Bogong Outdoor Education School – Year 9 Future Makers Camp

From April 26th to May 7th, 24 eager Year 9s took part in the Future Makers program, a camp run by the Outdoor Education School at Mount Bogong. Fitzroy is one of the ten schools that are part of this collaboration. It was a memorable experience for both students and teachers to be immersed in The Outdoor Education’s schools values of Respect, Community, Integrity and Educational Excellence. Most importantly, the Bogong school had a strong focus on:

– self awareness and self management 

– team building and critical thinking 

– understanding one’s well being

– appreciation of nature and one’s surroundings 

Here are some reflections from Fitzroy’s participating students:

Activities

While at Bogong, the Future Makers students were separated into two main groups and each rotated through the activities. There was the ‘Challenge Yourself’ activity, during which we got into harnesses and went to the rock wall and went abseiling and rock climbing. There were also other activities such as the ‘Sensory Trail’. During this activity, you were blindfolded and had to navigate your way through part of the rainforest holding onto a wire while walking and trying to climb the obstacles. Luckily, we had some really warm days of weather so the logs weren’t too slippery.

There were also ‘Team Challenges’ and we were divided into groups. Group 1 did Bridge Building and Group 2 did Raft Building. On the second last day we went to the ‘High Ropes course’ and there were many different ropes courses to go on, such as a flying fox and the last high ropes course people went on was ‘The Leap of Faith’. 

All the activities pushed us out of our comfort zone in different ways. 

  • Billie Mott, 9W

The Hike

The hike (part 2 of the camp) for Group 2 was 40km long over 5 days. The weather started amazingly with sunny days, light winds, no rain and clear nights. After day three the weather changed drastically and it was cold, windy and in moments, hailing. Our group filled up on warm pasta and rice, and many hot chocolates, no matter the weather. Group 2 sadly lost the chance to go up Mount Bogong, but nevertheless we had an amazing hike experience with many beautiful photos taken by our very own photographer, Romi Smith. On behalf of group 2, thank you Romi for also producing a video upon our return! With Jamie from the Outdoor Ed School as our teacher, we all had great fun and many laughs while sharing many long-lasting memories.

What other students thought about the hike

Out of the 24 students who went on the camp, almost everyone would only have positive things to say about the hike. I know that Billie, for instance, had so much fun at the camp and would choose to do it all again in a heartbeat. She says she enjoyed the hike, and had fun doing the activities too. I enjoyed the camp too and got plenty of great experiences out of it, even if it was challenging at times. I think Angus Weaving definitely enjoyed hiking and finishing leftover dinners. He was very optimistic throughout and had a great time. Tom Lee-Bone was fully immersed in the beauty of the outdoors and was usually sticking at the back with Jamie talking about the local area… hearing their discussions kept me motivated to keep walking and provided me with a form of distraction (we had no access to technology for two weeks so I was missed listening to Podcasts and music!). 

  • Charlotte Cave 9W

In the second week of the camp, the weather turned miserable, but this didn’t stop Tom, Angus, Gemma and Jamie going for a walk up to the top of Mt Cope, a short distance away from our hut at Cope Hut. Despite their wet clothes and shoes, they were happy with the reward of seeing another panoramic view. Our group had discussions about returning to the Alpine Region at another time and climbing Mount Bogong with a more favourable climate, the highest mountain in Victoria. 

Upon return from our hike, we had a few days to wind down and had another few activities to explore. I was happy to stay indoors and decorate a beautiful tile (see image below) while others were mountain biking. 

  • Stella Bennet 9W

Students finished their 12 day program with a lovely reflective activity which included takeaways from Tim Cope’s motivational speech that was presented before students embarked on the 5-day journey. This was definitely a highlight. 

Great team effort and a special thanks to the Outdoor Ed Teachers and the Fitzroy High teachers for their contributions. We are also super grateful for good timing prior to lockdown number 4. We encourage current Year 8 students to apply for the 2022 program. Until next time, Bogong! 

