Footy’s in the air.

The Women’s (AFLW) season has opened with a bang, featuring plenty of young women not long out of school. And where did their journey begin? At clubs such as Fitzroy Junior Football Club.

At Fitzroy – the Lions – we cater for girls from Under 8s to Under 18s. February is recruitment time, when our dedicated group of parent coaches look forward to seeing new faces and their families.

This year, our Welcome Day will feature a tackling clinic for girls, to be run by a couple of AFLW/AFL experts. It’s open to current and new players, parents, and anyone else who might be interested.

Heat Health Alerts

Heat health alerts and fire danger warnings

How you can prepare and stay safeThis week — between Wednesday 18 December and Friday 20 December 2019 — Victoria will experience hot and dry conditions which will elevate the potential for heat illnesses and fires.

With maximum temperatures forecast to reach over 40 degrees in parts of the state, the Victorian Government’s Chief Health Officer has issued a number of heat health alerts about the heat wave conditions.  Alerts have so far been issued for Wednesday and Thursday and for the affected weather districts of the Mallee and North Central.  However, further Heath Health alerts are expected for Friday, when temperatures are forecast to soar more broadly across the state.

At the same time, the fire danger rating for a significant part of Victoria has been forecast at very high and severe levels 

Prepare for the heat with the following tips:

  • help save energy by turning off all unnecessary electronic devices and lights
  • when gone for 30 minutes or more, turn off computers, monitors, copiers, and printers whenever possible
  • close all exterior windows and doors and lower blinds to reduce the heat coming through windows
  • monitor conditions at locations for planned excursions and camps, and re-assess the need for any travel (including staff travel)
  • be alert to children, adults or pets being left in cars, as the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes
  • listen to local radio, download the free VicEmergency App on your phone or call the VicEmergency Hotline number 1800 226 226 for warnings, advice and up-to-date information.

For more information

To clarify if your service operates within this/these district/s, read Victorian Forecast Areas Map

To subscribe directly to heat health alerts and advisories, visit Health Victoria – Heat health alerts

2020 Student Exchange Opportunities

 Dear Fitzroy High School community

Happy holidays from the WEP Australia team!

World Education Program (WEP) is an Australian not-for-profit student exchange organisation. In 2019, we sent over 200 high schoolers on exchange to countries including Austria, China, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Spain and our newest destination, South Korea!
We also welcomed overseas students to Australian communities from Victoria’s Portland to Trangie in New South Wales, up to Atherton in Far North Queensland.
Please share the attached flyer with your students to alert them to their 2020 student exchange opportunities. 

 All the best for the festive season! 
Annie Taylor
World Education Program Australia Limited

Eco Youth Camp

YMCA (Geelong) Camp Wyuna, situated between Port Philip Bay and Swan Bay, surrounded by native bush and vegetation, has been supporting and inspiring youth for years, by creating a safe and encouraging environment, conducting wide range of outdoor activities and education programs. 

The purpose of this ECO YOUTH CAMP is for 13-16 yrs olds, (year 7-10) teenages to build knowledge of self-care, nutrition, being creative, (doing away with electronic gadgets), have fun and make friends and introducing plant based food to inspire for a sustainable, clean, healthy world.

If you know anyone could benefit with such experience, sign them up and support them to be there!!!

Spread the word and share it with family and friends, with your social network.

Limited space available.

YMCA Camp Wyuna also offers 5 sponsored FREE placements for aspiring youth – to apply, email:

The Place Debate 2020

Right Angle Studio, a urban strategy and creative agency located just a stone’s throw from Fitzroy High, on the other side of the park. For almost 15 years they have been working alongside local, state and federal government, as well as private developers, to help understand and improve lives in our cities.

Next year, as part of MPavilion’s 2019/20 program, they are presenting an event called the Place Debate, at which two three-a-side teams will engage in a lively and fun debate around the urban/suburban divide. They are in the process of putting together a panel of industry leaders but are really passionate about giving a voice to the next generation of thinkers.

They would like to allocate one place at the debate to a Victorian high school student. Attached below is all the information in a one page document.

Upcoming Parent Information Sessions in Yarra

Family Services are very pleased to be offering two upcoming Parent Information Sessions that may be of interest.

Talking with children about the climate crisis on 7th November, 6:30 to 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall

Talking the talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety on 12th November, 6pm – 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall.

Talking with children about the climate crisis

Family Services; in partnership with sustainability team, are really excited to be offering a parent information session on Talking with children about the climate crisis. This session is at Collingwood Town Hall on 7th November from 6:30-8pm. This is a free public event; part of our annual parent information talks.

Profession Ann Sanson will be leading this session. We are really fortunate to have Ann run this workshop with us – specifically focused on supporting parents and carers support children with the climate crisis. Ann is a professor in Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and the Network Coordinator for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). She is a developmental psychologist with particular expertise in longitudinal research – she plays a leading role in both the 25-year Australian Temperament Project and Growing up in Australia (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children).

Please register here:

Talking the Talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety

Vanessa Hamilton will cover the conversations parents and carers need to be having with children on:

· Healthy and respectful relationships

· Body and protective safety

· Positive reactions to normal early childhood sexual behaviour

· Puberty preparation

· Internet safety and more

More information:

Please Register here:

Flyers attached.

