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!

OPEN DAY 2019

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

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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
Mathematics
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.

Sincerely
Kath Boyer
School Council President

Honey! I Shrunk the House!

Students were given the challenge of creating and wiring up a model house to run like a normal household.  These students created a stylish Swedish home with all the amenities and a high-tech modern home run through a single remote control!

Year 9 Exhibition

The Year 9 Visible Poetry Unit was on display during the last two weeks of Term 3.  This unit of work aimed to challenge the student’s understandings of the conventional notions of poetry.  Students were encouraged to embrace new possibilities when constructing simple and meaningful poetry, and develop ‘voice’ by creating imaginative poems and artworks to express ideas in words and images. They were challenged to look at the world in a special way, to understand the world more deeply by altering the way they look at things around them. Students were given opportunities to understand that poems are everywhere, even in the smallest and most ordinary things. They experimented with different poetic forms and responded to sensory stimulus, such as a live string quartet incursion and a visit to the NGV to inspire the crafting of their own poems and artworks. Students chose their favourite piece to display on Exhibition Night and they also recited their poem orally to the audience.

YeS Project Launch

Jules O and Tulley D represented both Fitzroy High School and all government secondary schools across Australia when they participated in a student panel as part of the national launch of the YeS Project, an initiative of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

The YeS Project is a workshop-based digital and social health program that encourages young people to act as positive leaders and supportive friends in all their social spaces, especially online. The YeS Project aims to enable students to learn about their digital communities, and to transform them.



Year 8 Sport

Friday 31st August saw the Year 8’s out on Intermediate Sports day. A great day was had by all participants.

Futsal:

Congratulations to the boys Futsal team who won the final in the competitive section. The whole team put in a terrific effort however the MVP award was a tight split between Archie P who played brilliantly and scored some terrific goals and Will P who made some brilliant saves. The whole team were brilliant and played together as a tight unit. They defeated Brunswick 2-1 in the final.

The social team also played well. Kiyan Z was the most valuable player.

Basketball:

Competitive Boys had 3 really tough matches, drawing 1 and losing 2. Leo S-B was the MVP showing great leadership in captaining the team with Felix MS-B coaching and support also commendable.  

PHC v FHS
24          10

UHS v FHS
15          15

BSC v FHS
24          21

The girls’ social team showed exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship approaching every game with a positive attitude. Bella T-L took MVP with special mention to Feruz M and Fatima S.

MGCA v FHS
25              2

BSC v FHS
14          10

UHS v FHS
0            19

MGCB v FHS
12              7

Social Boys A dominated both of there matches with Asher W being voted MVP

PHC v FHS
3            35

BSC v FHS
6            30

Social Boys B won one and lost one. Organised themselves well and showed great teamwork. Sascha K and Bill D taking joint MVP.

UHS v FHS
13          20

BSC v FHS
39            6

Hockey:

Both teams were impressive in some challenging conditions at Essendon Fields.

The Girls Competitive team came in equal 3rd overall.

MVP Paige C with special mentions to Beda E, Cyla B & Indie H.

Special Mention: Emylee T, Indie H and Emily B for goalkeeping!

The boys team played with only 7 players.

MVP: Halen B-V with special mentions to Preston R-C and Goal Keeper Raff S.