Year 8 Camp

This term, the Indigo 8 students made the annual trek out to Roses Gap, endured some extreme weather and took part in challenging activities, including rock climbing and abseiling. I’d like to thank the staff and students for a great week away from the city.

The following students also received an Indigo Work Hard Be Kind award, for demonstrating the team values whilst on camp: Harlan D, Lilian G, Luca G, Maya K, Ned K, Ollie S, Poppy F, Sunday RH, Will P, Zak M, Zoja D – congratulations!

Rainer Parker-Stebbing

Koorie Academy of Excellence Mid-Year Intake (Years 7-10)

Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE)

The Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE) is excited to announce that it will be running a mid-year intake for students to join the North-West Metro KAE.

Applications will open during the upcoming 2019 Term 2 school holidays for students currently enrolled at a north-west metro government secondary school. Positions will be available across a number of year levels, including year 7, year 8, year 9 and year 10. Unfortunately, KAE is unable to offer positions for students studying year 11 and year 12.

Please contact your Koorie Academy Liaison Officers (KALO) now to submit an expression of interest and to receive an application pack for a student to apply. Feel free to spread the word throughout your networks to those who you think may be interested.

KALO contact information:

Tyson Austin
Mobile: 0447 698 331
Phone: 03 9084 9152

Sharna Colgan
Mobile: 0457 527 642
Phone: 03 9084 9148

For more information, please refer to the:
KAE press release
KAE newsletter
VAEAI website

FHS Dyslexia Support Group Meeting

The meetings have always been a useful opportunity to share experiences – what’s working and what resources people might have for others.

The next meeting will feature a video titled The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Made by James Redford, this wonderful film debunks some common untruths and misunderstandings about dyslexia, and delves into the lives of people struggling with a learning disability.

Everyone is welcome including new parents, teachers and surrounding community.

When: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Where: FHS – follow the signs at the front door

For more information contact:
David Huxtable
M: 0419 592 886

New Film 2040: Special Opening Weekend Offer

Fitzroy High School students will be able to see the new film 2040 free of charge on its opening weekend at Palace Cinemas.

The offer applies to all sessions of 2040 on Saturday 25/05/2019 and Sunday 26/05/2019 at the following locations: Palace Balwyn, Brighton Bay, Cinema Como, Kino and Westgarth.

To view the full ticket offer terms and conditions, please visit the following website:

The film 2040 was created by award-winning director Damon Gameau, who recently visited Fitzroy High School to address Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Tram Network Upgrades

Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams will commence work to renew tram tracks and overhead wiring on Monday 3 June 2019. Tram network upgrades will occur on Queens Parade and High Street between Dummett Crescent (Fitzroy North) and Walker Street (Northcote).

Preliminary works will occur from Monday 3 June 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019, resulting in partial lane closures.

Major works will occur from Saturday 8 June 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019, resulting in road closures in the work zone.

Click here for more information.

Yarra Trams Works

Yarra Trams is currently planning works on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill which will require road closure and changes to local public transport stops. This work is due to commence in June 2019 for approximately 1 week.

New Staff

We’ve had some wonderful new staff join us this year. Here’s a little bit about a few of them:

James Hardie: 7-10 Food Technology

Hi everyone, my name’s James and I’m a food technology educator. I come to Fitzroy High School after a 15-year career as a commercial chef. I’m passionate about the role that food can play as a vehicle for broader investigations into society, history, politics and science. I also believe that learning how to prepare delicious and nutritious food is an excellent way for young people to empower themselves. When I’m not thinking about, cooking, or eating food, you’ll find me swimming at Brunswick Baths, cheering on the mighty Hawks, or trying to get through the latest edition of the New Yorker”.

Andy Chan: VCE General Maths, 7-10 Maths and Science

I did my Bsc and went straight into my MTeach. I’ve known I wanted to teach since I was 16 or so, so that was always going to be the plan. I’ve notably had a month’s experience teaching at an international IB school in Beijing, China. I also had a two term long placement at Templestowe College which showed me the benefits of a more holistic education which drew me to apply for schools like FHS!

