Year 8 Mission to Mars Excursion

Review written by Hamish J. of 8V


On Monday the 15th of July, a group of 21 Year 8 students went to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) in Strathmore. The students were fortunate enough to be involved in a day of immersive activities where students worked as a team to complete a geological survey of the Mars surface.

Mars Surface

On the Mars Surface, we each had separate roles which actual astronauts would have. I was an engineer and was tasked with collecting rock samples on Mars and setting up a weather radar. The mission control team would help us by telling us when to leave Mars and other critical information. The activities were very immersive and enjoyable.

Mission Control

In mission control, we each had certain positions which would help the astronauts below, such as checking their vitals. I was a mission controller and I was in charge of making sure the mission would run smoothly. It was very realistic and we even got to tell the astronauts about an upcoming dust storm and we were able to get them out in time.


In the laboratory, we worked on different subjects similar to our astronaut role. As engineers, we were told to organise the rock samples that we collected in order from the surface. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot about the surface of Mars.

MVP Winners from Term 2 Year 8 Sports Day

Term 2 Year 8 MVPs:
• Girls’ Badminton: Lillian G.
• Boys’ Football: Jules P.
• Competitive Netball: Kiki S.
• Social Netball: Isabelle M.
• Boys’ Netball: Ed B.
• Boys’ Soccer: Mungo S.
• Girls’ Soccer: Zoja D.

The MVP Awards are awarded to the team members who best meet the following criteria:
• Consistently performs with a high level of effort;
• Is the most valuable player on the team;
• Demonstrates excellent team spirit and sportspersonship;
• Consistently shows a positive attitude and enthusiastic approach; and
• Has excellent focus during warm up and training.

Duncan Hillier

Visit from Damon Gameau

On Tuesday 21 May 2019, Damon Gameau, the creator and star of “That Sugar Film”, visited Fitzroy High School to address all Indigo students and students from the Future Makers 9-10 Excel. Damon presented some of his exciting new findings from the past three years while creating his new film. The film, titled 2040, is a positive look at Climate Science and what the future could look like by the year 2040. He focused on the best solutions already available to us, which could help us improve our planet.

Our students were all very excited by the ideas and footage shown by Damon and many students asked fantastic questions during the Q&A session that followed. With the federal election and school climate strikes in recent memory, there were a number of motivated students asking passionate questions. The student questions could have gone on for another hour and it is clear that the future of our environment is in safe hands with this cohort of young FHS students.

For information regarding Damon Gameau’s new film “2040”, please click here.

For information regarding a special opening weekend offer for students to see the film “2040” free of charge, please click here.

Duncan Hillier.

Term 1 Year 8 Sport MVPs

Congratulations to the Term 1 Year 8 Sport MVPs:

  • Tennis Girls – Claudia C.
  • Tennis Boys – Will P.
  • Baseball/Softball Boys – Jules L.
  • Baseball/Softball Girls – Maya D.
  • Cricket – Jules P.
  • Cricket Participation – Luca G.
  • Volleyball Girls – Ridwan A.
  • Volleyball Boys Tied – Ari J. and Esteban F.