Headspace: Connecting and Communicating with Your Young Person – Parent/Carer Webinar

Headspace National, are presenting a webinar for parents and carers of young people.

Information presented will cover:

  • Understanding your young person, and recognising mental health difficulties
  • Managing the challenges of parenting young people today
  • Having better conversations with your young person
  • Connecting your young person with the right help and support

The webinar will consist of a presentation on mental health, with a focus on noticing mental health difficulties in young people and supporting them to open up and communicate with you about their challenges, in order to seek help if needed. The flyer attached contains the date, registration details and further contact details for those interested.

Gameplan PEERS Programs 2022

Gameplan Education Strategies is a special educational and speech pathology practice in Brunswick East. They are currently organising their PEERS programs for 2022 – a social skills program for adolescents – and are currently hoping to spread the word in our community in order to reach out to those students and families who would be interested in participating in this evidence-based program.

There will be a PEERS Online Information Session on November 9th at 5:00pm and extend the invitation to anyone who would be interested in learning more about this program. Please find information regarding the Information Session attached. If you would like to find out more about this program or register your attendance for the information evening please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/gameplan-peers

Dyslexia Awareness Week

October 5, 2021 – October 11, 2021
Dyslexia Awareness Week aims to build an understanding of what dyslexia is and how we can
support those with dyslexia. In fact, dyslexia can take many forms. For some, dyslexia just slows
down the pace of reading and writing, however others experience visual interruptions, such as
words and letters appearing blurry and illegible. Dyslexia Awareness Week aims to improve the lives
of those with dyslexia – no matter the severity.

What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty faced by people when reading and writing. It disrupts their
phonological awareness, which can make it difficult to understand words on a page. Although
around one in ten people have dyslexia, it’s still very misunderstood. Lots of people assume that it
affects intelligence, which is untrue. In fact, people with dyslexia often have slightly larger brains,
and are very creative. However, due to this misunderstanding, many people with dyslexia also
struggle with low self-confidence, especially in schools.

How can I get involved in Dyslexia Awareness Week?
Chances are you know a few dyslexic people, so one of the best ways to get involved with Dyslexia
Awareness Week is to show them support! Ensure that you’re always patient when reading with
others, so that no one feels rushed or stupid for reading a little more slowly. If you’re a teacher, you
could put all your teaching materials in dyslexic-friendly fonts, to help improve accessibility and
inclusivity. Or simply have a conversation with someone dyslexic, to find out what their life is like,
and how best to support them.

Help spread the word 
The Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) estimates that dyslexia affects 10 per cent of our
population. In other English-speaking countries, this is closer to 20 per cent.
Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Leonardo da Vinci are some of the many famous people diagnosed
with dyslexia. Others include Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Whoopi
Goldberg and Steven Spielberg.

Help your teen make and keep friends

Lockdown has not stopped us from assisting our teens with social communication challenges to transform their lives by improving their meaningful interactions with others.

Gameplan is one of the few practices in Australia delivering the highly renowned PEERS program.  We’ve just completed our PEERS for Adolescents Program for 2021!! It was a knock-out success and congratulations to our 2021 graduates; we are so proud of you.

The PEERS program is an online 2 x 8-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in secondary settings who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.  Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends.

A free online information session for families and professionals wanting to know more about Gameplan’s PEERS programs for 2022 is being held from 5.00 – 6.30pm Tuesday 9 November.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the PEERS program, how it could help your teenager, and to register your attendance at the information session, then check out the details via https://bit.ly/gameplan-peers.

Stay safe and stay strong,

Olivia Connelly

E: olivia@gameplanhq.com.au
A: c/- Bloom Coworking, 140 Weston Street, Brunswick East 3057

Fitzroy Baseball Club’s Junior Program

This year they are developing a strong program to engage junior players (boys & girls aged 4-18) in community baseball.  Baseball teaches key life skills and builds confidence and fair play for all in a safe environment.

The Youth Vote Podcast episode 1 is live!

During Semester 1 this year, the students in our Podcast Excel worked with professional podcaster Joel Martin to create 8 episodes of ‘The Youth Vote’ – a series that amplifies the voices of young people as they converse with leading figures in the spaces they care about.

The new website hosting the series (designed by Parker D) just went live, so head over there and check out episode 1 in which Maya K & Sholto M interview Will Kostakis, an award-winning YA and MG writer. In the episode they discuss getting published at a young age, the issues queer people face in the industry and more.

New episodes will go live every Monday for the next 7 weeks and will be available on all your favourite podcast platforms. 

A massive thank you to all the students involved, as well as Joel Martin, Laura Wild, the team at Regional Arts Victoria, Gully T for the music and Sara-Jane Smith who kept the educational wheels turning despite all the lockdown madness!


Travis McKenzie, Excel coordinator

Announcement of name for the new senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School (formerly the Gasworks campus)

We are delighted to let you know that Wurun Senior Campus has been announced as the name of our new senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.

Wurun Senior Campus is located on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people, on Queens Parade Fitzroy North, the historic Fitzroy Gasworks siteThe Department of Education and Training consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation along with representatives from Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School on the campus name.  Use of the name ‘Wurun’ for the campus has been approved by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Wurun (pronunced wuh-RUN) is a Woi wurrung word of the Wurundjeri people meaning river white gum. Our senior campus will also feature an embedded Indigenous narrative developed  in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Examples of these interpretative elements include native planting with Woi wurrung languagenaming at the courtyard entry; a 25-metre concourse mural depicting a linear narrative of the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people’s history and culture and the wayfinding colour palette informed by the manna gum. Having an Indigenous name for our campus and these design elements as part of our campus fabric will build on the indigenous perspectives within our curriculums and help ensure carriage of the local Indigenous culture well into the future. 

Linda Mitchell

High School Innovation Challenge

Fitzroy High School is being represented in this year’s High School Innovation Challenge on the 22nd – 24th November by the following five Year 10 students:

  • Kiki B
  • Zoja D
  • Lottie G
  • Mohammed A
  • Sholto M

All the best to our fabulous team! We’re looking forward to what will be a thrilling 3 days of STEM!

Thuy Linh Nguyen

CHCC looking for players!

Clifton Hill Cricket Club (CHCC) are looking for players to join our inclusive club. They currently have two women’s teams playing in Cricket Victoria’s Women’s Community Cricket Competition, as well as a junior program for the younger players.

They cater for all ages and abilities throughout the club and would welcome any students, parents or teachers who might be interested in playing cricket to contact the club.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.  https://www.cliftonhillcricketclub.com/ .

Happy Book Week!

Book Week has been a small but enthusiastic affair at Fitzroy High School in 2021. We have had a group of students compete in the Write a Book in a Day Competition, raising over $1000 for cancer research. We are also striding ahead with the Senior Students V Staff Reading Challenge (staff are currently in the lead!). Friday saw the wonderful confluence of Wear it Purple Day and Book Week Dress Ups. It was heartening to see many members of the FHS community donning their best purple and getting in the Book Week mood. We are also looking forward to holding another Character Day later in the year. Thanks to everyone who participated in Book Week activities – it was a great way to come together.