Clothing Donations Wanted

The Future Makers are planning on running a secondhand clothing stall at school.

If you have any clothes that you feel are still worthy of wear but perhaps not by you, then please donate them to these fine kids.

There is a box at the front office for this collection, so feel free to drop them in.


Community Compost Hub Launch

On Tuesday June 4, Fitzroy High School hosted a gathering to launch our Community Compost Hub. Councillor Danae Bosler, Yarra City’s Mayor, officially launched the hub, a joint project between Woodside Sustainability Group and the school, with support from Holden Street Neighbourhood House and City of Yarra.

The facility will initially compost scraps from our Food Technology room, canteen and staffroom; and from local residents. In the longer term, all areas of the school will use the facility, including scraps from student and teacher homes.

Current and past VCAL students have been the driving force behind the project: designing and constructing compost bays and a timber tool box, seeking input from School Council and the Building & Grounds Committee, and securing tool donations from teachers and local residents. VCAL students will continue to manage the hub as it becomes operational in Term 3.

FHS Dyslexia Support Group Meeting

The meetings have always been a useful opportunity to share experiences – what’s working and what resources people might have for others.

The next meeting will feature a video titled The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Made by James Redford, this wonderful film debunks some common untruths and misunderstandings about dyslexia, and delves into the lives of people struggling with a learning disability.

Everyone is welcome including new parents, teachers and surrounding community.

When: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Where: FHS – follow the signs at the front door

For more information contact:
David Huxtable
M: 0419 592 886

Donations Wanted! Seasonal Recipes and Unwanted Clothes

Students from the Future Makers XL are creating projects that help to facilitate solutions to some of our waste problems. Students are looking at reducing waste by creating a recipe book of seasonal food. If you have any fantastic recipes that feature seasonal produce (any season!) then the Future Makers would be interested in featuring it in their online recipe book. Donated recipes can be sent to Nevenka Thomas-Rezo at – please use the subject line ‘seasonal recipe’.

Another group is looking at reducing fashion waste and they are planning a second-hand clothing stall in Term 3. If you have any unwanted clothes that you would like to donate, then the Future Makers are keen to take them. Please drop them off at the front office area.

Thanks! Future Makers Team.

New Film 2040: Special Opening Weekend Offer

Fitzroy High School students will be able to see the new film 2040 free of charge on its opening weekend at Palace Cinemas.

The offer applies to all sessions of 2040 on Saturday 25/05/2019 and Sunday 26/05/2019 at the following locations: Palace Balwyn, Brighton Bay, Cinema Como, Kino and Westgarth.

To view the full ticket offer terms and conditions, please visit the following website:

The film 2040 was created by award-winning director Damon Gameau, who recently visited Fitzroy High School to address Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Tram Network Upgrades

Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams will commence work to renew tram tracks and overhead wiring on Monday 3 June 2019. Tram network upgrades will occur on Queens Parade and High Street between Dummett Crescent (Fitzroy North) and Walker Street (Northcote).

Preliminary works will occur from Monday 3 June 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019, resulting in partial lane closures.

Major works will occur from Saturday 8 June 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019, resulting in road closures in the work zone.

Click here for more information.

Yarra Trams Works

Yarra Trams is currently planning works on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill which will require road closure and changes to local public transport stops. This work is due to commence in June 2019 for approximately 1 week.


For ages 11-16. Thursdays, 3.45-5.45pm.
Commences 2nd May. Materials included.
Fitzroy High School, Falconer St, Nth. Fitzroy
$340 per term, 9 sessions.
Bookings call: 0412 943 047 or via eventbrite

Your Voice Conference

On February 22nd, the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective held its sold
out ‘Your Voice’ conference for 300 secondary students at RMIT University.
The conference — programmed for and by students — was the first of its kind
in the country. The idea for the event began to bloom almost two years ago, in
response to a growing demand for the ‘Femco’ to visit or be visited by other
schools for advice on how to start a feminist collective.

We kicked off the day with a beautiful Welcome to Country by Uncle Ian
Hunter, followed by a performance by some incredible First Nation dancers.
Vice Chancellor of RMIT’s School of Education Belinda Tynan then addressed
the congregation, before keynote speaker Clementine Ford spoke skilfully to
the conference’s key themes of ‘Uniting, Empowering and Disrupting’.

The conference consisted of three sets of four parallel sessions, featuring
everything from workshops run by Clem on the alternatives to ‘toxic
masculinity’, to panels on ‘Women in Leadership’, ‘Feminism as a Person of
Colour’ and ‘Feminism and the Queer community’, to sessions on self-
defence (run by FHS’s own Riley Moloney), feminist ‘Sex Ed’, ‘How to Start
Your Own Feminist Collective’ and Mindfulness. The atmosphere on the day
was magical: there was a powerful and positive sense of community and
togetherness, which was one of the key aims of the conference.

The Feminist Collective put in a mammoth amount of work to pull the
conference off, but it would not have been possible without the unflagging
support of school leadership & our school council, and our ongoing
collaboration with respected Deakin Uni academics Deb Ollis and Leanne Coll
(‘above and beyond’ doesn’t even get close). We would not have had a home
without RMIT lecturer Emily Gray’s advocacy for our work, and the generous
contributions of our region’s Respectful Relationships team (especially Project
Lead Brigitte Walker & volunteers on the day Charlotte, Collette and
Maryanne) were invaluable. Our generous team of unflappable event
volunteers, drawn from our friends and family, did everything from ‘bribing’
RMIT students to print accurate door signs to attending merch stands for
hours on end. We are indebted to you.

A very special thanks must also go to Adrian Wood & Beci Orpin, who
donated their valuable time to design our fabulous conference poster and tote
bags respectively, to Emma Koster & Barb Jennings for their years of support,
and to Continental House in Hepburn Springs who enabled access to their
lovely digs for our planning camp in 2017. We’d also like to thank Floral
Architecture, a business run by two young women in Fitzroy who donated
both their time and profit to provide beautiful arrangements for our volunteers.
Femco members Reni L-P and Eve F (and Eve’s
incredible parents Rebecca and Conor), whose enthusiasm and dedication to
the conference was unflagging, Yasmin A, our brilliant MC for the day, are also due a special & heartfelt thank you.
The day was, in the words of Eve, ‘a triumph’.

If you would like to purchase one of the Femco’s exclusive Beci Orpin
designed conference tote bags ($20) please contact Briony O’Keeffe via

In the meantime, stay tuned as the 2019 FHS Feminist Collective hatches
plans for its next big project!

Briony O’Keeffe