Services and support for students and their families

It can be challenging to process and manage changes to routines and the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and related restrictions – including moving to remote learning.  
To support our school community during this time, resources and support are available for parents, carers and families.  
These resources will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care during this time.  
I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves during this time.  


Services and support for students and their families  
Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing. 
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority this year, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and while students are learning from home during the current circuit breaker restrictions.  
For students, the guide includes resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing. 

The guide also includes resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes: 

Wellbeing guidance for parents and carers is also available:  

Free Webinar: Supporting children during lockdown 6

Hi all,

Yarra Communities that Care, in partnership with By Five, Berry Street and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are excited to invite parents to a FREE Webinar:

‘Free Webinar: Supporting children during lockdown 6 – a webinar for parents’

On: Thursday 2nd September,  2021. 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Register here: https://www.trybooking.com/BTUMG

This webinar is designed to provide practical support and ideas for parents during this challenging time.

Dr Billy Garvey (Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital) and Dr Tom Brunzell (Director of Education at Berry Street) will talk about the importance of reducing pressure on ourselves and our kids, signs kids might be struggling, how to respond and where to get help if things are becoming overwhelming.

In addition, participants will have a chance to ask questions of a panel of early education and care, education and health specialists.

Book Week – Write a Book in a Day Competition

The ‘Write a Book in a Day’ competition is a fundraiser for the Kids’ Cancer Project. The aim of the project was to write a short story or picture book in 12 hours, in order to raise money to contribute to childhood cancer research. All of the completed stories around Australia are included in the Online Library, which is shared with hospitals around the country for families and children undergoing treatment to read. 

Each group that participates is given a set of parameters. Our group wrote a story about two girls, a cartoonist, Lydia, and a banker, Adira, who are unexpectedly locked in an amusement park overnight, but surprisingly become friends. The pair encounter what at first seems to be harmless accidents but as the night continues it turns out that there is something much more sinister at play.

It is an adventure and mystery book, but also has a touch of romance. 

It was an amazing experience and we got to work with people we had never worked with or met before. It was really nice to have everyone come together and work on this one project, with all of our efforts put into this book. It’s a really rewarding and interesting process and I would do it again if I had the chance. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in participating next time.

I wanted to participate because I have had a close relative of mine pass away from cancer. Ever since then, I have wanted to help people with cancer as much as I can, and this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

As someone who has had people in my life battle with cancer, this is a really important cause to me. I wanted to do this to be able to contribute something to this cause that I believe in and support so much, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to go about it.

If you would like to support this cause by sponsoring our efforts, please use this link: https://writeabookinaday.com/school-groups/?id=7440 

Jasmine McCallum
On behalf of the team: 
Saskia, Amelia, Riley and Maddy

High School Innovation Challenge

  • Fitzroy High School is looking for five Year 9 and 10 participants to represent us in the High School Innovation Challenge.  This event is hosted over three days where students will work in teams of 4-5 and be mentored by scientists, academics or industry professionals in STEM to design, research and develop a real-world application. 

    The challenge will begin 8:30am Monday 22nd November 2021 and will run until 3:30pm Wednesday 24th November 2021. A registration fee of $105 per student, and $80 per teacher applies. This registration fee covers:
    • 2 nights subsidized accommodation at St Hilda’s College
    • Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1 at St Hilda’s College 
    • Dinner x 1 provided by Engineers Without Borders
    • Morning tea x 3, Lunch x 3, program activities and materials
  • Winners of the Science Week Competition: 1st place – Wes (Year 7), 2nd place – Diesel  (Year 9), 3rd place – Stella (Year 9)

Live and Online this week: parent sessions

Just released from eSmart are new online PD sessions suitable for the parent community.
All sessions are fully funded by the Department of Education.

Parenting in the Digital World (Parents)
Wednesday 25 August   12pm – 1pm
Join a special online presentation of ‘Parenting in the Digital World’ hosted by an eSmart educational expert. Empower your children and family with skills and strategies to navigate negativity.

Parenting in the Digital World (Parents)
Wednesday 25 August    7:30pm – 8:30pm
Join a special online presentation of ‘Parenting in the Digital World’ hosted by an eSmart educational expert. Empower your children and family with skills and strategies to navigate negativity.
Book your tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BPYZX

Coming in September
If you enjoy eSmart events, join in and register for National eSmart Week, 6-12 September
Specialist teacher, parent and student live sessions
are now open for bookings throughout the week.

