Reach CC – Community Event

We are a community group based in Northcote that was a recipient of the Darebin City Council’s Community Grants Program.

To celebrate National Families Week from 15-21 May we are hosting a series of community events for the residents of Darebin.

As a late edition we are hosting an event especially to cater for High schoolers. Our aim is to get them connected to others in the local community, make new friendships and have a night of fun away from their devices.

We have booked Inflatable World in Bundoora for our exclusive use. There is a cost of $10/person which includes entry and pizza.

Would you kindly consider promoting this to your school community.

They can register via

We look forward to welcoming many local residents to connect and build community with one another through these community events.

IDAHOBIT Event at North Fitzroy Library

There is a free library event in celebration of IDAHOBIT for young people aged 12-25 at the North Fitzroy Library.

The event is a clothing swap held from 2-5pm on Saturday the 15th Of May. There will also have preloved books available and our friends from Queerspace who will be there promoting their Queer youth group. 

Melbourne University Excursion Recap

On Wednesday the 21st of April, a group of Fitzroy and Collingwood year 12’s opted to go on a morning tour of Melbourne University as part of the Tutorial program. Arriving at 8:45am, we divided into groups and headed off with a guide. We were taken on a loop of the main campus in Parkville, walking past, and going into several buildings, such as the School of Design, and one of the University’s seven on-campus libraries. Highlights from the tour included a sweep of the animal bones collection on the lower floor of the design centre and a look at the famous South Lawn Car Park, known for its appearance in several blockbuster films including Mad Max. At the tour’s conclusion, a half-hour information session took place, with a member of the University’s staff explaining a bit about the school, university degrees in general, career pathways, and more. 

It’s safe to say that the majority of us went away having enjoyed the visit, while I’m sure everyone got some useful information out of it. Not really knowing what I want to pursue next year, this tour was a great way for me to get a sense of one of the many potential avenues to explore. I also learnt some vital insider knowledge about where and how to get the best free food on campus. Always a plus!

Freya Van Dyke-Goodman 12X

Fitzroy High students along Professors Walk
Observing Science and Biology at the Agriculture Building

Fitzroy High School Open Day

*UPDATE* Please ensure you book now as spaces are filling fast

Fitzroy High School’s Open Day will be a little different this year. We will be running 4 smaller sessions. Each session will comprise a welcome presentation from our Principal and chance to ask questions to our staff and students, followed by student-led tours of the school.

To book, please follow this link: FHS OPEN DAY BOOKINGS

Note, due to COVID regulations, it is essential that you use the booking system to reserve a place, please allocate a ticket for each person attending with you.

Open day is geared specifically towards year 6 families transitioning to year 7.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix

Dear Fitzroy High School community,

18 months ago some important work began around the formation of our School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB) and it is with great pleasure that I get to introduce our behaviour matrix. 

Our SWPB matrix can be found everywhere throughout the school with large posters in every building and on every floor of the school. It is also visible in every classroom and communal space in one form or another.

The matrix is based on our three school values of Trust, Engage, Respect and it describes the behaviours we want to see. The positive behaviours provide boundaries for all members of our school community and provide a language of care which we can all utilise in our interactions with each other.

The green positive posts that began popping up on Compass will continue and are an individual  acknowledgement and part of a reward system  for students who are embracing the positive behaviours we want to see. As we roll out SWPB throughout the community positive posts will be accumulated and will be able to be converted into points for individuals and also for Advisory classes. Watch this space for updates and further announcements.

Kind regards,

Anna Pilkington
SWPB Leader
Fitzroy High School

Coding and Robotics Club

Fitzroy High School will be the venue for an exciting Coding and Robotics Club operated by Junior Engineers.

Learn coding with Python, robotics MiniTendo, Minecraft Coders and more!

Sessions will run immediately after school on Thursdays during Term 2 and during the upcoming holiday break.  See the attached flyers for cost and other details.

After school program  on Thursdays T2
Holiday program  6-16 April

In memory of Jon Delaney

We are very sad to hear that Jon recently passed away after a long
battle with cancer. We were very fortunate to have had Jon teaching guitar
and bass from 2004 to 2016. In that time he inspired and motivated
many students.

I will always remember Jon as a great arranger and director of
ensembles. He was a strong believer in giving students a real band
experience. Jon ran the junior and senior guitar ensembles and they
were often large, always fun and loud. He would add singers and a
drummer. If there was no drummer he would play drums. Jon’s passion
for keeping it real meant the students would choose the song, and the
band name. My favourite was the “Safe Sex Pistols”.

