2020 Senior Program Guide

Dear students, parents and carers,

The 2020 Senior Program Guide for Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College is now available. It can be accessed by clicking here.

This shared program guide is a symbol of the two school’s continued commitment to provide the best senior school opportunities for both student communities. In collaborating in an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment, the partnership looks to optimise student outcomes for all students.

This is a very exciting time for current Year 10 students, in the process of making significant decisions for the senior and final years of secondary school, and it is an important time for current Year 11 students, refining programs for Year 12, the final stage of the secondary school journey.

There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration. Importantly, decisions need to be made with a future-focus. A senior program needs to open up a future, which offers opportunity and flexibility. The course and subject choices will be critical to success, leading to a variety of pathways namely higher education, training or employment.

We, therefore, want to provide a range of educational options for all of our students moving into their senior secondary years. This includes VCAL, which is an alternative to VCE. VCAL is vocational and practical. It is a realistic option for students who thrive in a hands-on learning environment and want to go straight into the workforce or further vocational training following secondary school.

In the time we have been offering VCE, and now also VCAL, we have established a legacy of student success, demonstrated by strong academic results and transition to tertiary studies. Through our partnership with the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC), students can access an extensive range of VET certificate courses. Many of our former students have gone on to tertiary studies to specialise in the area they studied in VET. At Collingwood College, VET subjects are offered. Students will have access to their VET teacher beyond the face-to-face class time. This is beneficial in a busy senior school schedule.

Next year will be full of challenges. We wish you well with your decision-making and planning and look forward to working with all our students and families in 2020.

Christopher Millard
Senior Programs Leader
Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College

School Tours for Students Commencing Year 7 in 2021

Will your child commence Year 7 in 2021? If so, this is a fantastic opportunity to see Fitzroy High School in action! Gain an 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.

Book a school tour (for students commencing Year 7 in 2021)

I am looking forward to meeting you and showing you around our beautiful school.

Andrea Thompson
Acting Assistant Principal

Semester One Reports Available

Semester One student reports are now available through the usual ‘Reports’ tab on Compass. If you have any problems accessing your report, please contact your advisor when school re-commences on Monday the 15th of July.

Three-way conference will be held on:

  • Monday the 29th of July for Years 7-10, and
  • Thursday the 8th of August for Senior Programs

Booking information will be provided early next term.

We hope you have a happy and safe school holiday break.

Year 8 Camp

This term, the Indigo 8 students made the annual trek out to Roses Gap, endured some extreme weather and took part in challenging activities, including rock climbing and abseiling. I’d like to thank the staff and students for a great week away from the city.

The following students also received an Indigo Work Hard Be Kind award, for demonstrating the team values whilst on camp: Harlan D, Lilian G, Luca G, Maya K, Ned K, Ollie S, Poppy F, Sunday RH, Will P, Zak M, Zoja D – congratulations!

Rainer Parker-Stebbing

Koorie Academy of Excellence Mid-Year Intake (Years 7-10)

Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE)

The Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE) is excited to announce that it will be running a mid-year intake for students to join the North-West Metro KAE.

Applications will open during the upcoming 2019 Term 2 school holidays for students currently enrolled at a north-west metro government secondary school. Positions will be available across a number of year levels, including year 7, year 8, year 9 and year 10. Unfortunately, KAE is unable to offer positions for students studying year 11 and year 12.

Please contact your Koorie Academy Liaison Officers (KALO) now to submit an expression of interest and to receive an application pack for a student to apply. Feel free to spread the word throughout your networks to those who you think may be interested.

KALO contact information:

Tyson Austin
Mobile: 0447 698 331
Phone: 03 9084 9152
Email: austin.tyson.r@edumail.vic.gov.au

Sharna Colgan
Mobile: 0457 527 642
Phone: 03 9084 9148
Email: colgan.sharna.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information, please refer to the:
KAE press release
KAE newsletter
VAEAI website

FHS Dyslexia Support Group Meeting

The meetings have always been a useful opportunity to share experiences – what’s working and what resources people might have for others.

The next meeting will feature a video titled The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Made by James Redford, this wonderful film debunks some common untruths and misunderstandings about dyslexia, and delves into the lives of people struggling with a learning disability.

Everyone is welcome including new parents, teachers and surrounding community.

When: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Where: FHS – follow the signs at the front door

For more information contact:
David Huxtable
M: 0419 592 886
E: dhux@lookear.net.au

New Film 2040: Special Opening Weekend Offer

Fitzroy High School students will be able to see the new film 2040 free of charge on its opening weekend at Palace Cinemas.

The offer applies to all sessions of 2040 on Saturday 25/05/2019 and Sunday 26/05/2019 at the following locations: Palace Balwyn, Brighton Bay, Cinema Como, Kino and Westgarth.

To view the full ticket offer terms and conditions, please visit the following website:

The film 2040 was created by award-winning director Damon Gameau, who recently visited Fitzroy High School to address Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Tram Network Upgrades

Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams will commence work to renew tram tracks and overhead wiring on Monday 3 June 2019. Tram network upgrades will occur on Queens Parade and High Street between Dummett Crescent (Fitzroy North) and Walker Street (Northcote).

Preliminary works will occur from Monday 3 June 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019, resulting in partial lane closures.

Major works will occur from Saturday 8 June 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019, resulting in road closures in the work zone.

Click here for more information.

Yarra Trams Works

Yarra Trams is currently planning works on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill which will require road closure and changes to local public transport stops. This work is due to commence in June 2019 for approximately 1 week.