Term Two School Council President’s Report

Term 2, 2021

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

As we near the end of Term 2, it’s worth reflecting on just how much we have learned and
grown as a community in the face of these most challenging times. Another lockdown and a
return to remote learning has meant yet more disruption and a reminder that the current
emergency is not yet over. Our commitment to the wellbeing of students, teachers and families
remains at the heart of the school’s approach. We thank all our teachers, school staff, students
and families for their continued flexibility, responsiveness and resilience and their commitment
to our values of “Trust, Engage, Respect”.

School Council met twice this term, in May and June. At the May meeting, we had a
presentation from Principal Linda Mitchell on the 2020 School Annual Report, a presentation
from Assistant Principal Chris Millard on the 2020 senior school results and pathways and a
viewing of the ‘fly over’ video of the new school campus:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auG6sGcJMgo.

A major discussion item at the May meeting was the proposal to undertake a fundraising
campaign to support the development of a major new sustainability, environment and
community education initiative for the school. The Shed is a secure, covered shed and
workshop which provides a custom facility to promote and empower students and the wider
school community to develop important sustainable life skills. Initially focused on the
maintenance and secure storage of bikes and other sustainable transportation, the Shed will
become part of a wider precinct, including the existing tram and kitchen garden area, which
emphasises practical, sustainable and outdoor skills development for students. Funding for the
Shed will need to come primarily from donations from the school community. Our target to raise
$50,000 is a challenge and we understand that in these difficult times, not everyone will be able
to contribute. We do believe, however, that as a community we can achieve this target and
together make an invaluable and long lasting contribution to the school and local community. If
you are able to contribute, please make your donations to the Fitzroy High School Building
Fund. The Building Fund has tax deductible status, so with June 30 just weeks away, now is the
perfect time to make a donation.

If you want to make a donation, please download the donation form from Compass or contact
the school office. Many thanks to the Buildings and Environments Subcommittee, which has led
this exciting work.

We are also looking for volunteers who would like to contribute their time to supporting the Shed
initiative, including parents and teachers who would like to join the Buildings and Environments
Subcommittee and help develop and steer the project. If you are interested in joining the
Buildings and Environments Subcommittee or otherwise volunteer your time to the project,
please contact Roger Smith rogersmith1546@gmail.com

Speaking of parent donation funds, so far this year we have spent the following amounts:
● $1,109 from the Family Support Fund (previously called Scholarships fund) to support
student participation in camps and excursions
● $3,950 from the Library Fund to purchase a school wide licence for the award winning
Stile online science resource
● $328 from the Wellbeing Fund to purchase psychology resources.

Donations to the parent funds are always welcome. Please contact the school office for details
on how to make a donation. Donations to the Building Fund and Library Fund are tax deductible.

At the June meeting, we had a presentation from Linda unpacking the data from the 2020
School Annual Report in more detail, in particular focusing on the parent and teacher
satisfaction survey results and a further presentation on the school’s preparation for starting
operation at the new campus in 2022. A major part of the meeting was taken up with a
discussion on the increasing level of requests and queries from parents to teachers and the
school and the impact of this on teachers’ workload and wellbeing. It was noted that the rising
number of contacts and requests was creating a significant burden for teachers and some
frustrations around expectations and responsiveness. This confirmed the need for the work
currently underway in Community Subcommittee on improving parent-school communications,
which is focusing on how we can clarify the best ways to communicate about different matters,
how different channels are used to post information (website, Compass, email, Google
Classroom, etc) and general expectations about responsiveness. We are hoping to progress
this work further in Term 3.

We have recently restructured the School Council agenda to clarify decision-making
responsibilities and processes and ensure that maximum time is allotted to discussion about
matters of importance to the school community and to hear from a diversity of voices. One part
of this is to set aside some time to hear from the student members of School Council. In our
June meeting, we heard some interesting feedback from the student members on the work we
have been doing to establish a student representation council and also about the growing
excitement amongst the student body about the development of the new school campus.

As we reach the end of Term 2, I want to thank all the parents, teachers and students who
contribute to School Council, subcommittees and other volunteering activities. Your efforts and
contributions are making a real difference to the school and the whole school community. Thank
you!

