Principal’s Report – October 2019

Dear families

Firstly I want to thank you all for your warm response to my appointment as the substantive principal of the school after the selection process in September. I also want to acknowledge the work of my predecessor Pauline Rice, who remains in the role of Senior Education Improvement Leader for the network, including our school. School Council and leadership are working towards a farewell for Pauline which will allow staff, families and students to thank her in person and wish her well. I would also like to thank Andrea Thompson, who is continuing in the role of Acting Assistant Principal this term and Paul Cahill, who is continuing in the role of Acting Team Leader for Years 9 and 10. Sandra Dickins has been asked to stay in the central office of the Department of Education for another term.

It was fantastic last Wednesday to see the Year 12 students engage with their last day of classes with grace and good humour. The two assemblies, the first with the Year 12 students and staff from Collingwood College and the second with all students and staff of Fitzroy High School, demonstrated a sincere appreciation of the Year 12s’ time at school and the relationships that they have formed with their fellow students and teachers. The Valedictory Dinner that night was also a wonderful event where many students received recognition of their achievements, both in subject areas and across the school. Although the following list does not account for all of the awards given, they are the main areas awards presented on the night.

These awards are for students who have given to the area over time, have performed consistently or are deserving of such an award. The recipients are chosen by a consensus process – this includes the subject teachers and advisors. We have considered students who have achieved broadly and in some cases across two to three years of VCE, VCAL and VET study.

Art and Design – Camille Allen
The art and design award celebrates excellence in creativity, and innovation showcasing the technical skill, creative prowess and aesthetic qualities of a student’s work. This award is given to a student who excels across all aspects of art and design.

English and Literature – Atifa Holden-Jeffrey

The English and Literature award recognises the dedication and brilliance of an individual in the area of extensive textual analysis, communication skills and an advanced understanding of the literary world. This award celebrates creativity, precision and strength in crafting and shaping the written word.

Health, Sport & Physical Education – Billie Kennedy
The Health, Sport and Physical Education award recognises athletic ability, sportspersonship and leadership both on and off the field. This award recognises a consistent applied effort in the sporting and health arenas.

Humanities – Daimian Galbraith
The Humanities award recognises the strength and ability of a student to traverse the political, historical, social, geographical and sometimes spiritual and psychological realms. This award celebrates a sophisticated ability to critically reflect across these domains.

Mathematics – Massimo Codognotto-Parry 
The Mathematics award recognises great skill and the ability to see and understand the world through numerical means. This award celebrates logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.

Performing Arts – Cormac Alves-Perini
This award celebrates excellence in creativity, in organisation, direction and theatrical vision, using their body, voice and brain to an exemplary degree when treading the boards. This award is given to a student who excels across all aspects of the performing arts.

School Spirit: Nil Sine Labore – Jacob Stenson
The School Spirit award recognises a student who is the living embodiment of what it means to be an FHS graduate. Through deed and action, they have exemplified the values of the school and have acted with the interests of the community at heart.

Science – Lily Sinclair
The Science award celebrates the search for a possible truth, the purity of knowledge, and the ability to dissect things for fun. This award recognises a student who has consistently performed admirably across the chemical, biological and life sciences.  

Vocational Education Award – Zoe Coull
The recipient of this award is recognised as a leader in their cohort. They have consistently achieved outstanding results in their VET studies and secured long-term work experience placement at a prestigious state institution. They have been both a vocal and proud advocate for Vocational Education, and they have been instrumental in creating a positive and creative VCAL culture in the school.

Young Leader Award – Sam Dakin
This award celebrates a student who has brought people together, been a leader amongst their peer group, and brought about change via their positive social influence within the school.

The Principal’s award – Molly Blood
This award is given at the discretion of the school Principal to highlight excellence and provide opportunity. This award recognises a student who is accomplished, resilient, committed and mature. The principal’s award is bestowed upon a student who demonstrates achievement and maturity, and shows great promise stemming from a base of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and hard work.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank Molly for being one of our first students on School Council as well as the Education Sub Committee.

I wish all of the year 12 students the very best with their exams and finishing their year safely and wisely.

Last week we had Italian week, where there was a celebration of all kinds, including performances, food and sport. I would like to thank the team, especially Vanessa Paciocco, the LOTE Professional Learning Community Leader. It was fantastic to see everyone involved. 

The Languages Working Group, a group of staff, parents and students, has worked towards a vision for languages in the school and fostering greater participation in the learning of Italian. As a result, there will be more time in the timetable dedicated to Italian and greater opportunities to continue the study into VCE. This, and other considerations, such as enabling more Health and Physical Education time, has caused the school to look at the timetable and the way that curriculum time is used across the week. At the moment, there is consultation and communication with staff about the changes and this will extend to families and students within the next week. You will be invited to participate in focus groups and will also be given more detailed information about the proposed changes.

Kind regards

Linda Mitchell


Sports Champion of 2019

This month at the Valedictory Dinner as the Year 12s celebrated the completion of their schooling, Fitzroy High School introduced the Sport Champion of the year award. Whilst recognition is provided to non-school sports, the emphasis for the FHS sportsperson of the year is on school sport recognition from 7 to 12. Points are awarded to students based on all school related events. These include (but are not limited to): School Carnivals (Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics) and Inner North District Sports, Northern Regional Sports and States. The student/s who accumulate the most amount of points is awarded Sports champion for both male and female categories.

Fitzroy High School would like to congratulate Molly Blood and Sophia Tozer dual winners of the female category and Jacob Stenson for the male category.

From left: Molly, Jacob & Sophia

Molly and Sophia were fierce and joyful competitors in all carnivals during their time at Fitzroy High School – both girls represented the school on many occasions Molly displaying her Basketball skills and Sophia her AFL skills on the field as both player and umpire.

Jacob Stenson also a regular at Athletic and Swimming carnivals excelled at both a Regional and State level for Cross Country for many years, complemented by his Futsal and Soccer skills displayed on the pitch/court.


Upcoming Parent Information Sessions in Yarra

Family Services are very pleased to be offering two upcoming Parent Information Sessions that may be of interest.

Talking with children about the climate crisis on 7th November, 6:30 to 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall

Talking the talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety on 12th November, 6pm – 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall.

Talking with children about the climate crisis

Family Services; in partnership with sustainability team, are really excited to be offering a parent information session on Talking with children about the climate crisis. This session is at Collingwood Town Hall on 7th November from 6:30-8pm. This is a free public event; part of our annual parent information talks.

Profession Ann Sanson will be leading this session. We are really fortunate to have Ann run this workshop with us – specifically focused on supporting parents and carers support children with the climate crisis. Ann is a professor in Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and the Network Coordinator for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). She is a developmental psychologist with particular expertise in longitudinal research – she plays a leading role in both the 25-year Australian Temperament Project and Growing up in Australia (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children).

Please register here:

Talking the Talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety

Vanessa Hamilton will cover the conversations parents and carers need to be having with children on:

· Healthy and respectful relationships

· Body and protective safety

· Positive reactions to normal early childhood sexual behaviour

· Puberty preparation

· Internet safety and more

More information:

Please Register here:

Flyers attached.

Climarte: Arts for a safe climate

If not now, then when?

A Conversation on Culture and Climate Action

In collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project featuring a musical interlude by Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday 9 November 2019
11am – 12.45pm

Kenneth Myer Auditorium
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
43 Sturt Street, Melbourne (Opposite ABC studios between Southbank Blvd and Grant Street).

Join Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous leaders, students, artists, scientists and creatives to discuss two important questions:
What must we do in the next 11 years to act decisively to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change; and, how can culture move people from awareness to action to ensure a just and sustainable future for all life on Earth? With representatives from Schools Strike 4 Climate, SEED – Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Student Environmental Leaders alongside Nobel Laureate and CLIMARTE Ambassador Prof. Peter Doherty AO on health and Leader, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO’s Dr David Karoly.

State Schools’ Relief – a message from the CEO [Term 4, 2019]

Good Morning Principals,

As this year draws to a close, I’d like to let you know about some very exciting new initiatives that SSR will be introducing in the coming months. These include supporting students in need with programs and items such as;


Beginning in Term 1, 2020 schools will be able place applications for Myki cards for any students experiencing significant financial hardship, preventing them from attending school due to the cost of travel. Each card will be sent via registered post directly to the school with an initial $100 value. Students will then be able to receive a further two $100 top ups upon completion of a short survey.

The data received from this survey will be critical for measuring the impact of this pilot program and will play a crucial part in obtaining funding to further provide travel assistance to those students that are particularly vulnerable. Please note: these cards will be available for primary and secondary students alike.


We have listened to schools’ feedback about the cost of swimwear being prohibitive for some families and have added swimwear to our ever growing list of items that we are able to supply directly.  Stock for both female and male styles have been ordered and we will be ready to supply to schools beginning Term 1, 2020 (January).

There will be two styles available;* One piece racer back for girls (navy) and* Lycra trunks for boys (navy)

These bathers are made from premium materials and are guaranteed to survive the rigours of normal wear. Both styles are chlorine proof, piling resistant, offer 50+ UV protection and are breathable/self drying. (Sizes available for primary and secondary students).


Did you know that SSR also provides work boots for students undertaking VCAL courses? These boots are AS/NZS AS2210.3 certified, comprised of a steel safety toe cap and a lightweight PU sole resistant to most oils, acids and chemicals, have a moulded footbed for maximum comfort and durability and are available black or camel. 


Available now (Term 4, 2019) SSR is offering reimbursements of up to $80 per book for a maximum of 2 books to assist families struggling with the costs of sending their children to school. Applications can be made for up to $160 (2 books at a cost of up to $80 each). In order to be reimbursed, schools will need to supply SSR with an invoice/receipt detailing the books purchased and their associated cost/s. (Please note: textbook support is available for Term 4, 2019 and Term 1, 2020).


SSR is now offering assistance with the cost of school bags to the value of $50 (by way of providing a voucher to the uniform retailer). Applications for school bags can be made via our online application portal, as you would with any uniforms items.

Should your school require any assistance with placing applications, please contact our Applications Support team on 03 8769 8400, Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

All the opportunities for assistance listed above are available to ANY student based on the normal assessment of need conducted within your school. Applications for our assistance can be made by your welfare/wellbeing team (or nominated staff member) through our online application portal.

Again, we will be asking schools to assist us with collecting data, particularly around the Myki program, as this will assist us in measuring the impact of the program and procuring funding to run it beyond the pilot stage.

Should you have any stories that you’d like to share with us, we’d really appreciate it. By sharing these stories it helps to spread the word about SSR so please let us know if you hear of any emotive stories from families/students who have received our support.

In 2020, State Schools’ Relief expects to impact over 60,000 Victorian state school students by providing additional assistance with our new programs & initiatives and we sincerely hope to alleviate some of the additional challenges encountered by families.

As always, please feel free to provide me with any feedback or suggestions for how we can continually improve our service at

Warm regards,

Sue Karzis
Chief Executive Officer

The 2020 Year 7 CSEF package has now commenced, with the package consisting of top, pants/dress and a pair of school shoes. Please remember that if a student requires something over and above what is included in the package, an additional welfare application can be placed at any time of the year.  More information (and all downloads) on the Year 7 CSEF package can be found here.

SSR’s school liaison staff, Sharon and Filomena, are available to host a morning tea at your school for any interested staff in order to promote our ‘Payroll Giving’ program. Plus, the ladies will bring delicious donuts for all to enjoy whilst they attend.  
For more information head to our website or contact them on the below:

Filomena Garrubba, 0477 561 656

Sharon Sartori, 0477 049 708

Thank you to ALL the schools that have already raised funds for SSR this year. Fundraising is crucial for our organisation to enable us to continue assisting all Victorian students in need. 

If your school is looking for a fundraising idea, why not think about a casual dress day, footy day, sausage sizzle, fun run or even a Topsy Turvy Day (where students can wear their uniforms back to front and/or inside-out!)? These are easy and effective fundraising events and offer great opportunities for all students to get involved.

We have a list of other fundraising ideas to make it fun and simple for everyone – request a flyer today at

The Yarra Voices

The Yarra Voices is a new Melbourne children’s choir created to provide quality music education and choral experiences for children from all backgrounds.

Italian Week 2019

Fitzroy High Italian community participates in one of the most popular events of the year celebrating all things Italiano! 
 A special thanks to members of the FIZ (Fitzroy Italian Zone) who have contributed to the organisation of this event. 


A whole week of Italian food, music, theatre, sport, and culture. 

  • Thursday: Pizza: Margherita: $4 each or 2 for $7. Vegetarian or Capricciosa $5 each or 2 for $9. 
  • Friday: Venice in Love Performance for Year 9s and Gelato at lunch time. $2 for one flavour and $3 for 2 flavours. 

We look forward to your participation! 

See posters for more information. 


For students and parents – A video on accessing VCE Results and ATAR is now available with 2019 dates on YouTube channel:

Anyone receiving Unit 3 & 4 subject results, including Year 11 students completing a single Year 12 subject, can register for and use the VCE Results and ATAR service to access their results. This service is separate from the VTAC account.


Viviane Chemali
Career Practitioner

Lord Somers Camp

The Rotary Club of Fitzroy, in partnership with the OTU Association (Victorian Chapter), proposes to sponsor 2 boys and 2 girls from our school (Year 11) to attend the Lord and Lady Somers Camps. The Camps will run from 4-11 January 2020 and 12-18 January 2020, respectively.

Further information available – please see the attached document.

Please contact Linda Mitchell (Principal) by the end of September if you are interested in attending

VTAC Applications

A reminder to Year 12 students and parents that the VTAC applications close on 30 September at 5.00 pm. Please ensure you submit your application by the deadline. For more information please go to


Viviane Chemali Careers Counsellor