Lord Somers Camp

The Rotary Club of Fitzroy, in partnership with the OTU Association (Victorian Chapter), proposes to sponsor 2 boys and 2 girls from our school (Year 11) to attend the Lord and Lady Somers Camps. The Camps will run from 4-11 January 2020 and 12-18 January 2020, respectively.

Further information available – please see the attached document.

Please contact Linda Mitchell (Principal) by the end of September if you are interested in attending lindam@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Merri Creek Clean up by Earth Bottles

Earth Bottles are currently running a Clean the coast tour alongside Ash Grunwald (a well know blues musician and co -owner of Earth Bottles) and are launching their next clean up at Merri Creek on October 5th.  All staff and students are invited to come along and join the clean up.

Relay for Life 2019

Melbourne Relay for Life, a 24 hour Cancer Council Victoria fundraising event – will take place at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park on October 26-27, 2019.

There is still plenty of time for teams to register at relayforlife.org.au and be a part of a memorable experience!

NAPLAN Results 2019

Frequently asked questions – Individual student reports

NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills – reading, writing, spelling and numeracy – that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Questions assess content linked to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics. Every two years, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take the NAPLAN tests and results provide parents and educators with a snapshot of how students are progressing – individually, as part of their school community, and against national standards over time. Of course, your child’s teacher knows their learning best, but NAPLAN is a useful, objective check at one point in time to see how your child is performing.

When will I receive my child’s NAPLAN report and what will it tell me?

If you are a parent of a student who undertook the NAPLAN tests in May this year, your child’s school will provide you with an individual report of your child’s results. Parents can expect to receive their child’s NAPLAN report from late August onwards, once state and territory test administration authorities have provided the NAPLAN individual student reports to schools. You will see your child’s NAPLAN results for numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation on an achievement scale. The Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and numeracy assessment results are reported on a scale from Band 1 to Band 10. This scale represents increasing levels of knowledge, understanding and skills demonstrated in the assessments.

How is NAPLAN delivered in schools?

NAPLAN is moving online, with the aim to have all schools transition from paper to online testing by 2021. In its first year of transition in 2018, over 15 per cent of schools participated in NAPLAN Online. In 2019 over 50 per cent of schools undertook NAPLAN Online with some connectivity issues experienced. The objective of moving NAPLAN online is to deliver a better, more precise and more engaging assessment for schools and students.

How do I read the report?

Under each rocket ship, there is a statement specifying whether your child completed each of the assessments online or on paper. This is to address instances when a school taking NAPLAN Online had to provide one or more of the assessments on paper, such as – all Year 3 students nationally who complete the writing test on paper. In some schools, students may have taken the writing test on paper. Regardless of whether students complete the test online or on paper:

  • students are assessed on the same underlying literacy and numeracy skills taught through the curriculum content
  • student results will continue to be measured against the one NAPLAN assessment scale, meaning results of both formats are comparable.

As is always the case, NAPLAN gives only an indication of a student’s performance on the day of testing and the results should be interpreted with care.

Only the most relevant six bands for each year level are shown on the student report. The Year 3 report shows bands 1–6, the Year 5 report shows bands 3–8, the Year 7 report shows bands 4–9, and the Year 9 report shows bands 5–10. The diagrams in the student report also show the range for the middle 60 per cent of students, the national average result and the national minimum standard for each year level. Reports in some states and territories also show the school and/or state average. The report also summarises the skills that students have typically demonstrated in the assessments at each band.

How does NAPLAN help my child?

NAPLAN provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learnt in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Individual student results show parents how their child performed in the numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation tests.

Your child’s achievements are compared with achievements of all students in Australia, not just with their classmates’ achievements. NAPLAN results can also help parents and students to discuss individual student progress with teachers. Because NAPLAN tracks your child’s progress across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, it also provides objective information about growth in student attainment in literacy and numeracy.

What impact will the results have on my child’s future?

NAPLAN results provide important information about literacy and numeracy skills that your child is learning through their regular school curriculum. The results complement the other assessments your child does at school. They provide you and your child’s teachers with an understanding of your child’s achievement and progress at the time of the assessments. The information can be used to support your child to reach their full potential.

Some schools may ask for NAPLAN reports, in addition to school reports, as part of their admissions process. NAPLAN assessments are not designed to be a school admission test. However, results may be useful for informing new schools of a student’s needs. If you have any concerns, ACARA encourages you to talk them over with the school.

How does NAPLAN help my school?

NAPLAN is the only national assessment that Australian children undertake. NAPLAN helps:

  • teachers to better identify students who need greater challenges or extra support
  • schools to set goals in literacy and numeracy
  • schools to identify strengths and areas of need in teaching programs
  • school systems to review programs and support offered to schools
  • the community to see average school results on the My School website

NAPLAN also complements other school assessments and provides nationally comparable data to help governments evaluate how education programs are working and whether students are meeting the important literacy and numeracy standards.

Who else will see the results?

