Colour powder, dancing, music, photo booth, lots of chocolate and a bake sale- all ingredients for a memorable, fun filled and important day.
On Wednesday the 17th of October, Fitzroy High school held ‘Day to end gender based violence’. An important day with a very important message.
The 2015 Royal commission into family violence concluded: ‘There is no doubt that violence against women and children is deeply rooted in power imbalances that are reinforced by gender norms and stereotypes. Factors such as intergenerational abuse and trauma, exposure to violence as a child, social and economic exclusion, financial pressures, drug and alcohol misuse and mental illness can also be associated with family violence. These factors can combine in complex ways to influence the risk of an individual perpetrating family violence or becoming a victim of such violence’.
‘If we are to prevent family violence we must change the attitudes and social conditions that give rise to it. There is a need to implement primary prevention strategies that are designed to dismantle harmful attitudes towards women, promote gender equality and encourage respectful relationships. Because family violence takes many forms, a variety of approaches is required. Some programs should be addressed to the Victorian community as a whole, others to particular population groups and places. Educating young people about respectful relationships must be a core part of the Victorian Government’s long-term prevention strategy’.
In 2017, the ‘Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships’ curriculum was introduced and mandated in government schools and since the beginning of the roll-out, Fitzroy High school has been a lead school for the implementation of said initiative.
As part of our RRRR work, we decided to come up with a ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’. If you would like to read it, you will find it as part of this newsletter. The statement of commitment had staff and student input and was made into a film clip. This clip will feature on our website shortly.
I felt it was important that the ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’ was not just something we made and never spoke about again. I wanted to make a big deal out of it. A day that would be fun and memorable, but also a day where students got to think and feel and be involved. So, with little notice, the amazing staff at Fitzroy high got behind the idea and we ended up having a very successful ‘Day to end gender based violence’.
As part of this day, all students listened to ‘Fitzroy Legal Services’ talk about family violence and the law, they watched the launch of the ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’ film clip and they had the opportunity to participate in the ‘clothesline project’ where they got to be creative with anti-violence messages on t-shirts. We wanted the day to also be a celebration of the caring and inclusive school we are, with an added bonus of raising a small amount of funds for ‘Northern Integrated Family Violence Services’ (NIFVS). During recess we played some fun games, like ‘shoe toss’ and ‘coin curling’, we had a photo booth, hair braiding, face painting and a bake sale. During lunch we went crazy at the big colour dance party.
It is on days like these I am particularly proud and happy to be part of the wonderful Fitzroy high community.
I hope you will enjoy the photos from the big day.
Students, School Council and FHS staff are involved in a 2 year project to improve our school grounds using landscaping and selected indigenous plants with the aim to create much improved biodiversity and amenity.
Some work on the first stage of this project “The Escarpment Shrubland” has begun on the Eastern side of the school (Michael St driveway area) which will also include a sensory garden.
VCAL students and the local community are involved in aspects of this project with further potential to include more student projects, our Education for Sustainability programs and involvement in the ResourceSmart – AuSSI Vic Program.
We believe this project will provide many other educational and aesthetic benefits for students, our neighbours and the FHS Community.
We hope to raise $3000 to support the purchasing of plants and landscaping.
How can you help? Donate $10, $20 or $50 using this link: http://www.trybooking.com/YDAP
Below are photos of the areas in which we are planning improvements in this stage.
We thank you in advance for your financial support.
Please have a look at the improvements to the school grounds we have made thus far next time you visit. Your support will enable us to complete this project as planned. There will be opportunities hopefully later this year for more community involvement. Please contact our Buildings and Environments Convenor Roger Smith firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.
Pat’s travels feature prominently in the story board that Joseph wrote after interviewing Pat this year as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit. Joseph is one of the Fitzroy High School’s Year 12 VCAL students who took part in the intergenerational project, involving OCAV’s Rushall Park residents and neighbouring Fitzroy High School, which was a highlight of the school’s VCAL curriculum last year.
The 12 VCAL students were matched with residents at Rushall Park and several interviews were conducted in term one. The project storyboards, which were unveiled at Rushall Park recently, are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents, including Jean and Bernard Pidd and Jennifer Barden.
Joseph, 18, was a bit apprehensive about the project and thought it might be a ‘boring essay’. But he ended up loving the experience and found Pat’s attitude to young people affirming, and a little surprising.
“There is so much negative stuff in the media about young people. The news is full of all the things young people are doing wrong now. But when you meet Pat, it’s as if he hasn’t heard any of it. He just sees you as an equal who he wants to get to know. I think a lot of older people dismiss young people, but not Pat. He’s a good bloke who respects everyone. Pat’s cool,” Joseph said.
Joseph, who started an apprenticeship as a barber at Kings Domain in South Yarra during the year while completing his VCAL, loved hearing about Pat’s adventures around the world. Once he is qualified he hopes to go travelling and go to the UK where he was born and where most of his family still lives.
“I realised as Pat and I were talking that even though he is a lot older than me, he has done the stuff that I am doing now and stuff that I want to do. Pat took opportunities that came his way and I really found that inspiring.”
Pat, who came to Rushall Park three years ago, has more chapters that could be added to Joseph’s story board and has recently returned from a trip to India. He is thinking about heading to the United Kingdom and Ireland next year. He loves seeing the world and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, regardless of their age.
“I think it’s a good idea to respect people whether they are 17 or 70. It’s a good starting point for a relationship. I enjoyed hearing about Joseph’s family background and all the things he would like to do in the world,” Pat said.