Fitzroy High School’s Open Day promises to be bigger and better than ever. We will be running a morning and an afternoon session. Each session will comprise a brief welcome presentation, followed by student-led tours, culminating in morning/afternoon tea and a chance to meet and talk to our friendly staff. Please note that the information evening will be on the 2nd of April, the evening prior to Open Day.  At this session we will provide more detailed information on our school, philosophy and approach. This session is specifically for prospective 2020 Year 7 students and their families.

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Term 1 Starts Soon

We hope you’re all having a great summer break! The first two days of Term 1 (Tuesday the 29th and Wednesday the 30th of January) will be staff only, non-teaching days.

All students commence Term 1 on Thursday the 31st of January 2019.

Senior Programs Booklists


Campion book list orders are now open. You can place your order via the Campion online ordering portal or in person by visiting the Campion store at 94 McEwan Road, Heidelberg West.

Campion have two special offers this year:

  • All orders submitted by Monday the 10th of December 2018 will receive free delivery.
  • A special price offer of $215 for the TI-Nspire CX CAS Calculator is available if ordered before the 10th of December 2018 (Normal price $249)

Year 12 Graduation Day

Our Year 12 VCE students are now in the midst of final exams. Graduation Day was a terrific day for all Year 12 students to celebrate the completion of their secondary education. It is generally a tradition that students organize to dress up in the days prior to Graduation Day. We saw many fine costumes.

As always, the traditional large congratulatory banner was hanging on the front of the school. This year, our Year 12 Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College students were welcomed with a long red carpet, leading to a breakfast barbeque and a jumping castle on the hard court. Following was a combined Year 12 assembly where Year 12 subject awards were presented. The following are the Fitzroy High School Award recipients:

Biology Patrick G
Business Management Delphi K M
Chemistry Daniel B
Chemistry Kitty F
Extended Investigation Patrick G
Further Mathematics Stella G
Geography Finn H
History Stella G
Legal Studies Anouk G-M
Literature Angus N
Mathematical Methods David C
Media Chiharu V
Music Performance Finn M (Yr 11)
Philosophy William G (Yr 11)
Physical Education Madeleine M S-B
Physics Finn H
Psychology Massimo C-P (Yr 11)
Specialist Mathematics Gabriel J
Studio Arts Stella G
VCAL Literacy Felix J-R
VCAL Numeracy Januar M
VCAL Personal Development Skills Januar M
VCAL Work Related Skills Enoh B
VCE VET External Programs Madeleine M S-B
VCE VET Sport and Recreation Delphi K M

The Collingwood College students were bid farewell, and returned to their school for their traditional school ceremonies. After recess we hosted the traditional whole school assembly, comprising speeches from John Hinman, Scarlet Team Leader, Linda Mitchell, Principal, Javier and Molly, School Council Student Representatives, along with musical performances. Recipients of the subject awards were shared with the school community, where they were congratulated, and Angus Norman was announced as the Valedictorian for 2108. The finale of the assembly was Angus delivering an impassioned valedictory speech. The Year 12 students were escorted off the school via a guard of hour made up of the rest of the study body.

In the evening we held the formal Valedictory Dinner. Our guest speaker was Sean Power, a former student and current Senior Producer and Melbourne Digital Editor at Seven West and recipient of a Walkley Award in 2017. Angus Norman delivered a modified version of his valedictory speech, which was equally impassioned. Area awards were presented and all students were presented with their graduation folio, certificates and gift.

Recipients of the area awards are as follows:

Art and Design Stella G
Career Development Delphi K M
English and Literature Angus N
Humanities Anouk G-M
David C
Performing ArtsAndreas P
School Spirit Delphi K M
Science Patrick G
Science Kitty F
Health, Sports and Physical Education Delphi K M
Vocational Education Januar M
Young Leader Roy M
Principal’s Award (Valedictorian) Angus N

We are very proud of the achievements ofall of our Year 12 students and wish our VCE students well in their exams. Inthe next edition of the newsletter there will be an article about the SeniorVCAL Launch.

Femco Film Fundraiser

The FHS Feminist Collective have been working hard on the organisation of a conference for secondary students to be held at RMIT’s city campus in February next year. 

