Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

The 8W class has been randomly selected to take part in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).  TIMSS is an important educational research project investigating student achievement in mathematics and science.  More than 60 countries, including Australia, are participating in this study.  TIMSS is an important activity to keep us, as parents and citizens, informed about how our students in Australia are performing in comparison to their peers in other countries and to compare programs of study and teaching practices.  We will be able to obtain current national and international information which will help improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in our country.

Students in 8W will do an assessment in mathematics and science and complete a questionnaire about their experiences at home and school. There is no need for students to study specifically for the assessment as it will not affect individual students’ grades or progress in school.

All data will be kept strictly confidential and no individual student or school will be identified in published data or reports.

The testing will take place on Tuesday 13 November from 8.45 – 12.45, in room D105. Students need to bring pens or pencils (black or blue ballpoints or HB pencils are best), a calculator (but no devices that connect to the internet) and a book or something to read if they finish early.

Students will be provided with hard copy brochures to take home. 

Should parents/guardians have any further questions regarding the administration of TIMSS, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sandra Dickins
Acting Assistant Principal
TIMSS Administrator

Our Girls Bucking the Trend in STEM

There has been a lot of discussion about the lower participation rates of female students electing to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in the senior years, compared to male students.

Our cohort of Year 11 and 12 VCE girls from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College are bucking the trend. Although our rates of female participation in STEM subjects vary across subjects, and are lower compared to male students, we compare significantly better than other co-educational schools, and in Specialist Maths, better than all other schools, including female single-sex schools. This comparison includes all schools in Victoria, including government, Catholic and independent schools.

Attached is a graph comparing our VCE Yr 11 and 12 female student participation in Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics to other Victorian co-educational and female single-sex schools.

If we separate out our Year 11 and 12 VCE female students, the story is even more impressive for the 11s, with 31%doing Chemistry, a whopping 37% doing Mathematical Methods16% doing Specialist Mathematics and 8% doing Physics.

An article on the subject appeared in The Age on 1/3/2108. The article focused on the findings of a research project undertaken by Monash University, commissioned by the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. The Alliance is made up of independent, Catholic and state girls schools. The research can be found at https://www.agsa.org.au/why-a-girls-school-the-research/ .

Our female student participation in STEM subjects flies in the face of many of the findings in this report. Our Senior Pathways Process at Year 10 supports informed decision-making, where students are choosing their senior program in the context of their interests, strengths, and future aspirations. We believe this is one of the many reasons why so many of our girls are electing to pursue STEM subjects.

Thank you to Peter Bennet, Data Manager for crunching the numbers.

Sandra Dickins
Acting Assistant Principal

89% of VCE students achieve an ATAR over 50!

This year has seen a significant improvement in ATAR results for our cohort as a whole, compared to previous years, where cohorts have produced a greater spread of results on the scale.

Congratulations to Stella B, who generated an ATAR of 95.2, making her our Valedictorian and Dux for 2017.  Stella was closely followed by Bella F with an ATAR of 94.95 and Liam M with an ATAR of 91.95.

Our students continue to perform well above state average. 7% of students achieved an ATAR in the 90s, 20% of students achieved an ATAR in the 80s and above, 40% of students achieved an ATAR in the 70s and above and 60% of students achieved an ATAR in the 60s and above.

Exciting stories are coming through from students who have already received guaranteed and provisional offers for tertiary courses. Congratulations to Nissassa B who has received a guaranteed offer from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to study Fine Art (Visual Art). Nissassa continues our tradition of having at least one student receiving an offer from VCA each year. This has been the case each year since Fitzroy High School re-opened. On the strength of his folio and interviews, Josh VE has three offers for Fine Arts courses from which to choose.

Most pleasing were the English results, which were strong across the board, with many study scores in the 40s and high 30s.  62% of students achieved their highest study score for English, this is even the case for most Science students. An English study is the only compulsory study for VCE. Stella and Bella both achieved study scores in the 40s for English – 46 for Stella and 43 for Bella, placing both students in the top 1% and 2% of the state for English. Lois HD achieved a study score of 40 for English.

Stella also achieved a study score of 44 for Media and 42 for Literature. After scaling, Bella achieved a study score of 46.36 for Physics and 41.96 for French. Liam achieved study scores in the 40s after scaling – 44.37 for Maths Methods, 42.46 for Specialist Maths and 40.36 for Physics.

