The Final Career Newsletter for 2020 

2020, the year that everyone learnt adaptability 

This year was a huge learning experience for all of the school community. Everyone had to embrace their adaptability and growth mindset! As a careers practitioner, I saw this as a huge benefit because long term it makes everyone more employable. Adaptability is a key enterprise skill for any profession. Our students had a first-hand experience of this, and it was great to see that many embraced this and learnt from this experience. 

Year 9 

The majority of our students have completed the Morrisby assessment and interview, which is terrific considering the interruptions we had due to COVID. We had a total number of 90 students complete interviews with the CEAV. I’m organising follow up conversations into 2021 for those who have not completed their My Career Insight interview. There are still a few students who have not yet finished the assessment. You will have the opportunity to do this all the way up to 2021 if you want to do it over the break 😉 

My Career Insights results will be used in the curriculum at the year 10 level next year, using the profile as a way to determine senior school pathways and much more. Students have the opportunity to book with Tyson in 2021 to refresh their profile at any point. 

Year 10

This year the 10s had to choose their senior pathway and decide between VCAL and VCE. Many of the 10s embraced these opportunities and explored their Morrisby profile from the My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 to help them. We also had a significant percentage choose to engage with VET certificates as apart of their VCE or VCAL program, a great sign in developing a broad range of skills. 

Next year is a big step into senior school, where students will begin to learn more about their options for life after Fitzroy and understand the level of commitment required by the final two years of schooling.

Year 11

This year the year 11s had to adapt quickly to online learning, jumping into their senior school program with many unique challenges to face. By now many have a clear understanding of their folio in year 12, including ideas of what they want to achieve in life after Fitzroy. 

Next year we are ensuring that students understand their requirements and options early, in order to make sure that the second half of the year is as stress-free as possible, and that students can concentrate on exams and study requirements. Currently, I’m developing some initiatives and activities in partnership with the senior school to make sure all students understand their career options early and, equally, discover different ways to achieve their vision for life after Fitzroy. 

Year 12 – Class of 2020

A huge congratulations….to all the students who have finished Year 12. Many of you have come through considerable challenges to complete a year that has been like no other. As you progress into your chosen pathway, there are few final announcements that you need to be across, depending on your journey.  

ATAR Results 

Results will be released on 30th of December at 7 am. This can be a testing time for many students as it will confirm, blur or deny your chosen pathway. Please remember if you are unsure or unconfident of what your results mean for your pathway, please book a time with Tyson over the change of preference period – 30th of December to the 4th of January.   

University and Courses through VTAC 

Course offers will come through to your emails throughout January and February. The following offer rounds are:

14th of January – (Jan offer round) 

1st of February – (1st Feb offer round) 

8th of February – (2nd Feb offer round) 

15th of February – (3rd Feb offer round) 

22nd of February – (4th Feb offer round) 

The majority of offers will happen in the January round and 1st February round. Make sure that when you are offered a course, you accept the offer, even if it is not your first preference, as you may receive your higher preference in later rounds. When you accept an offer, it does not automatically enrol you in your course. This will be a separate process which your tertiary provider will share with you. 

Change of Preference Period 

Through the summer break members of the senior school community will be available for students to engage with and to support students in the process of Change of Preference. Once results are released, students will have the opportunity to log into their VTAC account and make any course preference changes on the 30th of December up until the 4th of January at 12 pm. 

To change your preferences, you need to log in to your account and click ‘Course Preferences’ and then remove the course that you would like to change and add the new course preference. 

This can also be done by changing the order that they are in, making sure you have the course that you most desire and have met the requirements for at the top of your list. 

If you require assistance over this period, we will have Lucy Marshall, Tyson Day and Chris Millard available. Both Chris and Lucy are available to support students and equally celebrate. Tyson is there to support the students who require assistance in changing their preferences and understanding their options if they have not received the correct ATAR to gain their top preferences or don’t meet the subject requirements. 

To book a session with each individual, please click on the following link: 

Tyson Day availability digitally –  

30th 9:30- 4pm 

31st 10:00 – 2:00pm 

1st Not Available 

2nd 10:00 – 3:00pm 

3rd 10:00 – 3:00pm 

4th 10:00 – 12:00pm 

Lucy Marshall available for Google Meet- email Lucy to make a time

30th 9:30-2:00pm

1st Not available

2nd Not available

3rd 10:00-2:00pm

4th 10:00-2:00pm

Chris Millard available for Google Meet – email Chris to make a time

30th 9:30-2:00pm

31st Not available

1st Not available

2nd Not available

3rd 10:00-2:00pm

4th 10:00-2:00pm

Courses that don’t require VTAC

For all courses that don’t require VTAC (this will be stated on the VTAC website as ‘’Apply Directly”) these courses will need to be applied for through the website of the course provider and will have their unique dates and deadlines. Generally speaking, these application deadlines are around mid-February. So make sure that you understand the commitment and deadlines. 

Studying in 2021 with COVID 

Many universities and TAFEs will be moving to a blended approach in 2021, with multiple tertiary providers sharing updates on these areas through there website. It’s important for FHS students to understand that tertiary study has evolved since COVID and that these changes will be unique across the board. You can find out more about this on your tertiary provider’s website. Some examples are: 

University of Melbourne 

La Trobe University 


Deakin University


Box Hill Institute

Melbourne Poly  

Everyone deserves a break…

After the year we have had, many many people need a break, parents, students, teachers…everyone. Make sure that you use the summer break to reflect on the year that was, what worked well, what didn’t work well. Use these learnings to come back even strong in 2021. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Tyson Day
Career & Pathways Counsellor

GVBR 2020

Normally there would be a peloton of FHS students and parents heading out on Saturday mornings through Terms 3 & 4 on training rides in preparation for the Great Vic Bike Ride.  We all know what’s happened this year which unfortunately has lead to cancellation of the 2020 Great Vic, first time ever.  But your disappointment need not linger!!  A virtual 2020 Great Vic has been created. You, your friends, your family, can all join the Great Vic this year.  You can ride, walk or run the Great Vic around your local area.  Sign up (it’s free), to World Walking via or download the app.  Search for “Great Vic” and join the “walk”.  You can also create a group and complete the route together.  See and learn about the places the Great Vic was to visit this year.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to join the real ride in 2021 along the same route. If any assistance needed with accessing the app, contact Parent Jayne at

The Young Achievers Program, delivered by Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia

After a year of constant change, adapting to new circumstances and being isolated, we believe now more than ever that young people and students deserve all the support they can get. We are able to offer this through our Young Achievers Program, which supports students in year 10, 11 & 12 with their final years of study and towards a rewarding career path. 

We would love to give students at Fitzroy High School the opportunity to join the program commencing in 2021. Please pass on the information below to any staff members who may know of students who are suitable or to suitable students directly. The program is privately funded and there is no cost associated with participation.

Young Achievers participants are hardworking, motivated and have an idea of the area in which they would like to study or work, but may lack the means to get there in terms of having networks in the industry, a lack of family support or knowledge of the university system, or are disadvantaged in other ways. The young person is matched up to a mentor who is currently working and has studied in the area that they are interested. The young person and mentor are ‘matched’ for a minimum of 12 months within which they will catch up every 2-4 weeks, participating in career based and interest based activities, which might include visiting the mentor’s workplace, attending networking events, attending lectures, talks and seminars. The match aims to provide a support that is separate from school and home, where young people seek academic and non-academic related advice and guidance and gain an insight into life working in their specified career/area of interest. Another component of the program is the monthly workshops covering a wide range of topics including public speaking, mental health, multiculturalism and strengths & values.

You can read more about our programs here:

Information to pass on to students who may be interested:

  • Young Achievers Program provides you with a mentor who is working or studying in your particular career of interest. Your mentor is someone who can answer questions about study, careers and often just life in general. You will catch up with your mentor once every 2 -4 weeks spending time doing career and interest based activities. The match lasts 12 months, with the option to continue into a second and third year if you wish.
  • As part of the program, there are also workshops held monthly which cover topics such as mental health and networking. These are a great way to meet other students from other schools across Melbourne, who are also in the program.
  • At the application stage, you will identify some areas you are interested in working or studying in, which will help us to find you a mentor
  • If you are interested becoming a part of this program, or have any questions at all please complete the attached application form and return via email to
  • This video outlines past participants experience within the Young Achievers Program –

If you have any questions or would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on 0450 835 629. 

Kind regards,


Reminder – Student Free Day

Dear Parents / Carers / Guardians,

Just a reminder that Thursday 3rd December 2021 is a Student Free Day for  Report Writing.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 9488 1900.

Cabaret 2020

On November 25th at 5pm, Junaid Eastman & Bella Thornton Lawrence with special guests will host a livestream of Fitzroy High’s Digital Cabaret ‘Messages from the Recent Past’ a collection of dance, musical performance, theatre, animation and video art which explores the end of the world and the emotional turmoil of being a performance artist during the July – October Lockdown. The livestream will be hosted through Youtube and a link will be provided on the FHS website and via Compass. If you miss the livestream it will be available on Youtube page until December 2nd for your viewing pleasure.

Julian Strickland
Productions Coordiator

The Yarra Voices

The Yarra Voices, a community youth choir based in North Fitzroy, is holding auditions for students in November for their 2021 programs.