Two recent improvements to the infrastructure and natural environment at Fitzroy High School

Over the last couple of months there have been two changes to the school site that have improved the school’s general amenity and also added to the school’s infrastructure in a positive way. These changes are outlined in A and B below.

A. The ‘Corridor’ area garden between the old building and the Science/Technology building has been reordered and replanted by Jenny Harrington of Horticultural Services with the help of the school’s Principal, Linda Mitchell.

For several years Fitzroy High School (FHS) have been investing time and resources into a project that is reordering most of the school’s existing garden areas.

As part of this project, Jenny Harrington of Horticultural Services prepared a Report, Fitzroy High School Indigenous Gardens Project: Management and Scheduling Plan 2019-2020, in 2019.

This project was instigated by the Buildings and Environments Subcommittee of FHS Council and so far has been brought to fruition by Linda and Jenny.

In the 2019 report, Jenny Harrington recognised five areas for reordering, the:

  1. Amphitheatre at the school frontage on Falconer Street;
  2. Garden bed at the school frontage on Falconer Street;
  3. Garden bed alongside the main school building on Falconer Street;
  4. ‘Corridor’ area between the Old Building and the 2003-2004                          constructed Science/Technology building;
  5. Area near the Ficus in the south-east corner of the school.

In 2019 the Area mentioned in 5 was replanted.

In 2020 the Area mentioned in 4 has been replanted, as outlined above. There was an emphasis on plains and grassy woodland plants being established in this ‘Corridor’. This location also includes the garden on the northern side of the Science/Technology building.

This whole project grew out of the 2014 ‘Commemorative return to Fitzroy High School – a celebration of ten years’ that took place in that year.

Its main aim is an attempt to represent and enhance the indigenous remnant vegetation that can be found throughout the City of Yarra.

The new ‘Corridor’ garden area can be seen in the image below.

B. New air conditioning units for the Library and IT Area have been installed. They can be seen on the cantilever veranda that covers the eastern entrance to the school, adjacent to the library.

In 2019 the Australian Government provided $30.2 million for the Local Schools Community Fund, with up to $200,000 available for each federal electorate. The Fund was to benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs. 

These air conditioning units are the result of Fitzroy High School’s successful application to the Fund which is linked with the school’s local Federal Member Parliament, The Hon. Adam Bandt.

Part of the schools’ application to the Fund made the following three points.

“During Melbourne summers there are occasional days of extreme heat, which have increased in frequency since 2005 [Melbourne Regional Office of the Bureau of Meteorology, ‘Climate Statistics for Australian Locations’,Retrieved 5th March 2015]. In addition Melbourne’s 30 year average maximum and minimum temperatures have increased for all summer months. [Appendix 1 –, Retrieved 18th September 2019]. This funding application aims to alleviate the impact of these changes on the efficacy of teaching and learning, teacher professional development and parent/community events in FHS’s Library and IT space.”

“The people who will mainly benefit from this project will be the teachers who permanently occupy the Library and IT space at FHS and the teachers and students who use these areas for teaching, learning and professional development. Additional benefit will be derived by parents and community members who are involved with school events, such as information evenings and parent/teacher gatherings that are often held in this space.”

“Knowing our students and teachers well is a core goal of our student and teacher well-being model. Understanding and continuously improving the relationship between students, teachers and the physical infrastructure with which they engage is a fundamental to providing support for their health and well being. An air conditioned Library and IT space will contribute greatly to achieving this goal.”

The new air conditioning units can be seen in the image below.

It is appropriate that these recent school achievements, that enhance the school’s buildings and general amenity, be brought to the attention of the whole school community. The school’s leadership group see this as one way of saying to parents, and the wider school community, that even though there have been many significant disruptions to the school’s working life over the last few months due to the corona virus pandemic, there have been some other activities that have continued. These enhance a sense of normalcy and will improve the general well being of the whole school community when we return to a post pandemic state of affairs. 

Roger Smith


Buildings and Environments Subcommittee of FHS Council

Keeping it in the families – a good news story!

My name’s Kitty, I’m in year 7 at Fitzroy high school. I have my own business called Keeping it in the family where I hand make masks and sell them. My whole family helps out. My brother Sam who is in year 9 at Fitzroy is admin and built our website. My Mum helps with sewing, and my Dad helps with a bit of both. I started making masks because my friends in New York said that masks help a lot so to stop the spread of COVID-19 so I hopped on the wagon and started Keeping it in the family. I have made about 115 masks in 1 week and I have sold masks all around Australia, from Sydney to Queensland, and even to New York. I have learnt a lot about running a business already, including persistence, listening to advice, revenue and profit and how to manage finances.

On Wednesday one of our family friends told us about the weatherman on channel 10 who said that if a small business sends in one of their masks with a bit about their business he might shout them out on the news. So I did! Then the next day he called me and asked me some questions. Then he went on the news and we watched as he told loads of people about my business. You can order my masks at

Watch video here 

CyberParent through Australian Multicultural Foundation

The Australian Multicultural Foundation has launched a web app called CyberParent which encourages safe and healthy internet use in Australian homes. 