We are delighted to be able to support Fitzroy High School parents with best-practice solutions that help reduce the incidence of online and offline bullying and increase student wellbeing.

If you need assistance or would like further information about the range of eSmart programs, please contact the eSmart Help Desk on 1300 668 056.

VAGTC Parent Seminar Series

The Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC), in partnership with the Department of Education and Training, is hosting free online parent seminars which aim to educate and support parents of high ability children.

The Parent Seminar Series is an initiative of the VAGTC and funded by the Department of Education and Training.


Seminar topics

Based on feedback from the 2020 seminars, these seminars are designed to support parents in their parenting journeys, to foster positive and collaborative home and school partnerships and to connect parents with each other to provide networking and support

The seminars will explore:

* the definitions and identification of giftedness and talent

* how to understand the characteristics and needs of gifted kids

* how to advocate for your child

* how to build positive home and school partnerships

* how to enrich your child’s learning at home

* where to go for resources.


Seminar information and registration

The below online seminars are open for registration.

* Working collaboratively with your child’s school — Thursday 2 September, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Register via Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSJWQ

* Gifted & high ability children 101 — Monday 13 September, 7:30pm-9pm
Register via Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSJWR

* Thriving through educational transitions — Thursday 21 September, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Register via Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSJWT

* Expert panel Q&A — Tuesday 9 November, 7:30-9pm
Register via Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSKYT

For more information, and to register, refer to the VAGTC website https://www.vagtc.org.au/seminars/


​Participants in the ‘Gifted & High Ability Children 101’ seminar are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded video presentation in advance and attend the Zoom session for discussion. The links to the video presentation and Zoom session will be sent to participants after registration.   

2021 Arts Party!

Towards the end of November, Fitzroy High School will hold an Arts Party, including the Arts Party Show! This is in place of the school production which would normally have been held this year, as well as an acknowledgement that the school cabaret last year was an online event instead of a live one.

We are very hopeful that this year we can have a festive, live event, which will showcase the creative work in all of the arts and from all year levels. This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and to celebrate, after what has been a difficult time for us all.

One of the ways in which we are making this happen is to use the work that students are doing in Excel. So whether you want to make something to present, or help to organise the backstage planning, there will opportunity in the Excel subjects, ‘Performance’ and ‘Backstage,’ which will specifically focus on the Arts Party Show. Please make sure that you sign up for these Excels if you are interested in being part of the that.
Other Excels, as well as Specialist, CRE8 and some senior subjects, will also contribute to the Arts Party.

We very much look forward to this event and hope that you are as excited about it as we are!

Players wanted for Summer

Youlden Parkville Cricket Club are now promoting opportunities for seniors (men and women), and especially juniors – they have both mixed and girls teams.

It’s a fantastic community cricket club offering opportunities and support for all age levels and abilities. They are located in the beautiful surrounds of Royal Park.

See attached flyer for registration details.

Book Week 2021

We are very happy to announce that Friday 27 August we will be celebrating Book Week with a costume day!

The theme for this year’s Book Week is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. The costume possibilities are endless and it would be great to see as many staff as possible join in and help promote reading in our school.

We will also be using this as an opportunity for raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, an organisation that supports schooling access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the country. A gold coin donation per person – both staff and students – will help us on our fundraising journey.

Stuck for costume ideas? These costume hacks could be a place to start.

Looking forward to seeing the halls filled with Dumbledores, Katniss Everdeenes, Frodo Bagginses (or is it Frodos Baggins?), Grinches, and Frankenstein’s Monsters.

Imogen and Clare.

Fitzroy High School student wins top honours

Congratulations to Lana Knezevic who has been recognised with a Premier’s VCE Award for her outstanding academic results in 2020.

Lana received a Study Award for excellence in Croatian at The Victorian School of Languages.

The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-performing students in the state. This year, 297 students were recognised with awards for their outstanding results.

The entire Fitzroy High School community is proud of Lana and would like to congratulate her on being the recipient of such a prestigious award.

Lana is currently studying at the University of Melbourne.

To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards