Remote Learning – Term 2

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 7 April, Fitzroy High School will be moving to remote and flexible learning from Term 2 (beginning with a pupil-free day on Tuesday 7 April).

This is a step all Victorian government schools are taking to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

We will continue to offer limited on-site learning for those students who need to access this, including for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made.  We will provide further information about this shortly.

The Department’s latest advice on coronavirus can be found athttps://www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

It is important that we work together and support each other during this challenging time. We will be in touch with staff and parents and carers shortly with further details of what remote and flexible learning will look like at our school.

In the meantime, you might find it useful to look at the Department’s Learning from Home website. It provides resources and guidance for teachers and parents and carers. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/learningfromhome.aspx

Regards, Linda Mitchell (Principal)

FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS NEWSLETTER 2020

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Setting Career Foundations

Term 2 is in full swing with all students experiencing a remote classroom setting through virtual engagement. As a career educator, as tough as this may be to adjust for some students, I feel that it is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what remote working looks and feels like to which many if not all will experience through their career at some stage. 

The impact of remote learning on career conversations: 

With all students working through their studies using virtual and online communication tools, the career department has also been communicating with students over the telephone and Google Meet. Sessions are completed via telephone unless a parent is present, in which case Google Meet with video can be used. The school will continually monitor this as the situation progresses. 

Year 9 

My Career Insights program testing has been pulled back due to the impact of COVID-19. The program will still go ahead; however, the careers team are working closely with Year 9 coordinators to make sure that students are in the right learning space to complete the assessment. The CEAV who complete the profile interviews are equipped to complete virtual sessions to which parent consent forms will be circulated in the next week. Students are still predicted to unpack the profile starting in June. For further information for parents on My Careers Insights, click here.    

Year 10

Students are encouraged to revisit their Morrisby Report, as a part of their My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 as well as their career action plan. Students can log back in and review this at Morrisby.com, if they are having difficulty accessing their profile, send an email to tysond@fitzroy.vic.edu.au 

Year 11

All students are still able to organise a virtual session both online through the career session booking app. You can access it here. 

Year 12

With the current impact of COVID-19 playing, it’s course across the nation on all Year 12 students, the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC) (which is the national body that oversees VTAC) has issued a statement on the 27th of April regarding the impact on tertiary entries for 2021. You can find the full statement here. Essentially they have listed that the effect of COVID-19 will be accommodated in this year’s ATAR. We will still work individually with students through the VTAC period to ensure that each student who feels they need to apply for a SEAS application in light of another circumstance impacted by COVID-19 can do so. 

Higher Education providers are holding virtual open days and experiences for students to gain as much of an insight as they can before the application process. They are also working to make all admissions requirements live on their websites by August in correlation with the VTAC opening.   

Virtual Open Day & Pathway Information 

There are several virtual open days that both students and parents can register for to understand the courses available better and experience campus in the lead up to VTAC preferences. Many Victorian and National providers will be involved. 

 Here are a list of virtual open days that are being held in May: 

TIS Virtual Careers Expo – Powered By Torrens University (7th & 8th of May)   

VCE & Beyond – Powered by InspirEd (10th of June – 14th of June) 

Education USA Australia – Virtual Fair (May 7th) – For students looking to gain access to American Colleges. You can also find more information out about sitting a SAT with the impact of COVID-19 here. 

Year 13 Expo – Powered by Youthsense – (May 18th – 22nd)

1. Click this link: https://year13.com.au/account/verify/school/YEIQQRAP

2. Fill out your details

3. Click Attending Expo

4. Complete your skills forecast and career plan

Introduction to Tyson Day and Careers Services

I’m personally very excited to be involved with the Fitzroy High School community as the Careers Counsellor, supporting Sandra Dickens while she is in her role at the Department of Education. It is my third year of being involved in the school, as in 2018 I supported the Year 10s with VCE subjects, 2019 I supported Years 10s and 12s with subjects and pathways, so it’s great to feel a deeper connection to the school community in 2020. When I’m not at the school, I’m working in my own business, Arrive & Thrive, supporting young people in the transition process through workshops and individual counseling. I have worked in all aspects of career development, including universities, corporate, athlete transitions and secondary education. My main priorities in the school are supporting students in career exploration, bringing further awareness to the support that they have and working closely with teachers to help each student develop a career plan that aligns with their personality, interests and strengths. I’m looking forward to working with parents in this process and bringing about further discussions and career conversations at home while further embedding the amazing work that Sandra has been doing over the past few years. Please feel free to contact me on tysond@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Tyson Day

Instrumental Music Program 2020

Fitzroy High’s Instrumental Music Program is well and truely underway. We have a great lineup of ensembles again this year and some new faces that have joined the team. I would like to introduce Matt Sheers our new Strings teacher who is leading both The String Ensemble and Filharmonica and teaching violin, viola and the Uke. Another new face is myself, Emily Wearne! Taking the lead from Matthew Hovell who did a terrific job last year coordinating the Instrumental Program, I will be answering your emails, facilitating performances and helping out in anyway possible to ensure a smooth year of lessons and performances, if anyone has any suggestions or questions regarding the program please contact me at this email , music@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au and I will endeavour to help where possible. 

For this year we hope to have a few external and internal concerts to showcase the hard work put in by both student and teacher to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble. I encourage staff, friends and family to attend these events and support students in their extra curricular activity. That is it for now, I hope everyone is settling into the new year with ease and we can all have a fab 2020!!

Emily Wearne

The Place Debate 2020

Right Angle Studio, a urban strategy and creative agency located just a stone’s throw from Fitzroy High, on the other side of the park. For almost 15 years they have been working alongside local, state and federal government, as well as private developers, to help understand and improve lives in our cities.

Next year, as part of MPavilion’s 2019/20 program, they are presenting an event called the Place Debate, at which two three-a-side teams will engage in a lively and fun debate around the urban/suburban divide. They are in the process of putting together a panel of industry leaders but are really passionate about giving a voice to the next generation of thinkers.

They would like to allocate one place at the debate to a Victorian high school student. Attached below is all the information in a one page document.

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;

THE MYKI CARD PILOT PROGRAM

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.

SWIMWEAR FOR SCHOOL SWIMMING PROGRAMS

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).

WORK BOOTS FOR VCAL 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. 

TEXT BOOKS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS


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).

SCHOOL BAG SUPPORT


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 karzis.sue.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

Warm regards,

Sue Karzis
Chief Executive Officer

YEAR 7 CSEF UNIFORM PACKAGE
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.

PAYROLL GIVING
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
filomena@ssr.net.au

Sharon Sartori, 0477 049 708
sharon@ssr.net.au

FUNDRAISING
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 contact@ssr.net.a

VTAC NEWS:

For students and parents – A video on accessing VCE Results and ATAR is now available with 2019 dates on YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNBmRDjk16E

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.

Regards

Viviane Chemali
Career Practitioner

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 www.vtac.edu.au

Regards

Viviane Chemali Careers Counsellor

Business Start-up Boot Camp

What solutions can be found to help solve the problem of affordable housing in Melbourne for young people? In September, Unit 3/4 Business Management students were challenged to develop solutions to this very real issue. As part of a full day Student Start-up Bootcamp run by the Melbourne Innovation Centre, students were taken through a program to develop entrepreneurial ideas. They then used the skills they developed to brainstorm different solutions to housing affordability for young adults. This program combined many of the concepts the students have been exploring in VCE Business Management, and allowed the students to apply these concepts in a real scenario. The group engaged keenly with the learning activities and shared their creativity and enthusiasm freely. The solutions found were diverse and exciting, and may be the start of something interesting. Thank you to David at Melbourne Innovation Centre for this terrific opportunity for our students.  

Lucy Shaw

NAPLAN Results 2019

Frequently asked questions – Individual student reports

NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills – reading, writing, spelling and numeracy – that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Questions assess content linked to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics. Every two years, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take the NAPLAN tests and results provide parents and educators with a snapshot of how students are progressing – individually, as part of their school community, and against national standards over time. Of course, your child’s teacher knows their learning best, but NAPLAN is a useful, objective check at one point in time to see how your child is performing.

When will I receive my child’s NAPLAN report and what will it tell me?

If you are a parent of a student who undertook the NAPLAN tests in May this year, your child’s school will provide you with an individual report of your child’s results. Parents can expect to receive their child’s NAPLAN report from late August onwards, once state and territory test administration authorities have provided the NAPLAN individual student reports to schools. You will see your child’s NAPLAN results for numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation on an achievement scale. The Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and numeracy assessment results are reported on a scale from Band 1 to Band 10. This scale represents increasing levels of knowledge, understanding and skills demonstrated in the assessments.

How is NAPLAN delivered in schools?

NAPLAN is moving online, with the aim to have all schools transition from paper to online testing by 2021. In its first year of transition in 2018, over 15 per cent of schools participated in NAPLAN Online. In 2019 over 50 per cent of schools undertook NAPLAN Online with some connectivity issues experienced. The objective of moving NAPLAN online is to deliver a better, more precise and more engaging assessment for schools and students.

How do I read the report?

Under each rocket ship, there is a statement specifying whether your child completed each of the assessments online or on paper. This is to address instances when a school taking NAPLAN Online had to provide one or more of the assessments on paper, such as – all Year 3 students nationally who complete the writing test on paper. In some schools, students may have taken the writing test on paper. Regardless of whether students complete the test online or on paper:

  • students are assessed on the same underlying literacy and numeracy skills taught through the curriculum content
  • student results will continue to be measured against the one NAPLAN assessment scale, meaning results of both formats are comparable.

As is always the case, NAPLAN gives only an indication of a student’s performance on the day of testing and the results should be interpreted with care.

Only the most relevant six bands for each year level are shown on the student report. The Year 3 report shows bands 1–6, the Year 5 report shows bands 3–8, the Year 7 report shows bands 4–9, and the Year 9 report shows bands 5–10. The diagrams in the student report also show the range for the middle 60 per cent of students, the national average result and the national minimum standard for each year level. Reports in some states and territories also show the school and/or state average. The report also summarises the skills that students have typically demonstrated in the assessments at each band.

How does NAPLAN help my child?

NAPLAN provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learnt in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Individual student results show parents how their child performed in the numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation tests.

Your child’s achievements are compared with achievements of all students in Australia, not just with their classmates’ achievements. NAPLAN results can also help parents and students to discuss individual student progress with teachers. Because NAPLAN tracks your child’s progress across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, it also provides objective information about growth in student attainment in literacy and numeracy.

What impact will the results have on my child’s future?

NAPLAN results provide important information about literacy and numeracy skills that your child is learning through their regular school curriculum. The results complement the other assessments your child does at school. They provide you and your child’s teachers with an understanding of your child’s achievement and progress at the time of the assessments. The information can be used to support your child to reach their full potential.

Some schools may ask for NAPLAN reports, in addition to school reports, as part of their admissions process. NAPLAN assessments are not designed to be a school admission test. However, results may be useful for informing new schools of a student’s needs. If you have any concerns, ACARA encourages you to talk them over with the school.

How does NAPLAN help my school?

NAPLAN is the only national assessment that Australian children undertake. NAPLAN helps:

  • teachers to better identify students who need greater challenges or extra support
  • schools to set goals in literacy and numeracy
  • schools to identify strengths and areas of need in teaching programs
  • school systems to review programs and support offered to schools
  • the community to see average school results on the My School website

NAPLAN also complements other school assessments and provides nationally comparable data to help governments evaluate how education programs are working and whether students are meeting the important literacy and numeracy standards.

Who else will see the results?

Each year, test administration authorities provide schools with results for all students who sit NAPLAN. Schools are encouraged to use the results to inform their planning for improvement across the school. Individual student reports are confidential. No one outside of your local test administration authority or your school will see your child’s report. Average school results are publicly reported on My School (myschool.edu.au). The website is updated with the previous year’s results in the first quarter of each year. My School also allows the community to look at aspects of each school’s profile, as well as to make comparisons with schools that serve similar student populations. Your child’s individual results are not available on My School.

What if the results are not what my child and I expected?

NAPLAN tests assess learning progress in literacy and numeracy. Students are provided with an indication of where their results are located on the common assessment scale. While NAPLAN results can be compared nationally between all students and over time, individual student experiences for any single test may differ and may affect your child’s performance on the day. NAPLAN gives a snapshot of your child’s performance on the days of the assessments and the results should be interpreted with care. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s NAPLAN results, you should discuss these with your child’s teacher, who will have the best insight into your child’s educational progress.

To find out more about NAPLAN and/or the move online, visit www.nap.edu.au