Created with development partner Liberate eLearning, CyberParent equips parents with the knowledge and confidence to identify early warning signs and seek appropriate support from Australian service providers.

CyberParent covers topical issues such as:

  • Internet terms and definitions
  • Information about social media and descriptions of popular apps
  • Information about different dangers for young people online e.g. cyberbullying, online gaming and grooming/recruitment
  • Practical tips on healthy and safe internet use
  • Where you can go for help

CyberParent can be accessed by all devices that have an internet connection, however, it is optimised for tablets and smartphones.

CyberParent is available in a total of 17 different languages, including: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Pashto, Spanish, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The AMF has also developed an accompanying guide to help new users download and navigate CyberParent. The document also provides trainers and facilitators with a plan, tools and some tips on running a training session about CyberParent. The Guideline is available in 7 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Somali, Turkish and Urdu and can be accessed here

Please note that CyberParent does not collect any identifying information about users. 

To access CyberParent Web App click below or type into your browser. 



Career Exploration Time
Just like that Term 2 is over and we are looking at the second half of the school year and what career support is in place to help our young people develop a sense of purpose, direction and career clarity! The next term is one of the busiest of times for careers counsellors in schools and our school is no exception.

Career Conversations have continued through the transition of back to face to face. This term we saw an influx of students working through the transition of back to face to face learning and further opening the conversation around what types of careers and jobs they may want to explore. These conversations had a large focus on COVID-19 and students demonstrating that they were wanting to look at careers that factor in security, future growth, health and safety, given the current climate. With further media attention on employment trends and university courses it has been even more important that the Fitzroy High School community feels supported in understanding students options in and out of school.

Year 9
My Career Insights program assessment has been completed at school with half of our students finishing the assessment. Students can still complete the assessment during the holiday break and are encouraged to do so if they have not finished it. Assessments need to be completed by the end of the break in order for the school to engage in the next step of the My Career Insights project. A friendly reminder all consent forms to be sent to
Parents can expect further communication about this program halfway through Term 3, stay tuned!
For further information for parents on My Careers Insights, click here.

Year 10
In the first half of Term 3 students will have a career conversation as a part of their preparation of choosing a Senior School pathway. This is where they can receive personal advice around subjects, jobs, universities, TAFES and life outside of school. Students are encouraged to revisit their Morrisby Report, as a part of their My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 as well as their career action plan. Students can log back in and review this at, if they are having difficulty accessing their profile, send an email to

Year 11
All students are still able to organise a career conversation by visiting the booking link of
Students are also encouraged to make the most of the university, TAFE and pathway information available at the moment as many providers will have open day information and resources that Year 11 students can access. For more information visit the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tours

Year 12
Students are encouraged to explore the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tour information and place key dates in their diary to visit campuses (social restrictions depending). Students will be meeting with Career Services at the start of August and September to be supported with their thinking and decisions for life after Fitzroy. It has been great to see how many students have connected with career services in Term 2. Students are encouraged to bring their questions about GAP years, work and tertiary options to their session as we want every student feeling confident leaving their secondary schooling.

Admissions for universities are starting to filter through further information around key dates, entry requirements and the student application process.

For all students who are wanting to study in Victoria, VTAC have released key dates on which they are listed below:

VTAC will be holding parent webinars and information sessions which will be released shortly.

If students are wanting to apply interstate please review the following websites to understand and support their application process.
TAS = University of Tasmania

I would also recommend following Tertiary Information Service and their facebook page for webinars and information on how to apply for tertiary studies in Australia.

If students are looking to apply internationally universities and colleges will advertise international student information on their website. As it is unclear on the impact of COVID-19 for international students in 2021 it is hard to advise on this particular pathway. But please send questions to as I can reach out to other networks and connections who may be able to shed some light on a particular college or pathway.

Education USA
EducationUSA Australia –School Holiday Virtual Week – Join us July 6-10

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network and the official source on U.S. higher education. The EducationUSA advising teams in Australia and New Zealand have created a week-long webinar series for prospective students across Oceania, called #EdUSAVirtualWeek. The Virtual Week will be hosted July 6 – July 10 and will include nine informative webinars with 20 U.S. universities participating. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to hear from U.S. colleges and universities to obtain firsthand information about studying in the United States. Review all available sessions from our event page and register today! #EdUSAVirtualWeek #EdUSAatHome

Something Extra

Career Education can often be something that is overlooked as the focus turns to exams subject choices and university prerequisites. To help your young person decide on the type of areas that they want to explore for life after school try some of these questions around the house over the break:

  • What would you do if money and status did not matter?
  • What would be your dream job if you could start it tomorrow?
  • What jobs do you think you would be good at?
  • How do you think the world of work will look in 10 years time?

