Term 1 Starts Soon

We hope you’re all having a great summer break! The first two days of Term 1 (Tuesday the 29th and Wednesday the 30th of January) will be staff only, non-teaching days.

All students commence Term 1 on Thursday the 31st of January 2019.

Stella Performance!

ATAR Results

It seems having the name Stella puts you in good stead. Two years in a row our Dux has been called Stella. Congratulations to Stella G, who generated an ATAR of 96.75, making her our Dux for 2018. Last year Stella B was our Dux with an ATAR of 95.2.

This year has seen an improvement in the top end of our ATAR results, compared to last year. There has been an increase in the percentage of students achieving ATARS in the 80s and 90s.

Stella was closely followed by Anouk G-M with an ATAR of 95.05. Other students achieving ATARs in the 90s are: David C with an ATAR of 94.45, Kitty F with an ATAR of 92.15 and Luca I with an ATAR of 90.5.

Students achieving ATARs in the 80s include: Daniel B, Paddy G, Lillian G, Finn H, Gabriel J, Greta M, and Maddy M S-B, Angus N and Milly P.

Our students continue to perform well above state average. 8% of students achieved an ATAR in the 90s, 23% of students achieved an ATAR in the 80s and above, 37% of students achieved an ATAR in the 70s and above, 52% of students achieved an ATAR in the 60s and 74% of students achieved an ATAR of 50 and above.

Exciting stories are coming through from students who have already received guaranteed and provisional offers for tertiary courses. Delphi K M received an early offer to study paramedicine at ACU due to her community work. Mark L-G and Iggy L-J have both received early offers for courses at La Trobe due to their community contributions outside of school.

Our English results continue to be very pleasing and were strong across the board,with students achieving study scores in the 40s and high 30s. Our mean score for English is 32, which is above state average.

Stella achieved study scores in the 40s for English, Media and Studio Arts. Anouk also achieved study scores in the 40s for English, Extended Investigation and Legal Studies. Our highest study scores of 47 (top 1% of the state) were achieved by Stella for Studio Arts and Maddy M S-B for VET Community Services.

Other students achieving study scores in the 40s include:

David C for Mathematical Methods, Massimo C-P (Yr 11) for Psychology, Finn H for English, Luca I for Extended Investigation and Chiharu V for Media.

Students studying Extended Investigation continue to perform strongly, with a mean score of 37.

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
Acting Assistant Principal
Pathways and Community Leader

Congratulations to this year’s FHS GVBR Team!

From Saturday 24 October – Sunday 2 December the Fitzroy GVBR team cycled approximately 530kms from the Mountains to the Murray river (Bright to Benalla)

This year we had our largest group ever of 60 riders (43 students, 5 teachers and 12 parents)

We  would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who made the ride possible.

Teachers: Neil, Duncan, Lucy, Nellie, Ella & volunteer Ben Lewis for giving up their time and weekends for training rides and the event.

Neil and Alia N (parent of Esteban in Year 7) for helping to get the bikes to the start line.

Susan, Marie, Kaaren, Amanda & Ross for assisting with the huge amount of administration involved in getting everyone registered.

Shannon for organising the Jerseys.

And Doris for all her help earlier in the year with our Trivia Night fundraiser.

It was a very successful and enjoyable ride with everyone pushing themselves and making wonderful memories and spirit of the FHS team alive and well.

Congratulations to following award winners, who were presented with their awards at our Pizza Party celebration night:

  • Tobyn S Spirit of Cycling Award: Yindi H-H
  • First Year Rider Award: Leo N
  • Harrison C- Straight 6 Award: Patrick G
  • Riders Rider award- Noah S

Day to end gender based violence

Colour powder, dancing, music, photo booth, lots of chocolate and a bake sale- all ingredients for a memorable, fun filled and important day.

On Wednesday the 17th of October, Fitzroy High school held ‘Day to end gender based violence’. An important day with a very important message.

The 2015 Royal commission into family violence concluded:
‘There is no doubt that violence against women and children is deeply rooted in power imbalances that are reinforced by gender norms and stereotypes. Factors such as intergenerational abuse and trauma, exposure to violence as a child, social and economic exclusion, financial pressures, drug and alcohol misuse and mental illness can also be associated with family violence. These factors can combine in complex ways to influence the risk of an individual perpetrating family violence or becoming a victim of such violence’.