  • Year 9 Future Makers Excel

Victorian Chief Health Officer message to Victorian schools and their communities

I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, teachers, parents, and carers for your cooperation during this period of increased COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

As all students in regional Victoria and year 11 and 12 students in metropolitan Melbourne return to on site learning, students and staff should feel reassured that, with the additional health and safety controls currently in place, it is safe for them to return and enjoy the important benefits of doing so.

Throughout the pandemic, Victorian schools have rapidly and successfully adapted to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, using COVIDSafe principles by reinforcing good behaviours, creating safe environments, modifying activities, and responding quickly to COVID-19 risk.

I am confident that with COVIDSafe plans in place, alongside our ability to quickly identify and respond to cases, eligible students and staff can return safely to school premises. 

It is crucial, however, for everyone to remain vigilant by always staying home when unwell, wearing a face mask, performing regular hand hygiene, and maintaining physical distancing from others when practical.

The school community continues to have an important role to promote COVID-19 testing when a student or staff member has any symptoms, no matter how mild, and ensuring they remain home until they are well.

Getting tested and staying home until results are known is critical to limiting community transmission.

School communities should continue to check Victorian locations where there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 and take the required public health actions. The list of current exposure sites can be found on case alerts – public exposure sites.

We encourage all members of the school community to get vaccinated if eligible. Further information on vaccinations and eligibility can be found on COVID-19 vaccines.

Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer

Update on School Operations June 4-10

Dear students, staff, parents, guardians and carers

The Victorian Government has announced arrangements for schools in Victoria from and including Friday 4 June.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all schools in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning until Thursday 10 June. This includes our school.

Students who are enrolled in a school in metropolitan Melbourne but reside in regional Victoria will continue remote and flexible learning.

Existing arrangements for on-site supervision of vulnerable children and the children of authorised workers continue to be in place.

[FOR SECONDARY /P-12 SCHOOLS:] There is one important change to the current settings:

Students enrolled in schools in metropolitan Melbourne in Years 11 and 12 will return to face-to-face learning from and including Friday 4 June.

In addition, any other students enrolled in Unit 3/4 VCE studies or the final year of a VCAL qualification will be able to return to face-to-face learning from and including Friday 4 June.

We plan to run the normal year 11 and 12 VCE and VCAL timetables, although some rooms might be changed and some session times may be modified.

Remote and flexible learning

Students undertaking remote and flexible learning need to access remote learning via Google Classroom and Google Meet. They should also follow any timetables and instructions on Compass. The school will maintain the usual timetable but with reduced lesson times as follows:

Session 1 – 8.45 am – 9.45am
Session 2 – 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Recess: 11.00 am – 11.45am
Session 3 – 11.45am – 12.45pm
Lunch: 12.45pm – 1.45pm
Session 4 – 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Information is available to support your child’s learning from home.

On-site supervision

Our school will provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
Children whose parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site.
children experiencing vulnerability, including:
children in out-of-home care
children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
children identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

If your child requires on-site supervision [include local arrangements and contact number].

Face masks

Secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless an exception applies.

Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OHSC program.

Face masks are mandatory for all school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

Kind regards

Linda Mitchell, Principal

Term One School Council President’s Report

Term 1, 2021

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

Term 1 is always a busy time for teachers, school leadership, parents and students – and also for School Council. Each school year, School Council goes through a renewal process, with previous members retiring and new members coming on board. In our March School Council meeting, we declare the new members of the School Council, which is made up of parents and carers (8 members), principal, assistant principal, teachers and school staff (6 members), students (2 members) and community members (up to 2 members).

I’d like to thank all those who put up their hand to volunteer for School Council this year and,in particular, welcome our new members for 2021: Moira Finucane (parent), Venetia Bombas (parent) and Sholto Marti (student). The full membership of School Council for 2021 can be found on the school website.

