Free poetry events for LGBTQIA+ Youth 12 – 25

These school holidays, Bridge Queer Gathering is hosting two free poetry-themed events for LGBTQIA+ youth as part of Youth Fest 2022. 

We’ll kick off with a poetry workshop hosted by Nevo Zisin, author and trans activist, followed up with a performance night where workshop participants and others can read and preform their work.  

Bridge Queer Gathering presents… 

      Pride Poetry Workshop 

Come along to Bridge Queer Gathering’s Pride Poetry Workshop to explore storytelling and writing through poetry.

Australian author and transgender rights activist, Nevo Zisin, will give practical guidance to support writing, developing ideas and getting creative with poems.

This friendly and inclusive workshop is for LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults across all levels of creative writing experience, from those who’ve never put pen to paper to those who want to refine their craft.

Book your FREE ticket here: https://bit.ly/3e0AudJ

This workshop is designed for LGBTQIA+ community and allies ages 13-25.

You’ll be invited to perform your work at the open mic Pride Poetry Performance on Tues 27th September. 

This event is part of Vic Youth Fest 2022 and supported by the Victorian Government.

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Pride Poetry Performance 

Bridge Queer Gathering warmly welcomes you to come along for Pride Poetry      

Performance celebrating LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13 and up.

This friendly and inclusive event will feature a range of young storytellers and special guests.

Come and share a piece or sit back and get inspired by the stories and writing from our community!

BOOK your FREE ticket here to join: https://bit.ly/3Arxtum

Bring your friends and family, this event is for LGBTQIA+ community members and allies of all ages.

Location:
Bridge Darebin
218 – 220 High Street Preston

We’d love to hear YOUR story. Please complete the registration form to join the open mic:

https://forms.office.com/r/PAJZ6DD4Yz

Your writing could be a poem, spoken word, short story or prose. Personally-written pieces are very welcome and we would be extremely excited to hear them.

Bridge Queer Gathering is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which Bridge Darebin is located. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present and acknowledge the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

This event is part of Vic Youth Fest 2022 and supported by the Victorian Government. 

Makers Market!

A a local neighbourhood houseis having a market on Sunday.

It’s to support local makers and is also a fundraiser for Railway House. 

Thank you!

Martial Arts – free trial!

Dominance is a Martial Arts School in Abbotsford.

They run Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids ages 5-13 and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and Muay Thai classes for teens ages 14-18+ for both recreational and competitive students.

They are looking to run a free intro week sometime early next term for new students (see flyer for code).

Students can join anytime (rather than just at the beginning of a term) and they offer free trial classes and no joining or cancellation fees. Fees are set up as a weekly direct debit with no fixed term contract and can be cancelled anytime with 1 business days notice. They run throughout all school holidays aside from a 2 week break over Christmas/New Year.

If you mention this ad when booking a trial class you will be given 50% off uniforms as a FHS student!

Book Week

What a wonderful way to celebrate Book Week last week! The library was abuzz with creative energy when two teams set themselves the goal of writing a book in a day.

The Write a Book in a Day competition has become a staple of Fitzroy High School’s calendar, with students from Years 7-10 volunteering to participate in the competition and raise money for the Kids’ Cancer Project. Well done everyone!

In other book news, we are very proud of all the students who successfully completed the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge this week. Hearing about all the different books being read across the year levels is inspiring – everything from Heartstopper, to biographies about famous athletes, to Maya Angelou.

Well done to all those who participated in the Challenge!

Making a Difference project

In Term 4, Year 8 students are completing the ‘Making a Difference project’ as part of their Advisory program.

During this project they will be completing a range of activities around the school around the theme of ‘Inclusion’.

The Year 8 Advisory team are currently seeking donations of tiles, wool and coloured bottle tops (plastic & metal) which will be used in a mosaic project and a fence weave. 

Any donations can be dropped at the front office. Please contact Ella Hudson (ella.hudson@education.vic.gov.au)  if you have any questions. 

Senior VCAL students are currently involved in creating a short film

Senior VCAL students are currently involved in creating a short film focusing on healthy ageing, and challenging stereotypes about older people.

On August 19 the class visited Rushall Park retirement village to conduct a full day of filming. With the support of a production team from Healthily, students were involved in interviewing, camera work, data wrangling, makeup, site management and set construction.

Students demonstrated maturity, professionalism and teamwork throughout the production process; and are now focusing on finalising a paper edit, with the challenge of editing over four hours of footage to under four minutes!

School Council President’s Report – Term 3, 2022

Term 3, 2022

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

As we move towards the end of Term 3, it is great to see more and more community life coming back to our Year 7-10 Campus and, of course, the exciting development of the Wurun Senior Campus. Hosting a voting centre at Falconer St for the May election was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the school and connect with the broader community. Our FHS Democracy Sausage and Constitutional Cake Stand was a huge hit and the parents, students and school staff who volunteered throughout the day were regularly approached by members of the public to congratulate us on the wonderful environment and positive spirit and atmosphere of the school.

Speaking of the election day fundraiser, thanks to our many volunteers, the support of our major sponsor, Piedemonti’s supermarket, and the enthusiasm of the local voting public, we were able to raise $3640 on the day! Together with more than $6000 in direct donations to the School Building Fund so far this year, we have made substantial steps towards our major goal of a $50,000 contribution to the development of The Shed.