‘If we are to prevent family violence we must change the attitudes and social conditions that give rise to it. There is a need to implement primary prevention strategies that are designed to dismantle harmful attitudes towards women, promote gender equality and encourage respectful relationships. Because family violence takes many forms, a variety of approaches is required. Some programs should be addressed to the Victorian community as a whole, others to particular population groups and places. Educating young people about respectful relationships must be a core part of the Victorian Government’s long-term prevention strategy’.

In 2017, the ‘Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships’ curriculum was introduced and mandated in government schools and since the beginning of the roll-out, Fitzroy High school has been a lead school for the implementation of said initiative.

As part of our RRRR work, we decided to come up with a ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’. If you would like to read it, you will find it as part of this newsletter. The statement of commitment had staff and student input and was made into a film clip. This clip will feature on our website shortly.

I felt it was important that the ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’ was not just something we made and never spoke about again. I wanted to make a big deal out of it. A day that would be fun and memorable, but also a day where students got to think and feel and be involved. So, with little notice, the amazing staff at Fitzroy high got behind the idea and we ended up having a very successful ‘Day to end gender based violence’.

As part of this day, all students listened to ‘Fitzroy Legal Services’ talk about family violence and the law, they watched the launch of the ‘statement of commitment to end gender based violence’ film clip and they had the opportunity to participate in the ‘clothesline project’ where they got to be creative with anti-violence messages on t-shirts. We wanted the day to also be a celebration of the caring and inclusive school we are, with an added bonus of raising a small amount of funds for ‘Northern Integrated Family Violence Services’ (NIFVS). During recess we played some fun games, like ‘shoe toss’ and ‘coin curling’, we had a photo booth, hair braiding, face painting and a bake sale. During lunch we went crazy at the big colour dance party.

It is on days like these I am particularly proud and happy to be part of the wonderful Fitzroy high community.

I hope you will enjoy the photos from the big day.


Linda Ekman

Wellbeing Leader

Year 12 Graduation Day

Our Year 12 VCE students are now in the midst of final exams. Graduation Day was a terrific day for all Year 12 students to celebrate the completion of their secondary education. It is generally a tradition that students organize to dress up in the days prior to Graduation Day. We saw many fine costumes.

As always, the traditional large congratulatory banner was hanging on the front of the school. This year, our Year 12 Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College students were welcomed with a long red carpet, leading to a breakfast barbeque and a jumping castle on the hard court. Following was a combined Year 12 assembly where Year 12 subject awards were presented. The following are the Fitzroy High School Award recipients:

Biology Patrick G
Business Management Delphi K M
Chemistry Daniel B
Chemistry Kitty F
Extended Investigation Patrick G
Further Mathematics Stella G
Geography Finn H
History Stella G
Legal Studies Anouk G-M
Literature Angus N
Mathematical Methods David C
Media Chiharu V
Music Performance Finn M (Yr 11)
Philosophy William G (Yr 11)
Physical Education Madeleine M S-B
Physics Finn H
Psychology Massimo C-P (Yr 11)
Specialist Mathematics Gabriel J
Studio Arts Stella G
VCAL Literacy Felix J-R
VCAL Numeracy Januar M
VCAL Personal Development Skills Januar M
VCAL Work Related Skills Enoh B
VCE VET External Programs Madeleine M S-B
VCE VET Sport and Recreation Delphi K M

The Collingwood College students were bid farewell, and returned to their school for their traditional school ceremonies. After recess we hosted the traditional whole school assembly, comprising speeches from John Hinman, Scarlet Team Leader, Linda Mitchell, Principal, Javier and Molly, School Council Student Representatives, along with musical performances. Recipients of the subject awards were shared with the school community, where they were congratulated, and Angus Norman was announced as the Valedictorian for 2108. The finale of the assembly was Angus delivering an impassioned valedictory speech. The Year 12 students were escorted off the school via a guard of hour made up of the rest of the study body.

In the evening we held the formal Valedictory Dinner. Our guest speaker was Sean Power, a former student and current Senior Producer and Melbourne Digital Editor at Seven West and recipient of a Walkley Award in 2017. Angus Norman delivered a modified version of his valedictory speech, which was equally impassioned. Area awards were presented and all students were presented with their graduation folio, certificates and gift.