Climarte: Arts for a safe climate

If not now, then when?

A Conversation on Culture and Climate Action

In collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project featuring a musical interlude by Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday 9 November 2019
11am – 12.45pm

Kenneth Myer Auditorium
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
43 Sturt Street, Melbourne (Opposite ABC studios between Southbank Blvd and Grant Street).

Join Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous leaders, students, artists, scientists and creatives to discuss two important questions:
What must we do in the next 11 years to act decisively to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change; and, how can culture move people from awareness to action to ensure a just and sustainable future for all life on Earth? With representatives from Schools Strike 4 Climate, SEED – Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Student Environmental Leaders alongside Nobel Laureate and CLIMARTE Ambassador Prof. Peter Doherty AO on health and Leader, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO’s Dr David Karoly.

State Schools’ Relief – a message from the CEO [Term 4, 2019]

Good Morning Principals,

As this year draws to a close, I’d like to let you know about some very exciting new initiatives that SSR will be introducing in the coming months. These include supporting students in need with programs and items such as;


Beginning in Term 1, 2020 schools will be able place applications for Myki cards for any students experiencing significant financial hardship, preventing them from attending school due to the cost of travel. Each card will be sent via registered post directly to the school with an initial $100 value. Students will then be able to receive a further two $100 top ups upon completion of a short survey.

The data received from this survey will be critical for measuring the impact of this pilot program and will play a crucial part in obtaining funding to further provide travel assistance to those students that are particularly vulnerable. Please note: these cards will be available for primary and secondary students alike.


We have listened to schools’ feedback about the cost of swimwear being prohibitive for some families and have added swimwear to our ever growing list of items that we are able to supply directly.  Stock for both female and male styles have been ordered and we will be ready to supply to schools beginning Term 1, 2020 (January).

There will be two styles available;* One piece racer back for girls (navy) and* Lycra trunks for boys (navy)

These bathers are made from premium materials and are guaranteed to survive the rigours of normal wear. Both styles are chlorine proof, piling resistant, offer 50+ UV protection and are breathable/self drying. (Sizes available for primary and secondary students).


Did you know that SSR also provides work boots for students undertaking VCAL courses? These boots are AS/NZS AS2210.3 certified, comprised of a steel safety toe cap and a lightweight PU sole resistant to most oils, acids and chemicals, have a moulded footbed for maximum comfort and durability and are available black or camel. 


Available now (Term 4, 2019) SSR is offering reimbursements of up to $80 per book for a maximum of 2 books to assist families struggling with the costs of sending their children to school. Applications can be made for up to $160 (2 books at a cost of up to $80 each). In order to be reimbursed, schools will need to supply SSR with an invoice/receipt detailing the books purchased and their associated cost/s. (Please note: textbook support is available for Term 4, 2019 and Term 1, 2020).


SSR is now offering assistance with the cost of school bags to the value of $50 (by way of providing a voucher to the uniform retailer). Applications for school bags can be made via our online application portal, as you would with any uniforms items.

Should your school require any assistance with placing applications, please contact our Applications Support team on 03 8769 8400, Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

All the opportunities for assistance listed above are available to ANY student based on the normal assessment of need conducted within your school. Applications for our assistance can be made by your welfare/wellbeing team (or nominated staff member) through our online application portal.

Again, we will be asking schools to assist us with collecting data, particularly around the Myki program, as this will assist us in measuring the impact of the program and procuring funding to run it beyond the pilot stage.

Should you have any stories that you’d like to share with us, we’d really appreciate it. By sharing these stories it helps to spread the word about SSR so please let us know if you hear of any emotive stories from families/students who have received our support.

In 2020, State Schools’ Relief expects to impact over 60,000 Victorian state school students by providing additional assistance with our new programs & initiatives and we sincerely hope to alleviate some of the additional challenges encountered by families.

As always, please feel free to provide me with any feedback or suggestions for how we can continually improve our service at

Warm regards,

Sue Karzis
Chief Executive Officer

The 2020 Year 7 CSEF package has now commenced, with the package consisting of top, pants/dress and a pair of school shoes. Please remember that if a student requires something over and above what is included in the package, an additional welfare application can be placed at any time of the year.  More information (and all downloads) on the Year 7 CSEF package can be found here.

SSR’s school liaison staff, Sharon and Filomena, are available to host a morning tea at your school for any interested staff in order to promote our ‘Payroll Giving’ program. Plus, the ladies will bring delicious donuts for all to enjoy whilst they attend.  
For more information head to our website or contact them on the below:

Filomena Garrubba, 0477 561 656

Sharon Sartori, 0477 049 708

Thank you to ALL the schools that have already raised funds for SSR this year. Fundraising is crucial for our organisation to enable us to continue assisting all Victorian students in need. 

If your school is looking for a fundraising idea, why not think about a casual dress day, footy day, sausage sizzle, fun run or even a Topsy Turvy Day (where students can wear their uniforms back to front and/or inside-out!)? These are easy and effective fundraising events and offer great opportunities for all students to get involved.

We have a list of other fundraising ideas to make it fun and simple for everyone – request a flyer today at

The Yarra Voices

The Yarra Voices is a new Melbourne children’s choir created to provide quality music education and choral experiences for children from all backgrounds.

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