From my perspective, I thank you for your patience and understanding that we are faced with uncertain times with pathways and courses and that I will do my best to get the relevant information to the school community as soon as possible.

Tyson Day

Fitzroy Gasworks Senior Campus: A new Senior Secondary Campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Families in Melbourne’s inner north are a step closer to having a new senior secondary college campus.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today released designs of the new Fitzroy Gasworks School’s façade and announced early site works are now underway.

The campus will accommodate senior students from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College and is one of 14 new schools and campuses set to open in 2022 under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom.

This school will be one of seven vertical schools being rolled out by the Labor Government since 2017 which include Docklands Primary School, Fishermans Bend Secondary School, Prahran High School, Richmond High School, South Melbourne Primary School, and a new campus for McKinnon Secondary College.

Watpac Construction has been appointed to build the new campus with construction to start in the next few months. Once complete, it will include state-of-the-art learning spaces, an arts and performance space, a digital design and technology hub, a wood and metal workspace, indoor sports courts, and a rooftop terrace outdoor court and activity space.

The Fitzroy Gasworks is an important part of Fitzroy North’s heritage – with the school campus part of plans to re-energise the former industrial site. The Gasworks site will serve the community well due to its proximity to public transport, open space and established community facilities.

The Labor Government’s vision for the site is an urban village that includes a school campus, new housing, and open space with the local community closely involved in planning to help deliver the best outcome for the site and neighbourhood.

Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

For more information visit:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This new campus is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”

“We are building a world-class education system to make sure that every child, no matter where they live, can make the most out of school and get the best start in life.”

Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“This new senior school campus will revitalise the local area and ensure local students get the best quality education.”


Facebook post:

Here is the link to the VSBA project page where we will publish construction updates along the way.

Victorian Chief Health Officer message to parents

I am writing to Victorian parents, carers and students today to seek every family’s support in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

As the school holidays approach, we can’t ease up on looking after ourselves and our families. The only thing between us and a second wave is what we do next.

Wherever you go, please be mindful of the risks. Be aware others may be carrying the virus and practice physical distancing.

We are currently experiencing the highest case numbers we’ve seen in more than two months. Current evidence suggests that the rise in case numbers in Victoria is being driven by families having get-togethers and not following advice around physical distancing and hygiene.

Unfortunately, we are still in a pandemic and people’s lives are still at risk. As we’ve seen across the world, this virus has the ability to turn a small number of cases into hundreds in a matter of days.

This is not where we want to be and we must all act now – while we can.

This is why we’ve had to implement a number of revised restrictions. The number of visitors you can have at your home is now reduced to five. Outside the home, families and friends can meet in groups up to ten.

This is how each and every member of the community can help:

  • Stay safe while out in the community.
  • Stay safe at home. And that means only seeing those you need to. Don’t have big family gatherings and remember to keep your distance and maintain good hygiene.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • If you, or anyone in your family is feeling unwell – stay at home. Don’t visit friends and family. Don’t go on holiday if you are unwell and don’t go to work. Don’t send your kids to school, childcare or kindergarten if they are unwell – stay home.
  • And if you have symptoms, get tested.

The vast majority of Victorians are doing the right thing, but this is a wake-up call and we cannot be complacent.

It’s up to all of us to keep our friends and families safe.

For current information and updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website. 

If anyone in your family has any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they should stay at home, seek advice and get tested. These symptoms include fever, chills or sweats, a cough, a sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, or loss of sense of smell or taste. For more information about where to get tested visit the getting tested for coronavirus web page. 

If you’re concerned yourself or a family member has contracted the virus and need more information, please call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer

The May 50K – Leave Your Limits Behind

Each May, MS Research Australia conducts the May 50k, individuals and teams run or walk 50 kilometres throughout May to raise money for vital MS research.

Fitzroy High School would like to say a huge well done to our 12X students Harriet, Tallulah, Luka, Stella W, Julia and advisor Lucy for collectively running and walking over 425km! Special shout out to Luka who ran 100km in the month!

Virtual School Tour

Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, we have not been able to conduct our school tours, Open Day and Information Evening for prospective families throughout Term 2 as we normally would. Prospective families, particularly those with children beginning their secondary education next year, are invited to watch this video and come on a virtual tour of our school.  

Andrea Thompson
Acting Assistant Principal

Tuning in to Teens

Tuning in to Teens

Ideal for Parents/carers of children aged 10 to 14 years. 

 Thursday 28 May 2020 from 7:30-8:45pm.
Where This session will be delivered via Zoom webinar. Further information will be provided upon registration. Please note: participants will have access to the chat message function for the Q&A section of the webinar, but will not be on video or audio. 
Cost Free of charge. 
Bookings required. Bookings and more information To reserve your place, visit 

To find out more, contact Naomi Gilbert, 
Community Liaison Officer at Relationships Australia Victoria. 
Call: 0488 668 908 Email: