Wear It Purple Day on Friday the 28th of August

This year, the Wear It Purple Day movement celebrates 10 years. It was started following an increasing number of young LGBTIQ+ people reporting that they had experienced bullying and discrimination and as a consequence they suffered from increased levels of anxiety and depression. 

Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

If you want to show your support for our LGBTIQ+ community, please wear something purple or rainbow colours on Friday the 28th of August. You could also change your Google profile picture to something purple or rainbow.  There will also be a lunchtime trivia for some fun. 
Please find attached a picture of FHS showing its support for our beautiful rainbow community by wearing purple.

Linda Ekman
Wellbeing Leader



Career Exploration Time

The aim of this newsletter is to give the school community an update on the current impact for Year 12 students with COVID 19 from a careers and pathway perspective, while also updating the Year 9 – 12 parents on happenings within the careers service at Fitzroy High School.  

Career Conversations are back online! 

With the school moving back to remote learning, career conversations have been taking place over Google Meet and telephone. The good news is that we are seeing a large uptake of sessions by Year 12s and Year 10s in recent weeks in support of their transitions into 2021. Thank you to the parents who have joined the process and equally for everyone’s patience when internet connections, background noises and strict session scheduling have been factors that we have all had to deal with 🙂   

Year 9 

The majority of our students have completed the Morrisby assessment, which is a terrific sign of their engagement with the careers process. The interview process with the CEAV will begin as early as next week for some students and will continue while remote learning continues. Further information on this will be circulated for parents and students but in the meantime you can support your student by viewing the checklist for their video interview session here. A friendly reminder for all consent forms to be sent to tysond@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au  

For further information for parents on My Careers Insights, click here.    

We are hoping to incorporate the Morrisby assessment results further into the curriculum, as many of our Year 10 students are using their profile to support subject selection and pathway planning. 

Year 10

We are making our way through Year 10 career check-in conversations, with a 10min phone call/Google Meet with every student. These have been productive, as I have been able to answer any questions that students have had around subject choices and senior pathways. Students have also been given the opportunity to book another 30 min session if they need further support. Again, I thank everyone for their patience, as fitting boht Year 10s and Year 12s into the schedule has had its challenges, but Marie and Vanessa have been ensuring that each student gets an opportunity to check in before the panel interview process. Thanks to all the Year 10 students who have engaged in this process and who have also revisited their Morrisby profile. Remember you can reset your password if you are having any difficulty, just send me an email on tysond@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au.  

Year 11

No major changes for the Year 11 cohort with all students still able to organise a career conversation by visiting the booking link of https://calendly.com/fhs-careercounselling/30min 

Unfortunately due to the timing of university applications and supporting both the Year 10 and Year 12 students, time slots are somewhat limited, but this will change over the next few weeks.  

Students are also encouraged to make the most of the university, TAFE and pathway information available at the moment, as many providers will have open day information and resources that Year 11 students can access. For more information visit the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tours. VTAC have also put together great resources for Year 11s in preparing for next year, which can be accessed here. 

Year 12 

A slightly bigger update for this cohort than usual…

2020 has brought uncertainty, lack of clarity and debate for Year 12s, including their pathways, results and wellbeing. COVID-19 has been nothing short of an incredible disturbance, not only in school communities but globally. As we move closer to the end of the year we are seeing universities, governments and industry bodies adjust to support the Class of 2020. In this update I’m hoping to bring these further to the surface so that students who want to participate in these can, while also educating the greater school community. Fitzroy High School is fully committed to supporting our Year 12 students and their families as much as we can.

Virtual Open Days  

Universities are scrambling to adapt to the changing market with international student numbers down, turning the focus towards domestic students. With the COVID restrictions in place, all Victorian providers and many interstate providers are moving towards a virtual open day experience. This is great for students to gain access to course information, not so great for students to better understand the culture and feel of a campus grounds, not to mention missing out on the opportunity to speak to faculty staff face to face and to observe the different facilities that they will have access to once they start their studies. The year has also demonstrated the importance of completing open day and higher education experiences in Year 10 and Year 11, as these students no doubt feel more prepared than the ones who are only starting this process in Year 12.  For more information visit the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tours. My recommendations for students to understand the student life experience further, is to focus on any networks or current uni students that they know in order to learn from their experiences so far in uni. It is ideal if they can connect with a student who is in their second year, as uni students have also been forced to undertake remote learning in 2020, which has been another huge impact on the higher education landscape.   

