Bogong Outdoor Education School – Year 9 Future Makers Camp

From April 26th to May 7th, 24 eager Year 9s took part in the Future Makers program, a camp run by the Outdoor Education School at Mount Bogong. Fitzroy is one of the ten schools that are part of this collaboration. It was a memorable experience for both students and teachers to be immersed in The Outdoor Education’s schools values of Respect, Community, Integrity and Educational Excellence. Most importantly, the Bogong school had a strong focus on:

– self awareness and self management 

– team building and critical thinking 

– understanding one’s well being

– appreciation of nature and one’s surroundings 

Here are some reflections from Fitzroy’s participating students:


While at Bogong, the Future Makers students were separated into two main groups and each rotated through the activities. There was the ‘Challenge Yourself’ activity, during which we got into harnesses and went to the rock wall and went abseiling and rock climbing. There were also other activities such as the ‘Sensory Trail’. During this activity, you were blindfolded and had to navigate your way through part of the rainforest holding onto a wire while walking and trying to climb the obstacles. Luckily, we had some really warm days of weather so the logs weren’t too slippery.

There were also ‘Team Challenges’ and we were divided into groups. Group 1 did Bridge Building and Group 2 did Raft Building. On the second last day we went to the ‘High Ropes course’ and there were many different ropes courses to go on, such as a flying fox and the last high ropes course people went on was ‘The Leap of Faith’. 

All the activities pushed us out of our comfort zone in different ways. 

  • Billie Mott, 9W

The Hike

The hike (part 2 of the camp) for Group 2 was 40km long over 5 days. The weather started amazingly with sunny days, light winds, no rain and clear nights. After day three the weather changed drastically and it was cold, windy and in moments, hailing. Our group filled up on warm pasta and rice, and many hot chocolates, no matter the weather. Group 2 sadly lost the chance to go up Mount Bogong, but nevertheless we had an amazing hike experience with many beautiful photos taken by our very own photographer, Romi Smith. On behalf of group 2, thank you Romi for also producing a video upon our return! With Jamie from the Outdoor Ed School as our teacher, we all had great fun and many laughs while sharing many long-lasting memories.

What other students thought about the hike

Out of the 24 students who went on the camp, almost everyone would only have positive things to say about the hike. I know that Billie, for instance, had so much fun at the camp and would choose to do it all again in a heartbeat. She says she enjoyed the hike, and had fun doing the activities too. I enjoyed the camp too and got plenty of great experiences out of it, even if it was challenging at times. I think Angus Weaving definitely enjoyed hiking and finishing leftover dinners. He was very optimistic throughout and had a great time. Tom Lee-Bone was fully immersed in the beauty of the outdoors and was usually sticking at the back with Jamie talking about the local area… hearing their discussions kept me motivated to keep walking and provided me with a form of distraction (we had no access to technology for two weeks so I was missed listening to Podcasts and music!). 

  • Charlotte Cave 9W

In the second week of the camp, the weather turned miserable, but this didn’t stop Tom, Angus, Gemma and Jamie going for a walk up to the top of Mt Cope, a short distance away from our hut at Cope Hut. Despite their wet clothes and shoes, they were happy with the reward of seeing another panoramic view. Our group had discussions about returning to the Alpine Region at another time and climbing Mount Bogong with a more favourable climate, the highest mountain in Victoria. 

Upon return from our hike, we had a few days to wind down and had another few activities to explore. I was happy to stay indoors and decorate a beautiful tile (see image below) while others were mountain biking. 

  • Stella Bennet 9W

Students finished their 12 day program with a lovely reflective activity which included takeaways from Tim Cope’s motivational speech that was presented before students embarked on the 5-day journey. This was definitely a highlight. 

Great team effort and a special thanks to the Outdoor Ed Teachers and the Fitzroy High teachers for their contributions. We are also super grateful for good timing prior to lockdown number 4. We encourage current Year 8 students to apply for the 2022 program. Until next time, Bogong! 

