GVBR 2020

Normally there would be a peloton of FHS students and parents heading out on Saturday mornings through Terms 3 & 4 on training rides in preparation for the Great Vic Bike Ride.  We all know what’s happened this year which unfortunately has lead to cancellation of the 2020 Great Vic, first time ever.  But your disappointment need not linger!!  A virtual 2020 Great Vic has been created. You, your friends, your family, can all join the Great Vic this year.  You can ride, walk or run the Great Vic around your local area.  Sign up (it’s free), to World Walking via http://worldwalking.org/register or download the app.  Search for “Great Vic” and join the “walk”.  You can also create a group and complete the route together.  See and learn about the places the Great Vic was to visit this year.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to join the real ride in 2021 along the same route. If any assistance needed with accessing the app, contact Parent Jayne at jaynecrowley@iinet.net.au.

Assunta – Languages Assistant

In Semester 2, students have been lucky enough to have Assunta, a Languages Assistant, in our Italian classrooms, whether they be virtual or in person. She has been so incredibly helpful and we are so thankful to have had her around. She has always been ready and willing to answer our questions and was ready to adapt to online learning. Every few sessions, Assunta would create a separate Meet or pull aside a group of students and go through what we had been learning as a way to practise our pronunciation and speaking. She also shared with us her experiences in Melbourne as she has been here since October of 2019. 

She used her knowledge of the Italian language to teach us about the past tense in Italian or passato prossimo, a main focus of our learning this year. Even while facing the challenges of online learning, she managed to maintain a positive attitude, leading to a calm environment. Her knowledge has been priceless and has helped to excel the learning of so many students, especially in our conversational Italian to help us get by if we ever go to Italy. Overall, she created an environment where students felt comfortable asking questions, fostering a support space for everyone involved.

Maddy Kosztka and Imogen Murnane 9W

Assunta helped students improve their pronunciation by practising Italian tongue twisters and phonetic drills and also improved students’ cultural awareness by helping them understand some of the similarities and differences between Italy and Australia with regards to food, school, sport, art, music, travel, and pastimes. Assunta’s input into class discussions was invaluable and the slideshows she created about her family and her region added an extra dimension to students’ study of Italian language and culture. 

On behalf of the students and Italian teachers at Fitzroy High School, we would like to thank Assunta for her input in the program. 

Grazie mille!

The Young Achievers Program, delivered by Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia

After a year of constant change, adapting to new circumstances and being isolated, we believe now more than ever that young people and students deserve all the support they can get. We are able to offer this through our Young Achievers Program, which supports students in year 10, 11 & 12 with their final years of study and towards a rewarding career path. 

We would love to give students at Fitzroy High School the opportunity to join the program commencing in 2021. Please pass on the information below to any staff members who may know of students who are suitable or to suitable students directly. The program is privately funded and there is no cost associated with participation.

Young Achievers participants are hardworking, motivated and have an idea of the area in which they would like to study or work, but may lack the means to get there in terms of having networks in the industry, a lack of family support or knowledge of the university system, or are disadvantaged in other ways. The young person is matched up to a mentor who is currently working and has studied in the area that they are interested. The young person and mentor are ‘matched’ for a minimum of 12 months within which they will catch up every 2-4 weeks, participating in career based and interest based activities, which might include visiting the mentor’s workplace, attending networking events, attending lectures, talks and seminars. The match aims to provide a support that is separate from school and home, where young people seek academic and non-academic related advice and guidance and gain an insight into life working in their specified career/area of interest. Another component of the program is the monthly workshops covering a wide range of topics including public speaking, mental health, multiculturalism and strengths & values.

You can read more about our programs here:


Information to pass on to students who may be interested:

  • Young Achievers Program provides you with a mentor who is working or studying in your particular career of interest. Your mentor is someone who can answer questions about study, careers and often just life in general. You will catch up with your mentor once every 2 -4 weeks spending time doing career and interest based activities. The match lasts 12 months, with the option to continue into a second and third year if you wish.
  • As part of the program, there are also workshops held monthly which cover topics such as mental health and networking. These are a great way to meet other students from other schools across Melbourne, who are also in the program.
  • At the application stage, you will identify some areas you are interested in working or studying in, which will help us to find you a mentor
  • If you are interested becoming a part of this program, or have any questions at all please complete the attached application form and return via email to kathryn.worth@bbbsau.org
  • This video outlines past participants experience within the Young Achievers Program –  https://vimeo.com/480572352

If you have any questions or would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on 0450 835 629. 

Kind regards,


Reminder – Student Free Day

Dear Parents / Carers / Guardians,

Just a reminder that Thursday 3rd December 2021 is a Student Free Day for  Report Writing.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 9488 1900.

Transition Days – Update

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians of new Year 7 students 2021,

I wanted to give you an update of our plans for Transition days. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have needed to amend our plans that were outlined in our welcome letter. 

Our first Transition day that was scheduled for Friday, November 27 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Friday, January 29, the first day of Term 1 2021. This will hopefully allow us some more flexibility in our delivery of this Transition day.

The statewide Transition day scheduled for December 8 will go ahead in line with the following guidance from DHHS and DET.

  • Students will be allocated into a single class size group for the day and groups must not mix.
  • All students attending Orientation Day are required to wear face masks (some exceptions may apply). We understand that this will be a new experience for Grade 6 students, who are not required to wear face masks in primary school.

The Transition day on December 8 will start at 8.40 am and finish at 3 pm.  Students will take part in a 4 session rotation including an Advisory class, a Practical Science class, A Food Technology class and a session of  Literacy testing. Morning tea will be provided, as will all materials for the day. Students need to bring a packed lunch from home.

If there is anyone who feels they need additional transition time we’ll be offering some additional opportunities to a select few students on a date to be confirmed. We already have a small number of students listed for this.  Please contact the school to discuss this further.  

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into the Fitzroy High School community.

Linda Mitchell

Gasworks (Senior Campus) Update 23/11/2020

The Victorian Government committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026.

This includes opening a new senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School in 2022 at Fitzroy Gasworks.

Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have had a senior secondary program partnership, offering students a choice of VCE, VCAL and VET certificate courses along with a range of innovative senior programs, for over 10 years.

The campus will predominantly cater for Year 11 and 12 students from Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School. Year 10 students from both schools studying VCE, VET or VCAL subjects will also attend the Gasworks campus as required.

These new campus facilities will give students a greater choice of senior programs and subjects with a focus on building 21st century skills.

The campus will also help ease enrolment pressures from population growth in Melbourne’s inner north. Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School will be able to enrol extra Years 11-12 students at the new campus and more younger students at their existing sites.

Gasworks Site

The campus will be located at the old Fitzroy Gasworks site. The Fitzroy Gasworks is an important part of Fitzroy North’s industrial and social heritage, and the school is part of an important urban renewal project to re-energise the site.

This larger project by Development Victoria will rejuvenate an iconic inner-city site and create positive outcomes for the local community. The site is close to public transport, open space and established community facilities.

Campus Facilities

The striking, six-storey, stepped building design features a series of outdoor terraces, balconies and rooftop spaces. These outdoor areas will maximise opportunities for active sport, recreation, social connection, contemplation, learning, daylight and fresh air.

Diverse learning precincts throughout the campus will provide specialist settings for performing arts, art and design, technology, science, food, resources centre and sports. Connections between precincts and general learning hubs on each level will foster learning across different subjects and disciplines – known as ‘interdisciplinary learning’.

We have designed flexible facilities and learning environments that support the schools’ ‘futures-thinking’ curriculum and help prepare students for ’jobs not yet invented’.

Key features include the campus:

  • performing arts precinct with amphitheatre, music hub, adaptable project space, practice rooms, green room, drama and performing arts spaces
  • technology precinct with digital design and technologies laboratories, wood and metal workshops, fabrication studio, project exhibition space, small group spaces, breakout and individual study areas
  • food precinct with canteen, student dining area, food technology kitchen, food technology outdoor terrace, laundry and preparation facilities
  • resource centre (library) precinct with collaboration space, wall booths, quiet workspaces, breakout areas, IT support, wellbeing and careers
  • art and design precinct with outdoor terrace and covered learning area; 2D and 3D studios; wet art, sculpture, visual arts, textiles, visual communication and media studios; kiln and dark room; exhibition zone and an integrated arts learning space
  • science precinct with chemistry, physics and biology laboratories, preparation rooms, informal breakout space, covered outdoor science terrace and learning spaces
  • sports courts precincts for basketball and netball comprising an indoor ground level gymnasium for shared use with community; an indoor level three gymnasium and fitness studio and an outdoor rooftop court
  • learning hubs with learning studios, commons, maker space and adaptable conference/exam spaces
  • outdoor terraces integrated with indoor learning hubs.

Campus Principal

Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School are pleased to announce that Chris Millard is the successful candidate for the role of Campus Principal (Assistant Principal) for the new Fitzroy Gasworks (Senior Campus) – Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School.  His appointment follows a competitive recruitment and selection process, jointly managed by Sam Luck, Principal of Collingwood College and Linda Mitchell, Principal of Fitzroy High School. Chris’s role, which begins in Term 1 2021, will be to build on the collaboration and continuous improvement of both schools, and to oversee the continued joint provision of the senior secondary programs. From 2022, Chris will manage the new campus, along with continuing to build a culture of innovation and excellence that benefits all students.

Construction News

Term 4, 2020 key construction milestone activities include

  • Campus building – ‘out of the ground’
  • Structural foundations laid – steel and basement concrete slab pour
  • Ground floor slabs poured
  • Steel frame structure installed close to level two
  • Some level one concrete slabs placed.


The Designated Neighbourhood Zone (DNZ) for the Fitzroy Gasworks (Senior Campus) is the Collingwood College DNZ and the Fitzroy High School DNZ together.

Any student currently attending either of these schools or living in the Collingwood College DNZ or the Fitzroy High School DNZ, will be able to attend the senior campus.

Statewide school zone maps are available at findmyschool.vic.gov.au .