Early Offers 

Many universities are promoting early course offers to students who wish to apply for their course and have this as their number one preference in VTAC. Different universities are offering different incentives, so it is vital that you understand the course and check which ones fall under these promotions. Some courses are not available for early offers and will be published on the university websites. Please remember that in many cases you still need to complete the required prerequisites and it is simply a conditional offer for once you have finished Year 12. These conditional offers generally come out in the latter part of the year, however many applications need to be in by the 31st of August, with supporting documents or a reference and personal statement. Again, you only need to access these if the course you really want to get into is available through a scheme like this.  

ATAR/Selection Rank 

A few providers are explaining that the ATAR will not be the most important component of their selection and results from Year 11 and other requirements including folio work and interviews will become more of an important factor. 

Further dust will need to settle on this, as the VCAA has announced that ATAR adjustments will occur for all Victorian students, with more drastic changes to study scores (which then contributes to the ATAR) for students who have been ‘severely impacted’ by COVID-19, through the consideration of disadvantage process. Like every year before COVID, students also have the opportunity to apply for a SEAS application within VTAC. Please understand that SEAS applications are different from the VCAA consideration of disadvantage process and apply to a student’s selection rank in a course. This has nothing to do with their ATAR specifically, but adjusted where the student will fall in the selection process based on other measures like subject adjustments. All FHS students who are applying for VTAC are encouraged to apply for SEAS in Category 1 and 4 for the impact of COVID-19. Students are also encouraged to apply for SEAS if they feel that other factors have also impacted their studies and this can be discussed one on one with Tyson.   

Course Fees 

There has been a lot of discussion and headline attention around course fees, with the government proposing a plan to change course fees on certain degrees to encourage students to enrol in certain programs. Further headlines have focussed on if students pass or fail subjects, a student may be liable to pay the fee and not be eligible to place this on HECS or FEE HELP. Further updates around this will be considered by governments moving forward. Fitzroy High School is still encouraging students to pursue their interests and to factor in their career decisions based on what is important to them. Many of the career conversations have touched on fees and it’s great to see that students are aware of these current rumblings and how this may influence their career decisions.  

Something Extra 

With the future of work expecting further disruption, there have been some great articles and resources that have come to the surface in recent weeks. If you are looking for some further information around these areas I recommend the following links and articles: 

Foundation for Young Australians Research Reports  

Government Panel Review of Senior Secondary Pathways 

Call for Learner Profile Review 

Tyson Day
Careers Practitioner

2020 review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

Dear staff, parents and carers,

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 are currently being reviewed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

As part of the 2020 review, an extensive community consultation process is currently underway to seek feedback about whether the standards are effective or if any improvements can be made.

Current, former and prospective students with disability, their families and carers, advocates, educators, and other members of the public are invited to share their experiences, views and ideas to inform the review of the standards.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, engagement activities will mostly be held online via a dedicated 2020 review Consultation Hub. The hub offers a range of different ways that participants can share their views and ideas, and will be open until 11.59pm on Friday 25 September.

A series of webinars is also available for interested participants to share their experiences and opinions.

The webinars will be fully accessible, and will include Auslan translation and captioning. The webinars are open to the public, and each will have a different theme. These are:

For more information about the upcoming webinars visit the frequently asked questions page.

discussion paper has been developed with guiding questions to help interested participants have their say.

For more information email engage@thesocialdeck.comFind out more

For more information on how to get involved contact the Social Deck via:

Linda Mitchell

When does gaming become a problem? New online test predicts risk of gaming disorder

Summary: The WHO recently recognized video game addiction as a mental health problem. A new online test can help detect those most at risk of developing gaming disorder. New research suggests personality traits and socioeconomic factors may contribute to gaming disorder.

Source: Birbeck University of London

Addiction to video games has been recognised as a new type of mental illness by the World Health Organisation (WHO), one associated with extreme cases of uncontrolled gaming behaviour and excessive game playing. In line with the criteria developed by the WHO, researchers have developed the first psychological test to check for ‘gaming disorder’– which they now plan to expand to produce the largest study to date on gaming disorder.

Read the full article here https://neurosciencenews.com/gaming-disorder-test-14135/

E-Safety during isolation

Dear FHS students, parents, guardians and carers,

With an increasing amount of time spent in front of screens during isolation and teenagers using on average five different social platforms, e-safety has never been more important. Today, we would like to shine a light on how parents can be more involved with their children’s social media as well as how young people can protect their safety online.

Parents, check out this link:https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/fight-or-flight-4-tips-get-involved-your-childs-social-media 
Students, check out this link:https://www.esafety.gov.au/young-people/protecting-your-identity 

It is becoming increasingly more common for young people today to share nude photos of themselves in good faith, only to have their image sent or shown to others. It is important to understand that most young people only share nude photos of themselves with someone they trust, only to have things go pear shaped when later on that trust is broken. 11% of adult Australians have experienced image-based abuse.  

There is now a civil penalties scheme to address image-based abuse.  

See relevant links below:

If anyone needs wellbeing support with something that they have been concerned about please do not hesitate to contact the school.

FHS Wellbeing Team

Two recent improvements to the infrastructure and natural environment at Fitzroy High School

Over the last couple of months there have been two changes to the school site that have improved the school’s general amenity and also added to the school’s infrastructure in a positive way. These changes are outlined in A and B below.

A. The ‘Corridor’ area garden between the old building and the Science/Technology building has been reordered and replanted by Jenny Harrington of Horticultural Services with the help of the school’s Principal, Linda Mitchell.

For several years Fitzroy High School (FHS) have been investing time and resources into a project that is reordering most of the school’s existing garden areas.

As part of this project, Jenny Harrington of Horticultural Services prepared a Report, Fitzroy High School Indigenous Gardens Project: Management and Scheduling Plan 2019-2020, in 2019.

This project was instigated by the Buildings and Environments Subcommittee of FHS Council and so far has been brought to fruition by Linda and Jenny.

In the 2019 report, Jenny Harrington recognised five areas for reordering, the:

  1. Amphitheatre at the school frontage on Falconer Street;
  2. Garden bed at the school frontage on Falconer Street;
  3. Garden bed alongside the main school building on Falconer Street;
  4. ‘Corridor’ area between the Old Building and the 2003-2004                          constructed Science/Technology building;
  5. Area near the Ficus in the south-east corner of the school.

In 2019 the Area mentioned in 5 was replanted.

In 2020 the Area mentioned in 4 has been replanted, as outlined above. There was an emphasis on plains and grassy woodland plants being established in this ‘Corridor’. This location also includes the garden on the northern side of the Science/Technology building.

This whole project grew out of the 2014 ‘Commemorative return to Fitzroy High School – a celebration of ten years’ that took place in that year.

Its main aim is an attempt to represent and enhance the indigenous remnant vegetation that can be found throughout the City of Yarra.

The new ‘Corridor’ garden area can be seen in the image below.

B. New air conditioning units for the Library and IT Area have been installed. They can be seen on the cantilever veranda that covers the eastern entrance to the school, adjacent to the library.

In 2019 the Australian Government provided $30.2 million for the Local Schools Community Fund, with up to $200,000 available for each federal electorate. The Fund was to benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs. 

These air conditioning units are the result of Fitzroy High School’s successful application to the Fund which is linked with the school’s local Federal Member Parliament, The Hon. Adam Bandt.

Part of the schools’ application to the Fund made the following three points.

“During Melbourne summers there are occasional days of extreme heat, which have increased in frequency since 2005 [Melbourne Regional Office of the Bureau of Meteorology, ‘Climate Statistics for Australian Locations’,Retrieved 5th March 2015]. In addition Melbourne’s 30 year average maximum and minimum temperatures have increased for all summer months. [Appendix 1 – http://www.baywx.com.au/melbavtemps30.html, Retrieved 18th September 2019]. This funding application aims to alleviate the impact of these changes on the efficacy of teaching and learning, teacher professional development and parent/community events in FHS’s Library and IT space.”

“The people who will mainly benefit from this project will be the teachers who permanently occupy the Library and IT space at FHS and the teachers and students who use these areas for teaching, learning and professional development. Additional benefit will be derived by parents and community members who are involved with school events, such as information evenings and parent/teacher gatherings that are often held in this space.”

“Knowing our students and teachers well is a core goal of our student and teacher well-being model. Understanding and continuously improving the relationship between students, teachers and the physical infrastructure with which they engage is a fundamental to providing support for their health and well being. An air conditioned Library and IT space will contribute greatly to achieving this goal.”

The new air conditioning units can be seen in the image below.

It is appropriate that these recent school achievements, that enhance the school’s buildings and general amenity, be brought to the attention of the whole school community. The school’s leadership group see this as one way of saying to parents, and the wider school community, that even though there have been many significant disruptions to the school’s working life over the last few months due to the corona virus pandemic, there have been some other activities that have continued. These enhance a sense of normalcy and will improve the general well being of the whole school community when we return to a post pandemic state of affairs. 

Roger Smith


Buildings and Environments Subcommittee of FHS Council

Keeping it in the families – a good news story!

My name’s Kitty, I’m in year 7 at Fitzroy high school. I have my own business called Keeping it in the family where I hand make masks and sell them. My whole family helps out. My brother Sam who is in year 9 at Fitzroy is admin and built our website. My Mum helps with sewing, and my Dad helps with a bit of both. I started making masks because my friends in New York said that masks help a lot so to stop the spread of COVID-19 so I hopped on the wagon and started Keeping it in the family. I have made about 115 masks in 1 week and I have sold masks all around Australia, from Sydney to Queensland, and even to New York. I have learnt a lot about running a business already, including persistence, listening to advice, revenue and profit and how to manage finances.

On Wednesday one of our family friends told us about the weatherman on channel 10 who said that if a small business sends in one of their masks with a bit about their business he might shout them out on the news. So I did! Then the next day he called me and asked me some questions. Then he went on the news and we watched as he told loads of people about my business. You can order my masks at https://www.keepingitinthefamilies.com.au/

Watch video here https://youtu.be/x1R_tLvwTzE 

CyberParent through Australian Multicultural Foundation

The Australian Multicultural Foundation has launched a web app called CyberParent which encourages safe and healthy internet use in Australian homes. 

Created with development partner Liberate eLearning, CyberParent equips parents with the knowledge and confidence to identify early warning signs and seek appropriate support from Australian service providers.

CyberParent covers topical issues such as:

  • Internet terms and definitions
  • Information about social media and descriptions of popular apps
  • Information about different dangers for young people online e.g. cyberbullying, online gaming and grooming/recruitment
  • Practical tips on healthy and safe internet use
  • Where you can go for help

CyberParent can be accessed by all devices that have an internet connection, however, it is optimised for tablets and smartphones.

CyberParent is available in a total of 17 different languages, including: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Pashto, Spanish, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The AMF has also developed an accompanying guide to help new users download and navigate CyberParent. The document also provides trainers and facilitators with a plan, tools and some tips on running a training session about CyberParent. The Guideline is available in 7 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Somali, Turkish and Urdu and can be accessed here

Please note that CyberParent does not collect any identifying information about users. 

To access CyberParent Web App click below or type http://amf.net.au/cyberparent into your browser. 



Career Exploration Time
Just like that Term 2 is over and we are looking at the second half of the school year and what career support is in place to help our young people develop a sense of purpose, direction and career clarity! The next term is one of the busiest of times for careers counsellors in schools and our school is no exception.