  • Year 9 Future Makers Excel

Parenting in the Pub

We are a parent-run group that is putting on a series of sex education classes for parents over term 2 and 3 at the Post Office Hotel, Sydney Road, Coburg. We’re called Parenting in the Pub and what we do is create an informal space and friendly forum for parents and carers to get themselves educated when it comes to discussing sex, respectful relationships, puberty, porn, social media and consent with kids of any age. 
We’ve organised a range of guest experts at each session including Michael Carr-Gregg, Family Planning Victoria and Sex Education Australia. 
These sessions are designed to complement the information parents receive at information nights at school and help us all upskill in this vital area of parenting. 


Gameplan – ConnX Social Skills

Hi all,

My name is Katherine and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist from Gameplan Education Strategies, a special educational and speech pathology practice in Brunswick East. I wanted to touch base as we are currently running a ConnX program – a social skills program for student aged 8-12, 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. We kindly invite you to share this information to any family, colleague and/or health professional that you feel may be interested. Please find information regarding this program below. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.


ConnX is a 10-week evidence-based social skills intervention program for students in late primary/early high school, who are interested in learning team-building skills and new ways of making and keeping friends. Our Gameplan ConnX team utilises the strong evidence-based principles of the Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to generate the best outcomes for our students. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities. Students create Lego and art masterpieces, engage in collaborative team building and problem-solving activities, conduct awe inspiring science experiments, and much more! Each program is also tailored to suit the individual needs of the group.


Students will learn: 

  • Flexible thinking
  • Body and brain in the group
  • Different kinds of thoughts
  • Hidden rules
  • Expected and unexpected behaviours
  • Tiny/big/boring moments
  • Socially acceptable behaviours
  • Negotiation
  • Sharing
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Conversation skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Inferential language
  • Academic learning skills for upper primary and early secondary  


  • Thursdays at 4:00pm-4:50pm (remaining Term 2 sessions – 10/06, 17/06, 24/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Thursday 15th July)
  • Saturdays at 11:00am-11:50am (remaining Term 2 sessions – 05/06, 12/06, 19/06, 26/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Saturday 17th July)

Please note: No sessions during the COVID-19 lockdown or school holidays.


All sessions will be delivered face-to-face at our lovely clinic at 140 Weston Street, Brunswick East (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

HOW LONG 50 minutes intervention with group feedback and individual feedback email delivered after each session. Please ensure your child arrives no later than 3.55pm each Thursday / 10.55am each Saturday.  Your child will be ready for collection at 4.50pm Thursday / 11.50am Saturday.
FEEDBACKParents will receive: Written and verbal feedback after each sessionA summary report at the end of the program outlining progress towards goals and further recommendations

OUR EVIDENCE-BASED CURRICULUM  Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum 

PRE-PROGRAM ASSESSMENT Children joining us at Gameplan for the first time may require a pre-program assess​ment session of 60-90 minutes. An additional pre-assessment fee of $184.00 per 60min will apply.

CONSULTANTS Gameplan’s Consultants Lina Bernal (Thu), Katherine Costello (Thu), Alyssa Lim (Sat) and Nicole Scott (Sat) are the dynamic team delivering Gameplan ConnX.


ConnX Term Program Subscription – Thursdays = $750.00 / Saturdays = $825.00

Funding and rebate options: Medicare, NDIS and private health insurance.

For enrolment information, please contact Gameplan on (03) 9417 3099 or email  

For more information, please visit our website at: 

Tutorial classes – Career Talks

In Year 11 and 12, students have tutorial classes which aim to improve individual academic skills, broaden student knowledge and support their regular subject program.

“Career Talks” have been devised to inspire students, broaden their thoughts about work and provide a meaningful part of the research process that all students in Year 11 and 12 need in order to develop individual pathway plans for their post secondary schooling days.

24 enthusiastic students signed up and chose to participate in the first of our “Career talks” workshops. The first of our workshops featured the professions of Architecture, Engineering and Project Management.

