Year 8 Sport

Friday 31st August saw the Year 8’s out on Intermediate Sports day. A great day was had by all participants.

Futsal:

Congratulations to the boys Futsal team who won the final in the competitive section. The whole team put in a terrific effort however the MVP award was a tight split between Archie P who played brilliantly and scored some terrific goals and Will P who made some brilliant saves. The whole team were brilliant and played together as a tight unit. They defeated Brunswick 2-1 in the final.

The social team also played well. Kiyan Z was the most valuable player.

Basketball:

Competitive Boys had 3 really tough matches, drawing 1 and losing 2. Leo S-B was the MVP showing great leadership in captaining the team with Felix MS-B coaching and support also commendable.  

PHC v FHS
24          10

UHS v FHS
15          15

BSC v FHS
24          21

The girls’ social team showed exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship approaching every game with a positive attitude. Bella T-L took MVP with special mention to Feruz M and Fatima S.

MGCA v FHS
25              2

BSC v FHS
14          10

UHS v FHS
0            19

MGCB v FHS
12              7

Social Boys A dominated both of there matches with Asher W being voted MVP

PHC v FHS
3            35

BSC v FHS
6            30

Social Boys B won one and lost one. Organised themselves well and showed great teamwork. Sascha K and Bill D taking joint MVP.

UHS v FHS
13          20

BSC v FHS
39            6

Hockey:

Both teams were impressive in some challenging conditions at Essendon Fields.

The Girls Competitive team came in equal 3rd overall.

MVP Paige C with special mentions to Beda E, Cyla B & Indie H.

Special Mention: Emylee T, Indie H and Emily B for goalkeeping!

The boys team played with only 7 players.

MVP: Halen B-V with special mentions to Preston R-C and Goal Keeper Raff S.

GVBR Trivia Night

The GVBR Trivia Night was a huge success, selling out all 120 tickets. As a result of the funds raised we are able to assist several students with financial support to enable them attend the GVBR. We have the biggest group ever attending the ride this year to support this we are using some of the funds to purchase a shelter to be used at the campsite.

Thank you to all the families who attended and congratulations to those trivia experts who knew the answers to the challenging questions and scooped the prizes. A huge thank you to our dedicated staff who organised this event and to the amazing trivia master Neil McLean. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

The event would not have been the tremendous success it was without the support of local businesses and the generous donations from the school community. Thank you!

Language Perfect World Championships

Students in Years 7 to 9 have have been trialling the program Education Perfect since the start of the school year. Italian teachers have received feedback about how it’s helping them learn languages.

Congratulations to all participants in the Language Perfect World Championships 2018!
The following students were awarded with medals:

Gold
Delilah H 8Z
Silver
Skye N 9Y
Bronze
Aleisha R 7Z
Amy S 7Z
Hafsa M 9Y
Bella T 8Z
Alana L 8W
Isabella J 7Z
Lottie G 7V

Credit to
Paige C 8Z
Olivia V 7X
Elaine K 7W
Eartha C 7W
Harlan D 7W
Cyla B 8V

Congratulations on your efforts and all the best for Semester 2!   
Grazie 🙂

Model United Nations Conference 2018

Big shout out to the year 11 politics class with Maria as well as year 12 students Angus N and Alex M who voluntarily participated in the Melbourne University model United Nations Conference that happened on the 26th of June.  They were part of a team of students from FHS who spoke in teams on the topic of The Pathways to Peace: Addressing War, Conflict and International Security. It was really great to have them represent the 2018 year 12 cohort and be involved in an innovative and interesting event designed to increase student voice in the political realm!

Music Bridge Age Gap in History Project

Below is an article published by The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria regarding one of our fantastic year 12 students:

Sixty-one years separate Fitzroy High School student Januar Manirambona and Jennifer Barden. But a love of music has brought them together in friendship.

Januar and Jennifer

Januar is one of the Year 12 VCAL students taking part in the inter-generational project, involving OCAV’s Rushall Park residents and neighbouring Fitzroy High School, which was a highlight of the school’s VCAL curriculum last year.

The 12 VCAL students were matched with residents at Rushall Park and several interviews were conducted in term one. The project storyboards, which were unveiled at Rushall Park last week, were completed as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit. The storyboards are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents.

Januar and Jennifer realised within a few minutes of meeting that they had a lot in common, though they were born decades apart and on different continents. Both play the piano, sing and love to be surrounded by music and song.

Januar, who was born in Tanzania and came to Australia in 2007, was singled out early in primary school as a boy with a great voice. He was encouraged by his music  teacher to join the Gondwana Music Program and sang with the choir for two years, travelling to Sydney and Tasmania to perform. He started playing the piano by ear and later took lessons at school.

Jennifer was born in Bairnsdale as WW11 broke out and has lived at Rushall Park for three years. Like Januar, she was immersed in music from a young age, playing the piano at school assembly and singing. She then ‘married into music’ and handed on her passion for music to her four children. Jennifer’s husband, Neil, plays the French horn and has been involved in the Melbourne music scene for decades, having managed Musica Viva in the past.

However, Januar’s career plans are taking him in a different direction. He wants to be a plumber and will start his course next year after the family returns from a holiday visiting relatives in Burundi.

“I remember as a really little kid helping build homes in the village where we lived. I want to work in that area,” Januar said.

Januar and Jennifer both share a love of family and getting together. They recently discovered that sewing is another activity they share – almost. Jennifer is a keen sewer and amateur embroiderer, and is currently working, with a group of other residents, on the OCAV 150th village embroidery.

“My Mum sews and knits and fixes my clothes and so does my grandfather. Every time he comes around he brings his tape and is always measuring me for a shirt or a jacket,” Januar said.

Stories of various residents and students will be featured on the website throughout the year. Bernard and Jean Pidd, who were featured in the April 2018 newsletter impressed Alex Mottershead with the story of how they came to Rushall Park after surviving the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Kinglake. The couple also survived the Hobart bushfires in February 1967, which destroyed their home.

The Intergenerational Project will be exhibited at a community space in North Fitzroy later in the year.

Term 1 2018 Start Date

All students in years 8-12 will begin Term 1 on Tuesday January 30.

Year 7s will begin the following day on Wednesday January 31.

There will be a second student free/curriculum day for all students on Wednesday February 14.

Have a wonderful Christmas season and safe holiday

OnDemand Testing

Dear Parent/Carer

Our school currently uses On Demand testing to provide our teachers with insights into your child’s literacy and numeracy development. Following a request from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), which is responsible for the development of On Demand, I am informing you of our school’s participation in a project to review the On Demand tests. This review will involve the equating of students’ On Demand test outcomes with the school’s NAPLAN data. Towards this end, the school will grant the VCAA permission to collect our On Demand data.

The data collected will contain test results and associated student details from On Demand assessments at our school for 2017. Our data, along with data from other schools will be used in a one-time linking process between On Demand and NAPLAN results held by the VCAA to form a single dataset. This dataset will then be anonymised and used to review the performance of the On Demand Tests. All identified data collected will be destroyed at the completion of the process and there will be no release of any school or individual results or personal details as part of this work.

This work will benefit our school by further enhancing the reliability and accuracy of the On Demand tests.

For more information about the On Demand Testing Calibration Project, please click here for FAQ's

Yours sincerely,
Linda Mitchell
Assistant Principal

MERRI CREEK TRAIL CLOSURE

City West Water is upgrading the 100 year old pipe that runs through the reserve.

To complete the works, City West Water will be closing the Merri Creek Trail at Holden Street and Koonda Lat Bridge from 28 August 2017.

Seek alternate routes at Park St, St Georges Road or Koonda Lat Bridge.

  • Construction between 7am – 5pm daily
  • Restricted access into Rushall Reserve during work times
  • Bridge closure in place until works are complete

You can follow the progress of the project on
twitter @citywestwater
facebook @cwwater
visit citywestwater.com.au/rushall or call 131 691

Free Online Program for Parents of Teens and Tweens

Parents want to raise teenagers who are respectful and responsible, happy and confident. But, helping your teen navigate adolescence can be stressful and unpredictable.

Researchers at The University of Queensland are excited to offer Australian parents of pre-teens and teens (aged 10-16 years) the opportunity to try a brand new online parenting program for free as part of a research trial. The program for free is based on the successful Triple P: Positive Parenting Program.

We are looking for parents who are experiencing conflict with their teenager or have concerns about their behaviour. You will be asked to complete questionnaires to help test the effects of the program.

To find out more please click this link

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Thank You

FHS has received the below letter regarding a recent food drive which was coordinated by two of our current year 9 students. FHS is very proud of the magnificent effort of Orga and Cassi.

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On behlf of the ASRC Foodbank, we want to say a huge thank you to your students Orga M and Cassandra B from year 8 (2016) who coordinated a food drive at Fitzroy High School. It is so inspiring for us here at ASRC to hear about the engagement of students like Orga and Cassandra and how this has translated into the practical provision of food to support people seeking asylum in our community!

We are in no doubt that this also occurs through the encouragement and guidance of your teachers and school philosophy. Please pass on our thanks to your teaching team as well.

The Foodbank operates as a free grocery store for people seeking asylum, where they can choose their own items, providing dignity and access to food they can't afford to buy. Approximately 600 asylum seekers shop at the food bank each week and half of those rely on us as their sole source of food. Many of these people are denied the right to seek work and earn an income, while others may receive small amounts. Sadly this is increasingly the case and the call on our service is growing.

Without an income to support themselves, the Foodbank wants to ensure that those seeking asylum in our community are not left without healthy food in constant supply and basic household items.

With the community's support, the ASRC currently provides:

  • groceries to 600 people every week. many of whom are children
  • support to families who have no income at all and more than 90% of all our ASRC members are food insecure
  • food in a fair and dignified way that is healthy and culturally appropriate
  • essential items to make transition to a new life more comfortable

We couldn't do it without you! 85% of all groceries in the Foodbank are donated by generous supporters just like your school!

For more information about the work of ASRC, please visit our website at www.asrc.org.au

Sincerely,
Chantelle Bazerghi
Foodbank Manager
ASRC Level 1, 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011
p. 03 9326 6066 e. foodandgoods@asrc.org.au