Career Conversations have continued through the transition of back to face to face. This term we saw an influx of students working through the transition of back to face to face learning and further opening the conversation around what types of careers and jobs they may want to explore. These conversations had a large focus on COVID-19 and students demonstrating that they were wanting to look at careers that factor in security, future growth, health and safety, given the current climate. With further media attention on employment trends and university courses it has been even more important that the Fitzroy High School community feels supported in understanding students options in and out of school.

Year 9
My Career Insights program assessment has been completed at school with half of our students finishing the assessment. Students can still complete the assessment during the holiday break and are encouraged to do so if they have not finished it. Assessments need to be completed by the end of the break in order for the school to engage in the next step of the My Career Insights project. A friendly reminder all consent forms to be sent to tysond@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au
Parents can expect further communication about this program halfway through Term 3, stay tuned!
For further information for parents on My Careers Insights, click here.

Year 10
In the first half of Term 3 students will have a career conversation as a part of their preparation of choosing a Senior School pathway. This is where they can receive personal advice around subjects, jobs, universities, TAFES and life outside of school. Students are encouraged to revisit their Morrisby Report, as a part of their My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 as well as their career action plan. Students can log back in and review this at Morrisby.com, if they are having difficulty accessing their profile, send an email to tysond@fitzroy.vic.edu.au

Year 11
All students are still able to organise a career conversation by visiting the booking link of https://calendly.com/fhs-careercounselling/30min
Students are also encouraged to make the most of the university, TAFE and pathway information available at the moment as many providers will have open day information and resources that Year 11 students can access. For more information visit the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tours

Year 12
Students are encouraged to explore the Fitzroy Career Page – Open Day/Virtual Tour information and place key dates in their diary to visit campuses (social restrictions depending). Students will be meeting with Career Services at the start of August and September to be supported with their thinking and decisions for life after Fitzroy. It has been great to see how many students have connected with career services in Term 2. Students are encouraged to bring their questions about GAP years, work and tertiary options to their session as we want every student feeling confident leaving their secondary schooling.

Admissions for universities are starting to filter through further information around key dates, entry requirements and the student application process.

For all students who are wanting to study in Victoria, VTAC have released key dates on which they are listed below:

VTAC will be holding parent webinars and information sessions which will be released shortly.

If students are wanting to apply interstate please review the following websites to understand and support their application process.
TAS = University of Tasmania

I would also recommend following Tertiary Information Service and their facebook page for webinars and information on how to apply for tertiary studies in Australia.

If students are looking to apply internationally universities and colleges will advertise international student information on their website. As it is unclear on the impact of COVID-19 for international students in 2021 it is hard to advise on this particular pathway. But please send questions to tysond@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au as I can reach out to other networks and connections who may be able to shed some light on a particular college or pathway.

Education USA
EducationUSA Australia –School Holiday Virtual Week – Join us July 6-10

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network and the official source on U.S. higher education. The EducationUSA advising teams in Australia and New Zealand have created a week-long webinar series for prospective students across Oceania, called #EdUSAVirtualWeek. The Virtual Week will be hosted July 6 – July 10 and will include nine informative webinars with 20 U.S. universities participating. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to hear from U.S. colleges and universities to obtain firsthand information about studying in the United States. Review all available sessions from our event page https://bit.ly/EdUSAAusEvents and register today! #EdUSAVirtualWeek #EdUSAatHome

Something Extra

Career Education can often be something that is overlooked as the focus turns to exams subject choices and university prerequisites. To help your young person decide on the type of areas that they want to explore for life after school try some of these questions around the house over the break:

  • What would you do if money and status did not matter?
  • What would be your dream job if you could start it tomorrow?
  • What jobs do you think you would be good at?
  • How do you think the world of work will look in 10 years time?

From my perspective, I thank you for your patience and understanding that we are faced with uncertain times with pathways and courses and that I will do my best to get the relevant information to the school community as soon as possible.

Tyson Day