Bogong Future Makers projects, the Blue Edge project update, the VCAL composting system update and sports awards. I would also like to make special mention of Mungo S in year 8, who won The Parliament Prize, for submitting a video of a 90 second statement that would be made to the Parliament of Victoria as if he were an MP. Mungo has been invited to Parliament House and will be presented with a trophy and a $500 monetary prize, including $1000 for the school. Congratulations to Mungo and his teachers.

Students were awarded swimming medals and will be awarded athletics medals at the next assembly. Significantly, there was a jumper presentation for the year 8 AFL team, which has made it into the regional finals, the first time for Fitzroy High School! We wish them all the best. Although there are some girls in this team, there is also a separate girls’ AFL team and they have also performed very well. We are proud of the efforts of all our students who participate in sport and physical activity.

The annual school production, Alice in Wonderland, was also featured at the assembly. Students spoke excitedly about their preparation and I encourage you all to attend the performances in week 8 of this term. I also want to congratulate the music team for the fabulous Mid-Winter Music Recital which was held on June 26 at 75 Reid St Fitzroy North.

On Tuesday we had the Senior Programs Information Evening for year 10 students and families, held at Collingwood Town Hall in conjunction with Collingwood College.

This evening, and the program guide that has been produced for the students and families, is a symbol of the two schools’ continued commitment to provide the best senior school opportunities for both communities. In collaborating to provide an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment, the partnership looks to optimise outcomes for all students and provide support for future pathways. In the time we have been offering VCE, and now also VCAL, we have established a legacy of student success, demonstrated by strong academic results and transition to tertiary studies. Through our partnership with the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC), students can access an extensive range of VET certificate courses.

This is a very exciting time for current Year 10 students, who are in the process of making significant decisions for the senior and final years of secondary school. It is also an important time for current Year 11 students, refining programs for Year 12, the final stage of the secondary school journey, and of course for Year 12 students who are beginning to make choices about post school options.

As students and families have been made aware, Sandra Dickins is spending this term in the central office of the Department of Education and Training. The school has employed two qualified and experienced careers practitioners who will be conducting half hour individual sessions with all the year 10s and the 12s in preparation for subject selections and post school applications, respectively. The se practitioners will also offer support to any year 11s who require assistance with pathway planning or subject changes. The teachers and advisors have also been working with the students, in one on one session, in classes and in year level assemblies. Please note that the FHS Careers website has information about Open Days, as well as many other resources.

The annual Department of Education and Training Parent Opinion survey is currently being held.  In line with DET policy, a randomly selected group of individuals representing 30 % of the parent body, are asked to give feedback to the school on a wide range of issues around learning, engagement and wellbeing. The parents who have been selected will have received the link to the survey. As with the Student Attitudes to School Survey and the Staff Opinion Survey, the school takes the survey results seriously and, along with other data, uses them to set goals for school improvement.

Thank you to Andrea Thompson who is acting in the Assistant Principal role for this term and Paul Cahill who has taken over the Jet 9/Scarlet 10 Team Leader role for the term.

Kind regards,
Linda Mitchell
Acting Principal