I hope you have had a successful start to the school year and, for
Year 7 families, I trust that your children are settling gradually into high
school. Reports from the Year 7s so far are very promising. They really enjoyed
the camp at Lady Northcote and they have already shown us what keen and able
students they are. I hope that other students new to the school have also
settled in well and encourage any families who need extra support with
transition to contact their advisors, year level leaders or team leaders.
Programs Results and Destinations
As promised in the last Principal’s report, we are proud to share
with you some of the results and destinations of last year’s Year 12 students.
In 2019 we saw Year 12 students
achieve fantastic results, with100% completion rate in VCE and many students completing
VCAL and VET certificates.
As mentioned in the
previous report, our Dux of Year 12, 2019 was Massimo Codognotto-Parry with an
ATAR of 97.55. He was also awarded the University of Melbourne Principal’s
Scholarship and has gone on to study Mathematics. In a new tradition for
Fitzroy High School, Massimo received a Dux certificate at our recent whole
school assembly. He also spoke to the students, providing some valuable tips
and insights into his learning and development story.
In 2019 we had 7 students
who achieved ATAR excellence in the 90s, which equalled 10% of the VCE cohort,
an increase in the last 3 years by 3%. 19.73% of students had an ATAR in the
80s and above, 38.15% of students had an ATAR in the 70s or above with 53.94%
of students with an ATAR in the 60s or higher.
We have received many
exciting and good news stories from last year’s cohort, with 81.3% of students
receiving December round offers into further study, and a total of 93.3% of
students receiving an offer so far. We are currently working with the students
who have not received an offer to ensure that they feel confident in their
direction after Fitzroy High School.
There are students taking
up opportunities in many different fields, both in Melbourne and across the
globe, including Kievan Van Dyke-Goodman, who will be attending college in the
US, to pursue his passion for politics with an offer and scholarship at Lewis
& Clark College in Portland Oregon.
Again the theme of amazing
achievement carried through our Arts community, with students achieving top
results and offers. Eve Quartermaine, whose work made it into Top Arts, has
also been accepted into RMIT for Visual Arts. Camille Allen was accepted into
the Visual Arts stream at VCA Fine Arts alongside Leon Tran, who received a
scholarship for the Animation stream. Finn Milne was another standout: as
well his own composition being chosen for Top Sounds, Finn received a December
round offer to Music at The University of Melbourne, College of the Arts.
Since the last report,
three more students have been confirmed in the VCAA Season of Excellence:
Matilda Komene and Tallulah Thorton-Lawrence have been selected for Top Acts
due to their amazing Theatre Studies monologues. They completed Year 12
Theratre Studies in Year 11 and are continuing their Year 12 studies this year.
We also congratulate Ivy Windred-Wornes, a Collingwood student who did Media
Studies at Fitzroy High School, and who was chosen for Top Screen for her
incredible music video “Lies”. This is available on YouTube if people are
interested to have a look. Along with the other students already mentioned in
the last report, this makes a total of six students chosen for VCAA Season of
Excellence, a first in the history of the school and something of which to be
Molly Blood is another
student following her dreams, gaining entry into Biomedicine through the Aspire
Program at LaTrobe University. Molly has been active in her community for some
time and was rewarded with an offer in December. She was also one of the
first students on School Council and we thank her for her passionate work.
In our VCAL cohort we have
Masina Taule’alo following his passion at Swinburne University in Screen and
Media, and other VCAL students landing apprenticeships and a range of further
study offers. Other students who completed their Intermediate VCAL
certificates in Year 11 are continuing onto Year 12 to complete their Senior
certificates, while others are taking their time to complete certificates over
The above students represent
only a handful of achievements captured from the cohort of 2019. The school
community is confident that all members of the student cohort will thrive in
their chosen field in the knowledge that they have the continued support of the
school beyond their graduation year.
thank the students and parents who have been involved in focus groups over the
past few weeks. There will be further opportunities to be involved during
March. As part of the review, there will be members of the review panel,
including principals from other schools, visiting classrooms and talking to
students and staff about their experiences. There will also be another parent
focus group which I will inform you about when details come to hand.
School Dress Code Review
to the School Review, School Council will be leading a review of the FHS Dress
Code. Late last year the Feminist Collective approached School Council about
some issues with the implementation of the Dress Code and School Council
responded to say that it will conduct a review. This is by legislation part of
the role of School Council and needs to involve a wide range of stakeholders
and input from all members of the school community. It will be happening soon
and you will be invited to take part.
Bogong Outdoor School Extension Programs
Students in Year 9 are given the opportunity to
participate in the Bogong Outdoor School camp. This year, five Fitzroy High
School students have been accepted into a range of extension programs offered
by the Outdoor School. They are all great candidates and we are excited that
they are able to further extend their learning with the Outdoor School. Delilah
Hart and Erasmus Toscano have been accepted into the Summit to Sea program;
Gypsy La Rocca Mitchell into the Nepal CEDA program; Nevenka Thomas-Rezo and
Peru Renkin into the Kimberley program. We look forward to hearing from these
students later in the year.
Linda Mitchell (Principal)