School Council President’s Report – Term 3, 2019

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

Over the last few weeks, School Council has been working closely with the regional office of the Department of Education to get the principal appointment process underway. One of the Senior Educational Improvement Leaders (SEIL) in the Northwest Region has presented to the School Council and the staff on the details of the process and worked with School Council to finalise the school profile information, the selection criteria and the selection panel. The advertisement for the role went up on the Department job board on Friday 26 July. Applications close on 10 August. Following the close of applications, the selection panel will meet to shortlist and conduct interviews before providing a recommendation to School Council for approval. School Council will then send its recommendation to the Department. Our aim is to have the process completed and the appointment made by the start of term 4. If you are interested in taking a look at the details of the role description and selection criteria, you will find it on the Department job board here.

In June, councillors and staff from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College School Councils received an update from the Victorian School Building Authority and architects from GHD Woodhead and Grimshaw on progress on the Fitzroy Gasworks Senior Campus project. The design of the building is progressing well and the intention is to have the new campus open for students in the 2022 school year. We discussed a number of aspects of the design including: grounds-to-roof design, indoor-outdoor learning, massing concept and facade strategy, main circulation, large teaching spaces, flexible/operable learning spaces, dispersed staff workspaces and acoustic treatment. Following the presentation and discussion, the two school councils convened a special joint sitting to endorse the schematic design and approve progression to the design development phase.

Thank you again to all the families who have contributed to the school Scholarship Fund and other parent funds. So far this year, the school has provided nearly $7,000 from the Scholarship Fund to support students from less advantaged backgrounds to participate in the rich learning experiences of the school. If any families are experiencing financial hardship and need some help to ensure their kids are able to participate, please speak with your child’s team leader.

The school production, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is just a few weeks away from what promises to be a fabulous opening night. Tickets are on sale now on TryBooking. Performance dates: Thursday 5th, Friday 6th & Saturday 7th September, 7pm at Collingwood College. There will be a working bee on Sunday 18th August from 9am-4pm (TBC please check Compass for details) to make sets, paint, sew costumes and work on any other hands on things that need to be organised for the show. If you are able to offer your time or skills on this day that would be fantastic and greatly appreciated.

A reminder that School Council meetings and Education, Community and Buildings & Environments Subcommittee meetings are open meetings and parents are welcome to attend. You can find the schedule of meetings on Compass under School Documentation or in the school calendar.

If you have something you would like to raise with School Council or would like to know more about getting involved with subcommittees or other volunteering opportunities, please feel free to contact me at ralphs@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au.

Cheers,
Ralph Saubern