Policies on enrolmentplacement, and admission are available on the Department of Education and Training website.

Enrolment information for Collingwood College is available on the college’s website.

Enrolment information for Fitzroy High School is available on the school’s website.

Senior Secondary Program

Collingwood College

Download the 2021 Senior Program Guide here

View the transition to senior pathways virtual information session here

Fitzroy High School

Download the 2021 Senior Program Guide here

View the transition to senior pathways virtual information session here

Term 4 focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Wellbeing

1. Continued focus on Literacy

Fitzroy High School remains committed to focusing on literacy across the curriculum, and to adapt teaching and learning programs to respond to the literacy needs of students as they return to onsite learning in Term 4. 

This focus is evident in the following ways:

Whole school level

Allocation of time and continued support of staff with Professional Learning Communities to create literacy scaffolds and supports, drawing upon Literacy Professional Learning sessions delivered throughout 2020.

Planning time at the end of the year to consider the arrangement and makeup of units for 2021, with a focus on developing subject-specific literacy.

Year level

Adaptations of Term 4 unit outlines, to maintain the slower pace to allow a greater focus on explicit teaching of literacy.

Assessment of literacy in formative and/or summative assessments.

Individual level

QuickSmart program to commence for identified Year 7 and 8 students who require support in reading comprehension

Individualised support for Year 10 students identified by the Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. 

Self-paced differentiation strategies such as Education Perfect Literacy modules are available for teachers to set for students requiring additional support to address gaps in their literacy learning.

2. Mathematics and Numeracy

For the remainder of Term 4 the focus across all Years 7-10 Mathematics classes will be on the practical strands Measurement & Geometry or Statistics & Probability. Mathematics teachers have been provided with progress estimates for all students in all their classes to help them plan differentiated learning activities to address the diversity of skills and knowledge within each class and enable them to address what students are ready to learn next, whatever their experience through remote learning. We have recently invested in Mathematics specific hands-on learning materials and have established a dedicated store for these to further support non-computer based learning activities, providing for a welcome antidote to the unusually high levels of screen time that was required to deliver remote learning.

Student achievement data, which has been collected in great detail over the last few years, including Maths Pathway history, is being analysed to identify students who have demonstrated less progress in Mathematics and Numeracy than expected during the period of remote learning in 2020. In particular, in 2021, students identified as being at or below the national minimum standards in Mathematics and Numeracy will be provided support through the Department’s Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support initiative. We are awaiting further details on the catch-up tutorial program announced recently by the Minister before we can make arrangements for how those resources can be managed effectively to further support student development.

Students in Years 8-10 have been transferred to the new online learning platform, Mathspace, which allows for more flexibility for teachers to target skills practice with instant feedback that are directly relevant to physical classroom activities. After a successful trial in 2020, Mathspace will be replacing Maths Pathway as our core interactive online platform after surveys of students and teachers clearly indicated a preference for Mathspace in terms of effectiveness, accessibility and relevance to face to face activities conducted in class. Year 7 students’ achievements on Maths Pathway in Term 4 will be recorded and transferred to teachers for the beginning of Year 8 to enable differentiated, relevant learning activities, including Mathspace, next year. A comprehensive student and parent guide to Mathspace will be distributed at the beginning of 2021.

3. Wellbeing

As part of Fitzroy high school’s approach to wellbeing and in anticipation of increased mental health issues, we have employed a new psychologist part time. Fitzroy High school now has a wellbeing team that consists of a Wellbeing Leader, two psychologists and one mental health practitioner. On top of that we will upskill our year level leaders and team leaders on how to support students who present with anxiety. All of our teachers will be given access to the Department of Education’s ‘Mental Health toolbox’ for them to refer to for their own wellbeing but also for information on how to best support our students following a significant event such as a pandemic and lock down. 

Upon return to face to face teaching, our junior years will have a strong focus on bonding and team building and throughout the school, as part of our advisory program, we will focus on the Rights, Resilience & Respectful Relationships curriculum. More specifically on activities that promote resilience, positive self-thoughts and problem solving.

UNLOCK’D 2020 Winners & Awards – Australian Guild of Music

Some exciting news about some of our resident composers who have received awards for their original compositions. 
Gully T entered six works, and received two second prizes, three distinctions and one highly commended. 
Flinch K entered a very complex modern prelude for piano, and was nominated as a finalist. 
Another two students entered work which was highly commended with one high distinction. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to hearing more from them.
You can listen to their work on the link below. We are sure that you will be impressed. 

Cabaret 2020

On November 25th at 5pm, Junaid Eastman & Bella Thornton Lawrence with special guests will host a livestream of Fitzroy High’s Digital Cabaret ‘Messages from the Recent Past’ a collection of dance, musical performance, theatre, animation and video art which explores the end of the world and the emotional turmoil of being a performance artist during the July – October Lockdown. The livestream will be hosted through Youtube and a link will be provided on the FHS website and via Compass. If you miss the livestream it will be available on Youtube page until December 2nd for your viewing pleasure.

Julian Strickland
Productions Coordiator