I really enjoy sports, but hardly get enough time to actually participate. I love soccer, used to do a lot of tennis, cycling and swimming. As well as this, my passions lay with science, mainly in astrophysics and anything space related. I think we’re going into a second golden age of space exploration with so much talk recently of exploring Mars and I think in sharing these passions with students it allows them to understand why we teach what we teach. I often have students ask me why we need to know certain things, and if we’ll ever use the things we learn in life – I like to respond that we learn, not only the cold hard facts and methods, but we also learn different ways of thinking and gain new perspectives that we can use to solve problems in everyday life.

Being a graduate teacher, I still have a million different things to learn and within the first few weeks, I have already learnt so much, not only from other teachers but also from the students as well. The community here at FHS is so welcoming and after just nearly a term I already feel at home here so I’d like to thank everyone for being so lovely and kind.

Liz Floreani: Inclusion Aide

My name is Liz, I worked as a chef for 5 years before changing to Education. I moved to Melbourne 2 years ago to study and currently in my second year of the Bachelor of Education. 

Your Voice Conference

On February 22nd, the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective held its sold
out ‘Your Voice’ conference for 300 secondary students at RMIT University.
The conference — programmed for and by students — was the first of its kind
in the country. The idea for the event began to bloom almost two years ago, in
response to a growing demand for the ‘Femco’ to visit or be visited by other
schools for advice on how to start a feminist collective.

We kicked off the day with a beautiful Welcome to Country by Uncle Ian
Hunter, followed by a performance by some incredible First Nation dancers.
Vice Chancellor of RMIT’s School of Education Belinda Tynan then addressed
the congregation, before keynote speaker Clementine Ford spoke skilfully to
the conference’s key themes of ‘Uniting, Empowering and Disrupting’.

The conference consisted of three sets of four parallel sessions, featuring
everything from workshops run by Clem on the alternatives to ‘toxic
masculinity’, to panels on ‘Women in Leadership’, ‘Feminism as a Person of
Colour’ and ‘Feminism and the Queer community’, to sessions on self-
defence (run by FHS’s own Riley Moloney), feminist ‘Sex Ed’, ‘How to Start
Your Own Feminist Collective’ and Mindfulness. The atmosphere on the day
was magical: there was a powerful and positive sense of community and
togetherness, which was one of the key aims of the conference.

The Feminist Collective put in a mammoth amount of work to pull the
conference off, but it would not have been possible without the unflagging
support of school leadership & our school council, and our ongoing
collaboration with respected Deakin Uni academics Deb Ollis and Leanne Coll
(‘above and beyond’ doesn’t even get close). We would not have had a home
without RMIT lecturer Emily Gray’s advocacy for our work, and the generous
contributions of our region’s Respectful Relationships team (especially Project
Lead Brigitte Walker & volunteers on the day Charlotte, Collette and
Maryanne) were invaluable. Our generous team of unflappable event
volunteers, drawn from our friends and family, did everything from ‘bribing’
RMIT students to print accurate door signs to attending merch stands for
hours on end. We are indebted to you.

A very special thanks must also go to Adrian Wood & Beci Orpin, who
donated their valuable time to design our fabulous conference poster and tote
bags respectively, to Emma Koster & Barb Jennings for their years of support,
and to Continental House in Hepburn Springs who enabled access to their
lovely digs for our planning camp in 2017. We’d also like to thank Floral
Architecture, a business run by two young women in Fitzroy who donated
both their time and profit to provide beautiful arrangements for our volunteers.
Femco members Reni L-P and Eve F (and Eve’s
incredible parents Rebecca and Conor), whose enthusiasm and dedication to
the conference was unflagging, Yasmin A, our brilliant MC for the day, are also due a special & heartfelt thank you.
The day was, in the words of Eve, ‘a triumph’.

If you would like to purchase one of the Femco’s exclusive Beci Orpin
designed conference tote bags ($20) please contact Briony O’Keeffe via

In the meantime, stay tuned as the 2019 FHS Feminist Collective hatches
plans for its next big project!

Briony O’Keeffe

VCE Season of Excellence 2019 begins

The VCE Season of Excellence 2019 has officially begun, with the inaugural Top Talks taking place on Friday 15 February at State Library Victoria. The inspiring sold-out event, showcasing four outstanding VCE Extended Investigation students from 2018, was a fitting way to begin this year’s program.

Panel session L-R Alumnus, Luca I – Fitzroy High School, The University High School, Mornington Secondary College, Melbourne High School, Maxine McKew (MC), Top Talks 2019