Our keynote speaker will be Clementine Ford (who will also facilitate a workshop), Frances Canon will run a session on body positivity, Beci Orpin is on board to help with design, Courtney Barnett has donated limited edition merch for us to raffle (stay tuned!) and Fitzroy High’s very own Riley Rogers will run a self-defence workshop. The rest of our program is also falling into place nicely.

Turns out conferences are pretty expensive to organise though, and we’d appreciate your support. Would you pay about $5 more than usual for a cinema ticket to attend our screening of Ladies in Black at Cinema Nova on Wednesday 28th November, at 6:15?

Yes? Great! To buy a ticket for our modest fundraising price of $25, simply click here.

There are special candy bar deals available too* (popcorn, choctops, tapas) but that orders need to be emailed to the organiser by Friday November 23rd and paid for separately. Further info below and upon booking.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Briony and the Femco

Valedictory Dinner Class of 2018 – A letter from our School Council President

Last week as School Council President and as a parent I attended the Valedictory Dinner for the Class of 2018. The dinner is a formal event held in the evening of the official last day of school for all finishing year 12’s. At this event students, families and teachers come together to enjoy a night where we present awards to recognise special effort and accomplishments, to farewell the students and to wish them well for the future. There is much applause, a speech from the Valedictorian (which always makes the staff a little nervous), a presentation of encouragement from a member of the community selected to tell their interesting story (this year is was a person who graduated from FHS in 2008) and a few tears and tender moments. I see this as a  similar ‘rites of passage’ event to the Grade 6 Graduation most of us attended not that long ago.

As an atmosphere of hope and potential filled the room I felt certain that together we have succeeded in preparing our children to be the adults we all should want in our future. This is my 4th Valedictory event and each year it has felt  the same. Looking around at our senior school teaching staff and Linda, Sandra and Pauline I felt proud that our family, as I’m sure others do too, chose FHS as the best school for our children’s secondary education. They genuinely share in the success, joy, anticipation and excitement of the students and although they do this every year, it feels like this is the first.  I therefore take this opportunity as a parent and as School Council President to thank the Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College senior program teachers for their hard work, dedication and for the personal time and effort they so generously give to our children. I also thank all of the FHS teaching and non-teaching staff for their support and dedication, none of this of course would be entirely possible without you. A special thank you to Doris Pearce the Academic Facilitator for Scarlet Team who with her amazing event organisational abilities and with a good sense of fun, every year organises the the last day morning activities (this year it was a red carpet event followed by breakfast and a jumping castle) ending in the Valedictory Dinner that help to make this a memorable day, sending off our students in true FHS style.

To all the year 12 students and families who are leaving us this year, on behalf of School Council and the school community,  I congratulate you and wish you all the best for the future and know that wherever you go you will always carry a bit of FHS within you.

Kath Boyer
School Council President

East West is turning 40

Hello to all of our lovely East West families. Please join us to celebrate the 40 years of East West. Pass it on, tell you friends, come and down and say hi.

Bring a plate to share and a drink to enjoy and catch up on some wonderful memories…

We would love to see you there.

Honey! I Shrunk the House!

Students were given the challenge of creating and wiring up a model house to run like a normal household.  These students created a stylish Swedish home with all the amenities and a high-tech modern home run through a single remote control!

Year 9 Exhibition

The Year 9 Visible Poetry Unit was on display during the last two weeks of Term 3.  This unit of work aimed to challenge the student’s understandings of the conventional notions of poetry.  Students were encouraged to embrace new possibilities when constructing simple and meaningful poetry, and develop ‘voice’ by creating imaginative poems and artworks to express ideas in words and images. They were challenged to look at the world in a special way, to understand the world more deeply by altering the way they look at things around them. Students were given opportunities to understand that poems are everywhere, even in the smallest and most ordinary things. They experimented with different poetic forms and responded to sensory stimulus, such as a live string quartet incursion and a visit to the NGV to inspire the crafting of their own poems and artworks. Students chose their favourite piece to display on Exhibition Night and they also recited their poem orally to the audience.

YeS Project Launch

Jules O and Tulley D represented both Fitzroy High School and all government secondary schools across Australia when they participated in a student panel as part of the national launch of the YeS Project, an initiative of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

The YeS Project is a workshop-based digital and social health program that encourages young people to act as positive leaders and supportive friends in all their social spaces, especially online. The YeS Project aims to enable students to learn about their digital communities, and to transform them.