Principal’s Report, August 2019

Dear families

The annual school production, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is on next week and I encourage you all to buy tickets. Thank you to the many students, staff and families who have worked tirelessly both on and off stage, including those who contributed to a very successful set and prop building working bee last weekend. In particular I want to thank the Director, Chiara Constanzo, for her efforts and wish her all the best for her upcoming family leave. William Balme is taking Chiara’s classes until the end of the year and we welcome him to the school. 

Briony O’Keeffe has been seconded into the Department of Education for the rest of the year to work on the F-10 English Curriculum. We wish her all the best and welcome Lucy Honan, who will be taking Briony’s English classes, as well as Fem Co. Tom Zuscak, who has been our Leadership Facilitator for most of the year, is moving on to another job and I would like to thank him for his outstanding work and, in particular his contribution to the administration of School Council.

The year 8 AFL team competed in the regional competition for the first time in the history of Fitzroy High School and had a convincing win as well as couple of losses against range of schools. In addition, Year 8 Sports Leaders have been representing the school at local primary school athletics days. A large group of Year 8 students are also completing peer support training so that they can support the current and future year 7 students. Year 9 students have been participating in the Real Industry Job Interviews as well as volunteering placements as part of the Connect program. I would also like to congratulate the students whose work was featured as part of the Gertrude St Projection Festival and to thank Alicia Easteal who organized the work.

The Year 10 students have been engaging in panel interviews to present their portfolios and their preferred pathways for years 11 and 12. Each student in year 10 and year 12 has had an individual career session and there are more sessions available for students who require further assistance.  The careers practitioners will also offer support to any year 11s who require assistance with pathway planning or subject changes. Please note that the FHS Careers website has information about Open Days, as well as many other resources.

Year 12 VCAL students have continued their engagement with the Youth Enterprise Hub, exploring social enterprises and entrepreneurial skills. Last week there was an excursion to STREAT, where the students experienced a tour of the facility, including hearing about the work of STREAT as one of the most outstanding social enterprises that integrates people, planet and profit. Students were given a mini brief of a problem they should try to solve in the environmental space; they were given an overview of the problem and then had 30 minutes to come up with ideas to solve it within the business of STREAT.  

Two weeks ago Linda Ekman, Wellbeing Leader conducted a workshop for students and parents, thinking about respectful relationships and in particular how respect is shown at the school. This was followed by a School Wide Positive Behaviour Workshop, where Linda Ekman and Alicia Easteal worked through some ideas for the FHS behaviour matrix with students and parents. There will be further consultation and communication about this in the coming months.

Last year the school leadership team and School Council embarked on a series of working groups to look at complex and important issues in the school. Member of the leadership team, parents, staff and students joined these working groups and formed terms of reference. In some cases, surveys with the school community were conducted, in others guest speakers were invited and research undertaken. The reports from the Languages Working Group, the Digital Technologies Working Group and the Reporting/Feedback Working Group are currently being tabled and will be shared with the wider school community during Term 4. I would like to thank all of the participants for their time and expertise.

Thank you to the parents and staff members who organized the highly successful Trivia Night last weekend to raise money for the Great Victorian Bike Ride. The money will be used to assist students who might otherwise not be able to attend the ride as well as providing any extra equipment that might be needed for the event. 

Finally, it is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of past Business Manager, Susan Farrell, who worked at Fitzroy High School from 2004-2017. She was an inaugural staff member and a very important part of the setting up of the newly reopened school. Sue worked extremely hard to manage the school’s finances and administration. As Acting Principal, I want to acknowledge Sue’s contribution to the history of the school and express our appreciation and condolences to Sue’s family. School Council will also be sending a formal acknowledgement to Sue’s family on behalf of the school.

Kind regards

Linda Mitchell

Acting Principal