Free poetry events for LGBTQIA+ Youth 12 – 25

These school holidays, Bridge Queer Gathering is hosting two free poetry-themed events for LGBTQIA+ youth as part of Youth Fest 2022. 

We’ll kick off with a poetry workshop hosted by Nevo Zisin, author and trans activist, followed up with a performance night where workshop participants and others can read and preform their work.  

Bridge Queer Gathering presents… 

      Pride Poetry Workshop 

Come along to Bridge Queer Gathering’s Pride Poetry Workshop to explore storytelling and writing through poetry.

Australian author and transgender rights activist, Nevo Zisin, will give practical guidance to support writing, developing ideas and getting creative with poems.

This friendly and inclusive workshop is for LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults across all levels of creative writing experience, from those who’ve never put pen to paper to those who want to refine their craft.

Book your FREE ticket here:

This workshop is designed for LGBTQIA+ community and allies ages 13-25.

You’ll be invited to perform your work at the open mic Pride Poetry Performance on Tues 27th September. 

This event is part of Vic Youth Fest 2022 and supported by the Victorian Government.


Pride Poetry Performance 

Bridge Queer Gathering warmly welcomes you to come along for Pride Poetry      

Performance celebrating LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13 and up.

This friendly and inclusive event will feature a range of young storytellers and special guests.

Come and share a piece or sit back and get inspired by the stories and writing from our community!

BOOK your FREE ticket here to join:

Bring your friends and family, this event is for LGBTQIA+ community members and allies of all ages.

Bridge Darebin
218 – 220 High Street Preston

We’d love to hear YOUR story. Please complete the registration form to join the open mic:

Your writing could be a poem, spoken word, short story or prose. Personally-written pieces are very welcome and we would be extremely excited to hear them.

Bridge Queer Gathering is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which Bridge Darebin is located. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present and acknowledge the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

This event is part of Vic Youth Fest 2022 and supported by the Victorian Government. 

Makers Market!

A a local neighbourhood houseis having a market on Sunday.

It’s to support local makers and is also a fundraiser for Railway House. 

Thank you!

Martial Arts – free trial!

Dominance is a Martial Arts School in Abbotsford.

They run Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids ages 5-13 and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and Muay Thai classes for teens ages 14-18+ for both recreational and competitive students.

They are looking to run a free intro week sometime early next term for new students (see flyer for code).

Students can join anytime (rather than just at the beginning of a term) and they offer free trial classes and no joining or cancellation fees. Fees are set up as a weekly direct debit with no fixed term contract and can be cancelled anytime with 1 business days notice. They run throughout all school holidays aside from a 2 week break over Christmas/New Year.

If you mention this ad when booking a trial class you will be given 50% off uniforms as a FHS student!

Book Week

What a wonderful way to celebrate Book Week last week! The library was abuzz with creative energy when two teams set themselves the goal of writing a book in a day.

The Write a Book in a Day competition has become a staple of Fitzroy High School’s calendar, with students from Years 7-10 volunteering to participate in the competition and raise money for the Kids’ Cancer Project. Well done everyone!

In other book news, we are very proud of all the students who successfully completed the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge this week. Hearing about all the different books being read across the year levels is inspiring – everything from Heartstopper, to biographies about famous athletes, to Maya Angelou.

Well done to all those who participated in the Challenge!

Making a Difference project

In Term 4, Year 8 students are completing the ‘Making a Difference project’ as part of their Advisory program.

During this project they will be completing a range of activities around the school around the theme of ‘Inclusion’.

The Year 8 Advisory team are currently seeking donations of tiles, wool and coloured bottle tops (plastic & metal) which will be used in a mosaic project and a fence weave. 

Any donations can be dropped at the front office. Please contact Ella Hudson (  if you have any questions. 

Where to Now? 2023 Your guide to senior secondary school pathways in Victoria

As you will now know, Victoria is moving to new senior secondary pathway arrangements from 2023.

We will be launching two new senior secondary pathway options: the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) and the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM). 2022 is the final year for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Attached is a brochure which provides more information. Please email Louise Speirs-Bridge, our Applied Learning Leader, if you would like further information or clarification about the new pathways (

The Fitzroy Flavour food magazine – Issue 2, 2022

Attached is a sample from the latest edition of The Fitzroy Flavour (The Unofficial Magazine of the FHS Foodie).

The contents of this magazine have been prepared by XL Food 8-10 and XL Food 9-10 students. 

XL Food 9-10 (What’s The Beef?) students at Grill’d Collingwood, 18 August 2022.

The plant-based Impossible Burger got a resounding two thumbs up!

Engage in 2022

Beginning in Term 2, Fitzroy High School ran a specialised program for a group of Year 7 and 8 students. The program was called Engage, and its intention was to reinforce, complement, and extend the range of physical, social and emotional development programs implemented across the school.

The program was initially designed to address some of the lingering challenges of remote learning and the disruption of COVID-19, as well as support the transition of students to a new learning environment and school community.

The participants in the program met every Friday, Session 3 for 10 weeks. Many of these sessions involved a combination of collaborative activities and group discussions intended to facilitate the development of safe, healthy and connected relationships. The program also included more physically challenging excursions such as rock climbing and surfing.

A big thanks to Linda Mitchell, our Principal, who was always supportive of the program and provided the encouragement and resources for its delivery. Also, a huge thanks to Joe Mclaren, who worked with the utmost patience with the group for the duration of the program, as well as the Year Level Leaders – Timothy Simpson and Mac Humphries – who enthusiastically helped out with our excursions. And finally a massive thanks to those who participated in the program – it was a pleasure getting to know you all. Here are a couple of snaps from our Engage excursions 🤙

Cross Campus Music Concert – Live @ Wurun

Showcasing the talented student musicians across our three campuses, Collingwood College, Fitzroy High School and Wurun Senior Campus. Come along and enjoy ensembles, classroom group music performances and some fabulous individual acts as well. The concert will take place in the Amphitheatre at the new Wurun Senior Campus. We would love to see as many families as possible – Light refreshments will be available for purchase from Goldilocks Tuckshop.
Bookings essential and tickets are strictly limited, so get in quick! – Book via this link or follow the below QR

Wurun VET Hospitality and Kitchen Operations students

Year 11 and 12 students from the Hospitality and Kitchen Operations VET program were ‘on duty’ at a recent staff event at Wurun Senior Campus.

As part of their VET studies students need to complete 40 hours of work experience, with this event contributing to those hours.

Thank you to students for excellent food and service, including those students not pictured who helped behind the scenes. And thank you to Chef Judy for mentoring and supervising students. Fabulous to see hour students operating so effectively in a work setting. 

Louise Speirs-Bridge