If you want to know more about School Council, participating in a subcommittee or other
volunteering opportunities, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
My school email is ralphs@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Cheers,

Ralph Saubern
President, Fitzroy High School Council

Fitzroy Gasworks Senior Campus (interim name) School Design Talk Insights

This video has been made available by the Victoria School Building Authority (VSBA) as a result of our School Design Talk on Thursday 22nd July. If you missed this event, please take a look.

Hear from an expert panel as they discuss the innovative new vertical secondary school opening in Term 1, 2022 in Melbourne’s inner north. The school will be a state-of-the-art senior secondary campus for Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School’s senior program partnership.

For enrolment inquiries at the new campus or partner schools please contact your nearest school:

Collingwood College

Fitzroy High School

This design talk is brought to you by the Victorian School Building Authority.

Follow the VSBA’s latest news on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VSBA website Fitzroy Gasworks (Senior Campus) (interim name) project page.

VSBA project inquiries email vsba@education.vic.gov.au telephone 1800 896 950.

Principal’s Report June 2021

Dear school community

Firstly, thank you for your continued support and cooperation during recent weeks and months as we have all needed to act quickly and be flexible in response to the Covid lockdown. However, it is not only the recent lockdown that has been challenging. Recent research has shown that 2021 has already been a difficult year for the community, especially for young people. I recently heard Dr Rob Gordon speak at a principal network meeting. Dr Gordon is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the field of disaster recovery since the Ash Wednesday bushfires. He made a number of interesting points:

  • We can often expect a lag between a traumatic event(s) and their impact on health and wellbeing
  • The impact of lockdown on social connection (even where academic learning isn’t negatively affected) has been significant in relation to social development and maturation. This is especially important for teenagers.
  • Social connection is a key element of wellbeing and in an educational context might be considered ‘oxygen for learning’
  • Sharing our understanding and perspectives is an important part of making sense of our experience, even though there may be a limited number of things we can do to address the issues

There are several videos from Dr Gordon available on the internet. Here is one from September 2020 which, although created at a time when the context was somewhat different, is still pertinent. This is the link if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNup_FZtr00

Victorian Certificate of Education Premier’s Award

Congratulations to Lana Knezevic, Fitzroy High School Class of 2020, who has been given a Premier’s VCE Award for her results in Croatian undertaken at the Victorian School of Languages as part of her Year 12 studies. We wish Lana all the best and will be there to help celebrate at the upcoming awards ceremony.

Volunteering

There has been a strong desire from the school community to contribute to the school through volunteering in different ways, some of which have been delayed due to Covid 19.  I would like to draw your attention to “The Shed” project which was communicated a couple of weeks ago through Compass. We have already had some great responses to that communication. The Garden Club has been running successfully for the past few months and I would like to congratulate James Hardie, as well as the parents who have been involved, for the fantastic work done in the kitchen garden as well as some of the indigenous gardens around the school. The latest request for volunteering in the canteen is another opportunity for parents, and we hope to see lots of responses to that. Please note that Volunteers Policy, under Our School-Policies, should be consulted before volunteering, especially with regard to a volunteer’s Working with Children’s Check.

Policies and communication

You will shortly see the Languages Policy being distributed through Compass. The school is also working on a Name Change Policy due to a large number of requests. School Council is continuing to revise the Dress Code Policy, which has included significant consultation with students, parents and teachers, and will be available soon. It is very important that families read these policies in order to streamline requests made to the school, as well as to avoid miscommunication. Teachers and leaders are finding that the volume of emails has increased in the past few months and are doing their best to respond in a timely manner. The Community Subcommittee of School Council, which includes parents and teachers, is working on processes for improving home-school communication for the benefit of everyone. One of the possibilities is to move to using more tailored forms for specific purposes, rather than relying on emails and phone calls. There will be more to come about this early next term. In the meantime, we all need to maintain respectful communication at all times.

Tram Time

We have decided to revamp our “Hands on Learning” program and change it to what we are calling “Tram Time”. This has been introduced to students in years 7-10 at the end of term, with a view to starting in Term 3. Following is the blub that has been given to students so that they can apply to be involved. We are not requesting parent permission for this program, however we encourage parents to discuss it with their children:

Tram Time is replacing Hands on Learning and is being offered to a wide range of students from Years 7 to 10. The school recognises that Tram Time can be a valuable opportunity for students, especially during 2021 when the impacts of Covid are being felt by everyone.

The activities in Tram Time are fun, creative and community spirited. They are designed to help build the four Rs, characteristics or dispositions which are ‘people’s predominant responses when they encounter difficulty, complexity and uncertainty’ (Guy Claxton).

  • Resilience – inquisitive, persistent, adventurous, focused
  • Resourcefulness – imaginative, connecting, crafting, capitalising
  • Reflectiveness – methodical, self-evaluative, self-aware, transferring
  • Relating – collaborative, open-minded, independent, empathic

Students who are interested in Tram Time are encouraged to think about how it might help them to develop these characteristics. With support from the Tram Time staff, they can then link it to a goal in their Personal Learning Plans.

Tram Time will start in Week 1 of Term 3. There will be sessions available for different year levels on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Students can sign up for one or two sessions per week for a three-week block. If they want to do another three-week block they can apply to do so, based on availability. A timetable of activities will be provided for each three-week block so that students know what is on offer.

It is important that students express interest for Tram Time to their Advisor who will then pass on to the Year Level Leader or Team Leader for approval to participate. Once students are approved, they will be timetabled to sessions and events made on Compass. Inquiries about the Tram Time program can be made to Penny Stray and Olie Balestra via Olie’s email address olieb@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au.

Students will need to ensure that they know what work they are missing when they are participating in Tram Time and negotiate with their teachers to either catch up or complete alternative activities. Please note that Quick Smart, music lessons, in class assessments that can’t be changed and excursions take precedence over any particular Tram Time session.

Staff professional learning

On the student free day on May 24th, all FHS staff participated in two professional learning sessions.  The first session, delivered by Open Road Consultancy, supported staff to understand and apply conflict resolution skills in order to increase confidence when dealing with challenging conversations and situations.  The session was framed in the context of our School Wide Positive Behaviour matrix and aligned to our school values. The second session, led by Create Space Consultancy and Social Enterprise, focused on anti-racism and supported staff to enact anti-racism practices by building on our school values. The session included learning around the neuroscience of talking about racism, key terms, key reflections and areas for unlearning for anti-racism practice in school as well as repair processes for racism when it occurs. Feedback received from staff was very positive in terms of the learning gained from both sessions.

Building on the learning from the anti-racism professional learning, 10 staff members put up their hand to be involved in a series of Schools Stranding Up to Racism workshops.  Schools standing up to Racism is a collaboration between the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and the Victorian Department of Education and Training, providing a range of resources to support schools to address racism and discrimination within their school environment. The learning from these workshops will support us in the development of a specific anti-racism policy for Fitzroy High School. 

Gasworks Senior Secondary Campus (interim name) School Design Talk

The building of the new senior secondary campus of Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School is going very well. As already communicated on our websites, a flythrough of the campus can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qusFlk6slwQ

The Victorian School Building Authority website has authoritative updates on the building progress https://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/schools/Pages/FitzroyGasworksSeniorCampus.aspx 

Shortly you will receive an invitation with an Eventbrite link to a virtual public event to be held on Thursday July 22nd at 5pm. This will give members of both school communities the opportunity to find out more about the campus and the educational programs being offered, and to ask questions of both the architects and the schools.

The Senior Programs information Evening for year 10s will be held the following Thursday on July 29th. This is an exciting time for both Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School as we move towards our new joint campus due to open in 2022.

Staff Appointments

The school has recently appointed Ellyce Wallace, art teacher; Mika Suwatan, Science Teacher; Tegan McCarthy, English and Literature teacher; Oliver Packard, Psychology teacher; and Melissa Boyden, our new Inclusion Leader. Nikkie Sallas, Riley Moloney, Jackson Muir and Duncan Hillier have taken up other opportunities and we wish them very well in their new ventures. We wish Miranda Jenkin all the best for her family leave. Lastly, I would also like to thank Andrea Thompson for taking over as Acting Principal while I was on leave for a medical procedure at the end of Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2.

Kind regards

Linda Mitchell, Principal

Bogong Outdoor Education School – Year 9 Future Makers Camp

From April 26th to May 7th, 24 eager Year 9s took part in the Future Makers program, a camp run by the Outdoor Education School at Mount Bogong. Fitzroy is one of the ten schools that are part of this collaboration. It was a memorable experience for both students and teachers to be immersed in The Outdoor Education’s schools values of Respect, Community, Integrity and Educational Excellence. Most importantly, the Bogong school had a strong focus on:

– self awareness and self management 

– team building and critical thinking 

– understanding one’s well being

– appreciation of nature and one’s surroundings 

Here are some reflections from Fitzroy’s participating students:

Activities

While at Bogong, the Future Makers students were separated into two main groups and each rotated through the activities. There was the ‘Challenge Yourself’ activity, during which we got into harnesses and went to the rock wall and went abseiling and rock climbing. There were also other activities such as the ‘Sensory Trail’. During this activity, you were blindfolded and had to navigate your way through part of the rainforest holding onto a wire while walking and trying to climb the obstacles. Luckily, we had some really warm days of weather so the logs weren’t too slippery.

There were also ‘Team Challenges’ and we were divided into groups. Group 1 did Bridge Building and Group 2 did Raft Building. On the second last day we went to the ‘High Ropes course’ and there were many different ropes courses to go on, such as a flying fox and the last high ropes course people went on was ‘The Leap of Faith’. 

All the activities pushed us out of our comfort zone in different ways. 

  • Billie Mott, 9W

The Hike

The hike (part 2 of the camp) for Group 2 was 40km long over 5 days. The weather started amazingly with sunny days, light winds, no rain and clear nights. After day three the weather changed drastically and it was cold, windy and in moments, hailing. Our group filled up on warm pasta and rice, and many hot chocolates, no matter the weather. Group 2 sadly lost the chance to go up Mount Bogong, but nevertheless we had an amazing hike experience with many beautiful photos taken by our very own photographer, Romi Smith. On behalf of group 2, thank you Romi for also producing a video upon our return! With Jamie from the Outdoor Ed School as our teacher, we all had great fun and many laughs while sharing many long-lasting memories.

What other students thought about the hike

Out of the 24 students who went on the camp, almost everyone would only have positive things to say about the hike. I know that Billie, for instance, had so much fun at the camp and would choose to do it all again in a heartbeat. She says she enjoyed the hike, and had fun doing the activities too. I enjoyed the camp too and got plenty of great experiences out of it, even if it was challenging at times. I think Angus Weaving definitely enjoyed hiking and finishing leftover dinners. He was very optimistic throughout and had a great time. Tom Lee-Bone was fully immersed in the beauty of the outdoors and was usually sticking at the back with Jamie talking about the local area… hearing their discussions kept me motivated to keep walking and provided me with a form of distraction (we had no access to technology for two weeks so I was missed listening to Podcasts and music!). 

  • Charlotte Cave 9W

In the second week of the camp, the weather turned miserable, but this didn’t stop Tom, Angus, Gemma and Jamie going for a walk up to the top of Mt Cope, a short distance away from our hut at Cope Hut. Despite their wet clothes and shoes, they were happy with the reward of seeing another panoramic view. Our group had discussions about returning to the Alpine Region at another time and climbing Mount Bogong with a more favourable climate, the highest mountain in Victoria. 

Upon return from our hike, we had a few days to wind down and had another few activities to explore. I was happy to stay indoors and decorate a beautiful tile (see image below) while others were mountain biking. 

  • Stella Bennet 9W

Students finished their 12 day program with a lovely reflective activity which included takeaways from Tim Cope’s motivational speech that was presented before students embarked on the 5-day journey. This was definitely a highlight. 

Great team effort and a special thanks to the Outdoor Ed Teachers and the Fitzroy High teachers for their contributions. We are also super grateful for good timing prior to lockdown number 4. We encourage current Year 8 students to apply for the 2022 program. Until next time, Bogong! 

  • Year 9 Future Makers Excel

Term One School Council President’s Report

Term 1, 2021

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,

Term 1 is always a busy time for teachers, school leadership, parents and students – and also for School Council. Each school year, School Council goes through a renewal process, with previous members retiring and new members coming on board. In our March School Council meeting, we declare the new members of the School Council, which is made up of parents and carers (8 members), principal, assistant principal, teachers and school staff (6 members), students (2 members) and community members (up to 2 members).

I’d like to thank all those who put up their hand to volunteer for School Council this year and,in particular, welcome our new members for 2021: Moira Finucane (parent), Venetia Bombas (parent) and Sholto Marti (student). The full membership of School Council for 2021 can be found on the school website.

At the March meeting, we also appoint members to the School Council leadership roles. I was very pleased to accept the nomination to continue as School Council President. It’s an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful school and school community and I look forward to working with the School Council and School Leadership to support the ongoing success of the school in 2021. I’d also like to congratulate and thank others who are taking on leadership roles this year:

  • President: Ralph Saubern
  • Vice President: David Huxtable
  • Treasurer: Sharon Cleaves
  • Education Subcommittee Convenor: Mim Ingvarson
  • Community Subcommittee Convenor: Clare Kermond
  • Buildings and Environments Subcommittee Convenor: Roger Smith

The recent national conversation about gender equity and gender based violence has highlighted the important work that Fitzroy High School has done and continues to do in this space. Fitzroy High School was a Respectful Relationships lead school for a number of years and the program continues to play an important part in the social education program of the school. The Feminist Collective provides a strong student voice on issues relating to gender inequality in the school and in society at large. No doubt there is more that we can and should do to help students and the broader school community understand and learn about the issues and ensure a safe and inclusive school environment.

One way in which School Council is contributing is the current review of the Student Dress Code. Over the last several months, at the urging of the FemCo, the Community Subcommittee of School Council has led a consultation on the dress code, primarily in relation to the gendered nature of the dress code and its application. While circumstances last year made community wide consultations difficult, the Community Subcommittee has been able to engage with students, parents and teachers and develop a draft revised dress code that seeks to address context, principles and applications in line with the Fitzroy High School values and our commitment to a safe, inclusive and equitable school environment. We will soon be circulating that draft for comment and input from students, parents and teachers with the view to adopting a revised dress code in 2021.

School Council has also been working to support the school more generally in developing student voice, agency and leadership opportunities. Education Subcommittee has led a number of conversations and consultations, including on the establishment of a Student Representative Council (SRC). This follows feedback from the school review conducted in early 2020 which found that while student voice, agency and leadership is strongly embedded in the culture of Fitzroy High School, there were opportunities for improvement by establishing more formal structures and systems.

Joining a School Council subcommittee is a great way to find out more about the school and make an active contribution in an area of your interest. School Council has three subcommittees: Education, Community and Buildings and Environments. These subcommittees are a critical part of school governance and provide essential support to School Council and core and extra-curricular school programs. All parents, students and teachers are welcome to join those subcommittees, which usually meet two weeks before School Council to review and discuss work in their area and make recommendations to School Council. Contact the subcommittee convenor for information on how to join in. The dates for the subcommittee and School Council meetings are published in the calendar on Compass.

If you want to know more about School Council, participating in a subcommittee or other volunteering opportunities, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.  My school email is ralphs@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Cheers,

Ralph Saubern
President, School Council
Fitzroy High School

Parenting in the Pub

We are a parent-run group that is putting on a series of sex education classes for parents over term 2 and 3 at the Post Office Hotel, Sydney Road, Coburg. We’re called Parenting in the Pub and what we do is create an informal space and friendly forum for parents and carers to get themselves educated when it comes to discussing sex, respectful relationships, puberty, porn, social media and consent with kids of any age. 
We’ve organised a range of guest experts at each session including Michael Carr-Gregg, Family Planning Victoria and Sex Education Australia. 
These sessions are designed to complement the information parents receive at information nights at school and help us all upskill in this vital area of parenting. 


 

Gameplan – ConnX Social Skills

Hi all,

My name is Katherine and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist from Gameplan Education Strategies, a special educational and speech pathology practice in Brunswick East. I wanted to touch base as we are currently running a ConnX program – a social skills program for student aged 8-12, and are currently hoping to spread the word in our community in order to reach out to those students and families who would be interested in participating in this evidence-based program. We kindly invite you to share this information to any family, colleague and/or health professional that you feel may be interested. Please find information regarding this program below. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

OVERVIEW

ConnX is a 10-week evidence-based social skills intervention program for students in late primary/early high school, who are interested in learning team-building skills and new ways of making and keeping friends. Our Gameplan ConnX team utilises the strong evidence-based principles of the Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to generate the best outcomes for our students. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities. Students create Lego and art masterpieces, engage in collaborative team building and problem-solving activities, conduct awe inspiring science experiments, and much more! Each program is also tailored to suit the individual needs of the group.

KEY FOCUS AREAS 

Students will learn: 

  • Flexible thinking
  • Body and brain in the group
  • Different kinds of thoughts
  • Hidden rules
  • Expected and unexpected behaviours
  • Tiny/big/boring moments
  • Socially acceptable behaviours
  • Negotiation
  • Sharing
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Conversation skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Inferential language
  • Academic learning skills for upper primary and early secondary  

WHEN 

  • Thursdays at 4:00pm-4:50pm (remaining Term 2 sessions – 10/06, 17/06, 24/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Thursday 15th July)
  • Saturdays at 11:00am-11:50am (remaining Term 2 sessions – 05/06, 12/06, 19/06, 26/06; Term 3 sessions commencing weekly from Saturday 17th July)

Please note: No sessions during the COVID-19 lockdown or school holidays.

WHERE  

All sessions will be delivered face-to-face at our lovely clinic at 140 Weston Street, Brunswick East (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

HOW LONG 50 minutes intervention with group feedback and individual feedback email delivered after each session. Please ensure your child arrives no later than 3.55pm each Thursday / 10.55am each Saturday.  Your child will be ready for collection at 4.50pm Thursday / 11.50am Saturday.
FEEDBACKParents will receive: Written and verbal feedback after each sessionA summary report at the end of the program outlining progress towards goals and further recommendations

OUR EVIDENCE-BASED CURRICULUM  Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum 

PRE-PROGRAM ASSESSMENT Children joining us at Gameplan for the first time may require a pre-program assess​ment session of 60-90 minutes. An additional pre-assessment fee of $184.00 per 60min will apply.

CONSULTANTS Gameplan’s Consultants Lina Bernal (Thu), Katherine Costello (Thu), Alyssa Lim (Sat) and Nicole Scott (Sat) are the dynamic team delivering Gameplan ConnX.

FEES 

ConnX Term Program Subscription – Thursdays = $750.00 / Saturdays = $825.00

Funding and rebate options: Medicare, NDIS and private health insurance.

For enrolment information, please contact Gameplan on (03) 9417 3099 or email alyssa@gameplanhq.com.au  

For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.gameplanhq.com.au/social-skills-connx 

Tutorial classes – Career Talks

In Year 11 and 12, students have tutorial classes which aim to improve individual academic skills, broaden student knowledge and support their regular subject program.

“Career Talks” have been devised to inspire students, broaden their thoughts about work and provide a meaningful part of the research process that all students in Year 11 and 12 need in order to develop individual pathway plans for their post secondary schooling days.

24 enthusiastic students signed up and chose to participate in the first of our “Career talks” workshops. The first of our workshops featured the professions of Architecture, Engineering and Project Management.

Our guests were:

Davin Mills – SEMZ, Project Manager

Martin Palmer – GHD, Architect

Tai Hollingsbee – GHD, Engineering

Davin, Martin and Tai gaven the students insight into their day to day life as an engineer, architect and project manager, the range of tasks, some of the key skills for success and some insight into their personal journey to where they are now.

Each of them touched on the international opportunities in their industries, the skills being transferable across the world and the team work required between each of their fields.

Tai showed the students various buildings across the world he worked as mechanical engineer including the CCTV headquarters, the Gherkin building in London and some other iconic buildings in the US, Hong Kong and China. He spoke about the common language  of physics and mathematics in his work across the world.

Martin talked the students through one of the firm’s latest projects – the Barwon Water building in Geelong. He spoke about the role of the architect in the design but more broadly about the teamwork with all stakeholders to get the best possible outcomes for everyone.

Davin spoke about the complex nature of project management, the interpersonal and communication skills needed and fundamentally the role of developing relationships to enjoying success in this profession.

No day is the same in this role. He spoke about the joy of helping all stakeholders involved achieve a successful project.

We thank Martin and Tai from GHD and Davin from SEMZ for sharing so generously their passion and experiences with our Year 11 and 12 students.

I would encourage all Year 11 and 12 students to sign up to our next round of “Career talks” workshops. I can certainly accommodate as many interested students as possible.

Chris Millard
Campus Principal Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School