Each year, test administration authorities provide schools with results for all students who sit NAPLAN. Schools are encouraged to use the results to inform their planning for improvement across the school. Individual student reports are confidential. No one outside of your local test administration authority or your school will see your child’s report. Average school results are publicly reported on My School (myschool.edu.au). The website is updated with the previous year’s results in the first quarter of each year. My School also allows the community to look at aspects of each school’s profile, as well as to make comparisons with schools that serve similar student populations. Your child’s individual results are not available on My School.

What if the results are not what my child and I expected?

NAPLAN tests assess learning progress in literacy and numeracy. Students are provided with an indication of where their results are located on the common assessment scale. While NAPLAN results can be compared nationally between all students and over time, individual student experiences for any single test may differ and may affect your child’s performance on the day. NAPLAN gives a snapshot of your child’s performance on the days of the assessments and the results should be interpreted with care. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s NAPLAN results, you should discuss these with your child’s teacher, who will have the best insight into your child’s educational progress.

To find out more about NAPLAN and/or the move online, visit www.nap.edu.au

FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

“We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community can feel proud of.”

“The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure Richmond students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”

Richard Wynne MP

Year 12 Visual Communication Design Excursions to the Makerspace.

Our Y12  VCD students visited the Makerspace at the Kathleen Syme library in Carlton. The Makerspace is a place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. The Kathleen Syme Makerspace has a wide range of 3D printers and a laser cutter as well as sewing machines, work benches, drills, and computers with 3D modelling software installed. 

The visits enabled students to come up with new and advanced ideas for their Unit 4 folio presentations. Some students were able to laser cut their hand-drawn or digitally designed logos and other designs, whilst other students were able to print 3D prototypes of their models they created for their various projects such as game design and figurine development.

Students were able to experience a workshop environment where they had to autonomously work on their projects, prepare their work and ask an in-house technician for assistance. Students learnt about how to prepare and plan for their ideas and get their head around new software so they could use the different machines. 

Students really got to experience the concept of trial and error and were able to adjust their projects accordingly. It was a great experience for all of us and we are very keen and looking into setting up our own Makerspace in the near future at FHS.

Jitske

Compass Parent Portal

Fitzroy High School uses Compass School Manager for all communication with our school community. Compass is our online portal that connects families, students and teachers for administrative and operational functions of the school as well as curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning purposes.

Compass will allow you to:
● View up-to-date class and school attendance information;
● See your child’s timetable and schedule of events;
● Access your child’s past reports and current progress reports;
● Access information regarding upcoming events and news;
● Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your son/daughter;
● Download, print and approve upcoming excursions or approve excursions online;
● Update your registered email and mobile number details;
● Complete your child’s course information;
● Pay for excursions, school fees, charges and contributions;
● See classwork and homework through Learning Tasks;
● Book your parent/student/teacher conferences.

We hope that you enjoy using this portal and look forward to hearing your feedback.

If you have difficulties with your login, please call the Compass Helpdesk on (03) 9488 1923 during school hours 8:30am to 4:30pm. Any other enquiries about how Fitzroy High School uses Compass should be directed to the school on (03) 9488 1900.

Compass can be accessed:
● At https://fitzroyhs-vic.compass.education/ or
● Via the link to Compass on the school website: https://fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au/ or
● Via the “Compass School Manager” App available from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Compass Parent Tutorials

For assistance in using the features of Compass, you can access a range of video tutorials. Each video contains content from a parent’s perspective.

Using the Compass School Manager App: This video takes parents through the range of features and options of the Compass School Manager app including adding notes, accessing reports and viewing the newsfeed.

The Parent Portal Overview: Parents are taken through aspects such as how to access their child’s information, the menu content, newsfeed and more to assist with becoming familiar with the parent portal.

Adding a Note/Approval: Parents are shown the process of adding a note to explain their child’s attendance after their child has been marked NP/U or L/U and also how to add a note in advance for a known upcoming absence.

Processing Events: This video covers the process of how parents can consent/pay online for events via the parent portal.

Processing Events in App: This video guides parents through processing event consent/payment via the Compass School Manager App.

Booking Parent Teacher Conference: This video covers the process for parents of booking a Parent Teacher Conference.

“Find Their Feet” Careers Event

“Find Their Feet” is a careers event that brings together students and parents from across the inner north, including Northcote High School, Collingwood College, Fitzroy High School and Princes Hill Secondary College, to provide career exploration opportunities. The event will take place on Wednesday 14 August 2019 at Northcote High School.

Much more than a careers expo, “Find Their Feet” is a personalised three-step journey into the future world of work for high school students and their families. Using current interests, strengths and skills as a starting point and one-on-one conversations with real employers as a guide, students will leave feeling inspired and confident with a much clearer idea of where they are headed and how to get there.

To book a place at this event, click the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/find-their-feet-17662856532

For further information, click the links below:
Find Their Feet Invitation
Find Their Feet Map