Introduction to Tyson Day and Careers Services

I’m personally very excited to be involved with the Fitzroy High School community as the Careers Counsellor, supporting Sandra Dickens while she is in her role at the Department of Education. It is my third year of being involved in the school, as in 2018 I supported the Year 10s with VCE subjects, 2019 I supported Years 10s and 12s with subjects and pathways, so it’s great to feel a deeper connection to the school community in 2020. When I’m not at the school, I’m working in my own business, Arrive & Thrive, supporting young people in the transition process through workshops and individual counseling. I have worked in all aspects of career development, including universities, corporate, athlete transitions and secondary education. My main priorities in the school are supporting students in career exploration, bringing further awareness to the support that they have and working closely with teachers to help each student develop a career plan that aligns with their personality, interests and strengths. I’m looking forward to working with parents in this process and bringing about further discussions and career conversations at home while further embedding the amazing work that Sandra has been doing over the past few years. Please feel free to contact me on

Tyson Day

Term 1 School Council President Report

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

For those new to the school this year: welcome to Fitzroy High School!  We are so happy that you have chosen to be a part of our wonderful school community and look forward to getting to know you as you explore the many opportunities for learning and growth that Fitzroy High School offers our young people.  For those returning: welcome back! We hope you had a great break over the summer and have come back refreshed and ready to engage with our outstanding program.

The start of any school year is always a busy time for teachers, school leadership, parents and students.  This year we have the added task of completing a formal school review in Term 1. School reviews are undertaken every four years by the Victorian Department of Education as part of their improvement and quality assurance cycle.  School leadership and School Council have been engaged with this since late last year, as we work through the process of completing the school’s Pre-Review Self- Evaluation and move on to the site visits by the review team in March. The school has run a number of focus groups with parents and students to gather feedback and teachers and school leadership have been examining policies, practices, strategies and outcomes to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and where we’d like to get to.  I’d like to thank all the parents and students who have come along to the focus groups for their input. And special thanks to members of School Council, school leadership and teachers for all the work they have put in and will continue to put in through the review process. We will keep you informed of the results of the review and the goals established for the next four year cycle. 

The first regular meeting for School Council for 2020 was on Wednesday 19 February.  In that meeting, School Council reviewed and approved the Year 8 Roses Gap camp and the Year 9 Bogong Leadership camp.  Monitoring camps and major excursions is one role of School Council, which has an oversight role in relation to risk/child safety and financial/equity issues and can provide support and advice around education and other matters.  School Council also resolved to undertake a full review of the Fitzroy High School dress code. As you know, Fitzroy High School does not have a uniform but there is a dress code and dress code policy, which must be regularly reviewed and endorsed by School Council.  Late last year, students from the Feminist Collective club (FemCo) wrote to School Council with a number of concerns around the dress code relating to both the substance of the code and the manner of its implementation. School Council has now commissioned the Community Subcommittee to undertake a community consultation and full review of the dress code. Sharlene Farrugia, a parent member of School Council, will lead that review.

If you want to know more about our February meeting, you can find the minutes for that meeting and all School Council meetings in Compass in the documentation section.

The next meeting of School Council on Wednesday 25 March will be the last meeting for School Council members whose two-year terms are expiring and the first for newly appointed members.  It will also be the meeting at which we elect the office bearers (President, Deputy President, Treasurer) for 2020 and appoint the heads of the three subcommittees. There are four parent member positions, two Department member positions and up to two community member positions that need to be filled.  Parents who are interested in joining School Council are encouraged to nominate. You don’t need any particular experience or knowledge, just a willingness to participate and make a contribution. Information about the nominating and voting process has been posted on Compass. 

Of course joining School Council is not the only way to get involved and make a contribution to our wonderful school!  One possibility is to join a School Council subcommittee. School Council has three subcommittees: Education, Community and Buildings and Environment.  These subcommittees are a critical part of school governance and provide essential support to School Council and core and extra-curricular school programs.  All parents and teachers are welcome to join those subcommittees, which usually meet two weeks before School Council to review and discuss work in their area and make recommendations to School Council.  You don’t have to be a member of School Council to join a subcommittee and subcommittee meetings are open to all members of the school community. The dates for the subcommittee and School Council meetings are published on Compass. 

If you want to know more about joining School Council, participating in a subcommittee or other volunteering opportunities, please feel free to contact me.  My school email is

Ralph Saubern
President, School Council
Fitzroy High School

Instrumental Music Program 2020

Fitzroy High’s Instrumental Music Program is well and truely underway. We have a great lineup of ensembles again this year and some new faces that have joined the team. I would like to introduce Matt Sheers our new Strings teacher who is leading both The String Ensemble and Filharmonica and teaching violin, viola and the Uke. Another new face is myself, Emily Wearne! Taking the lead from Matthew Hovell who did a terrific job last year coordinating the Instrumental Program, I will be answering your emails, facilitating performances and helping out in anyway possible to ensure a smooth year of lessons and performances, if anyone has any suggestions or questions regarding the program please contact me at this email , and I will endeavour to help where possible. 