Year 11 student, Lyrica S also achieved outstanding results in the 40s, with a study score of 46 for English and History and 42 for Legal Studies.

We send our hearty congratulations to our VCE students on their results and wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they now make changes to their tertiary preferences and await their offers in January.

Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

Tertiary Offers 2017 Trends – Creative Arts, RMIT & The University of Melbourne

In mid-January our 2016 Year 12 students received offers for tertiary courses. Compared to previous years, there was an increase in the percentage of 2016 Year 12 students (33%) going into the field of the Creative Arts. Areas of study include: Audio Production, Communication Design, Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Live Production, Product Design, Media and Communication, Music Industry, Screen Media, Textile Design, Visual Arts and Visual Merchandising.

A record number of our students received offers from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), now part of the University of Melbourne. Chloe H and Nina P make six Fitzroy High School students going on to study Fine Arts (Visual Art) over the years.  Zsuzsa GM is our first student to go to VCA to study Fine Arts (Production). Other former Fitzroy High School students have gone on to VCA to study Fine Arts (Music) and Fine Arts (Animation). Ever since we have been offering VCE (for the past 9 years), one Fitzroy High School student has been accepted into VCA each year. This is the first year we have had three in one year.

Continuing with trends over past years, RMIT was the most popular tertiary destination for our students. 24% received an offer from RMIT. For the first time, four students in one year were successful in gaining a place in Architecture at RMIT – Ed B, Oscar E-S, Matthew M and Kayleb W-C.

The University of Melbourne is the second highest destination, with 13% of our students receiving an offer from the university. Joel C, Tom S and Nia are going on to study Arts, Henry L got into Science along with the aforementioned students going on to VCA.

20% of students received offers in the Society and Culture area of study, which, this year is made up of predominantly arts degrees.

Our second group of senior VCAL students received offers in the areas of Animal Studies, Audio Production, Building and Construction, Children’s Services, Fitness, Horticulture, Resort Management and Youth Work.

There are still more rounds of tertiary offers to come, and students still need to decide whether to accept or defer their offers. We wish all of our former Year 12 students well in this process.

Sandra Dickins

Pathways and Community Leader

Best in State

Congratulations to Joel C, who generated an ATAR of 97.35, making him our Dux for 2016. Joel also achieved a perfect study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, a research subject culminating in a thesis.  This is a phenomenal achievement given this subject is more akin to a university subject.  Joel was the only student in the state to achieve a study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, outperforming students from predominantly prestigious private schools and select entry government schools. Josh Barnes, our dux for 2014, also achieved the best score in the state for Extended Investigation, making it the second time a Fitzroy High School student achieved the highest score in the state. As this study has only been recently introduced, this is the third year it has run. Two out of three is a sensational track record! 

It was a day of delight for most of our students as they received their ATAR scores. Our students performed very well, receiving ATARs in the 90s, 80s, 70s etc. Our students continue to perform well above state average, with 75% of our students receiving an ATAR of 50 or above.

Lots of exciting stories are coming through from students who have already received provisional offers for tertiary courses. Congratulations to Zsuzsa who has received offers from three tertiary providers – Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Zsuzsa will be our first student to go to VCA to study Theatre Production.

Chloe H received an offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in illustration and printmaking. Nina P received and offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in photography. Zsuzsa, Chloe and Nina continue our tradition of at least one student every year getting into VCA – this has happened since 2009. However, in this case, for the first time, it will be three students going to VCA in the same year.

Bailey W is off to study in Fayette, Missouri, USA where will be a soccer student athlete at Central Methodist University. He will be working until he leaves to start the American academic year in August.

RMIT looms large as a destination for our students. Ryan P has been made an offer for Visual Merchandising, Christina K has been made an offer for Fine Arts and Bella L has been made an offer for Fashion Design.

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they now make changes to their tertiary preferences and await their offers in January.

 

Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

Congratulations to our Year 12s – 2015

It was a day of delight for most of our students as they received their ATAR scores. Overall our students performed better than the previous year, with 11% receiving an ATAR in the 90s. The vast majority of our students received an ATAR in the top half of the band, with 70% of our students receiving an ATAR of 50 or above.

Congratulations to Lucas G, who generated an ATAR of 97.3, making him our Dux for 2015. Lucas’ achievement is all the more impressive, given that his VCE program was made up of predominantly humanities subjects, which are subject to being marked down through the scaling process.

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they now make changes to their tertiary preferences and await their offers in January.

Sandra Dickins

Pathways and Community Leader