This year, the Wear It Purple Day movement celebrates 10 years. It was started following an increasing number of young LGBTIQ+ people reporting that they had experienced bullying and discrimination and as a consequence they suffered from increased levels of anxiety and depression.
Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
If you want to show your support for our LGBTIQ+ community, please wear something purple or rainbow colours on Friday the 28th of August. You could also change your Google profile picture to something purple or rainbow. There will also be a lunchtime trivia for some fun. Please find attached a picture of FHS showing its support for our beautiful rainbow community by wearing purple.
Fitzroy High School is a lead school in the implementation of the state-wide roll out of ‘Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships’. This means that, not only do we teach the RRRR-curriculum to our students, but we do our best to model the values in our school and in the community. We are also in the process of reviewing our school-wide practices to ensure no one is treated unfairly at our school. We have, with the help of our students, identified some areas for improvement that we are currently working on, and will continue to work on, over the next few years.
The Berry Street Education Model is trauma informed practice that helps teachers understand and relate to students in a non-confrontational way that supports students’ needs and puts the students’ wellbeing in the centre.
Fitzroy High School has over the past two years trained all staff in the BSEM and our final day of training is scheduled on the curriculum day in November. Gradually, we have introduced what we have learned into our classrooms.
School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
Fitzroy High School is in the initial stages of rolling out SWPBS, which we are hoping will merge all of our student wellbeing frameworks into one. The focus will be on acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour in our school but also on specifically teaching the behaviours we wish to see in our students.
A workshop will be held on Wednesday the 14th of August for students and parents to assist in the development of an ‘expected behaviour matrix’ for SWPBS. This workshop will also look deeper into what respect looks like at Fitzroy High School, which will then inform this year’s big Respectful Relationships project.
If you are a parent who is interested in participating in this workshop on the 14th of August from 12pm to 3pm, please send an email to email@example.com to express your interest. Afternoon tea will be provided.
Linda Ekman, Wellbeing Leader, Fitzroy High School