Recipients of the area awards are as follows:

Art and Design Stella G
Career Development Delphi K M
English and Literature Angus N
Humanities Anouk G-M
David C
Performing ArtsAndreas P
School Spirit Delphi K M
Science Patrick G
Science Kitty F
Health, Sports and Physical Education Delphi K M
Vocational Education Januar M
Young Leader Roy M
Principal’s Award (Valedictorian) Angus N

We are very proud of the achievements ofall of our Year 12 students and wish our VCE students well in their exams. Inthe next edition of the newsletter there will be an article about the SeniorVCAL Launch.

Femco Film Fundraiser

The FHS Feminist Collective have been working hard on the organisation of a conference for secondary students to be held at RMIT’s city campus in February next year. 

Our keynote speaker will be Clementine Ford (who will also facilitate a workshop), Frances Canon will run a session on body positivity, Beci Orpin is on board to help with design, Courtney Barnett has donated limited edition merch for us to raffle (stay tuned!) and Fitzroy High’s very own Riley Rogers will run a self-defence workshop. The rest of our program is also falling into place nicely.

Turns out conferences are pretty expensive to organise though, and we’d appreciate your support. Would you pay about $5 more than usual for a cinema ticket to attend our screening of Ladies in Black at Cinema Nova on Wednesday 28th November, at 6:15?

Yes? Great! To buy a ticket for our modest fundraising price of $25, simply click here.

There are special candy bar deals available too* (popcorn, choctops, tapas) but that orders need to be emailed to the organiser by Friday November 23rd and paid for separately. Further info below and upon booking.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Briony and the Femco


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

Falconer Street Closure

Falconer Street closed from Wednesday 24th of October to M41 Water Main Renewal Project. 

The engineers from the M41 Water Main Renewal Project, involving the construction of an underground pipe from Northcote to the city, have advised us that they are going to commence in Falconer Street next Wednesday October 24. Falconer Street and the school car park will be closed until the end of January. They will be doing the junction between Falconer St and Michael St during the Christmas holidays. High fencing will be going up on both sides of Falconer Street. Pedestrian access and bike parking will be as normal. It would be a good idea for cyclists to dismount once they get to the footpath of Falconer Street so as not to interfere with pedestrians. Students will need to be dropped off at the Michael St entrance and deliveries etc will be redirected to that entrance as well.

Any questions please ask myself or Sandra Dickins.

Regards Linda Mitchell
Acting Principal

East West is turning 40

Hello to all of our lovely East West families. Please join us to celebrate the 40 years of East West. Pass it on, tell you friends, come and down and say hi.

Bring a plate to share and a drink to enjoy and catch up on some wonderful memories…

We would love to see you there.

Seeing the world through Pat’s eyes – Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria

Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.

Pat’s travels feature prominently in the story board that Joseph wrote after interviewing Pat this year as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit.  Joseph is one of the Fitzroy High School’s Year 12 VCAL students who took part in the intergenerational project, involving OCAV’s Rushall Park residents and neighbouring Fitzroy High School, which was a highlight of the school’s VCAL curriculum last year.

The 12 VCAL students were matched with residents at Rushall Park and several interviews were conducted in term one. The project storyboards, which were unveiled at Rushall Park recently, are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents, including Jean and Bernard Pidd and Jennifer Barden.

Joseph, 18, was a bit apprehensive about the project and thought it might be a ‘boring essay’. But he ended up loving the experience and found Pat’s attitude to young people affirming, and a little surprising.

“There is so much negative stuff in the media about young people. The news is full of all the things young people are doing wrong now. But when you meet Pat, it’s as if he hasn’t heard any of it. He just sees you as an equal who he wants to get to know. I think a lot of older people dismiss young people, but not Pat. He’s a good bloke who respects everyone. Pat’s cool,” Joseph said.

Joseph, who started an apprenticeship as a barber at Kings Domain in South Yarra during the year while completing his VCAL, loved hearing about Pat’s adventures around the world. Once he is qualified he hopes to go travelling and go to the UK where he was born and where most of his family still lives.

“I realised as Pat and I were talking that even though he is a lot older than me, he has done the stuff that I am doing now and stuff that I want to do. Pat took opportunities that came his way and I really found that inspiring.”

Pat, who came to Rushall Park three years ago, has more chapters that could be added to Joseph’s story board and has recently returned from a trip to India. He is thinking about heading to the United Kingdom and Ireland next year. He loves seeing the world and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, regardless of their age.

“I think it’s a good idea to respect people whether they are 17 or 70. It’s a good starting point for a relationship. I enjoyed hearing about Joseph’s family background and all the things he would like to do in the world,” Pat said.