At the March meeting, we also appoint members to the School Council leadership roles. I was very pleased to accept the nomination to continue as School Council President. It’s an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful school and school community and I look forward to working with the School Council and School Leadership to support the ongoing success of the school in 2021. I’d also like to congratulate and thank others who are taking on leadership roles this year:

  • President: Ralph Saubern
  • Vice President: David Huxtable
  • Treasurer: Sharon Cleaves
  • Education Subcommittee Convenor: Mim Ingvarson
  • Community Subcommittee Convenor: Clare Kermond
  • Buildings and Environments Subcommittee Convenor: Roger Smith

The recent national conversation about gender equity and gender based violence has highlighted the important work that Fitzroy High School has done and continues to do in this space. Fitzroy High School was a Respectful Relationships lead school for a number of years and the program continues to play an important part in the social education program of the school. The Feminist Collective provides a strong student voice on issues relating to gender inequality in the school and in society at large. No doubt there is more that we can and should do to help students and the broader school community understand and learn about the issues and ensure a safe and inclusive school environment.

One way in which School Council is contributing is the current review of the Student Dress Code. Over the last several months, at the urging of the FemCo, the Community Subcommittee of School Council has led a consultation on the dress code, primarily in relation to the gendered nature of the dress code and its application. While circumstances last year made community wide consultations difficult, the Community Subcommittee has been able to engage with students, parents and teachers and develop a draft revised dress code that seeks to address context, principles and applications in line with the Fitzroy High School values and our commitment to a safe, inclusive and equitable school environment. We will soon be circulating that draft for comment and input from students, parents and teachers with the view to adopting a revised dress code in 2021.

School Council has also been working to support the school more generally in developing student voice, agency and leadership opportunities. Education Subcommittee has led a number of conversations and consultations, including on the establishment of a Student Representative Council (SRC). This follows feedback from the school review conducted in early 2020 which found that while student voice, agency and leadership is strongly embedded in the culture of Fitzroy High School, there were opportunities for improvement by establishing more formal structures and systems.

Joining a School Council subcommittee is a great way to find out more about the school and make an active contribution in an area of your interest. School Council has three subcommittees: Education, Community and Buildings and Environments. These subcommittees are a critical part of school governance and provide essential support to School Council and core and extra-curricular school programs. All parents, students and teachers are welcome to join those subcommittees, which usually meet two weeks before School Council to review and discuss work in their area and make recommendations to School Council. Contact the subcommittee convenor for information on how to join in. The dates for the subcommittee and School Council meetings are published in the calendar on Compass.

If you want to know more about School Council, participating in a subcommittee or other volunteering opportunities, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.  My school email is ralphs@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Cheers,

Ralph Saubern
President, School Council
Fitzroy High School

Parenting in the Pub

We are a parent-run group that is putting on a series of sex education classes for parents over term 2 and 3 at the Post Office Hotel, Sydney Road, Coburg. We’re called Parenting in the Pub and what we do is create an informal space and friendly forum for parents and carers to get themselves educated when it comes to discussing sex, respectful relationships, puberty, porn, social media and consent with kids of any age. 
We’ve organised a range of guest experts at each session including Michael Carr-Gregg, Family Planning Victoria and Sex Education Australia. 
These sessions are designed to complement the information parents receive at information nights at school and help us all upskill in this vital area of parenting. 


 

Gameplan – ConnX Social Skills

Hi all,

My name is Katherine and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist from Gameplan Education Strategies, a special educational and speech pathology practice in Brunswick East. I wanted to touch base as we are currently running a ConnX program – a social skills program for student aged 8-12, and are currently hoping to spread the word in our community in order to reach out to those students and families who would be interested in participating in this evidence-based program. We kindly invite you to share this information to any family, colleague and/or health professional that you feel may be interested. Please find information regarding this program below. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

OVERVIEW

ConnX is a 10-week evidence-based social skills intervention program for students in late primary/early high school, who are interested in learning team-building skills and new ways of making and keeping friends. Our Gameplan ConnX team utilises the strong evidence-based principles of the Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to generate the best outcomes for our students. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities. Students create Lego and art masterpieces, engage in collaborative team building and problem-solving activities, conduct awe inspiring science experiments, and much more! Each program is also tailored to suit the individual needs of the group.