Our guests were:

Davin Mills – SEMZ, Project Manager

Martin Palmer – GHD, Architect

Tai Hollingsbee – GHD, Engineering

Davin, Martin and Tai gaven the students insight into their day to day life as an engineer, architect and project manager, the range of tasks, some of the key skills for success and some insight into their personal journey to where they are now.

Each of them touched on the international opportunities in their industries, the skills being transferable across the world and the team work required between each of their fields.

Tai showed the students various buildings across the world he worked as mechanical engineer including the CCTV headquarters, the Gherkin building in London and some other iconic buildings in the US, Hong Kong and China. He spoke about the common language  of physics and mathematics in his work across the world.

Martin talked the students through one of the firm’s latest projects – the Barwon Water building in Geelong. He spoke about the role of the architect in the design but more broadly about the teamwork with all stakeholders to get the best possible outcomes for everyone.

Davin spoke about the complex nature of project management, the interpersonal and communication skills needed and fundamentally the role of developing relationships to enjoying success in this profession.

No day is the same in this role. He spoke about the joy of helping all stakeholders involved achieve a successful project.

We thank Martin and Tai from GHD and Davin from SEMZ for sharing so generously their passion and experiences with our Year 11 and 12 students.

I would encourage all Year 11 and 12 students to sign up to our next round of “Career talks” workshops. I can certainly accommodate as many interested students as possible.

Chris Millard
Campus Principal Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School

School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix

Dear Fitzroy High School community,

18 months ago some important work began around the formation of our School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) and it is with great pleasure that I get to introduce our behaviour matrix. 

Our SWPB matrix can be found everywhere throughout the school with large posters in every building and on every floor of the school. It is also visible in every classroom and communal space in one form or another.

The matrix is based on our three school values of Trust, Engage, Respect and it describes the behaviours we want to see. The positive behaviours provide boundaries for all members of our school community and provide a language of care which we can all utilise in our interactions with each other.

The green positive posts that began popping up on Compass will continue and are an individual  acknowledgement and part of a reward system  for students who are embracing the positive behaviours we want to see. As we roll out SWPB throughout the community positive posts will be accumulated and will be able to be converted into points for individuals and also for Advisory classes. Watch this space for updates and further announcements.

Kind regards,

Anna Pilkington
SWPB Leader
Fitzroy High School

Coding and Robotics Club

Fitzroy High School will be the venue for an exciting Coding and Robotics Club operated by Junior Engineers.

Learn coding with Python, robotics MiniTendo, Minecraft Coders and more!

Sessions will run immediately after school on Thursdays during Term 2 and during the upcoming holiday break.  See the attached flyers for cost and other details.

After school program  on Thursdays T2
Holiday program  6-16 April

Creative Workers in Schools

37 creative workers have begun their placement in 32 government schools across Victoria from the start of term 1 as part of the Creative Workers in Schools program. The Creative Workers in Schools program, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria through the support of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative, is providing the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools.

Fitzroy High was one of the lucky schools selected, and we are currently host to a professional Writer and Podcaster, Joel Martin, who is with us until the end of semester 1. Joel has been producing the Morning Bell podcast since 2014, and is working with a year 8/9/10 Excel on the creation of The Youth Vote, a podcast that aims to amplify the voice of young people in the political space. Each episode of The Youth Vote will dig into issues facing young people, and when completed the entire season will be released online using established partner networks that Joel has built up in his career.

Dave Rogers, Creative Workers in Schools Statewide Program Manager at Regional Arts Victoria, said the diversity and reach of the first stream of projects was inspiring.

“It’s a real thrill to see such innovative and experienced creative workers starting to head into schools to share their craft, talent and enthusiasm,” noted Rogers. “The teachers that we are talking to are already telling us how excited they are to host the creative workers in their
school and that there is a palpable buzz amongst the students. We’re looking forward to seeing these exciting and no doubt surprising creative projects come to life.”

If you have any questions about the project, please email Travis McKenzie: