Top Class: Theatre Studies Filming Invitation

Last year, I completed the VCE subject Theatre Studies, achieving a high score in my final monologue examination. Students were required to perform an interpretation from an assortment of prescribed monologues, as either an Actor/Director or Designer. I selected the character of Elizabeth Appleyard from Tom Wright’s adaptation of Picnic At Hanging Rock, set in the early 1900s. I created an abstract representation of the world of the play and theme of nature through my ‘clocklike’ arranged set design.

In late January, I was invited to audition for Top Class Season of Excellence 2020. This is an opportunity for twenty five outstanding students across Victoria to showcase their monologue to future Theatre Studies students, teachers and the general public. Early February, myself and Tallulah Thornton – Lawrence were officially chosen to perform in the show, although the performance itself was cancelled because of Covid-19.

Subsequently, Drama Victoria has chosen myself and six other performers to be filmed as an educational resource for schools across Victoria.

I am extremely grateful for these opportunities and has proved to me that hard work really does pay off.

Matilda Komene, Year 12

Instrumental Music Program 2020

Fitzroy High’s Instrumental Music Program is well and truely underway. We have a great lineup of ensembles again this year and some new faces that have joined the team. I would like to introduce Matt Sheers our new Strings teacher who is leading both The String Ensemble and Filharmonica and teaching violin, viola and the Uke. Another new face is myself, Emily Wearne! Taking the lead from Matthew Hovell who did a terrific job last year coordinating the Instrumental Program, I will be answering your emails, facilitating performances and helping out in anyway possible to ensure a smooth year of lessons and performances, if anyone has any suggestions or questions regarding the program please contact me at this email , music@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au and I will endeavour to help where possible. 

For this year we hope to have a few external and internal concerts to showcase the hard work put in by both student and teacher to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble. I encourage staff, friends and family to attend these events and support students in their extra curricular activity. That is it for now, I hope everyone is settling into the new year with ease and we can all have a fab 2020!!

Emily Wearne

VCAL – Masina Taule’alo

Masina Taule’alo, one of our graduating Year 12 VCAL students, participated in a second work experience placement at the end of November. Masina, who has passion for digital media design, worked in a small video production team at Healthily, a producer of online health programs. As part of his VCAL Certificate and VCE Media Studies, Masina designed and produced a presentation and short film to raise awareness and acceptance of autism. The team at Healthily were so impressed with Masina’s work, that they offered him a work experience placement, with a view to possible ongoing work as a component of his future studies. During his work placement, Masina delivered his presentation to members of the Healthily team. Feedback suggests that the placement was a great learning experience both for Masina, and for Healthily staff who learned about common characteristics of autism and ways to support people with autism in the workplace.

Climarte: Arts for a safe climate

If not now, then when?

A Conversation on Culture and Climate Action

In collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project featuring a musical interlude by Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday 9 November 2019
11am – 12.45pm

Kenneth Myer Auditorium
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
43 Sturt Street, Melbourne (Opposite ABC studios between Southbank Blvd and Grant Street).

Join Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous leaders, students, artists, scientists and creatives to discuss two important questions:
What must we do in the next 11 years to act decisively to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change; and, how can culture move people from awareness to action to ensure a just and sustainable future for all life on Earth? With representatives from Schools Strike 4 Climate, SEED – Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Student Environmental Leaders alongside Nobel Laureate and CLIMARTE Ambassador Prof. Peter Doherty AO on health and Leader, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO’s Dr David Karoly.

The Yarra Voices

The Yarra Voices is a new Melbourne children’s choir created to provide quality music education and choral experiences for children from all backgrounds.

Italian Week 2019

Fitzroy High Italian community participates in one of the most popular events of the year celebrating all things Italiano! 
 A special thanks to members of the FIZ (Fitzroy Italian Zone) who have contributed to the organisation of this event. 

MONDAY 21st to FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL

A whole week of Italian food, music, theatre, sport, and culture. 

  • Thursday: Pizza: Margherita: $4 each or 2 for $7. Vegetarian or Capricciosa $5 each or 2 for $9. 
  • Friday: Venice in Love Performance for Year 9s and Gelato at lunch time. $2 for one flavour and $3 for 2 flavours. 

We look forward to your participation! 

See posters for more information. 

Year 12 Visual Communication Design Excursions to the Makerspace.

Our Y12  VCD students visited the Makerspace at the Kathleen Syme library in Carlton. The Makerspace is a place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. The Kathleen Syme Makerspace has a wide range of 3D printers and a laser cutter as well as sewing machines, work benches, drills, and computers with 3D modelling software installed. 

The visits enabled students to come up with new and advanced ideas for their Unit 4 folio presentations. Some students were able to laser cut their hand-drawn or digitally designed logos and other designs, whilst other students were able to print 3D prototypes of their models they created for their various projects such as game design and figurine development.

Students were able to experience a workshop environment where they had to autonomously work on their projects, prepare their work and ask an in-house technician for assistance. Students learnt about how to prepare and plan for their ideas and get their head around new software so they could use the different machines. 

Students really got to experience the concept of trial and error and were able to adjust their projects accordingly. It was a great experience for all of us and we are very keen and looking into setting up our own Makerspace in the near future at FHS.

Jitske

FHS Production: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

A reminder that tickets are on sale for the upcoming FHS Production, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. We are very excited about the hard work students have been doing and would love staff, students and those in the community to come along and support us.

Show Synopsis
After an unexpected surprise in her personal world, Alice spirals out into an unfamiliar yet fantastic wonderland filled with action-packed adventure. So many strange and curious things begin to occur and Alice questions whether she is truly mad or if it could all just be a dream. Meeting new friends and enemies along the way, Alice realises that very few things indeed are really impossible if you just have the courage to believe.

Production Dates
Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019, 7:00 PM

Location
Collingwood College Theatre
Corner Cromwell Street and McCutcheon Way
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Tickets
Tickets can be purchased here.

Chiara Costanzo,
VCE Humanities PLC Leader and Production Coordinator

Tickets On Sale Now For 2019 Production: “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”

After an unexpected surprise in her personal world, Alice spirals out into an unfamiliar yet fantastic wonderland filled with action-packed adventure. So many strange and curious things begin to occur and Alice questions whether she is truly mad or if it could all just be a dream. Meeting new friends and enemies along the way, Alice realises that very few things indeed are really impossible if you just have the courage to believe.

Production Dates

Thursday 5 September 2019 7:00 PM
Friday 6 September 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday 7 September 2019 7:00 PM

Location

Collingwood College Theatre
Corner Cromwell Street and McCutcheon Way
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here.

Chiara Costanzo,
VCE Humanities PLC Leader and Production Coordinator

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Fitzroy High School will be presenting work as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival closing night festivities. Student animations designed as part of the City of Yarra Artist in Residence Program will be projected in the Atherton Gardens area of Fitzroy this Saturday 03/08/2019 from 6:00pm.

For more information about the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, please follow this link:
https://www.gspf.com.au/