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

Notification from DET regarding planned protests

The Department is aware that a series of student protests are planned for Friday 15 March 2019 to raise awareness of action on climate change.

Schools play an important role in helping students understand constructive ways of sharing their views and having a voice on issues they feel strongly about. We are committed to supporting student voice in action and their understanding of democracy, civics and citizenship.

We are also committed to ensuring students are supported to attend school every day. Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind academically, socially and developmentally.

Parents/carers are legally required to ensure their child attends school every day, and must provide an explanation when their child is absent. Parents/carers should notify the school as soon as possible on the day of a student’s absence, and wherever possible in advance of upcoming absences.

Schools must contact parents/carers who have not advised the school of their child’s absence as soon as practicable on the same day. This follow-up is designed to protect the safety and wellbeing of all students.

Welcome Year 7’s

It has been a busy start at Fitzroy High for our new Year 7 students and families

Week 1 saw students participate in the annual Fitzroy High Swimming Carnival. It was great to see such high participation from our Year 7’s and they really got into the spirit with some fabulous dress ups.

Week 2 saw The Year 7 parent picnic take place which had some great weather and an opportunity for parents to meet each other and their students Advisor.

The Great Race also took place on Friday with Advisory groups racing around the local area to answer questions and complete challenges. 7Z were victorious on the day but all students were fantastic in getting involved and bonding with their new classmates.

Week 3 was our Year 7 Get to know you camp at Lady Northcote. Students undertook a range of team building challenges as well as adventure activities including high ropes, the giant swing and canoeing. New friendships were formed and we got to know the group well. The future is looking bright for Fitzroy High!


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.

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.

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