The guitar ensembles were featured at music evenings in the community
and at Cabaret Nights. Under Jon’s direction, the ensembles would
always deliver an impressive performance. Two memorable
performances at the “NMR Music Expo” saw probably the largest
ensembles Jon put together. The works chosen were also large –
“Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Knights of Cydonia”.

Jon was a great teacher, and a very, caring and thoughtful person. He
was an incredibly talented musician, whose expertise extended across
many different styles. His passing is a huge loss to his partner Karen,
son Connor, and their family. The music community has also lost one of
their finest jazz musicians. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult

Tom Hoyle
Music Teacher
Fitzroy High School

Principal’s Report, February 2021

Dear school community,

A belated welcome to 2021 and I look forward to working with you all this year.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the class of 2020 for their efforts and achievements. A special congratulations to Tallulah Thornton-Lawrence who was dux of the school. We will be posting a separate, more detailed article about Year 12 completion rates, study scores and ATARs, as well as the pathways and destinations of the cohort. 

As we move on from the challenges of 2020, it is worth remembering how strong our community has been, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and for your dedication to the education of our young people. It is also worth remembering that many challenges remain as a result of 2020 and the ongoing, unpredictable nature of Covid 19. Responding quickly to the recent snap lockdown is one example. Responding gradually to the emerging issues of learning and wellbeing is another example.

Although there are many examples of the school supporting students’ individual needs, I would like to mention a couple of programs that stand out this year. One program is made available by the learning catchup funding from the government. Fitzroy High School has been given funding equivalent to about one and a half teachers to support small groups of students with catching up on their leaning. This tutoring program is well underway, with students in various year levels being identified for general catchup or specific literacy and numeracy intervention. The other program is our wellbeing support, led by Linda Ekman, our wellbeing leader, along with our psychologists Joanne Burch and Jamie Bishop. Last year Jamie was successful in obtaining the Mental Health Practitioner role. Due to the demand for wellbeing services this year, Jamie will be increasing his time as a psychologist and therefore no longer teaching his classes. The school has appointed Emma Bleazby, an extremely well qualified teacher, to take over Jamie’s classes over the next couple of weeks.

I would also like to introduce and welcome other new staff members: Imogen Lazarus (Italian and English), Hanna Yammouni (VCAL, Health and PE), Min Xu (Maths and Applied Computing), Linh Nguyen (Maths and Science), Bianca Merkel (VCAL and Humanities), Dylan Wood (Maths and Science), Caitlin Berry (Drama and English), Rose Nezhad (Science Technician), Jacqueline Choppin (Food Technician), Emily Kennan, Maddie Bullen and Molly Thomas (Administration).

Last but not least, I would like to formally congratulate Andrea Thompson, who was successful in gaining the position of Assistant Principal, a role in which she has been acting for 18 months. Andrea will act as Principal from March 29-April 30 while I have a medical procedure. I am thrilled to be working with both Andrea and Chris Millard, who I announced late last year as the successful candidate for the Campus Principal (Assistant Principal) of the new Gasworks (interim name) Senior Secondary campus of Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College. It is an exciting time for our school as this new campus is built, ready to open next year. Please see the following website for updates, including construction photos and videos.

Kind regards

Linda Mitchell, Principal

Creative Workers in Schools

37 creative workers have begun their placement in 32 government schools across Victoria from the start of term 1 as part of the Creative Workers in Schools program. The Creative Workers in Schools program, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria through the support of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative, is providing the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools.

Fitzroy High was one of the lucky schools selected, and we are currently host to a professional Writer and Podcaster, Joel Martin, who is with us until the end of semester 1. Joel has been producing the Morning Bell podcast since 2014, and is working with a year 8/9/10 Excel on the creation of The Youth Vote, a podcast that aims to amplify the voice of young people in the political space. Each episode of The Youth Vote will dig into issues facing young people, and when completed the entire season will be released online using established partner networks that Joel has built up in his career.

Dave Rogers, Creative Workers in Schools Statewide Program Manager at Regional Arts Victoria, said the diversity and reach of the first stream of projects was inspiring.

“It’s a real thrill to see such innovative and experienced creative workers starting to head into schools to share their craft, talent and enthusiasm,” noted Rogers. “The teachers that we are talking to are already telling us how excited they are to host the creative workers in their
school and that there is a palpable buzz amongst the students. We’re looking forward to seeing these exciting and no doubt surprising creative projects come to life.”

If you have any questions about the project, please email Travis McKenzie: