Winter Holiday Intensive

This July holiday St Martins is offering a theatre-lab intensive workshop for teenagers. Working with theatre director-facilitator Richie Hallal, participants will create and perform a show in a week. Make Something. Say Something. asks young people to show up ready to work, make offers, be creative and extend their theatre practice.  
See attached a flier for the workshop and opportunity to drama students.

May Sports Report

FHS 7-10 Athletics Carnival 

From the Track and Field to the Disco Dancing and general Good Vibes, today was a major success. 

We started the day with a quote from the great Eddie Betts 

“For me, all I want to do is put smiles on people’s faces. If I’ve done that, then I’m happy. I haven’t got a premiership, which is the ultimate goal, but if I’ve made people smile, my job here is done.” 

As I looked around seeing a lot of smiling faces, I realised Fitzroy High had achieved this.

It was great to see:

  • Students smiling at different track and field events. 
  • Students proud of the achievement whether a placing or a personal best. 
  • Students having a laugh at the novelty events.
  • Students cheering on friends in support sometimes in different house colours. 
  • Students with house spirit and smiling through their face paint
  • Students and staff competing against each other in events. 
  • Students enjoy some if the tasty food on offer. 

A few more specific ones:

Joseph and Lana for the food prep and service

All the staff on duties – thank you. It’s not easy teaching and assisting outside of your learning area so well done. So many went above and beyond to be helpful, wanting to 

DJ’s Xavier, Nathanael with special mention to Toa and Angus who also assisted. You had us all moving our feet or bopping along to great tunes all day – well done and thank you.

For the family and friends who came to support their young person – we hope to see more of you in the future.

To the students, this day is for you so thank you for putting your best selves forward. 

Now for the Results (drum roll please)…

Congratulations Blue House!!!!!! 

1st    Blue House 

2nd   Gold House

3rd   Red House

4th Green House

Please enjoy some of the photos taken on the day.

Year 8 Sport

Term 2 meant Year 8 students went on winter sports including AFL, Soccer, Netball and Badminton. All reports back sound encouraging with students all having a great day. 

Next terms sports include Basketball, Table Tennis, Futsal and Hockey.

Division Cross Country 

On a cold day out at Princes Park 20 students from years 7, 9 and 10 represented the school in a 3km loop around the course. Congratulations to all runners including those who made it through to Regionals. 

Alessandro C, Roxy F, Tom L-B (5km), Ben N, Emile T, Franti V, Isaac V, Auley B, Jack G, Elisa M, and Luke S.

Upcoming dates:

June 6 Wednesday NMR Cross Country (TBA)
June 13 Monday Queens Birthday Holiday
June 15 Wednesday NMR Cross Country (TBA)
June 16 Thursday Year 7 Sport
June 20 Monday Senior Sport (Term 3)
June 21 Tuesday Junior Girls Football
June 24 Friday Term 2 concludes

IDAHOBIT

Tuesday May 17th marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). To celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of the FHS community we ran a variety of activities throughout the day at the 7-10 FHS campus. 

The 7-10 FHS Pride Club and staff facilitated a rainbow photo booth,  face painting station, and sold Unicorn Milkshakes – with the gold coin donations for these activities going toward repainting our rainbow sidewalk entrance. 

Students were also encouraged to wear their brightest most colourful clothing to school for the day and join in the dance party at recess and lunchtime!

Engineering Challenge

Students at Fitzroy High School have begun their new rotations in cross-year-level Excel (XL) classes in different specialized subjects. An Engineering Challenge class is one of the subjects offered at Fitzroy High School this term. In the Engineering Challenge XL, students have been applying the engineering design process to various challenges; collaborating with their peers and coming up with various solutions to different problems.

The engineering design process emphasizes open-ended problem solving and encourages students to develop multiple solutions, test their prototypes and to learn from their mistakes. This class nurtures creativity and innovative problem solving, equipping students with the ability to create innovative solutions to challenges in any other subject as well.

Thuy Linh 

Djirri-Djirri Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Speech by Linda Mitchell, Principal of FHS30th May 2022

Welcome everyone. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge that our meeting is being held on the lands of the Wurundjeri Wooi Wurrung people and I wish to acknowledge them as the Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging, and Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

We originally had this event planned for day 1 of term 1 but, as with many things, we were disrupted by COVID. However it is equally fitting that we are holding this event in National Reconciliation Week, with its 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” 

It is very important for us at Fitzroy High School to build on our cultural understanding and connections to community. We have been very fortunate to have already had a welcome to country and cleansing at this campus several years ago and again more recently at the new Wurun Senior Campus.

This event is a recognition that, as the FHS 7-10 campus, on this site, from 2022, we are starting again, and we wish to make a renewed and stronger statement and commitment. It is extremely important for us as a school to learn from our past, including our recent past; to create and celebrate great outcomes for our First Nations students; and to further the ambitions of reconciliation.

We are thrilled that the new government is finally progressing with the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart and we commit fully to doing whatever we can as a school, and as a system, to support that. 

We are very fortunate to have this welcome and smoking ceremony to cleanse and refresh and to put any negativity or bad experiences behind us –  and have a fresh start to join together as a proud school and to build on our cultural connections and understanding, not only with First Nations culture, but also with all cultures.
I am excited to have Djirri Djirri here at FHS today and thank them for being with us. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the staff and students who have planned this event.

The Fitzroy Flavour food magazine

Hi Fitzroy High School Community! 

Attached is a sample from the latest edition of The Fitzroy Flavour (The Unofficial Magazine of the FHS Foodie).

The contents of this magazine have been prepared by XL Food 8-10 and XL Food 9-10 students. 

We hope you enjoy it!

Enviro Excursion!

Year 11 Environmental Science students found themselves in deep water on Monday, May 9 as they tested the water quality of wetlands at Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary at La Trobe University.  Students were exploring the biotic and abiotic elements of this wetland system, investigating how it supports and sustains life.  A tour of the wildlife sanctuary also helped students to see how an ecosystem can change over time, in this instance post land-clearing as it regenerates to its more natural state.   

Sausage sizzle for Election Day

Election day at Fitzroy High School meant democracy sausages and cakes for all.  Parents and community members came together to raise some money for the school and the effort and enthusiasm was exceptional.  Thanks to all of those who volunteered their time before, during and after the event to help make the school an even better place, your time and dedication is very much appreciated.

Year 9 English – Author Visit

Last Thursday the Year 9 cohort had the pleasure of welcoming Cath Moore, author of  Metal Fish, Falling Snow, to talk with us about her life and the making of her book. This book is the subject of analysis in the current English unit. We discussed present themes in the book, and how Cath Moore’s hardships made their way into the story, and furthermore into the main character of Dylan. It was inspiring to hear about the book publishing process, and she gave insight into what she could have done differently and how students can learn from her experiences in the field, also mentioning her inspirations for the characters in the book. Overall it was an incredibly enriching experience, as we learnt a lot about Cath Moore, the book itself and its making. 

Thank you Cath Moore for coming along and sharing with us!

Milo 9Z. 

From the perspective of the English teaching  team, students asked insightful questions and Cath Moore remarked on the level of intellectual engagement our students showed in their discussion of the text. Our Year 9s are to be commended on the way they embodied our school values of Engage and Respect throughout the incursion.