KEY FOCUS AREAS 

Students will learn: 

  • Flexible thinking
  • Body and brain in the group
  • Different kinds of thoughts
  • Hidden rules
  • Expected and unexpected behaviours
  • Tiny/big/boring moments
  • Socially acceptable behaviours
  • Negotiation
  • Sharing
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Conversation skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Inferential language
  • Academic learning skills for upper primary and early secondary  

WHEN 

  • Thursdays at 4:00pm-4:50pm (remaining Term 2 sessions – 10/06, 17/06, 24/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Thursday 15th July)
  • Saturdays at 11:00am-11:50am (remaining Term 2 sessions – 05/06, 12/06, 19/06, 26/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Saturday 17th July)

Please note: No sessions during the COVID-19 lockdown or school holidays.

WHERE  

All sessions will be delivered face-to-face at our lovely clinic at 140 Weston Street, Brunswick East (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

HOW LONG 50 minutes intervention with group feedback and individual feedback email delivered after each session. Please ensure your child arrives no later than 3.55pm each Thursday / 10.55am each Saturday.  Your child will be ready for collection at 4.50pm Thursday / 11.50am Saturday.
FEEDBACKParents will receive: Written and verbal feedback after each sessionA summary report at the end of the program outlining progress towards goals and further recommendations

OUR EVIDENCE-BASED CURRICULUM  Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum 

PRE-PROGRAM ASSESSMENT Children joining us at Gameplan for the first time may require a pre-program assess​ment session of 60-90 minutes. An additional pre-assessment fee of $184.00 per 60min will apply.

CONSULTANTS Gameplan’s Consultants Lina Bernal (Thu), Katherine Costello (Thu), Alyssa Lim (Sat) and Nicole Scott (Sat) are the dynamic team delivering Gameplan ConnX.

FEES 

ConnX Term Program Subscription – Thursdays = $750.00 / Saturdays = $825.00

Funding and rebate options: Medicare, NDIS and private health insurance.

For enrolment information, please contact Gameplan on (03) 9417 3099 or email alyssa@gameplanhq.com.au  

For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.gameplanhq.com.au/social-skills-connx 

Tutorial classes – Career Talks

In Year 11 and 12, students have tutorial classes which aim to improve individual academic skills, broaden student knowledge and support their regular subject program.

“Career Talks” have been devised to inspire students, broaden their thoughts about work and provide a meaningful part of the research process that all students in Year 11 and 12 need in order to develop individual pathway plans for their post secondary schooling days.

24 enthusiastic students signed up and chose to participate in the first of our “Career talks” workshops. The first of our workshops featured the professions of Architecture, Engineering and Project Management.

Our guests were:

Davin Mills – SEMZ, Project Manager

Martin Palmer – GHD, Architect

Tai Hollingsbee – GHD, Engineering

Davin, Martin and Tai gaven the students insight into their day to day life as an engineer, architect and project manager, the range of tasks, some of the key skills for success and some insight into their personal journey to where they are now.

Each of them touched on the international opportunities in their industries, the skills being transferable across the world and the team work required between each of their fields.

Tai showed the students various buildings across the world he worked as mechanical engineer including the CCTV headquarters, the Gherkin building in London and some other iconic buildings in the US, Hong Kong and China. He spoke about the common language  of physics and mathematics in his work across the world.

Martin talked the students through one of the firm’s latest projects – the Barwon Water building in Geelong. He spoke about the role of the architect in the design but more broadly about the teamwork with all stakeholders to get the best possible outcomes for everyone.

Davin spoke about the complex nature of project management, the interpersonal and communication skills needed and fundamentally the role of developing relationships to enjoying success in this profession.

No day is the same in this role. He spoke about the joy of helping all stakeholders involved achieve a successful project.

We thank Martin and Tai from GHD and Davin from SEMZ for sharing so generously their passion and experiences with our Year 11 and 12 students.

I would encourage all Year 11 and 12 students to sign up to our next round of “Career talks” workshops. I can certainly accommodate as many interested students as possible.

Chris Millard
Campus Principal Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School

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 www.jnrengineers.com.au/after-school  on Thursdays T2
Holiday program   www.jnrengineers.com.au/school-holidays  6-16 April