Year 9 Camp recounts

We departed from Fitzroy High School on Tuesday 23rd of July and it was a gloomy and wet morning. We arrived at Valley Homestead in Ovens Valley by 1pm and it was sunny and picturesque. There were lots of activities on offer but I only wanted to do two: the flying fox and the free fall side – a 4 metre slide! I had to do other stuff that wasn’t great but was good, because we got to be with the boys in the activity group. Our cabin was the best and we all brought lots of food to keep our energy levels boosted. The last night was disco night! The teachers kept trying to stop the party, but the fellas soldiered on, like true heroes.

By Finn Peake, 9Y

Bush Survival Activity

Since I’ve clearly lost count of the number of school camps I’ve attended, I won’t bore you with the numbers. However, this particular camp was easily one of the best planned and directed I’ve had the pleasure of being part of. Vanessa accommodated even last minute and sometimes difficult changes of plan, remaining her efficient and good humoured self.   I noticed one comment about the food, but having watched the obvious pleasure many seemed to take in ‘seconds’, I thought this indicated the food was quite acceptable – and there was always plenty of it. The other aspect of this camp was the enthusiasm of almost every student to have a go at all the activities. Added to the general good nature and good humour of this group of students, it produced a most impressive and really quite memorable experience. I doubt the students will realise how this experience  added to their self-belief and resilience for some time. A great camp experience!

Bryan Moloney, Outdoor Ed and Phys. Ed Teacher

Returning home


Model UN Conference in Italian

On the 9th of August three senior students from Fitzroy High proudly attended the Model United Nations Conference hosted at CO.AS.IT resource centre in Carlton. The topic for debate was Combating Climate Change: Committing to global action. More than 60 students representing more than 15 countries took part in this initiative.
A UNAAV Model UN Conference simulated a full-day session of the United Nations General Assembly. The day was conducted entirely in Italian and through role play and debate students had the opportunity to step into the shoes of country ambassadors. Tallulah Thornton-Lawrence in Year 11, Holly Pyers in Year 10 and Breanna Botterill in Year 11 from Fitzroy High represented Canada and used their negotiation and diplomacy skills to express the views of their allocated country. Students interacted with other delegates during the caucus sessions, presented their allocated country’s position to the General Assembly and moved amendments to a Draft Resolution.

To find out more please visit: https://unaavictoria.org.au/get-involved/unaav-young-professionals-network/

Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) at the Fitzroy Town Hall

Participating in the RIJI mock interviews in early July was a worthwhile experience for Year 9 students. We started preparing early Term 2 as part of one of the five rotations of our Connect program. We had to find an entry level job and then respond to the ad by creating a cover letter and resumé. This was a lengthy process due to all of the editing and refining we had to go through in which teachers revised our work. On the day of the mock interviews, we brought our documents and our interviewer asked us many questions (most of which we were prepared for). This was an opportunity in which only a few schools have the privilege to participate. We highly recommend that the upcoming year levels attend this day, we promise you won’t regret it! We now feel more prepared to enter the workforce and have gained more interpersonal skills.

Emily Blood and Ella Shaw, 9Y

Italian at Fitzroy High School

Ciao! My name is Tallulah and I’m studying Italian in Year 11 this year through the Victorian School of Languages (VSL). This term, Fitzroy High School has welcomed Chiara, an Italian Language Assistant from Siena. She has been a magnificent help for both me and other students across Years 7 to 9. Chiara has been a great support for me so far in my study sessions; every fortnight, we speak for an hour in Italian and this gives me the opportunity to revise pronunciation, grammar and learn new vocabulary with a local speaker.

Having an assistant has given me the opportunity to grow my confidence in general conversation, because I feel comfortable making mistakes and answering questions.

I chose to continue Italian after Year 9 because I have always loved learning about the language and culture, and Chiara’s insights and capabilities have been extremely valuable in encouraging my learning in my senior years.

– Tallulah Thornton Lawrence, Year 11

It has been exciting having Chiara visit us in class and help with activities. It gives us a first hand experience of pronunciation and a lot more insight into the language itself! We’ve currently been learning about the differences and similarities between the north and south (nord e sud) of Italy: climate, regional cuisine, people, and so on. It’s been very enjoyable to study this topic and having Chiara there has made it all the better! Non vedo l’ora – I can’t wait.

– Milo Strangio, 9V Italian

Year 7 Italian

Last year in Year 7 Italian one of our projects was to research a region of Italy and present it in whatever form we liked. After studying some geography and uniqueness of the regions of Italy, I decided to research Liguria because it looked beautiful and interesting, with its beautiful food, wild forests and colorful villages on steep cliff sides leading down to the sea. I really love Art and Craft so I decided to present my project as a 3D model. Some of the interesting facts I learned were that Christopher Columbus came from Liguria as well as one of NASA’s astronauts. The people of Liguria have lots of festivals across the year, including the celebration of the Fava Bean!   

Maya Donaldson, 8Y

Year 9 Connect Program

As an ex-student, it was an absolute pleasure to come back to Spensley Street and see all my primary school teachers. I haven’t been back in a few years and it was great to see how  things have changed since I’ve been gone.

Connect is a class that all Year 9 students complete at Fitzroy High. It involves different programs such as visiting organisations where we learn about what kind of things are going on there and we can decide if we are interested in volunteering there later on in the year

It’s essentially about connecting with community members and helping out those in need.

This term, Year 9s have been to Salvation Army where we learnt about homelessness and how it affects the lives of more Australians then we think, Yarra Youth Services to find out about sports, art and cultural programs, and Spensley Street where we got to help out in the classrooms. After each excursion we reflect on what we have learnt, how we helped out and how we could help out in future.

When I returned to Spensley Street I was reminded how important primary school was for me and I realised how valuable the Connect Program is for us and the wider community. I’d like to thank Spensley Street, teachers and students, for welcoming us into the classrooms and helping us learn about the community and how things work at Spensley Street.

Alex Castles Krusec 9Y

Our class experienced a taste of volunteering in various sectors of the workforce; specifically education, youth services, humanitarian, and aged care. The Connect program helps us experience different parts of Melbourne and our community and how it all comes together. It was nice to experience a different part of our community while visiting Ruckers Hill Nursing Home, talking to residents who enjoyed our company.

At times it was a confronting and challenged us to communicate in a different way with people who have aged care needs, such as dementia. We heard different life and work stories from the residents, some of which were; a London toy maker, a furniture removalist, a physiotherapist and activist, and a pilot. Overall it was fun but a rewarding experience. 

Spensley Street Primary School helped us connect to younger children and their teachers, helping out in the classroom, music, art or with physical education. We really enjoyed visiting Spensley Street, being with young children is a very uplifting and fun.  Our next step is to focus on a charity sector that we are interested in and try to find our own volunteer experience for five weeks in term 3.

Rahima Toukhsati and Peru Renkin 9Z