For this year we hope to have a few external and internal concerts to showcase the hard work put in by both student and teacher to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble. I encourage staff, friends and family to attend these events and support students in their extra curricular activity. That is it for now, I hope everyone is settling into the new year with ease and we can all have a fab 2020!!

Emily Wearne

TARA workshop (Teenage Aggression: Responding Assertively)

The T.A.R.A Program – A workshop for parents of adolescents who are behaving with aggression and violence – is a Course that runs over two mornings (attendance required for both sessions) Thursday 12th and 19th March at 9.30am -12.30
Please call intake to secure a place on the number below.

Collingwood Basketball

Collingwood Basketball Club is a community based, not for profit sports club. We offer a variety of basketball opportunities for beginners, experienced and high performance players.

Registrations for our Summer domestic teams, for players from under 9 to under 19, are now open, and I am hoping that you can place either the attached notice, or the text based information below, in your next newsletter, in order to promote the program to your students and their families. The teams are open to beginners and experienced players.

Information and online registration:

Footy’s in the air.

The Women’s (AFLW) season has opened with a bang, featuring plenty of young women not long out of school. And where did their journey begin? At clubs such as Fitzroy Junior Football Club.

At Fitzroy – the Lions – we cater for girls from Under 8s to Under 18s. February is recruitment time, when our dedicated group of parent coaches look forward to seeing new faces and their families.

This year, our Welcome Day will feature a tackling clinic for girls, to be run by a couple of AFLW/AFL experts. It’s open to current and new players, parents, and anyone else who might be interested.

Heat Health Alerts

Heat health alerts and fire danger warnings

How you can prepare and stay safeThis week — between Wednesday 18 December and Friday 20 December 2019 — Victoria will experience hot and dry conditions which will elevate the potential for heat illnesses and fires.

With maximum temperatures forecast to reach over 40 degrees in parts of the state, the Victorian Government’s Chief Health Officer has issued a number of heat health alerts about the heat wave conditions.  Alerts have so far been issued for Wednesday and Thursday and for the affected weather districts of the Mallee and North Central.  However, further Heath Health alerts are expected for Friday, when temperatures are forecast to soar more broadly across the state.

At the same time, the fire danger rating for a significant part of Victoria has been forecast at very high and severe levels 

Prepare for the heat with the following tips:

  • help save energy by turning off all unnecessary electronic devices and lights
  • when gone for 30 minutes or more, turn off computers, monitors, copiers, and printers whenever possible
  • close all exterior windows and doors and lower blinds to reduce the heat coming through windows
  • monitor conditions at locations for planned excursions and camps, and re-assess the need for any travel (including staff travel)
  • be alert to children, adults or pets being left in cars, as the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes
  • listen to local radio, download the free VicEmergency App on your phone or call the VicEmergency Hotline number 1800 226 226 for warnings, advice and up-to-date information.

For more information

To clarify if your service operates within this/these district/s, read Victorian Forecast Areas Map

To subscribe directly to heat health alerts and advisories, visit Health Victoria – Heat health alerts

2020 Student Exchange Opportunities

 Dear Fitzroy High School community

Happy holidays from the WEP Australia team!

World Education Program (WEP) is an Australian not-for-profit student exchange organisation. In 2019, we sent over 200 high schoolers on exchange to countries including Austria, China, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Spain and our newest destination, South Korea!
We also welcomed overseas students to Australian communities from Victoria’s Portland to Trangie in New South Wales, up to Atherton in Far North Queensland.
Please share the attached flyer with your students to alert them to their 2020 student exchange opportunities. 

 All the best for the festive season! 
Annie Taylor
World Education Program Australia Limited

Eco Youth Camp

YMCA (Geelong) Camp Wyuna, situated between Port Philip Bay and Swan Bay, surrounded by native bush and vegetation, has been supporting and inspiring youth for years, by creating a safe and encouraging environment, conducting wide range of outdoor activities and education programs. 

The purpose of this ECO YOUTH CAMP is for 13-16 yrs olds, (year 7-10) teenages to build knowledge of self-care, nutrition, being creative, (doing away with electronic gadgets), have fun and make friends and introducing plant based food to inspire for a sustainable, clean, healthy world.

If you know anyone could benefit with such experience, sign them up and support them to be there!!!

Spread the word and share it with family and friends, with your social network.

Limited space available.

YMCA Camp Wyuna also offers 5 sponsored FREE placements for aspiring youth – to apply, email:

The Place Debate 2020

Right Angle Studio, a urban strategy and creative agency located just a stone’s throw from Fitzroy High, on the other side of the park. For almost 15 years they have been working alongside local, state and federal government, as well as private developers, to help understand and improve lives in our cities.

Next year, as part of MPavilion’s 2019/20 program, they are presenting an event called the Place Debate, at which two three-a-side teams will engage in a lively and fun debate around the urban/suburban divide. They are in the process of putting together a panel of industry leaders but are really passionate about giving a voice to the next generation of thinkers.

They would like to allocate one place at the debate to a Victorian high school student. Attached below is all the information in a one page document.