Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.
Pat’s travels feature prominently in the story board that Joseph wrote after interviewing Pat this year as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit. Joseph is one of the Fitzroy High School’s Year 12 VCAL students who took part in the intergenerational 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 recently, are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents, including Jean and Bernard Pidd and Jennifer Barden.
Joseph, 18, was a bit apprehensive about the project and thought it might be a ‘boring essay’. But he ended up loving the experience and found Pat’s attitude to young people affirming, and a little surprising.
“There is so much negative stuff in the media about young people. The news is full of all the things young people are doing wrong now. But when you meet Pat, it’s as if he hasn’t heard any of it. He just sees you as an equal who he wants to get to know. I think a lot of older people dismiss young people, but not Pat. He’s a good bloke who respects everyone. Pat’s cool,” Joseph said.
Joseph, who started an apprenticeship as a barber at Kings Domain in South Yarra during the year while completing his VCAL, loved hearing about Pat’s adventures around the world. Once he is qualified he hopes to go travelling and go to the UK where he was born and where most of his family still lives.
“I realised as Pat and I were talking that even though he is a lot older than me, he has done the stuff that I am doing now and stuff that I want to do. Pat took opportunities that came his way and I really found that inspiring.”
Pat, who came to Rushall Park three years ago, has more chapters that could be added to Joseph’s story board and has recently returned from a trip to India. He is thinking about heading to the United Kingdom and Ireland next year. He loves seeing the world and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, regardless of their age.
“I think it’s a good idea to respect people whether they are 17 or 70. It’s a good starting point for a relationship. I enjoyed hearing about Joseph’s family background and all the things he would like to do in the world,” Pat said.
Jules O and Tulley D represented both Fitzroy High School and all government secondary schools across Australia when they participated in a student panel as part of the national launch of the YeS Project, an initiative of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
The YeS Project is a workshop-based digital and social health program that encourages young people to act as positive leaders and supportive friends in all their social spaces, especially online. The YeS Project aims to enable students to learn about their digital communities, and to transform them.
Friday 31st August saw the Year 8’s out on Intermediate Sports day. A great day was had by all participants.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.