Thanks to the generosity of the school community, we have also received over $6000 in donations to the School Library Fund so far this year. The Library has used that money and some additional funds saved from previous years to purchase new texts and novels and upgrade Library equipment. We have also received a $2000 donation from Rotary to our Student Support Fund. The Student Support Fund (previously known as the Scholarships Fund) is used to support students to ensure that they have full access to educational programs while at FHS. So far this year, we have spent $2617 on supporting students to attend year 7 and 8 camps and ensure they have access to appropriate computer equipment.

If you would like to make a donation to any of our parent funds, please contact the school office at any time. Also a reminder that if you not yet been able to make your 2022 school year parent payments for curriculum and other contributions, please contact the school office to discuss payment options.

We held two School Council meetings in Term 3. The main focus of our July meeting was on the 2022 Annual Implementation Plan.  We received a detailed report from Principal Linda Mitchell focused on the formal indicators of performance for the 2021 school year and discussed how the school plans to address areas of improvement in line with the School Strategic Plan and statewide priorities.  We also discussed how the report can be presented to the school community in more accessible ways.

In the July meeting, we also received a report from student and teacher members on progress on school initiatives in relation to student voice, agency and leadership. We heard about the work behind the development of new, more formal structures to encourage and support student voice at the senior campus and more broadly across the school, including plans to establish a form of student representative council to be called the Student Representative Team (SRT).

We also heard about a new working group that has been established to lead the thinking around a final design for The Shed project. Now that we have made substantial progress towards funding the project, we can start to develop the details of the design and construction of The Shed and its integration into the wider school learning environment. Students, parents and teachers interested in being part of that design group, should contact Roger Smith, who is leading the working group. (Update – The Shed Working Group held its first onsite meeting on Wednesday 24 August where we did a walk through of the proposed site and began discussions on possible layouts and integration points.)

Our August School Council meeting was also very productive.  A major focus was on discussing the development of a new Recognition of Student Achievement Policy. The development of this policy has been part of a wider discussion that we have had in relation to further developing student voice, agency and leadership at FHS as part of the strategic plan. The purpose of the Recognition of Student Achievement Policy is to formalise a process that already occurs within the school, clarifying the rationale and principles around recognising individual student achievement. To summarise, at FHS we recognise and celebrate student achievement because it highlights and encourages the effort that all our students make to their own development and in support of the wider community. We will continue to work on the policy with input from students, teachers and parents.

A highlight of the August meeting was a presentation from one of the student members on issues to do with neurodiversity and inclusion in the school. Some excellent suggestions were made about ways to improve education around neurodiversity and disability at the school, including through student-led initiatives and by establishing a new working group on wellbeing and inclusion.

The last topic for the August meeting was the issue of succession planning. After six years on School Council and four years as President, my time at Fitzroy High School is coming to an end. At the meeting, we agreed on a plan for me to step down from the President role at the next School Council meeting in October and for School Council to elect a new President. This will mean that I will be able to support the incoming leadership team for at least a few months as an ordinary member of School Council before my term finishes in February next year. It has been a great privilege to have been President of the Fitzroy High School Council for the last four years. With the strength of our current School Council membership, I am very confident that we can manage a smooth handover to a new leadership group.

If you want to know more about our July or August meetings, you can find the minutes and supporting documents for those meetings and all School Council meetings in Compass in the school documentation section and of course please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about School Council or the subcommittees.  My school email is ralphs@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Cheers,

Ralph Saubern
President, School Council
Fitzroy High School

Where to Now? 2023 Your guide to senior secondary school pathways in Victoria

As you will now know, Victoria is moving to new senior secondary pathway arrangements from 2023.

We will be launching two new senior secondary pathway options: the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) and the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM). 2022 is the final year for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Attached is a brochure which provides more information. Please email Louise Speirs-Bridge, our Applied Learning Leader, if you would like further information or clarification about the new pathways (louise.speirs-bridge@education.vic.gov.au)

The Fitzroy Flavour food magazine – Issue 2, 2022

Attached is a sample from the latest edition of The Fitzroy Flavour (The Unofficial Magazine of the FHS Foodie).

The contents of this magazine have been prepared by XL Food 8-10 and XL Food 9-10 students. 

XL Food 9-10 (What’s The Beef?) students at Grill’d Collingwood, 18 August 2022.

The plant-based Impossible Burger got a resounding two thumbs up!

Engage in 2022

Beginning in Term 2, Fitzroy High School ran a specialised program for a group of Year 7 and 8 students. The program was called Engage, and its intention was to reinforce, complement, and extend the range of physical, social and emotional development programs implemented across the school.

The program was initially designed to address some of the lingering challenges of remote learning and the disruption of COVID-19, as well as support the transition of students to a new learning environment and school community.

The participants in the program met every Friday, Session 3 for 10 weeks. Many of these sessions involved a combination of collaborative activities and group discussions intended to facilitate the development of safe, healthy and connected relationships. The program also included more physically challenging excursions such as rock climbing and surfing.

A big thanks to Linda Mitchell, our Principal, who was always supportive of the program and provided the encouragement and resources for its delivery. Also, a huge thanks to Joe Mclaren, who worked with the utmost patience with the group for the duration of the program, as well as the Year Level Leaders – Timothy Simpson and Mac Humphries – who enthusiastically helped out with our excursions. And finally a massive thanks to those who participated in the program – it was a pleasure getting to know you all. Here are a couple of snaps from our Engage excursions 🤙