The GVBR Trivia Night was a huge success, selling out all 120 tickets. As a result of the funds raised we are able to assist several students with financial support to enable them attend the GVBR. We have the biggest group ever attending the ride this year to support this we are using some of the funds to purchase a shelter to be used at the campsite.
Thank you to all the families who attended and congratulations to those trivia experts who knew the answers to the challenging questions and scooped the prizes. A huge thank you to our dedicated staff who organised this event and to the amazing trivia master Neil McLean. Your efforts are truly appreciated.
The event would not have been the tremendous success it was without the support of local businesses and the generous donations from the school community. Thank you!
Big shout out to the year 11 politics class with Maria as well as year 12 students Angus N and Alex M who voluntarily participated in the Melbourne University model United Nations Conference that happened on the 26th of June. They were part of a team of students from FHS who spoke in teams on the topic of The Pathways to Peace: Addressing War, Conflict and International Security. It was really great to have them represent the 2018 year 12 cohort and be involved in an innovative and interesting event designed to increase student voice in the political realm!
Tessa Williams from CNC Project Management, project managers of the Streamlining Hoddle Street Project, approached the school to engage with our students and to raise awareness about the career opportunities in engineering. Along with their teacher Riley, five Senior VCAL students were invited to participate in a site visit, requiring them to be kitted out in full safety gear. In Advisory, year 11 and 12 students were treated to a presentation from the project manager and graduate, with a focus on the variety of engineering specialities. Currently there is a shortage of engineers in Australia.
Below is an article published by The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria regarding one of our fantastic year 12 students:
Sixty-one years separate Fitzroy High School student Januar Manirambona and Jennifer Barden. But a love of music has brought them together in friendship.
Januar is one of the Year 12 VCAL students taking part in the inter-generational project, involving OCAV’s Rushall Park residents and neighbouring Fitzroy High School, which was a highlight of the school’s VCAL curriculum last year.
The 12 VCAL students were matched with residents at Rushall Park and several interviews were conducted in term one. The project storyboards, which were unveiled at Rushall Park last week, were completed as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit. The storyboards are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents.
Januar and Jennifer realised within a few minutes of meeting that they had a lot in common, though they were born decades apart and on different continents. Both play the piano, sing and love to be surrounded by music and song.
Januar, who was born in Tanzania and came to Australia in 2007, was singled out early in primary school as a boy with a great voice. He was encouraged by his music teacher to join the Gondwana Music Program and sang with the choir for two years, travelling to Sydney and Tasmania to perform. He started playing the piano by ear and later took lessons at school.
Jennifer was born in Bairnsdale as WW11 broke out and has lived at Rushall Park for three years. Like Januar, she was immersed in music from a young age, playing the piano at school assembly and singing. She then ‘married into music’ and handed on her passion for music to her four children. Jennifer’s husband, Neil, plays the French horn and has been involved in the Melbourne music scene for decades, having managed Musica Viva in the past.
However, Januar’s career plans are taking him in a different direction. He wants to be a plumber and will start his course next year after the family returns from a holiday visiting relatives in Burundi.
“I remember as a really little kid helping build homes in the village where we lived. I want to work in that area,” Januar said.
Januar and Jennifer both share a love of family and getting together. They recently discovered that sewing is another activity they share – almost. Jennifer is a keen sewer and amateur embroiderer, and is currently working, with a group of other residents, on the OCAV 150th village embroidery.
“My Mum sews and knits and fixes my clothes and so does my grandfather. Every time he comes around he brings his tape and is always measuring me for a shirt or a jacket,” Januar said.
Stories of various residents and students will be featured on the website throughout the year. Bernard and Jean Pidd, who were featured in the April 2018 newsletter impressed Alex Mottershead with the story of how they came to Rushall Park after surviving the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Kinglake. The couple also survived the Hobart bushfires in February 1967, which destroyed their home.
The Intergenerational Project will be exhibited at a community space in North Fitzroy later in the year.
As previously announced, the 2018-19 State Budget has allocated funds to plan for a new senior secondary campus to be shared by Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School on the Fitzroy Gasworks site.
Both Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School will continue to operate at their currentlocations in addition to the new shared campus.
The campus will build on the successful Senior Secondary Partnership that has beenrunning for nearly a decade between our dynamic inner city state schools.
Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have been working together delivering a widechoice of senior secondary programs while maintaining a strong identity and attachment toeach of the respective schools by students and teachers.
This site offers a key opportunity to enhance well integrated secondary education provisionin the City of Yarra.
We will continue to report any further developments to the school community as they occur.
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 separate date of the 19th 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 2019 Year 7 students and their families.
See Fitzroy High School in action. Gain and overview of the school, including a brief history, an explanation of our innovative approach to educating young people, and the results of our approach. The tour will include classroom visits to see our teaching and learning in action. Most importantly, you will get a sense of the culture and feel of the school to help you determine if our school is the right fit for your child.
Please note that due to overwhelming demand, all tours from February through to April will be reserved for year 6 families as a priority. If you wish to attend a tour and you/your student are already attending high school, please contact the office and request to speak with our Leadership Facilitator, Abbey. For year 5 families or below, we will be adding dates later on in the year.
Two FHS VET Applied Fashion students have had their garments showcased on the catwalk. Both garments were selected for final inclusion in the Kangan TAFE major fashion parade ‘Limitless’ which took place on Monday 20 November 2017.
Noah K (Year 1) had all of the judges votes for his cool and groovy black and white pants, and Stella G (Year 2) for her stunning dress.