Picnic at Hanging Rock

Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College’s Year 12 Theatre Studies class presents a digital interpretation of Tom Wright’s adaptation “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, premiering Thursday 18th of June!

On a summer’s day in 1900, three Australian schoolgirls on a picnic expedition to the remote Hanging Rock abscond from the group. They are last seen heading towards the beckoning rock. In Tom Wright’s chilling adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, five performers struggle to solve the mystery of the missing girls and their teacher. Euphoria and terror reverberate throughout their community, as the potential for history to repeat itself becomes nightmarishly real. 

The Theatre Studies students have chosen to employ the theatrical styles of Expressionism and Theatre of Cruelty in order to create an abstract, eerie interpretation of the timeless tale. The entire production is created, directed and produced by the students in the Year 12 Theatre Studies class. VCE Theatre Studies requires students to focus on two areas of stagecraft including; directing, acting, lighting, sound, set design, and costume – this year, the exploration of media was additionally undertaken. 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, this year students have shown an outstanding level of dedication as they worked to produce a short video excerpt of what their theatre show would have looked like by transforming their directorial vision to suit the requirements of a digital production.

The digital production will be released via a dedicated website set to be launched at 3pm on Thursday 18th of June! Access to the website will be made possible via FHS and CC compass and the dedicated instagram page. 

To stay up to date with the latest information, play making process and exclusive behind the scenes content, head to the production instagram account; @picnicathangingrock2020

Harriet N & Julia G

Producer & Director

Year 12 Theatre Studies students

HoL activity: Soft bear project

Be safe, have fun, take photos/notes to complete your HoL@home Folio and share with your HoL team. Reminder: as part of your planning use the HoL@home JSA to identify risks to keep this activity safe, and email Penny with your completed work: pennys@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Please click here for the HOL@home Safety Analysis template

Description:
Create a soft toy bear for yourself or someone else, like Courtney from Fitzroy High School has done for a Childcare Centre.

Introduction:
Below are some pictures of the bears donated to the Childcare Centre in Fitzroy.

As you can see there is no limit to Courtney’s imagination and that of the enthusiastic bear makers from the Fitzroy High School Hands on Learning team. But beware – making bears is lots of fun, so once you start it’s hard to stop! Please send a picture of your creations to your artisan-teacher so we can share these with Fitzroy High (via their HoL School Support Manager).

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

• scissors
• pencil and paper
• pins
• needle
• buttons
• embroidery thread
• stuffing
• felt

SKILLS YOU NEED:

• some basic sewing skills (or some help) – see ‘resources’ below for some ideas
• creativity
• patience

SAFETY ISSUES:

• be aware of pin-pricks with needles and where all your sewing needles and pins are

DURATION:

• this depends on your experience and how many you plan to make Step 1. Draw your bear design onto an A4 sheet of paper and cut around it with scissors.

Step 1.
Draw your bear design onto an A4
sheet of paper and cut around it
with scissors.

Step 2.
Pin the Bear Design to your felt. Make sure you fold the felt to
cut out 2 bears at once.

Step 3.
Design the face.
You can be as creative as you like designing the face.
Make a cross for the eye and sew on a mouth and
nose.

If you have little children around it is best not to use
a buttons, as they are a choking hazard. Stitched eyes
are safer.

Step 4.
Pull out a length of embroidery thread and split
it length wise to make a thinner thread. (3 ply)
Sew neat small Blanket stitches around your
bear.

Leave the inside leg open.

Step 5.
Stuff your Bear using a blunt tool.
A knitting needle is great or the blunt end of the
pencil.
Be sure to stuff the neck, body, ears, legs and
arms really well otherwise your bear will be
floppy.

Step 6.
Once your bear is firmly stuffed sew around the
inside leg area.
If you want you can cut a circle of felt and sew it into
the base of each leg so he has a flat base to stand up
on.

Step 1 & 2

Update on tours and open day

Please note that in light of the recent restrictions, our open day will not be going ahead on the scheduled date. Please watch this space for updates

Thanks

CREATIVE ART CLASSES

For ages 11-16. Thursdays, 3.45-5.45pm.
Commences 2nd May. Materials included.
Fitzroy High School, Falconer St, Nth. Fitzroy
$340 per term, 9 sessions.
Bookings call: 0412 943 047 or via eventbrite

Congratulations to this year’s FHS GVBR Team!

From Saturday 24 October – Sunday 2 December the Fitzroy GVBR team cycled approximately 530kms from the Mountains to the Murray river (Bright to Benalla)

This year we had our largest group ever of 60 riders (43 students, 5 teachers and 12 parents)

We  would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who made the ride possible.

Teachers: Neil, Duncan, Lucy, Nellie, Ella & volunteer Ben Lewis for giving up their time and weekends for training rides and the event.

Neil and Alia N (parent of Esteban in Year 7) for helping to get the bikes to the start line.

Susan, Marie, Kaaren, Amanda & Ross for assisting with the huge amount of administration involved in getting everyone registered.

Shannon for organising the Jerseys.

And Doris for all her help earlier in the year with our Trivia Night fundraiser.

It was a very successful and enjoyable ride with everyone pushing themselves and making wonderful memories and spirit of the FHS team alive and well.

Congratulations to following award winners, who were presented with their awards at our Pizza Party celebration night:

  • Tobyn S Spirit of Cycling Award: Yindi H-H
  • First Year Rider Award: Leo N
  • Harrison C- Straight 6 Award: Patrick G
  • Riders Rider award- Noah S

Day to end gender based violence

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.

Best,

Linda Ekman

Wellbeing Leader

FHS SCHOOL COUNCIL Landscaping Project Sponsorship Drive

Help us improve our school grounds

  • 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.

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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 rogers@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au if you have any questions or comments.

Seeing the world through Pat’s eyes – Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria

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.